Brides Up North

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

May 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Today’s Real Wedding is just lovely.

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

With images by Andy Hudson Photography.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Andy Hudson Photography

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

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Andy Hudson Photography

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

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Andy Hudson Photography

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

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Andy Hudson Photography

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

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Andy Hudson Photography

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

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

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

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

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Andy Hudson Photography

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

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

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

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Congratulations Claire & John!

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: A Jenny Packham Gown For A Chic Real Wedding At The Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art – Emily & Jonny

June 24th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for the second half of what’s set to be the biggest and best year year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty. 

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Usual service will recommence on 1st July 2013,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far in 2013, plenty of eye candy, new features that we won’t be able to wait to share, some special supplier showcases and a couple of surprises too!

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These pages just seem to be getting prettier and prettier…first shared on the wedding blog at the beginning of April, today we join Emily and John for their cool and contemporary Real Wedding on the banks of the River Tyne.  With imagery by Katy Melling Photography

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Emily says:  Jonny asked me to marry him in November 2011 in the New Forest and we were married on 23 June 2012 at The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.  We chose the Baltic as we loved the views of the quayside and the feeling of space the venue offered.

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We wanted a modern yet relaxed look and I hope that’s what we achieved.  We chose accent colours of grey/silver and white -  we wanted to go for colours that would compliment the venue and give us a classic look.

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I wore a Jenny Packham gown which I was lucky enough to snap up at a sample sale in London and a bird cage head piece which I got from Browns Brides. I loved my dress and wish I could find an excuse to wear it again! Jonny wore a Spencer Hart suit.

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The floor length silver bridesmaids dresses were from Monsoon. We had so many groomsmen that we simply asked them all to wear their own grey suits which was a bit risky as we didn’t have the chance to see them beforehand. Luckily they didn’t let us down and all scrubbed up very well! 

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Our flowers were from 5th Avenue Flowers on Queen Street in Newcastle – they did an amazing job.

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We used Louise Lunn Makeup Artist and Katy Melling Photography both of whom we would highly recommend. We  were also very happy with the Malmaison Hotel where the bridal party got ready and where we stayed after the celebrations had finished.

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A friend of the family very kindly put a ribbon on his posh car and drove me and the bridesmaids over the bridge from the Malmaison, where we were staying, to the venue.

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Our favourite part of the day was probably the ceremony – it felt very special to be standing in front of such a lovely view of the Tyne saying our vows in front of all our friends and family. We also loved the evening celebrations – it was a relief to be able to let our hair down once the formalities were all over.

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A friend of my mother in law made the cake which was a delicious chocolate ganache with white chocolate icing. 

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We hired The Paul James Band to provide the music and we were really happy with the results. 

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We honeymooned in Cordoba in Spain.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to do all they can to ensure that the staff at the venue know exactly what they expect in advance so that they can relax on the day. It’s over so quickly and you don’t want to be worrying about the finer details on the day.

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Congratulations Emily & Jonny!

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Fancy seeing your big day on these pages?  Here’s how.  I can’t wait to hear from you.

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Love Is All You Need! A Flirty Frock For A Real Wedding At Liverpool’s Hard Day’s Night Hotel – Angela & Christopher

June 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It seems like the blog’s gone all musical all of a sudden!  Last week I featured a beautiful celebration (click here to catch up if you missed it) inspired by the music of Bob Dylan, and today we join Angela and Christopher in Liverpool for their big day with more than a hint of influence from the City’s fab four.

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With swishy skirts, a quirky and colourful venue and a seriously wow wedding cake this fun filled Real Wedding with images by Karen Julia certainly hits all the right notes.

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Ok.  Enough of the terrible musical puns, let’s take it away… a one, two, three…

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Angela says:  Chris asked me to marry him on Christmas day in 2011.  He wrapped up four gifts – something old (a vintage brooch) something new (a handbag) something borrowed (his favourite book) and something blue (Armani perfume), then got down on one knee with my beautiful ring!

