Charlotte Balbier
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our love story: ashleigh & josh

March 29th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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Meet Ashleigh and Josh – the stars of this wonderful wintry engagement shoot that we’re sharing on the blog this afternoon.

Dressed in cosy jumpers, hats and jackets, with cups of coffee in hand, this is one of the most laid-back shoots we’ve seen. Completely at ease in front of the camera – and braving the natural elements in an outdoors park in Burnley – Ashleigh and Josh look 100% loved up!

Ashleigh tells us more about their nine-year relationship and why, for her, it’s all about the butterflies…

With images by Jane Louise Photography

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ashleigh says: Josh proposed to me on our beautiful baby girl’s christening day on 6th November 2016. He made us get up in front of everyone to ‘say thank you for coming’, but little did I know he was about to get down on one knee in front of all our family and friends. It was such a surprise, never ever did I expect it on that day, but it was so beautiful with all our nearest and dearest there to see it. I couldn’t have planned it any better myself. It was perfect; a day we will always remember for two very special reasons.

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We haven’t booked our wedding yet, but we want it to be perfect so don’t want to rush into it too quickly. We are hoping to book the big day for next year, or the year after! Since we met nine years ago, we have had a lot of dates and nights away to lovely places but one of our favourite destinations is Mitton Hall. We would love to get married there. It’s such an amazing place with beautiful grounds. We just love its cosy romantic decor and feel. The log fires, grand entrance and rooms are beautiful, too, and have their own special touches. It would be the perfect place to get married, especially as it means something to us both, with lots of happy memories.

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We met through my brother, as Josh was good friends with him. He wasn’t sure whether it would be a good idea at the time and my brother had the ‘if you hurt my sister’ talk with Josh. But, nine years later – here we are! Finally engaged, with our own beautiful home and amazing daughter Isla-Mae. Life is amazing.

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We were very young when we went on our first date (15 and 18) so it wasn’t anything amazing, but it worked! We went to a local pub for a spot of tea. I was scared to eat in front of him in case I did something embarrassing. Luckily, nothing terrible happened.

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january sunshine. ronald joyce for a winter wedding at mitton hall – carly & phil

March 20th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

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Today’s couple had a January wedding, although you wouldn’t guess it from the pictures. These photos positively glow with sepia-toned sunlight, and the navy, peach and dusky purple of the colour scheme as well as the champagne tones of Carly’s dress create even more warmth.

Add some woodland details in the decor, roaring open fires and a magical Nordic honeymoon and you’ve got the perfect recipe to beat the winter blues.

With photography by Charlotte Boothman of Lottie Designs.

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carly says: We got engaged on the 23rd April, 2016. Phil had booked us a night away in Wales, near Lake Vyrnwy. We went for a walk in the hills above the lake just before lunchtime and sat down at a gorgeous spot where the trees open up and you can see all of the lake. Not knowing that Phil was getting ready to propose (and feeling rather nervous), I decided that this was a good time for lunch, so he had to wait for me to finish a sandwich and a grab bag of crisps before he could ask me to marry him!

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We got married on Friday 20th January 2017. Neither of us were really bothered about a spring or summer wedding, and we knew that you can never really guarantee the weather at any time of the year. So when we decided that we wanted to get married at Mitton Hall, we took the first date that they offered us! The gamble paid off, as the weather was amazing.

We got married at Mitton Hall in the Ribble Valley. We both love the Ribble Valley, so it was the first place that we wanted to look for a wedding venue. We’d only heard amazing things about Mitton Hall, and as soon as we walked in we knew it was perfect for us. We loved how each room was different. The main room was very open and light, which we knew we’d need with it being winter. However, the bar areas were really cosy with big fires.

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We didn’t really have a theme for the wedding to begin with, but with it being a winter wedding I wanted to try to mix some rustic, woodland type décor with some gold/champagne pieces to add a touch of glamour and warmth. Everything else just fell into place from there.

Colour-wise, we wanted something quite subtle and laid back. We mixed dusky purples, ivory, dove grey and champagne tones, with navy and the odd bit of peach here and there.

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My dress was called Erin by Ronald Joyce and I bought it from Bridalwear by Emma Louise in Bolton. I had tried on quite a few dresses before going to Emma Louise, but none of them felt 100% right. I’d always thought that I would have chosen a relaxed, bohemian style dress, but when I saw ‘the one’ I just loved all of the lace detail and the embellishment. It was also the first champagne coloured dress that I’d tried on and I loved it! It warmed my skin up the minute that I put it on.

