April 14th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
The spring weather might not have quite sprung outdoors, but this morning’s beautiful real wedding is guaranteed to brighten up your day.
Choosing to keep things simple, Brendan and Sophie opted for a varying blue colour palette then added pops of vibrancy in lovely blooms and attractive centrepieces.
All in all a very pretty and sunny celebration indeed!
With images by Mike Plunkett Photography.
sophie says: Brendan proposed to me when we were in a seafood restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand. We were travelling around South East Asia in October 2011 before heading to Australia to work for a year. It was the night before my birthday and we had been staying in hostels for six weeks but this night we decided to stay at the Hilton in Bangkok. We went out for tea and he said he wanted to give me my birthday present that night. It was a gift bag with a dress in it and at the bottom of the bag was a ring. We had been together seven years at this point but it was still a big surprise.
We got married in our hometown of Southport at Holy Trinity Church and then went onto Old Links Golf Club for the reception. We liked the idea of a traditional wedding and the church is so beautiful inside. We went to see lots of venues in Southport for the reception but we loved Old Links Golf Club straight away. The staff were lovely, it had a really relaxed atmosphere, which is what we were looking for, and the outdoor area was so pretty.
We didn’t have a particular theme as such, we just liked the idea of a traditional wedding but relaxed at the same time. We wanted everyone to mix together which is why we didn’t have a head table, instead we had round tables throughout the room so everyone could interact.
Our colour scheme was cornflower blue and navy blue. We thought these were nice, classic colours and I wanted something quite subtle as I knew I wanted bright flowers that would stand out against the other details.
April 11th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Prepare to get pinning ladies as this morning’s real wedding is a true beauty!
Having dreamt about her wedding day since being a little girl, bride Michaela knew exactly what she wanted for her moment in the limelight – from her dress to the décor!
The result of her careful planning is a beautifully classic wedding celebration, centred round a romantic colour scheme of white, grey and silver (a Brides Up North favourite!) The attire of the wedding party is a definite highlight for us; from the men’s dapper suits and bridesmaids’ lacy dresses and, of course, Michaela’s fabulous Sassi Holford gown.
With images by our superstar Brides Up North Sponsor Laura Calderwood Photography.
michaela says: We got engaged on the 13th February 2013, in the middle of Central Park, New York. New York was in the middle of a snow storm with below freezing weather conditions so our trip was definitely a cold one. The sun was shining on the 13th and the temperatures had increased so we took a stroll through the park. We started off with a horse carriage ride around the park where Ben had initially planned to pop the questions but our rider had plenty to say and Ben could not get a word in edge ways so he had to change his plan. As we were walking through the park he got down on one knee near the John Lennon memorial “Strawberry Fields” in front of a lot of tourists. I could tell Ben was very nervous and embarrassed doing it in front of others and it took me a while to get my response out from nervous laughing but I eventually said “yes, of course”. He said he felt like he was down on one knee for ages with people starring and taking photos.
Our wedding took place on the 1st May 2015. I always wanted a spring wedding as it’s my favourite season and the 1st May is a special day for me as it’s my grandma’s birthday. It was lovely that my grandma got a double celebration on her birthday plus she got to spend it with all her family. It was a double advantage that it fell on a Bank Holiday weekend so we had an extra-long weekend of celebrations.
We got married at the Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate. We knew as soon as went to visit that it was the perfect place for us to have our big day. It was a mixture of old and new, modern and traditional, which is exactly what we wanted – plus it had gorgeous grounds, which was another thing on my wish list.
I always wanted a classic wedding with a modern twist so this was the theme I ran with. I had grown up watching American chick flick movies and got a lot inspiration from them when I was a teenager so I knew from a young age things I wanted when the time came for me to have my own wedding.
As our planning got underway we chose a lot of grey, silver and white which came to form the colour scheme. We also added a mixture of mirrored objects into the decor to give it a stylish modern twist.
March 16th, 2016 | Julia Braime
This morning’s real wedding just goes to show what can be achieved when people pull together and combine their skills.
Keen to keep costs down while getting creative, bride Gillian and groom James, called upon their friends to help style and decorate their wedding venue whilst rolling up their sleeves to pitch in with the pretty too.
The result is a simple yet stylish wedding, filled with meaningful homemade touches that were totally unique to Gillian and James’s big day.
With images by Louise Jacob Photography.
gillian says: We got engaged on the 23rd August 2014. James proposed at our home with a ring box that was made out of a log and had the words ‘Marry Me?’ inscribed on the top. He’d planted it amongst real logs and asked me to light a small fire while he made breakfast. I thought it was strange as it was August and pretty warm but he was very insistent. When I found the box and realised what was happening I was over the moon. When I looked round he was holding two glasses of champagne. It was perfect.
We got married on 26th September 2015. We knew we didn’t want to wait too long to get married as we’d already been together for nearly eight years when James proposed.
We had our ceremony and reception at The Red Lion in Burnsall, North Yorkshire. It’s a lovely rustic style venue nestled in a beautiful part of Yorkshire. It was important to be able to have our friends and family stay over with us and they have a number of rooms available as well as cottages next door.
We didn’t have a theme as such but were going for a look of simple understated elegance. I’m not overly creative but to keep costs down I wanted to do as much of the decorating as possible. I set up Pinterest boards for the different areas of the wedding and enlisted the help of my friend Ros and together with James, we decorated jars and made bunting. The day before the wedding the three of us and my chief bridesmaid Michelle, were busy cutting flowers and putting up fairy lights. It was manic but immense fun.
