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rose gold romance. an ellis dress for a pretty wedding at ness botanic gardens – rachel & josh

January 27th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Romantic Wedding at Ness Botanic Gardens (c) Jo Bradbury (34)

Today’s real wedding is a corker – a rose gold theme, bucket-loads of blooms and a bride who looks as though she’s just walked out of the pages of Vogue Sposa (or Unveiled, for that matter!)

Rachel and Josh said ‘I do’ in the stunning surroundings of Ness Botanic Gardens and the greenery and flowers made the perfect backdrop for their perfect day.

Need an injection of light and love on this cold winter’s day? Look no further.

With images by Jo Bradbury.

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rachel says: We got engaged on 4th October 2014. We were away for a weekend in Wales and staying in a log cabin. We went on a long beach walk with our dog and Josh proposed on an island just off the beach. We then went back to our lovely log cabin and drank some prosecco, before Josh cooked our favourite meal (mellanzane a la parmagiana). It was pretty perfect!

We chose the 2nd July 2016, as our wedding date; we wanted a summer date to show off our venue’s lovely flowers and blooms. It was also a few weeks after my final exams and therefore seemed a good date to pick!

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We got married in Ness Botanic Gardens. We fell in love with it the moment we saw it – we knew we wanted an outdoor wedding and the flowers and setting were just so, so gorgeous. We both love being outdoors and got very excited about how beautiful the photographs would be with all the flowers and greenery!

We wanted a laidback, romantic style wedding. The bridesmaids wore pink with gold shoes and the venue décor was blush pink in places. The groomsmen wore blue or grey suits; we felt this would be a great colour to complement the blush colours.

The colour scheme was rose gold: we had rose gold invites, and the bridesmaids’ dresses and the venue décor tied in with this beautifully. There was a lot of pinning on Pinterest to get my ideas together!

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My wedding dress was an Ellis 11330 design from Elegance Bridal on the Wirral – the ladies there were so lovely and helpful from start to finish. I knew I wanted a fitted dress and thought the fishtail/mermaid style would be ideal.  Initially I wanted a dress with lace sleeves, but after trying on a few I felt the sweetheart neckline was more flattering.  I loved the delicate lace and beading on the dress; I just didn’t want to take it off!

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Josh wore a Hugo Boss suit and the fit was perfect, so no tailoring needed – phew! We knew we loved the look of a blue suit and he looked fantastic.

The bridesmaids wore blush pink dresses from a brand called Laced inLove purchased through ASOS. They were so beautiful and also very reasonable in terms of price. The groomsmen wore their own suits; luckily, they all had suits in a blue or grey hue.

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pretty rustic. ellis bridals for a personal wedding at hexham winter gardens – sian & travers

September 9th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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We love to see couples making their weddings their own, whether it be coming up with a totally alternative big day, or including subtle nods to their personalities and backgrounds.

Today’s real wedding is a lovely example of the latter, with Travers and Siân adding little personal touches in favours, entertainment and music choices, to reflect their African and Welsh roots.

There’s a whole lot of pretty to the big day too with standout elements including beautiful blousy blooms, classic car transport and Siân’s stunning fishtail gown.

With images by Matt Penberthy Photography.

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siân says: We got engaged at Druridge Bay in Morpeth, on 25th January 2015. The bay is special to both of us as it’s the place where we had our first date. When Travers popped the question I was a little speechless at first, but of course, said yes!

We ended up setting the date for 26th September 2015. We initially wanted to get married in the middle of summer, however we had vastly underestimated how much preparation was required so we pushed the date back to September. We first started going out on the 27th September so it all worked out great.

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We got married at Heaton Baptist Church and then had the reception at Hexham Winter Gardens in Northumberland. We chose Heaton Baptist Church as it was where we had met and then chose Hexham Winter Gardens as we felt we could create our ideal wedding at the venue, unlike many other venues where we would have been fixed in to pre-selected options. Having a DIY wedding did mean there were more elements to organise, but we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

The wedding theme was rustic as I love the look (and Travers has learnt to agree with me!) The colour scheme meanwhile was soft pinks, blues and whites, and I chose vibrant flowers for my bouquet.

