November 15th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
For the second time this week we’re travelling to Sheffield for a helping of real wedding inspiration, with the south Yorkshire city playing a particularly key role in today’s nuptials as bride and groom, Ellen and Liam, were keen to showcase what they love about the place in which they met and live.
As one of the greenest cities in the country, Ellen and Liam chose to make the most of both halves of Sheffield, choosing a lush outdoor park setting for their ceremony and a cool urban space for their evening party.
You might not have to scroll too far to discover that I too played a key part in the day as one of Ellen’s bridesmaids, a role I was touched and keen to take on as I’d somehow got to the grand age of 29 before ever being a bridesmaid (not sure what that says about me?!) Ellen and I go way back, first meeting at journalism college in Sheffield as teenagers, and she quickly became one of my closest friends and has always supported me on both a personal and career level. I was therefore more than happy to put on a pretty lilac lace dress and support her on such an important day. I’m also thrilled to report that El will be returning the favour as one of my four bridesmaids in May!
When planning their day, Ellen and Liam were admirably determined to stick to their budget and cleverly used the skills of friends and family to bring their big day vision to life. I can report from the frontline that this was an amazingly fun day, filled with love, laughter, amazing food and copious amounts of prosecco!
With images by Marisa Cashill.
ellen says: Liam proposed on Christmas Eve 2015; we agreed to open one gift each at midnight after getting back home from a few drinks together. He opened a ‘onesie’ from me, and my gift was an engagement ring hidden inside lots of different boxes! He cried and I looked at him in shock, it was a joke at the wedding speeches that he had never actually said the words “Will you marry me?”
We chose to get married in September, mainly because it was around 18 months after our engagement and a realistic target to save up for. The first date we set for the day – and the venue we chose – actually had to be changed because the hotel we had initially booked closed down, which was stressful at the time. But it worked out for the best in the end, as we had lovely weather on the day we eventually got married, and there was torrential rain on our original date.
Following the changes, we chose the bandstand in Weston Park, Sheffield, as the setting for our wedding ceremony. It’s a beautiful, historic bandstand in gorgeous grounds and one of the few of its kind left in the country. It stood head and shoulders above anywhere else we saw and felt very ‘Sheffield’, which we wanted to be key to the whole day. We love to visit it now and peek through the windows.
The reception venue was The Workstation, which is part of independent cinema The Showroom. It’s located in the city centre and was the perfect size to accommodate our guests. I also knew the chef there, Jon Tite, from my work as a journalist. I really wanted food that was different from the usual wedding fodder, and with Jon I was able to take in one of my favourite street food cookbooks and say ‘this is what we’d like to go for’ rather than sticking to set options.
There wasn’t a theme to the wedding as such, but we wanted it to showcase Sheffield, and be relaxed. We were also incredibly lucky in that a lot of people were able to assist us with their skills – my mum is a florist and transformed our evening venue from what is basically an office into a floral/woodland theme, Liam’s best man Gav was the DJ, my grandma made the pork pie wedding cake, and my friend James, who is a hairdresser, did all the bridal party’s hair. It really was not what we knew, but who, and it made our small wedding budget go a lot further than it would have done.
My favourite colour is purple, so there were flashes of that in the flowers, the bridal and groom’s party attire, and the decor too.
I bought my dress from Celebrations Bridal House in Ossett, West Yorkshire, which is where several family members have bought theirs from, too. I grew up just down the road and bought it on my second shopping trip, with mum and my sister Jodie. I wanted something simple, with a little bit of detail and which wouldn’t swamp me as I am only five-foot-tall. I chose Morilee by Madeline Gardner dress with a lace pattern and a belt with diamante detail.
I know it sounds too pragmatic for a wedding day, but I had set myself a strict budget for the dress, as I wanted to prioritise the things that would last rather than a dress I’d only wear for one day. Because of that, I was able to add on a pair of Rachel Simpson Catherine shoes – my something blue, which I have since worn on our anniversary as a reminder of the day. I also had a gorgeous hair vine from Britten. My mum made my veil using a YouTube video – she’s a multi-talented woman!
November 7th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
There’s nothing quite like an enchanting bridal shoot with a hint of childhood nostalgia to really capture your imagination in the midst of your wedding planning. And today’s secret garden themed shoot – with its nod to the children’s classic – is brimming with all kinds of lovely.
