December 8th, 2017 | Aislinn Thompson
Our final real wedding of the week shows the magic that can be achieved in next to no time, as Jemma and Paul planned their day in an eye-popping 12 weeks!
Despite the clock ticking, the couple secured a fabulous new venue and then spent time getting the personal touches, dining and décor just right.
To complement their show-stopper of a venue (just take a look at those interiors!) Jemma and Paul chose an abundance of glowing candles, on-trend white and green floral displays and opulent metallic touches – all of which we adore! Add to this a fine ‘his and hers’ feast and personal messages to each and every guest and we think you’ve got a pretty damn special big day!
With photography by Kazooieloki Photography.
jemma says: We got engaged in November 2016 at Sensatori Tenerife – Paul booked the trip as a birthday present and then proposed as a surprise on the first night.
We decided to plan our wedding in a fairly short time frame (12 weeks!) so we picked a date that the venue could accommodate – 21st October 2017 – and that would give us enough time to get everything sorted.
We chose The Highfield House and Grounds, Driffield, East Yorkshire; it was the first venue we looked at and we both loved it. We would be the first people to get married there, as they hadn’t even got their wedding licence when we booked! Ellen, the house manager, couldn’t do enough to help and was a pleasure to deal with throughout. We picked an elegant, glamorous theme with accents of gold, which we felt really suited the venue – lots of glassware, candles and white/cream roses and greenery.
I chose a fitted lace dress with a fishtail and lace straps. I instantly knew this dress was the one when I tried it on.
Paul wore a navy blue three-piece suit, as did the groomsmen, and my bridesmaids wore Showcase dresses from Debenhams.
Our photographers, Richard and Christine from Kazooieloki, were amazing! So professional yet friendly and we barely noticed they were there. We had a pre-wedding shoot and I was really nervous but they soon put me at ease. The photos speak for themselves – beyond words! We could not be happier with them. They have a great eye for catching all the details, which I love, and you get to see all the parts of the day you missed at the time. The photos really are a story of our day and looking back at them really is like going back through the whole day – fabulous! We’ve had lots of people tell us they are the best wedding photos they’ve ever seen!
My brother-in-law Kris Knight kindly filmed the ceremony and speeches for us.
November 21st, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
For today’s real wedding, we’re escaping to beautiful Teesdale for Helen and John’s special day back in April, following their year-long engagement.
We could begin by talking about their enchanting venue, Lartington Hall, nestled in 75 acres of parkland, with its exquisite ballroom, chapel and gardens. We could even talk about the couple’s bold teal and purple colour scheme, with peacock feathers thrown into the mix. We might even share details of their scrumptious chocolate Guinness cake and the fact that the wedding also coincided with the groom’s birthday celebrations, making the occasion extra special.
But we just have to throw the spotlight on Helen’s stunning Vera Wang Odette dress – offering you lucky readers a glimpse into what we think is a true fairytale-inspired moment. This oh-so-pretty floor-length ball gown, named after the leading female character in Swan Lake, is utter perfection and a welcome reminder to all brides-to-be out there that it really is worth making a statement with your bridal look. Trust us, your wedding album will thank you later.
With images by Stan Seaton Photography.
helen says: Every year since we started dating we have gone to the Peak District in April for a long weekend, camping usually in fairly frosty weather, and 2016 was no exception. We had stopped on Eyam Moor to admire the view with not another soul in sight. Although beautiful, it was absolutely freezing, and I had already set off again when John called me back as he was ‘looking for his scarf’ in a bag, which concealed a Claddagh ring, which he had made with my birthstone as a proposal ring. He got down on one knee to ask the question and, of course, I said yes!
Our wedding date was a bit controversial. There was availability for the date exactly a year on from our engagement, but as it was John’s birthday the week after, he thought it would be a great idea to combine this with getting married on the same weekend! So, 29th April it was! It turned out perfectly as it meant John’s family and friends from Ireland could join us for a double celebration and a bank holiday Monday in the UK so everyone had some extra time recover.
