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crafty corals. a san patrick gown for a flower filled wedding in derbyshire – lisa & sam

September 8th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

a crafty coral wedding in Derbyshire (c) Kate Cooper Photography  (18)

I think I may have mentioned recently that I’m totally obsessed with wedding flowers. Well, Sam and Lisa’s fab big day features the most amazing blooms that I just can’t stop swooning over.

They formed a key part of the chosen theme, which put simply was all things pretty – including a gorgeous coral colour theme, antique lace and elegant glassware.

The crafty couple rolled up their sleeves to add lots of lovely special touches to their big day – and roped in their talented family and friends to help along the way.

This stunning wedding is quite literally bursting at the seams with inspiration so grab your planning scrapbook and prepare to take notes ladies.

With images by Kate Cooper Photography.

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Lisa says: We got engaged on Friday November 4th 2011. I had absolutely no idea that Sam was even thinking of proposing. We’d been together for ten happy years having met at university. We’d lived together for a few years with various friends and finally after nine years of being together, we could afford to live on our own in our own home – something we’d wanted to do for so long. I’d just started my first job as a teacher and we were beginning to do up our house. Life as a ‘proper’ grown-up couple in our home was feeling great but I had no idea we were about to get engaged. The next thing I know, Sam was proposing! He proposed at home under a star lit lounge (he’d put fairy lights up round the room) and got down on one knee. It was simple, personal, private and lovely.

Our big day was on Thursday 1st August 2014. Being a teacher, I wanted to get married in the summer holiday. We also love summer weather so we chose an August wedding date. We had our wedding on a Thursday as it was cheaper to get married during the week at our venue.

We chose Stancliffe Hall in Darley Dale, Derbyshire, as our wedding venue. We’d looked endlessly for venues – both around the Sheffield area where we live and also down in Sussex where Sam is from. Nothing felt right and we were about to give up when we stumbled across Stancliffe Hall on a different Google search.  As soon as we drove down the sweeping driveway lined with rhododendrons we knew we were somewhere special. The butterflies we had in our stomachs as we arrived continued as we looked at round the house. We were stunned at how beautifully the stately home had been renovated from a boarding school into a fabulous home and wedding venue. There is an amazing feel to the place – mixing complete luxury and boutique styling throughout the house, with traditional features too. There are so many beautiful touches around the house and there are lots of different rooms, balconies and nooks and crannies to explore. It’s surrounded by stunning scenery and is completely private. It also had its own beautiful wooden chapel that sits just outside the main house which meant we could get married on site too.

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I had never been a girl who had dreamt up or imagined my wedding day so I didn’t really know where to start but I bought a couple of magazines and off I went! I knew I wanted a pretty, natural, floral theme and I was ridiculously excited at choosing the flowers. I started by thinking about the sort of blooms I wanted and one of my favourite flowers is the coral crush peony. My first and easiest decision was the colour scheme. Coral – a pretty, summery colour and one of my favourites! Grey – because Sam wanted to wear grey and it goes really nicely with coral. And yellow – because it complimented the rest! Next came the dress which was a lace gown which then became incorporated into the theme. My grandma gave me her cameo brooch as my something borrowed, and this then became something we incorporated into the theme. So the overall theme was a mix of – pretty, coral, lacey, cameo, homemade and vintage.

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For my wedding dress I chose the Rita gown by San Patrick which was not an easy find – a bit of a mission in fact. I had looked at so many dresses online, in magazines, on wedding blogs and in shops. I wanted something pretty and feminine but with an edge to it. I stumbled across a dress online by San Patrick called Risco which made my heart skip a beat every time I looked at it. But it was so difficult to track it down and find somewhere that stocked it. I persisted and eventually I found a bridal shop called Xquisite Bridal in Leighton Buzzard that stocked it. Sabrina, the owner, had one left in stock and I think it had been discontinued – hoorah, I’d found my dress! I made an appointment to try on Risco in the boutique for the next month. By the time I had arrived, it had been sold to another bride! I was devastated. All that effort to find it and a three-hour trip to get there and it had been sold! Really kindly Sabrina let me try on the dress, but after all that excitement and anticipation, it didn’t even suite me! I had a backup dress to try on though – Rita. She was beautiful and my mum and sister both agreed that it was much better on me than Risco. Never someone to rush into a decision, I didn’t have the ‘it’s the one’ moment so I went away to think about it. In the meantime, I tried on some other dresses and confused myself even more. I was torn between Rita and a Benjamin Roberts gown. However, eventually after going back to Xquisite Bridal, I decided that Rita was the one for me. Not only was it a beautiful dress but she shared my late auntie’s name. I decided to have straps added and the skirt taken in at the knees to give it slightly more fishtailed look. I also bought a beautiful sash belt from Pearl and Co. who are based in the Manchester area who also made my garter using my grandma’s lace. I have to say, I did doubt my choice (I’m so bad at making decisions and sticking to them) but on my wedding day I absolutely loved every minute of wearing her!

Sam wore a bespoke tailored suit from King and Allen in Wilmslow. Sam got to choose the material – a lovely lightweight material which wouldn’t be too hot for our summer wedding. He decided on a classic fit so that he can continue to wear it through the years. We also had our names and wedding date embroidered into the jacket which added a really nice touch. His shoes were brown Barker brogues. As a little extra, I bought Sam some Edwardian cameo cufflinks that I found on Etsy to fit with our theme.

I’m so lucky to have such a talented mum who made the bridesmaid dresses and without really even following a pattern. I’d found a dress that I loved, but it didn’t come in coral. In fact, finding anything in coral was almost impossible at the time. So in the end I stumbled across some coral lace on a market stall and I nearly ripped the woman’s arm off for it. My mum is such a perfectionist and worked her magic using just a picture of the dress I liked for reference. After six months of work on them (she’s a retired teacher with time on her hands) they were perfect. The groomsmen all wore light grey suits, similar to Sam’s. The dads wore their own choice of grey suits.

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Our photographer was the lovely and talented Kate Cooper. Sam works with her husband which is how we found Kate, and she was just the loveliest person to have around on the day. I couldn’t recommend her enough because she has such a good eye for detail. She really knows how to capture the ‘feel’ of an event and she’s so calm and sweet – she even helped me to get ready and she is so inconspicuous on the day. She just seemed to glide around without being imposing in any way and she made us feel completely at ease.

a crafty coral wedding in Derbyshire (c) Kate Cooper Photography  (16)

Flowers formed the main theme of our day so we really went to town on them. All the flowers were put together by Tracey Campbell of Campbell’s Flowers incorporating the colours we had picked along with the feel we were trying to create – vintage-inspired, natural and romantic.

My hand-tied bouquet was a posy-style design that was quite open and loose with lots of textural interest but still feminine and pretty. Flowers included were coral David Austin roses, succulents, craspedia, burnt orange leucospermum, brunia, rosemary, peach hypericum, eucalyptus cinerea and a little gypsophila. I also asked Tracey to include a tiny piece of holly from my dog’s grave which I gave to her.

The bridesmaids had vintage-inspired double wrist corsages which were put together on an ivory organza ribbon using two David Austin roses, a sprig of gypsophila and a cameo brooch. Meanwhile the button holes were based on a David Austin rose design using elements from my bouquet. They were constructed on their natural stem and bound and finished with a tie of lace. Coral ribbon was also added to Sam’s button hole.

