September 1st, 2015 | Rachel Parry
If you were too busy playing out this Bank Holiday to catch up on all things Brides Up North, make sure you click here to catch up on yesterday’s news… the new season and Unveiled Magazine, Issue #04 has landed! No rest for us wicked ones though, we’re getting busy with the pretty right away today… today’s bride and groom don’t like things too over the top and so decided to keep their big day simple and elegant, with both modern and traditional touches.
Following a church ceremony Jessica, Chris and their guests carried on the proceedings at the stunning Lartington Hall, which (having visited ourselves) we can say is a splendid choice of venue.
We love how chic this wedding is. With pretty pastel blooms, classic wedding transport and a dreamy satin wedding gown (in which Jessica looks gorgeous) it might be simple, but it sure is stylish!
With images by Joe Stenson.
jessica says: Chris attempted to propose on two different occasions. The first time was a surprise trip to Iceland to see the Northern Lights but unfortunately there was an issue with the ring he had chosen so he didn’t have one and choose not to propose (but we did get to see the lights!).
The second was a surprise weekend to Paris but it was the week in 2014 when we had terrible storms and we got stuck in Dover for nine hours as the port was closed so we ended up missing the restaurant booking and arrived at 1am! Again he chose not to propose.
Third time lucky was an impromptu picnic in the New Forrest (we live in Surrey although I’m from County Durham) with our little dog Frank. Chris was acting very strangely, pacing up and down and eventually got down on one knee and popped the question. It couldn’t have been more perfect – beautiful scenery, wellies on and dog by our side!
We set the date for 25th April 2015. We originally wanted a winter wedding but as Chris proposed in March, I was worried there wasn’t enough time to organise a wedding for that winter. I love spring so this was our next option.
We got married at St. Romald’s Church, Romaldkirk, Teesdale, but we had our wedding weekend, including the reception at Lartington Hall.
My family have connections to the area and St. Romald’s is a beautiful church. We also fell in love with Lartington Hall and the two are only a few miles apart so it worked really well when transporting our guests. We chose Lartington Hall because it was exactly what we had dreamed of for a reception venue. It has all the English countryside charm of a stately home, but is stylish and elegant with a modern twist but doesn’t lose its fabulous history and appeal. John and the team at Lartington Hall are also just fantastic and put us at ease that we had chosen the right venue on our first meeting.
Simple elegance was our theme. We aren’t a fussy couple, we don’t really like lots of bling or making a big statement so we wanted the day to reflect our personalities. It was all about having a traditional, English country wedding with everyone we love around us having a relaxed day and loads of fun.
I’d always wanted my bridesmaids to wear navy dresses, however when we decided on a spring wedding we were worried they might look a little wintery. Rather than change the colour of their dresses, we decided to lighten the colour palette by having beautiful spring flowers in shades of light pinks, purples and blues. The stationary, cake and groomsmen’s accessories all followed the lighter spring colour theme.
I wanted a simple, classic and elegant dress. After trying on loads, I finally found my one at Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique in Beaconsfield. My dress was Anna by Augusta Jones. It is a structured ball gown with a sweetheart neckline, waist defining sash, and a full skirt, made in cream coloured Satin de Chine. I chose an organza overlay skirt also by Augusta Jones which I wore for the church service with a satin edge cathedral veil. For the evening I changed my sash and wore an Austrian crystal sash called Virginia from Ivory & Co. to give me a different look. My shoes were by Emmy London and were customised with mother of pearl T-bar.
Chris and all of the groomsmen wore traditional navy tails from Moss Bros. Chris wore an ivory waistcoat and cravat, while the groomsmen wore silver waistcoats and Creswell pink cravats. Our nephews (aged seven and ten) had top hats to match their suits.
On the wedding day Sally Ward from La Belle Vous, did hair and makeup for me and my three bridesmaids. She did a fantastic job and was lovely to have around on what could have been a very stressful morning! Everyone looked gorgeous but most importantly felt really good after she had worked her magic.
