Charlotte Balbier
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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


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.


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?


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.


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.


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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sequins and tulle. mori lee for an opulent winter wedding at ellingham hall, northumberland – caroline & james

February 19th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

a glittering winer wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Focal Point Photography (51)

A fine stately home was the setting for Caroline and James’ big day in the North East.  The couple incorporated a rich colour palette of champagne gold and ivory into their celebrations resulting in one very stylish affair.

Extra sparkles were added in the bridesmaids dresses and decor while bride Caroline dazzled in her fabulous Mori Lee fishtail dress, complete with Jimmy Choo heels.

Images by Focal Point Photography.

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caroline says: James romantically proposed to me on 31st August 2013 at Slayley Hall in Northumberland. He hired a private function room with champagne afternoon tea, after the proposal we had a romantic walk along the grounds and returned back to my parents’ house for further celebrations.

a glittering winer wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Focal Point Photography (18)

Saturday 20th December 2014 was our chosen wedding date. We both agreed that there is something about winter weddings that bring a fairy tale touch to the day’s celebrations. We also loved the early evenings that come with the winter season – this meant that there was more celebration time, lots of candles and glitter. Although the evening was darker earlier, it allowed us to create our own light with a soft, romantic and inviting mood for our guests.It also enabled us to have our dream honeymoon in the Maldives in their peak season of January.

We chose Ellingham Hall in Northumberland as our wedding venue. We stumbled across the location of Chathill during a countryside drive one weekend and when I later researched that it was in fact a wedding venue, there was no need to look anywhere else. The thought of taking over our very own grand, stately home within secluded grounds for our December wedding wasn’t going to be just a dream… our dreams were about to come true with just over a year to plan.

Ellingham Hall offered us the entire hall for a three-night stay, this included three reception rooms with cosy log burning fires, eighteen bedrooms, along with twelve estate cottages within the grounds.

The cottages proved to be so efficient for our family travelling from far afield as Australia, Hong Kong and New York, as well as offering a private space for James and his groomsmen to prepare for the big day ahead.

Our theme throughout was champagne gold and ivory. We felt this was appropriate for a winter wedding and it definitely worked on the day.

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I chose a stunning, elegant Mori Lee all over tulle fishtail wedding dress in ivory. The dress was purchased from a bridal shop in Morpeth, Kathryn Trueman Bridal. As the dress was so simple and elegant, it allowed me to customise the dress to my exact wishes. The customised service at the bridal shop made the winter theme that extra bit special by adding a Swarovski crystal sash as a belt and also some detailed lace sleeves. The Jimmy Choo ivory silk satin peep toe pumps with crystal detail were the icing of outfit.

James wore a bespoke navy blue three-piece suit, a white crisp shirt, a sevenfold champagne gold silk tie and lace-up brown brogue shoes. James is fortunate to have an uncle who owns a well-established suit hire company in Durham city, Troughear Suit Hire.

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For my six stunning bridesmaids, we found the perfect sequined gold maxi dress from Little Mistress. The two flower girls wore the matching dresses and fur shawls. On the wedding day each bridesmaid had personalised dress hangers, dressing gowns and we also presented them with Tiffany bracelets during the speeches.

a glittering winer wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Focal Point Photography (24)

a glittering winer wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Focal Point Photography (27)

The majority of the bridal party stayed within the hall, or within the grounds, from the Friday until the Monday so the only transport needed was our wedding car to take us on the short two minute journey to St Maurice Church in Ellingham. For this journey we were fortunate to be gifted the use of James’ Director’s Bentley Arnage.

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Photography is such an important aspect of your wedding day and those photos are lifetime memories to cherish, so with this in mind I chose a photography company which I had previously dealt with at my brother’s wedding a few years ago. Focal Point Photography were so professional and both David and Paul worked incredibly well together. With a winter wedding and the poor visibility, they still made the photographs just perfect – we both can’t recommend them enough!

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a glittering winer wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Focal Point Photography (36)

I am fortunate enough to have my own floristry business – Poplar Tree Florist, with a team of florists at hand to make the flowers perfect. With it being so close to Christmas, we themed the church flowers with Christmas red and golds and the hall itself was very gold and ivory. The florists decorated the hall and church with Christmas trees, garlands and candelabras galore! My wedding bouquet and bridesmaids’ flowers were Vera Wang and consisted of cream avalanche roses and ranunculus flowers, with the two adorable flower girls carrying little gypsophila pomanders.

