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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2014: Fairy White! A Real Wedding At Wychwood Park – Laura & Mark

July 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a break to redesign, review and recharge, 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 7th July 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year.  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.

Amanda Balmain

We’re wrapping up our Real Wedding Recap for Summer 2014 (full blog service returns on Monday – hurrah!) with this bright, beautiful and box fresh North West spring wedding, sent to me by bride and groom Laura and Mark and friend of the blog, photographer Amanda Balmain.

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Laura says: We got engaged on 2nd June 2012. We were having a house warming party (at our house in Gateshead) and Mark had already planned that this was the night he was going to pop the question and told all of our friends, it was only me who had no idea! He got down on one knee in the middle of the living room with all of our friends around us and then we headed out into Newcastle upon Tyne for some engagement celebrations.

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

We were married on 12th April 2014, with the ceremony at St. Peter’s Church, Elworth, and our reception at Wychwood Park, Weston. The church has been my local church since I was born and I had always dreamed of getting married there with the blossom trees which line the path to the door out in bloom (which they were)!

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

We opted for a colour scheme of stormy grey, yellow and white.

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain (12)

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

My dress was from New Beginnings bridal shop in Whitley Bay and was Sincerity style 3730.

The bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses in stormy chiffon. We went for the same style for two of the bridesmaids and a different style for my sister who was Maid of Honour.

Mark had a dark grey suit with black trim that he chose from Burton which he wore with a yellow tie and pocket square. The groomsmen wore the same suit as Mark and ties and pocket squares in the same shade as the bridesmaid dresses.

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Tina Haworth from Beau Hair did my hair and the bridesmaids and my Mum went to Strands salon in Cheshire to have their hair done.  Emma Williams did all of our make-up – bride, three bridesmaids and mother of the bride.

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

I had a beautiful bouquet with white and yellow flowers which included freesias, roses, craspedia, wax flower and lisianthus.

I had attached to my bouquet my late grandpa’s signet ring which was my something old and something borrowed and the heart charm from a necklace Mark gave to me for our first anniversary that I wear everyday.

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Our wonderful photographer was Amanda Balmain. Amanda has captured our wedding day beautifully and spent the whole day with us which ensured that she didn’t miss a thing!

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Our Panther de Ville car was hired from Grosvenor Classic Cars and was fantastic. We loved being driven around in such an elegant and striking car.

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Saying our vows was an incredibly special moment and I also loved the evening reception dancing all night on a packed dance floor.

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

We got a three tier square cake from Marks and Spencer with assorted tiers – fruit, sponge and chocolate.

We also bought a personalised cake topper from Funky Laser but unfortunately no one got to see it as Mark broke it on the morning of the wedding!

Amanda Balmain

All of our flowers and the decoration at the reception were from Faerie Godmothers. They were fantastic and even came to the church after the ceremony to transport our pedestal arrangement to Wychwood Park.

The lovely ceiling drapes complete with fairy lights in the room at Wychwood Park were from a company called Making Moments.

Amanda Balmain

We gave all of our guests badge favours from Parkinsons UK which is very close to our hearts.

I also gave Mark a top hat and cane as one of his wedding presents from me as he had always wanted one. The only rule was that he couldn’t wear them until the reception!

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Our DJ from Hipswing Entertainments was part of the wedding package from Wychwood Park and he was fantastic. He really captured the mood of our guests and the dancefloor was full all night!

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

We went on a mini moon straight after the wedding to Sherwood Forest where we stayed in a lodge cabin complete with it’s own hot tub and are hoping to go somewhere further afield in the summer holidays.

Amanda Balmain

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t worry about your dress, this is the one day you get to wear it so enjoy it. Don’t stress on the day, you are marrying the person you love and it will be fantastic no matter what. We loved every single second and wish we could relive it all again.

Amanda Balmain

Congratulations Laura & Mark!

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Gretna Green. Enzoani & Sunglasses For A Real Wedding At Solberge Hall – Lucy & Kev

May 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime

Nigel Playle Photography

Completely blowing the theory that “red and green should never be seen”, flame haired beauty Lucy and her new husband Kev chose a fresh and fruity backdrop for their fun and fabulous Real Wedding in North Yorkshire.

With images by Nigel Playle Photography.

Nigel Playle Photography

Lucy says:  We got engaged in June 2014 at home before we travelled to London to Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Hackney to celebrate! I was trying to eat my breakfast when Kev got down on one knee. He wanted to propose in London but couldn’t handle the pressure of not losing the ring before he did it!

