Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

real wedding recap: pronovias for an elegant wedding at grays court, york – katie & andrew

January 5th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 9th January 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from 2016. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

a-fine-art-wedding-in-york-c-belle-beau-fine-art-wedding-photography-84

If timeless elegance is your thing, prepare to fall head over heels as we share the beautiful big day of Katie and Andrew on the blog today.

Picking the stunning Grays Court hotel in York, as the impressive backdrop to their wedding, Katie and Andrew married in a romantic outdoor ceremony, complete with a petal and lantern-lined aisle.

Concentrating on the details, the champagne, blush and gold styling and florals are nothing short of sensational, and we adore the wedding party’s gorgeous attire too! Top marks all round!

With images by Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography.

a-fine-art-wedding-in-york-c-belle-beau-fine-art-wedding-photography-2

a-fine-art-wedding-in-york-c-belle-beau-fine-art-wedding-photography-73

katie says: Andrew proposed in Mijas, Spain, in June 2015 on a family holiday. He had planned to propose during the first few days but my best friend also got engaged at the same time when we were away, which was amazing, but as a result, Andrew said he felt he had to wait a few more days so he could have his turn of getting down on one knee!

Knowing we always wanted to choose the engagement ring together and having been planning for a long time, he proposed with a Pandora engagement charm, getting down on one knee in the botanical gardens in Mijas in the hills overlooking the Spanish coast – it was beautiful! Andrew had asked my mum for my hand in marriage the day before so everyone knew about it except me. I didn’t have a clue!

a-fine-art-wedding-in-york-c-belle-beau-fine-art-wedding-photography-33

We set the date for Saturday 14th May 2016. Our venue had an outside ceremony area within stunning gardens, so it was vital that we had a spring or summer date. This was the only date left in May and it was extra special as I turned 30 in the same week.

Our chosen venue was Grays Court hotel, in York. It is an elegant, luxury, boutique 11th Century house with outstanding features, long gallery and breath-taking gardens. York walls overlook the venue and we found Grays by chance ourselves in 2010 when walking the walls and witnessed a beautiful wedding there in the gardens. York was one of our first city breaks together and we go every year so it is a special place for us. We didn’t entertain anywhere else when choosing the venue.

a-fine-art-wedding-in-york-c-belle-beau-fine-art-wedding-photography-124

We had always wanted black tie tuxedos and elegance as the style of the wedding, and so we planned a classic, romantic, intimate, English wedding with lots of style and detail.

For the colour palette, we had lots of white, champagne, blush and gold tones, with fantastic details. It was the colour scheme we naturally gravitated to and complemented our venue.

a-fine-art-wedding-in-york-c-belle-beau-fine-art-wedding-photography-6

When dress shopping, I chose to visit Eternity Bridal Wear in Cheshire, as it was a local stockist of Pronovias, which was the designer I wanted to try the most. It was the only shop we went to and about five dresses in, we found ‘the one’. I always knew I would end up in a fitted dress with back detailing however this was more embellished with beading and a tulle train and I totally fell in love with it. Karl, Zoe and Ann at Eternity are amazing and Zoe knew which would be the dress for me when she asked my mum and nan to close their eyes as I came out of the dressing room. The store is beautiful too. I wanted something that felt like me, something I felt comfortable and beautiful in with lots of detailing but something I could also dance in.

Accessories-wise, I chose a Joyce Jackson two tier cathedral length veil embellished with Swarovski crystals, it glittered in the sun! My crystal embellished bridal shoes where from Badgley Mischka shipped from America, I wanted something different and sparkly. I also wore a Tiffany & Co bracelet, which was a wedding gift from Andrew.

On the morning of the wedding my bridal party’s hair was styled by Emily Hawkes, who went above and beyond and even helped me get into my shoes and dress.

continue reading

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterGoogle+share on TumblrPin on PinterestShare on LinkedInEmail to someone

Chic In The City: A Real Wedding In The North West – Lauren & David

October 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

.

Liverpool Wedding by Scarlett Weddings

.

.

