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Northern Lights! A Real Wedding In North Yorkshire – Hannah & Steven

March 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Another cold Monday morning deserves a splash of something special, and this stunning Real Wedding sent to me by Abi of Wooden Hill Images and real bride Hannah reminds us that Winter can be beautiful as well as dreary!  From the traditional Christmas theme to the theatrical lighting effects and the bride’s gorgeous feathered cape, this wedding is packed with dramatic detail and atmosphere.

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After all, if you are going to go for breath-taking , why not make it completely and utterly breath-taking!?

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Hannah says:  We got engaged under an olive tree, in an olive grove in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco on 9th June 2012, and were married on 15th December 2012 at All Saints Church, Pickhill, then to Steven’s family farm for the reception in a marquee in the garden.

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My dress was Augusta Jones ‘Syd’ from The Bridal Lounge in Northallerton. It was a lace dress with a romantic line and low back.  I also wore a blush pink feather bolero and added LK Bennett shoes and Cachet London jewellery.  

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We opted for a Christmas theme, although we wanted a traditional Christmas wedding and not a commercialised  theme. We used purple as an accent colour and for the bridesmaids.

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My three bridesmaids wore three different shades of purple, with dresses from The Bridal Lounge, and Steven and the ushers were in traditional morning dress. 

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I carried a bouquet of antique roses with lavender and poppy heads. 

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Steven’s sister won a silver medal in the Olympics last year and so the wedding party were transported to the reception in her state of the art horse box, decorated inside for the wedding party to travel in style!

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The wedding was at 3pm so when we left the church at 4.30pm after mulled wine and mince pies it was pitch black with flaming torches lining the churchyard.  Flaming torches lined the mile long road to the reception venue and our musicians, who played throughout the whole day, played flute in amongst the trees when guests arrived, throughout the drinks reception and during the evening dancing.  

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Each of the twelve tables were decorated to replicate the twelve days of Christmas and we added a 20ft Christmas tree in the centre of the marquee and dry ice to create atmosphere.

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We chose a simple three tier cake decorated with antique roses to match my bouquet. 

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Our first dance was a live version of Your Song with wonderful lighting effects and dry ice – very romantic!

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After the wedding we headed to Lapland for a mini break before Christmas and are off to Thailand for a longer break this Spring. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to keep the focus of the day about being in love with the person you are marrying. The attention to detail beforehand just helps you to enjoy the day more with friends and family.

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Congratulations Hannah & Steven!

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Winter Warmers

December 4th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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1 Hermosa Satin Coat £195 Coast 

2 Bordeaux Sequin Waterfall Cardigan £34 Monsoon

3 Elayne Faux Fur Wrap £75 Coast 

4 Soft Posh Item Jacket £175 Karen Millen

5 Crop Back Collarless Blazer £60 Topshop 

6 Pearl Queen Jacket £300 French Connection

7 Fawne Faux Fur Shrug £159 Ted Baker

8 Felicity Feather Bolero £60 Coast 

9 Nala Contrast Jacket £150 French Connection 

10 Mini Sequins Jacket £155 French Connection 

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Yes, unashamed shopping facilitating.

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Because bridal goosebumps are never sexy.

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Winter brides: go to work. 

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Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive! That’s A Wrap! Introducing Wrapor’s Vintage Glamour Range

July 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This morning on the wedding blog I am thrilled to be bringing you exclusive news of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Kay from Wrapor’s latest collection.  Now you know I love a bit of old school glamour, and Wrapor’s Hollywood Glamour selection doesn’t disappoint.  I’ll be putting my name down for a marabou shrug, thank you very much. 

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Indulge! And watch out for news of the Wrapor Facebook sample sale…definitely one to diarise. 

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Kay says: Earlier in the spring, I decided to have a new website built to showcase my new vintage inspired Hollywood Glamour range. I needed some super glam photos to show my unique range of shrugs and boleros. I chose husband and wife team Keith & Jenny McAvoy as I had worked with them last year on their Hollywood Vogue shoot at the Belle Epoque, I found The McAvoys were so professional and so easy to work with, l knew they were the perfect choice.

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My new vintage range includes Wrapor shrugs and boleros made from sumptuous fabrics such as vintage style lace, velvety fur and show stopping ostrich feathers and I needed beautiful dresses to compliment them. I contacted Debbie from Glamour Bridal & Prom bridal boutique in Bolton who was happy to oblige and very kindly let me choose some of her gorgeous gowns, I was like a child in a sweet shop! We chose Fay by Madeline Gardner, Claire by Sincerity Bridal, Alice by Charlotte Balbier and Loveheart by Charlotte Balbier. 

