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May Day Merriment. Cymbeline & A Flower Crown For A Handfasting Outdoor Wedding in the Peak District – Keli & Pete

July 7th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

I’m all for making a wedding your own and that’s exactly what Keli and Pete did when they tied the knot (and their hands) at Windy Harbour Farm Hotel in the beautiful Peak District. The couple not only made their reception individual, but the ceremony itself too by having a secular service that reflected their journey to marriage as well as a handfasting with an elemental blessing.

The stunning outdoor setting gave way to carefree fun with the newlyweds and their guests enjoying garden games, afternoon tea and personalised beverages before burning up the dance floor in the evening.

One particular individual element that I adore about this wedding is that Pete had two best women! Breaking down yet another traditional wedding barrier, I think it’s fabulous that Pete asked those closest to him to fulfil the honourable role, regardless of their gender.

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

Keli said: We got engaged in the summer of 2011, the same summer we’d left our lives in London and gone travelling around England in a tent for three months. Pete and I had finally made it home, to my parents, where we would start to look for a new house and start building our new life up north.

We decided to take advantage of the last sunny day in September and go for a final walk in Castleton that included Mam Tor. Unfortunately our map reading skills were a little exhausted from the travelling all summer and we couldn’t seem to find the main path leading to the summit. So – fearful of never getting there – we turned off the beaten path and started up the side. Turns out we picked one of the steepest slopes to climb; we were exhausted and almost gave up halfway but Pete was persistent. When we got up there is was rather windy and rather crowded with people – which was not part of Pete’s plan – so we moved over the crest of the hill to sit out of the wind looking out over the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. After some lazy minutes Pete asked me to close my eyes, gave me a kiss and then produced the ring. I think my first response was “Are you sure?” And then lots of crying and laughing followed, and of course my answer, Yes!

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

Windy Harbour Farm Hotel was the first venue we visited and only because it was just up the road from our new home in Glossop, Derbyshire. However as soon as we walked in both of us were struck by how friendly and how right it felt. The size was perfect for the 50 to 80 guests we planned to invite and the garden area was beautifully kept, which was essential as we knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony with our mixture of pagan and secular traditions. Our country fair theme would need to include things like hay bales and garden games so we were lucky to find owners who were not only happy for us to do all this, but also happy to source things like the hay bales for us.

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

We both wanted a ceremony that was unique and individual to us, more so than a church or civil ceremony can be. Added to that, I’m a Pagan and was determined to get married outside, surrounded by the natural world. We found Kate Gee, a Humanist celebrant who was happy to incorporate elements of Pagan ritual into a secular service that reflected our lives and the journey that had led us to the moment of marriage. We still exchanged rings and used vows similar to those in the Common Book of Prayer. We also had a handfasting with an elemental blessing, undertaken by one of our maids of honour. Everyone commented on how poignant and moving the ceremony was and we couldn’t have been happier with the way we were able to seal our marriage.

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

As soon as we picked the date in May we knew we’d have a May Day themed wedding. We both love the May Day holiday and spent many years travelling to Hastings and various other places to celebrate it. So we knew we wanted lots of ribbons, greenery, games and folk music; as you would find at a May Day festival. We didn’t have a particular colour theme but we did end up using dark ivy green as the main contrasting colour. We also used a simple bright blue, yellow and red combination to accent it all – these mostly popped up as ribbons.

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

I wore ‘Fadella’ by Cymbeline which I found at The White Room in Sheffield. It was nothing like the dress I’d imagined myself wearing to be wed but it was the one dress that made me feel like a bride. Being light and not too bulky it made perfect sense for the venue and the outdoors, informal nature of the whole day. In the end the lace matched Pete’s country suit perfectly and the small train meant it was great to dance in.

Pete wanted something that was quite ‘countryside’ and immediately thought of a tweed jacket which he ended up getting from Next. He wore it with a grey waistcoat and brown trousers from Debenhams. His tie was also from Next. The two fathers wore the same jacket and tie as Pete but created their own combos so they didn’t all look the same.

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

Although untraditional Pete had best women – Zoe and Lyvia, two of our closest friends from university. The two of them and Pete were a very close trio throughout our time there and they both coached him through a lot of good times, bad times and rather mad times. They wore navy blue dresses from Next with matching taupe shoes.

