Brides Up North

In Full Bloom! A Real Wedding In The North West – Penny & Chris

March 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I for one am still holding out hope that Spring will have arrived in time for our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Nostell Priory next Sunday 7th April (all the details can be found here), and this beautiful Summer wedding in the North West sent to me by Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography and real bride Penny makes me long for a spot of sunshine all the more.  But even if a British Springtime (we know we can forget British Summertime!) isn’t certain, the gorgeousness of this wedding certainly is – from the stunning bridal gown and artful details to the stately setting and blossoming bushes. 

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Just bloomin’ beautiful!

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Penny says:  We got engaged on 6th November 2009 at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Australia and were married on 7th May 2012 at Arley Hall and Gardens, Arley, Northwich, Cheshire. 

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We chose the venue because we both knew we wanted a civil ceremony but still wanted somewhere with character like a church. From the minute we entered Arley Hall we fell in love with it!  The house was beautiful and had so much character and warm welcoming atmosphere. The gardens are also stunning. Both the house and gardens provided the perfect back drop for our wedding photographs. 

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I chose a one-piece, Maggie Sottero gown with corset closure, illusion shoulder straps and remarkable beaded embellishments and Swarovski crystals and pearls to the bodice and the low drop back from Sense and Sensibility in Stockport.  I carried a bouquet of white roses by Diddibox Flowers in Timperley, who also did our table arrangements. 

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We used the colour scheme of forest green and ivory with pearls throughout the whole day from the invitations, to the seating plan, place card settings, my dress and the bridemaids’ dresses. 

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My bridesmaids wore floor length one shoulder forest green dresses with a ruched bodice and a chiffon shoulder tie which draped down one arm and were made by one of the bridesmaid’s family friends.  The groomsmen wore slate grey two piece suits with black tie and white shirt with black shoes from Slaters. 

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We chose to have a string quartet during the ceremony and drinks reception with a DJ during the evening reception. 

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A friend made our amazing three tired round sponge cake.decorated with white icing and delicately hand crafted white roses and calla lilies on the top and the bottom of the cake with pearls around the base of each tier. 

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Rome, Possitano and the Amalfi Coast in Italy. 

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My  top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy your special day and make time for you for you and your groom so you can share your special moments together and have fantastic memories.    

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Congratulations Penny & Chris!

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Layers Of Lovely! A Real Wedding In The North East – Kerry & Lee

March 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon we join Kerry and Lee in the North East for their glamorous big day with personalised fun touches.  With images by Grange Photography and a venue to die for (my own choice for my own wedding day in actual fact, so I may be a little biased) this wedding was always going to be a favourite.  And then I clocked Kerry’s amazing dress…

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Kerry says:  We got engaged at Seaham Hall Spa on 19th August 2010, and were married on 30th June 2012 at St Cuthberts Church, Shadforth, County Durham then Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield for our reception. 

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We chose the venue because of it’s amazing grounds for photo opportunities and because it’s a beautiful hotel that has a good reputation.  We opted for a marquee wedding with a colour scheme of sage green and white to bring the outside in.  

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I chose a Maggie Sottero white dress from Poppy Bridal at Darlington. This was every girl’s dream princess dress with layers of tulle and real Swarovski crystal.  I added a sparkly headpiece by Jenny Packham.  I wore my Nana’s necklace that my sister also wore for her wedding day and placed a photo of her by the wedding cake so she could be thought of on our special day.

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I carried a bouquet of white roses by The Flowershop at Spennymoor. 

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My bridesmaids wore sage green full length dresses from Susan’s Bridal at Sunderland and the groomsmen the same as the groom. Lee wore a grey suit with matching waistcoat.  The suits were from Troughear Suit Hire in Durham. Everyone looked amazing!

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My husband surprised me with a retro VW camper van form Go Retro Vehicle Hire to take us to the wedding and venue. They give you a pretend number plate with your new married name on it.

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The whole day was amazing and just watching our family and friends enjoy our special day made our day fantastic and gave us memories we will never forget!

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In the afternoon, Lickety Split ice cream parlour from Seaham came with their vintage ice cream trike to give all the guests ice creams of their choice.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Jamaica. 

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We had a two year engagement as this allowed us to save enough money and plan things that we wanted. My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take time on your day to stand back and watch everyone for a few minutes. Enjoy every minute as it goes so quick!

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Congratulations Kerry & Lee!

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Take Your Marks! A Real Wedding In The North East – Nick & Sarah

February 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Need a Monday morning endorphin boost?  I’m still on a high after yesterday’s amazing Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza (what a day people!) but I think it might take more than coffee, toast and a banana to get me started today.  So what’s better than a burst of colour and fun to get the week off to a cracking start?  With images by Ruth Mitchell Photography, Sarah and Nick’s “Wedding Chase” is brimming with energy, personal touches, DIY details and love.  Get set…

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Sarah says:  We got engaged on a weekend to Keswick in the Lake District. We were on a hike up one of the mountains and I was walking ahead. I heard Nick shout me back to look at something. He had painted a stone with a poem and placed it on the top of a cairn so when I found it and read it I turned around back to him and he was on one knee. It was perfect. It was still such an amazing surprise.

