March 7th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Happy Monday! For this morning’s real wedding we’re exchanging the chilly north of the UK for sunnier climes as we jet off to Tuscany to relive John and Danielle’s big day.
Everything about this romantic destination wedding sounds right up our street, from the stunning setting to Danielle’s vintage dress and the traditional Italian food (especially the wedding cake).
Now sit back, relax and soak up those warm Italian rays!
With images by Valentina Weddings.
danielle says: We got engaged on New Year’s Eve in 2012. John and I are originally from Northern Ireland, but were living in Brisbane, Australia, at the time. John had booked us into our favourite restaurant for New Year’s Eve. There was a big firework display down by the river, so after our meal we made our way down there before midnight. I had just bought new shoes and my feet were hurting so I sat down and John kept asking me to stand up. The countdown to the New Year began 3-2-1, I turned to give John a kiss and there he sat with my ring. It was so romantic!
Our wedding was on the 9th September 2015 at the cathedral of Cortona in Tuscany. We spent the week with family and friends at Villa Baroncino, where we also had our wedding reception. We found Romantic Italian Weddings online, and we instantly fell in love. The villa was built in the 18th century and lies in the hills on the border between Tuscany and Umbria. The villa itself is just breath-taking with amazing views over Lake Trasimeno. We knew it would be the perfect setting for our big day and we weren’t wrong.
We didn’t really have a theme, we just picked a colour scheme and incorporated things that we liked. We wanted an overall feel of elegance and romance, and to be honest the location and venue did most of the work.
We went with cream and a dark dusky pink colour scheme. I just loved the colours together as it gave us that rich, elegant feel that we were after.
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March 1st, 2016 | Julia Braime
This afternoon we’re bringing a little warmth to your day with this beautiful tuscan style wedding shoot that was captured right here in the UK.
Featuring stunning dresses from fabulous designer and Brides Up North Sponsor Charlotte Balbier, we were instantly taken with effortless simplicity of this elegant shoot, which draws inspiration from the Mediterranean. With contributions from talented suppliers in the North West and Yorkshire, the wonderful styling just goes to show that you don’t have to leave the UK to add a little Italian charm to your big day.
To tell us more about the details included, we’ll hand over the blogging reins to lady that captured it all, Yorkshire-based photographer Hayley Baxter.
With images by Hayley Baxter Photography.
hayley says: The aim of the shoot was to create a beautiful Tuscan Italian style wedding in the heart of England. A typical Tuscan style wedding is elegant yet rustic, charming, warm, passionate – and full of life!
We sprinkled our shoot with Tuscan magic through rustic touches, including displays of lemons, bouquets of pretty pink flowers and a beautiful flower crown to complement Charlotte Balbier’s gorgeous gowns. Of course, there was also a bottle of Amaroni della Valpolocel present at the shoot – a rich Italian red wine.
The backdrop for the shoot also added to the romantic rustic feel. We chose The Upper House for its stunning architecture and remote location. The pretty courtyard and rustic doorways are reminiscent of an Italian retreat. It’s such a peaceful and tranquil venue – you really could be anywhere!
December 7th, 2015 | Julia Braime
This morning on the blog we’re trading the North of the UK for the North of France to bring you Karen and Simon’s beautifully styled destination wedding.
Not only is this one brimming with lots of big day inspiration, but bride Karen is also sharing lots of helpful tips for those who fancy crossing the channel to exchange their vows too.
As a wedding stylist dealing in décor and flowers, Karen felt a little pressured to impress her guests but she need not have feared for her gorgeous bouquet and pretty styling with the use of paper pom poms and lanterns was nothing short of stunning!
With images by Lily Rose Lane Photography.
karen says: Simon had originally planned to propose in Harrogate when we went for the day to see the first stage of the Tour de France but he didn’t get the chance because the trains were so horribly delayed the end of the day was stressful and we missed our dinner reservation. He waited a bit longer and proposed when we were away for the weekend in Hamsterly Forest, although it took a couple of drinks for him to pluck up the courage.
Our wedding was on Saturday 5th September 2015. We got married in Neufchatel en Bray in Normandy, France. Neufchatel actually translates to Newcastle, which we thought was quite poignant as that’s where we live.
We were looking for something in northern France that would be easy for our guests to get to and found Cellier du Val Boury – a gorgeous 17th century farmhouse that has previously been used as a wine cellar in the middle of a lovely traditional French town. I found out after we’d booked it that I actually used to stop there for breakfast on our way to the south of France on family holidays as a child.
November 10th, 2015 | Julia Braime
This afternoon we’re leaving the UK behind to relive Ashton and Mark’s dreamy wedding in Siena, Italy.
