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festival feels. sunflowers & smiles for a colourful outdoor wedding at abbeywood estate – alana & david

November 23rd, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Colourful Festival Wedding (c) Anna Beth Photography (41)

Forever fans of a festival wedding (have you seen that our WEDFEST’18 tour dates are out?!), we’re thrilled to be sharing the wonderfully relaxed and joyful wedding of David and Alana on the blog today.

Falling in love with the beautiful gardens of Abbeywood Estate, Delamere, they decided to wed outdoors, making the most of the gorgeous surroundings and countryside views beyond.

Keen for an informal rather than traditional celebration, the proceedings were laidback but fun with a prosecco afternoon tea wedding breakfast, garden games, colourful leis for favours and live entertainment.

To remain within budget, David and Alana planned, sourced and styled much of the décor themselves resulting in both pretty and personal touches being peppered throughout their day.

With images by Anna Beth Photography.

A Colourful Festival Wedding (c) Anna Beth Photography (20)

alana says: We got engaged during a weekend trip to Venice in March 2016 to celebrate our ten-year anniversary. We went out for a meal in the evening and then for a walk. David had asked during the day where my favourite view was from and I had said the Ponte dell’Accademia over the grand canal. At around 10pm we arrived at this spot and took some photos while David looked around for someone who spoke English to take our photo (I thought this was odd as we had so many photos in that spot from that day). We eventually found a young couple who spoke English and the woman took one photo, David asked for her to take another and when I turned to look at him, he was down on one knee. I said “yes” of course and the woman captured the moment. Such a magical moment. Afterwards we went for champagne at Danieli. Perfect end to a perfect night!

A Colourful Festival Wedding (c) Anna Beth Photography (2)

We got married on Friday 1st September 2017.  We wanted to get married late summer and this date seemed perfect!

Our wedding took place at Abbeywood Estate, Delamere. The ceremony took place within their gardens and reception took place in the Glasshouse. We chose this venue as it is a beautiful with amazing gardens and close to home. We could have the ceremony and the reception in one place and we could also have our dog with us to share our day. Having our ceremony outside allowed us to have a beautiful backdrop of the Cheshire hills and stunning gardens of Abbeywood.

A Colourful Festival Wedding (c) Anna Beth Photography (78)

We decided on a more relaxed style of wedding as it reflected our personalities more than a traditional style. We started off with a festival theme in mind but as time went on it turned into a festival/garden party with lots of music, games and a very relaxed atmosphere.

We didn’t have a colour scheme in mind. David hates everyone wearing the same colour so my bridesmaids wore nude dresses from ASOS, and the best men and ushers wore grey and blue. We wanted it to be bright so had blue, purple and pink bunting, and all our guests were given different coloured leis to wear for the reception.

A Colourful Festival Wedding (c) Anna Beth Photography (61)

My dress was an off-the-shoulder design. I tried on so many dresses in various boutiques however, I purchased my dress from Oxfam Bridal on the Wirral. From the moment I put this dress on it felt like my dress – I felt like a bride. The dress I bought was strapless and I bought a bolero (from eBay – still had tags on) to make it into the vision I had in my head since we got engaged.

David designed his own outfit and put it together from various different shops, including Next, ASOS and eBay. He wanted something he could keep. He wore blue trousers, blue and grey tweed waistcoat, a Thompson tartan tie, brown shoes and bright blue laces.

The best men and other groomsmen provided their own trousers and shoes and we provided blue braces from Primark and knitted blue and white polka dot bowties from eBay.

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cute & colourful. a quirky wedding full of music & rainbows – hilary & mike

July 23rd, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Colourful Wedding in Leeds (c) Eleanor Woodruff Photography (23)

Today’s bride and groom are currently living outside of the UK due to spouse visa restrictions which have caused them and their families a lot of heartache.  Their wedding was bittersweet as their friends realised that they had to leave the country because they were getting married, which made it all the more important that their celebration was extra special.

Hilary and Mike proved that your big day doesn’t have to cost the earth in order to have the time of your lives.  Full of original styling touches, hand made elements and bursts of bright colour, Hilary & Mike’s perfectly personal quirky wedding day reflects their individuality beautifully.

Images by Eleanor Woodruff Photography.

