August 28th, 2018 | Julia Braime
Recovering from the extended weekend? Us too! To ease you back into the working week, we’re bringing you the super gorgeous wedding day of Natalie and Michael.
Tying the knot in a late-summer ceremony at the beautiful Nunsmere Hall Hotel in Cheshire, the couple opted for a celebration that was both personal and pretty. Selecting a rather unusual but fabulously thought-out theme of ‘photographs’, Natalie and Michael decked out their venue with snaps of their guests, from easel photo galleries, to personal mug-shot place names – and even gave a nod to their theme with their first dance song choice.
The pretty elements – of which there are many – include a soft, sugary pastel colour palette, amazing blousy blooms and Natalie’s stunning off-the-shoulder lace gown. Brides Up North, you’re in for a treat!
With images by Jess Yarwood.
natalie says: We got engaged on the 29th September 2015. Having obtained by mum and dad’s blessing to propose, Michael surprised me with an impromptu meal at my favourite Italian restaurant on a Tuesday night. When we got home, Michael had laid out rose petals on the floor and put together a photo album/scrap book of our time together. As I finished looking at it, he got down on one knee and popped the question.
As we wanted a late summer wedding, we set the date for Friday 1st September 2017.
Nunsmere Hall Hotel, Northwich, was our chosen venue. We only looked at two venues and Nunsmere caught our eye. It had only just been bought by the new owners – the general flow of the rooms and the plans the owners had, and the location was perfect for our friends and family. Nunsmere also offered us exclusive-use of the venue and rooms for our wedding, which was a massive positive for us.
Our theme was ‘photographs’. We had been to roughly 25 to 30 weddings over the last few years, so we had an idea of what we did and did not want from the day. It was important for us to include the guests in the day, so we had photographs of them with us from over the years throughout the venue and we also individual photographs of the guests as place cards, rather than just name cards, which seemed to go down well with everyone.
In the evening, we had an instant camera so that guests could take photos of themselves either to keep or to pin up on our photo frame. We also had a guest book for people to sign which we’d purchased from Not On The High Street, which had a photograph of us on the front cover. In keeping with the theme, our first dance song was Photograph by Ed Sheeran.
The colour scheme was predominantly a mint green, just because that’s one of my favourite colours but it was generally pastel colours throughout.
My dress was by Rebecca Ingram and was purchased from a shop in Bebington, where I’d been with my friend a few years earlier to purchase her dress. It was a similar style to dresses I had researched online before doing any actual wedding dress shopping and I just felt that it complemented my style and shape really well.
August 16th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
All kinds of prettiness grace the blog today, as we delve into Sarah and Greg’s beautiful spring wedding at Dorfold Hall, a Grade I listed Jacobean house in Cheshire which offered the couple everything they could desire in a venue.
Opting for gorgeous coppers, blush pinks and ivory for the most elegant of colour schemes, this was exquisitely offset by an abundance of delicate roses and peonies. The flower arch alone has got all those Insta-worthy feels! Other original highlights to take note of include the cute whisky and pink gin favours, and the fire pits with marshmallows and sparklers in the evening for a dose of childhood nostalgia.
Alongside their absolutely stunning wedding photography, which you’ll be poring over very soon – we promise, they also captured their day via drones – a thoroughly modern approach! But, let’s get back to blogging basics and hand things over to the beautiful bride to chat through all the fabulous details!
With images by Joasis Photography.
sarah says: Greg and I first met in May 2011 at a wedding in Trikeri, Greece. Greg was one of the groom’s friends and I was a bridesmaid. He decided he quite fancied a date with me and tried for some months to arrange a meet up. This wasn’t easy as he lived in Germany! After a few fun dates Greg was sent away with the Army for six months and we didn’t last the course. We remained friends and met up when Greg visited London – and I also visited him in Germany. We got together properly in March 2014 and Greg moved into my flat in Balham in June – then he never left! We bought a house together in 2015, and then he proposed on 17th February 2017, at the top of Pitch Hill in Surrey. The time between then and May 2018 has been a whirlwind of work, romance and wedding planning!
We got married on 27th May 2018. We had a lot of people travelling up from London to Cheshire and therefore thought a bank holiday Sunday would work well for people. I also love springtime gardens.
We visited a few venues near where we live in Surrey however I soon realised that having the wedding near where I grew up was important to me. We viewed a few places in Cheshire but both fell in love with the history of Dorfold Hall when we saw it, as it reminded Greg of army life, and me of the Cambridge colleges. We loved the fact that we could do everything on site but have different elements in multiple locations. For example, we could use the 200-year-old coach house for the ceremony, then the gardens, hall and the marquee. We could also customise everything in whichever way we liked and avoid a cookie cutter feel.
