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chic to chic. a stylish wedding at Jesmond Dene House – karin & rob

November 25th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Karin and Rob’s beautiful wedding day is chic, stylish and filled with the sort of opulent details that we love here at wedding blog HQ.  Lace, crystals, blousy blooms and one stunning setting make this a celebration fit for the pages of Vogue magazine.  Lucky for you, we snapped it up first.

Let’s raise the bar a little.

It’s getting haute in here

With images by fabulous Brides Up North Sponsor, Fyzal Photography.

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karin says: Unbeknown to me, when the idea of a ski holiday with friends popped up, Rob pushed for the 3 valleys, France and in particular, Meribel for one reason only….it was his ideal setting for a proposal!

When we first got together (November 2008 and after 7 months of Rob trying,) it left us just a month before Rob flew to France for a 5 month ski season. I joined Rob for a weeks holiday in the January and we both knew then our relationship was to last. Meribel was also where Rob told me that he loved me.

January 2012 was eagerly anticipated by Rob, eventually settling for his SLR camera case to hide the ring through airport security. He got it through and I was none the wiser as to what would happen a few days later. Rob planned to pop the question on a particular piste in the next valley, Courcheval. But due to an avalanche, it wasn’t until the last ski day that it was cleared to ski to.

It was called “Les Piste Indiens” where a purpose built Indian village appeared around a corner. We stopped and Rob knelt next to a plastic fox for a rare photo opportunity. It turned out to be very rare as photos later proved, Rob had the ring out trying to propose while I was trying to take his photo.

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We tied the knot on 14 June 2014. I (not superstitious at all!) didn’t want to be married in 2013!

We met whilst both working at Jesmond Dene House and when the decision was to be made as to where we were to be married, it had so much history to it and along with our own history there, the decision was simple.

Our wedding was always going to be straight ahead. I still work there as private dining manager and so have a strong relationship with wedding coordinators Abi and Christina, C & B manager Lukasz and everyone else to be involved on the day. Knowing everyone made us feel secure that the day was to perfect.

We chose a romantic shabby chic theme. Apple crates, coffee bean sacks, old leather suitcases, plenty of candles and wicker hearts all suited the Jesmond Dene setting. Since I oversee weddings day in, day out, I knew what would make our day different to others.

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Everything was based around pastel lilac and ivory themes. It worked so well with the grandeur of the dark oak of the hotel’s Great Hall. We also tied in the green of Jesmond Dene into all floral arrangements.

I stayed in the hotel the night before with my mother and the bridesmaids, setting up the decorations until 2am while best man and Rob had a beer and a cheeky Chinese takeaway in the room of the best man!

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When choosing my dress, I spent hours online looking for local bridal shops and looked at each designer stocked in each shop until I found my dress. When I came across Ronald Joyce ‘Babetta’, I knew no matter what else I saw, I’d be back for the Babetta.

I spent only a short amount of time in Wild Brides at Heart, Durham after a Ronald Joyce designer weekend and I was out in no time after placing the deposit looking forward to my first fitting. The detail in the lace, the open back, and its long train was exactly what I was looking for and nothing else would match it.

I chose not to wear a veil, instead a headpiece, slightly different to the norm. Flown from Canada, it was jewelled, but not over the top. Sarah Walsh was my makeup artist and hair stylist. Highly recommended!

My look was complete after Rob had a few gifts sent up to me with breakfast on the morning of the wedding. I had pointed out a beautiful Swarovski tennis bracelet a few months before and luckily he took the hint! It matched so well with the Swarovski pearl earrings he had also bought me.

I carried lilac and ivory roses with hydrangea. Helen from Bels Flowers provided all floral arrangements. Hats off to Helen, who did a fantastic job and came as a late replacement for florist after we had been let down by another months before the wedding!

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Rob and the groomsmen wore grey tails from Most Suitable with an ivory cravat and waistcoat. Rob also splashed out on a pair of Kurt Geiger shoes (very unlike him)!

My bridesmaids wore “Debut” Grecian lilac dresses from Debenhams and my maid of honour wore an ivory and lilac floral print dress from BHS. I bought all the girls a brooch to wear as a gift to personalise the dresses.

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I would highly recommend Fyzal Photography to anyone!

Both Fyzal and his wife Dawn went above and beyond to capture our day how we wanted it with the eye and finesse you would not get from any other photographer! He took us for an “e:shoot” on the beach where we got to know how it all worked. It also helped Rob relax as he’s not big on having his photo taken.

On the day itself, everything was done with military precision after we agreed an itinerary days before. They both made us feel at ease for the entire day knowing we were constantly having photos taken without even realising they were there.

Even months after the day, Fyzal stays in contact and helps to decide the final images for our album.

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Our cake was a chocolate croque-em-bouche produced by our friend, Kristian Branch, head pastry chef at the hotel.

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We had Jessica Avison, a local acoustic singer/guitarist play during our reception and then The Paul James Band – known for years through Jesmond Dene house performances, started the evening entertainment. We hired a DJ through One Voice Productions for our “after party” and a Snaparazzi photo booth for use as guest book.  Ross, Snaparazzi’s director is a friend via the hotel.

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We’re biased but we’d definitely recommend Jesmond Dene House, even if we weren’t!  Every member of staff gets involved and consumed in every event that they work at. The hotel as a whole puts 100% into each event to put the hotel on the map in the region and to make a name for itself.

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My favourite moment of the day was our first dance, choreographed with help of Caroline of Bela Dance School. I wanted a proper first dance, no swaying as most couples do.  We had over 20 lessons to perfect the Viennese Waltz to Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years”.

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We pre-wedding honeymooned in January to Australia due to work commitments after the wedding. We flew via Hong kong where we spent a few hours walking the streets then onto Melbourne.  After a few nights in Melbourne we drove the Great Ocean Road and on to Adelaide via the Grampians (narrowly missing the bush fires) to fly across to Sydney, going into the blue mountains as well as the obligatory Harbour Bridge climb!  We then flew to Noosa to spend 10 days with best man and bridesmaid who lived there. Surfing, chilling out and getting stung across the face by a jellyfish! Ouch!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to spend money on the photographer, namely Fyzal, as most of the day is a blur. Only one person can capture it all for you to remember forever, so choose wisely!

