August 1st, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
Real bride Gabrielle said that she and beau Dan didn’t really have a theme in mind for their summer wedding at Singleton Lodge: “We just wanted a romantic country-style wedding with beautiful flowers and lots of special touches,” she says. The result is a day that’s effortlessly beautiful, with romance pouring from every stunning image. Bravo, guys!
This gorgeous day captivated us from the Rockerfeller Christmas Tree proposal, had us green with envy at the silver Jimmy Choos and the special touches almost had us on our knees – as an official ‘dog person’, the mention of Spencer the Labrador’s photograph in the order of service along a ‘My Humans Are Getting Married’ message brought me closer to tears than I’d like to admit. All. The. Cuteness.
With images by Jessica Lang Photography.
gabrielle says: We got engaged on the 12th December 2014 in New York. I love Christmas and had always wanted to go to NYC in December and see the Rockerfeller Christmas Tree. On the second day of our trip we went on a 12-hour tour seeing all the sites, including the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty. Afterwards, we went to an amazing restaurant and to a sky bar overlooking the Empire State Building. Dan said we should do something Christmassy before heading back to the hotel, so we went to see the legendary Rockerfeller Christmas tree – which is where he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! We also bought a replica of the Swarovski star which was the perfect memento of the most amazing day.
We were married on Friday 1st July 2016. We wanted a summer wedding on a Friday and, luckily, it was the last Friday that our venue had available.
Our ceremony was held at St Nicholas’ Church in Wrea Green, Lancashire, which is in the village where we live. It’s a beautiful church right in the centre of the village and it’s lovely that we walk past it every day with our dog. Our wedding date was the day before the village field day and so there was bunting everywhere which was lovely!
The reception was held at Singleton Lodge Country House. We knew we wanted to get married in a country house style venue with beautiful surroundings and Singleton Lodge was absolutely perfect. From the first glimpse of the driveway, we knew it was going to be the right venue for us. We had exclusive use of the whole lodge, the decor was beautiful and it has a lovely welcoming feel – there’s even a field of alpacas within the grounds, which we absolutely loved!
Theme-wise, we didn’t really want anything too elaborate. We just wanted a romantic country-style wedding with beautiful flowers and lots of special touches. We also went for blush pink accents as they suited the romantic theme.
My dress was by Justin Alexander and I bought it from The White Gallery in Ramsbottom. It was strapless with a long train and lots of beautiful embellishment. I wore it with a thin diamante belt around the waist, a chapel length veil with lace detailing and silver Jimmy Choo shoes. I absolutely loved my dress from the moment I tried it on – I just wish I could wear it again!
Dan wore a navy suit from Swarbricks with pale grey check waist coat with pale blue running through it. He teamed it with a pale blue tie, matching pocket square and a pocket watch, which I had engraved with the words “Forever & Always, 1st July 2016”. The groomsmen wore matching three-piece navy suits with blush pink ties and pocket squares.
The bridesmaids wore floor-length blush pink dresses from House of Fraser. They had a scoop back and diamante detail at the waist.
July 21st, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
If you’re looking for a dose of Scottish charm on your big day, then look no further than Abigail and Daniel’s wedding at Eaves Hall in the Ribble Valley, which has oodles of inspiration, complete with tartan, Scottish tablet and, of course, some rather dashing kilts.
When it came to entertaining guests, we think it would be fair to say they were truly spoilt, with not only an acoustic guitarist and a pianist, but also a funk band, a magician and their very own wedding host! And perhaps unheard of here on Brides Up North, the couple didn’t confirm their wedding date until they knew for certain that the funk band were free. We only wish we could have been there to dance the night away!
Join us as Abigail pores over all the highlights from their special day, from the exquisite five-tiered cake and emotional first dance with their son in tow, to their stunning group photo on the venue’s balcony.
