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wedding alphabet. D is for destination.

October 6th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

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Monday. Hatching an escape plan?  Us too.

While we’re obviously huge advocates of Northern couples staying true to their roots and getting hitched in the upper areas of the UK, we know there are those brides and grooms that crave a total change of scenery for their big day.

This desire paired with a better chance of dry, warm weather is what often leads couples to pack-up their plans and head overseas. While it may feel like they’re embarking on one of the most exciting holidays of their lives, destination couples will find opting a wedding in a foreign country means planning to perfection and from a distance.

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In order to make it work research and organisation are key. If executed well, the result can be a fabulously laid-back big day in a dreamy destination that makes all the hard work worthwhile. If not, it may resemble an episode of some holiday horrors type programme.

So for those flirting with the idea of being a jet-set-bride, here’s a few tips to help make the journey less turbulent.

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name your place

The location of your wedding should reflect something about you as a couple – whether it be the destination where you got engaged, a country with a culture you both adore, or a beach resort because you both love the sun, sea, sand and erm, sangria. The chosen destination is also likely to influence the mood and themeing of your big day. Distance is important to bear in mind too. A European destination for example will be a lot easier and cheaper for you to visit in the run up to your wedding than say an American location. It will also be quicker and cheaper for your guests to travel to.

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timing is everything

Look into the peak and off-peak times to travel to and stay in your chosen area as this will help you figure out what costs both you and your guests will be facing. Also, be aware of changing weather conditions that different countries encounter throughout the year – the last thing you want to do is book a wedding in Mexico in the midst of hurricane season.

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hire a helping hand

When it comes to tying the knot overseas think of a wedding planner as a fairy godmother – you need someone you can trust to help your dreams come true. A planner should know the area like the back of their hand and therefore can advise you on everything from locations and venues to marriage laws and local cuisine. Hopefully they’ve also got a bulging contacts book of recommended suppliers that they have built up great relationships with so can get you great services at competitive prices. Bottom line is it’s highly comforting and less stressful to have a direct point of contact at the place of the wedding who can answer those niggling questions at the drop of a hat.

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take a trip

This really is a must, and several trips would be ideal. On your first visit you could meet with your wedding planner to make sure you feel comfortable leaving part of the planning in their hands. You could also visit different locations, venues and suppliers to help make key decisions about your day. Going once at the time of year you plan to wed is also helpful to experience the climate firsthand which may sway your decisions on food, drink and outfit choices. On any further visits you could check in with your planner, revisit suppliers for tastings/design updates and source local hair and beauty stylists.

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consider extra costs

Apart from the obvious travel and accommodation costs for a wedding celebration that will span beyond a single day, there may be a few other costs to take on board. It may be the case that the destination you chose only allows certain types of ceremonies that you don’t qualify for and therefore you will need to do the legal part in the UK before or after. While for some couples this might just consist of a quick trip to the registry office, others might also want to add on a wedding party back home, particularly if many family and friends were unable to make trip. There’s also likely to be extra baggage costs to squeeze in all your attire and décor, plus you might choose to take a UK supplier, such as a trusted photographer, along with you. In which case there is their travel and accommodation to factor in.

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give guests plenty of notice

Booking people for a few days rather than a few hours requires some forward planning. Send out save the dates 12 months in advice if possible and be aware that some of your nearest and dearest may have to decline as their finances just won’t stretch to an overseas trip. Plenty of forewarning also makes it easier for your guests to book the necessary time needed off work.

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make it a holiday

The best thing about a destination wedding is that it’s an adventure and getaway for all involved. Arriving a few days ahead of the main event means guests can kick-back and enjoy their surroundings so they’re laid-back but up for a good time when the wedding arrives. Following the big day it’s nice for newlyweds to have time alone together as Mr and Mrs, so if your guests chose to stick around for a few days why not book a little break in a different location to ensure your honeymoon isn’t hi-jacked.

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The Italian Job. A Destination Wedding On The Amalfi Coast – Emily & Sam

July 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Those of you who thought you needed a holiday before checking in with Brides Up North this morning?  You’re going to need one even more now.  No apologies from me – scratch the favours off the to do list and book a mini break instead.  Your hubby or wife to be will only thank you for it.  Trust me.

