Charlotte Balbier

sunny side up. alfred angelo for an autumn wedding at whirlowbrook hall – catherine & frazer

May 9th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

An Autumn Wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Mylo Photography (43)

If you’re contemplating an autumn date for your special day, then this afternoon’s real wedding will have you falling head over heels for this beautiful time of the year. Think rich jewelled tones, café au lait dahlias and a picture-perfect sunset, and you’ll get a fair idea of what to expect.

Our couple, Catherine and Frazer, tied the knot at Whirlowbrook Hall, a gorgeous manor house set within 39 acres of landscaped gardens. Plumping for a navy blue and pewter colour scheme, their elegant vintage-inspired theme works beautifully with the venue’s classic backdrop.

As you’ll see, there are so many Pinterest-worthy highlights from their special day – the stunning four-tiered cake (complete with edible sequins) is a favourite, and I just love the bride’s statement blue shoes!

With images by Mylo Photography

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catherine says: We got engaged on our seven-year anniversary, at home, on 27th December 2014, on what was a lovely crisp wintery morning. I had been dropping not so subtle hints about getting married for about a year but Frazer kept saying I’d have to wait and see as our anniversary was coming up.

The day dawned and he made me breakfast. He called me through for my sausage sandwich. I put the ketchup on and flipped the top slice of bread onto the sandwich. Neatly carved into the bread was “will you marry me?”. I think I actually said, “Oh go on then!”. Because of the snow we were unable to visit our families to share the good news for about a week!

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We got married on 16th October 2016. We always knew we wanted an autumn wedding, as we love autumnal colours. Plus a sunny autumn day can be so beautiful. As it turned out, it rained heavily until about an hour before the ceremony and then stayed sunny and dry. We got some fabulous photos with the autumn sunset too.

We hosted our ceremony and reception at Whirlowbrook Hall in Sheffield. We hadn’t intended to go and see Whirlowbrook, as my sister had always wanted to get married there and I didn’t want to copy. We had gone to two wedding fairs nearby, and heard that Whirlowbrook was also holding one. We thought we’d go and see the suppliers rather than the venue, but as soon as we walked in, we knew we’d get married there! The atmosphere was so special, the staff were friendly and attentive, and the Hall and grounds are stunning. We also liked the fact that we’d get exclusive use of the venue for the day, and it was small enough to be intimate, yet still had enough space for everyone.

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We didn’t have a theme as such, but we went for an autumnal vintage elegance feel. Hopefully we captured the richness of the season and matched the grandeur of the hall with classic decorations, but still managed to do things a bit differently.

We opted for a navy blue and pewter/silver colour scheme. We wanted jewel tones for that rich autumnal feel and settled on navy as a colour which would be easy to co-ordinate. We didn’t want bright silver so settled on a darker more antique silver/pewter for our metallic accents. We also incorporated cream and ivory to lighten the overall look.

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I got my dress – the Alfred Angelo 216 Cinderella gown – in a sample sale. I knew I wanted a mermaid/fishtail style, but something a bit different. As soon as I put the dress on, I knew it was ‘the one’. My seamstress, Bride by Katie-Lou Designs, handmade a bolero and matched the lace to the detail on the bodice of the dress, it was perfect! I also wore a long one-tier veil.

My lovely bridesmaid Adele let me wear her antique pearl necklace as my something borrowed. Pearl is also my birthstone, which tied in nicely.

I chose bright blue Irregular Choice shoes for a pop of colour, they were fabulous and I got so many compliments.

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mint condition. vintage-inspired pretty for a wedding at whirlowbrook hall – sarah & tim

April 11th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Mint Green Wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Jenny Mills Photography (42)

This morning on the blog we’re featuring an exquisitely pretty vintage-style real wedding. Bride Sarah opted for a gloriously unbound meadow-style bouquet, Matt chose a dashing brown tweed suit and they both plumped for a hearty Yorkshire-inspired feast for their wedding breakfast.

Their mint green colour scheme, we’re sure you’ll agree, feels fresh as well as pretty, and complements Sarah’s vintage tastes perfectly.

So, if it’s some homespun vintage pretty that you’re after, you’re in the right place!

With photography by Jenny Mills.

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sarah says: We got engaged on 28th November 2015, after six-and-a-half-years together. Every November we go on a city break, and this year it was to New York. We were getting ready to go to Central Park and to watch the Thanksgiving parade when I noticed Tim getting fidgety! I thought he was getting annoyed at me for taking so long, but it was actually because he’d put the ring on the dressing table for me to find – and I hadn’t noticed it! When I eventually went to get my coat on he followed me and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I dropped my bag and fell over! It was perfect. He wanted to do it in the park originally but had been too nervous waiting!

