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for the stars. a styled bridal shoot at allerton castle

February 20th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today on Brides Up North, the stunning Allerton Castle in North Yorkshire provides the romantic setting for our styled wedding shoot.

Dating all the way back to 1066, the site is quite literally steeped in history with striking architecture and a captivating gothic interior to match. We’re talking ornate mirrors, candelabras, original fireplaces and spellbinding staircases.

Becki from all You Need is Love Photography paired up with a number of talented suppliers (including Brides Up North Sponsor Blossom and Belle) to create this dreamy yet dramatic bridal look, and we simply adore the bold palette of the bouquet, headpiece and makeup.

Don’t miss our Brides Up North Luxury Bridal Show on Sunday 5th March 2017, 11am till 3pm, Free Entry at this stunning venue! We’re filling the Castle with 30+ of the area’s most brilliant bridal suppliers, live music, bridal fashion, pretty paper, sweet treats, floral designs and all the details.  Come and see the place dressed to the nines to inspire your own perfect wedding day! Click here to register now. 

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becki says: We named the shoot ‘Star Of Love’ which is the variety of astrantia that the florist, Claire Slater Flowers used in the red bouquet, which features in most of the photos. Our model, Daisy, was quite the star, too, wearing a white gown from Blossom and Belle, based in York.

In terms of inspiration for the shoot, we focused on all things vintage. We wanted an opportunity to be creative together, especially as our tastes are so similar; plus we all have a soft spot for anything vintage.

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We loved working together to create such a timeless and elegant look for the shoot. It’s just great to meet like-minded ladies within the wedding industry that can inspire and encourage the best from each other.

Allerton Castle was the most perfect location; each room is breath taking and the staff there are incredible.

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I visited the castle a few years back, and it has always been a dream location for me to photograph. Each element of the shoot fitted together seamlessly and the backdrop of the castle really pulled it all together. It was like stepping into a time machine, as it’s steeped in so much history.

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We didn’t have a specific style from the outset, this emerged as we discussed our favourite looks, and before we knew it, the vintage theme took a life of its own.

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Castles & Pearls! A Real Wedding In The North West – Jennifer & Mike

September 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Jennifer and Mike’s Real Wedding at the stunning Peckforton Castle makes for the perfect Sunday brunch eye-candy.  Put your feet up and enjoy!

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Jennifer says:  We got engaged at home in Little Sutton on Christmas Eve 2010 and were married at Peckforton Castle on March 3rd 2012. 

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I always wanted to get married in a castle and nowhere else locally comes close to Peckforton – it was the obvious choice.

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Our colour choices were white, ivory and pink.

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I wore a Ronald Joyce (Ladonna) princess dress with a diamante and pearl encrusted bodice and tulle skirt from Bespoke Brides, Mollington, Chester and carried a large bouquet of ivory avalanche roses with small amount of diamanté in the centre of each rose from Black Cat Floral Design in Chester (who did all our flowers). 

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My bridesmaids wore blush Dessy bridesmaid dresses which were long to the floor, again by Bespoke Brides in Mollington, Chester. 

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My favourite part of the day was our civil ceremony and blessing in the chapel afterwards, it was so special.

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We arranged a collage of photos of us in a vintage frame next to our cards postbox and guest book.  Our chair covers and details were by Elegant Finishing Touches, Oswestry.

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We chose a four round tiers wedding cake in ivory icing with individual iced pearl detailing from
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We placed photos of our parents on their wedding day in vintage frames next to wedding cake and later served a cake of cheese as a late evening snack in the Castle’s wine cellar after our evening reception.

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After the wedding breakfast we opted for a DJ and evening lighting by Hipswing Entertainments.  

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After the wedding we had a city break honeymoon in Hong Kong and then on to the Maldives to relax.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make sure you take a moment during the day to stop and take it all in together.

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Dales Delight! A Real Wedding At Bolton Castle – Hannah & Mark

August 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Nothing like a stunning castle wedding in the Yorkshire Dales to round off another wonderful week of wedding inspiration here at Brides Up North.  With words by real bride Hannah and a stunning set of images from Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Richard Wynn Davies, this is one for the romantics!

