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Must Be The Music. A Vibrant Real Wedding In The North West –Lindsay & Ian

March 24th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Fluke Photography

I love every wedding that I feature on these pages, and all for different reasons.  Some are full of homespun, personal details and others breathtakingly beautiful.  Most have a dash of both. 

But then there are the weddings that have all that and more – the weddings where the personalities just leap off the page and I think – Hey, now there’s a wedding I’d have liked to have been invited to!

Lindsay and Ian’s big day is one of those.  Yes, it’s cute, colourful and full of loveliness, but it also looks like it was a hell of a good laugh.  And those wedding days, dear readers, are hard to beat…

With images by Marie-Claire at  Fluke Photography

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Fluke Photography

Lindsay says:  Ian asked me to marry him in July 2011 overlooking Lake Windermere. It was a beautiful warm sunny day – my birthday was in a couple of days and I was two weeks away from my due date – so really quite pregnant!

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We were married on 5th October 2013 – almost 4 years to the day since we met – at Cock O Barton, Barton, Cheshire. 

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We chose our venue because it was a bit quirky and it didn’t need much decorating as it had real character. It was much cheaper for exclusive use than other places and the food was fabulous!

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Fluke Photography

We chose to have a colourful wedding with vibrant autumnal florals.  I carried a posy of orange calla lilies, protea and hypericum berries by Flowers by Gaynor. 

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

I wore “Lorie” by Maggie Sottero as I loved the lace, court train and the corset back and I didn’t want a strapless dress. My shoes were by Irregular Choice.

Ian and his best man wore a grey suit from Groom and my bridesmaid chose a teal dress from Hobbs.  Our baby son wore a grey suit from Next. 

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Fluke Photography

We travelled in a fabulous teal blue Rolls Royce.

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We used Fluke Photography for OUR fabulous pictures – we didn’t want too many posed pictures so we loved our documentary style album.

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Fluke Photography

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We both are into our music so we had original 7 inch records for our table names – all 10 records were special to us. The name places were paper flowers made from sheet music.

I walked down the aisle to “Your Silent Face” by New Order and we walked out to “Just Like Fred Astaire” by James. We danced our first dance to Elbow “One Day Like This”. 

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Fluke Photography

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Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

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It’s difficult to choose a favourite part as the whole day was fabulous but saying our vows in front of our friends and family was very emotional. The speeches were also great and the party was fantastic!

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Fluke Photography

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We didn’t want a standard white iced wedding cake so we chose a three tiered chocolate covered sponge cake. It was made by the Ian’s parents who are Master Bakers!

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For our entertainment we had a local band do some swing music followed by some indie and hip hop classics.  Ian’s close friends provided DJ services late into the night. The dance floor was pretty much full all night until 3am!  A close friend who is a musician also wrote and performed a song about us which was lovely. 

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Paris by Eurostar for four nights. It was very romantic and we had a great time. We didn’t want to go too far as we have a two year old son.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is that it’s the people that make the day – not the expensive things. Savour every moment. 

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Congratulations Lindsay & Ian!

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Fabulously Floral. A Real Wedding In Chester – Michelle & Rob

February 3rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This wedding differs from a lot of the submissions we usually receive here at Brides Up North – because this time its the groom in the driving seat.  In fact, he loved the whole process so much that he’s considering a career in the wedding industry.  Watch this space.

Rob writes:  Out of the two of us, I have loads of artistic flare, and Michelle really isn’t fussed on anything creative! When it came to organizing the wedding, Michelle really hadn’t a clue where to start, and so basically left it up to me. Not to say she wasn’t interested – we made a deal – she would concentrate on the dress and I would sort the venue! We did all main bits together but the actual decorating of the venue was all down to me. She was banned until the big day! 

I loved every minute of the build up. I knew what I wanted and made most of the stuff myself. In fact I enjoyed it that much I am hoping to start up in the industry this year.

I think the man’s a natural.  So, let’s hear all about his vision… over to you Rob. 

Images by Helen Hates Peas Photography.  

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Rob says: I asked Michelle to marry me at home on Christmas day in 2010 next to the Christmas tree. I hid the ring box at the back of the tree. After we had finished getting ready to go to her parents’ house, I said I had forgotten one last gift. When she opened her eyes I was on one knee!

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

We were married on 18th August 2013 at Trafford Hall, Mickle Traford, Chester.  We wanted somewhere pretty and not overbearing that none of our friends or family had been to before. Somewhere all our guests could stay, somewhere we could have free reign over suppliers and not be dictated to by the venue’s preferred suppliers, and above all, somewhere reasonably priced. We loved the old Georgian house and that the venue is run by a charity who promotes eco values. The guests’ rooms were outdoor stables with wild flower turf roofs which were a brilliant talking point as guests arrived and went into their little hideaways. They try and source most of their food locally and try and grow all the veg onsite.

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Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Our theme was country floral. I have had a passion for flowers since a young boy and eventually studied garden design at Uni. I had an idea of the way I wanted the venue to look, and it involved lots of flowers and greenery. The venue and location were perfect for a country fayre style wedding, which I think is what we achieved.

