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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Un-vintage Vintage: A Real Wedding In The North East – Carolyn & Jon

January 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Happy New Year! 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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Starting 2013 off feeling fresh, introducing Brides Up North reader Carolyn’s fabulous unvintage vintage (you’ll see) Real Wedding, with images from the lovely Karen McGowran and a super cool urban location.

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Carolyn says:  We sort of skipped the engagement part and just decided to book our wedding!  We got married on 9th May 2012 at As You Like It, Jesmond.  We wanted somewhere a bit different from the norm. Somewhere a little cool and quirky! As You Like It has all that and because it is just outside the city centre it was handy for all of our guests.

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We didn’t really have a theme. Although I love the vintage look, it seemed like it had been done before and I wanted to be different. I worked together with Charlotte from Simply Bows and Chair Covers to come up with something that would fit in with our colours of Navy and Pink. We had sweeties on each table which added a bit of fun

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I went for a Maggie Sottero, satin a-line dress with beaded shoulder straps from Wedding Essentials on Dean Street. I went there because I knew they stocked the dress I had my heart set on but when I tried it on I was so disappointed! It didn’t suit me at all and my Mam and bridesmaids agreed. The assistant asked me to try on one of her recommendations and I instantly felt like a bride. The dress, although not something I would have picked myself, was classically beautiful and it suited my shape perfectly. My advice to any bride would be have an open mind when you go looking for ‘the dress’ because you could miss the right one by just looking at it on the hanger!

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My bridesmaids wore midnight blue chiffon maxi dresses from Coast. I bought them chunky necklaces to wear with them and their beaded Accessorize bags.

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The men’s suits were from Blades Formal Menswear in Berwick Hill, Ponteland.

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Nick at nd make up artists did mine and the bridesmaids make up. She is a friend of mine and I would recommend her to anyone.

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Myself and the bridesmaids got ready at Jesmond Dene House where I had stayed the night before. A BMW and a Jaguar I booked through Grosvenor cars picked us up from there to take us the short distance to As You Like It.

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Wendy Reed at By Wendy supplied our Wishing Tree which we had instead of a guest book. It looked beautiful lit up with it’s fairy lights.

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I went along to a wedding fair at As You Like It the week before the wedding. Although I was convinced I had everything I needed I just couldn’t help myself! It was there that I met Annette from White Flight Moments and fell in love with the idea of having a dove release after our ceremony. The doves were next to us while we said our vows so the guests could see them and afterwards we set them free as our guests watched on. The release of the doves symbolises the start of your married life together and we loved the fact that we were the first to have one at As You Like It.

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There were so many great parts of the day! I remember sitting outside on the terrace having a breather with my new husband and looking through the window at our friends and family having a ball! We smiled knowing that we had put the day together ourselves and it was EXACTLY how we had hoped it would be.

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Karen McGowran was our photographer and she was AMAZING! I have recommended her to lots of others since the wedding.

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We had a three tier sponge cake which was made by a friend. After looking through lots of magazines we picked something quite simple which fitted perfectly with everything else.  We also chose lots of fun sweety favours!

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We had a DJ in the evening who played our favourite songs from a playlist I had put together. It seemed to go down a treat with our friends!

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The fun didn’t stop after the wedding! We went to Las Vegas for 5 nights and Riviera Maya in Mexico for 10 nights. Loved it!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to read wedding magazines and wedding blogs to help you with ideas. If you think of something in your head that you want, Google it. The chances are someone, somewhere will be able to help you with it. Enjoy the organising, it’s your day you can have it just the way you want it.

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Congratulations Carolyn & Jon!

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Would you like to share your Real Wedding memories with Brides Up North?  Contact me today. 

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  – Images © 2012 Karen McGowran 

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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Easter Eggstravaganza! A Real Springtime Wedding In The North East – Jordan & John

January 1st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Happy New Year!  The normal wedding blog schedule will resume on 3rd January 2012, but while I nurse my hangover with the best of you, here is a burst of Real Wedding freshness, with one of my favourite Spring weddings from 2011.  Happy New Year Jordan and John!

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Wedding blog favourite Karen McGowran Photography sent Brides Up North Jordan and John’s beautiful Real Wedding at Close House Hotel to share with you.  I adore the duck egg blue colour scheme and fresh floral styling.  It’s all in the detail girls!