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Hannah says:  Mark asked me to marry him on 7 April 2011, on a bike ride over Threshfield moor above Grassington, and we were married on 2 June 2012 at St Oswald’s Church, Askrigg followed by a reception at Bolton Castle, Wensleydale. 

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We chose both venues for the character, the fact that it was a place that we visited often and both loved and for the gorgeous views and that there was plenty for the guests to explore on the day.  We chose a colour scheme of aubergine and ivory. 

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I chose a corset bodice with an a line skirt, purchased from Carlton Couture in Ripon and made by Trudy Lee.  My bridesmaids wore dresses by Jasmine, from Carlton Couture, Ripon. 

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We spent the morning getting ready and my make up was done by Jo Leversuch of Make Up By Jo.  

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I carried a combination of cream roses, dark purple peonies, sweet peas and freesias, by Sheila Danby Flowers in Ripon. 

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The best bit of the whole day for me was the church service and saying our vows. We also very much enjoyed the dancing in the evening!

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We were drive from the church to the reception in a 1972 Rolls Royce Corniche.

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We don’t like fruit cake so we had a three tier sponge cake with chocolate, lemon and plain flavourings.

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We ordered hand made chutney and jams from local producer Raydale Preserves for our favours.

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We had a ceilidh band in the evening and all the guests were taught various traditional dances.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Thailand for 16 days travelling to Bangkok, Chaing Mai and Koh Phangnan. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax on the day and enjoy the getting ready process. There’s no point stressing over last minute things at that stage, just enjoy it!

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Congratulations Hannah & Mark!

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Playing At Princesses! A Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot In The North West

May 14th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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When Brides Up North Featured Supplier Andrea of Fabulous Day asked me if I would consider featuring a beautiful two part wedding inspiration shoot that she coordinated at the gorgeous Chirk Castle, I didn’t need asking twice.  Let’s get this week off to a stunning start with part one of this talented team’s efforts.

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And hands up… who wants that dress?  Those shoes?………….. an owl?

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Andrea of Fabulous Day takes us behind the scenes: The idea for my very first photo shoot was formed after visiting a big bridal fair in the North West earlier this year and talking to like-minded suppliers. I had been involved with Chirk Castle for a few months and had not long been given the go ahead to hold marquee weddings in their grounds. I really wanted to share this stunning National Trust venue with as many people as possible – it was too beautiful to be kept a secret. A photo shoot seemed the best way to showcase it!

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My first call was to Caroline White Photography – a fab photographer I have worked with on a number of weddings and I knew she would be prefect for capturing all aspects of Chirk.

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When I took her up to visit for the first time we really couldn’t have chosen a worse Winter’s day – heavy rain, low cloud – totally miserable –but even in these grim conditions Caroline was gasping at the beauty of the place. So there we were soaked through excitedly talking about the ideas we had to create a magical shoot!

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Then it was time to hit the phones and talk to people we wanted to work with, I knew the lovely Sara and Tony from Brides Up North Featured Supplier Marry Me Films and they agreed to shoot a ‘behind the scenes’ type video for us.

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Of course you always need a dress, so Caroline and I went to see Wendy at Boda Bridal, we both fell in love with the Danbury Dress by Enzoani (Benjamin Roberts) – it was perfect for what we were looking for on the first part of the shoot! Wendy also kindly agreed to supply a Cameron Ross suit and then she even came along and helped on the day. She also suggested I speak to Gail from Rocks for Frocks to get some great pieces for the model’s hair.  Gail then helped me out further by finding our model Megan.

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One of my brides this year is the very talented Cheryl from Pink Sherbet Designs, so I didn’t have far to look for gorgeous invitations and bespoke stationery to complement the ideas that we were forming.

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Through Cheryl I got to know Helen from Cupcake Revolution and wow did she have fun creating the most exquisite cakes for us – it was shame to eat them at the end of the shoot (but we managed it!).

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For the first part of the shoot Caroline involved Wendy from Flying the Knot – who had two beautiful owls and as the Castle has a Hawk House, it felt only right that we had Angel and Spirit involved and they certainly added an extra dimension to the day –I loved the idea of the owl delivering a love letter!

