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Pearly Princess. An Elegant Real Wedding At Peckforton Castle–Isobel & Gary

December 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

Phil Drinkwater Photography

I’m going to start sharing my prettiest Real Weddings every Tuesday.  Spirits lightened, just like that!

This morning we are in Cheshire with Isobel and Gary, sharing in their beautiful and elegant autumn celebration at the glorious Peckforton Castle.  A warm colour palette, layers of lace and pearls and a whole lot of love.  My kinda wedding.

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Phil Drinkwater.

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Isobel says:  Gary proposed to me at the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge on 6h October 2011. We were both dressed in boiler suits and attached to the bridge. Gary had been in talks with the company for well over a year and they made the proposal seamless, i.e. turning off the metal detector so that the ring wouldn’t show up. I had absolutely no idea!

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Phil Drinkwater Photography

We got married on Saturday 19th October 2013 – our 4 year anniversary since getting together.

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Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

We got married at the Holy Ascension in Upton as it was my family church. My christening was performed there.

We chose Peckforton Castle in Tarporley for many reasons.  It’s a grand venue, which creates an impact on arrival, the building and grounds are simply beautiful, with the décor providing a grand yet modern touch and the log fires made it feel like a warm and cosy day even in the middle of October.  The professionalism of the staff is second to none, nothing we had experienced at other venues.

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Our theme was pearl and lace. We included lace and pearls around the candles which covered the church and the great hall (wedding breakfast venue). We also had pearls dripping from the candelabra centre pieces. Both of my dresses included lace and pearls. The girls were given pearl bracelets around their napkins as one of their favours.  Because it was October, we chose a warm aubergine purple as our base colour. 

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Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

My day dress was purchased from Cheshire Brides in Frodsham, was an ivory, heavy satin, straight cut dress with full body skirt (including pockets!) It included a diamond belt around the middle which fastened at the back in a diamond bow. Ivory and diamond buttons flowed all the way down the back of the dress. I then had a bespoke lace, off the shoulder jacket made, with matching buttons fastening at the back.

When it was time to party, I changed into a lace and pearl fishtail dress with bespoke thin straps over my shoulders from Bespoke Brides  in Mollington.

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Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

My bridesmaids wore aubergine, one shoulder full length chiffon gowns from Bespoke Brides in Mollington. The groomsmen wore grey tails with matching grey waistcoat and aubergine cravat and handkerchief from Moss Bros. 

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Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

I carried a hand tied bouquet of Avalanche, Sweet Avalanche, Memory Lane and Cool water roses with flecks of cream Waxflower, Gypsophila and Alma Flora, framed with more Gypsophila from Lavender Blue. 

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Phil Drinkwater Photography

Gary says his favourite moment was the first sight of me coming down the aisle, but for me leaving the church with my new husband was the best feeling ever!

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Phil Drinkwater Photography

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Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

We had a lot of personal touches.  On each table there was paper to write the guest’s favourite moments of the bride and groom and guess the speech length betting slips.  We also had personalised monopoly money for the poker/roulette tables with a picture of Gary and I at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Our entertainment was a lot of fun,  We had a string quartet for the church and drinks reception (The Endymion String Quartet), singing waiters for the wedding breakfast (Divas Disguised) and poker and roulette tables and sweets tables for the interim after the wedding breakfast by Hipswing Entertainments  After the meal we had an Interactive DJ and 5 piece band “The Coolers” for the reception. 

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

We chose a three tier white cake with icing flower petals (with aubergine outer colour) framing the front of the cake. Traditional fruit, chocolate and Baileys and Champagne and strawberries!

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Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

After the wedding we honeymooned in Kuala Lumpur, Bali and Dubai.

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Phil Drinkwater Photography

Phil Drinkwater Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to stay relaxed and let your day flow.

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Congratulations Isobel & Gary!

