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love lilac. a romantic summer wedding at saltmarshe hall – rachael & tom

January 11th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Romantic Wedding at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (27)

After a dreamy proposal in the romantic city of Venice, Rachael and Tom had set the bar high for a beautiful and memorable wedding day to follow. Choosing the gorgeous Saltmarshe Hall as their reception venue, a Grade II listed 19th Century house on the banks of the River Ouse in East Yorkshire, with a whopping 17 acres of garden, they certainly ticked the ‘dream setting’ box. If you too love the look of this stunning venue then be sure to mark Sunday 15th April in your diary as we will be staging one of our Luxury Wedding Fairs at the Hall on that day, giving you an opportunity to see all it has to offer first hand!

But back to today’s wedding! We love Rachael and Tom’s idea of choosing sharing platters for the wedding breakfast– what a great way to break the ice and get guests talking. With all that delicious food to work off – and music a passion of the groom’s – Tom handpicked a live band for the evening, ensuring the guests danced their way into the early hours.

Rachael and Tom may have had a tinge of the wedding blues after their honeymoon, but they definitely created some wonderful memories to send those gloomy thoughts packing!

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

A Romantic Wedding at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (48)

rachael says: We got engaged in Venice on 27th August 2015. On our last night, we went for a ride on a Gondola and then to St Mark’s Square. We watched the sun set over Venice from the top of the Campanile and then walked back to our hotel. On the way, we stopped on a footbridge over one of the canals and Tom got down on one knee and asked if I would marry him. Although we’d been together for seven years, it was still a big surprise and we couldn’t wait to get home and tell our families.

A Romantic Wedding at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (32)

Our wedding was on 28th July 2017. Being a teacher, I wanted to get married in the summer holidays, so that we could go on our honeymoon straight after the wedding and not have to rush back to work straight away. My sister, Katherine, flew back from San Francisco where she lives and works for the big day too.

We had our wedding ceremony at Laxton Church and our reception at Saltmarshe Hall, near Howden. We looked at a few venues and nothing had blown us away but, on driving up the beautiful driveway to Saltmarshe Hall and seeing the grounds surrounding it, we knew we had found somewhere special. The house is beautiful, with a wonderful staircase and different rooms offering space for guests to relax, drink and dance. We knew we didn’t want a huge wedding and Saltmarshe could accommodate 70 guests in the Morning Room. We also loved the exclusivity that Saltmarshe offered; for our day, it would be ours. Having been recently extended with additional bedrooms, plenty of family could stay for the two nights. The team was fantastic – friendly and professional – and I knew our wedding was in safe hands with them.

A Romantic Wedding at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (26)

Our colour scheme was shades of purple/lilac. I didn’t have a colour scheme in mind initially but when looking for bridesmaids’ dresses and thinking about flowers it all came together. April at BlueBird Wedding Stationery, did a wonderful job with our invitations and order of service, which tied in with the colour scheme too.

A Romantic Wedding at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (71)

My dress was from Jacquelines Bridal of Beverley. I’d been to a couple of shops but hadn’t found anything quite right and was waiting for my ‘this is the one’ moment.  I knew I wanted something A-line but nothing too big. My bridesmaids had travelled up for the weekend to help me, along with my sister. As soon as I put my dress on, they all said it was the one and it just felt different to the others. I loved the layers of lace and the detail but had to do a return trip with my mum just to get her approval before I took the plunge. The seamstress at Jacquelines did a great job making sure the dress fitted perfectly and they even arranged for it to be cleaned after the big day.

Victoria Farr and her assistant did my hair and that of my three bridesmaids and mum. She did a practice session a few months before to make sure we knew exactly what I wanted and how it would look. She was so friendly and a great person to have around when we were getting ready and I would definitely recommend her.

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rock solid. ronald joyce for a personality-filled wedding at hoghton tower – sally & jack

January 10th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Personal Wedding at Hoghton Tower (c) Shane Webber (20)

Today’s real wedding delivers plenty of inspo when it comes to adding personal touches. How delightful is the personalised handkerchief for the bride’s father, with its tear-jerking message? And the cricket bat sporting a ‘play temporarily paused’ message, which made us smile. Then there’s the personalised chef’s hats for guests to wear while carving the meat at each table – great photograph opportunity!

The elegance levels are high in this beautiful big day too, with a flurry of gorgeous florals, classic wedding transport and an A-line gown fit for a princess!

Sally and Jack ended their celebrations with a party to be remembered, putting on a nightclub-style evening do in a tipi, complete with a live band and real fire. Let’s get in on the action…

With images by Shane Webber Photography.

A Personal Wedding at Hoghton Tower (c) Shane Webber (21)

sally says: We got engaged on 27th October 2015. Jack took me on a surprise half-term holiday to Paris; he proposed on the first night and, after a few days in Paris, we flew to London to my favourite restaurant (La Trompette in Chiswick) to celebrate.

