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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Vintage Meets Modern: A Real Wedding In Manchester City Centre – Pam & Ged

December 26th, 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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What better way to kick off Boxing Day (trip to the sales anyone?) than with a fabulous Manchester City Centre celebration sent to me by real bride Pam and Jonny Draper Photography.  A vintage meets modern wedding with the chicest of details and a Selfridges fly by?  My kinda day entirely. 

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Pam says:  On 26th March last year Ged proposed at ‘Grill on the Alley’ in Manchester City Centre. It was really unexpected – I don’t think Ged had even planned to propose that day but it was such a lovely afternoon.

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We were married on 28th September 2012 at Manchester Cathedral & our reception was at The Private Room, Restaurant Bar & Grill, Manchester.

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We knew as soon as we got engaged that we wanted our wedding to be in Manchester City Centre as it means a lot to us (we live, work and breathe the city centre and it is actually where we met too). The Cathedral is actually our parish church & is such an unbelievable building! We chose Restaurant Bar & Grill as we love it anyway but Ged and I actually met in the office that is situated in the same building, so there was something really nice about having our wedding in the same building as where we first met.

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The theme was quite simple, a mixture of modern and vintage. The Cathedral was a very traditional venue whereas the reception venue was much more modern although I tried to keep the vintage feel flowing with the candles. I think my dress captured the vintage look whilst Ged’s suit was very modern.

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I wore ‘Mandalay’ by Ian Stuart from Maria Modes in Macclesfield. I knew I wanted a lace gown with a vintage feel and as soon as I saw it I just knew it was “the one”!

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Our adult bridesmaids and flower girls wore dresses from Monsoon. Ged and the Groomsmen wore suits from Reiss in Manchester. Ged’s shoes were from Jeffrey West too which he got lots of comments on!

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I love the plum colour of the bridesmaid dresses which I wanted to be complimented by the colours used in the bouquets of lilacs, pale pinks, taupe and ivory. Ged wanted to keep his suits very classic & simple with a Grey suit, white shirt and black tie!

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Jonny Draper Photography was amazing! He exceeded all our expectations and the photos have just blown us away. He was fantastic on the day a lot of guests from the wedding have commented on how good he was both on the day and also how ace the photos are!

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I carried a posy style of roses by David Wayman, Again, I wanted a modern/vintage feel to the flowers and loved the colours. All the bouquets were also wrapped with some of the lace from my dress which I had kept from when it had been altered.

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Ged wrote a poem for the ceremony which was amazing and I think had everyone in tears!

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We used our own car to escort me to the Cathedral as we only live a stone’s throw away from the Church. After the ceremony Ged and I walked from the Cathedral to the Restaurant Bar and Grill, it was only about a 10 – 15 minute walk but we’re really glad we did as Jonny got some really great shots of us especially the balloon one which I think has to be my favourite!

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My bridesmaids helped me to decorate the room the night before the wedding, we used pillar candles placed on slate to give a rustic feel and scattered over 200 tiny votive candles around which I had covered in lace. I also used Cath Kidston material to make little lavender hearts which we gave as favours.

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We also used Five Dollar Shake for all the stationery including invitations, Table Plan, Place Settings and Table Names.

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During the wedding breakfast King & Jones acoustic duo helped to create a fantastic atmosphere. The Coolers’ performed at the evening reception who were brilliant – I don’t think I stopped dancing the whole night.

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Our cake was from Richards Cakes. It was 3 tiers of vanilla, chocolate and carrot cake and was delicious!

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My favourite part of the day was our first dance! This was really special as the song means so much to us and Ged had managed to get in touch with the artist who wrote the song on twitter and he came and performed it at our wedding which was amazing! The song was ‘Moonshine & Roses’ by Franco & The Dreadnought.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try to remember that it’s your day. Don’t worry too much about anything as it will all turn out perfect on the day and by that point you won’t care anyway!

