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relaxed romantics. a simple & stunning tipi wedding in Yorkshire – gemma & jim

November 11th, 2014 | Julia Braime

a cute tipi wedding with pale blue details (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (34)

This morning we join Gemma and Jim for their simple yet stunning wedding in the Yorkshire countryside.  Our homecoming couple kept things plain yet interesting with delicate, handmade touches and a pretty pale colour palette for their celebration under canvas at the heart of village life.

With images by Hayley Baxter Photography.

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Gemma says: When Jim proposed it was totally unexpected! He had insisted on taking me out for a slap up evening meal as a Christmas treat. We live in London and it had snowed all day, I was wet, cold and just wanted to make sure we could get home! The odds were against him – my mood wasn’t the warmest, and little did I know, he had called my Mum to ask her permission – to be promptly told to call back later as she was ‘in the middle of dishing up tea’! Poor fella! He took me to the Oxo Tower Restaurant on the Southbank – at which point I insisted this was far too lavish and I would prefer to have a Chinese take away and save the money! He pressed on..! During the meal he started to look a little ‘off colour’ which I later realised was because he desperately needed the toilet but couldn’t risk standing up and me seeing a square bulge in the pocket of his skinny jeans! He proposed with the most romantic words of love for me and with a standing ovation from the other dinners when I said ‘yes’ (in floods!).

We married in a small village called Hackness, North Yorkshire on 6th September 2014 – close to where our families live. Hackness has a beautiful church and  wonderful countryside surroundings. It was quite tricky choosing the location as, living in London, there was a bit of a North, South divide! As luck would have it, we found a wedding blog showing a great wedding in the same village, with a Tipi reception at the village hall. We had been to our friends Tipi wedding and loved the idea of putting our own personal touches on the day. Plus we are outdoorsy people and go camping all year round – so this really suited us. It all started to fall into place!

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We wanted to make everything ourselves to give our day a real personal touch – and save money of course! Romantic, rustic and simple was the theme! We didn’t want to over decorate the tipis as we thought they looked wonderful with simple sparkly lights. We tied in parts of our London life – our table plan was based on the tube map and we used Oxo Cubes (engaged in the Oxo Tower) to hold each name plate. My Mum made meters and meters of hessian table runners with a lace centre, and we had lots of glass jars and sundae dishes with candles in them, with sand from Scarborough Beach to hold them in place.

The initial colour scheme was duck egg, but the actual colour of duck egg blue is a very serious debate within our family and friends now! So we’ll just say ‘light bluey’!

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My dress was from London Designer Bridal Room just off Oxford Street. I am very simple in what I wear day to day so I knew a large dress wasn’t for me…(I did have fun trying one or two on though!). I went for a simple, slinky dress which made me feel very elegant, womanly and, most of all, me!

Jim showed me quite a few pictures of David Gandy in suits…so I knew he wanted something quite fitted and trendy! We went to some amazing tailors but in the end the slim-fit style we found (as luck and budget would have it) in Red Herring at Debenhams was the one. It had a matching scoop neck waistcoat which looked perfect with his skinny French Connection tie. His shoes were from Linea at House of Fraser and shirt was a white slim fit dress shirt from TM Lewin.

The Bridesmaids and I had to do a lot of virtual shopping as they both live miles away. I came across the dresses on one of my many web searches and they both loved it! The dresses had a subtle sequin hem which tied in perfectly with my dress – from Kalico at John Lewis. The Bestman and Usher wore the same suit and tie as Jim. They were a little concerned with the ‘slim fit’ description but they both looked amazing!

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For our centre pieces we ordered 100 stems of loose gypsophila from our florist, to put into the vases we had decorated for the table centres. My Mother-in-Law has done a bit of floristry so she made sure each stem was cut nice and level. We also had (my favourite) white hydrangea heads in jam jars.

Our florist at Blooms of Scarborough was so clever, I wanted a simple gypsophila bouquet but she suggested tying in a hydrangea centre to match our centre pieces. I was so pleased with the final result which was all tied together with hessian.

