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Sage, Sparkle & Song! A Real Wedding In The North East – Kimberley & Andrew

February 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today we join Kimberley and Andrew for their beautiful Real Wedding at Hardwick Hall HotelNow what could be happening there this weekend?

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Oh yes!  I had almost forgotten about that!  Not really, click here for more details and to pre-register for your VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag.

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My bad. Forgive my shameless plug, and let’s head back to the sparkle and song of Kimberley and Andrew’s classic yet contemporary wedding, with contributions from lots of our favourite North East suppliers, and images by Grange Photography.

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Kimberley says:  We got engaged on 2nd January 2011.  We went for a walk around Greatham Church and he got down on one knee and asked to meet him back there on our wedding day. I was totally surprised really didn’t expect it… cue lots of happy tears!

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We were married on 25th August 2012 at Greatham Church (of course!) with the reception at Hardwick Hall Hotel, where we fell in love with the beautiful grounds and chandeliers and the staff were so helpful.

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We chose a colour scheme of sage green & ivory.

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I chose a Ronald Joyce dress from Christabel & Keats and accessories by Jenny Packham

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My bridesmaids wore floor length strapless chiffon dresses from Christabel & Keats and the groomsmen wore traditional tailored grey suits from Bakers in Middlesborough.

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We travelled in style – in my friend’s dad beautiful Bentley and I also chose a VW camper van for my bridesmaids, which they loved.

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I copied Kate Middleton’s bouquet, as I loved it!  It had lily of the valley, gypsophila, small roses and a few crystals.

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I loved every second of the day and wish that we could do it all again.  It really was the best day of our lives.

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We love music, so had a table plan based on our favourite bands.  In the evening we chose to have a live  band called The Lizards, as well as a retro photo booth from Snaparazzi Photo Booths.

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We chose a vanilla sponge, fruit and chocolate praline cake with ivory fondant from Celebration Cakes.  We added a sage green ribbon and a gorgeous brooch.  Beautiful and delicious!

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After the wedding we went to Thailand. Bangkok, Koh Samui & Phuket. We seriously didn’t want to come home – it’s such a beautiful country! 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make sure your organised and well prepared so you can enjoy every moment. Don’t stress about the small things it all comes together on the day.

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Congratulations Kimberley & Andrew!

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Grange Photography will be exhibiting at the Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel, this Sunday. Come along and say hello – the event is FREE ENTRY and is open to the public from 12pm – 4pm.

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Click here for more information about the event and to reserve your VIP bride to be goody bag, packed with treats, exclusive discounts and magazines.

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– Images © 2013 Grange Photography

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As Lucky As We Are! A Real Wedding In The North East – Carly & Daniel

November 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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We are staying in the North East this morning with this breath-taking Real Wedding at Wynyard Hall, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Gemma of GS Studio and gorgeous real bride Carly.

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Carly and Daniel chose a classic colour scheme for their elegant celebration and let their stunning venue, chic sense of style and tasteful details lead the way.  Stunning.   

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Carly says: Daniel proposed at Edinburgh Castle on 31st October 2009 and we were married on 22nd September 2012 at Wynyard Hall Chapel and Wynyard Hall. 

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Danny proposed in Edinburgh and it is one of our favourite places to visit so we chose the city as our theme. Our table plan was set around Edinburgh- the top table was the Castle and all the other tables were our favourite landmarks in Edinburgh.  We chose a romantic colour scheme of sage green and gun metal grey. 

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For my wedding dress, I chose a Ronald Joyce design called Dakota from Christabel & Keats in Hartlepool and I carried a bouquet containing roses, orchids and eucalyptus by Valerie Rose.  I really let my florist go to town and just asked for seasonal flowers to tie in with our colour scheme.    

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My bridesmaids wore mid length strapless sage green dresses from Coast, and they looked gorgeous!

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I enjoyed the whole day from beginning to end: I loved entering the church to see everyone, and saying my vows to Daniel. I also had a fantastic time dancing the night away in the evening. I didn’t want it to be over!

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We chose Wynyard Hall as is a stunning place, location and excellent service.  On the day, they had some help in dressing the event from Ivory White Events who were responsible for the chair covers and table coverings and Papercraft who provided our wedding stationery. 

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I didn’t pay for a professional videographer, however we bought a camcorder and we asked someone to record the day. It was brilliant looking back and seeing bits that you may have missed.

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Instead of a message book we had a chalk board where people could write their messages for us.  Gemma from GS Studio will then put these into an album for us.  It’s a fun and surprising alternative to a guest book and we have some great messages to read through (some funny, some wise…)

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Daniel’s father sang some old songs with his guitar during our wedding breakfast, and my sister (chief bridesmaid, Stephanie) sang some modern love songs after our first dance to kick the evening party off. We also had a casino as part of our entertainment.

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After the wedding we honeymooned for four nights in Las Vegas, then we flew to Cancun, Mexico for  eight nights – complete bliss!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be just to relax and enjoy every minute of it!

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HEARTCongratulations Carly & Daniel! HEART

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Destination: Sunshine! A Real Wedding, Rebecca & Jeremy

September 26th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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If I thought I needed a holiday before, after seeing this Real Wedding submission from North East couple Rebecca and Jeremy and their photographer Alan Gibson Photography, I am sure as anything.

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Today we join this stunning Bride Up North on the sun drenched shores of Cyrus.  Lucky mare!

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Over to Rebecca: Jeremy and I married at the Amathus Beach Hotel Paphos, Cyprus on 29 th June 2011, and set sail aboard the Ocean Flyer Yacht for the reception.

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I met him on my first day at work at Stockton Borough Council. I knew instantly that we would be in each others lives, it was a very strange feeling.  We knew each other for about a year before we started dating but our first official date was on fireworks night 2007. I had lost my mum at an early age and always wondered if she would give me a sign to show me who might be my soul mate. One day whilst talking about marriage Jeremy asked me where and when my mum and dad got married. I then grabbed their wedding album to find out. I said “Look Jeremy, they were married on your birthday”; we then looked closer and saw that it was actually Jeremy’s birth date, 13/03/1976. That was the weirdest thing ever to happen to us and we definitely saw it as a sign.

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We often go to the Lakes as Jeremy’s family have a holiday home there. During a week’s holiday he told me to pack an overnight bag. He then took me to the lovely Belsfield Hotel that overlooks Lake Windermere. The view was amazing, he had decorated the room with my favourite flowers, we then had a lovely meal and went for a walk in the gardens. He then proposed to me at sunset overlooking the lake. I grabbed him and said yes!

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I found my perfect dress on Google! I did a search on Grecian wedding dresses and the first site that came up was Maggie Sottero. She did a whole range of Grecian styled chiffon dresses just what I was after. I looked at hundreds but I knew I wanted this particular one when I saw it.
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I found it in the flesh at Christabel & Keats in Hartlepool, they were a stockist of the Maggie Sottero dress I liked. The staff at the boutique were fantastic and so helpful.

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The dress was a one piece slim line gown with a zipper closure. Gossamer Chiffon is ruched toward an extraordinarily beaded deep v-neckline. The high glamour encrusted halter straps transform into a sensational bar back treatment.  The dress was at a great price and that was another reason I bought it from there, it was under £800.

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On the day I felt amazing. I knew it was the right dress for the style I wanted. I felt so glamorous and sexy and I could feel the quality of the dress.

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My tiara was by Richards Designs which I got from Christabel & Keats at £65. It was a headband style with lots of pearls and crystals in it.

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Make sure to click through for the rest of the details, but I take no responsibility if you become sick with envy.  Factor 50 at the ready!

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