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Elegance Opulence. Mori Lee For A Real Wedding At Rockliffe Hall – Jemma & Danny

June 5th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This evening we join Jemma and Danny for their elegant and opulent Real Wedding in Country Durham.  I actually said my own wedding vows under the very same roof at Durham School Chapel, so sharing their wedding on these pretty pages holds a special significance for me and brings back reminders of my own big day.

I think I’ll be logging off early today to spend some extra time with my lovely hubby.  In the meantime, enjoy Jemma and Danny’s lovely celebration.

With images by Focal Point Photography

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Jemma says: Danny had taken my sister to Tiffany & Co to help pick the engagement ring before our holiday to Las Vegas. He asked me to marry him on a private terrace overlooking the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas. Complete surprise we were just having our “photo taken” and playing guess the next song for the fountains when Danny correctly guessed “Elton John Your Song” I realised that there was something up when he got down on one knee and obviously I said yes!

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We got married on 22nd February 2014 at Durham School Chapel with our reception at Rockliffe Hall.   I went to school at Durham and the chapel meant a lot me and Rockliffe is just a stunning venue.

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Focal Point Photography

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We worked with Noble Fine Art  to design our wedding invites and they designed us a J&D monogram. The bridesmaid dresses were made with a small amount of rose gold lace by Jim Hjelm and we married the two together. We then found Coco Luminaire and we had giant J&D letters at our evening reception. The overall theme was elegant opulence.

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I chose a Mori Lee dress from Y.A.P Bridal boutique in Newcastle. It was not what I expected to pick, it was jewelled and beaded and very intricate not what I thought. I only tried on four wedding dresses and three of those were in a different shop prior to trying “the one” on. Y.A.P were fantastic!

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My bridesmaids wore dresses from Jim Hjelm supplied by Accent Bridal in Newcastle. We were very lucky in that the rose gold lace was no longer used by Jim Hjelm due to availability of supply but as we loved it so much Accent rang the suppliers and managed to find the last few yards!

The junior bridesmaids dress did not have any gold lace so Ann from Diva Designs at Seaham made us a bolero which tied everything together.

We used the excess lace to put around the bottom of my flowers and a small amount on the mother of the bride’s corsage. So an inadvertent theme all based around a bit of lace!

The groomsmen all wore the same three piece suit from Moss Bros.

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My mum made me a personalised garter with something old, new borrowed and blue in it. The something borrowed & old was her mums’ wedding ring.

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Amanda Bell was my make up artist and I had her for the day. She felt like part of the family from the make-up trial to the actual day and getting touched up between photos I felt like a celebrity!

Hooker and Young at Wynyard were in charge of my wedding hair. Marcus King and Rebecca honestly went above and beyond. They already had a wedding that day when I went to book mine but Marcus started really early and I was so happy with my hair.

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I carried a bouquet of ivory roses from Flowers By Nattrass, Darlington.  The bouquets and service we received were beautiful.

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Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography

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Aurora Strings played in the chapel and every time they stopped playing Danny thought I had arrived and went white as a sheet – brilliant!

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Danny’s favourite bit of the day was seeing me come into the chapel and I have to agree seeing his face and his best man giving him a pat on the back was one of mine too!

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Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography came very highly recommended and to be honest we never shopped around as we knew we wanted them. We made the right decision since as a not very photogenic couple we are so happy with the final photos!

One Digital Image were chose for our wedding video and honestly they were truly fantastic! I would have been so late without Janet’s help and they were just as excited as we were!

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Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography

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My mum and I did the centrepieces and we were very proud of them.  I also made individual horseshoes to arrange up the steps of the Chapel (all 97 of them)!

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Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography

We had Jason Isaacs, a swing singer to start the evening entertainment off and then our friend Bodg from Capital radio was our DJ. His wedding present to us was public liability insurance so Rockliffe Hall would let him do it… he will never know how much it meant to us both!

We also hired a photo booth from Snaparazzi – all our guests commented on how amazing the booth was but the owner Ross was our favourite part as he let us take refuge in the booth whilst he was setting up so we could catch our breath before the evening event!

Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography

I think my favourite part of the day were the speeches from my dad who is normally a man of few words to three A4 pages of notes to Danny’s speech who had everyone clutching the Kleenex.  Our mini bridesmaid and our youngest usher surprised us with personalised poems and just when you thought it couldn’t get any better Bobby the best man absolutely stole the show from silver platform shoes to a PowerPoint to a The Hangover style video.

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For our honeymoon we jetted off to the Hawaiian Islands!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that when thinking of your suppliers for the day go for the people that are supplying them. Remember you need to spend the best day of your life with them and deal with them up to and after the ceremony. No amount of amazing photos on websites will block out a really annoying person or someone who stressed out for the day.

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Congratulations Jemma & Dan!

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Our Real Wedding featured in Belle Bridal Magazine

February 25th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I am very proud to have our Real Wedding featured alongside some of the region’s most gorgeous celebrations in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of that super chic North East wedding magazine, Belle Bridal.  *Squeal!*

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Brides Up North: My Own Wedding Day… Going to the Chapel!

January 7th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Thank you for all your gorgeous comments, tweets and emails so far, I am blown away!

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Where did I leave you?  That’s right, Alan was waiting nervously at Durham School Chapel, whilst I was still posing…

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My white vintage Rolls and the bridesmaids’ white Austin Princess were hired from GW Holmes.  Their drivers were fantastic.

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Doesn’t Mum look stunning?

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Dad looks like he can’t wait to get rid of me! (Probably true)

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You have to obtain a special license from the Archbishop of Canterbury to marry in the Durham School Chapel, with its wonderful vaulted ceiling and views of Durham Cathedral.  I went to the school for sixth form, so we were able to demonstrate a strong enough link to the building.

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One of my good mates, Chris Garside, played the organ for us.  He is so talented that he didn’t actually need the music, it’s just for show!

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Our first kiss as Husband and Wife

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Hartlepool Male Voice Choir are amazing. Amazing! They lead the hymns and performed a really moving rendition of You Raise Me Up. 

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With our close family…and all the stag and hen attendees!

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We then hightailed it to Hardwick Hall Hotel – where the fun was to continue!

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Just catching up?

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Click here to see the girls getting ready.

Click here to see the boys warming up.

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My Wedding and Baby giveaway closes at midnight tonight!  Click here to enter.  As they say, you have to be in it to win it!

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Brides Up North: My Own Wedding Day…Let’s Hear It for the Boys!

January 6th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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And so we come to one very nervous groom, a relatively calm best man (well done Carl!) and some very excitable ushers.  Its a wonder Alan made it to Durham School Chapel on time to meet me at the altar! My heartfelt thanks to David Lawson Studios for capturing the action (and helping to calm the groom down)…

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Presenting, the “A” Team…

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Alan was sick with nerves the morning before our wedding – he even suspected my Dad had tried to poison him at our rehearsal dinner (which may not have been far off the mark…)

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Our rings were bought from Ace Jewellery in Leeds.  A fantastic little shop, hidden away above W H Smith in the city centre.  Pay them a visit!

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Whisky for the ushers, with a cut glass tumbler each.

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Ever mindful of budget, Dad sourced the top hats on Ebay.  We needed 8, we had 13.  Er…well done Dad.

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We hired the gentlemen’s morning suits from Troughear Suit Hire in Gilesgate, Durham.  Alan’s shiny new shoes were from Dune.

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Better weather than August!

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A fabulous lady leading her troops…

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.Alan with his best man, his brother Carl, awaiting the bride’s arrival… but where is she…?

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Coming up tomorrow morning… I’m goin’ to the Chapel…

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Stay tuned!

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