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Something Blue. Maggie Sottero For A Real Wedding At The Deep, Hull – Claire & Dave

March 18th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

This afternoon it’s wetsuits at the ready and off to East Yorkshire to join Claire and Dave for their celebration at Brides Up North Featured Supplier venue The Deep in Hull. Styling their big day, Claire kept things simple – and saved herself some pennies too – by letting their unusual and extraordinary wedding venue do the talking. 

Images by Chris Bailey Photography

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Claire says:  Dave’s parents live in Portsmouth and we often travel down there with our sons for holidays by the sea, ice creams and all! It was a beautiful summer’s day and we’d spent it on the sea front amongst the two penny falls, eating candy floss and winning teddy bears for the boys. On the pier we stood admiring the view and out Dave pulled a pretty necklace with the words “Marry me” engraved on it.  I was beginning to think he’d never ask! I began planning straight away, in case he changed his mind! We both had pretty unconventional ideas when it came to weddings and we knew from the start that we wanted something a little bit different.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

We were married on 27th October 2013 at The Deep in Hull. We looked around at various wedding venues and as beautiful as they were, it wasn’t quite what we wanted. Then we came across The Deep. We fell in love with the venue instantly, the atmosphere was so serene and we wanted to create a real "wedding experience" that our guests would always remember. The huge tanks blew us away and the "ice tunnel" that was to become my aisle, was especially stunning. We had definitely found the unique venue we were looking for. They were so welcoming and their attention to detail made me sure the day would go perfectly.

The staff at The Deep did an amazing job of putting everything together and so many guests commented on how much they enjoyed it.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

I really like natural colours and so I chose dark champagne, browns and coffee colours for the day. As we were getting married later on in the day and having a candlelit reception I thought this colour would complement our autumn wedding perfectly.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

On the morning of the wedding I had all the people I love around me. My bridesmaids were with me and my mum was in the hotel room next door! As the wedding wasn’t until 5pm, we spent all day getting ready, giggling, drinking champagne and doing hair and makeup. It was such a special time having them around me, I think that was the reason I was fairly calm and relaxed (that and the champagne!)

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

I wore an A-line light ivory Maggie Sottero dress with a little crystal detail from The Bridal Barn in Stafford. I wanted something really simple and got overwhelmed by the amount of dresses I tried on with a lot of detail. My dress was perfect for me as it reflected my every day style. I wore a lovely tear drop silver necklace by Leslie Davis from a little boutique in Stoke on Trent.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

My bridesmaids wore champagne and mocha coloured dresses, bought from Debenhams and found on eBay.  As a hairdresser I had specific ideas on how I wanted my bridesmaids to look, they both had matching chignons and pretty hair slides. They looked absolutely beautiful!

I have a bit of a hoarder when it comes to make up! So my bridesmaids had a great time rooting through my collection and using all of my lotions and potions! We all did our own makeup and I think by doing this, we all felt comfortable with how we looked. I’m not sure I would’ve felt the same with someone else making the choice for me.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

I made my own bouquet as I like to think of myself as fairly creative and saved a heap of money doing the flowers myself. I was so pleased with the results and it was something the bridesmaids could keep after the wedding.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Our photos were taken by Chris Bailey Photography of Cottingham. We were lucky enough to get some shots outside The Deep after the ceremony, just as the sun was setting. It was a bit on the chilly side, but our photographer was so great at getting the shots done, that we were back in the warm in no time. The guests went up to the observatory and we were able to get some great shots in front of the huge tanks.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

My special moment of the day was singing to my new husband instead of a first dance. Everyone was so surprised! I sang “The Story” by Brandon Carlisle and the words are especially emotional, I cracked a little half way through, but all the guests gave me the biggest cheer of encouragement that I was able to carry on! I’ll be in trouble for saying it, but even the men were in tears, although I’m sure they’ll all deny it!

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

We didn’t have a wedding cake, but made up for it by stacking chocolate donuts and cupcakes on a stand and to be honest, I don’t think anyone even noticed the missing cake! We danced the night away until the early hours and all of our guests were in the party mood.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

The day after the wedding, we took the boys away for the night to the Alton Towers resort, where we stayed in a Peter Rabbit themed room which was like a rabbit burrow! We are planning a honeymoon to coincide with my 30th birthday and our one year wedding anniversary to Disneyland Florida. We love spending time together as a family and couldn’t image a honeymoon without them.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

My top tip for other Brides Up North would to be savvy!  Don’t fooled into buying the most expensive of everything. We stuck to a tight budget and saved money by customising and creating. By doing this, we got our dream wedding for under £5000.  Remember to cherish each moment, and don’t stress! It goes by so quickly that before you know it it’s over and you’ll wonder what all the nerves and worrying was about!

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Congratulations Claire & Dave!

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Two People, One Life. A Traditional Real Wedding In Ireland – Lisa & Alex

March 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

If you haven’t already come across Lisa and Alex’s cool story and accompanying blog, you are in for a treat this afternoon. 

