May 15th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
Today on the blog we’re featuring the impossible elegance of Vicki and Richard’s wedding day at Eaves Hall in Clitheroe.
All of the details, from the fine surroundings of Eaves Hall to Vicki’s lace mermaid-cut gown, speak of classic sophistication. This super-stylish couple opted for a pop of cornflower blue in their otherwise neutral colour scheme and the most stunning bridal posy this side of the Pennines.
Their day was perfectly captured by their photographer, who certainly delivered on her promise of beautiful, relaxed and natural wedding photography.
Vicki tells us more…
With images by Emilie May Photography.
vicki says: We got engaged at Room restaurant in Manchester on New Year’s Eve 2013. Richard proposed at midnight; it came as a total surprise as, after almost six years together, I’d given up on him proposing!
Our wedding date was set for 12th August 2016. We wanted to get married in summer: because Richard is a teacher, we were restricted to certain times.
Our venue was Eaves Hall in West Bradford near Clitheroe. We had both the ceremony and the reception there. Richard’s parents had stayed at Eaves Hall several times when it was a guest house. They often talked about it and how lovely the house and grounds were. Richard suggested going to an open day at the end of January a little after we had gotten engaged. It was the first and only place we visited – we fell in love as we walked around the house. We went for lunch at the Waddington Arms to discuss it and then went straight back after to ask about dates. We didn’t regret a thing – there would be no point in seeing other places as we just knew that Eaves Hall was perfect for us.
We had a rustic theme with lace and burlap and little wooden hearts. It suited Eaves Hall and its decor perfectly. I handmade our invites – they were cream and natural card with burlap and lace around the top and with a wooden heart in the middle. This theme carried on with the menus, vases, table plan, place names and so on. We also scattered wooden hearts on each table. We wanted to keep the décor simple with lots of little touches, along with lovely flowers. Eaves Hall is such a lovely house with beautiful decoration; it speaks for itself and doesn’t need much adding to it.
Overall, the colour-scheme was lots of natural neutrals, but we also chose a strong blue for the bridesmaids. The men’s suits were navy blue – I personally think Richard looks very handsome in blue, and I’m not a fan of grey suits.
I chose a fitted lace mermaid-style dress with a low back and a jewelled waistband. I wanted to show off my curves – in the right places!
During the planning, I looked at lots of magazines including UNVEILED, attended a Brides Up North wedding fair and got inspiration from the blog to get plenty of wedding-related ideas, especially regarding my dress. I went to a few boutiques and salons and tried on lots of different shapes, which I would definitely recommend – you need to know that you’ve made the right choice! The dress I eventually chose was from Love & Cherish bridal shop in Ramsbottom. It’s around the corner from Richard’s parents and we often drive past it so I had to give it a try!
I also wore gold shoes with diamante jewels on the front which matched my belt and Swarovski jewellery.
March 27th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
Clitheroe venue Eaves Hall was the perfect choice for today’s discerning couple, offering them exclusive use of its magnificent Georgian mansion and the stunning Ribble Valley as a backdrop to their big day.
Everything about this wedding speaks of elegance, from the all-cream blooms to the classy navy and gold colour palette. The bride wows in her backless lace Serenity dress and her vision of candelabras, greenery and lights is a lesson in chic venue-dressing.
However, there are also lots of light-hearted touches, from cake-pop penguins holding hockey sticks to pay homage to the groom’s hobby, to Little Mermaid shoe laces for Ariel fan Kerry.
With images by Gemma McAuley Photography
kerry says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2013 at home; it was just perfect. Christmas is such a special time of year for us both and it was our daughter’s first, which made it even more wonderful. Wesley said he wanted to give me an early Christmas present and I was adamant I wanted to keep them all a surprise. However, he pulled out a ring box and asked me to marry him with our little girl there. It simply couldn’t have been more perfect. We celebrated with the family that night and toasted the future together.
Our wedding date was Saturday 13th February 2016. We didn’t plan to get married on Valentine’s weekend. We saw the venue, loved it, visited again on a wedding open day and they had the date available so we booked it.
We were married at Eaves Hall in Clitheroe. Both the ceremony and the reception were held there. Wesley and I first saw it online and we both loved it immediately. I knew it was where I wanted but also knew it was booked up well in advance. We went to view it in May 2015 and the amazing wedding coordinators mentioned that they had a date free and so we secured it with a deposit there and then. We also hired the lodge the night before so all the bridal party could stay together and we celebrated together as we prepared for our big day.
Our wedding colour scheme was navy, cream and gold. We wanted a simple colour scheme as it was a winter wedding and we didn’t want anything too fussy.
I chose a Sincerity fitted, backless lace dress from Lulu Browns Bridal Boutique in Whalley. It was the first dress I saw online and, even though I’d visited a few bridal boutiques and tried on lots of different styles, I hadn’t found one that came close. When I visited Lulu Browns I saw it hanging up and I knew that it was the one. Then I tried it and it was perfect!
