December 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Merry Christmas! Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a break for the festive season, 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 5th January 2015 (with some big news!) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year. 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 for 2014.
Today’s real wedding at the amazing Castle Howard near York is all kinds of beautiful. Elegant and classic, with unexpected touches and an overarching feeling of full on luxury, this is my kind of a wedding day.
Twinkling candles, layers of scent, stunning blooms and a black tie theme. Sensational.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Ally Byrom Photography.
laura says: We got engaged in Barbados two years ago. We were on holiday and Daniel suggested we went to the Sandy Lane beach for the day, a beautiful pristine beach attached to the well known hotel. We were walking along the shore when Daniel got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
We got married on 21st June 2014. We knew we wanted an early summer wedding.
We got married at Castle Howard. If you have ever been there you will know how stunning it is. We had also been there the previous year to race in a triathlon. The views during the drinks reception and on arrival at Castle Howard are lovely.
We had black tie dress code but we didn’t have any special theme. I don’t think you really need to add anything else to Castle Howard, otherwise it might detract from the beautiful venue. We had matte silver colour scheme. We went through endless bridesmaid dress colour swatches before we settled on matte silver! We think it looked chic and elegant on my gorgeous bridesmaids.
I had an Enzoani dress. It had an elegant racer back with some delicate thin lace detail on the neck line and back, fitted to just below my hips and then straight down with a train; and in white of course!
My hairdresser was incredible. Carrie at Urban Hair in Boroughbridge managed to create the exact style I wanted and was so nice and relaxed on the day. I highly recommend her.
My hair accessories were from Flo and Percy, they had a great selection and made each accessory to order. I also got miniature versions of my headpiece for my bridesmaids to wear.
My shoes were from Harriet Wilde, she had a sophisticated, elegant selection of styles. I am quite fussy on shoes but Harriet came to meet me at her London shop to help me choose the right ones.
Daniel wore a Moss Bros dinner suit with a white waistcoat and white cravat.
The bridesmaids wore JLM Couture dresses in matte silver with each of the five bridesmaids in different style dresses. They each chose their own style from a shortlist I gave to them. All the dresses were floor length and fitted with a black beaded waist belt and beige court shoes.
Ally Byrom was my photographer. She did an amazing job! We were very relaxed having our couples shots and she captured the moment perfectly without other guests even realising they were being snapped! I would highly recommend Ally!
Kymm Queen was our florist, I carried some beautifully scented, white peonies and white roses with freesia and lavender hidden around the base (because I love the smell of lavender but didn’t want the colour on display!).
We had white peonies, white roses, lilac freesias and lavender in the centre of the candelabras. We had dried rose petals scattered on the wedding breakfast tables too.
Kirsty Guest at Piece of Cake Harrogate made our impressive four tier (Baileys, Limoncello, Fruit and Chocolate and Guinness) cake with intricate lace design (to match my dress) and little bikes around the base (to keep the husband happy). We also had real flowers between two of the layers.
We had Sloe Gin miniature bottles with personalised ‘Laura and Dan’ stamped labels that we made ourselves. We also filled the miniature bottles ourselves, which was a messy job, but we had plenty of volunteers to help us!
We supplied our own individual types of beers from the countries we had visited together over the last 8 years and had fun little additions with a pick and mix table and giant chocolate letters that spelt out our names.
Our singer Tommy Ludgate (contact through www.michaelhallmusic.co.uk) was sensational and made our ceremony the highlight of the day with acoustic renditions of modern songs which we chose. We really can’t recommend her enough.
My favourite part of the day was the ceremony, but we hadn’t expected it to be. We were looking forward to drinks reception so we could relax but it was just so incredibly special, it was easily the most memorable part of the day. The atmosphere in the great hall at Castle Howard was perfect.
For our honeymoon we visited Lake Como, Tuscany and Sicily. We took our bikes and explored the lakes and Tuscany on them. We enjoyed some wine tasting and amazing meals.
We took a private helicopter trip over Mount Etna for a close up look into the crater.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t get hung up on minor details, they aren’t that important, as long as you have the main things in place you will have the best day.
