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rhythm of love: maggie sottero for a wedding at the mansion, leeds – charlotte & amarvir

February 19th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Pretty Wedding at The Mansion (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (33)

When choosing a venue for the big day there is much more to think about than the room where your ceremony will take place; what about standout areas for your wedding photography, first-class catering and exclusivity to ensure you have the whole place to yourselves during your celebrations? Today’s featured wedding took place at a stunning venue that offers all that (and more!) – The Mansion, in Leeds.

We’re giving you the fabulous opportunity to view this spectacular venue for yourselves when we host our Luxury Wedding Fair at The Mansion on Sunday 25th February, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY. You can find out more and pre-register for the event here.

As so many couples do, today’s brides and groom, Charlotte and Amarvir, fell in love with The Mansion’s idyllic position, nestled within the beautiful Roundhay Park – and its faultless service and elegant style ticked all other boxes!

Picking a theme that would complement both the setting and season, Charlotte chose a pretty pink and cream colour scheme with opulent pops of gold.

We adore her diamanté-embellishment Maggie Sottero gown, which twinkled perfectly on the dancefloor as she and Amarvir enjoyed their first dance, which they had specially choreographed and took professional lessons for, no less!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Bethany Clarke Photography.

A Pretty Wedding at The Mansion (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (1)

charlotte says: We got engaged on holiday in Mauritius in August 2016. Amarvir’s proposal was very romantic. He had planned a special dinner at a beautiful restaurant – champagne, rose petals on the table, etc. After our romantic dinner, we went for a walk along the beach and sat on a jetty, dipping our feet into the Indian Ocean under the moon and stars and that is when Amarvir asked me to marry him! It was the most perfect evening.

A Pretty Wedding at The Mansion (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (20)

We got married on 19th August 2017, as we wanted a summer wedding on a Saturday. We chose The Mansion in Roundhay Park, Leeds, as our venue due to the beautiful park surroundings and because we would have exclusive use of the venue on our big day, which was important to us.

We chose a summer theme – lots of pink, gold, rose gold and cream to create a lovely summery floral atmosphere, which fitted the time of year and location of the venue in the park.

A Pretty Wedding at The Mansion (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (54)

For my wedding dress, I wore a full-length Maggie Sottero gown with diamanté-embellishment on the top half from Abigail’s Bridal Boutique in Leeds. I love sparkles, so it was the perfect gown for me.

Amarvir hired his morning suit from Moss Bros. He wore a black tail coat with grey striped suit trousers, a light pink cravat and a dove grey double-breasted waistcoat and held a grey top hat for our photos. For the evening reception, Amarvir changed into a white tux jacket, black tux trousers, black bow tie and his black and white dancing shoes!

A Pretty Wedding at The Mansion (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (58)

My bridesmaids wore a full-length, light pink dress with lace detail on the top half, which I bought online from Stacees and which complemented my wedding dress and the overall theme.

The groomsmen wore morning suits like Amarvir, also hired from Moss Bros, and they had gold cravats.

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hessian & lace. a pretty wedding at the coniston hotel, yorkshire – sarah & sam

February 6th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

An Elegant Wedding at The Coniston Hotel (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (61)

This morning on the blog we’re escaping to an award-winning hotel and spa set in 1,400 acres of spectacular countryside. Say hello to the beautiful Coniston Hotel in the Yorkshire Dales – the serene backdrop to Sarah and Sam’s big day last April.

Finding a venue that could accommodate all of their family and friends was a top priority for the couple, and The Coniston ticked this requirement rather nicely – and then some! Guests could really make a weekend of it, enjoying activities like clay pigeon shooting, or a more blissful experience in the spa.

Sarah and Sam’s wedding was all about the countryside feels, with plenty of natural tones, hessian and tweed. Our personal highlight has to be the couple’s jaunt outdoors on the rowing boat – true romance!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Laura Calderwood Photography.

