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soft romance: an autumn wedding shoot in the lake district

November 2nd, 2016 | Rachel Parry


This afternoon we’re treating you to more stunning seasonal inspiration in the form of this dreamy styled shoot.

Put together as part of a training course, North West based photographer Hannah Joy, was challenged to capture gorgeous portrait couple images whilst also documenting all the little details included on the styled set, from metallic-dipped fruits, plants and leaves, to elegant calligraphy and props.

All in all we think Hannah did a splendid job with both the couple and the details captured beautifully in the peaceful, rustic surroundings. Now to fill us in on how the styled shoot was brought to life, we’ll hand over the blogging reins to snapper Hannah…

With images by Pearl Photography by Hannah Joy.


hannah says: It was an absolute pleasure to photograph this stunning styled shoot during a workshop I recently attended, which was held by Aspire Photography, in the Lake District, Cumbria.


The styling of the shoot allowed for a soft romantic feel with a touch of rustic autumnal loveliness. A colour palette of soft blush mixed with rich metallic hues of gold, silver and copper helped to create the rustic yet soft and romantic theme.

The little details of green bottles and foliage added a botanical feel alongside the golden leaves, mini pumpkins and fruit, which kept the look in line with the current season.


The dreamy flowers, provided by Made In Flowers, and the beautiful stationery by Calligraphy For Weddings, followed the theme, as did the and hairstyling makeup by the talented Lucy Pearson. With the addition of the beautiful setting of Hipping Hall, in Kirby Lonsdale, the images produced have a beautifully soft and whimsical look to them.


The styled shoot ran really smoothly from beginning to end. We had two gorgeous models who were just recently married and very much in love, which brought true feelings and emotions to the shoot that I think comes across well in the images. I think the couple enjoyed the fact that they could put on their wedding outfits once again and relive their special day, not to mention the added bonus of having some more gorgeous images to keep forever!

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get set, sparkle. ian stuart for a winter wedding at armathwaite hall – emma & mark

September 20th, 2016 | Julia Braime


Today on the blog we have some beautiful inspiration for those of you planning winter weddings as we share the details of Emma and Mark’s big day.

Following an Ikea proposal (don’t worry, he made up for it), Emma and Mark set about planning an atmospheric November wedding, complete with lots of soft candlelight and sparkling décor.

Going all out on the opportunity to wear a big dress, bride Emma chose a stunning Ian Stuart gown with accents of shimmering silver to match both the colour scheme and season. Now that’s what we call a dress with the wow-factor!

With images by Jonny Draper Photography.


emma says: We got engaged in Ikea over meatballs! Honestly! But then we had my engagement ring specially made and Mark surprised me with a trip to London to see the Lion King (I love Disney). He got us box seats and had champagne and chocolates put in the box. It was amazing!

As we loved the idea of a Christmas or winter wedding we set the date for 28th November.


Our chosen venue was Armathwaite Hall in Keswick. We both love the Lake District and when we went to look at venues Armathwaite felt really personal. I like modern venues and Mark likes old fashioned and Armathwaite had the perfect blend of both.

To fit the time of year we went for a sparkly wedding theme (with a hint of Disney!) As we knew it would be dark outside we thought lots of sparkles and candles would look great.


When it came to the colour scheme we knew that we didn’t want everyone in the same colour as we had an unconventional bridal party in that the maid of honour was male and we had female groomsmen. I also wanted each of the bridesmaids to have dresses that suited them, rather than sticking to a certain theme. In the end we went for pale pastel colours accented with a silver shimmer.


I chose to wear an Ian Stuart dress from Ava Rose Hamilton. I instantly fell in love with it. I’d tried on about seven or eight dresses beforehand but none of them made me excited, or felt quite so special. I knew I wanted a big dress – the sort that you can only ever wear on your wedding day – but also wanted something that really suited me. I loved the silver woven into the lace of the dress and that it had a huge skirt but fitted silk body. I never thought I would get a strapless dress but the minute I tried it on I knew it was right.

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our love story: leah & ian

May 3rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Our Love Story - Leah & Ian (c) Nicola Helen Photography (3)

This morning we meet husband and wife-to-be Ian and Leah, as they share with us their love story and the results of their stunning engagement shoot. Set to tie the knot in the Lake District later this month (how exciting!), Ian and Leah used their pre-wedding shoot as an opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera.

We love the varied backdrops that the pretty Yorkshire town of Whitby provided for this shoot – from rugged countryside and coastal shots to sweet cobbled streets and passageways!

With images by Nicola Helen Photography.

Our Love Story - Leah & Ian (c) Nicola Helen Photography (26)

leah says: We got engaged at The Great Langdales, in the Lake District. It was Valentine’s Day last year, which is our anniversary, and Ian had booked a surprise weekend away. He took me to our favourite place to walk ‘Blea Tarn’ in the Langdales. I had no clue he was going to pop the question so when he did, he picked his moment well! The spot where he proposed was perfect and secluded. It was the first time I was lost for words!

We will be returning to The Great Langdales in May for our wedding, which will be held at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.

Our Love Story - Leah & Ian (c) Nicola Helen Photography (25)

Ian and I first met when we were set up on a blind date! We met for a drink in the Dickens Inn, Middlesborough, then went to a place called Alfornos for food. It was a little awkward as it was a blind date with no back up to escape if we didn’t like each other! Thankfully we really hit it off and met for a coffee a few days later. The rest is history!

