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mind the gap! a colourful & quirky street party wedding in newcastle – katy & andrew

September 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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I’m feeling good Brides Up North!  It’s nearly the weekend, it’s almost our event season (SO excited!) and today’s real wedding is all kinds of epic! Not only did bride Katy totally rock her 50s frock and bespoke headwear, but she and her bridesmaids also hitched a ride on the Metro to the ceremony, then finished things off with one massive street party.

I’m following Katy and Andrew’s lead… it’ll be fish and chips for tea tonight!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Jamie Penfold Photography.

© jamie penfold photography 2014 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Katy says: Andrew proposed last summer when we were on holiday in New York.

Everyone had been nagging Andrew to propose for months and before we went he gave me ‘the New York talk’ several times – saying very seriously for me not to expect him to propose in New York and that he didn’t want me to ruin the holiday by being all miserable the whole time we were there because he hadn’t proposed.

After the flight to New York I was tired and a bit tetchy and we almost had a row at the airport but something at the back of my mind thinking ‘just be nice, we’re on holiday’. I was glad I was as when we got to our hotel room I spotted an ice bucket with a bottle of champagne and 2 glasses and a note in front. I went to investigate (in case it was a freebie) and on the note it read ‘Katy will you marry me’ – I turned round and Andrew was down on one knee.

I’m normally pretty chatty but I was so gobsmacked I wept for about 5 minutes – Andrew actually had to prompt me to say ‘yes’. I’d arranged the holiday and wouldn’t have even thought Andrew would have known where we were staying so was totally blown away that he’d organised such a wonderful surprise.

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We were married on 19th June 2014. The ceremony was in the Council Chamber at Newcastle Civic Centre and the reception was in the back lane of the terrace my parents live on!

The reception was first – my parents still live in the house I grew up in. It’s a very social street and ever since a big party to celebrate the millennium they’ve held regular street dos and ‘back lane BBQs’ every summer. It was important to both of us that the whole wedding be as personal as possible, including the venue – so a back lane party was an obvious choice. All the neighbours were fab – when my folks approached them about using the lane not only did they say yes but everyone offered to help, and let us use their back gardens too.

For the ceremony we aren’t religious but still wanted a venue that meant something to us (and was big enough to host over 150 guests). My grandfather was an alderman and Councillor and sat in the (then very new) Council Chamber at the Civic Centre.

As a Geordie away from home I wanted Newcastle to be a big part of the wedding. Other than that it was just all about making it as personal as possible. Dresses, hair and make-up were 50s style.

We chose a teal colour scheme (inspired by the top of the Civic Centre and the Tyne Bridge!)

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I had a 50s style dress from online dress shop,  Honeypie Boutique. And my wonderful local milliner in Reading (where we live) Adrienne Henry made my bespoke peacock headpiece.

My shoes were from BHS and I customised them with peacock tail feathers, pearls and buttons.

I took my dress to be altered at a local dress maker as it needed taking in a bit. They totally let me down and after a series of mishaps (not doing the alterations when they said they would, not turning up at the shop when I was due to collect) I finally got my dress back only to discover, with just 10 days to go before the wedding, they’d taken it in way more than they were supposed to. I could just get into it but it was too tight to sit down/eat/breath!

Fortunately Honeypie had one readymade sample of a dress in a different design in my size which they posted straight out. The only downside being that it had a peach skirt which really wouldn’t have gone with all my peacock accessories.

I could get away with outfit number one for the ceremony and then would wear dress number two for the reception. I decided that if I was having to change dress I would brazen it out and go for a full outfit change. I sent Adrienne a photo of the new dress and my wedding hair and asked her to bring any head pieces she thought would go into her shop on the Saturday. When I got there, she said she hadn’t had anything the thought would be just right so had made me a new one from scratch. I loved my silver evening headpiece – she really pulled out all the stops and helped turn a crisis into a positive.

The bridesmaids had dresses with the inverse colour scheme to mine from Honeypie. I made peacock hair clips for them to tie in with my headpiece.

All the boys wore their own suits but had a variety of teal neckwear from Tom Sawyer.

