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la bella vita. charlotte balbier for an italian-inspired wedding at east riddlesden hall – harriette & aaron

May 7th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh

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There’s a gorgeous, soft, uber-romantic quality to these sublime photos from Aaron and Harriette’s wedding at East Riddlesden Hall – everything feels a bit dreamy, like we’re seeing their day through their misty, love-tainted eyes. Maybe it’s the delicate pastel shades of their colour-scheme, or perhaps it’s down to the abundance of British blooms and natural foliage that filled their stunning venue. Whatever it is, we feel like we’re under a spell!

This wedding is brimming with accessible inspiration, from fairylights and bunting galore to rustic pallets and a relaxed sharing-plates menu. And we’re agog at the news that Aaron and Harriette pulled off the ultimate feat – securing their dream teaching jobs in Dubai, their honeymoon destination! “We went on honeymoon and never came back!” says Harriette. If they weren’t such a blatantly lovely couple we’d be green with envy…

With photography by Emily Olivia.

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harriette says: We got engaged at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire on the 6th December 2015. Chatsworth is my favourite country house; we’ve visited it several times with family and friends. It was a cold, wintry day and Aaron revealed afterwards that he’d planned to ask me to marry him next to the Emperor fountain with a view of the house and the grounds as a backdrop. Unfortunately though, he’d forgotten to bring a box for the ring! Luckily, there was a jewellery counter in the gift shop and the assistant had a spare box – she wished him good luck, apparently! When we arrived at the fountain Aaron turned to me and smiled. We hugged and I put my hands into his coat pocket, feeling the ring box! He promptly got down on one knee and popped the question!

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Our wedding date was 29th July 2017. There was no particular reason why we chose this date; although saying that, we’re both teachers and wanted a summer wedding with as many friends and family members there as possible, so the end of July seemed like the perfect fit.

We got married at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Pudsey, Leeds. This happened to be the church linked to my primary school, and the priest who married us was also the Chaplin at my secondary school. The reception took place at East Riddlesden Hall, near Keighley. We both wanted a barn wedding but found it really difficult to find something close by – most seemed to be down South or in North Yorkshire. Then one day, we came across East Riddlesden Hall and it was perfect! It had everything we wanted and the staff were amazing.

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We had lots of ideas when we were planning the wedding. In the end, we decided we wanted something rustic and Italian with lots of flowers and botanicals. When we first started dating, we went on holiday to the Italian lakes and loved it. We wanted to create something with the same feel: a large, relaxed, family and friends gathering with amazing food to reflect our personalities.

To fit in with our loose theme we wanted lots of flowers and foliage, so we decided on pastel colours: greens, pinks, blues and copper. We also really liked the idea of ‘literary’ invites so we chose Feel Good Invites’ vintage Penguin invitations. Ged was brilliant – quick to respond, really helpful with our designs and we couldn’t recommend him enough!

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My dress was from Lace and Co., Wakefield. I really wanted a bohemian, flowing dress and Charlotte Balbier’s designs just matched perfectly. The dresses were beautiful and they really suit the individual. The dress I chose was called Lily May and it was simple with a lovely bohemian feel. My Aunty Ann made my veil using a 17th century lace pattern and we’re going to keep it in the hope that it becomes a family heirloom. I wore my grandma’s engagement ring as well as a vintage cameo which we added to the bouquet as something old and borrowed.

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blossoming romance. suzanne neville for a fine art inspired wedding at rudding park – maria & simon

March 14th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

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Quite simply, today’s wedding is all kinds of pretty. From the bride’s beautiful bespoke gown to the dreamiest of floral arrangements, complete with plush hydrangeas and peonies – there’s lots of wonderful ideas and special touches from Maria and Simon’s celebrations to pin away to your heart’s content.

But, before we can even gush about these details, we have to talk about the fact that Maria underwent spinal surgery in the lead up to the wedding. We think you’ll agree, this adds extra significance to their nuptials, and we’re delighted to hear that Maria had a speedy recovery that didn’t hinder plans for their big day.

And what a big day it was! Exchanging vows against the grandiose backdrop of Leeds Cathedral, Maria and Simon then went on to host their celebrations at luxury Harrogate hotel, Rudding Park, set in 300 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland. Maria’s Italian and Greek heritage influenced their overall theme for the day, too, with pretty olive branches, a lemon tree and even Greek dancing all bringing Mediterranean feels to the proceedings. Read on as Maria tells all…

With images by Paul Read Weddings.

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maria says: We got engaged in August 2015, in Rome, at the beautiful Giardini degli Aranci (garden of oranges) with its stunning view of the city. We went just before sunset, and it was such a romantic setting. I really didn’t expect the proposal and after being there for a while, I asked when we could go for a Prosecco! It was then that Simon said it would be nice to take a seat on one of the benches further back from the wall.

Long story short, he said there was a reason he had brought me to the most beautiful secret spot in Rome, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Once I had stopped crying and said yes, we could hear applause from around the park – such a surreal moment but one we will never forget and that place will remain special for both of us forever.

My mum is Italian so I think Simon always knew he wanted to propose in Italy and it was a trip of a lifetime. We ate at a Michelin star restaurant afterwards but spent most of the evening on our phones telling our family and friends about the amazing news!

