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New Songs To Sing… A Real Wedding In The North West – Kate & Ben

March 7th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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North West Weddings & Portraits |  Photography by Ashton Photography

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Let’s kick off the countdown to the weekend (I always start my countdown on a Thursday afternoon anyway, it’s good for the chi) with a beautiful Real Wedding in Lancashire, sent to me by real bride Kate (who completed her interview whilst on honeymoon in Chicago) and Ashton Photography.  Kate and Ben’s wedding has all the right ingredients – love, colour, smiles and song, flowers by the wagon load, clever DIY details and above all, homemade schnapps.

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Kate says:  We got engaged in New York, August 2010. Ben planned to propose when we booked the holiday. He had planned to do it on the evening when we arrived but I was in such an awful mood after the long flight and seeing our not so lovely hotel that he decided to wait until the following day. In the morning we took a walk through Central Park, he suggested we sit in a lovely secluded pagoda by the lake and here he went down on one knee. When we went on our honeymoon to NY, our first stop was to visit the pagoda where it all started.

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We got married on 30th June 2012 at St James’ Church in Brindle, Lancashire followed by a reception at the beautiful Beeston Manor.  The congregation at St James church are so welcoming and the church is stunning so when we got engaged although this is neither myself or Ben’s local church it is was our first choice, in the process of planning we regularly attended on Sunday and now feel part of the church community which is lovely. We chose Beeston Manor firstly because the location is stunning, set on the edge of the Ribble Valley. Inside it was just what we where looking for, a beautiful natural venue with a heart, and most importantly with no busy carpets or curtains – not to mention that the owners are just lovely, Janet and John where so helpful right from the start.

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We didn’t have a theme, but I just wanted lots and lots of flowers so I guess it turned into a bit of an eclectic country garden filled with all the things Ben and I love. I knew I wanted the palette to be soft and muted and for the mixture of flowers to do the talking. Key colours included sage green, soft/vintage pink, lilac, white and grey.

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I carried a mixture of memory lane roses, lavender, hydrangea, sweet peas and many more I don’t know the name of, needless to say Margaret Mason did a fantastic job in capturing the natural undone look I wanted.

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My bridesmaids wore lovely charcoal wrap dresses by Phase Eight teamed with dusky pink shoes.

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Being a menswear designer this is really where I went to town, all the men wore navy suits, I bought some floral fabric from Liberty in London with which the factory I work with in Hong Kong very kindly made Ben a shirt and tie and his outfit was finished off with a spotty chambray pocket square from Ted Baker. His groomsmen all had white shirts, floral ties and navy and white spot hankies, the Dads had white shirts, floral ties and navy and lilac spot hankies and his best man had a white shirt floral hanky with a lilac tie to set him apart.

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My nephew Euan and godson Archie were page boys and wore skinny chinos, blue chambray shirts, navy and white spot bow ties and blazers and my lovely flower girl Matilda wore a dress from Marks & Spencer and patent navy ballet pumps.

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An amazing musician who everyone should check out, Dan Wilde, played M Ward’s version of “You Still Believe In Me” as I walked down the aisle, a truly emotional experience, he also played during our wedding breakfast tracks from his album ‘This Is The Place’ plus more from his repertoire, fantastic. Our DJ got everyone dancing at night with a playlist requested by us and guests. 

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We travelled in a vintage white Bentley driven by the lovely Ray who did a sterling job through the rain despite having tiny wind screen wipers, what a guy!

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Neither myself or Ben could pin point one favourite moment, we loved the whole thing!

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I made bunting to decorate Beeston Manor and collected vintage books and cut glass vases for centre pieces. I collected vintage embroidered table clothes for each table and I have lots of tea cups which were filled with flowers and dotted around the Church and top table.

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Mum made the most fantastic herb boxes which where also in the Church and then taken to Beeston Manor and my friend Jenny and I made damson gin and rhubarb schnapps for favours.

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A good family friend and talented cake maker Sue Mault made our cake, she even did a yummy gluten free centre layer especially for my Mum.