Coordinated by Stephanie from Stephanie Moran Couture, the shoot took place at the beautiful Hornington Manor in North Yorkshire – where we held a spectacular Brides Up North Wedding Show just last week (and will be returning to host another in April 2019). Through the creative use of design and styling – think understated ivory and gold palettes, summer blooms and fantastical table arrangements – the team brought to life their very own love story.
Throw in some other wonderful details such as sweet meringue nests, eucalyptus illustrations, a floral crown of garden roses and rustic candelabras – and you’ve got one very pretty shoot to pore over with us today!
With images by Sugarbird Photography. Model Dominika Blonska.
stephanie says: With a new adaptation currently being filmed, and to many a favourite childhood book of playful mystery – collaborators wanted to inspire brides alike with a Secret Garden inspired shoot. A bridal shoot that releases your inner (grown up) child, that’s chic, sophisticated and mysterious. Set in the beautiful North Yorkshire venue of Hornington Manor, this was the perfect backdrop – grand, yet private and quaint in its appearance.
It was important to all suppliers involved to create and transform an already beautiful venue and use it to its full potential to show what amazing things could be done here for your own big day. Hornington Manor is such a versatile venue with a courtyard ceremony, and the freedom to move into the gorgeous barn style reception afterwards. We wanted brides to be like ‘wow I want to get married there’.
Styled shoots are about realising dreams and visions that brides didn’t know existed themselves and making them achievable – it’s about being able to take inspiration from a set of images and use them as a whole or take parts and ideas and turn them into a style that suits you and your other half. With a truly epic team of wedding industry creatives it promised to be the perfect collaboration for Pamella Dunn Weddings, where they could sprinkle fairy tale styling in their signature style that would fit the brief. They created mystery and magic with layers of gold, soft ivory, and flickering candle light. Imagining secluded spaces, delicate trailing foliage, English country summer blooms, and fantastical tablescapes with exquisite detailing; the team at Pamella Dunn Weddings were smitten and completely love struck with the calm and spacious Hornington Barn venue. Wedding design and styling is all about telling a story. It may be influenced by the venue, location, theme and colour schemes, but ultimately, it’s a love story. Daydreams, fairy tale, love and romance, childhoods and futures together, are where the styling team begin when creating personal wedding day details. It’s what they do with so much love. It’s a beautiful thing when the design captures the story and is woven into the fabric of the day overall. Every detail carefully considered, every element chosen to create beauty and all the feels.
The flowers for the secret garden shoot at Hornington Manor had to be seasonal and British grown garden flowers. Fleuradamo Flowers have their own secret garden with a mixture of cottage garden flowers, herbs and roses. The team love to have the fragrance of the old fashion roses with the lightness and movement of cottage flowers to encapsulate the moment. The flowers for this shoot were cut the day before or on the morning, so they were at their best.
The flowers were mixed with herbs and greenery to give a natural looking loose bouquet to complement my Stephanie Moran individual dress designs. The model also had a head-turning floral crown of garden roses to complement the look.
The mixed green runner, which cascaded down the side of the table, gave a fresh natural feel to the table display, mixed with candles to give a magical vision.
The inspiration behind the shoot ultimately came from the classic book itself, and we wanted to evoke both magic and mystery and recreate that childhood love feeling. The most important thing in the wedding industry to us as designers is about making brides feel confident and empowered on their wedding day – helping them be the perfect version of themselves. Everyone is different and unique and it’s so important to be the perfect you, whatever that may be!
November 6th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
Over time we are seeing choice in weddings increase and expand; from the numerous venues you can now pick for your big day setting, to the differing styles of ceremony you can choose, and don’t even get us started on the epic options for bridalwear, with varying fashion-forward dress designs, plus separates and jumpsuits all in the offering!
Another area we’ve noticed opening up is the day on which you get married, for while Saturday has always reined supreme, an increase in the venues available means you can tie the knot pretty much any time of the week – offering great flexibility, and also often a saving on cost!
And so, with this in mind we’re today talking to our wonderful Sponsor, stunning Yorkshire venue The KP Resort, about their new Friday Wedding Package. Reacting to demand for nuptials on this particular day of the week, they’ve put together a dedicated Friday 2019 package that provides a more affordable option but still the same level of care, service and attention to detail.
Furthermore, those who take up the Friday option will also get a free overnight stay in The KP’s spectacular Huxtable Suite the night before the wedding free of charge!
