June 12th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
For Jonathan and Julia, today’s real wedding couple, the most important element of their wedding day was being together at the ceremony and exchanging those poignant vows – despite all the hours spent agonising over the smallest details! For them, the celebration was a huge – and wonderful – bonus.
However, that doesn’t mean we won’t pour over all those gorgeous details and find inspiration in the rose-gold tinted centrepieces and the festive Christmas styling! A berry red wreath on the front door of the reception venue welcomes guests to a jolly celebration with a New Year vibe and personalised champagne glasses, each one hand-decorated by the couple, add a special touch to the toasts and a unique memento of the occasion.
With a rich and opulent colour scheme of burgundy with peach highlights and soft greenery, the styling complemented the Christmas theme beautifully. In the spirit of true New Year celebrations, guests were treated to a very generous free bar and an energetic band, while they helped themselves to the array of sweets on offer at the sweetie bar and delicious cupcakes baked by the groom’s mother.
Julia – who looked gorgeous in a sparkly, A-line Morilee gown with a faux fur shrug to keep the winter chill off her shoulders – has plenty of sage advice for you soon-to-be-brides. So, sit back and enjoy, as she takes us through her and Jonathan’s big day.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Lloyd Clarke Photography.
julia says: We got engaged on New Years’ Eve 2015. Jonathan and I always go away for New Year and Jonathan had booked for us to go to Mottram Hall in Chester for two nights. We had a meal with cocktails and watched some fireworks, bringing the New Year in together as we had done for the previous three years of being together. However, this year was to be different: when we got to the room, Jonathan unexpectedly got down on one knee and proposed! Little did I know, he’d been planning the proposal and even had the ring made with me in mind, which he had been carrying around every day since October to ensure I did not find it! It was a complete surprise but perfect in every way.
We got married on 30th December 2017. I love winter and the feel of Christmas; it’s such a wonderful family time, which is important to us. I always knew I wanted something different to a summer wedding, so we aimed to wed between Christmas and New Year.
We decided we wanted a church wedding and have always loved All Hallows Church, which is local to my family home in Bardsey. The church is steeped in history, the original part of the building having been built in 800AD, and it stands proud in the village. Once we booked the church, everything fell into place. We visited Wood Hall Hotel and Spa in Wetherby on the off-chance as we were passing by. The hotel is so beautiful, set high on a hill that overlooks the surrounding villages, and we knew instantly this was our venue.
We would definitely recommend Wood Hall Hotel to those on the venue hunt. The staff were approachable, supportive, attentive and efficient. They made the experience very personal and added special touches, such as a free dining experience to try the menu choices and a teddy that had our names and wedding date stitched on as a lovely keepsake. We found the venue intimate enough for our wedding to feel personal but large enough to cater for guests and food on a large scale. No problem was ever too big and no detail was too small – even those last-minute changes.
We didn’t pick a particular theme or style for our wedding, although Jonathan and I are quite traditional and knew we would like a church wedding. We liked the idea of having a winter wedding and, when we visited Wood Hall in December and saw it decorated for Christmas, we knew instantly we would like that for our wedding! Our colour theme stemmed from there, along with flowers and smaller details such as centrepieces.
Knowing we wanted to get married in winter, especially around Christmas, lent itself to rich, deep, beautiful colours. We decided to have burgundy as the colour theme throughout our wedding, with a few enhancing colours for different aspects. Our bridesmaid dresses were burgundy with navy shawls and it was the main colour of the flowers in the bouquet and posies, which were broken up with peach and lots of greenery. The men’s suits were navy and the ties were burgundy, as well as the flowers used for the centrepieces and favours.
June 11th, 2018 | Julia Braime
A wedding with a rubber duck theme – we’re talking the cutest cake toppers and favours – is not something we often see here at Brides Up North! But that’s the quirky and very personal touch from today’s charming nuptials in West Yorkshire – and it totally works!
After an oh so sweet proposal that involved an edible Haribo ring, Heather and Steve tied the knot last summer at their parish church and then celebrated with family and friends at the beautiful Mirfield Monastery. Just look at the stunning photos captured amidst the venue’s enchanting grounds and you’ll see why they fell head over heels for this divine space.
