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love & lilies. a fairy tale wedding at nostell priory – emma & paul

April 8th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Fairy Tale Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) David Conway Photography (54)

Happy Fri-yay! To get your weekend off to a very pretty start we’re sharing the big day of Emma and Paul.

Their gorgeous wedding took place at Nostell Priory in Wakefield, Yorkshire – a stunning and exclusive-use venue where we will be hosting one of our Luxury Wedding Exhibitions this Sunday! Join us between 11am and 3pm to view this wonderful venue in all its glory while also meeting some of Yorkshire’s very best wedding suppliers, to take care of all the little details too! Register here to join us at what promises to be a fabulous event! 

Emma and Paul’s classic fairy tale wedding, featuring pale pink details and lots of lovely lilies, showcases the venue perfectly and provides plenty of charming inspiration for all you brides-to-be…

With images by David Conway Photography.

A Fairy Tale Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) David Conway Photography (18)

emma says: We got engaged in June 2014. Paul proposed in ‘the love tunnel’ on the Finding Nemo ride in Epcot, Florida. I came off the ride in floods of tears!

Our wedding took place on 19th September 2015. We decided we wanted to get married in 2015 and the date was one of the last ones available at the venue. The date also corresponded with the month we met, nine years previous.

A Fairy Tale Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) David Conway Photography (82)

We were married at St Aidan’s Church in Skelmanthorpe, and the reception was at Nostell Priory in Wakefield. We chose the church as this was where I was christened and it’s close to where my parents live. It was the same vicar that christened me that married me as well! We chose Nostell Priory as the reception venue for the scenery and overall wow-factor. It’s a stunning venue!

I’d describe the style of our wedding as classic and grand and we took care to make sure that it catered to our guests’ every need. The colour scheme was baby pink as this was part of my idea of a fairy tale wedding.

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when in Rome. sophia tolli for an italian themed wedding at ashfield house hotel – michelle & gary

February 22nd, 2016 | Julia Braime

An Italian Themed Wedding at Ashfield House Hotel (c) Teresa C Photography (42)

Taking inspiration from one of their favourite countries, today’s bride and groom decided to do as the Italians would do on their wedding day by enjoying a relaxed celebration, complete with excellent company and delicious food.

From the pretty, natural colour scheme and elegant décor to the bespoke menu and dreamy cake, Michelle and Gary executed their italian vision to perfection!

With images by Teresa C Photography.

An Italian Themed Wedding at Ashfield House Hotel (c) Teresa C Photography (11)

michelle says: We got engaged while in Budapest for my 30th birthday. We went on a lovely walking tour, seeing the sights over Budapest from Fisherman’s Bastion, then had lunch at Gerbeaud’s, the inventor of cake and oldest confectioner in Budapest. After, we spent the afternoon in the Szechenyi Baths before heading back to the hotel. The proposal took place at the hotel, just before we were heading out for dinner at a little Italian restaurant right on the River Danube.

We decided on for 28th November 2015 for the wedding. Our anniversary is in November and a winter wedding was always the preferred choice.

An Italian Themed Wedding at Ashfield House Hotel (c) Teresa C Photography (36)

We got married at Ashfield House Hotel, in Standish, Wigan. Gary was extremely keen to keep the wedding local and we wanted an intimate wedding. Ashfield ticked all the boxes as it had the stunning restaurant with wooden floors, chandeliers and neutral décor whilst also having a cosy and masculine feel in the library bar, so it suited us both. As a bonus, they also offered the option to design our own menu, which was a big selling point for us.

We decided on an Italian theme for our wedding. We didn’t want to go over the top with a theme but wanted the overall feel of an Italian wedding – very relaxed with natural décor and all about the food and company. Although we have travelled quite a bit, Italy is the place we feel most at home.

The colour scheme was a blush pink and nude. We wanted something quite timeless so went with blush pink for the bridesmaids and charcoal grey tails for the men.

