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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Jumpin’ Jumpin’! A Real Wedding In The North West– Helen & Stu

June 22nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for the second half of what’s set to be the biggest and best year year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty. 

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Usual service will recommence on 1st July 2013,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far in 2013, plenty of eye candy, new features that we won’t be able to wait to share, some special supplier showcases and a couple of surprises too!

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I love a party with a bit of bounce, and Helen and Stu’s gorgeous vintage country garden wedding certainly has plenty of that!  With perfect detailing, beautiful blooms and one stunning leading lady, this Real Wedding is jumpin’. 

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With images by Adam Riley Photography

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Helen says:  We got engaged at the “Northern Quarter Restaurant” in Manchester on 27th November 2010. Stu proposed with a beautiful 1920s ring – chosen by him!

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We were married on 12th May 2012 at St Helens Church, Waddington with the reception at Browsholme Hall, in the Forest of Bowland.  St Helens Church was chosen due to it being beautiful, its fantastic community spirit and absolutely lovely Vicar, John Brocklehurst. Waddington is a stunning little village and a convenient location in relation to the reception venue.

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Browsholme Hall is surrounded by beautiful countryside and the Tithe Barn where our reception was held is a stunning 17th century building. Rebecca, the Venue Manager was fantastic and couldn’t have been more helpful (also, both venues made me cry with happiness, which is very important)!

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Our theme was English Country Vintage… and fun!  All the vases, crockery and table linen were purchased by us both over many MANY weekends trawling the countries antiques shops.  We also wanted to make sure all our guests had a great time so we made sure there were plenty of fun elements and personal touches… and plenty of food and drink!

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Three bridesmaids wore sage green chiffon dresses by Dessy and another of them wore a grey suit with a Dessy sage green tie.  The flower girls were in lace John Lewis flower girl dresses.  Our groomsmen black suits with matching white shirts and floral ties. 

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I wore a beautiful Spanish lace dress called Alborada by Pronovias, with a hand made Cathedral length lace edged veil to match the train of the dress. I wore my maternal Grandma’s marcasite necklace and a hand made side tiara with antique marcasite earrings.

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Stu wore a Kenneth Cole black suit, a tailored fawn waistcoat with Jeffery West Cuban shoes and a skinny floral tie (lavender and cream). 

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We left the church to Morecambe and Wise’s “Bring Me Sunshine”. 

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The bouquet was designed by David Wayman to represent English Spring meadow flowers – I’m afraid we can’t remember the flower names!

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My father and I arrived in a 1912 Bentley DB. This car also took the Stu and I to the reception venue. 

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Stu’s mother made a three tier cake (top tier was sponge with the lower two fruit) and I hand painted cake toppers to look like us. The cake was decorated with lace and flowers to match the tables and bouquet. 

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Our wedding favours were silly eye patches, toy soldiers, moustaches & we bought colouring books as extras for the children too. 

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The table names were silly little sayings that we both have (e.g. The Jaguar & The Fez). I made 120 luggage label place names with vintage rubber stamps, vintage postage stamps and using my Nanna’s type writer to type the names.

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We used With A Twist Catering in Darwen and hired a brilliant bouncy castle from Funflatables! 

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I know everyone must say it, but we really did have the most perfect and magical day filled with love and laughter.

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In the evening we had a vintage suitcase of Flip-Flops for ladies with sore feet from dancing late at night and we had a table with photograph of our parents and grandparents’ Wedding Days.  Stu made a playlist of vintage love songs from jazz to 60’s. 

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We honeymooned in the Now Larimar Resort, Punta Cana – Dominican Republic. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that in the planning of your wedding make sure it reflects who you are and your own personalities rather than that of others… oh and get Adam Riley to take your photos!

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Congratulations Helen & Stu!

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  • March 21, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    Absolutely love the styling of this wedding! They look so happy too. The dress is gorgeous and looks perfect with that amazing vintage side tiara! I attended a wedding at the Tithe Barn at Browsholme Hall last September and it is one of the most stunning venues I have ever been too. Beautiful!

  • March 21, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    I love Adam’s work. This is typical of him – high quality documentary coverage.

  • March 22, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    So elegant and refined! The entire day looks picture perfect and I’m still giggling over her mug in that second photo!

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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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