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

May 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Sarah Mason Photography

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

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

They had me at those heels.

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

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

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

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Sarah Mason Photography

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

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

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Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

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

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Sarah Mason Photography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sarah Mason Photography

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

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Sarah Mason Photography

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Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

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

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Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

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

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

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

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

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

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

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

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

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

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

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Congratulations Franki & Anthony!

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Bookworms. Maggie Sottero For A Real Wedding At Harewood House – Kate & George

February 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon we’re in Yorkshire at one of my very favourite spots, the gorgeous Harewood House, as we join Kate and George for their simple and stylish Real Wedding celebration.

Whilst the wind rattles the windowpanes, sit back, enjoy, and remember a time when it was possible to go outside in Yorkshire without being blown away…

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Jane at JB Creatives

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Kate says:  George asked me to marry him in Roundhay Park, 23rd May 2012, and we were married on 5th October 2013 at The Courtyard at Harewood House. 

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Harewood House has beautiful grounds and scenery and we were pleasantly surprised with the price, especially because they were really flexible with meal and drink options. And they have PENGUINS!

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My dress was by Maggie Sottero and I got it from Angel Brides in Horsforth. It was quite romantic with lace and tulle over the top.  I bought the bridesmaid dresses from Oasis, they were dark purple with a full floaty skirt. The ushers, best man and dads all wore their own suits with a dark purple tie that we bought for them.

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George and I had decided to save money on the transport so I thought I was just going in a taxi with my dad. On the day when someone said the taxi had arrived, I came outside and was totally flummoxed when I saw a huge white Rolls Royce (it was called a ‘Silver Shadow’). It was amazing! My parents had organised it as a surprise with George’s help. My sister came with us in the car because she was so excited about it!

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I carried a colourful mixture of freesias, gerberas, roses and veronica. It was hot pink, purples and white. The bouquet had a ‘hand picked’ feel according to  our florist!

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True Romance. Suzanne Neville For A Real Wedding In Sheffield – Lois & Matt

August 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Bluelights Photography

Sometimes, you just need a bit of old fashioned romance.  Lois and Matt’s beautiful Real Wedding in Sheffield has got that covered this Thursday afternoon.  Just blissful.

With images by Bluelights Photography 

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Lois says:  We got engaged at Parade Gardens in Bath, Matt surprised me with a weekend away in July 2011, and we were married on 17th May 2013 at Whitley Hall in Sheffield. 

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We chose Whitley Hall because we loved the setting and the character of the venue.  We chose a lace theme with a colour palette of dusty pink and ivory. 

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Bluelights Photography

My gown was by Suzanne Neville and called La Verite and made from silk taffeta with lace detailing from The Bridal Boutique Guiseley, Leeds. 

We got the bridesmaids’ dresses from The Bridal Boutique where I got my dress from they were Jasmine B2 chiffon with lace detail in a dusky pink.  My flower girl’s dress was brand new from eBay and I added a sash and sewed an artificial flower from Country Baskets onto it to tie it in with the rest of our theme.

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Bluelights Photography

Matt chose Peter Posh Forton navy lightweight mohair tails with a Windsor ivory waistcoat and dusky pink cravat from Denis Hope in Rochdale. 

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Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

I own and run a franchise of Ambience Venue Styling (Huddersfield and Oldham) so we had the opportunity to use my own stock to dress the venue including the chair covers, sashes and the aisle runner. We ended making a lot ourselves, we collected jars and decorated them and my mum made the pompoms to hang outside. There were lots of candles throughout and the centre pieces were a mixture of tall and low level arrangements as the ceiling was too low to have a tall centre piece on each table and this added interest.

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Bluelights Photography

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Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

We loved every minute of our wedding day but if we had to pick our favourite moment would be the ceremony.

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Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography was the only on-the-day supplier we used and we can’t recommend Adele enough she has been fantastic we are so pleased with our photographs!

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

I decided to do the flowers myself as I love being creative and it seemed a shame to pay someone when I could do it myself, although I must admit it was hard work and I probably missed out on the usual bridal pampering and chilling out the day before.

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Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

In the evening we had a band called 16 days, they also stayed on to do a DJ set. Their music is so varied it ranges from Reggae to Indie and funk. They were brilliant, people of all ages loved it

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Bluelights Photography

We had fruit cake, its Matt’s favourite. My cousins Laura and Charlotte made it, they have being going to an evening cake class for the past year or so and this was their first wedding cake!

