February 6th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Today on the blog, we’re stepping back in time with Rachel and Harry as they tie the knot at the medieval Skipton Castle in Yorkshire.
After 10 years together – Rachel awoke from her slumber one day to find an engagement ring on her finger; the definition of a dream come true if ever we saw one!
Their wedding was just as dreamy, with wildflowers, pretty pastels, a classic Bentley and a gorgeous three-tiered cake, not to mention a subtle nod to all things art deco. Read on for all the exquisite details…
With images by Bethany Clarke
rachel says: We had been together for 10 years before we got engaged and always joked that there was no point in Harry proposing as he knew I would say yes, so we may as well skip the engagement and just get married. In the early hours of 31st August 2015 Harry popped the most beautiful sapphire and diamond ring on my finger while I was asleep! Obviously, it was a wonderful surprise to wake up to, and Harry had spent hours nervously waiting for me to be in a deep enough sleep to put the ring on.
We got married on 23rd July 2016. We knew that we wanted a summer wedding and the venue we wanted only had a few weekends left and this date worked the best for us.
We tied the knot at Skipton Castle. We are both really interested in history and love visiting heritage sites and museums. We had visited Skipton Castle together a few times and always had a lot of fun there so it was really exciting to find out that they actually hold weddings there too! Of course, I wanted the whole fairytale princess in a castle vibe too! We had visited a few other venues but Skipton Castle just felt so special to us, everyone that works there is so lovely and genuinely wanted us to have the best day; they really put us at ease and made our wedding super special.
We wanted to have a really casual and fun wedding. It was quite small and intimate, we didn’t have a seating plan or anything like that, we just wanted everyone to mingle and have a great time.
I wouldn’t say we had a particular theme but due to our own personal styles there was a bit of a vintage feel to the day – my dress was 1920s inspired, we had a classic Bentley and wild flowers everywhere. It’s hard not to get swept up when you’re getting married in a medieval castle!
We didn’t have a colour scheme; everything was quite neutral. We had a range of different colours in our flowers and these were the only real colours on the day, at the castle and later at our reception venue too. We matched the car and the cake to the bridesmaid’s pale grey dress as it was important to us that everything looked quite minimal.
I wore a Maggie Sottero dress from Abigail’s Bridal Boutique. Looking through bridal magazines and blogs I fell in love with Maggie Sottero’s designs and I discovered that Abigail’s Bridal Boutique is one of the few shops in Leeds that stock this brand. I tried on a handful of dresses but as soon as I put on ‘Ettia’ I knew that was the dress for me. It was everything I had ever dreamed of in a wedding dress and the lovely ladies at Abigail’s had to coax me out of it in the end as I didn’t want to take it off. I paired it with a cathedral length, Swarovski trimmed veil and an art deco headpiece – I felt like a princess.
We hired a classic S-type Bentley from Classic and Vintage Travel in Harrogate. The car was incredible and the driver was so wonderfully friendly and surprised us with a bottle of Champagne after the ceremony. He drove us out to a lovely area of greenery in Skipton and we drank some Champagne and enjoyed a few minutes to ourselves before driving to the reception. It was such a special moment and we were so grateful to the driver for suggesting it.
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December 8th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Today’s real wedding comes courtesy of Brides Up North reader Laura, and oh boy, is it a good one!
From the choice of venue through to the stylish colour scheme, fabulous blooms and Laura’s incredible dress, we adore everything about this wedding, which was planned in just four months. Yep, you read right, four months!
We’re also thrilled to see lots of our fabulous Sponsor suppliers contributing to this gorgeous celebration (if you’re on the hunt for talented professionals to make your day perfect, be sure to take a look at our ‘Suppliers We Love’ online directory).
Laura and Andrew wanted a relaxed and informal big day with a rockin’ party atmosphere, and by the looks of things, that’s exactly what they got!
With images by York Place Studios.
laura says: We got engaged at home, in September 2015. It was a total surprise – we have been together for ten years, after meeting at Uni. We’d recently moved into our new home and Andrew got up early to do some painting, when I got up he’d written “will you marry me” on the wall!
