Charlotte Balbier

minted. a handmade wedding in the shetland islands – rachel & david

December 10th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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This morning’s real wedding couple decided to focus their handmade wedding day on three important factors – their faith, family & friends.

So after a traditional service at their church of choice, David and Rachel went to a local hotel for delicious food and entertaining speeches followed by tea and cake, giving them plenty of time to spend with those nearest and dearest to them.

With images by AnnaJoy Photography.

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rachel says: David knows how much I like a good treasure hunt, and so set me one as part of our engagement in December 2014. He had me drive around all our favourite places in Glasgow where he’d placed clues, including the church where we first met, the King’s Theatre where we had our first fancy date and our favourite Subway! The last clue led me to Bothwell Castle where he was waiting with the ring, which we had designed ourselves. It was so romantic!

We set the date for 22nd August 2015. David works through the summer months of June and July and I started university in September. We wanted enough time for a two week honeymoon and just about squeezed it in!

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I’m from the Shetland Islands and I have a ginormous family, so we decided getting married up North would be better! Getting married in a church was very important to us because we wanted God to be part of our marriage from the very beginning. We chose the Lerwick Baptist Church because it’s beautiful and has enough space to seat all the afore-mentioned family members! The church was built a few years ago and so is nice and modern and beautiful inside and out. Our wedding breakfast was held at The Shetland Hotel.

We love vintage, rustic and wild things, and so wanted to incorporate these into our special day. We thought that reflected our personalities better than super chic or blingy!

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Lilac & Lace. Ronald Joyce For An Elegant Real Wedding In Windermere – Kirsty & Tom

November 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Today’s stunning Real Wedding proves that a celebration jam packed with handmade touches and DIY details needn’t look amateur.  Kirsty and Tom managed to pull of a gorgeously elegant big day whilst still retaining that personal touch.  Be inspired, as we join them for their elegant wedding day in the Lake District.

With images by Lissa Alexandra Photography.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Kirsty says:  Tom and I got engaged on 28th October 2011 in New York City and were married on 13th April 2013 at Our Lady of the Wayside, Grasmere with an evening reception at Merewood Country House, Windermere. 

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We loved our venue from the moment we walked in. We always wanted a country house, with lots of character, where family and friends could stay for the weekend. The Merewood was perfect.  Our wedding had a vintage theme inspired by the character of the the property, and a colour scheme of dusky lilac and ivory. 

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

I wore a thick lace, fishtail Ronald Joyce wedding dress with beautiful detailing to the back.  Tom chose a traditional black Reiss suit, with a bow tie.

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

The bridesmaids wore long dusky lilac dresses with a pearl detail necklace and our groomsmen wore traditional black suits accessorised with a grey tweed tie and pocket square.

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We genuinely enjoyed every second of our wedding day. If I had to pick one moment it would be walking down the aisle and seeing each other for the first time surrounded by all our family and friends.

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Our photographer was the amazing Lissa Alexandra who captured every moment perfectly.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

I carried a large bouquet of cream roses tied with lace and the bridesmaids had smaller versions.  Tom, the best man and ushers wore a single cream rose to keep it simplistic.  At the venue, we had vintage birdcages filled with a lilac, cream and sage flower arrangement.

All our flowers were by Julie Sharrock.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We travelled in a white Rolls Royce Wraith to fit with the vintage theme.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We had a string trio playing in the church and then our evening wedding singer was Phil Fryer of Just To Be Frank who is a Frank Sinatra tribute followed by DJ Ken Harper.  

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Tom and I love to be creative and really enjoyed making all the personalised touches for our wedding.

