April 11th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh
Grown-up glamour was the dress code for Victoria and Paul’s Manchester city wedding, so expect to be wowed by the bride’s custom-made Suzanne Neville gown – not to mention the sterling black tie effort from their stylish guests.
Their glamorous details – the bottomless gin bar, the nine-piece swing band – are impressive enough on their own, but when you consider that this couple’s original venue cancelled their wedding a mere five months before the big day, you really start to appreciate the scale of this determined duo’s accomplishment. Married life should be a doddle in comparison!
Our favourite picks? The fact that they walked back up the aisle to I Predict a Riot and that infamous red sofa pic – the very same spot where our editor in chief Julia, has sat for a live national broadcast all things weddings – no biggie!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Slice of Pie Photography.
victoria says: The proposal happened in a local restaurant we’ve visited for the last few years. We decided to spend Christmas Day there in 2015, and Paul had told all the staff about his plans. He ordered champagne and got down on one knee before lunch – of course, I said yes!
However, before this starts to sound terribly romantic, full disclosure: Paul’s brother was annoyed because he was starving and had to wait for his lunch because we were busy ringing our family – and then our six-month-old daughter promptly threw up all over my dress! Gotta love kids for bringing you back down to earth with a bump!
Our wedding date was 4th August 2017 – we met in August and love that time of year so that’s why we chose it.
Our venue was a private members’ club in Media City called On The 7th. We’d booked another venue in Manchester city centre, but we had a phone call in March to say they were closing down and our wedding was cancelled – total nightmare! Within 24 hours, though, I’d found our new venue and rearranged all of our suppliers. I knew about On The 7th as I used to be a member there and it’s such a cool, versatile place.
Theme-wise, we just wanted glamour! We love dressing up and make any excuse to do so. Our guests did not disappoint! Our colour scheme was black and white with silver accents; we like simple, monochrome palettes.
I had a custom-made Suzanne Neville gown designed and fitted by Suzanne and paired it with crystal-encrusted, ostrich feather Kurt Geigers. Suzanne travelled up from London to her Wilmslow studio for my fittings. She’s a real idol of mine, so I was thrilled she agreed to do it!
Paul wore a black three-piece tuxedo with black velvet bowtie and the groomsmen wore black Swarovski crystal bow ties – they were from M&S!
We had nine flower girls all in black and two bridesmaids also in black floor-length gowns.
March 28th, 2018 | Julia Braime
If you dream of a wedding album filled with beautiful, natural shots, interspersed by some utterly gorgeous couple portrait images, then we know just the photographer for you – our wonderful Sponsor James Tracey Photography.
Based in the North West but covering big days all over the UK and overseas, James has shot more than 200 weddings over the past five years, developing a signature style for candid shots that are relaxed yet emotive. Blending into the background, James prides himself on his discreet and laidback approach that makes all those around him feel at ease.
Always keen to capture the magic between the newlyweds too, James will steal away the couple just for a short while to ensure he gets some stunning portrait shots that are easily worthy of wall-hanging-space.
Eager to hear more about his fabulous service, we’ve invited James to the blog today to share some of his favourite big day images while updating us on his wonderful wedding offering – which is soon to include videography – you heard it here first!
With images by James Tracey Photography.
When did you first start photographing weddings and what was it that attracted you to the industry?
james says: I’ve always loved photography and I’d been to loads of my friends’ weddings and I’d really enjoyed shooting the day as a guest. I guess as I enjoyed it and people seemed to like the images I’d taken, I started to think about photographing weddings more and more, until finally I took the plunge and started shooting in 2012. For me, working on one of the happiest days of a couple’s life, at nice venues, taking photos seemed pretty appealing to me, so a couple of months after my own wedding I shot my first professional wedding. My first wedding was one that was featured on Don’t Tell the Bride, so there was no gentle introduction to weddings, it was full on but I learnt a lot and haven’t looked back since – I’ve now shot more than 200 weddings!
How would you describe your style of photography and the approach you take to capturing a big day?
I’d describe my style as 90% natural, documentary photography with 10% of lightly directed couple photos. My aim is to blend in, let the couple and their guests enjoy the wedding day and make sure I capture what’s going on as it happens. Of course, I want to capture some beautiful couple photos, so I do spend 20 minutes making sure we capture the couple looking amazing, but the majority of the day my job is to capture the day as it happened. I hate the idea that I interfere and set up moments, I much prefer to let the day happen and find the best moments to shoot as they happen.
