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real wedding recap summer 2017: vera wang for an intimate spring wedding at weston hall, staffordshire – laura & ryan

June 20th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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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 3rd July 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from the first half of the year so far. 

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.

Dressed in a gorgeous Vera Wang mermaid style gown, Laura looked every inch the beautiful bride. And with a dreamy palette of rose, blush pink and champagne combined with a dazzling sprinkle of gold – this, we think, is a wedding exuding all things classically chic and romantic.

With images by Fairclough Photography.

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laura says: For his proposal, Ryan booked us a night away at Weston Hall in Stafford, as he knew how much I loved it there. When we checked into our lovely room I was hanging out of the window admiring the view of the terrace (dreaming of one day getting married there) then when I turned around he was on one knee with a huge grin on his face holding the most perfect ring! At first I thought he was joking but soon enough realised what he was actually asking. After all the crying, I remembered I to say yes!

The morning after the night before we went down for breakfast and I asked to see the Wedding planner at Weston Hall – there’s no time like the present, right?

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We knew we wanted a spring wedding so didn’t hesitate to book for the 27th May 2016, this was the Friday before the bank holiday and knew it was the perfect date! May is one of my favourite months, too, I just love spring and know there can be some beautiful sunny days in the month of May.

We got married at the prettiest church just down the road from Weston Hall, called St Andrews. Whenever we had drove past we always admired how quaint it looked. With all the beautiful blossom trees lining the church path, it seemed too perfect having the wedding ceremony there then afterwards celebrating at Weston Hall.

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We didn’t have a theme as such, all I knew was that I wanted it to look timeless and Weston Hall gave me the perfect backdrop to do so.

I chose a romantic colour palette consisting of rose, blush pink, nudes, champagne and lots of gold for a bit of glamour! I had these colours in mind from the beginning so when I found the bridesmaid dresses it all followed from there.

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I tried on what felt like hundreds of wedding dresses, realising that the mermaid style was what I really wanted. I had always loved the Vera Wang Gemma dress and had it at the back on my mind, so I decided to go for it as I was only going to get married once – and I am pleased that I did! When I tried it on, nothing compared; I just knew that dress was made for me. I felt a million dollars! I teamed it with some stunning bespoke accessories from Joan Brown Vintage in Leek, Staffordshire, and some amazing Jimmy Choo’s to finish it all off!

Ryan wore a really nice navy blue three-piece fitted suit from Next’s Signature collection with a skinny navy blue tie, tan brogues and belt. He looked very dapper! The groomsmen wore the same Signature suits from Next as Ryan.

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bunting & blooms. johanna hehir for a pretty springtime wedding at the ashes – tracey & neil

October 14th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Tracey + Neil's Rustic Spring Wedding at The Ashes in Staffordshire

Keen to give their guests a day to remember, today’s bride and groom put great food and drink and fabulous entertainment high up on their list of priorities.

They styled their day with cute bunting, colourful blooms and a sprinkling (or two) of gold glitter, and enjoyed celebrating within their stunning rural venue, whilst also seizing the opportunity to make the most of its surroundings too!

We love bride Tracey’s stunning sleeved gown, topped off with a pretty paper flower crown.

With images by Paul Joseph Photography.

Tracey + Neil's Rustic Spring Wedding at The Ashes in Staffordshire

tracey says: Neil proposed to me at Castle Howard in York, at the end of December 2014. It’s one of my favourite places in the world! We visited York as part of our very first weekend away together in the infancy of our relationship – we stopped off at Castle Howard because of my obsession with the novel Brideshead Revisited. We had such a brilliant time there and it’s so incredibly beautiful – Neil later told me, once he’d proposed, that for a long time he knew he would propose to me there. He’s a good egg!

Tracey + Neil's Rustic Spring Wedding at The Ashes in Staffordshire

As I’m a teacher, we were slightly constrained when it came to picking a date for the wedding. I didn’t want to get married over the summer as I don’t like the heat at the best of times. We also wanted to get the wedding done and out of the way so we could go on a massive holiday of a lifetime over the summer (this was our attitude in the early days of our engagement: the wedding was an excuse for a big party and a means to going on a huge holiday adventure together). We thought Easter might make a nice time and started looking at venues with that two week window in mind. When we mentioned Easter to close family and friends, they started to swoon at the idea of spring and the flowers about – and so we ended up getting married on Wednesday 6th April.