We got married on Saturday 27th May 2017, a bank holiday weekend followed by a two-week half-term. We were hoping for the good weather we usually get in May/June.

A Personal Wedding at Hoghton Tower (c) Shane Webber (46)

Our ceremony was held at Holy Trinity Church in Hoghton, Lancashire, and we chose Hoghton Tower as our reception venue for its incredible driveway, stunning views and old English traditions. It was in the perfect location – between both our families in Preston and Darwen – and we would definitely recommend it. It’s historic, located in a beautiful setting and is the perfect fairy-tale wedding venue.

We wanted a traditional wedding that was personal to us so, for the colour scheme, we chose cornflower blue. Both sets of our parents also had a blue colour scheme at their weddings and we just liked the colour!

A Personal Wedding at Hoghton Tower (c) Shane Webber (34)

I wore the Ronald Joyce Robyn dress, bought from Wedding Belles in Blackburn. Susan and her team there are excellent. The dress was A-line with a high neck. It was the one I kept going back to after endless amounts of dress shopping!

A Personal Wedding at Hoghton Tower (c) Shane Webber (47)

My bridesmaids wore cornflower blue, high-neck Dessy dresses, which we bought from Susan Craig Bridal Wear in Chorley.

Jack wore a three-piece grey custom tweed suit from Remus Uomo (a friend’s company based in Belfast) and the groomsmen wore grey suits from Moss Bros and custom waistcoats from Remus Uomo to match Jack’s.

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we heart mcr. ronald joyce for a sophisticated wedding at king street townhouse – jessica & joe

January 9th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh

A Cool City Wedding in Manchester (c) James Tracey Photography (41)

Hands up who loves a chic city centre wedding? Everyone? Well, prepare yourself for a treat because today we’re spoiling you with a real urban beauty. As soon as we clapped eyes on the photos of Jess and Joe’s big day – two very proud Mancunians – we fell in love with this gorgeous celebration of their love and their city.

The grand architecture, rich decor and stunning rooftop views of The King Street Townhouse provided the perfect venue for this Manchester-mad pair and the soundtrack to the day was dominated by North West musical greats like The Stone Roses and The Smiths. Even the cake was a nod to this glorious city, with a modern hexagonal honeycomb-inspired design and, of course, some iconic Manchester bees.

Need one more reason to read on? No problem, here it is: bardot neckline dress eye candy! You’re welcome.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.

A Cool City Wedding in Manchester (c) James Tracey Photography (16)

jessica says: We got engaged on Christmas Day 2015, at my mum and dad’s house. Joe decided to propose on my favourite day of the year with all of my relatives gathered at my family home.

Our wedding date was 5th August 2017. We wanted a summer wedding as I’m a teacher and it gave us time to go on honeymoon after the wedding.

A Cool City Wedding in Manchester (c) James Tracey Photography (20)

We were married at St. Ann’s Church followed by the reception at King Street Town House in Manchester. We were both born in Manchester and raised in Greater Manchester, and so we wanted a city centre wedding. We dated mainly in the city and it’s a place close to both our hearts for many reasons.

We were so lucky that my uncle, Canon Chris Ford, joined the Reverend in performing the marriage ceremony. Chris was present on the altar of my aunts’ weddings and was also present at my mum and dad’s wedding as a lay reader.

A Cool City Wedding in Manchester (c) James Tracey Photography (52)

We didn’t have a theme but wanted the day to be a celebration of Manchester, from the Manchester bees running through the stationery (by Emmy Designs) to bees on the wedding cake and Manchester tart served for dessert. The devastation of the Manchester bombing, which happened so close to the wedding, made the celebration of the City and the iconic image of the bee even more poignant. The Manchester skyline looks stunning from the top floor of The King Street Town House, so we really felt we had the perfect venue for us.

Colour-wise, we went for greys, pale blushes and blues. They matched the venue’s style and were complementary colours which we both liked.

A Cool City Wedding in Manchester (c) James Tracey Photography (22)

My dress was Amanda by Ronald Joyce bought from Blush. It was the first dress I saw when browsing on the internet and was confirmed as ‘the one’ when I tried it on. The shape suited my figure and I liked the classic style and cut.

Flossy and Leigh styled hair and did makeup for me, my bridesmaids and my mum. I would strongly recommend them: they were great fun, professional and incredible at what they do. They made us feel a million dollars and took into account everyone’s different styles yet incorporated them into the theme and feel of the wedding.

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real wedding recap 2017: a stylish wedding at wylam brewery – chelsea & steven

January 5th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Pretty Blush Wedding at Wylam Brewery (c) Bethany Whittaker (30)

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.

