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daisies & dicky bows. a springtime wedding at wentworth castle gardens – jenny & shawn

September 7th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Springtime Wedding at Wentworth Castle Gardens (c) Fox & Owl (37)

Today’s real wedding is likely to evoke a fair few “oohs” and “aahs”, not only due to the adorable flower girls and mini ring bearers, but also the beautiful blooms and adorable décor.

Taking place at Wentworth Castle Gardens in South Yorkshire, bride and groom Jenny and Shawn, were keen to have a bright and happy wedding that gave a nod to the season whilst, most importantly, featured those closest to them.

The outcome is a relaxed yet beautifully styled big day, filled with love, laughter and cuddles!

With images by Fox & Owl.

A Springtime Wedding at Wentworth Castle Gardens (c) Fox & Owl (12)

jenny says: Shawn and I grew up together, living only a street apart during childhood. As we grew up we became friends and as we got older we worked together – over time a romance blossomed.

Shawn proposed to me on our one-year anniversary, during a holiday to Gran Canaria. We were going out for dinner to celebrate and he was insistent on the idea of us going for a walk down to the beach so we went walking through the sand dunes and sat watching the sunset. That is where he asked me to marry him.

A Springtime Wedding at Wentworth Castle Gardens (c) Fox & Owl (40)

Our wedding was on the 26th March 2016. We chose this date because I personally love Easter and because it’s usually a season where we spend a lot of time together as a family.

We have six children between us and lots of children within the family, therefore it was important to us that our wedding was as child friendly as possible. We wanted it to be a relaxed day for all. And as much as we wanted our children involved in the day, they were under no pressure to do anything. We didn’t put expectations onto the flower girls to walk down the aisle – but they did and were wonderful little spring fairies!

A Springtime Wedding at Wentworth Castle Gardens (c) Fox & Owl (57)

Our civil ceremony was held in the conservatory of Wentworth Castle Gardens in Barnsley. We found choosing a venue so daunting. At first and had no idea where to begin the search. We sat chatting about it one day and I asked Shawn, “If we could get married anywhere, where would you choose?” He answered, “A castle”. After a simple Google search Wentworth Castle Gardens popped up and so we went for a little look around. The grounds were exceptionally pretty and as the courtyard came into view we saw a wedding taking place. We could really picture it for our own. That was when we decided it was the venue for us.

With the wedding falling at the start of spring, and on Easter weekend, we decided on a loose Easter/spring theme, using a mostly white and yellow colour palette.

A Springtime Wedding at Wentworth Castle Gardens (c) Fox & Owl (82)

I had two wedding dresses for the big day. During the ceremony and wedding breakfast I wore a Wtoo dress that I purchased at Mia Sposa in Huddersfield. Later, for the evening reception, I changed into a custom-made Honeypie Boutique dress, which was a 50’s tea length, heavily petticoated design, accessorised with a gold glitter bow and a birdcage veil from Crown and Glory. I also wore Irregular Choice ‘Mr & Mrs’ shoes. They were gold and sparkly with a cute kitsch heel. They were very “me” and were one of my very first purchases for the wedding. In terms of jewellery, I wore a pair of earrings, which I purchased from a store on Etsy, and my necklace was a gift from my mum on the morning of the wedding.

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true honesty: a stripped back styled outdoor wedding shoot at manor lodge

May 19th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Pretty Styled Shoot at Manor Lodge (c) Stu Ganderton Photography (6)

Today we’re bringing you another helping of wonderful wedding inspiration in the form of this stunning styled shoot, put together by a talented team of South Yorkshire suppliers.

Enlisted to showcase the beauty of Manor Lodge, a new venue to the Sheffield wedding scene, photographer Stu Ganderton seized the opportunity to capture a shoot that was as honest and pure as its setting.

Keeping things simple, Stu and his expertly picked team focused on making the attire and flowers the main stars of the shoot to show that money invested into key areas of a wedding can really make it stand out from the crowd.

Another honest element to this shoot that we adore is that the models are actually a couple. As a result you can really feel the emotions, particularly in the image where Oliver is planting a tender kiss on Danielle’s head – we love!

