January 1st, 2017 | 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.
Today’s uber-pretty real wedding comes directly from one of our lovely readers, the beautiful Sarah, and features some of our fabulous Brides Up North Sponsors too, making it all the more special.
When submitting her wedding, Sarah wrote: “I love the Brides up North blog and used it to research over the last 18 months when planning my wedding. It also helped me find some of my amazing suppliers!”
And it’s wonderful comments like that which keep us busily working away here at Brides Up North HQ.
For us there are so many elements of Sarah’s May marriage to beau Alan that we love – from the bride’s incredible dress, to the romantic colour palette, blousy blooms and homemade décor. Oh and not forgetting Oscar – the couple’s super cute puppy who makes a special appearance!
sarah says: We got engaged on the 11th October 2014. Alan booked a surprise romantic cottage in the Lake District. After a day of exploring the local scenery, back at the cottage that evening he cooked us a candlelit three course meal and after our warm chocolate brownie dessert (the way to my heart!) Alan got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was such a beautiful setting for a romantic proposal and he had picked a gorgeous princess cut ring.
We got married on the 14th May 2016. We chose to get married in May as we both loved the idea of a spring time wedding. The colours and flowers I had dreamt of fitted perfectly with a spring theme. We also love to travel and explore new places and choosing a honeymoon in May meant we would get the best of the weather long haul while beating the “summer rush”.
Our wedding ceremony was held in my home town at St Mary’s Church, Beverley. The church is more than 900 years old and is just gorgeous. Inside the ceiling is painted with stars and the long aisle made for a really grand entrance.
Our reception afterwards was held at The KP club in Pocklington. As soon as we visited The KP we both instantly fell in love with the rolling countryside views. The bright and modern interior meant we had a blank canvass to personalise the room with our finishing touches. We also loved the log cabins with hot tubs in the grounds, the perfect place to get ready on the morning of the wedding.
We wanted our wedding to have a pretty spring time feel so we incorporated lots of soft pinks, ivory and lilac florals on our wedding stationary, as well as using florals and ribbons to decorate the venue. The overall effect was so dreamy and it all came together perfectly. The theme created a really relaxed feel for our guests which was also something that was really important to us.
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March 17th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Today we join Angela and Riccardo for a wedding celebration in a wonderfully grand setting, complete with elegant 1920s touches.
But it isn’t just the venue and décor that’s looking good. Angela makes for a sparkling and stunning bride in a slinky Sottero and Midgley gown embellished with Swarovski crystals and mirrored beads while her maids look incredibly pretty in flattering floor-length Coast designs.
The men don’t brush up half bad either as they work their dapper blue suits and mustard bow ties – cue some serious man posing!
With images by Andy Crozier of Insight Photography.
angela says: Riccardo proposed to me in Beijing on the Great Wall of China. We were on holiday just the two of us, the proposal was a great surprise. We had both always wanted to travel to China so we went and visited a few destinations including Beijing, Xian, Shanghai. When we returned we had an engagement party at Laazats in Hull. We chose to hold it on the anniversary of the date we first got together – February 15th. During the party we announced who we had chosen for our bridesmaids/best man and groomsmen. Keeping this information quiet for so long was very difficult. If anybody wanted to give a gift we asked for a donation to be made to the Macmillan charity due to recently losing a good friend to ovarian cancer at a young age.
Our wedding date was 26th July 2014 and was held at Allerton Castle. We’d always wanted a summer wedding.
Allerton Castle is the most beautiful and amazing location we’d ever seen. This was the first and the last place we visited – we instantly fell in love and never turned back. It has such character and amazing grounds. We also loved the fact that we could celebrate our complete wedding in one location. From staying over the night before in the nearby log cabins to the finishing touches and pre wedding drinks for the girls in the bridal suite and for the boys in the billiard room. We celebrated the civil ceremony within Allerton and had our wedding breakfast and reception within the castle too.
Our theme was focused around the 1920s. We felt the whole elegance of the era fitted in well with the setting for our wedding. Our colour palette was different shades of blues/purples/white and ivory.
I wore a floor-length Sottero and Midgley dress bought from a well-established bridal shop called Deborah Moore in Hessle, Hull. Deborah helped to ensure I found the perfect dress and even did all the alterations. The dress was called Lola. It was a slim A-line cut, with Swarovski crystals and mirrored beads. I also opted for the choice of adding the capped sleeves. The dress colour was diamond white and pewter. I had tried on many dresses before I found this one. When I put it on I knew it was the one. I kept my dress a secret from everyone – the only people who knew were my brother’s girlfriend and my mother.
Riccardo got his suit at a shop called Rees. He wore a three-piece dark blue suit with a white shirt. He wore a mustard bow tie with matching coloured socks and brown shoes. He also had a pocket. He got his suit tailored to a high level by a local source Gillian Long, who was previously a Saville Row seamstress and is now the owner of Cock of the Walk in Hull.