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my world. ronald joyce for a romantic wedding at linthwaite house hotel – lauren & james

March 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Travel Inspired Wedding at Linthwaite House (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (51)

As keen jet-setters today’s bride and groom decided on a subtle travel theme for their fabulous big day, which was held at a stunning hotel in The Lake District.

We love the romantic pink and white colour palette and simple, elegant blooms, but most of all we love Lauren’s dress! Not many brides choose a halter neck design but this bride shows how to pull off the look perfectly.

With images by Bethany Clarke Wedding Photography.

A Travel Inspired Wedding at Linthwaite House (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (21)

A Travel Inspired Wedding at Linthwaite House (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (48)

lauren says: We got engaged while in The Maldives. James had arranged for us to stay the entire holiday in a private house on the beach. One day, after another very relaxing afternoon of snorkelling and relaxing, we went back to the villa to shower and get ready for dinner. He shouted me from the balcony, “Loz! Come and see all the crabs on the sand! There are loads of them!” I quickly wrapped my hair in a towel and ran out to see. I looked at the sand and couldn’t see any crabs. I was confused for a few seconds. Then I read the huge letters, “marry us or wha’?” in the sand; a very funny Teesside proposal!

I immediately cried my eyes out and whipped around to see him on one knee, with the most beautiful engagement ring. It was so personal and so very ‘us’. We’ve not lived in Teesside for years (we now live in Leeds) but often mock each other in that unmistakable accent. The proposal felt so romantic and so very intimate, along with James’s amazing sense of humour. It was utterly perfect.

A Travel Inspired Wedding at Linthwaite House (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (45)

Our wedding was on 30th August 2015. We chose it for practical and sentimental reasons too. We wanted a date where decent weather was most likely, and the end of the summer tends to be when it’s at its best. The end of summer has always been significant for us though as it’s when we had our first date, when we moved to Leeds, into our first house together. The fact it fell on a Bank Holiday meant our friends wouldn’t have to take time off on the Monday sealed the deal for us!

We married at Linthwaite House Hotel, in Windermere. I’d taken James there for an anniversary, years ago. I’d never visited before then but had read incredible reviews of the food. We love our food and wine so it made sense to take him there – and we weren’t disappointed. When it came to selecting a wedding venue, we’d looked around the Lake District but nothing came close to the standard of Linthwaite, both in terms of food, service, setting and décor. We wanted an intimate wedding, where quality was more important than quantity, and that’s exactly what we got.

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our love story: lizzie & wil

January 19th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Our Love Story Lizzie & Wil (c) River Medlock Photography (25)

This afternoon on the blog we’re off to the wet and windy Lake District to share the engagement shoot of Brides Up North reader Lizzie, and her husband-to-be Wil.

Though the weather was a little wild these teenage sweethearts managed to keep their cool in front of the camera while their photographer captured some really lovely moments, surrounded by gorgeous autumnal countryside.

We can’t wait to see the results of their big day in October!

With images by River Medlock Photography.

Our Love Story Lizzie & Wil (c) River Medlock Photography (15)

lizzie says: We got engaged on 16th May 2015. We love the Lake District and had decided to go to Windermere to celebrate our ten year anniversary. We had a romantic meal and decided to walk up to Orrest Head (a famous Wainwright viewpoint where you can see the entire length of Lake Windermere) to watch the sunset.

Wil proposed as the sun went down – it was very romantic and a total surprise! We have been together since we were 15 and 16 and, very early on, I made Wil agree that he wasn’t allowed to ask me to marry him until we had been together for at least ten years. The 15-year-old me was obviously super sensible and knew we had a lot of growing up to do. We have made it through finishing high school, college, university, starting our careers, buying our first house and getting kittens and we are stronger than ever. Wil managed to wait for ten years and one day – that was more than long enough! There is a Wainwright quote written at the top of Orrest Head that reads “Those few hours on Orrest Head cast a spell that changed my life” – quite fitting really.

Our Love Story Lizzie & Wil (c) River Medlock Photography (26)

We are having an autumn wedding in Windermere in October 2016 – overlooking the lake once more.

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golden touch. maggie sottero for a classic wedding at new house farm – lucy & chris

January 18th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Golden Wedding in the North West (c) James Tracey Photography (34)

We’re getting your week off to a beautiful start here on this stunning real wedding in The Lake District.

Keen to make their big day both pretty and personal, Lucy and Chris, along with help from family and friends, styled the venue themselves and added little handmade touches along the way to make the occasion all the more memorable.

With images by Brides Up North ‘Supplier We Love’ James Tracey Photography.

A Golden Wedding in the North West (c) James Tracey Photography (3)

lucy says: We got engaged in June 2014 at Surprise View in the Lake District overlooking Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake. Chris got down on one knee whilst we were walking with the dog during a holiday to visit some of Chris’s family who live in Cumbria. Unfortunately Chris had forgotten that Surprise View is a bit of a tourist hotspot and the engagement nearly happened in front of a coach full of sightseers!

Our chosen venue was New House Farm in Lorton, Cumbria. We had looked at a few venues but New House Farm was the only place that we could fully customise to our own taste and let our imaginations run wild! Chris also used to go there for afternoon tea with his grandparents and mum when he was a child, so the family link was a lovely touch. Hazel at New House Farm was just so easy to deal with and let us really put our own mark on the space.

A Golden Wedding in the North West (c) James Tracey Photography (42)

We didn’t have a theme as such, we just wanted the day to be personal to us, and be different to any other wedding that our friends and family might go to. Our colour scheme was neutral romantic creams and golds. I wanted it to be subtle and timeless.

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