We booked the wedding for 12th March 2016, as we fell in love with our venue – Middleton Lodge in North Yorkshire – as soon as we saw it and they had an opening for this date. It meant that we had just four months from viewing the venue to the wedding day!
Middleton Lodge had everything we were looking for – character yet it still felt relaxed. We wanted the wedding to be a whole weekend party without people having to worry about taxis and getting home. At Middleton Lodge everyone could stay and the house was exclusively ours for the weekend. We also immediately loved the cellar bar as it was totally different from the house and knew we’d completely change the dynamic of the day when we went down there in the evening.
We didn’t have a wedding theme as such, things were just relaxed and informal, though we wanted it to have a real party atmosphere.
Our colour scheme was navy and copper. We loved the colours as we’d seen them a lot in home interiors but we’d not seen them being used for weddings.
My wedding dress was a 50’s inspired Caroline Castigliano dress, called Hepburn, from The Bridal Collection in Harrogate. It had a very full skirt but other than that was very plain and simple. The dress was the one thing I didn’t want to compromise on if we’re going to organise the whole wedding in four months so I chose this before we committed to the venue and date. My shoes were Jimmy Choos.
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December 7th, 2016 | Julia Braime
If you’ve got your heart set on a photographer that can capture incredibly beautiful and natural images of your big day, then you’ll want to pay full attention to this morning’s post. For we’re introducing our new Sponsor Melissa Beattie Photography, to the blog.
Providing a mixture of fine art and documentary photography, North-East-based Melissa blends in seamlessly to the wedding proceedings, creating timeless images that tell the story of the day in an unobtrusive and professional manner.
Available for both UK and destination weddings, there are no boundaries for this talented lady! So, let’s hand over the blog to Melissa to tell us more about her photography passion whilst showcasing some of her dreamy images.
Tell us a little about your background and how long you have been photographing weddings for?
melissa says: Whilst I have had a love of photography for as long as I can remember, I have only been doing it professionally for around four years, and photographing weddings for three of those. I started my professional career whilst living in Dubai, which was brilliant but a totally different kettle of fish to the UK. We moved back to the UK early last year and it has been the most amazing experience so far. I love that every wedding I have had has been different and exciting in some way and I have been given the opportunity to work at some dream venues already.
What attracted you to wedding photography specifically?
This might sound a bit cliché, but I love everything about weddings and photography is my passion; I couldn’t think of a more perfect job for me.
And what is it about your job that you love?
I love that I get to witness and share in one of people’s happiest moments. Everyone is happy at a wedding and it is always a very uplifting place to be.
How would you describe your style of wedding photography?
My style of photography is a mixture of fine art and documentary. It has often been described as natural, honest, romantic and timeless. I love making real connections with my couples and bringing out their personalities in my portraits. I create images that tell the story of your day in the most relaxed, honest and unobtrusive way.
What is the feedback like from your clients?
Here are just a few of the lovely testimonials that I have received from my couples:
“I knew from the outset that I just had to have Melissa as my photographer. Melissa was just a dream to work with. She was friendly relaxed and helped us to stay calm and relaxed. Most of the time we didn’t even realise she was snapping away capturing all the previous moments. My final images blew me away! The edit of the photos capture all the love and laughter that was shared with us and every image is visually stunning – I felt like the images belonged in the pages of a bridal magazine” – Kathryn
“Melissa was the best photographer we could have hoped for. She is not only professional and incredibly talented, but she is also a wonderful person who was so friendly and personable from the word go. She really took the time to get to know us as a couple and what we were hoping for from her work. Not only did she take some incredibly beautiful shots, but she also captured so many little moments with family and friends. Her work tells a story and we’ll treasure our wedding album forever” – Clara
“Melissa has a talent that is hard to describe I’m not sure how she captured the moments so well, of course I’m extremely happy that she did. Our photographs are just amazing! When we look at them we feel very emotional. Sometimes after a photo shoot you might have one or two favourites, but we just wanted to frame all of them. Melissa is such a lovely person and someone who you would gladly share your special day with. The presentation box with all of the photos on a memory stick was beautiful” – Anna
What is the top piece of advice you would give to camera shy couples?
