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concrete love. martina liana for a summer wedding at eslington villa – kate & liam

August 21st, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

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After getting engaged at a Courteeners gig, today’s featured couple, Katie and Liam were married in Gibside Chapel and moved onto Eslington Villa to get the celebrations underway. Katie loved visiting Gibside as a little girl and instinctively knew it would be the ideal place to say “I do”. We’ve got to say that we wholeheartedly agree: the stately polished wood and colonnaded interior is breath-taking, and perfect for their formal religious ceremony.

But this Real Wedding has so much more going for it than just the pretty setting, believe us. Kate’s Martina Liana gown is just exquisite – an absolute showstopper of lace and embellishment topped off with the ultimate cathedral-length, heavy lace-edged statement veil. If you’re looking for classic Grace Kelly vibes with a V-neck, look no further.

Add in some sequinned table-runners, all-white bouquets and the proudest, smiliest little pageboy we ever did see and what do you get? A whole lotta heart-eyes.

With photography by Danny Birrell Photography.

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kate says: Lima and I got engaged on 5th June 2015 at a Courteeners gig – they’re my favourite band! It was at Heaton Park in Manchester.

We got to into the venue, headed straight to the bar and, as we were waiting for everything to start, Liam said, “Can you hold my pint in your right hand?” The next thing I knew he was down on one knee! It was a huge shock: our friends were standing not too far away from us and all I could hear was my sister Charlotte screaming, crying and shouting, “Oh my God!” It was amazing – I couldn’t think of anywhere better for it to have happened. We were also mentioned in the NME magazine after the gig!

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Our wedding date was 7th July 2017 – we liked the fact that there were lots of 7s in the date! We were married in Gibside Chapel and our reception was at Eslington Villa, Gateshead.

We wanted something a little different; I’m personally not keen on big stately home weddings and wanted to create something that was relevant to me and Liam. I used to go to Gibside as a child and we liked how Eslington Villa was just a quirky little restaurant and that we had exclusive use of it.

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Our décor theme was ‘a little bit of everything’ – candles in geo votives, succulents and sequinned table runners. I loved how everything wasn’t too streamlined.

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I saw my dress at a wedding fair; it was a Martina Liana gown from Mia Sposa bridal at Newcastle. I just fell completely in love as soon as I saw it. I loved the long train, the sleeves, the lace – just everything!

For my shoes I went for a pair of Christian Louboutins – I’d wanted a pair for years! They were nude patent Pigalles.

Ashley at Elixir in Seaham did my hair and managed to create exactly what I wanted. Katie Robson did my makeup and was a dream to work with. She has the patience of a saint!

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Best Of British. Paloma Blanca For A Real Wedding At Eslington Villa – Claire & Ryan

November 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Helen Russell Photography

This afternoon we are staying in the North East as we join Brides Up North reader Claire and her new husband Ryan for their classic Real Wedding inspired by British history.  Strike up the band…

Images by Helen Russell Photography

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Claire says:  We got engaged on holiday in Majorca in 2011 when Ryan asked me on a cliff top overlooking a gorgeous beach and the Med. Ryan kept us standing there for ages whilst he waited for other passers-by to clear.  I was wondering why we were waiting there so long until he asked me to marry him.

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

We got married on 20th July 2013 at The Gibside Chapel and Pleasure grounds followed by Eslington Villa in Low Fell.  I always dreamed of a classic wedding. The North of England is blessed with a wealth of amazing historical venues and Gibside Chapel and surrounding Pleasure Grounds provided the perfect setting to make our dream wedding come true.

We feel Eslington Villa, Gateshead is one of the best kept secrets in the North East. The Victorian mansion house, with its fantastic gardens and Victorian décor was the ideal venue for an intimate wedding reception. We also really liked the fact Eslington Villa allowed us to give our guests the option of three choices for each course of the wedding breakfast. So we were able to send a little menu card in our invitations so each person could choose what they preferred.  We thought this was a very nice touch.

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

We chose a very classic theme “Best of British” (Georgian and Victorian). The amazing buildings, scenery, history and décor of the wedding venues we decided upon really inspired us. In the end we decided we didn’t want to be tied to a specific colour scheme, as long as everything matched the classic theme I was happy with that.

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Arriving by horse drawn carriage (North East Carriage Company) through a stunning avenue of trees towards the gorgeous Georgian chapel which was once owned by the Bowes Lyon family (the family of the Queen mother) all pre wedding nerves were gone as I felt like a character from a Jane Austen novel and arrived with a huge smile on my face to meet my lovely fiancé. The wedding service in the chapel was beautiful and was followed by drinks and canapés in the Sundial gardens and photographs in the stunning surrounding estate.

