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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Big Tops, Bunting, VW Bugs & A Pretty Piggy! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Lysette & Michael

December 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be 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…

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A Real Wedding at Fishlake Mill by Toast Of Leeds

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Am I spoiling you this week or what?! I have another beautiful Real Wedding to share with you this morning sent to me by Shelly of Toast and real bride Lysette.  Now I see a lot of DIY weddings, but Lysette and her family have some serious skills in this department.  Just check out the cake, table decorations and sweetie table!  Professional standard stuff.

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Watch out for all the delectable details in this fabulous affair, not least the appearance of one perfectly groomed little piggy!

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Lysette says:  Michael asked me to marry his on holiday in Turkey in 2009, and we tied the knot on 26th May 2012.  Our Ceremony was held at Cusworth Hall and after drinks, photos and playing with a baby pig on a lead we went on to Fishlake Mill.

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We actually chose our reception venue first, Fishlake Mill. The setting was perfect with picturesque rolling fields that go on for miles. It is a beautiful venue that’s both sophisticated yet relaxed. We were eager to be able to put our own stamp on a venue and at the Mill we were able to do that. Graham and Sheena pretty much gave us a free rein to decorate and really welcomed us making us feel at home. As well as the beautiful setting, the windmill itself is truly awesome- a beautiful place to spend our first night as husband and wife. Another bonus for me personal was the presence of animals; horses, peacocks, ducks and even a goat.

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Cusworth Hall was also an easy choice as it is by far the best place in the area for a non religious wedding. As it is simple the most amazing backdrop for photographs.

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We had a bit of an English tea party theme: teapots, teacups and tons of bunting, with purple and florals as our colour scheme. 

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I bought my dress from Jaynes of Doncaster- It’s an amazing dramatic fishtail style dress. I loved it because of the unusual colour and the masses of detail.

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My mum made my beautiful crystal & pearl bouquet which included family heirlooms, buttons and brooches. I love that I can keep it forever and if I wanted to in the future I could make it back into jewellery.

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I love my bridesmaids dresses almost as much as my own dress. I sourced the material and explained the 50’s style I wanted and then Kelly at Be Envied Bridal Wear made them.

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I travelled to the ceremony in a 1979 convertible VW beetle in white. I kept the roof up on the way there. Although after the ceremony I was persuaded to through caution to the wind, forget about my hair and have the roof down. Which was loads of fun and totally worth the mess it made of my hair. The bridesmaids went in a 1967 VW split screen campervan which was fabbo. Both were supplied by Chris at Timeless Classic. 

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Confetti Cones filled with real delphinium petals handed out by the bridesmaids after ceremony.

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As I am a girl that loves to be in control and hates surprises, I am amazed to say that my two of my favourite parts of my wedding day were surprises. The moment I saw the amazing little pig Lara, that had come to see me on my special day. I love pigs and always have, as a surprise, my mum and Aunty had arranged for a baby pig on a lead to be there after the ceremony. A little bizarre, I know, but it made me (and some of my guests), smile.

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Receiving a surprise gift from my husband- beautiful purple floral Irregular Choice shoes that he had begged to be made for my giant size 9 feet years ago, they finally have started making them!

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All decorations were sourced and created by my mum, my sister and I. Everything from flowers and favours to name cards and table decorations.

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Our Fingerprint Tree guest book was made by my sister, the guests seemed to like their getting the hands dirty to contribute towards a keepsake for us.

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We set out lots of garden games including, Jenga, Connect Four and Skittles which was fun for all during the quiet times in between the formal parts of the day.

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Mike’s Father made a red post box for any cards to be deposited into. This received endless compliments and was perfect for us as I was a post lady when Mike and I got together.

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Everyone from the flower girls to the grandparents enjoyed our sweetie table! Mis-matched jars were collected which we filled with various treats for our guests to help themselves.