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HEARTCongratulations Pam & Ged! HEART

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured here on the wedding blog

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  – Images © 2012 Jonny Draper Photography

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Empowered Empresses! A Styled Ian Stuart Bridal Shoot Especially For The Jubilee!

May 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Jess Petrie Photography/ Ian Stuart

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Just the one instalment from me today (I am busy behind the scenes planning lots of events and wedding loveliness for you lot!) so I thought I better make it an exceptionally good one.

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I don’t like to disappoint now, do I?

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Today’s absolutely stunning styled bridal shoot comes you courtesy of Brides Up North’s newest Featured Supplier, Jess Petrie Photography and Ian Stuart.  I have died and gone to wedding dress heaven. 

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Jess says: With Ian Stuart lending me his gorgeous gowns for a bridal themed photoshoot I wanted to create something with meaning. Something that stood out, but also represented Ian, his gowns and his ideas. After-all this was no ‘ordinary’ shoot.

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Ian started off first designing for the Royal family members and socialites and is well-known for this, mainly in the South of England. But Ian has since spread his clientele, winning Bridal Designer of the Year, numerous times, and with the brides of today having varied and vast taste in dresses, Ian proudly caters for all. We also want Brides Up North to also be familiar with Ian Stuart gowns and his amazing creations as there is definitely a dress for every style of bride.

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The dresses I create are not just for divas, the dresses are for anyone.” ~ Ian Stuart.

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Being an artist myself, of many mediums i.e. oils, acrylics, charcoal, ballet dancing, playing musical instruments, poetry and enjoying all forms of art, I felt I could easily relate to Ian and his ideologies behind each and every one of his creations. I could feel the history, hear the music, envision the atmosphere… to me it was just magical to allow my artistic inhabitations to shine through my camera.

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I wanted a venue, not any venue, but one with history… real history and historic ambience. I searched high and low until I came across the perfect place Stamford Hall. This place is something else. I’ve been to plenty of manor houses and stately homes but when I caught sight of the building, standing alone amongst fields as far as your eye could see, with a ½ drive way and big iron guarded gates I got serious goose-bumps.

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I felt like I needed someone to jam my jaw shut, and I can’t say I’ve ever felt this way about a building before! This is a 17 Century Estate and was built in the time of William & Mary.

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"Stanford is the perfect William and Mary House. When seen from the road, the south front floats like a palace of romance across a distant meadow" ~ Simon Jenkins.

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I’m in complete awe of this place and I couldn’t think of anywhere more fitting to photograph these luxurious, romantic, feminine gowns. Everything about this house screams history! The ornaments, fixtures, fittings, and the amazing library. 

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I chose two models. Both with strong and very different looks. Both dancers of different forms of dance (Argentine Tango & Oriental Dance), as I wanted to incorporate everything that inspires Ian, even down to the models. I wanted the models to feel the theme, to live it out loud whilst on the set and put real energy and emotion into the whole feeling of the Stamford Hall, it’s history, art and ambiance, and of course into the gowns.

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It was amazing. Once the models were wearing the gowns and were breathing in the brief & the whole atmospheric history of the place it felt like we had all gone back in time. 

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The models told me they felt like princesses… walking down the long historic dramatic corridors holding the bottom of their gowns they looked like true Empresses. With their posture straightened with the gown’s structured waist lines & their heads held high, they were re-living the Victorian woman: a controversial bride newly empowered and oozing with confidence.

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“Structured waist lines give you the posture to become a different person. You can be whatever you want to be.” ~ Ian Stuart.

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I looked to paintings of Empresses to draw inspiration. I wanted to find something that would tie into an art form. I thought of violins. I found lots of information about the Victorian era and women playing violins. The people around, and before, the Victorian era were not in favour of woman playing many instruments and especially the violin as they felt it represented a woman’s body shape. They were very aware of this fact and felt such an instrument needed to be “played” by a man. A woman who chose to play the violin, especially in public, was looked upon with disgrace. Some even said that she was playing the sound of her own love to the world and preferred this sound to that of her man’s.

