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Something Blue. Maggie Sottero For A Real Wedding At The Deep, Hull – Claire & Dave

March 18th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

This afternoon it’s wetsuits at the ready and off to East Yorkshire to join Claire and Dave for their celebration at Brides Up North Featured Supplier venue The Deep in Hull. Styling their big day, Claire kept things simple – and saved herself some pennies too – by letting their unusual and extraordinary wedding venue do the talking. 

Images by Chris Bailey Photography

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Claire says:  Dave’s parents live in Portsmouth and we often travel down there with our sons for holidays by the sea, ice creams and all! It was a beautiful summer’s day and we’d spent it on the sea front amongst the two penny falls, eating candy floss and winning teddy bears for the boys. On the pier we stood admiring the view and out Dave pulled a pretty necklace with the words “Marry me” engraved on it.  I was beginning to think he’d never ask! I began planning straight away, in case he changed his mind! We both had pretty unconventional ideas when it came to weddings and we knew from the start that we wanted something a little bit different.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

We were married on 27th October 2013 at The Deep in Hull. We looked around at various wedding venues and as beautiful as they were, it wasn’t quite what we wanted. Then we came across The Deep. We fell in love with the venue instantly, the atmosphere was so serene and we wanted to create a real "wedding experience" that our guests would always remember. The huge tanks blew us away and the "ice tunnel" that was to become my aisle, was especially stunning. We had definitely found the unique venue we were looking for. They were so welcoming and their attention to detail made me sure the day would go perfectly.

The staff at The Deep did an amazing job of putting everything together and so many guests commented on how much they enjoyed it.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

I really like natural colours and so I chose dark champagne, browns and coffee colours for the day. As we were getting married later on in the day and having a candlelit reception I thought this colour would complement our autumn wedding perfectly.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

On the morning of the wedding I had all the people I love around me. My bridesmaids were with me and my mum was in the hotel room next door! As the wedding wasn’t until 5pm, we spent all day getting ready, giggling, drinking champagne and doing hair and makeup. It was such a special time having them around me, I think that was the reason I was fairly calm and relaxed (that and the champagne!)

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

I wore an A-line light ivory Maggie Sottero dress with a little crystal detail from The Bridal Barn in Stafford. I wanted something really simple and got overwhelmed by the amount of dresses I tried on with a lot of detail. My dress was perfect for me as it reflected my every day style. I wore a lovely tear drop silver necklace by Leslie Davis from a little boutique in Stoke on Trent.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

My bridesmaids wore champagne and mocha coloured dresses, bought from Debenhams and found on eBay.  As a hairdresser I had specific ideas on how I wanted my bridesmaids to look, they both had matching chignons and pretty hair slides. They looked absolutely beautiful!

I have a bit of a hoarder when it comes to make up! So my bridesmaids had a great time rooting through my collection and using all of my lotions and potions! We all did our own makeup and I think by doing this, we all felt comfortable with how we looked. I’m not sure I would’ve felt the same with someone else making the choice for me.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

I made my own bouquet as I like to think of myself as fairly creative and saved a heap of money doing the flowers myself. I was so pleased with the results and it was something the bridesmaids could keep after the wedding.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Our photos were taken by Chris Bailey Photography of Cottingham. We were lucky enough to get some shots outside The Deep after the ceremony, just as the sun was setting. It was a bit on the chilly side, but our photographer was so great at getting the shots done, that we were back in the warm in no time. The guests went up to the observatory and we were able to get some great shots in front of the huge tanks.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

My special moment of the day was singing to my new husband instead of a first dance. Everyone was so surprised! I sang “The Story” by Brandon Carlisle and the words are especially emotional, I cracked a little half way through, but all the guests gave me the biggest cheer of encouragement that I was able to carry on! I’ll be in trouble for saying it, but even the men were in tears, although I’m sure they’ll all deny it!

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

We didn’t have a wedding cake, but made up for it by stacking chocolate donuts and cupcakes on a stand and to be honest, I don’t think anyone even noticed the missing cake! We danced the night away until the early hours and all of our guests were in the party mood.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

The day after the wedding, we took the boys away for the night to the Alton Towers resort, where we stayed in a Peter Rabbit themed room which was like a rabbit burrow! We are planning a honeymoon to coincide with my 30th birthday and our one year wedding anniversary to Disneyland Florida. We love spending time together as a family and couldn’t image a honeymoon without them.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

My top tip for other Brides Up North would to be savvy!  Don’t fooled into buying the most expensive of everything. We stuck to a tight budget and saved money by customising and creating. By doing this, we got our dream wedding for under £5000.  Remember to cherish each moment, and don’t stress! It goes by so quickly that before you know it it’s over and you’ll wonder what all the nerves and worrying was about!

