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Fabulous Photographer: David Lawson Studios

August 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

David Lawson Studios

So readers, this is the man I chose to shoot my own wedding in 2010.  From a professional wedding blogger, recommendations don’t come much higher than that.  We cherish our beautiful album and are thrilled to call Brides Up North Featured Supplier David of David Lawson Studios a colleague and friend.

David celebrates 30 years in business this year – I know, he doesn’t look old enough does he – and is going stronger than ever,  after winning the Contemporary Wedding Photographer Of The Year Award 2013 with the MPA Northern Region.  Let’s say hello!

David Lawson Studios

How did you get into wedding photography?

David:  Photography is something I have been doing since school days – a long time ago, almost at the start of the Galaxy! My father Robert Sinclair Lawson was a great photographer and it became my passion from then on in. My qualifications are L.M.P.A and also A.M.P.A which were achieved through the Master Photographers Association, the only professional photography organization in the UK where you have to be full time.

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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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India Hobson Weddings

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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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The cravat caveat

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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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Keep it comfortable

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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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Image credit: Lissa Alexandra Photography 

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A man in uniform

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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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Toys for the boys

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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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After The Event: What Do You Do With The Wedding Dress?

October 15th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Months, even years can be spent finding the perfect wedding dress but often little thought is given to what to do with it after the big day.  Our brand new regular guest blogger Rachel Parry (editor of Mosaic Brides no less!)  is back to talk through your options.  

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Rachel says: Considering the amount of time, effort and money that many brides put into finding their dream dress it seems a little unfair on both the bride and her gown that it be stuffed to the back of the wardrobe, never to see the light of day again.

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It’s natural for a bride to feel attached to her dress but the photographs and/or wedding video are what preserve the memories for a lifetime, leaving further options for the dress beyond storage.  The decision doesn’t have to be rushed but it’s essential to have the dress professional cleaned within six weeks of the wedding to stand the best chance of getting out the champagne, dirt and food stains.

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While the dress is away being brought back to its best here are some options for you to consider:

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Keep it

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Some brides simply cannot bear to part with their dress. In this instance it’s essential the proper steps are taken to preserve the gown.

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Many bridal shops offer preservation packages that will protect the gown from yellowing, creasing, moulding or mildewing, light and dust, delivering the dress back to you beautifully boxed, ready to be stored.

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Some choose to keep the dress simply as a reminder of the special day while others pass it down through the family, either for a future daughter to wear or as a family heirloom.

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For those who want to keep the dress but can’t stand the thought of storing it out of sight there is another option – display it.

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Many wedding dress designs are like pieces of fine art and look beautiful hung on a wardrobe door in a guest/dressing room or even modelled on a vintage-style mannequin. This way you still get to see your dress and show it off to others.

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A number of brides still follow the tradition of having a seamstress use the fabric of their wedding dress to make a christening gown for a future child to wear, retaining the sentimental value of the garment.

Alternatively you could have the dress remodelled to create a new outfit for yourself. For example, if your dress has a stunning bodice you could have the bottom half of the dress removed and replaced with a shorter skirt which you could then wear to other special occasions like a ball or on-board on cruise ship. There are also options to dye the dress to make it look less bridal.

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Sell it

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This is a popular choice with brides looking to recoup some costs of the wedding and also those who want to give their dress a new lease of life.

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Most choose to sell online, particularly on sites like Ebay and Gumtree. There are also websites dedicated to offering online listing services for a full range of pre-owned wedding items, from the dress to the décor, meaning you can literally sell your wedding.

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It’s heart warming to think your something old could become another bride’s something new.

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Donate it

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Let your wedding bring happiness to people even after the big day has passed.

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Donating your wedding dress to charity is an incredibly generous act that could help change the lives of others.

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Some charities actually have dedicated bridal shops and/or online sites. Oxfam is one charity that offers both. Its online shop has a beautiful range of second-hand wedding dresses and one-off pieces for the groom, best man and bridesmaids. Meanwhile Oxfam also has eleven bridal departments across the UK offering specialist advice and dresses at jaw-dropping prices.

