November 18th, 2016 | Laura McDonagh
After a romantic proposal in Venice, today’s real wedding couple Sara and Ross, decided on a Venetian-inspired theme and a navy and peach palette for their elegant wedding at Pentrehobyn Hall.
This party-loving pair wanted their big day to go with a bang and so had entertainment and food at the top of their agenda. And check out Sara’s jaw-dropping fishtail Mori Lee gown – real #dresscrush material, people!
With images by Will Hey Photography.
sara says: We got engaged January 2015 in Venice. Ross had actually planned on proposing in one of the restaurants while we were out but was suffering from sciatica at the time – he kept getting up and walking around the table! In the taxi on the way back to the hotel I made a joke about him being in trouble because my friends thought he was going to propose and he responded by saying he wouldn’t ask me to marry him just because my friends thought it would happen. I thought at this point I was going home single! When we got to the hotel he suggested dessert (even though we’d already indulged in the restaurant) and the most beautiful ring was brought out on plate. He got down on one knee, and I cried…a lot!
We got married on 13th August. There was no special reason behind the date – it was more a case of us falling in love with our chosen venue – Pentrehobyn Hall – and picking a date that was available. There were very few Saturdays left!
We picked a Venetian theme. We thought it would be romantic, and appropriate considering we got engaged in Venice.
Navy and peach were our main colours. Ross had his heart set on a navy or blue/grey suit with peach accessories. I’d originally wanted black bridesmaid dresses but I’m so glad that we opted for the navy/peach theme. It was so much more summery and looked great on the pictures.
My dress was a fishtail lace Mori Lee dress. Originally I’d had my heart set on a gown I’d seen online, but when I went to try it on it really didn’t suit me. My friend picked my dress out for me and I can reveal that it really is true what people say: you know when you’ve found ‘the dress’! Our very talented friend Zara made my garter and I had my great grandmother’s blue brooch tied to my bouquet as my something borrowed and blue.
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November 14th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Today’s wedding is a stunning example of how a wedding can be both lavish and relaxed.
Working around an elegant blush pink and dove grey colour scheme, Debbie and Darran went all out with the wedding styling choosing striking floral decorations and an abundance of candles to enhance their already stunning venue.
The wedding party looked extra glam too, with the bridesmaids in shimmering grey dresses and Debbie in a stunning fish-tail style gown.
Keen not to overdo the formalities though, the bride and groom opted for relaxed bowl-food style dining, lots of sweet treats and enjoyable live entertainment. A winning combination we say!
With images by Jonny Draper Photography.
debbie says: Our love story began on 25th February 2012. Darran and I had known each other for over ten years, our youngest children went through school together. We had both become single and Darran took the opportunity to ask me to go for a drink with him. Little did I know that 1,527 days later he would become my husband.
We officially got engaged on Sunday 22nd February 2015, Darran got down on one knee on the Sunday morning not long after we had woken up, and he was wearing just his undies! So romantic. The following day we had a surprise 40th lunch to attend. After we left the lunch I suggested we take a drive over to Ashfield House, unbeknown to him I had secretly popped in their six months previously to pick up a brochure. We rocked up unannounced on the off chance that we could get a proper look around. Fortunately for us Katie Street was more than accommodating. From the moment I walked through Ashfield’s front door I knew that this was where I wanted to get married.
To get the ball rolling we made an appointment for the following Saturday to visit Prestons of Bolton to pick out my engagement ring. We had an amazing experience at Preston’s of Bolton, being served with Veuve Clicquot champagne whilst we looked at various diamonds. I had pretty much made up my mind beforehand that I would like a pear cut solitaire, as Darran had bought me pear cut earrings a few years previously.
We set the date of the wedding for Sunday 1st May 2016. We knew that by picking a bank holiday weekend that it would give our travelling guests the opportunity to make a full weekend of it.
Ashfield House was such a perfect venue for the wedding. The building, in our opinion, is stunning with so much character and history. We loved the bright airy feel to the recently revamped Langtree Suite, which is where our ceremony took place.
The grounds at Ashfield House are simply stunning too. Unfortunately for us the weather was wet and temperamental, and although we did manage to get outside to get some fantastic shots, the fact that there are so many places inside for your photographer to shoot some cool original shots is a massive bonus. We also loved the fact that Ashfield House is an exclusive wedding venue Monday to Saturday. On a Sunday they do serve Sunday lunch. This didn’t cause us any problems though as we knew that the lunchtime guests would have left by the time our ceremony took place.