We didn’t really have a colour scheme, just lots of floral prints. It could have gone horribly wrong, but it worked superbly!

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Michelle wore a crystal and sash White One Bridal sweetheart ball gown from the 2012 collection which she bought from Boda Bridal in Chester. Hannah (bridesmaid) made Michelle’s veil as a personal gift. Her shoes were diamanté flip flops from Oasis.

I wanted to stand out from the best men and ushers, so chose a two piece 0suit from Zara in French Navy. I had a bespoke lilac tweed waistcoat made for me by Crichton of Chester. They also made my shirt and sewed in a contrasting floral pattern to the cuffs and collar for when I took my tie off at night. I wore a silk floral hydrangea tie that I bought from G Room in Hoole, Chester.

We both have a favourite jeweller in Chester called Chique based in St Michael’s Precinct. Michelle’s engagement ring is from there as our wedding rings. As a surprise, I met with Adam, the owner, and selected a pair of pearl earrings for Michelle to wear on the day. I asked Hannah to give them to her on the wedding morning. Little did I know that Michelle had also gone in and spoke to Adam and selected a pair of pearl cufflinks as a surprise for me! Without even knowing we had matching earrings and cufflinks!

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Michelle carried a mixture of garden flowers including dahlias, anthirrinun, scabious, everlasting sweet peas, daiseys, astrantia, cornflower, amongst others. I didn’t want to be an understated groom, so my button hole was equally as flamboyant. I had the same flowers as Michelle, but with the addition of a sprig of thalictrum – a delicate purple flower.

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Michelle walked down the isle to Etta James ‘At last’ and we both walked out to Jackie Wilson ‘I get the Sweetest Feeling’.

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The Editorials: Va-Va-Groom!

February 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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In this new blog series, The Editorials, I share my pre-published offline content, online.  I write on a freelance basis for numerous regional and National glossies, and rather than be relegated to being rather posh chip paper, I thought that my words might be useful to my online readers who didn’t manage to pick up a print copy of my features.  Double the pretty!

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The second instalment in this series (click here to see the first, focussing on the trend for all white weddings) catches up on a column I wrote for Wedding Magazine before Christmas, all about giving your groom some va-va-voom!

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I wrote: The days of identikit grooms are long gone. You might be preoccupied with selecting the perfect wedding gown, but you can bet that your other half is also giving some careful thought to his own wedding day look. For him too, this is a day where he wants raise the style stakes and feel that little bit special.

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Luckily, there has never been more of a sartorial selection for a groom to choose from. Whether he is a traditionalist looking for a classically cut morning suit or an individual wanting to cut a dash with quirky accessories, it’s now acceptable for the groom to look beyond a hired waistcoat and cravat. Whilst it’s true that his choice of attire should complement the overall style of the bridal party, some of my favourite wedding day images are those where the personality of the groom shines through.

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If he wants to keep his look classic, help him to stand out from the rest of the wedding party by choosing a different colour of tie or more elaborate buttonhole.

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Rather than sticking to the status quo, encourage your man to mix things up with by adding a special touch. How about a colourful bow tie, socks, braces, sharp shoes or a neckerchief?

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For a relaxed celebration or destination wedding he needn’t be trussed up like a turkey. Work with the style of his surroundings and opt for light fabrics and a pale colour palette.

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If he’s decorated, this is his chance to show it off. I also love to see a groom in national dress: kilts at the ready boys, it’s time to show some leg!

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Indulge him! If he has a need for speed, why not hire a cool car or vintage scooter to get him to the church on time and in style.

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Mink Silk: A Real Wedding In The North West – Nadine & Paul

February 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Yesterday, I took a rare and cheeky day off from all things online – the wedding blog, Twitter, Facebook, emails, Instagram, Pinterest – you name it, I was unplugged from it, as I celebrated my birthday with my closest family.  I figured that with Baby Brides Up North on the way and a full Spring schedule of Brides Up North luxury bridal events about to begin (click here for dates, details and to register as one of our VIP brides to be) this might be my last opportunity for some me time for quite a while.

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So today I’m back, refreshed and recharged (or as much as you can be in your third trimester of pregnancy) and completely making up for our one day hiatus as I bring you Brides Up North reader Nadine and new hubby Paul’s stunning Real Wedding celebration, with images by Mick Cookson Photography.  Fabulous!

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Nadine says:  We got engaged on Tuesday 28th September 2010. The day started with a catamaran cruise to Ile aux Cerfs, which is a beautiful island fringed with white sandy beaches, palm trees and crystal clear blue lagoons, just off the coast of Mauritius. Once we’d returned to our hotel on Mauritius and changed for the evening, Paul mentioned that there was something special happening on the jetty and wanted to be nosey and take a look on our way to the restaurant for dinner. As we approached I could see a waiter on stand-by, the pergola at the end of the jetty was adorned with silks, and there was a table set for two. With the sun setting on the horizon of the Indian Ocean it looked a perfect setting for a romantic meal. As we got a little closer I whispered to Paul “Wouldn’t it be nice if that were for us!”. As we approached the waiter gestured to us and said our table was ready. Before I could apologise to the waiter and say he’d mistaken us for another couple Paul thanked the waiter, gently took my hand and escorted me to what proved to be the perfect setting for a proposal. Even at this stage I did not suspect what was to come, but shortly after we were seated and Paul bent down on one knee in front of me, the penny dropped and the moment took my breath away.

