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happily ever after: justin alexander for a fairy tale wedding at eaves hall – chelsea & ian

October 16th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Fairytale Wedding at Eaves Hall (c) Madison Picture (41)

Today we’re sharing the beautiful wedding of Chelsea and Ian – a celebration of fairy tale proportions wholly inspired by the magic of stories such as Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz.

Sealing their ‘happily ever after’ moment at Lancashire venue, Eaves Hall, Chelsea and Ian chose a delicate colour palette of dusky pinks and creams to suit their romantic theme and create a dreamy, whimsical vibe to their big day.

Details-wise, we love the hand-drawn illustrations depicting the stories Chelsea so loves to define each table, and the handmade biscuits as favours, each in a design straight out of a story book. Chelsea even created really thoughtful welcome bags for all the guests who stayed over, containing locally sourced treats and information about the area so they could make the most of their stay.

Of course, a fairy tale just wouldn’t be complete without a beautiful princess – and Chelsea is glowing and gorgeous in a dramatic Justin Alexander number with a cathedral-length train, illusion back and pretty beaded detailing around the neck and waistline.

With images by Madison Picture.

A Fairytale Wedding at Eaves Hall (c) Madison Picture (27)

chelsea says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve in 2015. I still lived at home at the time. We were watching Christmas films in our festive PJs and sipping prosecco when Ian said he had an early Christmas present for me. He presented me with a little box that said “10 reasons why I love you” on the front. Inside there were ten cards each saying something different, such as “you’re beautiful”, “you make me smile”, etc. The last card said, “Will you marry me?” I looked up and he was down on one knee with the most beautiful engagement ring.

A Fairytale Wedding at Eaves Hall (c) Madison Picture (39)

We got married on 29th May 2018. We wanted to get married in half term as I’m a teacher but it turns out that it didn’t matter in the end because I was on maternity leave having had a baby girl six months earlier.

Our venue was Eaves Hall, Clitheroe, and we had exclusive use over two days for both the ceremony and reception. We chose it for its wow factor; it was everything we wanted in a venue. Grand and rustic!

A Fairytale Wedding at Eaves Hall (c) Madison Picture (38)

I wanted the theme to be based on stories and fairy tales: our own ‘happily ever after’. I love reading all things fairy tale and wanted a romantic theme. Colour-wise, we chose to go for a range of soft pinks (dusky, blush, etc.) and natural creams and whites. Dusky pink is my favourite colour and I wanted colours that would feel romantic and whimsical to go with our fairy tale theme. Plus, all my bridesmaids were blonde, so the colours suited them.

A Fairytale Wedding at Eaves Hall (c) Madison Picture (33)

I chose a Sincerity dress from Justin Alexander, which was A-line shaped and made from satin with a cathedral train. It was the perfect combination of real bridal and whimsical, which is what I wanted. I felt like a bride when I put it on and fell in love with the dramatic train.

Ian wore a grey suit hired from Debenhams with a tweed waistcoat and tie. The groomsmen wore matching suits but with tweed bowties instead.

My bridesmaids’ dresses were bought online from Little Mistress. They were full-length in a floaty Grecian style and dusky/rose pink in colour. They had lace and beading around the middle and on the straps. The flower girls wore ivory knee-length dresses with a lace top.

We had our hair and makeup done by Manchester-based Jodie A Smith.

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in the pink: morilee for a blushing big day at sandburn hall – lucy & martin

October 15th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Blush Wedding at Sandburn Hall (c) All You Need Is Love Photography (15)

Happy Monday y’all! Today’s beauty of a real wedding between Lucy and Martin centres around a lovely, delicate blush pink theme that tones beautifully with the blue of the boys’ suits and works in harmony with the subtle rustic vibe of the day.

Sandburn Hall, where the couple held their nuptials, lends itself perfectly to such a natural-styled wedding, with gorgeous exposed beams perfect for twining around fairy lights and a panoramic rural view that creates a fabulous backdrop to the ceremony and wedding breakfast.

