December 23rd, 2015 | Julia Braime
We wish you a Merry Christmas! We’re taking a short break to celebrate the season, but will be back bright and early on 4th January 2016. Until then, you can catch up on your favourite weddings of 2015 here, and we’ll leave you with this incredibly beautiful real wedding to whet your appetite for some super pretty inspiration coming your way in the New Year. Now, pass the prosecco would you..?
Not only is this wedding stunning to look at, but there’s real sentiment and thought behind the various elements of the day. In particular, the first dance that Rachel had with her dad pulls at the heart strings and hopefully encourages brides to plan details that will stay with them long beyond the big day itself.
So let’s get into the pretty (just look at that House of Mooshki gown!) and look forward to another fabulous year of real weddings to come in 2016. Cheers to that!
With images by Helen Russell Photography.
rachel says: We got engaged while in Paris in February 2014 – the trip was a surprise organised by Daniel. He got down on one knee as we were walking along the banks of the River Seine in the shadow of Notre-Dame. It was the perfect proposal!
Our wedding was on 12th August 2015, at Woodhill Hall in Northumberland. Exclusive use was very important to us. We also wanted to have an intimate gathering with close friends and family the night before the wedding and the self-catering facilities at Woodhill Hall made this possible. We also fell in love with the location, the distinctive décor and the flexibility that this venue provided.
Above all else I wanted the wedding to be elegant, timeless and pretty. We chose a colour scheme of muted pastel shades in blushes and mint, which suited our theme perfectly.
My dress was Poppy by House of Mooshki – a blush tea length, tulle and lace gown with illusion neckline and cap sleeves. It was love at first sight – the first dress I tried on! My shoes were Jimmy Choo.
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October 2nd, 2015 | Julia Braime
For Friday’s real wedding we’re heading North East, to the lovely Newton Hall to relive Nicola and Richard’s big day.
Both elegant and pretty, this wedding features dreamy blush pink touches in the wedding party’s attire, floral arrangements and decorations, to fit in with the couple’s chosen vintage garden party theme.
The clear blue skies meant the bride, groom and their guests could take full advantage of the venue’s gorgeous gardens for photo opportunities and cocktails before the evening party, complete with live music, got underway.
With images by Paul Liddement.
nicola says: We got engaged at Rockliffe Hall Hotel and Spa. Richy surprised me with an overnight spa day with evening meal and overnight stay.
The date of the wedding was 17th April 2015 as this was would’ve been my parent’s 35th wedding anniversary. Unfortunately my father passed away 14 years ago.
Our chosen venue was Newton Hall, Newton-by-the-Sea. We chose that venue as it is quite ‘quirky’ and different from your more traditional wedding venues. We were both looking for something a little different and Newton Hall was perfect.
The theme was ‘vintage garden party’, which I picked as it went perfectly with the venue. To complement the theme we chose a colour scheme of blush pink, creams and gold. The wedding stationery, which we sourced from various suppliers online, also followed a vintage theme which helped to tie everything together.
My dress was ivory lace by a designer called Olvi’s Lace. I found it in Kathryn S Trueman bridal boutique, based in Morpeth. On the day of the wedding my hair was styled by Kara Scott and Irene MUA, both of whom I would highly recommend as they were fantastic.
Paul Liddement was our photographer. He was my friend’s wedding photographer and I loved her photos so I booked him for our wedding too. His photographs tell a story, which I love. Paul takes very natural photos and is quite discreet when photographing but captures the best reactions in his images because of this.
Paul was absolutely fantastic on the day and my initial response when we received our photographs was ‘wow’! The photos are all amazing and our experience with Paul was ten out of ten. We would definitely recommend him to other couples.
All the flower were supplied by Bels Flowers, Jesmond. I carried a gorgeous bouquet of cream roses while the bridesmaids had bouquets of cream and pink roses and the groomsmen had pink rose button holes.
We provided many of the decorative items ourselves, which we sourced from various suppliers to help set the scene of our vintage garden party theme. Our favours were white chocolate Jazzie sweets presented in a little jar.
