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Daintily Does It! A Real Wedding In North Yorkshire – Alice & Jonathan

December 17th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A Wedding in North Yorkshire by John Hesford

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I told you that the pretty wasn’t going to let up in the run up to Christmas!  This afternoon’s beautiful Real Wedding sent to me by Brides Up North reader Alice is totally one for the girly girls (who, moi?) and includes all my favourite things: layer upon layer of crisp white tulle, a duo of dainty flower girls, plenty of pink peonies, a tower of gilt edged cake and lots and lots of dancing.

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Alice says:  We got engaged in October 2011 at the Fox and Hounds pub in Hurworth sitting on the river bank. We followed it up with a lovely curry at Akbar’s in Middlesbrough. Jonathan’s original plan was a romantic picnic somewhere but it was too cold!

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We were married on 22nd June 2012 at Sadberge Parish Church (St Andrews) and the reception was at Crathorne Hall, Yarm.  Our theme was traditional with a pretty vintage twist.

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We chose Crathorne Hall because we loved the building and the surroundings.  Due to the reception room being a deep red, we struggled initially to find a colour palette that would suit.  We ended up having everything cream, light gold and very pale pink.

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I had been working in a bridal shop (Grace The Weddings Company) when we got engaged so I didn’t want to have a dress that I’d seen many other brides in. So I decided to go for a very simple, yet rather big, princess style dress with not a single bead or diamante on it. It had a taffeta top with a tulle skirt made up of many, many layers. I’m not a very glitzy girl so I had a short ivory, ribbon edged veil and had a tiara made by the fantastic Sue Webster, Darlington. It consisted of pearls, vintage lace a few sparkles. Sue also made me a pearl bracelet and some pearl earrings. My shoes were ivory silk with a bow on the front.

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We got the bridesmaid dresses and the men’s outfits from the bridal shop I worked at – Grace The Weddings Company, Darlington. The colour of the bridesmaid’s dresses was ‘palomino’ – a deep cream. The dresses were chiffon with one shoulder and came from the supplier Dessy.

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My little bridesmaids wore mini versions of my dress with a satin top with straps and a full tulle skirt. The dresses had a satin belt around the middle which fastened with a tulle flower at the back.

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The men’s suits were supplied by Cameron Ross.  All the suits were dark grey Italian silk – Jon wore a 3 piece suit and the groomsmen wore a 2 piece. Harry, our page boy – also Jonathan’s son, wore trousers and a waistcoat. All the men wore black paisley skinny ties and we made some pale pink pocket squares out of a shirt (was so hard to find the right colour fabric)!

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I carried a bouquet of white avalanche roses, cream roses and pale pink peonies by Claire Metcalfe

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We used Lovedubcars – all the bridesmaids and mum went in a VW camper van and my dad and I travelled in an old VW Beetle. Due to the adverse weather conditions, Rachael from Lovedubcars swapped the Beetle for a camper van during the church service to take us to the reception. They made the journey so memorable for us by providing a bottle of champagne to drink on the way.

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All of our invitations, table settings, table plan, candle holders and order of services were handmade by us. We also put together favours which were in ivory metal buckets – the men received a mini aftershave, a Volkswagen camper van key ring (to remind them of the wedding cars), and a love heart shaped chocolate. The ladies also received an ivory metal bucket with a heart shaped tea light, a pink love heart chocolate and a small packet of love heart sweets. Everybody was given a small glass tube of bubbles with a heart shaped lid.

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One of my closest friends has her own cake business – Cakes By Melia – so I gave her the colour scheme and wedding theme and let her come up with a design. It was perfect! It had cascading roses and a vintage birdcage as the top tier. Everyone was wowed by the cake!

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Entertainment was easy to organise – my brother is a professional drummer and he sorted out a fantastic band for us. It was headed up by Caterina Rea who did an excellent job. It turned into an open mic night by the end with different members of the family getting up and singing. Very good fun!

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There were so many great parts to the day! I think the evening party was the highlight – it was great to be surrounded by all of our friends, family and the fantastic music.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Southern Corfu and stayed in a beautiful hotel called Restia Suites – It was amazing!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take in every detail on the day – make the most of every second. It goes by so fast! We really appreciate John Hesford, our photographer, for capturing so many of these memorable moments and intricate details on the day that we would not otherwise had seen.

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Congratulations Alice & Jonathan!

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Contact me to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North. 

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The North Of England Wedding Awards: The Movie!