Other details you must pore over today include Heather’s pretty mermaid style wedding dress, a gorgeous teal colour scheme, a surprise cake, and a ska punk band, no less!
With images by Anna Wood Photography.
heather says: Steve proposed in his parents’ garage with a Haribo ring! Steve works for an amazing charity called Hand to Mouth that do journeys where each station explores a different aspect of Christianity. Steve decided to write his own about the Fruit of the Spirit and show me what he does for work. I didn’t know it was a proposal until I’d got to the last station (in the garage!) and he was down on one knee. I didn’t know what to do with the Haribo, so I ate it. Thankfully he had a spare (real) ring hidden away!
We got married on 22nd July 2017. It was the beginning of the summer holidays so made it easier for everyone.
Our ceremony was held at Kirkheaton Parish Church. It was the church Steve grew up at and the one we were both attending. It’s a beautiful church with even more beautiful people.
We hosted our reception at Mirfield Monastery. The hall was perfect for our small gathering and it had gorgeous grounds for our photographs. All the staff were amazing, and the food was delicious.
Steve collects rubber ducks so our reception had a slight rubber duck theme thanks to the favours and cake toppers. This was only at the reception though as we wanted a serious ceremony.
The main colour throughout our day was teal. My favourite colour is green and Steve’s is blue so we combined them. Teal also goes amazingly well with red hair!
I wore a mermaid style dress with detailed embroidery. I bought it from Elite Bridal Outlet. The staff were really lovely and there were lots of dresses to choose from! The dress gave me the ‘I’m getting married’ feeling and it made me feel beautiful. My hair was done by Gemma from The Vinery.
Steve wore a grey Moss Bros suit that he had previously worn as a best man. The bridesmaids, meanwhile, wore stunning teal dresses made by a close friend, and the groomsmen wore suits that matched Steve’s.
June 8th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
The sentiment of today’s real wedding between Isis and Martyn is this: on the day, it doesn’t matter how many days, weeks and months you’ve spent organising the perfect wedding, the most important element is the exchanging of the vows, witnessed by all the people who love you. In the end, that’s the fairy tale and it’s worth reminding ourselves sometimes, when the ink has smudged on the invitations or the band we love is already booked, that love conquers all that stuff.
Having made the inspired decision to research the weather of their chosen wedding date over the previous ten years, only to find that each year it had offered up blue skies and sunshine, Isis and Martyn secured their March wedding date and were not disappointed with the forecast. With a focus on the ceremony, they crafted their own vows as a truly special touch and ensured there was not a dry eye in the house as they emerged into the spring sunshine as husband and wife.
Isis made all the decorations herself, even assembling the cake from individual tiers and adding the decorations. Despite not following a colour scheme, the couple chose a delicate palette of blue and sage green, which toned beautifully and offered echoes of spring to complement the time of year. Tell us more, Isis…
With images by Jess Yarwood.
isis says: Martyn and I got engaged in the Cairngorms in Scotland. I was studying for a degree and was one exam away from finishing. I had secured training at Manchester University to become a teacher and just needed to complete my degree with high scores. Martyn booked a weekend away in advance of me getting the results I needed, so that we could celebrate (there was no reason to think I wouldn’t get the results I needed). At the time, Martyn was living in Manchester and I was in Scunthorpe at the other end of the country, so I needed to pass so I could move over to be with him. The day we left, I got the terrible news that I hadn’t got the results I needed and wouldn’t be able to move over or go to Manchester University. I spent the whole seven-hour drive to Scotland in tears.
We arrived, and Martyn had booked a stunning country house on the river with its own private sauna and hot tub. The next morning, I woke up to an email saying there had been a mistake and I actually had received the results I needed! We spent the day exploring the area and, in the afternoon, I came out of the kitchen to a trail of rose petals. I followed them out into the garden to the river bank, where Martyn was waiting on one knee. It was completely unexpected and so romantic. Just the two of us with nobody else to see – perfect.
We got married on Saturday 24th March 2018. We chose the date after choosing the venue. We checked out the weather on that date for the last ten years and every year it had been warm and sunny. We took the risk and booked it. We made the right decision because our day was beautiful – blue skies and warm spring sunshine.
