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our love story: george & jo

July 21st, 2016 | Julia Braime

Our Love Story Jo & George (c) Stell a Photography (51)

This morning on the blog we’re heading to the North West of the UK to share the gorgeous engagement shoot of husband- and wife-to-be George and Jo.

Captured in the beautiful surroundings of Lyme Park in Cheshire, we adore how relaxed and natural this loved-up duo are in front of the lens – stealing kisses and hugs while smiling and laughing along the way. Super sweet!

With images by Stella Photography.

Our Love Story Jo & George (c) Stell a Photography (24)

george says: My proposal came as that much of a surprise to Jo she said “no”! It was more the shock at first – I hope! We had trekked three miles up to the Hollywood sign in LA in baking heat and without any water or suntan cream. Jo wanted to turn back, but there was no way I was going back without popping the question! It was on our fifth anniversary, which made it all the sweeter!

We have set the date for May 2017, with the ceremony at my local church in High Lane, followed by a reception in Didsbury.

Our Love Story Jo & George (c) Stell a Photography (38)

We first met when Jo came with a friend to a gathering at my house and my brother accidentally walked home in Jo’s friend’s boots! Conveniently, this meant Jo had to come round the next day to pick them up. When Jo got to mine, she found me in my best shirt and shorts, stinking of aftershave and she still said she would go out for a drink with me!

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relaxed glamour: a monochrome & copper inspired bridal shoot at the holford estate, cheshire

July 5th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Styled Bridal Shoot at The Holford Estate (c) Mr & Mrs W (10)

Those talented North West wedding suppliers have been busy once again creating a gorgeous styled shoot to help inspire your big day choices; covering everything from the dress to the décor.

This styled shoot was primarily put together to help showcase a stunning new venue to the county of Cheshire, The Holford Estate. Set within 130 acres of beautiful countryside, the venue’s newly refurbished Holford Barn made the perfect backdrop for the suppliers to showcase their skills, products and services.

Inspired by the features and materials of the barn, stylist Rebecca Jenkinson of Pretty Little Trio Vintage Hire & Styling, worked with fellow artistic suppliers to create a relaxed yet glamourous big day look, which both complemented and enhanced the shoot setting.

To explain more about how the various looks that were created, we’ll let Rebecca do the talking…

With images by Mr & Mrs W.

A Styled Bridal Shoot at The Holford Estate (c) Mr & Mrs W (7)

rebecca says: The shoot was a collaboration of North West wedding suppliers at a beautiful and unique new venue in Cheshire, The Holford Estate. The venue is a stunning barn conversion, surrounded by stable blocks and beautiful grounds. It’s quite opulent, rather than rustic in style, and so we took that as our steer for the shoot and aimed for relaxed, elegant glamour.

A Styled Bridal Shoot at The Holford Estate (c) Mr & Mrs W (15)

A Styled Bridal Shoot at The Holford Estate (c) Mr & Mrs W (11)

There is a stunning copper staircase that cascades into the barn itself and little copper gold mice in the old brickwork of the barn, so we wanted to work with the lovely metallics and the warm colours in the brickwork around us.

A Styled Bridal Shoot at The Holford Estate (c) Mr & Mrs W (33)

There is also beautiful black and white timber framed building in the grounds, and formal gardens, which gave us the idea for black and white florals and foliage, stationery, mojitos and, of course, the friendly black and white horse in the stables.

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culture & class. a bespoke dress for a wedding of two halves at the mere, cheshire – khadiga & ahmed

June 13th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Beautiful Wedding at The Mere (c) Jack Knight Photography (107)

Wow! What better way to start your week than with this fabulous real wedding, which combines two different styles of celebrations into one.

For the first part of their wedding, Khadiga and Ahmed chose to keep things simple with elegant styling and a neutral colour palette to contrast against the second half of the day – their Sudanese traditional celebrations – which featured opulent attire and vibrant bursts of colour in rich reds and gold.

We just love how different the two parts of the celebrations are, but that the bride and groom have managed to execute both perfectly for a varied and beautiful big day!

With images by Jack Knight Photography.