My wedding shoes were decorated by one of my friends. Anyone who knows me knows my favourite thing in the world is The Little Mermaid and my friend put crystals all over my wedding converse and added Little Mermaid laces. It was such a lovely surprise and I hope she knows how much I loved the gesture!
Wesley had also given my bridesmaids a present for me on the morning of the wedding. It was a Pandora charm locket that said ‘to my beautiful wife, forever and always’.
My wedding make up was just stunning and the make-up artists were from Mystique Nails and Beauty in Oswaldtwistle. I would recommend them to any bride planning a wedding as they were experienced, professional and did exactly what I wanted.
December 9th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Ladies, picture the nightmare scene – you’ve had your heart set on a particular wedding gown for years only to find that the designer as stopped producing it by the time it comes to planning your big day. Then imagine the delight when the designer offers to have a one-off of the dress especially made for you. Too good to be true, right? That’s what we thought, but for today’s real bride this was the reality when top British bridalwear designer Suzanne Neville had a discontinued design specially made for her.
So let’s get straight into Laura and Jonathon’s big day to see that super-special dress in action…
With images by Toni Darcy Photography.
laura says: We got engaged after ten years of being together in October 2015. Jonathan took me to Paris for a surprise weekend, I didn’t know where I was going until I got to the gate at Manchester Airport! Even after finding out we were going to Paris I had no idea he would propose, we had been together so long and I had always talked about getting engaged that I sort of resigned myself to the fact we might not get married for another ten years! On the second night in Paris after a lovely meal we walked over the bridge of the river Seine, stopped to take a selfie with the Eiffel Tower lit up behind us and there Jonathan got down on one knee! I later found out that he had the ring in his pocket all day whilst we were busy sightseeing, waiting for the perfect opportunity to pop the question!
We decided that we weren’t going to wait for years to get married, I had always known what type of wedding I wanted and we both agreed to get it moving for spring 2016. We looked at only one venue, we both wanted a marquee wedding reception and so The Inn at Whitewell, Clitheroe, was just perfect, we didn’t want to look anywhere else. The reason for the date was simply because we wanted to get married in the spring and the only Saturday available was 21st May, so that was booked and was to be the date of our big day!
We have both visited The Inn at Whitewell many times, it has beautiful surroundings and is just a gorgeous setting. We really wanted a marquee reception and to get married in church. The Inn is coupled with St Michaels Church, Whitewell, and just happens to be right next door to the venue. Perfect!
We didn’t have a set colour scheme as such, I had pale pink and soft golds in my invites, cake and decor in the venue, but chose navy blue for the men and girls in the wedding party.
July 9th, 2016 | Julia Braime
To bring your week to a pretty close we’re featuring the lovely North West wedding day of Johanna and Drew.
Following a traditional church service, the bride, groom and their guests moved onto The Shireburn Arms for a relaxed and intimate reception, complete with rustic vintage wedding décor.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Zen Photographic.
johanna says: We got engaged in York on 25th January 2014. Drew proposed on a bridge overlooking the city at night, it was very romantic. We set the date for Saturday 25th July 2015 – exactly 18 months to the day that we got engaged.
Our chosen venue was The Shireburn Arms, Hurst Green, Clitheroe, as we felt that it was fitting to our personalities and would feel more intimate for us and our guests.
We wanted the day to be fun and for our guests to feel relaxed, and so we choose a rustic vintage theme for the wedding, which allowed us to put our own unique touches on the day. We didn’t have a colour scheme as such, though our bridesmaids and groomsmen wore a blush pink tone, which fitted in the summery time of year.
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June 16th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
We just love it when a couple adds special elements to their wedding day to make it all the more memorable for them and their guests.
Today’s bride and groom decided the transport was a key area of their wedding where they could do things differently, in order to wow their guests. Having planned a marquee wedding on a relative’s farm through which a steam train track ran, Sarah and CJ seized the opportunity for their guests to travel from the church to reception by rail. But this was no mean feat, in order to make their wish come true, they had to build a temporary train platform so that the steam train could stop at the farm, and in order to do that they had to wait for a time of year when the trains didn’t run during the week so that we could work on the track. Top marks for effort guys!
Now let’s board that locomotive…
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Zen Photographic.
sarah says: We got engaged at Fountains Abbey, which is a place I used to go to a lot with my family when I was younger. It was just a normal afternoon on 1st November 2014, we went over for a nice walk, headed up to Anne Boleyn’s lookout, which has an amazing view to the gardens and the abbey, and whilst we stood there admiring the view, CJ asked me to marry him, completely unexpected! He’d worked with Whiting & Wilson jewellers in Rossendale to design the ring himself.
We wanted the wedding to be within a year of getting engaged and so decided to set the date for 10th October 2015.
