Brides Up North

Let’s Get Ready To Rumble! The Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza At Hardwick Hall Hotel – THIS SUNDAY!

February 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime

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If you follow the blog over on Twitter and Facebook – you’ll probably have guessed that I am just a little bit excited about kicking off our jam packed season of Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions with one of my very favourite events, North East SUPER show, the Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at the gorgeous 4* Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield, County Durham THIS SUNDAY (that’s come around quick!) on Sunday 23rd February 2014.  

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If the level of pre-registrations that Team Brides Up North has received from you lovely ladies is anything to go by, it’s going to be an amazing day!  We love hearing your little stories and getting excited with you and we can’t wait to meet so many of you in person.

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Other wedding fairs?  Pah!  What’s the point?! We are very proud to run OFFICIALLY the largest and most exciting FREE ENTRY bridal exhibitions in the North East (our last epic event at Hardwick’s sister hotel, Ramside Hall, attracted over 2,000 visitors in one afternoon – now that’s big!) with two specially choreographed professional fashion shows and almost (and sometimes over) 80 – 100 exhibitors at each, tempting on the day discounts and stuffed goody bags tailor made for each event. I might like things big and exciting, but I also like them personal.

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And yes, you read that right, the events are FREE ENTRY.  Cos I love ya, baby.

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So, get the first of our huge North East events firmly in the diary (in indelible pen please) and come along to support the most fabulous wedding suppliers in your area – I only work with the best, dahlings – for an inspiration packed afternoon of all that is pretty, new and super gorgeous in the wedding industry.  And the most important bit?  Local to YOU.

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And can I vouch for the beautiful 4* wedding venue that is Hardwick Hall Hotel?  Well, I chose it to host my own wedding day back in October 2012 – and what’s a better recommendation than that?!.

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Goody Bag packed with little treats from Brides Up North, the regions’ best bridal glossy magazines well as some fab on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now. What are you waiting for?

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking the Brides Up North event venue of choice e.g. “HARDWICK HALL” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. VIP Bride- To-Be Goody Bags are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served polic

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Peony Pink! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Michelle & Jon

June 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for the second half of what’s set to be the biggest and best year 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. 

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Usual service will recommence on 1st July 2013,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far in 2013, plenty of eye candy, new features that we won’t be able to wait to share, some special supplier showcases and a couple of surprises too! 

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As soon as this beautiful Real Wedding landed in my inbox, courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Damian Hall Photography, I got to blogging!  First shared back on Valentine’s Day this year, I couldn’t wait to spread the love with the prettiest pink peonies, the finest of details and the widest of smiles which really make this elegant and romantic country house wedding one to write home about.  

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Michelle says:  We got engaged in July 2010 at the beautiful Great John Street Hotel in Manchester and we were married on Saturday 19th May 2012 at St Oswalds Church in Askrigg, Yorkshire Dales and had our reception at Yorebridge House, Bainbridge, Yorkshire Dales. 

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As soon as we arrived at Yorebridge House we fell in love with the boutique hotel. The setting is picture perfect with its beautiful and stylish décor, intimate surroundings and amazing food we knew it was perfect. The best thing was having the entire hotel to ourselves from the moment we arrived on the Friday evening till we checked out on the Sunday morning.

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We chose an elegant and romantic country wedding theme, with a colour scheme of ivory and pale pink. 

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I chose ‘Susanna’ by Lyn Ashworth from Choola in Eccleshall, Sheffield. My dress was simply beautiful with a strapless lace bodice and a full silk and organza skirt. In the evening I added a sash to my dress that matched my bridesmaid dresses to make it look a little different.  My gorgeous headdress was by HF Couture.

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My bridesmaids wore full length Dessy dresses in persian plum from White Lace & Promises in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire. My flower girl wore an ivory dress from John Lewis. 

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We travelled in a silver Bentley Continental Flying Spur from Beaus & Belles.  Our favourite part of the day was getting in the wedding car straight after the ceremony and going for some photographs in the most amazing locations, whilst sipping Veuve Clicquot!

