June 30th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 3rd July 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from the first half of the year so far.
Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.
We love a happy ending at Brides Up North and today’s wedding proves that good things definitely come to those who wait.
After postponing their original wedding date to welcome baby number one and subsequently baby number two together, Gemma and Iain finally tied the knot in 2016 surrounded by their little ones.
Cue some rather special moments, their elegant wedding is set against the charming backdrop of Cave Castle Hotel and Country Club near Hull, complete with original turrets, historic features and picture-perfect meadows.
With images by Jo Bradbury.
gemma says: We got engaged on 3rd April 2010 (the day after Iain’s birthday) in Paris – our favourite city! Iain planned a romantic surprise trip which (unbeknown to me) included a variety of ideal proposal spots, just in case one didn’t go to plan. Iain settled on proposing while we were enjoying an evening fine dining boat trip (Bateaux Parisiens) along the River Seine. He popped the question as we sailed past the Notre Dame, arranging for my beautiful ring to be placed in the bottom of my champagne glass. I was totally shocked but, of course, said yes!
We originally planned to get married on 25th August 2012. However, that January, I discovered I was expecting our first child. With a due date of 5th September, we were forced to cancel our wedding. Given we’d been planning the wedding since our engagement, this was an upsetting decision to make, but in hindsight, this was absolutely the right thing to do as Noah (our son), and his sister Ivy (who arrived two years later) – along with William, Iain’s eldest son aged 12 – were around to be at our wedding. It felt wonderful and humbling that they could be part of our amazing day and share our experience. As a family unit, it made us totally complete.
Our wedding was rescheduled in May 2015 to take place in 2016. We entered a social media competition to win a wedding at Cave Castle Hotel & Country Club but unfortunately did not win. Following this we were sent a wedding brochure from the venue and decided to go and take a look. On visiting Cave Castle we both fell in love with the venue, its character and what it had to offer us for our special day. The wedding coordinator Lynda, instantly made us feel welcomed with her friendly, knowledgeable and professional approach.
Cave Castle has two separate venue rooms and we loved the The Balmoral Suite because of its long row of beautiful windows which created a light airy and warm feel in the room, with beautiful views over the castle grounds and lake. Given its simple elegance, we knew this venue was perfect for adding our own touches. After further discussions with Lynda around dates, we decided on a summer wedding on 26th August 2016.
Our chosen wedding theme was ‘vintage elegance’. Our aim was to create an elegant feel using hints of champagne and rose gold but present these in a relaxed manner to complement the grounds and the desired atmosphere we wanted to create within the room.
I actually have two wedding dresses! My original wedding dress was purchased in 2010. When I tried it on again in 2016, I decided to purchase a new one as the original dress had naturally dated in style and my body shape had also changed after having two children. I ended up buying a Mori Lee gown. Initially, I was a little uncertain about the dress as it needed slight alterations. However, I went to a recommended dressmaker, Lynn, who transformed the dress to fit me like a glove! I absolutely cannot thank her enough for making me feel like a princess!
January 27th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
Today’s real wedding is a corker – a rose gold theme, bucket-loads of blooms and a bride who looks as though she’s just walked out of the pages of Vogue Sposa (or Unveiled, for that matter!)
Rachel and Josh said ‘I do’ in the stunning surroundings of Ness Botanic Gardens and the greenery and flowers made the perfect backdrop for their perfect day.
Need an injection of light and love on this cold winter’s day? Look no further.
With images by Jo Bradbury.
rachel says: We got engaged on 4th October 2014. We were away for a weekend in Wales and staying in a log cabin. We went on a long beach walk with our dog and Josh proposed on an island just off the beach. We then went back to our lovely log cabin and drank some prosecco, before Josh cooked our favourite meal (mellanzane a la parmagiana). It was pretty perfect!
We chose the 2nd July 2016, as our wedding date; we wanted a summer date to show off our venue’s lovely flowers and blooms. It was also a few weeks after my final exams and therefore seemed a good date to pick!
We got married in Ness Botanic Gardens. We fell in love with it the moment we saw it – we knew we wanted an outdoor wedding and the flowers and setting were just so, so gorgeous. We both love being outdoors and got very excited about how beautiful the photographs would be with all the flowers and greenery!
We wanted a laidback, romantic style wedding. The bridesmaids wore pink with gold shoes and the venue décor was blush pink in places. The groomsmen wore blue or grey suits; we felt this would be a great colour to complement the blush colours.
The colour scheme was rose gold: we had rose gold invites, and the bridesmaids’ dresses and the venue décor tied in with this beautifully. There was a lot of pinning on Pinterest to get my ideas together!
My wedding dress was an Ellis 11330 design from Elegance Bridal on the Wirral – the ladies there were so lovely and helpful from start to finish. I knew I wanted a fitted dress and thought the fishtail/mermaid style would be ideal. Initially I wanted a dress with lace sleeves, but after trying on a few I felt the sweetheart neckline was more flattering. I loved the delicate lace and beading on the dress; I just didn’t want to take it off!
Josh wore a Hugo Boss suit and the fit was perfect, so no tailoring needed – phew! We knew we loved the look of a blue suit and he looked fantastic.
The bridesmaids wore blush pink dresses from a brand called Laced inLove purchased through ASOS. They were so beautiful and also very reasonable in terms of price. The groomsmen wore their own suits; luckily, they all had suits in a blue or grey hue.
January 19th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
We think that you’re going to fall head over heels for today’s real wedding, set within the captivating Owen House barn in Cheshire.
Jess and Chris celebrated at this beautiful converted venue last summer surrounded by picture-perfect tractors, fields and bales of hay, all adding a hint of country wedding chic to their special day.
