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Ruby Vintage: A Real Wedding At Southport Beach – Charlotte & Austin

July 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Ok, I’ll admit it.  The missing blog post in yesterday afternoon’s regular slot was not due to computer meltdown or technical issues, rather due to a very strong desire to get away from my computer screen and off into the big sunny outdoors with my parents and baby girl.  Sometimes a (tactical) skive is just what you need to set the World to rights and get those creative juices flowing again, and goodness do I have some beautiful features lined up to share with you over the next week and this weekend. 

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So, after exploring the fabulous Great Yorkshire Show yesterday (come on, where else would a blogger so passionate about the great and good in the North be?) armed with pushchair and ice-cream, I’m back this morning to make amends with a rather lovely celebration sent to me by Charlotte, Austin and their photographer Teresa of Cunningham Photography

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Charlotte and Austin’s Real Wedding was personal and passionate with heaps of style.  I hope that you enjoy our recap. 

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Charlotte says:  We got engaged on 26th October 2011 at Southport Beach, one of our favourite places, and were married on Friday 5th October 2012.  The ceremony was in the Chambers Room at Southport Town Hall and the reception was in the Prince of Wales Hotel, Southport.

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We chose our venue for it’s gorgeous ballroom and as it was where we first met at the age of 16 and had our first kiss (although we didn’t start dating until 7 years later).

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We didn’t have a theme as such but went for reds, autumnal colours and a vintage feel.

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I bought a cheap, disastrous dress from eBay but my Mother’s friend is an amazing seamstress and managed to make the perfect dress for me from it. It was a just below the knee, 50s style dress with a detachable long sleeved overtop. Austin wore a grey teddy boy style suit with a black velvet collar, red bow tie and black and white winkle pickers!

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I had eight bridesmaids all of different shapes and sizes and so asked them all just to buy their own red dresses for the occasion. I did start to stress a few days before the wedding when I realised I still hadn’t seen any of their dresses but it turned out looking really nice having all different shades of red and different styles of dresses. Austin had three groomsmen (one being his lovely female friend Katy) and just asked them the wear grey which had the same lovely effect as the bridesmaids originality.

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We were so lucky that a lot of our family and friends were so very helpful (and useful!). A family friend made our cakes while Austin’s Grandmother worked in a florist and sorted our flowers out for us. We also made a lot of things ourselves and with friends to keep the costs down.

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I was driven to the Town Hall in a cream Volkswagen Campervan and then we were both driven around in it after the ceremony for our photos.

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Our dream wedding was for everyone to have fun and so we had a home made “photo booth” consisting of an underwater scene with inflatables and snorkelling gear and disposable cameras. We also had a “tuck shop” with lots of different sweets in jars and striped paper bags for people to take some goodies home!

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A friend of ours is in a covers band, The Grace, that often plays weddings and so they played two sets for us and got everyone dancing! After the band we relied on Austin’s laptop for the tunes.

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All of the day was perfect and it was just amazing having all our family and friends there in the same place. I loved our first dance to ‘No one’s Gonna Love You More Than I Do’ by Band of Horses and all the bridesmaids and groomsmen joining in after the first chorus, such a special moment.

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My family friend, Ann, made out dream wedding cake. The bottom tier was chocolate and strawberry cheesecake with the middle and top layer as fruit cake, all decorated with roses and vines. She also made a separate carrot cake for myself with little marzipan carrots all over it.

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After the wedding we drove to Hull and got the overnight ferry to Zeebrugge where we then drove around Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Germany for two weeks. It was magical. We stayed in a tree house, a space themed room and a canal boat among lots of other hotels.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is just remember that although you’ll want to make everyone happy, ultimately this is yours and your loved one’s big day and you should do everything to make it special and meaningful for the both of you.

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Congratulations Charlotte & Austin!

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Beautiful On A Budget: A Real Wedding In The North East – Bryde & Rob

December 16th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Welcome to Sunday Brides Up North.  The air may be filled with freezing fog, but look closely and you’ll see fairy lights twinkling through the grey:  there’s only one working week to go until Christmas!  As you wind down in the office, indulge in the communal Quality Street and take a few more long lunches than normal, make sure to stop by as there’ll be a double dose of wedding pretty waiting for you on these pages right up until the big day itself.

