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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Buttons and Bows! A Real DIY Wedding In Yorkshire, Claire & Gareth

December 27th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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This DIY wedding from Brides Up North fan Claire is packed to the rafters with clever details.  This wedding has a button theme, but certainly isn’t a make-do-and-mend affair, which is why it is one of the wedding blog’s favourites of 2011.  Merry Christmas Claire and Gareth!   

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This Real Wedding comes from a regular Brides Up North reader, Claire.  I was over the moon when Claire emailed me to let me know that she had used the wedding blog to plan her gorgeous wedding day, and even found her photographer, Chris Milner Photography, and venue, The Old Lodge at Malton, on these pages.  She wasn’t disappointed, and you won’t be either!  Be inspired!

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Over to Claire: We got engaged September 2009, Gareth proposed whilst we were sea kayaking off a beach in Bali and we married on 22nd October 2010 at The Old Lodge, Malton, North Yorkshire. 

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After looking high and low this venue just had the right feeling about it. We wanted a relaxed venue that still felt special. The Old Lodge is rustic and cosy.  Our whole aim was an autumnal wedding with the colour of the leaves and a warm feeling. We didn’t focus too heavily on just one thing but there were a few ideas that tied it all together, like the buttons and woodwork.  Colour wise, we based a lot of things around the taupe colour of the bridesmaid’s dress.

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When choosing my dress, I wanted something timeless and elegant – I’m also quite petite so I wanted something that would compliment my size.  I looked at lots of ideas including shorter ‘tea dresses’ but this one was just right – I didn’t want lots of embellishment or jewels. The dress was called Sex And The City and I got it from Perfect Daze in Denby Dale.

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My sister wore a taupe dress from Dessy via To Have and To Hold in Mirfield where she lives. We got my little niece a girl’s dress from Next but added to it with a bow to match her mum’s dress. 

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We made all our own bouquets/buttonholes using buttons that I got from my late Grandma’s sewing box (and it also had her Grandad’s Royal Mail badges in it which was really sentimental as he couldn’t be there on the day) – this really made it feel like our day as we’d done it all ourselves. Gareth and his friend made the wooden table centres and we had lots of jam jars donated by friends and family which I embellished to match everything else.

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We chose a classic homemade fruit cake with loads of booze in it by Gareth’s mum, which was iced to match the other items on the day with buttons all around it. The cake topper was made by Gareth to match our original invitation idea with two little lovebirds.

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We went to a friend’s wedding earlier in the year and decided afterwards that a band was really what we wanted for our evening entertainment. Reservoir Rocks from Sheffield were recommended by a friend and I cannot thank them enough, they were awesome, thoroughly entertaining, played loads of good songs and even learnt two special tracks just for us. We also arranged some fireworks as a special surprise seeing as it was so close to bonfire night.

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My favourite thing about the day was having fireworks after the first dance!  It was a really great way of going out with a bang! Also – we served tea and biscuits after the ceremony – it was quirky, but people enjoyed the warm drink and everyone loves a brew.

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For our honeymoon we spent a few quiet days at Wrigglesbrook B&B in Herefordshire – they have two original Varda’s (gypsy caravans) for guests to sleep in by the river – such a charming and peaceful place with some great food on offer. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to have fun with your planning – making stuff really keeps costs down and it’s the personal touches that people will really remember. It can be stressful but once the day begins, just let people get on with it and have fun.

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Congratulations Claire & Gareth! HEART

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  – Images © 2011 Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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Five Bar Love, A Real Engagement – Adrienne & Andrew

October 25th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Chris Milner Photography sent me this stunning engagement shoot in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.  Adrienne, Andrew and Chris ventured up hill and down dale to put together a gorgeous set of pictures for us to enjoy this afternoon.  I can almost taste the fresh air!

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Congratulations Adrienne and Andrew!

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Chris explains the thinking behind the shoot: Andrew moved over to Canada close to a decade ago to be with Adrienne, and chose to hold their wedding day on the Yorkshire Moors where Andrew grew up. We really lucked out with the weather on the shoot, such glorious white fluffy clouds above the heathlands of the moors below.