Wedding of Hilary & Mike Kemp by Eleanor Woodruff Photography

hilary says: Our engagement story is absolutely hilarious and, according to our friends, no one could botch it quite like we did. We were on holiday in Cap Ferret, France in June 2013, and Mike had been secretly planning this for ages… he’d organised the barbecue, the beach, and even the sunset, but when it came to the critical moment he realised he’d forgotten to buy a ring or phrase the question! So looking rather ill (“food poisoning”), he steered the conversation towards “What the Bible says about marriage…”, much to my bewilderment. He finally managed to ask, “So… how ’bout it then?” To be fair, I didn’t get the answering part right either – I laughed and thought he was joking, then sobered up and said yes, then cried and said no, then walked down to the other end of the beach to think about it, and finally came back half an hour later with a definite yes.

Hilary and Mike Kemp's Wedding by Eleanor Woodruff Photography

We got married on Saturday 12th July 2014. We chose Left Bank Leeds for our venue, ultimately for the price and the DIY aspect of the space – which meant that we could rent the building for the day and move furniture around in between the ceremony and the reception, saving us paying for two venues and worrying about transport in between! We had an incredible team of friends resetting the hall for us while guests had drinks and photos taken outside. That Left Bank is a beautiful old church building which was another plus point for us as Christians.

Wedding of Hilary & Mike Kemp by Eleanor Woodruff Photography

We didn’t really have a theme, unless you count “a tight budget” as one! When planning the wedding we were a little daunted by the perfect, fairytale weddings we were seeing everywhere – we’re the least “bridal” couple we know, and as you might have guessed from our engagement story, far from perfect. In the end we just went with what reflected our personality best and made us feel most comfortable, which meant lots of origami flowers in recycled wine bottles, tea lights in jam jars we’d collected all year, and haphazard splashes of bright colour everywhere. This actually made it the perfect wedding for us because it represented our crazy and pragmatic sides so much better.

We used royal blue as a backdrop to hold all the splashes of brighter colour together, and also because everyone in the bridal party looked good in it – a bigger consideration than you might think in mixed race marriages!

Hilary and Mike Kemp's Wedding by Eleanor Woodruff Photography

My dress was from BHS and tailored to size by the lovely Sophie Davies Tailoring. Being 4’11” dress shopping is difficult at the best of times, and I’d got to the point where I was trying on First Communion dresses when I found this one, in the most unlikely of places! It was everything I wanted – a beautiful muted colour from the creamy lace material and champagne lining, not wider than I am tall and with straps to alleviate my fears of a wardrobe malfunction. Sophie did some magic and made the dress fit like a glove, also shortening it (by about a foot) from the waist to save the lace hem – something that a different tailor I had originally gone to wouldn’t do. She is incredibly talented and I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.

My shoes were from New Look and specifically chosen to narrow the foot and a half in height difference between me and Mike! It meant that I had some difficulty walking downhill but it was a small price to pay.

Wedding of Hilary & Mike Kemp by Eleanor Woodruff Photography

Mike is 6’4″ and has different problems altogether when buying clothes. He swears by Marks and Spencer‘s suits, and would do no different for his wedding day. He wore a slim extra-long suit in charcoal grey, a blue-and-white dogtooth bowtie with matching pocket square and, to my chagrin, a pair of Arsenal cufflinks.

Hilary and Mike Kemp's Wedding by Eleanor Woodruff Photography

We were fortunate to find dresses for the bridesmaids in a style quite similar to my dress in New Look! I definitely wanted dresses that they could wear again, and this fit the bill perfectly, also surprisingly in a shape and colour that suits them all. The dresses originally came with brown belts but the girls swapped these out for white ribbons. They wore their own shoes and I loved how this added to all the colour on the day.

Mike had two best men – his brother Andrew and his best friend Mike. Andrew has an amazing waistcoat and bowtie with multi-coloured frogs on a hot pink background which we absolutely wanted him to wear, and we brightened Mike’s wardrobe up with a colourful polka-dotted bowtie. Our ushers (unfortunately not photographed as they were moving furniture) wore royal blue ties with elephants. The blokes that did make the photos were my “Ugly Bridesmaids”, my housemates without whom a lot of the wedding would not be possible. They could wear whatever they wanted.

A Colourful Wedding in Leeds (c) Eleanor Woodruff Photography (22)

We didn’t hire any transport, we were each driven to the venue by our friends/family. Mike’s driver made a detour for petrol on the way to the venue!