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David from Frog Flowers providing all the gorgeous flowers for the shoot and Rupert from the Fine Dining Company (one of the preferred caterers at Chirk) also provided us with some delicious fancies to complement the cupcakes.

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To do the hair and make up we had a wonderful makeup artist – Liz Griffiths who was happy to create the look we wanted – quite natural and girly but with a bit of glamour.

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Caroline and I worked very closely in developing the look and feel for the shoot, we had decided to do two on the day, and in the first one we wanted to create a modern princess getting married at her Castle.  We really wanted to showcase the grounds and the beautiful backdrops that Chirk has to offer, as well as the amazing architecture in the Courtyard –we were truly spoilt for choice.

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The Hawk House would be where we would do the detail shots and we loved the Union Jack theme, which is so hot just now.  It also echoed the prince and princess feel we were going for, so we had a lot of fun looking for items for that!

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As this was mainly an outdoor shoot, we were all obsessing about the weather and on the day we were very, very lucky as we escaped the rain! Both Megan and our male model Ashley did a great job of not showing just how cold they were!

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That’s not to say the day wasn’t without incident – we had lost one of our models just a couple of days before, but a few calls sorted that out and our make up artist had a car crash 24 hours before, but bless her was ok to carry on!  On the morning of the shoot I got a call from the caterer to say his head chef had dislocated his shoulder and was it ok if he changed the items he brought? Of course! All things to keep you on your toes – a bit like a wedding really – but other than that it all went pretty much to plan and to time.

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Photographer – Caroline White Photography 

Venue – Chirk Castle

Wedding Planner – Fabulous Day

Video – Marry Me Films

Dress/ Groom’s shoes/ Veil: Boda Bridal

Dress – Danbury from Enzoani by Benjamin Roberts

Suit – Cameron Ross

Hair and makeup – Liz Griffiths

Stationery – Pink Sherbet Designs

Cupcakes – Cupcake Revolution

Florist – Frog Flowers

Owls –Flying The Knot

Accessories – Rocks for Frocks

Canapés – Fine Dining Company

Models – Megan Howell and Ashley Lucas

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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Bonfire Night Bride! A Real Castle Wedding In Yorkshire – Laura & Tom

December 30th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Blogger Laura’s big day certainly went with a bang!  This Bonfire Night Bride’s Real Wedding, showcased here only this month, makes it into my pick of favourites from 2011.  Merry Christmas Laura & Tom!

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You might know her from Twitter as @MrsLouPops, but I first met today’s Real Bride when she won a stunning Flo & Percy headdress on this very wedding blog back in April!  Laura did some blogging of her own in the run up to her Real Wedding this November, which you can check out here.  I have followed Laura’s wedding planning progress on her blog and Twitter and my goodness, she absolutely nailed it.  I am thrilled to be sharing her big day with you this afternoon on Brides Up North. 

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Laura says:  We got engaged in August 2009 at Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire. Tom knew that as ex-seaman Whitby is one of my dad’s favourite places. We’d always go for family days out when I was little so it was a special place to get engaged.  We were married on 5th November 2011 – so I was a Bonfire Night Bride!

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We chose the stunning Danby Castle, North Yorkshire as our venue {A Brides Up North Featured Supplier no less}.  We always knew we wanted something ‘different’ from a wedding venue and Danby Castle was just that. My mum found it on the internet and we made an appointment the next day to go and have a look. Carolyn, the proprietor who showed us around (who later became my wedding fairy godmother!) seemed lovely and the venue blew us away. The building was beautiful, the scenery was absolutely stunning and there were cows, sheep, chickens, cats, dogs, and even a resident Shetland pony! Being animal lovers, the thought of having some extra little wedding guests on our day made us smile! It was the first place we looked at as a potential wedding venue and we were sold within a few minutes of looking round, we just knew it was for us. We didn’t bother looking any further!

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The colour scheme was the first thing we decided, before we even chose a venue! I always knew I wanted plum and gold accents in our wedding as plum is my favourite, perfectly rich colour for a winter wedding and the gold set it off just beautifully.  We never set out to have a strict wedding theme, the only thing we wanted to stick to was colour scheme and to make it as DIY as possible, this way it felt very personal as everything was thought up and organised by my mum and I. It soon came to light that the main theme running through the day was ‘us’ by having all things ‘Laura & Tom.’