We were married on Friday 2nd September 2016. We’d always said that once we got engaged we’d get married quite quickly. I’d always had April or September in mind – April was too soon so we went for the first Friday of September so (we hoped!) it would still be warm from summer but starting to get a bit more autumnal.

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We got married at Whirlowbrook Hall in Sheffield. We did a lot of online research into places that we thought would fit our budget and ideas for the day. Ideally, I wanted a country house with lots of trees and greenery that was fairly close to Sheffield – we have lots of friends and family who had to travel.

I fell in love with Whirlowbrook as soon as I saw the pictures of it online, I emailed the wedding coordinator, Lucy, for more information and she was incredibly helpful and informative, which filled me with confidence. I had made my mind up before we even went to see it, but driving up the long drive towards the hall made me more determined that this was the venue for us. There were rabbits and ducks on the lawn and it felt so secluded and private. We both loved it and only viewed one other venue before returning to confirm our booking there.

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Theme-wise, we wanted something a little bit rustic with a touch of Yorkshire. I’d seen so many lovely weddings on Pinterest and wanted to take little bits from all of them and make them our own. I also love Brides Up North and it was a huge source of inspiration whilst planning our wedding; I’ve stopped following all the other wedding blogs on Facebook and Instagram since getting married, but I’ve kept Brides Up North because I love seeing all the beautiful weddings – they’re always so pretty!

We made a lot of the table decorations, the order of service and table plans ourselves; I wanted it all to feel laidback but beautiful. We had bunting, lace, burlap and pastel colours as a general theme throughout and our flowers were styled on meadow flowers so that they looked perfectly undone. We’re not a flashy couple and I wanted it to feel a bit like a vintage party rather than a big fancy affair. We had lawn games and a Yorkshire-style menu.

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The main colour was mint, and we used it for our bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen’s ties. Mint also ran through our decorations in the flowers, cake and table decorations. Our flower girl had some mint ribbon in her bouquet and my shoes had mint ribbon in them instead of cream. We chose it because it felt vintage and classic and it’s one of our favourite colours – three of the rooms in our house have mint walls!

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daisy, daisy. kate halfpenny for a mint green and ivory wedding at whirlowbrook hall – kay & matt

September 14th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (53)

We love the relaxed vibe of today’s real wedding with Matt and Kay deciding on a fun garden party style big day, complete with Pimms and tug of war!

The pretty mint green and ivory theme works perfectly with the summer season and both Kay and her maids look absolutely gorgeous in their gowns.

The smiles, laughter and love shared on the day is easy to see in the beautiful images that follow…

With images by Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography.

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kay says: After nine years together I’d love to say that our engagement was a fairy-tale proposal! In 2013 Matt made a deal with me, he said that if I got him tickets to the Ashes that year, he would marry me. As you can imagine, tickets for matches at this level kind of sell out pretty quickly and often about a year before so it was quite a challenge. Not one to back down, I went on the hunt and after pulling lots of strings and calling in favours I managed to secure two tickets to the test at Trent Bridge. We had a great day and he promised that one day he would keep to his side of the bargain. He finally proposed the week before Christmas a few months later. He popped the question at about 10.30pm whilst I was trying to get sleep! I’d been away all week with work and I think he’d stressed himself out so much he just blurted it out! He didn’t even have a ring! Of course I said yes, and we went shopping for a ring a few days later. On the way home we stopped off at my grandma’s house to tell her the news and as we pulled up outside he got the ring out of the box and asked me again – it was where he had picked me up from for our first date and he’d remembered – he got the romance right second time around!

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We got married on Friday 10th July 2015 (two years to the date of the weekend we spent at the Ashes match – although this is a huge coincidence). We wanted a summer wedding so that there was a chance we could spend the day outside. We were both really keen that the day was quite chilled out and wanted to have the atmosphere of a big family/friends gathering – like you would have at a barbecue party! I did a bit of research (ok, quite a bit) on the weather over the last four years which narrowed it down to a few weeks in July where there had been zero rainfall. Luckily the venue only had a few dates left so it was a perfect fit!

We got married at Whirlowbrook Hall in Sheffield and fell in love with it the minute we got there. After lots of research on venues close to where we lived, I’d narrowed it down to three options. We visited each of them over a weekend and as we approached the long sweeping driveway of Whirlowbrook I was won over! It was perfect and had the country house/rustic feel that I wanted, but also had the laid back/modern feel that Matt was looking for. The outdoor lawn was just right for my plans, but the indoor space was perfect if the typical English weather decided to make an appearance!