June 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime
When Brides Up North reader Stef first contacted me asking if I’d like to share her Real Wedding memories, she made it clear that she was extremely proud to have planned her big day whilst sticking to quite a narrow budget (in comparison to the “average” spend), and very much wanted to show other Brides Up North that you can have the day of your dreams without getting yourself into debt.
It might mean that there aren’t any “getting ready” shots or images of Stef and Rich’s wedding breakfast to share today (they had mates ready with a camera for those bits instead) but it did mean that they start their lives together money-worry free. An excellent trade off, in my opinion. They don’t seem particularly put out by the lack of all those “details” that we are conditioned to think should make up a good wedding either.
C’mon, I’m a wedding blogger – it goes without saying that I love a huge blowout bash – but I like a refreshing (and savvy) approach too. Don’t be afraid to work out a budget for your big day and then – here’s the clever part – stick to it. If there’s money in the pot and you want to, go large (and send me the photos!), but if you’d rather save a few pennies for rainier days, that’s fine too.
Kudos to you Stef, your wedding looks like it was awesome.
With images by Emilia Smith.
Stef says: We got engaged on holiday in Bulgaria. We went on holiday with a group of friends, their children and my step daughter. Rich said he wanted to take me out for a meal on our own.
Next thing I know a horse and carriage pulls up. I knew instantly what he was up to. I was so nervous… but very happy. He asked me on the carriage. We didn’t go for dinner as we decided to go back to the hotel, buy champagne and celebrate with our friends and later we all went for a wonderful meal on the beach.
The ring was perfect! So different and so perfectly me.
Our wedding date was 29th March 2014. I ran York marathon in October 2013 and after the marathon we walked round York and saw York Registry Office. We went in and had a look. We both instantly knew that was where we wanted our small ceremony to be. We paid the deposit without a second thought.
We picked vintage blues and pinks and went for a tea party style. I love pink and we like to coordinate outfits a lot (yawn!) so we naturally went for pink and blue.
I wanted a tea length 50’s style dress. I found it at Deborah Moore Bridal and it was by Pronovias. I was originally going to get a high street dress or a bridesmaid dress as our budget was so small but I went with my best friend to try on dresses and saw “my dress”. It was in the sale at more than half price but it was a full length gown. We played around with some pins and I decided to buy it and alter it. I was so delighted with it and it is still hanging over my bed! It fits with my style perfectly… it’s different but still elegant and very “weddingy”.
My husband got his suit from the internet. It was extremely cheap but we ordered it and had it altered. He wore all blue with a blue dickie bow and his favourite blue suede brogues.
As we were on a strict budget we asked all our guests to wear what they wanted and informed them of the colour scheme and theme of the wedding. Our friends and family know us well and all followed our wishes.
I had my beautiful step daughter as my flower girl. We got her (unworn) dress from a second hand bridal shop called Bridal Reloved in Beverley. She wanted a dress similar to mine and we wore matching shoes that we won on an auction site and I bought pink near shoe clips to jazz them up.
My photographer was a friend of a friend. Her name is Emilia smith (freelance). She was brilliant and we had such a wonderful experience with her
I wanted silk flowers mainly to keep them forever but also as they cost much much less. I found a lady who makes bouquets on Etsy and I emailed asking for a custom order. I sent her pictures of our shoes and general theme and ordered two bouquets, a hair clip, and a button hole for my husband.
I made button holes for the guests from wool and pipe cleaners. I was super pleased with how it all turned out. The registry office had flowers of their own and we didn’t feel the need to have any more.
My mum made wooden spoons with bells and ribbons on… this was for the guests to shake and wave when we came out of the ceremony room. They were a fun and quirky idea and the kids loved them.
We opted for a champagne afternoon tea at the Grange Hotel, York.
I was very informal, with no seating plan. We arranged sofas and comfy chairs so people could sit with who they wished and it was very relaxed.
For our evening shindig we served curry and cake. We had such a wonderful peaceful day – we wanted our night party to be a good knees up and it was!
The best part of the day for me was having the photographs in the city with just me and my husband.
We got a lot of attention and it was so much fun. We wanted the photos to be fun and capture our personalities and we wanted them to be natural. The weather was fantastic and it was such a wonderful buzz. We were on cloud nine!