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

We got married on Saturday 5th April 2014 in Long Newton, Stockton-On-Tees. It was the church where my parents got married and also where I was christened. We then had our reception at Solberge Hall, just near to Northallerton.

We wanted somewhere that had an intimate feel to it but big enough for our wedding and as soon as we drove up the winding drive and saw Solberge Hall we knew it was for us. Set in an idyllic country surrounding, the views were beautiful and it was everything we wanted in a venue.

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

The theme started with the colour green and kind of expanded from there into incorporating different hues of green throughout the day. I also just wanted everyone to have a good time so there were plenty of fun elements like a sweep for The Grand National that took place on our wedding day and also one for the speeches so everyone was involved.

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

My dress was an ivory fishtail lace gown by Enzoani from Poppy Bridal in Darlington. I had no idea what type of dress I wanted and must have tried on at least 30. They only had this dress in black in the shop and as soon as I put it on I loved it and the ivory was just as beautiful! I originally didn’t want a veil but the veil I chose was also lace and complemented the dress perfectly so the decision was easy!

My shoes I got from Karen Millen in the sale and these turned out to be the hardest part of the outfit to find!

Nigel Playle Photography

The bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses in Apple Slice. My chief bridesmaid wore a slighter darker green and the sleeves were interchangeable so the bridesmaids could wear them however they wanted. The groomsmen wore dark grey suits from Butterflies in Stockton and green socks of course to go with the theme!

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

We all went to Saks in Yarm on the morning of the wedding to get our hair done and they did a great job with very different hair for everyone! The florists provided me with some glitter covered flowers to put in my hair and it looked amazing when the light caught it.

Jo from Make Up by Jo did my make up and I loved it, it was very natural with a smoky eye and was just what I wanted!

Nigel Playle Photography

I carried a beautiful bouquet of white flowers including tulips, ranunculus and anemones. I wanted to use spring flowers and for everything to look really fresh. Flowerhouse in Stockton did a fantastic job with them.

Nigel Playle Photography

Our photographer was Nigel Playle Photography and he captured the day perfectly and I never felt that too much time was spent taking photos. He was so good at making us feel relaxed. He also set up a propbox for the evening so guests could get dressed up and have photos taken. This was so much fun!

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

One of our very creative friends made all of our stationery for us and she was a godsend as she had some great ideas and everything looked so good.  One less thing for me to worry about!

We used apples as place cards to fit in with the green theme and cut out some gold leaves with names on them to attach. These really looked great on the tables with table numbers made out of moss which our friend also made.

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

We had a singer, Samantha Durnan performing as guests arrived and also after the wedding breakfast. She was fantastic and really set the tone for the day.

We also had a magician, Luke Howells, who my bridesmaids paid for as a wedding gift. We had seen him at a previous wedding and he really wowed everyone and created a bit of fun which we wanted for the day.

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

My favourite part of the day (aside from the actually ceremony which I loved as our vicar really made it special) was when we were announced into the wedding breakfast and the master of ceremonies asked everyone to raise their glasses and as we had sunglasses as favours everyone put them on for when we entered the room!

Nigel Playle Photography

Our favours were one of my favourite things from the day. The personalised sunglasses were in two different colours of green, lighter green for the ladies and darker green for the gents. Everyone loved these and we got some fantastic pictures of all our guests wearing them. I got a lot of photos after the wedding of everyone’s children wearing them which I loved!

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

We chose a three tier cake but had the tiers set out on different levels. They were made to look like presents with green ribbon and also had sugar apples and anemones to bring in different themes from the wedding. This was made by Fairycakes & Co and I was so happy with it.

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

We went to Cuba on honeymoon for two weeks. We travelled to Havana for two days whilst we were there to experience the ‘real’ Cuba and it was fantastic!

Nigel Playle Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to just enjoy your day as much as you can, it really does disappear so spend as much time with the people you care about as possible and have fun. Don’t worry about the small things, everything will fall into place just as you planned!

Nigel Playle Photography

Congratulations Lucy & Kev!

