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Colour Pops! A David Fielden Gown For A Bright & Beautiful Real Wedding In East Yorkshire – Kate & Phil

January 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Tori Deslauriers Photography

Let’s brighten things up around this Tuesday with this colour popping celebration sent to me by real bride Kate and wedding photographer Tori Deslauriers.  Kate and Phil opted for a fresh look alongside traditional details, personal touches and lots of bright colour.  Today’s Real Wedding is all things bright and beautiful.  Enjoy.

Tori Deslauriers Photography

Kate says:  Phil asked me to marry him on 2nd August 2011.  We were in the planning process of building a new house, Phil told me we had an appointment to see the architect so I got the afternoon off work. When he picked me up, he told me we weren’t going to the architect we were going to choose an engagement ring. I was given a ring box with a washer in it!  I had always said I’d want to pick my own ring, just to make sure…

Tori Deslauriers Photography

We were married on Sat 7th September 2013 (ten and a half years after we got together)!  The ceremony was at St Peters Church in Humbleton, East Yorkshire and the reception was in a marquee at the Walled Gardens of Burton Constable Stately Home.

Tori Deslauriers Photography

The Church is our local parish church, which is a quaint country church and was only 5 minutes from home, so was an obvious choice.

We knew we both wanted a marquee reception – something we could make our own.  We had previously been to a wedding at Burton Constable and commented on how beautiful and private the gardens were, it was only 10 minutes from the church so it was perfect. We didn’t even look at any other venues.

Tori Deslauriers Photography

Tori Deslauriers Photography

We wanted the wedding day to be modern and stylish, so went for a black and white theme with a hint of colour.

Tori Deslauriers Photography

Tori Deslauriers Photography

Tori Deslauriers Photography

Tori Deslauriers Photography

Tori Deslauriers Photography

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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Summer Sequins. Jenny Packham For A Real Marquee Wedding In East Yorkshire – Jessica & Chris

December 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for what’s set to be the biggest and best year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty.

Usual service will recommence on 2nd January 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings in 2013.  Drop in every day for the very, very prettiest wedding inspiration and if you are a Brides Up North bride, to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks. 

Chris Milner Photography

What better way to kick off the week than with one super stylish and perfectly pretty Real Wedding recap, courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Chris Milner Photography and real bride Jessica.

Combining a few of my favourite things – wildflowers, sequins and summertime – this was always going to be a good one!

Enjoy…

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Jessica says:  We got engaged in the summer of 2011 whilst on holiday with friends in Cornwall. After a heavy night in Newquay we spent the next day lazing on the beautiful beach at Polzealth. Chris asked me if I’d like to take a walk up on the cliff tops, and because of the gorgeous sunshine and plentiful tanning opportunities I needed convincing to leave my comfy beach-towelled spot! But we headed up to a lovely grassy area overlooking the ocean and he got down on one knee to my squeals of surprise and delight!

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

We were married on Saturday 3rd August 2013.  The ceremony was at St. Peter’s Church in Anlaby, a stones-throw from my parents home and where I grew up. The reception took place at West Carlton Country Guest House in Aldborough.

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

I spied our one-of-a-kind venue after trawling the internet for wedding venues in the area. Tim and Caroline who own the house, were so welcoming and just our sort of people right from our first meeting with them at their wedding fair. The beauty of West Carlton is that each wedding is different. It meant we had the freedom to choose our own entertainment, caterers, marquee company, everything. And the rural location meant that no neighbours protested when the partying went on until well past 4am in the morning!

The next main thing was the marquee which proved to be one of the toughest decisions of the whole process! After numerous site visits and exchanges of emails and quotes, something just didn’t feel right about the arrangements until we found Black Cherry Events. Although not local to East Yorkshire, they were excited to provide our marquee and offered excellent service. The little extras they included, such as the lighting options (the twinkle light ceiling really made the marquee amazing as the sun went down!) the choice of flat drapes, and the chill-out furniture, was something that we’d just not been presented with by anyone else – I am thrilled that we found them.

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

We chose an English Country Garden theme. We wanted a relaxed, outdoorsy wedding that was fresh, informal and free from stuffy etiquette.

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

My dress was from The White Room in Sheffield. I had lusted after Jenny Packham’s bridal collection from the beginnings of my research. Joy was the last of five beautiful dresses I tried and I knew it was the one. I matched the dress with a Jenny Packham headpiece.