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We were married on Saturday 22nd December 2012 at Mitton Hall, near Whalley in the Ribble Valley. We planned for a Winter wedding.  It was on recommendation of my best friend Vicky. The second we walked through the door we knew it was everything we had been looking for.

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We didn’t have a theme as such but we wanted the venue to offer elegance and the atmosphere to be relaxed, informal and fun which reflected our personalities.  Our colours were very neutral. Our chair sashes were mink and the floral arrangements were creams and ivory with a hint of gold. Everything else followed suit.

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I travelled to the venue with my Dad who had come over from Jamaica to give me away. We were taken in a vintage Regent Tourer by Horgans Cars.

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My dress was purchased from Annie Laurie Bridal and although this was two hours from where I live the service they gave was worth every mile! After trying on around 12 dresses I fell in love with a Maggie Sottero  named Pasadena.

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Paul’s suit was a traditional charcoal wedding suit with tails, with an ivory waist coat and mink ruffled tie, which was coordinated with our daughter’s flower girl dress and the floral arrangements. This was hired from Groom in Warrington.

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We didn’t have any bridesmaids or grooms men, we just had our little girl as a flower girl although she fell asleep before the ceremony so didn’t get to walk up the aisle. She wore a lovely ivory dress with a satin mink belt and flower which I customised by adding a flower embellishment to the flower. We saw this dress as we were food shopping in Morrison’s! We weren’t even aware that they sold clothes but there we saw exactly what we had been looking for.

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I carried a bouquet which I made myself using satin flowers made out of satin ribbon, silk flowers and embellishments.  I had my heart set on having a bouquet that I could keep and researched different styles of bouquets. At some point I decided that I would try and make my own (something I had never done before) and after hours and hours sat making satin flowers I finished up with the most beautiful bouquet. I love being creative and can pretty much turn my hand to anything I set my mind to. I will now be framing my bouquet in a box frame which will take pride of place on our wall.

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I have since launched my own company, Handmade with a Heart, as a result of the many requests we have had from people for the special touches that we added to our wedding. 

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My favourite part of the day was when we were pronounced man and wife, which is when I spontaneously jumped up and down shouting “I’m married, I’m married” much to everyone’s amusement.

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Paul’s favourite part of the day was when we were walking down the aisle as man and wife when he had a few fist pump moments.

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We filled our guest boxes with personalised M&M’s which read “Nadine and Paul” on the ivory ones and “Married 22.12.12” on the cream ones and chose and wrapped 27 gifts that were given to all the children from Santa (a friend of ours who looks like the genuine article).

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Our floral decorations were by Passion Flowers in Clitheroe. 

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We struggled at first with the cake as Paul doesn’t like fruit cake, and prefers sponge, whereas I am the opposite. I really wanted my Gran to make our wedding cake as she makes the best fruit cake, but given Paul’s taste I decided to ask my Gran to make a sample cake as I knew that as soon as Paul tasted it he’d really like it! Sure enough, there was no going back once he tried it. I think it had something to do with the Jamaican white rum that she uses quite liberally to make it.

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My Gran made us four tiers which we then took to All Things Sugar in Warrington who decorated it beautifully for us. We wanted something simple but elegant.

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In the evening as well a DJ we had a chocolate fountain and casino tables from SJ Enterprises to keep the adults entertained and we had a bubble machine and candy buffet which kept the kiddies happy.

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Emma and Chris, who are friends of ours, lived in Austria for a few years and surprised us with a huge heart which was drawn on a cotton sheet along with our names and the date of our wedding. After we cut our cake, we were handed a pair of scissors each and the sheet was held up. Starting at the bottom of the heart we then had to cut it out but going in opposite directions and the first person to the top won!! We then stepped through the heart together and this symbolises stepping into a new life together as man and wife. It was such a lovely touch and was so nice as our guests cheered as we stepped through the heart.

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With it being over Christmas, and being lucky enough to have family travel over from Jamaica and LA, we decided to spend Christmas and New Year with family and delay our honeymoon. We are looking forward to flying into LA, which is where our daughter will spend time with her uncle, aunty and three cousins, whilst we go on to Tahitian island of Bora Bora. On our return to LA we intend to spend a few days together as a family in San Diego before returning home.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to plan everything quite early. That way you can enjoy all of the planning and the run-up to your big day, as oppose to things getting on top of you and stressing you out! Also spend time planning how you would like your special day to run in terms of timings and hand this to all parties involved i.e. MC, best man, maid of honour, photographer etc as that way everything will run its course without you having to worry. But most of all take time out as husband and wife throughout the day to take everything in and enjoy your day, as it goes so fast!

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Happy Wedding Day from The Sutcliffes!

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Congratulations Nadine & Paul!

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Contact me to see your own Real Wedding on Brides Up North.  Here’s how.