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I made my own cake in various shades of purple, with vintage buttons and a giant teapot to top it off. It was made of brandy soaked fruit cake, victoria sponge and chocolate cake.  Being real foodies, to ensure no one went hungry, Mike insisted we had a three tier pork pie cake consisting of three different flavours.

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Madison are a three piece band from Liverpool (madisonparty.co.uk) they kept the dance floor full all night and really made the evening perfect. They even let my sister sing with them, one of my favourite songs “Ironic” by Alanis Morisette, which really meant a lot to me and my family. To keep people dancing when in between the band’s sets, we had one of Mike’s close friends who is a nightclub DJ- Matt Goodwin, who really worked hard to keep everything running smoothly.

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We have to give a mention to our photographer – Shelly from Toast – she came along all day and “blended in” so well.  So many people mentioned how good she was, and the photo booth she brought along was great fun!

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After the wedding, we went on a mini tour of Italy starting in Venice and moving south to Rome, Naples, Sorrento and Capri. It was truly amazing and we did not want to come home.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to plan well ahead and delegate to bridesmaids, family and friends so that you can relax and enjoy your wedding day. 

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My vintage tea party style wedding was very DIY which enabled me to get exactly what I wanted within budget. It also gave me an immense sense of pride to see everything we’ve done come together so beautifully. I’d definitely recommend brides have a go at a bit of DIY, but don’t forget to stop and relax the day/morning before your wedding.

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Congratulations Lysette & Mike!

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Are you newly wed?  Contact me to share your Real Wedding with Brides Up North. 

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That’ll Be The Day! A Real Wedding In York – Lindsay & Matt

November 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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We first met Yorkshire couple Lindsay and Matt when they shared their sweet York engagement shoot and love story on these pages a few weeks back, and this afternoon they are back on the same streets to recap their very vintage, deliciously DIY, rock and rolling 1950’s influenced wedding. 

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Strike up the jukebox!  With images by Hayley Baxter Photography

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Lindsay says:  We got engaged in December 2011 at the La Rosa Boutique Hotel in Whitby. I had been wanting to stay at the hotel for ages due to its cool quirkiness and ‘vintage-ness’. It was a surprise, Matt had wanted to propose on the balcony overlooking the harbour but when we arrived there wasn’t a balcony!

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We were married on Saturday September 1st 2012 at  York Registry Office with a reception at St Williams College, York.  We had been there previously for a Vintage Fair and had seen how beautiful the building was. From a practical point of view it was also ideal, being right in the centre of York. The amount of space meant we could do a variety of things in the different rooms and private courtyard.  We opted for a vintage theme. 

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I chose a 50’s style Vivien of Holloway halter neck dress with a navy petticoat, navy shoes and navy ribbon belt. I also had a little birdcage veil which was from www.lilybella.co.uk. I knew from the start I wanted a birdcage veil but found it really difficult finding one that I liked. 

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My hair was put up at The Lounge in York by my usual hairdresser Lou. Matt couldn’t believe how many hairgrips came out of my hair at the end of the night, but it certainly stood up amazingly well throughout the day.

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I carried a bouquet of cool water and avalanche roses with eucalyptus, tied with an ivory ribbon and pearl detail – all from Dutch Nurseries in Haxby, York.

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The bridesmaids wore long navy dresses from M&S (one of the bridesmaids was pregnant so the dresses needed to be practical as well as elegant). Matt wore a navy suit with waistcoat from Slaters. He also had a pocket watch which he was very proud of!

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Rather than a wedding car, I arrived at the registry office in a rickshaw provided by The Green Cab Man. Given the traffic on a Saturday in York is awful, it was also the quickest way to travel! It was one of my highlights when the registrar said it was the first time they had a bride turn up in a rickshaw.

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Before the wedding we set up a wedding website using www.gettingmarried.co.uk. It was free and would recommend it as you are able to put more details than you can on an invite. We had lots of people from out of York so it was good to be able to put hotels details up and directions. You could also use the site for your wedding list.

