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Getting Personal! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Gillian & Michael

November 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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We are in Yorkshire this afternoon for the intimate wedding celebration of Gillian and Michael, with images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Paul Joseph Photography

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Gillian and Michael kept their day to just their nearest and dearest, with a romantic colour palette, plenty of personal touches and one gorgeous dress

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… found in TKMaxx!  Yes, you read that right.  Kudos.

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Gillian says:  While out in Skipton one day on our way for some lunch, we wandered past a jewellers and both just looked at each other and said “Shall we?” then went inside and chose the ring! Having to wait for delivery of the ring in my size, it wasn’t until a week later Michael got down on one knee at Haworth Park, Haworth and asked “Gillian, will you marry me?” and placed it on my finger.

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We were married on 17th May 2012 at Holdsworth House Hotel and Restaurant, Halifax.  Having looked at a couple of venues before, nothing really grabbed us but we only had to drive into the car park of Holdsworth House and that was it. I have always loved historic buildings and Holdsworth House felt just perfect.

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I wouldn’t say I had one set theme but rather several intertwined such as shabby chic, rustic and personalised.  Having always been creative I knew I wanted a handmade wedding. My head was buzzing with ideas from the word go and with the help of my daughter, Trudy, we set to work.  We did worry, having never seen such a personalised, handmade occasion that it wouldn’t quite come together but in the end, it was exactly what I envisaged and our guests loved it! 

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I chose a palette of pinks and lilacs to complement the aubergine bridesmaid gowns.

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I looked at several bridal shops but couldn’t really find ‘The One’ and with only 6 weeks till the big day I walked into TKMaxx and found my dress. Staff told me it had been delivered that morning so it was as if it was waiting for me! It was a Su Wong Alice in Wonderland design, very vintage inspired, ivory lace. My amazing shoes were a gift from my husband to be from Dune.

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Michael’s suit was a dark navy, pinstripe ¾ length jacket and trousers with a white shirt and pink tie from Brides 2 Be in Scarlett Heights, Queensbury.

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My three bridesmaids – my two daughters and Michael’s niece – wore aubergine halter neck dresses from Coast and matching grey heels from Marks & SpencerThe best man, Ralph and my son, Oliver, who gave me away, wore matching suits to Michael’s but with aubergine ties to match the girls.

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My mother in law, Marilyn arranged for my son and I to be picked up in a vintage cream Bentley. It was a beautiful addition to the day and went with the venue perfectly. We hired it through The Wedding Mill in Saltaire.

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My bouquet was made up of pink avalanche roses, small daisies, pink gerberas with touches of purples and green foliage. The bridesmaids carried smaller versions of my bouquet. I wasn’t really sure of names of flowers I just chose what I liked the look of with the help of my florist, Sarah, at Eastell’s Florist in Shipley.

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A special touch, courtesy of Michael’s Auntie Andrea was that every guest was given an individual flower as they arrived to wear on the day.

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I walked down the aisle to Ronan Keating – When You Say Nothing At All – and we finished the ceremony with Queen’s It’s A Kind Of Magic, the song playing in the car when I picked Michael up for our first date!

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Walking down the aisle to Michael, everyone else in the room was a blur, I was so happy to see him and exchange our vows. I felt as though I was floating.

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We added lots of personalised touches such as our memory tree, taken from St.Ives where we walk our dog regularly.  We added our favourite pictures on brown luggage tags and hung them from it and a welcome sign we made from a tree that had been recently felled. My favourite touch was the felt hearts I made from scratch with each guest’s initial on them to put on favour jars.

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As we wanted a handmade wedding we used lots of places from the high street. The Range was great for getting our favour jars and the craft section for all our bits and bobs. Another great find was our local garden centre, Woodbank Nurseries in Harden. Ebay was fab for finding ribbon and personalised labels.

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Our table plan was a massive hit too! That idea came from Michael always calling me ‘The apple of his eye’ I saw the canvas in TKMaxx and my daughter added the rest!

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My daughter created a gorgeous sweetie table as a surprise for us.

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Our chair covers came from Yvonne at Covered To Perfection who I found at a wedding fair. She offered a great service and is a lovely person too.

