Brides Up North

that’s amore! an Italian themed wedding at Kirkstall Abbey – faye & rob

November 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime

a wedding at Kirkstall Abbey & The Gatehouse (c) JB Creatives (107)

It’s Frrrrrrrrrrrrrriday! Let’s celebrate with this sweet Yorkshire/ Italian celebration in Leeds, sent to me by newlyweds Faye and Rob and Brides Up North Sponsor Jane of JB Creatives.

Limoncellos on ice for a moment though, as I’ve to tell you about Jane’s shiny new website, which has just landed over at www.jbcreatives.co.uk.  Go see!  To celebrate, she’s offering a free engagement shoot to all those couples who book their full day wedding photography before the end of the year.  Quote love stories to get involved.

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But for now, it’s all about today’s pretty wedding.

With images by JB Creatives.

a wedding at Kirkstall Abbey & The Gatehouse (c) JB Creatives (81)

faye says: Rob asked me to marry him on a private boat off the coast of Paxos, Greece in August 2013, and we were married on 5th April 2014 at St Stephen’s Church, Kirkstall. Our reception was at Kirkstall Abbey then The Gatehouse.

We had one of our first dates there and have both always loved it. We never even considered another venue!

a wedding at Kirkstall Abbey & The Gatehouse (c) JB Creatives (72)

We opted for a Yorkshire meets Italy theme (having previously lived in Milan together), using lemon and turquoise as base colours for the scheme.

a wedding at Kirkstall Abbey & The Gatehouse (c) JB Creatives (86)

I wore Maggie Sottero “Cassidy” dress from Angel Brides, Horsforth and my bridesmaids were in turquoise Jenny Packham. I carried a simple lemon rose bouquet with stems from Rose & Bud Flowers, Horsforth.

Rob wore a royal blue morning suit, a white shirt and a Jeff Banks navy and turquoise flowered tie.

a wedding at Kirkstall Abbey & The Gatehouse (c) JB Creatives (87)

My hair was by Simon Warner Hair, Headingley and I used a make up artist from Harvey Nichols using Laura Mercier products.

a wedding at Kirkstall Abbey & The Gatehouse (c) JB Creatives (89)

a wedding at Kirkstall Abbey & The Gatehouse (c) JB Creatives (93)

We put together a sweet table from Haribo (as I am from Pontefract) and our favours were Italian-themed Limoncello and Disaronno mini bottles. Rob also made cartoon place-settings for every guest.

a wedding at Kirkstall Abbey & The Gatehouse (c) JB Creatives (101)

a wedding at Kirkstall Abbey & The Gatehouse (c) JB Creatives (102)

a wedding at Kirkstall Abbey & The Gatehouse (c) JB Creatives (105)

We were entertained by the Otley Ukulele Orchestra, followed by a DJ in the evening.

a wedding at Kirkstall Abbey & The Gatehouse (c) JB Creatives (108)

a wedding at Kirkstall Abbey & The Gatehouse (c) JB Creatives (109)

We chose an iced chocolate cake with caricatures made by a family friend, Lucy.

a wedding at Kirkstall Abbey & The Gatehouse (c) JB Creatives (110)

My favourite part of the day was walking down the aisle to Rob, and Rob’s was performing our personalised first dance, which I choreographed.  The crowd reaction was amazing!

a wedding at Kirkstall Abbey & The Gatehouse (c) JB Creatives (111)

For our honeymoon we visited Bangkok and Koh Samui, Thailand and then Singapore.

a wedding at Kirkstall Abbey & The Gatehouse (c) JB Creatives (54)

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to chill out – It’s all very doable and you don’t need years to do it! We organised it in 9 months.

a wedding at Kirkstall Abbey & The Gatehouse (c) JB Creatives (61)

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you’d be good for me. a vintage travel inspired wedding at the leeds club – jess & sam

September 23rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

a vintage travel wedding at Leeds Club (c) Mark Dolby Photography (21)

I’m looking forward to joining my friend and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Cat Hepple to host a question and answer session at her Editorial Wedding Workshop this afternoon.

Nerves? Nah, I’m saving those for this.

Whilst I’m off on official duties, I thought I’d leave this especially sweetLeeds based DIY vintage travel themed wedding in my pace for you to enjoy. Jess and Sam styled their big day their way, to beautiful and individual effect. Super cool.

With images by Mark Dolby Photography.

a vintage travel wedding at Leeds Club (c) Mark Dolby Photography (6)

Jess says: Sam proposed after an amazing evening out in Leeds. The story starts with an unfortunate incident of a pair of my tights getting stuck to chewing gum on a seat in a bar – they compensated us by gifting us a bottle of wine and we decided to make a night of it! We went for a few drinks and then some amazing tapas. When we left the restaurant Sam realised he had left his scarf in one of the earlier bars so on the way back we had to cross the Millennium Bridge in Leeds. He got out some photos of us at various places we’d been to since we got together and some pegs out of his pocket and suggested we count the bars on the bridge and peg photos to them. Once we ran out of photos we hit a bar with a padlock on it. The padlock had our initials on it and the lyrics from a Weezer song – “I think I’d be good for you, and you’d be good for me” when I turned to look at Sam he was down on one knee with a ring asking if I’d marry him.

a vintage travel wedding at Leeds Club (c) Mark Dolby Photography (10)

We got married on 16th August 2014 at the iconic Town Hall and had our reception at the beautiful Leeds Club on Albion Place. We chose the Leeds Club because it’s a gorgeous building with amazing features. The Leeds Club also blew us away with their organisational skills. We wanted somewhere with an old soul but could throw a great party and I think we cracked it with the Leeds Club.

