October 30th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
For some couples a wedding is about getting away from day to day life and escaping to a far-off venue for vows and celebrations. Other couples, however, like to make their big day all about their local surroundings, sharing the place they call home with their family and friends. The latter is certainly true of today’s featured couple, who chose to tie the knot in their home city of Manchester.
By combining personal touches and pretty décor, Sarah and Ben’s wedding is as cool as it is classy – and we flippin’ love it!
There’s pretty pink flowers, glittering sequins and twinkling fairylights but also an urban backdrop, smoke bombs and tattoos.
What this couple easily deliver is a lesson in how to truly make your wedding your own…
With images by Katie Dervin.
sarah says: We got engaged at my parents’ house in Cheshire, on Christmas Day 2014. It had started as an unfortunate day as Ben was currently living in London and all I wanted was to see him and spend some quality time together but I woke up to an awful 24-hour bug and was bed ridden for most of the day. So, after a quick change of plan he said he was going to come to mine and spend the day with me being ill and not very in the mood for Christmas. My parents had gone around to my brother’s so there was just the two of us in the flat. He went downstairs to make me a tea and next thing he shouted up to me to come downstairs to open my presents, which I wasn’t happy about at all as I could barely stand up. As I got to the top of the stairs I heard playing faintly our song, which is How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding and I immediately burst into tears. I walked down the stairs to see him in my living room standing in the middle of a rose petal heart and candles everywhere. He then went down on one knee and asked me. I was hysterical. I wasn’t expecting it at all as we had only been together for 13 months. It was perfect. No big show, no embarrassing displays of public affection. Just me and him.
Our wedding date was Saturday 8th July 2017.
We got married at the Renaissance Manchester hotel on Blackfriars Street in the city centre. We have lived in Manchester for nearly two years now and having looked at numerous venues in Cheshire, where we are both originally from, we realised that they weren’t for us and we are now officially city people and wanted our friends and family to see where our lives are now. The venue wasn’t actually our first choice. Our original venue cancelled on us six months before the wedding due to renovations and we then essentially had to start again. But Ben managed to find The Renaissance, who turned out to be our saviours and we had the amazing day we had always wanted.
We didn’t have a theme per say. We just wanted to have a great day that everyone would enjoy and remember for all the right reasons. It was once described to me as an ‘urban fairy-tale wedding’ with a little rock and roll. We are a non-traditional couple with traditional values so we tried to have the best of both worlds.
The colour scheme was pinks and gold. I didn’t just want to have a specific shade of pink, mainly because I couldn’t decide but also I felt it’s a colour which can have all different shades in one place and still look right.
My dress was from Wed2B in Bolton. It was the first thing we purchased after we had set the date. In my head, I had always wanted a typical princess fairy-tale style dress and I remember walking in and saying “take me to the tulle”. I tried on my first dress and hated it as this was all I had wanted and it looked awful. The lovely assistant persuaded me to try a different, more fitted style. I still wasn’t convinced until the straps fell down off my shoulders due to it being a little too big and I fell in love. I loved the style and fit and making the straps more of a Bardot on the shoulders gave it a more vintage style.
October 27th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
For the wannabe modern brides out there, we think you’ll be a little smitten with today’s fantastically stylish and contemporary wedding shoot, which takes place in a 1970s warehouse in the heart of Manchester.
Led by wedding and fashion photographer, Kellianne Newiss, the shoot is quite literally beaming with a beautiful crisp white palette, illuminated by pops of copper, striking neon lighting and tropical flowers.
As for the fashion – there’s a variation of minimal styles to pore over, with sheer fabrics, princess-perfect tulle and slinky thigh-high splits all on show. This is paired with an understated makeup look and chic, undone hairstyling.
