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Under The Apple Tree: A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Emma & Neil

January 24th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Yorkshire Wedding by Sarah Mason Photography

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It feels like everything has been happening at 1,000 miles  an hour here at HQ.  It’s a whirlwind of exhibition preparation, freelance features, meetings, plans and – on the personal side of things – refurbishing our new home and getting everything ready for the new arrival of baby Brides Up North.

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Anyone who follows me on Twitter or Facebook (come and join the party!) will have seen a few candid shots of our renovation project and will understand that it’s been pretty much a happy chaos around these parts for the last fortnight, whilst I sit calmly in the midst of it all processing all the beautiful Real Wedding submissions and bridal inspiration in my inbox.  There’s been a lot of irregular hours worked to keep up to speed with both the blog and the business side of the brand, but so far, we are coming out fighting (and I figure it’s good practise for the arrival of this little one anyway)!

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This morning, though, I have hidden myself away in a back bedroom whilst all the mayhem happens in the rest of the house – and for once in my life – I’m feeling serene!  It’s been thoroughly lovely to welcome the new day with a big pot of tea, work through the email backlog due to last week’s server issues and indulge myself with Emma and Neil’s beautiful Real Wedding images and story.  With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah Mason Photography, this gorgeous day is a sunny breath of fresh air on an otherwise hectic January morning.

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Enjoy, and have a wonderful day (it’s nearly the weekend)!

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Wedding in Yorkshire by Sarah Mason Photography

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Sarah, our photographer, says:  As soon as Emma & Neil started talking about their day, I knew it was going to be amazing! One of the first things they mentioned to me was that Wetherby Silver Band would be playing at their reception at Wood Hall! As the wedding was late October, I knew the autumn colours would be stunning in the grounds.

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We went to Emma’s parents’ house after being to the hairdressers and the sun started to shine, in fact it stayed out all day! As Emma and her bridesmaids were having their cuppas and their bacon sarnies, Emma was telling me about the apple tree in the garden, a tree she used to climb when she was younger. I was so pleased she agreed to me taking the dress out to the tree to take a few pictures!

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I loved all the personal touches. It was a beautiful day – so many smiles and laughter. Congratulations Emma & Neil.

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Emma, our bride, says:  We got engaged on 14 June 2010 on Whaleshead Beach in Oregon, USA. We were doing a road trip from Vancouver down the coast to San Fran and then back up inland. Neil proposed a couple of days in – he must have been certain I would say yes as we had 2 weeks left and 3000 miles to cover!

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We were married on 27th October 2012, with the ceremony at St Mary’s RC Church, Horsforth, Leeds.  I was christened there and went to the primary school next to the church so it meant a lot to get married there. We live in Horsforth and both grew up there.  Our reception was at Wood Hall, Wetherby.

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The first time we drove there our jaws dropped as we came round the corner and saw the hotel. The views are just stunning. We had looked at quite a few places and Wood Hall was the standout winner.

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I wore a Charlotte Balbier dress from Bridal Boutique in Guiseley. I knew I didn’t want a strapless dress and found my dress the first day I went out searching. My sister Suzy spotted it in the window of Bridal Boutique and we both knew it was the one when I tried it on.

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Charlotte and Sally at Bridal Boutique were incredibly helpful, I always looked forward to my dress fitting appointments with them!

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The bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses in blue from Angel Brides in Horsforth. Again they found them the first day they went looking. They’re not too bridesmaidy looking and they all looked very sophisticated in them!

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Neil, his best man and the groomsmen had suits made at Michelsberg.  They all looked incredibly smart and had a handkerchief on their suits to match the bridesmaids’ dress colour.

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We had our rings made by Iain Henderson Designs.

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The bridesmaids, me and my Mum and Dad went from Emma’s parents’ house to the church in a Daimler limousine.  From the church to the wedding, Neil’s groomsman Paul was our chauffeur and drove Neil’s BMW M5 (Neil’s pride and joy, called “Pudding”). Neil had bought Paul a chauffeur’s hat especially for the occasion!

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We really enjoyed the ceremony. The priest who married us (Father Boniface) was so funny and made the ceremony very special – even when he thrust a microphone at each of us asking us why we were marrying each other – nothing like putting us on the spot!

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The whole day was just fabulous – from the amazing sunny weather doing our photos at Wood Hall to the speeches to the party afterwards.

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We had Wetherby Silver Band playing at the reception drinks. We love the sound of brass bands and thought it was a nice ‘Yorkshire’ touch as a lot of the guests were coming from afar.

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Wood Hall Wedding by Sarah Mason Photography

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I carried a bouquet of white roses and green foliage and berries – I wanted something that was autumnal and reflected the season. The bridesmaids had similar but with white gerberas and the groomsmen and VIPs wore white flower buttonholes. Our flowers came from Eden Florists, Horsforth. They were great and the arrangements were beautiful.

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We chose Sarah Mason Photography as we are big fans of her work (we’d seen her photos from Neil’s best man’s wedding) and we knew she’d capture the day in a way nobody else would. We discussed the kind of shots we wanted and Sarah put us both at ease at the pre wedding shoot and on the big day itself. We love the photos and are so glad Sarah could join us and share our special day.

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We had a mock up newspaper front page dated 27 October 2012 displayed around the hotel – we first met many years ago whilst doing paper rounds at a paper shop in Horsforth. After the ceremony we went and had a few shots outside that shop, much to the amusement of people on a bus going past at the time!

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For the wedding breakfast we had the tables named after places we had visited during our US road trip when we got engaged and the table plan was a map of our route. Neil’s sister and brother in law are very creative and designed and made our menus and place names.

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We had a cake of fruit, chocolate and sponge mix from M&S.  We had a cake of cheeses from Millie’s Deli in Leeds which we served in the evening too.

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The best man Graham’s speech was incredibly entertaining. It had a section where he wigged up as Philip Schofield and posed Mr and Mrs style questions!  We had a disco in the evening. We had a large Irish contingent of guests so had given some song suggestions to keep the dance floor packed out.

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We had a cosy thatched cottage in the Cotswolds for the week after the wedding – was great to relax, go for walks, eat and drink! With organising the wedding we hadn’t had chance to plan our honeymoon – we knew we wanted to go to South America so we booked after the wedding to go on our proper honeymoon to Argentina in February 2013 visiting Buenos Aires, Patagonia, Iguacu Falls and Salta then a few days on the beach in Uruguay at the end.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be on the day just savour it all and enjoy every moment. I don’t think either of us have smiled and laughed as much on one day!

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Congratulations Emma & Neil!

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on these pages – here’s how.  I can’t wait to hear from you.

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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
WWW.HELENTURTON.CO.UK

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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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COPYRIGHT PIC: HELEN TURTON
07720 543993
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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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07720 543993
WWW.HELENTURTON.CO.UK

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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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Michelsberg

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Calls Wharf
2 The Calls
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS2 7JU

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0870 3850073

james@michelsberg.co.uk

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