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softly stunning. Vera Wang for a romantic wedding at Eshott Hall – natalie & warren

November 24th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Turns out that our talented Brides Up North Sponsors make the very prettiest of brides.  Today’s absolutely beautiful wedding at Eshott Hall, starring our own Natalie Power, is a lovely lesson in romantic pastels and pretty detailing.  I’ve saved this to share with you for a special start to the week, Pinterest fingers at the ready…

With images by Helen Russell Photography.

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natalie says: We got engaged in November 2008, it was my birthday and Warren had surprised me with a trip to Barcelona. If that wasn’t surprise enough, he proposed, I could not believe it, it was so unexpected but perfect!

We were married on Saturday 31st May 2014, at Eshott Hall, Northumberland.

After looking at other possible venues we were becoming a little disheartened but then we arrived at Eshott Hall and as soon as we drove up the tree lined gravel driveway and past the manicured lawns we both knew this would be the venue. We wanted to have exclusive use of the venue for the weekend, stunning scenery and not be constrained by minimum numbers: Eshott Hall ticked all those boxes.

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We didn’t have a ‘theme’ as such, we just felt everything fell into place; it was little mix of modern classic with a country edge. We chose a soft colour scheme of creams, pinks and peaches. We wanted to keep things pretty neutral and unstructured.

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I wore a fitted Vera Wang wedding dress, which is completely the opposite of what I thought I wanted when I started looking. I had been pinning like crazy on the best wedding tool ever and had my heart set on a Jenny Packham dress. After trying it on I was very disappointed, it just didn’t feel like it was my ‘wedding’ dress so I was back to square one. It wasn’t until my Mum suggested I try on something completely different that I came across the dress, I tried it on once and fell in love. To complete the look I wore Jimmy Choo Crown heels in Nude, a gift from my husband

Make-up was provided by Jo Leversuch of Make-up by Jo, she did a super job and was even able to fit in an extra person on the day – nothing was too much for her, I would definitely recommend Jo. She was able to create a look for each of the bridesmaid that was unique to them, not a carbon copy of one another.

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Warren wore a navy double-breasted jacket from Hugo Boss with a crisp white shirt from The Kooples. His cream trousers were also from Hugo Boss and completed his look with a set of braces from Bromleys. His shoes were brown double monk straps from Magnanni.

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My bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses, style no. 2909 in Cameo to compliment the soft neutral colouring.

The groomsmen wore their own suits in navy to tie in with the Groom’s suit jacket; they all wore matching pink bowties and pocket squares from Etsy.

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My bouquet was a selection of garden roses, spray roses, hydrangeas, soft grey foliage and brunia berries – all very loose and effortless. All of the flowers throughout the day were in the same style as my bouquet, provided by Helen of Bels Flowers. She is fabulous and I would highly recommend her.

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Helen Russell was our photographer, we would definitely recommend Helen, she is so lovely and captured the atmosphere of the day perfectly.

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As well as creating my own wedding invitations (my daytime job – see Natalie Power’s website) I also made the signage, table numbers and seating plan. Of course, my husband was on hand with his trusty saw and drill.

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The food and drink was provided by Eshott Hall, it was beautifully presented and tasted just as good, everyone commented on how tasty it was.

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We had a selection of cakes, a dessert table provided by the amazingly talented Bernadette of Dreamworld Cakes. The wedding cake itself was chocolate baileys flavour, victoria sponge cupcakes, mini cakes were chocolate orange flavour, macaroons in both rose and pistachio flavours, cake pops and artisan meringues.

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During the ceremony, canapés and wedding breakfast the wonderful Aurora Strings entertained us; they played a selection of classical and pop music, which was perfect.

Our evening entertainment was provided by an amazingly talented band, The Noise, that I found through Warble Entertainment. They did an amazing job and were very enthusiastic, I highly recommend them.

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We would highly recommend Eshott Hall. The venue itself is perfect if you are looking for somewhere you can use exclusively, it has beautifully manicured grounds to compliment your photography and décor that will not dictate your colour scheme.

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For our honeymoon we decided on a US adventure taking in as many locations as we could. Our first stop was San Diego, from there we moved onto Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Morro Bay, Carmel, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Lakes, Death Valley before our last stop in Las Vegas. There were so many highlights from the trip from whale watching in Morro Bay, the tour in San Francisco, a Grand Canyon helicopter flight and watching Cirque Du Soleil ‘O’, it was all amazing! We loved the fact that we got to explore so many different places along with amazing weather and ever changing scenery.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be when things get on top of you or don’t go to plan remember the reason you’re doing this. To marry the love of your life, that’s what’s important, everything else will fall into place.

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Sunbleached. A Pronovias Gown For A Real Wedding At Newton Hall, Northumberland – Heather & Tom

October 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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If you’ve woken up this morning to the certainty that Autumn/ Winter 2013 is most certainly here and commuted to the office under a veil of grey drizzle, don’t despair.  Firstly, there’s always the prospect of new boots and a new coat to cheer you up and secondly, today’s Real Wedding is certain to warm your cockles and lift your spirits.  With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Helen Russell Photography, Heather and Tom’s celebration is just beautiful

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Heather says:  Tom was very nervous about the whole proposal situation and couldn’t stand the the thought of having to do it in front of lots of people. We had been together for just under 3 years and we had recently bought our first home together. We were going out to a family meal at Tom’s parents house, as I came down the stairs I thought Tom was tying his shoe lace until I saw him holding the ring box. We both cried a lot and it was absolutely perfect.

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We were married on 26th August 2013 – bank holiday weekend – at the amazing Newton Hall.  We met in Spain when we were 18 and 19. I moved down to the Midlands when I was 21 to start a degree as well as to be with Tom. We both knew that the North East would be the perfect place to get married and a great place for all our relatives to be together for our day. I especially wanted to get married in my beloved North East. We looked at lots of venues but were always left feeling disappointed about one or more aspects of the venue. Newton Hall had the perfect combination of location, decor, gorgeous bedrooms, and a quirky and homely feel that we both loved.

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I had several ideas (Tom gave me free run) of different looks that I liked and all of them had a very different feel. As the wedding got closer I found myself looking at a lot of rustic country weddings on blogs, I decided to create my own version of this. The dress I choose was lace so I wanted to incorporate that with a rustic element softened and made pretty by lots of flowers.

