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One Day Like This: A Real Wedding In North Yorkshire – Cat & Jonny

February 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Now, there was an article in yesterday’s Huffington Post that I really identified with.  In a nutshell, when submitting images to a magazine for print, wedding photographer Anne Almasy was dismayed to find that instead of people, they were only interested in pretty details.  The photographer didn’t make a fuss at the time, but later penned the piece calling for the industry to remember what weddings are really all about.

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On the one hand, as an editor, I get the magazine’s need for inspirational images of styled details and aspirational table settings – wedding magazines and blogs would be in trouble without them after all – but on the other hand, I totally understand the photographer’s disappointment that her carefully selected images of a newlywed couple in love were not deemed adequate. 

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There may or may not have been a misunderstanding and the article might just have been published to sensationalise.  Whatever the reason, I don’t think the industry really does need to take a long hard look at itself (most wedding industry professionals I know work long tireless hours over and above requirements to help to deliver a bride and groom’s dream day – they know that it’s all about the people, they can just help with the pretty bits), but I do think that it’s nice for planning brides to remember that it doesn’t matter if your chair covers match your bridesmaids’ knickers – it’s all about the love between the two of you.

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This isn’t an issue that we have a problem with here at Brides Up North, as we receive so many beautiful submissions of all different types of weddings that I find both the pretty and personal boxes are generally ticked without getting too worried about it.  However, I have said it before and I’ll say it again… my favourite Real Weddings are always the ones that are a little stripped back, and where the happiness is allowed to shine through…

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…exactly like today’s gorgeous and personal celebration in the lovely village of Helmsley, North Yorkshire, sent to me by photographer Carly Bevan and today’s happy couple Cat and Jonny.

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Cat says:  Jonny proposed somewhere over the Atlantic on 22/12/11. We were on our way to visit my brother for Christmas. Jonny had a temporary ring that was black and white as I support Newcastle Football Club. He had remembered me dropping a HUGE hint about a lovely shop that made/designed jewellery – Dot the Jewellers in Saltaire. We kept it quiet on the plane and celebrated with a glass of wine each.  I was speechless and kept asking if Jonny was serious!

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We got married at 3pm on 4th November 2012 at The Black Swan, Helmsley, North Yorkshire.

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We love cosy, country pubs and good food. It reminded us very much of one of our favourite local pubs and knowing we could get married there was a bonus! It was intimate and atmospheric – just what we wanted. 

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My dress was by Claire Pettibone and called Yolanda. I got it from The White Closet in Didsbury, Manchester. I loved its simplicity and felt wonderful in it. My shoes were by Rachel Simpson and called Olivia. I wore a Flo and Percy headband called Glastonbury – it was a sign as both Jonny and I love Glastonbury festival and have been many times.

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I didn’t have any bridesmaids; unfortunately my best friend lives in Australia and was unable to come over. The groomsmen wore navy suits and matching blue and white ties.

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I carried a small but beautiful posy of Amnesia roses. Jonny had a single Amnesia rose. The wedding party had cream roses and lilac fuchsias. My flowers came from Gemma Magson at The Topiary Tree in Helmsley.

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My parents rented a cottage five minute’s walk from The Black Swan which meant my Dad and I could walk. It was really lovely and meant we could also have some photos taken on the walk down.

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We had a guitarist called James Smith who played prior, during and after the ceremony. He was amazing and made the day for us as we are huge music fans. He even learnt The Stone Roses “Ten Storey Love Song” for me to walk down the aisle to.

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The special touches for us were the involvement of our friends. One of my best friends has a stationery design company, White Petal Design and she made our invites as well as doing a reading. The men’s favours were bottles of Build a Rocket Boys Beer by the band Elbow. They are one of our favourite bands and our first dance was to one of their songs too. The ladies’ favours were Happy Bags that supported a local children’s hospice.

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We had cupcakes made by my friend Kerry Bennett and they were delicious. We had two flavours- chocolate orange and white chocolate and champagne. We also had a small four tier cheese cake from Hunters of Helmsley that was fabulous and we continued to eat for a week!

