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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: A Jenny Packham Gown For A Chic Real Wedding At The Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art – Emily & Jonny

June 24th, 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 the second half of what’s set to be the biggest and best year 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. 

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Usual service will recommence on 1st July 2013,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far in 2013, plenty of eye candy, new features that we won’t be able to wait to share, some special supplier showcases and a couple of surprises too!

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These pages just seem to be getting prettier and prettier…first shared on the wedding blog at the beginning of April, today we join Emily and John for their cool and contemporary Real Wedding on the banks of the River Tyne.  With imagery by Katy Melling Photography

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Emily says:  Jonny asked me to marry him in November 2011 in the New Forest and we were married on 23 June 2012 at The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.  We chose the Baltic as we loved the views of the quayside and the feeling of space the venue offered.

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We wanted a modern yet relaxed look and I hope that’s what we achieved.  We chose accent colours of grey/silver and white -  we wanted to go for colours that would compliment the venue and give us a classic look.

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I wore a Jenny Packham gown which I was lucky enough to snap up at a sample sale in London and a bird cage head piece which I got from Browns Brides. I loved my dress and wish I could find an excuse to wear it again! Jonny wore a Spencer Hart suit.

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The floor length silver bridesmaids dresses were from Monsoon. We had so many groomsmen that we simply asked them all to wear their own grey suits which was a bit risky as we didn’t have the chance to see them beforehand. Luckily they didn’t let us down and all scrubbed up very well! 

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Our flowers were from 5th Avenue Flowers on Queen Street in Newcastle – they did an amazing job.

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We used Louise Lunn Makeup Artist and Katy Melling Photography both of whom we would highly recommend. We  were also very happy with the Malmaison Hotel where the bridal party got ready and where we stayed after the celebrations had finished.

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A friend of the family very kindly put a ribbon on his posh car and drove me and the bridesmaids over the bridge from the Malmaison, where we were staying, to the venue.

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Our favourite part of the day was probably the ceremony – it felt very special to be standing in front of such a lovely view of the Tyne saying our vows in front of all our friends and family. We also loved the evening celebrations – it was a relief to be able to let our hair down once the formalities were all over.

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A friend of my mother in law made the cake which was a delicious chocolate ganache with white chocolate icing. 

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We hired The Paul James Band to provide the music and we were really happy with the results. 

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We honeymooned in Cordoba in Spain.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to do all they can to ensure that the staff at the venue know exactly what they expect in advance so that they can relax on the day. It’s over so quickly and you don’t want to be worrying about the finer details on the day.

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Congratulations Emily & Jonny!

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Fancy seeing your big day on these pages?  Here’s how.  I can’t wait to hear from you.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fabulous Photographer: Katy Melling Photography

February 15th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today’s interviewee, fabulous photographer Katy Melling Photography recently shot the wedding of my best friend Rachel.  Check out the images in this post.

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Having seen her in action and seen the results, I can say first hand that this lady’s work is exquisite.  But don’t just take my word for it.  See for yourself…

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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I studied photography at college when I was 18 and have worked as a photographer and assistant in London, Leeds and Newcastle.  After working as a photographer for other companies I wanted to be able to express my own style, so after a little worrying and a few pep talks from friends and family I took on a friend’s wedding in 2003.  It went so well that I caught the wedding photography bug and took on another few weddings through people I knew.  Soon I was able to quit my part time job as a photographers assistant and build my own business.

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Why wedding photography specifically?

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Wedding photography is a passion for me. My motivation comes from documenting the hard work and attention to detail that goes into making every happy couple’s dream day the best day of their lives.  I have photographed some beautiful diverse and unique weddings, every single one without exception has moved me.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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The people I meet make my job the most rewarding job there is.  I have made so many good friends from photographing weddings. My motivation comes from getting to know my wonderful clients and producing photographs that bring a tear to their eyes.  You can only achieve that kind of intimate result if you really know your clients and care about what you’re producing.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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I like to think that my clients feel relaxed around me on their wedding day. I work hard to build up a good relationship with them well in advance of their big day.  I meet them a couple of times before the wedding and all my packages include a pre wedding shoot.  Although many couples tend to feel self conscious at the thought of being photographed, a pre wedding shoot really does help them to relax and get used to being in front of the camera.  All my clients agree that the pre wedding shoot helped to put them at ease for the big day!

