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one pretty party! a chic & cheerful wedding at Thornton Manor – jessica & craig

November 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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 Elbowroom 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)

Elbowroom 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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November 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime

The Bowdon Rooms Autumn 2014

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I’ll see you on Sunday for our final event of our autumn season.  Brides Up North, it’s been epic.

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our sponsors John Lewis Cheadle & Love Hearts.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

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the friday feeling! a fun & fabulous wedding at Heaton House Farm – helen & ryan

August 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

a wedding at Heaton House Farm (c) Jonny Draper Photography (85)

Sometimes a bank holiday weekend comes around exactly when you need it.

Even when you love your job as much as I do, sometimes you can still have one of those weeks.  Computer issues (no good for a blogger let me tell you), having to put the heating back on, wifi troubles (kill me now) building work, boring admin, deadlines, husbands (!) and just too much to do, means I’m frazzled and frustrated.

So I decided to shift the schedule round a little and end the week on a high with this fun and fabulous wedding sent to me by my friend Jonny of Jonny Draper Photography and real bride Helen.

Pour me a massive glass of wine.  It’s the weekend, Brides Up North!

And yes, I will be having Monday off!

(see you on the other side)

a wedding at Heaton House Farm (c) Jonny Draper Photography (15)

Helen says: We got engaged in Central Park, New York in October 2012.  The arrival of Hurricane Sandy meant that we were stuck in NYC for an extra 5 days too!

We were married at Heaton House Farm on 7th June 2014.  As huge Manchester United fans we wanted our wedding to be outside of football season and before the World Cup. Plus 7 is a lucky number for us with many United legends wearing the 7 shirt!

Heaton House was the perfect venue for us as it was a blank canvas on which to create our amazing day. We went for a rustic and relaxed feel, with pale pink details. I am a girly girl and have always loved pink.

a wedding at Heaton House Farm (c) Jonny Draper Photography (26)

My wedding dress was by Sassi Holford and called Faye.  As time went on I decided that I liked the simpler styles of gown and didn’t want it to look dated in years to come.  I bought it from Bellisima Bridal Gowns in Holcombe.

Ryan’s navy suit and floral tie were by Whitfield & Ward in Wilmslow.

The bridesmaids’ dresses were pink 50′s style prom dresses, made by my Auntie Katie, so I could have them exactly as I wanted.

My bouquet was made up of lots of peonies and roses in pastel pinks, in keeping with the theme.  My Grandma, who I was very close to, died in 2011 and I attached a tiny picture of her in a frame to my bouquet.

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Jonny Draper was our photographer.  The photographs of our special day were really important to us and I knew from the moment of meeting up that Jonny was the man for the job.  I would recommend Jonny to anyone, he is so professional and his attention to detail is amazing.

a wedding at Heaton House Farm (c) Jonny Draper Photography (39)

Ryan’s Auntie Nicola of Secret Garden Flowers in Newcastle did all the blooms on the day and they looked and smelled amazing. We had flowers everywhere! All of the decorations at the venue were made by family members.

We wanted our wedding cake to be very simple and all about the taste.  We decorated a plain iced cake from Walkden Cake Company with fresh flowers.

As favours, the girls had Yankee “Wedding Day” Candles, pink heart shaped sunglasses and little lavender bags.  The boys got CDs with our favourite tracks.

a wedding at Heaton House Farm (c) Jonny Draper Photography (62)

On arrival at Heaton House Farm we had a split level camper from Ice Cream Dub serving cones to all our friends.

We chose Dominic Halpin and The Honey Bs, a live band, to entertain the guests in the evening. Their songs spanned all ages and they go everyone up and dancing… they even had me on stage with maracas and a limbo! We also had Leos Quartet playing throughout the drinks and the meal. We were so happy with all of our suppliers!