The wedding colour scheme was grey with a hint of mauve, pale pinks, whites and pale purples.

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I bought my dress from a fabulous boutique called Silk based in Litchfield. I looked at lots of dresses and ended up going for a dress that was different to my initial ideas of what I wanted. The dress was a lace and tulle style by Pronovias. It was so beautiful and photographed really well.  Eliza Vale made my bespoke headpiece.

My bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses in luxe chiffon, they were in the colour stormy all from the fabulous Mia Sposa in Newcastle. They all picked the style of dress they preferred. I really wanted them to feel comfortable in their dress and not to feel like they had been made to where something that someone else liked. They all looked beautiful.

Lisa Jones did all the hair and make up, she is so talented and so speedy on the day.

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All my suppliers were so good and I think they sometimes knew what vision was in my head better than I did.I used to work with Helen Russell Photography a long time before she was doing photography full-time, I came across her on the Brides Up North blog and contacted her straight away.

One Digital Image were our videographers, they were so professional and were like an extra pair of hands on the day.

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Peaches and Queen made all my wonderful stationary and Mandy was my personal wedding counsellor.

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The ceremony was beautiful. It was outside on the terrace, the sun was shining and it felt almost dreamlike, even a few white butterflies turned up and flew around me and Tom as we said our vows.

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I carried a mixture of sweet peas, stocks, hydrangeas  with a couple of David Austin roses by Bels Flowers, they were beautiful. The Finishing Touch Company and Bels Flowers styled the venue to perfection.

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We chose a three tier cake consisting of cookies and cream, lemon drizzle and chocolate fudge cake. The design was left up to The Designer Cake Company so we could have a little surprise on the day.

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We had a piano player for the ceremony and the drinks reception, I would highly recommend him his name is Jack Hamilton based in Morpeth. In the evening we had a fun D.J called Simon Robertson from One Voice Productions Ltd, he played a great selection of music.

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We had fish, chips and mushy peas to fit in with the sea-side theme, it went down so well with every one, no food was left on anyone’s plate.

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I was stressing about the honeymoon spending a lot of time on the internet trying to find the perfect destination. I got so confused by the choice I asked Tom to make the difficult decision. He picked San Francisco and Las Vegas, it was the trip of a lifetime with lots of treasured memories.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to start to delegate jobs in the last few weeks otherwise it will all get on top of you.  My final tip is to try on your knickers before the big day (mine didn’t fit)!

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Congratulations Heather & Tom!

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Merry Vintage! A Real Wedding In Northumberland – Natalie & David

February 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’m recovering this morning after an absolutely fabulous first Brides Up North event of the season at the gorgeous Allerton Castle yesterday.  Thank you so much to all our wonderful suppliers for making the day so, so special (you really are Yorkshire’s finest) and to all you beautiful brides to be who came along en gorgeous masse to soak up the inspiration, see the stunning venue and say hello! 

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In fact, there’s a lorra lorra love in the air this week post Valentine’s day (hello new readers, and welcome! I’ll drop the Cilla Black, I promise!), and as usual the wedding blog is just bursting with it (love, not Cilla impressions).  Today we join Brides Up North reader Natalie and her new husband David at the lovely Alnwick Garden in Northumberland, for a pretty vintage influenced Christmas wedding that brought the outdoors in.  And would you check out that DIY cake?!  Impressive stuff. 

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Natalie says:  We got engaged on the 18th December 2008 in New York. After going for a helicopter ride we decided to go ice skating by the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. With Christmas music playing, we stood by the tree, he began telling me how he will always love me, and he got down on one knee.

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We were married on 8th December 2012 on our six year anniversary at Alnwick Garden.  From being a little girl I had always wanted to marry in a secret garden – somewhere full of magic and true beauty. Alnwick Garden is the magical venue I’d always dreamt of: flowers growing, twinkled lights, a treehouse, a castle, a place where the beauty of outside was visible from within.  We chose a vintage theme with just a hint of Christmas, with a colour scheme of minks, pinks, ivories and browns.  

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I had two dresses for my wedding. My day time dress was purchased from The Wedding Wardrobe in Chester-le-Street and it was a sweetheart neckline, lace, fish tail, Farage dress. My second dress was a bespoke vintage tea length, v neck, lace wedding dress.

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I carried a mixture of vintage toned roses, white poppies, frosty foliage and pinecones by Bels Flowers.

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My bridesmaid dresses were from M&S and the flower girls wore dresses from Monsoon.

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I travelled to the venue in a 1940’s Wolseley police car – vintage and yet unique.  The car was supplied by Brooklands Wedding Cars

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From the whole day my favourite part was arriving at the venue, I walked down the aisle with my dad, and David had his back to me. The moment when he turned around to see me with tears in his eyes, it truly was the best moment in my entire life. To know that even though we were in a room full of people, it felt like no one else was there, we were in our own, confessing our love for one another.

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Since we got engaged by a Christmas tree in New York it seemed only appropriate that we would marry by the huge tree in the Gardens. On our engagement holiday in New York we purchased a beautiful red bauble which opened up on a clasp. I decided to line the bauble inside, place our rings inside and hang it from the tree on our wedding day.  As we reached out together to get our rings, I felt it signified that we would go on in our journey in life together, full of joy, and many many surprises.

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I choose a vintage style cake to go along with our theme. It was made up of vintage coloured roses, ivory ribbons and lace.  I made the cake myself.

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I chose piano to be played during the drinks reception, a jazz trio for the wedding breakfast and a DJ for the evening reception.

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We’re going on our honeymoon in June. We’re going to Canada for five nights, then flying to San Francisco for two nights, driving to Monetary Bay and staying for three nights, then back to our engagement destination in New York. It should be a real adventure.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take a moment to take in all the special moments from the day. For example, the way you looked at one another, the words of wisdom from your friends, the hugs and kisses you had the night before because you knew you wouldn’t see each other until the next day. All in all it’s the special moments in life and your love for one another that really counts.

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Congratulations Natalie & David!