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Speaking of pretty, today we are in Middlesbrough for the beautiful wedding of Bryde and Rob, who are proud to have brought their special day in on budget without compromising on style.  It prides me to feature weddings of every style, denomination and price point here on Brides Up North:  basically, if it’s stunning, it’s in.  Bryde and Rob’s wedding is most certainly in – by penny pinching on the things that were less important to them, they added more costly details where it mattered and carried off the whole celebration with aplomb!  With images by Sally Thurrell Photography

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Bryde says:  The day that we got engaged I came home from work to find our apartment filled with candles, a piece of classical music playing and rose petals all over the floor, leading to Rob kneeling in the bedroom with the most beautiful engagement ring. It was a day before we were off for a weekend away together to celebrate our second anniversary.

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We were married on August 10th 2012 at Ormesby Hall in Middlesbrough. 

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We were on a tight budget as I’m still a student but we felt that the ceremony venue was the most important part of our day, so after months of looking and getting very nervous that we’d never find the perfect place, we finally came upon Ormesby Hall, that was in our price range and fit our theme of a English country garden wedding. It was absolutely beautiful.

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We both love the 50’s and 60’s eras so we decided on a vintage theme with lots of lace, a pastel colour scheme and charity shop nick-knacks which were essential to us staying within budget.

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My wedding dress was always going to be lace, but finding a vintage inspired lace dress within budget was the hardest part of the whole wedding. I finally found my perfect dress, on eBay of all places for £85.

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Everyone commented on how beautiful the dress was and when they found out how cheap it was they were shocked to say the least. It just shows you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a perfect day.

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My bridesmaids wore beautiful, pale pink chiffon, floor length dresses from www.missguided.com, with our flower girls in ivory tea dresses from eBay and the men wore King Edward suits from Psyche in Middlesbrough.

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Although we chose a pastel colour scheme I didn’t want to put the men in anything too feminine or garish so Rob decided on the colour of the suits. So I was relieved when I saw him and the groomsmen looking very dapper in black and ivory suits!

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My bespoke lace veil (which I actually loved more than my dress) was created by the talented Katy at What Katy Did Next. She also created our own personal cake toppers which our guests were very fond of.

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My bouquet was filled with pale pink and ivory roses, with sprigs of lilac and greenery. I wanted the flowers to look very natural and not too tidy; our florist did a great job.

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My Granddad has a beautiful garden, so it was wonderful for his flowers to decorate our reception, he even created the bouquets for our flower girls himself. We also had the reception filled with candles, tea cups and vases that had been collected by many of our friends and family.

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We found our amazing 60’s wedding car, The Digby at Lovedubcars.  I’d recommend their company to anyone, and our driver was lovely.   I travelled to the ceremony with both my Mum and Dad with me in the car, as I’m really close to both my parents and my Mum was a massive part of my day so I wanted her with me too. And on the way to our reception Rob and I enjoyed champagne with the roof down, which led to lots of cheering and beeping from onlookers. It was so much fun.

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My favourite part was the ceremony. Rob had sworn he wouldn’t cry but as I walked down the aisle, to the same piece of classical music that Rob had played when he proposed, he was crying his eyes out, as were were all three of my sisters. My youngest sister Annie gave an emotional reading of Bob Dylan’s Forever Young, I think by the end of it there wasn’t a dry eye in the place. After our vows we walked down the aisle to the Match of the Day theme tune, much to everyone’s amusement and we drank champagne in the gardens with all our loved ones, and the weather was perfect!

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Our photographer Sally (Sally Thurrell Photography) was just like having a lifelong friend with me, as soon as she arrived on the morning she gave me a massive hug and my family loved her. Having a good relationship with her helped a lot.

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For our wedding cake, we had my own personal favourite from The Olde Young Teahouse made which was a raspberry, coconut and chocolate cake, Rob’s favourite which was a Dime Bar cake, and a classic chocolate sponge with vanilla cream and strawberries.

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My Dad was an unexpected piece of entertainment when he brought out his guitar for his speech, which was lovely as he had done the same at his own wedding to my Mum 11 years ago. We had a DJ for our evening reception who kept us dancing all night to classics by Elvis Presley and The Beach Boys

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We stayed in a log cabin at Whinstone View the next day for the weekend, and four days later we set off for a 5* all inclusive week in Egypt.

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Even though our wedding was cheap compared to what is normally spent on the average wedding, I don’t think that effected the quality of the day at all, so my top tip for other Brides Up North would be to shop around, eBay was a godsend and have a dig through loads of charity shops for decoration ideas, and if you make invites, table plans and decorations yourself, it’s not only cheaper but it adds a personal touch to the day. At the end of the day it’s about you marrying the person you love, so don’t be nervous, ha!

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Congratulations Bryde & Rob!

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