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i dos in ivory. a bespoke gown for a simple yet stylish wedding at askham hall – carly & david

September 18th, 2015 | Julia Braime

A chic wedding at Askham Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (21)

Where do we start with today’s real wedding? We love it all!

From the dreamy Lake District venue to the chic, simple styling and romantic blooms, this wedding is brimming with class. Who would think that an all ivory wedding could pack such a pretty punch?

So to all those bride-to-bes looking for styling inspiration, sit back and take note on how simple can become stand out!

With images by Jessica O’Shaughnessy.

A chic wedding at Askham Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (5)

carly says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2011. We were walking in Sefton Park, a large park in Liverpool at the time. This is the place where my nan and grandad met on the boating lake. David proposed on one knee whilst we were sitting on the park bench.

We set the date for Thursday 23rd July 2015. No significant reason really, other than I’m a teacher and it fitted in nicely with the six week break. A mid-week wedding at first wasn’t what we wanted, but the venue, Askham Hall in Penrith, had no other availability so we went with it.

A chic wedding at Askham Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (8)

We always fancied the Lake District for our wedding as David’s mum has a place there and we visit quite often. When I was looking for the venue, I stumbled across Askham Hall; we both travelled up there Christmas of last year and loved it! It was exactly what we were looking for, small enough to be able to have exclusive use; it has a civil ceremony license to hold the ceremony in the barn attached to the venue and the grounds are stunning so it was perfect!

A chic wedding at Askham Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (1)

We didn’t have a theme as such, but the styling was simple and clean. I’ve always liked the look of things when they’re not fussy and over the top so that’s what I had in mind really – classy)

In terms of colour, everything was ivory. My dress, bridesmaid dresses, stationary, cake etc. Again, I like the simple, clean look of this.

A chic wedding at Askham Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (11)

My dress was bespoke Kirsty Doyle a local Liverpool designer, who I worked with when I was younger. Kirsty was making bridesmaid dresses for a good friend of mine and I approached her one day about making my dress. I took in a number of images and ideas to her studio and it was a step-by-step process until I had my dream dress, which fitted perfectly. My bridesmaid dresses are also designed and made by Kirsty. I knew Kirsty was the best and had heard numerous stories about her, so there was no question.

David, the best man and father of the bride all wore navy suits from Reiss, which were shop bought and then tailored to fit.

A chic wedding at Askham Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (15)

Jessica O’Shaughnessy was our photographer and she is amazing! I couldn’t have wished for a better photographer on the day. She is so professional, laid back, friendly and of course creative. The images are stunning; she has a real natural flare I feel and I would certainly recommend her to others. Jessica fitted right in with the wedding party/guests and was really accommodating all day!

A chic wedding at Askham Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (16)

My flowers were provided by Heather Feather from Flower Fashion. I carried a bouquet of David Austin roses and peonies and my bridesmaids’ bouquets were roses, peonies and sweet peas. They were divine! All ivory.

All the floral decorations were also done by Heather, and again all ivory. The table decorations were a mixture of tall centre pieces and lower ones. Floating candles were used. Candles were placed in tall vases down the aisle with rose petals too. Huge vases with hydrangeas were placed at the top and bottom of the aisle. Heather did all of this set up, arriving before the ceremony at 10am and staying until the wedding breakfast was set up! Other décor at the reception included drapes and fairy lights across the beams in the ceiling provided by SVL Lighting.

A chic wedding at Askham Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (19)

A chic wedding at Askham Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (25)

We also used a light up ‘love’ sign provided by a local guy called Matt from Party Pics Photobooths. He was great. He delivered, installed and collected the sign at no extra expense and the sign itself really made the venue in the evening.

A chic wedding at Askham Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (26)

Favours were Grasmere gingerbread in the shape of a heart. Two pieces were given to each guest in a white heart shaped box with a simple piece of ribbon across the box with our names and the date on. There were provided by Grasmere Gingerbread.

Our cake was made by a family friend. Four tiers and all Victoria sponge with ivory icing. Fresh David Austin roses were placed on the cake by Heather at the venue for decoration.

In terms of food we had prosecco and canapés after the ceremony. Then for the wedding breakfast we chose, carrot and coriander soup to start, chicken, dauphinoise potatoes and seasonal vegetables for main and then shortbread, vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce for desert.

