October 25th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
Our featured bride Anneka sings from the same hymn sheet as us Brides Up North girls it would seem, as keeping things local was a key factor to her and beau Gareth’s big day.
Planning a pretty pink and ivory themed wedding, Anneka and Gareth agreed on the Hyde Bank Farm in Romiley, to stage their celebrations and then looked to skilful suppliers in close proximity to help deliver their dream day. Just what we like to see!
Roses too seem a continuing theme throughout the day, featuring in the bride’s bouquet and also the venue décor, including dainty bundles of blooms in clear jars and delicate paper petal roses made by Anneka’s own fair hands, demonstrating her own creative skills!
With images by Kate Gosney.
anneka says: We set our wedding date for Monday 29th May 2017, after getting engaged on my 28th birthday in March 2016.
Our day took place at Hyde Bank Farm in Romiley, Stockport. We chose this venue as it’s set in a beautiful, peaceful countryside setting and has superb character and atmosphere, with oak beams and charming stonewalls.
We wanted the wedding to be classy and traditional with nods to the surrounding countryside. We also wanted to keep things local to the area, using suppliers from nearby.
The colour scheme was ivory and light pink.
My dress was an ivory satin, strapless ballgown with a sweetheart neckline and chapel train, which I wore with an ivory elbow-length, two-tiered veil with satin trim. I purchased my dress from Isabella Bridal in Underbank, Stockport.
Gareth and his groomsmen wore blue suits with ivory paisley tuxedo and cravat from Best Man Hire in Macclesfield, Cheshire.
My bridesmaids wore Briar-Rose navy lace tea dresses from Monsoon.
December 14th, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth
Today on the blog, we escape to Cheshire, to the captivating 17th century Hyde Bank Farm for Ali and Dave’s glorious summer wedding.
We’ve seen all kinds of unique and curious wedding themes on Brides Up North, but this is the first time we’ve encountered Lego – and we love it!
From cute Lego-inspired cake toppers and snazzy cufflinks and socks to Christmas baubles (yes, you read that one right!) – this is a wedding brimming with originality.
With images by Steven Rooney.
ali says: We got engaged in Mykonos in Greece. Dave had secretly purchased the ring and asked my dad beforehand. He was almost caught out by airport security staff who decided to go through his bag twice! Unable to wait any longer, he proposed on the first night, at the hotel, under the air conditioning, boiling hot as we had got lost on the way back from dinner!
Our wedding took place on 25th June 2016. We chose this date as there were only three dates left for 2016 at our reception venue, Hyde Bank Farm, and as I am a massive Christmas lover, it was fairly significant being six months to/from Christmas.
We got married at Norbury Church in Hazel Grove. I have connections with Norbury having grown up going there, and my dad is a clergyman there too (although he didn’t do the service!). We both wanted a church wedding so it fitted the bill perfectly.
We had a Lego theme. Our cake toppers were Lego figures and the groom, best man, groomsmen and father of the bride/groom all had different coloured Lego cufflinks with matching socks. We chose this theme as we’re both big kids at heart.
As for the colour scheme, we picked mint with a hint of blush. We thought this combination was quite summery and mint is one of those colours that suits everyone. The bridesmaids looked gorgeous in their mint dresses.
I eventually went with an Enzoani strapless mermaid wedding dress after trying on quite a number of different dresses. I saw the dress online, spent a while tracking it down, tried it on – and that was it – job done! It was very flattering and easy to get around in. The dress ticked all the boxes and also gave me the option of wearing a lace topper so I had two looks on the day. It was from the Wedding Boutique in Knutsford, which has since rebranded to Felicity Cooper bridal. Shoes wise, I got a pair of Rachel Simpson Matilda shoes online – only two inches high, and so lovely and comfortable.
My grandma kindly offered me her veil to wear for the ceremony which was a really special touch. She and my grandad got married in 1948 so it was very old! Unfortunately though it didn’t match my dress, so instead of wearing it, we draped it over the table that we signed the register on at the wedding to have it on show. I’m not sure how many people were aware of it but it was very special to us that it was there.
For hair and makeup, I booked Rebecca Anderton for my four bridesmaids and myself. She was so lovely and everything turned out great.
