February 7th, 2017 | Julia Braime
The moral of today’s real wedding – every cloud has a silver lining! For Karen and Robert had originally planned to marry in the lakes, but due to excessive flooding they had to cancel their big day plans last minute and return to the drawing board. In doing so they found a dream setting in Le Petit Chateau, a new venue to the North East that’s brimming with wow-factor.
Leaving the details to the unique venue, Karen and Robert picked an elegant champagne colour scheme and stunning calla lily blooms to complete their wedding vision.
And Karen looked the perfect fairy-tale bride within the story-book like setting in a gorgeous Madeline Gardiner gown, which provided just the right amount of big day sparkle.
With images by Barnaby Aldrick Wedding Photography
karen says: We got engaged on our ten-year anniversary. Robert surprised me with a night away to London at the Oriental Mandrin. He had booked us into a suite and when we arrived there was champagne awaiting, strawberries covered in chocolate with a huge bouquet of flowers. We then had a lovely stroll down to Buckingham Palace where we could take in the sights and have some well-deserved ‘us time’. When we arrived back at the hotel there were more surprises in store – spa treatments – and he had booked us in Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant within the hotel. The meal was absolutely beautiful and just before our desert Robert got down on one knee and proposed. All of the staff knew he was going to propose so once he popped the question, and obviously I said yes, they were ready and waiting to send their congratulations and brought us champagne and a chocolate cake with “congratulations” written on. The whole day was just perfect, I couldn’t have wished for a better day!
We got married on 11th June at Le Petit Chateau, Northumberland. This wasn’t actually our first choice of venue as we’d originally booked our wedding in 2014, which meant that Le Petit Chateau hadn’t been built and didn’t exist so we didn’t even know about this place at the time. We were originally due to get married in the lakes, but due to the flooding in December 2015 our wedding venue cancelled on us last minute. When searching for an alternative venue it was Le Petit Chateau’s sister venue Newton Hall that put us in touch. Although it was still under renovation and we only had drawings to go off, we took the chance based on the beauty of its sister venues and booked Le Petit Chateau.
We chose a champagne colour scheme for the wedding, which we felt would be an elegant addition to the day.
My wedding dress was by Madeline Gardiner. It was the complete opposite to what I originally thought I would go for, but when I put it on I cried so I just knew this was the dress for me. It was stunning!
Robert wore a navy blue Hugo Boss three-piece suit. He always knew from day dot he would wear Hugo Boss so it didn’t take him long to pick his outfit.
The bridesmaids wore dresses from Ami’s Bridal and groomsmen wore suits from Next.
Our chosen wedding photographer was Barnaby Aldrick, who is based in Leeds. He is such a fantastic photographer – he captures the day beautifully and I would recommend him to anyone.
December 29th, 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 9th January 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from 2016.
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.
Brace yourself for some incredible beauty and blooms, as today’s real wedding is among the prettiest that we have ever seen!
The elegant wedding of Stefanie and Jason took place at the incredibly stunning, exclusive-use venue that is Lartington Hall, a beautiful country manor in the Teesdale countryside. As you can see from Stefanie and Jason’s wedding, beautifully captured by photographer Helen Russell, this is a first class venue for a first class big day!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Helen Russell Photography.
stefanie says: We got engaged on 8th May 2015, which was exactly six years to the day since we met. Jason had booked a surprise trip away to New York, and I only found out where we were going once we arrived at the airport. It was such an emotional moment when I found out!
On the second afternoon there Jason had booked me a surprise massage in the hotel spa. When I returned to the room he was nowhere to be seen! He had left me a note saying I had to be ready for 7pm as a driver would be waiting for me at the hotel reception. The driver took me to a mystery location which turned out to be a private rooftop overlooking Manhattan. Jason was there waiting for me with a bouquet of red roses and his hand behind his back! He then got down on one knee! We celebrated with a bottle of champagne on the rooftop, before heading to a lovely little restaurant nestled underneath Brooklyn Bridge with a view of Manhattan, to continue the celebrations. It really was like fairy tale!
