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A Family Affair: A Real Wedding (& A Christening) In Yorkshire – Helen & Paul

June 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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If you follow the wedding blog over at Twitter or Facebook, you may just have an inkling that this week I am hosting not one but two wedding industry parties – the Brides Up North Tweet Ups supported by Wedding Ideas Magazine – in Yorkshire and the North West. 

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These events are my way of saying thank you to an industry who has embraced and supported me and my concept – that there is so much Northern talent in the bridal industry just not getting the recognition that it deserves – but more than that, the events are special because they are a great opportunity to make new friends and have some fun.

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One new friend and colleague I met at the last Brides Up North Tweet Up in Yorkshire was Helen of boudoir specialist Masque Photography, and I am really happy to share her Real Wedding photographs with you today.  It appears that it was a big day for everyone in Helen’s lovely little family…

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Helen says: Paul asked me to marry him at 5.51am on the 7th May 2010, the minute after our baby Son was born, and we were married on 5th May 2012 at Hazlewood Castle near to York. 

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We chose Hazelwood as it is an absolutely stunning castle in an amazing location. We had received first class hospitality on previous visits and knew it was right for our “Summer’s Day” themed celebration. 

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I chose a simple, sleek and fitted Suzanne Neville dress from Harvey Whites Couture in Harrogate on Cold Bath Road and carried a hand tied bouquet of antique roses – Amnesia, Avalanche and Memory Lane – with wax flowers and rosemary by Flowers By Anderson. I added my Nan’s brooch to the bouquet as a special touch. 

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Our colour scheme was aubergine and ivory and my bridesmaids wore short satin dresses from Coast.   My younger flowergirls’ dresses were from Debenhams with pink petals at bottom of the dresses.

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The grown ups carried similar blooms to mine and the flowergirls had soft little posies of gypsophillia. 

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I had the pleasure of staying over at Hazlewood the night before the wedding and getting ready at my leisure, but Paul still managed to arrive in style – in his friend’s Aston Martin!

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After our ceremony we headed to the on site chapel where our children were christened in a special ceremony.  This made our day extra special. 

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My favourite moments were the touching parts of the day:  The ceremony, being cheered down the aisle, seeing a tear roll down my Dads cheek at the altar, my friends reading, my Dad’s speech and first dance and of course the childrens’ christenings. 

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There were a lot of children at our wedding so we organised a Punch and Judy Show which seemed to go down really well!

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To keep things personal we custom-made boxes for gifts with a montage of our photos and wedding items

and chose an old-fashioned typewriter from Perfect Days Vintage for the guest book, which the guests enjoyed tapping away at!

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Paul chose our cake and really went to town: a four tier square fruitcake with roses from bouquets in between the tiers.  We also had two three tiered strawberry cheesecakes!  All our cakes were by Louise Marsh-Elliot. 

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In the evening DJ Dan Metcalfe kept the party going with funky, uplifting house! 

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After the wedding we enjoyed a lovely honeymoon (and a well earned rest!) in Portugal with our children.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try and have an early wedding! All that nervous energy is no good for you.

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Congratulations Helen & Paul!

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Newlywed?  Contact me to share your Real Wedding story on these swirly silver pages!

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  – Images © 2012 Chester Morris 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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