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Roses & Thistles: Maggie Sottero For A Real Wedding At The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland – Samantha & Kenny

August 6th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’m such a tease aren’t I?!  After pressing publish on Monday morning’s blog post, I knew that it would be cruel not to share the rest of the gorgeous shots from Sam and Kenny’s beautiful Real Wedding at The Alnwick Garden on the blog.  After all, it’s one of the prettiest days I’ve seen.  Could these two be any more photogenic?

So, the purpose of yesterday’s post was to alert you to a very special event coming up very, very soon – opening our autumn season, in fact – The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Alnwick Garden on Sunday 1st September 2013.  To get the full lowdown and register for completely free VIP Bride To Be entry and your goody bag, click here

Once you’ve been there, done that, some back to share the rest of Sam and Kenny’s big day.  With images by the ever talented Sean Elliott Photography (who’ll be joining us on September 1st too), this is one to remember. 

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Sam says:  We got engaged in Dubai, in September 2009. Kenny wrote ‘Marry me?’ in rose petals on the bed whilst I was at the pool sunbathing… quite the romantic!

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We tied the knot in June at The Alnwick Garden in the Pavilion Room.  We felt that the Garden was somewhere different, with stunning grounds for the perfect photos.  It’s also a memorable venue for people who hadn’t been before – the grand cascade as the main viewpoint throughout the ceremony, the rose garden, bamboo maze, the tree house and all of the water features gave guests that little something extra, over and above a wedding in a hotel or stately home.

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We didn’t have a theme, we just wanted to keep it simple and relaxed – a bit like us!  We chose a colour scheme of black and white with pinks and whites in the bouquets and button holes adding a splash of colour.

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I wore the Maggie Sottero “Reece” dress from Blush Bridal Boutique in Uppermill, Saddleworth and Kenny wore a kilt, in Morrison Clan tartan… sticking to family tradition.  He had it hand-made at Nicholson Kiltmakers in Edinburgh.

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The groomsmen wore kilts in Blackwatch tartan (hired from Slaters), sticking to the groom’s Scottish roots and the bridesmaids wore simple black floor length dresses from Monsoon.

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The bridesmaids and I had peony rose bouquets with a mix of pinks and some white roses and Kenny had a  pink peony buttonhole (to match my bouquet) with Scottish thistles.

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Getting ready with my mum and the bridesmaids was great fun, very relaxed and involved quite a lot of champagne!

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Guests were taken to the venue by Dreadnought Coaches in the 1952 Leyland Titan.   The guests and groomsmen travelled in more style than the bridal party!  When boarding the bus, the groom, best man and ushers gave everyone a glass of fizz to get the celebrations started. I think it’s fair to say the journey for the guests was a real social event!

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Arco String Quartet played some beautiful music for our guests’ arrival, my entrance, signing the register and at end of the ceremony – including Elbow – One Day Like This – and The Beatles – All You Need Is Love.

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Kenny’s father made all of the ladies’ favours by hand – strawberry and champagne preserve, with little poem on the labels: “A spoonful of sugar and two sweet kisses, now Kenny and Sam are Mr and Mrs”.

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The best man’s speech was  brilliant, one of the best I’ve ever seen. He used a video to really take the mick out of Kenny and had everyone in fits of laughter. ‘Mr Lover Man, Shabba’ was the song of choice for the video… very entertaining!  It was also great to have all of our nearest and dearest in one room together as it doesn’t happen all that often!

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Sean Elliott Photography

A friend of ours, DJ James Cummings provided the evening entertainment.  We had a small part of the night dedicated to a ceilidh too, which went down really well and Sean Elliott got some great action shots!

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Sean Elliott Photography

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After the wedding we did a road trip through California – Vegas, San Francisco, Route 1 with various stop offs including Santa Barbara and Carmel, finishing off in LA, going to the Standard Hotel for their famous rooftop party on the last night of our honeymoon… the perfect end!

