September 17th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
There are some lovely special touches present at today’s real wedding between Alun and Sophie, which takes place by the sea for an extra air of romance. We love the personalised order of service with its bridal party roll call and amusing message to the guests as they await the bride’s entrance. Then there’s the sign that states “Uncle Alun – here comes your bride”, proudly held by the groom’s nephew to signal her arrival. Not to mention the personalised poems written for the guests and left at their place settings.
In sight of the glorious coastal view, the couple arranged lawn games to keep guests entertained and hay bales with blankets around a fire pit upon which family and friends could toast marshmallows and enjoy the sea breeze. Which leads us nicely on to cocktails – all personalised of course to add to the unintentional theme noticed by Alun and Sophie’s guests as very “them”!
The tipi wedding setting looks spectacular against the cerulean Welsh sky – we can totally see why Alun and Sophie wanted an outdoor wedding in such a spectacular location!
With images by Jess Yarwood.
sophie says: Alun wanted to make sure I didn’t suspect the proposal – not an easy task as all I had spoken about for the last three years was getting engaged! As I’m a teacher, he decided to surprise me after school; keeping me in school was tricky but, with help from my workmates, Alun managed to sneak in and be in my classroom as I walked back from the staff room. I was surprised to see him there! He handed me a letter and, as I read the beautiful words, I had tears in my eyes. Alun went down on one knee and asked, “Will you marry me?” Of course, my answer was yes!
We got married on 5th August 2017. We needed to choose the school holiday and, as we wanted an outdoor wedding, we felt August would be perfect.
We had the ceremony in a beautiful church in Llangwnadl and the reception was in a field overlooking the coast. I fell in love with the church when I first visited Alun’s sister’s house in the same village. As we both love the sea, the field was the best choice and the tipi made it extra special. Having a tipi meant we could personalise everything.
The order of the day was fun! We wanted everyone to be relaxed and enjoy themselves. I’m not sure there was a theme as such but lots of our friends commented afterwards that the wedding was very “us”.
For our colour scheme we chose burgundy and baby pink. I liked the contrast of colours and wanted summery and country flowers.
When it came to the dress, I visited lots of shops and tried on several dresses but couldn’t quite find the right one! I wanted a simple gown due to the venue. I finally found one in a little village down south when visiting my best friend for the weekend. It was in a pre-loved wedding shop and, as soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one. After a little altering by a wonderful seamstress in Chester, the dress was perfect.
September 5th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
There’s a definite sense of occasion at today’s real wedding between Freya and Daniel, as Daniel dons his RAF uniform and his colleagues unleash their ceremonial swords to welcome the groom to the town hall and add pomp to the procession once the couple are married. But it’s not just the chaps turning heads on the streets of Chester: as Freya passes the shoppers and bystanders on her way to meet Daniel, she is resplendent in her voluminous gold gown with its plunging neckline, delicate leaf design and the acres of skirt carried by her bridesmaid entourage.
There is possibly the most challenging table plan we’ve ever seen at this wedding, which surely caused guests a few giggles after a couple of glasses of ‘pimp your prosecco’ as they tried to crack the code of where they were to sit!
We love the floral theme, with a giant flower chandelier taking pride of place in the centre of the marquee, dripping with blooms and echoing the country vibe. The fact that guests could glamp on site is a huge tick for a rustic wedding and brings a real sense of fun to the occasion.
But perhaps the part we love the most about this wedding is the huge effort some of the guests made to put on a mini production of The Greatest Showman, spending months learning dance moves and surprising the bride and groom with a rendition in flashmob style. What fun to watch! Tell us more, Freya…
With images by Jess Yarwood.
freya says: We got engaged on a country walk in Dan’s home town of Sowerby Bridge. With a view overlooking the valley, Dan got down on one knee with his brother and partner there to capture the moment forever. It was a complete shock and I don’t think either of us managed to get any words out for a few moments! Dan got out the words “Will you marry me?” and with a “yes” from me and the ring on my finger, we were off to the pub for a celebratory drink!
We got married on 18th May 2018. Our ceremony was in Chester Town Hall. With Dan in uniform (he is a squadron leader in the RAF), we felt the Town Hall suited the occasion and I loved the idea of getting married in Chester town centre.
