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Love & Laughter! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Cheryl & Rob

May 22nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A Real Wedding In Sheffield by Andrew Scott Clarke

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If you are feeling glum because it’s Tuesday (I know exactly how that feels: the freshness of a new week having worn off and ages until the weekend), then fear not!  Today’s Real Wedding sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Andrew Scott Clarke and real bride Cheryl is bursting with love and laughter. 

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Grab a cuppa, swivel your screen to face the wall, assume an expression of “not to be interrupted” concentration and enjoy!  Work can wait: you’ve got a wedding to plan!

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Cheryl says: Rob proposed on 15th August 2011. It was the 13th anniversary of the day we first met, unlucky for some but not us. Rob had gone to a lot of effort to cook a meal. Thinking back there were some clues but I had it in my head he was wanting to ask me if we could go on another holiday that year. Totally unexpected proposal!

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We tied the knot on 31st March 2012. We always said we wanted to get married within a year. At first we tried to book for a Christmas time wedding but unfortunately all the hotels were booked with Christmas parties so we changed our plans. The dates available for the reception fell well at the start of the Easter holiday, perfect with us both being teachers.

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We were married at Wadsley Parish Church and then The Royal Victoria, Sheffield.  More than anything we wanted a huge party with as many family and friends as we could and not making ourselves bankrupt in the process!

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We wanted the church we were going to be married in to be both local and mean something. Wadsley Church was perfect as it is close to where we live, in fact just up the road. It always puts a smile on our faces as we pass.

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We looked around a few venues for the reception but the numbers were quiet limiting and we didn’t want to have to choose between family and friends. Many were quite far out of Sheffield and the travelling would have been an issue for some guests as some venues had limited room numbers. Eventually we focussed our attentions on the city centre. Not only were there a range of hotels to cater for guests’ budgets nearby but also a range of easily accessible transport options.

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When we went into the Royal Victoria it took me quite by surprise. I didn’t expect the room to be as grand as it was. The ballroom had double height ornate ceilings which I couldn’t ignore. As soon as we walked through the door I knew that was the perfect location, also confirmed when we spoke to Holly the wedding coordinator: in the town centre; many transport options; over a hundred rooms for guests; a sister hotel across the car park with cheaper guest rooms; flexible drink and meal packages that we could mix and match, the option to use their suppliers for extra items (a huge time saver) and even better a discount with the short time period.

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We didn’t really have a theme, more a collection of ideas. We just wanted it to be classic and timeless. Nothing too in your face or gaudy. The colour scheme ended up being champagne and neutrals. I never really had a colour in mind so went shopping with my two adult bridesmaids one day and asked them to choose a colour and dress they both liked. It was very painless and everything else just fell into place after that.

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My dress was nothing like I originally imagined!

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I tried on dress styles that I thought would look good but truthfully I looked awful! By chance I popped into Blushes Bridal Studio and I knew from walking in the door this was the place I would buy my dress. The staff were amazing. I explained what I thought I wanted and what I had tried on so far. I tried my ‘this is what I want’ style dress on but again yuck! They brought over a dress that they said I should try on. Apparently I looked horrified but as soon as I put it on I felt so comfortable. A random woman in the shop crying when she saw me also sealed the deal. Thinking back she could have been crying because it looked dreadful but hey I felt fine!

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It was a little more blingy than I thought I would choose but nothing compared to other dresses.  Maggie Sottero apparently has a family history in the corsetry world which I was very thankful for.

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The two adult bridesmaids wore knee length, strapless champagne prom dresses. The two younger bridesmaids had an individual style, the ten year old had a shoestring strap, floor length champagne dress and the three year old had a white satin and net flower girl dress with champagne petals in the skirt and a bow that matched the other bridesmaids.

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They came from BHS. A huge surprise! One of my bridesmaids mentioned she had seen the wedding range in the window and it looked good. So, off we went and they had such a range to choose from!

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For my bouquet, I knew I wanted orchids and lilies as they are my favourite flowers and with it being a spring wedding I chose to add tulips. After a discussion with Sarah of Sarah’s Florist I decided on a shower bouquet. The adult bridesmaids had a couple of orchid strands and the younger bridesmaids had a moss ball with two orchids and a loop of ribbon to carry it.

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Tulips and freesias were used for the buttonholes with Rob’s having extra orchids and ivy to match my bouquet.

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We travelled in a 1930′s Vintage Landaulette from Balmoral Wedding Car Hire. The colour matched the wedding scheme too.  It must have been fate!

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I enjoyed it the whole day but I think my favourite moment would have to be the wedding ceremony above all. Mainly for the faults! Firstly the youngest bridesmaid stepped on my veil and I only just managed to stay on my feet. I found it hilarious and cracked up laughing. A great tension breaker! Secondly, the organist, I use that very loosely, he didn’t know how to play the organ. Highly amusing when trying to sing the hymns. Finally, the Reverend asked if I would take Rob to be my wife, I think he was thrown by the previous events and yet again the guests erupted into laughter. I don’t think many people will forget the service!

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Our photographer was Andrew Scott Clarke and I can’t sing Andy’s praises enough!  He was just what I was looking for. We wanted to keep everything local and I could not believe he lived so close. His style is very ‘New York’ inspired and once I saw his work I knew he would be part of our day.  Since the first wedding pictures went onto Andy’s site everyone has been so stunned by the quality and enthusiastic about seeing the other photos.

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We tried to keep to a budget so created most of the things ourselves: invitations; service cards; seating plan (with mirror painted by my fair self); favour jars with had personalised sewn ribbon (I thought I might have arthritis after sewing 120); children’s bags with homemade activity booklets and general ‘keep them busy’ items plus a toiletry box filled with a variety of bits for the ladies toilet. We gave personalised gifts to parents and the wedding party, mainly etched glasses.

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A friend’s dad and his barbershop quartet came to sing between the meal and evening guests arriving and we had a DJ in the evening. Andy set up a frame style shot for guests with his assistant Jacqueline. Towards the end of the night we arranged a photo booth, great shots of people dressing up and drunk!

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For our honeymoon we went for a mini cruse on the Nile, along the Valley of the Kings. We both love Ancient Egyptian history and this fitted perfectly.

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My top tips for other Brides Up North would be to relax!

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Think what really matters to you. We both wrote down three things that we wanted for our wedding day and the things we both said were to have a big party and have people there who we want (basically don’t let others take over).

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Get organised before you start! I set up spreadsheets for budget and guest lists before we did anything else. It was all in one place and very easy to find from then onwards.

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Set up a wedding website. I used www.gettingmarried.co.uk which is an easy to use site and free! It took so little time to setup and guests can find any information they might need for the wedding, along with sending RSVPs and food choices.

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Delegate jobs out to other people that you trust. Not only does this take some pressure off you but it also gives you some time to switch off from wedding mode and spend time with your partner.

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Congratulations Cheryl & Rob!

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  – Images © 2012 Andrew Scott Clarke 

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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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