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home made. an English country garden festival wedding at Crook Hall – scott & claire

December 5th, 2014 | Julia Braime

an English Country Garden Wedding at Crook Hall (c) Darren Mack Photography (56)

It’s Friday, and after a whole week at home with my poorly baby (who is feeling much better, thank you) I’ve got the Friday feeling and then some.  Any post-work drinks will probably still be consumed in my kitchen, but if you are heading out to have some fun… I hope you have a good one.

Be inspired by Claire and Scott’s super fun day – totally done their own way – starting with an intimate ceremony for five, followed by an English tea party and finishing off with a full on festival.  Via a trip to the local, of course.

I like their style.

With images by Darren Mack.

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claire says: We got engaged on Valentines Day 2012. We were spending the weekend in the country and whilst out walking Scott proposed on a windy hillside in Upper Nidderdale, North Yorkshire. Apparently he didn’t really know it was going to happen!

We were married on 9th August 2014. We wanted a vintage English country garden wedding so guessed that time may be the best chance of sun. It was a beautiful sunny day.

We chose Crook Hall & Gardens, Durham as our venue. Its very close to home, and just right as soon as we walked in. Its very English and has a great view of the Cathedral, beautiful gardens and and feels like a real home, which it is. It’s an incredible sight in summer with the gardens in full bloom.

The evening reception was held at Durham Amateur Rowing Club Boathouse on the river. It’s a small friendly spot with a campsite which we needed for all our camper van mates.

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We didn’t want a wedding that didn’t reflect who we are. The day had to be nobody’s but our own. It needed to feel home made because it really was. We had a private family ceremony (five guests in total), tea party reception in the afternoon with live acoustic music, our vintage VW camper, a walk through the city centre featuring a pint in the historic Victoria Inn, and then a music festival theme on the night time with Scott’s band playing the music and our friends camping in their old VWs. This all reflected who we are and what we get up to in our lives.

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There was no colour scheme to speak of, but colours that reflected vintage bunting and English garden flowers. The lads all wore fuchsia pink ties and music manuscript buttonholes, but it was all very unscripted.

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an English Country Garden Wedding at Crook Hall (c) Darren Mack Photography (26)

I wore a fitted, elegant diamond white Maggie Sottero dress (Tia), with delicate, hand-sewn jewelled details.  I bought it from Poppy Bridal in Darlington.  It was the very first dress I tried on, nothing compared afterwards. It made me feel like a princess and summed up the look I wanted. Michele Bailey (of Wedding Hair and Makeup North East) took care of my hair and makeup on the day – perfectly.

Scott wore a sharp blue suit from Reiss with a fuchsia pink tie and brown brogues.

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Our photographer was Darren Mack, who we highly recommend. He captured the true essence of the day without being formal. He captures off guard moments with ease and is truly a nice guy to have at your wedding. Top man Daz!

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I chose an English country garden-style hand tied bouquet from City Blooms in Durham. The colours reflected the season.

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For our reception, we decorated using our own vintage tea pots decorated with English flowers by my Mum. We also made our own bunting on our 1950’s sewing machine, plus all the table decorations for both venues made from old tin cans and jam jars decorated with raffia, lace and twine.

We gave out  jars of Scott’s homemade jam and marmalade in hand decorated paper bags.

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We had a Pimms reception in the garden for afternoon guests with local real ale from the Black Paw Brewery, then full afternoon tea from Crook Hall which was stunning served on the lawn.  In the evening we chose local craft ale from Anarchy Brewery, Morpeth with a classic summer BBQ and ice creams (Scott’s mate’s vintage ice cream van) to go with the music festival theme on the river.

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We chose a three tier round cake, decorated with vintage bunting. Scott’s Mum made the base fruit cake, and Michelle Fortune of Frotchy’s Cakes, Great Lumley, made the top two sponges and decorated the whole cake.

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an English Country Garden Wedding at Crook Hall (c) Darren Mack Photography (47)

In the daytime we had friends of Scott playing acoustic music in the garden, with one of my friends playing harp music through afternoon tea and Luke Howells Magician entertaining throughout.