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My flowers – by Mat at Red Floral Architecture – determined the time of year we got married as my favourite flowers are Peonies. I carried a bouquet full of ivory peonies with crystal and pearl detail and my bridesmaids carried bouquets of pale pink peonies with matching pearl detail. My table decorations were masses of pale pink peonies set on tall candelabras with ivory pearls hanging from the candelabras.

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We had a signature board with a picture from our pre wedding shoot (arranged through our photographer) for guests to write messages on instead of using a guest book. We had a wedding wish tree where guests hung their well wishes and advice for us to read. Our sweet shop proved very popular and looked really pretty after collecting different vintage jars from our travels.

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We chose an ivory four tiered traditional cake by Diva Cakes with ruffles on every other tier. We had four different fillings; chocolate fudge, vanilla & jam sponge, cappuccino and lemon.

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We chose Samantha Murphy to sing at our reception. She sang everything from Adele and Eva Cassidy to Oasis and The Killers and got everybody on the dance floor.

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After the wedding we enjoyed a fabulous honeymoon – we went to Barbados for our first week and St Lucia for our second week.

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My top tip for other would be that feeling relaxed and comfortable with your photographer is paramount as they play such an important role on your wedding day with the planning and organisation needed. Our photographer Damian Hall Photography and his Wife Charlotte were amazing, they really made our day extra special and made us enjoy every minute of our wedding day. Their work really does speak for itself; we have the most amazing Queensbury Album that we will enjoy looking at for years to come.

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Congratulations Michelle & Jon!

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Pie & Mash Makes Perfect! Venus Bridal For A Silver & Teal Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Claire & John

April 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Although I’m officially “off duty” today – my first Sunday being busy doing absolutely nothing in quite a while  bloomin’ ages, and for quite a while bloomin’ ages to come – I couldn’t resist popping in to share this beautiful Real Wedding sent to me by bride and groom Claire & John and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Damian Hall Photography

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As a blogger (and avid consumer of anything pretty) I frequent lots of blogs myself – a very mixed bag of the wedding, celebrity, news, humour and lifestyle varieties – and I’m always saddened by the general weekend down time.  Us bloggers do need weekends off sometimes too – a twice daily feature schedule, busy freelance schedule and nearly twenty Brides Up North wedding exhibitions and Brides Up North events in 2013 to organise does not a lot of free time make – but I do like to keep things interesting around here on a Saturday and Sunday. 

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So without further ado, lets get stuck into today’s lovely celebration and meet our bride and groom (who make a rather cute comedy duo in their interview)!

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Claire says:  We got engaged in St Paul’s Bay in Rhodes in August 2010 and were married on 6th October 2012 at Crow Hill Cottage in Marsden.  We wanted an exclusive use venue where we wouldn’t bump into other people getting married on the day. We really liked Crow Hill when we first went to visit- it is a unique venue in a lovely location and has a marquee outside.  Our families stayed at Crow Hill the night before and after the wedding, which really made the weekend special.

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John says: It was quite near me mam’s house, and the catering staff offered pie and mash as an option for the wedding breakfast.

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John: Our wedding coordinator Rebecca offered lots of different themes for the day (though you were free to design your own if you were feeling creative)! We opted for a clean, contemporary theme with crystals and candles and a silver and teal colour scheme. 

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Claire: My dress was long and white with one shoulder strap. It was from Gorgeous Brides in Wakefield and designed by Venus Bridal.

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The bridesmaids wore silver dresses from Coast, with home-made white bands to match the wedding colour scheme.

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Claire: I chose to carry a bouquet of silk flowers from Ups A Daisy Bridal Flowers. They also made buttonholes for John, my Dad, John’s Dad and the best man, and a matching cake topper.

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Claire: We arrived by Ford Fiesta the night before.

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John: Which was a magical experience.

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John: Seeing Claire in her wedding dress for the first time took my breath away.