With images by Pixies in the Cellar.
abigail says: Daniel proposed in London on 9th July 2016. London is special to us because it’s where we fell in love. I had bought Daniel tickets to see Stevie Wonder (one of his all-time favourite artists) on the Sunday in Hyde Park but we decided to make a weekend of it. We had no real plans on the Saturday so we decided we would take a trip down memory lane and return to some of our favourite spots. Dan suggested revisiting Buckingham Palace and as we wandered through Green Park, I was greeted by a butler with a lavish picnic and a bottle of pink champagne. With absolutely no clue as to why he had organised such a romantic surprise, I sat and enjoyed the food and fizz until he retrieved one last surprise out of the basket – a diamond ring!
We got married on 29th May 2017. We were so excited to marry each other that when a date became available at our dream venue we snapped it up straight away. We always wanted a spring/summer wedding too, especially for the peonies in May! It was a perfect date for us; it fell on a Bank Holiday and was at the beginning of a two-week half term break for Dan (he is a school teacher). It meant we could take couple of weeks out together to celebrate properly.
We got married at St Helen’s Church in Waddington and then celebrated our wedding reception at the beautiful Eaves Hall in Clitheroe. We always wanted a church ceremony as tradition means a lot to us. St Helen’s Church is located in the heart of a cute little village and we loved its authenticity with an organ, bells and, of course, the lovely (and quite funny) Reverend John.
We chose Eaves Hall for our reception because it was visually stunning both inside and out, which is ideal given the unpredictability of the Lancashire summer weather. The exclusivity is also amazing because you can throw a really good party for all of your guests. It felt like we had our own mini-mansion for the day.
We didn’t follow a theme as such; we just made our wedding really personal to us. I remember our florist describing it as ‘rustic elegance’, which nicely sums it up. In terms of colours and materials, we used kraft, hessian, twine and occasional hints of tartan – this represented the rustic feel of the Scottish twist. Then everything was overlaid with ivory lace, pearls and lavender, which allowed me to incorporate a softer, more elegant style to the day. We also wanted everything to reflect a celebration of our relationship so far, so we named our tables after special dates/events that we had experienced together and the things that we were most proud of.
With Dan being half Scottish he really wanted to revel in the opportunity of wearing a kilt. So that became our starting point for the colour scheme – he chose Spirit of Bannockburn tartan, which was a bold purple with hints of navy blue and green throughout. I thought I would struggle to find a colour scheme to complement the tartan. However, after finding the most gorgeous dusky lilac bridesmaids dresses I finally found a colour scheme we could compromise on! We used dusky lilacs, dusky pinks, and soft ivory and silvery green foliage in all of the flowers and décor, it worked really nicely together.
I found my dream wedding dress from Knutsford Wedding Gallery in Cheshire. I was initially torn between two completely different styles. I have always loved the silhouette of a mermaid style dress and I knew that this would be the style that Dan would love to have seen me in, however I knew my mum would be desperate to see me in a full princess gown. I tried on versions of both styles until the incredible ladies at KWG helped me create something that incorporated both. I opted for an off-white lace and tulle mermaid dress with a sweetheart neckline by La Sposa, Pronovias. This was then teamed with a Rosa Clara tulle train, and a Helen Martin tulle veil, both custom edged with matching lace and delicate beading to create the effect of a fuller, princess style gown with a cathedral length train for the ceremony and wedding breakfast, later removed to reveal the mermaid style silhouette. I also added a Pronovias tulle, pearl and crystal belt to add a little sparkle to the overall look.
Dan and his groomsmen wore full Highland wear, hired from Slaters Menswear in Preston. It consisted of the kilt matched with a white Victorian collar shirt, black bow tie, black Prince Charlie waistcoat and jacket. He wore the full accessories too including gillie brogues, socks, flashes, sporran and ski doo. He looked so handsome; they all did! Although, our gorgeous pageboys Oscar (our son, aged three) and Jenson (best man’s son, aged four) really stole the show in their mini versions!
