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She Who Wears The Crown: A Real Wedding In The North West – Steph & Jonny

October 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’ll be honest.  As a , I see a whole lorra of weddings.  Each and every wedding is beautiful – that’s for sure – but editorially speaking, it’s also nice to see variety.  It’s the spice of life after all.  That’s why I’m glad that Brides Up North’s USP is its regional focus and not the style of weddings that I feature.  I’m far to fickle for that. 

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One pretty style that I do see more than most is the popular theme of vintage tea cups and bunting.  Don’t get me wrong, I really do love fine china and pretty prints – but it needs to be done right – and on a blog that sees hundreds of gorgeous Real Weddings a year, with standout style.

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Today’s bride, the lovely Steph, shows us exactly how to carry off this beautiful and popular theme with panache.  With images by Martin Hambleton Photography, beautiful calligraphy place settings and fantastical florals, it’s hard to imagine a prettier wedding breakfast.  

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Stephanie says:  We got engaged in December 2010. Jonny arranged a luxury spa break at The Doubletree Hotel and Spa in Hoole, Chester. It was a lovely and very romantic way to get engaged.

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We were married on 25th August 2012, bank holiday weekend. A day that was due to be rainy and cold but actually was bright and warm for the photographs and most of the day.

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Our ceremony took place at St Oswald’s Church, Lower Peover, Cheshire and the reception venue was Peover Golf Club, Lower Peover, Cheshire.

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I sang in the church choir from the age of nine and was christened and confirmed in the church. I also attended the local primary school and we performed all our seasonal services in the church. It was just a large part of my life growing up. Singing in the choir at weddings throughout the years, gave me time to plan the perfect wedding and from the age of nine I knew that I would have a horse and carriage as transport, ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘I vow to thee my country’ as hymns and no children to spoil the service!  St Oswald’s is set in the most beautiful Cheshire countryside and I just knew it would be the perfect back drop for the wedding photos. We also live in the village of Lower Peover and I grew up in the next village, Plumley, so I wanted to get married somewhere that was home to us both.

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I worked at Peover Golf Club whilst at university and worked at many weddings there myself and always thought it was the most beautiful place. The function room is open and light with Bougainvillea in flower, growing up the oak beams; the perfect setting for my theme. The staff, some I have worked with and some I haven’t, are tirelessly helpful and will do anything to make sure that things are just right for you. The golf club is also very close to the church so the five mile limit for the horse and carriage journey was covered in the distance. The room is also cosy and seats 72 people for a wedding breakfast. This suited us well as we both have small families and might have ‘rattled around’ in a larger venue. We never looked at another venue as we both just knew we wanted to hold the wedding reception there.

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The theme was biggest part of the planning for us. We went for the vintage country look and purchased 71 mis-matched vintage tea- cups, saucers, side plates jugs and sugar bowls from markets, charity shops and antique shops. I absolutely loved collecting them and treasure them all still. We also had 26 metres of bunting made and hung it from the beams which looked beautiful. The flowers, the stationery and vintage suitcase I had relined in chintzy fabric and lace, complimented the theme so well and many guests commented that they had never seen a wedding venue look so beautiful.

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The colour scheme was pastel pinks, greens, blues, yellows, lilacs and florals. Just a very pretty mixture of colours that complemented each other.

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I chose an Alfred Sung dress from Puure Bridal in Lymm. The dress was in dark ivory and had one strap which was full of detail with white flowers and diamonds. It was fitted down to my hips and then flowed out to the floor. The fabric was gathered into ‘roses’ and had a large train on the back. I loved it! I wore it with a veil which was satin trimmed and had little crystals within it. I also wore an Ivory and Co head piece which was similar to the strap detail on the dress. My shoes were from Dune and were ivory with little diamonds on the front.

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The bridesmaids wore a pale sage green dress from Puure Bridal in Lymm. They were made by True Bride and were long, strapless and had some detail under the bust. All of the girls wore the same and the colour complemented the theme really well. They all looked very elegant.

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Country Flowers from Knutsford, Cheshire created beautiful bouquets for the bridesmaids and me.  I carried a country posy of white peonies, sweet avalanche roses, pink and cream spray roses, pink snap dragon, cream stock, pink limonium ellie and eucalyptus foliage.  The church and venue flowers looked meadow like and natural which is exactly what I wanted.

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Our favourite part of the day was the wedding ceremony at church. As I arrived up the aisle, Jonny said to me, ‘You look beautiful’ and I felt it. The vicar performed a lovely heartfelt ceremony and I couldn’t believe after watching all those weddings as a child and teenager in that church, it was finally my turn. Jonny was also overcome with emotion during the service and it all just felt so real and special, we wish we could do it all again!

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We hired a vintage typewriter and suitcase from Ems Originals. Guests used the typewriter to write messages on and the case was also complete with paper and pens for that purpose also. We also bought our own vintage suitcase, relined it and used it as the card box for guests.

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Urbis Scriptores from Comberbach, Northwich created the place names which were a real ice breaker across the tables. Each one had the guests name and meaning decorated with ribbon and little crystals. These were also our favours as they doubled up as a bookmark.

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We chose a three tier cake from Supa Dupa Cakes. One tier was lemon butter cream and sponge, one was chocolate butter cream and sponge and the other jam and butter cream. We had it decorated with iced bunting which looked like it was blowing in the wind. We decorated the top with flowers similar to those in the bouquets and used a pearl and lace ribbon to decorate the cake with.

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Olive Tree Catering who are based in Northwich and North Wales and who are also the recommended caterers for the Golf Club created a delicious wedding breakfast and barbeque in the evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

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We hired an ice cream bike from Lanza’s Ice Cream, Leek, Staffordshire which was a special addition to the wedding. As guests arrived from the church to the reception, they enjoyed farmhouse ice cream and I also provided sprinkles and marshmallows in little teacups for the guests to use.

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Martin Hambleton Photography was everything we wanted in a photographer. He was so professional and has created photographs that document the day in the way we dreamed of.

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We went to Portugal for our honeymoon and spent the week relaxing. We asked guests for a contribution to our honeymoon as their gift and despite having covered that, we even have enough to travel to New York at Christmas or in the Spring. We can’t wait for that, it will be like our second honeymoon.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make sure that you put the time and effort in to making the day what you have always dreamed it would be. It took a lot of time and money to source all those vintage tea cups but I am so glad I did it; it looked fantastic! Also, give time to choosing the right photographer who is going to capture your wedding the way you want to. This will be your big memory of the day to look back on in years to come and you want it to be the best most beautiful memory you have got.

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Congratulations Steph & Jonny!

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  • October 10, 2012 | Permalink | Reply

    What a lovely styled wedding!! I adore the cake with the bunting on it! :-) T x

  • October 11, 2012 | Permalink | Reply

    Wonderful to see the lovely Brian’s calligraphy on the blog – and right at the top! He’s a master calligrapher and craftsman, and the loveliest guy you could meet. Both Brian and Janet from Urbis Scriptores are people I’m very proud to call friends.

    A gorgeous wedding of course… my eyes go straight to the calligraphy though. Beautiful!

  • June 15, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    Great to see brides and grooms doing it their way :) The best weddings are always a little piece of the couples character :) Great to see some fab pics of Peover Golf club too, as we’re heading that way twice this year – looks a really cosy but modern space…can’t wait.

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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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