What is it that you love most about your job?
I love the creativity and flexibility of shooting weddings. I get to visit amazing venues, with happy people and spend the day photographing what goes on. In reality, it isn’t really a job, it’s far too nice to be a job! I’ve also been able to travel, shooting weddings all over Europe and even as far as New York. No one ever took me to New York for work in my old jobs!
In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which photographer to book for their wedding?
For me it is the style of photography they want. Couples need to think about what type of photos they want on their day. Do they want lots of set up posed shots or do they want natural moments? Are they after moody and atmospheric images or punchy, party shots. Are group shots important? Once they work out what matters to them, then search and get recommendations. Don’t just book a photographer because they’ve worked at a venue before or because they shot your friend’s wedding, look at their work, chat to them. Most photographers are more than happy to talk about their style and how they work. It’s great to get along with the photographer but ultimately you want to get the best photos of your day in the style you love. There are amazing photographers who all shoot in different styles, so do a bit of thinking about what you want then find someone who shoots in that way. Almost every couple I ever meet tells me that they just want natural photos and that they’re not into posed or group photos, so from the off I know they want what I offer. Don’t book a photographer then demand they shoot a different style, it’ll just result in disappointment.
What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?
That’s a tough question. I guess it’s my style of shooting, whilst not unique (as there are plenty of brilliant documentary style photographers out there) I guess what I shoot clicks with some couples and they love the natural moments and the story that the images tell. I’m always looking for that moment, something people will look at and remember happening and remember feeling at the time.
What is the feedback like from your couples?
I’m lucky to receive some fantastic feedback from my couples. I’m told I am friendly, easy to get along with and that on the wedding day I tend to blend in. I guess they like my laid-back approach and simple, natural style of wedding photography. I’ve entered the Wedding Industry Awards for the last five years and each year the feedback from the couples comes back to me and it always mentions how they didn’t know I was there for most of the day and that they love their photos. My couples seem pretty happy, and that works for me!
Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?
Other than snaffling the sweets from the sweetie table (I’d like to say I am joking but I have a shocking sweet tooth) I love shooting any emotional moment. If a groom cries, the father-of-the-bride seeing his daughter for the first time, or when grandparents hug the couple – I love all of those moments. These are the shots that people will look back on over the years that will take them back to that moment in time and remind them how they felt.
What area do you cover and is there somewhere in particular that you would love to shoot a wedding that you’ve not yet had the opportunity to do?
I work all over the north and have travelled to Wales, Scotland, the Midlands and I’ve even been brave enough to shoot a few weddings in London! I always enjoy shooting in Manchester and Liverpool city centre and around the many stunning venues in Cheshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire. I’d love to shoot a wedding in Italy on Lake Como, or in Positano on the Amalfi Coast (where I went on honeymoon) and as clichéd as it is, Iceland has always massively appealed to me (I’m a huge Sigur Ros fan so I like to think I was into Iceland long before it became fashionable to want to shoot there!)
March 14th, 2018 | Julia Braime
We are looking forward to seeing you THIS SUNDAY at BIGCITYWEDFEST’18, our Brides Up North Grand Wedding Show at Victoria Warehouse, Sunday 18th March 2018, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY!
Autumn’s debut event at this sensational venue was absolutely EPIC, and this season we are going bigger and better than ever! For the first stop on our spring #WEDFESTtour expect the amazing spaces at this unique wedding venue to be transformed into a twinkling wedding wonderland! There’ll be inspiration a go-go from our very favourite North West wedding suppliers, live music, sweet treats, beautiful bridal fashion, floral inspiration, super cool styling ideas, popping prosecco, pretty paper, sparkling diamonds and all the details for your dream wedding day, wrapped up as usual in one huge dose of Brides Up North style excitement and fun. If you plan on having an absolutely kick-ass cool wedding day, you need to be there!
Entry is completely FREE for you and your whole party, and you get to take home a VIP media pack too, sponsored by UNVEILED Magazine and filled with treats and glossy mags! There might even be a glass of bubbly with your name on it…
REGISTER NOW and you’ll take home our VIP media pack containing the BRAND NEW issue of UNVEILED Magazine and lots of other glossy mags and treats from Brides Up North, plus speedy entry! Only the bride or groom need register for larger groups.
Visit our events page to REGISTER NOW.
To make an exhibitor enquiry, please email email@example.com ASAP – availability is now VERY limited, we would love to hear from amazing suppliers who want to be a part of something special!