We chose simple gold candelabras for the table arrangements with an array of white avalanche roses and hydrangeas situated below the candles. Again these were provided by Poplar Tree Florist. For our chair covers we used Flawless Weddings and Events in Morpeth and also used Crosby Hire for the white limewash chiavari chairs. I would highly recommend these suppliers.

With my family connection in landscaping and garden centres we chose to incorporate this and our theme of a winter wedding all in one for the favours. We chose mini Christmas tree seedlings wrapped in hessian with personalised name tags for each of the men and for the ladies we had gold chocolate Ferrero Rochers – as they are James’ favourite chocolates.

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We had an elegant, four-tiered ivory iced wedding cake with our initials displayed on the top tier.

Each tier consisted of a deliciously different flavour, including red velvet, chocolate and spice and Victoria sponge. This was made by the lovely Amy at Pretty Sweet.

For our wedding meal we chose a traditional menu of peppered tomato soup, Northumberland beef roast dinner, followed by orange chocolate cake. To accompany the meal we selected three of our favourite wines for each table – a red, white and rose, kindly gifted to us as our wedding gift off our good family friends at Lanchester Wines.

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We had Anna Reay as a wedding singer during our church ceremony. We then chose Marty Scott as a wedding singer for the duration of the day. Marty provided us with the perfect background music during our wedding breakfast, followed by more live singing afterwards.

a glittering winer wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Focal Point Photography (70)

a glittering winer wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Focal Point Photography (72)

We enjoyed every single moment of the day, but our favourite part was saying “I do”.

a glittering winer wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Focal Point Photography (74)

For our honeymoon we visited the Maldives for just over two weeks in January – it was a dream come true and we hope to revisit the island again in the near future.

a glittering winer wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Focal Point Photography (86)

My top tips for other brides up north would be to enjoy every single moment without any stress. When you walk down the aisle, try to look at each of your guests and take it all in slowly. Also try to take you and your husband away from your guests for just five to ten minutes in a quiet room to chat about how your day is going – this is important because you both struggle to find time to be together during the day as you’re so occupied chatting to your guests.

a glittering winer wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Focal Point Photography (90)

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style sheet. glitter & gold

February 18th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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It’s no secret that us Brides Up North ladies go a little weak at the knees for anything pretty that glistens & sparkles.

When dreaming of weddings our thoughts are often tinged with a golden glittery hue to take the glamour up a notch. And it would appear we aren’t the only ones. A golden stream of inspiration is continuously flowing from current weddings as couples incorporate the rich colour into their proceedings, creating celebrations with a glittering wow-factor.

While some are choosing to add a metallic shine to just one or two elements, such as the bride’s shoes or bridesmaid dresses, others are going all out with glitzy accents scattered throughout the big day.

In the first of our new style sheet series, we provide some sparkling inspiration for couples that fancy going for gold.


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pastels with pizazz

Pretty pastels are a popular palette with wedding couples owing to their soft and romantic appearance – but for couples looking to stand out from the crowd we suggest adding a golden edge.

Sage green and blush pink work particularly well with gold, but couples could also choose from powder blue, lilac and peach to create the desired look.

Set the scene for your guests by picking out gold encrusted save the dates and invites encased in playful pastel envelopes and continue the theme across your stationery for the big day in name place settings, table plans and menus.

Brides have several options when it comes to the attire. They could opt for a traditional ivory dress and put their maids in pastel shades. Little gold sparkling touches could then be added in glitzy ribbons wrapped around the bouquets, the bride’s shoes or what about a pink and gold glitter mani? Alternatively a bride might want to opt for a shimmering gown herself and add pastel blooms to her bouquet for consistency.

For the reception décor sequin tablecloths remain popular but can come at quite a price so perhaps just reserve these for key areas, such as the sweetie table or cake stand, or consider sparkling table runners instead.

For special touches add pastel flowers, such as carnations and peonies, to varying heights of gold encrusted bottles (which you could easily create yourself) and use for table centre displays or dotted around the venues on shelves and window sills.


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bold with gold

We would love to see more couples pushing the boundaries and going for an all-out golden wedding, which look particularly striking during the winter season. We’re talking attire, décor, maids and more all adorned with fabulous metallics.

