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Gilded Glamour: A Real Wedding In Northumberland – Rebecca & Steven

March 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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And would you look at that, it’s only bloomin’ Friday!  What better way to round of a week of loveliness here on the wedding blog than with a really rather gorgeous Real Wedding courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier – and all round nice guy – Lee Scullion, and today’s beautiful bride Rebecca. 

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Time to get glam – it’s Friday after all!

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Rebecca says:  We got engaged on 26th November 2011 at St Mary’s Lighthouse. I thought we were going for a walk and I was complaining the whole way about the cold then he just brought out the ring and got down on one knee. Total shock!

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We were married on 7th September 2012 at St Albans Church in Earsdon, North Tyneside and then held the reception at Doxford Hall, Alnwick. 

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Doxford Hall is just such a beautiful place. The grounds are beautiful and the hall has been restored to a high standard. The room where our reception was held has gorgeous chandeliers and large gilded mirrors and I knew it would suit the style of wedding I had in mind. The staff were also great and that really helped us decide it was the best venue for us.

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The theme was country vintage. I’m originally from the countryside and wanted to bring this into the wedding however, I also wanted quite a glamorous wedding so I tried to bring the two together.  I chose a colour scheme of greens, lilacs and whites but it was really a mixture of light colours that were reminiscent of a country garden in the summer.  I wasn’t strict about colour as I didn’t want everything to look too matched together.

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The bridesmaids and I all carried the same flowers but the girls carried smaller posies. The bouquets and buttonholes were from Andrea’s Florists in North Shields. I was overwhelmed at how well the bouquets turned out. They were so fresh and utterly perfect and lasted for days afterwards. They were a mixture of avalanche and quicksand roses with flowering poplar, lisianthus, freesias and agapanthus. They were great.

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We used the The Jewellers Guild for our wedding jewellery. They designed our rings for us and gave a really good quality service for the money. They also gave good advice about what I should have to match my engagement ring. We were really pleased with the results.

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On the day we had a vintage ivory Rolls Royce Silver Shadow from Webbs Special Occasion Cars. These guys are great and very professional. The cars are immaculate and they really enjoy what they do so bend over backwards to make sure your day is perfect. They even have a dry run from your house to the church or venue to make sure they get the best route.

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I chose an ivory silk and lace fishtail gown by Paloma Blanca. It was the first dress I tried on and although I tried on a few more I always went back to this dress. I bought it from Darcy Weddings in Morpeth. Jennifer and Debbie were great and the service was excellent. I would recommend them to anyone as they really gave a personal touch which made it feel all the more special.

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My bridesmaids wore dresses from Debut at Debenhams. They were aubergine floor-length strapless chiffon dresses with ruching at the front. I told them they could pick any dresses they liked as long as I liked them. In the end my Aunty found these dresses and they were perfect. The girls looked beautiful.

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The groomsmen wore charcoal grey tails from Gavin Scott Menswear in Washington. They wore a pale grey tie as I didn’t really want the men to wear the same colours as the bridesmaids to avoid being too matched. My husband wore an aubergine tie to make him stand out from the others.

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Obviously the favourite part of the day was the ceremony. The Reverend Andrew France helped us plan a really lovely and personal service (that didn’t go on for hours)! We incorporated our friends into the service with readings and were touched at what people had to say. I loved every minute of the wedding day itself. It all came together beautifully and I can’t thank our suppliers enough for all the effort they made.

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I must give a shout out to our amazing photographer, Lee Scullion, he was fantastic throughout the planning process and on the day. He was always there to answer questions or give ideas and the guests at the wedding all commented on how professional he was! We didn’t want a photographer that would be really demanding and in your face and Lee was perfect. The photos are one of the only things you take away from your wedding afterwards so they have to be good. When Lee sent mine to me I cried because they were so beautiful and really captured the feeling of the day.

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In order to add some personal touches to the wedding I contacted The Wooden Ladybird Company who made some wooden signs with Mr and Mrs Colby on them for the top table. They also made our sign for the sweetie table. The signs were fab and I have them up in my house now.

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I did make lots of things myself for the wedding so I also went to Dainty Supplies in Washington a lot. They have great bits and pieces which give you lots of ideas for things to personalise your wedding.

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Our invitations were made by Gingerbread Kisses Gifts. Nadine is my husband’s cousin and she is very creative and made invitations to suit the theme of our wedding. She can also make favours, gifts and decorations – the lot!

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I added numerous individual touches to our wedding. With the help of my family I made all the favours which were little jars of jam for the girls and little jars of Everton mints for the boys. We chose those mints as they are black and white and Steven is huge Newcastle United fan and wanted a tribute to his team at the wedding. I also made lots of tea cup candles. I gathered up (with the help of my Auntie) lots of teacups from charity shops in light summery colours. I then bought a scented candle making kit and created about 40 candles. They were part of the table decorations and everyone loved them. They also made the room smell lovely which was a really nice touch.

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I had my florist make up a small posy of flowers and put it in a birdcage I bought off the internet. I then got some luggage labels and threaded ribbon through them. We asked guests to write their messages on the labels and hang them on the birdcage. It looked fab!

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Our reception flowers were done by Flowers by Julie in Alnwick as they were nearer to the reception venue. I didn’t see them until we arrived on our wedding day and was completely shocked at just how beautiful they were. Julie really took note of what flowers I wanted and the theme and produced flowers that looked like they had been freshly picked from a country garden.

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One of the really lovely things on our day was the photo frame our photographer, Lee Scullion, made of photos from our pre wedding shoot. I didn’t know he had made it for us and when I saw it I was so touched and thought it was a great use of the pictures. I also didn’t want to do a traditional guestbook.

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We chose a two tier cake from Celebration Cakes by Julie. She is amazing! Julie can do anything with cakes. She really took note of my ideas for decoration and my theme. In the end she designed the perfect cake. We had lemon and vanilla sponge which was really tasty. However, a friend also made us a fruit cake as some of the older guests expected this as its more traditional.

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We hired a DJ for our wedding from Premier DJ’s. Chris was great and came out to see us to make sure he chose music we liked for the wedding. He also gave us great ideas about things to do i.e. first dance, throwing the bouquet etc. In the end we did two first dances. One slow and when that finished we danced to

The Proclaimers. We aren’t a serious couple and wanted guests to have a laugh. It was hilarious to see the videos of us bopping away.

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We went to Agadir in Morocco on our honeymoon. The hotel was fabulous and we had a much needed rest after all the excitement (and stress) of the wedding.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make a list of everything you need to do and plan when you are going to do it. This means you only do a bit at a time and won’t have loads to do right before the wedding. I did this as I knew I would be busy with work right up to the wedding and didn’t want to get overly stressed. It really helped and I found that I enjoyed planning the wedding rather than getting overwhelmed.

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Also, remember why you’re doing this! Everyone wants a perfect wedding but inevitably there will be hiccups along the way! It’s not the end of the world and your suppliers will do anything they can to help you out. The main thing is to enjoy every moment!

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Congratulations Rebecca & Steven!

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  • Nicola Dennis
    March 2, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    I love the look of this wedding!! Where was the brides jewellery from? I’m looking for something similar and thought this looked perfect!

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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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