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forget me not. a pretty & personal wedding at brownsholme hall – emma & simon

October 2nd, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Bright and beautiful are two words that could easily be used to sum up today’s super-lovely real wedding.

Rather than simply picking her favourite colours and flowers to style the day, bride Emma put personal reasons behind her choices, picking yellow and sunflowers in memory of her late-grandad, and blue and forget-me-nots as a nod to her grandma, who wasn’t able to attend the wedding due to being in a nursing home.

These gorgeous blooms and hues added to the happy and joyful vibes of Emma and Simon’s rural style wedding, which also featured delicious food, fun transport and one rocking party.

With images by Pixies in the Cellar.

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emma says: We had been together 12 years when we got engaged. We were in South Africa for an old friend of Simon’s wedding and decided to take a trip to Zimbabwe. It was at Victoria Falls on a day trip that he got down on one knee. I honestly couldn’t believe it and had the ring on so quickly I forgot to say yes. We celebrated that night by going to a traditional Zimbabwean barbecue.

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Our wedding was on the 8th July 2017. We got married at St Helen’s Church in Waddington, and had our reception at Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn in Clitheroe, Lancashire. We had wanted a Yorkshire wedding, which is where we had met and gone to uni, but couldn’t find anything with the rustic feel that we were after. The minute we walked into the barn at Browsholme we fell in love, it was perfect. It was close to where I had grown up and spent time in the Trough of Bowland, my dad had also played cricket in Waddington close to the church.

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We wanted a simple and rustic for our theme; lots of wood slices, lace, hessian, nothing too fancy. The venue didn’t need anything fancy as the beautiful stone spoke volumes.

The colour scheme went back to my childhood, we had yellow as a main colour. I lost my grandad when I was 21 and he had been a huge part of my life we always used to grow sunflowers and see how tall we were next to them, we used to pick sweet peas and daisies also. My grandma unfortunately has dementia and is a nursing home so we had forget-me-nots included in the wedding also. These were built around the navy suits for the boys and navy dresses for the bridesmaids. We facetimed my grandma in her nursing home from church and apparently when I said “hi” to her there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

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I thought I wanted a vintage lace dress for the day but once I started trying dresses on it was clear that I wanted something a bit simpler. I had lost quite a bit of weight prior to the dress fitting and once I tried the dress on I knew it was the one, I felt like a bride. I got my dress from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, who were fantastic from start to finish.

Simon wore a suit from TM Lewin, he wanted to be different from the groomsmen and have something he could keep. The suit was navy and had a faint lighter blue check through it, he had brown shoes from River Island and tie and pocket square in sunflower gold to tie in with the colour scheme of the flowers.

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the music sounds better with you. a sunny festival wedding in cheshire – nicola & andrew

April 9th, 2015 | Julia Braime

a festival themed wedding at Willington Hall Hotel (c) Ricky Carrington Photography (38)

Nowadays brides and grooms go beyond a colour scheme to theme their wedding day to reflect them as an individual couple – their personalities, passions and hobbies.

Today’s real wedding couple Nicola and Andrew did just that by arranging their ‘festival wedding’ around their love of music with vinyl decorations, gig ticket style invitations and live entertainment, in which the wedding couple themselves took part.

So grab your wellies and watch out for the mud as we share Nicola and Andrew’s soulful big day.

With images by Ricky Carrington Photography.

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nicola says:We got engaged on 23rd Feb 2013 while we were away in Paris for the weekend. I’d always wanted to go, and it was a surprise weekend away which Andrew organised.

We set the date for 17th May 2014. It was in the rugby off-season and was an available date at the venue we wanted – Willington Hall Hotel in Tarporley, Cheshire. We both really liked the venue as it was easy on the eye and the team there were very relaxed in catering to our needs.

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We decided on a festival/music theme for our big day – I play the electric guitar and Andrew plays the drums. We both played with the wedding band at our reception as a surprise to our guests. We played Spitting Games by Snow Patrol. Music is an important part of our lives and we wanted our wedding to reflect that.

To fit in with our theme the place names were old vinyls with guests’ names on them, the table names were groups/albums close to our hearts, our invitations were like gig tickets and we had lots of photographs with our guests in wellies.

To go along with our festival theme we had a yellow and blue colour scheme. I liked sunflowers and the idea stemmed from there really!

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Before trying on any wedding dresses, I didn’t have any idea of what I wanted so I went into a shop and told the assistant this. She then helped me try on a wide range of different types of dresses. I fell in love with a Jenny Packham dress – it was the third dress I tried on! I then went to a further two shops and ended up going back to the original shop to get the Jenny Packham dress. I can’t really tell you why I picked I just loved wearing it. The shop I got my dress from is called The Wedding Club in Birmingham. The bridesmaids got their dresses from there too.

