May 25th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Having waited nine years for a proposal from her beau, today’s bride Kate more than deserved her big day, which took place up in the North East.
Keen to make the wedding a reflection of her and Michael as a couple, Kate simply picked their favourite things to incorporate into the wedding – right from the styling and décor, to the food and entertainment choices.
The result is a personal and happy day, full of laughter and smiles – just as a wedding should be!
With images by Chris Bishop of The Old Bakery Studio.
kate says:: We had been together for nine years when Michael proposed – I was beginning to think that we would never get married. Michael had always made it clear from early in the relationship that no amount of dropping hints or talking about it would make it happen any quicker, he also made it very clear that he would never propose to me on any important dates like anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas etc. It would be when he felt it was right and when I least expected it.
Years went by and still no ring – then Valentine’s Day 2014 arrived. We always make a bit of a thing about Valentine’s, we go for drinks and Michael organises a lovely romantic meal somewhere and he always buys the best gifts, so I was looking forward to it. We woke up and I gave Michael my gift which he liked, but after opening it he rolled over and went back to sleep which annoyed me. When he eventually woke up he gave me my present – two candle holders with a love heart on the front, which were lovely but one of them had a big chip and the other one had a bit crack. Michael said I didn’t think I would mind and on the upside he got them for 70% off. I could feel my blood getting warmer! He then gave me a set of cupcake cases, and said, “I know you are on a diet but I thought you could make me some of your nice cupcakes”. I was really getting a little more annoyed by this point. I started to get ready, as I was in the bathroom I could hear Michael on the phone, he was saying “have you not got room for two? Ok no worries, thanks anyway” now I was really annoyed. I asked Michael make me a cuppa and he replied “oh can’t you make it, I’ve boiled it you just have to make them”. I was so annoyed that I stormed into the kitchen looked at the kettle, it had no water in it so I grabbed it and stormed back to the bedroom to explode at him. As I entered the bedroom shouting about everything I looked down and Michael was there completely naked on one knee! I dropped the kettle and started to cry! He said “will you marry me?”, I said yes and then he said, “I wanted to make it the worst Valentine’s Day ever so I could completely shock you, and catch you at a time when you were least expecting it”. And that he certainly did! Best Valentine’s Day ever!
We set the date for 26th August 2015, and got planning straight away. We have lots of family and friends that work in education so we wanted a date in the summer holidays, and we went for a weekday (Wednesday) as the price was so much cheaper than the weekends.
Our chosen venue was Slaley Hall in Hexham. We had been to look at a few other venues before this but nothing that blew us both away. We went to Slaley Hall when we were passing from another wedding venue on the off chance that someone would be able to show us around. As soon as we drove up the drive to the venue we both knew that this was it. We loved it from the minute we saw it and booked it that day.
April 8th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
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.
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.
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.
February 22nd, 2016 | Julia Braime
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.
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.
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.
February 17th, 2016 | Julia Braime
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.
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.
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.
February 5th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
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.
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.
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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November 11th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
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.
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.
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