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Golden Bubbles! A Real Marquee Wedding In The North West – Vanessa & Dan

October 3rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I think it’s high time for another beautiful Real Wedding, don’t you?  Thought so.

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This afternoon’s feature, sent to me by Anna Louise Crossley and real bride Vanessa, is jam packed with sensational details.  Super stylish Vanessa and Dan chose a classic colour scheme with dashes of lace and lashings of champagne for their love and laughter filled marquee wedding. 

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This is one wedding that I would love to have been invited to.  Vanessa, will you be my friend?

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Vanessa says: Dan asked me to marry him at home in May 2011 and we were married on 26th August 2012 at St Michaels church in Dalton, Wigan and then the reception in a Marquee in Dan’s parents garden which is also in Dalton.

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Dan’s parents have an amazing garden and we thought a marquee would work for us as we could have the day exactly how we wanted it without any restrictions. Also, we only decided to get married in January 2012 so most of the venues we looked at were already booked for 2012 weddings.  We opted for a mainly black and ivory colour scheme. 

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I had a lace Elie Saab dress from Eternity Bridal in Warrington. They are amazing and I would recommend them to anybody.  I finished the look off with a pair of gold Jimmy Choo heels.  I carried a bunch of cream roses, which Dan’s mum made. 

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The guys wore morning suits from The Bride & Groom in Preston and my bridesmaids were in floor length black lace. 

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I travelled to the church and back in a Rolls Royce Phantom, which was on loan from a friend.

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We used Marcus Moore for the catering and Best Marquees provided the marquee. Dan’s mum made the cake and did all the flowers.

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We had a guitarist Tim Chu who played throughout the canapés and meal and then a group and DJ for our evening reception. 

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We wanted everybody to enjoy themselves – I think everybody did and it was a great party atmosphere all day.

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I loved every minute of the day from start to finish.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Majorca, but unfortunately it rained every day!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try not to get too stressed beforehand and enjoy every second as it goes too quickly.

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Congratulations Vanessa & Dan!

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Get in touch if your would like to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North. 

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We Make Rainbows! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Olivia & Jon

August 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Is it raining where you are?  Yeah, me too.  Those pesky Southerners, thinking they know it all about weddings (we know better!) and now hogging the sunshine too?!

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Anyway, we don’t care!  If it rains on our parade, we just do it in style – as proved nicely by today’s real bride Olivia and her wet and wonderful race day wedding captured by Anna Louise Crossley.  Olivia made sure that her big day was so bright, colourful and packed with personal touches that when it rained, she made rainbows.

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…and sourced her wedding using entirely local suppliers.  Good girl!

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Olivia says:  We got engaged at home in October 2011. Jon asked me when he got home from work. I had the day off and was watching the news, drinking tea and eating Jaffa Cakes.  We were married on

June 30th 2012 at Holy Trinity, Ripon then afterwards at Ripon Racecourse

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We are both sporty, we like racing and we wanted somewhere different for our wedding. Most of our friends and family weddings have been at stately homes or hotels and we fancied something quirkier. We also wanted lots of outdoor space for children. 

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The wedding had a vague newspaper theme because we are both journalists and met each other while we worked at rival papers in East Anglia, with a colour base of sea green, turquoise and pink.  

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I chose 1950s style tea length wedding dress with a full skirt and halter neck, from Carlton Couture in Ripon. It was quite a simple and plain design  (I am a tomboy you see!!)  I also had a little jacket with collar which stood up and a bird cage head dress. We wanted to keep everything as local as possible to help businesses in Ripon. {Editor’s note: hear hear!}

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My bridesmaids wore turquoise/sea green dresses from a shop in Florida – it’s the only thing we bought outside North Yorkshire!

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I walked down the aisle carrying a beautiful bouquet of peach, pink and white roses, sweet peas and hydrangeas by Twisted Willow Floristry, who also provided the flowers for my bridesmaids and the wedding reception. 

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The ceremony was so brilliant. I couldn’t stop grinning. When we got to the altar Jon told me he had written L and R on the soles of his shoes – but the wrong way round, that’s what he’s like.

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The vicar Rev. Isaac Lawrence was quite inexperienced. He is originally from Pakistan and after the marriage part of the ceremony he produced a mirror, which he said was a Pakistani tradition. It was lovely and made a great photo opportunity. This was my favourite part of the day because I had been nervous and it was just so amazing to be surrounded by all our favourite people in the world.

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Ripon Races Wedding by Anna Louise Crossley

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We asked as many people to make things for our wedding as possible. My mum made a banner for above the top table, my father in law created a “newspaper front page” celebrating our wedding. My dad made ceramic hearts for place names and a DVD slideshow of us growing up which was played during the signing of the register. My mother in law made the cake and a lolly tree for the children. My father in law drove us in his car – which should have been convertible except it was raining! – and my sister made our invitations!

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Ripon Racecourse recommended a local jazz band – I Love New York. They’re from my old school in Ripon. They were amazing and everyone complimented them.