Makeup and hair on the day was organised by the spa attached to Willington Hall and was absolutely fabulous. The hairdresser was called Sian Dutton who was recommended to us by the spa.

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All the male wedding party wore the same suit. It was from a local suit vendor called L & J Formal Hire. All the males wore converse rather than shoes which all matched, in keeping with our festival/music theme. I wore flat shoes for the wedding ceremony and converse which my friend had decorated especially for the day in the evening.

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Ricky Carrington Photography did our wedding photos. Ricky was brilliant and made everyone feel at ease which is a big help on the day. Any request we made wasn’t a problem and the photographs were amazing.

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The flowers were based around sunflowers with a few extra bits. Arrangements were done by Black Cat Floral Design who I would highly recommend. I’m not actually a big fan of flowers and Mel really helped bring out my one idea of sunflowers and made the flowers/venue look amazing. They arranged everything and everyone on the day, which is a lovely personal touch.

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We didn’t have any favours as such on the tables, instead we had a retro sweet table which the florist also decorated and set up for us. We had cupcakes rather than one big wedding cake, which was made by my close friend Natasha and reflected our musical theme.

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To provide entertainment we had live band for the evening called The Smooth Criminals. This was a true highlight of the day, especially when we played a song with them. Again, as music is a big part of our lives, it seems a good match to have a live band for the evening. To keep children (and some of the adults) entertained at the wedding we also had giant games such as snakes and ladders and Jenga.

a festival themed wedding at Willington Hall Hotel (c) Ricky Carrington Photography (34)

a festival themed wedding at Willington Hall Hotel (c) Ricky Carrington Photography (35)

We would definitely recommend our wedding venue to others. The venue is gorgeous to look at and you can get married outside, which we did. We had the entire venue to ourselves, including accommodation for all of the wedding party. The staff were amazing and no request was too much trouble for them. They made me feel in control of the decisions made for the wedding which they were supportive in, it didn’t feel like a ‘package’ wedding – everything felt individual. Sue was our wedding co-ordinator who I would recommend also!

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I couldn’t pick a favourite part of the day – we loved all of it!

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For our honeymoon we had a bit of adventure! As well as music, we also love to travel so we took full advantage of our three weeks off work and went to Hong Kong, Macau, Tokyo and Dubai. We spent every day exploring – it was amazing, especially Tokyo.

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My top tip to other Brides Up North is chill out – everything works out fine in the end!

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September Sunflowers! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Liz & Andrew

August 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I thought I’d start Friday off with a cheerful September wedding, packed with smiles, sunflowers and personal touches.  Just perfect!  Many thanks to the fabulous Jane at JB Creatives and today’s reader and real bride Liz for making the countdown to the weekend that little bit more lovely. 

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Liz says:  We got engaged in April 2009 at the gorgeous Swinton Castle where we’d spent our first weekend away together. Andrew had arranged it all so that I thought I was going to a work event there, then when I got there he was there on one knee! 

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We were married on September 24th 2011, at St Mary’s Church in the grounds of Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal with the reception at the lovely Crown Inn in Roecliffe

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St Mary’s is a very special church as it’s on the estate where I have worked as a wedding co-ordinator for the last four years, and is a redundant church which requires a special licence to be granted in order to marry there. 

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We chose a relaxed and a little rustic theme with bunting and lots of cakes, and with purple as the main colour to tie everything together.

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I chose a lovely floaty simple chiffon and beaded dress from Award Winning Confetti & Lace Harrogate. I asked a local dressmaker to make a shoulder strap which was added on the day.

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My bridesmaids wore purple dresses from LK Bennett and the ushers wore grey suits from Yorkshire Menswear in Harrogate. 

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I carried a hand tied bouquet of sunflowers, daisies and gerberas by the fabulous Greenhouse Florists in Ripon, and pretty much everything else was done by friends and family. 

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We were lucky enough to travel on the day in a vintage VW campervan.  

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We hired a string quartet for the church and a live band for the reception which got everybody up and dancing. 

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My sister in law did a fab surprise cake table with homemade cupcakes, scones and cakes which went down very well with us and the guests. I made biscuits for the favours and a friend made some great vintage style bunting for the reception venue.

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It was amazing having all our friends and family around us to be part of our special day, including our gorgeous daughter Caitlin. 

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After the wedding we honeymooned in romantic Venice and Lake Garda. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be try not to stress about the little details, if you stay organised, it will all come together in the end!

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Congratulations Liz & Andrew!

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Would you like to share your Real Wedding on these swirly silver pages?  Get in touch!

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