We went to Tunisia for our honeymoon. Again we were on a budget and we shopped around. We did lots of activities like wine tasting, camel riding and had a spa day. It was a lovely hotel and as it was “out of season” the value for money was unbelievable… ultimately all that mattered to us was a bit of sun and seven days to be together. Everything else was a bonus.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to do what you want and don’t do things because they are expected. We feel that people spend a lot of money on things that are forgotten. We had a budget of £3000 and that had to include the honeymoon. We had a wonderful experience and we are now married and we don’t have any debts to pay. Don’t be afraid to ask friends for favours… we did and it was the best move we made, and also included them in our day.
Congratulations Stef & Rich!
Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 Emilia Smith
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November 15th, 2013 | Julia Braime
It’s been one seriously fabulous year here at Brides Up North, both online (the prettiest real weddings, most fabulous regional suppliers, lots of great press in the National media and a Wedding Blog Award for “Best Big Day Inspiration” from Wedding Magazine, thank you very much) and offline (sixteen absolutely brilliant wedding exhibitions packed to the rafters with wedding industry talent, inspiration and brides to be, plus two super fun wedding industry parties).
Whilst your double weekday daily dose of online inspiration ain’t going anywhere, it’s time to wrap up our offline season of bridal events with our grand finale – The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at National Railway Museum, York, on Sunday 17th November 2013, 10am till 5pm – and completely FREE entry!
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Now didn’t that come around fast?!
Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition
National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ
Sunday 17th November 2013
10am till 5pm
Like it says on the banner above, this is one seriously beautiful event. Set amongst the vintage carriages, our suppliers really do pull out all the stops to show you what they can do – and how they can make your wedding day dreams a reality. With vintage styling and luxury products and services, we have literally every detail covered. Join us in this unique and stunning setting for a bridal event that feels like a “proper day out” and leave with more inspiration than you can handle.
Images from our last event and photo shoot by Peter Boyd Photography. And that was just a warm up!
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November 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime
If you’re going to theme a wedding, you may as well do it properly. Or at least that was today’s newlyweds’ motto (that and “Be Prepared” of course) when planning their entirely Scout and Guide themed wedding.
I’ve been looking forward to sharing this fun and fabulous day with you. Campfires at the ready, it’s Claire & Andrew’s big day…
Images by Alex Knight Photography
Claire says: We got engaged on 12th August 2012 at Whitby Abbey. I had just been on a JEKA adventure with my Guide & Ranger groups to Adelboden in Switzerland via Disneyland Paris on the way back. I was very tired and hadn’t showered in 2 days! I had managed to change my pants and brush my teeth though – small things to make a long coach journey bearable!
Andrew had been clearing out the Scout stores and I had to suffer a variety of vintage gas lamps in the kitchen. Upon collecting me he declared that he found a Scout campsite willing to have said lamps; "It’s a bit of a drive but you can tell me about your trip in the car." I was too exhausted to argue.
It turned out the "bit of a drive" was Scarborough; a likely story. I had an inkling that Andrew might propose but didn’t think he would be so cruel. Meanwhile I kept looking at the road signs wistfully that said Whitby – my favourite place in the entire world. I had a nap; woke up to tell Andrew off for nearly ploughing into the back of a tractor; fell asleep again and eventually woke up in a car park.
"This doesn’t look like a Scout campsite."
"Do you not know where you are?"
"Look out of the window to your right."
"*Sees Whitby Abbey* oh… OH!"
I guess what the game is; immediately feel sick, think I’m about to ramble and ruin everything and promptly clam up. Andrew and I go for an ice cream and a walk around the Abbey.
Andrew gets on one knee and pops the question. I squeak and nod. Andrew then gets extra Brownie points by reading a love letter from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn (one of my idols). He was going to memorise it but it was too hard! .
We wanted something historical and a little bit different to a modern hotel. We were never going to get married in church so we needed to widen the search. We loved Temple Newsham in Leeds but it was very booked up and the amount of chasing we had to do with marquee people started to get a bit silly.
As we had a lot of guests travelling we looked to York. I always enjoyed day trips there with my Mum and there is history around every corner; plus it has an abundance of hotels for every budget and a major train station!
