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Makin’ Rainbows. A Cute & Colourful Styled Wedding Shoot In Northumberland

February 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Adamskii Photography for Emma Bunting at Alnwick Garden

On Monday I featured an ethereal and romantic styled shoot showing off the gorgeous designs of Claire Pettibone at The Alnwick Garden (want to see? Click here to catch up).  Now it seems that the team involved are so skilled that they had time to turn the day on it’s head and produce a second shoot – something completely different – to show off Brides Up North Featured Supplier Emma Bunting’s skills (she makes beautiful bunting, like her name suggests)!

Bright, bold, a little whimsical and a lot of colourful.  I talk about talent all the time here at Brides Up North, but it just goes to show that whatever your style, these wedding professionals have it covered. 

Let’s infuse this Friday morning with rainbows!

Adamskii Photography for Emma Bunting at Alnwick Garden

Emma says:  I was given permission to use The Alnwick Garden whilst it was closed to the public to shoot Emma Bunting’s new Rainbow range. I wanted a fun and slightly offbeat look for a relaxed bride and groom – I think we achieved that with the look of our models and the quirky style. 

I hope you like our colourful creations and pick up some bright and beautiful ideas for your own big day. 

Adamskii Photography for Emma Bunting at Alnwick Garden

Emma Bunting and her team will be exhibiting at The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Alnwick Garden on Sunday 18th May 2014. A beautiful, excusive event in an extraordinary setting.  Closing our spring season for 2014, it’s set to be a magical day.  Be inspired! Click here to register for FREE ENTRY and your VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag.

Adamskii Photography for Emma Bunting at Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography for Emma Bunting at Alnwick Garden

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Good Music, Good Food, Good Times! Peacock Feathers & Glowsticks For A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Vicky & Paul

February 11th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Andy Gaines Creative

I have loved every moment of putting together Vicky & Paul’s Real Wedding feature!  You see, the bride and I go way back, as I used to go out with her lovely brother Neil at University.  Although it didn’t work out for us (and Neil is now happily married himself to a gorgeous lady!) I’m glad to say that we still keep in touch, and that it did work out ever so well for Neil’s little sister Vicky and one of our Uni mates, Paul. 

Knowing Vicky, I knew her wedding celebration was going to be big, colourful and offbeat… and couldn’t wait to see her submission.  I was exactly right:  Vicky and Paul’s wedding was a fabulous day full of feeling, personality, beauty and fun.

Bravo Mrs Hough!

With images by Andy Gaines.

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Vicky says:  Paul and I first met when I went to visit my brother Neil at University in 2003. We got together four years later in early 2007 after meeting up again and Paul plucked up the courage to ask my brother if he could go out with me!

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Paul and I aren’t a very traditional couple and I suppose it follows that our engagement wasn’t either. One evening out of the blue and in the run up to our five year anniversary, Paul asked me to go online and pick out what my ideal engagement ring would look like. The task itself was easy as like many other girlfriends, I’d been looking at rings for months but this was the first time he’d ever uttered the ‘E’ word and I was beside myself with excitement. The fact, however, that it was a vintage ring not available to buy immediately online was something Paul was not prepared for. His solution was to take me to London to spend a day trying on diamond rings… it was tough, but I accepted the challenge! By a stroke of luck the exact ring I’d seen online was still there and after purchasing I was one happy bunny. However we still weren’t actually engaged yet so back it went into the box.

About a week later, we were getting ready to go out and I was running spectacularly late. Running downstairs with fluffy hair and makeup half on, I noticed that our song was playing, and as I turned the corner into the lounge, Paul was there on one knee. Paul has never been one for grand romantic gestures, and you know what, getting engaged in our little house, listening to our song, with just the two of us, was perfect

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Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Our wedding day was the day of the deluge – 6th September 2013. After decorating the hall in temperatures pushing 30 degrees on the Thursday, my heart sunk when I woke to a total downpour and grey skies on our wedding day. However, once the day got into full flow, the rain added a comedy element (watching people running under the cover of umbrellas), a dramatic element (fabulously moody skies in our photos) and ultimately created a fantastic cosy, party atmosphere for the meal and evening dancing. Plus as my friend texted me ‘Better that 2 beautiful people get married in the rain, than 2 mingers get married in the sun’ – brilliant!

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We chose to say “I do” at a beautifully refurbished old barn at East Riddlesden Hall, Yorkshire. 

I’m a country lass, growing up in the wilds of Norfolk and I desperately wanted to get married in somewhere I felt had that element of the countryside. Now finding a barn in Norfolk would have pretty easy but our hearts were set on getting wed in the county we had met and begun our lives together. Despite its proximity to the Dales, there are few barns to choose from in reach of Leeds, so we weren’t sure what we’d find at East Riddlesden Hall. Our first trip there was a gloriously sunny day and the place combined a sense of rural beauty and aged grandeur. Emma, who is the wedding planner was so helpful and relaxed, taking on board all our ideas and answering our questions. It is pretty fair to say that we were smitten as soon as we entered the barn. Even undecorated, the place looks stunning; with exposed beams, flagstone floors and whitewashed walls dotted with tiny windows. As a keen crafty-type, the thought of such a beautiful blank canvas to work on was a dream come true. The venue is also run by the National Trust and the thought that we were investing in the future of such a beautiful place was the icing on the cake.

It must be said that the staff at ERH are brilliant and they have put so much work into making this a fantastic wedding venue. Particular thanks go to Emma and Sam who were on hand to chauffeur people and perform emergency cake decorating duties. The in-house bar run by ERH served a great selection of drinks, including locally brewed beers, much to my husband’s delight. Having such dedicated staff all working tirelessly, made a huge difference to the day.

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

I began by actively rebelling against having a theme as I am, by nature, unable to decide on any one thing (except for a husband of course). Our wedding motto was ‘good music, good food and good times’. I knew I didn’t want anything matchy-matchy (I always think that allowing things to be a little rough round the edges means you can be a bit more flexible!). Plus as we decided to get married in a beautiful old barn, anything too polished would have looked out of place. We just wanted ourselves and our guests to feel relaxed, included and have an awesome time.

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

As time went on and my Pinterest account bulged with pictures that had caught my eye, I realised that bright colours and handmade details kept appearing in my selections. I decided that whilst I wouldn’t outlaw any particular colours, I would focus on blues, purples, white and add touches of gold (if only to force me in making decisions on decorations). I have always been obsessed by peacock feathers so they played a big role in tying decorations together too.

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

The glamorous and very lovely Anna Stephenson was a joy to have doing my hair and makeup. We spent the entire trial run chatting and laughing and the final look was exactly as I wanted. Anna and Lucy turned up early and were so flexible with how we wanted to organise the morning, it put me at ease and I absolutely loved the whole getting ready part of the day. Despite a lot of dancing and a bit of limboing, both hair and makeup stayed put the entire day.

