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cadbury classic. a wedding in the peak district – natalie and joe

August 8th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

a classic wedding in the Peak District (c) Dug Wilders (36)

This wedding is pretty special because over the past few months I’ve had the pleasure to get to know this lovely couple first hand. Natalie is the sister of my boyfriend Andy. Although it’s a shame that I hadn’t met Andy some months earlier so I could have possibly been a guest at Natalie and Joe’s wonderful wedding, as soon as I saw their stunning wedding photos I knew this beauty needed to be shared with Brides Up North readers.

From Joe’s romantic proposal and the “I dos” in the spectacular Wentworth Church, through to the breathtaking Peak District wedding shots and the fabulous evening shindig, it’s clear to see this couple not only love each other very much but they also know how to have a flippin great time.

With no further ado, I give you Mr and Mrs Rogers…

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Natalie says: We got engaged on a snowy March morning. We went for a walk  around Newmillerdam in Wakefield and Joe got down on one knee half way around the lake. As I said yes it started to snow, it was perfect. Afterwards we went for a meal at a 2 star Michellin restaurant in Derbyshire, called Fischers, and Joe had also booked for us to go on a hot air balloon ride the following day.

We got married on Friday 25 October 2013, just seven months after our engagement. We didn’t want to wait too long to get married and as I’m a teacher we looked at the available dates for the reception venue which were in school holidays.

The wedding ceremony took place at Holy Trinity Church in Wentworth. The church is really beautiful and it was important to us to find a church where my Granddad could play the organ on our big day. The reception was held at Losehill House Hotel in Hope Valley. We just loved the place as it is in such an idyllic location. The staff were fantastic, they were friendly and helpful every time we visited. The food was also outstanding. This venue worked well for us, as our families are from different sides of the Peak District and Losehill House hotel was half way. Joe’s family are from Buxton area and mine are from Barnsley.

I would most definitely recommend our venue to other wedding couples. The staff were great and the hotel is lovely. The food is of a very high standard and is now Michelin recommended. The guests who stayed over spoke really highly of the rooms and breakfast. Better yet, a lot of guests said it was the most relaxing wedding they had ever been to. Some guests even enjoyed a dip in the hot tub the morning after the wedding!

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We travelled in style on the day, I had a silver shadow Rolls Royce and our second car was a second was a Daimer, both of which were hired from Amore Wedding Cars in Rotherham.

Joe and I, most of my family and some of our friends are Christians which is why we wanted a church wedding. The ceremony part of the day was very important to us.

We went for quite a traditional wedding with a few vintage touches added along the way.  Our colour theme was Cadbury purple because it would work well with the flowers we wanted and we also thought it would stand out from the colours of the season.

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I always wanted a lace dress with buttons down the back – I found a Kenneth Winston design that ticked all the boxes. Francesca from Choola bridal boutique in Sheffield was great at advising what style of dress was best for my figure. I had my dress fittings at Amie B who was in Sharrowvale, Sheffield but is now based on Ecclesall Road. She was really good and also made me a jacket to go with my wedding dress. My bridesmaids wore dresses from Coast and the flower girl wore a Ted Baker dress from Debenhams.

Joe picked a Newbury suit from Moss Brothers in Meadowhall. We were really pleased with the service they provided. The groomsmen also hired suits from Moss Brothers to match Joe’s and our page boy had a suit bought from Debenhams.

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Flora in Sheffield did our wedding flowers. In my bouquet I mainly had roses, freesia and thistles. We also had rose and thistle pedestal arrangements which were organised by the church, along with bows that were placed down the pews.

In the centre of each table at the reception we had fish bowls with hand tied bouquets placed on mirrored plates. Our favours were miniature Daily Milk chocolates to match our Cadbury Purple colour scheme which were placed in purple boxes with pretty ivory bows.

We had a three-tier fruit cake covered with icing and sugared flowers, plus two extra cakes, which were chocolate and lemon. My talented mum made and decorated all the cakes.

To entertain our guests we hired a ceilidh band called Roger the Badger. We chose this as we felt this kind of entertainment would get lots of people up dancing. Everyone loved it and our friends have since booked the band for their wedding!

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Our photographer was Dug Wilders. He was highly recommended by my brother Andy. Dug listened to all our requirements and we loved his work that he had done previously. He went above and beyond to ensure everything was perfect before, during and after the big day. The album he produced for us was exceptional.

