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Festival Wedding Exhibitions

happily ever after. ronald joyce for a fairytale wedding at ness gardens – laura & richard

April 28th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Fairytale Wedding at Ness Gardens (c) Emma Hillier Photography (49)

This afternoon’s real wedding is pretty and sweet and features lots of pops of our favourite colour, pink! It’s no wonder then that we loved it as soon as we set eyes on it!

Having dreamt of her big day since being read fairytales as a little girl, bride Laura decided on a ‘once upon on time’ romantic theme for her big day, complete with loved-up pink colour scheme. We adore all the bright and charming elements that make the wedding stand off the page; from the stunning outdoor garden setting to the bridesmaids’ pastel dresses and the dreamy blooms. A fine fairytale indeed!

With images by Emma Hillier Photography.

A Fairytale Wedding at Ness Gardens (c) Emma Hillier Photography (20)

laura says: We got engaged in March 2014, Richard had organised a surprise trip for my birthday to the Lake District. It was raining that day so we took cover in the hotel that Richard had booked my favourite afternoon tea at. Once the rain slowly started to go off he suggested we take a walk around the hotel’s beautiful grounds. As we were walking all of a sudden the sun came out and he got down on one knee in the wet grass and asked me to marry him! I was completely overjoyed and through some very happy tears, I said yes!

We were keen to get married as quickly as we could but realised that we needed time to plan and save so we decided we would get married the following year. We wanted a Saturday wedding in one of the summer months, we checked dates with our venue and the registrar and we were able to book our wedding on Saturday 22nd August 2015.

A Fairytale Wedding at Ness Gardens (c) Emma Hillier Photography (22)

Richard didn’t really want to get married in a church and although we have been to many beautiful weddings in hotels it didn’t really fit in with what we wanted. I’d heard Ness Gardens in The Wirral, held weddings outside so a week after we got engaged we went to see the venue. We both instantly fell in love with it – it was everything I could have ever dreamed of and more. The gardens are so beautiful and getting married outside felt really magical. We never went to look at any other venues as we just knew this was where we were supposed to get married.

Ever since I was a little girl and my mum read me stories of fairytales, this is what I’d dreamed my wedding would be, my very own fairytale with my own happily ever after. So I chose a romantic theme for mine and Richard’s big day. For my table names I chose my favourite romance films and then from each film I used a quote about love. I also had signs made with love quotes on and hired some amazing light up love letters from Rock That Letter.

I used Pinterest a lot for inspiration and a pink colour scheme just stood out for me – it’s one of my favourite colours and added to my romantic theme. Once the room was dressed it looked even more beautiful than I had imagined.

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sugar, spice & everything nice. mori lee for a vintage wedding at the bowdon rooms – nicola & jonathan

April 25th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Sweet Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Steve Grogan Photography (41)

We’re getting Monday off to an incredibly pretty start with this stunning Cheshire real wedding.

As huge fans of pastels so we’re totally in love with all the sweet & sugary tones incorporated into the décor, blooms and attire.

The bride and groom certainly steal the show (as they should!) with Jonathan opting for an alternative light blue suit and peach tie, while Nicola looks every inch the model bride in a fitted fishtail gown #hot!

With images by Steve Grogan Photography.

A Sweet Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Steve Grogan Photography (36)

nicola says: We got engaged at home in June 2014. The proposal came just before we were leaving for the airport to go on holiday to Egypt.

We set the date for 15th August 2015 as it would fall in the school holidays. We were also hoping that we would be in with a chance of sunshine at that time of year and we were keen to go on honeymoon in September.

Our venue was The Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire. We really liked the style, size and location of the building. The wedding planner there was also amazing from start to finish.

A Sweet Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Steve Grogan Photography (44)

We chose a vintage theme for the wedding in line with the stunning venue and incorporated lots of flowers into the décor. Our colour scheme was pastels of peach, mint, powder blue and blush pink, which again went nice with the venue and also suited the time of year.

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future classic. justin alexander for an autumn wedding at rudding park – ellie & matthew

March 24th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Wedding_Photography_by_Stan_Seaton

As much as we love to see couples thinking outside the box for their big day, we’re also big fans of those that choose to keep things classic, just like today’s bride and groom.

