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‘Art Throb. Maggie Sottero For A Real Wedding At The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne – Claire & John

May 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Today’s Real Wedding is just lovely.

Claire and John’s celebration was cute, stylish, personal and full of fun… with plenty of prosecco!  Just the way we like ‘em around these parts.

With images by Andy Hudson Photography.

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Claire says: We got engaged in November 2012 when we were on holiday at Clavell Tower in Kimmeridge, Dorset. Clavell Towell is an old observatory folly. It was restored by the Landmark Trust in 2006.

It’s a very special, atmospheric place especially as the tower is perched on the top of a high cliff and there were gale force winds and torrential rain for most of the time we were there! It was a perfect place to enjoy our special time together before sharing our news with family and friends.

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We were married on Saturday 1st February 2014. We had our ceremony at St Charles RC Church, Gosforth which was followed by a party at The Biscuit Factory.

We wanted to get married in Newcastle because it is where our home is. Father O’Connor made us feel especially welcome into our local church. We love visiting The Biscuit Factory and it is one of our favourite places. We wanted to share it with our family and friends (especially the ones who do not live in Newcastle). We love eating and the Food Social restaurant had always impressed us. We liked the opportunity to design our own menu with all of our favourite things! We ate Tempura King Prawns, Rosemary and thyme marinated rump of lamb (with garlic mash) and sticky toffee pudding.

Amazing!

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We did not have a theme although we did end up using a lot of brown Kraftcard! We stamped our guests names onto luggage labels and our invitations, order of service and menus were printed onto simple Kraftcard.

We wanted the day to be simple and relaxed and most of all fun.

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Hilary Whitham did our make-up… she is amazing! My friend Sarah did our hair, which was lovely.

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I wore a dress called Bronwyn Marie by Maggie Sottero which I bought from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. Hayley, her mum and Leanne were patient, helpful and very professional.

My dad actually recommended this shop to me because he has driven past and thought the window display looked very elegant!

I wasn’t even sure I wanted to wear a ‘wedding dress’ but knew I did not want a strapless dress. The Bronwyn Marie was made of exquisite lace, fitted me perfectly and was very comfortable. I loved the buttons all of the way up the back (and would like to thank my lovely friends Helen, Amy and Megan for helping me get into it on time… Helen can tell you exactly how many buttons there were!)

I did not feel ‘ready’ until I had all of my accessories on. I felt like they were a big part of my whole outfit. I had a clutch bag instead of a bouquet and I also had a long pearl necklace which I bought years ago when I was on holiday with my mum. The talented Kelly from Tantrums and Tiaras made a pearl brooch to match my necklace which I wore on the ribbon belt around my waist.

I usually wear glasses so was a bit nervous about not wearing them (people who always wear glasses will understand this). I felt much more confident with my beautiful cap/birdcage veil from Sasso and even though I had not planned to have any form of veil I felt like it complemented my outfit perfectly.

I also wore a faux fur jacket for getting too and from the church. This is something that I would never usually wear but I loved it.

John wore a three piece navy suit from Slaters in Newcastle. They altered it so it fitted him perfectly. He also had new shoes. He looked very handsome. His best man and ushers wore their own suits.

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My sister and John’s sister were our bridesmaids (they are both called Helen which is a bit confusing). They chose their own dresses which were navy blue maxi dresses from Monsoon. We wanted them to feel comfortable on the day.

William our nephew was our page boy and was very trendy and Lily was our beautiful flower girl. Lily also chose her own outfit and even though her mum (our good friend Alex) wanted her to buy a blue bridesmaid dress we thought that Lily’s choice of a sparkly skirt and top with a furry shrug from Monsoon was perfect! She was very excited.

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Our friends Carol and Dean gave me and my Dad a lift to the church in their posh white Landrover.

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My favourite part of the day was seeing John for the first time (he said ‘wow’).  We both also really loved the ceremony itself as Father O’Connor made it relaxed and personal. I enjoyed getting ready in the morning with my lovely friends and family. We loved seeing the Biscuit Factory all prepared for us, eating the amazing food and dancing… so all of it really.

