Charlotte Balbier

forever friends. a pretty & personal wedding in cheshire – charlotte & andy

June 7th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Pretty Wedding In Cheshire (c) Daniel Murrientes Photography (44)

When today’s bride Charlotte got in touch with us we were totally in awe of her strength, caring nature and beautiful big day. For in the run up to her wedding, Charlotte lost her best friend and maid of honour, Dawn Shepherd, to cancer. Determined to celebrate her beautiful friend’s life, Charlotte, worked alongside Dawn’s two young sons to incorporate fitting tributes to their mum into the wedding day.

Such special touches included a balloon release, personal poem reading and a donation to Cancer Research. Following the loss of best friend, Charlotte is also helping to raise funds to support Dawn’s two brave sons in the future. Further details of Dawn’s story and how to make a donation to the Dawn Shepherd Foundation can be found here.

As well as the friendship between Charlotte and Dawn, the big day, of course, also celebrated the love and friendship between Charlotte and Andy who incorporated a subtle Disney theme into the proceedings in a nod to their romantic Disney World engagement. And the two are set to return to the Magic Kingdom for their happily ever after honeymoon too! Charlotte tells us more…

With images by Daniel Murrientes Photography.

A Pretty Wedding In Cheshire (c) Daniel Murrientes Photography (2)

charlotte says: We were on holiday in Florida with our children (identical girls aged three and our little boy 15 months), when Andy proposed. We went for four weeks and it happened on a Sunday at the start of our third week at Magic Kingdom. Andy asked if we wanted to have a photo in front of the castle so I said yes, and then as I was sorting the children out he got down on one knee and a photographer captured it all. It was my perfect proposal.

A Pretty Wedding In Cheshire (c) Daniel Murrientes Photography (31)

We got married on 9th April 2017. Both being teachers we wanted it to be in a school holiday and April seemed perfect for us and fitted with everyone else.

Our ceremony was held at St Mary’s Church in Cheadle, and was followed by a reception at the Alderley Edge Hotel.

A Pretty Wedding In Cheshire (c) Daniel Murrientes Photography (33)

In the November in the run up to the wedding, my maid of honour/best friend and mother to my godsons sadly passed away after a 90 day battle of cancer. As such, myself and my godsons planned how she could be remembered throughout the wedding day so it was like she was there. The florist still made her bouquet, which I took to her grave the morning of the wedding. Everyone wore a purple bow and we let of purple balloons. ‘Dawn’s Poem’ written by Donna Broxton was read in the church service and we set her a place at the reception.

A Pretty Wedding In Cheshire (c) Daniel Murrientes Photography (64)

As pink is my favourite colour I picked it for the bridesmaid dresses, flowers and my bridal accessories including a pink feather bolero and Rachel Simpson bag and shoes.

We also incorporated a subtle Disney theme into the wedding as a nod to our Disney World engagement.

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lilac love. roses & thistles for a personal wedding at adlington hall – katie & simon

June 2nd, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Personal Wedding at Adlington Hall (c) Katie Siddell Photography (27)

A perfect combination of pretty and personal, today’s real wedding features a romantic colour palette combined with individual touches for a day that’s a true reflection of the bride and groom.

There are subtle references to Katie and Simon’s roots, interests and hobbies through their flower, cake and décor choices, showing others how to incorporate special touches into their special day.

The highlight of this wedding for us though has to be Katie’s beautiful high-neck wedding dress – she was ahead of Pippa Middleton on that trend!

With images by Katie Sidell Photography.

A Personal Wedding at Adlington Hall (c) Katie Siddell Photography (16)

katie says: We got engaged on the 26th August 2014, in Rome at a beautiful square with a fountain called Piazza Novana. We had planned to go out for an evening meal and a few drinks that evening. After our meal we walked to Piazza Novana. When we arrived at the square Simon asked me to go and have a look for a nice place to drink. Unbeknown to me he was trying to ask someone to take a video of him proposing. Unfortunately they didn’t understand English so that plan failed. When I came back Simon got down on one knee (right in front of the big water fountain) and showed me the beautiful ring. He then asked me to marry him. I was so overwhelmed as I really wasn’t expecting it. I remember crying with happiness and of course said yes. It was so romantic.

A Personal Wedding at Adlington Hall (c) Katie Siddell Photography (24)

We set the date for 25th June 2016. We definitely wanted a summer wedding so wanted the weather to be nice but not too hot. On record June tended to be the nicest month. We were fortunate to get the weather because it had rained in the morning as I was walking into the church but when we came out it was glorious.