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Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

My top tips for other Brides Up North would be: don’t get stressed, don’t have massively high expectations that you may find impossible to meet, make sure your wedding reflects you as a couple, no-one else (i.e. don’t try to imitate anyone else, or do something just because you think your guests will like it – if you don’t), and just relax and enjoy every single moment, from planning, right through to sending out your thank you cards!

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Congratulations Sam & Kenny!

Get the date in your diaries – I might have mentioned it a few times (too many?) but our opening event of the season – The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Alnwick Garden is on Sunday 1st September 2013 from 11am till 4pm.  Pre register now for free entry and your VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag!

 

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: A Jenny Packham Gown For A Chic Real Wedding At The Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art – Emily & Jonny

June 24th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for the second half of what’s set to be the biggest and best year year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty. 

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Usual service will recommence on 1st July 2013,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far in 2013, plenty of eye candy, new features that we won’t be able to wait to share, some special supplier showcases and a couple of surprises too!

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These pages just seem to be getting prettier and prettier…first shared on the wedding blog at the beginning of April, today we join Emily and John for their cool and contemporary Real Wedding on the banks of the River Tyne.  With imagery by Katy Melling Photography

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Emily says:  Jonny asked me to marry him in November 2011 in the New Forest and we were married on 23 June 2012 at The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.  We chose the Baltic as we loved the views of the quayside and the feeling of space the venue offered.

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We wanted a modern yet relaxed look and I hope that’s what we achieved.  We chose accent colours of grey/silver and white -  we wanted to go for colours that would compliment the venue and give us a classic look.

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I wore a Jenny Packham gown which I was lucky enough to snap up at a sample sale in London and a bird cage head piece which I got from Browns Brides. I loved my dress and wish I could find an excuse to wear it again! Jonny wore a Spencer Hart suit.

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The floor length silver bridesmaids dresses were from Monsoon. We had so many groomsmen that we simply asked them all to wear their own grey suits which was a bit risky as we didn’t have the chance to see them beforehand. Luckily they didn’t let us down and all scrubbed up very well! 

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Our flowers were from 5th Avenue Flowers on Queen Street in Newcastle – they did an amazing job.

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We used Louise Lunn Makeup Artist and Katy Melling Photography both of whom we would highly recommend. We  were also very happy with the Malmaison Hotel where the bridal party got ready and where we stayed after the celebrations had finished.

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A friend of the family very kindly put a ribbon on his posh car and drove me and the bridesmaids over the bridge from the Malmaison, where we were staying, to the venue.

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Our favourite part of the day was probably the ceremony – it felt very special to be standing in front of such a lovely view of the Tyne saying our vows in front of all our friends and family. We also loved the evening celebrations – it was a relief to be able to let our hair down once the formalities were all over.

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A friend of my mother in law made the cake which was a delicious chocolate ganache with white chocolate icing. 

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We hired The Paul James Band to provide the music and we were really happy with the results. 

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We honeymooned in Cordoba in Spain.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to do all they can to ensure that the staff at the venue know exactly what they expect in advance so that they can relax on the day. It’s over so quickly and you don’t want to be worrying about the finer details on the day.

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Congratulations Emily & Jonny!

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Fancy seeing your big day on these pages?  Here’s how.  I can’t wait to hear from you.

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Twinkle Toes: Glitter Choos For A Real Wedding At The Great John Street Hotel, Manchester – Becky & Graham

April 16th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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What do you get when you mix a beautiful boutique hotel, slick blue suits, boho bridal hair, a well thought out playlist and some to-die-for heels?  Well, Becky and Graham’s gorgeous city wedding in Manchester of course!

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Major shoe lust. 

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Becky says:  We got engaged in Mauritius in November 2012.  When Gra popped the question he really wanted to get married in 2012. There were six weeks left of that year… we looked into venues and there were places still available that we were very tempted by but unfortunately a close family member had to go for an emergency operation and the recovery was going to be a while so we waited until Christmas and booked our wedding for March 1st 2013.  We were very excited!