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Hayley Baxter was our photographer and did an amazing job. She has this great ability to organise people without coming across as being bossy, she manages to make people feel at ease in order to get the best photos. She even managed to pull in a character from one of the York guided Walks to pose with us for a picture!

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Morwen, the manager at St William’s College, was our wedding planner, and did a fantastic job organising and setting up our wedding. There wasn’t anything we wanted to do that she and her team couldn’t accommodate. Bradshaws of York were our caterers and again were excellent. They work in partnership with the College and you could tell they had a wealth of experience catering for weddings.

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We made our own wedding favours in the form of gift bags on the tables. Each female received a vintage brooch, whilst the men had football pin badges according to the team they support – the boys pins went down way better than I thought they would and everyone seemed to be touched by the thought and effort which went into them. In the bags we also put in bubbles, fortune fish and a lottery ticket. We went a bit crazy on the favours but it was really worth it! We spent a full Saturday lining all the bags with navy organza and decorating the personalised tags, they also doubled as the table place names.

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For the wine glasses on the tables I made individual wine glass bead charms and I also decorated the napkins with ribbon and beads.  We also used my 50’s Babycham glasses for the toast and Cherry B glasses for the welcome drinks, just to add to the vintage feel! It took forever to collect them but was so much fun, we are now trying to work out what to do with them all.

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The table centres were different vintage themes which were then named after records. The top table was “Toys in the Attic” which had lots of old toys on, one of which was Matt’s dad’s old teddy bear called big ted (he is actually not that big). One had a singer sewing machine, another a typewriter and one was travel themed.

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For a card box we used an old suitcase lined with ivory fabric and and Lexicon cards for the sign. The suitcase had originally belonged to Matts great great granddad and had his initials on it, it was really special to be able to use things which had been in the family for so long.

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For decoration we spent weeks and weeks going to car boot sales and collecting little cut glass bud vases which we had roses in. We also collected lots of old wood candle stick holders which we had as part of the table centres and around the room.

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I did originally contemplate making the bunting but the room was so big and I knew it would take forever so instead we bought some cut paper bunting and I was pleased with how good it looked.

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It took two big cars jam packed full to take all the stuff to the venue, Morwen the manager said we had far more bits and pieces than most of her brides and grooms but never complained.

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One of the things I enjoyed the most was thinking of all the details but I have to admit it would never of happened if Matt was not involved. I’m good at the ideas but not always so good at the practical things like making them happen!

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In the other room which I nicknamed the Pink Flamingo room we had a sweetie bar, little card tables which we had put vintage games on and Hayley had her photo booth set up in there. The sweetie bar was another excuse for to go to car boot sales and collect things as we used pretty cut glass bowls.

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In the room with the bar we put up two photo posters, one with lots of pictures of Matt when he was little and all his family and one for me and my family. They were really good conversation starters. In the bar room we also had little leaflets with hangover cures one which also had a picture of Matt’s granddad with his old cure of the hare of the dog!

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We had a cheese wedding cake from The Cheese Shop on Gillygate in York. It was made up of five different cheeses.

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We had a jukebox so guests could choose the music. It came from Speciality Music in Wyke. The jukebox was delivered and collected and was very reasonably priced. There also wasn’t a song we requested that couldn’t be provided. We also had a limbo contest on the dance floor which went down a storm! It was amazing how good everyone was at organising themselves and most of the guests got involved in either competing or at least clapping on others. In the smaller room Hayley set up a photo booth, complete with fancy dress items and props. This was probably the biggest success as all the guests got involved and had a great time!

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For our first dance we did a rock and roll dance. We had had lessons the year before and worked really well with my 50’s dress.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in California, flying into San Francisco and then driving to Napa, Los Angeles and, finally, Las Vegas!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a unique wedding. Thinking outside the box can make it more unique and special, and cut down on the cost.

