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orange is the new ivory. a fun-filled wedding at quarry bank mill – zoe & chris

September 23rd, 2016 | Julia Braime


There are smiles galore in today’s real wedding which took place in the beautiful village of Styal in Cheshire.

Falling head-over-heels for the quaint yet industrial feel of the area, Zoe and Chris set about planning their dream country village wedding, complete with chapel ceremony and mill reception.

Giving a nod to the venue’s history, sewing machines and bobbins formed part of the charming décor that was finished off with wonderful wildflower arrangements in glass bottles and jars.

From beginning to end this day looks to be full of love and laughter, with the entertainment including live music, face painting and photo booth fun!

With images by Natural Touch Photography.


zoe says: The decision to get married came about after Chris and I had been on a few walks and cycles around Styal village, Cheshire, and had commented on what a lovely place it would be to get married. Upon deciding on which venues we would hold the wedding at, we made contact with the relevant people to find that they only had a limited number of dates available, and so after a quick discussion, we booked it! A couple of months later Chris presented me with an engagement ring while I was in bed having a lay in on my day off. It was just before we went out for a walk to watch the solar eclipse!

We set the date for 23rd April 2016, as it was one of the few spring dates that the venue had left. We knew that we wanted to be outdoors a lot, and would walk across the village and the fields from the chapel to the reception venue on the wedding day. We also hoped to have our welcome drinks outdoors in the lovely gardens and so we needed a day with at least a chance of being dry and warm!


Our ceremony was at Norcliffe Chapel, followed by a reception at Quarry Bank Mill. We chose this location because it’s such a beautiful setting that we’ve grown quite attached to with living nearby.

We wanted to celebrate the setting of the mill and the workers village vibe, and so we kept an industrial theme in mind throughout the wedding planning. This made it quite easy to find inspirational images, although we already had so much in mind after walking around the area and inside the mill a few times.


Our colour scheme was orange and navy. Orange is my favourite colour and though I initially thought it might be a bit too much for a wedding, we felt the navy was a nice contrast and stopped the orange from being too garish.

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get set, sparkle. ian stuart for a winter wedding at armathwaite hall – emma & mark

September 20th, 2016 | Julia Braime


Today on the blog we have some beautiful inspiration for those of you planning winter weddings as we share the details of Emma and Mark’s big day.

Following an Ikea proposal (don’t worry, he made up for it), Emma and Mark set about planning an atmospheric November wedding, complete with lots of soft candlelight and sparkling décor.

Going all out on the opportunity to wear a big dress, bride Emma chose a stunning Ian Stuart gown with accents of shimmering silver to match both the colour scheme and season. Now that’s what we call a dress with the wow-factor!

With images by Jonny Draper Photography.


emma says: We got engaged in Ikea over meatballs! Honestly! But then we had my engagement ring specially made and Mark surprised me with a trip to London to see the Lion King (I love Disney). He got us box seats and had champagne and chocolates put in the box. It was amazing!

As we loved the idea of a Christmas or winter wedding we set the date for 28th November.


Our chosen venue was Armathwaite Hall in Keswick. We both love the Lake District and when we went to look at venues Armathwaite felt really personal. I like modern venues and Mark likes old fashioned and Armathwaite had the perfect blend of both.

To fit the time of year we went for a sparkly wedding theme (with a hint of Disney!) As we knew it would be dark outside we thought lots of sparkles and candles would look great.


When it came to the colour scheme we knew that we didn’t want everyone in the same colour as we had an unconventional bridal party in that the maid of honour was male and we had female groomsmen. I also wanted each of the bridesmaids to have dresses that suited them, rather than sticking to a certain theme. In the end we went for pale pastel colours accented with a silver shimmer.


I chose to wear an Ian Stuart dress from Ava Rose Hamilton. I instantly fell in love with it. I’d tried on about seven or eight dresses beforehand but none of them made me excited, or felt quite so special. I knew I wanted a big dress – the sort that you can only ever wear on your wedding day – but also wanted something that really suited me. I loved the silver woven into the lace of the dress and that it had a huge skirt but fitted silk body. I never thought I would get a strapless dress but the minute I tried it on I knew it was right.