July 17th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
Fitness vloggers Lainey and her beau Lex are no strangers to the limelight, but Lainey confesses in today’s real wedding that the couple had considered eloping. All we can say is praise the wedding gods they didn’t, as instead we have this super-quirky and colourful big day full of rustic-themed inspiration to obsess over.
With almost half a million Instagram followers between them, not to mention their epic YouTube following, it’s no surprise that the couple turned to the social media platform for big day inspiration. More used to donning gym gear than formalwear, Lainey admits that the idea of dress shopping was “a bit of a nightmare” – however, Instagram saved the day and led her to the one: a simple and slinky lace number which accentuated her gym-honed curves.
So, over to Lainey to tell us more about a celebration featuring donkeys, llamas and vintage tractors, plus some great advice on how to DIY your socks off.
With images by Rustic Lovebirds Photography.
lainey says: We got engaged in New York. I surprised Lex with a trip to NYC for his birthday in November 2016. I‘d planned a number of surprises on the trip: nice restaurants, tickets for The Lion King on Broadway and, of course, tickets to go up the Empire State Building – and we decided it would be fun to dress like complete tourists to head up the famous tower. I had no idea he planned to surprise me, getting down on one knee at the top of the Empire State. I was in complete shock!
We booked our wedding as soon as we returned to the UK. I‘d waited three years for him to propose and didn’t want to wait to get married! I knew I wanted an intimate but quirky wedding and started researching barns in the area that could host our day. We visited The Wellbeing Farm, in Lancashire, and fell in love; Celia and all the staff were so helpful and enthusiastic about all the crazv ideas we had.
I wanted a May wedding – I love it when all of the springtime flowers are in bloom – and so we chose 6th May.
Both the ceremony and reception were held at the Wellbeing Farm. Lex’s Mum, Jane Griffin, is a wedding celebrant and she married us on the day.
We went for a rustic wedding theme. I wanted to have a lot of white lace with bright colours to contrast. My favourite colours are orange, red and yellow and, although they’re quite autumnal colours, I think they worked well on the day.
I’ve never been a girl who dreamed of a big white wedding and, honestly, if I’d had my choice we probably would have eloped. Shopping for a wedding dress, therefore, felt like a bit of a nightmare! However, Instagram was a great source of inspiration and I came across Australian wedding dress company Grace Loves Lace. They had simple yet elegant designs – I feel like wedding dresses are moving towards simpler, more elegant lines in general. You correspond via email and get help with choosing a style you like, then you send in your exact measurements and voila – six weeks before the wedding my dress arrived and it fit like a glove! I chose to design my own shoes as I couldn’t find ones to match and I used online shoe company Shoes Of Prey. The first pair arrived and I didn’t like them – plus they didn’t fit properly – but I simply returned them, requested adjustments and they came back perfect.
Our wedding rings were designed and made by Two Become One Jewellery.
May 15th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
Today on the blog we’re featuring the impossible elegance of Vicki and Richard’s wedding day at Eaves Hall in Clitheroe.
All of the details, from the fine surroundings of Eaves Hall to Vicki’s lace mermaid-cut gown, speak of classic sophistication. This super-stylish couple opted for a pop of cornflower blue in their otherwise neutral colour scheme and the most stunning bridal posy this side of the Pennines.
Their day was perfectly captured by their photographer, who certainly delivered on her promise of beautiful, relaxed and natural wedding photography.
Vicki tells us more…
With images by Emilie May Photography.
vicki says: We got engaged at Room restaurant in Manchester on New Year’s Eve 2013. Richard proposed at midnight; it came as a total surprise as, after almost six years together, I’d given up on him proposing!
Our wedding date was set for 12th August 2016. We wanted to get married in summer: because Richard is a teacher, we were restricted to certain times.
