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entertain you. a silver and plum wedding at rise hall – samantha & martin

December 8th, 2015 | Julia Braime

An Entertaining Wedding at Rise Hall (c) Mike & Emma Bowering (27)

For some entertainment at a wedding is somewhat of an afterthought, going on what’s left over in the budget. However this was certainly not the case for today’s real wedding couple who made song & dance a key part of their big day proceedings.

Bride Samantha (who runs a dance school) and groom Martin, treated their guests to a whole host of wonderful entertainment to make their wedding all the more memorable – from singers and dance routines to a live band and fireworks.

Not neglecting other areas of the planning, Samantha and Martin complemented Rise Hall perfectly with a gorgeous autumnal colour palette of silver and plum for their décor and finishing touches!

With images by Mike & Emma Bowering.

An Entertaining Wedding at Rise Hall (c) Mike & Emma Bowering (15)

samantha says: We met originally on the Plenty of Fish website in 2011. In March 2014 we got engaged on the understanding that Martin could purchase a £2,000 bike that very same day…and he did!

Our wedding date was 17th October 2015. We chose the date because I so desperately wanted to get married at Rise Hall and that date was one of the only autumn dates left in 2015. We fell in love with Sarah Beeney’s home Rise Hall, a few years ago when we took our candy cart to a Brides Up North exhibition there. Since that point I dreamt about getting married there.

An Entertaining Wedding at Rise Hall (c) Mike & Emma Bowering (29)

Our theme for the wedding from a styling perspective was autumnal. We also had a dance/entertainment theme throughout due to me owning a dance school with my best friend and maid of honour, Stephanie.

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

November 10th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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

This afternoon we’re leaving the UK behind to relive Ashton and Mark’s dreamy wedding in Siena, Italy.

Brimming with romance, we can see why this bride and groom chose to leave their Yorkshire roots behind in favour of sunnier climes with stunning backdrops galore! Following their traditional church ceremony, Ashton and Mark then enjoyed a stunning outdoor reception complete with Italian food and drink. Sounds favoloso to us!

Ciao for now.

With images by Black Mill Photography.

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

ashton says: Mark popped the question on the 9th July 2013, while we were on a brilliant holiday Croatia. Mark had initially planned to ask me to marry him on a walk up a ‘hill’ with a lovely view as a back drop. The ‘hill’ was actually a mountain, and I got a little bit grumpy so he decided it wasn’t the right time or place! That evening, after a lovely dinner, he got down on one knee in a secluded area of the old town in Split and I obviously said yes, whilst tears of happiness were streaming down my face. The ring was amazing, an art deco halo style, which Mark had got custom made for me in Hattton Garden, London. I was so excited to tell all my family and friends I rang up a £120 phone bill! Oops!

Our wedding date was the 31st July 2015, there was no real relevance of the date other than it was between both our birthdays and a date that Mark was likely to remember! The last day of July!

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

We are from Bradford in West Yorkshire but got married in Siena, Italy. We married in a Roman Catholic church, Certosa Di Pontignano, and then had our reception back at Villa Catignano where family and friends stayed for the wedding week. We both love travelling and always wanted to marry abroad. Italy was perfect; great food, wine, scenery and affordable so that friends and family could join us on our special day.

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roses & lace. essense of australia for a rustic wedding at keythorpe manor – jo & nick

October 22nd, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Rustic Wedding at Keythorpe Manor (c) Emily & Katy Wedding Photography (39)

This afternoon on the blog we have a delicious scoop of wedding day inspiration for you in the form of Jo and Nick’s rustic themed big day at Keythorpe Manor.

After saying their vows in a quaint barn setting, the newlyweds and their guests moved onto an onsite marquee for the reception where they danced the night. (Nick perhaps putting in a little too much effort on the dancefloor resulting in a rather embarrassing trouser incident!)

Highlights for us (apart from Nick’s comedy moment) include the gorgeous pink colour palette, a rather delicious looking wedding cake and Jo’s stunning dress, personalised to perfection!

