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Garden Party. La Sposa For A Real Wedding At Hilltop Country House – Claire & Ben

November 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Lee Brown Photography

The people in the above photograph just happen to have been responsible for some of the worst hangovers in my whole life (the last on Friday morning, thanks to a flying visit and some Beaujolais Nouveau).  They are my great friends Claire and Ben and I’m thrilled to share their Real Wedding at the beautiful Hilltop Country House – one of our fabulous new wedding exhibition venues for 2014 – on the blog this morning and kick starting the week.

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Lee Brown Photography, Ben and Claire’s wedding – at which I was honoured to be a guest – was oh so pretty, personal and lots of fun (from what I can remember of it)!  I hope the sun shines on their marriage as it did on their wedding day, bright and beautiful.  I know it will. 

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Claire says:  Ben asked me to marry him in November 2011 at the Feversham Arms Spa Hotel in North Yorkshire and we were married on Saturday 8th June 2013 at the beautiful Pott Shrigley Church followed by our reception at Hilltop Country House, Prestbury.

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

We wanted a summer themed party and Hilltop had fantastic tiered gardens, a great marquee set-up and excellent hosts who we knew would do a really good job for us on the day.

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

We both (shamelessly) like our holidays and we wanted an almost Caribbean theme, so we organised mojitos and a steel band for the drinks reception. Luckily, the sun was shining all day too!  The colour palette was pastels and we had a pale mint green with lace details.

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

My dress was from La Sposa and Ben wore a morning suit from the vintage collection at Austin Reed.  The bridesmaids wore mint lace dresses from Marks and Spencer.  The groomsmen wore classic morning suits from Austin Reed vintage with mint ties and a grey waistcoats. 

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

All the flowers were from Zu Zu’s Petals and my bouquet was perfect for the colour theme.

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

We had two open top Victorian cars. Ben reminds me that I wouldn’t let him have the roof down though so it didn’t spoil my hair!

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

As well as the steel band during the drinks we had garden games such as croquet, boules and giant Jenga on the lawns.

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

We had some great quality food at the wedding breakfast and then cheese, crackers, chutney and port later in the evening.  Our wines and champagne were from Villa St Simon in Bordeaux. 

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Our cake was a tiered design from a shop called Choccywoccydodah. One tier was lemon, the next was chocolate, the top was coffee. The outside of the cake was covered in white chocolate icing with mint stripes to match our colour theme.

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As a surprise to us, we had a TV screen on loop throughout the day in the marquee playing a montage of shots of both of us as babies and toddlers.

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

We loved every bit of it but, if we had to choose, my favourite part was the service and Ben’s was either arriving at the venue and seeing how great it looked, or, oddly for him (!) even the first dance.

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Lee Brown Photography

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Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

We had a band called A Few Good Men after dinner and we finished with a DJ. The speeches were also good entertainment too!

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

For our honeymoon we went to the USA – New York, Las Vegas , San Francisco and then we drove down Route One to LA and San Diego. We were away for just under the weeks.

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try and get all the last minute “small” details sorted at least a couple of days before the big day – then take some time to relax in those last few days beforehand.

Lee Brown Photography

Congratulations Claire & Ben!

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Perfect Peace. A Blue 1950s Vintage Wedding Dress For A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Charlotte & Lee

November 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Kirsty Mattsson

And that’s a wrap! 

I’ve just called time on our seventeenth luxury wedding exhibition of the year at the National Railway Museum in York, and our last of the autumn/ winter season 2013.  It’s been epic, and I have you lovely lot to thank for that.  I have the best readers and wedding industry supporters (but then we always knew that, didn’t we?)!

My legs are killing me and I’m cream crackered, but my head is all of a buzz with big ideas, new plans and daring dreams of how to take this Northern Revolution to the next level in this our 4th year and into 2014.  Whilst I have a cheeky lie in (come on, I deserve it!) and attempt to decompress a little – a plan built on hyperactivity is no plan at all after all – I’m leaving you with something pure and pretty to greet you this Monday morning.

After the full on, high octane activity and inspiration of this weekend, blogging Charlotte and Lee’s stunning yet simple Real Wedding was an absolute joy.  Their images, by Kirsty Mattsson, capture a calm and sincere celebration, that’s a little different and a lot beautiful. Bliss.

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Charlotte says:  We got engaged in October 2010 at Oktoberfest in Munich (whilst in a beer hall!) and were married on 7th September 2013 atHensall Church for our ceremony and Womersley Park for our reception. 

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Hensall is the village where I grew up so the church has a long family history; I was the 4th generation to marry in this church on my mum’s side so it was important that we got married here. Womersley Park is a beautiful venue not far from the church

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

I chose an ice blue 1950’s vintage dress. It was from a wonderful shop in York called Glory Days Vintage.

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

The bridesmaids wore a vintage style ivory lace dress from Monsoon  and the Lee wore a Paul Smith suit, shirt and tie.