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Bluelights Photography

After the wedding we honeymooned in Mykonos, Greece for seven days and then we spent four days in London.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t take on too much on the lead up to the wedding, I did and was ill the week of the wedding as I was ‘run down’ so I couldn’t enjoy the pampering I had planned.

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On Ilkley Moor: A Custom Made Gown & Beautiful Blooms For A Real Wedding At Denton Hall – Meredith & Leigh

April 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Did you catch this morning’s cute and quirky stop motion film from today’s Real Wedding?  Go catch up first by clicking here.  This afternoon we join Meredith and Leigh for the main event and full wedding feature, coordinated by Andrea of Fabulous Day and including a whole host of talented Brides Up North Featured Suppliers.  Enjoy this perfect and personal Yorkshire celebration. 

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Meredith says:  We’ve been together over 11 years and we knew we’d eventually get married – we just had to get the timing right! Last January while on holiday in Sri Lanka we went to a jeweller I had wanted to visit. While we were designing a ring for me Leigh asked, ‘Do you have any wedding-like bands that will match it?’ He then looked at me and said, ‘Well, might as well get the engagement ring and the wedding band together!’ So, not an official on- the-knee-will-you-marry-me proposal, but we were both over the moon none the less! We were officially engaged!

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We were married on March 2nd 2013 at Denton Hall, Ilkley, West Yorkshire.  We fell in love with Denton Hall instantly and knew our guests would, too! Aside from its obvious beauty and gorgeous grounds, it was ideal as we could hold the ceremony and reception all onsite – not to mention it provided enough accommodation for all of our family and friends! It was exclusively ours for the weekend and we could relax and entertain our family and friends hassle free. It was perfect.

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We tried to keep in mind ‘elegant, relaxed, and fun’ when planning the wedding weekend. Friday night we had a BBQ catered by Box Tree Events for all the guests as well as a ceilidh band – it set the perfect relaxed atmosphere for everyone to get to know each other as half of our guests were from the UK and the other half flew in from America. By Saturday, everyone was mingling and dancing away like they were old friends!

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For Friday night we went with colourful spring flowers, and for the actual wedding on Saturday in an attempt to pay homage to Denton Hall we chose a Georgian scheme of burgundy, light sage, charcoal, and ivory.

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I had my gown custom-made for me by Bridal Apparel in Rawdon. I live in Singapore and was having trouble finding a dress that I actually liked and would fit me. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted (ivory, v-neck, ruching, no bling) and it was proving fruitless in Singapore. When visiting the UK last April for one of our best men’s wedding his bride suggested Bridal Apparel as that was where she got her gown and it fit her beautifully.

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I went there the next day and I’m so happy I did. Susan and Jodie completely understood what I wanted, and even more importantly understood my shape and what would be most flattering. So, we designed my gown one afternoon and then I flew back to Singapore not to return the UK until December for a brief visit. That meant that they’d have from May to December to make my gown, I’d try it on in December, then I’d be back less than a week before my wedding for final alterations. Because I completely trusted Susan I knew the gown would be great and I wasn’t worried at all. Sure enough, it was everything I had envisioned and was hand delivered to the Bridal Suite at Denton Hall Friday night. I also got my shoes from them: simple satin pleated courts –perfect for the gown, and hired my stunning side tiara from them!

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I also had a reception dress that I changed into after the first dance; I wanted something fun and completely different from my gown! It was a white strapless chiffon short/long dress I found while visiting California in November. I wore 6 inch platforms with crystals with this dress (well, the platforms lasted about 20 minutes then I was rocking out barefoot!).

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Sarah from Leafy Couture is the flower whisperer! I told her I wanted ‘Simple, white, not too big, stems showing.’ She made me exactly that: a beautiful white ranunculus bouquet hand tied with ivory satin and a few accent crystals.

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I didn’t have any bridesmaids, but Leigh had two best men and two ushers. They all wore traditional morning suits that we hired from Bridal Apparel as well. They all looked so dapper and handsome!