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Congratulations Lindsay & Matt!

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Intimate Elaborate: A Real Wedding In The North East – Victoria & Jonathan

August 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Regular Brides Up North reader Victoria sent me her stately Real Wedding at Wynard Hall in the North East of England to share with you lovely lot this afternoon.  What I love about Victoria and Jonathan’s big day is how they make the most of this beautiful, grand venue whilst still managing to keep their celebration personal and unique to them.  With images by Dave Yates Photography

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Victoria says:  Jon took me to Kielder Forest (a place close to Jon’s heart) and we stayed at the lovely Riverside Hall Hotel (a bit of a gem in the middle of nowhere) on the 26th January 2011. We went for a lovely walk round the lake and Jon got down on one knee right next to the lake – it was beautiful.

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We were married on 26th July 2012 at Wynyard Hall.  Wynyard Hall is a beautiful place with lots of character – great for photos whatever the weather!

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Charlotte McLean from Darlington did my hair and Martez Grey from Redcar did the bridesmaids.

Stacey Taylor from Darwen, Lancs did my makeup and nails and the bridesmaids nails too. Stacey whisked me off in to another room for a bit of R&R whilst she did my makeup this was a really good idea.

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Stacey’s husband John Taylor, a photographer from Darwen, Lancs, took photos of the bridal preparations whilst Dave Yates Photography took photos of the groom and groomsmen preparations at Wynyard Hall.

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Dave and his wife were absolutely fabulous. We had some great giggles with them both. Dave took wonderful pictures without being obtrusive at all. I really don’t like having my picture taken and this was one of the areas that I was worried about when planning our wedding but Dave really put me at ease.

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I ended up with a Trudy Lee number quite the princess dress which isn’t what I was planning to wear at all. I wanted something quite small and simple but when I agreed to ‘humour’ my maid of honour and try on a big dress I fell in love with it straight away!

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I found the dress in a small bridal shop in Darlington called Grace The Weddings Company – an absolutely beautiful shop and really nice staff would definitely recommend a visit to any bride looking for a dress. A couple of other bridal shops worth a visit are Miranda Marie in Yarm and Truly Beautiful in Guisborough. These three shops made the dress shopping experience for me.

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My sister (one of my bridesmaids) and I wore my Nanna’s brooches in our hair (something old).   My something borrowed was a sixpence for in my shoe which belonged to my Grandad but is now my sister’s and my something blue was my Irregular Choice shoes.

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With the journey from Redcar to Wynyard being a fairly long drive I decided I wanted to travel with my bridesmaids and family. So we started looking at the double decker buses but we thought this doesn’t really have any link to us as a couple or our heritage. Then we remembered the Moors Bus and we had to have it!

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My favourite part of the day was seeing Jon’s face when I walked down the aisle.

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I chose a colour scheme of pink, green and blue.  My bridesmaids wore Forever Yours full length dresses – two in dusty pink, two in light blue and two in olive with one shoulder strap with flower detail.  The groomsmen wore a grey three piece suit with tails.

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I carried a bouquet of double headed chrysanthemums (my Nanna’s favourite flower), hydrangeas, veronica and wax flower.   My bridesmaids carried a single hydrangea head striped right down – very simple. The buttonholes were wax flower and double headed chrysanthemums.  We used Secret Garden Florist of Hartlepool who were wonderful and very reasonable.

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During the day we booked Michael Mulroy a fabulous pianist with lots of character. He played through the ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast. When our usher was finishing off someone else’s dessert he started to play Food, Glorious Food! – the room erupted with laughter!

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After the ceremony guests were met by Paul Slattery, caricaturist who kept them entertained whilst Jon and I headed off for photos. We also had giant garden games to keep them entertained.

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Along with the help of my bridesmaids and a few family members we made all the decorations ourselves.

