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this is ace. a fun filled marquee wedding at Mill Granary Cottages – frances & olly

December 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

a garden wedding at Mill Granary Cottages (c) Camera A Photography (26)

Frances and Olly’s relaxed marquee wedding is filled with fun, fab florals (some ten feet tall, watch out for the giant daffs) and fuelled by a free bar.  Always a nice idea.

It’s the first wedding ever to be held at Mill Granary Cottages, and I have a feeling that the bar has been set pretty high…

Get ready to party!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Camera A Photography.

a garden wedding at Mill Granary Cottages (c) Camera A Photography (19)

frances says: We got engaged in October 2013 – a week before my birthday.  We got engaged on the Friday morning. Olly had liaised with a colleague of mine and put a “fake meeting” in my diary so I thought I had a full day at work.  I also thought we were going to Sheffield to visit friends on Friday night.  I got up at 6am and Olly said I wasn’t going to work that day.  I told him he was wrong because I had a meeting.  He asked me to marry him in our flat in the morning before he whisked me off to Paris to celebrate.

We got married in a beautiful church, St Osmund’s in Gainford on 7th June 2014.

The reception venue was Mill Granary Cottages – we hired the cottages and put a marquee on the meadow next to them.  It was the first wedding they had ever done and it looked amazing.  Kate and Richard (who own Mill Granary) were fantastic.

a garden wedding at Mill Granary Cottages (c) Camera A Photography (14)

We wanted the wedding to be fun and relaxed and for everyone to have a good time, and I’m not sure I managed a colour scheme!

I travelled in a white VW beetle to the wedding. My bridesmaids were in a VW van. I used Lovedub Cars.

a garden wedding at Mill Granary Cottages (c) Camera A Photography (20)

I chose a dress from Sabina Motasem, a designer based in London.  I wanted something elegant and not too over the top.  She has some beautiful dresses in her collection.

My hair and makeup were done by Hobbs and Holmes and they were so good on the morning of the wedding.

The bridesmaid dresses were from Monsoon – silver coloured, knee length and really pretty.  The ushers wore their own suits and Olly bought them their ties and pocket squares.

Olly wore a Reiss suit.  He looked fit.

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I carried white peonies.  My mum bought them from the flower market and my friend Ruth made the bouquets with the help of Olly’s sister.  The bridesmaids had white peonies and pink roses.  Ruth did those as well.  Befriend a florist it’s a huge money saver!

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Our photographers were Jane and Anne from Camera A in Darlington.  They were brilliant.  Jane was completely organised and made sure she extracted a full briefing from us before the day to get the shots we wanted.  They were both really flexible on the day and the photos are gorgeous.

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The decorations outside the marquee and around the marquee were provided for by Ruthie from Cloud Nine Decor.  She is an amazing talent and provided giant flowers, a bluebell archway, and loads of bunting.

The table decorations were provided by my Mum.  She collected little crystal vases from charity shops and they were filled with wild flowers from fields and woodland that she collected.

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Olly made the cake – it was a family recipe –  Guinness cake.  It was delicious.

We chose not to give out favours – there was a free bar!

We ordered our wine from Majestic.  We had a French Malbec and a South African white.  The food was provided by The Game Cart.  Really delicious food and their front of house staff were superb, making sure our guests were really looked after.

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We had three of our friends do DJ shifts on the night.  They were brilliant and just banged out the hits.  The dance floor was permanently full.

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We’d absolutely recommend Marston Moor Marquees and Mill Granary Cottages.  If you want a marquee wedding but need somewhere to host it, this is the place.

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We’re off on our honeymoon over Christmas – destination TBC…

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to have a free bar if you can – it’s well worth it!

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The Italian Job. A Destination Wedding On The Amalfi Coast – Emily & Sam

July 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Those of you who thought you needed a holiday before checking in with Brides Up North this morning?  You’re going to need one even more now.  No apologies from me – scratch the favours off the to do list and book a mini break instead.  Your hubby or wife to be will only thank you for it.  Trust me.