On our wedding day we were able to stop off at Ladybower reservoir on the way from the church to Losehill House hotel. This gave us the opportunity to get some exceptional pictures and we would like to thank Ladybower Fisheries for the use of their grounds. It made our amazing day even more special that we were able to have some stunning photographs in the beautiful Peak District overlooking Ladybower Reservoir.

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We had a fabulous honeymoon in the Maldives. It was the perfect location for us – sun, sea and sand – and plenty of time to relax. We loved every minute and are hoping to return there for our first wedding anniversary.

My top tip to other Brides Up North to be would be to ensure that you have everything well planned out and make a timetable of what time you expect everything to happen to ensure your day runs smoothly.

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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

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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!

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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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Marquee In The Meadow: A Real Wedding In Derbyshire – Francesca & Ivan

November 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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After a weekend off celebrating two years in business (lets wait till The Brides Up North Christmas Party for that!) indulging in a bit of shopping with the girls, catching up on emails and invoicing and a really rather good pub lunch at our soon to be local, I’m diving back into the Real Wedding pretty headfirst.

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Monday is off to a fabulous start with this beautiful big day in Yorkshire and Derbyshire, sent to me by real bride and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Francesca of the gorgeous bridal boutique Choola in Sheffield and talented Andy Hook Photography

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I always love to see how industry colleagues style their own celebrations, and Francesca and Ivan’s perfectly pastel country meadow wedding certainly doesn’t disappoint on ooh factor (not least because of their cute ring bearers – watch out for them).  Let’s hear from the lady herself. 

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Francesca says:  We got engaged (unofficially) at The British Bridal Exhibition in March 2011! I guess there couldn’t be a more perfect place with us owning a bridal boutique!   Ivan took me completely by surprise but as he wanted my parent’s permission first we had to keep it secret until a few days later when he had been to see my parents. He then officially proposed in May with a beautiful ring made especially from my black pearl given to me for my 18th birthday set with two stunning diamonds!

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We tied the knot on 16th June 2012 at St James Church, Norton, Sheffield followed by a “Marquee in the Meadow” reception behind my in-laws’ home in Bakewell, Derbyshire.

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The church holds many memories for me so there was no where else we could have married! It is a beautiful church and having attended since being a little girl, I knew I would feel totally at ease walking down aisle there.

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We wanted to have a marquee reception as we didn’t want anything too formal and wanted a setting completely unique to us where no one had been before. It meant we could put our own stamp on it and there wouldn’t be any restrictions.  Our family is very relaxed and often quite spontaneous so having the marquee gave us the freedom to just let the day evolve, without any time restrictions or rules!

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We wanted the wedding to have that thrown together kind of look. I love anything classic but quirky so that’s what we went for: relaxed country glamour.   We chose several colours to work with:  lemon, pale pink, mint green, lavender and powder blue. This was reflected in the bridesmaids’ dresses and flowers.

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I was very spoiled and had a beautiful couture gown made for me by the very talented Sharon Bowen Haute Couture. I have always loved Sharon’s collections and knew that she would be the only person to make my dress. Having previously designed for Dior and Chloe I knew I was in safe hands!

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Sharon and I designed the dress together and it was perfect. It was made from duchesse satin, tulle, beaded lace and hand stitched silk flowers. The jacket was made from matching hand beaded lace.

I wanted a dress that was very “me”. It had to be quirky but still classic enough to stand the test of time.

I have to admit that I did feel a bit of pressure to wear something spectacular! As the owner of a bridal boutique, I was constantly being asked what I was going to wear so I was a little worried that it wouldn’t live up to expectations!

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My something old was my sister’s veil. We re-made it to create a “frouf” as we affectionately called it! This created volume before the train of the veil.  My something new was my dress and my fabulous Aruna Seth shoes!  My something borrowed was my best friends gorgeous Chanel earrings and my something blue was a ribbon stitched into my gown.  As well as my veil, I also wore a diamante seahorse hairclip in my hair. I absolutely love seahorses and knew I would have to involve them somewhere!

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I carried the most stunning bouquet made mostly from peonies – my favourite flower – along with roses, lavender, rosemary and a whole host of other beautiful flowers by Petalis, Sheffield. 

