February 21st, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
Today’s glamorous bride describes her agonising decision as to whether to go ‘Cinderella’ or ‘Kim Kardashian’ on the wedding dress front. In the end, her elegant gown was more grown-up princess than KK but every bit a showstopper.
This gorgeous duo really knows how to organise a party: their big day features a ten-piece band, a photo booth and gallons of Champagne. Plus, the photographs of Katherine with her seven gorgeous bridesmaids? Real #SquadGoals material.
With photography by Brides Up North Sponsor Bethany Clarke.
katherine says: I had already picked my ring out at ROX jewellers in Leeds, with Oliver when we got engaged as we’d regularly talked about getting married. I had a very specific style in mind and we both agreed it would be better to pick a ring I loved instead of one I only liked! It was an amazing experience we both enjoyed and will cherish forever. We were greeted with a glass of champagne and chocolate truffles as the glass doors behind us were locked by the security guard. We were the only customers in the store – absolute bliss!
Given that I knew the ring was coming (although I didn’t know when and where!) I told Oliver if he wanted to surprise me he’d have to catch me off guard. He did just that: he asked me to pop downstairs to help him carry something inside the house and as I reached the bottom step he was on one knee – with my ring! Of course, I said yes.
We both wanted to be married fairly quickly and were lucky enough to be financially able to do so. We were engaged August 2015 and were married September 2016. Oliver’s parents were married on the 28th September and my parents were married on the 29th September, so we decided to follow the trend with 30thSeptember. To get married on a Friday was significantly cheaper at most venues than a weekend and that encouraged us to go for a week day.
We visited dozens of venues, but fell in love with Monk Fryston Hall in Yorkshire, immediately. We wanted to find a venue that wasn’t too big (more than one wedding per day at some places), not too small (we both have big families) and that could provide overnight accommodation overnight. We both wanted a church wedding but were willing to organise and pay for the transportation of the guests from the church to the venue. However, this wasn’t necessary as there was a beautiful church, St. Wilfrid’s, just over the road. This sealed the deal for us and we organised a meeting with the wedding co-ordinator.
There was no real theme to the wedding other than the colour scheme, which was lilac – only because I had seven bridesmaids to cater for and found a lilac dress that everyone was happy with at the bargain price of £49 each in the January sales!
Everything was very simple. I wore a white gown with no bling, our cake was white with flowers, we used simple tea lights and hydrangea buds for decoration. It was such a beautiful venue it didn’t need much styling!
Style-wise, I batted between ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Kim Kardashian’ for months! Did I fulfil my lifelong dream of wearing a wearing a poofy ball gown or did I go fashion forward and wear a skin tight fishtail gown? I went to several dress shops until I found Precious Bridal in Garforth – no pushy sales pitch, just a general introduction and then I was let loose in a shop full of gowns. Every bride’s dream! As my mum flicked through a catalogue she pointed out a dress she thought was lovely. I immediately recognised it – I actually had it saved on Pinterest. Donna suddenly revealed that she had it in stock! I had to try it on. Donna names each of her dresses so she can remember them easily, and so out of curiosity I asked what this dress was called. She replied ‘Katherine.’ I hadn’t even seen the dress and I knew it was the one. It was the perfect combination of elegance and a little bit of Cinderella.
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August 22nd, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Today’s real wedding couple are quick to confess that they’re not the most romantic, and so wanted a wedding day that was informal and fun.
Looking at the images we’d say they definitely achieved their goal, with smiles and laughter from the bride, groom and their guests throughout the proceedings.
Though relaxed, Lisa and Chris’s wedding has a lovely air of elegance to it, with the groom looking dapper in his tux and bow tie, and the bride every inch a princess in her beautiful lace detailed gown.
With images by Danni Maytree Photography.
lisa says: We got engaged in our back garden in June 2015, after enjoying an al fresco dinner. We’re a tongue in cheek couple who love to laugh and are not overly romantic, so it was as simple as that.
We chose to get married on 2nd July as my mum and dad got married on 2nd June and my sister and brother-in-law got married on 2nd December. We all got married at 2pm too.
Our chosen venue was The Walled Garden Marquee at Temple Newsam, Leeds, which we would highly recommend to others. Both Chris and I have grown up visiting Temple Newsam and the marquee itself is beautiful.
