January 12th, 2017 | Julia Braime
Today’s real wedding takes place at one of stunning Sponsor venues, Le Petit Chateau in rural Northumberland.
Creative bride Katie, instantly fell head over heels for venue’s unique French charm and set about planning a stylish big day that represented both her and her beau David down to the ground.
Cue gorgeous art nouveaux and art deco styling, botanical designs, jam-jar florals, jewel tones and an abundance of pretty and personal touches – ladies, this one is a beauty!
And if you like the look of the setting of Katie and David’s big day, why not pop along and see the splendid Le Petit Chateau for yourself on Sunday 29th January, when the venue will be hosting a Wedding Open Day. Between 2pm and 5pm, brides and grooms-to-be will be able to explore the venue and its grounds, chat to the wedding team and meet some of the North East’s top wedding suppliers.
With images by Gavin Forster Photography
katie says: David and I had been together for 14 years when we got engaged, and just about all our friends were married. Then I was appointed chief bridesmaid for my best friend in September 2015 and unbeknown to me it was decided by the bride et al that I was to catch the bouquet – I did and from that point on a secret plan was hatched between David, my friends and my family to find me a ring.
He proposed on one knee on 7th November, my birthday, during a rainy dog walk in a bleak country park in Northumberland. I was elated, there were lots of tears! He knew I would like an emerald and something a bit different and probably vintage, so had chosen a stunning art deco style white gold, diamond and emerald ring from a jeweller on the Etsy website.
Having been together so long we didn’t want to hang around and with me being a teacher we really needed to find a date during the holidays. We had lots of family travelling from all over and ideally wanted to make a long weekend of it so were really keen to get a Thursday or a Friday. We quickly chose 4th August 2016 as, safely in the summer holidays, there would be a bit of time to plan and I would have a week or so after finishing school. Also, it would be exactly a month before our 15th anniversary on the 4th September so it seemed like a good choice.
I was really concerned from the outset that I didn’t want the venue to be too ‘weddingy’. I was worried it would look like we were playing dress-up and we would be swamped in a one-size-fits-all approach. By luck, whilst searching for venues, I stumbled across information about a new French shabby chic themed project from The Apartment Group. When I was little we used to go to France every year, I then introduced David to France and now we both dream of having a house there some day so this seemed a perfect place for us to get married. My best friend Fiona’s wedding had been at As You Like It (also ran by The Apartment Group) and had been beautiful and very professionally managed by their wedding team. So, when I found Le Petit Chateau, despite it not even being fully built I felt really happy that knowing the quality of The Apartment Group’s other venues that they were definitely the right choice. What we ended up with was gorgeous; it was even better of course that being nearly the last of our group to marry that nobody had ever been to the venue before!
I used to work in the arts and had a very clear idea of what I wanted to achieve visually for the wedding. There was no theme, but, much like the scrap booking approach I had taken to collecting ideas, we did have several common threads running through.
Art nouveaux and art deco style botanical designs, jewel colours, our home, places we love like France and Italy, and friends and family also featured heavily in all our plans. Everything had to have a reason for being there. More than anything I wanted it to just be really representative of us, so this along with the magic of twinkly lights and lovely vintage style cut glassware all of fed into the wedding ‘collage’.
I love rich colours and when he is not in navy blue David really likes purple tones so this became the basis of ideas for the colour scheme. I knew I didn’t want one colour, that definitely wasn’t ‘us’. So instead we chose a pallet of jewel and berry tones: ruby, magenta, plum, raspberry cut through with emerald and sapphire tones with flashes of gold and silver.
Being a lady of giantess stature, I am 6ft 1 ½ inch, I knew I would look insane in anything puffy. I loved the classic beauty of 1930s style gowns and had an idea that that sort of style would suit me. So my best friend (and chief bridesmaid), who knew about the proposal, found a vintage shop to visit as a surprise during my pre-planned birthday trip to York. This turned out to be an amazing find. Hayley, at Glory Days Bridal, was fantastic. I tried on some stunning pieces, many of which were her designs based on 1930s styles and we agreed this was probably the way forward. To be sure, and for the fun of it, I tried on dresses elsewhere but nothing I had seen caught my imagination as much as the dresses in Glory Days. I later drew out one of Hayley’s designs that I had tried, made a couple tweaks and emailed her to see if she would agree to make it. She agreed and so my stunning dress was born.
November 8th, 2016 | Laura McDonagh
Today’s bride Kirsty, says that the perfect wedding dress took her by surprise by being everything she supposedly didn’t want. The dress in question – a romantic, swishy Justin Alexander creation – was a truly stunning choice from what we can see!
Kirsty also said she wanted her day to be defined by the words “classy” and “romantic”. Well, mission accomplished, just take a look at the stunning photographs!
