November 12th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
image by Glass Jar Photography
As the rules on where you can and can’t say your ‘I dos’ have become more relaxed we’ve seen venue options for brides and grooms soar.
In particular there has been a notable rise in the amount of places couples can now wed outdoors, with many venues and land owners seizing the opportunity to get permanent structures, such as pretty barns, gazebos and band stands licensed for civil ceremonies.
Meanwhile those wanting to stick to tradition with a church ceremony need not to miss out on the great outdoors action as open air receptions hosted in pretty gardens, enchanting woodland and rolling fields, appear to be equally popular.
So for those that are wanting to take all, or just a part, of their big day celebrations outdoors, we’re exploring what’s needed to make it an al fresco delight rather than an out-in-the-wilderness fright.
image by Jonathan Stockton Photography
A big plus point to outdoor weddings is couples’ freedom to have their wedding in an unusual location and to be able to do everything their own way, from the styling to the food. However, even if you’re fortunate enough to have parents with an adequate garden in which to pitch a marquee, be prepared to encounter costs you wouldn’t face when partying indoors.
Beyond the cost of the actual marquee or tepee, if you plan to hire one, you’ll need to think about electricity sources for lighting, catering and entertainment. Also is the flooring, stage, dance floor and a bar included in the cost or will these be extra? Oh, and is there running water and toilets on the site or will Portaloos be required?
And once that’s all taken care of you will need to think about hiring chairs, tables, cutlery, glassware, linen and possibly waiter staff. So though an outdoor wedding brings great flexibility, it can also come with its fair share of ‘hidden’ costs.
image by Award Weddings
But it’s not all bad news, there are many pros to taking weddings outdoors – one of the biggest being the opportunity to get as creative as you like with the décor.
Most outdoor weddings take place in a blank canvass area – be it a barn, marquee or woodland – making the styling possibilities pretty much endless. Firstly couples can arrange their ceremony area, deciding how guests will be arranged, what style of seating they will rest upon, how to create a makeshift aisle, with the help of flowers and lighting, and whether to have backdrop at the alter, such as a floral archway.
Plans can then commence for the reception. Is there a marquee that needs to be styled and how can you incorporate the surroundings that are already there? For example stringing festoon lighting or bunting through the trees, using feeding troughs or wheel barrows as drinks coolers and hanging pompoms and pictures from branches. There is also the opportunity for a little fun by juxtapositioning furniture outside, such as old dressing tables and chests of draws, and using them for floral displays and cake stands.
And why stop at just one reception area? With no four walls as a boundary, outdoor couples can have a spot for eating and dancing, another for outdoor games and a quiet area for chilling.
image by Alexandra Holt Photography
In Britain an open air wedding is not without risks, the most obvious danger being the weather. As we are blessed with conditions that are as unpredictable as what comes out of Katie Hopkin’s mouth, it’s best for those planning outdoor celebrations to have contingency plans in place. For example is there an area of shelter in case it rains and is hard flooring being laid in case the ground is soggy?
When deciding on decorations also consider the wind, the last thing you want is all your hard work being blown away.
Keep a close eye on the weather and prepare for last minute buys to cover all eventualities, such as parasols/umbrellas in case it turns out to be really sunny or rainy, blankets/throws for guests and jackets/boleros for the bride and her maids if the temperatures are set to drop.
Perhaps also put a little reminder in your invites about appropriate footwear depending on the terrain guests will be faced with so ladies don’t sink into sodden ground.
image by Elle & R Photography
Another great area of flexibility to an outdoor wedding is the catering choices. Many indoor venues provide their own catering or offer a trusted supplier, which may restrict couples’ options, but this is generally not the case for open air venues.
To complement the freedom of being outdoors, many open air brides and grooms opt for relaxed and informal styles of wedding breakfasts, such as quaint afternoon teas, modern sharing platters and good old British barbecues. For those wanting to do away with formalities altogether there is also the option of picnics and street food vans. The latter option is quickly growing in popularity with couples loving the idea of wheeling in their favourite food (and drink) to serve up to their guests throughout the proceedings; whether it be an old fashioned ice cream cart, cool crepe van, rustic style pizzas or prosecco and Pimms on tap!
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October 27th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
While we adore all the little details of a wedding that make it beautifully individual we also love to see the expressions of the bride, groom and their guests captured on camera, to get a real feel for the day.
Looking at the images of Sam and Kelly’s big day it’s clear to see that this was an emotional and upbeat wedding that was brimming with love and laugher, plus the odd tear of joy.
