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preserving memories: eternal images photography

August 25th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon we’re really excited to introduce another of our very talented Brides Up North Sponsors, Neil of Eternal Images Photography.

After showcasing his photography skills in a number of different areas, Neil decided to dedicate his time weddings and portrait photography, becoming hooked on telling couple’s individual wedding stories through his images.

As well as documenting the big day as it naturally evolves, Neil is also keen to snap some ‘wow’ bride and groom photographs that have contributed to his glowing reputation in the industry.

So let’s hand over to Neil to tell us more…

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Tell us about your photography background?

neil says: I have experienced many genres within photography throughout the last ten years; wildlife, aircraft, commercial, weddings and portraits, and can honestly say I have welcomed the opportunities presented to me since choosing to set up Eternal Images Photography Ltd in October 2012, to dedicate my time to weddings and portraits.

I firmly believe in the professional standards because of this I am a member of the Professional Guild of photographers receiving several awards for my ‘high professional standard.’

In June 2015 Wedding Industry Experts awarded me the most popular new photographer for Sheffield and South Yorkshire, I also came third within the UK and third most popular new photographer worldwide.

More recently, Eternal Images was also 2015 finalist in the I Do Wedding Awards Yorkshire, and a 2014 Photography Finalist in the North of England Wedding Awards – both of these awards recognise outstanding customer service and professional standards within the wedding industry, as voted by my clients, it is such an amazing privilege to have received this recognition.

Why wedding photography specifically? 

I have been privileged to be a part of many wonderful wedding stories, each one entirely unique. Weddings are incredible and deserve to be captured creatively providing a beautiful story that illustrates your most precious moments.

I am passionate about the fact that a wedding is not an isolated set of photographs. It’s a unique story of two people in love, shared with family and friends. A couple’s story will remain with them for the rest of their lives which is why I am committed to preserving those memories.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

Meeting amazing couples – each with an entirely unique wedding – this usually means you have to adapt to different situations extremely quickly. Weddings also allow me the opportunity to be creative with the bride and groom ‘wow’ images that I am recommended for.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

Before their wedding day, I offer my time (no obligation) to closely consult and advise the couples who book so they are confident with the professional service I can provide. I also offer a pre wedding shoot to every client, this is a great get-to-know-each-other session, ensuring my assistant and I are no strangers to the couple on their wedding day. This also provides me with the means to recognise what each couple is comfortable with.

Any advice to any brides who don’t like to have their picture taken? 

If the bride feels completely comfortable around the photographer she has booked then this will calm her nerves. Any bride that feels this way should always let her photographer know. I usually get to know this during a pre shoot, so I take a step back, use a zoom lens and let the couple interact without my close presence. I love capturing natural moments as they happen.

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What sort of makeup should a bride wear to look great in her pictures? 

Always use a professional makeup artist. The chosen style of bridal make up is a personal decision, but I have noticed natural and bohemian looks are currently very popular.

Anything to avoid which might look bad in the wedding pictures?

I always check the groom and groomsmen for mobile phones in suit pockets, and check they are wearing button holes before taking photos. Guests chewing gum and holding handbags during group shots!  Also, I always avoid distracting backgrounds and placing a person in harsh sunlight as squinting is not a good look either.

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Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why?

It would have to be Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter’s private wedding Valentine’s Day on the Isle of White. They are such a distinctive celebrity couple, I imagine their ceremony to have been very intimate and personal and let’s not forget Sophie’s silver lace Valentino couture wedding dress.

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

Call me an old romantic, but I distinctly remember the first time I returned to mine and my wife’s chosen wedding venue to cover a client’s wedding. As the beautiful bride walked down the aisle to meet her husband-to-be, just for a split second I thought of my wife, it was an emotional moment.

Any funny stories to share?

Weddings are full of laughter but here are three of my favourite examples:

We arrived for bridal preparation at the couple’s home and the bride’s dad is outside taking a moment in the front garden as we walk down the path towards the house he says: “Now then lads, today’s not a good day to knock on this door trying to sell, haven’t you noticed there’s a wedding going on?”