Bringing together a team of talented suppliers, Kellianne was not only keen to show off this quirky venue’s key features – we’re talking skylights, concrete floors and glass brick walls – but also give the modern-day bride some fresh, original ideas on how to inject creativity into their special day. Our verdict? We think you’re going to be inspired as Kellianne explains all…
kellianne says: I have recently had two children (who are aged three and one) and have not really had too much time to be creative and get together with likeminded people, so when the opportunity came up to put this shoot together – I jumped at the chance.
I wanted the photos to reflect the modern bride. Someone who might want to get married in a quirky and different venue, so when I was approached by Five Four Studios, I thought it was the ideal location for the shoot.
Five Four Studios has just started holding wedding ceremonies so they were interested in having some wedding photos taken there. I love the clean, white, bright space and lines and couldn’t wait to get a team on-board to shoot there.
Beautiful loft rooms, white walls and reflective concrete floors were the setting for the shoot. We wanted to create a look for the modern bride, nothing too traditional, with beautiful flowers, stunning dresses and creative backdrops.
Ollie from The Word is Love brought some of his signature lighting pieces to go with the industrial feel of the space and the shoot. He had just made a copper frame, which we all loved, that he used with both neon lettering and festoon lighting.
We broke all the rules, with Sasha from Sass Flower using traditional blooms, tropical flowers, leaves and dried preserved grasses featuring anthuriums, quicksand roses, calla lilies, platinum sprayed palm leaves and black stepgrass in the form of a bouquet and floral backdrop decor for that perfect ceremony moment.
The calligraphy fabric and “and so the adventure begins” backdrop was created by The Soiree Stylists.
With the natural daylight spilling through glass brick walls and streaming through huge skylights, we wanted to keep styling to a minimum and let the gowns speak for themselves.
The gowns we used for this shoot – created by Jessica Bennett – were a perfect pairing with the modern, clean and minimal aesthetic of Five Four Studios. They also provided the ideal bridal look to offset against the dark and moody blooms by Sass Flower.
September 5th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
Don’t get us wrong – we love lace, blush and sherbet shades as much as the next wedding blog, but if you’re not a lover of pastel colours and vintage vibes? Well, apparently the online wedding world can be a bit of a lonely place, or so today’s real wedding bride Lorna tells us.
Thankfully, the Brides Up North team was there, donning our sequinned superhero capes and championing weddings of all sizes, budgets, trends and types to inspire Lorna-the-Pastel-Phobic-Bride. Fast forward to April 2017 and the perfectly modern emerald-themed wedding of Lorna and her beau Chris unfolded at Salford Quays in Manchester, and fast forward again to September 2017 and Mike Plunkett’s fabulous photography once again graces our pages to stimulate the imaginations of yet more brides. It’s like one of those diagrams of the water cycle you had to draw in Year 8 Geography, or the Circle of Life (the Ciiiiiircle of Liiiiiiife….) that Elton John told us about in The Lion King…
Ahem. Anyway. Back to the Brides Up North mission statement: to showcase statement northern wedding styling at its very best. Lorna and Chris’ big day does that and so much more, giving us a reception venue that looks like “a really glam Jurassic Park”, some split pants on the dancefloor and dessert before dinner – because if you can’t do it on your wedding day, when can you?
Put THAT in your pipe and smoke it, Tuesday.
With images by Mike Plunkett.
lorna says: Chris proposed to me on the morning of his 28th Birthday. We were in bed recovering from his party the night before when he said he had a present for me. He turned to his bedside table and when he turned back he was holding an emerald ring! He asked me to marry him…and I asked him if he was taking the…! When I realised he was serious, I accepted with lots of kisses and happy tears. It was perfect, just the two of us and our dog, Bear.
We were married on 29th April 2017. We wanted a spring wedding, but also needed time to save pennies to pay for it all! So our engagement lasted just over 2 years, marrying a month after Chris’ 30th birthday. We also loved that it was a bank holiday weekend, giving everyone an extra day to recover before heading back to work.
