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bonnie & bright. a colourful wedding at St Andrews – clair & nick

October 29th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Stunning scenery, rainbow blooms, tartan trews and spinning a reel… Clair and Nick show how an elegant wedding needn’t be a stuffy affair. Combining traditional charm with modern and personal touches, the couple’s colourful celebration is a bonnie day indeed.

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Clair says: Nick and I met while studying at St Andrews in 2008. Our first little holiday together as a couple was to a lovely little guesthouse outside of Ballachulish in the Scottish Highlands. We had a lovely few days together as a fairly new couple. One of the things we both enjoy most is documenting our little adventures – we found an amazing, almost deserted road in Glen Nevis and realised it could be a lot of fun to take a series of stills of the both of us in the road, sort of like the flip books you get where when you look at the images quickly they tell a little story. As our new year celebrations finished in the early hours of 1st Jan 2013 Nick told me he was taking me back to that same guesthouse as a surprise gift! We went back to the same spot on the deserted road to make a new “flip book” of photos of us 4 years later and then Nick got down on one knee. It was beautifully romantic and entirely unique! Those pictures now have even more meaning!

We were married on 12th July 2014. We picked that date because both of us had extremely tight schedules at the time. I was in between graduating for a second time and starting work and had four weeks that I could totally devote to the last minute frantic preparations.

We got married at St Salvator’s Chapel, St Andrews. It’s the chapel associated with the University we both studied at and it just felt right to go back there. I wanted a very traditional service but in a place that was familiar, so the Chapel was perfect! Our reception was across the lawn at Upper and Lower College Hall, a beautiful building from the early 17th century. The grassy lawn in between the Chapel and the Hall was the perfect spot for drinks after the service and for the littlies to tear around. We were on a very tight budget funding the wedding ourselves – the Chapel and College offered the opportunity to put our own stamp on our wedding whilst fitting within a well-rehearsed framework for a very agreeable price.

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We decided that our wedding would have a ‘hint’ of vintage but that in order to really work with the venue it also had to be elegant. We decided that additions such as vintage china and pastel handkerchiefs would work with the room whilst I had to forgo the likes of bunting, as it just wouldn’t have worked. We also wanted lots of homemade elements – we are crafty people but also wanted the really personal feel that this adds. It also saves lots of pennies if you can make things yourselves!

We wanted it to be bright. And beyond that I didn’t want to complicate matters by having a colour scheme. As many of the fine details were done by ourselves, it was much easier to have a loose colour scheme for resourcing what we wanted at the price we wanted it for. I wanted my bridesmaids to have dresses they had picked and could wear again and shoes they liked rather than enforcing my choices on them – they all agreed that they would wear navy and between them all picked the same dress! But their shoes were all different. They all had a bright pink shawl and a posy of brightly coloured flowers – many of the same flowers that were elsewhere in the venue. Very loosely we tried to stick to oranges, yellows, pinks and purples but all sorts of other colours crept in too!

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The dress I thought I wanted and the one I picked were worlds apart. I have very much a pear shape, and realised that the dresses I thought I liked only accentuated my wide hips and left me feeling frumpy. I ditched my original ideas and in Pretty Woman in Edinburgh riffled through dresses they had hanging. I knew I wanted lace somewhere, and I had realised that something that fit snuggly at the waist but then skimmed out over my hips was going to be most flattering. With new thinking, the first dress I tried on was strapless – something I knew I just didn’t want on its own, but had been told I could add a lace jacket to. It had a sweetheart neckline, fit tightly at the waist and then had layers of tuille and a lot of taffeta to give a very full skirt and chapel length train. The instant I put the jacket on over the top I knew the look was exactly what I wanted. Both were made by Justin Alexander. The girls I was with at the time said it was the first time I had smiled as looked at in the mirror. That was it. I decided there and then that the dress and jacket were the ones I wanted.

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Nick wore a pair of McNaughton Muted Tartan Trews I had bought him as a Christmas gift. His father was Scottish and this was his family tartan (McKendrick). His bow tie was in the same tartan to match. The Prince Charlie jacket his Mum had bought him a Christmas later, so that he had a complete outfit. His lovely shoes were Loake – his favourite brand of shoes, and compensation for all the pennies spent on my dress. The dress shirt came from TM Lewin and his copper cufflinks I had bought on Etsy as an engagement gift – they had the co-ordinates on them of the exact spot in Glen Nevis at which he had proposed.

