Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

we fit together. a classic wedding at priory barn & cottages – charlotte & graham

August 3rd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Pretty Wedding at Priory Barn and Cottages (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (56)

After a picture-perfect proposal on top of the Rockefeller Centre in New York, today’s couple tied the knot two years later at the bride’s local church before celebrating with family and friends at the serene Priory Barn & Cottages near Wetherby, West Yorkshire.

The marquee is perhaps one of the prettiest we have ever seen, with fairy lights and more than 70 paper lanterns, combined with a classy blush pink and navy colour scheme, giving us all those romantic feels. Look out for the fabulous confetti shot too – one image we think every newlywed couple would secretly like to capture on their big day!

We just love the favours handed out by the bride and groom – jigsaw pieces that created photos of the couple on each of their tables. And then there’s the giant balloons, hanging hearts, a flower arch and even more twinkly lights to add that something special to the gorgeous setting. We should probably stop swooning now and hand the blog over to Charlotte to tell us all about it – enjoy!

With images by Hayley Baxter Photography.

A Pretty Wedding at Priory Barn and Cottages (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (46)

charlotte says: We got engaged on top of the Rockefeller Centre in New York, on the 5th December 2016. For the final night of the trip, we had tickets booked to watch the sunset over the city from the Top of the Rock. After a nerve-wracking wait through security with metal detectors (which thankfully didn’t detect the ring!), we made it to the top just in time for the sunset. Graham then got down on one knee!

A Pretty Wedding at Priory Barn and Cottages (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (40)

We got married on 28th April 2018. We chose the date as we felt it gave us a perfect length of sunlight compared to other months with the added benefit of lots of spring blooms.

Our ceremony took place at St John the Baptist Church in Knaresborough. We chose this church as my mum and dad got married here over 30 years ago and I was also christened here. Plus, it’s a beautiful church in a perfect location in the centre of Knaresborough.

We hosted our reception afterwards at Priory Barn & Cottages. Even on a cold, dark January night we fell in love with the Priory on first sight. From the tree-lined driveway to the cottages framed with fairy lights to the beautiful marquee that we could completely style to our tastes – it was just perfect!

A Pretty Wedding at Priory Barn and Cottages (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (38)

We didn’t set out with a specific theme in mind, other than planning for a traditional wedding. We added a nod to our heritage by including English roses and Scottish thistles in our flowers. Our ‘jigsaw’ theme evolved from having jigsaws for favours (each table had one complete jigsaw which was a photo of us). We then had a table plan, table numbers and guest book also featuring the jigsaw theme. Little did we know our guests expanded the theme, thinking all the wood was dedicated to my maiden name!

We went for a blush pink and navy colour scheme. We liked the contrast and traditional feel of these colours and again, these were dedicated to our heritage.

A Pretty Wedding at Priory Barn and Cottages (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (48)

I wore a Maggie Sottero ball gown style dress from Hoops A Daisy in Wakefield. The dress originally had an illusion tulle high neck but was completely transformed to a beautifully delicate lace shoulder. These amazing alterations were undertaken by the fabulously talented Danielle McGilloway.

When purchasing the dress, I was 18 weeks pregnant and the dress was chosen to give me the best possible chance of fitting back in to my post-baby dress size.

Caroline Louise Professional Hairstylist did my hair and Jay Galton took care of my makeup.

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glamping with love. a diy wedding at woodthorpe hall – linsey & tom

July 4th, 2018 | Julia Braime

A DIY Wedding at Woodthorpe Hall (c) Alex Abbott (15)

Today’s DIY wedding on the edge of the stunning Peak District is a step-by-step lesson in how to plan and execute that sought-after tipi-style wedding with gusto.

With no overall theme or colour scheme in sight – the couple, Linsey and Tom, show us what it really means to personalise all those finer details. We’re talking flowers, decorations, tables runner, the wedding cake and even the confetti cones, with family and friends all contributing in their own special way. And we just adore the picture-perfect results (and think you will, too…).

Serving up pie and mash, pizzas, Aperol spritz and gins galore, with a Caribbean steel band, toasted marshmallows, sparklers and a silent disco to boot, this wedding was more akin to one big outdoors party. Surely, the best kind of wedding celebration there can be?

With images by Alex Abbott Photography.

