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Silver Streets: A Real Wedding In The North West – Becci & Mark

February 7th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North reader Becci upped the fashion stakes on her big day by choosing shades of silver for her simple, chic wedding in the style capital of the North. Throw in some great food and grand settings and this gorgeous celebration, with images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Richard Milnes Photography, carries some real city slicker class.

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Becci says:  We got engaged in Zell Am See, Austria, under the town’s giant Christmas tree whilst it was snowing in January 2012.  It was the evening of my 30th birthday. 

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We were married on 26th January 2013 at Manchester Town Hall, with our reception at Stock Restaurant in the old Manchester Stock Exchange. We love the architecture of both buildings and think the food and service at Stock is amazing.

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Our theme was “Dinner with friends” and we chose a colour scheme of pink, purple and silver. 

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I chose a bespoke dress made by Agape in a silvery, pink purple silk dupion.  The groomsmen wore 

Pronuptia morning suits and my bridesmaid wore a full length deep purple dress from Coast. 

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We travelled by black cab to the town hall and by foot between the two venues, which was a lovely chance for some photographs of just the two of us. 

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The marriage ceremony itself was my favourite part of the day.  It was really emotional and meaningful to say our vows in front of all of our family and friends. 

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I carried a bouquet of roses, thistles, steel berries, orchids, and other small flowers and silvery foliage focusing on texture and interest made up for me by The Didsbury Flower Lounge. 

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We chose a ceilidh for post meal entertainment (the Flaxmere Ceilidh Band) and then loaded our iPod with indie and cheese anthems. We had photos we had taken over the years of all our guests being shown on a large TV screen.

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Originally we were not going to have a cake but a friend offered to make one as a practise for her sister’s wedding. We were then amazed on the day when we saw an awesome three tiered cake made with handcrafted flowers!

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After the wedding we honeymooned in the Lake District for a few days to unwind. We are off to Thailand for the main event at the end of the year and can’t wait!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax and do not over plan the day. Good friends around you will make the extra special moments just happen for you.

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Congratulations Becci & Mark!

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Contact me to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North: here’s how

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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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A Family Affair: A Real Wedding (& A Christening) In Yorkshire – Helen & Paul

June 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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If you follow the wedding blog over at Twitter or Facebook, you may just have an inkling that this week I am hosting not one but two wedding industry parties – the Brides Up North Tweet Ups supported by Wedding Ideas Magazine – in Yorkshire and the North West. 

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These events are my way of saying thank you to an industry who has embraced and supported me and my concept – that there is so much Northern talent in the bridal industry just not getting the recognition that it deserves – but more than that, the events are special because they are a great opportunity to make new friends and have some fun.

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One new friend and colleague I met at the last Brides Up North Tweet Up in Yorkshire was Helen of boudoir specialist Masque Photography, and I am really happy to share her Real Wedding photographs with you today.  It appears that it was a big day for everyone in Helen’s lovely little family…

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Helen says: Paul asked me to marry him at 5.51am on the 7th May 2010, the minute after our baby Son was born, and we were married on 5th May 2012 at Hazlewood Castle near to York. 

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We chose Hazelwood as it is an absolutely stunning castle in an amazing location. We had received first class hospitality on previous visits and knew it was right for our “Summer’s Day” themed celebration. 

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I chose a simple, sleek and fitted Suzanne Neville dress from Harvey Whites Couture in Harrogate on Cold Bath Road and carried a hand tied bouquet of antique roses – Amnesia, Avalanche and Memory Lane – with wax flowers and rosemary by Flowers By Anderson. I added my Nan’s brooch to the bouquet as a special touch. 

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Our colour scheme was aubergine and ivory and my bridesmaids wore short satin dresses from Coast.   My younger flowergirls’ dresses were from Debenhams with pink petals at bottom of the dresses.

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The grown ups carried similar blooms to mine and the flowergirls had soft little posies of gypsophillia. 

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I had the pleasure of staying over at Hazlewood the night before the wedding and getting ready at my leisure, but Paul still managed to arrive in style – in his friend’s Aston Martin!