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  – Images © 2013 Mick Cookson Photography

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Very Significant Other: Getting Your Fiancé Involved

December 17th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Let’s get Christmas week off to an all-inclusive start with some advice from our regular guest blogger the lovely Rachel of Mosaic Brides about how you can get your other half involved in the wedding planning process.  And this isn’t just about getting the boys in order either, as this advice can apply to any wayward fiancé on either side of the partnership.  Get ‘em involved, people!  Using images from my own wedding (a groom who did as he was told FYI!) by David Lawson Studios

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Rachel says: For most of us girls an engagement ring isn’t necessary to start planning our big day, it simply signals a time to put our thoughts into action.  Long before we meet Mr or Mrs Right we spend time swooning over wedding dresses, deciding who our bridesmaids will be and how we will dress them – we even think about the flavour of the sponge and filling for our three-tier wedding cake (mine’s a simple iced white cake with vanilla, lemon and chocolate layers, decorated with fresh vintage style flowers)!

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By contrast our significant other may not have given any consideration to their wedding day, and for some even getting down on one knee does not prompt such thoughts.  As a result it’s sometimes the case that a bride can feel alone during the planning process when her partner takes a back seat and utters those three frustrating words "I don’t mind". But with many couples ditching traditional weddings in favour of more personal affairs, it’s never been more important that input comes from both sides to achieve a day that’s a reflection of both of you. 

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So, if your husband or wife-to-be is under the impression that their duties end at the proposal, suit hire and picking a best man or woman who will plan them a send off to rival The Hangover, I suggest the following…

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Sit down and talk. From the very start make clear to your fiancé that you want them involved with planning the wedding and the ways in which they can help.

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Next, discuss your opinions on the main areas like destinations, venues, styling, size of the wedding, food, entertainment and, of course, the budget. To encourage your partner to come up with their own ideas, or to prevent them just going along with what you say, try writing down your ideas separately and then coming back together to discuss your thoughts. While you might have the same ideas on some things other areas might need compromise – it’s no good asking for their opinion and then ignoring it.

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Part of being in a relationship is working as a team, a quality that can be incredibly useful when planning a wedding.

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Discuss which elements you can do together such as attending wedding fairs and venue visits then look at your strengths and divide some of the other jobs between you.  For example, if one of you is particularly creative then take the lead in styling the venue or designing invitations, if the other is good at research they can spend time looking up venues, entertainment, transport and so on. 

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It also makes sense to let the person who is good with numbers handle the budget while the more ballsy of the two can take charge when it comes to haggling.

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Don’t be offended if your partner doesn’t take an interest in every little thing.  It may well be the case that they don’t mind (or even care) which flowers, favours or bridesmaid dresses you have in mind but this provides the perfect opportunity to involve other relatives and friends. Meanwhile your fiancé can take some time out with their side of the bridal party to pick their wedding attire.

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Also allocate your other half jobs that you know will spike their interest. So if they love music leave them to look for a band or to plan the play list, if they fancy themself as the next Jamie Oliver ask them to consider food options or if they usually organise your annual holiday let them arrange a dream honeymoon.

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If despite your best efforts you feel that your husband or wife-to-be is still not taking an interest talk to them – communication is key in a relationship and is absolutely essential when it comes to planning a wedding.

Let your other half know that you want them to be involved and explain the ways in which you can inject elements of your personalities into the day as this might help to engage them.  Equally don’t get carried away and leave your partner out – the day belongs to both of you.

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There is no doubt that planning a wedding is a stressful and demanding task that can lead to arguments but it should also be a time you enjoy together.  To avoid fall outs don’t talk wedding all the time. Try to have a night or two where discussing weddings is strictly off limits, giving you both a break and a chance to spend quality time with one another.

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Finally and most importantly don’t lose sight of the reasons why you are actually getting married, beyond the paper pompoms and that three tired cake there should be a whole lot of love.

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Rachel Parry of Mosaic Brides is a regular guest writer for Brides Up North

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Purely Wedding Research, Honest! A Styled Menswear Shoot In The North East

October 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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So, fancy a bit of eye candy on a Saturday?

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I’m off to see the latest 007 this afternoon so I’ll be getting my kicks Daniel Craig-stylee, and thought it most unfair not to leave something lovely for you ladies to gaze upon, courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Stan Seaton Photography and Darlington Weddings (pick up the latest issue to see this shoot in print along with my spread on styling a winter wedding). 

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Plus, I’ve seen first hand that Affleck & Moffat – one of my amazing exhibitors at our Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibitions – really know how to dress a gent, so they’d be worth a visit for his wedding day styling.

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If he asks: its wedding research.  Got it? 

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Jane and Stan of Stan Seaton Photography say: We love photographing brides and ensuring that their wedding day photos reflect how amazingly beautiful and happy they looked and felt on their big day, but it is good to show our clients – and especially the girls – how good their grooms can look too!  When Darlington Weddings offered us the opportunity to do a featured menswear photo shoot for their latest magazine, in conjunction with Affleck & Moffat menswear, Paul David Hairdressing and Crathorne Hall Hotel, we couldn’t resist!

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I say: Hello, boys!