The exquisitely unique venue of Wylam Brewery in Newcastle’s Exhibition Park provides the quirky setting for today’s beautiful wedding which, as it happens, is just a stone’s throw from our bride’s childhood home.

Chelsea and Steven tied the knot in May of this year and were after a venue a little bit unconventional – and Wylam Brewery certainly has this quality in spades. Prettifying the space with gorgeous blooms and a blush, navy and rose gold palette, this is a wedding beaming in all things contemporary, stylish and ever so elegant.

So, grab yourself a tipple and join us as Chelsea reminisces about their special day – from her princess ball gown dress to the handmade sweetie favours and magical photos by the lake.

With images by Bethany Whittaker.

A Pretty Blush Wedding at Wylam Brewery (c) Bethany Whittaker (18)

chelsea says: We got engaged on 21st December 2015. Steven had been planning to recreate our first date but I was really hungry and kept moaning about needing to be fed, so I kind of ruined it. Steven had been acting shifty all day and wouldn’t take his coat off whilst we were out. While we were on the Metro home, his mam and dad kept texting him too (which I now know was to tell him to do it anyway regardless of it not going to plan!). We live near the beach and Steven asked if we could go for a walk to the sea front. I said it was too cold but he kept saying please, so I gave in eventually. We walked down to the sea front and he hugged me tight and started saying some really nice things – and then he got down on one knee with a Fenwick’s bag in one hand (from our Christmas shopping) and the ring in the other and asked me to marry him. I remember laughing so much at the Fenwick’s bag but eventually said yes!

A Pretty Blush Wedding at Wylam Brewery (c) Bethany Whittaker (38)

We tied the knot on 29th April 2017. This date had no particular significance, although Steven had started telling people that was the date (with nothing actually arranged) so we had to go with it in the end!

We got married at Wylam Brewery in Exhibition Park. We picked this venue as I had lived in the bungalow situated in the park (where my parents still live) so it was particularly special to get married so close to their house. We also loved the quirkiness of the venue and had been looking for something non-traditional.

A Pretty Blush Wedding at Wylam Brewery (c) Bethany Whittaker (48)

We didn’t have a specific theme; we just wanted it to be relaxed and fun. We had a navy, blush pink and rose gold colour scheme – I love these colours and think they work really well together.

A Pretty Blush Wedding at Wylam Brewery (c) Bethany Whittaker (5)

I went for a classic ball gown style dress by Ronald Joyce. As soon as I put it on, I fell in love – it was everything I thought I didn’t want but couldn’t help but love. Joanne from House of Bellas Bridal actually picked the dress for me so it wasn’t one of my initial choices. I knew it was the one when my mam cried.

Steven and the grooms all hired their suits from Waltons. They wore tailored three-piece navy blue suits with pink ties and pocket squares.

My bridesmaids wore blush pink, floor length dresses from Monsoon. I loved the jewels around the waistline and they looked so beautiful on all five of my bridesmaids.

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real wedding recap 2017: a stylish grey & white wedding at king street townhouse, manchester – elizabeth & rob

January 4th, 2018 | Julia Braime

A Chic City Wedding at King Street Townhouse (c) Kate McCarty Photography (43)

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.

Ladies, have your pinning fingers at the ready for today’s real wedding is an absolute stunner!

Bride Elizabeth and groom Rob chose the contemporary King Street Townhouse for their city chic wedding that featured all-white blooms, sophisticated décor and just a touch of sparkle through the maids’ gorgeous dresses and a pair of glistening Jimmy Choos. I mean, need we say more?

With images by Kate McCarthy Photography.

A Chic City Wedding at King Street Townhouse (c) Kate McCarty Photography (21)

elizabeth says: We got engaged during a holiday to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. We had stopped off in Paris enroute just to add to the romance. We were in a small village called Deshaies, sat relaxing beside the Caribbean Sea watching the sun slowly setting. It was a very romantic moment and the perfect opportunity for the proposal.

Our wedding was on 30th April. We chose this date purposely as Rob’s birthday falls on 22nd April and mine on 29th April – it gives us the perfect reason each year to go on holiday to celebrate our birthdays and anniversary.

A Chic City Wedding at King Street Townhouse (c) Kate McCarty Photography (20)

We got married at King Street Townhouse in Manchester. We always wanted the chic city wedding and set to work finding the perfect venue – as soon as we walked into KSTH we both knew immediately that this was the place we would be married.

Our day was a city chic style wedding with lots of grey, white and silver – we really wanted something sophisticated and timeless. We kept the colour palette classic, clean and contemporary.