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We used Silk Wedding Films to capture our day.  There is so much we would have forgotten if Tom hadn’t filmed and edited it so beautifully for us. We would really recommend them, we hardly knew they were there yet the results were fantastic.

a wedding at Heaton House Farm (c) Jonny Draper Photography (79)

a wedding at Heaton House Farm (c) Jonny Draper Photography (94)

We went on a minimoon to Mallorca for a week following the wedding, and are getting ready for a big trip to California in September.  I can’t wait!

a wedding at Heaton House Farm (c) Jonny Draper Photography (98)

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that organisation is key!  We were very organised which saved a lot of stress.  Also, book great suppliers that you can trust. We would recommend all of ours.

a wedding at Heaton House Farm (c) Jonny Draper Photography (61)

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2014: Fairy White! A Real Wedding At Wychwood Park – Laura & Mark

July 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a break to redesign, review and recharge, 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 7th July 2014,  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.

Amanda Balmain

We’re wrapping up our Real Wedding Recap for Summer 2014 (full blog service returns on Monday – hurrah!) with this bright, beautiful and box fresh North West spring wedding, sent to me by bride and groom Laura and Mark and friend of the blog, photographer Amanda Balmain.

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Laura says: We got engaged on 2nd June 2012. We were having a house warming party (at our house in Gateshead) and Mark had already planned that this was the night he was going to pop the question and told all of our friends, it was only me who had no idea! He got down on one knee in the middle of the living room with all of our friends around us and then we headed out into Newcastle upon Tyne for some engagement celebrations.

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

We were married on 12th April 2014, with the ceremony at St. Peter’s Church, Elworth, and our reception at Wychwood Park, Weston. The church has been my local church since I was born and I had always dreamed of getting married there with the blossom trees which line the path to the door out in bloom (which they were)!

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

We opted for a colour scheme of stormy grey, yellow and white.

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Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

My dress was from New Beginnings bridal shop in Whitley Bay and was Sincerity style 3730.

The bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses in stormy chiffon. We went for the same style for two of the bridesmaids and a different style for my sister who was Maid of Honour.

Mark had a dark grey suit with black trim that he chose from Burton which he wore with a yellow tie and pocket square. The groomsmen wore the same suit as Mark and ties and pocket squares in the same shade as the bridesmaid dresses.

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Tina Haworth from Beau Hair did my hair and the bridesmaids and my Mum went to Strands salon in Cheshire to have their hair done.  Emma Williams did all of our make-up – bride, three bridesmaids and mother of the bride.

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

I had a beautiful bouquet with white and yellow flowers which included freesias, roses, craspedia, wax flower and lisianthus.

I had attached to my bouquet my late grandpa’s signet ring which was my something old and something borrowed and the heart charm from a necklace Mark gave to me for our first anniversary that I wear everyday.

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Our wonderful photographer was Amanda Balmain. Amanda has captured our wedding day beautifully and spent the whole day with us which ensured that she didn’t miss a thing!

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Our Panther de Ville car was hired from Grosvenor Classic Cars and was fantastic. We loved being driven around in such an elegant and striking car.

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Saying our vows was an incredibly special moment and I also loved the evening reception dancing all night on a packed dance floor.

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

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Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

We got a three tier square cake from Marks and Spencer with assorted tiers – fruit, sponge and chocolate.

We also bought a personalised cake topper from Funky Laser but unfortunately no one got to see it as Mark broke it on the morning of the wedding!

Amanda Balmain

All of our flowers and the decoration at the reception were from Faerie Godmothers. They were fantastic and even came to the church after the ceremony to transport our pedestal arrangement to Wychwood Park.

The lovely ceiling drapes complete with fairy lights in the room at Wychwood Park were from a company called Making Moments.

Amanda Balmain

We gave all of our guests badge favours from Parkinsons UK which is very close to our hearts.

I also gave Mark a top hat and cane as one of his wedding presents from me as he had always wanted one. The only rule was that he couldn’t wear them until the reception!

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

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Our DJ from Hipswing Entertainments was part of the wedding package from Wychwood Park and he was fantastic. He really captured the mood of our guests and the dancefloor was full all night!

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

We went on a mini moon straight after the wedding to Sherwood Forest where we stayed in a lodge cabin complete with it’s own hot tub and are hoping to go somewhere further afield in the summer holidays.

Amanda Balmain

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t worry about your dress, this is the one day you get to wear it so enjoy it. Don’t stress on the day, you are marrying the person you love and it will be fantastic no matter what. We loved every single second and wish we could relive it all again.

Amanda Balmain

Congratulations Laura & Mark!