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If you are struggling to part with your dress you could still use it to help a worthy cause by organising a fundraising event. A charity ball with a wedding attire dress code, would give you and your friends the perfect excuse to wear your gowns again.

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Trash/Rock it

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A new trend set in America which has been fully embraced by many UK photographers.

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This option allows a bride to wear her dress again for a fun, memorable and liberating photo shoot in an unusual setting.  The idea is to take the elegance of a wedding gown and place it in a contrasting environment. Imaginative locations to date have included beaches, disused buildings, rooftops, city streets and even rubbish dumps – so pretty much anything goes.

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Trash the dress is for the fearless female who doesn’t mind too much if her dress gets destroyed in the process from running through the sea or lying in a field.

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Rock the dress shoots are a tamer option which encourage a bride to inject her own sense of style by wearing her dress in a different way to how it was worn on the wedding day. This could mean a gothic inspired shoot with heavy eye make-up, a rock chick look with leather biker boots and jacket or a romantic, ethereal style shoot with a large floral crown.

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Either way such shoots provide a great opportunity for brides to really push the boundaries without having to worry about how dirty the dress gets.

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{Editor’s note: Images from my own real wedding by David Lawson StudiosClick here to see all the images.  For the record, my dress is still hanging – in all it’s wedding day stained glory – on the back of her bedroom door!}

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What do you plan to do with your wedding dress? Alternative suggestions very welcome!

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  – Images © 2010 – 2012 David Lawson Studios 

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Super Sunday!

October 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Morning all!  It’s been a busy week.  I’ve been a guest of the UK Wedding Shows, a guest of Leafy Couture at the Harewood House wedding evening and a guest speaker at the Forward Ladies Positive Women’s Day in Sheffield, talking about “Blogging For Business”. 

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If you would like to come along to a similar seminar in the future please contact me to let me know.  If the demand is there I will get something arranged!

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Today I’m at The Wedding Affair at Newby Hall, Ripon from 12pm – 4pm.  Drop by and say hello!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: My Wedding/ David Lawson Studios

Photograph of our wedding day by David Lawson Studios

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So, guess what?  This time next week I will have been married for one whole year!  Time really flies (especially when you spent the best part of that year juggling two lives as a lawyer and – if you don’t know the story behind that, click here). 

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I’m so excited as my lovely hubby is planning on whisking me off for a few days away to a secret location.  How I love him!

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I actually have an admission to make – we still haven’t chosen the final edit for our wedding album.  Who would have thought it?  I’m a bad wife (but a good wedding blogger!). 

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To rectify things, I have decided to devote some blog posts next week to my reflections on a year of marriage, what marriage means, looking back at the past year and my hopes and dreams for the future.  I would absolutely love it if you would chime in with your own comments and help to get some constructive discussion going here on the wedding blog

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In the meantime – if you so desire, you can see my wedding pictures here:

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Click here to see the girls getting ready

Click here to see the boys warming up

Click here to see our wedding service

Click here to see our wedding reception

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It’s not all going to be my personal memoirs though… you’ll also find the usual mix of bridal fashion, real weddings, news and supplier showcases gracing these silver swirly pages, and boy do I have some corking wedding inspiration to share with you, like this bridal shoot that I styled last week at Rockliffe Hall, that’s in today’s Sunday Sun! (North East). The full set to come soon on the wedding blog so just a sneak peek for now…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Photograph by Stan Seaton Photography, styled by Brides Up North

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Let’s catch up on what you might have missed on the wedding blog this week…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Andy Hook Photography

Photograph of Laura & Rufus by Andy Hook Photography

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Gorgeous real Brides Up North…

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Pony Club! Sophie Rocks Her Dress

Happy Feet! A Real Wedding, Anna and Paul

Sweet Like Chocolate, A Real Wedding – Laura & Ashley

On The Beach! A Real Wedding, Laura & Rufus

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Nathan Combes Photography

Photograph of Anna by Nathan Combes Photography

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Amazing Northern Talent…

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Are You Ready For Your Close Up- Supplier Showcase- Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist

All Wrapped Up Presents An Upcycled Wedding Challenge…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Lorna Roberts Photography

A Bowie inspired bride by All Wrapped Up Events, photograph by Lorna Roberts Photography 

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Eye Candy Interview- The White Room Bridal Boutique

At One- Pagan Handfasting – Supplier Showcase- Cat Treadwell

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: India Hobson

A White Room bride works the Stephanie Allin well, photograph by India Hobson

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And BOOTCAMP… 8 inches lost and counting…

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Brides Up North Bootcamp- Week 6 – Negative Energy!