An Elegant Wedding at The Coniston Hotel (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (30)

sarah says: We got engaged on 11th September 2016. Samuel went to elaborate measures for the perfect proposal. About six months before, he began to drop hints about wanting a surprise birthday party. He then spoke to his mum and asked her to convince me that we should throw him a surprise party for his 28th birthday as he would never expect it. I agreed and believed that his mother and I were planning him the party. Little did I know, Samuel planned the whole thing, including choosing the venue, and then made his mum pass it off as her idea and suggestions. Having a busy job as a teacher meant that I was none the wiser and too busy to question anything. Lots of our friends and family were gathered in the hall on the eve on our engagement, some knew what was coming, others had no idea. I gathered everybody around the door ready to shout surprise. When I opened the door, Samuel was down on one knee! I had absolutely no idea and was blown away. After saying yes, we partied the evening away with the people we love.

An Elegant Wedding at The Coniston Hotel (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (34)

We got married on 8th April 2017. Being a teacher meant that our dates were restricted to the school holidays and as a close friend was getting married in the summer holidays, we chose April. We couldn’t have been happier with the weather; blazing sunshine and 17 degrees.

We tied the knot at St Peter’s Church, Coniston Cold, Skipton, and had the wedding breakfast and reception at The Coniston Hotel. When we started to plan, we sat down and discussed our values for the big day. We wanted somewhere that was going to accommodate all our family and friends and somewhere that would listen to us and work with us to be flexible. The Coniston were just that. They truly are an amazing wedding venue. Nothing was too much and our coordinator Sharon made sure our day was absolutely perfect. Our very good friend, Luke, is a rector so he performed the ceremony for us which really made it personal and all about us. He is amazing.

An Elegant Wedding at The Coniston Hotel (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (64)

There was no particular theme – we liked cosy, countryside style and knew we wanted somewhere where all our family and friends could come together and spend the weekend, with clay pigeon shooting and the spa.

We wanted a neutral colour scheme and I was a particular fan of hessian and lace. I had seen lots of inspiration on Pinterest and wedding websites and was always drawn to this combination.

An Elegant Wedding at The Coniston Hotel (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (37)

I knew from the start that I wanted a dress that incorporated lace and a train. I went to a few wedding fairs with my mum, grandma, sister and bridesmaids, and tried on quite a few dresses. I was starting to get frustrated because I liked certain parts of them but always wanted to change something. We watched the catwalk at one wedding fair and my mum saw a dress that she thought would look nice on me, so we went to try it on. It was from Berketex Bride. It was the first dress I’d tried on where I didn’t want to change anything. I still didn’t know it was the one until afterwards. Every dress I looked at (on the hangers) I kept comparing to this one, so I tried it on again and knew it was right. I did have a slight panic that I’d made the wrong choice afterwards, but once I tried it on in my size at my first fitting I knew I hadn’t.

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beautiful & bespoke: richard perry photography

January 22nd, 2018 | Julia Braime

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One of the very first suppliers you will book, and perhaps the most important, is your photographer and so it’s worth taking time to do your research on which suits your style preferences, budget and requirements.

A pro who is keen to give his couples plenty of choice and control over the coverage of their big day is our talented Sponsor, Yorkshire-based Richard Perry Photography.

Having developed a love of wedding photography into a full-time career, Richard’s passion for documenting a couple’s big day is clear to see and we just adore his mix of natural candid shots and beautifully romantic portrait images.

His choice of packages mean there is a option to suit varying budgets and the introduction of a clever ‘a la carte’ style menu enables brides and grooms to build a bespoke package by adding extras, such as specific albums, prints and pre/post-wedding shoots.

Here to give us all the details is the main man himself, who we must congratulate, along with his lovely wife Louise, of Louise Perry Bridal, on the arrival of their baby son, Tristan. Amazing news – big love from all at Brides Up North HQ!

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How would you describe your style of photography and the approach you take to capturing a big day?

richard says: My style of wedding and engagement photography is primarily reportage, capturing those candid moments that express true emotion. I also add in an element of luxury editorial style portraiture to give my couples those showstopper images that will capture the heart and the imagination.

What is it that you love most about your job?

