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Yorkshire Fling! Tartan & Lace For A Real Wedding At Bolton Castle

April 30th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today’s stunning wedding -  at Brides Up North Featured Supplier venue Bolton Castle – looks oh so Wintery, but actually took place at the end of March over the Easter weekend.  Remember that cold snap?  Luckily Gemma and Asa were well prepared in their gorgeous castle setting for their Yorkshire meets Scotland celebration with some roaring log fires and a helpful piper ready to lend the bride his cape!

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With images by Richard Wynn-Davies

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Gemma says:  We got engaged on the 10th of December 2011.  It was a Saturday morning and we decided to go for a walk – nothing out of the ordinary there!  We walked up to Mill Gill which is a beautiful waterfall just outside Askrigg and five minutes from our house. While we were standing there Asa said that he had been thinking about things recently so I quickly asked him what he had been thinking about… he then said there was something he needed to ask me so I quickly turned and said “Ask me what, what’s the matter?” His response was “Well if you will shut up for a minute and let me talk I will ask you!”… at that point he got down on one knee and asked! What a total and fantastic surprise (the answer was yes – once I stopped crying)! We carried on up the hill and were the only two in the world who knew! By the time we got home it was lunchtime and we had cheese on toast with champagne – brilliant!

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We were married on 30th March 2013 at Bolton Castle, Leyburn. Its beautiful Medieval Castle where Mary Queen of Scots ‘stayed’ for six months!  The venue is somewhere out of the ordinary without being too ostentatious.  We pretty much had free rein to set up and decorate as we wanted, there were no hidden charges for bedrooms and the atmosphere was just fantastic!

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We had a joint theme of Scotland and Yorkshire. Everything had to be rustic to show off the castle perfectly.  We chose a colour scheme of white and burgundy with Blackwatch Tartan making an appearance!

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I had a beautiful white halter neck wedding dress from the online suppliers JJ’s House. The dress was perfect  Asa wore black tails with grey pin stripe trousers with white cravat from the online supplier Formally Yours. 

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A special mention has to go to Hair by Becci. Becci did our hair and I don’t think she could have done anything better – it was just perfect for the dress, me and the setting!

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I had a simple bouquet of white roses for Yorkshire, thistles for Scotland and Tulips to tie in the burgundy and also for Spring!  My bridesmaid Melissa had the same but slightly smaller.  The buttonholes were thistles and white heather – for luck! We used Hutton Flowers of Northallerton who were fantastic. 

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We had a piper for the day who welcomed the guests, piped me down the aisle and piped us into the breakfast for our first official engagement – an amazing experience!

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The day was spent giggling with my closest family and friends. We got married which was the main aim of the day and we introduced a lot of people to our beautiful village as well as Scottish dancing. If I had to pick one favourite moment then it was a moment during our first dance when I had a sneaky peak around me and everyone was smiling and looking so happy – it was just the most humbling feeling ever.

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Our fantastic photographers Richard and Caroline Wynn-Davies went above and beyond at every opportunity, this really comes through looking at how relaxed and happy we are in each of the photos – they truly are amazing people!

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There were special touches springing up all over the place all weekend! Our favours were homemade heart shaped shortbread (which I baked a couple of days before) and Yorkshire tea bags.  We had Blackwatch tartan table runners over the tables which really brought warmth to the rustic castle.

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We both work for the Scouts and so named each of the tables after a Scout Activity Badge – caused lots of giggles!

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I baked and iced our wedding cake as when I looked around at prices I realised I could save an amazing amount of money – I’m a true Scot!  We had one tier of Madeira and two of angus fruit cake (the fruit is soaked overnight in tea). 

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We had a Ceilidh band made up of three local guys from Northallerton – they were amazing and taught us all the dances, everyone took part! The more commercial bands were an absolute fortune and very specific on how long they would play for. Nimmo Clark and the band played all night!