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The dress I chose was a Paloma Blanca dress that I chose from Darcy Weddings in Morpeth in Northumberland. Ryan wore a navy blue Kenneth Cole suit, Paul Smith tie and brown Kurt Geiger brogues.

The bridesmaid’s dresses were from Laura Lea Boutique in Newcastle. Ryan wasn’t keen on the idea of the groomsmen all wearing the same suit as him so they all had their own individual suit.

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

In keeping with the classic Best of British theme I chose very simple, yet classical looking blue Hydrangeas (that were commonplace in Victorian gardens) with white roses and simple green foliage by Flowers By Design.  

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Helen Russell Photography

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Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

We chose a very Victorian inspired cake to compliment the décor of Eslington Villa, the cake – by The Ivory Cake Company – was very different to others we’d seen but we were absolutely delighted with it.

Helen Russell Photography

Having both been huge Beatles fans for as long as we can remember the songs have really provided a soundtrack to both of our lives; so each table included an original retro 1960’s Beatles vinyl record single, and each table was named after a carefully selected Beatles classic. We sat at the table named "All you need is love".

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

For table decorations, reception flowers and favours we used 5th Avenue. 

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

We chose a great guitarist and singer called Eddie Miller who played a wide range of classic covers from the Beatles right through to Oasis. After Eddie finished with the guitars he then played a great rock and roll/ indie DJ set. This proved to be a huge hit with all the guests as we had people of all ages up dancing and was a bit different to your typical wedding disco.

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography

For our honeymoon we went to the south of Italy, we stayed in Sorrento but also visited the amazing Capri, Almalfi Coast, Postiano and the fascinating Pompeii. It’s a stunning part of the world and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a potential honeymoon destination.

Helen Russell Photography

My top tip for Brides Up North sounds so clichéd yet it’s so true… it would be to make sure you enjoy every minute of the day as it really does fly over. Also I’d say try not to be too nervous before hand as once it gets started the nerves will all go and you will love every minute of it.

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Congratulations Claire & Ryan!

Fancy seeing your own Real Wedding on Brides Up North?  Here’s how

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Helen Russell Photography 

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Something Borrowed! A Real Wedding In The North East – Davina & Mark

August 21st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A little before going full time with the wedding blog I received a Facebook message from an old school friend that really made my day (during what sometimes felt like uncertain times on unchartered waters!).  It said:

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Hi Julia
Not sure if you remember me from high school? Just wanted to say I am getting married in 8 weeks (ARGH) and your website is FAB! I am totally addicted to it. You’ve provided me with loads of inspiration so THANK YOU and keep up the good work.  Your site is a breath of fresh air to the stressed out bride(zilla)!
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Davina lifted my spirits and made me feel that all the late nights hunched over the laptop and days spent campaigning for the Northern Revolution like a mad woman were worth it.  It is my absolute pleasure to share her Real Wedding on these pages today, with beautiful images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sean Elliott Photography.

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Davina says:  We got engaged on my birthday in Lake Garda. After ten years together I’d practically given up hope of ever being a Mrs. Mark gave me a watch for my birthday which totally threw me off the scent. We hired bikes from the hotel, had a lovely birthday lunch and then we were on a pier when he said ‘Shall we get married?’ I immediately said ‘Well you’ll have to get a ring!’ At which point he was on his knee with a beautiful ring. I was laughing and crying and then nearly crashed my bike on the way back looking at my sparkler.

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We were married on 30th July 2011 on .  We didn’t want a traditional church and something a bit different from a hotel. It was perfect and made great pictures. We used to walk or dogs around Derwent and Mark had enquired about weddings there four years earlier. We were a bit stuck for the reception. We went for lunch at our favourite restaurant, and where Mark had taken me for a date years ago when suddenly it struck us, why not here? The restaurant were fab and did us proud. We had antipasti and garlic breads to start, pizza or pasta for main and tiramisu or ice cream for dessert. It was nice to keep the Italian feel, do something a bit different and incorporate somewhere special to us. We then had the evening reception at the Copthorne Hotel where we stayed.

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I looked in magazines and websites for ideas so knew I wanted something with a vintage feel.  The colour scheme started off purple but ended up navy and pink.

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My dress was from Wedding Essentials in Newcastle. I knew even before we were engaged I wanted a Maggie Sottero dress. I had a nightmare at first not liking anything. The lady in the shop picked up ‘ the one’ I would never have picked it but as soon as I tried it on I loved it.

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I wanted the girls to be comfortable and not too bridesmaidy. I took Kate shopping and when she tried on a navy number from Coast I thought she looked lovely. Their shoes were from Monsoon and hair accessories from Accessorize.

