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Gilded Glamour: A Real Wedding In Northumberland – Rebecca & Steven

March 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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And would you look at that, it’s only bloomin’ Friday!  What better way to round of a week of loveliness here on the wedding blog than with a really rather gorgeous Real Wedding courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier – and all round nice guy – Lee Scullion, and today’s beautiful bride Rebecca. 

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Time to get glam – it’s Friday after all!

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Rebecca says:  We got engaged on 26th November 2011 at St Mary’s Lighthouse. I thought we were going for a walk and I was complaining the whole way about the cold then he just brought out the ring and got down on one knee. Total shock!

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We were married on 7th September 2012 at St Albans Church in Earsdon, North Tyneside and then held the reception at Doxford Hall, Alnwick. 

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Doxford Hall is just such a beautiful place. The grounds are beautiful and the hall has been restored to a high standard. The room where our reception was held has gorgeous chandeliers and large gilded mirrors and I knew it would suit the style of wedding I had in mind. The staff were also great and that really helped us decide it was the best venue for us.

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The theme was country vintage. I’m originally from the countryside and wanted to bring this into the wedding however, I also wanted quite a glamorous wedding so I tried to bring the two together.  I chose a colour scheme of greens, lilacs and whites but it was really a mixture of light colours that were reminiscent of a country garden in the summer.  I wasn’t strict about colour as I didn’t want everything to look too matched together.

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The bridesmaids and I all carried the same flowers but the girls carried smaller posies. The bouquets and buttonholes were from Andrea’s Florists in North Shields. I was overwhelmed at how well the bouquets turned out. They were so fresh and utterly perfect and lasted for days afterwards. They were a mixture of avalanche and quicksand roses with flowering poplar, lisianthus, freesias and agapanthus. They were great.

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We used the The Jewellers Guild for our wedding jewellery. They designed our rings for us and gave a really good quality service for the money. They also gave good advice about what I should have to match my engagement ring. We were really pleased with the results.

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On the day we had a vintage ivory Rolls Royce Silver Shadow from Webbs Special Occasion Cars. These guys are great and very professional. The cars are immaculate and they really enjoy what they do so bend over backwards to make sure your day is perfect. They even have a dry run from your house to the church or venue to make sure they get the best route.

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I chose an ivory silk and lace fishtail gown by Paloma Blanca. It was the first dress I tried on and although I tried on a few more I always went back to this dress. I bought it from Darcy Weddings in Morpeth. Jennifer and Debbie were great and the service was excellent. I would recommend them to anyone as they really gave a personal touch which made it feel all the more special.

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My bridesmaids wore dresses from Debut at Debenhams. They were aubergine floor-length strapless chiffon dresses with ruching at the front. I told them they could pick any dresses they liked as long as I liked them. In the end my Aunty found these dresses and they were perfect. The girls looked beautiful.

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The groomsmen wore charcoal grey tails from Gavin Scott Menswear in Washington. They wore a pale grey tie as I didn’t really want the men to wear the same colours as the bridesmaids to avoid being too matched. My husband wore an aubergine tie to make him stand out from the others.

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Obviously the favourite part of the day was the ceremony. The Reverend Andrew France helped us plan a really lovely and personal service (that didn’t go on for hours)! We incorporated our friends into the service with readings and were touched at what people had to say. I loved every minute of the wedding day itself. It all came together beautifully and I can’t thank our suppliers enough for all the effort they made.

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I must give a shout out to our amazing photographer, Lee Scullion, he was fantastic throughout the planning process and on the day. He was always there to answer questions or give ideas and the guests at the wedding all commented on how professional he was! We didn’t want a photographer that would be really demanding and in your face and Lee was perfect. The photos are one of the only things you take away from your wedding afterwards so they have to be good. When Lee sent mine to me I cried because they were so beautiful and really captured the feeling of the day.

