June 28th, 2018 | Julia Braime
The sun continues to shine, and the gorgeous real weddings just keep coming. This time it’s the turn of wonderful Brides Up North reader, Jess, to share her big day on our pages, and we have to say the beauty of this one goes much deeper than the styling and props.
For Jess and her beau Ian, we’re keen to make their celebrations a truly personal affair, making their guests feel right at home while also providing a clear reflection of their relationship.
Picking new Yorkshire venue Wharfedale Grange as the location, a stunning Caroline Castigliano dress and an abundance of blooms, Jess made sure the key elements were set to stun and then added special touches to the day, including a jazz hour with personalised cocktails, a Yorkshire themed wedding breakfast menu and the most thoughtful favours we’ve ever come across. Showcasing her rhyming and literacy skills, Jess penned an individual six-line poem about each and every guest (120 to be precise!!). These little ditties were so well received that Jess has since set up a lovely little business of her own so she can offer her talents to other couples looking to put a personal stamp on their proceedings, and we think she may well be inundated for such services!
Now, let’s indulge in the pretty
With photography by Ash Martin Photography.
jess says: We got engaged whilst skiing in Morzine, France. It’s our favourite place for a holiday in both summer and winter, as we love to be in the mountain air and active. We had the perfect blue sky day on the slopes, drinking mulled wine in the sunshine and then Ian got down on one knee in on the balcony of our chalet on the Monday evening. I had a feeling something was amiss when he randomly took the bin out, it was only half full! But he used that decoy to nip out to order some champagne at the restaurant he had secretly booked. We celebrated with a slap-up meal at our favourite restaurant, all the waiters were looking at us and smiling. I couldn’t even taste the food I was so excited, it was the biggest surprise ever. I always joke that I’ll never hate a Monday ever again!
Our wedding was on Saturday 5th May 2018, we chose it because it was a bank holiday weekend and we knew people would be extra relaxed. We wanted a spring wedding at the start of the season when our guests would be ready and raring to go. The 5th of the 5th is also an easy anniversary to remember (said Ian)!
We risked the weather not being the best, but it turned out to be 23 degrees, full sun and probably the first day of the summer! It was scorching.
Although we have lived and worked in London for a couple of years, Yorkshire will always be our home and we knew it was the only place we would get married. And so, our ceremony took place at St Giles Church in Bramhope, where I was both christened and confirmed. I lost my brother at a young age and it was also where we held his funeral, so lots of family memories there. Ian knew it was a special place for me.
The reception I wanted somewhere close-by to Bramhope but also something a little different and not somewhere our guests would have visited before. We had heard about Wharfedale Grange being built to be ready for spring 2018, so it seemed perfect. We were the first couple to enquire and Claire the owner, set up a meeting with us where we viewed the paper plans for the building. It sounded wonderful, a romantic yet glamorous large barn! So, we took the risk on the build and didn’t even look elsewhere. It was booked.
Theme-wise, I wanted something romantic and glamourous to match the reception venue. I would say our main theme was ‘personalisation’! I wanted each and every guest to feel welcome and special at our wedding, I was adamant it wouldn’t be generic and would completely reflect me and Ian.
June 4th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
We’re back from our hiatus ready and raring for more real wedding pretty than ever before. On the back of our bi-annual rest, recharge and reassess, there’s a proper update coming soon on some verrrrry exciting plans for this little corner of the internets, but for now, let’s just give the people what they came for, eh? Straight into the #wedspo it is then…
After a year-long engagement, today’s couple Emily and Fraser tied the knot at the chapel in Leeds General Infirmary. Not your conventional choice although one that held lots of sentimental value for the pair, as it’s not only where they both work but it’s also where they originally met.
For their celebrations afterwards, New Craven Hall – an industrial events space in the heart of Leeds – provided the beautiful backdrop and all the versatility the bride and groom could need to craft their special day. And when we say craft we mean quite literally – as they either made their decorations from scratch or borrowed from family or friends – everything from hula-hoops with flowers and fairy lights to glass baubles with candles and bunting.
Adding a playful element to their day – Emily and Fraser plumped for a board games theme. Think a Battleships table plan and place name cards featuring Scrabble pieces and you’ll get the idea! This is just one of the many highlights though, so we think we’ll pass the blog over to Emily now to tell us all the details!