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LOVE Bridesmaids at LOVE Bridal Boutique. Introducing Maids To Measure To The North West!

June 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

Suddenly find yourself with a gaggle of glamorous gals to dress? A host of different sizes and styles?  Hope they go easy on you on the hen do? Thought so.  Time to win some serious brownie points then…

You need LOVE Bridesmaids in your life. 

Diarise this:

Brides Up North favourites LOVE Bridal Boutique will be officially launching LOVE Bridesmaids at a fabulous catwalk event on Sunday 29th June at Styal Lodge in Cheshire, to give brides and their maids a first hand experience of LOVE and Maids To Measure.

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

Tell Brides Up North about your launch event?

Emma says: The gorgeous team from Maids To Measure will be on hand on the day to offer brides and their maids advice on the perfect style for them, with a catwalk show to show off their gowns. We will also have a hair and make-up station on offer to give styling inspiration with Paisley Gamble hair stylist and Gemma Hallowell make-up artist. Shoe designer Charlotte Mills will be there with her brand new collection, plus bridesmaid underwear from Pompadour Lingerie and lots of other little surprises too! It promises to be a fabulous event!

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

Why have you decided to stock bridesmaid dresses?

Ever since we opened the boutique back in 2012 we have toyed with the idea of stocking bridesmaid dresses, but kept coming back to the fact that our brides are the focus of everything we do and we didn’t want to take away from that. We are dedicated to creating a very special exclusive, private and intimate atmosphere when a bride comes into the boutique ensuring that she will have the boutique to herself for the duration of her appointment. For this reason it was a challenge for us to find a way to offer bridesmaid dresses and maintain the experience that brides love us for and are telling all their friends about. But at the same we wanted to offer those very same brides who have been asking (telling!) us for the past 2 years… ‘If only LOVE did bridesmaid dresses…’

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

Why did you choose to stock Maids To Measure?

I first made contact with Sinclair at Maids To Measure when we first opened LOVE to say how much I loved their dresses as I had already sent quite a few of my brides their way, as their style fit so beautifully with our bridal dress collection and whilst we weren’t then in a position to stock their gowns, we would continue to be a huge advocate of theirs by recommending them to our brides. Well, lots of emails and chats followed, including a few chance encounters at award ceremonies particularly at the You & Your Wedding Awards where we both won our respective categories of Best New Bridal Retailer and Best Bridesmaids Retailer!!

When we received our invitation to preview their latest collection this year I then contacted Sinclair to say we finally might have a way to stock their beautiful dresses so just wanted to chat it through with them and see the new collection! So we went, we saw and we are now currently the only North-West stockist of this stunning collection.

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

What price are we looking at?

Maids to Measure dress prices start at £265 and this price excludes any alteration fees required.

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

How will Maids To Measure work at LOVE?

Due to the set up of the boutique and the fact that only one appointment will ever take place at one time, we will be setting up a pop up Maids to Measure boutique one Sunday every month for LOVE Bridesmaids, to give brides and their maids the opportunity to try and buy dresses from the Maids to Measure collection on this day only. A list of recommended seamstresses will be provided in order for maids to book appointments with them directly at their convenience.

From placing an order for a Maids to Measure gown the standard delivery time will be around 12 weeks. Rush orders are available at an additional cost.

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

For more information about LOVE Bridesmaids and to register for their exciting upcoming event please email bridesmaids@lovebridalboutique.co.uk or call 0161 941 6446.

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Very Vintage! A Real Wedding At The Bowdon Rooms – Ellie & David

April 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

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We’re so excited for our return to The Bowdon Rooms this coming Sunday 27th April 2014 for our third Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at this stunning venue.  You can’t beat a sunny April day in Altrincham (here’s hoping!) and a unique and authentic vintage wedding venue packed full of lovely local suppliers and wedding pretty.  Seriously, you need to see our stellar exhibitor line up!

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Is the date in your diary?  You can pre-register here.  Go, go, go!

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If you’ve picked up one of our leaflets in the area (it’s been blanketed!) or received one of our subscriber emails about the event, you’ll recognise our lovely bride & groom from today’s Real Wedding. Ellie and David’s wedding day shows off exactly what can be made of this stunning venue and their celebration, full of love, music, excitement, humour and delectable vintage details, is an absolute corker! 

