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Wedstock. Soft Whites, Candles & Shots For A Real Wedding At Sheffield Town Hall – Clare & Philip

June 3rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Samuel Docker Photography

This morning I’ve done something that when gave up the corporate rat race to be come a full time wedding blogger (you can read my story here) I thought that I would do all the time, but in the reality of deadlines, features schedules, event planning and all the time consuming minutiae of running a busy small business – never do.  Ladies, I’ve done a Carrie Bradshaw (albeit in Kurt Geiger rather than Manolo Blahnik) and decamped from Brides Up North HQ to my local coffee hot spot.

Sometimes you have to shake off the four walls of normality and mix things up a little to refuel your creativity.  Writers block?  What writers block (a homemade raspberry muffin and a vat of coffee later)?!

Inevitably, with change comes challenge, and a challenging Wi-Fi connection means that today’s Real Wedding feature comes to you a little later than planned, but (like the raspberry muffin!) the wait was totally worth it.

Clare and Philip’s wedding is contemporary (whilst still remaining a classic), stylish and cool, and any bride who nips out of her own reception for a quick drink with her girls gets serious kudos from me…

Images by Samuel Docker

Samuel Docker Photography

Clare says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2009. It was a complete surprise. Our tradition is to go for a meal on Christmas Eve before going out and that year Phil told me to drive to The Hilton in Sheffield. When we got there he had booked a room, he said he thought it would be different. In the room were candles and my Christmas presents. He then told me to close my eyes and he put a t shirt on me over my dress. I thought it was a band t shirt and my gift was tickets to a gig. He took me to the mirror and he’d drawn a design on the t shirt which read the right way to me and it said “I love you with all my heart will you marry me?” He was then next to me with a gorgeous ring. 

I obviously said yes and was thrilled to bits!

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We were married on 31st August 2013 at Sheffield City Hall

Phil actually found the venue, he liked it because of the detail of the building and the grandeur feeling inside. He had also played there a few years before so had a personal meaning to him.

When I was looking at the website for the City Hall I noticed that there was a competition to win the venue for your wedding, so I entered never expecting to win and I did!

I didn’t mention that I’d entered to Phil because I thought it would be a nice surprise if i did win but probably wouldn’t so wasn’t worth getting our hopes up. Well a letter arrived in the post and I had only gone and won the venue of our wedding! We were ecstatic and the Sheffield City Hall were brilliant throughout and really on board with what we wanted to do. 

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We didn’t need to travel far on the day, my Dad drove me to the City Hall where I spent the morning getting ready with my bridesmaids and Mum. Phil got ready at the Leopold Hotel just a two minute walk from the City Hall so he and his best man walked there!

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The theme of our day was soft, elegant and simple and we wanted guests to have a very romantic feel to the day with lots of candlelight. The evening reception theme was a surprise to everyone, only ourselves and parents knew about it: “Wedstock”. 

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Creams and whites were the main colours to give a soft romantic feel. The spindle back chairs were brushed vintage white and most of the table details were cream and white with pearl detail. The bridesmaids wore navy and the groom and groomsmen wore navy ties with grey suits.

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

I’m not a fussy dress kind of person so I wanted something elegant and simple. My dress was from Blissful Daze in Sheffield, it was one of the first bridal shops we tried and originally I picked the dress up because of the detail on the shoulders but that was all, but once it was on it felt perfect. It’s by Ellis Bridals. It has jewel embellishment on the hip and shoulders, a cowl back and button detail down the back.

I wore peep toe heels with a jewelled detail. I’m fairly tall for a girl but definitely wanted heels for the big day which was fine when I stood next to Phil but my poor Dad looks a little short!

We searched for some time for jewellery as I wanted understated jewellery but something that went with the detail on the dress. By chance we found the bracelet, earrings and hair piece in Debenhams and they went so well with the dress we immediately stopped looking for anything else.

I also carried with me a sixpence that my Grandad gave to me before the wedding, he said my Nanan had been saving it for my wedding day but sadly she is no longer with us so it was important to have that with me. The freesia flowers were also a symbol of my Nanan as they were one of her favourite flowers.

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

The bridesmaids wore navy maxi dresses from Coast and the groomsmen wore grey suits from Moss Bros.

Philip wore a Ted Baker suit. He was very picky and his suit took longer to pick than my dress!

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

I carried cream and white roses, veronicas, eustomia, white freesia and gypsophila by Janice Johnson Vintage Floral Design. 

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker was our photographer – a great photographer and a genuinely nice man!

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Phil is a big metal music fan and we both love festivals so we wanted to inject some of our personality and fun to the day. Everyone was in the bar area and when the ballroom was opened for the evening reception, staff handed out lanyards similar to those at a festival complete with map and set list. In the ballroom was a gazebo Photo Booth, a signing tent with artificial grass, vinyls to sign along with guest book, there was a tattoo inspired sweet table made by Phil’s parents, a guitar case displayed for cards and gifts and tents dotted around for people to go in, there was also a chill out area called the rescue room with lanterns where the evening buffet was served.

Unexpectedly to the crowd a band called Our Friends Electric then took to the stage. The band had Phil’s friends in it who have gigged a few times together and he was on lead guitar. They played cover tracks old and new and everyone was dancing and having a good time. By this time sunglasses were everywhere and we threw glow sticks into the crowd so it had a real festival feel. This was really special as Phil’s grandparents had never seen him play live before so was a really nice moment.

I’d been hearing Phil practice for weeks in the spare room and knew most of the songs but it was a lovely surprise when he got down from the stage to dance with me as the band played “My Girl”, me in my dress and Phil in his black flag t shirt!

