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Fallen Apples. A Styled Bridal Inspiration Shoot In The Lake District

December 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Jo Bradbury

This morning we join photographer Jo Bradbury for a beautiful wedding inspiration shoot in an outdoor setting.  If you are planning a vintage wedding, consider adding natural elements alongside your precious pieces to freshen the look and bring the styling up to date. 

Be inspired!

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Jo Bradbury

Jo says:  This project was the culmination of a couple of ideas I had and carried out at my parents farm.  I wanted the theme to be ‘Old English’ and so included the vintage crockery and old brooches, bone handled cutlery, old lace and vintage books. The farm has a beautiful old apple tree and because it was late Autumn, most of the apples had fallen to the ground and formed a green carpet.

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Jo Bradbury

Jo Bradbury

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This was a great opportunity to test out some ideas, you see so many beautiful and creative details when photographing weddings and so much inspiration, that its nice to take a more leisurely approach to a shoot without the usual time pressure of a wedding. A huge thank you must go to the lovely couple Tara and Adam who travelled all the way from Warwickshire for the shoot.

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Jo Bradbury

The flowers were by the very talented Teresa at Wild Orchid, Buxton who after listening to my ramblings came up with the perfect bouquets and buttonholes.

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Images: Jo Bradbury

Location: Cragg Farm, South Lakes, Cumbria

Wedding Dress:  Maggie Sottero 

Bridesmaid’s Dress:  Monsoon

Flowers:  Wild Orchid

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Lilac & Lace. Ronald Joyce For An Elegant Real Wedding In Windermere – Kirsty & Tom

November 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Today’s stunning Real Wedding proves that a celebration jam packed with handmade touches and DIY details needn’t look amateur.  Kirsty and Tom managed to pull of a gorgeously elegant big day whilst still retaining that personal touch.  Be inspired, as we join them for their elegant wedding day in the Lake District.

With images by Lissa Alexandra Photography.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Kirsty says:  Tom and I got engaged on 28th October 2011 in New York City and were married on 13th April 2013 at Our Lady of the Wayside, Grasmere with an evening reception at Merewood Country House, Windermere. 

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We loved our venue from the moment we walked in. We always wanted a country house, with lots of character, where family and friends could stay for the weekend. The Merewood was perfect.  Our wedding had a vintage theme inspired by the character of the the property, and a colour scheme of dusky lilac and ivory. 

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

I wore a thick lace, fishtail Ronald Joyce wedding dress with beautiful detailing to the back.  Tom chose a traditional black Reiss suit, with a bow tie.

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

The bridesmaids wore long dusky lilac dresses with a pearl detail necklace and our groomsmen wore traditional black suits accessorised with a grey tweed tie and pocket square.

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We genuinely enjoyed every second of our wedding day. If I had to pick one moment it would be walking down the aisle and seeing each other for the first time surrounded by all our family and friends.

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

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Our photographer was the amazing Lissa Alexandra who captured every moment perfectly.

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

I carried a large bouquet of cream roses tied with lace and the bridesmaids had smaller versions.  Tom, the best man and ushers wore a single cream rose to keep it simplistic.  At the venue, we had vintage birdcages filled with a lilac, cream and sage flower arrangement.

All our flowers were by Julie Sharrock.

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We travelled in a white Rolls Royce Wraith to fit with the vintage theme.

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

We had a string trio playing in the church and then our evening wedding singer was Phil Fryer of Just To Be Frank who is a Frank Sinatra tribute followed by DJ Ken Harper.  

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Tom and I love to be creative and really enjoyed making all the personalised touches for our wedding.

We had framed photographs of both of our parents on their wedding day, with a thank you poem on display in the hotel reception. We also had two frames with a personalised ‘He’ and ‘she’ description for each other and a vintage typewriter for people to write us well wishes and words of advice for the guest book.

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

We bought a polaroid camera and made a vintage pin board for people to capture their own moments which we now have hung up in our hallway.

