February 17th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
We don’t usually repeat posts here on the blog, but (like we reminded you earlier on today!) we’re hosting A POP-UP Mini Wedding Festival at The Bowdon Rooms next Sunday 26th February from 11am till 3pm, and we’re so excited that we wanted to remind you exactly how fabulous this versatile venue can be!
For any brides out there considering a vintage dress for your big day, today’s real wedding is likely to seal the idea as part of your plans. Just looking at today’s bride Anna in her unique vintage gown makes us go weak at the knees as she radiates such flawless beauty and elegance.
In line with her choice of attire, Anna’s wedding to beau Dan followed a vintage festival route with the ‘I dos’ and party taking place at one-of-a-kind venue, The Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire, with homemade décor to match.
Now, on with the pretty…
With images by Eclection Photography.
anna says: We got engaged in 2013 on a beach in Kefalonia. We’d spent the day sailing over to Ithaca on a little boat and then made a picnic to take down to our local beach. I had no idea it was on the cards until Dan suggested getting some fizz, and then I had an inkling!
We got married on 23rd August 2014. We chose the date because it was a bank holiday weekend and we wanted get the most out of our celebrations with a day-after party at my mum’s house.
Our wedding took place at The Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire. We chose it because it’s in the area I grew up, close to my mum’s house, old school and teenage drinking haunts! We really wanted a local feel to our wedding and The Bowdon Rooms really provided that. We actually made the decision to book it when we popped into the Brides Up North wedding fair there and saw how lovely the space could look. The fact we could decorate and personalise the space as much as we wanted was a big deciding factor and the team at The Bowdon Rooms really accommodated this – especially when helping us hang hundreds of paper pom poms!
We didn’t really have a theme but we knew we wanted to go colourful, instead of traditional white/cream. We also wanted to have seasonal wild flowers on the tables with a vintage, DIY kind of look so I guess that defined our theme. Our wedding invitation also lent itself to this as we worked with an illustrator called Ryn Frank, who specialises in flora and fauna designs, and designed us a beautiful illustrated wedding wreath for our invites.
December 5th, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth
After tying the knot across the pond in Las Vegas, Toni and James decided that it was time to celebrate with family and friends back in the UK. And, boy, did they do it in style.
Their big day was all about the party vibes, combining their wedding not only with New Year’s Eve celebrations, but James’ birthday too.
Their plush black, white and gold theme was an inspired choice, complete with a nod, or three, to their new life in America. And as Toni reveals, the couple really did turn a few bridal traditions right on their head.
With images by Joe Stenson
toni says: After two years together James moved to San Diego in California. When he was offered a permanent job, we had to decide whether to leave our family and friends and start a new life together in the US, and that meant taking the plunge and getting married quicker than anticipated. So we did! It all happened within the space of three months; engagement, and a wedding in Vegas with just three friends.
James proposed when I was visiting him in Huntington Beach, Orange County, on 18th February 2013. We hired a little boat to cruise around Balboa Island in Newport Beach and then returned to Huntington Beach to watch the sunset. He encouraged me to go for a walk on the beach and we ended up sitting on the Number 1 Lifeguard Tower Stand. My 30th birthday was only a couple of weeks away and so he started telling me that he wanted to get me something I would love, keep and wear all the time. And then he held out my ring!
Our original wedding was on 5th April 2013 in Las Vegas, but that’s not how I imagined my wedding would be. So two years on we started planning a wedding celebration that we could share with our family and friends in the UK.
We wanted the emphasis to be on throwing an amazing party, and that’s why we chose New Year’s Eve, 2015. Not only did we think that NYE would add an extra element of excitement for our guests, but it’s also James’ birthday! I also liked the thought of having a winter wedding, which meant we weren’t relying on the weather.
It was tricky finding a venue in Leeds that would be available on NYE, serve past midnight and hold 150 guests. After researching several venues, I had a dream that featured The Faversham, Leeds – I woke up and knew it would be the perfect venue. The great thing about The Faversham is that it’s not only a beautiful building set in the grounds of Leeds University, but you have exclusive use of the venue too.
We wanted our wedding to be unique, with quirky touches that were personal to us. We wanted a glam yet simple style with a party vibe. The theme was centered on NYE/time, with an element of USA v UK.