Our ceremony was held at St Michael and All Angels Church in Bramhall. I have lived in Bramhall all my life and I’m very fond of this church. We chose Adlington Hall for the reception. The venue blew us both away. It is beautiful and we liked the fact it is an exclusive venue where we would be the only party there. The staff who worked there were so lovely and really made us feel special. We never looked back.

A Personal Wedding at Adlington Hall (c) Katie Siddell Photography (31)

Our wedding had a rustic theme overall, which went particularly well with Adlington Hall and the beautiful high beams in its hunting lodge. There were a few subthemes too, which brought some personal elements to the day. As I was born in Scotland and Simon in England, so the men’s buttonholes included thistles and roses, and we also had thistles and roses within the bouquets. We had a park theme for the table plan. We chose ten parks throughout the world we had both been to, such as Central Park in New York and Villa Borghese Park in Rome. As we both represent our counties in tennis (Simon for Derbyshire and myself for Cheshire) we had Wimbledon themed cupcakes for our wedding cake. We also met each other through tennis and have known each other since we were about ten-year-old as we competed in the same tennis tournaments.

The colour scheme was lilac. This has always been my favourite colour and as a little girl I always dreamt of lilac flowers for my wedding. For our invitations, Michelle from Smileyhiley used rustic hearts and purple lace to help set the scene for the theming of the wedding.

A Personal Wedding at Adlington Hall (c) Katie Siddell Photography (20)

I chose a Ronald Joyce wedding dress from Isaac Charles in Poynton. It was a drop waist design with a high neck because I felt these type of dresses were the most flattering for my figure. The wedding dress was made from very delicate lace, which I always wanted. It had pretty diamonds scattered throughout the dress and a shoulder/elbow length veil.

I actually thought I would go for something very simple with not much detail, when in fact the dress I chose was the complete opposite. When I put the dress on I knew it was the one straight away and never wanted to take it off. It was so beautiful and elegant and like nothing I had ever seen before.

On the day of the wedding, makeup artist Chloe Alexandra did my makeup and stylist Lisa Marshall did my hair.

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all that glitters. rose gold for a glamorous winter wedding at mere court hotel – maxine & alex

June 1st, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Rose Gold Winter Wedding in Cheshire (c) Lee Brown Photography (64)

Err, bride Maxine from today’s real wedding, can we be your friend please? Check out these photographs from her wedding to the lovely Alex and try to deny that this wedding belle was seriously good to her #bridesquad girls: not only are they wearing the most beautiful floral dressing gowns in their preparation pics, but she chose floor-length, rose gold sequinned gowns for them for the ceremony. I mean, I’d be literally skipping down the aisle!

Maxine herself wows effortlessly in her slinky lace number, which moved smoothly from the hotel ceremony to the couple’s gorgeous outdoor photoshoot and from day to night. And what a night it was from the look of things – love lights, laughter and leapfrogs. What all good weddings are made of!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Lee Brown Photography

A Rose Gold Winter Wedding in Cheshire (c) Lee Brown Photography (44)

maxine says: Alex proposed to me in Cairns. He had been in Australia with work for six months and I had gone to visit him. He popped the question just after we‘d been scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. It was perfect!

A Rose Gold Winter Wedding in Cheshire (c) Lee Brown Photography (50)

We got married on 18th February 2017. We wanted to get married fairly quickly; a long engagement wasn’t for us. We knew we couldn’t rely on the weather and liked the idea of a winter wedding.

We got married at Mere Court Hotel, Cheshire, and had both the ceremony and reception there. I viewed it while Alex was in Australia. I knew as soon as I looked at I that it was what we both wanted.  It had a country house feel with lots of rooms for our guests to stay in, an intimate ceremony room with a lot of character and an amazing conservatory for the reception.

A Rose Gold Winter Wedding in Cheshire (c) Lee Brown Photography (82)

For our theme, we went with a winter glamour/Gatsby-type feel. I knew I didn’t want red and knew I wanted the bridesmaids in rose gold sequin maxi dresses and so the ideas just stemmed from there. I love how rose gold, bronze and ivory work together – the bridesmaids looked amazing in their dresses!

A Rose Gold Winter Wedding in Cheshire (c) Lee Brown Photography (107)

I bought my dress at a bridal shop owned by my friend Holly, Dream Dress Bridal. I‘d tried a few dresses on at wedding fairs for Holly and had an idea of the style I liked. I loved the one I eventually chose, particularly its detailed back. I knew I didn’t want a veil but a tiara; it went perfectly with the dress.