The bridesmaids wore floor-length purple/grey coloured dresses bought from Coast in House of Fraser, again in Hull. They all wore diamond studs which were a present from us. Following the wedding speeches as a surprise on the big day my bridesmaids read out a poem they had written together which went through the journey of me and Riccardo meeting until the present day. This was truly amazing and very emotional!
The boys (groomsmen/best man/father of the bride) all got their suits from Next. They wore two-piece blue suits with a white shirt, brown shoes, matching coloured bow tie and socks. They all also wore a pocket watch which were individually engraved with a personal message. These were again bought by us as a gift to the groomsmen. They were all lined up in the billiard room for when the boys arrived, which was a surprise to all!
All the ushers, best man, groom, bridesmaids and bride arrived at the nearby cabins the day before the wedding. Both groups were separated once arriving – the boys had a barbecue and beers while the girls had nibbles and a pamper session. On the day of the wedding the men walked to the castle and the girls drove.
Our photographer was Andy Crozier of Insight Photography, based in Hull. Andy captured our whole day and even stayed beyond the time we’d arranged. He went above and beyond for us throughout the day, never too pushy but ensured we got exactly what we said we wanted. Andy was great with all of our guests, young and old, and made every single person there on the day felt special. Our images were truly amazing and we would highly recommend Insight to anyone.
I knew Andy personally from childhood, we both lived on the same street since I was the age of eight. Riccardo didn’t know Andy but soon felt at ease and felt comfortable following our initial meet up. We also did a pre-wedding photo shoot at Allerton Castle which we both felt was a great touch. Andy used our favourite image as a message board for guests to sign on the day.
We also had a videographer who helped capture the memories of our wonderful day. It was a lovely and very professional guy called Dan Cain.
Our flowers were provided by Twisted Willow and were done to such a high level. We had great customer service and felt automatically at ease that the flowers and decorations were to be done professionally. Again we would definitely recommend them. My bouquet consisted of mainly white and ivory colours with a touch of pastel shades. The flowers had a lovely lace ribbon which I then attached a blue brooch to (I used this as my something blue). The brooch was borrowed from a very special friend.
In terms of décor we had a candelabra at either side of us when we read our vows which were decorated with white and pastel coloured flowers draped with crystals. We had candles on either side of the staircase and the reception tables all had tall vases with balls of flowers draped in crystals and pearls. We also had scattered tea light candles around the room.
As favours we gave small bottles of sparkling rose wine to the ladies and white sparkling wine for the men. The wedding favours had a custom made ribbon around them in dark blue with gold text which said ‘Mr and Mrs Seaton’. Also attached to the ribbon was the person’s name tag and a cluster of vintage keys. Keys being the symbol of the key to a happy life/key to success and key to a happy future. The children had loom bands and sweets.
Our wedding cake was again from a locally sourced supplier. The lady who designed and made it was the sister of a long term friend of Riccardo’s, who was also one of our ushers. The cake maker owns a shop in Sutton, Hull, called Cake-licious. We followed our 1920s theme through with our cake design. The cake was a four-tier hexagonal shape with lots of geometric prints/designs. We had different flavours: lemon, chocolate and vanilla. All of our ushers put towards buying us our cake as a gift from them.
Brides Up North Featured Supplier Dine provided our food and drinks. For our drinks post ceremony we had bottled beers and Pimms. We made our own sweetie table display with lots of retro sweets.
Music during the day was provided by the events company Trio Vivo. During the wedding breakfast we also arranged a surprise. Using the events company we set up a staged performance pretending to have a very drunk guest and a waitress who then broke out into singing opera. These two were truly amazing and left many without a dry eye. To end our celebrations we then partied through into the evening at the castle with the music supplied by Chris Hilton’s Little Big Band. We were very impressed with all!
Towards the end of the evening we also had a five-minute firework display (and sparklers), provided by Ferrensby Fireworks. We would recommend using this service along with other fab suppliers we used on the day including hair stylists and beauticians from Bows in Anlaby for the hair and make-up and a good friend of ours Rachel Peterson from Hull who had recently completed her wedding planner course. Rachel worked with us from the beginning right until the end and ensured we both felt at ease and kept us both in line and very organised with all the planning and finer details.
We would also most definitely recommend Allerton Castle to other couples. It’s an amazing location and I’m yet to see a more perfect location.
We couldn’t pick a favourite part of the day – we enjoyed it all! This may sound cheesy but we can genuinely describe it as the best day of our lives to date.
For our honeymoon we went to New York and Orlando, Florida. We spent one week each location. With some of the money guests gave we booked a limo trip around New York City by night which was an experience we would definitely recommend.
My top tip or other Brides Up North is enjoy every single minute of the day. People told us it would go quick and it sure did. Cherish every moment.
