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vintage vibes: an afternoon tea party for a summer wedding in the north west – katrina & patrick

February 7th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Pretty Vintage Wedding in Manchester (c) Kate Gosney (19)

The summer wedding of Patrick and Katrina has a sweet vintage, village hall vibe and took place in their local community so they’ll always be reminded of their special day setting.

They chose an afternoon tea menu for their reception, with delicate culinary treats served on charming old-fashioned crockery. Add to that the bunting and fairy lights strung from the rafters, a homemade cake table showcasing mouth-watering treats baked by talented family and friends – and even a cheese table in the evening – and you have a wonderful, personal day that reflects Katrina and Patrick’s wedding wishes perfectly.

And the dress is rather dreamy, too!

With images by Kate Gosney.

A Pretty Vintage Wedding in Manchester (c) Kate Gosney (1)

katrina says: We got engaged in December 2016. I cycled home from work on a dark, rainy, Friday night. As I pulled into our road, I noticed that my car had been moved from the road onto our drive, which was a bit unusual. As I pulled closer, I noticed there was a note tucked under the windscreen and my heart sank, thinking one of the neighbours must have been complaining about my car being in the way. I couldn’t bear to open it but Patrick was inside waiting for me and he urged me to read it. Inside it said, “Katrina, seeing as this all started three years ago with a note on your car, it seemed only right that this should also be a note. Will you marry me?”

A Pretty Vintage Wedding in Manchester (c) Kate Gosney (20)

We got married on 29th July 2017. Neither of us wanted a long engagement and Patrick is a teacher, so this coincided with the start of the school holidays.

Our ceremony was at Sale Town Hall, as we wanted it to be in our local community and somewhere we would pass regularly. Our reception took place at Mobberley Victory Hall. We wanted the reception venue to be beautiful, low key and to allow us to do our own thing with it.

A Pretty Vintage Wedding in Manchester (c) Kate Gosney (28)

The old-fashioned approach to a wedding appealed to us, so we went for a natural, handmade, rustic and vintage look with involvement from family and friends.

A Pretty Vintage Wedding in Manchester (c) Kate Gosney (42)

I wore a Brighton Belle dress. I wanted a knee-length dress, as I liked the idea of being able to move around freely and dance.

My bridesmaids wore pale grey lace dresses from John Lewis.

Patrick and his best man wore beautiful blue suits, which were also from John Lewis.

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pink petals. a pretty countryside wedding at hyde bank farm – anneka & gareth

October 25th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Pretty Country Wedding (c) Kate Gosney (46)

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.

A Pretty Country Wedding (c) Kate Gosney (36)

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.

A Pretty Country Wedding (c) Kate Gosney (10)

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.

A Pretty Country Wedding (c) Kate Gosney (17)

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.

On the day of the wedding, my hair was styled by Jenna Robinson at LJ@Nantwich, while makeup artist Danielle Horan took care of my makeup.

A Pretty Country Wedding (c) Kate Gosney (31)

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.

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whole lotta history. an elegant wedding at quarry bank mill – laura & richard

June 9th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

An Elegant Wedding at Quarry Bank Mill (c) Kate Gosney (39)

History runs deep for today’s newlyweds, Laura and Richard, who tied the knot earlier this spring. The couple met at Hampton Court Palace, where their romance and shared passion for books and the past, flourished over time.

So, it comes as no surprise that the pair looked to the National Trust when searching for their perfect wedding venue – instantly falling in love with the charming Quarry Bank, a working mill that dates back to the 1780s.

We think you’re going to be swept away by the personal touches to their big day, including their cute wooden peg cake toppers and second-hand-library-come-favours, which we think is an inspired idea!

With images by Kate Gosney Photography

An Elegant Wedding at Quarry Bank Mill (c) Kate Gosney (8)

laura says: We got engaged on 7th April 2016. It’s a tradition between us to have an Easter egg hunt each year, but we hadn’t managed one last Easter. I woke up to a cryptic text message leading me on a treasure hunt around our flat, and just presumed it was a belated egg hunt. When the final clue led to a ring rather than a Lindt bunny, my immediate reaction was one of complete bewilderment, followed by shock. It actually took me over a minute to say yes, during which time Richard worried that he’d seriously misjudged the direction of our five-year relationship. Eventually I calmed down and we proceeded to have a wonderful day, ending with a wonderful dinner up the Oxo Tower, overlooking the Thames.

We got married on 8th April 2017, a year and a day after getting engaged. We both really like spring and it suited both of our work schedules. The other option had been the 1st April, but we worried people might think it was just a joke and not bother turning up!

An Elegant Wedding at Quarry Bank Mill (c) Kate Gosney (36)

We got married at St John’s Church Lindow, near Wilmslow, which is the church my mum attends. The vicar has known me for 20 years, which made the service particularly special and personal. He even managed to find a picture of me aged eight to project onto a big screen, much to my embarrassment (and everyone else’s amusement).

The reception was held at Quarry Bank Mill, a few miles away in Styal. We’re both history geeks, so National Trust properties were an obvious place to start looking for a reception venue. Quarry was the first venue we visited and we fell in love with it. The gardens are beautiful, the building is majestic, and the sheer size of the two function rooms was really appealing. On top of that, it wasn’t too expensive.

An Elegant Wedding at Quarry Bank Mill (c) Kate Gosney (5)

We didn’t have a particular theme in mind, but as we started planning, it became clear that we wanted the day to have an informal, playful feel, through which we could show our personalities and things we enjoy together.

My engagement ring is a sapphire and by pure coincidence – Richard is a massive QPR fan, so blue was always going to feature in the colour scheme, and we liked the idea of a classic navy with fresh spring greens and pinks to brighten it up. We tried not to be too pedantic about getting the exact matches for colours, which gave us a bit more freedom and we were really pleased with the overall effect.

An Elegant Wedding at Quarry Bank Mill (c) Kate Gosney (6)

My amazing Justin Alexander dress was from 7th Heaven Bridal in Congleton, who were extremely helpful and patient. My mum had seen it on the shop’s website and had already decided it would be the dress for me before I had even tried it on. As is often the way with mums, she was absolutely right, and the dress was perfect. The amazing intricacy of the beading and pearl details gave it a timeless, vintage feel and it was totally unique. I didn’t know much about what sort of dress I would go for, but I knew I wanted an interesting back, so fell in love with the beaded butterfly effect and the rouleau buttons. My Charlotte Mills shoes lent a playful touch, with their cobalt blue heart and a sixpence in the sole.

My bridal make-up was courtesy of Beautiful of Wilmslow, and Lindsay had been working on my eyebrows for nine months leading up to the big day. She really understood what I was after and used Airbase make-up to give a really natural, but long lasting look. Vicky Kari did a gorgeous job with the bridesmaids’ hair, and styling the mother of the bride. After a bit of indecision, I felt that because my dress was so detailed, it would be good to keep things simple, so Vicky dried my hair straight and sleek with lots of volume.

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