Wedding of Hilary & Mike Kemp by Eleanor Woodruff Photography

Our wedding was photographed by the amazing Eleanor Woodruff Photography. Ellie had photographed another wedding at which Mike was best man, and we were drawn by the amount of personality she captured in those photos and how genuine she made the day look. Ellie took the time to meet up before the big day to find out more about us, scout out the venue, and go over a list of family photos. Being far more experienced with weddings than we were she also had many handy organisational tips for the day! The photos of our day are full of character and absolutely perfect, we cannot thank her enough for what a great job she’s done.

Hilary and Mike Kemp's Wedding by Eleanor Woodruff Photography

My bridal bouquet was made by my friend Liv, whose origami skills know no bounds. She’d layered so many papers, textures, and beads – it was more beautiful than I could have imagined.

We didn’t have any real flowers on the day because I was paranoid about hayfever and sneezing my way down the aisle (I opted to trip down it in my 6-inch heels instead). I had the idea to do origami flowers and folded some of them to begin with, but the vast majority of it was down to an amazing team of friends and family who folded away for several hours the day before the wedding. We also had plenty of balloons and colourful bunting for a fun touch, home-made confetti and fairy lights around the hall. The table settings were my favourite – each table had a white tablecloth, a royal blue runner, multi-coloured napkins, candles and a wine bottle-full of colourful origami flowers.

A Colourful Wedding in Leeds (c) Eleanor Woodruff Photography (47)

Mike’s Uncle Keith made the cake based on a picture that we’d shown him on Google. Everyone agreed that he needed a career change from train driving! The cake had three tiers covered in white icing, each made by a different family member and iced by Uncle Keith. He also stuck on individual pieces of edible confetti to form a cascading effect down the side and tied royal blue ribbons around each tier – if anything it looked better than the original that inspired us! The cake was topped by a champagne glass filled with more edible confetti, and engraved with our names and the date of our wedding.

Hilary and Mike Kemp's Wedding by Eleanor Woodruff Photography

Following our DIY-origami theme, we had DIY spring rolls for our first course, a great conversation starter for our guests who didn’t know each other! We also had bring-and-share salad and desserts, which turned out to be a great idea as there was an incredible variety of food to choose from. Our main was a hog roast provided by Boss Hog Yorkshire. There was SO MUCH food and everyone was well and truly stuffed.

Left Bank Leeds provided the drinks: beers and soft drinks from Samuel Smiths Brewery, a local company, and a selection of Fairtrade wines.

Hilary and Mike Kemp's Wedding by Eleanor Woodruff Photography

It made no sense to us to hire a band when several of our friends are musicians, so we organised an open mic for entertainment during the meal. Our friends absolutely did not disappoint and we had such a good evening, with everything from classical violin to 5-piece band. After the meal we pushed the tables aside for a ceilidh, with music from Ermine Street Band. Everyone loves a good ceilidh, and there was plenty of screaming, shouting and laughing.

Our vast height difference does not lend itself well to dancing, so we opted to do a “first duet” instead. We sang the song “Without You” by AJ Rafael, a song which I sang to Mike on Skype while we were long-distance, and made him cry. Mike was on guitar and I played piano.

Hilary and Mike Kemp's Wedding by Eleanor Woodruff Photography

For our honeymoon we went on a cooking holiday in the Loire Valley in France. This was a real treat for us as we’re nuts about French food. We were the only guests at the B&B as we went mid-week, and Lesley went out of her way to make things especially lovely for us! We enjoyed every moment of it and would totally recommend it to anyone else looking for a more hands-on holiday.

Hilary and Mike Kemp's Wedding by Eleanor Woodruff Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that a spectacular wedding doesn’t have to cost the earth – we managed to source most of our decorations from eBay and Amazon, or supermarkets and discount shops like Home Bargains. High street stores also turned up some pretty surprising and budget-friendly clothing finds for the wedding party! Putting a bit of elbow grease and creativity into the preparations also helped cut costs, and we’re grateful for all the incredible friends we had around to lend us a DIY-hand. Finally, don’t worry too much about having to put on a spectacular show to impress the guests – they turned up to celebrate “us” in all our quirkiness and loved how much the wedding reflected our wacky personalities!

