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The Editorials: Va-Va-Groom!

February 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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In this new blog series, The Editorials, I share my pre-published offline content, online.  I write on a freelance basis for numerous regional and National glossies, and rather than be relegated to being rather posh chip paper, I thought that my words might be useful to my online readers who didn’t manage to pick up a print copy of my features.  Double the pretty!

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The second instalment in this series (click here to see the first, focussing on the trend for all white weddings) catches up on a column I wrote for Wedding Magazine before Christmas, all about giving your groom some va-va-voom!

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I wrote: The days of identikit grooms are long gone. You might be preoccupied with selecting the perfect wedding gown, but you can bet that your other half is also giving some careful thought to his own wedding day look. For him too, this is a day where he wants raise the style stakes and feel that little bit special.

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Luckily, there has never been more of a sartorial selection for a groom to choose from. Whether he is a traditionalist looking for a classically cut morning suit or an individual wanting to cut a dash with quirky accessories, it’s now acceptable for the groom to look beyond a hired waistcoat and cravat. Whilst it’s true that his choice of attire should complement the overall style of the bridal party, some of my favourite wedding day images are those where the personality of the groom shines through.

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If he wants to keep his look classic, help him to stand out from the rest of the wedding party by choosing a different colour of tie or more elaborate buttonhole.

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The cravat caveat

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Rather than sticking to the status quo, encourage your man to mix things up with by adding a special touch. How about a colourful bow tie, socks, braces, sharp shoes or a neckerchief?

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Keep it comfortable

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For a relaxed celebration or destination wedding he needn’t be trussed up like a turkey. Work with the style of his surroundings and opt for light fabrics and a pale colour palette.

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If he’s decorated, this is his chance to show it off. I also love to see a groom in national dress: kilts at the ready boys, it’s time to show some leg!

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Indulge him! If he has a need for speed, why not hire a cool car or vintage scooter to get him to the church on time and in style.

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Elegance Rising! A Real Wedding At Rise Hall – Kay & Ian

August 31st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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And why not round the working week off with another beautiful Real Wedding?

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This elegant celebration was sent to me by real bride Kay and Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive exhibitor Andrew at Insight Photography and the setting is a very special one, being the fabulous location for one of our Brides Up North Wedding Exclusives this Autumn: Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall.

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This is an amazing place to host your wedding day, whether you dress it to the nines or go for a simple, letting the venue speak for itself decor like Kay and her new husband did. 

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To see it for yourself, remember to pre-register as a VIP Bride To Be when we throw open the doors for a day of full on wedding inspiration on 21 October 2012. 

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For now though, let’s hear from the lovely Kay:  We got engaged half way down a mountain while skiing in 2006 (we met skiing and it is a passion for both of us)!  We were married on 7th July 2012 at Rise Hall, near Beverley.  

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We chose the venue as we have a love of restoration, old buildings and also for the exclusivity.  It was the whole day in one location including accommodation.  The venue was the star of the day for us and so we kept everything muted, simple and elegant so as not to detract from the venue, with a colour scheme of navy and ivory. 

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I wore a halter neck silk ruffled long ivory dress from Tickled Pink in Doncaster.  I chose it for it’s elegant simplicity and comfort and the halter neck helped disguise some scars on my neck.  I carried a bouquet of white cala lilies from Flowers By Sally May.

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My hair and makeup was by Victoria Farr Make Up & Hair Specialist

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My bridesmaids wore satin navy strapless knee length fitted dresses with one vertical ruffle detail from Coast and the groomsmen wore navy tailed jackets, with navy striped trousers and ivory waistcoats from Moss Bros.

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Entertainment wise, we used Thomas Benjamin, a solo guitarist during the service and outside for the first drinks and had a disco at night… plus an after party in the bar which started at midnight and went on until 4am!

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The chance to see all our friends and family was the best part of the day for me as we all live so far apart and rarely get together and I was very humbled at how far people came from at such short notice and through torrential rain.groom).  Ian said that the sun shining and everyone outside chatting and laughing while Thomas Benjamin played fantastic music was his highlight. 