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My dress was a strapless, fishtail Ellis Bridals design in ivory, which I wore with cathedral-length veil that was detailed with little diamantes. I chose it at New Beginnings Bridal in Whitley Bay. I’d tried various other dresses and styles previously, but this dress instantly made me feel like a bride.

Travers and the groomsmen wore grey three-piece suits with tails, with a light blue cravats, hired from Slaters.

The bridesmaid dresses were soft pink maxi dresses from F&F occasion wear at Tesco Direct.

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a palette that pops. ellis bridal for a colourful wedding in the north east – ashleigh & mark

May 13th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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Today’s bride Ashleigh didn’t want just one shade or her colourful wedding day so instead decided to add depth and interest with gorgeous tones of red, purple and Brides Up North favourite – hot pink!

But it isn’t just the flowers that standout – what an incredibly good looking wedding party! Mark looks the model groom in his dapper blue suit and tan brogues while the maids are pretty in pink with their striking floral headpieces. And then there’s the star of the show Ashleigh, who wore a stunning Ellis gown and glam makeup.

Prepare to get well jel!

With images by Little Miss Boyco Photography.

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ashleigh says: We got engaged in Portugal on Mark’s birthday, 13th June 2012. We were on a very quiet beach when Mark asked me to go in the sea, I was reluctant as it was very cold but he jumped straight in. I was standing on the water’s edge when he dived out of the sea, with the ring in his pocket, and got down on one knee. As we had just bought our first home it was completely unexpected. We made our way back up to our apartment as I was too excited and wanted to call my family and friends. Mark had champagne waiting for us for when we got back from the beach.

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After visiting various venues in the North East I fell in love with Close House. We set our date originally for March 2015. A few weeks later after paying our deposit we were asked to move our date forward as Close House were closing after October 2014. We chose 10th October 2014.

We got married at Holy Trinity Church, Seghill. This is the church my grandparents got married at in 1953. The daytime was spent in Close House and our evening venue was the golf house, No.19. Close House is very grand with large fireplaces and gorgeous chandeliers compared to No.19 which is very modern. This gave two different themes and separated the daytime to an evening party.

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I didn’t want a certain colour theme. Originally I chose very pale, pastel colours for my flowers, but when the date changed I decided darker colours would better suit the time of year. The golf house is mainly decorated in red. I wanted the flowers for the tables to tie in with the colour of the room. Therefore my flowers were red, purples and hot pink. I knew from the beginning I didn’t want one certain shade of colour as a ‘theme’.

I knew I wanted my dress to be a little different as most brides do. I chose a fish tail Ellis dress with a cut out back. After ordering my dress we realised it was the same brand of dress my mother wore. I originally wanted a strapless dress but decided on a dress with long lacy sleeves with satin buttons. With the wedding now being October a sleeved dress would be practical for the weather. My dress was bought in New Beginnings, Whitley Bay.

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Mark won a suit by T.M Lewin, for being ‘best dressed male’ at Newcastle races in 2013. As he had the choice of a free suit, shirt, tie and cufflinks, we decided he would use this for his wedding suit. He chose a bright blue suit, white shirt and blue tie and was a perfect fit.

We used Mark’s suit and matched the colour with a range of slim fit suits from Next for the groomsmen.

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For the bridesmaids I originally wanted them to have different dresses but struggled to find five to go together. I decided to have my sister and cousin in short dresses and my three friends in long dresses from the same range in Coast.

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Our photographer, Wiesia Bojko of Little Miss Boyco Photography, was recommended by one of my bridesmaids. We met over a coffee and I love the relaxed feel she has to her work. I didn’t want a photographer to take up a lot of the day taking group photographs. I prefer more natural shots, catching people enjoying themselves. I would definitely recommend her work.

