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Bookworms. Maggie Sottero For A Real Wedding At Harewood House – Kate & George

February 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon we’re in Yorkshire at one of my very favourite spots, the gorgeous Harewood House, as we join Kate and George for their simple and stylish Real Wedding celebration.

Whilst the wind rattles the windowpanes, sit back, enjoy, and remember a time when it was possible to go outside in Yorkshire without being blown away…

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Jane at JB Creatives

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Kate says:  George asked me to marry him in Roundhay Park, 23rd May 2012, and we were married on 5th October 2013 at The Courtyard at Harewood House. 

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Harewood House has beautiful grounds and scenery and we were pleasantly surprised with the price, especially because they were really flexible with meal and drink options. And they have PENGUINS!

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My dress was by Maggie Sottero and I got it from Angel Brides in Horsforth. It was quite romantic with lace and tulle over the top.  I bought the bridesmaid dresses from Oasis, they were dark purple with a full floaty skirt. The ushers, best man and dads all wore their own suits with a dark purple tie that we bought for them.

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George and I had decided to save money on the transport so I thought I was just going in a taxi with my dad. On the day when someone said the taxi had arrived, I came outside and was totally flummoxed when I saw a huge white Rolls Royce (it was called a ‘Silver Shadow’). It was amazing! My parents had organised it as a surprise with George’s help. My sister came with us in the car because she was so excited about it!

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I carried a colourful mixture of freesias, gerberas, roses and veronica. It was hot pink, purples and white. The bouquet had a ‘hand picked’ feel according to  our florist!

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We didn’t have a theme as such, but our tables were our favourite Roald Dahl books.  George’s brother in law made an amazing table plan to go with it, where guests opened up the book covers to see which table they were on (like an advent calendar)

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We didn’t have centrepieces on the tables, instead our friends and family collected jam jars and helped us to arrange our flowers in them.  As well as the jam jars, we had a Marmite pot on each table because I am well known for my love of Marmite!

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We used the lovely Lindsay at Ambience Venue Styling for chair covers and decorations and Eden Bespoke Flowers in Horsforth for all our wedding flowers. 

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We opted for a yummy chocolate cake from Marks and Spencer. 

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In the evening we had a DJ called Ziggy from Hi Life Entertainment who was brilliant. He played a great mixture of music all night as well as our favourite songs.

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For our honeymoon we went to South Africa and travelled from Cape Town along the Garden route and went on safari in the Eastern Cape before flying to Durban for the last few days. The safari was our favourite part because we saw lions up very close (about 8 feet away!), giraffes, elephants, cheetahs, lots of monkeys and buffalo.

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George and I would say that you shouldn’t worry about what other people say you ‘should’ do, so my top tip for other Brides Up North would be to just think about what you want from the day and enjoy it!

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Congratulations Kate & George!

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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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