June 22nd, 2017 | Rachel Parry
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 3rd July 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from the first half of the year so far.
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.
Brides Up North reader Becky and her beau Paul were keen to find a venue with a difference and so booked the uber cool Victoria Warehouse in Manchester as the back drop for their big day. This also happens to be the venue at which we will be staging our BigCityWedFest’17 event at on Sunday 3rd September, featuring the area’s most fabulous suppliers for an epic wedding fair with an urban festival style vibe. Watch this space for more details soon!
The warehouse’s raw and industrial features both contrasted and complemented Becky and Paul’s elegant theme of rose gold, blush and marble – perhaps three of our very favourite things! We are also totally besotted with Becky’s stunning Jesus Piero gown and pink mules, not to mention her luscious locks (those bangs!!)
However, it’s not just the appearance of this wedding that had us hooked, it’s the sentiment behind it too. Watching the video we just adore the friendly banter, kind words and love – in a similar style to the cake, this one shot an arrow right through our hearts!!
With images and video by Jon Bird Weddings
becky says: Paul and I had been together more than five years when he proposed. Due to all the weddings of friends and family we have attended over the past three or four years, we had never actually had a full week’s holiday just the two of us. So, at the end of June 2016 we decided to treat ourselves to a week in Cape Verde. We arrived on the Sunday and got settled in to our gorgeous hotel and found what would be become ‘our spot’ on the beach for the week. After our first full day of relaxing on the beach on Monday, the sun was starting to fade a little so Paul suggested a walk along the beach before we went back to the room. I thought this was uncharacteristically romantic for him – especially when he offered to carry the bags. We walked along the beach and chatted, it crossed my mind that he was going to push me in the sea for a joke at one point, little did I know he was walking slightly behind so that he could put the ring he had been hiding in his wallet into a box and get down on one knee. I let out a bit a squeal and then thought he was joking – I’d been waiting for this moment and it was just perfect. White sand, blue sea and my best friend.
We got married on 21st January 2017. We decided that we wanted to marry as soon as we could but without having to compromise on the kind of wedding we wanted. Seven months seemed like enough time to plan and pay for the wedding and January is always a bit of a downer – having the wedding to look forward to was a real lift. Although three weeks after Christmas and New Year isn’t the best time for wedding diets!
We got married at Victoria Warehouse Hotel & Events, which is a converted warehouse in the Trafford Park area of Manchester. We knew we didn’t want a church wedding as neither of us regularly visit one, so we had a look at the lists of approved wedding ceremony venues in Manchester and surrounding areas. Paul is Stockport born and bred and having moved to Manchester for university, I have now lived ‘up north’ for 50% of my life so it is officially home.
We worked out that we had been to about 15 weddings in the past three years, and we’d loved them all, but we wanted ours to be something different and for it to reflect our tastes. We really love industrial architecture and old buildings so Victoria Warehouse just felt perfect. It is a totally unique venue and had so much flexibility for us to put our own stamp on the day.
I love looking at anything wedding related and still do even though ours is done. With a venue like Victoria Warehouse, which is quite dark and moody, I thought a really clean, simple and elegant theme would work well. My mum came to visit when we got back from Cape Verde, to congratulate us on our engagement, and brought a box of gifts with her. The box was marble and rose gold and I instantly loved it – the theme was born! Simple, clean and chic.
We added some blush to the marble and rise gold too. The shops seemed to be full of those colours, which was so useful when buying decorations and accessories. I made or bought almost everything for the wedding from value shops and online so we could spend money on the big things, so picking a scheme that was on trend in terms of interiors made that really easy – the wedding could have been sponsored by Primark, Home Bargains, ASOS and eBay (shhh don’t tell anyone)!
I’m not the most body confident of people – I’m pretty short and very ‘curvy’ so I assumed finding a dress wasn’t going to be easy. I tried a few different shops and had become a bit fed up with nothing fitting and too much bling and fuss. I had in my mind visions of me with tousled hair with a floral crown and a long sleeved, floaty boho dress. ‘My’ dress however, could not have been more different!
