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Blue Gingham & Butterflies: A Real Wedding In The North East – Rebecca & Christopher

November 7th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A Wedding in Slatburn by John Hesford Photography

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Today’s stylish Real Wedding sent to me by real bride Rebecca and photographer John Hesford, shows that with a determined make do and mend attitude and an eye to style, even the smallest of budgets can achieve the chicest of wedding days. 

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Saltburn based couple Rebecca and Christopher keep their wedding beautiful as well as ethical and cost effective with a recycled wedding dress, a classic car, a simple colour scheme befitting their stunning coastal venue and beautiful home made detailing.   

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A Wedding at Rushpool Hall by John Hesford Photography

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Rebecca says:  We got engaged at the top of the 199 steps in Whitby on 21st April 2011 and were married on 22nd September 2012 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Ingleby Barwick, Stockton. The wedding reception was held at Rushpool Hall in Saltburn.

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We always intended to have a service in church. Rushpool Hall provided the perfect backdrop for our reception since it provided a stunning rural and coastal backdrop, as well as a delicious meal.

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Having considered every theme under the sun, our theme was simply ‘us’. We like to mend and make do (in style) and love nothing more than a countryside meander, hence gingham and butterflies were threaded throughout with a colour scheme of midnight blue and ivory.

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I wore a strapless ivory gown with a fitted bodice, small ‘puddle’ train and a smattering of embroidery, from Oxfam in York and Christopher sported a grey three piece suit, from a local bridal hire shop. My bridesmaids wore simple midnight blue A-line dresses made by a friend of the family.

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I carried a hand tied white bouquet of gypsophila, lisianthus, freesias and avalanche roses.

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On the day we travelled in style in a gorgeous restored Triumph 2000 – my Dad is a classic car fanatic and borrowed this from a friend.

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We made most things ourselves or enlisted the help of friends, so no suppliers were necessary for the cake, table plan, favours, table centrepieces, wedding car and flowers!

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Our cake was made by me and my very patient Mum, which I iced and decorated. The bottom tier was fruit and the top two were Victoria sponge.

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The favours, which doubled up as place cards, were miniature jam jars filled with jelly beans and topped with gingham and raffia. The table centrepieces were sweet trees, assembled by us and a willing team of friends and family.

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My favourite part of the day was sharing in our family and friends’ happiness following the ceremony.

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Since we only had the following Monday off, as Chris had only recently started a new job, we settled for a Honey-Monday!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to  avoid letting wedding planning take over your life and keep it simple. Ensure that you make time for one another on the big day; your guests will enjoy themselves whether you mingle extensively or not.

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HEARTCongratulations Rebecca & Christopher! HEART

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Contact me to see your own Real Wedding on the pages of Brides Up North!

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  – Images © 2012 John Hesford

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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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