There’s nothing I love more than to feature the Real Wedding of a couple whose engagement story I have shared here on Brides Up North.  We first met Lauren and David way back in October 2011 and now they return to our swirly silver pages to share their special day with us.  With images by Scarlett Weddings

.

.

Hope Street Hotel Wedding by Scarlett Weddings

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

Lauren says: We got engaged just over 18 months ago on 19th December 2010 in Formby Pinewoods. David had planned a trip up to the Lake District to propose near Coniston water as our grandfathers built the jetty together years ago. However, the night before we were due to travel there was extremely heavy snowfall so David decided to take me to Formby Pinewoods instead for a walk. He proposed in the Pinewoods and it was beautiful with the ground and trees covered in snow – a Winter wonderland!

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

We were married on Saturday 1st September 2012 at St Andrews Church, Maghull with the reception at London Carriage Works and Hope Street Hotel afterwards.

.

We had checked out many of the more traditional venues in Merseyside but none of them were hitting the mark – they just didn’t feel like they were our style.  I discovered that Hope Street Hotel had started offering weddings following a recent extension and I immediately knew it was perfect for us. It was clean and modern but with warmth and friendliness. It felt different to everywhere we had looked at previously, and more importantly we knew that this venue would offer excellent food!

.

As the size of our party was over 100 guests, we were unable to fit everyone into the dedicated event space on The Fifth, so instead we asked the Directors for permission to have exclusive hire of The London Carriage Works for the day.

.

We used The Fifth for reception drinks and it certainly did have that ‘wow’ factor with amazing views over Liverpool towards the river. As it was a sunny day for our wedding it meant we could use the terrace up there too which was just fantastic.

.

The evening reception was held in The Residents Lounge, the basement lounge at Hope Street Hotel that offered a beautiful Steinway grand piano that our pianist was able to use.

.

I loved the fact that this venue offered three spaces that were different to each other that our guests could move to during the day that kept people energised.

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

We love our home city, so it was fitting for us to have our venue in the centre of Liverpool. We followed a fair few wedding traditions, but we tried to keep everything as simple and as modern as possible.

.

Quality and helping our guests to feel relaxed was really important to us, so we focused on ensuring we had excellent food, flowing drinks and transport for all guests between the church and venue.

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

We kept things simple with wedding party wearing black to ensure the look was clean and sharp.

.

To ensure that there was some contrast on the photographs I added small accents of pale pink and grey on my flowers, balloons and favours.  I found Pinterest to be a really helpful tool to store all of my ideas.

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

I chose Silaba by Pronovias as my wedding dress. I only tried on four dresses and as soon as I put Silaba on I knew it was ‘the one’! It is a lace, fishtail gown with some embellishment underneath the bust line. I finished the look with a full-length silk tulle veil and Atara I earrings from Jenny Packham. All gifts from my lovely mum, Gill.

.

It worked perfectly with the venue too, as the train could be hooked up for the evening turning the dress into a really sleek evening gown that was light and really easy to dance in!

.

I purchased my dress from Eternity Bridal in Warrington and I would not hesitate in recommending them to anybody in the North West looking for beautiful gowns and excellent, friendly service. Zoe and Carl, the owners of the store, were on hand to offer lots of help and advice throughout the process and Anne, the seamstress, was so calming in the weeks ahead of the wedding offering top tips and guidance.

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

My bridesmaid, Catherine looked beautiful in a black maxi dress from Coast. It really showed off her beautiful figure and the draping on the back was really elegant.

.

Our ushers and Best Men looked really dapper in suits bought from Moss Bros. We knew early on that we wanted plain black suits for our wedding party but couldn’t find plain black lounge suits to hire in a quality fabric so we ended up buying them for everyone. The guys at Moss Bros Liverpool were really great in getting us a good deal on the suits but also coordinating all 11 men for fittings! It cost more than hiring but it was worth seeing our brothers, dads and best men looking so sharp! The suits were finished off with ties from M&S and pocket squares from TM Lewin.

.

As David wears a suit everyday, we wanted to treat him to something a little more special, so he wore a black suit from Hugo Boss, white shirt from Gieves and Hawkes, black and grey tie from Hugo Boss and finished with Mulberry cufflinks – a wedding gift from me.