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Bloomin’ Gorgeous! A Real Wedding In The North East – Kelly & Anthony

May 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today’s beautiful Real Wedding, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Helen Russell Photography and real bride Kelly is one of my favourite yet – the beautiful blooms, the cute bridesmaids with their flower garlands and ballet slippers and the bride’s beaming smile – but not least because it took place at one of my very favourite North East venues: the cool and quirky As You Like It in Jesmond.

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As You Like it was also the venue for the latest (and super fun!) Brides Up North Tweet Up networking event for the wedding industry, and you can see all those images here, but for today, it’s the setting for Kelly and Anthony’s really very special big day. 

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Kelly says: We got engaged after 10 years together on April Fools Day 2011, and it was after noon so it wasn’t an April Fools! We were married on 5th April 2012 at As You Like It, Jesmond. 

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We wanted somewhere informal, beautiful, with great food and service and as soon as we visited As You Like It we knew it was the place for us. It really exceeded our expectations

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We chose a vintage style country garden-ish theme! I didn’t want it to be too matchy matchy, I wanted mixed florals and a modern vintage style. 

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I got my dress from the last bridal shop I visited after I was nearly giving up all hope, I found it in Confetti in the Metro Centre. I loved it because of the lace overlay and the scalloped edge train.  .

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I was in love with my bouquet, we used Helen from Bels Flowers and we were just on the same wavelength, she totally got what was in my head and I was so happy with my bouquet, a massive bunch of peony roses with loads of other flowers mixed in. I’ve never seen a more amazing bouquet (but I admit I am biased!)

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My bridesmaids’ dresses were from Monsoon and they looked so perfect on the day, finished off by the beautiful fresh flower head garlands. I had two baby girls attend the wedding and got them the same dress so they were also part of the day.

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I loved saying our vows, when we picked them at home we didn’t say them out loud and then when we were there during the service saying out load in front of our family and friends they felt so special. There is nothing like that feeling of marrying your best friend and we were just overwhelmed with everyone making it such a good day with a happy joyful atmosphere, they are the things you can’t plan.

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I used Simply Bows and Chair Covers for the beautiful ivory chair bows and I got some lovely items from e-bay like Romeo and Juliet thank you gifts and an engraved pocket watch for our hard working best man. I visited second hand shops to get some beautiful crockery for Helen to fill with flowers to decorate the tables.

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My cake was a wedding present from my beautiful friend Andrea, it was stunning and tasted delicious, it had two fruit layers and a lemon layer and was finished off with a beautiful fresh flower posy from Helen.

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We used the As You Like It DJ Paul and I asked him to play a mix of soul, sixties, indie and Britpop. It was a huge success with the dance floor filled all night after our first dance, At Last by Etta James (because we love that song and it only took us 11 years to tie the knot).

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Honeymoon wise, we’ve got Bali to look forward to in July, which feels like forever away! We cant wait to escape and have some special time just the two of us in a magical place.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be not to underestimate how important good photography is, we were most nervous about this as we don’t enjoy having our photo taken, but Helen put us at ease and had fun with us and when we saw the photos we were both taken back to the special parts of your day that you can forget about as it really does go as fast as people say it does. Now we have those moments to treasure forever.

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Congratulations Kelly & Anthony!

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Take A Peep: Behind The Scenes At A Vintage Wedding Inspiration Shoot

March 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This morning on the wedding blog we met my first set of Northern Revolutionaries – the Vintage Victors (as I have christened them), led by Vicky Trainor (she of all things vintagely beautiful) and on location at Rigwood Manor, Saltburn on Sea.  Click here to meet them and see some images from their beautiful retro wedding inspiration shoot. 

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If you do one thing today, watch these video clips.  A very cool way to see a whole day’s shoot in a matter of minutes and also a prudent reminder to never (or always?) work with children.  Sometimes not as angelic as they seem…

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And from such mayhem, such beauty.  See this morning’s images here, and some of the gorgeous styling details I’ve not already featured below… vintage brides, be inspired!

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The collective have a little message to pass on: We hope you enjoyed our floral filled photo shoot of ‘Rigwood Manor’. Many of the creative suppliers who worked on this project will be exhibiting at The Wedding Institute at The Saltburn Village Hall on the 29th April 2012, it would be lovely to see you there, it is a ticket only event.  Click here to buy tickets. 

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Behind the scenes images – Photography By Katie

Videos – Debbie Stogden Photography

Styled images – Becky Mitchell
Styling & Stationery – Vicky Trainor

Venue – Be All You Can at Rigwood Manor
Brides Dress – Truly Beautiful
Adult Bridesmaids – Poppy
Make-up – Make-up By Jo
Hair Styling – Adrian Wray of Chocolate

Flowers – Bels Flowers
Cakes – Just Darling Cake
Furniture – Peeling Paint

Silverware – Tea With Ruby

Chair Bows – What Katy Did Next
Glassware – Northern Lights Interiors
Little Bridesmaids– Lillian’s House
Little Bridesmaids tutus – Bo & Bo
Little Bridesmaids hair pieces – Designed By Zoe
Vintage Props & Dresses – Margaret Garbut
Jewellery – Rose & Aster
Hair Accessories – DC Bouquets

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Meet The Northern Revolutionaries! The Vintage Victors! A Vintage Styled Bridal Inspiration Shoot

March 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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You may have heard me shouting it from the rooftops once or twice and I’ll say it again {with feeling!}: Brides to be! Oi! Yes you! Join the Northern Revolution!

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If you are new to the wedding blog, you might have stumbled across these swirly silver pages after becoming more than a little bit disheartened that everything “wedding” seemed to be going on down South.  Magazines, wedding blogs, directories, TV.  They all seem a bit Southern focused, non?  Nothing wrong with that I guess - and still so gorgeous – except it does get a little weary for those of us Up North doesn’t it?

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As a bride to be that’s what I thought too.  And I thought that it was time something was done about it

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As I’ve explained in various press interviews, like this one and that one, when it came to wedding planning, I was in no way properly informed about all the fantastic bridal talent in the North of the country, and fully anticipated lots of costly trips to London to source my suppliers. In my efforts to save on train fares, I ended up doing a lot of research into the local wedding industry and uncovered a thriving hub of talented suppliers that just weren’t buzzing loudly enough about their businesses.

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Step forth, Brides Up North and our very own little Northern Revolution!  Join us!

