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Let’s Get Ready To Rumble! The Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza At Hardwick Hall Hotel – THIS SUNDAY!

February 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Grand Wedding Exhibition Spring 2014

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If you follow the blog over on Twitter and Facebook – you’ll probably have guessed that I am just a little bit excited about kicking off our jam packed season of Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions with one of my very favourite events, North East SUPER show, the Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at the gorgeous 4* Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield, County Durham THIS SUNDAY (that’s come around quick!) on Sunday 23rd February 2014.  

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If the level of pre-registrations that Team Brides Up North has received from you lovely ladies is anything to go by, it’s going to be an amazing day!  We love hearing your little stories and getting excited with you and we can’t wait to meet so many of you in person.

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Other wedding fairs?  Pah!  What’s the point?! We are very proud to run OFFICIALLY the largest and most exciting FREE ENTRY bridal exhibitions in the North East (our last epic event at Hardwick’s sister hotel, Ramside Hall, attracted over 2,000 visitors in one afternoon – now that’s big!) with two specially choreographed professional fashion shows and almost (and sometimes over) 80 – 100 exhibitors at each, tempting on the day discounts and stuffed goody bags tailor made for each event. I might like things big and exciting, but I also like them personal.

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And yes, you read that right, the events are FREE ENTRY.  Cos I love ya, baby.

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Hardwick Hall Grand Wedding Exhibition Spring 2014

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So, get the first of our huge North East events firmly in the diary (in indelible pen please) and come along to support the most fabulous wedding suppliers in your area – I only work with the best, dahlings – for an inspiration packed afternoon of all that is pretty, new and super gorgeous in the wedding industry.  And the most important bit?  Local to YOU.

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And can I vouch for the beautiful 4* wedding venue that is Hardwick Hall Hotel?  Well, I chose it to host my own wedding day back in October 2012 – and what’s a better recommendation than that?!.

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Goody Bag packed with little treats from Brides Up North, the regions’ best bridal glossy magazines well as some fab on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now. What are you waiting for?

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking the Brides Up North event venue of choice e.g. “HARDWICK HALL” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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Peaches & Cream! A Real Wedding In The North East – Cheryl & Peter

April 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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It’s rubbish being back at work after the long weekend isn’t it?!  And yes, it’s still rubbish even if you get to look at beautiful weddings all day long like I do – there’s always admin and invoicing to do in any business people… and let’s got even touch on VAT returns!

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So, it’s safe to say that we’ll all probably be in need of a pick-me-up.  Right about now.

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Lucky for us, Cheryl and Peter’s gorgeous Real Wedding in the North East is a little ray of sunshine with pretty smiles, a pretty venue, pretty styling, and, well, just about pretty everything really.  So let’s prettify our Tuesday afternoon, and be inspired!

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And go on, why not reach for the biscuit tin too? After the sugar fest that is the Easter weekend, surely more chocolate can’t really hurt us?!

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Cheryl says:  Peter asked me to marry him on 4th September 2011 at my parents’ home (it was my parents’ wedding anniversary).  We were married on 7th October 2012 at Beamish Hall in County Durham. 

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We chose the venue as we loved the grand appearance from the outside and the traditional yet modern features of the inside. The big bay windows and the beautiful chandeliers won us over.  In keeping with the venue, we opted for a modern vintage theme, with a simple yet pretty colour scheme of ivory with pearls and lace and antique rose bridesmaid dresses.

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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I chose a dress by Madeline Gardner New York for Mori Lee from Brides Dream.  It was an understated lace dress with a modern twist.  My gorgeous headpiece was by What Katy Did Next. 

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The bridesmaids’ dresses were from Purely Bridesmaids and our groomsmen hired suits from Gavin Scott Menswear.

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I carried a mixture of roses in ivory and creams and a touch of vintage pink to match the bridesmaids by Nature’s Gift.  The bouquet was kept very neat and feminine with stalks on show with a mix of hessian and lace as a bow.

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The ceremony was also held at the Hall and we chose to have a candle ceremony where there are three candles, two lit from the beginning to represent the two families and the our mothers were asked to light the centre candle which represented the families coming together.

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We had a harpist – Clare Bakewell -  to play ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ for the bridesmaids/groomsmen to enter to and then ‘Halo’ for my entrance. She stayed and played outside throughout the drinks reception too.

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We hand made our table names using wooden plaques with pearl bows – and each table was a different Walt Disney quotation. 

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We chose a gorgeous four tier wedding cake with two layers of fruit, a layer of sponge and a layer of chocolate (we couldn’t decide)!  The cake was iced in ivory with pearl drops and an edible vintage rose oversized bow on the top.  We also chose cake pop wedding favours from Olipops.  

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We had unique bespoke ‘peg’ dolls made to stand by the cake and these actually looked like us! These were made by What Katy Did Next who also created our ring cushion. 

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For the evening entertainment we had a swing band – Jeff Dingle & the Moodswing Trio – who were amazing and I danced to ‘My Girl’ with my step-dad and our first dance was Paolo Nutini’s “Loving you”.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Thailand.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every minute of your day, take it all in and appreciate all of your loved ones coming together.