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A friend I’d worked with was studying floristry provided the flowers at a very reasonable price. I met her and showed her some pictures from magazines and I was over the moon with the final product. My bouquet contained roses, freesias and peonies.

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My very favourite moment of the day was when the chapel doors opened and I saw Mark’s face. He just looked so happy. I’d been really really nervous and overwhelmed all morning and seeing him made me feel instantly calm. A good indicator I think.

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What really made the day special was all the borrowed items. I was adamant I wanted blue shoes, when I couldn’t find any my bridesmaid Kate’s mother lent me the most gorgeous pair of blue shoes. I also invested in a cheaper flat pair for the evening.

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My other bridesmaid Rebecca’s sister lent me her veil. My hair piece was my friend Anna’s. My friend and the wife of Simon who did a beautiful reading. My friend Jill did my hair. A mutual friend was our DJ.  The girls and I made our invitations on the day of the Royal Wedding. Kate’s parents transported the bridal party to the chapel on the wedding day. My bridesmaids did a fab job making the order of service and place cards.

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We provided mix ups as favours. We also did a Mark and Davina quiz at the restaurant which provided many laughs. We named our tables after local races we had ran together as we are both keen runners.

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The best man’s speech was brilliant, it had a running theme and Matthew presented us both with special medals which was a great touch.

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For the evening party we filled the room with photos of ourselves, our family and friends throughout the years, they provided many laughs.

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A friend had introduced me to the fantastic Pet Lamb Patisserie. They were so lovely during the whole process. We had cupcakes towers with lots of different flavours, a big hit!

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We loved Lake Garda so much we went back for our honeymoon (and we just went again for our first anniversary)!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to do it your way and invite who you want to be there!

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Congratulations Davina & Mark!

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Sean Elliott Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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Super Sunday!

October 16th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Morning all!  How is your weekend treating you?

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Today, I’m off to a friend’s baby shower.  Gah!  The next step.  Not one I am sure I am quite ready to take just yet… but, little pink parcel in hand, I am looking forward to an afternoon full of girly chat, silly games, pretty pressies and yummy finger food.  Congratulations Natalie!

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Before we catch up on what’s been happening this week on the wedding blog, there are some upcoming events that I need to remind you all about…

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First up, a couple of notice for Brides in the North East, for shows taking place next weekend:

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The Great North Wedding Show

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The Great North Wedding show is taking place at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead next Sunday from 12pm – 4pm.  I’ll be there as a guest of the show so please do pop down and say hello!

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Whilst you are out and about you might also like to visit the Wedding Fayre, next Sunday from 12pm – 4pm.  Every bride registered on the day will be entered into a draw to win an overnight stay.  

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Gibside Hotel Wedding Fayre

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For Yorkshire brides, the Crown Hotel in Harrogate opens it’s doors too.  Brides Up North Featured Supplier Damselle Tiaras will be there so make sure to stop by their twinkling stand.  Damselle Tiaras will also be selling Ivory and Co veils on their website from November, a wide variety of designs and price points and which are customisable to your own specifications.  Good times!

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Now that those announcements are done and dusted, lets catch up on what you might have missed this week:

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Up For Discussion

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Up For Discussion- The Rules – Time Tested Secrets For Capturing The Heart Of Mr Right

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Charlotte Gale

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered- I’m Yours! Reflections on Marriage, One Year On…

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Eye Candy

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Eye Candy Inspiration – Boho Wedding Hair

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Eye Candy – Pronovias 2012

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Brides Up North Bootcamp

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Brides Up North BOOTCAMP! Week 7- A Dress Size Down!

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Northern Talent

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Let Them Eat (Whimsical) Cake! Supplier Showcase- The Whimsical Cake Company

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Cat Hepple Photography

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The All Wrapped Up Upcycle Challenge – Meet The Make Up Studio Team!

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Wedding Blog Giveaways

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Wedding Blog WINNER! 50 Wedding Invitations With Bejuled

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WIN! Three Personal Training Sessions With Motive 8 North!

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Real Weddings and Styled Shoots

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Sand Storms, A Real Engagement – Lauren & David

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Love Train! A Real Engagement, Helen & David

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Andy Hook Photography

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Bellissima! A Real Wedding, Joanna & Christopher

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

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A Wedding Blog Styled Shoot – Winter Bridal Style by Brides Up North

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Have a gorgeous day .  I love this crisp, sunny Autumnal weather.  It reminds me of my wedding day – one year ago this weekend!

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This is not a sponsored post although the wedding show listings are sponsored

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