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Being a plus size bride who, at 5ft 1 is also vertically challenged, I knew that I needed to be careful when choosing a dress. I originally chose a beautiful Justin Alexander number but then I saw a competition on another wedding blog to win a dream wedding dress made to your design. This was the first time that I’d heard of House of Mooshki, a County Durham based dressmaker. After looking through their website and loving what they do I entered the competition describing my dream wedding dress. Unfortunately I didn’t win but I did get an email from the lovely Vikki at Mooshki to say that I was one of the runners up as they loved the sound of my design and that they’d still love to make it with a discount. The thought of having a dress made specially for me, that nobody else would have was so appealing and the Justin Alexander dress, as lovely as it was, went out the window! I booked an appointment to go up and see Vikki to talk dresses. She was fab, friendly and gorgeous and within 5 minutes it felt like we’d been friends for years. We came up with a dress design that would match my Flo & Percy headpiece perfectly – a stunning ivory lace and tulle full A-line skirt with fitted beaded bodice, sleeves and button up back within a couple of hours whilst my dad, who’d driven us up there, stayed downstairs with Vikki’s Westie and Sky Sports – the right way to keep a man happy! My dress is actually back with the Mooshki ladies being cleaned as I type. It was so muddy (which shows in my photos!) but I didn’t care – it was the sign of such a fabulous day!

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My bridesmaid Amy wore the 2749 dress from Dessy in their ‘African Violet’ colour – a gorgeous rich plum duchess satin floor length dress. The best man and ushers had ties also from Dessy in the same colour and fabric as Amy’s dress.

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I found Amy some lovely gold peep toe shoes in the sale at Office which were perfect! She had a beautiful gold and diamante headband from Olivier Laudus, a taupe coloured marabou wrap to wear over her shoulders when we were outside and I bought her a gorgeous fine gold necklace with a tiny bow from Etsy to wear on the day.

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For our flowers we used Serendipity in Brough, East Yorkshire that I spotted at a local wedding fayre. I had a ‘just picked’ style bouquet with gorgeous plum coloured ranunculus, dyed eucalyptus leaves, berries and gold ting ting to set off the purple. My bridesmaid had a smaller cream version of my bouquet so it stood out next to her plum dress.

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Our invites and other stationery (that our guests loved!) were made by the fab Knots and Kisses.

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Our London/Yorkshire based photographer, Nick White, was amazing! He was fun, informal and had a great vision of our venue’s potential photography wise. When we visited Danby Castle a few months before the wedding he was like a kid in a sweet shop! He stayed in our cottage the night before our wedding so he was there with the family as soon as we got up on the wedding morning. It was so nice having him around – he became part of the family for the weekend!

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My mum, bridesmaid and I had our make up done by Kate Pymm. I went for a ‘more is more’ look including big lashes as I love wearing make up!

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Our wedding car was a fun cream and silver 1965 split screen VW camper van. It was great to have something a bit different and my dad loved it! I’m so glad we got a camper van too as it was difficult enough getting into that with my big dress on so can’t imagine getting into a smaller car! Straight after the ceremony Tom and I went for a ride in the camper van on our own to have some photos taken away from the venue. The Yorkshire Moors has some absolutely amazing scenery and we wanted to make the most of it!

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With our wedding having Tom and I as the main focus of the day we tried to incorporate as many special touches as possible that reflected us as individuals and as a couple from the beginning of the day right through to the end. We played the themes from our favourite films – Home Alone, Forrest Gump, Muppets Christmas Carol, Back to the Future, The Goonies, Star Wars, Shakespeare in Love and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to name just a few, whilst our guests we waiting before the ceremony and during the signing of the register. That was fun for our guests too Tom said he heard a few people guessing what films the music was from.

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My entrance song was a live version of ‘Lover of the Light’ by Mumford and Sons, our favourite band and the lyrics were very fitting with the day.

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My mum surprised us the day before the wedding with three huge photo collages that she had made for us – one with photos of myself, one with photos of Tom and with photos of both of us. We had those put up on display in the bar and marquee for all of our guests to see.

