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All Things Bright & Beautiful: Annasul Y For A Vibrant Real Wedding At Adlington Hall – Joanna & Tom

May 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today’s Real Wedding is vibrant, bright and basically beautiful in every single way.  What a way to kick off the long weekend as we join Joanna and Tom for their Real Wedding in Cheshire.  With images by Andy Wardle Photography.

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Have a very good one…

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Joanna says:  We got engaged on 16th December 2011 in Paris and were married on 15th June 2012 at Adlington Hall & Hunting Lodge, Cheshire. 

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We chose the venue because of it’s stunning buildings and grounds. Adlington Hall is a very traditional and beautiful building and we knew immediately that we wanted to say our vows there. The Hunting Lodge is just next door and housed all of our guests perfectly. We were fortunate enough to be able to appreciate the gardens as well. It was the perfect venue.

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We originally chose a “Peaches & Cream” colour scheme but our bridesmaid dresses were in more of a vibrant coral and we incorporated apricot, peach, coral and ivory colours into our flowers.

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The guys were all  in light grey suits hired from Swarbricks in Manchester.

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The Father of the Bride supplied his car & Step-father of the Bride was the proud chauffeur.

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I wore a lace, vintage-style fitted wedding dress by Annasul Y from The White Closet, Didsbury. 

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I carried a bouquet of David Austin ‘Juliet’ roses, peonies and gypsohila handtied with lace and pearls. The men had David Austin roses and some eucalyptus as their buttonholes.  All our flowers were by Firenza Floral Design

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We had a “Sweetie Table” that ran the length of the room in the Hunting Lodge, which included lots of homemade cakes & goodies baked by family members, old fashioned sweets and bowls of peaches & apricots to match our colour theme. It was thoroughly appreciated by our guests who tucked in right through the night.

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Announcing us as “Husband & Wife” was the most amazing feeling. The speeches were fantastic too and are still being talked about!

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We chose a classic three-tier fruitcake by Hilary Bennett in Glossop, Derbyshire iced in ivory and peach and decorated with flowers matching the bouquets. 

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Tom is in a band called ‘The Zetlands’ and they played a mixture of their own music and some covers selected by us. Lots of Elvis Presley, The Beatles, the Kinks, and general rock&roll to get everyone on the dancefloor.

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Our only regret is not having a videographer, particularly for the ceremony. Andy managed to capture some fantastic shots that made up for it though, including the dance moves later on in the evening!

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After the wedding we flew to Italy and spent a week relaxing in Sardinia followed by a city break in Venice.

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Congratulations Joanna & Tom!

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Keeping It Fresh! A Real Wedding In Northumberland – Stephanie & Martin

November 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Welcome to Tuesday Brides Up North!  No “it’s only the middle of the month and the overdraft is maxed on wedding paraphernalia” dreariness here!  No way Jose!

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Only the stunningly beautiful Real Wedding of North East couple Stephanie & Martin, with images by Andrew Billington Photography.  Crisp, cool and romantic, Stephanie and Martin’s big day is contemporary, fresh and oh so lovely

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Stephanie says:  We stayed at a romantic farm cottage in Hexham on New Years Eve 2010 – Martin proposed outside of the cottage before we went out for the evening. 

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We were married on 23rd August 2012 at Eshott Hall, Northumberland.  It was exactly what I had imagined for us. It’s a period building with lots of character but intimate and smaller than other Halls I had been to. It felt very special.

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We opted for a simple colour scheme of ivory, pink and white.  I chose a lace over tulle San Patrick wedding dress with spaghetti straps and a heart shaped bust, from Wendy Coles Bridal in Monkwearmouth.

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My bridesmaids wore coral rose coloured full length strapless dresses from Coast and the boys wore suits from French Connection

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My sister, Lisa McNamara, who is a hairdresser based in Boldon did my ‘do. 

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I carried a hand tied bouquet of roses in dusty pink and ivory by Jan Watters, East Boldon.   

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Aurora Strings played during the day on the lawn and we chose Jason Issacs – a fabulous swing singer – to sing in the evening. 

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We had a very special guest – an RAF Sea King helicopter!  It was a flyover from RAF Boulmer as Martin is a Search & Rescue helicopter pilot.

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The food at Eshott was fabulous, and I loved getting married on the stairs below the stained glass window – it felt really special and different to any wedding I had been to.

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Our cake was a combination of two tiers of fruit & one sponge decorated with pink icing roses, made by Martins grandparents who are (handily!) retired bakers.  We also chose a cake of cheese – bought from Fenwick’s food hall, Newcastle.

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Martin made flight tickets for the guests and the destinations were places we had either been or were going to on our honeymoon, and they were the names of the tables.

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We also left postcards of the places on the tables so that people could write us a special message and the beers on the table matched the table names – e.g. Phuket table had Chang beer & the Barcelona table had San Miguel beer etc!

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There were a few favourite moments for me.  Martin did a rhyming speech which was hilarious and Martin’s brother sang during the ceremony which was really special.