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Blossoming Bridesmaids

May 12th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

Did you catch our exciting news on Thursday?  The Brides Up North team has grown!  The lovely Rachel joins our editorial team, and you’ll be hearing a lot more from her every week on these pretty pages. Opening the blogging for another beautiful week, it’s our Rach, on blossoming bridesmaids…

twobird Classic Gowns long in Coral, twobirdsbridesmaid.co.uk 

The Classic Gown by twobirds bridesmaid 

Rachel says: You’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid which is a great honour – you’re excited and flattered though you can’t help feeling ever so slightly anxious as you wait to find out what dresses the bride will pick for you and your fellow maids. Will it be a flattering colour, fit, style? Or are you going to be thrust into the limelight feeling massively uncomfortable while the entire experience is captured on camera? Even if you weren’t keen on the dress choice you’d have to grin and bear it right? It’s ultimately the bride’s decision, it’s her big day and you don’t want to add to her pre-wedding stress now do you?

I feel there may be one exception to this underlying rule though – a bridesmaid with a baby bump.  I have great admiration for these ladies – especially those who will be approaching their due date when the big day arrives.

Alfred Sung style M423, www.dessy.com

Alfred Sung style M423

Not only does a pregnant bridesmaid have to worry about what she will look like and how she feel at the point the wedding arrives, but also who are the other bridesmaids and how will she compare on the day with a hefty bump, enhanced breasts and the strong possibility of a sweaty, I mean glowing, appearance?

I feel mutual respect is key in such as situation – it is ultimately the bride’s decision, but she should take the feelings of her pregnant bridesmaid into account when selecting the bridesmaids’ attire so that all maids feel equally comfortable and attractive.

Dessy Collection style 2904, www.dessy.com

Dessy Collection style 2904

Dessy Collection style 2909, www.dessy.com

Dessy Collection style 2909

Dessy Collection style 2913, www.dessy.com

Dessy Collection style 2913

One option for pregnant maids is to buy a regular bridesmaid dress several sizes too big and get it altered by a seamstress nearer the time. This can work out fine though it is rather difficult for a bride to predict what stage her fluctuating weight gain will be at on the big day or in which areas she is going to expand. Therefore, in order to avoid numerous costly alterations and the dress being chopped and changed within an inch of its life, brides should consider what styles and fabrics of dresses will be most flattering and forgiving on their pregnant maids.

twobirds - High-lo Gown with sash, twobirdsbridesmaid.co.uk

twobirds – High-lo Gown (above and below, with and without sash)

twobirds - High-lo Gown without sash, twobirdsbridesmaid.co.uk

Another option is to choose a maternity specific dress in the same colour and fabric as the other maids’ dresses, or alternatively, choose a maternity-friendly dress for all your maids that the pregnant bridesmaid can buy simply buy in a slightly larger size for that little extra space.

Designers including Dessy and Alfred Sung have maternity specific dresses as well as designs more suitable for pregnant maids such as pretty A-line dresses and floor-length, flowing frocks. Meanwhile, twobirds is a great example of a designer with maternity-friendly options that will look equally attractive on pregnant and non-pregnant maids. Its Classic Gown (top image) has an empire waistline below the breasts which provides some support while its straps can be tied in 15 different ways for various looks and further support for those that need it. The loose jersey-blend material skims over bumps beautifully for an overall flattering appearance. The designer’s latest Hi-Lo Gown (above) is another maternity friendly option. It’s a strapless dress but with a built in bra in the same comfortable material as the Classic Gown which can be worn with a sash, to cinch the waist, or without a sash for a fabulous floaty feel.

Watters Bridesmaids Juniper style 3535, www.watters.com

Watters Bridesmaids Juniper style 3535

Watters Bridesmaids Max style 5537, www.watters.com

Watters Bridesmaids Max style 5537

Wtoo bridesmaid style 919, www.wtoo.com

Wtoo bridesmaid style 919

Now there’s just the question of suitable shoes to consider!

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A Classic. Maggie Sottero For A Springtime Real Wedding At Eaves Hall – Alix & Ed

March 27th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Philip Bamber Photography 

This sunny March morning we join Alix & Ed for their classic springtime wedding in the beautiful Ribble Valley.  With fresh details and seasonal blooms, let’s celebrate the new season!

With images by Philip Bamber Photography

Philip Bamber Photography

Alix says:  Ed asked me to marry him in January 2012 – on the beach on an amazing holiday in Mexico.  We set the date for 27th March 2013.

Philip Bamber Photography

Philip Bamber Photography

We chose to say “I do” at Eaves Hall in the Ribble Valley countryside.   We fell in love with Eaves Hall whilst visiting for one of their wedding fairs. The sweeping driveway which leads up to the country house and the magnificent gardens is an incredible sight. Inside was just as impressive!