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The dress! Such a big decision! And one I made in a single day! I spent hours, nay days, looking at dresses – shapes, lengths, decorations, straps – the choice is bewildering and I had absolutely no idea what I wanted. Facing this uncertainty, I decided to leave my first wedding dress shop until my mum could accompany me. Now one of my mum’s best qualities is that she wears her heart on her sleeve. After 14 dresses, none of them were meeting with much excitement. That is until I tried on an ivory crinkle chiffon, one strap, corset dress with sweetheart neckline at Confetti and Lace in Stanningley. After looking in the mirror and deciding I really quite liked this one, I looked up at Mum who had tears rolling down her face. Either I looked bloody awful and she was in despair, or it was ‘the one’. Luckily after a few moments I established it was the latter and I bought it on the spot. The women at Confetti and Lace were fantastic and helped me alter the dress by removing all crystal detailing and the strap, so the individualist in me is quite proud to say my dress is a one off.

With such a clean cut dress, the detailing in my outfit came from a fascinator I made with blue, purple and white flowers decorated with pearls. My shoes were bright blue vintage style sling backs from Rocket Dog. For my jewellery, I decided to wear a gold chain with my grandmothers’ wedding rings hung on it, so I could feel like they were part of the day. As a wedding gift, Mum also gave me a gold heart locket that had belonged to my grandmother who had worn it almost every day. I felt a strange mix of sadness and pride, and the fact the Mum was giving it to me was very, very, special indeed.

Paul wore a gorgeous bright blue fitted 3-piece suit from Reiss with brown brogues from Hudson. I may be biased but I thought he looked pretty damn handsome.

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I wanted my bridesmaids to feel comfortable and glamorous so opted for navy blue 1940s style dresses from Phase Eight. I then bought them some amazing chunky necklaces from Ashley at TheEnchantedOwl on Etsy, sent all the way from Georgia, USA. The bright purple looped in the colours from the decorations and the girls all looked beautiful!

The groomsmen all wore grey 3-piece suits hired from Slaters. They were accessorised with purple ties, Hawaiian-print pocket squares and my homemade peacock feather buttonholes tied with navy blue ribbon.

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I carried a beautiful mix of flowers by the ever so lovely Lynne of Stems Design. Deep pink Celoxia, bright blue Nigella, light pink astilbe, Blue Veronica, Scabious, Blue Wax, Cornflower, various grasses, tiny succulents and of course, peacock feathers. Lynne was a joy to work with, so enthusiastic and full of ideas – the final result was stunning.

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I was originally planning on going down in a taxi with my bridesmaids but my Dad took an uncharacteristic step in intervening. He said that he would arrange my transport but refused to reveal what it would be. I had nightmarish visions of going side-saddle on a horse or riding pillion on a quadbike. As it turns out, my Dad and Brother, Neil (who was also our best man) had spent the previous night decorating Neil’s car with white ribbons, stashing a bottle of champagne in the back seat and recording an eclectic pre-wedding message and playlist. Little did I imagine that the last song I would hear before I entered the world of marriage would be Gangnam Style!

It was a very special time to have with Dad, who drove us. He was diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of the year and I am fiercely proud of how he dealt with it with humour and love, having a precious few minutes talking and laughing with just the two of us was very important to me.

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Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Wedding readings were really hard to decide on – we wanted to strike a balance between celebratory, real and emotional but absolutely not smush. After much searching we opted for the lyrics from Noah and the Whale’s ‘Give a Little Love’ and an extract from ‘The Game’. There were many chins a quiver by the end – it really was a memorable moment.

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Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Special thanks must go to Geoff, our fantastic registrar from Keighley Council. He completely put us at ease, conducted the ceremony with heart and humour.

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Paul and I are super foodies, not in the foams and micro-herb type of way but in the yummy, fill-you-up type of way. With this in mind, the food at our wedding was pretty important and the fine fayre served up by the people at GFS Catering was exceptionally good. Goat’s cheese tarts for starters, Lamb shanks and mash for mains and chocolate profiteroles for pudding were all delicious crowd-pleasers. An evening buffet of sausage baps and halloumi pittas served to mop up some of the great selection of drinks also served up by GFS with the help of the brilliant Martinez Wines in Ilkley. Special thanks to Alex from GFS who was such a great help on the day, finding alternatives to unknown food allergies and making sure each course flowed into the next seamlessly.

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Cake wasn’t high on our priorities so we used up some vouchers and opted for three layers of M&S loveliness. I then decorated with homemade flower crown and mini glitter bunting. All in all a pretty little cake which cost us less than £10! In the end I’m glad we didn’t spend loads on the cake, because by the time it came to try it, it had all gone!

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines, our photographer, was the very first wedding-related enquiry I made, even before we had a date or a venue. His photographs are stunning. They have this gritty yet ethereal quality that I find fascinating. Plus Andy himself is a blooming lovely chap – so welcoming, unobtrusive and damn talented. Andy worked like a ninja-trooper on our wedding day, capturing shots whilst keeping out of the way and staying from morning ‘til way past everyone’s bedtimes in order to capture our day. Everyone has commented on how awesome the pictures are, with even my normally-bored-silly-by-photos Dad confessing and I quote, ‘Fantastic photos – absolutely brill.  Can’t wait to see the rest!’. Andy’s gone from strength to strength in the two years we’ve known him and it’s not hard to see why.

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

We employed the fantastic talents of Rachel from Simply Vintage to help us decorate the huge space. Rachel strung a plethora of fairy lights, colourful pom poms with peacock feathers and white lace bunting across the beams. I then decided to make a lot of the decorations myself, including props for the tables, peacock name places and adding little splashes of our personalities across the barn, including photographs of my grandparents on their wedding days. I think however, the biggest and most complex decoration was our sequin LOVE sign. This beast was lovingly crafted out of gold sprayed MDF letters and sequins individually nailed on. It took a hell of a lot of work but looked pretty darn good strung up on the barn beams and glistening in the fairy lights.

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Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Without a doubt the speeches was my favourite part of the day.  2013 was a tough year having had both my Dad and Paul’s Mum diagnosed with cancer within a couple of months of each other. Dad’s speech was emotional – not only because of what we were going through at the time but because it reaffirmed just how much I owe to my fantastic family. He laughed about my unrivalled ability to be untidy, spoke about the time I drew a picture of him stark naked much to the disapproval of my nursery teachers (but to the hilarity of my parents!) and how he was so proud of me despite having no idea what my job title actually means.

Paul’s speech talked of how he did the unthinkable and asked out his best friend’s sister, how darn well it had all worked out and even how despite his hatred of clichés, he thought we were made for each other!

Then it was the turn of my older brother Neil to give the best man’s speech. I wondered if he might take this opportunity for the ultimate teasing of his little sister but I needn’t have worried as he mostly concentrated on his best friend and long-time drinking partner, my husband! Superbly written and with touches of comic brilliance, it was the ultimate tribute to Paul and I being both deeply personal and evoking fantastic memories. I will always be thankful to him for the effort he put into the speech. Oh and not to forget our wedding present – a canvas featuring our Back to Future drinking game– rather nattily named by myself as ‘Flux Incapacitated’ – I thank you!

