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Boom! Polka Dots & Super Powers For A Real Wedding On The Chevin, Otley – Franki & Anthony

May 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Sarah Mason Photography

Friday morning bacon sarnie and brew at the ready? Good. Then we’ll begin. 

Franki and Anthony’s Real Wedding – high on the beautiful Otley Chevin – packs a proper Yorkshire punch. With flippy skirts, powerful polka dots and super hero details, this celebration is cute and quirky, but also seriously authentic. And very cool.

They had me at those heels.

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Sarah Mason Photography.

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Franki says: We got engaged in April 2010. Anthony had booked us a short break in Skipton for my birthday. He proposed to me as we were walking around the moat at Skipton Castle.

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We tied the knot on 17th August 2013, we had originally set the date for the 18th August 2012 but decided to push it back a year to give us more time. It turned out to be a very wise decision as later that year I found out I was pregnant and my due date would only have been a few weeks before the wedding!

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We got married at Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa in Otley.

We had been to many venues on our hunt for the perfect place and although some of them ticked all the right boxes they just didn’t feel right. We visited the Chevin on a whim one day and loved it even though it didn’t tick as many boxes as the others. The wedding coordinator told us we could basically do what we wanted on the day bar letting off sky lanterns. It just felt right and every time I thought about getting married after that first visit I always pictured us there.

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Sarah Mason Photography

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We had a slight 1950’s theme, but it was a mix of a few things. It was a bit rockabilly, a bit vintage, a bit geeky, a bit buttony and a whole lot of us! Our wedding colour scheme was navy blue, white and pink.

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I always knew the style of dress I would wear, a short, 1950’s style, halter neck circle dress with petticoat. I bought mine from Vivien of Holloway and my petticoat was custom made by Honeypie Boutique. I wore a custom made birdcage veil from What Katy Did Next which had a big white button covered heart to tie in with all the other buttons throughout the wedding. My shoes were a bargain as they were massively reduced when I bought them, from an online store called Nelly. They were pale pink suede with spikes running all the way down the inside of the heel. The finishing touches were my pearl necklace like the one stolen by Cat Woman in the Dark Knight Rises from a seller on Etsy and my navy belt also from Vivien of Holloway.

Anthony wore a grey suit hired from The Groom with a navy polka dot & pink pocket square. He wore polka dot socks and black shoes from Next.

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My five bridesmaids wore the exact same dress as me, just in a navy polka dot pattern with pink petticoats all from Vivien of Holloway. My niece was a little bridesmaid too, she wore a pink polka dot dress similar to the bridesmaids which a very talented family friend made for her.

We had five groomsmen who all wore the same suit as the groom but with just the navy polka dot pocket square.

We had three little ushers, our son Luca and my oldest friend’s two little boys. They wore grey chinos from Next with a white linen shirt from Gap. The had navy blue Converse, navy blue braces and navy bow ties both from eBay.

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Between family, bridesmaids and myself we made six button bouquets and a mini button bouquet wand. It was time consuming but definitely worth it and my bouquet has pride of place in my kitchen now.

As I chose not to carry flowers we needed an alternative for the buttonholes as well. We decided on Lego superhero buttonholes for the groom and groomsmen and some button button holes for the wedding party. We DIY’ed them all.

Buttons played quite a large part in our day from being flower replacements to decorating our card box and being part of our centrepieces. They were everywhere.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

The best money we spent was definitely on our photographer Sarah Mason. She captured our day absolutely perfectly and is a lovely, lovely lady who I cannot praise enough, we think she is a little bit fabulous!

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Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

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Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

A family friend played acoustic guitar as our ceremony music before singing with his partner during the reception drinks.

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Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Our centrepieces were milk churn glass vases from Ikea. We tied ribbon that matched our wedding invitations around them and glued some buttons around the top. They were filled with some play sand and a white candle in which Anthony had carved numbers out of and filled with navy wax to make table numbers.

Our wedding favours were wine glasses dipped in chalkboard paint with a ribbon tied in a bow around the stem. We then chalked names onto them to double up as place settings.

Our chair covers were provided by Lindsey from Ambience Venue Styling, who I would highly recommend. Everything else was made by ourselves, family or friends. We made over 40 metres of bunting to decorate the balcony around the lake at our venue from blue, pink and white polka dot fabric.

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We set up our own sweet stall for the evening reception for people to help themselves and instead of a guest book, Anthony’s dad made us some speech bubble chalkboards and another friend took pictures of people with messages they had written for us which we have in an album.