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After our ceremony we headed to the on site chapel where our children were christened in a special ceremony.  This made our day extra special. 

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My favourite moments were the touching parts of the day:  The ceremony, being cheered down the aisle, seeing a tear roll down my Dads cheek at the altar, my friends reading, my Dad’s speech and first dance and of course the childrens’ christenings. 

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There were a lot of children at our wedding so we organised a Punch and Judy Show which seemed to go down really well!

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To keep things personal we custom-made boxes for gifts with a montage of our photos and wedding items

and chose an old-fashioned typewriter from Perfect Days Vintage for the guest book, which the guests enjoyed tapping away at!

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Paul chose our cake and really went to town: a four tier square fruitcake with roses from bouquets in between the tiers.  We also had two three tiered strawberry cheesecakes!  All our cakes were by Louise Marsh-Elliot. 

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In the evening DJ Dan Metcalfe kept the party going with funky, uplifting house! 

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After the wedding we enjoyed a lovely honeymoon (and a well earned rest!) in Portugal with our children.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try and have an early wedding! All that nervous energy is no good for you.

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Congratulations Helen & Paul!

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Newlywed?  Contact me to share your Real Wedding story on these swirly silver pages!

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Handmade Vintage: A Real Wedding In The North West – Rachel & William

June 12th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I thought a beautiful vintage style handmade wedding from Manchester, sent to me by Brides Up North reader and real bride Rachel, might just get Tuesday off to a good start.

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As it turns out, I was right.

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Enjoy this perfectly personal, simple yet stunning celebration at one of my favourite North West wedding venues.  I’ll be back with more wedding pretty later on. 

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Rachel says: We got engaged in December 2011, off the cuff in our living room! William had been saving the ring for when the moment felt right, he didn’t plan anything, he just knew when he wanted to do it, he would!

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We tied the knot on Wednesday 11th April 2012 at Didsbury House Hotel for the ceremony and Islington Mill for the reception.  We chose Didsbury House Hotel as it is a period house with a modern edge. Its fairly small too for a hotel, with 20 rooms it meant we could have the entire hotel to ourselves making it really intimate as we didn’t want a huge wedding. There were 40 in total for the ceremony with an extra 40 evening guests.

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Islington Mill in Salford was the perfect place for our handmade relaxed vibe. Having used to be a cotton mill, it is now an artists space with galleries and studios. Authentic and full of character – smack bang in the middle of high rise flats, it doesn’t evoke a typical wedding… that’s why we loved it!

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We had Bacchus String Quartet play at our wedding ceremony.  Clair De Lune played as my Dad walked me down the stairs, passed me to William and we all walked into the ceremony room together.

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We didn’t set out to have a theme as such, all we knew is we wanted everything handmade with a craft feel, so that everyone could relax.  There were no formalities, more a "when it happens, it happens, we are having a good time who cares!" vibe.  Inadvertently, I suppose we had a 40’s style country fete!

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Colour-wise, we opted for greens, blues and creams. We wanted to create a relaxed spring garden, something that would also work well with the exposed brickwork and nature of the mill.

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I wore the ‘Revenant’ dress by Anna Sui from BDLDN. I’d been to bridal shops and found everything a bit too formal for me, so I ordered this on the Internet. I loved it and with a few nips and tucks it fit perfectly. I was comfortable all day and night and could pull off any dance move I wanted! My shoes were by Folk.

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We had three bridesmaids who all wore tea style dresses from Oasis in a rich forest green. Shoes were character shoes from a local dance shop.

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I work for Benefit Cosmetics so did my own make up and got a fellow bene-babe to help out with the bridesmaids. Our vintage hair was coiffed by the fabulous Laura from BlushHair and Make-up Artistry. 

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All flowers were from Northern Flower in Manchester who we asked to create bouquets and buttonholes that looked like they had been picked from a meadow all tied with string. We all had sage, rosemary, thistles, echinops, white roses and wax flower. For the tables we ordered bunches of baby’s breath, rosemary, eucalyptus and peonies and displayed them in glassware found in my nan’s garage!

