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Ebony & Ivory: A Real Wedding In The North East – Laura & Matthew

December 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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The wonderful Lee Scullion Photography was once part of the photographic team who shot my own real wedding.  I will be forever grateful to him for furnishing my husband to be with Lucozade and Mars bars to make sure that he made it to the altar without throwing up or passing out (come on Alan, man up!) and also managed to get some amazing shots in the process.

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This afternoon, his talent’s are evident once again as he shoots the breath taking Real Wedding of North East couple Laura & Matthew. 

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Laura says:  We got engaged on19th January 2012 at a gorgeous little place that Matthew took me to for our first valentines date together. We like to keep the location of our special place a secret as it’s a really quiet, unspoilt place that is almost like a little heaven for the two of us. It was a total surprise (even though I had been pestering Matt to pop the question for about 5 years)!

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We got married on 9th August 2012.  We didn’t want a long engagement and with me and a lot of our family and friends being teachers it had to be in the school holidays. I really wanted a summer wedding and i just couldn’t wait until summer 2013! We booked our venue- Lumley Castle in Durham – just three months before the wedding date! Planning the whole thing in three months was great fun!

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As soon as we walked into Lumley Castle we knew it was where we wanted to get married. We had looked at lots of other beautiful venues but this place just took our breath away as soon as we saw it. We loved how grand and over the top it was. It was quirky and yet fairy tale at the same time. The rooms all had their own personalities and we loved that we could have a different room for each part of the day- Ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception. We wanted our wedding to be an event and not just one day so the fact the Castle was a hotel too was a real bonus so that we could have all our family and friends in one place.

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As with the Castle our theme was quirky fairy tale! We had all the ingredients needed for a traditional fairy tale wedding but with a little twist.  Our colour scheme was Ivory and black  (Matthew is a devoted Newcastle United fan!) and I liked how classic the colours looked together.

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My dress was an absolutely beautiful Benjamin Roberts creation. The moment I put it on I knew it was the one. It was tight fitting and very simple at the front with just a little detailing on the bust. But when i turned around the dress had the most amazing ruffled train that i have ever seen. I just loved it! I bought my dress from Elizabeth of York.

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My beautiful hair piece and bandeau veil was made from www.lilybella.co.uk and my jewellery was from the Alan Hannah Devoted collection.

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My two little bridesmaids wore a gorgeous Ivory gown from the Jenny Packham NO1 collection which had lots of ruffles to match my dress perfectly. My daughter was my youngest bridesmaid and we really struggled to find a dress small enough to fit her so we had hers altered. My maid of honour (my sister) wore a black gown from Coast which we had altered to create a fishtail bottom.

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Matthew and his groomsmen wore grey three piece suits with black neck ties which were from a boutique in York. And my little page boy (my nephew) wore a similar three piece suit from a children’s boutique in Sheffield.

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I carried a hand tied ivory bouquet with hydrangea, Norma Jean roses, ivory peony roses and a gypsophila collar with pearls scattered throughout which was tied off with ivory satin ribbon. My Bridesmaids carried all gypsophila hand tied bouquets with black satin ribbon. Our florist – Claire De Lune – was great!  She created everything I dreamed of and made my vision of a really original ring cushion made from moss come to life!

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There were so many special moments during the whole day but i think the best for me was the moment I walked down the aisle and saw Matthew. I had the most amazing feeling of nerves and excitement and just felt overwhelmingly happy.

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We wanted our wedding to be really personal to us so we added lots of extra touches.  I created my very own sweetie table and photo booth for the wedding reception, making and buying all the little jars, props and things we needed. My mum and I made hundreds of paper pom poms to hang in the dungeon room for the evening reception. I made our own table confetti by cutting heart shaped pieces out of old romance novels.

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For our favours we wanted to do something really personal to us so we donated money to the MS Society on behalf of our guests and had little cards made that we attached a pin badge to for every guest. The charity is something really close to our hearts so that was a really special touch for us.

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I had the whole family saving their used glass jars for us and we used these to scatter tealights all over the venue. We tied black string around the jars and filled them with black sand and it created a real magical effect within the Castle and outside on the terraces.

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Our photographer was Lee Scullion. Lee was so fantastic on the day and our images are just perfect. We really couldn’t have asked for anymore from him. The photos were so important to us and I literally cried like a baby the first time we saw them!

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Our wedding dvd was by Fullmotion. Again we can’t thank Joe enough, we hardly knew he was there on the day!

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Our cake (by HQ Cakes) was three tier with the bottom two tiers being lemon sponge and the top tier chocolate. The cake was decorated with white chocolate cigarillos and ivory dusted rose’s finished off with black satin ribbon. It not only looked but tasted amazing.