November 23rd, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth
For today’s real wedding, we’re getting swept away by the enchantment of Victoria and Matthew’s beautiful wedding set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.
Combining the tradition of a church ceremony with the decadence of a castle, hotel and stately home for their celebrations – this is a wedding with class and sophistication in spades, and we simply adore every little detail from their special day!
With images by Andy Sutcliffe Photography.
victoria says: Matthew proposed during a surprise break away to Rome, leaving me guessing right until check in at the airport as to where we were going. Little did I know that in the luggage that I’d been carting around, on and off trains and through the airport, there was an engagement ring.
The hotel in Rome had a balcony that overlooked the city and the view was incredible. Every day the hotel staff kept leaving bottles of champagne and strawberries in the room and I had no idea why. I just thought it was all part of their hospitality and even said that we should stay in this hotel more often, as I felt like a princess.
We visited many historical sights and enjoyed sightseeing around the city, including a visit to the Vatican. On the final evening, I was so exhausted from walking around that I suggested that we should stay at the hotel for a meal, but Matthew insisted that we should go out. When we arrived back at the hotel, the balcony had been lit up with candles and there was a large parcel wrapped up on the table with a bottle of champagne. I was very surprised and I thought Matthew was too. Matthew insisted I open the parcel. Initially I thought it was a gift from the hotel, because of all the surprises they kept sending to us each night. I carefully tore the paper and inside was a canvas with photographs of Matthew’s niece and nephews holding up signs reading, “Will you marry Uncle Matthew please?” At this point, Matthew got onto one knee and pulled a ring box from his pocket and asked me to marry him. Of course, I said yes!
A few days after we returned home, I received a postcard stamped from Vatican City. Matthew had sent me a postcard when we were in the Vatican City saying that by now he hopes that I am his fiancée and can’t wait to marry me. I didn’t even notice that he had done this and I was with him the whole time. This came as a great surprise. Just as well I said yes!
We got married on 3rd August 2015. The ceremony took place at St. Joseph and St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Richmond, North Yorkshire. We chose this church as it was fairly local to our reception venue – Swinton Park in Masham, North Yorkshire. Our local priest, Father Butters was able to conduct the ceremony too, which made it even more special.
We had a Roman Catholic ceremony with two readings. The first was from the letter of St. Paul to the Philippians, read by the mother of the groom and then then a reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians read by my godmother. We also had bidding prayers that were read by our eight-year-old nephew Louis, and my cousin Michelle.
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August 31st, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Today’s real wedding came after a whirlwind proposal with Daniel asking Sophie for her hand in marriage on their first year anniversary (boyfriends out there dragging their feet – take note!)
The most important factor for Daniel and Sophie was that the wedding was both fun and relaxed and so they made their day simply about them as a couple, and celebrated with their very nearest and dearest.
The result – a chilled out big day with smiles and laughter galore!
With images by 83 Photography.
sophie says: Daniel proposed on our one-year anniversary, completely unexpectedly. He lived in Manchester, and I lived in London. He’d arrived at my flat after a long bus journey, it was late, he was unpacking his bag and then he handed some presents to me – one of which was an engagement ring! I didn’t say yes at first as I was in such shock! We had quite a long engagement – our wedding was just over three years later.
We chose the date of 9th April for the wedding because we wanted to have our reception at Redcar Cricket Club and therefore had to accommodate the cricket season (or set a wedding date with only six months’ notice, once the fixtures were out). So we went with the last possible Saturday before the cricket season started – actually, it was the first day of the season but the manager said he would switch the fixture if they were drawn at home for the first match!
We were married at Christ Church Coatham, in Redcar, where I was christened and which is attached to the primary school I went to as a child. We originally planned to get married near to where we live in London, but none of the venues felt ‘right’, whereas Redcar did.
We didn’t have a theme as such, we just wanted a fun and relaxing day. I guess if anything the theme was ‘us’. We decorated the cricket club with boards we’d made; one had items from running /adventure events we’ve done together, one had cards we’d sent when we lived apart, and the other had gig tickets. Our table names meanwhile were albums of artists that played at the festival where we met – All Tomorrow’s Parties in Butlins, Minehead.