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Our photographer was the lovely Andy Hudson.  We love the photos and felt that Andy made us and our guests feel very relaxed.  We also loved our pre-wedding photos.

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We had yummy prosecco in the church porch after the ceremony and a vintage route master bus (booked via Coach Direct Ltd)  transported our lovely guests together with us to The Biscuit Factory.

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We had lots of mojito cocktails, prosecco and local beer from Wylam Brewery when we arrived at the Biscuit Factory. We knew we were going to have a good party when The Biscuit Factory asked if the could replenish the cocktails within 30 minutes of arriving!

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Our beautiful white tulips on the tables were designed and made up by our lovely talented friend Cheryl Ford as a wedding gift. We were utterly speechless when we saw the Biscuit Factory set up for us… it was so much better that we had ever imagined!

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We had Polaroid cameras with silly props for people to have fun with and leave us with some very happy memories and we had hired J&C light up letters from Doris Loves and they really suited the industrial look of The Biscuit Factory.

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We had a giant Colin the Caterpillar cake from Marks and Spencer!

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The fantabulous Maverick Rejects were our chosen band. Their manager Sean was superb and made sure that everything ran smoothly. He even thought of things that we would have never even considered – like setting up during our church ceremony so they would not interrupt our celebrations.

The band were absolutely amazing and full of energy. They rocked the dance floor and were a big part of our day being so much fun.

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For our honeymoon we went cross country and downhill skiing in Norway. It was very cold, very snowy and very beautiful. We loved it.

We booked our honeymoon through Ski Safari. Andy Hemingway was very helpful.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax… and enjoy having all of your favourite people being in the same place at the same time… just for you!

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Congratulations Claire & John!

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Make Rainbows. A Real Wedding At Horton Grange Country Hotel – Victoria & Euan

May 2nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

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It’s a quiet Friday at home for me and my little family today, recharging and recouping from a very hectic two weeks behind us.  Here there and everywhere for some inspiring speaking engagements, an amazing Brides Up North wedding exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms and one very, very fabulous Brides Up North styled shoot (results to be shared very soon – follow #getsetsparkle on our Twitter and Facebook feeds for more updates), plus the onset of a pretty nasty cold for me and my little girl, has left us needing some down time.

So whilst we snuggle up with the Calpol, Lemsip and a box set of In The Night Garden (you thought my life was glamorous?!) I’ll leave you with the beautiful Real Wedding of Victoria & Euan courtesy of friend of the wedding blog Andy Hudson Photography.This cute couple didn’t let a drop of rain spoil their chic and beautiful wedding day – they just styled it out!

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Victoria says: We got engaged in June 2012 in Tynemouth on the beach, and our wedding was on 28th March 2014 at The Horton Grange Country Hotel. 

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We chose our venue because it was small and intimate but still had that manor house feeling to it, and opted for a chic navy and white colour scheme.

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For the wedding party, we chose formal wear but still tried to keep it casual. Euan and his ushers’ suits where from Blades Menswear in Ponteland and my maid of honour wore a navy blue dress from Coast

My dress was from Berkertex Brides and I chose heels by Kurt Geiger.

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The whole bridal party carried or wore roses, and we set out lots of candles at the venue to add to the romantic feel of the day. 

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Every part of our day was incredible but our favourite bit was saying our vows and marrying each other. 

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We chose Dawn at The Master Cakesmith to do our cake and – wow – did she impress us! We had a four tiered cake with different flavours including chocolate, toffee, white chocolate and raspberry.

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We had the Purple Supper Band for our evening band and disco and Snaparazzi Photo Booth for the evening to add a bit of fun.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Tenerife. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to totally relax and enjoy the day: it will fly by so make the most of it and have fun. When its all over you have married the love of your life which is the most amazing thing to come out of the day.

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Congratulations Victoria & Euan!

