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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: If You Go Down To The Woods Today… Paloma Blanca For A Real Teepee Wedding In Yorkshire – Claire & Andrew

December 21st, 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 readers know how to make their wedding days amazing, as today’s stunning celebration sent to me by real bride Claire and Brides Up North exhibitor Andy Hook Photography shows.  Claire and Andrew’s Real Wedding has got it all… cool cars, gorgeous gowns, fabulous flowers, and a spot of welly wanging to top it all off.  So… be inspired!

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Andy Hook Photography

Claire says:  We got engaged on Christmas Day at home in Tickhill in 2011.  My vintage ring was wrapped in my stocking.

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Andy Hook Photography

We were married on 8th June 2013 at St Mary’s Church, Tickhill, South Yorkshire with the reception held at Forest Plantation, Hodsock Priory, Nr Blyth.

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Andy Hook Photography

Andy Hook Photography

We fell in love with teepee tents as a venue at a friend’s wedding; it was the first time in 12 years of being together that we felt we had found something that was us! They were so unique and there’s something special about being under canvas, so we quickly got in touch with Papakata.

After securing our tents we searched and searched for a plot of land that we both felt gave us that rustic, outdoor backdrop to site the tents in. After several attempts at viewing some local farmer’s fields we thought we would try Hodsock Priory, a local historic country house. We knew the estate had some magical woodland so we organised to meet up with George Buchannan (Owner) who showed us his beautiful woods that are locally famous for snowdrops and woodland walks. We fell in love with the area but the bombshell was our keenness to have a live band. George explained there would be an issue with noise affecting a wedding which was already booked in at the main house for the same day. He went on to describe a more ‘secluded’ wood that he had up past the estate farm, only used for dog walkers. We drove up together to have a look but with slight disappointment and not much hope for this other wood. It was very wild and I had to pop on my design goggles to visualise what could be, but we both looked at each other with big grins & shook George’s hand & said ‘this is the spot’!

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Andy Hook Photography

The theme was rustic chic – natural fabrics and recycled materials, coupled with crisp white linen and large white flowers.  I chose a palette of neutrals with small accents of champagne/rosewater and pale blue.

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We were both very nervous about the ceremony, but we actually took control of our nerves and really enjoyed it.

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My dress was a classic dress that Emily Bridal in Sheffield have had stocked for a few years. The designer was Paloma Blanca, made from a pale champagne Dupion silk with ivory lace & beaded detail to the bodice and train edge. It had a mild sweetheart neckline which was balanced with a delicate, thin silk band and bow under the bust line. Silk buttons ran down the entire length of the dress at the back.

I carried a hand- tied bouquet of white lilac, pale peach blousy roses, white peonies, rosemary, buplerum & lambs ear. It was tied with rustic burlap and satin ivory ribbonWe used Connells ‘The Florist’ at Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough. 

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My dress was champagne and my bridesmaid’s Twobirds dresses were in rosewater which brought out the colour in my dress. Andrew and the groomsmen wore grey/brown suits with a pale blue shirt and tie to match the suit colour from Racing Green.

The groomsmen had a single vintage white rose with lambs ear and a twine bow and the bridesmaids each carried a single large white hydrangea with foliage attached.

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I had a love note hand embroidered onto silk and stitched into the inside of Andrew’s suit jacket.  It was a really special touch.

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It was amazing arriving at the wood and seeing how we had managed to transform the venue into something magical, it was more than we imagined and to see all of our family and friends having such a relaxed and enjoyable time made all the hard work worthwhile.

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Andy Hook Photography

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Catering was by  Feast Yorkshire and our bar by Louisianna’s Mobile Bar Hire.

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Andy Hook Photography

We were lucky that my Uncle renovated my great granddads Morris Minor (the first car I ever drove) and we used this as our wedding car. It took pride and place at the reception venue and our little son Ollie & his cousin Logan enjoyed hours of fun pretending to take each other for a spin around the woods!

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We had a live acoustic singer on arrival to the reception and through the wedding breakfast – James Taplin, and a live five piece band from Manchester – Soul Dedication (LMM Live Music Management).