We hired traditional cars from Brooklands Wedding Cars in Durham, to transport all of the wedding party. My mum and I travelled in a 1930s Beauford convertible in navy and cream. The bridesmaids travelled in a 1920s Regent Landaulette in navy and cream, and the groom and family travelled in a cream Daimler State Limousine.
As we met in Nottingham and moved to the south and with Chris’ family being from Hampshire, the vast majority of our guests had to travel to our wedding. Because of this we wanted to put on a coach transfer from the hotels they were staying to the wedding and back again. We organised this through Enterprise Travel, based in Darlington.
When it came to booking a photographer, we contacted Joe Stenson who was based in Leeds and he travelled to meet us for an initial chat. We instantly knew we had picked the right photographer. He is hugely talented with a very laidback approach and was an absolute pleasure to have as part of our big day. We can’t stop looking at our photos – they are just fantastic and really capture what a happy, fun day it was. We would highly recommend Joe, and his colleague George, who also photographed our day.
Kirsty and Katy from Darling & Green, created all of our flower arrangements for church and venue and our bouquets and button holes, Hydrangea were our main theme for the flowers and these were arranged along with a selection of ranunculus, tulips, astrantia, allium sphaerocephalon and hellebores, following our spring colour palette of light dusky pink, soft shades of pink and purple with touches of very light blue and soft foliage.
Darling & Green arranged all of the venue flowers as well in the same theme as above. We had hurricane vases with candles and flowers and tall goblet vases with flowers on alternate tables. We also had mantelpiece arrangements of flowers and candles in the main ball room as well as vintage bottles containing hydrangea heads dotted around the different rooms of Lartington Hall. At the church we had the archway into the church decorated with willow and our chosen flowers, pew ends of hydrangeas and pedestal arrangements containing flowers and candles.
Jill Ellis who owns Hope You Can Make It, in Middlesbrough, designed all of our stationary in shades of the pinks and purples of the hydrangeas so the theme was continued through to the table plan, table names, menus and place settings.
We created a table plan using an antique picture frame, antique keys and old luggage tags. Guests were invited to ‘find the key to their seat’ from the keys hung on the table plan and on each individuals key was the name of their table. We also purchased a drop top guest book where guests could write messages on wooden hearts and post them in the top of an oak frame to create a keepsake of the day.
On our recent trip to Paris we fell in love with traditional Parisian macaroons and so decided to give these as favours to our guests. Chris Burnett at Burnetts 4 Cakes, created traditional macaroons in blush pink and each guest had two macaroons presented in a gift bag at their place setting.
Chris also created our cake. We wanted a simple, elegant, statement cake with oversized tiers and squared edges. Chris took our ideas and created a stunning cake. Each tier was a different flavour: fruit, carrot, chocolate orange and red velvet. The tiers were very plain with ivory icing, except for the bottom tier which was covered in intricate blush pink iced frills. My only regret was I didn’t get any! But we have saved the fruit tier so there is still hope!
Following canapés served during the drinks reception, we had a wedding breakfast of Smoked Salmon to start, Roast Beef and Yorkshire puddings for mains and Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert. In the evening we had hog roast sandwiches served on the dance floor in large baskets – not to interrupt proceedings!
To provide entertainment during the church service we booked Dr Robin Harrison, who is a fantastically talented organ player, and his choir The Bobby Dazzlers. They performed while we were signing the register and were very popular among the guests. We then hired Purple Supper Band for the entertainment back at Lartington Hall and they played jazz piano during our drinks reception, followed by two very lively sets by the band and the DJ finished the night off. The dance floor was full from start to finish!
To make the wedding all the more special, we invited our immediate wedding party to stay with us for the weekend at Lartington Hall, which has 12 beautiful bedrooms. We had a lovely rehearsal dinner on the Friday prior to the wedding and the Saturday preparations were very relaxed as everyone was in the same place.