With images by Emily & Katy Wedding Photography.

A Rustic Wedding at Keythorpe Manor (c) Emily & Katy Wedding Photography (16)

jo says: Nick proposed in Prague during a long weekend away. I had suspected that it may happen but couldn’t find the ring anywhere in the house so my suspicions were squashed!

Nick spent the day looking for a place to propose but I kept ruining it by needing the toilet, or a drink, or some food! Eventually, we went back to the amazing hotel we were staying in, I ran a bath and enjoyed champagne with strawberries. When I got out there was a fruit platter on the bed with the ring in the middle. I burst out crying and Nick got down on one knee.

A Rustic Wedding at Keythorpe Manor (c) Emily & Katy Wedding Photography (1)

We set the date for Friday 21st August. Nick really wanted a summer wedding. Even a year in advance, securing a date was difficult as our chosen venue already had most weekends booked up. A Friday seemed workable as we sent out invites as soon as possible so few people had booked their summer holidays. It was also in the school holidays so our friends who were teachers could attend.

We got married at Keythorpe Manor, Leicester. We were keen to have a marquee setting for the reception and as many of our friends lived outside the area, we also wanted to have the ceremony and reception in one place to reduce travel on the day.

We viewed a few venues which had marquees on site but some were rather tired and worn. The beauty of Keythorpe was that it had a permanent marquee with proper windows and doors which was well maintained. They also had a barn for the ceremony, which despite being recently built, had an authentic feel to it.

A Rustic Wedding at Keythorpe Manor (c) Emily & Katy Wedding Photography (21)

We were pretty relaxed about a wedding theme. With the rolling countryside around the venue, we wanted it to feel quite rustic with a countryside feel. This is what drove the colours and style of the flowers and we used a lot of brown string and wooden pegs for hanging decorations.

Pink and metallics made up the colour scheme. We had visited Keythorpe Manor on the day of a wedding so we could see how it looked setup. The venue used a lot of neutrals and pale peach. I wanted it to have more colour than that and so added pink to our scheme which I thought fitted in with the countryside styling.

A Rustic Wedding at Keythorpe Manor (c) Emily & Katy Wedding Photography (31)

I wore a full length, lace, Essense of Australia dress with lace straps and an open heart back. The lace was ivory with a coffee coloured underlay. I wore it with a coffee coloured belt with crystals on the front and added a crystal and pearl back necklace myself.

I have always liked lace and saw myself wearing it on my wedding day. After trying on many different styles I found this dress on my first shopping trip, though I decided not to buy it immediately. I found it again at the Birmingham Wedding Show being sold by Georgina Scott Bridal. They were offering a 20% discount if deposit was paid on the day. This time we went for it and my mum kindly paid the deposit there and then!

During one of the fittings one of my friends suggested trying to get something to go across the back of my dress. I searched Etsy for many back necklaces and came across one made by a supplier called La Luna Couture, which I ordered. It had broaches on each end which meant I could simply clip it to the back of my dress. I was so pleased when I received it, it was absolutely gorgeous. It made such a difference to the dress and I received so many compliments on how beautiful it was. Everyone thought it was part of the dress!

A Rustic Wedding at Keythorpe Manor (c) Emily & Katy Wedding Photography (33)

Nick wore a blue suit from Reiss with waistcoat, white shirt with a cutaway collar and pink tie from TM Lewin, pink socks from Thomas Pink, Mulberry cufflinks, gold personalised tie clip from Not On The High Street, Daniel Wellington watch and black buckle shoes from Russell and Bromley.

The bridesmaids wore fawn skater dresses from Marks & Spencer with adjustable straps. Each of them wore a different style strap to suit them. Their gold strappy sandals were from Dorothy Perkins.

The groomsmen had blue suits from M&S with the same pink tie as Nick and their own black shoes.