This morning we journey to the Amalfi Coast in Italy (a hotspot firmly on my own travel to-do list) to celebrate Emily and Sam’s sun bleached wedding day.  This home grown Leeds couple decided to forgo any chance of rain on their wedding day in exchange for La Dolce Vita.  Doesn’t sound like a bad idea to me at all.

With images by Sarah Beth Photography, assisted by Thomas Arran.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Emily says: Sam and I were celebrating our six month anniversary and we had day full of activities such as rock climbing, a game of tennis and then a romantic Italian meal. Sam seemed a bit shifty and ordered sparkling water (which he hates!) and then he suggested a walk around Roundhay Park (where we went on one of our first dates) to walk our dinner off.

The night was so still and beautiful. We sat on a bench and that’s where he proposed and pulled a bottle of champagne from underneath the bench with two glasses (which he planted earlier in day).  Fireworks then started going off over the lake, set of by his two best friends! It was just simply perfect.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

We were married on 31st July 2013.  We wanted a wedding in the summer in Italy and as most of my friends and family are teachers it seemed a perfect time!

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

We chose Ravello Town Hall Gardens, Italy. We saw the Amalfi Coast in a holiday brochure whilst on another holiday and said to each other that it would be an amazing place to get married. So when Sam proposed we just knew that was the place. So six months later we flew over to view possible wedding venues. The gardens was the last place after a very long day. The view just blew us away and we booked it there and then.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

We decided on a pure Italian classic theme. Our car was an Italian vintage car, our table names were Italian cities, the food was all traditional Italian, with Italian cake and wine! We immersed ourselves in our love of Italy!

We chose pale blues for our bridesmaids and groomsmen to blend in with the sea and coastline, and whites for table settings and flowers with hint of vintage creams. We wanted our decor to fit in with the scenery.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

One person who was sadly missed on the day was my Mum.

My mother was sadly diagnosed with terminal cancer four days before we flew out to get married. My mother, stepdad, and two sisters stayed in England to support my mum as she was very unwell. Our friends and family pulled together to organise a blessing back in England after we cut our honeymoon short so that my mum and sisters could attend.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

My bridesmaids wore light sea blue maxi dresses from Jane Norman (my Mum spotted them as I as never thought to look there!), bags from Anya Hindmarch and shoes from Zara.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

I always thought that I would wear lace! After trying many dresses on I fell in love with about six and all were so different! I felt so confused about what I wanted. Then I tried one on at my best friend’s mum wedding shop and it just felt right. Layers and fitted, I knew it would look perfect in the setting.

Sam wore a light blue tailored suit.  It was lovely and light.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

I carried a bouquet of white roses (my favourite and also my middle name) from a local Amalfi florist.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Sarah Beth Photography flew over to Italy to shoot our wedding. I knew Sarah from a previous job and thought her images were amazing! We met up and discussed ideas and I knew they would be perfect. Sarah and Tom (who assisted her on the day) were a massive part of our holiday and day and have since been booked for four weddings through my friends as they saw the fabulous photos they took!

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

The wedding was truly beautiful and breath-taking. It was simple, classic and romantic – our whole theme for the day.  The local people were so friendly and clapped as we walked past.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

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Best Military Blues. Jimmy Choos & Cymbeline For An Elegant Real Wedding At Sandhurst – Hannah & Joel

January 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Yes I know.  Last time I checked, Sandhurst Military Academy wasn’t in the North either.  However, I still wanted to share this classy and beautiful Real Wedding with you this frosty Monday morning, because (as well as a wedding at this usually private establishment being really rather cool) Northern bride Hannah – despite getting married out of the area – still sourced most of her fabulous wedding day suppliers Up North.  And isn’t showing what we can do what Brides Up North is all about?

With images by friend of the wedding blog Lissa Alexandra Photography, Hannah and Joel’s big day is a study in elegance.  Be inspired. 

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Hannah says:  We got engaged on 1st March 2012 whilst on holiday in South Africa (Joel had just returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan). Joel proposed on a secluded beach when visiting the Cape of Good Hope.

