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Gretna Green. Enzoani & Sunglasses For A Real Wedding At Solberge Hall – Lucy & Kev

May 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Completely blowing the theory that “red and green should never be seen”, flame haired beauty Lucy and her new husband Kev chose a fresh and fruity backdrop for their fun and fabulous Real Wedding in North Yorkshire.

With images by Nigel Playle Photography.

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Lucy says:  We got engaged in June 2014 at home before we travelled to London to Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Hackney to celebrate! I was trying to eat my breakfast when Kev got down on one knee. He wanted to propose in London but couldn’t handle the pressure of not losing the ring before he did it!

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We got married on Saturday 5th April 2014 in Long Newton, Stockton-On-Tees. It was the church where my parents got married and also where I was christened. We then had our reception at Solberge Hall, just near to Northallerton.

We wanted somewhere that had an intimate feel to it but big enough for our wedding and as soon as we drove up the winding drive and saw Solberge Hall we knew it was for us. Set in an idyllic country surrounding, the views were beautiful and it was everything we wanted in a venue.

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Nigel Playle Photography

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The theme started with the colour green and kind of expanded from there into incorporating different hues of green throughout the day. I also just wanted everyone to have a good time so there were plenty of fun elements like a sweep for The Grand National that took place on our wedding day and also one for the speeches so everyone was involved.

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Nigel Playle Photography

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Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

My dress was an ivory fishtail lace gown by Enzoani from Poppy Bridal in Darlington. I had no idea what type of dress I wanted and must have tried on at least 30. They only had this dress in black in the shop and as soon as I put it on I loved it and the ivory was just as beautiful! I originally didn’t want a veil but the veil I chose was also lace and complemented the dress perfectly so the decision was easy!

My shoes I got from Karen Millen in the sale and these turned out to be the hardest part of the outfit to find!

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The bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses in Apple Slice. My chief bridesmaid wore a slighter darker green and the sleeves were interchangeable so the bridesmaids could wear them however they wanted. The groomsmen wore dark grey suits from Butterflies in Stockton and green socks of course to go with the theme!

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Nigel Playle Photography

We all went to Saks in Yarm on the morning of the wedding to get our hair done and they did a great job with very different hair for everyone! The florists provided me with some glitter covered flowers to put in my hair and it looked amazing when the light caught it.

Jo from Make Up by Jo did my make up and I loved it, it was very natural with a smoky eye and was just what I wanted!

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I carried a beautiful bouquet of white flowers including tulips, ranunculus and anemones. I wanted to use spring flowers and for everything to look really fresh. Flowerhouse in Stockton did a fantastic job with them.

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Our photographer was Nigel Playle Photography and he captured the day perfectly and I never felt that too much time was spent taking photos. He was so good at making us feel relaxed. He also set up a propbox for the evening so guests could get dressed up and have photos taken. This was so much fun!

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

One of our very creative friends made all of our stationery for us and she was a godsend as she had some great ideas and everything looked so good.  One less thing for me to worry about!

We used apples as place cards to fit in with the green theme and cut out some gold leaves with names on them to attach. These really looked great on the tables with table numbers made out of moss which our friend also made.

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Nigel Playle Photography

We had a singer, Samantha Durnan performing as guests arrived and also after the wedding breakfast. She was fantastic and really set the tone for the day.

We also had a magician, Luke Howells, who my bridesmaids paid for as a wedding gift. We had seen him at a previous wedding and he really wowed everyone and created a bit of fun which we wanted for the day.

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Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

My favourite part of the day (aside from the actually ceremony which I loved as our vicar really made it special) was when we were announced into the wedding breakfast and the master of ceremonies asked everyone to raise their glasses and as we had sunglasses as favours everyone put them on for when we entered the room!

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Our favours were one of my favourite things from the day. The personalised sunglasses were in two different colours of green, lighter green for the ladies and darker green for the gents. Everyone loved these and we got some fantastic pictures of all our guests wearing them. I got a lot of photos after the wedding of everyone’s children wearing them which I loved!

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

We chose a three tier cake but had the tiers set out on different levels. They were made to look like presents with green ribbon and also had sugar apples and anemones to bring in different themes from the wedding. This was made by Fairycakes & Co and I was so happy with it.

