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Wedding Blog Exclusive! £200 Discount On Your Wedding Photography With Richard Wynn Davies, For Brides Up North Readers Only!

December 5th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Yorkshire Wedding Photographer Richard Wynn Davies

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I’ve an early Christmas present for you lovely lot this afternoon (and we all love those), courtesy of fabulous photographer, Brides Up North Featured Supplier and friend of the blog Richard Wynn Davies

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Wedding Photographer Richard Wynn Davies

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Exclusive to Brides Up North, Richard would like to offer all my readers a huge £200 off every 2013 & 2014 wedding booked this month.  All you need to do is contact Richard to make your booking quoting Brides Up North. 

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Richard Wynn Davies says:  We (Richard & Caroline) shoot all of our weddings together in order to ensure nothing is missed,and we cover the whole event so we will never ask you to pretend to put your make-up on after you already have, or re-tie a cravat that has long since been tied. When it happens, we’ll be there.

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We will produce stunning, poignant and natural images that tell the story of your wedding: all the things that you put so many months’ of thought and planning into, the spontaneous and all too fleeting moments, the things you remember, the things you may well have missed and everything in between.

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We like to get to know you and your plans really well before the big day, so we will spend plenty of time with you in advance; from an engagement shoot to get you properly warmed up in front of the camera, to a number of meetings and a venue visit where we discuss your plans and wishes in lots of detail.

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Once the photography is done, we offer a range of stunningly beautiful products across digital, framed and print media, including the finest bespoke albums, handmade using traditional methods here in the UK.

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We would relish the chance to come and show you some of our work and to chat with you about how we can help to make the story of your wedding truly unforgettable. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we would love to hear from you.

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We don’t compromise on coverage. All of our weddings include both of us for as long as you want us on the day. Usually this is from the start of the preparations in the morning right up until the party is well underway in the evening, or even longer should you be having fireworks or other events later in the night.

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We also like to keep things simple. No platinum, diamond encrusted, luxury or what-not packages. We have one price for our outstanding service and beautiful photography with all your photographs on disk, and another to Include a truly stunning hand-crafted album.

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Our digital option is £1,700 (before Brides Up North discount!) and includes:

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• A number of detailed consultations to help us understand your plans, wishes and vision for your wedding day.

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• An engagement shoot where we get to know each other really well, make you feel at ease in front of the camera and take some gorgeous photos of the two of you.

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• A venue visit with you where we can plan your photography in more detail, so you know exactly what to expect and we know exactly what you want.

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• A few exciting surprises along the way!

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• Full & comprehensive on the day coverage from Richard and Caroline.

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• Full post editing service providing you with approx. 400 stunning images of your day, print-ready on disk & displayed in a beautiful personalised presentation box.

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Our album option is £1,950 (before Brides Up North discount!) and includes all of the above plus:

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• A choice of drop-dead gorgeous albums and coffee table books, traditionally handmade in the UK, with 60images of your choice. Additional products are available including albums from Queensberry of New Zealand, guest books and signing boards containing your engagement photographs, parent albums, and a wide range of the highest quality frames and canvasses. Prices are available upon request.

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Click here to read an interview with Richard and Caroline and here to catch up with Richard and Caroline’s beautiful Real Weddings and other work as featured on on Brides Up North.

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W: www.richardwynndavies.co.uk

E: capture@richardwynndavies.co.uk

F: www.facebook.com/rwdphotography

T: 01757 228647 / 07762 132361

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  – Images © 2012 Richard Wynn Davies 

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Fabulous Photographer: Richard Wynn Davies

February 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I thought that this man’s images would probably speak for themselves – and they do – but it turn’s out that fabulous photographer Richard Wynn-Davies has a personality to match.  I think this might be the start of a beautiful friendship!

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Let’s chat to the man behind the magic lens.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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I’ve loved photography since I was a little boy and it was my grandfather that first awakened my interest in it. He was a Captain in the parachute regiment during the Second World War and carried his Welti camera with him across Europe (ironically a German camera!). He took the most amazing photographs and to this day (he’s now 93) he refuses to hand them over to a museum!

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So when I was young he used to show me how to take photographs and then how to develop them in the darkroom – the most fascinating place I had ever seen. My love for photography grew and grew, however it remained a hobby until five years ago when I decided that it was time to listen to my inner voice (and my wife) and do what I love professionally and give up the security of a corporate job and monthly pay packet. His camera, which he gave to me when I turned 21, now sits on my desk and is a constant reminder of why this job is so important to me.

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Caroline, my wife and business partner, had less of a photographic background before we first met. However that soon changed and now after 8 years she is equally nerdy about expensive new camera lenses!

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Why wedding photography specifically?

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Most of my grandfather’s photographs are of people… characters… personalities. To me photographing people was the obvious choice. As much as I love jaw-dropping landscapes, capturing emotions, personalities and relationships is far more rewarding. And what better place to do this than with people in love, committing themselves to each other for the rest of their lives?

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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Feeling as excited about each wedding as we do when we attend a wedding as guests. We know our clients so well by the time their wedding day arrives that we can’t wait for the excitement of the morning build-up, can’t wait to see them actually getting married in the ceremony and can’t wait to hear the speeches. It’s never a chore. It’s always a joy. That’s why we love it.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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There’s no need to get them relaxed in front of the camera. We’ve already done that months ago on their engagement shoot and then again weeks ago on their pre-wedding shoot. They know us really well, know how we work and know exactly what we are going to ask them to do. Most importantly they have practised how to be natural in front of the camera. It’s not hard however two things are critical: you need to practice and you need to know and trust the photographer.