Philip Bamber Photography

We wanted a classic wedding. It was Easter weekend so we made use of the spring colours and seasonal flowers, and accented this with a pale pink and ivory colour base.

Philip Bamber Photography

Philip Bamber Photography

I chose to wear Adorae Rose by Maggie Sottero in ivory and I carried a beautiful bouquet of cream and pink roses.

Philip Bamber Photography

The girls wore Dessy bridesmaid dresses in three different styles in Rose. Ed wore a three piece suit from Reiss and the groomsman wore their own blue suits.

Philip Bamber Photography

Philip Bamber Photography

My bridesmaids and I travelled to the venue in a white Rolls Royce Silver Cloud by Broughton Wedding Cars

Philip Bamber Photography

Philip Bamber Photography

Philip Bamber Photography

Walking down the aisle to my future husband and saying our vows was the most special part of the day. Partying with all our friends and family too! It wouldn’t have been the same without them all there to help us celebrate!

Philip Bamber Photography

Philip Bamber Photography

The brilliant Simply String Trio played before and after the ceremony.  A great friend, Andrew Barton, sang and played the guitar as we signed the registrar making the moment even more special and personal.

Philip Bamber Photography

Philip Bamber Photography

Philip Bamber Photography

We chose to use Philip Bamber – a great photographer! He was very friendly and happy for us to choose what type of shots we wanted. Neither of us were that comfortable in front of the camera but Phil really helped!

Philip Bamber Photography

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Amazing Lace. Enzoani For A Real Wedding At Adlington Hall, Cheshire – Louisa & John

March 5th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Jo Bradbury Photography at Adlington Hall

Flying by the seat of our skinny jeans this morning to bring you this rather late first instalment of the day!  What can I say, this week in the Brides Up North office is Hectic.  With that capital H.  We’re in the middle of an event sandwich: four beautiful Brides Up North wedding exhibitions over four adjacent weekends, with our biggest show of this season this weekend – but then you know all about that don’t you?  Throw in playtime with a (nearly) one year old, an appearance as official blogger at The North West Wedding Fair over in Manchester this Friday (I can’t wait), goody bag stuffing, floor plan drawing, sign writing and a husband who thinks its cool* to head off skiing with his mates during our busiest week yet… and you can see why we’re winging it a little.

*It’s so not cool Alan. 

We’re not skimping on the pretty though, because Louisa and John’s gorgeous Real Wedding at the always stunning Adlington Hall in Cheshire has real wow factor!  And that, Brides Up North, is exactly what we like around these parts. Enjoy.

With images by Jo Bradbury

Jo Bradbury Photography at Adlington Hall

Jo Bradbury Photography at Adlington Hall

Louisa says:  We got engaged on 23 December 2011 at Tatton Park, Knutsford. John got down on one knee by the lake in the pouring rain!

Jo Bradbury Photography at Adlington Hall

We were married on 8th December 2013 at Adlington Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire. We had a civil ceremony in the Great Hall and the wedding breakfast and reception in the Hunting Lodge.

We wanted to have a venue where we could have a civil service and the wedding breakfast in one place. We were looking for a venue that had a room for the service that was a bit special, particularly given the time of year with the expectation that most of the day would be spent inside. We fell in love with Adlington Hall as soon as we looked round. It had the wow factor whilst still feeling really intimate. An added bonus is that the whole place is exclusively yours for the day and the staff were excellent, very professional but also extremely down to earth.

Jo Bradbury Photography at Adlington Hall

A lace theme ran through the day, from my dress, to the invitations and table plan, to the detail on our wedding cake. We thought this helped to create a bit of a “winter wonderland” feel.

Jo Bradbury Photography at Adlington Hall

I wore an Enzoani dress from The Wedding Shop in Alderley Edge with a lace bolero. It was totally different and much bigger than I thought I would go for but I loved it as soon as I tried it on. I also had pair of sparkly Jimmy Choos.

John, his best men and ushers hired navy morning suits from Savoy Tailors Guild (Moss Bros) in Manchester.