I also wore earrings from Liberty in Love, which Phil bought for me as a wedding gift. He knew that I wanted to wear pearl earrings on the day, and he was so lucky with the pair that he picked because they went with my dress perfectly.

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2014. Puppy Love! A Real Wedding At Mitton Hall – Keri & Tom

July 2nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a break to redesign, review and recharge, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely.

Usual service will recommence on Monday 7th July 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year.  Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks.

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I adore Keri and Tom’s beautiful wedding day.  Every detail, from Keri’s gorgeous dress (that waist!) to their navy and lavender colour scheme, to the fact that their puppy Marvin came along too – in a bowtie no less – is gorgeous.  Packed with personal touches, fun surprises and lots and lots of pretty, I hope you love it as much as I do.

With images by Mick Cookson Photography.

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Keri says:  We got engaged on Christmas Day 2012. The ring was in my Christmas stocking that was hanging on the fireplace.

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We were married on 03.03.14 at Mitton Hall in Clitheroe.  It was my Nan’s birthday so the date was very special to the family.

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We walked in to the entrance lobby and were in awe of how incredible it looked. The whole place and staff were so inviting and after a tour around and chat with Victoria the wedding planner we knew it was the venue for us. We knew it was as soon as we walked in.

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Wedding Make-up and Hair  was by Flossy and Leigh and my wedding hair pieces by Eleventh Heaven.

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I chose a Stewart Parvin Dress called ‘Luck be a Lady’ from Aphrodite in Knutsford. It was a dress that I didn’t even plan on trying on. Terry who owned the shop said I should try it and as soon as I put it on I knew it was the one! I tried it on with a lace bolero and a beautiful band around my waist and it became even more perfect! Tom wore a suit from Gieves & Hawkes and shirt from TM Lewin.

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Our bridesmaids wore navy dresses from Coast and the best men wore navy suits from Next. Tom, his Best Men, the ushers, our fathers and my Grandad wore the same Midnight Blue tie.

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Our wedding had a couple of themes! Our wedding was quite rustic; hand decorated jars with twine, lace and hessian filled with lavender, gypsy grass, potpourri and tea lights decorated the tables resting on hessian runners and chopped circular wood. Lavender was a key part of this theme as it was my Nan’s favourite scent. We also incorporated America into our wedding as we met at a Camp in Pennsylvania,New York in 2010. We even made our America theme rustic with old postcards, a map as our table plan and faded American flags on our American sweet table!

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We had a memory table with framed pictures of close family members who couldn’t be with us on our wedding day. Next to the table, on a blackboard we wrote ‘Because someone we love is in heaven, there is a little bit of heaven here today’. We also made a donation box where all the money donated went to Alzheimer’s Research UK. If you wanted to donate you could take a jar from the table home with you.

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We honestly can’t decide on a favourite part; we wouldn’t change one thing about our day. Everything that we planned, all our family and friends around us, everyone enjoying themselves made our day truly special to us

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Charlene at Love Gets Sweeter made our wedding film.  I don’t understand why some people don’t think the video is important! I felt as happy as I did on the wedding day watching our film back.

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We chose La Boheme for our wedding cake as we have always enjoyed her cakes and treats. The gluten free cake has always been my favourite. As we both love cakes so much we decided to have a cake table; we had one two tiered cake Victoria sponge cake (one tier was gluten free), surrounded by lavender meringues, salted caramel macaroons, mini Victoria sponge cakes, cookies and cake pops.

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We also had little surprises for each other; Tom got a friend to play ‘Hey Ho’ for us as we walked into the reception room, I sang ‘Hey Ho’ for him and the guests later on (with the same friend playing guitar…great minds)! Tom created a rap to the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ about meeting me and my family within his speech. My sister-in-law and brothers kindly made beer bottle labels titled ‘Scruffy Puppy’ that also had a picture of our dog Marvin on it to surprise Tom when I gave him his favourite ‘Honey Blonde’ Beer. I also made up a flash mob dance to a songs my sister in law had edited together. The flash mob was taught to all my hens (including my mum, mother in law and mums best friend!) and we surprised everyone with the dance. To finish the dance we all turned around with masks of Toms face on and danced to his favourite song ‘Bump and Grind’!!

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DJ Ben was included in our package at Mitton Hall. Ben was incredible; he had the dance floor full all night.