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Our photographer was the wonderful Hayley Baxter. I have fallen in love a bit with Hayley… she is just a little genius and the nicest person to boot! We could not believe the wonderful intimate shots she managed – most of the time we had no idea she was there! Our edited pictures arrived very quickly – but we got a little sneak peek the day after via Facebook – which was such a lovely touch!

a cute tipi wedding with pale blue details (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (30)

a cute tipi wedding with pale blue details (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (32)

a cute tipi wedding with pale blue details (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (38)

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We made all the favours ourselves. I made pretty dangly earrings for all the ladies and Jim made a ‘mix tape’ of all sorts of music (some meaningful, some just fun!) for the gents. We spent many a Sunday afternoon cutting and sticking and creating. I think I loved this part a bit more than Jim… but he is a dab hand with the heart shaped hole punch now!

On each table setting we added a question card from the Logo board game, which we thought would be a nice ice breaker.

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Having a tipi wedding limits your food choices to a degree but we managed to work it – I think! Well… no one went hungry! Malton Relish made all our gorgeous canapes and the vegetarian options of ‘Wild Mushroom Loaf’ and ‘Italian Vegetable Frittata’ they delivered them on the day so we didn’t have to worry about chilling them. Stepney Hill Farm provided the main meal of a Hog Roast with stuffing and apple sauce. Jim’s step father is a dab hand in the kitchen so he lovingly prepared some amazing salad accompaniments. We had lots of cheese and biscuits, wedding cake and my friend made delicious chocolate brownies for dessert. Late evening we had Pickering Fish and Chips arrive with their mobile van – which went down an absolute treat! We ran a free bar so shopped for the alcohol during various promotions in the supermarkets. Aldi was an absolute winner for spirits!  We also had a hand pull real ale from Scarborough Brewery which people went crazy for!

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a cute tipi wedding with pale blue details (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (10)

Jim’s Mum is a wonderful baker and so she kindly baked our cake – traditional fruit on the bottom tier and lemon sponge with lemon curd and butter cream on the top tier. Her super clever friend did all the icing. We have the figurines set now and sitting on our book case – a wonderful keepsake!

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We were so pleased with The Big Party Band, a 5 piece band based in Keighley. We had seen them perform at a rare public gig and knew they were good! The music was a mix of modern and dance floor classics. The real wow factor comes when the band get on the dance floor with their wireless guitars – so much fun! We paid extra to hire their kit all day to allow us to have music during the day and a PA system for the speeches. We gave them two options for our first dance and they surprised us on the day having learnt them both – so gave us a first and last dance!

We put a confetti balloon in the centre of the dance floor which was popped during our first dance – the actually popping caused lots of laughs as it just wouldn’t go!

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We had these huge LOVE letters which I scrounged from Debenhams on Oxford Street –  it was one of their valentines displays that they were throwing away. We underestimated how large they were which made for a bit of hilarity when trying to get them home on the tube!

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Boutipi were our Tipi suppliers and they are just the best!! They are a family run business which really shows, nothing is too much trouble and they really care about giving you the best day possible! They even gave us a crash course in the Waltz the day before!

Crystal Penguin Events did our on the day coordination along with two waitresses my mum knows. I would recommend to anyone having a Tipi wedding to have someone there on the day to worry about timings etc. Steph made everything run like clock work, she also brought along some of her family to help run the bar and wash up!

Abbey Sound and Light hired our generator, we had no idea what size we would need but they worked this all out for us and plugged it all in – a real weight off our mind.

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Our wedding day was truly the best day of our lives. It’s impossible to say what our one favourite moment was – but saying our vows to each other was wonderful, we were finally becoming man and wife! I messed up my lines and cried all the way through…but people said they loved that it was sincere and not polished. The three days prior to our wedding was wonderful, everyone turning up to help decorate and lift and shift… just made your heart melt. We felt so lucky to have such hard working family and friends!

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We had a couple of days away after our wedding in Bruges – which was wonderful! Such a pretty and romantic place, perfect for relaxing and mooching about! We are planning our honeymoon for later next year.

