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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Summer Lovin’. Chinese Dragons For A Real Wedding In Derbyshire – Helen & Jamie

December 31st, 2013 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for what’s set to be the biggest and best year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty.

Usual service will recommence on 2nd January 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings in 2013.  Drop in every day for the very, very prettiest wedding inspiration and if you are a Brides Up North bride, to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks.

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My god, Helen and Jamie’s wedding day looks like fun.  This is one of those features – put together in the early hours of the morning (or the late hours of the night, whichever way you want to look at it) that makes me want to shut down the laptop, pick up those dancing shoes and a bottle of something cold and head off to party till dawn.

Bright, vibrant, individual and full of fun, I hope that this gorgeous Real Wedding spreads a little sunshine your way.  Just watch out for dragons…

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Helen says: We got engaged in June 2011, in Hong Kong. We were living in a city called Zhuhai in mainland China at the time and Jamie whisked me away to Hong Kong as a surprise to celebrate 9 years since our 1st date. Despite a typhoon and last minute customs issues with the ring J’s plan came together!

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We were married on 6th July 2013 in the gardens of Woodthorpe Hall in Derbyshire The ceremony took place in the cider press and the reception outside and in a marquee on the lawn.

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We chose the venue because of it’s stunning location. We were showed round by the house owner Dick and he was so friendly and his wife Sue was brilliant. We had the freedom to choose anything we liked, bringing in our own suppliers and spend the week before customising the whole place.

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Our theme was a hint of China! We lived in China for almost four years and got engaged in Hong Kong so there were a few nods to that part of our lives. We brought back all sorts of lanterns and flags for decorations and filled the fridges with Tsingtao beer (from the city where we lived). Our first dance was a Chinese pop song.  Our colours were lucky Chinese red and white. 

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My dress came from a shop in Manchester, I was after something a bit different and once I saw it I knew I’d found the right one. It was a bit of an ordeal because I had sorted something from China that didn’t work out in the end so it was quite a last minute find but it was all ok in the end! 

I had one bridesmaid; Jamie’s sister Em. She looked stunning in a red dress made for her in China. She sent us some pictures of the style she liked and we chose the material and had it made. My other best mates all wore something with a touch of red and we all carried red or white parasols. Jamie and the groomsmen wore the same suit they found on a shopping outing together. The teamed it up with waistcoats/ties to suit their own style.

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We originally wanted red and white orchids in our bouquets but it was such a hot week that the florist, Jo Price, called and said they wouldn’t last the day so we added in roses.

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The ceremony was in the same place as the reception so we didn’t have any transport between the two. I travelled in style with my Dad whose car my bro polished to perfection. We had a great moment with the top down and the music playing going down the country lanes.

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A really special moment was when three friends sang a song during the ceremony. A school friend, uni friend and neighbour got together for the first time the morning of the wedding and by the afternoon were playing beautifully during the ceremony!

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A highlight of the day was the arrival of the Sheffield Chinese Lion Dance Troupe just after the meal. Jamie and I had arranged for this to be a total surprise so everybody was shocked and excited. Brilliant!

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Thanks to the help of friends and family we personalised the tables and marquee. We glued photos of us with friends and family onto red ribbon to make bunting and string it around the marquee. There were photos of every guest as well as friends who couldn’t make it everywhere. 

We used beer bottles from around the world as table markers and a friend did calligraphy for names.  The table centres were flower arrangements made by Jamie’s Mum and friends teamed up with some Chinese fans.  We brought back some Chinese bracelets which we used as napkin rings for the guests to keep. Instead of favours we put a pound coin in a Chinese box and told guest to choose a pot labelled for three different charities. People added some extra coins and we raised over £300.

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Dick and Sue at Woodthorpe Hall were fantastic. They were so hands on and helpful. The guests said they felt very well looked after. They only do a handful of weddings a year so it felt very personal.

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We hired a Marquee from Ascot Marquees. ‘Marquee Mark’ helped us hang lanterns and red bunting (expertly made by my Mum!) and the place looked great. A friend from Totally Gazeboed contributed gazebos for the string quartet and a photo booth. We raided the attic for some props and got some hilarious shots.