I knew from the start that I didn’t want lots of bridesmaids as choosing from all my friends and family would mean all the female guests would have ended up in the wedding party. Instead I asked two of my closest friends to be maids of honour on the agreement they would be available to help out with all the wedding planning and stop me from succumbing to the dreaded Bridezilla too often in the run up to the wedding. Their dresses proved very difficult to find, especially as they both live quite far away and work a lot and we had to take into account the two best men, who were also wearing dresses. In the end we found two light summer dresses in Dorothy Perkins and they were the perfect complement to my lace dress and the best womens’ navy blue dresses.

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

Having good photos was vital to our day and we were keen to find a photographer who would fit in with the whole event and not feel like an outsider. We wanted mostly informal shots and pictures that took in the beautiful landscapes around us. Jon Rouston provided all that and more, giving us relaxed shots of our guests enjoying themselves as well as glimpses of the day we never would have seen otherwise. He also created some gorgeous portraits of us using a variety of local landscapes.

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Ready For my Close Up.

April 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Ready For My Close Up

Jenny Packham, Suzanne Neville, Maggie Sottero, Anoushka G, Claire Pettibone… I think I’ve died and gone to wedding dress heaven.  Brides Up North HQ is currently full of tulle and sequins, glitter and sparkle, as we prepare for a very special Brides Up North shoot – on location – tomorrow.

When we do things at Brides Up North, we don’t like to do them by halves.  That’s why I’ve pulled together the most fabulous team of wedding industry professionals to concoct a contemporary and glamorous peep behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ, with fantastical frocks, beautiful blooms, sensational styling elements and ideas that you will be able to borrow for your very own wedding day. 

I’ll be ‘out of the office"’ all day, so keep track of the Brides Up North Twitter and Facebook feeds for sneaky peeks at the action as it unfolds. 

With creative assistance and input from the likes of Brides Up North Featured Suppliers and friends Cat Hepple Photography, Leafy Couture, JB Creatives, Silver Sixpence Films, Flutter, Victoria Farr, Pamella Dunn, The White Room Sheffield, The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, Dine, Marie Antoinette Cakes and more, I’m raring to get started and SO ready for my close up. 

Watch these (soon to be even prettier) pages for the results soon. 

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Prima Ballerinas. Jenny Packham (Her) & Vivienne Westwood (Him) For A Real Wedding At Allerton Castle – Hannah & Kenny

February 26th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Joe Dodsworth Photography

I’ve been shouting loudly on these pretty pages about our fabulous Luxury Wedding Exhibition coming up at Allerton Castle this weekend (you ARE coming, aren’t you?), and this morning’s Real Wedding is just a little reminder of why I am so passionate about this beautiful venue.

Stylish ballerinas (how cool is that – dream job alert!) Hannah & Kenny chose this elegant setting for their beautiful, fun and touching big day.  With lots of luxury additions and a good dose of craft, this stunning couple’s celebration was both grand and personal.  Just lovely and – as Hannah is a dedicated Brides Up North reader – watch out for lots of our Featured Suppliers popping up too!

With images by Joe Dodsworth Photography.  

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Hannah says:  We got engaged in July 2011 in Sri Lanka whilst on holiday, Kenny organised a private dinner on the beach. It was really one of the best moments of my life!  I am a huge fan of Brides Up North and just lived on it in the prep for our wedding! 

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

We were married on 28th June 2013 at Allerton Castle, Knaresborough.  We chose the venue because it has such a sense of occasion and it’s all exclusive to you and your wedding party for the day.  

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

We just wanted to have a fantastic day and an awesome party!   We didn’t set on any one colour or theme. We just chose items and colours that we liked and we felt went with the surroundings. 

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Make Up by Jo and Hair By Dianne Minnes were my beauty team, these ladies made us so relaxed and my bridesmaids, bridesman and Mums had such a great morning getting ready. 

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I wanted a dress I felt comfortable in and could move in but I still wanted it to be a wedding gown, something that you would only wear on your wedding day. I also really wanted Kenny to love it, and he has great taste so I did find the whole shopping for the dress surprisingly stressful. I went for a Jenny Packham ‘Lady Astor’ from The White Room in Sheffield. Chloe at The White Room is excellent and made the whole experience simple and yet still special. I treated myself to a pair of Christian Louboutin heels (I saved £1 a day for a year and a bit) and then I had a simple pair of earrings from Carat, a hair band from Jenny Packham (which I got on ebay) and a silver bracelet that Kenny had given  me for my 21st birthday.

Kenny found a great outfit from Vivienne Westwood that was just right for him, individual and a nod to his Scottish heritage.

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

The bridesmaids wore Sapphire blue dresses from Dessy and they each had a pair of silver shoes from various places, wherever we found ones they liked! The best men had suits from Zara and our dad’s had suits from M&S, all the men had waistcoats that my Dad helped us organise from a tailor in Somerset.