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Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

Nigel Playle Photography

We went to Cuba on honeymoon for two weeks. We travelled to Havana for two days whilst we were there to experience the ‘real’ Cuba and it was fantastic!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to just enjoy your day as much as you can, it really does disappear so spend as much time with the people you care about as possible and have fun. Don’t worry about the small things, everything will fall into place just as you planned!

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Congratulations Lucy & Kev!

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Sage, Sparkle & Song! A Real Wedding In The North East – Kimberley & Andrew

February 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today we join Kimberley and Andrew for their beautiful Real Wedding at Hardwick Hall HotelNow what could be happening there this weekend?

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Oh yes!  I had almost forgotten about that!  Not really, click here for more details and to pre-register for your VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag.

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My bad. Forgive my shameless plug, and let’s head back to the sparkle and song of Kimberley and Andrew’s classic yet contemporary wedding, with contributions from lots of our favourite North East suppliers, and images by Grange Photography.

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Kimberley says:  We got engaged on 2nd January 2011.  We went for a walk around Greatham Church and he got down on one knee and asked to meet him back there on our wedding day. I was totally surprised really didn’t expect it… cue lots of happy tears!

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We were married on 25th August 2012 at Greatham Church (of course!) with the reception at Hardwick Hall Hotel, where we fell in love with the beautiful grounds and chandeliers and the staff were so helpful.

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We chose a colour scheme of sage green & ivory.

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I chose a Ronald Joyce dress from Christabel & Keats and accessories by Jenny Packham

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My bridesmaids wore floor length strapless chiffon dresses from Christabel & Keats and the groomsmen wore traditional tailored grey suits from Bakers in Middlesborough.

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We travelled in style – in my friend’s dad beautiful Bentley and I also chose a VW camper van for my bridesmaids, which they loved.

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I copied Kate Middleton’s bouquet, as I loved it!  It had lily of the valley, gypsophila, small roses and a few crystals.

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I loved every second of the day and wish that we could do it all again.  It really was the best day of our lives.

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We love music, so had a table plan based on our favourite bands.  In the evening we chose to have a live  band called The Lizards, as well as a retro photo booth from Snaparazzi Photo Booths.

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We chose a vanilla sponge, fruit and chocolate praline cake with ivory fondant from Celebration Cakes.  We added a sage green ribbon and a gorgeous brooch.  Beautiful and delicious!

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After the wedding we went to Thailand. Bangkok, Koh Samui & Phuket. We seriously didn’t want to come home – it’s such a beautiful country! 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make sure your organised and well prepared so you can enjoy every moment. Don’t stress about the small things it all comes together on the day.

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Congratulations Kimberley & Andrew!

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Grange Photography will be exhibiting at the Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel, this Sunday. Come along and say hello – the event is FREE ENTRY and is open to the public from 12pm – 4pm.

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Click here for more information about the event and to reserve your VIP bride to be goody bag, packed with treats, exclusive discounts and magazines.

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Glittering Romance: A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Amy & Chris

December 25th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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We first met gorgeous bride Amy and her husband Chris back in November last year on these pages, when I featured their intimate pre-wedding “Limited Collection” shoot by Cat Hepple Photography.  Now they are back to share their even more beautiful Real Wedding images – again by the lovely Cat Hepple – with us.  What a pleasure!  Amy and Chris’ wedding day is a triple whammy of stylish, chic and romantic, which all adds up to an utterly stunning celebration. 

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Amy says:  Chris asked me to marry him at home on Christmas Morning 2010 and we tied the knot on 17th August 2012 at St John’s Church Oulton then Oulton Hall, Leeds. 

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Oulton Hall is just around the corner from our house, Chris plays golf there most weekends every weekend and because it’s so close it meant it was accessible for all our friends and family, which was important to us that they could all get there hassle free, although my Momma T might disagree, they flew in from Arkansas!

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I drive past the church and Oulton Hall every day on my way to and from work and I have to admit, it is beautiful, it was a great venue. The event staff on the day were fantastic, despite a couple of power cuts and it scrubbed up nicely with the help of some amazing suppliers! I will hold Oulton Hall fondly in my heart, full of happy memories.

