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ruffles & roses. pretty pastels for a relaxed garden party wedding in liverpool – cecilia & philip

August 29th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Garden Party Wedding in Liverpool (c) Tim Simpson Photography  (18)

We’re getting Monday off to a very pretty start here on the blog by heading North West to relive the gorgeous wedding of Cecilia and Philip.

Deciding on a chilled-out garden party wedding theme to complement their chosen venue, Cecilia and Philip styled their day with lots of flourishing florals and paper pompoms in sugary pastel tones.

As well as the setting, we love Cecilia’s choice of voluminous ruffle wedding gown, topped off with a cute pink flower crown. B-e-a-u-tiful!

With images by Tim Simpson Photography.

A Garden Party Wedding in Liverpool (c) Tim Simpson Photography  (33)

cecilia says: We’ve been together for almost ten years so it was about time we got engaged. It happened whilst we were watching the sunset on a summer’s evening after dinner at Bon Ton overlooking over the lagoon on a holiday in Langkawi.

Once engaged we set the wedding date for 31st May 2015. We thought the end of spring/beginning of summer would be a lovely time of year to marry and it’s also a great time for lots of blossoming flowers.

A Garden Party Wedding in Liverpool (c) Tim Simpson Photography  (27)

When deciding where the wedding should take place Liverpool sprang to our minds as it was the city in which we first met. Grade II* listed Sefton Park Palm House was our venue of choice. We loved the crisp white architecture of the glass house and surrounding beauty of greenery. Also the aromas from the glass house flower as soon as you walk into the venue. We had both our ceremony and reception there.

For the wedding theme we agreed on a relaxed garden party vibe with lots of floral décor. The colour scheme meanwhile was light shades of pinks, with splashes of blue and lime green. I thought that these would be easy on the eye but also pop out well against the white linen tables whilst blending in well with the floral green house.

A Garden Party Wedding in Liverpool (c) Tim Simpson Photography  (44)

I had two wedding day outfits: my white wedding gown and then a little red dress for the tea ceremony. It is the Chinese tradition to wear red on the special day with the lucky meaning. My wedding gown was a princess bell shape with long train, which after trying various styles of gowns, is the shape that suited me most. The ‘dome’ was formed by multi layers of lightweight fabrics so even though the train was quite long, wasn’t that heavy to stop me from moving freely. I ordered by wedding dress from an online shop on Taobao (China’s equivalent of eBay), which was custom made to fit my size. The red dress I wore was from another shop on Taobao which turned out to be a bit of a headache – I later wished that I had ordered it from the same shop as where I got my wedding dress from. If brides do fancy getting a nice outfit from Taobao, my advice would be to make sure they find those with an excellent reputation, and ideally with high street store. Oh and allow plenty of time for ordering and delivery.

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real wedding recap winter 2014. one pretty party! a chic & cheerful wedding at Thornton Manor – jessica & craig

December 29th, 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.

a romantic wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Elbowroom Photography (1)

I’m firmly of the opinion that your wedding day should be the very best party that you’ve ever been to.

It looks like Jessica and Craig took the same view when they said ‘I do’ at the gorgeous Thornton Manor on The Wirral earlier this year. Gorgeous outfits, good food, vibrant flowers and plenty of fun and games left their guests in the mood for a very beautiful all night party.

Alka-Seltzer anyone?

With images by ER Photography.

a romantic wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Elbowroom Photography (4)

jessica says: We got engaged in Rome, Italy. After a romantic candlelit dinner we caught a taxi to the Trevi Fountain. We found a quiet spot to the side in an alcove and he got to one knee. This was after a day walking around the Vatican.

We were married on 23rd May 2014 at Thornton Manor – the beautiful setting & extensive grounds coupled with the exquisite manor house made it an easy decision.  It’s spectacular venue with so much history.

 

a romantic wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Elbowroom Photography (21)

a romantic wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Elbowroom Photography (18)

We chose careful colour palettes throughout the day using white and cream for purity and innocence during the Ceremony, and then the Wedding Breakfast & my bouquet were extremely colourful to reflect our personalities!

a romantic wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Elbowroom Photography (10)

a romantic wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Elbowroom Photography (20)

I chose a plain but elegant champagne/oyster dress with a long cathedral veil from Blush Bridal.

