March 19th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
It might be Monday (and still bloomin’ freezing!) but how could we be feeling blue with a gorgeous real wedding such as this to kick off the week? Bride and groom, Melanie and Rory, were one of the first couples to book their wedding at Le Petit Chateau – a truly gorgeous French-inspired country manor hotel in the heart of beautiful Northumberland; instantly falling in love with its summer holiday feels.
After getting engaged in the Big Apple, it seemed only fitting that there would be a subtle nod to this special location; and this came in the form of their table names. Keeping things simple though, no other theme was needed. But this doesn’t mean the wedding was lacking in personality or special touches – far from it!
As well as writing their own vows, Rory’s mum aka ‘Crafty Crofty’ stepped in to create some truly wonderful favours, table centrepieces, invitations and decorations for the couple, re-imagining their ideas and bringing them to life. She even baked their elegant white cake. (We’re wondering if we can steal her away for our special occasions too?) We’ll let Melanie tell us more about this quirky DIY approach though – prepare to soak up those Mediterranean vibes!
With images by Kristos Kabiotis Photography.
melanie says: We got engaged on 12th February 2015, in New York. We were in an extremely cold Central Park and Rory was attempting to get me to walk out onto one of the lakes, which had frozen over – I flat out refused as I was scared we’d both end up cracking it and falling through into the freezing water! Instead, we went to see the Alice in Wonderland statue and it was just along from here – on a bank called Cedar Hill – that he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
I was completely taken by surprise and just to make the moment even more magical, it started to snow! He had managed to find possibly one of the few secluded spots in one of the busiest cities in the world where it felt like it was just the two of us. He later told me he wanted to propose on the frozen lake but I’d scuppered that plan!
We always wanted a summer wedding as we love going on holiday and our venue – Le Petit Chateau – definitely provided that Mediterranean vibe. We were one of the first couples to book the venue on its first open day, so were lucky enough to have our pick of the dates available. We ended up choosing a date almost a year from the day we booked!
I’d been interested in the venue since The Apartment Group announced the plans to build a new venue in Otterburn, and we fell in love with Le Petit Chateau the moment we saw its Belle Époque on the open day. We loved the idea of being in one venue for the entire day, so we wouldn’t have to travel between the ceremony and reception.
We had no specific theme for the day, but I loved the idea of naming the tables after places we’d visited on our trip to New York, where we got engaged. We used Central Park as the top table.
I knew I wanted to have a neutral/pastel colour scheme, which would contrast with the venue and its colourful gardens during the summer.
I searched for hours online looking at different wedding dress designers and visited around seven bridal shops trying on almost every style of dress, but nothing was exactly what I wanted. I eventually went to Wed2B at Gateshead, after it was recommended by a colleague and tried on even more dresses…until I found the one! It had everything I had envisioned, and I knew straight away that this was what I wanted to walk down the aisle in.
Rory didn’t want to go for something conventional and had his heart set on a dark tweed suit. We heard about Master Debonair in Boldon from a friend, so Rory and his dad (who was also his best man) went to try on some suits, along with my dad. The guys in the shop were great and allowed Rory, and both dads to try on several suits whilst enjoying a couple of beers (I arrived after work and was delighted to find a glass of prosecco on arrival). Rory eventually decided on a dark blue slim cut suit – he looked very dapper! Rory also selected a skeleton pocket watch and a champagne coloured tie and pocket square.
March 7th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
With the snowy weather finally clearing we can set our sights on the warmer seasons to come, and an abundance of gorgeous spring & summer weddings.
The utterly gorgeous August wedding that we’re sharing on the blog today is certainly whetting or appetite, with blue skies, a stunning strappy gown and delicate detailing.
Real bride Chloe, is a loyal Brides Up North reader *waves* and we’re thrilled that our daily inspiration helped to shape her and Simon’s big day. Keen on all things “glamorous and girly”, Chloe picked a soft, pretty colour scheme of gold and blush pink for their romantic celebrations at the very grand Beamish Hall.
