Charlotte Balbier

autumn glory. allure bridals & cosy vibes for a lake district wedding – caroline & scott

March 2nd, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Cosy Lake District Wedding (c) Bethany Clarke (46)

This evening’s inspiration comes from the lovely Caroline and Scott, who cosied up at Linthwaite House Hotel for their autumnal Lake District wedding. Opulent shades of plum and pink, a homely and characterful venue, cheese, cheese and more cheese – this wedding just makes me want to crack open the Merlot and be done with today.

So, if time and place allows, we advise you to do exactly that whilst soaking up this beautiful big day…

Photography by Brides Up North Sponsor Bethany Clarke.

A Cosy Lake District Wedding (c) Bethany Clarke (23)

caroline says: We got engaged on the 12th January in 2015. We’d been together for almost ten years at that point, and many of our friends and family were starting to wonder if we’d ever get engaged. Scott proposed while we were on a ski trip with friends – we were sitting at a picnic bench at the top of French Alps. It was a beautiful sunny morning and just a perfectly romantic moment. After I’d said yes, some of our friends got off the ski lift and took some pictures, then we all skied down the mountain for lunch and champagne. It was just a brilliant day!

A Cosy Lake District Wedding (c) Bethany Clarke (17)

A Cosy Lake District Wedding (c) Bethany Clarke (42)

We got married on the 20th October 2016. We chose the date as we wanted an autumn wedding and, as we were getting married in the Lake District, we knew the autumnal colours would look wonderful. Additionally, we hoped that the weather would still be mild with a little bit of light in the evening before the clocks changed. However, we didn’t worry about having it all our own way weather-wise, as if it did rain it would also create a cosy atmosphere for our guests at our venue.

We chose to get married at Linthwaite House Hotel at Bowness-on-Windermere. We always knew that we wanted to get married in the Lake District as it’s such a special place to us. We looked at three other hotels before visiting Linthwaite but as soon as we arrived there I just knew that it would be perfect. It ticked all of our boxes: beautiful views, extremely friendly staff, warm, homely interiors, beautiful rooms for our guests to stay and just amazing food. We really wanted a laid back and relaxed day that wasn’t stuffy; a place where our guests could truly relax once they arrived and, as we had exclusive use of the entire hotel, this is exactly what we got and a whole lot more. I really couldn’t recommend Linthwaite highly enough to any couple looking for a place to get married in the Lake District.

A Cosy Lake District Wedding (c) Bethany Clarke (41)

The time of year and the beautiful surroundings of the hotel also influenced our colour scheme. As it was October, we wanted rich autumnal colours and chose lovely shades of plum. It seemed to be a popular choice with my bridesmaids, too!

I wore a dress from Allure Bridals and accessorised it with a belt and bolero. I bought the dress from Adele Louise Bridal, which is a bridal boutique in Wolverhampton. This is quite far from where I live but my sister-in-law is a friend of the owner. I was pretty clueless as to what I was looking for so I went with her and my niece to try on a few dresses. I had an idea that I wanted something quite simple and this dress just seemed perfect. The beautiful lace design fitted in somehow with the timeless Lake District surroundings as well.

A Cosy Lake District Wedding (c) Bethany Clarke (45)

Scott wore a blue suit from Next and a bow tie that he bought online from San Francisco. Scott’s best men and also the fathers of the bride and groom also wore the same blue suit as Scott. The plum ties were from the same retailer in San Francisco.

I bought the bridesmaid dress online from a company called JJ’s House. I left getting the bridesmaid dresses quite close to the wedding as one of my bridesmaids was pregnant and I was a bit wary of buying them online, but they were great. They tailored the dresses and had such a big selection that I was able to get four different dresses for each of my different bridesmaids but in the exact same colour and they arrived really quickly.

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flying high. maggie sottero for an elegant wedding at peckforton castle – caroline & chris

May 21st, 2015 | Rachel Parry

An Elegant Wedding at Peckforton Castle (c) Martin Hambleton Photography (34)

There’s something extremely enchanting about saying ‘I do’ in a castle setting as today’s couple demonstrate.

Every inch the fairy-tale bride, Caroline wore a stunning Maggie Sottero organza ball gown for the big day and carried a romantic bouquet of pink and ivory roses, peonies and ranunculas.