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Any advice to any brides who don’t like to have their picture taken?

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A pre wedding shoot is a must. If you’re going to feel self conscious, better that you do it when it doesn’t matter. After the shoot your confidence will have grown and you will have learned to relax and have fun in front of the camera. Shooting a pre wedding shoot costs me time and money, but it is an investment that I make without a second thought, because it pays dividends on the wedding day.

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What sort of makeup should a bride wear to look great in her pictures?

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I think when it comes to make up on your wedding day you need to look and feel like yourself.  After all, you will have these photographs for the rest of your life and the last thing you want is to go for is a look that’ll date or make you look like someone else.  I would say, embrace the real you and go for a fresh, natural look.  One thing I would recommend is to book a make up artist for a trial and take their advice on what works best. Having your make up done on the wedding day takes the stress out of getting ready and ensures that you’re relaxed and ready for the day.

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Anything to avoid which might look bad in the wedding pictures?

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Avoid taking on a different style – be yourself and think about how you want to look well in advance, take advice from professional make up artists and hair dressers, its their business to know what will suit you and show off your natural features.

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Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why?

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I would love to see and photograph Jennifer Aniston finally getting married again.  She’s a naturally beautiful lady and I imagine is really fun to work with, so I would love to photograph her wedding. 

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

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I have done too many weddings like this to single one out. I remember specific parts of all of them for different reasons. I photographed a wedding in Northumberland at a family farm, the day was beautiful, the bride was stunning and I will never forget the photograph I got of the couple in a field of corn flowers in beautiful light.  I am lucky enough to have strong professional links with florists, caterers, make artist and hairdressers, who all work their magic along with the wedding venues themselves to provide couples with experiences that they will never forget – its a real privilege to be so closely involved in recording these special, beautiful and moving moments.

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Are you married?  Tell us about your day.

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Yes, I have been married for nearly a year, we got married in May 2011.  I actually found planning our wedding quite a tough job – I’ve seen so many beautiful weddings, styled in such different ways that I just didn’t know which way to go or what to pick!!  We got there in the end and I wore ‘Anixi’ by Jenny Packham, I adore her dresses, I see them as very romantic dresses, very soft and delicate.  My bridesmaids wore similar looking dresses by Lazaro in black. Tim and his groomsmen wore morning suits and we had a traditional church wedding with a choir that blew me away. We had the reception in a marquee back at my parents house. The day was fantastic and worth every second of painstaking planning and organising.  We’d planned to disappear quietly but I just didn’t want to leave.  Poor Tim had to ask the DJ to announce that we were leaving just to get me off the dance floor – otherwise I’d have been there till the next morning!

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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I have a very gentle an unimposing manner and I’m able to capture many parts of the day without anyone being aware.  I adore all the details and have a great eye for capturing them – nothing and no one gets passed me without being photographed! Every single wedding that I photograph motivates me as much as the first one I did. To be good at something, you have to love it, and I absolutely love photographing weddings!

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What can a couple who book you expect on the day?

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I will arrive to get all the preparations before the ceremony including any details and will stay until the first dance.   I pride myself on having a low key presence, which allows me to drift into the perfect position to get those fly on the wall shots and when I need to stage a shot I work quickly with the bride and groom so that the flow of the day isn’t interrupted.  I like to take the formal shots of family as soon as I can after the ceremony, so that everyone can relax and enjoy themselves. Then I whisk the bride and groom off for 20 minutes to get some natural shots of them on their own.  I cover the reception, the speeches and the first dance. I really love photographing the speeches; it’s a great opportunity to get natural shots of friends and family enjoying themselves, laughing and crying when stories are told.

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What is included in your "package"?

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Included in my packages are a pre-wedding shoot, the full day at the wedding from bridal prep until the first dance, and an album or book. 

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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My package prices start at £1760 for the full day, a pre wedding shoot and a coffee table book. 

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers? 

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I certainly can – any bride that books me through Brides Up North can have a complimentary 10×7 framed photograph worth £200.  Just mention Brides Up North when booking. 

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work?

