November 18th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Today’s wedding is a real family affair with the couple’s son and daughter almost stealing their mum and dad’s limelight entirely – talk about cute!
But beyond the page boy and flower girl there is much more sweetness to be found in Sara and Chris’ big day.
With images by Mandy Charlton.
sara says: We got engaged in July 2010, three months after the birth of our first child – Eoin. There was no romantic proposal as such, I think we both just came to the natural conclusion that since we’d already made the big commitment of raising a mini human together, marriage was the natural next step to make our family ‘official’.
We got married on 10th September 2015. I wanted to get married sooner but life (including buying a house, graduating from university and having another baby) kind of got in the way! We chose September because it’s my favourite time of year, and usually the weather is pretty good (and it really was!)
We got married at our local church, St. Peters. My dad is buried there and I was also christened there so it holds a lot of sentimental value. It’s a lovely little church. Our reception was held at The Crab & Lobster in Thirsk. It was the second venue I looked at, and I knew it was perfect the minute I saw the diver’s suit hanging from the ceiling! It’s very quirky and intimate, with beautiful gardens, without feeling pretentious. John, the wedding planner, was also so welcoming and lovely with our children; it felt like it was a home from home.
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November 13th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
If you happen to recognise today’s beautiful bride and groom that’s because this isn’t the first time they’ve appeared on Brides Up North.
A few months ago we shared their beautiful pre-wedding shoot at Bolton Abbey, which also featured their cute dogs, Beren and Roxi.
Today we’re welcoming Kala and Andy back to the blog (along with their handsome hounds) to share their handmade wedding day with us too. Oh how we love a good follow-up!
With images by Ellie Grace Photography.
kala says: We got engaged on 25th December 2006 at my grandparents. Andy and I had been looking at rings a few months before, but then he surprised me by proposing on Christmas Day and had a bottle of fizz ready for us.
We set the date for 20th August 2015. Our wedding ceremony was Halifax Minster as it’s a beautiful building with history behind it. We’d also been attending the minster and so had got to know people there – it’s a lovely community. After the ceremony we went onto the Ring O’Bells pub next to the minster before going to Holdsworth House for our reception.
Our theme was very outdoors. Andy and I are very outdoorsy people, we have lots of hobbies and wanted our interests and personalities to reflect in our wedding. We went with a wood theme and Andy made all the table decorations, so it was very personal too.
November 2nd, 2015 | Rachel Parry
This morning on the blog we’re travelling to the beautiful Lakes to relive Emily and Neil’s big day.`
Following a proposal at the top of Coniston Old Man, Emily and Neil felt it fitting to hold their wedding in the Lake District too, and so decided on a relaxed & homemade affair in a venue at the base of the mountain where they got engaged.
So grab your walking boots and trekking poles, as we join the happy couple in Cumbria.
With images from Darren Athersmith.
emily says: We got engaged in January 2014, it was a surprise engagement at the top of Coniston Old Man, Neil had asked my dad the day before, he planned to be at the top for sunrise however the top was covered in a snow blizzard so it was an icy proposal but we soon dropped down out of the blizzard to a lovely January sunrise.
Our wedding was on the 25th July 2015; we chose the date as Neil is a school teacher so we wanted to tie it into his school holidays.
We got married at Coniston Coppermines Mountain Cottages – we chose the venue as we live locally and both love the Lake District. We are at our happiest when up in the hills and knew we didn’t want a traditional church/hotel wedding. We also felt it so fitting that there was a wedding venue at the base of the mountain we go engaged at the top of. We loved the flexibility that the Coppermines offered us, the venue being ours for the whole weekend. We wanted guests to have a mini holiday as well as celebrating our marriage, plus we wanted family and friends travelling from around the country to see the surroundings we love. We had a marquee put up on the side of the cottages by Evans Marquee Hire, the front elevation of the marquee was all windows to make the most of the beautiful views down the valley towards Coniston Water.
We wanted a small intimate ceremony of just our immediate family, then as we were away having some photos taken our guests arrived for afternoon tea, it was great to get back to find everyone had joined us. More friends and family then joined us in the evening for the party.
