January 18th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
Sarah and Matt’s relaxed, family-focused wedding combines two of our favourite themes at Brides Up North: plenty of organic woodland elements with a gorgeous blush, gold, mocha and burgundy colour scheme.
However, as these photographs show, you don’t have to compromise on style to have the informal, child-friendly wedding of your dreams. Sarah’s Jenny Packham gown and breathtaking oversized bouquet are just two super-stylish details from this stunning day.
With images by Jess Yarwood.
sarah says: We got engaged on Christmas Day almost seven years before the wedding. We’d been together five years and I was pregnant with our eldest daughter. Matt proposed with a big flower ring (not the real ring!) in bed on Christmas morning.
We were married on 7th October 2016. There was no special reason behind the date – in fact, getting married in 2016 was only an idea at the start of the year. We went to a family party (my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary) in April 2016, and loved the family being together so much that we decided we should get married the same year. So, we had to crack on and find a venue/date! I knew I wanted it to be in autumn but as early as possible so that it might still be warm enough.
We got married at Trafford Hall near Chester. A couple of people had recommended it as they’d been to weddings there but we had never been. We went to a wedding fair there and fell in love with it. We didn’t look at any other venues – we just knew straight away that it was the right venue for us.
Because of the nature of the venue we decided on a loose nature/woodland/botanical theme for the wedding. I love trees and plants and flowers and wanted to incorporate some greenery into the day.
The main colour scheme was mocha and burgundy with dusky pink, gold and lots of green! Originally the bridesmaids dressed were dusky pink but we had a few issues with the dresses and ended up having to change everything mid-August!
I chose a Jenny Packham dress called Betty, which I bought from Lillya Grace Bridal Boutique in Nantwich. I actually bought another dress in Chester first and realised quickly that it wasn’t what I wanted; it wasn’t in keeping with the style of the rest of the wedding and I had to find something else instead. When I saw the Jenny Packham I knew straight away that this was the perfect dress for me. I wanted something that was natural and elegant and not too structured. A little bit vintage with some detail but not over the top. It was amazing – it fell perfectly and looked fabulous in the pictures.
Holly Lander did my makeup – she was fantastic and helped out with other things too – she even went to the bar to get a bottle of pre-wedding bubbly! Emily Banks did the hair for me and the bridesmaids and Amy Lofthouse did the flower girls’.
Matt and the groomsmen wore blue suits from Next. The groom wore a mocha tie while the groomsmen wore burgundy ties.
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December 12th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
“Be organised” – these are the words of wisdom from today’s bride who planned her beautiful big day with military precision. The high level of organisation meant that when the wedding day arrived, both Hetty and her beau Fred could just relax and enjoy the proceedings.
Making the day both pretty and personal, the crafty duo incorporated special touches through handmade décor and chose a venue that will always remain close to their hearts.
With images by AnnaJoy Photography
hetty says: Fred had initially planned to propose during a surprise long-weekend in Paris that he’d organised for our sixth anniversary. Unfortunately, he was called for jury service for an eight-week trial around four weeks before our anniversary so the trip was cancelled. We still had a special anniversary weekend at home in London and Fred popped the question in the Italian Garden of Kensington Gardens, after a long walk through Hyde Park. It was a beautiful, sunny winter’s day in London and was absolutely perfect. Better than Paris! After I’d said yes, he took me for afternoon tea at the Renaissance Hotel at St Pancras Station, marrying my love of afternoon tea with his love of trains!
Our wedding day was 30th April 2016. We were married in St Salvator’s Chapel at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. We actually met for the first time in the chapel, singing in the University Chapel Choir. We met on the first Sunday of fresher’s week in our first year, and sang together throughout all four years of university. We graduated in 2012 but the chapel is still symbolically a huge part of our relationship. We know the organist and university chaplain very well, so it was an obvious choice for our wedding. The chapel is also stunningly beautiful, which helps!
Our reception was at Lower and Upper College Halls, opposite the chapel in the main university quad. The wedding breakfast was in Lower College Hall, and then then ceilidh and dancing upstairs in Upper College Hall. We had actually both sat exams in those rooms over the course of our university career so it took a bit of imagination to see it as our wedding venue, but the lure of having the reception and wedding all within the beautiful setting of the quad was too much to resist.
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August 24th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Today’s real wedding has to be one of the cutest to have appeared on the blog.
Bride and groom Natalie and James centred their big day celebrations on the adventures that they’ve shared together so far, taking inspiration from the adorable Disney Pixar film Up (one of our very favourites) along the way.
The result is a loved-up, honest and personal wedding featuring touching homemade décor, beautiful blooms and some rather sweet flower girls.
