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made with love. a pretty homemade wedding at saltmarshe hall – jennifer & robert

October 26th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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It might be Monday morning but today we’re sharing with you Jennifer and Robert’s stunning Yorkshire wedding, brimming with so much prettiness, that it’s bound to turn any frown upside-down.

Talented bride Jennifer, assisted by her uber helpful mum, crafted all the gorgeous decorations and the beautiful flower arrangements themselves to create a homemade wedding that is elegant through and through. Huge kudos ladies!

With images by Sarah Beth Photography.

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jennifer says: We got engaged on Christmas Day in 2008.  We were at home opening our presents and Rob handed me a little present and when I opened it there was my ring and he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was so surprised and so happy. It was extra special as we were expecting our baby in the January.

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Our wedding date was Friday 24 July 2015. We chose this date as we wanted a summer wedding and we had to fit in with the school holidays as Rob is a teacher and our daughter Isabelle is at school.  Also we wanted to go on our honeymoon soon after the wedding so this date worked perfectly.

We had our whole wedding at Saltmarshe Hall, near Howden, Yorkshire. Rob goes road biking and he found the hall when he was biking in the area.  We went to see the hall soon after and we knew it was just what we were looking for. We chose the venue as the hall itself is beautiful inside and out and the surrounding gardens are lovely and very picturesque.

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We did not have a theme as such, I just wanted a homemade feel to everything and something that was simple but classic which made it possible for me and my mum to do all the decorations ourselves for the whole wedding.

The colours I decided on were pinks, greens, nudes and ivories because I wanted to go for natural pastel colours which were summery and went with our homemade theme.

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I chose a ball gown style dress by Jasmine which had a heavy laced bodice and a tulle skirt. I had a drop veil with lace around the edges which went perfect with my dress bodice. I got my dress and my veil from The Wedding Collection in Beverley.  I always wanted a simple and elegant dress and when I saw my dress in the shop I knew it was ‘the one’.

Vicci my bridesmaid did my make-up and Zoe of Toni & Guy did mine and my bridesmaids’ hair, which all looked beautiful on the day.

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Rob wore a dark blue three piece suit from Slaters with a tailored white shirt with a pink and blue striped tie which fitted in with the colour scheme. He also wore brown shoes from Slaters which went well with his suit.

I had four bridesmaids, our daughter Isabelle who was ‘chief’ and three older bridesmaids: Lizzie, Vicci and Jane. Isabelle wore an ivory dress with a ruffled top and tulle skirt. The older bridesmaids wore beautiful nude dresses from Little Mistress at House of Fraser. All of the dresses had high necklines which were similar to mine. I bought each of the girls a pearl bracelet to wear on the day as a thank you grift and they went perfectly with their dresses.

Rob’s best man, Chris, wore a matching dark blue suit and the rest of the groomsmen wore blue suits and brown shoes with matching ties.

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Sarah Beth Photography was our photographer. She had already done our pre-wedding pictures which were brilliant so we knew our wedding photos would be the same. Sarah is a very talented photographer who takes natural/relaxed photos which was just what we wanted. We would highly recommend Sarah as she is very friendly, easy to work with and put us at ease.

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For mine and Isabelle’s flowers my mum made us a hand tied bouquet of avalanche roses and gypsophila with hessian and ribbon around the stems. For the other bridesmaids she made hand tied bouquets of gypsophila, which also had hessian and ribbon around the stems. My mum ordered the flowers from a local wholesaler and put them together on the morning of the wedding.  She practiced the bouquets numerous times before the wedding so she knew exactly what she was doing.

We wanted to use natural petal confetti which we ordered online from Shropshire Petals. We filled cones with petals and put them in a pretty basket for Isabelle to hand out to all the ladies to throw.

For Rob and all the groomsmen I made buttonholes using gypsophila and entwined small pink beads to match the colours we used.

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As with everything for the wedding I wanted as much homemade as I could so I went for simple ideas and seasonal flowers and plants which I knew, with help from my mum, we could do ourselves.  All the flowers we used were sourced from wholesalers, various garden centres and all the greenery was from my mum’s friend’s garden.

For all the tables we used various sized glass vases, which we personalised by wrapping jute around and tied pretty ribbon bows which we then filled with avalanche and heavenly pink roses and gypsophila.  We also put mirrored plates under the lit hurricane vases for the centre pieces and had lots of glass tea light holders around the tables.

To decorate the hall we used potted hydrangeas and geraniums which when put in large unusual metal hanging baskets, wicker baskets and urns, creating large impressive arrangements in keeping with the hall.

The mantel arrangement on the entrance fire place was bunches of different greenery, hydrangeas and roses which we put together to look like a garland and, with the glass hurricane lanterns on either side, made it quite a feature.

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My mum made some wicker hearts well before the wedding and to some of them we wired dried hydrangeas and tied jute and ribbon bows on for the staircase. The rest we tied on fresh gypsophila for the chair ends at the ceremony.

As well has making our own arrangements I also made the napkin holders, which I wrapped pieces of hessian and pink ribbon around and tied a luggage tag with the guest’s name on. I made the table plan using a board with jute string attached at both sides and I hung cut-out squares of hessian (name list printed and stuck on) with pegs.

