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love blossoms. a white wedding in Derbyshire – rena & yianni

November 26th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Rena and Yianni’s big and beautiful white wedding celebration, filled with flowers and candles, oozes old Hollywood charm.  Their unique and beautiful venue and white on white colour scheme sets the scene perfectly for a day of glamour and elegance (and energetic Greek dancing)…

Roll out the red carpet!

With images by Butterworth Photography.

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rena says: We booked a long weekend away to Belgium and Bruges for my birthday and to enjoy the Christmas markets. I didn’t realise that Yianni was planning to propose while we were away. We went out for a romantic meal on the first night and I found it really odd that he wouldn’t give the waiter his coat and thought it was because he didn’t trust them so I did the same thing! I didn’t realise it’s because he had the ring with him. He then asked me to go for a romantic walk around the palace gardens but I opted for chocolate waffles instead and put his plans for a proposal on the first night to an end!

On the second day we took a day trip to Bruges. Yianni asked me to go for a romantic horse and carriage ride but I again opted for waffles instead and ruined his Plan B. We then climbed 400 steps to the top of the Bell tower and Yianni asked me to pose for a photo with him. I didn’t realise he’d set the camera to video mode and before you know it he was down on one knee and had manage to catch the proposal on camera.

We were married on 27 April 2014. Exactly two years from the date we first met.

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We wanted to get married in a venue that was unforgettable. The Devonshire Dome reminded us of a piazza and we knew it was the perfect choice for our wedding.

It’s a gorgeous drive up through Derbyshire to Buxton which is such a picturesque place. I knew I wanted an iconic and memorable building for our special day and was keen to avoid using a hotel. There aren’t many places that fit 450 guests for a sit down meal and we were so lucky to find the Dome!

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I really wanted a garden wedding full of blossom which is why we picked the Spring date. I also wanted a twist of both Hollywood and Grecian glamour. Not an obvious combination, but it all seemed to come together on the day.

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I wanted a classic princess style dress and loved the pearl and diamante detail around the waist and the sweetheart neckline.

Yianni wore a black tuxedo which we bought while shopping in the USA.

My bridesmaids wore nude blush maxi dresses from Lipsy. They all looked stunning. The girls had bouquets of white hydrangeas and I wanted to incorporate that into my bouquet. I wanted a bouquet that was completely rounded so you could see flowers from all angles. I incorporated white roses, stocks, hydrangeas and white berries with stephanotis, provided by Nadia Di Tulio.

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We had flowers matching my bouquets on the candleabras and the top table which were also provided by Nadia Di Tulio. We hired in blossom trees and a top table blossom arch from Essential Wedding Hire.

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For favours, we gave out mini whisky bottles for the men and crystal heart tea light holders for the ladies.

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Cupid Carriages provided a white vintage Rolls Royce for us on the day.

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We had a three course meal along with Greek bread, starters and dips and bacon sarnies for those who stayed to party until the early hours with us.

Delicious Designs in Belper made our wedding cake. We chose a 6 tier wedding cake covered in blossom petals with scattered diamantes. Rather than traditional fillings we had white chocolate chunks with fresh raspberries.

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To round off a fabulous day we had a live five piece Greek band with lots of Greek dancing.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to choose a timeless colour palette. I wanted to keep everything quite neutral to ensure that I wouldn’t look back on my pictures and regret the colour I’d chosen or think the colour looked old fashioned.

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Music & Lyrics, A Real Wedding (With A Rock & Roll Twist!) – Michelle & Kieran

May 1st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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You Brides Up North have probably heard of Train, right?  Thought so. They are only the triple Grammy award winning US Band who had a worldwide smash with ‘Drops of Jupiter’ (which happens to be one of my favourite songs) and who had the biggest selling hit on the US Billboard charts last year with ‘Hey Soul Sister’. 

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Well, today’s Real Wedding is a bit of a smash hit too.  Literally.  Brides Up North reader Michelle got in touch with Brides Up North last week to tell me her super cool news!

