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lady of the lakes. pronovias for a gold & cream themed wedding at the lingholm estate – michelle & adam

November 24th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Today’s real wedding on the blog is pretty damn special in that the bride is an industry friend and Brides Up North Sponsor, the wonderful Michelle of Box Tree Events and the Bridal PA.

An expert in both catering and event management, some might think that Michelle would have it easy planning her own big day, but having seen so many weddings from week to week she was looking for something that bit different.

Cue a stunning lakeside wedding at the beautiful Lingholm Estate near Keswick, with a church ceremony, followed by marquee (top class) wedding breakfast and a stately home evening party. Impressed? Us too!

We must say Michelle and her beau Adam pulled off a truly elegant wedding to perfection with Michelle looking nothing short of stunning in her swoon-worthy Pronovias gown.

So let’s hand over the blog to the leading lady herself to tell us more about her dream day…

With images by Wynn Davies Photography.

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michelle says: We got engaged on the 14th December 2014. We went on a weekend away with some friends on the Isle of Arran where Adam spent a lot of his childhood with his grandparents. On the very last day we went for a walk on the beach in the pouring rain and he proposed; after nine years of being together it was a big shock. I remember a lady walking past with her dog, saying “Isn’t it a miserable day” and I was ecstatic! He knew I loved all things vintage and had bought the ring six months beforehand in Whitby. The ring dates back to 1909.

We set the date for 3rd September 2016, as Adam’s birthday is on the 9th of September and he always has great weather. However, on the 3rd, it didn’t stop raining – all day!

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Being a wedding planner and events caterer I have been to a lot of wedding venues so it was very difficult to find somewhere that I hadn’t worked at, or that was a bit different. Adam actually chose the venue after working up in the Lake District. The venue is owned by friends and has only been a wedding venue for a very short time. It is truly breath-taking; it is called The Lingholm Estate, where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her books. It’s situated on Derwentwater, not far from Keswick.

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We didn’t really have a wedding theme as such. The sail cloth marquee that we hired from Paul at Shades, had transparent sides all the way around and so I wanted the view to be the focal point. The later part of the evening was up in the house, where we just lit all the fire places with hundreds of candles, contrasting with the old panelled wood, it looked lovely.

Our colour scheme was gold and cream, with blush tones brought in by the bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen’s ties.

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Choosing a dress when I see them every week turned out to be hard. I wanted something less weddingy! My only conditions were no lace or sparkles, I wanted something elegant and super plain. I chose two dresses from Pronovias that they were able to combine. I had a capped sleeve, fitted, slightly fish tailed dress with a low back and buttons to the floor with a detachable bustle which made the most beautiful train. I didn’t want to take it off! I bought the dress from Eternity Bridal in Warrington.

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Adam wore a Hugo Boss black suit, shoes, socks and shirt. All the gents had personal cufflinks made by Chimo Holdings, my father’s silver company in Sheffield. All the cufflinks were personalised with my nana’s hallmark.

The groomsmen wore suits by Moss Bros and the bridesmaid dresses were from ASOS.

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For our wedding transport, we used my father’s car, which used to belong to my uncle, who has sadly passed away. The bridesmaids’ car was Adam’s BMW, which I had bought a personalised number plate for as a little pressie.

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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Chicka Bow Wow Chihuahua! A Farm Wedding In Yorkshire – Katie & Thomas

December 24th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Starting off my Christmas 2012 recap of the wedding blog’s favourite Real Weddings from 2012 with style is Katie & Thomas’ farm wedding in Yorkshire.  This wedding manages to be crazy, quirky and cool whilst also being exceptionally beautiful.  I just love it!  Merry Christmas Katie and Thomas!

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When Matt Tordoff of Greyeye Photography got in touch to say that he had an amazing Yorkshire wedding for me to to feature on the wedding blog with chimney sweeps, bubbles, tunnels, head to toe tweed, rainbow wellies and a Chihuahua bridesmaid, I thought it was another of his jokes (like the time he put me in Maggie Sottero in the Yorkshire Dales and handed me a lead attached to a whippet).  Turns out it wasn’t.

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With some stunning photography by Mr Tordoff, Katie and Thomas’ Real Wedding is something very, very special indeed. 

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Over to Katie: We got engaged on Valentines Day 2011 after going to the Isle of Skye for a week to stay in a thatched cottage with our Great Danes and married on 13th August 2011 in our local village church at Nun Monkton. 

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After getting married we took a short drive back to our family small holding for the celebrations to start. It was an obvious choice as it is a very prominent part of our lives.  We wanted an informal English country wedding. 

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My dress was from The Bridal Lounge Of York and my bridesmaids wore dresses made by Rebecca Downes which were gold with a cream underskirt to match our colour scheme.  I carried Old English roses with white hydrangeas and white gladioli in a long stem bouquet.

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I stayed with my bridesmaids at Rudding Park the night before the wedding, and had organised for a vintage bus to take us to the church. whilst Tom went with his family into the village and then walked to the church with the guests.

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Click through to see the rest of Katie and Thomas’ stunning and original images, and to hear more about their day. 

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