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My friend made us a lovely three tiered chocolate and sponge cake that she covered in icing buttons. We had a Lego bride and groom as our cake topper.

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Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We then had an absolutely amazing band for the evening reception called The Jukebox Jets. They are a rock n roll band and were absolutely fabulous as well as being super lovely. We literally danced all night, I have no idea who was at my evening reception as if they weren’t up dancing with me then I didn’t see them. They held a little dance competition too. Anthony and myself had to eliminate a couple after each song until we crowned a winning couple. They wore their crowns the whole night.

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Obviously getting married and becoming a real family was the best part and the speeches were really good, the boys did themselves proud. Truthfully though, my favourite part was our first dance, we danced to Hallelujah I Love Her So, played by the band, our first dance as husband and wife, it was so much fun!

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We went on a mini-moon after our wedding to a beautiful little cottage in Staffordshire. It was lovely as it was our first break as a family.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t sweat the small stuff. Things more than likely will go a little bit wrong on your big day. Our guitarist broke his guitar five minutes before I made my way up the aisle (he still managed to play), we lost the buttonholes for the grandparents, a pair of shoes turned up for Anthony’s dad in odd sizes plus a few other small things. Apart from us, nobody else knew and it made no difference to the day whatsoever. Designate two people you trust as problem solvers, make sure suppliers and other people know they are the people to contact if needed on the day and let them deal with any issues that do arise, leaving you to enjoy yourselves and relax.

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Congratulations Franki & Anthony!

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire With Blue Shoes, Ice Cream, Parasols & A Bouncy Castle – Christina & Craig

December 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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

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This fan-bloomin- tabulous Real Wedding was sent to me by Featured Supplier and friend Lynne of Stems Design, who worked her little cotton socks off to create the most stunning floral displays for her friend Christina’s big day. 

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Now I don’t know if its the tiny page’s hats, the parasols or the huge feeling of glee I get from these images, but I feel like kicking up my heels and dancing across the rooftops a bit, Mary Poppins style! 

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Let’s hear from today’s stunning bride, Christina:  We got engaged on a Med cruise in Venice on a small bridge away from all the hustle and bustle in September 2010 and married on 17 July 2011 at St Margaret’s Church Brotton with our reception at Grinkle Park Hotel in Easington.

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I have lived in Brotton my whole life and have lots of fond memories of the church, my eldest sister was married here too which is my first memory of a perfect wedding.  Grinkle Park has always been in my family as the whole family go there one day over Christmas period to get together for dinner, this is a tradition that goes back long before i was born!

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I loved it when my Dad and I got out of the car outside of the church, the feeling is indescribable, and my Dad shed a tear which was lovely. 

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Our theme was kind of vintage glam, but really it was just lots of bits and pieces that I love, rather than solely sticking to a theme. I love lace and pearls and wanted the whole thing to be very dreamy and soft. I also wanted it to be fun and relaxed, not too formal and very personal.  Colour wise, we decided on a mixture of pastels, mainly baby pink and blue.

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My bridesmaids wore ivory 50’s halter neck tea length gowns with pale pink satin laced petticoats. I got them made to measure from Honey Pie Boutique and I was amazed at the quality when they came.  I had my three nieces as flower girls and they wore hand made dresses in pale pink. I made the headbands for my bridesmaids after seeing some I loved but didn’t want to pay the price for six of them! When we finished making them I loved them more than anything i had seen in the shops.

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I went for a Pronovias fitted drop waist lace bodice with a full skirt made up of individual lace trimmed frills… I loved it! It was from Poppy Bridal in Darlington and the lady who worked there made my headdress to match using the same lace my dress was made of, I think I almost loved the headdress more than the dress!

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Stems Design did all the flowers on the day – the most gorgeous blooms that I have ever seen! 

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To personalise things, I had collected lots of china tea cups from charity shops to use as my favours to our lady guests, we had whiskey bottles for the men with a picture of me and Craig together from when we were 12.  On the back of everyone’s name place was a memory myself or Craig had of that guest. We called each table after a bridge in Venice and we also hand made the invitations which included the actual invitation sewn onto a lace handkerchief for the guest to keep. Instead of a paper guest book I cut lots of squares of different pink and blue fabric up and pinned them to a scrap book for the quests to leave their notes on, eventually i will get round to sewing them together to make a patchwork quilt.

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Treats wise, we hired an ice cream van and chose an ivory five tiered cake that reminded me of the lace on my dress. We had four different flavours including fruit, chocolate, carrot and ginger.

