Charlotte Balbier

city love. mori lee for a sheffield themed wedding at kelham island museum – sian & joe

July 7th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Wedding at Kelham Island Museum (c) Elegant & Wild Photography (36)

Today’s real wedding is a celebration not only of love, but also of the city in which the couple first met and still live.

Focussing the décor and details on Sheffield and its heritage, Sian and Joe gave nods to the industry, food and transport that is all iconic to the city, whilst getting some of the area’s top suppliers on board to help deliver their vision.

They certainly did the steel city proud!

With images by Elegant & Wild Photography.

A Wedding at Kelham Island Museum (c) Elegant & Wild Photography (7)

sian says: Joe asked me to marry him on the evening of 22nd July 2015. After a romantic walk in The Peaks, he popped the question at Higger Torr with the sun setting over Hathersage and church bells tolling in the distance. I said yes! Joe had bought my perfect engagement ring from Green and Benz on Division Street, in Sheffield, where we also later bought our wedding rings from.

We were married on 14th May 2016. We chose this date as it was when some of our best friends that are currently travelling the world could make it. Joe is a huge football fan and wanted to avoid any potential clashes with Sheffield United matches or the Euros. I couldn’t believe this was part of the consideration!

A Wedding at Kelham Island Museum (c) Elegant & Wild Photography (42)

For our ceremony we chose to wed at St Marie’s Cathedral in Sheffield. It is a large, beautiful church that is special to my family as my parents were also married there in 1982. The reception was held at Kelham Island Museum, a venue on an area that forms part of Sheffield’s unique makeup. Joe and I have spent many happy times at various different pubs in Kelham Island and feel it’s a vibrant area that is steeped in Sheffield history and we wanted our guests to see this.

A Wedding at Kelham Island Museum (c) Elegant & Wild Photography (60)

Our wedding theme was a celebration of Sheffield as it is the place where we met and have shared many happy times together. It is with doubt our favourite city and we wanted our wedding to show if off. We were also aiming for our day to seem natural while at the same time having a rustic and industrial sense to it.

Our colour scheme was blush pink alongside hessian and rustic/craft browns. We felt these colours complemented one another and fitted in well with the theme.

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lemons & limes. charlotte balbier for a tuscan themed wedding at owen house – charlie & patrick

July 6th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Tuscan Wedding at Owen House Barn (c) Suzy Wimbourne Photography (53)

Unfortunately it’s not often that we get to meet the brides that we feature on the blog, but today’s leading lady is an exception.

We met gorgeous bride Charlie at the launch of Amanda Wyatt’s 2017 dress collection earlier this year and totally fell in love with the sound of her rustic Tuscan wedding when she told us the details. Better still, her chosen gown was by Brides Up North sponsor and friend, the fabulous Charlotte Balbier, and so we knew Charlie would look absolutely stunning on her big day.

And we weren’t wrong – serious #bridegoals, right ladies? We adore Charlie’s stunning Everley gown and her pretty forehead band accessory. The styling of the venue was also exceptionally well executed, so top marks to Charlie!

Any North West brides-to-be might also be interested to learn that Charlie has just set up her own personal training company, so if you’re looking to tone up a little for the big day be sure to look up TaylorFit.

Now, on with the pretty…

With images by Suzy Wimbourne Photography.

A Tuscan Wedding at Owen House Barn (c) Suzy Wimbourne Photography (26)

charlie says: We got engaged The Drunken Duck pub in Ambleside in the Lake District. Patrick contacted my boss and booked the Friday off work for me, then surprised me with a spa day, followed by an intimate dinner at the pub where he proposed in front of everyone (which I didn’t expect as he usually doesn’t do PDAs!)

We set the date for Friday 6th May 2016.We wanted a spring wedding and a wise man once told us the first weekend in May is always good weather! Also, marrying on the Friday meant we would be able to set up at the venue the day before the wedding.

