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Diary Date: Make A Splash At The Deep!

January 23rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

The Deep Wedding Fayre

Even powered by all the pretty get through here on a daily basis at Brides Up North HQ, we can’t be everywhere at once (although with 18, and counting, bridal events planned for this year alone we really are trying)!  Unfortunately – sob! – we don’t have a date in our diaries to visit our lovely East Yorkshire readers this season, so rather than leave you high and dry (geddit?) I’ll hand you over to our friends and Brides Up North Featured Suppliers at The Deep.  Hull’s biggest Wedding Fayre is back! Now in its fourth year, The Deep will open its doors to future brides, grooms, their friends and families on Thursday 23rd January 2014 from 7pm to 10pm.

The Deep Wedding Fayre

Zoe at The Deep says:  Many people don’t realise that The Deep is licensed to hold weddings, civil ceremonies and receptions for which we can provide an unforgettable and unique venue. So come along and see what this exciting venue can offer you and don’t forget, you can talk to The Deep’s dedicated events team about what you are looking for.

The Deep Wedding Fayre

We have some stunning locations within the venue where couples can get married, including in front of the Endless Oceans window with the majestic rays, green sawfish and other exotic species swimming by. Why not get married in our stunning glass observatory with amazing views overlooking the River Humber?

Experience the best the region has to offer with over 45 exhibitors showcasing their wares as well as enjoying our catwalk shows and sampling canapés from The Deep’s own Two Rivers Restaurant.

The Deep Wedding Fayre

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Colour Pops! A David Fielden Gown For A Bright & Beautiful Real Wedding In East Yorkshire – Kate & Phil

January 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Tori Deslauriers Photography

Let’s brighten things up around this Tuesday with this colour popping celebration sent to me by real bride Kate and wedding photographer Tori Deslauriers.  Kate and Phil opted for a fresh look alongside traditional details, personal touches and lots of bright colour.  Today’s Real Wedding is all things bright and beautiful.  Enjoy.

Tori Deslauriers Photography

Kate says:  Phil asked me to marry him on 2nd August 2011.  We were in the planning process of building a new house, Phil told me we had an appointment to see the architect so I got the afternoon off work. When he picked me up, he told me we weren’t going to the architect we were going to choose an engagement ring. I was given a ring box with a washer in it!  I had always said I’d want to pick my own ring, just to make sure…

Tori Deslauriers Photography

We were married on Sat 7th September 2013 (ten and a half years after we got together)!  The ceremony was at St Peters Church in Humbleton, East Yorkshire and the reception was in a marquee at the Walled Gardens of Burton Constable Stately Home.

Tori Deslauriers Photography

The Church is our local parish church, which is a quaint country church and was only 5 minutes from home, so was an obvious choice.

We knew we both wanted a marquee reception – something we could make our own.  We had previously been to a wedding at Burton Constable and commented on how beautiful and private the gardens were, it was only 10 minutes from the church so it was perfect. We didn’t even look at any other venues.

Tori Deslauriers Photography

Tori Deslauriers Photography

We wanted the wedding day to be modern and stylish, so went for a black and white theme with a hint of colour.

Tori Deslauriers Photography

Tori Deslauriers Photography

Tori Deslauriers Photography

Tori Deslauriers Photography

Tori Deslauriers Photography

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Simply Stately. Sottero & Midgley For A Real Wedding At Rise Hall, East Yorkshire – Lois & Alex

January 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Rise Hall Wedding by Inspire Images

Brides Up North reader Lois chose a stately pile I know very well for her beautiful wedding celebration this summer:  the location for three Brides Up North Luxury Wedding exhibitions in 2012 and 2013 and Ms. Sarah Beeny’s country home – Rise Hall.  Good choice Lois!

Photography by Inspire By Kelly.

Rise Hall Wedding by Inspire Images

Lois says:  We got engaged soon after we moved into our first home together in February 2012.  We were just at home – it was so cute.  We were married on 30th August 2013 at Rise Hall, East Yorkshire.

Rise Hall Wedding by Inspire Images

We had looked round several lovely venues in East Riding.  I first visited Rise Hall with my mum, because Alex was busy preparing to compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games – so time away from training was difficult to find.  We drove down the drive and the view was truly amazing – from that moment, I knew I was going to get married there.  We booked it straight away, even without Alex seeing it!

Rise Hall Wedding by Inspire Images

Rise Hall Wedding by Inspire Images

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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Summer Sequins. Jenny Packham For A Real Marquee Wedding In East Yorkshire – Jessica & Chris

December 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for what’s set to be the biggest and best year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty.

Usual service will recommence on 2nd January 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings in 2013.  Drop in every day for the very, very prettiest wedding inspiration and if you are a Brides Up North bride, to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks. 

Chris Milner Photography

What better way to kick off the week than with one super stylish and perfectly pretty Real Wedding recap, courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Chris Milner Photography and real bride Jessica.

Combining a few of my favourite things – wildflowers, sequins and summertime – this was always going to be a good one!

Enjoy…

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Jessica says:  We got engaged in the summer of 2011 whilst on holiday with friends in Cornwall. After a heavy night in Newquay we spent the next day lazing on the beautiful beach at Polzealth. Chris asked me if I’d like to take a walk up on the cliff tops, and because of the gorgeous sunshine and plentiful tanning opportunities I needed convincing to leave my comfy beach-towelled spot! But we headed up to a lovely grassy area overlooking the ocean and he got down on one knee to my squeals of surprise and delight!

