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real wedding recap 2017: catherine deane for a vintage inspired wedding in liverpool – aimee & chris

December 28th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Liverpool (c) Robert Leons Photography (46)

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 8th January 2018 (we’re hoping we’ll be over the hangover by then, right?) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from last 6 months. 

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.

With a penchant for all things history-related, it’s no surprise that today’s gorgeous bride, Aimee ended up marrying fiancé, Chris at the home of Titanic in Liverpool, with their vintage glamour theme tying in just perfectly.

Aimee’s fabulous Catherine Deane lace gown is the epitome of period elegance and we just love her vintage-inspired hair and makeup, beautifully completing her bridal day look. Donning an air force blue suit and grey tartan waistcoat, Chris was very much in keeping with the retro vibes, too…we feel like we’re swooning over a wedding from yesteryear, not one from earlier this summer!

Throw in some rather stunning wild and natural bouquets and the most beautiful floral arrangements for their ceremony space, not to mention Pimms, a harpist and an indulgent red velvet and champagne cream cake, and you’ll start to get a flavour of what to expect from the couple’s truly exquisite day.

With images by Robert Leons Photography.

A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Liverpool (c) Robert Leons Photography (27)

aimee says: We got engaged on a trip to Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, on 9th August 2014. I have a history degree and I love visiting historic places across the country. Chris planned a surprise trip to my favourite stately home and proposed in the gardens.

Our wedding date was 12th August 2017. We wanted a summer wedding, and Chris is a teacher so it made sense to have it over the summer holidays. We had three years between our engagement and our wedding because we wanted to save up so that the day could be everything we dreamed of.

A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Liverpool (c) Robert Leons Photography (44)

We got married at 30 James Street, Home of the Titanic, in Liverpool. Both the ceremony and reception were held here. I studied the building as part of my degree. It was the White Star Line headquarters where the Titanic was registered. Liverpool is also the city where we met. We fell in love with the venue immediately and didn’t even consider another.

The theme was ‘vintage glamour’, as the building itself was built in 1898 and my dress was inspired by that era. We were aiming for a ‘summer’s garden’ look, which we felt would complement the vintage theme. As such, there was no specific colour scheme, but the tones and details all matched our idea of what this should look like. The inside of the building was gold and vintage looking, so we matched our stationery to this.

A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Liverpool (c) Robert Leons Photography (32)

I’ve always known that I didn’t want a traditional white dress. I started searching for a dress designer that created gowns reminiscent of a bygone era and I hoped that I would find one with golden tones. This search led me to Catherine Deane and I made an appointment with a shop that was listed as a stockist. I visited Agapé Bridal Boutique in Altrincham and immediately found ‘the one’. The Lita gown was everything that I had dreamt of. It was practical and comfortable but also glamorous and elegant. The staff at Agapé provided a warm and friendly experience and ensured that each of my visits felt special. I wore a matching veil by Catherine Deane but replaced this with a Debbie Carlisle headpiece (Sylvie) during the evening reception. The shoes I wore were Anastasia Gold by Charlotte Mills and I finished my outfit with a simple gold bracelet by Emmy London.

A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Liverpool (c) Robert Leons Photography (12)

Chris wore a tailor-made, three-piece suit in air force blue with brown brogues. He wore this with a grey tartan waistcost, blue and white polka dot tie with a silver tie pin, and finished with a pocket watch and chain. This was all bought from Whitfield & Ward in Wilmslow.

The groomsmen hired suits to match Chris in air force blue with brown brogues, again from Whitfield & Ward. Their waistcoats were the same colour as the suit, and they had a plain navy tie. This matched them to the groom, but at the same time allowed the groom to stand out.

The bridesmaids wore blush, lace gowns from Coast. These were chosen as the lace nicely replicated the lace on my wedding dress.

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vintage class. jenny packham for a winter wedding at pendrell hall – sarah & jamie

August 4th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Classic Wedding at Pendrell Hall (c) Jonny Draper Photography (61)

This morning we’re sharing a beautiful winter wedding on our pretty pages, perfect for those of you planning your big day for the colder months of the year.

Super stylish and personal, Sarah and Jamie’s November wedding features stunning attire, gorgeous handmade décor and details, plus out-of-this-world flowers. Let’s get straight into it…

With images by Jonny Draper Photography.

A Classic Wedding at Pendrell Hall (c) Jonny Draper Photography (58)

sarah says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2014. I love Christmas now as much as when I was little and we were excited about heading back to my family’s to celebrate. On top of this Jamie’s birthday is Christmas day so it’s always a fun time of year for us. Prior to heading back to Southport for Christmas Jamie suggested a walk around Sefton Park, in Liverpool, which is just down the road from where we live. We spend lots of time in the park either on winter walks, picnicking or barbequing with friends, so it’s a place that is close to our hearts.