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For entertainment we chose to go with a DJ. As I’m a dance teacher it was really important to me that everyone was up dancing all night and we had a great time.

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I also spent ages creating a slide show which we showed to our guests after the speeches. It was done like a fairy tale story with lots of embarrassing pictures of Matt and I growing up and photos of our bridal party and families. It didn’t go exactly to plan on the day as the music wouldn’t work to go with it and a voice mail message actually came on half way through it! But it was still a great part of the day and I’m glad I took the time to put it together to say thank you to our families.

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During the evening reception we invited our guests to set off Chinese lanterns from Night Sky Lanterns. We handed pens round and everyone wrote special messages on them for the two of us. Our guests set white lanterns off while Matt and I set off a red love heart lantern.

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We went to a beautiful beach front hotel in Pathos for our honeymoon. We took our little girl Sofia with us as I just couldn’t bear to leave her for so long. A month later Just the two of us went on a short break to Rome which was really romantic.

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I think my main tip for other Brides Up North would be not to get stressed about the little details in the run up to the big day. I found myself having many a sleepless night about silly things like whether or not I should pay extra to have ivory table linens instead of white as our theme was ivory and black and not white and black! I honestly think that on the day I wouldn’t have cared if the table linens were purple! Everyone is there to celebrate two people getting married they are not bother about the tiny details! You really have to just relax and enjoy the day as its over so quickly!

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Congratulations Laura & Matt!

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A Fairy-lit Fiesta! – The #BUNtweetup North East

September 28th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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The fairy lights were strung, the champagne was on ice and a gazillion candles had been lit.  It was time for the third and final Brides Up North Tweet Up 2011 with Wedding Ideas Magazine, and it was set to be a very twinkly one…

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Each host venue chosen for the Brides Up North Tweet Ups (see all the images here) was handpicked for a reason – Didsbury House for its girly gorgeousness,  The Mansion, Roundhay for its quality and style and this venue, The Black Horse, Beamish, for its intimate, chocolate box charm. 

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Although the decor for each and every Tweet Up featured brilliant blooms, pearls, crystals, a whole lot of sugar and admittedly, a lot of pink, each had it’s own unique styling and special added extras. 

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To enhance the cosy countryside feel of the North East venue, I let there be light.  And lots of it.  Candles and fairy lights covered every surface, beam, wagon wheel and wishing tree!  TOP TIP: brides to be on a budget – if you can’t spend much on flowers, consider festooning your venue with fairy lights to create a stunning visual effect for less.  String them generously, add some candles and turn the main lights low.  Instant Disneyland, and pure romance. 

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Once again, I couldn’t have pulled this off singlehandedly. HUGE HUGE thanks and love to these fabulous wedding industry greats, who provided so much help, support and general hand holding:

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Karen McGowran Photography, for her amazing images, bubbly personality and hard work; Sean Elliott Photography for being a proper mate and supporting me at not one but two Tweet Ups with his awesome banter and fantabulous camera skills; The girls at Claire De Lune Florist  for their unique and brilliant floral displays, their pretty candy cart and for making sure I ate something when nerves where getting the better of me; By Wendy for lending me her gorgeous white wishing tree whilst she was sunning herself in Florida; Popcake Kitchen for bringing the cutest BUN popcakes and Heaven Sent Cupcakes for baking a job lot of perfect Brides Up North cookies; Little Town Bakery for her fabulous Twitter bird cake and matching cupcake tower – a work of art!; What A Do Weddings for being an absolute star and creating the amazing hand printed goody bags that went down a storm once again; Andy from AMV Live Music on keyboards and the gorgeous Karen of Livewire on vocals for stunning my guests with your brilliant and beautiful music; Perfect Days Vintage and Vintage Twee for entrusting me with your super styling details for one more night…; House Of Mooshki for dressing this to the nines; The team at The Black Horse for being absolute superstars; Hitched Magazine for adding your glossy pages to my goody bags; Wedding Ideas Magazine for being a constant support through this whole process and last but not least my wonderful Mum, Dad and my best mate Jane for turning up to surprise me on the night.  I love you!

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It seems I don’t get out of bed in the morning without a fabulous team behind me these days!

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Enjoy the details…

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If You Go Down To The Woods Today… A Real Engagement, David & Hannah

September 8th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I am writing this post from my old bed at my parent’s house, having just wrapped up the third and final of the .  If you are a wedding industry supplier and would like to come along to the next set of events, please pre-register here, citing which Tweet Up you would like to attend. 

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Brides to Be, I have some extremely exciting Brides Up North events coming up especially for you shortly… more information very very soon!

