November 15th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
For the second time this week we’re travelling to Sheffield for a helping of real wedding inspiration, with the south Yorkshire city playing a particularly key role in today’s nuptials as bride and groom, Ellen and Liam, were keen to showcase what they love about the place in which they met and live.
As one of the greenest cities in the country, Ellen and Liam chose to make the most of both halves of Sheffield, choosing a lush outdoor park setting for their ceremony and a cool urban space for their evening party.
You might not have to scroll too far to discover that I too played a key part in the day as one of Ellen’s bridesmaids, a role I was touched and keen to take on as I’d somehow got to the grand age of 29 before ever being a bridesmaid (not sure what that says about me?!) Ellen and I go way back, first meeting at journalism college in Sheffield as teenagers, and she quickly became one of my closest friends and has always supported me on both a personal and career level. I was therefore more than happy to put on a pretty lilac lace dress and support her on such an important day. I’m also thrilled to report that El will be returning the favour as one of my four bridesmaids in May!
When planning their day, Ellen and Liam were admirably determined to stick to their budget and cleverly used the skills of friends and family to bring their big day vision to life. I can report from the frontline that this was an amazingly fun day, filled with love, laughter, amazing food and copious amounts of prosecco!
With images by Marisa Cashill.
ellen says: Liam proposed on Christmas Eve 2015; we agreed to open one gift each at midnight after getting back home from a few drinks together. He opened a ‘onesie’ from me, and my gift was an engagement ring hidden inside lots of different boxes! He cried and I looked at him in shock, it was a joke at the wedding speeches that he had never actually said the words “Will you marry me?”
We chose to get married in September, mainly because it was around 18 months after our engagement and a realistic target to save up for. The first date we set for the day – and the venue we chose – actually had to be changed because the hotel we had initially booked closed down, which was stressful at the time. But it worked out for the best in the end, as we had lovely weather on the day we eventually got married, and there was torrential rain on our original date.
Following the changes, we chose the bandstand in Weston Park, Sheffield, as the setting for our wedding ceremony. It’s a beautiful, historic bandstand in gorgeous grounds and one of the few of its kind left in the country. It stood head and shoulders above anywhere else we saw and felt very ‘Sheffield’, which we wanted to be key to the whole day. We love to visit it now and peek through the windows.
The reception venue was The Workstation, which is part of independent cinema The Showroom. It’s located in the city centre and was the perfect size to accommodate our guests. I also knew the chef there, Jon Tite, from my work as a journalist. I really wanted food that was different from the usual wedding fodder, and with Jon I was able to take in one of my favourite street food cookbooks and say ‘this is what we’d like to go for’ rather than sticking to set options.
There wasn’t a theme to the wedding as such, but we wanted it to showcase Sheffield, and be relaxed. We were also incredibly lucky in that a lot of people were able to assist us with their skills – my mum is a florist and transformed our evening venue from what is basically an office into a floral/woodland theme, Liam’s best man Gav was the DJ, my grandma made the pork pie wedding cake, and my friend James, who is a hairdresser, did all the bridal party’s hair. It really was not what we knew, but who, and it made our small wedding budget go a lot further than it would have done.
My favourite colour is purple, so there were flashes of that in the flowers, the bridal and groom’s party attire, and the decor too.
I bought my dress from Celebrations Bridal House in Ossett, West Yorkshire, which is where several family members have bought theirs from, too. I grew up just down the road and bought it on my second shopping trip, with mum and my sister Jodie. I wanted something simple, with a little bit of detail and which wouldn’t swamp me as I am only five-foot-tall. I chose Morilee by Madeline Gardner dress with a lace pattern and a belt with diamante detail.
I know it sounds too pragmatic for a wedding day, but I had set myself a strict budget for the dress, as I wanted to prioritise the things that would last rather than a dress I’d only wear for one day. Because of that, I was able to add on a pair of Rachel Simpson Catherine shoes – my something blue, which I have since worn on our anniversary as a reminder of the day. I also had a gorgeous hair vine from Britten. My mum made my veil using a YouTube video – she’s a multi-talented woman!
September 14th, 2018 | Julia Braime
We are so excited here at Brides Up North HQ to be returning this September to what we think might just be the coolest wedding of the moment.
We’re back for autumn 2018 and presenting the most lovely, hand-picked selection of talented wedding suppliers in the North West. We’ll be filling this place with fabulous and showing off the awesome party space at Holmes Mill, Clitheroe, on Sunday 23rd September 2018, 11am till 2pm, FREE ENTRY!
Ready yourself for a style overload.
A working brewery with immense artisan food hall, pump room, boutique hotel and (most importantly!) a stunning urban-luxe party room which makes the perfect blank canvas for a wedding celebration, Holmes Mill puts Clitheroe firmly on the map. If you’re a super cool couple who love their food, drink and are looking for something stylish for your special day – look. no. further.
We fell in love the first time we visited, and it wasn’t the beer talking. Following a really sensational Brides Up North wedding show last spring, we’re ready to do it all over again!
