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The Things You’ll Remember The Most. Stephanie Allin For An Outdoor Real Wedding In Northumberland – Jenny & Jon

November 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

Today’s Real Wedding, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Katy Melling Photography and real bride Jenny couldn’t get any lovelier.  From the pretty details, outdoor ceremony and relaxed styling to the personal touches throughout, Jenny and Jon’s day has a really happy feel, with family at it’s heart.

I’ve loved sharing in their big day, and I hope that you do too.  Be inspired! 

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

Jenny says:  We got engaged in Copenhagen – February 2012 – and were married on July 27th 2013 at Guyzance Hall in Northumberland. 

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

We chose the venue as it was only 3 miles from my parents’ village of Warkworth which was important as, although we live in London, I still have a strong pull to the North East (I was brought up in Whitley Bay). We also loved the idea of an outdoor wedding and the opportunity to have the majority of the wedding guests stay in the hall and the surrounding cottages for the weekend. Although the hall itself is grand and elegant, the whole weekend felt intimate and personal which is exactly the feel we wanted.

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

As the wedding ceremony was going to be outside, we adopted a country garden theme complete with lawn games and a quiz.  We opted for a colour theme of peach and blue – I wanted the colours of the wedding to be muted and in the theme of the wedding.

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

My dress was called Nina (Short) by Stephanie Allin and came from Darcy Weddings in Morpeth. Darcy’s was the first bridal shop I visited and I spotted my dress almost as soon as I walked in. Knowing that I wanted a vintage feel to my dress, as soon as I spotted this 50s style, tea length lace dress, I knew I had found a winner. I tried it on and turned to my mum who said..’You look like your Grandma when she was your age’ – that was it – it was the one!

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

The bridesmaids wore dresses by Watters – also supplied by Darcy Weddings. They were nude/peach chiffon sleeveless dresses with soft pleating around the neckline, down the centre front of dress and at the waist with covered buttons behind the neck.

The groom and ushers wore the “Lingfield” suit from Moss Bros – a grey suit with tails. The ushers wore a pale blue cravat while Jon wore a cream one.

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

The music throughout the day was very important to me. I walked down the aisle to ‘Canon in D’ by Pachbel and then chose ‘Magic Moments’ by Perry Como as we signed the register. This was my Nanny’s favourite song so having that as part of the day was very important to me.

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

My favourite part of the day was saying our vows. Although we opted for a very simple and short ceremony, our registrar was brilliant and really put us at ease – we felt so relaxed and so happy to say the special words.

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography  

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

My bouquet was blue hydrangeas with gypsophila and peach avalanche roses by Fern Flowers. It was a ‘hand picked’ style bouquet which had a relaxed wild flower feel to it. The same flowers were used for the centre pieces for the tables.

As a personal touch I had a little sprig of Lily of the Valley as a reminder of my Grandma – it was her favourite flower.

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

Straight after the wedding ceremony, we had arranged a quiz. Sheets were handed out and guests had to collect signatures of other guests e.g. Someone who is a doctor, someone who is the parent of twins, someone born in Suffolk, etc. It was great fun and encouraged different groups to family and friends to chat and get to know each other.

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

The lawn games before and after our Wedding breakfast were great fun – my dad had been collecting them over the previous months and they were so popular on the day – it gave the day a lovely relaxed feel.

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography   Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

We decided to go for a different kind of guest book and had each guest/couple complete a ‘fill the blanks’ style sheet e.g. We have travelled from _______, You should call your children ________ and ___________. They made for very funny reading the next day and we’ve since had them bound into a book which we can pick up from time to time and smile.

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

 Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

The sparkling wine we chose for straight after the ceremony and our speeches was from a vineyard 5 miles from Jon’s parents house in Suffolk. We’ve bought wine from the vineyard before and it was important that we had some Suffolk element to our day.

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

We had a cheese cake made for us by The Northumberland Cheese Company based at Blagdon Farm, Milkhope. We had three main layers: nutty cheddar, oak smoked cheese and then a blue cheese on top. It was decorated by my mum and Auntie Sheila with figs, grapes and ivy. We also had two handmade mice made for the top by Lynn at Little Mouse Gallery. They were made to look like us; the bride with a lace dress and peach and blue bouquet and the groom with a blue cravat and a blue flower buttonhole

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

We had a fantastic band called ‘Hip Operation’ – they were a 7-piece band including a saxophone, trumpet and trombone. They really got the party started and created a brilliant atmosphere for the whole evening.

