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rustic romance. ellis bridals for a super pretty wedding at the oak tree of peover – kim & robbie

August 10th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Rustic Wedding at The Oak Tree of Peover (c) Jess Yarwood (55)

A contemporary barn venue overlooking the stunning Cheshire countryside provides the enviable setting for today’s real wedding. The Oak Tree of Peover was the only place Kim and Robbie viewed during their wedding venue search and they knew instantly it was the one. And we can see why.

We just love what this couple did with the space – decorating it with plush green foliage, festoon lighting, lanterns and candles. Truly divine. A dreamy lavender grey colour scheme works exquisitely with their rustic theme; perfectly offset by pops of orange and purple blooms – just wait until you see the bride’s bouquet and the sublime three-tiered cake!

The perfection doesn’t stop there though. Little jam jars of gin make for an original wedding favour and we just love the bride’s mode of transport – a Land Rover. And – what could be a Brides Up North first – a converted horsebox as a vintage style photo booth! Needless to say, there are lots of pretty details and unconventional twists to gush over today (afternoon tea and Spanish tapas, anyone?) so ladies let’s get scrolling!

With images by Jess Yarwood.

A Rustic Wedding at The Oak Tree of Peover (c) Jess Yarwood (37)

kim says: We got engaged at my favourite place: Center Parcs in Sherwood Forest on the 3rd December 2016. We were there with two other couples and go every year around the same time. We had been out that night for tea followed by bowling and a few drinks, so everyone was in very high spirits. We headed back to our lodge on our bikes and Robbie took me on a scenic route, to this little walkway that was all lit up with Christmas lights. It was beautiful and that’s where he proposed. Safe to say, I was over the moon after being together for six years.

We tied the knot on 12th May 2018. We chose this date as we knew we wanted a spring wedding as I love the flowers at this time of year and we always tend to have a nice spring here in the UK. It was also the only Saturday our venue had available, so it all worked out perfectly.

A Rustic Wedding at The Oak Tree of Peover (c) Jess Yarwood (12)

We got married at St Michael and All Angels Church – the church where I was christened, located in my hometown of Middlewich. We then held our reception at The Oak Tree of Peover. We were looking for a barn wedding and came across The Oak Tree and fell in love with it straightaway; we never looked at any other venue and it didn’t disappoint on the day.

We went for a rustic theme with a lavender grey colour scheme. I love purple, so this was a great take on that, but just a bit more of a seasonal hue. It went fabulously with the orange in my flowers.

A Rustic Wedding at The Oak Tree of Peover (c) Jess Yarwood (63)

I had a tight fitted dress with a cowl neck and a very low back, made by Ellis Bridals and bought from Sarah’s Wedding Boutique in Northwich. I fell in love with the gown as soon as I tried it on – it felt amazing. This wasn’t the style I expected I would get, but I felt amazing on the day and it really suited my figure.

My hair and makeup was done my Harry Jon in Middlewich. She came to my mum’s house, where we all got ready while enjoying croissants and Bucks Fizz. We had matching pyjamas too – it was such a lovely morning.

A Rustic Wedding at The Oak Tree of Peover (c) Jess Yarwood (52)

The groom and groomsmen’s suits were all from Jeff Banks.

My bridesmaids – Jo, my maid of honour and my sister-in-laws, Laura and Amy – wore long lavender grey ruffle wrap dresses from Monsoon. It was meant to be, as when I walked in the shop, there was just three left on the rail in the three sizes I needed. I couldn’t put them down. My flower girl was my niece and her ivory dress was from Next. She looked perfect and danced the night away in it.

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a labour of love: stella york for a rustic wedding at thief hall – emma & martin

July 27th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Rustic Wedding at Thief Hall (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (42)

Hearts and flowers is the overarching theme for today’s beautiful barn wedding, and we couldn’t imagine a more romantic combination! After exchanging vows at the magnificent Ripon Cathedral, Emma and Martin celebrated with loved ones at the stunning Thief Hall – an exclusive countryside venue in North Yorkshire. In keeping with the rustic theme, the venue was chock full of bunting, garden jugs, jars, pretty fairy lighting, a wooden pallet and pegged pictures aplenty.

Mixing things up a little (would we expect anything else?!) the couple opted for an afternoon tea instead of a traditional wedding breakfast, and in the evening, served up artisan pizzas from a street-food-style van named Hettie, no less.

Keen to find out more? Us too. We think it’s time we pass the blog over to Emma to reveal all the fabulous details…

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

A Rustic Wedding at Thief Hall (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (34)

emma says: We got engaged on my birthday two years ago. I was feeling a bit down as it was my last Friday off before going back to teaching full-time again. We were just about to leave the house to go out for tea with our two children but when I walked into the living room I found Martin down on one knee with our children watching. It was perfect as they were involved too.  I had the biggest grin on my face for days!

