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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire With Blue Shoes, Ice Cream, Parasols & A Bouncy Castle – Christina & Craig

December 24th, 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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This fan-bloomin- tabulous Real Wedding was sent to me by Featured Supplier and friend Lynne of Stems Design, who worked her little cotton socks off to create the most stunning floral displays for her friend Christina’s big day. 

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Now I don’t know if its the tiny page’s hats, the parasols or the huge feeling of glee I get from these images, but I feel like kicking up my heels and dancing across the rooftops a bit, Mary Poppins style! 

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Revel in it, and be inspired!

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Let’s hear from today’s stunning bride, Christina:  We got engaged on a Med cruise in Venice on a small bridge away from all the hustle and bustle in September 2010 and married on 17 July 2011 at St Margaret’s Church Brotton with our reception at Grinkle Park Hotel in Easington.

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I have lived in Brotton my whole life and have lots of fond memories of the church, my eldest sister was married here too which is my first memory of a perfect wedding.  Grinkle Park has always been in my family as the whole family go there one day over Christmas period to get together for dinner, this is a tradition that goes back long before i was born!

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I loved it when my Dad and I got out of the car outside of the church, the feeling is indescribable, and my Dad shed a tear which was lovely. 

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Our theme was kind of vintage glam, but really it was just lots of bits and pieces that I love, rather than solely sticking to a theme. I love lace and pearls and wanted the whole thing to be very dreamy and soft. I also wanted it to be fun and relaxed, not too formal and very personal.  Colour wise, we decided on a mixture of pastels, mainly baby pink and blue.

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My bridesmaids wore ivory 50’s halter neck tea length gowns with pale pink satin laced petticoats. I got them made to measure from Honey Pie Boutique and I was amazed at the quality when they came.  I had my three nieces as flower girls and they wore hand made dresses in pale pink. I made the headbands for my bridesmaids after seeing some I loved but didn’t want to pay the price for six of them! When we finished making them I loved them more than anything i had seen in the shops.

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I went for a Pronovias fitted drop waist lace bodice with a full skirt made up of individual lace trimmed frills… I loved it! It was from Poppy Bridal in Darlington and the lady who worked there made my headdress to match using the same lace my dress was made of, I think I almost loved the headdress more than the dress!

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Stems Design did all the flowers on the day – the most gorgeous blooms that I have ever seen! 

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To personalise things, I had collected lots of china tea cups from charity shops to use as my favours to our lady guests, we had whiskey bottles for the men with a picture of me and Craig together from when we were 12.  On the back of everyone’s name place was a memory myself or Craig had of that guest. We called each table after a bridge in Venice and we also hand made the invitations which included the actual invitation sewn onto a lace handkerchief for the guest to keep. Instead of a paper guest book I cut lots of squares of different pink and blue fabric up and pinned them to a scrap book for the quests to leave their notes on, eventually i will get round to sewing them together to make a patchwork quilt.

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Treats wise, we hired an ice cream van and chose an ivory five tiered cake that reminded me of the lace on my dress. We had four different flavours including fruit, chocolate, carrot and ginger.

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We both really loved the whole day,  but the first dance to the Beatles Twist and Shout was memorable! All our close friends got up after about a minute and joined in with us which we loved.  

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Craig’s dad booked us a surprise Western Med cruise for our honeymoon which we loved, we went to lots of places such as Barcelona, Southern France, Naples Italy, and Pisa.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax and enjoy every single moment of the day, don’t worry if your guests are having a good time. Get plenty of pictures and ask if your photographer will stay for after your first dance, our pictures of us and guests dancing are amazing! Also don’t forget to get some of your cake! I did!

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HEARTCongratulations Christina & Craig! HEART

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Fancy seeing your Real Wedding on Brides Up North?  Contact me 

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  – Images © 2012 Keith Moss Photography

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Scottish Thistles & Yorkshire Roses! A Real Wedding In York – Katie & Rob

May 9th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’m a little busy hosting the Brides Up North Tweet Up North East right now, so I thought I would leave you with this gorgeous Scottish Real Wedding in Yorkshire, sent to me by real bride Katie and J Clitheroe Photography.