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Congratulations Claire & Dave!

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I Gotta Feelin’. A Short & Flippy Ted Baker Frock & Red Peonies For A Real Wedding In Manchester – Charlotte & Pete

March 6th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Lucie & Bruce Photography

So here’s an interesting thing.  These images of Charlotte and Pete’s cute and funky city centre wedding feature almost no “detail” (in the traditional sense… centrepieces, stationery, favours) at all.  But I’d bet that you’re still feeling inspired?!

So where’s the wedding inspiration at?  Right there.  In the “feeling” of it all.  In their cool style choices, their city centre location, their hugely fun looking friends and family, their beaming smiles and their made-for-each-other kisses.  Their wedding was their wedding, no question about it.   

Have fun, be yourselves and be inspired to plan your wedding your way.  If it’s even half as cool as Charlotte and Pete’s day, you’re doing alright. 

With images by Lucie & Bruce.   

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Charlotte says:  We got engaged in June 2011 in our kitchen! Pete put the ring in a Krispy Kreme donut!  We were married on 8th June 2013 at Manchester Registry Office

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

We wanted a city centre wedding rather than a country house and chose a black and red colour scheme. 

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

The girls stayed in Malmaison Manchester the night before and we all walked down to M.A.C at House Of Fraser in the morning for our make up – they got to keep the make up they liked as a gift from me. 

My hair was by Hayley Staniland. 

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Once we were ready we hopped in a black cab to the registry office. 

Lucie & Bruce Photography

My dress was short with a full skirt and a vintage look from Ted Baker.  I carried a bouquet of red roses and peonies from Funky Floral in Rochdale. 

Lucie & Bruce Photography

My bridesmaids looked hot in black Karen Millen pencil dresses. Our groomsmen simple grey suits from Next… and Converse trainers of course!

Lucie & Bruce Photography

My favourite part of the day was walking into the registry office to a string version of Coldplay’s Paradise, and seeing Pete choking up when he saw me.

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Following the wedding we all went for a meal at Grill On The Alley. 

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Our cake was a stack of Krispy Kreme doughnuts and after dinner we had a disco night at Malmaison with a photobooth from Bloom Pics – we made our own entertainment!

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

My dad’s speeches were really special.  He read an email from my brother in Oz who couldn’t be there. I think everyone shed a tear at that!

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

For our honeymoon, we went to Tavira in Portugal in a beautiful villa with the kids and my parents. They helped so much with the kids and we got to have a few luxury days to ourselves. Our bridesmaids and groomsmen also bought us a night in a stunning hotel. Very nice!

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Lucie & Bruce Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax! Nobody notices the tiny details. The people you invite make your wedding.

Lucie & Bruce Photography

Congratulations Charlotte & Pete!

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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Summer Lovin’. Chinese Dragons For A Real Wedding In Derbyshire – Helen & Jamie

December 31st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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

Usual service will recommence on 2nd January 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings in 2013.  Drop in every day for the very, very prettiest wedding inspiration and if you are a Brides Up North bride, to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks.

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My god, Helen and Jamie’s wedding day looks like fun.  This is one of those features – put together in the early hours of the morning (or the late hours of the night, whichever way you want to look at it) that makes me want to shut down the laptop, pick up those dancing shoes and a bottle of something cold and head off to party till dawn.

Bright, vibrant, individual and full of fun, I hope that this gorgeous Real Wedding spreads a little sunshine your way.  Just watch out for dragons…

With images by Mike at One Wedding.

One Wedding

Helen says: We got engaged in June 2011, in Hong Kong. We were living in a city called Zhuhai in mainland China at the time and Jamie whisked me away to Hong Kong as a surprise to celebrate 9 years since our 1st date. Despite a typhoon and last minute customs issues with the ring J’s plan came together!

One Wedding

One Wedding

We were married on 6th July 2013 in the gardens of Woodthorpe Hall in Derbyshire The ceremony took place in the cider press and the reception outside and in a marquee on the lawn.

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

We chose the venue because of it’s stunning location. We were showed round by the house owner Dick and he was so friendly and his wife Sue was brilliant. We had the freedom to choose anything we liked, bringing in our own suppliers and spend the week before customising the whole place.