One of my bridesmaids, Victoria, made me an appointment at Lulu Browns in Whalley, Lancashire, after a couple of her work friends had got their dresses from there. To begin with I thought it was a bit of a trek from South Manchester, but it was definitely worth it. The minute we stepped through the door Jenna, Jennie and rest of the lovely ladies that work there made me feel like the most special bride. Nothing was too much trouble, they had a stunning range of dresses and they were so patient with me. I was still going for this boho dream and it just wasn’t working with my shape. I had seen my dress and loved it but it just wasn’t what I had in mind. After a bit of persuasion, I gave it a try, well that was it. It was the one. I actually really liked myself in it and it suited my figure so much. What was funny was that I had seen it in a store almost two years previously when looking with my mum for her wedding and lusted after it – I never thought it would be the dress I would end up wearing.
Designed by Jesus Peiro, the Luciana gown had a wide waist band to catch me at my narrowest part and then a full skirt to balance out my top half. Boho was out – timeless elegance was in! Plus I got it from a store with the same surname that I would be changing – it felt like fate. My shoes were from Office.
Paul got me a leather biker jacket as my wedding gift. I’ve wanted one for ages and every time I put it on I think of him – I’ve embroidered our initial and wedding date on the inside!
Paul wears a suit every day for work and wore tails when he was best man for his friend so he wanted something a little different for the wedding. He is tall and slim so looks great in most things but he does like a slimmer fitting suit. We did a lot of online research and looked in a few stores and found the best range of more fashion forward and affordable suits was on ASOS. Two suits ordered and tried on and the winner was selected – so easy! The tweed style fabric and double breasted waistcoat of Paul’s suit and bow tie added a bit of a twist to his usual workwear.
As my gift to Paul on the day I got him a special pocket watch to wear. I also adopted him an otter! Did you know otters hold hands when they sleep in the water so that they don’t lose each other? So cute. We love otters!
March 27th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
Clitheroe venue Eaves Hall was the perfect choice for today’s discerning couple, offering them exclusive use of its magnificent Georgian mansion and the stunning Ribble Valley as a backdrop to their big day.
Everything about this wedding speaks of elegance, from the all-cream blooms to the classy navy and gold colour palette. The bride wows in her backless lace Serenity dress and her vision of candelabras, greenery and lights is a lesson in chic venue-dressing.
However, there are also lots of light-hearted touches, from cake-pop penguins holding hockey sticks to pay homage to the groom’s hobby, to Little Mermaid shoe laces for Ariel fan Kerry.
With images by Gemma McAuley Photography
kerry says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2013 at home; it was just perfect. Christmas is such a special time of year for us both and it was our daughter’s first, which made it even more wonderful. Wesley said he wanted to give me an early Christmas present and I was adamant I wanted to keep them all a surprise. However, he pulled out a ring box and asked me to marry him with our little girl there. It simply couldn’t have been more perfect. We celebrated with the family that night and toasted the future together.
Our wedding date was Saturday 13th February 2016. We didn’t plan to get married on Valentine’s weekend. We saw the venue, loved it, visited again on a wedding open day and they had the date available so we booked it.
We were married at Eaves Hall in Clitheroe. Both the ceremony and the reception were held there. Wesley and I first saw it online and we both loved it immediately. I knew it was where I wanted but also knew it was booked up well in advance. We went to view it in May 2015 and the amazing wedding coordinators mentioned that they had a date free and so we secured it with a deposit there and then. We also hired the lodge the night before so all the bridal party could stay together and we celebrated together as we prepared for our big day.
Our wedding colour scheme was navy, cream and gold. We wanted a simple colour scheme as it was a winter wedding and we didn’t want anything too fussy.
I chose a Sincerity fitted, backless lace dress from Lulu Browns Bridal Boutique in Whalley. It was the first dress I saw online and, even though I’d visited a few bridal boutiques and tried on lots of different styles, I hadn’t found one that came close. When I visited Lulu Browns I saw it hanging up and I knew that it was the one. Then I tried it and it was perfect!
My wedding shoes were decorated by one of my friends. Anyone who knows me knows my favourite thing in the world is The Little Mermaid and my friend put crystals all over my wedding converse and added Little Mermaid laces. It was such a lovely surprise and I hope she knows how much I loved the gesture!
Wesley had also given my bridesmaids a present for me on the morning of the wedding. It was a Pandora charm locket that said ‘to my beautiful wife, forever and always’.
My wedding make up was just stunning and the make-up artists were from Mystique Nails and Beauty in Oswaldtwistle. I would recommend them to any bride planning a wedding as they were experienced, professional and did exactly what I wanted.
June 21st, 2016 | Julia Braime
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 4th July 2016 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year.