This morning we journey to the Amalfi Coast in Italy (a hotspot firmly on my own travel to-do list) to celebrate Emily and Sam’s sun bleached wedding day.  This home grown Leeds couple decided to forgo any chance of rain on their wedding day in exchange for La Dolce Vita.  Doesn’t sound like a bad idea to me at all.

With images by Sarah Beth Photography, assisted by Thomas Arran.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Emily says: Sam and I were celebrating our six month anniversary and we had day full of activities such as rock climbing, a game of tennis and then a romantic Italian meal. Sam seemed a bit shifty and ordered sparkling water (which he hates!) and then he suggested a walk around Roundhay Park (where we went on one of our first dates) to walk our dinner off.

The night was so still and beautiful. We sat on a bench and that’s where he proposed and pulled a bottle of champagne from underneath the bench with two glasses (which he planted earlier in day).  Fireworks then started going off over the lake, set of by his two best friends! It was just simply perfect.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

We were married on 31st July 2013.  We wanted a wedding in the summer in Italy and as most of my friends and family are teachers it seemed a perfect time!

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

We chose Ravello Town Hall Gardens, Italy. We saw the Amalfi Coast in a holiday brochure whilst on another holiday and said to each other that it would be an amazing place to get married. So when Sam proposed we just knew that was the place. So six months later we flew over to view possible wedding venues. The gardens was the last place after a very long day. The view just blew us away and we booked it there and then.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

We decided on a pure Italian classic theme. Our car was an Italian vintage car, our table names were Italian cities, the food was all traditional Italian, with Italian cake and wine! We immersed ourselves in our love of Italy!

We chose pale blues for our bridesmaids and groomsmen to blend in with the sea and coastline, and whites for table settings and flowers with hint of vintage creams. We wanted our decor to fit in with the scenery.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

One person who was sadly missed on the day was my Mum.

My mother was sadly diagnosed with terminal cancer four days before we flew out to get married. My mother, stepdad, and two sisters stayed in England to support my mum as she was very unwell. Our friends and family pulled together to organise a blessing back in England after we cut our honeymoon short so that my mum and sisters could attend.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

My bridesmaids wore light sea blue maxi dresses from Jane Norman (my Mum spotted them as I as never thought to look there!), bags from Anya Hindmarch and shoes from Zara.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

I always thought that I would wear lace! After trying many dresses on I fell in love with about six and all were so different! I felt so confused about what I wanted. Then I tried one on at my best friend’s mum wedding shop and it just felt right. Layers and fitted, I knew it would look perfect in the setting.

Sam wore a light blue tailored suit.  It was lovely and light.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

I carried a bouquet of white roses (my favourite and also my middle name) from a local Amalfi florist.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Sarah Beth Photography flew over to Italy to shoot our wedding. I knew Sarah from a previous job and thought her images were amazing! We met up and discussed ideas and I knew they would be perfect. Sarah and Tom (who assisted her on the day) were a massive part of our holiday and day and have since been booked for four weddings through my friends as they saw the fabulous photos they took!

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

The wedding was truly beautiful and breath-taking. It was simple, classic and romantic – our whole theme for the day.  The local people were so friendly and clapped as we walked past.

Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast by Sarah Beth Photography assisted by Thomas Arran

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The White Aisle. Maggie Sottero For A Real Destination Wedding In Ibiza – Sarah & John

February 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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With snow forecast across the North this morning, it’s only fair that we brighten things up around here with this dreamy Real Wedding from the white isle of Ibiza.  Loose the woollies, it’s time to soak up some sunshine with Sarah and John on their romantic wedding day. 

Anyone thinking of planning a holiday?

With images by Emma Hillier Photography

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Sarah says:  On Valentine’s Day 2011 in Dubai whilst on holiday, we arranged to visit the observation gallery at the Burj Khalifa at sunset. John had planned to propose there until I invited a couple of mates along and that killed that idea off so he did it in the morning instead, with a heart chocolate from Thornton’s iced with “Marry Me?” that he took from the UK. I won’t begin to explain how difficult it was for him to keep it cold so it didn’t melt! 