The Great Hall in Barley Hall is decorated with white roses – perfect for a Yorkshire girl and it still has the medieval fireplace in the centre. Andrew wanted a small ceremony (promptly forgetting how large his family is!) due to stage fright – speeches he can do but being “on stage” for something so important and intimate brought us both out in the heebie jeebies! The exhibition when we got married was “Horrible Histories” – I’ve got a full set of the books; cue one very excited bride. I’m proud to say even the costume for “Stupid Death” was on show plus a skeleton and a stuffed rat. What can I say? I love my history!
A Google search for “large venue hire York” revealed the De Grey Rooms. Lindsey was possibly the most excited, lovely and welcoming person I’ve ever spoken to on the phone. Once I revealed the theme she was ecstatic – her Mum was a Brown Owl and got on board with the theme straight away!
We walked from each venue in York. The heavens opened in the morning and I was willing the forecast to be right and that it would pass by the time we needed to leave. Thankfully, the rain stopped by lunch time and we were ready to rock n roll!
Our theme was Scouts & Guides – we both volunteer for the movements and it’s how we met. We were both volunteering on the Physical Zone at Wings 2009 in Berkshire. We didn’t really have a colour scheme as such but sapphire blue and purple did make an appearance – my favourite colours.
My bouquet was white & antique roses with blue thistles by The Floral Studio – blending Yorkshire and Scotland. Twisted Willow Floristry did our table garland and herb pots.
I had a few requirements for my wedding dress: I wanted some sort of sleeve (narrows the search right down); to be corseted and to have covered buttons rather than the criss cross of corseting shown on the back.
I was willing to try on pretty much anything at the start of the search but quickly realised that sleeves or straps were high on my wish list. I’m short at 5ft2 and I’ve got a good bosom so I didn’t want anything to highlight my top heaviness!
The Bridal Boutique in Guiseley was where I ended up finding my dress: Angelina by Diane Harbridge. There were so many dresses in the range (and now the new range) that I loved. I loved the way it pulled me right in on the top half but my legs weren’t constrained.
The back of the dress was really detailed – that’s what most people see in the ceremony. I could hear so many comments as we walked through York complimenting the dress – I felt fantastic!
We asked the groomsmen and ushers to wear their best suits and I got them a tie and our Scottish best man wore his full Bonnie Prince Charlie kilt get up.
Bridesmaids were trickier – two of them weren’t in the country during the planning. I sent an email with links to dresses that I had found online and by a stroke of luck all three liked the same dress. Monsoon had come to the rescue. We got a sapphire blue dress called Meadow and my Mum made ivory sashes to jazz them up a bit.
During the ceremony Andrew’s Dad’s quartet played various pieces from the TV show the Tudors. I’m a big fan of Jonathan Rhys Meyers and I got permission from Trevor Morris who wrote the music for the show to use it in our ceremony.
My favourite part of the day was probably walking through York. On the way I got stopped and had photos taken with tourists. We had photos taken with bridesmaids, best men and groomsmen taken at the doors of York Minster and we could see a crowd of about 200 people stopping and watching. I couldn’t resist some photo bombing of photos on the walk back to the hall (bad bride!)
Overall, the seeing all the hard work come together was fantastic.
We went to town on the theme. All tables at the reception were named after real Scout & Guide patrols and each guest got a specially made wedding badge – quickly popped into pockets and bags by the many Scouters and Guiders at the wedding!
Mum made a necker for each guest to wear and also bunting from donated Scout & Guide neckers. Our table centres were old Scout & Guide books and we displayed the gas lamps used in the proposal on the fireplaces.
Andrew made a considerable amount of wine for the reception – this went down a lot better than expected! We made our own pub quiz and then we had a good old boogie to some cheesy classics.
My bridesmaid’s Mum made our cake. This was very fitting as she made my naming cake and some of my birthday cakes growing up. We had three layers: fruit, chocolate and Victoria sponge. Yummy! The wedding cake had Scout & Guide emblems around the top layer and on the very top was a tent made from icing with two pairs of feet sticking out and our personalised woggles.
Andrew’s an engineer and loves trains so for our honeymoon we went from Leeds to London and then to Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin all by train! We flew back to London to see Les Miserables and then one final train back to Leeds. When we got back Andrew asked for a beach holiday next time!