Dave wore a navy suit from Moss Bros with a mint coloured cravat, and paired the outfit with a pair of brown shoes from Next. The groomsmen also wore the same navy suit and mint coloured cravat from Moss Bros. They wore navy waistcoats whereas Dave donned an ivory waistcoat.
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August 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Today’s wedding is brimming with beautiful inspiration, so be sure to have your Pinterest boards at the ready ladies.
Tying the knot at a rural barn setting in Cheshire, bookworm bride Jessica decided to theme the wedding around her favourite childhood stories, with nods to everyone from Peter Rabbit and Toad of Toad Hall, to the beautiful Snow White.
Looking every inch a princess herself, we adore Jessica’s stunning duchess satin gown as well as the bridesmaids’ vintage dresses and the groomsmen’s dapper suits!
Another stand out element for us has to be Jessica’s dreamy bouquet made by her talented mum – who just so happens to be a florist, and a fabulous one at that!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.
jessica says: Rob proposed on Christmas Day 2013. Christmas is my favourite time of the year but I didn’t see the proposal coming. We had talked about getting married for years but finances had been tight as we were renovating our home.
I woke up at about 4.30am, which is normal for me on Christmas Day. We spent some time opening our stockings in bed before moving on to the Christmas tree in the living room. Rob opened his presents from me first and then it was my turn.
I unwrapped my first gift which was a poem from Rob asking me to be his wife. Rob was filming me and I read it out loud but couldn’t read it in full. My legs went to jelly but I thought he was winding me up. I started to cry and he handed me another present. I unwrapped a ring box and inside there was a note saying ‘Find Me, I’m hanging on the tree’. I couldn’t contain my emotion at this point. I tried to stand up but my leg were shaking too much! Eventually I found the ring on the tree. The ring was beautiful. I was ecstatic. We celebrated with a bacon butty and a glass of champagne. All this at 5am!
We set the date for 7th May 2016. We chose May hoping for good weather and we got it! It was warm, but not too hot, and it stayed dry for the majority of the day. We chose the 7th as number seven is a lucky number for the family and we were automatically drawn to it.
We got married at Hyde Bank Farm in Romiley, Cheshire. It was the only venue we looked at and we booked it straight away. Rob’s dad used to work there as a teenager back when it was a dairy farm. He actually used to work in barn where the ceremony was held. The farm is still run by the same family he used to work for. The venue is perfect for an intimate ceremony but because it has two floors and outdoor space, it can hold up to 100 guests in the evening.
Our theme was classic children’s books. Each table was named after a classic tale: Wind in the Willows, The Railway Children, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. This was chosen because since a very early age I have been a bit of a bookworm. These were my favourite stories as a child. My mum has always compared me to Snow White with dark hair, fair skin and cherry red lips.
We went for a vintage look when it came to picking the colour scheme for the outfits and flowers. The bridesmaids wore vintage style dresses in powder blue and Rob, the dads and groomsmen wore navy. The flowers were vintage/rustic, in keeping with the venue, using predominately blue and lilac flowers.
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August 6th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Today’s real wedding not only sees two families come together but also two countries, as Cheshire girl Alison Jane tied the knot to her Brooklyn boy Daniel, during a traditional church ceremony followed by a country garden style reception at Hyde Bank Farm.
Though most of what can be seen, such as the gorgeous flowers, rustic décor and pretty barn setting, is typically English, Alison Jane and Daniel (who are now both living in the USA) incorporated some sweet American touches too, including stars and stripes bunting and chocolate dimes and nickels.
We think it’s safe to say Daniel will be Alison Jane’s american boy forever more!
With images by Pixies in the Cellar.
alison jane says: Daniel had asked me on several occasions how I would like to be proposed to (if it ever happened) and I had always replied: “Whenever you want to, when the moment strikes you”. We were both living on different continents at the time (I in England, he in America). I took a trip to meet his parents in New York, which was also the same city we met in. One morning we were lying in bed together and he rolled over and asked me to marry him. He says that was the moment he was unequivocally sure that he wanted to marry me.
