June 26th, 2014 | Julia Braime
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First featured just before the turn of the year on Brides Up North, it’s a Yorkshire Austrian mash-up on the blog today (the bride’s words!) as we join Liz and Christian for their fun and fabulous Real Wedding in Hawes. Combining Austrian traditions with Yorkshire charm, their big day is pretty and personal.
With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah Mason Photography.
Liz says: We got engaged in October 2012 in the Seychelles and were married on 16th August 2013 at West Burton Chapel, North Yorkshire with the reception at Simonstone Hall, Hawes.
We live in Vienna, Austria as Christian is from here. I am from Yorkshire and my family spotted Simonstone Hall while walking in the Yorkshire Dales – we trusted them! We tried tried to incorporate English and Austrian traditions into the day as much as possible, with a lavender and green colour scheme.
I saw a dress I loved in a boutique and then had it remade with some changes! I loved that it was one of a kind and I got to have some input from the drawing stage! We had two flower girls and a pageboy and they wore traditional trachten from Vienna. The girls in dirndls and the boy in lederhosen!
We got our flowers from The Yorkshire Lavender Farm and then made the decorations and bouquets ourselves the day before with help from Aunties and sisters!
I loved every second but I think walking down the aisle and seeing Christian for the first time that day was the most special moment.
My husband and his best man had an old red Morgan for the weekend and so they arrived at the chapel in that. Our guests travelled on a double decker bus and I was taken there by a close family friend and returned with my husband in the Morgan.
Our cake was made by a friend and much of the other decoration was done by Tilly Rose Designs, who made our centre pieces and signage.
We hired a bus from The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company and a car from Lakes and Dales.
We wanted a really relaxed day and for it to be and English-Austrian cultural mash-up! We had a log sawing activity – an Austrian tradition where the bride and groom saw through a log to signify them working together to succeed.
We had goulash soup at midnight (another Austrian tradition) and a great band – ‘Mad dog and the Sophisicats’ playing throughout the day with a ceilidh band at night.
We had a honeymoon before our wedding! We went to New York and Toronto as some close friends were getting married in Canada.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax – don’t stress about little things – as long as everyone is happy you’ll have a great day!
Congratulations Liz & Christian!
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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…