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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Don’t Tell The Bride… A Real Space Themed Wedding In The North East With An Intergalactic Twist – Lauren & Charlie

December 26th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Well I couldn’t very well leave this one out of my recap of the wedding blog’s favourite Real Weddings of 2011, could I?  If you enjoyed the Dr Who Christmas special yesterday, then you are going to LOVE this!  Merry Christmas to our small screen stars Lauren & Charlie!

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A recent episode of one of my favourite telly shows Don’t Tell The Bride was from Newcastle Upon Tyne and featured loved up Lauren and Charlie and their Real Wedding – which left the bride all starry eyed!

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I’m sure that you all know the concept behind the show, but in a nutshell the hour long programme follows an engaged couple who agree to live apart in the three weeks leading up to their wedding. They get £12,000 to spend on their big day but the groom has to plan the whole thing himself – including her dress, flowers, venue, transport, cake – the lot. 

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Lauren is one brave lady!  That’s all I’m saying. 

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The official Don’t Tell The Bride website says:

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The pressure is on for 30-year-old sci-fi fanatic Charles as he tries to impress his more classy bride-to-be, 26-year-old Lauren. Originally both from Yorkshire, they met five years ago when they worked behind a bar in Newcastle and have been inseparable ever since. They currently live in Newcastle with their cat, Sarah.
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Lauren is an art teacher with very sophisticated tastes and prefers the finer things in life, whereas Charles is an only child who has never grown up. He prefers watching Star Wars on repeat and playing with his light sabre. Now Charles has been left to organise the biggest day of their lives – their wedding.

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Will he boldly go where no groom has gone before or will his obsession with sci-fi take him to the dark side? Can this man give this woman a wedding that is out of this world?

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I had actually seen a little of Lauren and Charlie’s episode being filmed at a wedding fair I attended with Brides Up North back in August, so was always keen to see how their wedding turned out.  So when Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jamie of Emerson Photography got in touch to ask if I would like to feature their big day on the wedding blog today and after a quick peep at this gorgeous couples fantastic photographs, I didn’t need asking twice. 

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I have exchanged a few tweets with Lauren since Jamie submitted the photographs – so here you go lucky lady – enjoy your moment in the spotlight!  Lights, camera, action aliens…?!

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Over to Jamie at Emerson Photography: Charlie and Lauren were quite simply one of the best natured couples I’ve ever come across. Which is a good thing, considering that each of them had been followed around for the past three weeks by a film crew!

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When I first got the call from Charlie, asking if I was free that day, I had an inkling of what it was all about – he’d been referred to me by a previous client and she’d given me a bit of a warning… I made the decision very early on that the coverage was going to have to be as close to photojournalistic as possible. I knew there would be two film crews (with sharp elbows) and I assumed there wouldn’t be a whole lot of time for posed photographs.

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Lauren looked delighted when she arrived at The Discovery Museum, but then, she looked delighted pretty much all day!

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The ceremony was held in a room usually used for kids’ parties – I was absolutely gobsmacked at what Charlie and his groomsmen had done with the place (with a little help from Dandy Events).

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The huge hall upstairs, with its towering, wrought iron supports suited the bonkers theme perfectly – it really did look like a Dr Who set. So many little touches had been added; masks for all the guests, a very convincing, talking, walking robot, an alien cake topper – I was kept busy trying to photograph everything.

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The task wasn’t an easy one – it was incredibly dark and the production manager had forbidden any flash (I tried my best but had to make an executive decision to over-rule him later on!).

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The meal and speeches over, and we were treated to a David Bowie impersonator – damn he was good! Lots of fab indie music followed as the party really got underway.

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A really, really exciting day and a great couple with a seriously strong sense of humour.

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HEARTCongratulations Lauren & Charlie… and well done - I think – Charlie (you absolute nutter!) HEART

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  – Images © 2011 Emerson Photography

Emerson Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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comments

  • Jenny Johnson
    November 15, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    Looks like your man did an excellent job for you (and him)! Lovely x

  • November 15, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    LOVED the wedding! Can’t wait to review the show on my blog tomorrow :) I promise I’ll be nice ;) (I’m not usually!) xxx

  • November 16, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    Ahhh, they were such a fun couple. Don’t Tell the Bride is my Husband and I’s guilty pleasure and we loved this as much as the others we’ve seen-and we’ve seen a lot! I really like seeing a Groom put his stamp on things and really believe planning a wedding should involve more men as they have pretty good ideas (mine actually chose the colour scheme and the material for the Bridesmaids dresses!). Glad he didn’t go too overboard though! Didn’t this Groom look a tad like the guy out of the Inbetweeners..?

    As for the photographs, well done! After seeing all the kit these use I can see why you had a job! It’s nice that you included the crew in some of the shots as that was a HUGE part of their day. I was shocked watching the show to see the cameraman in the middle of the aisle right in front of the couple! Bet that blocked a few peoples views!! haha

  • November 17, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    No way! Me and SJ just opened a joint bank account at the bank… and none other than Charles himself was our advisor! He was telling us that he was on the show last week! What a legend of a guy! We were really worried he was going to be edited to look like he’d made it all a disaster, but were glad to see he did a pretty good job!

  • November 18, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    oh, wait, just watched it… not such a good job :/

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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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