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My flowers were from the Flower Cabin in Seaton Delaval. I went in with an idea and a few pictures and the girls created exactly what I wanted. For my something old I used my Grandma’s earrings, which were bought for her by my Granddad on their 60th wedding anniversary.  They had dark purple stones which added depth to my flowers. My bouquet had unusual flowers which felt like velvet. I had a structured bouquet bound with lace. My bridesmaids carried smaller versions of mine with a lighter purple through. The bridesmaids also has fresh flowers in their hair, positioned on an oversized comb.

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For the wedding reception we had eight tables for the guests. We had four large candelabras with pearls draped over and a wreath of flowers surrounded by candles. The other four tables had low smaller wreaths with the flowers from the Flower Cabin, but made by my grandma. I used the same decorations for the tables for the evening. The top table was covered in different styles of glass jars and candles filled with flowers.

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The favours were chocolates made by The Chocolate Smiths. For the ladies I had white chocolate with champagne and strawberry filling, heart shaped lollies with ‘10/10/14’ piped on the front. The men had chocolate and salted caramel lollies some with popcorn pieces. Mark’s niece the flower girl filled her goody bag with most of the guests’ lollies!

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The entertainment was singer Glen Roughead. We first saw Glen performing at a wedding fair in Newton Hall. We booked him straight after. We continued to follow his work leading up to the wedding going to various gigs around the North East. He’s a lovely lad with a great talent. He played three acoustic sets during the time the guests arrived to Close House.

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For our first dance we chose an acoustic version of Little Things by One Direction. We knew we didn’t just want to stand on the dance floor so three weeks before we decided to go for some lessons. Newcastle dance centre is where we went, and with our instructor Michael we made up a two minute routine to get us around the floor. This was my mother’s favourite part of the wedding as we kept it a surprise.

a colourful wedding at Close House (c) Little Miss Boyco (25)

After getting married on the Friday, my parents had an after party on the Sunday at their house. We were blessed with good weather all weekend and this continued the wedding right over the weekend. We laughed about the wedding and looked at pictures from the day. We packed our cases on the Monday and left for a two-week honeymoon to Mexico on the Tuesday morning.

As an engagement gift I was given a wedding planning book. This was used throughout planning and organising the wedding so I kept everything together. It was an invaluable tool and I would encourage other Brides Up North to get one and do the same, keeping all receipts and leaflets in one place.

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Within These Ancient Walls: A Real Wedding In The North East – Sarah & Sam

November 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A lazy Sunday with a huge Sunday dinner and a beautiful Real Wedding to ogle, that’s what.  Today’s sun kissed celebration was sent to me by real bride Sarah and Brides Up North Super Showcase exhibitor Phil Smith Photography, and takes place in my home town of Durham City and at the church down the road from my parents’ house!  So, thank you Sarah and Sam for sharing your day with us and also for sending me a little piece of home. 

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Sarah says:  We got engaged on Christmas morning 2010 and the engagement ring was in my Christmas stocking!  We were married on 8th September 2012 at St Laurence Church in Pittington – the village where I grew up. The reception was at Durham Castle.  Durham Castle was Sam’s college whilst at Durham University and where he lived when we were dating.

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I wanted the wedding to be quite informal and vintage but we also have rabbits and had rabbit themed invites, favours and table names!  I chose purple as our key accent colour. 

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My dress was an Ellis Bridals dress from Elizabeth of York, in York city centre.  The bridesmaids were in purple dresses sourced from etsy. They were made to measure by Ananya who has an etsy shop.

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I had a bunch of English summer garden inspired flowers, my bridesmaids had gypsophilia and lavender. My florist was Robyn Trainer of Floral Footsteps.

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Actually getting married was the best part of the day, then seeing family and enjoying the reception and disco were all brilliant too!

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We travelled in a super cool was a red vintage jaguar from Martin Devlin – it matched my shoes!

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We had an afternoon tea instead of a traditional wedding breakfast. We sourced vintage small plates for guests to use for the afternoon tea.  Posh chair Covers & Bows supplied our chair covers.