A Beautiful Wedding at The Mere (c) Jack Knight Photography (51)

khadiga says: Our proposal story is a little complicated in that in our culture the man has to officially go to your family to ask for your hand in marriage, along with his family. So it was more years of discussion as opposed to a romantic proposal. Having said that, once Ahmed got the green light he did surprise me with the whole down-on-one-knee shebang! I didn’t see that one coming!

Our wedding was on 9th April 2016. We chose that date simply because it was the only Saturday left available in April at the venue that we wanted. Otherwise we would have had to wait until November – and it’s cold in November.

A Beautiful Wedding at The Mere (c) Jack Knight Photography (92)

We got married at The Mere golf resort and spa, in Knutsford. It was one of those days with intermittent rain but luckily not when we were outside! My mother actually picked it as she received her first ever award there (Northwest Bionow award) back in 2007. Sadly she passed away just over a year ago so I was set on fulfilling her wishes to tie the knot there. It meant so much to me having my wedding at The Mere, and maybe she was looking over us.

A Beautiful Wedding at The Mere (c) Jack Knight Photography (34)

We went for elegance and simplicity when it came to styling the wedding. By nature I’m not flashy and not into all that OTT business. In keeping with this, we chose a colour scheme of simple, neutral tones, including whites and ivories, to set a calming atmosphere. My bridesmaids wore blush pink and champagne gold dresses, which went beautifully. We also wanted the colours in the first part of the wedding t
o contrast those in the second part of the wedding where we had our Sudanese traditional celebrations. We changed the stage décor and had outfit changes to reds and golds – lots of gold!

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personal & unique. victoria kay for an intimate wedding at the belle epoque – stephanie & gary

June 9th, 2016 | Julia Braime

An Intimate Wedding at The Belle Epoque (c) James Tracey Photography (24)

The saying about quality and quantity could not be truer of the lovely real wedding that we are sharing with you on the blog today.

With a modest guest list of 38 day guests and 53 evening guests, Stephanie and Gary wanted their intimate wedding to be a reflection of them as a couple, whilst also being an enjoyable and memorable event for their guests.

Picking a unique venue and prioritising elements such as the photography, food and entertainment, whilst getting stuck into some DIY décor, meant that Stephanie and Gary could have the special day they had dreamt of, whilst remaining still within budget. Excellent work guys!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.

An Intimate Wedding at The Belle Epoque (c) James Tracey Photography (27)

stephanie says: We got engaged on the 28th May 2014. I had my suspicions that Gary was going to do it soon as he’d booked for us to go for afternoon tea at the Hilton in Manchester. We were in the process of buying our house and the Wednesday before when we were booked for afternoon tea, we’d had our final meeting with the bank to say the mortgage had been agreed. We went to the pub after to celebrate and then came home. I got my PJs on, put the bins out and put the washing on, just usual things to do on a Wednesday, and turned round to find Gary with two glasses of whiskey. He asked me to come with him into the front room and gave me a glass and then got down on one knee with a ring. It took me by surprise! I never wanted a huge spectacle of an engagement so what he did was perfect. He’d even been on his own to get the ring and got it spot on!

We were married on the 24th March 2016, the Thursday before the bank holiday weekend. We got together on the 27th March 2008 so knew we wanted a date around when we got together and we wanted a weekday wedding. The Thursday was a good choice because most people then had the bank holiday Friday off work to recover!

An Intimate Wedding at The Belle Epoque (c) James Tracey Photography (19)

We got married at The Belle Epoque in Knutsford, Cheshire. It was the only venue that we went to look round and we knew straight away it was the one for us. We wanted somewhere that was unique, intimate and personal. From our first meeting there, all the staff were so incredibly helpful and we loved that it was a family business and not part of a large chain of hotels. We could pick and choose what we wanted for our day and we could stay there the night of the wedding and have breakfast with family the day after. The setup of the venue was ideal too; we loved that each part of the wedding was in a separate room and guests didn’t have to be shipped off somewhere whilst the room was re-organised and that people could sit away from the DJ during the evening do and chat. Generally, it’s an absolutely stunning venue!