Alex wore a blue Signature suit from Next with a waistcoat and taupe tie. The colour looked amazing on Alex and thankfully went with the theme! The groomsmen also wore blue suits from Next.

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sugar rush. a contemporary wedding at de vere cranage estate, cheshire – hannah & anthony

May 26th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Contemporary Wedding in Cheshire (c) James Andrew Photography (49)

Today’s wedding in Cheshire is perfect for brides and grooms who have a penchant for all things sweet – we’re talking dolly mixtures for favours, a scrumptious chocolate orange, lemon drizzle and white chocolate and raspberry cake and, to round it all off, an ice cream cart. Sugary treats aside, there are plenty of other delectable details to swoon over, too.

Our couple, Hannah and Anthony, exchanged vows at De Verve Cranage Estate – a stunning Grade II listed country house in rural Cheshire. As you might expect from such an impressive venue, there are photo opportunities galore within its magnificent grounds.

Pair this backdrop with their romantic dusky pink and ivory colour scheme, complemented by dreamy candles and pastel bouquets, and you’ve got one super pretty wedding day!

With images by James Andrew Photography.

A Contemporary Wedding in Cheshire (c) James Andrew Photography (46)

hannah says: We got engaged on Good Friday 2015, at 30 James Street, Home of the Titanic’. After a stressful time at work, Anthony surprised me with a night away at this beautiful Titanic themed hotel in Liverpool as I love the film and the love story between Jack and Rose; I’m a complete hopeless romantic! He had booked us a couple’s massage and we enjoyed some time in the spa. Afternoon tea followed and we then watched a wedding happen in the hotel, with me all googly eyed wishing it was me! We finally made our way back to our room where a bottle of Prosecco was waiting for us, and a hot tub to enjoy it in!

Anthony conveniently ‘forgot’ the Prosecco so hopped out to get it. He returned, and demanded I get out of the hot tub as he needed to talk to me – the next five minutes were a complete blur, with him ending up on one knee and me in floods of tears (of joy I should add!). He presented me with a beautiful diamond and the rest, as they say, is history!

A Contemporary Wedding in Cheshire (c) James Andrew Photography (32)

We got married on 26th August 2016. The date didn’t really hold any significance and we never actually planned on getting married during the summer months, but we fell lucky with the venue and everything just seemed to fall into place! This date now holds a special place in our hearts and means we always get to enjoy the bank holiday weekend!

We got married at De Vere Cranage Estate in Cheshire. On our one-year anniversary we stayed over here to celebrate. Ten years later we got married at the same place; it seemed fitting.

There was no particular theme, I wanted it to be romantic with lots of candles and lace, and we complemented this with a dusky pink and ivory colour scheme.

A Contemporary Wedding in Cheshire (c) James Andrew Photography (50)

Ever since I was a little girl, I’d dreamt of being a princess for the day, but when I finally got the chance to get my dream dress, I ended up choosing something that was completely different to what I thought I’d like! I went for a strapless fishtail style dress with beading detail from Blue by Enzoani. I fell completely in love with it when I tried it on at the bridal boutique, Puure Bridal in Lymm, Cheshire.

Anthony wore a Ted Baker suit with tails and an ivory cravat and handkerchief. He got his suit – and the ushers, best man and fathers of the bride and groom’s suits – from Moss Bros.

I purchased my bridesmaids’ dresses from ASOS. They were dusky pink multi-way dresses, so each bridesmaid could wear theirs differently to suit their shape. We also had a little flower girl and page boy who wore mini versions of the big suits and dresses.

A Contemporary Wedding in Cheshire (c) James Andrew Photography (64)

Our photographer was James Andrew. We found James via a recommendation due to our original photographer cancelling on us two weeks before the wedding (yes, I did have a mini melt down!). Luckily, James was free on our date and we met before the big day to have a chat and do some engagement shots. He made us feel so at ease and comfortable in front of the camera, at times we forgot he was even there. James has a real love of the outdoors, which really suited us so we captured some beautiful shots amongst the trees!

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all of me. jesus peiro for an elegant wedding at mottram hall – sarah & tom

May 22nd, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

An Elegant Wedding at Mottram Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (80)

If we were to describe today’s gorgeous real wedding, we’d go for ‘classic with a twist’. Maybe it’s the Spanish design of bride Sarah’s Jesus Peiro gown, or perhaps the sherbet colour pop of her lemon and pink bouquet, but this is English elegance with an extra oomph.

Mottram Hall provided a timeless backdrop with exquisite gardens and the venue was dressed with candelabras and roses, roses and more roses.