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Over to Team J:  We got engaged at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham, in April 2009. John took me for a surprise treat to celebrate our anniversary and popped the question!  We were married on Easter Saturday, 23rd April 2011 at Close House Hotel, Heddon on the Wall. 

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We looked at loads of venues but as soon as we pulled up to Close House we fell in love with it! When we went inside it just felt right and we knew it was the place for us. It has such an amazing intimate atmosphere and we could immediately imagine it filled with our families and friends. The light airy feel and the gorgeous grounds fit with the type of wedding and colour schemes we wanted.

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Another key factor was the staff – Laura, Close House’s Wedding Coordinator was so reassuring and down to earth, and all of the staff are friendly, professional and can’t do enough for you. We just felt certain everything would come together and all our guests would be looked after.

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Spring is my favourite season so we wanted a light, fresh and colourful wedding with lots of spring flowers and colours. Since our wedding was on Easter Saturday, Springtime Easter became our theme, with duck egg blue being the main colour. Our place cards were little eggs and we had an Easter egg hunt during the drinks reception for the kids. We hid Easter bunny cards around the house and gardens, which they then swapped for an Easter egg when they found them.

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My dress was Maggie Sottero’s ‘Alannah’, which I got from The Wedding Wardrobe in Chester-le-Street – a fabulous service, I’d recommend them to anyone!

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In keeping with the light floaty feel, my bridesmaids wore gorgeous tea length dresses from Monsoon. It turned out the colour we’d chosen was very difficult to find and match in the perfect shade – so when I spotted them I was over the moon!

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Their gifts were pearl bracelets with their initials on from Not on the High Street, pearl earrings and a cute necklace from Oasis.

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Instead of a guest book we had a wedding wish tree – which was really popular with our guests.

I gave my two young bridesmaids ‘My Day as a Bridesmaid’ albums with cameras, which gave them certain things they had to take pictures of on the day to add into the album… they loved it and it even kept four year old Lily entertained all day.

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We handed a quiz with funny questions about myself and John out during the wedding breakfast – I’ve never seen our families and friends get so competitive!

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My bouquet was a domed, hand tied posy of champagne roses, pale pink roses, cream double lizzianthus, cream freesia and pale pink blush and lemon tulips.  I was so excited when the flowers arrived – it finally felt real!

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Even though I love cake, when we prioritised our budget near the start neither of us saw the cake as something we wanted to spend a lot on. So I was over the moon when it turned out to look so impressive on the day! My Grandma baked the bottom tier fruit cake, while ‘Kirsty’s Cakes’ made the top three sponge tiers, and iced all of the cakes plain ivory. We then added a gorgeous pearl and crystal brooch and some ivory ribbon, and Wedding Flowers for You added fresh flowers.

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It looked stunning and if we’d had a bigger cake budget is exactly the kind of cake I’d have chosen anyway!

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It’s so hard to choose but if I had to pick my favourite moment from the day I’d say the ceremony itself. I never expected that would be the case as you spend so long planning all the other bits, but it was beautiful. This sounds cheesy, but it felt like it was just me and John in the room, and every word the registrar said meant so much.

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Another thing I have to mention that I just loved about the whole day is the way that everyone just mixed with each other and laughed all day. I’d be looking around and see two people chatting who didn’t know each other and just loved the friendly relaxed atmosphere. I think Facebook helps! Everyone finds it easier to go up and chat to people as they already know a little bit about them and have a conversation starter!

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Two weeks after our wedding we went on Honeymoon on a Caribbean cruise on the Allure of the Seas. We’d never been on a cruise before and were blown away by it.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to decide in advance that from when you wake up in the morning nothing can spoil your day and you’re going to enjoy your day as much as your guests will!! The floaty fabric of my dress was quite fine and after a few group photos I was covered in grass stains and had a tiny rip right at the bottom of my dress. I quickly decided I could either stand still and worry about my dress all day – or forget about it and have as much fun as possible with all my favourite people! The little things don’t matter – when the formalities are over, enjoy yourself and be a guest at your own wedding!