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pearls & lace. an elegant cream wedding at samlesbury hall – abigail & peter

February 17th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Pearls & Lace at Samlesbury Hall (c) Toni Darcy (47)

This morning’s real wedding is all about the elegance, with bride Abigail deciding on a sophisticated theme of lace & pearls for her and Peter’s big day.

Having found their dream venue in the historic Samlesbury Hall, Abigail and Peter kept things simple with a classic cream colour scheme and picked details that would complement, rather than detract, from the stunning setting.

Prepare for romance & history to collide…

With images by Toni Darcy Photography.

Pearls & Lace at Samlesbury Hall (c) Toni Darcy (36)

abigail says: Peter’s proposal was a rather public one. He used the big screen at Manchester’s Christmas Market to pop the question – in front of 7,000 people!

We got married on 4th July 2015, which was three years to the day from when we had our very first date. Our chosen wedding venue was Samlesbury Hall, in Preston. We fell in love with it because it was the most beautiful and characteristic venue that we came across during our search.

Pearls & Lace at Samlesbury Hall (c) Toni Darcy (45)

We decided on a wedding theme of cream, lace and pearl which we felt would match the personality of the venue and give an overall feel of elegance to the day. In keeping with the theme, our colour palette was cream and pearly shades.

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relaxed romance. stephanie allin for a wedding at ellingham hall – sarah & bryan

February 5th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Relaxed Wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (27)

Ah Friday, how we love you! To kick-start the weekend (and give you a lovely distraction from your ‘to-do’ list) we’re sharing the stunning wedding of Sarah and Bryan on the blog today.

Having found the perfect venue in Northumberland’s Ellingham Hall, Sarah had her heart set on a relaxed wedding day that was both simple and elegant.

Looking at the images below, we’d say she most certainly achieved it. From Sarah’s gorgeous Stephanie Allin structured gown, to the regal wedding transport and pale blooms, everything about this beautiful big day says ‘class’.

So while you await wine-o’clock, pour a cuppa and enjoy the pretty

With images by Barry Forshaw Photography.

A Relaxed Wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (25)

sarah says: We got engaged on 8th September 2014 on Gwithian beach in Cornwall. We had both done the Great North Run the day before and then driven down to Cornwall to our family’s holiday chalet on the beach. It’s a very special place for us with lots of happy memories of family holidays. One of our traditions when we are there is to go down into the sand dunes and watch the sun set. On this occasion we were both pretty sore from the run and feeling a bit tired and grumpy but still went to watch the sunset. When we got to our usual spot, Bry called out my name and as I turned round he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. When we returned to the chalet we opened a bottle of fizz and rang our friends and family to tell them the happy news.

We got married on 24th September 2015, the day after my birthday. We didn’t intentionally pick the date for that reason, but it worked out lovely as it meant I got to see all my friends and family the night before the wedding for my birthday.

A Relaxed Wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (22)

Our venue was Ellingham Hall in Northumberland. We knew we wanted a really relaxed wedding but not in a hotel – as soon as we arrived at Ellingham we just knew it was the venue for us. The house is stunning and set in beautiful grounds, with the reception room being just perfect for a relaxed family wedding. Our ceremony was at St Maurice’s Church, in Ellingham village, which meant guests were able to walk through the grounds of the hall and down the lane to the church. Luckily we had the most perfect weather and it all worked out exactly as we planned!

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relaxed romance. a sage green outdoor wedding in chester – helen & michael

November 11th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

An Outdoor Wedding in Chester (c) Marky Kirk Photography (21)

Today’s bride and groom made their big day all about feeling relaxed and having fun. Though not wanting a church ceremony, Helen and Michael didn’t want to miss out on having their ceremony in a grand and historic building and so booked Chester Town Hall in which to say their ‘I dos’.

The party then got underway at their tipi reception complete with afternoon tea, barbecue, ice cream and a live band – what summer days and nights are made of!

With images by Marky Kirk Photography.

