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blue skies & bunting. jenny packham for a marquee wedding by the sea – jenny & tim

June 2nd, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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The well-known saying there’s no place like home rang true for today’s bride Jenny when she decide the perfect place to stage her wedding reception would be at her parents’ seaside abode.

Looking at the images of Jenny and Tim’s big day we can see why. The whole day has a lovely relaxed feel to it as the wedding party enjoyed a traditional church ceremony before taking a leisurely stroll down the road to Jenny’s parent’s house. Here a beautifully decorated marquee and seaside views provided standout setting for the big day celebrations to continue.

We also have to give Jenny’s beautifully detailed Packham gown a mention *swoon*.

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Daniel Lloyd Photography.

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jenny says: We got engaged in August 2013 in Andalucia on the beach. It was midnight and a couple of boats were sailing by, all lit up. I didn’t believe Tim when he first asked – it took him producing a ring from behind his back for me to realise it was real!

We decided to get married on 26th July 2014 as it was the same date as my grandparents’ wedding.

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We got married at Blundellsands United Reformed Church, a beautiful church around the corner from where we live. We wanted the whole day to feel homely and relaxed and didn’t want people travelling large distances between the ceremony and the venue. We were fortunate to have a beautiful (albeit incomplete) reception venue in my parents’ house overlooking Crosby beach. A marquee was erected in the garden opening out to a beautiful view of the sea.

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I wanted a really rustic and relaxed feel to the wedding. Our dream was to be married at home so I knew from the start that it was going to be a marquee wedding. My vision was wild flowers and bunting, a theme that ran throughout the wedding, from the homemade invitations to decorating the marquee.

I didn’t have a particular colour scheme in mind – I focused on the flowers and the bunting and everything fell into place from there!

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I always knew I wanted a Jenny Packham dress – her designs are so beautiful. I had a wonderful time trying on as many styles as I could but I knew I had fallen in love with Muscari the moment I tried it on.  The dress and veil were from Amy-Louise Bridal in Nantwitch.

Tim wore a navy Prince Edward suit from Moss Bros and the groomsmen wore the same.

The adult bridesmaids wore floor-length lilac dresses from Coast whilst the flower girl wore a Debenhams dress with identical beading to the adult bridesmaid dresses – it was an excellent find!

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As the church was only around the corner from the house that we held the reception in, myself and my bridesmaids walked to the church. It was so lovely to have the time to calm our nerves and the well wishes we received from passing drivers were a lovely and memorable surprise!

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Our photographer on the day was Dan of Daniel Lloyd Photography. Dan was exactly what we wanted from a photographer – he was unobtrusive and he paid excellent attention to detail managing to capture the happiest moments. We are thrilled with our photographs!

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The Flower Barn in Little Crosby Village provided the flowers for our big day. I knew from the moment I met Yvette in her gorgeous little barn that she would be able to provide the relaxed, wild flower look that I hoped for. I opted for gypsophila, freesia and lisianthus arranged loosely with cream roses for my bouquet.

Yvette also provided the flowers for the marquee which were arranged by my mum in mismatched vases and milk bottles to add to the rustic feel. The bridesmaids and our families spent the days leading up to the wedding decorating the marquee with bunting and the chairs with organza. Tim had the less exciting job of fitting a kitchen and doors in the house so that it would be ready to receive guests, a job that took him up to 10pm the night before the wedding!

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Tim and I were in disagreement about the wedding favours. Whilst I was keen to treat the guests to local, handmade macarons from the Little Macaron Shop, Tim was leaning towards a more ‘entertaining’ favour which he felt would go well with the real ale and opted for, wait for it, pork scratchings! A compromise was reached where the female guests received the macarons and the male guests the pork scratchings. Both were presented in hand-made boxes decorated with lace.

We chose a plain three tiered cake from Marks & Spencer which was decorated with wild flowers.

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The wine was a generous wedding gift from Tim’s Aunt and Uncle who live in Falset, a small town in Catalunya.They brought red wine from Cellar Capçanes, a small cooperative in the Monsant wine region and white from Terra Alta. The day before the wedding, we decanted the wine into bottles which we had personalised to match the wedding invitations and the order of service. Tim’s close friend Bob from Bury Repro printed our wedding invitations and order of service and did a wonderful job.

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The cask ale was from Outstanding, a Brewery in Tim’s home town of Bury. Real ale was an important addition to the wedding for Tim and it proved very popular with the guests!

A sailboat was placed at the end of the garden and filled with ice and soft drinks for the children. The ice didn’t last for long in the glorious weather but the children loved it all the same!

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Carringtons Caterers provided the food for the wedding breakfast and also the evening food. With the wedding being by the sea, we thought it was fitting to have mini fish and chips instead of a buffet – these also went down really well with our guests!

