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a little bit of what we like. a personal wedding with vintage touches at crab manor – gemma & darren

June 25th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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Having found their perfect wedding venue in Crab Manor, North Yorkshire, today’s couple decided against a set theme and instead added bits and pieces that they liked to the manor’s unusual décor or an individual big day.

Individuality continued throughout the wedding in the bride’s vintage-esque attire, the groom’s tweed getup and the beautiful floral bridesmaid dresses.

There are many elements of this big day that we absolutely love, though one in particular has to be Gemma’s wild bouquet – just stunning!

We think you will all agree, this one is a real beauty!

With images by Brides Up North featured supplier, Helen Russell Photography.

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gemma says: We got engaged on 2nd December 2013. Darren took me for lunch at Browns in Newcastle. After our starters Darren started to fidget in his pocket then he pulled the ring out and proposed, I said yes immediately. I can remember thinking though I wished he had waited until after our meal as I couldn’t eat anything else as I was so excited to get back home and tell everyone!

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We set the date for 13th February 2015. We decided on that date as the 13th February is the anniversary of when we officially started dating.

Our chosen venue was Crab Manor in Thirsk, we fell in love with how cool and quirky the place was and also the uniqueness of the venue. We always knew a big stately house/hotel wasn’t for us and wanted somewhere everyone would feel comfortable on the big day.

We didn’t wanted to have a theme as such but I have a love for vintage clothing/items so that did play a part in the day, but ultimately we chose to buy whatever we liked. Similarly, we chose not to have a colour scheme as we didn’t want to be limited in what we could buy, we wanted free rein and hoped everything would come together in the end.

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My dress was from Amore Brides in Sunderland. I always knew what kind of dress I didn’t want more than what I did want. I met June the owner and pulled out three dresses to try on, as soon as I put the first dress on I knew it was the one. It was the most beautiful lace backless Maggie Sottero dress and it was just me. I felt 100% comfortable so I bought it there and then. I still look at it now and I’m still in love with it.

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Darren bought his suit from Leaf in Newcastle. He wanted a tweed suit and fell in love with the first one he saw. His tweed tie was bought online from a shop in Scotland to go with his Dolce and Gabbana shirt. His Jeffrey West shoes were a gift from me for his birthday the year before. Unfortunately Darren’s gran passed away before our wedding. With some of the money he was left he bought a gold pocket watch, so in a sense his gran could be with us on our special day.

The best men and my dad wore navy suits from Debenhams with tweed ties also from the same shop as Darren’s. All the guys had matching monster socks from Burton.

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Our bridesmaids wore dresses from ASOS. They were for me the perfect dresses and I really liked them straight away. Isabelle my flower girl (niece) wore a beautiful dress from Monsoon with some glitter pumps from John Lewis.

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Helen Russell was our photographer on the day. Helen has photographed a few friends’ weddings and I totally love her style and how she captures the perfect moments. I’m not a great fan of posed photos and I knew Helen’s images were mostly natural shots and this was ideal for us.

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My flowers were a bit of a gamble as I didn’t really know what I was getting until the morning of the big day. My maid of honour, who flew back from Australia for the wedding, is good friends with Kirsty who co owns Darling and Green, we met up once last summer and I saw some of her work and knew she was the one who I wanted to do my flowers. I was quite laid back about what I wanted and Kirsty totally got my style and I knew she would deliver on the day.

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We had a selection of different shaped and sized glass bottles filled with wild flowers for our table decorations from Darling and Green, along with glass bottles I filled with pearls, which we used for our table numbers. I bought a flowery storage box and some mini ‘Mr & Mrs’ bunting and made a box for our cards. The venue is full of bits and bobs so we didn’t need a lot of decorations.

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Our wedding favours were retro mix ups in personalized brown paper bags, we put in all of our favourite sweets from our childhood. The children got goody bags full with activities such as colouring in books, puzzles, pens and also disposable cameras, which went down a treat.

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We weren’t really fussed on having a wedding cake so we decided on cupcakes made by Lynn, a family friend. They were a huge success and tasted amazing!

We choose a menu that would please everyone; leek and potato soup, beef and vegetables then sticky toffee pudding followed by coffee and the famous Crab Manor chocolate truffles.

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For entertainment, we hired a juke box from Crab Manor. As we only had a small wedding of 30 people we didn’t need anything else. Everyone loved dancing away to their favourite tunes. For decoration we also hired a love heart from Coco Luminaire with our names and date of the big day on.