The wedding cake was a four tier creation with cream icing and blush pink roses made by Burnett4cakes. Each of the tiers were a different flavour, including lemon and chocolate velvet.
Before the wedding breakfast we served welcome drinks of mojitos, strawberry mojitos and cherry drop cocktails and mocktails for the children and non-drinkers. Our starter was a sharing platter of Northumbrian meats followed by a traditional lamb roast dinner. For dessert we served up our wedding cake.
To keep guests entertained we hired Jess Avison, a singer and acoustic guitar player, from AMV Live, to perform during the ceremony. In the evening we had a band called Redwings to provide the entertainment. We chose both acts because we had seen them before and loved what they did so asked them to play at our wedding. For some extra fun we also hired a photo booth and some love lights for the evening reception.
Following our wedding, we would most definitely recommend Newton Hall to other wedding couples –it’s an amazing venue!
Looking back I would have to say that the speeches were my favourite part of the day – so emotional!
After the wedding we jetted off on honeymoon to Florida for two weeks with the family. My top tip to other Brides Up North would simply be to enjoy every second – the day goes so fast!
January 29th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Can we all just pause for a moment please and admire today’s bride’s beautiful wedding style? From her bejewelled headband to her full length veil and beaded gown, this lady looks like she’s straight off the catwalk.
And her boy doesn’t scrub up badly either, does he?
Carly and Louis’s super stylish, yet relaxed tipi wedding celebration was full of fun, blousy blue blooms, twinkling fairy lights and special little touches. Just lovely.
With images by GS Studio.
carly says: We were on a snowboarding holiday in Sauze D’oulx, Italy for New Year’s 2013/2014. Half way down a gorgeous tree lined slope, snow coming down on New Year’s Day, Louis stopped me saying he needed a rest, when we stopped, he flipped over onto both knees (still strapped in) and pulled the little box out his pocket.
We set the date for 6th September 2014, we chose it hoping it would be a good day for the weather, it was so nerve wracking getting married in a tipi, it could have gone one way or another!
We got married in a tipi supplied by the fantastic Unique Tent Company in my parents’ garden. It had always been a dream of mine ever since they bought the place, they weren’t quite as excited as I was when I came to them with the idea, but they came round in the end and it couldn’t have been more perfect. It was a real labour of love getting the garden ready.
We had a very natural, garden theme, it just fit with the fact we got married at home, very relaxed. Charlotte from The Finishing Touch Company and Helen at Bels Flowers really pulled the whole place together, it was an absolute wonderland.
We chose to go with blues and greys for our colour palette, the stone in my engagement ring is a star sapphire and blue-grey in colour so we decided to follow that.
I chose an Eliza Jane Howell full length gown with long sleeves in a heavily beaded 20’s style, I felt so glamorous the second I put it on, I knew it was the one. I bought it from Kathryn S Trueman in Morpeth and the girls were amazing!
Louis wore a three piece navy suit, tartan tie and some fabulous Grenson shoes from End Clothing, very dapper!
Our groomsmen, all TWELVE of them wore the same as Louis, and the bridesmaids wore the Ghost dye to order Chelsea dress.
Gemma Smith at GS Studio was our photographer and she was fantastic and followed exactly what we wanted. I can’t recommend her enough, everyone was so at ease, and the pictures are so natural, exactly what we wanted!
My dad bought a 1953 Ford Popular when I was about 3 years old and after a few fun trips as a child it sadly went into retirement when I was about 8 years old. Dad knowing how much I adored the old car secretly had it all fixed up, serviced, new wheels the lot as a surprise and we’re so lucky to be able to take our little wedding car for a tootle now whenever the weather permits all be it at a max of 20mph (which made the journey to the church that morning VERY interesting!)
Helen at Bels Flowers provided the most beautiful natural bouquets of hydrangeas, nigella, dusty miller and even included some herbs so the bouquets had the most beautiful aroma.
The Finishing Touch Company provided most of the internal decorations with bell jars and watering cans bursting with flowers on the tables, the festoon lighting and the blackboard seating plan were the piece de resistance from Coco Luminaire.
