May 21st, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 4th June 2018 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from the first half of the year so far.
Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.
Imagine almost setting fire to your wedding dress while exchanging vows with your hubby-to-be, and imagine being completely unaware that it was happening… Deep breath, readers, as this story has a happy ending! Today’s bride, Emily, thankfully, can laugh about this near-miss incident now. And as you’re about to discover, the rest of her picture-perfect wedding to partner Philip went without a hitch. Hurrah!
In fact, we’re pretty bowled over by the gorgeous details and original ideas incorporated within their special day. There’s Dexter, their dog, who walked down the aisle and even filmed some of the ceremony. Then there’s the elderflower pale ale brewed by the couple in the lead up to the wedding, with the help of the micro-brewery on-site at their fabulous venue, Carlton Towers, in Yorkshire.
Self-confessed foodies, the couple provided their guests with plenty of options for the wedding breakfast and evening buffet, as well as a candy table brimming with sweets. And we haven’t even talked about their dreamy pastel colour scheme and classic theme which featured – as Emily nicely puts it – ‘a touch of grandeur’, tying in wonderfully with the venue’s spectacular, gothic backdrop. We think it’s about time we handed the blog over to the bride and let her delve into all the finer details. Enjoy!
With images by Bloom Weddings.
emily says: We got engaged in Rome, in February 2016. I booked a weekend break as a surprise for Phil’s birthday, letting him know where we were going only three weeks before – I had no idea the surprise would actually be on me! On the second night of our trip, we went for a lovely romantic meal in a restaurant called That’s Amore. Being a cosy, candlelit restaurant, we were quite warm but I had no idea why Phil wouldn’t take off his jacket! As it happens, he was smuggling a ring in his inside pocket.
After dinner we took a short walk to the Trevi Fountain, which was beautifully lit up. As it was February, the area wasn’t too busy, with around 100 people sat on the steps down to the fountains. Phil insisted we get some pictures beside the fountain, which I thought unusual as he’s never one to insist on photographs! After we’d posed away in front of the fountain, Phil gave me a hug and said “Em…” before getting down on one knee, taking a box out of his pocket and asking, “will you marry me?”. I was taken by such surprise, I thought he was joking, and was absolutely speechless! When I managed to find my words, I said “Yes, of course I will!”. The tourists began to cheer and applaud!
We got married on Saturday 26th August 2017. We chose this date as we were keen to get married in the summer, and thought, what better time than the Saturday of the bank holiday weekend? This allowed relatives from further afield to spend longer up in Yorkshire too before returning to work, and for guests to properly let their hair down with two days to recover before heading back to work! Plus, it’s the weekend of my birthday.
We hosted the whole day at Carlton Towers in the Selby District of North Yorkshire. We were seeking a venue where we could host both the ceremony and reception under one roof, and which also had accommodation. Carlton Towers immediately made the shortlist for those practical reasons. And when we viewed the venue, we immediately fell in love with it! Carlton Towers was the first venue we saw, and no other came close to competing.
We loved the gothic grandeur, its history and that it is family owned. We wanted a classic, traditional venue with a wow factor and with just enough grandeur inside for our more formal photographs, in case the August bank holiday weather made the weekend a wash out! Thankfully, we got lucky in that respect.
Our style was actually very in keeping with the venue – traditional, classic and with a touch of grandeur. We also wanted something timeless, so that in years to come, our wedding wouldn’t look dated.
Our colour scheme centered on summer pastels, think blush pink and a light mint and sage green. Although we chose a formal venue, we wanted the feel of the wedding to be summery, bright, light and relaxed, which is why we chose this palette. Plus, we wanted relaxed floral arrangements, with traditional blooms interspersed with more relaxed flowers and arranged with a touch of wildness. Succulents featured throughout the floral arrangements too, complementing our blush wild roses and, of course, our pastel colour scheme.
May 7th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh
There’s a gorgeous, soft, uber-romantic quality to these sublime photos from Aaron and Harriette’s wedding at East Riddlesden Hall – everything feels a bit dreamy, like we’re seeing their day through their misty, love-tainted eyes. Maybe it’s the delicate pastel shades of their colour-scheme, or perhaps it’s down to the abundance of British blooms and natural foliage that filled their stunning venue. Whatever it is, we feel like we’re under a spell!
