December 20th, 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.
Another day, another beautiful Real Wedding, but this one’s different as it’s a day to celebrate the marriage of my lovely friends Ellie and Alexei. Ellie is one in a million and helps me out at our Brides Up North events. Did you meet my little ray of sunshine at one of our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions this Autumn?
Unfortunately I couldn’t attend their beautiful wedding day due to a prior invitation, but the privilege of sharing it on these pages is almost as good. Ok, not really (there’s no pink fizz involved for one thing!) but the pleasure is still all mine.
I’ll hand you over to the brand new Mrs Callender, with images by CG Weddings.
Ellie says: We got engaged in February 2012 and were married on 27th July 2013 at St Anne’s Church, Nantwich then onto Combermere Abbey, Whitchurch.
I wanted the overall look of the day to be elegant and I knew I had to make the most of the venue with its beautiful English country gardens. It was easy to dress the venue as you don’t have to do much to make it look pretty. We chose a colour scheme of ivory, white and pale pink (sweet avalanche roses to be precise)!
My dress (‘Paradise’) was from Suzanne Neville’s Diamond (2013) collection, and I accessorised with a pair of sparkling Jimmy Choos. My make up was by Kate Spreckley and my hair by Rachel Casey from Terence Paul, Hale.
I carried a posy of white hydrangeas, gyp, ivory and sweet avalanche roses by Jacklyn at Precious Things, Cheshire. The bridesmaids had similar bouquets, just in white, and they had diamanté sprays in theirs for a bit of sparkle.
My dad and I travelled to the church into a cream Bentley S1 and the bridesmaids and my mum were in the vintage Austin Limousine. Both were booked through www.yourwhiteweddingscars.co.uk who were brilliant and the drivers were amazing on the day… our driver took Lex and I on the scenic route from the church to the reception venue so we could have a bit more quality, alone time together.
We used on the day wedding-planners – Caroline and Claire at Pomp & Ceremony Planning, a Brides Up North Featured Supplier. These ladies are wedding angels!
My mum made our cake – I saw roughly what I wanted and asked her to get the florist to include the flowers in the vases in between. It was traditional with a touch of sparkle round the edges.
There were also a lot of homemade DIY touches (mostly by my lovely mum) such as the Mr and Mrs dressed champagne glasses and the table plan which was a door with photo frames hanging from it. I saw something similar on Pinterest and showed it to my mum and she brought it to life… it was just a little different to others I’d seen and we loved it.
As a surprise we booked the Singing Waiters – Divas Disguised – I was a bit wary at first as I thought it might be a bit cheesy however after briefing them on no ‘cheese’ it went perfectly. It was one of the highlights of our day and definitely most of our guests’. We have had so many of our guests telling us since how much they enjoyed it and that it was something they hadn’t seen before.
In the evening we had a live band called The Provocateurs who we booked through Hipswing Entertainments. We wanted the first dance to be live. We asked the band to do a speeded up version of the song I always knew I’d have at my wedding- ‘I Swear’ by All4One… the lyrics make me cry even thinking about them!
Our honeymoon was a surprise booked by Alexei. We had two nights in Singapore then nine nights in Lombok (next to Bali). Both were great for a July/August honeymoon- the weather was perfect.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be the enjoy the getting ready part of the day as much as you can. It’s very easy to get stressed and anxious about everything on the morning of the wedding however you can’t change it at that point so just enjoy the morning with your bridal party – it’s a very happy time. Oh and, if you can, get a wedding day coordinator/planner, mine (Pomp & Ceremony Planning) were godsends!
Congratulations Ellie & Alexei!
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December 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime
I’m going to start sharing my prettiest Real Weddings every Tuesday. Spirits lightened, just like that!
This morning we are in Cheshire with Isobel and Gary, sharing in their beautiful and elegant autumn celebration at the glorious Peckforton Castle. A warm colour palette, layers of lace and pearls and a whole lot of love. My kinda wedding.
With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Phil Drinkwater.
Isobel says: Gary proposed to me at the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge on 6h October 2011. We were both dressed in boiler suits and attached to the bridge. Gary had been in talks with the company for well over a year and they made the proposal seamless, i.e. turning off the metal detector so that the ring wouldn’t show up. I had absolutely no idea!
We got married on Saturday 19th October 2013 – our 4 year anniversary since getting together.
We got married at the Holy Ascension in Upton as it was my family church. My christening was performed there.
We chose Peckforton Castle in Tarporley for many reasons. It’s a grand venue, which creates an impact on arrival, the building and grounds are simply beautiful, with the décor providing a grand yet modern touch and the log fires made it feel like a warm and cosy day even in the middle of October. The professionalism of the staff is second to none, nothing we had experienced at other venues.
Our theme was pearl and lace. We included lace and pearls around the candles which covered the church and the great hall (wedding breakfast venue). We also had pearls dripping from the candelabra centre pieces. Both of my dresses included lace and pearls. The girls were given pearl bracelets around their napkins as one of their favours. Because it was October, we chose a warm aubergine purple as our base colour.
My day dress was purchased from Cheshire Brides in Frodsham, was an ivory, heavy satin, straight cut dress with full body skirt (including pockets!) It included a diamond belt around the middle which fastened at the back in a diamond bow. Ivory and diamond buttons flowed all the way down the back of the dress. I then had a bespoke lace, off the shoulder jacket made, with matching buttons fastening at the back.
When it was time to party, I changed into a lace and pearl fishtail dress with bespoke thin straps over my shoulders from Bespoke Brides in Mollington.
My bridesmaids wore aubergine, one shoulder full length chiffon gowns from Bespoke Brides in Mollington. The groomsmen wore grey tails with matching grey waistcoat and aubergine cravat and handkerchief from Moss Bros.
I carried a hand tied bouquet of Avalanche, Sweet Avalanche, Memory Lane and Cool water roses with flecks of cream Waxflower, Gypsophila and Alma Flora, framed with more Gypsophila from Lavender Blue.
Gary says his favourite moment was the first sight of me coming down the aisle, but for me leaving the church with my new husband was the best feeling ever!
We had a lot of personal touches. On each table there was paper to write the guest’s favourite moments of the bride and groom and guess the speech length betting slips. We also had personalised monopoly money for the poker/roulette tables with a picture of Gary and I at Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Our entertainment was a lot of fun, We had a string quartet for the church and drinks reception (The Endymion String Quartet), singing waiters for the wedding breakfast (Divas Disguised) and poker and roulette tables and sweets tables for the interim after the wedding breakfast by Hipswing Entertainments After the meal we had an Interactive DJ and 5 piece band “The Coolers” for the reception.
We chose a three tier white cake with icing flower petals (with aubergine outer colour) framing the front of the cake. Traditional fruit, chocolate and Baileys and Champagne and strawberries!
After the wedding we honeymooned in Kuala Lumpur, Bali and Dubai.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to stay relaxed and let your day flow.
Congratulations Isobel & Gary!
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