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I read blogs religiously and scrapbooked and tumblr’d for months.  I knew what I wanted but I wouldn’t call it a theme!  We opted for a colour scheme of greens and whites. 

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Jo Bilham did my makeup and Kizzy at Charisma Bridal did my hair. 

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I tried on a dozen dresses (around 50 to be more specific), in a dozen different stores spread across Yorkshire. I never really fell in love with any of them. So I started researching Yorkshire designers, I found James Steward Couture and the rest is a fairy-tale. 

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From the first meeting with James I felt like he got me, he knew exactly the look I wanted to achieve and had no problems executing it, he is beyond words talented. We started the dress fittings and I felt like Cinderella, minus the bluebirds and the singing mice!  It was so exciting, starting with calico and pins to the final fittings when I was stepping into the finished silk dress we had been creating for nine months, it was perfect, it still makes me want to cry, it was and still is (excluding the mucky hem and fake bake smudges) the most beautiful dress I have ever worn. I could genuinely swoon about my dress and about James all day long.

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My shoes were Jimmy Choo, the last pair in the country in my size, it was obviously fate!

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HF Couture created my stunning couture hairpiece.

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My grown up bridesmaids also wore James Steward Couture whilst the younger and flower girls were in Topshop and Tigerlily.  Chris and his groomsmen wore Slaters suits & James Steward Couture cravats.

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Helen at Twigs in Barwick has been a friend of my Mum’s for years and I always knew it would be Helen that did my wedding flowers, long before I knew who my husband was!  I wanted a collection of all my favourite flowers, most importantly orchids, hydrangeas, freesias, avalanche roses and lots of greenery. I wasn’t specific apart from to stick to whites and greens and let Helen do her thing, they turned out beautifully, I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

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We had Trio Vivo by The Event Music Company booked for the church ceremony right through the wedding breakfast with the addition of a surprise as we left the church.  Chris and I watch Love Actually every Christmas, it’s a little tradition we have, so I knew I had to recreate the wedding scene.

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Chris Hilton at Event Music pulled it off seamlessly, planting a singer and two extra musicians amongst our guests, so as we were leaving the church they started playing ‘All You Need Is Love’, trumpet, singer and all, it was fabulous, I just wish we could have done a second walk out the church so I could have listened to them longer!

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Beau Collections did our gorgeous outdoor styling and Ambience Venue Styling dealt with the inside!

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Thierry and Rebecca at Dumouchel are great friends of ours and gifted us our stunning cakes as a wedding present – I’m a very lucky girl.

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We had a macaroon tower, with custom blended green; lavender, rose and white chocolate macaroons;

a stunning croquembouche with a mixture of chocolate ganache and crème patisserie filling and a traditional iced and tiered fruit cake.  They were so delicious and looked amazing.

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They were all themed together with the addition of the hydrangea petals and the most beautiful edible paper butterflies that came from SugarRobot in California via Etsy.

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We had a custom monogram designed and used it on the invites, which were made by Cutture, fabulous laser etched mirrors, on the order of service and the table plan.

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Our table plan and the numbers were created by Chris and an amazing local glass supplier, it was his baby, he’s very proud of it!

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Marriage A La Mode were our videographer and are two of the loveliest people I have ever met.  The video is tear jerking-ly beautiful. I have watched it every day since we got it. I can’t thank Zoe & Mat enough!

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I loved every second of the day.  In particular, the speeches were pretty epic and our last dance was quite special.

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In the evening we used a band called The Wedding Smashers.  Max smashed it, everyone danced till they dropped, my Choos were discarded and I lost all bridal elegance winding to Bobby Brown and I can vividly remember bouncing about the dance floor to Katy Perry’s Firework with all my girls, I was deliriously happy. Our last dance was All You Need Is Love, it was the way we started our party and the way we finished it. Happy smiley people!

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After the wedding we honeymooned in the Maldives at Lily Beach. The most perfect place on earth.