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

Our theme was a hint of China! We lived in China for almost four years and got engaged in Hong Kong so there were a few nods to that part of our lives. We brought back all sorts of lanterns and flags for decorations and filled the fridges with Tsingtao beer (from the city where we lived). Our first dance was a Chinese pop song.  Our colours were lucky Chinese red and white. 

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My dress came from a shop in Manchester, I was after something a bit different and once I saw it I knew I’d found the right one. It was a bit of an ordeal because I had sorted something from China that didn’t work out in the end so it was quite a last minute find but it was all ok in the end! 

I had one bridesmaid; Jamie’s sister Em. She looked stunning in a red dress made for her in China. She sent us some pictures of the style she liked and we chose the material and had it made. My other best mates all wore something with a touch of red and we all carried red or white parasols. Jamie and the groomsmen wore the same suit they found on a shopping outing together. The teamed it up with waistcoats/ties to suit their own style.

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We originally wanted red and white orchids in our bouquets but it was such a hot week that the florist, Jo Price, called and said they wouldn’t last the day so we added in roses.

One Wedding

One Wedding

The ceremony was in the same place as the reception so we didn’t have any transport between the two. I travelled in style with my Dad whose car my bro polished to perfection. We had a great moment with the top down and the music playing going down the country lanes.

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

A really special moment was when three friends sang a song during the ceremony. A school friend, uni friend and neighbour got together for the first time the morning of the wedding and by the afternoon were playing beautifully during the ceremony!

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

A highlight of the day was the arrival of the Sheffield Chinese Lion Dance Troupe just after the meal. Jamie and I had arranged for this to be a total surprise so everybody was shocked and excited. Brilliant!

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

Thanks to the help of friends and family we personalised the tables and marquee. We glued photos of us with friends and family onto red ribbon to make bunting and string it around the marquee. There were photos of every guest as well as friends who couldn’t make it everywhere. 

We used beer bottles from around the world as table markers and a friend did calligraphy for names.  The table centres were flower arrangements made by Jamie’s Mum and friends teamed up with some Chinese fans.  We brought back some Chinese bracelets which we used as napkin rings for the guests to keep. Instead of favours we put a pound coin in a Chinese box and told guest to choose a pot labelled for three different charities. People added some extra coins and we raised over £300.

One Wedding

One Wedding

Dick and Sue at Woodthorpe Hall were fantastic. They were so hands on and helpful. The guests said they felt very well looked after. They only do a handful of weddings a year so it felt very personal.

One Wedding

One Wedding

We hired a Marquee from Ascot Marquees. ‘Marquee Mark’ helped us hang lanterns and red bunting (expertly made by my Mum!) and the place looked great. A friend from Totally Gazeboed contributed gazebos for the string quartet and a photo booth. We raided the attic for some props and got some hilarious shots.

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We brought in our own booze and homemade canapés. Jamie used to live in Germany so the last time he went to visit his friends there he filled up the car with mini kegs of German beer which we placed around the garden for people to help themselves to.  PJ Taste provided the main food. Wonderful! We had BBQ steak, swordfish and veg with lots of lovely salads. Highly recommended.  Our friends from Cocoa Wonderland sorted us out with some yummy chocs.

One Wedding

My mum baked fruit cake for the three tiers and iced them white then the week before the wedding my friends came over to help decorate. Kat and Sarah made sugar paste flowers and James helped stack the tiers and add the ribbon. We also had friends bake cakes to bring along so we had lots to choose

from.

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

One Wedding

For the evening dancing we played our favourite tunes and friends and brothers helped to DJ.  We also had a fab impromptu ukulele song by Geoff who got everyone singing along.

One Wedding

One Wedding

I have so many favourite parts to the day! Standing there with Jamie at the ceremony. Seeing all our different friends and family all together having fun. The speeches. People’s reaction to the Lion Dance. Having a moment with Jamie taking it all in looking over the moors. The first dance and the dancing to Design for Life with my Dad and friends. Everything was so positive and lovely.

One Wedding

One Wedding

After the wedding we honeymooned at a music festival in Lisbon (including seeing Biffy Clyro whose music we used during our ceremony) and spent some time on the Portuguese coast.

One Wedding

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to add lots of little things to make the day feel yours and don’t get too worried what other people do for their weddings. The day is very personal, there are a lot of extras that you don’t always need. Include things that reflect you!

One Wedding

Congratulations Helen & Jamie!

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Brownies’ Honour! A Scouting Real Wedding At Theatre Royal, York – Claire & Andrew

November 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Alex Knight Photography

If you’re going to theme a wedding, you may as well do it properly.  Or at least that was today’s newlyweds’ motto (that and “Be Prepared” of course) when planning their entirely Scout and Guide themed wedding.

