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A Family Affair: A Real Wedding (& A Christening) In Yorkshire – Helen & Paul

June 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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If you follow the wedding blog over at Twitter or Facebook, you may just have an inkling that this week I am hosting not one but two wedding industry parties – the Brides Up North Tweet Ups supported by Wedding Ideas Magazine – in Yorkshire and the North West. 

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These events are my way of saying thank you to an industry who has embraced and supported me and my concept – that there is so much Northern talent in the bridal industry just not getting the recognition that it deserves – but more than that, the events are special because they are a great opportunity to make new friends and have some fun.

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One new friend and colleague I met at the last Brides Up North Tweet Up in Yorkshire was Helen of boudoir specialist Masque Photography, and I am really happy to share her Real Wedding photographs with you today.  It appears that it was a big day for everyone in Helen’s lovely little family…

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Helen says: Paul asked me to marry him at 5.51am on the 7th May 2010, the minute after our baby Son was born, and we were married on 5th May 2012 at Hazlewood Castle near to York. 

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We chose Hazelwood as it is an absolutely stunning castle in an amazing location. We had received first class hospitality on previous visits and knew it was right for our “Summer’s Day” themed celebration. 

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I chose a simple, sleek and fitted Suzanne Neville dress from Harvey Whites Couture in Harrogate on Cold Bath Road and carried a hand tied bouquet of antique roses – Amnesia, Avalanche and Memory Lane – with wax flowers and rosemary by Flowers By Anderson. I added my Nan’s brooch to the bouquet as a special touch. 

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Our colour scheme was aubergine and ivory and my bridesmaids wore short satin dresses from Coast.   My younger flowergirls’ dresses were from Debenhams with pink petals at bottom of the dresses.

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The grown ups carried similar blooms to mine and the flowergirls had soft little posies of gypsophillia. 

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I had the pleasure of staying over at Hazlewood the night before the wedding and getting ready at my leisure, but Paul still managed to arrive in style – in his friend’s Aston Martin!

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After our ceremony we headed to the on site chapel where our children were christened in a special ceremony.  This made our day extra special. 

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My favourite moments were the touching parts of the day:  The ceremony, being cheered down the aisle, seeing a tear roll down my Dads cheek at the altar, my friends reading, my Dad’s speech and first dance and of course the childrens’ christenings. 

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There were a lot of children at our wedding so we organised a Punch and Judy Show which seemed to go down really well!

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To keep things personal we custom-made boxes for gifts with a montage of our photos and wedding items

and chose an old-fashioned typewriter from Perfect Days Vintage for the guest book, which the guests enjoyed tapping away at!

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Paul chose our cake and really went to town: a four tier square fruitcake with roses from bouquets in between the tiers.  We also had two three tiered strawberry cheesecakes!  All our cakes were by Louise Marsh-Elliot. 

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In the evening DJ Dan Metcalfe kept the party going with funky, uplifting house! 

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After the wedding we enjoyed a lovely honeymoon (and a well earned rest!) in Portugal with our children.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try and have an early wedding! All that nervous energy is no good for you.

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Congratulations Helen & Paul!

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Newlywed?  Contact me to share your Real Wedding story on these swirly silver pages!

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  – Images © 2012 Chester Morris Photography

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The House By The Sea: A Real Wedding In The North East – Melanie & Jon

May 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today I’m off to a BBQ with friends, family and Mr Pinot and Mr Grigio too (I’ll thank you for sticking around if you please sunshine!) to celebrate my darling Dad reaching the ripe old age of 60!  Happy Birthday Dad!  I love you x

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In the meantime, I’ll leave you all with another glorious celebration – the first ever wedding to be held at a brand new wedding venue on the Northumberland coast, Newton Hall, with images by Topher McGrillis.

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Melanie says: We got engaged in Edinburgh, July 2011 on a short break are tied the knot on 21st April 2012 at Newton Hall, Newton on the Sea, Northumberland. 