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We wanted a handmade rustic wedding with lots of input from family and friends. If you want a similar wedding with individual touches, our advice would be to go for it! Our friends helped with our favours, making chutneys to go with our cheese buffet and two friends even made us a twig chandelier for over our bar from twigs we had gathered from the wood earlier in the year.

A handmade wedding makes your day that extra bit special and your guests will really appreciate it as it will be different and memorable… we had been to a few weddings that you knew exactly what was coming next, a bit predictable.

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A handmade wedding isn’t the easy route, you have to be super organised and you will have to let some original ideas go by the way side as the pressure mounts… I didn’t believe I would have to do this as I am a self-diagnosed control freak, but even I had to let go! Andrew, myself and a small army of family & friends spent all of Thursday and Friday before the wedding setting up the reception. This may sound horrendous to some, but even though it was extremely tiring and hard work, it was just the best experience and just added to the whole wedding experience. It was fantastic to be responsible for organising and pulling together all of our long thought out ideas together in one place and creating our vision in a rustic woodland.

So the best advice is to put a list together of ‘must haves’ and ‘nice to haves’ so that when that time comes hopefully you will have completed the critical items and will only have to consider losing not so important details.

Start as early as you can and get as many friends and family involved, they will love to help you and it makes your day that extra bit special.

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Andy Hook Photography

After the wedding we honeymooned in Barcelona at the Grand Central Hotel.

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Andy Hook Photography

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Andy Hook Photography

Congratulations Claire & Andrew!

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THIS SUNDAY! It’s The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition At Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire

September 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It’s safe to say that Brides Up North’s luxury wedding exhibition season is in full swing!  With two fantastic North East events already under our belts and over 2,000 people past our registration desk (hello lovelies!), it’s time we visited Yorkshire. 

We do like to start as we mean to go on – with the very best exhibitors at the very best venues – and where better than the glorious state rooms of the absolutely knock em’ dead venue that is Allerton Castle?  It’s all going on THIS SUNDAY 15th September 2013 from 12pm till 4pm, and it’s completely free. 

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One of my very favourite events in our entire calendar, the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Allerton Castle really is that – pure luxury.  Even if you’ve already booked your wedding venue, come along to meet and seek inspiration from the region’s very finest wedding industry suppliers.  Trust me, you will not be disappointed!

Come and see this spectacular venue dressed to the nines: meet the Dine wedding planners and their award winning catering teams, have a good look around, be amazed by our towering floral displays, sample our artisan cake creations, be dazzled by sparkling diamond wedding bands, try a vintage motor for size, pose in our photo booths, pick out some sharp suits for your wedding party, hear some of the best live music in the County, play dress up with gorgeous gowns and accessories and tick off all those last essential details.

Come along and meet Andy Hook Photography, Angel Brides , Booth Revolution , Buttercream Cupcakes, Cakes By Mitch, Cat Hepple Photography, Chris Chambers Photography, Curvy Bridal, DJB Photography, Dorchester Ledbetter Photography, Eddie Brown Tours, Exclusive Entertainments, Function 54, Harrogate Suit Company, Helen James Flowers, Iain Henderson Designs, Jill Ryder, Joshua James, Leafy Couture, Love Hair & Beauty Boutique, Patisserie Viennoise, Silk Floral Art, Simply Bows & Chair Covers, Stan Seaton Photography, Stark Film Pictures, Swing Thing Duo, The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company, Twisted Willow Floristry, Ferrensby Fireworks, Unforgettable Memories and more!

As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 200 FREE Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, on the day discounts, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our amazing sponsors Fenwicks York.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.  While stocks last only. 

To register for for speedy entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag fill in your details below, marking “ALLERTON CASTLE in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Welcome packs are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy. 

PLEASE NOTE – LEAVE YOUR STILLETTOS AT HOME!  Due to the historic nature of Allerton Castle’s wooden floor, ladies are kindly asked to wear heels no smaller than a postage stamp. Should you not bear to be parted from your Manolos, on the day heel protectors will be available for purchase from the Castle staff @ £4 per pair. 

