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concrete love. martina liana for a summer wedding at eslington villa – kate & liam

August 21st, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

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After getting engaged at a Courteeners gig, today’s featured couple, Katie and Liam were married in Gibside Chapel and moved onto Eslington Villa to get the celebrations underway. Katie loved visiting Gibside as a little girl and instinctively knew it would be the ideal place to say “I do”. We’ve got to say that we wholeheartedly agree: the stately polished wood and colonnaded interior is breath-taking, and perfect for their formal religious ceremony.

But this Real Wedding has so much more going for it than just the pretty setting, believe us. Kate’s Martina Liana gown is just exquisite – an absolute showstopper of lace and embellishment topped off with the ultimate cathedral-length, heavy lace-edged statement veil. If you’re looking for classic Grace Kelly vibes with a V-neck, look no further.

Add in some sequinned table-runners, all-white bouquets and the proudest, smiliest little pageboy we ever did see and what do you get? A whole lotta heart-eyes.

With photography by Danny Birrell Photography.

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kate says: Lima and I got engaged on 5th June 2015 at a Courteeners gig – they’re my favourite band! It was at Heaton Park in Manchester.

We got to into the venue, headed straight to the bar and, as we were waiting for everything to start, Liam said, “Can you hold my pint in your right hand?” The next thing I knew he was down on one knee! It was a huge shock: our friends were standing not too far away from us and all I could hear was my sister Charlotte screaming, crying and shouting, “Oh my God!” It was amazing – I couldn’t think of anywhere better for it to have happened. We were also mentioned in the NME magazine after the gig!

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Our wedding date was 7th July 2017 – we liked the fact that there were lots of 7s in the date! We were married in Gibside Chapel and our reception was at Eslington Villa, Gateshead.

We wanted something a little different; I’m personally not keen on big stately home weddings and wanted to create something that was relevant to me and Liam. I used to go to Gibside as a child and we liked how Eslington Villa was just a quirky little restaurant and that we had exclusive use of it.

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Our décor theme was ‘a little bit of everything’ – candles in geo votives, succulents and sequinned table runners. I loved how everything wasn’t too streamlined.

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I saw my dress at a wedding fair; it was a Martina Liana gown from Mia Sposa bridal at Newcastle. I just fell completely in love as soon as I saw it. I loved the long train, the sleeves, the lace – just everything!

For my shoes I went for a pair of Christian Louboutins – I’d wanted a pair for years! They were nude patent Pigalles.

Ashley at Elixir in Seaham did my hair and managed to create exactly what I wanted. Katie Robson did my makeup and was a dream to work with. She has the patience of a saint!

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Eye Candy: Romantica at Mia Sposa

December 14th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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What’s the festive season all about if it ain’t a bit of eye candy?   This afternoon on the wedding blog, I bring you a sneak preview of the diverse and divine Romantica 2012 collection, available at Mia Sposa Bridal & Menswear, who have boutiques across the North.

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Mia Sposa Bridal & Menswear, Newcastle Upon Tyne, will be showcasing their gorgeous gowns at the Brides Up North Super Showcase on Sunday 4th March 2012 at Ramside Hall Hotel in Durham.  Lots of North East readers have already signed up for a VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag by clicking the banner at the top of the page, but you can also click here to put your name down.  Be quick, I can only guarantee a Goody Bag whilst stocks last. 

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Enough chat.  Feast your eyes on these!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Romantica @ Mia Sposa

Tierney

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  Josephine Jolene Memphis

Josephine, Jolene & Memphis

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Romantica @ Mia Sposa

Royale

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Florence, Celia & Cordoba

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Romantica @ Mia Sposa

Vanilla

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Eye Candy: Justin Alexander

June 21st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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The fabulous Mark and Joy from Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear, Newcastle Upon Tyne let me visit them last Saturday to try on some gorgeous gowns (not to mention shoes, veils, head dresses and shrugs) and generally prance around their shop with unabashed glee!

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Kid in a sweet shop?  Try wedding blogger in a dress shop.

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Amongst the bounty – some of these beauties.  Fill your boots with this gorgeous eye candy this afternoon. 