Jo Bradbury Photography at Adlington Hall

Jo Bradbury Photography at Adlington Hall

Jo Bradbury Photography at Adlington Hall

Jo Bradbury Photography at Adlington Hall

Jo Bradbury Photography at Adlington Hall

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Prima Ballerinas. Jenny Packham (Her) & Vivienne Westwood (Him) For A Real Wedding At Allerton Castle – Hannah & Kenny

February 26th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Joe Dodsworth Photography

I’ve been shouting loudly on these pretty pages about our fabulous Luxury Wedding Exhibition coming up at Allerton Castle this weekend (you ARE coming, aren’t you?), and this morning’s Real Wedding is just a little reminder of why I am so passionate about this beautiful venue.

Stylish ballerinas (how cool is that – dream job alert!) Hannah & Kenny chose this elegant setting for their beautiful, fun and touching big day.  With lots of luxury additions and a good dose of craft, this stunning couple’s celebration was both grand and personal.  Just lovely and – as Hannah is a dedicated Brides Up North reader – watch out for lots of our Featured Suppliers popping up too!

With images by Joe Dodsworth Photography.  

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Hannah says:  We got engaged in July 2011 in Sri Lanka whilst on holiday, Kenny organised a private dinner on the beach. It was really one of the best moments of my life!  I am a huge fan of Brides Up North and just lived on it in the prep for our wedding! 

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

We were married on 28th June 2013 at Allerton Castle, Knaresborough.  We chose the venue because it has such a sense of occasion and it’s all exclusive to you and your wedding party for the day.  

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

We just wanted to have a fantastic day and an awesome party!   We didn’t set on any one colour or theme. We just chose items and colours that we liked and we felt went with the surroundings. 

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Make Up by Jo and Hair By Dianne Minnes were my beauty team, these ladies made us so relaxed and my bridesmaids, bridesman and Mums had such a great morning getting ready. 

Joe Dodsworth Photography

I wanted a dress I felt comfortable in and could move in but I still wanted it to be a wedding gown, something that you would only wear on your wedding day. I also really wanted Kenny to love it, and he has great taste so I did find the whole shopping for the dress surprisingly stressful. I went for a Jenny Packham ‘Lady Astor’ from The White Room in Sheffield. Chloe at The White Room is excellent and made the whole experience simple and yet still special. I treated myself to a pair of Christian Louboutin heels (I saved £1 a day for a year and a bit) and then I had a simple pair of earrings from Carat, a hair band from Jenny Packham (which I got on ebay) and a silver bracelet that Kenny had given  me for my 21st birthday.

Kenny found a great outfit from Vivienne Westwood that was just right for him, individual and a nod to his Scottish heritage.

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

The bridesmaids wore Sapphire blue dresses from Dessy and they each had a pair of silver shoes from various places, wherever we found ones they liked! The best men had suits from Zara and our dad’s had suits from M&S, all the men had waistcoats that my Dad helped us organise from a tailor in Somerset.

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

I carried a bouquet of roses, lisianthu and gypsophila. My bridesmaids had very similar ones and the men all had roses or acanthium for button holes.  My mum did all the flowers herself!

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth was our photographer and Will at Cine Reportage filmed the day on super 8mm, both of these guys are great and real artists in their field.

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

I really enjoy a bit of crafting when I get time, so I had a go at adding lots of bits and bobs. I collected items from the time we got engaged, some things made the cut, other items are still in my loft. I made the table plan, place names with mini sweet jars, a letter box for cards and notelets that guest filled in instead of a guest book and the sweet buffet all the decorations for the staircase and the tables. It all took a long time but I enjoyed it and when I looked around on the day and saw all the bits and bobs that we had put all that effort into it felt like our day. 

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

The ceremony itself was very special and like nothing we have experienced before, but every stage of the wedding was just wonderful. Getting ready with my bridesmaids, mum and mother in law in the morning, seeing each other at the altar, chatting with my dear friends after the ceremony, wondering around the grounds having our photos taken when the sun decided to show up (!) and the party and fireworks and the great food.

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

We are both professional ballet dancers so live music is a huge part of our lives and we really wanted to include that in our day. We were really lucky and had a singer for our ceremony and a band called Func On The Rocks for the evening. Other than that we had a huge box of garden games that went down a treat! Kenny’s parents treated us to a firework display which was so cool, by Ferrensby Fireworks.

Joe Dodsworth Photography

After the wedding we honeymooned in Singapore and Koh Samui in Thailand.