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

We were married on Saturday 3rd August 2013.  The ceremony was at St. Peter’s Church in Anlaby, a stones-throw from my parents home and where I grew up. The reception took place at West Carlton Country Guest House in Aldborough.

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

I spied our one-of-a-kind venue after trawling the internet for wedding venues in the area. Tim and Caroline who own the house, were so welcoming and just our sort of people right from our first meeting with them at their wedding fair. The beauty of West Carlton is that each wedding is different. It meant we had the freedom to choose our own entertainment, caterers, marquee company, everything. And the rural location meant that no neighbours protested when the partying went on until well past 4am in the morning!

The next main thing was the marquee which proved to be one of the toughest decisions of the whole process! After numerous site visits and exchanges of emails and quotes, something just didn’t feel right about the arrangements until we found Black Cherry Events. Although not local to East Yorkshire, they were excited to provide our marquee and offered excellent service. The little extras they included, such as the lighting options (the twinkle light ceiling really made the marquee amazing as the sun went down!) the choice of flat drapes, and the chill-out furniture, was something that we’d just not been presented with by anyone else – I am thrilled that we found them.

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

We chose an English Country Garden theme. We wanted a relaxed, outdoorsy wedding that was fresh, informal and free from stuffy etiquette.

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

My dress was from The White Room in Sheffield. I had lusted after Jenny Packham’s bridal collection from the beginnings of my research. Joy was the last of five beautiful dresses I tried and I knew it was the one. I matched the dress with a Jenny Packham headpiece.

Chris Milner Photography

After visiting Harrogate Vintage Wedding Fair I met Julie from From This Day Forward in Bradford. She was showcasing her original dresses in a variety of styles and colours. I wanted a Cath Kidston-like cotton dress that would be girly and summery and fit my bridesmaids perfectly and that’s exactly what I got!

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Sarah at the Floral Lounge created an unstructured bouquet featuring mini yellow sunflowers craspedia, bluperum, purple Veronica, lilac, sweetpeas, stox in bright purple colours and September aster flower. The bouquet was bound by extra material from the alterations of my wedding dress, as were the flowers the bridesmaids carried.

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

For me my favourite part of the day was actually the part I was dreading beforehand! I imagined walking into the church for Chris and everyone to see me for the first time would be really nerve-wracking, but I loved seeing everybody’s smiling faces and enjoyed every moment of the service. A close second place goes to dancing the night away with the band and friends, amazing memories.

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

My dad has a 1968 MGB Roadster in primrose yellow that I always wanted to be my wedding car. For the short journey from my parents’ house to the church it was just me and him, with the top down (driving very slowly to save my hair!) and then for the thirty minute journey from the church to Aldborough Chris drove us both with our photographer in hot pursuit! This half an hour was one of my favourite parts of the day as it gave us the chance to catch up on the events of the morning (and the night before)!

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

We wanted a home-made, rustic feel to the marquee and decorations, but unfortunately neither me nor Chris are particularly crafty so it came to my mum to step up! She made ninety-two metres of bunting, raspberry jam favours for the girls and apple chutney favours for the boys! She even googled ‘How to make tissue paper-pom-poms’ and painstakingly folded and cut fifty pom-poms.

Chris Milner Photography

We didn’t really have a colour scheme, other than fresh, summery, floral shades that would fit in well with the countryside setting. The bunting was a mixture of ditzy florals, polka dots and gingham, whereas the pom-poms were in bright fuchsia pinks, blues and creams.

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Not to be left out of the crafting, my dad, a sign-writer by trade, made signs for the campers and a banner for the car. My brother got in on the act too, and spent time researching vintage super-8 cameras to capture some images of the day. A videographer was one supplier too many and the budget just couldn’t stretch, so we began to think about ways of doing it ourselves. He bought me a 1976 Cannon 310 XL super-8 camera and two rolls of film. We had a play around with the camera and made sure it worked beforehand, and then on the day passed it around family and friends to capture moments from the day. Since the wedding we have had the films developed and digitised and I am really happy with the results. The nostalgic flickers of familiar, smiling faces help to remind us of what a perfect day we had.  You can see it here.

Chris Milner Photography

My mum and her friend went on a baking mission a week before the wedding! Our main cake (which didn’t get eaten…details to follow!) was a rich fruit cake iced with marzipan and royal icing topped with mini bunting. Surrounding that on the cake table we had a smorgasbord of loaf cakes, cupcakes and buns which included lemon drizzle muffins, fruit scones, coffee, blueberry, lemon and chocolate cupcakes and sticky orange marmalade cake. On the day itself, we actually forgot to cut the cake! Then, in the wee small hours when the hard-working bar staff had gone home, our illustrious best man proved that in the contest between wedding cake and forehead, the dense fruit cake was the victor!

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

We met The Ordinary Men covers band at a wedding fair and they promised us a night to remember and they did not disappoint! They did an acoustic set which included Oasis, Razorlight and Paolo Nuttini before cranking it up for the full set later on. Everybody commented on the band and how the live music made the night extra special

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

We didn’t book a honeymoon in advance and instead decided to wait to see how we felt after the day. Luckily, thanks to the amazing generosity of our friends and family we were able to book a last minute short stay in Rome. We flew out a few days after the wedding and spent time sightseeing and eating our way around the eternal city.

Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be not to worry about anything and enjoy each part of the day in little sections, that way it doesn’t go too fast!

Chris Milner Photography

Congratulations Jessica & Chris!

If you’d like to share your own Real Wedding with Brides Up North we’d love to hear from you.  Here’s how to make a submission.

Chris Milner Photography will be exhibiting at The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition THIS SUNDAY 17th November 2013 at National Railway Museum, York.  The event is FREE ENTRY and open from 10:30am till 5pm.  Click here for more details and to pre-register as a VIP Bride To Be.

 

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One For All The Audrey’s. A Timeless Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot At Saltmarshe Hall, East Yorkshire

December 9th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Photography By Ally Byrom

Its a bit of a late running start here at Brides Up North this Monday.  I’m taking a little pre-Christmas holiday with my family and baby girl (bliss) and our Wi-Fi coverage seems to be vacationing too (not so much bliss).  Just what a blogger loves – a poor internet connection!

Still, I think we’ve more than made up for the delay with this stunning set of images sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Photography By Ally Byrom and a collective of fabulous East Yorkshire wedding industry suppliers.  Victoria Farr is another very special lady to grace the Brides Up North Featured Supplier Directory and having seen both her and Harriet Head’s work in person I can vouch for their considerable talents!

So starting late but starting timeless with a beautiful bit of inspiration for your Monday morning.  Classic and chic, this is definitely one for all the Audrey’s out there…

Photography By Ally Byrom

Ally says:  The common thread or purpose of this styled shoot was to showcase what East Yorkshire has to offer.  We firmly believe that there is talent and life beyond the big smoke, hence Brides Up North being our resounding first choice when we decided to share these images, as they were far too good to keep to ourselves!

We are three local suppliers who’ve forged a great bond and work well together.  We complement and inspire each other but most importantly we have fun. We had the opportunity to work with a beautiful Hull girl – Laura Peterson – destined for greatness on the silver screen and a beautiful hitherto undiscovered local stately home who have just opened their doors as a venue. 

With an opportunity like this we rummaged through the yet to be photographed collections from By Harriet and decided to see how much fun we could have in a day.  When classic beauty Laura entered the building, inspiration continued to flow and the shoot grew organically.

The day resulted in beautiful images of three different collections. As an added bonus we even managed to capture a couple of by Harriet’s hats and a sneak peak at the Christobel Circlet from the “Ethereal Dreams” collection, to be photographed soon.

Photography By Ally Byrom

There are those moments in life that prompt you to ask that old question: is this coincidence or is this fate?   In the case of these three creative women, if you didn’t believe in fate before, they may just change your mind… 

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Harriet Head   – By Harriet

Harriet is an experienced award winning accessories designer of couture & bespoke hand crafted pieces. She has worked not only brides but also on TV and commercial projects.  Her designs are in demand world-wide and not just by brides, they have been worn to three Royal Weddings, Ascot and to many ladies day events. The start of 2014 sees by Harriet as a finalist in both the Wedding Industry Awards (Winner of NE Region for accessories) and the You & Your Wedding Magazine Bridal Retail Awards, both being announced at glittering London events in January, a new top Couture bridal stockist in London, working on a revamped website and two major national exhibitions in February and March.

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Ally Byrom  – Photography by Ally Byrom

A qualified, professional, award-winning and published photographer, specialising in wedding and commercial photography.  We should also mention that Ally is currently offering an incredibly rare opportunity for one lucky couple to win their wedding photography, which you can learn more about by clicking here. But hurry the competition ends soon!!

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Victoria Farr  – Victoria Farr Make Up and Hair Artist

A much sought after professional in the hair and beauty industry. Victoria’s artistic flair and natural talent has seen her collaborate with leading industry and high fashion brands. A specialist wedding makeup & hairstylist her personal service leads the field in tailoring the perfect look for each client and occasion. With the luxury of being freelance Victoria travels all over the UK providing a personable service on your special day.  Victoria also has experience in TV, commercial and camouflage make up.

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Laura Peterson is a Hull actress currently studying at a prestigious American drama school founded by Stella Adler, whose past students include Kevin Costner and Robert De Niro. The team managed to prise Laura away from her busy schedule just before she jetted off to New York.  Click here to read more. 

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Saltmarshe Hall is a beautiful, Grade II listed stately home on the River Ouse.  With its light and airy rooms and vast, perfectly manicured gardens, it’s hard to imagine a more romantic or dramatic setting.  Once inside Saltmarshe Hall, it was clear that the library, the orangery and the portico all had something different to offer and it was too good an opportunity to miss from both a product showcasing and photographic viewpoint. 

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

The beautiful old Daimler was supplied by Silver Lane Wedding Cars along with some fabulous dresses from Glory Days Vintage in York and Deborah Moore in Hessle.

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

So what brought Harriet, Ally and Victoria together? Where does fate fit into all of this?  Well, they’re all professionals in the wedding industry who just happen to live within a 10 mile radius of each other in East Yorkshire and, unbelievably, never realised it and never met.

