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my world. ronald joyce for a romantic wedding at linthwaite house hotel – lauren & james

March 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Travel Inspired Wedding at Linthwaite House (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (51)

As keen jet-setters today’s bride and groom decided on a subtle travel theme for their fabulous big day, which was held at a stunning hotel in The Lake District.

We love the romantic pink and white colour palette and simple, elegant blooms, but most of all we love Lauren’s dress! Not many brides choose a halter neck design but this bride shows how to pull off the look perfectly.

With images by Bethany Clarke Wedding Photography.

A Travel Inspired Wedding at Linthwaite House (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (21)

A Travel Inspired Wedding at Linthwaite House (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (48)

lauren says: We got engaged while in The Maldives. James had arranged for us to stay the entire holiday in a private house on the beach. One day, after another very relaxing afternoon of snorkelling and relaxing, we went back to the villa to shower and get ready for dinner. He shouted me from the balcony, “Loz! Come and see all the crabs on the sand! There are loads of them!” I quickly wrapped my hair in a towel and ran out to see. I looked at the sand and couldn’t see any crabs. I was confused for a few seconds. Then I read the huge letters, “marry us or wha’?” in the sand; a very funny Teesside proposal!

I immediately cried my eyes out and whipped around to see him on one knee, with the most beautiful engagement ring. It was so personal and so very ‘us’. We’ve not lived in Teesside for years (we now live in Leeds) but often mock each other in that unmistakable accent. The proposal felt so romantic and so very intimate, along with James’s amazing sense of humour. It was utterly perfect.

A Travel Inspired Wedding at Linthwaite House (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (45)

Our wedding was on 30th August 2015. We chose it for practical and sentimental reasons too. We wanted a date where decent weather was most likely, and the end of the summer tends to be when it’s at its best. The end of summer has always been significant for us though as it’s when we had our first date, when we moved to Leeds, into our first house together. The fact it fell on a Bank Holiday meant our friends wouldn’t have to take time off on the Monday sealed the deal for us!

We married at Linthwaite House Hotel, in Windermere. I’d taken James there for an anniversary, years ago. I’d never visited before then but had read incredible reviews of the food. We love our food and wine so it made sense to take him there – and we weren’t disappointed. When it came to selecting a wedding venue, we’d looked around the Lake District but nothing came close to the standard of Linthwaite, both in terms of food, service, setting and décor. We wanted an intimate wedding, where quality was more important than quantity, and that’s exactly what we got.

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: New York, North Yorks! A Real Wedding At Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire – Antony & Kristy

December 29th, 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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If you are in any doubt about why you should visit one of our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fairs at Allerton Castle in 2013, then Kristy and Antony’s beautiful Real Wedding by one of our exhibitors, Chris Chambers Photography should make your mind up for you.  Like the venue itself, their big day was simply stunning. 

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Kristy says:  Antony proposed on New Years Day 2011 at the top of the Rockefeller Centre in New York with a jelly sweet ring and we were married on 30th June 2012 at Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire. 

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We were blown away with the grand presence of the building both inside and out. The moment we saw the grand hall and stunning staircase we knew this was our perfect venue. It actually brought tears to our eyes and we were overwhelmed.  It was an important factor to consider the weather may not be perfect and we knew Allerton Castle could accommodate all weathers.

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We based our theme around New York and the colour was based on a Tiffanys box where my engagement ring came from. We made a conscious effort to bring New York into our day without being NYC over the top.

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Antony was surprised by the NYC Yellow Cab from Hi-Life. He and his groomsmen travelled in style whilst the girls and I got ready at Allerton Castle, with hair and make-up by Debonnesse. 

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My dress was bespoke; I had very clear ideas of how I wanted the dress to look. Suzanne Neville designed and created my dream dress.

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The bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses in Spa, with matching shoes. The flower girl and page boy wore ivory to compliment my wedding dress.

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The groomsmen wore light grey suits from Next with spa ties and handkerchiefs.

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Antony choose to have a bespoke suit made in total contrast to the groomsmen’s suits. This was made my Michelsberg Tailors.

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Seeing my father’s reaction when he saw me in my dress for the first time was a memory I will cherish forever. Chris captured this moment perfectly and it brings a tear not only to my eyes but to everyone that sees it.

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Antony in particular loves the moment he turned to see me coming down the stairs.

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I carried a bouquet of Picasso calla lilies with a matching button hole for Antony.  The bridesmaids wore wrist corsages of roses and the other buttonholes were roses too.  We choose the Picasso calla for our candelabras and service flowers and the deep purple complimented the Tiffany blue perfectly.  All our flowers were by Firenza Floral Design

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I chose to wear my grandmother’s wedding ring as my wedding ring. Sadly my grandmother passed away some years ago. The ring was dipped in platinum to match my engagement ring.

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We chose Jelly Rings as favours – to symbolise the Jelly Ring Proposal!  Cande Cakes made our wedding cake. 

