May 30th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Oh how we love a blissful Bank Holiday. However you’re spending the bonus day off be sure to put your feet up for a few minutes to take a look at today’s stunning real wedding.
The first thing to strike us about Jess and Andy’s big day was the stunning attire worn by the bride and groom, as well as the groomsmen and bridesmaids. Impressively, all the gorgeous outfits (including Jess’s two dresses!) were made by hand at Jess’s mum’s shop, located in Newcastle.
With a parent in the industry, knowledgeable Jess had her dream venue and suppliers in mind from the moment Andy placed a ring on her finger. Looking at these images it’s clear the girl has style and knows a talented supplier when she sees one!
With images by Eve Photography.
jess says: Andy proposed at the Malmaison in Newcastle in November 2012. I had been at University all day and we had planned to go Christmas shopping after uni and work. I arrived at my mum’s shop to be picked up by my dad who told me that I had to go with him. In the car there was a handwritten letter from Andy explaining that he was sorry that we weren’t going shopping tonight but that he was waiting in the penthouse of the Malmaison, I was dropped off there and went up to the room. There I found him standing with a house made out of Lego with my engagement ring in the garage of the Lego house. At the time, Ed Sheeran’s Lego House was one of my favourite songs so he had incorporated it in to the engagement. We were engaged for almost three years before we got married.
Our wedding date was 6th November 2015. It had never occurred to us that we would have a winter wedding but we thought that it might be something nice for people to look forward to after the summer but before Christmas.
We got married at Newton Hall in Alnwick. We have always been fans of the Apartment Group venues and how they are styled – we felt they reflected our personalities and tastes as a couple and pretty much looked like a bigger version of our own house. We had our engagement party at Nancy’s Bordello and knew we wanted something similar for our wedding. As soon as we walked into Newton Hall we knew it was the one and didn’t actually look at any other venues. We booked it there and then. The venue didn’t need much styling but we loved every little thing about it, we liked the fact it was an exclusive-use venue and also that there were bedrooms for our families to stay in as we had a lot of them coming from different parts of the country.
We didn’t really have a theme for the wedding, though the look and feel of it was quite rustic. As the venue reflected us and our tastes, there was little that we need to do. Andy’s nana made the hessian and lace chair bows and we sat and decorated jars with various ropes, strings and twines just to add that little bit extra and something more personal. Some of the jars had been dug up from Andy’s nanas and grandads house foundations when they built their house so were very old and fragile but we felt they added a little history to the wedding. We had pine cones for the table name holders, which were picked from a local forest. Everything we did, we tried to do ourselves.
We decided to go for a teal colour scheme so there was a pop of colour throughout the wedding and something that was a little bit vibrant with it being a November wedding. The rest was made up of rustic materials, such as wood and twine.
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May 9th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
This morning on the blog we are heading to the North East to relive the big day of Sarah and Richy.
We are obsessed with all things pastel and so adore Sarah’s soft and sugary choice of colour scheme which features in the gorgeous blooms, bridesmaid dresses and cake. All so delicate and delightful!
With images by RGMphoto.
sarah says: Richy proposed on a holiday in Mexico 2014. The holiday started off a little sour due to me losing my case as it didn’t arrive off the flight, but all was made better by Richy proposing on our first night. He did it during a card trick – the big reveal being an engagement ring placed on the balcony of our room. I was thrilled.
Our wedding date was 6th February 2016. We were hoping for a nice crisp, cold day with blue skies but ended up with drizzle, not that it put a dampener on our day. We got married at Immaculate Heart of Mary church, Sunderland, and had our wedding reception at Lumley Castle.
When it came to styling the wedding we wanted a delicate pastel theme with pastel pinks, pastel greens, ivory and blue.
My dress was Justin Alexander from Just Perfect in Shotton Colliery. I had searched the internet and the dress I eventually chose was the first dress I ever tried on. I fell in love with it. It was ivory with a light gold material underneath which made the ivory lace really stand out. The jewel and diamanté detailing on the V-shape back was beautiful and everyone was very complimentary about my dress. The ladies in Just Perfect were so helpful, it made dress buying such an easy experience.
Makeup artist Kimmy Cattin did my wedding makeup and Jane from Teased did my hair.
May 6th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Happy Fri-yay to one and all! To get your weekend off to a truly stunning start, we’re sharing the beautifully elegant wedding day of Yorkshire girl Diana and her beau Andy.
After falling in love with the grandeur and charm of Broughton Hall in North Yorkshire, today’s bride and groom planned their relaxed and timeless wedding in just five-and-a-half months (impressive, right?).
Leaving the venue to do the talking, Diana concentrated on selecting simple floral decorations with memorable scents, including romantic rosemary and lavender. And to make herself stand out – a bespoke lace gown and Chanel shoes. Girl, we salute you!
With images by Bethany Clarke Wedding Photography.
diana says: We got engaged on 31st October 2014. Andy surprised me with a trip to Tuscany, Italy for a long weekend. We drove south to Grosetto, an area we had been to and loved before. Andy planned to go to our favourite beach for a picnic lunch before checking into our hotel.
It was quiet, with a few Italians sunbathing in their speedos! Andy got tomato juice over his hands so walked the few paces to the sea to wash his hands. Looking up, I found him flailing his arms around holding a now wet iPhone looking for something. I went to him and was told to help him look for something, something he had just dropped out of his top pocket. I immediately started sifting through sand in the shallows, asking him what exactly I was looking for. “A ring, he said. A special ring!” We looked for a long time not saying much, until I realised it was fruitless and we were both in soaking wet clothes. We went back to our patch of beach and I guess I was in shock as I had my hands over my eyes. Not knowing whether to laugh or cry, not knowing if that was a proposal or not. Until I turned to find Andy down on one knee asking me to be his wife, holding a box with a diamond in it. I didn’t hesitate with my answer. It was magical. Thinking he had made the whole previous couple of hours up and wondering how I never knew he was such a good actor. It turned out he had bought a proposal ring by one of my favourite designers, Poppy Dandiya, which he had dropped in the sea, which we continued to look for and never found. But thankfully he didn’t lose the diamond and we designed my ring together back in London after spending the most wonderful few days in Tuscany.
We set the date for 13th August 2015. We wanted to get married straight away and once we had decided on our venue, it was the only date left that year, so we went with it!
Our wedding ceremony was at All Saints Church Broughton with Elslack, which was followed by a wedding breakfast at Broughton Hall, Skipton, North Yorkshire. The evening reception was then held at Utopia on The Broughton Hall Estate.
It was the first venue we looked at and we fell in love with it. At first it wasn’t possible as there were no dates available. We returned to look at venues in Italy, but as a Yorkshire girl I really wanted to get married at Broughton Hall. Luckily a date came available and we were very happy it did. It was our perfect venue. We were able to be on the estate for five days and the owners and staff made it feel like it was our home for the week.
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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.
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