I truly love capturing unique wedding day moments, and over the years I have come to realise that capturing these singular moments can turn a collection of pixels into a treasured memory that will last forever. The idea that couples will be sharing photographs I’ve captured with their family and friends years from now is a wonderful thought.

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You have just introduced The Essential Photography Collection, that allows couples to totally customise their wedding photography package. Can you tell us a little about this?

I offer a number of packages; The Classic, Elegance, Luxury and Designer collections. Prices ranging from £1,695 to £2,995. Each package offers a wonderful collection of services and some of my most popular products to enhance the memories of the big day. I introduced The Essential Wedding Photography Collection (only £1,400) in conjunction with my new A La Carte Menu to enable couples build their own bespoke wedding photography package. This way my brides and grooms to be can take full control of how they enhance their wedding memories, using the A La Carte Menu. but the Essential Collection ensures that they have full day wedding photography coverage and a gallery of their photos that capture the all-important story of their big day.

How has The Essential Photography Collection been received by couples so far? What do they love about it?

The Essential Collection has been received wonderfully. My couples seem to love the fact that the Essential Collection literally covers ‘the essentials’ so then they can focus on the fun bit of picking extras from the A La Carte Menu and creating their own collection. This system offers the ultimate bespoke wedding photography package so that the service can be tailored to each couple. The added bonus with this package is that it also gives the couple complete freedom to initially book The Essential Collection and then add in options at a later date, which is a fantastic way of spreading the cost at one of the most expensive times of your lives.

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Are any options in The Essential Photography Collection proving particularly popular with couples?

The 10×10 Queensberry Album is very popular. I think this is because in our digital world we all still secretly love to hold photos in our hands and have something tangible to take away with us. I couldn’t be happier about this as I really believe that it is important to print photos. I also love the idea that my couples have their albums out in their homes so they can show guests their big day or just so they can flick through it whilst cuddled up on the sofa

Why would you encourage couples to enhance their photography package with a pre-wedding or post-wedding shoot?

I always recommend a pre-wedding shoot. Pre-wedding photoshoots are a time to indulge in the romance of being engaged and the excitement of what is to come. They are a great opportunity to get used to being in front of the camera and are also a fun time for us to get to know each other better before the big day. The pre-wedding photos are also lovely to use for save the date cards, invitations, wedding website and even signing frames.

I also love a post-wedding photoshoot. It gives my couples an opportunity to get dressed up again and go to a location that is beautiful, interesting or just epic. Hillsides at sunrise, standing in lakes or next to a waterfall. The stress of the wedding day has passed so we’ll put our heads together and style something stunning.

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Reflecting on 2017 what would you say have been your biggest highlights?

2017 has been an absolutely wonderful year and I can honestly say I doubt it could have gone better. I have met some wonderful people, worked with some amazing suppliers at some beautiful venues, I’ve created images that I am truly proud of, I’ve won an award and I’ve been published. However, my biggest highlight has to be becoming a father for the first time in December.

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urban class. ian stuart for a stylish wedding at grays court, york – lisa & steve

December 15th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Pretty City Wedding in York (c) Richard Perry Photography (22)

Though we didn’t need anymore reason to get the mulled wine heating on the hob and the Baileys chilling in the fridge, Friday has arrived signaling the ok for a little indulgence. As such we’re treating your eyes to this true beauty of a real wedding, which took place in the beautiful city of York.

Lisa and Steve chose the stunning Grays Court, for their big day celebrations – a stunning, historic building which dates back to the 11th century. As luck would have it, the sun shone brightly on their wedding day and they unexpectedly ended up saying their vows in the venue’s garden, surrounded by candelabras, plinths, candles and flowers – a dreamy outdoors ceremony if ever we saw one! What we love most about the venue though, is that it looks like a secret hideaway – you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in the midst of a serene countryside setting as opposed to the heart of a city.

From the inspired grey colour scheme and Lindt chocolate favours, to the string quartet and elegant red velvet cake – there are lots of wonderful details to pore over. Our highlight though has to be the photos captured after dark, with fairy lights and dark shadows at play for some truly romantic shots!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Richard Perry Photography.