We would absolutely recommend Lartintgon Hall to all. It is a truly stunning venue, but also the team are so friendly and accommodating – nothing is too much trouble. They make the weekend an extremely relaxing one so the wedding couple can concentrate on enjoying their special day. We could not have asked for more from them.
The wedding service was obviously very special to us, but I think our favourite part of the day was walking into the ball room at Lartington Hall to greet our guests for dinner and seeing everyone together for us – we also got a huge cheer which was fantastic!
Neither I nor Chris had been to Asia or the Far East so we wanted to visit this part of the world for our honeymoon. We chose Vietnam with a one-night stopover in Singapore on the way home. We were away for three weeks and had a fabulous time visiting Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Halong Bay with a ten day stay on a private cove at the fabulous Six Senses Resort Nimh Van Bay. The best things we did were a Vietnamese cookery course, conducted in a tropical garden and a private dining experience in a cave for my birthday. Singapore was a fabulous end to the trip as it was a total contrast to the cities of Vietnam with its modern infrastructure, sky scraper buildings and super clean streets.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be – lists, lists and more lists! I make lists in my sleep so this was the way I organised myself during the planning stages. On the day itself, I would say make sure everything is done by the day before so you can really relax and enjoy every little second of the day – it is over so fast. Also, take a step back and observe just for a few seconds at different stages of the day. It is such a blur when it’s all over you will be pleased you took mental pictures of everything that is going on around you.
I can honestly say it was the best day of our lives!
August 31st, 2015 | Julia Braime
It’s official. The new season has landed.
Hot off the press, I am absolutely thrilled to present unveiled, issue #04.
When I took the reins as Editor at the start of this issue, Unveiled was already the premium print bridal magazine for the North. Published bi-annually and targeted from its inception at the discerning, luxury bride (that’s you, dear reader), Unveiled is glossier and more gorgeous than the rest. A true coffee table tome, it’s always been the best looking. My brief? To give this beauty some heart and soul.
As a result, Issue #04 is absolutely bursting with ideas for your wedding day, so much so that we had to make it almost double its original size! I’m not about to tell you what’s inside these super chic pages – I’ll let you discover that for yourselves – but as you can probably tell from our sensational cover (biased, me?) it’s pretty damn gorgeous…
A massive thank you to our publishing and design team at Unveiled Magazine Ltd, as well as to all of the hugely talented wedding industry professionals who have worked so hard and been so supportive in bringing our shared creative vision to life. It’s been emotional.
Copies will be landing soon on the shelves of WHSmith (eek!), in hundreds of independent retailers and distributed at the very best wedding fairs right across the North of the UK. Whether you pick up your copy in the newsagents, at a bridal event or during a visit to one of our venue partners, I hope that you love every page of Issue #04.
August 28th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Love is like a butterfly…
Luna by Aruna Seth, POA
August 27th, 2015 | Julia Braime
This is another one if those weddings that’s so pretty we actually gasped when we first saw the images.
We adore Donna’s choice of a delicate lace Claire Pettibone dress, which complements her soft colour scheme of pale cornflower blue and antique pink to a tee.
Keeping things simple, Donna and Ric didn’t go OTT with their décor, instead opting for dreamy floral arrangements to bring the colour and leaving the rest of the detail to the venue. For us, this is pure perfection!
With images by Hayley Baxter Photography.
donna says: We got engaged in May 2014 on our hotel balcony in Montmartre, Paris. Ric was hoping to pop the question in Jardins du Luxembourg earlier in the day during a picnic, but as it was a sunny bank holiday Sunday in Paris, there were crowds and never quite the right moment! We celebrated on Monday with a gastro lunch on Bateaux Parisiens cruise on the Seine, which was fantastic.
We set the date for 18th July 2015, hoping for a sunny summer’s day and our chosen venue, Samlesbury Hall in Lancashire, only had two Saturday dates left in 2015.