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I saw a picture of a cake I liked in a wedding magazine and took it to Netty’s Cakes of Thornton, recommended by my brother in law.  Jeanette listened to my ideas and made the perfect cake just as I had imagined.

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Our wedding photographer was Paul of Paul Joseph Photography he captured the day beautifully and really showed off the details of the day in his pictures. Our guests are still commenting on what a lovely person he was on the day.

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We didn’t choose to finish our day with a disco and instead we had an extended day with music during our meal which carried on through to the hotel’s bar area. We spent hours putting together a playlist of favourite songs to be played during the day.

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We left the hotel the following morning to our mini-moon in Windermere. Then in August we went to Disney World Florida!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try not to stress too much because the day just goes so quickly and everything just falls into place… and remember to let your husband to be know how much you love him as he has put up with your Bridezilla ways for months!

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Congratulations Gillian & Michael!

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  – Images © 2012 Paul Joseph Photography

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Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive: What Katy Did Next? She Named Couture After Meeee!

February 7th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Sally Thurrell Photography/ What Katy Did Next

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OMG OMG OMG I am all of a flutter!  Not only to I have a wedding blog fashion exclusive to share with you this morning that is possibly one of the most well executed bridal inspiration shoots that I have seen yet (and trust me, I see A LOT!), but one of the fabulous stars of the show is actually named after me!

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And it isn’t a coincidence!

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When the lovely Katy of What Katy Did Next got in touch to tell me that she had named a piece in her new collection after me, I was super excited.  Then I saw the “Julia” (above – far too beautiful and refined to have my name attached to it – I’m writing this in joggers and a hoody at 1am!) and was out of this world excited.  And then I saw these images.

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Floored.

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If you are planning a vintage/ Alice themed/ onehelluvagorgeous wedding… take note.  Oh, and p.s: who doesn’t have a total girl crush on Alice right now?! 

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Lets hear from the lady herself: After itching to get creative with styling another photo shoot, one of my Real Brides from the Summer got in touch to tell me about her vintage china & prop hire venture.  My fiancé and I designed and built Lynsey’s website for her and thought it only right to celebrate with a photo shoot.  It may sound clichéd but with the Vintage china and tea party vibe, it felt only right to have a go at the Alice in Wonderland theme.  Our idea was to keep it timeless, pastel and vintage themed without sinking in to the overdone slightly cheesy style.
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With the theme in mind I was able to work on something a little more extravagant and flouncy in my collection. I had had a few Mother of the Bride’s approach me at wedding fairs enquiring about fascinators, so I used this opportunity to showcase some of my ideas. I wanted the collection to be primarily influenced by a demure, Victorian style ‘Alice’ whilst reflecting the fun of the book with a little twist, which is where the idea to use another model and flip the idea of a male white rabbit to make it glamorous, flirty and fun.

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The collection consists of 7 pieces –

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Julia (eeep!) – Beautiful blush peony with pearl centre, pewter sinamay loops, hand beaded silver leaves, a flourish of pale feathers and vintage velvet millinery leaves.

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Queenie – A regal curved Ivory base holding a pale peony with crystal beaded centre, vintage velvet millinery leaves, heather coq feathers, hand beaded silver leaves and a nest of Russian veiling.

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Olive – A steam punk teardrop base hair comb featuring hand cut leather flowers with vintage watch face centres, beaded floral areas, spots of beautiful lace and hand cut vintage paper leaves.

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Florence – A flouncy ostrich feather covered bow with delicate Lace applique, transparent baby blue leaves and hand beaded flower centre.

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Amelia – A wired string of sparkling silver beads, twisted into a foliage vine shape to be worn any way you wish.

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Lena – A petite piece featuring two hand beaded silver leaves and a beautiful vintage brooch.

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Ivy – Jewelled head piece featuring vintage velvet millinery leaves, grey pearl accents and sparkling hand beaded silver leaves.

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Photographer Sally Thurrell was only too happy to help as she had previously shot one of my collections and also photographed Lynsey’s Wedding.