We got married on 8th October 2016. We chose this date as the venue we had fallen in love with – Lartington Hall – was fully booked up for every Saturday until this date!
Lartington Hall is a beautiful country manor in the Teesdale countryside. We got a good feeling as soon as we drove up to the venue, along the long gravel track through a field of curious sheep! We instantly fell in love when we saw how stunning all the rooms were, it certainly had the wow factor we were looking for. We also loved that the venue offered exclusive use of the hall and gardens for the weekend. Knowing it was just our friends and family there certainly gave it a more intimate feel.
We didn’t have a theme as such however we wanted to create a stylish and luxurious feel that tied in with the style of the venue.
The colour scheme was pale grey/blue with lots of whites/creams and a hint of blush. We also incorporated a lot of gold as Lartington Hall has lots of gold detailing throughout the venue. For example we added gold beaded charger plates from The Whole Sch-bang, to complement the gold chairs and the gold mirrors/candelabras in the dining room where we had our wedding breakfast.
My wedding dress was a Moroccan silk and lace fitted gown by Martina Liana from Ava Rose Hamilton, in Silsden. The top half of the dress was made from guipure lace, with illusion sleeves and an illusion back. There were buttons right the way down the back of the dress from the top to the bottom of the skirt. I visited a few wedding dress shops first but nowhere seemed to have the style of dress I was after. I then spent hours searching the internet trying to find this style of dress, but struggled to find one that had all the aspects I envisioned! When I finally came across this Martina Liana gown, it was the only dress I got shivers over, I knew it was the one before I even tried it on! Ava Rose Hamilton ordered a sample dress into store for me to try and it was everything I imagined. Terri (the seamstress) did an incredible job at making sure the dress fitted perfectly – it fitted like a glove!
On the morning of the wedding, Lisa Cameron did the hair for the bridal party and Heather-Francesca did our makeup. We would highly recommend both, they were brilliant to have around on the morning and a calming presence as I was extremely nervous the whole morning.
Jason and his groomsmen wore navy blue suits from Marks & Spencer. Jason originally wanted to go for a designer suit, however with five groomsmen it was getting rather pricey! In the end we came across a really good quality suit in M&S. Jason also wore a Thomas Pink shirt, a navy spotted tie and a grey waistcoat. He completed his look with Ted Baker shoes, Mulberry cufflinks and a Mulberry tie clip.
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December 8th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Today’s real wedding comes courtesy of Brides Up North reader Laura, and oh boy, is it a good one!
From the choice of venue through to the stylish colour scheme, fabulous blooms and Laura’s incredible dress, we adore everything about this wedding, which was planned in just four months. Yep, you read right, four months!
We’re also thrilled to see lots of our fabulous Sponsor suppliers contributing to this gorgeous celebration (if you’re on the hunt for talented professionals to make your day perfect, be sure to take a look at our ‘Suppliers We Love’ online directory).
Laura and Andrew wanted a relaxed and informal big day with a rockin’ party atmosphere, and by the looks of things, that’s exactly what they got!
With images by York Place Studios.
laura says: We got engaged at home, in September 2015. It was a total surprise – we have been together for ten years, after meeting at Uni. We’d recently moved into our new home and Andrew got up early to do some painting, when I got up he’d written “will you marry me” on the wall!
We booked the wedding for 12th March 2016, as we fell in love with our venue – Middleton Lodge in North Yorkshire – as soon as we saw it and they had an opening for this date. It meant that we had just four months from viewing the venue to the wedding day!
Middleton Lodge had everything we were looking for – character yet it still felt relaxed. We wanted the wedding to be a whole weekend party without people having to worry about taxis and getting home. At Middleton Lodge everyone could stay and the house was exclusively ours for the weekend. We also immediately loved the cellar bar as it was totally different from the house and knew we’d completely change the dynamic of the day when we went down there in the evening.