We chose the venue as we wanted a civil ceremony, and also somewhere with history and where we could show our family in years to come. As a historic home with bags of character and a really welcoming team, we knew Samlesbury was for us. The Whittaker Room where we were married was the old family chapel of the family that used to live there, so felt so special and unique.
We didn’t want a clear theme as such. However, soon into planning our marriage, we tended to like vintage glamour, antique type styles. We also wanted to reflect the summer and a relaxed, elegant style. We also noticed a ‘scallop’ theme emerging in our choices – our stationery pattern, the lace in my dress and my jewellery.
Our colour scheme was pale cornflower blue (Dessy – Larkspur) and pale antique pink. We both love cornflower, and it fitted perfectly against the backdrop of Samlesbury’s black and white buildings and green lawns.
A wonderful friend of ours Nikki Graeme is director of The White Closet in West Didsbury, and it was top of my list for dress shopping! I did look at a number of different designs before making my choice. The new gown Estelle in Claire Pettibone’s Romantique collection just felt right as soon as I tried it on. I wanted something that was light and comfortable whilst also elegant with a touch of glamour. When I tried it on Sweet Disposition came on the radio and I found myself twirling around in the dressing room, so I knew it was the one!
My two bridesmaids Imogen and Jen wore knee length Dessy dresses in Larkspur and our flower girls wore ivory satin dresses with netted skirts with Dessy accessories to match the older bridesmaids.
Our hair and makeup artists was Nathan Hynes. We couldn’t recommend him enough, such a lovely friendly guy and really creative and talented with hair and makeup using Charlotte Tilbury products.
On the day of the wedding, my mum, two bridesmaids and I travelled in a silver Bentley Flying Spur from David Anthony Chauffeur Services in Manchester. They were wonderful and incredibly reliable and professional.
Hayley Baxter was our photographer and she was truly exceptional. From the moment we met Hayley on our pre-wedding shoot at Dunham Massey, we felt totally relaxed in her company, and really confident in her professionalism and technical skills.
On the big day Hayley arrived at our home whilst we were having hair and make-up done, she subtly starting capturing special moments, and felt like part of the day immediately. Hayley was so discreet, yet in these quiet moments was brilliantly capturing the details of the day. Hayley has a real knack of making sure the photographs progress swiftly, whilst being charming and friendly and put all our family and friends at ease. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.
I had a loose bouquet of summer flowers, including peonies and roses. I cried when I saw them, they were so beautiful! We also had a flower arch over the doorway at Samlesbury Hall which looked beautiful too. The Flower Lounge provided these as well as our floral decorations for the reception. We had silver candelabras with the same theme of peonies and roses on each of our top tables.
We used Amanda at Love Invited, who was wonderful, for all our stationery using her ‘Hollywood Glamour’ designs. She was thoroughly professional and the quality of her stationery was fantastic.
To continue our Parisian theme we gave our guests favours of colourful sweet Macaroons from Sam Joseph chocolatiers in Altrincham Market. They are a local supplier who we had seen at our local market and their macaroons were exquisite!
For our wedding cake, we decided to go for a simple iced sponge cake with three tiers of different flavours: orange and raspberry, blueberry and walnut, and lemon on top. This again was from a local supplier who we have tried and tested in the past from visits to The White Closet – The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon on Burton Road. We chose a ‘The Smiths’ cake topper from Not on the High Street for a bit of fun.
There was plenty of choice on the wedding breakfast menu from Samlesbury’s chef. At our tasting we loved the lamb, so this was an obvious choice for us. Starters and dessert were a bit more of a challenge, however we went for a summery Caprese salad with parma ham to start, and finished with our favourite – an unseasonal sticky toffee pudding!
Music was a really important element of the wedding to us and so we chose John Gilmore to play live Saxophone outside on the lawn during our canapés. We also chose songs during signing of the register and walking back down the aisle which were light hearted and set the mood of the day – happiness and celebrations.