We set the date for 13th June 2015. I wanted a summer wedding and Daniel finished medical school at the end of May and started work at the beginning of July, so it had to be June. Daniel had to be in the country two weeks before the wedding for it to be legal, and we wanted a honeymoon afterwards, so we picked the middle Saturday in June.
We got married at St Thomas’ Church in Stockton Heath, which was my local church in my hometown. We both wanted a church wedding and I wanted to be married from home, so it was a no brainer.
We had our reception at Hyde Bank Farm. I wanted a barn type venue and I loved the fact that this one had a room upstairs for those who want to party hard and a room downstairs with comfy sofas for those who want to chat and relax.
Daniel is a Brooklyn boy, and we now both live in Brooklyn. Being overseas whilst planning the wedding I relied very heavily on my mother to do everything, and all credit goes to her for it being a grand success.
I didn’t pick a theme as such, generally it was a very traditional English country wedding. I had been living in America for a year whilst planning it and I was a tad homesick, and I think that contributed to it being so English.
Our colour scheme was spun gold, spa, ivory, hessian and navy blue. I picked them because they went well together. The spun gold and ivory was in my dress, and Daniel wanted a navy blue suit, the hessian was from the barn venue. I realised I had to pick another colour for the palette to work, and chose spa with the help of my sister. I then had to remind everyone that this was not a spa themed wedding, as they kept wanting to make everything spa!
I chose my dress with my mother in England before I moved to America. It was a David Tutera Mon Cheri lace mermaid gown. My mother and I had slightly different taste in dresses: many I liked she deemed ‘too sexy’, I think this was the perfect compromise. The dress had hand-beaded and re-embroidered lace appliqués, tip-of-the shoulder illusion sleeves, a scoop neckline and back bodice, covered buttons which trailed down the back to a chapel length train.
My bridesmaids wore knee length Dessy chiffon dresses in spa, but picked their own style. We chose Dessy because it was easily available in the UK and America so they could all get the same make.
Daniel wore his favourite navy blue suit that he already owned and we simply asked the groomsmen to wear a grey suit. We had a variety of greys but I think it worked well and everyone was comfortable. Daniel picked a paisley spa and grey tie for the men to wear too.
My dad hired a car to get us from the wedding to the reception. I was touched by the fact the driver had custard creams in the back for us to munch on for our journey (they are my favourite biscuit and you can’t get them in America).
Peter and Sara from Pixies in the Cellar were our photographers. They were fantastic and I would highly recommend them. They suggested a variety of shots I wouldn’t have thought of, but they were never pushy, and were really lovely to work with on the day. Everyone loves our photos!
Lisa from the Village Florist in Stockton Heath did all our flowers, she was fantastic. I came to her with a rough idea of a country, cream coloured bouquet and she put together a fantastic trailing bouquet of roses, calla lilies, lisianthus, baby’s breath and a very pale pink milkwort.
For all the decorations we used the same flowers as in my bouquet. We had garlands hanging around the pillars in the church as well as over the porch, around the pulpit and by the alter. For pew ends I decorated jam jars in my colour scheme and Lisa filled them with neutral flowers. We then transported the pew ends to the reception venue and used them again as our centre pieces.
I also wanted English and American themed bunting, and spent days hand sewing it. My mother was sure I wouldn’t finish in time, but with a little help, I did. It made me so happy to see it up in the reception venue, and it makes a wonderful memento for me to keep.
Candle light was a must to set the mood and so we had dozens of tea-lights in jam jars hanging from trees and on the beams in the barn.
My mother collected over 150 vintage cups and saucers from charity shops and friends over the year before our wedding, which we gave out with favours. I tied them with printed ribbon with our names and date, and we filled them with chocolate English and American coins.
My sister and maid of honour volunteered to make the cake. It was three tiered; the bottom was fruit, middle was red velvet and the top was plain sponge, so hopefully everyone was happy. It looked amazing too!
For our wedding breakfast, we chose Scottish Salmon, followed by Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding to give the Americans a proper English treat. We had Chocolate Brownie with Ice Cream for dessert, as there was no chocolate in the cake. For a late supper we had fish and chips from the local chippie, Matt’s Plaice.
To keep guests entertained, I wanted a live band, and Daniel located a great local band called Breaker Live, who played a great compilation of classic rock. Between sets we let our guests plug in their own iPods and had a great time dancing routines to the Macarena and 5,6,7,8!