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In order to add some personal touches to the wedding I contacted The Wooden Ladybird Company who made some wooden signs with Mr and Mrs Colby on them for the top table. They also made our sign for the sweetie table. The signs were fab and I have them up in my house now.

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I did make lots of things myself for the wedding so I also went to Dainty Supplies in Washington a lot. They have great bits and pieces which give you lots of ideas for things to personalise your wedding.

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Our invitations were made by Gingerbread Kisses Gifts. Nadine is my husband’s cousin and she is very creative and made invitations to suit the theme of our wedding. She can also make favours, gifts and decorations – the lot!

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I added numerous individual touches to our wedding. With the help of my family I made all the favours which were little jars of jam for the girls and little jars of Everton mints for the boys. We chose those mints as they are black and white and Steven is huge Newcastle United fan and wanted a tribute to his team at the wedding. I also made lots of tea cup candles. I gathered up (with the help of my Auntie) lots of teacups from charity shops in light summery colours. I then bought a scented candle making kit and created about 40 candles. They were part of the table decorations and everyone loved them. They also made the room smell lovely which was a really nice touch.

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I had my florist make up a small posy of flowers and put it in a birdcage I bought off the internet. I then got some luggage labels and threaded ribbon through them. We asked guests to write their messages on the labels and hang them on the birdcage. It looked fab!

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Our reception flowers were done by Flowers by Julie in Alnwick as they were nearer to the reception venue. I didn’t see them until we arrived on our wedding day and was completely shocked at just how beautiful they were. Julie really took note of what flowers I wanted and the theme and produced flowers that looked like they had been freshly picked from a country garden.

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One of the really lovely things on our day was the photo frame our photographer, Lee Scullion, made of photos from our pre wedding shoot. I didn’t know he had made it for us and when I saw it I was so touched and thought it was a great use of the pictures. I also didn’t want to do a traditional guestbook.

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We chose a two tier cake from Celebration Cakes by Julie. She is amazing! Julie can do anything with cakes. She really took note of my ideas for decoration and my theme. In the end she designed the perfect cake. We had lemon and vanilla sponge which was really tasty. However, a friend also made us a fruit cake as some of the older guests expected this as its more traditional.

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We hired a DJ for our wedding from Premier DJ’s. Chris was great and came out to see us to make sure he chose music we liked for the wedding. He also gave us great ideas about things to do i.e. first dance, throwing the bouquet etc. In the end we did two first dances. One slow and when that finished we danced to

The Proclaimers. We aren’t a serious couple and wanted guests to have a laugh. It was hilarious to see the videos of us bopping away.

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We went to Agadir in Morocco on our honeymoon. The hotel was fabulous and we had a much needed rest after all the excitement (and stress) of the wedding.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make a list of everything you need to do and plan when you are going to do it. This means you only do a bit at a time and won’t have loads to do right before the wedding. I did this as I knew I would be busy with work right up to the wedding and didn’t want to get overly stressed. It really helped and I found that I enjoyed planning the wedding rather than getting overwhelmed.

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Also, remember why you’re doing this! Everyone wants a perfect wedding but inevitably there will be hiccups along the way! It’s not the end of the world and your suppliers will do anything they can to help you out. The main thing is to enjoy every moment!

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Congratulations Rebecca & Steven!

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Contact Brides Up North to see your own Real Wedding featured here – here’s how!

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Wedding Belle! A Real Wedding In The North West – Rosie & Nick

January 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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And so to our very first Real Wedding of 2013! Where better to start than over in Knutsford, Cheshire at the stunning Belle Epoque (the location for the last Brides Up North Tweet Up North West no less!) and join Rosie and Nick for a stunning celebration of their marriage.

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There’s snow globes, gorgeous gowns (check out those bridesmaids, and that David Fielden) and erm, Morris dancers a plenty.  With images by the ever talented Jonny Draper Photography

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Rosie says:  We got engaged in December 2010 at Gilpin Lodge in the Lake District.  I had taken Nick away for his 30th birthday and he proposed in the hot tub!  I thought the ring box was a Pandora charm!