A chic wedding at Askham Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (30)

To create the desired ambiance, we had a string quartet playing for the guests in the barn before I arrived and they remained throughout the ceremony. They played Cannon in D as I was walking down the aisle, Kissing You as we were signing the register and then The Beatles All You Need Is Love as we were walking out together. We then had the Gypsies of Bohemia playing on the lawns of the hall as our guests were having prosecco and canapés. Later in the evening we had a band called The Four Wise Monkeys playing for two hours, then a DJ until 1.30am. David was responsible for sorting out the entertainment. The two groups were recommended by the hall however, and after some of our own research, we decided to go with them – they were great!

A chic wedding at Askham Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (32)

A chic wedding at Askham Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (31)

Special additions to the day included a reading in the ceremony given by David’s sister. We also decided just before our first dance, to get everyone in the mood to have a good dance, that we would offer everyone a shot of tequila. The staff at the venue were very accommodating and came around with the shot, salt and lime, for each guest. We all got together on the dance floor, had the shot and hopefully then everyone was in the mood for the evening even more so!

A chic wedding at Askham Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (40)

We would definitely recommend our venue to other couples. The whole experience was amazing. We were able to have the venue exclusively, so we checked in on the Wednesday, used the spa, outdoor heated pool and had amazing food and drinks in the evening for all guests. Then breakfast the following day was stunning too. Everything that the staff did was perfect. They were always there, without being seen really, so it felt like the whole place was ours for those few days. Just amazing!

A chic wedding at Askham Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (41)

It’s hard to say what my favourite part of the day was, but if I had to choose it would probably be just after the ceremony and having prosecco and canapés on the lawns of the venue. The weather was amazing, and it was the perfect time to soak it all up, chat with our guests and listen to The Gypsies of Bohemia playing lovely music. I wish I could re-live that time and time again!

A chic wedding at Askham Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (48)

Because David works in Qatar, our honeymoon had to be short so as he could get back to work. We travelled to Paris for two nights and two days, and then flew to Cannes for three nights, three days, then to Monte Carlo for one night. It was brilliant. David organised this without me knowing! So when I was told about this, I was over the moon! It was a magical time!

A chic wedding at Askham Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (49)

My top tip to other Brides Up North would be not over-think anything. Go with your gut instinct on things that you like and see and stick with it. One thing everyone told me was to enjoy it and make sure you take everything in because it goes by so quickly! It’s the best time of your life.

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love is in the air. ian stuart for a classic wedding in the north west – linzi and leigh

May 7th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

a classic wedding in Cheshire (c) Ally M Photography (33)

This wedding has it all – glamour, sparkles, a pretty princess dress and even a helicopter.

Bride Linzi chose simple and elegant styling to create her classic dream wedding in various tones of romantic ivory at Davenport Green Hall, and my goodness didn’t it look gorgeous!

Between Linzi’s words and fabulous images by Ally M Photography you can really feel the love in this wedding, not only between the bride and groom but also their friends and family who clearly mean the world to them (this one made us teary).

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linzi says: We got engaged on 18th March 2010 on a trip to Venice. We’d travelled to Venice for the weekend as it was Leigh’s birthday. On the first evening we went out for dinner and on our way back to the river taxi we went through St Mark’s Square, that’s when Leigh bent down on one knee and popped the question. Of course my answer was yes. Venice is such a spectacular place and so romantic, it was just so perfect.

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We set the date for 8th August 2014. We chose August as it would still be warm but hopefully not too hot. The day itself started off with heavy rain but after the ceremony we had glorious sunshine throughout the rest of the day.

Our wedding venue was Davenport Green Hall. The first time we viewed this venue we knew this place was perfect for us as its set in its own grounds and meant that we had the entire estate to ourselves and our guests. The venue itself combined both old Tudor style with immaculate and modern décor inside which was perfect for our tastes. Better yet, the bridal suite was in the grounds and so was only a stone’s throw away when we had partied the night away.

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We did not have a certain theme but I wanted a wedding that suited our tastes as couple. With that in mind I kept the theme simple, classic, elegant and natural in all ivory tones. It began with our beautiful wedding invitations which were pure ivory with pearl and diamante fronting and pearlised envelopes right down to our exquisite wedding cake which we kept to all ivory tones too. I always knew that I wanted to keep to ivory as it creates a beautiful and romantic feel.