With images by Stevie Jay Photography.
emily says: We got engaged on 24th February 2017. We had gone away for the weekend and just about made it to Pitlochry in Scotland, driving through some really bad snow from Leeds. On our first day, we got up, had breakfast in the hotel and planned a walk through the countryside. The walk took us past a waterfall called Black Spout. As I turned around from looking at the waterfall, Fraser was down on one knee and asked me to marry him! After lots of tears of happiness and saying ‘yes’ we then continued the walk and stopped off at a local microbrewery for a drink.
We tied the knot on 24th March 2018. We wanted to get married within about 12 months of our engagement, so this was just over! We got married at St Luke’s Chapel at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) Hospital. We both work as radiographers and met at the LGI, and felt it was a special place to both of us. We had to apply to the Archbishop of Westminster to get a Special Licence. The old hospital entrance and the chapel are 250 years old and have lots of beautiful characteristics.
Our reception was held at New Craven Hall. We chose this venue because we wanted somewhere we could have freedom to do what we wanted. We wanted to make our own decorations and centrepieces as my mum and me are both very crafty. Inside, it’s an industrial style venue with fairy lights, beams and copper features, with lots of decorating to do. We wanted a good choice of food and beer too, and the venue allowed us to have our favourite cans of craft beer for our welcome drinks. We had access to the venue to set everything up ourselves, but the New Craven Hall team were on hand if we ever needed anything.
We love playing board games together, so our theme for the day centred on board games. For example, we had Articulate save the date cards and Monopoly invites, as well as a Battleships table plan where the guests had a coordinate and had to find what battleship (table) they were on; Jenga coasters; place name cards featuring Scrabble pieces; and a Guess Who game with the guests as the faces. Our guestbook was made from jigsaw pieces too and we also had a dart board.
Our colour scheme was pale teal and light duck egg blue. We weren’t adamant on any particular colour scheme prior to organising our wedding. I found some bridesmaid dresses of this colour which we liked, and we just went from there. We used this colour for the ties of the male wedding party, as well as the bunting and ribbon on the order of service.
I wanted a simple, fitted dress with a slight fishtail, nothing too big or sparkly. When trying on dresses, I soon realised I liked shoestring straps and loved dresses with no back or a very detailed lace/sequinned back. I purchased my dress from Ava Rose Hamilton near my hometown in Colne and it was designed by Willowby. I just loved the lace back and the simple look at the front. I wanted some sparkle so added a belt. I loved the long cathedral veil, which I got for a bargain from Preloved and it was held in with my bridesmaid’s hair clip from her wedding day – my something borrowed.
Fraser bought his suit from Slaters as did the best man, groomsman and our dads. They were all in navy, standard fitted suits. Fraser’s suit had a slight textured look to it compared to the others. He wore a tie that complemented the bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen’s ties, and also bought his shoes and socks from Jeffery West, as his wedding treat.
February 19th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
When choosing a venue for the big day there is much more to think about than the room where your ceremony will take place; what about standout areas for your wedding photography, first-class catering and exclusivity to ensure you have the whole place to yourselves during your celebrations? Today’s featured wedding took place at a stunning venue that offers all that (and more!) – The Mansion, in Leeds.
We’re giving you the fabulous opportunity to view this spectacular venue for yourselves when we host our Luxury Wedding Fair at The Mansion on Sunday 25th February, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY. You can find out more and pre-register for the event here.
As so many couples do, today’s brides and groom, Charlotte and Amarvir, fell in love with The Mansion’s idyllic position, nestled within the beautiful Roundhay Park – and its faultless service and elegant style ticked all other boxes!
Picking a theme that would complement both the setting and season, Charlotte chose a pretty pink and cream colour scheme with opulent pops of gold.
We adore her diamanté-embellishment Maggie Sottero gown, which twinkled perfectly on the dancefloor as she and Amarvir enjoyed their first dance, which they had specially choreographed and took professional lessons for, no less!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Bethany Clarke Photography.
charlotte says: We got engaged on holiday in Mauritius in August 2016. Amarvir’s proposal was very romantic. He had planned a special dinner at a beautiful restaurant – champagne, rose petals on the table, etc. After our romantic dinner, we went for a walk along the beach and sat on a jetty, dipping our feet into the Indian Ocean under the moon and stars and that is when Amarvir asked me to marry him! It was the most perfect evening.
We got married on 19th August 2017, as we wanted a summer wedding on a Saturday. We chose The Mansion in Roundhay Park, Leeds, as our venue due to the beautiful park surroundings and because we would have exclusive use of the venue on our big day, which was important to us.
