September 23rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Today’s bride and groom should be awarded some kind of medal for the amount of time and effort that they put into the preparations for their beautiful homemade festival wedding.
Taking place in a lambing shed on the family farm, Becky and Jim roped in lots of family and friends to help transform the space from a sparse barn into a chic rustic backdrop for their big day celebrations.
We just love all the thoughtful and fitting touches that added to their unique day; from a tractor ride to the reception and all the personal décor and entertainment choices, to the fabulous hay bale bride and groom. Seriously guys, nice work!
With images by Lois Photography.
becky says: We got engaged in Reykjavik on New Year’s Eve 2013. Jim had arranged a trip there as a Christmas present – even corresponding with my boss so that I could have the time off work. He proposed at midnight whilst we were standing watching the fireworks outside Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral.
Our wedding date was 18th July 2015. We held our reception at Jim’s parents’ farm (in the lambing shed) so we had to choose a date when lambing time would be over, and which gave us a good couple of weeks to get the place ready!
We had the ceremony at Heaton House Farm in Cheshire, which I’d highly recommend to others. It was perfect for us as we knew we didn’t want a church as neither of us are religious, and we didn’t want a registry office either. Finding somewhere that we could just turn up, get married and go again did prove to be quite difficult as a lot of places expect you to have the whole day there. We initially spoke to Mick from Heaton House at a wedding fair and knew pretty much straight away that the venue was right for us. It’s a working farm as well as a wedding venue, so it made perfect sense!
As Jim and I huge music fans and have been to countless gigs and festivals during the ten years that we’ve been together, the wedding was always going to be very music focussed. I work at a creative agency, so luckily had a team of excellent graphic designers on hand to design the wedding stationery exactly as I wanted it. Our save the date cards were designed to look like gig tickets, and the music theme just rolled from there.
We borrowed two huge speakers from a friend, and spent months compiling different Spotify playlists to play throughout the day. For example, the music playing whilst everyone arrived at the farm for the reception was a selection of different bands that we’ve seen together, so it was pretty diverse! It went from Fleetwood Mac to Wild Beasts to Bon Iver, so whilst it wasn’t ‘traditional wedding music’ it had a very special significance to us – and it did get a little bit more mainstream for the evening to make sure the dancefloor was full!
Because we had so much space to play with, we decided to use one of the fields for people to camp in, which then led us onto a festival theme. I think there was around 30 tents in all – including one for us!
I was never really bothered about a set colour scheme. People kept asking me about it and telling me I should have one, but it didn’t ever seem like something that was necessary to our plans. I suppose the colour palette was more pastel shades than anything, but really, as long as the colours complemented each other, I wasn’t that fussy!
September 19th, 2016 | Julia Braime
We’re starting this week in the same place we left off last week, the wonderful North East, as we relive the beautiful big day of Lailla and Harry.
Centring their celebrations around a theme of timeless elegance, simplicity in the details and décor were key for a flawless finish that wouldn’t date.
Highlights for us include Lailla’s stunning gown, the fabulous floral creations and those delicious looking cakes!
With images by Scott Spock Photography.
lailla says: We got engaged on 9th June 2014, while at Portals Beach in Majorca. We had been together for 12 years and just bought our first home together. Whilst on holiday Harry took me out for a beautiful meal to celebrate our 12 years. Afterwards he insisted we went for a walk on the beach, to which I resisted as I didn’t want to walk on the sand in the dark! After lots of persuading I gave. There was a full moon over the sea, Harry walked me to the tide where he got down on one knee and presented me with my amazing Hearts On Fire engagement ring! He followed by picking me up, spinning me round while our feet were in the sea and nobody was to be seen – just the light from the moon over the water! Afterwards we celebrated with champagne in a small bar overlooking the sea.
We set the date for 27th April 2016. I chose this date as I believe a Wednesday is my lucky day – I was born on a Wednesday and Harry proposed to me on a Wednesday, so I felt like it was right. I wanted a spring wedding as it’s my favourite season and April is by favourite month.
