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

September 12th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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love library. a romantic & relaxed wedding at the belle epoque – jenna & ollie

September 1st, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

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Hold onto your hats, guys and get ready for a slice of complete and utter gorgeousness: Jenna and Ollie’s big day at the stunningly quirky Bellle Epoque in Knutsford has everything you need to get through to the weekend. There are flowers galore, a sublime earthy palette of woodland green and rich amethyst and the most beautiful lace dress courtesy of Louise Selbey – the sweetest combination of classic and edgy cool. All the superlatives and all the italics.

As if I couldn’t be more envious, Jenna and Ollie met in a LIBRARY (be still my beating heart) and love to travel, travel, travel, so there’s no surprise that books, maps and beautiful calligraphy feature heavily. If you’re a details gal, you’re in for a treat.

The couple say they fell in love with Knutsford’s charm and The Belle Epoque’s character as soon as they walked in, and sampling their sumptuous menu sealed the deal. We can totally see what they mean – these natural shots from Ginger and Lime Photography of the couple hiding in doorways, the bride posing in her sunnies and the party spilling out onto the street have got our hearts pumping, too.

With images by: Ginger and Lime Photography.

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jenna says: Ollie and I got engaged on Boxing Day in December 2015 outside my Mum’s house in Selsey, West Sussex. He’d planned to pop the question down by the beach after a walk, but I’d insisted on going the shorter way back though the village. It was perfect anyway!

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We got married on July 8th 2017. We knew we wanted a summer wedding as we really wanted some outside space and I’m much more of a fair weather person!

We had our ceremony and reception at The Belle Epoque. We fell in love with Knutsford, the building’s character and its outside terrace. Food was a big part of it, too: The Belle Epoque’s menu was right up our street, plus it offered the flexibility that we wanted.

In terms of a theme, books and travel featured heavily in our wedding. Books because Ollie and I met in the library, and travel because for three years we were back and forth most weekends between Chester and Surrey. We also have some amazing memories from our holidays and liked the idea of featuring those.

Our colours were green and purple because they complimented The Belle Epoque’s quirky interior and it allowed us to work with the foliage and flowers that we liked best.

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My wedding dress was by Louise Selby based in Kew. One of my best friends from school, Sophie Heaven, is a talented embroiderer who made us a really special hand-embroidered ‘Cards’ sign for our card basket. She’d previously worked with Louise and told me about her sample sale. I was astonished that my Mum and I actually agreed on my choice! It was such a gorgeous mix of classic and modern, is made from the most beautiful lace and I just felt super comfortable in it.

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Ollie wore a blue two-piece suit from Moss Bros with a grey DKNY waist coast. It took more shopping for his outfit than it did for mine!

The groomsmen wore matching blue trousers and blue waistcoats from Moss Bros. My bridesmaids wore amazing twist and wrap dresses from Isabella Bridal. We can’t recommend them enough: they’re so comfortable and flattering, great quality and they come in one size which was perfect as my bridesmaids were travelling from all over including, err, Indonesia!

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culture club. a vibrant indian wedding at victoria warehouse, manchester – varsha & rosh

August 31st, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Ahead of our BIG-CITY-WEDFEST-17 wedding fair event at the super-cool Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, this weekend, we’re sharing another fabulous wedding that recently took place at the venue.

Bride Varsha and groom Rosh quickly fell in love with the unique urban venue and knew it would be the perfect setting for their Indian wedding, in terms of both character and capacity.

To personalise their day, they fused elements of their culture with the heritage of the venue for a bright and beautiful wedding, complete with both industrial and glamorous touches.

Following their celebrations, Varsha says the venue is ideal for those “looking for a relaxed atmosphere with helpful and friendly staff who want to understand your ideas”. So, if this sounds, and looks, right up your street, you need to register here to attend our BIG-CITY-WEDFEST-17 this Sunday 11am to 4pm, FREE ENTRY!

The event will provide an ideal opportunity to meet the area’s top wedding suppliers while viewing this amazing venue and picturing how your Victoria Warehouse big day could look. In the meantime, let’s see how Rosh & Varsha did it…

With images by 2 Ducks Galleries.

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varsha says: We got engaged while in Caernarfon, North Wales, for my birthday weekend, in March 2016. We arrived and the weather was lovely and we spent the day walking around the town. We woke up Saturday morning and the weather had turned from sunshine to a full storm. We braved the weather and went out for the day but we weren’t able to do the stuff Rosh had planned. We then got a call in the afternoon from the restaurant Rosh had booked for the evening to say that they were cancelling all bookings.

