June 10th, 2014 | Rachel Parry
I love couples that think outside the box, so when I saw Will and Stacey’s quirky Save the Date video I just knew the wedding would be equally impressive and individual – and I wasn’t wrong.
A traditional church wedding was followed by a fabulous reception at the picturesque Easby Hall in North Yorkshire.
Both Will and Stacey put a lot of thought into the day to include personal touches in honour of friends and family, both past and present.
The stylish couple paid particular attention to their wedding attire with Stacey having a vintage-style bespoke dress designed and made by the hugely talented Kate Beaumont. Meanwhile, dapper Will shunned a traditional Prince Edward suit or top and tails in place of a brown Hugo Boss suit, complete with tweed waistcoat, pocket watch and purple socks.
With images by Chris Booth and Claire Collinson.
Will says: We got engaged while we were travelling in Latin America – Argentinian Patagonia to be more precise. I obviously didn’t have ring in South America, however I did have one in mind.
Before my Mum died in 2010 she asked me to use my paternal Grandmother’s engagement ring. My middle name is Howel – the name of my paternal grandfather – so my Mum thought it would be nice for another Howel to propose with it. When we returned to the UK in 2012 we got the ring-resized and tidied up, using Werk in York.
Our wedding date was September 21st 2013. We wanted either an autumn or spring wedding and didn’t want to wait until spring 2014. We also had to make sure the date didn’t clash with my siblings’ weddings – my brother David got married in June 2013 and my sister Mary got married August 2013.
We got married in St Agatha’s Church, Easby, near Richmond, North Yorkshire, and had the reception at Easby Hall – a very short walk from the church. We wanted a small wedding of 50 to 60 guests and Easby was the perfect size. We also loved having such a beautiful church right next door. It was also only 15 minutes away from Barnard Castle, where Stacey’s family live and where we both went to school. Easby Hall had never hosted a wedding before – we were the first after they got planning permission, which they only received three months before our wedding. This meant we had to essentially plan the wedding in three months but it also meant the hall was free on the date we wanted it.
Easby also had a sentimental connection as Easby Abbey and St Agatha’s church was one of the last places my Mum visited before she passed away.
May 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime
Completely blowing the theory that “red and green should never be seen”, flame haired beauty Lucy and her new husband Kev chose a fresh and fruity backdrop for their fun and fabulous Real Wedding in North Yorkshire.
With images by Nigel Playle Photography.
Lucy says: We got engaged in June 2014 at home before we travelled to London to Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Hackney to celebrate! I was trying to eat my breakfast when Kev got down on one knee. He wanted to propose in London but couldn’t handle the pressure of not losing the ring before he did it!
We got married on Saturday 5th April 2014 in Long Newton, Stockton-On-Tees. It was the church where my parents got married and also where I was christened. We then had our reception at Solberge Hall, just near to Northallerton.
We wanted somewhere that had an intimate feel to it but big enough for our wedding and as soon as we drove up the winding drive and saw Solberge Hall we knew it was for us. Set in an idyllic country surrounding, the views were beautiful and it was everything we wanted in a venue.
The theme started with the colour green and kind of expanded from there into incorporating different hues of green throughout the day. I also just wanted everyone to have a good time so there were plenty of fun elements like a sweep for The Grand National that took place on our wedding day and also one for the speeches so everyone was involved.
My dress was an ivory fishtail lace gown by Enzoani from Poppy Bridal in Darlington. I had no idea what type of dress I wanted and must have tried on at least 30. They only had this dress in black in the shop and as soon as I put it on I loved it and the ivory was just as beautiful! I originally didn’t want a veil but the veil I chose was also lace and complemented the dress perfectly so the decision was easy!
My shoes I got from Karen Millen in the sale and these turned out to be the hardest part of the outfit to find!
The bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses in Apple Slice. My chief bridesmaid wore a slighter darker green and the sleeves were interchangeable so the bridesmaids could wear them however they wanted. The groomsmen wore dark grey suits from Butterflies in Stockton and green socks of course to go with the theme!
We all went to Saks in Yarm on the morning of the wedding to get our hair done and they did a great job with very different hair for everyone! The florists provided me with some glitter covered flowers to put in my hair and it looked amazing when the light caught it.
Jo from Make Up by Jo did my make up and I loved it, it was very natural with a smoky eye and was just what I wanted!
I carried a beautiful bouquet of white flowers including tulips, ranunculus and anemones. I wanted to use spring flowers and for everything to look really fresh. Flowerhouse in Stockton did a fantastic job with them.
Our photographer was Nigel Playle Photography and he captured the day perfectly and I never felt that too much time was spent taking photos. He was so good at making us feel relaxed. He also set up a propbox for the evening so guests could get dressed up and have photos taken. This was so much fun!