At night we asked Scott’s mate Steve Maddison to be on DJ duty to get things moving. Then we had a ‘group dance’ with all guests dancing to The Beach Boys ‘Wouldn’t it Be Nice’. We didn’t have a ‘first dance’. Then both of Scott’s bands played (including Scott); The36s playing classic rock and Shakedown playing vintage soul and dance. The entertainment reflected who we are and probably not what was expected but it went down great.

It was a real festival feel (and we even had festival lanyards)!

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an English Country Garden Wedding at Crook Hall (c) Darren Mack Photography (57)

On the day we walked everywhere right through centre of city attracting spontaneous rounds of applause from strangers! A one point we even popped out to the pub to meet up with more friends!

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an English Country Garden Wedding at Crook Hall (c) Darren Mack Photography (62)

There are so many highlights, it’s hard to pick just one! Firstly, the ceremony – walking out of the hall into the garden with my Dad and seeing Scott waiting for me.  Secondly, our guests arriving and the amazing afternoon tea with entertainment.  Thirdly – our walk through Durham – now that turned a few heads! Fourthly, our group dance rather than a first dance – it took people by surprise.  Finally, letting our hair down and enjoying the party.  It was the best day of my life! I wouldn’t change a thing.

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For our honeymoon we did a Pacific North West of America road trip from the super cool San Francisco, via the jaw dropping beauty of Yosemite National Park, through NorCal wine country, up the pacific coastal highway, through redwood country, into beautiful Oregon for the best craft beers on earth, fantastic white water rafting, trekking through forests, climbing snow topped mountains, experiencing the incredible city of Portland and watching live music as much as we could. All in all a truly fantastic place to journey through.

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an English Country Garden Wedding at Crook Hall (c) Darren Mack Photography (71)

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t feel you have to follow a set routine. Your wedding day should reflect your personalities. Your family and friends will understand that and your day will be all the better and more relaxed for it. Be yourself!

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Super Beautiful. A Pretty DIY Wedding In Preston – Graham & Aimee

July 11th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

A whole lot of heart and soul went into the planning of Aimee and Graham’s wedding day, with the bride to be firmly at the head of operations.  Known for her girly ways and pretty styling efforts, this Brides Up North reader certainly wasn’t going to disappoint on the biggest day of her life.

The result?  A personal and pretty celebration with lots of delectable DIY details.  If you like really pretty things, you’re going to be very inspired.  Pinterest fingers at the ready.

With images by Weddings By Luke

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Aimee says: We got engaged in London at Christmas time. We were at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, which I had been so excited to visit as I absolutely love all things Christmassy! We were at the ice rink which looked so pretty all lit up with fairy lights at night when Graham pulled out the most perfect ring and proposed to me! Afterwards we headed straight to Harvey Nichols champagne bar for a glass of celebratory bubbles.

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Our wedding was on 26th April 2014.  There was no real special reason behind the particular date other than when we visited Beeston Manor for the first time we absolutely fell in love with it and they were fast running out of Saturday availability! We always wanted a spring wedding so the last Saturday they had left until later in the year was perfect for us. We got in pencilled in there and then.

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Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

We got married at All Saints Church on Hesketh Bank. It meant such a lot to us both to get married there as we both grew up visiting that church, all our family weddings and christenings happen there so I really couldn’t imagine it being anywhere else. Ever since I was a little girl imagining my wedding, I always dreamt of it being there. It was so lovely that Reverend Bill knew us and our family to make the service personal and really special. To top it off, it’s a gorgeous little church too!

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

The theme for our wedding was a vintage style English country garden look with a slight rustic twist, but I am a girly girl so it was kept very pretty with lots of lace everywhere. We chose this style as it is very “me” and really reflected my personality and of the style of our home. Graham always says that it is my job to make everything pretty so he was more than happy to go along with it and helped out with picking everything.

Our wedding colours were ivory, blush pink and mint. We chose these as we felt ivory and pink colours always make for a pretty and classic wedding, I am a bit obsessed with mint at the moment so adding that in just added some extra interest.