We met with Judith at the hall and her enthusiasm, knowledge and approach was just what we wanted. It felt like she had been a friend of ours for years and encouraged my ideas of doing things a bit differently!

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I wanted the theme to feel like a country garden – lots of fresh summery colours, wild flowers, lace and bunting! It was the style that I was drawn towards the most and fitted in with the outdoor approach that we wanted. I also wanted everything to just be simple and pretty without feeling over the top and to make sure that the day was laid back and not too formal – we just wanted a party really.

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Our chosen colours were mint green and ivory with a few pastels thrown in to add a bit of colour where needed! I love the freshness of mint green, and daisies are also one of my favourite flowers so it all fitted in well!

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I wanted my dress to be simple, elegant and unique. I almost had a bit of a bridezilla breakdown as I’d visited several boutiques and looked online at different designers but I wasn’t finding anything that matched my vision. After several months of searching, I came across Kate Halfpenny who is based in London and I was mesmerised by her collection. I loved them all! I got in touch with Kate to find out her price range as I didn’t fancy a trip to London to fall in love with a dress that I couldn’t afford. Her reply was even more comforting as she was about to launch her collection outside of London for the first time…in Sheffield! I went to visit her at the launch day which was held at The White Room boutique. After ten minutes of chatting to Kate about what I liked I was being dressed in the Iris slip and jacket – I had that ‘tears’ moment (so did my bridesmaids) and the rest is history!

My shoes were by Jenny Packham and I also wore a headpiece by Debbie Carlisle – again something a bit different that was simple, but elegant.

My hair was done by Katie and Jenny at Parkers in Sheffield. Jo Singleton was my knight in shining armour and made my makeup look fantastic – natural but visible. She also did the makeup for my four bridesmaids.

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Matt had his suit tailor made by Sean at Ashford Menswear in Sheffield. He wears suits most days for his job, so wanted something a bit different. Sean was brilliant – he helped him to choose fabrics, explained alternative cuts to make the suit feel unique and suggested ways to add personal touches – this included our names and wedding date being embroidered into the lining of his jacket! He got brownie points from me for this!

Our groomsmen wore whatever they chose and felt comfortable in. They each have their own style and we weren’t bothered about everyone matching.

Our bridesmaids meanwhile all wore dresses that I had found online. Trying to please four girls that are different shapes and sizes wasn’t an easy task (I’m sure many brides experience this), but the one shoulder, fitted on top/floaty on bottom, knee-length style looked perfect on all of them. Their shoes were from BHS.

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The amazing Jo and Simon at Shoot Photography captured our day for us. We met them at our friend’s wedding four years ago and had followed their work ever since. There was only ever one choice of photographer for us and I checked they were available before confirming the venue! They are just wonderful – so professional, but laid back and they make you feel at ease from the minute you meet them. Neither of us like our photograph being taken, but their sense of humour helped us to relax and actually enjoy it!

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (40)

I wanted my bouquet to look like I’d picked it from the garden, so quite wild looking and not very neat! Jo Price Flowers in Sheffield did an amazing job with a very minimal brief. The colours were green and white and it included lots of daisies.

Jo Price Flowers also assisted with the flowers for the décor by helping me to fill several jugs and jam jars (that I’d been collecting for over a year). I collected other bits from a variety of places – Etsy, The Range, Hobbycraft and other online websites – to make pretty much all of our decorations. My maid of honour was very handy with a sewing machine and so made all of the bunting that was used in the Oak Room! Matt’s dad made all of the outdoor signage from old bits of wood. It was a collective effort and a lot of the items were homemade – I wanted it to have a personal touch.

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We didn’t give favours to guests as such, but I put in a rush order of paper heart shaped fans on the Monday when I knew the temperatures were going to reach 25/26c – they went down a treat! I also bought lots of flip flops for our female guests to wear – no one likes heels on the grass!

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In terms of food and drink, we had canapés and Pimms to start with and then had a full barbecue with a choice of wines as the main dinner. We had picnic blankets spread across the lawn and picnic basket stations with wine glasses, bottle coolers and cutlery etc. I think a fair few bottles of prosecco were drunk too!

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Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (97)

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (94)

For the entertainment, we had a fantastic band called Highway Child to play – they actually learnt our first dance and played it live for us. I’ve known the lead singer of the band for a number of years and have seen them play several times – I wouldn’t have had anyone else!

