July 21st, 2016 | Rachel Parry
This morning we have a wonderfully elegant wedding for you to feast your eyes on.
After a traditional church service, today’s bride and groom, Stacey and Chris, enjoyed a memorable reception at The White Hart in, complete with delicious cake and fabulous entertainment.
Highlights for us include the classic wedding transport, timeless colour scheme and both the bride and groom’s attire; with Chris sporting a super-dapper tux, and Stacey wearing a stunning satin gown by our amazing Sponsor Amanda Wyatt.
With images by Claire Basiuk Photography.
stacey says: We got engaged on Christmas Day 2014. Chris surprised me with a treasure hunt around our house. It all lead to the final clue, which was to find a teddy-bear-shaped box on top of our Christmas tree that had a diamond ring inside. When I looked up at Chris he was down on one knee asking me to marry him.
We set the date for 23 April 2016 as we wanted a spring wedding. The ceremony was at St Joseph’s in Mossley, where we live, followed by a reception at The White Hart in Lydgate. We chose the church because it’s where my family and I go and my parents got married there. We chose the reception venue because it is close to where we live, it has a good reputation and beautiful surroundings.
We didn’t have a theme to the day as such we just wanted a very classic style. We decided on a very neutral colour scheme with nude/light peach and ivory colours.
My dress was a long, ivory, satin and lace Amanda Wyatt dress from Once Upon a Bride, in Hyde. I chose it because it was everything I was looking for. It was quite a plain, classic, satin dress. It was like a two in one dress with a beautiful lace attachment that was placed on top of the dress. The bodice was lace and this trailed all the way down the back of the dress with button detail.
Chris wore a black tuxedo with a black satin trim around the lapels, a black satin bow tie and black waistcoat, all from Swarbricks in Manchester. He finished off his look with black patent shiny shoes. The groomsmen were also in black tuxedos, waistcoats and bow ties to match.
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December 15th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Wendy and Steve chose beautiful Bowcliffe Hall near Wetherby for their pretty green wedding that fused both traditional and travel inspired touches… even bringing in some faux snow for an impromptu snowball fight!
With images by Tom at Razzleberry Photography.
steve says: Wendy is a keen snowboarder and so I proposed in the snow. I’d designed her ring to include her birthstone which is in her favourite colour – green – and so I’d spent a little while in the jewellers getting it ready. Once that was sorted I just had to wait for the snow to fall!
I wanted a day that showed everyone who we are – something that was fun but didn’t take itself too seriously. We wanted an informal feel but had nods to the traditional elements.
wendy says: I wanted the wedding to be fun and to be personal to us. We wanted to be a little bit different and to reflect our personalities. We chose to have a map and travel theme as we love adventure.
When we were looking for a venue, we wanted something different and every place we visited seemed to have pre-set ideas and arrangements of what a wedding should look like. Bowcliffe Hall is totally unique – the Blackburn Wing instantly captured our imagination and the Hall, Drivers Club and Gardens created a perfect package.
April 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Who said pretty pastels couldn’t come with a huge dose of glamour? Today’s real bride Hayley and new husband Stephen are ripping up the rule book with their soft and stylish Real Wedding at Rockliffe Hall.
With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Lee Scullion.
Hayley says: We got engaged at the Burj al Arab, Dubai in February 2006. Steven proposed on Christmas day in 2005. We didn’t want a party so we celebrated our engagement with a trip Dubai to pick a ring.
We were married on 22nd September 2013 at Rockliffe Hall, Darlington. I wanted a classy and timeless wedding and Rockliffe offers modern and old mixed together. We had our ceremony in the old arches which offered a nicer feel than just a function room. The colour scheme is quite neutral which enabled us to go for any colour scheme we wanted.
We had lilacs, lavenders, ivories and a beautiful thistle colour in our stationery. Grey suits for the gents, accented with lilac cravats and handkerchiefs to give a subtle bit of colour to blend in with the rest of the wedding. My dress and the bridesmaids were all ivory. I wanted a neutral palette with the flowers taking centre stage.
My dress was from Solutions Bridal Designer House in Orlando Florida. The dress was antique ivory with ivory lace in a mermaid strapless fit. I opted for a very long veil trimmed in the same lace as the dress and a very glamorous belt made by Maria Elena and Manolo Blanik shoes with a beautiful vintage brooch on the front.
The hair was prepped by myself the evening before (I’m am a hairstylist) ready for my friend Carol-Anne Jenkinson who is the owner of Platinum Hair Design in Sunderland. She also did her magic on the bridal party. I had my makeup done by Amanda Bell Elite Makeup Artist.
Our flowers were by Adam Prest who is very unique in his work and knew exactly what I wanted. My bouquet consisted of a vibrant lilac roses, astrania, astilbe,clematis,snowberries and sweetpeas. They smelt beautiful. The bridesmaids had smaller versions of my flowers with a mix for the top table and centre pieces for the tables at the wedding breakfast. We also had similar mixture for the gents’ button holes and ladies’ corsages.
We had six bridesmaids from two years old to sixteen. The younger bridesmaids wore dresses from Monsoon and the two older bridesmaids wore a dress from Coast which was from the bridal range. I think they blended nicely together.
The groomsmen wore hired suits from Gavin Scott Menswear in Washington. The grooms suit was made by Ian Bone a visiting tailor. He came to our home and measured Steven up, we picked the material and and cut of the suit. It was a very professional and friendly service from Ian and we had two more fittings before the finished result.
Our photographer was the amazing Lee Scullion. We had a lot of recommendations from people but as soon as I saw Lee’s work I knew he was the man for the job.
