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romance & roses. a pink & black theme for a glamorous lake district wedding – robyn & matt

May 3rd, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

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Today’s gorgeous bride Robyn admits she likes things on the formal side, and so she and groom Matt opted for tails, cravats, roses and full-on strapless princess-fit bridal glamour.

But this couple were true to themselves and made fun a big part of their big day, too – there was a game of Mr & Mrs, magic, a singing waiter and much more.

Formality and fun, glamour and games – what more could you ask for on a Wednesday morning?

With photography by Brides Up North Sponsor Sally Eaves.

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robyn says: We got engaged just the two of us at our home in the Lake District – oh, and the dog and the fairy lights from the Christmas tree in the background! It was very low-key and just what I wanted.

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We were married on September 29th 2016 – the day before my 30th birthday. We had our ceremony and celebration under one roof at the Swan Hotel, Newby Bridge. It’s right at the base of Lake Windermere so really beautiful and picturesque but also not too big. It felt intimate as well as very grand, if that makes sense.

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For the theme, we didn’t go for anything too prescriptive. I’m quite laidback and I didn’t want anything too fussy with centrepieces and decorations. The venue is beautiful enough without needing to add anything else.

Colour-wise, we went for black and pale pink. I like things to be a little more formal and I love black and white, but the touch of pink made it feel more romantic rather than a corporate do.

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I wore a strapless buttermilk/ivory satin princess-fit gown with some beading around the waist from a wedding shop in Cheshire that has now unfortunately closed. I chose to have a small backward bolero, too. This meant I could have the illusion of a neckline with a keyhole back during the day but it transformed into a strapless gown for a second look in the evening.

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

March 2nd, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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shore thing. ronald joyce for a pretty pastel wedding at the inn on the lake – emma & nick

December 13th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Today’s real wedding couple were set on their wedding venue from the very start – and they certainly picked an impressive one!

Marrying in an outdoor ceremony with the natural beauty of the Lake District as their backdrop, Emma and Nick’s big day is brimming with effortless elegance and romance.

Throw into the mix a gorgeous princess-style wedding gown, some delicate blooms and a soft pastel colour scheme and you’ve got one very pretty wedding day indeed!

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nick says: I had planned to propose to Emma at our special place – The Inn on the Lake, by the lake where we would sit and have picnics and talk about our future plans together. Sadly, the Cumbrian weather wasn’t to be as it rained for months on end. I finally proposed to Emma three months later than planned on 20th March 2014, while at Blythswood Hotel in Glasgow. Thankfully, she said yes!

We held our ceremony and reception at the only place we ever wanted to; The Inn on the Lake, on 27th May 2016. As well as it holding a special place in our hearts, The Inn on the Lake is a very successful wedding venue, never have we ever read a single negative comment for anyone getting married there. In addition to being a beautiful venue, the staff at the hotel are fantastic and you are made to feel part of the family there.

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Simple elegance was the main aim of the wedding and so we decided to let the setting do most of the talking and chose to complement the beautiful venue and bride’s dress with a pastel colour scheme, reflected through the flowers.

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Emma chose the Eliza dress in champagne by Ronald Joyce, which she bought from Bijoux Bridal Boutique, Hamilton. She teamed the dress with a train-length nude veil with crystal detailing.

My groomsmen and I wore navy three-piece suits with a pink tie, which we got from T.M.Lewin.

The bridesmaid meanwhile wore Tu Es Belle dresses from That Special Day Warehouse in Bathgate.

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Our wonderful wedding photographers were the incredibly talented Bethany Clarke and Matthew Lloyd. Having seen a lot of their photo journalistic style work, we knew they were exactly what we were looking for. Their work on the day was perfect. A huge thank you to Matt and Beth for capturing our special day perfectly.

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A Splashing Good Time: A Real Engagement In The Lake District -Sha & Xiaoxiao

September 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Annnnnd welcome to Saturday!  Hurrah!  It’s a busy weekend across all regions this weekend so if you are out and about seeking wedding inspiration then I hope you have a fabulous day.

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In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a splashing little love story from readers Sha and Xiaoxiao, with images by David Stubbs Photography

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Sha says:  We got engaged on 9th March 2012 in Xi’an, China. We had an engagement celebration with both families and it was the first time that our two families had met. We all enjoyed the day!

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We haven’t decided on the exact wedding day and location yet. We are planning for Spring next year and we will register in Norway, and have the ceremony in China.