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Brides and grooms can get in touch with me either via my contact page on my website – www.katymelling.com, on 0191 284 1080 or 07855 754 513 or by email at info@katymelling.com

I also have a blog – http://katymelling.com/blog/ and am contactable through Facebook ‘Katy Melling Photography’ and Twitter @katymelling

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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Pretty Perfect! A Pastel Palette Real Wedding In The North East, Alex & Sil

December 25th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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This wedding blog favourite, first featured back in September, packs so much pretty it should almost be illegal.  But being beautiful isn’t an offence, lucky for us!  Merry Christmas to Alex and Sil, and to all of you on this very special day. 

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Friend of the wedding blogKaty Melling Photography sent me the perfect antidote to darker evenings recently: a prettily perfect summer wedding packed with peonies and pastel shades.  Alex and Sil, today’s couple, packed the English leg of their multicultural celebration with gorgeous details, traditional tailoring and amazing floral displays.  And one beautiful wedding dress, worn two ways. 

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Be sure to click through to take in all the inspiration.  Just wait till you see the centre pieces!  Oooh the centre pieces!  I die.

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Two words: Be inspired!

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Over to the bride.  Alex says:  Sil proposed in January 2010 in his parents garden after they had decorated it with fairy lights, Chinese lanterns and floating candles.  We had two wedding celebrations this year, two days apart.  Our English wedding was held at Middleton Lodge, North Yorkshire on 1st May 2011 and our Chinese wedding was on 3rd May, at China Court Restaurant, China Town, Birmingham. 

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We instantly fell in love with Middleton Lodge because we could have the house for the whole weekend and the owners and staff so very flexible and friendly.

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Supplier Showcase: The Fine & Funky Events Company

March 28th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North talks to Kim from The Fine & Funky Events Company about their fabulous event planning and styling services.  Want your wedding to be extra doubly super duper?  Talk to Ms Groves.

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How did The Fine & Funky Events Company begin?  What is your background?

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The Fine & Funky Events Company started after planning my own wedding. I totally adored every single second of planning my wedding, I developed a passion for all things wedding related and really enjoyed being able to use my creative flair. My previous background is in office management / project management in the public sector, which sounds very different, but I actually use a lot of the same skills. I’m very organised (not afraid to say my friends call me Monica from Friends!) and have organised numerous celebrations events and other large events throughout my working life. So after my wedding when I found out I was being made redundant, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to combine my two passions, list making and pretty things!

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My absolutely favourite thing is seeing everything coming together. When I’m at a venue and setting up I get such a buzz and tingly feeling, it’s amazing to see the couples day surpassing their expectations and to see their massive grins whilst being surrounded by everyone that loves them. (P.S I’m a massive softy.)

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What services do you offer?

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I offer wedding planning services, which includes full planning, on the day co-ordination to supplier search. In my planning packages I also offer bespoke packages so couples can tailor a package to suit their needs. My on the day co-ordination services are very popular this year, from couples who are having backyard weddings, to village halls to grand manor houses. Couples have put in so much time and effort planning their wedding they want to make sure that their day runs perfectly.

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I offer styling packages, these are really fun for me as couples will ask me to provide ideas and inspirations for a rock and roll theme for example and I will go away and research and come up with lots of ideas with costs, and a very funky mood board to boot!

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In addition to this, I also have lots of items that I hire out. Including vintage crockery hire service which I can cater for up to 200 guests.

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I also hire out a photo corner which is the first in the North East -  think moustache on sticks, cute signs, wigs, guests love this! So fun!

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I specialise in vintage themes and have a lot of vintage props that I hire out, a vintage bicycle for a table plan for example Or a vintage typewriter for an alternative guest book.

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I love anything a bit quirky and different!

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I don’t just do weddings though, oh no! Celebrating birthdays and other special occasions is becoming more popular than ever, from a swinging 60′s birthday party to a baby naming ceremony!

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Any really memorable weddings that you have styled/ planned?

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Every wedding or event is so memorable as I really get to know my clients, it’s a very emotional time planning a wedding and I get just as excited as they do! I have lots of lovely clients who really become part of the The Fine & Funky Events Company family and quite often text me, or email, or give me a ring for a chat, it’s lovely!

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Which celebrity’s wedding would you like to style and why?