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The Editorials: Va-Va-Groom!

February 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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In this new blog series, The Editorials, I share my pre-published offline content, online.  I write on a freelance basis for numerous regional and National glossies, and rather than be relegated to being rather posh chip paper, I thought that my words might be useful to my online readers who didn’t manage to pick up a print copy of my features.  Double the pretty!

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The second instalment in this series (click here to see the first, focussing on the trend for all white weddings) catches up on a column I wrote for Wedding Magazine before Christmas, all about giving your groom some va-va-voom!

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I wrote: The days of identikit grooms are long gone. You might be preoccupied with selecting the perfect wedding gown, but you can bet that your other half is also giving some careful thought to his own wedding day look. For him too, this is a day where he wants raise the style stakes and feel that little bit special.

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Luckily, there has never been more of a sartorial selection for a groom to choose from. Whether he is a traditionalist looking for a classically cut morning suit or an individual wanting to cut a dash with quirky accessories, it’s now acceptable for the groom to look beyond a hired waistcoat and cravat. Whilst it’s true that his choice of attire should complement the overall style of the bridal party, some of my favourite wedding day images are those where the personality of the groom shines through.

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If he wants to keep his look classic, help him to stand out from the rest of the wedding party by choosing a different colour of tie or more elaborate buttonhole.

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The cravat caveat

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Rather than sticking to the status quo, encourage your man to mix things up with by adding a special touch. How about a colourful bow tie, socks, braces, sharp shoes or a neckerchief?

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Keep it comfortable

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For a relaxed celebration or destination wedding he needn’t be trussed up like a turkey. Work with the style of his surroundings and opt for light fabrics and a pale colour palette.

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If he’s decorated, this is his chance to show it off. I also love to see a groom in national dress: kilts at the ready boys, it’s time to show some leg!

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Indulge him! If he has a need for speed, why not hire a cool car or vintage scooter to get him to the church on time and in style.

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Marquee In The Meadow: A Real Wedding In Derbyshire – Francesca & Ivan

November 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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After a weekend off celebrating two years in business (lets wait till The Brides Up North Christmas Party for that!) indulging in a bit of shopping with the girls, catching up on emails and invoicing and a really rather good pub lunch at our soon to be local, I’m diving back into the Real Wedding pretty headfirst.

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Monday is off to a fabulous start with this beautiful big day in Yorkshire and Derbyshire, sent to me by real bride and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Francesca of the gorgeous bridal boutique Choola in Sheffield and talented Andy Hook Photography

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I always love to see how industry colleagues style their own celebrations, and Francesca and Ivan’s perfectly pastel country meadow wedding certainly doesn’t disappoint on ooh factor (not least because of their cute ring bearers – watch out for them).  Let’s hear from the lady herself. 

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Francesca says:  We got engaged (unofficially) at The British Bridal Exhibition in March 2011! I guess there couldn’t be a more perfect place with us owning a bridal boutique!   Ivan took me completely by surprise but as he wanted my parent’s permission first we had to keep it secret until a few days later when he had been to see my parents. He then officially proposed in May with a beautiful ring made especially from my black pearl given to me for my 18th birthday set with two stunning diamonds!

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We tied the knot on 16th June 2012 at St James Church, Norton, Sheffield followed by a “Marquee in the Meadow” reception behind my in-laws’ home in Bakewell, Derbyshire.

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The church holds many memories for me so there was no where else we could have married! It is a beautiful church and having attended since being a little girl, I knew I would feel totally at ease walking down aisle there.

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We wanted to have a marquee reception as we didn’t want anything too formal and wanted a setting completely unique to us where no one had been before. It meant we could put our own stamp on it and there wouldn’t be any restrictions.  Our family is very relaxed and often quite spontaneous so having the marquee gave us the freedom to just let the day evolve, without any time restrictions or rules!