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In terms of helping with general wedding day nerves we’re able to give lots of general support and advice during the day. We reassure clients if they need it. We make them laugh. We make them stop and take it all in.

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Any advice to any brides who don’t like to have their picture taken?

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Most people think they don’t like to have their picture taken. I think it’s mainly due to how people see themselves when someone uploads a photo of them taken on a night out onto Facebook! 9 times out of 10 when I meet up with new clients for their first shoot (engagement) one or both of them will say either “I’m not very photogenic” or “I hate having my photo taken”. Also, almost everyone has a hang-up about a part of their bodies that they hate to see in photos.

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So my advice is to find a photographer who will listen to your worries, give you lots of practice in front of the camera and make you see that actually, you look fabulous in photographs. And that thing you were worried about (nose, teeth, hair, arms etc)? Not an issue.

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These practice shoots are as important for the photographer as they are for the client. If a client cannot bare to see themselves with a side-on profile then I’ll make sure we don’t have any side-profile shots in the final wedding selection.

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What sort of makeup should a bride wear to look great in her pictures?

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Choose the make-up you want to wear. It’s the photographers’ job to make you look great (which is not hard because you will look great). There are certain touch-up products that contain reflectors that will make your photographer’s job a little harder, but heck – that’s what we’re paid for! It’s your day, you wear whatever you like.

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Anything to avoid which might look bad in the wedding pictures?

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Drinking a whole bottle of Bollinger before the ceremony. I kid you not.

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In terms of how best to stand, hold your bouquet etc; your photographer should have already given you all those top tips on your practice shoots. Leave your photographers to worry about what looks good or not so good on the day. They will adapt to ensure you look at your absolute finest.

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Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why?

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I love the style and feel of 1930s/40s wedding photographs (again, probably harks back to my grandfather’s photos) so had I been around I would have loved to have photographed some of the movie stars’ weddings of the time – Clark Gable and Carole Lombard for example.

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

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I remember one particular wedding where the groom’s grandmother was terminally ill and couldn’t be there. She sent a letter and the groom’s father read it out during the speeches. Now Caroline cries at almost every wedding we photograph – during the service, during the speeches – how she produces the shots she does while in floods of tears I will never know. On the other hand I tend not to. I may be moved but I don’t often cry. Except on this occasion. I can’t even begin to tell you what she said. I couldn’t do it justice anyway. Suffice to say it stayed with me for weeks afterwards.

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Are you married?  Tell us about your day.

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Yes, as you might have gathered from previous answers! Caroline and I were married three years ago in Ripley, near Harrogate. We had the ceremony in the little church there and then hopped over the cobbles for our Reception at Ripley Castle. It was everything I wished for it to be. I hadn’t slept a wink the night before because I couldn’t stop my heart racing, so I think I got through the wedding day (until 4am the next morning) on pure adrenaline! Caroline was beautiful, my family and friends were beautiful, the location was beautiful… sigh!

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p.s. I know what you are all thinking – “who did the wedding photography?”. Now that would be telling…

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Any funny stories to share?

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Far too many to share here!

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There’s the little girl in a hushed church shouting “Mummy, is it God?” over and over again and pointing at the priest.  {Note from Brides Up North: I LOVE this!}

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There was the couple that did their first dance to “We Wish You a Wombling Merry Christmas”

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Caroline getting her car stuck in the snow in a church car park and having to be dug out by 4 dashing groomsmen (not sure how much of an accident that was actually)

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And many more…

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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In a word – “us”. Every wedding photographer is unique in terms of their personality. At a base level we all do the same thing – take photographs at clients’ weddings. Some do it better than others, some charge more than others. However it’s the way it is done that sets a photographer apart in terms of the results.

We believe that in order to get the best possible results – i.e. photographs that will help you to relive those moments for the rest of your life – we need to know our clients really well before the wedding.  Not just by doing the practice shoots but by spending lots of time talking, listening and drinking tea/coffee/wine/tequila (delete as appropriate). Our approach is based upon lasting relationships with clients built on trust and friendship. And all of this takes lots of time. So yes, we do charge more than some other photographers, but that’s because we don’t do any more than 30 weddings a year. 30 amazing, unforgettable weddings. And 60 new friends.

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What can a couple who book you expect on the day?

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Laughter. Reassurance. Discretion. Fun. From early morning preparations until late night dancing.

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What is included in your "package"?

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We like to keep things simple. No platinum, diamond-encrusted, luxury or what-not packages. We have one price for our outstanding service and beautiful photography with all the couple’s photographs on disk, and another to include a truly stunning hand-crafted album.

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Detailed consultations to help us understand plans, wishes and vision for the wedding day

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An engagement shoot & pre-wedding shoot where we get to know each other really well, make the couple feel at ease in front of the camera and take some gorgeous photos of them

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Their favourite image from the engagement shoot beautifully framed for their wall

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A venue visit with them where we can plan their photography in more detail, so they know exactly what to expect and we know exactly what they want

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 Full & comprehensive on the day coverage by Richard and Caroline

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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Current prices are £1,700 to include photographs on disk and £1,950 for the addition of a hand-crafted album.