An Outdoor Wedding in Chester (c) Marky Kirk Photography (5)

helen says: We got engaged on a trip to The USA and Canada in summer 2013. We were in a Canadian Canoe in the middle of Lightning Lake in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia when Mike got down on two knees (to stop the boat from rocking!).

We chose 25th July 2015 so we could have plenty of time to plan the wedding and have fun doing it. Also, this happened to be the first weekend of the summer holidays. We got married at the Chester Town Hall as we wanted a non-religious ceremony but somewhere with a more traditional feel.

We also wanted a nice relaxed feel for the wedding without losing the historic grandeur usually offered by a church wedding, so the town hall fitted the formal side of the ceremony. Afternoon tea with a South African themed barbecue and ice cream in a tepee in a field followed, which provided the relaxed environment we wanted for the wedding breakfast and evening celebrations too.

An Outdoor Wedding in Chester (c) Marky Kirk Photography (59)

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perfect day. an elegant blue wedding at the plough – laura & edward

August 11th, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Pretty Blue Wedding at The Plough (c) Jess Reeves Photography (45)

Today’s bride and groom turned their May wedding around in just five months following a romantic Christmas Day proposal. Impressive, hey?

Early on Laura had a few key suppliers in mind who she quickly secured and found her perfect venue in the form of a place she used to work, The Plough in Lupton.

With the help of their loving family, Laura and Edward, then pulled together the finishing touches for the beautiful blue wedding day, including handmade décor, floral arrangements and musical entertainment.

With images by Jess Reeve Photography.

A Pretty Blue Wedding at The Plough (c) Jess Reeves Photography (13)

laura says: We got engaged on Christmas day 2014. We like to make each other a Christmas stocking with small gifts in each and we open these together first thing on Christmas morning. My stocking last year was full of stranger presents than ever before – I had some cheap biros, a chocolate orange (actually an empty box as Ed had already eaten it!) and then a mystery box in the toe of the stocking. I unwrapped it and there was Ed asking me to marry him!

We got married on the 23rd May 2015. We chose the date primarily because I’m a teacher and we needed a date in school holidays. This date fell at the beginning of summer half term so we would be able to have a week off together afterwards. We didn’t want to wait until the summer as, unfortunately, my father was diagnosed with cancer at New Year and, with an uncertain prognosis, we wanted to ensure he was with us to enjoy our special day.

A Pretty Blue Wedding at The Plough (c) Jess Reeves Photography (18)

We got married at All Saints church in Burton-in-Lonsdale. Edward grew up in Burton and attended primary school next to the church. Ed’s mother also volunteers her time to help with the church and so it was the perfect place for us to marry in. The reception venue was The Plough at Lupton. Before my teacher training I worked in hospitality and I was assistant manager at The Plough between 2010 (when it reopened after a total refurbishment) until 2012. My father also worked there until January of this year, and we knew the staff would make it a perfect day for us.

A Pretty Blue Wedding at The Plough (c) Jess Reeves Photography (20)

We didn’t have a theme but we did have a colour scheme of navy/royal blue. I chose blue because I’ve always liked it as a colour and because it would link to my engagement ring, which is a diamond with two tear drop sapphires either side.

From looking at different styles of dress online and in magazines, I knew I didn’t want a dress without some form of straps. Although I wanted something special, I also knew that I didn’t want to spend a fortune on a dress that I would wear for one day. Someone recommended I look at Wed2B in Bolton as a starting place. As I’d been on a strict diet since January, I wanted to leave it as late as I dared to get my dress! My mum and I went to Wed2B at the beginning of April as I’d seen the dress I wanted on the website and they had one in stock – it was in my size! I tried on four dresses and the one I had seen online was the one I fell in love with. It was perfect!

A Pretty Blue Wedding at The Plough (c) Jess Reeves Photography (24)

As a special touch on the wedding day I decided that I would have my grandma’s engagement ring as my ‘something old’. Her rings were passed to me when she died a few years ago. My grandma always said she wanted to make it to my wedding day, so this was a good way to remember her as I married Edward.