We didn’t want a themed wedding and wanted the feel of the wedding to be relaxed and to suit the mountainous surroundings so all materials were natural and rustic. It was important to us that as much of the wedding as possible was home made. We didn’t want the wedding to be just about one day; it was a real family effort over the 18 months of our engagement. We did call on friends for help too – my good friend and owner of Dotty Flamingo laser cut the lace design on our wedding stationery and I then put together the cards for invitations and place names.
I didn’t want a colour scheme as such either and so had limited colour palette of white and natural tones. I wanted to use varying materials rather than have a ‘colour theme’ I loved the contrast of using the hessian and lace together teamed with simple flowers and lots of timber.
My fair colouring and red hair means white just washes me out so I found a nude coloured wedding dress online that had the warmth I needed and my mum was able to customise it for me. I chose a tea length dress as I didn’t want to spend the day worrying about my dress trailing on the ground as I knew we would be having photos taken in the mountainous surroundings.
The only splash of colour I had was my bright orange hunter wellies – thankfully the weather was glorious so the wellies weren’t critical. My shoes were from Dune, they were the same nude tone as my dress and had coloured stones on the T-bar. I got the same shoes in flats and heels if I needed to change for the dancing later in the night. I liked the fact that the shoes weren’t traditionally bridal so I could wear them after the wedding.
I made my hair piece myself, I bought a selection of wires and beads from Bojangle Beads in Loughborough and twisted the beads and wire around a thin gold Alice band. My jewellery was all borrowed from my mum, I wore pearl stud earrings, bracelet and pendant. My mum always used to wear the pendant when I was a child, it brings back lovely childhood memories every time I see it so I wanted to wear it on the day.
Neil wore a grey-brown slim fit tweed wool suit from Next.
Our two nieces (18-months-old and 4-years-old) were flower girls and wore sundresses from Marks and Spencer, in a soft mint green with flowery lace overlay and shoes from Next.
Our photographer was locally based Darren Athersmith. As soon as we met Darren we knew he was the photographer for us, not only did we want him to capture our wedding day, it was important to capture the mountain landscape we were in and he has a love of Lakeland landscape photography as well as portraits. We didn’t want any formal posed line up photos, we just wanted him to disappear into the day and capture us, our family and friends enjoying themselves again keeping that relaxed feel to the day. His whole approach is relaxed and puts you immediately at ease.
I wanted all white flowers and grew our own sweet peas that I had in my bouquet, they are my favourite flowers, and I love the scent.
We also grew other flowers to be dotted around the venue; we then topped up the flowers with green foliage from the garden and bought some white stocks, freesia (again for their scent) and sprays of gypsophila.
We made an arbour from silver birch branches that we added to with greenery from the garden, it was great as a natural frame for some of the photos. As an extra special touch, we used my grandad’s old watering can and steel bucket to arrange some flowers in, it was a small touch that meant a lot to me.
We made silver birch candle holders and jam jars covered in hessian and lace as small flower vases for the table centre pieces. Our table names were all mountains we have summited.
As mentioned the wedding was a real family effort and everyone pitched in to help. Mum and I set about making all the bunting that adorned the ceiling of the marquee, it took months and months to make, but was well worth it. The most special flags have lace that my mum took from her own wedding dress for us to use.
My dad made planters from old pallets that we put branches into with fairy lights on, they were a great backdrop during the day behind Neil and I during the afternoon tea and looked lovely when lit up in the evening.
Being outdoorsy we wanted favours that would remind guests of the day longer than just a mouthful of sugared almond so we made seed packets for each guest to take away to (hopefully) plant, grow and enjoy.
Neil’s mum made the three tiers of fruit wedding cake for us and I decorated it myself with lots of advice from friend and local cake maker Bird Bakes from Ulverston. I made the wooden dolly peg cake topper people myself and my 4-year-old niece painted some pegs as ‘the congregation’ that we stuck into the large timber homemade cake stand.
Our catering was by local company Premier Outside Catering of Baycliff, they served champagne and canapés (the canapés were made by Neil’s brother-in-law who is a chef) to family after the ceremony. We then had and afternoon tea with a selection of sandwiches, pastries and cakes. Later in the evening we had pie and peas.
