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lemon & lace. florals galore for an elegant wedding in the north west – zarah & jeff

December 18th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

An Elegant Wedding On The Wirral (c) James Tracey Photography (34)

Baby it’s cold outside, but we have a stunning real wedding that’s guaranteed to warm up your Monday morning.

Featuring an abundance of blooms – from striking bouquets and centrepieces, to blossom trees, a floral wall and iced flowers on the cake – Jeff and Zarah’s big day was nothing short of beautiful.

The stunning Hillbark Hotel in the Wirral provided the perfect setting for their elegant big day, with the ceremony taking place in the spectacular Grand Hall and the reception in the venue’s large star-lit marquee.

Drawing on her experiences as a guest at the weddings of friends and family, Zarah picked out her favourite features and mixed in a few of her big day wishes too, resulting in an entertaining and enjoyable day for all.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.

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zarah says: We got engaged in Cuba on the 22nd May 2016. Jeff organised a lovely meal. We got picked up from our hotel in a 1957 Chevrolet car, which was amazing. When we got back to the hotel after our meal, Jeff insisted he wanted to walk on the beach and smoke a cigar – as you do in Cuba! I was a bit hesitant at first as a few drops of rain appeared. None the less we walked down to the beach and Jeff smoked his cigar. After a short stroll down the beach, I wanted to go back into the hotel as few more drops of rain appeared. As we walked back along the beach Jeff said, “wait I have something to ask you”. He then went down on his knee, as he proposed lightening appeared in the background and he asked for my hand in marriage. I was quite shocked and said “ok”, feeling the happiest lady in the world. Jeff then chuckled and told me when he asked my dad, he said the same thing!

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We got married on Friday 25th August 2017. We choose that date as it was the bank holiday weekend and we thought it would be a nice long weekend for our friends and family.

We got married in the Wirral at a hotel called Hillbark Hotel and Spa. We choose this venue as it is a beautiful Tudor style hotel and had an amazing great hall where we could get married. There are only 16 rooms at the hotel which meant we had the whole place to ourselves on our wedding day. The details at the hotel are amazing and it has lovely features, such as a large chandelier, fire place and hidden rooms. We also heard good reviews about how amazing their food is. It was also the perfect place where we could get married in the Great Hall and have our wedding breakfast meal in the star lit marquee.

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We didn’t really have a theme or style, but I wanted it to be stylish yet classy with a bit of everything. I have been to a lot of weddings and over the years and I have liked parts of different friends and family weddings and I wanted to incorporate this into my own wedding. Things like the blossom trees, larger flower centre pieces and flower background wall.

I chose lemon, white and dashes of hot pink for the colour scheme as lemon and pink are my favourite colours – I like bright and exotic colours having a Mauritian background.

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Dress-wise, I wanted a princess style design, which incorporated lace – I also wanted it to be off the shoulder with short sleeves. I went to a few bridal stores until I found the dress at Ava Rose Hamilton in Colne. They had a selection of amazing and beautiful dresses. They didn’t quite have the dress I had in mind but then they showed me a beautiful lace top which I could add onto of my dress, which just finished my dress off perfectly, along with a long cathedral veil with small diamantes. The service at Ava Rose Hamilton was amazing and I would definitely recommend anyone to go to this shop, if they are looking for a stylish wedding dress.

Jeff wore a bespoke suit from Signature Bespoke in Liverpool. He chose a navy-blue tuxedo style suit with a large velvet bow tie and velvet lapels on his suit jacket.

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hold back the river: a serene styled yorkshire wedding shoot

May 31st, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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If hump day has hit you twice as hard following the long weekend, join us as we escape to a peaceful part of Yorkshire to indulge in this idyllic styled bridal shoot.

Headed up by photographer Jenny Maden, the shoot features the handiwork of a small collaborative of Yorkshire wedding suppliers who have combined their skills to produce a whimsical set of images with beautiful styling inspo for your big day.