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The wedding breakfast room looked beautiful, with chair covers by Ambience Venue Styling.  Our caterers, hosts and wedding coordinators for the day were Dine Services

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My father’s speech was both genius and filled with a rollercoaster of emotions it was absolutely brilliant and made us both extremely proud and overwhelmed.

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The Event Music Company played during our service and reception.

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Our Strictly Come Dancing first dance including personalised voiceover from Alan Dedicoat (The voice of Strictly Come Dancing)!  Then we organised a DJ from Exclusive Entertainments and fireworks as a surprise to our guests.

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We had a mini moon to Sorrento, Italy to relax and reflect our magical day.  Our honeymoon is to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax on the day, enjoy every second of it together and take in as much as possible.  Do not get stressed, if things go wrong laugh about it. Remember the reason you are there it’s about two people who love each other and want to get married sharing their day with friends and family. Nobody is bothered if things go wrong after all we are all human!

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Nothing can spoil your day not even the bad British weather. The crazy weather we experienced was actually a plus and delivered the most amazing photos we could never have dreamt of by our brilliant photographer Chris Chambers Photography.

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Congratulations Kristy & Antony!

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  – Images © 2012 Chris Chambers Photography

Chris Chambers Photography is exhibiting at the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Allerton Castle, but this is not a sponsored post

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Top tips from a Tailor: Michelsberg

February 2nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brand spanking new Brides Up North Featured SupplierMichelsberg, got in touch with some tips for your man! Listen very carefully boys…

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COPYRIGHT PIC: HELEN TURTON
07720 543993
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Over to James Michelsberg:

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So you’re getting married eh? Fabulous. I have no doubt, like mine, it will be one of the happiest days of your life. But be warned – the preparations can all get rather full on. Most blokes are happy to take a back seat, and apart from spending a few Sundays tucked away in the corner of a draughty church, or, shuffling round a wedding fair, your role will probably be largely supportive.

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Welcome my friend to a world of bridal magazines, swatches of fabrics, chocolate fountains, colour schemes, and negotiating the minefield that is second only to attending a G8 summit, when you sit down together to discuss “The Guest List.”

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As Vinnie said in ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ it could get ‘emotional,’ but I promise, as you make those vows to each other in front of your nearest and dearest, it will be worth it.

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As a bespoke tailor who truly has your best interests at heart, you must faithfully promise me one thing. Don’t hire your wedding clobber. Please. Don’t. This is a day when you owe it to yourself to find the living god within and be, without question, the best dressed man in the room.

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A wedding day is stressful and the suit you wear is in many ways your armour. Get it right and you’ll feel two inches taller, cruising down the aisle in a cloud of confidence, secure in the knowledge you look and feel absolutely awesome. As the wedding car pulls up outside, you want to be able to look in the mirror, straighten your tie and say, this is my wedding day, and I’m going to own it.

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How can a chap expect to feel comfortable with sleeves hanging over his knuckles, crotch round the knees, waddling around like an emperor penguin with rickets?

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So, what to wear?

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Well, that depends on you and most importantly what you feel comfortable in.

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Many of our customers want a lounge suit – something razor sharp and very fitted, often single-breasted with slim, or peak lapels and a bright silk lining that is often a nod to the colour scheme of the day. In my opinion, navy blue and charcoal grey are the most elegant colours and black is without doubt their cool cousin. Waistcoats are rather dapper, give you a reassuring hug and mean you’ll still look smart when the jacket comes off after the speeches.

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Mohair and finer cloths are particularly popular as they have a wonderful sheen and lustre that is great for a swanky occasion, although we’ve used modern tweeds complete with velvet collars for more eccentric customers who wanted to achieve the Lord of the Manor look.

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Simple, understated, luxurious cloths are usually the order of the day as jazzy numbers can be a bit full on, and are more difficult to match if the rest of the wedding party are buying off the peg. If you are buying ready-to wear, then the fit across the shoulders and chest is the number one priority.

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If it’s a traditional church wedding, a morning suit can look very elegant but you do have to be quite tall to pull it off. I love double-breasted waistcoats in dove grey, and think they look far more sophisticated when worn with a tie, rather than cravat.

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The right shoes, as I’m sure you’ll agree are vital. Like the suit, you can wear them again after the wedding, so invest in a decent pair, with leather soles. Black with laces are more in keeping for more formal weddings and Church, or, Grenson do a mean pair. For something cool and more laid back, try Paul Smith, Oliver Sweeney, or my personal favourite, Jeffery West – simply gorgeous.

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In my opinion, getting the right look is keeping it simple and focusing on the details – accessories are everything and lovely cufflinks, a pearl stickpin, and simple pocket hanky will raise the outfit to a different level.

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When I sit down with my customers, we talk, and it’s my job to get on their level. I get a feel for their personalities and suggest ideas that fit. Between us we come up with something special ranging from the under-stated to the simply outrageous. The most important thing on the day is that you feel comfortable with what you are wearing.

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Good luck!

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Wise, wise words! Pass them on…

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0870 3850073

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