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Flower Power. Charlotte Balbier For A Real Wedding In Lancashire – Caroline & Stuart

April 2nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

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It’s off to Ormskirk, Lancs this evening as we join Caroline and Stuart to share in their gorgeous Real Wedding.  Caroline chose to style her day with an abundance of floral displays – to blooming beautiful effect!

With images by Stephen Rooney at Natural Touch Photography

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Caroline says:  We got engaged in Cyprus in July 2012 and were married on 11th October 2013 at West Tower Country House Hotel, Ormskirk. 

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We had looked at about thirteen venues across the North West but we couldn’t decide on any. There was something not right about all of them for us, but then we visited West Tower and it was absolutely perfect. Beautiful setting, friendly staff, incredibly organised – it just felt right.

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I stayed at Formby Hall the night before with my family and bridesmaids and my chief drove us over to the West Tower in the morning where we got ready.

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I chose quite a vintage style dress. It was Mocha in colour with cream lace over the top. It was a Charlotte Balbier dress from The White Closet in Didsbury.

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After lots of shopping around and trying on, the bridesmaids were in navy dresses from Coast and the groomsmen were in grey tails from Groom in Liverpool.

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I carried a hand tied bouquet of whites and creams, the majority of which were roses.  We used Flowerstyle by Laurie who is in Formby – an absolutely amazing florist.

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As a special treat for our guests we used Ice Cream Dub who provided our chosen ice cream and sorbet and served them from their vintage VW camper van.

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Steven Rooney of Natural Touch Photography was our choice of photographer.  He was very easy going and professional.

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Red Events Creative provided the chair covers and sashes and Flowerstyle By Laurie our beautiful centrepieces.  Our table plan was our favourite places we had travelled to together rather than numbers. 

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Our cake was the “Vintage Fairy-tale” design from Waitrose – just beautiful. 

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We used DJ Steve Mitchell in the evening.  He really was excellent.  Our free bar also helped too get the party going!

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I loved every bit of the day!  I really enjoyed getting ready with bridesmaids in the morning, I loved the actual ceremony which surprised us both, the speeches were fantastic and I finished off the day dancing with my new husband and then my Dad! Just seeing everyone having a blast was amazing!

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After the wedding we went to Australia for an epic honeymoon for five and a half weeks, stopping in Dubai on the way home.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is that flowers make such an impact. Shop around for the best but always barter!

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Congratulations Caroline & Stuart!

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Sparkling Romance. Justin Alexander For A Twinkly Vintage Wedding At Mitton Hall – Jennifer & Ryan

March 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Project Valentine

We’re all smiles in the Brides Up North office this morning after a very, very lovely day at our Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition yesterday at Ramside Hall Hotel.  I commented on Facebook last night that I’ve not seen so many excited brides and grooms in one place for a while, and it was great to see you all – another cracker of a day!  Thank you to our fabulous exhibitors who packed the huge banqueting spaces with wedding pretty and each and every one of you who came along to support the Northern Revolution.

Snaps to you!

Right back to it this morning as we join Jennifer and Ryan for their twinkly vintage Real Wedding at Mitton Hall.  With images by Project Valentine, this is one sparkling celebration.  Take it easy this Monday morning, and feel the love…

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Jennifer says:  On my birthday (21st December 2012) there was an extra present under the tree which was a bunch of cupcakes made to look like roses with ‘Will You Marry Me?’ written on the centre one.

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We were married on 23rd December 2013 at Mitton Hall, Mitton, Whalley.  We chose the venue because it was a mixture of old and new. It is a 15th century building with old dark wood and balconies and has a new extension that is light and modern. 

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I chose a vintage theme for the wedding.  I wanted to find a bridesmaid dress first that everyone would be happy with and decided that would be the colour scheme. These were ivory, pink and purple so we used this throughout the decorations.

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I bought my dress from Lulu Browns in Whalley. It was a Justin Alexander dress, I fell in love with it when I saw it. It had the vintage lace feel but it was heavily embellished with sequins and beads.

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The bridesmaid dresses were from Debenhams, they were so different from anything else we had seen.  We bought all the suits from Next so everybody could keep them.