The thought of marring at this picturesque venue and spreading the celebrations across more than just one day is certainly enough to have us hooked, but just in case you needed anymore convincing, The KP team are here to tell us more about that fabulous package along with the benefits of saying “I do” to a Friday wedding.
the kp team say: Friday weddings may not be the stereotypical norm, but they are getting more and more popular with bride- and grooms-to-be. And there are so many pros in doing so – let us talk you through them…
When picturing your wedding day, you’ve probably always envisioned getting married on a Saturday but, have you ever thought about getting married on a Friday? The KP Resort wedding venue in Pocklington has noted the growing popularity of Friday weddings and now offers a dedicated package around this.
First of all, let’s get one thing straight – a wedding is a celebration of love any day of the week. Whether you get married on a week day or weekend, there really isn’t that much difference apart from one (major!) thing – the price!
Getting married on a Friday can offer a much more affordable option without lacking on luxury or important elements of the wedding that you have dreamed of. What’s more, if you take advantage of The KP Resort Friday Wedding Package you will have access to a spacious dance floor, wedding aisle carpet runner, cake knife and stand, easel for your table plan and candles. All of this is included as standard in order to give you the wedding day of your dreams with less elements for you to have to organise.
It’s not just the daytime and evening festivities which are taken into consideration in this Friday wedding package, with The KP Resort also including a free stay in the luxurious Huxtable Suite the night before. This means no rushing to the venue as you’re already practically there, giving you more time to enjoy the morning of your wedding day, getting ready with your family and close friends, whilst more importantly – getting a good sleep before the big day in a super king-sized bed! Oh, and you can even start your wedding morning with a dip in the hot tub if it takes your fancy.
One consideration which people often tend to question when considering getting married on a Friday is the impact that this could have on their guests. How are they going to get to the venue on time? Will they be able to get the time off work? We have a couple of top tips for inviting guests to a Friday wedding which will minimise these potential obstacles.
The first tip is to hand out invitations with plenty of notice – this way guests are able to book time off work if needed, make childcare arrangements and also organise transportation to ensure that they arrive at the venue on time.
Speaking of time, another top tip when hosting a Friday wedding is to have the ceremony begin a little later on in the day, this will allow guests plenty of time to arrive to your special day. One of the advantages of booking to have your wedding at a venue which also offers accommodation is that your far travelling guests will have the option of booking to stay overnight the evening before. The KP Resort provides this option, with a range of multi-story log cabin style holiday lodges and quirky hotel pods to choose from on site to help ensure that your travelling guests can attend the big day without the panic of arriving on time. Instead they can arrive the day before, stay in a beautiful well-equipped accommodation and attend your special day without the stress of travelling on the morning of.
October 30th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
We’ve one final Super Sunday of Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows to round off an absolutely epic season of Brides Up North events! For the Yorkshire couples amongst us, we have one very special date for the diary: The Wedding Event at Denton Hall, Ilkley, Sunday 4th November 2018, 11am till 2pm, FREE entry.
As your very own exclusive-use country house for the weekend, the team at Denton Hall pride themselves on meeting your needs with a personal touch. Denton Hall blends its rich history with a bespoke, flexible modern-day service – including a Michelin-starred fine dining experience courtesy of award winning Box Tree Events – to ensure that your special day is as successful, enjoyable and memorable as possible.
This Sunday, we’ve enlisted the help of 30+ luxury wedding exhibitors who plan to fill it’s stately rooms with wedding inspiration to help make your day even more perfect.
The Hall is set in the heart of 2,500 acres of colourful, secluded, landscaped grounds and the exquisite interior of the Hall itself complements these beautiful surroundings. Featuring two magnificent reception rooms full of stately grandeur, with smaller, more intimate areas including an oak-panelled library and a charming period dining room you are truly Lord and Lady of the Manor at Denton.
Watch out for the Hall’s many charming features including a spiral staircase, hand-crafted genuine vintage Mouseman oak furniture, Adam style fireplaces and ceilings and crystal chandeliers. There are also 24 newly-refurbished bedrooms and two luxury suites – including an elegant bridal suite.
Come and see it all for yourselves…
bride to be?
To pre-register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag (stuffed with treats and glossy mags, including the brand new issue of UNVEILED Magazine), simply follow the link below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag upon entry to the Luxury Bridal Show. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.
wedding industry pro?
We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2019. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions.
Click here to view the full schedule.
Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Email Julia at email@example.com for details.