I have so many tips for other Brides Up North! These types of blogs are so handy for reading about the experience of others. Having now been there, done that, I would have explored the second hand dress market a bit more, it is such a huge part of your budget and after all, most second hand dresses have only been worn once!

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True Romance. A Palette of Pinks For A Real Wedding At Woodlands Hotel, Leeds – Nicola & Silas

June 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon’s real bride Nicola is a lady after my own heart.  Can you guess what our mutual favourite colour is? Once, in another life when I was a practising lawyer I asked my sister in law the same question and she guessed grey.  Honestly!  I think I knew right then that I was in the wrong job. 

Anyway, my life got a lot more colourful after that (thank god) and things are always, always prettier in pink.  Isn’t that right, Nicola?

With images by Hayley Baxter Photography.

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Nicola says: We went to Brighton for a long weekend in July 2012. We were getting ready for a meal out and I had taken time doing my hair and makeup. Just as we were leaving Silas said I didn’t look quite right, there was something missing. I was a little annoyed until he got down on one knee and proposed!

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We got married on 3rd May. No specific reason but as it turned out was quite a nervous day for the groom. His beloved Notts Country were in a relegation battle… luckily for me, they survived to fight another season…

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

We chose the Woodlands Hotel in Leeds, it’s a beautiful venue with a marquee. There are only twenty three rooms which means it felt like we had the whole hotel to ourselves. Lauren the wedding planner at the hotel was fab at suggesting extra things to make the day even more special.

Through the whole planning process, nothing was too much trouble and on the day, they fully kept me informed of everything. The food was amazing, the rooms immaculate and the hotel and grounds itself were better than I had remembered. All this made it a perfect day.

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The colour scheme was pink and ivory. I love pink – it’s my favourite colour!

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

My dress was a strapless gown with satin bust and lace to the floor. I actually bought it from a wedding fair  at the NEC. It was too big to start with but then I got pregnant and Evie (our daughter) was only four months old when we got married and the dress didn’t need too much taking in! I tried so many different dresses on – the style I though I would want looks silly on me as I am only 5ft – but fell in love with my dress as soon as I put it on.

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The bridesmaids wore floor length chiffon dresses from Ted Baker. They were beautiful. The groomsmen work the same suits as the groom, which was a grey morning suit and an ivory tie from Young’s Formal Hire

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I chose pink peonies for myself and white peonies for the bridesmaids. Sally at Serendipity Flowers did them and they were beautiful.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

My work colleague offered to drive us to the wedding as he has a selection of vintage cars! How lucky!

It was a cream Morris Minor Moggy convertible. It had red leather interior and was stunning! The weather was amazing on the day and we travelled from the church to the Woodlands with the roof down. Good job I had plenty of hairspray on.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

Hayley Baxter Photography did the photographs. I couldn’t have chosen anyone better to capture our special day. She put us at ease and the pictures are so much better than I could have imagined.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

Helen Archer was my make up artist and did an amazing job! I wanted something subtle and feminine… and it lasted all day & night.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

I wanted a clean fresh & modern look for the marquee – I chose to make a feature of the gorgeous bouquet’s & peonies by placing them in vases on the top table.

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For favours, I chose Yankee Candles in Wedding Day for all the ladies and Silas got betting slips for all the men for football matches on the closing day of the season for the men… I am not aware of any winners!

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My chief bridesmaid and best friend Jodie and her family bought us the wedding cake as a gift. Netty’s Cakes made it for us. We chose a three tier cake made of chocolate and plain sponge with a frosting which started off dark and then graduated lighter, all in shades of pink of course. I am not a massive fan of fruit cake and so I went for sponge instead.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

We had a band called The Saints and they were great! The dance floor was full and they played some good crowd pleasing songs. Looking back, I am not sure if we asked for Gangnam Style or Cotton Eye Jo but hey, people seemed to enjoy it.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

My favourite part of the day was dancing with all my friends. It was quite emotional, it was nearly the end of the night and all the hard work and planning was nearly over. I enjoyed spending that time with the people who had helped me to make the day so great.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

For our honeymoon we went to Crete. We took Evie with us so we didn’t want to go too far.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy the planning! I really enjoyed planning of the wedding as much as I enjoyed the day. Its all so special.