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Our photographers were called Project Valentine and they did a fabulous job. They focus more on natural shots and you hardly notice they are there which made the day very relaxed.

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We found a lady called Chris who has a company called Beautifully Vintage. She did all the vintage table settings and decorations in the room and it looked stunning.

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We bought a four tier lemon cake from Marks and Spencer and decorated it the day before with matching flowers. 

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I bought some artificial roses and made our bouquets myself. I used Christmas decorations and fancy beads to give them the vintage look.

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Our favourite part of the day was when all the ceremony and speeches had been done we could finally relax and enjoy the party with our guests. We used SJ Enterprises and they provided a DJ, chocolate fountain and casino tables so there wasn’t a gap between the night and day.

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For our honeymoon we are looking forward to going to Greece in the Summer. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to seek help where appropriate.  I am quite creative and found it hard not to do everything by myself. I made all the stationery but it did stress me out slightly. The best thing I did was get suppliers to do the table dressing – it just made it so special. I even considered making the cake myself but I am glad we bought one in the end!

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Congratulations Jennifer & Ryan!

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I Gotta Feelin’. A Short & Flippy Ted Baker Frock & Red Peonies For A Real Wedding In Manchester – Charlotte & Pete

March 6th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Lucie & Bruce Photography

So here’s an interesting thing.  These images of Charlotte and Pete’s cute and funky city centre wedding feature almost no “detail” (in the traditional sense… centrepieces, stationery, favours) at all.  But I’d bet that you’re still feeling inspired?!

So where’s the wedding inspiration at?  Right there.  In the “feeling” of it all.  In their cool style choices, their city centre location, their hugely fun looking friends and family, their beaming smiles and their made-for-each-other kisses.  Their wedding was their wedding, no question about it.   

Have fun, be yourselves and be inspired to plan your wedding your way.  If it’s even half as cool as Charlotte and Pete’s day, you’re doing alright. 

With images by Lucie & Bruce.   

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Charlotte says:  We got engaged in June 2011 in our kitchen! Pete put the ring in a Krispy Kreme donut!  We were married on 8th June 2013 at Manchester Registry Office

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We wanted a city centre wedding rather than a country house and chose a black and red colour scheme. 

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The girls stayed in Malmaison Manchester the night before and we all walked down to M.A.C at House Of Fraser in the morning for our make up – they got to keep the make up they liked as a gift from me. 

My hair was by Hayley Staniland. 

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Once we were ready we hopped in a black cab to the registry office. 

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My dress was short with a full skirt and a vintage look from Ted Baker.  I carried a bouquet of red roses and peonies from Funky Floral in Rochdale. 

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My bridesmaids looked hot in black Karen Millen pencil dresses. Our groomsmen simple grey suits from Next… and Converse trainers of course!

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My favourite part of the day was walking into the registry office to a string version of Coldplay’s Paradise, and seeing Pete choking up when he saw me.

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Following the wedding we all went for a meal at Grill On The Alley. 

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Our cake was a stack of Krispy Kreme doughnuts and after dinner we had a disco night at Malmaison with a photobooth from Bloom Pics – we made our own entertainment!

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My dad’s speeches were really special.  He read an email from my brother in Oz who couldn’t be there. I think everyone shed a tear at that!

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For our honeymoon, we went to Tavira in Portugal in a beautiful villa with the kids and my parents. They helped so much with the kids and we got to have a few luxury days to ourselves. Our bridesmaids and groomsmen also bought us a night in a stunning hotel. Very nice!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax! Nobody notices the tiny details. The people you invite make your wedding.

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Congratulations Charlotte & Pete!

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Amazing Lace. Enzoani For A Real Wedding At Adlington Hall, Cheshire – Louisa & John

March 5th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Jo Bradbury Photography at Adlington Hall

Flying by the seat of our skinny jeans this morning to bring you this rather late first instalment of the day!  What can I say, this week in the Brides Up North office is Hectic.  With that capital H.  We’re in the middle of an event sandwich: four beautiful Brides Up North wedding exhibitions over four adjacent weekends, with our biggest show of this season this weekend – but then you know all about that don’t you?  Throw in playtime with a (nearly) one year old, an appearance as official blogger at The North West Wedding Fair over in Manchester this Friday (I can’t wait), goody bag stuffing, floor plan drawing, sign writing and a husband who thinks its cool* to head off skiing with his mates during our busiest week yet… and you can see why we’re winging it a little.