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I’ve already featured an inspiration shoot from today’s collective of suppliers – remember this?  You loved it!  Today I am featuring another part of the same shoot some images from which have <<<shock horror>>> already appeared on another wedding blog over at Annabel’s Love My Dress, but the reason I’m doing this (repeating similar content is not something I like to do very often – if ever – let me tell you) is that, well, this wonderful group of Northern suppliers asked me so very nicely. 

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I also wanted to give a different slant to featuring a styled bridal shoot by finding out a bit more than the norm about each talented individual who has worked so hard to put it all together as well as showcasing the gorgeous results.  I feel a bit of a wedding blog series coming on here, so why don’t I stop crusading for a moment and introduce you to a group that I’ll call my first set of Northern Revolutionaries, lead by the oh so fabulous Vicky Trainor (whose styling and stationery is to die for – did you see her in action at the Brides Up North Super Showcase?!).  I’ve nicknamed them “The Vintage Victors” and here they share their own past, present and future and their pretty vintage “Rigwood Manor” styled shoot. 

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As I explained, this is a slightly different format to your usual wedding inspiration shoot, so this morning, we meet them and see a few sneak peeks – and this afternoon… we venture behind the scenes!

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Paper girl, actress, bar-maid, student, textiles designer, owner of greetings card company, lecturer, aka Mrs Hunter, house owner, mother of two gorgeous girls Ava & Mia, floral inspired stationer.

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Designer & maker of printed card and linen stationery, creator of The Vintage Drawer, professional potterer, stylist, freelance greetings card designer, one of the founders behind The Wedding Institute, lover of all things hand made.

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…to continue to approach designing stationery with a creative twist. To develop my range of hand made products for receptions. Enjoy varied styling adventures. To further work with Becky Mitchell on new and exciting styled photo shoots and continue to make The Wedding Institute an exciting and creative wedding fair experience.

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I’ve always loved looking at pictures and people fascinate me so photography seemed a natural course to take. When I started taking photographs I was shooting on an old Hasselblad and developing the film and printing work in a darkroom. My background in traditional, documentary photography has given me a deep appreciation for the medium.

My first child, Charlie was born in the final year of my degree and accompanied me along with my long-suffering husband on those early projects. Then Lilla, my little girl, was born two years later and I took a year out to enjoy my children. During this time the little ones were my main subject and the perfect models and I started making pictures (this time with a second-hand digital camera) documenting their earliest years.

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It’s lovely to know those early pictures of my own children formed my first portfolio of child portraiture and from there I started my own business. This quickly blossomed and developed and took on a new direction when I had the opportunity to photograph my first wedding.

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Things have gone in leaps and bounds. My husband (and a pretty amazing photographer too) and I opened Profile Gallery & Sitting Room – a dedicated photography gallery and a vintage inspired teashop – my pride and joy. I have been able to indulge in my love of all things old and beautiful and organize ‘For The Love Of’ vintage fairs in my Victorian hometown of Saltburn-by-the-Sea.

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I’m really looking forward to working with my amazing brides and grooms. I’m always thrilled when couples choose me as their photographer it makes my day!

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I’m Jo Leversuch, the owner of Make Up by Jo. I am a professional freelance make-up artist who specialises in bridal make-up at home or abroad. My services include bridal make-up and private one to one make-up lessons.

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I’m a busy bee at the moment with wedding season which is now popular all year round. My exciting news for this year is that I am a feature writer for The Bridal Magazine which I am really enjoying, my current article is what make-up to wear if you are getting married abroad.

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I’d like to continue with my bridal feature writing and planning to set up make-up lessons courses for anyone who wishes to know basic hints and tips about make-up.

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Adrian Wray

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Hello, ok, well, I was in the Coldstream Guards for six years when I left school and on leaving the army worked in France as an adventure training instructor. I then did a lot of youth work with disengaged teenagers and worked for Connexions (I have a Royal Humane Award for bravery!). I decided to start hairdressing as I wanted a total change in jobs, starting with an apprenticeship with Hooker & Young before going Freelance, but after a few years took time away to focus and enjoy being a Dad!

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I’m working as a Freelance Hair Stylist with clients and also enjoying being involved with various photo shoots, mainly in the wedding industry. I work with clients creating and developing interesting vintage styles influenced by varied eras.

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…So my future is simple: to be the best I can be. I’m grateful for the people that help me on the way and give back as much as I receive and I always remember that I’ve never done it all by myself.  The clusters of people around me are a continuous inspiration.

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Claire Weir

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I am Claire Weir (nee Darling, hence the name of the business), a largely self-taught Cake Designer based in Huddersfield. The Just Darling Cake business started off as a home based business in 2008 and moved into The Just Darling Cake Studio in November 2010, a huge leap but one that is definitely paying off.

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The business is growing fast with twice as many weddings already booked for this year than in 2011. They vary enormously from uber sophisticated glamour with silver, diamante, crystals and deep red roses to the most relaxed but lavish strawberries and cream tea party, which includes a three tier cake and a spread of scrummy scones, cupcakes, cookies and trifles. This wedding season is going to be so much fun!

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The way in which the business is growing means that I will soon be looking to take on staff and I would love to train an apprentice from scratch and eventually have a whole team of highly skilled cake designers to work with, although we may need a bigger studio!

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The Wimslow Collection (Designed By Zoë)

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Well it all started by accident really. I think it was in the summer of 2009 when I went to Glastonbury festival where they were selling really simple floral hair garlands. That’s where the story starts. I fell deeply, truly, madly in love with mine and returned mud splattered back to North Yorkshire vowing never to take it off. However, it broke and so the creative in me decided to make a new one, and it really worked. From there I set out with one small, but beautifully formed, wicker basket and a few headbands and sold them on the little market in Whitby during the summer. My little wicker basket turned into one table and then two tables and then travelled all around the country selling more and more elaborate pieces.

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The wicker basket has continued to grow and develop and really rather excitingly it is starting to get noticed. The basket, or rather floral hair adornments have had their debut appearance in Wedding Magazine, and have looked utterly fabulous at various real weddings. Currently I am focusing my attention more and more on the beautiful brides here, there and hopefully everywhere. There is nothing more fabulous than seeing the smile on  brides to be faces when their pieces, my creations, are ready to be taken home.