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

Hartley’s in Aughton provided beautiful flowers using a mix of roses, hydrangeas, freesias and orchids all finished with looped grass with pearls threaded onto them.

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

Our wedding cars were provided by Paddy at PJ Chauffeurs and we hired a bus to take our guests from the Church to the venue through Napier Point. The coach driver even took our guests on the ‘scenic route’ giving them a tour of Liverpool landmarks on the way to the venue!

.

.

UK Wedding Blog

.

.

Scarlett Weddings   Scarlett Weddings

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

Cardlab, a traditional letterpress printer, made our wedding stationary. When I ordered samples from Kate at Cardlab, I was so impressed by the quality and finish that I ordered immediately. I ordered Save the Dates and Invitations in a simple ivory card, black copy and black ribbons and they really set the scene for the day. I had so many people complementing the style and quality of the invites and it helped get us really excited for the big day so we went on to order the place settings from Cardlab too.

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

I stumbled over The Custom Cupcake Company a couple of weeks before the wedding and I’m so pleased that I did. The cupcakes were truly excellent, and the service was amazing! This was all while Kelly, the owner and cupcake maker extraordinaire, was preparing for her own wedding that very same weekend!

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

Our families both have really strong links to the Liverpool Docks, with two grandads serving in the Royal Navy, one in the Merchant navy and another working in the docks themselves, so we decided to name our tables after the docks they worked in, or sailed out of. It was also a really nice tribute to my two grandads who have sadly passed away.

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

We chose different favours for ladies and gents. For the girls, I created a CD made of songs that mean something to me and my close friends and family – the song me and my oldest girlfriends dance to after one drink too many, the song that reminds me of me and my brothers growing up and even a secret bonus track of our first dance song, Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles! I made the CD inserts myself and gave a short description of why the song is important to me. From what I’ve heard, my guests are still playing the ‘Wedding CD’ weeks later – they love it.

.

For the boys, we placed an accumulator bet for each guest with predicted scores for the Premier League football matches that were scheduled for that day. A £1 bet could have resulted in a £30k win for some guests – sadly, none of our guests won a bean, but it was certainly a talking point and helped to bring people together on the tables.

.

I bought plain CD cases and pillow boxes for the favours, wrapped a length of pink or grey twine around them and stamped with a bespoke wedding stamp that I had made. They looked like mini parcels for each guest!

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

The excellent Afrika Fuentes provided two fantastic sets on the piano at our evening reception. All of our guests loved her perfect mix of old and new numbers and she certainly got the party going! Paul Maguire at Wedding Jam kept everybody on their feet until 2am with a fantastic mix of musical genres that reflected mine and David’s eclectic musical style

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

We went to the Mayan Riviera in Mexico for a week after the wedding and booked through Kuoni. It was lovely to spend some time together after the wedding, as he weeks leading up to the ceremony were so busy; plus, it certainly made up for the poor British Summer this year!

.

.

Scarlett Weddings

.

.

I have a few top tips for other Brides Up North! Get as many people involved as possible! Your friends and family will no doubt be as excited as you are for your wedding day and will want to be part of it, plus they can take some of the strain as everything starts to get busy in the weeks leading up to the wedding. It’s true that it’s your day, but it’s also about bringing two families together.

.

Secondly, pick a fabulous photographer. Lisa and Emma at Scarlett Weddings were fantastic throughout the whole process. After returning from honeymoon, they popped over for a cup of tea and showed us a slideshow of the images taken on the day. I knew that they would do a good job, but they captured our day perfect and totally exceeded my expectations.

.

And finally, make sure you actually spend time with your groom. It’s easy to get lost in the chaos of the day!

.

.

HEARTCongratulations Lauren & David! HEART

.

.

Contact me to see your own Real Wedding or engagement story featured on Brides Up North. 

.

.

  – Images © 2012 Scarlett Weddings

This is not a sponsored post

Contact Brides Up North to submit your business as a Featured Supplier

.

.

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterGoogle+share on TumblrPin on PinterestShare on LinkedInEmail to someone