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Sunshine Sunday At Middleton Lodge

May 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

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The sun really was shining on our glorious Super Sunday of Brides Up North wedding exhibitions last weekend at our two very lovely outdoor wedding venues – the extraordinary Alnwick Garden in Northumberland and the so very special Middleton Lodge, near Richmond.

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Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

This is the first time that the Brides Up North team has produced two bridal events on the very same day – and I won’t pretend that I wasn’t a little angst-y – but I’m so proud to say that with a lot of planning, behind the scenes elbow grease and hard, hard, work, everything came together perfectly to make for one bumper day of “real life” wedding inspiration for our readers.  Yay!

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Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

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The team was split on Sunday, so whilst Kate and the girls hosted our beautiful exhibition in sunny Alnwick, I was in Richmond, getting busy with the pretty and trying my very best not to stop for a sneaky sunbathe (I may have snuck in a few cheeky ice creams). 

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Any brand new event (this was our first show at Middleton) is always more tricky than a tried and tested formula, but our amazing exhibitors and the practically perfect (oh, go on them, completely perfect) events team at the venue stepped things up to make this one of our loveliest days yet. 

As luck would have it, friend of the wedding blog Hayley Baxter Photography popped in with her trusty Canon to take some shots of our gorgeous set up and this stunning venue bathed in sunshine.  Divine.

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Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Did you come and see us and our fabulous, hand picked selection of wedding industry talents at these or any of our nine spring events this season?  I’d love to hear what you thought! Any feedback is very much appreciated – these shows are all about you – what you want, what you need, your big day – and anything we can do to make them even better for you, we most certainly will!  Get in touch.

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Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

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Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

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Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

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Did you miss this event?  Want to be at our next one?  You might just want to mark Sunday 12th October 2014 in your diaries… more news soon!

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Not So Moody Blues: A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Lyndsay & Nathan

January 15th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I often see pale pastel blues and purples being used for Spring and Summer celebrations, but real bride Lyndsay and new husband Nathan used the muted background tones of their venue to add depth and interest to their pretty Winter wonderland wedding in Wetherby. 

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Lyndsay says:  We got engaged on December 3rd 2011 at Titanic Spa in Huddersfield, and were married a year later on 15th December 2012 at The Priory Cottages, Near Wetherby. 

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We fell in love with the venue straight away, it was unique, modern and in a beautiful location. We wanted the wedding and reception on the same site and The Priory is very unique in the fact that you can decorate it how you want. It is also private, only your wedding is held there on the day and you have the whole venue, including cottages as accommodation from Friday to Sunday. We loved the fact that no one else would be getting married on the same day at the same venue.

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We opted for a Winter wonderland theme with a white marquee and mulberry touches in the bridesmaids’ outfits and groomsmen’s ties, mixed in with the flowers.

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I wore a Maggie Sottero dress which was mermaid style with lace and beading detail.  Nathan wore a grey suit and white shirt with tan shoes.  My bridesmaids wore mulberry coloured dresses from Coast and the groomsmen wore a darker shade of grey to Nathan.

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I carried a bouquet of deep plum, salmon and cream, mixture of roses, eucalyptus and other antique flowers by Elizabeth Anne, Wakefield. 

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My very favourite part of the day was the ceremony and seeing Nathan for the first time. Nathan’s was seeing me in my dress walking up the aisle.

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We made our own favours- snowflake tree decorations, so that guests could take them away and use them as a decoration each year.

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We used lots of candles & lanterns and had Christmas carols being played by a live pianist – very festive!

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Taste Cuisine at Priory Cottages were our caterers for the day. 

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Rather than a traditional wedding cake, we chose individual cupcakes then a large cupcake for the top tier by Buttercream Cupcakes. Natasha who owns the company also provided our chair covers, lanterns and the post box we used for cards.