Finding a venue proved to be really tough. We visited a couple in our area that were not really ‘us’. At that stage, we didn’t really know what we wanted, we were just going on gut instinct. Fortunately, Neil found The Ashes one night whilst he was reading about wedding awards online – the venue, which is located in Staffordshire, had won one award a few years on the trot and so we thought it might be worth visiting. We liked everything about The Ashes; its informality, its beauty, the organisation of it all. We booked it that day.

Tracey + Neil's Rustic Spring Wedding at The Ashes in Staffordshire

I tried to steer away from themes and just did things I thought might look nice. We ended up with pastel colours because of the season. There was also a lot of gold glitter. Ask my dad about gold glitter and he’ll tell you that he’s still finding it in the boot of his car almost six months on! We hoarded jam jars and interesting glass for months before the wedding and then used PVA glue and gold glitter to decorate them – it doesn’t sound that impressive but we were really pleased with how they turned out and people were able to take jars home at the end of the night. This spread the gold glitter love even more!

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Village People. Tiffany Blue For A Pretty Real Wedding At The Black Swan, Helmsley – Bethan & Danny

December 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Bethan and Danny’s pretty real wedding in the heart of the North Yorkshire dales is full of sunshine and smiles. Just the ticket to get us through a wintery Wednesday morning.  With Tiffany blue accents (every girl’s favourite colour, right?) and added twinkle, this stunning setting looks even more chocolate box than usual.

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Walker & Walker Photography

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Bethan says:  We got engaged on the 28th October 2011 at The Ritz, London in the restaurant and Danny and I got married on Saturday 3rd August 2013 at All Saints Church, Helmsley, North Yorkshire with the reception at The Black Swan, Helmsley. 

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The location of Helmsley provided an excellent mix of church and reception venue next door to one another in a picturesque Yorkshire market town which represented our background. The Black Swan has amazing food which was high on our list of priorities, and it could also offer accommodation which was important for our guests. The overall quality of the staff service and attention to detail shown by Nicola (the wedding planner) was another fey factor.

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We didn’t have a theme and chose a colour scheme of Tiffany blue. 

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I carried a hand tied bouquet of ivory Roses, Freesia, Ammi Majus, Wax flower, Eryngium, Rosemary & Eucalyptus by The Topiary Tree. The stems were left natural, tied off with raffia.

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I wore a Romantica of Devon gown in ivory and the groomsmen wore grey suits with duck egg blue cravats.  Danny also wore blue Grenson shoes! The suits were hired from Moss Bros and my gown was from a small bridal boutique called Jacqueline’s in Beverley, East Yorkshire.

My make up was by Helen Guy, and the bridesmaids’ make up by Beth Nicholls. 

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The three adult bridesmaids wore duck egg blue coast dresses with shoes from Next, and the flower girl wore dresses from Next and shrugs from Monsoon.

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After a swift G&T, I walked from the pub, where I got ready, with my Dad round to the church. It meant we could chat and take a couple of calming deep breaths before the service!

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My favourite moments were that first time I walked into the the church and saw everyone and being able to sit out in the Black Swan’s lovely gardens in the sun, enjoying the company of our family and friends with a drink.

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We made confetti bags filled with dried flowers and stamped with messages to our guests. This made for the most amazingly scented confetti shower!

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We chose a four tiered cake, each with a different flavour sponge: vanilla with raspberry jam, sticky toffee fudge, chocolate and black cherry, lemon and lime by Couture Cake Design.  We tried to cater for every taste!

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We had homemade gooseberry jam for women’s favours and football bets for local teams for the men.

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We asked that every guest chose a song and wrote it on their RSVP, this made sure there was always people dancing!  We used the venue’s recommended DJ and also had a photo booth from Booth Revolution.

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After the wedding we went to Mauritius and stayed at Hotel Maritim for two weeks.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to keep a scrapbook of all your ideas and suppliers contacts. It will become your bible that travels with you everywhere. You are given so much information it is important to keep it written down! Also, don’t be afraid to delegate jobs close to the day. It gives an element of surprise on the day too!

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Congratulations Bethan and Danny!

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One Day Like This: A Real Wedding In North Yorkshire – Cat & Jonny

February 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Now, there was an article in yesterday’s Huffington Post that I really identified with.  In a nutshell, when submitting images to a magazine for print, wedding photographer Anne Almasy was dismayed to find that instead of people, they were only interested in pretty details.  The photographer didn’t make a fuss at the time, but later penned the piece calling for the industry to remember what weddings are really all about.