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We brought in our own booze and homemade canapés. Jamie used to live in Germany so the last time he went to visit his friends there he filled up the car with mini kegs of German beer which we placed around the garden for people to help themselves to.  PJ Taste provided the main food. Wonderful! We had BBQ steak, swordfish and veg with lots of lovely salads. Highly recommended.  Our friends from Cocoa Wonderland sorted us out with some yummy chocs.

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My mum baked fruit cake for the three tiers and iced them white then the week before the wedding my friends came over to help decorate. Kat and Sarah made sugar paste flowers and James helped stack the tiers and add the ribbon. We also had friends bake cakes to bring along so we had lots to choose

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For the evening dancing we played our favourite tunes and friends and brothers helped to DJ.  We also had a fab impromptu ukulele song by Geoff who got everyone singing along.

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I have so many favourite parts to the day! Standing there with Jamie at the ceremony. Seeing all our different friends and family all together having fun. The speeches. People’s reaction to the Lion Dance. Having a moment with Jamie taking it all in looking over the moors. The first dance and the dancing to Design for Life with my Dad and friends. Everything was so positive and lovely.

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After the wedding we honeymooned at a music festival in Lisbon (including seeing Biffy Clyro whose music we used during our ceremony) and spent some time on the Portuguese coast.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to add lots of little things to make the day feel yours and don’t get too worried what other people do for their weddings. The day is very personal, there are a lot of extras that you don’t always need. Include things that reflect you!

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Congratulations Helen & Jamie!

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Marquee In The Meadow: A Real Wedding In Derbyshire – Francesca & Ivan

November 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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After a weekend off celebrating two years in business (lets wait till The Brides Up North Christmas Party for that!) indulging in a bit of shopping with the girls, catching up on emails and invoicing and a really rather good pub lunch at our soon to be local, I’m diving back into the Real Wedding pretty headfirst.

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Monday is off to a fabulous start with this beautiful big day in Yorkshire and Derbyshire, sent to me by real bride and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Francesca of the gorgeous bridal boutique Choola in Sheffield and talented Andy Hook Photography

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I always love to see how industry colleagues style their own celebrations, and Francesca and Ivan’s perfectly pastel country meadow wedding certainly doesn’t disappoint on ooh factor (not least because of their cute ring bearers – watch out for them).  Let’s hear from the lady herself. 

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Francesca says:  We got engaged (unofficially) at The British Bridal Exhibition in March 2011! I guess there couldn’t be a more perfect place with us owning a bridal boutique!   Ivan took me completely by surprise but as he wanted my parent’s permission first we had to keep it secret until a few days later when he had been to see my parents. He then officially proposed in May with a beautiful ring made especially from my black pearl given to me for my 18th birthday set with two stunning diamonds!

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We tied the knot on 16th June 2012 at St James Church, Norton, Sheffield followed by a “Marquee in the Meadow” reception behind my in-laws’ home in Bakewell, Derbyshire.

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The church holds many memories for me so there was no where else we could have married! It is a beautiful church and having attended since being a little girl, I knew I would feel totally at ease walking down aisle there.

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We wanted to have a marquee reception as we didn’t want anything too formal and wanted a setting completely unique to us where no one had been before. It meant we could put our own stamp on it and there wouldn’t be any restrictions.  Our family is very relaxed and often quite spontaneous so having the marquee gave us the freedom to just let the day evolve, without any time restrictions or rules!

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We wanted the wedding to have that thrown together kind of look. I love anything classic but quirky so that’s what we went for: relaxed country glamour.   We chose several colours to work with:  lemon, pale pink, mint green, lavender and powder blue. This was reflected in the bridesmaids’ dresses and flowers.

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I was very spoiled and had a beautiful couture gown made for me by the very talented Sharon Bowen Haute Couture. I have always loved Sharon’s collections and knew that she would be the only person to make my dress. Having previously designed for Dior and Chloe I knew I was in safe hands!