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For entertainment, Tony Crotty played classical guitar in the church and in the garden during the champagne reception. We were both blown away when we heard Tony play the guitar and the lute and knew we had to have him play at our wedding. The evening entertainment was provided by the Trunk Monkeys, a local band from the Wirral. Although we had heard samples of their music on their website, nothing prepared us for how fantastic they were. I’ve lost count of the number of guests who asked for their details!

My favourite part of the day was the first dance with my new husband. Part-way through the song when all of the most important people in our lives joined in with our special moment was the happiest I have ever been.

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We spent our honeymoon in a beautiful tree house in France. Each morning we hoisted up our breakfast in a wooden bucket then spent the day wandering around the grounds of the chateau in which the treehouse was built or exploring the pretty villages nearby. It was idyllic.

My top tip to other Brides Up North would be don’t fret about the details. No-one is going to notice that you forgot to tie twine around the favour boxes when they are having such a lovely time. It’s all about the bigger picture. Oh and enjoy it – it really does go so quickly!

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2014: Lovely Lederhosen! An Austrian Real Wedding In North Yorkshire – Liz & Christian

June 26th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a break to redesign, review and recharge, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely.

Usual service will recommence on Monday 7th July 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year.  Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique 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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First featured just before the turn of the year on Brides Up North, it’s a Yorkshire Austrian mash-up on the blog today (the bride’s words!) as we join Liz and Christian for their fun and fabulous Real Wedding in Hawes.  Combining Austrian traditions with Yorkshire charm, their big day is pretty and personal. 

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah Mason Photography.

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Liz says:  We got engaged in October 2012 in the Seychelles and were married on 16th August 2013 at West Burton Chapel, North Yorkshire with the reception at Simonstone Hall, Hawes. 

Sarah Mason Photography

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We live in Vienna, Austria as Christian is from here. I am from Yorkshire and my family spotted Simonstone Hall while walking in the Yorkshire Dales – we trusted them! We tried tried to incorporate English and Austrian traditions into the day as much as possible, with a lavender and green colour scheme. 

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I saw a dress I loved in a boutique and then had it remade with some changes! I loved that it was one of a kind and I got to have some input from the drawing stage!  We had two flower girls and a pageboy and they wore traditional trachten from Vienna. The girls in dirndls and the boy in lederhosen!

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We got our flowers from The Yorkshire Lavender Farm and then made the decorations and bouquets ourselves the day before with help from Aunties and sisters!

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

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Sarah Mason Photography

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I loved every second but I think walking down the aisle and seeing Christian for the first time that day was the most special moment.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

My husband and his best man had an old red Morgan for the weekend and so they arrived at the chapel in that. Our guests travelled on a double decker bus and I was taken there by a close family friend and returned with my husband in the Morgan.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Our cake was made by a friend and much of the other decoration was done by Tilly Rose Designs, who made our centre pieces and signage.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We hired a bus from The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company and a car from Lakes and Dales.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We wanted a really relaxed day and for it to be and English-Austrian cultural mash-up! We had a log sawing activity – an Austrian tradition where the bride and groom saw through a log to signify them working together to succeed.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We had goulash soup at midnight (another Austrian tradition) and a great band – ‘Mad dog and the Sophisicats’ playing throughout the day with a ceilidh band at night.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We had a honeymoon before our wedding! We went to New York and Toronto as some close friends were getting married in Canada.

Sarah Mason Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax – don’t stress about little things – as long as everyone is happy you’ll have a great day!

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Congratulations Liz & Christian!

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Because Your Love Calms My Brambles! A Real DIY Wedding In Derbyshire – Emma & Tim

July 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Are you having a lovely Sunday Brides Up North (despite the relentless Summer rain)? 

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I’ll be pretending it’s a proper English Summer later with strawberries and cream as I cheer on Andrew Murray in the Wimbledon final.  Come on Andy!

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Whether Murray brings it home or not, my spirits are so very lifted by today’s beautiful DIY real wedding, sent to me by Jonathan Stead Photography and today’s beautiful vintage loving bride Emma.  This sunny day of homemade loveliness is such a joy, I hope it brings some sparkle to your Sunday too.  

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Emma says:  Tim asked me to marry him in July 2011, at Porthmeor Cove, Cornwall (on a cliff edge at sunset).  We got married on 26th May 2012 at a lovely church at Ashford in the Water, Derbyshire & our reception was in a marque at my parents’ farm.

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We love the Peak District & thought the church was perfect – stunning & intimate. I’m very family orientated and thought having the marque at my parents’ farm would give the wedding a relaxed feel – somewhere that people could really let their hair down!

