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Mostly Monochrome. A Cool & Casual Real Engagement – Stacey & Ben

April 2nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Lucius Fox Photography

Usually, when I approve a submission for these pages, I ask for the majority of the images to be in colour.  I want my readers to be able to immerse themselves in my Real Weddings, and I think colour is such a huge part of that.

However, when Matthew of Lucius Fox Photography and Brides Up North reader and bride to be Stacey sent in their images celebrating Stacey & Ben’s engagement, my usual rule book went out the window.  This cool, casual and fabulously striking set of images could only ever work in monochrome.  Have I gone all arty on you or what?!

Let’s say hello (and congratulations!) to Stacey & Ben. 

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Stacey says: I have been a regular reader of the website since the minute we booked the wedding, so it’s a pleasure to be here.  I like reading other peoples wedding stories to get inspiration for our own day.

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Ben proposed on Christmas Eve 2009. We had been out for a romantic meal to start the festivities as our first Christmas together and as we left the restaurant and started walking down the parade in the rain under the Christmas lights Ben dropped down to one knee and popped the question.

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Lucius Fox Photography

We are getting married on Friday 18th April 2014 which is also Good Friday.

Our wedding is going to be extra special as we are having a Double Wedding with our best friends Charlene and Dan. We all had been looking at different venues to hold the capacity of our guests and came across somewhere special which we all fell in love with so decided to join forces!  The building and décor was stunning and exactly fitted in with our theme. We wanted somewhere we were able to spend the whole day without our families having to travel but something big enough with different areas for the space.

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Lucius Fox Photography

We met at work when Ben started working for the same company in 2008. We generally started seeing each other as friends from work who had just come out of relationships so nothing was too serious to start with. On our first date we went to the cinema to watch Slumdog Millionaire and as time went on we gradually become a lot closer the more time we spent together.

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Lucius Fox Photography

It took a good six months of dating until we decided we would see how things would go, as we didn’t want to ruin the friendship we had formed during the time we knew each other.  Once we decided to give a relationship a go it took no longer than two weeks before Ben had moved his belongings into my flat and I haven’t been able to get rid of him since…

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I love how caring Ben is and how we still act like we did when we first got together.

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Lucius Fox Photography

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Our biggest wish for married life is happiness.  Simple. 

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Lucius Fox Photography

We came across Lucius Fox Photography and loved Matt’s work so we wanted to have an engagement shoot to have more photos of just the two of us.  We had already been shot by Matt in a family visit to Coventry’s War Memorial park with our two boys, and fell in love with all of the photos he had produced for us.

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Lucius Fox Photography

We were both so nervous about our shoot but we met with Matt beforehand for a coffee and instantly we knew we were in good hands, he made us feel so relaxed and for two people that generally don’t like being photographed he made us feel really at ease. We’re planning on putting our photos into an album to keep to show our children when they’re older.

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We’ll definitely be back to share our Real Wedding with Brides Up North.

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Congratulations Stacey & Ben!

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Little Adventures. A Real Engagement At Castle Howard – Laura & Daniel

March 26th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Ally Byrom Photography

Its been a while since we’ve had an engagement feature here on these pretty pages, so Brides Up North reader Laura, fiancé Daniel and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Ally Byrom Photography are here to set that right.  And when you’re planning to tie the knot somewhere so splendid as Castle Howard, where better to head for some shots to capture the moment?

Let’s hear their love story. 

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Laura says:  We were on holiday in Barbados having a relaxing day on the Sandy Lane beach when Daniel proposed. He bought the most beautiful ring from our friends who own Aurum Gold in London, I couldn’t have chosen a better one myself. I was so dazed by it all and I needed to sit down, but I forgot that I was paddling ankle deep in water and still wearing my dress! So I didn’t look like the most glamorous fiancée trudging back down the beach with a sopping wet dress!