We had framed photographs of both of our parents on their wedding day, with a thank you poem on display in the hotel reception. We also had two frames with a personalised ‘He’ and ‘she’ description for each other and a vintage typewriter for people to write us well wishes and words of advice for the guest book.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We bought a polaroid camera and made a vintage pin board for people to capture their own moments which we now have hung up in our hallway.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We handmade tea cup candles for every table (which was a lovely touch when they were lit in the evening) and hand painted table frame numbers and made all the stationery ourselves including our menu and order of service.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We handmade chocolate moustache and lips with a personalised tag for the wedding favours which our nephews handed round to everyone following the wedding breakfast. This created lots of laughs.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Our wedding cake was a three tier classic Victoria sponge cake decorated with real cream rose flowers.This was made at Patisserie Viennoise of Otley, West Yorkshire.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

After the wedding we jetted off to Rome on honeymoon. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make your wedding personal to the both of you, and enjoy every second of it.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

 

Congratulations Kirsty & Tom!

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Cross Keys & Polka Dots: A Real Wedding In Leeds – Laura & Mathew

October 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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We are right back on home turf this morning with a vintage inspired celebration in the centre of Leeds.  In a past life I used to work near the city’s Town Hall and used to love to see newlyweds celebrating on it’s huge stone staircase from my office window.

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Today’s lovely Real Wedding, with images from Jane at JB Creatives, is all about celebrating love with your nearest and dearest – a close knit celebration with your best people.  Oh, and some good pub grub. 

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With some pretty finishing touches and a nod to bygone eras, this small (yet perfectly formed) city wedding is just the thing to lift the spirits on a Tuesday morning. 

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Laura says:  We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2010 in our house. Mathew cooked us a lovely meal and then got down on one knee and produced a lovely engagement ring!

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He had asked my parents for my hand in marriage the day before so when we arrived round at their house to start our Christmas celebrations, they were ready with champagne and balloons.

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We made it official on 25th August 2012 at Leeds Town Hall. We wanted a small wedding so it was just close family. Following the ceremony, we had a meal at The Cross Keys on Water Lane in Leeds.  The following Saturday we had our wedding reception at The Cruck Barn, The Craven Arms in Appletreewick. 

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We wanted to get married locally and Leeds Town Hall is such an impressive building. The Cross Keys does fabulous food and the staff are lovely.Appletreewick has lots of childhood memories because I used to go camping at Mason’s campsite down the road from the pub.

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We travelled in style on the day in a cream vintage bus from the Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company.

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My dress was by Cymbeline and I got it second hand from The Wedding Mill in Saltaire. I realised quite quickly into my wedding planning that I didn’t like a lot of wedding dresses; I don’t like satin, ruching or strapless dresses. The dress I chose didn’t look very inspiring on the hanger but when I tried it on I knew it was ‘The One’ because it fitted so well and felt so nice to wear. I wanted a dress that I could walk and dance in confidently, and that dress enabled me to do both comfortably!

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I also had a lovely garter made by Nicola Wellard from the gorgeous Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe. 

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My bridesmaids wore dresses by Geri from Next and Mathew and his Dad wore suits by Chester Barrie.

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Many, many thanks to Jane at JB Creatives for the fabulous photographs of our wedding.   She has such a good eye for capturing a perfect shot. Mat and I particularly like all the natural photos of our guests at our reception. It was so nice to see the experience other people had on our day.  She is a joy to work with and is so friendly, professional and hardworking. I am desperately trying to think of the next big event we can have so we can get her back to photograph it!

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I had a theme of vintage of tea party. I collected teapots from charity shops and filled them with flowers for the table centres. We also used a selection of my late Grandma’s teacups as candle holders for the tables. I didn’t have a strict colour scheme but did incorporate quite a lot of pink!

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I made a lot of the things for myself but I did have a beautiful memory book, ‘I Do’ & ‘Love Is Sweet’ flags which we had in incorporated into to our table centres; and sweetie jar labels made by Vintage Twee. 

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Lots of family and friends contributed towards our wedding and as part of their Thank You gifts, I had rosettes made for them which stated their role. For example, my best friend Leanne did my hair and her rosette said ‘The Bouffant Boss’. The rosettes were from Vintage Twee. 