A Rustic Wedding at Thief Hall (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (43)

As I’m a teacher, we needed to choose a wedding date during the school holidays so that we could have time before to prepare and some time after the wedding to go away for a few days. We chose Saturday 7th April as it was the middle weekend of the Easter holidays and we love spring.

We got married in Ripon Cathedral which is the most stunning building. We were lucky enough to have our children christened there and wanted to get married there too. After the ceremony we had our reception at Thief Hall, near Northallerton, which is just gorgeous. We wanted a barn venue where we could have a more relaxed reception and plenty of outdoor space for the kids to run around. It ticked all the boxes for us!

A Rustic Wedding at Thief Hall (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (17)

Our theme was quite rustic with us having a barn venue. After lots of pins on Pinterest, our theme evolved into ‘hearts and flowers’ with lots of bunting and hessian decorations. I really wanted to decorate the hall ourselves, so it was definitely a labour of love.

In terms of a colour scheme – Martin really wanted a navy suit with tan brogues and after lots of searching on the internet we also decided to have navy for the bridesmaids too.

A Rustic Wedding at Thief Hall (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (58)

I chose a fit and flare Stella York gown with an illusion back from Abigail’s Bridal Boutique in Leeds. After a couple of unsuccessful appointments, I really wasn’t sure what I wanted and what suited me. Margaret at Abigail’s was absolutely brilliant, and I tried on lots of different styles. As soon as I tried my dress on, I could picture myself walking down the aisle and knew it was the one! I chose to wear a lace edged Cathedral length veil and shoes by Miss KG.

Martin chose a navy suit from Next with a silver tie and the rest of the groomsmen wore the same suit but with a navy tie. He wore tan brogues from River Island.

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country charm. justin alexander for a stylish wedding at sandhole oak barn, cheshire – nikki & mike

July 16th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Rustic Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn (c) James Tracey Photography (46)

Today’s couple, Nikki and Mike, are showing us a thing or two when it comes to stylishly pulling off a rustic barn wedding. Traditional yet contemporary – we think they got the balance just right.

Hosting their big day at the quaint Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire, the couple kept things pared back and beautiful, with plenty of rustic feels to complement the enchanting setting, with hessian and wood textures, bunting, jam jars, candles and crisp white floral arrangements just a few of the delightful details to look out for.

The wedding breakfast was a particular highlight for the newlyweds – just take a look at the sublime menu they dished up – not to mention their elegant naked cake with a delectable four different flavours to choose from!

Plenty of inspiration awaits though, so it’s best we hand the reins over to Nikki so that she can talk us through all the magical moments of their big day. Enjoy!

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

A Rustic Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn (c) James Tracey Photography (30)

nikki says: We were staying at a vineyard just outside Bordeaux in May 2016 when Mike proposed. Mike decided to take me for a morning stroll just outside the chateau, which was on the vineyard. We walked though some woodland and then he got down on one knee and popped the question!

We got married on 11th May 2018. The weather has been great the last few years in May, so we decided to hedge our bets and go for that month.

A Rustic Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn (c) James Tracey Photography (19)

We tied the knot at Sandhole Oak Barn, in Congleton, Cheshire. The setting was just perfect and exactly what we were looking for. We knew we wanted a barn style wedding and Sandhole ticked all the boxes.

We went for a rustic, countryside theme, although we didn’t have a particular colour scheme in mind, it was just more of the rustic feel with hessian and white tied in.

A Rustic Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn (c) James Tracey Photography (35)

I wore a chiffon A-line gown with a beaded portrait neckline designed by Justin Alexander which I bought from the Bridal Path in Childwall, Liverpool.

A Rustic Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn (c) James Tracey Photography (14)

Mike wore a blue suit with a grey waistcoat from Suits Direct, in Cheshire Oaks. The groomsmen wore matching suits to the groom, but with different button holes from Mike.

The bridesmaids, meanwhile, wore blue/grey multi-way dresses from M&S with gypsophila worn in their hair.

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style file: rustic theme inspiration from shropshire petals

July 5th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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If we’re talking buzz words in weddings right now, then ‘rustic’ most certainly has to be up there with barn and woodland weddings continuing to grow in popularity.

Favoured for having all the fresh and relaxed feels, a rustic wedding is largely centred around the idyllic beauty of the landscape and countryside, as well as natural materials in buildings, such as exposed stone walls and timber beams.

Of course, every wedding requires a little styling, and so such celebrations are often prettied up with floral and personal touches to further reflect those rustic feels, as well as the personalities of the happy couple.