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The bridesmaids dresses were by Alvina Valenta and Jim Hjelm.  I wanted each of the girls to wear a different dress in a different colour and it was one of the easiest shopping trips ever! They all loved their gowns and I think it took less than an hour for all five of them to try on, decide and order.  They then all wore fabulous heels by Paradox London all dyed to match their dresses individually. I gave them each a silver bracelet to wear on the day as well as a candle in the scent used for the wedding to remind them of the day!

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The groomsmen all wore morning suits from Dapper Suits in charcoal and black with double breasted waistcoats. They wore soft dove grey and ivory and each chose their own tie. It was great to see a mixture of spots, stripes and colour.  Ivan and the best man Alisdaire wore sand coloured linen double breasted waistcoats. They all looked very handsome!

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Ivan arrived at the church in a vintage Austin Healey that belongs to his father. His dad spent months restoring the car so we could use it for the wedding! Ivan’s mum tied coloured ribbons to the handles and made a “Just Married” sign complete with shining tin cans. 

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During the service, Ivan surprised me by having our dogs as ring bearers! He pretended to have forgotten the rings and then whistled and our Jack Russell came scampering down the ails with the ring tied to a bow! A second whistle and our Springer spaniel came running down the aisle with the other ring! Fabulous!

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Saying my vows and marrying my best friend was so overwhelming I could have burst with happiness. 

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When we came out of the church, the ushers made a shotgun arch and as Ivan and I walked through, they all fired confetti from their shotguns!  Ivan runs a shoot and we were keen for our day to really reflect us and what is special to us, so having our dogs involved in our ceremony and shotguns firing confetti was just perfect for us. 

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After the rain had stopped, the best man surprised us by having access to some private land behind Hassop Hall. This meant we could get some spectacular photos overlooking the valley sitting on the back of the Austin Healy. Just magical! Ivan and I then sped off in the car around Bakewell with the “just married” sign flapping in the wind and tin cans rattling along the road! It was a wonderful moment that will never leave me. 

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Once we arrived at the marquee (now back in the Mercedes to save the Austin Healey from being wrecked!) we were greeted by a red tractor to tow us onto the field! The heavy rain has made the lane and field impassable so cue tractor and toe rope and bride and groom arrived safely at the marquee much to the amusement and delight of our guests. I don’t think many brides arrive being dragged by a tractor but yet again it just added to the fun of the day!

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We only used little decoration in the marquee (Ascot Marquees) as we wanted the gorgeous flowers to really stand out. Some bunting, lanterns, candles and some hanging hearts and birds completed the look. We also had a Bride and Groom Scarecrow to greet our guests in the entrance to the marquee that Ivan had spent hours making the night before the wedding in the pouring rain. They were fantastic though and added to the country feel of the day. 

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We had a gorgeous cake made for us by Anna of HunkyDory Cakes in Sheffield. We gave her a rough brief but then left her to her own devices and the result was amazing. We were very laid back about all aspects of our wedding and I loved walking into the marquee and having the cake and flowers as a surprise. The cake was four tiers made of fruit, chocolate, lemon and mocha. Delicious!

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The rest of the catering was done by Big On Taste near Derby.

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We had a jazz band (The Bungalow Band) to play for the guests on arrival at the marquee. They were so good that the guests were dancing straight away! We sadly only caught the end of them as we were away having our photographs taken (and having a drink in the pub).  We then had a live band for the evening called Twice Around and Mick, the drummer and family friend also DJ’d for us.  The dance floor was packed all night!

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After the wedding we had a couple of days in the Lake District staying at Candlewyck Barn arranged for us by the best man. We could only take a couple of days off though as we had so many brides marrying this summer that we had to get back to the shop! We are planning to take our “honeymoon proper” this Christmas though. 

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I have two tips for other Brides Up North, one practical and the other profound!

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The first, is if you can, have a wedding planner. Lisa Hilliard was fantastic and as it was a marquee reception, having someone there to oversee all the logistics was very reassuring. She was fantastic on the day and really enabled everyone to relax and enjoy the day. 

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The second tip is don’t over-think things and don’t worry!  All that matters is that you get to marry your soul mate! It’s very easy to get wrapped up in small details or worrying about what may or may not be. Ultimately it’s the marriage that matters with the day simply being the start of a fantastic journey so don’t sweat the small things.  With my husband and I having had our fair share of tragedy, we have learnt that life is short and very precious. Put things into perspective and make the most of what really matters.  The day comes and goes so quickly that my advice is to enjoy every minute of the planning and the day, whilst it may be a cliché it really is the best day of your life, so relax, don’t stress, and enjoy!