In the meantime, here to tell us more about this amazing space is Victoria Warehouse wedding team’s Freya Glenn. And we’ll see you soon, with fairy lights on!
Where is Victoria Warehouse located?
freya says: Victoria Warehouse, a completely unique, entirely innovative event space based in Manchester. The venue, located in Trafford is just a short journey from the city centre and very easily accessible via motorway, rail and tram links.
Tell Brides Up North about the venue, what is its history and how has it changed over the years?
Built in the early 1900’s as predominantly a cotton storage facility, our warehouse buildings have stood as a symbol of this city’s industrial strength and innovation for around 100 years and careful renovations have made it a venue to capture the imagination.
What facilities does it have?
A truly unique venue, with exposed walls, stone floors and a rustic feel, the simplicity of the space provides a blank canvas upon which you can design a spectacular setting for your day. The industrial pillars and original brickwork have been lovingly restored to reveal a striking backdrop across two rooms, that is ideal for both traditional and contemporary celebrations.
Is Victoria Warehouse licensed for civil ceremonies, and what rooms are available for the rest of the celebration?
We are licensed to hold civil ceremonies in The Bays and The Cotton Sheds.
The Bays is our versatile event space within the Victoria Warehouse Hotel. It provides a stunning backdrop for weddings, the raw industrial aesthetic is ideal for both contemporary and traditional ceremonies and due to the richly historic nature of our building. The Bays can hold ceremonies for up to 300 guests with dining for up to 250 guests. Evening receptions can increase to 300 guests across both Bay 1 and Bay 2
The Cotton Sheds combines a raw and urban backdrop (a setting inspired by the Industrial Revolution), with the glitz and glamour of your wedding. With exposed walls, stone floors and a rustic feel, the simplicity of the space provides a blank canvas upon which you can design a spectacular setting for your day. The Cotton Sheds can hold ceremonies for up to 1,500 guests with dining for up to 900 guests meaning its the perfect venue for large multi-cultural celebrations.
What makes Victoria Warehouse a special wedding venue and sets you apart from others?
At Victoria Warehouse, we are a wedding venue like no other. Our unique, entirely innovative and industrial event space gives our couples the chance to make their day a very memorable day to remember in years to come. Not only will they be able to produce and put together a wedding of a life time, but they will have a great team and all the right people who are able to help them and go above and beyond.
What sort of couple would love Victoria Warehouse?
Our brides and grooms at Victoria Warehouse are of course truly unique and so we encourage creativity as we help them along the way. Our couples are able to tune into the atmosphere and work with the different characteristics of the venue for every part of the celebration, we know that a Victoria Warehouse couple’s big day will be a day with a difference. Just like our slogan, ‘We are what you make us’ at Victoria Warehouse we are here to work with for our brides and grooms and offer an innovative setting for an incredible day.
How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?
The wedding team at Victoria Warehouse are always happy to discuss your specific needs and preferences. Right from the initial enquiry down to the big day itself, we understand the importance of the occasion so are therefore here to manage the whole process according to your beliefs and traditions. We have trusted suppliers to recommend who are all experienced in working with us offering services to enhance chosen elements of your wedding.
Can guests stay over at your venue?
We have our own hotel on site. From the outside, a solid Mancunian landmark, on the inside it’s an urban oasis of calm and comfort. Adorned with East Asian artisan trinkets and full of character, our unconventional hotel complements both the architecture and history of Victoria Warehouse and provides truly unique wedding photo opportunities for you and your guests. Our industrial chic style rooms celebrate the character and original features of the warehouse and are perfect for your wedding party to get ready on site or for your guests to stay overnight.
Tell us about your catering services?
We offer in house catering services through our trusted and award winning catering supplier; Grape and Grain Catering Co. Winners of ‘Best Outside Catering Company’ at The CHS Awards 2017, they provide us with outstanding service, creative imaginative menus and delivery of fabulous events of all types.Grape and Grain Catering Co. pride themselves on their products, passion and creativity, offering clients with different bespoke options from; simple and stylish catering solutions to extravagant dining experiences.
What is the feedback like from couples that have married at Victoria Warehouse?
We have received a great number of fantastic reviews, many giving compliments to the venue itself and testament to our staff who helped all the way from the very first enquiry. People love the mystery and historical base of the venue, and how much history has been preserved in modern, vintage and classy manner. Of course the nature of the building is quite different to the modern buildings, but that’s what gives us our edge and that pushes people to look beyond just the space given, because you really can and truly transform each room whichever way you want it.