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

My flowers were a mixture of country flowers, with lavender and gypsophila by Lisa’s Flowers in Selby. 

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Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

The owner of Womersley Park drove us back to the venue in his vintage Bentley convertible.

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

We went for a vintage tea party with a country, village feel.  We hired a beautiful marquee by Shades Of India and kitted it out using Bar Hire Yorkshire and Wendy’s Vintage Tea Parties

Kirsty Mattsson

Our colour scheme was quite mix and match, but with lots of pastels and blue.  A lot of things were made by me, my family and friends which gave the day a personal touch. We made the invitations, favours, seating plan (which was a suitcase to show off our honeymoon), macaroons and wishing tree. 

Kirsty Mattsson

Our wedding cake was a vanilla sponge with beautiful cream and blue icing.

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Our wedding video was by Silver Sixpence Films and our beautiful images by Kirsty Mattsson. 

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

In the evening we had a fantastic band called Alex Graham and the Concords who I can’t recommend enough! They got everyone on their feet and really started off the evening with a bang! We also used a great DJ called Craig Halligan who created a great atmosphere and played the songs we wanted, again I would wholly recommend him. 

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

The whole day was amazing.  The ceremony was lovely and the band really transformed the day.

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

For our honeymoon, we have booked a self-drive tour of the American deep south, from Nashville to new Orleans in May 2014.  We can’t wait! 

Kirsty Mattsson

My top tip for other Brides Up North is to create the day that you want, find suppliers that you trust and add lots of personal touches!

Kirsty Mattsson

 

Congratulations Charlotte & Lee!

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Homespun. Benjamin Roberts For A Real Teepee Wedding in Yorkshire – Charlie & Sam

November 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

WH Photography

On with the pretty as we steam ahead into Tuesday.  This morning we join Brides Up North reader Charlie and her new husband Sam for their homespun celebration under canvas.  From their meaningful ceremony to their Bond style get-a-away (read on) everything about this wedding is fun and fabulous.  I love.  

With images by WH Photography.

WH Photography

WH Photography

Charlie says:  Sam asked me to marry him on Primrose Hill in London last July, and we were married on 24th August 2013. 

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

We were married in my home church in Swanland, and our reception was in tipis at a boat club in Brough.  From the off we were keen to have a marquee wedding as we liked the idea of being able to personalise it. We loved the tipis as soon as we saw them, so from there it was a case of finding somewhere to put them! My family does a lot of sailing at Welton Waters and it wasn’t an obvious choice but it turned out to be a brilliant one.

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

I knew I wanted a lace dress before I started searching, After doing a bit of shopping we took a chance trip to the Bridal Factory Outlet in Northallerton where we ended up buying my dress by Benjamin Roberts for half its original price! I then hunted around for some matching lace, and asked a friend to add it to the bottom of the dress, as well as adding some buttons to the back and altering the neckline.

I also really wanted a lace trim veil, but they cost a lot of money! So I bought some veiling tulle and over 10m of lace trim and my mum very patiently sewed it all on. My top tip if you do it this way is to wash the veil a few times with fabric softener as it makes the veil much softer, like some of the more expensive veils.

My shoes were gold glittery peep toes from Dorothy Perkins!

WH Photography

WH Photography

I had an idea in my head of what I wanted my bridesmaids to wear, so I found a pattern, bought some fabric and found a dressmaker to make them. I had seven bridesmaids, and between them they wore four different shades of blue. I made them each a little belt in a nude colour to match their shoes, by sewing some motifs that I found on Etsy to some satin ribbon.

The groomsmen wore grey suits from Greenwoods, with a waistcoat and ruche in two different shades of blue to match the bridesmaids.

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

My bouquet had a mix of white and peach roses, cornflowers and rosemary, and my bridesmaids carried a mix of gypsophila and cornflowers. 

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

The best part of the day was definitely the service. We both love God and believe that our vows were made with him at the centre so this was the most important part of the day for us. It was so overwhelming to see so many friends and family, and it was really nice to have tea and cake after the service for everyone who came to the wedding.

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

We travelled from the church to our venue in a copper coloured VW campervan from Big Day Buses who were great.

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WH Photography

Our photographer Will (W H Photography) was brilliant, we hardly noticed him taking photos and yet he caught so many important moments.

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

We didn’t really have a theme but we wanted to keep things rustic and a bit different. In hindsight, the theme could probably be ‘homemade’, as just about everything had a homemade touch, from the orders of service and seating plan, to the floral garlands (achieved through my mum’s creation of ‘oasis’ sausages’) and bunting.

WH Photography

WH Photography

One of the best things about our wedding was how brilliant all our different suppliers were,

Totally Tipi were so friendly throughout the whole process, and were always willing to meet our requests. And the tipis were just fantastic on the day.