Now, put that spreadsheet to one side and enjoy scanning through the pretty as Jenny explains how it all came together…

With images by Jenny Maden Photography

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jenny says: I absolutely love styled shoots as they provide an opportunity to get creative with all things pretty, and with fewer time constraints than an actual wedding day. It also allows me to work with some awesome suppliers across the industry, who love what they do – and do it brilliantly.

For this shoot, I once again teamed up with the lovely Angela of Floral Dance to provide the wonderful blooms and to help on the styling. The gorgeous bridalwear was provided by Amelia’s Bridal, while makeup was taken care of by Carolyn Christina Beauty and hair was styled by Marisa at Bijou, based in Horsforth.

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As with our prior styled shoots, we wanted to keep the look both pretty and rustic and incorporate the beauty of the great outdoors as much as possible. As such we chose a scene riverside location in Yorkshire to capture the shoot. It’s a real hidden gem, with such a great variety of backdrops and shooing angles, in a relatively small area. The bridge, the pebbles, the water and the foliage all added to the final collection of images.

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we are family. a homemade wedding at hazlewood castle – anna & sam

February 24th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Sam and Anna wanted their wedding to be a relaxed and informal affair that their family (including their adorable nieces and nephew) and friends could both enjoy and feel a part of.

Everyone pitched in with friends loaning and providing décor and family members baking tractor-shaped cakes, making props and providing musical entertainment. What a talented bunch they are.

So let’s take a trip down Paradise Lane for this inspirational summer wedding.

Images by Ian Wallace Photography.

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anna says: We got engaged in September 2013 in the woodland walk around the edge of Ripley Castle. Me and Sam have been together from a young age and for a long time which I’ve always found a bit cheesy and cringey so I‘d always worried about how I would feel if he actually asked me to marry him! Because of this he always said he would only ask me to marry him when he knew I was ready.

We’d planned a week off work and Sam wanted to book the first night as a surprise before we headed up to Newcastle for a few days. When we pulled up at Ripley Castle, I was happy but not suspicious as we really like it up there so go quite a lot. Sam always says he had to follow me around to try and ask me because every time he started to try and get serious I would walk off looking at something else. In the end his beautiful speech started with a tugging me around and ‘will you just come here and stand still…’ before quickly getting down on his knee and waiting for me to stop crying and give him an answer. I of course said yes and we spent the next few minutes trying to get signal in the countryside to let our parents and family know. Afterward we spent the night in Rockcliffe Hall in Darlington which was amazing!

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We set the date for 11th August 2014. We wanted to get married in the summer to give us a good chance of sunshine for at least some of the day. The wedding package we picked was a midweek deal to try and keep our costs down so we just hoped that the people we wanted there would be able to get the day off.

Hazlewood Castle in Tadcaster was our chosen venue. We wanted a venue that could house a lot of people and a lot of children for an entire day if it rained and Hazlewood Castle was great for this because it had various rooms that people could go and have a bit of space in. We also wanted somewhere where we could all have breakfast together the day after and there were plenty of rooms for people to stay over. We loved the overall style and feel of the castle and grounds and knew we’d be able to get some beautiful pictures there. A few people had recommended it to us that had been to weddings there which helps. And who doesn’t want to get married in a castle that’s on Paradise Lane?

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We wanted a really natural, vintage/country feel to the wedding without a strong theme throughout. We were really focused on it being as unstructured as possible and letting things flow. I didn’t want to hide the castle décor so just added small bits to complement it and add a homely yet special feel. Our home is full of candles and flowers so these were a must! We didn’t really want a strong colour theme throughout the wedding either but wanted to keep everything very pastel based and natural so that it would blend well with the castle and nature elements.