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Claire: Entertainment wise, John’s friend Leavon played acoustic guitar and sang during the ceremony and drinks reception and  Damian Hall Photography helped us to set up a fancy-dress photo booth for the evening, which was a lot of fun.

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Claire: Damian and Charlotte Hall were our photographers on the day. They did a fantastic job!

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Claire: We had some absolutely amazing food! Tracey at Crow Hill did two options for the wedding breakfast; pie and mash, and Mediterranean grilled chicken. The canapés were lovely, and bacon sandwiches in the evening were a great touch!

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Claire: I am allergic to eggs and dairy so cakes are kind of difficult! Mum made some lovely dairy-free cupcakes and a big cake on top to cut.

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Claire: My favourite part of the day was when we entered the marquee and everyone was upstanding to welcome Mr and Mrs Barnard!

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John:  After the wedding we had a mini-moon in Venice, and stayed in a very cute (and tiny) hotel near St. Mark’s square.  It was a great first holiday as husband and wife!

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Claire: I’d definitely recommend picking a venue where you can stay the weekend as it prolongs the celebrations a little bit! Having a couple of meal options is a good idea too, to make sure everyone is happy.
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The Editorials: Va-Va-Groom!

February 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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In this new blog series, The Editorials, I share my pre-published offline content, online.  I write on a freelance basis for numerous regional and National glossies, and rather than be relegated to being rather posh chip paper, I thought that my words might be useful to my online readers who didn’t manage to pick up a print copy of my features.  Double the pretty!

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The second instalment in this series (click here to see the first, focussing on the trend for all white weddings) catches up on a column I wrote for Wedding Magazine before Christmas, all about giving your groom some va-va-voom!

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I wrote: The days of identikit grooms are long gone. You might be preoccupied with selecting the perfect wedding gown, but you can bet that your other half is also giving some careful thought to his own wedding day look. For him too, this is a day where he wants raise the style stakes and feel that little bit special.

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Luckily, there has never been more of a sartorial selection for a groom to choose from. Whether he is a traditionalist looking for a classically cut morning suit or an individual wanting to cut a dash with quirky accessories, it’s now acceptable for the groom to look beyond a hired waistcoat and cravat. Whilst it’s true that his choice of attire should complement the overall style of the bridal party, some of my favourite wedding day images are those where the personality of the groom shines through.

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If he wants to keep his look classic, help him to stand out from the rest of the wedding party by choosing a different colour of tie or more elaborate buttonhole.

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Rather than sticking to the status quo, encourage your man to mix things up with by adding a special touch. How about a colourful bow tie, socks, braces, sharp shoes or a neckerchief?

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For a relaxed celebration or destination wedding he needn’t be trussed up like a turkey. Work with the style of his surroundings and opt for light fabrics and a pale colour palette.

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If he’s decorated, this is his chance to show it off. I also love to see a groom in national dress: kilts at the ready boys, it’s time to show some leg!

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Indulge him! If he has a need for speed, why not hire a cool car or vintage scooter to get him to the church on time and in style.

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Peony Pink! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Michelle & Jon

February 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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As soon as this beautiful Real Wedding landed in my inbox, courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Damian Hall Photography, I got to blogging!  I couldn’t wait to share the prettiest pink peonies, the finest of details and the widest of smiles which really make this elegant and romantic country house wedding one to write home about.

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Just blissful.  And the perfect way to round off Valentine’s Day here on the wedding blog.  Stay lovely!

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Michelle says:  We got engaged in July 2010 at the beautiful Great John Street Hotel in Manchester and we were married on Saturday 19th May 2012 at St Oswalds Church in Askrigg, Yorkshire Dales and had our reception at Yorebridge House, Bainbridge, Yorkshire Dales.

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As soon as we arrived at Yorebridge House we fell in love with the boutique hotel. The setting is picture perfect with its beautiful and stylish décor, intimate surroundings and amazing food we knew it was perfect. The best thing was having the entire hotel to ourselves from the moment we arrived on the Friday evening till we checked out on the Sunday morning.

