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city lights. a cool and classic wedding in new york city – anna & andy

September 3rd, 2015 | Julia Braime

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As soon as Brides Up North sponsor James Tracey, told us he’d shot a Halifax couple’s new york, new york we knew it would be good, but it isn’t good – it’s flippin’ fantastic, as you’ll see for yourselves.

Keen travellers Anna and Andy chose to go all out with their wedding by saying their ‘I dos’ in the iconic Central Park before hailing down a taxi cab, with James in tow, to travel around the city’s top tourist spots stopping for amazing photograph opportunities along the way.

It’s amazing how time seems to stand still for Anna and Andy’s intimate moments on their big day but the bustling city of New York keeps going at lightening pace in background. The Grand Central Station picture is my absolute favourite. All in all, a stateside stunner!

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, James Tracey Photography.

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anna says: Our three-year-old daughter Isabel and Andy woke me up with breakfast in bed one morning. Isabel came in holding a ring box and asked me to marry her daddy. Isabel then opened the ring box she was holding and took the ring out put it on herself and gave me the empty box! Following the proposal, Andy took me to our favourite hotel for the night, The Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey.

The date of our wedding was 25th June 2015 – the day before my birthday. My birthday fell on a Friday this year and in New York you can only get married in Central Park Monday to Thursday, so we picked the nearest date.

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We chose to get married at Central Park, New York as the city is very special to us. Last time we were there I found out I was pregnant with Isabel shortly after returning home. We also both love travelling and wanted to do something different whilst also getting married abroad. We had a reception back in the UK in August at 53 Degrees North in Halifax.

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We knew it was going to be hot in New York at that time of year and had planned to travel round the city immediately after getting married with James Tracey our photographer so we could document our day with some of the famous iconic sites of New York. New York is renowned for style so we both wanted to echo this in what we wore.

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I chose a simple but elegant ivory dress wore from Ghost and some Jimmy Choo champagne peep toe shoes. I took some inspiration from Pippa Middleton as thought she looked amazing when she was bridesmaid for her sister and I liked the style of what she wore. I also thought it would look more classic against the inner city back drops of New York. On the wedding day Sharon Becker Hair & Beauty did my makeup and hair which were faultless and stayed on/in place all day without any need for reapplication.

Andy wore a dark blue Hugo Boss suit with a thin black tie, white shirt, black shoes and belt. The best man wore a handmade suit from Saville Row in London.

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On the wedding day we travelled around in a traditional New York yellow taxi and I carried a bouquet of ivory roses wrapped with ivory ribbon.

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We would highly recommend our photographer James to anyone looking for a wedding photographer. He has an amazing eye for photography – the quality of his work speaks for itself. He is easy to work with, friendly, understanding and helps you relax in front of the camera – which is often how you get the best pictures!

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We only told close family we were getting married and then sent anonymous save the dates out for a secret wedding reception party back in Halifax. We announced to everyone that we had got married on the 26th June and then sent out passport style invites to the wedding reception, which were designed by The Wedding Angels in Huddersfield.

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For our reception in the UK we chose to use A Little Bit of Eden, who are based in Sowerby Bridge, to provide the flowers. I’ve used this florist a number of times before and they do great quality flowers with a difference. At the reception we also had a traditional sweet stall and photo booth, which was provided by Dreambooth. Instead of a sit down meal/buffet we had tapas. The chain that own the reception venue, Ricci’s Group, are well known for serving up fantastic food. Andy and I are both foodies and so wanted to incorporate this into the wedding reception. We also wanted our guests to experience something a bit different than the standard wedding sit down meal. On arrival guests were served with either a Hendricks mojito or American beer and the food was a personalised selection of Michael Ricci’s menus from across his three restaurants.

To provide entertainment at the reception, we hired Agent Smith, a live band from Manchester, who did two one-hour sets with a mixture of new and older classic hits. This was followed by a three-hour set of classic 1990s house music.

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New York was so unique and we would certainly recommend the city to other couples looking to get married overseas. Destination weddings are so special because you get to spend more than just a day with your nearest and dearest celebrating one of the most memorable times of your life.

Gail Herring at Travel Counsellors helped plan our destination wedding and bent over backwards to ensure that our wedding/honeymoon went exactly to plan. Whilst in New York we stayed at The Giraffe Hotel, which was the best hotel we’ve stayed at, they couldn’t do enough for us.

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All of it from start to finish was amazing – we couldn’t pin point just one part which was our favourite. James has documented the whole day in a picture diary so we can easily look back and go through it again any time we like, which is extremely valuable to us to have. The pictures, if anything, made our day for us.

