October 17th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
“Life’s too short” is a phrase and thought responsible for bringing on, or speeding up, many a plan, whether it be booking that holiday of a lifetime, taking the plunge on a new business venture or simply agreeing to a spontaneous night out. For today’s featured couple however, it was that very thought that led to them getting hitched, after Kevin was taken seriously ill in hospital.
Fighting back strong, Kevin spent the next 18 months recovering while Amanda got the big day plans underway and together they achieved their goal of becoming Mr and Mrs, surrounded by family and friends at a stylish venue in the North West.
Working to a budget, creative Amanda kept costs down by doing her own wedding flowers and centrepieces, which looked gorgeous in shades of pink with pretty pearl detailing. We also love Amanda’s Bardot neckline dress, which has the perfect balance of fashion and fairytale.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Robbie Venn Photography.
amanda says: We began planning our wedding after Kevin suffered three cardiac arrests in November 2015 – he was given 5% chance of survival. We realised life is too short so decided to get married. It was more a case of me actually saying: “I think after this I’ll marry you”, and it snowballed from there.
We set the date for 20th May 2017. We didn’t want to wait too long but it also gave Kevin enough time in his recovery.
Our chosen venue was On The 7th, The Landings at Media City, Salford. After looking at several venues we realised we didn’t want the usual white covered chairs style of venue. On The 7th is a modern venue, with stylish décor – we didn’t need to do anything to decorate it. The staff were also amazing, from the wedding coordinator to the master of ceremonies.
I didn’t have a colour in mind for the wedding initially but then I saw a bridesmaid dress style I liked, which was navy, so settled on a navy and pink colour scheme.
I wore a ball gown style dress with a sweetheart bodice, which was from Wed2Be, Bolton. I didn’t know what style would suit me at all, so went with Kevin’s mum try different styles on. Being a larger-chested girl, I had in my mind totally ruled out anything without straps. I tried several dresses on and the last one was the one I ended up choosing – the one with no straps! It felt amazing, I couldn’t believe how it made me feel, and how it didn’t make me look busty, surprisingly.
Kevin wore a navy blue suit from Next with a matching waistcoat and pink tie, pink button hole, and black shoes. The groomsmen’s suits were all from Next too.
The bridesmaid dresses were from Chi Chi London, which were also navy blue, 50’s sort of style. I didn’t want to go for a usual bridesmaid dress. Luckily the dresses suited all bridesmaids. The flowergirl’s dress was from Monsoon.
The bridal party arrived at the venue in a white campervan, from Posh Pampa Campa. I didn’t take in to account how old campervans were at the time of booking! It cut out at each set of traffic lights on the way to the venue, which made the journey all the more memorable. Kevin’s twin brother booked a limousine from bookerlimo.com, which was a surprise to Kevin.
October 13th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
It’s so close to the weekend we can literally smell the prosecco, but before we down tools for the week, we’re sharing this super gorgeous styled shoot. Set in a fabulous mill conversion in the heart of West Yorkshire, the styling brings to life the most elegant and rustic of wedding day themes.
Led by Something New Wedding Planner and Stylist, Amy Scott, the shoot showcases a pared back bridal look with an industrial edge, complete with an understated green and coral palette. Bronze lanterns and dainty tea light holders combine with some rather fetching stationery to create all kinds of pretty. And then there’s the Insta-worthy four-tiered cake, adorned with flowers and foliage, and scrumptious cake pops. The shoot is simply bursting with exquisite ideas for brides and grooms-to-be.
The bridal fashion that’s showcased is relaxed and demure, with an elegant off-white gown, loose curls and a flower crown conjuring up a distinct boho vibe. As for the groom – think dapper but without the fuss. We have to admit though; it’s the flower girl who steals the shoot for us!
Bringing together a host of local suppliers who she had admired for some time on social media, Amy had her heart set on The Arches from the outset, with her vision for the shoot – relaxed and natural – falling perfectly into place.
We’ll hand the blog over to Amy now, as she talks us through the finer details of the shoot and the amazing team supplying us with today’s dose of much-coveted bridal inspo.
amy says: I wanted to organise the shoot so that I could work with some amazing suppliers who I had been following on social media for ages but never had the pleasure of working with. It was also an opportunity to test all our creativity. The shoot was definitely a collaborative effort, allowing everyone involved to do what they do best whilst showcasing their amazing talents and providing lots of inspiration for upcoming brides and grooms.