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I rarely re-blog content on these pages (I prefer to keep things fresh, y’know?) but I wanted to revisit their big day ahead of the weekend’s festivities because, well, you’ll see.

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Enjoy!  And see you on Sunday…

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With images by Foley Photography

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Ellie says: This was not an ordinary proposal. it being leap year and all!

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David took me to Paris in February 2012 and everyone thought he would propose.  On our return (no proposal had been made) which was Valentine’s Day I suggested we stay in London overnight, although we will just stay in a Travel lodge as we had just come back from Paris. Little did David know that I had booked a 5 star hotel called ‘The Corinthia’ off Whitehall for us to stay in all as part of my master plan proposal. I had already contact the hotel and told them my plan and they provided an upgrade and other goodies!

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David was overwhelmed by the hotel and thought it was a lovely thing to do on Valentine’s day. We went to our room and unpacked, then I pulled out his valentine’s present – a shirt from Zara. I then gave a him a little package and said these are to wear with it. 

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Inside were silver heart shaped cufflinks my sister had made and engraved on were the words ‘David will you’ on one and ‘Marry me?’ on the other.  Now David being David couldn’t read them properly and didn’t have his glasses on, he thought one said David and the other Ellie – a bit cheesy he thought, then he said “This shirt doesn’t have cufflink holes” so I said “Put your glasses on and read them”!

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He did and was overwhelmed and said yes! He wore the cufflinks on our wedding day.  The hotel then brought a bottle of Champagne and a congratulations cake to the room.  We can’t wait to go back next year for our anniversary!

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We were married on Saturday 25th May 2013 at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, Cheshire.   We loved the space inside and the sprung wooden floor for dancing, it was a great Edwardian building that had so much character and history, plus Karen and the team were so open to all the ideas I had that we didn’t want to get married anywhere else!

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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The theme was very vintage!  With homemade bunting, we had bought all our own vintage mismatched china for cups, saucers and side plates, plus sugar bowls and milk jugs. We also scoured car boots and charity shops for tea pots as these were our centre pieces with flowers in them.

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The wedding colour scheme only came about after we had chosen the bridesmaids’ dresses and we chose blue floral for my sister who was matron of honour and pink floral for the other seven bridesmaids.  So the colour scheme ended up being blue and pink.

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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I tried on so many dresses and always had in my mind I would like a short one and I did. I went for a strapless ballerina length 1950′s dress. It was by the designer Enzoani in the Blue range. I bought it from The Wedding Shop in Alderley Edge and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. The customer service was fantastic and everyone was so helpful!

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I bought my Benjamin Adams shoes from the same shop and they dyed them blue to match my sister’s bridesmaid dress. I also bought a sash from there by Sash & Co.

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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My bridesmaid dresses (all eight of them) were from Vivien of Holloway as were the petticoats. Everyone had a white petticoat underneath apart from my sister who had pink, which went perfectly with her blue dress.

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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We didn’t really use many suppliers as we did a lot ourselves, but our food was supplied by Herb and Spice and our photography by Foley Photography, Scott captured the day perfectly! Our wedding video was by www.wedding-productions.com and it was fantastic!

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I had two bouquets.  One was a brooch bouquet that i made myself, comprising of all different brooches i had collected over the years which meant something to me, I loved making this and I look at it every day on my dressing table. 

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We made all the bouquets and centre pieces ourselves and just bought them from a wholesaler, this was so cost effective and as I had made a brooch bouquet i didn’t think I would want a flower one, but as my family and David’s cousin Lesley were making the bridesmaids, I thought it might be nice for photos to have one. Luckily we had some flowers left over and made mine out of all the bits leftover. It was beautiful, my sister made mine and did an amazing job!

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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I think my favourite part of the day was seeing David at the end of the aisle when I started dancing down, as he was so overwhelmed and happy I knew he was the one for me!

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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I travelled in an open top Beetle called Suzi provided by Little Limos. They were fantastic and it was so lovely to drive through my Village with everyone waving. My Dad loved the car and it went perfectly with our day!