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Well Designed By Zoë has some extremely exciting news… we are rebranding and travelling to The Wimslow Collection. Fingers crossed, The Wimslow Collection will allow for me to continue producing fabulous pieces whilst maintaining the same ethos but will carry us forwards too. That ethos being to make gorgeous pieces that make people feel fabulous, resulting in making people smile and feel on top of the world. Over the next few weeks and months we will be travelling around and would love to meet you. Pop over to www.wimslow.com to find out where we will be. Also please watch out for our appearances in Brides Magazine, Wedding Magazine and Wedding Flowers over the next few months, and remember that it all started out from one little wicker basket!

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Poppy Children

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I was brought up in the North East in Yarm.  We lived on a farm on the outskirts of town and we had loads of freedom as kids. Life was always centred around my parents’ two businesses, Strickland and Holt, a small independent department store in the middle of town and Poppy. My parents started Poppy in 1980, they were not sure if Strickland and Holt would pull through as it was in a bad way back then. So Poppy was born: they started with decor, bedding and even sold to Harrods.

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Then the clothing came and from my experience it seemed a bit like Marmite, people loved it or hated it. The company did really well until the year 1998 where prints went out of fashion and British manufacture seemed to disappear. The company was mothballed in 2000.

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I was wanting to carve my own future and desperate to do my own thing, so I went to Manchester Metropolitan to study three dimensional design consisting of product design, ceramics,glass,metal work and much more. When I left I moved to London and started working as an assistant photographer, this was really my passion at the time. It took me a while to realise it was all about numbers and technical stuff, and that basically I wasn’t very good at any of it.

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I started working for Cath Kidston. I would be given a time table each week and I got to travel to each and every different shop around London. I soon started thinking of a business model for Poppy, based on a more lifestyle shop rather than giving people a specific product.  I learnt a lot from there and I then moved home to start Poppy.  They gave me a space to open a Poppy shop in the back of Strickland and Holt, where a lot of the garments had originally been made.

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I decided if I drew all my own prints i could convey the old fashioned look that I wanted to. I was inspired by 1950′s children’s books, the colours and the illustrations. This is where it all started. It was important to me that a dress would be cared for and not just a cheap item to be disposed of. I wanted it to have more importance to the children. So Poppy and her dog Fred were born, this way there is always a story to be told.

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Well, I think the most exciting thing is the adults clothing, I always made a dress for me to wear at the shows I did.  People kept saying they would wear one, I didn’t believe them but in the end we thought lets try it and see, that was last autumn winter and here we are making more and more, it seems they are just like nothing else.

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Well the plan was always to grow Poppy more as a life style brand, and I would like to grow the bedding, accessories and also the women’s collection. I think that in terms of the wedding world, we can stir it up a bit too, our dresses have been doing well as bridesmaids dresses and offer something really unique, also it does not matter if your tiny or grown up, we have a dress to fit.

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I specialised in silk screen printing at university and after graduating in 2010 with a degree in Surface Pattern Design, I started to build my own little studio, hidden away in an attic space, where I started to print again and figure out the direction in which I wanted to move.

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‘Lillian’s House’ is my exciting new adventure into the business world. Beautiful hand printed paper and fabric makes ‘Lillian’s House’ the perfect place to find something unique and delicious to adorn your home or even have in place at your wedding!

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t-shirts and sashes for tiny bridesmaids shows the ‘Lillian’s House’ look perfectly; wonderful colour, attention to detail and a light hearted and quirky twist. Tiny details like the inclusion of the bride and groom initials in my products give a personal feel and create a keepsake for all those involved in your wedding day.

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With all sorts of new collections being formed and exciting ideas coming into fruition, the next few months will be a busy time for ‘Lillian’s House’. April will be our official launch, with all information and sneaky peeks until then to be posted on my blog, keep reading!

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I am Jane Day, mother, wife and lover of china in any way shape or form which is why I am the proprietor of Tea with Ruby. I previously worked in the IT industry but you don’t want to know about that, I left it behind to be a Mum, home maker and avid china collector. You’ve probably guessed by now that I have a china hire business (due to my collection ever growing), hiring out all my bits and bobs to events to add that little bit of a vintage twist. Can you imagine sipping champagne on your big day from a vintage teacup? How delicious!

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Right now for Tea with Ruby, exciting isn’t the word. My current big adventure is being part of The Wedding Institute, a wedding event spectacular that will knock your socks off. It will be a most memorable experience for brides wanting something out of the ordinary.

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The world is my oyster and the Tea with Ruby journey has only just begun. China hire world domination here I come, well you may as well dream big!

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I have always been a magpie and lover of all things pretty and sparkly. I remember even at school I was often sent to the headmaster for accessorising my uniform just a little too much! I harboured my passion until a year ago when the opportunity arose for me to turn this passion into a business. I hand picked a collection of well made, beautiful pieces from predominantly British designers and presented it to the world hoping it would be loved… thankfully it was and Rose & Aster was born. (Rose & Aster deriving from both mine and my daughter’s birth flowers)

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One year in and things are starting to happen for Rose & Aster. Our website is slowly becoming recognised as an exquisite place to visit for timeless, on trend, affordable, ready to wear jewellery & accessory collections for both the bride, her bridesmaids and her wedding party. My log cabin showroom is always a warm and friendly place to visit should you require a personal shopping opportunity plus there are many open days planned throughout 2012.

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2012 is going to be an exciting year for Rose & Aster with a fabulous new highly visual website and new blog due to be launched in the Spring. The blog will concentrate on how to translate current jewellery trends for your wedding day, Jewellery icons both past and present plus general indulgence in all things beautiful and sparkly!

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We are currently investing in what will be our best bridal jewellery collection so far plus some fabulous stand out pieces for your honeymoon. Watch out also for our expanding collection of luxurious tablet op accessories and venue decor.

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After years working in IT, redundancy gave me an opportunity to change direction. I did a

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I am currently working as a wedding and portrait photographer and I was thrilled to be given

the chance to video the Rigwood Manor shoot, if a bit nervous of swapping stills for video. I

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Photographing weddings, which I love, but I would not rule anything out; so many unusual

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Peeling Paint by Wendy Walker

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My fascination for re-loving furniture began as a hobby five years ago. Initially practising on friends pieces, the response was wonderful, the word spread, commissions followed and Peeling Paint was born.