How awesome is this place? Click here to view Holmes Mill’s gorgeous ‘Dream Wedding’ brochure online.
We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and little treats from Brides Up North, as well as the brand new issue of UNVEILED Magazine. As demand is high, to pick up your VIP media pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below. While stocks last.
Please click here to view our schedule for 2018.
Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We expect demand to be very high.
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September 12th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s real wedding is city chic at its best, as we escape to Sheffield for an informal, relaxed wedding in the midst of this summer’s heatwave. Prepare for lots of hidden backstreet shots and colourful graffiti for something unconventional and truly memorable!
Holly and James tied the knot at the impressive Sheffield Town Hall in July before celebrating with friends at the uber cool Tamper Coffee. Yep, coffee lovers, you read that right – a coffee shop, inspired by New Zealand’s café culture no less, provides the endearing backdrop to our featured wedding today. And it’s giving us a heady dose of urban wedding day envy!
Opting for a navy, white and yellow colour scheme (nothing at all to do with a certain football club…), the couple complemented this palette with pared back decorations (hello there on-trend Polaroids), a stunning three-tiered cake and beautiful blooms. So, grab a cuppa and settle in as we reminisce with Holly about the couple’s big day and find out more about their ever-so-special details…
With images by JLM Wedding Photography.
holly says: We got engaged on 3rd June 2017 in Bramhall Park. James had wanted to go to visit Bramhall Hall for months, so we went for a picnic and he surprised me by asking me to marry him.
We got married on 28th July 2018 – James is a teacher so we wanted to get married in the summer holidays so we could go straight on our honeymoon.
We didn’t really have a theme, we just knew we wanted a low-key relaxed day. We went for navy, white and yellow colour scheme – largely because we felt they looked good, but James will tell you it is because they are the colours of Leeds United!
October 9th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Kicking off your week in style, we’re showcasing a stunning wedding in the heart of Liverpool – proof, if any was needed, that an urban backdrop can provide the most beautiful of settings for your special day.
Our couple, Lindsey and Andrew, tied the knot earlier this summer. Hosting their celebrations at the truly mesmerising Oh Me Oh My venue, dubbed a ‘secret space’ in the city – the newlyweds opted for a rustic vintage theme. We’re talking a VW campervan, pretty foliage and floral arrangements, miniature chalkboards and pegs, and the most divine naked wedding cake.
We just love the combination of an impressive rooftop garden, sparklers and an enviable view over the city – perfect for couples seeking something a little bit alternative.
With images by Bobtale Photography.
lindsey says: We got engaged on New Year’s Eve 2014, in London, on the River Thames, as Big Ben struck midnight and the fireworks went off.
We tied the knot on 15th July 2017, at St George’s Hall Liverpool as we wanted a civil ceremony. We then hosted our celebrations at Oh Me Oh My in Liverpool – I absolutely fell in love with this venue the first time I saw it. I love its vintage quirkiness and city centre location.
The wedding had a rustic vintage theme which went perfectly with the venue. I wasn’t too hung up on colour schemes – I let my bridesmaids pick their own dresses and we took it from there.
I knew I wanted a lace wedding dress but still tried on lots of different styles. I got my dress from Jules Bridal in Wigan, and knew from the minute I put it on that it was the one.
Andrew wore a grey three-piece suit from Greenwoods Menswear in Wigan. The groomsmen also wore grey three-piece suits from Greenwoods.
September 20th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
It goes without saying that choosing your dream wedding venue is one of the first – and most important – decisions you’ll make when it comes to tying the knot.
And even before you hone in on different venues and draw up a wish list, the most basic of questions will need consideration: should you marry in the country or the city?
Both locations offer couples something unique; complementing your grander plans and priorities for the day – whether it’s unrivalled photo opportunities, ease of getting from the ceremony to the party after, or quite simply fitting with your overall theme.
For some brides, you may already have the perfect backdrop mapped out in your head, but for others who are undecided, we’re taking a closer look at the merits of both locations and the special qualities they could bring to your wedding celebrations. Which will you choose?
When you think of a country wedding, chances are you’ll think of a magnificent manor house, or even a castle with impressive sprawling grounds.
Country weddings are typically traditional, grand and offer exclusivity. And for the most regal of settings, they tend to come with a heftier price tag, too.
If you’re after something classic, steeped in heritage and in complete contrast to your day-to-day lives, then this style of wedding offers a true fairytale moment and is perfect for couples after a touch of elegance and decadence.
The backdrop will require minimal effort on your part, with the venue decked out in the most pristine and classy of decors – think chandeliers, illustrious artwork, spellbinding staircases and balconies, and majestic furnishings. The surrounding estate (the stuff from period novels, no doubt) will offer the finest of photo opportunities too. What’s not to love?
Of course, there are other types of country weddings which have become increasingly on-trend in recent years. We’re talking about the country barn or tipi.
The barn is another serene, stylish backdrop but it’s much more informal. You’re likely to have more freedom on how you decorate this space (candles, blossom trees and festoon lighting are just a few ideas we’ve seen recently) and you’ll probably be able to bring in your own catering – ice cream parlours, burger vans and street food pop-ups abound!