I’ve been looking forward to sharing this fun and fabulous day with you.  Campfires at the ready, it’s Claire & Andrew’s big day…

Images by Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Claire says:  We got engaged on 12th August 2012 at Whitby Abbey.  I had just been on a JEKA adventure with my Guide & Ranger groups to Adelboden in Switzerland via Disneyland Paris on the way back. I was very tired and hadn’t showered in 2 days! I had managed to change my pants and brush my teeth though – small things to make a long coach journey bearable!

Andrew had been clearing out the Scout stores and I had to suffer a variety of vintage gas lamps in the kitchen. Upon collecting me he declared that he found a Scout campsite willing to have said lamps; "It’s a bit of a drive but you can tell me about your trip in the car." I was too exhausted to argue.

It turned out the "bit of a drive" was Scarborough; a likely story. I had an inkling that Andrew might propose but didn’t think he would be so cruel.  Meanwhile I kept looking at the road signs wistfully that said Whitby – my favourite place in the entire world. I had a nap; woke up to tell Andrew off for nearly ploughing into the back of a tractor; fell asleep again and eventually woke up in a car park.

"This doesn’t look like a Scout campsite."
"Do you not know where you are?"
"*Sigh* no"
"Look out of the window to your right."
"*Sees Whitby Abbey* oh… OH!"

I guess what the game is; immediately feel sick, think I’m about to ramble and ruin everything and promptly clam up.  Andrew and I go for an ice cream and a walk around the Abbey.

Andrew gets on one knee and pops the question. I squeak and nod. Andrew then gets extra Brownie points by reading a love letter from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn (one of my idols). He was going to memorise it but it was too hard! .

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

We got married at Barley Hall in York on 18th May 2013 and had the reception at the De Grey Ballroom at the Theatre Royal. 

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

We wanted something historical and a little bit different to a modern hotel. We were never going to get married in church so we needed to widen the search. We loved Temple Newsham in Leeds but it was very booked up and the amount of chasing we had to do with marquee people started to get a bit silly.

As we had a lot of guests travelling we looked to York. I always enjoyed day trips there with my Mum and there is history around every corner; plus it has an abundance of hotels for every budget and a major train station!

The Great Hall in Barley Hall is decorated with white roses – perfect for a Yorkshire girl and it still has the medieval fireplace in the centre. Andrew wanted a small ceremony (promptly forgetting how large his family is!) due to stage fright – speeches he can do but being “on stage” for something so important and intimate brought us both out in the heebie jeebies! The exhibition when we got married was “Horrible Histories” – I’ve got a full set of the books; cue one very excited bride. I’m proud to say even the costume for “Stupid Death” was on show plus a skeleton and a stuffed rat. What can I say? I love my history!

A Google search for “large venue hire York” revealed the De Grey Rooms. Lindsey was possibly the most excited, lovely and welcoming person I’ve ever spoken to on the phone. Once I revealed the theme she was ecstatic – her Mum was a Brown Owl and got on board with the theme straight away!

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We walked from each venue in York. The heavens opened in the morning and I was willing the forecast to be right and that it would pass by the time we needed to leave.  Thankfully, the rain stopped by lunch time and we were ready to rock n roll!

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Our theme was Scouts & Guides – we both volunteer for the movements and it’s how we met. We were both volunteering on the Physical Zone at Wings 2009 in Berkshire.  We didn’t really have a colour scheme as such but sapphire blue and purple did make an appearance – my favourite colours.

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My bouquet was white & antique roses with blue thistles by The Floral Studio – blending Yorkshire and Scotland.  Twisted Willow Floristry did our table garland and herb pots. 

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I had a few requirements for my wedding dress: I wanted some sort of sleeve (narrows the search right down); to be corseted and to have covered buttons rather than the criss cross of corseting shown on the back.

I was willing to try on pretty much anything at the start of the search but quickly realised that sleeves or straps were high on my wish list. I’m short at 5ft2 and I’ve got a good bosom so I didn’t want anything to highlight my top heaviness!

The Bridal Boutique in Guiseley was where I ended up finding my dress: Angelina by Diane Harbridge. There were so many dresses in the range (and now the new range) that I loved. I loved the way it pulled me right in on the top half but my legs weren’t constrained.  

The back of the dress was really detailed – that’s what most people see in the ceremony.  I could hear so many comments as we walked through York complimenting the dress – I felt fantastic!