We had chocolate fish and chips as our favours – I wrote the article, my maid of honour moulded the milk chocolate fish and we all put them together. We put together party bags for the 4 children which they loved but it also kept them busy (and quiet!) during the speeches – would recommend this to other bride and grooms!

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We used wicker hearts as name places hanging on the backs of the chairs which  my maid of honour and I put together.

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Living in Redcar we wanted to somehow incorporate the seaside – we decided to have a Lobster pot as our card box. The wonderful coast guard sourced it for us and in return we made a donation to them. Then we decorated the table around it with some seaside ornaments from The Range.

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During the day we had a very small intimate wedding with only 28 guests (4 of which were children). We decided rather than having separate tables we would have one long table which worked really well with the numbers we had.  In the evening we changed the table decorations and again these were DIY decorations – willow tree branches with jewels (all hand threaded by us!) hanging from them in tall vases, filled with sand, on round mirrors surrounded by tea lights. On each table we had sweet trees – again handmade! We also made our own photo booth – which went down a treat!

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In the evening guests were wowed by Magician Paul Lytton – even the cynical were impressed!

We also had an amazing local band Johnny and the Moondogs along with a disco playing throughout the night.

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Our cake was three tier (fruit, chocolate and lemon Madeira) each tier in one of the three wedding colours. It was made by a family member.  The cake knife set was an engagement present from a close friend.

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Honeymoon wise, We are heading to New York later in the year!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take time to take it all in. The day goes so fast every now and then just take a moment to stand back and look around and take in what is happening.

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Bloomin’ Gorgeous! A Real Wedding In The North East – Kelly & Anthony

May 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today’s beautiful Real Wedding, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Helen Russell Photography and real bride Kelly is one of my favourite yet – the beautiful blooms, the cute bridesmaids with their flower garlands and ballet slippers and the bride’s beaming smile – but not least because it took place at one of my very favourite North East venues: the cool and quirky As You Like It in Jesmond.

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As You Like it was also the venue for the latest (and super fun!) Brides Up North Tweet Up networking event for the wedding industry, and you can see all those images here, but for today, it’s the setting for Kelly and Anthony’s really very special big day. 

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Kelly says: We got engaged after 10 years together on April Fools Day 2011, and it was after noon so it wasn’t an April Fools! We were married on 5th April 2012 at As You Like It, Jesmond. 

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We wanted somewhere informal, beautiful, with great food and service and as soon as we visited As You Like It we knew it was the place for us. It really exceeded our expectations

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We chose a vintage style country garden-ish theme! I didn’t want it to be too matchy matchy, I wanted mixed florals and a modern vintage style. 

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My bridesmaids’ dresses were from Monsoon and they looked so perfect on the day, finished off by the beautiful fresh flower head garlands. I had two baby girls attend the wedding and got them the same dress so they were also part of the day.

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I loved saying our vows, when we picked them at home we didn’t say them out loud and then when we were there during the service saying out load in front of our family and friends they felt so special. There is nothing like that feeling of marrying your best friend and we were just overwhelmed with everyone making it such a good day with a happy joyful atmosphere, they are the things you can’t plan.

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I used Simply Bows and Chair Covers for the beautiful ivory chair bows and I got some lovely items from e-bay like Romeo and Juliet thank you gifts and an engraved pocket watch for our hard working best man. I visited second hand shops to get some beautiful crockery for Helen to fill with flowers to decorate the tables.

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My cake was a wedding present from my beautiful friend Andrea, it was stunning and tasted delicious, it had two fruit layers and a lemon layer and was finished off with a beautiful fresh flower posy from Helen.

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We used the As You Like It DJ Paul and I asked him to play a mix of soul, sixties, indie and Britpop. It was a huge success with the dance floor filled all night after our first dance, At Last by Etta James (because we love that song and it only took us 11 years to tie the knot).