February 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Today’s pretty handmade wedding is all about love, laughter, friends and family (all the most important things, right?).
Not wanting to detract from the real reasons of marriage, bride Annie and groom Peter decided to keep their big day simple by avoiding a set theme. They still made the Sheffield setting for their wedding look incredibly pretty though with the fine efforts of their nearest and dearest.
Kind and talented relatives and friends helped Annie and Peter with everything from the gorgeous flowers and cake through to the décor and transport. A fabulous effort and huge kudos to all involved!
With images by Ever Thine Photography.
annie says: We got engaged on November the 15th 2014, in my parents’ living room! Peter had spoken to my dad and asked him for his permission to marry me earlier that day, however we had friends round for dinner so Peter had to wait for them to leave before he could ask me. After they’d left he asked me to go for a walk with him, which I point blank refused to do – it was nearly 10pm, dark and raining! I instead insisted we watched an episode of The Office but as it started Peter said he really needed to talk to me. I got stroppy about having to stop The Office to talk to him…but as he got down on one knee on the floor in front of me I burst out crying and thought it was all a joke. Half way through Peter’s kind and sincere speech about how much he loved me, my mum opened the door and walked into the living room – as soon as she realised what was going on, she quickly left, apologising profusely! It took me a while to compose myself and remember to say yes in answer to Peter’s proposal.
We got married on the 29th of August 2015. We would’ve liked to have got married sooner but I was finishing my midwifery training in Oxford, and Peter was working in Hull, so it wasn’t practical.
We got married at Christ Church Fulwood, in Sheffield. It’s the church I grew up going to so it was important to us to get married there. Our reception venue was Lomas Hall (Stannington Village Hall). We knew from the start we would need a big space, and Lomas worked well as it was close enough to the church, and had plenty of room.
We didn’t really have a theme but it was important to us to ensure the day was not all about us and instead pointed people towards the real meaning of, and reason for marriage – as Christians we believe that God created marriage to be a picture of the relationship between God and his people.
January 29th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
And breathe, for Friday has arrived once again! To celebrate the impending weekend we’re starting the day in style with the gorgeous real wedding of Jayne and Keith.
Picking Newcastle’s iconic Baltic Flour Mill building as the venue for their big day celebrations, the happy couple kept things modern & minimalistic in terms of their colour scheme and styling, which worked a treat with the artistic surroundings.
We just love a city centre wedding and we have to say, this one is a real beauty!
With images by Andy Hudson Photography.
jayne says: We got engaged on 31st August 2014, while in Pefkos, Rhodes. Pefkos was the place that Keith and I had our very first holiday just the two of us. After a few years of visiting other places Keith was adamant that he wanted to go back, so we did. On our first night of the holiday Keith took me to our favourite restaurant, a celebration he said that we hadn’t been on holiday for a year or two and to start the holiday the way we meant to go on.
We sat down at what was possibly the nicest table in the restaurant, overlooking the beach with the sun setting, still I didn’t suspect a thing. After ordering drinks and our meal, out of nowhere Keith was down on one knee with the most gorgeous ring I could have ever imagined. Not being a particularly quiet and shy person, I think this was the one and only time I have ever been totally speechless. But then burst in to tears. It was all I had ever hoped when thinking of someone asking me to marry them, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. The rest of the night and holiday we celebrated!
Our wedding was on 17th October 2015. We knew that we didn’t want to drag the engagement out as we had already been together seven years and when we found the venue, it all fell into place. Weather was naturally a concern for October but we were really lucky and it was sunny for the majority of the day.
We had our ceremony at St Andrews Church, Lamesley, followed by a reception at Six Restaurant at The Baltic in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
We had a few venues in mind for our wedding but on visiting they weren’t quite right for a number of reasons. The Baltic was suggested to us by a work colleague of mine, which at first we weren’t so keen on. One Saturday we went to visit and instantly fell in love with the place, both leaving with ear-to-ear grins. It really reflected us as a couple, it was in the city that we love and had views to die for.
January 21st, 2016 | Julia Braime
We’re rather excited about sharing this afternoon’s real wedding on the blog as it’s different to any we’ve featured before. This is because the wedding photographers were the bride and groom themselves. Impressive, right?
As well as organising their big day and having starring roles, Nick and Nic actually captured it all themselves too.
As partners in both life and business at Photogenick Photography, it’s clear these two are made for each other and have a talent for freezing & framing those key moments in life.
And as if the preparing for the wedding wasn’t enough, these guys photographed their own pre-wedding shoot too – of course!
With images by Photogenick Photography.
nick says: We got engaged in Stockholm last year on the beautiful waterfront outside the photographic gallery Fotografiska.
Our wedding date was the 4th December 2015. As we are wedding photographers, the middle of summer wasn’t an option for us. Thankfully the thought of a cool, crisp, blue skied winter’s day was very appealing though.
Our chosen venue for the ceremony was Rotherham’s Clifton Park Museum. It’s a gorgeous grade 2 listed building, built in 1783 and holding much history of Rotherham. Our wedding reception was held at The Manor Barn in Kimberworth.
We had a rustic/vintage theme to our day which we thought fit perfectly with the time of year as well as our own personal and photographic style.
Our colour scheme was varied but included some teal. All our button holes included hessian and quite muted colours to fit the rustic style. Again, this was to reflect our own personal style as well as picking up our own ideas from the many weddings we shoot.
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