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Boom! Polka Dots & Super Powers For A Real Wedding On The Chevin, Otley – Franki & Anthony

May 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Sarah Mason Photography

Friday morning bacon sarnie and brew at the ready? Good. Then we’ll begin. 

Franki and Anthony’s Real Wedding – high on the beautiful Otley Chevin – packs a proper Yorkshire punch. With flippy skirts, powerful polka dots and super hero details, this celebration is cute and quirky, but also seriously authentic. And very cool.

They had me at those heels.

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Sarah Mason Photography.

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Franki says: We got engaged in April 2010. Anthony had booked us a short break in Skipton for my birthday. He proposed to me as we were walking around the moat at Skipton Castle.

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We tied the knot on 17th August 2013, we had originally set the date for the 18th August 2012 but decided to push it back a year to give us more time. It turned out to be a very wise decision as later that year I found out I was pregnant and my due date would only have been a few weeks before the wedding!

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We got married at Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa in Otley.

We had been to many venues on our hunt for the perfect place and although some of them ticked all the right boxes they just didn’t feel right. We visited the Chevin on a whim one day and loved it even though it didn’t tick as many boxes as the others. The wedding coordinator told us we could basically do what we wanted on the day bar letting off sky lanterns. It just felt right and every time I thought about getting married after that first visit I always pictured us there.

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Sarah Mason Photography

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We had a slight 1950’s theme, but it was a mix of a few things. It was a bit rockabilly, a bit vintage, a bit geeky, a bit buttony and a whole lot of us! Our wedding colour scheme was navy blue, white and pink.

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I always knew the style of dress I would wear, a short, 1950’s style, halter neck circle dress with petticoat. I bought mine from Vivien of Holloway and my petticoat was custom made by Honeypie Boutique. I wore a custom made birdcage veil from What Katy Did Next which had a big white button covered heart to tie in with all the other buttons throughout the wedding. My shoes were a bargain as they were massively reduced when I bought them, from an online store called Nelly. They were pale pink suede with spikes running all the way down the inside of the heel. The finishing touches were my pearl necklace like the one stolen by Cat Woman in the Dark Knight Rises from a seller on Etsy and my navy belt also from Vivien of Holloway.

Anthony wore a grey suit hired from The Groom with a navy polka dot & pink pocket square. He wore polka dot socks and black shoes from Next.

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My five bridesmaids wore the exact same dress as me, just in a navy polka dot pattern with pink petticoats all from Vivien of Holloway. My niece was a little bridesmaid too, she wore a pink polka dot dress similar to the bridesmaids which a very talented family friend made for her.

We had five groomsmen who all wore the same suit as the groom but with just the navy polka dot pocket square.

We had three little ushers, our son Luca and my oldest friend’s two little boys. They wore grey chinos from Next with a white linen shirt from Gap. The had navy blue Converse, navy blue braces and navy bow ties both from eBay.

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Between family, bridesmaids and myself we made six button bouquets and a mini button bouquet wand. It was time consuming but definitely worth it and my bouquet has pride of place in my kitchen now.

As I chose not to carry flowers we needed an alternative for the buttonholes as well. We decided on Lego superhero buttonholes for the groom and groomsmen and some button button holes for the wedding party. We DIY’ed them all.

Buttons played quite a large part in our day from being flower replacements to decorating our card box and being part of our centrepieces. They were everywhere.

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Sarah Mason Photography

The best money we spent was definitely on our photographer Sarah Mason. She captured our day absolutely perfectly and is a lovely, lovely lady who I cannot praise enough, we think she is a little bit fabulous!

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A family friend played acoustic guitar as our ceremony music before singing with his partner during the reception drinks.

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Our centrepieces were milk churn glass vases from Ikea. We tied ribbon that matched our wedding invitations around them and glued some buttons around the top. They were filled with some play sand and a white candle in which Anthony had carved numbers out of and filled with navy wax to make table numbers.

Our wedding favours were wine glasses dipped in chalkboard paint with a ribbon tied in a bow around the stem. We then chalked names onto them to double up as place settings.

Our chair covers were provided by Lindsey from Ambience Venue Styling, who I would highly recommend. Everything else was made by ourselves, family or friends. We made over 40 metres of bunting to decorate the balcony around the lake at our venue from blue, pink and white polka dot fabric.

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We set up our own sweet stall for the evening reception for people to help themselves and instead of a guest book, Anthony’s dad made us some speech bubble chalkboards and another friend took pictures of people with messages they had written for us which we have in an album.

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My friend made us a lovely three tiered chocolate and sponge cake that she covered in icing buttons. We had a Lego bride and groom as our cake topper.