Our food was done by Feast Yorkshire and everyone has said how amazing it was. Siobhan who runs Feast Yorkshire studied art before going into catering, and so her food doesn’t just taste amazing – it looks amazing too.

Luisianna’s Bars provided us with our drinks – Ben and the team were so friendly and provided a brilliant service on the day.

WH Photography

WH Photography

For our table names we decided to use names of all the streets where we’ve lived. We have always lived in different places, so we thought it would be nice if people could learn a bit about both of us – so we wrote a little bit about each place on the back of each of the street signs.

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

I’ve never liked standard wedding cake, so we went for cute white chocolate cake from M&S which we decorated with fruit.

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

A good friend of mine is the lead singer of a brilliant York-based band called Bluephunk. We knew they could get everyone dancing!

WH Photography

One of the coolest parts of our day was our exit.. on a speed boat. We tried to keep it a secret so it was a good surprise for our guests.

WH Photography

WH Photography

Sam organised the honeymoon as a surprise, and I didn’t find out until I got to the airport. He took me to the north coast of Italy for a week, and then to Sicily for a few days.

WH Photography

WH Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that if you are doing a homemade wedding, try and get as much as you can done by the day before the day before so you can take in everything that is happening.

It is true that the day goes too fast, but remember that the end of the day is the beginning of your marriage.

WH Photography

Congratulations Charlie & Sam!

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Super Fly! A Real Wedding In North Wales – Eleanor & Paul

February 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Photography by Helen Venables

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I should probably count my blessings that it isn’t sleeting, but I couldn’t let another dull, grey Tuesday finish without bringing you another beautiful Real Wedding

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As it turns out, I had something rather special up my sleeve all along.  Eleanor and Paul’s big day (planned to perfection by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Andrea of Fabulous Day) is cool, colourful, under canvas and full of surprise details.  Look out overhead!  And I say, let the sun shine!

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With images by Helen Venables

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Eleanor says:  Paul asked me to marry him in January 2012 in Central Park in New York and we were married on 15th September 2012 at  Llanasa Church in North Wales and then had the reception in the grounds of my family home “Bryngwyn” in Axton, North Wales. 

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Three generations of my family have grown up at Bryngwyn and it’s a place that holds so many special memories. We didn’t look at any other wedding venues – there wasn’t really any question as to where we would have the reception – we were just really lucky that my parents were so accommodating!

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However the idea of traditional ‘white marquee’ wedding really did not appeal – for us it was too formal and restrictive. As soon as we found Event In A Tent and their teepees we knew we’d found the perfect solution as they were original, unique, fitted in with the look of the farm and suited our personalities.

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Photography by Helen Venables

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We really wanted to make a good first impression! We worked with Design Your Day who helped us deliver really unique wedding stationery. Paul is a pilot, with a lifelong obsession with planes so on Design Your Day’s suggestion we adopted the concept of ‘travel’ as our theme. The wedding invites were printed on luggage labels, with personalised photomontage postcards as RSVPs. We also used a small plane motif within the design which was then incorporated into the rest of the wedding stationary. We bound the invites and RSVP cards with specially designed ‘All you need is love’ cotton ribbon. This tag line also had wider connotations for us given that we met in Liverpool and love the Beatles and we incorporated it in other parts of the day. We also included the luggage tags within our table plan.

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Photography by Helen Venables

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We had no specific colour scheme- the one thing we didn’t want was uniformity. We wanted it to look seasonal – with all the colours reflecting the country location.

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Photography by Helen Venables

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My dress was lace and off the shoulder and I got it from Cheshire Brides in Frodsham. I really struggled to find a dress, however all the clichés were true, and when I saw my dress I fell in love with it!

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The bridesmaids wore dresses from Maids to Measure. My bridesmaids were a range of shapes and sizes and I wanted everyone to feel comfortable in their dresses – I chose the colour and then, together with Maids to Measure, everyone designed their own dresses. Each dress was then handmade and tailored to them. They looked great! The groomsmen hired their suits from Swarbricks in Manchester. The range of stock they held made sure that everyone’s suits all fitted perfectly!

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Photography by Helen Venables

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I carried sunflowers, together with mixed herbs and lavender by David Wayman Flowers – with the bridesmaids carrying smaller versions. Paul went for a mixed herb button hole. We also decorate the church with lots of sunflowers and at the reception we had lots of wild flowers throughout the tables.

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For both of us, saying our vows were a really special moment. Also the fact that we had both organised surprises for the other throughout the day was really special.  Originally we had planned to use friends’ cars as wedding transport. However, unbeknown to me, Paul arranged for a horse and carriage to transport me to and from the church. This was a childhood dream and a complete surprise (and created lots of tears)!

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Unbeknown to Paul and all the guests, I arranged for an aerobatic display at the reception by Mark Jefferies Air Displays – which was incredible. Everyone was in complete awe of the stunts by the reigning European aerobatic champion. We later heard that it brought traffic to a standstill over 10 miles away!