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To keep our younger guests entertained we laid on a big selection of outside toys and chose and individually wrapped presents for all the children including a disposable camera and a list of things to photograph – which kept them busy!

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We chose a very simple three tier elegant ivory cake decorated with just a few cala lilies by Jaqui Cowie at A Little Slice of Heaven, Beverley.  All other catering and co-ordination was by the fabulous Dine Services. 

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Unfortunately we didn’t get the chance for a honeymoon immediately after the wedding due to work commitments, but we have booked a week’s skiing in a fantastic location for the New Year week 2012/2013.

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My top tips for other Brides Up North would be don’t try to please everyone, because you just can’t and don’t skimp on the photographer, the photos will last forever. Pick a photographer that you feel a good connection with as well as good reputation.

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Congratulations Kay & Ian!

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  – Images © 2012 Insight Photography

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“Hello I Love You” A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Amy & Matthew

July 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon’s post is a little different to most on the wedding blog, but at the same time, so, so similar. 

Amy and Matthew’s wedding day was the most lovely and joyful of days, but sadly their wedding had to be brought forward because the groom was suffering from Hodgkins Lymphoma, from which he never recovered.  Amy and Matthew’s day, full of happiness, really celebrated their love for each other, and I am so thankful to Amy for sharing their photographs with Brides Up North this afternoon.

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Next time you are stressing out over favours or finding the exact shade of peony to match your bridesmaids’ dresses, take a minute to remember what it’s all about: love.  We don’t all get our happy ending and as some wise men once said, love is all you need.

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Andrew of Insight Photography says: It was the highlight of my UK career when Matthew and Amy ‘tied the knot’ at St Andrews Church in Kirkella and held their enormous celebration at The Hallmark Hotel on a glorious Bank Holiday.

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If you’re a celebrity voyeur, you will no doubt have come across Matty – he is one of the UK’s most highly decorated hair stylists working with the internationally renowned icon
Mark Hill for over 25 years.

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I met Amy about six years ago when I returned from my nine years of ‘retirement’ whilst living in Canada and when they approached me to cover their special day, I was totally honoured. Matthew had been battling Hodgkins Lymphoma for over 2 years however due to the rigours of his treatment, the couple pulled out all of the stops to move their wedding to Bank Holiday Monday.

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Their wedding day was nothing short of one of the most moving experiences I have ever witnessed. Just to put Matthew’s popularity into perspective, personal messages were read out during the speeches from Fearne Cotton, Ant & Dec, Jonathan Ross, Trevor Sorbie and Nicky Clarke – all apologising for not being able to make it due to the ‘other’ Royal wedding which is apparently happening the following weekend!  A true legend married his bride in a style that only Matthew and Amy could pull off under such incredible circumstances.

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I am really proud to say it was definitely a defining moment for me and a total privilege to capture the most special of days and I will never, ever forget seeing Matthew’s face as Amy walked down the aisle and the beam of light that emanated from this couple all day will never leave me.

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Amy says:  Matthew and I got engaged on Sunday 17th January 2011 in The Wheatsheaf, Kirk Ella, the same place we met 8 years earlier.

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We arranged to get married on Saturday 4th June 2012, however with Matthew’s diagnosis worsening, we brought the wedding forward and got married on Easter Monday, 25th April 2011. Everyone was great, suppliers couldn’t do enough for us and friends rallied around to make things happen

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We were married at 12 noon at St Andrew’s Church, Kirk Ella, with the reception at The Hallmark Hotel, North Ferriby. The reverend Jonathan Juckes conducted the service and we were joined by over 200 guests. The village was brought to a standstill from well wishers, it was amazing!

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We both wanted to get married in Church and our village church was just the perfect choice. Jonathan Juckes had really supported Matthew through his illness and I had known him for a long time too as I run the local Brownie unit. He was more than obliging to anything we wanted, including moving the wedding to get married on Easter Monday.

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There wasn’t a theme as such. I put my mark on the day and Matthew had his spin on it too. It all fitted just so well together.  We both chose a colour. My favourite colour is pink and when I asked Matthew, he said black… I said try again, how about silver? He said OK!