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

I got really lucky and won the money to pay for our wedding, so we didn’t have that worry but before I did that we had financial concerns. Please believe me when I say you really don’t need to spend a lot to have the time of your life. You are so lucky to have met that person you are ready to live your life with and those feelings will be felt 100 times over on the day and that is what is so remarkable about your wedding day. 

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take a few moments to step back and view what is your day, and don’t rush, relax and be in the moment. Our families really enjoyed being involved and so hand out jobs big or small and give your people little bits of the day that they had a hand in. I dried my bouquet and have it in a vase and think of my mum when ever I see it. Just think about what is important to you as a couple and what you would like to have as your memories after the big day and go from there.

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Congratulations Hannah & Kenny!

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You Are My Resolution. Justin Alexander & A Bird Cage Veil For A New Year’s Eve Real Wedding At Langley Castle – Amy & Anthony

February 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Paul Santos Photography

The turn of the year seems so long ago now doesn’t it?  After being deluged by storms and darkness, if anyone’s kept their New Year’s resolutions by now, it’ll be a small miracle, right? 

Well, funnily enough though, for once I have, so allow me a moment of smug!  Mine were simple – stress less, exercise more and prioritise the things (and folk) I love most.  So far I’m on the right track.  How are you checking in?  March is a new month after all…

Two people who are sure to have kept their resolutions and promises are today’s beautiful bride Amy and her new husband Anthony, who said their vows in front of friends and family in Hexham on New Year’s Eve.  This morning they are here to share their celebration with us.

With images by Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Amy says:  We got engaged on March 29th 2012, we had just been on a ride on the gondolas in Venice when Anthony popped the question.

Paul Santos Photography

We were married on December 31st 2013.  We had the most fantastic ceremony held at Hexham Abbey with a reception at Langley Castle.

We chose our venues based on the history and style of buildings.  We had wanted a very grand wedding with it being New Year’s Eve and wanted a day for everyone to remember.

Hexham Abbey was chosen to hold our ceremony as the religious side of things was taken very seriously at the Abbey making the day very personal, but it was also set in one of the most beautiful churches we have visited in the North East. Langley Castle gave us another grand and elegant building to host our reception and it had such good reviews from previous brides and grooms. The entrance to the castle was a main selling point.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

We didn’t have a theme, we just wanted to create a day to remember.  Most people are at a loose end on New Year’s Eve so we wanted to celebrate the date in locations that people would remember for years to come.

We chose a colour scheme of black, red and ivory. Red was to tie in with the colours of the castle and blacks were to bring in a classic look to go with New Year’s Eve.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

After nearly a year of hunting I finally found a dress that was different to anything I had seen.  I went for a fish tail style lace overlay dress designed by Justin Alexander and by one of his private labels so I knew it would be very unlikely that others would have seen this dress. As it is sold only in limited shops across the UK and can’t be viewed on his website, it gave me the exclusive look I had desired. I got my dress from Wild Brides At Heart in Durham City Centre.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

My bridesmaids wore one shoulder Dessy dresses purchased from Isabelles Brides in Easington.  I wanted a classic look to go with the style of wedding and we wanted our maid of honour and best man to stand out so they wore claret red whilst the rest of the groomsmen and bridesmaids wore black. The men wore French Connection evening suits with dicky bow ties for a classic evening look.

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My flowers were put together by Wild and Wonderful Flowers and consisted of deep red roses, black berries and ivory roses to blend in with the colour theme. 

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

I travelled in a Rolls Royce provided by Webbs Special Occasion Cars, and the guests were transported to on a 1900 Routemaster London bus from Henry Cooper Coaches, Northumberland. 

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

My favourite part of the day was our ceremony.  It was so meaningful and very touching.  To add an extra special touch, during the signing of the register we had a recently signed professional opera singer performing which made the ceremony so elegant.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Our wedding cake was kindly made by Anthony’s auntie who makes cakes in her spare time.

Paul Santos Photography

We chose Gary James who performs swing and Michael Buble numbers for our entertainment.  Gary sang throughout the meal which was a great touch as it took away the clattering of knifes and forks and helped the meal run even more smoothly.  In the evening we had an acoustic singer called Alex Dobson who put his own spin on various new releases by bands and singers, before going into a traditional disco on the evening.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Following the wedding we jetted off on honeymoon to Lucea, Jamaica. 

Paul Santos Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that before booking any suppliers do your research and never book based on price alone.  To ensure quality and value for money we sometimes had to bend our budget, but by doing this we got some of the best suppliers out there who had amazing reviews. Always read reviews before booking!