Thankfully (via social networking – thank you Facebook!), they finally did and, as you can imagine, when you combine their extensive credentials and experience, something spectacular is surely just around the corner. 

And there’s no reason your wedding can’t resemble these beautiful images, so for more information or to make a booking with either Harriet, Ally or Victoria just follow the links to their web sites.

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Little Black Book

Images – Photography By Ally Byrom

Hats and headpieces – By Harriet

Make up and hair – Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist 

Venue – Saltmarshe Hall

Wedding Gowns – Deborah Moore, Glory Days Vintage

Wedding Car – Silver Lane Wedding Cars

Photography By Ally Byrom

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Photography By Ally Byrom

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Flower Crown. A Styled Vintage Bridal Shoot In Bridlington

November 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Walker & Walker Photography

This evening I’m sharing a pretty little gem of a styled bridal shoot from my Featured Suppliers Walker & Walker Photography.  Call me fickle (and you’d be right) but yesterday I readying my gloves, scarf and bobble hat with glee, and tonight, I’m wishing for summer.  That’s what a flower crown will do to you…

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Ben of Walker & Walker says:  This shoot was a joint collaborative project between Walker & Walker and Wayside Flower and was produced with an audience so potential clients could see how we work.The shoot was staged at The Little Organic Bakery in Bridlington and we hand picked the venue for the colourful selections of flora, foliage and rustic walls that had an English secret garden charm.

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Our model was Sophie. She was chosen by us as she’s curvy and demure with beautiful long dark hair and showcased the vintage white wedding dress, floral head wear, shrug, underskirt, shoes and jewellery supplied by Wayside Flower beautifully. 

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

The floral hand tied spray was made up by Lynn Walker from Next Flowers and the vintage wedding ring belonged to Lynn’s great grandmother.  Lynn also prepared the props and set styling. 

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Little Black Book

Images: Walker & Walker Photography

Venue:  The Little Organic Bakery, Bridlington

Clothing, Jewellery & Floral Head Pieces:  Wayside Flower

Other florals, props and styling: Next Flowers

Walker & Walker Photography

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Walker & Walker Photography

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Relaxed Rustic. Wildflowers & A Phase Eight Gown For A Real Marquee Wedding In East Yorkshire –Claire & Chris

October 7th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Grazia Louise Photography

So, with 160 brides and their families at yesterday’s beautiful show at The Mansion, and well over 1,000 people in total at last week’s massive North East event at Hardwick Hall Hotel, is there a Northern bride to be who doesn’t know about our Revolution yet?! Thank you all for your wonderful support at these and our other events so far this season. 

There’s still more where those came from, including another gorgeous Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Nostell Priory this Sunday 13th October and a quick stop across the Pennines at The Bowdon Rooms on Sunday 3rd November, before we close the season in style at The National Railway Museum, York on Sunday 17th November 2013 with our big vintage event.  Click here to pre-register for any of these events, pronto. 

More about all that later, but this morning it’s back to the Real Wedding inspiration here on the blog as we join Brides Up North reader Claire and her new husband Chris for their simple yet stylish country canvas celebration.  Their day is perfectly personal and looks like a load of fun: when the Soup of the Day is “whisky” you always know that you are in for a proper party!

With images by Grazia Louise

Grazia Louise Photography

Claire says:  We got engaged in Paris, on a freezing February day in 2011 and were married on Saturday 3rd August 2013 at a lovely traditional church in the Village of North Ferriby, East Yorkshire. We celebrated afterwards at The Wildflower Meadow, which belongs to The Keepers Lodge, in the picturesque village of Brantingham.

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

We knew we wanted a church service, both being teachers we’re well versed at most hymns! Our dream was to hold a relaxed reception in the countryside, and we were really lucky to find such a quiet corner of Brantingham. We went to view the field in the depths of winter when the trees were bare and the ground was frozen. We were sold as soon as we got out of the car – the view is incredible; there’s a real sense of being blissfully lost in the middle of nowhere and we knew it was somewhere we could imagine and friends and family relaxing on the big day. It also helped that the landowners were lovely, genuine people.

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

We tried to avoid giving the wedding a set theme; we just tended to go for things we liked. Naturally, we gravitated towards anything a bit rustic and a little less than perfect. I collected a whole host of images in the planning stages, and I was always drawn to the idea of having a relaxed country style, where nothing was too matchy.

Grazia Louise Photography

Our colour theme began as peach, when I chose peach dresses for the bridesmaids. It quickly became apparent that peach is actually pretty hard to come by in the wedding world (popular in the 80’s apparently?!) so our palette ending up including dusky pink, pale green, sky blue and all things pastel!

Grazia Louise Photography

My dress was chosen a full year before the wedding. I saw it in the shop window, when I wasn’t wedding dress shopping at all. I tried it on straight away and fell in love. It was only the second dress I had tried, but it had all the things I’d been looking for – lace, buttons up the back, a high neckline and cap sleeves. It was from a Phase Eight outlet, and I have lost count of how many people have commented that they couldn’t believe it was such a steal. I knew I didn’t want a veil, but invested in a beautiful flower crown which I adore.

My bridesmaids each wore a peach dress by Almari at House of Fraser. Being the amazing friends that they are, the bridesmaids used a spare dress to make part of a patchwork quilt that they gave me the night before the wedding. It prompted my first wedding tears!

