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On Ice. A Glamorous Real Wedding In Saddleworth – Katie & Stuart

April 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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I don’t want to jinx things, but this weekend I began to get a sniff that summer might finally be on it’s way.  The sun shone all day on our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms yesterday and all our beautiful brides and grooms arrived with a spring in their step and a smile on their faces.  I know I say this every time (guilty as charged!) but yesterday’s event really was something very special.  I was so proud of the great mix of exhibitors and some of the wonderful comments on the day, by email and on Facebook from visiting brides really do make all the hard work worthwhile.  If you missed us, we’ll be back in Cheshire in a short two week’s time for our inaugural event at Hilltop Country House.  Don’t miss that one!  Click here to pre-register. 

Meanwhile, all this sunshine has made me twitchy to share a very special Real Wedding that’s been waiting in my features box for a while, one that’s cool as ice and very glam indeed.  Now that things feel warmer offline, I’m brave enough to sprinkle a little frost on these pretty pages.

Just don’t get cross if it snows next week or something, right?

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Katie says: Stuart asked me to marry him on 21st December 2011 at The Grand Hyatt Muscat Hotel, Oman and we were married on Friday 20th December 2013 at The Saddleworth Hotel, Saddleworth.

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I really wanted an outdoor wedding and the hotel had this facility, it was on our doorstep and has beautiful surroundings. The hotel style also fitted in perfectly with our theme, which was classic styling and winter wonderland. 

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I chose a Suzanne Neville Dress called ’Lady’ from The Bridal Boutique in Guisley. I wanted something classic that would not date. I am not very girly either. The dress was made to measure and it was amazing!

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My bridesmaids wore a graphite lace and organza gown, by Noir Lazaro (JLM Couture) which I got from Pomfret Bridal Gowns, Pontefract. The groomsmen wore a smart plain grey suit with a grey cashmere scarf from Denis Hope in Rochdale.

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I travelled to the ceremony in a Rolls Royce Phantom with my Pops. 

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The ceremony was my favourite part of the day, it was fun and very emotional! And I got to marry my man!

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We used Hangover Kits for the wedding Favours and created an order of the day with fun facts about how we met etc. to personalise proceedings. 

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As Stuart’s dad passed away three years ago we wanted to include him in some way. His Dad was the best F1 Stockcar driver of all time – Stuart Smith 391 – so our stationer Amanda at Love Invited (a Brides Up North Featured Supplier no less!) helped us to do this.

Our table names were all named after the championships Stuart’s dad had won which included a picture from that championship as a watermark. As my husband is also an F1 Stockcar World Champion we had lots of Stockcar friends there who thought it was a really nice touch! It was great how Amanda helped us to incorporate this and she was our very favourite supplier overall. 

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For our wedding cake, we had four tiers of Victoria sponge, lemon, chocolate and fruit. I had tasted a few cakes but Suzanne’s cakes at The Frostery were by far the best! So helpful too!

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We used a string quartet for our ceremony and for canapés and cocktails then had a band for the evening and a DJ.  Later in the evening, we opted out of a buffet and had bacon and cheese butties served to keep the party in full swing

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The best advice we were given was for me and my husband to step back & take 5 minutes to watch everyone enjoying our big day! We did and so glad we did! So that would be my top tip for other Brides Up North. 

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Congratulations Katie & Stuart!

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Wednesday Wed-spiration! Glam Garden – Fresh Greens, Whites & Pinks

April 18th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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After seeing my call for personalised inspiration boards in this regular Wednesday Wed-spiration slot, Brides Up North reader Ellie got in touch to see if we could “fix it for her” to have a glamorous garden wedding, without a hint of vintage in sight.  Of course we could!

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“I have the problem at the moment that I want a ‘country garden’ theme but a lot of them tend to incorporate vintage into them like birdcages and tea-cups but that’s not my style either… I’m wanting a glamorous country garden with lots of whites, greens, pale pinks and sparkly ribbon with possibly some LED lights tastefully thrown in.  It’s hard to describe but I’m finding it hard to find what I want because I either fall into the ‘boho chic’ or ‘vintage teacups’ camps and I’m not either of them!  Help!”

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Ellie – you ask and we deliver!  Here is Katy from What Katy Did Next’s take on your style. 

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1. Twist Front Gown 2. Bright White Table Setting 3. Lightplay Sash 4. Pale Lanterns 5. Jazz Hands Heels 6. Bouquet Image 7. Pink Bridesmaids 8. Ruffle Chair Ribbons 9. Green Apple Wedding Cake

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Katy says: Ellie set me quite a challenge when requesting her Mood Board theme – a ‘Country Garden’ theme without a trace of boho, shabby chic or vintage. Ellie wants a glamorous garden affair full of fresh whites, pale pinks and greens with a little added glitz.

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The colours alone in this board make it great for a fresh outdoorsy wedding. The touches of green in the table display look fabulous against the stark white table cloth and you can soften the contrast with soft pink blooms too. Shabby chic and boho weddings tend to use a lot of props in their displays but keeping it simple with florals and plain crockery is a great way to stick with the elegant feel that Ellie wants. As an alternative you could use pale candelabras – the candles don’t have to be lit and you could speak with your florist about using the candelabra as a way to display flowers. The green apple on the cake could also spread to the table using apples as place cards in your seating plan.

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When planning, you don’t have to restrict yourself to looking at past garden weddings, I used a lot of inspiration from indoors too. The lanterns could hang from trees, or – if the photobooth and props isn’t your cup of tea – hang them along the top of a pale fabric back drop for some gorgeous photographs of you and your guests.

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My favourite part of the board is a tie between the beautiful wedding gown by Reem Acra and the ruffled chair ribbons. The flattering dress design is classic glamour, and although I should have picked a shorter style to avoid grass stains, the train isn’t too fussy and adds to the elegance of the dress. The ribbons are easily customised to match your colour scheme and style and would look fabulous blowing in the breeze of a country garden wedding.

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every week, either compiled by myself, the creative Katy or a guest blogger- and that guest blogger could be you:  get in touch with your own ideas and inspiration boards!  We’ll be discussing our inspirations behind the images too so it’s simply going to be a whole load of lovely.

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If you are a little less arty but in need of inspiration and still want to play along, we will also be taking requests for colour schemes and themes and making bespoke boards for my readers.  Please contact me to suggest a theme or colour scheme. 

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  – Images provided by What Katy Did Next and © 2012 as credited

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