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We made the celebrations last the whole weekend! The Friday evening before we invited everyone to join us in the village pub for a drink so people met each other then and on the Sunday we put a big tent up in the back garden and invited everyone and locals from the village for the afternoon/evening to carry on celebrating. 

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The week after the wedding a lot of family and friends had stayed so we got to spend time with people we don’t often see. We both work away a lot so once everyone had gone home we took an extra week off and… we stayed at home – it was perfect! The weather was rubbish so apart from short walks with the dog we just spent time together!

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Gemma & Asa Bolton Abbey BUN-67

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to keep it small and simple, don’t blow your budget, keep it personal – it is a very very special day so make sure that throughout the day there are things which show why you are perfect for each other.

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Congratulations Gemma & Asa!

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It’s Just A Little Blush: A Real Wedding In The North West – Eleanor & Patrick

January 31st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Sometimes my favourite Real Weddings aren’t the ones with all the fiddly details, they’re the ones with all the fabulous personalities.

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Eleanor and Patrick’s perfectly personal celebration, with images by documentary photographer Haydn Rydings Photography, proves my point exactly.  Enjoy!

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Eleanor says:  Patrick asked me to marry him in December 2011 on the spot where we met for our first date in Newcastle upon Tyne.  We were married on 3rd November 2012 at Davenport House, Worfield, Shropshire.

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We knew we wanted to get married near Bridgnorth in Shropshire as coincidentally both my mum and Patrick’s dad grew up there. So the main reason for choosing the venue was the location; Eleanor’s family have lived on a farm just outside Worfield for three generations and my mum remembers being taken for tea there with the Dowager Viscountess by her mother and grandmother when she was small. In recent years lots of family parties have been held there so we knew the food and service would be excellent. & of course it is such a beautiful house!

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Loosely our theme was ‘heritage’. I work in the heritage industry and we thought it was quite an appropriate theme since we are bringing two families’ heritage together.  Our colours were pink, black and white, chosen by Patrick’s sister. Pink is my favourite colour and black and white are Patrick’s football team, Newcastle United’s colours.

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I bought my dress on Etsy from a seller in Boston, USA. After trawling Etsy for a pink vintage dress appropriate for getting married in I couldn’t believe it when such a beautiful dress was exactly my measurements. I’m 5ft11 so it is incredible that not only did it fit but it was also long enough. A few people on the day said they were a bit surprised by my pink dress, but the majority said I couldn’t have been married in any other colour. My friend who lives in New York brought it over as her carry on when she came home in the summer.

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I was also determined to wear the crystal necklace I bought with money my uncle gave me for my 21st birthday and to use a little pink suede Mulberry bag my godmother who was doing a reading had given me a few years ago. So my necklace and shoes were my old, my dress was my something new. I really needed a petticoat to go under the dress so I was delighted when Patrick’s mum said she had her mother’s wedding dress petticoat, so with a few alterations, she managed to make it fit me, so that was my something borrowed. Then I painted my nails a pale blue.

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Then to top it off, my great aunt remember she had a cream shawl with pink embroidered flowers that was my great, great grandmothers, so that kept the chill off in the evening.

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Patrick really wanted to wear a kilt as his mum is Scottish but he wasn’t sure about which tartan. Then his mum discovered that he could hire a Northumberland tartan kilt so he matched that with an Argyll jacket (he wanted something a bit more modern looking) from The Highland Store in central London and a black bow tie with white spots from Woods of Shropshire. He finished the look off with new Paul Smith shoes.

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So we both managed quite successfully to pull together outfits that represented our heritage!

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Patrick’s best man was his best friend from school, Edwin.  My male of honour was my friend Adrian from university. The ushers were a mix of cousins from both sides. We let them wear their own suits/kilts and just provided black ties with white spots from Woods of Shropshire, and for those not in kilts we provided bright pink socks from Sock Shop.

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The bridesmaids wore white dresses with black spots with silver shoes and different coloured cardigans. The eldest bridesmaid’s dress was from Debenhams, the middle bridesmaid’s dress was handmade by her grandmother and the youngest bridesmaid’s dress was from TK Maxx.

