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love equation. jenny packham for a glamorous wedding at rise hall – katie & aaron

March 28th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

Jenny Packham for a Wedding at Rise Hall (c) Bethany Jane Clarke (49)

When mathematicians Aaron and Katie decided to get hitched, their love of all things numeric found their way into their planning; from the Venn diagrams on their Save the Dates, to infinity symbols on their stationery.

And what a day it was, with nods to Katie’s Scottish heritage in the gorgeous blooms, Jimmy Choo heels and a menu that’s guaranteed to make you drool rather inelegantly over your keyboard. We’re sorry (not sorry).

With photography by Brides Up North Sponsor Bethany Clarke Wedding Photography

Jenny Packham for a Wedding at Rise Hall (c) Bethany Jane Clarke (16)

katie says: Aaron and I got engaged in May 2014. Aaron and I had planned a long weekend away in Northumberland as a treat, and we spent one day in a beautiful fishing village called Craster. We were walking around a totally deserted castle, taking in the beautiful views when he dropped to one knee and said “I have something else I want to ask you”. In all honesty, it was a complete shock. He spent a good minute getting a wet knee, assuring me he was serious, he‘d asked my dad, and that he was taking me to buy a ring the following weekend. Of course, I said yes!

We got married on 10th September 2016 at Rise Hall in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Rise Hall was suggested to us by a friend, and it got pushed down the list due to the distance from Leeds. However, the minute (and I mean the actual minute) we walked into Rise Hall and were greeted by Helen (the lady of the house) we just knew it was everything we wanted.

Jenny Packham for a Wedding at Rise Hall (c) Bethany Jane Clarke (54)

We were able to have exactly the type of wedding we wanted at Rise Hall – you have the venue from Friday until Sunday. We had our family and wedding party join us for an informal meal on the Friday night, which was wonderful.

Our blessing took place at All Saints Church, about half-a-mile down the lane from the Hall and was overseen by Rev Andy Simpson, the vespa-driving, guitar-playing vicar. We had countless compliments about Andy; he really and truly made our blessing one of the best parts of the day.

Jenny Packham for a Wedding at Rise Hall (c) Bethany Jane Clarke (43)

We didn’t have a theme for our wedding – instead, we had lots of things that mean a lot to us. The flowers in the bouquets, the boys’ buttonholes and the ladies’ corsages had thistles in them and they were tied together with tartan ribbon to reflect the fact that I was born and grew up in Scotland. Aaron has supported Middlesbrough Football Club since he was tiny, so our table names were a selection of his favourite Middlesbrough players. We also both studied Maths at university, so our save the dates were Venn-diagrams, and our invites and other stationery were embossed with an infinity symbol.

Jenny Packham for a Wedding at Rise Hall (c) Bethany Jane Clarke (48)

I chose a Jenny Packham gown called Lilya, which I bought from Ava Rose Hamilton in Silsden. As soon as we got engaged, so many people said “Oh, I can just see you in a Jenny Packham gown!” However, I refused to try them on as they were way out of my price range. I tried on quite a few gowns, and there were definitely a few that I could have happily got married in. As luck would have it, though, Ava Rose were having a sample sale on their Jenny Packham dresses, so I went along (first in the queue with two of my friends). Lilya was the first one I tried on and I loved it so much. However, I definitely didn’t have that  ‘this is the one’ moment that everyone talks about – I spent a good hour taking it off and on again while deciding. Eventually I bought it, and also went for a long cream veil. My shoes were Jimmy Choo Langs, in steel grey glitter. My dress had a slit up the front, so I knew they’d also be on show!

On the morning of the wedding, Aaron sent a beautiful bottle of champagne to my room, along with a Tiffany infinity bracelet he’d bought as a wedding present.

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city lights. roses & gypsophila for a neutrals based wedding in manchester – caroline & matthew

May 16th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

An Elegant Wedding in Manchester (c) Zen Photographic (26)

This afternoon’s real wedding is all about simplicity, elegance and class!

Taking place in Manchester, Caroline and Matthew chose the city’s stunning town hall for their ceremony followed by a reception at the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel.

Keen to stick to a simple and neutral palette, Caroline chose beautiful white and green flowers and mink bridesmaid dresses to complement her stunning ball-gown style dress, which made her look every inch a princess!

With images by our talented Brides Up North Sponsor Zen Photographic.

An Elegant Wedding in Manchester (c) Zen Photographic (13)

caroline says: We got engaged while on holiday in Mexico. One evening, just before it went dark, we were walking along the beach to dinner, it was a beautiful evening and there was no one around. Matthew asked me to move a large palm tree branch out of the way to take a picture. I moved it to reveal the words ‘marry me?’ written in sand on top of a large leaf, I turned around to find Matthew on one knee with the ring in his hand. When we returned back to the hotel our room had been filled with rose petals, champagne and chocolates. It was perfect!

An Elegant Wedding in Manchester (c) Zen Photographic (27)

We got married on 8th August 2015 at Manchester Town Hall. The building is so beautiful we fell in love with it as soon as we went inside. We lived together for the first time in the city centre so it felt like a special place to get married. The wedding breakfast and reception were held at the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel just a stone’s throw away from the town hall. We loved the look and feel of the hotel and the history of all the musicians who had performed there when it was the Free Trade Hall.

