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love birds. pastels and pops of pink for a magical wedding at Danby Castle – hannah & lawrence

March 9th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Notebooks and pens at the ready ladies as this wonderful Whitby wedding has bucket loads of inspiration.

Bride Hannah, who is a designer and illustrator, clearly has an eye for detail and makes top choices, not only in her own individual attire, but also in her flower, theming and décor choices, with some of the pretty made with her own fair hands.

We’re also big fans of Lawrence’s handsome woollen grey suit – swit swoo!

Oh, and this is the first time we’ve witnessed photobombing chickens at a wedding…

With images by Weddings by Smith.

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hannah says: Our engagement was a funny story. We went away for our seven year anniversary on 24th October 2012, to the Lake District where I thought it was going to happen…it didn’t! Slightly disappointed (to put it mildly) we came home and I didn’t give it another thought. Christmas Eve arrived and we exchanged gifts as Lawrence was a chef at the time and was working Christmas Day. We were watching Home Alone (one of my favourites) with a glass of Bucks Fizz. I opened all my gifts and then Lawrence said he had one more for me. He came back with a small white box, got on one knee and ask me to marry him. I burst into tears, and shouted yes!

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Our wedding date was 29th August 2014. We chose this date as we love the sunshine, and as it was a bank holiday weekend we thought it would be handy for Lawrence’s family to have more time as they were travelling from down south. I’m also a fan of Leeds Festival and normally go at this time every year. For some reason I thought it would be nice to have it then for that reason as well.

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We got married at Danby Castle – the only choice for us. We were quite disheartened at the lack of quirky venues whilst browsing online. Then we found Danby and it looked so different and was everything I was hoping for. I have always loved Whitby and have visited regularly all my life. As Danby Castle is right next door, this was a bonus for me. We went to view the venue and knew straight away it was a yes. It’s surrounded by the beautiful Yorkshire Moors and has animals roaming everywhere, including, a cat, dog, chickens, cows and a donkey! The castle ruins were stunning, then we had a sunny spacious marquee filled with bunting for the wedding breakfast with a vintage tea party theme and a barn yard themed bar. It was full of personality, but really suited Lawrence and I.

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I chose a bird theme and general vintage vibes for our wedding. I’m a designer and illustrator and did all my own invites, seating plan and painted my own wedding cake. I love the style of birds and have them all over my home, so wanted the theme to carry on. We had different birds for each table and on the seating plan, each table was a nest, each seat was an egg, with a bird in the centre. The head table were love birds! Lawrence’s grandma made the stunning bird decorations hung everywhere.

I love pastel colours so wanted a lot of them and bright vintage prints too. So the colour scheme was pastel colours with pops of bright pinks. Powder/baby blue became a bit of a theme, with the bridesmaids wearing powder blue dresses and a lot of blue suits appeared.

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I chose a vintage style wedding dress covered in beading from Monsoon bridal. It was the only dress I saw that I had in mind that was a good price. I made the bridesmaids’ and my headpiece with birds, fabric flowers and leaves and weaved them onto a hair grip. I wore mine with a birdcage veil to match the bird and vintage theme. My shoes were from Irregular Choice and basically I saw them, wanted them, got them! I love cats and the heels were cats, makes total sense!

Lawrence wore a woollen grey slim fit suit from Ben Sherman and got Ben Sherman tie, shirt and shoes as well. He had a powder blue slim tie and wore a Frank Zappa (his favourite band) badge.

Our bridesmaids were my sisters and wore powder blue crochet dresses from Monsoon.

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We all travelled up the day before to our hotel on our own cars and everyone got taxis from the hotel to the venue. My dad surprised me with a beautiful vintage car that was hired through Danby Castle. We drove across the moors and had some champagne.

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Tom Smith of Weddings by Smith was our photographer. He was recommended by a friend. I would highly recommend him. His presence was barely noticed, not that I minded when it was as he was such a lovely person!

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I had wild flowers, a mixture of shapes and colours. They were stunning! I had them wrapped in raffia to keep the rustic vintage theme. They were arranged by a florist called Audrey who was recommended by the venue. She put flowers in small glass bottle all over the venue, which looked amazing. Other decorations were provided by Danby Castle and myself and Lawrence’s grandma made the birds and favours and name places.

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As favours we gave toy cars to the boys and small pastel coloured heart soaps for the girls. I designed all the labels.

My cousin’s fiancée made the cake. We chose carrot cake as it’s our favourite. Sarah made and iced the cake, then I painted it with cake paints with birds and roses all over it.

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We had a vintage tea party as our wedding meal as it matched the theme, and was nice and light as it was a summer’s day. I liked the idea of the interaction as everyone was taking from the centre and all enjoying it together. It was constantly replenished until everyone was full as well which was great. All the cakes looked so pretty and all the food was very dainty.