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers? 

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Discounts may be available for midweek, off-season or very different weddings so please ask! We are also happy to cover destination weddings without charging for the additional time (travel expenses to be negotiated separately).

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work?

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The best way to reach us is by phone (01757 228647) or email (capture@richardwynndavies.co.uk). We have a comprehensive selection of our work on our website www.richardwynndavies.co.uk. We love to meet up with potential clients, on a completely no-obligation basis, to show them our work and to get to know each other a little.

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Anything else we should know?

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We love biscuits.

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Remember!  Richard is currently giving away five free engagement shoots as part of his Valentine’s giveaway! You’ll find all the details by clicking here.

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  – Images © 2012 Richard Wynn-Davies 

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Spring Fiesta! A Real Wedding At Denton Hall – Francine & Harry

May 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Richard Wynn Davies

This afternoon it’s off to sunny Ilkley for a Yorkshire wedding with Latin sprit! Francine and Harry used their favourite elements from their two cultures to create a unique and beautiful celebration which stayed true to both their roots.  One thing’s for sure, those Brazilians Yorkshire folk know how to party!

With images by Richard Wynn Davies.

Richard Wynn Davies

Francine says: We got engaged on a trip to Paris just before Christmas 2012. Harry and I took my parents for a trip and Harry asked my dad for permission to marry me.  A few moments after that, Harry proposed at the top of the Eiffel Tower. We then headed to London to celebrate Christmas with Harry’s family for the first time. It was a special few days!

We had an engagement party in April 2013 in my hometown of São Paulo. All my close family and friends were invited, along with Harry’s parents

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

We got married in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. The ceremony was held at St. Helen’s Chapel, Denton and the reception was at Denton Hall.

We knew we wanted something very personal to us. We weighed up the pros and cons of having a wedding in Brazil, but because we wanted to be very involved in the preparation of the wedding, we decided it would have to be in Yorkshire, where Harry grew up.

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We looked at lots of different wedding venues in Yorkshire. Denton Hall was the most immaculate estate house we visited. Nicely painted walls, good quality furniture, oh, and that staircase! Its grounds are breath-taking! The guest rooms are also beautifully decorated and good value for money. The landscape around Ilkley is so beautiful and the town is so welcoming so we thought that it would also be a very pleasant stay for our guests coming from all over the world.

I always dreamed of a church wedding, so having a little chapel only five minutes away was the icing on the cake. We felt very welcome when we started participating in the church sessions there.

We felt a very positive vibe when we had our first meeting with Hannah from Denton Hall and Michelle from Box Tree Events. We felt confident that they would help us to deliver the most beautiful and intimate wedding. They are exceptional hospitality professionals!

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I chose a Pronovias lace, strapless, mermaid silhouette dress covered by a tulle over skirt with Chantilly lace appliqués. For the church I had a lace bolero on and a short veil, all also from Pronovias. I wore champagne coloured shoes from Jimmy Choo.

I had the names of my single friends attached to the inside hem of my dress. The tradition says that if you are single and looking for love, having your name attached to the bride’s dress gives you good luck in love.

I wore my mum’s diamond and platinum earrings, my make up was by Annabel Bailey and hair by No. 1 Hair & Beauty in Ilkley.

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

My sister wore a long light pink dress she bought in New York and my other two bridesmaids who live in London wore long dresses in mint green from Coast.

The groomsmen wore Ted Baker  light grey morning suits, hired from Moss Bros. The groomsmen had matching waistcoats and Harry wore a silvery waistcoat to contrast.

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Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Our flowers were by Leafy Couture. I carried a loose bouquet of succulents, David Austin Pale pink roses, sweet avalanche roses, ranunculus, viburnum opulus, muscari, gyp, camomile with lace binding the stems, but keeping it visible.

All my bridesmaids carried a smaller version of my bouquet in different colours. The chief bridesmaid had white flowers to compliment her pink dress and the other two had pinks to complement the green dresses. They were all bound in mint green ribbon.

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

The original idea was to walk to the church, since the church was only five minutes away, however, because it was a bit windy, my mum convinced me to take a lift with Harry’s big sister and her husband in their car.

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Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

My favourite part of the day was the church ceremony, entering the church with my dad and finding the church completely full with our families and close friends.

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Richard Wynn Davies

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Richard Wynn Davies

We wanted to be true to the place we chose to marry, our identities and our history together. So everything was themed around the places that we are from. Having the wedding in Yorkshire played a big part in this.

I also introduced some of my Brazilian traditions into the wedding, such as the little cakes filled with dulce de leche called “bem casados” (well married cakes), which were given as favours to the guests. The tradition says it brings good luck and happiness to the couple in their marriage. To complement this, we also offered a little jar of honey from Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, where Harry grew up.

All table names were places in Brazil which we visited together, along with a photo of both of us.

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We designed our own invitations with my watercolour on the front cover. Then we used the same design to plan our seating names, order of services and table names. Sending to print online cost us a fraction of the price that it would cost to ask someone else to design it for us.

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

We chose a three tiered cake with two types of chocolate and one lemon cake by Patisserie Viennoise in Otley. 