Our wedding had a travel theme to it. We chose travel as a theme as it is one of our shared passions in life. In the first 2 months of getting together we flew from Leeds to California to see Weezer play and that set the tone for the rest of our relationship.

All the flowers were made from old maps, this included table flowers, bouquet and buttonholes. The centrepieces were placed on squares made of material with maps on them. All the tables were named after cities we had visited and our table plan was on a map. Our invitations and programmes were designed like airline paper.

We didn’t have a particular colour scheme but because of our travel theme, the maps and the blue and red airline paper did play a part in dictating colours. I decided to use maps for the flowers because they would add pattern and colour to the bloom without being uniform or too prescribed.

a vintage travel wedding at Leeds Club (c) Mark Dolby Photography (20)

My wedding dress was Sia by Coast. I tried on probably around 50 dresses and couldn’t find one that had the right balance of being bridal but practical. Then I found Coast! I was in love with the Sia dress but they didn’t have any more in my size across the country. The personal shopper called every store across England but it wasn’t in stock. But luckily someone was selling one on eBay in my size. With a few alterations to the length, it was perfect!

My shoes were from Irregular Choice. They are my favourite shoe brand and loved seeing them peep out from under my dress as we walked through town!

Sam’s suit was a favourite he has from Marks and Spencer. He bought the matching waistcoat and then chose a snappy shirt from Next. His shirt was a beautiful geometric pattern in red and white with a red tie.  Sam had a tan belt and same colour shoes from Berwick’s.

Sam is really keen on ethical purchasing so he gave a lot of his choices a lot of thought and this included his underwear. In the end Sam chose items from ‘Pants To Poverty’. These became quite a talking point at the reception when I mentioned them in my speech!

As explained, I carried a bouquet that I had made from maps. I got designs from various craft blogs online and over a few nights perfected my flower crafting. My bouquet had about 50 flowers in it made from maps. I bought a shoebox of maps from eBay and used about 90% of the contents. The rest of the maps can be useful for our next adventure!

We didn’t have bridesmaids or groomsmen but I did make buttonholes for all the family so they could have them in their hair (for the ladies) or in their suits (for the gents). Sam’s Dad also chose the same shirt and tie combo as Sam. That was a lovely touch.

a vintage travel wedding at Leeds Club (c) Mark Dolby Photography (23)

I travelled from our home in Leeds to the Town Hall with my brother, sister and brother’s girlfriend in Mercedes town car that we booked. It was an E Class and very plush. Then between the Town Hall and the Leeds Club we walked between the venues. We had a few girl ushers (or Gushers, as I nicknamed them) to help guide guests as to the venue.

This was a lot of fun because another wedding had booked a Rolls Royce that was sat outside the Town Hall when we left and everyone expected us to get in. As we walked off everyone was very confused! Eventually as people started to cotton on that it wasn’t our car they then convinced us to go back for photos! So to the couple that paid for that car- if you see any photos of us by the side of your Rolls on your wedding day- I am so sorry!

It was great that we did walk though as luckily on that day Fosters were doing a promotion and giving out cans of beer right between our two venues! All our guests got a freebie on the walk between. People kept thanking us for arranging it!

a vintage travel wedding at Leeds Club (c) Mark Dolby Photography (26)

Our photographer was Mark Dolby and he was incredible. He was so much a part of the day he was like a guest- but he was also doing all the work! He arrived hours before we had booked him so that he could be prepared and stayed much later than we agreed because we over ran! He made us feel so comfortable and happy. He captured loads of amazing natural and reportage style shots, which is exactly what we wanted. We had a few classic group shots but we were sold on his style of ‘in the moment’ photos and they were absolutely amazing. Thank you so much Mark!

He also had around 85 photos ready for us to look through by the meal time so that they could be on a slide show in the bar at the Leeds Club- the guests loved it and kept complementing us on what lovely photos. Plus they felt famous being on the big screen in a gorgeous bar!

a vintage travel wedding at Leeds Club (c) Mark Dolby Photography (27)

I made a centrepiece for each of the tables, which included a table name on a luggage tag that was displayed in an empty bottle of beer. Sam is a beer connoisseur so he chose each beer bottle carefully! There were a lot of samples for that decoration!

Around each table name there were three bottles with my map flowers placed inside and candles. All of this was also placed on a square of map material. We also had maps cut into hearts sprinkled onto each table as table confetti. Each guest had their place name on a luggage tag that I had sewn with some map material.

For our cards and guest book table there were more flowers made of maps and a suitcase for cards. The suitcase came from my friend’s house when they moved in and must be over 50 years old. I also made the cards bunting sign from old maps.

Sam’s Mum gave me some decorations from his Grandmother’s wedding in 1947. They also were used in Sam’s parent’s wedding so I framed them so that they could have a special place in our wedding.

I made most the decorations myself but the Leeds Club put all of them out. They were so helpful! We delivered all the bits on Friday morning with set up instructions and they put them out perfectly!

a vintage travel wedding at Leeds Club (c) Mark Dolby Photography (33)

We are in love with this bakery called That Old Chestnut in Leeds. It is a vegan bakery and they basically work in cake magic. The first time we tried their cake at a fair in Leeds we knew we would have them! The question was what flavour cake! In the end we couldn’t decide so we had 6!

Triple Chocolate, Stem Ginger, Lemon Drizzle, Carrot, Coffee and Walnut and Chocolate Torte.

We were a bit nervous we had gone overboard on the cake so we provided cake-away boxes in case anyone wanted to take some home and by the end of the night there was nothing but some crumbs (which I ate while we were saying “bye” to our last guests!).