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I wore an A-line tulle skirted dress from Blue by Enzoani which I bought from Emma Hartley Bridal in Colne. It featured lace appliqués and beading detail on the skirt and the bodice was a ruche waist with lace overlaid with beaded flowers. I tried on 67 dresses trying to find “the one” but I loved this dress as it was so pretty and romantic, with so much beautiful detail, I felt like a princess when I tried it on.

I knew I wanted a full skirted dress but also wanted a covered top so we had it customised with a tulle top with lace appliqués which matched the skirt to create an illusion neckline and V shape back.

I had amazing lace detail peep toe shoes from No.1 Jenny Packham at Debenhams which I absolutely adored!

In my hair I wore the Autumn headband from Liberty in Love with tulle and silk flowers and beads. I had a two tier waterfall veil with tiny diamantes to catch the light, again from Emma Hartley Bridal.

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Our bridesmaids wore blush pink dresses from Coast with petal detail on the bust, they were perfect for the romantic and floral look we were going for and looked beautiful on the girls. We were very fortunate about the fit of the dresses as mid way through planning after we had bought the dresses, two of my bridesmaids found out they were pregnant and luckily the dresses were a perfect shape for a growing baby bump, they looked lovely on the day! We had two flower girls who wore dresses very similar to the bridesmaids but in white and had little cardigans featuring the same petal detail to tie everything together.

The groomsmen wore matching suits to Graham and our page boy had a mini version with a tailcoat, waistcoat and bow tie and which we paired with Converse which looked adorable

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Michelle Sisson did my makeup and my bridesmaid’s hair and makeup, she did a fantastic job and we all felt amazing after she had worked her magic, she was so lovely to have around on the wedding morning and made sure we look perfect before we left for church. My friend Emma Shaw Hair did my bridal hair and was again fantastic at achieving a gorgeous do which was exactly as I wanted.

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Graham wore a grey three piece slim fit suit, with a blush pink tie and hankie. It is not really his style to wear a full tail coat suit so this was perfect, it created a relaxed but smart look which really suited him and I think he looked really handsome. We hired the suits from Winstanleys at Oswaldtwistle.

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

My mum and I travelled to church in a vintage Bentley in cream and the bridesmaids followed in a matching Daimler then n the way to the reception me and Graham were in the Bentley and the flower girls had a turn in the “posh car” which they loved! We hired the cars from a local company called Classic Wedding Cars and Jimmy the driver had us laughing the whole journey which helped with nerves!

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

I carried an amazing white and pink bouquet of peonies and hydrangeas which are my absolute favourite flowers. They were so gorgeous and fluffy; I didn’t want to put them down all day! They were hand tied with matching ribbon and lace, I pinned my best friend’s Grandma’s heart shape brooch onto them as my something old and borrowed. Our flowers were all from Libbi at Flowers by Strawberry Fields and she did such an amazing job, they were better than I ever imagined.  As soon as I met Libbi it was clear we had very similar taste and we knew we could completely trust her to make everything super beautiful. 

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Jumpin’ Jumpin’! A Real Wedding In The North West– Helen & Stu

June 22nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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

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Usual service will recommence on 1st July 2013,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far in 2013, plenty of eye candy, new features that we won’t be able to wait to share, some special supplier showcases and a couple of surprises too!

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I love a party with a bit of bounce, and Helen and Stu’s gorgeous vintage country garden wedding certainly has plenty of that!  With perfect detailing, beautiful blooms and one stunning leading lady, this Real Wedding is jumpin’. 

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Helen says:  We got engaged at the “Northern Quarter Restaurant” in Manchester on 27th November 2010. Stu proposed with a beautiful 1920s ring – chosen by him!

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We were married on 12th May 2012 at St Helens Church, Waddington with the reception at Browsholme Hall, in the Forest of Bowland.  St Helens Church was chosen due to it being beautiful, its fantastic community spirit and absolutely lovely Vicar, John Brocklehurst. Waddington is a stunning little village and a convenient location in relation to the reception venue.

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Browsholme Hall is surrounded by beautiful countryside and the Tithe Barn where our reception was held is a stunning 17th century building. Rebecca, the Venue Manager was fantastic and couldn’t have been more helpful (also, both venues made me cry with happiness, which is very important)!