We gave out Krispy Kreme Doughnuts as favours, they went down a treat!
My mum’s best friend made the wedding cake, she’s so talented! I wanted an informal cake that really represented us so she made it look like an alpine slope with two little snowboard figurines on the top dressed in our wedding clothes, it was so special and absolutely delicious!
We chose a band called the Soundcasters from London, we’d heard them on the holiday in the Alps when we got engaged and couldn’t get them out of our heads, they had the whole place jumping every night, exactly what we wanted for our special day.
100% everyone we used were top notch, we didn’t hit one hitch throughout the day, largely thanks to the co-ordination from our catering team at Sheer Elegance Catering, Anthony and Chris ran the day like clockwork and Jane from Newcastle Falcons supplied the bar. She managed to come up with every request we had and didn’t run short of a thing on the night.
Snaparazzi Photobooths supplied us with one of their fabulous booths which went down a treat and Coco Luminaire supplied the large illuminated letters, they even managed to get them outside on the lake, it looked absolutely stunning! Bit-a-Sweet supplied the sweety cart and were kind enough to keep it stocked all night.
I couldn’t choose a favourite part of the day, I guess the speeches were pretty special though, I have the give my dad, Louis and all 12 best men their dues, we were in stitches!
After the wedding we took a two week snowboarding holiday in the alps, a little energetic for a honeymoon, but it was so much fun, we had a week alone and a week with friends, my stomach still hurts from laughing so much!
My top tip for other Brides Up North is to relax, enjoy it and if you know you’re a worrier then give yourself plenty of time, it’s the most amazing day!
December 31st, 2014 | Julia Braime
Merry Christmas! Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a break for the festive season, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely.
Usual service will recommence on Monday 5th January 2015 (with some big news!) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year. Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks for 2014.
Turns out that our talented Brides Up North Sponsors make the very prettiest of brides. Today’s absolutely beautiful wedding at Eshott Hall, starring our own Natalie Power, is a lovely lesson in romantic pastels and pretty detailing. I’ve saved this to share with you for a special start to the week, Pinterest fingers at the ready…
With images by Helen Russell Photography.
natalie says: We got engaged in November 2008, it was my birthday and Warren had surprised me with a trip to Barcelona. If that wasn’t surprise enough, he proposed, I could not believe it, it was so unexpected but perfect!
We were married on Saturday 31st May 2014, at Eshott Hall, Northumberland.
After looking at other possible venues we were becoming a little disheartened but then we arrived at Eshott Hall and as soon as we drove up the tree lined gravel driveway and past the manicured lawns we both knew this would be the venue. We wanted to have exclusive use of the venue for the weekend, stunning scenery and not be constrained by minimum numbers: Eshott Hall ticked all those boxes.
We didn’t have a ‘theme’ as such, we just felt everything fell into place; it was little mix of modern classic with a country edge. We chose a soft colour scheme of creams, pinks and peaches. We wanted to keep things pretty neutral and unstructured.
I wore a fitted Vera Wang wedding dress, which is completely the opposite of what I thought I wanted when I started looking. I had been pinning like crazy on the best wedding tool ever and had my heart set on a Jenny Packham dress. After trying it on I was very disappointed, it just didn’t feel like it was my ‘wedding’ dress so I was back to square one. It wasn’t until my Mum suggested I try on something completely different that I came across the dress, I tried it on once and fell in love. To complete the look I wore Jimmy Choo Crown heels in Nude, a gift from my husband
Make-up was provided by Jo Leversuch of Make-up by Jo, she did a super job and was even able to fit in an extra person on the day – nothing was too much for her, I would definitely recommend Jo. She was able to create a look for each of the bridesmaid that was unique to them, not a carbon copy of one another.
Warren wore a navy double-breasted jacket from Hugo Boss with a crisp white shirt from The Kooples. His cream trousers were also from Hugo Boss and completed his look with a set of braces from Bromleys. His shoes were brown double monk straps from Magnanni.
My bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses, style no. 2909 in Cameo to compliment the soft neutral colouring.