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.
Wow! is the word that we would use to sum up today’s real wedding on the blog!
We love everything about Natalie & Jamie’s big day, built around a secret-fair-garden-type theme.
Natalie’s stunning dress, bouquet and super cute daisy chain headband make her look wonderfully whimsical and elegant and we could spend an age just looking at her, though there are lots of other gorgeous elements to take note of, including the maids’ cute dresses and incredible centre pieces.
Prepare to swoon…
With images by Stella Photography.
natalie says: We got engaged on a beautiful beach in Portugal. Jamie’s plan was to propose on a jet ski, but as I don’t like the sea, I refused to get on! His backup plan was to propose in one of the caves in the sea…again, I was awkward and refused to take part! Eventually, he gave in and proposed on the beach.
Our wedding was on 23rd May 2015, at The Great Hall at Mains in Lancashire. We chose the venue as its very local to us (literally round the corner from our house). As we were only having a small wedding, it was important that all our guests would be able to make it!
We wanted to choose a theme that suited our style and that wasn’t too serious. We’re not massive fans of traditional weddings so we wanted something a little bit different. In the end we chose a whimsical theme – like a secret fairy garden.
The colour scheme was mainly pale pink and apple green. I didn’t have a scheme in mind until we went shopping for bridesmaids dresses – the dresses we found were perfect for the theme so they determined the colour scheme!
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December 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Alex & Nick’s glam & gorgeous country garden wedding has it all – beautiful blooms, a fab frock and plenty of fudge!
Groom Nick also knows what side his bread’s buttered on, sending his best man bearing a pair of Jimmy Choo skyscrapers to his bride to be on the morning of the wedding. Alex, you’ve trained him well.
With images by Niki Mills Photography.
Alex says:We got engaged at home on our five year anniversary and were married on 19th September 2014. We chose the date due to it being seven years to the day we met. Were not the romantic type so this made our day extra special.
We got married at St Peters Church in Darwen because it is where I was christened and due to it having links with St Pauls, where Nicks Grandparents, Aunty and Parents were married.
We chose The Inn at Whitewell as our reception venue as I remember going to a wedding when I was younger and thinking to myself ‘If I ever get married I want it to be here!’. Nick also loved the character of the place and we agreed it was ‘us’.
I picked a ‘Garden’ theme as my wedding dress had the most intricate floral lace and embellishment on it and I wanted everything to relate to the dress on the day. My husband calls me a magpie as I love anything sparkly so the day needed to be glam too.
The colour scheme chose me. I love the vintage feel with golds, blush, nudes, creams, greys and pinks and made sure they all had a part to play somewhere. I also added a little fresh green to break it up and give the theme a little dimension! Everything that featured in the day was there because I liked it not because it matched.
All wedding dresses are beautiful and its hard finding ‘the one’. After searching when we first got engaged I found a beautiful Blue by Enzoani dress in Lulu Browns (Whalley) that was fresh and young with one shoulder. It was so completely different to what I thought it would want but so beautiful too. We didn’t start planning properly until December 2013, and when I went to look for dresses again I walked in Bellisima (Holcombe Brook, Bury) and there it was there waiting for me.
Joanne Tudda MUA did my make up on the day, she is recently qualified and was valuable to the ladies of the wedding party on the morning of the wedding.
Nick very clothes conscious and wanted a mod suit and to arrive on a Vespa, but after a discussion on how our Dads would look in this type of suit and a successful fitting at Amelia’s Bridal (Clitheroe) he decided on light grey tails, skinny trousers, a floral tie and brown brogues – and looked ever so classic and handsome.
Bridesmaids dresses are lovely but I didn’t want them to look the same as everyone else, I chose metallic evening gowns from Phase Eight and had them custom fit for every girl.
The flower girl dresses were chosen by Nick by accident in Monsoon, the vintage frocks had the exact same colour sash as the bridesmaids and floral lace. They were perfect for my girls who were 8, 4 and 3.
I arrived in a classic black Mercedes, I love the vintage cars but as the venue is 40 minutes away we decided to spend the majority of the transport budget on a double decker bus for the night guests. Apparently it was quite a ride on the county roads home!