We chose a summer theme – lots of pink, gold, rose gold and cream to create a lovely summery floral atmosphere, which fitted the time of year and location of the venue in the park.
Amarvir hired his morning suit from Moss Bros. He wore a black tail coat with grey striped suit trousers, a light pink cravat and a dove grey double-breasted waistcoat and held a grey top hat for our photos. For the evening reception, Amarvir changed into a white tux jacket, black tux trousers, black bow tie and his black and white dancing shoes!
My bridesmaids wore a full-length, light pink dress with lace detail on the top half, which I bought online from Stacees and which complemented my wedding dress and the overall theme.
The groomsmen wore morning suits like Amarvir, also hired from Moss Bros, and they had gold cravats.
December 29th, 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 8th January 2018 (we’re hoping we’ll be over the hangover by then, right?) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from last 6 months.
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.
If your morning caffeine hit hasn’t managed to fully wake you up, we’re pretty sure this stunning real wedding will open your eyes – and possibly cause them to pop out of your head – as this is an outdoor celebration with a difference! We’re talking chandeliers, sofas, mirrors and all kinds of opulent details that you wouldn’t expect in this woodland setting.
Opting for Applewood and Blossom Barn Weddings on the outskirts of Leeds, this backdrop was everything they could wish for, giving them free rein over the décor, entertainment and catering for their special day. The transparent marquee offering stunning views of the tree canopies above sounds positively dreamy, and as for the cocktail shack – this is the kind of bar we’d just love to stumble upon in the forest!
Here, Rosie tells us more about how they brought their original and boldly imaginative theme – The Ritz in the Woodland – to life…
With images by A Little Picture.
rosie says: We got engaged on 10th of December 2015, in Lake Bled, Slovenia. Every year we go away for a short break during the festive period and we had decided on Lake Bled for its fairytale, picturesque landscape. On our first day, whilst we were walking round the lake, I stopped to take a photo to send to friends, when I turned around Ben was on one knee! We continued the walk together knowing it was only the two of us who knew, and stopped for lunch and champagne to celebrate!
We got married on 19th August 2017. We didn’t choose the date for any particular reason. We knew we didn’t want a traditional reception venue, such as a manor house, and I came across Applewood and Blossom Barn Weddings. They had only done one wedding before and we knew we could make it our own. They had two dates left for 2017 – so the 19th August it was!
We held our service at St Mary’s Church, Mirfield, which is our local church and happens to be stunning, and then the reception at Applewood and Blossom Barn Weddings on the outskirts of Leeds. We knew we wanted a traditional church service and a different reception venue. We have been to a lot of weddings and though each was beautiful, we wanted something different. At Applewood you can do whatever you want (within reason), so we could pick the decoration, food, music, drinks, entertainment, cake – everything!
The theme for our wedding was ‘The Ritz in the Woodland’. We wanted to create a complete juxtaposition between what people would traditionally expect of a woodland wedding (bunting, wellies, burlap, hay bales) and instead create drama with chandeliers in the trees, plush sofas, mirrors, texture, all white flowers and minimal greenery.
We had a three-course meal, including steak and wine on white table linen with champagne velvet table runners. We had a transparent marquee so people could sit in luxury and see the trees, and walk through the woodland and see elegance and opulence every step of the way.
Our colour scheme was simply ink blue and white. We wanted to keep it classy and elegant.
White flowers with a focus on peonies, roses and hydrangea stood out from the dramatic woodland background – the concept was to use flowers that you wouldn’t find in a woodland setting. We had white table linen and white flowers on mirrored centrepieces.
September 25th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
While the warmer months of the year remain the most popular time to marry, winter weddings are certainly on the rise with some couples preferring to embrace the cooler temperatures rather than rely upon the unpredictable British weather to come good.
Today’s couple tied the knot during the first week of January, giving them and their guests a fabulous celebration to look forward to beyond Christmas and New Year.
Rebecca and Alex’s big day is the epitome of elegance with a stately home setting, chic colour palette, classic blooms and gorgeous attire. We particularly love Rebecca’s Augusta Jones dress, complete with a dreamy ballgown skirt – just perfect for twirling around the dancefloor!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Mark Newton Photography.
rebecca says: We got engaged at home in April 2015, and set the date for Saturday 7th January, 2017. As Alex works abroad and has limited time at home we were forced to have a winter wedding, but we embraced this.