We didn’t have a bar and asked people to bring their own drinks for the day/evening whilst we provided Pimms on arrival then wine and Prosecco for the afternoon tea and speeches.
To provide entertainment, put together playlists for the ceremony and afternoon tea and hired a speaker/PA system from local company SAP Pro Audio in Kendal. It was so much fun putting together songs we both liked in the months leading up to the wedding and we still listen to the playlists now.
It was really important for us to have live music at the evening part of the wedding as we wanted everyone up and dancing – we even provided a hamper full of flip flops so there was no excuse for sore feet! Local band Ulpha590 played into the night as we danced away.
We loved having our wedding at the Coppermines and thankfully the sun shone all day; we felt the whole place reflected us as a couple perfectly. It was great that we had use of the venue all weekend; we had a barbeque on the Sunday and guests had use of the four hot tubs which overlooked the surrounding hillside.
I couldn’t really say I have a favourite part of the day; all of it, including the run up was great fun. I think because we wanted everything to feel relaxed we didn’t feel under pressure at all.
We went to the Isle of Harris and Lewis in the Outer Hebrides for our honeymoon. We used my parent’s campervan to tour for two weeks with our dog. We had an amazing time, the weather was kind to us so we got to explore the many beaches that really are incredible, the sand was so white and sea so clear blue plus it was lovely and quiet.
My top tip to other Brides Up North would be not to get sucked into what you think is expected of you as a bride or groom; it’s your day so do whatever feels right for you. Also take some time, just the two of you, stand back and take in all that’s going on around you as the day will fly by.
October 8th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
For this afternoon’s real wedding we are heading North West to the beautiful Lake District to relive Emma and Ryan’s big day.
You’re all in for a treat, as there’s lots of fabulous elements to admire in this wedding, in addition to the breath-taking views! We love Emma’s gorgeous Maggie Sottero dress as well as her chosen colour palette of elegant blush pink and grey which is reflected beautifully in the numerous flower arrangements and décor.
Our favourite bit however has to be the boat ride for the bride, groom and their guests part way through the day. We’d quite like to be aboard that boat ourselves, sipping on prosecco and taking in the surroundings. Just stunning!
With images by Bethany Sunners Photography.
emma says: We got engaged at home after an evening out at a wedding reception, where it was just the two of us. Ryan had something planned a couple of weeks before this but I ruined it when I picked up some shifts at work.
We were married on 8th August 2015. We chose the date because it was mid-summer and right in the middle of some special family events.
We got married in our local parish church, St Mungo’s in Dearham, Cumbria. My parents, and grandparents got married there so it is a special place. It’s a beautiful little church. Our reception was at the Lodore Falls Hotel at the bottom of Borrowdale Valley. We chose this venue as the scenery is out of this world, it’s on the edge of a beautiful lake in the middle of the Lake District. Perfect for a summer wedding.
We didn’t have a theme as such, we just wanted a summer wedding with a relaxed feel to it. The words ‘all you need is love’ was also a big feature.
Our colour scheme was grey and blush colours, with a bit of silver sparkle. I chose these colours as grey is my absolute favourite colour. It makes the blush colours really stand out and looks really pretty.
My dress was a Maggie Sottero from I Do Bridal, Cockermouth. It was an ivory slim A-line design with a delicate sweetheart neckline, with gorgeous beaded lace across it. It had a corset back with a short train. I first saw the dress online and immediately knew it was the one for me. It was the first dress I tried on, I felt so elegant in it. It was also called Emma. Fate! My veil and headband was by Linzi Jay. My shoes were Vivienne Westwood, I seen them in the window of a Vivienne Westwood store. They were ivory with a big red heart on the front. Really quirky, I loved them and had to have them for our wedding. I also had a vintage sapphire ring, which my nan gave me before the wedding as my something blue, which meant the world.
Ryan had a two piece slim-fit grey suit from Debenhams. He wore it with a slim fit white shirt, silver grey slim tie and pocket square from ASOS, grey braces and tan brogues. We just wanted a relaxed look. The groomsmen all wore the same.