Ellie and Matt’s big day featured a romantic burgundy colour scheme and simple white blooms with the traditional tails for the men and a stunning fishtail style dress for the bride. Bringing the whole classically themed day together was their choice of venue – the stunning Rudding Park in Harrogate. Having recently visited this amazing hotel for ourselves (see our Blissed Out Bride feature here) we can understand why they chose its unique onsite chapel and attractive reception rooms for their big day celebrations!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Stan Seaton Photography.

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ellie says: Matt and I met in 2011 in America. We were both working at a summer camp in Maine. In 2012 we decided to travel to Australia for a year where we visited both the east and west coast. On 10th January 2013 when we were in Kalbarri on the west coast of Australia, we went for a delicious meal at a local steak house. After we finished our meal we walked back to our campsite along the beautiful sandy beach. Once we arrived back Matt got down on one knee and pulled out a stunning diamond ring that he had handmade in New York and flown over. My answer was always going to be yes. We were lucky enough to have our friends in Australia throw us an engagement party in Melbourne.

We got married on Saturday 5th September 2015. This date was extremely important to me in particular, as whilst we were in Australia my granddad sadly passed away shortly after we got engaged. My grandparents were married for 53 years and their wedding anniversary was on 3rd September. It therefore meant a lot to me to have our wedding on the same weekend.

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Our wedding took place at Rudding Park in Harrogate. The venue is absolutely stunning and there were many reasons why we chose it. We wanted to have a traditional wedding and felt the chapel onsite had all the elements for this. As I’m from Bedfordshire and Matthew is from Northumberland, Harrogate was a great place to meet half way for both families. The venue is very accessible to get to yet once you are on site, due to the large grounds, you feel secluded and private. Everything being on one site was another reason we liked the venue, as it meant our guests wouldn’t need to travel. The chapel was the factor that won us over though, it is stunning and gave a really traditional wedding feel.

We went for a classic, elegant theme as it’s what I’ve always dreamed my wedding would be. Our colour scheme was burgundy. We choose this because it’s a ‘loving’ colour and went well with the autumn season in which we got married.

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picture perfect. justin alexander for a dreamy pink wedding in the north east – claire & anthony

March 21st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Claire and Anthony Wedding, Close House, Northumberland, north east wedding photography

There’s pretty – and then there’s today’s real wedding pretty! Just wow!

As soon as we saw the images of Claire & Anthony’s big day we fell head over heels in love. Picture perfect, we adore all elements of this stunning celebration: from the pastel pink colour palette and soft blooms to the cake, décor and Claire’s gorgeous Justin Alexander gown.

Ladies, make sure you’re sitting down for this one – it may cause weakness of the knees!

With images by Katy Melling Photography.

Claire and Anthony Wedding, Close House, Northumberland, north east wedding photography

claire says: We got engaged during a surprise weekend away in June 2013, which Anthony had organised. He took me for afternoon tea at Betty’s in Harrogate as he knows I love cakes. This was followed by an exciting stay at Rudding Park Hotel, in Harrogate. When we got to our hotel room, champagne and roses awaited us. As I checked out the room, Anthony dropped to one knee and pulled out a gorgeous ring. He gave an emotional speech and I said yes, of course. We celebrated that evening by having a delicious steak dinner at the hotel restaurant and drinking more champagne. I later heard that he had asked my father for his approval. I thought this was lovely as I’m an old romantic.

Claire and Anthony Wedding, Close House, Northumberland, north east wedding photography

Our wedding was on 7th September 2014. We chose this date as we had always wanted a September wedding as the weather always seems to be nicer at that time of year.

We chose Close House, in Heddon-on-the-Wall, as our venue. This was because we didn’t want a church wedding but didn’t want to compromise on the beauty of our venue. We set our hearts on Close House as it was a short drive from Newcastle, but felt like it was in the middle of nowhere, with fantastic views of the rolling countryside. Close House itself is a beautiful Georgian style venue but we felt like we had two venues in one as the evening reception was held in the golf club house.

Claire and Anthony Wedding, Close House, Northumberland, north east wedding photography

The theme for the wedding was classic elegance. I chose this theme as it fitted in with our venue but it was also very glamorous. Our colour scheme was pinks and white, which I chose as they complemented each other well and provided a little colour, without being overwhelming.

Claire and Anthony Wedding, Close House, Northumberland

My dress was from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. It was a fitted lace Justin Alexander Signature design. The dress was strapless with a sweetheart neckline. It had pearl and diamante beading around the bust and waist with a silver under layer. There was then diamante buttons all the way down the back of the dress and along the train. I felt like a princess in my dress. It was gorgeous, and despite the length, it was easy to wear.