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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To make the day more personal, I made and sewed pink floral and blue floral napkins for everyone. We also used the same material to make over 60 metres of bunting which decorated the room.

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Our table names were David’s favourite Coronation Street characters, the head table being Steve McDonald!

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Our favours were white chocolate coconut covered truffles that u had made for everyone and came in a floral handkerchief for the ladies and white handkerchief for the men. I love using handkerchiefs and wanted to bring it back.

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We had an American styled buffet with burgers and chicken wings and hotdogs! It was delicious. 

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David and I are not big fans of traditional wedding cakes so we asked my Mum to make us a three tiered Rice Krispie cake. this was my favourite treat as a child and it meant so much that my mum had made it, plus it didn’t cost the earth!

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We also asked our guests to make and bring a cake as part of the desert. This proved a great idea and I couldn’t believe how many gorgeous cakes there were.  There was definitely plenty of food for everyone!

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Being a Drama Teacher, entertainment was high on my list of priorities. We had several pieces of entertainment during the service, provided by my students from school. Two girls Samantha Jabangwe and Nicole Hodson sang a song each and then also wrote and played a song they had written especially for me.

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I also provided some entertainment at the start of the service by having by bridesmaids dancing down the aisle followed by me dancing down with my Dad to a song I had pre-recorded for David, I changed to words to ‘Marry You’ by Bruno Mars to ‘Hey David I think I Want To Marry You’. This was all a complete to surprise for everyone including David.  I also sang and played the Ukulele for David during my speech.

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The main Entertainment was provided by a band a found at a vintage wedding fair in Liverpool called ‘Vintage Blossom’.  They were amazing, no one stopped dancing whilst they were playing and they also happened to be local to Manchester.

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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We are going to America for three weeks at the end of July, starting in New York for a few days, then flying over to San Francisco for a few days then picking up a car and driving down the coast stopping off at Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara – where we stay in a horse ranch – Santa Monica, San Diego, Palm Springs and finally Vegas!

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try and do as much of the wedding prep together as you can as we had so much fun making the bunting and searching car boots and also not to get too drunk, then you can remember the best day of your lives!

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Congratulations Ellie & David!

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Twinkle & Bloom! A Real Wedding In Cheshire – Kirsty & Wayne

April 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

James Jebson Photography

Following the fashion frenzy of the last week (dahlings!), I think it’s about time we got back to basics here at Brides Up North.  It’s what we do best – Real Weddings from real Brides Up North and their talented local suppliers.  Real, regional and really, really gorgeous.  I jolly well hope you’re thinking local for your big day!

This afternoon’s wedding was sent to us by real bride Kirsty and Brides Up North Featured Supplier James Jebson and has all the elements of the best of big days – tons of sparkle, big blooms and lots of laughs. 

Enjoy!

James Jebson Photography

Kirsty says: We got engaged in October 2012 at Mottram Hall and were married on 14th December 2013 at St Anne’s Church in Woodplumpton by our fabulous village vicar Revd. Brian Whitley, followed by a reception at Beeston Manor in Houghton.

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

We chose our venue as it just felt very ‘us’.  With its countryside setting and manor house feel, Beeston Manor is beautiful. Furthermore the venue was completely private and meant we just shared our day with our family & our guests.

James Jebson Photography

I chose a Mori Lee wedding dress with lace and diamante detail from Dan Kerr Brides. It was a really sparkly dress and I loved it from the moment I put it on. All my jewellery, accessories and my shoes were from Lottie’s Bridal Boutique in Lytham.

Our bridesmaids wore gold dresses by Ronald Joyce, again from Dan Kerr Brides. Wayne and the ushers all wore grey suits, ivory waistcoats and ties to match the girls’ dresses from Moss Bros, and the Mother of the Bride and page boys were dressed by Lottie’s Bridal Boutique – along with the bridesmaids’ fur shrugs.

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

We travelled in a Range Rovers on the day all dressed by our florist Margaret Mason with ivory ribbons – they looked fantastic.

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

My bouquet was made of mini Calla Lilies and had diamonds amongst the flowers. It was simply stunning

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson, our photographer, was simply sensational on our wedding day. His attention to detail, his professionalism, & his incredibly infectious personality, accompanied with his awesome photography put him in another league.  In the words of my new husband James is ”simply a different kind of gravy” and his photography service was extra special from start to finish. 

