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A Classic Romance. Pink & Grey For A Traditional Real Wedding At Rockliffe Hall – Claire & Chris

September 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Welcome to a new week folks!  After a rare weekend off here at Brides Up North HQ – topped off by an X Factor and Downton Abbey marathon (hell yeah!) -  I’m back and bursting to get going. 

I’ve so much wedding pretty to share with you between now and our Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel this weekend that I’m going to jump right in.  We’re in the North East this morning, as we share in Claire and Chris’ utterly elegant celebration at the ever stunning Rockliffe Hall. Timeless, traditional and totally gorgeous.  

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Jamie Penfold Photography

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Claire says:  We got engaged on Christmas morning 2011 – Chris surprised me with a ring as we opened Christmas presents in front of the tree. We had already been together over ten years but I still wasn’t expecting it!

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

We were married on 2nd August 2013 at St Aloysius Church, Hebburn followed by a reception at Rockliffe Hall Hotel

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

It was the first place we visited as we had heard very good things about it, and we were blown away by the gorgeous venue! The staff were so helpful and friendly from our first meeting, and they couldn’t do enough for us from start to finish. We viewed a few other places after that, but we couldn’t get Rockliffe out of our heads, nowhere else compared for us! Becci and Colin made sure everything ran smoothly and we felt like we were in safe hands. The toastmaster, Robert Leeming was completely charming and really made the day extra special.

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We didn’t have a theme; we just wanted the wedding to be quite traditional and classic, with a colour scheme of pale pinks and greys. 

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

I chose a strapless fishtail dress embellished with crystals from I Do in Bill Quay. I also got my jewellery, hair band and veil from there.  My bridesmaids Ashleigh and Samantha wore short pink Dessy dresses, also from I Do.

Our hair was done by Elaine Rea from Tribeca Boldon and make up by Amy Askew from Aatiqah Boutique Spa. The girls worked wonders on us all!

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Our bouquets included pink roses, white freesias, white veronica and eucalyptus, made by Cinnamon Rose. They also supplied the centrepieces of candelabras and roses.

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We travelled in a Bentley S2 from Fearon’s, we loved the classic shape and colour of the car.

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Our videographer Steve Spowart from Gibside Video Service was brilliant.

Jamie Penfold was our photographer and he was fab. We couldn’t be happier with the photos from the day!

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

The invitations, orders of service and other stationery were designed by Noble Fine Art. Julia and Charlotte did a fantastic job and were so organised, which took a lot of stress out of it for me!

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Gemma of Love Lily Cakes made our four tier cake, and it was delicious! We chose a bottom tier of carrot cake, followed by vanilla sponge, chocolate and fruit cake. She handcrafted flowers to imitate those in my bouquet and she did an amazing job.

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Chris’ cousin Caroline made a slideshow of photos of us both, as babies, through our teenage years up to the present day. It was shown just before our first dance and it was a lovely surprise for us, however there were some extremely questionable photos included!

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

We went to Dance City and had a few lessons with a dance teacher, Sue, who choreographed a first dance routine for us. Although it didn’t go quite as planned on the night, as we didn’t have time to practise in the lead-up to the wedding, we had such a lot of fun doing it and our guests seemed to enjoy us looking silly too!

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Jason Isaacs entertained us all and got everyone people dancing early on! He was superb. We then had a DJ from Prime Entertainment, who had us all dancing until the early hours.

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For our honeymoon we spent two weeks in El Dorado Casitas in Mexico and it was fabulous – we didn’t want to come home!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take it easy on the morning of the wedding.  I’m so glad I got Elaine and Amy to come to my house. There was a really chilled atmosphere as there was no rushing around and we could just relax and be pampered in our PJs!

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Congratulations Claire & Chris!

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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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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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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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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's Wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, County Durham by Katy Melling Photography

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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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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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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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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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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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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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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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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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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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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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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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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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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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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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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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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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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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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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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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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  – Images © 2012 Katy Melling Photography

Katy Melling Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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