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We had a crèche from Perfectly Practical Parties to entertain our little guests while the parents were having dinner and this was very appreciated by the parents. It was a very successful alternative to having to change wedding venue because of the dining room capacity after we had fallen in love with Denton Hall. At the start of our research for wedding venues we were struggling to find the right place to get married. We didn’t want to have to leave people out of our day, or choose another venue so, we arranged a crèche for four hours. The children were very well looked after and by the end of the meal we had a children’s parade, showcasing their carnival masks they made in the crèche and were reunited with parents.

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Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

The band was also our little surprise for the guests – nobody knew we would bring a full drumming carnival Brazilian band until they started playing a bossa nova song for our first dance. After that, no more quiet music!  As soon as the drums started, we put our carnival masks on. Carnival masks and garlands, and funky glasses were also distributed to the guests to join the dance floor.

Our band was Multi Bloco by Alive Network.

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

For our honeymoon we jetted off to Thailand for two weeks. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that if you want to give a personal touch to your day and make things yourself, – go for it, but be realistic! There are things we still wouldn’t compromise such as venue, catering, a good photographer, flowers and a good entertainment.

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Congratulations Francine & Harry!

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The Editorials: “Its All In The Detail”

January 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography 

It’s time for another online/ offline catch up folks.  The Editorials is a series I run occasionally here on the wedding blog, bringing the offline bridal freelance writing that I do on a monthly basis for numerous glossy magazines online. 

“It’s All In The Detail” was a piece penned by moi and first published in National Glossy, Wedding Magazine as a part of my Trend Alert series of columns (although it’s contents have been tweeted a few times since then)!  I hope it inspires you to accessorise wisely…

Its All In The Detail

I said:  No longer content with just the church, dress and swish wheels, trendsetting brides and grooms are thinking outside the box when it comes to the finer details of their big day.

This isn’t about following the crowd and installing a job lot of teacups, typewriters and the prerequisite bird cage table centres, but selecting unique props and decorating details that say something about the your individual tastes and interests and using them as a backdrop to your celebration.

Dan Jones Photography

Dan Jones Photography

Dan Jones Photography  

A plan is essential. It’s all too easy to get carried away at the car boot sales and lose sight of your initial vision. This isn’t an episode of ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’. Before the great rummage begins, consider your theming carefully and arm yourself with a wish list to avoid expensive mistakes. Consider enlisting the services of a prop hire or event styling specialist who will help you to bring more ambitious ideas to life.

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SDS Photography, Helen Russell Photography, CG Weddings by The Crawleys 

A Personal Touch

Whatever decorating details you add to your big day, the most effective schemes will be those that really mean something to you as a couple. Travel mad? Vintage suitcases, picture postcards and grand old maps in place of table runners can add nostalgia and romance to your celebration. Love cycling? How about a bicycle made for two?

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Jonny Draper Photography

Helen Venables Photography, Jonny Draper Photography 

Go Large

Some of the more popular grand schemes like festival or circus themed weddings need commitment to work. If in doubt, add bulk and colour – reams of rainbow streamers or paper pompoms en masse are a cheaper alternative to filling the room with flowers, and in some scenarios more definitely is more!

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Cassandra Lane Photography

Richard Wynn Davies, Helen Venables Photography

Chiconomics

Before embarking on a decorating extravaganza, remember to do your sums. Props and detailing should really be somewhere near the bottom of your budget and an optional extra rather than essential expense. Decide what’s more important to you – 100 Greek urns or your Santorini honeymoon (and I’m not judging!) and budget accordingly.

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Shelley Hughes Photography

Jonny Draper Photography, Shelley Hughes Photography

Nothing For The Sake Of It

Often, the most stylish weddings are the simplest affairs. Don’t feel pressured to over-style your day if a themed celebration just isn’t your bag. You can still add personal touches with your favourite flowers, photographs of loved ones or a carefully chosen playlist.

SDS Photography

SDS Photography

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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: You & Me, Always. Jenny Packham Aspen For A Real Wedding At Priory Cottages – Charlotte & Matt

December 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for what’s set to be the biggest and best 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.

Usual service will recommence on 2nd January 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings in 2013.  Drop in every day for the very, very prettiest wedding inspiration and if you are a Brides Up North bride, to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks. 

Richard Wynn Davies

It’s a special one for me today as I’m sharing the wedding of two of my very best friends – Charlotte and Smithy (known formally as Matthew, Mathlete or whatever Charlotte feels like calling him).  Sod the leftover baby-weight, I was honoured to be a bridesmaid at Charlotte and Matt’s amazing, sun dapped celebration at the stunning Priory Cottages in Wetherby.

A woman who knows her own mind, Charlotte’s wedding was never going to be the same as everyone else’s.  Matt proposed on a group ski trip February 2012 and after all the excitement had died down, Charlotte looked me in the eye over a cafe au chocolat, and asked me to be her bridesmaid, adding:

“I’m going to ask all the guys to wear coloured chinos, and I want everyone in featherhead dresses and a rainbow cake”.  This was going to get interesting…

Budget summits – “Jules, persuade Matt that I need the Jimmy Choos, he listens to you” (she got them, he does) – dress dramas – a thousand “talking it over” cocktails and  a million Pinterest pins later, the wedding day arrived.  And I have to tell you, it was one of the most beautiful days that I have ever seen.  From a professional wedding blogger, that’s saying something.  The brand new Mrs Smith isn’t just a pretty face!

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Richard Wynn Davies.

