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Little Blue Boxes… A Real Wedding In The North West – Louise & Andy

February 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Every girl knows what a little blue box tied up with a white satin bow means, right?!  Brides Up North reader Louise got the full Tiffany’s treatment when fiancé Andy proposed on a Christmas trip to New York, and decided to carry the theme through into their pretty wintery wedding day.  With images by Vickerstaff Photography

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Louise says:  We got engaged on the 4th December 2011 in New York’s Central Park. We were on a carriage ride through the park and Andy surprised me by asking me to marry him just as we’d passed the iconic ‘Friends’ fountain!

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We said “I Do" on 8th December 2012 – almost a year to the day we got engaged – at our local church just a few minutes’ walk from our house. We held our reception at Rowton Hall Hotel, Chester.  As our wedding was in December we wanted a venue that would be warm and cosy inside if the weather was terrible outside.  Rowton Hall had both – a beautiful interior with gorgeous decorations and Christmas trees, but also lovely grounds. Tony, the manager, was really helpful and welcoming, so it was an easy decision.

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Our theme was Winter in New York. Obviously New York is a special place for us and Christmas has always been my favourite time of year so we tried to combine them both.  I love sparkling winter scenes so we went for a combination of sky blue, white and silver.

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Getting ready in the morning was a special time, as all my nerves seemed to disappear as soon as I was surrounded by my parents, bridesmaid and little flower girls. I really enjoyed seeing everyone get ready and I just remember my best friend and I giggling and laughing as she was clambering under my dress trying to find my feet so I could put my shoes on!

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My dress was Sophia Tolli’s ‘Francesca.’ I knew I wanted a traditional style wedding dress and after trying on several that felt very ‘samey’, Francesca really stood out due to the beautiful straps and detailing on the dress. It initially had a bustle at the back which I didn’t really want, so I had this taken down. I was left with a quite a long train which I was a bit nervous about at first as didn’t want to look too overdone. However, I soon settled down as if you can’t wear something ‘wow’ on your wedding day when can you?! I also chose a mid-length veil and an Ivory and co headdress called ‘Moonlight’. These were all supplied by Society Brides in Liverpool.

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My four adult bridesmaids wore dresses by Alexia Designs, style 2034 in turquoise. These were supplied by Always and Forever Bridal in St Helens, Merseyside. They had silver sparkly shoes and wore a snowflake hair clip by Starstruck Designs. The two flower girls wore dresses from John Lewis. The groomsmen wore morning suits from Moss Bros.

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We had two traditional classic cars for us and the bridesmaids from Caremore Cars in St Helens, Merseyside.

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I carried a bouquet of white roses from Cocoa Flower in Chester. Andy is from Yorkshire so we wanted the white rose to be our main wedding flower.

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I loved our ceremony.  It felt a very calm and peaceful part of the day and all that was important was us and the vows. It was lovely to hear my nephew and our good friend reading our chosen pieces – it was all very special.

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My Gran had passed away earlier that year so I dedicated a page to her in the Order of Service I made, which showed just what an important part of the day she would have been (and still was).

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Vickerstaff Photography provided us with photographic memories we can keep for the rest of our lives.

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In keeping with the theme, my chief bridesmaid and I made blue Tiffany boxes and filled them with American sweets such as Hersheys Kisses. Andy’s sister made us the most amazing New York themed table plan, and my sister made the cravats and fur wraps.  I was addicted to notonthehighstreet.com for lots of the little touches.

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We went to Barbados for our honeymoon – a bit of a change from our Winter theme!  We had an amazing time and came home a few days before Christmas.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to keep taking a step back. I got caught up in worrying about my dress for a while – “is the train too long – what will people think?” I stepped back and realised that with this particular decision, the only opinion that mattered was my own.  Just enjoy the occasion and the preparation and have confidence in the reason you chose things in the first place – it was because you loved it and that’s what matters.

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Congratulations Louise & Andy!

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Get in touch (and here’s how) to see your own Real Wedding featured on these pages.  I’d love to hear from you!