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Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

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We then had an absolutely amazing band for the evening reception called The Jukebox Jets. They are a rock n roll band and were absolutely fabulous as well as being super lovely. We literally danced all night, I have no idea who was at my evening reception as if they weren’t up dancing with me then I didn’t see them. They held a little dance competition too. Anthony and myself had to eliminate a couple after each song until we crowned a winning couple. They wore their crowns the whole night.

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Obviously getting married and becoming a real family was the best part and the speeches were really good, the boys did themselves proud. Truthfully though, my favourite part was our first dance, we danced to Hallelujah I Love Her So, played by the band, our first dance as husband and wife, it was so much fun!

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We went on a mini-moon after our wedding to a beautiful little cottage in Staffordshire. It was lovely as it was our first break as a family.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t sweat the small stuff. Things more than likely will go a little bit wrong on your big day. Our guitarist broke his guitar five minutes before I made my way up the aisle (he still managed to play), we lost the buttonholes for the grandparents, a pair of shoes turned up for Anthony’s dad in odd sizes plus a few other small things. Apart from us, nobody else knew and it made no difference to the day whatsoever. Designate two people you trust as problem solvers, make sure suppliers and other people know they are the people to contact if needed on the day and let them deal with any issues that do arise, leaving you to enjoy yourselves and relax.

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Congratulations Franki & Anthony!

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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

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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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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. 

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

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

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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. 

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Kirsty Mattsson

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

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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! 

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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!

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Congratulations Charlotte & Lee!

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Vintage Treasures! Supplier Showcase: Rebecca Jane’s Secret Attic & Bex Brides

August 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Victoria Edwards Photography

If you’re a vintage purist looking for an authentic and gorgeous wedding gown, then today’s feature will be right up your street.  This afternoon, I’m proud to introduce you to Brides Up North Featured Supplier Bex of Bex Brides & Rebecca Jane’s Secret Attic, creator of dream dresses and curator of treasures. 

When did Rebecca Jane’s Secret Attic open and what is your background?

It kind of evolved, I first of all converted my garage at home, and then when I outgrew that I moved to Hurworth Grange, a fabulous Victorian House converted in the 1960’s for use by local people. I started with one room and expanded into two then three. Then the attic flat – which was when the name Secret Attic was coined! Nearly 2 years ago the attic of the Old Stables came available so I moved from the house to there (saving my clients the four flights of stairs)! it was so popular I soon had to expand into the Victorian bedrooms of the Old Gardener’s Cottage and the main bridal salon “The Paradise Room” is housed in the old fruit lofts.

I feel so lucky to work in such a beautiful and inspiring environment- I have lost count of the number of clients who walk in and say they could stay forever! I have sewn since I was a little girl picking up my Mother’s scraps and making them into dresses for my Sindy doll. After a career in retail management I decided to utilise the business skills I had learnt and maximise my creativity.

Victoria Edwards Photography

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Ruby Vintage: A Real Wedding At Southport Beach – Charlotte & Austin

July 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Ok, I’ll admit it.  The missing blog post in yesterday afternoon’s regular slot was not due to computer meltdown or technical issues, rather due to a very strong desire to get away from my computer screen and off into the big sunny outdoors with my parents and baby girl.  Sometimes a (tactical) skive is just what you need to set the World to rights and get those creative juices flowing again, and goodness do I have some beautiful features lined up to share with you over the next week and this weekend. 

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So, after exploring the fabulous Great Yorkshire Show yesterday (come on, where else would a blogger so passionate about the great and good in the North be?) armed with pushchair and ice-cream, I’m back this morning to make amends with a rather lovely celebration sent to me by Charlotte, Austin and their photographer Teresa of Cunningham Photography

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Charlotte and Austin’s Real Wedding was personal and passionate with heaps of style.  I hope that you enjoy our recap. 

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Charlotte says:  We got engaged on 26th October 2011 at Southport Beach, one of our favourite places, and were married on Friday 5th October 2012.  The ceremony was in the Chambers Room at Southport Town Hall and the reception was in the Prince of Wales Hotel, Southport.

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We chose our venue for it’s gorgeous ballroom and as it was where we first met at the age of 16 and had our first kiss (although we didn’t start dating until 7 years later).

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We didn’t have a theme as such but went for reds, autumnal colours and a vintage feel.

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I bought a cheap, disastrous dress from eBay but my Mother’s friend is an amazing seamstress and managed to make the perfect dress for me from it. It was a just below the knee, 50s style dress with a detachable long sleeved overtop. Austin wore a grey teddy boy style suit with a black velvet collar, red bow tie and black and white winkle pickers!