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I wore an ivory boat necked fit and flare dress with lots of lace detail from Elegance Bridal Boutique in Skirlaugh. I loved the intricacy of the lace detail on the sleeves and wanted something that I wouldn’t have to keep pulling up all day. It was really important that I could bend down and pick up little children in it (which I practised a lot when trying on) because our wedding was full of our nieces and nephew. I decided not to wear any hair accessories other than a veil so that the focus was on the detail of the dress.

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Sam’s wore a blue three-piece suit from Next with a white shirt and blue tie. He had amazing Kurt Geiger shoes too!

Sam’s brother Joe wore a matching suit with different colour tie and shoes and my sister Rachel wore a lovely one shoulder dress from Coast. It was a beautiful pastel purple and gave her lots of room to pick up her two children and carry them down the aisle.

Our six nieces wore some really pretty dresses from Monsoon. They were pastel pink with little flowers on and some pink sparkly shoes. Jack our nephew wore a really cute suit from Monsoon with some cool trainers from Next. He was very proud of his outfit!

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Ian Wallace was our photographer and he was fantastic. He was recommended to us by a work colleague who is his close friend so I was initially reluctant to ask him but once we’d seen his images and style we knew he’d be great. We really didn’t want a photo album full of forced smiles and standing in a line so Ian was a perfect choice for us. Ian was really relaxed and made us both comfortable. Our pre-wedding photo shoot really helped and I’d recommend it to anyone. He worked really hard on the day and had a lot of little people to try and capture as well as us! We love the relaxed and genuine feel of the photos he’s given us. I think his quote on his photography blog was ‘you broke me a little bit that day, but it was worth it’.

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My flowers were from The Flower Shop in Easingwold. Again we wanted a really relaxed style and I wanted it to look like I’d just swept them up off the woodland floor (Disney style). It was a collection of woodland type flowers and herbs including rosemary, lavender and thyme, which smelt amazing!

We used the same florist to decorate our table centrepiece jam jars with similar flowers to my bouquet. Lots of our decorations were loans or bits and pieces that already had a meaning to them.

All the centrepieces were placed on a tree trunk base that our lovely friend chopped down and sliced for us for a wedding gift. We wanted each table to be slightly different, so used different types of jars and candles. Each table had a champagne bottle with a candle or flower in (we used bottles that we received as gifts for our engagement so they all had a special meaning. The smaller ones were from the travel company Kuoni where we booked our honeymoon). Our chairs were hired from Blacks, they provided a very efficient service.

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For our favours we decided to go down the lucky in love route and give everyone a scratch card – I was convinced we would make someone (hopefully us) millionaires. For my nieces I made them each a locket with their initials in to thank them for being our flower girls. Jack got a good old fashioned whoopee cushion for his page boy duties! For all their support we also gave special gifts to our parents and siblings.

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Our cake was a strange choice but reflected us both quite well! Early on I was determined for this wedding to be about both of us and wanted Sam to be expressed somewhere so what better way to do it than have a tractor cake! My brother’s long term girlfriend Chelsea, is a fantastic baker and offered her services to help make a cake. Two nights before the wedding, Chelsea had spent all day perfecting our orange flavoured tractor cake and all looked good. Then my dad arrived with the trailer he had made to house the children’s animal cupcakes (also made by Chelsea) and the tractor to trailer ratio was all off – our tractor looked like a little toy next a giant trailer! I will always remember that night, sat on Tesco’s cake aisle floor, with my mum, laughing and trying to piece together a tractor shape out of fruit cake and Madeira slabs to make a bigger tractor! In the end, we had two tractors, the small handmade one’s fate was a prize for the children’s dance competition so all’s well that ends well. Chelsea also made gorgeous cupcakes for us to have a more traditional style tower with a bride and groom.

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For our wedding meal we chose a typical Yorkshire main of beef and Yorkshire pudding because Sam wouldn’t have had it any other way. We had Eton mess for desert. We had Pimms straight after the wedding because it’s one of my favourite drinks.

