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hydrangeas & sparkles for a personal summer wedding in sheffield – faith & pete

October 11th, 2016 | Julia Braime


Instead of focusing all their plans around one set theme, today’s real wedding couple decided to go with their preferences and gut feelings when it came to both their big day setting and suppliers.

Proud to show off their home city of Sheffield, Faith and Pete chose to use local businesses where possible to help bring their pretty Yorkshire wedding to life.

With inspiration taken from everything from their favourite flowers to their favourite food, Faith and Pete’s wedding is without doubt a true reflection of them as both individuals and as a couple.

With images by Kindred Photography.


faith says: We got engaged on the 8th July 2014 at Monsal Head. Pete said he wanted to take us somewhere with a nice view and had seen Monsal Head listed on a website recommending beauty spots. We went early and there was no one else around. I was eight months pregnant at the time and wasn’t expecting the proposal at all because we had recently been on several romantic mini breaks where Pete had ample opportunities to ask but nothing had happened. It turns out he just hadn’t chosen the ring; he found the perfect one though with a little help from his friend Stevie at Beaverbrooks in Meadowhall.

Pete had packed a picnic and some fizzy wine (non-alcoholic of course) which he got out of the car. I was going to start setting it up but before I had a chance he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him – it was an amazing moment and couldn’t have been more perfect. We ate the picnic and called our friends and family to tell them the news. My hands were so swollen from the pregnancy I couldn’t get the ring on so Pete drove us to Castleton where we chose a temporary Blue John ring to wear in the meantime. It was very special to return to Monsal Head the following year with our son Alfred and have an engagement/family shoot with our wedding photographer.


Our wedding date was the 18th June 2016. We chose June because it is when all our favourite flowers are in season, also because I always remember a friend telling me it is statistically least likely to rain, I’m not sure if that is true but it stuck in my mind.

We got married at Staindrop Lodge, in Sheffield. We knew we wanted to get married in a venue where we could have both the ceremony and reception. We hadn’t been to Staindrop before but saw it online and thought we would have a look. Both of us loved it straight away. We loved how clean and light it was, we liked the idea of having the reception in the restaurant, which is on two levels and a little more interesting that just a room, we loved the modern feel with art deco touches and all the artwork throughout the venue. We also loved Rachel who is the wedding planner there, she is the most organised and in-control person you could ever meet, I tend to be a bit of a control freak but I had no doubt she would do a fantastic job. They were so flexible and really embraced all the ideas we had. They also saved all the hotel rooms for us which meant most of our friends and family could stay over after the wedding.


We didn’t have a wedding theme as such, we just wanted day to be about us; to feature everything we loved and be a really fun celebration with our closest friends and family. The styling was simple with just a touch of sparkle. We were also keen to show our love of Sheffield by using lots of local or small wedding suppliers.

For our colour scheme we took inspiration from the crocuses, which always look so lovely and cheerful at the start of spring. We had shades of purple for the bridesmaid dresses and my bouquet, bright yellow ties and pale yellow table runners, ivory for my dress, the bridesmaid’s bouquets and the centrepieces, and gold sparkles for the place names and numbers.

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perfect to a tea. a pretty pastel wedding at barnsdale hall hotel – sarah & chris

October 5th, 2016 | Julia Braime


Now’s the time to stick the kettle on for that morning brew as we share the beautiful big day of Sarah and Chris, which had a subtle tea theme to it.

Though now living in Cheshire, today’s couple went back to their roots in Leicester for a pretty pastel church wedding followed by an elegant hotel reception.

We adore the colour scheme as well as the incredible blooms, particularly the spectacular flower arch and Sarah’s dreamy bouquet! And not forgetting those charming teapot touches too!

With images by Love Luella Photography, assisted by Alix Ferguson Photography.


sarah says: Chris’s proposal came as a complete surprise to me. It happened following a mini break that I’d been on over the Christmas period with some girlfriends from work as we’d to work through Christmas.