Rick Cropper was our DJ for the evening entertainment. We met him back in September at Samlesbury Hall and were impressed by his friendly relaxed style. The dance floor was busy all night! We provided some fun kiddies packs for the little ones to keep them entertained too.
My favourite part of the day was saying our vows in front of family and friends and looking into Ric’s eyes – it was magical. For Ric it was (apparently) me walking down the aisle with my dad Peter! And the first dance, which was lots of fun and very improvised.
Following the wedding, we had a lovely relaxing minimoon in North Yorkshire, near Helmsley, in a little cottage. We are lucky enough to be visiting South Africa (Safari, Capetown and the Winelands) and Dubai next month for a longer break.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to remember that however challenging the planning might feel at times (when working long hours and decorating a new house, it can be tough) it will all be worth it the moment your day begins and all your hard work and vision pays off. You should relax and enjoy it – a few people commented that we both seemed very relaxed and involved in enjoying our day. That was absolutely the case and this was due to wonderful suppliers and time invested up front.
My other top tip would be to leave a couple of days before the wedding when you literally are all planned out and have time to relax. We finished all of the final details the weekend before so I had two days with my bridesmaids and my mum and had time to write cards, wrap presents and be pampered!
August 25th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
This afternoon we’re really excited to introduce another of our very talented Brides Up North Sponsors, Neil of Eternal Images Photography.
After showcasing his photography skills in a number of different areas, Neil decided to dedicate his time weddings and portrait photography, becoming hooked on telling couple’s individual wedding stories through his images.
As well as documenting the big day as it naturally evolves, Neil is also keen to snap some ‘wow’ bride and groom photographs that have contributed to his glowing reputation in the industry.
So let’s hand over to Neil to tell us more…
Tell us about your photography background?
neil says: I have experienced many genres within photography throughout the last ten years; wildlife, aircraft, commercial, weddings and portraits, and can honestly say I have welcomed the opportunities presented to me since choosing to set up Eternal Images Photography Ltd in October 2012, to dedicate my time to weddings and portraits.
I firmly believe in the professional standards because of this I am a member of the Professional Guild of photographers receiving several awards for my ‘high professional standard.’
In June 2015 Wedding Industry Experts awarded me the most popular new photographer for Sheffield and South Yorkshire, I also came third within the UK and third most popular new photographer worldwide.
More recently, Eternal Images was also 2015 finalist in the I Do Wedding Awards Yorkshire, and a 2014 Photography Finalist in the North of England Wedding Awards – both of these awards recognise outstanding customer service and professional standards within the wedding industry, as voted by my clients, it is such an amazing privilege to have received this recognition.
Why wedding photography specifically?
I have been privileged to be a part of many wonderful wedding stories, each one entirely unique. Weddings are incredible and deserve to be captured creatively providing a beautiful story that illustrates your most precious moments.
I am passionate about the fact that a wedding is not an isolated set of photographs. It’s a unique story of two people in love, shared with family and friends. A couple’s story will remain with them for the rest of their lives which is why I am committed to preserving those memories.
What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?
Meeting amazing couples – each with an entirely unique wedding – this usually means you have to adapt to different situations extremely quickly. Weddings also allow me the opportunity to be creative with the bride and groom ‘wow’ images that I am recommended for.
How do you get couples to relax on the day?
Before their wedding day, I offer my time (no obligation) to closely consult and advise the couples who book so they are confident with the professional service I can provide. I also offer a pre wedding shoot to every client, this is a great get-to-know-each-other session, ensuring my assistant and I are no strangers to the couple on their wedding day. This also provides me with the means to recognise what each couple is comfortable with.
Any advice to any brides who don’t like to have their picture taken?
If the bride feels completely comfortable around the photographer she has booked then this will calm her nerves. Any bride that feels this way should always let her photographer know. I usually get to know this during a pre shoot, so I take a step back, use a zoom lens and let the couple interact without my close presence. I love capturing natural moments as they happen.
