Charlotte Balbier

babes in the wood. charlotte balbier for a relaxed woodland wedding in yorkshire – ceri & liam

September 18th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Woodland Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (88)

We’re kicking off the week with a truly cool and individual big day that had a relaxed rustic and boho vibe.

Taking place at an exclusive location in Mulgrave Woods, Whitby, today’s couple Ceri and Liam, tied the knot in the ruins of a castle before moving onto a marquee at Liam’s parents’ house for a chilled reception, complete with views over the whimsical woodland and coastline beyond.

We’re totally crushing on Ceri’s gorgeous lace dress by Brides Up North Sponsor, the fabulous Charlotte Balbier, not to mention those uber-cool bell, bead and pearl anklets.

Keeping the style bar up high, we also adore the bridesmaids’ pastel dresses and flower crowns, as well as the men’s brace and bow tie combos! This party are on point!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Bethany Clarke Wedding Photography.

A Woodland Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (113)

ceri says: Liam had originally planned to propose during a surprise trip to Edinburgh but didn’t find the right time so ended up asking me once we got home to Durham. He popped the question on a bridge over the river during the Lumiere light festival.

We set the date for 24th June 2017, as it was close to the solstice so we’d have lots of daylight.

A Woodland Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (82)

We got married at the Old Castle in Mulgrave Woods, Whitby. These are some old ruins deep in the woods, we wrote to Lord Normanby who owns the land and who Liam’s dad has worked for, for 40 years to ask his permission for us to hold our ceremony there. Our guests had to walk through the woods to reach it though some were taken via Land Rover. For the reception, we had a marquee in a field overlooking the woods and sea at Liam’s parents’ house, which is a gatehouse to the woods in a village called Dunsley.

As our ceremony at Mulgrave Woods wasn’t the legal one (we went to the register office another day) we asked Liam’s close friend Tristan to conduct the ceremony. He did such a fantastic job and it made it even more personal and relaxed.

A Woodland Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (83)

Our rings were mad by my friend Geri of Smuggler’s Treasure. It meant a lot to us that they were made locally and by a friend, they are a hammered texture with an engraved heart inside. Geri also made me some anklets, which had brass beads, bells and fresh water pearls on as I had bare feet on the day.

A Woodland Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (40)

The theme of the wedding was very relaxed we didn’t have a colour scheme but we incorporated the woods into the styling with real trees in the marquee, log cuttings and lots of wild flowers. I’m a photographer so we had lots of vintage cameras around too.

There was lots of green throughout the wedding due to the amounts of foliage – we made living chandeliers using old bike wheels, greenery and fairy lights and hung them in the marquee.

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fab florals. a pretty pink wedding at beeston manor, preston – laura & mark

September 14th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Pretty Wedding at Beeston Manor (c) Nik Bryant Photography (8)

If there’s one element of a wedding that we adore, it’s flowers! From the bouquet and button holes, through to the aisle and venue décor, we love to see how couples use petals to pretty-up their big day.

Deciding on a whimsical floral theme for their celebrations, today’s bride and groom Laura and Mark, certainly didn’t hold back on the blooms. Beautiful peonies, gypsophila, roses, daises and green foliage featured in their stunning arrangements and centrepieces, plus there were blossom trees, a petal-lined aisle, flower wall backdrop and even floral love letters. Now that’s a whole lot of petal pretty!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Nik Bryant Photography.

A Pretty Wedding at Beeston Manor (c) Nik Bryant Photography (4)

laura says: Mark and I got engaged at home on 28th February 2016. It was Mark’s 30th birthday and we had a family gathering at our home. We had a lovely evening and after everyone had left and we had done the cleaning up Mark proposed.

We got married on 26th May 2017, which turned out to be a super-hot day! The date had no significance to us before our wedding, however we had both said that ideally, we would like to get married in May as we both love springtime.