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Honeymoon wise, we’ve got Bali to look forward to in July, which feels like forever away! We cant wait to escape and have some special time just the two of us in a magical place.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be not to underestimate how important good photography is, we were most nervous about this as we don’t enjoy having our photo taken, but Helen put us at ease and had fun with us and when we saw the photos we were both taken back to the special parts of your day that you can forget about as it really does go as fast as people say it does. Now we have those moments to treasure forever.

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Street Party! A Real DIY Wedding In Harrogate – Rosie & Adie

January 22nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Katie says:  Rosie & Adie married on 18th June 2011 at St. Wilfrid’s Parish Church in Harrogate, in front of close family and friends.  They had a traditional church service followed by a reception at the church hall next door.

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They did much of the wedding DIY style, and had their family help them set up for the wedding the night before. Rosie made metres and metres of bunting herself, and there were fairy lights galore. The table settings were absolutely beautiful.  The church hall had lovely wooden panels & beams, and it the reception had a real ‘street party’ feel about it.

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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Bonfire Night Bride! A Real Castle Wedding In Yorkshire – Laura & Tom

December 30th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Blogger Laura’s big day certainly went with a bang!  This Bonfire Night Bride’s Real Wedding, showcased here only this month, makes it into my pick of favourites from 2011.  Merry Christmas Laura & Tom!

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You might know her from Twitter as @MrsLouPops, but I first met today’s Real Bride when she won a stunning Flo & Percy headdress on this very wedding blog back in April!  Laura did some blogging of her own in the run up to her Real Wedding this November, which you can check out here.  I have followed Laura’s wedding planning progress on her blog and Twitter and my goodness, she absolutely nailed it.  I am thrilled to be sharing her big day with you this afternoon on Brides Up North. 

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Laura says:  We got engaged in August 2009 at Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire. Tom knew that as ex-seaman Whitby is one of my dad’s favourite places. We’d always go for family days out when I was little so it was a special place to get engaged.  We were married on 5th November 2011 – so I was a Bonfire Night Bride!

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We chose the stunning Danby Castle, North Yorkshire as our venue {A Brides Up North Featured Supplier no less}.  We always knew we wanted something ‘different’ from a wedding venue and Danby Castle was just that. My mum found it on the internet and we made an appointment the next day to go and have a look. Carolyn, the proprietor who showed us around (who later became my wedding fairy godmother!) seemed lovely and the venue blew us away. The building was beautiful, the scenery was absolutely stunning and there were cows, sheep, chickens, cats, dogs, and even a resident Shetland pony! Being animal lovers, the thought of having some extra little wedding guests on our day made us smile! It was the first place we looked at as a potential wedding venue and we were sold within a few minutes of looking round, we just knew it was for us. We didn’t bother looking any further!

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The colour scheme was the first thing we decided, before we even chose a venue! I always knew I wanted plum and gold accents in our wedding as plum is my favourite, perfectly rich colour for a winter wedding and the gold set it off just beautifully.  We never set out to have a strict wedding theme, the only thing we wanted to stick to was colour scheme and to make it as DIY as possible, this way it felt very personal as everything was thought up and organised by my mum and I. It soon came to light that the main theme running through the day was ‘us’ by having all things ‘Laura & Tom.’

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Being a plus size bride who, at 5ft 1 is also vertically challenged, I knew that I needed to be careful when choosing a dress. I originally chose a beautiful Justin Alexander number but then I saw a competition on another wedding blog to win a dream wedding dress made to your design. This was the first time that I’d heard of House of Mooshki, a County Durham based dressmaker. After looking through their website and loving what they do I entered the competition describing my dream wedding dress. Unfortunately I didn’t win but I did get an email from the lovely Vikki at Mooshki to say that I was one of the runners up as they loved the sound of my design and that they’d still love to make it with a discount. The thought of having a dress made specially for me, that nobody else would have was so appealing and the Justin Alexander dress, as lovely as it was, went out the window! I booked an appointment to go up and see Vikki to talk dresses. She was fab, friendly and gorgeous and within 5 minutes it felt like we’d been friends for years. We came up with a dress design that would match my Flo & Percy headpiece perfectly – a stunning ivory lace and tulle full A-line skirt with fitted beaded bodice, sleeves and button up back within a couple of hours whilst my dad, who’d driven us up there, stayed downstairs with Vikki’s Westie and Sky Sports – the right way to keep a man happy! My dress is actually back with the Mooshki ladies being cleaned as I type. It was so muddy (which shows in my photos!) but I didn’t care – it was the sign of such a fabulous day!