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Classic English: A Real Wedding In The North West – Charlotte & Tez

December 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Well, what can I say?  They came, they sparkled, they partied!

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I’ve only really just recovered from the Brides Up North Christmas Party this Tuesday night at the magnificent Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire.  It’s a newly opened private family pile, perfect for an elegant and opulent wedding celebration, and on Tuesday over 150 of the region’s finest wedding industry suppliers and  Brides Up North readers came to enjoy an evening filled with bubbly, live music, fun, laughter and Christmas spirits!

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To enquire about weddings at Thorp Perrow you can contact CWC Malings, who were our outstanding hosts for the evening, keeping us all well fed and well oiled, but we’ll be throwing open her doors once again for a very special Brides Up North luxury wedding exhibition on Sunday 12th May 2013, so make sure the date is in your diary.  If you think this place is spectacular in December, just wait to see it in the May sunshine! (Exhibitor enquiries to julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk please!)

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I also have a few other thank you’s to do (and party pictures, both from our official event photographer Ruth Mitchell Photography and the fabulous Limelight Photobooth girls, will follow soon).  Huge love to the amazing Glen Roughead, who absolutely takes the crown as the North’s new King of Swing and the super cool Vintage78 Dj who kept us entertained all night following our wonderful pianist and her beautiful Christmas carols. To our media team of absolute superstars, Ruth Mitchell Photography, Forever Film and Limelight Photobooth Hire, as always a big thank you.  Last but not least a big shout to the amazing Joanna and her team at Twisted Willow Floristry who gave up their time and worked with me to create beautiful floral displays totally in keeping with the mood of the venue and evening but beyond the reaches of my own imagination. 

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Now, as much as I’d like to hibernate until Boxing Day, the show must go on here on these swirly silver pages, and what better way to resume our usual schedule than with a simple and classic Real Wedding in Chester from beautiful Brides Up North reader Charlotte?  With images by Craig George.   

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Charlotte says:  We got engaged on Christmas Day 2009 at our home town of Plymouth and were married on 22nd September 2012 at St Andrews Church, Tarvin and the reception at Willington Hall, Willington, Chester.  The church and Willington are local to my husband’s family who live in Tarvin. The Church holds some special memories and it is also the resting place of my husband’s Dad.

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We chose to have a classic English wedding with some vintage details and chose a simple colour scheme of ivory and black with some burgundy details. 

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My dress was a classic strapless fish tail gown from the Veromia Bridal Collection.  It was very simple but gave a fantastic shape.  I carried a hand tied bouquet of white lilies with bleached peacock feathers I had purchased on Etsy to make the bouquet look extra special.

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My bridesmaids wore black and ivory A line strapless dresses found online from JJ House and carried bouquets of ivory roses with black ribbon.  

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We travelled in a  Princess Vanden Plas  from Chester Rolls Cars. 

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The whole day was wonderful but just after the ceremony we had further photos taken just the two of us at the Church which was a really nice time to relax and enjoy one another before we hit our reception.

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The table dressing was laid out by my reception but I organised and purchased all the materials myself. I had found some beautiful ivory rose hangers for the doors into the reception hall and rose petals around floating candles for the tables. Each guest received two hand-made flapjacks made by a close friend. We used Rebecca at Elegance Venue Dressing for our chair covers and ties. 

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I love chocolate and so we ordered a chocolate fountain rather than a cake. This went down with everyone and was an extra element to the wedding reception.  In the evening we used a local DJ who was brilliant and played our play list which was great.

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We have a two year old son who was being looked after by my sister in law a few miles away and we wanted to be close by in case anything happened. So we stayed in the UK and hired a canal boat for three days. It was terrible weather but loads of fun and very cosy and romantic.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try to get organised early, it will pay off nearer to the day itself and then enjoy the day. It goes so quick!

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Congratulations Charlotte & Tez!

