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i dos & pastel hues. laidback vibes for a summer wedding at abbeywood estate – laura & dean

August 14th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Summer Wedding at Abbeywood Estate (c) Mike Plunkett Photography (41)

This afternoon we’re featuring a summer wedding filled to the brim with gorgeousness. It starts with the bride and that bespoke dress, which she twirled to full effect until the early hours. She didn’t stop there, though: her lucky #bridesquad girls were treated to matching morning gowns and the prettiest ASOS floral-print frocks you can imagine. And there’s still more – pastel paper lanterns, a glittering headpiece, an adorable flower girl or two, petals strewn along the aisle…the pretty knows no bounds!

The Glasshouse at Abbeywood Estate was the perfect backdrop to their relaxed celebration, with the windows bringing the outdoors in and the early summer flowers complementing the beauty of their big day.

With images by Mike Plunkett Photography.

A Summer Wedding at Abbeywood Estate (c) Mike Plunkett Photography (53)

laura says: We got engaged five years ago when Dean booked a meal at my favourite restaurant, San Carlo, in Manchester. As a surprise, he’d invited some friends and my parents to the meal. It wasn’t until he got up to thank everyone for coming that I realised what he was doing and he got down on one knee to propose! He had asked for my dad’s permission beforehand but my mum and sister had no idea and were totally shocked. Needless to say, there were a few tears!

A Summer Wedding at Abbeywood Estate (c) Mike Plunkett Photography (51)

We married on 3rd June 2016. In all honesty, we chose a Friday as it was slightly cheaper and we chose June because we hoped for some sun – and we weren’t disappointed!

Our venue was Abbeywood Estate in Delamere. A few years ago, when we first got engaged, we went to a wedding fair at Abbeywood and it was such a simple but beautiful family-run venue that it stayed in our minds. Although we looked at several venues, we kept coming back to Abbeywood. We decided that the Glasshouse would be the perfect place for our ceremony and the gardens would be a great place for our guests to enjoy the day.

A Summer Wedding at Abbeywood Estate (c) Mike Plunkett Photography (64)

The whole style of the wedding was centred around the bridesmaids’ dresses – pastel florals with a laidback feel. This worked really well with the venue and with the weather: it was the hottest day of 2016!

I’m not a huge fan of wedding dresses and, being quite small, I found that any that I liked just drowned me. So when one of my friends mentioned that her friend had decided to go freelance as a wedding dress designer/maker, I jumped at the opportunity. Nina was absolutely fantastic and understood what I wanted from day one. My brief was ‘simple but elegant with a floaty skirt’ and that’s exactly what she did for me. It was great having such a personalised service and bespoke dress and I’d recommend Nina to anyone thinking about having a dress made.

A Summer Wedding at Abbeywood Estate (c) Mike Plunkett Photography (6)

I wanted a headpiece as I knew that I wanted my hair down. I managed to source a bargain Halo & Co sample headpiece. My shoes were Charlotte Mills and so comfy. At first, I didn’t want to spend much on a pair of shoes I would wear for one day but the more I looked, the more I realised that only those shoes would do. I’m going to be wearing them again in August when I’m bridesmaid for my friend – expense justified!

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real wedding recap 2017: rosa clara for a pretty blush pink wedding at didsbury house hotel – aimee & oli

June 25th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Pretty Wedding in Manchester (c) Mike Plunkett Photography (46)

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.

Today’s couple are one after my own heart making the main focus of the day all about food!

Treating their guests to a six-course tasting menu at their favourite French restaurant, plus maroons as favours and an incredible multi-flavoured wedding cake, there’s no way that anyone went home hungry from this big day.

In addition to the banqueting, there are plenty of other fine elements to feast the eyes on, including Aimee’s elegant Rosa Clara gown, the maids pretty blush multi-ways and is that a sweet table that we spy? Time to indulge…

With images by Mike Plunkett Photography

A Pretty Wedding in Manchester (c) Mike Plunkett Photography (49)

oli says: I proposed to Aimee at The Savoy Hotel in London. I had gone down the day before to drop the ring off with the hotel and asked them to place it in our suite under a silver cloche with flowers and champagne in the room. Aimee thought they had given us someone else’s room by mistake and was reluctant to lift the cloche and find the ring – after some encouragement she did so and was very surprised!

We chose 29th June as the date for the wedding due to a couple of reasons. The first being that the restaurant we wanted for the wedding meant we could only have exclusive use on selected days. The second reason was that one of the groomsmen was playing for Wales in the European Football Championships so the date was supposed to be well planned for when we thought they may get eliminated – unfortunately they got to the semi-finals and he missed the wedding!

A Pretty Wedding in Manchester (c) Mike Plunkett Photography (23)

We held or ceremony at Manchester Town Hall as we met at the Christmas Markets in front of the Town Hall, and in fact, in front of the Lords Mayors Parlour where we got married. Once we had a closer look at the venue we fell in love with it even more. We then went onto The French restaurant at The Midland Hotel, for the wedding breakfast as we love fine dining and this is our favourite restaurant in the city. We chose Didsbury House Hotel for the reception.

We also used Eleven Didsbury Hotel for the night before the wedding and Aimee stayed at King Street Townhouse in the city centre the night before. We love the hotels, the interiors and touches in the rooms are fantastic. The fact we could also take some of them over exclusively for us was great.