To explain more about his ideas and how he executed them, we’ll now hand over the blog to photographer Stu…

With images by Stu Ganderton Wedding Photography.

A Pretty Styled Shoot at Manor Lodge (c) Stu Ganderton Photography (22)

stu says: When I decided to do the shoot, it was initially as just some simple marketing material for the venue to showcase the beauty of the ruins and Turret house. Manor Lodge has just recently started doing weddings, aimed at the Boho and DIY market, so I wanted to keep things as simple as possible, but I also wanted to show what could be done by a bride investing in the right areas on her wedding, and also what can be achieved when you engage the best creative brains in the market.

It was also important to me that the shoot had an ‘honesty’ to it, so that it was believable. So rather than spending on chocolate fountains, candy carts and love letters; getting a great dress that flattered the model along with beautiful flowers and a good photographer was at the forefront.

A Pretty Styled Shoot at Manor Lodge (c) Stu Ganderton Photography (32)

A Pretty Styled Shoot at Manor Lodge (c) Stu Ganderton Photography (19)

The two “models”, Danielle and Oliver have never had any modelling experience. Oliver is actually my son and Danni is his real girlfriend. So we had a real couple which I think complements the shoot and makes it more real!

I said all of the way through that I wanted the flowers and dress to shine through, so using the ethos of the original idea, we did not have any hair or makeup professionals on the shoot. Danni did her own makeup as she would normally, and said I wanted her to have soft curls.

A Pretty Styled Shoot at Manor Lodge (c) Stu Ganderton Photography (24)

The dress and veils used in the shoot were supplied by Kelly of KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer, and as soon as I mentioned the shoot to her, she knew exactly what dress she wanted Danni to wear. ‘Violet’ the dress modelled by Danielle in the shoot is an ivory, floor-length, circle skirt gown with a corded lace V neckline bodice. The full skirt is made of two layers of ivory duchess satin and chiffon with scallop lace edge detailing on the waist. We styled ‘Violet’ with the ’Louisa’ bridal belt and to mix up the looks for some of the shots we also added the ‘Evelina’ veil with Sam from Fantail Designer Florist’s stunning floral crown.

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rustic romance. roses & gypsophila for a relaxed wedding in yorkshire – jo & ashley

September 25th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

A Romantic Real Wedding (c) Shelley Hughes (18)

Today’s ‘I dos’ took place in an area of Yorkshire I know well, which enjoys stunning rural views providing the perfect backdrop for a romantic & relaxed wedding.

Unfortunately Ashley and Jo encountered most couples’ biggest fear on their wedding day – rain – but they didn’t let it dampen their spirits as can be seen in the photos. The positive pair still enjoyed some outdoor snaps before heading to their rustic barn reception for some comforting food, and a good old dance. Good for you guys!

With images by Diamonds and Doodles.

A Romantic Real Wedding (c) Shelley Hughes (3)

jo says: We got engaged in November 2013 on our dream holiday in Mexico, it was sunset and we were just walking on the beach and Ash got down on one knee. We were going on the Cancun bar crawl that evening and celebrated on that with lots of free drinks! We had been together for ten years so the engagement was a long time coming!

We set the date for Saturday 2nd May 2015. A lot of our friends were getting married that year so we had to plan around them.

A Romantic Real Wedding (c) Shelley Hughes (10)

We got married at St Nicholas Church at High Bradfield. We wanted to continue the tradition as my parents were married there, as well as other members of my family. I was also christened there and grew up in that area. We loved the setting and the views, it’s just a really pretty place. Our reception was at Cubley Hall, Penistone.

A Romantic Real Wedding (c) Shelley Hughes (11)

The wedding had a rustic/homemade style to it as we wanted to do a lot of it ourselves. Although we had a traditional wedding we did want it to be quite laid back and relaxed. We had a lot of bunting, hessian and lace, our reception was in a barn with bare stone walls and beams. This all added to the rustic theme.

In terms of colours, we had pinks, purples, greys and nudes. We didn’t want everything to have match to one colour so went for a palette of colours instead.

A Romantic Real Wedding (c) Shelley Hughes (12)

My dress was a white design with ruffles and a little sparkle too, which I found in Mirage Couture, near Sheffield. It ended up black underneath on the wedding day due to the rain and mud but still looked white and shimmery on top – thankfully no one could see the soggy muddy layers underneath!