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My Fair Lady! A Real Wedding In The North West – Claire & Sam

July 5th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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And the Real Wedding pretty just keeps on a rolling in here at the wedding blog.  If a double rollover of beautiful weddings wasn’t enough for you yesterday (and did you see them?! click here and here to catch up) then today we are hitting the jackpot.

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Just feast your eyes on this stunning black and gold wedding sent to me by Vickerstaff Photography and real bride Claire.  It has class in spades, and Claire has totally aced her big day styling.

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Claire tells us more:  Sam asked me to marry him on Christmas Day 2009 in our little flat at the time in Chester.  We were married on 12th May 2012 the St Matthews Church, Buckley and our wedding reception was held at The Queen Hotel, Chester.  We chose the reception venue because the staff were so professional, and the place is just beautiful.

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We went for a slightly vintage theme, with a regal colour scheme of black and gold. 

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I chose to wear the gorgeous Benjamin Roberts ‘Fatima’ gown from Boda Bridal in Chester.  My dress had a lace bodice and a full tulle A line skirt, with a black applique waist band. 

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I carried a mixed bouquet of roses from Alison’s Pot Pourri and for a personal touch added my Nanna’s brooch on my flowers, as she and my Grandma had passed away.

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My bridesmaids wore floor length silk satin gowns in gold and black from John Lewis Collection at John Lewis, and they all looked beautiful. 

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The guys were all suited and booted by Young’s Suit Hire at Debenhams

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I travelled to the church in a 1970s Rolls Royce for J E Davies Cars, black and white to match my theme perfectly!

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My favourite bit of the whole day was the car journey on the way to hotel – a quiet moment together away from the madness, as husband and wife.  Perfect!

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We chose a chocolate, Victoria sponge and fruit wedding cake affixed with individual cut iced flowers, and topped with special Mr & Mrs cupcakes instead of a traditional cake topper from Janey’s Cakes in Chester. 

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After the wedding we jetted off on a triple centre honeymoon to Orlando, Miami and St Lucia.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t stress about little details, no one else but you will know if they are not done.

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Congratulations Claire & Sam!

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Wedding Fair Wednesday

February 16th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Its a busy weekend for brides to be across the North…

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Sunday 20th February 2011

Beamish Park Hotel
Beamish Burn Road, Marley Hill

Time: 12pm to 4pm

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Sunday 20th February 2011

The White Swan
Bondgate Within, Alnwick, Northumberland

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Yorkshire and Humberside

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Sunday 20th February 2011

Best Western Guide Post Hotel
Low Moor, Bradford
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Sunday 20th February 2011

Hazlewood Castle
Nr Tadcaster
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Sunday 20th February 2011

Capesthorne Hall

Siddington, Macclesfield, Cheshire

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Sunday 20th February 2011

Chester Racecourse Wedding Show

Chester

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Sunday 20th February 2011

Crewe Hall

Weston Road, Crewe, Cheshire

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Sunday 20th February 2011

Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel & Spa

Parkgate Road, Ledsham, Nr Chester, Cheshire

Time: 12pm – 5pm

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Sunday 20th February 2011

Bolton Albert Halls

Time: 11am – 4pm

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Venues/ exhibitors – contact Brides Up North if your event is missing from my wedding showcases calendar!

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Queen for a Day, A Real Wedding – Jenny & Colin

January 29th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier and lovely lens lady Hannah Dornford May Photography sent across this personal and quirky Real Wedding. And the bride wore… leopard print slippers!

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Hannah explains it all: Jenny and Colin got married last October in the magnificent Queens Hotel right in the centre of Chester. The hotel is full of weird and wonderful Roman artefacts – including a sword to cut the cake with!

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They were one of the most laid back couples I’ve ever worked with – Jenny even swapped her beautiful, but very high, wedding shoes for some comfier footwear once the ceremony was over!

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They had a fantastic day, along with their two boys, and were a great couple to photograph. I enjoyed
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Brides and photographers, and yes, grooms, you too!  Contact Brides Up North to share your Real Wedding photographs today!

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