We didn’t have a wedding theme as such, things were just relaxed and informal, though we wanted it to have a real party atmosphere.
Our colour scheme was navy and copper. We loved the colours as we’d seen them a lot in home interiors but we’d not seen them being used for weddings.
My wedding dress was a 50’s inspired Caroline Castigliano dress, called Hepburn, from The Bridal Collection in Harrogate. It had a very full skirt but other than that was very plain and simple. The dress was the one thing I didn’t want to compromise on if we’re going to organise the whole wedding in four months so I chose this before we committed to the venue and date. My shoes were Jimmy Choos.
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August 19th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Today we’re heading North East on the blog to relive chic city wedding down by the Quayside in Newcastle.
Keen for a wedding that reflected them as a family and the city that they love, Jaimie and Gemma planned a glamorous wedding at the Malmaison hotel, complete with a personal ceremony and black tie dress code.
With images by Jamie Mcelderry Wedding Photographer.
gemma says: Jaimie proposed on Christmas day 2014. In January 2014, I gave birth to triplet boys and it was a pretty tough year for us as a family. By Christmas time, it felt as if we could take on anything! Jaimie hid the ring in the tree. He sat me and my daughter down and presented it to us both. Words actually failed him, I was stunned and we relied on my daughter to piece it all together!
We set the date for Monday 20th June 2016. We wanted our wedding to feel relaxed and non-traditional, which is why we chose to have it on a Monday.
Our venue was the Malmaison hotel on Newcastle’s quayside. It was perfect for us as it isn’t used for many weddings, which allowed us to really tailor the day to what we wanted. The decor has a really cool, urban chic vibe to it, which suits our modern taste. To top it all off, it’s in an amazing location overlooking the river.
Our whole ceremony was written with personal touches about us as a couple, but also as a family. We included lighting a unity candle as part of the ceremony and chose songs to feature throughout, including Beyonce and Jessica Glynne. I walked down the aisle to a mix of Disclosure and Sam Smith Latch. All our music was uplifting rather than romantic.
The style of our wedding was modern and glamorous, but in a minimal and informal way. We wanted to share our day with only our closest family and friends and wanted to give them an insight into our family and what is particularly special to us. No frills, no formalities.
I wanted everything to be really crisp, fresh and clean, so just kept to a white colour scheme with a few black touches. The male wedding party wore black tie and my two bridesmaids wore black too.
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May 30th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Oh how we love a blissful Bank Holiday. However you’re spending the bonus day off be sure to put your feet up for a few minutes to take a look at today’s stunning real wedding.
The first thing to strike us about Jess and Andy’s big day was the stunning attire worn by the bride and groom, as well as the groomsmen and bridesmaids. Impressively, all the gorgeous outfits (including Jess’s two dresses!) were made by hand at Jess’s mum’s shop, located in Newcastle.
With a parent in the industry, knowledgeable Jess had her dream venue and suppliers in mind from the moment Andy placed a ring on her finger. Looking at these images it’s clear the girl has style and knows a talented supplier when she sees one!
With images by Eve Photography.
jess says: Andy proposed at the Malmaison in Newcastle in November 2012. I had been at University all day and we had planned to go Christmas shopping after uni and work. I arrived at my mum’s shop to be picked up by my dad who told me that I had to go with him. In the car there was a handwritten letter from Andy explaining that he was sorry that we weren’t going shopping tonight but that he was waiting in the penthouse of the Malmaison, I was dropped off there and went up to the room. There I found him standing with a house made out of Lego with my engagement ring in the garage of the Lego house. At the time, Ed Sheeran’s Lego House was one of my favourite songs so he had incorporated it in to the engagement. We were engaged for almost three years before we got married.
Our wedding date was 6th November 2015. It had never occurred to us that we would have a winter wedding but we thought that it might be something nice for people to look forward to after the summer but before Christmas.