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We tied the knot on 27th April 2013 at The Hard Day’s Night Hotel in Liverpool (the Beatles themed hotel).  We had stayed there on my 30th birthday and loved it, and wanted a quirky venue that our guests would remember. 

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We opted for a colour scheme of midnight blue and ivory as the venue is very colourful.  I chose a tea length Justin Alexander dress  and a birdcage headpiece from Cheshire Brides in Frodsham.  The service at the boutique was excellent and they really went above and beyond. 

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I carried a bouquet of ivory roses, freesias and carnations with diamante sparkle by Dovedale Florist in Mossley Hill, Liverpool. 

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My bridesmaids wore long midnight blue gowns by Ebony Rose and Chris and his groomsmen wore gorgeous dark blue suits from Groom in Warrington. 

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My favourite part of the day was walking into the “Two Of Us” suite for the ceremony and seeing Chris trying desperately not to cry. 

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Michelle Halewood Hair & Beauty did my make up and hair.  She was fabulous and made me feel really glamorous.

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We chose hand made favours in the shape of hearts with our guests’ names and the date of the wedding on them, from Alayna Ellis Ceramics.

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We chose a six tier “All You Need Is Love” wedding cake by Arty Cakes in Ruthin, North Wales.  We had lots of comments about our cake that included lots of details that were all very personal to us. 

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We set up a “diary room” in the evening with www.diaryroom.com for guests to leave us messages. 

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We chose Karen Julia as our photographer, she was amazing and we would recommend her highly. 

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In the evening our band, The Warning Tones, kept the dance floor full all night.  They even learned our first dance, which was “Gravity” by Embrace. 

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We still haven’t been on our honeymoon!  We are going to book something special once all the excitement has calmed down. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to do what you want to do!  Everyone will have their opinions but at the end of the day it’s your wedding!

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Congratulations Angela & Christopher!

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Simple Vintage: A Real Wedding In Scotland – Clare & Joe

March 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Time for another Real Wedding, I reckon!  I have some amazing real life celebrations ready to share with you over the next few days, and the first, this little beauty sent to me by real bride Clare and Chantal Lachance-Gibson Photography won’t disappoint.  Clare and Joe chose clean and modern styling to let their stunning venue and hand picked vintage detailing do the talking.  The result? A modern and pretty wedding with added old time romance. 

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Clare says:  We got engaged in Rome on 12/05/2011. We’d gone on a mini-trip to Dublin, Barcelona and ending in Rome in the space of a week. By the time we’d got to Rome we were both exhausted (and I’d given up hope of a proposal ‘cause I didn’t think he’d be able to keep it a secret through two cities already!).

We’d gone for dinner and then walked to the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore which was all lit up with a fountain out front so it was all very romantic when he went down on one knee.

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We originally planned to get married on the 07/04/13 but we brought it forward to 08/07/12 because we (well, I!) were getting bored of waiting for it to come along and worried about elderly relatives being able to make it. It worked out perfectly!

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Our reception was at Glenskirlie Castle.  It was the first venue we saw! Glenskirlie have both a “House” and a “Castle” venue and as soon as I seen the castle I knew that’s where I wanted to get married. We did go see other venues but nothing even close to matched up to Glenskirlie. It ticked all the boxes – separate rooms for ceremony & reception, lovely gardens and plenty of quiet corners and rooms for guests to sneak away to when it all got too much and or they wanted to chat.

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We didn’t have a theme.  Some elements swayed to almost vintage or “shabby chic” but there was no set theme, just what we liked. The décor of Glenskirlie really set off the vintage look though.  Our main colours were dusky pink and sage green which went gorgeously together. 

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I originally bought a dress from a lovely boutique in Glasgow but by in March, when the dress arrived – I didn’t like it!  A lot of soul searching and fast alterations later I had the most perfect dress from Laura Reece Bridal. I would highly recommend both Laura’s boutique and her seamstress Andrina Greig who did wonders.  I wore my late grandmother’s pearls and a gorgeous birdcage veil from www.lilybella.co.uk. 