A Rustic Wedding at Keythorpe Manor (c) Emily & Katy Wedding Photography (36)

My uncle/godfather drove me and my dad in his BMW with cream, leather interior to the wedding venue. It meant a lot to me having them both there and my uncle had even prepared a playlist for the car journey. My aunt also arranged flowers for the back of the car. Nick meanwhile borrowed his grandad’s convertible Jaguar XK8 to drive to the venue.

A Rustic Wedding at Keythorpe Manor (c) Emily & Katy Wedding Photography (38)

Emily and Katy Wedding Photography were our photographers on the day. We also had an engagement shoot with them at the venue before the wedding. I will actively recommend them to everyone! We really enjoyed the experience of having our photos taken by them. We were really pleased with the outcome of the engagement shoot and even more pleased with our wedding shots. Their turnaround time and communication is also fantastic, which you don’t find with all wedding suppliers. We never once felt uncomfortable.

My bouquet was made up of memory lane and pink roses, gypsophila and pink hydrangea. It was absolutely beautiful. Caroline Billson provided all of the flowers on the day. She was amazing from start to finish and one of the easiest suppliers I was lucky enough to deal with. She made sure that the barn for the ceremony was complete by adding some of her own lanterns on the day of the wedding.

The bridesmaids had gypsophila posies to fit in with my bouquet. All the flowers were so full and gorgeous. In the barn for the ceremony there were twig hearts decorated with gypsophila and eucalyptus. Caroline also provided lanterns at the entrance to create an arch at the beginning of the aisle surrounded by roses and hydrangeas.

A Rustic Wedding at Keythorpe Manor (c) Emily & Katy Wedding Photography (41)

For the table decorations we had metallic vases filled with pink hydrangeas and gypsophila dotted throughout. The vases sat on mirrored plates with heart chalkboard table numbers resting on top.

We decorated the marquee drapes with several paper pompoms and bunting which was bought from Amazon. The tables were also decorated with glass candle holders and taillights and pink and gold table confetti.

A Rustic Wedding at Keythorpe Manor (c) Emily & Katy Wedding Photography (44)

We weren’t sure if we were going to give any favours at first but then I spotted some cheap mini bottles of Jagermeister whilst skiing in Austria. We had to stuff our ski kit with enough bottles for the entire wedding to get them home! It was definitely worth it though and they were consumed following the speeches. For the non-drinkers, we placed Loveheart sweets on the tables instead.

Our wedding cake was a naked Victoria sponge cake decorated with fruits, which was baked by my aunt. She has made every birthday cake I have ever had and I was so pleased when she accepted my request to bake our wedding cake. It tasted fantastic, I never expected anything less from her. All the guests loved it.

We were always keen to show some personality in the food we chose for our wedding breakfast. As we are big pie fans and I’m from Melton Mowbray, pie was an obvious choice from the start. We did the classic three course sit down meal and guests had three choices of pie to pick from: steak and ale, chicken, ham and leek or fish pie. In the evening, we had a cake of cheese, pork pie and a selection of chutneys, crackers and accompaniments.

Emerson & West in Market Harborough were our caterers. They were really great. It is a family run business and Michael made sure we had thought of everything. They were really flexible and on the day everyone said how great the staff were.

During the evening reception we also had a sweet table, that we did ourselves, with treats such as Lovehearts, Haribo hearts, pink shrimps and cola bottles, which kept everyone going later in the night.

A Rustic Wedding at Keythorpe Manor (c) Emily & Katy Wedding Photography (51)

To provide entertainment, we had The Wigornia String Quartet to play during the ceremony and the drinks reception. We also had lawn games such as boules and croquet.

For the evening reception we had a DJ called Matt from Dancefloor DJs & Events to make sure that everyone was up and dancing to burn off all that pie and sweets. Nick was very particular about the music and band any cheese! The music was so good that there was even a girl/boy dance off during Justin Timberlake’s Senorita.