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I had eight bridesmaids all of different shapes and sizes and so asked them all just to buy their own red dresses for the occasion. I did start to stress a few days before the wedding when I realised I still hadn’t seen any of their dresses but it turned out looking really nice having all different shades of red and different styles of dresses. Austin had three groomsmen (one being his lovely female friend Katy) and just asked them the wear grey which had the same lovely effect as the bridesmaids originality.

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We were so lucky that a lot of our family and friends were so very helpful (and useful!). A family friend made our cakes while Austin’s Grandmother worked in a florist and sorted our flowers out for us. We also made a lot of things ourselves and with friends to keep the costs down.

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I was driven to the Town Hall in a cream Volkswagen Campervan and then we were both driven around in it after the ceremony for our photos.

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Our dream wedding was for everyone to have fun and so we had a home made “photo booth” consisting of an underwater scene with inflatables and snorkelling gear and disposable cameras. We also had a “tuck shop” with lots of different sweets in jars and striped paper bags for people to take some goodies home!

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A friend of ours is in a covers band, The Grace, that often plays weddings and so they played two sets for us and got everyone dancing! After the band we relied on Austin’s laptop for the tunes.

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All of the day was perfect and it was just amazing having all our family and friends there in the same place. I loved our first dance to ‘No one’s Gonna Love You More Than I Do’ by Band of Horses and all the bridesmaids and groomsmen joining in after the first chorus, such a special moment.

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My family friend, Ann, made out dream wedding cake. The bottom tier was chocolate and strawberry cheesecake with the middle and top layer as fruit cake, all decorated with roses and vines. She also made a separate carrot cake for myself with little marzipan carrots all over it.

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After the wedding we drove to Hull and got the overnight ferry to Zeebrugge where we then drove around Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Germany for two weeks. It was magical. We stayed in a tree house, a space themed room and a canal boat among lots of other hotels.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is just remember that although you’ll want to make everyone happy, ultimately this is yours and your loved one’s big day and you should do everything to make it special and meaningful for the both of you.

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Congratulations Charlotte & Austin!

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That’ll Be The Day! A Real Wedding In York – Lindsay & Matt

November 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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We first met Yorkshire couple Lindsay and Matt when they shared their sweet York engagement shoot and love story on these pages a few weeks back, and this afternoon they are back on the same streets to recap their very vintage, deliciously DIY, rock and rolling 1950’s influenced wedding. 

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Lindsay says:  We got engaged in December 2011 at the La Rosa Boutique Hotel in Whitby. I had been wanting to stay at the hotel for ages due to its cool quirkiness and ‘vintage-ness’. It was a surprise, Matt had wanted to propose on the balcony overlooking the harbour but when we arrived there wasn’t a balcony!

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We were married on Saturday September 1st 2012 at  York Registry Office with a reception at St Williams College, York.  We had been there previously for a Vintage Fair and had seen how beautiful the building was. From a practical point of view it was also ideal, being right in the centre of York. The amount of space meant we could do a variety of things in the different rooms and private courtyard.  We opted for a vintage theme. 

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I chose a 50’s style Vivien of Holloway halter neck dress with a navy petticoat, navy shoes and navy ribbon belt. I also had a little birdcage veil which was from www.lilybella.co.uk. I knew from the start I wanted a birdcage veil but found it really difficult finding one that I liked. 

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My hair was put up at The Lounge in York by my usual hairdresser Lou. Matt couldn’t believe how many hairgrips came out of my hair at the end of the night, but it certainly stood up amazingly well throughout the day.

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I carried a bouquet of cool water and avalanche roses with eucalyptus, tied with an ivory ribbon and pearl detail – all from Dutch Nurseries in Haxby, York.

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The bridesmaids wore long navy dresses from M&S (one of the bridesmaids was pregnant so the dresses needed to be practical as well as elegant). Matt wore a navy suit with waistcoat from Slaters. He also had a pocket watch which he was very proud of!

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Rather than a wedding car, I arrived at the registry office in a rickshaw provided by The Green Cab Man. Given the traffic on a Saturday in York is awful, it was also the quickest way to travel! It was one of my highlights when the registrar said it was the first time they had a bride turn up in a rickshaw.

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Before the wedding we set up a wedding website using www.gettingmarried.co.uk. It was free and would recommend it as you are able to put more details than you can on an invite. We had lots of people from out of York so it was good to be able to put hotels details up and directions. You could also use the site for your wedding list.

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Hayley Baxter was our photographer and did an amazing job. She has this great ability to organise people without coming across as being bossy, she manages to make people feel at ease in order to get the best photos. She even managed to pull in a character from one of the York guided Walks to pose with us for a picture!

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Morwen, the manager at St William’s College, was our wedding planner, and did a fantastic job organising and setting up our wedding. There wasn’t anything we wanted to do that she and her team couldn’t accommodate. Bradshaws of York were our caterers and again were excellent. They work in partnership with the College and you could tell they had a wealth of experience catering for weddings.