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The bridesmaids’ dresses were made by LightInTheBox – a company based in China which make beautiful quality gowns to order. I sent them the girls’ exact measurements and the dresses arrived and needed only the smallest of tweaks. The groomsmen wore a mix of their own Highland wear or suits. We were flexible with what the boys wanted to wear – it fit with the relaxed colour scheme. Each of them had a set of pirate Lego cufflinks – Nick’s stag had been on a boat in the Norfolk Broads that the boys had customised into a pirate ship.

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We hired a beautiful Rolls Royce Silver Shadow from Prestige Cars of Fife – a company owned by Tom McKean. The car worked with our loosely vintage theme and was a definite luxury. Tom was the perfect driver, putting our nerves at ease and then drove us around St Andrews for some of our photos after the service.

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Our photographer was Anna Hamill of AnnaJoy Photography. She was perfect. We knew at our engagement shoot we had found a real treasure. She was wonderfully discrete but also somehow captured every single moment beautifully. She didn’t mind being punted into taxi’s across town to be a part of everything and in the midst of relative madness, she was calm. There are lots of little touches Anna brings that others don’t – beautiful little business cards with pictures of you on, USB sticks sent with edible goodies, emails that are more friendly than blunt business, and the rights to do with your photos as you wish. And Nick and I would recommend her in a heartbeat for all of this.

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My bridesmaids and I carried bouquets of flowers constructed by my beautiful and incredibly talented Mama. We ordered them wholesale from Triangle Nursery who delivered them to where the bridal party had gathered for a few days prior to the wedding. Mum then assembled them into beautiful creations and somehow knew what flowers would work where. She was magical.

Our flowers for the venue came from the same wholesalers. In keeping with as much being made by the people we love most, we got a bunch of my girlfriends, my sister, Nicks Mum and Great Aunt together and led by my Mama they each made one of the decorations. Each one had the same flowers and greenery in, but was assembled however they wanted. And they all looked fantastic. We had peonies, dozens and dozens of roses, freesias, gerbera, chrysanthemums, gypsophila, thistles and more!

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We had a wedding tree as an alternative to a guest book – it’s now framed and hanging on our wall as a memory of all of those that joined us. We also asked every guest to bring their favourite recipe so we could create a ‘wedding cookbook’.

Perhaps the most personal thing for us was that our family and closest friends joined us for five days in total – a few days before preparing, and a couple of days after the wedding. Having our favourite people around us for a little bit more time was so important to us both.

 

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We used Gordon’s Cater Hire for our vintage crockery and chairs – I wanted lime-washed chairs as I am not a fan of chair covers or sashes. They were excellent and provided an excellent service.

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As favours, we gave ladies vintage handkerchiefs for “happy tears” and men brightly coloured silk pocket squares. Everyone also had a personalised name tag made from salt dough – something else people could take home and hang somewhere if they wanted.

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We chose traditional Scottish options for our food. We sent guests a selection of three options for main course and dessert and asked them to get back to us – we wanted our guests to eat food they wanted to eat! St Andrews University created delicious dishes and many of our guests complimented the quality of the food. We sourced our favourite wines from the supermarket – we just waited until they were on offer and bulk bought. We had to pay corkage but felt for the same cost as the cheapest wines on the wine list we had wines we loved and that we thought other people would enjoy.

My favourite cake of all time is the fruit cake that my Mum makes for Christmas and this was the only cake I ever considered for our wedding. She also made a madeira cake for those people that don’t like fruit cake. She decorated them beautifully with hearts and pearls and lace and ribbon. Oh they were gorgeous. And to please Nick, who, if he could only eat one food for the rest of his life it would be cheese, we had a stack-of-cheeses cake. We served the cheeses and cakes as our evening buffet and they went down a treat!

One of our cheeses came from Cote Hill, a farm in Lincolnshire where Nick’s family is from – it was delicious!

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We are largely a Scottish family and many of our friends are Scottish. We had been to a friend’s wedding and were amazed at how a ceilidh got everyone up and dancing – so we emailed a dozen bands and eventually settled on one we liked the look of – Ceilidh Sound. We also had a close friend who did a fantastic job of MC during the speeches – he had everyone in stitches.

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The whole day was perfect. The moments we had as just the two of us were just as precious as those we shared with our friends and family. Our mothers gave us kisses right before we said our vows, our ‘last kisses’, and dancing with my Dad was one of those moments every little girl wants. The whole day was completely wonderful and we are off to Barbados in just 8 days! We are so excited!