A Rustic Wedding at Keythorpe Manor (c) Emily & Katy Wedding Photography (54)

Looking back my favourite part of the day was the ceremony, it was fantastic. It meant so much and reminded us that the day was all about us, the promises we were making to one another and our lives together. It is easy to forget what the day is about during the planning and worrying about all the other details. We were lucky with our registrars too, they were fantastic and captivated the guests throughout the ceremony.

Nick’s favourite part of the wedding was the dancing at the reception. All of our family and friends were on the dance floor at some point during the night and Nick even split his trousers!

A Rustic Wedding at Keythorpe Manor (c) Emily & Katy Wedding Photography (57)

For our honeymoon we toured around a few destinations. First stop was Hong Kong where we explored the peak, huge Buddha and enjoyed a luxury meal and the views at Aqua restaurant. We had plenty of cocktails courtesy of wedding gifts funded through Prezola. We then flew to Bali, stayed in Ubud for a few days then travelled around Lombok and Nusa Lembongan, which are islands nearby.

We had a gift list on Prezola where we listed out the activities we planned to do on our honeymoon which guests could contribute money to. This was great for us as we got to do so many activities and guests really felt that they had involvement in our honeymoon. Overall, we did canyoning (abseiling down waterfalls and jumping in to water from rocks), surfing lessons, private snorkelling trip, bicycle hire, romantic candlelit dinner in our pool villa, Indonesian cooking class and plenty of cocktails and champagne! We had the most amazing time.

A Rustic Wedding at Keythorpe Manor (c) Emily & Katy Wedding Photography (60)

My top tip to other Brides Up North would definitely be to consider a wedding planner, especially if you are restricted on time or don’t have access to your venue the day before. We decided it would be an unnecessary cost, however on reflection it would have been worth it, you underestimate how much time it takes to coordinate suppliers, particularly when working full time.

Even if your venue already has one, don’t expect them to be completely on top of things. There are so many weddings they handle they will not always remember the details which you have provided. However an independent planner will and would take care of the setting up and ensure that the day runs smoothly for you.

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love blossoms. a pretty garden wedding at headlam hall – faye & mike

July 30th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

A Garden Wedding at Headlam Hall (c) Tim Stewart Photography (38)

Today’s wedding is centred around the bride’s family’s gardening and floristry background meaning there are lots of pretty blooms and botanical touches peppered throughout.

To follow their church ceremony, Faye and Mike chose Headlam Hall as their reception venue which boasts its own fabulous gardens, further adding to the theme.

In memory of Faye’s dad Keith, who sadly passed away the year before the wedding, there were lots of touching tributes, including special speeches and favours.

All in all a personal and blooming beautiful day!

With images by Tim Stewart Photography.

A Garden Wedding at Headlam Hall (c) Tim Stewart Photography (3)

faye says: We got engaged on 24th December 2011. Mike told me that they were going out for the day because it was Christmas Eve but didn’t tell me where. Upon arrival at Whitworth Hall Hotel, in Spennymoor, Mike suggested that we feed the deer and then took me to a quiet place in the gardens where he got down on one knee and asked me for my hand in marriage.

We set the date for 9th August 2014. We chose the date because we are both teachers and we wanted a summer wedding so we could enjoy a longer honeymoon.

A Garden Wedding at Headlam Hall (c) Tim Stewart Photography (13)

Our chosen venue was Headlam Hall Hotel, near Gainford. We chose the hotel because of its picturesque gardens, wonderful staff and phenomenal facilities. It also came highly recommended at wedding fayres.

The theme was growing and based around my family’s gardening background; our garden centre and floristry business. Our wedding quote was ‘let love blossom’. With this in mind we chose a green colour scheme.

A Garden Wedding at Headlam Hall (c) Tim Stewart Photography (16)

I had my mum to give me away at the ceremony as my dad Keith, had sadly passed away the year before the wedding. The service was very personal and included a hymn dedicated to my dad.

