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white lace. a winter wedding in york – stacey & alex

October 4th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Have we mentioned that we love all things Christmas? So with less than 12 weeks to go until Santa visits us once again we thought it was high time for another festive themed big day on the blog.

Taking place in the charming city of York, we adore how Alex and Stacey’s stylish wedding gives subtle nods to the season without a single piece of tinsel in sight!

We’re also big fans of the atmospheric venue and choice of simple white blooms and cake. The star of the show for us though just has to be Stacey’s gorgeous bespoke, lace detailed dress, complete with floor-length veil and glamorous red lips. Pure perfection!

With images by Photography34.

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stacey says: We got engaged on the beach at Alnmouth, in Northumberland. We’d been staying in a cottage nearby and had gone out for a walk when Alex asked the question. It was 5th November in 2014, and a really crisp cold day with blue skies and very few people around.

We set our wedding date for 28th November 2015, as we liked the idea of getting married in the same month that we got engaged.

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Our chosen venue was Merchant Taylors Hall, in York. We live in York and wanted somewhere central that our friends and family could easily travel to. We looked around several venues and loved this one. The beamed ceilings and open fire seemed to be perfect for a winter wedding. The layout of the hall was also great for the number of guests we wanted and allowed us to have both the ceremony and reception all in the same place.

We initially didn’t really have a theme to the wedding but then we discovered that the week we were marrying would be when the Christmas tree would be put up in the Merchant Taylors Hall. We therefore decided to with a bit of a festive feel, adding lights in the hall and having Christmas crackers as favours.

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We didn’t set out to have any specific colour scheme either, at first kept it simple with everything in white. However, we then decided on a deep blue/purple colour for the bridesmaid dresses and so incorporated that hue into the wedding and matched the ties, invitations and table names.

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

March 24th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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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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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. 

Fluke Photography

Fluke Photography

We travelled in a fabulous teal blue Rolls Royce.

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Fluke Photography

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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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”. 

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

Fluke Photography

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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What To Wear For Your Engagement Party?

March 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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My very good friend and recently engaged lady Charlotte has been throwing a few blog topic demands requests my way of late, and since I’m officially on “team bridesmaid” I thought that I had better take heed.

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Charlotte and Matt are hosting an engagement party shortly, and Char has been looking for some outfit inspiration.  Knowing that I spend half my time researching wedding pretty and the other half, ahem, online shopping (not really hubby – no overdrafts have been harmed in the writing of this post) she felt that I was the gal for the job.

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So, what would you wear to your engagement party?  You want to look special, perhaps with a nod to bridal styling, but you don’t want to be too bridal – it’s too early for that and it’s just not cool.  Plus you’ll feel an idiot when all your friends turn up looking hot.  My advice?  Keep it on trend, pretty, a little flirty and a bit special.

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Here are some of my picks from around the web and the great British high street.  I have to say it’s been a joy – there is SO MUCH gorgeous stuff out there, with particularly strong offerings from Reiss and Oasis.

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Thank me later by picking a nice frock for me to rock on your big day Char!  This one is for you.  And the rest of you too!

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Engagement Dresses

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1  Whistles Josa Tiered Dress £175

2  Topshop Embellished Sequin Racer Dress £58

3  River Island Grey Lace Bow Shoulder Prom Dress £70

4  Reiss Serena Cutwork Applique Dress £325

5  Hobbs Invitation Belle Dress £189

6  Jaeger Knot Front Shift Dress £140

7  Monsoon Fusion Sugar Rose Dress £75

8  Oasis Oriental Print Dress £75

9  Warehouse Lace Dress £58

10 Reiss Kana Embroidered Top Dress £225

11 Miss Selfridge Peach Applique Midi Dress £65

12 Monsoon Lemon Lauren Pleat Dress £85

13 LK Bennett Tiffany Dress £185

14 All Saints Oyster Mini Dress £165

15 Reiss Nola Textured Lace & Floral Dress £225

16 Oasis Bird Pleated Dress £65

17 Ted Baker Renii Shoulder Detail Dress £129

18 Miss Selfridge Magnolia Floral Maxi Dress £50

19 Warehouse Chiffon Tapework Prom Dress £85

20 Oasis Scenic Full Skirted Dress £85

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Friday Fabulous!

December 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Friday Fabulous Hobbs

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Winter wedding?  Surprise your guests by slipping into some sparkle before hitting the dance floor.

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Glitter ball?  Who needs one?

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Sequin Jasmine Dress by Hobbs £112

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Price was correct at the time of going to press

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