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Henry Aarvold

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I’ll let Michelle explain: Me and my hubby are just a normal couple from Consett in County Durham and yet there we are starring in a rock video, which so far has been seen by 17,000 You Tube fans, has three thousand Facebook fans and which has been seen on the profile of over 1.3 million Facebook fans worldwide!

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Train asked their fans for their ‘Marry Me’ stories a few weeks ago and we sent ours in. We never in a million years thought we’d be selected but we were – and by the three band members themselves!

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Kieran and I got married on August 9 2008, at sunset, in Santorini.  Our wedding photographer is a great Newcastle guy called Henry Aarvold and he and his wife travelled out to Santorini with us to do the photo shoot.

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We didn’t get married until sunset yet Henry worked from 9am to nearly midnight to take photos and create the story of the whole day for us. As if that wasn’t enough we did a ‘trash the dress’ shoot the day after which was just me my new hubby and Henry. It was AMAZING – we spent hours travelling around the island taking photos in tiny villages, in the city centre, down tiny alleyways that looked out to the volcano. Everywhere we went we got stopped by people who wanted to hug us and tell us how beautiful we looked. The beer we had at the end of the day was the best one I’ve ever tasted – we’d earned it! My wedding day was special, but this day with Henry will forever stand out as one of the most wonderful days of my life.I treasure my wedding photos so much and it would be an honour to be featured in your blog.

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I thought that our story was something lovely and romantic and an antidote to all the rubbish lots of us have going on in our lives at the moment. And being included in the video seems like a great end to a great story!

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Here is the story reported on www.celebritybuzz.com.

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And since I know you are all dying to see it – here is Michelle’s email to the band.  I think this tells the story pretty well, wouldn’t you agree?

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Hi Guys,

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This is so exciting!!

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Here’s our story all the way from Newcastle in the UK.

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Kieran and I are a holiday romance – one that’s been going strong for nearly 11 years now and we could pinpoint a Train song for all of the most important parts of our life together.

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We met in Corfu in 2000, I was 21 and Kieran was 20, it was my first night and his last night. We spent 16 hours talking, laughing and then crying as we said goodbye. My friends just laughed when I said to them, "I think I’ve met the man I’m going to marry."

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Little did I know…

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It’s a bit mad to get on a train down to London to spend 5 days with a bloke you’ve only known for 16 hours, but that’s what I did two weeks and one 5 hour telephone conversation later. And the rest, they say is history…

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Our first holiday was in Kefalonia in 2001 and one of the bars kept playing this amazing song; we had no clue who it was, we just knew we liked it. One night the power went off across the whole village and the Milky Way and Jupiter exploded into view and we just stood on our balcony being so awed at this magical display. When I got home and returned to humdrum life I was driving my car a few weeks later and this song came on the radio and I instantly recognised it – it was the song from the bar. Well, I cried and cried (and got some funny looks!); this song seemed to be about us, it was perfect.

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So Kieran being Kieran got on the internet (not that it was much good back then!) and found out who this ‘Train’ were and we were hooked! The next year we came to see you at the church in London where you could drink beer and had the most amazing night.

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We travelled between London and Newcastle for 5 years before Kieran finally moved up to my little town of Consett and life was good.

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In 2006 we went to Rhodes and Kieran proposed to me, under the Milky Way with Drops of Jupiter playing in the background.Then, in 2008, we got married at sunset, on the magical Greek island of Santorini, and we said our vows just as the sun was disappearing and the stars were blinking into view.

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I walked down the isle to 100 Years by Five for Fighting but you guys were our First Dance in our little taverna on the beach with the Midnight Moon watching over us. I was pregnant with Quinn Carter, our first little boy, by the end of our honeymoon. Quinn is now 21months and we now have Albie Valentine who is 6 months old. Just tonight Quinn was dancing to ‘Save Me San Francisco’ in the car – for a little ginger kid my boy has the moves!