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My bridesmaid Amy wore the 2749 dress from Dessy in their ‘African Violet’ colour – a gorgeous rich plum duchess satin floor length dress. The best man and ushers had ties also from Dessy in the same colour and fabric as Amy’s dress.

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I found Amy some lovely gold peep toe shoes in the sale at Office which were perfect! She had a beautiful gold and diamante headband from Olivier Laudus, a taupe coloured marabou wrap to wear over her shoulders when we were outside and I bought her a gorgeous fine gold necklace with a tiny bow from Etsy to wear on the day.

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For our flowers we used Serendipity in Brough, East Yorkshire that I spotted at a local wedding fayre. I had a ‘just picked’ style bouquet with gorgeous plum coloured ranunculus, dyed eucalyptus leaves, berries and gold ting ting to set off the purple. My bridesmaid had a smaller cream version of my bouquet so it stood out next to her plum dress.

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Our invites and other stationery (that our guests loved!) were made by the fab Knots and Kisses.

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Our London/Yorkshire based photographer, Nick White, was amazing! He was fun, informal and had a great vision of our venue’s potential photography wise. When we visited Danby Castle a few months before the wedding he was like a kid in a sweet shop! He stayed in our cottage the night before our wedding so he was there with the family as soon as we got up on the wedding morning. It was so nice having him around – he became part of the family for the weekend!

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My mum, bridesmaid and I had our make up done by Kate Pymm. I went for a ‘more is more’ look including big lashes as I love wearing make up!

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Our wedding car was a fun cream and silver 1965 split screen VW camper van. It was great to have something a bit different and my dad loved it! I’m so glad we got a camper van too as it was difficult enough getting into that with my big dress on so can’t imagine getting into a smaller car! Straight after the ceremony Tom and I went for a ride in the camper van on our own to have some photos taken away from the venue. The Yorkshire Moors has some absolutely amazing scenery and we wanted to make the most of it!

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With our wedding having Tom and I as the main focus of the day we tried to incorporate as many special touches as possible that reflected us as individuals and as a couple from the beginning of the day right through to the end. We played the themes from our favourite films – Home Alone, Forrest Gump, Muppets Christmas Carol, Back to the Future, The Goonies, Star Wars, Shakespeare in Love and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to name just a few, whilst our guests we waiting before the ceremony and during the signing of the register. That was fun for our guests too Tom said he heard a few people guessing what films the music was from.

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My entrance song was a live version of ‘Lover of the Light’ by Mumford and Sons, our favourite band and the lyrics were very fitting with the day.

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My mum surprised us the day before the wedding with three huge photo collages that she had made for us – one with photos of myself, one with photos of Tom and with photos of both of us. We had those put up on display in the bar and marquee for all of our guests to see.

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My dad organised for a Wurlitzer juke box to be put in the bar for our guests to play around with whilst Tom and I were having photos taken. This way our guests could pick their own music and have a bit of fun with it too whilst they enjoyed their canapés!

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For our favours we had Laura & Tom “Wonky” bars which contained one golden ticket per table. Each golden ticket winner was given a bottle of champagne. The plan was to give everybody a favour however, the day before the wedding we discovered that the bars had been eaten by mice at the castle over night!! I did see the funny side of this though and fortunately the greedy little blighters had left enough out of the 55 bars to give the ladies a favour each, the men had to go without but Tom’s best man explained the mishap during the speech. I think our guests thought that he was joking though!