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I take a lot of my inspiration from the US and would love to plan a wedding over there one day, perhaps in a vineyard in California, they have amazing backyard weddings over there and that would be my dream! Don’t really mind if they are a celebrity or not, just as long as they love each other and I plan them the day of their dreams that’s all I care about.

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How would you style the Royal Wedding?

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For a start, I would insist that everyone in the country has the option to attend a street party and the wedding is projected on big screens, so folk can sit with a nice glass of champagne and some fancy sandwiches (no crusts of course)! For the actual wedding, I would defiantly go classic and elegant, lots of beautiful flowers everywhere, white hydrangeas, flower curtains hanging in all the gardens, flower pomanders hanging everywhere at different heights, beautiful tall centrepieces. I think a classic and elegant feel to the wedding would really represent them as a couple. Everyone in the industry will be watching the wedding as no doubt lots of trends will follow.

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I am in total admiration of them asking for donations to the 26 charities they support, think that its very fitting of the situation around the world at the moment.

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Did you style your own wedding?  Tell us a bit about it…

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Would you like a little look? You can see piccys of me at the top and bottom of this post! Chris and I spent what seemed like forever venue searching, we stuck to our guns though and held out till we found a venue that really represented us, we knew what type of day we wanted practically from the first moment we met, fun, informal, relaxed and surrounded by are amazing family and friends. I still get butterflies now thinking about our wedding day, words cannot describe how perfect it was, how could it be anything less when I married my best friend, I did not stop smiling all day!

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Is this your dream job?  What would be your alternative career?

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Hell yeah it is! It’s incredibly hard work, working 7 days a week, 14 hour days but I love every moment and feel incredibly lucky to be doing what I’m doing.

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Oooooo if I wasn’t a wedding planner / stylist think I would love to be Kirsty Allsopp making her homemade TV series, would be so much fun! Or I would love to be in Glee, can’t sing or dance but would have a blast! Although I’m 30 this year so might be a little late to start my career in musicals!

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We hear you do very special sweetie tables, can you tell us a bit about them?

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The Fine & Funky Events Company now does Sweetie Tables and Dessert Bars!

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Sweetie Tables are very popular at evening receptions at weddings, or birthday parties and christenings. You can now add popcakes to your sweetie table as well from the amazing Popcake Kitchen! Sweetie Tables are fab, they look amazing and kids but mainly adults it seems go wild for them! Think old fashioned white mice, cola cubs, lips, bon bons, the list goes on! I was one of the first to offer this service in the North East and they are still proving very popular!

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The dessert bars are fab, some couples have had this as an alternative to serving a dessert, others instead of a sweetie table on the evening, very much up to the couple. Think mini sherry trifles in shot glasses, macaroons, mini bakewell tarts, victoria sponge, cupcakes sprinkled with popping candy, they are just such fun and very much a talking point of the day as something totally different. I’m the first company in the North East to offer this service.

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Both these services includes my styling and set up.

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What’s all this about vintage tea parties at Danby Castle?

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I work very closely with Carolyn from Danby Castle, who is amazing! Not only did she put up with me being a total bridezilla during my own wedding planning but she is so open to trying new ideas and we work so well together. The Vintage Tea Party Package is a collaboration between Fine & Funky Events, Danby Castle and Arches Cookery School (who are out of this world) Couples need not worry about a thing, nearly everything is sorted for them and the package is so quirky and unique, it’s been a massive success, prices start from £4000 for 60 guests, inc venue hire, catering, venue decor and styling.

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How can Brides Up North find out more or get in touch with you?

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You can visit The Fine & Funky Events Company website, email me  – info@fineandfunkyevents.com, follow me on twitter @finefunkyevents or find me on facebook @The Fine & Funky Events Company

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Anything else my readers should know?

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I’m extremely passionate about what I do and you will find me very personable, a friend, and most importantly a great listener. Your day is about you two as a couple and I will do all I can to ensure you both have the perfect day, whatever that may be, from a chill out festival theme on a farm to a classic elegant ballroom wedding.

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If you want to pop along and say hi, I’m exhibiting at these wedding fayres.

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Finally, why do you read and like Brides Up North?

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It’s fab to have something that’s written in the North for the North! Very inspiring what you have achieved so far Julia, you rock!

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Photographs by Karen McGowran Photography, Katy Melling, Katie Byram Photography and Kim Groves.

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