For the chapel we had collections of random clear glass bottles at different heights and apothecary jars along the edge of the ceremony table which featured a random selection of our chosen blooms. To continue the vintage theme throughout the floral designs Tracey used cream enameled candlesticks topped with beautiful gypsophila topiary balls and finished with floating glass baubles filled with David Austin Juliet roses. Pretty glass baubles, again filled with delicate peach roses, were also hung from the walkway between the house and ceremony room.

When it came to dressing the room for the wedding breakfast, some of the flowers from the ceremony room were transferred and a few new arrangements in tiny cut glass heirloom vases were added. We had bought an antique French chest of drawers which we wanted to use at the venue because it is so beautiful. We used it outside the chapel to place the order of service and confetti cones on. We then transferred the drawers into the house for guests to place cards and gifts in. We had one drawer filled with flowers designed by Tracey to look as if they were tumbling out.

Other decorations we had included photo frames with old family wedding photos in, candles in storm lanterns, olive trees, hanging pearl hearts, homemade lace lanterns, a large free-standing metal heart that I decorated with lace as the table plan, a homemade wish tree with luggage tags for people to write on and hang from the tree and finally we had a floral ‘L’ and ‘S’ made by my mum. She bought cardboard letters for our initials, hollowed them out and painted them green and then filled the inside of them with oasis and flowers. It looked so pretty.

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We had homemade jam and liquors as our favours. Glassware was another theme of the wedding which we used to present the flowers in and also for a sweetie table in the evening, so we carried the glassware theme through into the favours using pretty bottles and jars for the jams and liqueurs. The idea was to have translucent pastel colours from the preserves and liqueurs – peaches, yellows and greens to make the tables look lovely. Sam’s parents made the liqueurs for us – Limoncello, Pompelmocello (pink grapefruit Limoncello), and Rhubarbcello (rhubarb). I made the jams and curds: lemon curd, lime curd, pink grapefruit curd, gooseberry jelly and rhubarb jelly (the fruit coming from my grandma’s garden). I made salt dough hearts that I stamped in the same way as I stamped the stationary to give them a texture and colour. We tied them to the bottles and jars and my sister made lovely labels to go on them. We had some lace from the bridesmaid dresses left over so we used this to top the jars. My sister alos made beautiful cake pops for the children.

a crafty coral wedding in Derbyshire (c) Kate Cooper Photography  (19)

After getting a few ‘real’ quotes from some amazing cake makers, we decided that we didn’t want to take that amount of money out of the wedding fund, so we had to push the cake down the priority list.

We decided to go with a lady called Val Brown who makes cakes as a hobby and is really good at it. We designed the cake ourselves – taking elements of different cakes that we’d seen and liked. We drew a plan for Val to follow. She did a great job but when mum and her partner Norman picked up the cake it was absolutely enormous! Transporting the Eiffel Tower sized cake on the most humid day of the year, along the windiest road wasn’t exactly favourable. Disaster struck when we arrived at the wedding venue and opened the box. The whole thing was collapsing in front of our eyes. In the end we had to dismantle the cake and we were left with three separate tiers. Chocolate, lemon drizzle and fruit cake. But it wasn’t pretty and we wouldn’t have a cake to cut. To cut the rest of a very long story short, Val remade the top two tiers overnight using polystyrene. We salvaged enough of the pearl beading and icing details to remake the cake. Nobody knew it had happened by the time she had finished, and we were able to serve the cake that we’d saved from toppling off the cake.

We were really lucky with our food. Stancliffe Hall don’t have their own caterers but they had three outside caterers that we could choose from which meant we could be creative with the menu. We had a company called Coghlans do our catering and they were absolutely fantastic. Andrew (the boss) met with us and discussed our favourite foods and what we envisaged for our wedding food and then came up with a bespoke menu. First we had canapés which were an Italian Anti-Pasti theme. For starter we had ravioli of king prawn and scallop topped with a lobster cannelloni and a light caviar butter sauce. Main was fillet of pork wellington with apricots and sage, served with fondant potato and calvados jus lie. And dessert was iced raspberry parfait and raspberry shortbread rounds topped with gold leaf and chocolate disks.

Coghlans were also responsible for the drinks, which again, we were able to be creative with. We did a wine tasting before the wedding where we matched wine with the food. We had Mr and Mrs cocktails. My choice was the Aperol Spritz – the perfect colour and my favourite drink from a trip to Italy with my best friend a few years before. Sam’s was an old fashioned but made with Jacquin’s whiskey which has fruit in the bottle and gives it a peachy colour. We served these as our reception drinks and also in the evening too.

We had a rustic evening buffet with a whole serrano leg of ham that Sam’s parents had bought back from Spain. We served it with breads, olives, cheese, biscuits, pasties and my grandma’s fruit cake, served with the cheese.

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We have lots of talented people in our family that do all kinds of things so the wedding ended up being a real family affair. Everyone, including myself and Sam, had a hand in creating things for the wedding to add lots of special touches.

Not only did my mum make the bridesmaid dresses and our beautiful L and S, but she also made our beautiful ring cushion out of little bits of lace that belonged to my grandma and great grandma (some of the lace was over 100 years old). My dad is a classical musician and he composed a song for uscalled The Presence of Love which was such a special thing to have. He had some members of his London choir travel to Derbyshire to sing it on the day as I walked down the aisle.

Sam’s mum spent a long time searching charity shops for glasswarethat we could use for the sweetie table. My uncle made my jewellery, except for my bracelet which was a gift from Sam’s parents. He designed my earrings and necklace to go with the bracelet. He also made my engagement and wedding ring. Lots of people made homemade sweets for the sweetie table including me, my mum and sister and Sam’s parents. We also made our own stationery, handmade confetti and doily cones, embroidered coral place napkins and we hand-dyed coral socks for the groomsmen.

We had a wedding blessing after the civil part of the ceremony as it felt like we were missing something by not having a vicar marry us. In between the ceremony and blessing we had a 15-minute mini concert where my dad’s choir sang some songs and he also played a couple of piano pieces. Our dads both did speeches on the day while our mums put their feelings down in words and presented us with letters.

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For both of us the ceremony was our favourite part of the wedding. It is such an amazing experience to say our vows to each other and to have my dad’s choir sing his song for us. To be in such a beautiful place and to be married in front of our closest friends and family was just so special. It was really overwhelming and a bit like an out of body experience, but totally amazing.

a crafty coral wedding in Derbyshire (c) Kate Cooper Photography  (43)

Sri Lanka was our honeymoon destination. We spent three weeks there in total. We spent the first week at an incredible resort where we sunbathed on an amazing beech, had spa treatments and did morning yoga. After that we travelled around to lots of other destinations and packed loads in including doing safari, visiting tea plantations and Buddhist temples, rock climbing and eating lots of food.