A Garden Wedding at Headlam Hall (c) Tim Stewart Photography (42)

I wore a fine laced fishtail dress which was trimmed with pearls and diamantes. My full length veil was then held in place by a matching side headdress of pearls and diamantes. The designer of the dress was Essense of Australia and I bought from Dobinsons of Darlington. Mrs Dobinson was extremely helpful throughout and offered good advice. I chose the dress due to the detail on the one shoulder strap, which I loved.

Mike wore a charcoal grey suit with a silver waist coat hired from Affleck and Moffat, Darlington. He also wore a slim green handmade cravat by Dobinsons of Darlington, which was made using the same material as the bridesmaid dresses. The groomsmen wore identical outfits to Mike, again hired from Affleck and Moffat in Darlington.

A Garden Wedding at Headlam Hall (c) Tim Stewart Photography (31)

The pageboys had stylish green bow ties, grey shorts, grey braces, white shirts and cool white Converse high tops. Our youngest page boy was a baby and he wore a silk, white rompa suit with a green bow tie and white Converse high tops to match the elder two boys.

My bridesmaids had short silk, blue grass green dresses and carried green anthuriums, while our flower girl wore a full length ivory tulle dress with a green silk sash and a bow on the skirt. All dresses and accessories were purchased from Dobinsons of Darlington.

A Garden Wedding at Headlam Hall (c) Tim Stewart Photography (37)

We travelled to the venue in a coffee and cream Brenchley car, hired from GW Holmes & Son, based in Bishop Auckland.

A Garden Wedding at Headlam Hall (c) Tim Stewart Photography (48)

We chose Tim Stewart, from Northallerton, as our wedding photographer. We would highly recommend Tim due to the extremely personalised service that he offers. Prior to the wedding we had various meetings and discussed key photos we would like and whereabouts. To our benefit, Tim was also married at Headlam so knew the venue extremely well.

We also hired a videographer, Paul Robinson of PER Productions, who produced a wonderful wedding DVD capturing our precious moments.

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beside the sea. a pretty pastel wedding at newton hall, northumberland – michelle & nikki

April 23rd, 2015 | Rachel Parry

a seaside same sex wedidng at Newton Hall (c) Erica Tanith Photography (49)

Today’s stunning couple had Northumberland’s first same sex marriage, and the stylish ladies certainly made sure it would be an event to remember.

Michelle and Nikki chose a gorgeous seaside location for their romantic celebration, complete with pretty floral decorations and vintage touches.

Nikki looked gorgeous in her lace Essense of Australia gown while Michelle rocked a sophisticated Marc Jacobs fitted suit during their summer ceremony.

Following the “I dos” there were cocktails, delicious food and a host of live entertainment, what more could you want from a wedding?

With images by Erika Tanith Photography.

a seaside same sex wedidng at Newton Hall (c) Erica Tanith Photography (5)

nikki says: We went travelling around Australia together and got engaged just after midnight on 1st January 2010 on Sydney Harbour. We were enjoying celebrating the New Year out on a boat in the lightshow next to the Opera House when I asked Michelle to marry me.

a seaside same sex wedidng at Newton Hall (c) Erica Tanith Photography (8)

We were married on 14th July 2014. We picked the date as it is in-between both our birthdays and we really wanted summer wedding.

We chose to marry at Newton Hall. As soon as we visited we knew we wouldn’t find anywhere else that compared. The hall and grounds were exclusive to us all day and night. The location was perfect with a beach nearby and we often visit Northumberland for day trips.

a seaside same sex wedidng at Newton Hall (c) Erica Tanith Photography (16)

We didn’t have a particular theme as such but we quite liked the vintage look with a quirky twist to match the venue. We chose a pastel teal colour scheme as it would go nice with the venue, the season and complement the men’s’ light grey suits.

a seaside same sex wedidng at Newton Hall (c) Erica Tanith Photography (17)