*It’s so not cool Alan. 

We’re not skimping on the pretty though, because Louisa and John’s gorgeous Real Wedding at the always stunning Adlington Hall in Cheshire has real wow factor!  And that, Brides Up North, is exactly what we like around these parts. Enjoy.

With images by Jo Bradbury

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Jo Bradbury Photography at Adlington Hall

Louisa says:  We got engaged on 23 December 2011 at Tatton Park, Knutsford. John got down on one knee by the lake in the pouring rain!

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We were married on 8th December 2013 at Adlington Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire. We had a civil ceremony in the Great Hall and the wedding breakfast and reception in the Hunting Lodge.

We wanted to have a venue where we could have a civil service and the wedding breakfast in one place. We were looking for a venue that had a room for the service that was a bit special, particularly given the time of year with the expectation that most of the day would be spent inside. We fell in love with Adlington Hall as soon as we looked round. It had the wow factor whilst still feeling really intimate. An added bonus is that the whole place is exclusively yours for the day and the staff were excellent, very professional but also extremely down to earth.

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A lace theme ran through the day, from my dress, to the invitations and table plan, to the detail on our wedding cake. We thought this helped to create a bit of a “winter wonderland” feel.

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I wore an Enzoani dress from The Wedding Shop in Alderley Edge with a lace bolero. It was totally different and much bigger than I thought I would go for but I loved it as soon as I tried it on. I also had pair of sparkly Jimmy Choos.

John, his best men and ushers hired navy morning suits from Savoy Tailors Guild (Moss Bros) in Manchester.

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Jo Bradbury Photography at Adlington Hall

Jo Bradbury Photography at Adlington Hall

Jo Bradbury Photography at Adlington Hall

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Fabulously Floral. A Real Wedding In Chester – Michelle & Rob

February 3rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This wedding differs from a lot of the submissions we usually receive here at Brides Up North – because this time its the groom in the driving seat.  In fact, he loved the whole process so much that he’s considering a career in the wedding industry.  Watch this space.

Rob writes:  Out of the two of us, I have loads of artistic flare, and Michelle really isn’t fussed on anything creative! When it came to organizing the wedding, Michelle really hadn’t a clue where to start, and so basically left it up to me. Not to say she wasn’t interested – we made a deal – she would concentrate on the dress and I would sort the venue! We did all main bits together but the actual decorating of the venue was all down to me. She was banned until the big day! 

I loved every minute of the build up. I knew what I wanted and made most of the stuff myself. In fact I enjoyed it that much I am hoping to start up in the industry this year.

I think the man’s a natural.  So, let’s hear all about his vision… over to you Rob. 

Images by Helen Hates Peas Photography.  

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Rob says: I asked Michelle to marry me at home on Christmas day in 2010 next to the Christmas tree. I hid the ring box at the back of the tree. After we had finished getting ready to go to her parents’ house, I said I had forgotten one last gift. When she opened her eyes I was on one knee!

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We were married on 18th August 2013 at Trafford Hall, Mickle Traford, Chester.  We wanted somewhere pretty and not overbearing that none of our friends or family had been to before. Somewhere all our guests could stay, somewhere we could have free reign over suppliers and not be dictated to by the venue’s preferred suppliers, and above all, somewhere reasonably priced. We loved the old Georgian house and that the venue is run by a charity who promotes eco values. The guests’ rooms were outdoor stables with wild flower turf roofs which were a brilliant talking point as guests arrived and went into their little hideaways. They try and source most of their food locally and try and grow all the veg onsite.

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Our theme was country floral. I have had a passion for flowers since a young boy and eventually studied garden design at Uni. I had an idea of the way I wanted the venue to look, and it involved lots of flowers and greenery. The venue and location were perfect for a country fayre style wedding, which I think is what we achieved.

We didn’t really have a colour scheme, just lots of floral prints. It could have gone horribly wrong, but it worked superbly!

