December 1st, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
The weekend is upon us and we’re super excited as December 1st signals the beginning of the festive season (to us anyway!) so this weekend we have seasonal soirees, mulled wine drinking and tree decorating on the agenda. But before we hurry off to find our fairy lights and baubles, we’re sharing this classic barn wedding that’s brimming with all the charm!
Josie and Romin tied the knot at The Ashes Barns earlier this year, the perfect backdrop for their relaxed rustic themed wedding, complete with exposed stone walls, beams and bunting galore. Their stunning photographs capture precious moments from their special day, from their bridesmaids donning some rather fetching wellies, to the couple meandering through pretty pastures with friendly cattle in tow.
What perhaps makes these images extra special though is that they were taken by the groom’s brother, professional photographer John of JPR Shah Photography. At first unsure whether to capture this special family day himself or totally immerse himself in the celebrations, John tells us that he decided he could do both…
john says: When my little brother announced his engagement to Josie, I was genuinely thrilled, but I was also a bit torn – I really wanted to attend and be present without a lens for his big day, but I also really, really wanted to capture his wedding memories for him, which in itself, is a privilege. When I suggested it to them, they both had similar concerns – they didn’t want me ‘working’ during their celebrations, but they also said I was the only person they’d want to photograph their day. That settled it for me, I was going to shoot their day and the photography would be a wedding present from me! I really needn’t have worried! The photographer holds a very unique position on the wedding day – I witnessed everything from the best seat in the house, and spent more time with them than any other guest, and capturing their love on camera was such a joyous thing for me. Without sounding cheesy, it was a genuine honour and an absolute pleasure to shoot their day for them. I laughed, cried, danced, and even gave a speech, and after the first dance, I was partying away with a prosecco in my hand!
So, in John’s case, he could have the wedding cake, and eat it! Bride Josie tells us more about the day…
With images by JPR Shah Photography.
josie says: We went to Manchester for a few days to see The Lion King. In the evening, we got ready and went out for an amazing Italian meal before going to the show. We went back to the bar at our hotel – Rom disappeared and then came back and we went to our penthouse suite (we were upgraded as Rom had told the staff what he was planning to do). We went up to our room and as I opened the door there were candles all over the table, champagne and my favourite music playing. At this point I had no idea what was about to happen – I turned around and Rom took my hands (he was shaking like a leaf!). He got on one knee and asked me to marry him! I was so shocked I think it took me about five minutes to respond! I said yes, of course. We then went out and celebrated in the Hilton with some cocktails.
We got married on the 4th May 2017 – we brought our wedding forward from the September.
We got married at The Ashes Barns, Staffordshire – we had our wedding in the West Barn and the reception in the East Barn. We chose this venue as we really wanted a barn wedding to give us that rustic, relaxed feeling to our day. The Ashes team were absolutely fabulous when we looked round and we felt confident that we’d be able to have everything we wanted for our day.
Our theme was just a country, rustic feel with lots of flowers – including bridesmaids in wellies!
We initially wanted a sage colour theme to match the tones around the barns, however, as we had so many flowers it became more multi-coloured!
November 15th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Today on Brides Up North, we’re in tipi heaven, as we escape to the wild and wonderful backdrop of High Barn, near Penrith, for a beautiful outdoors wedding weekend. Yes, that’s right – our couple, Emma and Chris, turned their nuptials back in September into a fabulous three-day affair, complete with quiz, fish and chip van, games and Sunday brunch!
There are so many talking points; we don’t know where to start! There’s everything from camper vans and specially made Egyptian jam favours, to a rather tasty selection of pies and pizza, not to mention plenty of bunting, fairy lights and – something a little bit different – dried flowers. And then there’s the picture-perfect rainbow, beautifully captured by their photographer.
Here, we invite Emma to reminisce about all the wonderful details…
With images by Johnny Dent Photography.
emma says: We got engaged on the top of Pendle Hill on New Year’s Eve 2016. I think it’s a really special place but on this particular day the wind was so strong I was worried we’d be swept off the top! I kept asking if we should turn back, but Chris was determined to get to the top. Once we had eventually made it, we had to hunker down on the side of the hill, as the wind would have knocked us off our feet! We were with our little dog, Barney and he did not like it. He was whimpering and wouldn’t stay still, so Chris quickly pulled out a bottle of champagne and asked me if I’d ‘wash some pots with him!’. I said “yes” and we finally cracked the champagne open once we were off the top!
We decided on the 9th September 2017 for the wedding. I love autumn and we figured that for the past few years the summer has been a bit of a washout, and it has seemed to improve in September. We were right! We had a wedding weekend, starting with drinks and a quiz on the Friday and ending with brunch on the Sunday.
We got married at St Cuthbert’s Church, Edenhall, and then had the reception a mile away at High Barn, Edenhall Estate, near Penrith. We had looked round a few places but once we saw High Barn there was no question; it was exactly what we wanted. High Barn is surrounded by the Lakes, the North Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales, in the middle of a field, next to a wood and nothing else. We knew we wanted to do everything ourselves and we were able to do that, a real DIY wedding.