Our videographers were Chris and Janet Hughes for One Digital Image – a great husband and wife team. They made a one minute video summarising the day so we could share with our guests and friends which was really unique in itself and was ready to view the following morning.
Our save the dates and invitations were by Noble Fine Art. They also made our favour boxes, the menu for the tables at the wedding breakfast and the seating plan in a beautiful pearl stock paper with thistle ribbon.
Simply Bows & Chair Covers dressed our tables with a new range of lace chair coverings.
We had handmade chocolates made for the favour boxes from Robineau Patisserie in Darlington and mini bottles of whiskey for the gents.
The cake was from Celebration Cakes in Peterlee, I scaled it down from the original design in the shop. It had six tiers with all different sponges and fruit cake. It had a pearl covering with roses and lace made from sugar paste and tied in with all the little elements from the wedding.
We had Val Boyers singer and guitarist singing during our wedding breakfast and a fantastic local band (Fate) singing live on the evening of the wedding.
Prime Entertainment provided Formula One cars which were very popular and we also hired Snaparazzi and their fabulous photo booth. We got a book of everyone’s photos who had been in the photo booth with a message alongside the photos which is a really nice and different keep sake.
I downloaded an app called Wedpics and invited all our guests to upload all their photos. I thought this to be better than having disposable cameras and it worked well.
Honeymoon wise, we’re are still working on that one, we want something different!
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy and take every moment in because it goes over far too fast and don’t drink to much Champagne!
Congratulations Hayley & Stephen!
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April 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime
Away from the pages of the wedding blog, I’m frequently commissioned to write freelance pieces for various glossy magazines (Carrie Bradshaw eat your heart out, eh?) and quite often like to share that content again here when I think it might be interesting or relevant to my readers. Or genuinely because I’m just really, really proud to see my work in print.
Loved Up Magazine, to whose pages I’ve been contributing for – goodness! – actual years and years now got in touch to ask me to compile a feature sharing my “top clicks” for online wedding planning content, a subject close to my heart.
Yes, I’m a first and foremost a blogger, but I’m also a consumer. Shock horror! I read other blogs. And I’m a prolific consumer of wedding media especially. I like to keep up with the industry news, the creativity of my peers and to be honest, it’s still fun for me. Yes, even after four years of blogging about weddings twice a day and 40+ branded bridal events and exhibitions under my Brides Up North belt… I still love it. I’ve a full blog reader, test out any new bridal app going and don’t even get me started on social media. 39,394 tweets down at the time of writing, I’m well aware that that’s my unwritten novel, right there on Twitter (hey, come follow me, I’ve clearly a lot to say!)
So, here’s my current top picks of the online wedding World – emphasis on current there: trust me, I could have filled the whole magazine with links. So, have fun exploring, but come right back again afterwards y’hear?!
I said: In my role as editor of one of the top wedding blogs in the UK I spend a whole lot of time at a computer screen. Mostly its bonafide blog business, but I also spend some time every day keeping on top of what’s new in the online bridal world. It’s as much about checking out the latest cyber products for my bride-to-be readers as staying ahead of the competition, and I’m here to share some of my favourite online resources with you.
Wedding blogs are a dynamic, easy to access and free source of wedding planning know how, with a personal touch. There’s a blog out there to suit almost every bride, so bookmark your favourites and return daily for a rapid turnover of ideas, inspiration and tips.
My Top Clicks
Brides Up North (well, obvs.) – our site and branded bridal events are a must for local ladies who want to see just what the fantastic wedding industry suppliers on their doorstep can do. Every fabulous feature on Brides Up North is sourced from the regions, be it a supplier showcase, styled shoot or real wedding.
Rock N Roll Bride – a cute and colourful site packed full of diverse and different wedding inspiration. If you fancy trying your hand at blogging yourself, creator Kat also runs courses for aspiring writers at her worldwide Blogacademy.
Festival Brides – if you’d rather host your own “wed-stock” party under canvas than hire a stately home, this is the blog for you. Focusing on outdoor and festival weddings, the site is a little bit of summer sunshine delivered to your blog reader daily.
There are apps galore for wedding planning on the move. From finding your dream dress to keeping track of your gift list, a few clever downloads can make the whole process a little less daunting. Take a break from Candy Crush and try out some bridal apps that might just save you time and money.
My Top Clicks
WedPics – An alternative to disposable cameras, this nifty tool gathers all your guests’ pics and videos in one private place – and gives you a record of your big day through your nearest and dearest’s eyes.
AppyCouple – A fully personalised online space that your guests can access to obtain all the key details for your celebration including addresses, gift list info, directions, dress code and timings. They can even RSVP and make menu choices, leaving all the information to hand when table planning hysteria sets in.
Find Your Dream Wedding Dress – A fashionista’s fantasy – browse different design features and come up with a selection of gowns that meet any given criteria, then find the shops that stock them. The dress hunt made easy.
Use social media to network your way from engagement to altar. Here you can get real time responses to your queries and supplier searches on a no obligation basis.
My Top Clicks
Facebook – Most industry professionals keep their Facebook page more up to date than their brochure or websites, making it easier for you to get a sense for their current work.
Pinterest – If you love a mood board, you’ll adore this image sharing site, also available as a smartphone app. Build online boards by pinning your favourite wedding inspiration images to build up a visual idea of your wedding style. And if you don’t want to spoil the surprise – simple – you can now make secret boards too!
Twitter – You’ll find that the wedding industry is live and loud on the Twitter airwaves: keen to offer advice, sell their services and attract new customers.
Words: Brides Up North for Loved Up Magazine Spring/Summer 2014
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