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We handmade tea cup candles for every table (which was a lovely touch when they were lit in the evening) and hand painted table frame numbers and made all the stationery ourselves including our menu and order of service.

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We handmade chocolate moustache and lips with a personalised tag for the wedding favours which our nephews handed round to everyone following the wedding breakfast. This created lots of laughs.

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Our wedding cake was a three tier classic Victoria sponge cake decorated with real cream rose flowers.This was made at Patisserie Viennoise of Otley, West Yorkshire.

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

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After the wedding we jetted off to Rome on honeymoon. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make your wedding personal to the both of you, and enjoy every second of it.

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Congratulations Kirsty & Tom!

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Cafe Au Lait. Justin Alexander Signature For A Real Wedding In Windermere – Rebecca & Aidy

September 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Mick Cookson Photography

This morning we’re in Windermere as we join Rebecca and Aidy for their Real Wedding celebration.  When budgeting Rebecca was careful to spend money on the things that mattered most to her – which meant a beautiful setting, amazing food and one supremely gorgeous wedding gown…

With images by Mick Cookson Photography.

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Rebecca says: Aidy proposed in April 2012 at the church we were to be married, Jesus Church in Troutbeck, whilst sitting on the churchyard bench.  We were married on 13th July 2013 with the reception at Merewood Country House Hotel, Windermere. 

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Mick Cookson Photography

Although we’re not from the Cumbria area we wanted somewhere different so a friend recommended the Lake District, as her sister had got married there. After looking round a recommended hotel that didn’t end up suiting our needs, by chance we found its sister hotel – Merewood Country House. As soon as we walked in I knew this was the place! It felt cosy and intimate, beautifully furnished, and I especially loved the 1940’s feel of the bar! The hotel would be exclusive to us on the day and with the stunning views it was perfect!

If you ever see the church for real it’s obvious why we chose it:  located in an idyllic setting, a beautiful valley, and very picturesque, the church was very bright and cosy inside and known as the ‘gem’ of the community!

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Mick Cookson Photography

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Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

I wore an Antique Gold Justin Alexander Signature 9690 with a full length cream veil (no tiers) from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. I know all brides love their dress but I have to say this is an absolutely stunning piece! The amount of genuine wows I got from my guests: you know the difference between polite compliments and “wow!” This dress is a must see in the flesh!

My hair was by Kirby Blythe in North Lincolnshire, Kirby herself made the trip to prepare and do our hair.

Helen Dixon one of the salon owners at Time For You in North Lincolnshire and a friend of mine did our make up.

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My bridesmaid dresses (60s style) were from an on-line shop Courtesan Boutique in West Sussex and the groomsmen wore electric blue tailor-Made suits from King & Allen in Wilmslow. 

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Mick Cookson Photography

I carried a bouquet a ivory calla lilies with ivy foliage by Brackens of Bowness in Windermere. 

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Mick Cookson Photography

It’s really hard to say what the best bit was, as this is a one-off experience the whole day becomes one of, if not the favourite day of your life! My husband however, said his best part of the day was seeing me walk down the aisle, and for him to say that is unexpected so I must have made a good impression!

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I tried to match the cake to my dress… three round tiers in mushroom/beige coloured icing decorated with white lace.

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I didn’t want any ‘special touches’ like a lot of brides do, preferring to spend more on the quality of food, drink, outfits and so on…

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Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Aidy’s friend was our wedding singer and then a DJ played afterwards.

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Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

After the wedding we jetted off on holiday to St Lucia. 

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Mick Cookson Photography

My top tip for Brides Up North would be to have your wedding exactly how you want it despite any pressures from family and friends; they will love everything once they see it all come together!

Another tip would be to make a weekend of it if you can; we arrived on the Thursday and really got to appreciate the build up to the wedding, spending time with friends and family as they arrived over the three days. We were able to witness the hotel preparations, go out for a meal on the Thursday evening, and on the Friday eat on the hotel veranda with most of our guests.