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We got married on 21 July 2012 at Hurworth Methodist Church, with the reception at Michelin rated Bay Horse.  I grew up in Hurworth and we chose the church as it was where I used to go as a child and always knew it was where I wanted to get married. We chose The Bay Horse as we wanted an outdoor feel and didn’t want to be inside a hotel all day. We were able to have a marquee and use the gardens so it was perfect – plus the food is totally amazing. It was great that the guests were able to walk from the church to the reception as Hurworth is such a pretty village. We also knew there would be some fantastic scenery for the photos.

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We are both very keen runners so we hosted our own Wedding Chase (!) and we teamed that with a country fair feel. Most of all we wanted it to be relaxed and be more fun than too formal with lots of colour. 

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I love bright colours and originally we had chosen pink as a colour base, but while looking for bridesmaids dresses we found some amazing green ones (my favourite colour) which all the girls loved although we teamed it with pink and blue for decorations and flowers.

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I’m not really used to dressing up so to be honest I found dress shopping quite stressful. As I am small a lot of the dresses didn’t fit in the right areas and were so long. I must have tried on about thirty dresses by the time I found my dress.  After trying on a few plainer dresses the lady in the shop sensed that I wanted something a bit different and brought out ‘the one’. It was very princessy and floaty and different from the others I’d tried and fitted much better. I felt special in it and my mum and bridesmaid cried so I knew it was a winner.  I’m glad I didn’t go down the safe dress route as I felt great in it on the day.

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The girls wore full length green dresses from Monsoon which were floaty and complimented my dress. The boys wore dark blue hired suites from Woven in Durham, they also custom made Nick’s suit which was pin stripe blue and looked amazing.

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The minister – Andrew – did a beautiful service and as my father had passed away last Christmas he included some lovely words about him during the service. While we were signing the register we put up pictures of Nick and I growing up with music in the background which kept guests entertained.

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I actually made my own bouquets for me and the girls as love to do crafty thing. I was really pleased with the flowers. I also attached my Dad’s ring to my bouquet so I felt like he was there with us.

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Unknown to us members of our running club did a guard of honour when we came out of the church which was awesome.

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We really wanted to personalise the day and we had so many special touches.  We had race numbers on the back of guests chairs instead of place name cards, which most guests ended up wearing by the end of the night and we gave all the guests race medals as favours.

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We asked our guests or their favourite songs and played them all during the day.  We were originally going to have a band but eventually decided on a disco as we love a good dance. It was great and perfect for the day. We also added a few games on the tables, had bubble machines and piñatas and of course a limbo pole. We did a quiz on how well the guests knew us which was fun, and also had a sweet table with personalised bags for guests to take home

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We knew we wanted something a bit different and didn’t want to go down the traditional white cake route. I have a love of baking and cake decorating and decided to do the cake myself. My mum made the fruit part and I made the cupcakes and we decorated them with lots of bright colours to match out colour scheme. It certainly had the wow factor and got lots of notice.

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It’s so hard to pick a favourite part of the day. Being there with our closest friends and family and having them spend such as special occasion with us was certainly one. It was great to see everyone smiling all day and enjoying themselves. It was awesome being introduced into the reception as Mr and Mrs Watson. I loved the ceremony and saying our vows as our minister made it so personal to us, it’s important to remember that is the part which is about just the two of you, after that it all goes crazy. My mum also made a beautiful speech on behalf of her and my dad which I know was hard for her but she did amazing. I loved every minute of the day, especially knowing I was married to Nick.

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We spent our wedding night at Clowbeck – a lovely bed and breakfast in Hurworth and the following day went on a mini-moon to the Lakes for the week after the wedding and us being us tagged a 24 hour running race onto the end of it. We asked for contributions to our proper honeymoon from guests and are planning on getting away next year.

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My top tips for other Brides Up North would be that I know it’s a cliché but just enjoy the day, it really does go so fast. Invest in a good photographer, ours was great, we also hired a videographer (Sarah McVean) who captured so much of the day that we hadn’t seen and it was great to watch the ceremony again.

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Don’t over invite, we were lucky and didn’t feel pressure from family to invite people we didn’t want which we were glad of, you spend so much of the day meeting and greeting everyone, so make sure it’s spent with people you really want there.

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Pick good ushers, ours were great and ended up doing so much, and all the jobs behind the scenes.

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Most importantly don’t sweat the small stuff. For example I forgot to wear my bracelet and Nick forgot to wear his button hole, neither of which stopped it from being the best day we could imagine.

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Congratulations Sarah & Nick!

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