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We were married on 11th May 2013 at Paissa D’en Bernat, near San Jose, Ibiza.  We both love Ibiza and visit a couple of times a year as John is a DJ and plays out there every summer.

We have three children and wanted a venue that would accommodate them when they had had enough and needed to sleep, so a villa seemed the perfect choice! We looked at about 12, we found PDB at around villa 8 and immediately knew it was the one!

Emma Hillier Photography

Emma Hillier Photography

I wanted the day to feel romantic and hopefully that translated with the invites, the décor, the dress and the surroundings.  We chose a colour scheme of ivory, mocha, dusky pink and chocolate. 

Emma Hillier Photography

Emma Hillier Photography

I chose a dress called Geneva by Maggie Sottero. She is well known for doing amazing corsets and I wanted something well fitting, elegant and in keeping with the theme and venue. I think the dress was perfect for that.

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The men’s suits were all hired from Austin Reed, the bridesmaid dresses were from Coast and our children wore Monsoon outfits. 

Emma Hillier Photography

Emma Hillier Photography

My bouquets were silk and were made by my mum who is super creative! She wanted to do something personal for us and this was perfect. She also created the bridesmaids bouquets and decorated the pergola area in which we married, she is so talented!

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Red Hot. Benjamin Roberts & Roses For A Destination Wedding In Cyprus – Annie & Lee

January 15th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North might know them better as members of the fantastic party band Func On The Rocks (trust me, I’ve partied with them – these guys really do rock, if you are looking for a band, check them out!) but today Annie and Lee are here to share their own wedding celebration on these pages, choosing a romantic red theme for their sunny big day in Cyprus.  Just what the doctor ordered on a cold Wednesday morning!

With images by Mandy and Louis Christodoulou

 Mandy and Louis Christodoulou

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Annie says: Our’s is a real life ‘girl next door’ story. Lee was in a band with my housemate at the time and he moved in next door with another fellow band member. I used to go to a lot of their gigs and for a long time I was so shy around him that I couldn’t even make eye contact because I thought he was so hot! Eventually our eyes met after many fun nights out and the rest is history. Six years on, the bass player and lead singer were actually best man and maid of honour at our wedding.

Mandy and Louis Christodoulou

Mandy and Louis Christodoulou

Mandy and Louis Christodoulou

After much pondering we decided to get married in Cyprus as we’ve had many memorable holidays there and have always had a soft spot for it.

Mandy and Louis Christodoulou

Mandy and Louis Christodoulou

We wanted somewhere private and intimate, for just us and our nearest and dearest. We fell in love with Vasilias Nikoklis Inn, near Paphos as soon as we saw it and knew it was perfect. It had everything we wanted, true authentic Greek family run business with delicious home cooked food and beautiful surroundings. It’s tucked away from all of the touristy hustle and bustle, at the foot of the Troodos mountains. You can’t beat waking up the morning after your wedding to a view like that.

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My dress was a Benjamin Roberts design, bought from the lovely ladies at Confetti and Lace in Stanningley, Leeds.

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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Molto Bella. Maggie Sottero For A Real Destination Wedding In Sorrento, Italy – Laura & Stuart

December 24th, 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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So here’s a thing!  Today’s real bride Laura has my job.  No, not my job as editor of Brides Up North, but my old job, the one I packed in to do a crazy little thing like follow my dreams and become a full time writer, events planner and professional wedding blogger.

I love my old work team (hello guys, I hope you are reading!) and Laura seems to fit right in, so I know that she’s a lovely lady.  I’ve never met Laura in person, but call it serendipity that when she announced that she was getting married, my boss Andrew told her about this here wedding blog and she was hooked!  She even sourced her suppliers via our Directory pages, and she’s here to share the results with us today.

Now that’s what I call a happy ending.

With images by India Hobson Weddings.