Our advice to other wedding couples would be to do things that are important to you. If you like crafting, do crafting. If you like food – do foodie things. Some people thought I was mad doing as much ‘making’ as I did but it was one opportunity in my life where I could go to town doing things that I love. Organisation is key and giving yourself plenty of time to get everything done is so important. We had planned everything to be done and dusted with a week to spare so that we could relax in the run up to the wedding. Of course we were running round like headless chickens in the week before and if I could go back I would try to get more done beforehand so that we could have had a day or two to ourselves. I also wish I’d had a few minutes before going into the chapel to soak in what was about to happen. I wanted time with my mum and dad before they gave me away and time with my bridesmaids but my makeup artist messed up the timings so I was the last one to have my makeup done. My advice therefore is to make sure you know exactly what time you’ll have your hair and makeup done so you can plan in some ‘reflection’ time and just be in the moment and soak up the experience before you walk down the aisle.

My sister was a huge support throughout planning the wedding and on the day itself. She was like my personal assistant and did so much for us. If a bride can enrol the support of someone like a sister or a best friend to help with all things wedding, it makes the whole experience even better.

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vintage allstars. a pretty wedding at The KP Club – jennifer & jonathan

August 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime

a wedding at the KP Club (c) SDS Photography (30)

Jen and Jonny’s fun and fresh, 50′s themed, DIY wedding at Brides Up North Featured Supplier venue, the KP Club,  is just what the doctor ordered to get us through Tuesday morning. And hey, don’t forget it’s a bank holiday weekend coming up… win,win or what?!

Be bright, be beautiful.

With images by SDS Photography.

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Jennifer says: We got engaged on New Years Eve 2010, in Disneyland, Paris! Jonny proposed in one of the few quiet spots in Disney (in the Swiss Family Robinson tree house!) where we had a great view of Cinderella Castle, all lit up.

We were married on 21st June 2014. We chose this date because it was the first day of British summertime, and also the longest day of the year.

We got married in the village church where Jonny grew up (St Catherine’s Church, Barmby Moor, York), which was only a few miles from where I grew up. We both live in the South now, so it was lovely to travel home for a few days to see our friends and family. The vicar who Jonny grew up with had long since retired, but agreed to come back and perform the ceremony for us.

The reception venue was the KP Club, a few miles from the church. It is in the town where we went to secondary school (Pocklington) – which is where we they first met! It has beautiful views over the Yorkshire wolds.

We would definitely recommend the KP Club. At first we were unsure whether we could make the place unique, but we certainly did! It is a (beautiful) blank canvas for you to do whatever you want with, but would also look amazing without decorations! It was very spacious (we had the whole top floor, with two rooms and a bar area) but still felt very intimate. There were huge windows with views over the golf course, and the Yorkshire wolds. The staff were very helpful and pleasant and everything ran so smoothly. There are even lodges on the site where guests could stay over without worrying about travel. We both stayed in a honeymoon suite which had a hot tub!

a wedding at the KP Club (c) SDS Photography (16)

We orginally planned on a 1950s theme – primarily because we both love Frankie & Bennys! My wedding dress was based on a 1950s, Grace Kelly style and the bridesmaid dresses were also very 50s. We had music playing by ‘The Baseballs’ who are a modern band but their style is very much in that era.

We opted for a colour palette of sea green and pinks. We wanted a colour that wasn’t too girly and was less common in weddings, so we went for the turquiose colour. Pale and hot pinks went with it really well, and after finding the bridesmaid dresses to match, it was perfect!

I am a graphic designer and lovs crafty things, so handmade a lot of the wedding. I made a seating plan out of wooden pegs, which I put each guest’s name on and allowed them to take theirs home at the end of the night.

We are also grateful to have such talented friends and family who helped us out and made sure the wedding was personal. It was also important to us to make them all feel involved in the wedding and had a part to play.

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My dress was from Wedding Warehouse, a shop in Leeds which sells ex-wedding fayre dresses. They were a year ahead in terms of style, so my dress will be available to buy in 2015. I tried on a few first that I thought were what I was after (long lace sleeves, high neck) but I felt I looked too old in them all! I went back into the room and there was one hanging up, out of its bag. It was nothing like what I was looking for (very big and princess-like!) but my best friend told me to try it on, so I did. I went home to think it over, and decided I had to back and get it! It was all lace, with little lace cap sleeves and a keyhole back (very beautiful, which is why I decided to have my hair swept to the side to show it off!). It puffed out from just below the waist, with beautiful delicate lace all over the skirt. My full length veil was borrowed from my sister from her wedding, which went perfectly with my dress.

Jonny wore a brown herringbone jacket from House of Fraser, with similar (but not matching) trousers, a white shirt, waistcoat and sea green tie. He also wore brown leather brogues from Next.

My bridesmaids wore 1950s style rockabilly dresses with a lovely turquoise and pink floral pattern – bought from Amazon from a seller called bluemagik. The bridesmaids were different shapes and sizes but the style looked great on them all. They each wore their own shoes which were different colours – we just wanted them to feel comfortable! One of the bridesmaids Kath, who is also one of my sisters, handmade little pink paper roses – some of which the bridesmaids had in their hair. I also gave each of them a handbag bought from Ebay, personalised with each of their initials on.

The bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets were put together by my bridesmaids. They just had bunches of baby’s breath (gypsophila) tied together with ribbon, and I had baby’s breath with flowers from a family friend’s garden (including pink roses and peonies).

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Our photographers were Sarah-Jane & Simon, from SDS Photography. We would hugely recommend them, because they were just perfect. They have the skills to make amazing photos, but also the creativity to try new things and make sure your wedding is truly unique. Their attention to detail is exceptional, and their incredible efficiency meant that the formal group photos were over so quickly (a relief for everybody!) They completely understand that everybody is different. We didn’t want any awkward poses or generic wedding photos, but we didn’t even have to tell them – they just seemed to know what was ‘us’.  We wanted a ‘pretty, informal’ style and they nailed it. They captured expressions we didn’t know we’d made and hugs we didn’t know we’d given.

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In the church, I put other flowers from the garden in painted bean cans, and in paper cones (made from wallpaper samples) on the end of the pews. A lovely old lady in the village started a flower arrangement for us, which my bridesmaid and I went to finish the day before the wedding, using flowers bought from the market and from friends’ gardens.

After the church ceremony we decided to have afternoon tea. It was lovely because it meant people could have nibbles and refreshments, so they weren’t too hungry waiting for the meal at 5pm! It also meant that people could stay and chat, including the vicar and organist, who don’t usually get to see guests. Family members made all the cakes, including my mum, Jonny’s mum and Jonny’s grandma. We had vintage tea cups and saucers laid out, and big drinks dispensers filled with pink lemonade.

Oringially we wanted a cake of different cheeses, but didn’t want the guests who like traditional wedding cake to be left out – so we had both! My mum made the fruit cakes, and Jonny’s mum made sponge cakes and decorated the whole cake. She handmade peonies made from icing using our wedding colours, and cascaded them down the cake. My best friend Claire made two little birds out of clay to go on the top – it was perfect! We then had a cake of cheeses brought out in the evening (we both love cheese!).

For our favours, we gave out jars of goodies! They were filled with homemade strawberry jam, rhubarb jam, apple chutney and gooseberry chutney which me and my mum made. I made labels for each one and tied fabric around the top. Each guest was given a sticker with their name on, which they were to stick to a jar of their choice.