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50% of our work is still commission driven alongside international web based sales. September 2011 saw the opening of our first showroom in North Yorkshire.

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2012 will include the extension of our showroom space, sourcing new stockists and developing a Vintage hire service aimed at the wedding/functions/film industry. The latter was born out of meeting the amazing group of creatives at The Rigwood Manor shoot. Each person involved in day left me feeling energised and inspired and I look forward to sharing many more thoughts and ideas with them in the future.

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I’m Katie, a Yorkshire lass now at home in the North East. I’ve had a camera pretty much attached to my hand since I was about 5 years old, and after studying a degree in Photography, Video & Digital Imaging, I found myself drawn to the fabulous world of weddings. Since 2009 I’ve had the honour of photographing a stunning variety of weddings around the country. I love my job!

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Things have been going from strength to strength. I’m thrilled that next week Wedding Ideas Magazine (issue 107) will be featuring a beautiful real wedding that I photographed last year. I am also part of Just Perfect Wedding and Events Gallery which is based in Cramlington, I’ve been exhibiting my work there since October, and the feedback I’ve had from clients has been fantastic. It’s a new concept, basically a permanent wedding fair, where couples can browse in a relaxed environment and find everything they need for their wedding, it’s been great being part of such a fantastic team of exhibitors who I regularly network with, and some have become good friends.

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I have some amazing things lined up for this year starting with a photoshoot next week, which I’ve been working on since October. It features a range of fantastic North East wedding suppliers who are getting together to create a beach themed wedding photo shoot, at the UK’s only cave bar, which also hosts wedding receptions. I also have some exciting weddings coming up, from small and intimate with two guests, to country/farm themed, to glamorous stately home celebrations. I can’t wait for what this year has to bring!

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Images – Becky Mitchell
Styling & Stationery – Vicky Trainor

Venue – Be All You Can at Rigwood Manor
Brides Dress – Truly Beautiful
Adult Bridesmaids – Poppy
Make-up – Make-up By Jo
Hair Styling – Adrian Wray of Chocolate

Flowers – Bels Flowers
Cakes – Just Darling Cake
Furniture – Peeling Paint

Silverware – Tea With Ruby

Chair Bows – What Katy Did Next
Glassware – Northern Lights Interiors
Little Bridesmaids– Lillian’s House
Little Bridesmaids tutus – Bo & Bo
Little Bridesmaids hair pieces – Designed By Zoe
Vintage Props & Dresses – Margaret Garbut
Jewellery – Rose & Aster
Hair Accessories – DC Bouquets

Behind the scenes images – Photography By Katie

Videos – Debbie Stogden Photography

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Amaryllis & Lace – A Styled Vintage Wedding Inspiration Shoot

February 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Oh I do like to start a new week in a flurry of pretty! This vintage wedding inspiration shoot was researched and organised by stationer Vicky Trainor and Becky Mitchell Photography. Pens were put to paper last Summer as ideas were jotted, concepts sketched and venue and industry collaborations were formed.  And then, they sent it to me!

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If you are looking for a girly, vintage vibe for your wedding day, these ladies have it absolutely spot on. 

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Flippin’ fabulous!  Be inspired…

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Vicky says: The design of the shoot is loosely based on the idea of taking areas of an artist’s old Victorian drawing room. A styled area of natural objects, organised and displayed to create a still-life, that would look fitting in the corner of any artist’s/designer’s studio. Using beautiful filters of natural light through laced windows, collaged walls, blooms of botanical prints on fabrics, old vintage drawers filled with amaryllis and flowering jasmine, lace wrapped pebbles, buttons made from shell and pretty hand sewn ribbons.

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Laced tablecloths, crochet edged stationery, bowls of lychees and blueberries lay alongside pretty home baked cakes decorated with frosted butter icing and blueberries and lace with an aroma of lemon and apple. The beautiful florals displayed in old stoneware were influenced by Victorian paintings that were playful and more natural in their arrangement, all in scented tones of white and antique creams with the occasional peacock feather.

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We wanted to use a venue that would allow the freedom to be able to use an empty room like a blank canvas, to create sets and styled areas that were in keeping with the Victorian period. So what would be more fitting than using a beautiful old Victorian manor, Rigwood House in Saltburn-by-the-Sea. They kindly allowed us to work in the whole of their ground floor for two days, and what fun we had. This venue sits under the umbrella of the name ‘Be All You Can’ and it is a fabulous spacious venue if you require somewhere to hold a more creative and a more personally styled wedding.

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We used vintage furniture from my own collection mixed with a selection from the company Peeling Paint. Helen Mawson of Bels Flowers arrived with her little van and wonderful bunches of sculptured amaryllis, roses, hyacinths, jasmine and potted pansies and the mix of their beautiful scent filled the room.

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Designer Helen Stevens of Surfacephilia and I began styling the room while Helen of Bels Flowers creatively made arrangements to fit beautifully into spaces using a wonderful collection of vases and small vessels from Northern Lights Interiors.

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A beautiful Japanese tea set was loaned to us by make up artist Jo Leversuch of Make Up By Jo and was filled with green tea and roses. The aroma of apple and lemon and cinnamon from the home baking was delicious and was produced by a new little home spun business called A Slice of Nostalgia. The 1970’s flocked nylon dress hanging on the collaged wall was donated by vintage specialist Margaret Garbut.

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The crochet and lace decorated lavender stationery was from Vicky Trainor’s Cotton & Herb Collection and the embroidered and appliqué signs and decorated lace ribbons were from The Vintage Drawer.

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Not only did Helen Stevens from Surfacephilia work on the styling of the photo shoot but she also agreed to be our ‘muse’ for the day, Helen wore a selection of dresses from Truly Beautiful, who are based in Guisborough as well as a pretty hand made organza decorated ribbon from DC Bouquets’ Mae Collection.

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The wonderful tussle of bohemian curls were created by hair stylist Adrian Wray of Chocolate and the beautiful make up was applied by Jo Leversuch from Make-up By Jo.

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This beautiful collection of imagery was produced by wedding photographer Becky Mitchell who also runs, with her husband Bob Mitchell, The Profile Gallery and Sitting Room Tea Shop in Saltburn-by-the-Sea. A big thank you to Bob who helped enormously over the two days. A selection of photography that focused on the detail from the ‘still-life’ table was taken by photographer Katie Byram, who supported and helped the team on the day of the shoot.