Get lost in their blog at 2 People 1 Life to find out more (they tell it better than I do!) but in brief, their tale goes a little like this.  Off on their travels, Lisa and Alex – the indecisive duo that they are – decided to have a wedding ceremony in every country they visit in search of the perfect place to tie the knot.  They are touring the globe in their 27 year old camper van ‘Peggy’ exchanging vows in the most unusual and unique wedding locations that they can find and embracing the culture and customs of each stop on their journey.  At the end of the trip they will pick their favourite place and go back to officially tie the knot, inviting everyone they have met along the way.

So, just a little bit cool then.

When I met Lisa and Alex at our #weddinghourlive Halloween Party back in October, we clicked right away and whilst Alex helped me stuff almost 200 party bags for our guests, Lisa and I talked weddings.  Turns out its a mutual favourite subject.  What d’you know?

Today I’m thrilled to share my favourite (so far!) of their days with you, as we tag along with this Mancunian duo the the Emerald Isle…

With images by Poppies & Me.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa says:  We got engaged in 2011 at a local restaurant with all of our family there. It was our leaving party as we were setting off on a trip around the World!

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

The Irish wedding was our 41st wedding (!) and was on April 9th 2013. 

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

We got married at Doonberg Lodge – a amazing venue with its own private beach and incredible golf course. The restaurant serves all locally sourced food and it is stunning!

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

We followed traditional Irish themes from braiding my hair to a handfasting ceremony, the magic hanky, belles, even down to wearing a blue dress and exchanging Claddagh rings.  For an explanation of all these themes click here

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

We were driven to the ceremony on the beach in the photographers jeep…it was a bumpy ride and we had a great laugh driving across the sand!

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

I originally had a dress custom made in the US but it got returned to sender at the last minute and Lindsay from House of Hannah managed to find me a replacement from H&M of all places, it was meant to be!

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Alex wore corduroy trousers and a lovely tweed cardigan and borrowed his dickie-bow tie from Reuben, our videographer from Show and Tell.  Menswear by Salingers and Miss Daisy Blue. 

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

The floral focus was on my crown which was made entirely of olive branches. I had a bouquet of olive too for the pictures, I loved its simplicity.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

My favourite part of the day was the ceremony. I cried the entire time. Our Celebrant Dara Molloy’s words were so true, so deeply meaningful and incredibly touching. Saying I Do to Alex for the 41st time was like it was the very first time all over again!

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

We focused on the pale blue of the dress and just had very neutral earthy shades throughout. My flowers were wild flowers but mainly olive branches to keep it all paired down. Our stationery by Farrell and Chase was clean, simple and stylish and presented with olive branches and rosemary too.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

We were invited to a small house on the grounds of the Lodge were a group of local singers sang and played guitar, smoked us fish on the open fire and had us all up and dancing Irish style!

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Our cake was no ordinary cake. It was a masterpiece! Samantha from Cloudberry Bakery created something that looked amazing with flowers handmade in icing and coloured to match my dress and one tier completely covered in gold leaf. And when we cut it…oh my! Guinness and Chocolate cake is sent from heaven above!

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

All of the traditions made our day incredibly special and the cake just blew our minds it was so beautiful I didn’t want to eat it… until I did and then I wanted it all!

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that the team of people you work with to help you create your wedding day are so incredibly important and can make or break your day. If you get on well with your team, nothing can go wrong and they can become very special guests on the actual day.

Our Irish wedding team included: Photography; Poppies and Me | Planning; Fly Away Bride | Styling; House of Hannah | Videography; Show and Tell | Venue; The Lodge at Doonbeg | Celebrant; Dara Molloy | Flowers; Wild | Stationery; Farrell and Chase | Hair; Upstyle Junkie | Make Up; Kerry Make-Up Artist | Cakes; Cloudberry Bakery | Menswear; Salingers and Miss Daisy Blue | Blue Wedding Dress; H&M

Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling (of 2people1life.com) enjoy their 41st wedding in the west of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of The Lodge At Doonbeg, Co. Clare Ireland.
Poppiesandme caputure the day, which was organised by Lindsay Moynagh of flyawaybride.com helped by a team of the best of Irish 
vendors upstylejunkie.com, cloudberrybakery.com, kerrymakeupartist.com, farrellandchase.com, wild.ie.

Congratulations Lisa & Alex!

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I Gotta Feelin’. A Short & Flippy Ted Baker Frock & Red Peonies For A Real Wedding In Manchester – Charlotte & Pete

March 6th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Lucie & Bruce Photography

So here’s an interesting thing.  These images of Charlotte and Pete’s cute and funky city centre wedding feature almost no “detail” (in the traditional sense… centrepieces, stationery, favours) at all.  But I’d bet that you’re still feeling inspired?!

So where’s the wedding inspiration at?  Right there.  In the “feeling” of it all.  In their cool style choices, their city centre location, their hugely fun looking friends and family, their beaming smiles and their made-for-each-other kisses.  Their wedding was their wedding, no question about it.   

Have fun, be yourselves and be inspired to plan your wedding your way.  If it’s even half as cool as Charlotte and Pete’s day, you’re doing alright. 

With images by Lucie & Bruce.   

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Charlotte says:  We got engaged in June 2011 in our kitchen! Pete put the ring in a Krispy Kreme donut!  We were married on 8th June 2013 at Manchester Registry Office

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

We wanted a city centre wedding rather than a country house and chose a black and red colour scheme. 