It was a gorgeous wintery morning and as we got to our favourite spot in the park Jamie stopped and pulled out the engagement ring. The ring was a vintage ring that had been Jamie’s gran’s engagement ring. She had passed it down to Jamie for him to give to his future wife. Needless to say it was an emotional moment and before Jamie could even get his words out I started to cry! It came as such a surprise! Once I could speak again I obviously said yes! I love vintage things so the ring was perfect. We then travelled home and surprised my family with the news (although Jamie is rubbish at keeping a secret so some of them already knew he was going to ask) and subsequently spent the rest of the festive period drinking champagne and celebrating with friends and family!

A Classic Wedding at Pendrell Hall (c) Jonny Draper Photography (7)

We got married on the 27th November 2015. We knew we didn’t want a long engagement and liked the idea of a winter wedding so when the venue had this date available we snapped it up!

We got married at St Nicholas Church in Codsall, Staffordshire. It was important to both of us to have a church wedding. Our reception was at Pendrell Hall in Codsall Wood, which is a beautiful country house, exclusive use wedding venue. It was actually the only venue that we looked at. We knew we wanted somewhere exclusive, somewhere that had accommodation for our closest friends and family and somewhere that fitted in with our style. Once we saw Pendrell Hall it ticked all the boxes! We fell in love with the big reception room and all the old style features so booked it there and then.

A Classic Wedding at Pendrell Hall (c) Jonny Draper Photography (66)

We didn’t really have a theme as such but my individual style and the venue nodded towards vintage. We wanted the day to be relaxed and personal to us with a real sense of family.

I didn’t really think we had a colour scheme as such either, but on reflection I would say it was ‘wintery’ to reflect the time of year. We went for dark and rich coloured bridesmaid dresses and suits and chose wintery Marsala themed flowers to fit in with the season.

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spring blossoms: an oh-so-pretty seasonal shoot at sheffield’s botanical gardens

April 4th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Spring Blossom Shoot in Sheffield (c) Shelly Richmond Photography (27)

We’re getting your Monday off to an incredibly beautiful start here on the blog by sharing this stunning seasonal shoot, captured in one of Sheffield’s beautiful green spaces.

Timed perfectly to coincide with the city’s blossom trees flowering, we love the effortless beauty of this shoot, from the natural backdrop to the simple styling.

Those of you planning a spring-time celebration might want to take note as we hand over the blog to photographer Shelley Richmond, who captured the pretty, to give us all the details on how the look was achieved.

With images by Shelley Richmond. Models Rebecca Holly Parkin at Boss and Gemma Sadler at Mentor.

Spring Blossom Shoot in Sheffield (c) Shelly Richmond Photography (25)

shelley says: This shoot came about as part of a little photography project that I worked on with bespoke wedding dress designer Kate Beaumont. We worked on a whole years’ worth of seasonal shoots, embracing nature and the gardens of our home city of Sheffield as a location. This was our spring shoot, timed to coincide with the blossom flowering and the first buds of spring appearing at Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens.

We wanted to keep the styling simple and so we carefully selected two of Kate’s bespoke dress designs as well as two of her original vintage collection, which fit the season.

Spring Blossom Shoot in Sheffield (c) Shelly Richmond Photography (10)

The spring blossom was echoed by the details in delicate headpieces by Debbie Carlisle as well as the soft, dewy makeup created by Amanda Humphreys and the undone hairstyles by Kirsty Glasby. The stunning flower arrangements meanwhile were created by Emma Venn at Moss & Clover, again to reflect the season.

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graceful lace. stephanie allin for a vintage styled wedding at wood lane, sheffield – charlotte & kyle

September 16th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

A pretty wedding in Sheffield (c) Elouisa Georgiou Photography (39)

Though not set on a strict theme, today’s real wedding couple styled their day perfectly to create a reflection of them and the things that they like.

The pretty affair features playful pastel décor in blooms, bird cages and antique accessories to help set the scene. Add to this a chic VW camper van, a to-die-for Stephanie Allin gown and gorgeous lace mint bridesmaid dresses, and you’ve got one very swoon-worthy wedding indeed.

With images by Elouisa Georgiou Photography.

A pretty wedding in Sheffield (c) Elouisa Georgiou Photography (5)

charlotte says: We got engaged in Paris. Kyle had booked the weekend away as a surprise and told me to pack a small case. He took me first to a hotel in Liverpool airport, and in the room he left two tickets to Paris and Disneyland on the bed for me to notice – I was so shocked! Our first day in Paris consisted of a 38 degree heatwave so we waited until it was dark to venture up the Eiffel Tower. During the lift ride, I could feel his hands shaking but he said it was his fear of heights! As we stood looking over Paris at night, I just remember he got out a ring box and asked me to be his wife still shaking. I will remember that moment forever.