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to plan plan plan. It’s never too early. We had all of our big things booked well in advance, including our band, Anna, the venues, the accommodation, my dress, our rings. It meant closer to the time we had plenty of time to focus on the fine details. Also, an Excel spreadsheet is a girl’s best friend.

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Rewind: A Real Wedding In Scotland – Michelle & Jav

June 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for the second half of what’s set to be the biggest and best year year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty. 

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Usual service will recommence on 1st July 2013,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far in 2013, plenty of eye candy, new features that we won’t be able to wait to share, some special supplier showcases and a couple of surprises too!

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Michelle and Jav’s gorgeous Real Wedding in the North of Scotland – first featured this April – has got to be one of my favourites to date, mixing up just the right amount of fun and frivolity, beauty and elegance.

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I’m impressed by their pretty vintage styling, Michelle’s ability to look flawless when travelling by open topped VW Beetle (does she remind anyone else of a young Elizabeth Taylor?!) and the cool, calm way that all their style choices work together beautifully to exude a sort of old time charm. 

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Michelle says:  Jav asked me to marry him at home in June 2012, and our big day was the 18th August 2012.  Our venues were Holy Trinity Church & Atholl Palace Hotel in Pitlochry, which is in the North of Scotland. 

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We chose our venue as it had great surroundings and views and looked like a real Scottish palace!

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Our wedding colours were ivory, pastels and champagne gold with a little vintage style and a bit of elegance!

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My favourite part of the day was walking down the aisle and just the whole of the ceremony actually!

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I chose an ivory dress with a full skirt and some sparkle! It was purchased from Bliss Bridal which is in Dundee.  The groomsmen wore The Hunting Pride of Scotland tartan kilts (bottle green with a hint of ivory) and these were from Mccalls of Broughty Ferry, near Dundee. 

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My bridesmaids had champagne knee length prom dresses with ivory underskirts, which were all hand finished by a dressmaker we know.

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We travelled in a cool 1970′s ivory beetle with the soft top down from Classic Car Holiday Hire. 

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Martin’s Ices brought along  their vintage ice cream cart with treats for all our guests. 

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I carried a bouquet of pastel pinks, ivory and lilac coloured David Austin roses by Coachhouse Flowers. 

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We chose a simple two tier sponge cake which was pale pink with some rose detail (made by the my Uncle). 

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We used photo keyrings (taken at our engagement shoot several months before) as favours. 

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In the evening we hired “Dead Man’s Shoes” – a classic/contemporary 5 piece band from Glasgow and my best friend sang our first dance song!

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After the wedding we went on honeymoon to Cancun in Mexico!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to step back for five minutes together to take everything in and watch your loved ones enjoy your day! Oh, and have a videographer – you wouldn’t believe how much you miss when you watch it back!

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Congratulations Michelle & Jav!

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Simple Vintage: A Real Wedding In Scotland – Clare & Joe

March 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Time for another Real Wedding, I reckon!  I have some amazing real life celebrations ready to share with you over the next few days, and the first, this little beauty sent to me by real bride Clare and Chantal Lachance-Gibson Photography won’t disappoint.  Clare and Joe chose clean and modern styling to let their stunning venue and hand picked vintage detailing do the talking.  The result? A modern and pretty wedding with added old time romance. 

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Clare says:  We got engaged in Rome on 12/05/2011. We’d gone on a mini-trip to Dublin, Barcelona and ending in Rome in the space of a week. By the time we’d got to Rome we were both exhausted (and I’d given up hope of a proposal ‘cause I didn’t think he’d be able to keep it a secret through two cities already!).

We’d gone for dinner and then walked to the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore which was all lit up with a fountain out front so it was all very romantic when he went down on one knee.

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We originally planned to get married on the 07/04/13 but we brought it forward to 08/07/12 because we (well, I!) were getting bored of waiting for it to come along and worried about elderly relatives being able to make it. It worked out perfectly!

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Our reception was at Glenskirlie Castle.  It was the first venue we saw! Glenskirlie have both a “House” and a “Castle” venue and as soon as I seen the castle I knew that’s where I wanted to get married. We did go see other venues but nothing even close to matched up to Glenskirlie. It ticked all the boxes – separate rooms for ceremony & reception, lovely gardens and plenty of quiet corners and rooms for guests to sneak away to when it all got too much and or they wanted to chat.