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Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Music is big in our house, so we always knew it would feature a lot in the wedding. We employed the gorgeous sounds of the Northern String Quartet for the ceremony, playing a mixture of old and new for the waiting guests. I walked down the aisle to ‘Here Comes the Sun’ which was just gorgeous. During the signing were the sublime ‘One Day like this’, God only knows’, and ‘All you need is Love’. Then I entered the world as Mrs Hough to sounds of ‘Hoppipolla’ which was such an uplifting way to end the ceremony.

For the evening, we had the brilliant City Lights who blew our socks off with a great mix of modern tunes and some classic floor fillers, kicking off the set with a stonking rendition of ‘Got my mind set on you’ by George Harrison.

The evening celebrations were added to by some unorthodox entertainment in the form of glow sticks. What was an off the cuff purchase reminiscent of my raving days, became the biggest success of the day. Never did I think I’d witness friends of my parents fighting over who would get the glow bunny ears! The glow stick limbo was a total stroke of genius and made for some memorable photos!

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

We decided to delay our honeymoon both because we had no money left and the weather in Thailand is much better at this time of the year. So in but a few weeks time, we’ll be heading off to Thai cities and shorelines.

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to decide where you want to focus your efforts and your money – for us it was the look and feel of the venue, excellent food and awesome music. Wedding preparation is hard so don’t spread yourself too thin by trying to do too much. I absolutely adored being engaged and putting my heart and soul into planning our wedding day and I’m so glad we had the time to enjoy it all.

Andy Gaines Creative

Congratulations Vicky & Paul!

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Colour Pops! A David Fielden Gown For A Bright & Beautiful Real Wedding In East Yorkshire – Kate & Phil

January 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Tori Deslauriers Photography

Let’s brighten things up around this Tuesday with this colour popping celebration sent to me by real bride Kate and wedding photographer Tori Deslauriers.  Kate and Phil opted for a fresh look alongside traditional details, personal touches and lots of bright colour.  Today’s Real Wedding is all things bright and beautiful.  Enjoy.

Tori Deslauriers Photography

Kate says:  Phil asked me to marry him on 2nd August 2011.  We were in the planning process of building a new house, Phil told me we had an appointment to see the architect so I got the afternoon off work. When he picked me up, he told me we weren’t going to the architect we were going to choose an engagement ring. I was given a ring box with a washer in it!  I had always said I’d want to pick my own ring, just to make sure…

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We were married on Sat 7th September 2013 (ten and a half years after we got together)!  The ceremony was at St Peters Church in Humbleton, East Yorkshire and the reception was in a marquee at the Walled Gardens of Burton Constable Stately Home.

Tori Deslauriers Photography

The Church is our local parish church, which is a quaint country church and was only 5 minutes from home, so was an obvious choice.

We knew we both wanted a marquee reception – something we could make our own.  We had previously been to a wedding at Burton Constable and commented on how beautiful and private the gardens were, it was only 10 minutes from the church so it was perfect. We didn’t even look at any other venues.

Tori Deslauriers Photography

Tori Deslauriers Photography

We wanted the wedding day to be modern and stylish, so went for a black and white theme with a hint of colour.

Tori Deslauriers Photography

Tori Deslauriers Photography

Tori Deslauriers Photography

Tori Deslauriers Photography

Tori Deslauriers Photography

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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Summer Sequins. Jenny Packham For A Real Marquee Wedding In East Yorkshire – Jessica & Chris

December 23rd, 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. 

Chris Milner Photography

What better way to kick off the week than with one super stylish and perfectly pretty Real Wedding recap, courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Chris Milner Photography and real bride Jessica.

Combining a few of my favourite things – wildflowers, sequins and summertime – this was always going to be a good one!

Enjoy…

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Jessica says:  We got engaged in the summer of 2011 whilst on holiday with friends in Cornwall. After a heavy night in Newquay we spent the next day lazing on the beautiful beach at Polzealth. Chris asked me if I’d like to take a walk up on the cliff tops, and because of the gorgeous sunshine and plentiful tanning opportunities I needed convincing to leave my comfy beach-towelled spot! But we headed up to a lovely grassy area overlooking the ocean and he got down on one knee to my squeals of surprise and delight!

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

We were married on Saturday 3rd August 2013.  The ceremony was at St. Peter’s Church in Anlaby, a stones-throw from my parents home and where I grew up. The reception took place at West Carlton Country Guest House in Aldborough.

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

I spied our one-of-a-kind venue after trawling the internet for wedding venues in the area. Tim and Caroline who own the house, were so welcoming and just our sort of people right from our first meeting with them at their wedding fair. The beauty of West Carlton is that each wedding is different. It meant we had the freedom to choose our own entertainment, caterers, marquee company, everything. And the rural location meant that no neighbours protested when the partying went on until well past 4am in the morning!

The next main thing was the marquee which proved to be one of the toughest decisions of the whole process! After numerous site visits and exchanges of emails and quotes, something just didn’t feel right about the arrangements until we found Black Cherry Events. Although not local to East Yorkshire, they were excited to provide our marquee and offered excellent service. The little extras they included, such as the lighting options (the twinkle light ceiling really made the marquee amazing as the sun went down!) the choice of flat drapes, and the chill-out furniture, was something that we’d just not been presented with by anyone else – I am thrilled that we found them.

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

We chose an English Country Garden theme. We wanted a relaxed, outdoorsy wedding that was fresh, informal and free from stuffy etiquette.

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

My dress was from The White Room in Sheffield. I had lusted after Jenny Packham’s bridal collection from the beginnings of my research. Joy was the last of five beautiful dresses I tried and I knew it was the one. I matched the dress with a Jenny Packham headpiece.

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After visiting Harrogate Vintage Wedding Fair I met Julie from From This Day Forward in Bradford. She was showcasing her original dresses in a variety of styles and colours. I wanted a Cath Kidston-like cotton dress that would be girly and summery and fit my bridesmaids perfectly and that’s exactly what I got!

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Sarah at the Floral Lounge created an unstructured bouquet featuring mini yellow sunflowers craspedia, bluperum, purple Veronica, lilac, sweetpeas, stox in bright purple colours and September aster flower. The bouquet was bound by extra material from the alterations of my wedding dress, as were the flowers the bridesmaids carried.

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

For me my favourite part of the day was actually the part I was dreading beforehand! I imagined walking into the church for Chris and everyone to see me for the first time would be really nerve-wracking, but I loved seeing everybody’s smiling faces and enjoyed every moment of the service. A close second place goes to dancing the night away with the band and friends, amazing memories.

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

My dad has a 1968 MGB Roadster in primrose yellow that I always wanted to be my wedding car. For the short journey from my parents’ house to the church it was just me and him, with the top down (driving very slowly to save my hair!) and then for the thirty minute journey from the church to Aldborough Chris drove us both with our photographer in hot pursuit! This half an hour was one of my favourite parts of the day as it gave us the chance to catch up on the events of the morning (and the night before)!