Ashley wore a navy suit with pale grey and white spotty tie and pocket square, which he got from Next. The groomsmen all wore the same as him.

Our five bridesmaids all wore floaty dresses in different colours. This was a good job as four of them were pregnant at some point during the wedding planning so fitting the dresses was a nightmare. Luckily we had understanding and patient dress maker at Something New, based in Barnsley.

A Romantic Real Wedding (c) Shelley Hughes (17)

We both travelled to the church in a Rolls Royce and then travelled onto the reception venue in a Daimler. The Rolls Royce took our parents to the reception venue from the church, which was a nice touch, the families joining together. Both cars were hired from Fairytale Wedding Cars.

A Romantic Real Wedding (c) Shelley Hughes (20)

Our photographer was Shelley of Diamonds and Doodles. We found her just on Google and fell in love with her natural shots in her portfolio. We also were very excited about the homemade album saving bits and bobs from the day. She was very relaxed and easy going, she didn’t mind getting rained on and braved the horrible weather on the day! Everyone commented to us about her – she just mingled in with everyone, also the group photos didn’t feel like a chore or take over the day. I would most definitely recommend her!

We also had a video done on our wedding day by Mike and Tom of One Wedding. This was our treat as it isn’t cheap but watching back the DVD it was totally worth it. Plus I’m sure we will look back on it on our 50th wedding anniversary and be glad we did it!

A Romantic Real Wedding (c) Shelley Hughes (25)

The bridesmaids’ flowers were a smaller version of the flowers I carried. They were lilac, grey and nude roses with gypsophila and eucalyptus leaves. The button holes were a grey/lilac rose with a leave and a sprig of gypsophila. All the flowers came from one of our bridesmaid’s cousin’s shop – Daisychain, who also helped to decorate the venue. They covered two silver candelabras I bought for our top table, using the same flowers as in the bouquets.

My mum and I had spent a lot of time saving jam jars and decorating them with hessian, lace, string and buttons prior to the wedding, which we also used to decorate. We put candles in them and dotted them around the reception barn.

A Romantic Real Wedding (c) Shelley Hughes (33)

As favours we got everyone a scratch card and some love hearts sweets – we had the wrapper personalised with our names and wedding date.

We had a three tier wedding cake consisting of chocolate, lemon and Victoria sponge. We also had a cutting block of fruit cake for the older generation! It was simply decorated with white icing: one tier stripy, one tier spotty and one tier plain, finished off with some flowers in our theme colours on the top. It was made by a lady who lives across the road from us (which was very convenient), called Judy.

A Romantic Real Wedding (c) Shelley Hughes (36)

To provide the evening entertainment we hired a DJ and gave him a big list of songs that we knew would get the dance floor filled! We also got some props in a photo booth style for guests to play with, and some signs with ‘Team Bride’ and ‘Team Groom’ on that caused some heated discussions!

As a special touch we also had photos of our parents on their wedding days in frames at our reception. Ashley’s dad passed away when he was 15 so it was our way of involving him in the day.

(It also embarrassed our parents with their dodgy outfits and hair dos!)

A Romantic Real Wedding (c) Shelley Hughes (42)

I would certainly recommend our venue to other couples. The wedding planner Sandra was brilliant – I’m really indecisive but Sandra made it really easy! It was reasonably priced and the bar was reasonably priced too. The menus we chose our wedding breakfast from had a huge choice and the portions were generous. All staff at the venue pulled together and you really felt like everyone pitched in and wanted to help make your day go well.

A Romantic Real Wedding (c) Shelley Hughes (43)

The ceremony was our favourite part of the day. We were not regular church goers but in the run up to the wedding we went once a month, it got us used to the setting and the vicar so we felt really relaxed during the ceremony and not nervous at all. We said our vows to each other – not the floor, or the vicar – we looked at each other and that was really important to us.

A Romantic Real Wedding (c) Shelley Hughes (44)

For our honeymoon we jetted off to Jamaica – it was amazing! The food, people, weather, hotel and trips were all brilliant. For the first few days we just chilled after all the stress and build-up of the wedding we were ready for a rest. Then we explored the island and it was such fun.