We got married at Newton Hall in Alnwick. We have always been fans of the Apartment Group venues and how they are styled – we felt they reflected our personalities and tastes as a couple and pretty much looked like a bigger version of our own house. We had our engagement party at Nancy’s Bordello and knew we wanted something similar for our wedding. As soon as we walked into Newton Hall we knew it was the one and didn’t actually look at any other venues. We booked it there and then. The venue didn’t need much styling but we loved every little thing about it, we liked the fact it was an exclusive-use venue and also that there were bedrooms for our families to stay in as we had a lot of them coming from different parts of the country.
We didn’t really have a theme for the wedding, though the look and feel of it was quite rustic. As the venue reflected us and our tastes, there was little that we need to do. Andy’s nana made the hessian and lace chair bows and we sat and decorated jars with various ropes, strings and twines just to add that little bit extra and something more personal. Some of the jars had been dug up from Andy’s nanas and grandads house foundations when they built their house so were very old and fragile but we felt they added a little history to the wedding. We had pine cones for the table name holders, which were picked from a local forest. Everything we did, we tried to do ourselves.
We decided to go for a teal colour scheme so there was a pop of colour throughout the wedding and something that was a little bit vibrant with it being a November wedding. The rest was made up of rustic materials, such as wood and twine.
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May 25th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Having waited nine years for a proposal from her beau, today’s bride Kate more than deserved her big day, which took place up in the North East.
Keen to make the wedding a reflection of her and Michael as a couple, Kate simply picked their favourite things to incorporate into the wedding – right from the styling and décor, to the food and entertainment choices.
The result is a personal and happy day, full of laughter and smiles – just as a wedding should be!
With images by Chris Bishop of The Old Bakery Studio.
kate says:: We had been together for nine years when Michael proposed – I was beginning to think that we would never get married. Michael had always made it clear from early in the relationship that no amount of dropping hints or talking about it would make it happen any quicker, he also made it very clear that he would never propose to me on any important dates like anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas etc. It would be when he felt it was right and when I least expected it.
Years went by and still no ring – then Valentine’s Day 2014 arrived. We always make a bit of a thing about Valentine’s, we go for drinks and Michael organises a lovely romantic meal somewhere and he always buys the best gifts, so I was looking forward to it. We woke up and I gave Michael my gift which he liked, but after opening it he rolled over and went back to sleep which annoyed me. When he eventually woke up he gave me my present – two candle holders with a love heart on the front, which were lovely but one of them had a big chip and the other one had a bit crack. Michael said I didn’t think I would mind and on the upside he got them for 70% off. I could feel my blood getting warmer! He then gave me a set of cupcake cases, and said, “I know you are on a diet but I thought you could make me some of your nice cupcakes”. I was really getting a little more annoyed by this point. I started to get ready, as I was in the bathroom I could hear Michael on the phone, he was saying “have you not got room for two? Ok no worries, thanks anyway” now I was really annoyed. I asked Michael make me a cuppa and he replied “oh can’t you make it, I’ve boiled it you just have to make them”. I was so annoyed that I stormed into the kitchen looked at the kettle, it had no water in it so I grabbed it and stormed back to the bedroom to explode at him. As I entered the bedroom shouting about everything I looked down and Michael was there completely naked on one knee! I dropped the kettle and started to cry! He said “will you marry me?”, I said yes and then he said, “I wanted to make it the worst Valentine’s Day ever so I could completely shock you, and catch you at a time when you were least expecting it”. And that he certainly did! Best Valentine’s Day ever!
We set the date for 26th August 2015, and got planning straight away. We have lots of family and friends that work in education so we wanted a date in the summer holidays, and we went for a weekday (Wednesday) as the price was so much cheaper than the weekends.
Our chosen venue was Slaley Hall in Hexham. We had been to look at a few other venues before this but nothing that blew us both away. We went to Slaley Hall when we were passing from another wedding venue on the off chance that someone would be able to show us around. As soon as we drove up the drive to the venue we both knew that this was it. We loved it from the minute we saw it and booked it that day.
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