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We are getting married at Castle Howard in June 2014.  We arranged to have an engagement shoot at the venue as we thought it would be a good way of getting to know our photographer Ally and a great way of finding our favourite locations for the photographs on the wedding day.

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Ally Byrom Photography

The engagement shoot was brilliant fun. We didn’t know what to expect and thought we might even be uncomfortable but Ally did a great job at making it really relaxed and enjoyable. We now can’t wait for the wedding day shoot! We will have a few of a favourite photos framed and hang them in our lounge, I suspect parents will also want them too!

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Ally Byrom Photography

Daniel and I met at university 8 years ago, and I think we both knew it was something special straight away. On our first date we went to a little restaurant in Oxford for Valentine’s day.

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Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

I knew Daniel was the one when we were watching sunrise over Oxford one morning before hehad to set off for a Hockey competition.

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Ally Byrom Photography

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We have so much fun together, we are very chilled out.  We both love being active and love that we can have lots of little adventures together.

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Ally Byrom Photography

I love Brides Up North because it’s great for inspiration and ideas. It also reminds me of all the little things I still need to organise!  We’ll be back to share our Real Wedding photographs soon. 

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Congratulations Laura & Daniel!

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Game, Set & Match.com. A Real Engagement In York – Lyndsay & Paul

November 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Time for a Tuesday afternoon love in.  After meeting online back in 2010, Brides Up North reader Lyndsay and her boyfriend Paul are tying the knot this Christmas.  So, where better to celebrate their engagement than on the interwebs?  With images by Mark Newton Weddings, lets hear their love story. 

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Lyndsay says: We got engaged on New Year’s Eve in the afternoon, 2012 in the Guy Fawkes Pub in York. It was a complete surprise – I had absolutely no idea! It was very wintry and cosy by candlelight. Paul had chosen the ring too so that made it even more special and meant a lot to me. York is a very special place to us, as we have spent many Sunday afternoons having drinks and nice meals.

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We are getting married in December this year at Snaith Priory St Laurence Church, followed by a reception at Wentbridge House Hotel. We really wanted a winter wedding!

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Paul and I met on match.com in February 2010.  For our first date we met at a pub for a drink which funnily enough I now work in the same village a couple of years later! I very nearly didn’t go to meet Paul as I had been held up at work, so ended up meeting up a couple of hours later than had planned. I am so glad that I didn’t cancel!

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Paul and I went to Whitby for the day a few weeks later after we met. This day really stands out in my mind and we are actually going there for a few days after the wedding. I knew that day that he was someone special and who I wanted to be with. 

Paul is very caring, considerate and generally a big support to me. He knows me very well and understands me. We also love doing the same things together. We enjoy days out at the coast or country walks. Equally, we like nice restaurants and bars.

Paul says: I love that Lyndsay is very thoughtful and giving to others. We also both have the same things in common and the same values in life

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I am looking forward to spending the rest of my life with Paul. He makes me really happy and we have a lot to look forward to!  I would like us to be happy and healthy for a very long time.

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We chose to have an engagement shoot as we wanted to get used to the camera. As it was a warm, hot, sunny day in June, we had drinks by the river afterwards and made a day of it!  We spent some time having photos taken in York where we had got engaged. Our photographer found some really lovely places around the city that we never knew existed! We were very pleased with the photographs that were taken.

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Mark Newton Weddings

I love Brides Up North as it is great to read about other weddings and get inspiration for my own!  We’ll be back soon to share our winter wedding photographs. 

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Big Kisses & Bobble Knits: A Real Engagement At Castle Howard – Rachel & Scott

November 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Photography By Ally Byrom

Following an extremely busy working weekend, it was high time for some downtime.  C’mon, even a blogging machine like Brides Up North needs some non-screen time.   Since we woke to crisp blue skies,  I spent this morning out and about with my baby girl and her grandparents soaking up the autumn colours, fresh cold air and pretty vistas that surround our Yorkshire home.  A pub lunch and a large Monday lunchtime glass of Sauvignon Blanc (very decadent – your Monday is my Sunday, remember!) and I’m back at home feeling happier, cosier and with distinctly more rosy cheeks.

