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once upon a time. a story book themed wedding at hyde bank farm – jessica & rob

August 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Story Book Wedding in Cheshire (c) Lee Brown Photography (72)

Today’s wedding is brimming with beautiful inspiration, so be sure to have your Pinterest boards at the ready ladies.

Tying the knot at a rural barn setting in Cheshire, bookworm bride Jessica decided to theme the wedding around her favourite childhood stories, with nods to everyone from Peter Rabbit and Toad of Toad Hall, to the beautiful Snow White.

Looking every inch a princess herself, we adore Jessica’s stunning duchess satin gown as well as the bridesmaids’ vintage dresses and the groomsmen’s dapper suits!

Another stand out element for us has to be Jessica’s dreamy bouquet made by her talented mum – who just so happens to be a florist, and a fabulous one at that!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.

A Story Book Wedding in Cheshire (c) Lee Brown Photography (9)

jessica says: Rob proposed on Christmas Day 2013. Christmas is my favourite time of the year but I didn’t see the proposal coming. We had talked about getting married for years but finances had been tight as we were renovating our home.

I woke up at about 4.30am, which is normal for me on Christmas Day. We spent some time opening our stockings in bed before moving on to the Christmas tree in the living room. Rob opened his presents from me first and then it was my turn.

I unwrapped my first gift which was a poem from Rob asking me to be his wife. Rob was filming me and I read it out loud but couldn’t read it in full. My legs went to jelly but I thought he was winding me up. I started to cry and he handed me another present. I unwrapped a ring box and inside there was a note saying ‘Find Me, I’m hanging on the tree’.  I couldn’t contain my emotion at this point. I tried to stand up but my leg were shaking too much! Eventually I found the ring on the tree. The ring was beautiful. I was ecstatic. We celebrated with a bacon butty and a glass of champagne.  All this at 5am!

A Story Book Wedding in Cheshire (c) Lee Brown Photography (27)

We set the date for 7th May 2016. We chose May hoping for good weather and we got it! It was warm, but not too hot, and it stayed dry for the majority of the day.  We chose the 7th as number seven is a lucky number for the family and we were automatically drawn to it.

We got married at Hyde Bank Farm in Romiley, Cheshire. It was the only venue we looked at and we booked it straight away. Rob’s dad used to work there as a teenager back when it was a dairy farm. He actually used to work in barn where the ceremony was held. The farm is still run by the same family he used to work for.  The venue is perfect for an intimate ceremony but because it has two floors and outdoor space, it can hold up to 100 guests in the evening.

A Story Book Wedding in Cheshire (c) Lee Brown Photography (81)

Our theme was classic children’s books. Each table was named after a classic tale: Wind in the Willows, The Railway Children, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. This was chosen because since a very early age I have been a bit of a bookworm. These were my favourite stories as a child. My mum has always compared me to Snow White with dark hair, fair skin and cherry red lips.

We went for a vintage look when it came to picking the colour scheme for the outfits and flowers. The bridesmaids wore vintage style dresses in powder blue and Rob, the dads and groomsmen wore navy. The flowers were vintage/rustic, in keeping with the venue, using predominately blue and lilac flowers.

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peonies & roses. pretty pastels for an elegant wedding at nunsmere hall – moira & steven

August 18th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Pastel Wedding at Nunsmere Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (74)

Today’s real wedding is the perfect fairy tale, complete with a princess style wedding dress, sweet colour scheme and horse and carriage.

Ladies in pursuit of a happy ever after wedding day, prepare to start pinning…

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.

A Pastel Wedding at Nunsmere Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (65)

moira says: We got engaged in June 2015 on our first evening of our holiday to Cuba. We had a private meal on a veranda overlooking the beach and Ste got down on one knee. I was not expecting it at all so I was wondering what he was doing on the floor but when I realised he’d given me a ring, I was speechless. I was actually speechless all night which is not like me, he’d completely caught me by surprise! We had a bottle of champagne and told the families the following day.

Our wedding date was Saturday 25th June 2016. Ste had contacted Nunsmere Hall, where he knew I wanted to hold my wedding, before he proposed and had asked if they would contact us if any Saturdays in June became available. Nunsmere contacted Ste with our date and said they would reserve it for us. When Ste proposed he also gave me the date and said if I was happy to have it we could confirm as soon as we got home, which we did.

A Pastel Wedding at Nunsmere Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (72)

Our ceremony took place at Church Christ the King in Bromborough, Wirral. This is my family church where I was baptised so I was set on getting married here. The florist, organist, soloist, registrars and the Priest were all wonderful and made our ceremony so special. We then had our reception at Nunsmere Hall, Northwich. We decided on Nunsmere as I had always loved it, I took Ste for his birthday and he fell in love with it too. We felt an instant connection with Nunsmere and we loved the fact that the lake surrounded it. When we had a look around the bedrooms we loved that they were all different designs, all charming and comfortable. The marquee and grounds are phenomenal and we were completely smitten with the venue, especially when they moved the marquee to the lakeside. We did not consider anywhere else than here.

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thistles & roses. ronald joyce for a winter wedding in cheshire – annastacia & matt

August 16th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Winter Wedding in Cheshire (c) Jonny Draper Photography (32)

Moving on from yesterday’s autumnal real wedding on the blog, we now have a stunning winter celebration to share with you, which features beautiful blooms and cosy seasonal décor.

Taking place at The Oaktree of Peover in Cheshire, Annastacia and Matt decided not to overcomplicate the day with a set theme and instead styled their wedding by taking inspiration from the wintery season with glowing lights, atmospheric candles and a sparkling colour scheme.

In particular, we love Annastacia’s perfect princess-style dress and the fabulous styling with reflects the time of the year perfectly!

With images by Jonny Draper Photography.