Our venue was Eaves Hall in West Bradford near Clitheroe. We had both the ceremony and the reception there. Richard’s parents had stayed at Eaves Hall several times when it was a guest house. They often talked about it and how lovely the house and grounds were. Richard suggested going to an open day at the end of January a little after we had gotten engaged. It was the first and only place we visited – we fell in love as we walked around the house. We went for lunch at the Waddington Arms to discuss it and then went straight back after to ask about dates. We didn’t regret a thing – there would be no point in seeing other places as we just knew that Eaves Hall was perfect for us.
We had a rustic theme with lace and burlap and little wooden hearts. It suited Eaves Hall and its decor perfectly. I handmade our invites – they were cream and natural card with burlap and lace around the top and with a wooden heart in the middle. This theme carried on with the menus, vases, table plan, place names and so on. We also scattered wooden hearts on each table. We wanted to keep the décor simple with lots of little touches, along with lovely flowers. Eaves Hall is such a lovely house with beautiful decoration; it speaks for itself and doesn’t need much adding to it.
Overall, the colour-scheme was lots of natural neutrals, but we also chose a strong blue for the bridesmaids. The men’s suits were navy blue – I personally think Richard looks very handsome in blue, and I’m not a fan of grey suits.
I chose a fitted lace mermaid-style dress with a low back and a jewelled waistband. I wanted to show off my curves – in the right places!
During the planning, I looked at lots of magazines including UNVEILED, attended a Brides Up North wedding fair and got inspiration from the blog to get plenty of wedding-related ideas, especially regarding my dress. I went to a few boutiques and salons and tried on lots of different shapes, which I would definitely recommend – you need to know that you’ve made the right choice! The dress I eventually chose was from Love & Cherish bridal shop in Ramsbottom. It’s around the corner from Richard’s parents and we often drive past it so I had to give it a try!
I also wore gold shoes with diamante jewels on the front which matched my belt and Swarovski jewellery.
March 7th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
This afternoon on the blog we’re introducing you to another of our talented Brides Up North sponsors, the wonderful Daniel Murrientes.
A pro at capturing the emotions of the big day in a subtle yet striking manner, Daniel loves being able to frame key moments in time, delivering special memories to his clients that will last a lifetime.
Better yet, he’s offering new Brides Up North reader clients £100 off all 2016 dates, subject to availability, so if you like the look of what you see be sure to get in touch with Daniel quickly.
So let’s find out a little more about the guy behind the camera…
How did you first get into wedding photography?
daniel says: Like many wedding photographers, I kind of fell into this job. As a keen photographer, I followed many of the big photography blogs out there and eventually, I started to notice wedding photography. I’ve never been a fan of the traditional style of formal line ups etc. but the documentary side of the industry really provoked something inside me. It was an interview with Cliff Mautner, one of the best wedding photographers in the world, who inspired me to pursue wedding photography and since then, I’ve never looked back. I’m self-taught all the way and now I help train and teach others in photography. I personally think that is the best way – you can’t beat experience and hard work.
Why wedding photography specifically?
For me, it’s capturing those emotions that blend into the day without being noticed. So many of my clients have said that they didn’t even realise a moment had even taken place that I’ve caught on camera. This is what I aim to capture, as well as the obvious moments that they can look back on. I want them to remember how they felt at the time.
What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?
I could write so much about this, but in a nutshell – I get to be part of amazing weddings and wonderful people who have selected me to capture their special day. I love every moment, from the bridal preps, speeches, first dance and beyond. I challenge myself at every wedding and I never know what to expect.
How do you get couples to relax on the day?
I think my general persona and relaxed approach really helps. I’m not stressful person at all and I think that rubs off on people. For the ones who are particularly camera shy, I offer a pre-wedding shoot, which really helps. Couples often start the shoot feeling a bit self-conscience but by the end, they are relaxed and confident and don’t even care about the camera.
October 14th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
Though I love living in the city I would have to say that similar to bride Emma, I’m a bit of a country girl at heart. I therefore love the chic country styling with elegant 1950s vintage touches that she and groom Tom picked for their big day.