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We honeymooned in New York over Christmas. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every second of the actual day.  Ensure you make decisions together through the build up and that way the day is your special day as a couple.

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That’ll Be The Day! A Real Wedding In York – Lindsay & Matt

November 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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We first met Yorkshire couple Lindsay and Matt when they shared their sweet York engagement shoot and love story on these pages a few weeks back, and this afternoon they are back on the same streets to recap their very vintage, deliciously DIY, rock and rolling 1950’s influenced wedding. 

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Lindsay says:  We got engaged in December 2011 at the La Rosa Boutique Hotel in Whitby. I had been wanting to stay at the hotel for ages due to its cool quirkiness and ‘vintage-ness’. It was a surprise, Matt had wanted to propose on the balcony overlooking the harbour but when we arrived there wasn’t a balcony!

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We were married on Saturday September 1st 2012 at  York Registry Office with a reception at St Williams College, York.  We had been there previously for a Vintage Fair and had seen how beautiful the building was. From a practical point of view it was also ideal, being right in the centre of York. The amount of space meant we could do a variety of things in the different rooms and private courtyard.  We opted for a vintage theme. 

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I chose a 50’s style Vivien of Holloway halter neck dress with a navy petticoat, navy shoes and navy ribbon belt. I also had a little birdcage veil which was from www.lilybella.co.uk. I knew from the start I wanted a birdcage veil but found it really difficult finding one that I liked. 

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My hair was put up at The Lounge in York by my usual hairdresser Lou. Matt couldn’t believe how many hairgrips came out of my hair at the end of the night, but it certainly stood up amazingly well throughout the day.

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I carried a bouquet of cool water and avalanche roses with eucalyptus, tied with an ivory ribbon and pearl detail – all from Dutch Nurseries in Haxby, York.

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The bridesmaids wore long navy dresses from M&S (one of the bridesmaids was pregnant so the dresses needed to be practical as well as elegant). Matt wore a navy suit with waistcoat from Slaters. He also had a pocket watch which he was very proud of!

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Rather than a wedding car, I arrived at the registry office in a rickshaw provided by The Green Cab Man. Given the traffic on a Saturday in York is awful, it was also the quickest way to travel! It was one of my highlights when the registrar said it was the first time they had a bride turn up in a rickshaw.

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Before the wedding we set up a wedding website using www.gettingmarried.co.uk. It was free and would recommend it as you are able to put more details than you can on an invite. We had lots of people from out of York so it was good to be able to put hotels details up and directions. You could also use the site for your wedding list.

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Hayley Baxter was our photographer and did an amazing job. She has this great ability to organise people without coming across as being bossy, she manages to make people feel at ease in order to get the best photos. She even managed to pull in a character from one of the York guided Walks to pose with us for a picture!

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Morwen, the manager at St William’s College, was our wedding planner, and did a fantastic job organising and setting up our wedding. There wasn’t anything we wanted to do that she and her team couldn’t accommodate. Bradshaws of York were our caterers and again were excellent. They work in partnership with the College and you could tell they had a wealth of experience catering for weddings.

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We made our own wedding favours in the form of gift bags on the tables. Each female received a vintage brooch, whilst the men had football pin badges according to the team they support – the boys pins went down way better than I thought they would and everyone seemed to be touched by the thought and effort which went into them. In the bags we also put in bubbles, fortune fish and a lottery ticket. We went a bit crazy on the favours but it was really worth it! We spent a full Saturday lining all the bags with navy organza and decorating the personalised tags, they also doubled as the table place names.

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For the wine glasses on the tables I made individual wine glass bead charms and I also decorated the napkins with ribbon and beads.  We also used my 50’s Babycham glasses for the toast and Cherry B glasses for the welcome drinks, just to add to the vintage feel! It took forever to collect them but was so much fun, we are now trying to work out what to do with them all.

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The table centres were different vintage themes which were then named after records. The top table was “Toys in the Attic” which had lots of old toys on, one of which was Matt’s dad’s old teddy bear called big ted (he is actually not that big). One had a singer sewing machine, another a typewriter and one was travel themed.