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

For our honeymoon we went to France. We spent one week in a beautiful little cottage in the Loire Valley (lots of wine tasting and cheese eating) and then a week in Paris.

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North is to try to think of as may ways to personalise your wedding as you can – it’s lovely to hear people comment on those little touches; those are the things you’ll remember the most.

Jenny and Jon, Guyzance Hall wedding Northuberland, Katy Melling Photography

 

Congratulations Jenny & Jon!

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Best Of British. Paloma Blanca For A Real Wedding At Eslington Villa – Claire & Ryan

November 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Helen Russell Photography

This afternoon we are staying in the North East as we join Brides Up North reader Claire and her new husband Ryan for their classic Real Wedding inspired by British history.  Strike up the band…

Images by Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Claire says:  We got engaged on holiday in Majorca in 2011 when Ryan asked me on a cliff top overlooking a gorgeous beach and the Med. Ryan kept us standing there for ages whilst he waited for other passers-by to clear.  I was wondering why we were waiting there so long until he asked me to marry him.

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

We got married on 20th July 2013 at The Gibside Chapel and Pleasure grounds followed by Eslington Villa in Low Fell.  I always dreamed of a classic wedding. The North of England is blessed with a wealth of amazing historical venues and Gibside Chapel and surrounding Pleasure Grounds provided the perfect setting to make our dream wedding come true.

We feel Eslington Villa, Gateshead is one of the best kept secrets in the North East. The Victorian mansion house, with its fantastic gardens and Victorian décor was the ideal venue for an intimate wedding reception. We also really liked the fact Eslington Villa allowed us to give our guests the option of three choices for each course of the wedding breakfast. So we were able to send a little menu card in our invitations so each person could choose what they preferred.  We thought this was a very nice touch.

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

We chose a very classic theme “Best of British” (Georgian and Victorian). The amazing buildings, scenery, history and décor of the wedding venues we decided upon really inspired us. In the end we decided we didn’t want to be tied to a specific colour scheme, as long as everything matched the classic theme I was happy with that.

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Arriving by horse drawn carriage (North East Carriage Company) through a stunning avenue of trees towards the gorgeous Georgian chapel which was once owned by the Bowes Lyon family (the family of the Queen mother) all pre wedding nerves were gone as I felt like a character from a Jane Austen novel and arrived with a huge smile on my face to meet my lovely fiancé. The wedding service in the chapel was beautiful and was followed by drinks and canapés in the Sundial gardens and photographs in the stunning surrounding estate.

Helen Russell Photography

The dress I chose was a Paloma Blanca dress that I chose from Darcy Weddings in Morpeth in Northumberland. Ryan wore a navy blue Kenneth Cole suit, Paul Smith tie and brown Kurt Geiger brogues.

The bridesmaid’s dresses were from Laura Lea Boutique in Newcastle. Ryan wasn’t keen on the idea of the groomsmen all wearing the same suit as him so they all had their own individual suit.

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

In keeping with the classic Best of British theme I chose very simple, yet classical looking blue Hydrangeas (that were commonplace in Victorian gardens) with white roses and simple green foliage by Flowers By Design.  

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

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Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

We chose a very Victorian inspired cake to compliment the décor of Eslington Villa, the cake – by The Ivory Cake Company – was very different to others we’d seen but we were absolutely delighted with it.

Helen Russell Photography

Having both been huge Beatles fans for as long as we can remember the songs have really provided a soundtrack to both of our lives; so each table included an original retro 1960′s Beatles vinyl record single, and each table was named after a carefully selected Beatles classic. We sat at the table named "All you need is love".

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

For table decorations, reception flowers and favours we used 5th Avenue. 

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

We chose a great guitarist and singer called Eddie Miller who played a wide range of classic covers from the Beatles right through to Oasis. After Eddie finished with the guitars he then played a great rock and roll/ indie DJ set. This proved to be a huge hit with all the guests as we had people of all ages up dancing and was a bit different to your typical wedding disco.

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

For our honeymoon we went to the south of Italy, we stayed in Sorrento but also visited the amazing Capri, Almalfi Coast, Postiano and the fascinating Pompeii. It’s a stunning part of the world and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a potential honeymoon destination.

Helen Russell Photography

My top tip for Brides Up North sounds so clichéd yet it’s so true… it would be to make sure you enjoy every minute of the day as it really does fly over. Also I’d say try not to be too nervous before hand as once it gets started the nerves will all go and you will love every minute of it.

Helen Russell Photography

 

Congratulations Claire & Ryan!

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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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