Finally, I decorated a sweet table for everyone to tuck into on the evening. I used a long trestle table and put all the sweets in jars. I put small pink potted flowers on the table and I made the ‘sweets’ banner by cutting out squares of hessian and then using a stencil and white paint to put the letters onto each piece of hessian.

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For favours, I filled kraft brown pillow boxes from Hobbycraft with Ferrero Rocher and tied raffia around finished off with a small pink artificial rose. These went down well after the wedding breakfast.

We decided not to go for a traditional wedding cake and instead had a vintage style stand with a Victoria sponge cake on the top tier and cupcakes on the bottom tiers. The cupcakes were vanilla, chocolate and lemon. I wanted it to be simple but pretty so the cake was plainly iced, with ribbon around the bottom and a simple rose on the top. The cupcakes were iced with little flowers/sprinkles on the top.  All this was done by Cupcake Carousel who we would definitely recommend as it all tasted delicious.

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We used Bon Appetit, located in Broughton, as our caterers who supplied a carvery for our wedding breakfast as we wanted something we enjoyed and loved having at home with our families. We followed this with a trio of desserts, which was lovely so we could all have a little of each. For the evening reception we had a fish and chip van (which was a big hit) and had the cupcakes as the dessert.

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For the entertainment on the evening we had a DJ, Andy and Jamie of Ace Disco Party Sounds, as we wanted a room where people could go and have a dance which everyone enjoyed. We used Ace Disco because we have already used them on a previous occasion and they were excellent and again at the wedding they did a brilliant job and the dancefloor was packed all night.

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We would highly recommend Saltmarshe Hall to other couples as it is a beautiful place and the grounds, which overlook the River Ouse, are amazing. Kate, who owns the hall, and Katie her wedding coordinator, could not have been more accommodating.  We met with Kate and Katie at the hall a number of times before so we could let them know how we wanted our day and they ran through everything with us. On the day they made sure the whole thing ran very smoothly and it went to plan perfectly. We hired the hall for the day and we were able to decorate it just how we wanted. There is also accommodation in the hall and cottages in the grounds for any guests which are wanting to stay over.

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The ceremony and the approach to the ceremony were my favourite parts of the day as it was so nice to walk down the stairs and through the hall and see all of our hard work put into place and then to walk down the aisle with my dad, daughter and bridesmaids seeing Rob at the end and all of our close family and friends there to celebrate our special day with us.

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On the Sunday after the wedding, we jetted off to Alcudia in Majorca. It was lovely and relaxing and a perfect way to finish off our wedding celebrations. We took our daughter with us so it was also a lovely family holiday.

It was great doing a lot of the wedding ourselves and made it all the more special on the day, but my top tip to other Brides Up North would be make sure you give yourselves plenty of time to find what you need and to practice beforehand to make sure you get it how you want it. It is worth every minute when you see the finished results!

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country class. a vintage wedding at goldstone hall hotel – claire & phil

October 15th, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Relaxed Vintage Wedding (c) Ragdoll Photography (34)

The setting for today’s real wedding is rurally located Georgian manor house hotel with beautiful gardens and countryside views.

It ticked all the right boxes for bride Claire and groom Phil, as they had their hearts set on a relaxed vintage wedding that they could enjoy partly outdoors.

To the hotel’s impressive events space, the couple added homemade decorations to help set the scene whilst also putting an individual stamp on their big day. The result is both pretty and personal!

With images by Ragdoll Photography.

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claire says: We got engaged on 24th July 2012, which was our tenth anniversary. I was in bed after having had an anaesthetic for a minor procedure during the day. Phil made a trail of candles from the bedroom to the bottom of the garden where, under a tree hung with dozens of nightlights, a table was laid with chocolates and champagne. A portable stereo was playing ‘our song’ – I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing. On the stroke of midnight Phil woke me up and said “follow the candles” then went down the garden before I’d fully woken. When I arrived Phil proposed – I said yes, of course.

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Our wedding was on 24th July 2015. This was the date of our first kiss and the date Phil proposed on our tenth anniversary. The date is also 24-7, which is kind of cool and was used on the stationery.

Our chosen venue was Goldstone Hall Hotel. It was the perfect venue and it was available for the date we wanted.

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We decided a vintage chic theme as we wanted a relaxed and informal semi-outdoor wedding. In terms of colours, our bridesmaids were in dusky pink and the groom and groomsmen were in beige and cream.

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My wedding dress was a floor length vintage lace design over light toffee with heavy embroidery and pearls. It fitted in well with the vintage theme.

Phil wore beige chinos, a taupe shirt and a brown wool waistcoat. He decided against wearing a jacket or tie.

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Rosie Hunt of Ragdoll Photography captured our wedding day. We would definitely recommend her to anyone; she is very sweet, genuine and unassuming which makes her really relaxing and fun to work with. Her style is nicely alternative with a retro eye and her framing and background choices really lend themselves to a fun, creative, vintage theme. We requested unplanned ad-hoc shots to capture the essence of the day and Rosie provided these wonderfully. We were very happy with our photos.

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My wedding bouquet was made up of roses, eucalyptus and gypsophila, provided by Alexandra Maccioni. For decoration we had posies which matched my bouquet displayed in vintage silver tea pots.

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As favours we gave small sweet jars with mixed penny sweets to the men and test tubes filled with strawberry and cream liqueur to the ladies.