The groomsmen wore their own suits in navy to tie in with the Groom’s suit jacket; they all wore matching pink bowties and pocket squares from Etsy.
My bouquet was a selection of garden roses, spray roses, hydrangeas, soft grey foliage and brunia berries – all very loose and effortless. All of the flowers throughout the day were in the same style as my bouquet, provided by Helen of Bels Flowers. She is fabulous and I would highly recommend her.
Helen Russell was our photographer, we would definitely recommend Helen, she is so lovely and captured the atmosphere of the day perfectly.
As well as creating my own wedding invitations (my daytime job – see Natalie Power’s website) I also made the signage, table numbers and seating plan. Of course, my husband was on hand with his trusty saw and drill.
The food and drink was provided by Eshott Hall, it was beautifully presented and tasted just as good, everyone commented on how tasty it was.
We had a selection of cakes, a dessert table provided by the amazingly talented Bernadette of Dreamworld Cakes. The wedding cake itself was chocolate baileys flavour, victoria sponge cupcakes, mini cakes were chocolate orange flavour, macaroons in both rose and pistachio flavours, cake pops and artisan meringues.
During the ceremony, canapés and wedding breakfast the wonderful Aurora Strings entertained us; they played a selection of classical and pop music, which was perfect.
Our evening entertainment was provided by an amazingly talented band, The Noise, that I found through Warble Entertainment. They did an amazing job and were very enthusiastic, I highly recommend them.
We would highly recommend Eshott Hall. The venue itself is perfect if you are looking for somewhere you can use exclusively, it has beautifully manicured grounds to compliment your photography and décor that will not dictate your colour scheme.
For our honeymoon we decided on a US adventure taking in as many locations as we could. Our first stop was San Diego, from there we moved onto Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Morro Bay, Carmel, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Lakes, Death Valley before our last stop in Las Vegas. There were so many highlights from the trip from whale watching in Morro Bay, the tour in San Francisco, a Grand Canyon helicopter flight and watching Cirque Du Soleil ‘O’, it was all amazing! We loved the fact that we got to explore so many different places along with amazing weather and ever changing scenery.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be when things get on top of you or don’t go to plan remember the reason you’re doing this. To marry the love of your life, that’s what’s important, everything else will fall into place.
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November 25th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Karin and Rob’s beautiful wedding day is chic, stylish and filled with the sort of opulent details that we love here at wedding blog HQ. Lace, crystals, blousy blooms and one stunning setting make this a celebration fit for the pages of Vogue magazine. Lucky for you, we snapped it up first.
Let’s raise the bar a little.
It’s getting haute in here…
With images by fabulous Brides Up North Sponsor, Fyzal Photography.
karin says: Unbeknown to me, when the idea of a ski holiday with friends popped up, Rob pushed for the 3 valleys, France and in particular, Meribel for one reason only….it was his ideal setting for a proposal!
When we first got together (November 2008 and after 7 months of Rob trying,) it left us just a month before Rob flew to France for a 5 month ski season. I joined Rob for a weeks holiday in the January and we both knew then our relationship was to last. Meribel was also where Rob told me that he loved me.
January 2012 was eagerly anticipated by Rob, eventually settling for his SLR camera case to hide the ring through airport security. He got it through and I was none the wiser as to what would happen a few days later. Rob planned to pop the question on a particular piste in the next valley, Courcheval. But due to an avalanche, it wasn’t until the last ski day that it was cleared to ski to.
It was called “Les Piste Indiens” where a purpose built Indian village appeared around a corner. We stopped and Rob knelt next to a plastic fox for a rare photo opportunity. It turned out to be very rare as photos later proved, Rob had the ring out trying to propose while I was trying to take his photo.
We tied the knot on 14 June 2014. I (not superstitious at all!) didn’t want to be married in 2013!
We met whilst both working at Jesmond Dene House and when the decision was to be made as to where we were to be married, it had so much history to it and along with our own history there, the decision was simple.
Our wedding was always going to be straight ahead. I still work there as private dining manager and so have a strong relationship with wedding coordinators Abi and Christina, C & B manager Lukasz and everyone else to be involved on the day. Knowing everyone made us feel secure that the day was to perfect.