A Pretty Wedding in Manchester (c) Mike Plunkett Photography (39)

We didn’t have a theme for the wedding – we just wanted great food and fantastic venues.

The colour scheme was blush pink. We based this decision on what flowers would be in season that we liked at the time of the wedding.

A Pretty Wedding in Manchester (c) Mike Plunkett Photography (43)

Aimee wore a Rosa Clara wedding gown, which she purchased from Knutsford Wedding Gallery.

The bridesmaids’ dresses were multiway designs from In One Clothing.

A Pretty Wedding in Manchester (c) Mike Plunkett Photography (50)

Myself and the groomsmen wore Sandringham morning suits from Debenhams hire department with white shirts from Charles Tyrwhitt. I had a patterned pink Hermes tie, while the groomsmen wore plain pink ties. On the day of the wedding we also had our hair styled by MR.SE who is the owner of a leading men’s hair styling range in the UK.

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blues & brights. mori lee for a pretty wedding in the north west – sophie & brendan

April 14th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Vibrant Wedding in the North West (c) Mike Plunkett Photography (85)

The spring weather might not have quite sprung outdoors, but this morning’s beautiful real wedding is guaranteed to brighten up your day.

Choosing to keep things simple, Brendan and Sophie opted for a varying blue colour palette then added pops of vibrancy in lovely blooms and attractive centrepieces.

All in all a very pretty and sunny celebration indeed!

With images by Mike Plunkett Photography.

A Vibrant Wedding in the North West (c) Mike Plunkett Photography (36)

sophie says: Brendan proposed to me when we were in a seafood restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand. We were travelling around South East Asia in October 2011 before heading to Australia to work for a year. It was the night before my birthday and we had been staying in hostels for six weeks but this night we decided to stay at the Hilton in Bangkok. We went out for tea and he said he wanted to give me my birthday present that night. It was a gift bag with a dress in it and at the bottom of the bag was a ring. We had been together seven years at this point but it was still a big surprise.

A Vibrant Wedding in the North West (c) Mike Plunkett Photography (43)

We got married in our hometown of Southport at Holy Trinity Church and then went onto Old Links Golf Club for the reception. We liked the idea of a traditional wedding and the church is so beautiful inside. We went to see lots of venues in Southport for the reception but we loved Old Links Golf Club straight away. The staff were lovely, it had a really relaxed atmosphere, which is what we were looking for, and the outdoor area was so pretty.

We didn’t have a particular theme as such, we just liked the idea of a traditional wedding but relaxed at the same time. We wanted everyone to mix together which is why we didn’t have a head table, instead we had round tables throughout the room so everyone could interact.

Our colour scheme was cornflower blue and navy blue. We thought these were nice, classic colours and I wanted something quite subtle as I knew I wanted bright flowers that would stand out against the other details.

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win a wedding 2015. the biggest wedding competition in Greater Manchester is back.

February 16th, 2015 | Julia Braime

WAW logo with masthead

The Manchester Evening News have teamed up with Worsley Park, Marriott Hotel and Country Club and other top wedding vendors from across the region to offer one lucky couple in Manchester the chance to Win a Wedding beyond their wildest dreams.

Since 2011 Win a Wedding has given 3 very happy couples over £70,000 worth of prizes. Last year’s winning bride Jessica says: “When I got the call saying we had won I burst into tears. I can’t describe the feeling – it was so amazing.”

This year, it could be you.

2014 winners Mr & Mrs Mather

What’s included in the prize we hear you ask? What isn’t might be a better question. This year’s package includes everything you could possibly need for the best day of your life and more.  Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club have provided a premium package for 80 guests during the day and 130 for the evening.

You’ll be prepared for your big day after a VIP makeover from Jamilla Paul and dressed in a stunning £1500 dress and handmade accessories from The Case Of The Curious Bride – and your groom will be kitted out too.

Whilst you’re being chauffeur driven to your wedding in a luxury vintage car from Horgans feeling like the most important bride in the world, your guests will enjoy your theme at the venue with flowers (Venus Flowers), a cake (Slattery) and bespoke stationery (I Do Designs) as chosen by you.

If it’s going to be all too much to take in don’t worry, the precious moments of your day will be captured in timeless photographs from Mike Plunkett Photography and you can re-cap on the highlights with your wedding video by Unforgettable Memories.

As if all of that isn’t enough, the winners will also enjoy an all-inclusive 7 night honeymoon to one of the most romantic islands in the world – Saint Lucia.

Worsley Park Shot

To be in with a chance of winning this unbelievable prize worth over £25,000 (!) couples across Greater Manchester along with their friends and family are invited to collect as many tokens as they can from the Manchester Evening News. At the end of the competition the couple who have collected the most tokens will win.

So what’s next?  You can now pre-register for the competition. All who do will be featured in a special supplement in the paper on 17th March to drum up some extra support in their local community, along with full prize details and the all-important first token.

Saint Lucia Photo

To find out more, to register and read the terms and conditions for this incredible competition please visit the Manchester Evening News’s dedicated Win A Wedding webpage.

For the inside scoop and latest Win a Wedding news you can also like their Facebook page – Win a Wedding 2015.

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