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Winter Blush: A Real Wedding In Cheshire – Hayley & Nick

January 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Let’s get this week off to a very pretty start, with this beautiful Winter wedding, sent to me by Joanne Kelly Photography and Brides Up North reader Hayley.  Looking around this little corner of the blogosphere, you might be able to tell that I am quite partial to a touch of pink, and today’s stunning celebration proves that you needn’t strike a blush colour palette off your wish list just because the skies might be looking a little grey.  Rather than raising temperatures with traditional berry reds, it’s time to subtly turn up the heat, with a pretty mix of pinks, golds and just a touch of twinkle.  All together now: ahh. 

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Hayley says:  Nick asked me to marry him at Mottram Hall on my birthday on 26th August 2011 and we were married on 21st December 2012 at Combermere Abbey, Whitchurch. 

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We instantly fell in love with the beautiful glasshouse and gardens at Combermere. The pathway up to the glasshouse is truly breath taking. We also really liked that you had exclusive use of the grounds on the day and we wouldn’t have to share our day with anyone else.

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Although we got married only four days before Christmas, we didn’t want it to run too much into our wedding day. We had a romantic vintage theme with low textured floral displays and lots of candles to give it that romantic feel, using a colour base of golds and taupes with dusky pink and dark lilac rose posies.

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I fell in love with the dress instantly. It was a Pronovias design from The Bridal Path in Altrincham. The dress was an elegant Grecian style, with the most stunning beading over the shoulder and down the back.  my heels were by Jenny Packham

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My makeup and HD brows were by Makeup by Lucy Hill and finished off my look beautifully.

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I had a posy in a range of Winter pink flowers to give a lovely vintage look and texture.

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The bridesmaids wore Jenny Packham gold/taupe full length dresses with jewelled waistlines and beautiful asymmetric drapes over the shoulder. The groomsmen had dark charcoal suits with low waistcoats and ties to match the bridesmaid dresses.

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My favourite part of the day was walking up to the glasshouse before the ceremony, it was the only part of the day that seemed to go slowly. Nick was very nervous for his speech so the evening reception was probably his favourite part of the day when he could relax!

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Our video was taken by Cinematic Vizion, I loved the unique documentary style that Chris used to capture the day.

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Our photography was by Joanne Kelly and we were delighted by all the beautiful photographs from both our wedding day and also the pre-wedding shoot. Joanne is really creative and is able to capture some stunning images.

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We used lots of music throughout the day.  For the ceremony we a harpist, Una Linett. We had a string trio to play during the meal and then for the evening reception we had The Livewires. The Livewires were the second thing we booked after the wedding reception, as soon as Nick heard them, and they were great!

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We had a beautiful plain three tiered cake, with roses dusted in a gold shimmer and trimmed with gold antique lace.

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We rented out all the cottage accommodation the night before and the night after the wedding. The guests really enjoyed sharing the whole experience with us and not just the wedding ceremony and evening reception.

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After the wedding, we wanted to spend Christmas at home with our family and move into our new home. We are hoping to go away on our honeymoon later in the year.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be on the day, forget about all the planning and worrying how well the day goes and just enjoy the day.

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Congratulations Hayley & Nick!

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Wednesday Wedding Inspiration – A Touch Of Frost

November 14th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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1. Louboutin Flats 2. ESME Jenny Packham 3. Glitter Nails 4. Deco Cake 5. Pom Pom Bouquet 6. Wedding Stationery 7. Chandelier Earrings 8. Clay Tags 9. LEENA Monsoon Dress

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I feel like I say this every other Wednesday, but the latest wedding inspiration board from Brides Up North Guest Blogger What Katy Did Next has to be the prettiest yet. Annnd, I think every deserves a pair of Louboutin sparkly flats… don’t you?

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Katy says: With Julia feeling in a rather festive mood ahead of the Brides Up North Christmas Party, she requested a Frost themed wedding inspiration board for this week and I was more than happy to oblige. To me, frost brings to mind a cut glass, crystal, a delicate sparkle and glitter – a whole load of beautiful to theme your big day around.

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The palette I have used is simply white, ivory and silver whilst introducing subtle hints of champagne and dove grey – perfect for Winter weddings or even Spring!

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I couldn’t resist featuring those beautiful glitter Louboutin flats, perfect for tall brides or brides with short grooms! The very beautiful Esme dress from Jenny Packham fits the frosty bill perfectly, with it’s fabulous detailed embellishment – another great design for tall brides, the swirling pattern creates movement and curves. The modern design of the dress does all the talking, you could easily wear amazing chandelier earrings in place of a veil.

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Keep your decor crisp and light with simple ‘less is more’ touches. The beautiful round peonies create a snowball effect bouquet highlighted by the grey green foliage – the style of your bouquet could be mirrored in table centrepieces too. To add a personal touch, how about the fabulous handmade clay tags from The Faded Nest. They come in a variety of designs and are easily personalised! The company also specialise in hand stamped silverware – a perfect gift for your groom, bridesmaids or family members, or another fabulous way to decorate your tables.