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

I carried a bouquet of mixed pastel coloured flowers including delphinium, flock, peonies and lavender to reflect the buttonholes.

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

We travelled in a vintage Bramwith. The bridesmaids were ferried around in Chris’ dad’s Land Rover!

Grazia Louise Photography

We tried very hard to support local suppliers and independent businesses. Our guy rope marquee was supplied by the lovely Will’s Marquees, a family company based in York. The catering was provided by Dine on the Rowe, based in Beverley. I sourced most of the flowers through a website called ‘Flowers from the Farm’, the best man and I drove to a local farm two days before the wedding and picked up three huge buckets full of home grown wildflowers. Our photographers were Grazia Louise, who were incredible.

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

We knew from the start that a formal three course meal wasn’t right for our setting – cooking up 80 chicken dishes in the middle of a field in the height of summer just didn’t feel right. Instead, we provided Yorkshire themed canapés as guests arrived at the field, followed by huge picnic hampers on each table. The hampers were crammed full of local specialities and seemed to go down an absolute treat! We served some extra nibbles later in the evening, but had lots left over by the time the night was drawing to a close.

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

Outside the marquee we used old deck chairs and hay bales to provide seating and Chris set up cricket and croquet to satisfy the PE teacher in him. I handmade all the stationery myself, including the table plan, place names, invites and order of service. It was time consuming but enjoyable and made everything feel so much more personal.

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

A friend and colleague who is an incredible artist painted a huge banner of the two of us which hung behind the dance floor and we asked guests to write messages on postcards instead of the traditional guestbook.

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

We played music from an iPod during dinner then enjoyed lots of laid back guitar courtesy of The Travelling Polar Bears, a band consisting of our best man’s gardeners! They were absolutely fantastic at playing old classics and personal favourites. Towards the end of the night, I could be found barefooted on the dance floor.

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

I love listening to Jerusalem, and hearing it in the church was really lovely. The most incredible moment though, was my new husband’s funny/touching/ridiculous/gorgeous speech.

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

For our honeymoon, we went to Kuala Lumpur, followed by a private island off the coast of Malaysia and then Hong Kong. For us, the trip of a lifetime.

Grazia Louise Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to stay true to yourselves and your priorities- we wanted a to provide all the guest drinks, and managed to do it by creating a makeshift bar and sacrificing things we weren’t as concerned about, like individual favours. Ultimately, when people look back on your day, it should reflect the two of you and your lifestyle. Oh, and leave yourself longer than you think to get ready!

Grazia Louise Photography

Congratulations Claire & Chris!

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Fabulous Photographer: Photography By Ally Byrom Plus WIN Your Wedding Photography – Completely Free!

October 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

Photography By Ally Byrom

As well as showing off the talents of our amazing wedding industry in the North, one added bonus of our Featured Supplier showcases here on the blog is the insight it gives into the fabulous personalities behind their professional personas.  One such lovely lady is Brides Up North Featured Supplier Ally of Photography By Ally Byrom, who is here to day to introduce herself and her work.  Oh, and give away a day’s wedding photography COMPLETELY FREERead on, or if your head’s been turned by that revelation, click here for more details and to enter.

How did you get into wedding photography?

I have been a photographer for many years in the tiny Channel Island of Guernsey where I photographed around 25 weddings a year. I moved to East Yorkshire 18 months ago and have been astounded by the number of spectacular wedding venues and the warmth of the Yorkshire people.

I studied art at University where I first picked up a film camera. Photography didn’t really float my boat until the advent of digital cameras and Photoshop – it was like being able to paint pictures without chucking away a ton of canvasses!

I first established myself as a children’s portrait photographer until one day a client asked the fateful question “Do you photograph weddings?”. So I said yes, and I was hooked.

I hold the Licentiateship of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers and have won multiple gold awards with the SWPP. My work has been published in Digital Camera Magazine, Professional Imagemaker and will shortly be published in My Perfect Wedding magazine.

Photography By Ally Byrom

Why wedding photography specifically?

Weddings are emotional, fun and full of personality and little details! For a photographer who loves portraiture it’s a positive feast!

I have lost count of the number of weddings I have photographed but all of them without doubt are different. It is hard work but I can honestly say I never ever notice the time on a wedding day. It seems like you start photographing the preparations and before you can blink the bride and groom are being called to the dance floor for their first dance! By the end of the day I am tired but buzzing!

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

I love the fact that I meet my clients at least a year in advance of their wedding day and I know nothing at all about them. By the time the wedding day arrives we have built a rapport and I am just as excited as they are to see how they have set the scene for their very special day.

I love designing wedding albums, for me the album is a bride and groom’s story and a wedding feels naked without one. Whilst I am photographing a wedding I do so with the album in mind and as a result every page tells the story of each scene. I am so passionate about albums I wrote a whole blog post on why everyone should have one! I haven’t shown an album to many newlyweds without them shedding a tear or two!

Photography By Ally Byrom

We hear you have a VERY exciting competition in the pipeline?

Indeed I do, I am offering one lucky couple the chance to WIN their wedding photography. Anyone who has planned or is currently planning a wedding knows just how much of your budget is set aside for professional photography, and I feel lucky to be able to save a couple a considerable portion of their budget!