So not only is the setting of this wedding beautifully natural, but so too are the expressions of those involved!
kelly says: In September 2014 while we were both living in Dubai, Sam surprised me with a proposal at sunset on our boat and had booked us into a suite at the Yas Viceroy hotel. We made our way into the marina to be greeted by a huge banner saying ‘I can’t wait to make you Mrs. North’. I cried, a lot.
Sam had already checked into the suite and packed everything that I owned. He said we should keep the news private for a night so we could enjoy the evening without checking our phones and went for an incredible dinner at Cipriani.
The next day he had planned lunch. As we walked into the restaurant I’m sure my heart stopped. All of my friends were there and had known for two months about the engagement. After lots of tears and champagne we all went back to the suite for a good old party.
We chose the 17th and 18th July as the dates for our wedding weekend as it was the Eid break, which is a public holiday in the UAE, allowing all of our friends to travel to the UK for the wedding.
We have family and friends from around the world and so we needed a venue that could accommodate around 100 people in the same place. The hunt began in Cheshire and Yorkshire as that’s where we’re both originally from. We quickly realised that we wanted an outdoor space and would pray for sunshine on the day. Sam discovered Natural Retreats and the decision was made instantly – 5 star accommodation in a woodland retreat was exactly what we wanted.
Given the beautiful natural surroundings we wanted to keep everything very simple and elegant, so the general theme was rural elegance. We also chose to keep everything in neutral in terms of the colour scheme to let the countryside speak for itself. We had lots of white flowers and greenery, with the bridal party in neutral tones.
When it came to my wedding dress I tried on a few dresses to see what style suited me and quickly fell in love with the form fitting Galia Lahav and Inbal Dror pieces. I found a designer, Anne Rashid, in Dubai who helped create the perfect dress for me. Hand beaded pearls for the strapless corset top, a tight fitting skirt with a long train for the daytime, and a second skirt which flared and was easy to dance in for the evening.
The bridesmaids were given a neutral colour palette to choose their dresses from. Some of the girls chose to have them tailored by my wedding dress designer and others got theirs from Needle and Lace.
Our photographer was Paul Liddement, who we discovered after looking through quite a few online portfolios and felt instantly drawn to his style which is romantic and natural – exactly what we wanted. Looking through his photos made us feel like we were witnesses to special moments in time, rather than looking at posed shots.
Paul was fantastic on the day. He blended in with our guests, he provided direction, managed the shots, and was quick and efficient. Initially we were concerned the photos would look too staged or posed and would take up too much time from the day but Paul made us feel relaxed and the entire bridal party had fun. Paul was excellent overall and we’d recommend him to anyone getting married. He was creative and really listened to what we wanted to achieve.
Our ceremony and reception were all in the same location so we didn’t need transport, however we did drive off in Sam’s TVR T350 sports car.
Our amazing florist, Alice, from Forage & Blossom, took our brief of white flowers and created beautiful bouquets, table settings and an archway from delphinium, larkspur, sweet peas, ammi, astrantia, norma jean rose, vendela spray rose and Annabel hydrangea, to name a few.
All of our stationery was done by my lovely friend Maria Gedeon, who designed everything with a logo for our initials and calligraphy for everything else.
We like to work hard and party harder so we wanted our wedding to have a little bit of fun injected into the evening and so our favours were bottles of Jägermeister.
Our beautiful cake was made by Sam’s mother, Fiona, who created a delicious masterpiece. The cake was decorated by our florist.
Sam found our entertainment, a band called The Hoops, and booked them before we’d even found our venue! They were fantastic and played a mixture of hits and old time classics. The dance floor was full all night.
We added a few special touches to the wedding to make it all the more memorable which included making a welcome book featuring photos of all of the guests so people could get to know each other. Our table plan was a giant hedge with Polaroid pictures hung on string which was a great talking point as we had sourced the funniest pictures of each person.
We rented a golf buggy for guests to get around on and decorated it with ribbon and flowers. We also made our flower chandeliers by painting some wagon wheels white and hanging white wisteria from them. For the evening we added some glow sticks, blow up musical instruments and confetti canons to the dancefloor.
Natural Retreats is beautiful and we would recommend it to other couples. The view from the ceremony deck was spectacular and the lodges housed all of the guests and were luxurious yet homely.
