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Where The Wild Things Are. An Engagement In County Durham –Shane & Jessie

July 15th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Photography by Chris Parkinson

County Durham based photographer Chris Parkinson got in touch with his first ever blog submission, to share the engagement shoot of his best mates Shane and Jessie.  Well, he might be a newbie to these pages, but Chris is certainly no novice behind the lens, as this cool and quirky set of images shows.

Chris says: I was chosen as best man at Shane & Jessie’s wedding so thought it would be fitting as a gift to them if we did a pre-wedding shoot in the run up to the wedding around the local area where we live.  We have some spectacular woodland so why not go for a mooch in the trees & fields?

Let’s check out what they came home from the woods with, and hear Shane and Jessie’s love story.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Shane says: I asked Jessie to marry me on Christmas Day – We had Jessie’s family to visit for Christmas, and after Christmas dinner I sent them on a treasure hunt around the village leaving clues at each place. The final clue led to me down on one knee.

We were married on Saturday 7th June in Piercebridge, Darlington.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

We met on the mountains of Flaine (France) by chance whilst we were both working as Ski Reps. Jessie was from Shropshire & I lived 200 miles away in Durham.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Our first date was spent skiing together on the mountains, nobody knew we were together so there was lots of sneaky kisses on the ski lifts. The date finished in a nice little French restaurant & a few too many drinks.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

I knew that she was the one for me when we came back to the UK, we lived 200 miles apart and I realised life wasn’t the same without Jessie so I upped sticks and moved to Wolverhampton.  I love her ability to always make me laugh, some people probably think she’s a bit mad but that’s why I love her.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

We’re hoping for a life time of happiness, fun and laughter.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

We actually wanted an engagement shoot with Chris because we’d seen some of his previous work and liked his alternative style.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

The engagement shoot was lots of fun.

Before the shoot we collected Chris and his partner Sara (who are both great friends of ours) in our vintage VW Beetle (which was also Jessie’s car at the wedding) Unfortunately the Beetle broke down half way through the shoot in the middle of Hamsterley Forrest with none of us having any phone reception, although we did manage to get it up and running after a little while.

Chris asked us to position ourselves in some very obscure places but after seeing all the pictures he created it was well worth all the climbing on trees, rumbling in forests and rapeseed fields.

We framed a lot of the engagement shoots and displayed them on the wedding day. Chris also provided us with a book with all the pictures as a gift.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

We love Brides Up North as we have a bit of a passions for DIY weddings, Jessie spent lots of time on our wedding day doing arts & crafts. She loves to take inspiration from other people’s crafty work too

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Congratulations Shane & Jessie!

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Rainbow Brite! A Colourful Engagement In Derbyshire – Charlotte & Danny

July 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

Wednesday afternoons always warrant a trip to the chocolate machine, don’t they?  Save your calories – here’s a double dose of sweetness instead. Real childhood sweethearts and newlyweds Charlotte and Danny are here to share their love story, along with some bright and beautiful images from friend of the wedding blog Sarah of Folega Photography.

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

Charlotte says: Danny planned a surprise proposal in Hathersage atop of Mam Tor, the exact place he asked me to be his girlfriend on a school trip 10 years ago when we were just 12 and 13 years old!

Danny says: It was a surprise for Charlotte, but everyone else – her mum, sister, my mum and dad, my brothers and a few of my best friends were in on it. 

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

We tied the knot at 3.30pm on Sunday 28th June 2014 at Ringwood Hall Hotel in Chesterfield. 

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

The first time we properly met was our first day of secondary school as we were in the same class.  With us being only 12 years old at the time, our first date was probably at McDonalds!

I don’t think we realised then how long we would be together, it was the norm really to swap and change your boyfriend or girlfriend each week in the school yard!

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

Personally I love the fact that because we grew up together, supported each other, shared sad and happy times together and experienced all our “first times” with each other – he is my best friend, we are completely open and natural with each other, nothing has to be forced with us, we genuinely enjoy spending as much time together as we can and I cannot wait to marry him. 

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

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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.

Lucius Fox Photography

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.

Lucius Fox Photography

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.

Lucius Fox Photography

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.

Lucius Fox Photography

Lucius Fox Photography

Lucius Fox Photography

Our biggest wish for married life is happiness.  Simple. 

Lucius Fox Photography

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.

Lucius Fox Photography

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.

Lucius Fox Photography

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.

Ally Byrom Photography

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!

Ally Byrom Photography

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.

