Charlotte Balbier
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vintage vows. a picturesque wedding in the lake district – sabine & steven

October 18th, 2016 | Laura McDonagh


The vintage-themed real wedding that we’re sharing today features spectacular views, a relaxed and rustic vibe and a big ol’ slice of pretty.

As well as being mesmerised by the beauty of this wedding it’s also given me a new life goal: to taste a big ol’ slice of pink lemonade cake. Yes, you read that right – pink lemonade cake! What could be more wonderful on an autumnal Tuesday morning?

Photographs by Jenny Winstone Photography.


sabine says: We got engaged at home on Christmas Eve, 2014. Steven cooked us a three course meal and told me that I could open one of my Christmas gifts a day early. I was so excited that I couldn’t wait until we’d finished so he let me open it after the first course. As I tore off the wrapping paper I saw a ring box. He projected a picture of our little boy onto our television screen with the words “Say yes, Mummy” above it, then he got down onto one knee.

Steven has always been one for grand romantic gestures but, as this was our first family Christmas with our six-month-old son Thomas, it really was just perfect. I was quite unwell following complications after childbirth so the fact he wanted to marry me at such a difficult time really meant the world to me; I knew he would be there for us, for better and for worse.

Our wedding date was Sunday 14th August 2016. We chose this date because we love summer, we wanted a weekend and all the Saturdays that month were booked up so we decided a Sunday would work really well.


We got married at The Inn on the Lake: a beautiful hotel with the most spectacular views overlooking Lake Ullswater, in Glenridding, in the Lake District. We love the Lake District, it’s a very special place for us and we love how we can drive an hour-and-a-half from our hectic city life in Manchester and feel a world away with breath-taking views and a more relaxed pace of life.

We were lucky that the weather allowed us to get married outside under the gazebo overlooking the lake. There was also a separate building for the evening reception with a recent and very impressive extension called The Ramblers Bar and Candleroom. We loved the fact that, although our wedding took place at one venue, there were different buildings, sections and huge, stunning grounds.


Theme-wise, our wedding theme was a romantic summer wedding with a vintage vibe. We knew that the surroundings of our wedding venue would provide a romantic feel, plus I love anything and everything vintage and I’m incredibly girly.

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fun on the farm. a festival themed wedding in cheshire – becky & jim

September 23rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry


Today’s bride and groom should be awarded some kind of medal for the amount of time and effort that they put into the preparations for their beautiful homemade festival wedding.

Taking place in a lambing shed on the family farm, Becky and Jim roped in lots of family and friends to help transform the space from a sparse barn into a chic rustic backdrop for their big day celebrations.

We just love all the thoughtful and fitting touches that added to their unique day; from a tractor ride to the reception and all the personal décor and entertainment choices, to the fabulous hay bale bride and groom. Seriously guys, nice work!

With images by Lois Photography.


becky says: We got engaged in Reykjavik on New Year’s Eve 2013. Jim had arranged a trip there as a Christmas present – even corresponding with my boss so that I could have the time off work. He proposed at midnight whilst we were standing watching the fireworks outside Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral.

Our wedding date was 18th July 2015. We held our reception at Jim’s parents’ farm (in the lambing shed) so we had to choose a date when lambing time would be over, and which gave us a good couple of weeks to get the place ready!


We had the ceremony at Heaton House Farm in Cheshire, which I’d highly recommend to others. It was perfect for us as we knew we didn’t want a church as neither of us are religious, and we didn’t want a registry office either. Finding somewhere that we could just turn up, get married and go again did prove to be quite difficult as a lot of places expect you to have the whole day there. We initially spoke to Mick from Heaton House at a wedding fair and knew pretty much straight away that the venue was right for us. It’s a working farm as well as a wedding venue, so it made perfect sense!


As Jim and I huge music fans and have been to countless gigs and festivals during the ten years that we’ve been together, the wedding was always going to be very music focussed. I work at a creative agency, so luckily had a team of excellent graphic designers on hand to design the wedding stationery exactly as I wanted it. Our save the date cards were designed to look like gig tickets, and the music theme just rolled from there.