The reception venue was an easy choice, as my family runs the wedding venue Kings Acre, which is on the outskirts of Chester in the small village of Saughall. It is a beautiful, friendly and relaxed venue. We had the freedom to do so much, having a marquee to decorate and lots of outdoor space! The bar is so cute and there are plenty of amazing spots to have the perfect pictures. With a yurt village and camping, a lot of our guests stayed on site. We would wholeheartedly recommend Kings Acre to other couples. It is a wonderful place to get married: everything runs so smoothly, the venue is beautiful and it all leads to a relaxed day where everyone has fun. You can do so much with the space that you can really make it into the vision you dreamed of for your special day!
When it came to planning our wedding day, I totally checked out the Brides Up North website numerous times to get inspiration from real weddings and to find suppliers. I love looking at what everyone else does for getting great ideas that work. The theme took a while to develop but I got there after hours on Pinterest and then I found the bridesmaids’ dresses and it had to be green and gold for the colour scheme! I wanted loads of flowers – not just on the tables, as I wanted to have interesting floral pieces with bursts of colour.
My dress was by Morilee. I knew as soon as a tried it on that it was one, after nearly 70 dresses! I went big: the dress was huge and I went for a light gold colour, which matched the theme perfectly. I bought the dress from a small independent store in Gloucester called By Design. They were excellent. I felt like I was in safe hands and my dress fit perfectly on the day.
August 10th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
A contemporary barn venue overlooking the stunning Cheshire countryside provides the enviable setting for today’s real wedding. The Oak Tree of Peover was the only place Kim and Robbie viewed during their wedding venue search and they knew instantly it was the one. And we can see why.
We just love what this couple did with the space – decorating it with plush green foliage, festoon lighting, lanterns and candles. Truly divine. A dreamy lavender grey colour scheme works exquisitely with their rustic theme; perfectly offset by pops of orange and purple blooms – just wait until you see the bride’s bouquet and the sublime three-tiered cake!
The perfection doesn’t stop there though. Little jam jars of gin make for an original wedding favour and we just love the bride’s mode of transport – a Land Rover. And – what could be a Brides Up North first – a converted horsebox as a vintage style photo booth! Needless to say, there are lots of pretty details and unconventional twists to gush over today (afternoon tea and Spanish tapas, anyone?) so ladies let’s get scrolling!
With images by Jess Yarwood.
kim says: We got engaged at my favourite place: Center Parcs in Sherwood Forest on the 3rd December 2016. We were there with two other couples and go every year around the same time. We had been out that night for tea followed by bowling and a few drinks, so everyone was in very high spirits. We headed back to our lodge on our bikes and Robbie took me on a scenic route, to this little walkway that was all lit up with Christmas lights. It was beautiful and that’s where he proposed. Safe to say, I was over the moon after being together for six years.
We tied the knot on 12th May 2018. We chose this date as we knew we wanted a spring wedding as I love the flowers at this time of year and we always tend to have a nice spring here in the UK. It was also the only Saturday our venue had available, so it all worked out perfectly.
We got married at St Michael and All Angels Church – the church where I was christened, located in my hometown of Middlewich. We then held our reception at The Oak Tree of Peover. We were looking for a barn wedding and came across The Oak Tree and fell in love with it straightaway; we never looked at any other venue and it didn’t disappoint on the day.
We went for a rustic theme with a lavender grey colour scheme. I love purple, so this was a great take on that, but just a bit more of a seasonal hue. It went fabulously with the orange in my flowers.
I had a tight fitted dress with a cowl neck and a very low back, made by Ellis Bridals and bought from Sarah’s Wedding Boutique in Northwich. I fell in love with the gown as soon as I tried it on – it felt amazing. This wasn’t the style I expected I would get, but I felt amazing on the day and it really suited my figure.
My hair and makeup was done my Harry Jon in Middlewich. She came to my mum’s house, where we all got ready while enjoying croissants and Bucks Fizz. We had matching pyjamas too – it was such a lovely morning.
The groom and groomsmen’s suits were all from Jeff Banks.
My bridesmaids – Jo, my maid of honour and my sister-in-laws, Laura and Amy – wore long lavender grey ruffle wrap dresses from Monsoon. It was meant to be, as when I walked in the shop, there was just three left on the rail in the three sizes I needed. I couldn’t put them down. My flower girl was my niece and her ivory dress was from Next. She looked perfect and danced the night away in it.
June 8th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
The sentiment of today’s real wedding between Isis and Martyn is this: on the day, it doesn’t matter how many days, weeks and months you’ve spent organising the perfect wedding, the most important element is the exchanging of the vows, witnessed by all the people who love you. In the end, that’s the fairy tale and it’s worth reminding ourselves sometimes, when the ink has smudged on the invitations or the band we love is already booked, that love conquers all that stuff.