After a first dance we were congratulating the bride and groom as we were leaving and the groom shook my hand and said “Thank you for coming!”

The best man who decided to mention every one of the groom’s previous girlfriends in his speech. I captured a lot of great reactions that day.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers? 

Choosing the right photographer is extremely important because so much of what you’re investing in is about image creativity, quality of service and suppliers and how important your photography is to you both also is a defining factor.

I am often asked how I would define my role and my reply would be that of a distinctive storyteller.  My main purpose is to document events naturally, providing striking and emotive images that capture the essence and sentiment unique to every wedding. I will also work with the couple to integrate a selection of bride and groom ‘wow’ images too.

I limit the number weddings I cover in the year to ensure that every client receives the dedication required to capture your unique wedding day. This does mean dates book quickly so please do get in touch if you like my work and want to know more. Hopefully, your date is still available.

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What can a couple who book you expect on the day? 

During the big day my assistant and I work tirelessly capturing the wedding as it unfolds. We will have already discussed and taken direction from the bride and groom regarding the more formal and informal portraits that they may or may not require, and we will arrange to have some time alone with the couple for those intimate shots that celebrate them as husband and wife.

Afterwards, whilst the couple are on honeymoon I post produce each individual image that evokes its own memory in the story of the wedding day. These images are then uploaded to a client’s gallery for viewing – every image in their online wedding gallery is supplied to the couple on a heart shaped USB with a license to copyright for printing etc.

What is included in your ‘package’? 

I provide my clients with one fully inclusive ‘digital only’ service for £1,000, there are no hidden charges to this service which includes:

– A professional consultation, an informal discussion no obligation.

– My full dedication and time, before, during and after your wedding day.

– A pre wedding shoot

– A framed signing board.

– A choice on when coverage starts.

– Coverage until 10pm with me and my assistant.

– All edited wedding and pre-shoot images, copyright free on a heart shaped USB.

– Post production.

– A personalised wedding blog and private viewing gallery.

I realise how couples choose to present their wedding images is a very personal decision which is why I offer wedding albums, bespoke frames and fine art prints as optional extras, available to order before or after the wedding day.

Personally and professionally I believe that a couple’s wedding memories deserve to be timelessly bound by an exceptional album craftsman. This is why I only offer award winning Folio and Queensbury albums, after all wedding images are a family treasure.

How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or see more examples of your work?

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You can visit my website or take a look at my blog and Eternal Images Photography Ltd Facebook page. I also regularly post on Twitter and Pinterest as well.

My wedding albums can be viewed at various wedding fairs throughout the season and during home consultations, which couples can contact me directly to arrange on 01709 554728 or 07944474092.

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london calling. justin alexander for an elegant wedding at heaton house farm – lucy & andy

August 19th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Though they didn’t marry in the capital, opting for a northern venue instead (yay!), today’s couple still gave a nod to the place bride Lucy is from by hiring some iconic transport.

A black cab and red double decker bus carried the bride, groom and their guests between venues providing as great talking point and turned out to be one of the most memorable parts of the day.

So it’s all aboard to Cheshire as we relive Lucy and Andy’s wonderful wedding.

With images from Brides Up North Featured Suppliers, James Tracey Photography and Daniel Lloyd Photography.

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lucy says: We got engaged in November 2013 in Mauritius. Andy informed me that he wasn’t feeling well while we were sat on the beach at night looking at the view so we sat down. Next minute he was down on one knee proposing.

Our wedding date was 29th May 2015. It was the closest we could get to the date that we first met – we met years before we got together but it took Andy a while to ask me out on a date.

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We got married at Heaton House Farm in Cheshire. I’m from London and wanted something totally different to all the venues that I had seen down south. Heaton House Farm is in such a stunning location and the views are spectacular, whatever the weather!