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India Hobson Weddings

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Laura says: We got engaged under a tree in the Borghese Gardens in Rome in September 2011. We’d gone to Rome for Stu’s 30th Birthday and it was very romantic.

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We tied the knot on 3rd April 2013 at Cloisters of San Francesco in Sorrento, Italy. Our reception was held at Castore, which is a restaurant in the hills run by Don Pedro and his family.

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When we’d spoken about getting married, we’d both agreed that we wanted to do it abroad. We chose Italy because we got engaged there and Sorrento seemed like the idyllic setting. We saw a picture of the Cloisters and fell in love with it. We hadn’t been before so it was a bit of a risk! We chose Don Pedro’s for our reception after reading reviews on Trip Advisor. We weren’t disappointed. Don Pedro and his family were amazing and couldn’t do enough for us. We drank local prosecco and ate an Italian feast!

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We wanted the day to be fun and elegant and chose a teal colour base. I had a particular colour in my mind and I just couldn’t find a perfect match. In the end, we had various shades of teal for different things. My Mum reminded me that it didn’t really matter if the bridesmaids knickers didn’t match the wedding invitations and she was right!

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India Hobson Weddings

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My dress was a Maggie Sottero gown called Bernadette from Angel Brides in Horsforth. I’d seen it online and fell in love with it. Even from the pictures, I knew it was the one I wanted. It was simply a matter of trying it on to make sure. I absolutely loved my dress. It was completely different to what I thought I wanted. Heidi and the Angel Brides team were fantastic. They went above and beyond.

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My bridesmaid wore dresses by True Bride, which we also got from Angel Brides. Stuart, his best man, my Dad and my brother all wore suits from TM Lewin in Leeds.

India Hobson Weddings

India Hobson Weddings

As we were married abroad, the majority of our suppliers were based in Sorrento. Don Pedro arranged the food, wine, flowers, car and a harpist for the ceremony. However, we decided to take our photographer with us. We met India after seeing one of her weddings on Brides up North. We knew after our first meeting that India would be fantastic and she was. She’s a wonderful person who is more than a wedding photographer. The images she captures are truly beautiful.

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I carried a bouquet of white roses, rosemary and olive leaves. My bridesmaids carried white roses and olive leaves.

India Hobson Weddings

India Hobson Weddings

My favourite moment  of the day was when I walked into the Cloisters to Clair de Lune playing on the harp and saw Stu. All my nerves just disappeared.

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We decided to write our own vows. It was such a special part of the day as it was really personal. It was quite funny because, even though we’d written our vows separately, the sentiments were very similar. It was really special.

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We had compiled a few playlists on our iPad before we went to Italy. The evening reception was really good fun as our friends took it in turns to DJ. It caused a bit of a competition to see who could get the most people up dancing!

India Hobson Weddings

India Hobson Weddings

India Hobson Weddings

India Hobson Weddings

India Hobson Weddings

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India Hobson Weddings

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Honeymoon-wise, we had a few days before and after the wedding in Italy. We spent a week in Rhodes at the end of June and have a trip to New York planned for November.

India Hobson Weddings

India Hobson Weddings

India Hobson Weddings

My top tip for other Brides Up North is a cliché, but do what you want to do and don’t worry about keeping other people happy. It’s your wedding. It’s the one day where it is acceptable for you and your future husband to be selfish!

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Sei La Mia Rosa – A Real Destination Wedding In Sorrento, Italy – Sally & Lee

January 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ve been recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy… we’ll be returning to our usual schedule tomorrow!

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In this fairly new trade, y’know, the modern profession of wedding blogging, one gets to see a whole load of gorgeous on a daily basis.  But just when you think you are nearing beauty blindness, along comes a Real Wedding that knocks your socks clean off. 

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This words cannot describe how stunning Real Wedding of Northern couple Sally & Lee – sent to me by my new favourite person and friend of the wedding blog Sheffield photographer India Hobson Photography – did just that.  Consider my socks knocked.  

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Thought the New Year was going to be dull?  Think again, as my forecast says jaw dropping!