A Pretty Wedding at Beeston Manor (c) Nik Bryant Photography (39)

Our ceremony and reception took place at Beeston Manor in Hoghton, Preston. We trawled online looking at venues and visited about six. However, when we went to Beeston Manor we both knew that this is the venue we had been looking for. The venue itself felt personal. It didn’t feel like some of the larger, more intimidating venues we had been to see. We both felt comfortable and relaxed there, which was the sort of vibe we wanted for our wedding. The staff were so friendly and welcoming and we really got that family business feel for the place. They are clearly passionate about weddings and want to make the day special for couples who get married at Beeston Manor.

A Pretty Wedding at Beeston Manor (c) Nik Bryant Photography (13)

We didn’t set out with a specific theme for the wedding but fell into a whimsical, floral theme.

Our colour scheme was pinks and silver. I started looking at bridesmaid dresses and realised that all the dresses I liked were pink and silver, and so our colour theme was born.

A Pretty Wedding at Beeston Manor (c) Nik Bryant Photography (49)

I picked a ‘princess’ style dress. It was by Kenneth Winston from Lulu Browns Bridal Wear. It was beautiful. I loved it. Lulu Browns made the wedding dress shopping experience stress-free. I had seen the dress at a wedding fair and knew it was the dress for me! I tried it on and I felt fantastic in it, it was exactly how I wanted to look and feel on my wedding day.

I teamed my dress with a veil and a pearl and diamante headband, pink ombre Romy Jimmy Choos, pearl and diamante earrings and my great grandmother’s necklace.

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by the sea. stella york for a pretty rustic wedding in cumbria – kerry & richard

September 13th, 2017 | Julia Braime

A Rustic Wedding in Cumbria (c) Joshua Wyborn (44)

The look of love is certainly present in today’s real wedding, particularly in the stunning shots of bride and groom, Kerry and Richard, wrapped in each other’s arms on the stunning Cumbrian coastline.

After a traditional church ceremony, the loved-up couple and their guests travelled to the Seacote Hotel in St Bees, located right by the beach, where the celebrations continued with live music, dancing and cupcakes.

As an individual touch to their big day, Kerry and Richard asked their guests to rock a headpiece or hat, so look out for some fabulous fascinators, magical millinery and top trilbies!

With images by Joshua Wyborn.

A Rustic Wedding in Cumbria (c) Joshua Wyborn (2)

kerry says: We got engaged in September 2016, while in Grasmere, and set the date for 3rd June 2017.

Our ceremony was at St John’s Church, Whitehaven, followed by a reception at Seacote Hotel in St Bees, Cumbria. We chose St John’s as it is our local church. St Bees is a favourite place for us both and it has a fantastic beach right on the door step!

A Rustic Wedding in Cumbria (c) Joshua Wyborn (31)

We had a rustic theme for the wedding and chose a pale pink colour scheme. We didn’t set a dress code but we did ask our guests to all wear a headpiece or hat, which added a quirky element.

A Rustic Wedding in Cumbria (c) Joshua Wyborn (51)

For my wedding attire, I chose a Stella York lace fitted dress (style 6247) in ivory, which I purchased from Songbird, in Keswick. I accessorised the dress with a headpiece by Rebecca Williams.

A Rustic Wedding in Cumbria (c) Joshua Wyborn (63)

On the morning of the wedding, my hair was styled by Bazaar Hair Company, and Escape Beauty took care of my makeup.

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golden touch. an atmospheric autumnal wedding at east riddlesden hall – suzanne & dale

September 12th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

An Autumn Wedding at East Riddlesden Hall (c) Photography 34 (35)

Stunning seasonal inspiration is rife in today’s real wedding which centred around the beauty of autumn.

From gorgeous elements of nature – including leaves, pine cones and pumpkins – to a deep, jewel toned palette of aubergine and pinks, bride and groom Suzanne and Dale absolutely aced it!

Their rustic choice of venue and fine finishing touches brought the whole look and feel of the season together perfectly for an atmospheric celebration, complete with romantic candle light.

We’re also going all heart-eyed over that stunning trailing bouquet, cute Pug Max, and that stack of Krispy Kremes!