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Following the wedding we went on honeymoon to Secrets Silver Sands Rivera, Mexico. We were ready for a week on a beach after five nights in New York. The hotel was luxurious, staff couldn’t do enough for us and we met some amazing people, who were also on their honeymoon. We certainly celebrated in style.

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My top tips to other Brides Up North would be to trust your instincts; be organised because it helps alleviate your stress levels; and relax and enjoy as much as you can as it goes too quickly.

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Nice Day For A White Wedding! A Real Wedding In Harrogate – Melissa & Colin

February 24th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Welcome to Sunday Brides Up North!  Yeah, it’s almost the end of the weekend, I know, but look on the bright side – a new week means plenty more wedding pretty coming your way on these swirly silver pages! 

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Now you all know what I’m up to today… and I hope that lots of you North East brides and grooms will be joining us – Facebook and Twitter have certainly been abuzz with anticipation for days now!  Please click here for more details and to register for your FREE VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag, whilst stocks last… it’s only the massive Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza (yippee)!

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In the meantime, we are keeping the inspiration flowing for those of you who can’t make the event.  Today we visit Harrogate, North Yorkshire to drop in on the celebrations of Melissa and Colin, as they say “I do” in classic English style – think white lace, lily of the valley, a lot of love and a tea party to top it all off.  Bring out the bunting!

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Melissa says:  We got engaged at Lake Windermere on September 11th 2011, and married on Saturday 5th May 2012 at St Robert’s Church in Pannal, with the reception at Pavilions of Harrogate.  We wanted a venue that was local for all our friends and family, with lots of outdoor space for the children.

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We styled the wedding as a spring vintage afternoon tea party, with a colour palette of white and spring pastels. 

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I chose a Pronovias dress from Confetti and Lace in Harrogate, which was classic and strapless with lots and lots of tulle!  Colin and his groomsmen wore indigo three piece suits. 

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I carried a bouquet of white peonies, hydrangeas and lily of the valley, bound with lace and a Wedgewood brooch belonging to my Nana.  Our flowers were by 4 Seasons of Harrogate. 

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Our favourite part of the day was the ceremony… and the speeches… in fact, we loved it all!

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Sarah Small of Cake! made a gorgeous four tier cake (two layers of fruit and two of vanilla with jam) covered in sugar hydrangea petals in pastel shades.  It tasted amazing. 

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We used Karen Peacock of Raindrops On Roses Vintage China Hire to add some personality to our afternoon tea. 

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Keeping with our tea party theme, we used gave everyone little pots of homemade jam as favours, by Favours Of The North.  We also treated everyone to ice creams, courtesy of The Icicle Tricycle. 

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Before the tea, we laid out garden games on the lawns, which the children (and bigger kids) enjoyed.  In the evening, we were entertained by Swing Thing and also had a dreambooth photo booth, which everyone loved!  

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After the wedding, we honeymooned in Mauritius.  It is such a beautiful place!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make sure that you and your groom stay together throughout your day so that you both share the same memories.  Enjoy every second of it!

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Congratulations Melissa & Colin!

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#BUNtweetup Yorkshire… A Video Blog!

October 8th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Are you having a fabulous Saturday Brides Up North?!  Have you managed to pull your man away from all the sport that seems to be on our TV screens today or are you getting stuck in with him?

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I’ve been dying to share this little video blog with you ever since Steven from Forever Film sent me over then final edit.  I think Steven has managed to capture the feel of the Brides Up North Tweet Up Yorkshire so perfectly – lots of friendly people, clinking drinks, great music, treats galore, fun and laughter. 

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I hate seeing myself on film, but with Steven’s help, I think I just about pull it off! I hope that you enjoy it!

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Let’s do it all over again soon Yorkshire!

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So, obviously in the excitement of the moment, Idid miss out a few thank yous – doh! (what can I say, I had had a LOT of help – and had consumed a couple of glasses of wine by this time!).  So, once again, here is the full roll call of all the amazing wedding industry suppliers who helped me to pull off a fabulous evening:

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Dine Services at The Mansion (stunning venue with attentive, slick and professional service); the beautiful, organised, calming and outright fab Katie from Perfect Days Vintage; the gorgeous and very very cool Jo from Vintage Twee; lovely lovely Lynne from Stems Design – an exceptionally talented and enthusiastic florist who decided that an orchid centrepiece just wasn’t good enough – we needed a tree (!); creative cake lady Skye from The Whimsical Cake Company (who made some teeny tiny white rose cupcakes and some very moreish pink cake pops); the fabulous girls at Fancie who branded my scrumptious Brides Up North cakes to the max; the amazing Andy Garfitt and Matt Tordoff of Greyeye Photography who constantly have me in stitches (book them now!); the super cool dreambooth – have a go, you’ll love it!; an amazing string quartet The Dotted Crotchets who rock pop songs better than Katy Perry herself; the super fun Sean Elliott Photography with his chalk board of one liners; Andrea from the online treasure trove And All Things Nice; Sheree at Cute Maps for, well, making the maps cute; fantastic sport Forever Film on cameras (Spielberg better watch out for this Steven) and the super talented Helen at What A Do Weddings who designed my kick ass goody bags. 