Having made the inspired decision to research the weather of their chosen wedding date over the previous ten years, only to find that each year it had offered up blue skies and sunshine, Isis and Martyn secured their March wedding date and were not disappointed with the forecast. With a focus on the ceremony, they crafted their own vows as a truly special touch and ensured there was not a dry eye in the house as they emerged into the spring sunshine as husband and wife.
Isis made all the decorations herself, even assembling the cake from individual tiers and adding the decorations. Despite not following a colour scheme, the couple chose a delicate palette of blue and sage green, which toned beautifully and offered echoes of spring to complement the time of year. Tell us more, Isis…
With images by Jess Yarwood.
isis says: Martyn and I got engaged in the Cairngorms in Scotland. I was studying for a degree and was one exam away from finishing. I had secured training at Manchester University to become a teacher and just needed to complete my degree with high scores. Martyn booked a weekend away in advance of me getting the results I needed, so that we could celebrate (there was no reason to think I wouldn’t get the results I needed). At the time, Martyn was living in Manchester and I was in Scunthorpe at the other end of the country, so I needed to pass so I could move over to be with him. The day we left, I got the terrible news that I hadn’t got the results I needed and wouldn’t be able to move over or go to Manchester University. I spent the whole seven-hour drive to Scotland in tears.
We arrived, and Martyn had booked a stunning country house on the river with its own private sauna and hot tub. The next morning, I woke up to an email saying there had been a mistake and I actually had received the results I needed! We spent the day exploring the area and, in the afternoon, I came out of the kitchen to a trail of rose petals. I followed them out into the garden to the river bank, where Martyn was waiting on one knee. It was completely unexpected and so romantic. Just the two of us with nobody else to see – perfect.
We got married on Saturday 24th March 2018. We chose the date after choosing the venue. We checked out the weather on that date for the last ten years and every year it had been warm and sunny. We took the risk and booked it. We made the right decision because our day was beautiful – blue skies and warm spring sunshine.
Our venue for the ceremony and reception was Samlesbury Hall in Preston. It was the first (and only) venue we visited and we both fell in love with it straight away. Not being religious, a church ceremony wasn’t something we would consider and we didn’t want a hotel or country house. Samlesbury Hall was perfect – a traditional Tudor home with loads of original features and open fires, which were lit at night. Everyone loved it and commented on what a unique and beautiful venue we had chosen. The staff were amazing – so friendly – and would literally do anything for you. The venue is beautiful and the grounds are gorgeous too.
We are the least fussy people you could imagine and wanted something simple, so we didn’t opt for a particular theme or colour scheme. We didn’t want to spend lots of money on things that didn’t really matter to us (like table decorations, flowers, etc.) and instead wanted to focus on the actual ceremony and wedding.
For my dress, I chose a fitted, illusion back dress with lace on the sleeves and the front. I bought it from WED2B in Bolton more than a year-and-a-half before the wedding! I wasn’t going to buy it that early but saw it on the internet and loved it – I knew I had to try it on just in case. It was perfect. I wore it with a full-length veil.
I had my hair done by Marsha Lloyd in Wilmslow, Manchester – my local hairdresser who I trusted, and I did my own makeup.
February 8th, 2018 | Julia Braime
What do a horsebox, a pizza oven and a donut wall all have in common? Nope, this isn’t our attempt at a bad joke, but rather they all feature in today’s stunner of a real wedding.
The lovely Jessica and her beau Mike booked out all of the cottages at their stunning rural venue the night before the main event and treated their guests to the finest in laidback outdoor cuisine to get everyone in the mood for the celebration ahead. Family and friends ate, drank and were merry, turning their wedding into a whole weekend to remember.
In planning their rustic big day, Jessica and Mike wanted to create the sense that the colours and textures were “organic…the same indoors as out”. Looking at their gorgeous autumnal palette, the groom’s tweed and the bride’s woodland blooms, we think they definitely achieved their mission.
With images by Jess Yarwood Photography.
jessica says: We got engaged on a mini road trip. Mike simply came into the house one afternoon and said “let’s go!’ We started at Drury where we stopped at the chippy, drove all the way to the top of Hope Mountain, found a rocky outcrop and sat and ate chips. As I was looking out over the beautiful views of Wales and Cheshire a ring box caught my eye.
