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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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The romantic reading by my friend, Carolyne Gregory was also a special moment. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house.

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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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We visited the Grand Palace Buddhist temples, watched Muay Thai boxing, visited the floating markets and had outfits tailor made. We then flew down to Phuket and stayed at the Indigo Pearl spa resort for two weeks the relaxing portion of the honeymoon.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax, keep calm and take in every special moment of the day. Don’t let it pass you by worrying unnecessarily, it will all go to plan. Also remember to spend time with your new hubby as well as the guests and have fun together.

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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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HEARTCongratulations Sally & Lee! HEART

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  – Images © 2012 India Hobson Photography

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Pure Shores, A Real Wedding – Karine & Marcos

December 31st, 2010 | Julia Braime

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The fabulous photographer and friend of the blog Jared Windmuller has been in touch again with another delectable Real Wedding from South of the Equator.  Anyone fancy a destination wedding all of a sudden?

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Jared tells us more: I would like to share the romantic Real Wedding of Karine and Marcos that took place at Rosa’s Beach in Southern Brazil on 27 November 2010 and was full of joy, happiness and love!

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In the morning the Bride and Groom and their friends went to the beach close to the wedding venue, and as I was there to cover the ceremony, I got my camera to shoot this great  moment just before the wedding.

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Karine told us that she was very worried as it was an outdoor ceremony and it had been raining all week! Karine said that all she wanted for Christmas was a perfect day for her wedding day, and it seems that Santa Claus was listening!

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Latin Flavour- A Real Wedding, Katina & Cassio

December 11th, 2010 | Julia Braime

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Well, Brazil is just about as far from the North of the UK as you can get (and I should know, my sister in law is from Argentinia and my Auntie lives in Chile!), but I invite Real wedding submissions from all over the world, and when this one from the fabulous Jared Windmuller landed in my inbox, how could I not share it with you?

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What a Saturday morning treat!

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One super gorgeous bride, a scorchio setting and lots of greek fire in the belly.  Have a smashing time…

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Jared tells us more: I would like to send in a real greek wedding which took place on 1 May 2010, in Florianópolis SC Brazil on Ponta das Canas beach at the North of the island of Florianopolis.

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Katina’s father was born in Crete and 25 years ago boarded a ship destined for Brazil. So it is no surprise that her marriage with Cassio was done within the Greek traditions. But what stands out is the emotion and the creativity present at the ceremony and party.

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Their wedding is an inspiration to all couples, regardless of religion or belief. Held in a beautiful hotel on the beach, everything had been planned in great detail and was set in a stunning sunset.
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a rowing boat. The marriage was conducted according to the rites of the Greek Orthodox Chruch: preliminary prayers, blessing of rings, grooms and coronation procession.

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The party also included the traditional breaking of plates,  during the typical dance. Katina and Cassio ordered 200 ceramic plates to ensure that everything would be perfect.

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Happy Holidays, a Real Greek Elopement – Maria & Brandon

November 25th, 2010 | Julia Braime

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Maria and Brandon’s Real Wedding photographs literally take my breath away.  If this is what eloping looks like, I would have booked my plane ticket as soon as he proposed!  These stunning destination Real Wedding shots warm my heart on this cold winter morning ‘up North.  Bask in it…

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Let’s hear from the beautiful bride: Our story is not one for the faint of heart!  We met, were engaged and married all within 6 months.  I was a meteorologist and news reporter for a local CBS & FOX affiliate and Brandon is in Special Ops for the US Air Force.  While planning our wedding, we decided that we wanted it to be just the two of us at a location that I have always wanted to go to- Santorini, Greece!  The sapphire blue Aegean Sea & charming white and blue-topped buildings have always held a special place in my heart, and I never thought I’d get to visit, but Brandon made it possible.

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The trip over was quite an adventure in itself.  We had a connecting flight in Paris, then Athens, then finally a short plane ride to Santorini.  Our first flight was late, and we missed our flight from Paris to Athens, but we arrived safely in Santorini.  However, our luggage, including my wedding dress and Brandon’s suit didn’t.  He was frantic and called the airport every other hour while I was calm and said I’d end up buying a white dress from one of the local shops if I had to.  Lucky for us, the luggage arrived just 17 hours prior to our wedding!

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The night prior to our wedding, Brandon gave me a gift that he said he couldn’t wait to give me anymore.  It was a Greek statue of two people embracing.  He had picked it up over 5 years ago in, you guessed it, Greece, while heading back to the US after his very first deployment.  He said that he bought it with the intention to give it to the woman he married because it represented union, love, and togetherness.  He said he had to hold back the tears when I told him that I wanted to get married in Greece.

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Our ceremony was held on May 3, 2010 at the historic St Irini church.  Many locals claim it is the church that the entire island itself was named after.  The weather was beautiful- the sky was almost as blue as the Aegean, but after the ceremony ended, a fine mist came rolling in and provided us with some amazing photos.  Our photographer was Ashley Johnson, an Englishman who moved to Santorini for it’s beauty and alluring atmosphere.  He took us out on an adventure around the island to capture more images at some hidden spots around the island.

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After a few days in Santorini, we jet-setted off to Paris for the remainder of our honeymoon.  Since Brandon is in the military and will be deploying often, he insisted in hiring a photographer in  Paris to capture more images that he could take with him while he deploys to remember our wedding.  It was rainy, cold and windy, but we made it through the evening with the wonderful photographers from One and Only Paris Photography.

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~ HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my US readers!  Happy Holidays ~

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