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My dress was by Ian Stuart. I had tried on about ten dresses before this one but as soon I put it on, I knew it was the one for me – I felt like a princess! I also knew that my daughters, Ella and Chloe would love the dress because of the heavy sparkle detail to it and the princess look. I purchased the dress from Bridal Italia in Bolton. I had quite a few fittings in the dress and each and every time, I was sorry to take it off.

My chief bridesmaid Vicki surprised me with my beautiful earrings on my hen do. I had said that as my dress was quite detailed, I needed a simple drop earing and they were so perfect, I couldn’t have made a better choice myself.

The night before my wedding, I had all the female members of my family and my friends around to my house to have a final pamper from my sister who is a beauty therapist. In the midst of hair dying and nail painting, my bridesmaids provided me with a box which contained my something old, new, borrowed and blue. The something old was a broche with a picture of my dad who passed away when I was younger and to which they then tied to my bouquet so he could walk down the aisle with me the following day. The something new was a new bottle of perfume which I loved so the scent would always remind me of our special day. The something borrowed was a simple diamond bracelet to wear with my dress as I didn’t want anything heavy and wanted the dress to do all the talking. The something blue was a blue garter which although they had measured my leg previously, still managed to continually fall down all day!

On the morning of my wedding, myself and my bridesmaids, along with my mother-in-law, all attended a local salon to have our hair done. Whilst there we had our makeup done by my lovely friend and makeup artist Natalie Marie. Ally, the photographer, even came to the salon so he could get some pics of us all getting prepared for the day.

a classic wedding in Cheshire (c) Ally M Photography (17)

a classic wedding in Cheshire (c) Ally M Photography (18)

Leigh wore three piece tails in grey with an ivory tie to match myself and our daughters. We decided against top hats as it was a warm day. These were rented from Groom at the Wedding House in Liverpool.

My four older bridesmaids wore grey dresses from Coast with diamante sparkle belts to match my theme and my wedding dress.

My two daughters Ella and Chloe wore ivory dresses. I didn’t like the thought of having a coloured sash put on their dresses so I had a band of three flowers sewn onto each dress to tie in with the theme of romance. They also had their hair delicately designed into crowns so they felt like little princesses too.

The groomsmen wore grey three piece suits with the same shade of grey as the girls’ Coast bridesmaid dresses. These were also from Groom at The Wedding House in Liverpool.

a classic wedding in Cheshire (c) Ally M Photography (20)

On the wedding day I travelled to the venue in a Bentley, which was hired from AJ Limousines in Manchester, who we would recommend. My husband meanwhile travelled to the venue by helicopter which was amazing as all our guests stood outside to watch and all the bridesmaids watched from a bedroom window of venue. Although he was nearly an hour late due to nearly not being able to fly as there was heavy rain and a serious accident on the motorway on the way to the airport! Leigh is late for everything, so it was no surprise he was an hour late for his own wedding!

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Our photographer was Ally Hedeyati of Ally M Photography. We met Ally about ten months before our wedding and we instantly knew he was the one for us. We had our pre-wedding shoot in Southport with our children and the pictures he produced were just amazing and so natural! We knew we had made the right choice when it came to our wedding pictures. Ally is so friendly and professional and extremely funny which immediately puts you at ease. Neither I nor Leigh were particularly confident in front of the camera but Ally made sure that he got the best from us. I would definitely recommend Ally as his pictures tell a story and one thing from your wedding is that it all goes past so fast that you need the expertise of a great photographer who can capture these moments that you will never get back – Ally is definitely the person to do this.

a classic wedding in Cheshire (c) Ally M Photography (31)

All my flowers were artificial. My bridal flowers were by Alison by Lasting Memories in Timperley who also dressed the venue. My bouquet was half flower and half broche as I wanted this to complement my detailed dress which sparkled. I asked Alison to place a diamante initial in each of my bridesmaids’ bouquets for individuality which such a nice touch.