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For our honeymoon, we went on a wildlife tour in Borneo; it was incredible. We went on a private tour and travelled around so we got to see lots of wildlife. We also tried scuba diving, went across canopy walkways, paddled in waterfalls, stayed in the rainforest. At the end of the adventure we stayed in for a few nights in a hotel where we got to relax and chill.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to space everything out and start getting tasks done early. We made a lot of our decorations and we started ticking ‘To Do’s’ of our list months before the big day so there was no stress closer to the wedding. We had finished everything we needed to do three weeks before the day which meant there was no stress and we really got to enjoy the build up.

We also think its important not to be afraid to ask for help; a lot of people will be willing to help as they will want your day to be perfect for you. We cant thank our family and my friend Julie (one of my bridesmaids who came over from Australia) enough. We had evenings together of decorating jars, making the table runners and the table plan, etc. It was so lovely to have them all involved and getting to spend time with family.

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Congratulations Keri & Tom!

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Sparkling Romance. Justin Alexander For A Twinkly Vintage Wedding At Mitton Hall – Jennifer & Ryan

March 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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We’re all smiles in the Brides Up North office this morning after a very, very lovely day at our Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition yesterday at Ramside Hall Hotel.  I commented on Facebook last night that I’ve not seen so many excited brides and grooms in one place for a while, and it was great to see you all – another cracker of a day!  Thank you to our fabulous exhibitors who packed the huge banqueting spaces with wedding pretty and each and every one of you who came along to support the Northern Revolution.

Snaps to you!

Right back to it this morning as we join Jennifer and Ryan for their twinkly vintage Real Wedding at Mitton Hall.  With images by Project Valentine, this is one sparkling celebration.  Take it easy this Monday morning, and feel the love…

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Jennifer says:  On my birthday (21st December 2012) there was an extra present under the tree which was a bunch of cupcakes made to look like roses with ‘Will You Marry Me?’ written on the centre one.

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We were married on 23rd December 2013 at Mitton Hall, Mitton, Whalley.  We chose the venue because it was a mixture of old and new. It is a 15th century building with old dark wood and balconies and has a new extension that is light and modern. 

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I chose a vintage theme for the wedding.  I wanted to find a bridesmaid dress first that everyone would be happy with and decided that would be the colour scheme. These were ivory, pink and purple so we used this throughout the decorations.

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I bought my dress from Lulu Browns in Whalley. It was a Justin Alexander dress, I fell in love with it when I saw it. It had the vintage lace feel but it was heavily embellished with sequins and beads.

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The bridesmaid dresses were from Debenhams, they were so different from anything else we had seen.  We bought all the suits from Next so everybody could keep them.

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Our photographers were called Project Valentine and they did a fabulous job. They focus more on natural shots and you hardly notice they are there which made the day very relaxed.

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We found a lady called Chris who has a company called Beautifully Vintage. She did all the vintage table settings and decorations in the room and it looked stunning.

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We bought a four tier lemon cake from Marks and Spencer and decorated it the day before with matching flowers. 

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I bought some artificial roses and made our bouquets myself. I used Christmas decorations and fancy beads to give them the vintage look.

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Our favourite part of the day was when all the ceremony and speeches had been done we could finally relax and enjoy the party with our guests. We used SJ Enterprises and they provided a DJ, chocolate fountain and casino tables so there wasn’t a gap between the night and day.

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For our honeymoon we are looking forward to going to Greece in the Summer. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to seek help where appropriate.  I am quite creative and found it hard not to do everything by myself. I made all the stationery but it did stress me out slightly. The best thing I did was get suppliers to do the table dressing – it just made it so special. I even considered making the cake myself but I am glad we bought one in the end!

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Congratulations Jennifer & Ryan!

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Champagne Days. Jean Jackson Couture For A Real Wedding At Mitton Hall – Amelia & Danny

October 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Another day, another beautiful celebration to share.  I love my job.

This morning we are joining Brides Up North Featured Supplier Karli Harrison Photography and newly weds Amelia and Danny at their chic celebration at Mitton Hall in the Ribble Valley.  With a champagne theme (the perfect theme for any party if you ask me), and a bespoke gown, Amelia and Danny’s day was always going to go with a bang!

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Amelia says:  Danny proposed a few days before Christmas Day 2011, whilst we were on holiday in Paris. It was very romantic, he got down on one knee under the Arc de Triomphe at night.

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We were married on 31st July 2013 at St Leonard’s Church in Downham, Clitheroe. Our wedding reception was then held at Mitton Hall.  We chose Mitton Hall as it is a gorgeous 15th century manor house that has been modernised and converted into a country house hotel. It has beautiful surroundings, unique decor and we had heard fantastic reviews regarding the staff and food. I am thrilled to say that they all lived up to our expectations!