We didn’t do favours but we did have a lot of cake and let people take any of the table flowers home with them. There wasn’t any table flowers by the end of the party and lots of guests had worked them into their hair. It was fantastic! That was exactly what we hoped!

a vintage travel wedding at Leeds Club (c) Mark Dolby Photography (32)

We chose a hot fork buffet by the Leeds Club because we like the informal style of choosing from a buffet on the day but knew that a hot meal would be needed! The food was delicious; when we came for a menu tasting we were so excited!! We provided wines through Sam’s Mum and Dad. They introduced us to this brilliant Pinot Noir from Aldi and a Spanish White wine that Sam’s mum loves.

a vintage travel wedding at Leeds Club (c) Mark Dolby Photography (34)

Our DJs were incredible. I know them from my work and they really did us a massive favour by DJing. The speeches over ran so they couldn’t get into the room to set up the equipment until an hour late, but they still started the party on time.

I first met one of the DJs when I hired him for a job in the bar I worked in when he was 18 and a few months old- he is now working on his PhD in Southampton and came back to Leeds just to DJ for us!

Sam and I went out for some last minute portraits before our first dance and when we came back the dance floor was packed- we had to clear a space for the first which was Diana Ross’ “Upside Down”.

After our first dance everyone was back on the floor and didn’t stop until the end. Even then there were chants for “one more tune!” A big thanks to Aarran Shaw and Sam Ryder for accommodating us!

a vintage travel wedding at Leeds Club (c) Mark Dolby Photography (35)

We added lots of special touches to our day, but two stand out in particular.

I did a speech at our wedding. I think it is becoming more common for Bride’s to speak at their wedding and I can see why. It is so great to add your different perspective on the day and what you had thought in the run up. It was also great because I could mention some of the important people who couldn’t be there for various reasons – like our Grandmothers who I know would have loved to see the day.

We chose two readings at the Town Hall, which really helped personalise the ceremony. Our friends Lauren and Susy read an extract from Dr Seuss’ “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” and our friend Dave did an acoustic cover of the Magnetic Fields “The Book of Love” – he put lots of energy in to the final chorus and took it up an octave. The crowd went wild!

The people at the Town Hall were absolutely incredible. The lady who prepared and signed the register with us – Nancy, was retiring after our wedding and it felt so special to be her last couple. As she explained the register to us as we signed our names she had a lump in her throat saying the words. It was an incredible moment.

a vintage travel wedding at Leeds Club (c) Mark Dolby Photography (40)

We would strongly recommend the Leeds Club. It is a beautiful, historic location but also incredibly well placed. Very easy for guests to find but also easy for them to find their hotels! The team at the Leeds Club will also bend over backwards for you. They did so much to help us prepare for our big day- a big thank you especially to Karen Hiscoe, Ellie and Laura.

a vintage travel wedding at Leeds Club (c) Mark Dolby Photography (51)

My favourite part of the day was when Sam and I met before we went to the Town Hall in the Leeds Central Library. It was a bit of a risk as they had previously told us we’d need permission for photos there. I was starting to get nervous when I arrived at the Library and fell up the stairs as I walked in (much hilarity ensued for my siblings!). But when Sam and I saw each other, all the nerves disappeared and we were just so happy.

We took some photos and walked across to the Town Hall. It felt so calm and natural to walk in together with all our friends and family there. The emotions came back as we walked down the aisle though. Truly amazing.

a vintage travel wedding at Leeds Club (c) Mark Dolby Photography (59)

For our honeymoon, we went to one of our most favourite places in the world- Barcelona. Viva Espana! We hired a flat in Barceloneta with a view of the sea and spent the week drinking cava, relaxing on the beach and seeing art! Perfecto! Randomly two of our close friends were also in Barcelona at the time so we had them over for dinner at the flat one night and it was great to get their view on the wedding! Our photographer- Mark, had also been to Barcelona the week before so he gave us some great tips on some art to see.

We loved our wedding so much and had an absolute ball! I have probably a hundred top tips for other Brides Up North. Seeing your partner before you walk down the aisle is so special. Just go with the flow on the day. When we planned the day I was nervous about fitting all the bits in- they didn’t fit in, and it didn’t matter! We were late but that was ok!

Make sure you get plenty of water – it’s amazing how dehydrated you can feel from the nerves.

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True Romance. A Palette of Pinks For A Real Wedding At Woodlands Hotel, Leeds – Nicola & Silas

June 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

This afternoon’s real bride Nicola is a lady after my own heart.  Can you guess what our mutual favourite colour is? Once, in another life when I was a practising lawyer I asked my sister in law the same question and she guessed grey.  Honestly!  I think I knew right then that I was in the wrong job. 

Anyway, my life got a lot more colourful after that (thank god) and things are always, always prettier in pink.  Isn’t that right, Nicola?

With images by Hayley Baxter Photography.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

Nicola says: We went to Brighton for a long weekend in July 2012. We were getting ready for a meal out and I had taken time doing my hair and makeup. Just as we were leaving Silas said I didn’t look quite right, there was something missing. I was a little annoyed until he got down on one knee and proposed!

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

We got married on 3rd May. No specific reason but as it turned out was quite a nervous day for the groom. His beloved Notts Country were in a relegation battle… luckily for me, they survived to fight another season…

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

We chose the Woodlands Hotel in Leeds, it’s a beautiful venue with a marquee. There are only twenty three rooms which means it felt like we had the whole hotel to ourselves. Lauren the wedding planner at the hotel was fab at suggesting extra things to make the day even more special.

Through the whole planning process, nothing was too much trouble and on the day, they fully kept me informed of everything. The food was amazing, the rooms immaculate and the hotel and grounds itself were better than I had remembered. All this made it a perfect day.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

The colour scheme was pink and ivory. I love pink – it’s my favourite colour!