For something unconventional with an ethereal twist – the tipi is the venue du jour for the boho bride and groom. This is the ideal setting for outdoorsy types who want to break away from the traditional wedding day formula and do it their way, with bundles of rustic charm. We’ve seen everything from outdoors game tournaments to bake offs, and of course, mesmerising photos set within atmospheric woodlands and meadows.
The down-side? The country wedding takes place in a rural, secluded spot and your guests may have to travel far to get to and from the venue. Local accommodation may be limited as well, so guests will need to be super-organised and book early.
Whatever your style or theme though – the country wedding comes in many captivating guises. And irrespective of the venue you choose, all you can really hope for on the day is some good British weather to top it all off!
The city wedding is brimming with cosmopolitan, contemporary vibes. It’s for the bride and groom who are forward thinking, pragmatic and modern in their outlook, looking to make a statement.
The hustle and bustle of the city might prove too much for some couples, but for the bride and groom who opt for an urban backdrop – the thrive on this hectic yet lavish location. And they don’t shy away from attention either. There’s also the added convenience it offers both them and their guests in terms of transport and accommodation on the day itself.
A city wedding can bring glamour and glitz by the bucket load with chic hotels and city landmarks – everything from maritime museums and art galleries to former warehouses, rooftop bars, breweries and zoos – providing your celebrations with an unconventional edge.
There might be limitations on how you can access and decorate these venues and some spaces may also need to remain open to the public, so it’s worth clarifying these points when you go for a show around.
A city location can present unusual and iconic photo opportunities too. Suddenly the everyday becomes a stunning prop in your photo…crossing a busy road, standing in a doorway scribbled in graffiti or even the quirky architecture of the pub on the corner or a distant towering office block.
And if you’re choosing a city wedding, then chances are, the city in question holds special memories for you and your hubby-to-be, so why not go all-out and pay homage to this in your décor and theme for the day? From your table names and centre pieces to your welcome drink and favours – think of original ideas that will personalise the venue and help put your stamp on the day.
Country and city weddings offer such a contrast to your celebrations, and within each location, there’s another myriad of choices to be made when selecting a specific venue. But like most things associated with your wedding planning, we’re pretty sure you’ll have a gut feeling what’s right for you and your fiancé. The key is to make whatever venue you choose your own, and make it the flawless backdrop for showcasing your personalities and sharing your special memories together with your loved ones. Country or city? You decide!
August 16th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
As if we planned it *wink,wink*, we’re following up this morning’s post about our fabulous upcoming BIGCITYWEDFEST’17 event at Victoria Warehouse on Sunday 3rd September, with a wedding that took place at the venue so we can showcase why we think it’s such an amazing place to get hitched.
Instantly falling in love with its cool urban style, bride Alicia planned a pretty springtime wedding with yellow accents and rustic details to both complement and contrast with the industrial setting.
Alicia and beau Paul, then went all out on the lighting, to ensure a striking celebration that shone in more ways than one.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Rebecca Parsons Photography.
alicia says: The proposal was totally unromantic, but very ‘us’ – over tea on a Monday night! I thought it was a bit unusual that Paul 1) Had tea on the table ready for me getting home, and 2) Wasn’t eating very much of it. Half way through eating he said that he’d been to see my dad and I asked if it was to see about him helping to fix our bannister, to which he replied, “No. To ask if I can ask you to marry me – and he said yes, so…” He then got on one knee whilst I sat open-mouthed in shock for ten minutes before saying yes!
Our wedding date was 29th April. There wasn’t a specific reason per se, but we ideally wanted a Saturday wedding in spring, and I love the colour yellow so around Easter was perfect!
We had both ceremony and reception at Victoria Warehouse in Trafford Park, Manchester. Six days after getting engaged my best friend suggested we attended a wedding fair at Victoria Warehouse, I thought it was a bit early but figured I’d have to start getting ideas from somewhere so might as well! I fell in love with the venue straight away whilst looking around, so I asked if they do weddings there, when they said they did I pencilled our names in without Paul knowing! I later took Paul to see Victoria Warehouse and, luckily, he loved it as much as I did, and the rest is history!
We did have a look at a few other venues around Manchester as we thought it was too good to be true to fall in love with the first place, but nothing else came close for us.
Our theme was slightly vintage/rustic – mason jars, bunting, wooden centrepieces, vintage suitcases etc. because we wanted to keep the authentic feel of the warehouse.
As we are very proud Mancs, there was also an air of Manchester running through the day, including our table names and seating plan. The main colour scheme was ivory with accents of yellow as this is my favourite colour and fit well with the spring/Easter timing of the wedding.
I had a Lusan Mandongus lace, full-length dress, which I purchased from The White Closet in Didsbury. I tried several on but just knew when it was the one! It was originally sleeveless but I prefer a capped sleeve, so took the dress to Tusneem at Boutique Alterations, in Bramhall, who is amazing! She altered my dress to perfection (size and length) and then added capped sleeves for me too. I can’t thank her enough!
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