We had the ceremony and reception at the Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays. The ceremony was held in the Pier 8 room, which was a new park built in 2015/2016. We were originally going to use the Hexagon Room, but we fell in love with the Pier 8 room before the big day. It was simple and modern, with lots of light.
The reception was held in the Compass Room, which just blew us away; it was the main reason we chose the venue. It’s a large circular self-contained room, with almost 360 degree views of the Quays. It also has its own balcony, smokers’ area, bar and bathrooms.
As my dad has a ‘dodgy knee’ due to severe arthritis, he struggles to walk long distances and uses a mobility scooter to get around anywhere larger than a house. The Lowry set-up is perfect for people with disabilities as everything is so close together and they were so accommodating of my dad’s scooter – which got a few outings from tipsy friends and family later on once he was settled at a table!
We didn’t really have a theme as such, but we knew we wanted dark greens as our wedding colours. Green is my favourite colour, and my engagement ring was a pale emerald.
We also knew we wanted nods to our favourite things, so Lego for our cake topper and Disney music during the drinks reception – we’ve been to The Magic Kingdom twice in three years! We wanted film and TV themes from our favourites: I walked down the aisle to Kissing You from Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet, our recessional music was the Jurassic Park theme and we had a selection of John Williams’ work as we signed the register. Our guest book was the “Be Our Guest” book from Illustries. Our placecard holders were origami cranes, which I folded over the space of about a month (I didn’t start early enough!) to represent Chris’ love of animals.
As we’re fond of a drink, our tables were all named after our favourite tipples: Sailor Jerry Rum, Grey Goose Vodka and Aperol Liquor. The table plan was an (empty) bottle of each of the spirits with a label around the neck for the names, and our friend Mark illustrated the bottles for each table so people had to match the bottle on the table plan to the drawing on the table.
While planning the wedding, I found it hard to find inspiration for non-pastel/vintage themed weddings. Brides up North was an absolute godsend in that it showcased a wide range of weddings. The internet became my best friend!
September 3rd, 2017 | Julia Braime
We are looking forward to seeing you today at BIGCITYWEDFEST’17 our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Show at Victoria Warehouse, Sunday 3rd September 2017, 11am till 4pm!
Please note that there are some road closures in the area due to sporting events. These should not affect access to Victoria Warehouse. We have arranged designated FREE PARKING for our guests. Please follow the directions of our stewards on arrival.
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, popping prosecco 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 EPIC 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…
Visit our events page to REGISTER NOW.
EXHIBITOR ENQUIRIES for all events – please email email@example.com ASAP – availability 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
September 1st, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
Hold onto your hats, guys and get ready for a slice of complete and utter gorgeousness: Jenna and Ollie’s big day at the stunningly quirky Bellle Epoque in Knutsford has everything you need to get through to the weekend. There are flowers galore, a sublime earthy palette of woodland green and rich amethyst and the most beautiful lace dress courtesy of Louise Selbey – the sweetest combination of classic and edgy cool. All the superlatives and all the italics.
As if I couldn’t be more envious, Jenna and Ollie met in a LIBRARY (be still my beating heart) and love to travel, travel, travel, so there’s no surprise that books, maps and beautiful calligraphy feature heavily. If you’re a details gal, you’re in for a treat.
The couple say they fell in love with Knutsford’s charm and The Belle Epoque’s character as soon as they walked in, and sampling their sumptuous menu sealed the deal. We can totally see what they mean – these natural shots from Ginger and Lime Photography of the couple hiding in doorways, the bride posing in her sunnies and the party spilling out onto the street have got our hearts pumping, too.
With images by: Ginger and Lime Photography.
jenna says: Ollie and I got engaged on Boxing Day in December 2015 outside my Mum’s house in Selsey, West Sussex. He’d planned to pop the question down by the beach after a walk, but I’d insisted on going the shorter way back though the village. It was perfect anyway!
We got married on July 8th 2017. We knew we wanted a summer wedding as we really wanted some outside space and I’m much more of a fair weather person!