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I love vintage and collect 50’s, 60’s and 70’s pieces. I wanted this to be reflected in our wedding but also wanted it to feel rustic & farm-like at the same time! We had a lot of flower power (arranged by myself and my mother in law) – tons of daisies, sunflowers, hydrangea, cornflowers arranged with wispy foliage, popped into jam jars, beer bottles or wrapped in raffia.

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It was a real family effort – I made the bunting (made from vintage fabric & old shirts) & mural (‘Because Your Love Calms My Brambles’) my mum made the table cloths, my mother in law helped me make the poms poms (or ‘bloody poms poms’ as we ended up calling them!) & the canapés for the drinks reception, my grandma made her special tiffin and my father in law made sign posts (t’car park, t’wedding, t’toilet).

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The colour themes were cream, blue, purple with splashes of yellow.

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My dress was upcycled from my Mother in Law’s dress from 1968. I loved the crochet lace but the fabric on the bottom of the dress was too badly stained to use. She let me cut up the dress and make a whole new design – I designed it and my Auntie made it (what she does for a living). I truly loved wearing it – I loved the ‘hood’ drape on the back. She also made me a hair piece/bird cage veil to match. Shoes wise, I wore light purple suede low heeled slippers from ASOS

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The bridesmaid dresses were purple, knee length, floaty dresses from Monsoon and nude coloured heels.

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I had a mixed bouquet of daisies, white roses, purple veronica, blue delphinium & lavender and the bridesmaids had pomanders of daisies.  The buttonholes were lavender, white roses & daisies.  These were done by my lovely friend Jill, at Plantology Floral Creations in Sheffield

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I travelled in a 1970’s Rolls Royce from Fairytale Wedding Cars – I loved the blue roof. The driver was fabulous!

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My very favourite part of the day was seeing Tim’s face as I walked down the aisle… a little tear in his eye! Oooh… and the drum and bass after midnight!

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Almost everything was handmade by me or a family member – from the invitations, to the marquee flowers, the bunting & signage. It was hard work but made it so special! I also borrowed a polaroid camera from a friend and bought some black and white film – I made a washing line so that people could peg up ‘snaps of [their] beautiful selves’. In addition to these, there were LOTS of children at the wedding (I come from a huge family) so I raided Poundland for games, things to make & fancy dress items – they went down a treat!

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Our marquee was from High Peak Marquees – fantastic company – they were enthusiastic, friendly and very hardworking. They were the only company could find who would build scaffolding to even out the field, and dealt with the problem with a smile!

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Food wise, we hired PJ Taste caterers – again, amazing energy and enthusiasm – genuinely felt like they wanted to be there and the food was delicious. We choose to have a hot buffet – a triple spit roast (locally sourced & organic) with lots of home made breads and yummy salads. For dessert there was a choice of chocolate torte or summer fruit pudding…mmm.

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My friend Abby is very creative & kindly made the cake as our wedding present – I sent her a few ideas for cakes but let her surprise me on the day! I was very pleased with the results… a lovely 3 three tier fruit cake decorated with handcrafted daisies.

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We had a local young folk band for the drinks reception (Captives of the Carousel), followed by a DJ (Plastic Disco, Sheffield) in the evening (playing mixture of motown, pop, indie and drum & bass!). 

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Berlin. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff’!

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Congratulations Emma & Tim!

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Have you just said “I do!”? Get in touch to share your big day on the wedding blog!

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Super Sunday!

January 23rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Well good morning Brides to Be!

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I hope you are having a lovely weekend.  I have been having a busy time sorting and organising ahead of a little holiday with the hubby next weekend!  We are off skiing – yippee! – but don’t worry – I will still be blogging twice a day, so you can get your bridal inspiration fix as usual.

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Speaking of a bridal inspiration fix, enjoy my links to some of the best of the blogosphere this week…

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Style Me Pretty

A delicate dream of a dress in this Maui wedding via Style Me Pretty

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Doesn’t this bride look amazing getting her Vera Wang on?!  The rest of the wedding is equally dreamy!

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Rock n Roll Bride

Super cool Scottish castle wedding via Rock N’ Roll Bride

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Possibly one of the coolest DIY weddings I have EVER  seen.   .

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Rock My Wedding

Perfectly pink wedding via Rock My Wedding

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Well I am guessing you can tell from the blog that I like pink?  This wedding carries off pink detailing beautifully, without going overboard and spoiling a good thing.   Lovely!

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Grey Likes Weddings

Vintage style wedding set in lavender fields via Grey Likes Weddings

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You can almost smell the lavender in these amazing shots.  An electric atmosphere. 

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Beautiful beach wedding via Times Two Hearts

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I need a holiday!

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