November 5th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Renowned as the UK’s top matchmaking university – St Andrews more than lives up to this accolade on the blog today, with bride and groom, Laura and Tom so taken by this special location – the place where they first met – that they chose tie the knot here in July.
Opting for a natural, simple look for their big day, the Laxey Manx tartan – a nod to Laura’s heritage – was a prominent feature in their décor and styling, featuring on everything from their wedding favours and bunting to the centrepieces and the groomsmen’s attire.
Of course, no Scottish wedding would be complete without a ceilidh – and the couple squeezed in a few nostalgic throwbacks too, sourcing their wedding cake from their favourite bakery as well as ice cream from a local parlour. Other special touches that break with convention, which we just have to mention, include bubbles for confetti and the bride saying a few words alongside her new hubby. Read on for all the wonderful details!
With images by Anna Joy Photography.
laura says: We got engaged on Saturday 15th October 2016, in the Lake District. It was our seven-year anniversary and Tom had treated us to a stay in a country house hotel with beautiful views of Lake Windermere. After a rainy day spent exploring and finishing up with a local brewery tour, we got back to the hotel to relax before dinner, which is when Tom popped the question!
We got married on Saturday 28th July 2018. We didn’t want to rush into wedding planning, so it was nice to give ourselves plenty of time after the engagement and preferred the idea of a summer wedding.
We got married in St Andrews, the town where we met whilst studying at the University of St Andrews. Our ceremony was in the beautiful St Salvator’s Chapel and the reception was held in the University’s Lower and Upper College Hall across from the chapel. St Andrews is a special place for both of us, so it was the obvious choice, despite requiring some travel – we live in London, I’m from the Isle of Man and Tom is from Manchester!
Our wedding had a simple and natural style, staying true to ourselves – we wanted to avoid anything too over the top! We used local suppliers and used ours and our families’ skills to make things ourselves wherever possible!
We didn’t have a specific theme, however we featured the Laxey Manx tartan throughout the wedding to reflect my Isle of Man heritage. We used tartan ribbon on our save the dates and wedding invitations, the men had tartan ties, the reception tables had tartan centre pieces (made by Tom’s mum) and we had tartan bunting decorating the reception venue (made by my mum).
The Manx tartan colours are light blue for the sea, green for the hills and valleys, purple for the heather, gold for the gorse, and white for the cottages, so we used these to guide our colour scheme. We picked out the blue, white and green for the flowers and chose green for the bridesmaid dresses and the men’s pocket squares.
I chose a simple wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline and a flowing skirt with layers of tulle as the base but added a crocheted style lace top for the day with three quarter length sleeves, finished with a simple tulle cathedral length veil. For the evening I removed my veil and changed into a jewelled top to add some sparkle! The full outfit was by Catherine Deane, which I purchased from the London boutique in Wapping Wharf. My mum spotted a Catherine Deane dress in a wedding magazine which we both liked so that was how I first came across her collection. Sandra at the boutique was wonderful and helped me choose from their beautiful range. I liked dresses at several other places in London that were a very different style, but I felt most comfortable and true to myself in Catherine Deane.
To accessorise, I wore simple silver sling-back flat shoes from Jones the Bootmaker – I very rarely wear heels and didn’t think our wedding day was the time to start!
My something old (and blue) was a garter made from a scrap of blue material that was left over from the dresses my mum made for her bridesmaids when she got married, my something new was my outfit, and my something borrowed was the pearl drop earrings I borrowed from mum.
August 24th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
The stately home of Sledmere House in Yorkshire is giving us all the romantic wedding feels today on the blog, as we delve into Hattie and Joe’s glorious big day, which took place earlier this summer.
Offering a little bit of everything – a church, a grandiose country house and a marquee – the couple’s wedding brings together all our favourite backdrops, and then some! With no overbearing colour scheme or theme – the bride just wanted a relaxed country wedding and we think she fulfilled the brief rather nicely thanks to the choice of venue, floral arrangements and special touches (contain your excitement – there’s a fairytale-like horse and cart!).
What we especially love though, is that amidst their classic and supremely chic day the couple hosted a 90s power hour DJ set featuring all of their favourite songs and glow sticks, of course! The most perfect example of how a couple can really let their personalities shine through on their special day – and bring a real dose of nostalgic fun to proceedings too!