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

We wanted a home-made, rustic feel to the marquee and decorations, but unfortunately neither me nor Chris are particularly crafty so it came to my mum to step up! She made ninety-two metres of bunting, raspberry jam favours for the girls and apple chutney favours for the boys! She even googled ‘How to make tissue paper-pom-poms’ and painstakingly folded and cut fifty pom-poms.

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We didn’t really have a colour scheme, other than fresh, summery, floral shades that would fit in well with the countryside setting. The bunting was a mixture of ditzy florals, polka dots and gingham, whereas the pom-poms were in bright fuchsia pinks, blues and creams.

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Not to be left out of the crafting, my dad, a sign-writer by trade, made signs for the campers and a banner for the car. My brother got in on the act too, and spent time researching vintage super-8 cameras to capture some images of the day. A videographer was one supplier too many and the budget just couldn’t stretch, so we began to think about ways of doing it ourselves. He bought me a 1976 Cannon 310 XL super-8 camera and two rolls of film. We had a play around with the camera and made sure it worked beforehand, and then on the day passed it around family and friends to capture moments from the day. Since the wedding we have had the films developed and digitised and I am really happy with the results. The nostalgic flickers of familiar, smiling faces help to remind us of what a perfect day we had.  You can see it here.

Chris Milner Photography

My mum and her friend went on a baking mission a week before the wedding! Our main cake (which didn’t get eaten…details to follow!) was a rich fruit cake iced with marzipan and royal icing topped with mini bunting. Surrounding that on the cake table we had a smorgasbord of loaf cakes, cupcakes and buns which included lemon drizzle muffins, fruit scones, coffee, blueberry, lemon and chocolate cupcakes and sticky orange marmalade cake. On the day itself, we actually forgot to cut the cake! Then, in the wee small hours when the hard-working bar staff had gone home, our illustrious best man proved that in the contest between wedding cake and forehead, the dense fruit cake was the victor!

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

We met The Ordinary Men covers band at a wedding fair and they promised us a night to remember and they did not disappoint! They did an acoustic set which included Oasis, Razorlight and Paolo Nuttini before cranking it up for the full set later on. Everybody commented on the band and how the live music made the night extra special

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

We didn’t book a honeymoon in advance and instead decided to wait to see how we felt after the day. Luckily, thanks to the amazing generosity of our friends and family we were able to book a last minute short stay in Rome. We flew out a few days after the wedding and spent time sightseeing and eating our way around the eternal city.

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be not to worry about anything and enjoy each part of the day in little sections, that way it doesn’t go too fast!

Chris Milner Photography

Congratulations Jessica & Chris!

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Chris Milner Photography will be exhibiting at The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition THIS SUNDAY 17th November 2013 at National Railway Museum, York.  The event is FREE ENTRY and open from 10:30am till 5pm.  Click here for more details and to pre-register as a VIP Bride To Be.

 

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How Does Your Garden Grow? Manuel Mota For A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Chelsey & Andy

October 30th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Andy Gaines Creative

This morning we join Brides Up North reader (and Canadian bride) Chelsey and her other half Andy for their gloriously colourful countryside Real Wedding in Yorkshire.  The best bit?  All the beautiful blooms are picked right from the garden.  It’s just one of the special details that makes this pretty celebration stand out.  Be inspired!

With images by Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Chelsey says:  Andy proposed in 2011 during our annual “Orphan’s Christmas” that we host every year for friends in our ski resort community who are away from home, sometimes for the first time. I was so surprised and it was so fun to celebrate our brand new engagement with so many friends!

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

We were married on 30th August 2013.  Our ceremony was at All Hallows Church in Sutton-on-the-Forest and our reception followed at the Stone Trough Inn in Kirkham Abbey.

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

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We chose our venue because the manager, Tim was so helpful and the location was like a picture postcard – even on a foggy October afternoon when we first saw it. The food was incredible and they did it up just beautifully for us on the day.

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Our theme was vintage English countryside. Andy grew up in a small village in Yorkshire and the surrounding area is so beautiful with amazing views and beautiful landscapes.

Our colours were based on the bright colours of wildflowers – cornflowers, marigolds and meadowsweet, with splashes of poppy and violet. The main colour was bright yellow because it is such a happy colour!

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I wore a Manuel Mota for Pronovias lace and chiffon gown. I bought it on a sort of whim very early on in our engagement from Viva Bridal, in my town of Kamloops, BC. I fell in love with it from the first moment I tried it on, and it made my mum tear up right away so we knew we had a winner! It was exactly what I had always imagined I’d wear. My veil came from Sibo Designs on Etsy.

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Judy Wright of The Plantsmiths supplied all of our flowers right from her very own garden, which I loved. The bouquets were lovely and full hand-tied bunches with lots of bright colours, wrapped in hessian and ribbon.

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My bridesmaids wore yellow sun dresses from ModCloth with nude suede pumps. Andy and his best man wore grey suits from Moores in Kamloops. His other two groomsmen wore their own suits and they all looked so sharp! All of the groomsmen accessorized with yellow seersucker ties and pocket squares. Our little ring-bearer had grey suit from Next and a yellow seersucker bow-tie as well.

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We chose a 3 tiered cake with two tiers of chocolate and one of lemon, with a delicious buttercream icing, decorated with silk wildflowers from Cakes Unlimited of Yorkshire. We were so busy visiting that the only piece we had was when we cut the cake! Everyone said it was delicious though.

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We had plenty of flowers on the tables, with lots of candles too.

Each table had a photo of a wedding from our families — each of our parents and grandparents. I also made yards and yards of bunting which was hung from the rafters.

We also had a lovely guest book alternative which was a thumb print tree from an Etsy shop called Spotted Nest. She even incorporated our cat, Dominic on it!

Love Invited did our beautiful custom stationery suite. They were wonderful to work with and we got exactly what we were after.  I hand made the escort cards with tea-soaked shipping tags and vintage buttons.

My favourite little extras were the cuff links I bought Andy, which were little bits of maps with our birth cities on them, as well as the bird cake toppers, both custom made from Etsy shops Paper Arcadia and Cinnamon Birds, respectively. I love Etsy and went a bit mad with wedding purchases there.

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We worked with amazing local vendors. Andy Gaines Creative did our photos and they turned out better than we ever could have hoped. He captured so many special moments of the day and in such a beautiful, artistic way. He was so enthusiastic and we had a great time having him there.

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If I had to choose one favourite moment it would be when we had our photos done in the field across from the Stone Trough Inn. It had just been harvested and we got my favourite pictures of the day there and had so much fun while we were at it.

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We had the most amazing DJ that we met while clubbing in Manchester, named Melanie Carter. We asked her if she’d like to make a trip out to Yorkshire for our big day and luckily she agreed. She had everyone dancing all night; the music was really one of the highlights!

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We honeymooned on the Amalfi Coast and Rome in Italy. We had such an incredible time, and absolutely stuffed ourselves full of pasta, pizza, gelato and wine. It was an unforgettable two weeks. We finished our honeymoon with a quick visit in Manchester with Andy’s family before we flew home to Canada.

