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english rose. a classic wedding at Crathorne Hall – tracey & steven

November 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Today’s couple, Tracey and Steven, know it pays to keep things classic.  Their celebration at the soon to reopen fire ravaged Crathorne Hall (click here for the full story) with traditional detailing, fabulous florals and one killer frock, is a masterclass in elegance.

With images by Phil Smith Photography.

Crathorne Hall Wedding Photography

Tracey says: Steven proposed on our two week road trip holiday through Europe, travelling through Germany, Austria, Italy and France in May 2012.

Whilst in Austria we spent some time camping and trekking in the Alps. On the day of our engagement we trekked up one of the most beautiful mountains in Austria. On the way back down the mountain, surrounded by the most stunning Alpine scenery, Steven paused to tie his laces and asked me to take some photos. Whilst I was taking some photos of the amazing scenery, Steven sounding startled asked me to look at the lump that had appeared in his walking socks. He then revealed a personalised wooden ring box and proceeded to ask me to marry him. Of course I was overwhelmed and completely shocked, of course I said yes!

Unbelievably Steven had driven from Sheffield to Alpendorf two months earlier, a 35 hour, 2000 miles round trip, just to find the perfect location to propose! Once he had found the perfect setting, he dug a parcel into the mountain, behind a tree, containing the Champagne, flutes and a little note in German, asking if found, for the parcel to not be removed!

As you can imagine, I was astonished at the time, trouble and effort Steven had gone to, to make our engagement so special. I couldn’t believe someone could have done this for me. The final surprise came from Steve’s back pack, when he revealed a brochure of a 5* spa hotel in Alpendorf for that night! This made a refreshing and romantic change to the Camping.

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We were married on 11th July 2014 at Crathorne Hall Hotel. Crathorne Hall Hotel was the venue of one of our 1st Weekends away and after view dozens of other venues it was clear that we had been comparing them all to Crathorne Hall. Its such a beautiful building in superb surroundings. The staff had also always been to friendly and professional.

With such an amazing venue, we wanted to best complement Crathorne Hall and so went with an English Country Rose theme. The flowers were really important in accomplishing this. We chose a colour scheme of dusky pinks, green foliage and champagnes.

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My dress was a Maggie Sottero gown, Ivanka Marie. I chose this dress because I wanted a statement dress. The dress has a sweetheart neck line, fitted corset, huge fluffy layered tulle and a very long train with Swarovski detail. When I first saw the dress on a mannequin I didn’t like but when I tried it on I knew it was the dress for me.

Steven wore a grey three piece suit from House of Fraser in Birmingham.

My adult bridesmaids wore dusky pink maxi dresses from House Of Fraser in Meadowhall and the flowergirls wore ivory embellished dresses from Debenhams in Sheffield.

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Phil Smith was our photographer. Choosing the right photographer was one of our most important decisions, when planning our wedding. We had decided that we would sacrifice having a professional videographer to ensure we could have the perfect photographer and the best quality photo album we could. Phil certainly was the perfect photographer.

From the first time we met Phil at a wedding fair at Crathorne Hall, we knew he was the man for us. Phil was such an easy person to talk to and nothing seemed too much trouble, but more importantly it was Phil’s portfolio of work that really caught our eye. Phil’s ability to really capture the mood in his shots stood out from the competition. This was really important to us, as we didn’t just want traditional shots.

Crathorne Hall Wedding Photography

Crathorne Hall Wedding Photography

I carried a bouquet of pink peonies, mixed English garden herbs, such as rosemary and thyme, finished with large oyster pearls and pink blush German lace. All flowers were supplied and designed by Michelle Meehan owner of The Grange Wedding Flowers from Sheffield. The help and guidance Michelle  provided was second to none, she really is a superb florist, that’s willing to go the extra mile.

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During the ceremony and also outside for reception drinks we had Arco String Quartet playing personally selected tracks, including my entrance music ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri from the Twilight Saga.

Crathorne Hall Wedding Photography

During the reception drinks we also had Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting, this went down very well with all the guests, especially as we had keep this a secret. The Class Laser Clay Team were ultra-professional and extremely friendly, I would certainly recommend them.

We also had a selection of garden games, such as lawn darts, croquet and French boules.

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As we had a lovely summer’s day, we had Strawberry Daiquiris and bottles of Peroni for welcome drinks served with a selection of lovely canapés.

Crathorne Hall Wedding Photography

Crathorne Hall Wedding Photography

Crathorne Hall Wedding Photography

Crathorne Hall Wedding Photography

For favours, we had lemon drizzle butter cream cupcakes, iced in the colour scheme of the flowers with a Alice In Wonderland style eat me flag. These were placed inside vintage tea cups and saucers on the table. We used Kiss Me Cake Bakery, based near Holmfirth. They allowed us to keep our own vintage tea cup and saucer as a memento.

Crathorne Hall Wedding Photography

I choose an Alice In Wonderland inspired three tier cake, two tiers were toffee and the middle tier lemon. The cake was made by Angel Cakes in Rotherham. The cake design was even better than I had imagined. We tried many cake samples at wedding fairs and Angel Cakes was by far the best, extremely moist and lovely flavours.

Crathorne Hall Wedding Photography

Our DJ in the evening was the Ultimate Wedding DJ based in the North East and we had a photo booth from Limelight Hire in Northallerton.