Our wedding date was 9th August 2014. I’m a secondary school teacher and so having the holidays to enjoy our day was important – I really wanted a summer wedding too. Although the day before there was an awful storm and horrendous rainfall, by some miracle the weather was perfect – the marquee we hired from Ascot Marquees had all dried out and we were blessed with sunshine.

A pretty wedding in Sheffield (c) Elouisa Georgiou Photography (7)

We only ever looked at one venue and that was Wood Lane in Sheffield; a grade two listed barn with lots of character and original rustic features as it was built in 1802. We knew we wanted the venue to be all ours and to be on the unique side – so a hotel wasn’t for us. We also loved the fact that Kyle’s mum had helped to dig the pond in the gardens years ago and Kyle went to school right next door.

As soon as I walked into the barn I fell in love with the natural stonework and wood beams and I knew this is where I wanted to marry Kyle. Being a blank canvas, we knew it would be hard work, but we had the freedom to create exactly the day we wanted.

We didn’t have a strict theme as we’re quite eclectic in our tastes: we love old, restored furniture, vintage styling and unique rustic touches and this is what I wanted the styling of our day to represent.

For the colour palette we mainly went for a mix of pastel colours: mint, pale pinks and blues, to fit in with the delicate colourings of the barn and the meadow-like gardens surrounding it.

A pretty wedding in Sheffield (c) Elouisa Georgiou Photography (18)

As a student I worked part-time in River Island (which is actually where Kyle and I met) so fashion and clothes have always been a big part of my life. Having heard great things about The White Room in Sheffield I knew this was the kind of bridal boutique I needed to go to. I fell in love with Loren – a full lace Stephanie Allin dress – and Chloe, the owner, suggested I added lace bolero.

I also wore a vintage crystal headband by Debbie Carlisle. The band was wrapped in satin to match the colour of my hair too. I adore shoes, and so I decided on a pair of white satin peep toe Louboutins. The inside of the shoes are blue for your ‘something blue’, which I loved. My earring were from Swarovski to match a necklace my friends had bought me on my birthday and I also wore a diamond bracelet which Kyle had sneakily bought me and given to my bridesmaids so they could surprise me!

My and the girls’ hair was done by Jade from Identity in Rawmarsh, Rotherham. She knew exactly what I wanted and did an incredible job. I wanted my make-up to be subtle so I felt like me. I’d seen Laura Turner’s work on Facebook and she created a perfect natural vintage look for me.

A pretty wedding in Sheffield (c) Elouisa Georgiou Photography (22)

Kyle didn’t want a traditional wedding suit, so he went for a slim line blue Lambretta suit and brown leather brogue shoes from Slaters. His best man Ryan, and his dad, John also wore the same suit with my uncle and cousin wearing a slightly darker version. They all wore the same ties from Primark – which had to be the biggest find of the wedding! And pocket squares from River Island. I also ordered Kyle, Ryan and John socks with their name and wedding title sewn on from eBay as a bit of fun. Kyle and Ryan also wore a tie pin, both belonging to their grandfather.

I found the bridesmaid dresses in BHS. I knew I wanted something a little different, and I wasn’t searching for a colour it was more about the style of the dress and making sure all the girls were comfortable and happy. We decided on full lace dresses in mint with a tie around the waist and matching mint peep toes satin shoes, again from BHS. The girls had so many compliments.

A pretty wedding in Sheffield (c) Elouisa Georgiou Photography (19)

We wanted to introduce the wedding party to all the guests on arrival, so with a little help from the best man and my bridesmaid, we made a ‘wedding fan’ with introductions to everyone tied with mint ribbon and James, our usher, made sure everyone had one.

A pretty wedding in Sheffield (c) Elouisa Georgiou Photography (34)

Kyle and I knew that the traditional wedding cars didn’t really fit with the vision of our day. We visited a wedding fair in Doncaster and found an amazing VW camper van from All Luvd Up. The VW had enough room from myself and the bridesmaids to arrive together and we could enjoy a bottle of Moet on the journey too! They also decorated the van with ribbons and gorgeous flowers. It was great to have all my bridesmaids around me to keep me calm!

A pretty wedding in Sheffield (c) Elouisa Georgiou Photography (29)

We’d known our wedding photographer for about six years as we met at River Island when we were all students. After leaving University, Elouisa started her own business – Elouisa Georgiou Photography – and I’d followed her work on Facebook. We loved how she captured such natural photos and you felt like you really understood the emotions of each wedding day by the way she portrayed the guests and the bride and groom in the images. I’d been scouring through Pintrest, blogs and magazines to find inspiration and Elouisa just knew exactly what we wanted and that we didn’t want an album of all traditionally staged photos. Looking back at the photos, I can’t even remember noticing her taking them! She was brilliant at capturing all the precious memories but without even being noticeable – we would definitely recommend her.