Our venue for the ceremony and reception was Samlesbury Hall in Preston. It was the first (and only) venue we visited and we both fell in love with it straight away. Not being religious, a church ceremony wasn’t something we would consider and we didn’t want a hotel or country house. Samlesbury Hall was perfect – a traditional Tudor home with loads of original features and open fires, which were lit at night. Everyone loved it and commented on what a unique and beautiful venue we had chosen. The staff were amazing – so friendly – and would literally do anything for you. The venue is beautiful and the grounds are gorgeous too.
We are the least fussy people you could imagine and wanted something simple, so we didn’t opt for a particular theme or colour scheme. We didn’t want to spend lots of money on things that didn’t really matter to us (like table decorations, flowers, etc.) and instead wanted to focus on the actual ceremony and wedding.
For my dress, I chose a fitted, illusion back dress with lace on the sleeves and the front. I bought it from WED2B in Bolton more than a year-and-a-half before the wedding! I wasn’t going to buy it that early but saw it on the internet and loved it – I knew I had to try it on just in case. It was perfect. I wore it with a full-length veil.
I had my hair done by Marsha Lloyd in Wilmslow, Manchester – my local hairdresser who I trusted, and I did my own makeup.
June 7th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s bride and groom clocked up quite a few air miles when it came to their big day, deciding to tie the knot at the stunning Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, travelling all the way from their home in Kuala Lumpur. Needless to say, planning their wedding from Malaysia proved quite a challenge, but luckily for the couple, they brought on board some fabulous suppliers to make the process a cinch!
Madelaine and Jack – both teachers – settled on a date just before Christmas and brought those festive feels to life with the most beautiful nude, blush and crimson palette. And just wait until you see the bouquets, which also feature these oh so pretty shades.
The industrial vibe to the venue really added to their winter celebration, too, think twinkly fair lights, exposed walls and stone floors. Throw in a cake table, mulled wine, sparklers and live music – and you’ve got the perfect mix for a fine festive soiree!
And if you’re craving a cool urban wedding of your own, we’ll be returning to the totally awesome Victoria Warehouse on Sunday 16th September to host our BigCityWedFest’18 wedding show, that’s not to be missed! For now, here’s the lovely Madelaine to tell us more about her perfect day…
With images by Dan Hough.
madelaine says: We got engaged at home in our flat in Kuala Lumpur on a normal Friday evening after work. It turns out that Jack was planning on proposing during our holiday a couple of weeks later, but panicked the minute he picked the ring up from the shop, so proposed that evening! In his words, “it was like having a live grenade in his pocket!”.
We got married on Friday 22nd December. We knew that we wanted to get married during our Christmas holidays – we’re both teachers living abroad but would be back for the school holidays. I also thought that if we had the big day before Christmas I could still tuck into a huge Christmas dinner!
We had both the ceremony and the reception at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. We knew that we wanted an industrial setting for our big day and fell in love with the brickwork and high ceilings the minute we saw it on the internet. It was great to see how other couples had set the warehouse up with fairy lights and candles too – we thought it would be perfect for the time of year!
We are both from Sheffield originally, but couldn’t find the right venue there. However, Jack lived in Manchester for a few years, we both love the city and it is a great distance from Sheffield so it was a brilliant place to tie the knot!
There was no real theme for the wedding, we just wanted an industrial style with some nods to Christmas, with candles, fairy lights and mulled wine.
We chose nudes, blush and some crimson as our wedding colours. I just loved this combination and the crimson, again, gave a nice nod to the time of year.
I wore an Essense of Australia crepe dress that I found at Emily Bridal in Sheffield. I absolutely loved the fitted style and the low back. In fact, it was the first and only bridal shop that I visited and I found the perfect dress within about 20 minutes! The team at Emily Bridal were great and helped me to figure out which style would suit me best and feel right on the day.
June 7th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
We’re often asked if we love our jobs and the answer is “ab-so-flippin-lutley”, and who wouldn’t – working in a ‘happy’ industry with a whole host of talented creatives and truly loved-up couples – we’re quite literally in wedded bliss every day of the week!
A certain highlight of the year so far has to be a trip we took to Barcelona back in April for the city’s Bridal Fashion Week, to view the brand-new collections by some of the top Spanish designers – and my god, do these people know how to put on an impressive catwalk show. Forget a simple runway and rows of benches, we’re talking incredible, large-scale productions with the most amazing props, styling, models, lighting and music. And as if all that wasn’t enough – there was, of course, the dresses, which wowed to the max – giving us an exclusive first look of what’s to come in bridalwear over the coming year. So, ladies, you can trust us when we say that those of on the dress hunt are in for a real treat!