Chris Milner Photography

After visiting Harrogate Vintage Wedding Fair I met Julie from From This Day Forward in Bradford. She was showcasing her original dresses in a variety of styles and colours. I wanted a Cath Kidston-like cotton dress that would be girly and summery and fit my bridesmaids perfectly and that’s exactly what I got!

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Sarah at the Floral Lounge created an unstructured bouquet featuring mini yellow sunflowers craspedia, bluperum, purple Veronica, lilac, sweetpeas, stox in bright purple colours and September aster flower. The bouquet was bound by extra material from the alterations of my wedding dress, as were the flowers the bridesmaids carried.

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

For me my favourite part of the day was actually the part I was dreading beforehand! I imagined walking into the church for Chris and everyone to see me for the first time would be really nerve-wracking, but I loved seeing everybody’s smiling faces and enjoyed every moment of the service. A close second place goes to dancing the night away with the band and friends, amazing memories.

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

My dad has a 1968 MGB Roadster in primrose yellow that I always wanted to be my wedding car. For the short journey from my parents’ house to the church it was just me and him, with the top down (driving very slowly to save my hair!) and then for the thirty minute journey from the church to Aldborough Chris drove us both with our photographer in hot pursuit! This half an hour was one of my favourite parts of the day as it gave us the chance to catch up on the events of the morning (and the night before)!

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

We wanted a home-made, rustic feel to the marquee and decorations, but unfortunately neither me nor Chris are particularly crafty so it came to my mum to step up! She made ninety-two metres of bunting, raspberry jam favours for the girls and apple chutney favours for the boys! She even googled ‘How to make tissue paper-pom-poms’ and painstakingly folded and cut fifty pom-poms.

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We didn’t really have a colour scheme, other than fresh, summery, floral shades that would fit in well with the countryside setting. The bunting was a mixture of ditzy florals, polka dots and gingham, whereas the pom-poms were in bright fuchsia pinks, blues and creams.

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Not to be left out of the crafting, my dad, a sign-writer by trade, made signs for the campers and a banner for the car. My brother got in on the act too, and spent time researching vintage super-8 cameras to capture some images of the day. A videographer was one supplier too many and the budget just couldn’t stretch, so we began to think about ways of doing it ourselves. He bought me a 1976 Cannon 310 XL super-8 camera and two rolls of film. We had a play around with the camera and made sure it worked beforehand, and then on the day passed it around family and friends to capture moments from the day. Since the wedding we have had the films developed and digitised and I am really happy with the results. The nostalgic flickers of familiar, smiling faces help to remind us of what a perfect day we had.  You can see it here.

Chris Milner Photography

My mum and her friend went on a baking mission a week before the wedding! Our main cake (which didn’t get eaten…details to follow!) was a rich fruit cake iced with marzipan and royal icing topped with mini bunting. Surrounding that on the cake table we had a smorgasbord of loaf cakes, cupcakes and buns which included lemon drizzle muffins, fruit scones, coffee, blueberry, lemon and chocolate cupcakes and sticky orange marmalade cake. On the day itself, we actually forgot to cut the cake! Then, in the wee small hours when the hard-working bar staff had gone home, our illustrious best man proved that in the contest between wedding cake and forehead, the dense fruit cake was the victor!

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

We met The Ordinary Men covers band at a wedding fair and they promised us a night to remember and they did not disappoint! They did an acoustic set which included Oasis, Razorlight and Paolo Nuttini before cranking it up for the full set later on. Everybody commented on the band and how the live music made the night extra special

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

We didn’t book a honeymoon in advance and instead decided to wait to see how we felt after the day. Luckily, thanks to the amazing generosity of our friends and family we were able to book a last minute short stay in Rome. We flew out a few days after the wedding and spent time sightseeing and eating our way around the eternal city.

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be not to worry about anything and enjoy each part of the day in little sections, that way it doesn’t go too fast!

Chris Milner Photography

Congratulations Jessica & Chris!

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Garden Party. La Sposa For A Real Wedding At Hilltop Country House – Claire & Ben

November 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Lee Brown Photography

The people in the above photograph just happen to have been responsible for some of the worst hangovers in my whole life (the last on Friday morning, thanks to a flying visit and some Beaujolais Nouveau).  They are my great friends Claire and Ben and I’m thrilled to share their Real Wedding at the beautiful Hilltop Country House – one of our fabulous new wedding exhibition venues for 2014 – on the blog this morning and kick starting the week.