On the flight home the girls were acting very strange giving me makeup to put on, I assumed it was because I looked rough! Once we had landed and arrived at passport control the security spent a while checking my passport and talking on the radio which made me panic (turns out they all knew about the proposal). As we eventually walked through the girls went ahead of me and I could hear music playing – it was mine and Chris’s song (Drops of Jupiter by Train, which became our first dance song). There was an iPad set up with my nickname “Embo” on it and a bunch of flowers, but the penny still hadn’t dropped. I picked up the iPad and there was a video of all my friends and family from home/work/ abroad saying “just say yes” to which I started crying. At the end it said to turn around and then Chris came through the crowd in a suit and proposed. It was quite sweet. When we got home we were surprised by all our family at our house to congratulate us, followed by a meal out.  For a guy who can’t plan his day without my help, he did good!


Although we now live in Chester we are both originally from Leicester and so we chose to get married back home in my local church, Manton St Mary’s, and held the reception at the Barnsdale Hall Hotel, Oakam. The views from the Barnsdale Hall Hotel were the biggest selling point.


We decided on a tea theme for the wedding because I’m well-known from my love for tea. I wanted the day to be quite a traditional English wedding and so this seemed to suit well.

We chose to have mixed pastels colour scheme because I couldn’t pick just one colour – the three I chose in the end went together well. I don’t like the uniformed look and thought this seemed more fun!


I got my wedding dress from Dresses2ImpressU in Leicester. I fell in love with it straight away although it looked quite different when I purchased it because I added a longer train and lace bottom to make this personal. It was elegant and also comfortable.

In terms of accessories I wore shoes from Elegant Steps, which are designed to be comfortable for the whole day and can also be dyed to match the colour of your dress, which was an added perk. In the evening both Chris and I wore Converse! For my jewellery I wore my mum’s ‘something borrowed’ and kept it minimal, simple pearl drop earrings and a pearl bracelet. To complete my look I had a couple of white flowers in my hair.

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country elegance. maggie sottero for a pretty pastel wedding in yorkshire – julia & wayne

September 27th, 2016 | Julia Braime


This afternoon we’re delighted to be sharing the wedding of avid Brides Up North reader Julia, who vows to remain a follower of the blog, despite now being a Mrs (which is more than alright with us!).

Having waited patiently for a proposal from her beau, Julia was determined to stretch the wedding celebrations across more than just one day and so planned the big day bash for over the May bank holiday weekend.

Following a family tragedy the wedding was almost postponed, but brave Julia and her family decided that a happy day was what was needed, and included special and personal touches to mark their loss.

This wedding is filled of love and laughter as well as beautiful styling and lots of fizz. Big thanks to Julia for sharing this with us.

With images by Chiyo McMillan Photography.


julia says: Wayne and I had been together for ten years before he proposed. It was a running joke among our family and friends that he would never do it and all my hopes were beginning to fade. The proposal came following a stay at Slaley Hall in Hexham, to celebrate our ten year anniversary. Wayne suggested a walk before we set off home but I refused as it was raining and we had to get back for our dog, Lola. I wasn’t aware at the time, but he was then forced to drive the hour-long journey with the ring box shoved in the back pocket of his jeans. We arrived home and Wayne was very eager to take the dog for a walk – we did and after what seemed like miles he finally got down on one knee and proposed. We are away from each other so much as Wayne is in the army that our walks together are very precious, so it was the perfect time and setting. I, of course, said Yes!

We got married on Saturday 28th May 2016, however our celebrations lasted all weekend. We chose this date because it was the bank holiday weekend. We had a wedding rehearsal followed by pre-wedding drinks and nibbles on the Friday evening and hosted a post-wedding barbecue the day after. I had waited so long for this wedding that I had to stretch the celebrations out for as long as I could!


We did however almost postpone the wedding as my brother Alan died eight weeks before it was due to take place. He collapsed whilst running a half marathon on his 31st birthday. He was going to be an usher and master of ceremonies at our wedding. We considered putting the wedding back but in the end my parents persuaded us to go ahead and try to make it the happiest occasion possible, which we did.

We incorporated my brother into the day as much as we could. We celebrated him through a special prayer during the ceremony, mentioned him in the speeches and a toast, our favours were replaced with donations to the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young, in his memory and we invited his old school friends to attend the reception. I also had a charm with his photograph on that was attached to my bouquet. This was given to me by a friend ahead of the wedding and it meant so much to me – I hardly put my bouquet down all day.