We borrowed two huge speakers from a friend, and spent months compiling different Spotify playlists to play throughout the day. For example, the music playing whilst everyone arrived at the farm for the reception was a selection of different bands that we’ve seen together, so it was pretty diverse! It went from Fleetwood Mac to Wild Beasts to Bon Iver, so whilst it wasn’t ‘traditional wedding music’ it had a very special significance to us – and it did get a little bit more mainstream for the evening to make sure the dancefloor was full!

Because we had so much space to play with, we decided to use one of the fields for people to camp in, which then led us onto a festival theme. I think there was around 30 tents in all – including one for us!


I was never really bothered about a set colour scheme. People kept asking me about it and telling me I should have one, but it didn’t ever seem like something that was necessary to our plans. I suppose the colour palette was more pastel shades than anything, but really, as long as the colours complemented each other, I wasn’t that fussy!

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orange is the new ivory. a fun-filled wedding at quarry bank mill – zoe & chris

September 23rd, 2016 | Julia Braime


There are smiles galore in today’s real wedding which took place in the beautiful village of Styal in Cheshire.

Falling head-over-heels for the quaint yet industrial feel of the area, Zoe and Chris set about planning their dream country village wedding, complete with chapel ceremony and mill reception.

Giving a nod to the venue’s history, sewing machines and bobbins formed part of the charming décor that was finished off with wonderful wildflower arrangements in glass bottles and jars.

From beginning to end this day looks to be full of love and laughter, with the entertainment including live music, face painting and photo booth fun!

With images by Natural Touch Photography.


zoe says: The decision to get married came about after Chris and I had been on a few walks and cycles around Styal village, Cheshire, and had commented on what a lovely place it would be to get married. Upon deciding on which venues we would hold the wedding at, we made contact with the relevant people to find that they only had a limited number of dates available, and so after a quick discussion, we booked it! A couple of months later Chris presented me with an engagement ring while I was in bed having a lay in on my day off. It was just before we went out for a walk to watch the solar eclipse!

We set the date for 23rd April 2016, as it was one of the few spring dates that the venue had left. We knew that we wanted to be outdoors a lot, and would walk across the village and the fields from the chapel to the reception venue on the wedding day. We also hoped to have our welcome drinks outdoors in the lovely gardens and so we needed a day with at least a chance of being dry and warm!


Our ceremony was at Norcliffe Chapel, followed by a reception at Quarry Bank Mill. We chose this location because it’s such a beautiful setting that we’ve grown quite attached to with living nearby.

We wanted to celebrate the setting of the mill and the workers village vibe, and so we kept an industrial theme in mind throughout the wedding planning. This made it quite easy to find inspirational images, although we already had so much in mind after walking around the area and inside the mill a few times.


Our colour scheme was orange and navy. Orange is my favourite colour and though I initially thought it might be a bit too much for a wedding, we felt the navy was a nice contrast and stopped the orange from being too garish.

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pretty rustic. ellis bridals for a personal wedding at hexham winter gardens – sian & travers

September 9th, 2016 | Rachel Parry


We love to see couples making their weddings their own, whether it be coming up with a totally alternative big day, or including subtle nods to their personalities and backgrounds.

Today’s real wedding is a lovely example of the latter, with Travers and Siân adding little personal touches in favours, entertainment and music choices, to reflect their African and Welsh roots.

There’s a whole lot of pretty to the big day too with standout elements including beautiful blousy blooms, classic car transport and Siân’s stunning fishtail gown.

With images by Matt Penberthy Photography.


siân says: We got engaged at Druridge Bay in Morpeth, on 25th January 2015. The bay is special to both of us as it’s the place where we had our first date. When Travers popped the question I was a little speechless at first, but of course, said yes!

We ended up setting the date for 26th September 2015. We initially wanted to get married in the middle of summer, however we had vastly underestimated how much preparation was required so we pushed the date back to September. We first started going out on the 27th September so it all worked out great.


