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Baby You Can Drive My Tractor! A Real Wedding, Debbie & Tom

September 30th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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A DIY wedding is all about the detail, ladies.  Today on the wedding blog, in this stunning Real Wedding, sent to me by Jane of JB Creatives, Debbie shows us exactly how it’s done.  Have a super duper brilliant Friday – filled with this Indian Summer sunshine.  See if you can’t knock off work a little bit early and celebrate the weekend outdoors. 

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Over to Debbie:  We were engaged in the Lake District in February 2010 on my birthday weekend, and married on 18th June 2011 at Adel Church before travelling in a 66 VW Camper to the Craven Cruck Barn in Appletreewick. 

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Tom’s family have always attended Adel Church and it is very close to our home in Pool as well as being steeped in history.  We visited the Cruck Barn and chose it straight away without looking anywhere else.  It was perfect for us and my family used to visit Appletreewick and Burnsall when me and my sister were little so both venues were special.  The Cruck Barn provided a medieval banquet and a teepee!  The staff were fantastic and made our day run very smoothly. 

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The main theme for the day was derived from some vintage bird designs that I loved from Cavallini & Co, and we had many colours!  Purple, teal and fuchsia pink all played a part based on the colours of native wildflowers in flower in June. 

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For my wedding gown, I didn’t want anything that was so expensive that I would spend the whole day panicking about it, and definitely wanted something a bit floaty and boho!  I chose a beautiful dress from Romantica of Devon and bought it from the fantastic Cinderellas of Skipton

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I made my headdress and borrowed my blue shoes from my friend Lesley at work – they were her wedding shoes 13 years ago!

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Click through to see all the AMAZING DIY details, and the most awesome homemade wedding cake, like, ever!

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My bridesmaids – my sister Jenny and sister in law Sophie wore lovely dresses from Coast in the perfect colours.  My best friend and maid of honour Claire chose her own dress as she was expecting at the time and found a beautiful purple maxi dress to match the colour scheme.  They all wore jewellery from Monsoon. 

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The guy’s suits were hired from Eric Spencer in Ilkley and the ties were from Tie Rack

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Our photographer was the brilliant Jane Beadnell of www.jbcreatives.co.uk.  She was amazing and took the most beautiful photos which we will cherish. 

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My wedding and engagement ring were made by Les Grimshaw, a talented jeweller based in Plymouth, Cornwall.  His rings are on show at the Pyramid Gallery in York. 

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I got a lot of little things from Country Baskets and all my cake supplies come from Home and Kitchen in Skipton. 

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The main thing that both of us wanted was to have a day that was special to us and our family.  It didn’t need to be expensive or showy, we just wanted people to have a great time, good food and a bit of a dance. 

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All of the flowers and buttonholes were provided by Judy at The Plantsmiths in Crayke, North Yorkshire.  She is amazing and they were absolutely beautiful – exactly what we wanted – all cut flowers grown by Judy in her flower garden and therefore native and seasonal.  I loved the foxgloves and the alchemilla especially and pressed some of them to keep afterwards.  I made a lace corsage to add to my bouquet

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I made a lot of our bits and pieces including the stationery, pew ends, signs, bunting and table decorations.  My Mum made the lovely table runners and Tom’s mum made shortbread hearts to serve with strawberries as dessert.

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We all pitched in to decorate the venue the night before which made it extra special.  I had a jar amnesty at work and collected hundred.  I put labels from Cavallini & Co on them an filled them with flowers and tea lights.  I also planted tiny lavender plants as favours for the ladies and we had mini Jura whiskies for the men.

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I made evening favours by milling mini envelopes with native wildflower seeds and stamping them.  We also provided Kilner jars filled with sweets that went down a treat, and one of the biggest successes were the party bags that I made for the kids – plenty of things to keep them entertained!

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I loved making everything and everyone commented on how personal it felt which was all that we really wanted. 

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I made our cake two days before the wedding!  It was a four tier chocolate cake with dark chocolate ganache, covered in a white chocolate buttercream.  We knew that we had to have something special as I have a cake decorating business – www.ohcupcake.co.uk.  I went to town!  I carried on the bird theme with bluebirds and added hearts, roses and aqueligia flowers as well as circus style lettering.  It was very over the top and we loved it!

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We used ipods for the day, with specially created playlists and our evening entertainment was provided by Tristan Mackay of The Bedroom Orchestra.  He played the most amazing blues and folk and got everyone dancing.   

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We had the most fantastic day and loved every minute but our favourite bit was getting into the Sweet Pea Camper after the church and driving through Ilkley with a glass of champers and the roof down, waving at people with the sun shining on us!

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We honeymooned for four nights in Cornwall at The Dovecot at Lamorna Cove.  It was so romantic and had a big open fire, hot tub and champers!

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We took a day trip and flew by helicopter to the Sicily Isles and then we hires another VW Camper – a 1975 Westfalia from www.campersforhire.co.uk and travelled around Cornwall for a week.  On our last night we travelled to Padstow and stayed at The Old Custom House in their honeymoon suite.  A lovely end to our honeymoon!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to just relax, have fun and remember why you are getting married in the first place.  Don’t be afraid to get crafty and have a go at making things yourself either!

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Newlyweds!  Contact me to share your Real Wedding memories on the wedding blog!

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  – Images © 2011 JB Creatives

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comments

  • September 30, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    Amazing details! Those flowers are incredible and I loved all the little styling touches with the birds…so pretty!!

  • September 30, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    The theme is so beautifully executed and consistently done, without looking like to much, isn’t it? Fabulous! Julia xxx

  • September 30, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    Cute! Love the birdies and those flowers are ACE! x

  • Martha Featherstone
    October 6, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    Amazing photos! This looks like a lovely day, brilliantly captured :-)

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Julia Braime
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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