Our chosen venue was The Yorkshire Wedding Barn, in Gilling West, near Richmond, North Yorkshire.  We viewed just three venues in our search and after we had been to the barn we didn’t want to view anything else, it was perfect. Newly opened in 2014 by Amanda and Neville Bird, the venue has a newly converted modern barn with beams wrapped in fairy lights and offers a blank canvas for receptions. The barn is surrounded by holiday cottages, each with their own hot tub (plus a hot tub in a tree house in the bridal suite), and ‘glamping’ style shepherd’s huts, which can accommodate up to 30 guests. The venue is in a gorgeous setting and offers beautiful views of the Yorkshire countryside.

We wanted somewhere that we could have exclusively for the whole weekend which also had plenty of room for people to stay and the barn ticked all of the boxes. So many people came up to us at the wedding and said how beautiful the venue was and we were even lucky enough to have sunshine over the weekend too!


We didn’t have a theme for the wedding to begin with, but whilst designing our stationery with A La Memoire we came up with a ‘country elegance’ theme, which seemed a perfect fit. This consisted of rustic elements such as wooden log slice centrepieces, wine boxes filled with flowers and hessian bunting teamed with pearls and lace for an elegant edge.

Ultimately we just wanted our wedding to be relaxed, full of fun, alcohol and good food, and for everyone to have a good time. We had so many people tell us that it was the best wedding that they had been to, so I think we succeeded in that!

When it came to the colour scheme we were quite laid back but knew we wanted muted, pretty pastels. Pink was the most dominate colour, which we used across all of the stationery and the flowers, the best men and usher’s ties were pink and my bridesmaids wore a pale lilac.

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doing things differently. a laid back & personal wedding in chester – milli & kris

September 27th, 2016 | Rachel Parry


We’re not quite sure where to start with this morning’s real wedding in Chester as there are so many fabulous elements to discuss!

I guess what we love most about Milli and Kris’s big day is that they did things 100% their way rather than sticking to the ‘wedding rule book’.

After marrying at quirky boutique hotel Oddfellows, the bride and groom took their guests off around Chester for drinks, ice creams and photos, before returning to the hotel for their wedding breakfast and reception.

The setting, styling and attire all get top marks from us, and in particular Milli, whose hair, makeup, bouquet and dress we absolutely love!

With images by Jess Yarwood Photography.


milli says: We got engaged in July 2015. It was my day off and I had been for a facial that morning, I picked Kris up from work mid-afternoon. Myself being completely oblivious, Kris thought he was acting very shifty as he had been trying to Skype call my dad at work to ask for my hand in marriage. It was a nice day so when Kris suggested a picnic in the park and I agreed. The Grosvenor Park is a gorgeous space in the centre of Chester and happens to be around the corner from our house. Just as I had wanted it, in a moment that was just ours, Kris asked me to marry him. The shock meant I was far from demure but I of course said yes!

Our wedding was on 23rd July 2016. We had always known we wanted to get married fairly soon after getting engaged and with me wanting a spring/summer wedding, we randomly picked July. We booked the wedding exactly a year to the date.


Our chosen venue was Oddfellows in Chester. I had always wanted a wedding that wasn’t too traditional. Our initial thinking was that we wanted something outdoorsy and to get married in the Roman Gardens in Chester. Then, whilst we were trying to get in touch with someone from the council to find out if this was possible, we walked past Oddfellows. I had seen that it was on the list of registered wedding venues and suggested we take a look. We loved its quirky style straight away and I knew that was where we wanted our wedding. We met and first lived together in Chester so we were very particular in that we wanted the wedding local in the place where it all started.


We didn’t have a full wedding theme where everything revolved around it but we styled the day on the 1920’s/ Great Gatsby era. I always wanted to look back out our wedding pictures and it look classic and timeless.

We wasn’t keen on having a bright colour scheme and had always thought I would have black bridesmaid dresses. However, with us having a summer wedding and Kris being very set on having a blue tux, I searched Pinterest for some ideas and decided on blush pink, even though I hate pink! Everything else was white and then we had mixed metal accessories.

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we can be heroes. a romantic wedding at losehill house hotel – jenine & ryan

September 26th, 2016 | Rachel Parry


Today’s wedding showcases how both a bride and groom’s personality can be incorporated into a wedding day.

Keen to make sure that her husband-to-be felt a key part of the wedding preparations, bride Jenine decided to use one of her beau’s main interests as the wedding theme, resulting in a big day with clever superhero and comic book touches.

