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Peaches & Cream! A Real Wedding In The North East – Cheryl & Peter

April 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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It’s rubbish being back at work after the long weekend isn’t it?!  And yes, it’s still rubbish even if you get to look at beautiful weddings all day long like I do – there’s always admin and invoicing to do in any business people… and let’s got even touch on VAT returns!

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So, it’s safe to say that we’ll all probably be in need of a pick-me-up.  Right about now.

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Lucky for us, Cheryl and Peter’s gorgeous Real Wedding in the North East is a little ray of sunshine with pretty smiles, a pretty venue, pretty styling, and, well, just about pretty everything really.  So let’s prettify our Tuesday afternoon, and be inspired!

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And go on, why not reach for the biscuit tin too? After the sugar fest that is the Easter weekend, surely more chocolate can’t really hurt us?!

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Cheryl says:  Peter asked me to marry him on 4th September 2011 at my parents’ home (it was my parents’ wedding anniversary).  We were married on 7th October 2012 at Beamish Hall in County Durham. 

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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We chose the venue as we loved the grand appearance from the outside and the traditional yet modern features of the inside. The big bay windows and the beautiful chandeliers won us over.  In keeping with the venue, we opted for a modern vintage theme, with a simple yet pretty colour scheme of ivory with pearls and lace and antique rose bridesmaid dresses.

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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I chose a dress by Madeline Gardner New York for Mori Lee from Brides Dream.  It was an understated lace dress with a modern twist.  My gorgeous headpiece was by What Katy Did Next. 

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The bridesmaids’ dresses were from Purely Bridesmaids and our groomsmen hired suits from Gavin Scott Menswear.

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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I carried a mixture of roses in ivory and creams and a touch of vintage pink to match the bridesmaids by Nature’s Gift.  The bouquet was kept very neat and feminine with stalks on show with a mix of hessian and lace as a bow.

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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The ceremony was also held at the Hall and we chose to have a candle ceremony where there are three candles, two lit from the beginning to represent the two families and the our mothers were asked to light the centre candle which represented the families coming together.

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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We had a harpist – Clare Bakewell -  to play ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ for the bridesmaids/groomsmen to enter to and then ‘Halo’ for my entrance. She stayed and played outside throughout the drinks reception too.

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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We hand made our table names using wooden plaques with pearl bows – and each table was a different Walt Disney quotation. 

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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We chose a gorgeous four tier wedding cake with two layers of fruit, a layer of sponge and a layer of chocolate (we couldn’t decide)!  The cake was iced in ivory with pearl drops and an edible vintage rose oversized bow on the top.  We also chose cake pop wedding favours from Olipops.  

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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We had unique bespoke ‘peg’ dolls made to stand by the cake and these actually looked like us! These were made by What Katy Did Next who also created our ring cushion. 

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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For the evening entertainment we had a swing band – Jeff Dingle & the Moodswing Trio – who were amazing and I danced to ‘My Girl’ with my step-dad and our first dance was Paolo Nutini’s “Loving you”.

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Thailand.

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every minute of your day, take it all in and appreciate all of your loved ones coming together.

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Congratulations Cheryl & Pete!

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In Full Bloom! A Real Wedding In The North West – Penny & Chris

March 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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I for one am still holding out hope that Spring will have arrived in time for our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Nostell Priory next Sunday 7th April (all the details can be found here), and this beautiful Summer wedding in the North West sent to me by Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography and real bride Penny makes me long for a spot of sunshine all the more.  But even if a British Springtime (we know we can forget British Summertime!) isn’t certain, the gorgeousness of this wedding certainly is – from the stunning bridal gown and artful details to the stately setting and blossoming bushes. 

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Just bloomin’ beautiful!

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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Penny says:  We got engaged on 6th November 2009 at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Australia and were married on 7th May 2012 at Arley Hall and Gardens, Arley, Northwich, Cheshire. 