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Helen Venables was our amazing photographer and we also had a wedding film created for us by Lemongrove Productions. The careful edit was perfect and captured so many happy moments. We didn’t originally think we’d get a video but on reflection, its one of our most treasured things from the day.

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Photography by Helen Venables

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We were so lucky to have a very accommodating vicar who was more then happy for us to arrange for an owl to fly the rings down the isle when we exchanged our rings! ‘Snowy’ landed on the arm of my little brother, with the rings and it all went without a hitch. None of our guests knew about this and the look of surprise on their faces was brilliant!

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Photography by Helen Venables

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For us, detail (and a few surprises!) were central to our day. For the decor this ranged from personalised rosette name places (I am a keen horse rider), personalised ‘Mr and Mrs’ Bunting, handmade personalised flower crates (made by Paul’s dad), personalised aprons for our nominated carvers during the meal, handmade lanterns, personalised dog outfits (!) and signs. We also had lots of hay bales scattered around as additional outdoor seating and provided blankets which came in handy when it got chilly later in the evening.

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Vanilla in All Seasons were our caterers.  The food was incredible and everyone is still talking about it now!

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Photography by Helen Venables

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We chose a brilliant band called Under the Covers. They played for us in the afternoon too whilst everyone was gathering for canapés.  We also had a photo booth from Picture Blast which was fun!

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Straight after the wedding we went for a mini-moon to Cephalonia.  We are planning a trip to Antarctica later this year!

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Our top tip for other Brides Up North would be to consider hiring a wedding planner! We totally underestimated the amount of planning that goes into having a wedding at home – and it never once crossed our minds that we have to arrange and plan for things like generators, toilets and outside catering requirements! Luckily we managed to secure the services of Andrea Swift at Fabulous Day. Andrea was amazing. She took all the stress away from the planning process we meant that we could concentrate on the little details as ultimately we cared a lot more about the small touches and making things personal to us. 

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Congratulations Eleanor & Paul!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Helen Venables

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Super Cool Canvas! Supplier Showcase: TotallyTipi

January 22nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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John Steel Photography for TotallyTipi

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Ooh, I do like an evening spent under canvas.  But not camping (are you mad?) or even glamping (should ever two words not be mashed together glamour and camping are those words!), but a party under canvas in a Scandinavian tipi tent is another thing entirely.  It’s thoroughly cool for a start.

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Gleaming dance floors, fur throws, open fires, fabulous decor… and not a camping stove in site.  This is the life!

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This afternoon we talk to the lovely Laura and Jay or Brides Up North Featured Supplier TotallyTipi about how you can make your wedding celebration stand out from the crowd.  With images by John Steel Photography and LMX Creative.

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When did TotallyTipi begin and why?

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TotallyTipi Ltd was born in 2011 having been at a wedding in a two-tipi setup two years earlier. We fell in love with them immediately and thought more people should benefit from their beauty. Some research showed there was just one company in the region so we felt there was space in the market for us to set up – and here we are! Founders Jay and Laura are both from creative backgrounds, Jay in media and events and Laura in design.

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Tell Brides Up North about the service that you offer?

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TotallyTipi’s focus is on providing giant tipi ‘kata’ tents for weddings and events. But that’s not all. Everyone has their own personal idea of what makes a perfect event and we like to help make it a one-off in whatever way we can. This can be help in choosing the right location or connecting a client with others in the wedding industry who can, for instance, theme and dress the tents or offer a load of finishing touches for hire so they can explore their creative side and dress the tents themselves.

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Generally speaking we get two ‘types’ of client. Those who love the tents and work everything out around the tents (such as the venue) and those who have their venue but are undecided on whether to hire teepees or a marquee.

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John Steel Photography for TotallyTipi

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John Steel Photography for TotallyTipi

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John Steel Photography for TotallyTipi

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Tell Brides Up North about your teepees?

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Warming, cosy, rustic or formal, the teepees are very adaptable and so beautiful that they can look stunning even with minimal decor. Having a wedding or reception inside a tipi will ensure people remember it for a long time.

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Inside a tipi there is a feeling of fusing the natural world outside, with stylish and comfortable surroundings inside, at a location that could be right in your back yard (literally!) or in the middle of sweeping countryside.

Multiple teepees are connected using special methods to make event spaces as small or large as a client dictates. Each one is just over 10m in diameter and is supported by nine solid wooden poles measuring over eight metres in length! The trees used for the tipi poles are specially grown in Sweden for strength and flexibility and are typically 100 years old when felled- very strong!

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The fabric is waterproof yet breathable so you don’t get condensation drips and it traps in a surprising amount of heat!

