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natural glamour. ronald joyce for a romantic wedding at ashton memorial – melissa & craig

October 26th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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We love that today’s real wedding has been influenced by two different styles – wild nature and glamour – that when brought together, complement each other perfectly!

Everything about Melissa and Craig’s big day is utterly gorgeous; from the choice of ceremony venue, styling and elegant colour scheme, to the bridal party’s stunning attire.

Though there is a lot of beauty to be admired, standout details for us include Melissa’s handmade headpiece, the blousy bouquets and both the bride and groom’s fancy footwear!

With images by Pixies in the Cellar.

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melissa says: We got engaged during the trip of a lifetime. I’d quit my job, Craig had taken a sabbatical and we travelled around the world together for five months, it was our dream and we decided it was now or never! We trekked the Inca Trail, travelled Australia by bus, walked the Great Wall of China and learnt to scuba dive in Thailand. At every great landmark we visited Craig made me pose with a sign with a single letter on and took a photo. He’s always full of kooky ideas and told me it was for a surprise collage when we got back. So I held aloft a ‘V’ at Machu Picchu, an ‘E’ at the Sydney Opera House, an ‘M’ in Halong Bay and so on!

On the final night of our trip we went all out and booked the Lebua hotel in Bangkok (The Hangover 2 film hotel!) As we got ready for a special meal Craig went out to ask what time the rooftop bar opened, then the bellboy rang the door with a big envelope. Inside were all the photos of me with the letters and a note – they were numbered and I had to re-arrange them, if I understood then I was to go and find him. I re-ordered them and it spelled out “Veux tu m’epouser?” – will you marry me in French! I had lived in Paris for several years and this was also so I wouldn’t have guessed throughout the trip if it were spelt in English! As a typical woman I rushed to finish half my hair and get on my shoes… then there was a knock at the door, Craig on one knee! Too nervous and impatient waiting for me, he proposed right there & I very happily said “Oui!” We had a wonderful night celebrating in the rooftop bar.

We set the wedding date for Saturday 23rd July 2016. We chose this date, as it would mark seven years since our first date.

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Being some of the last people in our friendship group to marry, we were determined to find a different venue, where none of our friends had been married before us. Although we had loved the idea of a destination wedding it just wasn’t practical family wise so we had to find somewhere that wowed us closer to home. As Craig is rather tall we wanted somewhere with grandeur but not really a church – when we visited Ashton Memorial it all fell into place. It immediately appealed to me – it was a beautiful domed building, all light and windows, surrounded by nature and spectacular views. We also loved the fact Lord Ashton had built it as a tribute to his wife.

We then had to find somewhere for our reception. After a lot of searching we found Forrest Hills, a relatively new multi-purpose venue, which had hosted some lovely weddings. Upon visiting we loved the wild natural beauty and secluded location. Also, the option of an open-side marquee next to the lake combined our dream of an open air wedding and the practicality for British weather, just in case.

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Our theme was ‘wild natural glamour’ – a bit of a running joke with our florist. We had two sides to our wedding – one side the cottage like reception venue, the cascading flowers intertwined with driftwood and our marquee with open sides to allow the real ‘outdoor’ feeling we wanted. On the other side we loved the glamorous elements – an ice sculpture, popping a giant gold bottle of champagne instead of cutting the cake, Craig in a tuxedo and a beautiful cream Rolls Royce as transport. We loved the mix of the two to fit our personalities.

We decided early on to have a duck egg blue colour scheme with accents of gold. It felt like it matched the theme of the day – wild natural surroundings and dramatic venues, with some glamour!

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As I own my own occasion wear brand, people kept asking if I was going to design my own wedding dress – but I couldn’t face the visualisation required and the extra stress! Luckily when I came across the Ronald Joyce Erin gown on Pinterest, it was beautifully styled on a bride and I had to try it. I always wanted a fitted fishtail gown with a beautiful back and this dress was just that, the crystal beads draped at the back and the low sheer lace detail ticked all my boxes. The experience at Emma Louise Bridal was friendly and personal, I didn’t feel pressured into anything and they gave honest opinions. My mum and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole dress shopping experience (all 20 or so shops!), it will always be a time I’ll treasure, just the two of us.

Accessories wise I knew I wanted a long dramatic veil – but with the detail on the dress it had to be quite simple. I chose a two-layer chapel length veil in soft ivory tulle, from The Wedding Veil Shop. I loved the way it fell over my shoulders and was sheer enough to see the back detail on the dress.

One of the main accessories for my look was the headpiece – I had lusted over some beautiful freshwater pearl styles but my budget didn’t quite stretch. Not one to be deterred I took two lengths of pearl and crystal flowers I sourced online and intertwined them to make the full dramatic headpiece I desired, able to wrap around the front and back. With my masses of hair I knew it wouldn’t overpower my look.

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relaxed romance. ronald joyce for an elegant wedding at doddington hall – natalie & jon

September 29th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Us Brides Up North girls just love a classic wedding and so this afternoon’s nuptials are right up our street.