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Charlotte says:  Matt asked me to marry him in February 2012, in an igloo in Mayerhofern whilst skiing for Jules’ 30th!  We tied the knot on 6th July 2013 at our local church, Saint Mary’s of Stainburn then reception was at Priory Cottages, Wetherby.

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Originally we wanted to wed in the South of France. The venue looks like it could be in the South of France; It is gorgeous, it is a blank canvas (you don’t have to follow rules e.g what you have to drink, what the room will look like – rules which sometimes hotels impose) and you can exercise your creativity as you please. I wanted our wedding to be unique and creative, and we felt it the venue was perfect for this.

Serena, the venue manager is amazing… I think that’s the only word for her.

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

We asked our guests to wear loud and colourful chinos – we wanted the photos to look colourful, a little crazy and be lots of fun. In the evening I asked people to bring masks… for our own masquerade ball.  We wanted to keep to tradition but shake it up a touch.

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Our colour theme was colourful (!) and we went with nude/ pale pink colours, for bridesmaids. We then added bold colour in the marquee with duck egg blue and turquoise.

My flowers were bright pastel colours, as was our cake. I didn’t stick to a specific scheme as such, I just tried to use complementing colours, and colours that worked well with skin tones and together.

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

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I fell in love with the Jenny Packham Aspen, the moment I saw it. It was the second dress I tried on.  After weeks trying on many other dresses, it confirmed that Aspen was for me!  The dress was stunning, comfy, and light, just what you need on a hot summers day.  I was very conscious of not feeling too hot, or restricted. And, I wanted to make sure I wasn’t corseted so I could eat as much delicious canapés, plated BBQ and fish & chips!

I then chose a gorgeous sparkly pair of Jimmy Choos – I worked on the basis that I can wear a fabulous pair of shoes again and again; this is better than spending a smaller amount on a pair that will only get used once. Pounds per wear! 

I wore my grandma’s grandma’s silver clasp bracelet. It was my ‘something old’ and made my outfit really special.

I then added a long veil, with crystals which was sparkly in a subtle way and I had a pearl hair slide hand made by a designer in Yorkshire.

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The bridesmaids wore wrap dressed by Eliza and Ethan at Pookie, Harrogate. The girls had gypsophila in their hair and wore nude shoes of their choice.

Our groomsmen wore specially commissioned bow ties, Paul Smith style in pink floral, suits from Marks & Spencer & brightly coloured braces (the brighter the better- of their choice).

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I had a hand tied bouquet of beautiful pastel flowers; roses, herbs and peonies.

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We travelled by vintage Rolls Royce. My mum also had a vintage Daimler, and the bridesmaid travelled in a vintage VW Campervan.

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The whole day was amazing, from getting ready, to the church, throwing confetti, the food, the dancing… I would have to say one of my favourite memories was arriving at the reception, following the church and seeing everyone in the courtyard waiting to greet us!

The driver sounded his horn, and everyone cheered and waved. The colours were spectacular, we were handed our blue cocktails, and we could hear the steel band playing.

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We had a BBQ and the summer Olympics (sports day) the night before the wedding.  This was great fun and was a chance to catch up with guests ahead of the wedding. This was a great tactic!

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We made our own cake- well Matt and my grandmas made the cakes! I chose a traditional fruit cake. It was decorated by a family friend, and was going to have white chocolate truffles on the side in pastel colours. However, because the weather was so hot, we had to change the truffles last minute to icing! The cake also leaned a touch!

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The wedding party spent hours tying 100 lanterns to the marquee roof with ribbons, and tied ribbons to the chairs. More hands make light work, and I think we did a great job!

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I had to ensure we had fabulous food and drink all day. This was the most important thing for me- great food.  We used MCK Catering.

We had a plated BBQ of fillet steak, lamb and prawns, with sauté potatoes for our wedding breakfast. Friends of Ham, Leeds supplied the beer. We chose a Yorkshire white wine, which was delicious- Lethenthorpe.

Later on in the evening, we wanted people to have traditional beer munchies- fish & chips with a twist. (tapas with lime and chilli batter).

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Our wedding favours were bags filled with a coin, a teddy bear, a piece of string, a marble a rubber and a heart. Inside was a special message relating to the reasoning behind why the object was included e.g.:- ‘a marble, because we all seem to have lost ours’ ‘a piece of string to bind us together wherever we are in the world.’ The cost of the wedding favours went to a school in Ghana.

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We chose a string quartet for the church, a Caribbean Steel Drum band for the reception, and for the evening we had a band.

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We honeymooned in the south of France (I secretly wish I was French!)

We stayed at the Hotel Crillon Le Brave in Provence (stunning) saw the Tour de France Stage at Mont Ventoux, visited lavender fields, went horseback riding and then drove in a sports car to the Fairmont in Monte Carlos, via St Tropez, Cannes and Antibes. We chilled out & drank cocktails and hit the Casino of course! We then took the helicopter back to Nice airport.

Fantastic trip; can we do it again?

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t be afraid to break the mould and try non- conventional ideas. People will raise eyebrows, but be true to yourself, do what you want to do. You’re a unique individual couple, so be creative!

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Lavender’s Blue: Amanda Wyatt For A Real Wedding At Priory Cottages, North Yorkshire – Amy & Luke

July 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It’s right back to business with our double daily blogging schedule here at Brides Up North, and my goodness do I have some gorgeous to share with you over the next few months. 