A pretty wedding in Sheffield (c) Elouisa Georgiou Photography (31)

We found our florist at a small wedding fayre at Wood Lane – Fantail Designer Florist. Sam understood immediately what I wanted and made some beautiful suggestions. In my bouquet I had memory lane roses tied in with gysophila, which my bridesmaids also had, and beautiful pastel accents. Sam wrapped the stems in vintage lace and finished with a silver broach which belonged to Kyle’s grandmother. When she delivered them on the morning of the wedding, I was overwhelmed – they were just perfect.

Sam also created the most stunning centrepieces using rustic birdcages I had bought from The Range. The flowers were sat in a bed of natural moss and they looked incredible. She mounted the birdcages on plates of natural tree trunk, which I bought from a local farm. We also had natural bark planters and ivory around the natural stone window behind where were said our vows.

As well as the flowers, we hired ‘love’ light-up letters for our evening reception. They looked amazing as it went dark.

A pretty wedding in Sheffield (c) Elouisa Georgiou Photography (32)

For our table names I bought a collection of vintage records to represent all our favourite bands that we have seen together in the past eight years, and I made the table plan using half a birdcage from Hobby Craft and backing it on some vintage style paper from Paperchase.

I really wanted to create an English tea party feel to the wedding breakfast, so Kyle and I had been collecting vintage tea cups from charity shops and car boots and with some help from Kyle’s mum and then hiring some more from a lady on Gumtree we managed to make sure everyone had their tea in their own tea cup.

A pretty wedding in Sheffield (c) Elouisa Georgiou Photography (38)

After the ceremony, I didn’t want to go just straight into the photos; I wanted people to relax and enjoy the day. As the gardens were so stunning, we bought a batch of hay bales from Wood Lane and added blankets so our guests could sit and enjoy drinks, mini cartons of popcorn and delicious scones and cakes made by my bridesmaid’s mum.

For the favours Kyle wanted to buy the men scratch cards which was really fun, and I chose shabby chic doves with twine for the women. Kyle’s mum brought back some handmade chocolates from France and put them in little boxes for everyone too. They were delicious!

Our amazing cake was made by Donna-Jane Cakes. She’s so talented. I saw her on Facebook and loved her designs. We had three tiers: chocolate, vanilla and one red velvet and they were all delicious. We’d already had the cake topper for over a year as we bought it in Disneyland Paris on our engagement weekend, so it meant a lot to us. Donna did a brilliant job of surrounded it with pastel flowers and an edible lace trim.

A pretty wedding in Sheffield (c) Elouisa Georgiou Photography (40)

With the nature of our venue we had to hire outside catering and so I was recommended Hazel’s Catering by Wood Lane, and they were fantastic. We loved their presentation of the food; our starter was spicy tomato soup with fresh warm bread and they served it in little casserole pots on a slate. Our main was tarragon chicken and our dessert was their own recipe of a chocolate and fruit tart with raspberries and cream. Everyone commented on how nice it was.

A pretty wedding in Sheffield (c) Elouisa Georgiou Photography (41)

I always knew the entertainment was going to be an important part of our day. We’d been going to gigs and festivals since we were young and we both loved indie bands such as the Arctic Monkeys and Oasis. I found our band – Hudson – on Function Central’s website. The guitarist had played with Sir Paul McCartney at the Liverpool Empire and my husband and his brother are huge Beatles fans so we knew they’d be perfect. They created such a cool, indie atmosphere like we had our very own gig with everyone dancing.

For our first dance I asked my very good friend Pete to sing Elton John’s Your Song. He’s an incredibly talented singer and sounds just like Elton John! The band played live whilst he sang and I think even they were taken back at how good it was. It was such a special moment.

A pretty wedding in Sheffield (c) Elouisa Georgiou Photography (45)

One of the most special touches to the day, was the wedding arch made by Kyle’s dad. He did such a good job of recreating what we wanted and it meant a lot to us that he’d worked so hard on it as we said our vows stood underneath it.

As a bit of a unique touch, before the wedding I asked the married guests to send me a photo of their wedding day. We bought an old led window from a second hand shop and I painted it green and added ‘Love is all you need’ in scrabble tiles at the top. On each window pane we put one of the photos so our guests could share in the weddings of others. It was quite fun as the guests were trying to work out which wedding photo belonged to who!

I also put together a vintage style sweetie stand using an old desk from eBay, which Kyle’s dad restored, some vintage scales for £4 from a car boot, which Kyle’s mum restored, and old jars from charity shops and car boot sales.