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Our reading was ‘A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward Monkton, which is about dinosaurs. While getting ready in the Bridal Suite I was surprised to find a couple of dinosaurs –how did they mysteriously get there? After the ceremony I learned that my friend that did the reading snuck them in there as a surprise. I love that they made it into the photographs!

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I seriously couldn’t have planned and executed the wedding without Andrea Swift from Fabulous Day wedding planning. I always had complete confidence in her throughout the entire process. I even felt guilty at times as though she was doing all the work and all Leigh and I had to do was show up to a fantastic wedding!

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Box Tree Events took care of all the food and everyone was completely blown away not only by the quality and deliciousness of the food, but also it’s presentation as well as the professionalism of their staff. Rena and Simon Gueller and Michelle Hudson are certainly the best at what they do: Box Tree Events and Denton Hall are a match made in heaven.

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Steve and Hannah at Denton Hall were so accommodating and really made us feel at home for the weekend. Nothing was too much trouble for them.

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Gary Micklethwaite was our photographer. Gary and Heidi were so much fun! We love the way they were able to capture the weekend in such a natural way. We never even knew they were there –they were ninja photographers! We were amazed when we saw how gorgeous the photos turned out.

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Cornerstone Cinema looked after the videography of ceremony and speeches and stop motion of Friday night and all of Saturday. Wow, wow, wow! Gary told us about Cornerstone Cinema wanting to do a stop motion piece of a wedding and asked if we would be interested as it would be their first official stop motion piece (though they have done tons of traditional videography). As Gary was describing stop motion we grew more and more excited and exclaimed, ‘Where do we sign?!’ Needless to say, we are beyond ecstatic with the results. It really captures the love, energy, and fun of the day and we feel like we’re reliving it everything we watch it.  Click here to see the finished film.

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Because we had a number of guests flying in from overseas, we wanted to put together a welcome bag with local stuff for that was waiting for them in their rooms when they checked in. In a heart covered hessian bag from British Heart Foundation we included handmade chocolates from Patisserie Viennoise, Yorkshire Crisps, English Heritage Hangover Drops, a Yorkshire-English dictionary, bottled water, and umbrellas. We had the most incredible weather that weekend so they never even needed the umbrellas!

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Ambience Venue Styling provided the burgundy chair sashes for the ceremony and the runners for the dining room, the adorable wedding post box with our names on it, and the bay trees.

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Leafy Couture made my flower dreams come true. Sarah provided the most beautiful flowers and centrepieces. I was sorry that I couldn’t take any home with me on Sunday but our guests that did said they were still looking great a week later!

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Patisserie Viennoise in Otley made us the most scrumptious cake ever. It was vanilla sponge with vanilla buttercream and raspberry, and a vanilla buttercream frosting. The cake was so moist and the buttercream was so creamy! Naturally we served it Saturday night, but we also provided slices in takeaway boxes to guests as they checked out on Sunday. We also got out favours from them: handmade chocolate truffles!

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Hipswing provided The Sturdy Beggars, the ceilidh band Friday night, John King, the guitarist who played during the ceremony and drinks reception, DJ Craig for dancing the night away, the sparkling LED dance floor, and the lighting. We couldn’t have been more pleased with everything they provided and would use them again in a heartbeat.

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In the evening, we also had a caricaturist – Mick Hollinworth. We had a comfort break after dinner in the bar for about an hour and a half, and Mick was drawing caricatures of our guests the entire time. I don’t think the poor guy stopped for a single minute. He was great!

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Leigh says he doesn’t like to dance so we agreed not to do a first dance. The music had just started and my girlfriends and I were dancing. All of a sudden the DJ said something towards the extent of, ‘…the bride has no idea…’ and the next thing I knew, the floor cleared and Leigh surprised me with our first dance! Yippee!

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I have a few favourite parts of the day!  When I entered the ceremony and saw everyone’s smiling faces then I saw Leigh’s smiling face at the end of the aisle, having the dining room filled with laughter during the speeches, our first dance to ‘It Must Be Love’ by Madness, waking up Sunday morning in the Bridal Suite as husband and wife and munching on the wedding cake Andrea had left us as a surprise (we didn’t notice it on Saturday night when we got to the room)!

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After the wedding we spent a few days up in the Lake District, and then went to Tuscany for a week.