Craig wore a purple kilt from MacKenzie Menswear in Glasgow and my bridesmaids were in floor length purple gowns by Mori Lee, also from Blush Bridal.

a romantic wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Elbowroom Photography (13)

a romantic wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Elbowroom Photography (12)

Flower Design created the most beautiful of bouquets, button holes and displays throughout the venue, using orchids and other vibrant flowers. Flower Design worked with my ideas really well and produced the most splendid arrangements.

a romantic wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Elbowroom Photography (31)

a romantic wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Elbowroom Photography (30)

ER Photography were our photographers. They were fantastic – beautiful pictures, lots of coordination on the day and part of the party!

a romantic wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Elbowroom Photography (15)

Chapman Holmes were our caters and were fantastic! Craig’s favourite food is steak, so decided that we really wanted the menu to reflect what we love to eat. We decided on Goats Cheese with Pesto Credot, Roast Sirloin of Steak with Dauphenois Potatoes and our cake as dessert.

a romantic wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Elbowroom Photography (24)

Our pretty wedding cake was by The Frostery in Uppermill. It was Lemon Drizzle and we served it as our dessert with Raspberry Coulis. We had a cheesecake for the evening so the evening guests could enjoy an alternative wedding cake.

a romantic wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Elbowroom Photography (36)

a romantic wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Elbowroom Photography (38)

We had David Buckingham, a guitarist from the ceremony through to the end of the meal. My father has always played the guitar and when we came across him at a wedding fair he was playing the very piece that my father used to play to me as a child.

Soul Apostle were the band providing lots of fun and great music. Tom was our DJ and listened to our tastes and played us the best music which meant I danced all night!

a romantic wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Elbowroom Photography (35)

We had a photobooth which people stuck into a book and left us their best wishes and messages.

a romantic wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Elbowroom Photography (39)

We hired the lakeside marquee for the evening reception so we could have a big party and part of the marquee is a nightclub so we could create the party atmosphere. My favourite part of the day was dancing all night!

a romantic wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Elbowroom Photography (49)

We took a week’s mini moon in Barbados but plan to go to South America in September for 3.5 weeks.

a romantic wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Elbowroom Photography (50)

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make sure you take time out on the day to spend together and have a moment of reflection.

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“A Marine!” A Real Wedding – Sarah & Jonathan

November 1st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Oh my goodness.  I don’t know if I’m just feeling hormonal, but I was welling up within the first 15 seconds of this gorgeous wedding video from Marry Me Films.  Literally – I went back and timed it.  A man in uniform always gets to me – if you know what I mean – but I think its the love, excitement and happiness evident in this little film of Sarah and Jonathan’s big day that tugged at this ’s numb* old heart strings!  Press play and enjoy.

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In the meantime, it’s over to the bride to tell you a bit more about her big day.  With photographs by family friend Christian Ollier.

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Sarah says:  We got engaged on New Year’s day 2010, and married on 5th August 2011 at Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield.  We had looked around only two venues before we settled on Capesthorne Hall. Our parents told us not to rush into the decision, but there was no question in our minds that this was where we wanted our big day to be. Capesthorne Hall is a beautiful stately home, but not in a flashy sense. I personally was drawn to the building due to its black shading, the drawn curtains and the charcoal colouring around the eaves of the house: the building had a true gothic quality. It reminded me of Jane Eyre, Beauty and the Beast, and I felt it had a quality we had not seen in the other places we viewed. We were sold, it was the one.

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The fact that Jon is an officer in the Royal Marines was an obvious theme throughout the day. The military men in attendance acted as ushers and as you might expect, were diligent in their role and no one argued – not with swords in hands! The guard of honour was amazing, a fairy tale element and an aspect which we will always remember.

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When deciding on a theme for our tables, we thought about continuing the military theme, but decided to go for something closer to our hearts. We chose our favourite places from our time together: Bagdale Hall, Whitby; Casa Best, Malaga/The Lakes; Constance Ephelia, Seychelles; Lebua State Tower, Bangkok; The Four Seasons Hotel, Thailand; The Castle Hotel, Taunton and Oreston Manour House, Torquay. During Jon’s speech, he took each in turn and talked about why each one was of such importance. It was the story of us, built around our special places. It was a fantastic touch of Jon’s, I have to give him the credit there!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Christian Ollier

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Our wedding colour scheme was green. I love green! I am obsessed by all varieties of the colour and knew that no matter what month we got married in, green would be the colour that won.

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In the end we went for a spring green as we decided on an August wedding. The colour was perfect and when the sun shone on the bridesmaid dresses, the girls looked stunning. The colour suited each of them, light skinned or dark, and everyone commented on its beauty. The bouquets for both the bridesmaids and I were dominated by green foliage, giving them a natural feel. This colour was then replicated on the chair ties, a perfect match, I don’t know how Sue (Chapman Holmes) did it, but it pulled the whole room together beautifully. Green envelopes were used as place names. Green corsages were made for all the male family members.

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* I wish! I cry at most wedding submissions actually.  We should have shares in Kleenex. 

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