Newton Hall in Northumberland, was our chosen venue. I have always loved Alice in Wonderland and from the moment I walked in to Newton Hall I felt like I was in a wonderland! I loved how different it felt in comparison to other venues – it was both quirky and beautiful, and I loved the building from the outside too! I also liked that it was quite compact as I knew our wedding was going to be quite intimate. The staff at Newton Hall had a huge impact on my decision as they were all so kind and professional!
I chose a theme of timeless elegance for the wedding as I like to keep things quite plain and I didn’t want a look that would date. In keeping with this, the colour scheme was platinum white and a hint of silver.
In the beginning I had my heart set on having a long sleeved lace wedding dress. I visited numerous shops trying on this style of dress but found that they didn’t suit me. I was so disheartened as I had a strong image in my head of what I wanted. I ended up finding my dress by chance at Elizabeth George Bridal. I had an image on my phone from Pinterest of a dress that I liked but had no idea who it was designed by or where I could find it! When the girls in the shop held up a dress and suggested I tried it on I said I didn’t like the style of it, but my mum and sisters made me try it on, and I then realised it was that dress on my saved images! I did try some more on afterwards but we felt it was meant to be after the coincidence of that being the one I had found online! I teamed my dress with a very plain, long veil as my dress was quite detailed and anything else would have been too much. I also wore Jimmy Choo heels.
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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 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Today’s wedding is brimming with beautiful inspiration, so be sure to have your Pinterest boards at the ready ladies.
Tying the knot at a rural barn setting in Cheshire, bookworm bride Jessica decided to theme the wedding around her favourite childhood stories, with nods to everyone from Peter Rabbit and Toad of Toad Hall, to the beautiful Snow White.
Looking every inch a princess herself, we adore Jessica’s stunning duchess satin gown as well as the bridesmaids’ vintage dresses and the groomsmen’s dapper suits!
Another stand out element for us has to be Jessica’s dreamy bouquet made by her talented mum – who just so happens to be a florist, and a fabulous one at that!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.
jessica says: Rob proposed on Christmas Day 2013. Christmas is my favourite time of the year but I didn’t see the proposal coming. We had talked about getting married for years but finances had been tight as we were renovating our home.
I woke up at about 4.30am, which is normal for me on Christmas Day. We spent some time opening our stockings in bed before moving on to the Christmas tree in the living room. Rob opened his presents from me first and then it was my turn.
I unwrapped my first gift which was a poem from Rob asking me to be his wife. Rob was filming me and I read it out loud but couldn’t read it in full. My legs went to jelly but I thought he was winding me up. I started to cry and he handed me another present. I unwrapped a ring box and inside there was a note saying ‘Find Me, I’m hanging on the tree’. I couldn’t contain my emotion at this point. I tried to stand up but my leg were shaking too much! Eventually I found the ring on the tree. The ring was beautiful. I was ecstatic. We celebrated with a bacon butty and a glass of champagne. All this at 5am!
We set the date for 7th May 2016. We chose May hoping for good weather and we got it! It was warm, but not too hot, and it stayed dry for the majority of the day. We chose the 7th as number seven is a lucky number for the family and we were automatically drawn to it.
We got married at Hyde Bank Farm in Romiley, Cheshire. It was the only venue we looked at and we booked it straight away. Rob’s dad used to work there as a teenager back when it was a dairy farm. He actually used to work in barn where the ceremony was held. The farm is still run by the same family he used to work for. The venue is perfect for an intimate ceremony but because it has two floors and outdoor space, it can hold up to 100 guests in the evening.
Our theme was classic children’s books. Each table was named after a classic tale: Wind in the Willows, The Railway Children, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. This was chosen because since a very early age I have been a bit of a bookworm. These were my favourite stories as a child. My mum has always compared me to Snow White with dark hair, fair skin and cherry red lips.
We went for a vintage look when it came to picking the colour scheme for the outfits and flowers. The bridesmaids wore vintage style dresses in powder blue and Rob, the dads and groomsmen wore navy. The flowers were vintage/rustic, in keeping with the venue, using predominately blue and lilac flowers.
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August 23rd, 2016 | Julia Braime
Today on the blog we’re venturing to rural Derbyshire for a real wedding that’s elegant to a tee.