A Pretty City Wedding in York (c) Richard Perry Photography (24)

lisa says: We got engaged on my birthday, 10th April 2016. I love history and one of my favourite places is Hever Castle in Kent; Anne Boleyn’s childhood home. Steve surprised me with a trip to Hever. We stayed at the castle and while in the gardens, he proposed on one knee with a ring! He arranged for champagne on ice in our room for our return. It was perfect.

A Pretty City Wedding in York (c) Richard Perry Photography (3)

Our wedding date was 14th October, and we chose Grays Court in York as our venue. We love York and go whenever we can. I love Grays Court because it dates back to the 11th century, it’s beautiful with the gardens backing onto York wall and boasts views of the Minster. We’ve stayed there a few times and I knew that’s where I wanted to get married.

Our colour scheme was grey which matched the venue, as well as being my favourite colour. I didn’t have a theme in mind but realised along the way I’d chosen grey for quite a lot of things!

A Pretty City Wedding in York (c) Richard Perry Photography (35)

I chose an Ian Stuart gown. I loved his style straight away and found a bridal shop which stocked his gowns. The dress is called Angelica. It originally had a high neck and was sleeveless with a low back, but Ian Stuart made the dress strapless at my request.

Steve wore a light grey suit from Spencer’s in Liverpool. Meanwhile, our bridesmaids wore Dessy and the colour choice was stormy.

A Pretty City Wedding in York (c) Richard Perry Photography (55)

I didn’t need transport on the wedding day as I stayed at the venue the night before. Steve stayed at The Grand and walked through York with his friends to Grays.

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back story. ronald joyce for a timeless yorkshire wedding – lauren & andrew

December 14th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Timeless Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (56)

Today’s couple, Lauren and Andrew, wanted timeless over trendy for their special day, and so tails, armfuls of roses and a traditional hearty Yorkshire menu were the order of the day.

Light-up letters, live music and a talented DJ ensured their reception went with a bang, as well as an alternative guest book in the form of some fun photobooth action.

Of all the gorgeous details you’ll see below, however, there’s one that really stands out: Lauren’s gown. In our humble opinion, her stunning Ronald Joyce creation steals the show – the lace overlay, sequin detailing and that beaded string back is Choirs-Of-Angels-Singing-Halleluiah levels of stunningness – just take a look for yourselves…

With photography by Brides Up North Sponsor, Bethany Clarke Photography.

A Timeless Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (30)

lauren says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2015, and chose Saturday 2nd September 2017 as our wedding date. We liked the fact that we would get the end of summer/early autumn colours outside but also hoped for a warm, sunny day (which we got!) It was also important to give my sister and husband enough time to fly in from New Zealand for the wedding.

A Timeless Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (33)

We were married at the Immaculate Conception Church in Sicklinghall. It’s a catholic church which was important to Andrew, but had the attractive setting that I’d always imagined getting married in.

The reception was at The Bridge Hotel & Spa Wetherby. It was the first place we looked round after researching some places that took our fancy. It was an instant hit and nothing we saw afterwards compared to the overall package they were offering. It had a spacious function room and lovely grounds but still had a ‘country inn’ feel to the bar and restaurant, which we loved.

A Timeless Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (57)

Colour-wise, we went for coral. We felt it matched with the time of year and the coloured roses we wanted for the bouquets.

A Timeless Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (11)

My dress was a Ronald Joyce gown from Platinum Brides, Leeds. I loved it from the moment I tried it on, and the fact that it was different to the ‘norm’, especially the back, made it perfect.

Andrew wore a silk slate grey suit with tails and a white waistcoat from Bridal Apparel, Leeds. We wanted a more traditional look compared to a normal suit and felt it was important for a once-in-a-lifetime day. He matched it with a coral cravat and handkerchief.

Our bridesmaids wore coral Morilee dresses from Platinum Brides, and the groomsmen wore the same as Andrew but with grey waistcoat.

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castle & culture. a beautifully personal wedding at allerton castle – kimberley & simon

September 27th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Colourful Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) York Place Studios (68)

Where to start with today’s beautiful real wedding? There’s a magnificent, grand venue, two dress changes for the bride, some fabulous floral and amazing entertainment!