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bubbles & blooms. house of mooshki for a relaxed wedding at vallum farm – emma & stuart

September 12th, 2016 | Rachel Parry


To get your week off to a fabulous start we’re heading to the North East to relive the beautiful big day of Emma and Stuart.

Brimming with laughter and smiles, this was a rustic and relaxed celebration with lots of fun and interactive elements for guests to enjoy; from social sharing boards at the wedding breakfast to bubble machines, giant deckchairs, entertaining games and, of course, dancing.

We must give a special mention for the wedding cake which looks like a creation worthy of Paul and Mary’s GBBO Showstopper title! An excellent bake!

With images by Jason Friend Photography.


emma says: We got engaged at the Inn on the Lake in Ullswater, on 8th May 2015. It was our three-year anniversary since our first date. We’d had a bit of a rough time with job moves after the threat of redundancy and Stuart realised after getting through so much together he didn’t want to be without me.

He booked the best room with a balcony overlooking the lake and had champagne and chocolates waiting in the room for our arrival. He took me for a walk to the lake and got down on one knee. I was the most awkward person to propose too – I just kept complaining about being hungry and demanded a roast beef and horseradish sandwich. I’m surprised he didn’t change his mind! Apparently he’d had it planned for weeks and had already asked my parents’ permission weeks in advance!

Our wedding was on July 2nd 2016. I knew I didn’t want a long engagement, so once I found the right type of venue with availability, I just grabbed a date.


The wedding took place at Vallum Farm in Northumberland. The area has a special place in both our hearts, as we spent a great deal of our childhoods there with our families, so it seemed right to marry in Northumberland. We aren’t religious but wanted to get married in order to celebrate our relationship with our families whilst enjoying great food, nice wine and a big party – Vallum was perfect for this. The marquee wasn’t even finished when I went to see it for the first time with my mam, but after meeting Hannah there and seeing the place, I knew it was perfect.

We didn’t have a wedding theme as such, but it was essential to have a huge relaxed, party atmosphere with all our loved ones. For the décor I chose rustic and vintage pieces that I felt would work well with the venue.

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true blue: satin & beads for an elegant wedding at ellingham hall – emma & gareth

August 5th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Pretty Blue Wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Paul Liddement Photography (29)

We’ve made it through to Friday once again, and to celebrate we’re sharing the beautiful north east wedding of Emma & Gareth.

Everything about this wedding says elegance, from Emma’s gorgeous satin dress with dainty detailing, through to the romantic blooms and timeless colour palette.

The stunning venue provides the perfect backdrop and we love that the bride and groom decided to hire it for a full weekend to stretch the celebrations across more than one day.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Paul Liddement Photography.

A Pretty Blue Wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Paul Liddement Photography (25)

A Pretty Blue Wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Paul Liddement Photography (23)

emma says: Gareth proposed during a surprise weekend away for my birthday in Croatia. We were staying in Hvar and rented a small boat to go out exploring all the small islands just off the coast. We’d found a secluded bay when we got out to have a swim and whilst we were in the water Gareth got done on one knee and popped the question.

We set the date for 28th May 2016. It was the Saturday of the bank holiday weekend. We had a lot of people travelling a long way so we wanted to make a weekend of the wedding.

A Pretty Blue Wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Paul Liddement Photography (2)

We got married at Ellingham Hall. We were living down south at the time but we knew we wanted to get married in Northumberland as the north east was where we met. Ellingham Hall is such a beautiful place and when we looked round, every room we looked at got us excited. Exclusive use was really important to us and the fact we could hire Ellingham for the whole weekend and could have people stay in the cottages surrounding the hall as well as the house swung it for us. The staff were so flexible with our arrangements and we hired Ellingham Hall and all the surrounding cottages from the Friday to Monday so we could have an extra barbecue and games day on the Sunday.

A Pretty Blue Wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Paul Liddement Photography (27)

We didn’t really have a theme – I was going for classic elegance – I didn’t want to look back at our wedding in five years and think it looked really dated! The colour scheme was blues as it’s both of our favourite colour. I put my bridesmaid in navy and cornflower blue dresses and luckily this matched in quite well with the tartan that boys were wearing.

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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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