The whole style of the wedding was designed to be elegant and beautiful. I had never been one of those girls who had their wedding planned in advance, but once I started planning, I knew what I wanted it to look and feel like. I have a creative streak and wanted to design as much of it as possible so the invites, table placing and orders of service all used my script and drawings. Cara at The Little Paper Shop designed some loose leaf florals for me in a muted pink (to match the bridesmaids dresses that I had already bought) which we put with rose gold and the theme grew from there. The styling of the day was all muted pinks, ivories and delicate flowers with beautiful scents – such as roses and peonies – with lots of texture and sage green. I loved the flowers – and in particular my bouquet – which blew me away! It was such a beautiful shape, with lots of texture, and it smelled divine!
I love the elegance and beauty of blush pink and the pop of metallics. We added lots of ivory to keep it all muted and avoid saccharine.
My first dress didn’t work out – so with less than three months to go I was in a real quandary! However, I came across Kate from Mariee in Nantwich, who in fairy godmother style said she could make me a bespoke one in time! So, we set upon designing it ourselves based on all the bits I had liked from other dresses, and I loved it! The dress was covered in tiny lace motifs and I loved the trumpet shape that was held by a big net skirt. The lace veil was my favourite accessory – the lace edging matched the dress, and then for the evening we created a Coco Chanel style cape to add structure. I loved the whole thing and had so much fun wearing it! I also wore Liberty in Love earrings and decided that silver Manolos were a must – why not?! And Bridal Hair and Makeup in Cheshire worked their magic on me on the day.
August 10th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
A contemporary barn venue overlooking the stunning Cheshire countryside provides the enviable setting for today’s real wedding. The Oak Tree of Peover was the only place Kim and Robbie viewed during their wedding venue search and they knew instantly it was the one. And we can see why.
We just love what this couple did with the space – decorating it with plush green foliage, festoon lighting, lanterns and candles. Truly divine. A dreamy lavender grey colour scheme works exquisitely with their rustic theme; perfectly offset by pops of orange and purple blooms – just wait until you see the bride’s bouquet and the sublime three-tiered cake!
The perfection doesn’t stop there though. Little jam jars of gin make for an original wedding favour and we just love the bride’s mode of transport – a Land Rover. And – what could be a Brides Up North first – a converted horsebox as a vintage style photo booth! Needless to say, there are lots of pretty details and unconventional twists to gush over today (afternoon tea and Spanish tapas, anyone?) so ladies let’s get scrolling!
With images by Jess Yarwood.
kim says: We got engaged at my favourite place: Center Parcs in Sherwood Forest on the 3rd December 2016. We were there with two other couples and go every year around the same time. We had been out that night for tea followed by bowling and a few drinks, so everyone was in very high spirits. We headed back to our lodge on our bikes and Robbie took me on a scenic route, to this little walkway that was all lit up with Christmas lights. It was beautiful and that’s where he proposed. Safe to say, I was over the moon after being together for six years.
We tied the knot on 12th May 2018. We chose this date as we knew we wanted a spring wedding as I love the flowers at this time of year and we always tend to have a nice spring here in the UK. It was also the only Saturday our venue had available, so it all worked out perfectly.
We got married at St Michael and All Angels Church – the church where I was christened, located in my hometown of Middlewich. We then held our reception at The Oak Tree of Peover. We were looking for a barn wedding and came across The Oak Tree and fell in love with it straightaway; we never looked at any other venue and it didn’t disappoint on the day.
We went for a rustic theme with a lavender grey colour scheme. I love purple, so this was a great take on that, but just a bit more of a seasonal hue. It went fabulously with the orange in my flowers.
I had a tight fitted dress with a cowl neck and a very low back, made by Ellis Bridals and bought from Sarah’s Wedding Boutique in Northwich. I fell in love with the gown as soon as I tried it on – it felt amazing. This wasn’t the style I expected I would get, but I felt amazing on the day and it really suited my figure.
My hair and makeup was done my Harry Jon in Middlewich. She came to my mum’s house, where we all got ready while enjoying croissants and Bucks Fizz. We had matching pyjamas too – it was such a lovely morning.
The groom and groomsmen’s suits were all from Jeff Banks.