We were over the moon with our wedding pictures as they capture the best day of our lives from every angle. James didn’t miss a thing and even caught images of moments we had missed! We have the most wonderful memories of our wedding and I cannot stress how important a good photographer is.  When your wedding is over your photos are the one thing you have left and I cannot thank James enough for our amazing images. He is simply fabulous!

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Must Be The Music. A Vibrant Real Wedding In The North West –Lindsay & Ian

March 24th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Fluke Photography

I love every wedding that I feature on these pages, and all for different reasons.  Some are full of homespun, personal details and others breathtakingly beautiful.  Most have a dash of both. 

But then there are the weddings that have all that and more – the weddings where the personalities just leap off the page and I think – Hey, now there’s a wedding I’d have liked to have been invited to!

Lindsay and Ian’s big day is one of those.  Yes, it’s cute, colourful and full of loveliness, but it also looks like it was a hell of a good laugh.  And those wedding days, dear readers, are hard to beat…

With images by Marie-Claire at  Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

Lindsay says:  Ian asked me to marry him in July 2011 overlooking Lake Windermere. It was a beautiful warm sunny day – my birthday was in a couple of days and I was two weeks away from my due date – so really quite pregnant!

Fluke Photography

We were married on 5th October 2013 – almost 4 years to the day since we met – at Cock O Barton, Barton, Cheshire. 

Fluke Photography

We chose our venue because it was a bit quirky and it didn’t need much decorating as it had real character. It was much cheaper for exclusive use than other places and the food was fabulous!

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

We chose to have a colourful wedding with vibrant autumnal florals.  I carried a posy of orange calla lilies, protea and hypericum berries by Flowers by Gaynor. 

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

I wore “Lorie” by Maggie Sottero as I loved the lace, court train and the corset back and I didn’t want a strapless dress. My shoes were by Irregular Choice.

Ian and his best man wore a grey suit from Groom and my bridesmaid chose a teal dress from Hobbs.  Our baby son wore a grey suit from Next. 

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

We travelled in a fabulous teal blue Rolls Royce.

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

We used Fluke Photography for OUR fabulous pictures – we didn’t want too many posed pictures so we loved our documentary style album.

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

We both are into our music so we had original 7 inch records for our table names – all 10 records were special to us. The name places were paper flowers made from sheet music.

I walked down the aisle to “Your Silent Face” by New Order and we walked out to “Just Like Fred Astaire” by James. We danced our first dance to Elbow “One Day Like This”. 

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

It’s difficult to choose a favourite part as the whole day was fabulous but saying our vows in front of our friends and family was very emotional. The speeches were also great and the party was fantastic!

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

We didn’t want a standard white iced wedding cake so we chose a three tiered chocolate covered sponge cake. It was made by the Ian’s parents who are Master Bakers!

Fluke Photography

For our entertainment we had a local band do some swing music followed by some indie and hip hop classics.  Ian’s close friends provided DJ services late into the night. The dance floor was pretty much full all night until 3am!  A close friend who is a musician also wrote and performed a song about us which was lovely. 

Fluke Photography

After the wedding we honeymooned in Paris by Eurostar for four nights. It was very romantic and we had a great time. We didn’t want to go too far as we have a two year old son.

Fluke Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North is that it’s the people that make the day – not the expensive things. Savour every moment. 

Fluke Photography

Congratulations Lindsay & Ian!

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Simply Stunning. Lace & Tulle For A Modern Real Wedding At Statham Lodge, Cheshire – Sarah & Gavin

March 24th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Amanda Balmain

Welcome to another week Brides Up North!  Any “I do”s over the weekend?

This was Team Brides Up North’s first weekend off in quite a long while, and I spent it catching up on sleep, enjoying some quality family time and sampling a few real ales at our village beer festival.  Although I still prefer a chilled Sauvignon Blanc, there’s definitely a place in my life for a pint of pale ale, a pork pie and peas and rocking out to a questionable The Killers tribute act with my one year old on my hip of a Saturday afternoon!

However you spent yours, I hope it was glorious.