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We were married on 2nd March 2013 at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.  We met just before Joel went off to Sandhurst, and we formed many good memories and friendships whilst he was there. As a result, wanted to share this otherwise inaccessible venue with friends and family.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

My favourite colour is blue and our colour scheme it all took its lead from my engagement ring, which is a sapphire. As luck would have it, Joel’s uniform is also blue!  The  bridesmaids were in blue and our best-man and usher’s suits were blue, with a pale blue shirt and a mustard colour tie.

Our flowers were a fresh palette of greens and creams/whites using unusual flowers. Family wore mint green carnations.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

I chose a  lacy dress (‘Femea’) with a vintage feel from the French designer Cymbeline.  I got this from a little boutique in Harrogate called The Bridal Collection.

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

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Brownies’ Honour! A Scouting Real Wedding At Theatre Royal, York – Claire & Andrew

November 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Alex Knight Photography

If you’re going to theme a wedding, you may as well do it properly.  Or at least that was today’s newlyweds’ motto (that and “Be Prepared” of course) when planning their entirely Scout and Guide themed wedding.

I’ve been looking forward to sharing this fun and fabulous day with you.  Campfires at the ready, it’s Claire & Andrew’s big day…

Images by Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Claire says:  We got engaged on 12th August 2012 at Whitby Abbey.  I had just been on a JEKA adventure with my Guide & Ranger groups to Adelboden in Switzerland via Disneyland Paris on the way back. I was very tired and hadn’t showered in 2 days! I had managed to change my pants and brush my teeth though – small things to make a long coach journey bearable!

Andrew had been clearing out the Scout stores and I had to suffer a variety of vintage gas lamps in the kitchen. Upon collecting me he declared that he found a Scout campsite willing to have said lamps; "It’s a bit of a drive but you can tell me about your trip in the car." I was too exhausted to argue.

It turned out the "bit of a drive" was Scarborough; a likely story. I had an inkling that Andrew might propose but didn’t think he would be so cruel.  Meanwhile I kept looking at the road signs wistfully that said Whitby – my favourite place in the entire world. I had a nap; woke up to tell Andrew off for nearly ploughing into the back of a tractor; fell asleep again and eventually woke up in a car park.

"This doesn’t look like a Scout campsite."
"Do you not know where you are?"
"*Sigh* no"
"Look out of the window to your right."
"*Sees Whitby Abbey* oh… OH!"

I guess what the game is; immediately feel sick, think I’m about to ramble and ruin everything and promptly clam up.  Andrew and I go for an ice cream and a walk around the Abbey.

Andrew gets on one knee and pops the question. I squeak and nod. Andrew then gets extra Brownie points by reading a love letter from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn (one of my idols). He was going to memorise it but it was too hard! .

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

We got married at Barley Hall in York on 18th May 2013 and had the reception at the De Grey Ballroom at the Theatre Royal. 

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

We wanted something historical and a little bit different to a modern hotel. We were never going to get married in church so we needed to widen the search. We loved Temple Newsham in Leeds but it was very booked up and the amount of chasing we had to do with marquee people started to get a bit silly.

As we had a lot of guests travelling we looked to York. I always enjoyed day trips there with my Mum and there is history around every corner; plus it has an abundance of hotels for every budget and a major train station!

The Great Hall in Barley Hall is decorated with white roses – perfect for a Yorkshire girl and it still has the medieval fireplace in the centre. Andrew wanted a small ceremony (promptly forgetting how large his family is!) due to stage fright – speeches he can do but being “on stage” for something so important and intimate brought us both out in the heebie jeebies! The exhibition when we got married was “Horrible Histories” – I’ve got a full set of the books; cue one very excited bride. I’m proud to say even the costume for “Stupid Death” was on show plus a skeleton and a stuffed rat. What can I say? I love my history!

A Google search for “large venue hire York” revealed the De Grey Rooms. Lindsey was possibly the most excited, lovely and welcoming person I’ve ever spoken to on the phone. Once I revealed the theme she was ecstatic – her Mum was a Brown Owl and got on board with the theme straight away!

Alex Knight Photography

We walked from each venue in York. The heavens opened in the morning and I was willing the forecast to be right and that it would pass by the time we needed to leave.  Thankfully, the rain stopped by lunch time and we were ready to rock n roll!