Marrying at the beautiful Doddington Hall, Jon and Natalie’s big day is both elegant and stylish with a pretty pale pink colour scheme, delicate blooms and dreamy attire. We adore the flower girl’s super sweet look too!

With images by Emily & Katy Photography.

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natalie says: We got engaged in September 2014 and set the date of the wedding for 21st July 2016.

Our chosen venue was Doddington Hall in Lincolnshire. We fell in love with it because it has everything you need on site. The ceremony is held in the Long Gallery in the hall, and the reception is held in their Coach House and it has a beautiful walled garden and accommodation for guests too.

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We didn’t have a set theme for the wedding, we just wanted to keep it simple, pretty and colourful. We kept the decorations to mainly florals, sticking with a pink and cream colour scheme to tie in with my dress and the bridesmaids’ dresses. We decorated the outside walled garden area with bunting and paper lanterns, which lit up in the evening.

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thistles & roses. ronald joyce for a winter wedding in cheshire – annastacia & matt

August 16th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Winter Wedding in Cheshire (c) Jonny Draper Photography (32)

Moving on from yesterday’s autumnal real wedding on the blog, we now have a stunning winter celebration to share with you, which features beautiful blooms and cosy seasonal décor.

Taking place at The Oaktree of Peover in Cheshire, Annastacia and Matt decided not to overcomplicate the day with a set theme and instead styled their wedding by taking inspiration from the wintery season with glowing lights, atmospheric candles and a sparkling colour scheme.

In particular, we love Annastacia’s perfect princess-style dress and the fabulous styling with reflects the time of the year perfectly!

With images by Jonny Draper Photography.

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annastacia says: We got engaged in the skies above Cheshire. Following a phone call from Matt to make a picnic ready for an evening of flying, we drove to the airport. After all the safety checks and taking off, Matt faked an emergency and quickly passed me an emergency checklist all pilots follow. I began reading it out. The last two pages were edited and as well as all the usually fuel and engine checks came one I hadn’t seen before “Are rings engaged? Yes or No?” I asked Matt if they were and he said no, the checklist then read “If No, please turn over” the next page only had one more simple question: “Will you marry me? Yes or No?” After a quick photo, we turned round to fly back because I was so excited to land and tell our families and friends our news.

We set the date for 10th December 2015, as we wanted a winter wedding that wasn’t weather dependent. Secretly, I hoped for a sprinkling of snow.

A Winter Wedding in Cheshire (c) Jonny Draper Photography (45)

We got married at The Oaktree of Peover in Cheshire. We chose this venue because we wanted a natural venue that was exclusive use. We also wanted our venue to be intimate for the small, informal relaxed wedding that we were planning.

We didn’t really have a particular wedding theme in mind but our colour scheme was white, golds and silver. We chose these colours because they were ‘wintery’ and complemented the coolness and freshness of the outdoors as well as the warmth and glow of the indoors.

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all loved-up. ronald joyce for an elegant wedding at eshott hall – jill & thomas

July 15th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Providing a beautiful end to a beautiful week of real weddings on the blog, we’re sharing the classic big day of newlyweds Jill and Thomas.

We absolutely love the elegance of this well-planned wedding, from the stunning venue to the bridal party’s gorgeous attire and the oh so pretty artificial blooms. Pure perfection!

With images by Katy Melling Photography.

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jill says: We got engaged 6th September 2014, the week after my 30th birthday just and before Thomas left to go back to sea. It was a very private affair – I would have hated it if Thomas proposed to me in public, so it was just the two of us, which suited me fine.

We met back in March 2006 so we knew we wanted to get married in March, and 2016 marked our ten year anniversary so we decided upon 12th March 2016. We were a little apprehensive about what the weather may be like at this time of year but on the day we could not have asked for better – the sun was shining for us. It just goes to show that you never can predict the British weather, no matter what month you decide upon, so to other brides I say just go with when feels right for you and at a time of year that means something to you both.

Jill and Thomas, Wedding Eshott Hall

Jill and Thomas, Wedding Eshott Hall

We decided to get married at Eshott Hall in Northumberland. With Thomas working away I had to do a lot of the narrowing down myself (which I think Thomas was secretly pleased about!) I narrowed it down to two venues, which we viewed together when he was on leave. The second venue was Eshott Hall, and I definitely saved the best until last! When we arrived we just knew straight away that this is where we both wanted to get married. We loved everything about it, from the quaint little ‘reading room’ in the village, which still had that church feeling without the religious element which Thomas wasn’t too keen on, to the beautiful grounds which provided beautiful photo opportunities, and the hall itself which was just stunning. It really felt like an, albeit huge, home from home. We loved the fact that we could hire the entire hall and grounds and know that it was just our wedding party there, which made it such a special weekend. We travelled up on the Friday afternoon and held an evening meal and drinks with the guests staying over the night before. The guests really enjoyed making a weekend of it for the two nights. We stayed an extra night on the Sunday once all of our guests had left which gave us time to take it all in before leaving on the Monday morning. The staff at Eshott hall were all absolutely amazing especially Lindsey and Hannah who all made our wedding not just a day, but a weekend to remember.