My top tip for other Brides Up North is this: When you enter Wedding World; be prepared to leave common sense at the door. You can be in a classic no win situation as no matter what you say you are immediately accused of being a Bridezilla.
Weddings have a weird habit of turning people a bit strange – and I’m not including the bride here! You will hear so many different daft comments and questions. Just remember: “There’s nowt as queer as folk!” & “Keep Calm and Carry on!”
Congratulations Claire & Andrew!
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November 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime
Time for a Tuesday afternoon love in. After meeting online back in 2010, Brides Up North reader Lyndsay and her boyfriend Paul are tying the knot this Christmas. So, where better to celebrate their engagement than on the interwebs? With images by Mark Newton Weddings, lets hear their love story.
Lyndsay says: We got engaged on New Year’s Eve in the afternoon, 2012 in the Guy Fawkes Pub in York. It was a complete surprise – I had absolutely no idea! It was very wintry and cosy by candlelight. Paul had chosen the ring too so that made it even more special and meant a lot to me. York is a very special place to us, as we have spent many Sunday afternoons having drinks and nice meals.
We are getting married in December this year at Snaith Priory St Laurence Church, followed by a reception at Wentbridge House Hotel. We really wanted a winter wedding!
Paul and I met on match.com in February 2010. For our first date we met at a pub for a drink which funnily enough I now work in the same village a couple of years later! I very nearly didn’t go to meet Paul as I had been held up at work, so ended up meeting up a couple of hours later than had planned. I am so glad that I didn’t cancel!
Paul and I went to Whitby for the day a few weeks later after we met. This day really stands out in my mind and we are actually going there for a few days after the wedding. I knew that day that he was someone special and who I wanted to be with.
Paul is very caring, considerate and generally a big support to me. He knows me very well and understands me. We also love doing the same things together. We enjoy days out at the coast or country walks. Equally, we like nice restaurants and bars.
Paul says: I love that Lyndsay is very thoughtful and giving to others. We also both have the same things in common and the same values in life
I am looking forward to spending the rest of my life with Paul. He makes me really happy and we have a lot to look forward to! I would like us to be happy and healthy for a very long time.
We chose to have an engagement shoot as we wanted to get used to the camera. As it was a warm, hot, sunny day in June, we had drinks by the river afterwards and made a day of it! We spent some time having photos taken in York where we had got engaged. Our photographer found some really lovely places around the city that we never knew existed! We were very pleased with the photographs that were taken.
I love Brides Up North as it is great to read about other weddings and get inspiration for my own! We’ll be back soon to share our winter wedding photographs.
Congratulations Lyndsay & Paul!
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October 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime
I love autumn. It’s all about bonfires, new boots, the return of TV worth watching, fireworks, Halloween parties (!) and sticky toffee pudding. It’s the time of year that my husband and I chose to say “I do”. It’s a time for new terms, fresh starts and (in my opinion) some of the most beautiful weddings going.
There’s almost always freakishly good weather, clear blue skies and crisp golden leaves, just like on Saturday 28th September 2013, when Brides Up North reader Goldie married her love, Matt. Let’s join them.
With images by Jim Poyner Photography.
Goldie says: Matt proposed outside the York Minster in York in March this year. We were out shopping and he made a detour which he said was a short cut and I kept asking where we were going. Little did I know!
We were married on 28th September 2013. The ceremony was at York Register Office and the reception was held as The National Centre for Early Music in York. We knew it was perfect for us as soon as we saw it. We loved it’s character and space and it suited the relaxed, rustic, country feel I wanted. The gardens are really pretty and I could imagine our two year old son running around on the day. I loved that it was blank space to do whatever we liked with and as its a music centre, it has great acoustics for music entertainment plus it has a piano!
We chose a colour palette of coral, ivory, green and brown. I wanted a summery look with coral and yellow but as it was late September the brown and greens toned down the coral and made it more autumnal.
I walked the five minute walk from my hotel to York Register office with my Dad, bridesmaids and flower girl. We got a lot of attention especially from the football fans on their way to York v Portsmouth match! The guests walked the scenic route through York centre together from York register office to reception venue but we got a taxi and the driver gave us a freebie!