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

My dress was a strapless gown with satin bust and lace to the floor. I actually bought it from a wedding fair  at the NEC. It was too big to start with but then I got pregnant and Evie (our daughter) was only four months old when we got married and the dress didn’t need too much taking in! I tried so many different dresses on – the style I though I would want looks silly on me as I am only 5ft – but fell in love with my dress as soon as I put it on.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

The bridesmaids wore floor length chiffon dresses from Ted Baker. They were beautiful. The groomsmen work the same suits as the groom, which was a grey morning suit and an ivory tie from Young’s Formal Hire

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

I chose pink peonies for myself and white peonies for the bridesmaids. Sally at Serendipity Flowers did them and they were beautiful.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

My work colleague offered to drive us to the wedding as he has a selection of vintage cars! How lucky!

It was a cream Morris Minor Moggy convertible. It had red leather interior and was stunning! The weather was amazing on the day and we travelled from the church to the Woodlands with the roof down. Good job I had plenty of hairspray on.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

Hayley Baxter Photography did the photographs. I couldn’t have chosen anyone better to capture our special day. She put us at ease and the pictures are so much better than I could have imagined.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

Helen Archer was my make up artist and did an amazing job! I wanted something subtle and feminine… and it lasted all day & night.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

I wanted a clean fresh & modern look for the marquee – I chose to make a feature of the gorgeous bouquet’s & peonies by placing them in vases on the top table.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

For favours, I chose Yankee Candles in Wedding Day for all the ladies and Silas got betting slips for all the men for football matches on the closing day of the season for the men… I am not aware of any winners!

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

My chief bridesmaid and best friend Jodie and her family bought us the wedding cake as a gift. Netty’s Cakes made it for us. We chose a three tier cake made of chocolate and plain sponge with a frosting which started off dark and then graduated lighter, all in shades of pink of course. I am not a massive fan of fruit cake and so I went for sponge instead.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

We had a band called The Saints and they were great! The dance floor was full and they played some good crowd pleasing songs. Looking back, I am not sure if we asked for Gangnam Style or Cotton Eye Jo but hey, people seemed to enjoy it.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

My favourite part of the day was dancing with all my friends. It was quite emotional, it was nearly the end of the night and all the hard work and planning was nearly over. I enjoyed spending that time with the people who had helped me to make the day so great.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

For our honeymoon we went to Crete. We took Evie with us so we didn’t want to go too far.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy the planning! I really enjoyed planning of the wedding as much as I enjoyed the day. Its all so special.

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Congratulations Nicola & Silas!

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Paper Perfect. Supplier Showcase: JB Creatives PLUS Special Offer For Wedding Blog Readers

February 18th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jane of JB Creatives is one talented chick.  Not content with her thriving photography business, she can also make sure your guests turn up for the wedding too with her stunning bespoke wedding stationery!  Like it says on the tin, this girl is super creative.  Get her involved in your big day, for I can vouch that whatever she turns her hand to, it’ll be very, very beautiful (and pretty cool too).

There’s also a special little offer exclusive to Brides Up North readers on the table too… read on!

Images by JB Creatives, of course. 

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

What is the story behind JB Creatives? 

JB Creatives started in 2009 after plenty of encouragement and enthusiasm from friends and family to make the leap and make my dream a reality. With a background in Design and Photography my stationery is very much influenced by my strong Graphic roots. I love beautiful typography and different papers, textures and colours and it seemed the perfect way to make a living doing something I love. Don’t get me wrong, it’s more than cutting and sticking pretty bits of paper together; there are long hours and lots of dedication. Every second has been worth it as now it’s a year-round occupation that keeps me busy 24/7. There are just not enough hours in the day!

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Who is a JB Creatives bride?

There are all kinds of JB Creatives brides. From small family weddings to big stately home weddings, we welcome all kinds of clients.

Where are you based?

I am based in Otley just outside Leeds. I work by appointment only where couples can come see examples of previous stationery and discuss the sort of stationery they want for their day.  I also get a lot of my bookings online. These initial enquiries are usually about a design they have already seen on my website but can soon lead to a totally new design once we’ve chatted about their wedding plans.

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Tell us about the range of gorgeous designs on your website?

As the stationery is bespoke you can have the minimum and just order invites or you might want to get absolutely everything in whichever design you have chosen. I design and hand make everything from the save the dates, invitations and RSVPs, orders of service, table plans, place names, table menus and individual menus to the thank you cards and even baby announcements after the wedding day! All the designs including those on the website are available in the whole range from save the dates to thank you cards.

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

What style of stationery designs are popular at the moment?

There are so many lovely styles around at the moment here at JB Creatives HQ we have found our square invites with plain bands or lace bands very popular. Along with the New York style invites.

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

What other products do you offer? 

I offer all stationery requirements; save the dates, invites, rsvp, order of services, table menus, individual menus, place names, table/seating plans, favour tags and thank you cards and any other stationery items you might wish. I also have some large decorative frames and props for displaying table plans which are available to hire. You can also see my wedding photography on my website too.

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

What would be your top tips for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding stationery?

Your stationery is the first thing that your guests will see to do with your wedding, it sets the tone for the big day itself. So make it personal to your day and to you!  Have one theme or style in mind and stick to it. Don’t get too mixed up with too many different styles.

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

So, does all the stationery have to match?

Stationery doesn’t have to match. I would normally make it all to match but it really depends on the sort of look you’re going for. Most stationery would use the same card, ribbon or font to give a consistent look and in that sense it matches, but its by no means compulsory!

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

What are your prices like?