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My bridesmaid – one of my best friends from school – picked her own dress from www.very.co.uk! I wanted something that she’d be able to wear again and that she loved.

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Joe bought a kilt from Macgregor and Macduff in Glasgow in the tartan of the county in Ireland his family originates from, Donegal. His groomsmen (best man, two ushers and father of the groom and step-father of the bride) all wore a dark grey/black tartan.

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Originally I was happy to take a taxi – but that idea was rubbished by just about everyone! We hired a car from Soverign Select who were absolutely excellent. My granda was unable to make the wedding at the very last minute and they were kind enough to pick me up, drive me to his house and wait for me to have a few moments and photographs with him – which was really special.  The driver looked very dapper in his hat too!

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I had originally bought two bouquets of silk cala lilies but about a week before the wedding my mum and I decided that real flowers would be nicer so she very generously bought me a lovely bouquet of cala lilies from a local florist which – as it turns out – was probably one of the best decisions we’d made, they were gorgeous.

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For the ceremony we had a harpist (Joanna Chaing) who was great. Originally I’d asked for a string quartet but Joe talked me down! For the reception we chose a 4 piece band – Moondance – who were great. The dance floor was full all night!

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Smooch Rings made both of our rings to order – for less or around the same as it’d cost on the high street, and offer free cleaning/replating for life.

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We decided to do a lot of the decorations ourselves –  Melody Maison was a godsend for centrepieces and “bits” (although I now want to decorate my whole house from there!).  For chair covers we used a small company that we found on Gumtree who cut our costs enormously.

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Our cake was made by a friend of mine – looked great and tasted delicious as well!

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The whole day is a bit of a blur to me really! I loved getting everyone together for photos and by the looks of things I spent the whole day laughing or grinning, so I must have loved it all!  The speeches – although they made me both cringe and cry at separate parts, were lovely. I think the importance of them sometimes gets missed but I’d never do without them.

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After the wedding we spent four days in New York and ten in Playa Del Carmen in Mexico. New York was exhausting but Mexico was the most relaxed I’ve ever been – never wanted to come home!

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My top tip for Brides Up North would be – if you really want something, get it. Buying a second dress was obviously a huge inconvenience (and cost!) but I love my wedding photos and I can’t imagine feeling the same if I’d wore that other dress.  Pick your suppliers carefully – your photographer is one of the most important parts – not of the day itself – but of your memories forever! We were lucky enough to meet Chantal who I have since recommended to everyone who’s even considered a photographer!

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Congratulations Clare & Joe!

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire With Blue Shoes, Ice Cream, Parasols & A Bouncy Castle – Christina & Craig

December 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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This fan-bloomin- tabulous Real Wedding was sent to me by Featured Supplier and friend Lynne of Stems Design, who worked her little cotton socks off to create the most stunning floral displays for her friend Christina’s big day. 

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Now I don’t know if its the tiny page’s hats, the parasols or the huge feeling of glee I get from these images, but I feel like kicking up my heels and dancing across the rooftops a bit, Mary Poppins style! 

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Let’s hear from today’s stunning bride, Christina:  We got engaged on a Med cruise in Venice on a small bridge away from all the hustle and bustle in September 2010 and married on 17 July 2011 at St Margaret’s Church Brotton with our reception at Grinkle Park Hotel in Easington.

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I have lived in Brotton my whole life and have lots of fond memories of the church, my eldest sister was married here too which is my first memory of a perfect wedding.  Grinkle Park has always been in my family as the whole family go there one day over Christmas period to get together for dinner, this is a tradition that goes back long before i was born!

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I loved it when my Dad and I got out of the car outside of the church, the feeling is indescribable, and my Dad shed a tear which was lovely. 