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My mum made a three layer cake, two sponge and one fruit layer with miniature knitted bunnies to top the cake also knitted by my mum.  Our place settings and favours were hand knitted rabbits with guests names around their necks.

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After the wedding we travelled around the Dordogne in France enjoying good food and good wine.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make sure you have a good photographer as the day goes by so quickly but you will have the photos to cherish for years to come. We are really pleased with our photos – thanks Phil!

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Congratulations Sarah & Sam!

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Get in touch to see your own real wedding featured on Brides Up North.  Click here to find out how. 

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It Gets Sweeter! A Real North West Wedding Revisited – Charlene & Lee

January 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Sometimes life gives you lemons.  It’s up to you to make lemonade.

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I was contacted recently by my wedding industry friend Charlene of Love Gets Sweeter wedding films, who had a bad experience with her photographer on her own wedding day.  I’m not here to air dirty laundry, but the long and short of it was that Charlene ended up without a photographic record of her big day. 

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So what’s a girl to do but enlist the help of a fab photographer and celebrate all over again with a stunning bridal shoot?  Girl Power! 

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With help from Evie at Chapter Photography, Charlene got to share her Real Wedding story with Brides Up North after all…

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Lets hear from Charlene: We were engaged on our first anniversary back in 2003, on a moonlit beach in Spain. We had both bought rings with the intention of proposing but I shied away and Lee beat me to it! He had to hide the ring in his pants so I wouldn’t see the box shape in the pocket of his linen trousers!

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We were married on 30th August 2009 (reshoot date 20th November 2011) at The Hillbark Hotel, Royden Park in the Wirral.  I had seen footage of the venue at my old work and fell in love with it. With no prices on the website we were initially put off but went to see it all the same. We couldn’t help but be blown away and thankfully the prices weren’t scary. When we went back we couldn’t help but feel butterflies again. 

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We kept it simple with white flowers and light blue bridesmaids dresses and waistcoats. The table plan was New York themed as that was where we went together after meeting at Camp in Minnesota back in 2002 (it took 28hrs on a coach!).

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For my wedding gown, I had a lace vintage number in mind but nothing I found really suited me. My Nana actually picked my dress out after seeing it in a window and making my try it on. It was perfect and she loved it that much she helped pay for it! It was an Ellis Bridal design and I haven’t seen it anywhere else! The shop was a local one by my Mum’s in Newark, Notts.

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I carried a white bouquet full or different sized roses, lisanthus, stephanotis… and other white flowers but I can’t remember their names! I went for a frilly look.

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The most important special touch on our day was writing our own vows. Civil ceremonies can be so short so we tried to make it as personal as possible. I also decorated our cake, with the help of my bridesmaid/ sister in law, with handmade daisies and a personalised cake topper (the first one lost the grooms head in the oven!). We had our invitations designed by a friend and worked closely with him to get them perfect.

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We also learnt a quickstep for our first dance to show off a bit and then had a hip hop dance group perform afterwards as we love dance! We tried to make it all as personal as possible.

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A friend made a white tiered cake with Chocolate, fruit and lemon sponge. I then decorated with white ribbon and flower paste daisies with crystal centres.

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In the evening, we lit Thai lanterns (trust me, very entertaining to watch when its windy!) and watched them float into nothingness.

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We honeymooned in Hong Kong and then Koh Samui in Thailand. I can’t wait to go back and we’ve found ourselves eating a lot of Thai food since we’ve been back!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that it really is true what they say, the day will pass by so quickly and it’s worth taking time out throughout the day to reflect. We found that the best way to take it all in and slow everything down a little! Investing in photo and video is a must.  If, after the day, you are unfortunate enough to go through what we have then a ‘re-shoot’ is a must. The good memories and feelings from the day came flooding back just being at the Hillbark and we now have some nice couple shots that we can treasure forever and share with our family.

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Lucky for Charlene, she also caught her actual big day on video camera… here are her highlights!

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My Wedding Trailer from Love Gets Sweeter on Vimeo.

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Congratulations Charlene & Lee!

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