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog:  Justin Alexander   Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Justin Alexander 

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Justin Alexander   Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Justin Alexander

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Justin Alexander   Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Justin Alexander

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Justin Alexander   Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Justin Alexander

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While we are at it, have you seen the adorable Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear YouTube Clip showing off their stunning new Cococouture collection?  Take a peep…

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I just cant say much more (my lips are sealed!), but watch out for some of these dresses in a very special Brides Up North styled shoot coming soon on the Brides Up North wedding blog…all to be revealed soon…

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Brides Up North Bride to Be: Francesca

June 8th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I was recently thrilled to be able to make this lovely lady’s dreams come true.  Francesca was the winner of the Brides Up North and Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear Win Your Wedding Dress Competition (worth a cool £1,200).  Today, I chat to the excited bride to be about the plans for her forthcoming big day…

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One thing’s for sure, luck is on this fun and feisty bride’s side!

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Brides Up North Bride To Be Francesca

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When did you and your husband to be meet? Tell Brides Up North your story…

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Prepare yourselves for a clichéd office romance that we managed to keep quiet for 12 months!

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We met in November 2004 when he started working at the same place as me in London. I took to him instantly because he is Northern (!) and had a cracking sense of humour! He is also tall and dark (and handsome but then I’m biased!) but back then he had long (shoulder length) hair and I knew he was special because ordinarily that would have turned me right off but not with him. Over several weeks of seeing each other around the office and chatting occasionally (and apparently flirting!?) we only really got
talking at the office Christmas lunch – so clichéd! Then a few of us went on to the pub and before we knew it everyone else had disappeared and we’d been holding hands without even realising – we talked some more, had a smooch and the rest is history. We spent hours on the phone over Christmas and then in the
New Year we spent more and more time together. Less than 2 years later we moved in together and I have been trying to persuade him to marry me ever since!

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When did you know it was love?

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Less than two months after we got together he had to go away on a business trip and I missed him desperately. I remember one night while he was away he called and I was so excited just to hear is voice. I came off the phone and burst into tears and that’s when I knew I couldn’t live without him. He was the one for me. And when he got back from the trip he gave me a beautiful necklace he brought while he was there so I knew he had been thinking of me too.

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How did he propose? Tell Brides Up North about it…

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Well, actually, I proposed…sort of! My bride to be story is slightly different from the norm – we appear to be doing things rather back to front and higgledy piggledy!

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We’d been talking about getting married for the last couple of years and I kept moaning to my friend that he just wasn’t going to propose and I was sick of waiting. So, on the 1st April this year, my friend and I went to see Kylie at the MEN Arena in Manchester and several cocktails later I decided it was a brilliant idea to text my boyfriend and ask him to marry me – only at the end of a long message about how life is too short etc. His text in reply was simply…YES!

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So it’s all rather underwhelming really and certainly not romantic in the slightest but he has promised (and this is some promise from the World’s most unromantic man!) that he will make a romantic gesture of giving me the ring even though he maintains I’ve already done the proposal!

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We’ve been looking at engagement rings over the last few months and talking about the wedding plans…I think I’m having a beautiful antique diamond ring that belonged to his grandmother but needs re-sizing to fit me or it may be one of the other antique rings we have looked at… either way, I’ll be a very happy girl! I’m currently wearing a distinctive costume ring as a temporary measure!

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My Grandma is having an 80th birthday celebration at the beginning of August and Nathan’s Mum is having a 60th birthday party – so we talked about wanting to be ‘officially’ engaged before then so we can add to the family celebrations!

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Do you have a wedding date?

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Nothing is booked yet (!) but we’re thinking September 2012… We haven’t booked the venue yet as we may well use a family house for the occasion but we have found a lovely country inn in the Yorkshire Dales that
has a ‘wine cave’ which is perfect for an intimate candlelit ceremony for about 40 people and we could have our wedding breakfast in their small restaurant. We will decide for certain in the next month or so and
everything else will follow on from there…

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What sort of theme are you going to go for?

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I don’t think there will be a theme as such but I love vintage and the idea of an afternoon tea style wedding really appeals. And we could do this perfectly at my Mum’s house as she has a beautiful cottage in the country!

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Well done on winning the Brides Up North/ Mia Sposa competition! Dress wise, what sort of style do you fancy?