Around 90% of couples I meet say they are camera shy or not photogenic – if you are one of these couples then I can’t highlight how important it is that you connect with your photographer on more than a photographic level. You want to find someone who understands you and makes you feel relaxed and beautiful. It might also be worth considering a pre-wedding shoot. A pre-wedding shoot can be a great way to ease any nerves you have about being in front of the camera before your big day. It will also give you the opportunity to get to know your photographer better and understand how they shoot.
November 22nd, 2016 | Julia Braime
This afternoon on the blog we’re delighted to be catching up with one of our fabulous Sponsors, Mark Newton Wedding Photography.
Based in Yorkshire, Mark is super passionate about capturing weddings in a natural and relaxed manner, whilst making sure the bride and groom thorough enjoy their big day without being swept away from the action.
So, if you’re looking a contemporary fine art wedding photographer who takes images in a story telling, documentary style to create memories that will last forever – this is your guy!
Furthermore, as a special Christmas present, Mark is offering Brides Up North readers who are tying the knot in 2017, £100 off his standard package. Just mention “BUN16” when getting in touch. As it’s a Christmas deal bookings must be made before 31st December 2016, so don’t delay!
We’ll now hand over the blog to the main man himself to tell us more about is photography style and what it is about weddings that’s got him hooked…
Tell us a little about your background and how long you have been in wedding photography for?
mark says: My background is in music and editorial photography; I’ve been shooting portrait and documentary photography for quite a while. My first wedding was for a couple who’s band I had shot a range of promotional images for, and they really wanted someone who was coming with a more modern approach so asked me if I was interested, I jumped at the chance and have never looked back!
What initially attracted you to wedding photography?
After shooting my first wedding I was hooked. Every wedding day is so different and reflects each couple, it’s great being able to document such a special day. The fact that no two weddings are the same keeps me telling the story of each couple, capturing what makes their day unique.
And what is it about your job that you love?
I love being able to capture and create memories that will last a lifetime. I want the pictures to remind couples how they felt on the wedding day. It’s wonderful being able to meet so many people and have such an important role in their wedding.
How would you describe your style of wedding photography?
My style is natural and relaxed, for me it’s about capturing the day as it happens. I keep my eyes open for the fun and emotional moments that happen unexpectedly as well as recording the main elements. My way of working lets the couples enjoy their day while still getting the all important portraits.
What do your clients love about your approach, service and images?
The feedback from the couples is great, everyone really likes the relaxed approach and often comments on how many of their favourite pictures they don’t even remember being taken. Everyone loves not only having the feelings brought back in images they remember but also seeing things that they missed on the day as well.
What is the top piece of advice you would give to camera shy couples and how do you help them to relax in front of the lens?
The best piece of advice is to not worry about the camera, on the wedding day you’ll be having so much fun, and enjoying the day you won’t even notice most of the pictures being taken. As part of my package I include an engagement shoot, which is a good way of getting used to being in front of the camera. It’s a little scary at first but five minutes into the shoot you’ll see how easy it is. There’s no stuffy posing, we’ll just wander, chat and shoot some pictures of you both looking ace!
You have just launched a new website, can you tell us a little about it?
I’ve worked on my new website to ensure that the images are showcased. I wanted to make sure that I show my style of photography so couples can easily get an idea of how I approach a wedding. It’s also been a big part to make sure that it works well on tablets and mobile devices so that it’s easy to have a good look wherever you are.
Your website shows that you have captured a diverse range of weddings but are there any in particular that stand out to you?
I’m a big fan of shooting at different locations, and so many stand out for me. I’ve recently blogged Hannah and Dave’s wedding, which was a really good fun day to photograph. They wanted the day to be super relaxed and loads of fun so they went for an outdoor ceremony, and included plenty of traditions, such as jumping the broom, and tying the knot. The reception was in a walled garden with tipis, and a big fun-filled celebration, with plenty of games for people to play, and a massive bonfire that was lit between the band’s set. The day was just as they wanted with everyone getting involved and enjoying themselves with new and old friends.