We didn’t have a theme as such, we wanted to keep in style with the elegance of the Halle Suite at the Radisson so chose white flowers and lots of candles. Our colour scheme was a mink colour for the bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen’s cravats. We wanted everything to be neutral.

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Timeless Florals: A Real Wedding In Cheshire – Claire & Tim

September 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Well you know that I approve of the stunning venue for today’s beautiful Real Wedding, having hand picked the lovely Belle Époque as the location for the last Brides Up North Tweet Up North West!

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I love how Brides Up North reader  Claire and her new husband Tim have worked with the decor of this intimate setting, rather than against it, to create a special day that is personal and chic.

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Claire says:  We got engaged in October 2010. Tim sneaked off and designed the ring all by himself. After he’d cooked me a curry he attached the bespoke ring to the dog’s collar and got him to sit next to me on the sofa until I finally noticed it.

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We were married on Friday 22nd June 2012 at The Belle Époque, in the beautiful Cheshire market town of Knutsford.

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It’s a unique venue, with stunning original Art Nouveau architecture and an opulent interior. We chose it because we wanted an intimate stylish wedding with an emphasis on fun rather than a more traditional “starchy” occasion. We also chose The Belle Époque because of its reputation for excellent food and it certainly delivered on the day.

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The voguish Belle Époque wedding venue easily lent itself to a vintage chic theme.

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We based our colour palette on a beautiful silver sage colour with accents of classic pink- very pretty and in keeping with the vintage chic feel.

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I chose something a bit different to take us to the venue- two white London hackney taxis. They looked fantastic but there was the added bonus of them being very roomy inside for my wedding dress!

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My wedding dress was a Demetrios sparkly number from our gorgeous local boutique wedding shop, Puure in Lymm. It felt like a real red carpet dress. I had seen it in a magazine and couldn’t believe it was in our local shop- fate! Angie who owns the shop is amazing and made me feel really relaxed. She also came and put me in my dress on the day which was brilliant.

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My friend Jaynie who is manager at Johnson’s hairdressers in Stockton Heath opened the shop really early to make sure we all had fabulous hair. She was waiting with bucks fizz and croissants and made us all feel really special.

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Tim wore a navy blue suit made by Coleman and Son tailors based in Leicester. He’s 6ft 7 so always has to get his clothes made if they are going to fit him properly! My dad, the best man Nick & Tim’s brother Paul hired their navy suits from Groom in Warrington. Their ties were silver sage and made especially to match the bridesmaid’s dresses by the wonderful staff at Puure in Lymm.

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Julie Mann Photography are based in Helsby Cheshire. Julie and her husband Phil were so hard working and were with us all day from very early in the morning. They captured all the emotions of our wedding in a relaxed unobtrusive way and provided us with such beautiful photographs to remind us of our special day.

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My friend Caroline who owns Fresh Floral Designs in Hartford, Cheshire did our beautiful flowers as well as dressing the tables. She did such an amazing job. The bride’s bouquet was a natural tied posy of avalanche roses and crystal blush callas. The roses added a touch of pink to complement that vintage look. It was bound with satin ribbon and classical diamante buckle.

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I enjoyed every single second and couldn’t stop smiling! I think the best part was walking down the aisle with my wonderful dad and then me & Tim taking our vows in the exquisite candlelit ceremony room- so perfect.

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I made all the place settings myself: each table had a flower theme and I attached a little wooden heart onto each flower with the guest’s name on it- a lovely little keepsake. I also made all the stationery including the invitations and menus. It was really hard work but the guests commented on how beautiful the room looked.

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My table planner was a huge vintage bird cage on a stand which I attached the table plan cards to (which I also made myself). My friend Caroline filled the cage with gorgeous flowers.

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Another personal touch was the wedding favours: The girls got a little bottle of luxurious Molton Brown whilst the boys got a bespoke personalised golf ball as a little memento.

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Finally, each guest got a chocolate lolly at the end of the night- lips for the girls and a moustache for the boys. I made the labels for the lollies and never want to see another lolly label again as long as I live!

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Our show stopping cake was made by Rosy who owns Cakes For All UK and travelled from Banbury to set up the cake on the day. The individually designed cake was inspired to reflect the vintage chic theme and complemented the silver sage and classic pink wedding colours as well as the flowers in my bouquet. Inside each ball was mouth watering carrot, chocolate orange or chocolate fudge cake. Not only did it look extremely pretty but it tasted absolutely amazing as well.

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We had the most amazing Jazz band during the afternoon led by pianist Eugene Portman. The jazz singer, Jade, had a voice like honey.

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Manchester based DJ Nick Campbell did a sterling job at the night time do. So good in fact that Tim and I may have forgotten to talk to many of our guests in favour of dancing our legs off!! Luckily I had swapped my sparkly Jimmy Choos for a sensible pair of silver pumps.

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We also hired Shooting Stars Photo Booth which was an absolute stroke of genius! Our guests absolutely loved having their photos taken with the various daft props. We had a hilarious and unique guest book to keep at the end of the night.

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After the wedding we had a “mini-moon” in Portugal in an all inclusive resort for 6 days. We asked for Trailfinders vouchers for wedding gifts and are busy planning our Honeymoon to New Zealand in 2013 to coincide with the England cricket tour dates.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to walk really slowly down the aisle and take it all in… and don’t forget to smile!

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HEARTCongratulations Claire & Tim! HEART

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Please get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North. 

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