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“I have often wondered whether psychologically there is a basic difference between the woman’s relationship to the violin and the man’s…  Does the woman violinist consider the violin more as her own voice than the voice of someone she loves?  Is there an element of narcissism in the woman’s relation to the violin, and is she, in fact, in a curious way, better matched for the cello?  The handling and playing of a violin is a process of caress and evocation, of drawing out a sound which awaits the hands of the master.” ~  Yehudi Menuhin (1940′s).

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For a woman to stand her ground and not let anyone stop her from doing what she loves, despite the controversy, to me represents great inner strength and determination. This fit perfectly with Ian’s theme of gowns.

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I just so happened to have a couple of violins lying around the house so I brought them along, with creative intention. I wanted the models to play out the love & beauty both the violin and women share. To show no shame in caressing the violin, and be proud of who she is. Both models acted this out with great success. And more importantly you and I believe their performance.

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The gowns featured in this shoot were:

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ANTOINETTE

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Full of soft but dramatic detailing this gown has draped tulle featuring ribbon bows and a sequinned underskirt.  The strapless sweetheart bodice is adorned with head beaded lace motifs.

Fabric: Shan silk & tulle.

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BRITANNICA

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This dramatic gown oozes indulgence.  The strapless scoop neckline is heavily adorned with ornate beading and the heavily rushed ball gown skirt is draped at the front and features exquisite beading in large motifs that continue around the skirt and cathedral train.  Wear with oversized sleeves to make the ultimate statement.

Fabric: Taffeta metal & beaded lace.

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BLUE BIRD

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A show stopping gown in the tradition of a classic MGM movie.  The striking back detail of this dress features oversized bow tails that waterfall down the flowing chapel train from a beautiful floral centre.  The bodice is pleated to a point at the waist with a draped straight neckline and halter neck strap.  The silk garza skirt has a whipped effect around the hips and flows into a soft A-line skirt.

Fabric: Taffeta suede & silk garza.

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MANDALAY

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Capturing the vintage look perfectly this beaded lace gown has an off the shoulder portrait neckline trimmed with frayed silk, lace & roses.  The bodice is finely draped with a scalloped trimmed waistline.  The mermaid skirt has a distressed look with frayed roses and raggetty lace trim.

Fabric: Silk dupion & French lace.

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Many thanks to Ian Stuart himself for being so lovely and humble, encouraging and enabling the shoot to take shape.  Many thanks to your team & especially Jo for being so helpful and super efficient. (see www.ianstuart-bride.com for local stockists near you.  Email: enquiries@ianstuart-bride.com). 

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Many thanks to all of the staff at Stamford Hall.  You were all so helpful and accommodating, and the place is just out of this world.  What a venue.  I think I want to get married here!  Who wouldn’t? www.stanfordhall.co.uk.

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To my models: Agi & Helena, you were both truly amazing and I couldn’t have had any two better women.  You both worked really hard and put so much energy into the whole creation, true Empresses without a doubt.  I wish you both all of the successes with your dancing careers as you are truly amazing at what you do.

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Emma & Rebecca from Emma’s Home & garden, wow your flowers are something else.  A massive thank you for supplying and creating the flowers especially for the gowns used.  You are both so talented and are lovely people too. 

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Nicola from Silver Six-pence in her Shoe… thank you for the loan of your newly designed head-piece Delphine, you are incredibly gifted at what you do and your creations are stunning & made to perfection.

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Jenn Edwards (super-star) Hair & Make-up artist.  What can I say… Who needs photoshop when you have Jenn?  Not me.  Thank you so much for all of your support and help in making the shoot happen.  You are so lovely and we make a great team (you can contact Jenn: info@jennedwards.com).

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  – Images © 2012 Jess Petrie Photography

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