I made button bouquets for me and the grownup bridesmaids (the younger two had button horseshoes). I did buy some buttons but friends, family and colleagues from work all dug out granny’s button boxes and I also wired in fabric flowers from my parents’ wedding cake, various trinkets and grand parents’ and great grandparents’ engagement rings. It was my old, new, borrowed and blue all in one. With my change of outfit for the evening I swapped the bouquet for a Kate Spade Mr&Mrs number plate clutch!

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I got the metro to the ceremony – then we’d hired a vintage Routemaster to take the bridal party and groomsmen for photos and back to the reception.

My mum was really dubious about going on the metro but I was adamant about it. I’m so glad we did as it was so much fun and we got some fab photos. The looks on people’s faces as they pulled into Benton metro station and saw us on the platform were an absolute picture.

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It was really important to make the wedding as personal as possible, using people we knew wherever possible. This meant there were quite a lot of special touches! But I think it’s important to remember not to let the special touches stress you out.

My godfather is an artist and so I asked him to do a painting for us to use on all of the stationery. It was turquoise to tie in with the colour theme and had a seahorse (to echo the top of the Civic Centre) and peacock (as I’d already decided peacock feathers were going to be part of my outfit).

I sewed 300m of bunting (assisted by mother in law, Andrew and best friend Lucy) and my mum made hundreds of tissue pompoms and fans. They had a pompom fluffing party the week before the wedding with all the neighbours.

We had fish and chips for dinner and so to tie in with the theme I made a newspaper with stories about us and used half pages of it as place mats. There were crosswords and word searches on the back which proved a good ice breaker at the tables.

As we were in the back lane and gardens I’d got some mini gnomes to use for table numbers. I had a feeling these would not make it unscathed through the wedding – by the end of the night we were all swigging port out of them!

It worked out as cheap to buy antique cutlery as it was to hire it so we spent months scouring antique and flea markets for sets. We’ve got some lovely ones to keep and will give the rest to the charity shop.

We’re the Meades and so my mum had some mini bottles of Lindesfarne Mead made up for with our names on the label on the back as a surprise.

As the back lane wasn’t a typical venue we did the table plan on a blown up plan of the street so people knew where everything else was as well as their table. We always play drinking games during the speeches at other people’s wedding so we also did a big sweepstake on the table plan.

The specialist touch of all was all of the neighbours. We hadn’t managed to set everything up on the Friday night so all the neighbours came out at 8am on the Saturday morning to help set out all the tables and chairs. It was a real team effort.

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One of the neighbours is in a band and the street always head out en masse to support them when they play gigs locally so they were the obvious choice for music. They played in their garage and we had the dancing out in the lane. They were fab.

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We had wedding cheese from The Cheese Board in Harrogate. Complete with knitted mice in miniature versions of our outfits that one of my colleagues made. I hand stitched some mini bunting too.

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Our marquee was supplied by Alan Fairbairn, Marquee Hire Ltd, linen by Dandy Events, and bar and glassware by Boutique Bars.

Our chip supper was by Clems Fish and Chips.

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The whole day was amazing – better than I could have ever imagined.

But bar far the best bit – and certainly the most emotional for me was the ceremony itself. Closely followed by just about every other part of the day. Even the pouring rain we had coming out of the ceremony was fun.

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For our honeymoon we did a road trip from Las Vegas to San Francisco via Death Valley, Yosemite and the Pacific Highway.

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My top tip for Brides Up North is that the most important bit of the wedding is where the two of you stand at the front and do your ‘I do’s. All the rest is window dressing.

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May Day Merriment. Cymbeline & A Flower Crown For A Handfasting Outdoor Wedding in the Peak District – Keli & Pete

July 7th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

I’m all for making a wedding your own and that’s exactly what Keli and Pete did when they tied the knot (and their hands) at Windy Harbour Farm Hotel in the beautiful Peak District. The couple not only made their reception individual, but the ceremony itself too by having a secular service that reflected their journey to marriage as well as a handfasting with an elemental blessing.

The stunning outdoor setting gave way to carefree fun with the newlyweds and their guests enjoying garden games, afternoon tea and personalised beverages before burning up the dance floor in the evening.

