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Peacock Chic! A Real Wedding – Natalie and Graeme

March 2nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Massive OMG!  Brides Up North Featured Supplier and amazing photographess Karen McGowran Photography has truly excelled herself.  Today on Brides Up North she shares the Real Wedding of Natalie of Purple Peacock, creator of gorgeous bespoke stationery (some of which I showcase below :-) ).

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I couldn’t bear to leave any of the beautifulness out, so it’s a long one, but if it’s inspiration you are looking for… you won’t be disappointed!

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The bride, Ms Purple Peacock herself, tells all: Graeme and I were married on the 28th of August at The Ramside Hall Hotel in Durham (a Brides Up North Featured Supplier no less!).  I really wanted a modern meets classic elegance wedding. Something I can look back on when I’m very old and very wrinkly and still think how lovely everything was. It was pretty cliche, in the best day of my life kind of way. The rest of the wedding was a stylish celebration of how much we love each other.

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*Blooms*

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I really LOVE flowers, I think they really made our wedding. The tone was really set for the day with the arrival of the bouquets. Hydrangeas, roses & orchids were the order of the day! Under strict instructions to deliver Knock-Out-Flowers my florist, the lovely Lisa from The Wild Bunch Sunderland, really excelled herself. My centrepieces truly overwhelmed me, tall vases packed with hydrangeas, roses and orchids hung on ribbon complete with candlelight. The top table, Escort card table and guest book table came completed with mirrored cubes packed full of hydrangeas, tall slim vases of orchids and candles.

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*Pretty Ladies*
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Unfortunately we had a house fire and lost a lot of the original wedding items, the bridesmaid dresses were no exception. I could not get the exact dresses I had initially but I believe in everything happening for a reason and couldn’t believe it when I stumbled accross these grecian style beauties by Jim Hjelm. I promptly paid the rush fee and boy did my girls’ look flippin fab!

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*The Venue*
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We are not religious and wanted a service that really reflected our love and the whole purpose of the day.
We choose the Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club in Durham for a few reasons, but mainly the Ballroom.
The service was so emotional and I was completely overwhelmed walking down the aisle to meet my man.

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Natalie and Graeme (333 of 888)

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*Details*
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I make wedding stationery for a living and one of my most favourite things to make are Escort Cards. They are such a unique and fun way to point guests’ to their table. It was quite a novelty and went down great.

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My advice to anyone is don’t scrimp on the details. It is the details that make your wedding personal and unique to you. The girls and I spent hours tying ribbon round peacock feathers for each place setting and hours tying wish bracelets to card and raffia round sweetie bags for the men! We had a pre-wedding shoot at the fun fair and on the beach which lent itself nicely to a quirky guestbook which went down a storm.
I didn’t have a theme, we just went with the flow – which developed as the months went by and it all came together beautifully.

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*Photography*
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I found my photographer by accident on an internet forum, what a happy accident she turned out to be!
She really captured our day in images I can treasure for ever. Karen McGowran Photography I salute you!

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Natalie and Graeme (771 of 888)

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comments

  • March 2, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    This wedding is beautiful – love the bride’s dress, particularly in the pictures of her dancing :) the venue looks great as well!! x

  • Davina Horn
    May 13, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    Please please please can you tell me where this bride got her wonderful beautiful hair piece? I looked all over for something for my hair and with only weeks to go till my big day PLEASE HELP

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Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North in 2010 with a chip on her shoulder. Frustrated by the poor Northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself. Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside their busy wedding exhibition season, industry events and related commissions. And she’s always, always, got a new project on the go…

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