The inspiration behind the theme came into its own once we had secured The Arches at Dean Clough, which is just an amazing venue. I fell in love with the steel beams and the industrial look of the venue and I wanted to showcase this whilst also incorporating a softer romantic side with the colours and props. We also wanted to show a different dynamic in relationships by incorporating a flower girl and I think Stewart Barker, our photographer, captured this relationship amazingly well.
I had my heart set on this venue as soon as the idea of a styled shoot first came to my mind. I love that it is such a unique space and that it allows couples to really put their own stamp on their wedding day, as the room is so flexible. Once we had the go ahead, the theme came together. I love the industrial vibe of The Arches, but I wanted to incorporate an urban rustic elegance – think Banksy meets chic!
The Mindful Florist is renowned for her love of texture, which is exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to focus mainly on greens (to pay tribute to Pantone’s colour of the year) with a pop colour and I absolutely love the coral against the bronze lanterns, tea light holders and the gorgeous exposed wood table, provided by All Things Borrowed. The table runner and the scroll on the archway were provided by the super talented Gray Starling Designs and it can be personalised to the clients’ exact preferences. I think it just adds a detail that a lot of couples won’t have seen before. White Rose Cake Designs supplied our beautiful cake, meanwhile The Mindful Kitchen provided our delectable cake pops and Alexia Claire created our stunning stationery.
October 12th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
The wonderful Owen House wedding barn in Cheshire provides the delightful backdrop to today’s beautiful nuptials between Fiona and James, who tied the knot back in May.
With a dusty pastel palette, a classic red double decker bus and a floral bouquet that made the mother-of-the bride shed a tear or two – the couple’s rustic themed day has got us falling head over heels for an effortlessly chic barn wedding.
What we love best though is how the couple ‘tell their story’ through all their personal touches, from their wedding cake to their table names – and even Fiona’s special gift to James on their big day. It comes as no surprise to us that this is Fiona’s top tip for other brides-to-be, too!
With images by Paul Joseph Photography.
fiona says: We got engaged while we were living in London. James had secretly booked one of the treehouses at Chewton Glen on the south coast as a surprise getaway. He had intended to propose whilst we were there, but he got himself a little too excited so he popped the question in our bedroom whilst we were packing! He didn’t use many words, but the gestures were all there and he was down on one knee with a ring! I said yes – after asking whether he was sure!
We got married on Friday 19th May 2017. When we started looking for venues, we were set on a Saturday in the summer of 2017. However, we fell in love with Owen House and didn’t want to have to wait until 2018 to get married there, so chose a date entirely based on their availability. Having a Friday actually ended up quite useful, as we were able to set up on the Thursday afternoon. The venue is charming yet cheeky, elegant yet relaxed. The ceremony room with its lovingly carved wooden benches and twinkle lights has a real rustic beauty. I cried when we first saw it!
Vanessa, Dan and the rest of the family have created something truly special at Owen House. They work tirelessly to make sure your day runs like clockwork, and yet they make it look effortless. Nothing is ever too much trouble, no question is too silly.
Family and friends are really important to us, and we are fortunate to be surrounded by a lot of amazing people. We wanted to create a day that was personal and relaxed, without losing the gravity of the commitment we were making to each other.
We wanted quite a muted palette which lent itself to the rustic nature of the barn. We opted for pale pinks and dusty blues to create a relaxed romantic feel.
Although James and I have settled in Manchester, I am a Surrey girl. Since we were getting married in Cheshire, I wanted to get my dress from near my parent’s. I went to Chobham Bride in Chobham, Surrey, where I met the lovely Louise who spent a lot of time with me and helped me find the perfect fit. I was adamant that I didn’t want a strapless fishtail, but that’s exactly what I fell for in the end.
The dress I chose was from the Pronovias White One collection. The original dress had a high neck, which I had peeled back by Louise’s seamstress, Lucy, to reveal a sweetheart neckline. I then had an off the shoulder lace bolero made, to wear over the top. It was gorgeous, and was a dream to wear on the day.