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My top tips for other Brides Up North are to take in every moment as best you can because the day really does fly by. Try and get a good night’s sleep the night before and don’t fret if something goes wrong; no one will notice (really!). Tell your parents you love them and wear lash extensions instead of mascara, you won’t regret it once the speeches begin.

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Blooming Beautiful! Lace & Wildflowers For A Colourful Real Wedding In Northumberland – Jo & Neil

September 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Jo and Neil’s big day is bright, beautiful and full of brilliant little personal details.  Basically, a wedding blogger’s dream.  Here’s hoping that their bespoke celebration in Northumberland inspires the day of your dreams too. 

With images by Kate of Petals & Peonies.

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Jo says:  We got engaged on Friday 21st December 2012, our last day of work before Christmas. Neil had taken me out for a meal, at a local Italian restaurant in our village, and we’d walked home in the rain! When we got home, I changed out of my lovely dress into my old comfy pyjamas, and we decided to have a cup of coffee under the Christmas tree.

On top of my presents under the tree was a small box shaped like a snail, and when I opened its shell, there was a beautiful diamond ring inside. Neil was on one knee, and I just about managed to say ‘yes’ before I burst into tears!

The thing I remember most (apart from how happy I felt) is saying how I couldn’t believe I’d been proposed to in my old pyjamas that had shrunk in the wash, and with my hair scraped back in a bobble!

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We were married on Monday 12th August 2013 at St James’ Church, Riding Mill, Northumberland and the reception was at Wheelbirks Parlour, Stocksfield, Northumberland. 

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We love visiting the Riding Mill area, and the church is beautiful inside. We wanted to marry in a tucked-away area of Northumberland, and somewhere where we would love to visit years later. Despite not living in the village, the whole community were so welcoming and friendly, and several of the congregation came to the ceremony.

Wheelbirks Parlour was always the place we said we would hold our wedding reception. Way before we got engaged, we would visit on weekends for lunch and ice cream or just to relax out in the orchard. We love the atmosphere, the outdoor space and the friendly staff, and knew it would be a perfect venue.

Lucinda and Sarah were fantastic wedding planners! Sarah in particular met with us as often as we wanted (and was great at handling my last-minute 100 emails!) and made organising everything so easy!

On the day, it was wonderful to see our vision turn into reality, as the Wheelbirks staff had turned the parlour into exactly what we had imagined and more. It’s been lovely to visit since the big day and get little bursts of happiness when we remember the reception.

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We only knew we wanted the day to be really informal and relaxed. The only ‘theme’ that came through was our desire to do as much ‘handmade’ as possible, and use natural materials like the hessian table runners and recycled milk bottles for centrepieces.

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We purposefully wanted to avoid a specific ‘colour’, as we wanted a really relaxed, informal wedding, so instead we chose all colours! We asked our guests to dress as bright and summery as they could, and I made multi-coloured tissue paper pom-poms for pew ends in the church.

Our table centrepieces were all the colours of my bouquet, and we had multi-coloured bunting strung from the rafters in the parlour.

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I travelled with my Dad to the ceremony in a 1920’s-style Regent Landaulette, in navy and cream. It was fantastic travelling to the ceremony, with everyone watching us and waving, and even better after the ceremony when the driver pulled the hood down and Neil and I travelled to the reception in the summer sun!

We booked our car through Brooklands Wedding Cars in Lanchester, and the driver was so friendly and laid-back! He turned up super-early to collect me and was happy to wait as long as necessary throughout the whole day. At the end of the evening, when he took us to Slaley Hall, he drove around the car park until we found our car, and helped ferry all our bags back and forth!

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My dress was from Rosina Brown Bridal in Stocksfield, and was the first one I tried on! It was also the first thing I bought for the wedding, way before we’d even booked the church! I booked an appointment to have a look round, and went on my own one afternoon, thinking it would take me months to find the right dress. Rosina was great, and pulled out the perfect dress – a lace bodice with tiny pearls and beads sewn in and a long taffeta ruffle skirt with lace straps. I wore a veil with pearls sewn in and had gypsophila flowers woven through my hair on the day,

Neil wore a blue suit from Next with a turquoise tie, a white shirt with tiny blue dragonflies and claret bees and brown leather brogues. He looked so handsome, and different from all our other guests – we didn’t go down the traditional ‘groomsmen’ route, so everyone wore different colours and styles of outfit.

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My maid of honour wore a long emerald-colour gown from Hobbs and my younger bridesmaid wore a bright flowered dress from Monsoon. We didn’t want them to look too formal, or to match, because we wanted everything to be really bright! The most important thing was that they felt comfortable, and were happy with their outfits on the day.

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Our bus was booked through Dreadnought Coaches in Alnwick – we wanted our guests to be able to relax and not have to worry about travelling or parking on the day. I’m told the atmosphere on the bus was great, with everyone chatting and getting excited together, and it was lovely for Neil to arrive at the ceremony surrounded by all our family and friends.

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My brother designs and makes professional signs, and I asked him to make us some direction signs saying ‘Neil and Jo’s Wedding’ in the brown and white ‘heritage’ style you see on road signs. They made for some lovely photos and we have them hung around the house now!

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We chose Petals & Peonies photography for our wedding photos, and it’s one of the best decisions we made. Kate was so professional and relaxed – it was just like having a good friend through the whole process. She came up with lots of quirky ideas for photos, and made us feel so special on the day. The photos she’s captured are amazing too, and are such a lovely thing to keep and look through. Her style matched our vision for the day perfectly, and we’ve got some fantastic shots on tractors and hay bales!

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I chose Simone Whitehead for my bridal hair, and she was brilliant – she completely understood the sort of style I wanted, and on the day stayed with me right until I was ready to go. I was a little worried that my hair wouldn’t stay in, because it was all loose curls and plaits, but I needn’t have worried – Simone made sure it stayed put and even withstood a Wheelbirks cow having a chew on the gypsophila in my plaits!

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After the service, we had different flavours of Fentimans drinks on a table outside with striped paper straws which was great – everyone chatted in the sunshine before getting on the bus to the reception, and it meant we got some fantastic photos.

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The cake was one of our proudest achievements! I love to bake, and we really wanted to make the cake ourselves together. We designed a three-tiered round fruit cake, and baked it over a weekend (it got a tiny bit stressful when the oven broke half-way through baking the middle tier, but luckily that was the only hiccup!)

Neil took responsibility for ‘feeding’ the cake with brandy over the months as it matured – we baked it in February! – and a friend from work taught me how to make the sugar flowers for decoration. I made roses, chrysanthemums, poppies, peonies, daffodils, tulips and fantasy flowers for the spray on the top of the cake, and then scattered heaps of flowers around each tier and the board. I also spent hours making sugar daisies and blue forget-me-nots, and studded them everywhere too.

Finally, we commissioned a local felt-maker to create some felt birds to sit on the cake. The ‘female’ bird was white with little blush cheeks and the ‘male’ bird was the same blue as Neil’s wedding tie, was wearing glasses and carrying a little flower in its mouth.

The cake must have taken more than 30 hours in total to create, but it was worth every minute! I could have cried when it was finished – it was an exhausting task but an amazing achievement and a real talking point on the day, and it tasted DELICIOUS!