A couple of special touches on the day included having my late grandmother’s sapphire engagement ring as my something blue. It wouldn’t fit my fingers so I sewed into my wedding dress. Also my father surprised me by presenting us with a beautiful poem he had written for us, it was so thoughtful.
Hyde Bank Farm is a beautiful venue, and we would recommend it, but I would encourage brides to design the day themselves rather than using routine suppliers, in order to stop it becoming another generic wedding.
Directly from the wedding we went on a four day mini-moon to Dannah Farm, a secluded retreat for couples. It was wonderful to sit around in the private spa with a class of champagne! We then popped back briefly to see my mum before flying to Fort Lauterdale, Florida, to stay in Daniel’s parents’ penthouse beach apartment, followed by a few days at Disney World (because I had never been) where we stayed in a nearby Marriott.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to discuss expectations early, in order to prevent fights. Everyone has different priorities, and if your parents are paying it’s their wedding too! My father wanted a fancy car and good wine, I wanted a band and a nice dress, my mother wanted to invite everyone she knew, and my husband just wanted everyone to get along – we all accepted that what we thought was important wasn’t what the other people did, and that helped us in the long run.
When it got close to the wedding I just couldn’t wait to just be married. As perfect as our wedding day was, marriage is better.
May 26th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
Today’s bride Emma decided to keep her vision chic and simple by opting for an elegant vintage wedding theme with pretty pastel touches, and the results certainly don’t disappoint. Everything ties in perfectly from Emma’s lace detailed princess dress to her dreamy blush bouquet and the wonderfully quaint venue.
It’s not just about the aesthetics though – the bar shots in the evening suggest an excellent time was had by all at the reception too with the newlyweds celebrating becoming Mr and Mrs with a shot (or two, or three)!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Lee Brown Photography.
emma says: We got engaged in December 2011. James picked me up from work but pretended to split up with me (not the most romantic proposal) by saying ‘I don’t want you to be my girlfriend anymore’ a few times as I was in shock, and then followed this up with ‘I want you to be my wife’ and held out my ring.
Our wedding date was 30th August 2014 as even though we were engaged for a good few years we didn’t decide to set a date until April 2014 and wanted to do it as quick as possible and still in the summer.
We got married at Hyde Bank Farm in Romiley, Stockport. I’d had my eye on this venue for a while so it was great to finally secure the venue for our big day.
The chosen theme was vintage with pretty pastel colours.
I chose a lace princess dress with short sleeves and see-through lace that covered the chest area. This was the dress that first stood out to me as I knew what type I wanted and the others I tried on were just not right. I bought it from a shop in Bolton called Because I love You.
To transport us on the day we hired a Mercedes from work as I work for Nationwide Vehicle Contracts, which is a car leasing company.
Our photographer was Lee Brown who I would most definitely recommend. Our photos are perfect, he did a fabulous job.
To match with the chosen colour scheme I carried a pastel bouquet designed by Carla at The Classy Room Company. I used very similar flowers to my bouquet for the whole day, including for the bridesmaids’ bouquets and the tables decorations.
I also had flowers in vintage style birdcages for my centre pieces and our favours were Ferrero Rochers, which we placed in vintage paper birdcages with a ribbon on. As well as providing the flowers, Carla from The Classy Room Company dressed our reception room for us too.
For our wedding cake my Grandma bought a plain triple cake from Marks & Spencer and decorated it herself, exactly how I wanted it. It was a lovely personal touch. We continued the sweet treats with a candy cart in the evening and also hired a DJ to keep our guest entertained. The DJ even put on a few games for us.
I would most definitely recommend our wedding venue to other couples. Although small it’s a really lovely setting and we enjoyed our wedding day from beginning to end.
For our honeymoon we went to Meloneras in Gran Canaria. We chose Gran Canaria as we wanted somewhere warm still but not too much of a long flight as we only wanted to go away for a week as our children were staying with their Nana and Granddad.
My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to enjoy your day and make the most of it as it goes too fast. Don’t worry over the little things and what might go wrong, it will be what it will be and nobody notices the minor things that don’t go to plan anyway.
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