Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

poetry in motion: blooming botanicals for a relaxed wedding at park house barn – lisa & james

April 13th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Botanical Barn Wedding (c) Beecham Photography (28)

The beauty of a barn setting is that it’s a completely blank canvas – no patterned carpets to work around or looming portraits from a bygone era, which may appeal to some but won’t suit everyone.

You can decorate such a rural setting any which way you like and today’s real wedding couple Lisa and James certainly put their own gorgeous spin on Park House Barn. Filled to the brim with guests (including 42 children!) and glowing with soft fairy lights, the barn was dressed for the occasion in a romantic botanical theme, which enabled Lisa and James to introduce their own style while letting the setting’s natural beauty shine through.

We love how a beautiful sunset is present at both their engagement and their wedding day – although, for those of us who married under a rain cloud, there’s a touch of envy at this poetic detail!

With images by Beecham Photography.

A Botanical Barn Wedding (c) Beecham Photography (37)

lisa says: We got engaged on a campervan holiday in the north of France. We had spent the day on a wine-tasting tour, where James insisted on buying a nice sparkly. We headed out on an evening bike ride to watch the sunset on a local vineyard, only for James to get off his bike and down on one knee, where he pulled out a ring box from his back pocket! I soon guessed why we had bought the expensive bubbles.

A Botanical Barn Wedding (c) Beecham Photography (44)

We got married on Saturday 22nd July 2017. We knew we needed a school holiday with James being a teacher and couldn’t believe our luck when the first weekend of the summer holidays was still available.

Our venue was Park House Barn at Heversham, although we officially tied the knot the previous day in a small ceremony at Kendal Registry Office. We fell in love with Park House Barn as soon as we saw the location and loved the relaxed feel. Overlooking the Arnside estuary, the views are stunning and on a sunny day you can see for miles. We knew the venue would suit our wedding style and it didn’t disappoint. We would 100% recommend it. I couldn’t imagine our wedding being anywhere but the barn; it really was perfect. We can’t believe how many people still talk about how beautiful it is there.

A Botanical Barn Wedding (c) Beecham Photography (26)

We chose a country, botanical theme. We dressed the barn in greenery with large trees placed in the barn’s corners. Lots of fairy lights gave the barn a cosy feel as the evening drew in. We knew the barn wouldn’t suit a style that was too ‘done’ and tried to keep the feel relaxed. We filled the barn with green and white flowers. The colours were an easy choice as we didn’t want to detract from the barn’s natural finishes.

Our wedding co-ordinator and barn stylist Emma from Emma Jane Events was the most helpful person to know when planning our wedding. She helped choose the style of the wedding, had a large selection of accessories to hire and was invaluable on the day helping everything run smoothly.

A Botanical Barn Wedding (c) Beecham Photography (33)

I wore my mum’s wedding dress when I married James on the Friday. She altered it for me on her sewing machine to turn it into a knee-length summer dress. It was so special knowing it’s what my mum wore on her wedding day. I was lucky enough to have a second dress for the Saturday ceremony. I found a dress on the sale rail in Marrime Bridalwear in Kendal. It was the first dress I had seen and the only one I tried on! I knew it was the one straight away; it was simple enough for the barn yet had delicate detail to show off the back. You have to think about the dress when you’re using posh portaloos!

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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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lake side. sophia tolli for an intimate wedding at the samling – mia & pete

August 24th, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Breath-taking Wedding in The Lakes (c) James Tracey Photography (49)

The guest list for today’s wedding at The Samling doesn’t even reach double figures as Mia and Pete decided on a small and intimate wedding featuring spectacular views and first class food surrounded by just their very nearest and dearest.

Showing that size doesn’t mean everything, the day is brimming with class, elegance and smiles as all involved enjoy the relaxed and magical atmosphere by the side of Lake Windermere.

With images by James Tracey Photography.

A Breath-taking Wedding in The Lakes (c) James Tracey Photography (1)

mia says: We got engaged in January 2014 in the Lake District. Pete surprised me with a weekend away to Aphrodite’s near Bowness to celebrate our third year anniversary. We had just finished relaxing in the hot tub with a glass of champagne and I went into the bathroom to get changed. I came back out to Pete down on one knee holding out a ring! It was a complete surprise and I kept asking him over and over again whether he was being serious! In the end he said “So what do you think, then?” and of course, I said “yes”.

A Breath-taking Wedding in The Lakes (c) James Tracey Photography (2)

Our wedding was 20th June 2015. We chose that date as we wanted a summer wedding, the day before the longest day of the year being ideal. It also gave us enough time to save up for it!