Our wedding cake was a three tier design with sugar flowers made by Tracey Williment Cakes. Each tier was a different flavour: carrot cake, ginger cake and fruit cake.

For our wedding breakfast we chose to keep things relaxed with an afternoon tea served with a selection of white, red and rose wines. We hired vintage crockery and cutlery from The Vintage Occasion, who we would recommend as they deliver and collect across a large area and were happy to tailor their package to suit our requirements.

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To provide some live entertainment we hired Miss Fortunes, vintage style trio singers. Strictly Weddings then provided a DJ, lighting, large illuminated letters and a bubble machine.

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We would definitely recommend Godstone Hall Hotel to other couples. The venue has dining rooms and conservatories on the main house, an oak pavilion licenced for marriages in the gardens and a marquee leading from the house suitable for evening receptions.

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After the wedding we went on honeymoon to Paradise Cove, a boutique hotel in the north of Mauritius. It’s a beautiful hotel with only 68 rooms in a great location and the staff were all wonderful. Even though it was their winter the weather was great and we got to explore the island, go on boat trips, sunbathe lots and drink plenty of local rum.

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My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to book your venue as early as possible – the good ones go really quickly, sometimes years in advance. Everything else falls into place after that. Also, make as many of the extra touches as you can (Hobbycraft is great!), as it makes the day personal and gets you more involved.

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graceful lace. stephanie allin for a vintage styled wedding at wood lane, sheffield – charlotte & kyle

September 16th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

A pretty wedding in Sheffield (c) Elouisa Georgiou Photography (39)

Though not set on a strict theme, today’s real wedding couple styled their day perfectly to create a reflection of them and the things that they like.

The pretty affair features playful pastel décor in blooms, bird cages and antique accessories to help set the scene. Add to this a chic VW camper van, a to-die-for Stephanie Allin gown and gorgeous lace mint bridesmaid dresses, and you’ve got one very swoon-worthy wedding indeed.

With images by Elouisa Georgiou Photography.

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charlotte says: We got engaged in Paris. Kyle had booked the weekend away as a surprise and told me to pack a small case. He took me first to a hotel in Liverpool airport, and in the room he left two tickets to Paris and Disneyland on the bed for me to notice – I was so shocked! Our first day in Paris consisted of a 38 degree heatwave so we waited until it was dark to venture up the Eiffel Tower. During the lift ride, I could feel his hands shaking but he said it was his fear of heights! As we stood looking over Paris at night, I just remember he got out a ring box and asked me to be his wife still shaking. I will remember that moment forever.

Our wedding date was 9th August 2014. I’m a secondary school teacher and so having the holidays to enjoy our day was important – I really wanted a summer wedding too. Although the day before there was an awful storm and horrendous rainfall, by some miracle the weather was perfect – the marquee we hired from Ascot Marquees had all dried out and we were blessed with sunshine.

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We only ever looked at one venue and that was Wood Lane in Sheffield; a grade two listed barn with lots of character and original rustic features as it was built in 1802. We knew we wanted the venue to be all ours and to be on the unique side – so a hotel wasn’t for us. We also loved the fact that Kyle’s mum had helped to dig the pond in the gardens years ago and Kyle went to school right next door.

As soon as I walked into the barn I fell in love with the natural stonework and wood beams and I knew this is where I wanted to marry Kyle. Being a blank canvas, we knew it would be hard work, but we had the freedom to create exactly the day we wanted.

We didn’t have a strict theme as we’re quite eclectic in our tastes: we love old, restored furniture, vintage styling and unique rustic touches and this is what I wanted the styling of our day to represent.

For the colour palette we mainly went for a mix of pastel colours: mint, pale pinks and blues, to fit in with the delicate colourings of the barn and the meadow-like gardens surrounding it.

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As a student I worked part-time in River Island (which is actually where Kyle and I met) so fashion and clothes have always been a big part of my life. Having heard great things about The White Room in Sheffield I knew this was the kind of bridal boutique I needed to go to. I fell in love with Loren – a full lace Stephanie Allin dress – and Chloe, the owner, suggested I added lace bolero.

I also wore a vintage crystal headband by Debbie Carlisle. The band was wrapped in satin to match the colour of my hair too. I adore shoes, and so I decided on a pair of white satin peep toe Louboutins. The inside of the shoes are blue for your ‘something blue’, which I loved. My earring were from Swarovski to match a necklace my friends had bought me on my birthday and I also wore a diamond bracelet which Kyle had sneakily bought me and given to my bridesmaids so they could surprise me!

My and the girls’ hair was done by Jade from Identity in Rawmarsh, Rotherham. She knew exactly what I wanted and did an incredible job. I wanted my make-up to be subtle so I felt like me. I’d seen Laura Turner’s work on Facebook and she created a perfect natural vintage look for me.

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Kyle didn’t want a traditional wedding suit, so he went for a slim line blue Lambretta suit and brown leather brogue shoes from Slaters. His best man Ryan, and his dad, John also wore the same suit with my uncle and cousin wearing a slightly darker version. They all wore the same ties from Primark – which had to be the biggest find of the wedding! And pocket squares from River Island. I also ordered Kyle, Ryan and John socks with their name and wedding title sewn on from eBay as a bit of fun. Kyle and Ryan also wore a tie pin, both belonging to their grandfather.