Keen to inspire those of you currently piecing together a romantic rustic themed big day, we’ve enlisted the assistance of our fabulous Sponsor, natural confetti company, Shropshire Petals, who excel in this area of styling to share their top prop, décor and colour suggestions – prepare to take note!

Main post images by Henry Lowther Photography. Product imagery supplied by Shropshire Petals.

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What type of styling features would you suggest for each of the following elements of a wedding for those wanting to achieve a romantic rustic look:

The aisle  – Nothing says romance more than petals! Create a cute, rustic petal path to walk upon during your ceremony by scattering petals on the ground to form a path. Line the path with small jars of freshly picked garden flowers. If you’re looking to create a simpler petal path, scatter petals down either side of your aisle to walk between. Create some texture and add some rustic colour by tying bunches of wheat, lavender and dried delphiniums to your ceremony chairs. Complement the look by placing several glass bottles or jars filled with bunches on top old milk churns or barrels to suit your wedding theme.

Outdoor areas – Depending on how much space you have and the colours naturally occurring in your outdoor space will determine how much decoration you will need to use. For the romantic rustic look, less is more. Use simple items such as an old bike or wooden cart to display large bunches of wheat and lavender, which will not only add some subtle colour but a lovely scent too. Have your confetti moment in your outdoor space and create a confetti bar, which will look fantastic. Let guests have fun choosing confetti and when the time comes, enjoy your magical confetti moment.

Centrepieces – Style your tables to reflect your personalities and tastes. If you love bold and vibrant, add a simple rustic vase of fresh flowers to the centre of your table and scatter bright orange, pink, yellow or green rose or hydrangea petals around the flowers. This will create a colourful impact and enhance the rustic flowers in the centre of your tables. If you are using lots of wheat and dried flowers, continue to do so on your tables by reusing displays used during your ceremony and place them onto of rustic log slices. Add some details to match your theme, such as vintage photographs in rustic frames or even cute wooden crates filled with rustic bottles of soft drinks and wine.

Reception room – Natural petal confetti is perfect to use to decorate areas that need a bit of colour and décor such as window sills and on top of pieces of furniture. Scatter confetti in your chosen colours around candlesticks or small jars of flowers or tealights for a beautifully rustic look.

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Can you suggest a fitting colour scheme for a rustic wedding in each of the seasons:

Spring – When it comes to spring, make the most of the naturally occurring colours and opt for yellows, greens and ivory.

Summer – Summer is all about sunshine and zest so choose vibrant colours that will really stand out, but that also complement a rustic wedding such as purple, blue, vintage pinks and white/ivory.

Autumn – Rustic themes tend to contain some brown shades such as hessian and natural wood. When it comes to choosing your colour scheme, browns, burgundy, yellow and greens are perfect for this time of year.

Winter – For an opulent rustic celebration in the cooler months of the year, use colours of the season such as silver, ivory, merlot shades and grey.

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story of love. a rustic barn wedding at owen house, cheshire – emma & marc

July 2nd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Pretty Wedding at Owen House (c) Sarah Beth Photography (56)

If you’re in love with the idea of tying the knot in a rustic barn, then today’s real wedding will be giving you all kinds of butterflies. Say hello to newlyweds Emma and Marc, who tied the knot during the Easter break at the sublime Owen House in Cheshire.

Floating candles, fairy lights and lanterns all help to set the romantic ambience, complemented by fabulous arrangements of pink, cream and green flowers that really embody the au naturale setting. It’s enchanting beyond words and everything we could hope from a classic barn wedding.

There are plenty of other fabulous highlights to look out for, too, including a prosecco cart, heart shaped fudge pieces as favours and – breaking with convention – the bride ditching heels for a pair of Converse! We think you’re going to be Pinterest-happy with this one, ladies!

With images by Sarah Beth Photo.

A Pretty Wedding at Owen House (c) Sarah Beth Photography (79)

emma says: After being together for seven years, Marc decided to pop the question while we were on holiday in New York. We had enjoyed a short walk around Central Park with friends in the morning and then, whilst walking near a bridge, Marc asked to take a selfie with me. Looking in his bag for the ring, he then passed me the ring box to which I asked “what is this?” and he went down on one knee and popped the question.

A Pretty Wedding at Owen House (c) Sarah Beth Photography (49)

We did not have a set date in mind but knew we wanted either a spring or summer wedding. I’m a teacher so with Easter being a two-week holiday, this was the ideal time for us.

After visiting a number of venues and knowing that we wanted a barn wedding, Owen House was the perfect choice. When visiting the venue for the first time, it was not dressed and was rather plain, but even from this we could see the potential it had, and we fell in love with it. The ceremony room is ideal, with fairy lights along one side of the room and rustic benches, windows and doors. It was the perfect barn venue for us.