One of our very creative friends made all of our stationery for us and she was a godsend as she had some great ideas and everything looked so good. One less thing for me to worry about!
We used apples as place cards to fit in with the green theme and cut out some gold leaves with names on them to attach. These really looked great on the tables with table numbers made out of moss which our friend also made.
We had a singer, Samantha Durnan performing as guests arrived and also after the wedding breakfast. She was fantastic and really set the tone for the day.
We also had a magician, Luke Howells, who my bridesmaids paid for as a wedding gift. We had seen him at a previous wedding and he really wowed everyone and created a bit of fun which we wanted for the day.
My favourite part of the day (aside from the actually ceremony which I loved as our vicar really made it special) was when we were announced into the wedding breakfast and the master of ceremonies asked everyone to raise their glasses and as we had sunglasses as favours everyone put them on for when we entered the room!
Our favours were one of my favourite things from the day. The personalised sunglasses were in two different colours of green, lighter green for the ladies and darker green for the gents. Everyone loved these and we got some fantastic pictures of all our guests wearing them. I got a lot of photos after the wedding of everyone’s children wearing them which I loved!
We chose a three tier cake but had the tiers set out on different levels. They were made to look like presents with green ribbon and also had sugar apples and anemones to bring in different themes from the wedding. This was made by Fairycakes & Co and I was so happy with it.
We went to Cuba on honeymoon for two weeks. We travelled to Havana for two days whilst we were there to experience the ‘real’ Cuba and it was fantastic!
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to just enjoy your day as much as you can, it really does disappear so spend as much time with the people you care about as possible and have fun. Don’t worry about the small things, everything will fall into place just as you planned!
Congratulations Lucy & Kev!
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December 25th, 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.
On this special morning (Merry Christmas everybody!) we’re in North Yorkshire for the colourful celebrations of ventriloquists (yes really!) Alice and Gareth at one of the most stunning venues I know, Allerton Castle.
This cool couple prove that a choosing a traditional venue doesn’t have to translate to a boring wedding. These guys got their beautiful setting and their unique detailing. Kudos.
With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Laura Calderwood.
Alice says: Gareth asked me to marry him at home in front of our log fire on Christmas Day 2012. We got married on Thursday 22nd August 2013 at Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire.
We spent hours scouring the internet and found a few venues that looked great. We viewed a couple and were not overwhelmed. However, as we drove into the grounds of Allerton Castle, we were immediately taken by the grand driveway leading up to the castle which remained out of sight until the last 100 yards or so. When it finally ‘appeared’ it was a moment we will never forget. Breathtaking. And set in beautiful grounds. Upon entering the castle we were further impressed by the grandness of it all and the staircase was magnificent.
Lyndsey, at Dine, showed us round, talked us through everything, made us feel very at ease and reassured us that she was only ever a phone call away, something which she may have later regretted. We phoned her a lot!
My dress was Kenneth Winston Private Label by G. I loved the detail on the bodice, the ruffles and the train. Gareth’s suit was made by Leeds tailor, James Michelsberg – a bespoke bright purple suit with lilac lining. Our bridesmaids wore handmade chiffon dresses in lilac.
Helen James Flowers supplied a hand tied bouquet incorporating roses, veronica, lisianthus, phlox and freesias and the stems were bound with satin.
Every part of the day was incredibly special. It’s hard to pick one moment but the ceremony was very emotional (in a good way)!
Everyone stayed at the Days Inn, Wetherby, the night before and although some drove to the castle, the majority were picked up by a special wedding bus from The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company. Alice’s mum drove her to the castle on the day as her entrance was down the grand staircase so she had to arrive at the castle first. Gareth drove in a few minutes later with his best man.
The whole day was very special but the extra unexpected special touches included our caricaturist, Mike Bryson, who had the ability (and guts) to identify and accentuate everyone’s slight imperfections with great accuracy. The shock and laughter really brought everyone together.
The fireworks by Ferrensby Fireworks were incredible and well worth every penny. Interspersed with a well timed lightning storm (provided free by nature) they just kept coming getting bigger and brighter before culminating in a huge grand finale!
We decided to have a victoria sponge cake which stood proudly over 72 cup cakes (36 purple, 36 white) by Cupcakes By Charley. I made the cake toppers. They actually looked a lot better on the cake than they looked in the kitchen the previous day!
Gareth wrote a song for me and performed it for her as part of his wedding speech. The song is called ‘My pot of gold’ and is available to watch on Youtube.
We work on cruise ships as ventriloquists and are in demand at the moment so have not yet had chance to go on a honeymoon but we are planning on going to Las Vegas for a few days and skiing for a long weekend, just as soon as we get a gap in the diary
My top tip for other Brides Up North is to enjoy every moment. It goes so quickly. Have fireworks in the evening but don’t tell anyone (apart from the firework providers of course)!