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Right Royal Giveaway Bonanza: Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club plus a bottle of Champagne! (CLOSED)

April 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North loves nothing better than a mini break with the hubby.  I am guessing that a lot of you Brides Up North readers feel the same?

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Well, you are in luck!

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Even if you aren’t a winner on the Grand National today, but your bets on this front runner…

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Brides Up North is offering one lucky reader and a guest the chance to win a night’s bed and breakfast at Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club, Durham, plus a bottle of champagne on arrival

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Just comment on this post to be in with a chance of winning!*

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The competition closes on 9 May 2011.

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Click here to see my Dream Venue post showcasing Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club.

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Backing any other winners?

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Click here for the chance to win your WEDDING DRESS (worth up to £1,200!) with Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear.

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Click here for the chance to win gorgeous Royal Wedding inspired stationery by Cards By Sophie.

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Click here for the chance to win a bed and breakfast break at Hardwick Hall Hotel, County Durham with a bottle of champagne!

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Click here for the chance to win an  free engagement shoot, a free 14 x11 mounted image for signing and a free storybook album worth £350 with Lee Brown Photography.

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Click here for the chance to win one of 10 personalised magazine covers from Blue Friesian.

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Click here for the chance to win a Royal Wedding Party Pack from And All Things Nice, including  plates, cups, napkins, cupcake cases, canape flags, confetti & a British trivia game!

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Click here for the chance to win a portrait session and free 10×8 print from Karen McGowran Photography worth up to £150.

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Click here for the chance to win a bespoke hair accessory from Tiararama worth up to £250.

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Gardens photograph by Karen McGowran Photography

Interior photography by David Lawson Studios 

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*Winners will be drawn at random.  Entrants will be automatically be subscribed to the Brides Up North monthly newsletter. Offer subject to availability.  Prize is one night’s stay plus restaurant breakfast.  House champagne only. No cash alternative.

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Mum’s the Word!

March 29th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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It’s not just the bride who has to look radiant on the big day!  With that in mind, prior to my wedding my lovely mummy went along to Fenwick in Newcastle Upon Tyne for a day of pampering.  Makeover!

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Her styling session was featured in the Autumn issue of Hitched Magazine.

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Hitched Issue 3

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Hitched Mother of the Bride

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Want to see what she actually went for? 

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Dress from Aria in Cleadon Village and hat from Quills Millinery.  Photograph by David Lawson Studios.

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Good choice Mum!

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In honour of Mother’s Day Mum and I will be spending a day at Rockliffe Hall Hotel and Spa this weekend. I can’t wait!  Make sure to spoil your mummy too!

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Kate Smith is head of wedding planning at Brides Up North Wedding Planning ServicesContact Brides Up North to see how she can help you to make your wedding day extra special.

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Our Real Wedding featured in Belle Bridal Magazine

February 25th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I am very proud to have our Real Wedding featured alongside some of the region’s most gorgeous celebrations in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of that super chic North East wedding magazine, Belle Bridal.  *Squeal!*

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Belle Bridal Magazine - Julia & Alan

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Click on the image for a version that you can enlarge.

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Pick up your copy of Belle Bridal today!

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You can also click here, here, here and here to see our wedding blogged in all it’s glory on these pages, if you missed it the first time round.

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Hardwick Hall Hotel Open Day

February 11th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Hardwick Hall Hotel, is having an open day this Sunday 13 February from 11am – 4pm.  North East brides to be – head to Hardwick Hall Hotel to see exactly why I chose this wonderful venue for my own wedding day!