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Congratulations Amy & Anthony!

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Simply Stately. Sottero & Midgley For A Real Wedding At Rise Hall, East Yorkshire – Lois & Alex

January 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Rise Hall Wedding by Inspire Images

Brides Up North reader Lois chose a stately pile I know very well for her beautiful wedding celebration this summer:  the location for three Brides Up North Luxury Wedding exhibitions in 2012 and 2013 and Ms. Sarah Beeny’s country home – Rise Hall.  Good choice Lois!

Photography by Inspire By Kelly.

Rise Hall Wedding by Inspire Images

Lois says:  We got engaged soon after we moved into our first home together in February 2012.  We were just at home – it was so cute.  We were married on 30th August 2013 at Rise Hall, East Yorkshire.

Rise Hall Wedding by Inspire Images

We had looked round several lovely venues in East Riding.  I first visited Rise Hall with my mum, because Alex was busy preparing to compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games – so time away from training was difficult to find.  We drove down the drive and the view was truly amazing – from that moment, I knew I was going to get married there.  We booked it straight away, even without Alex seeing it!

Rise Hall Wedding by Inspire Images

Rise Hall Wedding by Inspire Images

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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Pretty Vintage: Sparkly Choos For A Real Wedding At Styal Lodge – Ali & Will

December 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for what’s set to be the biggest and best year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty.

 

Usual service will recommence on 2nd January 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings in 2013.  Drop in every day for the very, very prettiest wedding inspiration and if you are a Brides Up North bride, to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks.

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I love every Real Wedding that is featured here on the wedding blog, but now and again a special celebration comes along that really knocks my socks off.  This, my friends, is one of those weddings.

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I don’t know if its the personalised photograph name places (how long must that have taken?), the pretty table decor, the bride’s beautiful twisty updo, those dancing Choos, or the fact that you can feel the happiness radiating out of the screen this morning, but Ali and Will’s big day at Styal Lodge in Cheshire really does it for me.  I hope you enjoy our recap.

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Ali says:  We got engaged in November 2011. Will took me to Sheffield for the weekend of our 9 year anniversary. We met whilst at University in Sheffield at the Leadmill. He proposed as close as he could get to the spot where we first met (unfortunately the club was closed that night)!

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We got married on the 11th May 2013 at Styal Lodge.  We had both the ceremony and reception at the lodge.  We looked at a few venues and as soon as we saw Styal Lodge, we fell in love with it. It is such an amazing venue and the family who run it are lovely.

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I wanted it to be pretty with a vintage feel.

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I did not really have a colour scheme until we got the bridesmaid dresses. They wore navy so we chose purples, blues and white.

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My dress was Nicole Anne from Timeless Bride in Poynton. I had an idea of what I wanted and as soon as I tried it on I knew it was ‘the one’. Michelle at Timeless Bride was fantastic and really helpful during the whole process. My hair clip was from Sash and Co . The shoes were from Jimmy Choo. I am really into shoes and I as soon as I saw them, I fell in love!

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My hair was done by Paisley Gamble at Macleod Bradley and make up by Gemma Hallowell. They were both fantastic and I could not recommend them more.

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My bridesmaids wore two different designs by Alfred Sung, Dessy. We got them from Alison Burgess Couture in Stockport. They all wore different coloured shoes including nude, pink and red. The flower girl wore a very cute dress from Monsoon. Will wore a blue three piece from Reiss and all the other men in the bridal party wore their own suits, blue ties and white rose corsages.

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We had a Humanist wedding and Hannah Wroe Gill was our celebrant. She was fantastic and so supportive. She put together a personal wedding script which really reflected us.

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The whole day was amazing but one of my favourite parts was the ceremony. I loved the readings and hearing a well wishing at the end from our friends and family was really special. We also loved the evening do when all the formalities were over and everyone had a great big party!

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I spent a long time researching wedding photographers and this was a really important part of the day for me. We really love the photos Emma has taken and she captured the whole day perfectly. She was amazing on the day and made us feel really relaxed. Emma went beyond our expectations and also stayed later into the night and got some funny photos of the evening do. These are some of our favourites from the day!

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My bouquet was made up of blue and purple dyed roses with cala lilies and white freesia. The bridesmaids carried lilac and ivory roses with lilac freesia and fresh foliage.