My bridesmaids’ outfits were grey bandeau midi length dresses from ASOS and silver sparkly barely there sandals from Next. They all looked stunning. My little flower girl had an ivory lace beaded dress from John Lewis and ivory lace shoes from Monsoon. Our pageboys had grey waist coat and trousers from Next and white Converse.
Mine and my bridesmaids’ hair and makeup was done at my parents’ house the morning of the wedding. Jazz Hair Studio and Elegant Touch both of Maryport, did an amazing job. We all felt a million dollars!
Our chosen wedding transport was a 1964 VW splitscreen camper van and a 1973 Cabrio VW Beetle in white, from Lake District Vintage Wedding Cars. My dad and I travelled in the Beetle with the roof down to the church, it was a gorgeous summer’s day. My mum and bridesmaids travelled in the camper van. Following the ceremony, my new husband and I then travelled to our reception in the Beetle and we enjoyed a complimentary bottle of fizz. Paul who owns the company is fantastic, very professional.
Bethany Sunners, was our photographer. She was amazing from the very start. Constantly keeping in touch right up until the wedding day. She met us in person to discuss ideas and listened to exactly what we wanted. On the actual day, Bethany arrived early at my parents’ house to take pictures of my bridal party whilst getting ready, she was so discreet. She built up a brilliant rapport with our vicar, meaning she was able to get the best shots at the front of church. She also put all our family and friends at ease. Bethany literally captured every moment of our special day with the most perfect natural shots. We would most definitely recommend her.
We also had our wedding captured on film by Lake District Weddings Videos.
For my flowers, I had a beautiful hand tied bouquet of white hydrangea, white and ivory roses and spray roses with a little eucalyptus (to add to my obsession with the colour grey). My bridesmaids had hand tied bouquets of peach, blush and ivory roses and spray roses. My flower girl had a little flower crown of spray roses and gypsophila. Ryan had an ivory rose button hole and the groomsmen and page boys had blush rose button holes. The bouquets and button holes were provided by the Floral Boutique, Cockermouth. We got a fantastic service from them, Elizabeth was extremely helpful.
My auntie Karen, who I must say is amazing with flowers, made all our arrangements for the church and reception. In total she made five window arrangements for church, one arrangement for the alter, 20 pew ends, an arrangement for the milk churn we had outside the church gates, a flower arch for outside the church, ten hand tied bouquets for the table centre pieces, two top table arrangements and two cake table arrangements (I know what you’re thinking, wow!)
She used a combination of white hydrangea, peach, blush and white roses and spray roses, white and pink lyzianthus, gypsophila and eucalyptus were used. The Wholesaler Dutch Flower Auction is where we purchased the flowers and we would recommend them for DIY wedding flowers, they deliver all over and the flowers lasted ages. My auntie did the most fantastic job with the flowers, she got so many well deserved compliments. They were stunning – evidently she’s now got a part time job at the Floral Boutique shop.
Our venue decorations included some bunting, handmade signs and DIY table decorations. Chair covers and bows were provided by Finishing Touches. We also had giant light up ‘love’ letters provided by a close friend at Love in Lights.
For the ladies favours, my auntie Helen made homemade strawberry jam. For the men my Grandad made home brewed Sloe Gin in miniature bottles. Both went down extremely well and just added a bit more of a personal touch. A friend also made gingerbread brides and grooms for the children.
A local cake maker Jules Huck (The Cake Fairy) made a fantastic cake for us. Our guests were amazed by it and it tasted even better then it looked. My uncle Graeme, a chef made us the most brilliant cheese wedding cake too. It had every single cheese you could think of on it, he even personalised the covers of some cheeses with our picture and date of our wedding on. I made a fruit wedding cake just for the toasts, during the speeches.
After the wedding breakfast before our evening reception got underway, we all went out on a launch boat around Derwent Water for an hour’s cruise. We all just sat back, relaxed and had a glass of prosecco or two whilst taking in the breath-taking views of the Lake District. Keswick Launch Company provided the launch, they even let my sister who was also my maid of honour drive.
For the evening entertainment we hired The Heist, a cover band from the North East. They sing songs from the 1960s up to current hits. They delivered a great set, had the dance floor full all night. Genuine, nice guys. We also had a sweet cart as an extra treat for our guests which was provided by Love in Lights.
