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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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Cheshire Wedding Photographer Peover Golf Club

Cheshire Wedding Photographer

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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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Matt Bowen Photography

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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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Matt Bowen Photography

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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 Photography

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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.

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

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.

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

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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!

Matt Bowen Photography

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!

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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.

Alnwick Garden Wedding by Phil Smith Photography

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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My bridesmaids wore strapless floor length gunmetal grey dresses from Debenhams.

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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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I carried a teardrop bouquet in exotic bright flowers with green orchids and glorosia lilies by Fern of Morpeth.

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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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We had music themed table names on vinyls and made badges which were put onto handmade rosettes which said “This Wedding Rocks” and were used as napkin ties. 

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We also had a remembrance table with candles to remember those who couldn’t be with us (especially my Dad) – my Mum gave me away.

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We had a five tier sweet cheesecake from The English Cheesecake Company in London.

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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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We learned a special dance and had a few lessons prior to the wedding to make our first dance perfect.

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In the evening we also had Pop Up Studios, with props and blackboards for our guests to write messages on for us to go into a guestbook album.

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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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  – Images © 2012 Phil Smith Photography

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The House By The Sea: A Real Wedding In The North East – Melanie & Jon

May 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A Real Wedding at Newton Hall by Topher McGrillis

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Today I’m off to a BBQ with friends, family and Mr Pinot and Mr Grigio too (I’ll thank you for sticking around if you please sunshine!) to celebrate my darling Dad reaching the ripe old age of 60!  Happy Birthday Dad!  I love you x

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In the meantime, I’ll leave you all with another glorious celebration – the first ever wedding to be held at a brand new wedding venue on the Northumberland coast, Newton Hall, with images by Topher McGrillis.

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Melanie says: We got engaged in Edinburgh, July 2011 on a short break are tied the knot on 21st April 2012 at Newton Hall, Newton on the Sea, Northumberland. 

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We chose Newton Hall for it’s location on the coast in beautiful countryside, the team’s less formal style and their flexibility.  Knowing the quirkiness/ character they inject into their bars & restaurants in Newcastle we trusted that it would be a lovely place (it hadn’t been built when we first signed up!) Also, we needed somewhere large enough for 150 guests plus more for the evening and a wanted a civil ceremony which was charismatic, not bland.

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We didn’t go for a theme as such but the details were designed all to get the guests mingling including handmade crackers as favours, antipasti sharing style boards and lots of lawn games and photos.

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As my engagement ring was a sapphire with diamonds (passed down through the family from Jon’s great grandmother) we decided on a dark/ navy blue colour scheme. We then chose lots of bright colours like yellows, oranges and pinks to contrast against this.

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My dress was Benjamin Roberts – 2228 in ivory with an ivory sash and ivory silk jacket. I love dresses with lace detailing, long trains and mermaid shape and this was all summed up in this dress.

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My bridesmaids wore long French navy strapless dresses from Coast at Debenhams (Tanya maxi dress) with ivory shawls

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Flower-wise, I wanted a lot of colour so had a loose tied posy mixture of burnt orange cymbidium orchid, orange and a little red ranunculus, yellow craspedia, mint, little blue delphinium and rosemary. 

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The bridesmaids carried loose natural posies including the white anemone with the black centre,blue delphinium, orange ranunculus, yellow craspedia and rosemary.

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Jon had a burnt orange orchid as his buttonhole.

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The flowers were all outstanding!  The florist (Lavender’s Blue) had said my taste were somewhat ‘eclectic’ but I knew she would bring it all together and do an amazing job! The venue could take a lot of colour and different styles of arrangements and it all looked beautiful.

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Some of the arrangements were designed in small boxes wrapped in paper and raffia so that guests could take some of them home easily.

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I loved getting ready with all the girls and the chaos of the morning coming together. The hair and makeup girls (Makeup – Steph Birchall, Hair – Jo from Sherlocks in Durham) were amazing.

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I didn’t need to travel as stayed at the venue all weekend but Dad had lent Jon his old Porsche which also luckily fitted well with the dark blue theme so Jon and the the best man Dave took that for a drive along the coast on the way to the venue. Jon and Dave had stayed the night before in a cottage next to the pub in the village.

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The ceremony was perfect the readings were fantastic – some friends had surprised us and written a poem about us, the registrar was lovely and hilarious.

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The venue and the staff were outstanding, I hadn’t seen the place complete before and was amazed at how beautiful it all looked. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff who created the most relaxed environment keeping the hotel bar open late and still looking fresh when serving breakfast in the morning. I even got hugs and kisses from some of the builders in the pub before and after the day!

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We spent a long time making and decorating crackers and put stick on moustaches and bubbles and joke engagement rings in them for the guests on the tables. We made a weekend of it and had drinks in the local pub on Friday night before the wedding and a pub lunch with rounders and a walk on the beach on the Sunday.

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We chose a cake of cheeses from Deli Around The Corner, Tynemouth. We also had a large square of fruit cake as I love fruit cake with cheese and it suited the more traditional guests. We had chutneys, fruit and crackers to complement it and it was left out with the evening sandwiches and snacks. (Somerset Brie, Cornish Yarg, Northumberland Smoked, Baby Colston, Bassett Stilton  and topped with a Coeur de Neufchatel (heart shaped brie)). 

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We had a brilliant band in the evening – Grace under Pressure from AMV Live Music in Newcastle. The lead singer and guitarist played in the afternoon to entertain guest after the ceremony as well whilst prosecco and canapés were served.

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After the wedding, we spent Sunday night at Newton Hall finishing off the cheese from the wedding cake and prosecco with remaining friends and family then Dad had lent us his old Porsche so we drove down for a night in the Cotswolds at Lower Slaughter Manor which was lovely. Then we flew to Vietnam for 12 days, we travelled from the North to the South, stopping in Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Danang and the last few days were at an incredible spa resort called the Princess D’Annam. We finished the trip with a night in Bangkok at The Banyan Tree on the way home. Friends and family contributed towards the trip as our main present.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax and enjoy it! Try and be as organised as you can and delegate as much as possible. If you pick suppliers with good reputations then trust them they will all want to help give you a fabulous day – all our suppliers were incredible.

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Congratulations Melanie & Jon!

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See you in the next week Brides Up North!

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  – Images © 2012 Topher McGrillis

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