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real wedding recap 2017: a french inspired wedding at le petit chateau, northumberland – rachelle & liam

July 2nd, 2017 | Julia Braime

A Wedding at Le Petit Chateau (c) Sean Elliott Photography (55)

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 3rd July 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from the first half of the year so far. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

From the venue’s name, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is an overseas wedding, but in fact the stunning French inspired venue can be found in rural Northumberland.

Cheerleaders Rachelle and Liam fell whole-heartedly in love with its unique styling and charm, planning a big day with French shabby chic touches to complement their surroundings.

So, let’s get straight into the pretty. Ready? Ok!

With images by Sean Elliott Photography

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rachelle says: We got engaged in Bangkok, Thailand, in November 2013, while we attended the seventh World Cheerleading Championships, in which we both were competing together as part of Team UK.

We set the date for 30th July 2016 – the beginning of the school holidays as Liam is a teacher and we wanted to make sure we had time to fit in a good honeymoon before he went back to work.

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Our ceremony took place at St. Peters Church, Harton, South Shields at 12pm as it had sentimental value to Liam. We then held our reception in Le Petit Chateau, Otterburn. We originally booked a different reception venue when we first got engaged but when we discovered the plans for Le Petit Chateau, we fell in love and decided to lose our previous deposits and change to Le Petit Chateau, despite never actually seeing the venue until a month before our wedding. After seeing the venue, it looked a million times better than what we’d expected from the plans and knew we had made the right decision to change our wedding

We didn’t have a theme as such but it was almost aimed towards French shabby chic. We incorporated old books and watering cans into our centrepieces. Our table plan was a mannequin with French inspired shabby chic labels pinned to it containing the table plan to incorporate the French fashion scene. We added a cheerleading bow to this as that was how we met and how we’d got engaged. We picked our favourite looks from Pinterest and the shabby chic appealed to us the most. When we found our new venue, we tailored it more to suit the style and it worked perfectly.

We chose a coral colour scheme, as it was a very summery colour that we thought would brighten the photos. When we first saw the venue, we were excited to see that the same colour was used on the external walls of the Belle Epoque!

A Wedding at Le Petit Chateau (c) Sean Elliott Photography (56)

I chose my dress – an ivory Mori Lee gown – from The Bridal Factory Outlet, and had a wonderful shopping experience there. My dress was a full A-line dress with a slight sweetheart neckline. The bodice was covered in a heavy lace with pearls and crystals. It had a lovely crystal belt that tied into a lovely flowing tulle bow at the back. The skirt kicked out at the waist into layers of tulle. I picked the dress to show off my waist and as a cheerleader, I wanted sparkle but I didn’t want to go too overboard.

I also picked a shorter knee length dress for the evening, which was a white Sherri Hill dress that had a bodice full of pearls and a full tulle skirt with lace detail at the bottom.

A Wedding at Le Petit Chateau (c) Sean Elliott Photography (28)

Liam wore a grey three-piece suit from Slaters with a white shirt and black Ted Baker shoes also from Slaters, and a coral and ivory paisley silk tie and pocket square that I’d found on Pinterest and sourced from Amazon. They matched the colour scheme perfectly and were such much nicer than a block colour.

I won my bridesmaids dresses from Brides Dream in Newcastle, from a wedding show in 2014 and picked them from a wide range at their store in summer 2015. I picked a coral floor-length gown with an illusion sweetheart neckline. The top of the dress was a coral mesh with a lovely delicate lace detail on the shoulders. The dress also had an illusion low back, that accented my wedding dress.

I had a man of honour in my bridal party too, my best friend Ben Pardey, who helped my maid of honour, Olga Crehan. They were my two best friends from university and I couldn’t have got married without them both by my side with a main role in the wedding.

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paper & petals. a destination wedding in normandy – karen & simon

December 7th, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Stylish Destination Wedding In France (c) Lily Rose Lane Photography (43)

This morning on the blog we’re trading the North of the UK for the North of France to bring you Karen and Simon’s beautifully styled destination wedding.

Not only is this one brimming with lots of big day inspiration, but bride Karen is also sharing lots of helpful tips for those who fancy crossing the channel to exchange their vows too.

As a wedding stylist dealing in décor and flowers, Karen felt a little pressured to impress her guests but she need not have feared for her gorgeous bouquet and pretty styling with the use of paper pom poms and lanterns was nothing short of stunning!

With images by Lily Rose Lane Photography.

A Stylish Destination Wedding In France (c) Lily Rose Lane Photography (52)

karen says: Simon had originally planned to propose in Harrogate when we went for the day to see the first stage of the Tour de France but he didn’t get the chance because the trains were so horribly delayed the end of the day was stressful and we missed our dinner reservation. He waited a bit longer and proposed when we were away for the weekend in Hamsterly Forest, although it took a couple of drinks for him to pluck up the courage.

Our wedding was on Saturday 5th September 2015. We got married in Neufchatel en Bray in Normandy, France. Neufchatel actually translates to Newcastle, which we thought was quite poignant as that’s where we live.