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

I carried a bouquet of roses, lisianthu and gypsophila. My bridesmaids had very similar ones and the men all had roses or acanthium for button holes.  My mum did all the flowers herself!

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth was our photographer and Will at Cine Reportage filmed the day on super 8mm, both of these guys are great and real artists in their field.

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

I really enjoy a bit of crafting when I get time, so I had a go at adding lots of bits and bobs. I collected items from the time we got engaged, some things made the cut, other items are still in my loft. I made the table plan, place names with mini sweet jars, a letter box for cards and notelets that guest filled in instead of a guest book and the sweet buffet all the decorations for the staircase and the tables. It all took a long time but I enjoyed it and when I looked around on the day and saw all the bits and bobs that we had put all that effort into it felt like our day. 

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

The ceremony itself was very special and like nothing we have experienced before, but every stage of the wedding was just wonderful. Getting ready with my bridesmaids, mum and mother in law in the morning, seeing each other at the altar, chatting with my dear friends after the ceremony, wondering around the grounds having our photos taken when the sun decided to show up (!) and the party and fireworks and the great food.

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

We are both professional ballet dancers so live music is a huge part of our lives and we really wanted to include that in our day. We were really lucky and had a singer for our ceremony and a band called Func On The Rocks for the evening. Other than that we had a huge box of garden games that went down a treat! Kenny’s parents treated us to a firework display which was so cool, by Ferrensby Fireworks.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Singapore and Koh Samui in Thailand.

Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

I got really lucky and won the money to pay for our wedding, so we didn’t have that worry but before I did that we had financial concerns. Please believe me when I say you really don’t need to spend a lot to have the time of your life. You are so lucky to have met that person you are ready to live your life with and those feelings will be felt 100 times over on the day and that is what is so remarkable about your wedding day. 

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take a few moments to step back and view what is your day, and don’t rush, relax and be in the moment. Our families really enjoyed being involved and so hand out jobs big or small and give your people little bits of the day that they had a hand in. I dried my bouquet and have it in a vase and think of my mum when ever I see it. Just think about what is important to you as a couple and what you would like to have as your memories after the big day and go from there.

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Congratulations Hannah & Kenny!

Would you like to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North?  Get in touch.

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Diary Date: Stunning Sample Sale At The White Room, Sheffield

December 16th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Jenny Packham at The White Room Sheffield

I’m popping by this afternoon with a date for your diaries from Brides Up North exhibitor The White Room Sheffield.

In their special sample sale on Saturday 11th January 2014, The White Room will be offering Brides Up North a unique opportunity to buy a beautiful couture wedding gown by one of the most prestigious bridal designers around including Jenny Packham, Sassi Holford, Stephanie Allin and Claire Pettibone.

Jenny Packham at The White Room Sheffield

Chloe of The White Room says: Some of our beautiful samples are ‘as new’ whilst others are discontinued or need a new home! We also have a selection of gowns at £500 and under. All gowns as ex boutique samples and are UK sizes 12 – 14. We will also have accessories and shoes in the sale too, starting from £25. 

Doors open from 10am and although this is a sample sale, we work on a first come first served basis so the day will not be self service – we will have a welcoming team to greet you and to help you try and buy your dress.  All dresses can be stored at The White Room however we cannot facilitate fittings but can advise on a brilliant seamstress who can. 

A few words of advice….

We strongly recommend that you have already tried on bridal dresses so that you have an idea of what shape and style suits you best.

A sale day is not the best environment for someone trying on for the first time or to get ideas, as we are unable to give you the level of service or time, so we suggest that you make an appointment separately and prior to our sample sale so that it will not be your very first time trying on bridal gowns.

Sample sizes generally are 12 and 14, but there are always a small selection of both smaller and larger pieces.

At a sample sale you do not have the luxury of time to go away and think, because the dress is likely to be bought by the next person who tries it on… please come ready to make a decision. 

This is great opportunity to find a beautiful designer dress at a price that you can afford, so be ready to buy if you fall in love with your dream dress and we are looking forward to seeing you!

Any questions? Call or e-mail The White Room on 0114 272 2336 or email chloe@whiteroombridal.co.uk

 

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French Frills & Seaside Thrills! A Real Wedding In Cornwall – Adam & Clare

October 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It’s not often that a can say that they helped a bride to pick her wedding dress, but in the case of the gorgeous Clare and her beautiful wedding dress I was honoured to be involved in the process during an ‘on location’ day as a Saturday girl at The White Room Sheffield.

