June 9th, 2016 | Julia Braime
The saying about quality and quantity could not be truer of the lovely real wedding that we are sharing with you on the blog today.
With a modest guest list of 38 day guests and 53 evening guests, Stephanie and Gary wanted their intimate wedding to be a reflection of them as a couple, whilst also being an enjoyable and memorable event for their guests.
Picking a unique venue and prioritising elements such as the photography, food and entertainment, whilst getting stuck into some DIY décor, meant that Stephanie and Gary could have the special day they had dreamt of, whilst remaining still within budget. Excellent work guys!
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stephanie says: We got engaged on the 28th May 2014. I had my suspicions that Gary was going to do it soon as he’d booked for us to go for afternoon tea at the Hilton in Manchester. We were in the process of buying our house and the Wednesday before when we were booked for afternoon tea, we’d had our final meeting with the bank to say the mortgage had been agreed. We went to the pub after to celebrate and then came home. I got my PJs on, put the bins out and put the washing on, just usual things to do on a Wednesday, and turned round to find Gary with two glasses of whiskey. He asked me to come with him into the front room and gave me a glass and then got down on one knee with a ring. It took me by surprise! I never wanted a huge spectacle of an engagement so what he did was perfect. He’d even been on his own to get the ring and got it spot on!
We were married on the 24th March 2016, the Thursday before the bank holiday weekend. We got together on the 27th March 2008 so knew we wanted a date around when we got together and we wanted a weekday wedding. The Thursday was a good choice because most people then had the bank holiday Friday off work to recover!
We got married at The Belle Epoque in Knutsford, Cheshire. It was the only venue that we went to look round and we knew straight away it was the one for us. We wanted somewhere that was unique, intimate and personal. From our first meeting there, all the staff were so incredibly helpful and we loved that it was a family business and not part of a large chain of hotels. We could pick and choose what we wanted for our day and we could stay there the night of the wedding and have breakfast with family the day after. The setup of the venue was ideal too; we loved that each part of the wedding was in a separate room and guests didn’t have to be shipped off somewhere whilst the room was re-organised and that people could sit away from the DJ during the evening do and chat. Generally, it’s an absolutely stunning venue!
Gary and I are self-confessed beer geeks, so beer had to feature heavily in our wedding. I also wanted to still keep it girly and vintage-y too so I guess the theme was ‘Beer and Birds’ Each table was named after one of our favourite breweries and we had a selection of their bottles as table decorations with fake roses in. The men’s buttonholes were made of beer bottle caps and I had beer bottle caps on my bouquet. All the stationery featured vintage birds and we had a birdcage table plan. I got the design from Dollface Design on Etsy. My mum was unsure when I told her my vision but everyone said how unique and ‘us’ is was.
I am quite girly so pink was the colour theme but very subtly! I didn’t make Gary wear anything pink. We just had pink roses in the table decorations and my bridesmaid wore pink. The buttonholes did have small pink rose buttons on, which my bridesmaid and I also had in our bouquets.
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June 3rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Where do we start with today’s real wedding? Bride and groom Rebecca and Jonathan worked together on all aspects of their big day to make it as personal and ‘local’ as possible; an aim that was most certainly achieved.
We love all the little details – from the sweet stationery, to the homemade favours and ice cream dessert, not to mention the wedding party’s sophisticated get-up. Looking good guys!
With images by Hayley Baxter Photography.
rebecca says: We got engaged in my mum’s kitchen on our four year anniversary. To put it into context, we were saving for our first house so we both moved back in with our parents to save money for a mortgage. As a result we thought we’d just have a meal in for our anniversary but it ended up being much more than just a meal.
Jon got the jewellery store, which was Geralds based in Knutsford, to wrap the ring up in a big box with a box of chocolates so that I wouldn’t suspect anything, which worked! I even shook the box trying to guess what it was. After washing up Jon said it was time for presents so I opened up the big box to find a box of chocolates and a small jewellery box, which I thought were earrings. I was so surprised that I couldn’t stop laughing, all whilst Jon was on one knee waiting for a response. I obviously said yes and we cracked open some champagne whilst I called all our friends and family to tell them the good news. It was the perfect proposal as it was a complete surprise, and just proved how well Jon knew me.
