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real wedding recap: a cool and classic wedding in new york city – anna & andy

June 24th, 2016 | 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 4th July 2016 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some 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.

A Central Park Wedding in NYC (c) James Tracey Photography (44)

As soon as Brides Up North sponsor James Tracey told us he’d shot a Halifax couple’s New York wedding 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 James Tracey Photography.

A Central Park Wedding in NYC (c) James Tracey Photography (14)

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.

A Central Park Wedding in NYC (c) James Tracey Photography (17)

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.

A Central Park Wedding in NYC (c) James Tracey Photography (22)

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.

A Central Park Wedding in NYC (c) James Tracey Photography (23)

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.

Andy wore a dark blue Hugo Boss suit with a thin black tie, white shirt, black shoes and belt. The best man wore a handmade suit from Saville Row in London.

A Central Park Wedding in NYC (c) James Tracey Photography (30)

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.

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turkish delight. carnations & roses for a stunning destination wedding – ala & anisa

June 10th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Destination Wedding In Turkey (c) Amy & Omid Photography (18)

Dreaming of a blissful summer holiday, complete with sunshine, culture and cocktails? Us too! Well today we’re getting a little closer to the heat of some overseas sun as we relive the gorgeous wedding day of Ala and Anisa.

Picking Antalya in Turkey, as the ideal destination for their big day, Ala and Anisa did the majority of the wedding planning and decision making from their home in Sheffield.

Deciding to keep things simple, yet beautiful, Ala and Anisa didn’t go all out on details and décor, instead letting the setting speak for itself and capturing its beauty with a pre-ceremony shoot around the streets of Antalya, resulting in some fabulous photography. In particular we love the image of Anisa sitting on the colourful steps – talk about pretty!

With images by Amy & Omid Photography.

A Destination Wedding In Turkey (c) Amy & Omid Photography (19)

anisa says: We decided we wanted to get married not long after we got to know each other. After meeting we continued our friendship over a distance for more than a year. As we are both so close to our families we spent a few months getting to know each other’s families first, then once we received the blessing from our parents, Ala proposed and we were married three months later! The proposal wasn’t a surprise but the ring certainly was!

The date of the wedding was 28th December 2015. As we were having an overseas wedding we thought it would be better to plan it for in the winter holidays. The timing of the wedding was perfect – it wasn’t too hot or too cold. Actually the weather was like a British summer and everyone really appreciated the vitamin D!

A Destination Wedding In Turkey (c) Amy & Omid Photography (26)

We got married in Antalya, Turkey. We chose to get married in Turkey as we wanted both sets of families and friends to be able to get to the wedding easily. It is also a beautiful country and Antalya, in particular, has stunning coastline. Ala has spent many holidays in Turkey with amazing memories so we knew we would have a great time there. Most of our friends and family came a few days earlier and stayed a few days after the wedding so combined the wedding with a mini-holiday for themselves. Turkey is also cheap enough to have a really good time without worrying about expenses!

The hotel we got married in, Akra Barut, was really stunning and accommodated all our needs. This was really important as we mostly organised the wedding from our home in Sheffield!

A Destination Wedding In Turkey (c) Amy & Omid Photography (25)

We had a Baha’i wedding. Baha’i weddings have no set formula and are so flexible that they can accommodate any cultural preferences while holding a sacred religious element too. The only stipulation is for husband and wife to recite “We will all verily, abide by the Will of God” in the presence of two witnesses. Then the marriage certificate in signed and the marriage is official!

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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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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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