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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We chose the venue because we both knew we wanted a civil ceremony but still wanted somewhere with character like a church. From the minute we entered Arley Hall we fell in love with it!  The house was beautiful and had so much character and warm welcoming atmosphere. The gardens are also stunning. Both the house and gardens provided the perfect back drop for our wedding photographs. 

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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I chose a one-piece, Maggie Sottero gown with corset closure, illusion shoulder straps and remarkable beaded embellishments and Swarovski crystals and pearls to the bodice and the low drop back from Sense and Sensibility in Stockport.  I carried a bouquet of white roses by Diddibox Flowers in Timperley, who also did our table arrangements. 

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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We used the colour scheme of forest green and ivory with pearls throughout the whole day from the invitations, to the seating plan, place card settings, my dress and the bridemaids’ dresses. 

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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My bridesmaids wore floor length one shoulder forest green dresses with a ruched bodice and a chiffon shoulder tie which draped down one arm and were made by one of the bridesmaid’s family friends.  The groomsmen wore slate grey two piece suits with black tie and white shirt with black shoes from Slaters. 

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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We chose to have a string quartet during the ceremony and drinks reception with a DJ during the evening reception. 

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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A friend made our amazing three tired round sponge cake.decorated with white icing and delicately hand crafted white roses and calla lilies on the top and the bottom of the cake with pearls around the base of each tier. 

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Rome, Possitano and the Amalfi Coast in Italy. 

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Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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My  top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy your special day and make time for you for you and your groom so you can share your special moments together and have fantastic memories.    

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Congratulations Penny & Chris!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography

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The Great Outdoors

April 7th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North supports your right to choose.   To marry who you want, how you want and where you want.

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One Life Ceremonies

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That’s why I am over the moon to be sharing this beautiful outdoor wedding photo shoot at Goldsborough Hall near Harrogate from One Life Ceremonies with you this afternoon.  One Life Ceremonies is a Yorkshire based business specialising in personal wedding ceremonies that can be held absolutely anywhere.

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Laurra from One Life Ceremonies says:  As our summers seem to be getting warmer outdoor weddings are finding their way onto the list of ‘must-haves’ for many UK brides and grooms; though the laws are still outdated and you can’t legally sign the register outside it doesn’t stop you from holding your wedding ceremony wherever you want it, indoors or out!

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One Life Ceremonies

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I organised this photo shoot as I wanted to show that you can hold your wedding ceremony wherever you like, it doesn’t have to be in the room of a hotel or a stuffy Register Office, couples are only limited by their imagination and we have conducted weddings in woodlands, fields, by rivers and in Papakata tents. I chose Goldsborough Hall as it is a pretty amazing wedding venue and it has the most beautiful grounds and landscaped gardens so I knew would provide a stunning backdrop to the shoot.

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One Life Ceremonies

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One Life Ceremonies

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One Life Ceremonies

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I asked Laura from Little White Book to get involved and was lucky enough to get Mark Tierney to be out photographer as I really love his style, we also had the fantastic Amanda Mason to make our model Shireen look like the perfect bride and she wore a Marylise Sofia dress from a great place called Love Me Again Boutique in Hope Valley which sells pre-loved wedding dresses.

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One Life Ceremonies

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We also included a Handfasting which is an ancient tradition seen in many different cultures and religions where the couple’s hands are bound together, literally ‘tying the knot’, the couple attribute their own meanings to each of the cords such as happiness, health and fertility and tradition says that the marriage will last as long as the cords are tied. Many couples choose to do it after they have exchanged rings.

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One Life Ceremonies

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One Life Ceremonies

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One Life Ceremonies

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Little Black Book:

Photographer – Mark Tierney

Stylist – Little White Book

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony – Maria, One Life Ceremonies

Venue – Goldsborough Hall

Dress – Love Me Again Boutique

Hair & Make up – Amanda Mason
Female model (Bride) – Shireen
Male model (Groom) – Zabiar
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