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Less Cash, More Class. A Real Wedding (On A Budget!) In York- Stef & Rich

June 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

York Wedding by Emilia Smith

When Brides Up North reader Stef first contacted me asking if I’d like to share her Real Wedding memories, she made it clear that she was extremely proud to have planned her big day whilst sticking to quite a narrow budget (in comparison to the “average” spend), and very much wanted to show other Brides Up North that you can have the day of your dreams without getting yourself into debt. 

It might mean that there aren’t any “getting ready” shots or images of Stef and Rich’s wedding breakfast to share today (they had mates ready with a camera for those bits instead) but it did mean that they start their lives together money-worry free.  An excellent trade off, in my opinion. They don’t seem particularly put out by the lack of all those “details” that we are conditioned to think should make up a good wedding either.

C’mon, I’m a wedding blogger – it goes without saying that I love a huge blowout bash – but I like a refreshing (and savvy) approach too.  Don’t be afraid to work out a budget for your big day and then – here’s the clever part – stick to it.  If there’s money in the pot and you want to, go large (and send me the photos!), but if you’d rather save a few pennies for rainier days, that’s fine too.

Kudos to you Stef, your wedding looks like it was awesome.

With images by Emilia Smith.

 

York Wedding by Emilia Smith

Stef says: We got engaged on holiday in Bulgaria. We went on holiday with a group of friends, their children and my step daughter. Rich said he wanted to take me out for a meal on our own.

Next thing I know a horse and carriage pulls up. I knew instantly what he was up to. I was so nervous… but very happy. He asked me on the carriage. We didn’t go for dinner as we decided to go back to the hotel, buy champagne and celebrate with our friends and later we all went for a wonderful meal on the beach.

The ring was perfect! So different and so perfectly me.

York Wedding by Emilia Smith

Our wedding date was 29th March 2014. I ran York marathon in October 2013 and after the marathon we walked round York and saw York Registry Office. We went in and had a look. We both instantly knew that was where we wanted our small ceremony to be. We paid the deposit without a second thought.

York Wedding by Emilia Smith

York Wedding by Emilia Smith

We picked vintage blues and pinks and went for a tea party style. I love pink and we like to coordinate outfits a lot (yawn!) so we naturally went for pink and blue. 

York Wedding by Emilia Smith

York Wedding by Emilia Smith

I wanted a tea length 50’s style dress. I found it at Deborah Moore Bridal and it was by Pronovias. I was originally going to get a high street dress or a bridesmaid dress as our budget was so small but I went with my best friend to try on dresses and saw “my dress”.  It was in the sale at more than half price but it was a full length gown. We played around with some pins and I decided to buy it and alter it.  I was so delighted with it and it is still hanging over my bed! It fits with my style perfectly… it’s different but still elegant and very “weddingy”. 

York Wedding by Emilia Smith

My husband got his suit from the internet. It was extremely cheap but we ordered it and had it altered. He wore all blue with a blue dickie bow and his favourite blue suede brogues.

York Wedding by Emilia Smith

York Wedding by Emilia Smith

As we were on a strict budget we asked all our guests to wear what they wanted and informed them of the colour scheme and theme of the wedding. Our friends and family know us well and all followed our wishes.

I had my beautiful step daughter as my flower girl. We got her (unworn) dress from a second hand bridal shop called Bridal Reloved in Beverley.  She wanted a dress similar to mine and we wore matching shoes that we won on an auction site and I bought pink near shoe clips to jazz them up.

York Wedding by Emilia Smith

York Wedding by Emilia Smith

York Wedding by Emilia Smith

My photographer was a friend of a friend. Her name is Emilia smith (freelance). She was brilliant and we had such a wonderful experience with her

York Wedding by Emilia Smith

York Wedding by Emilia Smith

I wanted silk flowers mainly to keep them forever but also as they cost much much less.  I found a lady who makes bouquets on Etsy and I emailed asking for a custom order. I sent her pictures of our shoes and general theme and ordered two bouquets, a hair clip, and a button hole for my husband.

I made button holes for the guests from wool and pipe cleaners. I was super pleased with how it all turned out. The registry office had flowers of their own and we didn’t feel the need to have any more.

My mum made wooden spoons with bells and ribbons on… this was for the guests to shake and wave when we came out of the ceremony room. They were a fun and quirky idea and the kids loved them.

York Wedding by Emilia Smith

York Wedding by Emilia Smith

We opted for a champagne afternoon tea at the Grange Hotel, York.