A Chic City Wedding at King Street Townhouse (c) Kate McCarty Photography (12)

When it came to picking my dress, I was looking for something totally unique and something that would fit the city chic theme. I had already bought a wedding dress but something in the back of my mind said it wasn’t quite right. I continued searching and found a small boutique, as I walked in I saw the dress. I fell in love with it. I had to have it. Unfortunately, it was a designer sample and wasn’t for sale – I tried it on, it was so perfect. So much so that I refused to take it off until the boutique agreed to sell it to me!

On the day of the wedding, my hair and makeup was done by Ariana Rose, who was superb. She arrived just after 7am and stayed with us for almost six hours, a truly talented professional who not only listens but also offers advice where necessary. Outstanding!

A Chic City Wedding at King Street Townhouse (c) Kate McCarty Photography (25)

Rob wore a grey suit from Moss Bros with a shirt from Charles Tyrwhitt and shoes and matching belt by Moreschi. The groomsmen also wore suits from Moss Bros.

My bridesmaids wore grey dresses with silver and white beading that were bought from Lindybop.

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real wedding recap 2017: a stylish wedding at hotel du vin, york – beth & gareth

January 3rd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Stylish Wedding at Hotel Du Vin (c) Sarah Beth Photo (72)

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.

Today’s featured bride is a florist by day, so it goes without saying, she had a very clear idea of (a) her favourite season and (b) what floral arrangements she wanted for her wedding with hubby-to-be, Gareth. And they truly are exceptional – with exquisite terracotta pots and a beautiful trellis just two of the floral highlights.

Tying the knot at Hotel du Vin in York, the venue is beyond pretty, brimming with character. And just a short car ride away lies the Museum Gardens, lending another captivating backdrop to the couple’s fabulous wedding photography.

Beth has recounted so many wonderful and touching details from their special celebrations – we suggest you grab a cuppa and join us as we soak up this impressive springtime wedding…

With images by Sarah Beth Photo.

A Stylish Wedding at Hotel Du Vin (c) Sarah Beth Photo (31)

beth says: Gareth proposed in Rome on July 4th 2015. We had just bought our first house together and decided a city break away was just what we needed before a hectic couple of months moving in and decorating our house. We’d gone for a romantic meal near the Trevi Fountain and Gareth had been very quiet and said that he was tired from a busy day of sightseeing. We then walked along to St Peters Square to see it lit up at night. We were both admiring the view and I was busy taking photos. I then turned around and Gareth was on his knee! It was perfect, and even more so that a kind lady had captured it all, unbeknown to us; a very special photo that we will treasure forever.

A Stylish Wedding at Hotel Du Vin (c) Sarah Beth Photo (45)

We got married on Saturday 22nd April 2017. Spring is one of our favourite times of the year as we love anything outdoorsy. As a florist, I automatically thought, when are my favourite flowers in season?! So it had to be April. We chose the back end of the month hoping there’d be more chance of sunshine, and we certainly did get that! We couldn’t have wished for a more perfect day.

We chose Hotel Du Vin in York as our wedding venue. We spend a lot of time in York as it’s one of our favourite cities. Gareth and I made an appointment to speak to Mollie, the events organiser, and we loved it. The style and décor of the hotel is timeless and simple. The courtyard where our ceremony and evening reception was held has a glass roof so it felt as though we were outside, which was just what we were after.

We had our wedding breakfast in the bistro – another beautiful room with lots of character. We only had 50 guests during the day, so it was lovely to be so close to our family and friends.

A Stylish Wedding at Hotel Du Vin (c) Sarah Beth Photo (63)

There wasn’t any particular theme to the day. Flowers and springtime were obviously a big part of the wedding, but the main thing was creating a relaxed and happy day.

I wanted to include little personal touches, too. I had some gorgeous signs made by Painted by Katie: an order of the day, Instagram hashtag (#happilyeverstorey), and a special board made for a table featuring photos of my grandma and gramps, who I have lost. It meant the world to me having their photos there for everyone to admire. I also had my gran’s brooch attached to the binding of my bouquet, it really felt as though she was there with us.

The colours tied in with spring, with lemons, mint green, cornflower blue and lots of green foliage throughout. They are my absolute favourite colours.

A Stylish Wedding at Hotel Du Vin (c) Sarah Beth Photo (55)

I chose an Enzoani dress from The Harrogate Bridal Lounge. It was the first shop I went to and the fifth dress I tried on. The girls were amazing at the shop, so friendly, professional and full of knowledge about all the dresses and designers.

The dress was everything I said I didn’t want! Flicking through the rails, my mum loved the Kerianna dress. It was very detailed with beautiful pearls, crystals and delicate lace which I loved, but it was strapless. She persuaded me to give it a try and, of course, as always, mum was right! I wore a veil, too, which made me feel less exposed around my shoulders and back; it finished my bridal look perfectly.

My Rachel Simpson shoes were so pretty and they were comfy all day, I took them off for the last hour of the night so I think I did pretty well to stay in heels for nearly 12 hours!

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