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We chose Newton Hall for it’s location on the coast in beautiful countryside, the team’s less formal style and their flexibility.  Knowing the quirkiness/ character they inject into their bars & restaurants in Newcastle we trusted that it would be a lovely place (it hadn’t been built when we first signed up!) Also, we needed somewhere large enough for 150 guests plus more for the evening and a wanted a civil ceremony which was charismatic, not bland.

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We didn’t go for a theme as such but the details were designed all to get the guests mingling including handmade crackers as favours, antipasti sharing style boards and lots of lawn games and photos.

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As my engagement ring was a sapphire with diamonds (passed down through the family from Jon’s great grandmother) we decided on a dark/ navy blue colour scheme. We then chose lots of bright colours like yellows, oranges and pinks to contrast against this.

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My dress was Benjamin Roberts – 2228 in ivory with an ivory sash and ivory silk jacket. I love dresses with lace detailing, long trains and mermaid shape and this was all summed up in this dress.

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My bridesmaids wore long French navy strapless dresses from Coast at Debenhams (Tanya maxi dress) with ivory shawls

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Flower-wise, I wanted a lot of colour so had a loose tied posy mixture of burnt orange cymbidium orchid, orange and a little red ranunculus, yellow craspedia, mint, little blue delphinium and rosemary. 

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The bridesmaids carried loose natural posies including the white anemone with the black centre,blue delphinium, orange ranunculus, yellow craspedia and rosemary.

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Jon had a burnt orange orchid as his buttonhole.

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The flowers were all outstanding!  The florist (Lavender’s Blue) had said my taste were somewhat ‘eclectic’ but I knew she would bring it all together and do an amazing job! The venue could take a lot of colour and different styles of arrangements and it all looked beautiful.

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Some of the arrangements were designed in small boxes wrapped in paper and raffia so that guests could take some of them home easily.

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I loved getting ready with all the girls and the chaos of the morning coming together. The hair and makeup girls (Makeup – Steph Birchall, Hair – Jo from Sherlocks in Durham) were amazing.

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I didn’t need to travel as stayed at the venue all weekend but Dad had lent Jon his old Porsche which also luckily fitted well with the dark blue theme so Jon and the the best man Dave took that for a drive along the coast on the way to the venue. Jon and Dave had stayed the night before in a cottage next to the pub in the village.

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The ceremony was perfect the readings were fantastic – some friends had surprised us and written a poem about us, the registrar was lovely and hilarious.

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The venue and the staff were outstanding, I hadn’t seen the place complete before and was amazed at how beautiful it all looked. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff who created the most relaxed environment keeping the hotel bar open late and still looking fresh when serving breakfast in the morning. I even got hugs and kisses from some of the builders in the pub before and after the day!

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We spent a long time making and decorating crackers and put stick on moustaches and bubbles and joke engagement rings in them for the guests on the tables. We made a weekend of it and had drinks in the local pub on Friday night before the wedding and a pub lunch with rounders and a walk on the beach on the Sunday.

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We chose a cake of cheeses from Deli Around The Corner, Tynemouth. We also had a large square of fruit cake as I love fruit cake with cheese and it suited the more traditional guests. We had chutneys, fruit and crackers to complement it and it was left out with the evening sandwiches and snacks. (Somerset Brie, Cornish Yarg, Northumberland Smoked, Baby Colston, Bassett Stilton  and topped with a Coeur de Neufchatel (heart shaped brie)). 

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We had a brilliant band in the evening – Grace under Pressure from AMV Live Music in Newcastle. The lead singer and guitarist played in the afternoon to entertain guest after the ceremony as well whilst prosecco and canapés were served.