This wedding is brimming with accessible inspiration, from fairylights and bunting galore to rustic pallets and a relaxed sharing-plates menu. And we’re agog at the news that Aaron and Harriette pulled off the ultimate feat – securing their dream teaching jobs in Dubai, their honeymoon destination! “We went on honeymoon and never came back!” says Harriette. If they weren’t such a blatantly lovely couple we’d be green with envy…
With photography by Emily Olivia.
harriette says: We got engaged at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire on the 6th December 2015. Chatsworth is my favourite country house; we’ve visited it several times with family and friends. It was a cold, wintry day and Aaron revealed afterwards that he’d planned to ask me to marry him next to the Emperor fountain with a view of the house and the grounds as a backdrop. Unfortunately though, he’d forgotten to bring a box for the ring! Luckily, there was a jewellery counter in the gift shop and the assistant had a spare box – she wished him good luck, apparently! When we arrived at the fountain Aaron turned to me and smiled. We hugged and I put my hands into his coat pocket, feeling the ring box! He promptly got down on one knee and popped the question!
Our wedding date was 29th July 2017. There was no particular reason why we chose this date; although saying that, we’re both teachers and wanted a summer wedding with as many friends and family members there as possible, so the end of July seemed like the perfect fit.
We got married at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Pudsey, Leeds. This happened to be the church linked to my primary school, and the priest who married us was also the Chaplin at my secondary school. The reception took place at East Riddlesden Hall, near Keighley. We both wanted a barn wedding but found it really difficult to find something close by – most seemed to be down South or in North Yorkshire. Then one day, we came across East Riddlesden Hall and it was perfect! It had everything we wanted and the staff were amazing.
We had lots of ideas when we were planning the wedding. In the end, we decided we wanted something rustic and Italian with lots of flowers and botanicals. When we first started dating, we went on holiday to the Italian lakes and loved it. We wanted to create something with the same feel: a large, relaxed, family and friends gathering with amazing food to reflect our personalities.
To fit in with our loose theme we wanted lots of flowers and foliage, so we decided on pastel colours: greens, pinks, blues and copper. We also really liked the idea of ‘literary’ invites so we chose Feel Good Invites’ vintage Penguin invitations. Ged was brilliant – quick to respond, really helpful with our designs and we couldn’t recommend him enough!
My dress was from Lace and Co., Wakefield. I really wanted a bohemian, flowing dress and Charlotte Balbier’s designs just matched perfectly. The dresses were beautiful and they really suit the individual. The dress I chose was called Lily May and it was simple with a lovely bohemian feel. My Aunty Ann made my veil using a 17th century lace pattern and we’re going to keep it in the hope that it becomes a family heirloom. I wore my grandma’s engagement ring as well as a vintage cameo which we added to the bouquet as something old and borrowed.
April 11th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
There aren’t many couples who can say they tied the knot in the very place they first met! But today’s couple Steph and Matt did just that. Having initially met at a job interview in the Bradgate Suite of Ye Olde Bell Hotel six years previous, they came together in the very same room with friends and family to celebrate their marriage last summer. How romantic to have come full circle!
The theme of their pretty wedding – handmade with love – delivered delightful, intricate paper flowers painstakingly crafted by the bride’s mother, a tear- and laughter-inducing handwritten speech by the groom’s seven-year-old son, and decorations the couple searched high and low for to ensure their day was perfect.
In her Eddy K princess gown, bride Steph looks nothing short of stunning – we love the sweetheart neckline and the elegant lace detailing gives us all the romance feels.
With images by Sorin Careba Photography.
steph says: Matt proposed at our home on 22nd November 2014. We had quite a long engagement looking back, but it seemed to fly by. I came home from work and I’d had a bad day so I wasn’t in the best of moods; Matt had gone to a lot of effort making a lovely three-course meal and I was ranting and moaning all night. He opened an expensive bottle of wine we had brought back from Rome earlier that year and we were saving it for a special occasion. I moaned at him for opening it, not knowing we would be celebrating that night. Needless to say, I felt awful afterwards and I stopped moaning as soon as he got down on one knee!
We got married on 29th July 2017. We wanted a Saturday in summer and our venue was free, so it seemed perfect. Our ceremony was held at St John the Baptist Church in East Markham, Nottinghamshire. It’s the church where my parents and grandparents got married, so it was important for me to get married there and carry on the tradition.
Our reception was held at Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor, Nottinghamshire. The Bradgate Suite, where our wedding breakfast and evening reception was hosted, was the very same place Matt and I met! We both used to work at the hotel and we crossed paths in a very awkward job interview in the Bradgate Suite. Matt was the bar manager and I was interviewing for a part-time bar job. Little did we know we would be in the same spot six years later celebrating our wedding!