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Our theme was Scouts & Guides – we both volunteer for the movements and it’s how we met. We were both volunteering on the Physical Zone at Wings 2009 in Berkshire.  We didn’t really have a colour scheme as such but sapphire blue and purple did make an appearance – my favourite colours.

Alex Knight Photography

My bouquet was white & antique roses with blue thistles by The Floral Studio – blending Yorkshire and Scotland.  Twisted Willow Floristry did our table garland and herb pots. 

Alex Knight Photography

I had a few requirements for my wedding dress: I wanted some sort of sleeve (narrows the search right down); to be corseted and to have covered buttons rather than the criss cross of corseting shown on the back.

I was willing to try on pretty much anything at the start of the search but quickly realised that sleeves or straps were high on my wish list. I’m short at 5ft2 and I’ve got a good bosom so I didn’t want anything to highlight my top heaviness!

The Bridal Boutique in Guiseley was where I ended up finding my dress: Angelina by Diane Harbridge. There were so many dresses in the range (and now the new range) that I loved. I loved the way it pulled me right in on the top half but my legs weren’t constrained.  

The back of the dress was really detailed – that’s what most people see in the ceremony.  I could hear so many comments as we walked through York complimenting the dress – I felt fantastic!

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We asked the groomsmen and ushers to wear their best suits and I got them a tie and our Scottish best man wore his full Bonnie Prince Charlie kilt get up.

Bridesmaids were trickier – two of them weren’t in the country during the planning. I sent an email with links to dresses that I had found online and by a stroke of luck all three liked the same dress. Monsoon had come to the rescue. We got a sapphire blue dress called Meadow and my Mum made ivory sashes to jazz them up a bit.

Alex Knight Photography

During the ceremony Andrew’s Dad’s quartet played various pieces from the TV show the Tudors. I’m a big fan of Jonathan Rhys Meyers and I got permission from Trevor Morris who wrote the music for the show to use it in our ceremony.

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

My favourite part of the day was probably walking through York. On the way I got stopped and had photos taken with tourists.  We had photos taken with bridesmaids, best men and groomsmen taken at the doors of York Minster and we could see a crowd of about 200 people stopping and watching.  I couldn’t resist some photo bombing of photos on the walk back to the hall (bad bride!)

Overall, the seeing all the hard work come together was fantastic.

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

We went to town on the theme.  All tables at the reception were named after real Scout & Guide patrols and each guest got a specially made wedding badge – quickly popped into pockets and bags by the many Scouters and Guiders at the wedding!

Mum made a necker for each guest to wear and also bunting from donated Scout & Guide neckers.  Our table centres were old Scout & Guide books and we displayed the gas lamps used in the proposal on the fireplaces. 

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Andrew made a considerable amount of wine for the reception – this went down a lot better than expected! We made our own pub quiz and then we had a good old boogie to some cheesy classics.

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

My bridesmaid’s Mum made our cake. This was very fitting as she made my naming cake and some of my birthday cakes growing up. We had three layers: fruit, chocolate and Victoria sponge. Yummy! The wedding cake had Scout & Guide emblems around the top layer and on the very top was a tent made from icing with two pairs of feet sticking out and our personalised woggles. 

Alex Knight Photography

Andrew’s an engineer and loves trains so for our honeymoon we went from Leeds to London and then to Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin all by train! We flew back to London to see Les Miserables and then one final train back to Leeds.  When we got back Andrew asked for a beach holiday next time!

Alex Knight Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North is this:  When you enter Wedding World; be prepared to leave common sense at the door.  You can be in a classic no win situation as no matter what you say you are immediately accused of being a Bridezilla.

Weddings have a weird habit of turning people a bit strange – and I’m not including the bride here! You will hear so many different daft comments and questions. Just remember: “There’s nowt as queer as folk!” & “Keep Calm and Carry on!”

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Congratulations Claire & Andrew!

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Homespun. Benjamin Roberts For A Real Teepee Wedding in Yorkshire – Charlie & Sam

November 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

WH Photography

On with the pretty as we steam ahead into Tuesday.  This morning we join Brides Up North reader Charlie and her new husband Sam for their homespun celebration under canvas.  From their meaningful ceremony to their Bond style get-a-away (read on) everything about this wedding is fun and fabulous.  I love.  

