August 9th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
‘I wanted everything to be fluffy, floaty and smelling gorgeous,’ states today’s bride, Stacey. A combination that sounds utterly wonderful to us. Who needs a wedding theme anyhow, when you have such a distinct vision for your big day?
Tying the knot at the fabulous Heaton House Farm in May 2017, Stacey and Vinny were keen to host a springtime wedding and make the most of the stunning English countryside. And the Cheshire-based venue, we think you’ll agree, more than fulfilled this brief! Greenery and white flowers with the scent of freesia and eucalyptus set the scene inside the venue, with the addition of candelabras, hanging crystals and sequin table runners transforming the space come nighttime.
And something especially for the grooms up north – prepare for some of the most memorable groomsmen photos you’ll ever see, as the boys pay homage to their favourite superheroes on the day, too!
With images by Suzy Wimbourne Photography.
stacey says: We got engaged during a trip to London in July 2015. Vinny popped the question whilst we were having drinks in The Shard. I didn’t have a clue it was about to happen and initially I thought it was a prank! We spent the rest of the day celebrating with lots of fizz, ending it by seeing Ed Sheeran in concert at Wembley. It was the best day ever!
We chose 30th May 2017, as our wedding date mainly because I just don’t think you can beat a spring wedding in the English countryside. The extra-long bank holiday weekend for our guests was a bonus!
Our ceremony and reception were both held at Heaton House Farm, just outside of Macclesfield. It was the only venue we looked at and we fell in love with it as soon as we walked into the oak beamed entrance barn. The outside space around the venue is just incredible, surrounded by fields, flowers and wildlife, with views of Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire. You feel like you are the only people around for miles.
We didn’t really have a theme, I just knew that I wanted everything to be fluffy, floaty and smelling gorgeous! Although, the boys did have their own superhero theme with the cufflinks and socks that they wore! Our colour scheme was mainly white with navy blue to keep things classic and timeless.
I chose a strapless ivory dress with a sweetheart neckline, lace bodice and tulle skirt by Wtoo by Watters from Penny Gray Bridal in Oxton, Wirral. The detailing and fabrics were beautiful, so it was an easy decision to make.
Vinny wore a blue French Connection suit with matching waistcoat from Moss Bros in Chester, along with a light blue tie and brown shoes. His superman socks and cufflinks made an appearance once or twice too!
The boys all went for blue Ted Baker suits and waistcoats, also from Moss Bros, and my bridesmaids wore navy multi-way dresses. The flower girls looked so cute in their satin and lace ivory dresses from Monsoon.
February 9th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
Today’s real wedding will really get you in the party mood, with bagpipes, live music, caricatures, Irish dancing, magic and more!
Lindsey and Rory had the perfect countryside church wedding and celebrated afterwards with a rustic-themed do at Heaton House Farm.
You have been warned, though: further reading may result in foot-tapping, seat-dancing and a sudden urge for a glass of stout. Maybe best to leave this one until you’re out of the office…
With images by Jonny Draper
lindsey says: We got engaged in Dublin at Clontarf Castle on 16th May 2014. The beginning of that week Rory asked me to get the Friday off work as he fancied going away for the weekend – then he surprised me and told me that we were going to Dublin. I assumed we would be staying in the centre of Dublin where we have stayed before; however, we carried on and arrived at Clontarf Castle. I still didn’t have an inclination! During the afternoon, Rory suggested we have a few drinks in the bar before getting ready to head out for our meal later on. I remember just wanting to relax but little did I know that Rory had arranged for the room to be made up with rose petals scattered round the room and a dress he had bought for me laid out on the bed, along with champagne and chocolates. As we left the room Rory said he ‘forgot his wallet’ but that was just so he could get the ring from his bag and leave it in the bathroom bin ready for the proposal! After a few drinks we came upstairs and I was surprised at the room all beautifully decorated…I turned around and there he was on one knee! It was perfect in every way and I was glad it was just the two of us sharing the special moment together.