For the main event, we hired two giant tipis from Special Event Tipis. They were fabulous! There is such a special atmosphere inside those amazing structures, and we had lots of fairy lights, bunting, lots and lots of candles and a fire pit to make it even more special. They were a bit of an extravagance, but I’m so glad we got them. They really make an event very special.
As we made a weekend of it, accommodation was a must. There are some cottages on the estate and there is a hotel in the nearby village, but for people who were staying on site, we arranged the Belle Hotel to come up. This is a mobile hotel room, guests book online and when they arrive, there is a beautiful belle tent waiting for them, futons, rugs and bunting too! They look really cool too and people couldn’t stop taking photos of them.
We didn’t have a set wedding theme in mind initially, but as we started to plan, things came together. I suppose you could call it rustic. Our stationery was brown card with twine, we had table decorations of gin bottles full of flowers and candles everywhere; we had teacups, bunting and dried flowers. We didn’t think about it too much and in the end everything seemed to go together just fine.
There wasn’t really a colour scheme either. The boys wore blue jackets, the bridesmaids wore a mink colour and the flowers were a mixture. We just went with what we liked. It worked!
November 1st, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s couple, Natalie and Tom, tied the knot at the truly captivating Danby Castle, set on the edge of the North York Moors. Like something from a romantic novel, this magnificent setting has all the drama you could desire for your big day, and then some.
The wedding is brimming with rustic feels, perfectly in keeping with the venue, with confetti hand cut from real maps, atlas lollies for favours, hessian decorations and – as a nod to their venue’s wild and wonderful location – heather floral arrangements.
And for the bride looking to thank her bridal party with something a little bit different – we just love the gift bags Natalie created, with personalised totes for her bridesmaids and children – a lovely keepsake from their special day.
With images by Paul Hawkett Photography.
natalie says: We got engaged on the 14th April 2013, at Levisham Estate. Tom had planned for us to go for a picnic, but when we got there, it was so windy and cold, we ate the picnic in the car with Oliver, our son, who was three-and-a-half-months-old. We then went for a little walk and Tom took us to the top of the hill and got down on one knee – with Oliver fastened to him in his carrier. I, of course, said yes!
We got married on 24th June 2017. There was no particular reason behind the date, other than that we knew we wanted to get married at Danby Castle, in the spring when the heather was starting to come out. We knew from the very first time we saw the venue in the thick fog that we would get married there!
The staff were so helpful with the wedding planning and we still keep in touch to this day. We attended lots of wedding open days because we just simply couldn’t get enough of the place! We now miss it, but visit the area on a regular basis.
We didn’t really have a theme, we went for a rustic, vintage style but nothing was set in stone. Tom loves maps so I found some old maps and used a heart shaped cutter to make confetti for the tables. We also used hessian as part of the decoration, including the table runners, our Mr and Mrs banner for the top table and much more.
We had a dusky pink colour for the bridesmaid dresses and the ties, again we didn’t really plan a colour scheme, everything just fell into place. Looking through magazines, we had liked the idea of blush colours – so it was along the lines of that.
My dress was a mermaid fishtail, which I got from The Wedding Shop in Selby. It had lace all over with small sequin details. I then added a belt that finished off the dress beautifully, even the girls in the wedding shop were amazed! I fell in love with the dress as soon as I saw it; having tried many others, this was by far my favourite!
Once Upon a Dress in York altered my dress, as during the run up to the wedding I had lost quite a bit of weight and was panicking that my dress – originally a size 14 – didn’t fit anymore, and because of the style I thought it may not look right. They did a brilliant job and took it in to a size 8. It looked even better than it did before and fitted me absolutely perfectly!
October 31st, 2017 | Rachel Parry
Adding some wedding styling with pizzazz to your Tuesday afternoon, we’re delighted to be sharing this incredibly beautiful styled shoot on our pages today.
Taking place at stunning new Nottinghamshire wedding venue, Hazel Gap Barn, located on the picturesque Welbeck Estate, we fell for this gorgeous set of images as soon as they landed in our inbox (and we think you will adore them too!)
Masterminded by super stylist What Katy Does, and captured by talented photographer Andrew Acford of A Big Neon Glitter Photography, this shoot provides first class inspiration for those of you planning rustic big days with boho edge.
With a little help from fellow skilful suppliers, Kate and Andrew pieced together their ‘bohemian wilderness’ vision perfectly, covering all elements; from décor to dress, setting to stems.
So, join us in this sublime location as we find out more about the team that made the magic happen…
With images by A Big Neon Glitter Photography.
andrew says: The inspiration behind the shoot was the beauty and wilderness found in the Welbeck Estate itself since Kate of What Katy Does, took her studio there earlier this year, she has been captured by its history and the enigmatic stories that it holds, its natural beauty and its amazing landscape.