I had seen quite a lot of Alison’s work so I knew that I would love the way she had set up the civil ceremony room and then the conversion into the wedding breakfast. It was just the romantic look I was trying to achieve with candles, flowers and glass everywhere. I would highly recommend Alison.

a classic wedding in Cheshire (c) Ally M Photography (30)

For our favours we provided the men with mini Jaeger bottles and the woman mini bottles of wine.   We had quite a few children at our wedding and I made them each an individual bag which contained lots of things for keeping them entertained. The older children received perfume and jewellery. All the name tags were painstakingly hand made by me and my mother-in-law to add a personal touch.

We chose a three tier cake in the style of a bird cage. Each tier was a different flavour. The top was sponge, the middle tier was lemon and the bottom was chocolate. The cake was then surrounded by more than 30 mini cakes to match. We did re-design the cake to incorporate touches that we specifically wanted. For example I asked them to put ‘L&L’ on the front and also our daughters’ names were placed on tags which hung from it. The cake was from Occasion Cakes in Bolton.

a classic wedding in Cheshire (c) Ally M Photography (35)

For entertainment we had a live six piece swing and jazz band called The Young Swing Things that we hired through Garston Entertainments who were very professional and got back to us quickly. Kayleigh, the main singer was phenomenal and everyone commented on how powerful and emotional her voice was. They sang our first dance which was Run by Leona Lewis as my husband and I had a little crush on her for some time and so she was the obvious choice when picking a first dance. My brother took over from my husband mid dance which was very emotional as my father had passed away.

We also had a photo booth which I must say, kept everyone in stitches and was a real highlight of the wedding – a definite must I would recommend. We hired a chocolate fountain too which went down well with the children at the party! I bought hundreds of sparklers and had personalised cards made with our names on and placed them in a huge basket. When it went dark, the guests gathered outside and created a kind of arch and whilst lit, Leigh and I walked through it – magical!

a classic wedding in Cheshire (c) Ally M Photography (36)

We added a few special/personal touches to the day too which included a white tree in the corner of the room with a box of personalised cards so that our guests could write personal messages of luck and wishes to us and then hang on the tree. Our photographer Ally, also gave us a beautiful picture from our shoot and mounted it onto card. We placed this on an easel and our guests were given the opportunity to write their messages around the border.

To help keep guests feeling fresh both the male and female toilets contained a basket with deodorants, hairbrushes, tablets, plasters etc just in case they needed anything. My auntie also made a huge basket and filled with white diamond flip flops in various sizes for all the women when their feet began to hurt as they partied the night away.

a classic wedding in Cheshire (c) Ally M Photography (43)

It’s difficult to choose one particular part of the day as my favourite as there were so many. If I was to choose, it would be walking down the aisle and saying my vows. I wasn’t nervous at all until I stood outside waiting to walk towards Leigh. As I approached him, I knew he was as nervous as I was. My daughters’ together read a really funny reading which had everyone in stitches during our ceremony and I eventually got to say “I do” to the most amazing man on earth. It was definitely the best part of our day.

Other special moments of the day included my brother giving me away and he wore his army uniform to do so with all his medals attached. I also made a speech which heavily referred to my aunt and uncle, Elaine and Trevor, as they have been my parents throughout my life and provided me with so much. My speech was dedicated to them and how I wished for a marriage as normal and loving as they have. I cried through my speech but I got to the end where I thanked my lovely new husband.

a classic wedding in Cheshire (c) Ally M Photography (45)

We had decided not to go on honeymoon as we wanted to go back to Florida the following year however during our first dance my husband told me that we were going to Barcelona for five days the Sunday after our wedding. You can only imagine my excitement! Even my children knew this secret and had managed to keep it from me. Barcelona was a perfect place for honeymoon – very quaint and historic and gorgeous food. My husband is a massive Liverpool fan and whilst there we obviously couldn’t escape a visit to the New Camp.

a classic wedding in Cheshire (c) Ally M Photography (44)

If I was to give a tip to other Brides Up North, it would be to not scrimp on a photographer. I’m so happy that a great photographer was something that we had at our wedding so that we can always look back at the pictures and remember the little things and the things that made us laugh on our special day.

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Golden Bubbles! A Real Marquee Wedding In The North West – Vanessa & Dan

October 3rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon’s feature, sent to me by Anna Louise Crossley and real bride Vanessa, is jam packed with sensational details.  Super stylish Vanessa and Dan chose a classic colour scheme with dashes of lace and lashings of champagne for their love and laughter filled marquee wedding. 