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Let’s start off as we mean to go on, with Amy and Luke’s stunning wedding day at Priory Cottages near Wetherby.  Amy and Luke chose rustic details, beautiful blooms and a cool colour palette (not to mention a gorgeous gown and some pretty snappy bow ties) to work with their fabulous lavender filled North Yorkshire venue.  I’m attending a celebration at Priory Cottages shortly – as a bridesmaid no less – and putting together today’s feature has made me itch with excitement for my friend’s own big day.

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Amy says:  We got engaged on Easter Sunday 2012 up a mountain in Ambleside in the Lake District and were married on Easter Sunday 2013 at the beautiful Priory Cottages near Wetherby. 

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The venue was perfect. Everything was in the same place which we wanted so we didn’t have to worry about transport and lose some time of our day travelling.  We got married in the barn, had the drinks reception downstairs and outside in the courtyard, and then had the meal and dancing in the marquee. We all (family) stayed in the cottages surrounding the venue so it was really relaxed on the day and we had seen each other in the morning of the wedding.

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I chose an Amanda Wyatt dress from Mia Sposa in Cambridge. It was quite slim fitting, the bottom half was quite plain and it had lace and beading on the top and over the straps into a really pretty low back.

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I spent ages trying to find the right colour for my bridesmaids, in the end I chose a sailor blue colour on lovely chiffon strapless dresses from Dessy.

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My favourite part of the day was walking down the aisle with my Dad, and seeing our friends and family and then reaching Luke at the front was just the best feeling ever.

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I carried a beautiful bouquet of pink flowers including spray roses and peonies by Paperwhite Flowers. 

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The fantastic ‘Richard Wynn Davies’ were the photographers, Richard and Caroline are so so so lovely, I would recommend them to anyone.

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We had a wishing tree which I know loads of people have done now but it’s such a nice way to display everyone’s good wishes on the day. We attached old vintage keys which we got from eBay to our tags and wrote a note saying ‘Please write your key to a happy marriage’.

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We had the best cake, There were three of them in different sizes; a fruit cake, a Belgian chocolate cake with passion fruit filling, and a vanilla cake with chocolate ganache filling. They were covered in milk chocolate and had white chocolate pouring over the sides and little white chocolate flowers. It was made by a lovely lady called Sharon who owns the Sugar Velvet Cake Company.

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Easter had to be a bit of a theme as it was Easter Sunday. We had a sweetie table, Mini Eggs as favours in mini plant pots and we had Thornton’s chocolate Easter eggs with the table names iced on them. Yum!.

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We had a band called ‘The Dollars’ who we found via the ‘Alive Network’ who also provided a DJ service in between their sets. They were a bit of a risk as we had never seen them before booking but they were fab and had such a great song list that we could choose from. They learnt our first dance song ‘I Won’t Give Up’ by Jason Mraz, and it was beyond our expectations, perfect!

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Thailand… Bangkok for a few days and then Koh Samui for a week!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is from experience: do not change your skin care regime or use different make-up before the wedding!

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Congratulations Amy & Luke!

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Out On A High! THIS SUNDAY! – It’s The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition At Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall

June 7th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Whoot!  It’s here! It’s the very last show in the Brides Up North Spring calendar… and it’s going to be a very, very pretty one indeed!  And, hey, this is one you have to see.*

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Join us in the beautiful sunshine at Rise Hall – a venue packed full with a handpicked selection of the region’s very, very best wedding industry suppliers – THIS SUNDAY 9th June, 12pm till 4pm, FREE ENTRY.  Be there! 

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Welcome Pack filled with little treats from Brides Up North, the regions’ best bridal glossy mags well as some fab on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now. What are you waiting for?

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Welcome Pack fill in your details below, marking YOUR EVENT VENUE OF CHOICE e.g. “RISE HALL” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibition.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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Brides Up North is proud to work with each region’s finest wedding exhibitors.  Showing you what they can do for your wedding this Sunday will be: Elegance Bridal Boutique, Ella D, J Clitheroe Photography, Dine Services , Insight Photography, Eastern Pyro, Soul Patrol, Annikyra String Quartet, Val Boyers Music, Richard Wynn Davies, The Alternative Wedding Car Company, Candy Occasions, KM Cakes & Cupcakes, Floral Elements, A Perfect Wedding, Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist, Swing Thing Duo, The Wedding Guide, Perfectly Practical Parties, The Bridal Gallery, West Carlton Country Guest House, Ambience Venue Styling, Greenwoods Menswear, Belle Bridal Magazine, Sean Elliott Photography, Tom Bootyman Photography, Deborah Moore Bridal and Booth 22

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Sarah Beeny and Graham Swift say:  We have been lucky enough to call Rise Hall our home for 11 years.

We both have a passion for British heritage and were excited not only about rescuing an important building but also creating a family home.  We are very proud of what has been achieved by our team of amazing tradesmen and are thrilled that Rise Hall, with your support, can now be a sustainable part of the local community.

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The relaxed splendour of Rise Hall makes it an enchanting place to hold a wedding or special celebration. Licensed for civil ceremonies and with 28 beautiful bedrooms, it gives you the convenience of your entire day in one location.

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Whether you decide to stay the night and celebrate with hundreds of guests or enjoy an intimate afternoon ceremony with your closest friends and family, the great joy of Rise Hall is flexibility.

