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real wedding recap summer 2017: vera wang for an intimate spring wedding at weston hall, staffordshire – laura & ryan

June 20th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 3rd July 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from the first half of the year so far. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

Dressed in a gorgeous Vera Wang mermaid style gown, Laura looked every inch the beautiful bride. And with a dreamy palette of rose, blush pink and champagne combined with a dazzling sprinkle of gold – this, we think, is a wedding exuding all things classically chic and romantic.

With images by Fairclough Photography.

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laura says: For his proposal, Ryan booked us a night away at Weston Hall in Stafford, as he knew how much I loved it there. When we checked into our lovely room I was hanging out of the window admiring the view of the terrace (dreaming of one day getting married there) then when I turned around he was on one knee with a huge grin on his face holding the most perfect ring! At first I thought he was joking but soon enough realised what he was actually asking. After all the crying, I remembered I to say yes!

The morning after the night before we went down for breakfast and I asked to see the Wedding planner at Weston Hall – there’s no time like the present, right?

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We knew we wanted a spring wedding so didn’t hesitate to book for the 27th May 2016, this was the Friday before the bank holiday and knew it was the perfect date! May is one of my favourite months, too, I just love spring and know there can be some beautiful sunny days in the month of May.

We got married at the prettiest church just down the road from Weston Hall, called St Andrews. Whenever we had drove past we always admired how quaint it looked. With all the beautiful blossom trees lining the church path, it seemed too perfect having the wedding ceremony there then afterwards celebrating at Weston Hall.

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We didn’t have a theme as such, all I knew was that I wanted it to look timeless and Weston Hall gave me the perfect backdrop to do so.

I chose a romantic colour palette consisting of rose, blush pink, nudes, champagne and lots of gold for a bit of glamour! I had these colours in mind from the beginning so when I found the bridesmaid dresses it all followed from there.

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I tried on what felt like hundreds of wedding dresses, realising that the mermaid style was what I really wanted. I had always loved the Vera Wang Gemma dress and had it at the back on my mind, so I decided to go for it as I was only going to get married once – and I am pleased that I did! When I tried it on, nothing compared; I just knew that dress was made for me. I felt a million dollars! I teamed it with some stunning bespoke accessories from Joan Brown Vintage in Leek, Staffordshire, and some amazing Jimmy Choo’s to finish it all off!

Ryan wore a really nice navy blue three-piece fitted suit from Next’s Signature collection with a skinny navy blue tie, tan brogues and belt. He looked very dapper! The groomsmen wore the same Signature suits from Next as Ryan.

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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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its a family affair. pops of pastel for a spring themed wedding at eaves hall – steph & matt

June 6th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Today’s real wedding couple Matt and Steph, fell in love with their chosen venue at first sight knowing that it would be just perfect for the family focused big day they had in mind.

Pops of pastels were picked to complement their springtime theme, while personal touches were added to remember their most nearest and dearest, resulting in a pretty and sentimental celebration.

And if you like the look of Matt & Steph’s wedding images, we have some excellent news that might just make your Monday. The photographers who photographed the day, 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/booking.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Fairclough Photography.

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steph says: We got engaged at the end of March 2014. We had arranged what I thought was a birthday meal for my sister in the restaurant we had our first date in. We had a gorgeous meal and a few wines and suddenly ‘our song’ came on in the back ground. I pointed it out to Matt and he just made this silly grin at me, and then there he was down on one knee in the middle of the restaurant with the most gorgeous ring in his hand. Neither of us spoke we just cried (like the big softies we are) – I’m not sure I’ve technically said yes yet.

We were married on 6th April 2016. We picked this date as it was the same date as our engagement party and we wanted it to be in the half term as Matt has two daughters and my sister works in a school. Generally, we just wanted everyone to be able to enjoy the build up to the wedding with us.

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Our wedding venue was Eaves Hall in Clitheroe. I fell in love with it at first sight, it’s the only place that we looked at because in my mum’s words “it just doesn’t get any better than this”. It was intimate and cosy, just perfect for the family filled wedding we wanted.

The theme was spring, we just wanted it to be pretty and understated and a little bit country, so this worked well. To complement the theme we chose pastel shades for the colour scheme and incorporated lots of different pastel flowers and some gorgeous daffodils, adding a lovely splash of colour.

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My dress was a lace A-line design, and lots bigger than I thought I would of picked! The train at the back was gorgeous and I spent most of the day swishing it around. I knew it was the dress for me when the lady in the shop went to help me out of it and I cried. My shoes were glittery blue shoes with a bow on the front from Irregular Choice. They were a gift from my sister (who was my maid of honour) as my something blue.

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don’t stop the party. ronald joyce for a fun filled wedding at abbey house hotel – steph & paul

March 24th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Top of the agenda for this morning’s wedding was ‘fun’ – taking just one look at the images below it’s clear to see that the bride and groom accomplished their aim. From the morning preparations to the ceremony and reception Steph and Paul, and their guests, just can’t stop smiling!