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Images: Stan Seaton Photography

Menswear: Affleck & Moffat

Grooming: Paul David Hairdressing

Venue: Crathorne Hall Hotel

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Timeless Florals: A Real Wedding In Cheshire – Claire & Tim

September 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Well you know that I approve of the stunning venue for today’s beautiful Real Wedding, having hand picked the lovely Belle Époque as the location for the last Brides Up North Tweet Up North West!

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I love how Brides Up North reader  Claire and her new husband Tim have worked with the decor of this intimate setting, rather than against it, to create a special day that is personal and chic.

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Claire says:  We got engaged in October 2010. Tim sneaked off and designed the ring all by himself. After he’d cooked me a curry he attached the bespoke ring to the dog’s collar and got him to sit next to me on the sofa until I finally noticed it.

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For once I was absolutely speechless!

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We were married on Friday 22nd June 2012 at The Belle Époque, in the beautiful Cheshire market town of Knutsford.

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It’s a unique venue, with stunning original Art Nouveau architecture and an opulent interior. We chose it because we wanted an intimate stylish wedding with an emphasis on fun rather than a more traditional “starchy” occasion. We also chose The Belle Époque because of its reputation for excellent food and it certainly delivered on the day.

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The voguish Belle Époque wedding venue easily lent itself to a vintage chic theme.

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We based our colour palette on a beautiful silver sage colour with accents of classic pink- very pretty and in keeping with the vintage chic feel.

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I chose something a bit different to take us to the venue- two white London hackney taxis. They looked fantastic but there was the added bonus of them being very roomy inside for my wedding dress!

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My wedding dress was a Demetrios sparkly number from our gorgeous local boutique wedding shop, Puure in Lymm. It felt like a real red carpet dress. I had seen it in a magazine and couldn’t believe it was in our local shop- fate! Angie who owns the shop is amazing and made me feel really relaxed. She also came and put me in my dress on the day which was brilliant.

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My friend Jaynie who is manager at Johnson’s hairdressers in Stockton Heath opened the shop really early to make sure we all had fabulous hair. She was waiting with bucks fizz and croissants and made us all feel really special.

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Tim wore a navy blue suit made by Coleman and Son tailors based in Leicester. He’s 6ft 7 so always has to get his clothes made if they are going to fit him properly! My dad, the best man Nick & Tim’s brother Paul hired their navy suits from Groom in Warrington. Their ties were silver sage and made especially to match the bridesmaid’s dresses by the wonderful staff at Puure in Lymm.

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Julie Mann Photography are based in Helsby Cheshire. Julie and her husband Phil were so hard working and were with us all day from very early in the morning. They captured all the emotions of our wedding in a relaxed unobtrusive way and provided us with such beautiful photographs to remind us of our special day.

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My friend Caroline who owns Fresh Floral Designs in Hartford, Cheshire did our beautiful flowers as well as dressing the tables. She did such an amazing job. The bride’s bouquet was a natural tied posy of avalanche roses and crystal blush callas. The roses added a touch of pink to complement that vintage look. It was bound with satin ribbon and classical diamante buckle.

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I enjoyed every single second and couldn’t stop smiling! I think the best part was walking down the aisle with my wonderful dad and then me & Tim taking our vows in the exquisite candlelit ceremony room- so perfect.

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I made all the place settings myself: each table had a flower theme and I attached a little wooden heart onto each flower with the guest’s name on it- a lovely little keepsake. I also made all the stationery including the invitations and menus. It was really hard work but the guests commented on how beautiful the room looked.

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My table planner was a huge vintage bird cage on a stand which I attached the table plan cards to (which I also made myself). My friend Caroline filled the cage with gorgeous flowers.

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Another personal touch was the wedding favours: The girls got a little bottle of luxurious Molton Brown whilst the boys got a bespoke personalised golf ball as a little memento.

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Finally, each guest got a chocolate lolly at the end of the night- lips for the girls and a moustache for the boys. I made the labels for the lollies and never want to see another lolly label again as long as I live!

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Our show stopping cake was made by Rosy who owns Cakes For All UK and travelled from Banbury to set up the cake on the day. The individually designed cake was inspired to reflect the vintage chic theme and complemented the silver sage and classic pink wedding colours as well as the flowers in my bouquet. Inside each ball was mouth watering carrot, chocolate orange or chocolate fudge cake. Not only did it look extremely pretty but it tasted absolutely amazing as well.

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We had the most amazing Jazz band during the afternoon led by pianist Eugene Portman. The jazz singer, Jade, had a voice like honey.

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Manchester based DJ Nick Campbell did a sterling job at the night time do. So good in fact that Tim and I may have forgotten to talk to many of our guests in favour of dancing our legs off!! Luckily I had swapped my sparkly Jimmy Choos for a sensible pair of silver pumps.

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We also hired Shooting Stars Photo Booth which was an absolute stroke of genius! Our guests absolutely loved having their photos taken with the various daft props. We had a hilarious and unique guest book to keep at the end of the night.

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After the wedding we had a “mini-moon” in Portugal in an all inclusive resort for 6 days. We asked for Trailfinders vouchers for wedding gifts and are busy planning our Honeymoon to New Zealand in 2013 to coincide with the England cricket tour dates.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to walk really slowly down the aisle and take it all in… and don’t forget to smile!