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Congratulations Rebecca & Aidy!

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Fabulous Photographer: Bay Photographic

September 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Bay Photographic

This morning I am proud to introduce you to Brides Up North Featured Supplier Chris of Bay Photographic, who works right across the regions from North West to Yorkshire.  Not only does this man take a nifty picture, but he talks a good talk too.  So I think I better leave things to him…

Chris says:  When people ask me how I became a wedding photographer I always seem to stumble a bit over the answer. I suppose I ought to rehearse a really cool sounding response like ‘I was drawn to the work of Jerry Ghionis. Do you know Jerry? I was talking to him the other day…’ or ‘I express myself through the interplay of light and taffeta’…

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In reality, I became a wedding photographer because the opportunity arose to photograph a wedding with a friend who was (and still is) an established professional (Paul McDowell) and as soon as I took my first few shots of the bride arriving with her bridesmaids and her father, I was absolutely and totally hooked in a way that no other hobby, job or activity has ever done before. Before that day, I had been a semi professional landscape and news photographer for thirty years and I had sold photographs to magazines, newspapers, web designers, advertising agencies but nothing had ever captivated me quite so much as the conundrum of recording a wedding day for a bride and groom.

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As a wedding photographer I am privileged to be allowed to attend the most important time in their relationship and I get to make images of people, venues and moments of happiness that give them pleasure for years and decades to come. If that makes me sound like an old romantic then I am guilty as charged. I find weddings intoxicatingly romantic. They can be charming, lavish, extravagant, personal, unpredictable, dignified, windswept, cosy, funny, inspirational, elegant, exciting, surprising or just plain wacky. But they are always romantic, because they are personal to the two people who are getting married.

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I have photographed weddings in churches, hotels, registry offices, castles, country houses, marquees and in architectural monuments but no two have ever been even remotely similar. Except that they reflect the couple, their aspirations, their family and friends and their love for each other. And that means that my day at the office is always changing, always fresh and always about recording something which is good and valuable and decent and beautiful.

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When I am photographing a wedding, I have one central mission. That is to take photographs that the couple will look at in the future, which will remind them of what they did, how they enjoyed it, how happy their family and friends were for them and (this is the really tricky bit) which will remind them of their feelings on the day. If all I had to do was to remind them of where they were and what they did, I could train my two year-old Cocker Spaniel, Basil, to carry a camera and record the day. I don’t mean to suggest that I have some mystical talent that makes me better than ‘Uncle Bob’ (or Basil) but it could be argued that a good professional wedding photographer can make images that transport a couple back to their wedding day in an instant and which make them smile at each other in the way they did as they said their vows. Uncle Bob tends to just remind them of who was there when they did so. When couples tell me that the photographs I have taken are ‘Amazing’ and ‘Fantastic’, I think it is unlikely that they are talking about their technical merit. It seems much more likely that they are telling me that I have managed to fulfil my mission.

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My clients so far have come from every walk of life, and from most parts of the North West of England. They may not have been celebrities in the ‘Hello’ sense of the word, but they have all enjoyed the celebrity moment that a modern wedding provides. Because that moment is so generously, kindly and unreservedly given, with the best wishes of two families as well as the love of a new marital partner, it can be enjoyed by all. By the shy, retiring and uncertain as well as the gregarious, confident and naturally outgoing. For this reason and, I suspect, because I use that fund of goodwill and my own relationship with the couple to bring out the inner confidence and serenity in them, I have yet to photograph a couple who are uncomfortable while I am doing so.