So let’s put on our dancing shoes and go join the party!

With images by Fairclough Photography.

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steph says: We got engaged during a concert at the O2 Academy in Liverpool. We were watching our favourite band Scouting for Girls, who we have seen live many times and their songs and performances have given us such special memories from the moment we met. Our song is Heartbeat and as the band started to perform our song, Paul turned to me and produced a dazzling ring and asked me to marry him. In all the excitement I forgot to answer, I was in a daze.  Eventually and after some prompting, I said yes!

We set the date for 16th August 2015, hoping for a sunny day – and it was!

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Our venue was Abbey House Hotel, Barrow-in-Furness and it was sort of fate how we came to pick it. We initially met John from Abbey House at a wedding fayre in Bolton and were taken back by the stunning imagery he was displaying.  Paul thought he recognised it and sure enough it was actually a hotel in the town Paul was born and raised in. We then entered a competition to win an overnight stay at Abbey House – and we won. When we booked our night’s stay we were keeping an open mind about the venue, but from the minute we pulled up we fell in love with the place. It ticked every box!

We didn’t have a wedding theme as such, we just wanted the day to be really fun. I picked coral for the colour scheme as it’s my favourite colour though it turned out to be the most awkward and challenging colour to match anything to.

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sweet like chocolate. a cadbury purple themed wedding at heskin hall – beth & dominic

March 1st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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If, like us, you have a weakness for all things chocolate related, this morning’s real wedding may well leave you craving a sweet treat. For bride and groom Beth and Dominic, centred their wedding celebrations around a timeless colour scheme of Cadbury purple, whilst adding shabby chic touches in elegant décor along the way.

So let’s sit back and enjoy the pretty (perhaps with a box of Milk Tray)…

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Fairclough Photography.

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beth says: We got engaged on the 20th September 2013, while in Olu Deniz, Turkey. It was the last night of our holiday and Dom really wanted us to head to the beach front before sunset but I insisted on taking a nap, by the time I had woken up darkness had descended so a wonder to the beach was out of the question. We went out for a lovely meal but Dom hardly touched his food complaining of a tummy ache so we then headed to our favourite bar overlooking the whole of Olu Deniz, though Dom was still complaining of a tummy ache so annoyed I said ‘I’m nipping to the toilet and then we’ll leave!” When I came back there was a Tiffany’s box on the table, I opened it up but it was empty then when I looked up Dom was there holding the ring. After several moments of silence I gave him a quick prompt and he popped the question!

Our wedding day was 20th June 2015. There was nothing particularly special about the date but I knew I wanted to get married in June because there’s no birthdays, holidays or other special occasions for us then. So it is now, and always, our anniversary month and nothing else (another good excuse for weekends away, meals, presents etc.)

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We got married at Rivington Church, which is where I was christened as a baby. It’s a small but beautiful church, set in the heart near to where I grew up. Our reception was held at Heskin Hall, near Chorley, Lancashire. It’s a Grade I listed building, dating back to 1545.

I tried to go with a shabby chic theme as I love vintage styles. We used a lot of hessian and lace and went with a Cadbury’s purple scheme to add a splash of colour. We didn’t over do it with the colour, but I felt it was timeless! Cadbury’s Dairy Milk has been rocking this colour for decades, and chocolate is still very much in fashion!

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rustic glam. maggie sottero for a romantic wedding at curradine barns – claire & stephen

February 16th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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This morning’s real wedding is brimming with pretty rustic and vintage touches to create the beautiful big day that bride Claire envisaged.

Using an elegant colour scheme of pastel pink, taupe and champagne, all elements of the day were beautifully tied together, from the blooms to the décor.

Claire’s stunning Maggie Sottero dress, accessorised with sparkling silver belt and headpiece, meanwhile added just the right amount of glam to the proceedings.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Fairclough Photography.

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claire says: We got engaged in Jamaica May 2014. Stephen organised a private, romantic candlelit dinner for two on the beach where we had our own personal chef and waiter. He proposed after our main course – I was so excited I couldn’t eat my dessert.

Our wedding day was 27th June 2015. I know you can never trust the weather in the UK but we were hoping for plenty of sunshine on the day, which is why we opted for June.

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We chose a gorgeous wedding venue called Curradine Barns, in a lovely town called Shrawley in Worcester. I wanted a beautiful romantic wedding in a imitate barn setting in the countryside and this venue fitted the bill perfectly. The Granary Barn, where we got married, is stunning chapel with exposed brick that worked so well with my rustic theme. Then there is The Barley Barn for the wedding breakfast, which again is stunning with its oak beams. As we had chosen a summer’s day we were hoping for fabulous weather (which we got) so we could make use of the picturesque court yard for drinks.

I love anything rustic and vintage so this was the wedding theme we chose. To fit in with the soft, romantic and rustic setting, we choose natural colours including pastel pink, taupe and champagne. We felt this would give it a classic vintage look.

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