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After the wedding, we spent Sunday night at Newton Hall finishing off the cheese from the wedding cake and prosecco with remaining friends and family then Dad had lent us his old Porsche so we drove down for a night in the Cotswolds at Lower Slaughter Manor which was lovely. Then we flew to Vietnam for 12 days, we travelled from the North to the South, stopping in Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Danang and the last few days were at an incredible spa resort called the Princess D’Annam. We finished the trip with a night in Bangkok at The Banyan Tree on the way home. Friends and family contributed towards the trip as our main present.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax and enjoy it! Try and be as organised as you can and delegate as much as possible. If you pick suppliers with good reputations then trust them they will all want to help give you a fabulous day – all our suppliers were incredible.

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Congratulations Melanie & Jon!

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See you in the next week Brides Up North!

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  – Images © 2012 Topher McGrillis

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Ruffles & Blooms: A Real Wedding In The North East – Jemma & Anthony

April 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’m currently in recovery from the last Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive of the Spring season at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall.  What a way to finish a great run of shows!  All of the Wedding Exclusives (and the even larger Brides Up North Super Showcase) have been record attendances for the beautiful venues that I work with but this one was an especially brilliant day, with 290 brides (!) and their families coming to see the Hall and our amazing exhibitors.  More on that later.  Watch out for more shows in your area this Autumn.  Exhibitors can contact julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details.

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So, onwards and upwards as always, lets kick start the week with some pretty!  This gorgeous North East wedding was sent to me by wedding blog reader and Real Bride Jemma and with some of my favourite North East suppliers on her team, it was always going to be a cracker!

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I proposed to Anthony in November 2009 at the cinema. I set it all up on the big screen before the film along with his favourite music. Although he was a little startled he did say yes!

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We tied the knot at Beamish Hall on 16th March 2012 with family and friends travelling from all over the world to be with us which made the day even more special.

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We chose Beamish Hall as from our first visit here we knew this was our special place and where we could see ourselves getting married. It is so magical here and beautiful that no where else was as perfect for us.

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Pale pinks and greens were our colour choices. I wanted to keep it very simple yet vintage looking with pearls, fringed tulips that looked like lace and selections of various vases for the flowers provided by our florist Adam Prest and plenty of candle light.

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I chose a very simple yet fairy tale like dress by Morilee from Wedding Secrets. I accompanied this with a ivory sash with pearls and crystals from YAP Bridal to tie in a big bow at the back.

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My bouquet was a mixture of roses, peonies and many other beautiful assortments. I have never had such beautiful flowers and we were amazed at how much care and detail had gone into each display. We have even sent my bouquet off to be preserved in a special frame as it was that beautiful at Precious Petals. Thank you Adam for all your care and attention that went into making our day even more spectacular!

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My bridesmaid wore a long flowing pale pink dress from Debenhams which she chose herself. Our little flower girl wore a silver green dress by Monsoon embellished with detail around the waist which matched in with my dress.  The boy’s suits were by The Wedding Wardrobe

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I spent the night before the wedding at Beamish Hall with my mum and got ready there on the morning. Anthony travelled with my dad, his brother and dad to the venue. I did miss him overnight and ended up not being able to sleep with such excitement.

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We had a string trio, The North East Soiree for the ceremony who played absolutely beautiful. It made the day that much more perfect. Thank you Gordon for playing even tunes by Morrissey for our special day.

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Its so hard to choose a favourite part of the day as it was all so beautiful and perfect. I have to say though seeing Anthony at the end of the aisle made everything else just fade into the background and I realised what I had been waiting for all along

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We chose our friend Dave Knaggs of Torcross Photography to take our photos. We wanted to have someone who we felt comfortable with and who we were able to enjoy taking photos with. He did an excellent job, thank you Dave!

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We chose a 3 tier butter sponge with plain icing from Marks and Spencer which tasted absolutely yummy. Our florist decorated this then with an array of flowers to match in with the table centres.

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For the favours we ordered French macaroons in various colours from Fenwick’s Bakery and tied up each bundle with ribbon and a cute tag of our names and wedding date.

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We hired a magician, Paul Lytton who kept guests thoroughly entertained in the gap between the day and night. I still don’t know how he does any of his tricks! We were all amazed.