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My top tips for other Brides Up North would be to do whatever you want to do, don’t be led by other people’s opinions or what’s ‘on trend’. Don’t get stressed by family politics, if they love you enough they’ll let it drop for just one day!  Enjoy every second of the day! Spend the biggest chunk of your budget on a really amazing photographer: it’s worth every penny. 

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Wednesday Wedding Inspiration – Forever Green

December 12th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’ll be honest with you. I’m probably not even awake yet.

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I prepared this feature in advance as I’ll most likely still be sleeping off the effects of the Brides Up North Christmas Party at the gorgeous Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire.  I had a brilliant night full of wine, sparkle and song prepared for our lovely guests and a full party report will be coming up shortly on these swirly silver pages once I’ve had a full English breakfast and taken some time to reflect on the fun and frivolities that actually went down!

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In the meantime, I would never leave these pages bare!  So, to up the Brides Up North gorgeous quota this morning (as I won’t be contributing much by way of gorgeousness) I’ll hand you over to my regular guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next who is at the ready with another of her beautiful wedding inspiration boards.

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1. Green Bridesmaids 2. Jenny Packham JOY Gown 3. Emerald Wreath 4. Table Decor 5. Emerald Eyes 6. Letterpress Wedding Stationery 7. Sculpted Sparkle Ring 8. Tallulah Button Bouquet 9. Bow Heels 10. Deco Cake

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Katy says:  A lovely bit of festive evergreen colouring for you this week with a golden art deco twist. Green isn’t the most popular wedding colour but is becoming an increasingly trendy choice and I love it!

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The Jenny Packham gown is not a new design but its one of the classic gowns that oozes vintage elegance. If you’re wanting to go full on green the gown is also available in a gorgeous emerald shade! The detailed embellishment does all the talking and needs little if any accessorizing. I’ve teamed it with some simply amazing bow heels which will create a lovely flash of green as you shimmy down the aisle.

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For that beautiful art deco vintage loveliness mix the green shades with glittering gold and jet black – displayed beautifully in the Beau Buttons bouquet! Go dramatic with fabulous jade eye shadow and pale lips or stick to the vintage eyeliner flicks and scarlet lips.

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Take the time to check the link connected to the green bridesmaids dresses – the bride had all her maids in a different green shade which blended so beautifully! If the dress style isn’t your cup of tea try using the same colour palette with a different shape. Take the idea to a local dress maker – I’m sure they’ll be full of fabulous ideas!

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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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Wednesday Wedding Inspiration!

August 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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1. Wedding Wishes Bottles 2. Mellifluous Necklace 3. Seafoam Lacie Shoes 4. J Crew Sinclair Dress 5. Stemmed Sea Glass 6. Sea Shell Cake 7. Sea Glass Earrings 8. Sea Island Stationery 9. Jenny Packham Berkley Gown

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A good friend of mine came to me with a wedding dilemma recently (yes, I do get a lot of that!), asking how to incorporate her favourite colour – green – into her wedding day, without it looking too, well, green.  She had considered other colour schemes, but just didn’t want to leave her favourite out, yet couldn’t quite get it right. 

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Leave it to guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next and her fantastic fortnightly wedding inspiration boards to come up with the solution in this beautiful sea mist collage. 

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Katy says: Though I’m sure (in the North) we are all sick of excessive water, I have taken this week’s inspiration from the sea and created a simple and elegant beachy wedding style. Seafoam, mint and sage greens are so beautiful combined together or used alone. I have used them to soften the simple stark white Jenny Packham gown, which would work so perfectly with the textured freshwater pearl necklace from BHLDN that has a tassel tipped strands that dangle down your back, begging to be shown off! Team it with a tousled updo – which is great for a beach wedding and keeps the sea breeze from messing with your locks.

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You can be sure your accessories are completely unique with the Sea Glass Earrings handmade by Surf & Silver Sea Glass Jewellery. They would make perfect gifts for your bridesmaids. I am completely in love with the J Crew ‘Dusty Shale’ coloured chiffon dress! The draping is exquisite but if the style isn’t for all your maids the colour is available in other styles too. Stick with the sea theme and have flashes of sea glass in your bouquet or a charm around the base.