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After a week in NYC, we headed to Chicago for the rest of our honeymoon.  We were there for Lollapolooza, the most amazing festival!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be do exactly what you want, don’t think you have to have what convention tells you a wedding should be! And don’t stress about the weather, we had torrential rain, fork lightening and cloudy skies, it added to the drama!

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Congratulations Kate & Ben!

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Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside! A Real Engagement In The North West – Chriss & Ritch

February 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Happy Valentine’s Day my lovelies!  I’ve obviously written this post in advance, as I anticipated that I’d be far too tied up clearing the hallway of all those love notes landing on my welcome mat…

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In reality though, there’s only one man for me, so Happy Valentine’s Day to my lovely husband Alan – our last as a family of two! 

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I’ll let you into a secret – I absolutely LOVE Valentine’s Day.  Commercial racket yes, but so is Christmas (my other favourite holiday)!  Let’s just say I’m a marketer’s dream!  I think it harks back to the excitement of my school days: seeing if my of-the-moment crush liked me enough to pay a visit to Clinton Cards.  Generally not.  But hey!  I may never really have got any cards to write home about (except the ones from you, thanks Mum), but it was all about the anticipation!

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Today, we celebrate by meeting a couple full of anticipation for their wedding day, having all but given up on finding long term love before connecting online.  So dip something sweet in your cuppa and enjoy their love story, with images by Ashton Photography

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Chriss says:  We had booked a mini break trip to the beautiful city of Verona and had planned to visit all of the usual landmarks. I hadn’t been too bothered about going to visit the “Casa di Giulietta”, but Ritch really wanted to go, so reluctantly, I braved the hoards of French and Italian kids on Shakespearean educationals and we bought our two tickets into the house. Once inside and touring the various rooms it was thankfully quite peaceful as most of the crowds were gathering in the courtyard, staring up at the balcony or otherwise trying to encourage eternal luck and love by rubbing Juliet’s right breast! As we entered the room and waited for a group to leave the balcony, Ritch was hanging back and, with hindsight, I suppose seemed to be a little preoccupied. He encouraged me to go out onto the balcony; I looked down on the school kids in the courtyard… they looked back up at me.  I turned around to go back inside and Ritch was down on his knee beside me, with that little box in his hand: “Will you marry me?”

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Of course I said “Yes”! All very romantic and, for me, the perfect proposal…the boy done good!

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As soon as we announced our engagement one of my best friends offered to host our special day in their beautiful home in West Lancashire – a truly unique venue. We planned it for October 6th 2012 and can’t wait to share our wedding photographs with Brides Up North soon!

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After years in the relationship wilderness, we have both said that we had all but given up.  Our first date was “last chance saloon” for the on-line dating game!  Good job that evening in June 2010 was successful!

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We arranged to meet half way between where we both lived and our first date was at a riverside hotel bar where we sat outside and laughed about each others’ online dating experiences – always and good ice breaker!  There was definitely a mutual attraction at first sight, love, however, took a little longer

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I knew Ritch was the one for me when I received my first pair of shoes from him – what girl couldn’t fall for a bloke that buys her shoes?

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We’ve waited a long time to get lucky in love, so our biggest wish for married life is to stay happy and for it to get better and better.

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We didn’t have any decent photographs of us together and neither of us felt very comfortable in front of the camera, so the option to have an engagement shoot was a great addition to the wedding package and a chance to get a bit of practice in. Steph of Ashton Photography gave us a few tips on how to get the best photos – but she did all of the hard work. 

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We had a great day out with Steph. We live in Blackpool and spend a lot of time with our dog Jack, on the beach and prom.  Ritch is also a hard core cyclist who clocks up many a mile up and down the sea front on his two wheels; this was the natural place for us to use as a backdrop for our pre-wedding shoot.

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Even for someone that works within wedding industry and who knows what to expect, planning your own wedding can still be very daunting! The thousands of pages in the (very expensive!) glossies and limitless web coverage available to brides and grooms is overwhelming. I’ve found Brides Up North to be an invaluable place to get real ideas and real information from real people relative to the area that we live in… great weddings happen Up North – fact!

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Congratulations Chriss & Ritch!

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Get in touch to share your love story with Brides Up North!  Here’s how.

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  – Images © 2013 Ashton Photography

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