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We wanted the wedding to have that thrown together kind of look. I love anything classic but quirky so that’s what we went for: relaxed country glamour.   We chose several colours to work with:  lemon, pale pink, mint green, lavender and powder blue. This was reflected in the bridesmaids’ dresses and flowers.

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I was very spoiled and had a beautiful couture gown made for me by the very talented Sharon Bowen Haute Couture. I have always loved Sharon’s collections and knew that she would be the only person to make my dress. Having previously designed for Dior and Chloe I knew I was in safe hands!

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Sharon and I designed the dress together and it was perfect. It was made from duchesse satin, tulle, beaded lace and hand stitched silk flowers. The jacket was made from matching hand beaded lace.

I wanted a dress that was very “me”. It had to be quirky but still classic enough to stand the test of time.

I have to admit that I did feel a bit of pressure to wear something spectacular! As the owner of a bridal boutique, I was constantly being asked what I was going to wear so I was a little worried that it wouldn’t live up to expectations!

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My something old was my sister’s veil. We re-made it to create a “frouf” as we affectionately called it! This created volume before the train of the veil.  My something new was my dress and my fabulous Aruna Seth shoes!  My something borrowed was my best friends gorgeous Chanel earrings and my something blue was a ribbon stitched into my gown.  As well as my veil, I also wore a diamante seahorse hairclip in my hair. I absolutely love seahorses and knew I would have to involve them somewhere!

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I carried the most stunning bouquet made mostly from peonies – my favourite flower – along with roses, lavender, rosemary and a whole host of other beautiful flowers by Petalis, Sheffield. 

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The bridesmaids dresses were by Alvina Valenta and Jim Hjelm.  I wanted each of the girls to wear a different dress in a different colour and it was one of the easiest shopping trips ever! They all loved their gowns and I think it took less than an hour for all five of them to try on, decide and order.  They then all wore fabulous heels by Paradox London all dyed to match their dresses individually. I gave them each a silver bracelet to wear on the day as well as a candle in the scent used for the wedding to remind them of the day!

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The groomsmen all wore morning suits from Dapper Suits in charcoal and black with double breasted waistcoats. They wore soft dove grey and ivory and each chose their own tie. It was great to see a mixture of spots, stripes and colour.  Ivan and the best man Alisdaire wore sand coloured linen double breasted waistcoats. They all looked very handsome!

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Ivan arrived at the church in a vintage Austin Healey that belongs to his father. His dad spent months restoring the car so we could use it for the wedding! Ivan’s mum tied coloured ribbons to the handles and made a “Just Married” sign complete with shining tin cans. 

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During the service, Ivan surprised me by having our dogs as ring bearers! He pretended to have forgotten the rings and then whistled and our Jack Russell came scampering down the ails with the ring tied to a bow! A second whistle and our Springer spaniel came running down the aisle with the other ring! Fabulous!

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Saying my vows and marrying my best friend was so overwhelming I could have burst with happiness. 

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When we came out of the church, the ushers made a shotgun arch and as Ivan and I walked through, they all fired confetti from their shotguns!  Ivan runs a shoot and we were keen for our day to really reflect us and what is special to us, so having our dogs involved in our ceremony and shotguns firing confetti was just perfect for us. 

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After the rain had stopped, the best man surprised us by having access to some private land behind Hassop Hall. This meant we could get some spectacular photos overlooking the valley sitting on the back of the Austin Healy. Just magical! Ivan and I then sped off in the car around Bakewell with the “just married” sign flapping in the wind and tin cans rattling along the road! It was a wonderful moment that will never leave me. 

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Once we arrived at the marquee (now back in the Mercedes to save the Austin Healey from being wrecked!) we were greeted by a red tractor to tow us onto the field! The heavy rain has made the lane and field impassable so cue tractor and toe rope and bride and groom arrived safely at the marquee much to the amusement and delight of our guests. I don’t think many brides arrive being dragged by a tractor but yet again it just added to the fun of the day!