A pretty wedding in Sheffield (c) Elouisa Georgiou Photography (43)

We also had a photo booth from Dave Spink Photography. It was incredible fun. They created us a book or all the images and the guests wrote some sentimental but also hilarious messages in it! The guests could also keep a copy of the photos to take home too.

A pretty wedding in Sheffield (c) Elouisa Georgiou Photography (48)

We would definitely recommend Wood Lane to a couple thinking of moving away from the traditional hotel wedding. Of course it’s hard work, but to have a venue which is a stunning and natural blank canvas where you’re able to create a wedding that represents who you are as a couple is relatively unheard of for many venues. You have the venue from the Friday to Sunday, so it takes so much stress away to have that time to style your wedding as you want it and to know that you’re the only people there is just amazing.

A pretty wedding in Sheffield (c) Elouisa Georgiou Photography (50)

We’ve both always wanted to go to America, so we booked our own little American tour as our honeymoon. We stayed in New York for four days then we flew into Orlando and Kyle’s dream was to drive a Mustang so I hired a white convertible one as a present. He was in his element! We actually stayed in Clearwater in the Sandpearl Hotel overlooking the beach, but we did visit Universal and Kyle’s family in Orlando, who weren’t able to come over, so that special to include them too.

Weddings can easily become about everyone else. My top tip for other Brides Up North is that when you stand at the front of your venue saying your vows, or sit down for your meal or dance the night away, just make sure those moments are as you wanted them to be. Stay true to who you are as a couple as you won’t please everyone, but the day isn’t about everyone, it’s about just you and your partner.

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daisy, daisy. kate halfpenny for a mint green and ivory wedding at whirlowbrook hall – kay & matt

September 14th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (53)

We love the relaxed vibe of today’s real wedding with Matt and Kay deciding on a fun garden party style big day, complete with Pimms and tug of war!

The pretty mint green and ivory theme works perfectly with the summer season and both Kay and her maids look absolutely gorgeous in their gowns.

The smiles, laughter and love shared on the day is easy to see in the beautiful images that follow…

With images by Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography.

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (2)

kay says: After nine years together I’d love to say that our engagement was a fairy-tale proposal! In 2013 Matt made a deal with me, he said that if I got him tickets to the Ashes that year, he would marry me. As you can imagine, tickets for matches at this level kind of sell out pretty quickly and often about a year before so it was quite a challenge. Not one to back down, I went on the hunt and after pulling lots of strings and calling in favours I managed to secure two tickets to the test at Trent Bridge. We had a great day and he promised that one day he would keep to his side of the bargain. He finally proposed the week before Christmas a few months later. He popped the question at about 10.30pm whilst I was trying to get sleep! I’d been away all week with work and I think he’d stressed himself out so much he just blurted it out! He didn’t even have a ring! Of course I said yes, and we went shopping for a ring a few days later. On the way home we stopped off at my grandma’s house to tell her the news and as we pulled up outside he got the ring out of the box and asked me again – it was where he had picked me up from for our first date and he’d remembered – he got the romance right second time around!

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (8)

We got married on Friday 10th July 2015 (two years to the date of the weekend we spent at the Ashes match – although this is a huge coincidence). We wanted a summer wedding so that there was a chance we could spend the day outside. We were both really keen that the day was quite chilled out and wanted to have the atmosphere of a big family/friends gathering – like you would have at a barbecue party! I did a bit of research (ok, quite a bit) on the weather over the last four years which narrowed it down to a few weeks in July where there had been zero rainfall. Luckily the venue only had a few dates left so it was a perfect fit!

We got married at Whirlowbrook Hall in Sheffield and fell in love with it the minute we got there. After lots of research on venues close to where we lived, I’d narrowed it down to three options. We visited each of them over a weekend and as we approached the long sweeping driveway of Whirlowbrook I was won over! It was perfect and had the country house/rustic feel that I wanted, but also had the laid back/modern feel that Matt was looking for. The outdoor lawn was just right for my plans, but the indoor space was perfect if the typical English weather decided to make an appearance!

We met with Judith at the hall and her enthusiasm, knowledge and approach was just what we wanted. It felt like she had been a friend of ours for years and encouraged my ideas of doing things a bit differently!

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (19)

I wanted the theme to feel like a country garden – lots of fresh summery colours, wild flowers, lace and bunting! It was the style that I was drawn towards the most and fitted in with the outdoor approach that we wanted. I also wanted everything to just be simple and pretty without feeling over the top and to make sure that the day was laid back and not too formal – we just wanted a party really.

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (18)

Our chosen colours were mint green and ivory with a few pastels thrown in to add a bit of colour where needed! I love the freshness of mint green, and daisies are also one of my favourite flowers so it all fitted in well!

