May 31st, 2018 | Laura McDonagh
It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, 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 4th June 2018 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from the first half of the year so far.
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.
Stacy and Andy’s stunning day represents the best of two very different wedding worlds, with wild, windy Wuthering Heights-style portraits at the top of Pendle Hill placed alongside the laidback industrial cool of Holmes Mill in Clitheroe.
From the moment this decisive pair stepped foot in the venue they just knew it was for them – falling instantly in love with its exposed stone walls, cool lighting and chic industrial features. Their theme evolved organically, with lots of dark red, evergreens, candlelight and Stacy’s Edwardian-style dress setting an effortlessly elegant tone for a spectacular winter feast. The Northern Soul and Hacienda-influenced playlist and pie, pea and chips supper gets a big thumbs up from us and, quite frankly, pushes Stacy and Andy into poll position as our current festive wedspo favourites.
There’s so much to crush on in these images, from the vintage cocktail glasses to the unfettered emotion in those triumphant fist-pumping shots taken outside the church. So, without further ado, it’s time to indulge in some beauty!
With images by S6 Photography.
stacy says: Andy’s proposal was a complete surprise. We were spending Christmas 2016 separately with our families (mine in Lancashire, Andy’s in Berkshire) as we both live and work in London so don’t get much time with them throughout the year. On Christmas morning, Andy made the four-hour drive up to surprise me at my parents’. I answered the door, and my mum and dad – who knew he was coming – were so excited that they appeared at the door too, along with my brother. When I opened it to find him on the doorstep on one knee, he proposed to all of us! We had such an amazing Christmas Day – my mum had already set the table for five (I hadn’t even noticed), and we all ate Christmas dinner together, then drank champagne and danced into the small hours.
Our wedding was 30th December 2017. The date wasn’t significant, we just didn’t want to be engaged for a long time, and I always liked the idea of a winter wedding over a summer wedding because of all the aesthetics, with cosy candlelight and dark colours and foliage.
The ceremony was at St Peter & St Joseph RC church in Rossendale, Lancashire. The church is special to me because my parents were married there in 1984, and my grandparents in 1946. My grandparents Nellie and Jack attended mass there until their deaths, and we reserved their usual bench with a sign and two red roses, so it felt like they were there. Throughout the ceremony I felt that if I’d turned around I would have seen them, which was a lovely feeling.
Our reception was at Holmes Mill, Clitheroe. My dad Stuart found the venue, and as soon as we walked in (it was the first venue we saw), we knew it was the one. We’re quite decisive! We loved how it felt almost like a private members’ club, with potted palms and nooks and crannies with comfy sofas. I love all things Victorian and Edwardian, and loved the way they’d made all the old mill equipment the focus of each room. Upstairs the function room was perfect, with exposed walls, Edison bulbs and a glass wall overlooking the brewery. I think we made our minds up before we’d even talked prices.
There wasn’t a theme but I suppose we wanted everything to be seasonal, with natural lighting, dark colours and foliage. There ended up being a lot of dark red – my flowers, my shoes, Andy’s tie – which wasn’t planned but came together well.
My dress was from Savannah Miller’s collection at Debenhams. I knew I wanted long sleeves and a high neck; when I was looking at dresses I was drawn over and over again to Edwardian-style dresses with narrow shapes and beautiful detailing. It made it easy to shop for one because at every showroom or boutique I visited (about four in total), they only had one or two long-sleeved dresses. When I tried the Savannah Miller dress on it was just perfect – and it helped that it was about a third of the price of everything else I’d tried!
I shopped around for bridal shoes but found most of them weren’t my style. I eventually chose a pair of Bordeaux velvet court shoes from the V&A collection at Ravel, which was a beautiful contrast to the ivory dress. My earrings were from Latelita London, and I bought an ivory fur cape from Helen Moore to wear outside. My veil was from Kimberley Anne Bridal Boutique in Clitheroe.
May 11th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
Having been thrust firmly into the UK’s media limelight after snapping up one of Britain’s most eligible bachelors, Meghan Markle is quickly becoming a new style obsession for us ladies, favoured for her chic, tailored looks that are both pretty and polished.