This afternoon’s feature is full of the good stuff too – pink noses, chunky knits and cute kisses.  And all that wholesome stuff aside, I’m wondering where our bride to be got that fabulous parker jacket.  Total winter coat lust.

Let’s join Rachel and Scott as they share their engagement news with a seasonal shoot at the beautiful Castle Howard.

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Photography By Ally Byrom.

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Rachel says:  The day that Scott proposed was a really sunny day in spring and we decided to go to York for the day.  Scott kept insisting that we go down by the river to find somewhere quiet but I wanted to find a wine bar to enjoy the sunshine.  In the end we stopped on a bench in the park and he pulled out a little blue box and got down on one knee.  I quickly said yes and told him to get up as people started clapping!

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

We are getting married in June 2014 at Castle Howard. 

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

We met whilst working together travelling Greece.  We were friends to begin with and after many ‘bar dates’ in Greece he finally took me on a real date to a Moroccan restaurant!

After our working holiday I returned home and Scott came to see me for a ‘weekend’ and never went back to London – the rest is history.

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

I love Scott’s ability to always make me smile and our biggest wish for married life is to stay as happy as we are today. 

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

We chose to have an engagement shoot to get to know our photographer a little more but also to have an idea about what location in the grounds of our venue would be most suitable for photographs on the day of our wedding.

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

We thoroughly enjoyed the engagement shoot and I think it definitely helped us relax a little bit and act more natural with each other in front of the camera.  We’ll be back to share our Real Wedding story with Brides Up North next year!

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

 

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From Little Acorns… A Real Engagement In The North East – Katy & Martin

April 24th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon we are heading to the park with Brides Up North Featured Supplier Chris of Xtraordinary Photography, as we share in Katy and Martin’s engagement happiness and learn a little bit about their love story. 

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Katy says:  We got engaged on 13th June 2012 in Padstow, Cornwall.  We went for a gorgeous meal then went down onto the beach. It was a complete surprise and there was no one else on the beach.  We got married on the 8th March 2013 at St Paul’s church in Alnwick and had our reception at Newton Hall, Newton by the Sea.

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We first met through mutual friends in Leeds on a night out in October 2008. I lived in Leeds and Martin lived in Newcastle at the time.  We went out again that same weekend with our friends to a gig in Leeds and then a couple of weekends later we had a few days together in Newcastle just the two of us.

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I knew he was the one when he agreed to come down for the weekend to Leeds but had to stay at my mum and Dad’s house as I was in the middle of moving house. The first time he met my parents was on the Sunday morning over breakfast!

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We love that we can spend all of our spare time together and never get bored or run out of things to say to each other. We’re best friends as well as being husband and wife.

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Our biggest wish for married life is to be happy and enjoy the rest of our lives together and hopefully be able to have children.

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We chose to have an engagement shoot to make us feel more relaxed on our wedding day and we got to know our photographer better. We were also able to see what kind of style he used.  We were nervous initially but soon relaxed after the first couple of shots! It made us more relaxed for the day and were especially excited about our big day when we got our photos back. Our photographer Chris put an image we chose into a signing frame for us to use on our wedding day.

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We love Brides Up North because of the photos from real engagement shoots and weddings and local supplier recommendations.  We’ll definitely be back to share our wedding images on the site very soon – watch this space!

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Get Ready To Rokka! A Real Engagement In The North East – Natasha & Arvind

January 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon, we join Brides Up North reader Natasha and her fiancé Arvind for an engagement shoot with a difference: these two invited 60 friends and family along too, to celebrate their “Rokka”. 

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A Rokka is an unofficial betrothal ceremony of Punjabi origin where the family and friends of the bride and groom give presents, money and blessings to the couple to be.  Though rings are not exchanged, the couple stand engaged after this ceremony. 