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India says:  Sally and Lee were worried that if they had an Italian photographer they may come across problems with the language barrier and came to me – and I’m so glad that they did. I flew over with one of Sally’s best friends, and stayed for a few nights around the wedding itself; it was a pleasure to be welcomed by all the guests and it was certainly picturesque.

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Let’s chat to real bride Sally: We got engaged on Christmas morning at home by the Christmas tree in 2009.  Lee and I met in college and after 10 great years together, I was absolutely over the moon to be engaged and it was our most magical Christmas ever!  We married on 2 August 2011 at Cloister St Francesco in Sorrento, situated along the Amalfi coast in Italy.

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We had both agreed on a wedding abroad but wanted to keep a more traditional feel to the ceremony, rather than a beach style wedding. Both Lee and I adore Italy: the food, the culture, the romance, the wine, and the Italian attitude to a laid back lifestyle, embodied in the saying: “dolce far niente” (The sweetness of doing nothing! And yes we have watched Eat Pray Love). After doing our research we stumbled upon the perfect venue, The Cloister St. Francesco in Sorrento, an old monastery dating back to the 8th century.

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When you walk through the entrance and step into the open space surrounded by ancient archways, columns and pretty greenery, you find the perfect romantic setting to say your vows. When you step out of the Cloister, you are greeted with a spectacular view of the bay of Naples. It is a stunning location along the Amalfi coast and provided the perfect romantic backdrop for our wedding photography.

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My father and I travelled from The Grand Hotel de la Ville by traditional Surrentine horse drawn carriage. It was a surreal moment and realisation of a dream come true made all the more exciting when spirited Italians sped past us on their Vespas shouting “Ciao bella!”.

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The theme was vintage romance – the venue and setting spoke for itself really.  We chose neutral shades in fitting with the backdrop, coffee and cream for the bridesmaids.

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The dress was from Catherine-May Bridal in Honley, near Holmfirth. From the offset it was clear that natural taupe, soft grey and earthy tones were best suited to my own skin tone and hair colour, as opposed to classic white or ivory. The style was a mermaid silhouette with strapless sweetheart neckline, an asymmetrical ruched bodice with shabby chic corsage at the hip and a chapel train. The fabric was French Taffeta in feather grey, which gave the dress a more vintage feel. Everyone commented on the colour, which really made a statement and was very fitting to the surroundings and romance of Italy. It was the only dress that gave me butterflies in my tummy when I tried it on and when I saw the look on my mum’s face, I knew it was ‘The One’. The headpiece was vintage lace with pearls, custom-made at Kula Tsurdiu in Nottingham.

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My bouquet was a mixture of cream and vintage lilac roses and greenery. My bridesmaid carried cream roses whilst the flower girl had cream silk rose petals, in keeping with the romantic theme.

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My chief bridesmaid, Katie, wore a dress by Leeds based fashion designer Lucy Bennett, who runs her own label Roc and Doll. I was able to assist in the design process and wanted the dress to have a Grecian goddess feel to it with flowing chiffon fabric. The dress was one shoulder with rose detailing at the strap, rouching at the bust, high waste line with coffee and cream panels on the skirt and a small train at the back. The flower girl, Rebecca, wore a cream dress from Monsoon with vintage lace detail top, capped sleeves, tulle layered skirt and silk bow tie at the back.

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The whole wedding was arranged through a Sorrento based company called Sorrento Sunland, who sourced local suppliers for every aspect of the wedding. They provided an excellent service, responded quickly to queries and were both enthusiastic and supportive every step of the way.

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I have never seen a bride use a parasol before so I felt this added a special touch, especially in the photographs and it also proved to be practical in keeping my face shaded from the sun. A perfect accessory for a wedding abroad! I provided female guests with fans to keep cool as they awaited my arrival to the Cloister.

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A personal touch was the name labels on the favours. I attached old fashioned tags with lace and on one side wrote the name of each guest, on the other I wrote romantic phrases in Italian such as ‘per sempre insieme’ (together forever), ‘amo solo te’ (I love only you), ‘sei la mia rosa’ (you are my rose). All the guests were asking me to translate!