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As a secret wedding present, I bought Jonny a pair of personalised Converse All Stars, which I gave to him on the day. I also got a pair for myself (of course) which matched the wedding colour scheme! We each had their new surname on (Ledger) and we put them on in the evening so we could dance the night away! (very comfy).

We didn’t really want to do a first dance – we love dancing, but not slow dancing (with everybody watching!). However, we both love music, so decided to write a song and perform it to the guests. It was called “When we’re old”, and had funny lyrics about what we’ll still be doing when we’ve been married for many years. As a further surprise, the band we hired for the evening (Move it like Friday) suggested providing backing music for us – which we accepted! They came in with drums and bass in the chorus – it was great!

We used Abbey Sound & Light, based in Selby, to hire our dancefloor and stage for the band. We would highly recommend them – mainly because we booked them very last minute, and they managed to sort us out with something! They’re very reasonably priced and were efficient delivering and collecting the items. The black and white checked dancefloor looked great!

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Another thing which made the day very special was the arrival of our first niece, Olivia. My sister gave birth the day before the wedding, but still managed to make it to the ceremony with the baby! We had photographs taken with her, which will be lovely to look back on.

For our honeymoon, we went to Disneyworld, Florida! We both love theme parks (particularly Disney ones!) and having got engaged at Disneyland Paris, we felt it was appropriate :) We went for two weeks and alternated between the four main parks and waterparks. We were on a dining plan so got loads to eat – too much! Many burgers and chicken nuggets, but it was delicious. We each got a novelty hat – I got white Minnie Mouse ears with a veil attached, and Jonny got a Goofy hat with Micky ears (many people commented on how I had married Goofy!). We went on all our favourite rides, and I even got to meet my favourite character, Baloo!

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy the planning stage – don’t do too much at once, and don’t leave things to do on the day before or on the day! (like I did – eek!). Do ask friends and family for help – they love to feel involved.

And most of all, enjoy the day. Guests will have a good time no matter what, so just focus on the two of you making memories.

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Grand Designs. A 1920s Inspired DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire – Hayley & Matt

July 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

Welcome to Monday, Brides Up North! I’m here to make it all the prettier with this cute and stylish celebration sent to me by real bride Hayley, her new husband Matt and their photographer, Cassandra Lane.

Crafty designer Hayley worked hard to add unique decorative touches to their 1920s inspired Village Hall wedding day, with fabulous results.

Be inspired!

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

Hayley says: We got engaged a little after midnight New Year 2012-2013 in our own home in Nantwich. We had had a nice quiet new year in together and Matt shocked me by saying he had a late Christmas, early birthday present for me. He disappeared upstairs and came back with a box, got down on one knee and proposed! He had bought a cheap costume jewellery ring as he couldn’t choose a real one for me. We picked my real ring together on my 30th birthday (one to remember!) on 3rd January in York where we were visiting for my birthday. It was the best birthday ever!

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

We got married on April 5th 2014 as it was just a few days over three years since we moved into our first place together. We also didn’t want a very long engagement and actually fifteen months was the perfect time to enjoy being engaged and get organised.

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

We got married in the local church in town (Nantwich, Cheshire) which is beautiful, and our reception was at a local nearby village hall (Wrenbury Village Hall). We weren’t keen on the very formal, grand hotel reception family wedding affairs we had been to in the last few years and wanted somewhere we could decorate ourselves, do our own thing.

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

Our theme was handmade, vintage 1920’s art deco style, and lavender. The main colours were lavender purple and vintage gold. The colours just came with the theme really but I love purple and the gold fitted the vintage theme.

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

We hired a cream Morris Minor (Matt is obsessed!) from Mirabelle Classic Cars

My bridesmaids travelled in a vintage Rover from the 1930s which belongs to a friend of Matts. He drove it for us as our wedding present.

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

My dress was Sincerity Bridal 3730. I did a bit of research online before going to any boutiques and fell in love almost instantly! When I tried it on at Brides of Liverpool in Liverpool (my home city) I knew it was the one. No other dress I tried on subsequently lived up to it so the deposit was paid!

I love the dress because it’s quite vintage looking with a modern twist. Very classic looking. It made me feel really elegant. I knew I wanted lace, and the neckline was perfect because I didn’t want bare shoulders. The train was gorgeous and the dress also fitted in perfect with my idea for a 1920s style headband.

I chose gold glittery heels from Kurt Geiger. My flapper style headband was handmade by mum using a 1930s vintage brooch which was a gift from Matt.

My younger sister Charlotte was my matron of honour. She wore a knee length handmade silk dress made by my mum in a lavender colour. My two flower girls (our nieces Phoebe and Eve) wore handmade pale gold silk dresses made by myself and mum. They carried handmade Suffolk puff pomanders.

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

Matt wore a Prince Edward suit in dark brown from Formally Yours online. He had a pale gold waistcoat and cravat. My dad, his dad and his two brothers (best men) all wore the same. The style of his suit really complemented the vintage style of my dress.

Matt and all the men also wore buttonholes which I made to complement my bouquet.

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

I made my own bouquet using cream silk, artificial flowers, and vintage brooches (which I sourced on eBay and charity shops/car boot sales). My sisters bouquet was very similar with one key brooch in the centre. I’m a designer, and therefore very creative so was obsessed with doing a lot for my wedding myself. I also wanted to keep my bouquet so a keepsake bouquet was perfect. 

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

Cassandra Lane was our photographer, she was amazing. She made us feel comfortable every time we met (our initial meeting and engagement shoot). On the day she was chilled out, friendly and very well organised. We all squeezed into my tiny terraced house! I fell in love with Cass’s vintage relaxed style from her blog and website when searching for a wedding photographer. I just knew she was what we were after. I’d definitely recommend Cass!

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

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Super Beautiful. A Pretty DIY Wedding In Preston – Graham & Aimee

July 11th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

A whole lot of heart and soul went into the planning of Aimee and Graham’s wedding day, with the bride to be firmly at the head of operations.  Known for her girly ways and pretty styling efforts, this Brides Up North reader certainly wasn’t going to disappoint on the biggest day of her life.

The result?  A personal and pretty celebration with lots of delectable DIY details.  If you like really pretty things, you’re going to be very inspired.  Pinterest fingers at the ready.

With images by Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Aimee says: We got engaged in London at Christmas time. We were at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, which I had been so excited to visit as I absolutely love all things Christmassy! We were at the ice rink which looked so pretty all lit up with fairy lights at night when Graham pulled out the most perfect ring and proposed to me! Afterwards we headed straight to Harvey Nichols champagne bar for a glass of celebratory bubbles.

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Our wedding was on 26th April 2014.  There was no real special reason behind the particular date other than when we visited Beeston Manor for the first time we absolutely fell in love with it and they were fast running out of Saturday availability! We always wanted a spring wedding so the last Saturday they had left until later in the year was perfect for us. We got in pencilled in there and then.

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

We got married at All Saints Church on Hesketh Bank. It meant such a lot to us both to get married there as we both grew up visiting that church, all our family weddings and christenings happen there so I really couldn’t imagine it being anywhere else. Ever since I was a little girl imagining my wedding, I always dreamt of it being there. It was so lovely that Reverend Bill knew us and our family to make the service personal and really special. To top it off, it’s a gorgeous little church too!

