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City Chic! A Real Wedding In Manchester – Kate & Mark

August 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Due to behind the scenes technical issues here at Brides Up North yesterday afternoon (doh!), we only managed to bring you one instalment of lovely yesterday (double doh!).  Happily, things are all fixed now and it’s on with the show (yippee!).  And I’m definitely making up for the delay! 

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Keeping the pretty coming as we conquer Wednesday, with a beautiful black and white wedding in the North West, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Dominic Wright Photography and real bride Kate.  Much shoe envy at Brides Up North HQ right now.

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Great John Street Hotel Wedding Manchester - Dominic Wright Photography

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Kate says:  We got engaged in July 2008.  Mark arranged a secret trip to Budapest (a place I have always wanted to visit). He even packed my passport as I had no idea that morning we would be jetting off. By midnight we were standing on the fairy lit chain bridge overlooking the Danube where he proposed with a gorgeous sparkly ring.

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Great John Street Hotel Wedding Manchester - Dominic Wright Photography

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We were married on 1st July 2012 at The Great John Street Hotel, When I first met Mark he had a flat opposite the hotel, and when we first visited it we were blown away by the style and attention to detail.

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We walked onto the roof terrace and just looked at each other in agreement. I think I just knew that I could have the wedding of my dreams with no alteration to the venue and even no further decoration was needed: it was perfect.

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Mark and I have similar tastes (which is lucky) We love the class and simplicity of Jo Malone packaging and The White Company so our theme became black and white with a pop of red (because I love red shoes).

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My best friend and bridesmaid Gill has a brilliant eye for dressing figures and even though we set out with Grecian dresses in mind Gill knew my figure would suit an hourglass corseted dress and she was right. As soon as I tried the Maggie Sottero Anniston dress I loved my shape in it, I loved the sparkles, the lace and the tulle. Gill said the perfect dress is one you don’t have to alter and she was right. I bought the dress in Blush a bridal boutique in Uppermill where we lived at the time. My tiara was from Glitzy Secrets and my shoes from Kurt Geiger.

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I wanted my bridesmaids to look glam and sophisticated but most of all I wanted them to be able to wear the dresses again. With help from Gill again we found these stunning little black tulle dresses on ASOS.

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For the flower girls I set my heart on the Bridget dress from Monsoon which happened to be a best selling line that sold out online and in most stores. Fortunately we chanced upon the sizes we needed on day in King Street just when I was looking for a substitute dress.

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Mark wore a gorgeous grey suit from Hugo Boss which they had custom fit for him and the groomsmen wore black suits with gunmetal grey ties.

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I carried cream avalanche roses by Paula from Orchard Designs in Heaton Norris, she was very lovely and exceed my expectations.

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Our cake was made to order by the very talented Andrea Eckersley at Cake BombShe makes the most delicious, moist, tasty cakes ever. We had vanilla and jam, carrot cake and chocolate with soft centre cup cakes and a devilish chocolate top cake – it was too good!

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My favourite part of the day was the speeches.  The nerves were over for me, the champagne was flowing and so were the tears (of joy of course) and just to have everyone you love around you hearing lovely things about you as a couple was my happiest moment. I felt like all the planning was worth it at that point. My father, brother-in law and husband all made such sincere, lovely speeches and I was very proud of them.

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We honeymooned at the Rixos Hotel in Dubovnik, Croatia. What can I say, beautiful architecture, stunning sea views, amazing food!  It was heaven.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be however much you plan your time add twenty minutes to it I had all day to get ready and I was still twenty minutes late. Also do everything you can as early as possible before the wedding, you need a day or two before just to unwind to feel ready.

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Congratulations Kate & Mark!

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Are you newlywed?  Contact Brides Up North to share your Real Wedding memories. 

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  – Images © 2012 Dominic Wright Photography

Dominic Wright Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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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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