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We only used little decoration in the marquee (Ascot Marquees) as we wanted the gorgeous flowers to really stand out. Some bunting, lanterns, candles and some hanging hearts and birds completed the look. We also had a Bride and Groom Scarecrow to greet our guests in the entrance to the marquee that Ivan had spent hours making the night before the wedding in the pouring rain. They were fantastic though and added to the country feel of the day. 

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We had a gorgeous cake made for us by Anna of HunkyDory Cakes in Sheffield. We gave her a rough brief but then left her to her own devices and the result was amazing. We were very laid back about all aspects of our wedding and I loved walking into the marquee and having the cake and flowers as a surprise. The cake was four tiers made of fruit, chocolate, lemon and mocha. Delicious!

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The rest of the catering was done by Big On Taste near Derby.

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We had a jazz band (The Bungalow Band) to play for the guests on arrival at the marquee. They were so good that the guests were dancing straight away! We sadly only caught the end of them as we were away having our photographs taken (and having a drink in the pub).  We then had a live band for the evening called Twice Around and Mick, the drummer and family friend also DJ’d for us.  The dance floor was packed all night!

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After the wedding we had a couple of days in the Lake District staying at Candlewyck Barn arranged for us by the best man. We could only take a couple of days off though as we had so many brides marrying this summer that we had to get back to the shop! We are planning to take our “honeymoon proper” this Christmas though. 

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I have two tips for other Brides Up North, one practical and the other profound!

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The first, is if you can, have a wedding planner. Lisa Hilliard was fantastic and as it was a marquee reception, having someone there to oversee all the logistics was very reassuring. She was fantastic on the day and really enabled everyone to relax and enjoy the day. 

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The second tip is don’t over-think things and don’t worry!  All that matters is that you get to marry your soul mate! It’s very easy to get wrapped up in small details or worrying about what may or may not be. Ultimately it’s the marriage that matters with the day simply being the start of a fantastic journey so don’t sweat the small things.  With my husband and I having had our fair share of tragedy, we have learnt that life is short and very precious. Put things into perspective and make the most of what really matters.  The day comes and goes so quickly that my advice is to enjoy every minute of the planning and the day, whilst it may be a cliché it really is the best day of your life, so relax, don’t stress, and enjoy!

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Congratulations Francesca & Ivan!

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Fabulous Photographer: Andy Hook Photography

February 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Oh my!  This morning I promised you a hefty dose of wedding pretty, and just LOOK what you get.  The work of this man- Yorkshire Wedding Photographer Andy Hook – leaves me speechless.

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Enjoy these, and get this guy booked.  Fast.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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I worked in set design before my career in photography having qualified in Product Design at Leeds University. A summer job involved crewing on a Tall Ship sailing from Malta to the Galapagos Islands and in my own time I started taking pictures. The owner of the ship really liked the images I was taking and asked me if I would stay and do some photography work for his travel company in Ecuador and charter business on the Galapagos Islands. Two and half years later I came home as a photographer!

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Why wedding photography specifically?

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I was solely interested in travel and wildlife photography until I saw the work of Carlo Carletti an Italian photographer based in Tuscany. I had a fluke meeting with him at a wedding in Florence. He takes beautiful yet truthful images that rely on great composition and timing rather than the heavily post processed imagery that is common today. So I guess he inspired me to break into the wedding photography market.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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Capturing raw emotions and moments – this might sound a little cheesy, but sometimes I get filled with emotion and goose bumps when I see the amount of love that some people have for each other.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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Some people are born to be in front of a camera but the majority of us find it a little daunting. I think keeping things relaxed and fun helps. I shoot an engagement shoot in the month leading up to the wedding which helps me to get to know the couple so that I know how to get the best out of them on the wedding day.

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Any advice to any brides who don’t like to have their picture taken?

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Request an engagement shoot so you get to know your photographer a little better before the wedding. If the photographer is good he will blend in with the wedding party keeping the emphasis on the day rather than the photos.

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What sort of makeup should a bride wear to look great in her pictures?

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I don’t get too involved but as long as it is applied well you should be ok. Pro cameras pick up a lot of detail so bad eyeliner or blotchy foundation would show – also applying foundation with a matt finish prevents any unwanted shine. I am quite kind and clean up skin tones if there are any accidental distractions as standard!