We didn’t have a particular theme when we started planning. If anything, the theme ended up being ‘handmade with love’. My mum spent the six months leading up to the wedding making everything from scratch, including paper flowers with our names and wedding date on and paper flower place names. We searched high and low for all the room decorations and now it’s all boxed up collecting dust in my parents’ spare room!
Matt has a son from a previous relationship, so it was important to both of us that he had a part in the wedding. He was only seven at the time but said he wanted to tell some jokes and do a speech at the reception. We didn’t know he would end up stealing the show. There was not a dry eye in the house when he made his speech and he couldn’t finish because he got too emotional. It was a very special moment for both of us and I still have his handwritten speech in my wedding memory box.
For our colour scheme, we chose peach/blush. It was a nice summery colour scheme and caught my eye on lots of Pinterest posts.
When it came to dress shopping, I ended up deciding on an Eddy K princess-style gown with lots of lace and a sweetheart neckline. It wasn’t what I imagined I would fall in love with, but I am so glad I picked my dress. It complemented my figure and looked beautiful. I was at the National Wedding Show at Event City in Manchester, when I first saw the dress. I went to try it on at Cheshire Bridal Wear in Altrincham, the next day and fell in love. I got my belt online from Bridal Adornments.
Matt and his groomsmen wore suits that we purchased from Grays Menswear in Chesterfield. We hired the waistcoats. My bridesmaid dresses were from ASOS; they were in the sale and were an absolute bargain at £30 each!
February 26th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh
Here at Brides Up North we’ve almost forgotten what sunshine feels like. It’s been a loooong winter, am I right? Well, today on the blog we’re featuring a wedding that’s guaranteed to heighten your summer cravings – a sun-drenched ceremony, cobalt skies, and a pinky peach colour scheme of dreams – #sorrynotsorry.
Natalie stripped all embellishment from the tulle of her divine Enzoani dress for an elegant ‘naked’ finish and ivory, pale eucalyptus green and gold ruled their palette along with pops of peach. Combined with the sunshine, the blue skies and the lakeside views, their day feels as refreshing as an iced glass of fizz. Just what the doctor ordered.
Brace yourself, readers – summer is on its way!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Nik Bryant Photography.
natalie says: We got engaged in Barcelona in September 2016, after watching the magic fountain show. It was just perfect!
Our wedding date was 8th July 2017. We didn’t have a specific reason for the date; we simply wanted to get married in summer 2017, we’d chosen our venue and they had the 8th July available so we snapped it up. I’m studying at university, so the date meant I’d have finished for the summer and would give us time to finalise any details in the run up to the wedding. Oh, and we were also hoping for some summer sun!
We got married at The Fisherman’s Retreat in Ramsbottom. The room where our ceremony was held had floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the hills. It was a gorgeously sunny day and we were really lucky to say our vows with such an astonishing view in sight. For the reception we changed rooms so we had full access to the lake and our guests could sit outside to enjoy their drinks and celebrate. We originally chose the venue because it was in such a beautiful location and because they gave us a lot of freedom in terms of how we spent our money. There was a ‘minimum spend’ but we could decide to spend this on whatever we wanted instead of it being a set package like so many other venues.
We had a peach orchard theme to tie into the gorgeous views at the venue. We wanted a friendly, casual but fresh vibe for our guests and it turned out exactly as we wanted.
Colour-wise, we went for peach and gold with lots of greenery, for example eucalyptus leaves for place cards and greenery wrapped around the wooden beams in the ceremony room.
My dress was from Perfect Daze Bridal in Scissett, Huddersfiled. It was from the Enzoani Blue collection and called Janessa. I loved the fabric and had the tulle part reshaped to create a detachable train which I loved! I had the jewels taken off the tulle and shaped so it was ‘naked’ and I adored its simplicity.
February 19th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
When choosing a venue for the big day there is much more to think about than the room where your ceremony will take place; what about standout areas for your wedding photography, first-class catering and exclusivity to ensure you have the whole place to yourselves during your celebrations? Today’s featured wedding took place at a stunning venue that offers all that (and more!) – The Mansion, in Leeds.
We’re giving you the fabulous opportunity to view this spectacular venue for yourselves when we host our Luxury Wedding Fair at The Mansion on Sunday 25th February, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY. You can find out more and pre-register for the event here.
As so many couples do, today’s brides and groom, Charlotte and Amarvir, fell in love with The Mansion’s idyllic position, nestled within the beautiful Roundhay Park – and its faultless service and elegant style ticked all other boxes!
Picking a theme that would complement both the setting and season, Charlotte chose a pretty pink and cream colour scheme with opulent pops of gold.