We wanted it to be quite informal and so whilst there was no set theme, it did have quite a rustic feel to it.
December 11th, 2015 | Julia Braime
There are so many gorgeous elements to this morning’s real wedding that make our knees go weak – in particular the bride’s striking dress, which we adore!
Other highlights for us include the super sweet cake table, the men’s ditzy bow ties, the elegant vintage décor and that pretty pink peony in Emma’s hair. Bloomin’ lovely!
Ladies, this is one wedding you will want to take note of!
With images by Helen Russell Photography.
emma says: We got engaged at Northwood Nuclear Naval Base in London on 7th December 2013. We had been invited to the Royal Naval Christmas/winter ball by my brother-in-law. Kris had said after he proposed that he was supposed to do it on Christmas Day, however he decided to do it early, but not while I was in my ball gown or while we were in the extravagant ball. Instead he went down on one knee afterwards while I was in my pyjamas!
Our wedding day was the 13th June 2015. We wanted a June wedding as we love peonies and the florist advised this was the best time for them.
The ceremony was at St Mary the Virgin Church in Seaham, followed by a reception at Lumley Castle. I have always thought that the church is beautiful on the inside and out, the coastal setting is beautiful and the church itself is one of the oldest in England. For the reception we had looked at a number of venues but Lumley Castle stood out by far as it wasn’t like any ‘usual’ hall or manor house. I also joked that I could have my own castle and be a princess for the day.
I’d describe our chosen theme was vintage, shabby chic/old fashioned. My mother and I made a lot of stuff and used a lot of old jewellery. We bought whatever caught our attention in vintage and charity shops.
December 8th, 2015 | Julia Braime
For some entertainment at a wedding is somewhat of an afterthought, going on what’s left over in the budget. However this was certainly not the case for today’s real wedding couple who made song & dance a key part of their big day proceedings.
Bride Samantha (who runs a dance school) and groom Martin, treated their guests to a whole host of wonderful entertainment to make their wedding all the more memorable – from singers and dance routines to a live band and fireworks.
Not neglecting other areas of the planning, Samantha and Martin complemented Rise Hall perfectly with a gorgeous autumnal colour palette of silver and plum for their décor and finishing touches!
With images by Mike & Emma Bowering.
samantha says: We met originally on the Plenty of Fish website in 2011. In March 2014 we got engaged on the understanding that Martin could purchase a £2,000 bike that very same day…and he did!
Our wedding date was 17th October 2015. We chose the date because I so desperately wanted to get married at Rise Hall and that date was one of the only autumn dates left in 2015. We fell in love with Sarah Beeney’s home Rise Hall, a few years ago when we took our candy cart to a Brides Up North exhibition there. Since that point I dreamt about getting married there.
Our theme for the wedding from a styling perspective was autumnal. We also had a dance/entertainment theme throughout due to me owning a dance school with my best friend and maid of honour, Stephanie.
September 10th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
Today’s teenage sweethearts tied the knot during a traditional church ceremony and vintage inspired reception after more than ten years together.
Picking an elegant dove grey and pale pink palette to complement their chosen vintage theme, bride Abby then focused on her own attire picking a stunning lace Justin Alexander gown for her moment in the limelight.
Images by Phil Vaughan Photography.
abby says: Matt and I had been together for almost ten years when Matt proposed to me two years ago – it was a week before my 24th birthday. Matt asked me to marry him when we were in our cottage on our own. It was just perfect as I’m not someone who likes a lot of attention, but saying that I loved every part of the wedding day being all about us.
I always loved the idea of a spring wedding with the blossom still on the trees, so when the church and the venue were both free on 30th May 2015, we thought let’s get it booked! Sadly not all of mine and Matt’s grandparents, and one of my uncles, are still with us but all the way through the planning I had this strong feeling that they were watching over us and would make sure the sun was shining for our day. The Friday before and Sunday after the wedding it rained but sure enough on the Saturday from start to finish, it was sunny.
Ever since I was a little girl I knew that I would love to get married at the Wesley Church in Epworth, close to where we live. The service there was just beautiful with my little sister Josie, who was my maid of honour, doing a beautiful reading for us.