We had a loose London theme for the day. We had a red London bus from Routemaster Buses to transport our guests from the church to the reception venue and Andy and I arrived in a black cab.

Navy, white and yellow was our chosen colour scheme. I originally wanted navy and white for pure elegance but someone pointed out to me that it might look a bit clinical and so we added in a vibrant yellow.

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My dress was a Justin Alexander design from 7th Heaven in Congleton. I wanted something simple, elegant and very bridal. I loved that whenever I put it on I never wanted to take it off.

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Andy’s outfit came from Whitfield and Ward. He wanted a waistcoat and to incorporate tweed and some navy. Craig at the shop helped him choose a great suit to complement. The groomsmen’s attire was also from Whitfield and Ward.

My bridesmaids wore Vivian Diamond dresses from the Dessy collection, which we got from 7th Heaven.

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James Tracey was our photographer on the day and Daniel Lloyd was a second shooter. Booking the photographer was one of the first things we did after booking the church and the venue. James has the perfect personality; bubbly, relaxed and super organised. We would highly recommend him.

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For my flowers I carried a rustic, tied bouquet and my bridesmaids carried identical arrangements. Laura from Green Earth Flowers seemed to really understand my vision and put it into practise when creating the bouquets.

Venue Perfections helped with the reception décor. We had personalised bunting hanging from the beams in the barn, navy taffeta bows on the chairs and yellow and navy ribbons wrapped around the napkins. To decorate, we also had sliced lemons in mini jars with assorted flowers as well as long stemmed flowers in the scheme colours in tall, elegant vases.

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I had seen lots vintage letters lit with old bulbs in varying wedding magazines at shows and I decided we must have them at our wedding and that Heaton House Farm would be a great place to showcase them. We hired ‘Love’ letters from The Word is Love. They were hugely popular and lots of our guests commented on them.

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Our favours were by Gemma at Pat-a-Bakes. We had white, navy and yellow decorated gingerbread love hearts wrapped up and tied with a bow.

Linda at Buttercup Cakes, Whaley Bridge, made our wedding cake. It was a four tiered design with sparkling sugar crystals and had navy ribbon tied around with a diamante broach clasp. It was lemon flavoured with vanilla filling – yummy!

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DJ Krissy B provided the entertainment on the day. I love 80s and 90s music and had seen Krissy B play before. He appeared perfect for the wedding and he was!

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We would definitely recommend Heaton House Farm to other couples. The entire events team are extremely organised and nothing is too much trouble. You are allocated a wedding coordinator and they ease any stress that you might be feeling. The venue also has stunning views, inside and out.

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My favourite part of the day was being on the London bus on the way from the venue to Heaton House Farm. Sitting next to Andy, surrounded by friends and family travelling through all the little villages and taking it all in was priceless and a very precious moment for both of us.

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Following the wedding we had a minimoon to Lake Garda. It was simply stunning. The weather and views were glorious. It was a very romantic area with lots of amazing activities on the lake. A perfect setting for our first week as Mr and Mrs. We sailed, rode bikes, went kayaking and sunbathed.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to breath (remain calm) and be as well prepared as possible. That way the day should run smoothly. Be aware of your ‘countdown’ days in the run up to the wedding and allocate certain jobs to be done in certain months so that you feel a sense of achievement.

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We would also suggest couples delay their big honeymoon until later in the year. Aware we might well feel deflated after our big day we took a minimoon following the wedding and have planned a ‘megamoon’ for October to extend the wedding feeling.

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roses are red. sophia tolli for a festive wedding in the lake district – karen & mark

August 7th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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I realise we’re still in the middle of summer but I’m already super excited about Christmas! I love it all – the food, the drink, the presents and generally the fact that everyone is in such a good mood. I therefore easily understand why couples choose to tie the knot at this special time of year, giving their friends and family yet another reason to smile.