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (26)

I wanted my dress to be simple, elegant and unique. I almost had a bit of a bridezilla breakdown as I’d visited several boutiques and looked online at different designers but I wasn’t finding anything that matched my vision. After several months of searching, I came across Kate Halfpenny who is based in London and I was mesmerised by her collection. I loved them all! I got in touch with Kate to find out her price range as I didn’t fancy a trip to London to fall in love with a dress that I couldn’t afford. Her reply was even more comforting as she was about to launch her collection outside of London for the first time…in Sheffield! I went to visit her at the launch day which was held at The White Room boutique. After ten minutes of chatting to Kate about what I liked I was being dressed in the Iris slip and jacket – I had that ‘tears’ moment (so did my bridesmaids) and the rest is history!

My shoes were by Jenny Packham and I also wore a headpiece by Debbie Carlisle – again something a bit different that was simple, but elegant.

My hair was done by Katie and Jenny at Parkers in Sheffield. Jo Singleton was my knight in shining armour and made my makeup look fantastic – natural but visible. She also did the makeup for my four bridesmaids.

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (34)

Matt had his suit tailor made by Sean at Ashford Menswear in Sheffield. He wears suits most days for his job, so wanted something a bit different. Sean was brilliant – he helped him to choose fabrics, explained alternative cuts to make the suit feel unique and suggested ways to add personal touches – this included our names and wedding date being embroidered into the lining of his jacket! He got brownie points from me for this!

Our groomsmen wore whatever they chose and felt comfortable in. They each have their own style and we weren’t bothered about everyone matching.

Our bridesmaids meanwhile all wore dresses that I had found online. Trying to please four girls that are different shapes and sizes wasn’t an easy task (I’m sure many brides experience this), but the one shoulder, fitted on top/floaty on bottom, knee-length style looked perfect on all of them. Their shoes were from BHS.

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (37)

The amazing Jo and Simon at Shoot Photography captured our day for us. We met them at our friend’s wedding four years ago and had followed their work ever since. There was only ever one choice of photographer for us and I checked they were available before confirming the venue! They are just wonderful – so professional, but laid back and they make you feel at ease from the minute you meet them. Neither of us like our photograph being taken, but their sense of humour helped us to relax and actually enjoy it!

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (40)

I wanted my bouquet to look like I’d picked it from the garden, so quite wild looking and not very neat! Jo Price Flowers in Sheffield did an amazing job with a very minimal brief. The colours were green and white and it included lots of daisies.

Jo Price Flowers also assisted with the flowers for the décor by helping me to fill several jugs and jam jars (that I’d been collecting for over a year). I collected other bits from a variety of places – Etsy, The Range, Hobbycraft and other online websites – to make pretty much all of our decorations. My maid of honour was very handy with a sewing machine and so made all of the bunting that was used in the Oak Room! Matt’s dad made all of the outdoor signage from old bits of wood. It was a collective effort and a lot of the items were homemade – I wanted it to have a personal touch.

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (52)

We didn’t give favours to guests as such, but I put in a rush order of paper heart shaped fans on the Monday when I knew the temperatures were going to reach 25/26c – they went down a treat! I also bought lots of flip flops for our female guests to wear – no one likes heels on the grass!

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (55)

In terms of food and drink, we had canapés and Pimms to start with and then had a full barbecue with a choice of wines as the main dinner. We had picnic blankets spread across the lawn and picnic basket stations with wine glasses, bottle coolers and cutlery etc. I think a fair few bottles of prosecco were drunk too!

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (62)

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (97)

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (94)

For the entertainment, we had a fantastic band called Highway Child to play – they actually learnt our first dance and played it live for us. I’ve known the lead singer of the band for a number of years and have seen them play several times – I wouldn’t have had anyone else!

We also had garden games spread out across the lawn for our guests to entertain themselves with the space hopper race, limbo pole and Stags v Hens tug of war going down a treat! We also had giant Twister, giant Connect Four and Quoits. Everyone just seemed to be having fun and it was so nice to see everyone smiling and laughing.

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (74)

We would absolutely recommend our wedding venue to other couples. The team were brilliant from start to finish. Judith listened to my ideas and was always at the end of the phone/email if I had any concerns or needed a recommendation. I always felt like they were I complete control and that’s a must for any bride. It was also the personal touches on the day which made a big difference, they knew exactly how we would be feeling at every point and they really looked after us. Danny and his team were great throughout the day and they always had a smile on their faces. We felt like we were with friends who had known us for years.

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (90)

I loved all of it the wedding but I think my favourite bit was when we were walking back up the driveway after we had been to do photographs (just Matt and I) – all we could hear was laughter and we just saw everyone having fun. It was exactly how I had wanted it to be.