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We didn’t have a theme.  Some elements swayed to almost vintage or “shabby chic” but there was no set theme, just what we liked. The décor of Glenskirlie really set off the vintage look though.  Our main colours were dusky pink and sage green which went gorgeously together. 

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I originally bought a dress from a lovely boutique in Glasgow but by in March, when the dress arrived – I didn’t like it!  A lot of soul searching and fast alterations later I had the most perfect dress from Laura Reece Bridal. I would highly recommend both Laura’s boutique and her seamstress Andrina Greig who did wonders.  I wore my late grandmother’s pearls and a gorgeous birdcage veil from www.lilybella.co.uk. 

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My bridesmaid – one of my best friends from school – picked her own dress from www.very.co.uk! I wanted something that she’d be able to wear again and that she loved.

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Joe bought a kilt from Macgregor and Macduff in Glasgow in the tartan of the county in Ireland his family originates from, Donegal. His groomsmen (best man, two ushers and father of the groom and step-father of the bride) all wore a dark grey/black tartan.

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Originally I was happy to take a taxi – but that idea was rubbished by just about everyone! We hired a car from Soverign Select who were absolutely excellent. My granda was unable to make the wedding at the very last minute and they were kind enough to pick me up, drive me to his house and wait for me to have a few moments and photographs with him – which was really special.  The driver looked very dapper in his hat too!

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I had originally bought two bouquets of silk cala lilies but about a week before the wedding my mum and I decided that real flowers would be nicer so she very generously bought me a lovely bouquet of cala lilies from a local florist which – as it turns out – was probably one of the best decisions we’d made, they were gorgeous.

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For the ceremony we had a harpist (Joanna Chaing) who was great. Originally I’d asked for a string quartet but Joe talked me down! For the reception we chose a 4 piece band – Moondance – who were great. The dance floor was full all night!

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Smooch Rings made both of our rings to order – for less or around the same as it’d cost on the high street, and offer free cleaning/replating for life.

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We decided to do a lot of the decorations ourselves –  Melody Maison was a godsend for centrepieces and “bits” (although I now want to decorate my whole house from there!).  For chair covers we used a small company that we found on Gumtree who cut our costs enormously.

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Our cake was made by a friend of mine – looked great and tasted delicious as well!

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The whole day is a bit of a blur to me really! I loved getting everyone together for photos and by the looks of things I spent the whole day laughing or grinning, so I must have loved it all!  The speeches – although they made me both cringe and cry at separate parts, were lovely. I think the importance of them sometimes gets missed but I’d never do without them.

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After the wedding we spent four days in New York and ten in Playa Del Carmen in Mexico. New York was exhausting but Mexico was the most relaxed I’ve ever been – never wanted to come home!

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My top tip for Brides Up North would be – if you really want something, get it. Buying a second dress was obviously a huge inconvenience (and cost!) but I love my wedding photos and I can’t imagine feeling the same if I’d wore that other dress.  Pick your suppliers carefully – your photographer is one of the most important parts – not of the day itself – but of your memories forever! We were lucky enough to meet Chantal who I have since recommended to everyone who’s even considered a photographer!

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Congratulations Clare & Joe!

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Very Bonnie In Scotland! A Real Wedding At Loch Lomond – Alina & Michael

December 31st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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

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What better way to see the New Year in that with a proper Scottish celebration?  Hogmany, here we come…

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As a , trust me, I see a lot of gorgeous wedding dresses on a daily basis.  Consequently, I adore my job.  The downside?  It’s sometimes difficult not to have “dress regret” and wish that I had chosen a particular new style or other for my own wedding, but generally I stay true to my own taste whilst admiring other girl’s choices.  However, today’s Real Wedding sent to me by Mick Cookson Photography and real bride Alina made that particularly difficult for me, as I am simply in love with Alina’s wedding dress.  Hook, line and sinker. 

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For a girl who didn’t want a wedding gown at all, she has absolutely nailed it!  And, come to mention it,  the rest of her beautiful wedding to Michael at Ross Priory near Loch Lomond…

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Alina says:  We got engaged on New Years Eve (2011) at my parents’ house. I was in the shower after a long day at work getting ready to have a nice meal with my family. I was feeling full of cold so felt a bit sorry for myself. Michael was in the bathroom too, keeping me company. We were chatting about our day when he said he had a surprise for me. When I leaned out of the shower curtain he was down on one knee. As I wear glasses I thought he was joking and told him to bugger off. I quickly realised he wasn’t joking and jumped out of the shower into his arms whilst giving out a yelp. I ran downstairs to my parents in a towel and shower cap where they were waiting for us with Champagne at the ready. They knew weeks in advance it was coming. Michael knows I’m not a huge romantic and I would have hated a big gesture so the proposal was simply perfect for me as it was completely hilarious and very us.