Laura Calderwood provided a pre-wedding shoot on the castle grounds which we would recommend as it gives you a chance to get to know your photographer and get a feel for their style.
We were going to use a magician but going for the caricaturist instead was a great idea because it brought everyone together and gave people something to take away with them.
Also, using a bus was great because it not only ensured that everyone got to the castle at the same time but it also built up a lot of excitement on route.
Congratualtions Alice & Gareth!
September 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime
I’ve something lovely to round off another pretty Monday on these pages, with this stunning styled shoot sent to me by Stephanie of SB events and showing off the work of a very talented collective of Yorkshire wedding suppliers. Girls, if you want your wedding day style to be whiter than white, look no further.
With images by Todd & Moore Photography.
Stephanie says: Whilst at a site-visit at Scampston Hall, near Malton, I was blown away by the Palladian Bridge in the grounds. Louise Legard (Wedding co-ordinator and sister of the owners at Scampston) mentioned that they were in the process of acquiring a wedding licence so that couples could get married on the bridge. This gave me the perfect opportunity to showcase the bridge on a styled shoot with local suppliers.
I have always had a love for ancient Greece and the Palladian bridge had the perfect backdrop. The Grecian wedding theme is as vintage as you can get. The colours used were ivory, gold and green and the colours complemented the theme and can be seen throughout from the cake to the flowers.
I called on friends and wonderful photographers Jill Moore and Julia Todd from Todd & Moore Photography, whose fine art and eclectic style were the perfect choice.
I wanted the shoot to have a natural yet glamorous feel. The first look, was a relaxed ceremonial style where the bride had her hair down with a floral crown. The second style was more formal which included our model’s hair in classic Grecian braids and really showed off Enzoani’s Harmony dress.
Flowers were designed by Flowers By Joanna Keely. The bridal bouquet included soft avalanche roses, spray roses, poppies, eucalyptus and eryngium.
The beautiful wedding gowns are from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. The two dresses showcased in the shoot were Mia Mia’s Summer and Enzoani’s Harmony.
Props were supplied by venue decor stylists Catching Your Dreams. Decorations included gorgeous white candelabras, ivy garlands, birdcages and urns.
The collaboration was a huge success and everybody involved had a fantastic time and the images captured the glamorous Grecian theme beautifully. The Palladian Bridge will have a wedding licence from January 2014 and the images will be featured in their wedding brochure.
Little Black Book
Design & Co-ordination: SB events
Venue: Scampston Hall
Photography: Todd & Moore Photography
Flowers: Flowers by Joanna Keely
Hair & make-up: Beauty Call
Bridal Wear: The Harrogate Wedding Lounge
Grooms Wear: Humphrey & Tilly
Venue Decor: Catching Your Dreams
Cake: Babycakes York
Ceremony Chairs: YF Events
Rings: Iain Henderson Designs
Models: Celia Legard & Mungo Fawcett
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September 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime
This afternoon’s feature is something really rather lovely. If you’ve got your knickers in a twist about your wedding lingerie, look no further. After today’s pretty post, with images by Lissa Alexandra Photography, I have a feeling that you’ll have it sorted.
Laura’s designs are uber feminine and pretty and she wanted really soft photos to reflect this, which suits my photography style perfectly! We discussed different shot ideas and wanted it quite ethereal and not too posey. We also didn’t want stick thin models either, the girls had to be natural and pretty and look like a ‘real’ bride to be, in fact one of them was! Fortunately the girls who work at Danby Castle very kindly offered their services and they fitted the bill perfectly!
We didn’t want a plethora of suppliers involved but we invited Katy Howieson from What Katy Did Next to supply the headpieces as I’ve worked with her before and absolutely love her creations. She does very intricate designs with natural materials like feathers and leather and the two designers complemented each other’s work fabulously.
For makeup we used Kate Pymm, she is recommended by Danby Castle and I often get to shoot her lovely work. The makeup was soft, with earthy colours to highlight the model’s natural beauty. Hair was styled by Meg Horton. Meg works at Danby Castle but also does bridal hair in her own time. Meg is a fab stylist who listens to the brief and delivers the vision.
On the day of the shoot itself Em, the head chef at Danby, provided us with the most amazing spread including oysters, salmon, champagne jellies and much more, it was quite the treat I can tell you! So I simply had to photograph it as it was so beautiful (and yummy!) The tents and cars are a new service offered by Danby Castle as part of their ever expanding wedding packages.
Little Black Book
Photographer: Lissa Alexandra Photography
Lingerie: Laura George
Venue: Danby Castle
Makeup: Kate Pymm
Hair: Meg Horton
Headpieces: What Katy Did Next
Cars: Danby Castle own
Tents: Danby Castle own
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