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We had giant outdoor games to play and had a DJ with a playlist chosen by me and Lawrence.

We had a sweetie table, outdoor games, and a chip van pulled up at the evening for the evening food. Everyone loved it! There was also a photo booth section with fancy dress, props and funny frames to pose with.

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We would most definitely recommend the venue. It was such a magical day and the atmosphere was lovely. They went all out to create a wonderful day, but remained calm. So many extra touches made it even more special. The decorations, the buildings, the animals, the view, the food, the staff – everything was top notch! The whole team seemed on my wave length so felt really comfortable with them all. A great day thanks to the venue!

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There were several parts of the day that stood out. I really enjoyed the car ride down the venue with my Dad as I had it all to look forward to. Plus the car and the view was great! The actual ceremony has to be the best part, marrying the man I love and walking into a room seeing all your friends and family looking gorgeous waiting for you was amazing!

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For the honeymoon we went to France and did three nights in Paris and nine in Cannes. France is our cup of tea as we love French food and the culture. In Paris, we went to the Louvre and enjoyed all the art including the Mona Lisa. It was amazing to see! We also went up the Eiffel Tower and to the Arc de Triumph. We had some wonderful meals trying the local delicacies. After our three days we got the train to Cannes which took five hours. In Cannes, we totally relaxed. We did lots of sunbathing, eating and drinking. We got the train the other close cities including Nice and Ville France sur la Mere, Which was my favourite place. It was a wonderful two weeks.

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My top tips to other Brides Up North would be to take a few moments to stop, look round and take it all in, you’ll never forget that moment. Don’t expect complete perfection, people will get drunk, things may go slightly wrong. Yes it’s an amazing day, but it’s still another day. Oh, and spend a lot of time choosing the right underwear – very important!

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style sheet. florals

March 9th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

via Style Me Pretty, photography by  Brklyn View Photography, flowers by Blush Design NY

image via Style Me Pretty, photography by Brklyn View Photography, flowers by Blush Designs NY

I’m quite literally wilting over wedding flowers at the moment with inspirational images of how couples are incorporating blooms into their celebrations sending me pin-happy over on our pretty Pinterest boards. This made the theme for our next style sheet post rather easy to select.

To me flowers are the epitome of romance and it’s therefore essential that they’re included in a wedding day – and I don’t just mean in bouquets and button holes.

Clever couples and creative florists are joining forces to think of imaginative ways for blooms to spring up in all elements of the day, from the décor right through to the daiquiris.

So today we take a look at three different ways to achieve a blooming marvellous big day.

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If you plan to take a ‘go hard or go home’ approach to your wedding theming it has to be full on blooms all the way.

It’s not that you have to incorporate them into every single element of the day for the desired effect, but where you do choose to include them your choices must be bold.

For those wanting to make a style statement with a capital ‘S’ a floral frock is required. Gradually more designers appear to be coming round to the idea of offering a pretty print design within their collections for brides looking to push the boundaries. Ian Stuart’s South Pacific dress is a wonderful example. Meanwhile brides choosing to hop, skip and jump over the boundaries are selecting gowns with in-your-face corsages for maximum impact.

If you’d rather stick to tradition when it comes to your own gown you could always dress your maids in colourful florals instead. Another alternative is to wear a striking flower crown and carry an equally elaborate bouquet, though still aim to keep some focus on your gown. Flower print underwear and shoes provide other ways to get your flower fix.

Décor wise the possibilities are endless. We particularly love hanging paper flowers, which look super cute and can provide a lovely backdrop for photos, and hand-painted floral cake designs offer a stunning focal point at the reception. Colourful patterned stationery can also help keep the theme consistent throughout.

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Those considering a clean and simple white wedding will be pleased to hear that a flower theme doesn’t have to be fussy. The look can easily be stripped back by picking delicate floral details in the purest possible hue.

There are numerous wedding dress designs featuring sweet floral details that will leave brides spoilt for choice. Some may prefer to keep things subtle with floral lace appliques while others might want something that stands out that bit more, such as little floral corsages over the shoulder of the dress or on the bodice.

White bridesmaids don’t have to be totally plain. Picking dresses with a pale floral pattern can add interest and depth to the wedding party’s attire without detracting from the bride’s gown.

For the décor a bride can choose to keep things delicate with tiny flowers in small bunches hung on the ends of pews, the backs of chairs or dotted in jam jars around the venue. Alternatively they can select large blousy blooms grouped together along table centres and overhead on chandeliers for a little more oomph.

For the bouquet larger, more structured white blooms broken up with natural, green foliage can help to break up the pale palette.

Finally, in terms of food and drink choices white wedding cakes with textured detailing are wonderfully elegant as are beautiful beverages sprinkled with petals, such as chamomile flower wine.

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In my opinion the most romantic flowers of them all are roses.