With images by WH Photography.

WH Photography

WH Photography

Charlie says:  Sam asked me to marry him on Primrose Hill in London last July, and we were married on 24th August 2013. 

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

We were married in my home church in Swanland, and our reception was in tipis at a boat club in Brough.  From the off we were keen to have a marquee wedding as we liked the idea of being able to personalise it. We loved the tipis as soon as we saw them, so from there it was a case of finding somewhere to put them! My family does a lot of sailing at Welton Waters and it wasn’t an obvious choice but it turned out to be a brilliant one.

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

I knew I wanted a lace dress before I started searching, After doing a bit of shopping we took a chance trip to the Bridal Factory Outlet in Northallerton where we ended up buying my dress by Benjamin Roberts for half its original price! I then hunted around for some matching lace, and asked a friend to add it to the bottom of the dress, as well as adding some buttons to the back and altering the neckline.

I also really wanted a lace trim veil, but they cost a lot of money! So I bought some veiling tulle and over 10m of lace trim and my mum very patiently sewed it all on. My top tip if you do it this way is to wash the veil a few times with fabric softener as it makes the veil much softer, like some of the more expensive veils.

My shoes were gold glittery peep toes from Dorothy Perkins!

WH Photography

WH Photography

I had an idea in my head of what I wanted my bridesmaids to wear, so I found a pattern, bought some fabric and found a dressmaker to make them. I had seven bridesmaids, and between them they wore four different shades of blue. I made them each a little belt in a nude colour to match their shoes, by sewing some motifs that I found on Etsy to some satin ribbon.

The groomsmen wore grey suits from Greenwoods, with a waistcoat and ruche in two different shades of blue to match the bridesmaids.

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

My bouquet had a mix of white and peach roses, cornflowers and rosemary, and my bridesmaids carried a mix of gypsophila and cornflowers. 

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

The best part of the day was definitely the service. We both love God and believe that our vows were made with him at the centre so this was the most important part of the day for us. It was so overwhelming to see so many friends and family, and it was really nice to have tea and cake after the service for everyone who came to the wedding.

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

We travelled from the church to our venue in a copper coloured VW campervan from Big Day Buses who were great.

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WH Photography

Our photographer Will (W H Photography) was brilliant, we hardly noticed him taking photos and yet he caught so many important moments.

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

We didn’t really have a theme but we wanted to keep things rustic and a bit different. In hindsight, the theme could probably be ‘homemade’, as just about everything had a homemade touch, from the orders of service and seating plan, to the floral garlands (achieved through my mum’s creation of ‘oasis’ sausages’) and bunting.

WH Photography

WH Photography

One of the best things about our wedding was how brilliant all our different suppliers were,

Totally Tipi were so friendly throughout the whole process, and were always willing to meet our requests. And the tipis were just fantastic on the day.

Our food was done by Feast Yorkshire and everyone has said how amazing it was. Siobhan who runs Feast Yorkshire studied art before going into catering, and so her food doesn’t just taste amazing – it looks amazing too.

Luisianna’s Bars provided us with our drinks – Ben and the team were so friendly and provided a brilliant service on the day.

WH Photography

WH Photography

For our table names we decided to use names of all the streets where we’ve lived. We have always lived in different places, so we thought it would be nice if people could learn a bit about both of us – so we wrote a little bit about each place on the back of each of the street signs.

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

I’ve never liked standard wedding cake, so we went for cute white chocolate cake from M&S which we decorated with fruit.

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

A good friend of mine is the lead singer of a brilliant York-based band called Bluephunk. We knew they could get everyone dancing!

WH Photography

One of the coolest parts of our day was our exit.. on a speed boat. We tried to keep it a secret so it was a good surprise for our guests.

WH Photography

WH Photography

Sam organised the honeymoon as a surprise, and I didn’t find out until I got to the airport. He took me to the north coast of Italy for a week, and then to Sicily for a few days.

WH Photography

WH Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that if you are doing a homemade wedding, try and get as much as you can done by the day before the day before so you can take in everything that is happening.

It is true that the day goes too fast, but remember that the end of the day is the beginning of your marriage.

