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pure elegance. pronovias for a classic wedding at lartington hall – stephanie & lee

October 16th, 2017 | Julia Braime

LEE SCULLION

There is no finer way to begin your week than poring over this utterly divine real wedding that takes place at one of our very favourite Northern venues, the stunning Lartington Hall.

Bride and groom, Stephanie and Lee, equally fell for this utterly beautiful setting for their big day with wow-worthy interiors, gorgeous gardens and impressive entertaining spaces as standard.

Keen to complement rather than complicate, the couple decided to let the venue speak for itself and add simple décor using an elegant colour scheme of golds, creams and blush, with whimsical flowers and greenery to complete their classic vision.

Our heart is totally stolen by Stephanie’s pretty Pronovias gown, complete with cathedral-length veil and pointy Emmy shoes. Actual #stylinggoals!

With images by Lee Scullion. Video by Brides Up North Sponsor, Silver Sixpence Films.

Lee and Stephanie from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

stephanie says: We got engaged in New York on Christmas Eve 2015. I had no idea Lee was going to propose. We had always talked about getting married but always thought it would be in a few more years (even though we had already been together for eight years). We were just walking through Central Park on the morning of Christmas Eve and Lee asked me if I would like to marry him. There was no one else around and he had a little box hidden in his pocket with a note inside. He knows how particular I am so wanted to take me with him so we could choose a ring together. We then went to Tavern On The Green for lunch.

LEE SCULLION

Our wedding date was May 13th 2017. At first, I was a bit dubious about choosing the 13th however we decided to ignore superstition and make 13 a lucky number for us. Plus, it meant all of our favourite suppliers were also available on that day as no one else wanted it!

We got married at Whitburn Parish Church and then went on to the beautiful Lartington Hall, Teesdale, for our reception.

From such a young age I always wanted to get married in my parish church so there was no doubt that the wedding ceremony was going to be there. As for the reception, we wanted a venue where none of our friends and family had been before. And me being me, wanted attention to detail and somewhere that had the wow factor.

We had heard of Lartington Hall but always thought it was a little bit too far (considering we were getting married in Whitburn) but after months of searching for the perfect place we decided to go and view it. We fell in love straight away!

We just wanted our wedding to be traditional, timeless and elegant and to reflect the beauty of Whitburn church and Lartington Hall. When choosing everything we pretty much did a full circle. We started off with very traditional ideas, moved to more rustic themes and then once the venue had been decided, we moved back to elegant and classic. I also wanted the flowers to be very whimsical and full of creams and greens.

For our stationery we chose Megan at Rosewood Co. We had seen Megan’s designs at a wedding fair so made an appointment so she could personalise something for us. Again, we went for very simple and elegant with a pearl ivory pocket fold wedding invitation tied with an ivory ribbon and name tag. The evening invitations had a hand drawn image of Lartington Hall on and the order of service had a hand drawn image of Whitburn Parish Church on. Our name place cards also had an image of Lartington Hall on and were finished with some dried flowers and ivory ribbon. Megan was extremely helpful and was in contact all of the time making sure it was exactly what we wanted. We again had some lovely comments from our guests about the stationery. It all turned out to be just what we wanted.

We went for very neutral colour scheme overall of golds, creams and blush. Again, we wanted the colours to be elegant and classic but also have a summery feel. I also thought about the colours that would suit my bridesmaids.

LEE SCULLION

My wedding gown was a Pronovias design from Mia Sposa in Newcastle. Every time I looked at wedding dresses I searched ‘plain wedding dresses’ so knew I was going to go for something very simple and traditional. I also loved the Pronovias designs. My chosen dress was the first one I tried on. I did try a few other different styles on but knew that the first one was ‘the one’. I also feel that because it had a full skirt, it suited the grandeur of a church wedding.

With the dress being very simple, I decided to have a crystal and pearl vine hair piece in my hair and a single tier, chapel-length veil which was edged with lace, also from Mia Sposa.

I also wanted to treat myself to a special pair of shoes and knew that I always wanted pointy shoes rather than sandals or a peep toe. I saw a pair of Emmy shoes at a wedding fair and fell in love with them straight away.

For jewellery, I wore a pair of single pearl earrings that belonged to my nanna (something old) and a pearl bracelet to match.