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Natasha says: We got engaged at my house in November 2012 and it was a planned engagement – a Rokka – allowing both extended families to meet. We are getting married in Newcastle in July 2013.

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We first spoke over the phone in February 2012 having met on Asian Matrimonial website called Shaadi.com. Following the phone conversation, a week later, we met in Leicester square, London where we had a coffee then dinner. It snowed that day too!

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After our first date, Arvind made the move and asked for a second! I knew there was something very different about him and agreed. After the second date, we both knew that this was meant to be.

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Most couples have a big party for their Rokka. To make it memorable, we wanted a small meeting of two families (still 60 people!) and asked Andy of Andy Hudson Photography to come along to capture the memories.

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A first we felt quite uncomfortable in front of the camera, but soon relaxed. We also managed to slip outside for a few photographs of just the two of us and despite the freezing weather, we really enjoyed ourselves!

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HEARTCongratulations Natasha & Arvind! HEART

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You Are My Sunshine! A Real Destination Engagement Shoot In Lake Como – Lou & Chris (Plus One!)

November 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Baby, it’s cold (and grim) outside.  And it’s a Tuesday. Ugh. 

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But not in Lake Como, Italy, where it feels like Sunday every day of the week, and where we head this afternoon to hear about Lou & Chris’ love story and their destination wedding.  Let’s fly away.

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Lou says:  We got engaged on Christmas day. Chris wrapped the ring box in a box and in another box until it looked much bigger. He put it in a stocking until later in the evening when we were alone. It was a total surprise.

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We got married in a beautiful Villa at Lake Como on 27th September 2013.

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We knew each other at school but Chris got in touch on Facebook 22 years later. We led totally different lives so would never have met otherwise.  After talking on Facebook for a few months we agreed to meet. Chris is in the army and was recovering from surgery on his hip. I dragged him on crutches up and down steps to the restaurant I wanted, he was in pain as I chatted away but he never said. He said I was like an armadillo… a hard back with a soft underbelly and I was intrigued he had analysed me so well and so soon.

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I knew that he was the one within a few months. The hours would fly when we were together. We were married within just two years. At 40 we knew what we wanted!

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I love that he has such strong values and cares about my welfare before anything else in life. And that he adores and gets on so well with my five year old daughter. 

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Our greatest wish for married life is to live a simple life as a happy family in comfort.

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The engagement shoot was suggested by our photographer Jess so that we could get used to each other and to being in front of the camera.  The shoot was fabulous and definitely made us more relaxed for the big day.

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We’ll be back to share our gorgeous wedding photographs with Brides Up North shortly. 

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Congratulations Lou & Chris!

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I Love Ewe! A Real Engagement In The North West – Laura & Rob

September 21st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I do love a little bit of lurve on a miserable wet Friday morning! 

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Laura and Rob (along with Matt Bowen Photography) took to the hills to celebrate their engagement with this beautiful and endearing little shoot as the sheep looked on.

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All together now… ahhh!  (Or should that be baaa?).

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This is their love story…

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Laura says:  Rob woke me up really early on Christmas Day to go to get my present and as I had been nagging for a pet I was not expecting a ring at all! Whilst driving Rob pulled over because a ‘wheel felt funny’ and when he asked me to help he was on one knee and we happened to be at the top of a hill over looking my favourite view. It was perfect timing as all our family we near us for Christmas!

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We are planning to tie the knot in July 2013 in Knutsford, Cheshire. 

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We first met through mutual friends at a friends gig.  Rob had told our friends he wanted to be out the next time I was out so our first date was sprung on me! We instantly clicked and he made me feel so at ease and was so funny, I knew we had to see each other again.

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I knew he was “the one” at Leeds festival 2006 watching Foo Fighters play Everlong – I just knew everything was meant to be. 