I found the bridesmaid dresses in BHS. I knew I wanted something a little different, and I wasn’t searching for a colour it was more about the style of the dress and making sure all the girls were comfortable and happy. We decided on full lace dresses in mint with a tie around the waist and matching mint peep toes satin shoes, again from BHS. The girls had so many compliments.

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We wanted to introduce the wedding party to all the guests on arrival, so with a little help from the best man and my bridesmaid, we made a ‘wedding fan’ with introductions to everyone tied with mint ribbon and James, our usher, made sure everyone had one.

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Kyle and I knew that the traditional wedding cars didn’t really fit with the vision of our day. We visited a wedding fair in Doncaster and found an amazing VW camper van from All Luvd Up. The VW had enough room from myself and the bridesmaids to arrive together and we could enjoy a bottle of Moet on the journey too! They also decorated the van with ribbons and gorgeous flowers. It was great to have all my bridesmaids around me to keep me calm!

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We’d known our wedding photographer for about six years as we met at River Island when we were all students. After leaving University, Elouisa started her own business – Elouisa Georgiou Photography – and I’d followed her work on Facebook. We loved how she captured such natural photos and you felt like you really understood the emotions of each wedding day by the way she portrayed the guests and the bride and groom in the images. I’d been scouring through Pintrest, blogs and magazines to find inspiration and Elouisa just knew exactly what we wanted and that we didn’t want an album of all traditionally staged photos. Looking back at the photos, I can’t even remember noticing her taking them! She was brilliant at capturing all the precious memories but without even being noticeable – we would definitely recommend her.

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We found our florist at a small wedding fayre at Wood Lane – Fantail Designer Florist. Sam understood immediately what I wanted and made some beautiful suggestions. In my bouquet I had memory lane roses tied in with gysophila, which my bridesmaids also had, and beautiful pastel accents. Sam wrapped the stems in vintage lace and finished with a silver broach which belonged to Kyle’s grandmother. When she delivered them on the morning of the wedding, I was overwhelmed – they were just perfect.

Sam also created the most stunning centrepieces using rustic birdcages I had bought from The Range. The flowers were sat in a bed of natural moss and they looked incredible. She mounted the birdcages on plates of natural tree trunk, which I bought from a local farm. We also had natural bark planters and ivory around the natural stone window behind where were said our vows.

As well as the flowers, we hired ‘love’ light-up letters for our evening reception. They looked amazing as it went dark.

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For our table names I bought a collection of vintage records to represent all our favourite bands that we have seen together in the past eight years, and I made the table plan using half a birdcage from Hobby Craft and backing it on some vintage style paper from Paperchase.

I really wanted to create an English tea party feel to the wedding breakfast, so Kyle and I had been collecting vintage tea cups from charity shops and car boots and with some help from Kyle’s mum and then hiring some more from a lady on Gumtree we managed to make sure everyone had their tea in their own tea cup.

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After the ceremony, I didn’t want to go just straight into the photos; I wanted people to relax and enjoy the day. As the gardens were so stunning, we bought a batch of hay bales from Wood Lane and added blankets so our guests could sit and enjoy drinks, mini cartons of popcorn and delicious scones and cakes made by my bridesmaid’s mum.

For the favours Kyle wanted to buy the men scratch cards which was really fun, and I chose shabby chic doves with twine for the women. Kyle’s mum brought back some handmade chocolates from France and put them in little boxes for everyone too. They were delicious!

Our amazing cake was made by Donna-Jane Cakes. She’s so talented. I saw her on Facebook and loved her designs. We had three tiers: chocolate, vanilla and one red velvet and they were all delicious. We’d already had the cake topper for over a year as we bought it in Disneyland Paris on our engagement weekend, so it meant a lot to us. Donna did a brilliant job of surrounded it with pastel flowers and an edible lace trim.

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With the nature of our venue we had to hire outside catering and so I was recommended Hazel’s Catering by Wood Lane, and they were fantastic. We loved their presentation of the food; our starter was spicy tomato soup with fresh warm bread and they served it in little casserole pots on a slate. Our main was tarragon chicken and our dessert was their own recipe of a chocolate and fruit tart with raspberries and cream. Everyone commented on how nice it was.

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I always knew the entertainment was going to be an important part of our day. We’d been going to gigs and festivals since we were young and we both loved indie bands such as the Arctic Monkeys and Oasis. I found our band – Hudson – on Function Central’s website. The guitarist had played with Sir Paul McCartney at the Liverpool Empire and my husband and his brother are huge Beatles fans so we knew they’d be perfect. They created such a cool, indie atmosphere like we had our very own gig with everyone dancing.

For our first dance I asked my very good friend Pete to sing Elton John’s Your Song. He’s an incredibly talented singer and sounds just like Elton John! The band played live whilst he sang and I think even they were taken back at how good it was. It was such a special moment.

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One of the most special touches to the day, was the wedding arch made by Kyle’s dad. He did such a good job of recreating what we wanted and it meant a lot to us that he’d worked so hard on it as we said our vows stood underneath it.

As a bit of a unique touch, before the wedding I asked the married guests to send me a photo of their wedding day. We bought an old led window from a second hand shop and I painted it green and added ‘Love is all you need’ in scrabble tiles at the top. On each window pane we put one of the photos so our guests could share in the weddings of others. It was quite fun as the guests were trying to work out which wedding photo belonged to who!