We chose a romantic shabby chic theme. Apple crates, coffee bean sacks, old leather suitcases, plenty of candles and wicker hearts all suited the Jesmond Dene setting. Since I oversee weddings day in, day out, I knew what would make our day different to others.
Everything was based around pastel lilac and ivory themes. It worked so well with the grandeur of the dark oak of the hotel’s Great Hall. We also tied in the green of Jesmond Dene into all floral arrangements.
I stayed in the hotel the night before with my mother and the bridesmaids, setting up the decorations until 2am while best man and Rob had a beer and a cheeky Chinese takeaway in the room of the best man!
When choosing my dress, I spent hours online looking for local bridal shops and looked at each designer stocked in each shop until I found my dress. When I came across Ronald Joyce ‘Babetta’, I knew no matter what else I saw, I’d be back for the Babetta.
I spent only a short amount of time in Wild Brides at Heart, Durham after a Ronald Joyce designer weekend and I was out in no time after placing the deposit looking forward to my first fitting. The detail in the lace, the open back, and its long train was exactly what I was looking for and nothing else would match it.
I chose not to wear a veil, instead a headpiece, slightly different to the norm. Flown from Canada, it was jewelled, but not over the top. Sarah Walsh was my makeup artist and hair stylist. Highly recommended!
My look was complete after Rob had a few gifts sent up to me with breakfast on the morning of the wedding. I had pointed out a beautiful Swarovski tennis bracelet a few months before and luckily he took the hint! It matched so well with the Swarovski pearl earrings he had also bought me.
I carried lilac and ivory roses with hydrangea. Helen from Bels Flowers provided all floral arrangements. Hats off to Helen, who did a fantastic job and came as a late replacement for florist after we had been let down by another months before the wedding!
My bridesmaids wore “Debut” Grecian lilac dresses from Debenhams and my maid of honour wore an ivory and lilac floral print dress from BHS. I bought all the girls a brooch to wear as a gift to personalise the dresses.
I would highly recommend Fyzal Photography to anyone!
Both Fyzal and his wife Dawn went above and beyond to capture our day how we wanted it with the eye and finesse you would not get from any other photographer! He took us for an “e:shoot” on the beach where we got to know how it all worked. It also helped Rob relax as he’s not big on having his photo taken.
On the day itself, everything was done with military precision after we agreed an itinerary days before. They both made us feel at ease for the entire day knowing we were constantly having photos taken without even realising they were there.
Even months after the day, Fyzal stays in contact and helps to decide the final images for our album.
Our cake was a chocolate croque-em-bouche produced by our friend, Kristian Branch, head pastry chef at the hotel.
We had Jessica Avison, a local acoustic singer/guitarist play during our reception and then The Paul James Band – known for years through Jesmond Dene house performances, started the evening entertainment. We hired a DJ through One Voice Productions for our “after party” and a Snaparazzi photo booth for use as guest book. Ross, Snaparazzi’s director is a friend via the hotel.
We’re biased but we’d definitely recommend Jesmond Dene House, even if we weren’t! Every member of staff gets involved and consumed in every event that they work at. The hotel as a whole puts 100% into each event to put the hotel on the map in the region and to make a name for itself.
My favourite moment of the day was our first dance, choreographed with help of Caroline of Bela Dance School. I wanted a proper first dance, no swaying as most couples do. We had over 20 lessons to perfect the Viennese Waltz to Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years”.
We pre-wedding honeymooned in January to Australia due to work commitments after the wedding. We flew via Hong kong where we spent a few hours walking the streets then onto Melbourne. After a few nights in Melbourne we drove the Great Ocean Road and on to Adelaide via the Grampians (narrowly missing the bush fires) to fly across to Sydney, going into the blue mountains as well as the obligatory Harbour Bridge climb! We then flew to Noosa to spend 10 days with best man and bridesmaid who lived there. Surfing, chilling out and getting stung across the face by a jellyfish! Ouch!
My top tip for other Brides Up North is to spend money on the photographer, namely Fyzal, as most of the day is a blur. Only one person can capture it all for you to remember forever, so choose wisely!