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Congratulations Cheryl & Pete!

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Fancy sharing your own big day with Brides Up North?  Here’s how.

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: A Proper Winter Wonderland! A Real Wedding In The North East – Rachel & Ryan

December 24th, 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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Rachel and Ryan's Wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, County Durham by Katy Melling Photography

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Starting off our seasonal recap in style, today I am honoured to share the Real Wedding of one of my best girlfriends in the whole wide World, Rachel. I was lucky enough to be a bridesmaid for Rachel and Ryan, and was more than a little nervous that one of my favourite photographers and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Katy Melling Photography would be there to see me descend into drunken Christmas wedding merriment at what has to be one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever attended (you’ll see!*).

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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After all, elegance aside, this was also the wedding where I could be found singing shouting Christmas carols at 4am, where my husband set fire to himself on an aisle candle (yes really!) and where a faux snow fight left everyone twinkling!  Proper Geordie fun! I did catch Katy snapping a shot of me taking a big slug of white wine, but it hasn’t made it into the final edit.  Thanks Katy!

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Without further ado, over to my best friend Rachel: We got engaged on 10th December 2010 in Central Park in New York and were married at home in County Durham on Sunday 18th December 2011, at Rockliffe Hall.  We said our vows in the Rockliffe Suite and then had a drinks reception in the Old Hall while the Rockliffe Suite was done up for the wedding breakfast.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's Wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, County Durham by Katy Melling Photography

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As soon as we visited Rockliffe we loved it. On the practical side we had a large guest list and it was able to cater for 180. It also had 60 bedrooms so all of the guests who wanted to stay were able to be accommodated.

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It seemed a bit more luxurious than some of the other venues we visited and was decorated to our taste. It is about 45 minutes away from Newcastle so was fairly easy for our guests to get to. It is just a lovely hotel and felt cosy and we thought it would suit the wintery/ Christmassy feel we were after. It has a lovely area called the Old Hall which we used for the drinks reception and also has a fabulous spa which our guests got good use of the day before and the day after the wedding.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Obviously the wedding was very near Christmas so overall we had a bit of a Winter Wonderland theme.

We also had some Christmas touches like snow on the tables and bauble name holders (by Cox & Cox) and candy canes as favours for people to hang on their Christmas trees after the wedding.

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Overall, I wanted the wedding to be very white. We had no colour in our flowers and I wanted the room to look white, snowy, twinkly and pretty.  The bridesmaids wore an aubergine colour which was reflected in the ushers’ ties but other than that the rest of the wedding was all white.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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My dress was Jenny Packham. It was very detailed and glitzy around the neckline which went down my back and then it had a tulle skirt. I also had a Jenny Packham headdress. I tried on a Jenny Packham dress in a shop in Newcastle but then went to her shop in London as it was a good excuse for a weekend away with my Mum. There were a few that I liked but the one I chose was most appropriate for a Christmas wedding.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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My bridesmaids wore aubergine one shoulder dresses.  The designer was Alvina Valenta and I got them from Lily White Bridal in Jesmond.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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I carried a hand tied bouquet of paper white flowers with brooches inside the bouquet to give it some extra sparkle.  This was by Hart Company.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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We had a lot of music and entertainment during our reception: my good friend Emma Kendall sang during the service, and then we enjoyed the Opus 4 String Quartet, carol singers and some singing waiters, before hitting the dance floor to Jeff Dingle and the Moonswing Trio.

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Thinking about favourite moments, my mum and dad had organised the singing waiters as a surprise for Ryan and me. I loved this and we were all up dancing on our chairs for an hour so that was really fun. In general I just loved it all as I wanted it to be a massive party and that’s what it was. I also loved the girly time on the morning of the wedding with the bridesmaids and all my family.

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We had a simple cake made by Gemma at Love Lily Cakes. It was all white and had a flower appliqué on it. We had 3 tiers which consisted of Victoria sponge cake, chocolate cake and lemon cake.

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After the excitement of the wedding we had a mini moon for a few days to the Feversham Arms in Helmsley and we are hoping to go to New York at the end of the year. We live in Dubai so we wanted to stay in the North East to enjoy the rest of the festive season with our friends and families.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be just to enjoy it and try and take it in. It is such a fun day but it goes so quickly. We got married 6 weeks ago and it already feels like it was so long ago.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Congratulations Rach & Ry!

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*I cannot guarantee that no tears were shed during the editing of this blog post.

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  – Images © 2012 Katy Melling Photography

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Fit For A Princess! A Real Wedding In The North East – Kirsty & Christopher

June 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Welcome to Saturday my lovelies!  I can bet that a few of you will be walking that aisle today, and if you are I wish you all the luck and happiness in the World.  Remember to enjoy it, take some time to enjoy a quiet moment with your new husband and work that gown, girl!

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Maybe, like me, your day won’t be spent so glamorously – and perhaps you’ll be catching up on some wedmin.  Watch out for a new series of posts coming soon to the wedding blog designed to help you wade through all that necessary wedmin with the minimum of fuss – with tips from brides who have been there plus some super slick industry professionals.