I also put together a vintage style sweetie stand using an old desk from eBay, which Kyle’s dad restored, some vintage scales for £4 from a car boot, which Kyle’s mum restored, and old jars from charity shops and car boot sales.

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We also had a photo booth from Dave Spink Photography. It was incredible fun. They created us a book or all the images and the guests wrote some sentimental but also hilarious messages in it! The guests could also keep a copy of the photos to take home too.

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We would definitely recommend Wood Lane to a couple thinking of moving away from the traditional hotel wedding. Of course it’s hard work, but to have a venue which is a stunning and natural blank canvas where you’re able to create a wedding that represents who you are as a couple is relatively unheard of for many venues. You have the venue from the Friday to Sunday, so it takes so much stress away to have that time to style your wedding as you want it and to know that you’re the only people there is just amazing.

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We’ve both always wanted to go to America, so we booked our own little American tour as our honeymoon. We stayed in New York for four days then we flew into Orlando and Kyle’s dream was to drive a Mustang so I hired a white convertible one as a present. He was in his element! We actually stayed in Clearwater in the Sandpearl Hotel overlooking the beach, but we did visit Universal and Kyle’s family in Orlando, who weren’t able to come over, so that special to include them too.

Weddings can easily become about everyone else. My top tip for other Brides Up North is that when you stand at the front of your venue saying your vows, or sit down for your meal or dance the night away, just make sure those moments are as you wanted them to be. Stay true to who you are as a couple as you won’t please everyone, but the day isn’t about everyone, it’s about just you and your partner.

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daisy, daisy. kate halfpenny for a mint green and ivory wedding at whirlowbrook hall – kay & matt

September 14th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (53)

We love the relaxed vibe of today’s real wedding with Matt and Kay deciding on a fun garden party style big day, complete with Pimms and tug of war!

The pretty mint green and ivory theme works perfectly with the summer season and both Kay and her maids look absolutely gorgeous in their gowns.

The smiles, laughter and love shared on the day is easy to see in the beautiful images that follow…

With images by Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography.

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (2)

kay says: After nine years together I’d love to say that our engagement was a fairy-tale proposal! In 2013 Matt made a deal with me, he said that if I got him tickets to the Ashes that year, he would marry me. As you can imagine, tickets for matches at this level kind of sell out pretty quickly and often about a year before so it was quite a challenge. Not one to back down, I went on the hunt and after pulling lots of strings and calling in favours I managed to secure two tickets to the test at Trent Bridge. We had a great day and he promised that one day he would keep to his side of the bargain. He finally proposed the week before Christmas a few months later. He popped the question at about 10.30pm whilst I was trying to get sleep! I’d been away all week with work and I think he’d stressed himself out so much he just blurted it out! He didn’t even have a ring! Of course I said yes, and we went shopping for a ring a few days later. On the way home we stopped off at my grandma’s house to tell her the news and as we pulled up outside he got the ring out of the box and asked me again – it was where he had picked me up from for our first date and he’d remembered – he got the romance right second time around!

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (8)

We got married on Friday 10th July 2015 (two years to the date of the weekend we spent at the Ashes match – although this is a huge coincidence). We wanted a summer wedding so that there was a chance we could spend the day outside. We were both really keen that the day was quite chilled out and wanted to have the atmosphere of a big family/friends gathering – like you would have at a barbecue party! I did a bit of research (ok, quite a bit) on the weather over the last four years which narrowed it down to a few weeks in July where there had been zero rainfall. Luckily the venue only had a few dates left so it was a perfect fit!

We got married at Whirlowbrook Hall in Sheffield and fell in love with it the minute we got there. After lots of research on venues close to where we lived, I’d narrowed it down to three options. We visited each of them over a weekend and as we approached the long sweeping driveway of Whirlowbrook I was won over! It was perfect and had the country house/rustic feel that I wanted, but also had the laid back/modern feel that Matt was looking for. The outdoor lawn was just right for my plans, but the indoor space was perfect if the typical English weather decided to make an appearance!

We met with Judith at the hall and her enthusiasm, knowledge and approach was just what we wanted. It felt like she had been a friend of ours for years and encouraged my ideas of doing things a bit differently!

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (19)

I wanted the theme to feel like a country garden – lots of fresh summery colours, wild flowers, lace and bunting! It was the style that I was drawn towards the most and fitted in with the outdoor approach that we wanted. I also wanted everything to just be simple and pretty without feeling over the top and to make sure that the day was laid back and not too formal – we just wanted a party really.

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (18)

Our chosen colours were mint green and ivory with a few pastels thrown in to add a bit of colour where needed! I love the freshness of mint green, and daisies are also one of my favourite flowers so it all fitted in well!

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (26)

I wanted my dress to be simple, elegant and unique. I almost had a bit of a bridezilla breakdown as I’d visited several boutiques and looked online at different designers but I wasn’t finding anything that matched my vision. After several months of searching, I came across Kate Halfpenny who is based in London and I was mesmerised by her collection. I loved them all! I got in touch with Kate to find out her price range as I didn’t fancy a trip to London to fall in love with a dress that I couldn’t afford. Her reply was even more comforting as she was about to launch her collection outside of London for the first time…in Sheffield! I went to visit her at the launch day which was held at The White Room boutique. After ten minutes of chatting to Kate about what I liked I was being dressed in the Iris slip and jacket – I had that ‘tears’ moment (so did my bridesmaids) and the rest is history!