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Our theme was English Country Vintage… and fun!  All the vases, crockery and table linen were purchased by us both over many MANY weekends trawling the countries antiques shops.  We also wanted to make sure all our guests had a great time so we made sure there were plenty of fun elements and personal touches… and plenty of food and drink!

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Three bridesmaids wore sage green chiffon dresses by Dessy and another of them wore a grey suit with a Dessy sage green tie.  The flower girls were in lace John Lewis flower girl dresses.  Our groomsmen black suits with matching white shirts and floral ties. 

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I wore a beautiful Spanish lace dress called Alborada by Pronovias, with a hand made Cathedral length lace edged veil to match the train of the dress. I wore my maternal Grandma’s marcasite necklace and a hand made side tiara with antique marcasite earrings.

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Stu wore a Kenneth Cole black suit, a tailored fawn waistcoat with Jeffery West Cuban shoes and a skinny floral tie (lavender and cream). 

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We left the church to Morecambe and Wise’s “Bring Me Sunshine”. 

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The bouquet was designed by David Wayman to represent English Spring meadow flowers – I’m afraid we can’t remember the flower names!

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My father and I arrived in a 1912 Bentley DB. This car also took the Stu and I to the reception venue. 

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Stu’s mother made a three tier cake (top tier was sponge with the lower two fruit) and I hand painted cake toppers to look like us. The cake was decorated with lace and flowers to match the tables and bouquet. 

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Our wedding favours were silly eye patches, toy soldiers, moustaches & we bought colouring books as extras for the children too. 

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The table names were silly little sayings that we both have (e.g. The Jaguar & The Fez). I made 120 luggage label place names with vintage rubber stamps, vintage postage stamps and using my Nanna’s type writer to type the names.

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We used With A Twist Catering in Darwen and hired a brilliant bouncy castle from Funflatables! 

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I know everyone must say it, but we really did have the most perfect and magical day filled with love and laughter.

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In the evening we had a vintage suitcase of Flip-Flops for ladies with sore feet from dancing late at night and we had a table with photograph of our parents and grandparents’ Wedding Days.  Stu made a playlist of vintage love songs from jazz to 60’s. 

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We honeymooned in the Now Larimar Resort, Punta Cana – Dominican Republic. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that in the planning of your wedding make sure it reflects who you are and your own personalities rather than that of others… oh and get Adam Riley to take your photos!

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Congratulations Helen & Stu!

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English Country Masquerade! A Real Wedding In The North East – Helen & David

October 16th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This morning I am thrilled to be sharing the beautiful Real Wedding of one of my favourite Featured Suppliers,  the lovely Helen of Helen Russell Photography.  Helen and David are a gorgeous couple, so I knew that their special day would be unique and stunning.

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Enjoy!  With images by Focal Point Photography

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Helen says:  David proposed in our first home on Christmas Day, he wanted to do it somewhere that was special to us both and took me by complete surprise.  We were married on 15t July 2011 at St Benets Church and then the reception was at Crathorne Hall. 

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St.Benets is my parish church and a beautiful one too.  Crathorne Hall is an exclusive venue for one wedding and it feels you have the whole place to yourself with a gorgeous lawn at the front for reception drinks.

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We chose a vintage, shabby chic and English opulence theme, injected with fun, and our colour scheme was  a mixture of soft pastels -pinks, blues and lavender. 

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I wore Vanessa by Maggie Sottero from Wedding Essential Newcastle. I wanted something soft and flowing I knew soon as I tried it on it was “the one”.  I carried a bouquet containing peonies, hydrangea and roses by Cathryn Burgin  – I wanted an English country garden look in July.  

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My bridesmaids wore gowns from Zara on Regent Street and the men went for a more contemporary look with skinny ties.

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We loved the whole day it was amazing sharing such a special day with all our friends and family. But we both enjoyed the ceremony and saying our vows the most -  we have never been so happy in our lives!

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We chose a  Wedgwood inspired wedding cake by Take a Bite which was served on cake stands with vintage tea cups and added drama with venetian masks by Kathryn Russell.  

