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peonies & daises for a relaxed wedding at danby castle – katy & ross

September 13th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Having lived, met and studied at a number of locations around the UK, today’s real wedding couple had the choice of several areas in which to tie the knot, but it was a beauty spot in North Yorkshire that caught their eye.

Taken with the natural beauty of Danby Castle, Katy and Ross planned a relaxed wedding with both pretty and personal elements, including rustic table settings, bespoke bridesmaid dresses and vintage transport.

With images and video by Babb Photo.

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katy says: Ross proposed to me on the lawn outside St Paul’s Cathedral. He’d been carrying the ring around in his pocket for several months waiting for the perfect moment. We’d been together for nearly eight years and I’d given up thinking he would ask. It was perfect and a complete surprise!

We set the date for 4th June 2016. It was one of the only dates left at our chosen wedding venue, Danby Castle, and we knew we wanted to have outdoor elements to the wedding so we opted for a warmer month of the year.

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Picking the location for the wedding was always going to be a bit of a task as Ross is from Bristol, I’m from Middlesbrough, we met at university in Bath and we now live in London. Our guest list had people coming from all over the UK but the bulk of them were my big family, which meant something in the North East would be easier. I loved the idea of coming to the venue from my family home and we both loved the idea of showing some of our southern friends the nice bits of the north. We fell in love with Danby Castle as soon as we saw it, it had so much warmth and charm, as did the amazing staff.

We didn’t have a wedding theme as such but both Ross and I have creative jobs so we were always going to have fun picking things for the wedding. The main thing was for it to not feel too formal and have a bit of a homemade approach. The venue already had so much rustic charm it didn’t feel like we needed to add much.

We didn’t have a proper colour scheme either. I tend not to match most days so it seemed strange to be strict about it for the wedding, but we did try to stick with a summery pastel palette.

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I got my dress from the Bridal Lounge in Northallerton, and they were so helpful and patient! Before I started dress shopping I thought I’d want something bohemian, understated and definitely no veil. But then I started trying on all the dresses and I remember thinking I’ll never wear a big dress like this on any other day. I loved the swishy skirt of the dress and how comfortable it was, the detail on the back was my favourite, as well as the pockets! As soon as I put the veil on I was sold! My shoes were from Rachel Simpson and I loved them as soon as I tried them on!

Ross was keen to have the men in normal suits rather than anything too formal. We hired his suit from Moss Bros, as well as his tie.

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daisies & dicky bows. a springtime wedding at wentworth castle gardens – jenny & shawn

September 7th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Today’s real wedding is likely to evoke a fair few “oohs” and “aahs”, not only due to the adorable flower girls and mini ring bearers, but also the beautiful blooms and adorable décor.

Taking place at Wentworth Castle Gardens in South Yorkshire, bride and groom Jenny and Shawn, were keen to have a bright and happy wedding that gave a nod to the season whilst, most importantly, featured those closest to them.

The outcome is a relaxed yet beautifully styled big day, filled with love, laughter and cuddles!

With images by Fox & Owl.

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jenny says: Shawn and I grew up together, living only a street apart during childhood. As we grew up we became friends and as we got older we worked together – over time a romance blossomed.

Shawn proposed to me on our one-year anniversary, during a holiday to Gran Canaria. We were going out for dinner to celebrate and he was insistent on the idea of us going for a walk down to the beach so we went walking through the sand dunes and sat watching the sunset. That is where he asked me to marry him.

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Our wedding was on the 26th March 2016. We chose this date because I personally love Easter and because it’s usually a season where we spend a lot of time together as a family.

We have six children between us and lots of children within the family, therefore it was important to us that our wedding was as child friendly as possible. We wanted it to be a relaxed day for all. And as much as we wanted our children involved in the day, they were under no pressure to do anything. We didn’t put expectations onto the flower girls to walk down the aisle – but they did and were wonderful little spring fairies!

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Our civil ceremony was held in the conservatory of Wentworth Castle Gardens in Barnsley. We found choosing a venue so daunting. At first and had no idea where to begin the search. We sat chatting about it one day and I asked Shawn, “If we could get married anywhere, where would you choose?” He answered, “A castle”. After a simple Google search Wentworth Castle Gardens popped up and so we went for a little look around. The grounds were exceptionally pretty and as the courtyard came into view we saw a wedding taking place. We could really picture it for our own. That was when we decided it was the venue for us.

With the wedding falling at the start of spring, and on Easter weekend, we decided on a loose Easter/spring theme, using a mostly white and yellow colour palette.

