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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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our love story: natalie and tim

May 10th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Travel Themed Engagement Shoot in Cheshire (c) Emma Hillier Photography (26)

This morning we have a super fun pre-wedding shoot to share with you all that we absolutely love!

Husband and wife-to-be Tim and Natalie, chose a vintage railway in Cheshire as the backdrop to the shoot which they wanted to have a transport/travel feel to fit in with the theme they have planned for their upcoming wedding.

As well as providing the perfect opportunity for them to get comfortable in front of the camera, Tim and Natalie also used the shoot to secure some gorgeous and natural shots for their save the dates to send out to guests, getting them all excited for the big day to come!

With images by Emma Hillier Photography.

A Travel Themed Engagement Shoot in Cheshire (c) Emma Hillier Photography (35)

natalie says: We got engaged in London 2014, we were there for the Winter Wonderland with Christmas being our favourite time of year since our first holiday in New York together.

Now not that Tim knew this, but I’d actually found a picture of a ring on his iPad early 2014. We had holidayed in Dubai in the May and Barbados in July. In anticipation of a proposal I had bought a whole new wardrobe for each and thought ‘this is it’ every time he asked me to go for a walk along the beach. By the December, the picture of the ring had disappeared and so had my hope of getting engaged. Little did I know Tim had invited my dad round for a curry and beers to ask if he could marry me.

Off we set of to London on the train, where in hindsight the signs were there, not leaving his holdall out of arms reach, insisting that he got the fizz we had packed out of holdall when I was closer, and constantly asking me when I was ready to go out for dinner. Then as I was putting on my necklace in the mirror, I hadn’t noticed he was hovering behind me until I turned around and he had disappeared down onto one knee. I was so surprised when I saw the ring, it wasn’t the one in the picture, it was even more gorgeous!

A Travel Themed Engagement Shoot in Cheshire (c) Emma Hillier Photography (23)

We have set the date for 31st March 2017 and picked Colshaw Hall in Knutsford, as our venue.

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sugar, spice & everything nice. mori lee for a vintage wedding at the bowdon rooms – nicola & jonathan

April 25th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Sweet Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Steve Grogan Photography (41)

We’re getting Monday off to an incredibly pretty start with this stunning Cheshire real wedding.

As huge fans of pastels so we’re totally in love with all the sweet & sugary tones incorporated into the décor, blooms and attire.

The bride and groom certainly steal the show (as they should!) with Jonathan opting for an alternative light blue suit and peach tie, while Nicola looks every inch the model bride in a fitted fishtail gown #hot!

With images by Steve Grogan Photography.

A Sweet Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Steve Grogan Photography (36)

nicola says: We got engaged at home in June 2014. The proposal came just before we were leaving for the airport to go on holiday to Egypt.

We set the date for 15th August 2015 as it would fall in the school holidays. We were also hoping that we would be in with a chance of sunshine at that time of year and we were keen to go on honeymoon in September.

Our venue was The Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire. We really liked the style, size and location of the building. The wedding planner there was also amazing from start to finish.

A Sweet Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Steve Grogan Photography (44)

We chose a vintage theme for the wedding in line with the stunning venue and incorporated lots of flowers into the décor. Our colour scheme was pastels of peach, mint, powder blue and blush pink, which again went nice with the venue and also suited the time of year.

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