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

The girls stayed in Malmaison Manchester the night before and we all walked down to M.A.C at House Of Fraser in the morning for our make up – they got to keep the make up they liked as a gift from me. 

My hair was by Hayley Staniland. 

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Once we were ready we hopped in a black cab to the registry office. 

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My dress was short with a full skirt and a vintage look from Ted Baker.  I carried a bouquet of red roses and peonies from Funky Floral in Rochdale. 

Lucie & Bruce Photography

My bridesmaids looked hot in black Karen Millen pencil dresses. Our groomsmen simple grey suits from Next… and Converse trainers of course!

Lucie & Bruce Photography

My favourite part of the day was walking into the registry office to a string version of Coldplay’s Paradise, and seeing Pete choking up when he saw me.

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Following the wedding we all went for a meal at Grill On The Alley. 

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Our cake was a stack of Krispy Kreme doughnuts and after dinner we had a disco night at Malmaison with a photobooth from Bloom Pics – we made our own entertainment!

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

My dad’s speeches were really special.  He read an email from my brother in Oz who couldn’t be there. I think everyone shed a tear at that!

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

For our honeymoon, we went to Tavira in Portugal in a beautiful villa with the kids and my parents. They helped so much with the kids and we got to have a few luxury days to ourselves. Our bridesmaids and groomsmen also bought us a night in a stunning hotel. Very nice!

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax! Nobody notices the tiny details. The people you invite make your wedding.

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Congratulations Charlotte & Pete!

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In Deep. Antique Lace & Paper Pom Poms For A Real Wedding At Victoria Baths, Manchester – Laura & Nathan

February 27th, 2014 | Julia Braime

James Tracey Photography

Last week when I blogged an interview with our wonderful Featured Supplier and ex copper, James Tracey Photography, I led the piece with an image of a beaming bride at a colourful altar and over on Facebook lots of you fell in love with her.  Well, her name is Laura and you were right to go head over heels – because it seems she’s rather fabulous.  I’m back this afternoon to feature Laura and Nathan’s fabulously cool and quirky swimming pool wedding (yes, I’ve never seen one of those before either!) in all it’s glory. 

This has to be one of my favourites to date.

With images by James Tracey Photography. 

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

Laura says:  We got engaged in October 2013 in Saint-Cirq Lapopie (in the South of France). We were on our holiday with our six month old baby boy and Nathan got a sudden urge to ask me to marry him. It was a beautiful spot by the river. It wasn’t planned so he found a twig and tied it in a knot around my wedding finger.

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

We have been together for 18 years (we met at school when we were 16!) and finally tied the knot on 27th May 2013 at Victoria Baths, Manchester. 

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

Victoria Baths is part of the restoration project. It was opened in 1906 as a swimming baths and Turkish baths.  The restoration of the building begin in 1995. It is a beautiful old building with ornate stain glass windows. One day they hope to restore the swimming pools themselves and open it up again to the public.

We actually got married in the old male swimming pool in the deep end!

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

We wanted to get married somewhere that was a little different and allowed us to do what we wanted.  Victoria Baths allows you to hire out the entire building and you are able to bring your own caterers, music and decorations in.

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

We wanted the day to be very relaxed with a feel of a street party. No formalities so everyone could relax and have fun!  We chose a colour scheme of pale pink and green.

The bridesmaids wore pink dresses and the groom, best man and ushers wore pink ties.  The tiles of the swimming baths are green so we hung pink and green paper pom poms from the ceiling along with bunting.

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

I wanted something every simple for my wedding dress. I visited Jane Bourvis in London after a friend recommended her. Jane owns a small shop in Notting Hill and as soon as you walk in you are greeted with antique lace hanging from the ceiling. Jane told me she had just restored some lace the night before. She dressed me in a pale cream slip and placed the lace petticoat over the top. It was stunning and a one off. I bought it within half an hour of walking into the shop. I just felt special. There was a story behind it too as an elderly lady in Scotland had found her mothers veil in the loft and that was what Jane used to create the dress – old Scottish lace.

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The bridesmaids each wore a lace dress which I bought from a beach side shop in Cape Town. I just saw them and knew they would match the dress and that each of the bridesmaids would like the style.

Nathan wore a tailored suit from A Suit That Fits. The best man and ushers wore their own suits with a pink tie.

James Tracey Photography

My friend has a beautiful old beetle called Gracie. He came to the hotel to pick me up (complete with a flat cap) and drove me to the baths.

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

It was a family affair!  My cousin is a register so he married us and my other cousin works at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) so he arrange for four different bands to play:  a string quartet to walk down the aisle to, an acoustic guitar whist we drank fizz, a two piece acoustic band and a 9 piece disco band.  Amazing!

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

I carried a simple vintage style bouquet made by Manchester Flower Company.

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James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

I especially enjoyed the vows and turning around to see everybody we loved.

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James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

After the ceremony we arranged for a tour guide to show people around the building as it’s so historic with lots of amazing stories behind it.

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

10 of my closest friends and family made cakes for the deserts. There were some amazing cakes ranging from carrot cake, lemon drizzle and early great tea muffins. Everyone just helped themselves.