We got married on Friday 11th September 2015. We originally wanted Saturday 12th September, as that was the anniversary of the day we met, but it wasn’t available. Looking back, we made the right decision as the weather was perfect whereas on the Saturday it was chucking it down!
We got married at Gawsworth Church, St James The Great near Macclesfield, and our reception was held at Heaton House Farm. I’d always wanted a church wedding and the church is set in the beautiful countryside – the perfect scene for a wedding. Heaton House Farm is only 20 minutes away from the church and we couldn’t have asked for a better venue for our reception.
Both Rory and I love all things rustic and so a rustic wedding theme was an easy decision. I went for a purple/pink colour for my three bridesmaids and Rory and his groomsmen wore blue suits. Once they were both chosen it was easier to think about a colour scheme for flowers and decorations. Purple was the main colour throughout, however we incorporated other colours that would complement this and even it all out.
I didn’t shop around much for wedding dresses as I found a designer that I loved so it was just a case of looking for bridal shops which stocked her dresses. I ended up going to Amelia’s Bridal Boutique in Clitheroe, Lancashire, where I found my Morilee dress designed by Madeline Gardner. Her collections were just what I was looking for – elegant, feminine and stylish – and my chosen dress was just gorgeous. It was a white, trumpet style gown with a sweetheart neckline with beading and gems to the top of my neck. I also wore a long veil decorated with a few gems so that it would catch the light and complement my dress.
As I’d had such a good experience at Amelia’s Bridal, we decided to get Rory’s suit from there too. It was blue with a white shirt, a blue tweed tie, a grey tweed waistcoat with blue and brown checks on it and brown shoes.
September 23rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Today’s bride and groom should be awarded some kind of medal for the amount of time and effort that they put into the preparations for their beautiful homemade festival wedding.
Taking place in a lambing shed on the family farm, Becky and Jim roped in lots of family and friends to help transform the space from a sparse barn into a chic rustic backdrop for their big day celebrations.
We just love all the thoughtful and fitting touches that added to their unique day; from a tractor ride to the reception and all the personal décor and entertainment choices, to the fabulous hay bale bride and groom. Seriously guys, nice work!
With images by Lois Photography.
becky says: We got engaged in Reykjavik on New Year’s Eve 2013. Jim had arranged a trip there as a Christmas present – even corresponding with my boss so that I could have the time off work. He proposed at midnight whilst we were standing watching the fireworks outside Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral.
Our wedding date was 18th July 2015. We held our reception at Jim’s parents’ farm (in the lambing shed) so we had to choose a date when lambing time would be over, and which gave us a good couple of weeks to get the place ready!
We had the ceremony at Heaton House Farm in Cheshire, which I’d highly recommend to others. It was perfect for us as we knew we didn’t want a church as neither of us are religious, and we didn’t want a registry office either. Finding somewhere that we could just turn up, get married and go again did prove to be quite difficult as a lot of places expect you to have the whole day there. We initially spoke to Mick from Heaton House at a wedding fair and knew pretty much straight away that the venue was right for us. It’s a working farm as well as a wedding venue, so it made perfect sense!
As Jim and I huge music fans and have been to countless gigs and festivals during the ten years that we’ve been together, the wedding was always going to be very music focussed. I work at a creative agency, so luckily had a team of excellent graphic designers on hand to design the wedding stationery exactly as I wanted it. Our save the date cards were designed to look like gig tickets, and the music theme just rolled from there.
We borrowed two huge speakers from a friend, and spent months compiling different Spotify playlists to play throughout the day. For example, the music playing whilst everyone arrived at the farm for the reception was a selection of different bands that we’ve seen together, so it was pretty diverse! It went from Fleetwood Mac to Wild Beasts to Bon Iver, so whilst it wasn’t ‘traditional wedding music’ it had a very special significance to us – and it did get a little bit more mainstream for the evening to make sure the dancefloor was full!
Because we had so much space to play with, we decided to use one of the fields for people to camp in, which then led us onto a festival theme. I think there was around 30 tents in all – including one for us!
I was never really bothered about a set colour scheme. People kept asking me about it and telling me I should have one, but it didn’t ever seem like something that was necessary to our plans. I suppose the colour palette was more pastel shades than anything, but really, as long as the colours complemented each other, I wasn’t that fussy!