A Pretty Wedding at Owen House (c) Sarah Beth Photography (45)

We thought we knew what we wanted, but this changed over the course of planning the wedding. When we finally made a decision, we went for a rustic but modern theme. The rustic being the barn and some of the decorations and the modern being the dresses and the rose gold theme that ran throughout the favours and décor.

From trying on a range of bridesmaid dresses from dusty pink to creams, it seemed apparent that our colour scheme was going to be natural. My maids of honour and bridesmaids were originally going to wear dusty pink, but after visiting Dotty Bridal, and trying on their multi-way dresses in a sample colour mink, the girls and myself fell in love with the colour and decided to go with this shade. In addition to this, when I met with the florist, she had some flowers displayed in her house called ‘quick sand’. This was my favourite colour and I fell in love with it and it worked perfectly with the theme and the other pinks, whites and greens used throughout the day.

A Pretty Wedding at Owen House (c) Sarah Beth Photography (47)

When visiting Dotty Bridal, I just knew this was where I would buy my dress from. My mum and my maids of honour came with me for each session to try on the different dresses and as soon as I walked out with my dress on, they burst into tears and I knew then that was the dress for me. The whole dress experience was fantastic. The alterations were also done at Dotty Bridal by a local seamstress, who made it fit perfectly to my shape.

I have never worn heels in my life (being so tall), so I wasn’t going to start on my wedding day and risk falling down the aisle! I decided to wear a pair of Converse from Schuh which were super comfy all day!

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rustic luxe. a styled shoot at the barn at willerby, east yorkshire

June 21st, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Styled Shoot at The Barn at Willerby (c) Jemma King Photography (22)

The stunning styled shoot that’s gracing our pretty pages this morning was the brainchild of Andrea Matthews, who runs planning, design and styling business, Moxie Events. Keen to showcase those very ‘of the moment’ rustic vibes with an all-important luxe twist – Andrea teamed up with a creative cohort of wedding suppliers to bring her fabulous vision to life.

Showcasing a brand new East Yorkshire venue – The Barn at Willerby – the shoot brings together a glowing palette of golds and ombres, all beautifully offset by wild blooms and foliage for a more contemporary feel. And just wait until you see the triangle arch!

We’re always drawn to plates of deliciousness and this shoot more than delivers on the foodie front! The cake is a pared back and minimal creation in keeping with the theme, with the catering bringing together simple ingredients with a fine dining edge. Definitely teetering more towards the luxe end of the spectrum, and we’re not complaining.

It’s not all about the venue and décor though – we think you’ll be crushing on the bride and groom’s attire too. Say hello to a simple, elegant Sottero and Midgley gown complete with opal beads and lace, and one of our favourite fabrics for the beau – classic tweed.

We think it’s about time we hand the blog over to Andrea though to chat through the shoot and all those finer details. An inspiration overload is most certainly coming your way!

Models: Lorna Tranmer and Matthew Parker. With images by Jemma King Photography.

A Styled Shoot at The Barn at Willerby (c) Jemma King Photography (30)

andrea says: A desire to bring together luxury and rustic styling elements was the inspiration behind this shoot. I’m a big fan of the rustic look, however, I wanted to mix it up and add luxe vibes showing that – curated well – this is a beautiful choice for a wedding.

The photoshoot and its results were down to the bunch of super talented suppliers I worked with. Everyone understood the brief perfectly, shared the vision and executed their work amazingly.

A Styled Shoot at The Barn at Willerby (c) Jemma King Photography (4)

The Barn At Willerby is a brand new venue in East Yorkshire, close to the market town of Beverley, offering space for weddings, parties and corporate events. I approached Debbie Leak – the owner, who is running the venue with her daughter Olivia – back in January and following an initial visit (when a lot of the work had only just started) I asked if she would like me to organise a styled shoot there.

It was clear to me that this was going to be a very modern barn with a luxury feel and that the rustic luxe theme would fit perfectly.

A Styled Shoot at The Barn at Willerby (c) Jemma King Photography (31)

Bloom & Bridal’s triangle ceremony arch was certainly a focal point of the shoot. The arch had purposely been kept in its raw form to complement the natural garden inspired arrangements. Each group of flowers was designed to create individual zones, with a natural feel and plenty of movement and space.

Sisters Jennie and Jo, who run the florists, opted for an ombre look for the bouquet and table flowers. A limited palette was chosen to give a more modern look with the use of anthurium among the garden flowers, which is a very strong look right now.

A Styled Shoot at The Barn at Willerby (c) Jemma King Photography (19)

A mix of gold and glass, high and low, table decorations and accessories were chosen to complement the tones of the flowers and to tie in with the luxury feel of this photo shoot, with beautiful stationery supplied by Samantha Cutting of Paper Cutt.

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