I chose a dress from Essense of Australia, it was a very light ivory dress with a lace dress over the top – I picked it to match the vintage theme. The dress was light and comfortable. When shopping for my dress I couldn’t believe how heavy most of the gowns were and being a summer wedding was relieved when I found my dress which was much lighter. Michelle wore a fitted black suit and blouse from Marc Jacobs.

a seaside same sex wedidng at Newton Hall (c) Erica Tanith Photography (21)

The bridesmaids wore light teal dresses from Debenhams to match the theme while the men and children wore light grey suits from Next with black ties.

a seaside same sex wedidng at Newton Hall (c) Erica Tanith Photography (27)

Our hair and makeup artist was a very talented lady called Maxine Ayre. She did a wonderful job of the hair and makeup for everyone in the bridal party. It is very rare that you find someone who can do both hair pinups and makeup to such a high standard. Would highly recommend – couldn’t have wished for a nicer person and who made us feel so relaxed on the morning too knowing we were in good hands.

a seaside same sex wedidng at Newton Hall (c) Erica Tanith Photography (35)

Michelle and her family stayed at nearby Doxford Hall the night before so travelled in a VW Campervan which we hired from Brooklands Wedding Cars.

a seaside same sex wedidng at Newton Hall (c) Erica Tanith Photography (38)

Erika Tanith was our photographer, we would certainly recommend her. The quality and creativity of her photos were stunning and she felt like part of the family on the day.

a seaside same sex wedidng at Newton Hall (c) Erica Tanith Photography (47)

I carried memory lane and avalanche roses in my bouquet which was made by talented florists at Floral Quarter. Throughout the planning of the wedding we purchased various quirky items we thought the floral decorations would look good, from miniature teapots to jam jars and wooden boxes. Floral Quarter provided the flowers and arrangements within these and really pulled everything together beyond our expectations. Would highly recommend them.

a seaside same sex wedidng at Newton Hall (c) Erica Tanith Photography (48)

As favours we gave ‘little bags of happiness’ which we made and put together ourselves.

The cake was three tiers, each with a different flavour, simply decorated with some falling roses. It was provided by Lilly Jack Cakes.

a seaside same sex wedidng at Newton Hall (c) Erica Tanith Photography (50)

We attended a few wedding open days at Newton Hall where they give out free cocktails and showcased the evening food options. We were also treated to a complimentary menu taster session at the As You Like It restaurant to help us choose or favourite food and drink for the big day.

a seaside same sex wedidng at Newton Hall (c) Erica Tanith Photography (53)

To entertain our guests while we were getting photographs taken down at the nearby beach we hired Magic Paul, a very talented magician. We also hired two sets of musical entertainment from AMV Music. Annabelle Pattinson played acoustic guitar and sang before and after the ceremony. For the evening entertainment we had a seven-piece band called Livewire. We did a lot of research on the entertainment as Michelle comes from a musical family (her mum was a singer in the North East) so it was going to be a big part of our day. Once we discovered them we knew immediately they were for us. Livewire were fantastic – they learnt our first dance song, let us choose their playlist and even allowed Michelle and her mum to sing a couple of songs!

a seaside same sex wedidng at Newton Hall (c) Erica Tanith Photography (9)

To add some special touches we hired ‘Love’ lights from Coco Luminaire to set the room off. Instead of a traditional guest book we had a fingerprint tree for our family and friends to stamp their finger prints. We now have this framed in our living room as a daily reminder or our special day. We also had photographs of our parents and grandparents on their wedding day and a candle to remember those that couldn’t be with us. We set up a large vintage picture frame hung by ropes from a tree which our guests loved getting their photos taken at.

a seaside same sex wedidng at Newton Hall (c) Erica Tanith Photography (41)

We would definitely recommend our wedding venue o other couples. We were made to feel so special and the staff went above and beyond to make everything flow without us even noticing. They were amazing!

a seaside same sex wedidng at Newton Hall (c) Erica Tanith Photography (59)