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Roses Are Red. An Elegant Real Wedding At Dissington Hall – Sam & Rob

September 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon it’s off to Northumberland, to join Sam and Rob for their glorious big day at Dissington Hall.  Sam’s Real Wedding was simple and elegant, with romantic red roses popping up on every corner.  Bloomin’ beautiful. 

With images by Andy Hudson Photography

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Sam says:  We first got engaged on 6th July 2012 in Edinburgh where Rob had moved to a month earlier. I got a beautiful diamond solitaire ring but it was too big so had to be resized. I was proposed to again on 13th July with a lovely meal and bottle of bubbly. Then a few months later, we were sitting in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh and Rob proposed again! So we got engaged three times!

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Our wedding date was Saturday 27th July 2013.  We got married at St Michael and All Angels church in Newburn then had our reception at Dissington Hall.  We chose the church as it was where my mum and dad got married. We chose Dissington Hall because it’s such a beautiful building and the staff were absolutely fantastic. We couldn’t fault the service we got at Dissington.

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We wanted a simple, elegant wedding and chose a colour scheme of ivory and deep red.

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I wore a stunning lace, fish tail dress. It was the complete opposite to what I thought I would want but as soon as I put it on, I knew it was the one for me. It was from Berketex Bride in Newcastle and was designed by Sasha Perez.

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My sister and Rob’s sister were my bridesmaids and wore simple 1950’s style dresses. They were a deep red colour, had cowl backs and were beautiful. They were from the Dessy collection and were bought from Rosina Brown Bridal Boutique in Hexham. Rob, both dads, our best man and groomsmen wore grey morning suits from Moss Bros.

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A good friend of mine, Bonnie Shaw is a Soprano so sang whilst we were signing the register. It was beautiful and so many of the guests commented on how fantastic she was. We had a DJ for the disco and it was a company called After Eight Music.

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I loved saying my vows. I managed not to cry all the way through but did get a little choked. Saying my vows was the most important part of the day and the part I enjoyed the most. There were so many other special moments… my dad’s speech, Rob’s speech and simply watching everyone having a great time. That meant the world.

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I had a posy of Grand Prix red roses and my bridesmaids had smaller posy of ivory Avalanche roses. They were all bound with ivory ribbon and held with diamanté pins. As an extra to mine, my something ‘borrowed’ and ‘blue’ was a blue ring that my dad gave to my mum for her 21st. It was too big for me to wear so our florist Margaret from Foxtail Lily Flowers tied it to the stems of my bouquet. It was a lovely touch.

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We had one wedding car to take Mum and the bridesmaids and then Dad and I to church. It was a silver Jaguar S Type from Rickerby Chauffeurs in Newcastle. James, who owns the business, was our chauffeur and he was amazing.  We had a red, vintage double decker bus to take the guests, wedding party and Rob and I to the reception!

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We haven’t had a honeymoon yet as I moved up to Edinburgh three days after the wedding! We’re saving up and hoping to go to New York in the Spring.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to not forget the reason you’re having a wedding day. It’s very easy to get swept up in the organisation and hype and lose sight of the real reason you’re having a wedding day. There will always be things that don’t go quite according to plan but as long as everyone is happy, that’s the main thing.

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Congratulations Sam & Rob!

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I Du Vin. A Real Wedding In The North East – Lyndsey & Stephen

July 31st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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There’s nowt like a proper Geordie wedding, is there?  Particularly if it’s done in sleek and chic style like Lyndsey and Stephen’s beautiful big day at Hotel Du Vin. 

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With images by Andy Hudson Photography, this wedding is simple and lovely.  Simply lovely. 

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Lyndsey says: We got engaged at Macquarie’s Point in the botanical gardens in Sydney, over looking Sydney harbour in on 28th February 2012. Our favourite place in the whole world where we were so lucky to have been able to visit again after we travelled there almost nine years ago. 

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We were married on 5th May 2013 at Hotel Du Vin in Newcastle. 