We also had garden games spread out across the lawn for our guests to entertain themselves with the space hopper race, limbo pole and Stags v Hens tug of war going down a treat! We also had giant Twister, giant Connect Four and Quoits. Everyone just seemed to be having fun and it was so nice to see everyone smiling and laughing.

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We would absolutely recommend our wedding venue to other couples. The team were brilliant from start to finish. Judith listened to my ideas and was always at the end of the phone/email if I had any concerns or needed a recommendation. I always felt like they were I complete control and that’s a must for any bride. It was also the personal touches on the day which made a big difference, they knew exactly how we would be feeling at every point and they really looked after us. Danny and his team were great throughout the day and they always had a smile on their faces. We felt like we were with friends who had known us for years.

Kate Halfpenny for a relaxed wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall (c) Shoot Lifestyle Wedding Photography (90)

I loved all of it the wedding but I think my favourite bit was when we were walking back up the driveway after we had been to do photographs (just Matt and I) – all we could hear was laughter and we just saw everyone having fun. It was exactly how I had wanted it to be.

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Following the wedding we had a mini-moon in Ibiza for five days…I needed sunshine! We delayed our two-week honeymoon to America until this month. We have booked four days in New York, then we fly to San Francisco and spend four days there before picking up a convertible Mustang (super excited to drive this!) and driving down the coast of California to Carmel. We then have four days of exploring (and hopefully relaxing) before we travel home.

My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to make sure that you take time off in the lead up to the big day. Also, ask people to help as there is so much to do and don’t forget to book in time to treat yourself! I spent the day before being completely pampered (nails etc.) with my maid of honour and it was definitely needed!

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returning to their roots. a romantic valentine’s day wedding in sheffield – ruth & james

April 27th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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Today’s real wedding couple are such fans of the north of England that they chose to tie the knot in Sheffield where their family roots lie rather than in the South of France where they currently live.

James and Ruth’s dreamy day says glamour and romance and is captured beautifully by Jon Dennis of S6 Photography – we particularly love the moody countryside shots!

We’re also huge fans of the ladies’ faux fur jackets, Ruth’s gorgeous lace bolero and those incredible blooms!

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ruth says: We got engaged in Barcelona in a beautiful hotel called Gran hotel La Florida overlooking Barcelona up on Mount Tibidabo. I had no idea as we had just returned from a trip to Dubai and I thought we were taking a connecting flight back to France (where we live). James had other ideas! It was very romantic with champagne and a stunning suite. He got down on one knee to pop the question and of course, I said yes!

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We had a Valentine’s Day wedding. Although we don’t really celebrate it, we didn’t want a long engagement so we decided to take advantage of my work holidays (I work in an international school) and get married during the half term. The date worked, so we booked it!

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We were married at Christ Church Gleadless in Sheffield and our reception was held at Whirlowbrook Hall, Whirlow. We chose the church as it is the church where James’ parents and grandparents were married. We chose the reception venue because we loved the setting, grounds and the rooms there. As soon as we visited it we knew it was right because the Whirlowbrook team were so welcoming and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble.

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There was no specific theme, although navy blue was the colour of the bridesmaid dresses and boys’ cravats. The flowers and decorations were a little rustic and my dress had a slight vintage feel.

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I’d say the colour scheme was navy blue and white. James is a Sheffield Wednesday fan and they are the colours of his team so it worked quite well!

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My dress was a simple evening gown with a long sleeved lace bolero jacket over the top. It had a slight train at the back and was an A line shape. I chose it because I wanted something simple and elegant that I wouldn’t struggle to move around in.

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James wore the Royal Ascot morning suit from Moss Bros in grey and black with the navy cravat.

The best men wore the same as James and the bridesmaids wore long navy blue evening gowns with lace and beading around the neck line.

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I travelled in a Rolls Royce Phantom III Wraith which we hired from Cupid Carriages in Wales Bar.

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Jon Dennis from S6 Photography was our photographer and he was just perfect. I would highly recommend him to anyone for their wedding as he is so friendly and professional and the photos he took were stunning.

Jon took us out towards Derbyshire for some photos in the countryside on the day which was a great idea and really added to the photos. It was special because the area was a big part of both mine and James’ childhoods so it felt important to include that in our wedding shots.

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I carried a bouquet of seasonal flowers and berries in blues, purples and greens. It had ivy trailing down and a fabulous succulent that we named Stanley! The succulent is now growing in a pot at my sister’s house. The bridesmaids had bouquets of gypsophila and some in the hair too. All of the flowers were provided by the lovely Tracey Campbell of Campbell’s Flowers in Sheffield. She was an absolute dream and I couldn’t have been happier with everything that she created for us.