With beautiful, high-impact flower centrepieces to echo the tall ceilings of the hall, festoon lighting swagging from the ceiling, fairy lights climbing the pillars between the tables and a curtain of twinkling lights behind the top table – not to mention an elegant string quartet – Chloe and Simon went all out with sophisticated glamour and achieved the look to a tee.
With images by Beneath The Pines.
chloe says: Simon and I got engaged on 4th October 2015, in Central Park, New York. He took me by complete surprise a couple of days into our trip when he popped the question by the boating lake.
We got married on Saturday 26th August 2017. We chose this date as we wanted a summer wedding. I had envisioned everyone enjoying the beautiful grounds of Beamish Hall in the sunshine and that is what we got. We married at Beamish Hall, County Durham, with the ceremony held in the Shafto Hall, and the reception in the Winter Gardens. I immediately fell in love with the Winter Gardens the first time we went to have a look around the venue – it was just everything we wanted and more. I would recommend Beamish Hall to anyone who is looking for a luxurious wedding. The staff are amazing, the service was second to none all day and everything went perfectly.
For our theme, we chose to go for a modern, romantic-styled wedding. I love anything glamorous and girly. I chose blush pink and gold for our colour scheme, as it went with our theme and I think the colours look so beautiful together. While I was planning our wedding I read (and still do!) the Brides Up North real weddings, as I love reading about how other people style their weddings and what elements they have added in their day to make it unique.
When it came to my dress, I first saw it on an Instagram image of a wedding dress store and I told my mum that was the dress I wanted. Designed by Anna Sorrano, it was only the second dress I tried on and, as soon as I looked in the mirror, I knew it was the dress I wanted to walk down the aisle in – fishtail in style with a low back and lace strap detailing. I bought it from Wed2b in Gateshead. My shoes were Ted Baker.
Simon wanted to wear a navy suit and wanted all of his groomsmen to wear the same, as well as my father and his. We bought each suit from Next. Simon wore a gold tie and the rest wore blush pink.
I wanted my bridesmaids to feel comfortable in their dresses and also for each one to feel as though they suited it. That’s why we went for multi-way dresses, so they could wear it in whichever style they wanted to and they still all matched. We bought the bridesmaid dresses in Debenhams. Two of them wore a champagne gold dress and one a blush pink dress. Our flower girl wore a dress by John Rocha, which was blush pink on the bottom and gold on the top.
February 18th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
“Pick a seat, not a side; we’re all family when the knot is tied,” declared a sign at the marriage ceremony of today’s real wedding couple, Kathryn and Michael. It’s perhaps all the more poignant given the couple hail from opposite sides of the pond, with Michael coming from New York.
As a nod to their different heritages, the couple incorporated some special touches into their day, such as a sweetie table laden with British and American sweets for the guests, and traditional British lawn games set up outside, along with beer pong and corn hole. Not to mention the odd socks worn by the groom and groomsmen – one sporting a Union Jack and the other an American flag, of course!
With images by Melissa Beattie Photography.
kathryn says: We got engaged in October 2015. Michael is American and was living in New York at the time and I was over visiting on holiday. One evening after we had finished eating, Michael told me he had to show me something before we got back on the subway home. We then started walking up Fifth Avenue and Michael kept refusing to tell me what it was, even though I kept pestering him as I was tired and wanted to go home! We eventually got to Central Park, where Michael took me to the side of the lake with the New York skyline in the background and got down on one knee and popped the question! There was just the two of us in a serene Central Park and it was perfect.
We got married on 3rd September 2016. We wanted to get married fairly quickly so Michael could move to the UK, as we had been living apart in separate countries for so long. Michael’s sister and cousins were also getting married over the summer, so we wanted to space the weddings out so everyone had their moment to shine.
We had our ceremony at St John’s Methodist Church in Whitley Bay. This was my family and childhood church and also where my parents got married. We are good friends with Carla, the minister at the church, so it felt really special to be married by someone so close to our family.
We had our reception at Healey Barn – it’s such a beautiful and relaxed place. There’s nothing not to love! We would definitely recommend the venue – everything about the day was perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing about it, and that was down to the slick operation that they run at Healey Barn. The barn is beautiful, the countryside surrounding the barn is breath-taking, and our guests couldn’t stop talking about how amazing the food was!