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HEARTCongratulations Claire & Tim! HEART

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Please get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North. 

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  – Images © 2012 Julie Mann Photography

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Suited & Booted! Supplier Showcase: Sensational Formal Hire

May 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’m recovering after an excellent night at the Brides Up North Tweet Up North East yesterday evening – more on this later – but before we move on a  massive thank you to the wonderful North East wedding industry for coming out in force and making it so special.  You are absolute stars!

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More from the Limelight Hire Photobooth shortly…

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After the success of last night’s event, and a super inspiring meeting this morning about a future very special project for the Brides Up North brand, I feel ready to take on the World! (See, I haven’t just been sleeping off a hangover!). 

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It’s onwards and upwards today as we meet another star, Brides Up North Featured Supplier John of Sensational Formal Hire, to get those grooms suited and booted. 

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When did Sensational Formal Hire open?

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We opened in June 2009. I have a varied, colourful background that has always been based on excellent people skills. I have worked for transport companies, oil companies, ran social clubs and been a full time Union Official. I have at times managed up to 75 petrol tanker drivers and done things others would not believe. My wife at Elegance Bridal Studio, Barnsley had planted the seed around five years ago, however until 2009 I had visions of Mr Grace and "I’m Free" and did not fancy the opportunity.

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What lines of menswear do you stock?

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I stock Cameron Ross Menswear and Highlandwear which are the hire products and I sell suits by Torre and Lloyd Atree & Smith. The shoes I sell are by Loake, however they are sold to order at a Barnsley price. Cameron Ross are the market leaders in hirewear and cannot be beaten on quality in my opinion. The suits I sell are good quality, value for money and start from £140.

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Accessories wise, I stock waistcoats, ruches, ties, dickie’s, cumberbunds and cufflinks. I pride myself on being able to offer any colour ruche to compliment the bride’s colour theme. I also do a great line in Groom, Best Man, Father of the Bride and so on matching cufflinks and socks, which my customers enjoy at a discounted rate.

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We hear that won an award recently?

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Yes I did, it was a great honour bestowed upon me and I am now officially the best at what I do. I won the Best Wedding Menswear Supplier Award for the North East and the whole of England at this year’s Wedding Industry Awards. However, my feet are firmly on the ground and I know I have only set the standard.  I do intend to raise it though. As the award was based on customer feedback, what my customers had to say was not only invaluable to the judges, but more importantly invaluable to me. There were some great comments, I did not realise the difference I make to peoples’ weddings. All feedback has been evaluated appropriately and has been acted upon.

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Where are you based?  What if a member of the wedding party lives elsewhere?

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I am based in Barnsley, which surprisingly is in the centre of the country. I am in a town centre location 50 yards from the Transport Interchange. If members of the wedding party live in other areas they too can be supplied using Cameron Ross’ Roaming Wearer service. I have supplied customers who have sent their details from Australia, South Africa, Singapore, Ireland, Dubai, Hong Kong and Spain. I have supplied suits for weddings in Poland, Malta and Cyprus.

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What about the price?

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As I deal in quality and excellent customer service, I am not the cheapest. However, why chance your photographs being ruined for the sake of an extra £10 per suit? Prices are based upon a customer’s individual requirements and tailored to their needs.

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Do we need an appointment?

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Yes, I work by appointment only. This is due to there only being me here and more importantly the customer then has my undivided attention during their initial two hour appointment. I offer appointments Tuesday to Saturday until 8pm and Sundays if the need arises. As most of my customers work, evenings and Saturdays do get booked quickly.

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What can brides and grooms who come to visit your showroom expect?

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They can expect to receive the friendliest and warmest Northern welcome available. They will be invited to sit down and then be offered refreshment (also Northern style). Everything will be explained, I shall be attentive to their needs and offer honest and expert advice. I offer a stress free and no nonsense approach that cannot be matched.  Enjoying themselves is all part of the experience.

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The feedback I receive is that I am a breath of fresh air within the Industry and I don’t just get the one time customer, my grooms all return time and time again to hire suits for other social occasions such as a day at the races, so that they can again enjoy my famous “Sensational Service”.  Sensational Formal Hire is only three years old in June and the amount of recommendations I receive from my customers proves that I genuinely care that my customers look their best on their big day.

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Are any styles particularly popular?

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Some outfits, styles and colours look better on some than others. I would not suggest a 4 foot 6, 15 stone man to order a tailcoat outfit and I would not put someone in something if it did not suit them or look right. I do not have a particular type of customer, most are honest, straightforward, uncomplicated northerners, who appreciate the service that I strive to provide.  In conclusion, my favourite look is what will look best on the groom and all groom’s are different.  Navy and Silver are fashionable at the moment, as is any form of Grey.

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Are you married?

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Yes I am married, we got married in Cyprus in June 2006 and there was a heat wave! I was married in a pair of linen trousers, a cotton shirt and a silk waistcoat with matching ruche. When I do it again (we are to renew our vows in 2016) I shall wear sun factor 75 and the biggest hat I can find! Seriously though, the most lightweight trousers available, another 100% cotton shirt and whatever else my wife wants me to put on.

