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boho bliss. a fun-filled wedding at park house barn, cumbria – charlotte & anthony

January 30th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today on the blog, we have our umbrellas at the ready, as we meet a couple who show us how to make the most of a rainy wedding day in Cumbria.

Park House Barn provided the rustic backdrop to Charlotte and Anthony’s laid-back boho wedding, complete with a BBQ, woodfired pizza van, ceilidh, games and an actual cheese cake for a wedding cake.

With images by Jessica Grace Photography

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charlotte says: We got engaged whilst on a road trip in south west USA. We were camping in the desert in Utah – Anthony had been planning a romantic proposal by the campfire on a starlit night, but on the night he’d planned, a storm hit. He decided to go on ahead and ask anyway, sheltering from the gales and rain in the tent! It was definitely unexpected!

We got married on Saturday 3 September. We both love that time of year – and we thought it was a good bet for some good weather!

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We tied the knot at Park House Barn in the south Lakes. We chose this venue because it’s a stunning, rustic building, and we could see that it had so much potential. We loved the idea of just being able to do our own thing – and use thousands of fairy lights! We’re both from the north west and have always felt that the Lakes are a beautiful part of the world.

The general style was relaxed, fun, colourful and a little bit bohemian. An accidental vintage map theme also developed as everything came together! My grandfather used to draw these amazing intricate maps as a hobby, and I’ve just always loved old maps and atlases. As we have grand plans of a belated travelling-honeymoon in 2018, it seemed like a fitting theme.

There wasn’t a strict colour theme. The flowers were simply white wildflowers and gypsophila (with a few blush roses for the bridal bouquet) with lots of greens and herbs. We wanted to let the building and lighting to do a lot of the talking. We had rainbow umbrellas, colourful signs and multi-coloured macarons to add some colour and lots of fun.

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My dress was by Anna Campbell, and we got it from Jean Jackson Couture NQ in Manchester – I’d seen it on the internet, and instantly fell in love with it. I’d tried a handful of other dresses on, but this one just felt so comfortable and natural. I think I was always going to end up in lace.

Anthony was keen to keep it simple. He bought about eight high street suits and then picked his favourite!

The bridesmaids were all in Needle and Thread dresses, which they picked themselves. I didn’t really mind what they wore, as long as they were broadly in keeping with the venue/vibe of the wedding, and moreover, that they were all happy. The groomsmen all wore navy blue suits, and ‘granddad’ collars – which was Anthony’s idea.

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Our photographer was Jesse, of Jessica Grace Photography, who we heard about from a friend-of-a-friend. She did a brilliant job on the day – making us feel at ease and taking lots of natural photos, which is what we asked for. The weather was certainly challenging from a photographer’s point of view, but Jesse just got on with it.

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rustic romance. roses & gypsophila for a relaxed wedding in yorkshire – jo & ashley

September 25th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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Today’s ‘I dos’ took place in an area of Yorkshire I know well, which enjoys stunning rural views providing the perfect backdrop for a romantic & relaxed wedding.

Unfortunately Ashley and Jo encountered most couples’ biggest fear on their wedding day – rain – but they didn’t let it dampen their spirits as can be seen in the photos. The positive pair still enjoyed some outdoor snaps before heading to their rustic barn reception for some comforting food, and a good old dance. Good for you guys!

With images by Diamonds and Doodles.

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jo says: We got engaged in November 2013 on our dream holiday in Mexico, it was sunset and we were just walking on the beach and Ash got down on one knee. We were going on the Cancun bar crawl that evening and celebrated on that with lots of free drinks! We had been together for ten years so the engagement was a long time coming!

We set the date for Saturday 2nd May 2015. A lot of our friends were getting married that year so we had to plan around them.

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We got married at St Nicholas Church at High Bradfield. We wanted to continue the tradition as my parents were married there, as well as other members of my family. I was also christened there and grew up in that area. We loved the setting and the views, it’s just a really pretty place. Our reception was at Cubley Hall, Penistone.