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We asked the groomsmen and ushers to wear their best suits and I got them a tie and our Scottish best man wore his full Bonnie Prince Charlie kilt get up.

Bridesmaids were trickier – two of them weren’t in the country during the planning. I sent an email with links to dresses that I had found online and by a stroke of luck all three liked the same dress. Monsoon had come to the rescue. We got a sapphire blue dress called Meadow and my Mum made ivory sashes to jazz them up a bit.

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During the ceremony Andrew’s Dad’s quartet played various pieces from the TV show the Tudors. I’m a big fan of Jonathan Rhys Meyers and I got permission from Trevor Morris who wrote the music for the show to use it in our ceremony.

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

My favourite part of the day was probably walking through York. On the way I got stopped and had photos taken with tourists.  We had photos taken with bridesmaids, best men and groomsmen taken at the doors of York Minster and we could see a crowd of about 200 people stopping and watching.  I couldn’t resist some photo bombing of photos on the walk back to the hall (bad bride!)

Overall, the seeing all the hard work come together was fantastic.

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

We went to town on the theme.  All tables at the reception were named after real Scout & Guide patrols and each guest got a specially made wedding badge – quickly popped into pockets and bags by the many Scouters and Guiders at the wedding!

Mum made a necker for each guest to wear and also bunting from donated Scout & Guide neckers.  Our table centres were old Scout & Guide books and we displayed the gas lamps used in the proposal on the fireplaces. 

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Andrew made a considerable amount of wine for the reception – this went down a lot better than expected! We made our own pub quiz and then we had a good old boogie to some cheesy classics.

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

My bridesmaid’s Mum made our cake. This was very fitting as she made my naming cake and some of my birthday cakes growing up. We had three layers: fruit, chocolate and Victoria sponge. Yummy! The wedding cake had Scout & Guide emblems around the top layer and on the very top was a tent made from icing with two pairs of feet sticking out and our personalised woggles. 

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Andrew’s an engineer and loves trains so for our honeymoon we went from Leeds to London and then to Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin all by train! We flew back to London to see Les Miserables and then one final train back to Leeds.  When we got back Andrew asked for a beach holiday next time!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is this:  When you enter Wedding World; be prepared to leave common sense at the door.  You can be in a classic no win situation as no matter what you say you are immediately accused of being a Bridezilla.

Weddings have a weird habit of turning people a bit strange – and I’m not including the bride here! You will hear so many different daft comments and questions. Just remember: “There’s nowt as queer as folk!” & “Keep Calm and Carry on!”

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Congratulations Claire & Andrew!

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Enter The Huldra. An Exclusive First Look At The Brand New Legend Bridal Collection By Fable & Promise

October 16th, 2013 | Julia Braime

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

Of all the posts I put together for these pages, the fashion features have to be my favourite.  I don’t know if it’s the result of a misspent youth pouring over the pages of Vogue or my early career days as a fashion gal in London, but I just can’t get enough of the dresses.  Especially when they are part of a brand spanking new collection by my very own long time Featured Supplier Charlotte (and her team) of Fable & Promise

I’ll let the talented lady explain for herself, as I sit here in a puddle of drool.  Major dress lust at Brides Up North HQ right now.  Major. 

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

Charlotte says:  It has always been our ambition to design and create a full bridal collection and after an invitation to design a collection for Manchester Fashion Week we decided now was the time to take our dream and make it real.

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

We love creating one off designs for our bespoke customers. We adore the varied inspirations and eclectic design ideas, but bringing out our own collection has been one of the most exciting, rewarding and slightly indulgent processes we have ever had the pleasure of immersing ourselves in. To take all our ideas and influences, create embellishments and choose fabrics, colours and textures simply because we love them has just been amazing. 

The result is our Legend Collection; a series of three mini collections inspired by myth and folklore.

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

The Huldra are said to be the beautiful daughters of ‘the hidden people’ or forest sprits from Norse folklore. They are stunningly beautiful women with long blonde hair and flower crowns. The Huldra often try to disguise themselves but can never hide the fact that they are more dazzling than other women. The Huldra love music and their music is heard by hunters and sons of farmers who are drawn by their lovely singing. It is said that when a Huldra marries she becomes human and lives out her life with her human husband.

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

We wanted to capture the wild nature of the Huldra. We chose warm tones and very tactile textures. The seven Huldra; Aurelie, Fiylinn, Elysia, Rosalka, Orla, Lilith and Taiah, are untamed and natural; asymmetrical or jagged layers of tulle and chiffon over heavy lace and satin with copious amounts of handmade flowers and matching accessories.