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Read more about Hardwick Hall Hotel in my Dream Venue post here.

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Watch out for other Brides Up North Featured Suppliers such as Celebration Cakes Peterlee on the day too!

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Hardwick Hall Hotel

Sedgefield

County Durham

TS21 2EH

Tel: +44 (0)1740 620253

info@hardwickhallhotel.co.uk
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Photographs by David Lawson Studios

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Brides Up North accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of this calendar.  Please check with the venue before travelling.

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Brides Up North: My Own Wedding Day: The Perfect Setting for the Perfect Party!

January 7th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Finishing the week with the last instalment from my own Real Wedding day.  I have really enjoyed sharing David Lawson’s stunning photographs with you.  Mostly because he looks me look better than any makeup ever does!  Thank you David!

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Enjoy the rest, and tomorrow its back to usual business:

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Brides and photographers, contact me with your Real Wedding photographs.  I showed you mine…

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Suppliers, get in touch to find out how to be featured here!

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Venues and exhibitors, tell me about your forthcoming wedding showcases and open days!

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And all my lovely readers, keep on reading!

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Now back to the action…

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We made use of the stunning folly in the Hardwick Hall Hotel country park for our photographs

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I told you we were posers.

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Now for some fun!  As a surprise, my parents had commissioned a vodka luge in the shape of the Eiffel Tower, where Alan proposed.  Drinking lots of vodka has its consequences…

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Our beautiful cake was by Celebration Cakes Peterlee, with fresh sweet avalanche roses from Claire De Lune florist. Claire also did all the stunning centrepieces, top table, bouquets, buttonholes and floral displays as well as providing the perfect charcoal grey chair ties.

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We had a Native Colchester Oyster bar and a huge cheese table along with canapes, the wedding breakfast, a hog roast and bacon sarnies (for the hard core party people at 1am)!  No-one went hungry!

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Steve Walls was our magnificent singer and also compere during the day.  He had everyone up and dancing before the starters had been served, and right through dinner (the consequences of all that vodka)!

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Thank you Steve, you are fantastic!  North East brides – book this man!

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The groovy Chameleon Party Band took over from Steve to do our first dance (Moondance by Van Morrison, if you are asking),and we partied the night away with the help of  Chameleon and later Starlight Disco.

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  There was a conga, some air guitar and some very sore head the next morning….

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I had the most perfect day, thanks to my wonderful family and friends, an amazing venue and some truly stellar North East suppliers.  My advice to Brides Up North?  Think local.   

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So. Shall we do it all over again with a vow renewal next year?!  Just kidding Dad.

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Want to catch up?

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Click here to see the girls getting ready

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Click here to see our wedding service

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The Wedding and Baby giveaway closes tonight!  Click here to enter!

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Brides Up North: My Own Wedding Day… Going to the Chapel!

January 7th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Thank you for all your gorgeous comments, tweets and emails so far, I am blown away!

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Where did I leave you?  That’s right, Alan was waiting nervously at Durham School Chapel, whilst I was still posing…

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My white vintage Rolls and the bridesmaids’ white Austin Princess were hired from GW Holmes.  Their drivers were fantastic.

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Doesn’t Mum look stunning?

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Dad looks like he can’t wait to get rid of me! (Probably true)

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You have to obtain a special license from the Archbishop of Canterbury to marry in the Durham School Chapel, with its wonderful vaulted ceiling and views of Durham Cathedral.  I went to the school for sixth form, so we were able to demonstrate a strong enough link to the building.

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One of my good mates, Chris Garside, played the organ for us.  He is so talented that he didn’t actually need the music, it’s just for show!

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Hartlepool Male Voice Choir are amazing. Amazing! They lead the hymns and performed a really moving rendition of You Raise Me Up. 

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With our close family…and all the stag and hen attendees!

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We then hightailed it to Hardwick Hall Hotel – where the fun was to continue!

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Just catching up?

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Click here to see the girls getting ready.

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My Wedding and Baby giveaway closes at midnight tonight!  Click here to enter.  As they say, you have to be in it to win it!

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