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For a card box we used an old suitcase lined with ivory fabric and and Lexicon cards for the sign. The suitcase had originally belonged to Matts great great granddad and had his initials on it, it was really special to be able to use things which had been in the family for so long.

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For decoration we spent weeks and weeks going to car boot sales and collecting little cut glass bud vases which we had roses in. We also collected lots of old wood candle stick holders which we had as part of the table centres and around the room.

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I did originally contemplate making the bunting but the room was so big and I knew it would take forever so instead we bought some cut paper bunting and I was pleased with how good it looked.

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It took two big cars jam packed full to take all the stuff to the venue, Morwen the manager said we had far more bits and pieces than most of her brides and grooms but never complained.

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One of the things I enjoyed the most was thinking of all the details but I have to admit it would never of happened if Matt was not involved. I’m good at the ideas but not always so good at the practical things like making them happen!

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In the other room which I nicknamed the Pink Flamingo room we had a sweetie bar, little card tables which we had put vintage games on and Hayley had her photo booth set up in there. The sweetie bar was another excuse for to go to car boot sales and collect things as we used pretty cut glass bowls.

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In the room with the bar we put up two photo posters, one with lots of pictures of Matt when he was little and all his family and one for me and my family. They were really good conversation starters. In the bar room we also had little leaflets with hangover cures one which also had a picture of Matt’s granddad with his old cure of the hare of the dog!

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We had a cheese wedding cake from The Cheese Shop on Gillygate in York. It was made up of five different cheeses.

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We had a jukebox so guests could choose the music. It came from Speciality Music in Wyke. The jukebox was delivered and collected and was very reasonably priced. There also wasn’t a song we requested that couldn’t be provided. We also had a limbo contest on the dance floor which went down a storm! It was amazing how good everyone was at organising themselves and most of the guests got involved in either competing or at least clapping on others. In the smaller room Hayley set up a photo booth, complete with fancy dress items and props. This was probably the biggest success as all the guests got involved and had a great time!

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For our first dance we did a rock and roll dance. We had had lessons the year before and worked really well with my 50’s dress.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in California, flying into San Francisco and then driving to Napa, Los Angeles and, finally, Las Vegas!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a unique wedding. Thinking outside the box can make it more unique and special, and cut down on the cost.

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Congratulations Lindsay & Matt!

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Hey Minster! A Real Engagement In York – Lindsay & Matt

November 12th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Welcome to Monday Brides Up North!  Let’s spread the love this morning with this sweet Yorkshire engagement shoot, sent to me by Hayley Baxter Photography and Brides Up North reader Lindsay.  Love stories rock.

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Lindsay tells us: We got engaged December 2011 at the La Rosa Boutique Hotel in Whitby and it was a total surprise! I had been wanting to stay at the hotel for ages due to its cool quirkiness and vintage styling.   Matt had wanted to propose on the balcony overlooking the harbour but when we arrived there wasn’t a balcony!

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We were married on 1st September 2012 at York Registry Office with the reception afterwards at St Williams College, York.  We’ll be back to share our Real Wedding photographs with Brides Up North very soon! I have loved using Brides Up North to help with my wedding planning as it gives you loads of info about local suppliers and services

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We first met at work, where we used to work in the same team, sitting one desk apart. I don’t think the girl sat in between us was too thrilled about it!  On our first date, Matt came through to my house in York from Leeds and we were going to go out, but it was raining so we stayed in with takeaway and a DVD!  Very romantic!

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I love that we work so well together, I am the ideas person and Matt is the one who puts the ideas into practice. If it was all left to me nothing would get done!

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Our photographer Hayley offered the engagement shoot to us as part of the package for the wedding, but I would recommend it to anyone as it really put us at ease for the actual day.  Hayley really put us at ease. We thought we would be self conscious having photo’s taken in the centre of York, but we weren’t! It also meant we could pick out locations for our actual wedding photos. The street where the majority of the photos were taken worked really well and is a street I want to one day live on!

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Our greatest wish for married life is to stay as happy as we are right now. 

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Congratulations Lindsay & Matt!

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