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Simply Stunning! A Real Wedding In The North East – Sarah & Stewart

May 31st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A Real Wedding at Close House Hotel by Karen McGowran

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When my friend Sarah from Simply Bows & Chair Covers told me that she was getting married, I didn’t believe her! For one, I kind of thought she was already married (it turns out she and Stewart have been married, then divorced, then engaged again!) and secondly, I didn’t know how she was going to fit it into her busy schedule as the MD of her chair cover and table dressing empire.

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But where there’s a will, there’s a way, as Sarah’s absolutely stunning wedding captured by Karen McGowran proves absolutely.  Congratulations lady!

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Over to Sarah:  We got engaged at the Feversham Arms, Helmsley in June 2011 and tied the knot on 3rd March 2012 at Close House Hotel, which we chose for its excellent reputation. 

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I opted for a classically elegant theme, with tones of silver and gold to tie in with the reception room at the venue.

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I designed my dress which was by Rosina Brown.  I used a template of a bridesmaid’s dress and recreated it by adding a ruffle halter neck, made from the original throw for the dress.  My two bridesmaids wore vintage lilac gowns from Dessy.

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All our flowers were by Wedding Flowers For You, a gift from my friend Claire on our wedding day.  I had a bouquet of vintage pink and cream roses with freesias – I had no idea what I was getting I just told Claire the colours and she surprised me!

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As well as all the beautiful blooms in the ceremony and reception room, Claire sprayed some wellies gold and filled them with stunning Spring flowers to tie in with us being the outdoor people that we are!  We had them on the step at Close House to welcome our guests as there are always wellies on our step at home.

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The ceremony my favourite part of the day – it was very emotional since it is our second wedding to each other – and the road we have travelled to get there made it even more important.

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My mum made a fruit cake that Bernadette from Dreamworld Cakes iced and then we had a cup cake tower with chocolate, vanilla with strawberry jam centres and white chocolate.

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A Real Wedding at Close House Hotel by Karen McGowran

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A Real Wedding at Close House Hotel by Karen McGowran

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My friends Elain and Claire bought us a photograph from our pre wedding shoot and had it put in a frame with a border around it for our guests to leave comments – a beautiful surprise!

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Later on in the day we had a disco supplied by Close House.  We moved across to No 19 Close House for the evening reception.

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One of my best friend Wendy is the Sales Director at Rockliffe Hall and she very kindly arranged two nights for us there after the wedding!  So we had a mini moon straight after the wedding and then in May we went to Molino Del Santo a converted Olive Mill in Benojoan, Southern Spain for five nights.  Bliss!  

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax and enjoy the lead up to your wedding, so many brides get stressed and don’t absorb the moment!

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Congratulations Sarah & Stewart!

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Are you newly wed?  Contact Brides Up North to share your Real Wedding with us. 

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  – Images © 2012 Karen McGowran

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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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