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Little Black Book:

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Venue:  Close House Hotel

Photographer:  Karen McGowran Photography

Dress:  Maggie Sottero at The Wedding Wardrobe

Bridesmaids:  Monsoon

Men’s attire: Slaters

Chair Covers:  Simply Bows & Chair Covers

Flowers:  Wedding Flowers For You

Cake:  Kirsty’s Cakes

Cars:  Parkers Execulink

Gifts and accessories:  Not On The High Street and Oasis

Stationery and table decorations: handmade

Bride’s Make Up:  Kate D at MAC

Bride’s Hair: Toni Wardle Mobile Hairdresser

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I Heart The North East, A Wedding Blogger Wears House Of Mooshki…

October 1st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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A few weeks ago I spent a happy Saturday modelling gorgeous bridal dresses for  House of Mooshki.  The North East based design house creates beautiful bespoke gowns that – take it from me – will make any bride feel a million dollars on her big day. 

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As the behind the scenes shots show, I turned up all scrubbed and scruffy in my civvies and surrendered myself to the skills of Paula Pace at Perfection Nail and Beauty and Lisa Jones on hair.  They had some work to do, for sure – particularly after I had spent the whole of the previous day poncing about in ivory tulle on the Yorkshire Moors – but they didn’t let me down.

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I was a little worried about how I was going to get all that backcombing out of my mane, but after pouring myself into these stunning frocks, my inner diva took over.  All I cared about was who would be touching up my lippy…

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Ok, so that’s a lie!  I was nervous as hell – and I hope you like the beautiful images that Karen McGowran Photography and Kat Timmins Photography and the team produced.  I hardly recognise myself, but what I do know is that I LOVE the North East.

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The Geordies Have Landed! All The Photos From The #BUNtweetup North East…

September 29th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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It’s the moment the North East Wedding Industry has been waiting for…

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Or maybe not!  Without further sneak peeking, teasing or ado, I give you the official images from the Brides Up North Tweet Up North East 2011 with Wedding Ideas Magazine, a wedding industry networking event organised by little old me and photographed by the lovely Karen McGowran Photography

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To see all the gorgeous styling details and to find out who was involved behind the scenes, click here.

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To see the images from the Brides Up North Tweet Ups in the North West and Yorkshire, or to pre-register for the next set of Brides Up North Tweet Ups in 2012 click here

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All images by Karen McGowran Photography, polaroid pictures seen in images by Sean Elliott Photography

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Shout outs to some attendees on the night:

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Heaven Sent Cupcakes; Karen McGowran Photography; Sean Elliott Photography; Claire De Lune Florist; By Wendy; Popcake Kitchen; Little Town Bakery; What A Do Weddings; AMV Live Music; Perfect Days Vintage; Vintage Twee; House Of Mooshki; The Black Horse; Floral Quarter; Hasy Daisy Florist; Angel Cakes; Cheekie Sweete; Celebration Cakes Peterlee; Wedding Tales; Xtra Ordinary Photography; Becky Mitchell Photography; Open Door Events; Mark Deeks; Lorraine Wight Photography; Sally Thurrell Photography; Perfection Nail and Beauty; Kat Timmins Photography; What Katy Did Next; Bex Rooms; Make Up By Jo; Tees Valley Weddings; Tux &Tales Photography; Baroque Bags; Imagic Moment; Your Personal Touch; Stan Seaton Photography; Matt Ethan PhotographyMia Sposa Bridal & Menswear; Wedding Flowers For You; Durham Events; Close House Hotel; Dirk Van Der Werff; Fyzal Photography; Simply Bows & Chair Covers; By Gina; Emerson Photography; Flower Fever; Beckwith Events; Vicky Trainor; Nick Unwin Photography; Might Fine Events; Aime Watson; Squeak Unique; Kids Deserve The Best; Rubys Tea Party; Daisychain Events; A Grand Day; Katie Byram Photography; Euphoria Boutique 

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If I have missed you from the list or have been unable to link to your website, drop me a line julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk to let me know and I will add you in.  Please feel free to leave a comment on this post to tell my readers all about your business too. 

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Oh, and forgive me while I have a captive audience… have you saved the date for the Brides Up North SUPER SHOWCASE Grand Wedding Exhibition at Ramside Hall Hotel on Sunday March 4th 2012 from 12pm – 4pm?!  Brides to be – this means you! 