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I went to Deborah Moore Bridal in Hessle as I loved Maggie Sottero dresses I’d seen on the internet. I tried lots of dresses on… all the same style… I just didn’t put ‘the one’ on.  As I was leaving Deborah’s mum said to me, “Amy, just try this…” She pulled a dress out, I didn’t like it at all, it wasn’t anything like what I had tried on during my appointment. I put it on and immediately said I want it. Sonya by Maggie Sottero,  one-piece, corset, strapless gown with A-line skirt and chapel train. Satin are chiffon bands are ruched on the bodice. The side hip is accented with a crystal brooch. Fluted chiffon cascades from the side hip to the hemline. I love it!

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For the bridesmaids, I knew exactly what I wanted. Matthew was a massive MOD and the guys would be in dapper suits (by Moss Bros).  My bridesmaids wore a calf length 50’s style dresses. It took me ages to find it, then driving through a local village one day, there it was in the window of Jacqueline’s. I made an appointment for the following Saturday and all the girls loved it too. 

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Hair and make up on the day was done by The Mark Hill Salon and Jan Lloyd of Lloyds Hair & Beauty, Hull. 

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I carried a bouquet of hot pink gerbera, orchids and roses by The Flower Stylist in Kirk Ella.  The adult bridesmaids carried white orchids with bright pink centres, wrapped in aspidistra leaves and my little bridesmaids had hot pink gerberas. 

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My Brownies sang for our guests as they arrived at the church then were our choir throughout the service.

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The boys arrived at the church on Vespas. Matthews got a retro vespa which is the replica of Sting’s from Quadrophenia, they looked amazing.  I travelled to the church by horse & carriage from KRM Carriages , which Matthew and I left in afterwards too. The bridesmaids, the groomsmen, my mum and Matthew’s mum travelled in cars supplied by Marshalls of Hull.

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As favours, we gave every guest a packet of gerbera seeds.  Everyone has planted them this year in remembrance of our special day. 

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In the evening we had a band, Kinked, and then a DJ with karaoke. Matthew loved to sing and I’d give it a go too… it was just one big party!  Matthew was a massive Jim Morrison fan and the band did a full Doors set with Matthew, him singing as Jim Morrison, he loved it.

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We went to Lanzarote on Honeymoon.  Lanzarote was where we first went on holiday together in October 2003, 6 months after we met. We got the OK from Matthew’s doctors to go away for a week, we pushed them and eventually they let us away for 10 days!  We stayed at The Sandos Papayago Arena in Playa Blanca. It was lovely. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be plan ahead, don’t think you’ve got ages to sort things, time creeps up on you very quickly. You need to be ‘too’ organised when you’re planning your wedding, there’s so much to do.

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Many thanks to Amy for sharing her and Matthew’s story with Brides Up North. 

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Ready To Rise?

April 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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One gorgeous restored stately home.

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Nearly 40 wedding industry specialists ready to cater to your every need.

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See you there next Sunday

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Early next week, we’ll meet some of the fabulous wedding industry suppliers who will be exhibiting at Rise Hall for it’s first Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive, and set the scene for a wedding day… until then, you can pre register for a VIP Goody Bag as Rise Hall opens it’s doors on Sunday 22nd April 2012 by clicking here.  Entry is free. 

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Many thanks to all the suppliers involved in this and the following blog posts: 

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Photography: J Clitheroe Photography

Photography: Peter Boyd Photography

Photography: Jon Swainson Photography 

Photography: Insight Photography  

Venue Decor: Tie the knot

Venue Decor: Ambience Venue Styling

Florist:  Floral Elements 

Florist: Flower Style

Florist:  Floral Lounge

Cars: The Classic Way

Cars:  East Riding Vintage

Bridal Wear:  Ella D 

Bridal Wear:  Deborah Moore

Menswear: Lenbeck & Sons Ltd

Bridal Accessories:  Felicity Hats

Bridal Accessories:  Beverley Hat Co

Stationery : Whesthill

Fireworks: Eastern Pyro

Music: Annikyra String Quartet

Music: Soul Patrol

Music: Sophie Urqhart

Make Up: Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist 

Make Up: Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist 

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