Synonymous with love, these blooms are an ideal choice for a floral wedding theme and can be picked to suit a variety of different style weddings, from vintage to modern affairs.

While classic red roses can work well for winter weddings I much prefer the flower in elegant tones of pink, purple, white and peach, which can be styled to suit weddings throughout all the seasons.

To set the theme from the off, why not send your invites out in plush patterned fabric envelopes tied up with rustic string.

Working with your florist you can then choose whether you would prefer tight bud roses, big blousy blooms or a combination of the two, for your bouquets, button holes and decorations.

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box a little by having details such as roses tied to ribbons hanging above your tables to create a flower chandelier effect, or a table seating plan bordered by the blooms. A naked wedding cake simply decorated with flowers would be another simple but striking addition.

For the bride’s dress designs with flirty rose detailing in corsages or embroidery, such as designs by Claire Pettibone, will tick boxes. There are also numerous stunning shoe designs featuring the enchanting bloom – if you find yourself spoilt for choice you could pick a pair of girly heels for the day and some cute pumps for the evening celebrations.

While you might not chose to extend the rose theme to your maids’ attire, a nice idea would be to surprise them on the morning of the wedding with a rose pattered robe in which to be pampered and preened. This will also make a fun photo opportunity for you and your gals.

If roses aren’t your thing you could always change the theme to suit your personal preference or the season by building your day around sunflowers, daisies or peonies.

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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Colour Me Beautiful! Vera Wang For A Rainbow Wedding In Cheshire – Laura & Rob

December 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for what’s set to be the biggest and best year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty.

Usual service will recommence on 2nd January 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings in 2013.  Drop in every day for the very, very prettiest wedding inspiration and if you are a Brides Up North bride, to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks.

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We first met Laura & Rob back in 2012 when I featured their beautiful, colourful engagement shoot on the wedding blog.  Fast forward a year and it’s time for their equally colourful and even more beautiful Real Wedding in Cheshire.  Today’s celebration is bright, bold and very, very lovely… and is that a Vera Wang wedding dress I spot amongst those rainbow blooms?!  Lucky Laura.

With images by Matt Bowen Photography.

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Laura says:  Rob proposed on Christmas day 2011 at the top of a hill…my favourite view.  We were married on Thursday 25th July, 2013 at Peover Golf Club, Knutsford, Cheshire.

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The venue just felt so right for us – open and light, not too big or grand, lovely lawn and amazing management and catering links!

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We wanted the day to be happy and carefree so there was lots of colour and a little shabby chic! Generally we had a multi coloured theme with bright flowers and different colour dresses for each bridesmaid. Rob chose his suit purely because he loved it, a blue suit with a deep red tie. We didn’t want it all to be too structured and matching, we just liked what we liked!

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I usually go for the more dressed-up looks on nights out so I wanted to look really natural and just pretty. I was very lucky to be able to find an amazing Vera Wang dress that I accessorized with Jimmy Choo peep toe stilettos and a full length veil.

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The bridesmaids wore different coloured dresses from Monsoon, each colour suiting them perfectly. Rob bought his suit and his groomsmen’s suits from M&S – lovely blue suits with waistcoats that had a deep red back, matching their ties.

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I carried a hand tied bouquet of  really bright, happy flowers, a lovely mix including roses, sweet peas and dahlias.

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I was not intending on having a car but ended up getting one the week before. It was a lovely old retro one, with free champagne, bonus!

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We chose a beautiful little two tiered white cake with fresh flowers. Nice and simple… with a hidden Batman underneath it as a nod to Robs man crush!

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Olive Tree Catering were absolutely amazing – everyone said it was the best wedding food they had ever had!

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Matt Bowen our photographer really went the extra mile to make sure we had precious photos we will love for years to come.

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Our friend Charlie is a tree surgeon so we asked him to get hold of a really wide slice of a tree trunk that we used as guest book. He is going to put legs on it so we can use it as a coffee table! Robs also a huge whisky fan so we had a variety of flowers in whisky bottles instead of vases.

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I was the most terrified of doing our first dance but it ended up being my most fun bit! Being flung around by Rob to “The Snake” by Al Wilson, with everyone joining in… such a fun time!

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

The Wedding Crashers are our friends so our evening entertainment was an easy choice! They got everyone dancing all night… especially when Rob got on stage to do the Blues Brother intro rap, thanking everyone for coming!

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Matt Bowen Photography

We were lucky enough to have a mini moon in a Tuscan villa just outside of Florence straight after the day and then a month later we went to Kalkan in Turkey to an amazing hotel with our own pool and garden! Perfect relaxation and nice way to ease back into real life!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that as hard as it is, make sure the day is what you and your partner want, not what friends and family think – its your day and you have your own vision, you’ll only regret it if you do something for the wrong reasons.

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Congratulations Laura & Rob!