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We used Polaroid’s of guests for place names and had Yankee Candles and miniature vodka for favours.  Purple Peacock Stationery designed our tabled decor.  

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When the guests arrived we had the amazing Saxophone player Anthony Taylor, setting the mood on the lawn. Later we had the talented singer Ashleigh Lowes and our friends jumped on the decks playing soul and house music.

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After the wedding we had an amazing honeymoon in Cape Town, on safari  and in Mauritius.  

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that adding unique details to your wedding will make the day more memorable to your guests. The day goes so fast so make sure you have a very good photographer there to capture your memories and I am not just staying that as a photographer myself but as a bride!

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Blue Sky Dreaming! A Real Marquee Wedding In Cheshire – Rebecca & Stephen

August 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I promised you a whole day of Real Wedding pretty, and that’s exactly what you are going to get.

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I’m rounding things off in style this afternoon with a beautiful marquee wedding in Cheshire, sent to me by the wonderful Andrea of Brides Up North Featured Supplier and wedding planning wonder Fabulous Day, Neil Redfern Photography and real bride Rebecca.

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Now wasn’t this the sort of weather we were meant to have for the bank holiday?  Let’s hope Rebecca and Stephen’s gorgeous big day spreads some sunshine this Tuesday afternoon!

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Rebecca says:  We got engaged in May 2011 in Mexico, Mayan Riviera. Stephen took me for a walk one evening after dinner to the beach where there was nobody but us, he sat me down on a beach bed and asked me to marry him under the stars.

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We were married on 30th June 2012 at my parents’ home in Tarporley, Cheshire. We had a marquee on their meadow for the reception and the ceremony took place in the main garden.

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We couldn’t think of a more intimate place to get married than my family home. My parents have the space and it was a dream of mine to get married there so we made it happen. Every time I visit now it reminds me of my wedding day.

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it was a typically English country garden wedding with vintage crockery, afternoon tea style wedding breakfast, old school garden games, sweet peas and lavender everywhere, using a colour palette of lavender and spring green. 

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I found my dress in Agape in Knutsford, it was a Watters & Watters Dress. It was the first shop I visited, and I had a completely different style in mind than the dress I choose. The second I put it on I just knew I loved it and that my initial ideas had been all wrong.

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It was vintage lace bodice with a sweetheart neckline and then it went out at the waist with layers of organza and lace detail.

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My bridesmaids wore a beautiful strapless knee length dress in Midori green, made by Watters & Watters (again from Agape in Knutsford) and the groomsmen hired their mid grey tails from Moss Bros, they wore lavender coloured ties to go with the colour scheme.

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I carried a beautiful bouquet of mostly English flowers and wild grasses including a vintage rose. My bridesmaids had a smaller version of the same bouquet by Fletcher & Foley. 

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I loved every single second but I think the ceremony was my favourite part of the day; it was so personal, we had written our own vows so they mean so much to us. Plus we said our vows to each other on my parents lawn in front of our closest friends and family, it was the best moment of my entire life!

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We had a string quartet (Strelitza) who played for three hours before and after the ceremony while the guests drank champagne and ate canapés on the lawn. Then in the evening we had a DJ playing mostly 90’s classics.

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To add a personal touch we gave our guests gifts of handmade favours (Jam and honey), made by the mother of the bride and mother of the groom and laid out vintage garden games  like quoits, croquet and boules. 

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My brother Richard made my cake, it was better than I ever could have imagined. It was three tiers of carrot cake (my favourite) with a cream cheese frosting. It was devoured in the evening with nothing left by all the guests.

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Posh Frocks and Wellies provided the marquee and the lighting, dance floor and DJ were by HipswingStables Cuisine were our caterers, with vintage china hire from Vintage Teas

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If you are planning a marquee wedding at home then I would really recommend a wedding planner, there is so much more to do and organise than a venue wedding.  I do not know what we would have done without our wedding planner Andrea (Fabulous Day) , she made the day what it was… perfect! In fact I would hire her for any type of wedding, she removed all of the stress and let us enjoy the run up and the day.