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We chose an elegant and romantic country wedding theme, with a colour scheme of ivory and pale pink.

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I chose ‘Susanna’ by Lyn Ashworth from Choola in Eccleshall, Sheffield. My dress was simply beautiful with a strapless lace bodice and a full silk and organza skirt. In the evening I added a sash to my dress that matched my bridesmaid dresses to make it look a little different.  My gorgeous headdress was by HF Couture.

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My bridesmaids wore full length Dessy dresses in persian plum from White Lace & Promises in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire. My flower girl wore an ivory dress from John Lewis.

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We travelled in a silver Bentley Continental Flying Spur from Beaus & Belles.  Our favourite part of the day was getting in the wedding car straight after the ceremony and going for some photographs in the most amazing locations, whilst sipping Veuve Clicquot!

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My flowers – by Mat at Red Floral Architecture – determined the time of year we got married as my favourite flowers are Peonies. I carried a bouquet full of ivory peonies with crystal and pearl detail and my bridesmaids carried bouquets of pale pink peonies with matching pearl detail. My table decorations were masses of pale pink peonies set on tall candelabras with ivory pearls hanging from the candelabras.

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We had a signature board with a picture from our pre wedding shoot (arranged through our photographer) for guests to write messages on instead of using a guest book. We had a wedding wish tree where guests hung their well wishes and advice for us to read. Our sweet shop proved very popular and looked really pretty after collecting different vintage jars from our travels.

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We chose an ivory four tiered traditional cake by Diva Cakes with ruffles on every other tier. We had four different fillings; chocolate fudge, vanilla & jam sponge, cappuccino and lemon.

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We chose Samantha Murphy to sing at our reception. She sang everything from Adele and Eva Cassidy to Oasis and The Killers and got everybody on the dance floor.

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After the wedding we enjoyed a fabulous honeymoon – we went to Barbados for our first week and St Lucia for our second week.

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My top tip for other would be that feeling relaxed and comfortable with your photographer is paramount as they play such an important role on your wedding day with the planning and organisation needed. Our photographer Damian Hall Photography and his Wife Charlotte were amazing, they really made our day extra special and made us enjoy every minute of our wedding day. Their work really does speak for itself; we have the most amazing Queensbury Album that we will enjoy looking at for years to come.

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Damian Hall Photography will be exhibiting along with the rest of Yorkshire’s finest at the first Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition of the year, at Allerton Castle.  Come along and say hello – the event is FREE ENTRY and is open to the public from 12pm – 4pm. 

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Click here for more information about the event and to reserve your VIP bride to be goody bag, packed with treats, exclusive discounts and magazines.

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Brides Up North – Images © 2013 Damian Hall Photography

Damian Hall Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

Contact Brides Up North to submit your business as a Featured Supplier

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An Eye For Detail – A Real Wedding, Rebecca & Richard

November 21st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Oh my goodness.  Talk about getting the week off to gorgeous start on the wedding blog! Brides Up North Featured Supplier Damian Hall Photography and newlyweds Rebecca and Richard sent me this gorgeous wedding in Yorkshire recently, and I have been really looking forward to sharing it with you.  Rebecca is a wedding planning planner at her family’s wedding venue, the Crow Hill Country House Estate and boy, did she bring it for her own Real Wedding!

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Let’s hear from Rebecca:  We got engaged on Kos, the Greek Island in May 2010. Richard booked a surprise holiday for the two of us to a five star hotel on the sea front! He proposed on the last night on a sandy beach at sunset. Afterwards, we went back to the hotel and drank Pina Coladas!

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We married on Saturday 3rd September 2011 at St Bartholomew’s Church in Marsden, West Yorkshire and held the reception at Crow Hill Country House Estate.   I’ve always wanted to get married at home and had dreams of a marquee on the lawn (I am a Wedding Planner at my family’s venue, Crow Hill Country House Estate). The country house is the perfect setting for a vintage wedding and the Marquee was ideal for the reception. Crow Hill offers the wedding weekend, and all my guests stayed for two nights on the Estate. Our guests arrived to afternoon tea of handmade treats served on vintage cake stands and vintage china in the walled Victorian gardens followed by a rehearsal supper and a pre wedding pamper session. The Sunday morning after the wedding guests enjoyed a full English Breakfast cooked by our head chef served in the Red Dining Room followed by an Archery Competition for the men to finish the weekend off in style!