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

There are two other mini collection in the series. Keep an eye on our Facebook and website to learn more about The Asrai and The Sidhe.

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

We are really proud of the team we worked with on this shoot and absolutely love how everyone worked together to turn our ideas into reality.

Browsholme Hall was the perfect choice of venue. We had used the Tithe barn for our Birds of Prey shoot but we knew the stunning grounds with its old gardens and woodland would be perfect.

We worked closely with Kerry, Duncan and Rachel to create looks perfect for our collection; alluring eyes in aubergines, olives and golds with wild and loose tresses completed the looks brilliantly.

We absolutely love how Zoe of ZT Photography managed to capture perfectly the feel we wanted for the Huldra. 

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

Little Black Book

Venue: Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn

Make up: Kerry Baker Makeup Artist

Hair: L’Hairport by Duncan Fisher and Rachel Mason Hair

Photography: ZT Photography

Flowers: Ruth Mariner

 

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Reassuringly Rustic. A Styled Inspiration Shoot At Camp Katur

September 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

JB Creatives

This morning we are in Yorkshire for a (the title of this post says it all) reassuringly rustic styled wedding inspiration shoot sent to me by Amy and Nigel of The Greenhouse Florist, Ripon and Jane of JB Creatives.  Both companies are exhibiting at Brides Up North’s Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at The National Railway Museum, York on Sunday 17th November 2013, so you can check out their talents first-hand then.  Click here to pre-register.

For now though, be assured that with Amy and Nigel on floral décor, vintage props and venue styling and Jane taking care of photography and stationery (plus a very special venue) that this was always going to be cool, quirky and utterly original. 

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Amy and Nigel say:  We really enjoyed working with Jane and Kerry for this photo shoot. The Barn at Camp Katur is a fantastic venue within such an inspiring woodland setting. With all the fantastic glamping tents in the woods it makes for a perfect and unforgettable wedding venue.

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We brought the woodland into the barn with the use of touches such as the tree branches hung from the rafters with ferns in mossed pots hanging down. The stag head worked brilliantly above our faux fireplace, created from wooden veg crates. I chose the bright summery tones of coral Peonies and blue Thistle and Delphiniums to add touches of colour to the lace covered banquet table piled with old books. There were arrangements in vintage flower pots and larger glass containers covered in chicken wire. The shiny silver candle sticks were added to give the impression of opulence in times gone by.

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The old door which is one of a pair which we hire out and makes a fab table plan display which Jane (of JB Creatives) designed a beautiful coral seating plan for.

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The banquet table was given the look of a luxury picnic, complete with hampers and old fashioned lemonade. The vintage items shown are available to hire from us.  The table plan, place names and wedding stationery made by JB Creatives. Beautifully bespoke wedding stationery individually designed and created for each and every couple. JB Creatives wedding stationery is made to the highest quality to suit any style of wedding.

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Camp Katur Glamping Village doesn’t do conveyor belt, formulaic ceremonies. This alternative venue offers bespoke, contemporary and personal weddings. As a wedding venue with a difference your imagination can flow and your dreams will come true giving you and your guests an unforgettable experience full of fantasy and splendour.

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Camp Katur has over 10 acres available for an idyllic wedding. Overlooking a beautiful meadow and surrounded by woodland a wedding here really is bespoke and unique.There are a variety of quirky accommodation options within the Glamping village, including safari tents, Yurts and an authentic Tipi. The Glamping village can accommodate up to 61 guests with extra options close by.

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The rustic outer barn is a blank canvas offering itself to inspiration and creativity. The open bricked, open beamed, open aired barn has personality and charm in abundance and can be transformed into a unique personal setting. Available to be hired out empty for DIY brides or dressed with hessian curtains, fairy lights and candles the barn can really reflect the wedding party’s personality and style.  The rustic outer barn can accommodate up to 100 guests seated or 150 guests standing.

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Camp Katur’s unique extras include the use of the outdoor Norwegian Eco Spa, set within tranquil woodland with a spacious wood burning hot tub and unique wood burning sauna barrel. This is the perfect place to unwind whilst listening to the sounds of local wildlife during sundown.

The Nordic ‘Grillikota’ BBQ Pod Cabin is the perfect indoor barbequing option and is available for the wedding party to extend the celebrations whether before or after the big day to cook up a hearty breakfast or an evening meal with a difference. Comfortably seating 16 adults inside there are tree hammocks and outdoor seating to extend the space further.

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Camp Katur can offer unique transport options to arrive in style to the ceremony. Options include; a tractor and trailer, an army bus, quad bikes, horseback and by hot air balloon.

