October 3rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry
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Keen to keep things simple, bride Sam chose an elegant colour palette of white, navy and silver, which complemented the stylish setting of Storrs Hall perfectly.
The attire of the wedding party also kept the style bar high with the groomsmen ditching jackets in favour of relaxed shirts and waistcoats and Sam looking a million dollars in her stunning mermaid style gown.
We are thrilled to see that several of our talented Sponsors featured in this wedding, including Kelly’s Event Boutique, LOVE Bridal and also photographer Jonny Draper, whose birthday it happens to be today. There’s a Jägerbomb waiting at Brides Up North HQ with your name on it JD!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Jonny Draper Photography.
sam says: We got engaged in October 2013 while on holiday in Mexico. It was 18 months exactly from the day we first met. Aron had it all planned, a gorgeous dinner followed by a romantic walk along the beach at sunset. Though, this wasn’t what happened! It had been raining constantly for about five days, so to say Aron was slightly upset that the evening wasn’t going to plan was a little bit of an understatement. Instead of heading out for a walk he invited me onto the balcony of the hotel where he got down on one knee with the most beautiful ring (no small feat as I’m a jewellery designer so I know what I like!) I think he must have asked about three times before words actually came out of my mouth. I was in shock and completely over the moon! It may not have been what he had originally planned, but to me, it was perfect!
We married on 28th August 2015, at Storrs Hall in The Lake District. We had looked at so many venues that when we found Storrs Hall we jumped on the list of available dates – there weren’t many left, but the 28th August suited us even though it only left us six months to plan.
The outside space and the setting were just idyllic and being able to book Storrs Hall exclusively was an added bonus – the idea of lots of people we didn’t know wandering about on our wedding day didn’t appeal to us.
The colour scheme for the wedding was white, navy and silver. I wanted a classic and simple colour palette that reflected our style. As I’m not keen on colourful flowers we chose to have just white flowers throughout the wedding. I love the way it all pulled together on the day.
My chosen dress was an Enzoani mermaid design, which I wore with a long veil – though this only lasted about five minutes before the wind wrapped it around one of our guests! I got my dress from LOVE Bridal Boutique, which I would highly recommend to other brides-to-be. The owner Emma helped me find my dress with just six weeks to go!
On the day of the wedding I had a photo of my mum hanging from my bouquet as we lost her about four years before the wedding. This was my way of having my mum included in our special day.
Aron wore a navy three piece with a silvery grey tie, but as the sun was out he didn’t wear the jacket. Instead we decided on a relaxed look with waistcoats and sleeves rolled up. His chosen footwear was a pair of tan and navy brogues, which completed his look.
My bridesmaids wore navy maxi dresses and the groomsmen wore grey three piece suits (minus the jackets) with navy ties.
May 4th, 2016 | Julia Braime
As much as we love to see a colourful wedding, nothing quite says class like a simple black and white themed celebration, just like the one we are sharing with you on the blog today!
Bride Katie dreamt of a timeless wedding which led her to choose a monochrome palette with little pops of pastel added along the way as a nod to the summer season.
Tying the knot outdoors, Katie and Michael’s wedding is simple, elegant and sophisticated and provides lots of lovely inspiration for those of you planning open-air “I dos”.
With images by Helen Russell Photography.
katie says: Michael proposed at home just after we watched a romantic film. To me this was the best way of proposing because it was just us two in our new home, doing what we enjoy most.
Our wedding was on 26th July 2015 at Horton Grange in Northumberland. We chose this summer date because we wanted an outdoor ceremony and the venue appealed to us because we are a private couple and so the small intimate setting was just perfect. The venue’s band stand also provided the perfect option for our outdoor ceremony.
The theme for our wedding was a classic vintage look. I am very traditional and love old things. I also handmade most items for the wedding so that it was sentimental to us.
The colour scheme was black and white which we decided on because it makes a bold statement as well as being classically elegant and timeless. I added touches of grey and pastels to complement the black and white and just gave things a more summery feel when I felt it was necessary.
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June 25th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a break to redesign, review and recharge, 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 7th July 2014, but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year. 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.
We’re off to the seaside (well it’s been the weather for it lately hasn’t it?!) to celebrate the big day of Kelly and Irvine in Newton By The Sea, Northumberland. First featured here back in May, our lovely couple didn’t let a winter wedding date stand in the way of using a pretty coral colour scheme or posing for some stunning portrait shots by the shore – to devastatingly beautiful effect. I love.
With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Helen Russell Photography.
Kelly says: We got engaged in August 2012 in Rome. Irvine took me away for my 30th birthday and proposed at the Trevi Fountain. I had no idea, we had had a lovely evening out with a meal and drinks and on the way back we stopped to see the famous landmark. He gave me a coin to throw in and make a wish and when I turned back around Irvine was down on one knee asking me to marry him.