We didn’t really have a colour scheme either, again just wanting to keep things simple. My mum picked the flowers which were very natural whites and greens.
June 24th, 2016 | Julia Braime
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 4th July 2016 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year.
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.
As soon as Brides Up North sponsor James Tracey told us he’d shot a Halifax couple’s New York wedding we knew it would be good, but it isn’t good – it’s flippin’ fantastic, as you’ll see for yourselves.
Keen travellers Anna and Andy chose to go all out with their wedding by saying their ‘I dos’ in the iconic Central Park before hailing down a taxi cab, with James in tow, to travel around the city’s top tourist spots stopping for amazing photograph opportunities along the way.
It’s amazing how time seems to stand still for Anna and Andy’s intimate moments on their big day but the bustling city of New York keeps going at lightening pace in background. The Grand Central Station picture is my absolute favourite. All in all, a stateside stunner!
With images by James Tracey Photography.
anna says: Our three-year-old daughter Isabel and Andy woke me up with breakfast in bed one morning. Isabel came in holding a ring box and asked me to marry her daddy. Isabel then opened the ring box she was holding and took the ring out put it on herself and gave me the empty box! Following the proposal, Andy took me to our favourite hotel for the night, The Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey.
The date of our wedding was 25th June 2015 – the day before my birthday. My birthday fell on a Friday this year and in New York you can only get married in Central Park Monday to Thursday, so we picked the nearest date.
We chose to get married at Central Park, New York as the city is very special to us. Last time we were there I found out I was pregnant with Isabel shortly after returning home. We also both love travelling and wanted to do something different whilst also getting married abroad. We had a reception back in the UK in August at 53 Degrees North in Halifax.
We knew it was going to be hot in New York at that time of year and had planned to travel round the city immediately after getting married with James Tracey our photographer so we could document our day with some of the famous iconic sites of New York. New York is renowned for style so we both wanted to echo this in what we wore.
I chose a simple but elegant ivory dress wore from Ghost and some Jimmy Choo champagne peep toe shoes. I took some inspiration from Pippa Middleton as thought she looked amazing when she was bridesmaid for her sister and I liked the style of what she wore. I also thought it would look more classic against the inner city back drops of New York. On the wedding day Sharon Becker Hair & Beauty did my makeup and hair which were faultless and stayed on/in place all day without any need for reapplication.
On the wedding day we travelled around in a traditional New York yellow taxi and I carried a bouquet of ivory roses wrapped with ivory ribbon.
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March 2nd, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Did someone say vera wang? That’s right, today’s beautiful bride tied the knot whilst wearing the top bridal designer’s sensational Lark gown, complete with delicate floral lace overlay and a show-stopping organza ruffle mermaid skirt. Just wow!
Other stylish elements of Katy and Warren’s big day include the maids’ beautiful sky blue dress, the men’s dapper grey suits and the pale, blousy blooms, to name but a few.
We’ll leave the talking to Katy…
With images by Adamskii Photography.
katy says: We got engaged whilst holidaying in Thailand over New Year. It was New Year’s Eve and Warren had organised for us to attend a party on a beach on the island of Koh Samui. He proposed at the stroke of midnight, after finding a quiet spot on the beach, whilst the fireworks were going off. It was so cute.
We set the date for 10th July 2015. We were keen to get married in the summer in the hope that it would be a warm day to allow us to make full use of the stunning outdoor space at our chosen venue (and what a beautiful summer’s day it was!)
We both wanted a traditional church wedding and we were lucky enough to be able to get married in the beautifully stunning St Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, in Alnwick. The long aisle allowed for a grand entrance and the striking stained glass window was a stunning backdrop. We were also fortunate that it was in close proximity to Newton Hall, where our reception was held.
We chose Newton Hall because it is traditional manor house with unique twist, which suited us perfectly. The reception room was amazing, with exposed brick walls and grand chandeliers overlooking the beautiful Northumberland countryside. The venue also hosted multiple outdoor areas – beautiful quiet and secluded grounds to the front of the house where we enjoyed our drinks reception and a cute outdoor terrace with open fire, which was appreciated by many of the men in the evening while they enjoyed a cigar and a brandy.
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