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gorgeous grandeur. pops of copper for a wedding at left bank leeds – courtney & vicky

September 1st, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Wedding at Left Bank Leeds (c) Yolande De Vries (25)

There are several elements to today’s real wedding that evoke the word “wow”.

The fabulously planned surprise proposal for one (excellent work Courtney), not to mention the a-maz-ing reception venue, and then the fact that the couple managed to get one of their favourite bands to travel all the way from California to play at their wedding. Impressed? Us too!

Now let’s start by hearing that proposal story…

With images by Yolande De Vries Photography.

A Wedding at Left Bank Leeds (c) Yolande De Vries (52)

courtney says: I proposed to Vicky at Cottage Road Cinema in Leeds on 4th May 2014. Cottage Rd Cinema was one of the places we went to on our first dates and is only a two minute walk from our house.

On the day of the proposal Vicky had planned to meet a group of friends in Headingley for lunch and a few drinks as a belated birthday celebration. I had suggested the two of us go to a student short film festival at Cottage Road Cinema before lunch and told her I had pre booked tickets. When we got to the cinema we were given a glass of prosecco each (we were told it was complimentary with ticket as part of the student film festival). When we got in the previews were already on and we stumbled to a few seats in the back.

When the first “short film” came on it was set to the song Skinnybones by Sea of Bees, which always reminds us of when we first got together. So instantly Vicky knew I was up to something but had no idea it was more than just a film. Part way through the very short film (it was probably only about 20 seconds of footage) text appeared that said, Victoria Hayhurst I adore you. Let’s be together forever? I then pulled out the ring I had designed as a cork popped from a bottle of bubbly, the lights went up and all our friends jumped up and yelled surprise! Vicky burst into tears, when she saw everyone and then again when she saw the ring and realised what was going on. We all had more prosecco, chatted and then walked to the restaurant we were all booked into for lunch and had a lovely day.

Exactly a year later Vicky surprised me on a walk through the woods by giving me my engagement ring at a spot that means a lot to us.

A Wedding at Left Bank Leeds (c) Yolande De Vries (68)

A Wedding at Left Bank Leeds (c) Yolande De Vries (77)

We got married on 27th June 2015, at Leeds Town Hall because I love the building and Leeds is where we met. The reception was held at Left Bank Leeds which is an amazing Grade II* listed former church building near to where Vicky lived as a student and where I rented when I first moved to Leeds. Before we found the venue I had wanted a grand but dilapidated building, with prosecco and exquisite canapés being served and a jazz band playing. Left Bank Leeds wasn’t dilapidated but still had the sense of grandeur I desired.

Our colour scheme was black, white, grey and navy with accents of copper. I chose these because they’re my favourite colours (I don’t really do colour!). I didn’t set a dress code but asked that everyone wore black, white, grey or navy. Everyone looks good in those colours and copper was a colour of the moment and added a bit of contrast for an extra pop.

A Wedding at Left Bank Leeds (c) Yolande De Vries (100)

In terms of my wedding attire, I made my own skirt and drafted the pattern myself. It was a full length, high waited skirt with wide waste band, concealed back zip and side pockets (for my phone) in a French navy silk from Joel & Son Fabrics in London. I chose the fabric with my best friends Vicky, Franny and Alexa. I wore the skirt with a customised white sleeveless top that I bought at Cos when I was in Berlin with Franny and Alexa.

Vicky wore French navy wide legged trousers from Crombie and a white asymmetrical sleeveless top by Vivienne Westwood.

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Live, Laugh, Love. A 1950’s Vintage Real Wedding In Lancashire – Adele & Donna

March 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Catharine Noble Photography

BIG LOVE to our brilliant and talented exhibitors, fabulous brides and goody bag touting grooms who supported our event in Leeds yesterday. The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Mansion was glorious! Thank you to everyone involved for your support and attendance, our team loved every minute of it. Roll on our next show at this favourite venue of mine… in the diary for 19th October!  More on that later.

Meanwhile, it’s still a March Monday on these pretty pages, and I’ve got something rather lovely in store for you this morning.  Today we are celebrating with not one stylish Bride Up North but two, as we join Adele and Donna for their bright, balmy and beautiful Real Wedding celebration in Lancashire.

With images by Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

Donna says:  We got engaged in May 2010. One Saturday morning there was a knock on the door. I was faced with a big bunch of flowers and a card saying ‘Will you marry me?’ and as I was reading this Adele produced a lovely white gold diamond ring in the shape of a flower.

Catharine Noble Photography

We were married on 3rd August 2013 at Heskin Hall Tudor manor house in Chorley, Lancashire.  We had looked at an array of venues in the area and didn’t come across any that understood us as a couple and understood what we wanted our wedding day to be like. The venue was perfect and just what we had in mind.