One particular individual element that I adore about this wedding is that Pete had two best women! Breaking down yet another traditional wedding barrier, I think it’s fabulous that Pete asked those closest to him to fulfil the honourable role, regardless of their gender.

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

Keli said: We got engaged in the summer of 2011, the same summer we’d left our lives in London and gone travelling around England in a tent for three months. Pete and I had finally made it home, to my parents, where we would start to look for a new house and start building our new life up north.

We decided to take advantage of the last sunny day in September and go for a final walk in Castleton that included Mam Tor. Unfortunately our map reading skills were a little exhausted from the travelling all summer and we couldn’t seem to find the main path leading to the summit. So – fearful of never getting there – we turned off the beaten path and started up the side. Turns out we picked one of the steepest slopes to climb; we were exhausted and almost gave up halfway but Pete was persistent. When we got up there is was rather windy and rather crowded with people – which was not part of Pete’s plan – so we moved over the crest of the hill to sit out of the wind looking out over the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. After some lazy minutes Pete asked me to close my eyes, gave me a kiss and then produced the ring. I think my first response was “Are you sure?” And then lots of crying and laughing followed, and of course my answer, Yes!

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

Windy Harbour Farm Hotel was the first venue we visited and only because it was just up the road from our new home in Glossop, Derbyshire. However as soon as we walked in both of us were struck by how friendly and how right it felt. The size was perfect for the 50 to 80 guests we planned to invite and the garden area was beautifully kept, which was essential as we knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony with our mixture of pagan and secular traditions. Our country fair theme would need to include things like hay bales and garden games so we were lucky to find owners who were not only happy for us to do all this, but also happy to source things like the hay bales for us.

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

We both wanted a ceremony that was unique and individual to us, more so than a church or civil ceremony can be. Added to that, I’m a Pagan and was determined to get married outside, surrounded by the natural world. We found Kate Gee, a Humanist celebrant who was happy to incorporate elements of Pagan ritual into a secular service that reflected our lives and the journey that had led us to the moment of marriage. We still exchanged rings and used vows similar to those in the Common Book of Prayer. We also had a handfasting with an elemental blessing, undertaken by one of our maids of honour. Everyone commented on how poignant and moving the ceremony was and we couldn’t have been happier with the way we were able to seal our marriage.

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

As soon as we picked the date in May we knew we’d have a May Day themed wedding. We both love the May Day holiday and spent many years travelling to Hastings and various other places to celebrate it. So we knew we wanted lots of ribbons, greenery, games and folk music; as you would find at a May Day festival. We didn’t have a particular colour theme but we did end up using dark ivy green as the main contrasting colour. We also used a simple bright blue, yellow and red combination to accent it all – these mostly popped up as ribbons.

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

I wore ‘Fadella’ by Cymbeline which I found at The White Room in Sheffield. It was nothing like the dress I’d imagined myself wearing to be wed but it was the one dress that made me feel like a bride. Being light and not too bulky it made perfect sense for the venue and the outdoors, informal nature of the whole day. In the end the lace matched Pete’s country suit perfectly and the small train meant it was great to dance in.

Pete wanted something that was quite ‘countryside’ and immediately thought of a tweed jacket which he ended up getting from Next. He wore it with a grey waistcoat and brown trousers from Debenhams. His tie was also from Next. The two fathers wore the same jacket and tie as Pete but created their own combos so they didn’t all look the same.

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

Although untraditional Pete had best women – Zoe and Lyvia, two of our closest friends from university. The two of them and Pete were a very close trio throughout our time there and they both coached him through a lot of good times, bad times and rather mad times. They wore navy blue dresses from Next with matching taupe shoes.

I knew from the start that I didn’t want lots of bridesmaids as choosing from all my friends and family would mean all the female guests would have ended up in the wedding party. Instead I asked two of my closest friends to be maids of honour on the agreement they would be available to help out with all the wedding planning and stop me from succumbing to the dreaded Bridezilla too often in the run up to the wedding. Their dresses proved very difficult to find, especially as they both live quite far away and work a lot and we had to take into account the two best men, who were also wearing dresses. In the end we found two light summer dresses in Dorothy Perkins and they were the perfect complement to my lace dress and the best womens’ navy blue dresses.