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We used Special Days for flowers and dressing the lodge. They did a brilliant job. I knew I wanted a rustic vintage feel to the flowers. Myself and the bridesmaids decorated old jam jars with lace and fabric which added a homemade touch to the day. Special days also sourced lots of different milk jugs, tea lights, vases and pieces of wood for the tables. Each table had its own feel. I was quite emotional when I saw the room for the first time; they had captured my vision for the day perfectly.

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Our caterers were Pink Pepper. As soon as booked them, we knew we were in for something special. Our guests are still talking about how delicious the meal was. I also love the vintage crockery they provide.

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We did put a lot of work into the little touches and I would recommend to brides and grooms to start early as we were finishing projects the day before which was quite stressful! One idea was we got photos of each guest for their place name at the table and Will’s dad made 100 wooden photo holders. It took some time but the guests loved them and it was well worth the effort! Another nice feature of the day was we got a Polaroid camera, some cardboard props and a board for guests to pin up photos and write messages on. It worked really well and we got some fun keepsakes from the wedding.

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For our wedding favours, we had shots of Sambuca. This was a great way of ending the meal and starting off the evening reception!

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Rather than one wedding cake, we decided to have a cake table. Our lovely friends and family all pitched in to make a great spread for the day including Guinness cake, fruit and chocolate cakes and banoffee and blueberry cupcakes.

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We had Bob the DJ for the evening reception. We did not want a clichéd wedding DJ and Bob came recommended by the lodge. He was great; played the songs we wanted and kept everyone dancing.

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We are off to Indonesia on our honeymoon in a few weeks.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to focus on what’s important and try not be too influenced by other people’s ideas. It can get quite overwhelming at times but go with what feels right for you. Also just enjoy the day as it does just so fast!

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Congratulations Ali & Will!

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Blushing Bride. A Real Wedding In The North West – Emma & Barry

December 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Arusha’s Images

This afternoon we join Brides Up North reader Emma and her new husband Barry for their vintage inspired Real Wedding in the North West.  Pretty and pink with lots of special little details, this is definitely one for the girly girls…

With images by Arusha’s Images

Arusha’s Images

Emma says:  We got engaged at Leeds Festival on August Bank Holiday Weekend 2011, and we were married on Friday 2nd August 2013 at St. Thomas’ Church, Thurnham, Lancaster. It is our local church beautiful, quaint and we fell in love with it as soon as we saw it.

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Our reception was at the Preston Marriott.  It has amazing grounds and a self contained room with a huge dance floor plus a quieter area to relax in. The staff were incredible and treated our wedding party like VIPs for the weekend.

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We based the day largely on a Vintage Romance theme. I love all things vintage.  I chose a colour scheme of cream, rose pink and silver grey.

Arusha’s Images

Arusha’s Images

I wore a strapless Justin Alexander gown from Butterfly Bridal, Lancaster. It had a very detailed bodice and a very full skirt, with gorgeous zip detailing to the back.

My bridesmaids wore full length Dessy dresses in Rose. They were one shoulder, Grecian style, again from Butterfly Bridal, Lancaster.  The men’s suits from Greenwoods, Lancaster. We opted for mid-grey morning suits, with silver waistcoats and pink cravats.

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Arusha’s Images

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Arusha’s Images

Arusha’s Images

Arusha’s Images

I carried a hand tied bouquet of vintage pink Sweet Avalanche Roses complimented with scented Lily of the Valley, Gypsophila, Cream Freesia and interspersed with chalky green Eucalyptus Cinnerea.  The stems were bound with ivory satin ribbon and secured with pearl pins.  Our flowers were by Abi’s Arrangements in Lancaster. 

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The room was dressed by Renaissance Events, Dewhurst’s Balloons and Queen Of Hearts Vintage Crockery Hire.  We also hired a candy cart for our guests from Standen’s Special Occasions. 

We named our tables after all the bands at Leeds Festival from the weekend that we got engaged. 

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Arusha’s Images

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We chose a very simple ivory striped cake with four tiers in total. It was decorated with ivory flowers on top, each tier had a layer of pearls around it. We opted for two fruit and two sponge and buttercream tiers.

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My favourite part of the day was walking into the wedding breakfast room to a huge round of applause from all our friends and family. It took our breath away!

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For our honeymoon we sailed aboard the Thomson Majesty around the Adriatic for a week.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to sit back, relax and take it all in. It goes so quickly!

Congratulations Emma & Barry!

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