With images by A Little Picture.
hattie says: Joe proposed to me at Aysgarth Falls in the Yorkshire Dales on 29th December 2016. As it was a popular spot we went early in the morning and there was a heavy frost, so it looked even more beautiful. It was the day of Joe’s 30th birthday so I didn’t see it coming.
We got married on 7th July 2018. We wanted a summer wedding but as we ran the London Marathon in April 2017 and all our time was taken up with training, we gave ourselves an extra year to plan and decided on 2018.
We got married at Sledmere House, East Yorkshire. The ceremony was in the church, with a drinks reception in the house followed by the wedding breakfast and dancing in the marquee in the grounds. I picked the venue because it had everything all in one place in the most beautiful setting. The first three times I visited the venue it was either raining, snowing or thick fog but despite all this, it was still beautiful. They always say the one thing you can’t control on your wedding day is the weather and I thought, if it looked beautiful on a grey rainy day then if were are lucky enough to have sun it will look incredible – and it did!
I wanted a relaxed country wedding with a romantic feel. We live in London and most of my friends had never been to Yorkshire, so I wanted to show off the beautiful countryside and have locally sourced flowers and food.
I didn’t really have a set theme – I just wanted it to be relaxed, country and floaty. The bridesmaids wore forest green dresses from Rewritten. I wanted them to wear pale pastel colours but when they tried on the dresses they all looked so beautiful in the green ones and a bit washed out in the pastels. So, we went with green. I felt with the light pinks, greens and whites of the flowers – they worked perfectly.
During the search for my dress I must have visited eight shops in the north and London. I ended up buying the most beautiful Charlie Brear dress from a boutique called The White Closet in Didsbury. Despite visiting so many shops I didn’t find anything I liked apart from in The White Closet where I actually found two that were amazing. The experience was fun and friendly and they transformed me into the exact bride I was looking to be, all so effortlessly. The dress I chose was great as it was a simple slip dress overlaid with lace, which I removed in the evening and then added a sequin belt to. It felt amazing and was so light and flowing.
February 16th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
While we fiercely champion all of our amazing suppliers, we also love to see a wedding that calls on the talents of the couple’s nearest and dearest and delivers handmade touches, like the wedding flowers in today’s real wedding that were arranged by the bride’s aunt, and the cake created by a family friend.
Katherine and Grant were married at the The Great Hall at Mains in Poulton-le-Fylde, an exclusive Tudor style venue, which they decorated with flashes of Kingfisher blue to echo the sapphire in Katherine’s engagement ring. The venue is set against a backdrop of the River Wyre and the Hall, with its high timber-framed ceilings, gigantic stone fireplace, gorgeous tapestries and medieval ironwork chandeliers, has a wonderful historic ambience.
The smile on Katherine’s face as she walks down the aisle towards Grant says it all though – it all comes back to love!
With images by Struth Photography.
[jenaopen]katherine says: We got engaged while on holiday in York. We took our dog, Toby, to a lovely forest for a walk. I got up from a bench to throw the stick for Toby and, when I turned around to sit back down, Grant had the ring out and asked me to marry him.
We got married on 28th May 2017. We picked this date as it was the closest weekend date available to our anniversary, which is 4th June.
We chose our venue – The Great Hall at Mains in Poulton-le-Fylde – because of its beauty inside and out, choosing blue as our main colour scheme as a nod to my sapphire engagement ring.
For my dress, I chose an oyster fit and flare strapless design with a white lace overlay. It came from Areles Bridal in Darwen. I picked it because I found this shape best complemented my figure.
My bridesmaids had beautiful blue wrap dresses, which we also found at the bridal shop.
Grant picked a dark grey three-piece suit with a blue cravat from Aults in Bolton, and the groomsmen wore the same.
May 15th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s real wedding is all about the beautiful summer florals and gorgeous detailing – think kitsch bunting, homemade chutneys and cupcakes, plus lots of twinkling lights.
Set in one of our favourite northern cities, York, the couple’s special day perfectly captures the beauty of an urban wedding, with park benches, stairwells and bustling streets all featuring in their stunning wedding album.
After exchanging vows against the magnificent backdrop of their local church, Roz and Rob then celebrated with family and friends at the National Centre for Early Music. Going for something of a creative DIY approach (would we expect anything less from an art teacher?) the bride was very hands-on in the lead up to the wedding and a few of the guests even baked some scrumptious treats to tuck in to on the day.