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We didn’t have a theme as such but family, friendship, music and laughter was important. The tables were all named after Paul Weller albums as he is Jonny’s favourite musician.  We had silver candelabras on the table and silver bows for the back of the chairs. Due to the time of year we wanted lots of candles and the fires lit at the venue to give a cosy feel.

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We’re sure everyone says this but our favourite part was having our friends and family with us to celebrate our special day. We sat in the middle of the room on a circular table which meant we could look around at everyone enjoying themselves.

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After the wedding, we went to a beautiful cottage in Scotland. It wasn’t far from Stirling where my family are from. It was remote and had a hot tub which was great to relax in and stargaze with a glass of champagne.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to do what you want! It’s your day and you want to know when you remember it that you wouldn’t change a thing.

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Congratulations Cat & Jonny!

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Location, Location, Location! Supplier Showcase: Sykes Cottages

January 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Slipping away to a cottage retreat in the middle of nowhere (or somewhere near to spas and shopping where the neighbours can’t hear your raucous singing) for one last “relaxing” weekend with the girls might be expected as your big day approaches, but have you considered a holiday cottage as a potential venue for the wedding day itself?

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In my job as a full time and bridal features writer, I come across gems of wedding venues all the time – from the stately and sublime to the cosy and chic, but I must admit that I hadn’t considered the option of hiring a holiday cottage to host a private and personal wedding celebration until I was approached by Brides Up North sponsor Sykes Cottages

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Why haven’t I thought of this before? 

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Sykes Cottages manage a veritable smorgasbord of beautiful holiday homes which are available to hire for your special day.  Think about it – it’s a wedding “at home” (the dream home of your choice, selected from a vast variety of options that you can browse online), but “on location” at the same time.  Choose your property, location, length of stay and any added extras… then send out the save the dates.  And, as the mini-moon and staycation remain as popular as ever,  the after the event possibilities are endless too.

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Genius.  Maybe that girly get-away can wait…

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Amanda of Sykes Cottages says: So you’ve got the ring (congratulations!) and now you can look forward to the next few weeks and months of planning every little detail of your big day. From the dress to the flowers and the transport, your ‘to-do’ list seems endless.

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When it comes to the venue, your decision is crucial as the venue itself will dictate the tone of the entire day. Whether you choose a grand stately home, your childhood church or an outdoor location, choosing the venue is one of the biggest and most difficult decisions before the big day. But if a grand property isn’t quite what you have in mind, perhaps a more intimate wedding venue would fit the bill.

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Finding a holiday cottage ideal for your wedding isn’t as difficult as you might think. Choose a grand property set in beautiful grounds for the wow factor with an intimate feel or a more traditional cottage for a romantic, outdoorsy style. Some properties even have a dance floor, offer a private chef and maid service to ensure your nuptials go without a hitch.

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Feeling at home at the venue a few days before the wedding should help settle those last minute nerves on the big day. Book a make-up artist or hairdresser so you and your bridesmaids kick start the day in style. If you’re planning a big day with a home-spun feel, choosing a property to accommodate all the guests in the run up to the wedding is a great choice: make use of the willing volunteers and create a truly unique backdrop to your big day.

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Wherever you choose to celebrate your big day, choosing a holiday cottage for the occasion is a good way to guarantee a totally unique wedding. Pick a holiday cottage in some of the UK’s most stunning countryside for exceptional wedding photos that you’ll love forever.

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Instead of disappearing on honeymoon towards the end of the reception, many couples now choose to enjoy the first few days of wedded bliss closer to home before embarking on their honeymoon to remember later on. While tradition dictates that the groom to be is responsible for planning (and financing!) the honeymoon, it certainly doesn’t hurt you to drop a few hints in the lead-up to the big day!

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Choosing a holiday cottage is a really great way to combine the high-end finish of a boutique hotel with all the privacy you want in your first few days as a married couple. Find honeymoon accommodation with a private hot tub and celebrate with a glass of champagne under the stars for the perfect start to married life any time of year.

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For a summer honeymoon, why not choose a holiday cottage with access to a swimming pool or by a secluded beach for a wonderful few days. Winter brides might prefer a cosy, traditional cottage with a roaring log fire for romantic days and nights in. Wherever you choose to spend those first few days as Mr and Mrs, you’re sure to leave with memories to treasure.