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My favourite part? Possibly the coloured glass bottles labelled ‘Wedding Wishes’ – words of wisdom and loving messages left from all your guests, which would make a fabulous keepsake in your love nest! I am also blown away by the simple but effective cake – seriously stylish!

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And her wedding inspiration brilliance isn’t all that Katy is offering us this week! Katy is holding a giveaway over on her blog and she would like to invite Brides Up North readers to enter too.  For the chance to win a bespoke headpiece  from What Katy Did Next to the value of £150 you just have to email info@what-katy-did-next.co.uk with your details or comment on Katy’s blog post (say hello from Brides Up North too!).  The competition closes on 27th August 2012. 

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every 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 Wed-spiration Mood Boards

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Painted Pigs & Pin On Moustaches! A Real Yorkshire Wedding On The Welsh Border – Faye & Neil

June 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today’s absolutely splendid Real Wedding in the Welsh border countryside was sent to us by Yorkshire lass real bride Faye and Lissa Alexandra Photography

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I absolutely adore how Faye and Neil have made every element of their wedding personal to them.  As with most of the finer things in life: the delight is in the detail. 

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Faye says:  We got engaged on 7th March 2011 in Paris (on my 30th!) watching the Eiffel tower flashing and married on 21 April 2012 at St Andrews Church followed by Brobury House & Gardens for the reception. 

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We chose the venue because it had beautiful gardens and we just got excited as soon as we were shown round even though it was raining! Pru the owner was lovely and having the venue all to ourselves also appealed!

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I chose a slim fitting satin dress from Brides of Harrogate. {Editor’s note: see this morning’s post to win a wedding dress from this fabulous company!}.

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I have no idea what flowers made up my bouquet! I just requested a mixture that had a wild feel to them. I think there was some tulips in there!

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We added a lot of our own special touches to the day.  For example, the bunting was knitted especially by my mum and her friends; our favours were moustaches (I have had a lot of tash parties in the past so was linked to me) and spectacles (Neil is well know for his unusual choice of glasses). Each favour was in an envelope wrapped in wool to match the bunting.

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A Colourful Vintage Marquee Wedding by Lissa Alexandra Photography

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A Colourful Vintage Marquee Wedding by Lissa Alexandra Photography

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A Colourful Vintage Marquee Wedding by Lissa Alexandra Photography

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A Colourful Vintage Marquee Wedding by Lissa Alexandra Photography

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A Colourful Vintage Marquee Wedding by Lissa Alexandra Photography

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A Colourful Vintage Marquee Wedding by Lissa Alexandra Photography

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We travelled in style in a campervan from Dreambus Hereford. 

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A Colourful Vintage Marquee Wedding by Lissa Alexandra Photography

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A Colourful Vintage Marquee Wedding by Lissa Alexandra Photography

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A Colourful Vintage Marquee Wedding by Lissa Alexandra Photography

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A Colourful Vintage Marquee Wedding by Lissa Alexandra Photography

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A Colourful Vintage Marquee Wedding by Lissa Alexandra Photography

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A Colourful Vintage Marquee Wedding by Lissa Alexandra Photography

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A Colourful Vintage Marquee Wedding by Lissa Alexandra Photography

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A Colourful Vintage Marquee Wedding by Lissa Alexandra Photography

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Our centre pieces were teapots from charity shops with potted plants in them. They were stood on books to represent the areas (famous for literature).  The table names where streets where we had lived and there were photos of each street with one or both of us in – depending on who had lived there!)

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A Colourful Vintage Marquee Wedding by Lissa Alexandra Photography

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On my hen do we went to a craft place and painted piggy banks (I love pigs), so in the entrance to the marquee we displayed all the painted pigs for all the girls who attended to collect. It was a good talking point for everyone.

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A Colourful Vintage Marquee Wedding by Lissa Alexandra Photography

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Instead of a wedding cake we chose a mixture of mini cakes, scones and biscuits – we didn’t want anything too formal and we weren’t bothered by the traditional ‘cutting of the cake’ photo.