LEE SCULLION

It wasn’t too difficult for Lee to choose a suit either. He knew that he wanted to wear something a bit different as he ‘could wear a navy suit anytime,’ so he went for a tux. We hired his tux from Moss Bros. We also felt like this reflected the vintage/1920s feel of Lartington Hall. Many people said you don’t really wear tuxedos for church weddings but again we wanted to be a bit different so just went ahead with it. His shoes were from Kurt Geiger. The groomsmen wore the same as Lee.

The bridesmaid’s dresses were peach and were from Watters, which we bought from Laura Lea Boutique in Old Eldon Square, Newcastle. The girl there was so friendly and helpful and knew exactly what styles suited different body shapes.

The bridesmaids also wore matching heart shaped, crystal earrings and necklace from Swarovski – which we bought them as a gift.

LEE SCULLION

Marie Scroggins at ND Makeup did our hair and makeup. Marie was so helpful and such a lovely girl to share the morning of the wedding with. I have known Marie a while and always knew I wanted her to do my wedding hair and makeup. She offered advice both at the trial and on the day but also listened to mine and the bridesmaid’s requests and ideas.

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Northern Soul… And The Rest! Supplier Showcase: Alive Network Entertainment Agency

May 7th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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When you’re looking for entertainment for your wedding, there is so much choice it can be confusing. And once you start making choices, it can start to seem really expensive when wedding bands and performers ask where your event is, and then start saying; “Oh, you’re North of London, that’s a lot more money”.

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier and leading online live music agency Alive Network can solve both those problems because they offer a great range of artists all based in the North, so you get top quality entertainment at proper Northern prices!

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But which entertainment to choose, and for what part of the wedding day?  Luckily, they are dropping by the blog this afternoon with some sound advice, and a few recommendations…

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Alive Network say:  It’s actually much easier if you just break down your wedding day into the three main stages:

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1. Your wedding ceremony

2. Your drinks reception and/or wedding meal

3. Your wedding reception party

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Your Wedding Ceremony Music

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Live music at your wedding is so special, yet so many brides reject the idea of live musicians at their civil wedding in a registry office or hotel simply because they think there won’t be enough room. Don’t worry – most rooms have corners plenty big enough for a harpist, a soloist, duo or even a string quartet. Wedding music doesn’t have to mean classical music either: three of the North’s best string quartets, The Lancashire String Quartet, Yorkshire Strings, and Solar Strings also play film themes, jazz, modern pop songs and even Bollywood!

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The Lancashire String Quartet

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It’s amazing the quality of musicians available for weddings too: Northern harpist Bella Rose has played for major orchestras around the world and even the Moscow City Ballet, but she’ll play your favourite classical, popular, musicals and folk tunes at your wedding too – how cool is that!

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Bella Rose Harpist

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If you want a more contemporary sound, look at soloists, duos and trios to entertain and delight your guests before you and your other half arrive, and also to play during the signing of the register. If you’re planning a Merseyside wedding, you are particularly spoilt for choice: Dylan Parson is a superb guitarist and vocalist with gives classic songs a special twist, whilst solo singer and guitarist Jade can add soulful elegance to your ceremony. Or, jazz up the ceremony with a bit of sax appeal with Liverpool-based saxophonists Viva La Sax and Cool Notes.

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Dylan Parson

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Your Drinks Reception and Wedding Breakfast Entertainment

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You need some entertainment for your drinks reception, because you and your family will be off posing for photos. And it’s always nice to have some entertainment at a wedding meal, especially if there are younger guests who might be bored long before the speeches even start.

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Here’s a canny Northerner trick; you can ask your wedding ceremony entertainers to entertain again at your reception! Most musicians would far rather come and play for a good while than just turn up for a 30-minute ceremony, so just ask..

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For the younger guests, add a touch of Harry Potter wizardry to your wedding with a roving magician. Leeds based magician, Louis Cyphre, will literally light up each table with slick, stylish and elegant close up magic, and the kids will adore him!

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Louis Cyphre

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For a touch of glamour and finesse, the Northern Violinist can wander amongst your tables as she plays, a stunning musician who will delight with her playing and keep the chaps happy too… Or surprise your guests with The Singing Servers from Lancashire, seemingly ordinary waiters and waitresses that suddenly burst into song!