The icing on the cake was that Ashfield House has 15 ensuite rooms with a handful of suites that are competitively priced. This meant that our travelling guests had the beauty of staying over at the wedding venue too.
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October 27th, 2016 | Emma Davis
Today’s bride Stephanie made her childhood wedding dreams come true with a rustic wedding set in the delightful surroundings of the Chatsworth estate, in Derbyshire.
The carefully planned and personal big day featured lots of highlights, including a horse drawn carriage, homemade décor, fabulous florals and a show-stopping cake, but to name a few!
Images by Shoot Photography.
stephanie says: We got engaged on 3rd July 2014. Nick took me on a surprise day out to Chatsworth House, in Bakewell, Derbyshire, as he knows it is my favourite place. We spent the morning looking around the beautiful house and in the afternoon we went into the gardens, where we started off by walking along the lawn next to the Emperor Fountain. Nick had been quiet all day so to try and make conversation I stepped closer to the fountain and started looking around for something to talk about, I then turned around and Nick was down on one knee with a ring box in his hand!
Our wedding day was on the 29th June 2016. We wanted a summer wedding, and decided to marry on a weekday. We picked the end of June to try and have the best chance of a warm and sunny day, and picked Wednesday 29th thanks to an old folk rhyme:
Marry on Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday the best day of all, Thursday for crosses, Friday for losses, and Saturday for no luck at all.
Our chosen venue was, of course, Chatsworth House. We live in the West Midlands but my parents took me to visit Chatsworth as a little girl, and from then on I wanted to live there, or at the very least get married there! Nick knew this when he decided to take me there to propose; he had also enquired with their wedding team as an extra surprise!
The theme for our wedding was mostly taken from the Chatsworth Estate. The stables are filled with beautiful original features including panelling from the stable blocks and hay wracks on the walls. To tie in with these features I wanted the flowers and table settings to have a ‘rustic’ feel to them, so we used lots of natural materials including hessian, bark and wooden lanterns; and neutral colours, such as ivory and brown craft paper. Some of our decorations featured stags and antlers, as a tribute and symbol of the Chatsworth estate; and other décor included paper roses and confetti made out of book pages, as a reflection of my love of Jane Austen and her novel Pride and Prejudice.
My wedding gown was a Mori Lee Voyage dress from Brides of Solihull. I wanted a dress that was elegant with flow, plus a little bit of lace and a touch of sparkle – I think my chosen wedding dress fit all of these requirements, with the added bonus of the chiffon cowl that draped across the back, which myself and my mum fell in love with, and that was really what sold the dress to us!
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September 16th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
We all know that while you can plan a wedding down to the finest detail there are some elements of the day that are entirely out of your control, most notably the weather.
Today’s real wedding couple are a shining example of how to not let the unpredictable British weather dampen your big day celebrations.
Despite the downpours outdoors, the bride, groom and their guests got on with enjoying themselves inside the beautiful Newton Hall, rather getting hung up on the fact that the sun hadn’t made an appearance.
The wedding was beautifully styled, as were the wedding party, and we’re super impressed with the stunning portrait images captured by their photographer considering that he was confined to just the indoors. Excellent work Ally!
With images by Ally M Photography.
holly says: We got engaged at Claridge’s in London in November 2014. Ben had planned to propose in Dubai a few months after this date, however we had cancelled the trip as I found out I was expecting our daughter Mia! Ben can luckily rely on me to order a dessert whenever we go out. He had the staff write ‘Holly, will you marry me?’ on the plate. At first I was annoyed that precious dessert space was taken up with writing, then I realised what it said. I forgave him and said yes!
We got married on the 17th June 2016. As all couples who decide to marry in Britain do, we played Russian Roulette with the weather and just hoped we would win with a June wedding (we lost…badly!).
We got married at Newton Hall, Northumberland. It had everything we could possibly have wanted. It’s surrounded in beautiful British countryside and it also sits near the stunning coastline they have there. We were searching for “different and quirky wedding venues” and Newton Hall popped up. The pictures were stunning so we booked a visit. I didn’t dare believe it would be the one given it was the first we’d viewed, but I immediately fell in love with it as we pulled up the driveway. I love how they’ve kept the traditional feel of the house whilst also adding so much fun to it. Every room is just gorgeous. We’re also one of the last of our friends to get married so it was nice to find somewhere we could have our wedding where we hadn’t been before. It just meant it felt more special to us.