Our photographer was Niki Mills from Niki Mills Photography. After watching her DVD and crying at how beautifully she had captured other couples special days I booked her. From that moment on she went above and beyond, from a really fun engagement shoot (which really helped our confidence under the lense) to rounding everyone up on the day to ensure she got all the shots we wanted. When starting the wedding planning process my dad said to me ‘Make sure you spend good money on the photographer, you’ll never get that day back’. And he was right, Niki captured our day in a way that really tells our story, in exactly the relaxed fun style we wanted. I am so glad I didn’t have a videographer as Nikki achieved what they would have done with just her talent.
I remember seeing a Naked Cake for the first time and thinking ‘Wow, I wonder who can make me one of those?’. I enlisted the help of my godmothers daughter Victoria who does cake baking as a hobby but who is extremely good. She goes by the name of ‘Victoria Sponge’. She took the task on board and did not disappoint with the cake being a huge hit!
I envisioned the flowers to be as though they had been collected from a country garden with a vintage rose as the centrepiece. Sue’s Bluebells worked extremely hard at ensuring this vision was perfect over many cups of tea.
My bouquet was made by a good friend Danielle who made her own brooch bouquet a few years ago. I collected all the individual brooches and pieces of jewellery and she magically put it all together with added extras – such as my grandma & granddad being with me all day in a locket.
The decorations were all finds by my mum and me from Home Sense, The Range, charity shops, car boot sales, the wine loving next door neighbours and by painstakingly soaking jars in the washing up bowl to the annoyance of Nick. He would come home and say ‘Why are there so many watering cans in this house?!’ or ‘Surely you have enough jars now?!’.
Sue’s Bluebells put together all the centrepieces and Nicola at Bride’s Little Helper set up the marquee and created my unique crate and gold frame table plan.
I also envisioned a very romantic feel as it went dark in the marquee so with the help of Nicola put candles in everything. It really made a spectacle as the day room was so fresh and at night it changed into candlelight. I asked for the braziers to be lit outside and some guests sat outside with drinks round the fires.
Bride’s Little Helper is a wonderful little business, Nicola and Mark did so much for me in the run up to the wedding, from the beautiful stationary, the room, the transport and emotional support battling out ideas.
Nick and I are foodies and we love fudge. I ordered in a huge amount of the stuff from a gorgeous shop in the Peak District (where we go camping) and gave out Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate fudge to the delight of the guests. They were then given in little plant pots to go with the theme.
For the day guests we had a vintage ice cream trike, provided by Laura at Love My Trike which went down a treat with the guests, but for the evening entertainment we simply had a DJ. Nick has a brother and together they are all the entertainment any wedding needs. Nick being a huge lover of music (he went to Ibiza for his Stag weekend) talked me into the idea of an ‘Ibiza Hour’ which I ok’d as he hadn’t asked for much. It was all the entertainment we needed and had the guests up dancing all night long.
We added lots of special touches to the day, Nick and I no longer have any grandparents and we wanted them to be a part of our day, my dad and I spent an afternoon shabbing up an old pair of ladders and Nicola at brides little helper made the most gorgeous remembrance jars with their names in, which lit up at night.
We also love to go camping so every table was named under a place that we have visited in our tent, this went down a treat with our guests as many of them have been on these trips with us!
I really hate the pain of high heels so I painted an old magazine rack silver and made sure the girl guests had flip flops so there was no excuse not to dance!
I have many favourite moments, but sitting at the top table with my new husband surrounded by our closest friends and family who were there for us that day meant so much.
We honeymooned in Sri Lanka for a week and then onto the Maldives for ten nights. Nick is an action lover so in Sri Lanka we went white water rafting and on safari and snorkelled and scuba dived in the Maldives, together with a lot of sunbathing! A special surprise was the honeymoon being a gift to us from my mum and dad – we found out at the top table!
People say the best advice is to take a step back and take it all in. However, I would say to other Brides Up North– ground yourself in the morning, tell yourself that this is really happening and try to get into the moment. You spend months and months planning the most perfect day and on the day feel as though you are watching through a dream.
March 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime
We’re all smiles in the Brides Up North office this morning after a very, very lovely day at our Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition yesterday at Ramside Hall Hotel. I commented on Facebook last night that I’ve not seen so many excited brides and grooms in one place for a while, and it was great to see you all – another cracker of a day! Thank you to our fabulous exhibitors who packed the huge banqueting spaces with wedding pretty and each and every one of you who came along to support the Northern Revolution.
Snaps to you!