One of our favourite details has to be the somewhat clever cake. From the front, it’s a simple and elegant design topped with two figures resembling the bride and groom, even down to Martin’s unique beard! But head round the back of the cake and you’ll find a whole host of Lego figures working hard to finish their creation. It’s details like this that guests remember from the day and it’s lovely to offer the odd surprise here and there.

Talking of surprises, thoughtful groom Martin arranged for a mint green VW campervan to pick Lucy up and transport her to Sandburn on the day of the wedding, simply because it’s her favourite. And we adore the time and thought invested into the table plan displaying photos of each guest – a lovely idea and serves two purposes; getting guests to the right table while giving them a smile en route. Tell us more, Lucy …

With images by All You Need is Love Photography.

A Blush Wedding at Sandburn Hall (c) All You Need Is Love Photography (49)

lucy says: We got engaged on 28th March 2016. We were having a lazy Bank Holiday Monday, trying to decide what to do with our day as our plans had been cancelled. Martin went off to make breakfast but came back upstairs shortly afterwards and said, “I know what we can do today.” He pulled the ring out of his pocket and said, “Let’s get married!” It was a complete surprise. I don’t think I’ve ever been so speechless in my life. It took me a good few hours to be able to talk normally again!

A Blush Wedding at Sandburn Hall (c) All You Need Is Love Photography (35)

We got married on 24th March 2018 at Sandburn Hall in York, where we had both our ceremony and reception. Sandburn has a restaurant called Tykes that has always been one of our favourite places to eat and, even before we got engaged, we’d always said it would be a great place to get married. It’s beautiful inside and out, with beams and a light open space.

We wanted a relaxed, fun day with everything in one place and Sandburn provided that, so we’d definitely recommend the venue to others. Our wedding coordinator Rhian was great and helped massively throughout our planning. She made sure the day ran seamlessly. We can’t fault the venue at all. The rest of the staff on the day worked so hard and a lot of them were there from start to finish, which is a long day, and yet the smiles never left their faces.

A Blush Wedding at Sandburn Hall (c) All You Need Is Love Photography (26)

We didn’t choose a particular theme but it ended up being quite rustic with logs and flowers on the tables. We just wanted something quite simple and natural. The room is so lovely on its own that it didn’t need much decoration.

Colour-wise, we went for a blush pink as we had found bridesmaid dresses from Dorothy Perkins we liked that were blush pink, so we used this colour for the rest of the wedding.

A Blush Wedding at Sandburn Hall (c) All You Need Is Love Photography (46)

I got my Morilee dress from the Bridal Factory Outlet in Northallerton. I tried on several different dresses to see what suited as I had no idea what I would like and, when I put my dress on, it just felt right. It had an oyster-coloured layer under the lace, which gave it an almost vintage colouring, and lots of lace detail.

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peonies & prosecco. suzanne neville for a sophisticated wedding at thornton manor – charlotte & jamie

October 12th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Sophisticated Wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Brett Harkness (72)

Thornton Manor – an exquisite Grade II Elizabethan house in Cheshire – is today’s stunning backdrop to Charlotte and Jamie’s special day earlier this summer.

Looking to throw a big party for their guests – the venue ticked all the boxes for the couple, giving them the best of both worlds – the grandeur of the manor house and those more informal ‘let your hair down’ kinda feels from the lakeside marquee.

A blush colour palette worked flawlessly with the abundance of peonies, roses and hydrangeas, not to mention the life-sized tree!

Food and drink played a big part in their big day too – with steak, lobster mac n cheese, bacon sandwiches, candy floss and a prosecco tuk tuk van all making an appearance. As for the entertainment – they even had a wandering band that made their way around all the tables – an idea we think a fair few of you might want to steal! Feeling inspired? It’s time to hear more from Charlotte…

With images by Brett Harkness Photography.

A Sophisticated Wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Brett Harkness (55)

charlotte says: We got engaged while we were on holiday in Barbados with our family. Jamie and I both have our birthdays one week apart, and these happened to fall whilst we were away. He told me we were going out for a meal the night before his birthday to celebrate, just the two of us. We went to The Cliff restaurant, which was as amazing as it sounds, right on the edge of the sea. He popped the question at the beginning of the meal…I think he was too nervous to wait until the end!! Of course, I said yes, and we spent the whole meal chatting about getting married – we hardly ate the food!

