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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Glittering Romance: A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Amy & Chris

December 25th, 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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Wedding In Yorkshire by Cat Hepple Photography

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A glittering beauty to welcome Christmas in.

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We first met gorgeous bride Amy and her husband Chris back in November last year on these pages, when I featured their intimate pre-wedding “Limited Collection” shoot by Cat Hepple Photography.  Now they are back to share their even more beautiful Real Wedding images – again by the lovely Cat Hepple – with us.  What a pleasure!  Amy and Chris’ wedding day is a triple whammy of stylish, chic and romantic, which all adds up to an utterly stunning celebration. 

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Amy says:  Chris asked me to marry him at home on Christmas Morning 2010 and we tied the knot on 17th August 2012 at St John’s Church Oulton then Oulton Hall, Leeds. 

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Oulton Hall is just around the corner from our house, Chris plays golf there most weekends every weekend and because it’s so close it meant it was accessible for all our friends and family, which was important to us that they could all get there hassle free, although my Momma T might disagree, they flew in from Arkansas!

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I drive past the church and Oulton Hall every day on my way to and from work and I have to admit, it is beautiful, it was a great venue. The event staff on the day were fantastic, despite a couple of power cuts and it scrubbed up nicely with the help of some amazing suppliers! I will hold Oulton Hall fondly in my heart, full of happy memories.

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I read blogs religiously and scrapbooked and tumblr’d for months.  I knew what I wanted but I wouldn’t call it a theme!  We opted for a colour scheme of greens and whites. 

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Jo Bilham did my makeup and Kizzy at Charisma Bridal did my hair. 

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I tried on a dozen dresses (around 50 to be more specific), in a dozen different stores spread across Yorkshire. I never really fell in love with any of them. So I started researching Yorkshire designers, I found James Steward Couture and the rest is a fairy-tale. 

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From the first meeting with James I felt like he got me, he knew exactly the look I wanted to achieve and had no problems executing it, he is beyond words talented. We started the dress fittings and I felt like Cinderella, minus the bluebirds and the singing mice!  It was so exciting, starting with calico and pins to the final fittings when I was stepping into the finished silk dress we had been creating for nine months, it was perfect, it still makes me want to cry, it was and still is (excluding the mucky hem and fake bake smudges) the most beautiful dress I have ever worn. I could genuinely swoon about my dress and about James all day long.

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My shoes were Jimmy Choo, the last pair in the country in my size, it was obviously fate!

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HF Couture created my stunning couture hairpiece.

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My grown up bridesmaids also wore James Steward Couture whilst the younger and flower girls were in Topshop and Tigerlily.  Chris and his groomsmen wore Slaters suits & James Steward Couture cravats.

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Helen at Twigs in Barwick has been a friend of my Mum’s for years and I always knew it would be Helen that did my wedding flowers, long before I knew who my husband was!  I wanted a collection of all my favourite flowers, most importantly orchids, hydrangeas, freesias, avalanche roses and lots of greenery. I wasn’t specific apart from to stick to whites and greens and let Helen do her thing, they turned out beautifully, I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

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We had Trio Vivo by The Event Music Company booked for the church ceremony right through the wedding breakfast with the addition of a surprise as we left the church.  Chris and I watch Love Actually every Christmas, it’s a little tradition we have, so I knew I had to recreate the wedding scene.

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Chris Hilton at Event Music pulled it off seamlessly, planting a singer and two extra musicians amongst our guests, so as we were leaving the church they started playing ‘All You Need Is Love’, trumpet, singer and all, it was fabulous, I just wish we could have done a second walk out the church so I could have listened to them longer!

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Oulton Hall Wedding by Cat Hepple Photography

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Beau Collections did our gorgeous outdoor styling and Ambience Venue Styling dealt with the inside!

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Thierry and Rebecca at Dumouchel are great friends of ours and gifted us our stunning cakes as a wedding present – I’m a very lucky girl.

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We had a macaroon tower, with custom blended green; lavender, rose and white chocolate macaroons;

a stunning croquembouche with a mixture of chocolate ganache and crème patisserie filling and a traditional iced and tiered fruit cake.  They were so delicious and looked amazing.

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They were all themed together with the addition of the hydrangea petals and the most beautiful edible paper butterflies that came from SugarRobot in California via Etsy.

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We had a custom monogram designed and used it on the invites, which were made by Cutture, fabulous laser etched mirrors, on the order of service and the table plan.