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It was a November wedding at 4pm so we didn’t bother with any grand entrances as it was getting dusky, so I arrived at the side entrance to the venue in my dad’s car. This meant I could make my grand entrance down the main staircase.

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Our mums and friends put together the two bouquets carried by me and my eldest bridesmaid and the buttonholes. The buttonholes were made up of dried wheat referencing our Shropshire heritage and dried thistles referencing Patrick’s Scottish heritage, all bought from Shropshire Petals. I carried a bouquet of supermarket white roses, ivy from my uncle’s garden on the farm and dried wheat. My eldest bridesmaid carried a bouquet of supermarket roses and gyp. My little bridesmaids carried signs saying "Here She Comes" and "Make Way".

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We wanted a wedding that referenced our heritage and was distinctly us. We gave a lot of thought to the ceremony music and agreed we wanted some live music. I walked in to an instrumental version of Elvis’ "Love Me Tender" played by a group of friends on ukuleles (our second date was to a ukulele group meeting & we knew we wanted a ukulele band at the wedding so contacted all our friends who could play guitar or ukulele, most of them hadn’t met before the big day and had only communicated over email and youtube). Whilst signing the register, a school friend of mine & the best man’s wife performed an acoustic version of The Crystals "Then He Kissed Me". We walked out to "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life".

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We were determined to have ethical wedding rings, Patrick’s ring was made from fairtraded and fair mined gold by Cred and my ring was made from recycled platinum by American jeweller Ravens Refuge.

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My favourite part of the day was walking out of the ceremony as a married couple and seeing all our friends and family looking so happy for us.

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We opted for a hog roast for our wedding breakfast so Davenport House contracted a hog roast man to provide the meat.  We also brought in a barrel of Northumbrian Brewery High House Farm’s real ale Nel’s Best (I’m known to friends and family as Nell).

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The majority of suppliers were found online, with floristry supplies from Amazon, wedding favour supplies from www.notonthehighstreet.com, Etsy and www.papermash.co.uk.

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We used family wedding photographs for our wedding table names. Patrick’s sister made spotty frames for the photos with the names of the couple underneath. The couples included our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. For the table plan Patrick’s sister photoshopped mine & Patrick’s faces onto a wedding photo of Kate & Wills, with the names around it.

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We were determined to have a feminist wedding so the speeches were given by the best man, male of honour and the bride and groom gave a joint speech.

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Our third date was to a pub quiz so we decided to hold a pub quiz before & after the meal as an ice breaker, with us as the quiz masters. The questions were general knowledge but the pictures round was of celebrity couples on their wedding day. It worked really well and got people talking. We gave put pub snacks on the tables too and gave out prizes to the winners.

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During the ceilidh we put out a dressing up box and a camera on a tripod to create our own photo booth which resulted in some hysterical photos!

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As thank you gifts, we brewed sloe gin and damson vodka, made green tomato chutney and I embroidered handkerchiefs with a message for close family members. For favours we bought pink and white striped bags which we stamped which we stamped with a ‘Thanks for coming’ stamp in black ink, filled them with sweets and closed with black and white spotty tape.

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We booked The Ship Band, a ceilidh band for the evening which was very successful! The combination of Scottish family members and Eleanor’s friends who attended Edinburgh University with her meant plenty of people were quick to get on the dance floor. When the band finished they just plugged in our ipod whilst they packed up.

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We had a mini-moon at The Harbour Master Hotel, Aberaeron. We are going on our honeymoon to the West coast of America in April, starting in Vancouver with a trip to see Patrick’s step-grandmother who couldn’t come over for the wedding, and finishing in LA.

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Everybody keeps telling us how much they loved our wedding because we broke from tradition and planned a wedding that was about us and our friends and families coming together. So my top tip for other Brides Up North is don’t worry too much about what other people might think, have the wedding you really want to have, and don’t worry about including things that are fun or silly.

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Congratulations Eleanor & Patrick!