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We had a lemon sponge cake as our main wedding cake and a chocolate sponge cutting cake. Our main cake was an ivory four tiered cake with a lots of cascading sugar flowers down the front. We spotted the cake in our cakemaker’s portfolio and we loved it straight away, it was a coincidence that the cake was called ‘Laura’s Cascade!’ The top three tiers of the cake were fake and so we have these to keep.

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I had lots of things hidden in my dress…Tom and I love Russian Dolls and so my brother bought me the Russian Doll Pandora charm as a present for the wedding day which I had sewn into the front of my bodice. On the wedding morning dad gave me an old sixpence that my mum wore in her dress on their big day, I put it into a little voile bag and pinned it into the hem. It belonged to my dad’s uncle who was killed in the war so it was nice to have something so old and sentimental that could be my ‘something old.’ I also had a little blue ribbon sewn into the back of my dress as a ‘something blue.’

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We always knew we wanted to go to New York for our honeymoon. We have both been before and we just love everything about it – the atmosphere and hustle and bustle of the city. We decided that instead of flying there we would sail as it would be once in a lifetime and so magical to watch the city come to life on the horizon. Five days after the wedding we sailed from Southampton to Brooklyn on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 which was out of this world! The crossing took a week and we well and truly spoilt ourselves in every way – we never stopped eating, treat ourselves to massages at the spa, took afternoon naps, read out on deck and even saw dolphins playing by the side of the boat! Then we spent five days staying at the Soho Grand in Downtown Manhattan then we finished off our honeymoon with a quick two night stay at the Nine Zero hotel in Boston.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t strive for perfection, just enjoy everything about the day. I never ever thought I would say that as during my planning I wanted every last little detail to be perfect and I thought people were crazy when they said if things go wrong you won’t care but it really is true. There were things that didn’t go to plan on our day (our favours were only one of a few mishaps!) but when it came to it, these things really didn’t matter at all. If you’re hew husband, family and people you love are there that really is all that matters. 

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Congratulations Laura & Tom!

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You can find out for about Laura in the Bride 2 Be Profile that she completed for Brides Up North, by clicking here!

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DIY Winter Wedding Inspiration – Festive Table Dressing

December 13th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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A week or so ago I hosted a little Christmas soiree for 12 friends in the hubby and I’s teeny tiny top floor flat.  The theme was Mistletoe and Wine (Tasting) and each couple was tasked with bringing along two bottles of their finest plonk for a wine tasting competition, balanced out with plenty of cheese, crackers, mince pies and a wee dram of whisky or three. 

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Once we had squeezed two tables and 14 mismatched chairs into our living room, there wasn’t much room for decoration, but I wasn’t going to let a little thing like lack of space hold me back. 

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The theme was fun, but I wanted to keep the decor Christmassy yet classy.  I chose white as a base colour, and let flickering candle light, silver accents and a smattering of sparkle take centre stage. 

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Halfway through arranging the glass wear, the inside me kicked in and I realised that this would be an inexpensive and super fabulous way to dress a table for an intimate winter wedding, so I grabbed my Canon and clicked away so that I could share my table here.  I’m no professional photographer and my lighting is a little off, but please forgive me that.  I hope that you are inspired!

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Glass votive tea light holders and vases of varied sizes by SIA and Country Baskets

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Silver glitter tealights by Wilkinsons

Silver candles by Country Baskets

Silver glitter snowflakes by Wilkinsons

Silver white chocolate coins by Wilkinsons

Sweet dish by Country Baskets

Florist’s glitter and scatter crystals by Country Baskets

Paper snowflakes by Wilkinsons

Glass wear by John Lewis

Snowflake fairy lights by Wilkinsons

Gypsophilia flowers by the bunch from Sainsburys

Hanging crystals and larger snowflakes by Claire De Lune Florist

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