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We tied the knot on Saturday 24th June 2017.We chose this date as it was 11 years to the day since we first started going out.

We got married at Leeds Cathedral, where I used to sing in the choir. I have also known the priest (now a Monsignor) since I was a child, so it was perfect that he conducted the service for us.

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We then held the reception at Rudding Park in Harrogate, voted number one hotel in the UK by Trip Advisor for three years in a row. We knew immediately we wanted our wedding to be attended by all our friends and family, and had considered Amalfi (where my family heritage is from) but given difficulties with older family members being able to get there, we decided that there would be nowhere better than Yorkshire, especially given that I’m a Leeds girl and he’s a Wetherby boy.

We’ve both known Rudding Park for years and it was the perfect balance between city and country. The service at Rudding Park is exceptional and the new spa was going to open the year of our wedding – we just knew we were in safe hands. Plus, I have a pretty huge family and it is one of the few venues in Yorkshire that caters for more than120 people. It’s everything we wanted.

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I had spinal surgery for scoliosis in November 2016 – it was a huge procedure but I bounced back within three months – just in time for my wonderful wedding dress to be measured and created. I had often been really paranoid about my waist and I am so lucky to have had this corrected before I walked down the aisle. It seemed a long journey back to health and I had three months off work, but that just left more time for wedmin to take my mind off things!

We didn’t have a theme in the beginning, but once I started my Pinterest obsession, I realised I kept pinning things that were tagged as “fine art”. I tried to bring in a bit of a Mediterranean theme, along with pastel colours to keep things understated and elegant. For example, the olive branches on the cake and the lemon tree in the middle of the main hall, the soft candles, soft blues and pale pinks, and the menu was very much inspired by my Italian and Greek heritage. There was so much food! There was also Greek dancing and a bit of Italian Vin Santo which added much more alcohol to proceedings!

With regards to the pastel colour scheme, I wanted pale pinks and blues with Mediterranean greenery as I thought they would stand the test of time when looking back at the photographs. I also love hydrangeas and peonies which helped guide the colour scheme, and indeed the month of June for the wedding, when peonies are available and in bloom.

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real wedding recap: pronovias for an elegant wedding at grays court, york – katie & andrew

January 5th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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 9th January 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from 2016. 

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.

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If timeless elegance is your thing, prepare to fall head over heels as we share the beautiful big day of Katie and Andrew on the blog today.

Picking the stunning Grays Court hotel in York, as the impressive backdrop to their wedding, Katie and Andrew married in a romantic outdoor ceremony, complete with a petal and lantern-lined aisle.

Concentrating on the details, the champagne, blush and gold styling and florals are nothing short of sensational, and we adore the wedding party’s gorgeous attire too! Top marks all round!

With images by Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography.

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katie says: Andrew proposed in Mijas, Spain, in June 2015 on a family holiday. He had planned to propose during the first few days but my best friend also got engaged at the same time when we were away, which was amazing, but as a result, Andrew said he felt he had to wait a few more days so he could have his turn of getting down on one knee!

Knowing we always wanted to choose the engagement ring together and having been planning for a long time, he proposed with a Pandora engagement charm, getting down on one knee in the botanical gardens in Mijas in the hills overlooking the Spanish coast – it was beautiful! Andrew had asked my mum for my hand in marriage the day before so everyone knew about it except me. I didn’t have a clue!

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We set the date for Saturday 14th May 2016. Our venue had an outside ceremony area within stunning gardens, so it was vital that we had a spring or summer date. This was the only date left in May and it was extra special as I turned 30 in the same week.

Our chosen venue was Grays Court hotel, in York. It is an elegant, luxury, boutique 11th Century house with outstanding features, long gallery and breath-taking gardens. York walls overlook the venue and we found Grays by chance ourselves in 2010 when walking the walls and witnessed a beautiful wedding there in the gardens. York was one of our first city breaks together and we go every year so it is a special place for us. We didn’t entertain anywhere else when choosing the venue.

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We had always wanted black tie tuxedos and elegance as the style of the wedding, and so we planned a classic, romantic, intimate, English wedding with lots of style and detail.

For the colour palette, we had lots of white, champagne, blush and gold tones, with fantastic details. It was the colour scheme we naturally gravitated to and complemented our venue.

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When dress shopping, I chose to visit Eternity Bridal Wear in Cheshire, as it was a local stockist of Pronovias, which was the designer I wanted to try the most. It was the only shop we went to and about five dresses in, we found ‘the one’. I always knew I would end up in a fitted dress with back detailing however this was more embellished with beading and a tulle train and I totally fell in love with it. Karl, Zoe and Ann at Eternity are amazing and Zoe knew which would be the dress for me when she asked my mum and nan to close their eyes as I came out of the dressing room. The store is beautiful too. I wanted something that felt like me, something I felt comfortable and beautiful in with lots of detailing but something I could also dance in.

Accessories-wise, I chose a Joyce Jackson two tier cathedral length veil embellished with Swarovski crystals, it glittered in the sun! My crystal embellished bridal shoes where from Badgley Mischka shipped from America, I wanted something different and sparkly. I also wore a Tiffany & Co bracelet, which was a wedding gift from Andrew.

On the morning of the wedding my bridal party’s hair was styled by Emily Hawkes, who went above and beyond and even helped me get into my shoes and dress.

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