‘Everyone at the Victoria Warehouse Hotel was absolutely perfect to a T. Everyone was so professional, accommodating, and kind. The guests were all saying how nice the staff were and I couldn’t have asked for a better team. If we were to do the wedding all over again we wouldn’t have changed a thing. Thank you Victoria Warehouse for making our wedding extra special. We are honoured and thrilled that we are the first wedding at the venue.’
‘We had so many comments on the venue, and especially the staff. Everyone fed back how amazing the staff were, how helpful and how they couldn’t do enough for the guests. I really appreciate how hard everyone worked and how lovely they all were. We also had loads of comments on the food – which was just brilliant!’
‘Thank you and your team for being so amazing. We cannot say enough good things. We received an overwhelming number of compliments about the venue and your staff’.
Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price or any special packages available?
We provide traditional package options, however if you call for something truly unique, our wedding coordinators can assist by offering you bespoke options specific to your requirements.
Where can we get more information or contact the venue?
To find out more, please contact our weddings and special events team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0161 974 1200
Alternatively, you can visit our website: www.victoriawarehouse.com
February 13th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh
Time for some feel-good spring wedding inspiration to inject some sunshine into this dreary grey February – are you ready? Because we definitely are!
The lovely Sarah and Phil were married last May at the Worsley Park Marriot Hotel, Manchester. After reading about Phil’s uber-romantic proposal speech we expected big things and, by golly, we got them – roses galore, a Rolls Royce fit for a princess and a ruched satin fishtail dress of dreaminess. Romance in spades, readers.
We love the personalised cocktail ideas (Blushing Bride, anyone?) and the personalised CD favours for their guests, plus those images of this gorgeous pair embracing feel like we’re sneaking a peek at a completely intimate moment – in a good way!
Diary Date: If Sarah and Phil’s choice of venue has captured your attention then be sure to join us for our ‘Love Parade’ Valentine’s Wedding Show at Worsley Park Marriott Hotel, this Sunday 18th February, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY. This fabulous event will give you the opportunity to view this splendid venue for yourselves while meeting a fine selection of the area’s top wedding suppliers. Pre-register here to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!
With images by Cathy Brown Photography
sarah says: We got engaged on Christmas Day morning in 2014. Phil and I were sitting in the front room in our PJs. We‘d opened all of our gifts – or so I thought. Phil asked me to close my eyes as he had another present for me which was a surprise. He went on to say that I’d changed his life and he couldn’t live without me, hence he’d got me another gift. He then told me to open my eyes and there he was with the ring box open! He asked me to marry him and I obviously said yes – and I couldn’t stop crying!
Our wedding was set for 26th May 2017. Phil had always wanted to get married in May; it’s his favourite month because he seems to think the weather is perfect! I could see benefits to getting married in all seasons so I was easily persuaded.
Our venue was Worsley Park Marriott for both the ceremony and the reception. We used Brides Up North to research venues initially and attended a few wedding fairs – when we came to Worsley we knew instantly that we would get married there. We even loved the experience of driving up to the entrance – it just felt right for us. Plus, we live locally, know the area well and felt it would also be great for guests travelling more of a distance.
Our theme for the wedding was music. Both Phil and I absolutely love music and our taste is so similar, yet very eclectic. We named each table after a meaningful song title and we also booked a band called Under the Covers, who were amazing and performed all of our favourite music.
Our colour scheme was coral; it’s my favourite colour because it’s so bright and cheerful and perfect for a spring/summer wedding.
I wore an ivory fishtail dress from Bliss Bridal in Bolton. I saw it in the window and knew straight away it was ‘the one’. I asked to try it on and cried before I’d even looked in the mirror! It was classic but not like any other dress I’d seen before.
February 7th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
The summer wedding of Patrick and Katrina has a sweet vintage, village hall vibe and took place in their local community so they’ll always be reminded of their special day setting.
They chose an afternoon tea menu for their reception, with delicate culinary treats served on charming old-fashioned crockery. Add to that the bunting and fairy lights strung from the rafters, a homemade cake table showcasing mouth-watering treats baked by talented family and friends – and even a cheese table in the evening – and you have a wonderful, personal day that reflects Katrina and Patrick’s wedding wishes perfectly.
And the dress is rather dreamy, too!