Following our wedding we would definitely recommend Lodore Falls as a wedding venue to other brides and grooms. The staff were fantastic, nothing was too much trouble for them. There is so much choice with their packages and the food was delicious. The actual location speaks for its self, simply stunning!
We couldn’t pick a favourite part of the da as we loved all of it. From the lead up to the wedding, making all the personal little touches, getting pampered in the morning, putting on the most beautiful dress, the actual ceremony, watching all our favourite people have an amazing time. It really was the best day of our lives.
We are going on honeymoon in November to Las Vegas then flying on to Cancun, Mexico. We intend on doing lots of touristy things in Vegas and having a chill out on a beach in Mexico. We delayed the honeymoon as we didn’t want everything to be over at once.
My top tip to other Brides Up North is – sit back and have a moment to yourselves to take it all in because the day is over before you know it. Also enjoy yourselves, don’t worry about others it’s your special day!
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September 30th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Today we’re spoiling you with a double dose of fabulous real wedding inspiration, and this afternoon’s helping is yet another beauty!
We love the theme for Jody & Jodene’s big day – rustic glamour – which incorporates both the groom’s hobby of shooting and the bride’s love for things sparkly, showing that a country styled wedding doesn’t have to be all gingham and bunting.
Cue twinkling fairy lights, decorative antlers, a shimmering dress, log centrepieces and a pint of beer (or two!).
With images by Atken Photography.
jodene says: Jody always said he would never ask me to marry him on a special occasion so I was really surprised when he asked me on my birthday. He was in the front room on one knee with both our daughters (one at each side of him) on their knees too. It was so special that he involved them too.
We got married on Saturday 23rd May 2015. We chose that date as it was the day we met five years previous.
Our ceremony was at St Cuthbert’s church in Burton Fleming, this village church is beautiful and is in the middle of our home towns, mine is Scarborough and Jody’s is Bridlington. We then had our reception at Wold Top Brewery, this is five minutes away from the church and is amazing. It is set in the wolds and has amazing views. There is a rustic bar and a barn that we put a marquee up inside. It has secret gardens and lots of open space for the kids to play. We looked at lots of other venues but nothing compared to Wold Top. It’s so rustic and beautiful.
Jody is into shooting so we decided on a rustic but glamorous theme. There were slices of trees that the centre pieces sat on and we had a rustic pudding table where the cakes sat upon logs. The marquee was supplied by Florida Marquees and had fairy lights all over the ceiling with a white dance floor with a starlit canopy. The guys at Florida helped us create the perfect setting.
Our colour scheme was quite neutral really to fit in with the rustic feel. The adult bridesmaids wore a mocha colour and flower girls wore white. The groom, groomsmen and page boys meanwhile were all in brown tweed waistcoats.
I had an amazing dress by Justin Alexander. It was a fitted strapless sweetheart dress in ivory (although looks white). It had large embroidered lace which had sequins underneath so it sparkled in the sun and when I moved. I chose this dress as I felt amazing in it and I love a bit of sparkle. I wore it with a full length veil that had gems sorted through it. I wore my hair up and sleek as I didn’t want to take away from the dress. I had been to a lot of dress shops and tried on loads of dress and never got that feeling. I chose the dress I felt the best in. I got it form The Wedding Room in Scarborough – they were amazing!
Jody wore a brown tweed waist coat and matching jacket from Suits Direct, white shirt from Next and brown suit trousers also from Next. The brown ties were from a tie shop in Scarborough and his brown brogues were from River Island. It was important for him to look and feel comfortable and I don’t think a formal wedding suit would have been right.
The groomsmen wore the same as Jody but no jacket. The page boys wore the same waistcoats with white shirts, cream chinos and brown brogues. Our bridesmaids wore a full length mocha coloured dress by designer Jacques Vert. The dress had a one-shoulder twist detail and was in chiffon. All six flower girls wore white dresses from Monsoon that had sequin detail at the top.