From pies and rag bunting to jam jars and pots of honey for the guests, there are plenty of original ideas here on how to host the perfect barn wedding with oodles of style and charm.
With images by Jo Bradbury.
jess says: Chris popped the question while we were in the Lake District, which is where we spent our very first holiday together as a couple. Chris bought Champagne, strawberries and proposed on one knee in our cottage. We went out to dinner and spent the rest of our engagement holiday exploring Windermere on boats, which we love.
We wanted a summer wedding so tied the knot on 23rd August 2015. We got married at Owen House Wedding Barn in Cheshire. We chose this venue because we wanted a barn wedding set in the countryside and also one that would fit in our large families and all our friends.
We thought that the relaxed country-barn-hippy style reflected us as a couple.
Our wedding colour scheme wasn’t fixed, which is how we wanted it – we had country flowers and peonies so there was a mixture of floral colours and lots of pastels, including blush pink, sage greens and light blues.
I chose a lace wedding dress from a tiny wedding boutique in Worcester. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it! The gown was ivory, with soft lace all over and exactly what I wanted!
Chris wore a navy suit and white shirt from House of Fraser with a sage green tie.
Our groomsmen wore their own navy suits and the same sage green ties, which gave the wedding the mismatched look we wanted. We had eight bridesmaids and had considered putting them all in the same colour but thought this would look rather military, so we had four in sage green and four in nude pink.
We travelled in a vintage car, hired from Moss Farm near Mobberley Cheshire, which is also where I got ready.
March 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime
The start of every season always begins with a flurry of freelance commissions here at Brides Up North, and days spent with my head buried in my laptop feeling like “a proper writer”. Of course, the end product is rarely very different from producing features for my own blog, but when it’s for someone else’s publication (and they’ve entrusted you with one, two or even four of their precious editorial pages) and it’s actually going to be “in print”, the stakes somehow seem higher.
Respected North East bridal title Belle Bridal Magazine celebrated their fifth birthday this season, and so, when they bestowed upon me the honour of selecting the hots and the nots of the wedding world for spring 2014, I was thrilled. But oh, the pressure!
So, with a lot of industry knowledge behind me, and a little bit of crystal ball gazing, these were my predictions for the trends that’ll be topping the charts (and sliding off the scale) at a wedding near you soon. Tell me, are you incorporating any of these trends into your big day?
Blame Jay Gatsby, but flamboyance is back in a big way. A little party never killed nobody, but why do things by halves? After these mean recession years, we’re ready for some fun. Expect heavy embellishments, cascading blooms and excess all areas.
Image: Katy Melling Photography
It started with the tipi, and now there’s an outdoor option for almost every theme. Whether it’s a Scandinavian hat, Mongolian yurt or Bedouin tent, it’s still chic to say I do under canvas. Just remember to budget for a generator too!
Image: Gerrard Photography
Image: Jo Bradbury
Amongst all the usual layers of lace and tulle a new breed of wedding gown is emerging: clean lines, sharp edges and super cool. Closer to catwalk trends than a Royal Wedding, these frocks are for the slick chicks who don’t want to leave their personalities by the church door. Choose bold shapes and structured satin (not a sequin in sight) for strut-your-stuff wedding day style.
Image: Astral Sundholm Circa Brides
Image: KMR Bridal
Platinum will always be precious, but all the best dressed ring fingers are going for gold this season. Romantics should try rose gold and pave diamonds for an on trend look that’s forever timeless.
Image: Helen Russell Photography
Colour Me Pretty
Adding a touch of complimentary colour to your wedding day wardrobe is nothing new, but this is a trend that refuses to fade. Pastels are huge on the catwalks and in the bridal boutiques for 2014 and designers are upping the ante with all over washes of warmth or layered ombre lace effects. Go on, live life in colour! If a dip dye wedding dress isn’t for you, you can still give a nod to this pretty trend with colourful stationery or blushing blooms.
Image: Ian Stuart
Forget the humble tiara, 2014 is the year that bridal headwear gets big and bold. From glittering bunny ears and feather head-dresses to vibrant flower garlands, the fashion forward bride will dare to decorate herself in colour and originality. Still not sure? Stick to simple for the ceremony and style things up for the after party!
Image: Katy Melling Photography
Image: James Melia
Image: Cat Hepple Photography
Words: Julia Braime for Belle Bridal Magazine, S/S 2014
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December 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime
This morning we join photographer Jo Bradbury for a beautiful wedding inspiration shoot in an outdoor setting. If you are planning a vintage wedding, consider adding natural elements alongside your precious pieces to freshen the look and bring the styling up to date.
Jo says: This project was the culmination of a couple of ideas I had and carried out at my parents farm. I wanted the theme to be ‘Old English’ and so included the vintage crockery and old brooches, bone handled cutlery, old lace and vintage books. The farm has a beautiful old apple tree and because it was late Autumn, most of the apples had fallen to the ground and formed a green carpet.
This was a great opportunity to test out some ideas, you see so many beautiful and creative details when photographing weddings and so much inspiration, that its nice to take a more leisurely approach to a shoot without the usual time pressure of a wedding. A huge thank you must go to the lovely couple Tara and Adam who travelled all the way from Warwickshire for the shoot.
The flowers were by the very talented Teresa at Wild Orchid, Buxton who after listening to my ramblings came up with the perfect bouquets and buttonholes.
Little Black Book
Images: Jo Bradbury
Location: Cragg Farm, South Lakes, Cumbria
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaid’s Dress: Monsoon
Flowers: Wild Orchid
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