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eggstra special. a spring wedding at grays court hotel, york – christine & christopher

May 29th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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If, like me, you’ve got a sweet tooth, this real wedding is going to have you reaching for the ‘treat tin’ as its peppered with delicious treats in a nod to the Easter season.

From Lindt bunny favours and an epic chocolatey wedding cake to a full-scale egg hunt, bride and groom Christine and Christopher certainly spoilt their guests.

And there are more delectable details to feast your eyes on too – cue a beautifully embellished wedding gown, pretty mint colour scheme and pet dog Sybil acting as flower girl. We love!

With images by Stevie Jay Photography

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christine says: We got engaged on 27th March 2016, Easter Sunday. Chris hid an engagement ring inside a chocolate Easter egg and hid it in the woods in Sutton Park in Sutton-on-the-Forest, near York, where we live. We took Sybil our dog out for a walk and Chris asked me to find an egg, he then got down on one knee and proposed. Chocolate and a ring, what more could a woman want!?

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We got married on 15th April 2017. We chose the date because it was Easter Saturday and a year from when we got engaged. We both love chocolate so had to choose Easter.

Our chosen venue was Grays Court Hotel in York, where we had both our ceremony and reception. We saw the venue every time we walked along the York city walls and fell in love with it.

A Spring Wedding in York (c) Stevie Jay Photography (36)

Our theme was Easter related and we had an Easter egg hunt for the children (and adults!) and lots of chocolate eggs for guests to help themselves to.

We chose a soft mint colour scheme for bridesmaid dresses, ties and a few other bits just because it was a nice spring colour.

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I chose a Morilee by Madeleine Gardner dress in ivory lace with an embellished back. I bought the dress from the Northallerton Outlet wedding shop and had it expertly altered by Thimbelina in York. I fell in love with dress after seeing it on another bride and had to wait with fingers crossed that she would choose another dress so I could have it!

Mine and my bridesmaids’ hair was styled by Escape Hair in Strensall. I’d would recommend them for bridal hair, we got so many compliments on how lovely our hair looked.

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Lavender’s Blue: Amanda Wyatt For A Real Wedding At Priory Cottages, North Yorkshire – Amy & Luke

July 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It’s right back to business with our double daily blogging schedule here at Brides Up North, and my goodness do I have some gorgeous to share with you over the next few months. 

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Let’s start off as we mean to go on, with Amy and Luke’s stunning wedding day at Priory Cottages near Wetherby.  Amy and Luke chose rustic details, beautiful blooms and a cool colour palette (not to mention a gorgeous gown and some pretty snappy bow ties) to work with their fabulous lavender filled North Yorkshire venue.  I’m attending a celebration at Priory Cottages shortly – as a bridesmaid no less – and putting together today’s feature has made me itch with excitement for my friend’s own big day.

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Amy says:  We got engaged on Easter Sunday 2012 up a mountain in Ambleside in the Lake District and were married on Easter Sunday 2013 at the beautiful Priory Cottages near Wetherby. 

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The venue was perfect. Everything was in the same place which we wanted so we didn’t have to worry about transport and lose some time of our day travelling.  We got married in the barn, had the drinks reception downstairs and outside in the courtyard, and then had the meal and dancing in the marquee. We all (family) stayed in the cottages surrounding the venue so it was really relaxed on the day and we had seen each other in the morning of the wedding.

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Serena who runs Priory Cottages is amazing and becomes your best friend during the wedding planning.  

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I chose an Amanda Wyatt dress from Mia Sposa in Cambridge. It was quite slim fitting, the bottom half was quite plain and it had lace and beading on the top and over the straps into a really pretty low back.

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I spent ages trying to find the right colour for my bridesmaids, in the end I chose a sailor blue colour on lovely chiffon strapless dresses from Dessy.

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My favourite part of the day was walking down the aisle with my Dad, and seeing our friends and family and then reaching Luke at the front was just the best feeling ever.

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I carried a beautiful bouquet of pink flowers including spray roses and peonies by Paperwhite Flowers. 

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The fantastic ‘Richard Wynn Davies’ were the photographers, Richard and Caroline are so so so lovely, I would recommend them to anyone.

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We had a wishing tree which I know loads of people have done now but it’s such a nice way to display everyone’s good wishes on the day. We attached old vintage keys which we got from eBay to our tags and wrote a note saying ‘Please write your key to a happy marriage’.

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Around our card crate we had photos in frames of both sets of parents and grandparents (including my late grandparents) who have all given us such a great example of marriage.