We had our ceremony and reception at The Belle Epoque. We fell in love with Knutsford, the building’s character and its outside terrace. Food was a big part of it, too: The Belle Epoque’s menu was right up our street, plus it offered the flexibility that we wanted.
In terms of a theme, books and travel featured heavily in our wedding. Books because Ollie and I met in the library, and travel because for three years we were back and forth most weekends between Chester and Surrey. We also have some amazing memories from our holidays and liked the idea of featuring those.
Our colours were green and purple because they complimented The Belle Epoque’s quirky interior and it allowed us to work with the foliage and flowers that we liked best.
My wedding dress was by Louise Selby based in Kew. One of my best friends from school, Sophie Heaven, is a talented embroiderer who made us a really special hand-embroidered ‘Cards’ sign for our card basket. She’d previously worked with Louise and told me about her sample sale. I was astonished that my Mum and I actually agreed on my choice! It was such a gorgeous mix of classic and modern, is made from the most beautiful lace and I just felt super comfortable in it.
The groomsmen wore matching blue trousers and blue waistcoats from Moss Bros. My bridesmaids wore amazing twist and wrap dresses from Isabella Bridal. We can’t recommend them enough: they’re so comfortable and flattering, great quality and they come in one size which was perfect as my bridesmaids were travelling from all over including, err, Indonesia!
August 16th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
As if we planned it *wink,wink*, we’re following up this morning’s post about our fabulous upcoming BIGCITYWEDFEST’17 event at Victoria Warehouse on Sunday 3rd September, with a wedding that took place at the venue so we can showcase why we think it’s such an amazing place to get hitched.
Instantly falling in love with its cool urban style, bride Alicia planned a pretty springtime wedding with yellow accents and rustic details to both complement and contrast with the industrial setting.
Alicia and beau Paul, then went all out on the lighting, to ensure a striking celebration that shone in more ways than one.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Rebecca Parsons Photography.
alicia says: The proposal was totally unromantic, but very ‘us’ – over tea on a Monday night! I thought it was a bit unusual that Paul 1) Had tea on the table ready for me getting home, and 2) Wasn’t eating very much of it. Half way through eating he said that he’d been to see my dad and I asked if it was to see about him helping to fix our bannister, to which he replied, “No. To ask if I can ask you to marry me – and he said yes, so…” He then got on one knee whilst I sat open-mouthed in shock for ten minutes before saying yes!
Our wedding date was 29th April. There wasn’t a specific reason per se, but we ideally wanted a Saturday wedding in spring, and I love the colour yellow so around Easter was perfect!
We had both ceremony and reception at Victoria Warehouse in Trafford Park, Manchester. Six days after getting engaged my best friend suggested we attended a wedding fair at Victoria Warehouse, I thought it was a bit early but figured I’d have to start getting ideas from somewhere so might as well! I fell in love with the venue straight away whilst looking around, so I asked if they do weddings there, when they said they did I pencilled our names in without Paul knowing! I later took Paul to see Victoria Warehouse and, luckily, he loved it as much as I did, and the rest is history!
We did have a look at a few other venues around Manchester as we thought it was too good to be true to fall in love with the first place, but nothing else came close for us.
Our theme was slightly vintage/rustic – mason jars, bunting, wooden centrepieces, vintage suitcases etc. because we wanted to keep the authentic feel of the warehouse.
As we are very proud Mancs, there was also an air of Manchester running through the day, including our table names and seating plan. The main colour scheme was ivory with accents of yellow as this is my favourite colour and fit well with the spring/Easter timing of the wedding.
I had a Lusan Mandongus lace, full-length dress, which I purchased from The White Closet in Didsbury. I tried several on but just knew when it was the one! It was originally sleeveless but I prefer a capped sleeve, so took the dress to Tusneem at Boutique Alterations, in Bramhall, who is amazing! She altered my dress to perfection (size and length) and then added capped sleeves for me too. I can’t thank her enough!
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