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I wanted my wedding day to be a celebration of vintage glamour with a dusky pink, gold, ivory, pearl and diamante theme.

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The dress was made of silk, satin and chiffon encrusted with diamante. The bodice was made of handmade pearl lace with ivory ribbon lacing and a long train. The style was based on a vintage 1950’s ball gown design. Unlike most other brides, we went for more than five fittings to ensure the dress was a perfect fit! Throughout the process of making the dress, together with Caroline, we changed the original design to include a long train, a huge satin bow, a diamante and pearl brooch and the cape with a large satin bow, for the ride in the horse and carriage complete with a diamante buckle at the back, so it was truly unique to me.

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The two older bridesmaids wore Vintage Vogue inspired gold floor length gowns made from chiffon and satin. They featured handmade gold fabric roses which went from the top of the dresses to the hip and then created a waterfall effect of chiffon at the back. The two younger bridesmaids had individual dresses designed to suit them. One was a puff ball design with a large gold bow at the back and a chiffon waist band and the other was a 1950’s inspired dress with lots of net and again a large gold bow and a chiffon band. Both dresses also had corsages of handmade gold fabric roses and a large feature rose on the waist band.

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The dresses were also made and designed by Caroline Titterington Couture Bridal designer. I didn’t want the traditional kind of bridesmaids dresses in all the same style so having Caroline was perfect – the dresses were designed and fitted to suit each person individually, as well as featuring the handmade roses to add to my theme.

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My bouquet was all roses: ‘Avalanche’, ‘Pink Avalanche’ and ‘Norma Jean’ with large pearls, gold satin ribbon with a large gold satin bow and an antique gold and pearl brooch.

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The bridesmaids’ bouquets were a mixture of the same roses as well as freesias, ivory ’Bombastic’ roses, rosemary, mint and hydrangeas, all tied with an antique gold satin bow and with a pearl pin.

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The younger bridesmaids had pomanders full of small ‘Bombastic’ roses in pink and ivory, entwined with pearls and a gold satin ribbon.

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For the Church ceremony we had a string quartet who played as guests were arriving and during the ceremony. They also played during the drinks reception. Croquet was set out during the drinks reception for guests on the formal lawn. In the evening we had two casino tables as well as the DJ playing all the hits. We also had a video booth set up where guests could leave messages for the bride and groom. The evening entertainment, especially the casino tables proved to extremely popular, with a bottle of champagne for the winner!

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After deciding on several different cakes and changing at the last minute, we finally decided on a four tier cake! The bottom tier, a sponge cake, decorated with gold bows and swags, was surrounded by a wreath of the same fresh roses used in the bouquets. The next tier was a stunning double height chocolate cake with a baroque style gold scroll effect. The third tier was covered with delicate and intricate gold lace. The final tier, which stood on an antique crystal cake stand, had our initials iced in old fashioned scroll writing. It was topped with a beautiful arrangement of ‘Avalanche’ roses. The whole effect was truly stunning and had a serious ‘wow factor’!

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If I have to choose a favourite moment, I’d say walking down the aisle! Seeing all my family and friends together after so many months of planning was truly moving. I also thought the excitement and chaos of the wedding morning with bridesmaids, mums and grandmas, as well as photographers and videographers all in the bridal suite (luckily there was lots of room!) was one of my favourite bits.

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We spent our two week honeymoon in America. The first three days we went to Las Vegas, staying in Caesar’s Palace, the hotel which featured in ‘The Hangover’. The next five nights we stayed in Honolulu –a welcome break from hectic Vegas and the last four we spent in New York, shopping and taking in the sights! We were exhausted but had a fabulous time; I only wish we had longer in the paradise of Hawaii!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is that you might think you can save money by cutting corners on the food but you have to look after your guests! Next to you and the bridal party, they’re your best friends and all your family so don’t let them go hungry in the drinks reception while you have photos taken and a menu that they will enjoy for the wedding breakfast!