Tracey also provided the flowers for the centre pieces which were candelabras with a wreath of gypsophila. The top table had a wreath of gypsophila at each end around lots of candles. It was very elegant and simple, exactly what we hoped for. She also proved a beautiful garland to go down the staircase at Whirlowbrook Hall and few extra vases of gypsophila.

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Favours were three macaroons in a box. We wanted to have a little nod to our French life so it seemed the perfect choice.

We chose a three tier cake; one tier of chocolate, one of sponge and a top fruit tier. It was made by a wonderful friend called Sarah Axe who makes cakes and just asks for donations to her charity; Memories from Isla which creates memory boxes for grieving parents who have lost babies early on. The cake was delicious and was decorated with white icing and white cake lace with navy ribbons. Tracey the florist added some gypsophila for the top of the cake.

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For our wedding meal we went for the Whirlowbrook gala buffet which included lots of delicious meats and salads. A whole poached salmon and lamb. There was also a curry and everything was delicious! We wanted to keep it reasonably informal and allow people a huge choice. We chose a white French wine; Colombard Ugni Blanc, Richelieu and a red Rioja Tempranillo as we used to live in Spain and it’s one of our favourite wines.

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We chose a band called Downtown Underground to provide the entertainment who were a soul/funk seven piece band that we found online. They were fantastic and the dance floor was full all night.

We also had a photo booth from Meridian Entertainment which was so much fun and everyone stuck a copy of their photos in a photo album for us so we had a lot of laughs looking at the photos after the wedding.

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We would absolutely recommend our venue to other couples. It was beautiful inside and out and the whole day ran smoothly due to the professional team there. We didn’t have to worry about anything from the planning, to the setup, to the running of the day. They took care of everything and were so friendly and fun.

For me my favourite part of the day was saying our vows in front of all of our family and friends. It’s something I will never forget and was so special. James loved having a big party with everyone – we love and watching me walk down the aisle to him!

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We went to Budapest and Vienna on our honeymoon. We had tonnes of fun – eating, drinking and exploring the cities. We love city breaks and as we only had a week due to our work commitments it was the perfect ‘mini-moon’. In Budapest we went to the Thermal spas and food markets and did a walking tour. In Vienna we went to beautiful restaurants and took in the sights of the city.

My top tip to other Brides Up North is organise your budget early on and try to stick to it. Invest in a great photographer. On the day, relax! It’s so much fun if you take it as one big party and celebration. The day goes so fast so make the most of every second!

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The Lucky Ones! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Catherine & Rob

October 17th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Catherine says:  Rob proposed on the wheel outside Selfridges in Manchester on the 18th December 2010. It wasn’t planned to stop at the top, but it did and Rob pulled the ring out and said “How about it then…” I laughed and then said yes! I can’t remember a thing about the 4 times round or the view we had.

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We were married on 2nd June 2012 at St Mary’s Church, Rotherham followed by a reception at Whirlowbrook Hall in Sheffield.  We fell in love with Whirlowbrook the first time we drove up the long winding driveway. The building itself is set against such a gorgeous backdrop, and is very secluded and private. We also wanted to be the only couple getting married there on that day, and Whirlowbrook was exclusively ours. We also loved that fact that they were flexible with what we wanted to do on the day.

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I cannot thank or praise Jo and Simon from Shoot Lifestyle enough, not only for the beautiful photographs that we have, but for their friendship, support and kindness. They were fantastic on the day, with all the guests, not just us!

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Instead of traditional favours, we made donations to two charities that mean a lot to both our families, Macmillan Cancer Support and The British Heart Foundation

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We chose a Marks and Spencer three tiered cake, with a different flavour for each layer.

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My uncle was fantastic and arranged all the music for the wedding and DJ’d throughout the night with the help of other family members.  We also had two casino tables, where people could play for fun. We thought it would be a bit of fun for the boys, but it seems everyone enjoyed having a go!

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It may sound clichéd, but I loved every minute of day. I had fun getting ready with some very special people, I grinned all the way down the aisle and throughout the service, and from then on, we just had fun partying. We had some very special people who were so genuinely happy for us that it was hard not to love every minute.

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Maybe if I did have to be specific, then I would have to say the rendition of “You can call me Al’ in honour of my Dad, which was played twice and got the dance floor rocking!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every minute of marrying your best friend surrounded by the people that love you the most.

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Congratulations Catherine & Rob!

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Contact me to see your own Real Wedding on Brides Up North. 

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