With images by Photography34

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suzanne says: We got engaged in September 2015, while we were on holiday in Turkey. Looking back now, I don’t know how I didn’t click that Dale was going to propose, but I didn’t – it was completely out of the blue! I cried a lot and nearly dropped the ring down the gaps in the jetty. Dale had to prompt me again “so is that a yes?” as I was too busy crying.

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We got married on 21st October 2016 at East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire. We chose our venue after attending a wedding fair there and absolutely falling in love. We loved the romantic cosy feel the barn had and thought it was perfect for the intimate wedding we wanted.

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Our theme was ‘autumnal’. We had dried leaves, spray-painted gold leaves, pine cones, pumpkins, lanterns and candles, and fairly lights everywhere to give it that cosy autumnal theme.

Our colour scheme was aubergine. We felt this was a really nice autumnal colour. We had mini pumpkins that were sprayed this colour and it was weaved into my bouquet and my bridesmaids’ bouquets.

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I chose a beautiful lace wedding dress from Ava Rose Hamilton. I knew it was the one as soon as I tried it on! It was so comfy as well – letting me dance the night away.

Dale wore a tailor-made brown tweed suit from Michelsburg Tailoring. Dale’s best men were in navy blue suits from Next – they all had matching burgundy ties from TM Lewin.

My bridesmaids were in aubergine dresses with ruffles around the neck.

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fifty shades of green. maggie sottero for a modern wedding at the lowry – lorna & chris

September 5th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

An Emerald Wedding at The Lowry (c) Mike Plunkett (44)

Don’t get us wrong – we love lace, blush and sherbet shades as much as the next wedding blog, but if you’re not a lover of pastel colours and vintage vibes? Well, apparently the online wedding world can be a bit of a lonely place, or so today’s real wedding bride Lorna tells us.

Thankfully, the Brides Up North team was there, donning our sequinned superhero capes and championing weddings of all sizes, budgets, trends and types to inspire Lorna-the-Pastel-Phobic-Bride. Fast forward to April 2017 and the perfectly modern emerald-themed wedding of Lorna and her beau Chris unfolded at Salford Quays in Manchester, and fast forward again to September 2017 and Mike Plunkett’s fabulous photography once again graces our pages to stimulate the imaginations of yet more brides. It’s like one of those diagrams of the water cycle you had to draw in Year 8 Geography, or the Circle of Life (the Ciiiiiircle of Liiiiiiife….) that Elton John told us about in The Lion King…

Ahem. Anyway. Back to the Brides Up North mission statement: to showcase statement northern wedding styling at its very best. Lorna and Chris’ big day does that and so much more, giving us a reception venue that looks like “a really glam Jurassic Park”, some split pants on the dancefloor and dessert before dinner – because if you can’t do it on your wedding day, when can you?

Put THAT in your pipe and smoke it, Tuesday.

With images by Mike Plunkett.

An Emerald Wedding at The Lowry (c) Mike Plunkett (43)

lorna says: Chris proposed to me on the morning of his 28th Birthday. We were in bed recovering from his party the night before when he said he had a present for me. He turned to his bedside table and when he turned back he was holding an emerald ring! He asked me to marry him…and I asked him if he was taking the…! When I realised he was serious, I accepted with lots of kisses and happy tears. It was perfect, just the two of us and our dog, Bear.

An Emerald Wedding at The Lowry (c) Mike Plunkett (40)

We were married on 29th April 2017. We wanted a spring wedding, but also needed time to save pennies to pay for it all! So our engagement lasted just over 2 years, marrying a month after Chris’ 30th birthday. We also loved that it was a bank holiday weekend, giving everyone an extra day to recover before heading back to work.

We had the ceremony and reception at the Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays. The ceremony was held in the Pier 8 room, which was a new park built in 2015/2016. We were originally going to use the Hexagon Room, but we fell in love with the Pier 8 room before the big day. It was simple and modern, with lots of light.

The reception was held in the Compass Room, which just blew us away; it was the main reason we chose the venue. It’s a large circular self-contained room, with almost 360 degree views of the Quays. It also has its own balcony, smokers’ area, bar and bathrooms.