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Anything to avoid which might look bad in the wedding pictures?

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The bride’s mother punching her ex-husband did not make one album!

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Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why?

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I was already booked for Will & Kate’s date so was not able to do that one!  I recent shot a wedding in Jersey this year where Nigel Mansell & Geoffrey Boycott were among the guests and a pro-golfer’s wedding in Nottinghamshire whose wedding party consisted of lots of sporting legends including Michael Vaughan and his usher was the top golfer Lee Westwood.

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Any memorable weddings that you have captured?

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I shot a really cool wedding in Thailand on the beach. We were the only people using the beach and venue so it was very exclusive and intimate. The couple worked in Hong Kong and had guests flying in from eight different countries so it was definitely an international affair!  Click here to see it.

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Are you married?

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Any funny stories to share?

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I’m not sure if I should be sharing this one but here goes: I had a manic weekend with a wedding on the Saturday in Derbyshire followed by an overnight flight from Liverpool to Pisa for a Sunday morning pick up to be taken straight to the venue in Tuscany for a reccy before a wedding on the bank holiday Monday. One of my suits had seen better days so on the Friday before this I decided I should purchase an extra suit. I quite like my fashion so tend to go for the better quality labels, but on this instance I thought it more sensible to go for a regular high street brand rather than ruin a really nice suit.

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Saturday morning arrives, I pull the tags off the suit and set off to my Derbyshire wedding. I meet the bride, have a coffee then start shooting the detail shots of the dress, shoes etc. As I crouched down to get the shoes – RIP! From front to back like a pair of chaps! Not only a rip but I was also sporting a pair of bright green boxer shorts! I always have a backup of all my camera gear but a pair of trousers had never come into the equation! I did not want to miss any shots of the day so borrowed safety pins from the venue as a temporary measure and got on the phone (to my mother) to get a fresh suit delivered to the venue. The suit arrived just before leaving for the church but in the meantime the bride’s uncle had been watching me struggle and lent me his spare jeans while he repaired the faulty trousers! Not taking no for an answer, we exchanged garments and shortly later he produced a perfectly repaired pair of trousers, to the frustration of my mother who had travelled an hour to deliver the new suit.

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I now have a spare suit in the car.

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Andy Hook Photography

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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If you want high quality, creative imagery packaged in some of the best albums available then I am the photographer for you.

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What can a couple who book you expect on the day?

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Often couples & guests tell me that they were never aware of my presence during the day which is how it should be. With the formal shots I am confident and efficient without being overpowering.

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What is included in your "package"?

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As standard I cover the whole day from the morning preparations through to just after the first dance. You will have an online gallery with e-commerce for your guests and an engagement shoot, arranged in the months leading up to the wedding.

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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Packages start at £1400.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work?

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www.andyhook.com

email – wedding@andyhook.com

twitter – andyhookphoto

facebook – Andy Hook Photography

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Anything else we should know?

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I am quite excited as my new studio is due to open in a few weeks, which I will use for portrait shoots, client meetings and a showcase of my latest work. For my work see www.andyhook.com 

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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Bellissima! A Real Destination Wedding In Italy, Joanna & Christopher

December 28th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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A big dose of sunshine to ward of the post Christmas blues for you this morning my lovelies.  The romance and elegance of this Northern couple’s destination wedding in Italy easily make it one of the wedding blog’s favourites of 2011!  Merry Christmas Joanna & Christopher!

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Time for a fabulous Real Wedding from Andy Hook Photography, a wedding photographer located in South Yorkshire who clearly has passport, will travel! Joanna and Christopher were married on 28th August 2010 at The Grand Hotel Cocumella, Sant’Agnello, Italy and my goodness their wedding day was beautiful.

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I’m off to Google Easyjet flights to Italy.  Damn my wanderlust!

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Lets hear from Jo:  We wanted to get married in Italy on the Amalfi Coast as we love everything Italian. We flew out and looked at a number of venues before picking Hotel Cocumella which we loved as soon as we saw, due to the amazing architecture (being an old monastery), the friendly staff and the beautiful cliff top location.