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This is one wedding that I would love to have been invited to.  Vanessa, will you be my friend?

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Vanessa says: Dan asked me to marry him at home in May 2011 and we were married on 26th August 2012 at St Michaels church in Dalton, Wigan and then the reception in a Marquee in Dan’s parents garden which is also in Dalton.

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Dan’s parents have an amazing garden and we thought a marquee would work for us as we could have the day exactly how we wanted it without any restrictions. Also, we only decided to get married in January 2012 so most of the venues we looked at were already booked for 2012 weddings.  We opted for a mainly black and ivory colour scheme. 

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I had a lace Elie Saab dress from Eternity Bridal in Warrington. They are amazing and I would recommend them to anybody.  I finished the look off with a pair of gold Jimmy Choo heels.  I carried a bunch of cream roses, which Dan’s mum made. 

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The guys wore morning suits from The Bride & Groom in Preston and my bridesmaids were in floor length black lace. 

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I travelled to the church and back in a Rolls Royce Phantom, which was on loan from a friend.

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We used Marcus Moore for the catering and Best Marquees provided the marquee. Dan’s mum made the cake and did all the flowers.

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We had a guitarist Tim Chu who played throughout the canapés and meal and then a group and DJ for our evening reception. 

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We wanted everybody to enjoy themselves – I think everybody did and it was a great party atmosphere all day.

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I loved every minute of the day from start to finish.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Majorca, but unfortunately it rained every day!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try not to get too stressed beforehand and enjoy every second as it goes too quickly.

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Congratulations Vanessa & Dan!

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Get in touch if your would like to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North. 

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Pretty Elegance: A Real Wedding In The North East – Kate & Lewis

May 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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How’s your Sunday treating you Brides Up North? 

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I’m having a lovely relaxing holiday in the Greek Islands – although it’s rained for the past three days (pretty much unheard of in May I’m sure!)  – I’m enjoying the peace, good food and copious amounts of local wine.

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Between bursts of sunshine (and banks of cloud!) I’ve still time to bring you this gorgeous simple and elegant Real Wedding in the North East sent to me by Chris of Xtraordinary Photography and real bride Kate.  I hope that it gets your day (and mine!) off to a sunny start!  

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Kate says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2010. We had been to Church and then to our local pub for a few drinks and Lewis proposed on the night time in our home. We both love Christmas and my beautiful engagement ring was the perfect present!

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We got married on the 26th March 2012 in our local church – The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Lobley Hill. It was a lovely service and our Priest was fantastic, all of the guests loved him! Both the day time and evening reception were held at the Gibside Hotel in Whickham. We had 110 guests during the day and a few more in the evening.

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We wanted somewhere close to the church so our guests could easily make their way to the reception and the Gibside is only a couple of miles away from the church. I knew the Gibside had lots of experience in weddings and we had eaten in the restaurant before so we knew the food was great. The venue was also a perfect size and we got a really good vibe about the place. We were shown the honeymoon suite which was recently refurbished, it was fabulous and we were sold! I can’t give enough praise to the staff at the Gibside – particularly the restaurant manager Paco – they were absolutely fantastic and really helped make our day so memorable.

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We didn’t have a theme but we wanted everything we chose to be elegant, traditional and beautiful. I kept things simple and elegant and the ivory was the main colour throughout. The exception was the bridesmaids’ dresses which were a delicate sea green and added a flash of colour to the day.

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My dress was by Amanda Wyatt from Sorelle Bridal Boutique in Sedgefield. I loved how the cap sleeves and sweetheart neckline made it quite different from the other dresses I had tried on. The dress had a fitted bodice with a fishtail skirt and a short train. The antique style lace gave it a vintage feel. I absolutely loved my wedding dress it was so beautiful. In the words of my chief bridesmaid it was ‘the most amazing item of clothing in the world!’ My shoes were from BHS and my tiara was my ‘something borrowed’ from my sister in law, she wore it for her own wedding a year before. 