A Tuscan Wedding at Owen House Barn (c) Suzy Wimbourne Photography (24)

Our chosen venue was Owen House Wedding Barn in Mobberley, Cheshire. We immediately fell in love with the relaxed, rustic, cool vibe of the place. The space is very versatile, we loved the fact we could have our civil service in the cute ceremony room and then hold the reception straight after without having to transport the guests anywhere. There is also a lovely garden where we were lucky enough to have our drinks reception as the weather was sunny – not to mention the house prosecco truck!

A Tuscan Wedding at Owen House Barn (c) Suzy Wimbourne Photography (50)

Our theme was Tuscany. We toyed with the idea of getting married in Tuscany as we have been on holiday there and loved it, but in the end we felt it was too much to ask our guests to finance the trip abroad. So we brought Tuscany to Mobberley! There were lemon and lime centre pieces, fresh rosemary and basil displays and a map of Tuscany as the table plan. Olive trees flanked the entrance and later acted as a room divide.

A Tuscan Wedding at Owen House Barn (c) Suzy Wimbourne Photography (70)

We selected a colour scheme of neutral creams and golds. Patrick wanted to wear a tweed suit and so the groomsmen had beige chinos and light brown tweed waistcoats with a gold silk back and the bridesmaids/flower girls were in cream and gold, wearing dresses from Coast and Monsoon. These colours complemented the touch of limes/lemons in the Tuscan decor and also the rustic venue of the wedding barn.

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real wedding recap: a pink & gold wedding at lartington hall – florence & stephen

July 1st, 2016 | Julia Braime

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, 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 4th July 2016 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some 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.

An Opulent Wedding at Lartington Hall (c) Nicola Helen Photography (28)

Before we start today’s post we must warn that it may cause serve weakness of the knees.

Florence and Stephen’s wedding takes place at what we believe is one of the most stunning wedding venues in the North, not only that, but it was held during one of our favourite months of the year, and it features our top hues of pale pink and elegant gold.

As a real family occasion with the bride and groom’s children fully involved, this is a wedding day that really is beautiful through and through.

We could seriously swoon over this one all day, but instead of rabbiting on we’ll let you see the pretty for yourselves – just make sure you’re sitting down first!

With images by Nicola Helen Photography.

An Opulent Wedding at Lartington Hall (c) Nicola Helen Photography (26)

florence says: We got engaged in 2012 at Matfen Hall Hotel in Northumberland. We had been together a few years and I was expecting our son, Hugo. I was quite pregnant by this point and feeling tired. Stephen surprised me with a night away so we headed to Matfen and just spent the afternoon relaxing. He had booked the most expensive room in the hotel and I still had no idea. Just before we headed down to supper, he proposed in the window, overlooking the beautiful grounds. It was all quite relaxed. We ate in the Library Dining Room quite quietly excited to know we were finally going to get married!

Our wedding was on 31st October 2015, yes, Halloween! It most certainly was not a themed wedding, though there was a nod to the day with pumpkins scattered here and there. October is my favourite month and it was the last Saturday the venue had available – so we just went with it and now quite enjoy the looks on people’s faces when we tell them the date.

An Opulent Wedding at Lartington Hall (c) Nicola Helen Photography (27)

We initially wanted a venue that was very quiet and intimate, our local village hall perhaps. But we had fallen in love with a property in Lartington and knowing that we would be spending the rest of our lives there, we thought it would be wonderful to be able to tell the children that we were married locally.

Once we viewed Lartington Hall in Teesdale, we knew it was something special. My family are from Barnard Castle and my parents had stories about the Hall from years gone by. It just felt right. Once the hall was booked, things grew from there.

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glamour & grandeur. david fielden for a 1920s wedding at castle howard – kerry & john

February 23rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry

An Elegant Wedding at Castle Howard (c) Fox Tail Photography (36)

Today’s bride just so happens to work at one of the most impressive wedding venues in Yorkshire, making choosing a setting for her big day simple!

Beautiful on both the inside and out, Castle Howard provided a perfect and familiar backdrop for bride Kerry to stage the glamorous 1920s style wedding that she had dreamt of.

Beyond the incredible venue, highlights for us include Kerry’s stunning lace David Fielden gown, the bridesmaids’ sparkling and muted mix and match dresses and the elegant pink and gold colour scheme.