My shoes were by Jenny Packham and I also wore a headpiece by Debbie Carlisle – again something a bit different that was simple, but elegant.

My hair was done by Katie and Jenny at Parkers in Sheffield. Jo Singleton was my knight in shining armour and made my makeup look fantastic – natural but visible. She also did the makeup for my four bridesmaids.

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (34)

Matt had his suit tailor made by Sean at Ashford Menswear in Sheffield. He wears suits most days for his job, so wanted something a bit different. Sean was brilliant – he helped him to choose fabrics, explained alternative cuts to make the suit feel unique and suggested ways to add personal touches – this included our names and wedding date being embroidered into the lining of his jacket! He got brownie points from me for this!

Our groomsmen wore whatever they chose and felt comfortable in. They each have their own style and we weren’t bothered about everyone matching.

Our bridesmaids meanwhile all wore dresses that I had found online. Trying to please four girls that are different shapes and sizes wasn’t an easy task (I’m sure many brides experience this), but the one shoulder, fitted on top/floaty on bottom, knee-length style looked perfect on all of them. Their shoes were from BHS.

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (37)

The amazing Jo and Simon at Shoot Photography captured our day for us. We met them at our friend’s wedding four years ago and had followed their work ever since. There was only ever one choice of photographer for us and I checked they were available before confirming the venue! They are just wonderful – so professional, but laid back and they make you feel at ease from the minute you meet them. Neither of us like our photograph being taken, but their sense of humour helped us to relax and actually enjoy it!

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (40)

I wanted my bouquet to look like I’d picked it from the garden, so quite wild looking and not very neat! Jo Price Flowers in Sheffield did an amazing job with a very minimal brief. The colours were green and white and it included lots of daisies.

Jo Price Flowers also assisted with the flowers for the décor by helping me to fill several jugs and jam jars (that I’d been collecting for over a year). I collected other bits from a variety of places – Etsy, The Range, Hobbycraft and other online websites – to make pretty much all of our decorations. My maid of honour was very handy with a sewing machine and so made all of the bunting that was used in the Oak Room! Matt’s dad made all of the outdoor signage from old bits of wood. It was a collective effort and a lot of the items were homemade – I wanted it to have a personal touch.

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (52)

We didn’t give favours to guests as such, but I put in a rush order of paper heart shaped fans on the Monday when I knew the temperatures were going to reach 25/26c – they went down a treat! I also bought lots of flip flops for our female guests to wear – no one likes heels on the grass!

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (55)

In terms of food and drink, we had canapés and Pimms to start with and then had a full barbecue with a choice of wines as the main dinner. We had picnic blankets spread across the lawn and picnic basket stations with wine glasses, bottle coolers and cutlery etc. I think a fair few bottles of prosecco were drunk too!

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (62)

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (97)

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (94)

For the entertainment, we had a fantastic band called Highway Child to play – they actually learnt our first dance and played it live for us. I’ve known the lead singer of the band for a number of years and have seen them play several times – I wouldn’t have had anyone else!

We also had garden games spread out across the lawn for our guests to entertain themselves with the space hopper race, limbo pole and Stags v Hens tug of war going down a treat! We also had giant Twister, giant Connect Four and Quoits. Everyone just seemed to be having fun and it was so nice to see everyone smiling and laughing.

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (74)

We would absolutely recommend our wedding venue to other couples. The team were brilliant from start to finish. Judith listened to my ideas and was always at the end of the phone/email if I had any concerns or needed a recommendation. I always felt like they were I complete control and that’s a must for any bride. It was also the personal touches on the day which made a big difference, they knew exactly how we would be feeling at every point and they really looked after us. Danny and his team were great throughout the day and they always had a smile on their faces. We felt like we were with friends who had known us for years.

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (90)

I loved all of it the wedding but I think my favourite bit was when we were walking back up the driveway after we had been to do photographs (just Matt and I) – all we could hear was laughter and we just saw everyone having fun. It was exactly how I had wanted it to be.

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (99)

Following the wedding we had a mini-moon in Ibiza for five days…I needed sunshine! We delayed our two-week honeymoon to America until this month. We have booked four days in New York, then we fly to San Francisco and spend four days there before picking up a convertible Mustang (super excited to drive this!) and driving down the coast of California to Carmel. We then have four days of exploring (and hopefully relaxing) before we travel home.

My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to make sure that you take time off in the lead up to the big day. Also, ask people to help as there is so much to do and don’t forget to book in time to treat yourself! I spent the day before being completely pampered (nails etc.) with my maid of honour and it was definitely needed!

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pretty chilled. a relaxed wedding at taitlands – emily & tom

December 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime

a relaxed wedding at Taitlands (c) Johnboy Wilson Photography (43)

Emily and Tom invited their friends and family to enjoy a relaxed wedding in the Yorkshire Dales, specifically not wanting to make the weekend “all about them”. Well, their wedding day was all about them – and in the best possible of ways: friendly, fun and full of special, meaningful details.

Exactly the way it should be.

