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Colour Me Happy! Suzanne Neville For A Real Wedding At Thornton Manor – Rachel & Alex

May 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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I’m putting this feature together in my PJs (oh the glamour!) on Sunday night after a great weekend in Cheshire hosting our – absolutely gorgeous – luxury and vintage wedding exhibition for the first time at Hilltop Country House.  Rain couldn’t stop play (and I woke rather worryingly to the torrential type on Sunday morning) on what was a properly lovely day of fabulous people, superb talents and beautiful brides in an especially stunning setting.  So up my street!

There’s been so many lovely comments on Twitter and Facebook from our visiting brides and exhibitors and it’s lovely to put my feet up and reflect on a job well done.  Today, and the whole season so far in fact, has been epic.  Thank you all for your kind words and feedback. 

I’m feeling a little sad as our spring season is now drawing to a close – to be back with a bang in September! – but we’ll be closing the season in style with not one but two supremely pretty events to finish off with next Sunday 18th May.  For the first time ever, we’re splitting the team and doubling up with two amazing bridal exhibitions in one day… I think the phrase Super Sunday might actually have been invented for this… read all about what’s in store for you at The Alnwick Garden here or Middleton Lodge here

Bring. It. On.

Anyway, I’m here in the office after hours, getting ahead so I can take a day off with my baby girl tomorrow, and recharge for a week of loveliness here online too.  Things just keep getting prettier and prettier around these parts, and our brand new look isn’t far off either… #getsetsparkle.

This afternoon though, we’re in the Wirral for the fun and fabulous Real Wedding of Brides Up North reader Rachel and her new husband Alex.  This is a day packed with colour, love and laughter.  My very favourite type.

With images by Martisan Photography.

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Rachel says:  We got engaged in the Palais De La Mediterrannee hotel in Nice on May 16th 2012. Alex surprised me for my birthday.

We were married on Friday 16th August 2013 at St Mary’s Church in Woolton, Liverpool and then had the reception in the Lakeside Marquee at Thornton Manor, Wirral.  It is a beautiful, private location set on a lake where we knew our guests would be able to relax and just enjoy themselves. We wanted our reception to be in one big open area so that everyone would mingle and have fun together.

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Our colour scheme was different shades of pink and orange. It was a real summer wedding.

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I chose a bespoke made to measure Suzanne Neville gown and Alex and the groomsmen all wore tailored suits from Autograph at M&S. The bridesmaids all wore Kelsey Rose dresses.

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I had a rose and orchid bouquet. My Nana and Mum’s favourite flower is the orchid and mine is the rose. I wanted my bouquet to have a little of each of the three of us in it. 

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Our photographer was Martisan Photography and he was fantastic!

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We had a swing band called Dominic Halpin and the HoneyB’s. They never fail to get the party started! They are amazing!

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Our invitations and table décor were by Hattie Boo Designs which is run by a super talented lady, Emma Bryan.

As a special touch, we had photographs of our four sets of grandparents and both sets of parents on their wedding day to remember their weddings and successful marriages. They have all fulfilled their vows.

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We wanted the wedding to mirror us as a couple. It was very romantic and classic. On our first Valentine’s Day Alex bought me a book called ‘Love Monkey’ by Edward Monkton. We named our top table after that, with a quote from the book that represented us. The rest of the tables were named after a famous writer or scholar with a famous quote they had once said about love.

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We used Terry Tangs in Liverpool for our wedding cake. It was a four tier cake with a different flavour for each tier.

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I loved every second but I think my favourite part of the day has to be our first dance. I wasn’t looking forward to it as I was nervous but it was something I will never forget nor experience again. In our wedding venue the dance floor and ‘party room’ was hidden behind a curtain and so the guests had no idea. When the curtain was raised and we were behind it you could see how surprised and excited everybody was for us.

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For our honeymoon we went to Australia for just over three weeks. We started in Melbourne and then went to Sydney. We then drove to Byron Bay and Brisbane and spent the last week on Hamilton Island in the Whitsunday Islands.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy it! Enjoy every second from the planning, to the build-up, to the day itself! It is easy to get stressed about trivial things when you are planning a wedding and worrying that something will not go to plan. If you really are marrying the love of your life you will have the best day ever and it will be perfect no matter what.

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Congratulations Rachel & Alex!

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THIS SUNDAY! The Brides Up North Vintage Wedding Exhibition At The Bowdon Rooms, Cheshire

May 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Are you ready to rock and roll Cheshire?!

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I’m headed North West this evening to get things ready for our first ever show in the region this Sunday at the unique venue that is The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham.  Just the right side of retro, with amazing vintage features set into high, high ceiling, a sprung dance floor for jiving the night away, spot on location and plenty of room – this venue is the business.  I can’t wait to pack it to the rafters with wedding industry talent and give it a special vintage twist this Sunday. 

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Come along and see Brides Up North and our fabulous exhibitors (plus a few exciting surprises – wait and see!) this Sunday 19th May 2013.  If you are looking for an authentic and friendly venue with a real vintage vibe, yet big enough to hold a proper party – this is for you.  We are open from 12pm – 4pm and entry is FREE!

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The Bowdon Rooms team, All The Little Details, Amanda Morgan Photographer, Barkers The Florist, Beautifully Vintage, Event In A Tent, Greengages Catering, it’s a Wind Up!, LCH Jewellery Design, Look Darling, Marie Antoinette Cakes, Martin Hambleton Wedding Photography, Matt Bowen Photography, Melanie James Bridal, Minerva Ensemble, Perfection On Linen, Pretty Little Trio, Richard Milnes Photography, Romantica UK, Spiritus Bars, The Little Bridal Company, The Wedding Guide, Uberfly Invites, Unforgettable Memories, Wonderful Weddings By JT, Woodland Weddings and Your Perfect Day can’t wait to meet you!

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And yes, of course Dominic Halpin’s Swing Band are coming along too!

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Welcome Pack packed with little treats from Brides Up North, the regions’ best bridal glossy mags as well as some fab on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now. What are you waiting for?

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Welcome Pack fill in your details below, marking YOUR EVENT VENUE OF CHOICE e.g. “THE BOWDON ROOMS” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Welcome Pack upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Welcome Packs are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy.

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