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Love Is All You Need! A Flirty Frock For A Real Wedding At Liverpool’s Hard Day’s Night Hotel – Angela & Christopher

June 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It seems like the blog’s gone all musical all of a sudden!  Last week I featured a beautiful celebration (click here to catch up if you missed it) inspired by the music of Bob Dylan, and today we join Angela and Christopher in Liverpool for their big day with more than a hint of influence from the City’s fab four.

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With swishy skirts, a quirky and colourful venue and a seriously wow wedding cake this fun filled Real Wedding with images by Karen Julia certainly hits all the right notes.

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Ok.  Enough of the terrible musical puns, let’s take it away… a one, two, three…

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Angela says:  Chris asked me to marry him on Christmas day in 2011.  He wrapped up four gifts – something old (a vintage brooch) something new (a handbag) something borrowed (his favourite book) and something blue (Armani perfume), then got down on one knee with my beautiful ring!

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We tied the knot on 27th April 2013 at The Hard Day’s Night Hotel in Liverpool (the Beatles themed hotel).  We had stayed there on my 30th birthday and loved it, and wanted a quirky venue that our guests would remember. 

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We opted for a colour scheme of midnight blue and ivory as the venue is very colourful.  I chose a tea length Justin Alexander dress  and a birdcage headpiece from Cheshire Brides in Frodsham.  The service at the boutique was excellent and they really went above and beyond. 

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I carried a bouquet of ivory roses, freesias and carnations with diamante sparkle by Dovedale Florist in Mossley Hill, Liverpool. 

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My bridesmaids wore long midnight blue gowns by Ebony Rose and Chris and his groomsmen wore gorgeous dark blue suits from Groom in Warrington. 

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My favourite part of the day was walking into the “Two Of Us” suite for the ceremony and seeing Chris trying desperately not to cry. 

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Michelle Halewood Hair & Beauty did my make up and hair.  She was fabulous and made me feel really glamorous.

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We chose hand made favours in the shape of hearts with our guests’ names and the date of the wedding on them, from Alayna Ellis Ceramics.

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We chose a six tier “All You Need Is Love” wedding cake by Arty Cakes in Ruthin, North Wales.  We had lots of comments about our cake that included lots of details that were all very personal to us. 

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We set up a “diary room” in the evening with www.diaryroom.com for guests to leave us messages. 

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We chose Karen Julia as our photographer, she was amazing and we would recommend her highly. 

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In the evening our band, The Warning Tones, kept the dance floor full all night.  They even learned our first dance, which was “Gravity” by Embrace. 

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We still haven’t been on our honeymoon!  We are going to book something special once all the excitement has calmed down. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to do what you want to do!  Everyone will have their opinions but at the end of the day it’s your wedding!

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Congratulations Angela & Christopher!

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Super Fly! A Real Wedding In North Wales – Eleanor & Paul

February 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I should probably count my blessings that it isn’t sleeting, but I couldn’t let another dull, grey Tuesday finish without bringing you another beautiful Real Wedding

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As it turns out, I had something rather special up my sleeve all along.  Eleanor and Paul’s big day (planned to perfection by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Andrea of Fabulous Day) is cool, colourful, under canvas and full of surprise details.  Look out overhead!  And I say, let the sun shine!

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Eleanor says:  Paul asked me to marry him in January 2012 in Central Park in New York and we were married on 15th September 2012 at  Llanasa Church in North Wales and then had the reception in the grounds of my family home “Bryngwyn” in Axton, North Wales. 

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Three generations of my family have grown up at Bryngwyn and it’s a place that holds so many special memories. We didn’t look at any other wedding venues – there wasn’t really any question as to where we would have the reception – we were just really lucky that my parents were so accommodating!

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However the idea of traditional ‘white marquee’ wedding really did not appeal – for us it was too formal and restrictive. As soon as we found Event In A Tent and their teepees we knew we’d found the perfect solution as they were original, unique, fitted in with the look of the farm and suited our personalities.