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Michelle wore a crystal and sash White One Bridal sweetheart ball gown from the 2012 collection which she bought from Boda Bridal in Chester. Hannah (bridesmaid) made Michelle’s veil as a personal gift. Her shoes were diamanté flip flops from Oasis.

I wanted to stand out from the best men and ushers, so chose a two piece 0suit from Zara in French Navy. I had a bespoke lilac tweed waistcoat made for me by Crichton of Chester. They also made my shirt and sewed in a contrasting floral pattern to the cuffs and collar for when I took my tie off at night. I wore a silk floral hydrangea tie that I bought from G Room in Hoole, Chester.

We both have a favourite jeweller in Chester called Chique based in St Michael’s Precinct. Michelle’s engagement ring is from there as our wedding rings. As a surprise, I met with Adam, the owner, and selected a pair of pearl earrings for Michelle to wear on the day. I asked Hannah to give them to her on the wedding morning. Little did I know that Michelle had also gone in and spoke to Adam and selected a pair of pearl cufflinks as a surprise for me! Without even knowing we had matching earrings and cufflinks!

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Michelle carried a mixture of garden flowers including dahlias, anthirrinun, scabious, everlasting sweet peas, daiseys, astrantia, cornflower, amongst others. I didn’t want to be an understated groom, so my button hole was equally as flamboyant. I had the same flowers as Michelle, but with the addition of a sprig of thalictrum – a delicate purple flower.

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Michelle walked down the isle to Etta James ‘At last’ and we both walked out to Jackie Wilson ‘I get the Sweetest Feeling’.

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Memoirs Of A Ballerina. A Styled Shoot By White Memoirs

January 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Yesterday, I shared a beautiful shoot to share the designs of milliner Rebecca Jagger, and it just so happens that Rebecca’s work (which she is offering at a 10% discount to Brides Up North readers until the end of February – click here) is shown off in this styled shoot too, sent to me by Rachael, Brides Up North Featured Supplier and owner of The Social Butterfly

As well as telling you all about out own amazing events we also like to share carefully selected diary dates from our sponsors and friends that we think might interest our discerning readers.  I’ve already told you about The Social Butterfly’s forthcoming event on 16th February 2014, and this is a styled shoot devised by the exhibitors at that event to show you a little of what they are all about. For full details of the event, see my original post here. 

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Meanwhile, I’ll allow Rachael to set the mood:  Alone in her dressing room, a ballerina waits for her beau. Gazing at her perfect porcelain reflection in a handheld vintage mirror, she anticipates his arrival.  She lights the room with candles and puts her favourite record, 1920’s French jazz. Gently parting her lips, smiling with her eyes, she remembers their last romantic rendezvous in Paris.

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Taking the time to re-read his anecdotes of affection and to appreciate his lavish yet so thoughtful gestures a single dipped rose, an elegant pair of pearl droplet earrings and a jewel encrusted neck collar, her heart beats faster as his approach becomes nearer.

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Only Natural. A Real Engagement In Liverpool – Clare & Neil

January 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Katy Mutch Photography

I’ve absolutely loads of wedding pretty to share with you in the coming weeks (yippee!) so I’m popping by this weekend with an extra post and this pretty beachy shoot to celebrate North West couple Clare and Neil’s engagement.

Clare and Neil will be back to share their Real Wedding photographs with Brides Up North soon.  And how about you?  Do you say “I do” in 2014? I’d love to hear from you and all about your plans.  That’s why I’ll never stop sharing engagement shoots here at Brides Up North… I’m just too nosy (come on, admit it, you too?) and I’m all about the love stories. 

Get in touch with your own engagement news or leave a comment on the blog: what are you looking forward to this year?

Images by Katy Mutch Photography

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Clare says:  Neil asked me to marry him in Paris. He took me there for my 30th Birthday and proposed in a lovely restaurant on our last night.

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We got married on Sunday 29th September 2013 in the Racquet Club in Liverpool.  We wanted a city wedding because we met on a night out around Christmas time in a bar in Liverpool City Centre.and our first date was a meal and drinks in the same place. 

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Katy Mutch Photography

Our biggest wish for married life is to start a family and just to be as happy as we are now. 