Right back to it this morning as we join Jennifer and Ryan for their twinkly vintage Real Wedding at Mitton Hall. With images by Project Valentine, this is one sparkling celebration. Take it easy this Monday morning, and feel the love…
Jennifer says: On my birthday (21st December 2012) there was an extra present under the tree which was a bunch of cupcakes made to look like roses with ‘Will You Marry Me?’ written on the centre one.
We were married on 23rd December 2013 at Mitton Hall, Mitton, Whalley. We chose the venue because it was a mixture of old and new. It is a 15th century building with old dark wood and balconies and has a new extension that is light and modern.
I chose a vintage theme for the wedding. I wanted to find a bridesmaid dress first that everyone would be happy with and decided that would be the colour scheme. These were ivory, pink and purple so we used this throughout the decorations.
I bought my dress from Lulu Browns in Whalley. It was a Justin Alexander dress, I fell in love with it when I saw it. It had the vintage lace feel but it was heavily embellished with sequins and beads.
Our photographers were called Project Valentine and they did a fabulous job. They focus more on natural shots and you hardly notice they are there which made the day very relaxed.
We found a lady called Chris who has a company called Beautifully Vintage. She did all the vintage table settings and decorations in the room and it looked stunning.
We bought a four tier lemon cake from Marks and Spencer and decorated it the day before with matching flowers.
I bought some artificial roses and made our bouquets myself. I used Christmas decorations and fancy beads to give them the vintage look.
Our favourite part of the day was when all the ceremony and speeches had been done we could finally relax and enjoy the party with our guests. We used SJ Enterprises and they provided a DJ, chocolate fountain and casino tables so there wasn’t a gap between the night and day.
For our honeymoon we are looking forward to going to Greece in the Summer.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to seek help where appropriate. I am quite creative and found it hard not to do everything by myself. I made all the stationery but it did stress me out slightly. The best thing I did was get suppliers to do the table dressing – it just made it so special. I even considered making the cake myself but I am glad we bought one in the end!
Congratulations Jennifer & Ryan!
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January 27th, 2011 | Julia Braime
The lovely Lydia, a new friend of mine, sent Brides Up North her gorgeous Real Wedding.
Take it away Lyd: Tom proposed whilst we were on holiday in Sorrento in August 2008. I’m pleased to say he surpassed himself on the romance front, asking me on bended knee at sunset with a view of Mount Vesuvius and the bay of Naples…he even had a glass of prosecco waiting to celebrate, what a smoothie! We booked the wedding for the following summer and so we had to quickly get organised with the planning…especially as our first daughter Emilia was due to be born in February 2009!
We were married at Wheatley Lane Methodist Church, Fence in Lancashire on 4 July 2009. The reception was held at my parents’ house nearby in Roughlee. We wanted the day to be really relaxed and have quite a village fete/festival feel about it and therefore as there is quite a bit of land around the house we decided to hire a giant tee pee tent to have the party in. The tee pee was supplied by Papa Kata, a great company based in York. We had 130 guests for the day, with another 100 joining us for the evening reception.
To continue the relaxed country theme we travelled by tractor and decorated trailer down to the church…I’m glad the windswept look was in that year! The service was really vibrant, filled with lots of singing and laughter. The tumbling cascades of white and cream flowers were prepared by my two Aunties and a friend who is an expert in arrangements.
Back at the reception, village fete games filled the time whilst photographs were taken by our excellent Preston based photographer Laimonas Stasiulis. On offer was welly wanging, a football shooting in competition and a North v South tug of war led by the Bride and Groom (needless to say the North won both the boys and girls contest!)
Both Tom and myself have 2 sisters each and therefore, the bridesmaid numbers did spiral slightly out of control with a total of 8. It was definitely a case of ‘the more the merrier’ though as the 6 older bridesmaids looked fantastic in matching dresses of all different colours, whilst the little ones were adorable in mini versions of my dress. Tom’s best man and 5 ushers looked very dashing, each accompanying the bridesmaid who’s dress matched their cravat.
I managed to buy my dress before I got too big from a gorgeous bridal boutique called Lulu Brown’s in Clitheroe, Lancashire, which is where I went to school. It was white with halter neck straps, a jewel encrusted bodice and really full tulle skirt – lots of fun to twirl around in!
The scrumptious meal was followed by a Ceilidh dance before our guest hit the dance floor to party the night away to an iPod playlist of classic anthems compiled by us.
All in all, the perfect day!
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