Add to this some incredible floral displays, stunning grounds and a fine feathered ring bearer and you’ve got one very grand affair indeed.

With images by Martin Hambleton.

An Elegant Wedding at Peckforton Castle (c) Martin Hambleton Photography (4)

caroline says: We got engaged back in June 2011 whilst on holiday in Turkey, during a visit to the harbour in Fethiye.

Upon returning we set the date for Sunday, 8th June 2014 at Peckforton Castle, Tarporley, Cheshire. I spotted Peckforton online whilst looking for potential venues and I was instantly drawn. It just looked so beautiful. After arranging a visit that was it, we loved everything about it and we knew our guests would too.

An Elegant Wedding at Peckforton Castle (c) Martin Hambleton Photography (6)

We didn’t have a theme as such, just a bit of everything we like and loved. Our colour scheme was silver, grey, cream and ivory.

An Elegant Wedding at Peckforton Castle (c) Martin Hambleton Photography (10)

My mum chose my dress for me at Brides Gallery near Chorley. The ladies their Alison and Liz were amazing and so helpful. The dress I wore was a Maggie Sottero organza ball gown called Hanaleigh. It was a sweetheart fitted dress, with a ruched bodice, loads layers and hand-sewn flower detail. It was huge and so fairy-tale like. Far from what I originally thought I would go for, seeing as I was looking at a non-detailed, no frills, slim-fitted dress. But I loved it and I knew it was the one.

My bridesmaids wore silver/grey A-line/sweetheart floor-length chiffon dresses with pleated and beaded/sequin detail. I bought these by recommendation from JJ’s House online.

An Elegant Wedding at Peckforton Castle (c) Martin Hambleton Photography (17)

We used Hipswing for the lighting and entertainment. They also supplied our chair covers and sashes as well as the sparkle lit dancefloor. We would highly recommend them. Our DJ Dan was great, he played all our favourite songs and the dance floor was never empty. Tansy and the team were so helpful with helping organise our day and nothing was too much trouble.

An Elegant Wedding at Peckforton Castle (c) Martin Hambleton Photography (22)

We also used Eventures wedding venue decorators. The team did an amazing job for the ceremony and the wedding breakfast. Everything looked incredible and the flowers and bouquets were stunning too. I had a hand-tied bouquet of white and ivory roses, pink avalanche roses, peonies and ranunculas, finished with lace and diamante pin detail. We cannot thank them enough.

An Elegant Wedding at Peckforton Castle (c) Martin Hambleton Photography (25)

Our photographer was Martin Hambleton. We met Martin at a wedding fayre, he was so easy to talk to and his work was just incredible and exactly what we were looking for. Knowing I would be nervous on the day, Martin made me feel at ease and half the time I didn’t even know I was being photographed. Martin captured every aspect of the day. Our photographs are beautiful and we cannot thank him enough either!

An Elegant Wedding at Peckforton Castle (c) Martin Hambleton Photography (31)

Chris designed all of our stationary; the invites, order of the day, the seating plan, place names, table numbers and also the favour boxes. We both then did the making and the embellishments. It took a long time but was well worth it.

An Elegant Wedding at Peckforton Castle (c) Martin Hambleton Photography (37)

For some extra décor I bought tall lanterns for the entrance to the Great Hall and vintage birdcages which I decorated with flowers, pearls and diamantes bought from Country Baskets. I also did my own sweets and treats table.

An Elegant Wedding at Peckforton Castle (c) Martin Hambleton Photography (47)

As a special touch we had Mango the owl deliver our rings during the ceremony and a falconry show at the drinks reception, which was enjoyed by all.

An Elegant Wedding at Peckforton Castle (c) Martin Hambleton Photography (53)

My auntie had our cake made for us as a wedding gift by family friends who have done this for many years. They did an amazing job. We had a three tiered cake; one lemon sponge, one Victoria and the other was fruit. It had ivory icing with vintage detailing in lace, pearl flowers and fallen petals.

An Elegant Wedding at Peckforton Castle (c) Martin Hambleton Photography (54)

For the transport on the day we hired two Imperial Landaulette cars from Horgans. I have to say these are by far the best supplier in wedding cars you’ll find. The cars were immaculate and the drivers were lovely. They arrived in plenty of time and even got us to the venue, some 40 miles away 20 minutes early, avoiding all the traffic, road works and chaos that some our guests got stuck in. Definitely number one for reliability. Thankfully all ended well and everyone made it in time.