Please get in touch to receive the price guide; there are so many designs that the price range depending on the style of stationery. The invitations are priced per item and start at as little as £3.80 each.

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Which designs are your bestsellers?

Of the more off the shelf invites I do, the New York wedding invitations seem to be popular at the moment, usually because that is where the couples got engaged. The square pocket fold invitations are also popular. These are a great invitation as not only are they like opening a present but they can be made in a variety of colours, paper and ribbons so they work for all colour themes. They also have space for plenty of additional information inserts as you may wish to tell your guests lots of little details. Beer mat save the dates and beer mat place names have also proved popular. I’ve had lots of lovely feedback from couples on how many guests have raved about the beautiful invitations.

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

What sets JB Creatives apart from its competitors?

This beautifully bespoke stationery is designed and hand made to the highest quality. If you want something a little different designing from scratch I can do that. I love it when a couple come to me with a sweet story of where or how they got engaged, this can then be incorporated into their stationery. I designed some wedding stationery for a couple that had a little red car on everything as they met when Ian, the groom, sold his car to Martha, the bride, so it was a lovely thing to incorporate into their stationery! With a design background I have created lots of bespoke illustrated maps for the invitations too. I’m also a perfectionist so all the little details are taken care of.

How long do you take to turn around an order?

I would usually ask my clients to allow 3-4 weeks from the initial call to the delivered items. These are all hand made – you can’t rush perfection!

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

How can I get in touch to discuss my requirements or place an order?

You can see examples of my work on my website (my blog is updated regularly) at www.jbcreatives.co.uk  or follow me on Facebook  or tweet me.  

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Anything else we should know?

If you order your invitations, place names and order of services (minimum order 45 invites) I will give you a free table menu for each table (1 per table free).

Please order your stationery before 14th March to receive one of these exclusive offers and quote Brides Up North when doing so. 

Why do you read the Brides Up North blog?

For the varied wedding inspiration. There’s always something beautiful to look at on the Brides Up North pages.

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A Romantic. Fabulous Photographer: JB Creatives

January 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jane of JB Creatives is one of the loveliest girls I know (do I say that about all my Featured Suppliers?  Only when it’s true)!  She’s a dab hand both at the wedding stationery table – check out her website for more details – and behind the camera too.  Today, we are concentrating on her wedding photography talents, so lets meet her and check out a rather stunning sample of her work.  Oh, and she might just have flung a little freebie in there especially for Brides Up North readers too…

JB Creatives is offering a free engagement shoot to those couples who book their wedding photography with Jane before 13/03/14.  Please quote Brides Up North when booking.  

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

How did you get into wedding photography? 

I have always loved being creative and doing all things arty. I studied my art foundation course at Leeds College of Art and Design, where I took a more detailed interest in what had always been a hobby. I then went on to study Graphic Communication at Uni in Cardiff. As well as studying Design principles we used SLR cameras and learnt how to develop our own film in the dark room, which was an amazing thing to have done. 

Many years after finishing my degree, whilst working as a graphic designer a good friend asked me if I would photograph her wedding. I was terrified and didn’t sleep for weeks before their big day! I read so many books on wedding photography, practiced on every willing friend I had and made sure I was fully prepared before their wedding day… the day came and went so quickly and I absolutely loved it. It felt really lovely knowing that I’d captured their moment in time, that it could be revisited for years to come. But best of all they were over the moon with the photos!  And so began my thirst for capturing perfect love stories.

One of the guests at that first wedding asked me to photograph their wedding and so the ball started rolling.  Since then I have photographed just over 50 weddings, enjoyed every one of them and now I have the privilege of doing it full time!

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

Why wedding photography specifically? 

I’m a romantic and I love photographing people. So doing what I do means I get to see so many beautiful people on one of the most important days of their lives. To be able to tell their beautiful love story through the photos is a real honour.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer? 

There are so many things I love about being a wedding photographer, it would be hard to pick one favourite thing. I obviously love taking photos, composing a picture and telling stories with them. But I also love all the emotions that come with a wedding day: the father’s face as he proudly walks his little girl down the aisle; the groom seeing his bride for the first time as she walks down the aisle towards him; all the smiles and laughter; the speeches; I love all the small details that put together make every wedding unique… It’s hard to pick one specific thing as it’s more a collection of all the little things that together make it such a special thing to be able to do.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day? 

I’m a gentle, friendly sort of person. I talk to all the couples I have the pleasure of photographing as if they were friends. I meet all the couples before the wedding day itself to get to know one another beforehand. You’d be surprised how many people forget I have a camera with me.

An engagement shoot is also a great way to get used to the camera before the day itself. I find it helps a lot of the couples I photograph as they have already spent time in front of the camera together and seen the results.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

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

Just relax and enjoy your day. After all the preparation and planning your day has finally arrived, you will look beautiful so will have nothing to worry about. 

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

Someone once said your wedding makeup should be the best version of your self, so don’t wear anything you wouldn’t normally wear. Have a make-up trail before your wedding to ensure you’ll be happy with it on the day. But most of all a bride should wear whatever makeup she feels comfortable and confident in wearing and whatever makes her feel beautiful, her inner beauty will then shine out and that’s what will make the photos great.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

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

I would have loved to have photographed Kate and Will’s wedding!! Kate being the fashion icon she is and Will being our handsome prince, that would have been something to be proud of!

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured? 

I know most weddings follow the same structure but it’s so lovely to see how each couple make it their own. I photographed a wedding on a gorgeous day last August at The Cheerful Chilli, Otley, the bride and groom, Hayley and Adam, decided on the day to have the speeches outside which was beautiful as everyone just sat in the venue’s garden with their glass of sparkle, as the speeches were given in the sunshine. It was lovely.