December 21st, 2015 | Julia Braime
As Christmas will be here quicker than you can say – Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen – we thought we would share a little festive wedding inspiration on the blog with you today.
Set at the stunning Heaton House Farm on the borders of Cheshire and Staffordshire, this luxurious styled shoot features everything you’d need for a glittering winter wedding; from festive blooms and opulent décor, to glamourous gowns and faux fur capes.
So snuggle up, grab a Terry’s Chocolate Orange and enjoy, as photographer Stephen McGowan, who captured all the magic, tells us about the shoot’s concept and the other talented suppliers that made it happen!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Stephen McGowan Photography.
Models Daniel James, Maureen Davenport, Gwen Raby.
stephen says: 2015 has all been about the vintage, rustic, and bohemian styled weddings, so for this shoot we wanted to do something a little different to break the trend. We opted for a high class, glamorous, and opulent themed winter wedding.
As our setting we picked the fabulous Heaton House Farm, which is the perfect place to host a winter wedding with its exposed stone walls, wooden beams and intimate atmosphere.
To create the right look for our female models, make-up artist Emma Culbert, came up with styling ideas inspired by 1950’s glamour and The Great Gatsby. Emma opted for dramatic and defined make-up look for Maureen, and a softer, more romantic look for Gwen. Products used included Illamasqua, L’Oréal, RCMA, and Urban Decay. Hair stylist Jeni Mulholland, then brought Emma’s hair ideas to life, giving Maureen a dramatic barrel-curled up-do, and Gwen sleek curls.
August 24th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Brides Up North readers Jessica and Tim are about to tie the knot this Bank Holiday weekend, so we thought it was only right that they share their love story and colourful engagement shoot images with us on the pages of their favourite wedding blog. Over to the bride to be… (and congratulations from Team Brides Up North!)
With images by Steve Bridgwood Photography.
jessica says: We got engaged in June 2014, it was my first weekend home after knee surgery and Tim brought me breakfast in bed. On the plate he has spelt out “Will you marry me?” in alphabetti spaghetti and it was a fantastic surprise to come home to.
We are getting married on 30th August this year at Heaton House Farm.
We first met in our local pub in 2005, I was wearing a Ramones T shirt and Tim (who likes the Ramones) came up to me and started talking about them and what my favourite album was. I wasn’t able to answer as I didn’t really know a lot about them and we had a joke about it and hit it off from there.
On our first date we went to cinema, it didn’t start particularly well as we nearly crashed on the way there. Then we went to see a Jim Carey film and it was only after I told Tim that he (Jim Carey, not Tim) really annoys me. So it wasn’t an ideal start.
We never really had that defining “this is it” moment, but the more time we were with one another the more we knew something special was there and wanted to be with each other.
I love all of the sweet little things Tim does for me. I love how he has always been there for me no matter what. I love how we love each other after being together for almost a decade and our love is getting stronger.
tim says: What I love most about Jess is how kind and conscientious she is to others, which makes me think what a great mother she will be.
Tim’s annoying little habit is that he is too clean and always tidying up. Mine is that I’m a bit messy, so our annoying little habits work well together.
Our greatest wish for married life is to carry on growing together and to continue enjoying all of life’s little adventures with one another… and to start a family.
We chose to have an engagement shoot as it was something different for us both and was a great way for us to get to know Steve better and how he works.
We had a great time on the engagement shoot with Steve in the Northern Quarter. He really made us feel a lot more relaxed for the big day as neither of us are big on having our photo taken, but now we’ve got a really good feel for it. The photographs are going to be used on the day for our memory board and we’re going to use them at home too.
We both have found Brides Up North really useful in planning our own wedding and it has helped us to channel our own ideas in how we want our wedding to look – and we’ll be back to share the results!
August 19th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Though they didn’t marry in the capital, opting for a northern venue instead (yay!), today’s couple still gave a nod to the place bride Lucy is from by hiring some iconic transport.