With images by Johnboy Wilson.

a relaxed wedding at Taitlands (c) Johnboy Wilson Photography (3)

emily says: We got engaged in September 2012, on The Isle of Skye. It was my 30th Birthday and Tom proposed to me at the top of the Quirraing. It was a very special place to us from a previous adventure together. We spent the rest of the week in a cottage on the Isle of Lewis on a secluded beach.

We were married on 31st May 2014 as it is around our anniversary of when we met – we thought six years together should be celebrated!

We chose Taitlands near Settle in the Yorkshire Dales. We both love walking and the Dales is one of our favourite places in the world. We actually only looked at Taitlands as a venue, we knew the area was right and as soon as we met Emma (the owner of Taitlands) we knew she would help us organise a relaxed wedding set to the backdrop of the hills.

a relaxed wedding at Taitlands (c) Johnboy Wilson Photography (4)

We wanted a relaxed wedding and encouraged guests to stay in the local area for the weekend so they could go walking or have a meal down at the local pub before/after the wedding day. We didn’t want the weekend to be all about us!

The day was a mixture of themes to reflect the things we really love in the world. We chose natural materials such as wood and wicker and the decor and flowers were inspired by the Hebrides, but we decided to go more elegant for the ceremony itself.

As we love camping and walking I wouldn’t say I was overly girlie so I thought why not go for it on your own wedding day – we chose pale pink and cream theme for the ceremony and wedding breakfast and we teamed this scheme up with dark blue to balance it out.

a relaxed wedding at Taitlands (c) Johnboy Wilson Photography (15)

I looked at lots of dresses online as starting point. I then realised that I was putting off going to a shop to try on actual dresses – the idea made me feel very uncomfortable. I then found online a small independent shop in Pudsey called Scarlett Poppy. The shop makes bespoke dresses and I loved the fact that they are independent.

The ladies at Scarlett Poppy put me at ease and really listened to my ideas. The draft drawings were really helpful to envisage the dress and the process of designing something from scratch was amazing.

I went for a classic figure hugging dress as I love the art deco era and my Mum choose the beaded lace pattern for the back of the dress – a very special moment.

a relaxed wedding at Taitlands (c) Johnboy Wilson Photography (2)

Tom wore a blue suit from TM Lewin, his best man got married 9 months before and they agreed to where the same suits for both weddings.

a relaxed wedding at Taitlands (c) Johnboy Wilson Photography (7)

I wanted to get dresses that the bridesmaids would feel comfortable in and potentially wear again. I went for Karen Millen dresses in pale pink.

a relaxed wedding at Taitlands (c) Johnboy Wilson Photography (17)

Emma at Taitlands is also a florist which made the organising of flowers easy. Emma has fantastic taste and we gave her the colour scheme and a few details and she provided the rest – the flowers were elegant and suited the ceremony perfectly.

Emma provided flowers for the entrance, button holes and bouquets.

a relaxed wedding at Taitlands (c) Johnboy Wilson Photography (20)

Johnboy Wilson was our photographer. I would recommend Johnboy as a photographer; he strikes the balance between being friendly yet professional. We gave a brief to him that we only wanted a few formal photographs of the day and we would rather have more natural pictures of our friends and family having fun – he really did capture the atmosphere of the day and respected our request. I think the pictures speak for themselves.

a relaxed wedding at Taitlands (c) Johnboy Wilson Photography (26)

a relaxed wedding at Taitlands (c) Johnboy Wilson Photography (28)

I would highly recommend Victoria Edwards as a makeup artist, Victoria travelled to the venue making getting ready on the morning of the wedding a fun and girlie time. My Mum and bridesmaids looked fantastic and Victoria listened to each person to find out what style they wanted and gave some great suggestions. Getting ready together was a fun experience.

Our hairdresser was Hannah from Verve in Ilkley, again Hannah travelled to the venue and really transformed my hair into the vintage style I was looking for.

a relaxed wedding at Taitlands (c) Johnboy Wilson Photography (29)

a relaxed wedding at Taitlands (c) Johnboy Wilson Photography (31)

Our families helped the table decor and the marquee – it was a real team effort.  We decorated the main rooms ourselves, especially the marquee, where we had lanterns and pompoms. We even added beer mats from New York and Canada which is where we went on honeymoon.

a relaxed wedding at Taitlands (c) Johnboy Wilson Photography (34)

Taitlands has a wonderful chef that cooks traditional yet beautiful food. The guests commented on how fantastic the food was. As Taitlands is independently owned we were able to organise our own wine and Champagne for a corkage fee. The charge was very reasonable and it meant we could buy good quality wine.

Tom and I love cheese and we new pretty early on that we wanted a cheese tower rather than a traditional wedding cake. On our trips to the Dales we would stop off at The Courtyard on the A64. The Courtyard has an independent cheese shop which we love called The Courtyard Dairy. We knew we would have to buy our cheese from there as the selection and knowledge of the owner, Andy, was fantastic.

a relaxed wedding at Taitlands (c) Johnboy Wilson Photography (36)

Whether we should give favours seem one of the things we debated the most! We decided give favours in the end and went for quite a simple idea. We bought a favours kit from Hobbycraft and filled the small wine glasses with a mixture of five sweets including some sugared almonds to be traditional

a relaxed wedding at Taitlands (c) Johnboy Wilson Photography (42)

The best part of the day was walking round the lawn after the ceremony with my new Husband chatting with the people we love.