The theme for the wedding was rustic. The barn itself was so beautiful that it didn’t need a lot of decorations, so I wanted everything to be homemade and to complement the rustic barn setting.
Our colour scheme was sage green and dusky pink. I always wanted quite a soft, romantic colour palette that complemented the natural colours of the countryside. We also used a lot of burlap and lace to complement the rustic barn theme.
January 24th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
We’re always up for making our readers aware of all the cool and classic venue options available for your big day (just buy us a drink sometime, eh?).
One of our favourites in the North East that offers couples something a little different to the norm is The Biscuit Factory – a gorgeous building dating back to the Victoria era that has been transformed into a contemporary art gallery and events space with a stunning choice of options for those big day celebrations!
If this is ticking boxes for you then you’ll want to keep Saturday 10th March, clear in your diary as The Biscuit Factory will be welcoming couples for its Wedding Open Day when you can see its clean and contemporary spaces for yourself while meeting the venue’s team and enjoying a glass of fizz. There’s also the chance to bag 10% discount on your wedding booking. Full details below!
In the meantime, we’re chatting to the venue’s team on the blog today to find out more about what The Biscuit Factory can offer to brides and grooms for a memorable and wow-worthy wedding…
Images by Sean Elliott Photography.
Where is The Biscuit Factory located?
[jnnaopen]the biscuit factory say: The venue is located in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the city’s ultra-cool and bustling cultural quarter – the Ouseburn Valley. We’re surrounded by lots of creative businesses, eateries, a farm and even a horse riding school. The area is rich in local heritage too, with the underground Victoria Tunnel nearby, once used to transport coal down to the River Tyne.
Tell Brides Up North about the venue, what is its history?
True to its name, the venue was indeed a biscuit factory in the Victorian era. Back in 2002, the building was transformed into a contemporary art gallery and is now the largest independent art, craft and design gallery in the UK. In recent years, the business has evolved to include a café, a la carte restaurant and our purpose-built events space, The Biscuit Room.
Which areas of The Biscuit Factory can be used for ceremonies?
Couples can say their vows in our upstairs gallery, which accommodates up to 100 guests, surrounded by beautiful, contemporary artwork. The Biscuit Room, meanwhile, can accommodate up to 150 guests for a ceremony. Alternatively, for something smaller – the Glass House is a more intimate space with an outdoors terrace overlooking the cityscape.
And what areas are available for the reception?
The Biscuit Room accommodates up to 250 guests for a meal and party. This versatile space can be tailored to a couple’s desires, and has played host to a variety of vintage, decadent and stylish themes since it opened in 2014.
How would you describe the look and feel of The Biscuit Factory?
The gallery, with its exposed brickwork, large windows and ceiling beams, provides a stylish and elegant backdrop for a couple’s wedding ceremony with the surrounding artwork offering up pops of colourful, creative flourishes. By contrast, The Biscuit Room is a contemporary, minimalist space that lends itself to practically any theme for the wedding celebrations after – we’ve seen all sorts of props and lighting effects over the past few years and our couples’ visions and ideas never fail to amaze us!
What makes The Biscuit Factory a special wedding venue and sets you apart from others?
We’re one of the largest wedding venues in the city and our spaces are unlike anything else here in Newcastle. Combine this with our quirky urban location, personalised service, versatility and exceptional catering – and we think we have the perfect mix for couples seeking something that’s truly special and memorable.
What sort of bride would be a Biscuit Factory bride?
The Biscuit Factory appeals to all types of brides but we find that a bride with plenty of imagination and creative flair can really make the most of our venue, which is often described as a blank canvas. Our location in the Ouseburn is perfect for the alternative bride craving something a little bit unconventional too.
January 15th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
While it can be tempting to have a complete beauty overhaul ahead of your big day, we believe it’s incredibly important to be the very best version of you on that special day, and not to take things too far so that you look like someone else altogether.
With this being our mantra, we’re very much in favour of our talented Sponsor Alexandra Jane Edgar’s approach to bridal beauty: “you wear the makeup, it does not wear you”. For, as Alexandra explains in today’s post, hiring a professional to create your wedding makeup doesn’t mean changing the way you look, but enhancing your features and complementing your big day plans, with luxury brand products that are kind to skin and long-lasting.