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For now though, it’s all about the pretty, as Brides Up North reader Kirsty celebrates her fairytale wedding, with images by Dirk Van Der Werff

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PHOTOGRAPH: www.AQphotos.com / DIRK VAN DER WERFF

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Kirsty says: We got engaged on 25th September 2010. Chris took me to London for the weekend. On the Friday he took me to the champagne bar Vertigo 42. He had a table reserved overlooking the city and proposed with a beautiful princess cut diamond ring!

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PHOTOGRAPH: www.AQphotos.com / DIRK VAN DER WERFF   PHOTOGRAPH: www.AQphotos.com / DIRK VAN DER WERFF

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We were married on Easter Monday – 9th April 2012 at Wynyard Hall.  Christopher’s mum and I went to look at a few venues together (Chris used to work aboard and he told me wherever I loved he would love too). When we walked into Wynyard Hall we both knew this was the one even before we had looked around. I just got a feeling that this was where I should get married. I took Chris when he came home and he loved it too.

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We went for a “Vintage Fairytale” theme, with a peaches and cream colour scheme.

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PHOTOGRAPH: www.AQphotos.com / DIRK VAN DER WERFF

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I loved getting ready with my seven bridesmaids, mum and flower girl on the morning of the wedding, all in our pink dressing gowns sipping on champagne getting our hair and makeup done by La Belle Vous. 

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PHOTOGRAPH: www.AQphotos.com / DIRK VAN DER WERFF   PHOTOGRAPH: www.AQphotos.com / DIRK VAN DER WERFF

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I chose a vintage lace backless dress by Jasmine Bridal Couture from Miranda Marie Bridal Boutique in Yarm. I also had a vintage two tier crystal embellished veil, Jenny Packham bracelet and Jenny Packham headpiece.  I carried a hand tied bouquet of white peonies by Wild & Wonderful

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My bridesmaids wore custom made dresses from Miranda Marie Bridal Boutique Yarm also designed by Jasmine Bridal. They were strapless, silk dresses in peach. They had cream satin shoes, peach and gold bracelets, gold and pearl earrings and real flowers in their hair.

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PHOTOGRAPH: www.AQphotos.com / DIRK VAN DER WERFF

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My father and I travelled by horse and carriage to the ceremony, whilst my bridesmaids, flower girl and mother of the bride went ahead in a vintage Rolls Royce from G W Holmes & Son.  Our wedding guests travelled by vintage red bus.

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PHOTOGRAPH: www.AQphotos.com / DIRK VAN DER WERFF

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My favourite moment was waiting outside the mirror room with my Dad and him telling me he loved me. Then the doors opening and seeing Chris stood at the bottom of the aisle. I will never forget that moment, he looked so gorgeous. We both couldn’t stop smiling at each other.

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PHOTOGRAPH: www.AQphotos.com / DIRK VAN DER WERFF

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We added personal touched with a vintage suitcase table plan, invitations, table name cards, top table lettering, wedding programmes and favours – all handmade by me.  We served our favourite drinks –

cosmopolitans and mojitos – during the reception.

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PHOTOGRAPH: www.AQphotos.com / DIRK VAN DER WERFF

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We chose cupcakes and top tier cake shaped like a vintage birdcage from The Ivory Cake Company. Each cupcake had a different vintage design and were different flavours.

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We had a lot of music on the day to add atmosphere. The Minerva Ensemble string trio played through the wedding and champagne reception, Val Boyers sung during the wedding breakfast and Jeff Dingle and the Moonswing Trio and the Ultimate Wedding DJ provided evening entertainment.

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PHOTOGRAPH: www.AQphotos.com / DIRK VAN DER WERFF

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During the wedding breakfast, Val Boyers was singing Song Bird by Eva Cassidy and I just started crying tears of joy. I looked around the room, saw how beautiful everything looked and how happy all our guests looked and I just knew I was having the perfect day.

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Each guest received a chocolate lolly favour by Maple Mollys, and everyone took their turn in the fun photo booth from Picture Blast.

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The room looked beautiful with vintage style table dressing from Posh Chair Covers & Bows

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PHOTOGRAPH: www.AQphotos.com / DIRK VAN DER WERFF

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We went to Venice for four days straight after the wedding and stayed at the Hilton. We are going on our honeymoon in July for three weeks visiting Las Vegas staying at the Venetian, then travelling to Hawaii and then LA. We are both very excited and are wishing the days away till we go.

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PHOTOGRAPH: www.AQphotos.com / DIRK VAN DER WERFF

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My top tips for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy the build up as it’s such a special time.  Pick your photographer carefully – a good one will help make you feel so special (like Dirk!) and try and do some things yourself – my guests loved all the personal touches.

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PHOTOGRAPH: www.AQphotos.com / DIRK VAN DER WERFF   PHOTOGRAPH: www.AQphotos.com / DIRK VAN DER WERFF

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Congratulations Kirsty & Christopher!

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Are you newly wed? Get in touch to share your Real Wedding memories on the wedding blog.

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  – Images © 2012 Dirk Van Der Werff

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