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

We had 45 children at the wedding so we had to provide entertainment. We hired two nanny’s to look after the babies and provided lots of toys. We hired a bouncy castle to go in the female pool and we created a cinema with a big screen and lots of popcorn and bean bags so the kids to watch a film. It was nice as the adults could have a rest and enjoy the fizz.

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

At the end of the day we planned a big surprise for everyone. We didn’t know how well it would go down. We hired 150 headsets and held a silent disco in the main hall. At first everyone didn’t quite know what to make of it. By the end of the night everyone was dancing their hearts out. We had three different channels with different types of music. There was some crazy dancing going on.

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

We went to the Lake District for a few days after the wedding and found cosy pubs to relax in.  Bliss!

James Tracey Photography

I kept sneaking away for a few minutes every now and again – either with Nathan or own my own to just catch my breath and smile. So my top tip for other Brides Up North would be that it’s nice to stop for a few minutes and reflect on things throughout the day itself.

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Congratulations Laura & Nathan!

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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Summer Lovin’. Chinese Dragons For A Real Wedding In Derbyshire – Helen & Jamie

December 31st, 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.

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My god, Helen and Jamie’s wedding day looks like fun.  This is one of those features – put together in the early hours of the morning (or the late hours of the night, whichever way you want to look at it) that makes me want to shut down the laptop, pick up those dancing shoes and a bottle of something cold and head off to party till dawn.

Bright, vibrant, individual and full of fun, I hope that this gorgeous Real Wedding spreads a little sunshine your way.  Just watch out for dragons…

With images by Mike at One Wedding.

One Wedding

Helen says: We got engaged in June 2011, in Hong Kong. We were living in a city called Zhuhai in mainland China at the time and Jamie whisked me away to Hong Kong as a surprise to celebrate 9 years since our 1st date. Despite a typhoon and last minute customs issues with the ring J’s plan came together!

One Wedding

One Wedding

We were married on 6th July 2013 in the gardens of Woodthorpe Hall in Derbyshire The ceremony took place in the cider press and the reception outside and in a marquee on the lawn.

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

We chose the venue because of it’s stunning location. We were showed round by the house owner Dick and he was so friendly and his wife Sue was brilliant. We had the freedom to choose anything we liked, bringing in our own suppliers and spend the week before customising the whole place.

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

Our theme was a hint of China! We lived in China for almost four years and got engaged in Hong Kong so there were a few nods to that part of our lives. We brought back all sorts of lanterns and flags for decorations and filled the fridges with Tsingtao beer (from the city where we lived). Our first dance was a Chinese pop song.  Our colours were lucky Chinese red and white. 

One Wedding

My dress came from a shop in Manchester, I was after something a bit different and once I saw it I knew I’d found the right one. It was a bit of an ordeal because I had sorted something from China that didn’t work out in the end so it was quite a last minute find but it was all ok in the end! 

I had one bridesmaid; Jamie’s sister Em. She looked stunning in a red dress made for her in China. She sent us some pictures of the style she liked and we chose the material and had it made. My other best mates all wore something with a touch of red and we all carried red or white parasols. Jamie and the groomsmen wore the same suit they found on a shopping outing together. The teamed it up with waistcoats/ties to suit their own style.

One Wedding

We originally wanted red and white orchids in our bouquets but it was such a hot week that the florist, Jo Price, called and said they wouldn’t last the day so we added in roses.

One Wedding

One Wedding

The ceremony was in the same place as the reception so we didn’t have any transport between the two. I travelled in style with my Dad whose car my bro polished to perfection. We had a great moment with the top down and the music playing going down the country lanes.

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

A really special moment was when three friends sang a song during the ceremony. A school friend, uni friend and neighbour got together for the first time the morning of the wedding and by the afternoon were playing beautifully during the ceremony!

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

A highlight of the day was the arrival of the Sheffield Chinese Lion Dance Troupe just after the meal. Jamie and I had arranged for this to be a total surprise so everybody was shocked and excited. Brilliant!

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

Thanks to the help of friends and family we personalised the tables and marquee. We glued photos of us with friends and family onto red ribbon to make bunting and string it around the marquee. There were photos of every guest as well as friends who couldn’t make it everywhere. 

We used beer bottles from around the world as table markers and a friend did calligraphy for names.  The table centres were flower arrangements made by Jamie’s Mum and friends teamed up with some Chinese fans.  We brought back some Chinese bracelets which we used as napkin rings for the guests to keep. Instead of favours we put a pound coin in a Chinese box and told guest to choose a pot labelled for three different charities. People added some extra coins and we raised over £300.

One Wedding

One Wedding

Dick and Sue at Woodthorpe Hall were fantastic. They were so hands on and helpful. The guests said they felt very well looked after. They only do a handful of weddings a year so it felt very personal.

One Wedding

One Wedding

We hired a Marquee from Ascot Marquees. ‘Marquee Mark’ helped us hang lanterns and red bunting (expertly made by my Mum!) and the place looked great. A friend from Totally Gazeboed contributed gazebos for the string quartet and a photo booth. We raided the attic for some props and got some hilarious shots.