Crathorne Hall Wedding Photography

It’s so difficult to pick a perfect part to our wedding. The ceremony was amazing and the speeches were great fun but the quiet times when we went off with our photographer for some couple shots were a nice way to break up the day and help it all sink in.

Crathorne Hall Wedding Photography

We left for our honeymoon the morning after the wedding. We had breakfast with our guests and set off to the Airport at 11am. We flew to Nairobi, Kenya and then on to the Masai Mara for 3 nights safari at the Kicheche Bush Camp.

The Camp was amazing, with zebra and wildebeest coming right up to our tent at night. We literally saw everything whilst on safari, including lion, cheetah and leopard. An evening watching two lionesses and seven cubs play only 20 metres away, whilst the sun went down was a real highlight.

From Kenya we flew to the Seychelles and stayed at the Constance Ephelia Resort on Mahe Island. Rather than just spending our time on the beach, we managed to explore the Island, with some trekking and even managed to try the local delicacy of Fruit Bat Curry!

Crathorne Hall Wedding Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to visit and research venues, it is so important to get the perfect venue for you. Similarly ensure you find the right photographer for you, your photographs along with your memories are the items that will last the longest. It’s so important to be happy with them.

For our First Anniversary we plan to visit the spot of our engagement in Austria. I wonder if Steven will be planting anything in the Mountain this time!

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Oopsie! Did You Step Into Our Photo Booth At Our Luxury Wedding Exhibitions?!

March 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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You’ll never learn will you?  You have to watch out for those sneaky folks at Booth Revolution you know!  It’s Friday… it’s payday… and if that’s not enough to put a smile on your face, this lot will.  Yorkshire’s brides to be have never looked more beautiful, have they?

All images captured at The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions at Allerton Castle & The Mansion, this season. 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 Booth Revolution

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Did You Get Mighty Boof’ed With Brides Up North?!

November 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Image (c) The Bowdon Rooms

Don’t panic, boof’ing is not the new twerking.  It’s better. 

I’m writing this pretty late on Sunday night (ready to greet you on Monday morning) after an absolutely fantastic day in Altrincham for our Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at the beautiful Bowdon Rooms.

The snapshot above will give you a sense of the day – fun, friendly, fabulous and full of heart and soul.  This unique venue was transformed into a warm and welcoming vintage winter wonderland, and really was decked to the nines with twinkle, blooms and candlelight… as well as a full house of absolutely brilliant local exhibitors (only the best for my readers!). 

Image (c) Charlotte Eve via Instagram

It felt like one big party: with music from Minerva Ensemble, It’s A Wind Up and the brilliant Dominic Halpin Band keeping our feet tapping, loads of yummy cake samples from the likes of Pink Cocoa, Marie Antoinette Cakes and Cheshire Cat Cake Company, pretty glitzy things from Ophelia May, Cool Joolz and LCH Jewellery, lace loveliness (you should see these frocks!) from LOVE Bridal Boutique, vintage garden games, a retro booth and the rest!

And even if I do say so myself, we throw the best parties. 

And the best wedding exhibitions. 

Image (c) Brides Up North via Instagram

The next date at The Bowdon Rooms is booked – Sunday 27th April 2014 (!) – but I can’t think beyond a good night’s sleep just yet, so there’ll be more news on that later on.  Our last bridal exhibition of the season is at The National Railway Museum, York in just under two weeks time on Sunday 17th November 2013 (it’s going to be a biggie, we are closing the year with the grand finale!) so if you haven’t experienced the magic yet, get the date in your diaries, I’d love to see you there.  Click here to pre-register.

In the meantime, it’s time to come full circle to The Mighty Boof.  Did you step inside our fabulous photo booth at The Bowdon Rooms?  Be afraid.  Be very afraid. 

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Spot anyone you know?!

To hire The Mighty Boof for your wedding or special event (including personalisation) contact Zoe at boof@ztphotography.co.uk

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 as tagged/ The Mighty Boof

This was a Brides Up North event

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Were YOU Caught On Camera At The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition?

April 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

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If you visited us – and almost 1,000 of you did! -  at our massive Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at the National Railway Museum then chance is that you might just have been caught on camera… either messing around in one of our fabulous retro photobooths (these images are courtesy of Booth Revolution) or by our roving photographer Peter Boyd Photography.

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Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

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Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

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If you didn’t make it last Sunday, we’d love to see you at one (or all!) of our remaining events this Spring:

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The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at  Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire – Sunday 12th May 2013

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The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham – Sunday 19th May 2013

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The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Rise Hall, East Yorkshire – Sunday 9th June 2013

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Click here to pre-register for all our events.  We can’t wait to see you! 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Peter Boyd Photography and Booth Revolution

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BEWARE! Did YOU Have A Booth Revolution At Allerton Castle?

February 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Tell me it isn’t just a week since the fabulous Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Allerton Castle?  The mind boggles! After every one of our events it’s right on to planning the next here at Brides Up North HQ, with barely enough time to pause for breath or a quick cuppa (ok, so we do manage to fit in a few cuppas)!

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Right now, we are all about tomorrow’s huge North East Bridal Bonanza at Hardwick Hall Hotel – the team are busy filling our VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bags as we speak, actually – have you registered for yours yet?

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But, that’s tomorrow’s fun.  For now, let’s grab one of those cuppas, put our feet up and have a laugh at the poor unsuspecting souls who strayed into the funky and fabulous Booth Revolution photo booth at last week’s event. 

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Were YOU caught on camera?! My readers are the best…

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See you tomorrow!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Booth Revolution

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