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One of the best features of Wheelbirks Parlour is their delicious homemade ice-cream, made on site with milk from their Jersey cows. We got to choose our own signature ice-cream to be served on the day, and went for ‘Prosecco and Peach’, calling it ‘Love is Peachy’.

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At the reception, we had our seating plan on vintage luggage tags hanging with ribbons from a huge contorted hazel branch cut from Wheelbirks Farm. The favours were homemade ginger heart-shaped biscuits with mini luggage tags, serving as place cards. Our centrepieces were glass milk bottles which we had decorated with buttons and twine, filled with the same flowers in the bouquet, on log centres cut from the nature reserve where I work.

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We painstakingly cut lengths of hessian for table runners, and had several metres of bunting made which was strung along the rafters.

We also had a fingerprint tree, which is now hanging on our living-room wall – guests used their fingerprints to make leaves on the tree in different coloured inks.

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When we were thinking about the flowers we wanted, we both decided we had no idea what we were talking about! We picked Vicky from Floral Quarter, Gosforth on a recommendation from a friend.

We went to meet her armed with a couple of photos of bouquets we liked, but decided we wanted Vicky to choose the flowers, colours and style. All we knew was that we wanted a ‘country garden’ style, very natural with lots of different colours.

I know it seems unusual to hand over entire control of such an important part of the day, but we trusted Vicky completely. On the morning of the wedding, when the flowers arrived, I was completely overwhelmed with how amazing they looked! My bouquet was full of beautiful garden flowers: dahlias, stocks, craspedia, tanacetum daisies, veronica, scabious, hydrangea, solidago and ammi. Even better, every buttonhole was completely different, so our guests got to choose the one they liked best.

The flowers were such a talking point during the day, and feature in so many of our wedding photos – I know when we look back over them years down the line, we’ll still love them. Better still, having Vicky ‘surprise’ us with the design of the flowers was a little wedding gift in itself!

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We’ve both been to weddings where we’ve been bored stiff, so we were adamant our guests would have lots to do. That’s part of the reason we love Wheelbirks so much – the orchard is great, with lots of space to run around, a fantastic swing, a tractor to climb on, and a playroom inside for our youngest guests. We put together some ‘goodie bags’ too (which ended up proving just as popular with the adults!), with packs of modelling clay, foam glider planes, old-fashioned games like marbles and tiddlywinks, and my Grandad wood-turned us some wooden spinning tops.

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Our friend Peter is a fantastic classical acoustic guitarist, and played some beautiful music whilst we were signing the register in church.

Our lovely friend Katy welcomed everyone to the reception playing the Northumbrian Pipes, and then after our meal we had Jamie from North East DJ playing our favourite songs, starting with our first dance, which was to ‘Rhythm of Love’ by the Plain White T’s.  He was really laid-back, and happy to let us have a huge playlist with all our favourite songs. On the evening he was great at getting everyone to lose their inhibitions and have a good boogie!

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It’s so difficult to pinpoint a specific ‘favourite’ part of the day – from start to finish we both felt so blissfully happy and emotional.

One of the most wonderful parts was walking down the aisle towards Neil. I barely noticed everyone in the pews, and I couldn’t wait to be stood next to him. When it came to saying our vows, Neil was so keen that he said ‘I will’ even before our vicar, Alison, had finished doing the ‘love her, comfort her…’ part. Everyone started laughing, and it really broke the tension and settled our nerves – I remember at that moment just looking at Neil and feeling so amazed that this person was about to become my husband.

Neil’s favourite part of the day was our first dance together as husband and wife. We chose one of our favourite songs, and it was so relaxed and special – we had a few ‘moves’ to liven it up a bit, and it was like we were the only two people there.

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After a night at Slaley Hall, we travelled to the Yorkshire Dales, staying a night at boutique hotel The Wensleydale Heifer (staying in the ‘Chocolate Room’, which was fab!), three nights in log cabin called the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ hobbit hut, and a final night in a bed & breakfast in Aysgarth.

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My top tips for Brides Up North is that it’s definitely worth planning all the little details in the wedding, and all the quirky extra touches you want to be there. Even though it all takes time and effort, they’re the bits people will remember and will be what really make your day special.

Even though it sounds so cliché, and it’s what everyone says, the day really does fly past! We wanted to take it all in and enjoy every minute, but it’s difficult to keep track of what’s happening when – the easiest thing to do is just let the day flow and don’t worry. It’s the one day that’s just about the two of you, and your guests won’t mind if you don’t get to have an hour-long chat, or don’t notice their new handbag!

Finally, keep a diary! My maid of honour bought us a lovely fabric-covered notebook when we started planning the wedding, and we used it to document everything over the months. Looking back over it now brings back all the emotion and build-up to the wedding; it’s packed full of ‘to-do lists’, prices for different things and extracts from the weeks leading up to the wedding day. It’s something we’ll keep and cherish forever – a sometimes rushed, sometimes silly but completely heartfelt account of our journey this year.

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Take Your Marks! A Real Wedding In The North East – Nick & Sarah

February 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Need a Monday morning endorphin boost?  I’m still on a high after yesterday’s amazing Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza (what a day people!) but I think it might take more than coffee, toast and a banana to get me started today.  So what’s better than a burst of colour and fun to get the week off to a cracking start?  With images by Ruth Mitchell Photography, Sarah and Nick’s “Wedding Chase” is brimming with energy, personal touches, DIY details and love.  Get set…

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Sarah says:  We got engaged on a weekend to Keswick in the Lake District. We were on a hike up one of the mountains and I was walking ahead. I heard Nick shout me back to look at something. He had painted a stone with a poem and placed it on the top of a cairn so when I found it and read it I turned around back to him and he was on one knee. It was perfect. It was still such an amazing surprise.

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We got married on 21 July 2012 at Hurworth Methodist Church, with the reception at Michelin rated Bay Horse.  I grew up in Hurworth and we chose the church as it was where I used to go as a child and always knew it was where I wanted to get married. We chose The Bay Horse as we wanted an outdoor feel and didn’t want to be inside a hotel all day. We were able to have a marquee and use the gardens so it was perfect – plus the food is totally amazing. It was great that the guests were able to walk from the church to the reception as Hurworth is such a pretty village. We also knew there would be some fantastic scenery for the photos.

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We are both very keen runners so we hosted our own Wedding Chase (!) and we teamed that with a country fair feel. Most of all we wanted it to be relaxed and be more fun than too formal with lots of colour. 

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I love bright colours and originally we had chosen pink as a colour base, but while looking for bridesmaids dresses we found some amazing green ones (my favourite colour) which all the girls loved although we teamed it with pink and blue for decorations and flowers.

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I’m not really used to dressing up so to be honest I found dress shopping quite stressful. As I am small a lot of the dresses didn’t fit in the right areas and were so long. I must have tried on about thirty dresses by the time I found my dress.  After trying on a few plainer dresses the lady in the shop sensed that I wanted something a bit different and brought out ‘the one’. It was very princessy and floaty and different from the others I’d tried and fitted much better. I felt special in it and my mum and bridesmaid cried so I knew it was a winner.  I’m glad I didn’t go down the safe dress route as I felt great in it on the day.