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On the one hand, as an editor, I get the magazine’s need for inspirational images of styled details and aspirational table settings – wedding magazines and blogs would be in trouble without them after all – but on the other hand, I totally understand the photographer’s disappointment that her carefully selected images of a newlywed couple in love were not deemed adequate. 

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There may or may not have been a misunderstanding and the article might just have been published to sensationalise.  Whatever the reason, I don’t think the industry really does need to take a long hard look at itself (most wedding industry professionals I know work long tireless hours over and above requirements to help to deliver a bride and groom’s dream day – they know that it’s all about the people, they can just help with the pretty bits), but I do think that it’s nice for planning brides to remember that it doesn’t matter if your chair covers match your bridesmaids’ knickers – it’s all about the love between the two of you.

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This isn’t an issue that we have a problem with here at Brides Up North, as we receive so many beautiful submissions of all different types of weddings that I find both the pretty and personal boxes are generally ticked without getting too worried about it.  However, I have said it before and I’ll say it again… my favourite Real Weddings are always the ones that are a little stripped back, and where the happiness is allowed to shine through…

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…exactly like today’s gorgeous and personal celebration in the lovely village of Helmsley, North Yorkshire, sent to me by photographer Carly Bevan and today’s happy couple Cat and Jonny.

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Cat says:  Jonny proposed somewhere over the Atlantic on 22/12/11. We were on our way to visit my brother for Christmas. Jonny had a temporary ring that was black and white as I support Newcastle Football Club. He had remembered me dropping a HUGE hint about a lovely shop that made/designed jewellery – Dot the Jewellers in Saltaire. We kept it quiet on the plane and celebrated with a glass of wine each.  I was speechless and kept asking if Jonny was serious!

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We got married at 3pm on 4th November 2012 at The Black Swan, Helmsley, North Yorkshire.

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We love cosy, country pubs and good food. It reminded us very much of one of our favourite local pubs and knowing we could get married there was a bonus! It was intimate and atmospheric – just what we wanted. 

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My dress was by Claire Pettibone and called Yolanda. I got it from The White Closet in Didsbury, Manchester. I loved its simplicity and felt wonderful in it. My shoes were by Rachel Simpson and called Olivia. I wore a Flo and Percy headband called Glastonbury – it was a sign as both Jonny and I love Glastonbury festival and have been many times.

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I didn’t have any bridesmaids; unfortunately my best friend lives in Australia and was unable to come over. The groomsmen wore navy suits and matching blue and white ties.

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I carried a small but beautiful posy of Amnesia roses. Jonny had a single Amnesia rose. The wedding party had cream roses and lilac fuchsias. My flowers came from Gemma Magson at The Topiary Tree in Helmsley.

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My parents rented a cottage five minute’s walk from The Black Swan which meant my Dad and I could walk. It was really lovely and meant we could also have some photos taken on the walk down.

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We had a guitarist called James Smith who played prior, during and after the ceremony. He was amazing and made the day for us as we are huge music fans. He even learnt The Stone Roses “Ten Storey Love Song” for me to walk down the aisle to.

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The special touches for us were the involvement of our friends. One of my best friends has a stationery design company, White Petal Design and she made our invites as well as doing a reading. The men’s favours were bottles of Build a Rocket Boys Beer by the band Elbow. They are one of our favourite bands and our first dance was to one of their songs too. The ladies’ favours were Happy Bags that supported a local children’s hospice.

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We had cupcakes made by my friend Kerry Bennett and they were delicious. We had two flavours- chocolate orange and white chocolate and champagne. We also had a small four tier cheese cake from Hunters of Helmsley that was fabulous and we continued to eat for a week!

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We didn’t have a theme as such but family, friendship, music and laughter was important. The tables were all named after Paul Weller albums as he is Jonny’s favourite musician.  We had silver candelabras on the table and silver bows for the back of the chairs. Due to the time of year we wanted lots of candles and the fires lit at the venue to give a cosy feel.

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We’re sure everyone says this but our favourite part was having our friends and family with us to celebrate our special day. We sat in the middle of the room on a circular table which meant we could look around at everyone enjoying themselves.

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After the wedding, we went to a beautiful cottage in Scotland. It wasn’t far from Stirling where my family are from. It was remote and had a hot tub which was great to relax in and stargaze with a glass of champagne.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to do what you want! It’s your day and you want to know when you remember it that you wouldn’t change a thing.

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Congratulations Cat & Jonny!

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