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My four brothers are all talented musicians so we were really pleased when they agreed to play for our wedding evening. I don’t think we’ve ever seen our dad more proud! A DJ was part of the wedding package so he also played later on into the night – his only requests being from our 3-year-old nieces to play ‘Let it Go’ again! As part of our invitation and RSVP, we’d asked our guests to give us a song to add to our playlist. This way we could cater for everyone’s tastes and ensure everyone had at least something they could shake to!

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Special touches to the wedding included two of my brothers playing me down the aisle, which was a really heart-warming and special experience. My dad built an amazing photo prop of a moon and clouds with starry background. Instead of a guest book, we decided to have a guest tree. We left tags for people to hang their wishes/ message/ advice on. Because we left for our honeymoon the day after it was really nice to come home and read all the messages people had left. We’ve saved the message in our photo album to look back on and our blossom tree is now planted in the garden to grow over the years. If we move, it’s coming with us!

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We’d recommend our wedding venue to anyone. The staff were always helpful and on the day just seemed to merge into the background. The grounds and castle are beautiful for photos and gives you and your guests the space for an escape if needed.

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It’s really hard to pin point a certain part of the day as a favourite because it was all a genuinely beautiful day. Spending time with family is a massive part of our lives and I never feel more at peace when I’m surrounded by them so my whole day was lovely. I enjoyed getting ready and having my family and the children there.

Before the wedding, we’d both seen the actual ceremony as something that just needed to be done to get married but actually this part was amazing and really special. The personal parts always make things more special and laughing during our vows about respect will always be memorable! The speeches were also fantastic. My dad always has a way of entertaining a crowd so a detailed description of my conception was a must in his book!

There was a ten minute period later on in the evening where we both snuck off outside to have a few minutes to ourselves. Sneakily Ian had managed to find us! But we didn’t know he was there so now we just have the photo to remind us.

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We booked our honeymoon late and decided on a trip around Sri Lanka followed by a week in the Maldives, which was pure heaven. Sri Lanka was full of culture and a wonderful experience. We spent time in various places and it was quite fast paced so we were both ready for a bit of rest and relaxation in the Maldives. It really was a once in a lifetime experience.

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My top tips to other brides up north is when planning, don’t get bogged down with little logistical issues – on the day they really won’t matter. Always be true to what you want to do as a couple – there are so many ways to do a wedding, just make sure yours is your way. On the day, make sure you find a few moments to stand back and watch what a beautiful day you’ve created full the people you love the most. And really consider a videographer – we originally decided not to have one however, the night before the wedding Sam’s grandma feel ill and unfortunately her and his granddad were unable to attend the wedding. Thankfully, a lovely friend stepped in a filmed the whole day which we all watched as a united family when she was well again. When your wedding is over, you’ll want as many memories of it as possible.

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Fabulously Floral. A Real Wedding In Chester – Michelle & Rob

February 3rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This wedding differs from a lot of the submissions we usually receive here at Brides Up North – because this time its the groom in the driving seat.  In fact, he loved the whole process so much that he’s considering a career in the wedding industry.  Watch this space.

Rob writes:  Out of the two of us, I have loads of artistic flare, and Michelle really isn’t fussed on anything creative! When it came to organizing the wedding, Michelle really hadn’t a clue where to start, and so basically left it up to me. Not to say she wasn’t interested – we made a deal – she would concentrate on the dress and I would sort the venue! We did all main bits together but the actual decorating of the venue was all down to me. She was banned until the big day! 

I loved every minute of the build up. I knew what I wanted and made most of the stuff myself. In fact I enjoyed it that much I am hoping to start up in the industry this year.

I think the man’s a natural.  So, let’s hear all about his vision… over to you Rob. 

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Rob says: I asked Michelle to marry me at home on Christmas day in 2010 next to the Christmas tree. I hid the ring box at the back of the tree. After we had finished getting ready to go to her parents’ house, I said I had forgotten one last gift. When she opened her eyes I was on one knee!