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A Colourful Vintage Marquee Wedding by Lissa Alexandra Photography

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A Colourful Vintage Marquee Wedding by Lissa Alexandra Photography

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Apart from saying my vows… my favourite part of the day has to be looking around as everyone opened their favours and seeing all our friends and family in moustaches and glasses laughing!

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A Colourful Vintage Marquee Wedding by Lissa Alexandra Photography

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A Colourful Vintage Marquee Wedding by Lissa Alexandra Photography

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In the evening we had a DJ who played the music we requested and we had a good boogie! Plus we had a DIY photo booth which was a big hit!

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A Colourful Vintage Marquee Wedding by Lissa Alexandra Photography

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Vietnam – we travelled for two weeks and had a week chilling on an island!  Bliss!

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A Colourful Vintage Marquee Wedding by Lissa Alexandra Photography

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that if you have a wedding like mine where you do everything i.e. don’t have a wedding planner or a typical wedding venue (ours only do 5ish weddings a year) then ask someone you trust who is not involved in the day (i.e. not bridesmaids) to keep an eye on all the timings. It would help to take the pressure of you wondering if all is going to plan!

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A Colourful Vintage Marquee Wedding by Lissa Alexandra Photography

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Congratulations Faye & Neil!

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  – Images © 2012 Lissa Alexandra Photography

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Wednesday Wed-spiration! Easter Citrus: Fresh Yellow, Green and Cream

April 4th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I am very happy to introduce a new regular feature here on the wedding blog!  Yippee!

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Regular readers will know that I have dabbled in inspiration boards for a while now, but without any real regularity.  One of the perks of being a professional wedding blogger is that its my job {pinches self} to trawl the internet searching for wedding pretty and I have amassed quite the collection of ideas and images behind the scenes.  I am very slowly getting in to Pinterest too, but sometimes I like to keep my ideas private – for future posts and pretty surprises. 

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The only issue I have with inspiration boards is that they do tend to cater to the person compiling’s own taste.  The whole point of Brides Up North is to share with you a real range of ideas, price points and styles, so that is why I have tended to steer pretty clear in the past.  However, now I have back up!  My first recruit is lovely lady, bespoke bridal headpiece designer and creator of the most pretty inspiration boards around – Katy of What Katy Did Next.

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You may have seen Katy in action already on Brides Up North in this beautiful Alice In Wonderland styled fashion shoot (with one of the pieces named after little old me!), and if so, you will understand why I think she is the lady for the job!

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The plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every week, either compiled by myself, the creative Katy or a guest blogger- and that guest blogger could be 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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So, let’s get this party started with an ‘Easter Citrus’ wedding inspiration board, by Katy. 

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Easter Citrus

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1. Daisy Bouquet 2. Mitzi Short Wedding Dress 3. Button Detail Court Shoe 4. Melissa Green Dress

5. Lemon Table Setting 6. Lemon Quartz Earrings 7. Vintage Bunting 8. Daisy Buttonhole 9. Daisy Chain ‘Alexandra’ Headpiece 10. Polka Dot Cake

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Katy says: Ignoring the freak weather we are having, the past weeks have been a huge inspiration for this board. Spring had definitely sprung and bursts of these citrussy shades would be perfect for an Easter wedding. Mixing the lemon yellows with grass green, ivory and natural hessian is perfect for a classic wedding or a more relaxed affair.

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The polka dots and daisies add a sprinkling of fun to the mood board, which could even transfer onto flower girl’s dresses or your groom’s tie or socks. The short Lyn Ashworth wedding dress could even sport a colourful vintage petticoat underneath. I chose loose boho waves for the carefree bride but for a more formal wedding chic up-dos are perfect!

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My favourite part of the board? The florals. The fresh white with hints of yellow and green are what makes the theme work as a whole. The simple shades are perfect if you wanted to add another colour into the mix without a huge clash, such as deep purples or a pale pink.

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See more of Katy’s inspiration boards by visiting her blog.

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Contact me to submit your own inspiration board guest post or to suggest colour and theme ideas for our next boards.