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We were married on 25th November 2012 at Belle Epoque, Knutsford.  We have lived in Knutsford for four years and absolutely love it. The Belle Epoque was everything we wanted, intimate, romantic and a different feel to many other weddings we’d been to. We wanted to do something from the norm and were keen not to have it feel overly traditional.

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Dress wise, I was keen to have something out of the ordinary. My first visit to Amy Louise Bridal in Nantwich was like a child in a sweetie shop! I liked at least 10 dresses! Several bridesmaids’ visits later and it had been whittled down to two. Everyone who saw the David Fielden number felt that it was the one and suited my figure. A number of bridal shops later and it was the one I compared every one to. And so it was chosen! Kirsten at Amy Louise was amazing and so very friendly and helpful from start to finish.

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My bridal jewellery and headwear was by Halo and Co. 

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The stunning Bridesmaids’ dresses were Debut at Debenhams. We didn’t go for morning suits for the groomsmen and ushers (again not wanting too much of a traditional feel). They all wore what they wanted. Nick had his three piece suit and shirt made at Papas Tailoring in Knutsford.

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My full name is Rosemary so it was only natural that I would have roses as the bouquet. There were also a few sprigs of rosemary hidden in the bridal bouquet. The roses were carefully matched to the bridesmaids dresses – this was not easy as their colour was quite unusual. Amnesia and metalina roses matched quite well. The bridal bouquet had crystals added to some of the roses and wrapped in lace to match the sleeves of the bridal gown.

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During the ceremony a friend of my daughter, an upcoming artist, 15 year old Molly Pye played acoustically on her guitar. She sang Three Little Birds’ Don’t worry as I walked down the aisle. I am prone to worrying! During the ceremony she played Somewhere Over The Rainbow, and the we exited the ceremony to Wonderwall.

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We had an interpreter for the deaf who signed throughout the day as my parents and a number of my immediate family are profoundly deaf.  Immediately after the ceremony, the Dee Sign Choir from Chester signed along to three songs we had chosen. A tear jerking time for all our family who had been kept in the dark about this. It was our surprise to them.

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We didn’t set off with a theme, it came together gradually. Once we found out the Christmas decorations would be up in time for the wedding we decided to put a Christmas edge to it.  I would be Santa’s elf if I could so it was only natural to have a festive feel to the day.   We didn’t really have a colour scheme, we found bridesmaids dresses we liked and matched flowers to this. The rest we wanted to tie in with the colour scheme at the Belle Epoque so we used purples and brown paper.  It was also a bit of a mismatch really but it came together and worked!

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All our stationery was by the fabulous Betsy Button

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We chose amazingly delicious cupcakes provided by The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon, Didsbury in four  flavours with a lemon cake on top.  Yummy!

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I made Christmas baubles as favours for the ladies using photo baubles but inserting our own inserts. One side saying ‘Merry Christmas’  and a painstakingly decorated Christmas tree image with tiny purple and gold decorations. The reverse side was a testament to our wedding.

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After the wedding breakfast, neither of us particularly wanted a first dance. However, Nicks favourite day of the whole year is Knutsford Royal May Day which is generally a very good knees up with friends! Nick always gets particularly excited as the Morris men approach so this is where we got an idea for evening entertainment. Leyland Morris Men were more than obliging and it truly was such fun to have them there. Not only did they perform but got the audience up and involved in several different dances.  We finished with a DJ called Roy Stone.

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After the wedding we spent an amazing five and a half weeks travelling around Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax, enjoy and soak up every second … and don’t forget to leave plenty of money afterwards to treat yourselves to a fabulous honeymoon.  You will need it! We also felt that spending on a great photographer and entertainment was money very well spent. 

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Congratulations Rosie & Nick!

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North in 2013.  Here’s how

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