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We are actually from Leicester but Gra works in Manchester and we both have friends here. We love the city & wanted a urban feel to our day and this ticked all the boxes. The Great John Street Hotel is honestly the most amazing hotel I have ever stayed in. It’s an old school house that has been converted but it’s very boutique and truly luxurious. If you have never been its worth a stay or even just visit for afternoon tea or a  cheeky cocktail. It’s the definition of beautiful!

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We wanted everything to be quite neutral and simple, and chose a colour scheme of cream, dusky pink and green. 

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I actually bought my dress from China, I had it made and shipped over. Then I had it tweaked at a local bridal shop.  My bridesmaids were all in Monsoon gowns, and Gra and the groomsmen wore suits by Reiss.   

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Our amazing flowers were from David Wayman Flowers at Spinningfields. My bouquet was made up of cream hydrangeas, dusky pink roses and  spray roses – it was very simple and elegant. 

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We absolutely loved walking out of the ceremony and seeing everyone and the speeches were brilliant.

We had a moment where we both sat back and looked at all our guests and we felt so lucky to have them all with us on our special day. We were very overwhelmed.

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We had brown envelopes with everyone’s names stamped on for place setting. Inside we did individual cards with a photo of each guest and wrote a special message inside.

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We made CDs as favours.  They had all the music from our wedding day on them and had songs that remind us of all the special people involved in our wedding. We still get messages from people now saying they are listening to it in their car and reminds them of what a special day it was.

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During the day we used our iPod for music. Gra is a bit of a music fanatic and sorted it all out into sections: music for the service, reception drinks and meal – all mix of swing, jazz and update music, it was perfect.  In the evening we moved down into the oyster bar and had a live band. 

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Charlotte at Crafty Baker made our cake. It was amazing.  We had jars around the venue that we had decorated with vintage lace and dusky pink ribbon and Charlotte had incorporated this into the cake and it all matched perfectly. My bridesmaids had also had a beautiful cake knife engraved for us that they got from notonthehighstreet.com. 

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We went to The Fairmont on The Palm Dubai for our honeymoon.  We only went for five nights because of work commitments but would’ve loved to have been there longer. We had a fabulous time. We went on a sand dune safari, cocktails at the Burj Al Arab (which was out of this world) and went up the Burj khalifa, and lots more adventures!  It was a special trip.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is don’t get stressed!  We planned our wedding in two months.  Make sure you get a great photographer/videographer to capture and remember your day.  I cannot recommend David Stubbs Photography enough!

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Congratulations Becky & Graham!

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Take Your Marks! A Real Wedding In The North East – Nick & Sarah

February 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Need a Monday morning endorphin boost?  I’m still on a high after yesterday’s amazing Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza (what a day people!) but I think it might take more than coffee, toast and a banana to get me started today.  So what’s better than a burst of colour and fun to get the week off to a cracking start?  With images by Ruth Mitchell Photography, Sarah and Nick’s “Wedding Chase” is brimming with energy, personal touches, DIY details and love.  Get set…

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Sarah says:  We got engaged on a weekend to Keswick in the Lake District. We were on a hike up one of the mountains and I was walking ahead. I heard Nick shout me back to look at something. He had painted a stone with a poem and placed it on the top of a cairn so when I found it and read it I turned around back to him and he was on one knee. It was perfect. It was still such an amazing surprise.

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We got married on 21 July 2012 at Hurworth Methodist Church, with the reception at Michelin rated Bay Horse.  I grew up in Hurworth and we chose the church as it was where I used to go as a child and always knew it was where I wanted to get married. We chose The Bay Horse as we wanted an outdoor feel and didn’t want to be inside a hotel all day. We were able to have a marquee and use the gardens so it was perfect – plus the food is totally amazing. It was great that the guests were able to walk from the church to the reception as Hurworth is such a pretty village. We also knew there would be some fantastic scenery for the photos.