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The region’s top wedding suppliers will be out in force at this MASSIVE, not to be missed bridal event.  With two professional fashion shows, oodles of wedding inspiration, on the day discounts, amazing giveaways and surprises galore this is a must do date for any North East Bride To Be.  Watch this space for more details of how to pre register as a Brides Up North VIP Bride To Be.

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EXHIBITOR BOOKINGS: email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details.  Suppliers are strictly limited by category. 

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Strike A Pose… A Sneak Peek…

September 5th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I have been modelling my little heart out this weekend, in two very special photo shoots, to celebrate the amazing locations for my two this week – Yorkshire and the North East.  I grew up in the North East and now live in Leeds, so both places feel like home to me. 

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Did you see the fabulous I Heart Yorkshire sneak peek on the blog yesterdayClick here to check it out… all the images from this relaxed, tongue in cheek and utterly brilliant shoot in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside by the awesome snappers that are Greyeye Photography will debut here very soon.

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In a purposeful all out contrast, for the I Heart North East shoot, we decided to go high fashion and urban, at various iconic locations in Newcastle Upon Tyne. With photography by Karen McGowran Photography and Kat Timmins Photography, make up by Perfection Nail and Beauty, Hair by Lisa Jones, flowers by Wedding Flowers For You and gowns by the amazing House of Mooshki Bridal, this shoot was also always going to be something special.  Here are a few sneaky images from the day, with the full gorgeous shoot coming up very soon on the wedding blog.

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Two amazing photo shoots, two very different styles.  Double the fun. 

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I am thrilled that both Greyeye Photography and Karen McGowran Photography have agreed to act as official photographers at this week’s Brides Up North Tweet Up networking events.  They all rock!

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Back to back photo shoots in one weekend is a lot of hard work, trust me!  With that in mind, I think I will be hanging up my modelling hat for a while – and passing the baton to some of my bride to be readers.  Fancy that ladies?  Yes?  Well then, more news shortly…

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In The News

September 2nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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It might be tonight’s fish and chip paper, but I love it when (and my talented wedding industry friends) makes the mags and the rags. 

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Let’s catch up on some recent press exclusives for the wedding blog

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This little was thrilled to be invited to be an associated contributor to Hitched Magazine last month, and given my own recurring feature.  This issue (Autumn 11/12), I invited Brides Up North to Rock The Dress with style.  And that they did…

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With images by Assassynation, Mandy Charlton, Blue Lights Photography, Karen McGowran Photography and Kat Timmins Photography…want a closer look?

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If YOU fancy trashing, cherishing, rocking or just all round working your wedding dress one more time, contact Brides Up North and you could see your Rock The Dress shoot on this wedding blog and maybe even on the pages of Hitched Magazine

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You could also WIN a Rock The Dress shoot right here on Brides Up North with Kat Timmins PhotographyClick here to enter. 

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You might have seen the Brides Up North Wedding Belles film noir inspired styled shoot here on Brides Up North, If not, check it out!

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The fashion team at The Evening Chronicle loved my styling and picked up the images for their fashion pages last Friday. 

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Steven from Forever Film also captured the action in an exclusive video blog.  If you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a bridal fashion shoot, click here to find out

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The full credits from the Brides Up North Wedding Belles photo shoot are as follows:

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Mandy Charlton

Emerson Photography

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Forever Film

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Hair:  Lisa Cameron

Make Up: LAB Makeup Artist – Leeanne Bennett

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Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear

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Julia – Brides Up North

Kristy – Simply Bows and Chair Covers

Kerry – Daisy Chain Events

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She’s The One – A Brides Up North Winner – Karen

August 29th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Karen was a wedding blog winner in this year’s Right Royal Giveaway Bonanza (a month of giveaways right here on Brides Up North to celebrate the marriage of Wills and Kate).  And what did she win?  Only a fabulous couple’s shoot with amazing Newcastle wedding photographer Karen McGowran Photography!

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Karen and her new hubby chose the magical setting of Danby Castle in North Yorkshire for their prize shoot, and I am thrilled to share the results with the rest of my readers today!  Isn’t Karen gorgeous?  I feel all proud…

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Darling Buds, A Real Wedding – Sarah & Richard

August 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Have I got a corker of a Real Wedding for you Brides to Be today!  Sent to me by bridal blog Featured Supplier Karen McGowran Photography, this wedding is brimming with ideas.  Today’s beautiful Bride Sarah helpfully explains where she found her own inspirations and the suppliers that she just couldn’t do without.  North East Brides – pens and paper at the ready!