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We were very keen to have as much of an Italian wedding as possible and chose a colour scheme of white, silver and teal.  Our wedding service was outside on the cliff tops overlooking the sea at 4.30pm as the day became cooler. The reception included more than the traditional three courses for dinner, lots of wine and a traditional Italian wedding cake. The food was an important part of the wedding for us and was one of the reasons we choose the venue as the food was of very high quality.

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I wore a Suzanne Neville satin halter neck, back less dress. It had Swarovski crystals at the front and back. I went for more of a slinky number as I had to take into account the heat and I wanted to be able to move easily and dance. My bridesmaids wore teal Coast dresses with silver shoes, not typical bridesmaid dresses.

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Click through to see more of this stunning day, and watch out for my favourite image – of a baby boy who has partied a little too hard!

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Super Sunday!

October 16th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Morning all!  How is your weekend treating you?

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Today, I’m off to a friend’s baby shower.  Gah!  The next step.  Not one I am sure I am quite ready to take just yet… but, little pink parcel in hand, I am looking forward to an afternoon full of girly chat, silly games, pretty pressies and yummy finger food.  Congratulations Natalie!

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Before we catch up on what’s been happening this week on the wedding blog, there are some upcoming events that I need to remind you all about…

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First up, a couple of notice for Brides in the North East, for shows taking place next weekend:

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The Great North Wedding Show

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The Great North Wedding show is taking place at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead next Sunday from 12pm – 4pm.  I’ll be there as a guest of the show so please do pop down and say hello!

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Whilst you are out and about you might also like to visit the Gibside Hotel Wedding Fayre, next Sunday from 12pm – 4pm.  Every bride registered on the day will be entered into a draw to win an overnight stay.  

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Gibside Hotel Wedding Fayre

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For Yorkshire brides, the Crown Hotel in Harrogate opens it’s doors too.  Brides Up North Featured Supplier Damselle Tiaras will be there so make sure to stop by their twinkling stand.  Damselle Tiaras will also be selling Ivory and Co veils on their website from November, a wide variety of designs and price points and which are customisable to your own specifications.  Good times!

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Now that those announcements are done and dusted, lets catch up on what you might have missed this week:

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Up For Discussion

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Up For Discussion- The Rules – Time Tested Secrets For Capturing The Heart Of Mr Right

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Charlotte Gale

Photograph by Charlotte Gale

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered- I’m Yours! Reflections on Marriage, One Year On…

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Eye Candy

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Eye Candy Inspiration – Boho Wedding Hair

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Eye Candy – Pronovias 2012

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Brides Up North Bootcamp

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Brides Up North BOOTCAMP! Week 7- A Dress Size Down!

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Northern Talent

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Let Them Eat (Whimsical) Cake! Supplier Showcase- The Whimsical Cake Company

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Cat Hepple Photography

Image by Cat Hepple Photography 

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The All Wrapped Up Upcycle Challenge – Meet The Make Up Studio Team!

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Wedding Blog Giveaways

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Wedding Blog WINNER! 50 Wedding Invitations With Bejuled

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WIN! Three Personal Training Sessions With Motive 8 North!

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Real Weddings and Styled Shoots

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Sand Storms, A Real Engagement – Lauren & David

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Love Train! A Real Engagement, Helen & David

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Photograph by Andy Hook Photography 

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Bellissima! A Real Wedding, Joanna & Christopher

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Photography by Stan Seaton Photography 

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A Wedding Blog Styled Shoot – Winter Bridal Style by Brides Up North

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Have a gorgeous day .  I love this crisp, sunny Autumnal weather.  It reminds me of my wedding day – one year ago this weekend!

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Super Sunday!

October 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Morning all!  It’s been a busy week.  I’ve been a guest of the UK Wedding Shows, a guest of Leafy Couture at the Harewood House wedding evening and a guest speaker at the Forward Ladies Positive Women’s Day in Sheffield, talking about “Blogging For Business”. 