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every other week, either compiled by myself, regular guest blogger Katy or 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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Click here to see previous Wednesday Wedding Inspiration Mood Boards

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L.O.V.E: A Real Wedding In The North West – Jane & Graham

April 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon I’m over in the North West as guest speaker and just plain old guest at the North West Wedding Vendor’s Party with Lace Bridal.  I’m probably somewhere on the M62 now, singing along to the radio and checking my lippy in the rear view mirror.  I can’t wait!

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In my absence, I leave you with a beautiful Springtime wedding from the North West, Lancashire to be exact, sent to me by Real Bride Jane and Anna Louise Crossley Photography.  There is a whole lorra love in the air this Thursday afternoon…

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Let’s hear from Jane:  Graham proposed on Valentine’s day 2011 and we were married on 31st March 2012 at The Great Hall at Mains Singleton.  We loved that it was one big room so we wouldn’t have separated guests. We loved the beams and the old world feel and the gardens and grounds are beautiful too. Basically, we fell in love with it straight away.  Love was a big theme in our wedding – we didn’t really have a colour scheme other than champagne/ gold but we called all the tables ‘love’ in different languages.

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My hair and make up were done by Hair by Vicky and Louise Maddison Make Up Artist

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I chose my dress as it reminded me of a Vera Wang gown that I had seen. It was from One and Only in Preston and and was by Lusan Mandongus. It was ivory tulle with gorgeous flower detail around the bust and waist and flowers between each layer of tulle on the skirt. It was a much bigger dress than I thought I would have but fell in love with it. 

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I carried a bouquet of white roses, tulips and lisianthus with looped steel grass by Ashton Flower Shop

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My bridesmaids wore long champagne gold gowns from BHS.

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I loved the whole day but my favourite part was probably when registrar pronounced us as man and wife!

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We travelled in style in a cream vintage Rolls Royce!

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To add a special touch we used vintage bird cages as post boxes for gifts and chose charity favours for NSPCC. 

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Our catering was by Twelve Restaurant.  My friend has a cake business called Sugar Wishes. We chose a four tier chocolate fudge cake with ivory icing and hand made roses made of icing up the running up the sides.

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Entertainment wise, we had a harpist – Maxine Molin Rose Harpist – throughout the service and canapés and magician before the wedding breakfast, with a DJ and disco in the evening.

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We honeymooned in Cancun in Mexico for two weeks with the kids! Not very romantic!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to go with your gut instinct. I nearly always went back to my first choices. Also enjoy it! People kept telling me to relax before hand and as soon as I did I loved every second.

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Congratulations Jane & Graham!

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Fields Of Gold: A Real Wedding – Lisa & Chris

August 1st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Wowzers!  The day of glorious inspiration and imagery continues with yet another knock your socks off, absolutely stunning submission from wedding blog favourite Andrew Ward Photographer.  Could this real wedding be any more perfect?  It’s a cut out and keep, glossy magazine worthy wedding.  Luxuriate in it…

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Let’s hear from Andrew:  This is the beautiful wedding of the lovely Lisa and Chris.

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Lisa looked very beautiful as she floated down the aisle towards Chris, who couldn’t help but take a quick glance at his bride making her way towards him.

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The ceremony was full of smiles and happiness, with the odd tear thrown in.

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It was a great day, and even though the weather was not entirely cooperative it didn’t dampen any spirits. .

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We managed to get outside for about 15 minutes to grab some fantastic shots of Lisa and Chris before the heavens opened again. This was followed a little later by a thunderstorm!

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Anyway, enough from me, enjoy the photos!

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Spread The Love, A Real Wedding – Sarah & Tom

May 31st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Jenny of Jenny & Keith McAvoy Wedding Photographers sent Brides Up North a corker of a Real Wedding to share with you this morning.  What really makes this set of photographs stand out to me as a wedding blogger is the people in them – whether it’s the cheeky children or the excited bride, weddings are first and foremost about people.  The one that you love, and all the ones you hold dear. 

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If that doesn’t give you a warm fuzzy feeling Brides Up North, I don’t know what will.  Enjoy. 

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Jenny explains:  This is Sarah and Tom from Aughton in Orskirk, where they both grew up.  The couple got married at the church of St Michael’s in Aughton, with a reception at Farrington Lodge, a Grade II listed Georgian House in Lancashire.  

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Sarah and Tom chose a classic gold and cream theme… plus the obligatory Jimmy Choo heels!

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The newly weds have now moved to Greater Manchester where Sarah is a teacher and Tom is a
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Brides and photographers – contact Brides Up North today to share your Real Wedding photographs and memories.

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