A Sophisticated Wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Brett Harkness (49)

We got married on the 30th June 2017. We knew we wanted a summer wedding and I actually ended up picking the date based on the weather the previous few years! Unfortunately, we were not blessed with sun for the whole day, so my theory went out of the window!

We got married at all All Saints Church in Thornton Hough and hosted our wedding reception at Thornton Manor. Jamie and I both liked the idea of getting married in a large manor style house, however most importantly we wanted a space where we could throw a great party. Thornton Manor could accommodate a marquee on site too which made this possible!

A Sophisticated Wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Brett Harkness (50)

Our colour scheme for the day was a range of blush colours – soft shades of pink, ivory and peach. We chose this as it fitted with our idea of a relaxed yet sophisticated summer’s day.

A Sophisticated Wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Brett Harkness (98)

My dress was designed by Suzanne Neville. I had always loved this designer and liked that she could tailor any dress to your style. I actually went down to Suzanne’s shop in Knightsbridge where I had all my fittings and even met with her to decide on some of the final details. I ended up changing my dress four months before the wedding, which was slightly stressful, and it could not have been more different!

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up for discussion: a wedding for all seasons

October 10th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

Karol Makula

Karol Makula

Though this week’s unseasonably warm weather may suggest otherwise, we are upon a turn of season which we thought signalled the perfect time for a discussion post on which time of the year is best suited to the style of wedding that you crave – spring/summer or autumn/winter.

Of course, we all know that the Great British weather can be massively unpredictable so no matter if your organisational skills could rival those of Monica Geller, some elements will remain out of your power meaning you never can guarantee that a July date will deliver wall to wall sunshine or indeed that a December day will bring with it an idyllic sprinkling of snow.

But there are further considerations beyond the weather that could have you favouring a spring/summer wedding over an autumn/winter celebration – or vice versa – as we discuss on the blog today.

spring | summer

Joasis Photography

Joasis Photography

Hello Sunshine: In most cases, the weather will be the number-one reason for couples choosing to get hitched in spring or summer, with hopes pinned on a cerulean sky and bright sunshine. While it’s certainly more likely you’ll experience decent weather if you choose such seasons, you could find you’re unprepared for a rogue thunderstorm, which is exactly what happened ten years ago at my July wedding. All geared up for a drinks reception on the spectacular terrace of Harewood House, our plans were dashed at the last minute by an uninvited guest, who sent friends and family running for cover under a torrential downpour. Our advice? Always have a plan B in place, including a few emergency umbrellas!

Celebrate Outside: Of course, with a greater guarantee of appealing weather in spring/summer, you could opt for an outdoor wedding. Following an increase in demand for ‘open-air I dos’ many venues have extended their wedding offering with spectacular outdoor structures and settings available for ceremonies and receptions. Whether you go woodland chic, vibrant festival or secret garden style, an outdoor celebration comes with laid-back vibes and limitless styling possibilities so let those creative juices run free!

Jess Yarwood Photography

Jess Yarwood Photography

Happy Holidays: A big tick for summer weddings is that wonderful six-week summer holiday in July and August. And so, if you or your other half are of a teaching profession, or you’re planning a week-day wedding and inviting lots of families, this is the ideal time to plan your big day ensuring more friends and family can make the date and that you have time to tie the knot and honeymoon too. Make sure you send out your save-the-date cards well in advance, however, so you don’t clash with guests’ pre-planned summer getaways.

Blooming Beautiful: A quick look at your own garden during the warmer months of the year demonstrates how many gorgeous and colourful flowers are available in spring and summer. Whether dainty and pale or big, blousy and bright there is so much choice for seasonal bouquets, buttonholes and arrangements during such months that will both look and smell divine.

Summer Nights: Warm, balmy and romantic, the longer nights give couples the opportunity to extend their celebrations outdoors with garden games, evening street food and even open-air musical entertainment. Better still, there’s also the opportunity for some killer couple portrait photographs during the ‘golden hour’, that wonderful time of day just before the sun begins to set when it turns skin golden and throws a magical light across the land.