October 31st, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth
Today on the blog we bring you Hannah and Michael’s special day, at the beautiful five-star Grand Hotel and Spa, in York. The historic city was already close to the couple’s hearts and they were totally won over by the Edwardian venue’s truly romantic backdrop.
Opting for a gorgeous gold, bronze and blush pink colour scheme complemented by an abundance of candles, petals and even pom poms – this is a wedding exuding understated glamour and charm.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Richard Perry Photography.
hannah says: We got engaged at home, in our living room, on 13th April. Everything was pretty hectic as we were planning a move to the Middle East with Michael’s job. It was just perfect, I was sat playing with our little boy, Archie, and Michael literally gave me the shock of my life as he appeared with a box and got down on one knee to propose. I couldn’t believe it!
We got married on 4th August 2016 – we didn’t want to wait, plus I had always really wanted a summer wedding. With it being last minute, we were limited by dates but after settling on August, this date just seemed right.
Our wedding venue was The Grand Hotel and Spa, in York. We knew the venue had to be in York as it has a lot of special memories for us – from our first date to the birth of our son, as well as it being my hometown. I fell in love with The Grand Hotel from the moment I saw the grand boardroom; the venue’s elegance and history was just perfect.
Our wedding theme was vintage glamour with a touch of romance. I wanted something with class and sophistication, and once we found the venue, I knew that the grand features of the hotel would work perfectly. As for the colour scheme, this focused on gold, bronze and blush pink.
I found my wedding dress at The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in North Yorkshire. I always knew this would be my starting place, as I know the owner Diana through a close friend. As soon as I stepped into the boutique I knew my dream dress would be in there, somewhere. After trying every different style and fit, I finally found the one – that butterfly feeling was most certainly there! I chose an Enzoani gown in ivory; a vintage style silk and lace embellished dress. It matched the venue and style of the wedding perfectly. I could not recommend Diana and The Little Pearl more. I had the most magical experience from start to finish and felt like a true princess. Diana didn’t miss a detail and would go out of her way to accommodate any request.
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October 28th, 2016 | Julia Braime
When we first set eyes on today’s real wedding we were totally blown away by the bride’s cool and individual style, perfectly showcasing how to make your big day attire your own.
Wearing an insanely beautiful lilac, bias-cut silk dress, Rachel exudes Hollywood glamour by the bucket load, completing her look with a sparking birdcage veil headpiece and shower style bouquet. We love!
As the couple’s stylish choice of venue didn’t have a marriage license, Rachel and Tom made things legal with a ceremony at Leeds Town Hall a few days previous, and yes, they looked flippin’ gorgeous for that bit too!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Mark Newton Photography.
rachel says: We got engaged on 29th February 2012, at the Bier Keller in Leeds. We’d randomly gone there for a drink after. After a discussion about wedding and such things, I decided to ask Tom to marry me, we had been together for five years after all. He said yes and we both got quite emotional. I was lucky enough to inherit my grandmother’s engagement ring so we didn’t have to buy one.
We had our legal ceremony at Leeds Town Hall on 18th May 2015, as unfortunately the venue we wanted to have our wedding at didn’t have a licence to marry us there. We then had a blessing at The Leeds Club on 29th May, as part of our wedding celebrations. I always remember walking past the venue as a child and seeing the business men in the wing back chairs and being really fascinated as to what was inside.
We chose lilac and sage green for the wedding scheme, as we wanted colours that would complement the venue and that also matched my dress.
I was lucky enough to have two wedding dresses as we had the two ceremonies. For the town hall I wore head to toe Vivienne Westwood. For the blessing, I was fortunate enough to have a bespoke dress from the amazing Glory Days, in York. My dress was based on 1940’s Hollywood glamour and the dresses worn by Joan Crawford. It was lilac bias cut silk, with an open back and fishtail train. It was the best dress ever.
Both my bridesmaids have very different styles, so I asked them to wear their favourite dresses. Jules made her own 1940’s style cocktail dress and Suzanne wore a floor-length maxi dress from Seraphina.
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