Looking back at the wedding there were so many fantastic moments; from my mum holding my hand as we came over the hill and could see all of the guests on the ceremony deck, to seeing Sam at the end of the aisle. Sam seeing me walk down the aisle to an acoustic version of Here Comes the Sun was very special and partying all night with our friends is something we’ll always remember.
For our honeymoon we jetted off to the Lux Resort in the Maldives for some much needed R&R!
My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to remember that teamwork is key to planning a wedding. We tried to split responsibilities and included each other in any decisions. Set up a joint email account and don’t leave everything until the last minute. Sam should have practiced tying his bow tie before the big day!
October 16th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
This morning on the blog we have a simple yet striking styled shoot that goes against the belief that ‘red and green should never be seen’.
Noticing how well the two colours complement each other in nature, Yorkshire based photographer Meagan Sarah, decided to set up a shoot that would showcase how the bold hues can actually work together well for brides in terms of their flower choices. In doing so Meagan also initiated somewhat of a friends reunion as she called upon pals of hers from when she was a teen (who also happened to have paved careers in the wedding industry) to help pull her vivid vision together.
The result is a beautiful natural shoot with a breezy boho edge captured in the hills of New Herrington and Penshaw in Sunderland.
To give you more of the details we will hand over to the lady herself, take it away Meagan…
With images by Meagan Sarah Photography.
meagan says: My inspiration for the photoshoot came entirely through friendship. Really, I should probably have named the shoot just that, ‘Friendship’. Liz Rose Ridley (makeup artist), Nicola Bone (hair stylist) and Nicola Tatters (our model) are all my close friends from back where I grew up in Washington, Tyne & Wear. Never once did I imagine we would all head in a similar direction of the wedding industry as we all went our separate ways as teens.
Truth be told, I have wanted to do a styled shoot with Nicola Tatters since she got married as she looked so beautiful on her wedding day (she isn’t nor has ever been a professional model, hard to believe right!?). So I suppose I just bought some flowers, arranged a long overdue meeting with old friends, snapped away and these photos are the result.
I chose to work with reds and greens as the idea of ‘red and green should never been seen’ is one that has always baffled me when it works so well in nature.
We had a fabulous backdrop of the fields of Penshaw and kept the shoot very light and basic, with one reflector in a field behind Nicola’s house. The weather was perfect, the location was ideal and the photos came out far better than any of us expected!
In terms of styling Nicola wore her own wedding dress, which was an Essence design that she originally purchased from Just Perfect in Durham. I then ordered a beautiful floral headdress and bouquet from The Great British Florist, to complete the red and green look we were going for. I chose to use this florist because they offer bridal bouquets to order directly online. You can give them your favourite and least favourite colours and from that they will select suitable flowers that are in season. They did a spot on job!
I left the hair and makeup in the capable (and talented) hands of Liz Rose Ridley and Nicola Bone. After many years in the fashion industry working as a photographer, stylist and makeupartist, Liz has recently expanded her talents to bridal make-up, meanwhile Nicola is an award-winning stylist and salon owner specialising in wedding, prom and special occasion hair, so I knew the pair of them would be up for the challenge of a shoot.
Overall my aim was simply to reunite talented friends, have a good laugh and see how we would work together. We were all over the moon with the results as nature blessed us that day with beautiful fields.
July 13th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
Brides Up North, you are in store for a very pretty treat this afternoon as we share this stunning styled shoot led by Big Chief Tipis and featuring some of Manchester’s finest wedding suppliers.
Based in Manchester, big chief tipis was launched in 2015 by Hayley Harthern, alongside her father and brother. Even though the company is less than a year old, Big Chief Tipis has 40 weddings booked for its first year and Hayley recently supplied Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright with tipis for their wedding at Hengrave Hall! Impressive, huh?
As Hayley has worked within the events industry for more than a decade she’s built a great network of fantastic suppliers and saw this photoshoot as an ideal opportunity to bring together a handful of such companies to create some incredibly beautiful imagery – and boy have they done good!
Showing how a blank canvas can be transformed into a fabulous setting for a wedding, this shoot features gorgeous blooms, twinkling fairy lights, amazingly styled brides, oh and a large feathered headdress (that will be the Big Chief reference we imagine). We’ll let Hayley explain the rest…
With images by Melissa Beattie Photography.
hayley says: When we were pulling together ideas for the photoshoot, it was really important for us to use local Manchester-based suppliers who delivered a five-star service or product. We really wanted to shout out loud how fantastic the region’s suppliers can be and work with the crème-de-la-crème to create a beautiful whimsical photoshoot within the surroundings of Big Chief Tipis.