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The girls wore full length green dresses from Monsoon which were floaty and complimented my dress. The boys wore dark blue hired suites from Woven in Durham, they also custom made Nick’s suit which was pin stripe blue and looked amazing.

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The minister – Andrew – did a beautiful service and as my father had passed away last Christmas he included some lovely words about him during the service. While we were signing the register we put up pictures of Nick and I growing up with music in the background which kept guests entertained.

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I actually made my own bouquets for me and the girls as love to do crafty thing. I was really pleased with the flowers. I also attached my Dad’s ring to my bouquet so I felt like he was there with us.

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Unknown to us members of our running club did a guard of honour when we came out of the church which was awesome.

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We really wanted to personalise the day and we had so many special touches.  We had race numbers on the back of guests chairs instead of place name cards, which most guests ended up wearing by the end of the night and we gave all the guests race medals as favours.

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We asked our guests or their favourite songs and played them all during the day.  We were originally going to have a band but eventually decided on a disco as we love a good dance. It was great and perfect for the day. We also added a few games on the tables, had bubble machines and piñatas and of course a limbo pole. We did a quiz on how well the guests knew us which was fun, and also had a sweet table with personalised bags for guests to take home

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We knew we wanted something a bit different and didn’t want to go down the traditional white cake route. I have a love of baking and cake decorating and decided to do the cake myself. My mum made the fruit part and I made the cupcakes and we decorated them with lots of bright colours to match out colour scheme. It certainly had the wow factor and got lots of notice.

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It’s so hard to pick a favourite part of the day. Being there with our closest friends and family and having them spend such as special occasion with us was certainly one. It was great to see everyone smiling all day and enjoying themselves. It was awesome being introduced into the reception as Mr and Mrs Watson. I loved the ceremony and saying our vows as our minister made it so personal to us, it’s important to remember that is the part which is about just the two of you, after that it all goes crazy. My mum also made a beautiful speech on behalf of her and my dad which I know was hard for her but she did amazing. I loved every minute of the day, especially knowing I was married to Nick.

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We spent our wedding night at Clowbeck – a lovely bed and breakfast in Hurworth and the following day went on a mini-moon to the Lakes for the week after the wedding and us being us tagged a 24 hour running race onto the end of it. We asked for contributions to our proper honeymoon from guests and are planning on getting away next year.

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My top tips for other Brides Up North would be that I know it’s a cliché but just enjoy the day, it really does go so fast. Invest in a good photographer, ours was great, we also hired a videographer (Sarah McVean) who captured so much of the day that we hadn’t seen and it was great to watch the ceremony again.

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Don’t over invite, we were lucky and didn’t feel pressure from family to invite people we didn’t want which we were glad of, you spend so much of the day meeting and greeting everyone, so make sure it’s spent with people you really want there.

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Congratulations Sarah & Nick!

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Sparkles & Sunshine: A Real Destination Wedding – Jo & Andrzej

June 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Being a professional wedding blogger really is my dream job – you can learn about how I became the full time editor of Brides Up North here and about the growth of the blog here – but it’s also super hard work.  It’s a 24 hour a day job – the last thing I do at night is check my emails and the first thing I do in the morning is check that the latest blog post is live… then check my emails.  As a result I am tired, grey and shrivelled.  Or at least I feel it.  

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I am a business woman, writer, editor, PR person, stylist, social media expert, events organiser for both brides and the industry, sales person, administrator (and wife, daughter and friend – although it’s sometimes all to easy to prioritise the other roles) all in one, and work far longer hours now than when I was a solicitor.  Really. 

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Running your own business can be fun and flexible but it is also stressful, difficult and all consuming.  So, sometimes its nice when life throws you a bone! And, readers, I am very excited to announce that my professional life has done just that.

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You may know that Thomson Weddings are one of my sponsors here on the wedding blog.  Well guess what, the lovely team working hard to make your destination wedding or honeymoon special have invited me along to cover the behind the scenes action on their latest video shoot. 

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Yep, you read that right!  Next week I’ll be jetting off to the sunshine island with the Thomson Weddings team for a week of styled video shoots, weddings, weddings and more weddings.  I’ll be assisting the styling team and reporting back on behalf of Brides Up North and also for Wedding Ideas Magazine too. 

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I better start thinking about what to pack, but in the meantime I’ll leave you with a sunny Cyprus Real Wedding from Brides Up North reader – and one of the Thomson Wedding’s team – Jo, who I’ll be joining next week.

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Jo says:  Andrzej proposed in June 2010 on our balcony on holiday in Lara, Antalya, Turkey as the sunset. Just me and him, a bottle of champagne and a gorgeous view.

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We got married on 28th May 2012, at Ayia Kyriaki Church also known as St. Paul’s Pillar in Central Paphos, Cyprus. We then had our reception at Vasilias Nikoklis Inn which is a stunningly beautiful private place outside of Paphos on the way to the Trodos Mountains.  Our holiday was all booked through Thomson Weddings.

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We wanted somewhere that felt ‘Cypriot’. We didn’t want our guests to travel all that way for a wedding we could have had at home. It was important for us to have a church wedding, and Ayia Kyriaki is a breathtakingly beautiful and very old church. Our reception venue had to be private, outdoors, rustic and pretty. Vasilias ticked all these boxes.

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Our photographer was Dimitri Katchis Studios, who did an excellent job of capturing our beautiful day. 

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One of my favourite parts of the day, was my hair and make up. I used a company called Renoir based in Paphos. The two English ladies were nothing short of superstars, Rachel Wells and Karen Hall made me look stunning, I have never looked so good. I was comfortable and glamorous and my expectations were completely blown away. They became like friends, and not only did my mother’s hair and bridesmaids as well, but did little things like help me with my dress. They were both rocks on the day!

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I wanted to look modern and hopefully glamorous, but for our venue I wanted to work with the aspects of Vasilias rather than take away from its beauty, so we used subtle butterfly elements, and I also tried to keep a slightly vintage feel to the day.  Our colours were a bright rose pink, ivory and silver. I wanted a pop of colour at the reception venue and we worked with the existing pink flowers already just in bloom. I wanted a lot of crisp white as well, to keep the feel fresh. 

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My dress was Tatiana by Victoria Jane. I am quite petite in my frame, with a very small bust and slim shoulders, so most dresses tended to swamp me. I didn’t want a traditional ‘destination’ dress as these did nothing for my figure. I also wanted it to be completely different to all other wedding dresses I had previously seen on friends. I chose a one shoulder dress for some originality, and I loved the pretty ruffles on the bottom half of the dress.

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My shoes were my big splurge and the thing I loved the most. They were Melissa by Vivienne Westwood, and they smelt of bubble gum.  Everyone wanted photos of my shoes… and to smell them! I always knew I didn’t want traditional wedding shoes, I wanted something funky hidden underneath my dress and something I could wear again!

