September 26th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Today’s real wedding between Hazel and Marc gives us a real flavour of their personalities; it’s lovely when a wedding is a true expression of the couple and, even though we’ve never met them, we feel like we know a little bit about these lovely newlyweds just from the details they added to their big day.
Hazel and Marc had a lot of input from their nearest and dearest while planning their wedding too, with the bride’s mother growing all the fresh flowers herself in her garden for a really personal – not to mention seasonal – feel. They even had an original poem penned by a close friend read out during the ceremony and friends singing and playing the guitar to add a special touch.
The décor and details add to the cosy, rustic setting; from the dried flowers in the bouquets and button holes and calligraphy adorned leaf place settings, to the swags of fairy lights and trawling greenery draped along the venue’s exposed brick walls and beams.
Other star elements for us include Hazel’s pretty boho style dress and flower crown as well as the flashes of mustard yellow throughout the flowers, groomsmen’s ties and on the rather spectacular cake, which is beautifully bedecked with fresh fruit and flowers – naked but with plenty of adornments to preserve its modesty!
With images by Jenna Kathleen.
hazel says: We got engaged in Wensleydale on a snowy winter weekend away. Marc took me by surprise when he got down on one knee at a waterfall!
We got married on Sunday 12th August 2018. We wanted to go for a summer date and needed to set the date before my twin sister moves to New Zealand in autumn. It is also the peak of the Perseids shooting star shower.
Our chosen venue was Cubley Hall in Penistone, South Yorkshire. We were hoping for an outdoor ceremony at the band stand, but the English weather let us down in the end! Nevertheless, the barn has really nice cosy lighting with fairy lights and candles, and the walls have plenty of decorations, so you really don’t need to add much extra yourself. We would definitely recommend the venue to other brides and grooms as they did a great job of our big day.
Theme-wise, we loosely went for a natural summer meadow/boho style, both being outdoorsy people.
In terms of colour, we had no set scheme. My mum grew the flowers in her garden, so it was basically all the colours of August flowers.
The bridesmaids wore multi-way silver dresses from Oasis.
August 31st, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
There’s a definite outdoorsy theme to today’s real wedding between Rebecca and Jason with willow hearts dressed with roses, festoon lighting draped over huge logs and gigantic blossom trees aplenty.
But before we submerge ourselves in the gorgeous details of their wedding, we must jump back in time to shine a light on the elaborate proposal Jason cooked up that put the wheels in motion for this gorgeous day. To engineer a proposal ‘event’ that involves all the members of staff on a cruise ship specially togged out in traditional Vietnamese dress for that very occasion shows some serious confidence that the woman of your dreams is going to say yes! Thankfully for Jason, Rebecca was on board (pardon the pun) and these seasoned travellers were on course to plan their greatest adventure together to date.
Their stunning choice of venue provides the perfect backdrop to their rustic celebrations which featured beautiful seasonal blooms, moss, foliage, bark and log slices, helping to bring the glorious outdoors, in!
We’re also head over heels for the super pretty bridesmaid gowns and Rebecca’s wonderfully elegant Mon Cheri dress, with delicate button detailing down the lace illusion back and a frothy train for a truly dreamy silhouette.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.
rebecca says: We got engaged in January 2017, in Vietnam whilst on a cruise around Ha Long Bay. The boat was docked in the middle of the bay for the night and Jason had arranged for all the staff to get involved in the proposal. They all dressed up in traditional Vietnamese dress and I was called up to the main deck (I was downstairs squid fishing with two Australians we had met). I walked onto the deck and noticed that everything was quiet and everyone was looking at me. The staff surrounded me and held up signs each saying “Will you marry me?” I turned around and Jason was on one knee!
We got married on 15th June 2018. It was honestly the only day available for a summer wedding the following year! We held our ceremony and reception at Owen House Wedding Barn. It’s classy, shabby chic, laid back, rustic, farmhouse – basically everything I had envisioned my venue to look like. It’s sensational, so we would absolutely recommend it. The owners, Dan and Vanessa, do everything and anything to make your day perfect. Nothing is an issue and the staff are amazing. It makes you feel so much at ease and stress free. I thoroughly enjoyed my day as I had nothing to worry about. If you’d love something different with character and style – yet rustic, classy and also sublime – then this is the place for you. You’ll walk in and instantly fall in love.
When it came to choosing a theme, travel was a big thing – our table names were based on travel, as Jason and I have visited some amazing places in the world. We also had huge blossom trees, lots and lots of candles and nature – we had flowers, bark and wood features. We are outdoors people but we still kept it classy and neat!
For the colour scheme, we chose very neutral shades of creams, blush, copper and wood effect.
I wore a Mon Cheri dress. It was chosen for me; I would never have tried this type of dress on, so I was pleased I trusted the lady at the boutique! She insisted I tried it on after a failed attempt with six others prior to this. I knew it was the one once I tried it on; I felt amazing in it. The detail on the back is beautiful and very elegant. I’m normally seen in trainers, so it’s a far cry from my usual self!
August 10th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 27th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
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.
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!
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!
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.
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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July 16th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 5th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
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.
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.
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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