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In Italy the cake was presented on a stand individually portioned and served to the guests as their dessert. Sorrento is famous for its lemon orchards so we chose the light lemon sponge covered in Chantilly cream. It was delicious.

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Our reception was at Marameo Beach Restaurant, on a jetty out in the sea. We had our DJ playing chilled out tunes during dinner and as the sun was setting. Then the music got louder and we made our own entertainment! The setting by the cliff face and looking out to sea was absolutely stunning!

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Both Lee and I agree it is difficult to choose one specific part of the day as we loved every single moment. One aspect we both agreed on was the fact that it was a very intimate affair with close family and friends (32 guests). This meant that we got to spend time with each other as well as our guests and felt overwhelmed by the love and support from all those who shared our special day. It was relaxed and informal. We both loved our first dance to Michael Buble’s ‘Everything’. Lee got very emotional and it was lovely when our friends and family joined in.

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As the bride, if I had to choose one part of the day it would have to be stepping into the cloister and the ceremony that followed. It was such a fairy tale, overwhelming emotional moment floating down the isle with my Dad by my side. One I shall cherish forever. The string quartet playing Pachelbel’s Canon as I entered the Cloister was absolutely beautiful and the romantic music played throughout set the perfect atmosphere.

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We went to Thailand on our honeymoon. We spent 5 nights in Bangkok at the Banyan Tree Hotel, famous for its Vertigo restaurant on the top of the hotel on the 61st floor. We enjoyed dinner there on our last night.

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Anyone considering a wedding abroad should contact their local registrar who will explain the procedures according to where you choose to marry. I can’t recommend this enough, especially as you can do it all again on your return by throwing another big knees up and show off the dress of your dreams for one last time!

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You Are My Sunshine! A Real Destination Engagement Shoot In Lake Como – Lou & Chris (Plus One!)

November 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Baby, it’s cold (and grim) outside.  And it’s a Tuesday. Ugh. 

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But not in Lake Como, Italy, where it feels like Sunday every day of the week, and where we head this afternoon to hear about Lou & Chris’ love story and their destination wedding.  Let’s fly away.

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Lou says:  We got engaged on Christmas day. Chris wrapped the ring box in a box and in another box until it looked much bigger. He put it in a stocking until later in the evening when we were alone. It was a total surprise.

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We knew each other at school but Chris got in touch on Facebook 22 years later. We led totally different lives so would never have met otherwise.  After talking on Facebook for a few months we agreed to meet. Chris is in the army and was recovering from surgery on his hip. I dragged him on crutches up and down steps to the restaurant I wanted, he was in pain as I chatted away but he never said. He said I was like an armadillo… a hard back with a soft underbelly and I was intrigued he had analysed me so well and so soon.

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I knew that he was the one within a few months. The hours would fly when we were together. We were married within just two years. At 40 we knew what we wanted!

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I love that he has such strong values and cares about my welfare before anything else in life. And that he adores and gets on so well with my five year old daughter. 

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Our greatest wish for married life is to live a simple life as a happy family in comfort.

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The engagement shoot was suggested by our photographer Jess so that we could get used to each other and to being in front of the camera.  The shoot was fabulous and definitely made us more relaxed for the big day.

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French Frills: A Real Destination Wedding – Jenna & Gary

November 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today, I’m off to the South of France for the gorgeously romantic wedding of Rochdale couple Jenna and Gary, shot by Haydn Rydings Photography.  If you curl up really small, I can fit you all in my suitcase too.  Let’s go… 

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Jenna says: We got engaged 6 years ago at home after enjoying a lovely meal at Nutters Restaurant in Norden, Rochdale, and we were married on Saturday 8th September 2012 at St Affrique, Aveyron, South of France. 

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We were looking for a unique, intimate venue, somewhere not too far but warmer than the UK.  Styling wise, I used my wedding planner Laura Tickle to guide me in the direction that we took and to source suppliers. We wanted an elegant and romantic French theme with lots of candle light and chose a colour scheme of oyster, pale pink & ivory

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My wedding dress was an Amanda Wyatt design called Barcelona and I bought it from Broadbents of Middleton in Manchester.  My bridesmaids wore long gowns from Coast and the men wore suits from Red Herring at Debenhams.