Just having the one strong accent colour means you can get away with including it in more areas of the big day without making it look too OTT.

To strike the right balance I think the bride needs to make a decision as to whether she will be the one dripping in gold from top to toe or if her maids will be emitting an iridescent shine. For brides taking the golden ticket we say go hard or go home, so once you’ve picked your red-carpet worthy dress choose bold blooms to complete your head-turning look.

Meanwhile brides giving their maids golden gowns can add extra interest by opting for a mix of sparkling designs, from plain dresses with glistening detail to fully sequined frocks in varying metallic shades.

Brides sticking to ivory or white can glam-up their attire by adding glitzy accessories, such as gold encrusted shoes and elegant headpieces. Golden flowers aren’t really an option unless sprayed but brides opting for a vintage look could go for a jewelled bouquet made up of precious broaches, buttons, pearls and fabric flowers.

When it comes to décor, anything covered in gold will do the trick – pretty vases, table numbers, stationery, cloths and even just a simple scattering of glitter on the table tops or along the aisle. Candles are also a fab addition as the light will pick out any glittering details and make them shine and sparkle.


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white gold

If the full gold look is a little bit too much to handle, why not keep it simple with a pure white wedding that has just hints of the glam hue. This combination makes for a highly stylish and elegant theme when executed correctly.

Try to include some sparkle in your invites so guests know they are in for a glittering affair but also keep the look clean and sophisticated.

Once again a bride will need to decide if it’s her or her leading ladies that will be donning the metallic hue. For brides that choose a sparkling dress for themselves all other areas, such as jewellery and accessories, should be kept fairly simple. A bouquet of plain blooms also adds a lovely contrast.

It may be that the groom wants to get in on the act too by picking out a gold tie, pocket square or even a gold and white striped bow tie.

Set a white palette for your décor and then build it up with golden additions in centre pieces, chair sashes and table wear. A crafty touch that brides could create themselves is glitter-dipped feathers that can be hung from the ceiling or placed on tables.

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Wednesday Wedding Inspiration – A Touch Of Frost

November 14th, 2012 | Julia Braime

..Wedding Inspiration - A Touch Of Frost


1. Louboutin Flats 2. ESME Jenny Packham 3. Glitter Nails 4. Deco Cake 5. Pom Pom Bouquet 6. Wedding Stationery 7. Chandelier Earrings 8. Clay Tags 9. LEENA Monsoon Dress


I feel like I say this every other Wednesday, but the latest wedding inspiration board from Brides Up North Guest Blogger What Katy Did Next has to be the prettiest yet. Annnd, I think every deserves a pair of Louboutin sparkly flats… don’t you?


Get ready to glitter. 

Katy says: With Julia feeling in a rather festive mood ahead of the Brides Up North Christmas Party, she requested a Frost themed wedding inspiration board for this week and I was more than happy to oblige. To me, frost brings to mind a cut glass, crystal, a delicate sparkle and glitter – a whole load of beautiful to theme your big day around.


The palette I have used is simply white, ivory and silver whilst introducing subtle hints of champagne and dove grey – perfect for Winter weddings or even Spring!

I couldn’t resist featuring those beautiful glitter Louboutin flats, perfect for tall brides or brides with short grooms! The very beautiful Esme dress from Jenny Packham fits the frosty bill perfectly, with it’s fabulous detailed embellishment – another great design for tall brides, the swirling pattern creates movement and curves. The modern design of the dress does all the talking, you could easily wear amazing chandelier earrings in place of a veil.

Keep your decor crisp and light with simple ‘less is more’ touches. The beautiful round peonies create a snowball effect bouquet highlighted by the grey green foliage – the style of your bouquet could be mirrored in table centrepieces too. To add a personal touch, how about the fabulous handmade clay tags from The Faded Nest. They come in a variety of designs and are easily personalised! The company also specialise in hand stamped silverware – a perfect gift for your groom, bridesmaids or family members, or another fabulous way to decorate your tables.




Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every other week, either compiled by myself, regular guest blogger Katy or YOU: get in touch with your own ideas and inspiration boards! We’ll be discussing our inspirations behind the images too so it’s simply going to be a whole load of lovely.


If you are a little less arty but in need of inspiration and still want to play along, we will also be taking requests for colour schemes and themes and making bespoke boards for my readers. Please contact me to suggest a theme or colour scheme.



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