At a different wedding at Wood Hall, James, the groom, knew he would get emotional (and possibly cry) as he spoke about his bride, so he wrote everything down on big sheets of paper before hand then held them up for everyone to read. He did it really well, I don’t think there was anyone in the room that wasn’t moved by it.

Another summer wedding was at East Riddlesden Hall Barn and Rachel, the bride had a Wuthering Heights theme. She hand made so many amazing little details that filled the barn with colour and texture.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers? 

With a background in Design I like to think I compose a photograph well. I don’t limit the number of photos I give my clients but give them as many photos as possible so I can tell the story to its fullest.  I also design and make wedding stationery so I am sometimes involved from an earlier stage in the planning process and get a better idea of how the wedding will look on the day. But perhaps the best way to answer this question is to direct you to my testimonials page on my website.  I’ve had some really amazing feedback.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

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

On more than a couple of occasions I’ve been described as a photo ninja! I don’t do any kind of fancy foot work or back flips anywhere, I’m just very discreet, and apparently seem to be in more than one place at the same time! The only time I would lightly direct any photos is for the bride and groom photos and if the couple wanted any group shots. My style is very much documenting the day. I don’t like to be intrusive and so am very much a fly on the wall for most of the day.

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What is included in your “package”? 

I will be there to capture the story of the day from the excited bridal preparations in the morning through to the romantic first dance. The couple will then receive the high resolution edited images, usually around 600-800 photos about 6-8 weeks after the wedding day. A selection of the images will also go onto an online password protected gallery the details of which can be passed on to friends and family to view the pictures and purchase prints. You can add on an engagement shoot, select from a range of albums and lots more lovely extras if you wish.

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Can you give us an idea on price? 

Photography coverage on the day starts at £1,250. Please get in touch to receive more information and the price guide.

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

I can offer a free engagement shoot to those couples who book their wedding photography with me before 13/03/14.  Please quote Brides Up North when booking.  

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

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

You can see examples of my work on my website my blog is updated regularly www.jbcreatives.co.uk

or you can follow me on Facebook or on Twitter. 

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Anything else we should know?

Not only do I have the pleasure of photographing so many beautiful weddings but I also design and make bespoke wedding stationery, you can see examples of these on my website.

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Country Rose, City Chic. A Leap Year Proposal & Last Minute Plans For A Pretty Real Wedding In Leeds – Lucy & Darren

November 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Lissa Alexandra Photography

This afternoon we are fusing country wedding pretty with city glamour as we join Lucy and Darren for their gorgeous Leeds City Centre Real Wedding.  After a major setback (read on) which derailed Lucy’s original plans, this beautiful bride came back fighting to create a celebration that was even better than she’d imagined.

With images by Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lucy says:  We got engaged on 29th February 2012 – it was the leap year so I took the opportunity to propose to him!

I proposed at home, he came home from work to a candlelit bath, the table was set with candles, I had prepared a three course home cooked meal – I bought his wedding ring, put it in his desert bowl & popped the question!

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We got married on 29th June 2013 at Leeds Town Hall then the Malmaison Hotel

We originally booked Anthony’s Piazza Restaurant in the Corn Exchange, but on Friday 21st June (one week before the wedding) they sent me an email to say they were closing the business & could no longer do our ‘event’! So, in a mad panic a very distressed bride to be went in to the Malmaison Hotel in Leeds who said very calmly not to panic and they would sort everything out for me! They took a copy of the menu that Anthony’s were going to produce for us and copied it. They upgraded me to the Suite and the staff were so helpful, I didn’t feel like my wedding collapsed the week before. The wedding ended up being 100% better than what was originally booked. 

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

The wedding had an English rose, vintage, romantic feel with a lilac colour base.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

My tea length dress was by Sottero & Midgley at The Bridal Boutique in Guiseley.  The guys wore indigo blue three piece suits from M&S with lilac ties. 

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

I carried a big bouquet of Peony, Sweet Pea, Hydrangea, Stocks and freesia – I wanted the wild flower look.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We kept it simple at the venue and used lots of candles and low lighting to create a romantic setting.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We bought everyone a Lotto ticket for a favour, held in a brown card holder with a Good Luck verse, tied with brown string and dotted vintage disposable cameras around the tables for our guests to take some snaps.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Our cutting cake was Victoria Sponge and we also had cupcakes in Cherry Bakewell, Lemon Meringue & Chocolate.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

My favourite part of the day was seeing all the evening guests arrive & dancing to the band, twirling to the music in my wedding dress!

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

After the wedding we honeymooned at Loch Long in Scotland.  We rented a cottage overlooking the Loch. 

Lissa Alexandra Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax & enjoy the day as it goes too quickly!

Lissa Alexandra Photography

 

Congratulations Lucy & Darren!

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Sweethearts. Berketex Bride For A Chic Real Wedding At The Mansion – Helen & David

October 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

And would you look at that, it’s Friday!  Three cheers and let’s celebrate by feasting our eyes on this beautiful Real Wedding at one of my very favourite wedding venues – The Mansion, Leeds.  I’ve just celebrated my third wedding anniversary, but if we had to do it all again, this venue would be seriously near the top of my list.  Helen and David’s celebration is just lovely – simple, chic and perfectly executed.  Of course, it helps that they’re blooming gorgeous too. 

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With images by Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Helen says:  We got engaged in Summer 2011 in Las Vegas in an amazing restaurant overlooking the Bellagio fountains.  It was a complete surprise.

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

When we got married we had been together for 15 years as we got together at High School.  We finally said “I do” on Friday 16th August 2013 at The Mansion, Roundhay Park, Leeds. 