Ready for some serious pretty? Let’s dive right in…
With images by Leighton Bainbridge Photography.
kirsty says: Ryan and I got engaged on 1st August 2014 while on holiday in Mexico. Ryan had organised a private, romantic meal on the pier, looking over the ocean where we could watch the sun set. We had a gorgeous meal with champagne. Once we’d finished our meal, Ryan got down on one knee and the waiter presented my ring on a silver plate. It was perfect and the waiter caught it all on camera so I will always be able to look back at that moment. I had no idea, which made it even more special.
We got married on 6th August 2016. We always wanted to get married in the summer and this date worked well around my work. I’m a teacher and wanted to have a few weeks off before the wedding as well as being able to go on our honeymoon before the new term started. Plus, we hoped that in August we’d have sunny weather – which we did!
We were married at our local church in Houghton-le-Spring and then went onto Seaham Hall in County Durham. I’d always wanted to have my wedding there. The hotel is so beautiful I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else. Plus, we loved the fact that we could have an exclusive wedding with the whole venue and facilities to ourselves. We booked all 20 of the hotel rooms, which meant our close family and friends could stay over. The hotel boasts a sports room with a pool table, which was ideal for the men, plus there was a quiet lounge for the ‘oldies’.
I’d always wanted a big wedding and Ryan just went along with it! The two words I wanted to define the day were “classy” and “romantic”. When we got engaged the rustic, vintage theme was very popular and I loved the idea of lots of little details. However, I still wanted the overall feel to be contemporary as Seaham Hall is quite modern.
Making a decision on the colour scheme wasn’t difficult. I’m a girly girl and knew I wanted pink. We decided on a very soft blush; we knew it would suit both bridesmaids as well as the groomsmen. The bridesmaids’ dresses were from Mia Sposa in Newcastle; I chose a full-length lace gown in blush pink. They chose their own shoes so that they were comfortable on the day.
The choice of my own dress took me by surprise. It was everything I supposedly didn’t want. I chose a Justin Alexander dress also from Mia Sposa in Newcastle (the girls there are fab!) It had a full skirt, long train and lace straps, creating a ‘v’ shape at the front and back. The lace detail went all the way down the fitted bodice and past my hips where it faded out and then also all around the hem of the skirt. I loved the buttons at the back as they too went all the way down the skirt. When I spun it swished around me; I really felt like a princess! I also wore a veil, which was the full length of my dress and decorated with small crystals.
Mel Hedley did the bridal party’s makeup for the wedding. She was fantastic! Francesca Hair Design in Pelton, then did the bridal party’s hair. We had such a laugh getting ready and they all went beyond the call of duty!
We hired Ryan’s suit from Just Perfect in Shotton Colliery. He wore a French navy suit with a tweed waistcoat. He had a blush pink tie and tan shoes. The combined effect was gorgeous. The groomsmen wore the same as the groom however their waistcoat was the same French navy as the suit, also from Just Perfect.
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September 7th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Today’s real wedding is likely to evoke a fair few “oohs” and “aahs”, not only due to the adorable flower girls and mini ring bearers, but also the beautiful blooms and adorable décor.
Taking place at Wentworth Castle Gardens in South Yorkshire, bride and groom Jenny and Shawn, were keen to have a bright and happy wedding that gave a nod to the season whilst, most importantly, featured those closest to them.
The outcome is a relaxed yet beautifully styled big day, filled with love, laughter and cuddles!
With images by Fox & Owl.
jenny says: Shawn and I grew up together, living only a street apart during childhood. As we grew up we became friends and as we got older we worked together – over time a romance blossomed.
Shawn proposed to me on our one-year anniversary, during a holiday to Gran Canaria. We were going out for dinner to celebrate and he was insistent on the idea of us going for a walk down to the beach so we went walking through the sand dunes and sat watching the sunset. That is where he asked me to marry him.
Our wedding was on the 26th March 2016. We chose this date because I personally love Easter and because it’s usually a season where we spend a lot of time together as a family.
We have six children between us and lots of children within the family, therefore it was important to us that our wedding was as child friendly as possible. We wanted it to be a relaxed day for all. And as much as we wanted our children involved in the day, they were under no pressure to do anything. We didn’t put expectations onto the flower girls to walk down the aisle – but they did and were wonderful little spring fairies!
Our civil ceremony was held in the conservatory of Wentworth Castle Gardens in Barnsley. We found choosing a venue so daunting. At first and had no idea where to begin the search. We sat chatting about it one day and I asked Shawn, “If we could get married anywhere, where would you choose?” He answered, “A castle”. After a simple Google search Wentworth Castle Gardens popped up and so we went for a little look around. The grounds were exceptionally pretty and as the courtyard came into view we saw a wedding taking place. We could really picture it for our own. That was when we decided it was the venue for us.
With the wedding falling at the start of spring, and on Easter weekend, we decided on a loose Easter/spring theme, using a mostly white and yellow colour palette.