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Our table plan and the numbers were created by Chris and an amazing local glass supplier, it was his baby, he’s very proud of it!

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The monogrammed butterflies were also a favourite of mine.

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Marriage A La Mode were our videographer and are two of the loveliest people I have ever met.  The video is tear jerking-ly beautiful. I have watched it every day since we got it. I can’t thank Zoe & Mat enough!

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I loved every second of the day.  In particular, the speeches were pretty epic and our last dance was quite special.

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In the evening we used a band called The Wedding Smashers.  Max smashed it, everyone danced till they dropped, my Choos were discarded and I lost all bridal elegance winding to Bobby Brown and I can vividly remember bouncing about the dance floor to Katy Perry’s Firework with all my girls, I was deliriously happy. Our last dance was All You Need Is Love, it was the way we started our party and the way we finished it. Happy smiley people!

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After the wedding we honeymooned in the Maldives at Lily Beach. The most perfect place on earth.

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My top tips for other Brides Up North would be to do whatever you want to do, don’t be led by other people’s opinions or what’s ‘on trend’. Don’t get stressed by family politics, if they love you enough they’ll let it drop for just one day!  Enjoy every second of the day! Spend the biggest chunk of your budget on a really amazing photographer: it’s worth every penny. 

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HEARTCongratulations Amy & Chris! HEART

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Get in touch to see your own beautiful Real Wedding featured on the wedding blog.

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  – Images © 2012 Cat Hepple Photography 

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Join The Booth Revolution!

November 22nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Say Cheese…!

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A huge pop of colour this morning on the wedding blog, with a fun photo shoot by photo booth supplier Booth Revolution.  I met Susie from Booth Revolution in September when we were both exhibiting at The UK Wedding Shows in Harrogate, and we hit it off straight away.  I loved her fun and colourful booth, with it’s quirky collection of props.  Arrange for Booth Revolution to be there on your big day (this makes a great alternative to wedding favours), encourage your guests to use the dressing up box and ask them to leave a message and their photographs in your guest book.  A great memento of your celebration and your guests will love it!  Or maybe I’m just a poser! Smile with tongue out 

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Susie from Booth Revolution explains the thinking behind the shoot: We decided to organise the shoot because we wanted to demonstrate how good the lighting is in our photo booths and to create a selection of fun and stylish images to feature on our new website which launches soon.

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We wanted the images to reflect why Booth Revolution is different as a photo booth company, so they needed to show our unique custom designed backdrops, our stylish props, how spacious our booths are and the quality of our photography.

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As professional photographers, we’ve tried to take the idea of the photo booth and move it on to the next level. Couples spend so much time and money choosing the right venue and styling every last detail of their wedding, so we wanted to offer a deluxe service that would compliment these choices.

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Jo from Jo Bilham Make-up and Kizzy from Charisma Hairdressing styled a collection of striking looks to off-set our colourful backdrops and quirky props. With the help of Nat from i am nat, the girls happily strutted their stuff inside the booth and produced these fantastic images.

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Photo Booth: Booth Revolution

Make-up: Jo Bilham Make-up

Hair: Charisma Bridal Hairdressing

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  – Images © 2011 Booth Revolution

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UK Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive! Bridal Accessories By HF Couture

November 15th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: James Melia Photography

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Today on the wedding blog, an absolutely stunning set of images by James Melia, showcasing the latest collection available from Yorkshire based bespoke bridal accessories company HF Couture, who hand make each and every gorgeous headdress, tiara, jewel or bouquet using beautiful pearls, crystals, silks and lace, often with vintage elements. 

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With hair and makeup by Jo Bilham Makeup and modelling by Lyndsay Craine, the shoot took place in the woods owned by The Wildlife Habitat Protection Trust in Church Fenton and home to Branching Out Events

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‘Summers Kiss’ Antique finish lacquered brass on a 1950s lilac & AB crystal brooch with a scattering of Swarovski crystals  POA

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‘Aurelia’ a mix of new and old pieces, £210

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‘Narnia I’ hand made glass beads & Swarovski crystal £105
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‘Anna’ £145

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‘Narnia II’ Vintage Bohemian crystals and Swarovski £140
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‘Natalia’ hand embroidered French lace and tulle £156

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‘Jewelled Butterfly’ £185
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‘Bella’ collaged piece of hand-woven flowers freshwater pearls, crystals and tiny vintage pieces £190

