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Lawns & Lanterns: A Real Wedding In Lancashire – Duncan & Victoria

September 18th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It’s right on with the Real Weddings this afternoon on blog as we are in Lancashire for the marquee wedding of Victoria & Duncan at Leighton Hall, with images by Ruth Mitchell Photography

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Let’s hear from Victoria, who says: Duncan proposed on a sand dune on Holkham Beach, Norfolk in January 2011 (when I was 8 months pregnant so struggled to make it up the sand dune!). 

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We were married on 19th May 2012 at St. Oswald’s church, Thornton-in-Lonsdale, North Yorkshire followed by a reception at Leighton Hall, Lancashire.  The church is special to Duncan’s family and is also in the most spectacular location, with the three peaks as a back-drop. We chose Leighton Hall for its quirky grandeur, in another spectacular setting.

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There was no real colour scheme, but I wanted to use lots of vibrant colours. My bridesmaids wore the same dress but in three different colours: bright pink, sapphire blue and pale blue. The marquee for our reception had paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling in different shades of pink and green, and the choice of flowers tied in with this.

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My dress was from Pronovias – the style is called “Alice” – from Teokath in Wimbledon and my bridesmaids wore dresses by Dessy. 

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I carried a bouquet of pink peonies and white roses by Flower Bank in Hornby.   

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Our wedding day included a lot of family music as Duncan’s family are very musical, so his uncle played the organ in the church, and a family choir sang for us during the signing of the register.

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The ceremony was my favourite part of the day – it felt very special to me. We have a 17 month old son and the vicar included him in a blessing of our marriage. We did things the “wrong” way round, but I’m glad he was there to share the day with us

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My mum and Duncan’s mum made the wedding favours, which were hand-decorated boxes of home-made fudge.  We chose a tiered sponge cake covered with pink flowers from Icing On The Cake in Kendall.  Our other catering was by Karen Rhodes. 

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I just loved our paper lanterns in the marquee!  My favourite bit!

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After the wedding we enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon in the Maldives. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that spending more money does not necessarily equal having a better time. I spent a lot of money on the flowers and felt really sad having to leave them all the next day.  Also, get  a babysitter if you have a child! That way everyone can relax.

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Congratulations Victoria & Duncan!

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  – Images © 2012 Ruth Mitchell 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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