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After the wedding we took a long honeymoon and travelled around Thailand for three weeks. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to stay true to what you originally want for your wedding – don’t be swayed by expensive stuff and extras that you don’t really need.

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Congratulations Stephanie & Martin!

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on these pretty pages.

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Simply Springtime: A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Sarah & Nick

September 4th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Things are absolutely MANIC behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ right now, with a burgeoning supplier Directory (check out the region’s finest suppliers), a jam packed inbox absolutely bursting with pretty, a diary full of fabulous events, invitations and freelance deadlines and four more spectacular wedding exhibitions to plan and deliver before the end of October.

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Despite all the busyness and excitement – and it is exciting: I LOVE my job – the best part of my day is still sitting down to blog my reader’s real wedding features.  Each one is so filled with love and hope, and they never fail to put a smile on my face. 

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This afternoon’s real wedding was sent to me by real bride Sarah and Jonathan M McGee Photography.  I hope you enjoy reading Sarah’s story. 

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Sarah says:  We got engaged in Scarborough on a beautiful March day, 26th March 2010 and we married on Saturday 24th March 2012, we chose this date as we had got engaged two years earlier and the time of year had always been so beautiful with daffodils in bloom and beautiful little lambs in the fields.

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We were so lucky, at the beginning of the day there was some morning mist but by the time I pulled up to the Church the sun started to break through.

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We chose to marry at Priory Church, Bolton Abbey with the reception at The Devonshire Arms.  Bolton Abbey means something to both of us not only do we spend weekends going for walks here we both spent time as children with our own families there.  The setting is so picturesque and we both feel at home here with it not being far from where we live.

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We chose a colour scheme of coral and cream with a blend of green as an accent colour.  We didn’t have a specific theme, but new we wanted to keep it simple and classic and for our guests to enjoy themselves.

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My wedding dress was made by Suzanne Neville, with beautiful pure silk and exquisite Swarovski crystal straps and gorgeous button detail at the back. After trying on thirty or more dresses I actually found my perfect dress in the shop closes to where we live.  I got it from The Bridal Boutique in Guiseley:  every time we drove passed Nick kept saying my dress was in there but I wanted to shop around and it was the last shop I went too! My veil was something borrowed from Nick’s sister Claire who got married a year earlier so this was very special.

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My bridesmaids wore fitted coral dresses, bought online. One of my bridesmaids Emma had a baby just ten days before, she did amazingly well!  Nick and the groomsmen wore new silk mix morning suits (after Nick wore his fire officer’s uniform for the ceremony) and Nick wore an ivory cravat.  The suits were from Greenwoods.

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I travelled to the church with my dad from The Devonshire Arms by a vintage silver-grey Daimler hired from Lavelle Classics 

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My flowers were beautiful and exactly how I had imagined, with a combination of coral and cream roses with lilies and pearls added in, from The Flower Room in Eccleshill.

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Our wedding service was the most special and treasured part of our day from saying our vows – which we learnt off by heart, I was so nervous (I still can’t believe we remembered all of the words!) – to my brother, Nick sister and Nick’s Dad doing readings which really brought a tear to my eyes. Then my brothers and sister and Nick’s sister signed the register so it really was a family affair!

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With Nick being a fire officer and getting married in uniform Nick surprised the guests and I with a fire engine to take us as a married couple from the Church to the reception; this was my first time in a fire engine!

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To add a bit of fun to the drinks reception we had a dress up box of wigs and glasses – a bit of fancy dress, photographed by Nicks cousin Ben which also kept him busy throughout the day!

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We also did stand up bingo as part of the reception, we wanted to do something slightly different for the wedding favours so we put the money together and the prize was a meal for two in a restaurant in Ilkley.

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We had a four tier square cake with coral flower detail and every tier was different from carrot to chocolate to lemon and then vanilla sponge.  This was made by Val who makes cakes for friends and family.

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For the evening entertainment we decided we wanted a funky band and picked Capone online, we were a bit apprehensive with not seeing them live beforehand but they really were excellent and really did make the night, with the dance floor full all night.  Our first dance was Florence and the Machine’s ‘You got the Love’ and the band did a fabulous rendition of this.

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We jetted off on the Monday to New York where we spent three days as ‘proper tourists’ and went to all the big tourist attractions as well as a Broadway show and tasted the nightlife in a proper New York jazz bar.  Then we had a spot of real luxury with a 12 night luxury cruise sailing from New York around the Caribbean, stopping at St Lucia, St Kitts and Antigua amongst others.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that no matter how things have gone up to the big day whether you’ve had family supporting you or family getting involved too much or maybe no support at all remember that it’s your day and your marrying the man you love. Everyone is there because you mean so much to them, and they want the best for you both. The day goes so fast so make sure when it does come to yours that you forget about the little things and you enjoy every second of the day as it really will be the best day of your life.

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Congratulations Sarah & Nick!

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Get in touch if you would like to see your Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North!

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