As my dad has a ‘dodgy knee’ due to severe arthritis, he struggles to walk long distances and uses a mobility scooter to get around anywhere larger than a house. The Lowry set-up is perfect for people with disabilities as everything is so close together and they were so accommodating of my dad’s scooter – which got a few outings from tipsy friends and family later on once he was settled at a table!

An Emerald Wedding at The Lowry (c) Mike Plunkett (48)

We didn’t really have a theme as such, but we knew we wanted dark greens as our wedding colours. Green is my favourite colour, and my engagement ring was a pale emerald.

We also knew we wanted nods to our favourite things, so Lego for our cake topper and Disney music during the drinks reception – we’ve been to The Magic Kingdom twice in three years! We wanted film and TV themes from our favourites: I walked down the aisle to Kissing You from Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet, our recessional music was the Jurassic Park theme and we had a selection of John Williams’ work as we signed the register. Our guest book was the “Be Our Guest” book from Illustries. Our placecard holders were origami cranes, which I folded over the space of about a month (I didn’t start early enough!) to represent Chris’ love of animals.

As we’re fond of a drink, our tables were all named after our favourite tipples: Sailor Jerry Rum, Grey Goose Vodka and Aperol Liquor. The table plan was an (empty) bottle of each of the spirits with a label around the neck for the names, and our friend Mark illustrated the bottles for each table so people had to match the bottle on the table plan to the drawing on the table.

An Emerald Wedding at The Lowry (c) Mike Plunkett (26)

While planning the wedding, I found it hard to find inspiration for non-pastel/vintage themed weddings. Brides up North was an absolute godsend in that it showcased a wide range of weddings. The internet became my best friend!

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lemon & lace. a family wedding in crosby – kimberley & andrew

September 4th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Lemon & Lace Wedding in Crosby (c) Marcia's Wedding Photography (50)

Andrew and Kimberley’s wedding was destined to be a relaxed family affair from the very beginning, with the couple determined to pay tribute to loved ones and their two children playing a prominent role throughout the day.

Their grey and lemon colour scheme is light and fresh – perfect for a wedding in the height of summer – and everything from the bride’s bouquet to the table details ties together in perfect cohesive harmony. And those beachfront photographs – err, stunning much?

Their wedding, Kimberley happily reports, was the perfect combination of intimacy and ‘partyyy!’, with vodka Skittle shots, a packed dancefloor and too many joyful memories to choose just one. A+ for positive vibes, guys.

With images by Marcia’s Photography.

A Lemon & Lace Wedding in Crosby (c) Marcia's Wedding Photography (26)

kimberley says: Andy and I had booked a last-minute holiday to Turkey; we had recently suffered a miscarriage with our first baby and had recently found out we were pregnant with our son, Dylan, so we decided to have a last holiday together as ‘just us two’. One evening, Andy arranged a meal on the beach right next to the sea – we literally had sand between our toes! Afterwards, we went for a walk in the moonlight when Andy said, “Guess what?” “What?” I replied, and he produced a ring and got down on one knee. Andy has a reputation for saying, “Guess what?” and following it up with some silly remark or taking the micky, so I was completely shocked when he actually asked me.

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Our wedding date was 1st July 2017, which we booked two years in advance. The reason was simply so that my sister and family were able to fly over from South Africa to make the wedding.

We were married at St Luke’s Church in Crosby where our children had been baptised. We chose our venue because we loved the idea of watching the sun go down on the lake and how beautiful the location was on the beach front.

A Lemon & Lace Wedding in Crosby (c) Marcia's Wedding Photography (45)

We didn’t really have a theme; we just wanted the day to be as relaxed and as natural as possible. However, our chosen colour was lemon, which we picked because we wanted a nice light colour for a summer wedding.

A Lemon & Lace Wedding in Crosby (c) Marcia's Wedding Photography (62)

My dress was from ASAP Bride, which is an outlet in the heart of Liverpool. I‘d tried on a few different dresses but none of them made me not want to take it off. As soon as I put mine on though, the idea of taking it off made me want to cry!

Andy wore a light grey suit from Slaters with an ivory cravat and pocket square. I picked it, of course!

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