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This type of tipi is also describes as a ‘Giant Hat’ as all of the sides can be propped up so one tipi on its own looks just like a witches hat. This technique of having the sides raised really can bring the outside in – particularly wonderful on a warm summer’s eve…

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Furthermore, one of the unique aspects of a tipi is the ability to have a real indoor fire thanks to its conical design. It provides heat as well as a warming atmosphere and smoke flaps at the tip of the tipi act as the chimney .

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What sets TotallyTipi apart from your competition?

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TotallyTipi are a small, friendly, experienced company based in South Yorkshire, run by partners (in business and life!) Jay and Laura. Being a small company we take pride in every detail of our events and offer a very personal touch to our brides and grooms. Our team has experience of several hundred tipi set-ups so our couples can be assured of our quality.

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Because we are dedicated to creating perfect events, we manage our workload to ensure that each customer gets enough of our time so every event is planned and delivered with minimum hassle and to the highest standards of customer service.

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We are also soon unveil our beautiful bespoke TotallyTipi wooden tables and dance floor for 2013. These will be very unique and not like anything else available to hire. We are very excited about these! Watch this space.

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With TotallyTipi, what you see is what you get. There are no hidden extras – and we give our couples full scope to make an event their own or provide the complete arrive-and-it’s-all-done-for-you service.

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Are teepees good for winter as well as summer weddings?

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This is a question we are often asked and the answer is yes!

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The giant tipi design is inspired by the traditional teepees lived in by the Sami people of Lapland – so they’re built to withstand the weather and contain warmth.  There is a lot of skill involved in joining the teepees so that they are fully weather-proof. This is where our team’s vast experience is invaluable. Our Operations Director brings with him the wealth of knowledge gained from several hundred tipi and marquee set-ups so we are confident that we can handle whatever the weather throws at us!

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Plus there’s our secret weapon – the indirect space heater. This blasts warm, fume-free air to keep you toasty all day long.

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Tell Brides Up North about the Snowflakes and Schnapps event (pictured)?

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This was a collaboration between TotallyTipi, Chilled Events and Horti-Couture at Thwaites Mill to provide a pop-up Christmas party venue in Leeds. Thwaites Mill is just 2 miles from the city centre and is a gorgeous hidden gem. The teepees looked stunning against the backdrop of trees and the beautiful old buildings at the mill.

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We wanted to show that the tents are good for the winter months and have them out and about rather than hanging about in their bags!

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As Christmas events are an obvious choice, we worked with Chilled Events who brought in the clients.

The events were a hit and despite it being -3c outside, we had to turn the heating down! We’re certainly hoping to do more in 2013.

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LMX Creative for TotallyTipi

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What extras are available for a couple hiring a tipi?

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In order to help make our events as bespoke required, we don’t have a ‘set list’ of accessories for hire; we have access to a constantly evolving, HUGE list of accessories, furniture, fabrics and decor that can be hired to furnish the teepees. From the smallest rustic vase to the most twinkling grand chandelier, we can help!

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We can also bring the flames outdoors with our recycled Indian fire bowls which have optional hanging bowls for mulled wine or a chilli and our festoon-lit walkway (pictured) adds a real hit of glamour on approach to the tipi.

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Where are you located and can you travel?

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We’re based in South Yorkshire, S75 between Barnsley and Wakefield but travel nationwide across England, Scotland and Wales. It’s a great spot because Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester are all a hop, skip and a jump away with easy access to the M1 and A1.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Most events for 100 people work out at around £4,000 including lighting, tables, chairs, dance floor and the fire.  Numbers of 100 – 150 guests require a third tipi which adds an average of £2,000 to the price by the time you’ve also accounted for the additional flooring and lighting.

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How can Brides Up North find out more?

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Visit the TotallyTipi website or get in touch direct! We’re available 7 days a week for enquiries either on 08456 805 209 or via email info@totallytipi.com.

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Multi-coloured Canvas! A Real Teepee Wedding In Yorkshire – Catherine & Tom

August 3rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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When this beautiful (and fun!) Real Wedding shot by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Chris Milner Photography landed in my inbox this week I just couldn’t wait to share it with you, so I bumped my line up of posts for a Friday afternoon and decided to treat y’all instead. 

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The perfect way to finish a bumper week of Real Weddings here on the wedding blog, and a sunny(ish) Friday.  Relish in it!

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Have a great weekend Brides Up North!  No rest for the wicked though, I’ll be back here bright and early tomorrow with more loveliness for you to get stuck into.  See you then!

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Catherine says:  Thomas proposed on my birthday in May 2011 at our home in Leeds. He’d been trying to think of a different and original way of asking me to marry him. He’d done the proper thing of asking my Dad first but then struggled with how he was going to execute the proposal! In the end, one of my favourite songs begun to play whilst we were getting ready to go visit my parents and he got down on one knee and asked me. It was simple and perfect.

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We were married on Saturday 2nd June 2012 at St Particks Church, Patrington, East Yorkshire followed by the reception in teepees on my parents farm where I grew up. 