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Our theme was kind of vintage glam, but really it was just lots of bits and pieces that I love, rather than solely sticking to a theme. I love lace and pearls and wanted the whole thing to be very dreamy and soft. I also wanted it to be fun and relaxed, not too formal and very personal.  Colour wise, we decided on a mixture of pastels, mainly baby pink and blue.

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My bridesmaids wore ivory 50’s halter neck tea length gowns with pale pink satin laced petticoats. I got them made to measure from Honey Pie Boutique and I was amazed at the quality when they came.  I had my three nieces as flower girls and they wore hand made dresses in pale pink. I made the headbands for my bridesmaids after seeing some I loved but didn’t want to pay the price for six of them! When we finished making them I loved them more than anything i had seen in the shops.

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I went for a Pronovias fitted drop waist lace bodice with a full skirt made up of individual lace trimmed frills… I loved it! It was from Poppy Bridal in Darlington and the lady who worked there made my headdress to match using the same lace my dress was made of, I think I almost loved the headdress more than the dress!

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Stems Design did all the flowers on the day – the most gorgeous blooms that I have ever seen! 

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To personalise things, I had collected lots of china tea cups from charity shops to use as my favours to our lady guests, we had whiskey bottles for the men with a picture of me and Craig together from when we were 12.  On the back of everyone’s name place was a memory myself or Craig had of that guest. We called each table after a bridge in Venice and we also hand made the invitations which included the actual invitation sewn onto a lace handkerchief for the guest to keep. Instead of a paper guest book I cut lots of squares of different pink and blue fabric up and pinned them to a scrap book for the quests to leave their notes on, eventually i will get round to sewing them together to make a patchwork quilt.

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Treats wise, we hired an ice cream van and chose an ivory five tiered cake that reminded me of the lace on my dress. We had four different flavours including fruit, chocolate, carrot and ginger.

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We both really loved the whole day,  but the first dance to the Beatles Twist and Shout was memorable! All our close friends got up after about a minute and joined in with us which we loved.  

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Craig’s dad booked us a surprise Western Med cruise for our honeymoon which we loved, we went to lots of places such as Barcelona, Southern France, Naples Italy, and Pisa.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax and enjoy every single moment of the day, don’t worry if your guests are having a good time. Get plenty of pictures and ask if your photographer will stay for after your first dance, our pictures of us and guests dancing are amazing! Also don’t forget to get some of your cake! I did!

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Fancy seeing your Real Wedding on Brides Up North?  Contact me 

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Wedding Blog WINNER! Couture Bridal Headpiece Worth £200 From HT Headwear

October 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I just love to spread a little happiness on a dank, grey Tuesday afternoon!  And what better way to do that than to let you guys win stuff.  That’s right!  Rather beautiful stuff at that!

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Erin Diamante

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This afternoon I am excited to announce the winner of our competition to win a headpiece of your choice worth up to £200 (!)  from the 2013 collection by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, and creator of the most glamorous and lovely bridal headpieces going – the fabulous HT Headwear

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You can click here if you missed the preview of the stunning 2013 collection from HT Headwear, but for now, it’s my moment to make someone’s day!

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Lilly Pearl

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And the winner* is…

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Michaela Britton

October 8, 2012 | My fave is Lilly Pearl – sweet and simple x

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Congratulations Michaela!  Please contact me as soon as possible to claim your prize! 

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As for the rest of you, all is not lost: watch this space for some brilliant new wedding blog giveaways and competitions coming up verrrry shortly!

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Rosa

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*Winner drawn at random

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Friday Fabulous: This Just In From HT Headwear!

July 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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To finish off the week with some Friday fabulousity, I bring you some breaking news from the lovely HT Headwear, one of my most gorgeous Featured Suppliers.

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Currently available to buy online (visit the HT Headwear website by clicking here) HT Headwear will soon be available in a bridal boutique near you! Hurrah!