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Got your mind whirring?  Thought as much!  For more information, visit the Sykes Cottages website to find your perfect wedding venue or honeymoon destination.

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  – Images © 2013 supplied by Sykes Cottages

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September Sunflowers! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Liz & Andrew

August 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I thought I’d start Friday off with a cheerful September wedding, packed with smiles, sunflowers and personal touches.  Just perfect!  Many thanks to the fabulous Jane at JB Creatives and today’s reader and real bride Liz for making the countdown to the weekend that little bit more lovely. 

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Liz says:  We got engaged in April 2009 at the gorgeous Swinton Castle where we’d spent our first weekend away together. Andrew had arranged it all so that I thought I was going to a work event there, then when I got there he was there on one knee! 

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We were married on September 24th 2011, at St Mary’s Church in the grounds of Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal with the reception at the lovely Crown Inn in Roecliffe

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St Mary’s is a very special church as it’s on the estate where I have worked as a wedding co-ordinator for the last four years, and is a redundant church which requires a special licence to be granted in order to marry there. 

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We chose a relaxed and a little rustic theme with bunting and lots of cakes, and with purple as the main colour to tie everything together.

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I chose a lovely floaty simple chiffon and beaded dress from Award Winning Confetti & Lace Harrogate. I asked a local dressmaker to make a shoulder strap which was added on the day.

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My bridesmaids wore purple dresses from LK Bennett and the ushers wore grey suits from Yorkshire Menswear in Harrogate. 

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I carried a hand tied bouquet of sunflowers, daisies and gerberas by the fabulous Greenhouse Florists in Ripon, and pretty much everything else was done by friends and family. 

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We were lucky enough to travel on the day in a vintage VW campervan.  

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We hired a string quartet for the church and a live band for the reception which got everybody up and dancing. 

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My sister in law did a fab surprise cake table with homemade cupcakes, scones and cakes which went down very well with us and the guests. I made biscuits for the favours and a friend made some great vintage style bunting for the reception venue.

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It was amazing having all our friends and family around us to be part of our special day, including our gorgeous daughter Caitlin. 

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After the wedding we honeymooned in romantic Venice and Lake Garda. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be try not to stress about the little details, if you stay organised, it will all come together in the end!

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Congratulations Liz & Andrew!

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Sweet Like Chocolate, A Real Wedding – Laura & Ashley

October 4th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Sometimes, on a grey and windy Autumn afternoon, you just need to reach for something sweet.  This Real Wedding, sent in by Nicky Chadwick Photography, hits the spot.  I feature all different shapes and sizes of weddings here on Brides Up North and sometimes – like Laura and Ashley’s intimate, chocolatey celebration – small really is perfectly formed. 

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As a bridal fashion side note, don’t you just LOVE Laura’s bridal headpiece, which she absolutely rocks with her tea length dress?!  This bride has it nailed.  Perfect styling for a low key celebration with style.

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Nicky tells us more: Laura & Ashley got married at The Black Horse Inn, Clifton Village, West Yorkshire on Wednesday 20th July 2010.

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Laura had some really lovely touches for her tables and her flowers were exquisite. Her and her bridesmaid had beautiful handbags to fit with her theme and her dress was perfect for this small informal wedding.

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Their ceremony was conducted in the gorgeous room at the back of the Inn with the sunshine pouring in from the windows, then the bride and groom joined their twenty guests on the terrace for drinks before sitting down to their wedding breakfast later in the afternoon.

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Click through to see the rest of Laura and Ashley’s day…

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Perfectly Personal, a Real Wedding – Kim & Andy

February 18th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Danny of Serenity Photography sent Brides Up North this small but perfectly formed Sunderland Real Wedding to share with you today.  Sometimes bigger isn’t better, as this couple prove!

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Serenity Photography explains: Kim and Andy’s wedding was held at Sunderland Registry Office.  The outdoor photographs were taken in Mowbray Park (where the weather was 3 degrees c with plenty of snow – although Kim and Andy were all smiles!).  The wedding party celebrated with a wedding breakfast in a small Italian restaurant in Sunderland City Centre.

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