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We were married on 18th August 2013 at Trafford Hall, Mickle Traford, Chester.  We wanted somewhere pretty and not overbearing that none of our friends or family had been to before. Somewhere all our guests could stay, somewhere we could have free reign over suppliers and not be dictated to by the venue’s preferred suppliers, and above all, somewhere reasonably priced. We loved the old Georgian house and that the venue is run by a charity who promotes eco values. The guests’ rooms were outdoor stables with wild flower turf roofs which were a brilliant talking point as guests arrived and went into their little hideaways. They try and source most of their food locally and try and grow all the veg onsite.

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Helen Hates Peas Photography

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Our theme was country floral. I have had a passion for flowers since a young boy and eventually studied garden design at Uni. I had an idea of the way I wanted the venue to look, and it involved lots of flowers and greenery. The venue and location were perfect for a country fayre style wedding, which I think is what we achieved.

We didn’t really have a colour scheme, just lots of floral prints. It could have gone horribly wrong, but it worked superbly!

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Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

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Michelle wore a crystal and sash White One Bridal sweetheart ball gown from the 2012 collection which she bought from Boda Bridal in Chester. Hannah (bridesmaid) made Michelle’s veil as a personal gift. Her shoes were diamanté flip flops from Oasis.

I wanted to stand out from the best men and ushers, so chose a two piece 0suit from Zara in French Navy. I had a bespoke lilac tweed waistcoat made for me by Crichton of Chester. They also made my shirt and sewed in a contrasting floral pattern to the cuffs and collar for when I took my tie off at night. I wore a silk floral hydrangea tie that I bought from G Room in Hoole, Chester.

We both have a favourite jeweller in Chester called Chique based in St Michael’s Precinct. Michelle’s engagement ring is from there as our wedding rings. As a surprise, I met with Adam, the owner, and selected a pair of pearl earrings for Michelle to wear on the day. I asked Hannah to give them to her on the wedding morning. Little did I know that Michelle had also gone in and spoke to Adam and selected a pair of pearl cufflinks as a surprise for me! Without even knowing we had matching earrings and cufflinks!

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Helen Hates Peas Photography

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Michelle carried a mixture of garden flowers including dahlias, anthirrinun, scabious, everlasting sweet peas, daiseys, astrantia, cornflower, amongst others. I didn’t want to be an understated groom, so my button hole was equally as flamboyant. I had the same flowers as Michelle, but with the addition of a sprig of thalictrum – a delicate purple flower.

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Helen Hates Peas Photography

Michelle walked down the isle to Etta James ‘At last’ and we both walked out to Jackie Wilson ‘I get the Sweetest Feeling’.

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Timeless Florals: A Real Wedding In Cheshire – Claire & Tim

September 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Well you know that I approve of the stunning venue for today’s beautiful Real Wedding, having hand picked the lovely Belle Époque as the location for the last Brides Up North Tweet Up North West!

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I love how Brides Up North reader  Claire and her new husband Tim have worked with the decor of this intimate setting, rather than against it, to create a special day that is personal and chic.

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Claire says:  We got engaged in October 2010. Tim sneaked off and designed the ring all by himself. After he’d cooked me a curry he attached the bespoke ring to the dog’s collar and got him to sit next to me on the sofa until I finally noticed it.

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We were married on Friday 22nd June 2012 at The Belle Époque, in the beautiful Cheshire market town of Knutsford.

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It’s a unique venue, with stunning original Art Nouveau architecture and an opulent interior. We chose it because we wanted an intimate stylish wedding with an emphasis on fun rather than a more traditional “starchy” occasion. We also chose The Belle Époque because of its reputation for excellent food and it certainly delivered on the day.

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The voguish Belle Époque wedding venue easily lent itself to a vintage chic theme.

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We based our colour palette on a beautiful silver sage colour with accents of classic pink- very pretty and in keeping with the vintage chic feel.

