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Love & Laughter: A Tea Length Justin Alexander Gown For A Fun Filled Real Wedding At Rockliffe Hall – Rebecca & Philip

April 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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We are in the North East this morning for an understated and elegant Real Wedding filled with pretty details, love and laughter.  Rebecca and Philip chose a stunning venue and used some excellent Brides Up North Featured Suppliers to make their big day super special. 

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Rebecca says:  Thank you for your blog! It became my bible in the run up to my wedding!  Not only was I able to source my photographer and entertainment through your directory but  many of my suppliers featured in your blog in the time leading up to my wedding which was always reassuring as your blog/you became my unofficial wedding planner. Thank you for the advice and the inspiration. I will still be checking in to get my fill of all things wedding.

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Rebecca says: Phil and I were engaged in Newcastle the day after my 29th Birthday on January 8th 2010, after an 11 year “courtship”; we got together back in September 1999.

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Phil surprised me for my birthday with a magical mystery tour which saw us travel from our then home in Leeds to our home turf Newcastle for a weekend away. I was in the early stages of pregnancy and was in need of a rest before dinner and Phil said he would leave me in peace and go and do some shopping. At dinner I had asked Phil in jest if he had managed to find me a ring while he was out. His response was a yes and that if I wanted we could go and get it tomorrow! We went and purchased the ring and then went to meet our parents for lunch where Phil asked my Dad’s permission. I was presented with the ring at lunch in front of our parents who were all thrilled. I joke and say that Phil has never really asked me to marry him we just got engaged.

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Our wedding was on 21st July 2012. Two years after we got engaged; we had the small matter of having a baby to contend with first.

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We were married at the gorgeous Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Hurwurth on Tees, Darlington. The ceremony was in the Old Hall Arches and the reception was in the Rockliffe Suite.

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Have you been to Rockliffe? If you have then I probably don’t need to tell you why we made the decision to get married there. Phil and I at the time of our engagement were both working in jobs that meant we travelled a lot staying in many hotels around the country and it was reaching the point where very few places we were staying for social occasions would make us stop and stay “wow”, but Rockliffe did. We stayed at Rockliffe for Phil’s birthday in the March after our engagement and asked to have a look around. It had everything we were looking for and more; a more traditional area for the ceremony; a large banqueting suite that would be appropriate for the large number of guests for the evening; fabulous bedrooms; a spa and for my parents a golf course. The staff during our stay were attentive and professional. The food was – in the words of my mother in law – “to die for “. Perfect!  We booked the wedding that weekend and I am looking forward to many anniversary meals.

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The theme for the wedding was understated and the focus was on fun, good food and music; a real party rather than a formal event. We wanted to treat our guests, which was made up primarily of our family, to fabulous surroundings and all that Rockliffe has to offer while feeling comfortable and not stuffy. We wanted the day to reflect us as a couple and what we enjoy doing together and good food has always been paramount in our relationship. From the canapés to the hog roast we made sure that our guests all had full tums.

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I had been to seven weddings the year before all beautiful in their own way but I was all “quirked out”, I wanted to keep things simple so the focus of the day became the entertainment.  I didn’t want to be to “matchy” with my colour theme and chose complementary tones of pale blue and pink. 

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My dress was a Justin Alexander tea length gown in style number 8555, I had never envisaged myself in a long gown and the dress helped set the tone of the day. I had seen a different Justin Alexander dress at a wedding fair and even paid a deposit before I had even tried it on. I went to try the dress on with bridesmaid and mum in tow and was asked by the shop to try on 8555 and quickly changed my mind, apparently my face changed when I put the dress on and the expressions on everyone else’s faces said that this was the one! I used a bridal shop in Shotton Colliery called Just Perfect and cannot praise the staff enough from allowing me to have a morning trying on as many dresses as I liked (even after I had made up my mind). From day one to picking the dress up they were fantastic! I wore Rainbow Club shoes called Coral and my hair I wore a hairband from Coast and a short veil.

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My bridesmaid dresses were a similar length and gave a 1950’s feel to the day (Alfred Angelo Style 7188 from Wild Brides at Heart). My flower-girls wore shoes from Monsoon and a dress from BHS.