My bridesmaids – Jo, my maid of honour and my sister-in-laws, Laura and Amy – wore long lavender grey ruffle wrap dresses from Monsoon. It was meant to be, as when I walked in the shop, there was just three left on the rail in the three sizes I needed. I couldn’t put them down. My flower girl was my niece and her ivory dress was from Next. She looked perfect and danced the night away in it.
July 26th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
The wonderful Alnwick Garden in Northumberland provides the stunning, contemporary backdrop to today’s nuptials between Jade and James, who tied the knot in May of this year. Describing their venue as both impressive and beautiful – we think you’ll agree when you see the fabulous photos from their big day!
Going for a rustic and natural theme to tie in with this exquisite setting, the couple chose a dreamy pink, cream and white colour scheme, which complemented the surroundings beautifully. Throw in a dash of sunshine and you’ve got the perfect mix for those natural, outdoorsy feels. There are plenty of other Insta-worthy touches to look out for throughout the day too; from the candy floss stand and handmade table decorations, to the three-tier semi-naked wedding cake, which looks simply divine.
This is something of a blueprint for a wedding that’s a little bit different to your traditional barns and castles and we think you’re going to love the result! So, let’s pass the blog onto Jade to talk us through the finer details.
jade says: We got engaged on 27th November 2016. James is quite into his photography and had told me he had arranged access to the roof terrace of The Vermont Hotel to take photos of Newcastle. We turned up at The Vermont and were taken upstairs and left on the terrace alone. I noticed music was playing in the background but didn’t take any notice as James was taking photos, our song came on (Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud) which I thought was a bit strange. James then asked me to look at the Tyne Bridge; his family were holding a banner over the bridge asking me to marry him! He got down on one knee and popped the question, to which I said yes of course! Afterwards we had some champagne and pictures taken. When we went downstairs and into the lounge, I was then surprised by my parents, who had travelled up from Sheffield without me knowing! We all went for lunch together and had some celebratory drinks!
We tied the knot on 27th May 2018. We chose that date as it is close to the start of summer and has a good chance of being good weather but not too hot. It was also a bank holiday the day after, so it made it easier for people travelling a long way.
We had the ceremony and reception at The Alnwick Garden. We had looked at a few different venues which we liked but when we saw the gardens we fell in love with how beautiful it was. On a sunny day, which we fortunately had for our wedding, I think you would struggle to find a more impressive and beautiful venue!
We had a fairly rustic and natural theme for our wedding. We thought this suited the venue and tied in with the natural elements of the garden.
The colour scheme was light pinks, cream and white which suited the natural and rustic style we had chosen. It also suited the bridesmaids’ dresses.
My dress was Martina Liana, design 744 – an embroidered lace gown embellished with diamonds and pearls, a backless mermaid style with a long train. The dress was from Mia Sposa, who made my experience very special and Joy was amazing in helping me find the dress. As a special touch to my attire, James surprised me on the morning of the wedding with earrings made out of diamonds from his mother’s original engagement ring, which was very thoughtful.
July 2nd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
If you’re in love with the idea of tying the knot in a rustic barn, then today’s real wedding will be giving you all kinds of butterflies. Say hello to newlyweds Emma and Marc, who tied the knot during the Easter break at the sublime Owen House in Cheshire.
Floating candles, fairy lights and lanterns all help to set the romantic ambience, complemented by fabulous arrangements of pink, cream and green flowers that really embody the au naturale setting. It’s enchanting beyond words and everything we could hope from a classic barn wedding.
There are plenty of other fabulous highlights to look out for, too, including a prosecco cart, heart shaped fudge pieces as favours and – breaking with convention – the bride ditching heels for a pair of Converse! We think you’re going to be Pinterest-happy with this one, ladies!
With images by Sarah Beth Photo.
emma says: After being together for seven years, Marc decided to pop the question while we were on holiday in New York. We had enjoyed a short walk around Central Park with friends in the morning and then, whilst walking near a bridge, Marc asked to take a selfie with me. Looking in his bag for the ring, he then passed me the ring box to which I asked “what is this?” and he went down on one knee and popped the question.
We did not have a set date in mind but knew we wanted either a spring or summer wedding. I’m a teacher so with Easter being a two-week holiday, this was the ideal time for us.
After visiting a number of venues and knowing that we wanted a barn wedding, Owen House was the perfect choice. When visiting the venue for the first time, it was not dressed and was rather plain, but even from this we could see the potential it had, and we fell in love with it. The ceremony room is ideal, with fairy lights along one side of the room and rustic benches, windows and doors. It was the perfect barn venue for us.