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

The theme for our wedding was a vintage style English country garden look with a slight rustic twist, but I am a girly girl so it was kept very pretty with lots of lace everywhere. We chose this style as it is very “me” and really reflected my personality and of the style of our home. Graham always says that it is my job to make everything pretty so he was more than happy to go along with it and helped out with picking everything.

Our wedding colours were ivory, blush pink and mint. We chose these as we felt ivory and pink colours always make for a pretty and classic wedding, I am a bit obsessed with mint at the moment so adding that in just added some extra interest.

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

I wore an A-line tulle skirted dress from Blue by Enzoani which I bought from Emma Hartley Bridal in Colne. It featured lace appliqués and beading detail on the skirt and the bodice was a ruche waist with lace overlaid with beaded flowers. I tried on 67 dresses trying to find “the one” but I loved this dress as it was so pretty and romantic, with so much beautiful detail, I felt like a princess when I tried it on.

I knew I wanted a full skirted dress but also wanted a covered top so we had it customised with a tulle top with lace appliqués which matched the skirt to create an illusion neckline and V shape back.

I had amazing lace detail peep toe shoes from No.1 Jenny Packham at Debenhams which I absolutely adored!

In my hair I wore the Autumn headband from Liberty in Love with tulle and silk flowers and beads. I had a two tier waterfall veil with tiny diamantes to catch the light, again from Emma Hartley Bridal.

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Our bridesmaids wore blush pink dresses from Coast with petal detail on the bust, they were perfect for the romantic and floral look we were going for and looked beautiful on the girls. We were very fortunate about the fit of the dresses as mid way through planning after we had bought the dresses, two of my bridesmaids found out they were pregnant and luckily the dresses were a perfect shape for a growing baby bump, they looked lovely on the day! We had two flower girls who wore dresses very similar to the bridesmaids but in white and had little cardigans featuring the same petal detail to tie everything together.

The groomsmen wore matching suits to Graham and our page boy had a mini version with a tailcoat, waistcoat and bow tie and which we paired with Converse which looked adorable

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Michelle Sisson did my makeup and my bridesmaid’s hair and makeup, she did a fantastic job and we all felt amazing after she had worked her magic, she was so lovely to have around on the wedding morning and made sure we look perfect before we left for church. My friend Emma Shaw Hair did my bridal hair and was again fantastic at achieving a gorgeous do which was exactly as I wanted.

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Graham wore a grey three piece slim fit suit, with a blush pink tie and hankie. It is not really his style to wear a full tail coat suit so this was perfect, it created a relaxed but smart look which really suited him and I think he looked really handsome. We hired the suits from Winstanleys at Oswaldtwistle.

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

My mum and I travelled to church in a vintage Bentley in cream and the bridesmaids followed in a matching Daimler then n the way to the reception me and Graham were in the Bentley and the flower girls had a turn in the “posh car” which they loved! We hired the cars from a local company called Classic Wedding Cars and Jimmy the driver had us laughing the whole journey which helped with nerves!

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

I carried an amazing white and pink bouquet of peonies and hydrangeas which are my absolute favourite flowers. They were so gorgeous and fluffy; I didn’t want to put them down all day! They were hand tied with matching ribbon and lace, I pinned my best friend’s Grandma’s heart shape brooch onto them as my something old and borrowed. Our flowers were all from Libbi at Flowers by Strawberry Fields and she did such an amazing job, they were better than I ever imagined.  As soon as I met Libbi it was clear we had very similar taste and we knew we could completely trust her to make everything super beautiful. 

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Fabulously Floral. A Real Wedding In Chester – Michelle & Rob

February 3rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Helen Hates Peas Photography

This wedding differs from a lot of the submissions we usually receive here at Brides Up North – because this time its the groom in the driving seat.  In fact, he loved the whole process so much that he’s considering a career in the wedding industry.  Watch this space.

Rob writes:  Out of the two of us, I have loads of artistic flare, and Michelle really isn’t fussed on anything creative! When it came to organizing the wedding, Michelle really hadn’t a clue where to start, and so basically left it up to me. Not to say she wasn’t interested – we made a deal – she would concentrate on the dress and I would sort the venue! We did all main bits together but the actual decorating of the venue was all down to me. She was banned until the big day! 

I loved every minute of the build up. I knew what I wanted and made most of the stuff myself. In fact I enjoyed it that much I am hoping to start up in the industry this year.

I think the man’s a natural.  So, let’s hear all about his vision… over to you Rob. 

Images by Helen Hates Peas Photography.  

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Rob says: I asked Michelle to marry me at home on Christmas day in 2010 next to the Christmas tree. I hid the ring box at the back of the tree. After we had finished getting ready to go to her parents’ house, I said I had forgotten one last gift. When she opened her eyes I was on one knee!

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

We were married on 18th August 2013 at Trafford Hall, Mickle Traford, Chester.  We wanted somewhere pretty and not overbearing that none of our friends or family had been to before. Somewhere all our guests could stay, somewhere we could have free reign over suppliers and not be dictated to by the venue’s preferred suppliers, and above all, somewhere reasonably priced. We loved the old Georgian house and that the venue is run by a charity who promotes eco values. The guests’ rooms were outdoor stables with wild flower turf roofs which were a brilliant talking point as guests arrived and went into their little hideaways. They try and source most of their food locally and try and grow all the veg onsite.

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Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Our theme was country floral. I have had a passion for flowers since a young boy and eventually studied garden design at Uni. I had an idea of the way I wanted the venue to look, and it involved lots of flowers and greenery. The venue and location were perfect for a country fayre style wedding, which I think is what we achieved.

We didn’t really have a colour scheme, just lots of floral prints. It could have gone horribly wrong, but it worked superbly!

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Michelle wore a crystal and sash White One Bridal sweetheart ball gown from the 2012 collection which she bought from Boda Bridal in Chester. Hannah (bridesmaid) made Michelle’s veil as a personal gift. Her shoes were diamanté flip flops from Oasis.

I wanted to stand out from the best men and ushers, so chose a two piece 0suit from Zara in French Navy. I had a bespoke lilac tweed waistcoat made for me by Crichton of Chester. They also made my shirt and sewed in a contrasting floral pattern to the cuffs and collar for when I took my tie off at night. I wore a silk floral hydrangea tie that I bought from G Room in Hoole, Chester.

We both have a favourite jeweller in Chester called Chique based in St Michael’s Precinct. Michelle’s engagement ring is from there as our wedding rings. As a surprise, I met with Adam, the owner, and selected a pair of pearl earrings for Michelle to wear on the day. I asked Hannah to give them to her on the wedding morning. Little did I know that Michelle had also gone in and spoke to Adam and selected a pair of pearl cufflinks as a surprise for me! Without even knowing we had matching earrings and cufflinks!

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Michelle carried a mixture of garden flowers including dahlias, anthirrinun, scabious, everlasting sweet peas, daiseys, astrantia, cornflower, amongst others. I didn’t want to be an understated groom, so my button hole was equally as flamboyant. I had the same flowers as Michelle, but with the addition of a sprig of thalictrum – a delicate purple flower.

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Michelle walked down the isle to Etta James ‘At last’ and we both walked out to Jackie Wilson ‘I get the Sweetest Feeling’.