As an extra special touch on the wedding day we set up a message in a bottle for our guests to each put a message in for us. The plan is that we will smash it open on our first wedding anniversary (which we’re hoping to celebrate in Hawaii) and read all of the messages.
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December 9th, 2013 | Julia Braime
Its a bit of a late running start here at Brides Up North this Monday. I’m taking a little pre-Christmas holiday with my family and baby girl (bliss) and our Wi-Fi coverage seems to be vacationing too (not so much bliss). Just what a blogger loves – a poor internet connection!
Still, I think we’ve more than made up for the delay with this stunning set of images sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Photography By Ally Byrom and a collective of fabulous East Yorkshire wedding industry suppliers. Victoria Farr is another very special lady to grace the Brides Up North Featured Supplier Directory and having seen both her and Harriet Head’s work in person I can vouch for their considerable talents!
So starting late but starting timeless with a beautiful bit of inspiration for your Monday morning. Classic and chic, this is definitely one for all the Audrey’s out there…
Ally says: The common thread or purpose of this styled shoot was to showcase what East Yorkshire has to offer. We firmly believe that there is talent and life beyond the big smoke, hence Brides Up North being our resounding first choice when we decided to share these images, as they were far too good to keep to ourselves!
We are three local suppliers who’ve forged a great bond and work well together. We complement and inspire each other but most importantly we have fun. We had the opportunity to work with a beautiful Hull girl – Laura Peterson – destined for greatness on the silver screen and a beautiful hitherto undiscovered local stately home who have just opened their doors as a venue.
With an opportunity like this we rummaged through the yet to be photographed collections from By Harriet and decided to see how much fun we could have in a day. When classic beauty Laura entered the building, inspiration continued to flow and the shoot grew organically.
The day resulted in beautiful images of three different collections. As an added bonus we even managed to capture a couple of by Harriet’s hats and a sneak peak at the Christobel Circlet from the “Ethereal Dreams” collection, to be photographed soon.
There are those moments in life that prompt you to ask that old question: is this coincidence or is this fate? In the case of these three creative women, if you didn’t believe in fate before, they may just change your mind…
Harriet Head – By Harriet
Harriet is an experienced award winning accessories designer of couture & bespoke hand crafted pieces. She has worked not only brides but also on TV and commercial projects. Her designs are in demand world-wide and not just by brides, they have been worn to three Royal Weddings, Ascot and to many ladies day events. The start of 2014 sees by Harriet as a finalist in both the Wedding Industry Awards (Winner of NE Region for accessories) and the You & Your Wedding Magazine Bridal Retail Awards, both being announced at glittering London events in January, a new top Couture bridal stockist in London, working on a revamped website and two major national exhibitions in February and March.
Ally Byrom – Photography by Ally Byrom
A qualified, professional, award-winning and published photographer, specialising in wedding and commercial photography. We should also mention that Ally is currently offering an incredibly rare opportunity for one lucky couple to win their wedding photography, which you can learn more about by clicking here. But hurry the competition ends soon!!
Victoria Farr – Victoria Farr Make Up and Hair Artist
A much sought after professional in the hair and beauty industry. Victoria’s artistic flair and natural talent has seen her collaborate with leading industry and high fashion brands. A specialist wedding makeup & hairstylist her personal service leads the field in tailoring the perfect look for each client and occasion. With the luxury of being freelance Victoria travels all over the UK providing a personable service on your special day. Victoria also has experience in TV, commercial and camouflage make up.
Laura Peterson is a Hull actress currently studying at a prestigious American drama school founded by Stella Adler, whose past students include Kevin Costner and Robert De Niro. The team managed to prise Laura away from her busy schedule just before she jetted off to New York. Click here to read more.
Saltmarshe Hall is a beautiful, Grade II listed stately home on the River Ouse. With its light and airy rooms and vast, perfectly manicured gardens, it’s hard to imagine a more romantic or dramatic setting. Once inside Saltmarshe Hall, it was clear that the library, the orangery and the portico all had something different to offer and it was too good an opportunity to miss from both a product showcasing and photographic viewpoint.
So what brought Harriet, Ally and Victoria together? Where does fate fit into all of this? Well, they’re all professionals in the wedding industry who just happen to live within a 10 mile radius of each other in East Yorkshire and, unbelievably, never realised it and never met.
Thankfully (via social networking – thank you Facebook!), they finally did and, as you can imagine, when you combine their extensive credentials and experience, something spectacular is surely just around the corner.
And there’s no reason your wedding can’t resemble these beautiful images, so for more information or to make a booking with either Harriet, Ally or Victoria just follow the links to their web sites.
Little Black Book
Images – Photography By Ally Byrom
Hats and headpieces – By Harriet
Make up and hair – Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist
Venue – Saltmarshe Hall
Wedding Car – Silver Lane Wedding Cars
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