Jill and Thomas, Wedding Eshott Hall

We didn’t have too much of a theme but knew we wanted very elegant and classical, nothing that would date too much when looking back in years to come.

The colour scheme was vintage rose and creams, which suited the time of the year we were getting married.

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real wedding recap: ronald joyce for a fairytale wedding at ness gardens – laura & richard

June 29th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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 4th July 2016 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year. 

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.

A Fairytale Wedding at Ness Gardens (c) Emma Hillier Photography (49)

Today’s real wedding is pretty and sweet and features lots of pops of our favourite colour, pink! It’s no wonder then that we loved it as soon as we set eyes on it!

Having dreamt of her big day since being read fairytales as a little girl, bride Laura decided on a ‘once upon on time’ romantic theme for her big day, complete with loved-up pink colour scheme. We adore all the bright and charming elements that make the wedding stand off the page; from the stunning outdoor garden setting to the bridesmaids’ pastel dresses and the dreamy blooms. A fine fairytale indeed!

With images by Emma Hillier Photography.

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laura says: We got engaged in March 2014, Richard had organised a surprise trip for my birthday to the Lake District. It was raining that day so we took cover in the hotel that Richard had booked my favourite afternoon tea at. Once the rain slowly started to go off he suggested we take a walk around the hotel’s beautiful grounds. As we were walking all of a sudden the sun came out and he got down on one knee in the wet grass and asked me to marry him! I was completely overjoyed and through some very happy tears, I said yes!

We were keen to get married as quickly as we could but realised that we needed time to plan and save so we decided we would get married the following year. We wanted a Saturday wedding in one of the summer months, we checked dates with our venue and the registrar and we were able to book our wedding on Saturday 22nd August 2015.

A Fairytale Wedding at Ness Gardens (c) Emma Hillier Photography (22)

Richard didn’t really want to get married in a church and although we have been to many beautiful weddings in hotels it didn’t really fit in with what we wanted. I’d heard Ness Gardens in The Wirral, held weddings outside so a week after we got engaged we went to see the venue. We both instantly fell in love with it – it was everything I could have ever dreamed of and more. The gardens are so beautiful and getting married outside felt really magical. We never went to look at any other venues as we just knew this was where we were supposed to get married.

Ever since I was a little girl and my mum read me stories of fairytales, this is what I’d dreamed my wedding would be, my very own fairytale with my own happily ever after. So I chose a romantic theme for mine and Richard’s big day. For my table names I chose my favourite romance films and then from each film I used a quote about love. I also had signs made with love quotes on and hired some amazing light up love letters from Rock That Letter.

I used Pinterest a lot for inspiration and a pink colour scheme just stood out for me – it’s one of my favourite colours and added to my romantic theme. Once the room was dressed it looked even more beautiful than I had imagined.

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real wedding recap: ronald joyce for a classic wedding at the vermont hotel – janine & david

June 22nd, 2016 | Julia Braime

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 4th July 2016 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year. 

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.

An Elegant City Wedding at The Vermont Hotel (c) Lucie Watson Photography (32)

Today’s real wedding had us from the moment it landed in the Brides Up North inbox.

Talk about beautiful! The big day of Janine and David has it all and is brilliantly styled throughout – from the wedding party’s attire to ceremony and reception décor.

We particularly love Janine’s stunning lace-detailed gown and also her dreamy bouquet, which picks up on the elegant heather-coloured dresses worn by her leading ladies!

With images by Lucie Watson Photography.

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janine says: David proposed on 27th July 2014 – after us being together for seven years I never thought it would happen. However David surprised me one evening at home by turning an ordinary night into something special by getting down on one knee and asking me to marry him. Mainly because once he decided to do it he couldn’t wait any longer!

We got married on 27th March 2016. We had always liked the idea of a winter wedding but Easter fell early this year and my birthday was soon after so it seemed like a nice idea to have it around this time of year.

An Elegant City Wedding at The Vermont Hotel (c) Lucie Watson Photography (43)

Our chosen venue was The Vermont Hotel in Newcastle. We always wanted something in central Newcastle as we had a lot of family coming from Scotland so didn’t want them to travel to Newcastle then onto Northumberland.

Once we visited The Vermont we fell in love with the venue and, in particular, the amazing views! We thought it would be a lovely way to show our family the city.

An Elegant City Wedding at The Vermont Hotel (c) Lucie Watson Photography (52)

We didn’t have a definite theme, we just picked things that were elegant and classic. However as Dave is Scottish it was important for him to wear a kilt, as did all of the male bridal party. I also included a nod to Scotland into my flowers by having thistles.

For the colour scheme we mainly chose ivory, silver, sequin and glitter with the odd touch of heather, which the bridesmaids were wearing. I chose the bridesmaids’ dresses first as I really liked the colour. However it was a unique shade so I found it hard to match it perfectly, so decided to go quite neutral for the rest of the colours and the silver tones worked well with the décor of The Vermont.

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