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HT Headwear has announced plans to launch its first wholesale collection at the British Bridal Exhibition Harrogate (a trade show for wedding industry buyers) in September 2012. What that means for you lovely brides to be is that you will soon be able to source the perfect HT Headwear piece to complete your wedding day look, all within the comfort of a trusted bridal boutique.  Ohhh yeah. 

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HT Headwear Bridal Accessories by Elizabeth Lois Photography

Wholesale collection (image by Elizabeth Lois)

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Featuring an exclusive selection of HT Headwear’s best-selling hand-­blocked headpieces, floral combs,
clips and headbands made with detachable birdcage veils in luxurious silks and chiffon, the wholesale collection will be made available to selected bridal boutiques in the UK and worldwide.

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Helena of HT Headwear uses the finest fabrics, feathers and embellishments sourced from British suppliers ensuring every piece is made with the highest standard of craftsmanship. Further extending the bespoke service offered at HT Headwear, the wholesale collections will be available in a choice of finishes and trims to suit the individual bride.

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HT Headwear Bridal Accessories by Drew Tommons Photography

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And there’s more! If by any chance you are down London way  this weekend – you know, stopping by a little event called the Olympics – (and YES, I’ve made Helena promise to head North next time!) then HT Headwear invite you to join them for their Summer Sale and the opportunity for ridiculous savings on vintage dresses, shoes, headwear and vintage jewellery! Elizabeth Avey, HT Headwear and Harriet Wilde Shoes will be at Bickerton House, Meeting Room 25-27, Bickerton Road, London N19 5RW  on Sunday 29th July 2012 from 11am-4pm.  For us tourists, the nearest tube station is Archway on the Northern Line.

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With savings as much as 70% off some jewellery and headwear pieces it’s an event not to be missed should you be in the Smoke anyway!

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And miles better than watching the beach volleyball in the rain.

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Have a great Friday night everyone!  Sink a few cocktails for me!

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To Top It All Off! Supplier Showcase: Dream Veils PLUS 15% Discount For Wedding Blog Readers

April 3rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today it’s all about your crowning glory, as I talk to Brides Up North Featured Supplier and North West based bespoke veil creator Margaret of Dream Veils – possibly one of the most enthusiastic wedding industry colleagues that I have come across.  I get the feeling that this lady would go to the ends of the Earth to help make your wedding day super special.  Let’s say hello.  

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How did Dream Veils begin?

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I have always made things— I made dresses in the 60’s and Mary Quant was my idol. My first veil was made in the mid-1960’s for my friend. Throughout the years I have made tons of dresses.  Then in the early 90’s my nephew was getting married in South Africa and his fiancé wanted a dress made like the one Stephanie Seymour wore in the “November Rain” Guns ‘n Roses video – so I made my first proper wedding dress and veil. That was followed by lots of wedding/bridesmaid dresses but just for family and friends.

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Then I went to a big bridal exhibition and saw the veils (and prices) that were on offer and I started thinking that I could make a much better job of it. So Dream Veils was born on 11th February 2006.

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My business is now went global! I now sell 98% of all my veils to brides who find and buy from my website and from all over the world. I never dreamt that it would be as big as it is.

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Tell us about your range of bridal veils?

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I hand make bespoke bridal veils. They are all different and made to the bride’s order. I think that as you can have a dress made to measure why not a veil?

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I make a lot of Mantilla lace veils and I went into birdcage veils a couple of years ago and make a lot of them too – both in net and tulle.

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Now I am developing a new range of vintage veils- inspired by my mum’s veil and veils from the 1920’s and 1930’s.

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What choice is available in terms of cut/ length/ edging etc?

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This is the crux of my company. If I can make it – I will try! The bride can have whatever style, length and width (up to the width of the fabric they choose) that they want.  I use normal soft tulle in different colours and two types of silk tulle, and have lots of different edges. They can be adorned with Swarovski crystals or have Swarovski crystal banding along the edge.  I make lace mantilla style veils in any length required and stock some lovely laces which I have made for me.

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Tell us about your range of birdcage veils?