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Sharon and I designed the dress together and it was perfect. It was made from duchesse satin, tulle, beaded lace and hand stitched silk flowers. The jacket was made from matching hand beaded lace.

I wanted a dress that was very “me”. It had to be quirky but still classic enough to stand the test of time.

I have to admit that I did feel a bit of pressure to wear something spectacular! As the owner of a bridal boutique, I was constantly being asked what I was going to wear so I was a little worried that it wouldn’t live up to expectations!

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My something old was my sister’s veil. We re-made it to create a “frouf” as we affectionately called it! This created volume before the train of the veil.  My something new was my dress and my fabulous Aruna Seth shoes!  My something borrowed was my best friends gorgeous Chanel earrings and my something blue was a ribbon stitched into my gown.  As well as my veil, I also wore a diamante seahorse hairclip in my hair. I absolutely love seahorses and knew I would have to involve them somewhere!

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I carried the most stunning bouquet made mostly from peonies – my favourite flower – along with roses, lavender, rosemary and a whole host of other beautiful flowers by Petalis, Sheffield. 

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The bridesmaids dresses were by Alvina Valenta and Jim Hjelm.  I wanted each of the girls to wear a different dress in a different colour and it was one of the easiest shopping trips ever! They all loved their gowns and I think it took less than an hour for all five of them to try on, decide and order.  They then all wore fabulous heels by Paradox London all dyed to match their dresses individually. I gave them each a silver bracelet to wear on the day as well as a candle in the scent used for the wedding to remind them of the day!

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The groomsmen all wore morning suits from Dapper Suits in charcoal and black with double breasted waistcoats. They wore soft dove grey and ivory and each chose their own tie. It was great to see a mixture of spots, stripes and colour.  Ivan and the best man Alisdaire wore sand coloured linen double breasted waistcoats. They all looked very handsome!

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Ivan arrived at the church in a vintage Austin Healey that belongs to his father. His dad spent months restoring the car so we could use it for the wedding! Ivan’s mum tied coloured ribbons to the handles and made a “Just Married” sign complete with shining tin cans. 

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During the service, Ivan surprised me by having our dogs as ring bearers! He pretended to have forgotten the rings and then whistled and our Jack Russell came scampering down the ails with the ring tied to a bow! A second whistle and our Springer spaniel came running down the aisle with the other ring! Fabulous!

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Saying my vows and marrying my best friend was so overwhelming I could have burst with happiness. 

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When we came out of the church, the ushers made a shotgun arch and as Ivan and I walked through, they all fired confetti from their shotguns!  Ivan runs a shoot and we were keen for our day to really reflect us and what is special to us, so having our dogs involved in our ceremony and shotguns firing confetti was just perfect for us. 

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After the rain had stopped, the best man surprised us by having access to some private land behind Hassop Hall. This meant we could get some spectacular photos overlooking the valley sitting on the back of the Austin Healy. Just magical! Ivan and I then sped off in the car around Bakewell with the “just married” sign flapping in the wind and tin cans rattling along the road! It was a wonderful moment that will never leave me. 

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Once we arrived at the marquee (now back in the Mercedes to save the Austin Healey from being wrecked!) we were greeted by a red tractor to tow us onto the field! The heavy rain has made the lane and field impassable so cue tractor and toe rope and bride and groom arrived safely at the marquee much to the amusement and delight of our guests. I don’t think many brides arrive being dragged by a tractor but yet again it just added to the fun of the day!

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We only used little decoration in the marquee (Ascot Marquees) as we wanted the gorgeous flowers to really stand out. Some bunting, lanterns, candles and some hanging hearts and birds completed the look. We also had a Bride and Groom Scarecrow to greet our guests in the entrance to the marquee that Ivan had spent hours making the night before the wedding in the pouring rain. They were fantastic though and added to the country feel of the day. 

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We had a gorgeous cake made for us by Anna of HunkyDory Cakes in Sheffield. We gave her a rough brief but then left her to her own devices and the result was amazing. We were very laid back about all aspects of our wedding and I loved walking into the marquee and having the cake and flowers as a surprise. The cake was four tiers made of fruit, chocolate, lemon and mocha. Delicious!