A DIY Wedding at Woodthorpe Hall (c) Alex Abbott (16)

linsey says: Tom’s mum and step-dad have a place in Nice, so we tend to go out once a year to relax and get some sunshine! In 2015 we were there for a week, and a couple of days in we had planned to go to Monaco for the day. We ended up getting off the bus a couple of stops early and it turned out that Tom had hired a boat for the day as a surprise (he had secretly done a course to get a powerboat license earlier in the year). We went out on the boat and about 20 minutes later we stopped – we were way out in the bay in front of Nice and Tom was pointing out that we could see the place where we stay, and when I turned around he was on one knee!

A DIY Wedding at Woodthorpe Hall (c) Alex Abbott (38)

We chose the 9th September for our wedding. We wanted a couple of years between getting engaged and married so that we could enjoy being engaged and so that wedding preparations could be as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.

We got married at St Michael and All Angels’ Church in Hathersage. We love the Peak District – both of us grew up nearby so have spent a lot of time there. We knew from day one we wanted to get married there. Most of our friends and family are close by too which was definitely a big factor.

A DIY Wedding at Woodthorpe Hall (c) Alex Abbott (12)

We began the venue hunt for our reception by looking for barns in the Peak District and places where we could put some sort of marquee. In the meantime, my mum had come across a venue called Woodthorpe Hall – a private 17th century country house set in 2.5 acres of gardens on the edge of the Peak District. Mum had kindly booked us a viewing as she knew it was somewhere we might love. Within minutes of being there we knew it was where we wanted to hold our reception. They only do seven or eight weddings a year and we were the last wedding of 2017 for them!

The gardens at Woodthorpe provided the perfect location for us to put a marquee / tipi and would allow us to spend a lot of the day outdoors. I want to say it was also the perfect blank canvas for us to really make the day our own, but that plays down how stunning the gardens and setting of this venue are! One of the most appealing things for us (apart from the setting) was that we weren’t restricted and could put glamping tents and motorhomes in one of the fields next door, so our guests could stay over if they wanted to.

A DIY Wedding at Woodthorpe Hall (c) Alex Abbott (40)

We initially fancied a sperry tent but after visiting a tipi open day we fell in love with the idea of having a tipi wedding! The indoor fire pits, wooden tables, and general rustic feel really appealed to us – as did the fact that they could withstand whatever the British weather might throw our way!

We didn’t really have a theme, we wanted the day to be relaxed, enjoyable, not too formal, and to reflect our personalities. Our main aim from the beginning was for our family and friends to be able to let their hair down and have a really good time – we knew that if they were having fun, we would be able to properly relax and enjoy it with them!

We didn’t have a colour scheme, although I am superstitious and so didn’t want any red and white together (which Tom was more than happy to go with due to footballing reasons!).

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boho vibes. maggie sottero for an alternative wedding at dunedin country house – claire & ross

June 19th, 2018 | Julia Braime

A Boho Wedding at Dunedin Country House (c) Richard Perry Photography (17)

It took a capsized kayak in Mexico and a tequila shot before today’s groom, Ross, could put a ring on it and pop the question to his bride-to-be Claire! But thankfully, their wedding day here in the UK back in February was a smoother and much more relaxed affair.

Opting for a small, intimate wedding with 40 guests, Claire and Ross chose an exquisite Georgian venue in East Yorkshire for their special day – the stunning Dunedin Country House, which dates back to the 1840s. The beautiful grounds provided the enviable backdrop to their wedding photos and just wait until you see that dreamy sunset!

Their big day was peppered with so many lovely, personal touches too which we simply must draw to your attention to! There’s the toast from Ross’s adorable six-year-old daughter, pork scratchings as a little nod to the groom’s parents and a fabulous cheese and pork pie wedding cake!

So, cosy up and get ready to scroll through all the pretty highlights, as we hand the blog over to newlywed, Claire.

With images by Richard Perry Photography.

A Boho Wedding at Dunedin Country House (c) Richard Perry Photography (51)

claire says: We got engaged in Mexico on 10th November 2016. Ross had attempted to once before but failed! We went out on a kayak which capsized in the middle of the sea and we ended up being rescued by the lifeguards, with the whole beach witnessing this. He then left it a few days before taking me for a romantic meal, ending with a tequila shot and when I put the shot glass down he had the ring ready to pop the question!