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My husband and I discussed outfits and we both decided that morning suits were a no go and so the groom wore a Reiss suit, while his groomsmen and the dads wore navy suits from Autograph Collection at M&S (the official suit of the England football team), and ties also M&S. The groomsmen were given the suits as a gift and it has been lovely when I have spied them wearing it again

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My hair was by Lesley and Rachel from Hooker and Young Darlington. I have always had short hair and had no intention of changing it for the big day by adding extensions (just not me) but I wanted it to look different. I wanted soft and feminine and Lesley delivered the goods! My make up was by Victoria Lees – Spa treatment manager at Rockliffe Hall. I have never been big on make-up and Victoria made sure that I felt comfortable.

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Music throughout the day was a surprise for all of our guests. The string quartet and my chosen music for coming down the aisle was a surprise for Philip and set the tone for the day. I entered to “Dance of the Knights” by Prokofiev – this is the song that his team, Sunderland AFC, come out to on match days at the Stadium of light.  My favourite photo of Philip is one of him laughing as I am about to enter the music has started and the penny has dropped as to my choice. Walking down the aisle to laughter is not what every bride wants but it was the perfect way to start the party.

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Standing with Phil in front of our friends and family and our son Joe declaring to a silent room “That’s my Mammy and Daddy!” was a special moment and I am glad that Joe was part of our big day.

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We followed the ceremony with reception drink entertainment from a West Yorkshire based singer songwriter we both fell in love with on a night in the Rodley Barge when we lived in Leeds; Roger Davies. We had a pianist during the wedding breakfast and the Blue House Band provided music for dancing the night away to. The music was aside from Roger Davies was supplied by the team at AMV Live Music, who went out of their way to make sure that the music was exactly what we wanted. Our first dance was to “Your Song” by Elton John sang by Andy Garner of AMV (whose version was better than the original). My dance with my dad was to Moondance by Van Morrison and I don’t think my dad has recovered from busting such a move.

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Our photographer was the fabulous Sean Elliott Photography! Sean is so personable it was just like having an extra friend to share our day. Sean also provided our “Picture Peg Project” at our evening reception.

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Noble Fine Art supply stationery as part of the wedding package at Rockliffe (menus, name cards and table plan) and they also supplied my invitations and orders of service. The stationery was beautiful and they were a lovely team to work with.

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Simply Bows & Chair Covers dressed the room for the wedding breakfast. 

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Our cake was supplied by my very talented Aunt, who only does cakes as a hobby, she did me proud.  It was a four tier cake in a mixture of sponge and fruit, covered in over a hundred individually handmade flowers. 

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Our florist was Adam Prest. Adam was one of the nicest people I came into contact with during my wedding preparations. He is simply amazing. He worked his magic on our bouquets, button holes and on the table and pedestal arrangements. In an early meeting with Adam I had said that I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted but trusted him implicitly and he came up trumps.

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I have so many favourite parts of the day that it is hard to name just one but the spontaneous helicopter ride stands out! A guest of the hotel had flown his helicopter in for a game of golf so Phil and I asked if he would mind if we had a picture taken. He said he would to one better and would take us for a short flight.  It was totally unexpected and was the part of the day that Phil and I were together on our own (with the pilot).  Unfortunately and much to his disappointment we had lost Sean (our photographer) at this stage of the day and so we don’t have any professional photos.  There were stories of a man with a camera sprinting from one end of the hotel to the other to try and capture the moment once the rumour had spread. Poor Sean.

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The first dance spotlight shifting form me and Phil to my son and niece, both two, is still talked about as they took to the floor unexpectedly and camera shifted from the bride and groom to the far cuter pint sized couple.

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We honeymooned in Mexico at the Dreams resort, Puerto Adventuras which was the perfect resort for our family honeymoon. We were lucky enough to travel business class and after the wedding it was time for a lie down.

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My top tips for other Brides Up North would be not to stress about the small details as no one will notice but you.  Pick suppliers that you like you are going to be spending a year planning your wedding with these people and you wanted to be able to enjoy the preparations. 

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Congratulations Rebecca & Philip!

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Ice, Ice, Baby: An Antarctic Real Wedding In The North East – Lucy & Michael

September 3rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I went to school with today’s real bride, albeit that Lucy is a couple of years younger than me (ahem!), so it was a pleasure when she contacted me telling me how much she enjoyed the website when planning her wedding and would I consider featuring her wedding photographs?  Er… would I ever!