I was very informal, with no seating plan.  We arranged sofas and comfy chairs so people could sit with who they wished and it was very relaxed.

For our evening shindig we served curry and cake. We had such a wonderful peaceful day – we wanted our night party to be a good knees up and it was!

York Wedding by Emilia Smith

The best part of the day for me was having the photographs in the city with just me and my husband.

We got a lot of attention and it was so much fun. We wanted the photos to be fun and capture our personalities and we wanted them to be natural. The weather was fantastic and it was such a wonderful buzz. We were on cloud nine!

York Wedding by Emilia Smith

York Wedding by Emilia Smith

York Wedding by Emilia Smith

York Wedding by Emilia Smith

We went to Tunisia for our honeymoon. Again we were on a budget and we shopped around. We did lots of activities like wine tasting, camel riding and had a spa day. It was a lovely hotel and as it was “out of season” the value for money was unbelievable… ultimately all that mattered to us was a bit of sun and seven days to be together.  Everything else was a bonus.

York Wedding by Emilia Smith

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to do what you want and don’t do things because they are expected. We feel that people spend a lot of money on things that are forgotten. We had a budget of £3000 and that had to include the honeymoon. We had a wonderful experience and we are now married and we don’t have any debts to pay. Don’t be afraid to ask friends for favours… we did and it was the best move we made, and also included them in our day.

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Congratulations Stef & Rich!

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True Blue. A Real Wedding In Middlesbrough – Kelly & Greg

August 10th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Sally T Photography

Its been an epic week of beautiful Real Weddings here at Brides Up North, so I thought I’d wrap up with another stunner this Saturday.  As you all head off to enjoy your weekends, I’ll leave you with Kelly and Greg’s cool blue celebration in Middlesbrough, proving that beautiful can be done on a budget. 

With images by Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Kelly says:  We tied the knot on 23rd March 2013 at Middlesbrough Town Hall.  We choose this venue as it was somewhere different, nobody had ever held a traditional wedding ceremony there and we loved the historic value and architecture of the Town Hall.

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We decided to use the décor and colours of the town hall as part of our inspiration, deep reds, navy and dark wood, and all the little touches like the bouquets, flowers and bridesmaids dresses tied in together with that. 

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I’ve never dreamed of my wedding day so didn’t have any particular ideas and just went with the flow.  I wanted to make the day relaxing and enjoyable for us and our friends and family.

Each bit of our wedding was about us.  We tried to spend as little as possible and spent money on what we thought mattered which was the food and alcohol! Everything just fitted into place and the venue just made the day even more special and it’s in the centre of our Town where we grew up. We hope we showed everyone how much me and Greg love each other through the most wonderful day of our lives and one we will treasure and never forget.

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

My dress was from Bridal Factory Outlet in Northallerton.  It just felt right, it fitted perfectly and looked beautiful. I loved the detailing of the pearls and stones on the dress and just felt like the dress was just made for me.

My earrings were given to me by my mam. I didn’t wear any other jewellery as I felt I had enough sparkle in my bouquet and on my dress. My beautiful garter was made by What Katy Did Next.

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We wanted something simple and pretty for the flower girls and my adult bridesmaids wore navy on cream and cream on navy dresses from Debenhams accessorised with gem headpieces I found in a boutique in Middlesbrough.

Greg had his suit made especially for him by G Russell Tailor in Billingham. 

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Floral Dreamz made my and the bridesmaids’ bouquets. I had been searching for a florist that made crystal brooch bouquets for a long time when I came across these on Facebook. I didn’t like the idea of spending a lot of money on bouquets that were going to be thrown away at the end of the day so I wanted something that I could keep forever. I couldn’t have been happier with my choice as they were beautiful and every time I look at my bouquet, it reminds me of our wonderful day. One of my bridesmaids has had hers taken apart and had jewellery made with the brooches which I thought was a lovely idea.

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Sally T Photography

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My car was supplied by my father in law donning his own chauffer’s hat that he got from a fancy dress shop! He made me giggle!

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

There are so many moments but my favourite part was the church service. It was so relaxed but still intimate and having all our family and friends there watching us say our vows was very emotional and special for us both.

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

The flowers on the table were by local florists in Middlesbrough called Butterflies.   Greg and I wanted to keep them simple and not too big as we wanted our guests to be able to see each other across the table.