Ben gave me full reign over the theming of the wedding (this made us both very happy) and I always go for girly/pretty! I wanted it to be vintage and beautiful so it could blend with our fabulous venue.
With two little girls, our whole life is already in pink so I just naturally went for subtle and dusky shades if pinks and purples for the colour scheme.
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August 19th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Today we’re heading North East on the blog to relive chic city wedding down by the Quayside in Newcastle.
Keen for a wedding that reflected them as a family and the city that they love, Jaimie and Gemma planned a glamorous wedding at the Malmaison hotel, complete with a personal ceremony and black tie dress code.
With images by Jamie Mcelderry Wedding Photographer.
gemma says: Jaimie proposed on Christmas day 2014. In January 2014, I gave birth to triplet boys and it was a pretty tough year for us as a family. By Christmas time, it felt as if we could take on anything! Jaimie hid the ring in the tree. He sat me and my daughter down and presented it to us both. Words actually failed him, I was stunned and we relied on my daughter to piece it all together!
We set the date for Monday 20th June 2016. We wanted our wedding to feel relaxed and non-traditional, which is why we chose to have it on a Monday.
Our venue was the Malmaison hotel on Newcastle’s quayside. It was perfect for us as it isn’t used for many weddings, which allowed us to really tailor the day to what we wanted. The decor has a really cool, urban chic vibe to it, which suits our modern taste. To top it all off, it’s in an amazing location overlooking the river.
Our whole ceremony was written with personal touches about us as a couple, but also as a family. We included lighting a unity candle as part of the ceremony and chose songs to feature throughout, including Beyonce and Jessica Glynne. I walked down the aisle to a mix of Disclosure and Sam Smith Latch. All our music was uplifting rather than romantic.
The style of our wedding was modern and glamorous, but in a minimal and informal way. We wanted to share our day with only our closest family and friends and wanted to give them an insight into our family and what is particularly special to us. No frills, no formalities.
I wanted everything to be really crisp, fresh and clean, so just kept to a white colour scheme with a few black touches. The male wedding party wore black tie and my two bridesmaids wore black too.
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July 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Here at Brides Up north HQ we like to see things doing things differently, so when we heard about today’s couple’s ‘back-to-front’ wedding, we were intrigued to find out more.
With guests coming from near and far to celebrate their special day, bride and groom Colette and Peter, were keen for their guests to mix up, get to know each other and have fun. To assist, Colette and Peter planned a tea, scone and drinks reception, games, speeches and the meal all to take place before the ceremony – so come the main event and party that followed, all were totally at ease and well acquainted. Guys, we like your thinking – this could catch on!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Paul Liddement Photography.
colette says: We got engaged on my birthday, 20th September, in 2014. Peter took me for a lovely lunch at a beach resort hotel in Ystad Sweden. After some food and wine we went for a walk along the beach and next thing he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes immediately.
Our legal wedding date was 16th May 2015. We got married at City Hall in Sweden, where we both live, when I was heavily pregnant. Although we were technically married I didn’t want to give up my dream wedding and dress so we decided to have a proper wedding and party the following year. The exact date was already taken at the venue so we decided to have it a week before. Now we can have two wedding anniversaries to celebrate!
I’m from Billingham in Teesside and so we had our UK wedding in the North East at Newton Hall in Northumberland. We chose the venue because we felt it was a romantic yet quirky venue with its modern and traditional twists, which suited our personalities perfectly. As we had friends and family coming from Sweden, Denmark and the UK, the venue’s good transport links to nearby airports and great accommodation for our guests was also a plus point.
The theme of the wedding was chic, romantic and fairy-tale. I picked this theme because I wanted my wedding to be my idea of a perfect wedding. I wanted to feel like a princess so I wanted a big dress, pink and sparkles but wanted it to be romantic and chic also.
We did our wedding sort of back-to-front so we had guests arrive at 1pm for tea and scones, then at 2pm a cocktail reception with Pimms and popcorn, at 3pm we had the speeches and sit down meal, at 6pm I went to change into my second dress, at 7pm the ceremony took place outside and then at 8pm we had the evening party with a live band.
We thought a back-to-front wedding would be a good idea to mix the wedding up a bit as we were already married we wanted it to be fun and for our guests to be relaxed and in good spirits. Also many of our guests hadn’t met each other before due to being from different countries so having the games and the speeches and meal first enabled them to get to know each other.
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