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We were looking for something in northern France that would be easy for our guests to get to and found Cellier du Val Boury – a gorgeous 17th century farmhouse that has previously been used as a wine cellar in the middle of a lovely traditional French town. I found out after we’d booked it that I actually used to stop there for breakfast on our way to the south of France on family holidays as a child.

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C’est Chic – Flirty Frocks & Button Bouquets: A French Style Wedding Inspiration Shoot In The North East

May 7th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Hello lovelies!  I hope that you are all enjoying a fabulous extended weekend as we turn Monday into Sunday to celebrate May Bank Holiday.  In this first post of the day I have a visual treat for you courtesy  of Jamie Penfold Photography and a small collective of talented North East wedding industry suppliers.

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Jamie says: This actually came about after I bumped into Emily from Soon to be Pinned (creator of the shoes and bouquets in the shoot). Her business is relatively new and she mentioned she needed some images doing for her website. Our conversation went from doing some simple shots of bouquets to doing a full blown shoot on location.

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Emily found a superb location at Marco Polo Restaurant in Darlington. Our intention was to do a vintage tea party shoot but when Emily sent me some shots of the room it was screaming French chic to me. This was ideal as I was hoping to do something slightly different to the normal "vintage" look. I called on the help of Donna at The Timeless Table and Vikki at House of Mooshki who were both superb in providing some of their latest goodies for the shoot. The dresses are from Mooshki’s 2013 collection.

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The shoot didn’t go without hitches. The room we were to shoot in had been set for an evening function so we were only able to shoot in a small section of the room. That didn’t spoil the shoot though as we managed to get the character of the room from the shots produced. To be honest it was a really fun shoot to do with diners in the restaurant looking on as I got the girls to pose and twirl for the camera. We were really grateful to the management of Marco Polo as they allowed us to use the room on a busy Saturday afternoon.

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The suppliers showcased were:  Soon to be Pinned who provided the brooch and button bouquets and the shoes; The Timeless Table who provided all the accessories; House of Mooshki who provided the dresses from their 2013 collection and Jamie Penfold Photography.   

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Oh la la! A Real Wedding – Kelly & Phill

October 31st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Morning all!  A quick announcement before we get straight  into the Real Wedding loveliness this morning. 

Wedding blog Featured Supplier Damselle Tiaras – purveyor of all things sparkly and twinkly – is offering 10% off all purchases from their online shop until the end of November, so if you are looking for your crowning glory – get a clicking on their website

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Friend of the wedding blog, James P Lester Photography, recently submitted Kelly & Phill’s beautiful Real Wedding in the South of France and I have been dying to share it here.  This Northern couple headed to the wine region to tie the knot this summer in a perfect day full of colour, sunshine, vin et l’amour.  Parfait!

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Over to James:  As a wedding photographer, I love it when I get bookings for really unique weddings; weddings that stick in my mind as one of the highlights of the year. Kelly and Phill’s wedding was just that. 

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They were looking to get married in the South of France and headed out into the Bordeaux area in search of venues. After visiting a few, ahead of schedule, they settled on a castle as the place they were to be married but unable to get an early flight back home to Harrogate, they were forced to stay another night in France. Luckily for them, this led them to find the even more stunning Chateau Riguad nestled amongst the vineyards and they immediately swapped their venue.

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The plans were set for five days of relaxation with family and friends enjoying food, wine and laughter (and a canoeing session down the Dordogne river). The big day was just as relaxed, with a 4pm ceremony leaving everyone time to have a dip in the open-air pool in the sunshine, enjoying a selection of baguette sandwiches and trips to the open bar whenever the mood took them.

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The ceremony was set under the tree in the courtyard with Father Stephen, their priest who travelled over from Harrogate as well.

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The service included moving readings from family and friends and was followed by a beautiful mix of locally sourced canapés and champagne. A talented four man band meandered through the guests with amusing acoustic renditions of popular songs providing fantastic entertainment for the guests whilst I took the happy couple out into the vineyards for a beautifully sunlit portrait session. The only brief I had was ‘we want it to look like France’ – I think the vineyards say it all!

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Amongst the Poppies, A Real Wedding – Rebecca & Parry

December 22nd, 2010 | Julia Braime

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Newly annointed Featured Supplier and cool photo chick Hannah Dornford May sent Brides Up North this beeeee-aut-iful Real Wedding in France.

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I just think the colours and laissez faire French styling are divine!  Be inspired!

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Hannah explains: Rebecca and Parry held their wedding ceremony in Azillanet, a small village near Carcassonne in France. The wedding took place in a beautiful yoga retreat owned by a friend’s parents and we headed down the road to a vineyard to get the couples shots.

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Glorious sunshine, friends and family and a lot of lovely French food and wine meant that Rebecca and Parry had a fantastic wedding day – and I loved being able to capture it for them!

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Brides and photographers – don’t be shy, contact me to submit your Real Wedding today!

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