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Lucy and Michael’s wedding at the gorgeous Wynyard Hall – with images by Holden Jones Photography – is a study in how to pull off a quirky theme with elegance.  It’s also oozing with good old North East charm, and was a joy to put together for you this morning.

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Lucy says:  Mike proposed on July 7th 2010 in Altea, Spain. We went out for a lovely meal, there was a fantastic atmosphere in the town as Spain had just won their place in the World Cup final. When we got back to the villa, Mike walked me to the balcony, which had been decorated with lanterns and flickering candles. There was chilled champagne and chocolates waiting for me – the whole thing was completely unexpected!

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We were married on Saturday 19th May 2012 at Wynyard Hall

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My parents live at Wynyard, making Wynyard Hall the perfect location. No other venue was even considered! Mike knew that Wynyard Hall was the only place for us so when he proposed in Spain he not only presented me with a fabulous ring (from Green & Benz in Manchester), he also gave me an invitation to our wedding! He had asked for my Dad’s blessing and together they secured a date at Wynyard. Victoria Kelley, one of the wedding coordinators at the hall, was fantastic and I would have been lost without her!

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We chose Antarctica as our theme! Our table plan showed the route we took on our recent Polar Circle Quest. We named our 18 tables after the wildlife we saw and the various landing sites we visited in Antarctica. We used our own photographs on each of the tables. It really was the trip of a lifetime!

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Our colour scheme was sapphire. A month after we got engaged, I went to Dublin with my sister and spotted a pair of sapphire Manolo Blahnik heels… that was the colour scheme decided!

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I wore a Blue by Enzoani gown called Calistoga and I bought it from Dreamcatcher Bridal in Kirkham where Mike’s sister bought her wedding dress back in 2006. It’s an A-line gown with a ‘fan’ neckline and large details below the bust, on the hip and on the lower back. The ladies at Dreamcatcher were fantastic and knew exactly what would work. When they picked my dress out, I didn’t think it looked particularly special on the hanger but I decided to give it a go because it was clear that they really knew what they were talking about. As soon as I put the dress on I felt fantastic and when I walked out of the changing area it was great to see that everyone liked it as much as I did.

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My four bridesmaids wore floor-length, sapphire, satin Dessy dresses and they looked gorgeous. Two of them went for strapless and the other two went for a scoop neck. It took a little while to sort out as they are all different in height, shape and hair colour… but we got there! As for the men, they wore silk grey suits by Cameron Ross. They all looked fantastic in their tailcoats. I bought their cravats from Dessy so they matched the bridesmaids’ dresses perfectly. All of the outfits were from Grace the Weddings Co in Darlington.

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My dad and I travelled to Wynyard Hall by horse and carriage. The two Black Friesians, William and Harry, are the most handsome horses I have ever seen and it was a pleasure getting to know their owners, Glenda and Robert of Greencroft Classic Carriages.

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I carried a bouquet consisting of roses and calla lilies. It was perfect for me, as I wanted something small, simple and easy to carry! Adam Prest did a spectacular job with all of the flowers from the buttonholes (which had a magnetic fastening!) to the eye-catching centrepieces. Adam is so friendly and creative and he has a real passion for what he does.

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The ceremony itself was hugely important to us and we wanted to make it really special and personal. My uncle is a retired Catholic priest and Mike and I knew from the start that we wanted him to be as involved as possible in our ceremony. Although he was unable to actually marry us, he was able to do a reading and say a few words, which made the service incredibly special.

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Without a doubt, my favourite part of the day was the London Community Gospel Choir singing O Happy Day and the vicar getting the whole congregation swaying and clapping! This was an emotional point in the day and made the ceremony so unique and personal to us. The choir sang six songs in total, all of which we chose. Their voices were unbelievable.

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Rob Jones and Brian Holden of Holden Jones Photography were our photographers. We couldn’t have picked better photographers. They were so professional and they were friendly, putting us both at ease. A pre-wedding shoot was included in our package, which meant we were able to get to know them beforehand and talk through everything in detail. Having two photographers meant that we could have photographs of both of us in the morning, which was really important to me. We are so happy with our photographs – Rob and Brian really captured the moment… without me even realising that they were in the room half the time!

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After a delicious cake-tasting session at Robineau Patisserie, we chose a 5-tier chocolate rose and sugar flower wedding cake. We chose different fillings ranging from lemon sponge to hazelnut praline. Jane Robineau was fantastic throughout the whole process. We loved our cake so much that it has its own 2-page spread in our wedding album!