My Raimon Bundo dress was from Love Bridal Boutique in Altrincham, Cheshire. My sister knew it was ‘the one’ before I’d even finished putting it on. I wanted a simple, vintage style dress with some lace and sleeves. It felt fantastic on, floaty and whimsical and the most important thing for me – comfortable!
My three bridesmaids are my sisters and they wore coral dresses from Vicky Martin bought new on ebay. I had seen a still from a Hollyoaks wedding of the bridesmaids wearing the same dresses and loved the colour.
The groomsmen wore brown gold ties from Tie Rack with their own suits.
I had a bouquet of roses in white and peach (called Miss Piggy). I asked Garden of Eden in York for a fresh, country, freshly picked flowers look and they got it spot on. the bouquets were tied with lace ribbon.
The men’s buttonholes were tied with brown twine to match their ties and compliment the rustic country theme.
My main aim for the theme was relaxed and informal, I didn’t want any stuffiness and I wanted guests to feel relaxed. I aimed for DIY style with a rustic, country feel and as the NCEM is a grade II listed church converted in to a music centre, I incorporated a church fete feel with hundreds of metres of bunting strewn between trees and in the arches of the inside, a cake table full of homemade cupcakes and sponge cakes with flags, and I also injected a bit of music theme with confetti cones made from old music sheets.
We used Bradshaws of York for the catering – a hog roast with baby new roast potatoes, salads and chocolate fondant for dessert.
We had a ‘cheese’ cake supplied by Matt’s mum’s friend at York Beer and Wine Shop.
We are both not fans on fruit cake and icing so knew we didn’t want a traditional wedding cake. We wanted a choice of cakes with big yummy flavours and found Jane in Leeds who suggested three huge cakes – Lemon Drizzle, Sticky toffee pudding with Salted caramel Buttercream and Chocolate Orange. We served the cake in the evening along with evening snacks and encouraged guests to take some home in doggie bags. I got a few texts the days afterwards saying how amazing the cake was! My mum also made 48 cupcakes in various flavours. We decorated the cakes with small flags made with cocktail sticks and paper flags.
We had a pianist play during the meal. Our reception venue has most fantastic piano on site so it would’ve been a shame not to use it! He played a mix of jazz, ballads and took requests on the day. In the evening we had a local York band The Players.
They played rock and pop from 60s to now with some really fun songs that I wouldn’t think of choosing myself including Girls Aloud’s Love Machine. Everyone thought they were brilliant. We found them through this blog.
After the wedding we honeymooned at a gorgeous boutique called Fazenda Nova in Portugal.
My top tip for other Brides Up North is don’t be swayed by what you think a wedding should be, go with what you want your day to be. And get a decent photographer – worth every penny!
Congratulations Goldie & Matt!
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August 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime
So, it might be that it’s Monday, that I’m still getting rid of those post-baby hormones or that I could do with an unbroken night’s sleep, but really I think it’s just that today’s newly engaged couple are just so damn lovely, that I’m blogging this pretty shoot with big fat tears running down my cheeks!
As regular readers will know, I feature a whole lot of beautiful, touching Real Weddings and engagement stories here at Brides Up North (don’t believe me, take a look) but although I enjoy each and every single one, it’s rare that I have to reach for the tissues.
Obviously head over heels in love and so sweet about each other, University lovebirds Siobhan and Sam have clearly got something very special going on, and I wish them even more love, luck and happiness in their lives together. You guys owe me a box of Kleenex.
With images by DJ Archer Photography.
Siobhan says: After unknowingly being manipulated into a shopping trip with Francesca (my Chief Bridesmaid), followed by dinner at a local pub with Sam I returned home to find a balloon attached to a length of string saying ‘These are a few of my favourite memories of us’. As I followed the trail around the house there were lots of photos of the fantastic times we’ve had together and sweet little messages on yet more balloons. When I eventually reached the end of the trail in the bedroom there was a gift bag that said ‘Put this on and follow me’. It was a blindfold. Once I had put it on I was taken into the loft and told to take it off when I was ready. As I opened my eyes I saw fairy lights, candles, roses and straight ahead of me a canvas that had lots of words inside a heart, the bigger ones across the middle saying ‘Will You Marry Me? 18th February 2013′. When I looked to my left Sam was down on one knee holding a box with the most beautiful ring ever inside it. Of course my answer was ‘Yes!’ We couldn’t have been happier.