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As we were abroad we created welcome packs for our guests with an itinerary of the weekend’s events along with a few bits such as slippers, hangover relief, eye masks etc. We also provided pashminas for the ladies in the evening along with flip flops to use in the evening to help tired feet!

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My favourite moment by far was seeing my husband to be waiting for me at the end of the aisle.

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We chose a string duo for the service followed by a band in the evening for our poolside party.

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We chose a traditional French wedding cake; a profiterole tower with flower decoration – and a huge sparkler!

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After the wedding, we honeymooned at the Sensatori resort in Mexico.

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My top tip for Brides Up North planning a destination wedding would be to hire a wedding planner!

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More importantly enjoy your day; don’t get hung up with the unimportant things as it goes so fast. The only thing that really matters is that you marry the one you love!

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La Dolce Vita! A Real Destination Wedding At Lake Garda – Rebecca & Mark

October 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Fed up with this week’s fog, drizzle and gloom?  Yep.  Me too.

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Rebecca and Mark’s beautiful wedding day in the Italian lakes, shot by Leeds based photographer Dorchester Ledbetter Photography should lift your spirits.  And don’t feel too bad, they even had a little unexpected rain too!

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Rebecca says:  We got engaged in Barbados in February 2010 and were married on 3rd September 2012 in a gorgeous little town on Lake Garda, Italy called Malcesine. 

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We both wanted to do it abroad somewhere, but didn’t want a beach wedding, so when we heard of a friend attending a wedding there, we did some research and took a trip over to have a look…It took our breath away so we booked there and then!

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I chose a gorgeous Alfred Sung gown from a bridal boutique in Whalley (Lancashire) called Te Amo and carried a bouquet of cream roses.

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The bridesmaids were in a very pale peach dress by Amanda Wyatt from a bridal shop in Clitheroe called Amelia’s. The Groom wore a grey suit made by Master Taylor. 

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We had some lovely personalised fans made which we gave out to our guests (even though it rained!) before the ceremony as it was on the terrace of a castle (and supposed to be warm!). 

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There were so many favourite moments from the day… but probably the most memorable was walking down the aisle twice! The first time was on the outside terrace of the castle, and as soon as I reached my groom the heavens opened! So we all had to run down the the stairs to the inside area to do it all again!

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Although a local photographer was available, we chose to use Dorchester Ledbetter Photography having met Martin at a wedding fair and explained our unique situation, he was extremely keen to be part of our special day.

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His enthusiasm, combined with reputation and the obvious quality of his work made the decision an easy one. We were not to be disappointed and his professionalism on the day ensured that not only did we capture all our special moments with loved ones; we also have some incredibly beautiful and visually stunning pictures using our Italian lakes background.

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All our stationery was by Wedding Invitation Boutique which I was over the moon with.

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We chose to have a string quartet for the ceremony then in the evening we had a DJ and sax player for the actual wedding day. We had an evening reception when we got back from honeymoon to celebrate with all our friends and family that couldn’t make it to Italy, and for that party we decided on a DJ and a band called Manhattan who went down a treat!

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After the wedding we went to America, stopping off in New York for a few days, then on to Vegas and picking up a car then looped back to Vegas taking in the west coast from San Francisco to LA.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t expect to keep to your budget – have some contingency in place.  Also, try to remember this is your day and you can’t please everyone.  Whatever your worries are for the day nothing will ruin it! Enjoy every second as it passes so quickly!

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Destination: Wedding! A Day In The Life With Thomson Weddings

September 6th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This Summer I was thrilled to be invited along by Brides Up North Featured Supplier and destination weddings specialist Thomson Weddings to work on a video shoot in sunny Cyprus on behalf of both Brides Up North and Wedding Ideas Magazine.  I know, I know, it’s a tough job right?

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Actually, it was a tougher job than I had imagined.  It wasn’t all shoot for two hours then spend the rest of the day sipping all inclusive Cosmopolitans by the pool as I had perhaps imagined (and told my mates!) – oh no – this was two and a half day’s long slog in the ceaseless 38 degree heat of the midday sun, as we performed take after take at various (breath taking) locations in order to capture the true essence of a destination wedding with the Thomson team.