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We got married on 20th April 2012 at a little church in Scotland called Kilmarnock Church near Loch Lomond. The reception was held at a place called Ross Priory on the banks of Loch Lomond.  Michael always wanted to get married in Scotland due to the beautiful scenery up there. We also liked the idea of a small wedding and making a trip out of the whole thing. Michael’s mum went for lunch at Ross Priory and showed some us some photographs of the place, I instantly asked if they do weddings there…the rest is history!

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Our theme for the day was England meets Ukraine (I’m originally from the Ukraine and moved to England as a child for my father’s job) Our cake toppers were a Queen’s guard and a girl in traditional Ukrainian outfit and our invitations and order of service also had a logo of the Ukrainian and English flags. We also served vodka at the tables as well as wine and Champagne

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Originally I didn’t want to wear a white/ivory dress as I’m not a girly girl and all I wanted to do was elope to Las Vegas but with gentle persuasion from my Mum I decided to get my dress made. I had trouble finding what I wanted as I don’t like frills, flowers, diamantes or anything too girly. So when I saw a pic of my dress I knew it was the one.  It was ivory and a sweet heart shape cut that was fitted to my hips and then slightly went out at the bottom with a small train. I then had a lace top that went over the top of it. The dress turned out to be perfect and had a great vintage look to it. I forgot about Vegas instantly. I also had a second dress for the evening which was exactly the same but only went down to my knee so I could dance the night away!

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My three bridesmaids wore lovely grey greek style dresses from Phase Eight with purple pashminas and the guys wore suits by Moss Hire.

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We chose three tier lemon sponge cake, round with purple ribbons and few ivory roses. 

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In the evening we had a DJ and we sent him a playlist which was mainly 80’s music as Michael and I love it very much!

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Marbella, Spain. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t stress as you’ll miss out on the really great things that are happening around you. Both me and Michael were very calm and the whole day was absolutely magical and we can remember every detail. 

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Congratulations Alina & Michael

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Message In A Bottle! A Real Wedding In Aberdeen – Lucie & Josh

October 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Happy Saturday Brides Up North!  What are your plans for the weekend?  I’m off to a wedding myself (!), helping my great friend Leah to say “I do” to her lovely boyfriend Ben.  Congratulations to the happy couple, and save some cake for me (if I know Leah like I think I do, there’ll be plenty of cake involved)!

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Whilst I’m having fun eating cake, I’ve a fab Real Wedding just for two to share with you all today.  Lucie and Josh didn’t need anyone else to make their day special (except from Branco from AB Weddings), as they rocked their day the way they wanted it: a bright blue dress, fish and chips and fairgrounds.

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Lucie says:   We were married on 23rd December 2011 at Aberdeen Town Hall.  We love the Hall because of it’s amazing architecture, but wanted to have a non traditional and punk rock wedding – with just the two of us!

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We opted for dark colours and didn’t have a strict dress code, we just wore what we felt comfortable in – which was a bright blue dress for me, to match my hair.  I carried a bouquet of black imitation flowers.

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Our wedding breakfast was fish and chips from the chip shop on Aberdeen beach called ‘Captain Jax’ which was opened especially for us.

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We had a toffee cream cake from Tesco and a plastic play sword to cut it with.  We had loads of fun posing for photos on the beach with our photographer Branco from AB Weddings. 

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We sent a message in a bottle to commemorate the day (I wonder if it washes up on foreign shores?) and we also brought along a “Magic Umbrella” to fly us to our honeymoon destination!  

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My favourite part of the day was the photo shoot at the beach even though it was extremely cold and saying “yes” to my lovely husband.

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After the wedding we flew with our magic umbrella to Edinburgh and spent Christmas there.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to do your own thing, and make sure you get a photographer who is fun to work with and is genuinely interested in your big day.

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Scottish Thistles & Yorkshire Roses! A Real Wedding In York – Katie & Rob

May 9th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’m a little busy hosting the Brides Up North Tweet Up North East right now, so I thought I would leave you with this gorgeous Scottish Real Wedding in Yorkshire, sent to me by real bride Katie and J Clitheroe Photography.