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For the evening we chose the resident DJ at Beamish Hall to host our first dance and disco. They catered for every piece of music we asked for and more and I never stopped dancing. We hadn’t prepared a first dance but once the music started for ‘it had to be you’ we ran on and it all came naturally. Turned into quite a cheesy dance but it really was one of the best parts of the day.

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For our honeymoon we went to a little island called Meeru for 2 weeks in the Maldives. This was just paradise.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to just try to get as much sleep as you can the night before as I only got an hour’s sleep!  Also remember it is your day and your day alone. Do all that makes you happy and it will all be perfect on the day.

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Congratulations Jemma & Anthony!

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Newlywed?  Contact me to share your Real Wedding memories!

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Hats Off! A Real Marquee Wedding In Yorkshire – Carrie & John

April 18th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It’s raining cats and dogs outside pretty much everywhere in the North of England today – but hopefully today’s pretty summer Real Wedding sent to me by Real Bride Carrie and J Clitheroe Photography will serve of a reminder that sunnier skies are just around the corner!

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Let’s hear from the bride: We got engaged on 10th July 2010 – my birthday – John took me and the dog on a romantic picnic by Aysgarth Falls. He got down on one knee, when I said yes as if there was someone watching over us the church bells in the distance started ringing.

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We were married on 18th June 2011 at our beautiful local church All Saints in Bubwith followed by a marquee reception in the garden.  We wanted to make the day as unique to us as we could and by having the marquee we could adapt everything to our taste.

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We didn’t have a specific theme, but I wanted everything to be relaxed as possible so that we could enjoy the day with everyone. Sweets played a big part in the wedding as John is sweet mad, but I just really wanted something simple but stylish.  I kept to lemon and creams for the colour scheme – I thought it would bring a fresh feel to the day and hopefully make the sun shine!

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My wedding dress was a Cymbeline dress from Brides of York. It was being discontinued as they no longer had any of the lace left and they had not sold one around York which made it all a bit more special. It was an A line dress layered with lace and had a bow wrapped round my waist and tied at the back. I got the heebie jeebies when I tried it on and I just knew it was the right one – it made me feel like a princess.

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I am useless when it comes to flowers – my brief to the florist was something hand tied with lots of different creams, I still don’t know what was in it – but she definitely came up trumps from the ‘brief’ brief.

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My flower girl was in an ivory dress from Debenhams – she came with us to choose which one she wanted to wear.  My other bridesmaids were in knee length lemon chiffon dresses that we had ordered online.  We used York Hire Wear for the men’s suits.

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We used J Clitheroe Photography for our photos – we wanted someone who would allow us to relax and allow us to enjoy our day.  Jackie & Andrew were brilliant with us and our requests.

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I wanted to have joint name cards and favours – so I ordered some jars and filled them with different pastel colour sweets – everyone had a jar with their name and the date on. I made them a top and my friend (she’s a godsend) then tied them on with ribbon.

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I designed my own cake – I wanted something slightly different but simple. We had a 3 tiered cake, two fruit which were made by the mothers and then drowned in alcohol by me and a sponge cake on top.  We tiered them using square glass vases to match the table flowers and then had live flowers in the vases.

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We had prepared a first dance – a bit cheesy but John had said he didn’t just want to go round in circles. We had practiced it but on the day it didn’t go quite to plan as my shoes kept falling off and it’s a lot more difficult in a full length dress – but we really enjoyed it and by concentrating it meant we didn’t notice the room watching as much.

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We had a DJ for the evening do – I had asked all my guest to choose three songs that they would like to hear, I gave them to the DJ and asked him to get the dance floor rocking. He did such a great job – the dance floor was busy all night long.

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We truly loved the whole day – from getting all the guests together to the speeches to watching everyone having a ball at the end of the day. It was all just spot on.