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Wedding Photographer, Debbie Stogden, also produced a series of videos from the day focusing on ‘behind the scenes’ footage which we hope you enjoy!

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Photography – Becky Mitchell Photography, The Profile Gallery and Sitting Room Tea Shop

Photography details of the still-life set – Katie Byram Photography

Styling & Stationery – Vicky Trainor & The Vintage Drawer

Venue – Be All You Can

Behind the Scenes Videos – Debbie Stogden

Styling & Model – Helen Stevens of Surfacephilia

Floral Styling – Bels Flowers

Cakes – A Slice of Nostalgia

Furniture – Peeling Paint

Bride’s Dress – Truly Beautiful

Make-up – Make-up By Jo

Hair Styling – Adrian Wray of Chocolate

Hair Accessories – DC Bouquets

Glassware – Northern Lights Interiors

Vintage Dress – Margaret Garbut

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All suppliers will be exhibiting at The Wedding Institute!  More details soon!

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  – Images © 2012 Becky Mitchell Photography and Katie Byram Photography as tagged, videos by Debbie Stogden

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Darling Buds, A Real Wedding – Sarah & Richard

August 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Have I got a corker of a Real Wedding for you Brides to Be today!  Sent to me by bridal blog Featured Supplier Karen McGowran Photography, this wedding is brimming with ideas.  Today’s beautiful Bride Sarah helpfully explains where she found her own inspirations and the suppliers that she just couldn’t do without.  North East Brides – pens and paper at the ready!

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Over to the new Mrs Jennings: Richard proposed at the Priory in Tynemouth at the end of September 2010. We were there first thing on a Saturday morning, so we had the whole place to ourselves. The proposal was on bended knee, right on the edge of the cliff overlooking the sea, and the sun even made an appearance just as he popped the question – perfect!

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We married on 21st May 2011 at Woodhill Hall in Otterburn, Northumberland.  A lot of family were coming over from Canada, so we were primarily looking for a venue we could hire for the whole weekend. Our families and bridal party were able to come and stay with us there for three nights, which gave us lots of time to have a proper visit with them and to have an extended wedding celebration. We knew Woodhill Hall was the place for us as soon as we walked in – grand enough to feel special, but somehow still managing to feel intimate and comfortable.

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I had an all white bouquet with hydrangeas, tulips, peonies, sweet peas and roses by Bels Flowers

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I wanted a reasonably simple and elegant dress – I’m not a ‘bling’ type of girl, so I wasn’t after anything with too much sparkly fuss. I also didn’t want a strapless gown, which was a hard thing to find! I struggled to find the right dress until I visited YAP Bridal Boutique in Newcastle. After trying a few dresses on with no success, the owner Jo mentioned she was going to start carrying a new designer, and showed me a picture of a dress from their catalogue. She was sure it would look great, so went to the trouble of ordering up a sample from London, in my right size, just so I could try it. Wouldn’t you know, Jo was right – it was the ‘one’!

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My bridesmaids wore Alfred Sung style D476 in Niagara – they looked AMAZING! I ordered them from Bridal Wish, who had the most competitive prices for that style.

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I can’t recommend Karen McGowran Photography, Bels Flowers, The Fine and Funky Events Company, Simone Whitehead (hair) , Paula Pace of Perfection Nail & Beauty (makeup) and Real Life Films enough – they all went above and beyond for us! We also worked with Simply Bows and Chair Covers, Purple Peacock Stationery, Blades Suit Hire, Stuart Collingwood (pianist) to name a few more – all were great.

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We wanted to day to feel quite personal – instead of a traditional guestbook, we had a wedding ‘tree’ where guests inked their thumbs and pressed them onto the print as leaves on the branches and then signed their names next to it. It looked amazing by the end of the night and will be lovely framed. We also had special favours, which were small pieces of traditional Danish wedding cake, which reflected my family’s heritage – this type of cake was served at my mother’s, grandmother’s and great grandmother’s wedding, and we were so lucky to find Birgit Underwood in London who was able to make them for us! I also embroidered our initials and wedding date in blue onto a vintage handkerchief (which was my ‘something blue’ carried in the pocket of my dress) and also designed keepsake escort cards which were then made by Purple Peacock Stationery.

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Our wedding cake was made by a friend of ours – unfortunately it had an ‘accident’ on the way to the venue! It tasted great though!

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We had an AMAZING band, No Time For Jive, agree to come and play for us. They got us and our guests up and embarrassing ourselves on the dance floor in no time!

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How can you pick a favourite part of a day like this!? I loved the band, and I loved the ‘evening buffet’ where we replaced the ‘buffet’ with a crepe station! Executive Catering provided everything we needed and a selection of crepes that were made to order in front of the guests – they were delicious! And good value!

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Most of all, I just loved marrying the man I loved in front of so many people who care about us… it’s amazing.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to find a supplier that you like and trust, and ask them for reliable suppliers that they’ve worked with before – it really is the best way to find great suppliers. Karen tipped us off to a lot of great people.

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WINNER! Bels Flowers Bespoke Bouquet

July 3rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I hope you are all having a lovely Sunday in the glorious sunshine that we lucky Northerners are getting.  It’s been hard to tear myself away from the garden to update my lovely little wedding blog, but needs must, as I have some exciting news for one lucky Brides Up North reader!

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A month ago, I launched a gorgeous competition for one of my readers to win a bespoke bridal bouquet, hand tied by the lovely Helen of Bels Flowers and worth up to £200.

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Well, you better have a gorgeous gown lined up to match*…

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    June 27, 2011 | I’m a big fan of brides up north and have been watching it grow over the past few months. It’s great to be able to go to a northern site for help and ideas. I hope it’s not to late to enter, I don’t ever win anything but thought it’s worth a try if it’s not to late! Thanks for the opportunity!

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Many congratulations you lucky thing (and thank you for the lovely comments! *blush*). Contact me to claim your beautiful blooms.  This might be the bouquet toss off the agenda!

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Have a fabulous summer evening Brides Up North.  Fire up those BBQs!

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*Winner drawn at random

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