As an out and out pro, with experience of working for and training with some of the world’s most luxurious brands and cosmetics houses, we’ve invited Alexandra to the blog today to tell us more about her fabulous makeup services while also sharing a few top tips and tricks along the way…
With images by Joe Laws Photography.
Can you tell us a little about your background and how you came to be in the wedding industry?
alexandra says: Yearning for a creative career I began working in the cosmetics industry 16 years ago. I have represented the world’s most luxurious brands and cosmetics houses and have had extensive training throughout my career from the industry leading names, such as Lisa Eldridge, Francois Nars, Eve Nom and Sylvie Chantecaille. I have been so fortunate to come into the wedding industry purely through client demand for my services on their big day.
Can you give us an overview of the services that you offer and the area that you cover?
I travel throughout the North East to your bridal venue on your big day. I am based full time in an award-winning wedding and portrait photography studio in Newcastle Upon Tyne. This is where you can come for your makeup trial and very excitingly receive a digital photograph. This is a wonderful opportunity to see how you will photograph on your wedding day whilst giving you a confidence boost and a little experience being in front of a camera. We even host hen party experiences, which is fun opportunity to meet us and trial your big day look, with a fabulous photo shoot of you and your bridal party.
How can brides-to-be prepare for a wedding makeup trial?
Start to consider your wedding day look when you have chosen your palette, flowers etc. so we can complement your ideas. It really is important to know you are going to look and feel your best on your wedding day. I can then also advise you on skincare to really get your complexion radiant in plenty of time for your big day. Afterwards, just relax and look forward to your wedding morning.
Why would you recommend a bride hires in a professional makeup artist for their big day?
Brides tell me they could not have achieved the same look themselves and they all enjoy a professional, pampering and relaxing service on their wedding morning.
What should a bride look for when hiring a makeup artist?
It is your day! You need a good relationship with any professional to feel happy and confident. Experience is essential. I use luxury brands of skincare and makeup and I create looks for ladies of all ages every day.
What would you say is the best part of your job and what you excel at?
I love meeting new people and being a part of your most special day is so rewarding and the feedback from my brides and the bridal party is so positive and encouraging. I am told from my clients that they do not feel any makeup on their skin so they can just feel and be themselves. This is definitely my signature style – you wear the makeup, it does not wear you. Making a woman feel transformed, beautiful and her best is extremely empowering.
Where do you look to for inspiration?
I work in such a creative space, as a team we are constantly challenging ourselves with new looks, lighting techniques, photographic editing. We pore over fashion magazines and Instagram for inspiration and bounce lots of ideas around the studio and on location. We never stop creating – #getcreative is our thing. I recently created a stunning Baroque inspired look for a shoot for Kathryn Russell, an incredible couture bridal gown designer who is based in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne.
What bridal makeup looks are in vogue currently?
Brides always tend to require timeless and classic makeup for their wedding day. I’ve recently noticed an increase in brides requiring elements of glitter and sparkle into their looks too.
December 31st, 2017 | Julia Braime
It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 8th January 2018 (we’re hoping we’ll be over the hangover by then, right?) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from last 6 months.
Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.
This utterly divine real wedding takes place at one of our very favourite Northern venues, the stunning Lartington Hall. Bride and groom, Stephanie and Lee, equally fell for this utterly beautiful setting for their big day with wow-worthy interiors, gorgeous gardens and impressive entertaining spaces as standard.
Keen to complement rather than complicate, the couple decided to let the venue speak for itself and add simple décor using an elegant colour scheme of golds, creams and blush, with whimsical flowers and greenery to complete their classic vision.
Our heart is totally stolen by Stephanie’s pretty Pronovias gown, complete with cathedral-length veil and pointy Emmy shoes. Actual #stylinggoals!
stephanie says: We got engaged in New York on Christmas Eve 2015. I had no idea Lee was going to propose. We had always talked about getting married but always thought it would be in a few more years (even though we had already been together for eight years). We were just walking through Central Park on the morning of Christmas Eve and Lee asked me if I would like to marry him. There was no one else around and he had a little box hidden in his pocket with a note inside. He knows how particular I am so wanted to take me with him so we could choose a ring together. We then went to Tavern On The Green for lunch.