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Thank you! I still can’t believe it; it’s completely amazing!  I haven’t tried any dresses on yet but I’ve been flicking through magazines for inspiration and now I’ve seen the Mia Sposa website I’m so excited! I’m
not into bling or sparkle so I think something simple yet elegant and maybe some lace. I think fitted would work well too as I’m slim and not very tall!

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Will you have a hen do? If so where? What would be your ideal way to spend it?

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It won’t be anything wild but I would like to take a couple of close friends and the girls in my family out to a lovely restaurant and then go on somewhere for cocktails and dancing! I’m not sure where but I think it might have to be Manchester…keep it local!

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What are your "must-haves" for your wedding day?

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My only real must-have is that my youngest brother gives me away – we lost our Dad 10 years ago and I wouldn’t want anyone else to walk me down the aisle.
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Where are you going on your honeymoon?

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We don’t have anything booked as yet as money has been really tight but now I’ve won this amazing competition I think we might be able to afford something! I would be very happy simply spending a week (at least!) on a tiny Greek island with my new husband.

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What is your biggest wish for married life?

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My biggest wish is that we can create a family of our own and enjoy raising a brood of happy healthy children!

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Why do you read Brides Up North?

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To be perfectly honest, I just love the fact it’s dedicated to Northern lasses… so refreshing! I can always find something useful about any aspect of weddings and I don’t just use it as a research tool – it’s so amazing to read all the real life stories of girlies just like me. I also love the layout and the style of the website… and it has the best competitions for brides!

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Watch out for more updates here on the wedding blog from Francesca in the run up to her real wedding.

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WINNER! Brides Up North & Mia Sposa WIN YOUR WEDDING DRESS COMPETITION!

May 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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It’s the moment that brides to be across the North have been waiting for.

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Time to reveal the winner of a wedding dress of their choice worth up to £1,200 from Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear, Newcastle Upon Tyne!  Chosen at random from hundreds of entries, the lucky lucky girl who will win the wedding dress of her dreams completely free is…

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  • Francesca Wallace

    April 20, 2011 | I just want to feel like me walking down the aisle. I’m not a princess or a model, just a lass living in lancashire hoping to make her man proud on our special day. Being able to wear a beautiful dress that makes me shine would be the white chocolate frosting on the spicy ginger carrot cake!

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    Many, many congratulations Francesca!  You are going to look STUNNING for that man of yours! Please contact me as soon as possible to claim your prize.  We can’t wait to see some photographs of you in the dress you choose on your big day!

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    Big thanks to all my readers who left such lovely comments. I know lots of you will be disappointed, but for those who didn’t win, remember that the winners of the rest of the fantastic competitions in the Right Royal Giveaway Bonanza will be announced every day at 12 noon throughout May.  Many of the competitions are still open too!  Keep checking the blog daily to see if you are a winner!

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    Huge thanks to the wonderful Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear, Newcastle Upon Tyne for making this amazing competition possible.  Brides to be – pay them a visit pronto! 

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    Pretty Pronovias!

    April 1st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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    You didn’t miss the first of the Brides Up North Right Royal Giveaway Bonanza competitions this morning did you? 

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    I’m only giving away a WEDDING DRESS with Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear worth up to £1,200!!

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    CLICK HERE FOR THE CHANCE TO ENTER!

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    Mia Sposa Mito   Mia Sposa Mambo

    Mito / Mambo

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    Mia Sposa Farnes   Mia Sposa Flash

    Farnes / Flash

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    To inspire you, here is a selection of my favourite Pronovias gowns from the 2011 collection, all available at Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear

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    Mia Sposa Genova   Mia Sposa Gomera

    Genova / Gomera

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    Mia Sposa Fuente   Mia Sposa Mali

    Fuente / Mali

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    It could be you!

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    Mia Sposa

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    Mia Sposa Manila    Mia Sposa Manantial

    Manila / Manantial

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    Mia Sposa Megara   Mia Sposa Melania

    Megara / Melania

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    Mia Sposa Melbourne   Mia Sposa Menta

    Melbourne / Menta

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    Mia Sposa Micaela    Mia Sposa Molucas

    Micaela / Molucas

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    Mia Sposa Mistico   Mia Sposa Montecarlo

    Mistico / Montecarlo

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    .Mia Sposa Gemma   Mia Sposa Mallorca

    Gemma / Mallorca

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