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How can wedding blog readers get in touch with you?

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Via my website www.sensationalformalhire.co.uk or by email to sensational.formalhire@btconnect.com

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Victoria Sponge Towers & Floral Bowers – A Beautiful Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot In The North West

March 6th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It’s a beautiful day across the North today, and if you have to be stuck inside what better way to bring the outdoors in than this gorgeous wedding inspiration shoot masterminded by Emmylou of Lilybud Cupcakes and featuring the work of a team of super talented North West wedding industry suppliers.  I generally hate a name dropper but – look! – the unmistakeable floral excellence of Red Floral Architecture and the gorgeous gowns of wedding industry superstars Charlotte Balbier and Amanda Wyatt never fail to leave me breathless. 

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Better yet, this is the first in a series of three gorgeous blog posts featuring the work of the same team.  Oh how I spoil you!

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Emmylou of LilyBud Cupcakes says:  LilyBud Cupcakes is a year old this month and as I’ve looked back over what I’ve accomplished, I can’t help but feel extremely grateful to all the wonderful people that have helped my business grow. So many people gave me opportunities that I could only wish for, when they hardly knew me or had never even met me at all. I still have far to go and there’s still so much I want to achieve but to think that I began making cupcakes in my day’s off from my hospitality management role, taking them in for the staff to sample and thinking that it was just a creative phase I was going through!

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I owe a lot to the photo shoots I was invited to and asked to supply for. I watched from a distance how each supplier brought their products or talent, as well as passion, and made a masterpiece. I couldn’t help but be in awe and feel sense of being overwhelmed at what I saw being transformed in front of me and so to celebrate, I thought that I would arrange my own. 

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I decided on a bridal picnic as the theme and styled a woodland shoot with trees in the background. I also wanted the models to be having fun, and not to be posing, like a lot of the shoots I see. The dresses would have to be easy to move about in and reflect the easy going theme. I imagined lots of laughter captured when the models didn’t realise. I also wanted them to interact with each other and the props, including the food.

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I had a massive bake-a-thon 7 days before the shoot. I made a 4 tier wedding cake for the shoot, around 10 dummy cupcakes, 12 real cupcakes that the models were to eat on set, an assortment of cookies in the shape of love hearts, tea cups, teapots and cupcakes, a 4 layer summer fruit cake, about 20 scones and a selection of beef and chicken salad sandwiches. The models were also given fizzy grape juice (which looked like champagne) to drink and I even took my own bottle of Bollinger.  I have just recently launched my vintage crockery collection and Afternoon Tea Party hire and picnics, so I really wanted to show this off. We had a couple of breakages, but it was expected.

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I am, and always have been, the type of person who tries to do everything myself. It gets me into trouble sometimes and it’s caused a few emotional melt downs but I knew that if I was organised enough… and this is the one thing this industry has taught me, I could do it.

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Charlotte had invited me down to the studio to choose which dresses we wanted to use and we got to meet her lovely team and family.  We decided to have a mix of Charlotte and Amanda Wyatt’s dresses.

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Everybody said what a fantastic day they had and I’m sure you can tell from the photos they all had fun. I am ecstatic that the pictures are amazing and everyone involved was absolutely fantastic! It’s very overwhelming that all these wonderful people and suppliers came together to help me with a small idea that I had.

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As well as all the amazing suppliers, I should also give a mention to one special helper.  My mum was an absolute star! She arrived at mine the night before to get everything ready and make food for the day ahead.  She made cups of tea and coffees all day, giving out sandwiches and cakes, helped the girls get dressed, watched my little girl Lily all day. If you know my daughter, you’ll know she’s a very energetic child! Mum had to chase her around the venue on numerous occasions. Mat from Red Floral suggested I give her a medal for her efforts!

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Little Black Book

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Styling, cakes and cookies, picnic, vintage crockery, pompoms  – Lilybud Cupcakes 
Flowers and bouquets – Mat Hepplestone at Red Floral Architecture

Gold artisan bouquet – Ann McKavney at Eleventh Heaven

Make up and bridal hair styling – Clare Arden at Harry Jon Make Up Artist

Bridesmaid hair styling – Maria Santoro 07966 230 293

Venue – Styal Lodge 

Bridal dresses – Charlotte Balbier and Amanda Wyatt 

Bridesmaid dresses – Amanda Wyatt 

Menswear – Groom

Hair accessories – Charlotte Balbier 

Stationery – David Spoor from Acushla

Photographers Lorna Roberts Photography and Sue Westwood- Ruttledge Photography

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Check the wedding blog shortly for more styled wedding inspiration from this talented team. 

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  – Images © 2012 Sue Westwood-Ruttledge Photography and Lorna Roberts Photography as tagged

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Friday Fabulous! Supplier Showcase: Simplicity Weddings

February 17th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It’s Friday afternoon.  I feel like some fabulousness is in order.  If you are a North East bride in search of a wedding dress, things are about to get a whole lot more simple.  Today I chat to Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Simplicity Weddings all about their gorgeous boutique in the pretty village of Shotley Bridge, and their even prettier gowns!