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Lilac & Lace. Ronald Joyce For An Elegant Real Wedding In Windermere – Kirsty & Tom

November 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Today’s stunning Real Wedding proves that a celebration jam packed with handmade touches and DIY details needn’t look amateur.  Kirsty and Tom managed to pull of a gorgeously elegant big day whilst still retaining that personal touch.  Be inspired, as we join them for their elegant wedding day in the Lake District.

With images by Lissa Alexandra Photography.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Kirsty says:  Tom and I got engaged on 28th October 2011 in New York City and were married on 13th April 2013 at Our Lady of the Wayside, Grasmere with an evening reception at Merewood Country House, Windermere. 

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We loved our venue from the moment we walked in. We always wanted a country house, with lots of character, where family and friends could stay for the weekend. The Merewood was perfect.  Our wedding had a vintage theme inspired by the character of the the property, and a colour scheme of dusky lilac and ivory. 

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

I wore a thick lace, fishtail Ronald Joyce wedding dress with beautiful detailing to the back.  Tom chose a traditional black Reiss suit, with a bow tie.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

The bridesmaids wore long dusky lilac dresses with a pearl detail necklace and our groomsmen wore traditional black suits accessorised with a grey tweed tie and pocket square.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We genuinely enjoyed every second of our wedding day. If I had to pick one moment it would be walking down the aisle and seeing each other for the first time surrounded by all our family and friends.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Our photographer was the amazing Lissa Alexandra who captured every moment perfectly.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

I carried a large bouquet of cream roses tied with lace and the bridesmaids had smaller versions.  Tom, the best man and ushers wore a single cream rose to keep it simplistic.  At the venue, we had vintage birdcages filled with a lilac, cream and sage flower arrangement.

All our flowers were by Julie Sharrock.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We travelled in a white Rolls Royce Wraith to fit with the vintage theme.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We had a string trio playing in the church and then our evening wedding singer was Phil Fryer of Just To Be Frank who is a Frank Sinatra tribute followed by DJ Ken Harper.  

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Tom and I love to be creative and really enjoyed making all the personalised touches for our wedding.

We had framed photographs of both of our parents on their wedding day, with a thank you poem on display in the hotel reception. We also had two frames with a personalised ‘He’ and ‘she’ description for each other and a vintage typewriter for people to write us well wishes and words of advice for the guest book.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We bought a polaroid camera and made a vintage pin board for people to capture their own moments which we now have hung up in our hallway.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We handmade tea cup candles for every table (which was a lovely touch when they were lit in the evening) and hand painted table frame numbers and made all the stationery ourselves including our menu and order of service.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We handmade chocolate moustache and lips with a personalised tag for the wedding favours which our nephews handed round to everyone following the wedding breakfast. This created lots of laughs.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Our wedding cake was a three tier classic Victoria sponge cake decorated with real cream rose flowers.This was made at Patisserie Viennoise of Otley, West Yorkshire.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

After the wedding we jetted off to Rome on honeymoon. 

Lissa Alexandra Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make your wedding personal to the both of you, and enjoy every second of it.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

 

Congratulations Kirsty & Tom!

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Homespun. Benjamin Roberts For A Real Teepee Wedding in Yorkshire – Charlie & Sam

November 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

WH Photography

On with the pretty as we steam ahead into Tuesday.  This morning we join Brides Up North reader Charlie and her new husband Sam for their homespun celebration under canvas.  From their meaningful ceremony to their Bond style get-a-away (read on) everything about this wedding is fun and fabulous.  I love.  

With images by WH Photography.

WH Photography

WH Photography

Charlie says:  Sam asked me to marry him on Primrose Hill in London last July, and we were married on 24th August 2013. 

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

We were married in my home church in Swanland, and our reception was in tipis at a boat club in Brough.  From the off we were keen to have a marquee wedding as we liked the idea of being able to personalise it. We loved the tipis as soon as we saw them, so from there it was a case of finding somewhere to put them! My family does a lot of sailing at Welton Waters and it wasn’t an obvious choice but it turned out to be a brilliant one.

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

I knew I wanted a lace dress before I started searching, After doing a bit of shopping we took a chance trip to the Bridal Factory Outlet in Northallerton where we ended up buying my dress by Benjamin Roberts for half its original price! I then hunted around for some matching lace, and asked a friend to add it to the bottom of the dress, as well as adding some buttons to the back and altering the neckline.

I also really wanted a lace trim veil, but they cost a lot of money! So I bought some veiling tulle and over 10m of lace trim and my mum very patiently sewed it all on. My top tip if you do it this way is to wash the veil a few times with fabric softener as it makes the veil much softer, like some of the more expensive veils.

My shoes were gold glittery peep toes from Dorothy Perkins!

WH Photography

WH Photography

I had an idea in my head of what I wanted my bridesmaids to wear, so I found a pattern, bought some fabric and found a dressmaker to make them. I had seven bridesmaids, and between them they wore four different shades of blue. I made them each a little belt in a nude colour to match their shoes, by sewing some motifs that I found on Etsy to some satin ribbon.

The groomsmen wore grey suits from Greenwoods, with a waistcoat and ruche in two different shades of blue to match the bridesmaids.

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

My bouquet had a mix of white and peach roses, cornflowers and rosemary, and my bridesmaids carried a mix of gypsophila and cornflowers. 

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

The best part of the day was definitely the service. We both love God and believe that our vows were made with him at the centre so this was the most important part of the day for us. It was so overwhelming to see so many friends and family, and it was really nice to have tea and cake after the service for everyone who came to the wedding.

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

We travelled from the church to our venue in a copper coloured VW campervan from Big Day Buses who were great.

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WH Photography

Our photographer Will (W H Photography) was brilliant, we hardly noticed him taking photos and yet he caught so many important moments.

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

We didn’t really have a theme but we wanted to keep things rustic and a bit different. In hindsight, the theme could probably be ‘homemade’, as just about everything had a homemade touch, from the orders of service and seating plan, to the floral garlands (achieved through my mum’s creation of ‘oasis’ sausages’) and bunting.

WH Photography

WH Photography

One of the best things about our wedding was how brilliant all our different suppliers were,

Totally Tipi were so friendly throughout the whole process, and were always willing to meet our requests. And the tipis were just fantastic on the day.

Our food was done by Feast Yorkshire and everyone has said how amazing it was. Siobhan who runs Feast Yorkshire studied art before going into catering, and so her food doesn’t just taste amazing – it looks amazing too.

Luisianna’s Bars provided us with our drinks – Ben and the team were so friendly and provided a brilliant service on the day.

WH Photography

WH Photography

For our table names we decided to use names of all the streets where we’ve lived. We have always lived in different places, so we thought it would be nice if people could learn a bit about both of us – so we wrote a little bit about each place on the back of each of the street signs.

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

I’ve never liked standard wedding cake, so we went for cute white chocolate cake from M&S which we decorated with fruit.

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

A good friend of mine is the lead singer of a brilliant York-based band called Bluephunk. We knew they could get everyone dancing!

WH Photography

One of the coolest parts of our day was our exit.. on a speed boat. We tried to keep it a secret so it was a good surprise for our guests.