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We didn’t really have a particular theme for the wedding, but as me and my husband are quite young to be getting married we wanted the day to reflect that and to most importantly be fun. We chose a vintage VW camper van as our wedding car and had a candy cart for our guests to enjoy. 

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We selected champagne for our colour scheme and subtly incorporated that throughout the day.

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I really struggled to find ‘the perfect dress’ and after trying on over 50 dresses I came to realise that I had a clear idea of what I wanted and it simply wasn’t available to buy off the peg.
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Jean Jackson Couture) who helped me to put my ideas into a design and she understood how I imagined every aspect of the dress. Jean’s designs are so impressive that she also made my mothers dress. 
My dress was white with a circular tulle skirt and a lace bodice with draping lace sleeves. My veil and shoes were also personalised in the same lace as on my bodice.
 

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The bridesmaids wore a floor length, silk champagne coloured dress from Coast and the groomsmen wore traditional black tuxedos from Next.

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The bride and groom travelled to and from the venue in a vintage VW camper van and our family travelled in a classic limousine both by Broughton Wedding Cars 

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I carried a simple yet beautiful  bouquet of Lily of the Valley and gypsophila made by Flowers by Siobhan. 

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We also wanted to incorporate our family into the wedding service so my Aunty read an Irish Blessing and Danny’s father read a love poem which made us both very emotional!  We both agreed that the wedding ceremony was the favourite time of the whole day. It is the part of the day that we most anticipated and the atmosphere in the church was fantastic as our family and friends were so pleased and excited for us.

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Karli Harrison Photography

We chose a white four tier cake with delicate  branching flowers and vines made by Elaine’s Creative Cakes.

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Lil Vinny Robinson an American soul singer started the evening reception and instantly had everyone on the dance floor. Then one of Mitton Hall’s resident DJs took over later in the evening with more modern dance songs.

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After the wedding we travelled around Asia visiting Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to spend time researching your photographer and videographer as they will hold the memories of your whole day. You also need to feel comfortable in their company as they are with you throughout the day from your preparations to the first dance, trying to capture all of your special moments.

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

Congratulations Amelia & Danny!

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Mink Silk: A Real Wedding In The North West – Nadine & Paul

February 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Yesterday, I took a rare and cheeky day off from all things online – the wedding blog, Twitter, Facebook, emails, Instagram, Pinterest – you name it, I was unplugged from it, as I celebrated my birthday with my closest family.  I figured that with Baby Brides Up North on the way and a full Spring schedule of Brides Up North luxury bridal events about to begin (click here for dates, details and to register as one of our VIP brides to be) this might be my last opportunity for some me time for quite a while.

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So today I’m back, refreshed and recharged (or as much as you can be in your third trimester of pregnancy) and completely making up for our one day hiatus as I bring you Brides Up North reader Nadine and new hubby Paul’s stunning Real Wedding celebration, with images by Mick Cookson Photography.  Fabulous!

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Nadine says:  We got engaged on Tuesday 28th September 2010. The day started with a catamaran cruise to Ile aux Cerfs, which is a beautiful island fringed with white sandy beaches, palm trees and crystal clear blue lagoons, just off the coast of Mauritius. Once we’d returned to our hotel on Mauritius and changed for the evening, Paul mentioned that there was something special happening on the jetty and wanted to be nosey and take a look on our way to the restaurant for dinner. As we approached I could see a waiter on stand-by, the pergola at the end of the jetty was adorned with silks, and there was a table set for two. With the sun setting on the horizon of the Indian Ocean it looked a perfect setting for a romantic meal. As we got a little closer I whispered to Paul “Wouldn’t it be nice if that were for us!”. As we approached the waiter gestured to us and said our table was ready. Before I could apologise to the waiter and say he’d mistaken us for another couple Paul thanked the waiter, gently took my hand and escorted me to what proved to be the perfect setting for a proposal. Even at this stage I did not suspect what was to come, but shortly after we were seated and Paul bent down on one knee in front of me, the penny dropped and the moment took my breath away.

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We were married on Saturday 22nd December 2012 at Mitton Hall, near Whalley in the Ribble Valley. We planned for a Winter wedding.  It was on recommendation of my best friend Vicky. The second we walked through the door we knew it was everything we had been looking for.