With images by Kate Gosney.
katrina says: We got engaged in December 2016. I cycled home from work on a dark, rainy, Friday night. As I pulled into our road, I noticed that my car had been moved from the road onto our drive, which was a bit unusual. As I pulled closer, I noticed there was a note tucked under the windscreen and my heart sank, thinking one of the neighbours must have been complaining about my car being in the way. I couldn’t bear to open it but Patrick was inside waiting for me and he urged me to read it. Inside it said, “Katrina, seeing as this all started three years ago with a note on your car, it seemed only right that this should also be a note. Will you marry me?”
We got married on 29th July 2017. Neither of us wanted a long engagement and Patrick is a teacher, so this coincided with the start of the school holidays.
Our ceremony was at Sale Town Hall, as we wanted it to be in our local community and somewhere we would pass regularly. Our reception took place at Mobberley Victory Hall. We wanted the reception venue to be beautiful, low key and to allow us to do our own thing with it.
The old-fashioned approach to a wedding appealed to us, so we went for a natural, handmade, rustic and vintage look with involvement from family and friends.
I wore a Brighton Belle dress. I wanted a knee-length dress, as I liked the idea of being able to move around freely and dance.
My bridesmaids wore pale grey lace dresses from John Lewis.
Patrick and his best man wore beautiful blue suits, which were also from John Lewis.
February 5th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
There’s something effortlessly cool about an informal wedding, and we just love the garden-party vibe of Nic and Kelly’s wedding celebration. They were even lucky enough to get good weather!
Though guests may have enjoyed a relaxed day, no detail was left to chance. Even the date was planned meticulously so Nic and Kelly’s engagement anniversary and wedding anniversary would be exactly half a year apart, meaning they have something to celebrate every six months. Now that’s forward thinking!
They also had some fabulous details and treats, including a very cute table plan sporting photographs of each guest, a delectable ice cream van, a table topped with a colourful selection of cakes and a civilised game of croquet on the lawn. Over to the groom, Nic, to tell us more…
With images by Shane Webber Photography.
nic says: We got engaged on 12th January 2015. Kelly always liked the idea of a London tourist hotspot trip, finishing up on Millennium Bridge with a love lock. When we got to the bridge, I pretended to have lost the padlock we had bought for the occasion. I pulled out a special heart-shaped lock that I had inscribed with the words “forever hold the key to my heart”. The engagement ring was attached, and Kelly had to unlock it with the key for the proposal to be complete. We then went to the Shard for drinks – another surprise bucket-list moment for Kelly, who had no idea what had been planned months before!
We got married on 12th July 2017. We chose that date as we always wanted something to celebrate every six months to the day. The 12th January is our getting together anniversary/getting engaged day and 12th July will be our wedding anniversary.
The ceremony took place at Didsbury House Hotel and the reception was at Eleven Didsbury Park. The venue was ideal for us as it was both ceremony and reception in one but, as the reception was down the road, there was a sense of ‘arriving’ for the evening do! The venue has beautiful grounds – it was the ideal size for our 50 planned guests and we wanted an informal setting that felt more like a garden party than a traditional wedding. We would definitely recommend the venue: the setting is ideal for an intimate wedding, the food was top and the whole team that worked on the wedding could not have been more helpful. It was like having the best house party you have ever been to.
In terms of a theme, we both love sunflowers and so they were everywhere. There was no real reason – we just think they’re pretty. Aside from that, the theme was relaxed to suit our non-traditional atmosphere. For our colour scheme, we chose off-whites with a pop of yellow to work with the sunflowers – nothing too formal.
For my suit, I decided this was my one life occasion where I could go all out! I wore a black wool Givenchy suit, a pair of patent leather Dsquared2 Oxford shoes, a Lanvin black bow tie and a Dolce & Gabbana gold label white dress shirt. I wanted this day to be my red carpet moment!
Kelly wore a blush champagne dress from Catherine Deane. Detailing was vintage lace and it had a small train. Kelly looked beautiful! The dress was effortlessly sophisticated and complemented her skin tone perfectly. Her shoes were from Jimmy Choo. We had always joked that Kelly would say ‘I do’ in Choo!
Two of Kelly’s sisters were bridesmaids and wore grey multiway maxi dresses from Coast. Again, there was no real theme for makeup, nails or shoes – it was important for our guests to all feel relaxed and great on our special day. My brother Toby wore a black suit from The Kooples, matched with a charcoal Dolce & Gabbana tie and shoes.
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