We couldn’t pick a favourite part of the day – we loved all of it! Truly, from the moment Michelle arrived through to the ceremony, the photos, meal, toast and then the evening – it was just fantastic! After the ceremony it was great to go to the beach just the two of us with Erika and spend quality time together taking everything in.

a seaside same sex wedidng at Newton Hall (c) Erica Tanith Photography (6)

The day after our wedding we went on honeymoon to Punta Cana in the Dominican for two weeks. It was beautiful, just like you imagine the Caribbean to be – the staff treated us to champagne, wine and cakes for our occasion. It was very special – we also visited Saona Island where the bounty advert was filmed, total paradise!

a seaside same sex wedidng at Newton Hall (c) Erica Tanith Photography (58)

Our top tip to other Brides Up North is to enjoy every minute and don’t worry what may go wrong – it really won’t matter on the day! We just couldn’t believe how quickly the day went by after over a year of planning. Savour every moment!

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pastel fantastical. a rustic wedding in the north west – leanne & tom

September 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime

a rustic wedding at Beeston Manor (c) Arushas Images (55)

Welcome to the week Brides Up North!  Let’s start this one super prettily, as we join Leanne and Tom for their rustically styled wedding day, full of beautiful blooms and soft pastels.  Very easy on the eye.

With images by Arusha’s Images.

a rustic wedding at Beeston Manor (c) Arushas Images (57)

Leanne says: Tom proposed on the 26th April 2013. We went for a walk on the beach in Morecambe. My 6 year old daughter took her metal detector & her & Tom were hunting for treasure when ‘surprisingly’ they stumbled across a message in a bottle which my daughter read out to me. It said “Leanne, I love you, will you marry me?”. When I turned around to look at Tom and he was on one knee with the most beautiful ring!

Our wedding date was Sunday 29th June 2014. We chose that date as it was one day before I turned 30!

We chose the beautiful Beeston Manor in Hoghton. The location was ideal for both sides of our family to travel to. It was a family run business & we loved the story of its history, being transformed from an old run down ruin of a barn into a stunning wedding venue, by its owners John Bickerstaffe & his father. The grounds & gardens were amazing & each room had a lovely intimate feel to it. It was a blank canvas which I loved as I am quite fussy with decor & a lot of places we looked at had pictures on the walls or carpets that clashed with the wallpaper. We loved all the stone & the wooden beams.  It was perfect!

I would not hesitate to recommend Beeston Manor to other couples. It is the most beautiful venue and the staff are fantastic.  They will work with you to ensure you have a wedding that is exactly how you want it.

The style of the wedding was quite rustic; hessian bows, bunting, jam jars, etc. We chose this as it worked well with the style of venue & all looked so pretty. The colour scheme was brought out mainly with the flowers. I chose ivory for my dress & also for my flower girls then pastel shades of pink, lilac, lemon, green & ivory for all the flowers & the cupcakes.

a rustic wedding at Beeston Manor (c) Arushas Images (15)

I chose an Essense of Australia gown from Butterfly Bridal in Lancaster. It was ivory, strapless, with a sweetheart neckline, drop waist and full skirt. The bodice was lace with a full tulle skirt with lace detail between each layer. It was stunning! I chose that dress because it was completely different to anything I had originally wanted & it made me feel like a princess. It was classy and glamorous & after trying on hundreds of different dresses that was the one that I kept thinking about & going back to!

My hand tied bouquet was provided by Abi’s Arrangements in Bare, Morecambe. She used a mix of flowers including spray roses, phlox, lisianthus, peonies, & gypsophila.

Tom wore a tailor made brown tweed suit by Victor Valentine. It was pretty unique.

