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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Pretty Perfect! A Pastel Palette Real Wedding In The North East, Alex & Sil

December 25th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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This wedding blog favourite, first featured back in September, packs so much pretty it should almost be illegal.  But being beautiful isn’t an offence, lucky for us!  Merry Christmas to Alex and Sil, and to all of you on this very special day. 

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Friend of the wedding blogKaty Melling Photography sent me the perfect antidote to darker evenings recently: a prettily perfect summer wedding packed with peonies and pastel shades.  Alex and Sil, today’s couple, packed the English leg of their multicultural celebration with gorgeous details, traditional tailoring and amazing floral displays.  And one beautiful wedding dress, worn two ways. 

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Be sure to click through to take in all the inspiration.  Just wait till you see the centre pieces!  Oooh the centre pieces!  I die.

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Two words: Be inspired!

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Over to the bride.  Alex says:  Sil proposed in January 2010 in his parents garden after they had decorated it with fairy lights, Chinese lanterns and floating candles.  We had two wedding celebrations this year, two days apart.  Our English wedding was held at Middleton Lodge, North Yorkshire on 1st May 2011 and our Chinese wedding was on 3rd May, at China Court Restaurant, China Town, Birmingham. 

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We instantly fell in love with Middleton Lodge because we could have the house for the whole weekend and the owners and staff so very flexible and friendly.

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My dress was from Sassi Holford. It was quite a simple A line strapless dress but I added a lace bodice that I then removed in the evening in exchange for a cappuccino sash – I loved the diversity of the dress.  My Mum made the bridesmaid dresses which were a very pale green with a cream embroidered sash.

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I made origami cranes for all the place settings and decorated fortune cookies with chocolate for the favours.

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My flowers were done by Lavenders Blue in Morpeth and my bouquet included peonies, roses and ranunculus.

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My Mum also made the wedding cake! We had a fruit cake layer, victoria sponge layer and lemon sponge layer.  Yummy!

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In the evening we had a brilliant live band – Absolute Funk from Leeds. 

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After our Chinese celebration, we honeymooned in Borneo, Bali and Lombok. 

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My advice for other Brides Up North is to enjoy every minute of your special day and don’t let the minor details get to you.

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  – Images © 2011 Katy Melling Photography

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  • Mrs S To Be
    September 20, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    I love that dress, it’s amazing! You really would have no idea it was th’e same dress after it’s tranformation! I also love all the personal touches they have added x

  • September 20, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    What a gorgeous bride and those centre pieces are beautiful-the paper cranes brought a tear to my eye -what is that about????

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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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