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We had the best cake, There were three of them in different sizes; a fruit cake, a Belgian chocolate cake with passion fruit filling, and a vanilla cake with chocolate ganache filling. They were covered in milk chocolate and had white chocolate pouring over the sides and little white chocolate flowers. It was made by a lovely lady called Sharon who owns the Sugar Velvet Cake Company.

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Easter had to be a bit of a theme as it was Easter Sunday. We had a sweetie table, Mini Eggs as favours in mini plant pots and we had Thornton’s chocolate Easter eggs with the table names iced on them. Yum!.

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We had a band called ‘The Dollars’ who we found via the ‘Alive Network’ who also provided a DJ service in between their sets. They were a bit of a risk as we had never seen them before booking but they were fab and had such a great song list that we could choose from. They learnt our first dance song ‘I Won’t Give Up’ by Jason Mraz, and it was beyond our expectations, perfect!

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Thailand… Bangkok for a few days and then Koh Samui for a week!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is from experience: do not change your skin care regime or use different make-up before the wedding!

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Congratulations Amy & Luke!

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Wednesday Wed-spiration! Easter Citrus: Fresh Yellow, Green and Cream

April 4th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I am very happy to introduce a new regular feature here on the wedding blog!  Yippee!

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Regular readers will know that I have dabbled in inspiration boards for a while now, but without any real regularity.  One of the perks of being a professional wedding blogger is that its my job {pinches self} to trawl the internet searching for wedding pretty and I have amassed quite the collection of ideas and images behind the scenes.  I am very slowly getting in to Pinterest too, but sometimes I like to keep my ideas private – for future posts and pretty surprises. 

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The only issue I have with inspiration boards is that they do tend to cater to the person compiling’s own taste.  The whole point of Brides Up North is to share with you a real range of ideas, price points and styles, so that is why I have tended to steer pretty clear in the past.  However, now I have back up!  My first recruit is lovely lady, bespoke bridal headpiece designer and creator of the most pretty inspiration boards around – Katy of What Katy Did Next.

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You may have seen Katy in action already on Brides Up North in this beautiful Alice In Wonderland styled fashion shoot (with one of the pieces named after little old me!), and if so, you will understand why I think she is the lady for the job!

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The plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every week, either compiled by myself, the creative Katy or a guest blogger- and that guest blogger could be you:  get in touch with your own ideas and inspiration boards!  We’ll be discussing our inspirations behind the images too so it’s simply going to be a whole load of lovely. 

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If you are a little less arty but in need of inspiration and still want to play along, we will also be taking requests for colour schemes and themes and making bespoke boards for my readers.  Please contact me to suggest a theme or colour scheme. 

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So, let’s get this party started with an ‘Easter Citrus’ wedding inspiration board, by Katy. 

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1. Daisy Bouquet 2. Mitzi Short Wedding Dress 3. Button Detail Court Shoe 4. Melissa Green Dress

5. Lemon Table Setting 6. Lemon Quartz Earrings 7. Vintage Bunting 8. Daisy Buttonhole 9. Daisy Chain ‘Alexandra’ Headpiece 10. Polka Dot Cake

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Katy says: Ignoring the freak weather we are having, the past weeks have been a huge inspiration for this board. Spring had definitely sprung and bursts of these citrussy shades would be perfect for an Easter wedding. Mixing the lemon yellows with grass green, ivory and natural hessian is perfect for a classic wedding or a more relaxed affair.

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The polka dots and daisies add a sprinkling of fun to the mood board, which could even transfer onto flower girl’s dresses or your groom’s tie or socks. The short Lyn Ashworth wedding dress could even sport a colourful vintage petticoat underneath. I chose loose boho waves for the carefree bride but for a more formal wedding chic up-dos are perfect!

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My favourite part of the board? The florals. The fresh white with hints of yellow and green are what makes the theme work as a whole. The simple shades are perfect if you wanted to add another colour into the mix without a huge clash, such as deep purples or a pale pink.

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See more of Katy’s inspiration boards by visiting her blog.

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Contact me to submit your own inspiration board guest post or to suggest colour and theme ideas for our next boards.

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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Easter Eggstravaganza! A Real Springtime Wedding In The North East – Jordan & John

January 1st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Happy New Year!  The normal wedding blog schedule will resume on 3rd January 2012, but while I nurse my hangover with the best of you, here is a burst of Real Wedding freshness, with one of my favourite Spring weddings from 2011.  Happy New Year Jordan and John!

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Wedding blog favourite Karen McGowran Photography sent Brides Up North Jordan and John’s beautiful Real Wedding at Close House Hotel to share with you.  I adore the duck egg blue colour scheme and fresh floral styling.  It’s all in the detail girls!