One Wedding

We brought in our own booze and homemade canapés. Jamie used to live in Germany so the last time he went to visit his friends there he filled up the car with mini kegs of German beer which we placed around the garden for people to help themselves to.  PJ Taste provided the main food. Wonderful! We had BBQ steak, swordfish and veg with lots of lovely salads. Highly recommended.  Our friends from Cocoa Wonderland sorted us out with some yummy chocs.

One Wedding

My mum baked fruit cake for the three tiers and iced them white then the week before the wedding my friends came over to help decorate. Kat and Sarah made sugar paste flowers and James helped stack the tiers and add the ribbon. We also had friends bake cakes to bring along so we had lots to choose

from.

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

For the evening dancing we played our favourite tunes and friends and brothers helped to DJ.  We also had a fab impromptu ukulele song by Geoff who got everyone singing along.

One Wedding

One Wedding

I have so many favourite parts to the day! Standing there with Jamie at the ceremony. Seeing all our different friends and family all together having fun. The speeches. People’s reaction to the Lion Dance. Having a moment with Jamie taking it all in looking over the moors. The first dance and the dancing to Design for Life with my Dad and friends. Everything was so positive and lovely.

One Wedding

One Wedding

After the wedding we honeymooned at a music festival in Lisbon (including seeing Biffy Clyro whose music we used during our ceremony) and spent some time on the Portuguese coast.

One Wedding

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to add lots of little things to make the day feel yours and don’t get too worried what other people do for their weddings. The day is very personal, there are a lot of extras that you don’t always need. Include things that reflect you!

One Wedding

Congratulations Helen & Jamie!

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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Something Blue. A Super Crafty Real Wedding At As You Like It, Jesmond – Laura & Mark

December 28th, 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.

Paul Santos Photography

Laura and Mark’s Real Wedding, with images by Paul Santos Photography is utterly adorable.  Almost entirely handcrafted and painstakingly personal, this beautiful celebration in Newcastle is something really special.  The whole lot may have taken Laura months to make, but her efforts and the end result was entirely worth it.  Brides Up North, be very, very inspired!

As You Like It Wedding

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Laura says: We got engaged in Cardiff, after going to see an opera at the (Mark’s then current place of work) Wales Millennium Centre. We were going away on our first holiday in ten years the next day. He asked just as we were going to bed. I think I asked the poor man if he was ‘taking the mick’.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

We got married on 11 August 2013 at As You Like It, Jesmond. I would whole-heartedly recommend them. They were so supportive of our needs and… wow….the gravy on the roast dinner… crazy-good.

The venue was welcoming from the outset and was quirky and informal in a good way. We wanted something a bit different looks-wise, and the staff were so lovely which just sealed the deal for us.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Our theme was really just ‘stuff we liked’ but the vague themes were animals (we put pictures of dogs in the tops of the envelopes) and named our tables after cats. Our cake toppers were two cats decoupaged with the words to our first dance. We also had a few buttons here and there too. The theme for the tables were ‘charity shop chic’, a sort of visual amuse bouche.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Our colour scheme was a palette of blues. The bridesmaids were navy and ice blue and the bouquets a mixture of blue, silver and gold.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

My dress was highly beaded and decorated in lace. It had a medium-length train and had a keyhole back. II sewed my veil from a very rough cheap version I got online and added detail to its three metre long length. I made the jewellery (and the bridesmaids, too) from beads (mainly Swarovski crystal) purchased from the Crystals and Ice bead shop in Cardiff.

My bridesmaids and I were pampered on the day by LA Makeovers based at Langley Moor but who came to us on the day. They worked wonders and were willing to work with brides like me who don’t really ever wear much make up and who aren’t good with being faffed with. We looked amazing and they were lovely.

Paul Santos Photography

I had three bridesmaids, as well as three bridesmen. I have grown up with these men and I wanted them to be a part of our day. They escorted the three bridesmaids. The men wore suits from Slaters in grey with blue neck wear (Mark wore cream). My sister had a wrap around dark navy/ midnight blue bridesmaid dress from BHS and my other bridesmaids had ice blue halter dresses from eBay.  I matched the colour of Kate’s dress by giving them a sash. The pageboy (our nephew) wore a teeny suit (taken in by my mum) from John Lewis in navy.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

I loved it all but If I had to pick a favourite part of the day it would be the ceremony. I was worried I would bawl through it (we’ve been together nearly 12 years and also my dad had been very ill and we were not sure if he would even been there). We decided we wanted singing in our ceremony (like you would in a church) and chose ‘Bring me Sunshine’ and ‘When I’m 64’. These went down really well – even if Mark’s Best Man and one of my Bridesmen had to carry some of the songs (thanks, guys!). I wanted both my parents to walk me down the aisle, which was good as I was at the point of nearly fainting at that point (some of the guest photos of me are hilarious). I loved looking at Mark saying my vows, loved singing and loved our readings (‘The Places We will Go’ by Dr Zeuss and ‘I like this way that this is going’ by The Eels). I loved walking back down with my husband and having our guest chuck all that handmade confetti at us.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

We were (and are) eternally grateful for our photographer Paul Santos Photography.  His friendliness and amazing photographs will stay with us forever.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Special touches were the things which took the time. I was determined to be on-budget (and I was!) which meant saving money by DIY-ing. Despite it being my first year of teaching, we decided to make most ourselves.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

I wanted everyone to have a mini buttonhole for the day, so I made those to be the same as my bouquets. I also wanted (well, truth be told I get bored, see cool stuff on the internet and decide to make it) confetti as AYLI allow it inside the venue. I made (with the help from one of my friends who was over for a conference) mini confetti cones with vintage sheet music from a charity shop in Rochester and then used a 2.5cm heart-shaped stamp cutter to stamp out hearts from a vintage Alice in Wonderland book (again a charity shop in Rochester). I topped these up with lavender that my sister chose for her wedding but didn’t end up using. I loved the link between our weddings.

