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It’s All Black & White! A Real Wedding In The North West – Rachel & Stuart

July 3rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Before we get going with today’s main event, I have a twinkly little announcement to make!  Brides Up North Featured Supplier Damselle Tiaras are running a competition for one lucky bride to be to win her wedding jewellery.

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You can choose from one of eleven sets by Polly Edwards and all you need to do is either register on the Damselle Tiaras’ website or alternatively email them at enquiries@damselle-tiaras.com with the words "Polly Edwards Jewellery Competition".  The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Sunday 5th August. Good Luck!

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Now, on with the show – a beautiful wedding on the Wirral shot entirely in black and white at the request of the bride and groom and sent to me by friend of the wedding blog Matt Bowen Photography and real bride Rachel.  Some things are better in shades of grey… right ladies?    

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Rachel says: We got engaged on 11th September 2010 in Manchester, and married on 18th May 2012 at The Hillbark Hotel on the Wirral.  We chose our venue because it has so much character, we loved it as soon as we stepped in!

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I chose an ivory strapless princess dress with pearl and crystal detail from Bridal Italia Couture in Bolton, and carried of white and ivory roses and flowers from DebFlorist. 

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My bridesmaids wore long gowns with spaghetti straps in a deep red wine colour again from Bridal Italia Couture in Bolton. 

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We asked Matt Bowen, our photographer, to capture our day completely in black and white to create a striking and romantic set of images. 

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It’s really difficult to choose my favourite part of the day.  The ceremony was lovely, the meal was amazing, the speeches were fab, the our covers band and singers were brilliant.

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Instead of having a definite theme as such, we just added things into the day that we love! For example instead of table numbers we had our favourite bands (we used the CD covers to identify which table was which and  instead of a huge cake we ordered 200 assorted Krispy Kreme doughnuts.  Wee did have one tier of cake to cut but we thought the doughnuts would go down better.  And they did!

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At each table we had butterfly pins for the ladies’ favours.  Each one we bought contributed money to Cancer Research. 

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We honeymooned for four lovely days in Guernsey.  We are going away again later on in the year… either Vegas or somewhere a little less expensive!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try not to worry so much… hand everything over to bridesmaids, best men and the venue on the day – and make sure that you just enjoy it!

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Congratulations Rachel & Stuart!

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Have you just tied the knot?  Contact me to share your Real Wedding memories on the wedding blog.

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  – Images © 2012 Matt Bowen Photography

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comments

  • July 3, 2012 | Permalink | Reply

    Great set of pictures. I love the fact that the bride and groom had the balls to make the decision to have the photographer shoot only in black and white. Good for them!

  • July 3, 2012 | Permalink | Reply

    I’d agree with Trevor. A very brave thing to do, to opt for a totally black and white set of photographs. Doesn’t it look good though?

  • Jenny
    July 3, 2012 | Permalink | Reply

    Very happy we have chosen Matt to take our wedding photos, the shots are all amazing. 10 weeks to go!

  • July 3, 2012 | Permalink | Reply

    These photos are amazing. Love them in the black and white style, so amazing.

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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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