A Boho Wedding at Dunedin Country House (c) Richard Perry Photography (19)

We tied the knot on 24th February 2018. It was classed as a ‘diamond date’ at the venue, Dunedin Country House, which meant we got all the same amenities at a much-discounted rate. Plus, I always wanted to get married in the winter months. The venue has beautiful grounds and we just instantly loved the relaxed feel of the house, plus we had been to a wedding reception there previously and loved it.

There was no set theme we just wanted to keep it simple and relaxed, with a hint of a boho style feel. We chose a dusky pink colour scheme. There was no reason behind this choice; once we found the bridesmaid dresses, we took it from there.

A Boho Wedding at Dunedin Country House (c) Richard Perry Photography (28)

I chose a fitted boho style, full-length Maggie Sottero gown named Bexley, from Deborah Moore Bridal in Hessle, Hull. I loved the dress as it was alternative, stylish and understated – and it made me feel like a bride. I also purchased a swan feather jacket from the same place, which was a good choice for the outdoor pictures.

Ross purchased his Broadstone Brothers suit from Slaters in Hull, as did the groomsmen. The bridesmaid dresses were purchased from ASOS and the young groomsman suit was from Roco Clothing.

A Boho Wedding at Dunedin Country House (c) Richard Perry Photography (11)

I stayed over the night before and
Ross was brought to the venue by my dad in his Jaguar. We didn’t want to spend money on transport as we felt this wasn’t an important part of our day and would rather prioritise other things instead.

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real wedding recap 2018: maggie sottero for a minimalist wedding in the north west – laura & alex

May 26th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Minimalist, Romantic Clitheroe Wedding (c) Alfred& Co (46)

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 June 2018 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.

Intimate and relaxed is how today’s bride Laura, describes her wedding with hubby Alex, and we couldn’t agree more. Taking place at the quaint Shireburn Arms Hotel, which dates back to the 17th century and offers enviable views over the Ribble Valley – it took just one visit by the couple, over Sunday lunch no less, to decide that this was their dream venue.

Keeping the decorations minimal and sophisticated, with pops of deep red and dusky pink – the perfect winter’s palette, we think – the couple exquisitely demonstrate how to achieve an understated yet beautiful wedding day look. Throw in some pretty fairy lights, a chalkboard and extra large balloons, and you have the most perfect of backdrops.

With white and pink heart-shaped jellybeans handed out as favours, advice cards from their guests and the prettiest of wedding cakes – we have plenty of ideas coming your way, so read on for all the wonderful details!

With images by Alfred and Co. Photography.

A Minimalist, Romantic Clitheroe Wedding (c) Alfred& Co (18)

laura says: We got engaged on Easter Bank Holiday. Alex had suggested we visit Lyme Regis where his parents spend some weekends. We had broken the journey up by staying at his brother’s (who lives half-way), but Alex had still made me get up at 5am on Good Friday (supposedly to beat the traffic…) to make sure we got down to the seafront early while it was still quiet. We had a walk down to the end of the Cobb and after looking slightly suspicious; I turned around to see him on one knee holding a beautiful sapphire ring, with the sea on all sides of us. We spent the rest of the weekend celebrating with the family who had sneakily also walked down to join us afterwards.

A Minimalist, Romantic Clitheroe Wedding (c) Alfred& Co (10)

We got married on Friday 24th November 2017. The date was partially an accident as we found a perfect venue with this date available. It was also close enough to Christmas without it being inconvenient for people, and I just love Christmas!

We tied the knot at The Shireburn Arms, near Clitheroe. Alex carried out the venue search and found the Shireburn. We decided to visit the very next day to have a look around and sample the Sunday lunch. It was a beautiful spring day and the views, atmosphere and food sold it to us straight away.

A Minimalist, Romantic Clitheroe Wedding (c) Alfred& Co (5)

We tried to keep the style of the wedding quite intimate and relaxed so we could get on with enjoying our day with family and friends, without having to worry about running a really big wedding. We also kept the venue dressing quite simple, as we didn’t want to detract from the spectacular views across the Ribble Valley from the ceremony and reception rooms.