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We were classmates, and we met in Beijing.  It was the true love right from the start! I know he is Mr Right! Our first date was in a beautiful park not far away from our University in Preston.

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Our biggest wish for married life is to be happy and enjoy every day. 

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We chose to have an engagement shoot to record our memories of living in the UK at this special time.  We will eventually move to another country. 

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We enjoyed the engagement shoot very much. It was a great experience and we got a chance to see more of the Lake District. We will use the images at the reception on our wedding day.

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Congratulations Sha and and Xiaoxiao!  

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Lovely Lace & Hay Bales! A Real Wedding In The Lake District – Lauren & Stephen

August 31st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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To me, this farm marquee wedding sent to me by Mick Cookson Photography and real bride Lauren, is just perfect – love, laughs, decorations to die for, beautiful blooms, the perfect wedding and totally rockin’ something blue glitter heels. 

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I hope it makes your ritual Friday morning cuppa and bacon sarnie all the more pleasurable!

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Lauren says:  We got engaged on the 22nd January 2012 in Glasgow, under the fairy lights at the Royal Exchange Square. It was very sweet and we went ring shopping the next day in the famous jewellery arcade. That itself was an amazing experience!

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We were married on 11 August 2012 in the little village where I grew up, Grayrigg, which is near Kendal in Cumbria. We then had the reception in a marquee on mum and dad’s farm, which is literally a field away from the Church.

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Grayrigg church was where I was christened and confirmed, where I had attended throughout primary school and a part of the village & community that I had grown up in. We wouldn’t have got married anywhere else! Having a marquee reception just meant we could have the relaxed feel we wanted, have an input into every aspect of the day and keep an eye on costs more easily.

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We didn’t have a theme as such. We both just wanted the day to feel relaxed and easy. Neither of us really stand on ceremony so we didn’t want any pomp but we still wanted the day to be special. I guess a certain “rustic-ness” tied everything together.

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Our bridesmaids dresses were a sweet pea purple. The flowers that we had were all different shades of pink and purple, as were the decorations in the marquee. We tried to keep everything else relatively neutral or rustic.

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My dress was an Enzoani by Benjamin Roberts lace gown which we bought from Marrime in Kendal. The girls in the shop were so lovely and as soon as I tried the dress on I loved it. It was very “me” but I still felt special.

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We bought our bridesmaids dresses online from China. They were from a company called Dressilyme. I did have a bit of bother with them but they had exactly the colour that I wanted and I’m glad I persevered with them. I let the girls choose their own dresses. They decided on a length together and I said I would like a chiffon fabric and we went from there. I just wanted them to feel comfortable in what they were wearing. We hired Steven and the boys’ suits from Greenwoods.

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My friends’ dad kindly acted as chauffeur and drove myself and the bridesmaids to church in his Discovery. One of Steven’s best men arranged for a Mercedes to take Steven to church.

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I carried a gorgeous bouquet made by Gillian Rowlinson. It contained sweet peas and hydrangeas (and some others I don’t know the name of!). She also made the bouquets for the girls, the boys buttonholes and an adorable wand for our little flowergirl.

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There are too many special moments to choose a favourite! Coming out of the church with Steven to our guard of honour from the Young Farmers and half the village being there to watch, all of the speeches were brilliant, and the first dance wasn’t nearly half as scary as I was thinking it would be!

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We are so lucky that we have a very talented and skilled group of friends and family! Steven’s nan and her friend did the flowers for the Church and the reception. My wonderful nan made and decorated our lovely cake (and a couple of surprise ones too!). Steven’s brother is an electrician and he and his boss hung and lit all our lanterns. I, together with help from bridesmaids, Mum and Steven made all the stationery, the favours, the pom poms, the moustache straws and the table centrepieces.

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We have a fabulous group of friends who came and helped us put the tent up and the put the flooring down, fluff pom poms, hang lights and fill jam jars with candles – we’re very lucky! We hired the marquee from a local agricultural society and the caterer, Alison Thompson, is again someone we know locally. Her food was so lovely and just what we wanted! We had individual roasts of lamb, and a nominated carver at each table, which acted as bit of an ice breaker.

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! I particularly liked the favours. The boys had sheep dip whiskey and the girls had brown cow cocktail. Steven is a sheep farmer and my mum and dad keep Ayrshire cows (they are brown and white). I think the brown cow cocktail was a little less potent than the whiskey!

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In the evening, we had a band, called the Jeps, who were fantastic and then a DJ.