Taking place at the impressive Hassop Hall, Jessica and Ross chose not to have a set theme, instead picking a timeless colour palette and leaving the rest of the detail to the venue.
Hats off to the wedding party for their stylish and sophisticated attire – looking very swish indeed!
With images by Key Reflections.
jessica says: We got engaged in Las Vegas in front of the Bellagio hotel on the 15th December 2012.
We chose to marry on the 9th September 2015, as September was when we officially got together in 2007, after initially meeting in July 2007.
Our ceremony was held St James Church in Norton, because this was where I was christened and it is round the corner from my childhood home. We then had our reception at Hassop Hall in Derbyshire, which we stumbled across after searching for countryside locations.
We decided not to have a set theme as such but to make it a traditional and elegant day. Our colour scheme was purple, grey, silver and black to fit in with the feel the timeless we wanted to create.
My dress was Blue by Enzoani, which I purchased from Emily Bridal Wear in Sheffield. This was the last shop I looked in and was literally losing hope as every shop had said everything looked nice on me but nothing felt like the one. Emily was brilliant and helped me find a dress I loved by listening to what I had in mind and then suggesting a dress that included all the elements I really wanted.
August 11th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Today’s gorgeous real wedding provides oodles of inspiration for those of you planning pretty country style weddings.
Chris and Emma’s rustic celebration was pieced together perfectly with an elegant colour palette, homemade décor and seasonal blooms. We’re also huge fans of the wedding party’s fine attire, with Emma and her leading ladies in long flowing dresses and the boys in tweed, waistcoats and chinos.
Finally we must give a special mention to Chris’s gran for the stunning cake (48 eggs you say?!)
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Paul Liddement Photography.
emma says: We got engaged on 18th April 2015. We were going for a picnic in Keswick and decided to hire a rowing boat to row to one of the islands in Derwent water. Chris seemed really nervous, but we carried on rowing until we got there and then walked around the beach area of the island. Chris decided it was a good place to take a picture, so he set the camera up and I posed, unbeknown to me he was recording it. He positioned the camera on a tree then ran into the picture too and got down on one knee to propose.
The wedding date was 23rd of April 2016. We choose the date because we had found a venue we really liked, but there was only a few dates left in the April, or one date in the October, and we were too excited to wait that long, plus we thought the weather might be a bit better in April.
We got married at St Nicholas Church in Gosforth and then had the reception at High House Farm Brewery in Matfen, Northumberland, with a marquee provided by Collingwood Marquees. We chose this venue because we are both from farming/country backgrounds. We had initially thought of having the reception on my parents’ farm but they were moving and it was going to be too complicated. We also liked the flexibility of High House, as they don’t offer a package – you can create your own wedding unique to you.
We went for a country rustic theme. As weddings nowadays are so expensive we tried to cut costs in various areas, so I created a lot of the decorations myself; I made signs from floorboards that we had salvaged from our house refurbishment, I decorated jam jars and created a candy corner with a bookshelf that I had upcycled. My mum meanwhile made 150 meters of bunting from curtains from charity shops that I had found in the desired colours.
We had pale pastel colour palette of pale blue, pinks and greens. Blue has always been my favourite colour so the bridesmaids wore pale blue lace dresses from ASOS while the bunting was more pinks – it all worked together so well.
During my search for the perfect wedding dress, I had been to a lot of shops around Newcastle and tried on a lot of dresses but not found anything that I felt was very “me”. Chris’s mum Kathryn and I were chatting when we were visiting them in Dalston, Cumbria, I knew there was a little dress shop in the village, called The Wedding Boutique, and had asked Kathryn if she would like to come with me to look at the dresses there. She was delighted as she had two sons so never thought she would get to do that sort of thing.
When we were looking I found a dress that I absolutely loved! It was very elegant and floaty. I had an extra lace train added on to add a bit more sparkle and had it personalised by the seamstress Julie. It was a Great bonding experience for Kathryn and I, as we both went to all the fittings together, she was very touched that we got to share that experience together and my mum was happy that I had found a dress that I loved.
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