Fancy sharing your engagement news or Real Wedding on these pretty pages?  Get in touch!

 

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The Wedding That Rocked! A Real Wedding At The Alnwick Garden – Sarah & Dave

August 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Alnwick Garden Luxury Wedding Exhibition September 2013

It’s insanely busy at Brides Up North HQ at the moment as we finalise plans for our autumn season of Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.  We’ve got eight marvellous shows coming up this time around, and right across three regions too.  Make sure to put one of these in your diary.

We start the season in under a fortnight’s time (I’ve blinked and missed the Summer) at the extraordinary venue that is The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland.  I first became aware of this gorgeous and unique spot via submissions to the blog, and it was when I first blogged this Real Wedding back in 2012 that I knew this venue was something special.  When they invited me to work with them earlier on this year, I couldn’t start planning fast enough!  I’m not really into reposting (we keep things fresh here at Brides Up North) but it’s beautiful, it’s timely and aren’t the best things in life always worth a reprise?

You can pre-register for FREE entry and your VIP Bride To Be Welcome Pack on Sunday 1st September 2013 by clicking here.

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This Real Wedding at The Alnwick Garden sent to me by North East Wedding photographer Phil Smith Photography and real bride Sarah has to be one of the most fabulous big days that I’ve ever seen.  I just love it all, from the vinyl table names to the heart shaped balloons to the bride’s beautiful birdcage veil.

Sarah and Dave: your wedding truly rocked. 

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: The Wedding That Rocked! A Real Wedding In The North East – Sarah & Dave

December 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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Now, I know I say this a lot (pretty much every time I open my inbox), but today’s Real Wedding sent to me by North East Wedding photographer Phil Smith Photography and real bride Sarah has to be one of the most gorgeous big days that I. HAVE . EVER. SEEN.  I just love it all, from the vinyl table names to the heart shaped balloons to the bride’s beautiful birdcage veil.

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Sarah and Dave: your wedding truly rocked. 

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Sarah says:  We got engaged on 27th July 2010. Dave took me out for my birthday for a meal but had booked a suite in a nice hotel on the Quayside in Newcastle Upon Tyne as a surprise. He tried to get me to go for a walk so he could propose on one of the bridges after the meal but I had eaten too much and just wanted to lie down, ha ha!

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Luckily he had booked a suite which had a full glass wall overlooking the whole Quayside so he got down on one knee in front of the view and I was so excited, it was totally unexpected. I said yes immediately and cried!

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We were married on 29th June 2012 at The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland.  Neither of us had been before and we had gone to look at the Castle as a possible venue and they told us we could get married in the gardens too if we wanted to have a look while we were there so we did. As soon as we walked in we both turned to each other and said “this is it!”. 

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We chose a bright garden theme to match the venue and incorporated our love of music. Very muted greys and ivory outfits but then really bright exotic flowers and décor to set them off.

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I chose a wedding dress called Lizana by La Sposa from Darcy’s in Morpeth.  It was strapless with a fitted long bodice and a mermaid kick out at the bottom, no bling just nice fabric detail and a little edgy like me!  I had emerald green shoes with custom made shoe brooches under my dress.

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Our necklaces, my veil, jewelled hair combs, shoe brooches, and wish box were all custom made by Kathryn Russell.

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Our friend Ben (the singer in Dave’s band) sang an acoustic version of “Grow Old With You” from The Wedding Singer during our ceremony.

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We wrote our own vows and didn’t show each other so they would be a surprise on the day. Dave totally blew me away with the emotion he showed and his words were perfect despite having to pause a few times to compose himself. He had the whole room in tears and he made me feel like marrying me meant the world to him as he is not usually an emotional guy.

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We decorated the venue ourselves using giant flowers that used to be part of the NewLook summer window display!  I went round all the North East NewLook stores to ask if I could have them the year before and they were donated to the gardens after the wedding to use for charity event.

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Our friend’s band – The Monologues – were amazing and kept us entertained all night long!  We made our own playlists for ceremony, wedding breakfast and in between band sets.

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After the wedding we jetted off to Thailand: Bangkok three nights, Chaing Mai five nights and Koh Phi Phi Island for the last ten! Amazing!

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My top tips for other Brides Up North would be don’t get hung up on the little things, if there is something you cant afford to do or a piece of décor you cant get hold of no-one will know it isn’t there except you! Also try to steal away some time to spend with your husband after the ceremony, it’s a big deal and you should reflect and share the special moments of the day together away from the crowds. Because of our venue our photographer had lots of places to take us around the site for photos and because of his unobtrusive and relaxed style he did a lot of the shots at a distance which gave me and Dave the chance to chat and take it all in away from everyone else. We really treasure this time we had together.

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Congratulations Sarah & Dave!

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Newlyweds!  You know what to do!  Contact me to share your Real Wedding memories. 

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