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Katy Mutch Photography

We enjoyed the engagement shoot with Katy and were really happy with the photographs. It was good preparation for our wedding pictures, and we felt really relaxed on our big day.  We’ll be back soon to share our Real Wedding with Brides Up North. 

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Congratulations Clare & Neil!

 

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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Colour Me Beautiful! Vera Wang For A Rainbow Wedding In Cheshire – Laura & Rob

December 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for what’s set to be the biggest and best year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty.

Usual service will recommence on 2nd January 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings in 2013.  Drop in every day for the very, very prettiest wedding inspiration and if you are a Brides Up North bride, to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks.

Matt Bowen Photography

We first met Laura & Rob back in 2012 when I featured their beautiful, colourful engagement shoot on the wedding blog.  Fast forward a year and it’s time for their equally colourful and even more beautiful Real Wedding in Cheshire.  Today’s celebration is bright, bold and very, very lovely… and is that a Vera Wang wedding dress I spot amongst those rainbow blooms?!  Lucky Laura.

With images by Matt Bowen Photography.

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Laura says:  Rob proposed on Christmas day 2011 at the top of a hill…my favourite view.  We were married on Thursday 25th July, 2013 at Peover Golf Club, Knutsford, Cheshire.

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Matt Bowen Photography

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The venue just felt so right for us – open and light, not too big or grand, lovely lawn and amazing management and catering links!

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Cheshire Wedding Photographer Peover Golf Club

Cheshire Wedding Photographer

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Matt Bowen Photography

We wanted the day to be happy and carefree so there was lots of colour and a little shabby chic! Generally we had a multi coloured theme with bright flowers and different colour dresses for each bridesmaid. Rob chose his suit purely because he loved it, a blue suit with a deep red tie. We didn’t want it all to be too structured and matching, we just liked what we liked!

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Matt Bowen Photography

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Matt Bowen Photography

I usually go for the more dressed-up looks on nights out so I wanted to look really natural and just pretty. I was very lucky to be able to find an amazing Vera Wang dress that I accessorized with Jimmy Choo peep toe stilettos and a full length veil.

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The bridesmaids wore different coloured dresses from Monsoon, each colour suiting them perfectly. Rob bought his suit and his groomsmen’s suits from M&S – lovely blue suits with waistcoats that had a deep red back, matching their ties.

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

I carried a hand tied bouquet of  really bright, happy flowers, a lovely mix including roses, sweet peas and dahlias.

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I was not intending on having a car but ended up getting one the week before. It was a lovely old retro one, with free champagne, bonus!

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Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

We chose a beautiful little two tiered white cake with fresh flowers. Nice and simple… with a hidden Batman underneath it as a nod to Robs man crush!

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Olive Tree Catering were absolutely amazing – everyone said it was the best wedding food they had ever had!

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen our photographer really went the extra mile to make sure we had precious photos we will love for years to come.

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Our friend Charlie is a tree surgeon so we asked him to get hold of a really wide slice of a tree trunk that we used as guest book. He is going to put legs on it so we can use it as a coffee table! Robs also a huge whisky fan so we had a variety of flowers in whisky bottles instead of vases.

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

I was the most terrified of doing our first dance but it ended up being my most fun bit! Being flung around by Rob to “The Snake” by Al Wilson, with everyone joining in… such a fun time!

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

The Wedding Crashers are our friends so our evening entertainment was an easy choice! They got everyone dancing all night… especially when Rob got on stage to do the Blues Brother intro rap, thanking everyone for coming!

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

We were lucky enough to have a mini moon in a Tuscan villa just outside of Florence straight after the day and then a month later we went to Kalkan in Turkey to an amazing hotel with our own pool and garden! Perfect relaxation and nice way to ease back into real life!

Matt Bowen Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that as hard as it is, make sure the day is what you and your partner want, not what friends and family think – its your day and you have your own vision, you’ll only regret it if you do something for the wrong reasons.

Matt Bowen Photography

Congratulations Laura & Rob!