Ally Byrom Photography

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.

Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

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.

Ally Byrom Photography

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. 

Ally Byrom Photography

Congratulations Laura & Daniel!

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

November 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Mark Newton Weddings

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!

Mark Newton Weddings

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.

Mark Newton Weddings

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. 

Mark Newton Weddings

 

Congratulations Lyndsay & Paul!

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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

 

Congratulations Rachel & Scott!

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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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Congratulations Katy & Martin!

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Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside! A Real Engagement In The North West – Chriss & Ritch

February 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Happy Valentine’s Day my lovelies!  I’ve obviously written this post in advance, as I anticipated that I’d be far too tied up clearing the hallway of all those love notes landing on my welcome mat…

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In reality though, there’s only one man for me, so Happy Valentine’s Day to my lovely husband Alan – our last as a family of two! 

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I’ll let you into a secret – I absolutely LOVE Valentine’s Day.  Commercial racket yes, but so is Christmas (my other favourite holiday)!  Let’s just say I’m a marketer’s dream!  I think it harks back to the excitement of my school days: seeing if my of-the-moment crush liked me enough to pay a visit to Clinton Cards.  Generally not.  But hey!  I may never really have got any cards to write home about (except the ones from you, thanks Mum), but it was all about the anticipation!

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Today, we celebrate by meeting a couple full of anticipation for their wedding day, having all but given up on finding long term love before connecting online.  So dip something sweet in your cuppa and enjoy their love story, with images by Ashton Photography

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Chriss says:  We had booked a mini break trip to the beautiful city of Verona and had planned to visit all of the usual landmarks. I hadn’t been too bothered about going to visit the “Casa di Giulietta”, but Ritch really wanted to go, so reluctantly, I braved the hoards of French and Italian kids on Shakespearean educationals and we bought our two tickets into the house. Once inside and touring the various rooms it was thankfully quite peaceful as most of the crowds were gathering in the courtyard, staring up at the balcony or otherwise trying to encourage eternal luck and love by rubbing Juliet’s right breast! As we entered the room and waited for a group to leave the balcony, Ritch was hanging back and, with hindsight, I suppose seemed to be a little preoccupied. He encouraged me to go out onto the balcony; I looked down on the school kids in the courtyard… they looked back up at me.  I turned around to go back inside and Ritch was down on his knee beside me, with that little box in his hand: “Will you marry me?”

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Of course I said “Yes”! All very romantic and, for me, the perfect proposal…the boy done good!

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As soon as we announced our engagement one of my best friends offered to host our special day in their beautiful home in West Lancashire – a truly unique venue. We planned it for October 6th 2012 and can’t wait to share our wedding photographs with Brides Up North soon!

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After years in the relationship wilderness, we have both said that we had all but given up.  Our first date was “last chance saloon” for the on-line dating game!  Good job that evening in June 2010 was successful!

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We arranged to meet half way between where we both lived and our first date was at a riverside hotel bar where we sat outside and laughed about each others’ online dating experiences – always and good ice breaker!  There was definitely a mutual attraction at first sight, love, however, took a little longer

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I knew Ritch was the one for me when I received my first pair of shoes from him – what girl couldn’t fall for a bloke that buys her shoes?

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We’ve waited a long time to get lucky in love, so our biggest wish for married life is to stay happy and for it to get better and better.

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We didn’t have any decent photographs of us together and neither of us felt very comfortable in front of the camera, so the option to have an engagement shoot was a great addition to the wedding package and a chance to get a bit of practice in. Steph of Ashton Photography gave us a few tips on how to get the best photos – but she did all of the hard work. 

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We had a great day out with Steph. We live in Blackpool and spend a lot of time with our dog Jack, on the beach and prom.  Ritch is also a hard core cyclist who clocks up many a mile up and down the sea front on his two wheels; this was the natural place for us to use as a backdrop for our pre-wedding shoot.

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Even for someone that works within wedding industry and who knows what to expect, planning your own wedding can still be very daunting! The thousands of pages in the (very expensive!) glossies and limitless web coverage available to brides and grooms is overwhelming. I’ve found Brides Up North to be an invaluable place to get real ideas and real information from real people relative to the area that we live in… great weddings happen Up North – fact!

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Congratulations Chriss & Ritch!

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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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Get in touch if you would like to share your love story, engagement shoot or Real WeddingHere’s how.

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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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Get in touch to share your own love story with Brides Up North.  Here’s how

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