We had looked at a few potential reception venues before we found The Stables in High Melton, Doncaster, but when we looked around it we knew it was the one. It has such a lovely courtyard where the guests enjoyed canapés and fizz and it looked gorgeous lit up by lanterns at night.
Our whole wedding was about our family and friends coming together for mine and Matt’s special day. We wanted to create a relaxed wedding that had a vintage feel with soft pastel colours as we both love that style.
We chose a dove grey and soft pink colour scheme as the two colours looked so pretty and delicate together. The bridesmaids wore soft grey dresses and the groomsmen and best men had grey suits with silver waistcoats. We also had grey and pink bunting made by Bunting Boutique for the courtyard.
I took my mum and sister with me when I went shopping for my dress. We had been to a few shops before we picked to go to Emily’s Bridal Wear in Sheffield. I was starting to feel disappointed that I hadn’t found ‘the one’ but Emily found me my dream dress – it was the first one that she had picked and was by the designer Justin Alexander. As soon as I walked out my mum and Josie started crying and when Emily showed me in the mirror I just knew that this was the dress that I wanted to marry Matt in. I just loved the back detail and little lace cap sleeves. I wanted a little bow at the back and the girls at Emily’s designed one and fitted it onto the belt of the dress. I cannot praise the girls at Emily’s enough they are all so kind and caring and when I went to collect my dress for the last time we were nearly all in tears!
Matt’s suit was hired from Jeff Banks and looked so smart and lovely. He originally didn’t want a suit with tails, but when he tried it on he loved it. The groomsmen’s suits were also hired from Jeff Banks, they had a silver tie and Matt had a charcoal one.
My bridesmaids wore lovely dove grey, one-shoulder, long dresses from Monsoon – they all looked beautiful!
To transport us on the wedding day, we hired an old vintage Rolls Royce from Tyson Cars. It was navy blue and cream, beautiful inside and out and fitted with our traditional but vintage theme.
We used Phil Vaughan Photography to capture our day. Phil and his wife Nic, were brilliant and helped create some beautiful, relaxed and natural shots. They were so friendly and professional and we would definitely recommend them to others.
November 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime
It’s Frrrrrrrrrrrrrriday! Let’s celebrate with this sweet Yorkshire/ Italian celebration in Leeds, sent to me by newlyweds Faye and Rob and Brides Up North Sponsor Jane of JB Creatives.
Limoncellos on ice for a moment though, as I’ve to tell you about Jane’s shiny new website, which has just landed over at www.jbcreatives.co.uk. Go see! To celebrate, she’s offering a free engagement shoot to all those couples who book their full day wedding photography before the end of the year. Quote love stories to get involved.
But for now, it’s all about today’s pretty wedding.
With images by JB Creatives.
faye says: Rob asked me to marry him on a private boat off the coast of Paxos, Greece in August 2013, and we were married on 5th April 2014 at St Stephen’s Church, Kirkstall. Our reception was at Kirkstall Abbey then The Gatehouse.
We had one of our first dates there and have both always loved it. We never even considered another venue!
We opted for a Yorkshire meets Italy theme (having previously lived in Milan together), using lemon and turquoise as base colours for the scheme.
I wore Maggie Sottero “Cassidy” dress from Angel Brides, Horsforth and my bridesmaids were in turquoise Jenny Packham. I carried a simple lemon rose bouquet with stems from Rose & Bud Flowers, Horsforth.
Rob wore a royal blue morning suit, a white shirt and a Jeff Banks navy and turquoise flowered tie.
We put together a sweet table from Haribo (as I am from Pontefract) and our favours were Italian-themed Limoncello and Disaronno mini bottles. Rob also made cartoon place-settings for every guest.
We were entertained by the Otley Ukulele Orchestra, followed by a DJ in the evening.
We chose an iced chocolate cake with caricatures made by a family friend, Lucy.
My favourite part of the day was walking down the aisle to Rob, and Rob’s was performing our personalised first dance, which I choreographed. The crowd reaction was amazing!
For our honeymoon we visited Bangkok and Koh Samui, Thailand and then Singapore.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to chill out – It’s all very doable and you don’t need years to do it! We organised it in 9 months.
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