September 19th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s rustic wedding takes place on a working dairy farm in the heart of Lancashire, providing a rural backdrop to our couple’s special summer wedding.
Nici and Kris tied the knot back in August, blending a sophisticated burgundy and navy colour scheme with a hint of Disney, no less. Plenty of personalised, vintage touches can be found throughout too, and we just love the special quote that adorned their wedding cake.
Perhaps the most special of moments was the meteor shower that lit up the night sky – we couldn’t imagine a more fitting highlight to their special day; a real-life Disney-style ever after if ever we saw one.
With images by Ginger and Lime Photography.
nici says: Kris and I got engaged when visiting Budapest in September 2016. We had a beautiful day in Buda sightseeing, which was made even better when Kris proposed at the Fisherman’s Bastion, which overlooks the city.
We knew that we didn’t want a long engagement and so we married on 12th August 2017, at Bashall Barn in Clitheroe. The venue is a working dairy farm which overlooks the Ribble Valley. We really wanted to get married in a barn or farm, but wanted something a little bit different. I visited Bashall Barn with my sister, Laura, and fell in love with it straight away. The views are breath-taking, captured through huge glass windows. I couldn’t wait for Kris to see it too, but was nervous he wouldn’t love it as much as I did (especially as it would mean our guests would need to travel). However, I’m safe to say the venue ticked all of our boxes and Kris fell in love with it too.
I subtly incorporated a Disney theme into our day. My sister and I had a brooch of our favourite Disney films on our bouquets. My dress was also called Belle (a nod to Beauty and the Beast) and I wore glittery Irregular Choice shoes called In The Nick Of Time (paying homage to Cinderella) for the ceremony. I also wore Toy Story Vans for the evening.
We chose a burgundy and navy colour scheme as we wanted something classic.
I asked my mum, sister and mother-in-law to come along and help me find a dress from Wed2b in Bolton. I chose three dresses to take into the dressing room, and my mum suggested another gown that I least expected to wear. I ended up picking a sweetheart gown in champagne with a long tulle train. It was the first one I tried on and nothing else compared.
Kris wore a grey three-piece suit from Slaters in Bolton. It had a subtle checked pattern. He also wore burgundy shoes from G. H. Bass & Co.
The groomsmen wore matching blue suits, also from Slaters in Bolton. The suits had the same checked pattern as Kris’s and they all wore matching tan shoes and burgundy accessories.
My maid of honour, wore a floor-length navy dress with intricate bronze detailing. This was from TK Maxx.
August 2nd, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Beautiful bride Nichola brings our fairytale dreams to life in today’s real wedding, by arriving at the church in a gorgeous horse and carriage. But the magic doesn’t stop there – she and beau Phil, hosted their celebrations at the stunning Rise Hall in the East Riding of Yorkshire, decorated with the most captivating blooms, candles and fairy lights.
With travel at the heart of their wedding theme, there are lots of personal touches to admire – think Polaroid snaps, maps and luggage tags. As for the savoury table brimming with crisps, popcorn and pretzels, and the cocktail bar – this is a winning combination, if you ask us!
Other highlights include the homemade photo booth and quirky scratch card favours, but we’ll let Nichola share all the gorgeous details from their special day. Enjoy!
With images by Studio 41.
nichola says: We got engaged in Sutton in March 2015. We were supposed to be visiting New York – where Phil had originally planned to propose in Central Park – but I slipped a disc in my back a few months before, which required immediate surgery and meant I was unable to fly. Phil planned a quiet long weekend in the country instead where he ended up proposing, as his nerves couldn’t handle waiting until the following November when New York had been rebooked for!
We tied the knot on 6th May 2017. We knew we wanted a spring wedding as it is our favourite time of the year.
We got married at Rise Hall in the East Riding of Yorkshire. I always had Rise Hall in my mind when researching wedding venues but Phil had been unsure, as he had visited it years before when the renovations were just beginning. But as soon as we arrived we knew it was the perfect venue for us, we completely fell in love.
