October 31st, 2017 | Julia Braime
Though the cold weather can be a turn off for some couples, winter actually has a lot to offer brides and grooms-to-be.
With celebrations by candlelight, those tying the knot during the colder months of the year can piece together a warming and luxurious big day, complete with hearty food, fine tipples, opulent décor and elegant attire.
So as the temperatures drop, and the nights draw in, we’re in the mood for some comforting winter wedding inspiration, with all the necessary elements covered for an atmospheric big day that gives a sophisticated nod to the season.
And here to provide such details is Matt Jones, managing director of award-winning catering and hospitality company Dine, which caters for more than 200 weddings each year – making him well-versed in seasonal celebrations…
Matt says: As any expert or newlywed couple will know, venue hire can often be one of the most expensive aspects of a wedding. However, if you’re looking to cut the costs while still getting married at your dream venue, winter can be the perfect season. With less demand in winter, venues may offer off-season rates, made even cheaper if you go for a mid-week rather than weekend wedding. Winter may also offer greater availability for both venue and other suppliers meaning you may be more likely to book your dream venue than another more popular season.
With its large windows looking out across the beautiful Roundhay Park, Dine’s venue The Mansion offers the perfect indoor setting for your winter wedding. The Greek Palladian style, Grade II listed building offers several ceremony and reception rooms of varying sizes enabling you to hold your wedding ceremony and breakfast in the same building. Whichever room you choose, they are guaranteed to remain warm and toasty throughout your day whilst affording you some great views.
As the bride and bridesmaids can get ready in The Mansion before having both the ceremony and reception in this stunning building, there is no worry of arriving windswept or snowed on. Situated in the rolling 700 acres of Roundhay Park, The Mansion also offers the opportunity for magical winter wonderland photography.
No matter the season, food and drink is one aspect that can make or break a wedding. The coming of winter means warming and hearty food that will leave a smile on the faces of your guests.
When guests arrive at your venue why not greet them with mulled wine or warming sloe gin? Guests will be grateful for this warm welcome to your wedding and it will leave them in a good mood for the ceremony and reception. If your guests include children try serving fun coffees and teas or luxurious hot chocolate for a family friendly alternative.
Whether you’re going for a festive theme or not, the food served at your wedding should be comforting and sustaining. After standing outside having photographs taken, your guests will very much appreciate comfort food that will bring them back up to temperature.
October 26th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
The keen Pinners out there are going to adore today’s celebration as its country vintage wedding theme means it has an abundance of gorgeous décor and details.
Cue hessian bound jars and tree slices, loose wild bloom displays, wooden crates and love hearts, plus one super sweet cake.
We have to say the bar is sky high across the board, resulting on some serious #weddinggoals! From the fine choice of venue to the stunning attire (both on the bride and groom’s side), not to mention the incredible florals. Guys, we’re head-over-heels for this one – and we think you might be too!
With images by All You Need is Love Photography.
debbie says: We got engaged on Christmas Day morning in 2015. Matthew proposed in front of my three girls as he wanted then to be a part of it, which was very sweet. He sat me on the sofa told me to close my eyes and proposed. He then asked the girls if he could be their step dad, which was lovely.
Our wedding date was 10th August 2017, as this was the date of our first date, four years previous.
We chose The Grange Hotel as our venue – a beautiful Victorian hotel with a modern feel in our lovely home town of York.
Our theme was vintage, country style so lots of wood and hessian. The colour theme was browns, creams and blues to go with a vintage style theme.
My dress was a long, vintage style off-white design with a laced detailed back from a small wedding boutique, one-of-a-kind made-to-measure.
Matthew’s suit was handmade by his brother, who is a tailor on Saville Row in London. It was dark brown with baby blue stripes – again, one-of-a-kind.
The groomsman wore handmade suits also made by Matt’s brother, these were in navy.
My bridesmaids and flower girl wore matching dresses from BHS from their wedding collection, they were called Marylebone.
October 13th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
It’s so close to the weekend we can literally smell the prosecco, but before we down tools for the week, we’re sharing this super gorgeous styled shoot. Set in a fabulous mill conversion in the heart of West Yorkshire, the styling brings to life the most elegant and rustic of wedding day themes.
Led by Something New Wedding Planner and Stylist, Amy Scott, the shoot showcases a pared back bridal look with an industrial edge, complete with an understated green and coral palette. Bronze lanterns and dainty tea light holders combine with some rather fetching stationery to create all kinds of pretty. And then there’s the Insta-worthy four-tiered cake, adorned with flowers and foliage, and scrumptious cake pops. The shoot is simply bursting with exquisite ideas for brides and grooms-to-be.
The bridal fashion that’s showcased is relaxed and demure, with an elegant off-white gown, loose curls and a flower crown conjuring up a distinct boho vibe. As for the groom – think dapper but without the fuss. We have to admit though; it’s the flower girl who steals the shoot for us!
Bringing together a host of local suppliers who she had admired for some time on social media, Amy had her heart set on The Arches from the outset, with her vision for the shoot – relaxed and natural – falling perfectly into place.
We’ll hand the blog over to Amy now, as she talks us through the finer details of the shoot and the amazing team supplying us with today’s dose of much-coveted bridal inspo.
amy says: I wanted to organise the shoot so that I could work with some amazing suppliers who I had been following on social media for ages but never had the pleasure of working with. It was also an opportunity to test all our creativity. The shoot was definitely a collaborative effort, allowing everyone involved to do what they do best whilst showcasing their amazing talents and providing lots of inspiration for upcoming brides and grooms.