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To see all the official photographs from the night click here.

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The Tweet Ups (held in Yorkshire, the North East and the North West) were COMPLETELY SOLD OUT last time.  To PRE-REGISTER for the next set of Tweet Ups in 2012, please contact me.

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Candy Kisses! #BUNtweetup Yorkshire: The Details

September 15th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Now, when I started tinkering with blogging way back when – a long time before the wedding blog finally went live in November of last year – I never dreamed that one day I would be hosting a networking event for nearly 100 of Yorkshire’s finest wedding industry professionals.  Hell, even when I announced my plans for a “ Tweet Up” back in June, I was still envisaging me and about ten other lost souls down the local pub.

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But my little wedding blog has grown in popularity and profile just a bit since then (thank you for reading!) and as these things have a tendency to snowball: one small event became three larger regional events.  Before I knew it I had a HUGE guest list, a very long waiting list and three rather big events supported by a national bridal glossy – the wonderful Wedding Ideas Magazine – to organise.  Yorkshire was the biggest of the lot.  No pressure then.  Time to call in the professionals.

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After a bit of a lie down and a few deep breaths, I put together my team of #BUNtweetup Yorkshire helpers.  These talented bunch are absolute stars and I would recommend them time and time again to brides looking for great suppliers for your wedding. They are friendly, patient, kind, enthusiastic, creative, professional and above all big time fabulous at what they do. 

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They know who they are.  But I want YOU to know who they are.  Huge HUGE thanks to:

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Dine Services at The Mansion (stunning venue with attentive, slick and professional service); the beautiful, organised, calming and outright fab Katie from Perfect Days Vintage; the gorgeous and very very cool Jo from Vintage Twee; lovely lovely Lynne from Stems Design – an exceptionally talented and enthusiastic florist who decided that an orchid centrepiece just wasn’t good enough – we needed a tree (!); creative cake lady Skye from The Whimsical Cake Company (who made some teeny tiny white rose cupcakes and some very moreish pink cake pops); the fabulous girls at Fancie who branded my scrumptious Brides Up North cakes to the max; the amazing Andy Garfitt and Matt Tordoff of Greyeye Photography who constantly have me in stitches (book them now!); the super cool dreambooth – have a go, you’ll love it!; an amazing string quartet The Dotted Crotchets who rock pop songs better than Katy Perry hersef; the super fun Sean Elliott Photography with his chalk board of one liners; Andrea from the online treasure trove And All Things Nice; Sheree at Cute Maps for, well, making the maps cute; fantastic sport Forever Film on cameras (Spielberg better watch out for this Steven) and the super talented Helen at What A Do Weddings who designed my kick ass goody bags. 

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And I LOVE them.  Each and every one. 

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Wedding industry hobnobbing is all very well and good, but since this bridal blog is first and foremost for YOU, the real life Brides Up North planning your own wedding, I thought it might be nice to share some of the detail shots in a special blog post before I post all the pictures of the event itself.  After all, these images could easily be part of a candy coloured wedding inspiration shoot.  I hope that you find some ideas here for your own big day.  Any questions at all, or if you simply want to be put in touch with the suppliers who made this all happen (I have a burgeoning little black book of bridal contacts and I am at your service) – you know where to find me.

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Enjoy the delicious details.  Try not to lick the screen!

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Could Be A Tweet Dream… Or A Beautiful Nightmare: All The Dreambooth Photos from #BUNtweetup Yorkshire!

September 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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What can I say Yorkshire?  You rock.  And here are the dreambooth photographs fresh off the press from Tuesday’s Brides Up North Tweet Up wedding industry networking event at The Mansion, Roundhay, to prove it…

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To download the images to stick on your fridge or mantelpiece visit the Brides Up North dreambooth gallery and enter the password "buntweetup”. 

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A full round up of the Brides Up North Yorkshire Tweet Up, photographs galore and a huge shout out to a fantastic team of helpers coming up on the wedding blog very soon indeed!

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