We had both the ceremony and reception at The Mansion in Roundhay Park, Leeds, which is owned and operated by Dine. We needed somewhere which had enough indoor space to easily accommodate all of guests for the whole day, as we knew with a January wedding time spent outside would be limited.
The general feel of The Mansion is luxurious, grand and special. This is carried over into the food and drinks that they serve, which also played a big part in our venue choice. The team’s attention to detail is exceptional.
We chose dusky lilac, silvers and navy blue as our colour scheme. We wanted the wedding to be traditional in style, and quite wintery.
I chose a gown by Augusta Jones, which I found at The Swanky Bride, Kirkburton, Huddersfield. I tried on approximately 20 dresses, but was struggling to find anything that I thought suited me without looking overly fussy, as I am quite petite, so decided to try a simpler style. My chosen dress was a plain satin strapless ballgown with a sweetheart neckline. It had a sheer overlay skirt which added a bit of interest without being fussy. I added the lace top later as I wanted to be slightly more covered up for the ceremony.
Catherine Elizabeth of York, did mine and my bridesmaids’ hair and makeup. Her team made the morning of the wedding so relaxing and the makeup looked natural. We were ready on time with no stress or worries.
March 8th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
We’re fortunate to host our Luxury Wedding Shows at some of the north’s finest wedding venues, including The Mansion in Leeds – a truly gorgeous stately home set within Roundhay Park.
Not only is this venue beautiful on both the inside and out, but it also boasts first class catering and wedding planning services provided by hospitality and event experts Dine.
Ahead of our spring wedding fair at The Mansion this Sunday (which we are SUPER excited about!), the Dine team invited us to experience the incredible food and service that they deliver to wedding couples at the venue during a Dine Ambassadors’ Dinner.
With images by 123 Photography.
Joined by fellow wedding professionals, we were told to expect an evening of “food & flowers” – two of our very favourite things – and so we were highly intrigued as to what lay in store.
Much to our delight, the event began with a floral crown making workshop, hosted by wedding floristry specialist Twisted Willow. Owner director (and all-round flower wizard) Joanna Cairns demonstrated creative uses for the armfuls of flowers, berries and foliage that span across the tables in The Mansion’s Garden Room Café, before we were let loose on the roaming piles of roses, ranunculus and hydrangeas.
Each of the ladies present, including ourselves, fully embraced the challenge by carefully wiring the stunning blooms to create some really bold and beautiful designs. To brides-to-be out there toying with the option of a flower crown for their big day, we simply say, do it! Nothing feels quite as pretty (or strangely, as empowering) as a beautiful ring of florals to top off your attire!
After a sea of selfies to show off our horticultural creations, it was onto the ‘food’ element of the evening, and boy we’re we in for a treat! Bucking the new year trend of abstinence, the canapes and three-course meal followed a theme of indulgence with chocolate cleverly incorporated into every course.
A treat for all the senses, each stage of the meal was beautifully presented and the aromas were nothing short of divine, not to mention the taste!
After canapes of venison tartare on chocolate spätzle discs; ham hock and smoked Wensleydale croquette with apple gel, and Caprini goats cheese cones with tomato and dill concase and fig and balsamic caviar, we took our seats at beautifully dressed tables in The Mansion’s Colonnades Room for the main event.
Each course was served with paired wines, supplied by Hoults wine merchants, to educate and excite our taste buds further. To start, we served crab and saffron risotto, pan fried scallops and tempura soft shell crab, followed by a main course of fallow deer with spiced Umbrain lentils, choucroute, smoked kale and chocolate jus. And as if we weren’t already in food heaven, the best was yet to come – dessert! As part of an ‘indulgence’ menu we were particularly looking forward to the sweet course, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Dark chocolate and rosemary tart with fennel ice-cream, orange sherbet and baked white chocolate – pure pudding perfection!
The whole evening was a true treat that showcased The Mansion’s stunning rooms, whilst inviting us to learn a new skill and sample the incredible cuisine created by Dine’s awarding-winning chefs. Foodies and fans of fine interiors alike will fall head over heels for this wonderful venue as we do time and time again!
So, if all that’s left you with an appetite to find out more about The Mansion, be sure to join us this Sunday, 11am to 3pm, when we will be filling the rooms of this stunning boutique-style venue with handpicked wedding suppliers to help you build your dream big day. The event is FREE ENTRY and we have 150 free Bride To Be VIP media packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North, to give away to those that register for the event first. Just click here to do so.
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