We ended up going to a pub for dinner and the setting was lovely with old beams and an open fire. When we got back to our hotel Rosh insisted on giving me my birthday present early. He gave me a photobook with pictures from all the things we have done together. On the back page was the proposal, when I looked up I saw Rosh on one knee with the ring and I couldn’t believe it. It was a complete surprise.

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We got married 13th May 2017. Our ceremony and reception was at Victoria Warehouse at Salford Quays, Manchester. Being Indian we had a strict criteria of venue, which limited our options. We needed a venue that can accommodate the large numbers, an Indian caterer and, most importantly, an open fire used for the ceremony. After weeks of searching venues they were either out of our price range or unsuitable. Rosh saw Victoria Warehouse on the internet and he was very excited about the venue as it very much suits his personality. We went to look at it in person, it was perfect for us both and suited our style. It was completely different to any venue I have seen for an Indian wedding and the staff were very helpful an accommodating to us both and we both instantly fell in love with the venue.

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We didn’t really pick the theme, the venue was the theme. I think when you have a venue like ours with all the character and personality you really just follow the background. We just kept everything industrial and rustic and tried to blend our Indian culture into that.

The venue was full of atmosphere though a bit dark, so we added our Indian heritage with the colour scheme of bright hues. We had every colour you can think of!

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I had two outfit changes for the wedding day. I never really dreamt of a white wedding dress so I chose to keep with the theme of the day and fuse Western and Eastern styles together. For the morning Hindu ceremony, I stuck to traditional colours. I wore a red, ivory and gold Lehenga (a contemporary sari that is a skirt and top with rather than a long piece of material) with lots of intricate embroidery. I didn’t want a traditional outfit so this fitted the theme.

For the afternoon civil wedding, I wore another more contemporary style Lehenga that was custom designed for me with the help of my sister, Roshni. It was very pale green and a pinky/peach colour.

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cotswolds class. mori lee for an elegant wedding at the swan hotel – becky & lee

August 29th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Today’s featured wedding is a particularly special one to me as the bride is my beautiful cousin Becky. Though tying the knot in the gorgeous setting of the Cotswolds, Becky is originally a northern girl that has been drawn to the south due to her fabulous career and wonderful other-half (so we hope you’ll let the location for today’s event pass…).

Falling head over heels for The Swan Hotel in the picturesque village of Bibury, the setting for their big day was nothing short of stunning! The unpredictable British weather meant that their originally planned outdoor ceremony had to be brought inside, but spirits were certainly not dampened and everyone made the most of the quaint surroundings in between the showers.

Everything about the day said elegance, but with a subtle modern twist; from the venue and food, to the live entertainment and attire. Becky looked especially stunning in her Mori Lee fish-tail style gown – a far cry from the Manchester United shirt she was inseparable from during part of her childhood – and completed her perfect bridal look with a gorgeous pair of Louboutins.

I can only hope that my wedding (whenever that might be!) will impress the family as much as this one did – Becky and Lee, you nailed it!

With images by Shimma Photography.

[Editor’s note: Is that our Rachel we see front and centre during the bouquet toss?]

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becky says: We got engaged at the Durdle Door (a natural limestone arch) on the Jurassic Coast, Dorest, on 7th May, 2016. Lee booked a camping weekend for us both and our two little Bicho dogs. It was a beautifully sunny weekend. We hiked up the mountain and sat up on the cliff edge overlooking the Durdle Door. Lee then handed me a photo book, capturing our relationship so far in photos from our first date, holidays etc. On the last page, he had drawn the Durdle Door (exactly what we could see in front of us) and wrote “until today where I ask you a question”, I looked up and there he was with the ring.

We set the dates for 22nd July 2017. We chose this date as we wanted a summer wedding and ideally wanted to get married outside. Unfortunately, the weather was touch and go on the day, so we got married inside, but we were still able to spend some time outside for our photographs, canapes etc.

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We got married at The Swan Hotel, in Cotswold village of Bibury. The Swan sits proud on the banks of the River Coln. With charm in abundance and elegant design throughout, we completely fell in love with the venue and setting.

We didn’t have a special theme as such for the wedding, but we kept to a colour scheme of greys and neutral tones as we felt the venue was enough of a ‘wow factor’.

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My wedding dress was a design by Mori Lee. I chose this designer as I love the elegance and femininity to the dresses. My shoes were Christian Louboutin – who doesn’t love a red sole?!

Lee wore a navy blue, slim-fit suit hired from Suits Direct. His pocket square was Ted Baker and tan ‘monk’ shoes from Kurt Geiger. Lee wore a contrasting waistcoat to the groomsmen’s blue ones; his was grey to set him apart.

The bridesmaids’ dresses were light grey maxi dresses with a beautifully embellished neckline. They were from Little Mistress.

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