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We made our own wedding favours in the form of gift bags on the tables. Each female received a vintage brooch, whilst the men had football pin badges according to the team they support – the boys pins went down way better than I thought they would and everyone seemed to be touched by the thought and effort which went into them. In the bags we also put in bubbles, fortune fish and a lottery ticket. We went a bit crazy on the favours but it was really worth it! We spent a full Saturday lining all the bags with navy organza and decorating the personalised tags, they also doubled as the table place names.

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For the wine glasses on the tables I made individual wine glass bead charms and I also decorated the napkins with ribbon and beads.  We also used my 50’s Babycham glasses for the toast and Cherry B glasses for the welcome drinks, just to add to the vintage feel! It took forever to collect them but was so much fun, we are now trying to work out what to do with them all.

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The table centres were different vintage themes which were then named after records. The top table was “Toys in the Attic” which had lots of old toys on, one of which was Matt’s dad’s old teddy bear called big ted (he is actually not that big). One had a singer sewing machine, another a typewriter and one was travel themed.

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For a card box we used an old suitcase lined with ivory fabric and and Lexicon cards for the sign. The suitcase had originally belonged to Matts great great granddad and had his initials on it, it was really special to be able to use things which had been in the family for so long.

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For decoration we spent weeks and weeks going to car boot sales and collecting little cut glass bud vases which we had roses in. We also collected lots of old wood candle stick holders which we had as part of the table centres and around the room.

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I did originally contemplate making the bunting but the room was so big and I knew it would take forever so instead we bought some cut paper bunting and I was pleased with how good it looked.

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It took two big cars jam packed full to take all the stuff to the venue, Morwen the manager said we had far more bits and pieces than most of her brides and grooms but never complained.

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One of the things I enjoyed the most was thinking of all the details but I have to admit it would never of happened if Matt was not involved. I’m good at the ideas but not always so good at the practical things like making them happen!

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In the other room which I nicknamed the Pink Flamingo room we had a sweetie bar, little card tables which we had put vintage games on and Hayley had her photo booth set up in there. The sweetie bar was another excuse for to go to car boot sales and collect things as we used pretty cut glass bowls.

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In the room with the bar we put up two photo posters, one with lots of pictures of Matt when he was little and all his family and one for me and my family. They were really good conversation starters. In the bar room we also had little leaflets with hangover cures one which also had a picture of Matt’s granddad with his old cure of the hare of the dog!

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We had a cheese wedding cake from The Cheese Shop on Gillygate in York. It was made up of five different cheeses.

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We had a jukebox so guests could choose the music. It came from Speciality Music in Wyke. The jukebox was delivered and collected and was very reasonably priced. There also wasn’t a song we requested that couldn’t be provided. We also had a limbo contest on the dance floor which went down a storm! It was amazing how good everyone was at organising themselves and most of the guests got involved in either competing or at least clapping on others. In the smaller room Hayley set up a photo booth, complete with fancy dress items and props. This was probably the biggest success as all the guests got involved and had a great time!

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For our first dance we did a rock and roll dance. We had had lessons the year before and worked really well with my 50’s dress.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in California, flying into San Francisco and then driving to Napa, Los Angeles and, finally, Las Vegas!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a unique wedding. Thinking outside the box can make it more unique and special, and cut down on the cost.

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Congratulations Lindsay & Matt!

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By The Bridges: A Real Wedding In The North East – Kay & Rob

August 1st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Have I got an absolute cracker of a Real Wedding for you this afternoon on the wedding blog Brides Up North!

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I recently featured Kay and Rob’s love story and engagement shoot and we were blown away by those images (click here to catch up), but today’s round up of their wedding day sent to me by reader Kay and the fabulous Mandy Charlton is knock your socks off lovely.  Be so very inspired. 

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A Real Wedding In The North East by Mandy Charlton

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Kay says:  Rob and I got engaged at home in March 2011, nearly 6 years after first meeting.  We got married on Saturday 9th June 2012.  We had a Church ceremony at St Peter’s in Monkseaton and held our reception at BALTIC Centre of Contemporary Art on Gateshead Quayside.

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We chose to get married at St Peter’s as I loved the tradition of it. Both my parents and grandparents were married there and I couldn’t think of anywhere more perfect. I have photographs of my parents and grandparents on their wedding days and wanted to replicate the same picture on our day (we even went as far as locking everybody into the Church after the ceremony so that we could get the right shot in front of the doors!)