October 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Regular readers of the wedding blog (hello you!) will know that I was recently thrilled to be invited to host not one but two glittering gala dinners in Yorkshire and the North East on behalf of The Wedding Guide at their inaugural North of England Wedding Awards

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Its pretty nerve wracking standing up in front of your assembled colleagues, peers and industry friends – the great and good of our wonderful Northern wedding industry – and playing hostess with the mostess for the evening (in the full glare of those spotlights) but I managed to channel my inner Holly Willoughby *indulge me* and the show went on!

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Wedding Awards 2012 from Sarah MacVean on Vimeo.

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I genuinely am happy to see Northern wedding businesses getting the recognition they deserve for being bloomin’ brilliant at what they do, and I talked about this from my soapbox as part of my role as host.  Here is a little excerpt from what I said:

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When the ladies at The Wedding Guide told me about their plans for this inaugural awards ceremony, I was

truly thrilled. What has taken so long?

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Through my Brides Up North blog, brand, directory, wedding industry networking parties and wedding exhibitions – both on and offline – I have spent the past two years campaigning hard for recognition on behalf of our regional talents. You might say that I have a bit of a chip on my shoulder.

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All too often – be that in magazines, the media or online – the focus is so strongly on the South of the country that I feel the quality of skills and services provided by our wedding industry in the North of the UK are overlooked.

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It’s become a catchphrase of mine, but through my brand and the mouthpiece it allows me I’ve been urging Brides to support their local businesses {amazing businesses like those represented in this room tonight} by Joining The Northern Revolution and choosing to work with the wonderful suppliers right on their doorstep. And it’s working.

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With higher unique hits to the site than ever, record attendances across the board at the Brides Up North events and an inbox bursting with couples looking for local recommendations it appears that the message is getting across.

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Finally, with an awards ceremony not only recognising but dedicated to bridal talent in the North, and voted for by your customers, I feel like we have taken a big step in the right direction. Let’s celebrate our achievements because things are truly fabulous up North.

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I meant every word. 

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Massive personal thanks must go to Phil Woodhead of Grace The Weddings Company who dressed me (and a growing baby bump) for both gala dinners, in head to toe “” pink lace – shoulder pads, peplum, train and all.  This man is a design legend (and when I heard that he had every back issue of Vogue from the last 20 years in storage I just knew that we were going to get on!).  You can see him getting a huge clap on our video clip! Contact him to discuss designing your dream gown.  Like, now. 

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Drawing (c) Phil Woodhead Grace The Weddings Co

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Huge congratulations once again to all the winners and finalists in every category!  I’ll be back soon with all the official photographs from both events, but for now, enjoy this little film - courtesy of Macvean Videography  – which should give you just a little insight into what the night is all about. 

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North East Winners

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Graphic Embers – Stationery

Kelly Ann’s Cakes – Cakes & Sweet Treats

CWC Malings Ltd – Catering Company

Make-Up by Jo – Health & Beauty Provider

Fern – Floristry

Rosina Brown Bridesmaids- Bridal Party & Accessories Retailer

Rosina Brown Bridal – Bridal Gown Retailer

Webbs Special Occasion Cars – Wedding Transport Provider

Dandy Events – Wedding Enhancements

Alexander Lomas – Music & Entertainment

North East Wedding Planners – Wedding Services

One Digital Image- Videography

Figment Studios – Photography

Beamish Hall – Joint Winner – Venues

Longhirst Hall – Joint Winner – Venues

Beckwith Events – Judges Choice Award

Pansy Potters – New Business Award

The Wooden Ladybird Company- New Business Runner Up

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Yorkshire Winners

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Butterflies & Snapdragons – Stationery

Couture Cake Design – Cakes & Sweet Treats

CWC Malings Ltd – Catering Company

Gel Bridal Studio – Health & Beauty Provider

Twisted Willow – Floristry

Forevermore Bridalwear – Bridal Party & Accessories Retailer

Yorkshire Menswear – Menswear Retailer

Curvy Bridal – Bridal Gown Retailer

Reece Wedding Cars – Joint winner, Wedding Transport Provider

The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Co Ltd – Joint winner, Wedding Transport Provider

Chair Covers Yorkshire – Wedding Enhancements

Alexandra Parker – Music & Entertainment

Love To Marry – Wedding Services

Know Media – Videography

Marmalade Photography – Photography

Hazlewood Castle – Venues

Duncan Mansfield Photography – Judges Choice Award

Rebecca Downes Designer Dressmaker – New Business

Buttercup Boutique – New Business Runner Up

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Brides Up North sponsored The North Of England Wedding Awards

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