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Chantilly lace bolero plain edge

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Chiffon overlay

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Jenny worked closely with me in the run up to the shoot, We chose the gorgeous award winning venue West Tower. We chose the models together, my lovely niece Tina Nunn and gorgeous model Natalie Bella Norman

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Jenny drew up an inspiration board made of images of classic actresses, of the 30s 40s and 50s we agreed on some starlet inspired shots for the Hollywood Glamour collection and some contemporary styling for my classic collection of shrugs and boleros. Jenny asked the very talented Laura Myers to beautify the girls on the day. The hair and make-up was stunning, Laura worked really hard with the girls change of styling and did a fantastic job.

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We had nearly 40 of my samples to get through, but the day was very relaxed. The staff at West Tower were very obliging and we had the whole venue to ourselves and took advantage of the different settings including the ballroom and the decadent bridal suite, the four poster bed was perfect to show off my super glam ostrich feather shrug to the max. The whole team were fabulous on the day and the McAvoys stunning images speak for themselves.

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Visit the new website www.wraporshrug.co.uk to view the collection prices from £72 – £170.  

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Wrapor’s unique designs have the appearance of a traditional wrap, but are tailored to hug your shoulders and will stay in place on or off the shoulders if you prefer. The garments are made to match or compliment your dress fabric. Wrapor provide fabric samples to match up to your dress before you place your order.

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Don’t miss the Wrapor Facebook Sample Sale! There will be a one day Wrapor Facebook sample sale on Thursday 19th July, at 7pm. Perfect samples, from £40 – £60 including the designs made for this shoot and as many more. Become a fan of the Wrapor Facebook page and put the date of the sale in your diary.

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Wedding Blog WINNER – Wrapor Bridal Bolero

August 7th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Continuing with the fun announcements today, wanna know who is taking home a gorgeous bespoke Wrapor bridal shrug?

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I do!  You all left such lovely comments on the competition post, so I have a feeling you might too…

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Well done to…

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  • Eve Jenkins

    July 14, 2011 | Would love to win one of these for my lovely big sister! I know she loves the idea already and this would be a great surprise! Not going to bring out any sob stories x factor style but all I will say is she really deserves the best! Good luck to all the brides to be! x

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    Congratulations Eve, I have a feeling you are going to be very popular with your big sis!  You have won any Wrapor shrug or bolero listed on the website for her, made to match or compliment your dress up to the value of £105.

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    Contact me as soon as possible to claim your prize!

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    Winner chosen at random. 

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    Wrap Or Shrug? A Brilliant Bridal Bolero Giveaway

    July 7th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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    Isn’t the week flying by Brides Up North?!  And guess what!  The giveaways keep coming!  This afternoon on the wedding blog, I have a special treat lined up from Wrapor – Wraps tailored to fit you beautifully. 

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    In 2007 a friend asked bridal wear seamstress Kay McEllin if she could help to cover a small tattoo on her shoulder on her wedding day.  Kay says: Kelly wasn’t too keen on bolero jackets, but instead requested a minimalistic style to just cover her shoulders and to compliment her dress without overpowering it.

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    After several attempts with matching satin the Wrapor shrug was born! Kelly wore the new creation all day and into the evening and it stayed in place effortlessly, even on the dance floor… she absolutely loved it!

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    The clever design looks like a traditional wrap from the front, but is tailored to slip on like a jacket without fastenings of any kind, and is made to match to fabric of your dress. Perfect if you would just like a little coverage to upper arms and shoulders, for added confidence, modesty or warmth on your big day.

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    To find out more visit the Wrapor website

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    Today on Brides Up North, Wrapor is giving one lucky Brides Up North reader the chance to win any Wrapor shrug or bolero listed on the website, made to match or compliment your dress up to the value of £105.

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    The prize includes fabric samples to ensure a perfect match to your dress.

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    Just leave a comment on this post to enter!*

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    Competition closes at 12pm on 6 August 2011.

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    *Exclusive designs only available from www.wraporshrug.co.uk

    *Wide range of fabrics and colours available, including: lace, silk, chiffon, and faux fur

    *Made to order in the UK in sizes 6-30

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    *Winner will be drawn at random.  No cash alterative.  Entrants will automatically be entered into the Brides Up North Monthly Newsletter.  No spam and I would never sell your email address on to third parties.  In this instance, entrants email addresses will be passed on to Wrapor only. 

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