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In the afternoon we were in for a huge treat – an aerobatics display, organised by father of the groom, a total surprise to us but thoroughly enjoyed by all guests and surrounding neighbours of Tarporley who have been talking about it ever since!

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After the wedding we went to Bangkok and then Koh Samui in Thailand, where we stayed at the Six Senses resort. Absolute paradise!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to remember that you are marrying the love of your life and nothing else matters.  If little things go wrong no one even notices, relax and enjoy because it goes by in a flash.

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Congratulations Rebecca & Stephen!

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If you would like to see your own Real Wedding on the pages of Brides Up North just get in touch!

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In An English Country Garden: A Real Wedding In The North West – Vikki & Rob

July 4th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’ve a treat for you to mark the middle of a busy week – a double header of Real Wedding gorgeousness!  Today’s first comes to us from the North West courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Adam Riley Photography and beautiful real bride Vikki.  And it’s an absolute stunner!

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One of my favourite bits about editing the Real Wedding features for Brides Up North (apart from the wedding dress lust) is seeing the raw emotion of a wedding day come across in the images.  This wedding doesn’t disappoint… and I reckon we’ve got a fellow Daddy’s girl on our hands here!  Nice to know that I’m not alone (*waves* hello Dad!). 

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Vikki says:  We got engaged in November 2010 at Lumley Castle – I thought Rob had arranged a weekend away at a B&B near Durham but he had secretly booked a room at Lumley Castle, I had no idea what was going on until he got down on one knee!

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We were married on 5th May 2012 at married Norcliffe Chapel, Styal and the reception was at Arley Hall, Northwich.  I grew up in Styal and my parents live five minutes from the Chapel, so it meant a lot to me to get married there. We chose Arley Hall for our reception because it’s a beautiful English country house, which is full of character and charm and the staff were so friendly and professional. It was exactly what we were looking for, and we fell in love with it straight away!

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Our theme was ‘English Country Garden’, sort of ‘bringing the outside in’, with an ivory and sky blue colour scheme. 

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Steph Baker who has a salon in Wilmslow did all the bridesmaids and my nails on the Friday night and mine and my mums makeup on the day and Kate and Maria from David Anthony’s did all of our hair.

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We booked a vintage Beauford Tourer from Horgans Cars to travel to the Church and the Venue.

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My dress was from Lancashire Bridal Gallery in Tarleton and was an end of season Sophia Tolli design, so I got it for a great price! I felt that the dress complimented the venue perfectly!

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My bridesmaids were in Sky Blue Jasmine B2 dresses from Agape in Knutsford. As long as they were all in the same colour, I didn’t mind if they all wore different styles, but it turned out they all wanted the same dress!

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I was really emotional at the church, it was so amazing to have all our friends and family watch us get married, so I think that was my most favourite part of the day, but to be honest I loved it all!

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Janet from Croftland Nursery in Styal did the flowers in the church, the button holes and the bouquets. I gave her a vague description that I wanted ivory and blue ‘wild flowers’ tied together with string – I was overwhelmed with the final product, it was exactly what I had in my head!

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I made all my own table decorations and table plan from lots of twigs, jam jars, string and wild flowers picked from my Mum’s garden the day before.

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We also made Super Top Trump cards for all the guests as a bit of banter during the wedding breakfast!

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Amy James did the chair covers for the wedding breakfast and RW Bespoke did all the catering at Arley Hall.

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The very talented Leanne Holmes from ‘Bake Me I’m Yours’ made me a cake of cupcakes. She did four different designs which all followed our colour scheme and our ‘English Country Garden’ theme.

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A string quartet from Thackeray Music set the tone for our Pimms reception at Arley Hall, and

David Lee was the DJ for the evening reception. He played an excellent mix of music, which kept the dance floor full all night!

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We had an amazing honeymoon which started with five days of relaxation in the Seychelles, followed by four days in Rwanda, trekking to see the mountain gorillas and finished with seven days on Safari in the Serengeti. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to just relax and enjoy the day, it goes by way too quickly!

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Congratulations Vikki & Rob!

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To see your Real Wedding featured on these pages just get in touch!

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