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We really wanted to make a good first impression! We worked with Design Your Day who helped us deliver really unique wedding stationery. Paul is a pilot, with a lifelong obsession with planes so on Design Your Day’s suggestion we adopted the concept of ‘travel’ as our theme. The wedding invites were printed on luggage labels, with personalised photomontage postcards as RSVPs. We also used a small plane motif within the design which was then incorporated into the rest of the wedding stationary. We bound the invites and RSVP cards with specially designed ‘All you need is love’ cotton ribbon. This tag line also had wider connotations for us given that we met in Liverpool and love the Beatles and we incorporated it in other parts of the day. We also included the luggage tags within our table plan.

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We had no specific colour scheme- the one thing we didn’t want was uniformity. We wanted it to look seasonal – with all the colours reflecting the country location.

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My dress was lace and off the shoulder and I got it from Cheshire Brides in Frodsham. I really struggled to find a dress, however all the clichés were true, and when I saw my dress I fell in love with it!

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The bridesmaids wore dresses from Maids to Measure. My bridesmaids were a range of shapes and sizes and I wanted everyone to feel comfortable in their dresses – I chose the colour and then, together with Maids to Measure, everyone designed their own dresses. Each dress was then handmade and tailored to them. They looked great! The groomsmen hired their suits from Swarbricks in Manchester. The range of stock they held made sure that everyone’s suits all fitted perfectly!

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I carried sunflowers, together with mixed herbs and lavender by David Wayman Flowers – with the bridesmaids carrying smaller versions. Paul went for a mixed herb button hole. We also decorate the church with lots of sunflowers and at the reception we had lots of wild flowers throughout the tables.

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For both of us, saying our vows were a really special moment. Also the fact that we had both organised surprises for the other throughout the day was really special.  Originally we had planned to use friends’ cars as wedding transport. However, unbeknown to me, Paul arranged for a horse and carriage to transport me to and from the church. This was a childhood dream and a complete surprise (and created lots of tears)!

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Unbeknown to Paul and all the guests, I arranged for an aerobatic display at the reception by Mark Jefferies Air Displays – which was incredible. Everyone was in complete awe of the stunts by the reigning European aerobatic champion. We later heard that it brought traffic to a standstill over 10 miles away!

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Helen Venables was our amazing photographer and we also had a wedding film created for us by Lemongrove Productions. The careful edit was perfect and captured so many happy moments. We didn’t originally think we’d get a video but on reflection, its one of our most treasured things from the day.

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We were so lucky to have a very accommodating vicar who was more then happy for us to arrange for an owl to fly the rings down the isle when we exchanged our rings! ‘Snowy’ landed on the arm of my little brother, with the rings and it all went without a hitch. None of our guests knew about this and the look of surprise on their faces was brilliant!

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For us, detail (and a few surprises!) were central to our day. For the decor this ranged from personalised rosette name places (I am a keen horse rider), personalised ‘Mr and Mrs’ Bunting, handmade personalised flower crates (made by Paul’s dad), personalised aprons for our nominated carvers during the meal, handmade lanterns, personalised dog outfits (!) and signs. We also had lots of hay bales scattered around as additional outdoor seating and provided blankets which came in handy when it got chilly later in the evening.

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Vanilla in All Seasons were our caterers.  The food was incredible and everyone is still talking about it now!

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We chose a brilliant band called Under the Covers. They played for us in the afternoon too whilst everyone was gathering for canapés.  We also had a photo booth from Picture Blast which was fun!

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Straight after the wedding we went for a mini-moon to Cephalonia.  We are planning a trip to Antarctica later this year!

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Our top tip for other Brides Up North would be to consider hiring a wedding planner! We totally underestimated the amount of planning that goes into having a wedding at home – and it never once crossed our minds that we have to arrange and plan for things like generators, toilets and outside catering requirements! Luckily we managed to secure the services of Andrea Swift at Fabulous Day. Andrea was amazing. She took all the stress away from the planning process we meant that we could concentrate on the little details as ultimately we cared a lot more about the small touches and making things personal to us. 

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Congratulations Eleanor & Paul!

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