I stayed at Wold Top the night before the wedding and so was a short distance from the church. Jody’s friend John drove me to the church in his Merc on the day. As a surprise Jody had arranged a camouflage mule to take us back to the venue. The mule is usually used for collecting pheasant, it had white ribbon on the front. It was really different.
Atken photography captured our day. Shane and Kelly are married and I have known Shane for years as we used to work together. They have done pictures for us in the past and are amazing. I wouldn’t have anyone else taking our wedding pictures. They are professional, laid back and know their stuff.
My and my bridesmaids’ flowers were gypsophila with a few peach flowers in too. The groom and groomsmen had a button hole of a gold bullet with gyp coming out. Rosebud Flowers provided these and also did our centre pieces – we had two different ones alternating each table. One was a tall white case with a ball of gypsophila at the top with fairy lights in the gyp. The other one was a deer’s antler on a ring on gyp with fairy lights in the flowers.
Other décor included lace and hessian chair bows, wooden love hearts on the tables saying ‘Mr & Mrs Chapman’, and letters in the bar on the brick wall saying ‘Mr & Mrs Chapman 23 May’.
As favours we had beer brewed by the brewery which we named and put a picture of us and our wedding date on the label. It was called ‘Two Jodes Are Better Than One’
Our wedding cake, which was made by Jody’s cousin Heather, was a white and cream design with a sparkly top tier. The other two tiers had lace on to match my dress. We then had cupcakes some in camouflage cases and some in lace ones. Some had deer’s antlers on and others had sparkles. The cake was sat on a beer barrel and the cupcakes on a wooden ladder. She also did a groom’s cake with real antlers on and camouflage sponge.
For our meal during the daytime we had a hog roast as we didn’t want anything too formal. In the evening we had bacon, sausage and black pudding sandwiches as well as a big, rustic dessert table.
One of Jody’s friends is a DJ so he did the entertainment for us. He has his own bar in Bridlington and DJ’s all over the world so really knows how to make a party.
Our venue was truly magical – we would recommend it to anyone. You can do pretty much want you want up there and Anne is amazing. Each wedding there is different as it’s a blank canvas so each bride and groom can have their wedding day just as they want it.
The ceremony was my favourite part of the wedding. Seeing all my friends and family watching me marry the man I love (I have waited a long time to get married).
We haven’t yet gone on our honeymoon as we have decided to take our girls Ella and Ava away next year on a ‘familymoon’ instead.
My top tip to other Brides Up North would be – try not to stress too much as it will all be perfect anyway. And try and make time to see your groom as the day goes so fast it’s easy to get caught up and not even see your new husband!
September 25th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
Today’s ‘I dos’ took place in an area of Yorkshire I know well, which enjoys stunning rural views providing the perfect backdrop for a romantic & relaxed wedding.
Unfortunately Ashley and Jo encountered most couples’ biggest fear on their wedding day – rain – but they didn’t let it dampen their spirits as can be seen in the photos. The positive pair still enjoyed some outdoor snaps before heading to their rustic barn reception for some comforting food, and a good old dance. Good for you guys!
With images by Diamonds and Doodles.
jo says: We got engaged in November 2013 on our dream holiday in Mexico, it was sunset and we were just walking on the beach and Ash got down on one knee. We were going on the Cancun bar crawl that evening and celebrated on that with lots of free drinks! We had been together for ten years so the engagement was a long time coming!
We set the date for Saturday 2nd May 2015. A lot of our friends were getting married that year so we had to plan around them.
We got married at St Nicholas Church at High Bradfield. We wanted to continue the tradition as my parents were married there, as well as other members of my family. I was also christened there and grew up in that area. We loved the setting and the views, it’s just a really pretty place. Our reception was at Cubley Hall, Penistone.
The wedding had a rustic/homemade style to it as we wanted to do a lot of it ourselves. Although we had a traditional wedding we did want it to be quite laid back and relaxed. We had a lot of bunting, hessian and lace, our reception was in a barn with bare stone walls and beams. This all added to the rustic theme.
In terms of colours, we had pinks, purples, greys and nudes. We didn’t want everything to have match to one colour so went for a palette of colours instead.