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (99)

Following the wedding we had a mini-moon in Ibiza for five days…I needed sunshine! We delayed our two-week honeymoon to America until this month. We have booked four days in New York, then we fly to San Francisco and spend four days there before picking up a convertible Mustang (super excited to drive this!) and driving down the coast of California to Carmel. We then have four days of exploring (and hopefully relaxing) before we travel home.

My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to make sure that you take time off in the lead up to the big day. Also, ask people to help as there is so much to do and don’t forget to book in time to treat yourself! I spent the day before being completely pampered (nails etc.) with my maid of honour and it was definitely needed!

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great georgian. justin alexander for an elegant wedding at nostell priory – sarah & scott

July 7th, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (28)

Today’s real wedding has lots of lovely personal touches with theming based around the venue and season as well as the couple’s interests.

Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition venue Nostell Priory (have you got the date in your diary?) provided the perfect backdrop to Scott and Sarah’s vintage styled wedding with pretty dusky pink touches in the décor, attire and flowers.

Sarah’s bouquet is particularly stunning featuring pale roses, ranunculus and hyacinth, but the element of the wedding that caught my eye most was – surprisingly – the favours. Homemade sloe gin in pretty bottles, which tick boxes for looking good, tasting good and being a personalised and useful (well, sort of) gift. Cheers to that idea!

With images by Chris Chambers Photography.

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (14)

sarah says: We got engaged when we were having dinner on the beach in Borneo in October 2013. Scott had somehow managed to buy a ring – which fit perfectly – and get it half way across the world without me knowing. We were having a pre-dinner Singapore Sling watching the sunset when he brought out the ring and popped the question!

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (6)

We were married on 7th February 2015. We love winter but didn’t want the wedding to clash with the shooting season so waited until after February 1st.

We chose Nostell Priory as our venue because we love its Georgian style and the Robert Adam Top Hall is so beautiful. We walk our two cocker spaniels in the grounds quite often so it was nice to get married somewhere which meant something to us and where we will go back again and again. We also liked that Nostell is a bit of a blank canvas so we could have lots a personal touches and really make the day ours.

We wanted to complement Nostell’s lovely Georgian features and so we went for a classic, romantic, vintage-style theme for the big day.

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (10)

Our colour scheme was dusky pink and ivory as we wanted winter tones but without being Christmassy. The dusky pink also worked well with Nostell’s neutral colours and went beautifully with ivory.

I’m a bit of a stickler for detail so even the confetti had to match the colour scheme. We bought our own mix of pink and white rose and delphinium petals from Shropshire Petals which we put into glassine envelopes for our guests.

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (15)

I chose a Justin Alexander ball-gown cut, ivory satin dress with chapel length train from Mia Sposa in Huddersfield. Justin Alexander’s designs stood out for me when I was going through wedding magazines and the moment I saw this dress on Pinterest knew it was ‘the one’! Mia Sposa were absolutely amazing – the dress was hard to find but they managed to hunt one down and made sure it fit perfectly.

To complete my attire I also had an ivory marabou feather shrug – I’m not brave enough for bare shoulders in February! We ordered extra dress fabric and the ladies at Mia Sposa made the ties on the shrug so that they would match the dress perfectly.

To finish I wore a chapel-length lace veil from Etsy – I loved it and never wanted to take it off! I kept jewellery simple so that the dress detail wasn’t over powered and chose a beautiful diamante cuff by Debbie Carlisle at Beloved Bridal and wore a vintage cameo ring. Finally, I had a pair of Swarovski stud earrings.

Scott Beswick MUA did makeup on the wedding day and Danielle Wright did the hair for myself, the bridesmaids and my mum. Scott is so much fun as well as being a brilliant makeup artist. Danielle is incredibly talented and created a flawless look. They both made us all feel stunning on the day and finished the look perfectly.

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (11)

Scott wore a grey three-piece suit with tailcoat from Ashworth & Bird. He had an ivory waistcoat and cravat. He had no intention of wearing tails, having initially thought he would prefer a lounge suit, but the lady in Ashworth & Bird convinced him to try the tails and they were perfect.

I made personalised cufflinks for Scott and the groomsmen; Scott’s had quotes from our readings whilst the groomsmen all had quotes relating to their role/ relationship or details about the day. To complete the look, I bought Scott a personalised pocket watch as his wedding present.

Our bridesmaids wore dusky pink floor-length dresses from House of Fraser and ivory fur shrugs and the groomsmen wore three piece suits to match the grooms, all from Ashworth & Bird. All the groomsmen also had dusky pink cravats.

The pageboys – our 18 month old nephews – wore grey suits with ivory waistcoats and cravats from Roco Clothing.