We’re all keen to take note of her outfit choices at royal engagements and public appearances so that we can mirror that elegant yet effortless style for ourselves. So much so that certain outfits sported by the former Suits actress have gone on to sell out in just a matter of hours, or even minutes. In particular the bow-detailed green dress by Italian label P.A.R.O.S.H that Meghan wore for her first television interview with Harry after announcing their engagement.
It’s no wonder then that they biggest hype around the upcoming royal wedding, is what Meghan’s choice of gown will be. Speculation is sky high but with nothing confirmed we only have predictions to go on until the big reveal on May 19th.
Never one to wait patiently, we were keen to get the view of an expert in the industry, and so we’ve called upon our amazing Sponsor and top British bridal designer Caroline Castigliano, to give her thoughts on what we can expect from Meghan’s big day style while offering guidance for those brides-to-be wanting to radiant a royal worthy look for their own nuptials and celebrations.
As the royal wedding approaches the question on everyone’s lips is what type of gown will Meghan wear? Can you share your prediction with us?
caroline says: I think the dress will be in a delicate lace with very subtle beading, it will be designed with a deep V neckline and long lace sleeve – the sleeve will show her skin tone through so you can see the beauty and delicate detail of the lace. The gown will skim Meghan’s body and have a large train attached at the waist in a silk zibeline – from the front you will see the vision of the body skimming lace dress and this fabulous train creating drama – the train will extend to the back and the lace from the gown will trickle down the train from the waist.
Do you think that Meghan will follow in Kate Middleton’s footsteps and have a second gown for her wedding? If so what type of gown do you think this will be?
Meghan will definitely change for the evening reception, I feel she will wear a classic but very stylish gown to the wedding and change for the evening to something more in keeping with a glamourous party, perhaps a low back fitted gown that is sparkly and shows off her stunning figure. It was estimated that three billion people watched the last royal wedding – we need to see as many gorgeous gowns as possible!
And what about accessories? How do you think Meghan will complete her big day look?
Meghan will wear a silk veil covering the entire gown and extending to just past the end of the train on her gown. She will wear a tiara chosen from the collection of the late Princess Diana. I believe Meghan will also wear a delicate diamond necklace and matching bracelet.
How do you think Meghan’s choice of gown will shape bridal trends going forward?
I don’t think Meghan’s wedding dress will change the fashion of bridal wear in future years, Meghan may decide on something subtle within her outfit that could become a trend for a short period but if you look at royal weddings over the years you will see that none of these royal gowns have changed the course of bridal fashion.
You have designed gowns for celebrities, film stars and dignitaries – who has been your favourite to dress so far and which A-lister would you love the opportunity to design for?
I have never worked with anyone that I haven’t enjoyed dressing. My experience is the more successful someone is the more at peace they are within themselves and often quite humble. I would love to dress Adele. I love everything about her, the voice, the face – she is a great role model, truly amazing and a fabulous star.
For brides that are wanting to achieve a radiant princess look through their dress choice, what style of gowns would you suggest?
If a bride wants the princess radiant look she should create a classic look; long fitted sleeve with the shoulder covered, no cleavage and preferably the back covered too, this of course could be in a beautiful soft lace, so the skin creates a highlight through the lace. Most royal wedding dresses have full ball gown skirts this helps create impact and most importantly a princess bride must wear a veil preferably a cathedral veil. Jewellery would be delicate with diamond or pearl earrings and makeup simple and natural with glowing skin.
May 11th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
The atmospheric venue where today’s real wedding between Victoria and Matthew takes place, is set against the resplendent backdrop of 13th century Barden Tower, nestled in the glorious Yorkshire Dales landscape. With open log fires, candlelight and dark oak beamed ceilings, it was the perfect place for Victoria and Matthew to exchange their vows on a cool January day.
Wearing a gorgeous Justin Alexander dress with illusion sleeves and a full skirt, Victoria married Matthew on her late father’s birthday, to create new and wonderful memories of that date. With their young son William in attendance, dressed in an adorable combination of waistcoat, smart trousers and white converse trainers, this family affair was brimming with love and happiness!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Lloyd Clarke Photography.
victoria says: We got engaged at Bamburgh Castle. We were away on a family holiday for my mum’s birthday and visiting the castle. Matthew proposed in front of all my family (and everyone visiting Bamburgh Castle at that time!) so I quickly said yes to stop everyone looking!
