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Watch The Birdy! A Real twobirds Christmas Wedding: Michelle & David

January 5th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Friend of the wedding blog, Michelle from twobirds Bridesmaid, got in touch over the festive period to see if I would like to feature her gorgeous Real Wedding.  If you haven’t heard of twobirds Bridesmaid, you have had your head in the sand!  They make adaptable, beautiful bridesmaid dresses in one size, that can be twisted and wrapped to create lots of unique styles – perfect for all sizes and shapes.

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Well! I couldn’t wait to see what this pretty lady’s own Real Wedding looked like, and I wasn’t disappointed.

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Michelle tells all:  David proposed in Sydney, Australia on a sunny Christmas morning 2008. We were on a year’s trip travelling around the world together and my engagement ring was my final present from David. He had gone to so much effort to have it made in New Zealand and delivered to a hostel we were staying in all while keeping it secret fro me.

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Sydney is my favourite city in the world so it was amazing that David proposed there and now every Christmas morning feels even more special.

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We were married on 26 November 2010 at The Crazy Bear Hotel,Stadhampton – we knew we wanted a winter wedding straight away, there are so many in the summer and we felt the end of November was a nice way to kick off the party season! It turned out to be a perfect choice with a beautifully crisp winters day with the lightest dusting of snow!

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The venue is a really contemporary boutique hotel and has such a warm feel to it, perfect for a winters wedding. The place itself is so interesting that we had to do very little to decorate it. 

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We looked at no others! We knew people that had stayed there previously and raved about both the hotel and the food, we tried to stay a couple of years before we were married and it was fully booked but we saw they hosted weddings.  The minute we returned from travelling, we booked to see it as a venue and as soon as the finer details were ironed out we booked straight away.  It’s such a fun place and people talk about it all the time a year on! The food, the ambience, the space were all perfect for what we wanted, a relaxed, fun, great do,with amazing food and drink.

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I was a nightmare bride, I realise this having come to work in the wedding industry now! I tried so many dresses, mostly with flowers on and insisting I wouldn’t go strapless. I ended up going strapless not with flowers! I wanted something different and in the end I found it at The National Wedding Show, shopping for last minute bits for my best friend’s wedding which was six months before mine. It’s a Maggie Sottero dress which had been long discontinued and stored in a store’s cupboard.  It was white with black satin at the waist and around the train giving it a Chanel effect! It was six sizes too big but I found a wonderful seamstress.

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I carried orange and white calla lilies, just a handful of stems tied with some of the black and white fabric taken off of my train.

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My bridesmaids were in twobirds Bridesmaid. This purchase led to my life changing completely and subsequent to being a customer, I was offered the job of running twobirds in Europe! I swiftly put my ten years in banking behind me and jumped head first into this amazing industry.

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My maids of course looked stunning in these fantastically versatile dresses. One had just given birth and was so comfortable and glad she had no fittings to go to! They tied in beautifully with the theme in a rich chocolate brown colour, all worn long and tied in various styles.

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We used a really eclectic mix of suppliers and none of them well known! Our cake maker I met in the queue in Sainsburys, she’s a local mum with the most talent and enthusiasm I’ve ever come across, she worked tirelessly for days on our cake to capture the finest detail of our travels, even creating mini passports with all the stamps. We had a pianist who was a student from the nearby Oxford University, a photographer (Taphouse Photography) who was in his first year solo and captured some amazing images.

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We had a basket of sparkly flip flops on the dance floor to soothe tired dancing feet and pashminas to keep people warm if they needed to go outside (the naughty smokers!).

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We made our own centrepieces, purchasing dozens of vases and hundreds of baubles to fill them.  Surrounded by tea lights they sparkled all night!

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Our tables were named after places we had travelled and each had a silly photo from that place and the escort cards were paper postal tags with little travel stickers on, the foamy kind I used to love as a child.

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Our cake was epic! It weight 30 kilos, took five days to make and was absolutely delicious. Debbie Cakes as she shall always be known surpassed our wildest expectations. We had three tiers of suitcases, Carrot, Lemon Sponge and Coffee (used for desert). Each layer and the surround was adorned with edible pieces made of our memories of our travels, from a huge Las Vegas sign to us in our North Face Jackets and a map wrapping around the largest tier with our actual route mapped out. For two nights before we collected it we kept wanting to sneak a peak through her window but she insisted it be a surprise and we were totally overwhelmed when we picked it up – we both cried! Getting it in to the car and to our venue 1.5 hours away was one of the scariest moments of my life, it took up the whole boot!

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There are too many to pick just one favourite moment from the day.  Walking into the room and seeing all our friends and family, and David standing so handsome and tall has to be up there! The food was sublime, the dancing was so much fun, just seeing everyone enjoying themselves and looking so relaxed and taking in everything we had spent to much time creating.

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Our evening entertainment, Discquartet, were brilliant. Essentially there is the DJ who works with you prior to the day to garner your requirements and he also takes care of the ceremony music. He then has a four piece band who play with him so you get a real mix of sounds and they get amongst the crowd too – they created an amazing atmosphere and I had a lot of fun on their bongos later on!!

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We honeymooned in Dubai. We’d always wanted to go there and only had 10 days holiday so it was a great option for some nearby winter sun and a LOT of relaxation, with a little shopping of course!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be just do it your way and don’t get too bogged down by the detail, as long as it’s a reflection of you and your partner and everyone has a good day, it’s perfect.

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Oh, and if you make appointments to try on dresses, please keep them or cancel well in advance, it means a lot to small retailers!

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HEARTCongratulations Michelle & David! HEART

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Click here to read an interview with twobirds Bridesmaid and see more of their dresses.

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Newlyweds and Brides To Be!  Would you like to see your Real Wedding, Engagement Shoot or Proposal Story featured on Brides Up North?  Contact me

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  – Images © 2012 twobirds Bridesmaid/ Taphouse Photography

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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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