Getting the festivities underway nice and early (I’m all for extending that holiday feeling), today’s couple Karen and Mark, set the date of their Christmas themed wedding for late November, which allowed them time to fit in a honeymoon with their young daughter before Santa would come a calling.

Cue the fairy lights, Christmas trees and baubles!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor David Lawson Photography.

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karen says: Mark and I got engaged when we were on holiday in Mexico. We had an amazing hotel with balcony and a hot tub overlooking the ocean. We’d got ready to go out for dinner and sat on the balcony with a drink to watch the sun set. He asked me to put on my favourite music then went into the suitcase and produced a large box. Even then I didn’t think it was a ring because the box was too big! However, it was and I said yes straight away. We celebrated with a lovely meal in one of the hotel’s restaurants and I couldn’t take my eyes of the ring! Everyone bought us drinks all night – it was amazing.

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We decided to get married on 28th Nov 2014 as we wanted a Christmas wedding – we both love the festive season!

Our chosen location was the Lake District because we both love it there and spent many happy weekends walking and camping in the area and so thought it would be perfect to invite all our loved ones to our favourite place! We decided on Armathwaite Hall, Keswick, as the venue due to its beautiful setting and the mix of modern and traditional.

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The colour theme was set around deep and bright red roses, in keeping with the Christmas theme.

I tried several styles of dress but kind of knew I wanted a fishtail type design. I worked hard to lose my baby fat after giving birth to our precious bundle Orla, just under 12 months before, so I could have this style of dress! Three sessions a week of ‘Fit to Push’ (a local mums’ fitness group) certainly helped! I bought my dress from Wedding Belles & Beaus in York. It was a lovely Sophia Tolli dress called Stephanie.

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Mark wore a hired suit from a bridal rental shop in York and the groomsmen wore the same, but with a different coloured tie.

My bridesmaids wore a Dessy dress from New York bought in Stokesley. I decided on black dresses as I thought they were timeless and the girls could wear them again.

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David Lawson was our photographer on the day and I would certainly recommend him to others! He looks the part made us and our guests feel very comfortable. He takes a pretty good photo too!

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Our flowers were provided by Floral Boutique in Cockermouth. I carried a mix of red roses, spray roses, berries, foliage and cones, which created a Christmassy feel.

For our centrepieces, our best man Jo kindly made tree trunk bases which we then stood lanterns on and filled them with a covering of black sand with an ivory candle inside. Around the wooden top the florist laid a spray of flowers the same as mine – they looked fab!

As favours we gave Grasmere gingerbread. Our cake lovely cake was made by a friend of a friend.

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We both love music and so decided to have a live band for the reception. We hired The Sonics, who were fantastic. We also wanted some entertainment when we were having our photos taken so we booked an acoustic singer to perform as guests were welcomed to the arrival drinks.

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We would most definitely recommend our wedding venue to other brides and grooms. The setting is amazing and the staff are great, ensuring the day runs smoothly.

Looking back I find it difficult to pick just one favourite part of the day as several moments were particularly special. Mark sent me some beautiful jewellery on the morning of the wedding that I’d seen weeks before but didn’t realise he knew about it! The sunrise on the morning was beautiful – Mark went for a run and sent me a picture from the top of a mountain and told me he loved me! I felt it was just me and him when I got that. Seeing our beautiful daughter in her little ivory dress and shoes and another lovely moment and Mark’s speech was beautiful. I knew he was so nervous, as was my dad but I’ve never felt more proud of both of them. I’ve also never cried so much!

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Following the wedding we went to Prague for a cosy festive week’s honeymoon with our daughter. We chilled out, went for lovely walks around the Christmas markets all wrapped up, drank Vin Chaud and ate lovely food. We stayed in a gorgeous hotel called The Mark. The staff were amazing and the finishing touches, just perfect!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to treasure every minute and try to have just ten minutes as a couple on the day away from everyone to savour the moment together.