A Pretty Blue Wedding at The Plough (c) Jess Reeves Photography (29)

My partner wore a navy tailcoat with pinstripe trousers and ivory ruche from Greenwoods. He wore his own navy waistcoat that he ordered tailor-made so that he would be able to wear it again and remember the wedding.

The bridesmaids wore the dress Katie in navy by Eloise’s Secret Closet. I chose them because I loved the detail around the top – it complemented my dress so well, and the colour was perfect.

The best man wore the same as the groom except with a navy ruche and a grey waistcoat. My father wore the same as the best man, and Ed’s father and the ushers wore their own suits.

A Pretty Blue Wedding at The Plough (c) Jess Reeves Photography (32)

My mum’s fiancé offered to get us a wedding car as our wedding present, as long as he could keep the car a surprise! That was a bit scary – but I knew it would be special. Steve hired us a beautiful wedding car from Heysham Limos. It was perfect! After the ceremony, when Edward and I were ready to go to the reception venue, the chauffeur had put the top down as it was such a beautiful day, and had a bottle of champagne on ice for us to share on the way back to the reception. He even took a detour through Kirkby Lonsdale so we could have a ride round the town in the car!

A Pretty Blue Wedding at The Plough (c) Jess Reeves Photography (36)

Our photographer was Jessica Reeve. As soon as Edward proposed I knew I wanted Jessica to be our photographer. I used to work with Jessica when she had just graduated university, and I knew her photographs were the best, and her style and shots were just what I wanted.

Even though I knew Jess already, from start to finish she was a real professional. We had a meeting to discuss what I wanted from the photographs and arranged an engagement shoot around Edward’s parent’s house in the woods where he grew up playing, and where we walk the dogs. She really put us at ease and getting to work with her before the wedding was really good. On the day Jessica was fantastic with everyone – she was unobtrusive throughout the day and the shots she got were perfect. I didn’t even know she was there in the church or during the speeches! I would (and do!) recommend Jess to everyone who is having a special occasion and wants a photographer!

A Pretty Blue Wedding at The Plough (c) Jess Reeves Photography (40)

As I was working up until two days before the wedding, and was on a budget, I didn’t want to be sorting out flowers the day before the wedding and florists seemed so expensive. As a result, my mother and I looked at some foam flowers to make my Botany Bay bridesmaids’ bouquets. Some of the ones we found weren’t very realistic. However, while at one day for lunch, we found some small foam roses which were £1.95 for eight and just what I wanted! We bought 16 per bridesmaid and 32 for my bouquet – that’s £15.60 for the main bouquet flowers! We found some artificial gypsophila as well and arranged them into bouquets, tied round with the navy ribbon. I then used small diamantes in the centre of each rose for some added sparkle, and when my dress was shortened there were some small beads left over, which I put on wires and added into the bouquets.

Edward’s mum Cathy often helps decorate the church for special occasions and is a fantastic flower arranger – she even made the button holes for the bridal party to wear! For the day, Cathy and her sisters made pew ends with gorgeous flowers, and found some wonderful blue flowering plants to decorate the back of the church.

A Pretty Blue Wedding at The Plough (c) Jess Reeves Photography (41)

At the venue I used decorations that I collected from all over. My mum is the hero really as she sat and made 40 paper flowers in different shades of blue. Each flower had six petals and each petal had to be made individually – it took her weeks! But, they were perfect. We put them on the tables in glass jars we had found in antique shops, alternated on the long tables with hexagonal jam jars with tea lights in. All the jars we wrapped in the navy ribbon with diamantes on.

At The Plough there are lovely wooden beams throughout, and we used these to hang navy and white pom pom balls from, along with various wicker hearts and lights. In alcoves and on the fireplaces we had a variety of lights from pearl fairy lights, heart lights and even flower lights in glass bowls. On the tables I had white table cloths with navy organza runner down the middle, which matched the navy chair ties. I had my family all decorating the tables and reception the morning of the wedding after breakfast!