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Fun Romance. A Real Wedding At Eaves Hall – Emily & Nick

December 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Jonny Draper Photography

Today we join Brides Up North reader Emily and her new husband Nick for their traditionally elegant yet fun filled celebration (because isn’t that what matters most?) in Clitheroe, all captured beautifully by Brides Up North Featured Supplier and friend, Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Emily says:  We got engaged on 5th October 2012 at Beetham Tower in Manchester in the same spot that he first told me he was falling in love with me.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

We were married on 19th October 2013 at Eaves Hall, Clitheroe.  It was one of the only venues we could find that was stunning from the outside but also modern and intimate on the inside. It brings together a stately home and a boutique hotel under one roof – oh and the best bit of it was, it was all ours.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Our theme kind of evolved over time, we took all the things we loved and that defined us as a couple, together with our venue and put them down on a board – when it all came together we recognised we had a kind of fun, romantic, British elegance theme – we ended up summarising it as playfully romantic.

We chose an ivory colour palette with shades of purple – from pinky purples to dark purples – we didn’t want a consistent or regimented block of colour. 

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

I got my amazing, stunning and beautiful wedding dress from Emma Draper at the fabulous Love Bridal Boutique. Emma not only helped me find it, but helped me modify it to fit my individual style.

I also got my veil, jewellery, shoes and garter from Love Bridal Boutique – in fact on the day I was a Love Bridal bride from head to toe.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Our groomsmen suits came from Whitfield & Ward in Wilmslow and our bridesmaid dresses came from Bespoke Brides in Mollington, Chester. 

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Eaves Hall has a fantastic little bridal lodge at the end of the drive, where my bridesmaids and I stayed the night before and got ready the morning of the big day.

Although they offered us their very plush cars to take us up to the hall in the morning, I wanted to walk up with my dad and the girls so I could take in the beauty of it all and soak in the moment.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

One of the most important things for us was to get a photographer that understood us and what we wanted. That’s why we choose Jonny Draper Photography.

He instantly understood the best way to capture our day so that our photos would show the fun, relaxed essence we were looking.

We didn’t want lots of posed shots, we just wanted everyone to have a good time – we wanted our photographer to blend in with our guests and become part of the wedding- and Jonny is amazing at doing this.

He made our wedding day even more enjoyable than we could have imagined, by not only capturing every single moment and emotion but doing it in such a fluid and relaxed way that it blended into the day rather than felt like a chore for either us or our guests.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

We worked with the very talented Flower Design not only for beautiful neutral tone flowers I carried on the day but for all the button holes, bouquets and venue dressing. The flowers were central to bringing our theme and wedding to life; they were stunning and brought the entire day together perfectly.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Our beloved bulldog couldn’t be there – but we didn’t want to leave him out of the day – so we not only incorporated him into our save the date, wedding cake and favours but we also had a cocktail hour in his honour – with a chubby bulldog cocktail served in a mini milk bottles with his face on them – using stickers from moo.com

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We worked with Joe from Specialized Cakes to design and make a bespoke wedding cake that incorporated our Bulldog topper (made by Sarah at Character Creations).

It was three tiers – vanilla, chocolate and lemon sponges. With sugar paste flowers to match our wedding flowers by Flower Design– with little dog bones and paw prints leading to the top of the cake.

Specialized Cakes also made our favours which were little chocolate cupcakes with dog bones on top – placed in a purple cake cases and boxed with a purple ribbon.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

We had an evening DJ included in the Eaves Hall package, however, as we had an 11am start we had bits of entertainment throughout the day for our guests.

We had Steve Christie as our pianist as he was used his classical training to deliver modern, relevant music – which is more our style such as Rhianna and Kings of Leon. He played as guests arrived and during our drinks reception.

We also had Evan Young – an acoustic guitarist – who played modern ‘band style’ music in the bar during our cocktail hour. Giving it a relaxed pub feel.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

If I had to pick my favourite part of the day I think it would be our first dance.

When we got engaged our first dance was the one thing I was dreading – never having danced in a formal way before.  Now the song choice was easy to make – because it was ‘our’ song, but we quickly learnt wasn’t that easy to dance to. We choose Celo Green ‘Forget You’.

However, we were very lucky to have the amazing Ailsa Baker Dance, who worked out a simple yet fun routine for us and brought us together as dancing partners. She made us feel so relaxed and confident.