Combining her love for organic, handmade and natural styling with my energy and artistic flare, we decided on a theme of ‘bohemian wilderness’ for this styled shoot, which showcases our work. The aim was to create images that captured the Proustian-like memories of the Estate, in all its splendour and wild beauty, with modern styling and clean lines. We were assisted in achieving our vision with the help of some lovely local suppliers and crafts people.
Kate loves working with seasonal, available and abundant hedgerow flowers and foliage, creating willow work and using natural materials to create her work. The newly constructed Hazel Gap Barn on the Welbeck Estate, provided the perfect backdrop to showcase her talents.
Hazel Gap is the latest high-profile wedding venue to open its doors in Nottinghamshire, and fitted all our needs perfectly with a never-ending choice of shooting locations all with a different feel; from the stunning ceremony room to the black barns, the gardens and woods beyond.
In terms of my shooting style, I love to take a less traditional approach, whether it’s a styled shoot or real weddings. Opting for natural light and a narrow depth of field wherever possible, I embrace the cinematic, the quirky and the unusual and think nothing of using props, such as the gold deer skull featured in the shoot.
The inspiration behind the styling was the abundance of nature, wilderness and the inspiring woodland that surrounds the Welbeck Estate. As always Kate used home grown, and seasonal foliage and flowers, coupled with handmade willow and bespoke stationery, and textiles to create a relaxed, natural and unique settings.
In true bohemian style, our model was bare foot. The dress she wore was by Raimon Bundo, from the 2017 Collection, which was kindly supplied by Frances Day Bridal. A long, sleeveless, floor-length gown with a high neckline. The dress looked sensational on our model, who is actually one of my brides for 2018. A simple A-line look but with tonnes of movement in the material coupled with a beautiful lace vest made it the perfect choice for the shoot.
October 16th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
We’re now nearing the end of our autumn season of Luxury Wedding Fairs across the north of the country (though five still remain, check them out here!) and we have to hand it to the suppliers that have exhibited with us – they rock!
Keen to introduce brides-to-be the very best talent in the north, we always encourage our exhibitors to pull out all the stops on their stands to showcase their talents and inspire visiting couples – it’s amazing what’s possible through hard work, skills and creativity!
We were therefore thrilled to hear that a group of suppliers at our debut Stock Farm wedding fair in September, had seized the opportunity to style up a shoot onsite at this fabulous Cheshire venue, which really made the most of their incredible efforts.
Prepare for some crazily cool dresses, a to-die-for ceremony backdrop and delectable details as we let Emmylou Kelly, owner of Manchester-based photography and styling company Chiascuro, take over the blog to tell how she and the team achieved these truly stunning images
Diary Date: Our next Pop Up Wedding Festival Fair at Stock Farm takes place on Sunday 8th April 2018! We’ll see you there then!
With images by Chiascuro.
emmylou says: As Stock Farm is a brand-new wedding venue, the team involved in the shoot were all eager to work in partnership with the venue on future weddings.
The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fair presented an ideal opportunity to arrange a styled shoot (at the end of the event as the day was so busy!) as we would all be in the same place at the same time and so could collaborate on a joint project.
When arranging such shoots, I like to ask suppliers to showcase their best pieces or to bring/create something that is true to their company and their own style which allows the shoot to look versatile, whilst still flowing as a collective.
The shoot was based around the dresses supplied by Wilderness Bride and Ghost Orchid Bride, which were a mix of ultra-stylish and discreetly modern designs. Our model, Stephanie, who is also owner of Wilderness Bride, had a cool rock vibe going on, so we went with this look for the styling. We then mixed things up a little with leather jackets and veils to give the look an alternative vibe.
Having the beautiful and stylish flowers from Sassflower to work with made it easy to create a look that will be the envy of 2018 and 2019 brides. I tried to envision what Stock Farm’s future brides would choose for the wedding. A little bit of country rock chic?
The venue is situated next to a wheat field which couples are able to use for photos. Even though the field had been harvested, I knew it would be a beautiful backdrop to photos and would show off the venue’s beautiful farming landscapes and surroundings. The backdrop also complemented Sassflowers’ stunning ceremony backdrop.
The ceremony arch was dressed with pampas grass, nude Sahara roses, white gladioli, vanda orchids, chrysanthemums, acacia and eucalyptus spray as well as spray roses. The bouquet complemented the backdrop and was made up of vanda orchids, quick sand carnations, astrantia, grasses, spray roses, scabiosa and black seedheads.
Overall the shoot went really well and we were delighted with the results! It had been raining on and off all day but the Cheshire sun came out for us at 4pm and gave us that beautiful golden light that I love so much. We utilised various spots around the farm as the wedding fair was still taking place so we were able to showcase different looks, themes and styles as the venue offers so much will appeal to so many different types of brides.
With big thanks to Brides Up North for bringing us all together!
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.
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