An Elegant Wedding at Peckforton Castle (c) Martin Hambleton Photography (59)

I couldn’t pick a favourite part of the day as I loved everything about it. Following our special day  we jetted off on honeymoon to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.

My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to try and relax during the lead up to the wedding – don’t stress and enjoy every moment. It’s your day after all. Everything will be perfect.

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Ribbons & Lace: Augusta Jones For A Real Wedding At Nostell Priory – Laura & Phil

July 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Hey, hey… it’s halfway to the weekend!  Is anyone saying I do this week?  I’d love to hear all about your big day.  I’ll be playing bridesmaid for my friends Charlotte and Matt this Saturday, and it’ll be lovely to take off my professional wedding blogger hat and just get stuck into the festivities.  People always ask if my job in the industry now spoils celebrations for me (the thinking being that I’ll have seen it all), and the answer is certainly not!  I adore a good wedding.  Each is different, each is beautiful.  It’s the individuals and their friends and family who make a wedding day special, alongside all those carefully chosen little details and personal touches. 

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This afternoon we join Laura and Phil for their gorgeous celebration at one of my favourite West Yorkshire venues (and one that I have the privilege of working with twice a year at our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions), Nostell Priory.  With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Peter Boyd Photography

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Laura says: We got engaged in June 2011.  We were on holiday in Frigiliana in Spain. Phil had booked a gorgeous private villa and he proposed on the balcony on the first evening

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We were married on 27th April 2013 at the beautiful Nostell Priory in Wakefield.  We looked at a number of hotels and although the reception rooms were lovely, we were underwhelmed with the ceremony rooms, and that is the most important part of the day after all! The Top Hall at Nostell definitely had the wow factor and we loved the exclusivity of the venue.

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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We chose a colour scheme of aubergine and ivory, with lots of lace and ribbon and flowers. 

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Our florist was Flowers by Camilla Jane, and they arrangements were perfect.  The bridal bouquet was a hand tied arrangement with a cottage garden feel with dusky pink roses, ivy, carnations, peonies and gypsophila.

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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I wore a beautiful Augusta Jones gown from Brides of York of French ivory lace over silk with a lace bolero.

I added a tulle two tiered veil embellished with crystals and a headdress by Halo & Co.

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My bridal shoes were from Rachel Simpson Shoes and are highly recommend – not only beautiful but comfortable all day!

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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My bridesmaid wore a floor length empire line gown in chiffon from JJ’s House in grape purple and we also had a flower girl who looked very cute in a Monsoon ivory and chiffon and lace dress.

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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The bridal party travelled to the venue in an ivory 1961 Austin Princess provided by Paul Wright at Chauffer Services Yorkshire.

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Dine were our exclusive caterers at Nostell and event manager Danielle did a fantastic job on the day. 

Phil is a big fan of real ales so Dine kindly arranged to have Timothy Taylor Landlord on cask available. It went down very well!

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Our wedding photographers were Peter and Kelly from Peter Boyd Photography, the snaps so far are great so I can’t wait for our album!

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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To add a personal touch I hand knitted hearts for name places and made toys for the kids.  I also made all the stationery and table plans which were a match to our invitations.

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Our cake was made by Heather Fawcett, a family friend.  We had a fruit cake for the top two tiers, decorated with handmade purple roses. We also had a selection of vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting and chocolate brownie cupcakes with white chocolate frosting. Very yummy!

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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We had the Blues Armada, a live jazz and swing band for the evening reception and they were fantastic and really made our day.  Luke Cannon the lead vocalist for the Blues Armada also supplied the music for the wedding breakfast, playing piano accompanied by a saxophonist.

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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For the wedding night we stayed at Oulton Hall in Leeds, very luxurious and the staff were very friendly and helpful.  We stayed an extra night at Oulton Hall before heading off to a cottage in Pickering for a mini-moon. We are in the process of booking a holiday to China in June which will be our ‘proper’ honeymoon.

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Phil is still whinging about missing out on the canapés so his top tip for other Brides Up North is to make sure you sample all your food!  Everything goes by so quickly I would say make sure you spend a few minutes with your groom just taking everything in. It’s such an amazing experience being surrounded by everyone who loves you and watching them have a great time.

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Congratulations Laura & Phil!

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