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river deep, mountain high. anna sul y for a chic garden wedding at eleven didsbury park- jess & craig

December 11th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Chic Garden Wedding at Eleven Didsbury Park (c) Nik Bryant (20)

Today’s love-struck couple, Jess and Craig got engaged 4,000 metres up the Rocky Mountains, but wanted to come back down to earth with an elegant garden themed wedding. And it was the stunning Eleven Didsbury Park – a luxury villa hotel close to Manchester – that ended up being their venue of choice, providing the enviable backdrop to their celebrations.

Keeping things understated and natural, the newlyweds went for a subtle sage colour scheme complemented by some rather gorgeous florals, including amnesia roses, blue thistle, white veronica and eucalyptus gunnii, not to mention plenty of wood, hessian and candles for decoration.

Though sticking to a strict budget, our savvy couple pulled together lots of special touches and treats, including an indulgent cake table (yes, that’s a whole table of cakes!), and we for one are bowled over by their special day.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Nik Bryant Photography

A Chic Garden Wedding at Eleven Didsbury Park (c) Nik Bryant (4)

jess says: Craig proposed at the very top of the Rocky Mountains, at 4,000m on Peak Eight of Breckenridge ski resort in March 2016. He pretended he wanted to take a photo of us and set up the GoPro, but in fact was filming. He got the whole proposal on film! It was a stunning sunny day, very windy and freezing cold, with the most incredible view. After proposing, Craig produced two small bottles of champagne and glasses, which he’d hidden in his backpack. He almost got frostbite in his fingers as a result of taking his gloves off to give me the ring and pour the champagne!

A Chic Garden Wedding at Eleven Didsbury Park (c) Nik Bryant (1)

We got married on 30th July 2017. We wanted the wedding to be in the summer so that we could have a garden wedding or garden reception. We also chose a date that would mean that all of our close family and friends could be there.

We initially went to the open day at Didsbury House Hotel, and at the end of our visit they asked if we wanted to also see their sister venue Eleven Didsbury Park. We wandered down the road and when we saw the gardens, we completely fell in love with the idea of a garden wedding there.

We had planned to get married in the walled gardens of Eleven Didsbury Park Hotel, however in the end there’d been so much rain the week before that the ground was too soft. Instead we got married in the Blue Room of Didsbury House Hotel, which was pretty perfect and a beautiful back-up plan. We then had the reception back at Eleven Didsbury Park in the gardens there.

A Chic Garden Wedding at Eleven Didsbury Park (c) Nik Bryant (25)

Neither of us are religious however I had a Jewish upbringing. We chose a Humanist ceremony as it allowed us to create a personal ceremony bespoke to us.

Our absolute best decision was using Hannah Wroe Gill as our Humanist Celebrant. It was the one thing we went well over budget on, but she created the most personal ceremony bespoke to us and which had all our guests in tears and talking about the ceremony afterwards.

A Chic Garden Wedding at Eleven Didsbury Park (c) Nik Bryant (47)

We decided against having a strong theme. We felt that the venue itself had such great character and the gardens were beautiful in themselves. We planned a relaxed and understated garden wedding with personal touches and a natural feel.

We wanted the bridesmaids to look fantastic and feel comfortable in their dresses so we picked them out first before deciding on a colour scheme. With two brunettes and one redhead, sage green dresses from Little Mistress suited them best, so we went with that.

The guys then picked out the ties and pocket squares to match – they even took one of the dresses shopping with them to make sure they got it right – what absolute stars!

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our love story: natalie & sim

July 5th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

Our Love Story - Natalie & Sim (c) Nik Bryant Photography (10)

Today’s couple Natalie and Sim are set to tie the knot this weekend in the beautiful village of Ramsbottom (excited much!). Good luck guys!

In preparation for their big day, they undertook a relaxed engagement shoot that serves up a bucket load of urban magic and smiles aplenty, with the couple posing in stairwells, next to metal gates and seated next to stacks of luggage.

There’s some wonderful pops of colour too; Natalie’s bright yellow anorak and the beautiful pink blossom trees are just two of our highlights. Here, Natalie tells us more about their journey together so far and – as they prepare to walk down the aisle – what they’re most looking forward to as newlyweds.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Nik Bryant Photography.

Our Love Story - Natalie & Sim (c) Nik Bryant Photography (18)

natalie says: We got engaged in Barcelona just after watching the Magic Fountain show. It was a very exciting surprise, though I have to admit that I did have my suspicions!

We’re planning on getting married at The Fisherman’s Retreat in Ramsbottom on 8th July 2017. Not long to go now!

Our Love Story - Natalie & Sim (c) Nik Bryant Photography (21)

We met on a night out in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, which involved a dance off! For our first date, we went back to the Northern Quarter and had such a great night.

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our love story: lauren & dan

June 13th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

Our Love Story - Lauren & Dan (c) Nik Bryant (12)

There are smiles, laughter and sunshine aplenty in today’s laid-back engagement shoot; the epitome of newly-engaged-couple-goals, if we do say so ourselves!

Lauren and Dan decided home is where the heart is, and opted for a pre-wedding shoot in the place where they’ve forged so many wonderful memories together – the market town of Ramsbottom in Bury.

Having met on dating app Tinder, the couple felt completely at ease with one another from day one and we think this more than shows in their adorable outdoorsy photo shoot. We can’t wait to see the photos from their big day later this year!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Nik Bryant Photography

Our Love Story - Lauren & Dan (c) Nik Bryant (8)

lauren says: In October last year, we had been talking about buying a house. Dan had been snappy with me so I was beginning to think he was having second thoughts. It turned out he just didn’t like keeping a secret from me, and so one day, he asked me to close my eyes and then asked me to marry him. I opened my eyes and there he was with a gorgeous ring that he’d chosen completely by himself. The best surprise ever – I had no idea!

Our Love Story - Lauren & Dan (c) Nik Bryant (25)

We are getting married on 22nd December of this year in Ramsbottom at St Paul’s Church with a reception at the nearby Civic Hall. We knew straight away we wanted to have the wedding where we lived – it’s such a lovely town and holds so many memories for us.

Our Love Story - Lauren & Dan (c) Nik Bryant (15)

We met on Tinder – we still laugh when we tell people. We’d both only been on the site for a few days when we started talking to each other and ended up messaging every day for two weeks before we met.

For our first date, we went to the Peveril of the Peak just off Oxford Road in Manchester to play darts (his idea!). I thrashed Dan, obviously!

Our Love Story - Lauren & Dan (c) Nik Bryant (19)

As for ‘true love’, we both definitely felt it was different between us, even before we had met face to face, and we felt very relaxed with each other once the nerves had subsided!

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