Sam says: I don’t know what the biggest relief was, finally getting rid of the secret I had been carrying around for weeks or the fact that the love of my life agreed to marry me!
We are planning to get married in July 2014 at Barmbyfield Barn in Barmby Moor, York.
Well, we met at university back in 2006 and we both fancied each other from that moment on. We would hold hands on a night out but we didn’t end up together until the summer of 2010 when we were on a group holiday in Portugal. Spending such a large amount of time together just confirmed what we had thought before so we had to do something about it. And we did. And now we’ve got our whole lives ahead of us together!
The moment I met him at university I knew he was the one but it took a long time for us to have our first date! There was no defining first date but we both say we fell in love in Portugal.
Siobhan says: Sam is my best friend. He is absolutely drop dead gorgeous. He is kind, charming, funny, caring and reliable, all of which comes wrapped up in one big, manly package. When he puts his arms around me and cuddles me I feel like nothing in the world could ever go wrong. When I’m with him I feel safe. Whenever I think of him I get butterflies in my tummy. He makes me one extremely happy lady and when I think of our future I get super excited about everything we will be.
Sam says: Siobhan is bossy, sulky and definitely knows what she wants. These may sound like bad traits but these are the traits that make my life the happiest it could ever be. Her bossiness is what drives me to get up early every morning and jam pack my days with fun filled adventures with her. Her sulkiness is what keeps me on my toes to either make her happy or wind her up depending on what sort of mood I am in (both give me great pleasure!). The fact that she knows what she wants compliments my indecisiveness perfectly and in the grand scheme of things what she wants is what I want.
I know that she is going to be the most beautiful bride the world has ever seen and I can’t wait to see her walk down that aisle and more importantly spend the rest of my life with her by my side.
Our biggest wish is to continue feeling as happy as we do now, with a group of mini Murphlers surrounding us!
We really enjoyed the engagement shoot, although it did feel a little strange being in front of the camera because it’s not something we’ve done before! We’re really pleased with the photos though, the beautiful weather helped them to look even better – fingers crossed we get the same on our wedding day, exactly a year later! A few family members have already asked for a copy of the photos and we know we’ll certainly be framing some for the house and the wedding but generally we’ll just treasure them forever.
Being a Northern girl myself I just love to go on Brides Up North for inspiration. We really want to make our day our own with tonnes of DIY details so Brides Up North fills us with ideas. We’ll be back to share our own Real Wedding next year!
Congratulations Siobhan & Sam!
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April 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime
If you visited us – and almost 1,000 of you did! - at our massive Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at the National Railway Museum then chance is that you might just have been caught on camera… either messing around in one of our fabulous retro photobooths (these images are courtesy of Booth Revolution) or by our roving photographer Peter Boyd Photography.
Hope you had your lippy on!
If you didn’t make it last Sunday, we’d love to see you at one (or all!) of our remaining events this Spring:
The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire – Sunday 12th May 2013
The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham – Sunday 19th May 2013
The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Rise Hall, East Yorkshire – Sunday 9th June 2013
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April 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime
Out of office alerts are on! The Brides Up North team are now officially on lockdown preparing for our newest and most exciting event in this Spring’s calendar – our beautiful Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at National Railway Museum, York.
It’s been a year in the planning, and we are busy putting the finishing touches on what looks set to be a really very special day – think luxury with a vintage twist – coming your way this Sunday from 10am – 5:30pm!
I don’t know what it is, but there seems to be a real buzz of excitement in the air (both on and offline) about this one, and EVERYONE seems to be talking about it. It could be the quirky and stunning venue, the fact that I haven’t shut up about it for months, that they are chatting about it on the radio, or that we’ve got what I consider to be the very finest selection of exhibitors in the area ready and waiting all under one huge roof.
Just don’t miss it. No lie in nor Sunday roast could beat this. If you are tying the knot in Yorkshire, you need to be at this event.
Join Brides Up North and the region’s very finest wedding suppliers in this unique and stunning setting amongst the beautiful vintage trains for York’s most beautiful bridal event this Sunday 21st April 2013.