We got married at Heaton Baptist Church and then had the reception at Hexham Winter Gardens in Northumberland. We chose Heaton Baptist Church as it was where we had met and then chose Hexham Winter Gardens as we felt we could create our ideal wedding at the venue, unlike many other venues where we would have been fixed in to pre-selected options. Having a DIY wedding did mean there were more elements to organise, but we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

The wedding theme was rustic as I love the look (and Travers has learnt to agree with me!) The colour scheme meanwhile was soft pinks, blues and whites, and I chose vibrant flowers for my bouquet.


My dress was a strapless, fishtail Ellis Bridals design in ivory, which I wore with cathedral-length veil that was detailed with little diamantes. I chose it at New Beginnings Bridal in Whitley Bay. I’d tried various other dresses and styles previously, but this dress instantly made me feel like a bride.

Travers and the groomsmen wore grey three-piece suits with tails, with a light blue cravats, hired from Slaters.

The bridesmaid dresses were soft pink maxi dresses from F&F occasion wear at Tesco Direct.

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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.

A Winter Wedding in Cheshire (c) Jonny Draper Photography (50)

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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pretty to a tee. a pale palette for a rustic wedding in the north east – emma & chris

August 11th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Rustic Wedding at High House Farm (c) Paul Liddement Photography (19)

Today’s gorgeous real wedding provides oodles of inspiration for those of you planning pretty country style weddings.

Chris and Emma’s rustic celebration was pieced together perfectly with an elegant colour palette, homemade décor and seasonal blooms. We’re also huge fans of the wedding party’s fine attire, with Emma and her leading ladies in long flowing dresses and the boys in tweed, waistcoats and chinos.

Finally we must give a special mention to Chris’s gran for the stunning cake (48 eggs you say?!)

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Paul Liddement Photography.

A Rustic Wedding at High House Farm (c) Paul Liddement Photography (35)

emma says: We got engaged on 18th April 2015. We were going for a picnic in Keswick and decided to hire a rowing boat to row to one of the islands in Derwent water. Chris seemed really nervous, but we carried on rowing until we got there and then walked around the beach area of the island. Chris decided it was a good place to take a picture, so he set the camera up and I posed, unbeknown to me he was recording it. He positioned the camera on a tree then ran into the picture too and got down on one knee to propose.

The wedding date was 23rd of April 2016. We choose the date because we had found a venue we really liked, but there was only a few dates left in the April, or one date in the October, and we were too excited to wait that long, plus we thought the weather might be a bit better in April.

A Rustic Wedding at High House Farm (c) Paul Liddement Photography (43)

We got married at St Nicholas Church in Gosforth and then had the reception at High House Farm Brewery in Matfen, Northumberland, with a marquee provided by Collingwood Marquees. We chose this venue because we are both from farming/country backgrounds. We had initially thought of having the reception on my parents’ farm but they were moving and it was going to be too complicated. We also liked the flexibility of High House, as they don’t offer a package – you can create your own wedding unique to you.

We went for a country rustic theme. As weddings nowadays are so expensive we tried to cut costs in various areas, so I created a lot of the decorations myself; I made signs from floorboards that we had salvaged from our house refurbishment, I decorated jam jars and created a candy corner with a bookshelf that I had upcycled. My mum meanwhile made 150 meters of bunting from curtains from charity shops that I had found in the desired colours.

A Rustic Wedding at High House Farm (c) Paul Liddement Photography (46)

We had pale pastel colour palette of pale blue, pinks and greens. Blue has always been my favourite colour so the bridesmaids wore pale blue lace dresses from ASOS while the bunting was more pinks – it all worked together so well.

During my search for the perfect wedding dress, I had been to a lot of shops around Newcastle and tried on a lot of dresses but not found anything that I felt was very “me”. Chris’s mum Kathryn and I were chatting when we were visiting them in Dalston, Cumbria, I knew there was a little dress shop in the village, called The Wedding Boutique, and had asked Kathryn if she would like to come with me to look at the dresses there. She was delighted as she had two sons so never thought she would get to do that sort of thing.

When we were looking I found a dress that I absolutely loved! It was very elegant and floaty. I had an extra lace train added on to add a bit more sparkle and had it personalised by the seamstress Julie. It was a Great bonding experience for Kathryn and I, as we both went to all the fittings together, she was very touched that we got to share that experience together and my mum was happy that I had found a dress that I loved.

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