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We had a jazz band (The Bungalow Band) to play for the guests on arrival at the marquee. They were so good that the guests were dancing straight away! We sadly only caught the end of them as we were away having our photographs taken (and having a drink in the pub).  We then had a live band for the evening called Twice Around and Mick, the drummer and family friend also DJ’d for us.  The dance floor was packed all night!

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After the wedding we had a couple of days in the Lake District staying at Candlewyck Barn arranged for us by the best man. We could only take a couple of days off though as we had so many brides marrying this summer that we had to get back to the shop! We are planning to take our “honeymoon proper” this Christmas though. 

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I have two tips for other Brides Up North, one practical and the other profound!

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The first, is if you can, have a wedding planner. Lisa Hilliard was fantastic and as it was a marquee reception, having someone there to oversee all the logistics was very reassuring. She was fantastic on the day and really enabled everyone to relax and enjoy the day. 

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The second tip is don’t over-think things and don’t worry!  All that matters is that you get to marry your soul mate! It’s very easy to get wrapped up in small details or worrying about what may or may not be. Ultimately it’s the marriage that matters with the day simply being the start of a fantastic journey so don’t sweat the small things.  With my husband and I having had our fair share of tragedy, we have learnt that life is short and very precious. Put things into perspective and make the most of what really matters.  The day comes and goes so quickly that my advice is to enjoy every minute of the planning and the day, whilst it may be a cliché it really is the best day of your life, so relax, don’t stress, and enjoy!

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Congratulations Francesca & Ivan!

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Charming Chatsworth: A Real Wedding In Derbyshire – Ezgi & Joe

August 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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So, I thought I’d keep on spoiling you.  And why ever not?

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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s double whammy of Real Wedding lovely is this beautiful celebration at the splendid Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, sent to me my Brides Up North Featured Supplier, the fabulous Phil Drinkwater Photography (this man is a real gem) and stunning real bride Ezgi.

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Ezgi says:  We got engaged in Padstow, Cornwall in November 2011. Joe had taken me on a walk to show me where he used to go on holiday as a child, and at the top of a cliff he got down on one knee and proposed! We finished the evening with a tasting menu at Jamie’s Fifteen in Watergate Bay.

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We were married on 17th August 2012 at Chatsworth House, near Bakewell in Derbyshire.

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We had looked at a few venues, but nothing had jumped out at us. Then someone reminded us of Chatsworth – so we had a look, and absolutely fell in love with it. It wasn’t our first time there; Joe had been to Chatsworth many times as a child, we also went there on one of our early dates. The fact that we had some history there made it all the more special.  We opted for a colour scheme of burgundy and ivory. 

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I travelled in a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, which kindly stayed until after the ceremony for photos and the guests arrived in a coach which took everyone from the hotel to Chatsworth. This same coach took everyone home again. The return journey was a much more raucous affair with a spontaneous sing-a-long arising from the back seats!

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I knew I didn’t want a big dress, but wasn’t really sure from looking online what would suit me. After trying a few on, I decided I wanted a strapless dress, and quite liked the sweetheart neckline. The dress I eventually went for was from Berketex Bride: chiffon, sweetheart neckline, with some beaded detail around the waist, fitted until the hips and had a slim outline. Simple yet pretty.

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My hair and make-up was done by my friend’s sister, Nadia. It was so nice to have someone I’ve known for years spend time with us getting ready, not to mentioned the entertainment provided by her three year old daughter!

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As I only had one bridesmaid, I thought I’d find something nice in the sales; the plan was to keep the flowers ivory so that I could choose any colour for the bridesmaid dress. In the end, I couldn’t find anything I liked in the sales and bought my sister a burgundy dress from Coast – strapless and chiffon to complement my dress.  The ushers wore grey Lingfield tail coats from Moss Bros.

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I carried a shower bouquet of ivory orchids and roses, and my sister had a bunch of ivory roses. The groomsmen all had an ivory rose in their buttonhole.  All our flowers were by Katie Peckett in Sheffield.  