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We were booked to see you last year in London and my goodness we were soooo excited and then you blumming well went and changed the date to Quinn’s first birthday – how could you??!!!  We were torn – Train or our little boy’s 1st birthday -  it was a tough decision but we choose you. Only joking! But Kieran still thinks that it would’ve been a great story to tell Quinn if we had of come to see you instead.

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We made it to Manchester in October and it was worth the wait. Every song was special and we stood outside in the cold to say hi afterwards, but I was dumbstruck and couldn’t even speak. I don’t know if Scott remembers the girl who tried to take a photo of him, but just kept taking photos of herself because she was so nervous she was pointing the camera the wrong way…yup, that was me!

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I know you just asked for the ‘marry me’ story and I’ve given you our life story but… it’s been an amazing 11 years. I love Kieran and my boys so much and Train have been a huge part of our lives and we really hope that continues so that we can bring Quinn and Albie along to a gig one day. You’ll spot the ginger kids with the moves no bother!

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Thank you for giving us so many happy memories.

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From the bottom of our hearts,

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Michelle and Kieran Rose
9th August 2008, Santorini

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Images by Henry Aarvold Photography.

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Happy Holidays, a Real Greek Elopement – Maria & Brandon

November 25th, 2010 | Julia Braime

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Maria and Brandon’s Real Wedding photographs literally take my breath away.  If this is what eloping looks like, I would have booked my plane ticket as soon as he proposed!  These stunning destination Real Wedding shots warm my heart on this cold winter morning ‘up North.  Bask in it…

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Let’s hear from the beautiful bride: Our story is not one for the faint of heart!  We met, were engaged and married all within 6 months.  I was a meteorologist and news reporter for a local CBS & FOX affiliate and Brandon is in Special Ops for the US Air Force.  While planning our wedding, we decided that we wanted it to be just the two of us at a location that I have always wanted to go to- Santorini, Greece!  The sapphire blue Aegean Sea & charming white and blue-topped buildings have always held a special place in my heart, and I never thought I’d get to visit, but Brandon made it possible.

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Maria Brandon

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The trip over was quite an adventure in itself.  We had a connecting flight in Paris, then Athens, then finally a short plane ride to Santorini.  Our first flight was late, and we missed our flight from Paris to Athens, but we arrived safely in Santorini.  However, our luggage, including my wedding dress and Brandon’s suit didn’t.  He was frantic and called the airport every other hour while I was calm and said I’d end up buying a white dress from one of the local shops if I had to.  Lucky for us, the luggage arrived just 17 hours prior to our wedding!

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The night prior to our wedding, Brandon gave me a gift that he said he couldn’t wait to give me anymore.  It was a Greek statue of two people embracing.  He had picked it up over 5 years ago in, you guessed it, Greece, while heading back to the US after his very first deployment.  He said that he bought it with the intention to give it to the woman he married because it represented union, love, and togetherness.  He said he had to hold back the tears when I told him that I wanted to get married in Greece.

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Maria Brandon

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Our ceremony was held on May 3, 2010 at the historic St Irini church.  Many locals claim it is the church that the entire island itself was named after.  The weather was beautiful- the sky was almost as blue as the Aegean, but after the ceremony ended, a fine mist came rolling in and provided us with some amazing photos.  Our photographer was Ashley Johnson, an Englishman who moved to Santorini for it’s beauty and alluring atmosphere.  He took us out on an adventure around the island to capture more images at some hidden spots around the island.

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((Note from Brides Up North: I adore this photograph!)

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After a few days in Santorini, we jet-setted off to Paris for the remainder of our honeymoon.  Since Brandon is in the military and will be deploying often, he insisted in hiring a photographer in  Paris to capture more images that he could take with him while he deploys to remember our wedding.  It was rainy, cold and windy, but we made it through the evening with the wonderful photographers from One and Only Paris Photography.

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~ HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my US readers!  Happy Holidays ~

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