A Winter Wedding in Cheshire (c) Jonny Draper Photography (50)

annastacia says: We got engaged in the skies above Cheshire. Following a phone call from Matt to make a picnic ready for an evening of flying, we drove to the airport. After all the safety checks and taking off, Matt faked an emergency and quickly passed me an emergency checklist all pilots follow. I began reading it out. The last two pages were edited and as well as all the usually fuel and engine checks came one I hadn’t seen before “Are rings engaged? Yes or No?” I asked Matt if they were and he said no, the checklist then read “If No, please turn over” the next page only had one more simple question: “Will you marry me? Yes or No?” After a quick photo, we turned round to fly back because I was so excited to land and tell our families and friends our news.

We set the date for 10th December 2015, as we wanted a winter wedding that wasn’t weather dependent. Secretly, I hoped for a sprinkling of snow.

A Winter Wedding in Cheshire (c) Jonny Draper Photography (45)

We got married at The Oaktree of Peover in Cheshire. We chose this venue because we wanted a natural venue that was exclusive use. We also wanted our venue to be intimate for the small, informal relaxed wedding that we were planning.

We didn’t really have a particular wedding theme in mind but our colour scheme was white, golds and silver. We chose these colours because they were ‘wintery’ and complemented the coolness and freshness of the outdoors as well as the warmth and glow of the indoors.

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fall in love. pumpkins & lace for a seasonal wedding at arley hall – heather & steve

August 15th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

An Autumnal Wedding at Arley Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (21)

We’re kicking off your week with an exceptionally beautiful real wedding that started with a rather impressive proposal (top marks Steve!)

Taking place at Arley Hall in Cheshire, Heather and Steve’s big day features simple yet striking details, inspired by the cosy autumn season.

Cue pumpkin centrepieces, bright bouquets and a totally swoon-worthy lace dress…

With images by Jessica O’Shaughnessy Photography.

An Autumnal Wedding at Arley Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (13)

heather says: We got engaged on 8th September 2014, while at El Matador Beach, Malibu. After our first full day of our two-week holiday travelling around California, Steve told me to be ready for 5pm but wouldn’t say what the plan was. When ready, we proceeded to walk downstairs to the foyer of our hotel on Sunset Boulevard. The receptionist giggled, and we were met by a driver who took us to a limo. We were driven to El Matador Beach and Steve told me we were going for a picnic. We walked around looking for a perfect place to watch the sun set when Steve knelt down and popped the question. He handed me a round, white box with a purple ribbon and within side it was purple cookie with “will you marry me” on it. Naturally, I said yes. We turned around and there was a photographer Steve had booked to capture the moment. It was perfect.

We set the date for October 17th 2015, as we wanted an autumnal wedding and also for it to be on a Saturday.

An Autumnal Wedding at Arley Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (27)

Our chosen setting was Arley Hall in Northwich, Cheshire. The hall had the option of a separate evening venue, which is something we wanted so evening guests felt completely part of the wedding and not thrown into the chaos from the day’s events. The hall and the grounds are gorgeous, and the history of the house makes it a fabulous backdrop for photographs.

As a nod to the season we had an autumnal “Fall in Love” theme, which included pumpkins, hessian and wood. There was no definite colour theme as we wanted a mixture of different hues.

An Autumnal Wedding at Arley Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (19)

I didn’t have much luck when looking for dresses but after a day’s searching I found the one in the n the last shop we visited, Wedding Belles in Frodsham. When we arrived there was an Intuzuri event on that we were unaware of. We got there at 4.30pm and the event stopped at 5pm with the dresses being packed up as we looked so I couldn’t believe when I came across a dress that I had previously ripped out of a magazine and put in my wedding scrap book. The dress was floor length with a train, very fitted with lace full length sleeves. It was full Chantilly lace and had a low back to it. I also had a Chantilly, elbow length veil to match.

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our love story: lisa & michael

July 27th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Our Love Story Lisa & Michael (c) Helen Jane Smiddy Photography (28)

The engagement shoot that we’re sharing with you on the blog today is super simple yet very, very lovely as it leaves the couple’s emotions to truly do the talking.

Captured in a colourful rapeseed feel in Alvanley, Cheshire, we adore how smitten and totally into each other Lisa and Michael are in these stunning shots. A fabulous job by photographer Helen, who you wouldn’t even think was there!

With images by Helen Jane Smiddy Photography.

Our Love Story Lisa & Michael (c) Helen Jane Smiddy Photography (2)

lisa says: We got engaged on my birthday weekend. Mike always plans a lovely surprise weekend away this time of year (last year was Harry Potter Studios!) We were at Chaophraya, a Thai restaurant in Liverpool where we had our first date, on the Saturday night when Mike proposed. He got down on one knee in front of a restaurant full of people. I was so happy and the ring is beautiful. To top it all off, Mike drove us to Fordham, a local village “for a drink”, on the way home and when I walked into the bar there was all our family and friends there ready to celebrate with us. It was a total shock! He couldn’t have planned it better. Best night ever!

We are getting married at St John the Evangelist Church in Kingsley, then the reception is being held in a marquee at Mike’s nan’s.

Our Love Story Lisa & Michael (c) Helen Jane Smiddy Photography (13)

Mike and I first met when we worked at a local hotel together when we were younger. We were more acquaintances than anything at that point. Many years later I received a Facebook message from Mike asking if he could take me out for a drink, to which I replied “yeah, ok” – and here we are now!

For our first date Mike picked me up from my parents’ house and drove us to Liverpool, he kept the destination a surprise (as usual). After parking the car we tried to find the restaurant and got a bit lost in torrential rain. One of my favourite parts was huddling together (admittedly slightly awkwardly) under an umbrella looking on Google maps for the restaurant that was yards away. We went to Chaophraya and had a beautiful meal together.

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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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