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Lee Brown Photography, Ben and Claire’s wedding – at which I was honoured to be a guest – was oh so pretty, personal and lots of fun (from what I can remember of it)!  I hope the sun shines on their marriage as it did on their wedding day, bright and beautiful.  I know it will. 

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Claire says:  Ben asked me to marry him in November 2011 at the Feversham Arms Spa Hotel in North Yorkshire and we were married on Saturday 8th June 2013 at the beautiful Pott Shrigley Church followed by our reception at Hilltop Country House, Prestbury.

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

We wanted a summer themed party and Hilltop had fantastic tiered gardens, a great marquee set-up and excellent hosts who we knew would do a really good job for us on the day.

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

We both (shamelessly) like our holidays and we wanted an almost Caribbean theme, so we organised mojitos and a steel band for the drinks reception. Luckily, the sun was shining all day too!  The colour palette was pastels and we had a pale mint green with lace details.

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

My dress was from La Sposa and Ben wore a morning suit from the vintage collection at Austin Reed.  The bridesmaids wore mint lace dresses from Marks and Spencer.  The groomsmen wore classic morning suits from Austin Reed vintage with mint ties and a grey waistcoats. 

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

All the flowers were from Zu Zu’s Petals and my bouquet was perfect for the colour theme.

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

We had two open top Victorian cars. Ben reminds me that I wouldn’t let him have the roof down though so it didn’t spoil my hair!

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

As well as the steel band during the drinks we had garden games such as croquet, boules and giant Jenga on the lawns.

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

We had some great quality food at the wedding breakfast and then cheese, crackers, chutney and port later in the evening.  Our wines and champagne were from Villa St Simon in Bordeaux. 

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Our cake was a tiered design from a shop called Choccywoccydodah. One tier was lemon, the next was chocolate, the top was coffee. The outside of the cake was covered in white chocolate icing with mint stripes to match our colour theme.

Lee Brown Photography

As a surprise to us, we had a TV screen on loop throughout the day in the marquee playing a montage of shots of both of us as babies and toddlers.

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

We loved every bit of it but, if we had to choose, my favourite part was the service and Ben’s was either arriving at the venue and seeing how great it looked, or, oddly for him (!) even the first dance.

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

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Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

We had a band called A Few Good Men after dinner and we finished with a DJ. The speeches were also good entertainment too!

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

For our honeymoon we went to the USA – New York, Las Vegas , San Francisco and then we drove down Route One to LA and San Diego. We were away for just under the weeks.

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try and get all the last minute “small” details sorted at least a couple of days before the big day – then take some time to relax in those last few days beforehand.

Lee Brown Photography

Congratulations Claire & Ben!

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Perfect Peace. A Blue 1950s Vintage Wedding Dress For A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Charlotte & Lee

November 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Kirsty Mattsson

And that’s a wrap! 

I’ve just called time on our seventeenth luxury wedding exhibition of the year at the National Railway Museum in York, and our last of the autumn/ winter season 2013.  It’s been epic, and I have you lovely lot to thank for that.  I have the best readers and wedding industry supporters (but then we always knew that, didn’t we?)!

My legs are killing me and I’m cream crackered, but my head is all of a buzz with big ideas, new plans and daring dreams of how to take this Northern Revolution to the next level in this our 4th year and into 2014.  Whilst I have a cheeky lie in (come on, I deserve it!) and attempt to decompress a little – a plan built on hyperactivity is no plan at all after all – I’m leaving you with something pure and pretty to greet you this Monday morning.

After the full on, high octane activity and inspiration of this weekend, blogging Charlotte and Lee’s stunning yet simple Real Wedding was an absolute joy.  Their images, by Kirsty Mattsson, capture a calm and sincere celebration, that’s a little different and a lot beautiful. Bliss.

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Charlotte says:  We got engaged in October 2010 at Oktoberfest in Munich (whilst in a beer hall!) and were married on 7th September 2013 atHensall Church for our ceremony and Womersley Park for our reception. 

Kirsty Mattsson

Hensall is the village where I grew up so the church has a long family history; I was the 4th generation to marry in this church on my mum’s side so it was important that we got married here. Womersley Park is a beautiful venue not far from the church

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

I chose an ice blue 1950’s vintage dress. It was from a wonderful shop in York called Glory Days Vintage.

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

The bridesmaids wore a vintage style ivory lace dress from Monsoon  and the Lee wore a Paul Smith suit, shirt and tie.