Brimming with romance, we can see why this bride and groom chose to leave their Yorkshire roots behind in favour of sunnier climes with stunning backdrops galore! Following their traditional church ceremony, Ashton and Mark then enjoyed a stunning outdoor reception complete with Italian food and drink. Sounds favoloso to us!
Ciao for now.
With images by Black Mill Photography.
ashton says: Mark popped the question on the 9th July 2013, while we were on a brilliant holiday Croatia. Mark had initially planned to ask me to marry him on a walk up a ‘hill’ with a lovely view as a back drop. The ‘hill’ was actually a mountain, and I got a little bit grumpy so he decided it wasn’t the right time or place! That evening, after a lovely dinner, he got down on one knee in a secluded area of the old town in Split and I obviously said yes, whilst tears of happiness were streaming down my face. The ring was amazing, an art deco halo style, which Mark had got custom made for me in Hattton Garden, London. I was so excited to tell all my family and friends I rang up a £120 phone bill! Oops!
Our wedding date was the 31st July 2015, there was no real relevance of the date other than it was between both our birthdays and a date that Mark was likely to remember! The last day of July!
We are from Bradford in West Yorkshire but got married in Siena, Italy. We married in a Roman Catholic church, Certosa Di Pontignano, and then had our reception back at Villa Catignano where family and friends stayed for the wedding week. We both love travelling and always wanted to marry abroad. Italy was perfect; great food, wine, scenery and affordable so that friends and family could join us on our special day.
October 26th, 2015 | Julia Braime
First up, we are so very sorry to be doing this to you on a chilly Monday afternoon! But oh, the pretty!
We’re sun seeking on the wedding blog today as we join Brides Up North Sponsor Lisa of The Bridal Consultants for a dreamy destination wedding styled shoot in Santorini. Pinterest fingers at the ready destination brides (or those planning the most beautiful honeymoon, like, ever)!
Images by Nathan Wyatt Photography.
lisa says: Santorini is one of the most highly desired wedding locations in the world, due to the exclusive selection of beautiful unique venues and the incredible views. With our inspiration shoot I wanted to create something simple yet beautiful that any bride could recreate. I advise my Santorini brides not to ‘over design’ their wedding as the view is really the main attraction that guests will be focusing on.
We chose to host the shoot at the most popular venue on the island, Dana Villas. Nathan then took our model to some of the most scenic spots on the island to show the different landscapes and charming ancient villages this gorgeous destination has to offer for adventurous brides willing to stray off the beaten track.
The wedding dress was by the amazing Sarah Janks, I was so excited when we found it. It is clean and elegant with simple detail and a modern edge. It was also really exciting to use a relatively new designer to the UK. The dress had a tulle overlay with flower beading and lace which danced beautifully in the breeze. The veil which we planned to use for just a few shots was so effective it became one of the highlights of the shoot!
I wanted to keep the model’s hair simple and neat to make sure the attention was all on the dress, Helen Savva on hair and makeup knew exactly the look I was going for so I know I could leave her to it after sending her my ideas. We work with Helen on almost all of our weddings so I had complete faith that she could interpret my vision.
The flowers by Wedding Wish were just perfect. Simple, stylish and beautiful! They provided a lovely contrast to the blank white canvas of Dana Villas. I wanted to include a range of soft blues, from the deep blue of the Aegean to soft pastel we gained with the Hydrangea.
The stationery was very simple and stylish in soft shades of blue. The table plan is one of my couples biggest concerns as most like to bring theirs along from home, I chose to use small cards that were easy to transport and then used a flower arrangement to display them in, very simple and effective.
For the favours I went for something different, my couples like to get away from the norm and having a favour you can enjoy on the day is very popular right now and what’s better than a couple of delicious macaroons! Getting them in the right blue colour was a challenge and my decision to use one of my regular suppliers in the UK meant I had to take the macaroons in my hand luggage. Not something that I’d recommend for a stress free wedding experience… besides, there are lots of amazing bakers on the island that can make these for you.
I thought the blue drinks were a fun element that is easy to create, I always recommend my couples have a signature cocktail to serve to everyone after the ceremony! It’s a simple detail but incredibly effective and really delights the guests.
We introduced enough detail to give interest but made sure they complemented the view and not take away from it and think that these simple yet effective ideas can be copied by anyone.
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September 3rd, 2015 | Julia Braime
As soon as Brides Up North sponsor James Tracey, told us he’d shot a Halifax couple’s new york, new york we knew it would be good, but it isn’t good – it’s flippin’ fantastic, as you’ll see for yourselves.