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (18)

As transport we hired a 1937 Rolls Royce from Yesteryear Cars. It went perfectly with our vintage style and we loved that it was maroon rather than the usual white wedding car.

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (24)

Chris of Chris Chambers Photography took our wedding photos. Chris was recommended to us and when we saw his style we knew that’s what we wanted. Not only does he take amazing photos, he is also really friendly and professional. We had an engagement shoot a few weeks ahead of the wedding which was great for getting used to the camera and Chris’s photos were so good we knew we didn’t need to worry about them at all. We would definitely recommend him – all the photos are incredible so it’s really hard choosing them for the album!

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (25)

On the day I had a loose bouquet with ivory and dusky pink roses, ranunculus and hyacinth, wrapped in a ribbon made from the same fabric as my dress. The bridesmaids all had small versions of my bouquet. They were by BlossEm. Emily there is a fantastic florist; she has so much style and as soon as we met her we knew the flowers would be absolutely amazing. I was completely in love with my bouquet which looked, and smelled, beautiful.

Emily also made little bunches of gypsophila for our hair, instead of hairpieces. The groomsmen had buttonholes made with similar flowers but with small game bird feathers and the page boys had small gypsophila buttonholes.

Bloss Em provided all the flowers for the reception too. We had small bouquets at the ends of the aisles in the Top Hall. For the tables we had candelabras filled with flowers, complemented with game bird feathers – as it got dark the candles gave the room a really warm, romantic feel. The top table was filled with small vases and bottles full of flowers. Emily also made a garland for the balcony, filled with fairy lights. It was breath taking when we walked in and saw how beautiful the room was.

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (27)

I had seen some lace chair hoods on Pinterest which were perfect for the reception but couldn’t find any UK stockists, so I whipped out the sewing machine and made my own! I also made lace table runners. They really softened the look and added to the vintage feel.

I bought signs and other bits and pieces in the run up to the wedding as and when I saw them to add to the decor. Instead of a guest book we had a white ‘wishing tree’ decorated with wicker hearts. My sister made tags to match the stationery which guests could write their wishes on.

As favours we made sloe gin using sloe berries that we had collected last winter and put it into personalised bottles made by my sister. The little ones had similar bottles filled with pink and white jelly beans, to match the wedding colours.

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (29)

For our wedding cake we had a magnificent croquembouche (a French dessert consisting of choux pastry balls bound with threads of caramel) made by Thierry Dumouchel. It was delicious and definitely had the wow-factor!

We wanted traditional but delicious food and our caterers Dine definitely delivered. Canapés included mini Yorkshire Puddings and Roast Beef and the wedding breakfast was Potted Shrimp, Sirloin Steak and Crème Brulee. We had bacon and sausage sandwiches in the evening, which were just the ticket after a few drinks!

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (41)

As entertainment we had Silver Strings quartet for the ceremony and reception which complemented the classic styling. They even played the theme from Scott’s favourite movie – Indiana Jones.

In the evening we had a DJ sourced by Dine. We wanted everyone to get up and dance on the evening so we kicked things off with our first dance, Power of Love by Huey Lewis & The News (from another classic movie, Back to the Future). The DJ said it was the first time in ten years he has played that as a first dance!

We also had a photobooth, run by Chris Chambers. It was great to see everyone from the toddlers to the nannas embrace their silly side!

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (35)

To make the day more personal we added in some special touches such as asking our grandmas to sign the register – it was so nice that they could be involved in a special part of the day.

We also named the tables after game birds – another nod to the country sports – and for the table plan I hand-drew a tree filled with the birds. Emily at Bloss Em complemented this with the feathers in the candelabra flowers. My very talented sister made all our beautiful wedding stationery and all our invitations were sealed with a personalised wax stamp – another little vintage touch.

I sewed little trinkets into my dress for ‘old’, ‘blue’ and ‘borrowed’. My old was a tiny horseshoe charm which has been the ‘old’ for my mum and sister’s weddings before mine. My ‘borrowed’ was a pendant which Scott’s Nanna always wore. She passed away a few years ago so it was a way to have her with us on the day. I also had a small blue bow.

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (44)

We would definitely recommend Nostell Priory to other wedding couples. The whole venue is stunning but especially the Top Hall. Craig at Dine was brilliant, accommodating every little detail and putting up with all my ‘bridezilla’ moments! His attention to detail on the day was second to none and he really did make sure everything was perfect.

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (49)

After the wedding we had a few days in Oxford before jetting off for a week in Jamaica and a week in Barbados. It was nice to be able to relax together in the sun after spending so many months wedding planning. I think the highlight was swimming with turtles – it was an incredible experience.

My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every minute, from the engagement until the last day of the honeymoon. Oh and, do what you want to do – everyone will love being a part of your day simply because it is yours.

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