My dress was a white design with ruffles and a little sparkle too, which I found in Mirage Couture, near Sheffield. It ended up black underneath on the wedding day due to the rain and mud but still looked white and shimmery on top – thankfully no one could see the soggy muddy layers underneath!
Ashley wore a navy suit with pale grey and white spotty tie and pocket square, which he got from Next. The groomsmen all wore the same as him.
Our five bridesmaids all wore floaty dresses in different colours. This was a good job as four of them were pregnant at some point during the wedding planning so fitting the dresses was a nightmare. Luckily we had understanding and patient dress maker at Something New, based in Barnsley.
We both travelled to the church in a Rolls Royce and then travelled onto the reception venue in a Daimler. The Rolls Royce took our parents to the reception venue from the church, which was a nice touch, the families joining together. Both cars were hired from Fairytale Wedding Cars.
Our photographer was Shelley of Diamonds and Doodles. We found her just on Google and fell in love with her natural shots in her portfolio. We also were very excited about the homemade album saving bits and bobs from the day. She was very relaxed and easy going, she didn’t mind getting rained on and braved the horrible weather on the day! Everyone commented to us about her – she just mingled in with everyone, also the group photos didn’t feel like a chore or take over the day. I would most definitely recommend her!
We also had a video done on our wedding day by Mike and Tom of One Wedding. This was our treat as it isn’t cheap but watching back the DVD it was totally worth it. Plus I’m sure we will look back on it on our 50th wedding anniversary and be glad we did it!
The bridesmaids’ flowers were a smaller version of the flowers I carried. They were lilac, grey and nude roses with gypsophila and eucalyptus leaves. The button holes were a grey/lilac rose with a leave and a sprig of gypsophila. All the flowers came from one of our bridesmaid’s cousin’s shop – Daisychain, who also helped to decorate the venue. They covered two silver candelabras I bought for our top table, using the same flowers as in the bouquets.
My mum and I had spent a lot of time saving jam jars and decorating them with hessian, lace, string and buttons prior to the wedding, which we also used to decorate. We put candles in them and dotted them around the reception barn.
As favours we got everyone a scratch card and some love hearts sweets – we had the wrapper personalised with our names and wedding date.
We had a three tier wedding cake consisting of chocolate, lemon and Victoria sponge. We also had a cutting block of fruit cake for the older generation! It was simply decorated with white icing: one tier stripy, one tier spotty and one tier plain, finished off with some flowers in our theme colours on the top. It was made by a lady who lives across the road from us (which was very convenient), called Judy.
To provide the evening entertainment we hired a DJ and gave him a big list of songs that we knew would get the dance floor filled! We also got some props in a photo booth style for guests to play with, and some signs with ‘Team Bride’ and ‘Team Groom’ on that caused some heated discussions!
As a special touch we also had photos of our parents on their wedding days in frames at our reception. Ashley’s dad passed away when he was 15 so it was our way of involving him in the day.
(It also embarrassed our parents with their dodgy outfits and hair dos!)
I would certainly recommend our venue to other couples. The wedding planner Sandra was brilliant – I’m really indecisive but Sandra made it really easy! It was reasonably priced and the bar was reasonably priced too. The menus we chose our wedding breakfast from had a huge choice and the portions were generous. All staff at the venue pulled together and you really felt like everyone pitched in and wanted to help make your day go well.
The ceremony was our favourite part of the day. We were not regular church goers but in the run up to the wedding we went once a month, it got us used to the setting and the vicar so we felt really relaxed during the ceremony and not nervous at all. We said our vows to each other – not the floor, or the vicar – we looked at each other and that was really important to us.
For our honeymoon we jetted off to Jamaica – it was amazing! The food, people, weather, hotel and trips were all brilliant. For the first few days we just chilled after all the stress and build-up of the wedding we were ready for a rest. Then we explored the island and it was such fun.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be – don’t let the planning take over your life. Do what the two of you want to do, not what you think everyone else wants you to do. Spend time on the day together, especially rocking the dance floor at the end of the night. Spend your money on the right things. You only do this once – so enjoy it! Also, don’t worry if it rains. We were so worried about the weather, and it was horrible on our wedding day – really cold, rainy and windy. It didn’t spoil anything other than the dress though!
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