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The wedding had a rustic/homemade style to it as we wanted to do a lot of it ourselves. Although we had a traditional wedding we did want it to be quite laid back and relaxed. We had a lot of bunting, hessian and lace, our reception was in a barn with bare stone walls and beams. This all added to the rustic theme.

In terms of colours, we had pinks, purples, greys and nudes. We didn’t want everything to have match to one colour so went for a palette of colours instead.

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My dress was a white design with ruffles and a little sparkle too, which I found in Mirage Couture, near Sheffield. It ended up black underneath on the wedding day due to the rain and mud but still looked white and shimmery on top – thankfully no one could see the soggy muddy layers underneath!

Ashley wore a navy suit with pale grey and white spotty tie and pocket square, which he got from Next. The groomsmen all wore the same as him.

Our five bridesmaids all wore floaty dresses in different colours. This was a good job as four of them were pregnant at some point during the wedding planning so fitting the dresses was a nightmare. Luckily we had understanding and patient dress maker at Something New, based in Barnsley.

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We both travelled to the church in a Rolls Royce and then travelled onto the reception venue in a Daimler. The Rolls Royce took our parents to the reception venue from the church, which was a nice touch, the families joining together. Both cars were hired from Fairytale Wedding Cars.

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Our photographer was Shelley of Diamonds and Doodles. We found her just on Google and fell in love with her natural shots in her portfolio. We also were very excited about the homemade album saving bits and bobs from the day. She was very relaxed and easy going, she didn’t mind getting rained on and braved the horrible weather on the day! Everyone commented to us about her – she just mingled in with everyone, also the group photos didn’t feel like a chore or take over the day. I would most definitely recommend her!

We also had a video done on our wedding day by Mike and Tom of One Wedding. This was our treat as it isn’t cheap but watching back the DVD it was totally worth it. Plus I’m sure we will look back on it on our 50th wedding anniversary and be glad we did it!

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The bridesmaids’ flowers were a smaller version of the flowers I carried. They were lilac, grey and nude roses with gypsophila and eucalyptus leaves. The button holes were a grey/lilac rose with a leave and a sprig of gypsophila. All the flowers came from one of our bridesmaid’s cousin’s shop – Daisychain, who also helped to decorate the venue. They covered two silver candelabras I bought for our top table, using the same flowers as in the bouquets.

My mum and I had spent a lot of time saving jam jars and decorating them with hessian, lace, string and buttons prior to the wedding, which we also used to decorate. We put candles in them and dotted them around the reception barn.

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As favours we got everyone a scratch card and some love hearts sweets – we had the wrapper personalised with our names and wedding date.

We had a three tier wedding cake consisting of chocolate, lemon and Victoria sponge. We also had a cutting block of fruit cake for the older generation! It was simply decorated with white icing: one tier stripy, one tier spotty and one tier plain, finished off with some flowers in our theme colours on the top. It was made by a lady who lives across the road from us (which was very convenient), called Judy.

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To provide the evening entertainment we hired a DJ and gave him a big list of songs that we knew would get the dance floor filled! We also got some props in a photo booth style for guests to play with, and some signs with ‘Team Bride’ and ‘Team Groom’ on that caused some heated discussions!

As a special touch we also had photos of our parents on their wedding days in frames at our reception. Ashley’s dad passed away when he was 15 so it was our way of involving him in the day.

(It also embarrassed our parents with their dodgy outfits and hair dos!)

A Romantic Real Wedding (c) Shelley Hughes (42)

I would certainly recommend our venue to other couples. The wedding planner Sandra was brilliant – I’m really indecisive but Sandra made it really easy! It was reasonably priced and the bar was reasonably priced too. The menus we chose our wedding breakfast from had a huge choice and the portions were generous. All staff at the venue pulled together and you really felt like everyone pitched in and wanted to help make your day go well.