We chose The Samling in the Lake District as our venue. We knew we wanted to get married in the Lake District as it was where we had spent our first weekend together as a couple and it was also where Pete proposed so the location had a lot of meaning. The Lake District also has absolutely stunning scenery making it a perfect setting for a wedding. As we were having a very small intimate wedding (just eight people including ourselves!) we wanted a venue that would complement this which The Samling did, given the exclusivity of the venue. We were also attracted to the Samling for its Michelin star menu, Pete and I being very much into our food. We went to visit The Samling and knew straight away it was where we wanted our wedding – it was the first and last place we visited when looking for a venue. After seeing the panoramic views of Lake Windermere, we knew we were making the right choice!

A Breath-taking Wedding in The Lakes (c) James Tracey Photography (10)

We didn’t have a theme for our wedding but wanted an intimate, understated affair which was very special at the same time. The venue where we had the wedding matched our styles and tastes exactly in that it is not stuffy and overly fussy but had luxurious and special features to it. The style of wedding we had allowed us to think of different ideas as went along while planning the wedding.
While we had a very small wedding, we’re also having a party later in the year to celebrate with all our friends and family.

We didn’t have a colour scheme as such but chose a lot of white and yellow as they both complement each other and are lovely, summery colours.

A Breath-taking Wedding in The Lakes (c) James Tracey Photography (12)

My dress was a gown by Sophia Tolli purchased from The Bridal Path in Altrincham. It was a fitted lace dress which was ivory and champagne coloured. It had a plunging v neckline and crystal beading scattered across the dress. It also had a sheer back bodice with crystal buttons cascading down the back and a long train. I felt the dress was very elegant and classic. I knew it was the right dress for me as soon as I tried it on!

On the wedding day I wore my dress with peep toe silver shoes by Jimmy Choo. I chose these shoes as they really fitted the style of my dress and I can wear them again.  On my head I wore a Swarovski crystal encrusted head piece by Halo & Co, purchased from Liberty in LoveRebecca Forshaw, a hair and makeup artist based in the North West, did my hair and makeup on the day. She did a fantastic job and I never imagined I could look so glamourous!

A Breath-taking Wedding in The Lakes (c) James Tracey Photography (14)

Pete wore a blue-grey, light woollen three piece suit. The cloth came from Scabal, and was ordered and tailored by Richard Smith Bespoke in Manchester city centre, who also provided the tie and pocket square. The pale blue, super slim-fitting stretch shirt came from Thomas Pink in Manchester, and the brown shoes were from Jeffrey West, also in Manchester.

A Breath-taking Wedding in The Lakes (c) James Tracey Photography (21)

For my flowers, I had a beautiful but simple shower bouquet made up of white orchids, with green foliage which was provided by Kerry at The Floristry in Kendal. Kerry also provided all our flowers for the day. We had had a mixture of white orchids, yellow flowers and green foliage to decorate the wedding reception. We had a large vase of flowers in the centre of the dinner table with smaller vases of flowers at the side of this. Kerry was fantastic and created everything we asked for.

A Breath-taking Wedding in The Lakes (c) James Tracey Photography (34)

Our wedding cake was a two tiered fruit cake with white icing which was decorated with pink flowers. It was from Marks & Spencer.

For the wedding breakfast we had a Michelin star taster menu created by Ian Swainson, head chef at the Samling. It was an absolutely unbelievable gastronomic experience! We had a wine pairing with each course as recommended by their sommelier.

A Breath-taking Wedding in The Lakes (c) James Tracey Photography (38)

We chose Maxine Molin, a harpist, to play during the ceremony and our champagne reception due to her excellent reputation. Also the harp sounds beautiful and fitted in with the understated and relaxed theme of our wedding.

A Breath-taking Wedding in The Lakes (c) James Tracey Photography (41)

We would definitely recommend our wedding venue. Not only was it spectacular and exclusive, the service we were provided with was second to none. All the staff ensured our whole day went seamlessly and they made us feel very relaxed. They were very open to what we required and went out of their way to provide it.

A Breath-taking Wedding in The Lakes (c) James Tracey Photography (50)

It really was the best day of my life so it’s difficult to pick a favourite part of the day! I would say one of the highlights however was relaxing in the outdoor hot tub in the evening after our meal overlooking the whole of Lake Windermere!

A Breath-taking Wedding in The Lakes (c) James Tracey Photography (54)

We aren’t going on honeymoon until October. We are going to South Africa and then on to Mauritius and we cannot wait! We’re spending a few nights in Cape Town, then on to the wine regions for plenty of wine tasting! We’re then ending the trip in Mauritius which will be completely relaxing.