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I had two wedding dresses for the big day. During the ceremony and wedding breakfast I wore a Wtoo dress that I purchased at Mia Sposa in Huddersfield. Later, for the evening reception, I changed into a custom-made Honeypie Boutique dress, which was a 50’s tea length, heavily petticoated design, accessorised with a gold glitter bow and a birdcage veil from Crown and Glory. I also wore Irregular Choice ‘Mr & Mrs’ shoes. They were gold and sparkly with a cute kitsch heel. They were very “me” and were one of my very first purchases for the wedding. In terms of jewellery, I wore a pair of earrings, which I purchased from a store on Etsy, and my necklace was a gift from my mum on the morning of the wedding.

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spring romance – lemon & grey for a rustic wedding at healey barn – kay & neal

July 4th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Well hello there readers, after a small blogging break we’re back, fired up and ready to go! To get things started we’re sharing this stunning rustic wedding, which took place at one of our Dream Venues, the gorgeous Healey Barn.

Letting the gorgeous building speak for itself, today’s bride and groom kept the décor simple with subtle nods to the season in their colour palette and flower choices. All in all a very pretty day featuring tears, smiles, kisses and laughter!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Paul Liddement Wedding Stories.

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kay says: We got engaged in summer 2014, when we were on our ‘babymoon’ in Murcia. We went for a lovely romantic meal and half way through Neal got down on one knee and popped the question with the most beautiful ring – of course, I said yes. As we have always wanted a spring wedding we set the date for 18th March 2016.

Our chosen venue was Healey Barn in Riding Mill, Northumberland. As soon as we saw it we fell in love with the place. It is beautiful and was the perfect size for the wedding we wanted.

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As the barn is so beautiful as it is there was no real need for us to ‘style’ or ‘theme’ the wedding and so our aim was purely to create a relaxed atmosphere for everyone. For the colour scheme we chose ‘happy’ spring colours as a nod to the season.

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I wore a lovely fishtail style dress by Mori Lee, which I bought from a boutique called Brides Dream. I added a belt, for just a touch of sparkle, and wore cobalt blue heels as my something blue. Diva Dust then took care of mine and the bridesmaids’ makeup on the day of the wedding. Everyone looked beautiful.

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typically us. raffia and roses for a moving wedding at sandon hall – nicola & matt

June 17th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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We just love all the little personal touches and surprises that today’s bride and groom incorporated into their big day.

From undercover entertainment to secret menu choices, Nicola and Matt planned a wedding day to reflect them as a couple whilst also keeping their guests on their toes.

If, like us, you are captivated by their stunning wedding images which capture the emotion of the day so perfectly, we have some excellent news for you. The photographers behind the images, the fabulous Katie and James from Fairclough Photography, are offering our readers an amazing £200 off their full day wedding package for those that book before 30th June 2016. Just quote ‘BUN16’, when enquiring or booking.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Fairclough Photography.

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nicola says: We got engaged on 26th July 2014. We decided to book a short break in Summerbridge, North Yorkshire, as we’d been there not long after we first got together in 2010. We stayed at the exact same place – Springwood Lodges – in a totally secluded area, surrounded by nature, in a lovely log cabin, which was perfect for a romantic break away from the hustle and bustle! We were enjoying some bubbles in the hot tub when Matt announced he needed to get a top up from inside. When he returned and had settled back into the water, he reached over the side of the hot tub, but instead of turning back round with a glass in his hand, he had a ring box! He’d picked out the most perfect ring I could imagine and after 20 or so “Oh My Gods”, I said yes!

We set the date for 22nd August 2015 as we wanted to go for a Saturday in the summer to make it as easy as possible for all family to attend – and give us the best chance of sunshine!

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Sandon Hall in Stafford, was our chosen venue for the wedding. Not only is the building stunning, but we had access to the grounds for the day, which are breath-taking! Our families are pretty much all based within 30 minutes of the venue, which is lovely and rural. Funnily enough what clinched the venue for us was a ‘sign’ from nature. When we got engaged in Summerbridge we spent a lot of time relaxing outside on the decking and saw a Jay bird for the first time in the wild – we saw our second one when we were just turning the corner on the long driveway up to the hall the first time we went to view the hall!

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We didn’t have a theme as such for the wedding, we just wanted to be ourselves more than anything – still look like us in the pictures, have music we enjoyed and food we loved. The venue is so incredible it didn’t need a great deal of styling so I opted for a neutral colour scheme of pale pinks, champagne and gold for a classic look, a little bunting here and there and lots of natural textures, such as wood and raffia.