I’m originally from the North East and it was my mum who had heard about our chosen venue, Lartington Hall, and all the work that owners John and Shona had put in to the restoration and developing such a beautiful venue and grounds. As soon as we walked into the Grand Corridor, we knew it was the venue for us.
Combining two special occasions and being able to celebrate in this private and stunning setting was a dream. We loved the freedom of being able to host different parts of our day across the rooms at Lartington; from the chapel ceremony, ballroom for our wedding breakfast and dancing the night away to rounding the night off (with whoever was left standing!) in the drawing room. We knew we were in safe hands with the team at Lartington, who ensured our wedding day ran seamlessly.
I have to credit my bridesmaid Jo for helping me when it came to our colour scheme! I’ve always loved bold colours, and John and I both like purple so that was our starting point, mixed with the organic natural forms of art nouveau, which I’ve always loved. That led us to peacock feathers so we added a teal to the purple along with silver accents. These ideas were carried through in the flowing lines of the sleepy S-shaped bouquets and the peacock feathers that featured in our stationery.
My mum is a fantastic seamstress and made her own wedding dress, as well as her sister’s wedding dress from scratch, but I didn’t want to put the mother-of-the bride under too much pressure leading up to the big day. And so, I eventually chose a Vera Wang dress called Odette, which was fitting as I have always loved ballet. My mum then hand-stitched embellishments to the front and back of the bodice. It was so much fun to wear!
October 27th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
For the wannabe modern brides out there, we think you’ll be a little smitten with today’s fantastically stylish and contemporary wedding shoot, which takes place in a 1970s warehouse in the heart of Manchester.
Led by wedding and fashion photographer, Kellianne Newiss, the shoot is quite literally beaming with a beautiful crisp white palette, illuminated by pops of copper, striking neon lighting and tropical flowers.
As for the fashion – there’s a variation of minimal styles to pore over, with sheer fabrics, princess-perfect tulle and slinky thigh-high splits all on show. This is paired with an understated makeup look and chic, undone hairstyling.
Bringing together a team of talented suppliers, Kellianne was not only keen to show off this quirky venue’s key features – we’re talking skylights, concrete floors and glass brick walls – but also give the modern-day bride some fresh, original ideas on how to inject creativity into their special day. Our verdict? We think you’re going to be inspired as Kellianne explains all…
kellianne says: I have recently had two children (who are aged three and one) and have not really had too much time to be creative and get together with likeminded people, so when the opportunity came up to put this shoot together – I jumped at the chance.
I wanted the photos to reflect the modern bride. Someone who might want to get married in a quirky and different venue, so when I was approached by Five Four Studios, I thought it was the ideal location for the shoot.
Five Four Studios has just started holding wedding ceremonies so they were interested in having some wedding photos taken there. I love the clean, white, bright space and lines and couldn’t wait to get a team on-board to shoot there.
Beautiful loft rooms, white walls and reflective concrete floors were the setting for the shoot. We wanted to create a look for the modern bride, nothing too traditional, with beautiful flowers, stunning dresses and creative backdrops.
Ollie from The Word is Love brought some of his signature lighting pieces to go with the industrial feel of the space and the shoot. He had just made a copper frame, which we all loved, that he used with both neon lettering and festoon lighting.
We broke all the rules, with Sasha from Sass Flower using traditional blooms, tropical flowers, leaves and dried preserved grasses featuring anthuriums, quicksand roses, calla lilies, platinum sprayed palm leaves and black stepgrass in the form of a bouquet and floral backdrop decor for that perfect ceremony moment.
The calligraphy fabric and “and so the adventure begins” backdrop was created by The Soiree Stylists.
With the natural daylight spilling through glass brick walls and streaming through huge skylights, we wanted to keep styling to a minimum and let the gowns speak for themselves.