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I decorated a wall in the room with three heart shaped metal memo boards. To the left heart I attached pictures of me growing up, the one on the right had pictures of Greg growing up and the one in the middle had pictures of me Greg and Sebastian – our son – as a family. I thought it would be nice to show friends and family a story of then and now.

After searching the internet for ideas for an alternative guest book I found the idea of using a ‘Fingerprint Tree’ I purchased a canvas and my friend drew a very beautiful tree on the canvas for me. We then got our guests to put their fingers in ink and put their fingerprints on the tree as leaves and finally writing their names next to it. It looks amazing and from what I’ve heard people enjoyed taking part.

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We used Sally T Photography.  Sally is a truly unique photographer, she captured moments that I would have missed if she wasn’t there to see them for me. Her style is unlike any I’ve seen and we were overwhelmed by her amazing photographs. She captured all those important moments that mattered to us. We couldn’t have chosen a more talented photographer.

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Greg and I wanted a cake that wasn’t iced as we both don’t like icing. I also wanted the cake to be like the wedding ‘a bit of everything all rolled into one’ it was colourful as we didn’t really stick to one colour scheme for the wedding. I had seen a few naked cakes that I liked and showed them to Debbie from Cakes By Debbie.  Each tier had a different flavour jam – strawberry, lemon and blackberry – which gave it some colour too. It was then sprinkled with dry icing and decorated with fresh flowers and fruit (strawberries and blueberries). It looked amazing, I didn’t expect it to look as gorgeous as it did and taste as amazing as it looked. I didn’t want to cut into it. I’m happy to say that every last piece was eaten.

The gorgeous peg cake toppers were made by What Katy Did Next.

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

We choose Flavour for our catering.  Paul our caterer went above and beyond just organising the food.  His team helped set up the room and ensured that the day went smoothly by my schedule. As they’ve catered for a lot of weddings I turned to them for lots of advice. I couldn’t have found a better company to work with.

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

We meet at Middlesbrough Football Club where I work as a Hospitality Bar Supervisor and Greg is a big fan of the Boro so we wanted to include that into the wedding so we named our tables after Middlesbrough Legend Footballers.

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We had a saxophonist to play whilst guests were arriving and during the meal (Harry of Mellow Moments).    He was fantastic. The saxophonist was a surprise for Greg. He loves the saxophone so I knew he would love it.

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

The band was my uncle’s band called Still Active. They played songs from Stone Roses, Killers, The Beatles, Kings of Leon and many more. They were fantastic and had everyone up dancing.

We had our first dance to”Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship. We choose this song as Greg and I were born in the 80’s and that song seemed to follow us around. We didn’t want a slow song – nothing soppy – and to be honest we don’t have a song that we call our own. We choose this song because we love the lyrics, as cheesy as it sounds the words in the song sum us up.

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We are going to Italy for Greg’s sister’s wedding in the Summer so are going to honeymoon for a week around that to relax.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is don’t stress about the small things and if friends and family who have already been married offer you advice don’t just brush it off, think about it as they’ve done it before and know what they are talking about. Take as much help as you can if you are organising all of the wedding as trying to do it all yourself is exhausting. Enjoy every minute!

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Congratulations Kelly & Greg!

 

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Blue Gingham & Butterflies: A Real Wedding In The North East – Rebecca & Christopher

November 7th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today’s stylish Real Wedding sent to me by real bride Rebecca and photographer John Hesford, shows that with a determined make do and mend attitude and an eye to style, even the smallest of budgets can achieve the chicest of wedding days. 

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Saltburn based couple Rebecca and Christopher keep their wedding beautiful as well as ethical and cost effective with a recycled wedding dress, a classic car, a simple colour scheme befitting their stunning coastal venue and beautiful home made detailing.   

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Rebecca says:  We got engaged at the top of the 199 steps in Whitby on 21st April 2011 and were married on 22nd September 2012 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Ingleby Barwick, Stockton. The wedding reception was held at Rushpool Hall in Saltburn.

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We always intended to have a service in church. Rushpool Hall provided the perfect backdrop for our reception since it provided a stunning rural and coastal backdrop, as well as a delicious meal.

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Having considered every theme under the sun, our theme was simply ‘us’. We like to mend and make do (in style) and love nothing more than a countryside meander, hence gingham and butterflies were threaded throughout with a colour scheme of midnight blue and ivory.

