April 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime
I don’t want to jinx things, but this weekend I began to get a sniff that summer might finally be on it’s way. The sun shone all day on our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms yesterday and all our beautiful brides and grooms arrived with a spring in their step and a smile on their faces. I know I say this every time (guilty as charged!) but yesterday’s event really was something very special. I was so proud of the great mix of exhibitors and some of the wonderful comments on the day, by email and on Facebook from visiting brides really do make all the hard work worthwhile. If you missed us, we’ll be back in Cheshire in a short two week’s time for our inaugural event at Hilltop Country House. Don’t miss that one! Click here to pre-register.
Meanwhile, all this sunshine has made me twitchy to share a very special Real Wedding that’s been waiting in my features box for a while, one that’s cool as ice and very glam indeed. Now that things feel warmer offline, I’m brave enough to sprinkle a little frost on these pretty pages.
Just don’t get cross if it snows next week or something, right?
Images by Pixies In The Cellar.
Katie says: Stuart asked me to marry him on 21st December 2011 at The Grand Hyatt Muscat Hotel, Oman and we were married on Friday 20th December 2013 at The Saddleworth Hotel, Saddleworth.
I really wanted an outdoor wedding and the hotel had this facility, it was on our doorstep and has beautiful surroundings. The hotel style also fitted in perfectly with our theme, which was classic styling and winter wonderland.
I chose a Suzanne Neville Dress called ’Lady’ from The Bridal Boutique in Guisley. I wanted something classic that would not date. I am not very girly either. The dress was made to measure and it was amazing!
My bridesmaids wore a graphite lace and organza gown, by Noir Lazaro (JLM Couture) which I got from Pomfret Bridal Gowns, Pontefract. The groomsmen wore a smart plain grey suit with a grey cashmere scarf from Denis Hope in Rochdale.
I travelled to the ceremony in a Rolls Royce Phantom with my Pops.
The ceremony was my favourite part of the day, it was fun and very emotional! And I got to marry my man!
We used Hangover Kits for the wedding Favours and created an order of the day with fun facts about how we met etc. to personalise proceedings.
As Stuart’s dad passed away three years ago we wanted to include him in some way. His Dad was the best F1 Stockcar driver of all time – Stuart Smith 391 – so our stationer Amanda at Love Invited (a Brides Up North Featured Supplier no less!) helped us to do this.
Our table names were all named after the championships Stuart’s dad had won which included a picture from that championship as a watermark. As my husband is also an F1 Stockcar World Champion we had lots of Stockcar friends there who thought it was a really nice touch! It was great how Amanda helped us to incorporate this and she was our very favourite supplier overall.
For our wedding cake, we had four tiers of Victoria sponge, lemon, chocolate and fruit. I had tasted a few cakes but Suzanne’s cakes at The Frostery were by far the best! So helpful too!
We used a string quartet for our ceremony and for canapés and cocktails then had a band for the evening and a DJ. Later in the evening, we opted out of a buffet and had bacon and cheese butties served to keep the party in full swing
The best advice we were given was for me and my husband to step back & take 5 minutes to watch everyone enjoying our big day! We did and so glad we did! So that would be my top tip for other Brides Up North.
Congratulations Katie & Stuart!
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August 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime
Sometimes, you just need a bit of old fashioned romance. Lois and Matt’s beautiful Real Wedding in Sheffield has got that covered this Thursday afternoon. Just blissful.
With images by Bluelights Photography
Lois says: We got engaged at Parade Gardens in Bath, Matt surprised me with a weekend away in July 2011, and we were married on 17th May 2013 at Whitley Hall in Sheffield.
We chose Whitley Hall because we loved the setting and the character of the venue. We chose a lace theme with a colour palette of dusty pink and ivory.
We got the bridesmaids’ dresses from The Bridal Boutique where I got my dress from they were Jasmine B2 chiffon with lace detail in a dusky pink. My flower girl’s dress was brand new from eBay and I added a sash and sewed an artificial flower from Country Baskets onto it to tie it in with the rest of our theme.
I own and run a franchise of Ambience Venue Styling (Huddersfield and Oldham) so we had the opportunity to use my own stock to dress the venue including the chair covers, sashes and the aisle runner. We ended making a lot ourselves, we collected jars and decorated them and my mum made the pompoms to hang outside. There were lots of candles throughout and the centre pieces were a mixture of tall and low level arrangements as the ceiling was too low to have a tall centre piece on each table and this added interest.
We loved every minute of our wedding day but if we had to pick our favourite moment would be the ceremony.
Bluelights Photography was the only on-the-day supplier we used and we can’t recommend Adele enough she has been fantastic we are so pleased with our photographs!
I decided to do the flowers myself as I love being creative and it seemed a shame to pay someone when I could do it myself, although I must admit it was hard work and I probably missed out on the usual bridal pampering and chilling out the day before.
In the evening we had a band called 16 days, they also stayed on to do a DJ set. Their music is so varied it ranges from Reggae to Indie and funk. They were brilliant, people of all ages loved it
We had fruit cake, its Matt’s favourite. My cousins Laura and Charlotte made it, they have being going to an evening cake class for the past year or so and this was their first wedding cake!
After the wedding we honeymooned in Mykonos, Greece for seven days and then we spent four days in London.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t take on too much on the lead up to the wedding, I did and was ill the week of the wedding as I was ‘run down’ so I couldn’t enjoy the pampering I had planned.
Congratulations Lois & Matt!
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