Talking of great occasions, let’s get things kicked off around here with a trip to Cheshire to celebrate the nuptials of Sarah & Gavin, who wanted a pretty yet modern feel for their big day.  Here at wedding blog HQ we are loving Sarah’s gown – which proves that lace and tulle can look contemporary as well as vintage.  Just lovely.  

With images by Amanda Balmain.

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Sarah says:  We got engaged on my birthday in January 2012 in Barcelona, where Gav had taken me for a birthday weekend away, and we were married don 26th October 2013 at Statham Lodge Country House Hotel in Lymm, Cheshire. 

Amanda Balmain

We wanted a venue where we could hold the whole day and night without doing any travelling and where we and our guests could stay overnight. We looked at lots of places but Statham Lodge was our favourite from the start. The building and grounds were beautiful and we liked that there were different rooms for each part of the day and evening so we felt like we had plenty of space. It has lots of character but as it’s family run it felt quite intimate and not too grand, and the staff were so friendly and couldn’t do enough for us – they really made a difference to the day. We also got an amazing out of season package which included the food, drink, DJ… there wasn’t much we actually had to worry about!

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

I love lace so that was a thread which ran throughout everything, but I didn’t want to go down the vintage route so tried to keep it quite sleek, modern and laid back.  Our colours were deep purple and grey. We really didn’t want ‘Cadbury’s purple’ which is a popular shade for weddings, so trying to find everything in the right shade was a challenge! It’s the one thing I was really particular about!

Amanda Balmain

I chose a Blue by Enzoani dress which I bought from Dreamcatcher Bridal in Kirkham, Preston, and wore it with an amazing belt from Sash & Co. I loved the heavy lace top which was very fitted down to my hips, then the lace faded into a gorgeous tulle skirt which made me feel so special but not too over the top. The belt and lace trim veil I wore were both stunning and were the perfect finishing touches.

Amanda Balmain

Gav and the groomsmen wore light grey three piece suits from Slaters, Liverpool, with deep purple ties and Gav wore a pale grey tie to set him apart from the others. They all looked so smart and the tie, rather than a cravat, made them look and feel much more laid back which is exactly what we wanted.

My three bridesmaids wore purple chiffon maxi dresses from H&M which were a real bargain and the colour was spot on! My lovely designer friend Amy Saville altered them to fit perfectly, adding an extra layer for length and adding the lace cap sleeves and V insert at the back which tied them in with the lace theme. They all looked so beautiful!

Our one year old nephew, Jack, was a page boy and wore the cutest grey suit from Next, while our one year old nieces, Josephine and Chloe, wore ivory dresses from Ted Baker at Debenhams.

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

As we had the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception in the same place we didn’t need to travel anywhere. I arrived at the venue with my Mum and Dad which was nice as we got to spend some time alone in the car on the way, and everyone met us there to get ready and start the day at Statham Lodge!

Amanda Balmain

I carried a small teardrop bouquet made up of ivory mini orchids and freesias and a couple of deep purple flowers to match the colour theme.  My bridesmaids carried small posies of ivory freesias and the Mum’s and groomsmen all had orchid button holes.  Our flowers were by 2lips Florists in Stockton Heath. 

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

The music during the ceremony made it really special for us, as we chose the string versions of some of our favourite songs. I walked down the aisle to the strings version of U2’s “With Or Without You” and it still makes me a bit teary when I hear it now!

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain was our photographer and is a genius at capturing those little moments and the general feeling of the day.

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

We tried to keep the day as small and personal as possible, so I made a lot myself, including the invitations, centre pieces, place names and favours. I made use of lots of small online retailers to source my many materials!  The favours which were wine glass charms with each person’s initial as a charm.

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

My favourite part of our wedding was the speeches, I loved seeing everyone together, having a good time and enjoying the day. My Dad had been nervous about his speech since the minute we got engaged but I was so proud of him, and of Gav and his best man and brother, Jon, who all got the balance of emotional and funny just right! Gav says his favourite part was when I walked down the aisle, which is very sweet of him and despite concentrating so hard on not crying was also one of my favourite bits.

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

The casino by Fun Casino Royale before the evening ceremony was a lot of fun and kept that day to evening part really upbeat, and at night we just wanted everyone to dance so had Dave Buck as a DJ, who came as part of the Statham Lodge package and was brilliant!