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

A Cymbeline gown, flower crown and handfasting for a Wedding in the Peak District - (c) Jon Rouston

Having good photos was vital to our day and we were keen to find a photographer who would fit in with the whole event and not feel like an outsider. We wanted mostly informal shots and pictures that took in the beautiful landscapes around us. Jon Rouston provided all that and more, giving us relaxed shots of our guests enjoying themselves as well as glimpses of the day we never would have seen otherwise. He also created some gorgeous portraits of us using a variety of local landscapes.

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2014: In Deep. A Real Wedding At Victoria Baths, Manchester – Laura & Nathan

June 24th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a break to redesign, review and recharge, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely.  

Usual service will recommence on Monday 7th July 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year.  Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks.

James Tracey Photography

Back in February 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.  Later that week I featured 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 still 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.

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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

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

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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.

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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!

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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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Medieval Magic. A Handmade Outdoor Real Wedding In York – Lisa & Mark

June 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

Lisa says: We got engaged in April 2011 at Alpsee Lake, Bavaria, Germany by the Neuschwanstein Castle. It is the castle that Disneyland’s Cinderella Castle is based on.

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

We had a Medieval themed wedding. All the wedding guests were invited to wear Medieval attire to suit the theme of the wedding.

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

Our wedding date was Saturday 20th July 2013. We got married at Escrick Park, Escrick, near York, using Papakata tents. We wanted an outdoor wedding and Escrick Park has a huge estate that we were able to book out for the full weekend for a really good price. We had plenty of land all to ourselves where children could run off and play safely while the adults could party. We were completely secluded, which we thought was important to immerse ourselves in the magic of the Middle Ages. Regardless of the theme, we thought it was nice to have the place to ourselves and we didn’t need to worry about noise or curfews

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

I wore a bespoke, handmade medieval style wedding dress designed and made by KMR Bridal. Kelly helped me with the design, choosing fabric and the details of the dress to help create exactly the dress I wanted. I really valued her knowledge and advice on which fabrics would suit the theme, wouldn’t crease and would hang beautifully. Her attention to details helped tie it all together, I was very happy with it.

Sylvia from White Gables Patchwork and Quilting helped made a fabulous embroidered trim for my dress

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

My bridesmaids wore medieval style dresses, also designed and made by KMR Bridal. Kelly helped me find the exact shade we wanted for the bridesmaids; all four dresses were perfect and created the medieval faerie feel we were looking for. The groomsmen all wore various medieval outfits, each one looking different.

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

I carried daises, white roses, other yellow and green flowers and lots of ivy. Fiona from Firenza Floral Design is used to working with Papakata and dressed the teepees beautifully. She made a crown of flowers for both of our heads (Mark’s was more of a bush really, which is just what he asked for). My bouquet and top table flowers were lovely.

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

We had a honeymoon teepee at the bottom end of the field, which I managed to sneak in to get changed. My bridesmaids, my parents and I were escorted from there by Paul from Trouvere, playing bagpipes. I didn’t want to make an extravagant entrance, I walked barefoot from the tent, it did feel quite dramatic on the day though, but lovely.

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

It was so exciting to emerge from the honeymoon teepee to the sound of bagpipes and drums and see a sea of colourful costumes and happy, excited faces. The whole ceremony was beautiful and very personal, we helped write the vows and made precisely the eternal promises that we wanted to.

Trouvere did us a beautiful hand fastening ceremony, medieval music and storytelling.

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

We designed and forged our own wedding rings under the guidance of a talented bespoke jeweller at Silver & Moor.

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

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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

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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.   

Lucie & Bruce Photography

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. 

Lucie & Bruce Photography

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

Lucie & Bruce Photography

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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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.

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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.

Paul Santos Photography

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.

Paul Santos Photography

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.

Paul Santos Photography

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.

Paul Santos Photography

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.

Paul Santos Photography

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.

Paul Santos Photography

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

Jonathan Brown Photography

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. 

Jonathan Brown Photography

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.

Jonathan Brown Photography

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). 

Jonathan Brown Photography

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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