Meanwhile, we catch up with the Denton Hall ream to hear more about this stunning venue’s wonderful wedding offering…
October 29th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
We’re kick-starting your week with the utterly gorgeous wedding of Jess and Jonny, who celebrated their marriage in the glorious setting of the Yorkshire Dales, even enjoying their wedding breakfast outside against a backdrop of rolling green hills and under a beautiful spring sky.
Unafraid of a little DIY, Jess and Jonny threw themselves into making their day a true reflection of their taste and, with such a picturesque backdrop to complete the vision, they achieved it admirably.
Talented Jess made the cake herself – super impressive – and also styled the table centrepiece flowers, with help from family and friends. A preparation detail we love is that two days before the wedding, Jess visited a flower farm to pick the flowers for the big day – such a special personal touch and she evidently did a great job in selecting blooms that perfectly suited the rural setting with a lovely, rustic vibe.
We also admire Jess’ confidence in shunning a traditional wedding gown in favour of a pretty textured lace dress with spaghetti straps and a scallop-edged neckline. Teamed with a pair of pale blue shoes and pretty daisies in her hair, she pulls off a stylish yet effortless bridal look that we’re sure many brides-to-be would love to mirror!
With images by Maree Frances Photography.
jess says: We got engaged in our front room in Greenwich on 12th May 2015. It was one year after Jonny’s dad sadly passed away. It had been a very sad and difficult time, but it made us realise how important it was to appreciate what you have in life and celebrate it. We sat down together, talked about how we felt about each other and decided to get married. We talked about what sort of ring I would like and went to Liberty and picked one out. About a week later, Jonny came home with a little leather bag, inside which was my resized, polished engagement ring. He sat beside me and unceremoniously said, “Put it on then” and that was it. We were engaged.
We got married on 1st September 2018. We had been engaged for three years when we decided to finally get married. We were living in London and money was tight, so we had put it off. In March 2018 I was discussing our long engagement with my mum and how we were a little strapped for cash and she told me “jump and the net will appear”, so we jumped! We searched for a good few weeks for the perfect, affordable wedding venue and, as a last resort, I searched through the list of licensed wedding venues in North Yorkshire (where we now live) on the North Yorkshire County Council site. There I found Hazel Brow House, a beautiful house in Swaledale, and the weekends they had available for that year were 8th June and 1st September. June was too close, and 1st September had a lovely ring to it, so we decided on that date!
Hazel Brow House has stunning views and we felt at home there from the moment we stepped in the door. We wanted somewhere we could get married, have our reception and then fall into bed at the end of the night. We weren’t scared of a little DIY either, so it worked perfectly for us. It allowed us to build the wedding we wanted, and, with such a beautiful house and location, it was never going to go wrong. Ruth and Cath were absolutely fantastic and made us feel at home from the very first viewing.
We would absolutely recommend the venue to other brides- and grooms-to-be. We had the honour of being the first couple to get married at Hazel Brow House – if you want a laid-back, intimate wedding in incredible surroundings, this is the place for you! It had everything we were looking for: guest accommodation, great facilities for cooking and drinks prep and, of course, the setting was just amazing!
The colour scheme happened quite naturally. Jonny picked burgundy ties for him and his groomsmen, so that laid the foundation. I had the wonderful experience of picking my own wedding flowers with Verde Flowers. Caroline grows her own flowers on a farm in Sacriston, Durham. We both went up two days before the wedding and picked the bridal bouquet and the boutonnières. I gravitated towards burgundy and added soft neutral tones with a little dash of yellow. Everything else just fitted around that. The bouquet featured burgundy dahlias, astrantia, scabious, phlox and much more.
My dress was lace and by Self-Portrait. I bought it online after looking tirelessly for the right style. I spent a very long time looking for something that was modern and clean but also pretty and the Azaelea dress was perfect. I teamed it with a pair of soft blue, heeled sandals from Lauren by Ralph Lauren.
My hair was styled by Jade Walker of IDOHair and I did my makeup myself.
Our little bridesmaids wore dresses from Next.
October 25th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Autumn takes centre stage in this stunning styled bridal shoot today, led by hair and makeup stylist, Chrys Chapman. Proof that your big day can be truly special and unique, whatever the season.
Inspired by the rich, earthy, jewel toned palette we’ve come to associate with this time of the year, Chrys wanted to bring to life her vision for a modern twist on a country shooting party and decided that Denton Hall in North Yorkshire would make the most idyllic backdrop. And as a favourite venue of ours, at which we hold an annual Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Show, we couldn’t think of a more perfect choice!