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

My flowers were a mixture of country flowers, with lavender and gypsophila by Lisa’s Flowers in Selby. 

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

The owner of Womersley Park drove us back to the venue in his vintage Bentley convertible.

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

We went for a vintage tea party with a country, village feel.  We hired a beautiful marquee by Shades Of India and kitted it out using Bar Hire Yorkshire and Wendy’s Vintage Tea Parties

Kirsty Mattsson

Our colour scheme was quite mix and match, but with lots of pastels and blue.  A lot of things were made by me, my family and friends which gave the day a personal touch. We made the invitations, favours, seating plan (which was a suitcase to show off our honeymoon), macaroons and wishing tree. 

Kirsty Mattsson

Our wedding cake was a vanilla sponge with beautiful cream and blue icing.

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Our wedding video was by Silver Sixpence Films and our beautiful images by Kirsty Mattsson. 

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

In the evening we had a fantastic band called Alex Graham and the Concords who I can’t recommend enough! They got everyone on their feet and really started off the evening with a bang! We also used a great DJ called Craig Halligan who created a great atmosphere and played the songs we wanted, again I would wholly recommend him. 

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

The whole day was amazing.  The ceremony was lovely and the band really transformed the day.

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

For our honeymoon, we have booked a self-drive tour of the American deep south, from Nashville to new Orleans in May 2014.  We can’t wait! 

Kirsty Mattsson

My top tip for other Brides Up North is to create the day that you want, find suppliers that you trust and add lots of personal touches!

Kirsty Mattsson

 

Congratulations Charlotte & Lee!

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Follow Your Heart. A Bespoke Scarlet Gown For A Fun Filled Real Wedding In Nottinghamshire – Rachel & Will

October 31st, 2013 | Julia Braime

Live Imagery

This morning’s Real Wedding is full of heart and soul.  From home made food to DIY decorations – not to mention her bright red wedding dress and the fact that the groom arrived by canoe – Rachel and her new husband Will made sure that their wedding was all about one thing: having fun.  And isn’t that exactly as it should be?

With images by Live Imagery

Live Imagery

Live Imagery

Rachel says:  We got engaged at the top of Cairngorm Mountain on New Years Eve 2011. Will disappeared when we got to the top and then reappeared with a ring in the box. It was so windy I was scared to take the ring out the box!

Live Imagery

Live Imagery

We got married on 1st June 2013 at Kelham Hall, Newark, Notts then a marquee in the village of Bathley where we live as our friends lent us the use of their field.  I lived in Kelham from when I was born to 18 and my Dad still lives in the village so it holds lots of memories for me.

Live Imagery

Live Imagery

The theme was red (very red!), and the idea was to have fun!

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I wanted a red wedding dress & found a perfect dress in white from a local dress shop called Eternally Yours, Newark. They made the dress for me in scarlet red with a few personal touches.

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Will and his groomsmen wore morning suits with grey jackets chosen by Will. These were from the dress shop, Eternally Yours.  I had the bridesmaids’ dresses made by a family friend, Sandra. They wore strawberry print 1950′s style dresses.

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We hired a horse & cart for the bridesmaids and I to get to the wedding, then for us to go to the marquee.

Will and 15 friends canoed to the wedding, a 6km trip including a weir to navigate down. They did get changed before the ceremony but all wore their Sunday best for the canoe.

Live Imagery

Live Imagery

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I carried a bouquet of white roses created by my bridesmaid Hayley, Will’s sister.

Live Imagery

Live Imagery

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Live Imagery

Live Imagery

I loved the whole day but had a great time with my new husband when we were travelling to the marquee in the horse and cart, with a bottle of champagne waving to the cars going past.

Live Imagery

Live Imagery

We made all the food ourselves with family & friends & sourced local meat and bread from Newark for the BBQ.

Live Imagery

Live Imagery

Grandma, Mum & I created many decorations: bunting galore, material flowers and hangings to dress the marquee. 

Live Imagery

Live Imagery

We made our own cake. I made the fruit cake and Will iced it into a mountain scene with Will & I in our ice climbing gear plus a few sheep on the lower tier!

Live Imagery

Live Imagery

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Live Imagery

For the daytime entertainment we hired a bouncy castle, crazy golf course & a giant twister.

In the evening we had DJ Jason Parnell from Mansfield & then a friend’s band that played rockabilly.  They were a big hit and had everyone dancing. 

