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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Pretty Vintage: Sparkly Choos For A Real Wedding At Styal Lodge – Ali & Will

December 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for what’s set to be the biggest and best year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty.

 

Usual service will recommence on 2nd January 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings in 2013.  Drop in every day for the very, very prettiest wedding inspiration and if you are a Brides Up North bride, to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks.

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I love every Real Wedding that is featured here on the wedding blog, but now and again a special celebration comes along that really knocks my socks off.  This, my friends, is one of those weddings.

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I don’t know if its the personalised photograph name places (how long must that have taken?), the pretty table decor, the bride’s beautiful twisty updo, those dancing Choos, or the fact that you can feel the happiness radiating out of the screen this morning, but Ali and Will’s big day at Styal Lodge in Cheshire really does it for me.  I hope you enjoy our recap.

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Ali says:  We got engaged in November 2011. Will took me to Sheffield for the weekend of our 9 year anniversary. We met whilst at University in Sheffield at the Leadmill. He proposed as close as he could get to the spot where we first met (unfortunately the club was closed that night)!

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We got married on the 11th May 2013 at Styal Lodge.  We had both the ceremony and reception at the lodge.  We looked at a few venues and as soon as we saw Styal Lodge, we fell in love with it. It is such an amazing venue and the family who run it are lovely.

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I wanted it to be pretty with a vintage feel.

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I did not really have a colour scheme until we got the bridesmaid dresses. They wore navy so we chose purples, blues and white.

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My dress was Nicole Anne from Timeless Bride in Poynton. I had an idea of what I wanted and as soon as I tried it on I knew it was ‘the one’. Michelle at Timeless Bride was fantastic and really helpful during the whole process. My hair clip was from Sash and Co . The shoes were from Jimmy Choo. I am really into shoes and I as soon as I saw them, I fell in love!

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My hair was done by Paisley Gamble at Macleod Bradley and make up by Gemma Hallowell. They were both fantastic and I could not recommend them more.

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My bridesmaids wore two different designs by Alfred Sung, Dessy. We got them from Alison Burgess Couture in Stockport. They all wore different coloured shoes including nude, pink and red. The flower girl wore a very cute dress from Monsoon. Will wore a blue three piece from Reiss and all the other men in the bridal party wore their own suits, blue ties and white rose corsages.

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We had a Humanist wedding and Hannah Wroe Gill was our celebrant. She was fantastic and so supportive. She put together a personal wedding script which really reflected us.

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The whole day was amazing but one of my favourite parts was the ceremony. I loved the readings and hearing a well wishing at the end from our friends and family was really special. We also loved the evening do when all the formalities were over and everyone had a great big party!

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I spent a long time researching wedding photographers and this was a really important part of the day for me. We really love the photos Emma has taken and she captured the whole day perfectly. She was amazing on the day and made us feel really relaxed. Emma went beyond our expectations and also stayed later into the night and got some funny photos of the evening do. These are some of our favourites from the day!

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My bouquet was made up of blue and purple dyed roses with cala lilies and white freesia. The bridesmaids carried lilac and ivory roses with lilac freesia and fresh foliage.

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We used Special Days for flowers and dressing the lodge. They did a brilliant job. I knew I wanted a rustic vintage feel to the flowers. Myself and the bridesmaids decorated old jam jars with lace and fabric which added a homemade touch to the day. Special days also sourced lots of different milk jugs, tea lights, vases and pieces of wood for the tables. Each table had its own feel. I was quite emotional when I saw the room for the first time; they had captured my vision for the day perfectly.

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Our caterers were Pink Pepper. As soon as booked them, we knew we were in for something special. Our guests are still talking about how delicious the meal was. I also love the vintage crockery they provide.

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We did put a lot of work into the little touches and I would recommend to brides and grooms to start early as we were finishing projects the day before which was quite stressful! One idea was we got photos of each guest for their place name at the table and Will’s dad made 100 wooden photo holders. It took some time but the guests loved them and it was well worth the effort! Another nice feature of the day was we got a Polaroid camera, some cardboard props and a board for guests to pin up photos and write messages on. It worked really well and we got some fun keepsakes from the wedding.

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For our wedding favours, we had shots of Sambuca. This was a great way of ending the meal and starting off the evening reception!

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Rather than one wedding cake, we decided to have a cake table. Our lovely friends and family all pitched in to make a great spread for the day including Guinness cake, fruit and chocolate cakes and banoffee and blueberry cupcakes.

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We had Bob the DJ for the evening reception. We did not want a clichéd wedding DJ and Bob came recommended by the lodge. He was great; played the songs we wanted and kept everyone dancing.

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We are off to Indonesia on our honeymoon in a few weeks.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to focus on what’s important and try not be too influenced by other people’s ideas. It can get quite overwhelming at times but go with what feels right for you. Also just enjoy the day as it does just so fast!

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Congratulations Ali & Will!

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Spread The Love, A Real Wedding – Sarah & Tom

May 31st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Jenny of Jenny & Keith McAvoy Wedding Photographers sent Brides Up North a corker of a Real Wedding to share with you this morning.  What really makes this set of photographs stand out to me as a wedding blogger is the people in them – whether it’s the cheeky children or the excited bride, weddings are first and foremost about people.  The one that you love, and all the ones you hold dear. 

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If that doesn’t give you a warm fuzzy feeling Brides Up North, I don’t know what will.  Enjoy. 