The shoot took place at Delamere Manor. Based in the heart of Cheshire, the manor (which is Gary Barlow’s previous residence) offers 100 acres of rolling gardens complete with its own six acre lake, luxurious ensuite bedrooms and private nightclub, making it the perfect setting for both weddings and events. The stunning grounds were ideal for our Big Chief Tipis to be erected and were a sensational backdrop for the photoshoot.
Working together as a team, we took inspiration from both the awe-inspiring giant tipis and the beautiful grounds of Delamere Manor, to create a free-spirited, bohemian theme, to celebrate the beauty and creativity of the North West. The décor inside the tipis was also themed accordingly to give the main tipi a really bohemian, rustic feel, with the baby tipi providing a different look and feel with its Moroccan hues and furnishings – the perfect place to sit back and relax with your guests.
The beautiful images were captured by Melissa Beattie Photography. Melissa focuses on fine art weddings and lifestyle photography – capturing natural interaction, expression and moments of happiness. Her style was exactly the look we wanted for the photoshoot and complemented the style of the tipis, dresses and theme perfectly.
Our models from Boss Model Management were styled by the fabulous Maxine Smith on makeup and Vicky Millington on hair. With over twenty years of experience in the fashion and beauty industry, Maxine has made a real name for herself, from high end clients to editorial work with the likes of Grazia and Vogue. Vicky is a professional freelance hair stylist specializing in bridal hair styling, styling shoots and events, making her a perfect choice for the shoot. The hair and makeup was styled to represent a natural and relaxed-looking bride, channelling a boho-chic vibe.
The gorgeous dresses were supplied by Jean Jackson Couture, a family run business providing Manchester with the most exclusive bridal experience from their boutiques in both Urmston and the trendy Northern Quarter. They offer bespoke services to design and make bridal dress from scratch, but they also stock a range of beautiful designer dresses and are the only UK stockists of Anna Campbell. Jean Jackson Couture brought with them a selection of vintage inspired gowns and accessories to adorn the models.
Springbank Flowers provided the stunning florals. I have worked with Springbank for many years and I’m always blown away by their creative flair and attention to detail. Their expert floristry combined with their imagination takes them to a new level. A selection of wild flower bouquets and table centres were provided – the mixture of multi-coloured jars and flowers flown over from Holland were simply stunning and worked beautifully in the woodland setting amongst the trees, the lake and tipis. The bouquets and floral head pieces they created complemented the style of the shoot perfectly.
Finally the fab light up letters were supplied by The Word Is Love. They provided the ‘DANCE’ letters for the shoot but offer the full alphabet to spell any configuration you like.
The shoot went really well on the day – everything came together beautifully and we were so pleased with the overall results. The one thing we couldn’t control was the weather and unfortunately the sun didn’t come out but it didn’t rain, so we were still able to get all our outdoor shots with a lovely ‘moody’ style!
This was our first photoshoot for Big Chief Tipis and we were really keen to work with suppliers in the North West – there is so much talent up here and it was great to see everyone come together and produce such beautiful images.
Though in our first year it’s very exciting times for Big Chief Tipis – we’ve just provided the tipis for Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright’s wedding in Suffolk and as a result, have been featured in Hello magazine’s coverage of the wedding which we are really pleased with! We are also providing tipis for a range of festivals this year including Glastonbury, Festival No.6, Love Supreme and We Are FSTVL.
June 1st, 2015 | Julia Braime
When it comes to tying the knot it’s always great if you, or those close to you, have some fabulous skills you can use, not only to save yourself a few pennies, but also to make the day more personal and memorable.
Today’s bride Danielle is a baker, so not only did she bake her own wedding cake, but she also made her guests’ trio of desserts for the wedding breakfast (she admits she likes a challenge). Better still, Danielle’s Aunty is a florist so as well as lots of sweet treats, her wedding day was brimming with beautiful blooms all carefully arranged by her talented relative.
The day as a whole looks like an incredibly loved-up, emotional and fun-filled affair set against a well styled backdrop.
We must also congratulate the happy couple on the fantastic news that they are expecting their first baby in September. All together now…ahhhh!
With images by Alexandra Holt Photography.
danielle says: We got engaged at the place where we met! Jack took me back to London where we had met at a student ambassador event. He got down on one knee in a lovely snowy park and I had no idea. I cried. A lot! He had then arranged for all of my friends to be at the friend’s house we were staying a, and they had organised an engagement party to celebrate! Later we went for posh cocktails up a super high building in London. All in all, the perfect engagement.
