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Daintily Does It! A Real Wedding In North Yorkshire – Alice & Jonathan

December 17th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I told you that the pretty wasn’t going to let up in the run up to Christmas!  This afternoon’s beautiful Real Wedding sent to me by Brides Up North reader Alice is totally one for the girly girls (who, moi?) and includes all my favourite things: layer upon layer of crisp white tulle, a duo of dainty flower girls, plenty of pink peonies, a tower of gilt edged cake and lots and lots of dancing.

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Alice says:  We got engaged in October 2011 at the Fox and Hounds pub in Hurworth sitting on the river bank. We followed it up with a lovely curry at Akbar’s in Middlesbrough. Jonathan’s original plan was a romantic picnic somewhere but it was too cold!

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We were married on 22nd June 2012 at Sadberge Parish Church (St Andrews) and the reception was at Crathorne Hall, Yarm.  Our theme was traditional with a pretty vintage twist.

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We chose Crathorne Hall because we loved the building and the surroundings.  Due to the reception room being a deep red, we struggled initially to find a colour palette that would suit.  We ended up having everything cream, light gold and very pale pink.

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I had been working in a bridal shop (Grace The Weddings Company) when we got engaged so I didn’t want to have a dress that I’d seen many other brides in. So I decided to go for a very simple, yet rather big, princess style dress with not a single bead or diamante on it. It had a taffeta top with a tulle skirt made up of many, many layers. I’m not a very glitzy girl so I had a short ivory, ribbon edged veil and had a tiara made by the fantastic Sue Webster, Darlington. It consisted of pearls, vintage lace a few sparkles. Sue also made me a pearl bracelet and some pearl earrings. My shoes were ivory silk with a bow on the front.

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We got the bridesmaid dresses and the men’s outfits from the bridal shop I worked at – Grace The Weddings Company, Darlington. The colour of the bridesmaid’s dresses was ‘palomino’ – a deep cream. The dresses were chiffon with one shoulder and came from the supplier Dessy.

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My little bridesmaids wore mini versions of my dress with a satin top with straps and a full tulle skirt. The dresses had a satin belt around the middle which fastened with a tulle flower at the back.

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The men’s suits were supplied by Cameron Ross.  All the suits were dark grey Italian silk – Jon wore a 3 piece suit and the groomsmen wore a 2 piece. Harry, our page boy – also Jonathan’s son, wore trousers and a waistcoat. All the men wore black paisley skinny ties and we made some pale pink pocket squares out of a shirt (was so hard to find the right colour fabric)!

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I carried a bouquet of white avalanche roses, cream roses and pale pink peonies by Claire Metcalfe

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We used Lovedubcars – all the bridesmaids and mum went in a VW camper van and my dad and I travelled in an old VW Beetle. Due to the adverse weather conditions, Rachael from Lovedubcars swapped the Beetle for a camper van during the church service to take us to the reception. They made the journey so memorable for us by providing a bottle of champagne to drink on the way.

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All of our invitations, table settings, table plan, candle holders and order of services were handmade by us. We also put together favours which were in ivory metal buckets – the men received a mini aftershave, a Volkswagen camper van key ring (to remind them of the wedding cars), and a love heart shaped chocolate. The ladies also received an ivory metal bucket with a heart shaped tea light, a pink love heart chocolate and a small packet of love heart sweets. Everybody was given a small glass tube of bubbles with a heart shaped lid.

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One of my closest friends has her own cake business – Cakes By Melia – so I gave her the colour scheme and wedding theme and let her come up with a design. It was perfect! It had cascading roses and a vintage birdcage as the top tier. Everyone was wowed by the cake!

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Entertainment was easy to organise – my brother is a professional drummer and he sorted out a fantastic band for us. It was headed up by Caterina Rea who did an excellent job. It turned into an open mic night by the end with different members of the family getting up and singing. Very good fun!

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There were so many great parts to the day! I think the evening party was the highlight – it was great to be surrounded by all of our friends, family and the fantastic music.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Southern Corfu and stayed in a beautiful hotel called Restia Suites – It was amazing!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take in every detail on the day – make the most of every second. It goes by so fast! We really appreciate John Hesford, our photographer, for capturing so many of these memorable moments and intricate details on the day that we would not otherwise had seen.

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Congratulations Alice & Jonathan!

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Contact me to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North. 

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Beautiful On A Budget: A Real Wedding In The North East – Bryde & Rob

December 16th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Middlesbrough Wedding by Sally Thurrell Photography

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Welcome to Sunday Brides Up North.  The air may be filled with freezing fog, but look closely and you’ll see fairy lights twinkling through the grey:  there’s only one working week to go until Christmas!  As you wind down in the office, indulge in the communal Quality Street and take a few more long lunches than normal, make sure to stop by as there’ll be a double dose of wedding pretty waiting for you on these pages right up until the big day itself.