Amanda Balmain

Our honeymoon really was our trip of a lifetime, we went to San Francisco, Las Vegas, LA and finished with a week of all inclusive luxury in Mexico. It was really important to us to not get carried away and overspend on the wedding so we could go all out on our honeymoon and do a trip that we’ve always wanted to do, and the best decision we made was booking the honeymoon for January so we really stretched out the whole wedding experience and there were no January blues for us!

Amanda Balmain

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be: honestly, don’t stress! Do what you want to do and don’t worry too much about all the little details. People are there to see you get married and as long as you’re having the best time, so will they.

Amanda Balmain

Congratulations Sarah & Gavin!

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Relaxed Country. Edwardian Lace For A Real Wedding At Sandhole Oak Barn, Cheshire, Kate & Thomas

March 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

It’s over to Cheshire today as we join Brides Up North reader Katie and her new husband Thomas to celebrate their Real Wedding day in lovely, laid back style.  Katie and Thomas chose a relaxed, fresh and homespun feel with touches of mint, pink and coral for their simple and pretty celebration. 

Not just a crafty bride, textile designer Katie is also the designer behind the beautiful bridal accessories and jewellery range at Eliza Vale (named after her great-grandmother).  If you like her style, check out her brand new look book here or visit her website.  You are welcome!

Images by Julie Cummins Photography.

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Katie says:  Thomas asked me to marry him in May 2012 on the lake in Central Park, New York where we had met 10 years previously.

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

We were married on 31st May 2013 at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire.  We just loved the laid back vibe of the place, the stunning setting and the ease and professionalism of the owner and caterers that we met at the first viewing. We looked around several further venues but had already fallen for Sandhole. Also it meant we could have the ceremony and reception in one place, as well as having 19 rooms and lots of hotels close by

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

We wanted a relaxed country wedding with a handmade feel. I planned on making lots of the decorations and not wasting money on things you really wouldn’t notice on the day. The venue needed very little doing to it and it was the beauty of the oak barn and lake setting that gave us the atmosphere we wanted.

We opted for a colour scheme of mint green, pale pink and coral. 

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

I chose an Edwardian style warm cream silk gown with beautiful embroidered lace polka dot silk tulle overlay and silk sash belt from The Vintage Wedding Dress Company. I had seen it in London with my mum and sister but luckily found it in a sample sale half price in Ireland so I was delighted. It was the perfect size and totally undamaged so I really felt it was meant to be!

I had seen my Rachel Simpson shoes on a few blogs and was lucky enough to also pick these up in a sample sale in Ireland.

I wore very simple jewellery as the dress itself was quite detailed. I bought very small pearl studs and my mum lent me a stunning Edwardian necklace that was left to her by her grandmother. I made a simple veil and attached a little of the same lace used in my dress to the top which I embellished.

I made an embellished lace headband for the evening.

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

We designed individual dresses for each bridesmaid, bought mint green silk crepe and chiffon and I dyed some beaded lace to match for the cap sleeves.

I made hairpieces for the three bridesmaids based on what they liked and matched in with the style of their dresses. They wore their own nude shoes.

I made the flower girl dresses from some cotton broiderie anglaise that I dyed a slightly peachy tone. I bought silk organza and satin to make corsage headbands that matched in with my dress.

The groomsmen wore their own suits. We bought new white shirts and mint green ties and handkerchiefs to match in with the bridesmaids. We also got Tom and the best man Paul vintage gold cufflinks from the 1940’s. I got Tom a tie pin that I had engraved and gave to him the night before the wedding.

I made a headpiece for my mum using some of the lace from my own dress and little netting. She wanted something unfussy but still wanted to look like mother of the bride.

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

As the whole day was in one place we thought it a waste to get fancy cars. My Dad drove me on my own and played me Bob Dylan’s Forever Young on the way which relaxed me (a bit!)

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

I printed some family pictures onto fabric and put in embroidery hoops, along with a few embroideries just for a bit of decoration.

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

A friend of mine, David from Darktown Jubilee played guitar and his friend played the piano as we signed register and walked back up aisle and also whilst reception drinks were served.

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

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