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October 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime
If you’ve woken up this morning to the certainty that Autumn/ Winter 2013 is most certainly here and commuted to the office under a veil of grey drizzle, don’t despair. Firstly, there’s always the prospect of new boots and a new coat to cheer you up and secondly, today’s Real Wedding is certain to warm your cockles and lift your spirits. With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Helen Russell Photography, Heather and Tom’s celebration is just beautiful.
Heather says: Tom was very nervous about the whole proposal situation and couldn’t stand the the thought of having to do it in front of lots of people. We had been together for just under 3 years and we had recently bought our first home together. We were going out to a family meal at Tom’s parents house, as I came down the stairs I thought Tom was tying his shoe lace until I saw him holding the ring box. We both cried a lot and it was absolutely perfect.
We were married on 26th August 2013 – bank holiday weekend – at the amazing Newton Hall. We met in Spain when we were 18 and 19. I moved down to the Midlands when I was 21 to start a degree as well as to be with Tom. We both knew that the North East would be the perfect place to get married and a great place for all our relatives to be together for our day. I especially wanted to get married in my beloved North East. We looked at lots of venues but were always left feeling disappointed about one or more aspects of the venue. Newton Hall had the perfect combination of location, decor, gorgeous bedrooms, and a quirky and homely feel that we both loved.
I had several ideas (Tom gave me free run) of different looks that I liked and all of them had a very different feel. As the wedding got closer I found myself looking at a lot of rustic country weddings on blogs, I decided to create my own version of this. The dress I choose was lace so I wanted to incorporate that with a rustic element softened and made pretty by lots of flowers.
The wedding colour scheme was grey with a hint of mauve, pale pinks, whites and pale purples.
I bought my dress from a fabulous boutique called Silk based in Litchfield. I looked at lots of dresses and ended up going for a dress that was different to my initial ideas of what I wanted. The dress was a lace and tulle style by Pronovias. It was so beautiful and photographed really well. Eliza Vale made my bespoke headpiece.
My bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses in luxe chiffon, they were in the colour stormy all from the fabulous Mia Sposa in Newcastle. They all picked the style of dress they preferred. I really wanted them to feel comfortable in their dress and not to feel like they had been made to where something that someone else liked. They all looked beautiful.
Lisa Jones did all the hair and make up, she is so talented and so speedy on the day.
All my suppliers were so good and I think they sometimes knew what vision was in my head better than I did.I used to work with Helen Russell Photography a long time before she was doing photography full-time, I came across her on the Brides Up North blog and contacted her straight away.
One Digital Image were our videographers, they were so professional and were like an extra pair of hands on the day.
Peaches and Queen made all my wonderful stationary and Mandy was my personal wedding counsellor.
The ceremony was beautiful. It was outside on the terrace, the sun was shining and it felt almost dreamlike, even a few white butterflies turned up and flew around me and Tom as we said our vows.
I carried a mixture of sweet peas, stocks, hydrangeas with a couple of David Austin roses by Bels Flowers, they were beautiful. The Finishing Touch Company and Bels Flowers styled the venue to perfection.
We chose a three tier cake consisting of cookies and cream, lemon drizzle and chocolate fudge cake. The design was left up to The Designer Cake Company so we could have a little surprise on the day.
We had a piano player for the ceremony and the drinks reception, I would highly recommend him his name is Jack Hamilton based in Morpeth. In the evening we had a fun D.J called Simon Robertson from One Voice Productions Ltd, he played a great selection of music.
We had fish, chips and mushy peas to fit in with the sea-side theme, it went down so well with every one, no food was left on anyone’s plate.
I was stressing about the honeymoon spending a lot of time on the internet trying to find the perfect destination. I got so confused by the choice I asked Tom to make the difficult decision. He picked San Francisco and Las Vegas, it was the trip of a lifetime with lots of treasured memories.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to start to delegate jobs in the last few weeks otherwise it will all get on top of you. My final tip is to try on your knickers before the big day (mine didn’t fit)!
Congratulations Heather & Tom!
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