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Biker Chic, A Real Wedding – Penny & Nik

September 21st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Well. Sometimes I get a Real Wedding submission that just fills this with glee.  Penny and Nik’s big day, submitted by the lovely Jamie of Emerson Photography is one of them.  Because it full on rocks.

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Brides Up North is all about celebrating Northern talent, Northern couples and the fact that the North is just all round better fabulous!  On these pretty wedding blog pages, leather can sit alongside lace and peonies alongside chocolate skulls (wait for it…!). 

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Let’s celebrate similarities, differences, following trends, forgetting trends, doing things your way, letting your parents have a little say, vintage brides, punk rock brides, classic brides and being proud to be Northern.  And above all, lets celebrate L.O.V.E. 

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Happy Wednesday!

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Jamie says:  This wedding was a long time coming – I’d been looking forward to it for months!  Our groom, Nik belongs to a motorcycle club and many of the guests crossed continents on their bikes to be there on the big day.  Penny and Nik were married in the very grand, very low key surrounds of Middleton Lodge, Richmond, North Yorkshire.  The day began with meeting a film crew in the car park.  They were from Sky Food Channel, on behalf of Choccywoccydoodah – cake makers extraordinaire.  They specialise in incredibly intricate and artful cakes – more of which later.

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Penny was soon helped into her bespoke gown.  Tailored locally to fit in with the denim and leather theme of the wedding, and cut especially low at the back to show off her new tattoos.  The more I shot, the more obvious it became that this wedding had been planned long and hard!  The attention to every little detail was astonishing; from toenail transfers to very eye-catching shoes (DMs for Penny and shark attack print heels for the rest of the girls!).

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The ceremony itself was held in the Lodge’s garden, with the sounds and smells of a beautiful Summer’s day floating over the excited babble of the guests.  Penny and Nik had managed to have a brand new wooden pergola built and Penny walked towards it through an avenue of huge motorbikes belonging to the guests. 

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After the heartfelt ceremony, the bride and groom walked back through the corridor of motorbikes, but this time, the engines were fired up and the noise was awesome, in the original sense of the word.  It sounded like the end of the world, but was strangely romantic at the same time.  My poor assistant spent the rest of the day deaf in one ear!

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You have to see the rest… and the famous cake.  Click through to read more. 

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Wedding catering can sometimes be a little bland – so it was a joy to be served a huge variety of excellent local fare, barbequed to a tee, followed later in the day with a proper, old-fashioned hog roast.  The guests were treated to a bouncy castle, adult-sized space hoppers (these went down very well with kids big and small!) and later on, a full on rock band.  The wedding cake surpassed all expectations – really quite jaw-dropping, in a good way.  Skulls fought for space with anchors and banners… it genuinely did seem a shame to cut it, but needs must!

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Eventually, bellies full of food, cameras full of amazing memories, my assistant and I called it a day, and a bit sadly, left the party which was just getting started…

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Brides Up North: contact me to share your Real Wedding memories on the wedding blog

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  – Images © 2011 Emerson Photography

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comments

  • September 21, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    what a totally awesome wedding! Love it, the cake is stunning and everyone looks so happy and relaxed…fabulous!

  • September 21, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    Aaawww .. excellent day for everyone .. and so different. I often think that the smaller and quirkier weddings I enjoy photographing the most .. Lovely day for everyone and great images of all the fun too .. love the bride and groom portrait at the end with the bikes …

  • September 21, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    Crackin stuff, I LOVE the cake… such a fab twist.

  • September 21, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    Brilliant! its great to see couples put a unique stamp on there wedding day instead of going for the theme of the moment. I love the dresses, the shoes and the cake, all very unique. Fab natural photos, you captured all the best bits!!

  • Penny Mitchell
    September 21, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    Glad you liked our day we did was just what we wanted.
    If anybody is interested Tara from Excluisively yours designed my dress.
    athttp://www.exclusivelyyoursuk.co.uk/
    Jo Leversuch did my makeup and Sarah Meeson did my table centerpieces.
    All contacts can be forwarded if required !

  • September 21, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    That is a truly amazing wedding so glad that they had good weather for those great bike shots. Love it!

  • the dore`s
    September 21, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    Comment …. it was an amazing wedding :) :) :)

  • Mitch
    September 22, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    It truly was an awe inspiring day, and Jamie managed to catch all of the most precious moments on film. My wife, Penny and I will always treasure the memories he has created for us. As for our wonderful guests, they did truly come from all corners of the country and beyond and we will be forever grateful that so many of our friends, family and brothers took the time out to share our day with us.

  • Mitch
    September 22, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    Oh, and thanks to my wonderful wife, for allowing me to get married in my jeans!!

  • September 22, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Penny, Nik – thank you so much for these wonderful images! Your day looks amazing!

  • September 22, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    What a fabulous wedding! How much do I crave those shoes!?!

    I <3 their style.

  • Jules
    September 23, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    Have to say it was a fantastic wedding and party atmosphere, your Bros were all proud to have been able to be there to sse you both tie the knot.

  • March 14, 2014 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey guys, can you recommend a cool motorbike-themed reading? I have been asked to choose one for my friends who are really into bikes and want to do something original. Thanks…

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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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