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ruffles & roses. vera wang for a stylish wedding at newton hall – katy & warren

March 2nd, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Vera Wang for a wedding at Newton Hall (c) Adamskii Photography (30)

Did someone say vera wang? That’s right, today’s beautiful bride tied the knot whilst wearing the top bridal designer’s sensational Lark gown, complete with delicate floral lace overlay and a show-stopping organza ruffle mermaid skirt. Just wow!

Other stylish elements of Katy and Warren’s big day include the maids’ beautiful sky blue dress, the men’s dapper grey suits and the pale, blousy blooms, to name but a few.

We’ll leave the talking to Katy…

With images by Adamskii Photography.

Vera Wang for a wedding at Newton Hall (c) Adamskii Photography (33)

katy says: We got engaged whilst holidaying in Thailand over New Year. It was New Year’s Eve and Warren had organised for us to attend a party on a beach on the island of Koh Samui. He proposed at the stroke of midnight, after finding a quiet spot on the beach, whilst the fireworks were going off. It was so cute.

We set the date for 10th July 2015. We were keen to get married in the summer in the hope that it would be a warm day to allow us to make full use of the stunning outdoor space at our chosen venue (and what a beautiful summer’s day it was!)

Vera Wang for a wedding at Newton Hall (c) Adamskii Photography (37)

We both wanted a traditional church wedding and we were lucky enough to be able to get married in the beautifully stunning St Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, in Alnwick. The long aisle allowed for a grand entrance and the striking stained glass window was a stunning backdrop. We were also fortunate that it was in close proximity to Newton Hall, where our reception was held.

We chose Newton Hall because it is traditional manor house with unique twist, which suited us perfectly. The reception room was amazing, with exposed brick walls and grand chandeliers overlooking the beautiful Northumberland countryside. The venue also hosted multiple outdoor areas – beautiful quiet and secluded grounds to the front of the house where we enjoyed our drinks reception and a cute outdoor terrace with open fire, which was appreciated by many of the men in the evening while they enjoyed a cigar and a brandy.

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sweet like chocolate. a cadbury purple themed wedding at heskin hall – beth & dominic

March 1st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Heskin Hall Wedding (c) Fairclough Photography (31)

If, like us, you have a weakness for all things chocolate related, this morning’s real wedding may well leave you craving a sweet treat. For bride and groom Beth and Dominic, centred their wedding celebrations around a timeless colour scheme of Cadbury purple, whilst adding shabby chic touches in elegant décor along the way.

So let’s sit back and enjoy the pretty (perhaps with a box of Milk Tray)…

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Fairclough Photography.

Heskin Hall Wedding (c) Fairclough Photography (24)

beth says: We got engaged on the 20th September 2013, while in Olu Deniz, Turkey. It was the last night of our holiday and Dom really wanted us to head to the beach front before sunset but I insisted on taking a nap, by the time I had woken up darkness had descended so a wonder to the beach was out of the question. We went out for a lovely meal but Dom hardly touched his food complaining of a tummy ache so we then headed to our favourite bar overlooking the whole of Olu Deniz, though Dom was still complaining of a tummy ache so annoyed I said ‘I’m nipping to the toilet and then we’ll leave!” When I came back there was a Tiffany’s box on the table, I opened it up but it was empty then when I looked up Dom was there holding the ring. After several moments of silence I gave him a quick prompt and he popped the question!

Our wedding day was 20th June 2015. There was nothing particularly special about the date but I knew I wanted to get married in June because there’s no birthdays, holidays or other special occasions for us then. So it is now, and always, our anniversary month and nothing else (another good excuse for weekends away, meals, presents etc.)

Heskin Hall Wedding (c) Fairclough Photography (50)

We got married at Rivington Church, which is where I was christened as a baby. It’s a small but beautiful church, set in the heart near to where I grew up. Our reception was held at Heskin Hall, near Chorley, Lancashire. It’s a Grade I listed building, dating back to 1545.

I tried to go with a shabby chic theme as I love vintage styles. We used a lot of hessian and lace and went with a Cadbury’s purple scheme to add a splash of colour. We didn’t over do it with the colour, but I felt it was timeless! Cadbury’s Dairy Milk has been rocking this colour for decades, and chocolate is still very much in fashion!

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