Bay Photographic

Bay Photographic

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When I am photographing a wedding, I am completely dedicated to the task of producing the best photographs that I am capable of and maximizing the photographic opportunities of the setting and the day itself. I am totally ‘on my game’ from the moment the day starts to the time I have all the images securely backed up and uploaded to my computer that evening. I used to think that my previous career as a teacher (I spent 27 years in special schools for pupils with emotional and behavioural problems) was demanding of my highest levels of concentration. Compared to photographing a wedding, it was like a walk in the park with Basil. The following day, I start editing images in Lightroom and Photoshop and aim to have a small preview gallery (of around 50 images) online by that evening. I try to have the DVD with all the client’s images on it, edited and corrected, by the end of the week. Once they have chosen the images they want in their Photobook, I create the pages in Photoshop and then email them to the client for their approval before sending them to the print studio.

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I believe that my prices are quite competitive. My ‘top’ package, which includes photography from the bride’s preparations through the day until the evening and a large and a small copy of the Photobook, currently costs £750. Other packages are described on my website. I rarely discount my prices, but I might quote a slightly lower price for a wedding out of season. In recent years, I have photographed an average of around 30 weddings a year, a level of bookings that gives me the opportunity to focus on my clients and give them the attention that they deserve.

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In the early days of my wedding photography career, a prospective client once asked me ‘Why should I book you?” I replied “Because I’m good and I’m available”. I wasn’t trying to be rude, just honest and concise. Unsurprisingly, she didn’t book me. I hope today’s feature will provide you with a rather better answer.

There are more examples of my photographs on my website, www.bayphotographic.co.uk and on my Facebook page

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Bay Photographic

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Rainbow Brite! A Real DIY Wedding In The Lake District – Vanessa & Craig

December 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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Time for something bright and beautiful.  This intimate Yorkshire wedding sent to me by Brides Up North reader Vanessa may be unconventional, but it packs a massive punch in the style stakes.  One of my very favourites to date.  I hope you love it too.  Be inspired!  With images by Dan Jones Photography, Kendal

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Vanessa says: Craig proposed at Helme Chase Maternity Unit, Kendal, Cumbria on the 29th July 2010, two days after the birth of our son. He gave me a present for Joel which was a small mouse toy in a box, there in the mouse’s apron pocket was the ring I had chosen weeks earlier but he’d said it was unavailable. Craig got down on one knee next to my bed and I was so surprised I just said "thank you".  I wrote about it over at my own personal blog. 

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We were married on 19th May 2012.  It all happened in Kendal. We were married at the Registry Office, with Champagne toast at Burgundy’s Brewhouse Winebar followed by a vintage double decker bus ride to Skelsmergh Community Hall (just a stone’s throw from where we live) for our reception and night do shindig!

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We wanted a really relaxed and local feel to our wedding so the walk through town to Burgundy’s was great with plenty of photo opportunities along the way. I carried a bunch of bright yellow heart shaped balloons to lead the way for our guests. The wine bar is one of our favourite drinking places, it’s small and intimate and was in a great position for the bus picking us all up on the high street. The village hall is exquisitely set against a backdrop of Cumbria’s rolling hills, it was the perfect size for our party of 72 guests. Outside caterers and a mobile bar (Dicky Doodles) did us proud on the day and we only had to decorate the place ourselves.

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Our theme was a mixture of village fete, retro, brightly coloured, florals, nostalgia, low key, DIY, with a nod to vintage!

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I ran to the registry office with the maids from one of their houses in town, it was a pleasant route along the River Kent (if a little fraught due to delays in the wake of a false eyelash trauma)! We walked through town to our first reception and then hoped on a vintage double decker bus form Cumbria Classic Coaches up to the hall for our big do.

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I tried hard to find genuine vintage dress but they are incredibly small but never fear Alexandra King of Make Me A Dress worked her magic on the designs for me and our two bridesmaids. I wore a grey tulle knee length dress, dotted with coral rhinestones and a coral belt and bow (Alexandra’s signature item) with a matching three layer underskirt with vintage gold trim to the hem. Her trademark pouffy underskirts added even more wow factor to our fabulous frocks.

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Two matching bridesmaids were my walking bouquet in Alexandra King full circle knee length dresses made from a bright yellow floral printed Amy Butler fabric (actually intended for quilting) from the States.