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a fine romance. an italian inspired wedding with touches of lace at eshott hall – rachel & jonathan

August 6th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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Though today’s couple remained in the north of the UK to tie the knot, they looked to the dreamy country of Italy to provide romantic influences to help set the scene for their big day.

A soft colour palette of pink and white reflected through Rachel’s choice of bridesmaid dresses and blooms created an elegant feel which was further enhanced with pretty lace additions in the bride’s dress, the stationery and décor.

When the big day came to an end, Rachel and Jonathan continued their love affair with Italy by jetting off to Venice on a five-day honeymoon. Oh, and the lucky little things have a second honeymoon to Mexico all lined up too. Jealous much?

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Stan Seaton Photography.

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rachel says: We initially met very briefly at a bar in Darlington. Two weeks later we bumped into one another whilst out with friends in Yarm – the rest, as they say, is history! We had been together for five years when Jonathan proposed whilst we were on holiday on the island of Thassos in Greece, back in August 2013. He popped the question to me whilst we were sipping cocktails in a little bar overlooking the sea. I of course said ‘yes’ and we spent the rest of the evening drinking champagne and celebrating our news with the locals. I couldn’t have asked for a more stunning and amazing setting.

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We got married on 4th May 2015.  We both love every season for its uniqueness but chose May for our wedding month as we thought that the scenery at the chosen venue would be beautiful at that time of year. Unfortunately we didn’t realise that the 4th May is also known as ‘Star Wars Day’ to its fans. Luckily all guests dressed suitably and there was not a fancy dress costume in sight!

We got married at Eshott Hall in Northumberland. We found the venue from an article I was reading in a magazine. The article detailed how Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin had visited the hall for his brother’s wedding and had stayed in the Crow’s Nest, a luxury self-contained apartment. We were amazed by the pictures of Eshott. We both fell in love with the stain glass window and staircase in the main part of the hall. We arranged an appointment to visit straight away.

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Our theme was Italian romance as we wanted the day to be very elegant. To complement the theme we had a blush pink and white colour scheme with touches of lace, which emphasised the soft romantic feel we were looking for.

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I had a few ideas of the type of dress I wanted and visited a number of bridal boutiques before going back to one of the first dresses I tried on at Dobinsons of Darlington. The dress was very ‘me’. It was a lace design with a sweetheart neckline by Stella York. I always knew I wanted lace and something figure hugging due to my petite frame. I decided to add a unique feature to the dress to make it my own and so Dobinson’s stitched a diamante belt into the gown. This finished it off perfectly and when the long veil went on, I was totally in love!

On the wedding day I used Paul David Hairdressers in Darlington to style my hair, and Make-up by Jo to do the beauty side of things. My makeup stayed fresh all day, and Jo gave such a professional service.

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Jonathan wore a three piece blue suit hired from Affleck and Moffat in Darlington.

The bridesmaids dresses were purchased from Poppy Bridal in Darlington. Again to add some uniqueness to the dresses we purchased embellishments for the dresses and Poppy’s added these for us. We all agreed they looked perfect.

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Stan and Jane of Stan Seaton Photography took our wedding day photos. We knew from day one that they would be our perfect choice as they were the photographers at my sister’s wedding some nine years earlier. We both love Stan and Jane’s work and knew they would capture our very special moments. The experiences, from the pre wedding shoot, to the big day and then seeing our wedding pictures presented to us on a big screen, were all amazing. We felt that both Stan and Jane put in a lot of effort getting to know us. On the day they both made us feel at ease and felt like one of our friends. Having received our photos we would highly recommend Stan Seaton Photography. The photographs captured both myself and Jonathan’s personality and also special candid moments. We wanted the images to be elegant and romantic and we both feel that Stand and Jane instinctively understood this.

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Due to our ceremony being held in the chapel, which was within the grounds of the venue, we did not have a need for transportation, however I was taken to the chapel in my father’s car which was beautifully decorated with wedding bows.

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Our invitations were made by Polina Perri, who specialise in luxury/ vintage wedding invitations. They were beautifully presented and featured an antique brooch and lace.