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Adrienne and Andrew tied the knot at St Hedda’s Church in the countryside village of Egton Bridge shortly after our shoot {watch out for the photographs coming soon on the wedding blog}.  During the engagement shoot, after some practice shots at the church, we then took a trip over the moors to the reception at the newly refurbished Blacksmiths Arms at Hartoft End near Cropton Forest. 

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Technicolour Love! A Real Engagement – Holly & Ian

October 18th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Bride & Groom DirectFirst up this morning – the next icon in the Bride & Groom Direct treasure hunt to win £2,000.  Something new: a pair of shiny new wedding rings.  Head over to their website to find the bounty.  Here’s a rhyming clue: Don’t be late, save the…

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Nothing like a set of photographs bursting with colour and love to brighten a ’s morning.  This submission by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Chris Milner Photography is a sunny delight indeed. 

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Congratulations Holly & Ian!

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Chris says:  Where do I start with this shoot? A beautiful couple, beautiful scenery, and beautiful light, everything went so perfectly! I first met Holly and Ian back in February, and I’ve been looking forward to seeing them both again ever since, such a cool and laid back couple, they made my life an absolute breeze on the shoot, clearly so loved up with each other. 

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I was so chuffed when Holly first got in touch to book me, especially when I found out that she is a professional photographer herself, no pressure to deliver the results there then!

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On the day we met at Ox Pasture Hall – their wedding venue – for a quick nosy round, then timed the evening sunlight perfectly and headed off to Peasholme Park on Scarborough’s North Bay. I had been there a few weeks beforehand and scouted out a great spot to use for the photos on the top of the park’s central island where a Japanese ornamental garden is hidden away. As the sun set (and after a change of clothing no less, you know these guys take their photos seriously!) we then took a walk along the beach, sandals in hand…

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A Completely Yorkshire Affair, A Real Wedding – Emma & Chris

June 17th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I shared Emma and Chris’ gorgeous real engagement photographs by Featured Supplier Chris Milner Photography on the wedding blog on Wednesday morning.  Click here to see them

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Today, Chris Milner Photography is back to showcase the couple’s gorgeous real wedding.  My heart is singing today: a beautiful wedding, all sorts of exciting things coming up and to top it all off – it’s Friday!  Wahoooo!

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Without further ado, over to Mr MilnerMy first meeting with Chris and Emma was back in November last year and it was clear back then just how much planning and forethought they had both given to planning their big day.

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Both Chris and Emma were brought up in villages on the outskirts of Whitby, and have known each other since their school years, they wanted their wedding day to be a completely Yorkshire affair, and tying both their childhood villages into the proceedings was the first step.

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Emma grew up in Stainsacre, a few miles east of Whitby, and the church across the road from her primary school obviously held a lot of fond memories for Emma and was a clear winner for choosing where they would get married.

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I have been looking forward to their wedding day ever since they told me where the location of the reception would be; Chris was brought up on a dairy farm near to the village of Lealholm, nestled in the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Moors, which was such a perfect place to pitch a big marquee!

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Photography:  Chris Milner Photography

Flowers: Audrey Foster (01947 897298)

Classic Car: TPJ Prestige & Classic Cars

Marquee: Tentz Marquee Hire

Stationery: Charlotte Palazzo

Cake:  Homemade, iced by Speciality Cakes

Entertainment: Widdershins Ceilidh Band

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Newlyweds and Photographers…why not share your wedding memories with Brides Up NorthContact me today!

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Whitby Sands: A Real Engagement – Emma & Chris

June 15th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier and fabulous photographer Chris Milner Photography sent me this fabulous real engagement shoot in the seaside town of Whitby, North Yorkshire to share on the wedding blog.  North Yorkshire locals will recognise these dramatic seascapes.  Its gorgeous Up North!

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Chris Milner Photography says: I joined Emma and Chris in the beautiful seaside town of Whitby in North Yorkshire for their pre-wedding meeting and photo-shoot, two weeks before their big day.

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Whilst heading up from York, the weather was on the damp side to say the least, but thankfully after a look around the church and a quick talk over the wedding day plans in a quaint Whitby pub the sun came out, and there was much rejoicing!

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Emma and Chris both grew up in the area, it was clear that Whitby held a lot of fond memories for them both, in particular Whitby Abbey where Chris proposed.

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