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We chose to use Papakata for our teepees as they were original, unique, fitted in with the look of the farm and suited our personalities. Also, it enabled us to have our reception on the farm which is a place that means a lot to us both.  Papakata were amazing. They couldn’t do enough for us from start to finish.

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We didn’t originally have a theme, but when people asked us we said the theme was “us”; everything that we did was to reflect our personalities and the things we liked, which made it great fun to plan! As we began to design our wedding invitations, we adopted the tag line “All you need is love”, and this then appeared in various forms throughout the day. We used this song to walk out of the church to!

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Our colour scheme was multi-coloured. We wanted a mix of everything, which made it easy to plan. All the groomsmen had multi-coloured ties and the bridesmaids were in a burnt coral colour.

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We used I Love VW Weddings for our VW camper van which was used to transport the bridal party to and from church. The church was a short distance from the farm so two cars would have been a waste of money so we went for the van which took the bridesmaids and then returned for myself and Dad, and then brought the girls and me and Thomas back to the farm.

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I always knew my dress would have lace on it so this is what I looked for. I was reluctant to spend a lot on a dress so after going to a couple of bridal shops and knowing exactly what I did and didn’t like, a friend told me about the Kirkstall Bridal Warehouse, which sells designer dresses at 70% off retail prices due to them being ex catwalk or sample dresses. My dress was a 2-piece by Cymbeline and did have long sleeves but I asked my seamstress to customise it by cutting them off and making a choker and gloves with the lace.

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My bridesmaids wore a one shoulder strap full length dress from Dessy. This was in the colour firecraker from a shop in Bingley. Their brooches were their gift from me, handmade by Lou Lou Puchalka, Leeds.

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I carried a simple but vibrant bouquet of ranunculus which were a coral orange. They were so unusual and different.   Fleurs de Lisa provided the bridal bouquet and wild flowers for the tables. 

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We decorated the teepee with lots of home made touches: 70 hand-made (by the bride) love heart cushions which we tied to the back of the chairs; a caricature of ourselves, which a friend did as a wedding gift for our name cards and table number signs; “Drink me” tags on the bottles of wine; wish tags instead of a guest book – each guest was able to send us a short message or wish for our future together – and jars (collected over a few months with the help of family and friends) with hay tied round the tops and filled with natural looking flowers.

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Taste Cuisine were our caterers.  They prepared our arrival drink and served canapés, the wedding breakfast and evening butties and chips. Yum!

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For our wedding cake we decided to go for cheese as we couldn’t find a cake that we loved as much. We got it from Milly’s Organic shop in Leeds and constructed it ourselves on the day. On the back of this, and because Thomas loves it, we did a pork pie wedding cake which we served up alongside the cheese evening buffet and went down a storm.

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We had a Tug of War: the battle of East Yorkshire (Bride) vs West Yorkshire (Groom) and finally Bride vs Groom.  Loads of fun!

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There were so many elements of the day we loved so couldn’t narrow it down to just one moment. I think overall, having all our friends and family with us at one time was just amazing and so much fun. The day was exactly how we’d planned it.

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We went on a “mini moon” after the wedding to Venice, with our main honeymoon being in New York end of August.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every moment of planning your wedding and have no regrets. You only get to plan and experience your wedding once so let your personality and passions show through your wedding. We had so much fun planning the wedding together and that showed in the day itself. Give yourself plenty of time and try not to over think or over complicate things, just go with the flow and the ideas will follow.

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Congratulations Catherine & Thomas!

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Are you a newlywed?  Get in touch to share your Real Wedding memories with Brides Up North. 

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Aussie Rules! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Victoria & Nick

June 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today’s Real Wedding comes all the way from a land down under Yorkshire, and was sent to me by Lisa of Just Bespoke Wedding Planning and real bride Victoria.

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With some Australian touches to make the big day personal, this is a beautiful English wedding (that dress!  those blooms!) with an Aussie twist, and all the more gorgeous for it.

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Toss another shrimp on the… ok, I’ll stop now.  Enjoy. 

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Victoria says: We got engaged in Central Park in New York on 20th February 2010 and were married on 9th July 2011 in Sutton on the Forest, York. 

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It was a British summer wedding with Australian influences – Nick is Australian and many of his friends and family flew over from Australia for the wedding. 

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The wedding was held in the village church which is a 16th Century church. It is beautiful and full of character, a real traditional English setting!  The reception was held in a marquee at my parents place. The marquee and our home were brought to life with the wedding, it will always be memorable

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I wore a gorgeous lace Pronovias dress, and carried a bouquet of avalanche cream roses by Wards The Florist.

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My favourite moment has to be when we said “I do”: I felt like it was just Nick and I, alone in a world of our own.

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We travelled in style – beautiful vintage motors from Exclusive Wedding Cars.