The colour scheme came about from Alex’s love of red! There was no way I was getting him in a pink tie and the love of red is a family thing. So, we settled on dusky pink and deep red with some lovely wintery touches.

A Minimalist, Romantic Clitheroe Wedding (c) Alfred& Co (34)

My dress was from Bliss Bridal in Bolton. Like many brides, I had an idea in my head of exactly what I wanted and after a few of those looks only a mother would get away with during the trying on of dresses, I found the perfect one!

My dress was by Maggie Sottero, it held you in in all the right places and felt super comfortable. Plus, it was perfect for winter. I also added a shawl for when it got a bit chilly outside.

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christmas at the courthouse: maggie sottero for a festive wedding in the north west – rachel & charles

May 9th, 2018 | Julia Braime

A Christmas Wedding at The Courthouse (c) Kate McCarthy Photography (29)

Christmas is such a lovely time for a wedding – the world is wearing its finery, from the streets dripping with twinkly fairy lights to the gigantic smiles on the faces of people in the mood to celebrate. You’re onto a winner for a fun celebration before you even start!

Today’s real wedding couple Rachel and Charles wed among the mistletoe at the impressive Courthouse in Knutsford, Cheshire, with its dramatically high ceilings and fabulous character.

Rachel wore a stunning Maggie Sottero creation with a gold sequined top and frothy skirt – just perfect for a festive celebration and simply beautiful against a backdrop of giant, sparkling Christmas trees. We love the fact that Rachel and Charles’s one-year-old daughter wore a dress that echoed the style of her mother’s – adorable. With entertainment to suit all ages – including a mini Casino and a caricaturist – and little Christmas trees adorning every table, Rachel and Charles went all out to ensure their guests had a fun-filled, festive day.

With images by Kate McCarthy Photography.

A Christmas Wedding at The Courthouse (c) Kate McCarthy Photography (44)

rachel says: We got engaged on holiday in Dubai. I asked Charles to get our daughter ready for the pool while I got my sun cream on; when I got out of the bathroom, our baby daughter was in a vest and written on the vest was “Mummy, will you marry daddy?” It was perfect!

A Christmas Wedding at The Courthouse (c) Kate McCarthy Photography (35)

Our wedding date was Saturday 23rd December 2017. We really wanted it to be a Saturday as most people are free and with it being Christmas time we thought it would be perfect to get all our family and friends together for a festive celebration too! We created a Christmassy look for the reception with Christmas tree centrepieces and a few dancing Santa hats for the kids.

A Christmas Wedding at The Courthouse (c) Kate McCarthy Photography (57)

We got married at the fabulous Courthouse in Knutsford. It’s such a beautiful building with a lot of character. It’s a great size for a wedding and we had the reception and ceremony in the same place for convenience, so we didn’t have to travel to venues as some of our guests had already travelled far to get to us. We couldn’t have asked for a better venue. The team are fantastic and pulled out all the stops for us. The day ran like clockwork due to Kate the coordinator and the Ice Entertainment team. Thanks to them all, we made the most amazing memories.

A Christmas Wedding at The Courthouse (c) Kate McCarthy Photography (76)

I wore a dress by Maggie Sottero, which I bought from Bliss Bridal in Bolton. It was my friend who showed me a picture of the dress and I instantly fell in love with it. It was completely different to any dress I had seen before and the gold sequined top was perfect for a Christmas wedding! My bridesmaids wore custom-made dresses from the fabulous Rixo.

Charles and his groomsmen wore suits from Marks & Spencer. Charles had quite a few groomsmen who all live in different places, so Marks was easily accessible to them all to get the suit that fitted them well. They also came in slim fit, tailored and regular fit, so we knew they would look good on all of them.

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rhythm of love: maggie sottero for a wedding at the mansion, leeds – charlotte & amarvir

February 19th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Pretty Wedding at The Mansion (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (33)

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.

A Pretty Wedding at The Mansion (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (1)

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.

A Pretty Wedding at The Mansion (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (20)

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.

A Pretty Wedding at The Mansion (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (54)

For my wedding dress, I wore a full-length Maggie Sottero gown with diamanté-embellishment on the top half from Abigail’s Bridal Boutique in Leeds. I love sparkles, so it was the perfect gown for me.

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!

A Pretty Wedding at The Mansion (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (58)

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.

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