We had a selection of lawn games, which we arranged ourselves and we even made little signs. Taitlands supplied the Croquet.

a relaxed wedding at Taitlands (c) Johnboy Wilson Photography (45)

a relaxed wedding at Taitlands (c) Johnboy Wilson Photography (48)

One of Tom’s best friends, Simon is a wedding DJ and he did last performance in the UK as he has since moved to Dubai! The company was called BigBigLove. Tom and Simon worked together and use to DJ together at parties in Leeds.

a relaxed wedding at Taitlands (c) Johnboy Wilson Photography (49)

We had a short break in the Yorkshire Dales after the ceremony to just relax and remember the day, then three months later we went to New York and Canada, taking in the Niagara Falls, Victoria, the Canadian Rockies and Vancouver.

a relaxed wedding at Taitlands (c) Johnboy Wilson Photography (50)

A tip that was given to us and that I’ll pass on to other Brides Up North was to take the time with your Husband/Wife to just stand back and take in the moments on the day. It really made it special for us.

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THIS SUNDAY! The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition At Nostell Priory!

April 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime


It’s this weekend!  Make the most of the (slightly) warmer weather and come and visit us at the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition, this weekend at the newly refurbished and absolutely stunning Nostell Priory near Wakefield, West Yorkshire.  You know, another exciting event out there in the big (and, as it turns out, really rather beautiful) real World!


Step away from your computers peeps, and come and explore and experience the wedding industry talent right on your own doorstep.  It’s all good!  



Nostell Priory by Peter Boyd Photography



If you’ve been to one of our events already this year, you will know that each beautiful venue is bursting at the seams with wedding pretty and the best regional suppliers, waiting to make your big day super special.  Add in open house venue tours, some super on the day discounts and a FREE VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag bursting with treats and mags, and you have a really rather lovely and unmissable day out that’s all about inspiring your own celebration.


If you haven’t been to one of our events this year – and why on earth not?! – this is where the fun begins!  If you are still searching for that to-die-for venue, all the better…



Nostell Priory Luxury Wedding Exhibiton Spring 2013



Visit West Yorkshire’s most gorgeous luxury wedding exhibition in association with prestigious Dine Events & Channel 4’s "Top Blog For Northern Brides" Brides Up North.


Nostell Priory

Luxury Wedding Exhibition

Doncaster Road, Nostell, Wakefield

Sunday 7th April 2013

12pm till 4pm – FREE ENTRY ALL GUESTS





This is your invitation to a day of bridal brilliance at West Yorkshire’s most desirable wedding venue: Nostell Priory.  A choice selection of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will be on hand to inspire and advise.  Only the best will do for Brides Up North and Dine Events! 



Nostell Priory Luxury Wedding Exhibition



40 Top Exhibitors/ Stunning Wedding Venue/ Civil Ceremonies/ Meet The Dine Team/ Venue Tours/ Live Music/ Bridal Fashion/ All The Details/ On The Day Discounts!


Pop by and say hello to the Brides Up North and Dine teams and our amazing line up of suppliers, including: BlossEm, Curvy Bridal, Angels Carrying Savage Weapons, Jess Petrie Photography, Deans Fine Jewellery , Flowers By Anderson, Iain Henderson Designs , John Gardener Photography , Peter Boyd Photography, Smooch Rings, The Little Bridal Company, Joel Skingle Photography, The Wedding Guide, Top Tier Cakes, Unforgettable Memories, Vintage 78 DJs, VW Wedding Campervan Hire, Wedding Belles Of Otley, White Petal Design, John Hope Photography, Jill Ryder, Heirloom Flowers & Balloons, Dorchester Ledbetter Photography, HobbyCraft, Butter Cup Boutique, Top Mark Suit Hire, Swing Thing Duo, Photobooths 4 U, Cake! and more…



Nostell Priory by Bluelights Photography



Yorkshire’s most fabulous brides have been quick off the mark, but if you haven’t already, pre-register online NOW.  Beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Goody Bag packed with treats from Brides Up North and lots of fabulous sponsors like House of Fraser, Molton & Brown, Debenhams and the regions’ best bridal glossy mags – while stocks last only.


Fill in your details below, marking “NOSTELL PRIORY” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibition.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.



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You can also email if you do not wish to use the contact form. VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bags are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy.



Nostell Priory Luxury Wedding Exhibition



Can’t make it to Nostell Priory? Click here to view our amazing range of luxury bridal exhibitions this Spring, and save the dates!


"The Brides Up North Wedding Exhibition was a fantastic day, it was the most professional, well organised event that we have ever attended. Thank you for making the day so seamless."  Caroline & Vanessa, Exhibitors, Amelia Elliot Bridal


"What a great event. One of the best! Well done for organising it so well, it was a pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful event."  Trevor, Exhibitor, Patisserie Viennoise


"Well done for Sunday. In my opinion, you are pioneering the way in which bridal events should be run. The Wedding Exhibition was so well organised." Helen, Exhibitor, The Wedding Concierge


NEW EXHIBITORS – we are about to close sales for this season. To be a part of the magic and for exhibitor and pricing details for all events please email ASAP.



Nostell Priory by Bluelights Photography



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