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I wore a strapless ivory gown with a fitted bodice, small ‘puddle’ train and a smattering of embroidery, from Oxfam in York and Christopher sported a grey three piece suit, from a local bridal hire shop. My bridesmaids wore simple midnight blue A-line dresses made by a friend of the family.

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On the day we travelled in style in a gorgeous restored Triumph 2000 – my Dad is a classic car fanatic and borrowed this from a friend.

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We made most things ourselves or enlisted the help of friends, so no suppliers were necessary for the cake, table plan, favours, table centrepieces, wedding car and flowers!

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Our cake was made by me and my very patient Mum, which I iced and decorated. The bottom tier was fruit and the top two were Victoria sponge.

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The favours, which doubled up as place cards, were miniature jam jars filled with jelly beans and topped with gingham and raffia. The table centrepieces were sweet trees, assembled by us and a willing team of friends and family.

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My favourite part of the day was sharing in our family and friends’ happiness following the ceremony.

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Since we only had the following Monday off, as Chris had only recently started a new job, we settled for a Honey-Monday!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to  avoid letting wedding planning take over your life and keep it simple. Ensure that you make time for one another on the big day; your guests will enjoy themselves whether you mingle extensively or not.

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HEARTCongratulations Rebecca & Christopher! HEART

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Contact me to see your own Real Wedding on the pages of Brides Up North!

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  – Images © 2012 John Hesford

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The Age of Austerity: A Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot In Yorkshire

June 18th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Wait a minute?!  Is that the sun I see?  I’m definitely looking on the bright side this Monday morning as we begin a brand new week!

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Given the current economic climate, that it’s the middle of the month and the fact that the average British couple spends approximately £21,000 of their hard earned cash on their big day, I thought it might be worth looking at a more austere approach to wedding planning this morning.  Even if you’ve saved for years to have the wedding that you have always dreamed of (and there is nothing, I repeat, absolutely nothing wrong with that: your day must be done your way and I always love a properly posh do) if you are starting from scratch it’s always worth looking at ways to tighten the purse strings a little. 

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Whichever way you chose to do it: big budget blow out or otherwise, I hope that you enjoy today’s pretty styled shoot by Rebecca of preloved online wedding store Sell My Wedding and her team.  I just love those cows! 

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Rebecca says: I’m so excited that Brides Up North is featuring a little shoot that we did up on Beverley Westwood – the town’s ancient pasture land and home to lots of roaming cows!

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I got together with a three lovely local people that I met on Twitter and we thought it would be great to do a shoot that not only showcases the beautiful town that we live in but local wedding talents and the continued move away from extravagance to more austerity-led weddings. So we styled a shoot using preloved and secondhand items from Sell My Wedding.

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Rebecca’s top tips to having an austerity wedding

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Whilst us Yorkshire-folk are renowned for our frugality, Brides all over the country are increasingly cutting back on the cost of their wedding day.

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In an age where people are more cost conscious and ethically aware, brides and grooms are looking for ways to keep the cost of their wedding down. There is no longer a stigma to buying secondhand or preloved especially if it means that you can afford the dress of your dreams. With the vintage trend showing no real sign of waning brides-to-be continue to source charity shops and online marketplaces for crockery and old fashioned props.

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There has been a move away from bigger receptions with more couples choosing to have a small party in their garden, village hall or even open farmland like Beverley Westwood.

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Serving afternoon tea rather than a full wedding breakfast has also become a popular way to keep costs down – often with friends and family called in to help bake and make.

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This leads onto DIY and the make do and mend ethos with most brides adding at least a sprinkling of ‘do it yourself’ with homemade bunting and decoupage letters – the perfect accompaniment to a blank canvas such as a marquee or village hall.  Whilst design and stamping your individuality remain important, stationers offering printable press options enable brides-to-be to create unique creations which they can print at home.

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Flowers are still very much a key part of a wedding however with austerity brides selecting much simpler gowns and less elaborate reception locations this is reflected in their flower selection.  Budget led couples are choosing very simple designs using beautiful seasonal flowers more fitting with their overall style, making the most of locally-sourced and seasonal flowers and foliage.

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The Austerity Team

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Rebecca Aspin – Sell My Wedding 

Karen Holgate – Glenholme Florists Beverley

Becky Barnes – Miss Poppy’s Tea Party

Sarah Hathway – Love My Wedding Invites

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