What sort of makeup should a bride wear to look great in her pictures?
Always use a professional makeup artist. The chosen style of bridal make up is a personal decision, but I have noticed natural and bohemian looks are currently very popular.
Anything to avoid which might look bad in the wedding pictures?
I always check the groom and groomsmen for mobile phones in suit pockets, and check they are wearing button holes before taking photos. Guests chewing gum and holding handbags during group shots! Also, I always avoid distracting backgrounds and placing a person in harsh sunlight as squinting is not a good look either.
Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why?
It would have to be Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter’s private wedding Valentine’s Day on the Isle of White. They are such a distinctive celebrity couple, I imagine their ceremony to have been very intimate and personal and let’s not forget Sophie’s silver lace Valentino couture wedding dress.
Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?
Call me an old romantic, but I distinctly remember the first time I returned to mine and my wife’s chosen wedding venue to cover a client’s wedding. As the beautiful bride walked down the aisle to meet her husband-to-be, just for a split second I thought of my wife, it was an emotional moment.
Any funny stories to share?
Weddings are full of laughter but here are three of my favourite examples:
We arrived for bridal preparation at the couple’s home and the bride’s dad is outside taking a moment in the front garden as we walk down the path towards the house he says: “Now then lads, today’s not a good day to knock on this door trying to sell, haven’t you noticed there’s a wedding going on?”
After a first dance we were congratulating the bride and groom as we were leaving and the groom shook my hand and said “Thank you for coming!”
The best man who decided to mention every one of the groom’s previous girlfriends in his speech. I captured a lot of great reactions that day.
What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?
Choosing the right photographer is extremely important because so much of what you’re investing in is about image creativity, quality of service and suppliers and how important your photography is to you both also is a defining factor.
I am often asked how I would define my role and my reply would be that of a distinctive storyteller. My main purpose is to document events naturally, providing striking and emotive images that capture the essence and sentiment unique to every wedding. I will also work with the couple to integrate a selection of bride and groom ‘wow’ images too.
I limit the number weddings I cover in the year to ensure that every client receives the dedication required to capture your unique wedding day. This does mean dates book quickly so please do get in touch if you like my work and want to know more. Hopefully, your date is still available.
What can a couple who book you expect on the day?
During the big day my assistant and I work tirelessly capturing the wedding as it unfolds. We will have already discussed and taken direction from the bride and groom regarding the more formal and informal portraits that they may or may not require, and we will arrange to have some time alone with the couple for those intimate shots that celebrate them as husband and wife.
Afterwards, whilst the couple are on honeymoon I post produce each individual image that evokes its own memory in the story of the wedding day. These images are then uploaded to a client’s gallery for viewing – every image in their online wedding gallery is supplied to the couple on a heart shaped USB with a license to copyright for printing etc.
What is included in your ‘package’?
I provide my clients with one fully inclusive ‘digital only’ service for £1,000, there are no hidden charges to this service which includes:
– A professional consultation, an informal discussion no obligation.
– My full dedication and time, before, during and after your wedding day.
– A pre wedding shoot
– A framed signing board.
– A choice on when coverage starts.
– Coverage until 10pm with me and my assistant.
– All edited wedding and pre-shoot images, copyright free on a heart shaped USB.
– Post production.
– A personalised wedding blog and private viewing gallery.
I realise how couples choose to present their wedding images is a very personal decision which is why I offer wedding albums, bespoke frames and fine art prints as optional extras, available to order before or after the wedding day.
Personally and professionally I believe that a couple’s wedding memories deserve to be timelessly bound by an exceptional album craftsman. This is why I only offer award winning Folio and Queensbury albums, after all wedding images are a family treasure.
How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or see more examples of your work?
My wedding albums can be viewed at various wedding fairs throughout the season and during home consultations, which couples can contact me directly to arrange on 01709 554728 or 07944474092.
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