With images by Ellie Grace Photography.
natalie says: James proposed to me at home once I’d returned for work. It was my first job since having our daughter Martha. He made me my own ‘Book of Spoilers’, Doctor Who style with memories from our time together and the ring was in the back within a hollowed out heart. It was just lovely.
We set the date for 18th March 2016 as we both wanted a spring wedding because it’s our favourite time of year. It was also two years (nearly) to the day that James proposed. Having an out-of-season wedding reduced our costs and helped us to keep within our budget too.
Our chosen venue was Aston Hall Hotel in Aston, Rotherham. We fell in love with it instantly. It’s a beautiful venue with gorgeous grounds with an excellent twist of traditional glamour and modern class – plus it was super handy for guests to travel to and stay at.
We chose our theme from the Disney Pixar film Up. People often tell us that we are like Carl and Ellie. We then took the theme a little further by adding adventure aspects, including a world map table plan and tables named after places we’d been.
Our colour scheme was spring pastels. We wanted to carry through the season with wild flower type colouring and so we went with hydrangea blues and lilac purples.
December 9th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
Today’s real wedding couple love nothing more than escaping to the beach with their daughter for some quality family time. It was little surprise then that when a wedding venue by the sea was suggested, they booked it straight away.
Taking inspiration from the season, Philip and Amanda’s wedding day featured elegant autumnal touches including some rather unusual white pumpkins that are apparently only available for a few days of the year. Shame, they would suit our office perfectly!
With images by Danny Birrell Photography.
amanda says: We got engaged on 7th December 2013, during a weekend away to York where we met at university (we now live in Whitley Bay). We went for a nice lunch and a few glasses of wine, and got all wrapped up to go for a walk around York. We were in the York Minster Gardens when Phil got down on one knee and popped the question, just as the minster bells began to chime. Everyone around us cheered and it was all very romantic. After seven years together of course I said yes.
We were married on Sunday 18th October 2015. We knew we wanted an autumnal wedding, in October, as that was the month we met nine years previously.
We went for a look around As You Like It in Jesmond, Newcastle, and had a chat with them about their venue. They mentioned a sister venue, Newton Hall in Northumberland, were having an open day soon after, so we went there for a look around, fell in love and reserved the date that day! Newton Hall had a formal, yet relaxed atmosphere that we just loved! All of the little eccentricities just added to the character of the venue, and when we walked into the garden suite, we just knew it was perfect. It was an added bonus it has its very own beach close by!
November 18th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Today’s wedding is a real family affair with the couple’s son and daughter almost stealing their mum and dad’s limelight entirely – talk about cute!
But beyond the page boy and flower girl there is much more sweetness to be found in Sara and Chris’ big day.
With images by Mandy Charlton.
sara says: We got engaged in July 2010, three months after the birth of our first child – Eoin. There was no romantic proposal as such, I think we both just came to the natural conclusion that since we’d already made the big commitment of raising a mini human together, marriage was the natural next step to make our family ‘official’.
We got married on 10th September 2015. I wanted to get married sooner but life (including buying a house, graduating from university and having another baby) kind of got in the way! We chose September because it’s my favourite time of year, and usually the weather is pretty good (and it really was!)
We got married at our local church, St. Peters. My dad is buried there and I was also christened there so it holds a lot of sentimental value. It’s a lovely little church. Our reception was held at The Crab & Lobster in Thirsk. It was the second venue I looked at, and I knew it was perfect the minute I saw the diver’s suit hanging from the ceiling! It’s very quirky and intimate, with beautiful gardens, without feeling pretentious. John, the wedding planner, was also so welcoming and lovely with our children; it felt like it was a home from home.
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November 13th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
If you happen to recognise today’s beautiful bride and groom that’s because this isn’t the first time they’ve appeared on Brides Up North.
A few months ago we shared their beautiful pre-wedding shoot at Bolton Abbey, which also featured their cute dogs, Beren and Roxi.
Today we’re welcoming Kala and Andy back to the blog (along with their handsome hounds) to share their handmade wedding day with us too. Oh how we love a good follow-up!
With images by Ellie Grace Photography.
kala says: We got engaged on 25th December 2006 at my grandparents. Andy and I had been looking at rings a few months before, but then he surprised me by proposing on Christmas Day and had a bottle of fizz ready for us.
We set the date for 20th August 2015. Our wedding ceremony was Halifax Minster as it’s a beautiful building with history behind it. We’d also been attending the minster and so had got to know people there – it’s a lovely community. After the ceremony we went onto the Ring O’Bells pub next to the minster before going to Holdsworth House for our reception.
Our theme was very outdoors. Andy and I are very outdoorsy people, we have lots of hobbies and wanted our interests and personalities to reflect in our wedding. We went with a wood theme and Andy made all the table decorations, so it was very personal too.
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