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We chose our venue because we are both from Newcastle but have been living in Manchester for over four years and we wanted a venue that was very much in Newcastle and we wanted to be near the quayside as town is an important place to both of us. We also loved the character and décor at Hotel Du Vin, it is such a beautiful venue. The courtyard was a perfect place for our drinks reception and we loved how we had exclusive use of the hotel so it was only ourselves and our wedding guests allowed in the venue throughout our whole day.

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We opted for a colour palette of corals and peaches. 

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I chose a dress from Brides Dream bridal shop in Walker. It was a simple but beautiful design – I don’t like a lot of fuss!

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Stephen and the groomsmen all wore suits from Slaters  with coral coloured cravats and my bridesmaids were in full length coral dresses, again from Brides Dream. 

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As the whole day was at the hotel we did not need any fancy forms of transport! Stephen stayed at another hotel on the quayside the night before with his best man and dad and usher and they were able to walk over the millennium bridge to the hotel because it was such a sunny day!

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I stayed at my mum and dad’s house the night before and my dad hired an Audi Q7 to drive me and my bridesmaids up to the hotel in the morning to get ready there.

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The whole day really was amazing. We enjoyed just being with all of our family and close friends who we don’t get to see that often with living away from Newcastle. One thing we will remember is just how happy everyone seemed throughout the day. 

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I had a mixed bouquet of all coral and peach coloured flowers.  This was stunning and made by Naomi The Flower Girl, in North Shields. We also got button holes and bridesmaid flowers from her. The bridesmaid just wore flowers on their wrists rather than having bouquets.

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All food was made by the hotel and my mum and I made table decorations with flowers we bought.  As a bit of a silly touch we had pizzas as our food for our evening reception because we met when we both worked at a pizza restaurant when we were both in 6th form. 

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We had a DJ for the evening reception from Signature One. 

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For our honeymoon we went to the island of Kuramathi in the Maldives. It was a stunning island and we loved every minute of it! The food was absolutely amazing too, we would definitely recommend others to go there!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to relax – little details really don’t matter what matters is you are marrying the person you love with all your family and friends around you!

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Congratulations Lyndsey & Stephen!

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Dune Bugs! A Real Engagement In Northumberland – Kate & Caleb

July 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It must be my post-holiday withdrawal, but I can’t get seem to get away from the beach this week!  My inbox is bursting with sunny coastal wedding submissions and tales of Summer proposals.  Torture!  This afternoon I’m compounding my misery by sharing Kate and Caleb’s lovely seaside engagement shoot ahead of their wedding day at Newton By The Sea. 

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Kate says:  Caleb’s proposal was a complete surprise! It was on my birthday in July 2012. Caleb had booked a beautiful little cottage for my birthday weekend in Wales. He cooked a lovely meal but then before we ate it, he wanted to give me my presents. When I turned around he was down on one knee! I was too excited to even eat the dinner he’d made!

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We are getting married in August 2013 at Newton Hall, near Alnwick in Northumberland. It’s an amazing venue.

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We first met at college when we were about 17 but didn’t get together until 10 years later.  Our first date was to a bar in Manchester. Nothing too fancy!

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It became obvious that he was the one when we’d be staying in doing absolutely nothing yet still having so much fun and there was nowhere else I’d rather be! That’s still true now…  we are completely ourselves with one another and we have so much fun together. Caleb makes me laugh and vice versa. We are each other’s best friends.

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Our biggest wish for married life is that it’s an adventure and that we always continue to have a laugh together, and that we are always supportive of one another and still affectionate when we’re 80!

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We wanted to have an engagement shoot so that we’d get used to our photographer ahead of the wedding day and also so that we’d have some nice photos of us, not just in our wedding outfits. It was definitely worth it!  Initially we were both a bit nervous but we really enjoyed it, it was fun and none of the posing was too cheesy, which is what we were worried about! It’s definitely made us more relaxed for the wedding day and it was great working with Andy Hudson.

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I absolutely love all bridal blogs, websites and magazines, but I particularly like Brides Up North because it lists venues and suppliers relevant to the area where we live and are getting married.  We’ll definitely be back to share our Real Wedding if you’ll have us!

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Congratulations Kate & Caleb!

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