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We all wore Rachel Simpson shoes.

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I carried a home made posy of orange, peach and pink ranunculus tied tightly with crochet lace trim from my own personal stash of goodies. The maids carried tightly tied pom poms of pink gypsophila, tied with vintage pink lace. 

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Jules B was where we found Craig’s jacket and shoes and shopped at Nigel Hall for his trousers and Gibson for his waistcoat (wow he looked great)!

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My very favourite part of the day was dashing round Kendal doing a fun photo shoot on bridges, benches, fun fairs and cobbled streets with our photographer while our guests all drank champagne in our honour and got to know each other.

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We used The North Pom for all our decorations (our guests were stunned by how amazing the venue looked).

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A friend brewed and bottled a beer especially for us, Craig designed (that’s his business) labels for them so each guest had a commemorative beer. He also designed beer mats featuring us as kids. We set up an old suitcase with wooden printers letters spelling out CARDS as a drop off point for our guests well wishes. I spent two years collecting vintage china for each place setting and family table linens completed the look.

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We are real pudding fans, it’s our thing (no doubt why all the vintage frocks were too small on me!) so after failing miserably to narrow it down to one cake we opted for a whole table of them! There was umpteen trifles, numerous big fat prize winning cakes, pretty stacks of dainty cakes. We dubbed the table “The Darling Puds Of May”.

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One of our bridesmaid’s dad DJ Pete Balmer has many years DJing under his belt so we chose him for our evening entertainment. He was fantastic and even came to our house a month before the wedding and we went over absolute musts and definite no no’s. He was brilliant and we all danced non stop!

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After the wedding we had a good old British Honeymoon by the sea in Dorset followed by a stay in the wonderfully ancient city of Bath.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to beg, borrow and make! Oh and don’t be afraid to ask for money rather than presents, nobody minds and ours paid for our honeymoon including spends!

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Congratulations Vanessa & Craig

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: The Farmer Wants A Wife! A Real Wedding In Cumbria – Lisa & Gavin

December 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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This afternoon, I bring you the beautiful Real Wedding of Brides Up North reader Lisa and her new husband Gavin.  Lisa and Gavin’s Cumbrian countryside celebration was full of all my favourite things – cool cars, beautiful blooms, individuality, steak pies (served at the table), paper pom poms, pink roses, huge smiles and buckets of confetti.  Just one thing was missing – my invitation!

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Enjoy!  With images by Joe Mather.

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Lisa says:  We got engaged on the last night of our holiday in Cyprus last October, it was typical laid back Gavin style, we were just chilling in our hotel room, I thought he was joking! We celebrated with a glass of shandy… all we had in the room was a can of lager and some lemonade!

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We were married on Saturday 25th August 2012 at St Johns Church, Levens, near Kendal, Cumbria, with reception a mile up the road at Heaves Farm, Levens – my parent’s farm where I grew up.

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Since I was little me and my Dad joked about having my wedding reception in the big stone barn at the top of the farmyard, so when we got engaged it was the obvious choice, we wanted something different, unique and personal for our wedding, and the barn was all those things. It was a lot of work but it looked magical and everyone absolutely loved it. Unfortunately it did have baby calves in it until three weeks before the day which was a bit of a worry…

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We stuck to a vintage rose, village fete type theme, with old fashioned cut glass cake stands filled with flowers for the centre pieces, lots of bunting and vintage inspired stationary designed by my brother with a dusky pink and pale green colour scheme. 

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I wore a Lou Lou Bridal tea length dress from Kokoa Bride in Penrith. I’d always wanted a short wedding dress and it made perfect sense with our wedding being on a farm, no worries about my dress getting dirty! It was so easy and fun to wear, I absolutely loved wearing it and loved that it was so unusual. I wanted to totally surprise people.