Paul Santos Photography

The thing which went down the best was the hand-stamped vintage silver-plated name place cutlery which I roped my mum and dad into helping with (OK! doing) on their holiday to Kent. Mark designed and made personalised Wrestling dolls for each bridesman and usher. Oh, and he also designed the favour boxes which were caricatures of us.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

I’m not good with real flowers and didn’t like the cost of fresh ones so decided years ago (waaaaay before I was engaged) that I would make ones from buttons. It was my ‘old, new etc.’ and I got friends and family to donate, bought a few button collections off the internet and used ones I had. I’d just finished my PGCE and did not yet have my NQT job so had 8 weeks of unemployment ahead of me. I used this time to make my flowers by stacking buttons on wire and wiring the stems together. I made smaller ones for my bridesmaids and matching button holes for the men. I complimented the button stems with handmade paper roses (mainly because the bouquets would be too heavy with only buttons). My nephew, the pageboy, carried a boy-wand which was a felt and button long-stemmed flower which matched the rest of the buttony things.

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We had a lovely tiny vintage post box for our cards on the day from The Finishing Touch Company. They delivered it and picked it up with absolutely no fuss for us.

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Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

We have rather diverse taste in music and didn’t want our evening to be at the wrath of a DJ who would play current chart music which would not make us want to dance. Mark made the play list on his Mac (we had previously, years again before we were engaged, made a play list of our favourite songs). We spent ages making sure they would all run nicely together, using how-to’s on the internet. We also (for larks, and because of the Wrestling dolls we gave for pressies) decided to have our eating play-list be wrestling intros. We made a pact to buy a drink to the first two people who noticed this. I suppose, then, wrestling was also a mini theme.

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Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Marks favourite part of the day was the very last song at the end, because we didn’t have to worry about anyone else at that point (2am on a Monday morning) and we danced freely with a few other people. The dancing, and the music and the evening party was a favourite part of both of our days.

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For our honeymoon we went to Brussels on the Eurostar from London. We are not particularly laze on the beach people and so went to loads of museums, art galleries and places of interest. There are some amazing museums there and our hotel was really central.

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If you’d have asked me a week before the wedding I would have said ‘DON’T, whatever you do, do any DIY’. At that point, I was sick. I had been crafting for nigh-on 14 months (and had spent over 100 hours on Mark’s wedding present of a crochet scrabble board in addition to all the other wedding crafts). A month on, however, I would not be quite so negative about the craftery. This is what made our wedding in my eyes. I dread to think how much time I spent making stuff, but so many people were so amazingly complimentary that it was worth it in the end. I made all the jewellery, we made all our gifts, I glitterified the bridesmaids shoes, I made two veils, we designed and made all the envelopes, invites (which were fortune tellers/ cootie catchers), the favour boxes…the list is endless.  So my top tip for other Brides Up North is to simply go with your hearts. Try not to be swayed with what is fashionable (I didn’t want to be fashionable but ended up making lots of ‘in’ choices, but went with them as I wanted them). AND, most importantly, trust in yourself. I saved thousands on pounds by making things and just KNOW you can too.

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Paul Santos Photography

Congratulations Laura & Mark!

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Barefoot Bride. A Bespoke Gown For A Druid Handfasting Wedding At Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland – Justine & Simon

December 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

Jonathan Brown Photography

I take pride in featuring all sorts of celebrations here on Brides Up North, and today’s fun and colourful, festival themed, foot stomping, hand fasting, outdoor wedding in Northumberland is as diverse, original and fabulous as they come.  I love how real bride Justine had everything planned down to the finest details in order to allow the wildness of the setting and theme to take centre stage on the big day.  Remember – it’s your wedding, do it your way

With images by Browns Photography

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Justine says:  Simon asked me to marry him at Glastonbury Festival in 2011 and we got married on 28th April 2013 at Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland. 

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We used the Stables for our civil ceremony and bridal party accommodation with our druid blessing in the orchard, plus dancing, yurt dining and camping there too.

Jonathan Brown Photography

Jonathan Brown Photography

We chose the venue because the owners, Mark and Emma Fenwick, were prepared to allow me to create the wedding that I wanted.  Emma and I worked closely to organise the whole day. Emma allowed our guests to camp overnight too which was a big factor to us. I also wanted my grandmother to be comfortable and the Stables provided decadent accommodation in a wonderful riverside setting.

Jonathan Brown Photography

Jonathan Brown Photography

We chose to have a barefoot eco wedding with a festival undertone – laid back fun and far from formal – with horse and cart transport, camp fires and lively foot stomping music.  Our party went on until midnight (wellies and posh frocks). 