With images by Fox Tail Photography.

An Elegant Wedding at Castle Howard (c) Fox Tail Photography (1)

kerry says:We got engaged in September 2014. John whisked me away on a surprise trip to New York! I was spoilt rotten from the start as we were treated to a complimentary upgrade to first class by the airline. We’re both fans of the film Rocky, so as part of our trip we went to visit the famous steps outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is where John proposed. It was very romantic and took me by total surprise.

We were married on 28th June 2015, as this was two years to the date since we first met.

An Elegant Wedding at Castle Howard (c) Fox Tail Photography (50)

Our chosen venue was Castle Howard, in North Yorkshire. I’m the nanny to the Howard twins so spend a large portion of my days in the house and grounds, therefore marrying in the surroundings of Castle Howard seemed the obvious choice to us. As a local girl to the area it had always been a dream of mine to marry here, so it was very exciting to have my dream wedding come to life. We were very lucky to have the most beautiful and grand venue for our wedding day.

We chose a 1920s glamour theme for our day, similar to the film Brideshead Revisited. I instantly fell in love with the glamour and sophisticated style of the era while watching the film and as it was filmed on location at Castle Howard a few years previously, it seemed a perfectly fitting choice of theme for the venue.

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new blooms. a simple springtime wedding at broughton hall – sally & dave

December 17th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

A Springtime Wedding at Broughton Hall (c) Bethany Clarke (45)

Deciding which season to marry in can be a tricky choice, with each offering something different to brides and grooms.

Of late I’ve found myself drawn to the spring celebrations as I love the fresh colours and delicate blooms associated with this time of year.

Today’s couple are also fans of springtime and did a spectacular job of giving a simple yet stunning nod to the season through their elegant choices of attire, décor and flowers. In particular we love the bridesmaids’ gorgeous full skirt and top combos – who wouldn’t want to wear that to a wedding?

With images by Bethany Clarke.

A Springtime Wedding at Broughton Hall (c) Bethany Clarke (68)

sally says: Dave proposed to me in private, at home and it was a complete surprise. We celebrated later that night with friends and champagne!

A Springtime Wedding at Broughton Hall (c) Bethany Clarke (41)

We married on 14th March 2015. We both decided we would like a spring wedding. Broughton Hall was our first and only venue that we went to look round, as we both instantly knew it was right for us. I grew up in Skipton and my parents still live there so I’m familiar with the area and love the scenery. Broughton Hall is so private and is in a really stunning setting.

We didn’t really have a theme for the wedding. We decided that the setting and the buildings of Broughton Hall didn’t need much ‘dressing’ and so we kept everything very simple.

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the love boat. justin alexander for a dreamy blush pink wedding in the lakes – tracy & carl

December 2nd, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Pretty Wedding in The Lake District (c) Tiree Dawson (39)

For us today’s wedding sums up romance and elegance perfectly.

Choosing one of the dreamiest destinations for their big day, the Lake District, Tracy and Carl already had the wow factor in their hotel setting and so simply added beautiful touches in blush pink and ivory to bring their wedding day vision together.

Just looking at the gorgeous images makes us feel relaxed and loved up – stunning!

With images by Tiree Dawson.

A Pretty Wedding in The Lake District (c) Tiree Dawson (5)

tracy says: We visited New York last December and Carl proposed at the top of the Empire State Building. It was so romantic!

We got married on Friday 11th September 2015. The date was one of only a handful still available for our venue when we booked in January of this year, and as we didn’t want to wait too long we booked there and then.

A Pretty Wedding in The Lake District (c) Tiree Dawson (38)

We got married at the beautiful Inn on the Lake, Glenridding, Ullswater. We live in the Lake District and there are so many studding wedding venues available. We knew we wanted to get married outside and the Inn on the Lake was the first venue we visited. As soon as we saw it we fell in love and knew that it was where we wanted to have our special day. The lakeside gazebo is licensed for civil ceremonies and the views over the lake are just breath-taking.

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