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Images: JB Creatives

Floral Décor, Vintage Props and Venue Styling: The Greenhouse Florist

Stationery: JB Creatives

Venue: Camp Katur

 

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All About Us. A Bespoke Gown For A Real Wedding At The Bowdon Rooms, Cheshire – Hayley & Damian

August 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Jonny Back Photography

I adore everything about today’s wedding.  The venue, which I happen to know rather well (The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition reprises at The Bowdon Rooms on Sunday 3rd November – have YOU pre-registered yet?), the relaxed ethos, the bespoke gown, the blue velvet bridesmaids, and most of all, the spirit of the bride herself. 

I’ve never met Hayley, but I have a feeling that I’d like her a lot.  Take it away my dear…

With images by Jonny Back.

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Un-vintage Vintage: A Real Wedding In The North East – Carolyn & Jon

January 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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

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Starting 2013 off feeling fresh, introducing Brides Up North reader Carolyn’s fabulous unvintage vintage (you’ll see) Real Wedding, with images from the lovely Karen McGowran and a super cool urban location.

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Carolyn says:  We sort of skipped the engagement part and just decided to book our wedding!  We got married on 9th May 2012 at As You Like It, Jesmond.  We wanted somewhere a bit different from the norm. Somewhere a little cool and quirky! As You Like It has all that and because it is just outside the city centre it was handy for all of our guests.

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We didn’t really have a theme. Although I love the vintage look, it seemed like it had been done before and I wanted to be different. I worked together with Charlotte from Simply Bows and Chair Covers to come up with something that would fit in with our colours of Navy and Pink. We had sweeties on each table which added a bit of fun

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I went for a Maggie Sottero, satin a-line dress with beaded shoulder straps from Wedding Essentials on Dean Street. I went there because I knew they stocked the dress I had my heart set on but when I tried it on I was so disappointed! It didn’t suit me at all and my Mam and bridesmaids agreed. The assistant asked me to try on one of her recommendations and I instantly felt like a bride. The dress, although not something I would have picked myself, was classically beautiful and it suited my shape perfectly. My advice to any bride would be have an open mind when you go looking for ‘the dress’ because you could miss the right one by just looking at it on the hanger!

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My bridesmaids wore midnight blue chiffon maxi dresses from Coast. I bought them chunky necklaces to wear with them and their beaded Accessorize bags.

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The men’s suits were from Blades Formal Menswear in Berwick Hill, Ponteland.

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Nick at nd make up artists did mine and the bridesmaids make up. She is a friend of mine and I would recommend her to anyone.

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Myself and the bridesmaids got ready at Jesmond Dene House where I had stayed the night before. A BMW and a Jaguar I booked through Grosvenor cars picked us up from there to take us the short distance to As You Like It.

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Wendy Reed at By Wendy supplied our Wishing Tree which we had instead of a guest book. It looked beautiful lit up with it’s fairy lights.

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I went along to a wedding fair at As You Like It the week before the wedding. Although I was convinced I had everything I needed I just couldn’t help myself! It was there that I met Annette from White Flight Moments and fell in love with the idea of having a dove release after our ceremony. The doves were next to us while we said our vows so the guests could see them and afterwards we set them free as our guests watched on. The release of the doves symbolises the start of your married life together and we loved the fact that we were the first to have one at As You Like It.

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There were so many great parts of the day! I remember sitting outside on the terrace having a breather with my new husband and looking through the window at our friends and family having a ball! We smiled knowing that we had put the day together ourselves and it was EXACTLY how we had hoped it would be.

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Karen McGowran was our photographer and she was AMAZING! I have recommended her to lots of others since the wedding.

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We had a three tier sponge cake which was made by a friend. After looking through lots of magazines we picked something quite simple which fitted perfectly with everything else.  We also chose lots of fun sweety favours!

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We had a DJ in the evening who played our favourite songs from a playlist I had put together. It seemed to go down a treat with our friends!

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The fun didn’t stop after the wedding! We went to Las Vegas for 5 nights and Riviera Maya in Mexico for 10 nights. Loved it!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to read wedding magazines and wedding blogs to help you with ideas. If you think of something in your head that you want, Google it. The chances are someone, somewhere will be able to help you with it. Enjoy the organising, it’s your day you can have it just the way you want it.

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Congratulations Carolyn & Jon!

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Would you like to share your Real Wedding memories with Brides Up North?  Contact me today. 