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The Singing Servers

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For fun, energetic background music, try the Bury based Vintage Pianist, playing music from the era of Prohibition and silent films by the likes of Fats Waller, Scott Joplin, Charlie Chaplin. If you’d prefer a more gentle, laid back feel, book a jazz and blues duo for an intimate yet crowd-pleasing sound. Just Us sax and guitar duo from Leeds offer a great sound for small spaces, while jazz duo Indigo Moment from Manchester play music from the 1920s through to Rat Pack. And talking of Rat Pack, vocals don’t come smoother than the sophisticated tones of Lancashire lad Russell Shaun, one of the best swing singers in the North.

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Russell Shaun

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Your Wedding Reception

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Remember how your wedding ceremony musicians can also entertain at your wedding drinks reception and meal? So, Rat Pack singer Russell Shaun can come with a full band for a great evening of Las Vegas style vocals. Or your party function band may offer an acoustic set of two or three players from the main band as music for drinks and for the wedding breakfast, so you and your guests can enjoy superb music all day long.

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What type of band you book depends on what kind of music you think your guests will enjoy. Remember, you need to keep them entertained, excited and on that dance floor, because when your guests are having fun, so will you!

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For a party atmosphere and a mix of music to suit all ages, book a party or function band.

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The Rips

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For a proper show with style and lots of hits, consider tribute bands or tribute acts.

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The King

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For a fun time all night with everyone up on the dance floor regardless of musical tastes, age or dance ability (!), book a swing and jive band.

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Blue Note Mitch And The Red Hot Jacks

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And if you were thinking of booking a DJ, book a live function band instead – most offer a DJ option for when they are not playing, saving you serious cash!

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Party and Function Bands in Northern England

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Some of the best UK function and party bands (sometimes called cover bands) are based up North. The Northern Monkeys perform classics from The Beatles to modern legends The Arctic Monkeys, with a DJ service on request.

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The Northern Monkeys

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Groove City is a fabulous function/party band of six young versatile and extremely talented musicians ready to keep the party jumping all night.

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Groove City

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The Rips are a cool, edgy and exceptionally talented rock and pop band that love their music, from the Rolling Stones to Lady Gaga! The Firebirds take the best modern songs and give them a retro vibe for a sound that’s cool and hip and groovy and wicked and…

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The Firebirds

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Top Tribute Acts and Tribute Artists Based in the North

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Love Adele? You’ll adore Ultimate Adele! Accurately imitating Adele’s wardrobe, stage presence plus her rich and soulful voice, Ultimate Adele will wow you and your guests. Prefer the legendary Elvis? He’s alive and kickin’ in Lancashire, thanks to The King, a leading Elvis Presley tribute with authentic sound, style & stage presence. And who can resist the fun antics, classic Motown and sunglasses of The Blue Brothers Live, an authentic all-star show band with no less than 11 top musicians playing for your entertainment pleasure!

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The Blues Brothers Live

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Swing and Jive Bands: Non-stop Dance Entertainment

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Swing and jive bands are a great way to get everyone involved, from great grannies to great nephews. Players with Blue Note Mitch and The Red Hot Jacks have toured the world, played for major festivals such as Glastonbury, and can provide dance-floor-filling music for your wedding! The Jive City Swingers are a hot swing rhythm & blues band from Yorkshire guaranteed to get you jumping & jiving to the classic hits, while Tipitina are a good time New Orleans band (from Preston!), positively humming with youthful energy, polished musicianship, and originality.

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The Jive City Swingers

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How to Book Your Wedding Entertainment

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Alive Network’s website is like a one-stop show for booking wedding entertainment. On the band or performer’s Profile page, you can hear demo tracks, watch videos, see photos, read the set list, browse reviews from happy clients, get performance information, and even find out special offers, such as free DJ options from Northern function bands. You can create a Wish List of performers, get free online quotes for fees including travel, and ring for more details as required. Once you book, you’ll receive a proper binding contract securing your booking, a dedicated booking manager, and the backup of a national live entertainment agency that’s got over 55,000 successful bookings under its belt!

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Alive Network Entertainment Agency

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Alive Network Entertainment Agency is the UK’s largest live music and entertainment service, with over 4000 experienced musicians, bands and groups on its books.

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Specialising in wedding entertainment and UK function bands, Alive Network also offers a diverse range of musical styles, from classical to mariachi bands, Bollywood to big band, opera singers to bagpipers. Event organisers can also browse a selection of the UK’s best DJs and discos, plus an impressive range of entertainers from caricaturists to toast masters, and specialist suppliers for firework displays and PA hire.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 supplied by Alive Network

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