We were married on Saturday 9th November 2013 at the stunning Newton Hall, Newton by the Sea in Northumberland.
Originally we thought about getting married overseas but decided to view Newton Hall amongst a few other venues after seeing it advertised in a local magazine. As soon as we saw it we fell in love with its interior and exterior surroundings. Newton Hall is very close to the beach and we decided we wanted to have our wedding photographs taken there as it is so beautiful and unspoilt.
We opted for a very country vintage look with coral pink and navy blue with accents of lace and hessian.
My dress was a ivory fishtail lace gown by Martina Liana from Accent Bridal in Newcastle. I knew that I wanted lace but was not sure which style of dress to go for. I tried on about 10 or 12 dresses in various bridal shops throughout the city and didn’t ‘love’ any of the them. Accent was one of the last places I went to and my dress was chosen for me to try on by the shop owner herself after discussing what I wanted. As soon as I put it on I felt like a ‘bride’ and although it was over budget I knew I had to have it!
My headpiece was custom made by Leigh Hetherington.
My favourite moment was when I was walked down the aisle by my dad to Jose Gonzalez ‘Heartbeats’ and first caught a glimpse of my husband to be!
My ‘old and borrowed’ was my great nana Lucy’s vintage marcasite necklace which she bought with her first wage packet when working as a seamstress in the 1920’s.
I carried a beautiful bouquet of pink ranunculus and coral coloured vevezula roses accented with brunei, veronica and eucalyptus by Secret Garden Florist in Jesmond,
Irvine loved spending time together on the beach just the two of us having our wedding photos taken by Helen Russell Photography.
We chose a three tier chocolate, vanilla and fruit cake which was made by The Designer Cake Company. It was like a work of art and tasted lovely too!
For our honeymoon we travelled to New York for five days then on to Miami and the Florida Keys for a further week.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that the day itself goes so fast so keep stopping for a minute or two just the two of you to take it all in. Enjoy every minute!
Congratulations Kelly & Irvine!
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February 6th, 2014 | Julia Braime
A tortoise in a tutu, heaps of lace, pearls and roses and a Real Wedding in a tipi in my home town. Thursday mornings don’t get much better than that! Today we join North East couple Kathryn and Dean for their celebration under canvas in County Durham.
With images by SDS Photography.
Kathryn says: We got engaged on Christmas Day 2012. Dean had planned different scenarios on how and where he was going to propose, depending on the weather. Because it didn’t snow outside, he made it snow inside. Dean covered the living room in fake snow and played our favourite Christmas song – there was a big box in the middle of the room filled with lots of smaller boxes (like Russian dolls). I had wanted a watch for Christmas so when I got to the last box, it was quite big so I thought it was the watch, but there was nothing inside it – I looked up and Dean had big sheets of card with the words of our favourite Christmas song “All I want for Christmas is You”, after each card he dropped the cards, one by one; “Love Actually” style. After the last one he got down on one knee and pulled out a ring box with a gorgeous diamond ring in! Needless to say by this point I was in tears and obviously said yes!
We were married on 26th October 2013 at Elvet Methodist Church in Durham followed by a reception in giant tipis in a friend’s field close to Ushaw College.
We had 5 giant tipis supplied by Special Event Tipis, they were joined together to make one huge marquee style space, one of which was the bar and chill out area, and one was for the band and dance floor area, and the other 3 were the main seating area for the meal. We had over 170 guests during the day with an additional 70 in the evening.
We chose to use tipis because we fancied something a little different! My sister and I used to have a business supplying chair covers and sashes for weddings so I had been to most venues in the North East so I wanted something totally different and special!
As soon as I went the visit the tipis, I knew they were exactly what I wanted. Dean wasn’t able to see the tipis before the wedding so he was a little sceptical about the idea, he only saw them the day before the wedding when we were setting them up, but he highly approved, much to my relief.
We went for a natural and vintage feel with lots of lace & pearls. We also had a recurrent theme of logs; from a picture of a tree stump in the corner of our invitations with our initials carved in it, hollowed out tree stumps and logs filled with flowers for the table centre pieces and giant slices of bark covered tree trunk were used as cake stands for our traditional wedding cake and cheese wedding cake.
Our colour scheme was quite neutral with pale gold and ivory.
My dress was from the Wedding Wardrobe at Chester-le-Street and was a Maggie Sottero dress called Grace. It was a very pale gold satin covered in ivory lace. To make it my own, I bought a handmade vintage style necklace and bracelet and had the necklace sewed into the front of my dress under the bust and the bracelet was attached to the top of my veil. I had these removed after the wedding to keep and wear as jewellery.
I had too many close friends and sisters to choose from so decided to only have four small bridesmaids, my nieces. I got their dresses from BHS and teamed them with a cream cardigan from John Lewis. The dresses were pale gold satin with a lace bodice, they matched my dress perfectly!