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I can guarantee one thing – if this much hard work goes into perfecting an already perfect location, then you just know that these guys are going to pull out all the stops when it comes to creating your dream wedding day.

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The ten plus strong team (makeup, hair, cameras, lighting, models, extras, set design, the Thomson team and this ) shot on location at the lovely St George Hotel in Cyprus, with a little help on site from Paphos florist Suntropical and events dresser Be Inspired.  The gorgeous gowns were Augusta Jones provided by The Ivory Wardrobe and Kitty & Dulcie, with headpieces by Flo & Percy and the most beautiful Rachel Simpson Shoes.  The boys looked smart in Hugh Harris suits. 

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Upon arrival it was straight into our wedding outfits (I had chosen a blousy French Connection dress to allow some air flow – or so I hoped!) and fascinators, topped up with plenty of factor 20 as we joined the team on set by the rippling turquoise waters of the hotel’s beautiful bay.  Here we had set up a mock open air wedding ceremony, which attracted the attention of our fellow guests and locals alike – until they realised that a. it wasn’t a real wedding (the bride walked the aisle about ten times!) and b. in the alternative, we weren’t filming for primetime TV.

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I wouldn’t call myself much of an actress but myself (and the hubby – who is gutted that most of his acting skills ended up on the cutting room floor) found ourselves getting into character as the Director asked us to clap, congratulate and shower the happy couple – of gorgeous models, don’t they make you sick?! – with confetti a few thousand times.

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After the ceremony scene was wrapped and, unbelievably, we hadn’t lost anyone to heat exhaustion – a normal ceremony takes a maximum of thirty minutes, ours took four hours – it was straight up to the (thankfully fan-filled) terrace for the wedding breakfast.  Sparkling glasses of champagne and plates of delicious looking Greek salad and seafood were lavished upon us – but we weren’t allowed to eat any of it* – as it was on with the show.

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The Thomson Weddings team had dressed the scene in beautiful zesty lemon and crisp white, which sparkled against the perfect blue sky.  Bright cut flowers and ripe fruit in jars added to the fresh feel of the setting.  Warmer destinations can definitely carry off brighter colour schemes beautifully.

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After our full plates were cleared (don’t worry, they made up for it later with a beautiful team lunch by the sea the next day) we headed down to the seaside taverna to shoot the party scenes, where that sneaked champagne came in handy as we hit the dance floor hard, before calling it a wrap for the day.

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The next day we spent most of our time indoors and shooting filler scenes – longing for some time on a sun lounger or treatment bed ourselves – before enjoying that gorgeous lunch and enjoying some celebratory drinks in the evening.

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I was there with my trusty camera (and plenty of bottled water!) the whole way, capturing some of the behind the scenes shots from this blog post and looking forward to seeing what the professionals came up with.  And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the fruit of our labours – two days condensed into just over three minutes – a film which perfectly captures what the wonderful Thomson Weddings team can do for you: make magic. 

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Try not to cringe at my acting debut (can you spot me?) and blink and you’ll miss the hubby…so whilst I love the results, I don’t think Hollywood will come calling – for us anyway – anytime soon!

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Day bridal dress and bridesmaid dress – The Ivory Wardrobe (www.theivorywardrobe.co.uk)

Hotel – St. George Hotel Golf & Spa Resort, Cyprus (www.stgeorge-hotel.com)

Evening bridal dress – Pearly Queen, Kitty & Dulcie (www.kittyanddulcie.com)

Groomswear outfits – Hugh Harris Menswear (www.hughharris.co.uk)

Bridal and bridesmaid shoes – Rachel Simpson (www.rachelsimpsonshoes.co.uk)

Bridal/bridesmaid headwear and jewellery – Flo & Percy (www.floandpercy.com)

Paphos florist – Suntropical

Paphos ceremony and reception decorations – Be Inspired

Paphos dress steaming – Occasionally Suited

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