If you find Denton’s handsome looks and fine location stealing your heart, then be sure to join us for the event on Sunday 4th November, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY, when you can admire its beauty first-hand. As well as viewing the stunning Hall you will be able to meet with the fabulous team who run it and award-winning caterers Box Tree Events, who provide the most fabulous of culinary creations for Denton Hall couples. Furthermore, we’ll be joined by 30 of the area’s talented wedding suppliers to showcase the service, designs and creations they can provide for your big day; from photography, dresses and entertainment to cakes, flowers and styling.
The grandeur of Denton and its rustic surroundings certainly show off all the country chic inspo crammed into today’s sumptuous shoot. We’re talking burnt orange blooms, stunning tablescapes adorned with pinecones and the most elegant of wedding gowns. If, like us, you’re crushing on an autumn-time wedding – scroll on for all the details, as we hand the blog over to Chrys to tell us more.
With images by Eyesome Photography.
chrys says: The inspiration for the shoot was autumn, the time of year when the pinks and whites of summer, along with its warmer temperatures give way to a deeper, richer colour palette and chilly air. For me, autumn conjures memories of growing up on the north east coast in America, with its mélange of leaves in changing colours – perfect for piling up and jumping into, crackling fires and even the smell of the earth changing. In addition to the vibrant wine-coloured deep reds, burnt oranges and popping yellows that usher in fall, I think of the wildlife getting ready for winter. In my New Jersey childhood home, we always had squirrels, foxes and especially deer wandering into to our garden looking for food. So game, for me, represents the whole season, which informed the choice of venue – Denton Hall.
I wanted to create a modern twist on a country shooting party – updated tweed suits, mini gourds and classic jewellery in updated hues of rose gold were essential. We wanted the viewers to feel the cool crisp air around the couple, encouraging them into each other’s arms. Romance with a touch of passion. Deep, rich colour palette. Rustic sophistication.
From being welcomed on site by stags, does and pheasants when I first visited Denton Hall, I knew this was the perfect venue for an autumn wedding and our modern shooting party concept. Set amid the Ilkley Moors, Denton’s exterior of imposing black and gold gates, stone and glass, and the luscious grass and towering trees was perfect backdrop.
Once I went inside, I was overwhelmed by the grandeur of the multiple reception and function rooms. And while we wanted to emulate sophistication, we also wanted to show intimacy and warmth. For sophistication and grandeur we decided we had to utilise Denton’s stunning staircase. For a more intimate setting we chose the library, complete with original fireplaces and heavy wooden table — the first time this space was used for a styled shoot.
We were so fortunate to have two stylists on hand for the shoot — Gillian Neild from Planned With Gill, who headed up interior styling and flowers, and Natalie Convery from Hand Maid who was in charge of styling exterior areas and stationery. The two worked so well together on the day to create a coherent aesthetic and to make the autumnal sophistication theme come to life.
Gillian created an original tablescape set against Denton Hall’s stunning sculpted fireplace and hearth. Using texture and colour to tie together the theme of autumnal sophistication, Gillian styled not only the beautiful table, but also the legendary and very grand Denton Hall staircase.
The table was decorated with large, rainbow glass plates, small rich green side plates, burgundy napkins and stunning gold cutlery. The glassware continued the theme with cut champagne and wine glasses, and small glass candleholders for the green and cream taper candles. The opulence of the glassware and cutlery was balanced with rustic foliage and cloth, as well as the vibrant flowers and mini gourds, perfect for the season.
Natalie of Handmaid added her handcrafted floral stationery to personalise the table setting, as well as for a gorgeous flat lay that really encompassed the feel of the shoot inspiration. She used the same fall-inspired colour palette, along with script, that was, like so many elements of the shoot, elegant, but unfussy.
Flowers were a key feature in and around the table design – luscious foliage such as leather leaf fern, Cotinus Royal Purple and Panicum Fountain grasses plus astrantia, Chateau Burgundy Spray Carnations, Alstromeria Hot Pepper, Amaranthus, plus some amazing bright orange Chinese Lantern.
Small, delightful arrangements were placed on the back of each chair featuring dried orange slices, Chinese Lantern, Cotinus Royal Purple and Eucalyptus Parvifolia, as well as trailing rich burgundy silk ribbons.
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