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My hair was by Shelley Knowles and make up by Beauty Simply

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My three adult bridesmaids wore dusky pink tea length dresses from Very.com and the two little flower girls wore beautifully embroidered ivory dresses from M&S and flower garlands, they chose the dresses themselves because they were the most twirly! The boys all wore grey suits, silver polka dotted waistcoats and green ties/cravats from Marrime in Kendal.

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Gavin’s sister Joanne and his Mum’s friend Sue took charge of the flowers, the main flowers were vintage looking roses and the rest I left up to them, they were beautiful. Each bouquet was tied with a piece of lace from my Nan’s wedding dress.

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Gavin is the most laid back last minute person ever, so to get him involved we agreed he’d be in charge of sorting the transport… I was honestly expecting a tractor and trailer when a beautiful vintage VW camper arrived for the bridesmaids and a VW white soft top beetle for me and my Dad. I was over the moon and they were perfect, the boy did good.

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Gavin’s sister and brother in law have a shop in Kendal called Armstrong Ward Lifestore, its beautiful so we asked them to help with decorations, they came up with the giant pink and green tissue paper pom poms we suspended with fishing wire from the ceiling, all 120 of them!

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We used local caterer Liz Clarke for the food, when discussing potential mains we both immediately suggested Liz’s famous auction mart steak pie, it is a massive hit in the auction! It went down a storm and just suited our day perfectly. We also served rose veal burgers from our farm (Heaves Farm Veal) for the evening meal which were delicious.

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Our photographer, Joe Mather was a friend of mine from school, it was nice to have him there taking pictures instead of a complete stranger and we are absolutely delighted with our photos, he captured the feeling of our wedding day perfectly.

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We surprised one person on each table with a parcel, the tag said ‘here’s a little gift for you, please DO NOT OPEN until we ask you to’. After the starters were cleared we asked those people to stand and open it, each parcel had an individual novelty apron in especially chosen for them, and asked them to serve the steak pie we’d chosen for lunch! It was very funny seeing people’s reactions, the whole room just erupted in laughter, it really set the atmosphere for the rest of the day.

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We had both a DJ and a live band, 24-7 who had been recommended to us by a friend, we loved them, they were perfect for our relaxed, party atmosphere, the dance floor was full all night.

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For evening dessert we surprised everyone by arranging a local ice cream van to arrive with its music blaring, my Dad told the story in his speech of how when I was a little girl I always heard the ice cream van go passed down to the village and it never stopped for us up at the farm, my Dad always promised one day he’d get it to come… it was brilliant, and such a great, no fuss novelty dessert.

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I had a few favourite bits! loved walking in to the church, kissing my new husband, walking out of the church as man and wife, seeing everyone open their aprons at dinner, the speeches, dancing all night and the ice cream van!

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I also loved the run up to the day, the barn was a hive of activity for about three weeks before the wedding, it was so much fun and so many people were involved; from ironing the borrowed bunting to fluffing or tying up pom poms, putting up the tent, painting signs and even the aunties and grandmas helping with the constant supply of tea and cake!

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After the wedding we travelled around New Zealand for three weeks in a camper van, it was amazing! We swam with dolphins, climbed a glacier, went white water rafting and even milked some cows (Gavin’s a farmer…!)

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to be as organised as you possibly can well before the day, use your family and friends wherever possible  -they really do want to be involved, and finally accept that something will go wrong…it’s how you deal with it that matters! Enjoy every second of it and relax!

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HEART Congratulations Lisa & Gavin! HEART

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Fancy seeing your own Real Wedding featured on these pages?  I’d love to hear from you – get in touch!

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Lovely Lace & Hay Bales! A Real Wedding In The Lake District – Lauren & Stephen

August 31st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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To me, this farm marquee wedding sent to me by Mick Cookson Photography and real bride Lauren, is just perfect – love, laughs, decorations to die for, beautiful blooms, the perfect wedding and totally rockin’ something blue glitter heels. 

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I hope it makes your ritual Friday morning cuppa and bacon sarnie all the more pleasurable!