The men wore dark navy, 3 piece suits which we bought from Next (it proved quite difficult as the men live all over the country) with a white shirt and vintage gold patterned tie form M&S. I also had my nephew as a page boy who wore a navy suit form Monsoon and we had one of the mens’ ties made smaller to fit him.
I had a beautiful bouquet which had white avalanche roses, Roralie roses which were a pale peach/cream colour, talea roses which were a vintage peach/champagne colour, spray snowflake roses, white hydrangea and wax flowers and we also added old brooches which I had collected from antiques fairs and strings of pearls to keep the vintage theme going. All our flowers were by Country Style at Langley Park.
We travelled in a cream VW split screen Campervan from Lovedub Cars called Chaz – he was beautiful.
October 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime
If you’ve woken up this morning to the certainty that Autumn/ Winter 2013 is most certainly here and commuted to the office under a veil of grey drizzle, don’t despair. Firstly, there’s always the prospect of new boots and a new coat to cheer you up and secondly, today’s Real Wedding is certain to warm your cockles and lift your spirits. With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Helen Russell Photography, Heather and Tom’s celebration is just beautiful.
Heather says: Tom was very nervous about the whole proposal situation and couldn’t stand the the thought of having to do it in front of lots of people. We had been together for just under 3 years and we had recently bought our first home together. We were going out to a family meal at Tom’s parents house, as I came down the stairs I thought Tom was tying his shoe lace until I saw him holding the ring box. We both cried a lot and it was absolutely perfect.
We were married on 26th August 2013 – bank holiday weekend – at the amazing Newton Hall. We met in Spain when we were 18 and 19. I moved down to the Midlands when I was 21 to start a degree as well as to be with Tom. We both knew that the North East would be the perfect place to get married and a great place for all our relatives to be together for our day. I especially wanted to get married in my beloved North East. We looked at lots of venues but were always left feeling disappointed about one or more aspects of the venue. Newton Hall had the perfect combination of location, decor, gorgeous bedrooms, and a quirky and homely feel that we both loved.
I had several ideas (Tom gave me free run) of different looks that I liked and all of them had a very different feel. As the wedding got closer I found myself looking at a lot of rustic country weddings on blogs, I decided to create my own version of this. The dress I choose was lace so I wanted to incorporate that with a rustic element softened and made pretty by lots of flowers.
The wedding colour scheme was grey with a hint of mauve, pale pinks, whites and pale purples.
I bought my dress from a fabulous boutique called Silk based in Litchfield. I looked at lots of dresses and ended up going for a dress that was different to my initial ideas of what I wanted. The dress was a lace and tulle style by Pronovias. It was so beautiful and photographed really well. Eliza Vale made my bespoke headpiece.
My bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses in luxe chiffon, they were in the colour stormy all from the fabulous Mia Sposa in Newcastle. They all picked the style of dress they preferred. I really wanted them to feel comfortable in their dress and not to feel like they had been made to where something that someone else liked. They all looked beautiful.
Lisa Jones did all the hair and make up, she is so talented and so speedy on the day.
All my suppliers were so good and I think they sometimes knew what vision was in my head better than I did.I used to work with Helen Russell Photography a long time before she was doing photography full-time, I came across her on the Brides Up North blog and contacted her straight away.
One Digital Image were our videographers, they were so professional and were like an extra pair of hands on the day.
Peaches and Queen made all my wonderful stationary and Mandy was my personal wedding counsellor.
The ceremony was beautiful. It was outside on the terrace, the sun was shining and it felt almost dreamlike, even a few white butterflies turned up and flew around me and Tom as we said our vows.
I carried a mixture of sweet peas, stocks, hydrangeas with a couple of David Austin roses by Bels Flowers, they were beautiful. The Finishing Touch Company and Bels Flowers styled the venue to perfection.
We chose a three tier cake consisting of cookies and cream, lemon drizzle and chocolate fudge cake. The design was left up to The Designer Cake Company so we could have a little surprise on the day.
We had a piano player for the ceremony and the drinks reception, I would highly recommend him his name is Jack Hamilton based in Morpeth. In the evening we had a fun D.J called Simon Robertson from One Voice Productions Ltd, he played a great selection of music.
We had fish, chips and mushy peas to fit in with the sea-side theme, it went down so well with every one, no food was left on anyone’s plate.
I was stressing about the honeymoon spending a lot of time on the internet trying to find the perfect destination. I got so confused by the choice I asked Tom to make the difficult decision. He picked San Francisco and Las Vegas, it was the trip of a lifetime with lots of treasured memories.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to start to delegate jobs in the last few weeks otherwise it will all get on top of you. My final tip is to try on your knickers before the big day (mine didn’t fit)!
Congratulations Heather & Tom!
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