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The Good Life! A Real Wedding – Debs & Andy

November 14th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Friend of the wedding blog, Nikki of I Do Designer Weddings and today’s bride, Debs, sent in Debs and Andy’s perfectly pretty Real Wedding photographs for me to share on the blog this afternoon. 

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To suit the country wedding vibe that their day has got going on, I just love how Debs has kept her colour scheme fresh and natural, teaming cornflower blue with zesty green leaves.  There must be something good in the water at Andy’s Dad’s house, where the wedding took place, because it’s all so darn beautiful! Add one stunning bride, three adorable bridesmaids and the cutest little pageboy you ever did see and this Real Wedding is straight from celluloid. 

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Over to Debs:  We got engaged in June 2010 at the Bracken Fox near Scarcroft, and married just over a year later on 9th July 2011.  We wed legally at the registry office with two good friends as witnesses a few days before and later said I do in front of friends and family in a blessing ceremony in Andy’s parents’ rather special back garden, with a country garden theme.  We chose blues and purples as our colour scheme as purple is Andy’s favourite colour and blue is mine. 

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I designed my dress, using a simple bridesmaid dress as inspiration, with the help of the wonderful Cathryn of Catwalk Classics. She made it up for me, in silk, for under £500! My three little bridesmaids wore a Tigerlily Butterfly dress from Debenhams

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I know very little about flowers so gave my florist (Flowers By Kate Mell) free rein – I just said I wanted something along the lines of a country meadow and free and ‘thrown together’ – she did a brilliant job and I think there were thistles and white roses in amongst the bouquet.

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We wanted a relaxed, fun day for our guests so tried to keep the day fairly informal, with a bouncy castle for the kids and ‘big kids’. We also made use of a Wedding Planner (I Do Designer Weddings) who took care of all the boring details and meant we and all our guests could relax and just enjoy ourselves.

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To add personal touches, we designed our own wedding rings that used ethically sourced gold (at Harriet Kelsall Jewellers) and we designed and handmade all our own stationery. 

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In addition, because we had a blessing we were also able to completely design our ceremony (with help from the minister) and used a commitment vow adapted from the Quaker tradition (in Quaker Faith and Practice 22.47).

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Click through to see more details from Andy and Deb’s big day and to hear more. 

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Happy Feet! A Real Wedding, Anna and Paul

October 6th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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My, my, I’m spoiling you today.  Here is one fabulous Real Wedding submission from Mr Nathan Combes of, you guessed it, Nathan Combes Photography.  Did you know that Nathan has recently been accepted into the Wedding Photojournalists Association?  That’s a pretty prestigious accolade and no mean feat.  Go Northern Talent!  So they think his work is amazing, I think his work is amazing and today’s couple, Paul and Anna, think his work is amazing.

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Let’s see if you agree as we talk to this cool chick all about her big day. 

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{Side note: OMG I HEART her shoes!  Want.}

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Anna says:  Paul proposed at the Louvre in Paris, and we got married on 28th April 2011 at Bedern Hall in York.  We chose the venue because is was quite intimate but could also fit all the friends and family we wanted to invite. We also like to feel of the building compared to say, a hotel.

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The only theme was in the colours which were pink (the choice of 7 year old Ella, Paul’s daughter) silver and black.

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I chose a halter neck dress by Benjamin Roberts from Elizabeth of York and teamed it with some pink dancing shoes from Hobbs

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My flower girl’s pink dress with rose details was a bit of a bargain from Tesco!  We went more upmarket with the older girls! Two bridesmaid wore hot pink dresses from Ted Baker in a 50′s prom style cut with a black sash and my other bridesmaid wore a black dress from TK Maxx again in a 50′s prom style cut with a hot pink sash – and more importantly a pair of Iron Fist shoes which were black and silver with a pink heel.

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I carried a bouquet of pink and ivory roses with black sparkly pins from Fulford Flowers, who also did the buttonholes, and arrived in style in a white Limo with hot pink ribbons with my  four bridesmaids, mum and dad.

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