My top tip to other Brides Up North would be don’t be scared of breaking with tradition. We had traditional but many untraditional elements to our wedding, for example, I walked into the wedding ceremony to the harpist playing Metallica! Tradition and convention also advocate a large, lavish wedding. Although these events can be fantastic, if an intimate event suits you then you should go for it as it is so personal and rewarding. Whatever you choose, make the most of all the attention being lavished on you for one day!

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loved-up in the lakes. a pretty pastel colour scheme for a linthwaite house wedding – debra & richard

June 16th, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Linthwaite House Hotel (c) Helen Russell Photography (61)

Well what can we say about today’s wedding – it’s just so pretty! From the idyllic Lake District setting to the romantic styling and gorgeous wedding attire, we love it all!

Debra’s choice of a soft pastel palette for the décor, flowers and bridesmaid dresses works perfectly with the spring season and surrounding countryside, making for an incredibly elegant and romantic big day.

Here at Brides Up North we just love to see couples having fun with their wedding photography and so adore the mix of documentary and staged shots from Richard and Debra’s special day (particularly the ones of the maids with the giant balloons – how fabulous are they!)

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Helen Russell Photography.

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Linthwaite House Hotel (c) Helen Russell Photography (4)

debra says: We got engaged at Gleneagles on 22nd April 2012. Richard had booked a surprise weekend away. I had no idea! The day we arrived we used the spa and had a bite to eat. Later, we got dressed ready for dinner and took a walk in the grounds. Richard proposed to me by the fountain, and I said yes! It was lovely. When we went back inside we were taken to a reserved table where Richard had arranged for a special bottle of champagne to be waiting for us, then we ate dinner in the restaurant and celebrated with some cocktails afterwards. We enjoyed a very special time at Gleneagles. For me, it was one of the most memorable and happy weekends of my life!

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Linthwaite House Hotel (c) Helen Russell Photography (6)

We got married on 25th May 2015.  We both liked the idea of getting married in Bowness in The Lake District as it’s a place that we have frequently visited since we started dating almost eight years ago. As we both love spring time we decided on a date in May. Timing it on a bank holiday also allowed our family and friends more time to travel to The Lake District and we thought it would be more relaxing for everyone.

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Linthwaite House Hotel (c) Helen Russell Photography (10)

Our chosen wedding venue was Linthwaite House in Bowness-on-Windermere. We chose our venue as it’s located in the area we have been visiting regularly since we met. Linthwaite House is in a truly beautiful setting with stunning views over Lake Windermere and we were fortunate to be able to take over the hotel and exclusively use it for our wedding. Linthwaite House offered everything we were looking for and we felt it was the idyllic, intimate wedding venue for us to enjoy with all of our guests.

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Linthwaite House Hotel (c) Helen Russell Photography (16)

We didn’t have a particular theme, although I’d say our wedding style was romantic and elegant. My flowers were made up with a range of different roses in soft pastel shades and featured David Austin roses. Other little details such as the vintage postcards, signage and table plan I made myself with the help of my mam and sister added to the feel of the day. To introduce a bit of sparkle I wore a diamante headpiece and cuff. The bridesmaids’ dresses and shoes also had a hint of sparkle and they each wore diamante slides, earrings and bracelets.

Our colour scheme was made up of soft pastel colours, mainly soft spring greens and pale pinks, purely because I wanted it to look clean, fresh and romantic.

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Linthwaite House Hotel (c) Helen Russell Photography (18)

My dress was by Justin Alexander and I purchased it from Mia Sposa in Newcastle. I chose the dress because it was elegant and I loved how the fabric felt. It was a fitted ivory duchess satin dress which tailed out slightly at the bottom. I loved that it was plain and featured some subtle diamante details on the shoulders and a scoop back with buttons all the way down the chapel length train. I also wore a plain chapel length veil which I loved. My shoes were by Rainbow and were very plain mid-heeled ivory court shoes. It all felt lovely on and I was very comfortable.

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Linthwaite House Hotel (c) Helen Russell Photography (20)

Richard wore a stylish three-piece suit, tie, socks and shoes from Reiss which we purchased in Leeds.

The Bridesmaids wore mint green floor length dresses by Coast, and shoes and accessories by Jenny Packham. Maya, my flower girl, wore a Dessy dress and shoes which were purchased from Mia Sposa.

We decided on charcoal grey suits from Next for the groomsmen with ties were made to order by Swagger & Swoon. Finley, our pageboy, wore a three-piece suit and shirt from BHS.

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Linthwaite House Hotel (c) Helen Russell Photography (29)

We booked the transport for me to get from Linthwaite House to the church and back through Lakeland Wedding Cars. I ordered an ivory coloured 1947 silver wraith.