Jonathan Brown Photography

Jonathan Brown Photography

My dress was a bespoke corset and skirt made to my design by a costume maker based in Bristol.  My skirt had a ribbon pulley system so the skirt could be ruched up for dancing at night incorporating lots of ribbons.  

I wanted a dress that no one else would have with a hint of theatre and festival fun within the design. The fabric was wonderful raw silk and it had a fun deep plum silk lining which was only revealed after the more traditional civil ceremony.

I had a posy of Victorian roses tied with cream and plum satin ribbon. 

Jonathan Brown Photography

Jonathan Brown Photography

Jonathan Brown Photography

Jonathan Brown Photography

My bridesmaid’s bespoke dress was again made to my festival fun idea, with ruching and a net petticoat in plum silk.  The groomsmen wore their own suits.

Jonathan Brown Photography

Jonathan Brown Photography

Jonathan Brown Photography

Jonathan Brown Photography

Jonathan Brown Photography

My company Cloudhouses Ltd provided the large 30 foot diameter wedding yurt, dancing party tent, PA, Lighting Rig and bell tents Albert Hall Dance Floors provided our dance floor.  Food was supplied by Wilkins Fine Dining.  Emma from Brinkburn supplied waiting staff and decorated our wedding yurt.

Many friends helped with setting up our wedding and taking it down again which was wonderful.  People’s time and energy meant so much more to us than physical gifts.

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The whole day was wonderful, but seeing the faces of our friends and family from near and far as we arrived to the afternoon ceremony was something we will never forget! It was a really emotional moment for us both.

Jonathan Brown Photography

Jonathan Brown Photography

Jonathan Brown Photography

Jonathan Brown Photography

Jonathan Brown Photography

Jonathan Brown Photography

We had live music all the way, swing music followed by lively foot stomping local bands.  P!key Beatz and Diddley squat provided the music along with swing DJ Dan Mahon.  My son Dan is the base player in Pikey Beatz and the other band members I have known for years. Diddley Squat are very good friends of my husband Simon.

Jonathan Brown Photography

Jonathan Brown Photography

Jonathan Brown Photography

Jonathan Brown Photography

Jonathan Brown Photography

For our honeymoon we went to the Algarve in Portugal after our summer festival season (a gift from my cousins). 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is that planning is crucial so take the help or advice of someone with experience.  Make sure the person you choose is someone you can connect with and get along with, which will make it a whole lot easier. 

Congratulations Justine & Simon!

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Brownies’ Honour! A Scouting Real Wedding At Theatre Royal, York – Claire & Andrew

November 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Alex Knight Photography

If you’re going to theme a wedding, you may as well do it properly.  Or at least that was today’s newlyweds’ motto (that and “Be Prepared” of course) when planning their entirely Scout and Guide themed wedding.

I’ve been looking forward to sharing this fun and fabulous day with you.  Campfires at the ready, it’s Claire & Andrew’s big day…

Images by Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Claire says:  We got engaged on 12th August 2012 at Whitby Abbey.  I had just been on a JEKA adventure with my Guide & Ranger groups to Adelboden in Switzerland via Disneyland Paris on the way back. I was very tired and hadn’t showered in 2 days! I had managed to change my pants and brush my teeth though – small things to make a long coach journey bearable!

Andrew had been clearing out the Scout stores and I had to suffer a variety of vintage gas lamps in the kitchen. Upon collecting me he declared that he found a Scout campsite willing to have said lamps; "It’s a bit of a drive but you can tell me about your trip in the car." I was too exhausted to argue.

It turned out the "bit of a drive" was Scarborough; a likely story. I had an inkling that Andrew might propose but didn’t think he would be so cruel.  Meanwhile I kept looking at the road signs wistfully that said Whitby – my favourite place in the entire world. I had a nap; woke up to tell Andrew off for nearly ploughing into the back of a tractor; fell asleep again and eventually woke up in a car park.

"This doesn’t look like a Scout campsite."
"Do you not know where you are?"
"*Sigh* no"
"Look out of the window to your right."
"*Sees Whitby Abbey* oh… OH!"

I guess what the game is; immediately feel sick, think I’m about to ramble and ruin everything and promptly clam up.  Andrew and I go for an ice cream and a walk around the Abbey.

Andrew gets on one knee and pops the question. I squeak and nod. Andrew then gets extra Brownie points by reading a love letter from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn (one of my idols). He was going to memorise it but it was too hard! .

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

We got married at Barley Hall in York on 18th May 2013 and had the reception at the De Grey Ballroom at the Theatre Royal. 

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

We wanted something historical and a little bit different to a modern hotel. We were never going to get married in church so we needed to widen the search. We loved Temple Newsham in Leeds but it was very booked up and the amount of chasing we had to do with marquee people started to get a bit silly.

As we had a lot of guests travelling we looked to York. I always enjoyed day trips there with my Mum and there is history around every corner; plus it has an abundance of hotels for every budget and a major train station!