Given the elegant setting, Jenine then successfully blended these details with a pretty vintage colour palette and beautiful blooms for a wedding that had the best of both ‘him’ and ‘her’.

We particularly love Jenine’s lace detailed gown and also the maids’ cute tea-length dresses. What a pretty group of ladies they are!

With images by James Shaw Photography.


jenine says: Ryan proposed to me in Mexico on the 22nd April 2014. It was whilst we were swimming with dolphins. At the end of the swim the trainers asked us (me, Ryan my mom and my sister) if we would like to be shown how to make the dolphins do tricks. We obviously said yes. As Ryan had organised this I was supposed to do a specific trick, making the dolphin flip in the air. But the trainer got confused and asked my sister to do it as he thought Ryan was proposing to her. After she had done the trick they past her a cool box that they said had fish inside to feed the dolphin, she opened it and saw the ring. She quickly put the lid back on and handed me the box. Confused I opened the box and saw the ring laid on a leaf surrounded by exotic flowers. I looked up and Ryan asked the question. I said yes and started to cry.

We set the date for 28th August 2015. Ever since I was young I always wanted to married on August bank holiday.



Our chosen venue was Losehill House Hotel & Spa, situated in The Peak District. We wanted an intimate venue that we could share with family and friends. When we went to view the hotel, it was the amazing surroundings sealed the deal.

The theme for the wedding was super heroes. Ryan is a major fan of Marvel and DC, as he’s a bit of a geek. As this is one of the many reason why I fell in love with him, I thought why not build it in to our big day to make it a bit quirky and something everyone would remember. I also thought that this would be a good way to make sure Ryan was fully involved with the planning.


We didn’t have a colour theme as such but I wanted whatever colours we did have to emit a vintage feel. We found the perfect bridesmaid dresses in pale blue. We then bought the boys pale blue bow ties to match and I bought some blue wedding shoes too!

When I started wedding dress shopping I had no idea what I wanted and I ended up trying on quite a few until I found the one. I finally choose a plain, ivory ballroom style dress, with a lace top and jewelled belt from Emily Bridal Wear in Sheffield. As soon as I had it on all together I just knew it was the one (I had to fight back the tears). My favourite part of the dress was the back as it had buttons all the way down.

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get set, sparkle. ian stuart for a winter wedding at armathwaite hall – emma & mark

September 20th, 2016 | Julia Braime


Today on the blog we have some beautiful inspiration for those of you planning winter weddings as we share the details of Emma and Mark’s big day.

Following an Ikea proposal (don’t worry, he made up for it), Emma and Mark set about planning an atmospheric November wedding, complete with lots of soft candlelight and sparkling décor.

Going all out on the opportunity to wear a big dress, bride Emma chose a stunning Ian Stuart gown with accents of shimmering silver to match both the colour scheme and season. Now that’s what we call a dress with the wow-factor!

With images by Jonny Draper Photography.


emma says: We got engaged in Ikea over meatballs! Honestly! But then we had my engagement ring specially made and Mark surprised me with a trip to London to see the Lion King (I love Disney). He got us box seats and had champagne and chocolates put in the box. It was amazing!

As we loved the idea of a Christmas or winter wedding we set the date for 28th November.


Our chosen venue was Armathwaite Hall in Keswick. We both love the Lake District and when we went to look at venues Armathwaite felt really personal. I like modern venues and Mark likes old fashioned and Armathwaite had the perfect blend of both.

To fit the time of year we went for a sparkly wedding theme (with a hint of Disney!) As we knew it would be dark outside we thought lots of sparkles and candles would look great.


When it came to the colour scheme we knew that we didn’t want everyone in the same colour as we had an unconventional bridal party in that the maid of honour was male and we had female groomsmen. I also wanted each of the bridesmaids to have dresses that suited them, rather than sticking to a certain theme. In the end we went for pale pastel colours accented with a silver shimmer.


I chose to wear an Ian Stuart dress from Ava Rose Hamilton. I instantly fell in love with it. I’d tried on about seven or eight dresses beforehand but none of them made me excited, or felt quite so special. I knew I wanted a big dress – the sort that you can only ever wear on your wedding day – but also wanted something that really suited me. I loved the silver woven into the lace of the dress and that it had a huge skirt but fitted silk body. I never thought I would get a strapless dress but the minute I tried it on I knew it was right.

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