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

From the onset we had a 1950’s vintage theme. This included a VW Camper Van from Cheshire Campervan Hire as our transport, dapper floral shirts and dickie bows for the men and boys, vintage ice cream van from Every Day Is Like Sundae, high tea with vintage mismatched china, bunting, birdcages and heart shaped table confetti made from old sonnets. We collected jam jars, tied lace around these and added meadow flowers to them. We also had lawn games for our guests including croquet. Our motto – Live, Laugh, Love – was also featured throughout our ceremony and celebrations. 

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

We visited our local mill and our bridesmaids selected the same print in a different colour each to be made into the same dresses. Our little flower girl Elise wore a simple flower girl dress from BHS, which matched perfectly with the theme. The page boys wore matching floral shirts from Debenhams and waist coat and trousers from BHS. My father also wore a matching suit and shirt from Debenhams. All the boys wore dickie bows and 50’s style shoes.

Catharine Noble Photography

We both chose a similar style of dress even though we hadn’t consulted each other. Our local bridal shop and dress maker Something Special based in Horwich made both our dresses and bridesmaid dresses simply from a couple of pictures and ideas.

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

We carried simple but elegant meadow flowers and tea roses by Fleur De Lyn Cooper.  I had a Scottish thistle within my bouquet in memory of my grandma who was from Scotland.

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

We had a male soloist on a guitar who learned all our favourite songs and sang these straight after the ceremony on the lawn and also while we were having high tea.

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

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Got Chemistry! A Real Wedding In Nottingham – Jo & Rachel

November 12th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon we are visiting Nottingham Trent’s Old Chemistry Theatre with newlyweds Jo and Rachel, and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Images By Gabrielle for a sleek and stylish civil partnership ceremony that packs a purple punch.

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The girls say:  We got engaged on 2nd March 2012.  Jo asked Rachel on Brighton Beach.

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We were married on 20th October 2012 at The Arkwright Building at Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham.  Rachel went to university at Nottingham Trent and she’s got this old graduation photo with all her uni mates.  When we spotted the venue online, it was the only venue we went to look at and we booked it straight away – because it felt just right.  We’re not really country-house girls, so we wanted to be in the heart of Nottingham, where we first met.

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Our colour scheme was purple.  We were inspired by the venue’s purple chairs and wanted to pick that out in our details.  We even ended up with purple shoes!

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We both knew that we wanted short dresses – not traditional long dresses.  Initially, we even looked at bridesmaid ranges – because we liked the simple cuts and nothing too fancy.  In the end, we both chose vintage-cut dresses from The Wedding Club in Birmingham.  Jo’s was ivory, heavy lace and Rachel’s was a netted number with a bit of a 50s flick.

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We didn’t have any bridesmaids – there were enough dresses on the aisle!

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We had a pianist during the ceremony – he played Moon River on the way in, and Angry Anderson’s “Suddenly” on the way out.  He also played during dinner.  During the drinks reception we played 1930s big band tunes and in the evening we had a DJ (MC Productions), and an Elvis tribute act (booked through Alive Network) who was amazing.

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Rachel’s bouquet was made up of ivory roses and purple lissianthus.  Jo’s bouquet was hand made (by Jo) with vintage brooches.  Flowers were by Zinc Floral Design, and Annette’s flower stall in Nottingham. 

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We added lots of personal touches to the day;  One of the readings was a poem written for Rachel by Jo and we had photos of our parents’ weddings on display; the men had waistcoats made from family tartans; we took care of two bay trees and two olive trees for six months – so that they could be draped with fairy lights and the university girls recreated their graduation photo – 15 years’ later!

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We used a sketch of the venue on our invitations and that carried through all the stationery.   Our ceremony was held in the Old Chemistry Theatre, and the reception was in the Old Library so we tried to pick up on these details.  Everyone’s place card was a bookmark with a personalised quote chosen just for them. It took ages to do this, but it was worth it on the day – everyone took them home as a memento of the day.

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Favours for the girls were hand made using Liberty fabric and the boys were given Cancer Research pins with a personalised message.  All the children had their own party bag – with a retro kid’s story book and some sort of age-appropriate activity.  There was also a big top Wendy house in the corner!

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Jo’s mum and dad made a homemade fruit cake, decorated with tiny birds, flowers and pearls.  Plus cupcakes for the little ones and big kids…

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It’s really hard to choose a favourite part of the day -  we both sprang out of bed at 5am and went for a run!

Other than that, the ceremony was beautiful and our readings were perfect.  Our ‘exit’ song: “Suddenly” was fab – especially when our friends started singing along.  The speeches were amazing and there was something for everyone.  And then when Elvis and the DJ started – everyone came alive!

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Miami and Mexico.

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Our top tip for other Brides Up North would be to embrace the nerves!  It’s normal to have a meltdown at some point! 

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HEARTCongratulations Jo & Rachel!HEART

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