The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition
National Railway Museum, York
Sunday 21st April 2013
10am – 5.30pm
This is one absolutely amazing line up! Waiting to greet you will be Rebecca Jane’s Secret Attic, Booth Revolution,
. As well as getting just a little air time on the blog, Facebook and Twitter feeds, you might hear excitement levels building over on the airwaves of Minster FM and elsewhere online and in the press too. We can’t wait to see you there! . As usual with all of our shows, Brides Up North blog readers are being offered the opportunity to beat the crowds and register for a special little Brides Up North welcome pack (packed with some tiny treats, sugary things and glossy mags), completely free of charge, and while stocks last (we always clear out at every show!). All you need to do is pre-register below and we will save your goodies for you and grant you speedy entry at the desk. Simples. . Fill in your details below, marking “NATIONAL RAILWAY” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your goody bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibition. Only the bride need register for larger groups. . . . . You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not wish to use the contact form. Goody bags are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy. . Exhibitor enquiries for all Brides Up North events in 2013 – please email email@example.com – you can also pre-register for all of these events NOW! . National Railway Museum, York – Sunday 21st April 2013 (Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition) . The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham – Sunday 19th May 2013 (Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors) . Rise Hall, East Yorkshire – Sunday 9th June 2013 (Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors) . Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham – Sunday 8th September 2013 (Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition – 100 exhibitors) . Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire – Sunday 15th September 2013 (Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors) . Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, Co Durham – Sunday 29th September 2013 (Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition – 80 exhibitors) . The Mansion, Leeds – Sunday 6th October 2013 (Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors) . Nostell Priory, Wakefield – Sunday 13th October 2013 (Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors) . . Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Brides Up North This is a Brides Up North event . .
Buttercream Cupcakes, Cat Hepple Photography,
Cordelia & Co,
Couture Cake Design,
Damian Hall Photography,
DG Sound & Light,
Dirk Van Der Werff,
Firenza Floral Design, Glen Roughead Swing,
Gray Events Ltd,
Iain Henderson Designs,
Jess Petrie Photography, Joel Skingle Photography,
Limelight Photobooth Hire,
Perfectly Practical Parties,
Peter Boyd Photography,
The Little Bridal Company,
Twisted Willow Floristry, Victoria Farr Make Up & Hair Specialist,
A Vintage Affair Ltd,
White Petal Design, The Candy Stand,
Angels Carrying Savage Weapons,
Simply Bows & Chair Covers,
Millesime Cake Boutique,
KM Cakes and Cupcakes,
Kayti Lauren Weddings,
The Wedding Institute,
Love To Marry, Alison Barrett Millinery,
The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company, Love My Dress Blog and more…
As well as getting just a little air time on the blog, Facebook and Twitter feeds, you might hear excitement levels building over on the airwaves of Minster FM and elsewhere online and in the press too. We can’t wait to see you there!
As usual with all of our shows, Brides Up North blog readers are being offered the opportunity to beat the crowds and register for a special little Brides Up North welcome pack (packed with some tiny treats, sugary things and glossy mags), completely free of charge, and while stocks last (we always clear out at every show!). All you need to do is pre-register below and we will save your goodies for you and grant you speedy entry at the desk. Simples.
Fill in your details below, marking “NATIONAL RAILWAY” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your goody bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibition. Only the bride need register for larger groups.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not wish to use the contact form. Goody bags are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy.
Exhibitor enquiries for all Brides Up North events in 2013 – please email email@example.com – you can also pre-register for all of these events NOW!
National Railway Museum, York – Sunday 21st April 2013
(Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition)
The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham – Sunday 19th May 2013
(Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)
Rise Hall, East Yorkshire – Sunday 9th June 2013
(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)
Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham – Sunday 8th September 2013
(Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition – 100 exhibitors)
Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire – Sunday 15th September 2013
(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)
Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, Co Durham – Sunday 29th September 2013
(Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition – 80 exhibitors)
The Mansion, Leeds – Sunday 6th October 2013
(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)
Nostell Priory, Wakefield – Sunday 13th October 2013
(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)
Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Brides Up North
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March 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime
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