April 23rd, 2014 | Julia Braime
After a fabulous and inspirational day with Cat Hepple yesterday, taking part in her workshop at the beautiful Priory Cottages, this morning I’m heading North West to join my friend and Brides Up North Featured Supplier for another speaking engagement, hosting a session on blogging and social media as part of his Masterclass for professional wedding photographers. Busy days!
With images by Andy Hudson Photography.
Jane says: We got engaged on Christmas day morning in 2012. Graeme presented me with a pile of presents under the tree and and each one I opened told a story of our relationship, keepsakes from places we’ve travelled to and other little mementos. The final present was in much more fancy wrapping paper and contained a diamond ring! The penny had started to drop by this point so my hands were shaking so much I struggled to unwrap the box!
We were married on 14th March 2014 at Dissington Hall in Ponteland.
As soon as we visited Dissington Hall we knew it was where we wanted to get married. Dissington is really homely and the rooms weren’t too big which made the celebration more intimate – neither of us like to be the centre of attention so it was the perfect place to have a celebration with close family & friends. The venue is also non-residential and they only host one wedding a day so we had the whole place to ourselves for the day.
I initially started to design our wedding invitations using the familiar phrase "Eat, Drink & Be Married" and I carried on with the same theme throughout all of our wedding stationery – menu, table plan, readings and so on. I chose a colour scheme of navy blue & taupe.
I got dressed at Dissington Hall so we didn’t hire cars on the day. My dad brought me, my mam and one of my sisters up and we had a lovely relaxing morning at the hall, having some lunch and taking our time get ready for the walk down the aisle!
The dress I ended up getting was actually the first one I tried on! I didn’t have anything really specific in mind when I started looking, but again I wanted something traditional but not too grand.
I ended up with an ivory lace dress with a fishtail design. It was originally a strapless dress however my seamstress made me some straps with the extra lace taken off the bottom. The dress is from Truly, Madly, Deeply in Monkseaton.
My sisters were my bridesmaids and although originally they both had the same dress, my eldest sister announced some exciting news that she and my brother in law were expecting their second child as we were planning the wedding so her original dress wasn’t the ideal style!The ”official” bridesmaid dress was a navy blue mid length dress from Coast.
The groomsmen’s suits were from Most Suitable in Newcastle. They were charcoal three piece suits with navy cravat’s and handkerchiefs and Graeme altered his style by having a taupe cravat and handkerchief.
My hair was styled at Tickety Boo in Whitley Bay, as was the bridesmaids’ and my sister did my make-up. I had a cream rose posy with some gypsophila in it too from Naomi the Flower Girl in North Shields. I also wore some gypsophila in my hair.
My favourite part of the day was definitely the ceremony, sharing such an important moment surrounded by friends and family was so special to me.
We had two readings by my friends on the day and so for our favours we gave out copies of one of the readings in small blue organza bags with a heart shaped chocolate.
My friend Michelle made our cake which was a cupcake tower. We used the theme of blue and taupe with a giant cupcake on the top.
We used our own playlist for during the day, walking down the aisle to John Legend ‘Stay With You’ and at night time we hired the band Jammin 45′s who are a funk & soul band.
For our night time music playlists for when the band wasn’t playing we asked all of our guests to pick a song in the wedding invitations which made sure everyone got up to dance at least once!
For our honeymoon we went to Thailand which was absolutely amazing! We spent two nights in Bangkok then eleven nights in Phuket. Best part of the honeymoon would have to be a boat trip to Phi Phi island where the film ‘The Beach’ was filmed – absolutely amazing!
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make sure you take a few moments throughout the day to absorb everything! The day goes so quick and it’s one of the most important days of your life so make sure you remember it.
Congratulations Jane & Graeme!
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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…