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We played up the English/ Aussie theme with table names and baskets of flip flops or “thongs” – take your pick!  Guests also received welcome bags in their hotel rooms full of English and Australian finds such as Mrs Bailey’s Yorkshire pudding recipe and sweets from Oz.

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We chose a three tier cake by Imaginative Icing, with one lemon layer, one chocolate and one traditional fruit.  Instead of a traditional cake topper we used a figurine of a couple embracing on top of the cake.

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We planned a balloon release to kick off the evening entertainment, and then following the Jazz band from York University, hired a DJ from Alive & Sound – he played a variety of music to cater for all ages. He even played some Aussie classics.

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After the wedding, we honeymooned on safari round the Serengeti and then a beach holiday in Zanzibar. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to stay calm, any mistakes or things that go wrong only you will know as no one else knows what was planned, so they will see it as perfect. The day will be amazing, whatever happens, rain or shine. However, Excel will become your best friend!

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Congratulations Victoria & Nick!

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Summer of Love, A Real Wedding – Paul & Francesca

December 21st, 2010 | Julia Braime

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This morning, I have a very special Real Wedding to share with you.  Firstly, because I went to school with this lovely lovely man and secondly, because this is an account of a Real Wedding from the groom’s point of view.

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Take it away Paul: First of all we both knew we wanted something a little bit different. Nothing wild, crazy or so far out of the ordinary that people may not enjoy it, but something that was personal to us. Something that we wouldn’t see replicated and that meant finding a venue that we knew others wouldn’t have used. If we did this we would be sure that our memories would be unique and not clouded by revisiting the same venue in the future for other people’s weddings.

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Finding the perfect (unique) venue is not as easy as it sounds. There are lots of wonderful wedding venues such as castles, hotels and grand halls all over The North East, but nothing ticked all of the boxes for us. They would be either too small, too bland, too large, or awkward for people to get to from Durham & London, where the large proportion of our guests would be coming from.

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We decided that we would start with the church and take things from there. We are fortunate to live near a wonderful little church in Brancepeth called St Brandons, right next to Brancepeth Castle. A truly stunning location, and I will never forget the first time we walked through the doors together to have a look around, turning to look at each other and not being able to speak as we were overcome with emotion. We knew this was the place for us. The church had suffered a major fire in the early nineties, and was left in ruins. The local community spent hundreds of thousands of pounds restoring it to what can only be described as “an incredible level”. Although the seating and decor is not that of a normal church, it has been designed in such a way that you immediately fall in love with the place as soon as you set foot in it. We knew our guests would too.

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That same week we took a walk into Houghall woods to clear our heads and talked long and hard about our next move. Then it suddenly dawned on us. We had a beautiful piece of land at Poplar Tree Garden Centre. The Garden Centre is in 12 acres of land, and only 6 acres is taken up by the Centre itself, leaving a wonderful huge green field, right next to the River Wear, and with stunning scenery such as Houghall woods and Durham City. A venue that had never been used before, and in such a magical setting suddenly became appealing.

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To make the event work though we knew we needed a good marquee company, and the rest would fit into place. And it did. We contacted a local marquee company and decided on the size of the marquee we would need for up to 250 guests and then once that was agreed we were able to contact caterers, entertainment companies and everything else we could think of and designed a wonderful layout, ready for the perfect day.

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Francesca decided to go for a black and Ivory theme, which she could picture in her head from day one. The decor in the marquee would reflect that of the wedding attire, which meant stunning silver bridesmaid dresses, grey and silver groomsmen suits, and a gorgeous long Ivory wedding dress for the bride.

 

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Francesca wanted to arrive at the church in style, and that she did, with a horse and carriage that picked her up from her house, and took her the short distance to the church, where everyone was stunned with amazement at how beautiful she looked climbing down from the carriage. The wedding cars followed carrying the bridesmaids. All 8 of them, and our little flower girl Katelyn, who did a magnificent job, and looked like a little angel.

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The Ushers were already at the Church doing a wonderful job and everyone had been seated. Poplar Tree Florist had put together some huge floral arrangements, and placed them around the church. They looked fantastic, but the main focal points were the floral archways, also made by Poplar Tree. As you can see, they were a uniquely magical feature – spread down the aisle for the bridal party to walk through, creating some wonderful shots for our photographer and videographer.

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After the tear-jerking wedding was over, the string quartet kept everyone smiling with some lovely music, as guests stood outside drinking Pimms and Champagne. The time flew by and all of a sudden we realised we had to make a move to the second venue.

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No one knew how they would be getting to Poplar Tree Garden Centre, a 5 mile drive across to the other side of Durham. Guests had been told that transport had been organised but nothing else. It was a surprise. When a London bus arrived at Brancepeth Castle, jaws hit the ground, cameras came flying out, and the excitement grew. The ushers made sure everyone got a place on the bus, and set off ahead so that they could welcome everyone to the marquee when it got there.