The gowns we used for this shoot – created by Jessica Bennett – were a perfect pairing with the modern, clean and minimal aesthetic of Five Four Studios. They also provided the ideal bridal look to offset against the dark and moody blooms by Sass Flower.
October 19th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s featured bride is a florist by day, so it goes without saying, she had a very clear idea of (a) her favourite season and (b) what floral arrangements she wanted for her wedding with hubby-to-be, Gareth. And they truly are exceptional – with exquisite terracotta pots and a beautiful trellis just two of the floral highlights.
Tying the knot at Hotel du Vin in York, the venue is beyond pretty, brimming with character. And just a short car ride away lies the Museum Gardens, lending another captivating backdrop to the couple’s fabulous wedding photography.
Beth has recounted so many wonderful and touching details from their special celebrations – we suggest you grab a cuppa and join us as we soak up this impressive springtime wedding…
With images by Sarah Beth Photo.
beth says: Gareth proposed in Rome on July 4th 2015. We had just bought our first house together and decided a city break away was just what we needed before a hectic couple of months moving in and decorating our house. We’d gone for a romantic meal near the Trevi Fountain and Gareth had been very quiet and said that he was tired from a busy day of sightseeing. We then walked along to St Peters Square to see it lit up at night. We were both admiring the view and I was busy taking photos. I then turned around and Gareth was on his knee! It was perfect, and even more so that a kind lady had captured it all, unbeknown to us; a very special photo that we will treasure forever.
We got married on Saturday 22nd April 2017. Spring is one of our favourite times of the year as we love anything outdoorsy. As a florist, I automatically thought, when are my favourite flowers in season?! So it had to be April. We chose the back end of the month hoping there’d be more chance of sunshine, and we certainly did get that! We couldn’t have wished for a more perfect day.
We chose Hotel Du Vin in York as our wedding venue. We spend a lot of time in York as it’s one of our favourite cities. Gareth and I made an appointment to speak to Mollie, the events organiser, and we loved it. The style and décor of the hotel is timeless and simple. The courtyard where our ceremony and evening reception was held has a glass roof so it felt as though we were outside, which was just what we were after.
We had our wedding breakfast in the bistro – another beautiful room with lots of character. We only had 50 guests during the day, so it was lovely to be so close to our family and friends.
There wasn’t any particular theme to the day. Flowers and springtime were obviously a big part of the wedding, but the main thing was creating a relaxed and happy day.
I wanted to include little personal touches, too. I had some gorgeous signs made by Painted by Katie: an order of the day, Instagram hashtag (#happilyeverstorey), and a special board made for a table featuring photos of my grandma and gramps, who I have lost. It meant the world to me having their photos there for everyone to admire. I also had my gran’s brooch attached to the binding of my bouquet, it really felt as though she was there with us.
The colours tied in with spring, with lemons, mint green, cornflower blue and lots of green foliage throughout. They are my absolute favourite colours.
I chose an Enzoani dress from The Harrogate Bridal Lounge. It was the first shop I went to and the fifth dress I tried on. The girls were amazing at the shop, so friendly, professional and full of knowledge about all the dresses and designers.
The dress was everything I said I didn’t want! Flicking through the rails, my mum loved the Kerianna dress. It was very detailed with beautiful pearls, crystals and delicate lace which I loved, but it was strapless. She persuaded me to give it a try and, of course, as always, mum was right! I wore a veil, too, which made me feel less exposed around my shoulders and back; it finished my bridal look perfectly.
My Rachel Simpson shoes were so pretty and they were comfy all day, I took them off for the last hour of the night so I think I did pretty well to stay in heels for nearly 12 hours!
May 19th, 2017 | Julia Braime
To round off a winning week of blog posts we have this heart-achingly beautiful styled shoot put together by a talented collaborative of suppliers in rural North Yorkshire.