We set the date for 5th September 2015 because we bought our house in 2013 so we needed plenty of time to save for the wedding. I also love the number 5 and wanted it to be in September as the weather is usually good (which it was).
We got married at St Vincent de Paul Church in Altrincham, where I had my first holy communion and my confirmation so it is filled with lots of happy memories. As a couple we go there every year on Christmas Eve so it was great to get the opportunity to marry there. Our reception was held at Manchester Town Hall.
We didn’t really have a theme but we are both very Manchester proud and wanted our wedding to be really personal so we picked everything for the wedding together that we love. The two wedding buses chosen to take guests from the church to the reception, used to do routes in Kent and a route in Yorkshire where our parents are from. The cocktails on arrival were ‘his’ and ‘hers’ made from Bermudian rum that my dad and his wife brought over for us as I was born in Bermuda and my dad currently lives there. We also gave miniature versions of the rum as a keepsake to our guests. All of the food at the wedding was locally sourced including the dessert, which was provided by a local ice cream maker.
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June 1st, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Following on from our hugely successful WEDSTOCK’16 and WESTIVAL’16 events this season, we just love to see couples planning celebrations with relaxed yet enjoyable festival wedding vibes, incorporating bright colours, vibrant decor and cool live music.
Today’s wedding is therefore right up our street, as bride and groom Sally and Dan based their big day on their love of music festivals; picking a bold colour scheme (and a dash of Coronation Street fun!) to reflect their upbeat theme and the warm summer season.
Taking place at Manchester’s Great John Street hotel, this is the perfect example of how to make ‘festival’ stylish and chic…
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Zen Photographic.
sally says: Dan proposed to me at home after returning from a business trip to South Africa – it was a real shock. Even though we had been together for 12 years, getting married had never been top of our agenda. Dan knows I’m not one for lots of attention, so it was the perfect way to propose, just us two. After much deliberating Dan had decided to choose the engagement ring himself – it’s a beautiful classic Tiffany solitaire and fitted perfectly, much to his relief!
We set the date for 11th July 2015 in the hope that we may see some sun! As football fans, we also didn’t want a date that may clash with any important fixtures.
We decided on a church ceremony, followed by a reception at the Great John Street hotel in Manchester city centre. Prior to looking at wedding venues we hadn’t heard of the hotel but several people had mentioned it to us when looking, and what a hidden gem the hotel turned out to be! The hotel is an old Victorian school house which has been converted into a luxurious boutique hotel. The interior design of the hotel is stunning and boasts a south facing roof terrace, making it the perfect venue to host a party. We both love the city centre of Manchester and wanted this to be reflected in our day. This intimate venue enabled us to do this, with views looking out over the iconic Beetham Tower, and the old cobbles of the original Coronation Street set.
One of our shared passions is attending music festivals so we wanted this to be included in our day. We therefore incorporated a few things which resonated with this theme, such as the wedding stationery, flowers and camper vans.
Royal blue and yellow were the main colours for our colour scheme as we wanted vibrant summer colours which would go well with the festival style elements of the day that we had chosen.
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May 16th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
This afternoon’s real wedding is all about simplicity, elegance and class!
Taking place in Manchester, Caroline and Matthew chose the city’s stunning town hall for their ceremony followed by a reception at the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel.
Keen to stick to a simple and neutral palette, Caroline chose beautiful white and green flowers and mink bridesmaid dresses to complement her stunning ball-gown style dress, which made her look every inch a princess!
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caroline says: We got engaged while on holiday in Mexico. One evening, just before it went dark, we were walking along the beach to dinner, it was a beautiful evening and there was no one around. Matthew asked me to move a large palm tree branch out of the way to take a picture. I moved it to reveal the words ‘marry me?’ written in sand on top of a large leaf, I turned around to find Matthew on one knee with the ring in his hand. When we returned back to the hotel our room had been filled with rose petals, champagne and chocolates. It was perfect!