We got married on 5th January 2018. We chose this date as it is my late father’s birthday. We had both always wanted a winter wedding and decided it would be good to make a nice memory on my dad’s birthday. We also managed to spread out Christmas a little longer than usual!
We got married at The Priests House right next to Bolton Abbey. We fell in love with this venue the moment we saw it and knew we had to get married there. The venue has the most beautiful surroundings whatever the weather, which was important to us considering the high chances of getting married on a wet and windy day.
We loved our venue. They took the stress out of a lot of the day and definitely knew what they were doing. They weren’t afraid to let us know if they thought one of our ideas wouldn’t work and also suggested things they thought we would like. They didn’t complain when I started emailing them a lot in the run-up to the wedding and nothing seemed too much bother. All our wedding guests complimented us on our venue and how stunning it was. We couldn’t have chosen anywhere much prettier.
We had a rustic wedding theme to match the wedding venue. For our colour scheme, we chose red and white and complemented this with lots of rustic/wooden decorations. We worked backwards with the colour scheme for the wedding as the bridesmaid’s dress had been chosen before a colour scheme, so we matched our colour scheme to the dress.
I chose an A-line wedding dress by Justin Alexander from the Sweetheart Collection. I got it from The Bridal Affair in Boroughbridge, after a friend had recommended them. It wasn’t the dress I originally thought I would get but as soon as I tried it on I didn’t want to take it off.
My bridesmaid wore the same dress I had worn as a bridesmaid for my sister’s wedding. My niece, who was my only bridesmaid, had asked if she could wear it as she really liked it.
May 9th, 2018 | Julia Braime
Pure, simple and spellbindingly beautiful is how we would describe the stunning work of our fabulous Sponsor Cine Reportage, with whom we are catching up with on the blog today.
A wedding videographer with a difference, William who owns the business captures a couple’s big day on real film using Super 8 and 16mm cameras. The outcome? Utterly gorgeous footage with a charming, nostalgic grainy edge which only further boosts the romantic feels.
Having covered varying styles of weddings across the UK and overseas, William is now keen to shoot some celebrations closer to his home in rural West Yorkshire having recently become a dad to baby son Percy (talk about a cute name!) As such, William is offering a £150 discount for weddings within a 75-mile drive of Holmfirth – so be sure to get on Google maps to see if you fall into said radius for a little extra saving!
But for now, join us as we take a look at William’s incredible work – be warned, this could trigger an emotional tear or two!
Images by Zara of Ginger Veil.
Can you tell us a little about your style of videography and why you think it’s so important for weddings to be captured on film?
william says: We love the photos of our wedding, but every year on our anniversary it’s our wedding film that we watch. It transports us back to the day, the place and the people in a way that photos can’t. I love it more every year and I look younger and slimmer every year!
What would you say to camera-shy couples who feel that having a videographer present on their wedding day would make them nervous?
I shoot as unobtrusively as possible and a lot of the time you won’t even know you’re on camera. It’s worth remembering that the film won’t just be about you; you’ll be surrounded by your favourite people and they’ll all be there to celebrate your love – it’s worth recording!
What is it that couples love about your approach and particular style of videography?
Unlike almost any other wedding filmmakers, we shoot on real film. It’s more romantic, more beautiful and more permanent than digital mediums. The films we make are fairly simple, and free from gimmicky production. We just record the day, as it happens, in a beautiful way. It’s not for everyone, but people that get it, love it.
What have you been up to since we last spoke to you? Where have you been shooting and what styles of weddings have you captured?
I’ve shot a crazy variety of weddings since we were last in touch – from fields, to beaches, to a private chateau in the South of France. The most unusual was a 1940s themed wedding at a 1940s weekend in Sheringham, Norfolk. The whole town dressed up and I shot it entirely in grainy black and white film with a period soundtrack.
You’ve just launched your new website. What’s changed and what can couples see on there?