Camilla Lucinda Photography

Camilla Lucinda Photography

Dare To Bare: With warmer temperatures on the cards, brides can embrace light, flowing bohemian style gowns as well as fashion-forward designs that reveal a flash of flesh, be it a backless ballgown, cut-out detailing, a plunging neckline or high leg split that takes your fancy.

Alfresco Feasting: More relaxed dining styles come into play in spring /summer with options for elegant afternoon teas, barbecued sharing platters, street food and picnics all welcome alternatives to a traditional three-course, sit-dwon meal.

autumn | winter

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Photography 34

Stress Less: The weather expectations of autumn/winter couples are reduced with most taking a ‘what will be will be approach’ to the conditions that could arise on their big day. This doesn’t mean they won’t get that bright but crisp autumnal day, or a lovely wintery scene come their ‘I dos’ but they are much less likely to let thoughts of the weather consume them in the wedding run-up.

Keep It Cosy: Those who opt to host their celebrations in the cooler months can fill their ceremony with wonderfully soft candlelight to create a romantic ambience and, with an indoor ceremony comes the ability to control lighting to best effect. Fairy lights can be strung from the rafters – you can even buy battery-operated Eddison-style bulbs for a really warm, vintage glow – and fires can be lit to create a cosy atmosphere and add comforting warmth.

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lucky in love. a yorkshire themed wedding at crathorne hall – holly & ashley

October 9th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

An Elegant Wedding at Crathorne Hall (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (29)

We’re stepping back into warmer climes today as we recount Holly and Ashley’s fabulous July wedding at the beautiful Crathorne Hall in Yarm.

Set in 15 acres of private grounds on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, this is a wedding venue that’s brimming in pure elegance and romantic wedding day feels. It’s no surprise that the couple fell in love with the space, complementing the dreamy setting with their very own Yorkshire-inspired wedding. Think tractors, horses and outdoor games and you’ll start to picture the scene!

The couple, who welcomed family and friends from around the globe, kept things classic and elegant – from the pastel hued blooms to the turquoise bridesmaids’ dresses and handmade centrepieces. All understated and flawlessly perfect.

Other special touches to look out for include their horseshoe favours and messages in a bottle, which the bride and groom plan on opening in the years to come.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Lloyd Clarke Photography.

An Elegant Wedding at Crathorne Hall (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (3)

holly says: We got engaged on 4th August 2017. It was Ashley’s birthday and we went out for dinner at the Jet Miners in Broughton. After dinner, Ash insisted on going for a walk so we headed for Cod Beck Reservoir in Osmotherley. We walked half way around the reservoir and he challenged me to skim stones. As I was searching for a stone to skim, Ash called my name, I turned around and he was there on one knee! An absolutely perfect and unexpected proposal.

An Elegant Wedding at Crathorne Hall (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (25)

We got married on 20th July 2018. We chose this date because it was one of the very few available during the summer for the year following our engagement. We couldn’t wait to get a date booked.

We got married at Crathorne Hall. We viewed several venues and Crathorne Hall was the one that ticked all of the boxes. Gorgeous, accessible and it had rooms on-site. It was perfect.

An Elegant Wedding at Crathorne Hall (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (31)

When we started wedding planning, we were keen to have a Yorkshire theme. We both originate from down south but have always lived together in North Yorkshire. However, as things developed, so did the theme. Our wedding just became a party that represented us – tractors, horses, travel and food.

We didn’t really choose a colour scheme. We just went for natural and neutral colours that we both liked.

An Elegant Wedding at Crathorne Hall (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (46)

When I went dress shopping, I tried on a lot of dresses in many different shops. With our wedding date booked for less than a year away, there was a lot of pressure to get a dress ordered as quickly as possible so it would be ready in time. I eventually chose a dress from Victoria Robson in Northallerton. Victoria made it easy and stress-free and I knew that the dress was the one!