The inspiration behind the theme came into its own once we had secured The Arches at Dean Clough, which is just an amazing venue. I fell in love with the steel beams and the industrial look of the venue and I wanted to showcase this whilst also incorporating a softer romantic side with the colours and props. We also wanted to show a different dynamic in relationships by incorporating a flower girl and I think Stewart Barker, our photographer, captured this relationship amazingly well.
I had my heart set on this venue as soon as the idea of a styled shoot first came to my mind. I love that it is such a unique space and that it allows couples to really put their own stamp on their wedding day, as the room is so flexible. Once we had the go ahead, the theme came together. I love the industrial vibe of The Arches, but I wanted to incorporate an urban rustic elegance – think Banksy meets chic!
The Mindful Florist is renowned for her love of texture, which is exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to focus mainly on greens (to pay tribute to Pantone’s colour of the year) with a pop colour and I absolutely love the coral against the bronze lanterns, tea light holders and the gorgeous exposed wood table, provided by All Things Borrowed. The table runner and the scroll on the archway were provided by the super talented Gray Starling Designs and it can be personalised to the clients’ exact preferences. I think it just adds a detail that a lot of couples won’t have seen before. White Rose Cake Designs supplied our beautiful cake, meanwhile The Mindful Kitchen provided our delectable cake pops and Alexia Claire created our stunning stationery.
September 27th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
September 25th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
While the warmer months of the year remain the most popular time to marry, winter weddings are certainly on the rise with some couples preferring to embrace the cooler temperatures rather than rely upon the unpredictable British weather to come good.
Today’s couple tied the knot during the first week of January, giving them and their guests a fabulous celebration to look forward to beyond Christmas and New Year.
Rebecca and Alex’s big day is the epitome of elegance with a stately home setting, chic colour palette, classic blooms and gorgeous attire. We particularly love Rebecca’s Augusta Jones dress, complete with a dreamy ballgown skirt – just perfect for twirling around the dancefloor!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Mark Newton Photography.
rebecca says: We got engaged at home in April 2015, and set the date for Saturday 7th January, 2017. As Alex works abroad and has limited time at home we were forced to have a winter wedding, but we embraced this.
We had both the ceremony and reception at The Mansion in Roundhay Park, Leeds, which is owned and operated by Dine. We needed somewhere which had enough indoor space to easily accommodate all of guests for the whole day, as we knew with a January wedding time spent outside would be limited.
The general feel of The Mansion is luxurious, grand and special. This is carried over into the food and drinks that they serve, which also played a big part in our venue choice. The team’s attention to detail is exceptional.
We chose dusky lilac, silvers and navy blue as our colour scheme. We wanted the wedding to be traditional in style, and quite wintery.
I chose a gown by Augusta Jones, which I found at The Swanky Bride, Kirkburton, Huddersfield. I tried on approximately 20 dresses, but was struggling to find anything that I thought suited me without looking overly fussy, as I am quite petite, so decided to try a simpler style. My chosen dress was a plain satin strapless ballgown with a sweetheart neckline. It had a sheer overlay skirt which added a bit of interest without being fussy. I added the lace top later as I wanted to be slightly more covered up for the ceremony.
Catherine Elizabeth of York, did mine and my bridesmaids’ hair and makeup. Her team made the morning of the wedding so relaxing and the makeup looked natural. We were ready on time with no stress or worries.
September 18th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
We’re kicking off the week with a truly cool and individual big day that had a relaxed rustic and boho vibe.
Taking place at an exclusive location in Mulgrave Woods, Whitby, today’s couple Ceri and Liam, tied the knot in the ruins of a castle before moving onto a marquee at Liam’s parents’ house for a chilled reception, complete with views over the whimsical woodland and coastline beyond.
We’re totally crushing on Ceri’s gorgeous lace dress by Brides Up North Sponsor, the fabulous Charlotte Balbier, not to mention those uber-cool bell, bead and pearl anklets.
Keeping the style bar up high, we also adore the bridesmaids’ pastel dresses and flower crowns, as well as the men’s brace and bow tie combos! This party are on point!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Bethany Clarke Wedding Photography.
ceri says: Liam had originally planned to propose during a surprise trip to Edinburgh but didn’t find the right time so ended up asking me once we got home to Durham. He popped the question on a bridge over the river during the Lumiere light festival.
We set the date for 24th June 2017, as it was close to the solstice so we’d have lots of daylight.
We got married at the Old Castle in Mulgrave Woods, Whitby. These are some old ruins deep in the woods, we wrote to Lord Normanby who owns the land and who Liam’s dad has worked for, for 40 years to ask his permission for us to hold our ceremony there. Our guests had to walk through the woods to reach it though some were taken via Land Rover. For the reception, we had a marquee in a field overlooking the woods and sea at Liam’s parents’ house, which is a gatehouse to the woods in a village called Dunsley.
As our ceremony at Mulgrave Woods wasn’t the legal one (we went to the register office another day) we asked Liam’s close friend Tristan to conduct the ceremony. He did such a fantastic job and it made it even more personal and relaxed.
Our rings were mad by my friend Geri of Smuggler’s Treasure. It meant a lot to us that they were made locally and by a friend, they are a hammered texture with an engraved heart inside. Geri also made me some anklets, which had brass beads, bells and fresh water pearls on as I had bare feet on the day.
The theme of the wedding was very relaxed we didn’t have a colour scheme but we incorporated the woods into the styling with real trees in the marquee, log cuttings and lots of wild flowers. I’m a photographer so we had lots of vintage cameras around too.
There was lots of green throughout the wedding due to the amounts of foliage – we made living chandeliers using old bike wheels, greenery and fairy lights and hung them in the marquee.
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