One of the most highly anticipated catwalk shows of Bridal Fashion Week is by our Sponsor, Spanish design power-house, Pronovias. Year on year this show is a huge talking point as the team raise the stakes time again to deliver a dazzling and unforgettable show – and they certainly didn’t disappoint this time round.
Held at the city’s Italian Pavilion, some 1,500 guests from around the world, including celebrities, media, international and Spanish socialites, influencers and boutique owners, gathered for the unveiling of the 2019 Atelier Pronovias Collection created around an ‘In Bloom’ concept.
With the dresses inspired by new beginnings the show set was a mesmerizingly-beautiful garden scene, complete with flourishing botanics, trailing florals and flowing trees as well as an impressive stone pavilion, arched structures and even a pretty wooden bridge over a stream-like pond.
We were already hugely-impressed, and this was without sight of a single bead or thread of silk. But then came the dresses, which wowed and delighted in equal measures, offering something to suit the dreams every bride.
Showcasing dresses with maxi volumes in dreamy princess styles; revamped yet effortlessly feminine empire cuts and A-line silhouettes; plus, gowns with simpler lines and straight silhouettes, the clever collection is said to “dress every kind of woman and enhance her beauty”.
Furthermore, the range gives brides the option to switch up their big day look with convertible designs featuring detachable and off-the-shoulder sleeves, and yokes.
June 6th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Jade and Mike’s engagement may have begun with a few flying sparks – mainly due to the fact their car broke down and they had to hitch a lift all the way to Edinburgh with the AA – but it culminated in the magical glow of wedding celebrations on Bonfire Night weekend, with a gorgeous colour scheme of ‘autumnal sparkle’.
The burnt oranges and deep reds synonymous with this time of year were carried through every detail, from the thoughtful and very pretty hand-blown and leaf-decorated glass coasters given to each of the guests, to the table centrepieces, which featured gold-sprayed pine cones and luxuriously large lanterns glowing with candlelight. Even the gorgeous Sottero and Midgely wedding gown features a Swarovski crystal pattern reminiscent of falling autumn leaves and, in champagne, was the perfect colour to complement the warmth and sparkle of the well-thought-out scheme.
We love the hand-written cards Jade and Mike gave to each guest – each one explaining why that person is particularly special to them and causing a few happy tears, we don’t doubt. If your wedding day isn’t the time to proclaim your love, then when is?! Here’s Jade to tell us more …
With images by Lynsey Doran Photography.
jade says: We got engaged in February 2012. It was our seven-year anniversary and we had planned a long weekend in Edinburgh to celebrate. Mike aimed to propose once we got to the romantic city of Edinburgh, but nerves got the better of him and, just before we were due to set off, Mike got down on one knee. We then set off to Edinburgh but our car broke down on the way and we ended up with the AA! However, the sparkle of the ring still made it a pleasant journey.
We got married on Saturday 4th November 2017. We chose this date as we love the magic, excitement and sparkle of Bonfire Night.
We got married and had our reception at The Priests House, Barden Tower. Mike found this venue whilst on one of his regular cycle rides in the countryside. The venue has just been renovated and you can now have a ceremony and reception in the beautiful old chapel of the Bolton Abbey estate. We’d definitely recommend the venue – Debbie was great at organising a slick wedding.
Our theme was a whimsical ‘autumnal sparkle’, which included leaf shapes with hints of burnt oranges and deep reds, but everything had a touch of sparkle gold shimmer. The colour scheme was important to me and I wanted everything to match, so I used Brides Up North to get lots of inspiration. As it was the weekend of Bonfire Night, we wanted to embrace the warmth and sparkle of this time of year – including in my dress!
My dress was by American designer Sottero & Midgley. I chose this designer for their whimsical princess style. The chosen dress was called Amelie, which was a breath-taking princess gown with a ball gown skirt, featuring a bodice adorned with Swarovski crystals and pearls, and a plunging illusion V-neckline and back. The colour of the dress was champagne, which matched perfectly with the sparkle theme of the day.
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