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I make full faced birdcage veils in net – both firm “Merry Widow” net and a softer finer net. They can have bows attached or kept separate. I also make tulle birdcage veils and visor or wedge style birdcage veils. They can all have Swarovski crystal added if the bride wants.

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I now also give an option to have either a comb fitted or a large toupe clip—these clips are so popular as they aren’t so big so the bride doesn’t have too much hardware on her head if she wants to add a headpiece.

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Tell us about your vintage collection?

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This is my new “baby”! I am so excited! I am now nearing completion of the first proper samples so watch this space.

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Tell us about your fusion range?

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The Fusion range is a collaboration between me and my industry colleague Debbie from Glamour Bridal and Prom in Bolton. I make the veil portion and she makes the headpiece.

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 What veil styles are the most popular?

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The soft silk veils have been very popular since Kate Middleton wore her soft silk veil last April.  However, I think actually my “Classic” veil that just has a simple cut edge in a single layer both in silk and normal tulle is my best seller. There is something about a cut edge veil that is so light and floaty – the edge doesn’t compete with any adornments on the dress and the detailing on the back of the dress can show through so well. It is the type of veil that any bride can wear with any style of dress.  Then the mantilla style veil has also been unbelievably popular this last 2-3 years.

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What trends do you predict for veils in 2012 and beyond?

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I think there is a massive need for brides to want to be different and vintage seems to be the way they are going – the birdcage veil was the vintage way over the last couple of years, but now I think some brides are going to be wearing very vintage dresses- even second-hand vintage dresses- and will be wanting head pieces and veils to match their dresses.

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What celebrity client would you like to produce a veil for and why?

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Lady Gaga because she would let me go completely off the rails and let me create something so totally different and outrageous!

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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My prices for my veils start at £25 and the average prices for the normal tulle veils are around £60 to £130.  My silk veils are the most expensive commissions which start at £85 and average around £150 to £200.  

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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I can give a 15% discount to all Brides Up North readers — just mention that you saw me here!

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

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They can look at the website www.dream-veils.co.uk, mail me on thedreamveil@gmail.com or ring me on 0161 637 3526.  It is also possible to visit me to try the veil samples on – I operate from the Manchester area – just ring or mail me to make an appointment.

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Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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I am always happy to help a confused bride – I don’t mind how many e-mails we have or how many questions she has – this is an important day in her life and I understand how difficult it is to buy from a website. I love chatting to girls – it makes work into a fun thing for me.

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Why do you read and like Brides Up North?

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I just LOVE it! I have to keep up with what’s going on in the bridal world- it’s a must when you are in the business, and Brides Up North does just that. I follow Brides Up North on Twitter and also Facebook. I also LOVE my home town and anywhere “up North” and love to see it featured in all its beauty which I really think the wedding blog does so well. So keep up the good work Julia!

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  – Images © 2012 supplied by Dream Veils

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The Cherry On Top! Supplier Showcase: Bridal Headpieces by HT Headwear PLUS 20% Discount From Elizabeth Lois Photography

January 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This morning I am waking up in the smoke yet again (cough!), after an evening mixing with the wedding industry’s finest at The Wedding Industry Awards.  I wore vintage Cacharel (get me!), drank cocktails, schmoozed a bit, caught up with some of my favourite industry friends and stayed up late (too late).  As you read this, I’m heading back Up North – where the heart is – to take a break from my high heels and get stuck into an exciting new project for Brides Up North that has me just a little bit giddy.  More info shortly.

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In the meantime – let the fabulousness continue!  Today’s stunning bridal headpieces shoot was shot by Elizabeth Lois Photography for Brides Up North Featured Supplier HT Headwear, one of the lovely ladies I was celebrating with last night.  If you are looking for something unique and adventurous that no one else has, a chic fascinator or birdcage veil is increasingly an option for the style conscious bride, and this collection is just lovely.  With a capital L. 