But despite their fine surroundings and sophisticated styling, today’s couple knew how to get their party on – just take a look at those dance floor photos!

With photography by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown.

An Elegant Wedding at Mottram Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (55)

sarah says: We got engaged in May 2015 in our hotel room overlooking Lake Windermere. Tom got down on one knee as we were getting ready for dinner.

Our wedding date was fixed for 25th March 2017 – we’d always wanted a spring wedding.

An Elegant Wedding at Mottram Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (98)

We decided to host our wedding at Mottram Hall for both the ceremony and the reception. Tom is local to Cheshire and the hotel is in such a wonderful setting. In fact, we knew as soon as we arrived to view it that it was ‘the one’. Tom is a keen golfer so the prospect of a pre-wedding game on the Friday was an added bonus!

An Elegant Wedding at Mottram Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (69)

Our theme was classic and elegant with plenty of roses to match the beauty of Mottram.

Colour-wise, we went with mostly pink. We picked the bridesmaids dresses first and everything else followed.

An Elegant Wedding at Mottram Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (67)

My dress was a Jesus Peiro in white lace with sleeves from The White Closet in Didsbury. I loved the intricate lace and always wanted a wedding dress with sleeves. The White Closet had lots of beautiful dresses but I couldn’t stop thinking about the Jesus Peiro, so I knew it was the one! Boutique Alterations in Bramhall did a great job making sure it fit perfectly.

Our three bridesmaids wore floral dresses from Coast.

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laidback loveliness. a rustic wedding at owen house wedding barn – carly & wayne

April 20th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Rustic Wedding at Owen House Barn (c) Stella Photography (47)

Today’s real wedding took place at Owen House Wedding Barn, a stunning family-run barn venue in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. A relaxed vibe was the number one priority for bride Carly and husband-to-be Wayne’s big day, and Owen House delivered with a low-key, rustic setting and a highly-personalised experience.

Add in some woodland details, lots of hessian and a jaw-dropping undone wildflower bouquet, and what you get is one of the most gorgeous easy-going weddings we’ve ever seen here at Brides Up North HQ.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Stella Photography.

A Rustic Wedding at Owen House Barn (c) Stella Photography (42)

carly says: Wayne proposed on our first Christmas Day in our new home. He started the proposal 12 days earlier with the idea of the 12 Days of Christmas. I received a dozen white roses and then another present each day leading up to Christmas. On Christmas morning, Wayne had told me to get ready as we were going to our parents’ early on. In fact, he just wanted us both to be dressed when the camera he’d hidden captured the moment he got down on one knee! I couldn’t believe it; I kept saying “Are you being serious or are you joking?!” Obviously, I said yes!

A Rustic Wedding at Owen House Barn (c) Stella Photography (9)

We were married on the 10th December 2016. This was one of only a few dates that our venue had available and it felt perfect as it was Wayne’s nana’s and stepfather’s birthday and was also very close to the date we first met.

We were married at Owen House Wedding Barn. The ceremony took place in their ceremony room and our wedding reception then took place in the barn next door. As soon as we walked in, we fell in love with it! We’d originally planned on getting married abroad but wanted to check out a venue or two in the UK before booking. This was the first and only venue we visited. We knew as soon as we left that first viewing that we wanted to take our family back with us the next day with a view to booking our wedding day. The style of Owen House is rustic and out of the ordinary; it matched our style perfectly.

In fact, we loved our venue so much that we didn’t want to overpower it with any sort of flamboyant decoration. We’re both very relaxed people and we wanted our wedding day to be the same, so we chose a rustic theme in keeping with the venue.

A Rustic Wedding at Owen House Barn (c) Stella Photography (14)

Our colour scheme was mainly based around flowers. We used lots of hessian and wild pink and purple flowers. Our bridesmaid dresses matched the flowers and the groomsmen’s ties also matched. We wanted our colours and theme to be quite simple, so lots of natural woods, hessian and tea lights. We used tree logs as centrepieces for our tables and for our cake stand, again in keeping with the rustic nature of our venue.

A Rustic Wedding at Owen House Barn (c) Stella Photography (40)

After visiting a few wedding boutiques and not having much luck, a friend recommended a bridal shop in an old mill in Mottram where they sell one-off sizes and designs. I was lucky enough to try on only a handful of dresses before I found the one! It was a sweetheart/mermaid-style lace dress. I loved it on account of how it pulled me in at the waist and how I felt taller in it. Originally my mum was going to make my gown, but having tried this one on we decided to just do some ‘tweaks’. My mum made a lace style bolero to go over the top and added buttons down the back, which made it unique.

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