Live Imagery

Live Imagery

Live Imagery

Live Imagery

Live Imagery

After the wedding we spent two weeks in the South of France, touring around in a hire car. We spent one week in the Pyrenees mountains, we did a trek to a mountain hut & via Ferreta, then a week near the beach looking round markets & drinking wine!

Live Imagery

My top tip for other Brides Up North is to follow your heart, not many people thought I should go red on the dress but it was the most amazing choice.

Live Imagery

 

Congratulations Rachel & Will!

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Sun Kissed. Amanda Wakeley For A Real Wedding In Nidderdale – Cat & Tim

September 9th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Sarah Mason Photography

I’m waking up in Durham this morning after the most epic day yesterday at our Brides Up North Super Showcase at Ramside Hall HotelOver 300 of you lovely brides to be and over 1,200 people in total came to join the fun, and what fun it was!  I think it was our best show yet!  With over 90 exhibitors, some very different Gatsby inspired bridal catwalks (our break-dancers were very popular), a beautiful venue, goody bags packed with treats from our exhibitors and our sponsors House Of Fraser, lots of swinging live music, games and two very buff butlers in the buff (!) excitement levels were very high.

I must have walked about five miles across the five exhibition spaces throughout the huge venue: saying hello, sorting logistics, wiring in electrics, packing goody bags, chatting to exhibitors, brides, choreographers, models and (ahem) butlers in the buff (what? It’s a perk of the job!)… and I couldn’t wait for room service and a hot bath at 6pm.

Thank you to everyone who supported the event and to our fabulous readers for attending in their droves.  As I always say, North East – you rock!

Here on these pretty pages as ever though, it’s on with the show, and straight back into the real wedding inspiration.  Today we join Cat and Tim for their beautiful sun dappled Real Wedding in the Yorkshire Dales, with images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah Mason Photography.  Just how gorgeous is today’s leading lady?!  If you are planning a traditional country wedding under canvas,  you’ll love this one!

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Cat says: We got engaged over a year and half before our wedding day- on a morning dog walk. Tim sat me down on a bench at the top of the hill to admire the view. Next thing I knew he was on bended knee and there was a bottle of champagne stashed over night behind the wall. We basked in engagement bliss for as long as possible and only dipped into wedding planning 8 months before.

Sarah Mason Photography

We were married on July 6th 2013. The first beautifully sunny day this summer at St Chads Church, Middlesmoor . Luckily the sun was shinning – as it has been known to be a cold and windy exposed church on the top of the hill in the middle of nowhere! Our reception was at The Sportsman’s Arms, Wath in Nidderdale.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We typically thought of every other possible location to get married, down south in the Cotswolds where I am from or France – in a chateau we both love, and then realised we had the perfect spot on our doorstep! We dine at the Sportsman’s Arms a lot and it’s a field away from where we live so had sentiment to the both of us and of course meant the church was in our parish. It’s a beautiful setting with warm, friendly and impeccable service. 

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

A theme sort of transpired just from choosing colours and things we both love and elements we have in our home. The wedding was simple rustic, with a touch of French. We used wine crates as planters and vintage chateau scroll elements on the order of service and table plan with wood from our garden for table centres and cake stand.  The bridesmaids’ dresses where a range of muted colours and there was lots of lavender. The flower arrangements were ‘spilling’ and loose for a ‘just cut from the countryside ‘ look!

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

I wore a simple,unstructured, draped, superfine Jersey dress from Amanda Wakeley. It was so light and lovely to wear. It was backless and had an interesting Mikado silk hip-belt feature.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

My bridesmaids wore dresses from Whistles and the ushers were in Charles Tyrwhitt morning suits and Gieves and Hawks waistcoats.My hair and makeup was done by Jenny Howson at Lips & Lashes Makeup who had her work cut out with 7 bridesmaids and a bride – but her results for a natural look were amazing!

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Our florist was local to Ripley and runs ‘Friday Flowers’. We didn’t want contrived arrangements and she was so helpful at offering advice and selections that would be seasonal to July. Everything was originally thought out in the depths of winter!

I carried a natural ‘just-picked’ look bouquet containing Lavender, Astrantia, Milca Sensation Spray Roses, Gypsophila, Rosemary and Cinerea Eucalyptus finished with open stems and hessian ribbon with natural twine. The bridesmaids carried bunches of white Gypsophila and the flower girls had delicate Gypsophila head circlets.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We used our own land rover to get up the windy roads at the top of the hill. We didn’t want any dramas on the day of an old car not quite making it!