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One of the reasons we chose Chatsworth because of the beautiful grounds and the opportunity to have our wedding photos there.

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The day of our wedding was grey, miserable, and pouring down with rain. The forecast had predicted rain the entire day, without any dry spells or sunshine.

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We had resigned ourselves to the fact that we’d have to have our wedding photos in the sculpture gallery (usually only open in such terrible weather). Then when we came out of the ceremony, despite all the odds, we actually had dry weather! We were allowed to wander around the gardens, being transported in the EZGO buggies, and we were even allowed to have photos in the sculpture gallery too! It was absolutely beautiful, and we were delighted to be able to have photos in Chatsworth.

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To add some personal touches to the reception, we named the tables after places we’ve been to together. We used the flag of each area and ribbon to decorate the ivory and burgundy table plan, and the table name had a photo of us at each location.

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We also made collages with photos of ourselves as babies/children. The guests loved them and they all got to laugh at some unfortunate choices in haircuts and outfits!

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We had a three tier cake with ivory icing made by a friend from work. The largest tier was chocolate, then lemon and the top layer was fruit. It was huge, which meant we got to enjoy it with family and friends for the rest of the weekend. Utterly delicious!

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We used Bliss Wedding DJ for the evening entertainment.

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As we are both doctors, we are restricted with our annual leave and cannot always get time off together. We have managed a few days in Turkey when we are going to have a second celebration with all my side of the family, but we will save the proper honeymoon until next year!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy the planning, enjoy the day, and try not to get hung up on the little details, everything will work out perfectly no matter what!

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Congratulations Ezgi & Joe!

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Because Your Love Calms My Brambles! A Real DIY Wedding In Derbyshire – Emma & Tim

July 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Are you having a lovely Sunday Brides Up North (despite the relentless Summer rain)? 

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I’ll be pretending it’s a proper English Summer later with strawberries and cream as I cheer on Andrew Murray in the Wimbledon final.  Come on Andy!

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Whether Murray brings it home or not, my spirits are so very lifted by today’s beautiful DIY real wedding, sent to me by Jonathan Stead Photography and today’s beautiful vintage loving bride Emma.  This sunny day of homemade loveliness is such a joy, I hope it brings some sparkle to your Sunday too.  

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Emma says:  Tim asked me to marry him in July 2011, at Porthmeor Cove, Cornwall (on a cliff edge at sunset).  We got married on 26th May 2012 at a lovely church at Ashford in the Water, Derbyshire & our reception was in a marque at my parents’ farm.

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We love the Peak District & thought the church was perfect – stunning & intimate. I’m very family orientated and thought having the marque at my parents’ farm would give the wedding a relaxed feel – somewhere that people could really let their hair down!

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I love vintage and collect 50’s, 60’s and 70’s pieces. I wanted this to be reflected in our wedding but also wanted it to feel rustic & farm-like at the same time! We had a lot of flower power (arranged by myself and my mother in law) – tons of daisies, sunflowers, hydrangea, cornflowers arranged with wispy foliage, popped into jam jars, beer bottles or wrapped in raffia.

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It was a real family effort – I made the bunting (made from vintage fabric & old shirts) & mural (‘Because Your Love Calms My Brambles’) my mum made the table cloths, my mother in law helped me make the poms poms (or ‘bloody poms poms’ as we ended up calling them!) & the canapés for the drinks reception, my grandma made her special tiffin and my father in law made sign posts (t’car park, t’wedding, t’toilet).

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My dress was upcycled from my Mother in Law’s dress from 1968. I loved the crochet lace but the fabric on the bottom of the dress was too badly stained to use. She let me cut up the dress and make a whole new design – I designed it and my Auntie made it (what she does for a living). I truly loved wearing it – I loved the ‘hood’ drape on the back. She also made me a hair piece/bird cage veil to match. Shoes wise, I wore light purple suede low heeled slippers from ASOS

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I had a mixed bouquet of daisies, white roses, purple veronica, blue delphinium & lavender and the bridesmaids had pomanders of daisies.  The buttonholes were lavender, white roses & daisies.  These were done by my lovely friend Jill, at Plantology Floral Creations in Sheffield

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My very favourite part of the day was seeing Tim’s face as I walked down the aisle… a little tear in his eye! Oooh… and the drum and bass after midnight!