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Hair and Make up was done by Tracey from Beautiful Bride Makeovers and she was an absolute dream to work with, full of inspiration and knew exactly what was going on in my head without me having to attempt to explain!

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After getting a few other amazing suppliers involved I managed to find a little gem of a venue in Riding Farm Cottages. The cottages were in a little cluster not too far from Beamish and surrounded by peaceful countryside. The early January weather was slightly windy and wild for our shoot so we made the most of the beautiful country style that the cottages had.

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The shoot was amazing fun, despite the Wintery weather and the fact that our photographer’s car broke down, conked out and died on the way there! It was great to work with so many talented suppliers from up and down the UK, including our two gorgeous models Nathalie and Katie. I would thoroughly recommend each and every one of them.

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Little Black Book:

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Head Pieces: What Katy Did Next
Vintage China Hire: The Whistling Bunting Travelling Tea Party
Photography: Sally Thurrell Photography
Hair & MUA: Beautiful Bride Makeovers
Venue: Riding Farm Cottages
Clothing: Alexandra King – Make Me a Dress
Petticoats: Doris Designs
Cupcakes: Daisy Cupcakes
Reception Stationary: Vicky Trainor
Lace Rabbit Ears: Talulah Blue
‘Eat Me/Drink Me’ Tags: Through the Cottage Door
Steampunk Brooches: Christopher Ainsley

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  – Images © 2012 Sally Thurrell Photography

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Wedding Blog On Tour: The Wedding Affair At Scampston, plus 15% Off Your Winter Wedding Sparkle With Kerry Blu

November 14th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Kerry Blu

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Before we get down to wedding blog business this morning, I thought you might like to know what purveyor of all things twinkly and gorgeous Kerry Blu is currently offering a 15% discount on everything in their online store.  If you are in the market for some winter wedding sparkle then all you have to do is enter the code WINTERSAVER at checkout.  The offer ends 31.12.11.

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Click here to read an interview with Kerry Blu: Vintage Starlet! Supplier Showcase- Kerry Blu

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This is on tour again this weekend as a guest of The Wedding Affair at Scampston Hall, this Sunday 20th November from 12pm – 4pm.  The stately home will host myself and 29 other of the finest wedding suppliers in the area, all housed in a fabulous marquee, provided by Your Marquee. There will be live entertainment, competitions and luxury gift bags, sponsored by Molton Brown of York.  For details visit The Wedding Affair website. 

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A taste of what’s to come with an Alice In Wonderland inspired shoot at Scampston Hall by The Wedding Affair, Chris Milner Photography and Annemarie King Photography, with cake by A Cake For All Occasions and bouquets by Elise Flowers

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If you would like to pre-register, please do so by clicking here.  Whilst you are there, check out the other fabulous events that The Wedding Affair have coming up throughout  2012.

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Check back later today for a gorgeous Real Wedding in Yorkshire…

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  – Images © 2011 Kerry Blu and The Wedding Affair/ Annemarie King Photography and Chris Milner Photography as tagged

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Super Sunday!

March 27th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Today Brides Up North is at Bridal Gathering!  Pop in and say hello!  You could be one of the next Brides Up North Real Brides!

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Bridal Gathering Rainton Meadows.

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Whilst you enjoy your Sunday fry up, indulge in some blogosphere goodness on the side.  The best of the rest this week…

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OMG Super cool Shoreditch House wedding via OMG I’m Getting Married

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There’s bowling and a fingerprint tree guest book involved. Quirky works.

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Rock My Wedding

Gorgeous countryside wedding via Rock My Wedding

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Ah young love! Rural romance gets me every time.  And check out those AMAZING bridesmaid gowns. 

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Snippet & InkSouthern charm via Snippet and Ink

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Why don’t we have homes (and weather!) like this in Leeds?

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WWWA cool and kooky Alice in Wonderland engagement shoot via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

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Brides Up North wants to know if the groom grew that beard especially?!  More tea vicar?

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Style Me PrettySimply beautiful styled shoot via Style Me Pretty

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Now this is one absolutely stunning dress!  Possibly my favourite yet.  Just D.I.V.I.N.E… and a perfect way to start a Sunday in Springtime!

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Have a very very good one my lovelies…

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