To enter, couples should head over to my Facebook page for the terms and conditions – it’s very easy to enter, and well worth it! The winner will be announced just before Christmas on 22nd December – what a lovely gift for one lucky couple.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

My style is around 95% unstaged. I describe myself as an honest, sincere and inspirational photographer. I am most interested in capturing the emotion of the day, which is more often than not when people don’t know they are being photographed. I like to make my images look as though I was looking through a keyhole. There is a saying “nothing changes behaviour like being observed” which is absolutely true, if you don’t believe me just stand in front of a camera …

The greatest compliment clients can pay me is that they didn’t know I was there.

When it comes to the all important time alone with the couple I choose a location that says something about where they were that day then ask them to take a walk and focus on each other. I use a very long lens which helps me keep my distance and they then tend to act more naturally. Once they become comfortable only then will I add a tiny bit of direction.

Photography By Ally Byrom

Any advice to any brides who don’t like to have their picture taken?

If I had £1 for every time people say to me “I hate having my photograph taken” I would be one very rich lady! But in reality on a wedding day when everyone is looking their very best and there’s a bit of champagne involved there is usually a queue for the camera!

We all have the same goal – great pictures – and my advice to a bride who really doesn’t like to have her picture taken would be to look at her husband, she’ll forget the camera is even there, the same advice I will give her on the day.

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Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why?

Alan Rickman’s wedding – preferably with me as the bride!

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

Far too many to mention, all of my weddings to date have been at least one if not all of these.

If I must choose one then it would be the wedding of two opera singers, I had goose bumps in the church, the singing was incredible.

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Any funny stories to share?

Being a photographer in the Channel Island of Guernsey for several years, most wedding venues have swimming pools and there’s rarely a wedding without someone ending up in it!

Scottish weddings featuring kilts are always reliable for a slice of humour; for some reason they are always keen to share the “secrets” beneath the kilt. The culprits rarely consider that I am sober, have a camera and will definitely take the shot!

Not exactly funny but I did have to stop a waiter half way through distributing the wedding cake and explain that the bride and groom hadn’t cut it yet! Poor guy was mortified.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

My style is unobtrusive, I do not interfere in a wedding day and as a result my images are natural, full of emotion and a reflection of the bride and groom’s personalities.

There is a wealth of photographic talent out there and I think in the end it comes down to your style and personality. Stunning images will not get you by on their own, you also need an engaging personality because wedding photography is great imagery and great people management in equal parts. I pride myself in having both.

I also offer wedding films. We make amazing wedding films and have a real passion for telling stories. We make high emotion wedding films that will stand the test of time and be as enjoyable now as they will be for years to come. You can see a trailer by clicking here

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What can a couple who book you expect on the day?

A big smile. My undivided attention. An organised, calm and punctual photographer (actually that’s a fib, I’m always early). A gentle people manager (you’ll love this when it’s time to gather 200 guests for a group shot). A pair of helpful hands – I carry a crochet hook for silk buttons on wedding dresses and I am well practiced in lacing up too!

But most importantly of all you can expect a beautiful set of images recorded sensitively to remember that special time in your lives.

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

What is included in your "package"?

I don’t have set packages, I provide clients with a tailor made service and provide what they feel they need. From disks, to beautifully bound wedding albums, high quality frames and thank you cards.
Can you give us an idea on price?

My base price is £1,500, this includes my time from preparation to first dance and a disk of high resolution, post-processed images from which you can print. Beautifully crafted professional quality albums are available at an additional cost.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work?

You can see my wedding photography and film at www.allybyrom.com

Call me on 07704 171118

E-mail me at allybyrom@gmail.com

Photography By Ally Byrom

Anything else we should know?

I love a good gin & tonic. I love weddings. I read all the time. I am constantly watching my weight. I love shoes. I guess I am your average woman, except I don’t have an obsession with handbags!

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Vintage Rose: Ronald Joyce For A Real Wedding At Burton Agnes Hall – Leanne & Richard

April 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Happy Friday Brides Up North!  We are over in Altrincham today making all sorts of plans for our Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, but here on the pages of the wedding blog we are across in East Yorkshire.

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Those of you in the region might recognise today’s bride Leanne, as she is a TV reporter and presenter for BBC Look North ( East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire) but currently working at the BBC’s new media city in Manchester, returning to Look North screens in May.

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Leanne and Richard’s big day, with it’s lovely personal touches, was something to report back on!  With images by Atken Photography

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Leanne says: Unfortunately we don’t have an amazing engagement story to tell! We were at home in Hull, I was sitting at my dressing table brushing my hair and Richard just came and sat next to me and asked me to marry him. Just a few moments before he’d been looking at engagement rings on the internet and decided to just come and ask me instead! He then made me a seafood risotto and we sat outside in the garden and ate our tea with a bottle of champagne.

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A more of a romantic story is how we got together. We first dated around ten years ago but split up due to distance as Richard got a job in Newcastle. Then in 2011 we met up for a coffee in Beverley and the next day Richard asked me if I wanted to go to Rome for a weekend, and it all started from there. Within a year we were living together and six months after that we were engaged.