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We had a lot of help from our family.  My brother, Howard and his girlfriend, Helen performed for us. Howard plays the guitar and Helen sings. We also had a Ceilidh organised by the brilliant Aluinn Ceilidh Band.  Mathew’s cousin’s wife made our cake for our wedding day. She decorated the cake with a piece of my late Grandma’s lace. My friend Emily made a chocolate and Guinness cake version of the Cruck Barn for our party.

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The speeches were wonderful, and when my Dad said that I had walked back down the aisle as Mrs Johnson, it filled me with happiness and made it all seem real rather than just a dream!

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Mathew and I stayed at 42 The Calls on the wedding night and we sat wrapped in our fluffy dressing gowns reading our wedding cards and memory book. It was lovely and very moving to read our all the kind words from our families. We felt very, very lucky.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Rio De Janeiro!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to film your day especially the speeches. I loved watching back our wedding video and the more amateur the better!  In addition, don’t go on honeymoon straight after the wedding. All I wanted to do after my wedding was talk to people about their experiences of the day and read my cards and memory book!

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Congratulations Laura & Mathew!

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Get in touch to see your Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North, I would love to hear from you!

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Handmade Vintage: A Real Wedding In The North West – Rachel & William

June 12th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I thought a beautiful vintage style handmade wedding from Manchester, sent to me by Brides Up North reader and real bride Rachel, might just get Tuesday off to a good start.

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As it turns out, I was right.

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Enjoy this perfectly personal, simple yet stunning celebration at one of my favourite North West wedding venues.  I’ll be back with more wedding pretty later on. 

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Rachel says: We got engaged in December 2011, off the cuff in our living room! William had been saving the ring for when the moment felt right, he didn’t plan anything, he just knew when he wanted to do it, he would!

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We tied the knot on Wednesday 11th April 2012 at Didsbury House Hotel for the ceremony and Islington Mill for the reception.  We chose Didsbury House Hotel as it is a period house with a modern edge. Its fairly small too for a hotel, with 20 rooms it meant we could have the entire hotel to ourselves making it really intimate as we didn’t want a huge wedding. There were 40 in total for the ceremony with an extra 40 evening guests.

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Islington Mill in Salford was the perfect place for our handmade relaxed vibe. Having used to be a cotton mill, it is now an artists space with galleries and studios. Authentic and full of character – smack bang in the middle of high rise flats, it doesn’t evoke a typical wedding… that’s why we loved it!

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We had Bacchus String Quartet play at our wedding ceremony.  Clair De Lune played as my Dad walked me down the stairs, passed me to William and we all walked into the ceremony room together.

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We didn’t set out to have a theme as such, all we knew is we wanted everything handmade with a craft feel, so that everyone could relax.  There were no formalities, more a "when it happens, it happens, we are having a good time who cares!" vibe.  Inadvertently, I suppose we had a 40’s style country fete!

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Colour-wise, we opted for greens, blues and creams. We wanted to create a relaxed spring garden, something that would also work well with the exposed brickwork and nature of the mill.

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I wore the ‘Revenant’ dress by Anna Sui from BDLDN. I’d been to bridal shops and found everything a bit too formal for me, so I ordered this on the Internet. I loved it and with a few nips and tucks it fit perfectly. I was comfortable all day and night and could pull off any dance move I wanted! My shoes were by Folk.

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We had three bridesmaids who all wore tea style dresses from Oasis in a rich forest green. Shoes were character shoes from a local dance shop.

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I work for Benefit Cosmetics so did my own make up and got a fellow bene-babe to help out with the bridesmaids. Our vintage hair was coiffed by the fabulous Laura from BlushHair and Make-up Artistry. 

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All flowers were from Northern Flower in Manchester who we asked to create bouquets and buttonholes that looked like they had been picked from a meadow all tied with string. We all had sage, rosemary, thistles, echinops, white roses and wax flower. For the tables we ordered bunches of baby’s breath, rosemary, eucalyptus and peonies and displayed them in glassware found in my nan’s garage!