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The marquee had taken 4 days to erect, and 2 days to decorate. The decorating was done by the Bride, Groom, mothers of the bride and groom, the best man, bridesmaids, family, and anyone else who had time on their hands. It really was a team effort. Without those people we would have been stranded as 25 large heavy tables, 150 chairs, a stage, toilets, generators, cabling and all the decorations had to be done by ourselves. We knew this would be the difficult part of not having a venue such as a hotel or hall, where these jobs would have been taken care of by the wedding planner, but we enjoyed creating our fairytale by ourselves. We had full control over how everything would look. And this was exactly what we wanted.

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The guests arrived to more Pimms, champagne, and a pianist playing lovely music. Guests were able to stand out in the warm sunshine as we went through group photos down by the river and in between the trees. By 3pm, guests had been greeted individually & ushered into the venue, and again were taken back by the beautiful decor. All the hard work had paid off. Now it was time to relax. Everything from then on went to plan.

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The speeches were fantastic, and Ramside Event Catering did a magnificent job of making sure everyone had the tastiest food and drink imaginable. Their service, food and conduct was magnificent throughout. They were a pleasure to have around and their staff were very highly trained, polite and hard working.

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The huge floral decorations that Francesca had created for centrepieces, and Poplar Tree Florist had put together, were placed in giant black champagne glasses and consisted of black, ivory and silver feathers and flowers. They looked magnificent. The bride had chosen well. They were accompanied by sprinklings of little diamonds, large mirrors, rose petals and lovely cutlery on the tables which had been covered with brand new white Table cloths. Artificial trees spread around the marquee broke up the blandness of the white draping, and 15 metres of “starlit sky draping” lit up the dancefloor & stage area beautifully as the music began, and evening guests arrived.

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Music was a key theme for us and we wanted a band who were flexible and able to adapt to various stages of the day, and be in different places as the party moved around the two locations. The band we chose were Boogie Down from Newcastle. Being an 8 piece jazz band, different members were able to be in different places around the venue during the day, playing various instruments and entertaining guests tremendously well. They even wrote our processional song “Angel” by Sarah Mclaughlin which brought tears to our eyes in the church. Having a band that were so talented and adaptable was a dream come true, and when they all played together on the evening, people were on the dance floor in a flash

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The evening went particularly well, with cartoonists, magicians, caricaturists and other acts keeping guests entertained throughout. In the build up to the wedding, we decided to partition a quarter of the 30 metre marquee off and put in leather sofas, so that people could relax in a quieter area near the bar if they wanted to. We aso put in a sweety area for the children, which actually went down just as well with the adults. Another great idea from Francesca. This area was decorated with a Chinese theme in mind. The bride being half Chinese, many of her family members had come all the way from Hong Kong, Australia, and even Canada just for the wedding, and Francesca was desperate to incorporate her Chinese culture into the wedding somehow. It worked wonderfully, and everyone signed a giant red cloth which is a historic Chinese tradition to bring us good luck throughout our marriage. There were other Chinese elements to the wedding such as chop sticks and a Chinese dish for starter, as well as Chinese lanterns and fans as wedding favours. The mix of English and Chinese culture was fabulous.

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Unfortunately the evening had to end, and most of the bridal party headed back to the Radisson Hotel in Durham. Many guests were from London. This is where Francesca grew up, and still has many friends. It was great to have them staying in our hotel as the party was able to carry on throughout the night, and memories were created that will live with us forever.

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Next its off to Hong Kong in a year or two for our Chinese blessing. We are lucky enough to have two weddings. If the second is half as enjoyable as the first then we will be the luckiest people in the world.

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Caterers: Ramside Event Catering -Daryl was our MC for the day and was absolutely magnificent

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 String Quartet: Jean Hotton, Pavillion Music

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Band: Boogie Down – Processional song, daytime music, arrival music, evening music and full band and disco

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 Wedding Car: Exclusive Wedding Cars, Wingate, County Durham

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Magician: Magical Memories

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Flowers: Poplar Tree Florist - decorations in marquee and church, and bridal bouquets

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Photographers and Brides – Contact Brides Up North today to see your Real Wedding featured here!

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Coming Soon – Gorgeous Golborne Manor!

November 17th, 2010 | Julia Braime

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The lovely Natalia from Golborne Manor in Chester got in touch with me recently and joined Brides Up North’s Directory of Featured Suppliers.

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Coming soon on the blog, an interview with Natalia in which she explains the history of this stunning and individual wedding venue – a beautiful mid-Victorian manor house dating back to 1871, set in 3 acres of surrounding gardens with glorious views over the Cheshire plains, next to the Duke of Westminster’s estate.

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Still a family home, Golborne provides an adaptable and personal service to each wedding or event and can accommodate marquee receptions from 30 to 300 guests within their idyllic country setting.

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