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Our recommended caterers offer a fabulous array of mouth-watering meals whilst our in-house team provide all the additional services that turn this beautiful family home into an incredible venue.  Perfect if you are looking to offer your guests something truly unique.

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Read more about Rise Hall, their facilities and  Sarah’s “Restoration Nightmare” by clicking here

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Exhibitor enquiries for all Brides Up North events/ for a list of dates and venues in 2013  – please email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk

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Owl Always Love You! Berry Red & A Feathered Friend For A Real Winter Wedding At Swinton Park – Rachael & Neil

May 22nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I normally like to get keep the weddings I feature relatively seasonal.  You know, falling leaves in the Autumn, bright skies in Spring time and all that.  But honestly, Rachael and Neil’s gorgeous winter wedding with it’s deep berry reds (and a feathered friend – the wedding blog seems awash with them this week!) was too good to save until the darker nights roll in.  And who knows if we even have seasons anymore anyway!

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If you are looking ahead to a Christmas celebration, get ready to get excited!  With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Richard Wynn Davies and featuring the work of some of my favourite Yorkshire suppliers, let’s get stuck in!

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Rachael says:  Neil asked my to marry him on the August Bank holiday 2011, at Golden Acre Park in North Leeds, and we were married on 27th December 2012 at Swinton Park, Masham, North Yorkshire.  We both fell in love with the venue after it was recommended by a work colleague who’d been to a wedding there before. 

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We had a winter red theme but we also had an owl fly our rings down the aisle so to tie in with this we had the Harry Potter classical music and Harry Potter table names along with chocolate owl wedding favours.

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Both Neil and I drove up to the venue to get ready in the morning, we got married at the venue so didn’t need to travel at all during the day which was perfect for our winter wedding!

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I loved getting ready with my mum and bridesmaids, although we ended up a little rushed!

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I chose a gorgeous dress from Amelia Elliott bridal shop on Horsforth Town Street, Leeds. The ladies running the shop, Vanessa & Caroline, had designed the dress and made the whole experience so enjoyable from start to finish.

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My bridesmaids wore full length chiffon dresses by Impression in claret. We got the dresses from Confetti & Lace in Leeds.  Our groomsmen wore charcoal suits hired from Yorkshire Menswear with ivory and claret cravats.

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David Fields was my hair dresser and did an excellent job! He was a genuinely lovely man and made the entire process of getting ready really enjoyable! He even chipped in and poured the champagne for us.

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I had a bouquet of red roses with frosted berries and dark leaves by Sasha at Rose & Co Flowers, Yorkshire who provided all of our flowers and chairs covers and did an excellent job with the decorations!

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My bridesmaids had ivory & red bouquets with roses and orchids amongst other flowers and frosted berries and the chair covers along the aisle were decorated with frosted pine cones.

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We used the Swinton Park Birds Of Prey Centre to arrange for an owl to fly our wedding rings down the aisle to the best man! This was a lovely touch and lightened the mood at the ceremony.

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We had an amazing chocolate wedding cake from Patisserie Viennoise covered in Belgian milk, white and dark chocolate.  The cake was chocolate from top to bottom!

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We had a Ceilidh for our evening entertainment – Cobblers Wax. They provided great entertainment and got everybody up dancing.  We also had a magician at our drinks reception, Anthony Heaton, who our guests thought was excellent.

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The entire day went exactly to plan thanks to the amazing staff at Swinton Park. If we had to choose one special moment we both loved letting off Chinese lanterns outside after the ceilidh.

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After the wedding we went to Dubai for new year followed by a week in Sri Lanka touring the sites and a week relaxing in the Maldives.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to plan things well in advance to avoid last minute stress and don’t worry about anything on the day, just enjoy every minute of it!

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Congratulations Rachael & Neil!

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A Winter Walk: A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Emma & Jonathan

February 6th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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As a , I get the privilege of sharing a lot of couple’s most special of days – each different, each lovely.  Friends often ask me if I have favourites.  Of course there are styles I prefer, dresses I lust for and shoes that I sometimes even track down and buy (ahem!)…  but my very favourite celebrations are always the ones where the love shines through.

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Cheesy, right?  Ah, so sue me. 

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Emma and Jonathan’s Real Wedding by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Richard Wynn Davies is one of those.  Sure, they had a cute theme and a stunning venue, but I didn’t really notice all of that -  I was blinded by their smiles. 

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Emma says:  Jonathan asked me to marry him on 25th August 2010.   It was a big surprise, champagne and sandwiches(!), at the summit of Sca Fell Pike (the highest mountain in England) as part of a trip with our closest friends to the Lake District. Very romantic indeed.

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We tied the knot on 23rd December 2012 at St. James Parish Church, Manston, Leeds with the reception was Oulton Hall, Rothwell. 

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The church was my childhood church, and her parents still have strong connections there.  We fell in love with Oulton Hall from the moment we walked into the entrance. It was the perfect setting for a winter wedding.  We chose a white and silver theme, with hints of brown pine cones.

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My dress was a white duchess satin gown, designed by Jonathan and I. I then made the dress with my mum, and I did the holly leaf embroidery on the top of my dress by hand which took a long (!) time. My mum handmade every one of the thirty or so buttons and button loops which made a statement down the back of my dress. The final stitches were put in the dress the night before the wedding… but it was finished – something which at times seemed an impossible goal.