With images by Alwin Greyson Photography
roz says: After asking my parents for permission, Rob decided to pop the question at one of my favourite places near my home town of Sheffield, on 26th May 2014. We decided to go for a walk to Stanage and once we arrived at Robin Hood’s cave Rob presented me with a gift, which was a photo album filled with pictures from our past two years together. Whilst I was looking through the last page, he got down on one knee and popped the question. I said yes and as we embraced we heard someone clapping, we looked up to see a rock climber cheering us on – we thought we were alone, but what a spontaneous surprise!
We tied the knot on 25th July 2015. As a teacher, I wanted to get married during the holidays – this gave me a week after school finished to get things sorted, as it was very much a DIY wedding!
We got married at St Michael Le Belfrey Church in York. This is the church where we met and both attended.
August 9th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
This morning on the wedding blog we’re off to the North West of the country to relive Carl and Samantha’s wedding at Ashton Memorial.
Having fallen head over heels for the stunning venue and its surroundings, today’s bride and groom made full use of its beautiful backdrops, posing for numerous photographs both inside and out.
We also have to praise Samantha on her choice of fancy wedding footwear, which provided her something new and blue!
With images by Rachael Pereira Photography.
samantha says: We got engaged on 19th June 2015 and our wedding was on 8th April 2016, as we wanted to get married during the first week in April. This gave us just under ten months in which to plan our big day.
Our chosen venue for the ceremony was Ashton Memorial in Lancaster. We love everything about this stunning Victorian building and the atmosphere inside is incredible too. Our reception was then held at The Crofters Hotel in Garstang.
We picked a royal blue colour scheme for the wedding and I decided early on that I wanted to wear blue shoes to match (they also provided my something new and blue!)
My wedding dress was an ivory, strapless lace gown which I wore with a co-ordinating bolero and short veil with crystals. I picked these from The Bridal Collection of Lancaster. My shoes to complete my look were from Ted Baker.
Carl wore a grey Ted Baker morning suit, ivory waist coat and tie, all of which was hired from Moss Bros. The best man wore a morning suit too but with a grey waist coat and royal blue tie.
My lovely bridesmaids meanwhile wore royal blue chiffon and lace, full-length dresses and looked beautiful.
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August 3rd, 2016 | Julia Braime
Having often dreamt about weddings since being young, us girls can easily get carried away when it comes to planning our big day but it’s important that we respect our partner’s wishes too. Today’s bride goes as far as to say that without the groom’s input their wedding would not have been as special or as successful, as the two of them worked together to make planning their dream day from abroad possible.
Looking at the images below it’s fair to say that team work certainly made the dream work, as Ashlea and David enjoyed a beautifully elegant big day at the stunning Newton Hall complete with a pretty colour palette and sparkling pops of gold.
With images by Danny Birrell Photography.
ashlea says: We got engaged in Ottawa, Ontario, the capital of Canada, on 18th February 2014. Dave was visiting Canada for a year while I was finishing university and we decided to take a trip during my winter break. One of our favourite pastimes in the winter is skating and in Ottawa the canal freezes over to create more than three miles of rink. After spending the day touring around, and me suffering with the flu of the century, Dave convinced me to brave the -20C whether once more to go skating at dusk and watch the sun set. Once we were thoroughly frozen we decided to head back to the start but Dave stopped half way back, and began to tell me how much he loved me and where he saw our lives going. Before I knew it he was down on one knee on skates.
We set the date for 22nd June 2016, as we both felt it would be the best time of year for a wedding – not too hot and not too cold! It was also the perfect timing between Dave finishing his degree and his graduation.
We got married at Newton Hall in Northumberland. I started researching places shortly after we got engaged and being in another country meant everything was through Google. I instantly fell in love with the pictures and the whole idea behind Newton Hall. I think it just fit our quirky personalities and was something completely different to both of us. We had it booked from in May 2015 and Dave went to the open house by himself and called me in Canada at 6am telling me it was absolutely perfect! It wasn’t until three months before the wedding that I got to see the venue for myself – and I was just blown away by everything!
I’m an artist by trade and when we began planning our wedding I was really inspired by the vintage English look, but I think as time went on it began to evolve into something a little more personal, mixing in vintage with whimsical and a little bit of floral. I also took into consideration the look of the hall itself and picked things that would complement it.
Our colour scheme was dusty blue, gold, pastel pale pink, and ivory. I started with the colour of my dress which was ivory over light gold, and my bridesmaids dresses, which were dusty blue and then used a third colour, the pink, that I knew would complement them both. From there I used the colours in the little details like the bunting, flowers, and the cake.
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