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Men in kilts alert! Enjoy!

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Katie says:  We got engaged at the top of the London Eye in August 2010, and were married on 31st July 2011.  Our wedding ceremony was at St. Mary’s Church in Riccall near York and our reception was at The Royal York Hotel, York.

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We chose the venue as I had attended functions there before, the people were really helpful when we looked round and the price was really good.  The grounds are just beautiful.

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It was actually a very traditional wedding with a Scottish theme as the men wore kilts and I had thistles in my bouquet.  Our colour scheme was purple and Modern Douglas Blue tartan.  

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I chose a cream lace strapless fitted dress by Maggie Sottero from Elizabeth of York.  I carried a cascading bouquet of cream roses, freesias and thistles by Fulford Flowers of York.

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My bridesmaids wore purple knee-length shift dresses from Hobbs. My younger bridesmaid wore a cream dress from John Lewis.

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The men’s kilts were hired from Debenhams.

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Rob’s father wrote the orders of service and the invitations by hand.

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Our cake was a square, four-tiered cake with fruit, chocolate and plain sponge layers from Creative Icing in Selby.

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The tables at the reception were named after our favourite childhood authors – we wrote an explanation under each one as to why we’d chosen it.

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Myself and my sister-in-law baked gingerbread people as the wedding favours.  Instead of names for place settings, we used pictures of us with the person and wrote on the back where the picture was from and why we chose it.

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The speeches were excellent. The best man had a slideshow of photos of him and Rob as they have known each other since they were born which charted their friendship – it was very funny and touching.

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My brother played guitar in the church as we were signing the register.  At the reception, we had a disco and a live band – The International Party Doctors.  I really enjoyed the evening reception as there were some people we hadn’t seen in a long time.

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After the wedding, we honeymooned in Mauritius. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy yourself – it will be the best day of your life!

Be prepared for your face to hurt a lot from smiling so much!

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Congratulations Katie & Rob!

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Would you like to see your Real Wedding featured on the wedding blog?  Get in touch!

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  – Images © 2012 J Clitheroe Photography

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Baby You Can Drive My Tractor! A Real Wedding, Debbie & Tom

September 30th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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A DIY wedding is all about the detail, ladies.  Today on the wedding blog, in this stunning Real Wedding, sent to me by Jane of JB Creatives, Debbie shows us exactly how it’s done.  Have a super duper brilliant Friday – filled with this Indian Summer sunshine.  See if you can’t knock off work a little bit early and celebrate the weekend outdoors. 

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Over to Debbie:  We were engaged in the Lake District in February 2010 on my birthday weekend, and married on 18th June 2011 at Adel Church before travelling in a 66 VW Camper to the Craven Cruck Barn in Appletreewick. 

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Tom’s family have always attended Adel Church and it is very close to our home in Pool as well as being steeped in history.  We visited the Cruck Barn and chose it straight away without looking anywhere else.  It was perfect for us and my family used to visit Appletreewick and Burnsall when me and my sister were little so both venues were special.  The Cruck Barn provided a medieval banquet and a teepee!  The staff were fantastic and made our day run very smoothly. 

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The main theme for the day was derived from some vintage bird designs that I loved from Cavallini & Co, and we had many colours!  Purple, teal and fuchsia pink all played a part based on the colours of native wildflowers in flower in June. 

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For my wedding gown, I didn’t want anything that was so expensive that I would spend the whole day panicking about it, and definitely wanted something a bit floaty and boho!  I chose a beautiful dress from Romantica of Devon and bought it from the fantastic Cinderellas of Skipton

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I made my headdress and borrowed my blue shoes from my friend Lesley at work – they were her wedding shoes 13 years ago!

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Click through to see all the AMAZING DIY details, and the most awesome homemade wedding cake, like, ever!

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