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I chose something a bit different to take us to the venue- two white London hackney taxis. They looked fantastic but there was the added bonus of them being very roomy inside for my wedding dress!

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My wedding dress was a Demetrios sparkly number from our gorgeous local boutique wedding shop, Puure in Lymm. It felt like a real red carpet dress. I had seen it in a magazine and couldn’t believe it was in our local shop- fate! Angie who owns the shop is amazing and made me feel really relaxed. She also came and put me in my dress on the day which was brilliant.

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My friend Jaynie who is manager at Johnson’s hairdressers in Stockton Heath opened the shop really early to make sure we all had fabulous hair. She was waiting with bucks fizz and croissants and made us all feel really special.

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Tim wore a navy blue suit made by Coleman and Son tailors based in Leicester. He’s 6ft 7 so always has to get his clothes made if they are going to fit him properly! My dad, the best man Nick & Tim’s brother Paul hired their navy suits from Groom in Warrington. Their ties were silver sage and made especially to match the bridesmaid’s dresses by the wonderful staff at Puure in Lymm.

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Julie Mann Photography are based in Helsby Cheshire. Julie and her husband Phil were so hard working and were with us all day from very early in the morning. They captured all the emotions of our wedding in a relaxed unobtrusive way and provided us with such beautiful photographs to remind us of our special day.

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My friend Caroline who owns Fresh Floral Designs in Hartford, Cheshire did our beautiful flowers as well as dressing the tables. She did such an amazing job. The bride’s bouquet was a natural tied posy of avalanche roses and crystal blush callas. The roses added a touch of pink to complement that vintage look. It was bound with satin ribbon and classical diamante buckle.

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I enjoyed every single second and couldn’t stop smiling! I think the best part was walking down the aisle with my wonderful dad and then me & Tim taking our vows in the exquisite candlelit ceremony room- so perfect.

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I made all the place settings myself: each table had a flower theme and I attached a little wooden heart onto each flower with the guest’s name on it- a lovely little keepsake. I also made all the stationery including the invitations and menus. It was really hard work but the guests commented on how beautiful the room looked.

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My table planner was a huge vintage bird cage on a stand which I attached the table plan cards to (which I also made myself). My friend Caroline filled the cage with gorgeous flowers.

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Another personal touch was the wedding favours: The girls got a little bottle of luxurious Molton Brown whilst the boys got a bespoke personalised golf ball as a little memento.

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Finally, each guest got a chocolate lolly at the end of the night- lips for the girls and a moustache for the boys. I made the labels for the lollies and never want to see another lolly label again as long as I live!

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Our show stopping cake was made by Rosy who owns Cakes For All UK and travelled from Banbury to set up the cake on the day. The individually designed cake was inspired to reflect the vintage chic theme and complemented the silver sage and classic pink wedding colours as well as the flowers in my bouquet. Inside each ball was mouth watering carrot, chocolate orange or chocolate fudge cake. Not only did it look extremely pretty but it tasted absolutely amazing as well.

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We had the most amazing Jazz band during the afternoon led by pianist Eugene Portman. The jazz singer, Jade, had a voice like honey.

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Manchester based DJ Nick Campbell did a sterling job at the night time do. So good in fact that Tim and I may have forgotten to talk to many of our guests in favour of dancing our legs off!! Luckily I had swapped my sparkly Jimmy Choos for a sensible pair of silver pumps.

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We also hired Shooting Stars Photo Booth which was an absolute stroke of genius! Our guests absolutely loved having their photos taken with the various daft props. We had a hilarious and unique guest book to keep at the end of the night.

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After the wedding we had a “mini-moon” in Portugal in an all inclusive resort for 6 days. We asked for Trailfinders vouchers for wedding gifts and are busy planning our Honeymoon to New Zealand in 2013 to coincide with the England cricket tour dates.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to walk really slowly down the aisle and take it all in… and don’t forget to smile!

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HEARTCongratulations Claire & Tim! HEART

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Please get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North. 

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