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We used some amazing local suppliers including: Big Fat Wedding Videos for the wedding video, Damian Hall Photography Leeds for the Wedding Photography, Firenza Floral Design for the flowers, Stems Design for the thank you bouquets, Caroline from Delicate Elegance for the makeup, Joanne from Hairs and Graces for the hair design, The Northern Carriage Company for the Horse and Carriage, Style Wedding Cars for the Bridesmaids’ transport, Diva Cakes for the Wedding Cake, Jacks Casinos for the casino tables, Quadraphonic’s String Quartet, Joanne from Bake! for the cupcakes and favours, Caroline Titterington Couture Bridal designer for the wedding dress, the bridesmaid’s dresses and the mother of the bride outfit and Lindsay Salvini at Home and Away Travel for the bespoke Honeymoon.

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Congratulations Rebecca & Richard!

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Meet Me At The Met? A Styled Shoot: Damian Hall Photography

September 14th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Fabulous photographer and wedding blog Featured Supplier Damian Hall Photography invited me along recently to a bridal inspiration shoot being held at The Met Hotel in Leeds.  Well, true to my word, I popped along to see what the team of talented wedding industry professionals that Damian had drawn together were getting up to.  And boy, had they been busy showcasing three different styles at one stunning venue.  See for yourselves, and be inspired!

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Let The Sun Shine! A Real Wedding, Steph & Mark

September 7th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Wedding blog fabulous photographer Damian Hall Photography sent me Steph and Mark’s beautiful real wedding at The Mansion, Roundhay.  It might not have escaped your notice that this was the venue for the fantastic Brides Up North Tweet Up Yorkshire last night… so I have been saving this gem of a celebration, jam packed with brightly coloured inspiration and details for you today.  Enjoy!

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Over to Steph: We got engaged on 19th February 2009 whilst on holiday in a cottage in Scotland where we had gone on our first holiday together the year before and we got married on 30th July 2011 at The Mansion, Roundhay Park, Leeds. 

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We visited Roundhay Park on one of our first dates. When we were looking for wedding venues Mark found a news article about The Mansion being renovated and arranged an appointment. We looked around The Mansion before it had been renovated and loved its character and the vision of it finished.

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We didn’t have a theme but we wanted something bright and summery. We did use a scrolled heart on our stationary which carried through the day and a monogram with our names on.  We chose fuchsia and orange as a colour scheme.

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Yorkshire Pride, A Real Wedding – Sarah & Phil

May 27th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Damian Hall Photography, a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, has sent Brides Up North another perfect Northern Real Wedding.   I just love the colour pop autumnal flowers which tie everything together and add richness to the overall wedding look.  We northerners do a village wedding well!  It’s all about joy, fun, pulling together and keeping it local.  Oh, and a fabulous pair of heels, naturally. 

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Damian Hall Photography reports: Sarah and Phil decided to get married at the beautifully picturesque High Bradfield church then headed down the hillside to have their reception and celebrations in the village hall in Lower Bradfield

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We took full advantage of the sunlight streaming through the trees. It was really magical light for some of the afternoon.

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Phil and Sarah’s friends had dressed the room in brown and orange and the village hall looked tremendous, with lots of twinkly lights and crystals.

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Roses Are Red, A Real Wedding – Sarah & Matt

May 19th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier and lovely lens-man Damian Hall Photography sent Brides Up North Sarah and Matt’s cute and colourful Real Wedding

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These fantastic photographs are fresh and fabulous.  And is that a pair of Jimmy Choos I spy?

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Damian says:  Sarah is an event planner, but managed to leave her clipboard at home for the entire day when she married Matt at Wortley Hall, Sheffield, last September!

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Sarah and Matt are great fun – and really know how to put on a party!

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