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Simplicity Weddings will be at the Brides Up North Super Showcase on Sunday 4th March at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham.  Do you have your name down for a limited edition Brides Up North shopper goody bag?  Click here to register.

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What’s the story behind Simplicity Weddings?

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Simplicity Weddings opened in March 2009 so we are coming into our third year. We started as a handmade, bespoke wedding stationery company working from home. This quickly progressed to wedding planning for a local venue and thus developing a passion for the wedding industry. After approximately one year of planning and research, we found our premises, took the plunge and have only ever looked forward!

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What wedding dress designers do you stock?

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At present we stock Alfred Angelo, Mori Lee, Tia by Benjamin Roberts & Pure Bridal by Romantica. This gives us a broad range of styles and fabrics but all in an affordable price range without any compromise on quality or design. Our samples range in sizes UK12-18 but can generally be ordered in sizes UK8-32.

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We have veils, tiaras, hair accessories and jackets by Linzi Jay & shoes from the Rainbow Club collection. Our Linzi Jay accessories can beautifully complement our dresses and provide the all important finished look – I can sell the same dress to two girls and they both look completely different after they have accessorised to their individual personalities! Rainbow Club have some fabulous satin shoes, in a range of fashion forward and more traditional styles from flats to platforms. Their satin can be dyed to perfectly match a colour swatch using the Colour Studio service and we also offer the click and collect service in our store.

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Simplicity Weddings is based in the small picturesque village of Shotley Bridge in Co Durham. We are actually becoming a bit of a wedding village with a florist, photographer, independent jewellery shop, fashion boutique, holistic therapy salon and unique gift shops!

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Our current bridal price range is £299 – £1200. However, we always have our sale sample gowns from £150. Our Bridesmaids dresses range from £140 – £265 and we have Flower Girls dresses at £99.

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Do Brides Up North need an appointment?

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Ideally yes! We always recommend booking an appointment and then our time is guaranteed when you arrive. We spend one hour for dress trials as this allows for a few styles to be tried but does not end up being “ivory overload”. We welcome second appointments to re-try any styles or to narrow down selections.

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What can a bride who comes to see you expect?

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We provide a personal yet professional service. We have approxiately 60 wedding dress styles and accessories to complement. Our wedding dresses are situated on our first floor which allows your appointment to be totally private and you can treat the space as one large fitting room. You can touch our dresses and have a good look through our rails, nothing is covered or hidden!

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We have a very relaxed atmosphere in the shop and don’t use any pushy sales tactics – we strive for all our brides to find their perfect dress and have their perfect wedding. We have introduced a new payment plan option allowing customers to set up a standing order to pay for their whole order with us. We can style your whole wedding party and ensure you have your perfect theme without needing to go from store to store.

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Which are your current favourite wedding dress designs?

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I currently have two favourites that I can’t choose between! Mori Lee 4865 & Alfred Angelo 2243. Mori Lee 4865 is a gorgeous strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline in a delicate organza draped fabric. There is a full layer of lace underneath with delicate sequins that catch the light and subtly sparkle. Alfred Angelo 2243 is a dropped waist style with a lace bodice featuring broad straps and a full back. It has a tulle skirt and banded waist which can be made in any of the 60 Alfred Angelo colour palette. This is a fabulous dress, with a designer look for only £549.

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Which wedding dresses are your best sellers?

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Our bestselling style for 2011 was A-line with a ruffled skirt. For 2012 our Brides are looking at a wide variety of dress shapes, with lace detailing proving popular. I believe it is detailing that goes through trends as brides will always choose different shape dresses to suit their body shapes.

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Do you stock bridesmaid dresses?

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Yes! We currently stock the Dessy Collection and Alfred Angelo and have over 70 styles to choose from in over 60 colour options. We also have Flower Girl styles for the younger members of the wedding party. We have styles that are full length, tea length and cocktail length and also in a variety of fabrics including satin, taffeta and chiffon. We have samples in size UK10-18 but can re-order dresses in UK4-32.

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What about menswear?

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We have a suit hire service in our shop – Simply Suits. We are authorised stockists of The Ultimate Formal Hire Co and can provide suits in a variety of styles from Prince Edward to tailcoat and informal suits. They are available in a variety of colours including black, grey and navy and in a wide range of sizes and lengths. There are contemporary and traditional design waistcoats and a large selection of tie colours to complement any wedding theme. Our suits generally arrive 10 days prior to your wedding date so there is no last minute stress to achieve the perfect fit.

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Yes, I got married in June 2008 and my Husband now runs our suit department! I wore a Romantica of Devon dress called Amarillo. It was an ivory satin A-Line gown with embroidered detail on the bodice and train. Choosing my dress now, I would still go for an A-Line shape dress as it’s best for my figure however maybe something with more of a vintage feel.

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How can Brides Up North contact you or find out more?

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Our shop is open Wednesday 10am-4pm, Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm and we offer appointments on Sunday. You can telephone us on 01207 504941 for more information or send us an email at simplicityweddings@googlemail.com. Alternatively we have a lot of information on our website and also our Facebook page.

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  – Images © 2012 provided by Simplicity Weddings

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