An Intimate Wedding at The Belle Epoque (c) James Tracey Photography (4)
Gary and I are self-confessed beer geeks, so beer had to feature heavily in our wedding. I also wanted to still keep it girly and vintage-y too so I guess the theme was ‘Beer and Birds’ Each table was named after one of our favourite breweries and we had a selection of their bottles as table decorations with fake roses in. The men’s buttonholes were made of beer bottle caps and I had beer bottle caps on my bouquet. All the stationery featured vintage birds and we had a birdcage table plan. I got the design from Dollface Design on Etsy. My mum was unsure when I told her my vision but everyone said how unique and ‘us’ is was.

I am quite girly so pink was the colour theme but very subtly! I didn’t make Gary wear anything pink. We just had pink roses in the table decorations and my bridesmaid wore pink. The buttonholes did have small pink rose buttons on, which my bridesmaid and I also had in our bouquets.

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midsummer night’s dream: an ethereal styled shoot in the north west

June 6th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Midsummer Night's Dream Styled Shoot (c) Boho Lane Photography (44)

This afternoon on the blog we have some dreamy eye candy in the form of a stunning styled shoot to ease away those Monday blues.

Put together by a talented group of Cheshire wedding suppliers, this shoot centres round A Midsummer Night’s Dream theme with relaxed, ethereal styling and beautiful boho dresses and accessories.

Here to fill us in on all the pretty details is Rebecca from Gypsy Rose Vintage, who provided the beautiful hair accessories featured in the shoot. We need to get us one of those rose flower crowns #lush.

With images by Boho Lane Photography.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Styled Shoot (c) Boho Lane Photography (19)

rebecca says: The purpose of the shoot was to bring together a group of like-minded bohemian and vintage inspired creatives to create a Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired shoot.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Styled Shoot (c) Boho Lane Photography (7)

The chosen location was a local hidden gem, Maggoty Wood in Gawsworth, Cheshire, which fit perfectly with the theme of the shoot. The open space woodland was perfectly quiet and tranquil on the day we shot, allowing us to have free reign to create a series of different backdrops, capturing the natural beauty of the area.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Styled Shoot (c) Boho Lane Photography (40)

The styling, which Pretty Creative assisted on, revolved around the Midsummer Night’s Dream/floral theme. We specifically wanted to include lots of feathers/dreamcatchers, colourful fresh fruits, such as figs and grapefruits, and, of course, lots of lovely flowers, which were supplied by Verity & Thyme. The stationery was created by Hattie Boo Designs and added a romantic pop of colour.

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rustic perfection. diane harbridge for an intimate wedding at the yellow broom – beth & rob

May 23rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Rustic Wedding at The Yellow Broom (c) Amanda Balmain Photography (36)

We’re getting your week off to a beautiful start with another helping of pretty, rustic wedding inspiration in the form of Beth and Rob’s big day.

Tying the knot in an intimate ceremony at The Yellow Broom in Cheshire, bride Beth decided to complement the setting with a simple rustic theme, featuring lots of twine and ethereal woodland themed décor.

As groom Rob is allergic to fresh flowers, Beth went for a pretty paper boutique which we think adds to the overall daintiness and charm of this sweet celebration.

With images by Amanda Balmain Photography.

A Rustic Wedding at The Yellow Broom (c) Amanda Balmain Photography (49)

beth says: Rob proposed on Christmas Eve 2014. We took the dog for a walk (I thought he was very quiet) and when we got back, he had disappeared telling me he had to wrap some more presents. A few minutes later, I got called upstairs to find my dog with a little Santa outfit on, with ‘will you marry me’ stitched on the back – I turned around and Rob was down on one knee with a beautiful ring! It was a complete shock and needless to say, the best Christmas Eve ever!

We set the date for 20th February 2016. We decided we’d prefer a winter wedding, but we were conscious of daylight hours and the usual English winter weather, so we thought February would be a suitable month!

A Rustic Wedding at The Yellow Broom (c) Amanda Balmain Photography (35)

We got married at The Yellow Broom in Cheshire. I only wanted a very small wedding and we also wanted a civil ceremony. After a lot of searching around, we found that we could do both at The Yellow Broom. After a visit, we saw it was such a light, beautiful venue and decided that it would be perfect. We were offered a brilliant deal on the wedding because it was in the winter and the wedding manager there Nathalie, took care of pretty much everything for us, which was exactly what I needed!

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