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I love how we can have so much fun and laughs just doing nothing at all, even if his worst habit is throwing his socks off every night until there are a gazillion pairs scattered all over! My worst habit is always being late… I promise I wont be late down the aisle!

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I hope we never stop having fun doing nothing at all!

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We decided to have an engagement shoot to get used to having professional pictures taken before the big day. 

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I was actually a lot more nervous than I thought I would and going out the night beforehand probably wasn’t the best idea! Matt did a brilliant job and we’ve come away with some wonderful pictures to frame.

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Its great to have a wedding blog based locally with lots of useful contacts for where to find things we need.  We’ll be back to share our wedding photographs with Brides Up North. 

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Congratulations Laura & Rob!

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Me, You & Megatron: A Real Engagement In The North East – Sam & Grant

August 21st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A couple of weeks ago I got an email from a very cute couple, Grant & Sam, telling me all about their plans for a fabulously personal wedding celebration coming up this very weekend!  I am itching to blog their Real Wedding images in just a few weeks time.  However, since these two are the real deal – and so delightfully excited about saying I do – that I just had to share their love story with you first.

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Enjoy this gorgeous set of photographs by Brides Up North Featured Supplier and North East wedding photographer Helen Russell Photography, and Grant & Sam’s lovely love story. 

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Sam says:  Grant proposed in October 2008 on a surprise long weekend trip to Paris.

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We lived in Kent at the time and took two weeks off work to travel back to the North East for my Sister’s 21st Birthday.  After the birthday party, Grant surprised me with my passport and said we were going to Paris for a long weekend.  Once in Paris, Grant surprised me again with a romantic evening river cruise on the Seine.

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At the end of our meal on the cruise, a waiter came over carrying a plate covered by a paper napkin, which I removed to reveal the ring box.  Grant got down on one knee, I said yes, to the delight of the other guests on the boat who all cheered.

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Grant proposed with a dress ring and as soon as we returned from Paris, he took me to the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham for my final surprise, where he had pre-arranged an appointment and selected his three favourite rings for me to choose from.  I love my engagement ring and got “Paris 18/10/08” engraved on the inside to remind me of the amazing weekend.

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We are getting married at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield this August. {Editor’s note – great venue!  In fact, the venue for my own wedding!}

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We met in 2004 at Tall Trees, Yarm.  For our first date, Grant took me for a meal, followed by the cinema. It was a Robert De Niro film called Godsend. The movie wasn’t very good but the company was great.

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After graduating from university, Grant was offered an amazing job opportunity but involved moving to Kent. We hadn’t been together that long but we knew we had something special and decided to have a long distance relationship. After two years, I moved down South to join him. It was our biggest challenge – overcoming that, we know we can accomplish anything together.

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We have recently moved back to the North East to settle down and are going from strength from strength, having bought a house and looking forward to married life.

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Grant is always there for me no matter what. He is really supportive and I love that we have so much in common.  Sometimes we know exactly what each other is thinking without saying anything.

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However, he is not perfect. There are three people in our relationship:  Me, Grant and Grant’s laptop, called Megatron.  Megatron is definitely not coming on our Honeymoon with us!

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My biggest wish for married life is to replicate the happiness of my Nana and Grandad, they have been married for 54 years and still going strong.

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We chose an engagement shoot to get to know our photographer, Helen Russell Photography and practice for the big day.  We really enjoyed the shoot, it was a great day. I was nervous at first but, by the end, much more relaxed and looking forward to working with Helen on our wedding day.  We have created a few products using the engagement shoot photos: a photo book keepsake, a framed mount for guests to sign at the wedding and we also created our own video slideshow set to one of our favourite songs. 

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I have found Brides Up North to be a great source of inspiration and ideas, particularly the Real Weddings section  I love that the content is relevant with local suppliers and some great competitions too.

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Helen Russell Photography

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We will definitely be back to share the photos with you from our special day!

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Helen Russell Photography for UK Wedding Blog Brides Up North

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Congratulations Sam & Grant!

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