All bride Kimberley’s childhood dreams can true when she and beau Simon stumbled upon Allerton Castle in North Yorkshire, which provided the perfect fairy tale backdrop to their fine celebrations.

It was also important to Kimberley that her Chinese roots and traditions were incorporated into the wedding, and so the day featured ‘door games’, a tea ceremony and a lion dance! Here to explain exactly what this consisted of is the beautiful bride herself. Take it away Kimberley…

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor York Place Studios.

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kimberley says: We got engaged on 9th May 2015. My girlfriends took me out for the afternoon to celebrate my birthday which was a few days earlier. One of them feigned sick and we were close to my place so they asked if we could go there to lie down for a bit. As soon as I opened the door I could tell something was up because it was super tidy and there were tea lights everywhere. I walked into the living room and Simon took my hand and sat me down then asked me to watch a video. It turned out to be a video that he had put together of me, telling our story from the beginning up to our engagement. The first night we met, instead of talking to me he took loads of pictures of me. Since then it’s been a running joke that he’s my personal photographer which is why he put the video of me together, basically me doing all kinds of silly things and it was his way of showing how I looked in his eyes. Towards the end of the video, he added in clips from rom-coms with cheesy lines and ending with Forrest Gump where Forrest proposes to Jenny. Then Simon proposed to me and I noticed that the girls had been filming in the background the whole time!

Simon then said he had another surprise and led us out of the flat. We went to a pub and as we walked in I saw our friends and family there, some who travelled down to London from Harrogate and Manchester! Simon told me he’d also organised a surprise engagement party for that evening. We went to the Candlenight Club all dressed up, Great Gatsby style. It was a fantastic day and I had the best time!

A Colourful Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) York Place Studios (43)

Our wedding took place on 25th June 2016, at Allerton Castle, near Harrogate. Since I was a little girl, I’d always gone on about getting married in a castle. When we started looking for venues, we looked at places close to Harrogate so that Simon’s family could attend and found Allerton Castle. I loved the beautiful main hall and ballroom – it was the perfect setting for our wedding. I also loved the grand staircase and chandeliers; it meant that I hardly needed to decorate the venue because it was already so decadent and suited us perfectly, especially as I’m known for being over the top.

There wasn’t really a theme to the day as such, we just wanted to be able to incorporate both our cultures into the wedding.

A Colourful Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) York Place Studios (31)

The day started with the door games, which is a Chinese tradition where the groom and groomsmen come to the bride’s house (in our case a rented holiday property for the weekend) to pick up the bride. The boys are met by the bridesmaids who put them through a series of challenges to see if the groom is worthy of the bride. This tradition is a symbol of the love of the bride’s family and their unwillingness for their daughter to leave. The door games end with the bridesmaids bartering for an “entrance fee” of red envelopes. The amount of money inside the envelopes is also symbolic and will often be a combination of three, eight, nine because in Chinese, three sounds like life, eight sounds like wealth and nine denotes the idea of longevity and being together forever.

Once I’d been ‘picked up’, we travelled to Allerton Castle to get ready. I then got changed in the bridal suite, which is a beautiful room that I wish was my bedroom all the time!

A Colourful Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) York Place Studios (74)

We had the civil ceremony and then the blessing, which incorporated the spiritual element that we wanted as part of our day without having a church wedding. I then got changed again into my Chinese traditional dress, and my husband put on his Chinese gilet and got wrapped up in a nice big red bow!

We got to walk down the staircase again where the front of the hall had been set up with a bench for the tea ceremony. This is where we kneel in front of our elders in order of seniority, one (or a couple) at a time and offer them tea. Traditionally, after each elder takes a sip, they hand the couple lucky red envelopes, which usually contain money or jewellery. For Cantonese weddings, a common gift is a pair of gold bangles called ‘dragon and phoenix bangles’. For the bride; the dragon and the phoenix being regarded as the perfect couple of “Yang” and “Yin” in Feng Shui that represent love, harmony and marital bliss.

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