A Romantic Real Wedding (c) Shelley Hughes (43)

The ceremony was our favourite part of the day. We were not regular church goers but in the run up to the wedding we went once a month, it got us used to the setting and the vicar so we felt really relaxed during the ceremony and not nervous at all. We said our vows to each other – not the floor, or the vicar – we looked at each other and that was really important to us.

A Romantic Real Wedding (c) Shelley Hughes (44)

For our honeymoon we jetted off to Jamaica – it was amazing! The food, people, weather, hotel and trips were all brilliant. For the first few days we just chilled after all the stress and build-up of the wedding we were ready for a rest. Then we explored the island and it was such fun.

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be – don’t let the planning take over your life. Do what the two of you want to do, not what you think everyone else wants you to do. Spend time on the day together, especially rocking the dance floor at the end of the night. Spend your money on the right things. You only do this once – so enjoy it! Also, don’t worry if it rains. We were so worried about the weather, and it was horrible on our wedding day – really cold, rainy and windy. It didn’t spoil anything other than the dress though!

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We Make Rainbows! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Olivia & Jon

August 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Is it raining where you are?  Yeah, me too.  Those pesky Southerners, thinking they know it all about weddings (we know better!) and now hogging the sunshine too?!

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Anyway, we don’t care!  If it rains on our parade, we just do it in style – as proved nicely by today’s real bride Olivia and her wet and wonderful race day wedding captured by Anna Louise Crossley.  Olivia made sure that her big day was so bright, colourful and packed with personal touches that when it rained, she made rainbows.

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Olivia says:  We got engaged at home in October 2011. Jon asked me when he got home from work. I had the day off and was watching the news, drinking tea and eating Jaffa Cakes.  We were married on

June 30th 2012 at Holy Trinity, Ripon then afterwards at Ripon Racecourse

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We are both sporty, we like racing and we wanted somewhere different for our wedding. Most of our friends and family weddings have been at stately homes or hotels and we fancied something quirkier. We also wanted lots of outdoor space for children. 

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The wedding had a vague newspaper theme because we are both journalists and met each other while we worked at rival papers in East Anglia, with a colour base of sea green, turquoise and pink.  

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I chose 1950s style tea length wedding dress with a full skirt and halter neck, from Carlton Couture in Ripon. It was quite a simple and plain design  (I am a tomboy you see!!)  I also had a little jacket with collar which stood up and a bird cage head dress. We wanted to keep everything as local as possible to help businesses in Ripon. {Editor’s note: hear hear!}

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I walked down the aisle carrying a beautiful bouquet of peach, pink and white roses, sweet peas and hydrangeas by Twisted Willow Floristry, who also provided the flowers for my bridesmaids and the wedding reception. 

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The ceremony was so brilliant. I couldn’t stop grinning. When we got to the altar Jon told me he had written L and R on the soles of his shoes – but the wrong way round, that’s what he’s like.

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The vicar Rev. Isaac Lawrence was quite inexperienced. He is originally from Pakistan and after the marriage part of the ceremony he produced a mirror, which he said was a Pakistani tradition. It was lovely and made a great photo opportunity. This was my favourite part of the day because I had been nervous and it was just so amazing to be surrounded by all our favourite people in the world.

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We asked as many people to make things for our wedding as possible. My mum made a banner for above the top table, my father in law created a “newspaper front page” celebrating our wedding. My dad made ceramic hearts for place names and a DVD slideshow of us growing up which was played during the signing of the register. My mother in law made the cake and a lolly tree for the children. My father in law drove us in his car – which should have been convertible except it was raining! – and my sister made our invitations!

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Ripon Racecourse recommended a local jazz band – I Love New York. They’re from my old school in Ripon. They were amazing and everyone complimented them.

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After the wedding we had a mini-moon in my aunt’s cottage near the Lake District and we are going to Barbados later in the year.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to splash out on a really great photographer like Anna Louise Crossley. She is ace. Also buy some cute wellies in case it rains!

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Congratulations Olivia & Jon!

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Get in touch to share your Real Wedding with Brides Up North!  Don’t be shy!

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