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In the evening, we had a photobooth provided by Picture Blast, casino tables, a big screen showing the Champions League, the Aaron Bayley Band and fireworks through 21st Century Fireworks.  We had fantastic entertainment and a great crowd. The two really came together and created an incredible atmosphere, our guests really threw themselves into the day and embraced everything that was going on. This was so important to us because we always wanted our wedding to be about having fun and spending time with all of our friends and family. 

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We didn’t have a honeymoon.  I went back in to work on the Monday because I’m a (dedicated!) primary school teacher and it was term-time.

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However, we did manage to visit my sister in Cologne a couple of weeks after the wedding and I may have already booked our first anniversary trip to make up for it!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be this: It sounds like a cliché, but the day is ultimately about you and your husband-to-be/wife-to-be celebrating your relationship, so it is bound to be a big day for the two of you. It’s also a big day for your friends and family, so there can be a lot of (sometimes conflicting) ideas and opinions thrown into the melting pot. It can be difficult to consider everyone’s view and ultimately you just have to go with whatever the two of you feel is right. Again, it is a cliché, but it was genuinely the best day of our lives… so we must have managed to get everything right in the end!

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Congratulations Lucy & Michael!

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Smile Like You Mean It! A Real Wedding – Louise & Sam

August 25th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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And just like that, it’s the Bank Holiday weekend!  Can I get a whoop, whoop?!

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Whatever your plans for the extended weekend – venue hunting, holidaying, or maybe even saying I do (I can be sure there’ll be a few of you doing that!) have the best one. 

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I’m off for a long lazy “we’ve got two more days of the weekend after this” lunch with friends, but I’ll leave you in the company of smiley real bride Louise as we look back on her gorgeous Real Wedding, with images by Ruth Mitchell Photography.

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Louise says:  Sam asked me to marry him in Volos, Greece in August 2010. We had been together for four and a half years so it wasn’t a complete surprise but I was in shock for about ten minutes and kept asking if he was sure and if he meant it!

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We were married on 9th June 2012 at The George Hotel in Piercebridge, County Durham.  My parents live in Greece and we decided against a wedding abroad as we wanted as many of our friends and family as possible to be able to attend. We therefore decided to get married near where Sam is from in Durham.

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We loved The George due to the beautiful garden, river and bridge which we knew would look great in the photographs. We also knew the atmosphere was just what we were looking for: a relaxed party.

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My dress was one shouldered Justin Alexander dress with gathered raw silk from the waist up, lots of layers of tulle for the skirt and little belt with a diamante buckle. It was from The Big Day in Castleford, West Yorkshire which some of my friends own.

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Sam had a grey bespoke lounge suit made by Michelsberg Tailoring in Leeds.

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Our bridesmaid (my sister Lucy) wore a dress from Alfred Sung at Dessy. The best man and ushers wore grey lounge suits from Slaters.

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I carried a mixture of cottage garden flowers tied with ribbons. I really didn’t know what I they would look like until the day as I had no set idea of what I wanted. I was so happy with the result, Adam Prest is fabulous!

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We bought a Polaroid camera for guests to snap photos and stick them in the guest book with their messages.

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The beautiful table centrepieces were by Adam Prest, and our chair covers were by Party On Balloons and Event Hire.

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We love cooking (and eating!) so we had a bit of theme with our tables named after our favourite chefs and the favours being some of the recipes which mean something to us such as the first meals we ever cooked each other.

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Our cake is unusual in that the groom helped to make it! Sam made a fruit cake for the bottom layer, the middle layer was a chocolate cake made by my mum and my sister made a sponge cake for the top layer and then did a fantastic job of decorating the whole thing.

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Sam and I both agreed that the first dance was our favourite part of the day. We spent the whole song chatting and laughing.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Italy and travelled around Bergamo, Lake Como, Milan and Venice.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be remember to organise someone (other than your slightly inebriated new husband!) to help you get out of your dress. It took us about half an hour for Sam to undo all the tiny buttons with a crochet hook and was not a very romantic start to our first night as a married couple with all the huffing, puffing and swearing!

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Congratulations Louise & Sam!