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We had a 1950’s Guy Arab bus from the Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company transport us from hotel to mill complete with sing song and horn tooting! We also made bags of sweets with bus tickets for the journey.

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Our photographer was our friend Jon who shot on both film and digital.

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Our cakes were made by Anna at Dish Ran Away with the Spoon in Didsbury.  She made a lemon drizzle cake along with tarts and mini Victoria sponges and mini chocolate cakes…delicious.

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Our caterer was the lovely Matt from Go Green Gages – he arrived at the Mill in his refitted American style postal van and served us a country picnic. We had bushel boxes filled with baguettes, soup, cheese and
oatcakes, chutneys, olives and armed with our very own box it was a free for all tuck in!

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To follow we had strawberries, clotted cream and scones. When everyone got hungry later on, there were sausage butties for all!

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Our favours were supplied by The Kernel Brewery in a nod to William being a beer geek. Hanging Ditch in Manchester and Summerwine Brewery in Holmfirth provided dinner drinks.

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We are blessed to have such amazing friends who helped us out massively, Steve designed our invites and John from Savwo Screen printed them. The Volkov Commanders created the perfect scene at the Mill with threads, ribbons, twine sweeping from the beams. Myself and my bridesmaids handmade windmills for the ceremony and favour tags followed by vino of course as a reward for our hard work!

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For the evening entertainment we had Pete Masters play 30’s-60’s music followed by Alex Humphreys
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After the wedding we honeymooned for two weeks in San Francisco and New York.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to not allow yourself to lose focus on what is actually important – two people who love each other – and sharing that with the people who matter most. You do have a life outside of planning a wedding, don’t forget that! Chill out, relax and enjoy it!

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Newlyweds – don’t be shy!  Contact me to share your Real Wedding memories with Brides Up North.

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Let’s Go To Town! A Real City Wedding In Leeds – Sophie & James

March 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today I’m taking a much needed day off from wedding blog and events duties and heading into town to run some errands (and perhaps check out these shoes) before meeting a friend for lunch.  Lovely!  The excitement levels are through the roof right now.

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What better way to celebrate my first day off since Christmas with a fabulous wedding in the very city that I’ll be stomping, sent in to me by newlywed Sophie. 

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Let’s hear from Sophie:  James proposed during a weekend away for my birthday at Grassington House Hotel, North Yorkshire on 9th July 2011, and we were married on 18th December 2011 at 3 Albion Place, Leeds (now renamed The Leeds Club). 

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We fell in love with the venue at the first visit. We thought it was unusual to have a city centre location for a wedding and loved the idea of having photographs taken in the city centre. We were really attracted to the venue as it was ours for the day, and we could pick and choose whatever we wanted – the staff were really flexible.

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We didn’t really want a colour theme, but our bridesmaids wore electric blue and the groomsmen wore matching blue ties. Everything else was white. We wanted everything to look romantic and so it was all candlelit.

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My dress was by Ellis and from Precious Bridal in Garforth, Leeds, and my bridesmaids wore electric blue halterneck full length dresses from Coast.  We wore gorgeous tiaras, earrings and necklaces by Eos Jewellery. Michelsberg Tailoring in Leeds made James’s bespoke suit.

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I carried a small hand tied bouquet of white roses, hydrangea and green berries with a pearl detail finish by The Flower Room in Eccleshill, Bradford, who also dressed the venue for us as well as doing all the corsages and buttonholes.

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My favourite part of the day was walking into our beautiful wedding breakfast room as the new Mr & Mrs.

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Our cake was made by a colleague at work – we wanted something simple with a but of sparkle and bling. So we went for a three tier plain white cake with our initials in diamante on the top. Two layers were fruit and one layer was chocolate.

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We had a classical guitarist play in our drinks reception and then a disco in the evening and boogied the night away until the early hours!

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We honeymooned in Thailand.  We travelled to Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket over Christmas and New Year.

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My advice for other Brides Up North would be that the most important thing is that you’re getting married to the person that you love; as long as you’re both there nothing else matters. So, don’t get too stressed about detail as no one will notice anyway, and everything will be perfect on the day.

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