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  – Images as credited, mood board created by What Katy Did Next 

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Your Move! A Real Christmas Wedding in Yorkshire (With Scrabble & A Ceilidh!) – Charlotte & Tim

January 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This cosy Christmas Wedding in Yorkshire, sent to me by Lissa Alexandra Photography, is a modern celebration with a real sense of old fashioned elegance and grace.  Add one very cute and smiley bride, a swinging ceilidh and a musical surprise and you have a day that deserves it’s place in the history books.

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Let’s hear from Charlotte, the Bride: We got engaged on the Isle of Arran on the west coat of Scotland in September 2010. We got engaged on the rocks of the beach where I used to play as a little girl on her family holidays. The engagement didn’t go entirely to plan though, as we were caught out by the tide and after I had said yes, Tim was forced to carry me through the water to get back to the beach!

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We were married on 10 December 2011 at St Mary’s Church in Boston Spa, a small village in Yorkshire where I grew up. Our reception was held at the Merchant Taylor’s Hall in York.

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We are both foodies and set about searching for a caterer before the venue, as we wanted to make sure the wedding breakfast was of a high standard. Local firm, Poppy Caterers, were recommended by a friend and we noticed they were the exclusive caterers for the Merchant Taylor’s. After a visit to the hall we knew it’s oldy-worldly style and features would be perfect for a winter wedding; it had the exact romantic and cosy feel we were looking for and we fell in love with it instantly.

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Green Gables, A Real Wedding – Jo & Dave

June 23rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Fab photographer Nicky Chadwick Photography sent Brides Up North this gorgeous Spring time Real Wedding to feature on the wedding blog this morning.  A stunning setting – surrounded by nature – with lots of lovely little details.  Let’s go green!

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Nicky Chadwick Photography tells us more:  Jo and Dave’s wedding ceremony and reception took place at The Ashes on Thursday 28th April 2011. The bride and groom live in Yorkshire – but found this venue and loved it so decided to tie the knot there.  .

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The style of the venue fit really well with Jo’s theme and the green of her bridesmaids matched the colours perfectly.

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Little Black Book:

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Photography:  Nicky Chadwick Photography

Venue:  The Ashes

Wedding Dress: Hoops A Daisy

Flowers:  Hampsons Flowers

Cake:  Sugar Rose Cake Company

Hair and Make Up:  Emma from Pure

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Did you see Nicky’s own real wedding featured here on the wedding blog?  Click here to check it out!

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Photographers!  Fancy sharing your work with Brides Up North?  Please get in touch to submit a Real Wedding.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2011 Nicky Chadwick Photography

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Super Sunday!

June 12th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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All good things must come to an end.  I’m flying home today after two great weeks on the Costa Del Sol.  It was great to relax, recharge and drink far too much white wine.  Sometimes all you need is friends, your family and lots of belly laughs.  A bit of sun doesn’t hurt either.

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I’m raring to go as I have an inbox busting to the seams with superb submissions, but as I’m up in the air, that will have to wait one more day.

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Since last week’s post recapping some of my favourite real weddings featured right here on Brides Up North wedding blog was so popular – to occupy you whilst I get my Jet 2 on – here are five more!  Super Sunday will be back next weekend once my tan has faded…

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Victoria and StephenAll You Need Is Love – Victoria and Stephen by Fotografy 

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An immensely cool and beautiful Liverpool wedding making the most of the city’s streets for a set of outstanding images.

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Gillian and David

Sustainable Style – Gillian and David by Olivia Brabbs Photography

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One of my all time favourites.  Eco friendly, beautiful yorkshire venue and absolutely knock ‘em dead floral displays from Twisted Willow.

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Abigail and AlistairIt’s A Beautiful Day – Abigail and Alistair  by Sally Hobson Weddings

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A day filled with smiles and happiness.  And what a great choice for the bridesmaids’ dresses.  This bride has taste.

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Emma and MikeAbbey Road – Emma and Mike by Matt Tordoff at Greyeye Photography 

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A stunning Yorkshire Abbey setting.  With men in kilts.  What more could you want?

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Claire and James

That’s Amore! – Claire and James by Jana Kendall Photography

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Just fabulous.  A real wedding in Italy from my Featured Supplier, designer of amazing couture garters, Florrie Mitton.

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That’s a wrap for today. See you on home ground!

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