September 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime
This afternoon’s Real Wedding – with images by Pixies In The Cellar – is cool and classy and conducted under a blustery Yorkshire sky. An outdoor ceremony is always special, but with our British summertime, it’s also downright brave. Luckily Nicola and Mike’s gamble paid off, as the sun shone for their stunning celebration at The Saddleworth Hotel.
Nicola says: We got engaged in The Maldives in June 2011 and were married on Saturday 3rd August 2013 at The Saddleworth Hotel. It’s an amazing setting and the venue has great staff – overall, truly everything we wanted in a wedding venue!
We didn’t really have a colour scheme – everything was kept neutral with white, grey and black. The only hint of colour was pale, blush pink roses dotted amongst the cream in the bouquets.
My bridesmaids wore slate grey shift dresses from Bride to Be by Hannah Lois and I added an ivory coloured sash to these to match their shoes and bags. The groomsmen wore slate grey suits from Swarbricks with dark grey cravats and waistcoats to tie in with the sash on the bridesmaid’s dresses.
I stayed at the venue the night before and Michael was picked up by the owner of The Saddleworth Hotel in a vintage Rolls Royce convertible.
The ceremony was gorgeous – the best part of the day for both of us. It was so lovely and really did feel personal to us.
As a surprise, I wrote a personal reading to Michael telling the story of us in the form of a poem. I’d gone through the process of ‘choosing one’ with him so he didn’t have a clue until one of my bridesmaids started reading it. It made the ceremony so personal and there was barely a dry eye in the house.
To add to this, turns out he’d done the same and wrote me a poem as part of his speech – a truly in sync couple.
Our beautiful flowers were by Kelly Louise. I carried a hand tied bouquet of white, cream and pale pink roses and this was echoed in our centrepieces.
We chose a very simple three tier, white iced cake from Slattery’s. The only detail was a small grey ribbon and row of pearls placed around the bottom of each tier to tie in with our overall details and theme.
We had a band called Under The Covers perform during the evening reception.
The honeymoon was planned all as a surprise by Michael – literally until we arrived at the airport. He planned the whole thing and didn’t tell a single person. We went to New York then on to Maroma Beach, Mexico
My top tip for other Brides Up North is to enjoy every second and make sure you spend as much of it as possible with one another – it truly is the most magical day you could wish for, make sure you share it together
Congratulations Nicola & Mike!
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