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Almost everything was handmade by me or a family member – from the invitations, to the marquee flowers, the bunting & signage. It was hard work but made it so special! I also borrowed a polaroid camera from a friend and bought some black and white film – I made a washing line so that people could peg up ‘snaps of [their] beautiful selves’. In addition to these, there were LOTS of children at the wedding (I come from a huge family) so I raided Poundland for games, things to make & fancy dress items – they went down a treat!

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Our marquee was from High Peak Marquees – fantastic company – they were enthusiastic, friendly and very hardworking. They were the only company could find who would build scaffolding to even out the field, and dealt with the problem with a smile!

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Food wise, we hired PJ Taste caterers – again, amazing energy and enthusiasm – genuinely felt like they wanted to be there and the food was delicious. We choose to have a hot buffet – a triple spit roast (locally sourced & organic) with lots of home made breads and yummy salads. For dessert there was a choice of chocolate torte or summer fruit pudding…mmm.

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My friend Abby is very creative & kindly made the cake as our wedding present – I sent her a few ideas for cakes but let her surprise me on the day! I was very pleased with the results… a lovely 3 three tier fruit cake decorated with handcrafted daisies.

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We had a local young folk band for the drinks reception (Captives of the Carousel), followed by a DJ (Plastic Disco, Sheffield) in the evening (playing mixture of motown, pop, indie and drum & bass!). 

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Berlin. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff’!

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Congratulations Emma & Tim!

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Have you just said “I do!”? Get in touch to share your big day on the wedding blog!

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  – Images © 2012 Jonathan Stead Photography

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Pearls & Parapets: A Styled Bridal Shoot In Derbyshire

May 22nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Hargate Hall Bridal Shoot by Gavin Forster Photography

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I love it when a plan comes together!  The Brides Up North Tweet Up wedding industry networking events are designed as my way of saying thank you to the industry for their unwavering support of the Northern Revolution, but more than that, they are a chance for like minded professionals to come together, forge relationships and create! 

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Today I am proud to feature a simple bridal shoot by Gavin Forster Photography which took place following such a connection.  Here’s to the next event everyone!

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Yorkshire

Wednesday 20th June 2012

7:30pm – 10:30pm

The Mansion, Roundhay Park, Leeds

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North West

Thursday 21st June 2012

7:30pm – 10:30pm

Belle Epoque, Knutsford, Cheshire

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Gavin says: Most shoots start in being planned in my head after a spark of inspiration from a magazine article, an internet search or something else that has passed my nose. In the case of this shoot the planning process was ignited after a chance meeting at the Brides up North Tweet Up in Leeds over a glass of bubbly! Having taken the opportunity to attend the gathering to meet local wedding suppliers I was not expecting it to result in me packing my car full of a make up artist, a model and a load of stunning vintage wedding dresses!

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Well, after doffing my cap to the other wedding photographers on the night I got talking to a really nice couple called Anthony and Julie, who it turns out own the stunning Hargate Hall in Derbyshire! After chatting about life, the universe and wedding venues my grey matter was on the churn with plans of a styled shoot in the hall and its grounds.

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After the weather got a little sunnier I managed to squeeze into Anthony and Julie’s busy schedule and book a day in to shoot. Hargate Hall, built in 1899, is located in expansive grounds and has the feel of a great venue when you arrive in the driveway. Having a number of rooms on site and space for marques and the likes, it is definitely a perfect wedding venue. The combination of the building and the surrounding greenery got me a bit giddy to be honest….

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The day itself was a very relaxed shoot that took the team from the main hall up the iconic staircase up to the massive window! The outside of the building gave a different perspective, offering some stunning scenes on the stone steps and under the overhanging trees.