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My headband was from Rock n Rose and my cuff style pearl and crystal bracelet was from Glitzy Secrets.

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Somebody To Love! A Real Wedding In Manchester – Lynette & Ben

February 7th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I absolutely adore today’s bride, Lynette, who sent in her Real Wedding along with photographer and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Andrew Scott Clarke.  Her wedding is so full of colour and personality that I think I want to be her best friend. 

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Not another girl crush, surely!?!

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Let’s hear from Lynette:  Ben asked me to marry him in October 2010 in the Eiffel Tower restaurant at the top of the Paris hotel (Las Vegas) overlooking the Bellagio Fountains. It was very romantic (I don’t think my family thought so when I rang them to tell them forgetting that with the time difference in the UK I was calling them at 5am!). 

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We set the date for 5 November 2011 (Bonfire Night and the day after the my birthday – Ben has been forewarned about trying to combine birthday and anniversary gifts into one in the coming years!). 

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We chose The Place Hotel Manchester as our venue.  The main thing we wanted from our wedding was to have as many people as possibly share the day and evening with us and have a huge party atmosphere, but without breaking the bank. Most of the venues we considered only offered ‘packages’ such as the typical “sparkling wine on arrival, 2 glasses of wine with the meal” etc which would have really restricted us in terms of numbers. Most of the venues were also quite traditional which whilst nice, didn’t really make us fall in love with them.

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We came across The Place by chance online, as it wasn’t hugely advertised as a wedding venue as such. As soon as we walked in, we knew we were going to get married there! It’s funky, modern, huge, with open brick walls and steel rafters – an old converted cotton mill (working well for a bride originally from Oldham!) The Atrium where we had our ceremony was really unusual and nothing like we’d seen before at the weddings we had been to. It had so much potential, and with a main room on 3 levels, we thought it was fantastic.

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And as if we hadn’t already fallen in love with the venue, the food / drink packages (or lack of them more importantly) was fantastic. We were able to basically split out budget in whatever way we felt was right for us. If we wanted to spend all our money on food – fine, give our guests a purely liquid lunch – again no problem!

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Which leads me to the main reason we ended up picking the venue. Sam the wedding coordinator at The Place. We discussed options with her before we booked the venue and basically nothing was too much trouble. She showed us mood boards for decorations, made drink suggestions, had ideas for entertainment, and instilled us with a huge amount of confidence that our day would be just as we wanted it! I can’t sing her praises highly enough!

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We didn’t have a theme as such, more a general mishmash of ideas mainly focused around late 80’s and early 90’s power rock songs! The only thing we knew for sure was that we wanted to get married to a beautiful instrumental version of Somebody to Love by Queen, and this kind of music ran through our entire wedding (check our the Vitamin String Quartet for fantastic and beautiful classical versions of great songs if you want something a bit different!)

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In the end, our colour scheme was bright but modern! Black and white mainly, but hot pink, yellow and orange were the accent colours of the day, from centre pieces, to the bouquet to the cake itself. Our evening reception had more of an ‘awards ceremony’ type feel – so we teamed black table cloths with the bright flowers – they looked great!

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So many people had told me you choose the dress you think you want. They were so right! I thought I was going to go for a more simple streamlined affair, but having tried on a range, I went for a strapless dress, with diamante trip on the empire line, and a fuller skirt.

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The dress came from Pronuptia Manchester I had a really fantastic experience with the shop, the price was really reasonable, and the fitting was a dream.

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I’d have to put a shout out to the local bridal alteration lady Pauline who was an absolute dream.

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I wasn’t a very ‘bridey bride’ at any point in the wedding so when it came to selecting flowers, I had no idea whatsoever, (who really knows the names of flowers anyway!) All I knew was I quite liked the idea of pink, orange, and yellow. Millers in Oldham handled everything! I had a beautiful, slight teardrop bouquet of gerberas, and roses in the bright colours I had suggested. The bridesmaids had the same flowers in more of a posy style.

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The button holes were all hot pink gerberas, and the shop even made me up a tiny baby sized pink carnation, as a button hole for a 6 month old nephew!

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My makeup was done by the amazing Zareena Mayet (zareena.mayet@yahoo.co.uk) a fabulously trained makeup artist who did a fantastic job of my request of “I don’t want any of that au naturel bridal makeup – give me dark smokey eyes and big eyelashes”. All of us felt like a million dollars/ supermodels when she’d done her magic!

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Our photographer (oh the photographer!) Andrew Scott Clarke was the best one I have ever come across in any wedding I’ve been to! Every single guest since the wedding has raved about the photos they’ve seen since (and one of my relatives even snapped him straight up for their wedding on NYE!).

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The best part about our photographer was his sheer daring! He managed to barge us into the venue kitchens to get a shot of us in the middle of dinner preparation madness, and also had us running out into the middle of a city centre road, dodging cars to get the best shot of us in a more urban setting. At one point we were even standing on a walkway under an old canal – bit smelly but made for some amazing photos!

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We designed our own invitations, menus and table plans. We also created our own cones of sweets wrapped with hot pink and yellow ribbon which looked fab and were loved by all (try making 120 though!)

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Now the thing for me about wedding cakes, is that I think no-one every really remembers them, despite a hell of a lot of expenditure going into selecting the best cake.  I’d stumbled upon the idea of a ‘fake cake’ online – a cake actually made of foam but decorated to look real! Lets be honest, the cakes are there to look great on photos! So Fake Cake it was!

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Cherry Cloud Cakes managed to create me an amazing 3 tier cake in hot pink, orange and yellow (not a drop of white to be seen) with lots of mini gerbera and swirl designs. They also managed to create a cake topper of myself and the groom which looked exactly like us – even down to the tiny diamante details they had added to the dress and hair piece, and a mini cricket bat carried by the groom!

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Its so hard to choose my favourite part of the day! I think I would have to say our ‘non first, first dance’ We’d been to New York the year before and seen a Broadway show called Rock of Ages, and fell in love with Journey ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ as a first dance song. But then it got X-Factored and Glee’d so it became less cool and we picked something else!

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Towards the end of the wedding, the DJ played Journey, and with all of our friends and family in a circle around us, we managed to get the first dance we had wanted – and it didn’t feel cheesy!

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After the wedding we were off our our honeymoon! We started in New York for a few days, flew to San Francisco for another few days, then drove across to Yosemite for a night. From there to Vegas for 3 / 4 days then onto Mexico for 10 relaxing days – it was incredible. I think we were away for about 22 days in total!

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My top tip for other would be stay completely relaxed! If there is one thing I think most people would say about us in the build up to the wedding is that we were really laid back, which is weird as we’re not like that by nature! After we’d gotten engaged we made a list of things that we definitely wanted in a wedding and the things we didn’t, and it basically came down to a fun day with our loved ones. We kept this in mind throughout, and really didn’t worry about details such as whether seat covers would match the bride’s shoes (these things can drive you insane).   As a result, we were really relaxed for the wedding itself, and it made the whole thing amazing!

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Congratulations Lynette & Ben!

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