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If you are after something different to your normal wedding then choose Crab Manor as the venue is without doubt one of the best places we have stayed in. It offers something different and the staff are amazing, especially John, one of the wedding co-ordinators. The venue is cool and quirky and just has an amazing overall feel. We highly recommend!

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My favourite part of the day was the ceremony; being with everyone who we love and care for and being able to share our special day with them.

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For our honeymoon we went to Jamaica. We literally went to chill after a busy few months arranging the wedding. The surprises kept on coming though as on our second week we found out I was expecting our first child, due in October!

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My top tip to other Brides Up North would be – try to relax and enjoy the experience, as it’s very easy to turn into a bridezilla!

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Super Quirky Gorgeous! A Real Wedding In North Yorkshire – Edwina & Adam

December 3rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’m spending most of my day in trains and automobiles today as I head North of the Border for some exciting meetings about bringing the Brides Up North magic to my lovely Scottish readers in person (hello you, sorry it’s taken so long!), as well as catching up with some of my favourite suppliers in that part of the country.

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My family has a strong Scottish heritage (my Mum was born and raised just outside of and my parents met and married whilst working in an Edinburgh hotel) so I always feel like a trip even further North is a little like coming home.  I’ve packed plenty of Winter woolies (as well as a dash of sparkle) for the two day trip and I can’t wait to feel that bracing wind blowing the colour back into my cheeks.

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So, have laptop, will travel, and will look forward to sharing some news soon…

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In the meantime, I wouldn’t go gallivanting without leaving you without something extra special to pour over.  Step forward Edwina & Adam and their absolutely stunning Real Wedding at the wonderful Crab Manor Hotel in North Yorkshire, with images by the disgustingly talented Dominic Wright Photography (a Brides Up North Featured Supplier no less!).

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Edwina says: We got engaged in La Carla, Spain in February 2011 on a surprise Valentine’s weekend

Adam took me to his parents house and proposed to me there. I didn’t have a clue.

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We were married at Crab Manor, Asenby, Thirsk on Wednesday 5th September 2012.  We loved

how different and quirky it was with beautiful gardens and amazing themed rooms.

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We opted for a cream and midnight blue theme. 

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I chose a Justin Alexander oyster pearl lace dress which came up to the neck and was fitted into the waist with an oyster pearl satin band round the middle which went into a fishtail . It was from Blissful Daze, Sheffield. Such amazing staff and a top class shop.

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Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist did my hair and make up.   

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My bridesmaids wore midnight blue dresses from Coast which were knee length with lace detail at the top.

The groomsmen wore a three piece handmade midnight blue suits made by King & Allen.

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I carried a bouquet of cream roses hand tied with oyster pearl organza material, lined with pearls and feathers.

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We had a harpist throughout the ceremony. A flamenco guitarist played after the wedding breakfast and a jazz band joined us for the evening.

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We dressed the ceremony room with extra white flowers and had black organza bows tied round the chairs. For the wedding breakfast we had white chair covers with white bows.

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The best part of the day was walking down the isle and seeing all of my lovely friends and family and then seeing my amazing man at the end of the aisle. In fact the whole day was my favourite part!

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We looked at many photographers and Dominic and Zoe of Dominic Wright Photography just stood out. Such lovely guys we had so much fun with them. They made us feel very special and our images are just stunning. I would highly recommend them.

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I went to the venue the day before in my dads 1960 Red Lotus Elise.  Super cool. 

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The cake was made of layers cheese with a heart shaped one (and two little wedding mice) on top.

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After the wedding we went to Phuket in Thailand and stayed at the Kata Tani in South Kata.  It was such a beautiful place with such lovely people.

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My tip tip for other Brides Up North would be to take in every part of the day and treasure every moment. It is the most amazing day of your life. Don’t worry about minor details the most important thing is about two people who love each other getting married.

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HEARTCongratulations Edwina & Adam! HEART

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To The Manor Born! A Real Wedding, Fay & Nick

March 24th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brand spanking new Featured Supplier photographer Dirk Van Der Werff wasted no time in sending Brides Up North this awesome Real Wedding in North Yorkshire. Fay and Nick’s wedding was held at The Crab and Lobster at Asenby, near Topcliffe last summer.  The Crab Manor Hotel is really cool (one of Brides Up North’s faves!) – the gorgeous bedrooms are modelled on famous hotels around the world, like Raffles in Singapore! Famous rooms and perfect weddings indeed.

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Dirk says: I just try to blend in with family and friends, often meeting parents before the day to build a relationship, so that on the day, there’s no surprises, and we’re not strangers!

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