We got married on 8th August 2015 at Manchester Town Hall. The building is so beautiful we fell in love with it as soon as we went inside. We lived together for the first time in the city centre so it felt like a special place to get married. The wedding breakfast and reception were held at the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel just a stone’s throw away from the town hall. We loved the look and feel of the hotel and the history of all the musicians who had performed there when it was the Free Trade Hall.
We didn’t have a theme as such, we wanted to keep in style with the elegance of the Halle Suite at the Radisson so chose white flowers and lots of candles. Our colour scheme was a mink colour for the bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen’s cravats. We wanted everything to be neutral.
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March 3rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry
There’s something super elegant about a monochrome wedding palette, don’t you think? Especially for those choosing to tie the knot around Christmas and New Year.
Today’s wedding couple Laura and David, pulled the look off just perfectly for their big day in late December, which took place in Manchester’s city centre.
Small pops of colour and sparkle featured in seasonal blooms and décor, while all other elements, including attire, stationery and the cake, were simply black or white. The result is an incredibly chic wedding day, which we just adore!
With images by Ally M Photography.
laura says: We got engaged in 2003. We had talked about getting engaged and married for ages and then one day I walked into the bedroom and David had left a ring on my pillow
We set the date for 29th December 2015. I work at school so it always had to be in a school holiday. I liked the idea of a winter wedding, it seemed different, and also it meant that there was no weather expectation, as there would be in summer.
Our venue was in Manchester City Centre. The Radisson Blu Edwardian, we chose this venue because it is a beautiful hotel and the staff there were amazing. Also we love Manchester and have our own individual affinity with the city so it just seemed perfect to have our wedding there.
A city hotel also matched the theme I had in mind for the wedding. I wanted it to be quite modern, but still classic, and I think the use of candles, the flower choices and the venue helped to achieved this.
February 29th, 2016 | Julia Braime
It’s Monday morning and we’re ready and raring to bring you yet another week of fabulous inspiration here on the blog, kicking off with this gorgeous autumnal wedding at Salford Quays, in Manchester.
Having found their perfect venue in the form of On the 7th, an exclusive members club featuring modern décor and vintage touches, Leanne and Ashley decided to follow suit in their simple styling by mixing the old with the new.
They also decided to incorporate beautiful tones of rich purples and gorgeous berry hues as a nod to the season, which makes an elegant alternative to the traditional red and orange tones, usually picked for autumn weddings.
We just love the opulent blooms, Leanne’s sparkling princess gown and the men’s checked shirt and bow tie combos – looking good guys!
With images by Clara Cooper Photography and second shooter Paul Williams.
leanne says: We got engaged at Grill on the Alley, our favourite restaurant in Manchester on 14th July 2013. It was where we had our first date and as we celebrated three years since the day we got together Ash asked me to marry him.
We had agreed to exchange gifts so I’d got him the aftershave he’d ran out of but he said that the gift he had ordered me was late. It was a Sunday and he was sure it would arrive on the Monday. I thought nothing of it and we had a great day in the sunshine at Media City sitting on the deck chairs they have there in the sun. Later on we went for our meal and Ash had ordered champagne to the table for when we arrived and his explanation was that three years was a big deal.
After we ate our meal Ash decided to tell me that he had something to tell me….he’d been lying to me. I wasn’t sure what to expect but after what felt like a lifetime he explained he had my present with him and that he hadn’t ordered something. He asked me to close my eyes and when I opened them Ash was down on one knee presenting me with the ring. I asked him whether he was joking and then cried for what felt like a long time until Ash finally told me I hadn’t answered him.
Our wedding day was 19th September 2015. We got married at On the 7th, which is a member’s bar that’s part of the Eclectic Hotel Group. It’s on Media City in Salford. When I visited the venue it was perfect; modern in décor with some vintage touches. I loved the old style armchairs and the black and white tiled floor in the pantry. Ash and I love going out for food and drink in Manchester and On the 7th is exactly the type of place we would go to for a date night.
When it came to styling the wedding, we tried to mix the old – candelabra’s, book cases, hessian table runners and chair ties – with the new – modern furniture, minimal flowers, our outfits etc.
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