A Pretty Blue Wedding at The Plough (c) Jess Reeves Photography (52)

As Edward and I both love cheese, and we had planned on having wheels of cheese tiered in the evening, we decided we would have miniature bottles of vintage port as our favours. My mum’s boss provided us with lots of organza favour bags which we put the bottles in. For the children we had small hexagonal jars of Haribo love heart sweeties.

We were going to have a Marks & Spencer cake with a tier of fruit and two tiers of sponge. However, at Christmas we had a fair at school and one of the mum’s ran a cake stall and her items were to die for! It turned out that she does occasion cakes too (Lucia’s Continental Cakes) so we ordered a three tier cake – fruit on the bottom, chocolate in the middle, and sponge on the top. It was all beautiful!

A Pretty Blue Wedding at The Plough (c) Jess Reeves Photography (63)

Having run weddings from a catering perspective myself, I decided I would keep the menu choices simple, so we had a choice of two items for each of three courses. We had melon and red berry coulis or chicken liver parfait with red onion chutney to start, roast chicken, red wine jus, fondant potato and seasonal veg or Butternut squash and roasted red pepper risotto for mains, and vanilla crème brulee with homemade shortbread or sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch sauce, and thunder and lightning ice cream for dessert.

For the reception we chose to have tiered ‘wedding cakes’ made of wheels of cheese and also of different pies. The cheese was supplied by John at Churchmouse Cheeses. We also had tiered pork pie ‘cake’ baked in different size heart shapes! This was made especially for us by award winning butcher Mark at Dales Butchers. The bottom tier was traditional pork pie, the middle was port and chilli jam, and the top tier was pork and haggis. We also had sweet treats provided by Madam Chocolat, Morecambe. Our guests were certainly well fed!

A Pretty Blue Wedding at The Plough (c) Jess Reeves Photography (62)

To entertain the guests as they arrived at the church, and also during the signing of the register, we asked Ed’s mum Catherine to play the harp. Catherine plays the harp regularly and we were so lucky that she agreed to play at our wedding, and our guests really enjoyed the music in the church.

For the reception, we decided didn’t want a huge party or band, as we wanted a small and intimate wedding, perfect for The Plough. We wanted to spend the day with our friends and family and so we chose just to have a simple music system in the bar area with space for people to dance if they wished. Luckily, my father has some lights and DJ equipment as he sometimes does discos so he set this up for us in the bar and it was perfect. It also meant my dad was in charge of the music, which he was happy with!

A Pretty Blue Wedding at The Plough (c) Jess Reeves Photography (64)

We would 100% recommend our venue – it’s perfect for weddings. The layout of The Plough is perfect for special occasions and the garden area is extra special for photographs. The staff also deserve a special mention as, from start to finish, they were amazing. They managed it so professionally and everything was perfect.

Our favourite part of the day (besides becoming husband and wife) was seeing our guests enjoying themselves and celebrating with us. Having all the people who mean the most to us in the world all together was fantastic, and we couldn’t have hoped for anything more than that.

A Pretty Blue Wedding at The Plough (c) Jess Reeves Photography (44)

We are waiting to go on honeymoon until later in the year as Edward works away at sea in the Merchant Navy as an engineer, which means he is away for up to four months at a time. We did, however, manage a getaway to Centre Parcs at Penrith as a minimoon.

My top tip to other Brides Up North would be – don’t worry about every little detail on the day. Make sure your wedding party have details of everything so if something goes wrong, they can deal with it for you.  Also, make sure you take time to step back and watch your guests enjoying themselves – it makes all the hard planning worth it. Finally, make sure you take time to be with your new husband/wife – everyone will be grabbing your attention all day – don’t forget about the most important reason you’re all there!

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