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love on top. all-white styling for a chic wedding at great john street, manchester – sarah & chris

May 5th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

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Sarah and Chris’ chic city wedding was held at the stunningly eclectic Great John Street Hotel in Manchester. They wanted a laidback day that was big on personal touches and low on formality and, by Jove, they got it.

Their photographs prompted a strange, hybrid emotion in the Brides Up North team. A smidgen of envy, a touch of nostalgia, and more than a little bit of excitement for long, hazy summer days and barbecue season on the horizon.

Ladies, please. Check out that classic hourglass dress, that gypsophila headband and those perfectly #bridesquad personalised sliders and tell us you don’t feel your heart tremble.

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sarah says: Our engagement was just brilliant. As we’d been together for 12 years, I thought it wouldn’t happen; Chris had planned a normal Christmas Day morning with lots of presents so that I wouldn’t suspect a thing. Later, we went for Christmas dinner with my family. We were all sitting there and he made an announcement in front of them all. It was a such special moment and totally not us. My granddad was poorly at the time so it was extra special and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

We were married on 14th October 2016, we were desperate to get married in the same year. Great John Street, our chosen venue, was booked up but we managed to get a cancellation.

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We had our hearts set on Great John Street in Manchester city centre from the beginning. It’s a 5* eclectic hotel, with stunning décor that matches my style exactly. We had a simple brief: we wanted live music all day and no sit-down formal table plan. We ended up having a barbecue on the roof terrace and it was perfect for us.

Our theme was pretty relaxed. I had one décor specification and that was lots and lots of flowers and candles. We had a photo booth that our friends set up for a giggle and got our wish of live music all day long.

Colour-wise, I went for white. However, we also chose a dusky tan for the bridesmaid dresses and my dress also had a faint tan/pink coloured underlay.

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I chose a very fitted dress with a classic hourglass shape from Adele Howarth-Winstanley Bride in Upper Mill. To me, the lace created a vintage feel about it and I was desperate to find a dress that had a hint of colour.

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Chris wore French navy tails, from Best Man with a mustard waistcoat, navy polka dot tie, a handkerchief and a pocket watch.

The groomsmen’s suits were similar to Chris’, also from Best Man. The bridesmaids’ dresses were from ASOS and were long, dusky-coloured, high-neck pleated gowns.

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Fuchsia Fantastic! A Real Wedding In The North West – Emma & Gary

March 18th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Oooooh! I do love it when I get to feature the Real Wedding of a couple whose engagement shoot I featured on these very pages a couple of months before, and such is the case with today’s lovebirds – Emma and Gary.  We first met these two when McAvoy Weddings captured them surrounded by drills and paint cans in their new home, indulging in a spot of DIY.  You can see the shoot by clicking here

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Thankfully, they left the ripped jeans at home on their gorgeous wedding day in Knutsford. 

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Over to Emma:  We got engaged on 1 December 2010. The ring was hidden in the first box of the advent calendar but unfortunately by the time I opened it Gary had gone to London for work & I was in Manchester!

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We were married on 17 December 2011 at Belle Epoque, Knutsford.  We wanted an intimate wedding & the venue was perfectly suited to this. 

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We didn’t have a theme as such, but the mood of the wedding was centred around a classic & opulent look, with fuchsia accents. 

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I chose a classis, fitted style of wedding dress called Tatum by Victoria Jane for Ronald Joyce from Broadbents in Middleton, Manchester and carried a hand tied bouquet of David Austin Emily roses with

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For a personal touch, we made the favours ourselves with retro sweets (from A Quarter Of) which all the adults loved. The kids also had personalised party bags which we again made ourselves and kept them occupied & happy during the speeches.

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We chose a three tiered wedding cake with fruit, vanilla sponge and carrot cake. Topped with a gingerbread bride and groom!

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Entertainment wise we kept it simple – a DJ to get the dance floor filled!  It worked!

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After the wedding we jetted off on honeymoon for a Christmas break in Berlin. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be when planning the day, try not to lose sight of the fact that it’s actually about pledging your commitment to each other and at the end of the day it doesn’t matter how many bridesmaids you have, whether you have a chocolate fountain or who sits next to each other in the seating plan!

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HEARTCongratulations Emma & Gary! HEART

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Castles in the Clouds, A Real Wedding – Beckie & Gary

February 3rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Featured Supplier and absolutely amazing luxury wedding photographer Ryan Browne Weddings sent me this fabulous Cheshire Real Wedding.   So atmospheric, and Ryan captures it all so wonderfully.  I think Brides Up North may have a talent on our hands…

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Let’s hear it from the gorgeous bride: I met Gary just over 5 years ago and we were best friends from the start. It only took him 2 years to make his first move, but we have been inseparable  ever since! When he proposed on our very own boat in the middle of the ocean in Sardinia it was a dream come true and I knew I had found my soul mate.

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Searching for the venue for our wedding we could not have been more excited and when we stumbled upon Peckforton Castle we fell in love with it. We could not have found a more special and magical venue that 
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We got married on 20th December and my prayers for snow were answered.  Running more than a little late, but arriving in style in a white Rolls Royce I was a bag of nerves.

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Lit by hundreds of candles and decorated with Christmas trees and the white rose and orchid candelabra  arrangements, my first view of the Great Hall took my breath away.

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The ceremony was more than a little emotional for me, but gliding down the aisle in a huge princess style dress surrounded by our closest family and friends was a lifetime dream fulfilled and I enjoyed every 
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The day could not have been more perfect and I don’t think either of us stopped smiling or laughing the entire time. Our only complaint was that it was all over too quickly!

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We have just received our photos and video trailer back and they have captured every moment and mood of the day magnificently. We couldn’t  have wished for more and they will provide a lifetime of special memories that we will never forget.

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Wedding Venue – Peckforton Castle, Tarporley, Cheshire
Photography – Ryan Browne

Wedding video by Marry Me Films, Cheshire
Classical music- Craig Owen Band, Cheshire
Flowers – Jemma Holmes, Pendlebury, Manchester
Cake by Enticing Cakes, Cleveleys, Lancashire
Men’s hire suits by Groom, Manchester
Venue dressers – Faerie Godmothers, Cheshire
Wedding dress by Dizzie Lizzie from The One & Only, Preston
Bridesmaid dresses by The Bridal House, Leeds
Flowergirl dresses by Jackie Street, Bispham, Blackpool
Tiara by Liza Designs at Princess Sparkle

Bridal jewellery by Dreamcapture Tiaras, Church street, Blackpool
Rolls Royce wedding car hire by Limo Broker, nationwide
DJ – Hipswing Entertainments,Sandbach, Cheshire
Wedding invitations & stationery – brides own
Toast Master – Stephen Sanders, Atherton, Manchester
Confetti by Confetti Heaven, Newcastle-under-Lyme

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