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There was no real theme to our day. I did try to include a few vintage touches but ultimately we aimed to keep things quite classic and simple.  Keeping in with the simplicity theme, most things on the day, such as the flowers and the cake, were kept white or ivory. There were also touches of grey/silver. Our bridesmaids wore navy blue, however I wanted them to stand out so chose not to pull blue into the rest of the decorations.

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My dress was from Truly, Madly, Deeply in Monkseaton. Debbie who runs the shop helped me find my dream dress – an Amanda Wyatt, tea length dress which had a 1950s/Audrey Hepburn feel to it. I had always had a tea length dress in mind when looking but tried not to get my heart set on it as so many people told me I’d come away with the complete opposite to what I thought. I was so happy when I found it and new straight away that it was "the one". I’d wear it every day if I could!

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Also from Truly, Madly, Deeply, our bridesmaids wore long Alfred Angelo (7016) dresses in Navy. They all looked beautiful so I hope they felt that way! Their outfits were finished off with a wrist corsage and a vintage hair comb pinned into a victory roll hairstyle.

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As a special touch, I hired Backworth Colliery Band to play outside the Church. This was a surprise for Rob and my dad but I managed to keep it from everyone (except the vicar) until the big day. I cannot speak highly enough about how amazing this was! It added such a lovely atmosphere outside the Church and meant everybody had some entertainment/a talking point whilst we were greeting our guests and having our photograph taken. Rob and I managed to fit in a little dance and we have photographic evidence of my dad and sister doing the same. I really hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did!

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Our photographer was the fabulous Mandy Charlton! I think our photos speak for themselves but we are so happy with results. Kudos to her for thinking on her feet when the rain decided to come – the unplanned photos in the BALTIC viewing box are some of our favourites. Everybody has commented on how much they love them!

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Christina from Fleurt in Monkseaton did a fantastic job with my flowers (I’m definitely not a flower expert so was really lucky to have her help!) My bouquet was kept quite simple with white flowers of lisianthus, sweet peas, chin chin and daisies. I didn’t want anything too structured so things were kept quite loose, all being held together with an ivory lace bow. Pinned onto the bow I had a vintage brooch, which I classed as my something old and blue.

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A lady Rob used to work with made our cake for us. We had a layer of chocolate cake and two of sponge cake. She even made us an additional cake so that we could make sure there was enough to go around! To say this isn’t her day job we really couldn’t have asked for anything better!

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Entertainment was provided by the band Jam Hot and Jamie Daniels from North East DJ.

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It’s so hard to pick a favourite part of the day – everything went exactly to plan (if it didn’t everybody did a good job at keeping it hidden from us!) and I loved every minute. Seeing Rob for the first time in the Church was pretty special and rather emotional – something I’ll never forget. I also remember feeling so happy and relaxed after the ceremony, with the sun shining, greeting our guests for the first time.

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We spent our honeymoon in Rhodes. We opted for an all-inclusive hotel on the sea front and splashed out for a room with a private pool. It was really the perfect opportunity for recharging the batteries and made it hard to come back to the real world!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every minute of the build up and not to stress over the little things. Try to remember what the day is about, everything else will come together in the end. I promise!

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Botanic Beauty! A Real Relaxed Wedding In Sheffield – Anna & Matt

July 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Morning Brides Up North!  How was your weekend? 

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I spent the weekend working on some special behind the scenes wedding blog projects and some new material for blog posts that will be appearing on your screen shortly.  Before running the Brides Up North blog, events and brand I couldn’t have imagined enjoying a fully working weekend, but they are now becoming the norm – and I wouldn’t change things for the world.  The need to put in even more extra hours stems from all the bridal freelance work that I have been taking on recently alongside developing the business on home turf.  Working hard to spread the Northern Revolution’s message beyond the pages of this site is definitely worth it. 

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This post was one of my very favourite to work on (somewhere between the early hours and brunch on Saturday morning), and certainly got my weekend off to a great start.  Sent to me by real Bride Anna and the fabulous Sheffield wedding photographer India Hobson Weddings – who also shot the official photographs for the Brides Up North Tweet Up Yorkshire this year – this pretty and personal Sheffield wedding at the Botanic Gardens is bloomin’ beautiful.  Happy Monday!

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India says:  I loved shooting Anna & Matt’s wedding.  The weather held out for us, and the glasshouses gave such stunning light that it was actually a pleasure when it did start to drizzle a little! I love how relaxed Anna & Matt were, not only at the wedding but when I met with them before – they trusted me completely and I knew that Anna (a graphic designer) would love for me to be creative with the images.

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I had endless conversations with their guests and every single one started with them saying "It’s such a perfect day isn’t it?" there was so much love for these two and it made me all warm and fuzzy inside!
I loved the cake, and I wanted to eat the flowers because they looked so good.