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Katie says:  We got engaged at the top of the London Eye in August 2010, and were married on 31st July 2011.  Our wedding ceremony was at St. Mary’s Church in Riccall near York and our reception was at The Royal York Hotel, York.

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We chose the venue as I had attended functions there before, the people were really helpful when we looked round and the price was really good.  The grounds are just beautiful.

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It was actually a very traditional wedding with a Scottish theme as the men wore kilts and I had thistles in my bouquet.  Our colour scheme was purple and Modern Douglas Blue tartan.  

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I chose a cream lace strapless fitted dress by Maggie Sottero from Elizabeth of York.  I carried a cascading bouquet of cream roses, freesias and thistles by Fulford Flowers of York.

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My bridesmaids wore purple knee-length shift dresses from Hobbs. My younger bridesmaid wore a cream dress from John Lewis.

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Rob’s father wrote the orders of service and the invitations by hand.

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Our cake was a square, four-tiered cake with fruit, chocolate and plain sponge layers from Creative Icing in Selby.

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The tables at the reception were named after our favourite childhood authors – we wrote an explanation under each one as to why we’d chosen it.

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Myself and my sister-in-law baked gingerbread people as the wedding favours.  Instead of names for place settings, we used pictures of us with the person and wrote on the back where the picture was from and why we chose it.

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The speeches were excellent. The best man had a slideshow of photos of him and Rob as they have known each other since they were born which charted their friendship – it was very funny and touching.

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My brother played guitar in the church as we were signing the register.  At the reception, we had a disco and a live band – The International Party Doctors.  I really enjoyed the evening reception as there were some people we hadn’t seen in a long time.

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After the wedding, we honeymooned in Mauritius. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy yourself – it will be the best day of your life!

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Congratulations Katie & Rob!

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Ethereal Elegance: A Real Wedding In Scotland – Aimee & Joel

May 3rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Oooooooooooohh I do love a Real Wedding!  Particularly when it’s as gorgeous as today’s instalment, sent to me by Brides Up North reader Aimee and her photographer Sarah of Pictorial Photography.  Granted, my head may be somewhat turned by all those men in uniform – but just check out the pretty elegance of Aimee and Joel’s big day – beautiful blooms, a stunning gown, killer heels, delectable details and a venue to die for. 

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Aimee says:  We got engaged on 22nd August 2010 under a rainbow on a beach in Mexico and were married on 9th July 2011 at Wedderburn Castle in the Scottish Borders. 

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We chose the venue as both come from the local area originally and met at the high school in Duns just down the road.  I wanted the whole thing to feel quite ethereal to fit in with the venue. Although since Joel is in the Royal Navy there was a distinct military feel about it!

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My wedding dress was strapless, ivory silk. Very simple in design with only a little bit of detail around the bust from Emma Roy, Edinburgh. My jewellery was by Rosie Brown, Edinburgh. 

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I carried a bouquet of cream peonies, vintage roses and ivy by The Flower Room, Berwick Upon Tweed.

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My bridesmaids wore long silk dresses in a similar style to my dress in a gorgeous “spruce” colour. Again, very simple and classic from Bella B in Berwick-upon-Tweed.  My little flower girls wore cream dresses with sparkly pumps from John Lewis.  The girls carried the same cream posies as me, with thistles too. 

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My favourite part of our day was the ceremony. It was incredibly personal and emotional – an experience I will never forget.

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We had vintage pinks and purples in silver teapots for floral decoration during the wedding breakfast.

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We wanted to make the most out of seeing all of our friends and family and for that reason we made an entire weekend of it – this really made the whole event extra special. It also meant that we could get ready in the venue which was incredible and very relaxing.

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Our gorgeous cake was by Liggy’s Cupcakes from her shop in Edinburgh. Liggy went to St Andrews University (like me) and I wanted to support her business. She is amazing at her job!

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We opted for live music throughout the day – a string quartet, ceilidh band and singer.

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After the wedding weekend, we honeymooned in Daios Cove Luxury Resort, Crete.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be  to make sure that you get together with friends and family on the Friday night – the wedding itself goes so quickly that the extra time to catch up with people really makes the whole event special. It’s also a relaxing way to kick things off!

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Newlyweds – share your own Real Wedding memories with Brides Up North!  Contact me!

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