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We didn’t have a theme as such but we wanted the venue to offer elegance and the atmosphere to be relaxed, informal and fun which reflected our personalities.  Our colours were very neutral. Our chair sashes were mink and the floral arrangements were creams and ivory with a hint of gold. Everything else followed suit.

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I travelled to the venue with my Dad who had come over from Jamaica to give me away. We were taken in a vintage Regent Tourer by Horgans Cars.

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My dress was purchased from Annie Laurie Bridal and although this was two hours from where I live the service they gave was worth every mile! After trying on around 12 dresses I fell in love with a Maggie Sottero  named Pasadena.

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Paul’s suit was a traditional charcoal wedding suit with tails, with an ivory waist coat and mink ruffled tie, which was coordinated with our daughter’s flower girl dress and the floral arrangements. This was hired from Groom in Warrington.

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We didn’t have any bridesmaids or grooms men, we just had our little girl as a flower girl although she fell asleep before the ceremony so didn’t get to walk up the aisle. She wore a lovely ivory dress with a satin mink belt and flower which I customised by adding a flower embellishment to the flower. We saw this dress as we were food shopping in Morrison’s! We weren’t even aware that they sold clothes but there we saw exactly what we had been looking for.

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I carried a bouquet which I made myself using satin flowers made out of satin ribbon, silk flowers and embellishments.  I had my heart set on having a bouquet that I could keep and researched different styles of bouquets. At some point I decided that I would try and make my own (something I had never done before) and after hours and hours sat making satin flowers I finished up with the most beautiful bouquet. I love being creative and can pretty much turn my hand to anything I set my mind to. I will now be framing my bouquet in a box frame which will take pride of place on our wall.

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I have since launched my own company, Handmade with a Heart, as a result of the many requests we have had from people for the special touches that we added to our wedding. 

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My favourite part of the day was when we were pronounced man and wife, which is when I spontaneously jumped up and down shouting “I’m married, I’m married” much to everyone’s amusement.

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Paul’s favourite part of the day was when we were walking down the aisle as man and wife when he had a few fist pump moments.

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We filled our guest boxes with personalised M&M’s which read “Nadine and Paul” on the ivory ones and “Married 22.12.12” on the cream ones and chose and wrapped 27 gifts that were given to all the children from Santa (a friend of ours who looks like the genuine article).

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Our floral decorations were by Passion Flowers in Clitheroe. 

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We struggled at first with the cake as Paul doesn’t like fruit cake, and prefers sponge, whereas I am the opposite. I really wanted my Gran to make our wedding cake as she makes the best fruit cake, but given Paul’s taste I decided to ask my Gran to make a sample cake as I knew that as soon as Paul tasted it he’d really like it! Sure enough, there was no going back once he tried it. I think it had something to do with the Jamaican white rum that she uses quite liberally to make it.

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My Gran made us four tiers which we then took to All Things Sugar in Warrington who decorated it beautifully for us. We wanted something simple but elegant.

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In the evening as well a DJ we had a chocolate fountain and casino tables from SJ Enterprises to keep the adults entertained and we had a bubble machine and candy buffet which kept the kiddies happy.

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Emma and Chris, who are friends of ours, lived in Austria for a few years and surprised us with a huge heart which was drawn on a cotton sheet along with our names and the date of our wedding. After we cut our cake, we were handed a pair of scissors each and the sheet was held up. Starting at the bottom of the heart we then had to cut it out but going in opposite directions and the first person to the top won!! We then stepped through the heart together and this symbolises stepping into a new life together as man and wife. It was such a lovely touch and was so nice as our guests cheered as we stepped through the heart.

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With it being over Christmas, and being lucky enough to have family travel over from Jamaica and LA, we decided to spend Christmas and New Year with family and delay our honeymoon. We are looking forward to flying into LA, which is where our daughter will spend time with her uncle, aunty and three cousins, whilst we go on to Tahitian island of Bora Bora. On our return to LA we intend to spend a few days together as a family in San Diego before returning home.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to plan everything quite early. That way you can enjoy all of the planning and the run-up to your big day, as oppose to things getting on top of you and stressing you out! Also spend time planning how you would like your special day to run in terms of timings and hand this to all parties involved i.e. MC, best man, maid of honour, photographer etc as that way everything will run its course without you having to worry. But most of all take time out as husband and wife throughout the day to take everything in and enjoy your day, as it goes so fast!

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Happy Wedding Day from The Sutcliffes!

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Mick Cookson Photography

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Congratulations Nadine & Paul!

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