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Our bride Anna says: We got engaged on 2nd March 2012. It was a really short engagement for us – which is what we wanted. We got engaged whilst sitting at home on the sofa. Matt had the ring tucked into his cardigan pocket.

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We got married on 14th July 2012 at The Botanical Gardens in Sheffield with our reception at The Chimney House, Kelham Island.

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We chose the Botanical Gardens because we had spent some time there before and thought it was really pretty. When we went to look around it was a beautiful sunny day, and it just seemed perfect. We had been looking for somewhere that we had both enjoyed visiting previously; that was quite informal but was still very special.  We fell in love with Chimney House before we even looked around. We knew that was where we wanted to have our reception instantly as Matt used to live near there and we love the area so such. Inside was even better than we could have hoped and everything just fit in perfectly with our idea of how we wanted the day to be.

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We didn’t really have a theme, we just wanted it to be fun and relaxed. Our colours started as mustard and grey but ended up having some pale blue and pale pink thrown in for good measure! I found it hard to stick to a particular scheme because I kept changing my mind!

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I definitely knew that I wanted a short dress. This proved quite hard to come by and many shops didn’t have many in stock. As we planned a short engagement, this also limited the kind of dress I could get in time.

I ended up going to The Bridal Rooms in Chesterfield and they had ‘the dress’- which was actually a bridesmaids dress made in ivory! It was perfect- very swirly and 50’s in its style.

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We never planned to have the bridesmaids in the same dress, we thought we would just stick to a certain colour scheme. However when we went shopping, we saw a beautiful grey dress in Noa Noa and both of my bridesmaids loved it! It suited the colour scheme, it was so pretty and not too ‘bridesmaidy’ which none of us

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Matt bought his suit from Jigsaw and had shoes by Clarks Originals.

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Where possible we wanted to choose very local suppliers. Our rings – and my engagement ring- were by Jennie Gill a jeweller working in Sheffield at Persistence Works. Her work is amazing and I knew I wanted a Jennie Gill ring way before we got engaged! Luckily Matt knew this and asked Jennie to design a ring especially for our engagement.

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We got all of the wedding flowers from Fresh Ideas in Chesterfield. My mum had used this florist for years and they always did really beautiful flowers.  I really wanted quite a wild looking freshly picked bouquet. I wanted to bring in the yellows of my colour scheme. The result was such a delicate pretty bouquet with craspedia, spray roses and other little flowers.

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We decided to have a wedding bus to take all of our guests to the botanical gardens and back to the Chimney House. We hired a London Routemaster from Vintage Vehicle Hire in Doncaster. This was such a success and the guests loved it!

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It took the guests to the botanical gardens, then returning to the Leopold Hotel to collect myself and the bridesmaids.  After the ceremony it took us on a scenic tour of the Rivelin Valley around Sheffield. It was an excellent way to keep all of the guests together and keep in the party spirit!

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There are too many favourite parts of the day – and some that I didn’t even remember until I saw the photos! Just having the opportunity to spend time with all of our friends and family in such a beautiful venue.

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We didn’t want to splash out on a huge cake as it wasn’t something that we felt was very important to us. We ordered a two tier cake from M&S that I decorated myself with pom pom trimmings and little ceramic birds.  Matt’s mum also kindly made us a yummy chocolate cake and buns that went down a storm.

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My bridesmaid Helen and I hand embroidered pin badges for all of the guests with tiny hearts and moustaches on!

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We love soul music so we hired a local soul DJ – Debbie Soul – to play some tunes later in the evening to get people dancing.  We were also so lucky to have my bridesmaid’s brother Colin Taylor to play guitar throughout the meal. He sounded amazing! Such lovely background music that really made the evening.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that you can totally arrange a wedding in less than 6 months!

Make sure that you think about what is important to you and what kind of wedding you want. Our wedding was exactly how we wanted it and everyone said the whole day was unique to us. This made it even more special.

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Congratulations Anna & Matt!

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Lickety Split Loving! A Modern 1950’s Bridal Shoot In The North East

July 16th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Morning all!  Did you have a nice weekend?

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How many of you finally tied the knot over the past two days?  Huge congratulations if you are celebrating becoming a Mrs this morning!  For those of you that are still counting down, I have some fabulous features lined up on the wedding blog this week, including the launch of a second season of Wedding SOS posts.  Watch out for fun, frills and frank advice coming your way.

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Let’s kick things off with a cute bridal shoot put together by a collective of North East wedding industry suppliers sent to me by Kathryn of Opulence Wedding Planning.

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I’m very excited to be working with Grace The Weddings Co on a special outfit for The North of England Wedding Awards later this year (I’m hosting the gala dinner and awards ceremony event – eep!), so it’s lovely to see some of their designs looking absolutely stunning in today’s images.  Check out the Little Black Book at the end of the feature to visit the web pages of the other talented contributors too.