The Cadillac car, old-fashioned bicycles and thoughtful décor help to set the scene as does Emma’s stunning Audrey Hepburn style dress, which she found in the fabulous One Fine Day bridal boutique that we know well ourselves.
For anyone planning a rustic or vintage style wedding, it’s time to grab a pen and paper and take note!
With images by Ollie Gyte Photography.
emma says: We got engaged in August 2014 in London. Tom took me for a lovely meal in Soho. Afterwards we took a stroll along the Thames and Tom proposed opposite the London Eye.
Our wedding date was 10th July, 2015. We chose this time of year simply because we wanted a summer wedding.
We got married at St Stephen’s Church in the village where we both grew up. We then had our reception at Homestead Farm, Ormskirk, and Lancashire. Tom and I are both very country people and the layout of the venue went really nicely with our chosen theme.
The styling of the wedding was centred on a vintage 1950s theme as we both like that era and also like the rustic look.
In terms of colours, we chose pastel nude pink for the bridesmaids’ dresses and light blue for the groomsmen as they were nice bright summer colours.
My dress was from a beautiful shop called One Fine Day, which is in Tarleton. Lindsay, who owns the shop helped me choose my dress and with her expertise we found the perfect dress to suit my figure. The designer of my dress was Sanyukta Shrestha. It was an organic silk long design, with an Audrey Hepburn look.
Tom wore a light blue three piece suit from Moss Brothers outlet store in Fleetwood, along with matching tan belt and brogues. The groomsmen wore the same suits as Tom.
My bridesmaids wore pastel nude pink dresses from ASOS, which were 50s style to go with our theme.
To transport us to the venue on the wedding day, we hired a 1950s Cadillac from Birkdale Classics in Southport.
Our photographer was called Ollie Gyte. We chose him as he’s a great guy and an exceptional photographer, which showed in the work he showed us prior to us booking him. He took care of all the photography aspects and delivered great photographs of our big day.
For my wedding flowers I had pink and ivory roses with a mixture of wild green flowers. My lovely friend Paula Popple provided the lovely bouquets of flowers.
When it came to décor Tom and I (with the help of a few friends) made a lot of the items ourselves such as comical wooden signs but we hired a company called Add A Little Sparkle, to decorate the tables, chairs and parts of the main room and the reception.
As favours we gave our guests a pack of locally produced ‘spud’ flavoured crisps, which we got from Fiddler’s Farm in Rufford.
We chose an ombre style wedding cake with three tiers of pastel pink icing. The two outer tiers were sponge and the middle tier was lemon sponge. Nikki from Lemon Tree Bakery made the cake for us, and it was delicious!
To match our theme we decided on an afternoon tea (served with Pimms) for our wedding meal, which was provided by a company called Yours Truly. In the evening we had a hog roast which was supplied by Homestead Farm.
For entertainment we had a young vocalist and guitarist who performed in the barn on arrival. He had a great raw talent and a lovely voice. At the reception we had a band called The Fable who were from London. They were a Mumford & Sons style band, which is why we chose them as we love their music.
After our wedding day we would strongly recommend Homestead Farm to other brides and grooms, as not only is the venue in a brilliant setting in our eyes but all of our guests agreed too. Margaret the owner is a great person who could not do enough for us.
Our favourite part of the day was being sat down having our afternoon tea whilst watching our closet family and friends enjoying themselves.
For our honeymoon we first travelled to New York to see our friends get married. We stayed in NYC for three days and then flew out to Florida and stayed in a villa for just over two weeks. We visited the Disney parks with our little boy Jack who (as well as us), loved every minute!
My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to try not to stress about the day itself and the days running up to the wedding as it all comes together in the end. Also, when all the hustle and bustle is going on during your day take a step back with your partner and take everything in as it all goes very quickly!
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