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rustic romantics. a summer wedding at priory cottages, yorkshire – jess & adam

April 24th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today’s real wedding is a dreamy, laid-back affair with bags of country charm.

Pretty blooms, pastel hues and some frolicking in a cream camper van and a pond are just a few of our favourite moments from Jess and Adam’s big day. And let’s not forget about Jess taking to the stage to perform with her own band – certainly a bride that rocks!

With images by Fossca Photography.

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jess says: Adam proposed on my 21st birthday while we were away in London together.

We set the wedding date for 7th August 2016. We chose this time of year because we wanted a summer wedding with plenty of time for a honeymoon afterwards, as I work as a teacher.

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The wedding ceremony took place at All Saints Church in Wighill, and our reception was held at Priory Cottages in Wetherby. The venue ticked every box and was perfect for our rustic themed day.

We complemented the setting with a pastel pink and peach colour scheme. I’m not usually that much of a ‘girly girl’ but wanted to go all-out for our wedding day!

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After having no idea what dress I wanted, I found the most beautiful dress shop, Glory Days Bridal in York. I fell in love with a minimalist silk dress – no zips, no buttons – just elegant. It was specially made; I felt amazing and so comfortable while wearing it.

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Adam hates having his top button done up, so it was a no-tie affair. He wore tweed trousers, a white shirt and tweed waistcoat to match, all from the high street.

The groomsmen wore the same tweed trousers as the groom, with a patterned shirt and braces. They all looked so handsome.

The bridesmaid dresses were a steal from H&M; pastel pink and simple.

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lilac & lilies. a super stylish wedding at the leeds club – rachel & tom

October 28th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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When we first set eyes on today’s real wedding we were totally blown away by the bride’s cool and individual style, perfectly showcasing how to make your big day attire your own.

Wearing an insanely beautiful lilac, bias-cut silk dress, Rachel exudes Hollywood glamour by the bucket load, completing her look with a sparking birdcage veil headpiece and shower style bouquet. We love!

As the couple’s stylish choice of venue didn’t have a marriage license, Rachel and Tom made things legal with a ceremony at Leeds Town Hall a few days previous, and yes, they looked flippin’ gorgeous for that bit too!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Mark Newton Photography.

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rachel says: We got engaged on 29th February 2012, at the Bier Keller in Leeds. We’d randomly gone there for a drink after. After a discussion about wedding and such things, I decided to ask Tom to marry me, we had been together for five years after all. He said yes and we both got quite emotional. I was lucky enough to inherit my grandmother’s engagement ring so we didn’t have to buy one.

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We had our legal ceremony at Leeds Town Hall on 18th May 2015, as unfortunately the venue we wanted to have our wedding at didn’t have a licence to marry us there. We then had a blessing at The Leeds Club on 29th May, as part of our wedding celebrations. I always remember walking past the venue as a child and seeing the business men in the wing back chairs and being really fascinated as to what was inside.

We chose lilac and sage green for the wedding scheme, as we wanted colours that would complement the venue and that also matched my dress.

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I was lucky enough to have two wedding dresses as we had the two ceremonies. For the town hall I wore head to toe Vivienne Westwood. For the blessing, I was fortunate enough to have a bespoke dress from the amazing Glory Days, in York. My dress was based on 1940’s Hollywood glamour and the dresses worn by Joan Crawford. It was lilac bias cut silk, with an open back and fishtail train. It was the best dress ever.

Tom wore a suit from River Island for the town hall and then a three-piece 60’s style, royal blue suit from Topman for the blessing.

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Both my bridesmaids have very different styles, so I asked them to wear their favourite dresses. Jules made her own 1940’s style cocktail dress and Suzanne wore a floor-length maxi dress from Seraphina.

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mid-century chic: a cool & classy styled shoot at the northern monk brew co

January 25th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon we’re treating you to a stunning styled shoot that is brimming with inspiration for everything from the dress to the décor.

Keen to celebrate his passion for mid-century design, Yorkshire based photographer Mark Newton called upon his top wedding supplier friends to help him create a styled shoot centred on the much loved era but with a modern twist.

The shoot also provided the perfect opportunity to showcase a new contemporary space available to hire for weddings at The Northern Monk Brew Co, in Leeds. If, like us, you are instantly drawn to pendant lighting and exposed brick you are going to love this place!

We’ll now hand you over to Mark so he can fill you in on all the rest of the gorgeous details (of which there are many!)…

With images by Mark Newton Wedding Photography.

Models: Natalie Abson and Hannah Pickles.

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mark says: The concept for the shoot was to create a mid-century modern style wedding setup. I initially worked closely with Emma Taylor, of Emma Weddings and Events, on how to achieve the right look as we’re both big fans of mid-century designers.

When it came to picking the right venue I was aware that The Northern Monk Brew Co were in the process of putting the finishing touches to their new ‘Chapter Hall’ on the top floor of the mill and now offer the space for wedding receptions. I knew it would be perfect.

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The Northern Monk Brew Co is housed in The Old Flax Store in Holbeck Urban Village, taking the ground floor for its brewery, but making full use of the rest space for the refectory and new event space, (plus there is outdoor space as well). The building retains lots of the original character, with exposed brickwork and ceilings, plus the large windows, which allow masses of daylight to pour in. In the evening the atmosphere changes to create a cosier feel. We decided we wanted to capture both sides of the space, so during the day we produced a bridal shoot, and in the evening a candle-lit meal setup.

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