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that’s amore. a cream & dusky pink destination wedding in tuscany – danielle & john

March 7th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Romatic Destination Wedding In Italy (c) Valentina Weddings (45)

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.

A Romatic Destination Wedding In Italy (c) Valentina Weddings (58)

A Romatic Destination Wedding In Italy (c) Valentina Weddings (60)

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.

A Romatic Destination Wedding In Italy (c) Valentina Weddings (51)

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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la dolce vita. a tuscan style wedding shoot at the upper house

March 1st, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Tuscan Styled Shoot (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (40)

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.

A Tuscan Styled Shoot (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (15)

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.

A Tuscan Styled Shoot (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (35)

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!

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destination sunshine: hummingbird hall jamaica

February 4th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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While we are, of course, huge advocates of couples who choose to wed in the north of the UK, we understand that its unpredictable climate isn’t for all.

Today therefore, we’re sharing the details of Hummingbird Hall Jamaica – a rather special wedding venue on a tropical island complete with white sandy beaches, clear blue waters and a whole lot of sunshine!

Furthermore, this paradise-like venue offers amazing all-inclusive packages with everything you could ever dream of for a luxurious overseas wedding; from drinks, décor and dining to flowers, cake and entertainment!

So sit back (and put on your sunnies) as Hummingbird Hall Jamaica’s client service manager, Michelle Patterson, tells us more about this Caribbean delight.

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Tell us a about Hummingbird Hall Jamaica…

michelle says: We’re perched on a gorgeous hillside – that overlooks the Caribbean ocean – on a dreamy 5,000 acre private estate in Montego Bay. We’ve been hosting destination weddings for six years, and have won WeddingWire’s ‘Couple’s Choice Award’ every year that we have been in operation!

We started hosting weddings because we wanted to offer couples an alternative to the conveyor-belt, cookie-cutter style weddings hosted by resorts. Our weddings are personalised, very private, and have more goodies as standard than other venues in Jamaica.

What makes Hummingbird Hall Jamaica so special?

So many things! We are the only all-inclusive, stand-alone wedding venue in Jamaica (i.e. venue that does not offer accommodation). This means that couples can marry at Hummingbird Hall without the pressure of forcing guests – who may well have different budgets – to stay at a particular hotel.

We offer truly private and mansion style weddings, hosting just one wedding per day, that are adored by celebrities and couples who seek absolute exclusivity.

As an all-inclusive venue the planning process is very convenient and our staff are friendly, approachable and very experienced. We also have the friendliest birds and butterflies in Jamaica – really! They are tame and often make delightful entrances during our events.

We love, live and breathe our weddings!

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What are the benefits for couples who choose to marry at Hummingbird Hall Jamaica?

In addition to the above, we have more inclusions as standard in our packages than other wedding venues in Jamaica. To name a few, our packages boast a live band, DJ for the duration of the wedding, custom wedding design, wedding coordination, custom wedding cake, unlimited reception alcoholic bar, delicious and plentiful Jamaican cuisine, bouquets and boutonnières, celebrant and marriage licence!

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paper & petals. a destination wedding in normandy – karen & simon

December 7th, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Stylish Destination Wedding In France (c) Lily Rose Lane Photography (43)

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.

A Stylish Destination Wedding In France (c) Lily Rose Lane Photography (52)

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.

Karen & Simon's wedding

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.

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italian elegance. a classic ivory & navy destination wedding in siena, italy – ashton & mark

November 10th, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Dreamy Destination Wedding in Italy (c) Black Mill Photography (47)

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.

A Dreamy Destination Wedding in Italy (c) Black Mill Photography (32)

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!

A Dreamy Destination Wedding in Italy (c) Black Mill Photography (52)

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.

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something blue. a stylish inspiration shoot in santorini

October 26th, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Styled Destination Shoot in Santorini by The Bridal Consultants (c) Nathan Wyatt Photography (44)

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.

A Styled Destination Shoot in Santorini by The Bridal Consultants (c) Nathan Wyatt Photography (64)

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.

A Styled Destination Shoot in Santorini by The Bridal Consultants (c) Nathan Wyatt Photography (40)

A Styled Destination Shoot in Santorini by The Bridal Consultants (c) Nathan Wyatt Photography (21)

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.

A Styled Destination Shoot in Santorini by The Bridal Consultants (c) Nathan Wyatt Photography (33)

A Styled Destination Shoot in Santorini by The Bridal Consultants (c) Nathan Wyatt Photography (24)

A Styled Destination Shoot in Santorini by The Bridal Consultants (c) Nathan Wyatt Photography (27)

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.

A Styled Destination Shoot in Santorini by The Bridal Consultants (c) Nathan Wyatt Photography (46)

A Styled Destination Shoot in Santorini by The Bridal Consultants (c) Nathan Wyatt Photography (68)

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.

A Styled Destination Shoot in Santorini by The Bridal Consultants (c) Nathan Wyatt Photography (39)

A Styled Destination Shoot in Santorini by The Bridal Consultants (c) Nathan Wyatt Photography (16)

A Styled Destination Shoot in Santorini by The Bridal Consultants (c) Nathan Wyatt Photography (6)

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.

A Styled Destination Shoot in Santorini by The Bridal Consultants (c) Nathan Wyatt Photography (81)

A Styled Destination Shoot in Santorini by The Bridal Consultants (c) Nathan Wyatt Photography (86)

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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