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After the wedding we had a mini-moon in my aunt’s cottage near the Lake District and we are going to Barbados later in the year.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to splash out on a really great photographer like Anna Louise Crossley. She is ace. Also buy some cute wellies in case it rains!

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Congratulations Olivia & Jon!

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Get in touch to share your Real Wedding with Brides Up North!  Don’t be shy!

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A Pie & Ale Picnic For Two! A Real Engagement In Yorkshire – Kat & Richard

June 6th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I bet there were a few pie and ale picnics around my way this Jubilee holiday!  And wasn’t it a great one? 

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It’s back to business here on the wedding blog (although I never actually went away – scroll down for a full schedule of seriously fabulous Jubilee weekend content) with this proper Yorkshire engagement celebration sent to me by Anna Louise Crossley Photography and Brides Up North reader Kat. 

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Kat says: We got engaged in a little bar in the Bastille area of Paris in January 2011. Richard had taken me for a weekend away for my 30th Birthday. He’d had the ring since November but was waiting for the right moment. 

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We are having our ceremony at the Hyde Park Picture House (an Edwardian Cinema in Leeds) with the reception at St Chad’s Parish Centre in Headingley. 

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We met through a group of friends back in our home towns in Lancashire but then Richard ended up living just round the corner from me in Leeds and the rest is history!

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We went out to a lot of clubs and bars in the first few weeks of getting together but our first ‘date’ was to see Legally Blonde at the cinema. I was smitten from the start but Richard played it a bit cooler…

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I knew he was the one for me when I saw how creative and interested in life he was and how much he cared for his family. Before we got together we went to Alton Towers with a group of friends but Richard was too scared to go on the rollercoasters. He spent all day winning teddies on the grabbing machines. When he was dividing up his spoils at the end of the day and deciding which of his nearest and dearest were getting which plush toy I knew he was the man for me.

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We have a mutual love of food and culture and a shared smutty sense of humour. We both have separate interests and are really independent but both so interested in each other and consult each other on everything we do. 

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We have no huge aspirations for married life. We have a solid and fun relationship so more of the same will be just fine. We’re looking forward to celebrating our love with a big gang of family and friends though!

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The engagement shoot was suggested by our photographer. We both hate having our photos taken so it was a chance to spend some time with Anna and get used to the lens.  We enjoyed it much more than we thought we would. 

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I’m a fan of Brides Up North because I love looking at other people’s photos and can’t wait to come back to share our wedding photographs here!

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Congratulations Kat & Richard!

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L.O.V.E: A Real Wedding In The North West – Jane & Graham

April 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon I’m over in the North West as guest speaker and just plain old guest at the North West Wedding Vendor’s Party with Lace Bridal.  I’m probably somewhere on the M62 now, singing along to the radio and checking my lippy in the rear view mirror.  I can’t wait!

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In my absence, I leave you with a beautiful Springtime wedding from the North West, Lancashire to be exact, sent to me by Real Bride Jane and Anna Louise Crossley Photography.  There is a whole lorra love in the air this Thursday afternoon…

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Let’s hear from Jane:  Graham proposed on Valentine’s day 2011 and we were married on 31st March 2012 at The Great Hall at Mains Singleton.  We loved that it was one big room so we wouldn’t have separated guests. We loved the beams and the old world feel and the gardens and grounds are beautiful too. Basically, we fell in love with it straight away.  Love was a big theme in our wedding – we didn’t really have a colour scheme other than champagne/ gold but we called all the tables ‘love’ in different languages.

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My hair and make up were done by Hair by Vicky and Louise Maddison Make Up Artist

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I chose my dress as it reminded me of a Vera Wang gown that I had seen. It was from One and Only in Preston and and was by Lusan Mandongus. It was ivory tulle with gorgeous flower detail around the bust and waist and flowers between each layer of tulle on the skirt. It was a much bigger dress than I thought I would have but fell in love with it. 

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I carried a bouquet of white roses, tulips and lisianthus with looped steel grass by Ashton Flower Shop

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My bridesmaids wore long champagne gold gowns from BHS.

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I loved the whole day but my favourite part was probably when registrar pronounced us as man and wife!

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We travelled in style in a cream vintage Rolls Royce!

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To add a special touch we used vintage bird cages as post boxes for gifts and chose charity favours for NSPCC. 

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Our catering was by Twelve Restaurant.  My friend has a cake business called Sugar Wishes. We chose a four tier chocolate fudge cake with ivory icing and hand made roses made of icing up the running up the sides.

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Entertainment wise, we had a harpist – Maxine Molin Rose Harpist – throughout the service and canapés and magician before the wedding breakfast, with a DJ and disco in the evening.

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We honeymooned in Cancun in Mexico for two weeks with the kids! Not very romantic!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to go with your gut instinct. I nearly always went back to my first choices. Also enjoy it! People kept telling me to relax before hand and as soon as I did I loved every second.

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Congratulations Jane & Graham!

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Would you like to share your Real Wedding memories or engagement shoot on the wedding blogGet in touch!

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