A black cab and red double decker bus carried the bride, groom and their guests between venues providing as great talking point and turned out to be one of the most memorable parts of the day.
So it’s all aboard to Cheshire as we relive Lucy and Andy’s wonderful wedding.
lucy says: We got engaged in November 2013 in Mauritius. Andy informed me that he wasn’t feeling well while we were sat on the beach at night looking at the view so we sat down. Next minute he was down on one knee proposing.
Our wedding date was 29th May 2015. It was the closest we could get to the date that we first met – we met years before we got together but it took Andy a while to ask me out on a date.
We got married at Heaton House Farm in Cheshire. I’m from London and wanted something totally different to all the venues that I had seen down south. Heaton House Farm is in such a stunning location and the views are spectacular, whatever the weather!
We had a loose London theme for the day. We had a red London bus from Routemaster Buses to transport our guests from the church to the reception venue and Andy and I arrived in a black cab.
Navy, white and yellow was our chosen colour scheme. I originally wanted navy and white for pure elegance but someone pointed out to me that it might look a bit clinical and so we added in a vibrant yellow.
Andy’s outfit came from Whitfield and Ward. He wanted a waistcoat and to incorporate tweed and some navy. Craig at the shop helped him choose a great suit to complement. The groomsmen’s attire was also from Whitfield and Ward.
My bridesmaids wore Vivian Diamond dresses from the Dessy collection, which we got from 7th Heaven.
James Tracey was our photographer on the day and Daniel Lloyd was a second shooter. Booking the photographer was one of the first things we did after booking the church and the venue. James has the perfect personality; bubbly, relaxed and super organised. We would highly recommend him.
For my flowers I carried a rustic, tied bouquet and my bridesmaids carried identical arrangements. Laura from Green Earth Flowers seemed to really understand my vision and put it into practise when creating the bouquets.
Venue Perfections helped with the reception décor. We had personalised bunting hanging from the beams in the barn, navy taffeta bows on the chairs and yellow and navy ribbons wrapped around the napkins. To decorate, we also had sliced lemons in mini jars with assorted flowers as well as long stemmed flowers in the scheme colours in tall, elegant vases.
I had seen lots vintage letters lit with old bulbs in varying wedding magazines at shows and I decided we must have them at our wedding and that Heaton House Farm would be a great place to showcase them. We hired ‘Love’ letters from The Word is Love. They were hugely popular and lots of our guests commented on them.
Our favours were by Gemma at Pat-a-Bakes. We had white, navy and yellow decorated gingerbread love hearts wrapped up and tied with a bow.
Linda at Buttercup Cakes, Whaley Bridge, made our wedding cake. It was a four tiered design with sparkling sugar crystals and had navy ribbon tied around with a diamante broach clasp. It was lemon flavoured with vanilla filling – yummy!
DJ Krissy B provided the entertainment on the day. I love 80s and 90s music and had seen Krissy B play before. He appeared perfect for the wedding and he was!
We would definitely recommend Heaton House Farm to other couples. The entire events team are extremely organised and nothing is too much trouble. You are allocated a wedding coordinator and they ease any stress that you might be feeling. The venue also has stunning views, inside and out.
My favourite part of the day was being on the London bus on the way from the venue to Heaton House Farm. Sitting next to Andy, surrounded by friends and family travelling through all the little villages and taking it all in was priceless and a very precious moment for both of us.
Following the wedding we had a minimoon to Lake Garda. It was simply stunning. The weather and views were glorious. It was a very romantic area with lots of amazing activities on the lake. A perfect setting for our first week as Mr and Mrs. We sailed, rode bikes, went kayaking and sunbathed.
My top tip for other Brides Up North is to breath (remain calm) and be as well prepared as possible. That way the day should run smoothly. Be aware of your ‘countdown’ days in the run up to the wedding and allocate certain jobs to be done in certain months so that you feel a sense of achievement.
We would also suggest couples delay their big honeymoon until later in the year. Aware we might well feel deflated after our big day we took a minimoon following the wedding and have planned a ‘megamoon’ for October to extend the wedding feeling.
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