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We got married on 16th March 2013 at Burton Agnes Church followed by a reception next door at Burton Agnes Hall, one of the UK’s finest stately homes. When we got engaged we had no firm ideas on what we wanted but we did want a church wedding and we stumbled upon Burton Agnes Church by chance. On the way back from a trip to Bridlington we drove past Burton Agnes and a sign which said 13th Century Church, we have always loved the hall and have been there many times in the past but never noticed the little church next door as it’s surrounded by trees. We walked down the little pathway, opened the door and fell in love with it immediately. It had a warm and cosy feel and the vicar ( Rev James Anderson) made us feel so welcome and at home. We instantly knew that was where we wanted to get married and didn’t look at anything else after that.

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The colour scheme was dusky pink and sage green – with a vintage rose feel throughout to match the roses on my dress!

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Helen Guy, a make up artist from Bridlington helped me to get ready,  My dad booked her as a surprise as I was going to do my own hair and make up. I’m so glad he did, it meant all I had to do in the morning was get up and enjoy myself.

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Our engagement was very short, just 7 months so dress-wise I needed something quick and off the peg. Many dresses had a six month waiting time and I simply didn’t want to risk it not coming in time. The dress I chose was the second dress I tried on! It was from Brides & Maids in Grimsby and was by the designer Ronald Joyce. It fitted like a glove and as soon as I put it on I felt excited as it felt like the kind of dress I could have a lot of fun in!

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I didn’t buy it straight away. I tried on dresses in different locations for two days but I kept thinking about that particular one, so at the end of the two days I rang the shop to see if they still had it and the lady said ‘ We put it in the back after you tried it on and haven’t let anyone else try it. We knew you would be back for it’. I had definitely made the right choice.

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I had lots of accessories to choose from including two pairs of shoes and three different belts! I wore the cheapest of the two shoes, a sparkly silver pair from Red or Dead and never even wore a belt! I think I’ll be having an Ebay sale soon!

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Richard didn’t know what he wanted but after trying on a few suits chose to go for a white tuxedo with the best man and father of the bride in black tuxedos. He says he felt like James Bond!

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The bridesmaids were in made to order silk dresses matching the colour scheme of pink and green also bought from Brides and Maids in Grimsby. 

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We took inspiration from Burton Agnes Hall which is surrounded by hydrangeas so all the flowers throughout the day incorporated hydrangeas and vintage style roses in keeping with our theme. We mixed and matched as well, some flowers we had done professionally and others we did ourselves with flowers from the local supermarket.

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I had a silver heart lock stitched into my bouquet which belonged to my grandma. She has dementia and couldn’t be with us on the day so I wanted to take a little memory of her with me. After the wedding I also took my bouquet to the war memorial at Lisett as a gesture of thanks to all those that fought for our freedom in the war.  My bridal bouquet and church flowers were by Flowers by Yvonne, Bridlington and the bridesmaid flowers and reception were done by us.

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One of the most important aspect of the day for us was the food, we love fine dining and we enjoy nothing more than going to a nice restaurant and drinking some nice wine so we wanted to treat our guests to a slap up meal. Ceruti’s is one of my favourite restaurants and they provided us with a lovely three course meal of a warm scallop and prawn salad starter, sirloin steak and horseradish mash for main, and our favourite dessert of sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce. Carrying on our love of food we also made all our own wedding favours which where a mixture of chutneys, marmalade and piccalilli . 

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We also wanted our guests to experience something a little different so included in the reception was a tour of Burton Agnes Hall, we couldn’t let them leave without seeing it in all its splendour! Richard joked at the beginning of his speech ‘Welcome to Downton Abbey’.

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I love baking at home and often make my own cakes so it was really important to me to have a big cake! We only had 40 guests but the leftovers from our tiers doubled up as my birthday cake two days later!  The cake was by Lucy Beal Cakery in Hedon. 

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Atken Photography did such an amazing job, they made us feel and look like stars. We loved having our photos taken in the different rooms of the house and jumping and running around the gardens!

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We are currently honeymooning in Thailand visiting Bangkok, Chang Mai and Koh Samui. 

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My top tip for Brides Up North would be to be prepared for things to go wrong! They will but it doesn’t matter, there are people around to help and at the end of the day if your marrying the right person that’s all that matters.

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Congratulations Leanne & Richard!

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All White Now! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Hayley & Matt

January 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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You know the old saying, right? “One beauty of a Real Wedding deserves another.” 

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Ok, so I made that ol’ saying up, but you’ll be glad I did, as move to East Yorkshire this Thursday afternoon for another dose of Real Wedding super prettiness, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Pomp & Ceremony Wedding Planning (who are responsible for this super prettiness) and real bride Hayley (also a culprit).  This time, it’s a stunning late Summer white out. 

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With images by Gareth Humpage Photography

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Hayley says:  In June 2011 at the time of our engagement I was still living in the UK and had travelled across to NYC for the weekend. Matt proposed during a surprise weekend stay in The James Hotel in SoHo, Manhattan.

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We were married on 8th September 2012 at St Mary’s Church, Cottingham and the reception at Rowley Manor, Rowley, East Yorkshire.  We now live in New York but I am from Cottingham originally and my family all still live there. St Mary’s is my family’s parish church and I used to ride horses at Rowley Manor as a teenager with my Dad and so both venues had sentimental value.

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When we were first looking at reception venues in the area some of the other venues had very strict policies on what we could and couldn’t do but Rowley Manor were open to whatever we wanted to do and the staff were fantastic. We also felt that Rowley Manor had the English old-world charm we were looking for – the manor itself is set in acres of private land with an old chapel, roaming horses and croquet lawns. We ended up booking the entire estate for the weekend and putting up a big marquee on the grounds.