We chose the venue for the beautiful interiors, the stunning views of the park and because we both grew up nearby. From the first time we went inside The Mansion we knew we wanted to get married there.

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

My dress was from Berketex Bride in Leeds. It was an ivory strapless gown with lots of subtle detailing and a slight hint of pink in the lace. It needed no alterations and fit perfectly on the day.

I wore customised converse on my feet. They had my married name on and were covered in crystals. 

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

My seven year old nieces wore ivory dresses from Debenhams with floral appliqué. Our one adult bridesmaid (my wing woman) wore a floral print dress from Phase Eight.  The groomsmen wore suits from Yorkshire Menswear and matching socks from Paul Smith.

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

We had Jill Ryder to sing and play guitar at the ceremony, drinks reception and wedding meal. She really made the day with her fantastic acoustic music. We saw her play at a friend’s wedding and knew we had to have her on our special day.

In the evening we had a brilliant band called Vibetown who got everyone dancing.

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

My bouquet was made from white hydrangeas with green leaves. Our bridesmaid Emma had a matching bouquet. We then had table flowers to match in glass cube vases. I have always loved white flowers and we wanted a clean, simple yet elegant look.

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Our photographer was Martin from Dorchester Ledbetter Photography. We were so impressed with the quality of the photos and had a hard time choosing pictures for our album. Martin had such a good knowledge of our venue and suggested all the best places to get a good shot. He even stayed for the evening reception and we got some great pictures on the dance floor!

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Our on the day stationery was by Pink Sherbet.  We chose butterfly place cards, which sat on the glasses and frosted candle holders lit the room in the evening.

We hired an ivory post box with our names on it for guests to place their cards in.

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

We chose a blush pink and ivory three tier cake with fondant flowers from Bored to Tiers in Morley.  The bottom and middle tiers were vanilla sponge and then middle tier was red velvet with white chocolate ganache.

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

I have lots of amazing memories from the day – walking into the room and seeing everyone’s smiling faces; walking up the aisle as a married couple then onto the terrace for some pink fizz; the speeches, which were brilliant and funny and hen everyone hit the dance floor to a Michael Jackson medley by our amazing band, Vibetown.

We just loved sharing such a perfect day with our family and friends. Everyone kept saying what a brilliant day it was.

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

For our honeymoon we went to Koh Phangan and Koh Samui in Thailand then onto Singapore.

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax and enjoy the day. Get the main things booked as early as possible (venue, photographer, registrar) as these get booked up then take your time with all the other aspects. Book people that you trust and then you can relax and let them do their job on the day. We really trusted our venue team and photographer and felt able to enjoy every moment.

Don’t feel you have to have a colour theme, our approach was ‘if we like it then we will have it’. Enjoy the planning process, ours was exciting not stressful.

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Congratulations Helen & David!

Contact me to share your own Real Wedding here on Brides Up North.  Here’s how to do it.

 

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Sugar Frosted: Mori Lee For A Real Wedding At Oulton Hall –Emma & Jordan

August 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime

Blackmill Photography

This morning things are getting pink and girly here at Brides Up North (oh alright then, more pink and girly) as we join Emma and Jordan for their sugar spun celebration in Leeds.  With a princess dress, candy colours and big blousy blooms, Brides Up North reader Emma’s wedding is straight out of a fairy-tale.

With images by Blackmill Photography

Blackmill Photography

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Fashionistas! Are You Ready? It’s The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive At The Mansion – THIS SUNDAY!

March 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It’s time for another gorgeous Brides Up North event at The Mansion, Roundhay Park – definitely Leeds’ chicest boutique wedding venue, and totally one for the fashionistas!

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Our luxury wedding exhibition is THIS WEEKEND – Sunday 3rd March 2013! And it just so happens that our VIP Bride To Be registration is now open…

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Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition

The Mansion, Roundhay Park

Sunday 3rd March 2013

12pm till 4pm – Free Entry

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This is your invitation to a day of bridal brilliance at Leeds’ most desirable wedding venue: The Mansion.  Check out our special video clip above to see just how special and hear from some previous brides and grooms.

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This Sunday, a choice selection of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will also be on hand to inspire and advise.  Only the best will do for Brides Up North and Dine Events!  But don’t just take my word for it, come and see for yourselves!

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Leeds’ most fabulous brides have been quick off the mark, but if you haven’t already,  pre-register online NOW for speedy entry and your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag packed with treats, glossy mags, little pressies from Brides Up North and exclusive on the day discounts!

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking “The Mansion” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibition.

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Some of Yorkshire’s finest in attendance on Sunday… Allan Scott Photography, Amelia Elliott Bridal, l Amoretto Wedding Stationery, Booth Revolution, Bridezilla Design Company, Curvy Bridal, Damselle Tiaras, Deans Fine Jewellery, DG Sound & Light, Dine Services, DJB Photography, Donna Makes Cakes, Dorchester Ledbetter Photography, Eyecapture, Floral Opulence, Function 54, Iain Henderson Designs, JB Creatives, Joel Skingle Photography, Leafy Couture, Perfectly Practical Parties, Smooch, The Enchanted Wood Weddings, The Greenhouse Florist, The Little Bridal Company, The Wedding Guide, The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company, Truly Scrumptious Cakes By Lynne, Confetti & Lace, The Event Music Company, Swing Thing Duo and me!

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Can’t make it to The Mansion?  Click here to view our amazing range of luxury bridal exhibitions this Spring, and save the date!

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Real Wedding images from Amy and Sam’s beautiful wedding at The Mansion, courtesy of Chris Chambers PhotographyClick here to see the whole celebration.