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Over to Team J:  We got engaged at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham, in April 2009. John took me for a surprise treat to celebrate our anniversary and popped the question!  We were married on Easter Saturday, 23rd April 2011 at Close House Hotel, Heddon on the Wall. 

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We looked at loads of venues but as soon as we pulled up to Close House we fell in love with it! When we went inside it just felt right and we knew it was the place for us. It has such an amazing intimate atmosphere and we could immediately imagine it filled with our families and friends. The light airy feel and the gorgeous grounds fit with the type of wedding and colour schemes we wanted.

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Another key factor was the staff – Laura, Close House’s Wedding Coordinator was so reassuring and down to earth, and all of the staff are friendly, professional and can’t do enough for you. We just felt certain everything would come together and all our guests would be looked after.

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Spring is my favourite season so we wanted a light, fresh and colourful wedding with lots of spring flowers and colours. Since our wedding was on Easter Saturday, Springtime Easter became our theme, with duck egg blue being the main colour. Our place cards were little eggs and we had an Easter egg hunt during the drinks reception for the kids. We hid Easter bunny cards around the house and gardens, which they then swapped for an Easter egg when they found them.

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My dress was Maggie Sottero’s ‘Alannah’, which I got from The Wedding Wardrobe in Chester-le-Street – a fabulous service, I’d recommend them to anyone!

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In keeping with the light floaty feel, my bridesmaids wore gorgeous tea length dresses from Monsoon. It turned out the colour we’d chosen was very difficult to find and match in the perfect shade – so when I spotted them I was over the moon!

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Their gifts were pearl bracelets with their initials on from Not on the High Street, pearl earrings and a cute necklace from Oasis.

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Instead of a guest book we had a wedding wish tree – which was really popular with our guests.

I gave my two young bridesmaids ‘My Day as a Bridesmaid’ albums with cameras, which gave them certain things they had to take pictures of on the day to add into the album… they loved it and it even kept four year old Lily entertained all day.

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We handed a quiz with funny questions about myself and John out during the wedding breakfast – I’ve never seen our families and friends get so competitive!

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My bouquet was a domed, hand tied posy of champagne roses, pale pink roses, cream double lizzianthus, cream freesia and pale pink blush and lemon tulips.  I was so excited when the flowers arrived – it finally felt real!

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Even though I love cake, when we prioritised our budget near the start neither of us saw the cake as something we wanted to spend a lot on. So I was over the moon when it turned out to look so impressive on the day! My Grandma baked the bottom tier fruit cake, while ‘Kirsty’s Cakes’ made the top three sponge tiers, and iced all of the cakes plain ivory. We then added a gorgeous pearl and crystal brooch and some ivory ribbon, and Wedding Flowers for You added fresh flowers.

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It looked stunning and if we’d had a bigger cake budget is exactly the kind of cake I’d have chosen anyway!

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It’s so hard to choose but if I had to pick my favourite moment from the day I’d say the ceremony itself. I never expected that would be the case as you spend so long planning all the other bits, but it was beautiful. This sounds cheesy, but it felt like it was just me and John in the room, and every word the registrar said meant so much.

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Another thing I have to mention that I just loved about the whole day is the way that everyone just mixed with each other and laughed all day. I’d be looking around and see two people chatting who didn’t know each other and just loved the friendly relaxed atmosphere. I think Facebook helps! Everyone finds it easier to go up and chat to people as they already know a little bit about them and have a conversation starter!

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Two weeks after our wedding we went on Honeymoon on a Caribbean cruise on the Allure of the Seas. We’d never been on a cruise before and were blown away by it.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to decide in advance that from when you wake up in the morning nothing can spoil your day and you’re going to enjoy your day as much as your guests will!! The floaty fabric of my dress was quite fine and after a few group photos I was covered in grass stains and had a tiny rip right at the bottom of my dress. I quickly decided I could either stand still and worry about my dress all day – or forget about it and have as much fun as possible with all my favourite people! The little things don’t matter – when the formalities are over, enjoy yourself and be a guest at your own wedding!

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Little Black Book:

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Venue:  Close House Hotel

Photographer:  Karen McGowran Photography

Dress:  Maggie Sottero at The Wedding Wardrobe

Bridesmaids:  Monsoon

Men’s attire: Slaters

Chair Covers:  Simply Bows & Chair Covers

Flowers:  Wedding Flowers For You

Cake:  Kirsty’s Cakes

Cars:  Parkers Execulink

Gifts and accessories:  Not On The High Street and Oasis

Stationery and table decorations: handmade

Bride’s Make Up:  Kate D at MAC

Bride’s Hair: Toni Wardle Mobile Hairdresser

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