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personal & unique. victoria kay for an intimate wedding at the belle epoque – stephanie & gary

June 9th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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The saying about quality and quantity could not be truer of the lovely real wedding that we are sharing with you on the blog today.

With a modest guest list of 38 day guests and 53 evening guests, Stephanie and Gary wanted their intimate wedding to be a reflection of them as a couple, whilst also being an enjoyable and memorable event for their guests.

Picking a unique venue and prioritising elements such as the photography, food and entertainment, whilst getting stuck into some DIY décor, meant that Stephanie and Gary could have the special day they had dreamt of, whilst remaining still within budget. Excellent work guys!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.

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stephanie says: We got engaged on the 28th May 2014. I had my suspicions that Gary was going to do it soon as he’d booked for us to go for afternoon tea at the Hilton in Manchester. We were in the process of buying our house and the Wednesday before when we were booked for afternoon tea, we’d had our final meeting with the bank to say the mortgage had been agreed. We went to the pub after to celebrate and then came home. I got my PJs on, put the bins out and put the washing on, just usual things to do on a Wednesday, and turned round to find Gary with two glasses of whiskey. He asked me to come with him into the front room and gave me a glass and then got down on one knee with a ring. It took me by surprise! I never wanted a huge spectacle of an engagement so what he did was perfect. He’d even been on his own to get the ring and got it spot on!

We were married on the 24th March 2016, the Thursday before the bank holiday weekend. We got together on the 27th March 2008 so knew we wanted a date around when we got together and we wanted a weekday wedding. The Thursday was a good choice because most people then had the bank holiday Friday off work to recover!

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We got married at The Belle Epoque in Knutsford, Cheshire. It was the only venue that we went to look round and we knew straight away it was the one for us. We wanted somewhere that was unique, intimate and personal. From our first meeting there, all the staff were so incredibly helpful and we loved that it was a family business and not part of a large chain of hotels. We could pick and choose what we wanted for our day and we could stay there the night of the wedding and have breakfast with family the day after. The setup of the venue was ideal too; we loved that each part of the wedding was in a separate room and guests didn’t have to be shipped off somewhere whilst the room was re-organised and that people could sit away from the DJ during the evening do and chat. Generally, it’s an absolutely stunning venue!

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Gary and I are self-confessed beer geeks, so beer had to feature heavily in our wedding. I also wanted to still keep it girly and vintage-y too so I guess the theme was ‘Beer and Birds’ Each table was named after one of our favourite breweries and we had a selection of their bottles as table decorations with fake roses in. The men’s buttonholes were made of beer bottle caps and I had beer bottle caps on my bouquet. All the stationery featured vintage birds and we had a birdcage table plan. I got the design from Dollface Design on Etsy. My mum was unsure when I told her my vision but everyone said how unique and ‘us’ is was.

I am quite girly so pink was the colour theme but very subtly! I didn’t make Gary wear anything pink. We just had pink roses in the table decorations and my bridesmaid wore pink. The buttonholes did have small pink rose buttons on, which my bridesmaid and I also had in our bouquets.

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minted. a handmade wedding in the shetland islands – rachel & david

December 10th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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This morning’s real wedding couple decided to focus their handmade wedding day on three important factors – their faith, family & friends.

So after a traditional service at their church of choice, David and Rachel went to a local hotel for delicious food and entertaining speeches followed by tea and cake, giving them plenty of time to spend with those nearest and dearest to them.

With images by AnnaJoy Photography.

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rachel says: David knows how much I like a good treasure hunt, and so set me one as part of our engagement in December 2014. He had me drive around all our favourite places in Glasgow where he’d placed clues, including the church where we first met, the King’s Theatre where we had our first fancy date and our favourite Subway! The last clue led me to Bothwell Castle where he was waiting with the ring, which we had designed ourselves. It was so romantic!

We set the date for 22nd August 2015. David works through the summer months of June and July and I started university in September. We wanted enough time for a two week honeymoon and just about squeezed it in!

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I’m from the Shetland Islands and I have a ginormous family, so we decided getting married up North would be better! Getting married in a church was very important to us because we wanted God to be part of our marriage from the very beginning. We chose the Lerwick Baptist Church because it’s beautiful and has enough space to seat all the afore-mentioned family members! The church was built a few years ago and so is nice and modern and beautiful inside and out. Our wedding breakfast was held at The Shetland Hotel.

We love vintage, rustic and wild things, and so wanted to incorporate these into our special day. We thought that reflected our personalities better than super chic or blingy!

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