Keen travellers Anna and Andy chose to go all out with their wedding by saying their ‘I dos’ in the iconic Central Park before hailing down a taxi cab, with James in tow, to travel around the city’s top tourist spots stopping for amazing photograph opportunities along the way.
It’s amazing how time seems to stand still for Anna and Andy’s intimate moments on their big day but the bustling city of New York keeps going at lightening pace in background. The Grand Central Station picture is my absolute favourite. All in all, a stateside stunner!
With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, James Tracey Photography.
anna says: Our three-year-old daughter Isabel and Andy woke me up with breakfast in bed one morning. Isabel came in holding a ring box and asked me to marry her daddy. Isabel then opened the ring box she was holding and took the ring out put it on herself and gave me the empty box! Following the proposal, Andy took me to our favourite hotel for the night, The Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey.
The date of our wedding was 25th June 2015 – the day before my birthday. My birthday fell on a Friday this year and in New York you can only get married in Central Park Monday to Thursday, so we picked the nearest date.
We chose to get married at Central Park, New York as the city is very special to us. Last time we were there I found out I was pregnant with Isabel shortly after returning home. We also both love travelling and wanted to do something different whilst also getting married abroad. We had a reception back in the UK in August at 53 Degrees North in Halifax.
We knew it was going to be hot in New York at that time of year and had planned to travel round the city immediately after getting married with James Tracey our photographer so we could document our day with some of the famous iconic sites of New York. New York is renowned for style so we both wanted to echo this in what we wore.
I chose a simple but elegant ivory dress wore from Ghost and some Jimmy Choo champagne peep toe shoes. I took some inspiration from Pippa Middleton as thought she looked amazing when she was bridesmaid for her sister and I liked the style of what she wore. I also thought it would look more classic against the inner city back drops of New York. On the wedding day Sharon Becker Hair & Beauty did my makeup and hair which were faultless and stayed on/in place all day without any need for reapplication.
On the wedding day we travelled around in a traditional New York yellow taxi and I carried a bouquet of ivory roses wrapped with ivory ribbon.
We would highly recommend our photographer James to anyone looking for a wedding photographer. He has an amazing eye for photography – the quality of his work speaks for itself. He is easy to work with, friendly, understanding and helps you relax in front of the camera – which is often how you get the best pictures!
We only told close family we were getting married and then sent anonymous save the dates out for a secret wedding reception party back in Halifax. We announced to everyone that we had got married on the 26th June and then sent out passport style invites to the wedding reception, which were designed by The Wedding Angels in Huddersfield.
For our reception in the UK we chose to use A Little Bit of Eden, who are based in Sowerby Bridge, to provide the flowers. I’ve used this florist a number of times before and they do great quality flowers with a difference. At the reception we also had a traditional sweet stall and photo booth, which was provided by Dreambooth. Instead of a sit down meal/buffet we had tapas. The chain that own the reception venue, Ricci’s Group, are well known for serving up fantastic food. Andy and I are both foodies and so wanted to incorporate this into the wedding reception. We also wanted our guests to experience something a bit different than the standard wedding sit down meal. On arrival guests were served with either a Hendricks mojito or American beer and the food was a personalised selection of Michael Ricci’s menus from across his three restaurants.
To provide entertainment at the reception, we hired Agent Smith, a live band from Manchester, who did two one-hour sets with a mixture of new and older classic hits. This was followed by a three-hour set of classic 1990s house music.
New York was so unique and we would certainly recommend the city to other couples looking to get married overseas. Destination weddings are so special because you get to spend more than just a day with your nearest and dearest celebrating one of the most memorable times of your life.
Gail Herring at Travel Counsellors helped plan our destination wedding and bent over backwards to ensure that our wedding/honeymoon went exactly to plan. Whilst in New York we stayed at The Giraffe Hotel, which was the best hotel we’ve stayed at, they couldn’t do enough for us.
All of it from start to finish was amazing – we couldn’t pin point just one part which was our favourite. James has documented the whole day in a picture diary so we can easily look back and go through it again any time we like, which is extremely valuable to us to have. The pictures, if anything, made our day for us.
Following the wedding we went on honeymoon to Secrets Silver Sands Rivera, Mexico. We were ready for a week on a beach after five nights in New York. The hotel was luxurious, staff couldn’t do enough for us and we met some amazing people, who were also on their honeymoon. We certainly celebrated in style.
My top tips to other Brides Up North would be to trust your instincts; be organised because it helps alleviate your stress levels; and relax and enjoy as much as you can as it goes too quickly.
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