Our wedding date was 27th November 2017. There was no particular reason behind the date, but I’d always liked the idea of an autumn wedding. The colours of the leaves are so beautiful, although I was a little bit worried about unpredictable weather.
Our ceremony and reception was at Combermere Abbey in Whitchurch. We booked the accommodation at Combermere for the night before meaning that both sets of family and friends could stay over and get to know each other. We had a total of nine cottages, which easily accommodated 49 guests. We transported a pizza oven in a horse box and served pizza, nibbles and drinks all night. The bridal party moved onto the Stone Lodge later on, and continued the party.
The theme we picked was rustic to fit in with our surroundings and the Abbey grounds, so we incorporated lots of wood and greenery. Our colour scheme was autumnal to fit in with what was going on outdoors – we wanted everything to flow and feel quite organic; that the colours and textures were the same indoors as out.
I chose a Rebecca Ingram dress – it was a lace and tulle dress in a blush pink colour with white lace and matching veil purchased from Aristocrats in Chester. The staff were extremely helpful and made the process very easy. I chose it because I loved it on the hanger, and my mum told me before I’d even tried it on that it was the one for me. She was 100% right!
Mike wore a tweed suit jacket and waistcoat bought from Chester City Gate. He hired the trousers from Swarbricks in Manchester to match with the ushers’ suits. We’d seen Swarbricks at a wedding show and we loved their range of tweed.
We had three sets of bridesmaids: the older girls wore Jenny Packham from Debenhams, the younger ones wore Next dresses and the babies wore Monsoon. They were all in shades of burgundy and pinks to complement my gown.
December 19th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
Great news for outdoorsy types: in just the blink of an eye (and the click of a mouse), today’s beauty of a real wedding is going to transport you to a woodland wedding wonderland. We just adore the bride’s unstructured Tatiana-style dress, accessorized effortlessly with undone hair and glorious flower crown, plus to-die-for details, including a rich rose and amethyst colour scheme and homemade herbal teabag favours. No wellies or waterproofs required, readers; just a thirst for some serious pretty!
Although Beth and Chris placed a lot of emphasis on authenticity and honesty, we think their simple backdrop (think fairy lights, bunting and blooms) combined with rustic embellishments (pinecones, conkers and heather) adds up to a whole lot of #wedspo. They got the relaxed, fuss-free celebration they’d dreamed of, but they certainly didn’t compromise on the gorgeousness.
With images by Jess Yarwood Photography.
beth says: We got engaged in April 2016, at the top of Moel Famau. It’s Chris’ favourite mountain to run up and he really wanted to show me the views as I’d never been to the top before. I just thought we were going on a walk and had no idea he would pop the question at the top. Chris was taking loads of photos of me as we climbed but I still didn’t clock on. In fact, I complained a lot of the way up about how much I needed to pee! When we reached the tower at the top, Chris got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course, I said yes! We then enjoyed a flask of nettle tea looking out over the views.
Our wedding date was 15th September 2017. We wanted an autumn wedding as it’s our favourite season. The 15th just felt right, plus it was a Friday, and we love Fridays!
We got married at Trafford Hall in Chester. We fell in love with it when we had a look around – it was just so quiet and relaxed. We’re both very chilled out people so we wanted a venue that wasn’t too fancy and fitted with our chilled-out theme.
The Hall has chalet accommodation with grass growing on the roofs as well as little gardens, a woodland area and an impressive allotment! It was very us. We‘re very outdoorsy people and we love nature, so we decided to have our ceremony in the woodland, followed by our reception in Trafford Hall’s ballroom.
Unsurprisingly then, our theme was woodland and nature. We regularly go on little adventures exploring the UK, love camping and grow more veggies than we know what to do with on our little allotment. A nature-inspired wedding was therefore a must, and the woodland theme reflected our woodland ceremony. In terms of a colour palette, the wedding was dominated by purples and pinks, inspired by the heather that grows all over Moel Famau. I looked at a lot of blogs (including Brides Up North, of course!) and especially at weddings with nature/boho themes to get inspiration for our day.
My dress was from Needle & Thread. I must have looked at thousands of wedding dresses but none of them were very me; I wanted something floaty, ethereal and relaxed. When I stumbled across Needle & Thread ‘s website I fell in love with every single gown! When I saw my dress I just knew it was the one; I loved all of the embellishments and the floaty sleeves.
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