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Kathryn says:  I decided to plan and organise a 1950′s inspired shoot, but with a modern twist to show that you can take elements of the1950′s era but then bring them into the 21st Century.

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I came across Lickety Split Ice Creamery whilst searching for a 1950′s American diner, and I thought it would be perfect to use as it has the authentic 1950′s American feel, with the vintage sundae’s and floats that they create, but it also felt very modern with the new and innovative flavours that they were using.

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All of the staff and the owner, Cindy, of Lickety Split were very helpful and kind to all who were involved in the shoot, and we managed to get some great shots of the ice creamery and some of the items on their menu!

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The photography for this shoot was done by a new photographer called David Hill Photography from Middlesbrough. He has created and edited some amazing vintage style shots of the morning back in June. He really understood the brief for the day, and had some brilliant idea’s of how we could best photograph the dresses, hair, make-up and the location of Lickety Split itself.

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Grace The Weddings Co let me use some of they’re amazing couture dresses, called ‘Grace Couture’. They are all influenced by the 1950′s, but not too much so they still have the modern edge to them, such as with a low cut back, an over sized flower on the waist or an extra piece on the back of the dress to add a ‘bouffant’.

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Jo Leversuch from Make Up By Jo created some amazing make-up for this shoot, using bold block colours on the eyes and lips of the models but with bold eye liner that is associated with icons from the 1950′s such as Marliyn Monroe and Jane Mansfield.

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Vintage Tinsel is very innovative. The brief for the shoot was 1950′s with a modern twist, and the hair styles that she created fitted it perfectly. Using recognisable styles such as the bold curls, but gave it a modern twist by gathering them all on the top of the models head, I think all three of the stylists help bring my visions to life of creating a non-standard 1950′s shoot in 2012!

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Planning/ styling – Opulence Wedding Planning
Photography – David Hill Photography
Make Up – Make Up By Jo
Dresses/styling – Grace The Weddings Co
Hair Styling – Vintage Tinsel

Accessories – Eden Fancy Dress
Head Pieces – The Headdress Designer
Location – Lickety Split Ice Creamery

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An Eye For Detail – A Real Wedding, Rebecca & Richard

November 21st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Oh my goodness.  Talk about getting the week off to gorgeous start on the wedding blog! Brides Up North Featured Supplier Damian Hall Photography and newlyweds Rebecca and Richard sent me this gorgeous wedding in Yorkshire recently, and I have been really looking forward to sharing it with you.  Rebecca is a wedding planning planner at her family’s wedding venue, the Crow Hill Country House Estate and boy, did she bring it for her own Real Wedding!

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Let’s hear from Rebecca:  We got engaged on Kos, the Greek Island in May 2010. Richard booked a surprise holiday for the two of us to a five star hotel on the sea front! He proposed on the last night on a sandy beach at sunset. Afterwards, we went back to the hotel and drank Pina Coladas!

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We married on Saturday 3rd September 2011 at St Bartholomew’s Church in Marsden, West Yorkshire and held the reception at Crow Hill Country House Estate.   I’ve always wanted to get married at home and had dreams of a marquee on the lawn (I am a Wedding Planner at my family’s venue, Crow Hill Country House Estate). The country house is the perfect setting for a vintage wedding and the Marquee was ideal for the reception. Crow Hill offers the wedding weekend, and all my guests stayed for two nights on the Estate. Our guests arrived to afternoon tea of handmade treats served on vintage cake stands and vintage china in the walled Victorian gardens followed by a rehearsal supper and a pre wedding pamper session. The Sunday morning after the wedding guests enjoyed a full English Breakfast cooked by our head chef served in the Red Dining Room followed by an Archery Competition for the men to finish the weekend off in style!

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I wanted my wedding day to be a celebration of vintage glamour with a dusky pink, gold, ivory, pearl and diamante theme.

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My dress was made and designed by Caroline Titterington Couture Bridal designer.

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The dress was made of silk, satin and chiffon encrusted with diamante. The bodice was made of handmade pearl lace with ivory ribbon lacing and a long train. The style was based on a vintage 1950’s ball gown design. Unlike most other brides, we went for more than five fittings to ensure the dress was a perfect fit! Throughout the process of making the dress, together with Caroline, we changed the original design to include a long train, a huge satin bow, a diamante and pearl brooch and the cape with a large satin bow, for the ride in the horse and carriage complete with a diamante buckle at the back, so it was truly unique to me.