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We had a fantastic pianist David Robertshaw play throughout Pimms on the lawn reception – modern songs with a classical twist. It created a lovely, peaceful ambiance.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

I designed the table illustrations and wedding stationery (www.partridgecreative.co.uk).  It was fun to draw bespoke birdie illustrations for the table centres, which stood on wooden stands made with wood from the garden. We planted wine crates with flowers before the big day, assembled lavender church pew ends and we felt the day was personal to us as a couple.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Our photographer was the very talented Sarah Mason.  She met with us before the big day and immediately put us at ease. We loved her style of reportage photography and we knew we could enjoy our day and all the special memories would be captured. We were so thrilled to return from honeymoon and have them to view and relive the day over again.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

I loved very part of the day! It went so quickly. It was so lovely to have friends and family all in one room and wasn’t half as intimidating as I had thought it would be. It was such a happy, happy day.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

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After the wedding we jetted off to Bali, Lombok and the Gilli islands. It was utter bliss, relaxing and magical. The Indonesian food was to die for – fresh fish everyday – and perfect beaches for surfing and snorkelling. We didn’t want to return!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t over think the day. Enjoy finding things you like and making decisions together. We made the decisions only once and everything came together very easily as it was a culmination of flowers, colours, food, drinks and settings we loved. Comfortable heels would also be a top tip – as mine weren’t!

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Congratulations Cat & Tim!

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Sound The Bugles! The Venue Hunt Has Commenced…

May 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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And you thought I was going to ease you back in gently after the bank holiday break, eh?  Incorrect.

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This afternoon, we are going hard (or going home) and getting one big thing ticked off that to-do list – your wedding venue.  Dropping by to talk you through it is our regular guest blogger Rachel of Mosaic Brides.  Notepads – and cheque books – at the ready people… 

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Rachel says:  Last week I received a picture message of a sparkly diamond on the ring finger of a pretty manicured hand. I knew without even looking at the sender’s name that the perfectly polished hand belonged to my beautician friend Jo. Sure enough her boyfriend James had whisked her away to a romantic hotel in North Yorkshire where he popped the question in a plush roll top bath, complete with bubbles and fizz.

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When meeting up with Jo this week to hear more about the proposal (I’m a sucker for a soppy engagement story) I handed her a useful engagement pressie rather than the expected bottle of champagne. It was a cute wedding planner book from Marks & Spencer titled ‘Lots of Lovely Ideas For A Very Big Day’ with dedicated areas for the guest list, contacts, the budget and checklists as well as pages to record wardrobe, reception and ceremony details. So where to begin?

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For Jo and many others it’s the venue. This is often the biggest expense and one of the most important factors of a wedding as it sets the scene for the big day. Therefore it’s well worth researching all the fantastic venues available (particularly in the North, of course) to ensure you find one that ticks all the boxes.

Hotels remain a top choice, often favoured for their package deals and on site facilities, but changes in the law and the amazing creativity of suppliers have made the previously impossible, possible when it comes to dream wedding venues.

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So what are the options beyond the church in the UK and what should you take into consideration when doing your research?

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We are fortunate to have many stunning historic venues in the UK that are licensed for civil ceremonies. Options include castles, country houses, listed halls and stately homes. Such venues tend to ooze character and charm meaning little décor is required which can make a big saving. Their rooms are often of large proportions providing plenty of space for big guest numbers though those planning more modest celebrations should not be put off as smaller, more intimate rooms are often available.

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Most hotels or independent venues hold a civil license giving couple’s the straightforward option of having their celebrations all in one place which can eliminate travel costs from the budget altogether. It’s important to ask what’s included in the price such as room hire, the registrar and the wedding breakfast, also ask if there is a minimum guest requirement and how prices vary on different days of the week and throughout the year. To make the plans even more manageable the hotel may well have a list of recommended suppliers that you can use which can save you both time and money. Be sure to enquire about exclusivity – if you want the place to yourselves there can be an additional charge.