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Rainbow Brite! A Real DIY Wedding In The Lake District – Vanessa & Craig

December 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A Colourful DIY Wedding in the Lake District by Dan Jones Photography

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

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Time for something bright and beautiful.  This intimate Yorkshire wedding sent to me by Brides Up North reader Vanessa may be unconventional, but it packs a massive punch in the style stakes.  One of my very favourites to date.  I hope you love it too.  Be inspired!  With images by Dan Jones Photography, Kendal

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Vanessa says: Craig proposed at Helme Chase Maternity Unit, Kendal, Cumbria on the 29th July 2010, two days after the birth of our son. He gave me a present for Joel which was a small mouse toy in a box, there in the mouse’s apron pocket was the ring I had chosen weeks earlier but he’d said it was unavailable. Craig got down on one knee next to my bed and I was so surprised I just said "thank you".  I wrote about it over at my own personal blog. 

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We were married on 19th May 2012.  It all happened in Kendal. We were married at the Registry Office, with Champagne toast at Burgundy’s Brewhouse Winebar followed by a vintage double decker bus ride to Skelsmergh Community Hall (just a stone’s throw from where we live) for our reception and night do shindig!

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We wanted a really relaxed and local feel to our wedding so the walk through town to Burgundy’s was great with plenty of photo opportunities along the way. I carried a bunch of bright yellow heart shaped balloons to lead the way for our guests. The wine bar is one of our favourite drinking places, it’s small and intimate and was in a great position for the bus picking us all up on the high street. The village hall is exquisitely set against a backdrop of Cumbria’s rolling hills, it was the perfect size for our party of 72 guests. Outside caterers and a mobile bar (Dicky Doodles) did us proud on the day and we only had to decorate the place ourselves.

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Our theme was a mixture of village fete, retro, brightly coloured, florals, nostalgia, low key, DIY, with a nod to vintage!

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I ran to the registry office with the maids from one of their houses in town, it was a pleasant route along the River Kent (if a little fraught due to delays in the wake of a false eyelash trauma)! We walked through town to our first reception and then hoped on a vintage double decker bus form Cumbria Classic Coaches up to the hall for our big do.

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I tried hard to find genuine vintage dress but they are incredibly small but never fear Alexandra King of Make Me A Dress worked her magic on the designs for me and our two bridesmaids. I wore a grey tulle knee length dress, dotted with coral rhinestones and a coral belt and bow (Alexandra’s signature item) with a matching three layer underskirt with vintage gold trim to the hem. Her trademark pouffy underskirts added even more wow factor to our fabulous frocks.

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Two matching bridesmaids were my walking bouquet in Alexandra King full circle knee length dresses made from a bright yellow floral printed Amy Butler fabric (actually intended for quilting) from the States.

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I carried a home made posy of orange, peach and pink ranunculus tied tightly with crochet lace trim from my own personal stash of goodies. The maids carried tightly tied pom poms of pink gypsophila, tied with vintage pink lace. 

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Jules B was where we found Craig’s jacket and shoes and shopped at Nigel Hall for his trousers and Gibson for his waistcoat (wow he looked great)!

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My very favourite part of the day was dashing round Kendal doing a fun photo shoot on bridges, benches, fun fairs and cobbled streets with our photographer while our guests all drank champagne in our honour and got to know each other.

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We used The North Pom for all our decorations (our guests were stunned by how amazing the venue looked).

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A friend brewed and bottled a beer especially for us, Craig designed (that’s his business) labels for them so each guest had a commemorative beer. He also designed beer mats featuring us as kids. We set up an old suitcase with wooden printers letters spelling out CARDS as a drop off point for our guests well wishes. I spent two years collecting vintage china for each place setting and family table linens completed the look.

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We are real pudding fans, it’s our thing (no doubt why all the vintage frocks were too small on me!) so after failing miserably to narrow it down to one cake we opted for a whole table of them! There was umpteen trifles, numerous big fat prize winning cakes, pretty stacks of dainty cakes. We dubbed the table “The Darling Puds Of May”.

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One of our bridesmaid’s dad DJ Pete Balmer has many years DJing under his belt so we chose him for our evening entertainment. He was fantastic and even came to our house a month before the wedding and we went over absolute musts and definite no no’s. He was brilliant and we all danced non stop!

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After the wedding we had a good old British Honeymoon by the sea in Dorset followed by a stay in the wonderfully ancient city of Bath.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to beg, borrow and make! Oh and don’t be afraid to ask for money rather than presents, nobody minds and ours paid for our honeymoon including spends!

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Congratulations Vanessa & Craig

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