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My dad organised for a Wurlitzer juke box to be put in the bar for our guests to play around with whilst Tom and I were having photos taken. This way our guests could pick their own music and have a bit of fun with it too whilst they enjoyed their canapés!

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For our favours we had Laura & Tom “Wonky” bars which contained one golden ticket per table. Each golden ticket winner was given a bottle of champagne. The plan was to give everybody a favour however, the day before the wedding we discovered that the bars had been eaten by mice at the castle over night!! I did see the funny side of this though and fortunately the greedy little blighters had left enough out of the 55 bars to give the ladies a favour each, the men had to go without but Tom’s best man explained the mishap during the speech. I think our guests thought that he was joking though!

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We had a lemon sponge cake as our main wedding cake and a chocolate sponge cutting cake. Our main cake was an ivory four tiered cake with a lots of cascading sugar flowers down the front. We spotted the cake in our cakemaker’s portfolio and we loved it straight away, it was a coincidence that the cake was called ‘Laura’s Cascade!’ The top three tiers of the cake were fake and so we have these to keep.

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I had lots of things hidden in my dress…Tom and I love Russian Dolls and so my brother bought me the Russian Doll Pandora charm as a present for the wedding day which I had sewn into the front of my bodice. On the wedding morning dad gave me an old sixpence that my mum wore in her dress on their big day, I put it into a little voile bag and pinned it into the hem. It belonged to my dad’s uncle who was killed in the war so it was nice to have something so old and sentimental that could be my ‘something old.’ I also had a little blue ribbon sewn into the back of my dress as a ‘something blue.’

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We also had a basket with purple sequinned flip flops as dancing shoes for our lady guests, a sweetie buffet where we also displayed photos of our parents on their wedding days and a funky dressing up photo corner.

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Along with the jukebox which was used during the day, we had a DJ who played songs that Tom and I had chosen and Blues Brothers band for the evening celebrations. The Blues Brothers is another one of our favourite films and we just love the music. We kept the band a secret from our guests so they were a surprise when they came walking through our marquee in their suits, hats and sunglasses! They went down very well!

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We always knew we wanted to go to New York for our honeymoon. We have both been before and we just love everything about it – the atmosphere and hustle and bustle of the city. We decided that instead of flying there we would sail as it would be once in a lifetime and so magical to watch the city come to life on the horizon. Five days after the wedding we sailed from Southampton to Brooklyn on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 which was out of this world! The crossing took a week and we well and truly spoilt ourselves in every way – we never stopped eating, treat ourselves to massages at the spa, took afternoon naps, read out on deck and even saw dolphins playing by the side of the boat! Then we spent five days staying at the Soho Grand in Downtown Manhattan then we finished off our honeymoon with a quick two night stay at the Nine Zero hotel in Boston.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t strive for perfection, just enjoy everything about the day. I never ever thought I would say that as during my planning I wanted every last little detail to be perfect and I thought people were crazy when they said if things go wrong you won’t care but it really is true. There were things that didn’t go to plan on our day (our favours were only one of a few mishaps!) but when it came to it, these things really didn’t matter at all. If you’re hew husband, family and people you love are there that really is all that matters. 

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Congratulations Laura & Tom!

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You can find out for about Laura in the Bride 2 Be Profile that she completed for Brides Up North, by clicking here!

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Valentines Wedding Fayre at Danby Castle!

January 30th, 2011 | Julia Braime

 

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Get loved up at Danby Castle, a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, on Valentine’s weekend…

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Danby Castle Wedding FayrePhotography by Karen McGowran Photography  

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Valentine Wedding Fayre to showcase the unique venue that is Danby Castle. 

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Voted ‘Wedding Venue of the Year 2010’ by The Bridal Magazine

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Sunday 13th February

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11:00am to 3:00pm

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Come and see for yourself what Danby Castle can offer as an amazing wedding

venue and meet over 20 other wedding businesses to meet all your wedding needs.

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For further information on exhibiting please call Sue Gell on 07906 282047

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For a personalised tour with Carolyn Bavister please call 01287 669219

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To read Brides Up North’s recent Dream Venue blog post about Danby Castle, click here!

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