The Great Hall in Barley Hall is decorated with white roses – perfect for a Yorkshire girl and it still has the medieval fireplace in the centre. Andrew wanted a small ceremony (promptly forgetting how large his family is!) due to stage fright – speeches he can do but being “on stage” for something so important and intimate brought us both out in the heebie jeebies! The exhibition when we got married was “Horrible Histories” – I’ve got a full set of the books; cue one very excited bride. I’m proud to say even the costume for “Stupid Death” was on show plus a skeleton and a stuffed rat. What can I say? I love my history!

A Google search for “large venue hire York” revealed the De Grey Rooms. Lindsey was possibly the most excited, lovely and welcoming person I’ve ever spoken to on the phone. Once I revealed the theme she was ecstatic – her Mum was a Brown Owl and got on board with the theme straight away!

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We walked from each venue in York. The heavens opened in the morning and I was willing the forecast to be right and that it would pass by the time we needed to leave.  Thankfully, the rain stopped by lunch time and we were ready to rock n roll!

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Our theme was Scouts & Guides – we both volunteer for the movements and it’s how we met. We were both volunteering on the Physical Zone at Wings 2009 in Berkshire.  We didn’t really have a colour scheme as such but sapphire blue and purple did make an appearance – my favourite colours.

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My bouquet was white & antique roses with blue thistles by The Floral Studio – blending Yorkshire and Scotland.  Twisted Willow Floristry did our table garland and herb pots. 

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I had a few requirements for my wedding dress: I wanted some sort of sleeve (narrows the search right down); to be corseted and to have covered buttons rather than the criss cross of corseting shown on the back.

I was willing to try on pretty much anything at the start of the search but quickly realised that sleeves or straps were high on my wish list. I’m short at 5ft2 and I’ve got a good bosom so I didn’t want anything to highlight my top heaviness!

The Bridal Boutique in Guiseley was where I ended up finding my dress: Angelina by Diane Harbridge. There were so many dresses in the range (and now the new range) that I loved. I loved the way it pulled me right in on the top half but my legs weren’t constrained.  

The back of the dress was really detailed – that’s what most people see in the ceremony.  I could hear so many comments as we walked through York complimenting the dress – I felt fantastic!

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We asked the groomsmen and ushers to wear their best suits and I got them a tie and our Scottish best man wore his full Bonnie Prince Charlie kilt get up.

Bridesmaids were trickier – two of them weren’t in the country during the planning. I sent an email with links to dresses that I had found online and by a stroke of luck all three liked the same dress. Monsoon had come to the rescue. We got a sapphire blue dress called Meadow and my Mum made ivory sashes to jazz them up a bit.

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During the ceremony Andrew’s Dad’s quartet played various pieces from the TV show the Tudors. I’m a big fan of Jonathan Rhys Meyers and I got permission from Trevor Morris who wrote the music for the show to use it in our ceremony.

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

My favourite part of the day was probably walking through York. On the way I got stopped and had photos taken with tourists.  We had photos taken with bridesmaids, best men and groomsmen taken at the doors of York Minster and we could see a crowd of about 200 people stopping and watching.  I couldn’t resist some photo bombing of photos on the walk back to the hall (bad bride!)

Overall, the seeing all the hard work come together was fantastic.

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

We went to town on the theme.  All tables at the reception were named after real Scout & Guide patrols and each guest got a specially made wedding badge – quickly popped into pockets and bags by the many Scouters and Guiders at the wedding!

Mum made a necker for each guest to wear and also bunting from donated Scout & Guide neckers.  Our table centres were old Scout & Guide books and we displayed the gas lamps used in the proposal on the fireplaces. 

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Andrew made a considerable amount of wine for the reception – this went down a lot better than expected! We made our own pub quiz and then we had a good old boogie to some cheesy classics.

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

My bridesmaid’s Mum made our cake. This was very fitting as she made my naming cake and some of my birthday cakes growing up. We had three layers: fruit, chocolate and Victoria sponge. Yummy! The wedding cake had Scout & Guide emblems around the top layer and on the very top was a tent made from icing with two pairs of feet sticking out and our personalised woggles. 

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Andrew’s an engineer and loves trains so for our honeymoon we went from Leeds to London and then to Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin all by train! We flew back to London to see Les Miserables and then one final train back to Leeds.  When we got back Andrew asked for a beach holiday next time!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is this:  When you enter Wedding World; be prepared to leave common sense at the door.  You can be in a classic no win situation as no matter what you say you are immediately accused of being a Bridezilla.

Weddings have a weird habit of turning people a bit strange – and I’m not including the bride here! You will hear so many different daft comments and questions. Just remember: “There’s nowt as queer as folk!” & “Keep Calm and Carry on!”

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Congratulations Claire & Andrew!

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Happy Hitchcock – A Themed Engagement Shoot In The North East – Vicky & Adam

August 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Sean Elliott Photography

Today’s cool and quirky feature is a perfect antidote to the usually sugar coated world of weddings.  If you just need a breather from all that wedding planning, this delectably dark set of images will feel like a sharp shot of espresso, and should fire up those creative juices again.

Sent to me by wedding blog favourite Sean Elliott Photography and bride to be Vicky of Floral Quarter, this Hitchcock inspired engagement shoot is the perfect piece of film noir for an otherwise dull Tuesday.  Enjoy.

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