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Last night’s North East  Tweet Up was very busy, very pretty and very pink.  Big thanks to my team of helpers who assisted me in creating a magical and sugar laced setting.  Watch out for all the photographs very shortly, but big love to Claire De Lune Florist, Karen McGowran Photography, Sean Elliott Photography, AMV Live Music, Popcake Kitchen, Heaven Sent Cupcakes, Little Town Bakery, The Black Horse Beamish, Vintage Twee, Perfect Days Vintage, What A Do Weddings, Cute Maps and of course to Wedding Ideas Magazine for all their support in making it a fantastic evening. 

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One of last night’s best dressed guests was the lovely Becky Mitchell from Profile Gallery, who prior to the night had sent me over this gorgeous to share with you on the wedding blog today.

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Over to Becky: David is from Leeds and Hannah grew up in Saltburn. They met through mutual friends just over a year ago and their first date was a Mumford and Sons gig in Leeds.

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Our Real Wedding featured in Belle Bridal Magazine

February 25th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I am very proud to have our Real Wedding featured alongside some of the region’s most gorgeous celebrations in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of that super chic North East wedding magazine, Belle Bridal.  *Squeal!*

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Brides Up North: My Own Wedding Day… Here Come The Girls!

January 6th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I am a little nervous, because this morning I showcase the first part of my own Real Wedding! I feel excited, nostalgic, a little dry of mouth and hopeful that I will do the day justice! With some assistance from the wonderful David Lawson Studios, away we go…

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Alan and I got married on a sunny Saturday this October.  Saturday 16 October 2010 to be precise, the day chosen for no other reason than it wasn’t half term (watching the honeymoon pennies) and it wasn’t summer.  We wanted our wedding to stand out from the crowd!  I have also always loved that “back to school” feeling, autumn colours, vibrant clear skies and the fact that everyone seems so much more up for a party in the run up to Christmas.  And a party I wanted.  A big one.

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My parents are hoteliers and this was the chance for them to draw on all their skills and experience to create something really special.  As chief wedding planner, my Mum (Kate Smith of Brides Up North Wedding Planning Services) didn’t let me down!

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The crisp white letterpress invites from Letter Press of Cirencester had been sent (I crystallized each and every one myself with a tiny Swarovski crystal – its all in the detail!), RSVPs returned and counted, recounted,  the table plan made, mounted and framed… it was time to get wed.

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First up, the ladies!

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So without further ado I give you a pre wedding photo shoot for the bride – that’s me!  I just adore the camera, darlings.

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My wedding day shoes were by Gina.  I bought and took back three pairs of heels before finding the perfect sparkly party shoes!

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My dress was a pale pink blush duchess satin gown by Alan Hannah from Heart of Durham.  I am a big fan of musicals, so when I found out its “name”  was All That Jazz, I had to have it (plus it was pink!)…

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Mum found her fabulous hat with the help of the fabulous Joel Alexander at Quills Millinery.

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Claire de Lune florist did all the blooms on the day, and understands the need for a strategically placed Swarovski crystal pin!

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My stylish bridesmaids rocked their Dune satin platforms!

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My wonderful best friend and Maid of Honour Jane got the job of doing up all those satin buttons!  How many were they? We didn’t count!

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My wedding hair.  Four trials down.  Neither up, nor down.  Perfect.  Thanks to Rayna Hairdressing and Beauty!

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My pale blush pink veil was covered in hundreds of tiny crystals.  We even sent it back for more!

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My lucky bridesmaids – hello girls! – each got a pair of grey freshwater pearl earrings from me, and a Lotto ticket, courtesy of my Dad! They wore slinky charcoal grey gowns by Alfred Angelo at Heart of Durham.

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Perfect blush pink sweet avalanche roses with eucalyptus for the bridesmaids, and I added white orchids to my bouquet.

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My jewellery was (whisper it) by Carat and I also wore an antique blush pink pearl ring that once belonged to my Mother-in-law’s grandmother….

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…my bracelet was a gift from my Mum for surviving my hen do! Barely.

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My flower girl Lili also wore Alfred Angelo from Heart of Durham, with a sash to match my wedding dress.

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Having a giggle practising the lifting of the veil with Jane…

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With my proud parents! They scrub up well!

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Dad getting in some last minute speech revision…

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…and wearing some beautiful silver 16.10.10. dated cufflinks that I bought as a gift for both him and Alan from Hersey Silversmiths via Not on the High Street.

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If you know me, you know there is always time for some bubbly!  And off to the Chapel I go…

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Coming up later today…. let’s hear it for the boys… and one very nervous groom!

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All photographs by David Lawson Studios – thank you.

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