We didn’t have groomsmen, or big bridesmaids. But the flower girls wore ivory dresses that had a full net skirt with scattered Swarovski crystals and big flowers attached, from BHS. They also had flower crowns by Abi’s Arrangements

a rustic wedding at Beeston Manor (c) Arushas Images (29)

Our photographer was Arusha Jenks from Arusha’s Images Photography. She was fantastic & we couldn’t recommend her enough! She arrived early so she could look around the venue and the grounds & find the best spots for our posed photos. She took photos throughout the day and captured all the special moments without intruding or getting in the way. She was so lovely & knew exactly what to do to get the best from us & get smiles from all the children! She has produced beautiful photos that we will treasure for the rest of our lives!

a rustic wedding at Beeston Manor (c) Arushas Images (21)

All the flowers for the wedding reception were provided by Abi’s Arrangements. Other decorations included decorated jam jars, hessian place mats and top table runner, bunting, place names cards & seating plan. All these little details were made by my mother in law, Shirley. She worked tirelessly to recreate all my ideas & she did a wonderful job!  The chair covers & bows were provided by Dalton’s Catering of Morecambe.

We had favours on the tables for our guests. These were shortbread biscuits with an iced heart design, they were wrapped in brown paper & tied with string & a “with love T & L” gift tag. These were also provided by Dalton’s Catering of Morecambe.

a rustic wedding at Beeston Manor (c) Arushas Images (19)

We decided to have a BBQ instead of a sit down 3 course meal. We both wanted something informal and it worked so well. We had homemade burgers, sausages & BBQ chicken with floured buns, salad, jacket potatoes and garlic bread. We had so many compliments about the food. It was delicious! In the evening, cones of chips were given out to our guests with all the condiments on the table. It was a great idea & perfect when you’ve had a few beers!

For our wedding cake, we chose vanilla, lemon & white chocolate cupcakes, decorated with iced flowers in pastel colours. They were yummy! These were also provided by Dalton’s Catering of Morecambe.

a rustic wedding at Beeston Manor (c) Arushas Images (23)

During the day we had a guy called Brendan McMahon, who sang and played guitar. I had found him busking in Manchester city centre a couple of months before the wedding, and just asked him there and then if he would play. He was fantastic! I knew I wanted the whole day to just feel really laid back and relaxed and he created the atmosphere perfectly!

Later in the evening we had a band called Sold to the Sky. They are very well known locally & were my first choice! They played a mixture of songs from ACDC to Rhianna and had everyone up dancing all night!

We also had a photobooth from The Party Project, which kept everyone laughing. It was a great idea & everyone loved.

I arranged a surprise for Tom. He was in the army for 7 years and was also in the pipe band: The Pipes & Drums 1st Battalion Scots Guards, as a base drummer. It was a huge part of his life which he loved and the other band members are some of his best friends so it seemed fitting to have them play on our wedding day. Along with a highland dancer from the regiment. Tom was so happy! It was the best present I could have given him, and he even got to play his old drum again with the band on our special day! Everyone danced along too!

a rustic wedding at Beeston Manor (c) Arushas Images (64)

My favourite part of the day was the look on my husband’s face, firstly when he saw me walking down the aisle towards him then later when he saw the Pipes and Drums play. Priceless memories. Also waiting to walk down the aisle seeing how excited my daughters & my other flower girls were. They all looked so beautiful.

a rustic wedding at Beeston Manor (c) Arushas Images (63)

We went on a cruise for our honeymoon. Starting in Barcelona, then moving to Cannes, Genoa, Rome, Montenegro, Croatia & ending in Venice! We had a week of child free, complete relaxation! Lounging by the pool. Afternoon siestas in the hammocks that looked out onto the beautiful views. Hot tubs, massages, great on-board entertainment! The ship was stunning. The food was amazing. I think we came home at least a stone heavier than when we left! It was so romantic. The perfect start to married life!

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to invite the people that mean the most to you, even if others may be offended. It’s your special day, surround yourself with all the special people in your life! Think outside the box, most hotels have wedding packages, but it doesn’t mean other options aren’t available! It’s your day, do it the way you want it!! Enjoy every single moment because it really does go so fast!

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