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We both really loved the whole day,  but the first dance to the Beatles Twist and Shout was memorable! All our close friends got up after about a minute and joined in with us which we loved.  

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Craig’s dad booked us a surprise Western Med cruise for our honeymoon which we loved, we went to lots of places such as Barcelona, Southern France, Naples Italy, and Pisa.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax and enjoy every single moment of the day, don’t worry if your guests are having a good time. Get plenty of pictures and ask if your photographer will stay for after your first dance, our pictures of us and guests dancing are amazing! Also don’t forget to get some of your cake! I did!

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HEARTCongratulations Christina & Craig! HEART

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Fancy seeing your Real Wedding on Brides Up North?  Contact me 

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Sugar For My Honey! A Real Wedding – Mairead & Adam

December 10th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Yippee!  Its Saturday! I’m in Manchester today celebrating with the girls on my friend Rachel’s hen party.  Rach lives in Dubai and gets married a week tomorrow, so we are making the most of her last days of freedom.  Whilst I sip my champers through a dubiously shaped straw (yes, we are that immature), I thought I would leave you with a Real Wedding in our weekend hotspot – an altogether more classy affair that looks like it was rollicking good fun too!

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Submitted by friend of the wedding blog, Nicola Thompson Photography, Mairead & Adam’s wedding day is a master class in simple, classy wedding pretty.  Be inspired. 

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Over to Mairead:  Adam proposed at home in October 2010. He had chosen a ring but it didn’t fit. We tried to get it changed that day but it took 3 weeks to get one in the correct size. We made the decision not to tell anyone (except our parents) until we had the engagement ring.  We were married on 19th August 2011 at Manchester Town Hall. The reception was at The Castlefield Rooms in the Castlefields area of Manchester.

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We wanted a city centre location so that our guests could and have a few drinks without worrying about driving home or expensive taxi rides.

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We had been on a tour of the town hall a year earlier and really loved the building. We chose The Castlefield Rooms for its location; inner city but in a conservation area. We also liked the fact that we could use three different spaces for different phases of the wedding. The drinks reception was held in the sun on the large balcony. The room for the wedding breakfast was a very modern and bright space and the evening reception was a bit more private and had a large dance floor space. There is also a great outdoor space, which is hard to come by in the city.

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My Mum bought my dress for me from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. It was a Maggie Sottero dress, slim A-line lace with a ribbon waist. I didn’t have a clue what type of dress I wanted and was dreading trying them on but once I got into the shop one dress jumped out at me. It was the first dress I tried on and I knew immediately it was the one I wanted.

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My bridesmaids wore 50’s style circle dresses, made in green satin by honeypieboutique.com, and Adam and his best man wore matching ties.

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It’s hard to pick a favourite part of the day but we both loved the ceremony.

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We chose our readings carefully as we wanted them to be meaningful. “I Knew That I Had Been Touched By Love” was read by our friend Rachel, Adam’s mum read an extract from Captain Correlli’s Mandolin about what love is, and my Mum read “An Apache Blessing”.

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My flowers were supplied by Sian Wild from The Flower Lounge in West Didsbury. She was brilliant as I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted and she spent some time talking through different ideas with me. Eventually I decided on a mixture of different textures in shades of pink.

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Wedding favours were supplied by Friars of Keswick. They allowed us to choose specific chocolate favours for each guest; chocolate footballs, cars, ladybirds, even chocolate boobs!  Dessert was delicious ice-cream supplied by The Rainbow Treats Trike.

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Adam’s mum made our cake. It was a traditional fruitcake, square, green ribbon trim and the florist made a posy of flowers to sit on the top. 

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Adam was resolute from the very beginning that he wanted his friend’s band to play at the wedding reception. They’re definitely not a typical wedding band but their list of modern and classic rock suited us and our guests. The dance floor was full all night.

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We honeymooned in Kefalonia, Greece. We set up an online gift list through buyourhoneymoon.com. Our guests bought us gifts for the honeymoon such as a meal out, souvenirs, a boat trip, cocktails, beach towels…

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be not to stress too much about details, if you and your husband relax and enjoy yourself so will all your guests. We were clear from the very start that we wanted everyone to have fun at the wedding and formalities and traditions didn’t matter too much. One thing that is definitely worth splashing out on is a good photographer (our choice was Nicola Thompson Photography). We are delighted with our photos and they will bring back happy memories for years to come.

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Congratulations Mairead & Adam

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  – Images © 2011 Nicola Thompson Photography

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