We thought we knew what we wanted, but this changed over the course of planning the wedding. When we finally made a decision, we went for a rustic but modern theme. The rustic being the barn and some of the decorations and the modern being the dresses and the rose gold theme that ran throughout the favours and décor.
From trying on a range of bridesmaid dresses from dusty pink to creams, it seemed apparent that our colour scheme was going to be natural. My maids of honour and bridesmaids were originally going to wear dusty pink, but after visiting Dotty Bridal, and trying on their multi-way dresses in a sample colour mink, the girls and myself fell in love with the colour and decided to go with this shade. In addition to this, when I met with the florist, she had some flowers displayed in her house called ‘quick sand’. This was my favourite colour and I fell in love with it and it worked perfectly with the theme and the other pinks, whites and greens used throughout the day.
When visiting Dotty Bridal, I just knew this was where I would buy my dress from. My mum and my maids of honour came with me for each session to try on the different dresses and as soon as I walked out with my dress on, they burst into tears and I knew then that was the dress for me. The whole dress experience was fantastic. The alterations were also done at Dotty Bridal by a local seamstress, who made it fit perfectly to my shape.
I have never worn heels in my life (being so tall), so I wasn’t going to start on my wedding day and risk falling down the aisle! I decided to wear a pair of Converse from Schuh which were super comfy all day!
June 28th, 2018 | Julia Braime
The sun continues to shine, and the gorgeous real weddings just keep coming. This time it’s the turn of wonderful Brides Up North reader, Jess, to share her big day on our pages, and we have to say the beauty of this one goes much deeper than the styling and props.
For Jess and her beau Ian, we’re keen to make their celebrations a truly personal affair, making their guests feel right at home while also providing a clear reflection of their relationship.
Picking new Yorkshire venue Wharfedale Grange as the location, a stunning Caroline Castigliano dress and an abundance of blooms, Jess made sure the key elements were set to stun and then added special touches to the day, including a jazz hour with personalised cocktails, a Yorkshire themed wedding breakfast menu and the most thoughtful favours we’ve ever come across. Showcasing her rhyming and literacy skills, Jess penned an individual six-line poem about each and every guest (120 to be precise!!). These little ditties were so well received that Jess has since set up a lovely little business of her own so she can offer her talents to other couples looking to put a personal stamp on their proceedings, and we think she may well be inundated for such services!
Now, let’s indulge in the pretty
With photography by Ash Martin Photography.
jess says: We got engaged whilst skiing in Morzine, France. It’s our favourite place for a holiday in both summer and winter, as we love to be in the mountain air and active. We had the perfect blue sky day on the slopes, drinking mulled wine in the sunshine and then Ian got down on one knee in on the balcony of our chalet on the Monday evening. I had a feeling something was amiss when he randomly took the bin out, it was only half full! But he used that decoy to nip out to order some champagne at the restaurant he had secretly booked. We celebrated with a slap-up meal at our favourite restaurant, all the waiters were looking at us and smiling. I couldn’t even taste the food I was so excited, it was the biggest surprise ever. I always joke that I’ll never hate a Monday ever again!
Our wedding was on Saturday 5th May 2018, we chose it because it was a bank holiday weekend and we knew people would be extra relaxed. We wanted a spring wedding at the start of the season when our guests would be ready and raring to go. The 5th of the 5th is also an easy anniversary to remember (said Ian)!
We risked the weather not being the best, but it turned out to be 23 degrees, full sun and probably the first day of the summer! It was scorching.
Although we have lived and worked in London for a couple of years, Yorkshire will always be our home and we knew it was the only place we would get married. And so, our ceremony took place at St Giles Church in Bramhope, where I was both christened and confirmed. I lost my brother at a young age and it was also where we held his funeral, so lots of family memories there. Ian knew it was a special place for me.
The reception I wanted somewhere close-by to Bramhope but also something a little different and not somewhere our guests would have visited before. We had heard about Wharfedale Grange being built to be ready for spring 2018, so it seemed perfect. We were the first couple to enquire and Claire the owner, set up a meeting with us where we viewed the paper plans for the building. It sounded wonderful, a romantic yet glamorous large barn! So, we took the risk on the build and didn’t even look elsewhere. It was booked.
Theme-wise, I wanted something romantic and glamourous to match the reception venue. I would say our main theme was ‘personalisation’! I wanted each and every guest to feel welcome and special at our wedding, I was adamant it wouldn’t be generic and would completely reflect me and Ian.
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