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Congratulations Francesca & Ivan!

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North.  Here’s how. 

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Charming Chatsworth: A Real Wedding In Derbyshire – Ezgi & Joe

August 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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So, I thought I’d keep on spoiling you.  And why ever not?

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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s double whammy of Real Wedding lovely is this beautiful celebration at the splendid Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, sent to me my Brides Up North Featured Supplier, the fabulous Phil Drinkwater Photography (this man is a real gem) and stunning real bride Ezgi.

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Ezgi says:  We got engaged in Padstow, Cornwall in November 2011. Joe had taken me on a walk to show me where he used to go on holiday as a child, and at the top of a cliff he got down on one knee and proposed! We finished the evening with a tasting menu at Jamie’s Fifteen in Watergate Bay.

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We were married on 17th August 2012 at Chatsworth House, near Bakewell in Derbyshire.

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We had looked at a few venues, but nothing had jumped out at us. Then someone reminded us of Chatsworth – so we had a look, and absolutely fell in love with it. It wasn’t our first time there; Joe had been to Chatsworth many times as a child, we also went there on one of our early dates. The fact that we had some history there made it all the more special.  We opted for a colour scheme of burgundy and ivory. 

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I travelled in a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, which kindly stayed until after the ceremony for photos and the guests arrived in a coach which took everyone from the hotel to Chatsworth. This same coach took everyone home again. The return journey was a much more raucous affair with a spontaneous sing-a-long arising from the back seats!

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I knew I didn’t want a big dress, but wasn’t really sure from looking online what would suit me. After trying a few on, I decided I wanted a strapless dress, and quite liked the sweetheart neckline. The dress I eventually went for was from Berketex Bride: chiffon, sweetheart neckline, with some beaded detail around the waist, fitted until the hips and had a slim outline. Simple yet pretty.

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My hair and make-up was done by my friend’s sister, Nadia. It was so nice to have someone I’ve known for years spend time with us getting ready, not to mentioned the entertainment provided by her three year old daughter!

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As I only had one bridesmaid, I thought I’d find something nice in the sales; the plan was to keep the flowers ivory so that I could choose any colour for the bridesmaid dress. In the end, I couldn’t find anything I liked in the sales and bought my sister a burgundy dress from Coast – strapless and chiffon to complement my dress.  The ushers wore grey Lingfield tail coats from Moss Bros.

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I carried a shower bouquet of ivory orchids and roses, and my sister had a bunch of ivory roses. The groomsmen all had an ivory rose in their buttonhole.  All our flowers were by Katie Peckett in Sheffield.  

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One of the reasons we chose Chatsworth because of the beautiful grounds and the opportunity to have our wedding photos there.

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The day of our wedding was grey, miserable, and pouring down with rain. The forecast had predicted rain the entire day, without any dry spells or sunshine.

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We had resigned ourselves to the fact that we’d have to have our wedding photos in the sculpture gallery (usually only open in such terrible weather). Then when we came out of the ceremony, despite all the odds, we actually had dry weather! We were allowed to wander around the gardens, being transported in the EZGO buggies, and we were even allowed to have photos in the sculpture gallery too! It was absolutely beautiful, and we were delighted to be able to have photos in Chatsworth.

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To add some personal touches to the reception, we named the tables after places we’ve been to together. We used the flag of each area and ribbon to decorate the ivory and burgundy table plan, and the table name had a photo of us at each location.

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We also made collages with photos of ourselves as babies/children. The guests loved them and they all got to laugh at some unfortunate choices in haircuts and outfits!

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We had Lovehearts and Haribo hearts in organza bags for the favours.

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We had a three tier cake with ivory icing made by a friend from work. The largest tier was chocolate, then lemon and the top layer was fruit. It was huge, which meant we got to enjoy it with family and friends for the rest of the weekend. Utterly delicious!

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As we are both doctors, we are restricted with our annual leave and cannot always get time off together. We have managed a few days in Turkey when we are going to have a second celebration with all my side of the family, but we will save the proper honeymoon until next year!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy the planning, enjoy the day, and try not to get hung up on the little details, everything will work out perfectly no matter what!

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Congratulations Ezgi & Joe!

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on these pages! 

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Because Your Love Calms My Brambles! A Real DIY Wedding In Derbyshire – Emma & Tim

July 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Are you having a lovely Sunday Brides Up North (despite the relentless Summer rain)? 