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The two older bridesmaids wore Vintage Vogue inspired gold floor length gowns made from chiffon and satin. They featured handmade gold fabric roses which went from the top of the dresses to the hip and then created a waterfall effect of chiffon at the back. The two younger bridesmaids had individual dresses designed to suit them. One was a puff ball design with a large gold bow at the back and a chiffon waist band and the other was a 1950’s inspired dress with lots of net and again a large gold bow and a chiffon band. Both dresses also had corsages of handmade gold fabric roses and a large feature rose on the waist band.

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My bouquet was all roses: ‘Avalanche’, ‘Pink Avalanche’ and ‘Norma Jean’ with large pearls, gold satin ribbon with a large gold satin bow and an antique gold and pearl brooch.

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The bridesmaids’ bouquets were a mixture of the same roses as well as freesias, ivory ’Bombastic’ roses, rosemary, mint and hydrangeas, all tied with an antique gold satin bow and with a pearl pin.

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For the Church ceremony we had a string quartet who played as guests were arriving and during the ceremony. They also played during the drinks reception. Croquet was set out during the drinks reception for guests on the formal lawn. In the evening we had two casino tables as well as the DJ playing all the hits. We also had a video booth set up where guests could leave messages for the bride and groom. The evening entertainment, especially the casino tables proved to extremely popular, with a bottle of champagne for the winner!

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After deciding on several different cakes and changing at the last minute, we finally decided on a four tier cake! The bottom tier, a sponge cake, decorated with gold bows and swags, was surrounded by a wreath of the same fresh roses used in the bouquets. The next tier was a stunning double height chocolate cake with a baroque style gold scroll effect. The third tier was covered with delicate and intricate gold lace. The final tier, which stood on an antique crystal cake stand, had our initials iced in old fashioned scroll writing. It was topped with a beautiful arrangement of ‘Avalanche’ roses. The whole effect was truly stunning and had a serious ‘wow factor’!

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If I have to choose a favourite moment, I’d say walking down the aisle! Seeing all my family and friends together after so many months of planning was truly moving. I also thought the excitement and chaos of the wedding morning with bridesmaids, mums and grandmas, as well as photographers and videographers all in the bridal suite (luckily there was lots of room!) was one of my favourite bits.

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We spent our two week honeymoon in America. The first three days we went to Las Vegas, staying in Caesar’s Palace, the hotel which featured in ‘The Hangover’. The next five nights we stayed in Honolulu –a welcome break from hectic Vegas and the last four we spent in New York, shopping and taking in the sights! We were exhausted but had a fabulous time; I only wish we had longer in the paradise of Hawaii!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is that you might think you can save money by cutting corners on the food but you have to look after your guests! Next to you and the bridal party, they’re your best friends and all your family so don’t let them go hungry in the drinks reception while you have photos taken and a menu that they will enjoy for the wedding breakfast!

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Little Black Book

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We used some amazing local suppliers including: Big Fat Wedding Videos for the wedding video, Damian Hall Photography Leeds for the Wedding Photography, Firenza Floral Design for the flowers, Stems Design for the thank you bouquets, Caroline from Delicate Elegance for the makeup, Joanne from Hairs and Graces for the hair design, The Northern Carriage Company for the Horse and Carriage, Style Wedding Cars for the Bridesmaids’ transport, Diva Cakes for the Wedding Cake, Jacks Casinos for the casino tables, Quadraphonic’s String Quartet, Joanne from Bake! for the cupcakes and favours, Caroline Titterington Couture Bridal designer for the wedding dress, the bridesmaid’s dresses and the mother of the bride outfit and Lindsay Salvini at Home and Away Travel for the bespoke Honeymoon.

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Congratulations Rebecca & Richard!

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  – Images © 2011 Damian Hall Photography

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Eye Candy: Lizzie Agnew

September 18th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I had the pleasure of visiting the British Bridal Exhibition Harrogate this week.  Press pass in hand, there is nothing I enjoy more than walking the floor, chatting to designers and eyeing up the new collections.  Whilst I love seeing what the big name bridal houses are producing for the next season, I also love finding new favourites.  Northern Ireland based designer Lizzie Agnew is one of them, and earns her place in the Brides Up North Eye Candy Hall of Fame for her flirty and fabulous silk, taffeta, shantung and lace frocks, inspired by the vintage cuts of the1930s and 1950s. 

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Whether you like to leave lines long or shake it up in a short number, you are about to fall head over heels girls…

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To view more of Lizzie Agnew’s gorgeous gowns, contact or find out more about her label visit her website and let this lovely lady know that Brides Up North says hello!

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Do you know of a designer who you think deserves to be the next addition to the bridal blog’s Eye Candy Hall of Fame?  Contact me with your suggestions or leave a comment below – I love to hear your feedback!

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  – Images © 2011 Lizzie Agnew

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