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‘Sybil’ – a mix of vintage pieces and baroque freshwater pearls and vintage jade beads ONE ONLY £185

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‘Jenny’ eclectic mix of freshwater pearls and faux crystal pearls & Swarovski crystals £136

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  – Images © 2011 James Melia/ HF Couture

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Because You’re Gorgeous! A Real Wedding – Lisa & Russell

November 10th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: James Melia Photography

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Anddddd… its Thursday!  How in the bejeezus did that happen?  Its a good day people – just one more day to the weekend and an AMAZING Real Wedding to share with you on the wedding blog this morning, sent in by my wedding photographer friend the super talented – see for yourselves! – James Melia Photography

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Lisa and Russell’s Real Wedding is an absolute master class in understated elegance and almost has a French feel to it, such is the sophisticated and romantic vibe of their day. 

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C’est chic – Yorkshire style.  The best type of style that there is. 

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The lovely Lisa, this morning’s bride, says:  We got engaged in the sea off the tiny island of Anti-Paxos in July 2009 and married on 10th September 2011 at All Souls’ Church in Leeds and then went on to the Angel Inn at Hetton. 

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Russell attends All Souls’ church and we are both friends with the lovely vicar Alice Snowden. For the reception we chose the Angel Inn, where we’d been a couple of years before to celebrate Russell’s birthday. We knew it was the right place for our wedding reception: the food is out of this world, the staff friendly and accommodating and the atmosphere incredibly romantic. It was a dream location in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

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We tried to pick things we loved rather than obsessing over whether things matched. In the end the colours sort of clustered around a natural, organic, or even wild palette: ivory, deep blue, dark green, teal, slate grey and so on.

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I chose a Ritva Westenius dress from Amy Louise Bridal in Nantwich. It was quite 1950s in style but full length (I’m too short for tea-length style!).  My bridesmaids both picked their own dresses.  Jessica (20) wore a navy blue strapless dress from Coast. Lily (11) wore an ivory dress from BHS.

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I carried a bouquet of ivory avalanche roses, ivory freesias, eryngium and eucalyptus by Leafy Couture in Otley.  

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The scene is perfectly set.  Keep reading for heaps more gorgeous. 

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WIN! A Tresse Bridal Headband From North West Designer Eclectic Mix (CLOSED)

October 2nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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North West Designer Rebecca’s latest collection for her label Eclectic-Mix has featured on a few wedding blogs recently.  The reason being that it’s just so damn gorgeous.  However, Brides Up North is the only wedding blog to bring you lucky ladies an exclusive bridal headband giveaway from the coveted Tresse range.  Don’t we spoil you!

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Rebecca says:  Eclectic-Mix is a new label designing occasion wear jewellery and accessories. Our designs are stylishly elegant with modern and traditional influences.  The Tresse collection is our debut collection. All pieces in the range have been designed and developed to be relaxed and multi functional. Necklaces, bracelets and belts can be also worn to adorn the hair. Eclectic-Mix works on a made to order basis and also offers a bespoke service where the collection can be tailored to an individual’s needs. There is also a wide spectrum of colourful braids and Swarovski pearls available and can be used to complement bridesmaids outfits.

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This beachy shoot to launch the collection was photographed by the talented James Melia (based in Yorkshire) who captured the mood and inspiration behind the collection perfectly! The flowers were provided by Preston’s up and coming florist Celia O’Donnell who creates stunning bridal arrangements with a new flair and creativity. Jo Bilham created the bridal make up looks and is fabulous for hen parties, tutorials and wedding make up, also based in Yorkshire.

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Go Northern Talent! 

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Eclectic-Mix are is offering one Brides Up North reader the exclusive opportunity to win the beautiful Tresse pearl bridal headband pictured below. 

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To enter, all you have to do is click on [ ] Comments at the bottom of this post, and leave me a comment saying why you would like this designer piece to be your crowning glory.*

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The Tresse Single Row Pearl Headband comes beautifully packaged in handmade cotton drawstring bag, along with foiled nametag dated and named as a lovely and memorable keepsake and is worth £225!

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The competition will close on 1 November 2011 at midnight. 

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*Winner will be chosen at random.  No cash alternative.  Entrants will be automatically subscribed to the Brides Up North Monthly Newsletter.  No spam, ever. 

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  – Images © 2011 Eclectic-Mix / James Melia

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