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Lauren says:  We got engaged on the 22nd January 2012 in Glasgow, under the fairy lights at the Royal Exchange Square. It was very sweet and we went ring shopping the next day in the famous jewellery arcade. That itself was an amazing experience!

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We were married on 11 August 2012 in the little village where I grew up, Grayrigg, which is near Kendal in Cumbria. We then had the reception in a marquee on mum and dad’s farm, which is literally a field away from the Church.

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Grayrigg church was where I was christened and confirmed, where I had attended throughout primary school and a part of the village & community that I had grown up in. We wouldn’t have got married anywhere else! Having a marquee reception just meant we could have the relaxed feel we wanted, have an input into every aspect of the day and keep an eye on costs more easily.

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We didn’t have a theme as such. We both just wanted the day to feel relaxed and easy. Neither of us really stand on ceremony so we didn’t want any pomp but we still wanted the day to be special. I guess a certain “rustic-ness” tied everything together.

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Our bridesmaids dresses were a sweet pea purple. The flowers that we had were all different shades of pink and purple, as were the decorations in the marquee. We tried to keep everything else relatively neutral or rustic.

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My dress was an Enzoani by Benjamin Roberts lace gown which we bought from Marrime in Kendal. The girls in the shop were so lovely and as soon as I tried the dress on I loved it. It was very “me” but I still felt special.

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We bought our bridesmaids dresses online from China. They were from a company called Dressilyme. I did have a bit of bother with them but they had exactly the colour that I wanted and I’m glad I persevered with them. I let the girls choose their own dresses. They decided on a length together and I said I would like a chiffon fabric and we went from there. I just wanted them to feel comfortable in what they were wearing. We hired Steven and the boys’ suits from Greenwoods.

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My friends’ dad kindly acted as chauffeur and drove myself and the bridesmaids to church in his Discovery. One of Steven’s best men arranged for a Mercedes to take Steven to church.

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I carried a gorgeous bouquet made by Gillian Rowlinson. It contained sweet peas and hydrangeas (and some others I don’t know the name of!). She also made the bouquets for the girls, the boys buttonholes and an adorable wand for our little flowergirl.

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There are too many special moments to choose a favourite! Coming out of the church with Steven to our guard of honour from the Young Farmers and half the village being there to watch, all of the speeches were brilliant, and the first dance wasn’t nearly half as scary as I was thinking it would be!

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We are so lucky that we have a very talented and skilled group of friends and family! Steven’s nan and her friend did the flowers for the Church and the reception. My wonderful nan made and decorated our lovely cake (and a couple of surprise ones too!). Steven’s brother is an electrician and he and his boss hung and lit all our lanterns. I, together with help from bridesmaids, Mum and Steven made all the stationery, the favours, the pom poms, the moustache straws and the table centrepieces.

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We have a fabulous group of friends who came and helped us put the tent up and the put the flooring down, fluff pom poms, hang lights and fill jam jars with candles – we’re very lucky! We hired the marquee from a local agricultural society and the caterer, Alison Thompson, is again someone we know locally. Her food was so lovely and just what we wanted! We had individual roasts of lamb, and a nominated carver at each table, which acted as bit of an ice breaker.

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! I particularly liked the favours. The boys had sheep dip whiskey and the girls had brown cow cocktail. Steven is a sheep farmer and my mum and dad keep Ayrshire cows (they are brown and white). I think the brown cow cocktail was a little less potent than the whiskey!

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In the evening, we had a band, called the Jeps, who were fantastic and then a DJ.

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We haven’t been on our honeymoon yet, we are taking the opportunity to go somewhere we have both always wanted to and are heading off to New Zealand in November. That time of year was better weather wise over there. Steven also has less commitments on the farm then and it means we get to prolong our celebrations just a bit longer!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to let people help and enjoy the planning, don’t stress about it!