WH Photography

WH Photography

Sam organised the honeymoon as a surprise, and I didn’t find out until I got to the airport. He took me to the north coast of Italy for a week, and then to Sicily for a few days.

WH Photography

WH Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that if you are doing a homemade wedding, try and get as much as you can done by the day before the day before so you can take in everything that is happening.

It is true that the day goes too fast, but remember that the end of the day is the beginning of your marriage.

WH Photography

Congratulations Charlie & Sam!

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Follow Your Heart. A Bespoke Scarlet Gown For A Fun Filled Real Wedding In Nottinghamshire – Rachel & Will

October 31st, 2013 | Julia Braime

Live Imagery

This morning’s Real Wedding is full of heart and soul.  From home made food to DIY decorations – not to mention her bright red wedding dress and the fact that the groom arrived by canoe – Rachel and her new husband Will made sure that their wedding was all about one thing: having fun.  And isn’t that exactly as it should be?

With images by Live Imagery

Live Imagery

Live Imagery

Rachel says:  We got engaged at the top of Cairngorm Mountain on New Years Eve 2011. Will disappeared when we got to the top and then reappeared with a ring in the box. It was so windy I was scared to take the ring out the box!

Live Imagery

Live Imagery

We got married on 1st June 2013 at Kelham Hall, Newark, Notts then a marquee in the village of Bathley where we live as our friends lent us the use of their field.  I lived in Kelham from when I was born to 18 and my Dad still lives in the village so it holds lots of memories for me.

Live Imagery

Live Imagery

The theme was red (very red!), and the idea was to have fun!

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I wanted a red wedding dress & found a perfect dress in white from a local dress shop called Eternally Yours, Newark. They made the dress for me in scarlet red with a few personal touches.

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Will and his groomsmen wore morning suits with grey jackets chosen by Will. These were from the dress shop, Eternally Yours.  I had the bridesmaids’ dresses made by a family friend, Sandra. They wore strawberry print 1950′s style dresses.

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We hired a horse & cart for the bridesmaids and I to get to the wedding, then for us to go to the marquee.

Will and 15 friends canoed to the wedding, a 6km trip including a weir to navigate down. They did get changed before the ceremony but all wore their Sunday best for the canoe.

Live Imagery

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I carried a bouquet of white roses created by my bridesmaid Hayley, Will’s sister.

Live Imagery

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I loved the whole day but had a great time with my new husband when we were travelling to the marquee in the horse and cart, with a bottle of champagne waving to the cars going past.

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Live Imagery

We made all the food ourselves with family & friends & sourced local meat and bread from Newark for the BBQ.

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Live Imagery

Grandma, Mum & I created many decorations: bunting galore, material flowers and hangings to dress the marquee. 

Live Imagery

Live Imagery

We made our own cake. I made the fruit cake and Will iced it into a mountain scene with Will & I in our ice climbing gear plus a few sheep on the lower tier!

Live Imagery

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For the daytime entertainment we hired a bouncy castle, crazy golf course & a giant twister.

In the evening we had DJ Jason Parnell from Mansfield & then a friend’s band that played rockabilly.  They were a big hit and had everyone dancing. 

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After the wedding we spent two weeks in the South of France, touring around in a hire car. We spent one week in the Pyrenees mountains, we did a trek to a mountain hut & via Ferreta, then a week near the beach looking round markets & drinking wine!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to follow your heart, not many people thought I should go red on the dress but it was the most amazing choice.

Live Imagery

 

Congratulations Rachel & Will!

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DIY Delights. Pronovias For A Real Wedding At Danby Castle – Helen & Harry

October 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Lets get this pretty party started. 

I’ve some absolutely cracking wedding inspiration for you lovely lot this week, starting with this beautiful real wedding with lots of DIY detailing high on the Yorkshire moors, and culminating with our gorgeous Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, this Sunday (have you pre-registered for this really very special bridal event? Click here to join the fun).  Don’t say we never do anything for you!

So, it’s off to Danby this Monday as we join Helen and Harry for their cute countryside wedding.  There’s colour pops and perfect props, all finished off with a hearty serving of Whitby’s finest.  Enjoy!

With images by Stott & Atkinson

Stott & Atkinson

Stott & Atkinson

Helen says:  Harry asked me to marry him in Central Park in New York on 26th June 2012, and we were married on 28th September 2013 at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Stokesley, followed by reception at Danby Castle.

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

The church was my local church when I was growing up. We looked at several reception venues but Danby Castle just felt right – it’s in a beautiful location, characterful and the staff are amazing.

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

We chose teal as a base colour and we kept the general feel quite rustic in keeping with the setting.

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

My wedding dress was a beautiful  Pronovias lace fishtail with a bolero which I found in my local wedding shop in Wimbledon (Teokath).

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Harry and his groomsmen wore medium grey suits with tails hired from Moss Bros.

My bridesmaids wore teal dresses from In One Clothing in different styles. These worked incredibly well as there was a six months pregnant bridesmaid and a bridesmaid who had given birth three weeks earlier! The flower girl wore a matching teal sash (also from In One Clothing) around a white dress from Monsoon.

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

I carried a mixture of roses and freesias, with a wild flower feel. The buttonholes were heather based in keeping with the moors.

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I travelled in a 1970s VWBeetle called Digby from Lovedub Cars – we didn’t want anything too grand. 

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

Stott & Atkinson Photography

The cake was two tiered with a tasty fruit layer and an even tastier chocolate sponge layer from Cakes By Deb.  Our cake topper was by Kate Elford. 

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We added lots of home made touches to our day. 

We made the table name cards using tickets from sporting venues we had been to together with some facts from the matches we attended and little flags with Mr & Mrs R, 28.09.2013 on for the straws in the reception drinks.

My Dad produced lots of twigs so all the guests could play poohsticks after the church ceremony and we had jigsaws made with the menus on to keep the guests entertained whilst they were waiting for the speeches to end…

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The amazing food was served up by Danby Castle’s chef Em who produced some incredibly tasty pie and sticky toffee pudding.

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We had a DJ for the evening music and an iPod playing a selection of music during the drinks reception.  We learnt a foxtrot for our first dance, being big Strictly Come Dancing fans!

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Stott & Atkinson Photography

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Peru – a week by Lake Titicaca followed by hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu then a few days in the Amazon rainforest.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is that it’s your day – do what makes you happy, and (hopefully!) doing that will make your guests happy.

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Congratulations Helen & Harry!

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Time For Tea! Maggie Sottero For A Vintage Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Wedding In Harrogate – Gemma & Paddy

July 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Why not start the week off as we mean to go on?  One gorgeous Real Wedding after another? Yes please!

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For this afternoon’s celebration we are staying in North Yorkshire, as we join Brides Up North reader Gemma and her new husband Paddy for a vintage Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.  Trust me, it’s pretty (and not a Cheshire Cat or Alice band in sight…)!

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Gemma says:  Paddy proposed to me in July 2010. It was the morning of York Races and we were getting ready at home. I was undecided about what jewellery to wear and Paddy said “Why don’t you look in the drawer, you might find something in there”. Confused I opened my dressing table drawer and found a ring box… inside was an engagement ring. The whole day was wonderful; we celebrated with friends and drank champagne at the races. At the end of the day we watched some of the X-Factor finalists perform on stage and the song I always remember playing was “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol. It later became our first dance song.