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Speaking of pretty, today we are in Middlesbrough for the beautiful wedding of Bryde and Rob, who are proud to have brought their special day in on budget without compromising on style.  It prides me to feature weddings of every style, denomination and price point here on Brides Up North:  basically, if it’s stunning, it’s in.  Bryde and Rob’s wedding is most certainly in – by penny pinching on the things that were less important to them, they added more costly details where it mattered and carried off the whole celebration with aplomb!  With images by Sally Thurrell Photography

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Bryde says:  The day that we got engaged I came home from work to find our apartment filled with candles, a piece of classical music playing and rose petals all over the floor, leading to Rob kneeling in the bedroom with the most beautiful engagement ring. It was a day before we were off for a weekend away together to celebrate our second anniversary.

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We were married on August 10th 2012 at Ormesby Hall in Middlesbrough. 

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We were on a tight budget as I’m still a student but we felt that the ceremony venue was the most important part of our day, so after months of looking and getting very nervous that we’d never find the perfect place, we finally came upon Ormesby Hall, that was in our price range and fit our theme of a English country garden wedding. It was absolutely beautiful.

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We both love the 50’s and 60’s eras so we decided on a vintage theme with lots of lace, a pastel colour scheme and charity shop nick-knacks which were essential to us staying within budget.

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My wedding dress was always going to be lace, but finding a vintage inspired lace dress within budget was the hardest part of the whole wedding. I finally found my perfect dress, on eBay of all places for £85.

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Everyone commented on how beautiful the dress was and when they found out how cheap it was they were shocked to say the least. It just shows you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a perfect day.

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My bridesmaids wore beautiful, pale pink chiffon, floor length dresses from www.missguided.com, with our flower girls in ivory tea dresses from eBay and the men wore King Edward suits from Psyche in Middlesbrough.

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Although we chose a pastel colour scheme I didn’t want to put the men in anything too feminine or garish so Rob decided on the colour of the suits. So I was relieved when I saw him and the groomsmen looking very dapper in black and ivory suits!

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My bespoke lace veil (which I actually loved more than my dress) was created by the talented Katy at What Katy Did Next. She also created our own personal cake toppers which our guests were very fond of.

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My bouquet was filled with pale pink and ivory roses, with sprigs of lilac and greenery. I wanted the flowers to look very natural and not too tidy; our florist did a great job.

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My Granddad has a beautiful garden, so it was wonderful for his flowers to decorate our reception, he even created the bouquets for our flower girls himself. We also had the reception filled with candles, tea cups and vases that had been collected by many of our friends and family.

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We found our amazing 60’s wedding car, The Digby at Lovedubcars.  I’d recommend their company to anyone, and our driver was lovely.   I travelled to the ceremony with both my Mum and Dad with me in the car, as I’m really close to both my parents and my Mum was a massive part of my day so I wanted her with me too. And on the way to our reception Rob and I enjoyed champagne with the roof down, which led to lots of cheering and beeping from onlookers. It was so much fun.

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My favourite part was the ceremony. Rob had sworn he wouldn’t cry but as I walked down the aisle, to the same piece of classical music that Rob had played when he proposed, he was crying his eyes out, as were were all three of my sisters. My youngest sister Annie gave an emotional reading of Bob Dylan’s Forever Young, I think by the end of it there wasn’t a dry eye in the place. After our vows we walked down the aisle to the Match of the Day theme tune, much to everyone’s amusement and we drank champagne in the gardens with all our loved ones, and the weather was perfect!

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Our photographer Sally (Sally Thurrell Photography) was just like having a lifelong friend with me, as soon as she arrived on the morning she gave me a massive hug and my family loved her. Having a good relationship with her helped a lot.

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For our wedding cake, we had my own personal favourite from The Olde Young Teahouse made which was a raspberry, coconut and chocolate cake, Rob’s favourite which was a Dime Bar cake, and a classic chocolate sponge with vanilla cream and strawberries.

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My Dad was an unexpected piece of entertainment when he brought out his guitar for his speech, which was lovely as he had done the same at his own wedding to my Mum 11 years ago. We had a DJ for our evening reception who kept us dancing all night to classics by Elvis Presley and The Beach Boys

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We stayed in a log cabin at Whinstone View the next day for the weekend, and four days later we set off for a 5* all inclusive week in Egypt.

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Even though our wedding was cheap compared to what is normally spent on the average wedding, I don’t think that effected the quality of the day at all, so my top tip for other Brides Up North would be to shop around, eBay was a godsend and have a dig through loads of charity shops for decoration ideas, and if you make invites, table plans and decorations yourself, it’s not only cheaper but it adds a personal touch to the day. At the end of the day it’s about you marrying the person you love, so don’t be nervous, ha!

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Congratulations Bryde & Rob!

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  – Images © 2012 Sally Thurrell Photography

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