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

I always said I wanted my mum to make my wedding cake. As I’ve grown up I’ve really enjoyed baking cupcakes, so me and my Mum made the cake two days before the wedding.  It sounds stressful but it was a really nice to take some time out doing something we both enjoy together.

The cake was six tiers of cream topped cupcakes with brushed pearls and glitter on top with a fruit cake top tier made by my mum. We wanted something simple but elegant.

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

I think the whole evening reception was one big special touch for us, because we and our parents had made everything it felt extra special. We were excited that our family and friends had no idea about it and that the response to it was overwhelming,everyone loved it.

During the day the small touches made all the difference like the music sheet confetti cones we gave out, rose petals on the aisle, having our favourite film scores playing at the wedding breakfast, walking down the aisle to the instrumental ‘Inhale’ by Killswitch Engage: one of Phil’s favourite bands.

Other highlights include confetti cannons going off as we danced with our friends for the second dance and my brother’s poem reading during the ceremony. 

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

The most random but also fun part of the day was when myself and the bridesmaids left the wedding for about 20 minutes in the evening for a cheeky shot. I’d joked to my friend before that it would be funny to leave the wedding and nip up busy Division Street to have a cheeky drink at The Frog & Parrot one of our go to places. Well she made this happen! Very random and very funny as we sat in a booth for a quick one with people gazing with puzzled faces and then ran back to the City Hall without too many people noticing. That’s why I love my friends!

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

Samuel Docker Photography

The honeymoon was a complete surprise to me.  On the morning of the wedding Phil had delivered a rucksack with a letter explaining the bag contained clues of our honeymoon destination. This included flip flops, sun cream, a Mickey Mouse top, a french baguette plus much more.

During the speeches Phil had four of my bridesmaids stand up and announce where we were going. We went to London, Paris and Disneyland and then onto Ibiza. It was pretty jam packed but the perfect honeymoon for us.

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Someone told me to take a few moments to yourself throughout the day at different times just to take in what’s happening. I definitely did this, just a pause here and there and it really helps you absorb it all and gives you an extra smile. But my biggest tip for other Brides Up North is to enjoy it, we obviously both felt nervous before the big day but that was mainly because of the evening plans not the actual marriage. On the morning of the day all my tummy flutters disappeared and I just couldn’t stop smiling all day

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Congratulations Clare & Philip!

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Super Quirky Gorgeous! A Real Wedding In North Yorkshire – Edwina & Adam

December 3rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’m spending most of my day in trains and automobiles today as I head North of the Border for some exciting meetings about bringing the Brides Up North magic to my lovely Scottish readers in person (hello you, sorry it’s taken so long!), as well as catching up with some of my favourite suppliers in that part of the country.

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My family has a strong Scottish heritage (my Mum was born and raised just outside of and my parents met and married whilst working in an Edinburgh hotel) so I always feel like a trip even further North is a little like coming home.  I’ve packed plenty of Winter woolies (as well as a dash of sparkle) for the two day trip and I can’t wait to feel that bracing wind blowing the colour back into my cheeks.

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So, have laptop, will travel, and will look forward to sharing some news soon…

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In the meantime, I wouldn’t go gallivanting without leaving you without something extra special to pour over.  Step forward Edwina & Adam and their absolutely stunning Real Wedding at the wonderful Crab Manor Hotel in North Yorkshire, with images by the disgustingly talented Dominic Wright Photography (a Brides Up North Featured Supplier no less!).

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Edwina says: We got engaged in La Carla, Spain in February 2011 on a surprise Valentine’s weekend

Adam took me to his parents house and proposed to me there. I didn’t have a clue.

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We were married at Crab Manor, Asenby, Thirsk on Wednesday 5th September 2012.  We loved

how different and quirky it was with beautiful gardens and amazing themed rooms.

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We opted for a cream and midnight blue theme. 

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I chose a Justin Alexander oyster pearl lace dress which came up to the neck and was fitted into the waist with an oyster pearl satin band round the middle which went into a fishtail . It was from Blissful Daze, Sheffield. Such amazing staff and a top class shop.

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Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist did my hair and make up.   

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My bridesmaids wore midnight blue dresses from Coast which were knee length with lace detail at the top.

The groomsmen wore a three piece handmade midnight blue suits made by King & Allen.

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I carried a bouquet of cream roses hand tied with oyster pearl organza material, lined with pearls and feathers.

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We had a harpist throughout the ceremony. A flamenco guitarist played after the wedding breakfast and a jazz band joined us for the evening.

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We dressed the ceremony room with extra white flowers and had black organza bows tied round the chairs. For the wedding breakfast we had white chair covers with white bows.

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The best part of the day was walking down the isle and seeing all of my lovely friends and family and then seeing my amazing man at the end of the aisle. In fact the whole day was my favourite part!

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We looked at many photographers and Dominic and Zoe of Dominic Wright Photography just stood out. Such lovely guys we had so much fun with them. They made us feel very special and our images are just stunning. I would highly recommend them.

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I went to the venue the day before in my dads 1960 Red Lotus Elise.  Super cool. 

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The cake was made of layers cheese with a heart shaped one (and two little wedding mice) on top.

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After the wedding we went to Phuket in Thailand and stayed at the Kata Tani in South Kata.  It was such a beautiful place with such lovely people.

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My tip tip for other Brides Up North would be to take in every part of the day and treasure every moment. It is the most amazing day of your life. Don’t worry about minor details the most important thing is about two people who love each other getting married.

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HEARTCongratulations Edwina & Adam! HEART

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  – Images © 2012 Dominic Wright Photography

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