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Linthwaite House Hotel (c) Helen Russell Photography (23)

Our photographer was the amazing Helen Russell! Richard already knew Helen and she was the first person we contacted regarding photography. We didn’t consider anyone else and I could not recommend Helen highly enough. She is friendly, professional and has a great eye. Helen is without a doubt an excellent photographer and I would assure any couple getting married that she is brilliant at what she does. I had 100 per cent confidence that Helen would capture our wedding day perfectly in the images she’d create, and she did just that.

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Linthwaite House Hotel (c) Helen Russell Photography (26)

Kerry at The Floristry in Kendal provided all of the flowers at our wedding and she was great!  My four bridesmaids and I carried bouquets. These were made up of soft country pastel peonies, hydrangea and David Austin roses.  My flower girl carried a pomander made up of similar flowers. Richard wore a button hole made up of peony, hydrangea plus greenery and the groomsmen wore smaller versions with foliage. The mum’s wore corsages in the same flowers and colours.

Kerry provided eight table arrangements at our wedding reception which were made up with the same type of flowers that I carried in my bouquet. The table arrangements were displayed in glass stands with some flowers overflowing. Kerry also provided a fresh floral display for the newel post in Linthwite House, fresh flowers for the top of our wedding cake and ribbons trails for the church gate. The church florist meanwhile provided soft clean pale coloured fresh flowers inside the church, which were mainly ivory roses.

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Linthwaite House Hotel (c) Helen Russell Photography (33)

The decorations at our wedding included wicker hearts which were placed in the entrance to the church and on the pew ends. We had paper pom poms in the trees and floral vintage bunting placed in and around the outside of the venue. I did a little DIY and made the confetti cones, the table plan, the table name cards, tags for the favours and other decorative signage.

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Linthwaite House Hotel (c) Helen Russell Photography (34)

The ladies favour was ‘a love nest’ – a set of miniature ceramic love bird salt and pepper shakers presented in a box. The men each had a miniature bottle of spirit and the junior guests had a Cadbury’s Freddo sweet tree and colouring books.

A friend made our delicious three-tier wedding cake which I designed myself using the same lace and ribbon which I used to create our ‘message in a bottle’ vintage themed wedding invitations. We chose three flavours, fruit for the bottom tier, lemon sponge in the middle and chocolate on the top. Delicious!

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Linthwaite House Hotel (c) Helen Russell Photography (37)

Canapes were served upon our arrival at the Linthwaite House with celebratory drinks of prosecco. For our wedding breakfast we had pea and smoked Cumbrian ham risotto topped with a crispy hens egg to start, roast sirloin of beef, fondant potato, mushroom duxelle, onion puree in a red wine jus for main and baked lemon tart with raspberries and raspberry sorbet for dessert. To finish the meal we had coffee and petit fours, which included salted caramel, peppermint cream, dark chocolate and pecan nut fudge. On the evening we had hot bacon and sausage baps and the wedding cake was also served during this time.

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Linthwaite House Hotel (c) Helen Russell Photography (54)

To provide entertainment we chose a local North East band called The Rattlers, who travelled from Sunderland to play at our wedding. We then had local a DJ in the evening named DJ Travis who was recommended to us by Linthwaite House. We also had a wedding wishing tree and small sweet buffet during the evening reception.

Others suppliers we used that we would recommend are Imelda Lantern, who provided our tea lights for the tables, and Balloons in the Lakes, who supplied some large ivory balloons to be used as photo props. These were excellent!

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Linthwaite House Hotel (c) Helen Russell Photography (58)

The entire day was perfect but leaving the church as Mr and Mrs was definitely our favourite part. We thoroughly enjoyed the photography too as it allowed us to spend some precious time on our own and reflect on our special day together.

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Linthwaite House Hotel (c) Helen Russell Photography (64)

For our honeymoon we went to California. It was amazing! We travelled to San Francisco and on the first day cycled across the Golden Gate Bridge, which was fantastic. We then hired a car there and drove onto Pebble Beach where Richard played golf. I walked around the course with him as the scenery was so incredibly beautiful. Our next destination was Los Angeles, which is where I found out that we were expecting a baby (Freddie was born on 8th February 2015 weighing 8lb 0.5oz and is just perfect – we are completely besotted with him). After a few days we drove onto San Diego and finished up in Las Vegas. All excellent places and well worth a visit. A very memorable holiday to top off our wedding. It was all a truly magical experience.

My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to enjoy the lead up to your wedding as it is all part and parcel of your special day. Take your time when making your choices and decisions and most of all trust your own judgement. It’s amazing to see everything come together. On the day, relax and take it all in. It’s the most wonderful day of your lives.

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