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My veil was very vintage. It was my mum’s from my parents’ wedding 28 years ago, and it was still perfectly white. It was definitely my something old, and technically borrowed!

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My satin and lace vintage style shoes were from Wedding Belles Of Otley. And my wintery hair-clip was from Glitzy Secrets.

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Peta Franklin, a small independent hairdresser in Crossgates, did my beautiful hair.

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Having designed my dress, we then designed and made the bridesmaid dresses (making adaptations from a basic pattern). The bridesmaid dresses were in a silver dupion satin, with a mini-version being made for the flower-girl.

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We hand-made all nine of the gentleman’s waistcoats, ties and pocket squares from Vogue Patterns.

To make the suits was a slight step too far (though it was considered!) and these were hired from Moss Bros.

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Every single moment was perfect from the very first moment waking up to sunshine to finally collapsing in a super-king size bed in the honeymoon suite.  Our favourite moment has to be actually getting married, and finally becoming Mr & Mrs. It was so intimate-just beautiful.

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We baked 200 mince pies the day before the wedding to give to our guests after the marriage service.

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We sourced pine cones from Otley Chevin and Temple Newsam Park, to hand make my pine cone bouquet. We had to wash and dry hundreds of pine cones to find the best ones. Then they were all glitter sprayed and wired to form the bouquet. It looked rather amazing if I do say so myself.

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Our photographer was the amazing Richard Wynn-Davies and his lovely wife Caroline, who captured our day perfectly. 

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Apart from all the sewing projects, we designed all our own table decorations, including sourcing fallen wood from a local forest, and cutting it into discs to form the table centre pieces. These then had a candle on, with a handmade, and hand collected, pine cone wreath surrounding them.

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Jonathan hand-drew from an OS map our table plan, which was the map of Sca Fell Pike where we got engaged. We then used the places on our walk for the table names.

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We designed all our own wedding invitations, menu cards, and order’s of service using my hand drawn design.

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We are anything but a traditional couple, as you may have already gathered. Instead of a DJ, we had a pub style quiz, with a side order of cheese and biscuits, a few beers and wedding cake, organised by Jonathan’s brother.

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Even more unusual was a game of Mr and Mrs, again devised by Jonathan’s brother. Very embarrassing, but great fun for all. Thankfully almost every one of our answers matched. The Groomsmen played live music for the first dance and Jonathan joined in once his dancing duties were fulfilled.

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Jonathan planned a surprise honeymoon, and it did remain a surprise until we arrived outside our destination. We went to a small family run restaurant, with rooms, hotel in Sowerby, Thirsk called ‘Oswalds’ for Christmas period.

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The service was absolutely fantastic, and we felt so special. Being greeted with champagne and strawberries, then sitting by the Christmas tree to open our wedding cards & presents was so special.  The food was out of this world, and we cannot wait to go back again soon.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to start planning early, and be prepared to change your mind. Prioritise the things that will make your wedding day special to you, and decide the things that you can compromise on.

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The Wedding Blog In The News: Recent Press For Brides Up North

October 2nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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As regular readers of Brides Up North will know, I also write on a freelance basis for many of our regional and national glossy bridal titles. 

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As the little girl who eschewed dreams of becoming a ballerina or spacewoman in favour of “Editor of Vogue” when asked what she wanted to be growing up (true story – I must have been a scary child), despite the huge success of the wedding blog and events I still get a kick from seeing my work in print.

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So here’s what Brides Up North has been up to off-line over the past few months.  All titles are still available in stores or at a wedding event near you soon. 

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Wedding Magazine October November 2012

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I love being a regular columnist for the industry bible, Wedding Magazine, and this issue it was all about that man, as I focused on glamour for your groom.  With huge thanks to Jon Swainson Photography, Peter Boyd Photography, Insight Photography, Andy Hook Photography, Phil Drinkwater Photography, Lissa Alexandra Photography, Matthew Tordoff Photography, Damian Hall Photography, India Hobson Weddings, Katy Melling Photography and David Lawson Studios for your support.

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Wedding Magazine

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I reprised my regular column in LovedUp Magazine with a focus on my newly engaged readers and their love stories.  With thanks to Joe Dodsworth Photography, Sarah Mason Photography, Richard Wynn Davies and India Hobson

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LovedUp Magazine   LovedUp Magazine

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Darlington Weddings Magazine

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It was all about pulling on a marabou shrug and styling your winter wedding in the latest issue of Darlington

Weddings.  With thanks to Katy Melling Photography, Stan Seaton Photography and Bluelights Photography (as always for my byline image!). 

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Darlington Weddings Magazine

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If that wasn’t enough time spent hunched over my laptop I also took part in a special shoot for Fabulous Magazine (yet to hit the news-stands) and put pen to paper for a few other of my favourite magazines and newspapers – watch this space. 

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You should also watch out for me in my hosting and judging capacity!  Sleep?  Whaddyamean?  As well as presenting the recent North Of England Wedding Awards in Yorkshire and the North East, I have also been invited to sit on the panels for The Wedding Industry Awards and The Wedding Ideas Awards 2013 (judging the Southern categories and categories independent to my sponsors only – no bias here, thank you very much!).  I can’t wait to explore the talent in our industry in more detail. 

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NOE

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