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Over to the new Mrs Jennings: Richard proposed at the Priory in Tynemouth at the end of September 2010. We were there first thing on a Saturday morning, so we had the whole place to ourselves. The proposal was on bended knee, right on the edge of the cliff overlooking the sea, and the sun even made an appearance just as he popped the question – perfect!

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We married on 21st May 2011 at Woodhill Hall in Otterburn, Northumberland.  A lot of family were coming over from Canada, so we were primarily looking for a venue we could hire for the whole weekend. Our families and bridal party were able to come and stay with us there for three nights, which gave us lots of time to have a proper visit with them and to have an extended wedding celebration. We knew Woodhill Hall was the place for us as soon as we walked in – grand enough to feel special, but somehow still managing to feel intimate and comfortable.

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I had an all white bouquet with hydrangeas, tulips, peonies, sweet peas and roses by Bels Flowers

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I wanted a reasonably simple and elegant dress – I’m not a ‘bling’ type of girl, so I wasn’t after anything with too much sparkly fuss. I also didn’t want a strapless gown, which was a hard thing to find! I struggled to find the right dress until I visited YAP Bridal Boutique in Newcastle. After trying a few dresses on with no success, the owner Jo mentioned she was going to start carrying a new designer, and showed me a picture of a dress from their catalogue. She was sure it would look great, so went to the trouble of ordering up a sample from London, in my right size, just so I could try it. Wouldn’t you know, Jo was right – it was the ‘one’!

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My bridesmaids wore Alfred Sung style D476 in Niagara – they looked AMAZING! I ordered them from Bridal Wish, who had the most competitive prices for that style.

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I can’t recommend Karen McGowran Photography, Bels Flowers, The Fine and Funky Events Company, Simone Whitehead (hair) , Paula Pace of Perfection Nail & Beauty (makeup) and Real Life Films enough – they all went above and beyond for us! We also worked with Simply Bows and Chair Covers, Purple Peacock Stationery, Blades Suit Hire, Stuart Collingwood (pianist) to name a few more – all were great.

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We wanted to day to feel quite personal – instead of a traditional guestbook, we had a wedding ‘tree’ where guests inked their thumbs and pressed them onto the print as leaves on the branches and then signed their names next to it. It looked amazing by the end of the night and will be lovely framed. We also had special favours, which were small pieces of traditional Danish wedding cake, which reflected my family’s heritage – this type of cake was served at my mother’s, grandmother’s and great grandmother’s wedding, and we were so lucky to find Birgit Underwood in London who was able to make them for us! I also embroidered our initials and wedding date in blue onto a vintage handkerchief (which was my ‘something blue’ carried in the pocket of my dress) and also designed keepsake escort cards which were then made by Purple Peacock Stationery.

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Our wedding cake was made by a friend of ours – unfortunately it had an ‘accident’ on the way to the venue! It tasted great though!

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We had an AMAZING band, No Time For Jive, agree to come and play for us. They got us and our guests up and embarrassing ourselves on the dance floor in no time!

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How can you pick a favourite part of a day like this!? I loved the band, and I loved the ‘evening buffet’ where we replaced the ‘buffet’ with a crepe station! Executive Catering provided everything we needed and a selection of crepes that were made to order in front of the guests – they were delicious! And good value!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to find a supplier that you like and trust, and ask them for reliable suppliers that they’ve worked with before – it really is the best way to find great suppliers. Karen tipped us off to a lot of great people.

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Its In The Detail, A Real Wedding – Cathy & Chris

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Karen McGowran Photography sent me this gorgeous Real Wedding which took place at Slaley Hall in Northumberland earlier this year.  I love the way they worked with the colours of the furnishings at the venue when choosing their colour scheme – always a good tip.   Loads of inspiring details here to feast your eyes on.

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Karen sets the scene: We drove to Slaley Hall in heavy rain but I put my faith in the BBC and they were right, by 11am it was dry and promising to be a fantastic day for the marriage of Cathy and Chris.

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Cathy chose a stunning Maggie Sottero dress with beautiful detail over one shoulder and she looked so stylish and classy. She walked down the aisle to her two favourite boys, Chris and their baby son Tommy and her smile said it all!

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