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Amanda Clegg at Blush Boutique did my hair and make up. The flowers were all done by Sheila Appleton, a family friend.  I carried a mixture of white roses with gypsafillia . Roses are my favourite flower and Lewis sometimes surprises me with a bunch! The bridesmaids had smaller versions of my bouquet. We decorated the church and venue with white roses, white calla lilies and greenery.

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My favourite moment was walking out the church once we had been married. Everybody was smiling at us and I felt elated. I felt like I could relax and really enjoy the day after being so nervous walking into the church.

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A friend of the family of the family (Christine McMorris) made our cake. It was a traditional round cake with four tiers, two sponge and the larger two were traditional fruit cake. It was simply decorated with white icing, ivory ribbon and white roses. Most importantly it tasted delicious!

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The bridesmaids wore silk, sea-green dresses from Boden, they were quite a simple style but the colour really suited them and they all looked stunning. They wore ivory shoes from Debenhams and I got their pretty hair slides from Accessorize. The flower girls wore ivory dresses from Monsoon and looked very pretty. The bridesmaids and flower girls all had shrugs to wear as we thought they would be chilly but it was such a beautiful day they didn’t need them!

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We had a pianist play during the day (Lucy Bewley) and a DJ on the evening. We both love music so we wanted it during the day and evening.

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A Real Wedding in the North East by Xtraordinary Photography

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A Real Wedding in the North East by Xtraordinary Photography

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We went to Barbados for two weeks the day after we got married. We had a fabulous time it is such an amazing place.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to not underestimate how long it will take for you and the bridesmaids to get ready! Give yourself plenty of time so you can chill out with a glass of champagne before the car arrives. 

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HEARTCongratulations Kate & Lewis! HEART

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  – Images © 2012 Xtraordinary Photography

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Twinkling Ivories! A Real Wedding In The North East – Rachel & Ben

May 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’ve recently been working on a column for all about a trend I have noticed for beautiful all white weddings (like this one and this one), so when this submission from Stan Seaton Photography pinged into my inbox I just knew that I had to share Rachel and Ben’s gorgeous wedding in the North East on the wedding blog’s swirly silver pages too!

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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Rachel says: Ben asked me to marry him in December 2009 in New York at the Statue of Liberty. We then took a trip to Tiffany’s to choose the ring. It was all very special.

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography  

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We were married on 11th September 2011 at St Augustine’s RC Church and afterwards at Wynyard Hall.  Wynyard Hall is perfect for a wedding – a fabulous setting with breath taking views & grand rooms. We knew we wanted a traditional wedding and Wynyard seemed like the perfect choice.

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The bridal party was very pampered on the morning of the wedding – Nick from Hobson & Holmes did our hair and Cocoon were on hand for make up and pre-wedding treatments.  Our photographers Stan Seaton Photography and Joey Weir Videographer were with us throughout the day. 

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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I chose a wedding dress by Naomi Neoh Atelier.  It had a couture ivory French lace bodice with a French lace jacket and full silk chiffon skirt. 

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My bridesmaids wore full length ivory gowns by Dessy

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My favourite moment was meeting Ben at the bottom of the aisle and seeing him for the first time on our wedding day. 

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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We opted for a romantic theme for the day, with a neutral colour scheme. Our favours for the ladies were hearts on a ribbon – each had a different love quote message attached. We also had the letters ‘R & B’ next to the cake and ‘Amore’ and ‘Love’ scattered around the venue. Real dried ivory and green hydrangea petals were used for the confetti to add to our neutral colour scheme. Ben is a very keen golfer so having the tables named after his favourite courses around the world added a personal touch.

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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Our flowers were by Wild and Wonderful florist with chair covers and bows by Ivory White Events. 

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We had music from Opus Four String Quartet – during the ceremony and drinks reception – and then we were entertained by Lauren Housley Band and DJ in the evening. 

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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Our cake was a three tier in ivory from good old Marks and Spencer – sponge with white chocolate icing.   

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Mauritius – Ben wanted to surprise me and so I had no idea which part of the island or where we were staying. He did not disappoint!

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to be as organised as possible as it really does pay off – I had lists, lists and more lists! Enjoy every minute – the day goes so quickly

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Congratulations Rachel & Ben!

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Are you a Bride Up North?  Contact me to share your Real Wedding memories here. 

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  – Images © 2012 Stan Seaton Photography

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