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I Du Vin. A Real Wedding In The North East – Lyndsey & Stephen

July 31st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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There’s nowt like a proper Geordie wedding, is there?  Particularly if it’s done in sleek and chic style like Lyndsey and Stephen’s beautiful big day at Hotel Du Vin. 

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With images by Andy Hudson Photography, this wedding is simple and lovely.  Simply lovely. 

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Lyndsey says: We got engaged at Macquarie’s Point in the botanical gardens in Sydney, over looking Sydney harbour in on 28th February 2012. Our favourite place in the whole world where we were so lucky to have been able to visit again after we travelled there almost nine years ago. 

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We were married on 5th May 2013 at Hotel Du Vin in Newcastle. 

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We chose our venue because we are both from Newcastle but have been living in Manchester for over four years and we wanted a venue that was very much in Newcastle and we wanted to be near the quayside as town is an important place to both of us. We also loved the character and décor at Hotel Du Vin, it is such a beautiful venue. The courtyard was a perfect place for our drinks reception and we loved how we had exclusive use of the hotel so it was only ourselves and our wedding guests allowed in the venue throughout our whole day.

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We opted for a colour palette of corals and peaches. 

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I chose a dress from Brides Dream bridal shop in Walker. It was a simple but beautiful design – I don’t like a lot of fuss!

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Stephen and the groomsmen all wore suits from Slaters  with coral coloured cravats and my bridesmaids were in full length coral dresses, again from Brides Dream. 

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As the whole day was at the hotel we did not need any fancy forms of transport! Stephen stayed at another hotel on the quayside the night before with his best man and dad and usher and they were able to walk over the millennium bridge to the hotel because it was such a sunny day!

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I stayed at my mum and dad’s house the night before and my dad hired an Audi Q7 to drive me and my bridesmaids up to the hotel in the morning to get ready there.

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The whole day really was amazing. We enjoyed just being with all of our family and close friends who we don’t get to see that often with living away from Newcastle. One thing we will remember is just how happy everyone seemed throughout the day. 

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I had a mixed bouquet of all coral and peach coloured flowers.  This was stunning and made by Naomi The Flower Girl, in North Shields. We also got button holes and bridesmaid flowers from her. The bridesmaid just wore flowers on their wrists rather than having bouquets.

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All food was made by the hotel and my mum and I made table decorations with flowers we bought.  As a bit of a silly touch we had pizzas as our food for our evening reception because we met when we both worked at a pizza restaurant when we were both in 6th form. 

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We had a DJ for the evening reception from Signature One. 

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For our honeymoon we went to the island of Kuramathi in the Maldives. It was a stunning island and we loved every minute of it! The food was absolutely amazing too, we would definitely recommend others to go there!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to relax – little details really don’t matter what matters is you are marrying the person you love with all your family and friends around you!

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Congratulations Lyndsey & Stephen!

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Simple Eclectic: A Real Wedding In The North East – Amelia & Michael

June 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for the second half of what’s set to be the biggest and best year year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty. 

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Usual service will recommence on 1st July 2013,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far in 2013, plenty of eye candy, new features that we won’t be able to wait to share, some special supplier showcases and a couple of surprises too!

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It’s back to business here at Brides Up North on Monday as holiday season draws to a close, so let’s complete a rather beautiful two weeks of Real Wedding Recaps with a lovely, simple, eclectic and chic (yes, those words do work together in this context!) Real Wedding, sent to me by Vanessa of VA Photography With Heart and real bride Amelia and first published back in March of this year.  Let’s take a trip to Newcastle Upon Tyne…

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Amelia says:  We got engaged on 25th December 2010 – We were away visiting my family for Christmas, Michael suggested going for an early walk on the beach, just the two of us. I couldn’t believe when he asked me to marry him and I didn’t even have to consider the answer!

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We were married on 28th September 2012 – exactly 10 years to the day from when we first met!

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We chose Hotel du Vin, Newcastle for the ceremony and wedding breakfast then As You Like It, Jesmond for a party in the evening ‘til the early hours.  From the start we didn’t want a typically traditional wedding. We wanted an informal day with close family and friends and then a party in the evening to celebrate with everyone. Having visited so many venues that just weren’t for us, when we visited the luxury boutique Hotel du Vin we fell in love with the quirky decor and we both just knew it was right.

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I chose a full length a-line lace dress from a boutique in Newcastle, and Michael wore a suit from Reiss.  The bridesmaids chose gowns from Ted Baker.  My sister made my stunning headpiece.   

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I carried a bouquet of really beautiful flowers, including roses and sprigs of herbs, from The Willow Garden in Hebden Bridge. I have loved the florist for as long as I can remember and was delighted when they said they could supply, even though it was a super early start for the guy delivering them on the morning of the wedding!

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We loved the ceremony as it was small and intimate, saying our vows in front of close family and friends.

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My mum made a fabulous three tier cake, including a Chocolate Guinness Cake (don’t knock it ‘til you try it) and a Hummingbird Cake (a quirky alternative to carrot cake). The decoration was simple but classic, covered with edible lace with an oversized rose on the top.

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My mum made the tasty favours, mini pots of jam which were labelled with ‘Spread the Love’ labels designed by my dad.  The place cards were designed and printed by my dad. We both sourced vintage bottles from various antique shops for the table decorations and flowers and we bought loads of retro sweets and glass jars for a sweet table for the evening.

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It was a great feeling walking into the Bistro to a standing ovation as husband and wife, where we then served amazing food and listened to the fabulous speeches, memories that we will cherish forever.

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We chose to have a  DJ in the evening at As You Like It, although before booking him we made sure he wasn’t a ‘typical’ wedding DJ!

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We have always loved Barcelona but only ever passed through so after the wedding we had four nights there exploring the exciting city.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be – don’t get hung up on the unnecessary, never lose sight of why you are getting married and enjoy it ALL, it goes by so quick!

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Congratulations Amelia & Michael!

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