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We spent a lovely weekend in the Lake District for our Honeymoon although it did rain for most of it!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every moment of it – to stop for a minute to take it in and enjoy it as much as your guests. At the end of the day its your day.

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Congratulations Carrie & John!

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And I Love You Like Never Before: A Real Wedding In The North West – Deborah & Neil

April 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Got those back to work Tuesday afternoon blues?  I hear ya!  Well, it’s time for a touch of romance instead with this beautiful Real Wedding in the North West, sent to me by real bride Deborah of Grafted & Crafted and the lovely Hannah Dornford May Photography

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Deborah tells us more:  We got engaged in July 2009 after Neil proposed to me at the airport following my girly family holiday! It was such a shock that during the mobile phone video of the event, all you can hear is me saying, “oh my God!” In a good way of course! I had been on holiday with my mum and Leoni my niece and I had been giving Leoni grief on the holiday for spending loads of time on her phone to her other half. Little did I know it was Neil planning the proposal and sending pictures of engagement rings! As we landed back at Manchester I was sent through the arrivals first as Neil had been winding us up saying he was going to hold up a big sign with our names on. I hate embarrassing things like that! I went through and there was the sign with my name on, but then he flipped it over and it read, “will you marry me?” I just couldn’t believe it! I of course eventually said yes, and I loved the ring: a gorgeous diamond and sapphire in 18ct white gold. The boy did good (with Leoni’s help of course!) It was such a nice proposal, and one to remember and talk about.

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We were married at Farington Lodge and picked 18th February 2012 as our wedding date. 18th February was our first daughter’s original due date, and the year was a play on her actual birth date of the 12th of February: 12/02. We also got together in the month February, so it was fitting!

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We looked at a few venues, but we were restricted by budget, and needed it to be fairly local for family. I never realised this gem of a place was right on our doorstep! It offered everything we needed. Great package deals, excellent staff – especially the lovely Simon Tauber – and a beautiful setting. The chef also did amazing food (please all go there and try the cheesecake)! The day was perfect

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I booked two rooms at Farington Lodge for the night before the wedding so that all the bridesmaids, my mum and I could all stay over and get ready together. We also invited a few friends for some pre-wedding drinks at the hotel the night before which was lovely.  Our make up was done by Jade from Paper Doll Beauty, with hair by Jodie Baron. 
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I knew from the start I wanted a no frills, streamlined dress. Either lace or satin. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with the Ronald Joyce Sandra dress. It had the mixture of being slim fitting, elegant, satin, but with gorgeous detailing in the beautiful pearl beading necklace draped down the back, and beading on the front. I loved it and bought it fairly early on in the planning! I never wanted a tiara, but loved the idea of a birdcage veil. I played around with some ideas but ended up making my own headdress! I used pearls to match the strings on my dress, and incorporated birdcage veiling and some exquisite dress material I had been given by a local lady who used it to make her daughter’s wedding dress! I found an old pearl brooch, and ta-da, the head piece was born!

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For the flowers I wanted something small, but kept changing my mind about what flowers and style. I ended up with a variation of white flowers with eucalyptus foliage, and of course I had to give the florist some little bits and pieces of feathers and pearls to add in. They did a lovely job, and they looked really pretty. I used a local florist in Bamber Bridge, Preston called ‘Flowers by Louise’

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The bridesmaid’s dresses were a true bargain! My chief bridesmaid and I took a wander around The Trafford Centre to get some ideas, but ended up coming home with all the dresses sorted! They were from Debenhams bridal and gowns section and were less than half price. The dresses were a deep teal and were long and elegant, with satin detailing to match in with mine. Leoni of course bumped up the price by finding beautiful grey feather boleros from Coast. They did finish the look perfectly though. For their accessories they had simple comb headpieces also made by me. I just can’t help myself!

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The whole day was fabulous, and my favourite bit was the service and saying our vows. It’s a very special moment, and I cried, but so did Neil! But I have to say bedtime was brilliant. I was shattered as I had just found out that I was pregnant (!), and it was nice to sit in the huge bed and open all our cards and presents as husband and wife. It was the perfect time to reflect on the whole day and spend some time chatting together.