WH Photography

Congratulations Charlie & Sam!

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Sparkly Shoes & British Blooms: A Real Wedding At Fountains Abbey In Yorkshire – Kairon & Trevor

September 3rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It’s Monday.  It’s a five day week.  Bah.

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I’m currently in recovery from a fabulous Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Nostell Priory – what a way to kick off the Autumn calendar!  Huge thanks to the fabulous Dine Services, the extended Brides Up North team, my amazing exhibitors and all the lovely brides and their guests who came out in absolute force to support the event.  What a brilliant day! (I love you all).

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For those of you who are feeling just as tired as I am, I thought I’d lift the Monday blues with another elegant Real Wedding instalment, again using a royal blue colour scheme but with a different feel from our stunning sapphire toned wedding this morning. I really love that no two weddings are alike!  This time we are in Yorkshire at gorgeous Fountains Abbey, with images from JB Creatives and words by real bride Kairon.

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And as an aside, how much do you love Kairon’s sparkly shoes?  I like them a lot.

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Kairon says: Trevor proposed in February 2011 at home in the kitchen one evening and we were married on 1st June 2012 at Fountains Hall, Fountains Abbey, Ripon.

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We wanted something that was a heritage site and we visited it with my family and had a great day out and decided there and then that we wanted to get married there. The atmosphere of the Hall and grounds was everything that we wanted. A traditional setting but so that we could skip the other wedding traditions and make the day our own.  We chose to have an elegant day with a royal blue colour scheme. 

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I wore a silk backless dress with a small flowing train and diamond details on the bust, lower back and front of dress. It went brilliantly with my sparkly shoes! I fell in love with my dress as soon as i saw it in The Bridal House in Leeds.  I initially saw a picture of it on a model on the wall in the shop and myself, my sister aka my maid of honour and general personal assistant and my mum all said the same thing “That would look lovely on you” and fortunately they had it in the shop.

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We found Debonnesse online and she did my hair perfectly! My sister did the make up for everyone after we had all had make up lessons at MAC at Harvey Nichols.

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My maid of Honour and my bridesmaid were my sister and our cousin. They are both very different in looks and personality so I wanted something that they would both like and maybe wear again.  I really wanted them to wear something from Coast as I think the quality of their dresses are great. Fortunately we found a dress that was similar but came in different lengths to make them different from each other and the royal blue colour looked great with both their complexions.

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The groom hired a suit from in Rodley which was recommended by one of his best friends. His best man wore a suit from his own eclectic collection.

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The flowers were from The Greenhouse Florist in Ripon and Amy did exactly what we wanted and managed this despite us being vague about what flowers we wanted. She kept them British and the colours that we specified.

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I carried a draping bouquet of royal blue delphiniums and white peonies with other traditional British flowers. The bridesmaids also had the same but small bouquets with no delphiums. The blue of the delphiniums really stood out against my white dress.

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Our drinks reception was the most relaxing and social part of the day and I remember everyone smiling so much.

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We had a lovely lady make our cake which was chocolate and Victoria sponge and covered in royal blue icing with some delicate touches. I would recommend Sugar Crafted Cakes.

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We had Gin and Tonic and chocolate truffles as favours in miniature glasses and boxes with “drink me” and “eat me” on little labels very like Alice in Wonderland.

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A company called Taste Cuisine catered the drinks reception which was amazing and National Trust catered a BBQ for the evening reception which was also amazing, lots of yummy food to go round for all.

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We had classical music playing during the wedding breakfast and a DJ at the evening reception.  Our DJ was a guy called Rob from BGN Events who was very accommodating to our different tastes. The groom is very much into punk and I prefer pop and current music. He managed to get all our requests on and mix the music well to suit all the guests.

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We went to Whitby for a few days after the wedding and we are going to Florence in Italy in May.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to not over plan things and enjoy the day.  If the little things don’t go right it doesn’t matter as what matters is that you are spending the rest of your life with your soul mate.

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Congratulations Kairon & Trevor!

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JB Creatives would like me to let you know that she is currently offering a FREE engagement shoot for couples that book their wedding photography with her before the 14th September 2012.

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