I had two wedding dresses for the big day. During the ceremony and wedding breakfast I wore a Wtoo dress that I purchased at Mia Sposa in Huddersfield. Later, for the evening reception, I changed into a custom-made Honeypie Boutique dress, which was a 50’s tea length, heavily petticoated design, accessorised with a gold glitter bow and a birdcage veil from Crown and Glory. I also wore Irregular Choice ‘Mr & Mrs’ shoes. They were gold and sparkly with a cute kitsch heel. They were very “me” and were one of my very first purchases for the wedding. In terms of jewellery, I wore a pair of earrings, which I purchased from a store on Etsy, and my necklace was a gift from my mum on the morning of the wedding.
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May 4th, 2016 | Julia Braime
As much as we love to see a colourful wedding, nothing quite says class like a simple black and white themed celebration, just like the one we are sharing with you on the blog today!
Bride Katie dreamt of a timeless wedding which led her to choose a monochrome palette with little pops of pastel added along the way as a nod to the summer season.
Tying the knot outdoors, Katie and Michael’s wedding is simple, elegant and sophisticated and provides lots of lovely inspiration for those of you planning open-air “I dos”.
With images by Helen Russell Photography.
katie says: Michael proposed at home just after we watched a romantic film. To me this was the best way of proposing because it was just us two in our new home, doing what we enjoy most.
Our wedding was on 26th July 2015 at Horton Grange in Northumberland. We chose this summer date because we wanted an outdoor ceremony and the venue appealed to us because we are a private couple and so the small intimate setting was just perfect. The venue’s band stand also provided the perfect option for our outdoor ceremony.
The theme for our wedding was a classic vintage look. I am very traditional and love old things. I also handmade most items for the wedding so that it was sentimental to us.
The colour scheme was black and white which we decided on because it makes a bold statement as well as being classically elegant and timeless. I added touches of grey and pastels to complement the black and white and just gave things a more summery feel when I felt it was necessary.
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April 5th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
This morning’s real wedding features a serious dress crush for us! Steph’s lace Pronovias gown is what wedding dreams are made of as far as we’re concerned, with its gorgeous detailing and elegant high-neck.
There’s lots more stunning features to this classic wedding too including the venue, styling and groom’s attire, all picked to stand the test of time. Mission accomplished we say!
With images by Focal Point Photography.
steph says: We got engaged at The Samling Hotel near Lake Windemere. We had stayed at a different location in the lakes for a couple of nights to celebrate Nick’s birthday. On the day I assumed we were leaving, we were about to pass The Samling and Nick turned in to its approach. The head concierge met us at the car and Nick explained we had a room booked, much to my surprise. We spent the afternoon exploring the grounds and had a picnic in the garden overlooking the lake. It was a lovely hot day. Later that evening, we had an amazing meal in the hotel restaurant. I didn’t know, but Nick could see the staff setting up the alcove where he had planned to propose. After the meal, I wanted a cup of tea but Nick suggested we go for a walk first. We got to the alcove and it was lit with candles and decorated with petals. Nick got down on one knee and asked me to marry him – and I said yes!
We were married on the 25th July 2015. We chose that date as we wanted a summer wedding and it coincided with the start of the summer holidays as Nick is a teacher.
Our ceremony was held at St. Mary’s Church in Ponteland, which we chose as Nick’s family is from the area and we enjoy spending time there. We had our reception at Eshott Hall, just north of Morpeth. Eshott was the first venue we looked at and we immediately fell in love with it. It is a very intimate setting, surrounded by gorgeous grounds and we could instantly imagine our friends and family liking it too.
We had a classic theme as we felt it represented our tastes and fitted with Eshott Hall nicely. The colour scheme was champagne gold, to enhance the theme.
January 12th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
This afternoon on the blog we’re bringing you another glorious helping of real wedding inspiration in the form of Natalie and Richard’s beautiful big day at Middleton Hall.
To match the fine setting, bride Natalie came up with a simple and elegant theme comprising of romantic candlelight and white and green blooms.
The style stakes were kept high in terms of attire too, with Natalie looking picture perfect in a lace Pronovias gown and Richard a dapper groom in a textured navy suit and dicky bow!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Jamie Penfold Photography.
natalie says: We got engaged at the top of a rock in Monserrat, Barcelona, on 29th September 2013. It was a really beautiful day!
Our wedding took place on 3rd October 2015, at Middleton Hall in Belford, Northumberland. We loved how elegant Middleton Hall was and that we could have the venue for the weekend with our friends and family being able to stay for the duration. It was perfect.
We didn’t have a theme as such, but we just knew that we wanted an elegant and chic wedding with plenty of candles and all white flowers with some green foliage. As such, we went for a simple white colour scheme with mint and pale green touches.
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