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Clare and her lovely Mum came in during the Cymbeline trunk show hosted by Chloe in her gorgeous boutique to check that Fauvette, with her swanlike layers of tulle and funky adjustable skirt really was ‘the one’. 

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And what can I say Clare?  I knew it all along!  Stunning. 

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Now Northerners Clare and Adam did officially tie the knot down in Cornwall, but I wouldn’t deny you a peek at their gorgeous day (and her fabulous frock!) just because of a little thing like geography now, would I?

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So enjoy your mini break down Cornwall way… as it’ll be back to good old Yorkshire later this afternoon!

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Clare says:  We got engaged on Easter Sunday 2011. Adam proposed over a picnic by the Minnewater (or ‘Lake of Love’) in Bruges, and we tied the knot on 28th September 2012 at the Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall.  We’ve been going there for years and it’s our favourite haunt for a mini break. 

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I chose to wear Fauvette by Cymbeline from The White Room. I wanted something fun, lightweight, and that I could wear easily and dance in – the underskirt comes off for shorter party wear!  I also had a feather shoulder cover from Monsoon for warmth when outside, and sparkly shoes from Jimmy Choo.  I carried a bouquet of white chrysanthemums by George Mackay.    

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Adam wore a seersucker jacket and waistcoat with dark blue trousers by Marc Wallace.  

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I chose a colour theme of bright candy colours, and my bridesmaids wore short, flirty dresses by Alfred Angelo in three different colours to suit three very different ladies.  The best man and ushers wore what they wanted, we just asked that they donned a different coloured hanky each to tie-in with the three maids’ colours. 

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I was nervous about the vows, but as soon as I entered the room the nerves disappeared and I enjoyed myself. 

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We purposefully kept the day fuss free and simple – to create ‘our perfect day’ we wanted to do something we would normally do but this time shared with close friends and family. Wedding vows at the hotel were followed by champers on the balcony and we then walked over to Fifteen for more fizz, speeches and fab food. We had free time on the beach/in the hotel and then a cream tea back at the hotel before dancing all night and late night Cornish pasty snacks. 

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The food, atmosphere and service at Fifteen was immense. Dancing all night with a room full of pals can’t be beaten!  We had a very carefully selected playlist to ensure that the dancing never stopped!

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We wanted to serve scones with jam and clotted cream so we asked Portreath Bakery to make them into a tower with a Victoria sponge on top to cut, decorated with strawberries to make it pretty. 

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We have a party to look forward to in a pub in Sheffield for a wider circle of friends and family in early November, we then go to Brazil for three weeks on honeymoon. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that this is your day. Be selfish – create the day you both want, ignoring pressure or expectations from others.

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Congratulations Clare & Adam!

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Get in touch to see your Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North. 

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Ooh La La! Diary Date: Cymbeline Trunk Show At The White Room Sheffield

October 9th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Let’s have a show of hands – who is in love with delicate polka dot lace, layer upon layer of tulle and perfect Parisian styling?

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*Waves hands in the air like I just don’t care*

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Aha!  I thought you’d be with me.  Lucky that Brides Up North Featured Supplier, The White Room Sheffield are devoting a full weekend to the subject – with an appointment only trunk show paying homage to French wedding dress designer and boutique stockist Cymbeline on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October 2012.

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Time to reach for your diary, et une plume

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Chloe of The White Room Sheffield says: The Parisian lady is known worldwide for her “unconventional chic”. With this in mind Cymbeline presents a 2013 collection that is all about positive attitude, self awareness and being a little bit ‘out there’ with your day to day style! We love the fun of Gigi and the sophisticated lace of Galile and Gala from the ‘vintage collections.

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All brides who love Cymbeline or have an idea of the style of gown they want to wear on their wedding day yet want to see more of the new collection before making a commitment to a gown! Perfect if you have one gown you love and just need to see the new ones to make sure!

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Cymbeline start at £795 and go up to £2,100. We will have gowns here at this event that span the whole spectrum, so something for everyone! Plus, with the great discount available at the event, you can save more!

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We will be offering £150 off all Cymbeline bridal gown purchases at this event, or you can use this value towards your accessories or keep it for a later date to cover your fittings. The choice is yours! We will also be serving champagne, giving out goody bags and celebrating the collection in fashion!

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Please call The White Room on 0114 2722336 or e-mail chloe@whiteroombridal.co.uk to secure your booking. The event is appointment only so reserving a space is a must .

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  – Images © 2012 as supplied by The White Room Sheffield

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