Our new website is simpler and has more films on it than the last one; it’s easier to show you what we do than to talk on about how we do it. I’m going to add a blog page on there too – I’ve just got to find the time to write some posts!
What was your highlight of 2017 and what are you most looking forward to this year?
My highlight of the year was the arrival of Percy, our son. With him around I’m really keen to do more local work so that we can enjoy more time together.
If you could shoot a celebrity’s wedding whose would it be and why?
Hmm, that’s tricky! Maybe Martin Freeman. I just watched the first series of Fargo on Netfilx and he’s awesome in it. And my wife once saw him taking his mum to tea at Ladurée in Paris, which make me think he’s a good egg. I’ve no idea if he has any plans to get married. Otherwise maybe a great designer, director, photographer, or artist – it’s always a massive compliment when you’re asked to work for someone whose work you love.
Is there anywhere in particular you would love the opportunity to shoot, that you’ve not yet visited, or an area you enjoying shooting that you would like to shoot in more often?
I live in Holmfirth, on the edge of the Peak District. It’s an incredibly beautiful part of the world and I’d love shoot some weddings around here. There’s a vineyard just up the hill from our house – the view from there is immense and the wine is pretty good too! I’d love to shoot a wedding there.
Can you give us an idea on price/packages and are you able to offer our readers a special discount?
Our prices usually start from £1,650, but for 2018-2019 I’m offering a £150 discount for weddings within a 75-mile drive of Holmfirth. With a young family, it’s becoming more important for me to spend time at home and living in such a beautiful part of the country it seems a shame not to do more, more locally.
May 8th, 2018 | Julia Braime
If there’s one element of our job that we adore, it’s getting lost in the beauty of couples’ wedding images with some photographers able to make us feel that we were actually present at the celebrations for ourselves as we share in the emotions. One such professional who embodies this skill is our wonderful Sponsor, Kristian Leven.
With a true passion for documenting weddings, Kristian likes to blend into the background and capture the magic as it happens, framing not only the connection between the newlyweds but also the emotions and reactions of their guests resulting in a set of truly special images.
He promises that his photos have the power to transport his couples back to that treasured moment in time and looking at his work here, it’s clear to see that he is a man of his word.
So, let’s find out what makes this fine photographer tick while viewing some more of his fabulous imagery…
With images by Kristian Leven.
When did you first start photographing weddings and what was it that attracted you to the industry?
kristian says: Eight years ago now! For me it was an opportunity to do something I love, but also in a style I enjoyed. I was very fortunate to start at a time when documentary wedding photography was really taking off.
How would you describe your style of photography and the approach you take to capturing a big day?
I’m all about creating very natural and emotive imagery. I just let everyone enjoy their day, but behind my calm exterior I’m constantly looking and observing for moments, and quirks, and things that a lot of people would not ordinarily notice.
What is it that you love most about your job?
Probably the email I receive after the couple have seen their wedding gallery for the first time. I put so much work and effort into this, so it’s incredibly special to then to hear how much the pictures mean to them.
In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which photographer to book for their wedding?
Sounds a little obvious, but the photography! There are so many different styles of wedding photography now – some photographer’s concentrate on the details, or the bride and groom portraits – so they need to ask themselves, what do I really want? If it’s to spend as much time with their family and friends and to have the relationship between them captured, then I’m your guy!
What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?
Being able to see things differently to other photographers and capturing those moments in a unique way.
What is the feedback like from your couples?
I received this recently, and it blows me away every time I read it:
“I spent the day yesterday waiting eagerly for these and when they arrived I had to pause Eastenders and settle down with Corey and a glass of wine to look at them and we were still viewing them come midnight. We both felt so emotional; you managed to transport us straight back to the day with the power of your imagery. We never imagined our photos would be anything like that. They make us laugh, cry and smile, and we love EVERY single one of them. We cannot thank you enough, we wanted timeless photos to last us a lifetime and that is exactly what you provided. You listened to us and made us feel so relaxed on the day, we both agreed that we didn’t even know you’d taken the majority of these pictures and we love how natural they all are, and the emotion and personality each photograph conveys. We would recommend you a hundred times over and if we are ever in need of photography again, we know who to call.”
Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?
To be honest I love the reception, as that’s the part I can get stuck into, and capture the really original stuff. Plus, people are relaxed then, and can let their guard down, which results in some great moments.
What area do you cover and is there somewhere in particular that you would love to shoot a wedding that you’ve not yet had the opportunity to do?
Originally all my weddings were in London or the South East, but since my referral network has grown, I travel all over the UK, and internationally now. I had two places I really wanted to shoot, the Big Sur and the Amalfi Coast, and in 2016 my dream came true.
May 4th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
The setting of your big day has to be one of the biggest decisions you’ll make during the planning process and so it’s worth taking the time to thoroughly do your research and scope out all of the options available. Keen to assist in your search, we’re bringing you details of another stellar venue in the north of the UK, our brand new Sponsor Gibbon Bridge Hotel.
Situated in Chipping in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire – an Area of Outstanding National Beauty – this family owned venue offers couples elegance, class and quality for their big day celebrations. With a choice of beautiful ceremony spaces both inside and out, brides and grooms can tailor their day to their exact requirements, working with the venue’s friendly team and experienced head chef.
Personal and punctual, the Gibbon Bridge team pride themselves on providing excellent attention to detail, and the venue’s exclusive-use policy means only one wedding takes place at the hotel per day, resulting in the staffs’ undivided attention from beginning to end.
Sounds perfect right?! For those of you eager to find out more we’re chatting more to the team about Gibbon Bridge’s spectacular wedding offering, plus the venue has a Wedding Open Evening coming up on Wednesday 6th June, from 5pm to 8pm, when you can go along and view this beautiful building for yourselves.
Images as credited or provided by Gibbon Bridge.
John Francis Photography
Can you tell us a little about the history of the venue?
gibbon bridge say: Originally a family farm, Janet Simpson (the owner) and her mother created Gibbon Bridge in 1982. The hotel has developed over the years and now has 23 acres of beautiful award-winning gardens, a large elegant bar with dining rooms overlooking the terrace and gardens, as well as 30 unique and comfortably appointed bedrooms. Janet is still hands on and offers a personal service with a management team who have been with her since the early days. All the food is freshly cooked and sourced locally, whether from the kitchen gardens or local suppliers.
How would you describe the look and feel of the venue?
Gibbon Bridge is a warm friendly place with stunning gardens, an amazing view and an individual, eclectic but comfortable style.
Kerry Woods Photography
Can you tell us about the ceremony and reception areas and how many guests the venue can cater for?
From April to September, weather permitting, civil ceremonies take place outdoors in the Bandstand. The Bandstand is sheltered by trees and surrounded by beautiful gardens, which can then be enjoyed for the rest of the day. Drinks are served on the terrace adjoining the Conservatory; a room with a view and doors that open to let the outside in. Should rain prevail, and during the winter months, the Orangery is available for ceremonies. Light and airy with its unique pillars and glass collection, it is a beautiful and elegant alternative to the Bandstand. Gibbon Bridge can cater for weddings of up to 200 guests for the wedding breakfast, with additional evening guests, as well as smaller, more intimate weddings. No number is too small.
What makes Gibbon Bridge a special wedding venue and sets it apart from others?
The personal service and attention to detail that Janet and her team offer, as well as its individuality, beautiful gardens and setting. We will only ever hold one wedding a day so couples can rest assure that they are our sole focus.
What sort of bride would be a Gibbon Bridge bride?
A happy bride!
How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?
Your wedding day is as important to Janet and her team as it is to you. The team’s experience and attention to the details of your wedding will ensure that it is a day never to be forgotten.
Mark Tattersall Photography
Can you tell us about the accommodation at the venue?
The hotel has 30 bedrooms including the bridal suite. The rooms are spacious and individually furnished.
Tell us about your catering services and what makes them special?
Janet and the head chef, Gary, who has been with her for 22 years, have created the menus especially for you and your guests using local produce. The food is always freshly prepared and cooked on the day to meet your timetable and to ensure it is served hot. However, we are always happy to discuss alternative dishes and menus to suit your tastes.
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