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Lots of preparations went on in the background with the amazing Vicki Suddaby (Make up Artist) to pull together the shoot you see here. Eleanor Hare was a fantastic model and brought much fun to the day along with some fantastic jewellery kindly supplied by Vintage Bridal Jewellery.

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My main aims for the shoot were to encapsulate the stunning building and its grounds but also the quality and style of the dresses so kindly loaned to us from Roseau Bridal.

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Thanks to everyone involved in a great day.

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Images: Gavin Forster Photography

Make Up: Vicki Suddaby

Model: Eleanor Hare

Wedding Gowns: Roseau Bridal

Bridal Accessories: Vintage Bridal Jewellery

Venue: Hargate Hall

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  – Images © 2012 Gavin Forster Photography

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Feeling Festive? A Real Wedding – Corrin & Mike

December 29th, 2010 | Julia Braime

 

The lovely Tracey from Midway Media, Weddings and Events Videographers got in touch to share a fabulous New Year’s Eve Real Wedding with Brides Up North.  The difference with this Real Wedding is that all the images are stills taken from the Midway Media film.  I think this is beautiful.

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If you are still not in the festive mood, you will be once you have seen this… another mulled wine and a mince pie anyone?

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Midway Media tells us more about the big day: Corrin and Mike’s wedding ceremony was held at St Peter’s church, Edensor situated within the Chatsworth House Estate, in the heart of the Peak District.   On the day of the wedding the church was adorned with Christmas decorations. 

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Corrin wore an ivory dress with lace detail embedded with gold crystals and just looked absolutely stunning with Mike wearing his traditional Naval uniform.

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Then followed the reception at Hassop Hall, near Bakewell.  Corrin and Mike travelled the 4 miles from St Peter’s to Hassop Hall in the horse drawn carriage. 

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Once at the venue, mulled wine was given to all the guests before the photo shoot and the serving of the wedding breakfast. 

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The tables were named after the 12 days of Christmas which was teamed with a nautical theme
to reflect Mike’s job in the Navy.  Hassop Hall was beautifully decorated with coal fires burning and Moroccan lamps.   After the meal, the party really got going and didn’t stop until 1.00am, with Spirits High providing confetti cannons for the New Year festivities!  It was great to capture the New Year celebrations on film and we know it is something they will never forget!

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Venue:  Hassop Hall

DJ:  Spirits High Entertainments
Pair & Carriage:  Red House Stables, Darley Dale
Videographers: Midway Media

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Surprise! A Real Wedding, Joanne & Ian

December 12th, 2010 | Julia Braime

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These crazy cats surprised the guests at their son’s Christening with their Real Wedding! The result: a magical day full of love and homemade details. Very sweet!

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Joanne lets us in on the secret: Ian and I have been together for over 18 years and we have four wonderful children together. With having our children quite young, marriage was always put on the back-burner,  then in November last year we finally set the date, however we like to do things a bit different and decided to have a surprise wedding.

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The wedding took place in Derbyshire on Saturday 17th July 2010 . All the guests were at the church to attend our youngest son, Max’s Christening. The groom and our two boys arrived a couple of minutes before me and then I entered to the Bridal March with my two daughters and dad.

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The look of shock on everyone’s faces was unforgettable! Our daughters who were my bridesmaids didn’t know about the Wedding until two days before, our eldest son (both were Ushers) and my Dad found out the night before and our youngest son whose Christening Day it was, was told on the morning of the Wedding! Both our Mums knew plus a few key friends who helped with the plans.

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We then followed the Wedding and Christening on with an English Tea Party theme back at our house with a marquee in the garden. This was decorated with bunting and paper lanterns, with china cups and saucers and English garden flowers. We had a hog roast and an amazing table of cakes & desserts.

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We also had a homemade photo booth which was a great hit. Guests donned fancy dress and took photos with an instant camera so that they could be placed in our guest book with their messages.

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There was very much a home-made feel to the day, the wedding favours were small jars of jams made by myself, the chairs were decorated with wooden hearts also made by me.

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We had a wonderful day in spite of the rain and hope this shines through in our pictures. Although we had waited for so long to get married it was definitely worth the wait!
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