Our theme loosely revolved around travel, love and flowers. We based our table names on places we had visited, with a Polaroid of the two of us in that place on a mini easel. Our table plan was a map with luggage tags identifying each table. We had a restored vintage suitcase for cards. This suitcase was gifted to me from my beautiful bridesmaids who filled it with presents to make a wedding advent calendar, which I opened every morning leading up to the day. We had framed love quotes dotted around the venue accompanied by numerous jars filled with lavender and gypsophila. Our florist did a wonderful job of filling the rest of the house and church with the most beautiful floral arrangements.
Our colour scheme consisted of a soft palette of lavender, blush pink, soft blues and creams. We really loved the soft, romantic look this created.
I chose a Sottero & Midgley dress from Deborah Moore Bridalwear in Sutton. I must have visited at least ten shops before I went back to Deborah Moore and tried on the dress again that I, along with my mum and bridesmaid, had compared every other dress to! It was completely different to the dress I had imagined. I wouldn’t have even tried it on had Deborah not suggested it, so I am extremely grateful to her! My Manolo Blahniks completed my bridal ensemble and were a wedding gift from Phil.
Phil and the groomsmen chose Ted Baker suits from Slaters Menswear. We made the decision to buy the suits after not finding anything suitable to hire. It is something he and the groomsmen can wear again and again. The ties and pocket squares, meanwhile, were from Swagger & Swoon.
The bridal party and myself got ready at Rise Hall. Victoria Farr did my wedding makeup and she was absolutely wonderful. She did my makeup a few years prior when I was a bridesmaid and I knew then I wouldn’t want anyone else to do my makeup on my special day. Robyn Turnbull styled my hair. Robyn is my regular hairdresser and there wasn’t anyone else I would have wanted. Victoria and Robyn both made the morning such a joy.
April 27th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
Thursday evening’s don’t come much better than this! It’s very nearly the beginning of a bank holiday weekend and to top that, we’ve got an uber-gorgeous styled shoot packed with wedding inspiration to share with you. Ladies, it’s time to let down your hair, fill up your glass (with bubbles, we hope) and feast your eyes on this bridal beauty.
Lead by award-winning Sheffield florist Tracey Campbell, of Campbell’s Flowers, this shoot is the work of a talented team of South Yorkshire suppliers who relished in the opulent ‘fine romance’ brief.
True to form, Tracey created some truly breath-taking designs, which were complemented by the stunning choice of bridal attire, hair, makeup and details.
The backdrop of the misty Peak District hills adds to the romantic tale, and we are thrilled to see a little cameo appearance from some rather gorgeous greyhounds.
With images by Shelley Richmond Photography. Models: Jessica Fletcher and Jessica Leatherday.
tracey says: The big idea behind the shoot was to really visually explore the growing trend of floral wedding designs moving away from the meadowy, just-picked look so dominant in recent years, and towards a very opulent, luxe look. It’s an incredibly romantic look, so we worked with the shoot title ‘A Fine Romance’.
To create that style, I used lots of textures when crafting the floral designs, and maximised contrasts, by juxtaposing more traditional blooms, like amaryllis with exotic flora, such as King Protea.
Much of the inspiration came from the wonderful Marilyn gown by Sassi Holford, particularly in terms of the colour palette, which featured silvery grey eucalyptus and pinks in a range of hues from soft, baby blushes through to some magnificently vivid magenta. The stunning gowns for the shoot, including Marilyn, were provided by Sheffield-based bridal boutique, The White Room.
When it came to the shoot location, we decided on Losehill House Hotel and Spa. We’ve long been fans of this superb venue, and as preferred suppliers we adore working with them. For us, its incredible location is hard to beat as the rolling hills of the beautiful Peak District will always hold a very special place in our hearts; constantly inspiring us and drawing us back.
Losehill also perfectly matched our theme, as the whole place is brimming with luxury details and feels very special. We also love to collaborate with other businesses who share our ethos, and Losehill really does, particularly when it comes to insisting on quality and supporting local artisans and suppliers, for example, the lounge and restaurant furniture was all hand crafted to their design by a nearby company.
To create our romantic, high-end look with our flowers for the shoot, we focused on a contemporary classic look that was all refined elegance with a muted, soft and incredibly feminine colour palette, which we then contrasted with vivid colour pops like cerise. We also incorporated rich colours that were reminiscent of oil paintings, such as a deep emerald green as seen in the simple ivy crowns.
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