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My dress was a Monique Lhuillier, Candy dress in ivory. I didn’t want a princess style gown but sleek, silky gowns just didn’t suit me. This dress was the perfect mix of soft elegance and glamour.  I bought the dress from Martin Ingram bridal boutique on Park Avenue, Manhattan.

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Our groomsmen live all across the US so it would have been difficult to arrange for the groomsmen to have matching suits. We just asked them just to wear a black suit and then we handed out matching ties.

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The bridesmaids wore a simple, cocktail length dress from Dessy in a pale rose-bronze colour.

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My bouquet was white hydrangeas, peonies, anemones and cabbage roses. The bouquet was tied with a simple black grosgrain ribbon.  My bridesmaids carried simple bouquets of white cabbage roses and my flower girl carried a mini-pomander of white roses held by a black grosgrain ribbon.  All our flowers were by Serendipity Florist

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We had a lot of guests come from the USA so the theme was ‘English garden’. We played croquet on the lawn, ferried the guests in a vintage double-decker bus (from East Yorkshire Coaches) and served Pimms cup cocktails.

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We chose a colour scheme of black, white and green. Our marquee was decorated in white drapery with open sides facing onto the green countryside and the horses in the fields then there were touches of black and green in our decorations, stationery and flowers. Inside the marquee we had a variety of tall and low arrangements to create visual impact and follow the theme through. We had a lot of flowers – that was one of our must-haves. Thankfully we had a sunny 25 degree day which made everything that much more perfect.

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Instead of having place cards set out on the table we had them printed in a leaf shape and hung on branches within the marquee to carry on the garden theme.

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Given that a lot of our guests were travelling a long way we put together a welcome pack for each of our out of town guests. The packs contained local tourist info brochures, crisps & snacks (all with a British theme – roast beef & mustard flavour, Curly Wurly, Brit Kat etc), notepad & pen, paracetamol, water, polo mints and some Pimms cup cans, all put together in a jute bag with a union jack printed on the front for them to keep as a memento. Each of the bags also contained a welcome note, a map of events so they knew where they were going and a wedding day schedule so everyone knew when they were getting picked up and so on. 

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Instead of numbering our tables 1, 2, 3, each one of our tables was given a number that was significant to us and the table number card then had a little explanation. For example, we had a table 15,000 which represented the height in feet of our first skydive together and a table 16 which was the most number of days we’d ever spent apart despite that we started out living on different continents.

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My Dad made us some lovely wooden signs to use in the wedding. One said ‘Hayley and Matt’ and then below there was an arrow pointing to the church saying ‘I Do’ and then another pointing away from the church saying ‘We Did’. It meant a lot to us to have those little personal touches.

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We had an entirely white three tiered traditional cake decorated with white peonies and petals to add texture by Bloomsbury Wedding Cakes. The top layer was the traditional fruit cake and the other two were Cointreau and orange and lemon curd.

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Instead of a guest book we bought a polaroid camera and asked guests to take a funny picture of themselves using the props we had and write a message to us. The photos were hung on string secured into a wooden frame and so it became part of the decoration by the end of the night and was a real talking point for our guests. At each place setting we had a ‘smile’ card which told guests about the camera and made suggestions about what funny poses they should do etc. This was a huge hit!

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The Vernon Sisters performed throughout the day at the Church, the reception and dancing. In the evening they were joined by a live 8 piece band that really helped set the atmosphere. When we first started planning our wedding we said that the band was one of the things we cared about most.  We also had a fantastic DJ (Hi Life DJs) who played a great mix of songs to suit everyone. We couldn’t have been happier with him – best DJ we’ve seen.

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Perhaps our favourite thing about the whole day was to see all of our friends and family from across the USA and Europe come together for what will probably be the only time.

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After the wedding we spent ten days in the Maldives at Huvafen Fushi which was amazing – a complete paradise island – followed by three days in Dubai to break up our long trip back to the US.

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I have three top tips for other Brides Up North:

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Get a wedding planner! Planning a wedding (especially from abroad) is pretty daunting and hiring a wedding planner was the best decision we made throughout the process. From the start our planners (Pomp & Ceremony) took everything off our plate and made us feel completely reassured that everything would be perfect. Their vision and creativity helped us to decide what kind of a wedding we wanted and from there they went above and beyond to make our dream wedding become reality.  They were with us every step of the way – recommending bridesmaid dresses, arranging photographers, managing all of our suppliers, picking up the cake, managing issues with the stationers, decorating the marquee etc. etc. – On the day itself our planners took care of everything so we and our parents were able to completely relax and enjoy ourselves. Our planners even managed to secure discounts with our suppliers to save us money.

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Try not to spend too long posing for your photographs. Time flies and we ended up missing a lot of our drinks reception which is our one regret.

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Get a wedding video. Going up to our wedding everyone told us that the day would pass in the blink of an eye and they were completely right. There’s so much happening that it’s hard to take everything in and a video helps you to relive it and remember the details you missed.  We used The Big Day Film Company who were flawless, professional and make every wedding look like a movie.  

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HEARTCongratulations Hayley & Matt! HEART

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