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Our flowers were provided by Eliza Bloom in Darlington. My bouquet was made up of pink and white roses. In the reading room/ chapel we had a tall candelabra with an arrangement on the register table and outside we had an arch decorated with flowers. In the wedding breakfast we had eight table candelabras with candles and flowers and an arrangement at the top table. The room looked so elegant and beautiful. When you see all the little touches coming together it really does take your breath away.

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We gave our guests ‘his and hers’ favours in the form of alcohol miniatures; Baileys for the ladies and a selection for the men. For the children we had a chocolate pot from Hotel Chocolat.

Our cake was a work of art created by Burnett 4 Cakes and had a different flavour in each of the four tiers: chocolate orange, chocolate, lemon drizzle and sponge.

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We choose the Chameleon Band to provide our entertainment. We researched a lot of bands but these came highly recommended and they were worth it, they even asked us for a list of ‘special songs’ for them to learn which they then played on the night. We also had a pianist playing at the reception, which was beautiful.

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Following our wedding I would highly recommend Eshott Hall to other couples. It not only blew us away, but our guests can’t stop talking about it!

Our favourite part of the wedding had to be seeing each other for the first time on the day. We had spent so long preparing for our wedding day, that when the moment came and we finally saw each other we both got very emotional, as did the congregation.

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When it came to the honeymoon we were spoilt and booked two! We went on a five night break to Venice, straight after the wedding. We loved it, we transferred to and from Venice in a private speedboat and stayed in an amazing hotel Carlton on the Grand. Our room there overlooked the Grand Canal – it was truly amazing, we felt like royalty. We had some fantastic experiences in a variety of excellent restaurants, a trip we will never forget!

We now look forward to heading to Mexico for two weeks, where our days will be filled lounging on the golden sands by the beautiful sea and then on an evening we will be spoilt with some amazing food in some fabulous restaurants sipping cocktails at the Excellence Riviera Hotel as husband and wife!

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My top tip to other Brides Up North would simply be to savour every moment as the day goes by so quickly.

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outdoors in. a woodland wedding at eaves hall – leanne & rob

August 4th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Leanne and Rob brought the outdoors in for their elegant, woodland wedding at the lovely Eaves Hall in Clitheroe. With sensational images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Fairclough Photography, this outdoorsy couple’s big day is naturally stunning. We love.

With images by Fairclough Photography.

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leanne says: We got engaged in June 2014. We started dating in my first week at University (Rob is a year older) and seven years later got engaged! Rob had booked a private island called Tanera Mor in the Summer Islands off the coast of Scotland where we stayed in a lovely little cottage right on the beach. Four days into the holiday, we got in our sea kayak and started kayaking to another uninhabited island with a beautiful white sand beach for a picnic. We kayaked passed a colony of seals that played around the kayak for half an hour – it was amazing! Then, as we came ashore on the island, I started tucking into the sandwiches and turned around to see Rob down on one knee in the sand! It was a perfect day.

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We were married on 9th May 2015 at Eaves Hall, near Clitheroe, Lancashire. The minute we saw Eaves Hall, we were blown away and knew we had to get married there. It’s such a spectacular building and beautifully decorated inside – intimate yet still quite grand. The snooker room and bowls lawn were a massive plus for Rob! Also, we really liked the idea of having our guests stay at the venue so that no-one had to go home early and we could all have breakfast together the next day.

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We went for an elegant woodland theme. We had lots of silver birch wood, trailing ivy and gypsophila to decorate the venue. We had a cake topper specially made which was a doe and stag in silhouette, and our table plan was a birdcage draped in ivy. We both love nature and being outdoors so it seemed like a natural theme to pick! We also tried to make sure we picked eco-friendly suppliers where possible (even our invitations were printed on recycled elephant dung paper!)

To keep with the natural woodland theme, we kept the colours simple – ivory, forest green and bronze.