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Marquees and tepees continue to rise in popularity with couples won over by the prospect of having a plain backdrop to go to town on for a unique and stylish celebration. While you can’t legally get married in marquee or tipi as it’s not a permanent structure, you can throw a flippin’ good party in one afterwards. The styling possibilities are endless from cute bunting and bundles of hay to natural blooms and twinkly fairy lights. Some also offer the option to create individual areas for dancing, dining and chilling, complete with cosy fur throws and roaring fires. Though a marquee or tepee might seem a cheaper option, additional costs such as the fee to plant it on someone’s land and essentials such as toilets, heating and electricity can see the price creep up.

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My friend Jo has her heart set on a relaxed outdoor wedding with lots of live music. While some venues do have gazebos, band-stands and the like licensed four outdoor weddings, those craving a more adventurous or quirky backdrop may still be able to secure their dream setting by doing the legal ‘I do’ bit separate. This means simply booking into the registry office prior to the outdoor celebrations for the legal formalities which can take as little as 20 minutes. A celebrant can then conduct a more personal ceremony in front of your guests at your chosen outdoor wedding setting whether it’s on the beach, a woodland location or amongst the ruins of a castle.

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Changes in legislation have opened up the doorways to many unusual settings for couples to tie the knot in. Out of the ordinary options include museums, theatres, restaurants, sporting venues, private residences and art galleries.

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Happy hunting!

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Pie & Mash Makes Perfect! Venus Bridal For A Silver & Teal Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Claire & John

April 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Although I’m officially “off duty” today – my first Sunday being busy doing absolutely nothing in quite a while  bloomin’ ages, and for quite a while bloomin’ ages to come – I couldn’t resist popping in to share this beautiful Real Wedding sent to me by bride and groom Claire & John and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Damian Hall Photography

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As a blogger (and avid consumer of anything pretty) I frequent lots of blogs myself – a very mixed bag of the wedding, celebrity, news, humour and lifestyle varieties – and I’m always saddened by the general weekend down time.  Us bloggers do need weekends off sometimes too – a twice daily feature schedule, busy freelance schedule and nearly twenty Brides Up North wedding exhibitions and Brides Up North events in 2013 to organise does not a lot of free time make – but I do like to keep things interesting around here on a Saturday and Sunday. 

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So without further ado, lets get stuck into today’s lovely celebration and meet our bride and groom (who make a rather cute comedy duo in their interview)!

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Claire says:  We got engaged in St Paul’s Bay in Rhodes in August 2010 and were married on 6th October 2012 at Crow Hill Cottage in Marsden.  We wanted an exclusive use venue where we wouldn’t bump into other people getting married on the day. We really liked Crow Hill when we first went to visit- it is a unique venue in a lovely location and has a marquee outside.  Our families stayed at Crow Hill the night before and after the wedding, which really made the weekend special.

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John says: It was quite near me mam’s house, and the catering staff offered pie and mash as an option for the wedding breakfast.

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John: Our wedding coordinator Rebecca offered lots of different themes for the day (though you were free to design your own if you were feeling creative)! We opted for a clean, contemporary theme with crystals and candles and a silver and teal colour scheme. 

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Claire: My dress was long and white with one shoulder strap. It was from Gorgeous Brides in Wakefield and designed by Venus Bridal.

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Claire: I chose to carry a bouquet of silk flowers from Ups A Daisy Bridal Flowers. They also made buttonholes for John, my Dad, John’s Dad and the best man, and a matching cake topper.

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Claire: We arrived by Ford Fiesta the night before.

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John: Seeing Claire in her wedding dress for the first time took my breath away.

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Claire: Entertainment wise, John’s friend Leavon played acoustic guitar and sang during the ceremony and drinks reception and  Damian Hall Photography helped us to set up a fancy-dress photo booth for the evening, which was a lot of fun.

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Claire: Damian and Charlotte Hall were our photographers on the day. They did a fantastic job!

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Claire: We had some absolutely amazing food! Tracey at Crow Hill did two options for the wedding breakfast; pie and mash, and Mediterranean grilled chicken. The canapés were lovely, and bacon sandwiches in the evening were a great touch!

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Claire: I am allergic to eggs and dairy so cakes are kind of difficult! Mum made some lovely dairy-free cupcakes and a big cake on top to cut.

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Claire: My favourite part of the day was when we entered the marquee and everyone was upstanding to welcome Mr and Mrs Barnard!

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John:  After the wedding we had a mini-moon in Venice, and stayed in a very cute (and tiny) hotel near St. Mark’s square.  It was a great first holiday as husband and wife!