Ash chose his suit from Peter Posh – it was a combination of styles which suited his taste perfectly. We got the grooms’ suits from the same supplier and it was very straightforward to organise.

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sparks fly: enzoani for a vintage style wedding at the mansion, leeds – samantha & scott

October 8th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Vintage Wedding at The Mansion (c) Freya Raby Photography (42)

We’re getting your week off to a glorious start with a wedding at one of our very favourite Yorkshire venues – The Mansion in Leeds. Situated in the stunning surroundings of Roundhay Park, this gem of a venue is chic and stylish with elegant décor and opulent touches in the furnishings and fittings for a big day that brims with luxury.

Sound up your street? Then be sure to join us at our Luxury Wedding Show at this spectacular venue on Sunday 28th October, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY, when you will be able to appreciate its beauty first hand while meeting the super-efficient and knowledge team from Dine who run The Mansion providing first class catering and faultless service. Furthermore, we’ll be joined by a selection of the area’s very best wedding suppliers to help bringing together every element of your big day seamlessly.

You never know, you might just fall in love with The Mansion at first slight, just as today’s featured couple, Scott and Samantha, did.

Opting for a vintage style wedding with rustic touches, Samantha’s gorgeous Enzoani gown set the tone for the day with beautiful detailed lace overlay and long flowing train, finished off beautifully with a dazzling back jewellery piece that’s sending our eyes all heart-shaped.

The ‘just picked’ style flowers add a rustic twist along with the beautiful floral print stationery produced by graphic designer groom Scott.

Other highlights for us include the stylish laser-cut name places, the men’s dapper navy suits and not forgetting those beautiful magenta tone bridesmaid gowns – otherwise expertly described by Samantha’s dad as “summer fruits yoghurt” – a truly delicious hue indeed!

With images by Freya Raby.

A Vintage Wedding at The Mansion (c) Freya Raby Photography (25)

samantha says: We got engaged on New Year’s Eve in 2016. Scott proposed at home before we set off to Leeds for dinner at San Carlo (our favourite restaurant). Later we met friends to celebrate and ring in the New Year!

A Vintage Wedding at The Mansion (c) Freya Raby Photography (29)

We got married on 4th August 2018. We both knew we wanted a summer wedding but, as I’m a teacher, the school summer holidays were an ideal time.

We held both our ceremony and reception at The Mansion, Leeds. It was the first venue we both viewed and we instantly fell in love with it. We booked it the same day! We particularly loved the sweeping staircase, the chandelier and its perfect location, overlooking Roundhay Park. We would absolutely recommend it – it’s simply stunning. We were worried about having the public in the park but it was no bother at all on the day. Craig Squelch, our wedding planner from Dine , was unbelievable. Everything went to plan – apart from the fire alarm going off, but this only added to the memories of our day.

A Vintage Wedding at The Mansion (c) Freya Raby Photography (40)

The theme of the wedding was vintage/rustic. Scott works as a graphic designer so he set the tone with his save the date cards and it went from there, really. Colour-wise, Scott knew he wanted the boys in navy and, as my dress was a non-traditional colour (mocha with an ivory lace), matching up the bridesmaids with the groomsmen and bride was initially tricky. It was by chance that we came across the deep pink/purple dresses the girls wore, which were purchased from Biba. The shade is difficult to describe when people ask – we often jokingly referred to it as “summer fruits yoghurt” as my dad said that was what it reminded him of when he first saw them! The dresses with the navy suits really worked with the darker wedding dress I had chosen.

A Vintage Wedding at The Mansion (c) Freya Raby Photography (52)

My dress is called Hollywood by Enzoani. I tried on dozens of dresses before I visited Broughton’s Bridals in Garforth. After trying many dresses on there, Sam, the owner, suggested the Hollywood. On the hanger, it didn’t look much but, when I put it on, things got emotional – my mum and grandma both began with the tears as soon as I stepped out wearing it. Adding the five-string back jewellery piece finished it off perfectly (this was an additional accessory purchased separately from Broughton’s to complement the dress). The saying really does go – when you know, you know!

Scott hired French Connection suits from Moss Bros for him, the bridesman and the groomsmen.

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