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I chose the Parker dress by David Tutera (from Bethany Hannah Bridal Studio in Stockton Heath). It was the first dress I tried on and I fell in love with it instantly. Although I tried many on after that, none of them matched up as I had set my heart on that dress and I had to go back for it. It’s like a fairytale dress – quite traditional with intricate beading, romantic lace and a long train. I wore a plain cathedral length veil with it.

We hired Miss Jessica Makeup as our makeup artist for the bride and bridesmaids and we couldn’t recommend her highly enough! She made us all look beautiful and was a really calming influence during the hectic morning when we were all getting ready!

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Rob wore his Munroe tartan kilt – it’s the family tartan and he’s had it since he was 18!

The groomsmen wore Blackwatch tartan – some had never worn kilts before but they all loved it! The pageboy wore a miniature version of the kilt!

The bridesmaids wore a full length, blush-coloured dress from ASOS, detailed with beading on the sleeves. One of my bridesmaids was pregnant so some clever alterations had to be done. The flower girl wore the Estella dress from Monsoon and a beautiful gypsophila flower coronet.

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We hired the Faircloughs – a husband and wife team who were just perfect! Firstly, there are two of them, so we got pictures from every angle! But more than that, they were brilliant on the day and everything was really relaxed and natural (no standing around for ages trying to get group shots!) The pictures turned out beautifully – they captured the whole feel of the day so well. We’d highly recommend them.

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The 9th May was the second anniversary of the death of my granddad. After the marriage ceremony, we all went outside and released some red balloons in his memory. It was really nice to have all the family together to remember him and include him in the day.

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The flowers were provided by Passion Flower in Clitheroe. Debra was amazing at helping us narrow down our ideas and pick flowers that complimented our theme. We wanted lots of forest green leaves to surround ivory roses and ranunculus, as well as lots of gypsophila. The top table decorations included roses, church candles and trailing ivy.

Debra from Passion Flower lent us her huge collection of vintage glassware for the tables which we filled with gypsophila. It looked really romantic but not too formal. We also borrowed Eaves Hall’s gorgeous silver candelabras for the tables. Rob’s mum made place cards for everyone using small rounds of wood with the bark still on. It looked lovely.

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We’re not fans of traditional, heavy fruit cake so we went for a really light, zingy lemon and lime sponge with lime cream in the middle and soft, buttercream icing on the outside. We got the cake from Mrs Spendlove’s Cakes in Bashall Barn and it was delicious.

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We had a ceilidh using a local band (The Riot Band) and a fantastic caller (Sid Calderbank) to call out the dances. It was one of the highlights of the wedding. Everyone got up to dance, even if no-one knew the moves! After people had worn themselves out with the ceilidh, we had a DJ who played all our favourites songs.

Rob’s family are Scottish, whereas mine are English. Just before the ceilidh, Rob’s family presented me with my own Munroe tartan sash and broach to wear over my wedding dress – it was a really sweet and touching moment!

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Eaves Hall is such a special place. The Hall and the gardens are breathtaking – it’s like stepping back in time. Everything is decorated impeccably and the Hall is really atmospheric. The food was wonderful and all our guests said that their accommodation was lovely. The bridal suite (with the whirlpool bath and huge balcony!) was especially stunning. The staff were so helpful and made everything really easy for us.

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We can’t narrow it down to just one favourite part – we know it’s cheesy but there were so many little special moments. We wrote our own vows and saying those words to each other was really special. Walking down the aisle hand-in-hand after we’d said ‘I do’ with all our family and friends clapping and cheering was a euphoric moment! The speeches were amazing, the first dance (Cornerstone by The Arctic Monkeys), the ceilidh…everything!

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For our honeymoon we went to the beautiful islands of Grenada and Carriacou in the Caribbean. We’re quite outdoorsy, so we spent most of our time in the sea, swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and dolphin watching.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to remember to enjoy every moment, especially on the day because it goes so fast, and not get caught up worrying about the little things that don’t really matter.

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