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be – don’t let the planning take over your life. Do what the two of you want to do, not what you think everyone else wants you to do. Spend time on the day together, especially rocking the dance floor at the end of the night. Spend your money on the right things. You only do this once – so enjoy it! Also, don’t worry if it rains. We were so worried about the weather, and it was horrible on our wedding day – really cold, rainy and windy. It didn’t spoil anything other than the dress though!

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I Love You Through & Through. A Real Engagement In South Yorkshire – Misty & Tom

September 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Folega Photography

Starting your countdown to the weekend with a heart warmer today Brides Up North!  Grab that Friday morning cuppa as we head to South Yorkshire to meet Brides Up North reader Misty, husband to be Tom and their little girl Ella, share their engagement news and hear their love story. 

With images by Folega Photography.

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Misty says:  After eight amazing years together Tom finally proposed to me on 23rd December last Year. It was so romantic & out of the blue. We’d just finished wrapping the last of the Christmas presents & were sitting with a glass of wine when Tom asked me what one of the decorations was on the tree.  It took me a while to spot that there was a new addition to the tree… when I turned around from retrieving the little box Tom was down on one knee! I just burst into tears… I was the happiest girl alive! I still am!

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We plan to marry in the church in our parents’ village, Kirk Bramwith, Doncaster in July 2014. It is a tiny but beautiful Church. From there we will go onto the next village along, Fishlake, where we intend to have a relaxed celebration with those we love the most! The venue is an old windmill set in open country side, perfect for our vintage theme!

Folega Photography

Folega Photography

We first met in our village in 1995. My family moved in exactly a month to the date after Tom’s family. Our parents became friends almost straight away.  At this point there was no romance as Tom is 6 years younger than me so we were essentially just kids. 

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Over the years we saw each other at local village parties & gatherings & Tom even worked for my dad during the summer holidays from school. I always remember my dad talking about what a good ‘kid’ he was & a good grafter!

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Then, Tom went away for a year to Australia in 2004… still there wasn’t even an inkling of any friendship really never mind romance!   When Tom came back from Australia I offered him a job in the Jazz bar I was managing based on the fact my dad has always spoken highly of his hard work & that he’d been working in some amazing bars & restaurants down under. 

He used to stay over at my flat allot after work – on the sofa I might add – and we would always sit up until the sun came up just chatting & setting the world to rights… it was 3 months later when we had our first kiss!

Folega Photography

Folega Photography

I guess, looking back now, that those nights of hours of chatting & friendship probably deep down proved to me that that was the guy I’d always been looking for! Everything was so easy with Tom… it still is!

One other big thing in both of our lives is our love of live music, this had to be a deciding factor with the guy I would eventually marry! We now play in band together ‘Misty & Co’ hence the music theme to some of our pictures featured!

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We just ‘work’, we never argue, we laugh an awful lot and can be pretty silly in each other’s company. We are a cuddly couple too!  We are very much ‘family’ people and love both of our families so very much.  We also have the completion to our relationship – our beautiful little girl, Ella. 

Folega Photography

Folega Photography

Our biggest wish for married life is just to continue with the way we are now really, to just be happy. Oh, and if we are lucky enough, to have a brother or sister for Ella.

Folega Photography

Folega Photography

We’d never considered and engagement shoot but  when we saw Sarah’s work we couldn’t resist getting some done, especially when she said little Ella could be involved too. 

We loved it! Sarah made us feel so relaxed, Ella loved her too & had to have her Peppa pig camera out to copy her!  It has been very reassuring having done this shoot that Sarah is the right person for us to capture our special moments on our big day. 

Folega Photography

Folega Photography

Since the proposal I just love anything wedding related but Brides Up North was recommended to me very early on and I just love all the insights into what other people are doing, how they go about things and just enjoying seeing all the amazing suppliers like photographers, stylists, designers, florists, the list goes on…some very talented people out there!

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We’ll be back to share our Real Wedding photographs with Brides Up North next year. 

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Congratulations Misty & Tom!

Would you like to share your engagement news, love story or Real Wedding on Brides Up North?  Get in touch!


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