With Brides Up North Sponsor and exceptionally creative stylist Louise Hughes of One Stylish Day, at the helm of the design for the shoot, the end result was only ever going to be a set of stunning images brimming with stylish inspo for your big day.
So ladies, prepare to spend the rest of your Friday afternoon lost in world of natural wedding beauty. Sorry, not sorry!
With images by Nicola Dixon Photography.
nicola says: I organised the shoot as part of my styled shoot workshops for amateur and pro photographers. I chose Camp Katur for the location because I love outdoor wedding venues, and really wanted to add this venue to my portfolio. The outdoor woodland ceremony at Camp Katur is really unique and was a really big pull for me. I knew Lucy MacNicoll, the florist and Louise the stylist, could create something really special in that area. And they did. Watching them at work was awe-inspiring. This styled shoot was probably my most memorable because of the team, that creative energy was present through-out the whole day, all the attendees of the workshop felt it too.
I think the shoot came to life fairly naturally, Louise and I threw around words like kinfolk, organic and wild and Louise put together a moodboard for Lucy and I.
There really was something magical in the air that day, I know I was on a natural high for days. When a group of creatives come together and bring a vision to life for a group of photographers to photograph and marvel at, hearing everyone’s ‘wows’ when they saw the styled areas made all the emails and planning worthwhile. So much so that we have planned a couple more styled shoots for 2017 as it really felt like a dream team.
louise says: Styling wise, I wanted to steer away from the ‘boho’ look, which this style of venue can naturally call for. Instead I wanted to go with a fresh approach to outdoor weddings and focus on slow living with an essence of stillness and calm.
The shoot focused on a deep respect for the surroundings with a vision that the tablescape design did not look out of place in any way, but blended with the backdrop effortlessly.
The intent was to create a design inspired by the Danish Hygge aesthetic, with elements that looked like they had been gathered and swept up from the surrounding forest floor but with pops of soft highlights and rich toned accents. A key focus was on highlighting the beauty of the outdoors, whatever the season.
December 27th, 2016 | Julia Braime
It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 9th January 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from 2016.
Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.
Today’s real wedding is nothing short of stunning and we’re struggling to peel ourselves away from it – be warned, you too may face the same problem.
In a wedding that celebrates both love and the city of Manchester, we are bowled over by all elements: from the natural blooms and cute honeybee touches to the stunning attire and décor. Oh, and that cake – seriously, that cake #toobeautiful
With images by Melissa Beattie Photography.
chorcha says: We got engaged while celebrating my birthday with friends at an urban picnic in Downtown Dubai. Quite a few of those who were there were in on it – so we have some wonderful video footage of the moment. Our engagement was typically us – in front of our dearest friends (who have become like family as we are ex-pats) and loud!
Our wedding took place on 3rd April. Spring and Easter time in England is typically bright and crisp. We figured if we picked a date around this time we would be safe from the grey Manchester skies – and boy, were we lucky!
Manchester Town Hall was our chosen ceremony venue. Glen and I met in Manchester 12 years ago, and then met again in Dubai three years ago. We are both originally from Manchester and both moved to Dubai for work (not at the same time). Living away from such a great city really does strengthen your appreciation and love for the place. Whenever we get time for a holiday, all we want to do is go back home to Manchester! Don’t get me wrong, Dubai is great – but it doesn’t beat cobbles, rain, gravy with your chippy and that wonderful Manc spirit!
The city’s town hall is such a beautiful building – a real icon of Manchester. It was a simple decision for us, why pay a fortune for a country manor when this gorgeous piece of the city’s heritage is everything you need and more!
Our reception was held at Mr Cooper’s House & Garden at The Midland Hotel. The restaurant is by Michelin star chef, Simon Rogan, therefore the food was absolutely outstanding! The venue itself being in Manchester’s oldest hotel is steeped in heritage with gorgeous original features and that typical Manchester quirkiness. Both venues are only a one-minute walk from each other, which meant our guests could walk between the two!
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