Our wedding day was 23rd August 2014. We chose the date because we wanted a summer wedding and also because it was a bank holiday weekend.
We got married at St Olaves Church in York. We chose it because even though neither of us are from York originally, it was now our home and where we wanted to bring our family up. The church was suggested to us by a friend and we went along to meet the vicar and congregation and they were all lovely. Our reception venue was the beautiful Hornington Manor where we had a Papakata tepee.
We didn’t have a themeas such, we just went for a rustic/vintage feel. Coming from an arty background, we made a lot of the decorations ourselves and felt this made it extra special! We chose the style because neither of us really like anything matching, and it seemed to fit our creative personalities. We didn’t have a colour scheme either – just lots of it! Pastels mainly but some brights thrown in there too.
I chose my dress from a bridal shop called Elizabeth of York in York. It was probably only the second or third dress I tried on and it was perfect! Lace all over, a long (ish) train and quite fitted at the top.
We hired a vintage cream VW Beetle for myself and my dad to get to the church and the boys had a VW camper van in black. They were hired from LoveDubz Campers in York – the friendliest car company people ever! We also hired a vintage double decker bus for our guests. This was from Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company.
Our photographer was an old friend of mine called Alex Holt. She is the most amazing photographer and I couldn’t recommend her enough. She gets shots when you don’t even know she’s there and every single one was perfect! They took my breath away – I couldn’t believe it was our wedding!
Luckily, my Auntie is the best florist in the world, so she did my flowers for me. We had a lot of flowers! Mine and the bridesmaids’ bouquets were hand tied bouquets of wild flowers with lots of colours and variations of flowers. Beautiful.
My Auntie also did the reception flowers for me. I went along to the wholesalers and choose hundreds of flowers and then she worked her magic! We had lots of vases scattered over all of the tables, hanging bird cages filled with flowers and lanterns lining the pathway to our wedding reception filled with flowers too.
As a baker by trade I’m a lover of all things sweet so for favours I used small jars with lids and filled them with yummy gourmet popcorn then labelled each jar with the guest’s name.
I made my own wedding cake as it’s what I do every day! We had a simple three tiered stacked cake and covered it in ribbons and fresh flowers. I didn’t want to make life too complicated for myself!
Our wedding breakfast and evening food was provided by a company called The Hog and Apple. We had a delicious starter of ham hock terrine and a main of roast meats and posh veg! I made the trio of desserts myself (I like a challenge!) and we had mini cheesecakes, chocolate dipped strawberries and tiramisu heart stacks. The evening food was a hog roast which was divine!
When our guests arrived at our wedding reception we had a beautiful acoustic guitarist/singer called Jonny Woodhead who played to our guests whilst they had arrival drinks. We then had a band in the evening called The Hot Jazz Biscuitsand they were amazing! We had our own laptop and playlist for after the band had finished. Perfect!
As a special touch on the day my family had arranged to let a helium balloon off for my Mum who we lost when I was 18. It was a really nice surprise for me and made the day extra special.
Our wedding reception was held in the garden of a Manor House called Hornington Manor near York and it was held in a teepee. The teepee company Papakata were truly fantastic and I would highly recommend them!We would highly recommend both our wedding venue and reception venue to other couples as they were fantastic. Hornington Manor is a great huge house that you can hire out. There are around 16 self-catering rooms where all the family could stay and made the long bank holiday weekend an extra special one!
I think the ceremony was my favorite part of the day. Emotional, meaningful and perfectly suited.
We went to Cornwall on our honeymoon which was lovely. Jack had hired us a camper van for a few of the nights which was a nice surprise and I then surprised him with a trip to Monza, Italy, to see the Formula 1 (he is a huge fan!) as it was his 30th birthday whilst we were away.
My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to do as much as you can yourself without causing yourself too much stress! Don’t be scared to shop around either – there are things that you won’t want to skimp on but others that you might be able to get some good bargains on if you shop around!
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April 20th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
Today’s real wedding takes place in one of my favourite places, Bradfield – a gorgeous little village in Yorkshire that was something of a hidden gem until the Tour de France zipped through it last year.
Clear of cyclists, Sophia and Sean headed to Foxholes Farm to throw a festival themed outdoor wedding inspired by their love of music.
Add some incredible blooms, bright bunting and striking flags to the live entertainment provided by the groom’s band and you’ve got one rocking wedding.