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The cake was made by ‘Auntie Joyce’. Not actually an Auntie at all, but she is the cousin of my nan who makes cakes. It was our wedding gift from her. I took some pictures of the cakes I liked and she made a four tier, four flavours sophisticated cake for us.

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I run my own wedding stationery company – Grafted & Crafted – so whilst there was no intended theme at first, but as dress picking began, and with me designing the stationery, it began apparent that it was going to be a hint of vintage glamour, with a few birds thrown in! The birds represented the song that I walked down the aisle to, Songbird by Eva Cassidy. It all seemed to fit perfectly. My Auntie Maureen is also creative and she helped out massively by making the napkin rings, and putting together all things I had bought for the table decorations. She hand made all the silk roses that were in the vases. They looked fab!

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We were hoping to book a honeymoon late in May this year, but we may have to delay it until next year as our second baby is due on September 22nd! I was already pregnant at the wedding and we surprised people with the news during the speeches.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to plan early so that you can relax and enjoy the running up to the event. If you aren’t a control freak, then let people help out as they enjoy it too!

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Congratulations Deborah & Neil!

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A Wizard Wedding: An Elegant Real Wedding In North Yorkshire – Leonnie & Mark

February 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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When Richard Wynn Davies told me that he had a Real Wedding based on the bride’s love of Merlin to share with me, my mind boggled, but Leonnie and Mark’s big day is as far from themed as possible. 

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Instead of wizard hats and swords in stones (which actually could have been cool too, but perhaps not in keeping with the grand setting!) the bride drew influences from the things that she loves to put together an altogether classy and elegant wedding in the heart of North Yorkshire.  Fit for a Knight and his Lady, wouldn’t you agree? 

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Let’s hear from Leonnie:  We got engaged at Chester Zoo, on a cold rainy September day back in 2010, and were married on 19th November 2011 at Crathorne Hall Hotel, Yarm. 

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We chose Crathorne Hall after a long search of many other lovely venues. We chose the venue due to the lovely gardens and setting it provided for the day.  We had 70 guests for the wedding breakfast, and spacious rooms Crathorne Hall had to offer was ideal for us to spend the whole day in the same place. We also had 21 rooms booked for our guests!

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I’m a bit of a Merlin nut so the table plan was set up in a “Knights of the Round Table” style. Our colour theme was purple.

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I carried a bouquet of flowers, white and purple, based on Lisianthus. We asked our florist – Greenhouse Florist, Ripon – for a ‘wild, garden picked’ style. They were lovely!

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My dress was from in Harrogate. It had a sweetheart neckline with some detail and corset body with an a-line skirt. (beautiful!).  My bridesmaids wore purple sweetheart neckline fitted dresses from Debenhams, (ideal, and a bargain!).  The boys’ suits were hired from

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We had a live jazz band playing during the day, who played ‘Make you feel my love’ whilst we walked down the aisle. Later on in the day, we had a live band playing who kept the dance floor full all night!

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Our cake was a 3 tier stacked madeira cake decorated with purple trim, spots and large white bows, from Sugarcrafted in Ripon. 

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Apart from the service itself, our favourite bit was dancing along to the live band – Sunshine Daze – with all our family and friends. It was a brilliant end to an amazing, special day.

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After the wedding, we headed off to sunnier climes – Costa Teguise, Lanzarote.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to plan early. It’s amazing how quickly time goes by and you soon end up having to rush around making last minute arrangements. It’s also important to pick a great wedding photographer (we did!) as the photos are very precious memories of the day. We would also say make sure you take time during the day to stop, and have a few minutes to yourself to take it all in. You easily get caught up in the whirlwind of day and wonder where the day has gone. But above all, enjoy it!

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Want to share your Real Wedding memories with Brides Up North?  Contact me 

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