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Claire: I’d definitely recommend picking a venue where you can stay the weekend as it prolongs the celebrations a little bit! Having a couple of meal options is a good idea too, to make sure everyone is happy.
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Northern Lights! A Real Wedding In North Yorkshire – Hannah & Steven

March 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Another cold Monday morning deserves a splash of something special, and this stunning Real Wedding sent to me by Abi of Wooden Hill Images and real bride Hannah reminds us that Winter can be beautiful as well as dreary!  From the traditional Christmas theme to the theatrical lighting effects and the bride’s gorgeous feathered cape, this wedding is packed with dramatic detail and atmosphere.

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After all, if you are going to go for breath-taking , why not make it completely and utterly breath-taking!?

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Hannah says:  We got engaged under an olive tree, in an olive grove in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco on 9th June 2012, and were married on 15th December 2012 at All Saints Church, Pickhill, then to Steven’s family farm for the reception in a marquee in the garden.

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My dress was Augusta Jones ‘Syd’ from The Bridal Lounge in Northallerton. It was a lace dress with a romantic line and low back.  I also wore a blush pink feather bolero and added LK Bennett shoes and Cachet London jewellery.  

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We opted for a Christmas theme, although we wanted a traditional Christmas wedding and not a commercialised  theme. We used purple as an accent colour and for the bridesmaids.

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My three bridesmaids wore three different shades of purple, with dresses from The Bridal Lounge, and Steven and the ushers were in traditional morning dress. 

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Steven’s sister won a silver medal in the Olympics last year and so the wedding party were transported to the reception in her state of the art horse box, decorated inside for the wedding party to travel in style!

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The wedding was at 3pm so when we left the church at 4.30pm after mulled wine and mince pies it was pitch black with flaming torches lining the churchyard.  Flaming torches lined the mile long road to the reception venue and our musicians, who played throughout the whole day, played flute in amongst the trees when guests arrived, throughout the drinks reception and during the evening dancing.  

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Our first dance was a live version of Your Song with wonderful lighting effects and dry ice – very romantic!

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After the wedding we headed to Lapland for a mini break before Christmas and are off to Thailand for a longer break this Spring. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to keep the focus of the day about being in love with the person you are marrying. The attention to detail beforehand just helps you to enjoy the day more with friends and family.

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Congratulations Hannah & Steven!

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Diary Date: Showcase Day At Thief Hole Cottages With The Wedding Concierge

March 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Now this weekend coming we may be having a rare break from our own action packed Spring schedule of bridal events here at Brides Up North (a girl has to have some down time you know!), but that doesn’t mean that I won’t be keeping you updated about the more intriguing bridal events in the regions going on whilst I put in some quality sofa time

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First up, Brides Up North Featured Supplier Helen of The Wedding Concierge (you may remember Helen from some of the indispensible wedding planning features she wrote for Brides Up North in 2012) is popping by to tell us all about a showcase event that she is organising at Thief Hole Luxury Cottages in Northallerton this Sunday.  Take it away Helen!

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Helen of The Wedding Concierge says:  Are you dreaming of a day that is different but struggling to find the perfect venue which offers the flexibility you need in order to incorporate all of your ideas? Perhaps you have your heart set on a beautiful outdoor wedding but haven’t yet been able to find the right setting?

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On Sunday 10 March 2013, a brand new marquee wedding venue is set to open its doors for the first time.

Hidden away in the North Yorkshire countryside near Northallerton, Thief Hole Luxury Cottages form a stunning conversion of period barns offering five-star self-catering accommodation. Designed and built to the highest standard, the four holiday cottages will accommodate up to 20 people. Surrounded by stunning North Yorkshire countryside, the cottages and their immaculate grounds are available for your exclusive use, providing an enviable backdrop for your dream day.

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On the day, you will have the opportunity to step inside a beautiful pole marquee, alongside a unique Yurt Bar and whilst exploring the venue you will have the opportunity to meet some of Yorkshire’s finest wedding industry suppliers. There’ll be complimentary refreshments too!

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Fancy some sofa time too?  Why not double task and catch up on some of Helen’s words of wedding planning wisdom in her series for Brides Up North here:

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Wedding Planning SOS – Have Your Cake & Eat It!

Wedding Planning SOS – Hello Petal!

Wedding Planning SOS – Practical Paper – Wedding Invitations

Wedding Planning SOS – Picture Perfect – How To Choose A Wedding Photographer

Wedding Planning SOS – Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn – Wedding Venue Rescue

Wedding Planning SOS – Where On Earth To Begin?!

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