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We tied the knot on 4th June 2012. It was the bank holiday weekend of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, so we decided to take advantage of the extra day off. We enjoyed the weekend before the big day and spent the Sunday dressing the venue.

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We had our ceremony and drinks reception at The Sun Pavilion in Harrogate, followed by our wedding reception at The White Hart Hotel.

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I really wanted a venue which had beautiful gardens where we could have our wedding photos taken. We looked at several different venues but none of them seemed right. I came across The Sun Pavilion on the internet and it just looked stunning. It had an amazing stained glass roof and a terrace outside which overlooked the idyllic Valley Gardens. It was perfect and we were excited to book our wedding reception there.

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For our reception, we chose The White Hart Hotel which was only a few minutes walk from the Valley Gardens. The hotel décor fit perfectly with our theme as they had recently refurbished and so we didn’t really have to do too much with the decorations.

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Our colour scheme was ivory with highlights of pale pinks, wisteria and lavender.

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My hair was done by my hairdresser and friend Gemma Peers. She also did my mum’s, nan’s and sister’s hair.  I had a make up trial at Bobby Brown and did my own make up on the wedding day.

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I chose “Cleo” a Maggie Sottero dress from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. Hayley and all the staff were fabulous and really helpful. The seamstress helped to customise my dress and make it unique to me, we re-positioned the corsages and added a sweetheart neckline. I loved it!

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My shoes were from Monsoon and as soon as I saw them I knew they were the ones. The pearl brooch on them was exactly the same as the hair comb I had bought from Etsy. It was fate.

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My necklace was another Etsy purchase and I loved the big statement rhinestone flowers.

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The bridesmaid dresses were Ronald Joyce, also from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. I loved the wisteria colour as it was a gorgeous vintage colour.

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Paddy, our page boy and best men wore suits which were hired from Slaters in Leeds.

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The night before the wedding we all stayed at The White Hart Hotel. We didn’t have very far to travel to the ceremony venue, however we still wanted something to travel in style in.

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Paddy borrowed an Audi R8 from a friend for him and his best men to travel in. From my bedroom window I could hear the sound of the engine as they took a tour around Harrogate town centre.

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My wedding car was also borrowed from a friend. It was a beautiful MG Magnet and I loved it’s vintage look. I wanted a vintage car but something that was a bit different.

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We hired Sally from Priceless Weddings as our on the day coordinator. With us having two separate venues I wanted to have some continuity and ensure there was someone to keep the day flowing and be there to help guests. She also acted as toastmaster and was fantastic!

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All our wedding flowers were provided by a family friend and she did such a fantastic job. My bouquet had my favourite flowers in it – peonies, carnations, roses, anemones and lavender. It was finished off with some fabric from my dress.  The bridesmaids had rose wrist corsages.

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It was important for us to have children at our wedding as we wanted our son to be page boy. It was so lovely having our son there on such a big day, during the ceremony Jake stood with us holding our hands. When it came to the giving of rings, Jake took each ring and passed it to us, it was so sweet! He even sat with us whilst we signed the register…it was just perfect.

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We wanted our day to reflect us as a couple as much as possible.

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I studied fashion design at university so like to be creative and indulge in craft projects, so I knew we were going to make a lot of things ourselves for the wedding from designing our own wedding stationery, to doing our own centrepieces.

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We decided upon the theme "a vintage mad hatter’s tea party". I have a love for all things vintage and my husband has his own business supplying tea and coffee to trade. So it just seemed the perfect theme for us.

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Harriet from Weddings Vintage did a fabulous job with our wedding photos. Harriet had photographed a friends’ wedding and when I saw the photos I instantly knew I wanted her to photograph our day.

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I made all of our wedding stationery; save the dates, invitations, order the day, name tags… you name it. It was a labour of love, but I was really pleased with how it all turned out and it was unique to us.

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For our drinks reception we served pink fizz, and also had bottles of Fentimans with stripy paper straws and I made “drink me” tags which we hung around the bottle necks.

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We treated guests to ice-cream which was provided by Ripley’s who are based in The Valley Gardens.

We borrowed a vintage butcher’s bike and decorated it with bunting, and guests helped themselves to the ice-cream from the basket on the bike.

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We set up a table just for the kids at the wedding breakfast . Each received a goodie bag from us which had in it a disposable camera and an “I spy” list, a word search, colouring pencils and a handmade biscuit.  We also provided a hamper of vintage toys and games for the children to play with as the table centrepiece. 

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We spent weeks scouring charity shops and eBay for vintage pieces that fit perfectly with our theme. Each piece was lovingly chosen, and my nana and mum also gave me their tea sets to use which made it even more personal.

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Each table had a different centrepiece all designed to look like the mad hatter’s table. We had cake stands on stacked vintage books, vintage glass bottles and tea pots filled with flowers, tea cups and saucers stacked up with pearl strands cascading out, vintage keys and door knobs…

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Each guest had a pretty little vintage trio as their place setting. The name tags were vintage keys which we sprayed white and I made the name tags which were tied to the keys with ribbon. 

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Our wedding favours were tins of loose leaf tea, which were made for us by Jeeves and Jericho.  The tea blend was specially made just for us. 

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We found a violinist through the Leeds College of Music for our wedding ceremony. She played whilst guests were arriving, during our drinks reception and also played along with my entrance song which was “Turning Page” by Sleeping At Last.

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During the evening Paddy and one of his best men DJ’d. It was like the old days when they used to DJ together in clubs and bars and they had such a laugh doing it again. We also had a local band “The International Party Doctors” who were fantastic and really got the party going. They performed our first dance song for us, which they had to learn beforehand.

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My Dad also got up on stage and sang a song to me, which was a big surprise as my Dad is quite shy. It was very touching.

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We treated evening guests to cocktails and a sweetie buffet.

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We asked a friend who is a professional chef to make our wedding cake and then we decorated it ourselves.

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The big surprise for our guests was when we cut into the cake and it was rainbow coloured! I was really chuffed in the months following the wedding when it was announced the trend for wedding cakes in 2013 was rainbow cake!

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For our wedding breakfast, we served afternoon tea cake stands for dessert and had teapots filled with proper loose leaf tea.

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Since our wedding, I have started my own business hiring out all our vintage china and props.

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In the evening we provided our own photo booth for guests to enjoy! We collected our own props and our wedding photographer took the photos. It was definitely the best idea and everyone really got into the spirit.

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As I had done most of the wedding planning, Paddy had the task of booking the honeymoon. I did start to panic at one point as it was three  weeks until the wedding and still nothing was booked. I had my heart set on the Maldives or Bora Bora with a water villa, but Paddy had other ideas!

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A few days before the wedding he surprised me with tickets to Thailand. We spent a night in Bangkok at The Banyan Tree Hotel, before flying to the island of Koh Kood and the Soneva Kiri Resort. To get to the island we had to travel on a small plane and then get a speedboat. It was rainy season whilst we were there but we were actually really lucky and only had one day of rain. The honeymoon was better than I could have imagined and was the perfect way to round off the celebrations.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to try and be organised as much as possible so you can enjoy the last few days in the run up to the wedding.

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Congratulations Gemma & Paddy!

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