Lets head to the main stage…
With images by Photography34.
sophia says: We got engaged in October 2012 the Northern Lights while we were in Iceland! Sean really isn’t romantic but this is the most romantic thing he’s ever done!
We decided to book the wedding for 23rd August 2014 as we wanted it over the bank holiday so people could celebrate and party with us all weekend!
Cressbrook Hall, near Buxton, was our chosen venue for the wedding ceremony. We fell in love with its beauty straight away. It was too small to hold our total wedding though so we opted just to have the ceremony in the orangery overlooking the stunning Peak views. The reception venue was then held at Foxholes Farm in Bradfield, just outside Sheffield (not far from where we live). We loved the views and the flexibility of this venue – it gave us a chance to put our own stamp on it.
We had a festival wedding – ‘Wedstock’ – Sean plays in a band and we love going to festivals so it seemed to fit us!
We wanted bright, sunny, warm colours to brighten up our marquee and to fit the summer season – so chose red, orange and hot pink. We loved our colour scheme! The colours looked so lovely in the photos.
I found my dress in Blissful Daze in Sheffield which has since shut down (such a shame as it was a lovely shop). I’m half Peruvian so a Spanish-designed and inspired dress caught my eye and I loved it straight away! When I put it on it felt so ‘me’ and so right! It was by Pronovias.
Sean and his groomsmen wore grey suits from Moss Bros with white shirts and pink ties.
The bridesmaids wore watermelon – which is a colour I love (they took some convincing but liked it in the end, Bridesmaidzillas!) Their dresses were from JJsHouse off the internet believe it or not! It was a risk ordering online, but ultimately I was pleased with them – despite being slapped with an import tax I wasn’t expecting – never mind!
We travelled in an amazing VW campervan called Rita. Grant drove us from Candy Apple Weddings – he only does a few select weddings a year but would highly recommend him!
Tony from Photography 34 was our chosen photographer. We think Toy is amazing and would recommend him to anyone! His photos are gorgeous. We also had a videographer who was great – Wedding-Cam.
Our florists were Swallows and Damsons from Sheffield – they were brilliant form start to finish and my bouquet was probably the part of the wedding which most surprised me – I loved my flowers more than I had anticipated and actually feel quite emotional thinking about my bouquet now! They were excellent – again I would highly recommend.
Swallows and Damsons did all the flowers displayed in watering cans and homemade vases alongside hand-decorated candles at the reception. To decorate we also had bunting made my Sean’s amazing mum. And my mum handmade the petal confetti.
We created a little message in a bottle for each guest for favours. Sean and I wrote a message for each of our family/friends – we just wanted to bring a personal message from us to each of our special guests. They went down a storm and we were told our guests shed a few tears whilst reading them! They doubled up as name-places too.
My friend Lisa made our wedding cupcakes which were carrot and vanilla. They were delicious and looked beautiful!
Friends 4 Dinner did our catering. We had scallops and pate followed by salmon and beef, as we wanted something that everyone could enjoy. The food was delicious and the catering was to a very high standard. To drink we had Rioja (Sean’s favourite) and Sauvignon Blancfrom New Zeland (my favourite).
Sean’s in a band so played the wedding to entertain our guests. They’re called Control Freak and were ace! We also had a magician Ben Z from Sheffield to dazzle us with some tricks. At the ceremony our friend Al sung us down the aisle to Incubus’ If Not Now, When – it’s a very special song and brings a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye thinking about it!
We would recommend our wedding venue to other couples who want to make their big day personal.
I couldn’t possibly choose a favourite part of the day – it was all amazing! Being sung down the aisle to our very special song by our friend or maybe driven around the Peaks with my new husband, sipping champagne in a VW was pretty special! Tony found us some gorgeous spots to be snapped. When I look through the photos, they’re the ones I love the most – the gorgeous views with my new hubby!
For our honeymoon we went backpacking in Sri Lanka. It was so nice to relax after the busy few weeks of the wedding, plus seeing some amazing sights.
Sean’s top tip to Brides Up North would be to have a proper think about everything that needs to happen on the day, for example certain tracks being played at certain times, music being set up, equipment being in place, and delegate these tasks to a groomsman.
My top tip to other Brides Up North is to prioritise capturing your special day in as much details as you can, either in photo or video format (or both if possible) as the minute it’s over you’ll want to relive it again and again and it’s nice to have those memories for the rest of your lives. Every year on our anniversary we’ve pledged to watch our wedding video with chocs and champagne! It’s a nice tradition we hope to create following our special day.
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