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I have two tips for other Brides Up North. The first is to hire a professional planner that you have complete confidence in, and the second is don’t forget what the whole wedding thing is about. Because of Andrea the entire wedding from planning to Sunday morning was completely stress-free and relaxed.

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I never put pressure on myself expecting the wedding weekend to be perfect without any hiccups. I adopted the mind-set of, ‘If we have family and friends, booze, food, and a registrar to marry us, nothing else matters.’ And, it’s completely true! Ironically, the weekend ended up being perfect. It was the best weekend ever and I married the love of my life. 

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Congratulations Meredith & Leigh!

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: New York, North Yorks! A Real Wedding At Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire – Antony & Kristy

December 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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

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If you are in any doubt about why you should visit one of our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fairs at Allerton Castle in 2013, then Kristy and Antony’s beautiful Real Wedding by one of our exhibitors, Chris Chambers Photography should make your mind up for you.  Like the venue itself, their big day was simply stunning. 

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Kristy says:  Antony proposed on New Years Day 2011 at the top of the Rockefeller Centre in New York with a jelly sweet ring and we were married on 30th June 2012 at Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire. 

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We were blown away with the grand presence of the building both inside and out. The moment we saw the grand hall and stunning staircase we knew this was our perfect venue. It actually brought tears to our eyes and we were overwhelmed.  It was an important factor to consider the weather may not be perfect and we knew Allerton Castle could accommodate all weathers.

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We based our theme around New York and the colour was based on a Tiffanys box where my engagement ring came from. We made a conscious effort to bring New York into our day without being NYC over the top.

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Antony was surprised by the NYC Yellow Cab from Hi-Life. He and his groomsmen travelled in style whilst the girls and I got ready at Allerton Castle, with hair and make-up by Debonnesse. 

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My dress was bespoke; I had very clear ideas of how I wanted the dress to look. Suzanne Neville designed and created my dream dress.

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The bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses in Spa, with matching shoes. The flower girl and page boy wore ivory to compliment my wedding dress.

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The groomsmen wore light grey suits from Next with spa ties and handkerchiefs.

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Antony choose to have a bespoke suit made in total contrast to the groomsmen’s suits. This was made my Michelsberg Tailors.

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Seeing my father’s reaction when he saw me in my dress for the first time was a memory I will cherish forever. Chris captured this moment perfectly and it brings a tear not only to my eyes but to everyone that sees it.

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Antony in particular loves the moment he turned to see me coming down the stairs.

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I carried a bouquet of Picasso calla lilies with a matching button hole for Antony.  The bridesmaids wore wrist corsages of roses and the other buttonholes were roses too.  We choose the Picasso calla for our candelabras and service flowers and the deep purple complimented the Tiffany blue perfectly.  All our flowers were by Firenza Floral Design

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I chose to wear my grandmother’s wedding ring as my wedding ring. Sadly my grandmother passed away some years ago. The ring was dipped in platinum to match my engagement ring.

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We chose Jelly Rings as favours – to symbolise the Jelly Ring Proposal!  Cande Cakes made our wedding cake. 

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The wedding breakfast room looked beautiful, with chair covers by Ambience Venue Styling.  Our caterers, hosts and wedding coordinators for the day were Dine Services

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My father’s speech was both genius and filled with a rollercoaster of emotions it was absolutely brilliant and made us both extremely proud and overwhelmed.

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The Event Music Company played during our service and reception.

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Our Strictly Come Dancing first dance including personalised voiceover from Alan Dedicoat (The voice of Strictly Come Dancing)!  Then we organised a DJ from Exclusive Entertainments and fireworks as a surprise to our guests.

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We had a mini moon to Sorrento, Italy to relax and reflect our magical day.  Our honeymoon is to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax on the day, enjoy every second of it together and take in as much as possible.  Do not get stressed, if things go wrong laugh about it. Remember the reason you are there it’s about two people who love each other and want to get married sharing their day with friends and family. Nobody is bothered if things go wrong after all we are all human!

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Nothing can spoil your day not even the bad British weather. The crazy weather we experienced was actually a plus and delivered the most amazing photos we could never have dreamt of by our brilliant photographer Chris Chambers Photography.

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Congratulations Kristy & Antony!

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  – Images © 2012 Chris Chambers Photography

Chris Chambers Photography is exhibiting at the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Allerton Castle, but this is not a sponsored post

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