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We had a 1950’s Guy Arab bus from the Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company transport us from hotel to mill complete with sing song and horn tooting! We also made bags of sweets with bus tickets for the journey.

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Our photographer was our friend Jon who shot on both film and digital.

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Our cakes were made by Anna at Dish Ran Away with the Spoon in Didsbury.  She made a lemon drizzle cake along with tarts and mini Victoria sponges and mini chocolate cakes…delicious.

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Our caterer was the lovely Matt from Go Green Gages – he arrived at the Mill in his refitted American style postal van and served us a country picnic. We had bushel boxes filled with baguettes, soup, cheese and
oatcakes, chutneys, olives and armed with our very own box it was a free for all tuck in!

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To follow we had strawberries, clotted cream and scones. When everyone got hungry later on, there were sausage butties for all!

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Our favours were supplied by The Kernel Brewery in a nod to William being a beer geek. Hanging Ditch in Manchester and Summerwine Brewery in Holmfirth provided dinner drinks.

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We are blessed to have such amazing friends who helped us out massively, Steve designed our invites and John from Savwo Screen printed them. The Volkov Commanders created the perfect scene at the Mill with threads, ribbons, twine sweeping from the beams. Myself and my bridesmaids handmade windmills for the ceremony and favour tags followed by vino of course as a reward for our hard work!

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For the evening entertainment we had Pete Masters play 30’s-60’s music followed by Alex Humphreys
of Pumping Iron who had everyone up to some classic 90’s. We also had the good old iPod playlist so everyone could enjoy the final few hours.

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After the wedding we honeymooned for two weeks in San Francisco and New York.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to not allow yourself to lose focus on what is actually important – two people who love each other – and sharing that with the people who matter most. You do have a life outside of planning a wedding, don’t forget that! Chill out, relax and enjoy it!

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Congratulations Rachel & William!

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Newlyweds – don’t be shy!  Contact me to share your Real Wedding memories with Brides Up North.

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Super Sunday!

January 16th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I’m suffering a little right now as I am waking up in Dublin after my best friend’s hen party! Yesterday we hired a stretch hummer from Carry Anybody Limo, and headed up to Johnnie Foxes in the Dublin mountains!  Later, we enjoyed a slap up meal at Bang, followed by a VIP table at Lillie Bordellos. Awesome!

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The bride is still sleeping it off, so in the meantime let’s see what the blogosphere has in store for us this Super Sunday, as I recount the best bits of the week…with a special treat at the end!

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Rock n Roll Bride

San Francisco vintage wedding via Rock n Roll Bride

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The cutest cake toppers I have ever seen, and the rest of this wedding is just as cool and gorgeous.  Get thee to Rock n Roll Bride to take a look.

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OMG I'm Getting Married

Beautiful eco wedding via OMG I’m Getting Married

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Such fantastic photography from Monica Dart Photography showcases this beautiful green South African wedding. Top marks.

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Emmaline Bride

Fabulous handmade wedding via Emmaline Bride

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The attention to detail in this crafty wedding is astounding… right down to the hearts on the soles of her shoes!

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Valley and Co

Beautiful winery wedding via Valley & Co

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Make mine a large glass of gorgeous!

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And now for something special.  Debs over at Belle Amour featured me this week on her blog, talking about my Dream Wedding (if Alan and I could do it all again), and some other fun stuff.

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She made this pretty mood board all for me…

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Belle Amour - Brides Up North Dream Wedding Mock Up

Julia’s Dream Wedding via Belle Amour

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I ADORE this!  She has captured my imagination perfectly.  A talented girl, that Debs! I hope that I have inspired someone…

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Thought about a career in wedding planning Debs?  Want a job with Brides Up North Wedding Planning Services?

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And yes… that is Leonardo Di Caprio (and unfortunatley for Alan, I think he might be my very favourite bit!)… pop on over to Belle Amour and all will be explained..!

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