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Muted Elegance: A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Charlotte & Daniel

December 15th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Charlotte and Daniel’s simple celebration with it’s muted and moody colour scheme was all about one thing: keeping it real.  Their pretty and personal wedding day focused on the ceremony and the people around them because, when all is said and done, isn’t that what really matters?

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Charlotte says:  We got engaged at Castle Howard – walking in the grounds in April 2011 – and were married on 12th August 2012 at Fairfield Manor, Mercure Hotel, York. 

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We wanted a hotel wedding and this hotel had some lovely grounds compared to some of the city centre hotels and was only just outside of York so people could easily get there. It also had plenty of parking, again in contrast to some of the city centre hotels. The staff were all great from the beginning and clearly knew what they were doing, with plenty of experience.

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We decided against a theme and aimed for a fairly relaxed day with a hint of the traditional wedding.  We chose a muted colour scheme of dark purple and gold.

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My dress was a slim-fitting dress, with straps that crossed over at the back from The Bridal Lounge in York. It had some beading design on the straps and under the bust. The dress was called ‘Jazz’.   I carried a small hand tied bunch of purple and cream flowers including freesias by Kymm Queen who designed the table flowers to match.   

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We didn’t have any bridesmaids.  The groomsmen wore their own suits and wore matching gold ties. Daniel’s suit was from Marks and Spencer

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My favourite part of the day was the ceremony.  For us the whole day was all about us getting married and we had carefully chosen readings for our closest friends and family to read.  We weren’t too worried about all the other details as we knew the hotel had taken care of all that.

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I made my own invitations, menu cards, table name cards, seating plan and favours.  We wanted the day to be really personal.  Daniel, his best man, the father of the bride, the bride and the father of the groom all made really lovely speeches after the meal.

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Our cake was made by Daniel’s godmother; it was a circular, two layered sponge cake with marzipan and icing with a purple ribbon around each layer. We asked the florist to put flowers on the top.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Sao Raphael in Portugal. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to really enjoy the day – make sure you invite your closest friends and family. Be prepared to be a little overwhelmed though!  Make your day about the getting married and the ceremony and don’t worry about all the other details – they will all come together by the end. 

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Congratulations Charlotte & Daniel!

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  – Images © 2012 Shelley Hughes at Diamonds & Doodles

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She’s A Star! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Steph & Nathan

May 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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For me, Friday has always been a day of celebration – the end of the working week, the start of the weekend, a few cheeky drinks, a long lunch and a sneaky Crunchie.  Totally floats my boat.

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What better way to get the Friday feelings flowing than with a simply stunning real wedding sent to me by real bride Steph and Matt of Agan Photography.  This wedding has it all – fashion, fun and food. 

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And oh!  The fashion and the food… swoon.

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Over to Steph: We got engaged on 10th August 2009 at Center Parcs Elvedon and were married on 10th September 2011 at The Star Inn, Harome, North Yorkshire.  The venue is filled with a quirky, rustic charm – and made an impression on us as soon as we walked in. The village setting is also lovely – and we already knew the food would be fantastic too, so it was a very easy choice!

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We tried to keep everything simple, local and handmade if possible. All the food cooked at The Star is locally sourced and our evening menu was all from local suppliers in our home village (including a homemade wedding cake). The table decorations and favours were all handmade and the confetti was hand-dried petals donated from different friend’s and family’s gardens

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I chose to wear Maxime in Azure by Ian Stuart Belle Epoque Collection from Blush in Uppermill. My head dress was by Vivien Sheriff and dyed to match.  I carried a bouquet of roses, calla lilies, gladioli, heather, elderberries, bear grass and lavender by Gerts Flowers in Honley. 

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My bridesmaids wore eggplant gowns by Jim Hjelm from Limelight Occasions in Lepton. 

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The boys wore suits from Marks and Spencer.

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The most memorable part of the whole day was definitely the wedding ceremony itself, walking down the aisle and seeing each other for the first time. The speeches were also a lot of fun.

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To add a special touch to the day we hosted an after dinner quiz with homemade chilli vodka as the grand prize. We also invested in some fun outdoor garden games (quoits, petanque and swing ball).  We created our own disco on the laptop with handpicked songs playing inside and outdoors!

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Dessert was a feast in itself – cheese cake (actual cheese of various kinds), pork pie cake and Mum’s fruitcake. 

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After a brilliant wedding, we honeymooned in Las Vegas and Mexico.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take time making all your decisions and give yourself plenty of time to make them. Try not to worry about small details on the day – nobody else will notice tiny things that might not be quite right in your eyes.

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Congratulations Steph & Nathan!

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Contact me to share your Real Wedding memories with Brides Up North. 

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  – Images © 2012 Agan Photography

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