We got married at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Bury, as this is where CJ’s parents were married and he was christened. It’s also in our hometown and right opposite the steam train station, which was how we planned to transport our guests to the reception. We wanted a completely unique way to transport our guests that would be fun and meant something to us too. We live in Irwell Vale, which the steam train passes through and came up with the idea as the train passed through the village one day. My relatives have a farm, which the steam train runs right through to, so we built a temporary train platform on the farm for the train to stop at, and laid down a gravel walkway from the platform to an Indian style marquee we’d hired, which was in one of the fields. The marquee was a grand pavilion from Shades Canvas.
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December 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime
Today we join Brides Up North reader Emily and her new husband Nick for their traditionally elegant yet fun filled celebration (because isn’t that what matters most?) in Clitheroe, all captured beautifully by Brides Up North Featured Supplier and friend, Jonny Draper Photography.
Emily says: We got engaged on 5th October 2012 at Beetham Tower in Manchester in the same spot that he first told me he was falling in love with me.
We were married on 19th October 2013 at Eaves Hall, Clitheroe. It was one of the only venues we could find that was stunning from the outside but also modern and intimate on the inside. It brings together a stately home and a boutique hotel under one roof – oh and the best bit of it was, it was all ours.
Our theme kind of evolved over time, we took all the things we loved and that defined us as a couple, together with our venue and put them down on a board – when it all came together we recognised we had a kind of fun, romantic, British elegance theme – we ended up summarising it as playfully romantic.
We chose an ivory colour palette with shades of purple – from pinky purples to dark purples – we didn’t want a consistent or regimented block of colour.
I got my amazing, stunning and beautiful wedding dress from Emma Draper at the fabulous Love Bridal Boutique. Emma not only helped me find it, but helped me modify it to fit my individual style.
I also got my veil, jewellery, shoes and garter from Love Bridal Boutique – in fact on the day I was a Love Bridal bride from head to toe.
Eaves Hall has a fantastic little bridal lodge at the end of the drive, where my bridesmaids and I stayed the night before and got ready the morning of the big day.
Although they offered us their very plush cars to take us up to the hall in the morning, I wanted to walk up with my dad and the girls so I could take in the beauty of it all and soak in the moment.
One of the most important things for us was to get a photographer that understood us and what we wanted. That’s why we choose Jonny Draper Photography.
He instantly understood the best way to capture our day so that our photos would show the fun, relaxed essence we were looking.
We didn’t want lots of posed shots, we just wanted everyone to have a good time – we wanted our photographer to blend in with our guests and become part of the wedding- and Jonny is amazing at doing this.
He made our wedding day even more enjoyable than we could have imagined, by not only capturing every single moment and emotion but doing it in such a fluid and relaxed way that it blended into the day rather than felt like a chore for either us or our guests.
We worked with the very talented Flower Design not only for beautiful neutral tone flowers I carried on the day but for all the button holes, bouquets and venue dressing. The flowers were central to bringing our theme and wedding to life; they were stunning and brought the entire day together perfectly.
Our beloved bulldog couldn’t be there – but we didn’t want to leave him out of the day – so we not only incorporated him into our save the date, wedding cake and favours but we also had a cocktail hour in his honour – with a chubby bulldog cocktail served in a mini milk bottles with his face on them – using stickers from moo.com.
It was three tiers – vanilla, chocolate and lemon sponges. With sugar paste flowers to match our wedding flowers by Flower Design– with little dog bones and paw prints leading to the top of the cake.
Specialized Cakes also made our favours which were little chocolate cupcakes with dog bones on top – placed in a purple cake cases and boxed with a purple ribbon.
We had an evening DJ included in the Eaves Hall package, however, as we had an 11am start we had bits of entertainment throughout the day for our guests.
We had Steve Christie as our pianist as he was used his classical training to deliver modern, relevant music – which is more our style such as Rhianna and Kings of Leon. He played as guests arrived and during our drinks reception.
We also had Evan Young – an acoustic guitarist – who played modern ‘band style’ music in the bar during our cocktail hour. Giving it a relaxed pub feel.
If I had to pick my favourite part of the day I think it would be our first dance.
When we got engaged our first dance was the one thing I was dreading – never having danced in a formal way before. Now the song choice was easy to make – because it was ‘our’ song, but we quickly learnt wasn’t that easy to dance to. We choose Celo Green ‘Forget You’.
However, we were very lucky to have the amazing Ailsa Baker Dance, who worked out a simple yet fun routine for us and brought us together as dancing partners. She made us feel so relaxed and confident.
On the day it was so much fun to do and such a surprise for our guests – I think we literally took their breath away with our fancy footwork. It is a memory that will stay with us forever.
For our honeymoon we went to Vegas, baby!
What advice would I give to my fellow Brides Up North? Well, the best thing I did was have an open mind and a relaxed approach to the fact everything didn’t need to match. This meant it took the pressure off everything and everyone, making it all so much more enjoyable and relaxed.
The fact we didn’t have one consistent block colour also meant our wedding appeared to have more layers and textures and had quite a laid back feel to it.
Congratulations Emily & Nick!
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