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Jenny explains:  This is Sarah and Tom from Aughton in Orskirk, where they both grew up.  The couple got married at the church of St Michael’s in Aughton, with a reception at Farrington Lodge, a Grade II listed Georgian House in Lancashire.  

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Sarah and Tom chose a classic gold and cream theme… plus the obligatory Jimmy Choo heels!

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The newly weds have now moved to Greater Manchester where Sarah is a teacher and Tom is a
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Brides and photographers – contact Brides Up North today to share your Real Wedding photographs and memories.

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Love Blossoms, A Real Wedding – Alex & Matt

May 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I shared Alex and Matt’s gorgeous engagement photographs with you here on Brides Up North a few weeks ago.  Now the talented Andrew Ward Photographer is back to show off their Real Wedding shots.  Only the best for this well heeled bride!

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Just gorgeous.  The weather, the blooms, that dress, those shoes (one of the best bits about being a wedding blogger is the shoe porn!). I love it all!

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Andrew Ward Photographer sets the scene: The warm spring sunshine shone down for Alex and Matt on their wedding at the fabulous Dovecliff Hall Hotel. The weather was a world away from the weather we had for their engagement shoot back in December, -8 degrees!

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The whole day was a really beautiful affair, the flowers they had chosen were fab, the little cones of petals for confetti, the candy buffet……

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Everything was very calm and Alex was the most relaxed bride I have ever photographed! I think Alex’s main concern for the day was her old man  telling “awful Dad jokes!”, something he was told not to do on many occasions!

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Alex looked fantastic in her dress, which had a lovely vintage look, and the shoes could only be Jimmy Choo’s!

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The whole day was full of fun and laughter, from the beginning to end. The sun stayed high in the sky all day which gave us the chance to capture some lovely shots in the warm evening sun.

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Brides and Photographers, contact Brides Up North to share your Real Wedding pictures today.

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Have YOU won the Brides Up North and Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear wedding dress giveaway worth £1,200?  Check the blog at 12 noon today to find out!

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Prima Ballerina!

February 21st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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If you can’t remember the last time you wore heels, or if you just want to dance all night on your big day -consider a cute pair of bridal ballerinas.  Far from being the boring, the comfy option can be the prettiest too! From glam to sporty, there is a ballet pump for every bride.  Brides Up North showcase a few current favourites. 

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Like ‘em?  Click on the image and go straight to the website!

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Pretty Ballerinas Champagne Leather

Pretty Ballerinas, Kristen €159

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Gina Jean

Gina Jean £605

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Jimmy Choo Whirl £195

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Aruna Seth Aliah

Aruna Seth Aliah £395

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Moda in Pelle Frosting

Moda in Pelle Frosting £59.95

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Dune Blitz £65

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Redfoot

Redfoot Zara White Lace £35.99

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Anglomania Ultragirl

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Ultragirl VI Pink £85

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River IslandRiver Island Light Pink Ballerina Shoes £24.99

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Eye Candy: Jimmy Choo Bridal

January 18th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Indulge your inner Carrie Bradshaw and if not every day, make a pair of iconic Jimmy Choos a must have for your wedding day!

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Mmm shoe daze…

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Click the image to go to directly to the Jimmy Choo website.  Just be careful not to melt too much plastic!

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Jimmy Choo ClueClue £425

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Grant £525

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Must. not. buy. fabulous. gold. heels.

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Oops.  Too late. 😛

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Did you wear Jimmy Choo heels to your Real Wedding? Show Brides Up North!  Contact me to share.

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Cool and Classic in Scotland’s Capital, A Real Wedding – Pauline & Greg

January 12th, 2011 | Julia Braime

 

Brides Up North favourite and Featured Supplier Assassynation sent me this gem of a Real Wedding.  Understated elegance at it’s best!

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Over to the bride: Edinburgh was the easiest choice for us as it has a deep meaning to both of us. For Greg is was for his military history and life he spent there and for me it was where Greg proposed the year before.

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The shoes were the first thing I actually managed to sort out (shoes are a girl’s best friend after all) so I needed the dress to go with them not the other way round! I found THE ONE with Pronovias at Harrods.

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Our florist, Maxwell, was extremely kind and attentive and understood exactly what the flowers should be like.

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The theme was always to make it simple and elegant, Greg and I are not into over the top extravaganza.

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The idea behind the Bridesmaid dresses was: they need to be able to use those dresses again, it needs to be elegant and original. And we found the perfect one with All Saints, a very original black dress (a Vivienne Westwood type of design) that I asked each of them to accessorise with their own personalities.

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The way we found the church has a deep meaning especially to me as we found it on Easter weekend 2010. Greg, his father and I were meant to go to Edinburgh and find the church but Greg got called up to leave and serve in Afghanistan a week earlier so he wasn’t there for a lot of the preparation (although I tried to involve him as much as i could). The church was found by chance and the kindness of one of the fathers at the church just made it an easy choice.

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The venue for the reception was a bit more tricky, we didn’t want to spend thousands to rent a place that wouldn’t be us. I looked around and found the Glasshouse Hotel, a superb boutique hotel that offered a great value for money and a staff that was top class. They were incredibly attentive and caring all along from the preparation to the day itself.

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Although there was no ‘theme’ per say I think we ended up without realising it organising a 1920’s wedding feel. I think that the motto for the wedding was we want it to be personal and after having a really hard year we wanted it to be us and have the special friends and family around us for the day.

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The organisation was an emotional rollercoaster ride but the day was perfect everything went extremely smoothly and we are married and very happily so!

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