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Ruffles & Blooms: A Real Wedding In The North East – Jemma & Anthony

April 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’m currently in recovery from the last Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive of the Spring season at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall.  What a way to finish a great run of shows!  All of the Wedding Exclusives (and the even larger Brides Up North Super Showcase) have been record attendances for the beautiful venues that I work with but this one was an especially brilliant day, with 290 brides (!) and their families coming to see the Hall and our amazing exhibitors.  More on that later.  Watch out for more shows in your area this Autumn.  Exhibitors can contact julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details.

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So, onwards and upwards as always, lets kick start the week with some pretty!  This gorgeous North East wedding was sent to me by wedding blog reader and Real Bride Jemma and with some of my favourite North East suppliers on her team, it was always going to be a cracker!

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I proposed to Anthony in November 2009 at the cinema. I set it all up on the big screen before the film along with his favourite music. Although he was a little startled he did say yes!

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We tied the knot at Beamish Hall on 16th March 2012 with family and friends travelling from all over the world to be with us which made the day even more special.

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We chose Beamish Hall as from our first visit here we knew this was our special place and where we could see ourselves getting married. It is so magical here and beautiful that no where else was as perfect for us.

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Pale pinks and greens were our colour choices. I wanted to keep it very simple yet vintage looking with pearls, fringed tulips that looked like lace and selections of various vases for the flowers provided by our florist Adam Prest and plenty of candle light.

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I chose a very simple yet fairy tale like dress by Morilee from Wedding Secrets. I accompanied this with a ivory sash with pearls and crystals from YAP Bridal to tie in a big bow at the back.

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My bouquet was a mixture of roses, peonies and many other beautiful assortments. I have never had such beautiful flowers and we were amazed at how much care and detail had gone into each display. We have even sent my bouquet off to be preserved in a special frame as it was that beautiful at Precious Petals. Thank you Adam for all your care and attention that went into making our day even more spectacular!

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My bridesmaid wore a long flowing pale pink dress from Debenhams which she chose herself. Our little flower girl wore a silver green dress by Monsoon embellished with detail around the waist which matched in with my dress.  The boy’s suits were by The Wedding Wardrobe

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I spent the night before the wedding at Beamish Hall with my mum and got ready there on the morning. Anthony travelled with my dad, his brother and dad to the venue. I did miss him overnight and ended up not being able to sleep with such excitement.

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We had a string trio, The North East Soiree for the ceremony who played absolutely beautiful. It made the day that much more perfect. Thank you Gordon for playing even tunes by Morrissey for our special day.

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Its so hard to choose a favourite part of the day as it was all so beautiful and perfect. I have to say though seeing Anthony at the end of the aisle made everything else just fade into the background and I realised what I had been waiting for all along

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We chose our friend Dave Knaggs of Torcross Photography to take our photos. We wanted to have someone who we felt comfortable with and who we were able to enjoy taking photos with. He did an excellent job, thank you Dave!

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We chose a 3 tier butter sponge with plain icing from Marks and Spencer which tasted absolutely yummy. Our florist decorated this then with an array of flowers to match in with the table centres.

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For the favours we ordered French macaroons in various colours from Fenwick’s Bakery and tied up each bundle with ribbon and a cute tag of our names and wedding date.

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A Real Wedding In The North East at Beamish Hall - Torcross Photography

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A Real Wedding In The North East at Beamish Hall - Torcross Photography

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A Real Wedding In The North East at Beamish Hall - Torcross Photography

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We hired a magician, Paul Lytton who kept guests thoroughly entertained in the gap between the day and night. I still don’t know how he does any of his tricks! We were all amazed.

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A Real Wedding In The North East at Beamish Hall - Torcross Photography

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For the evening we chose the resident DJ at Beamish Hall to host our first dance and disco. They catered for every piece of music we asked for and more and I never stopped dancing. We hadn’t prepared a first dance but once the music started for ‘it had to be you’ we ran on and it all came naturally. Turned into quite a cheesy dance but it really was one of the best parts of the day.

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A Real Wedding In The North East at Beamish Hall - Torcross Photography

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A Real Wedding In The North East at Beamish Hall - Torcross Photography

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For our honeymoon we went to a little island called Meeru for 2 weeks in the Maldives. This was just paradise.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to just try to get as much sleep as you can the night before as I only got an hour’s sleep!  Also remember it is your day and your day alone. Do all that makes you happy and it will all be perfect on the day.

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Congratulations Jemma & Anthony!

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Newlywed?  Contact me to share your Real Wedding memories!

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  – Images © 2012 Torcross Photography

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