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We haven’t been on our honeymoon yet, we are taking the opportunity to go somewhere we have both always wanted to and are heading off to New Zealand in November. That time of year was better weather wise over there. Steven also has less commitments on the farm then and it means we get to prolong our celebrations just a bit longer!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to let people help and enjoy the planning, don’t stress about it!

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This might sound odd but I think a lot of the moments I will always cherish happened before the wedding – days out with my nan and mum shopping for my dress and outfits, sat in the back garden with the girls and lots of cider on a sunny bank holiday making invites, Steven practically falling in the river as we tried to get bark to make our centrepieces and bribing an army of pom pom fluffers with pizza a couple of nights before the wedding. All priceless and all made our whole day all the more special to us.

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Congratulations Lauren & Stephen!

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Are you newly wed?  Contact me to see your Real Wedding on the blog. 

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Eye Of The Tiger! A Real Wedding In The Lake District – Laura & Richard

August 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Never fear! Brides Up North is here to soften the back to work gloom, with a full schedule of Real Wedding gorgeousness this Tuesday.  Starting off the pretty, a stunning Grasmere celebration packed full of beautiful details and beautiful people, sent to me by real bride Laura and Tom Bramwell Photography

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Let’s hear from Laura:  Richard asked me to marry him on a weekend break in Dublin in July 2011 and we were married on 24 May 2012 at Dale Lodge, Grasmere in the Lake District, Cumbria.

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We wanted somewhere cosy and friendly and we knew as soon as we walked in that this venue was perfect for us. Not too large but big enough to accommodate all of our family and friends. It had a homely feel which made us and our guests feel welcome. The setting in Grasmere was idyllic and the staff were just amazing.

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We didn’t have a specific theme, we just picked all of the things that we liked and waited to see how it all came together.  The bridesmaids wore Sailor Blue, but the groomsmen all chose their own colours. The flowers were all whites, ivories and greens as I love simple white flowers.

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I wore a fitted, lace vintage style gown with a slight fishtail and train and high neckline, I matched it with a floor length veil. The wedding dress and veil were both from Justin Alexander bought at Marrime in Kendal.

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My bridesmaids wore floor length, chiffon gowns from Dessy, also bought at Marrime in Kendal. The groom and groomsmen all chose to wear their own suits. This allowed them to express their own personality, but also I wanted them all to feel comfortable. The groom and some others had suits tailor made by Moss Bespoke in Manchester.

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I had a hand tied bouquet made from gypsophelia, phlox, stocks and freesias with lots of foliage. My bridesmaids carried smaller versions of my bouquet.  All our flowers were by Claire at Flowers by Popplemire

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My favourite special touch was surprising my husband by arranging for the Eye Of The Tiger to be played as we walked back down the aisle. His favourite film is Rocky and he loves that song, he knew nothing about it and his face was priceless.

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I would really struggle to name a perfect moment as the whole day was everything we wanted and more. One of the moments that I will never forget is as we walked out of the venue after the ceremony into the grounds.  Two fighter jets flew at low altitude right over our heads!  My father passed away in 2005 and he was a huge aircraft enthusiast. It was almost like a little gift from him and it was absolutely perfect!

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As we had exclusive use of the venue I bought some of my own decorations which we scattered around the hotel. Most notably we took photos from past family weddings on both sides and placed them around the hotel. I also placed sweet jars in various rooms which I made myself, and I converted an old picnic basket into a card basket for the entrance hall.

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For our entertainment we used Pete Lashley, a fantastic local musician who played the first few hours of the night and then we had DJ Travis, a local DJ who came in to play for the rest of the evening.

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Our cake was a three tier fruit cake with ivory icing, with lace and pearl effect and a bow. It was made my one of my best and oldest friends who offered to make it as a present. Despite only having a few quick conversations giving her a very rough idea of what I wanted, Jess made the most beautiful cake which matched everything else (especially my dress which she had never seen!) absolutely perfectly.

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We haven’t had our honeymoon yet due to other commitments, so we’re saving and we are hoping to go on a holiday of a lifetime next year. Something to look forward to!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t get too bogged down in planning every tiny little detail. If you make sure that your guests are looked after and have a good time then you will have the most wonderful day, because despite anything else, nothing for me beats being with all the people you love and having an amazing time!

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Congratulations Laura & Richard!

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If you would like your Real Wedding to feature on Brides Up North, all you need to do is get in touch.

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