On the day it was so much fun to do and such a surprise for our guests – I think we literally took their breath away with our fancy footwork. It is a memory that will stay with us forever.

Jonny Draper Photography

For our honeymoon we went to Vegas, baby!

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What advice would I give to my fellow Brides Up North?  Well, the best thing I did was have an open mind and a relaxed approach to the fact everything didn’t need to match. This meant it took the pressure off everything and everyone, making it all so much more enjoyable and relaxed.

The fact we didn’t have one consistent block colour also meant our wedding appeared to have more layers and textures and had quite a laid back feel to it.

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Congratulations Emily & Nick!

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Pearly Princess. An Elegant Real Wedding At Peckforton Castle–Isobel & Gary

December 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

Phil Drinkwater Photography

I’m going to start sharing my prettiest Real Weddings every Tuesday.  Spirits lightened, just like that!

This morning we are in Cheshire with Isobel and Gary, sharing in their beautiful and elegant autumn celebration at the glorious Peckforton Castle.  A warm colour palette, layers of lace and pearls and a whole lot of love.  My kinda wedding.

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Phil Drinkwater.

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Isobel says:  Gary proposed to me at the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge on 6h October 2011. We were both dressed in boiler suits and attached to the bridge. Gary had been in talks with the company for well over a year and they made the proposal seamless, i.e. turning off the metal detector so that the ring wouldn’t show up. I had absolutely no idea!

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

We got married on Saturday 19th October 2013 – our 4 year anniversary since getting together.

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

We got married at the Holy Ascension in Upton as it was my family church. My christening was performed there.

We chose Peckforton Castle in Tarporley for many reasons.  It’s a grand venue, which creates an impact on arrival, the building and grounds are simply beautiful, with the décor providing a grand yet modern touch and the log fires made it feel like a warm and cosy day even in the middle of October.  The professionalism of the staff is second to none, nothing we had experienced at other venues.

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Our theme was pearl and lace. We included lace and pearls around the candles which covered the church and the great hall (wedding breakfast venue). We also had pearls dripping from the candelabra centre pieces. Both of my dresses included lace and pearls. The girls were given pearl bracelets around their napkins as one of their favours.  Because it was October, we chose a warm aubergine purple as our base colour. 

 Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

My day dress was purchased from Cheshire Brides in Frodsham, was an ivory, heavy satin, straight cut dress with full body skirt (including pockets!) It included a diamond belt around the middle which fastened at the back in a diamond bow. Ivory and diamond buttons flowed all the way down the back of the dress. I then had a bespoke lace, off the shoulder jacket made, with matching buttons fastening at the back.

When it was time to party, I changed into a lace and pearl fishtail dress with bespoke thin straps over my shoulders from Bespoke Brides  in Mollington.

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

My bridesmaids wore aubergine, one shoulder full length chiffon gowns from Bespoke Brides in Mollington. The groomsmen wore grey tails with matching grey waistcoat and aubergine cravat and handkerchief from Moss Bros. 

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

I carried a hand tied bouquet of Avalanche, Sweet Avalanche, Memory Lane and Cool water roses with flecks of cream Waxflower, Gypsophila and Alma Flora, framed with more Gypsophila from Lavender Blue. 

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Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Gary says his favourite moment was the first sight of me coming down the aisle, but for me leaving the church with my new husband was the best feeling ever!

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

We had a lot of personal touches.  On each table there was paper to write the guest’s favourite moments of the bride and groom and guess the speech length betting slips.  We also had personalised monopoly money for the poker/roulette tables with a picture of Gary and I at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Our entertainment was a lot of fun,  We had a string quartet for the church and drinks reception (The Endymion String Quartet), singing waiters for the wedding breakfast (Divas Disguised) and poker and roulette tables and sweets tables for the interim after the wedding breakfast by Hipswing Entertainments  After the meal we had an Interactive DJ and 5 piece band “The Coolers” for the reception. 

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

We chose a three tier white cake with icing flower petals (with aubergine outer colour) framing the front of the cake. Traditional fruit, chocolate and Baileys and Champagne and strawberries!

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

After the wedding we honeymooned in Kuala Lumpur, Bali and Dubai.

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to stay relaxed and let your day flow.

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Congratulations Isobel & Gary!

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