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This might sound odd but I think a lot of the moments I will always cherish happened before the wedding – days out with my nan and mum shopping for my dress and outfits, sat in the back garden with the girls and lots of cider on a sunny bank holiday making invites, Steven practically falling in the river as we tried to get bark to make our centrepieces and bribing an army of pom pom fluffers with pizza a couple of nights before the wedding. All priceless and all made our whole day all the more special to us.

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Congratulations Lauren & Stephen!

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Are you newly wed?  Contact me to see your Real Wedding on the blog. 

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Eye Of The Tiger! A Real Wedding In The Lake District – Laura & Richard

August 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Never fear! Brides Up North is here to soften the back to work gloom, with a full schedule of Real Wedding gorgeousness this Tuesday.  Starting off the pretty, a stunning Grasmere celebration packed full of beautiful details and beautiful people, sent to me by real bride Laura and Tom Bramwell Photography

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Let’s hear from Laura:  Richard asked me to marry him on a weekend break in Dublin in July 2011 and we were married on 24 May 2012 at Dale Lodge, Grasmere in the Lake District, Cumbria.

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We wanted somewhere cosy and friendly and we knew as soon as we walked in that this venue was perfect for us. Not too large but big enough to accommodate all of our family and friends. It had a homely feel which made us and our guests feel welcome. The setting in Grasmere was idyllic and the staff were just amazing.

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We didn’t have a specific theme, we just picked all of the things that we liked and waited to see how it all came together.  The bridesmaids wore Sailor Blue, but the groomsmen all chose their own colours. The flowers were all whites, ivories and greens as I love simple white flowers.

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I wore a fitted, lace vintage style gown with a slight fishtail and train and high neckline, I matched it with a floor length veil. The wedding dress and veil were both from Justin Alexander bought at Marrime in Kendal.

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My bridesmaids wore floor length, chiffon gowns from Dessy, also bought at Marrime in Kendal. The groom and groomsmen all chose to wear their own suits. This allowed them to express their own personality, but also I wanted them all to feel comfortable. The groom and some others had suits tailor made by Moss Bespoke in Manchester.

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I had a hand tied bouquet made from gypsophelia, phlox, stocks and freesias with lots of foliage. My bridesmaids carried smaller versions of my bouquet.  All our flowers were by Claire at Flowers by Popplemire

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My favourite special touch was surprising my husband by arranging for the Eye Of The Tiger to be played as we walked back down the aisle. His favourite film is Rocky and he loves that song, he knew nothing about it and his face was priceless.

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I would really struggle to name a perfect moment as the whole day was everything we wanted and more. One of the moments that I will never forget is as we walked out of the venue after the ceremony into the grounds.  Two fighter jets flew at low altitude right over our heads!  My father passed away in 2005 and he was a huge aircraft enthusiast. It was almost like a little gift from him and it was absolutely perfect!

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As we had exclusive use of the venue I bought some of my own decorations which we scattered around the hotel. Most notably we took photos from past family weddings on both sides and placed them around the hotel. I also placed sweet jars in various rooms which I made myself, and I converted an old picnic basket into a card basket for the entrance hall.

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For our entertainment we used Pete Lashley, a fantastic local musician who played the first few hours of the night and then we had DJ Travis, a local DJ who came in to play for the rest of the evening.

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Our cake was a three tier fruit cake with ivory icing, with lace and pearl effect and a bow. It was made my one of my best and oldest friends who offered to make it as a present. Despite only having a few quick conversations giving her a very rough idea of what I wanted, Jess made the most beautiful cake which matched everything else (especially my dress which she had never seen!) absolutely perfectly.

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We haven’t had our honeymoon yet due to other commitments, so we’re saving and we are hoping to go on a holiday of a lifetime next year. Something to look forward to!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t get too bogged down in planning every tiny little detail. If you make sure that your guests are looked after and have a good time then you will have the most wonderful day, because despite anything else, nothing for me beats being with all the people you love and having an amazing time!

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Congratulations Laura & Richard!

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If you would like your Real Wedding to feature on Brides Up North, all you need to do is get in touch.

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