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I’ll be pretending it’s a proper English Summer later with strawberries and cream as I cheer on Andrew Murray in the Wimbledon final.  Come on Andy!

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Whether Murray brings it home or not, my spirits are so very lifted by today’s beautiful DIY real wedding, sent to me by Jonathan Stead Photography and today’s beautiful vintage loving bride Emma.  This sunny day of homemade loveliness is such a joy, I hope it brings some sparkle to your Sunday too.  

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Emma says:  Tim asked me to marry him in July 2011, at Porthmeor Cove, Cornwall (on a cliff edge at sunset).  We got married on 26th May 2012 at a lovely church at Ashford in the Water, Derbyshire & our reception was in a marque at my parents’ farm.

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We love the Peak District & thought the church was perfect – stunning & intimate. I’m very family orientated and thought having the marque at my parents’ farm would give the wedding a relaxed feel – somewhere that people could really let their hair down!

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I love vintage and collect 50’s, 60’s and 70’s pieces. I wanted this to be reflected in our wedding but also wanted it to feel rustic & farm-like at the same time! We had a lot of flower power (arranged by myself and my mother in law) – tons of daisies, sunflowers, hydrangea, cornflowers arranged with wispy foliage, popped into jam jars, beer bottles or wrapped in raffia.

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It was a real family effort – I made the bunting (made from vintage fabric & old shirts) & mural (‘Because Your Love Calms My Brambles’) my mum made the table cloths, my mother in law helped me make the poms poms (or ‘bloody poms poms’ as we ended up calling them!) & the canapés for the drinks reception, my grandma made her special tiffin and my father in law made sign posts (t’car park, t’wedding, t’toilet).

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The colour themes were cream, blue, purple with splashes of yellow.

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My dress was upcycled from my Mother in Law’s dress from 1968. I loved the crochet lace but the fabric on the bottom of the dress was too badly stained to use. She let me cut up the dress and make a whole new design – I designed it and my Auntie made it (what she does for a living). I truly loved wearing it – I loved the ‘hood’ drape on the back. She also made me a hair piece/bird cage veil to match. Shoes wise, I wore light purple suede low heeled slippers from ASOS

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The bridesmaid dresses were purple, knee length, floaty dresses from Monsoon and nude coloured heels.

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I had a mixed bouquet of daisies, white roses, purple veronica, blue delphinium & lavender and the bridesmaids had pomanders of daisies.  The buttonholes were lavender, white roses & daisies.  These were done by my lovely friend Jill, at Plantology Floral Creations in Sheffield

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I travelled in a 1970’s Rolls Royce from Fairytale Wedding Cars – I loved the blue roof. The driver was fabulous!

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My very favourite part of the day was seeing Tim’s face as I walked down the aisle… a little tear in his eye! Oooh… and the drum and bass after midnight!

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Almost everything was handmade by me or a family member – from the invitations, to the marquee flowers, the bunting & signage. It was hard work but made it so special! I also borrowed a polaroid camera from a friend and bought some black and white film – I made a washing line so that people could peg up ‘snaps of [their] beautiful selves’. In addition to these, there were LOTS of children at the wedding (I come from a huge family) so I raided Poundland for games, things to make & fancy dress items – they went down a treat!

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Our marquee was from High Peak Marquees – fantastic company – they were enthusiastic, friendly and very hardworking. They were the only company could find who would build scaffolding to even out the field, and dealt with the problem with a smile!

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Food wise, we hired PJ Taste caterers – again, amazing energy and enthusiasm – genuinely felt like they wanted to be there and the food was delicious. We choose to have a hot buffet – a triple spit roast (locally sourced & organic) with lots of home made breads and yummy salads. For dessert there was a choice of chocolate torte or summer fruit pudding…mmm.

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My friend Abby is very creative & kindly made the cake as our wedding present – I sent her a few ideas for cakes but let her surprise me on the day! I was very pleased with the results… a lovely 3 three tier fruit cake decorated with handcrafted daisies.

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We had a local young folk band for the drinks reception (Captives of the Carousel), followed by a DJ (Plastic Disco, Sheffield) in the evening (playing mixture of motown, pop, indie and drum & bass!). 

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Berlin. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff’!

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Congratulations Emma & Tim!

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Have you just said “I do!”? Get in touch to share your big day on the wedding blog!

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