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Belinda £85 – Birdcage veil with diamante detail on fine covered headband

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Let’s hear from Helena of HT Headwear: My inspiration for this collection came from long hazy summer evenings in the garden, eating outside and gazing at the soft petals falling from our rose bush, whilst the last of the sun dropped down between the houses…

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Lydia £180 – Hand blocked headpiece covered in soft silk, trimmed with handmade silk chiffon flowers and detachable birdcage veil

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Many of my brides were torn between wanting a birdcage veil but not wanting it over their faces as they danced the night away, so I created a collection based around this and gave them headpieces with detachable veils. 

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Ophelia £200 – Hand blocked headpiece covered in soft velvet and silk chiffon, trimmed with handmade silk chiffon flowers and detachable birdcage veil

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Ophelia

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Belinda

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The collection is very affordable starting from £50 for a large silk flower clip to £200 for a blocked headpiece with detachable veil and all pieces can be tailored to suit your own requirements. There are a choice of ways the headpieces can be fitted to your head: combs, headbands or clips so there are no restrictions to how you have your hair or who can wear these lovely pieces.

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Ava £120 – large crinoline brimmed headpiece with soft handmade silk chiffon floral detail set on a comb

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Rosalina £200 – Large hand blocked cocktail hat trimmed rich silk, handmade silk chiffon flowers and goose feathers, with delicate floating diamante strands

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Florence £50 – Beautiful large handmade silk chiffon flower on large clip

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This collection was photographed by the amazingly talented Elizabeth Lois. She captured the sheer romance and beauty of the collection and is such a pleasure to work with.

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Raina £85 – Soft vintage birdcage veil mounted on fine headband and trimmed with handmade silk chiffon flowers and stripped coque feathers

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Ophelia

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Bridgette £95 – Contemporary large birdcage veil mounted on small crin disc and trimmed with goose feathers

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All HT Headwear pieces can be bought online from their boutique and you can also view more collections on their website.

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And if like me, you adore these images by Elizabeth Lois, you are in luck!

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Elizabeth Lois is offering all BUN readers 20% off any of her Wedding packages, just quote BUN when booking.

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Because You’re Gorgeous! A Real Wedding – Lisa & Russell

November 10th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Anddddd… its Thursday!  How in the bejeezus did that happen?  Its a good day people – just one more day to the weekend and an AMAZING Real Wedding to share with you on the wedding blog this morning, sent in by my wedding photographer friend the super talented – see for yourselves! – James Melia Photography

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Lisa and Russell’s Real Wedding is an absolute master class in understated elegance and almost has a French feel to it, such is the sophisticated and romantic vibe of their day. 

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C’est chic – Yorkshire style.  The best type of style that there is. 

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The lovely Lisa, this morning’s bride, says:  We got engaged in the sea off the tiny island of Anti-Paxos in July 2009 and married on 10th September 2011 at All Souls’ Church in Leeds and then went on to the Angel Inn at Hetton. 

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Russell attends All Souls’ church and we are both friends with the lovely vicar Alice Snowden. For the reception we chose the Angel Inn, where we’d been a couple of years before to celebrate Russell’s birthday. We knew it was the right place for our wedding reception: the food is out of this world, the staff friendly and accommodating and the atmosphere incredibly romantic. It was a dream location in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

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We tried to pick things we loved rather than obsessing over whether things matched. In the end the colours sort of clustered around a natural, organic, or even wild palette: ivory, deep blue, dark green, teal, slate grey and so on.

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I chose a Ritva Westenius dress from Amy Louise Bridal in Nantwich. It was quite 1950s in style but full length (I’m too short for tea-length style!).  My bridesmaids both picked their own dresses.  Jessica (20) wore a navy blue strapless dress from Coast. Lily (11) wore an ivory dress from BHS.

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I carried a bouquet of ivory avalanche roses, ivory freesias, eryngium and eucalyptus by Leafy Couture in Otley.  

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The scene is perfectly set.  Keep reading for heaps more gorgeous. 

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