Our wedding date was May 13th 2017. At first, I was a bit dubious about choosing the 13th however we decided to ignore superstition and make 13 a lucky number for us. Plus, it meant all of our favourite suppliers were also available on that day as no one else wanted it!
We got married at Whitburn Parish Church and then went on to the beautiful Lartington Hall, Teesdale, for our reception.
From such a young age I always wanted to get married in my parish church so there was no doubt that the wedding ceremony was going to be there. As for the reception, we wanted a venue where none of our friends and family had been before. And me being me, wanted attention to detail and somewhere that had the wow factor.
We had heard of Lartington Hall but always thought it was a little bit too far (considering we were getting married in Whitburn) but after months of searching for the perfect place we decided to go and view it. We fell in love straight away!
We just wanted our wedding to be traditional, timeless and elegant and to reflect the beauty of Whitburn church and Lartington Hall. When choosing everything we pretty much did a full circle. We started off with very traditional ideas, moved to more rustic themes and then once the venue had been decided, we moved back to elegant and classic. I also wanted the flowers to be very whimsical and full of creams and greens.
For our stationery we chose Megan at Rosewood Co. We had seen Megan’s designs at a wedding fair so made an appointment so she could personalise something for us. Again, we went for very simple and elegant with a pearl ivory pocket fold wedding invitation tied with an ivory ribbon and name tag. The evening invitations had a hand drawn image of Lartington Hall on and the order of service had a hand drawn image of Whitburn Parish Church on. Our name place cards also had an image of Lartington Hall on and were finished with some dried flowers and ivory ribbon. Megan was extremely helpful and was in contact all of the time making sure it was exactly what we wanted. We again had some lovely comments from our guests about the stationery. It all turned out to be just what we wanted.
We went for very neutral colour scheme overall of golds, creams and blush. Again, we wanted the colours to be elegant and classic but also have a summery feel. I also thought about the colours that would suit my bridesmaids.
My wedding gown was a Pronovias design from Mia Sposa in Newcastle. Every time I looked at wedding dresses I searched ‘plain wedding dresses’ so knew I was going to go for something very simple and traditional. I also loved the Pronovias designs. My chosen dress was the first one I tried on. I did try a few other different styles on but knew that the first one was ‘the one’. I also feel that because it had a full skirt, it suited the grandeur of a church wedding.
With the dress being very simple, I decided to have a crystal and pearl vine hair piece in my hair and a single tier, chapel-length veil which was edged with lace, also from Mia Sposa.
I also wanted to treat myself to a special pair of shoes and knew that I always wanted pointy shoes rather than sandals or a peep toe. I saw a pair of Emmy shoes at a wedding fair and fell in love with them straight away.
For jewellery, I wore a pair of single pearl earrings that belonged to my nanna (something old) and a pearl bracelet to match.
It wasn’t too difficult for Lee to choose a suit either. He knew that he wanted to wear something a bit different as he ‘could wear a navy suit anytime,’ so he went for a tux. We hired his tux from Moss Bros. We also felt like this reflected the vintage/1920s feel of Lartington Hall. Many people said you don’t really wear tuxedos for church weddings but again we wanted to be a bit different so just went ahead with it. His shoes were from Kurt Geiger. The groomsmen wore the same as Lee.
The bridesmaid’s dresses were peach and were from Watters, which we bought from Laura Lea Boutique in Old Eldon Square, Newcastle. The girl there was so friendly and helpful and knew exactly what styles suited different body shapes.
The bridesmaids also wore matching heart shaped, crystal earrings and necklace from Swarovski – which we bought them as a gift.
Marie Scroggins at ND Makeup did our hair and makeup. Marie was so helpful and such a lovely girl to share the morning of the wedding with. I have known Marie a while and always knew I wanted her to do my wedding hair and makeup. She offered advice both at the trial and on the day but also listened to mine and the bridesmaid’s requests and ideas.
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