We adore her diamanté-embellishment Maggie Sottero gown, which twinkled perfectly on the dancefloor as she and Amarvir enjoyed their first dance, which they had specially choreographed and took professional lessons for, no less!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Bethany Clarke Photography.
charlotte says: We got engaged on holiday in Mauritius in August 2016. Amarvir’s proposal was very romantic. He had planned a special dinner at a beautiful restaurant – champagne, rose petals on the table, etc. After our romantic dinner, we went for a walk along the beach and sat on a jetty, dipping our feet into the Indian Ocean under the moon and stars and that is when Amarvir asked me to marry him! It was the most perfect evening.
We got married on 19th August 2017, as we wanted a summer wedding on a Saturday. We chose The Mansion in Roundhay Park, Leeds, as our venue due to the beautiful park surroundings and because we would have exclusive use of the venue on our big day, which was important to us.
We chose a summer theme – lots of pink, gold, rose gold and cream to create a lovely summery floral atmosphere, which fitted the time of year and location of the venue in the park.
Amarvir hired his morning suit from Moss Bros. He wore a black tail coat with grey striped suit trousers, a light pink cravat and a dove grey double-breasted waistcoat and held a grey top hat for our photos. For the evening reception, Amarvir changed into a white tux jacket, black tux trousers, black bow tie and his black and white dancing shoes!
My bridesmaids wore a full-length, light pink dress with lace detail on the top half, which I bought online from Stacees and which complemented my wedding dress and the overall theme.
The groomsmen wore morning suits like Amarvir, also hired from Moss Bros, and they had gold cravats.
January 2nd, 2018 | Laura McDonagh
It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 8th January 2018 (we’re hoping we’ll be over the hangover by then, right?) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from last 6 months.
Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.
Sarah and Daniel’s glorious big day at Meols Hall, Tithe Barn, is just the ticket if you’re looking to inject some rustic charm and countryside elegance into your ceremony and reception.
There’s a stunningly simple Pronovias gown, homegrown British garden blooms, a subtle colour palette that Farrow and Ball would be proud of and some seriously classy designer elements – Jenny Packham shoes and a Tiffany bracelet as a wedding morning gift from the groom.
These pictures have a lovely sun-soaked charm, full of intimate joy and relaxed laughter – just the vibe this gorgeous pair were going for, and the perfect end to another beautiful week on the blog.
With images by Bobtale Photography.
sarah says: For our engagement, Dan surprised me with a trip to the Cotswolds; it’s a place I’d wanted to go for a long time. He booked a cottage called ‘The Old Smithy’ in a village called Kingham. We were celebrating our ten year anniversary together that year.
Whilst I went to freshen up after the long journey, Dan set about preparing the cottage, filling it completely with candles, flowers and champagne on ice. He’d even set up the table with vintage cutlery given to my mum and dad as a wedding present back in the day!
When I walked through I found him with our six-month-old Cockapoo puppy, Waffle, who was dressed to impress in a Harris tweed bow tie!
He’d had a book made with a wax stamp seal on the cover reading “D️+S” and he’d filled it with nine polaroid pictures from each of the years we’d been together – with one missing on the final page. The book also contained the poem ‘I carry your heart’ by EE Cummings and the final verse of the poem was on the last page. Dan got down on one knee and removed the final verse of the poem to reveal a hollowed-out section containing an engagement ring and an empty section to fill with the tenth image! The poem was read at our wedding, which was very special.
We announced it with a picture using vintage lexicon letter cards spelling out ‘She Said Yes’ and Waffle proudly leaning over the table!
We were married on Saturday 10th June 2017 – I’d always wanted a June wedding. We had our ceremony and reception at Meols Hall Tithe Barn in Southport.
We’d attended a wedding at Meols Hall around three years previously and, at that moment, knew that would be our chosen venue. It was just our style, and we really wanted it to be ‘us’. It was the most important decision we made.
Our theme was ‘English country garden’. We chose it to go along with the Cotswolds feel; a sort of relaxed, wildflower, rustic vibe. We also wanted a more informal day so that our guests felt relaxed.
We went for pastel colours, dove greys, blues and blush pinks. We felt the more subtle colours would create the relaxed feel we were going for – we definitely didn’t want to have everything in one colour which we felt could look a little harsh.
My dress was Pronovias and purchased at Brides of Liverpool. I went to the store and tried on a number of dresses, but it was only when I went back a second time that I saw ‘the one’. It was very fitted and felt it was a more classical look rather than flashy.
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