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: ROCK The Party! A Real Wedding In Leeds – Faye & John

December 31st, 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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As we head into the New Year it’s off to Leeds to recap on the fun filled Real Wedding of Faye & John, sent to me by Brides Up North North Featured Supplier John Steel Photography (click here to read a recent interview with this lovely man).  Get ready to parrrrrrrrrrrrrrty!

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Faye says:  We got engaged in April 2011, whilst on a holiday in Robin Hoods Bay. I grew up in Robin Hoods Bay. John proposed on the beach, it was a complete surprise!

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We were married on 25th August 2012 in Leeds City Centre. We had the ceremony at the Park Plaza hotel, overlooking City Square. We had a drinks reception outside the Loch Fyne, City Square and enjoyed the sunshine. Then headed back to the Park Plaza for our wedding breakfast and celebrations.

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We both wanted an urban wedding. We hold a lot of fond memories of Leeds so it felt natural to celebrate the big occasion in familiar surroundings with such great memories. We looked at a lot of venues in Leeds and really liked the floor to ceiling windows and the natural light that beamed into the building. The Park Plaza was also fantastic value.

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The theme was a huge celebration/party. We wanted our wedding to be a big celebration, lots of fun, very relaxed and full of colour and laughter. We have been to lots of weddings in the past where they are just overly formal. We are not formal in the slightest so didn’t understand why we should behave that way on what is supposed to be the biggest day of our lives. We are used to celebrating in style so arranged for plenty of fancy dress, party poppers and a ceremony with a twist to put everyone at ease and allow them to act how they would at a party not at a wedding.

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I wanted a dress that was simple and didn’t make me feel all trussed up. The dress I chose was a boho style dress, very simple, very light and not at all structured. It was an off the peg dress from Bridal Warehouse in Kirkstall, she has some beautiful dresses and very reasonable prices.

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I asked for a country garden bouquet, one that looked quite natural. Adrianne Florist made me a beautiful, bright bouquet and it was perfect for the day

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Our ceremony was conducted by One Life Ceremonies, who were very professional and really made our service personal. All of our friends and family said what a wonderfully personal and relaxed service we had.

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John and I weren’t overly precious about all our bridal party looking the same, we just wanted everyone one to feel good in what they were wearing and comfortable on the day. The groom and best man bought their suits from TM Lewin. I tried on a couple of high street shops for our bridesmaids, Coast and Monsoon etc. In the end all the bridesmaids liked the same yellow dress from Monsoon. They were very summery and had the same simple style as my wedding dress.

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We worked with a fabulous photographer, John Steel. John has a very friendly and relaxed disposition. He also did a pre wedding shoot with us, and we used these photos on our invitations. He always delivered when he said he was going to. An absolute pleasure to work with and some fantastic snaps.

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We really wanted the day to be as inclusive as possible, and would have liked to have everyone at the whole day. This was not an option on our budget so we decided to have an open ceremony and drinks reception and then invited all our evening guests back for the celebrations and music. This worked really well, particularly as we were right in the centre of Leeds and there was plenty for our guests to do for a few hours whilst the wedding breakfast was taking place.

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We also wanted to get as many of our friends involved as possible. We asked a few of our friends to decorate the room and they did a wonderful job, it looked fantastic. The flowers were bought from Marks and Spencer  on the morning and arranged in vases by my Nan & Grandad. A friend of ours made our cake and My Dad and I got a lift to the venue from a friend. Everyone really stepped up to help and this is what made it special for us. That and a paper bag of pork pies for all our guests during the drinks reception. They went down very well!

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We worked with some great musicians on the day. Music was provided during the drinks reception by Opie Deino , she played a beautiful acoustic set and all our guests really enjoyed her music, both her own songs and the covers she played.

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We asked West Yorkshire Brass Band to play during the wedding breakfast. I love the brass sound, it’s very nostalgic. The band was fantastic and really set the scene. Their music has fun, heart-warming and got the guests up dancing doing the wedding breakfast, They even played a fan fair for our arrival, pure brilliance and absolute value for money.

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During the evening we hired a funk and soul band called Chicago Joes and the Soul Divas. They were brilliant, very high energy and their sound was remarkable.  We asked a friend of ours who is a DJ to close the evening off and he did us very proud. His set was bouncing and so was the dance floor. Thank you Big Jiggy Sniggy Wizzle… you absolutely rocked our party!

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A friend Nina Taylor, a professional cake maker, made our cake for us. We gave Nina full artistic licence and she did not disappoint. The cake was both beautiful and delicious.

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My favourite bit?  That’s so hard! Waking up to Billy Idol, White Wedding really got the day off on a cracking foot! What’s not to love about that, cheers Bro! The whole day was remarkable, getting ready with friends and family, the journey to the venue with my Dad, very special. Missing the music queue and having to request, ‘play it again?’ which everyone got laughing. Catching the eyes of our nearest and dearest and of course my husband whilst walking down the aisle. Noticing guests in fancy dress and wigs during the ceremony, the ’husband & wife’ announcement, the trip through Leeds city centre for photos and mischievous fun. The speeches, the first dance, the first dance off. We loved it all.

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John arranged the honeymoon and it was a big surprise when I found out we were going to Peru, to complete the four day Inca Trail and then on to Columbia. South America is always a part of the world I wanted to explore and it was inspiring, intriguing, relaxing and wild! Peru and Columbia are amazing places to visit. I’d highly recommend them.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that we both wanted to face our guests for the ceremony and I highly recommend this. Being able to see your guests while you’re saying your vows is magic. We all laughed so much during our ceremony and it felt very personal.

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HEARTCongratulations Faye & John! HEART

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North. Here’s how to do it!

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  – Images © 2012 John Steel Photography

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