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real wedding recap 2017: a french inspired wedding at le petit chateau, northumberland – rachelle & liam

July 2nd, 2017 | Julia Braime

A Wedding at Le Petit Chateau (c) Sean Elliott Photography (55)

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 3rd July 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from the first half of the year so far. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

From the venue’s name, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is an overseas wedding, but in fact the stunning French inspired venue can be found in rural Northumberland.

Cheerleaders Rachelle and Liam fell whole-heartedly in love with its unique styling and charm, planning a big day with French shabby chic touches to complement their surroundings.

So, let’s get straight into the pretty. Ready? Ok!

With images by Sean Elliott Photography

A Wedding at Le Petit Chateau (c) Sean Elliott Photography (51)

rachelle says: We got engaged in Bangkok, Thailand, in November 2013, while we attended the seventh World Cheerleading Championships, in which we both were competing together as part of Team UK.

We set the date for 30th July 2016 – the beginning of the school holidays as Liam is a teacher and we wanted to make sure we had time to fit in a good honeymoon before he went back to work.

A Wedding at Le Petit Chateau (c) Sean Elliott Photography (58)

Our ceremony took place at St. Peters Church, Harton, South Shields at 12pm as it had sentimental value to Liam. We then held our reception in Le Petit Chateau, Otterburn. We originally booked a different reception venue when we first got engaged but when we discovered the plans for Le Petit Chateau, we fell in love and decided to lose our previous deposits and change to Le Petit Chateau, despite never actually seeing the venue until a month before our wedding. After seeing the venue, it looked a million times better than what we’d expected from the plans and knew we had made the right decision to change our wedding

We didn’t have a theme as such but it was almost aimed towards French shabby chic. We incorporated old books and watering cans into our centrepieces. Our table plan was a mannequin with French inspired shabby chic labels pinned to it containing the table plan to incorporate the French fashion scene. We added a cheerleading bow to this as that was how we met and how we’d got engaged. We picked our favourite looks from Pinterest and the shabby chic appealed to us the most. When we found our new venue, we tailored it more to suit the style and it worked perfectly.

We chose a coral colour scheme, as it was a very summery colour that we thought would brighten the photos. When we first saw the venue, we were excited to see that the same colour was used on the external walls of the Belle Epoque!

A Wedding at Le Petit Chateau (c) Sean Elliott Photography (56)

I chose my dress – an ivory Mori Lee gown – from The Bridal Factory Outlet, and had a wonderful shopping experience there. My dress was a full A-line dress with a slight sweetheart neckline. The bodice was covered in a heavy lace with pearls and crystals. It had a lovely crystal belt that tied into a lovely flowing tulle bow at the back. The skirt kicked out at the waist into layers of tulle. I picked the dress to show off my waist and as a cheerleader, I wanted sparkle but I didn’t want to go too overboard.

I also picked a shorter knee length dress for the evening, which was a white Sherri Hill dress that had a bodice full of pearls and a full tulle skirt with lace detail at the bottom.

A Wedding at Le Petit Chateau (c) Sean Elliott Photography (28)

Liam wore a grey three-piece suit from Slaters with a white shirt and black Ted Baker shoes also from Slaters, and a coral and ivory paisley silk tie and pocket square that I’d found on Pinterest and sourced from Amazon. They matched the colour scheme perfectly and were such much nicer than a block colour.

I won my bridesmaids dresses from Brides Dream in Newcastle, from a wedding show in 2014 and picked them from a wide range at their store in summer 2015. I picked a coral floor-length gown with an illusion sweetheart neckline. The top of the dress was a coral mesh with a lovely delicate lace detail on the shoulders. The dress also had an illusion low back, that accented my wedding dress.

I had a man of honour in my bridal party too, my best friend Ben Pardey, who helped my maid of honour, Olga Crehan. They were my two best friends from university and I couldn’t have got married without them both by my side with a main role in the wedding.

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pretty rustic. ellis bridals for a personal wedding at hexham winter gardens – sian & travers

September 9th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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We love to see couples making their weddings their own, whether it be coming up with a totally alternative big day, or including subtle nods to their personalities and backgrounds.

Today’s real wedding is a lovely example of the latter, with Travers and Siân adding little personal touches in favours, entertainment and music choices, to reflect their African and Welsh roots.

There’s a whole lot of pretty to the big day too with standout elements including beautiful blousy blooms, classic car transport and Siân’s stunning fishtail gown.

With images by Matt Penberthy Photography.

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siân says: We got engaged at Druridge Bay in Morpeth, on 25th January 2015. The bay is special to both of us as it’s the place where we had our first date. When Travers popped the question I was a little speechless at first, but of course, said yes!

We ended up setting the date for 26th September 2015. We initially wanted to get married in the middle of summer, however we had vastly underestimated how much preparation was required so we pushed the date back to September. We first started going out on the 27th September so it all worked out great.

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We got married at Heaton Baptist Church and then had the reception at Hexham Winter Gardens in Northumberland. We chose Heaton Baptist Church as it was where we had met and then chose Hexham Winter Gardens as we felt we could create our ideal wedding at the venue, unlike many other venues where we would have been fixed in to pre-selected options. Having a DIY wedding did mean there were more elements to organise, but we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

The wedding theme was rustic as I love the look (and Travers has learnt to agree with me!) The colour scheme meanwhile was soft pinks, blues and whites, and I chose vibrant flowers for my bouquet.

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My dress was a strapless, fishtail Ellis Bridals design in ivory, which I wore with cathedral-length veil that was detailed with little diamantes. I chose it at New Beginnings Bridal in Whitley Bay. I’d tried various other dresses and styles previously, but this dress instantly made me feel like a bride.

Travers and the groomsmen wore grey three-piece suits with tails, with a light blue cravats, hired from Slaters.

The bridesmaid dresses were soft pink maxi dresses from F&F occasion wear at Tesco Direct.

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bow ties & buttons. house of mooshki for a pretty pink wedding at lumley castle – emma & kris

December 11th, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Pretty Vintage Wedding at Lumley Castle (c) Helen Russell Photography (14)

There are so many gorgeous elements to this morning’s real wedding that make our knees go weak – in particular the bride’s striking dress, which we adore!

Other highlights for us include the super sweet cake table, the men’s ditzy bow ties, the elegant vintage décor and that pretty pink peony in Emma’s hair. Bloomin’ lovely!

Ladies, this is one wedding you will want to take note of!

With images by Helen Russell Photography.

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emma says: We got engaged at Northwood Nuclear Naval Base in London on 7th December 2013. We had been invited to the Royal Naval Christmas/winter ball by my brother-in-law. Kris had said after he proposed that he was supposed to do it on Christmas Day, however he decided to do it early, but not while I was in my ball gown or while we were in the extravagant ball. Instead he went down on one knee afterwards while I was in my pyjamas!

Our wedding day was the 13th June 2015. We wanted a June wedding as we love peonies and the florist advised this was the best time for them.

A Pretty Vintage Wedding at Lumley Castle (c) Helen Russell Photography (20)

The ceremony was at St Mary the Virgin Church in Seaham, followed by a reception at Lumley Castle. I have always thought that the church is beautiful on the inside and out, the coastal setting is beautiful and the church itself is one of the oldest in England. For the reception we had looked at a number of venues but Lumley Castle stood out by far as it wasn’t like any ‘usual’ hall or manor house. I also joked that I could have my own castle and be a princess for the day.

I’d describe our chosen theme was vintage, shabby chic/old fashioned.  My mother and I made a lot of stuff and used a lot of old jewellery. We bought whatever caught our attention in vintage and charity shops.

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