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If you would like to come along to a similar seminar in the future please contact me to let me know.  If the demand is there I will get something arranged!

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Today I’m at The Wedding Affair at Newby Hall, Ripon from 12pm – 4pm.  Drop by and say hello!

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So, guess what?  This time next week I will have been married for one whole year!  Time really flies (especially when you spent the best part of that year juggling two lives as a lawyer and – if you don’t know the story behind that, click here). 

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I’m so excited as my lovely hubby is planning on whisking me off for a few days away to a secret location.  How I love him!

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I actually have an admission to make – we still haven’t chosen the final edit for our wedding album.  Who would have thought it?  I’m a bad wife (but a good wedding blogger!). 

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To rectify things, I have decided to devote some blog posts next week to my reflections on a year of marriage, what marriage means, looking back at the past year and my hopes and dreams for the future.  I would absolutely love it if you would chime in with your own comments and help to get some constructive discussion going here on the wedding blog

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In the meantime – if you so desire, you can see my wedding pictures here:

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Click here to see the girls getting ready

Click here to see the boys warming up

Click here to see our wedding service

Click here to see our wedding reception

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It’s not all going to be my personal memoirs though… you’ll also find the usual mix of bridal fashion, real weddings, news and supplier showcases gracing these silver swirly pages, and boy do I have some corking wedding inspiration to share with you, like this bridal shoot that I styled last week at Rockliffe Hall, that’s in today’s Sunday Sun! (North East). The full set to come soon on the wedding blog so just a sneak peek for now…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Photograph by Stan Seaton Photography, styled by Brides Up North

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Let’s catch up on what you might have missed on the wedding blog this week…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Andy Hook Photography

Photograph of Laura & Rufus by Andy Hook Photography

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Gorgeous real Brides Up North…

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Pony Club! Sophie Rocks Her Dress

Happy Feet! A Real Wedding, Anna and Paul

Sweet Like Chocolate, A Real Wedding – Laura & Ashley

On The Beach! A Real Wedding, Laura & Rufus

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Nathan Combes Photography

Photograph of Anna by Nathan Combes Photography

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Amazing Northern Talent…

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Are You Ready For Your Close Up- Supplier Showcase- Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist

All Wrapped Up Presents An Upcycled Wedding Challenge…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Lorna Roberts Photography

A Bowie inspired bride by All Wrapped Up Events, photograph by Lorna Roberts Photography 

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Eye Candy Interview- The White Room Bridal Boutique

At One- Pagan Handfasting – Supplier Showcase- Cat Treadwell

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: India Hobson

A White Room bride works the Stephanie Allin well, photograph by India Hobson

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And BOOTCAMP… 8 inches lost and counting…

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Brides Up North Bootcamp- Week 6 – Negative Energy!

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On The Beach! A Real Wedding, Laura & Rufus

October 3rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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South Yorkshire Wedding Photographer Andy Hook Photography is in big trouble with my husband.  After seeing the gorgeous images from Laura and Rufus’ Thai celebrations I have upped the ante on the “I need a holiday” nagging.  Not sure he’s getting the message though.  If you are planning a destination bash or if you just fancy a bit of Monday morning escapism, prepare to be inspired…

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Laura tells us: Rufus and I got engaged in Sri Lanka in April 2010, and we married on 29 January 2011 in a beautiful villa on a private beach in Phuket, Thailand. 

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We wanted an exotic location where friends and family could come together to celebrate our big day as well as holiday with us. 

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I chose an Ivory silk full length dress with bubble skirt and sweetheart neckline. I bought it in a dress shop in Hong Kong.  My bridesmaids wore gorgeous purple dresses from LK Bennett and I carried vibrant purple orchids to match. 

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Andy Hook was our photographer, and he did an awesome job, as these beautiful photographs show.

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To add a personal touch, we placed name cards at each place in silver fortune cookie holders and on the back of each name card we wrote a special “fortune” for each guest which was tailored to that person. 

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Be sure to click through to see the rest of these stunning images.  Fancy a holiday anyone?

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