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We are both very keen runners so we hosted our own Wedding Chase (!) and we teamed that with a country fair feel. Most of all we wanted it to be relaxed and be more fun than too formal with lots of colour. 

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I love bright colours and originally we had chosen pink as a colour base, but while looking for bridesmaids dresses we found some amazing green ones (my favourite colour) which all the girls loved although we teamed it with pink and blue for decorations and flowers.

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I’m not really used to dressing up so to be honest I found dress shopping quite stressful. As I am small a lot of the dresses didn’t fit in the right areas and were so long. I must have tried on about thirty dresses by the time I found my dress.  After trying on a few plainer dresses the lady in the shop sensed that I wanted something a bit different and brought out ‘the one’. It was very princessy and floaty and different from the others I’d tried and fitted much better. I felt special in it and my mum and bridesmaid cried so I knew it was a winner.  I’m glad I didn’t go down the safe dress route as I felt great in it on the day.

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The girls wore full length green dresses from Monsoon which were floaty and complimented my dress. The boys wore dark blue hired suites from Woven in Durham, they also custom made Nick’s suit which was pin stripe blue and looked amazing.

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The minister – Andrew – did a beautiful service and as my father had passed away last Christmas he included some lovely words about him during the service. While we were signing the register we put up pictures of Nick and I growing up with music in the background which kept guests entertained.

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I actually made my own bouquets for me and the girls as love to do crafty thing. I was really pleased with the flowers. I also attached my Dad’s ring to my bouquet so I felt like he was there with us.

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Unknown to us members of our running club did a guard of honour when we came out of the church which was awesome.

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We really wanted to personalise the day and we had so many special touches.  We had race numbers on the back of guests chairs instead of place name cards, which most guests ended up wearing by the end of the night and we gave all the guests race medals as favours.

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We asked our guests or their favourite songs and played them all during the day.  We were originally going to have a band but eventually decided on a disco as we love a good dance. It was great and perfect for the day. We also added a few games on the tables, had bubble machines and piñatas and of course a limbo pole. We did a quiz on how well the guests knew us which was fun, and also had a sweet table with personalised bags for guests to take home

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We knew we wanted something a bit different and didn’t want to go down the traditional white cake route. I have a love of baking and cake decorating and decided to do the cake myself. My mum made the fruit part and I made the cupcakes and we decorated them with lots of bright colours to match out colour scheme. It certainly had the wow factor and got lots of notice.

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It’s so hard to pick a favourite part of the day. Being there with our closest friends and family and having them spend such as special occasion with us was certainly one. It was great to see everyone smiling all day and enjoying themselves. It was awesome being introduced into the reception as Mr and Mrs Watson. I loved the ceremony and saying our vows as our minister made it so personal to us, it’s important to remember that is the part which is about just the two of you, after that it all goes crazy. My mum also made a beautiful speech on behalf of her and my dad which I know was hard for her but she did amazing. I loved every minute of the day, especially knowing I was married to Nick.

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We spent our wedding night at Clowbeck – a lovely bed and breakfast in Hurworth and the following day went on a mini-moon to the Lakes for the week after the wedding and us being us tagged a 24 hour running race onto the end of it. We asked for contributions to our proper honeymoon from guests and are planning on getting away next year.

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My top tips for other Brides Up North would be that I know it’s a cliché but just enjoy the day, it really does go so fast. Invest in a good photographer, ours was great, we also hired a videographer (Sarah McVean) who captured so much of the day that we hadn’t seen and it was great to watch the ceremony again.

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Don’t over invite, we were lucky and didn’t feel pressure from family to invite people we didn’t want which we were glad of, you spend so much of the day meeting and greeting everyone, so make sure it’s spent with people you really want there.

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Pick good ushers, ours were great and ended up doing so much, and all the jobs behind the scenes.

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Most importantly don’t sweat the small stuff. For example I forgot to wear my bracelet and Nick forgot to wear his button hole, neither of which stopped it from being the best day we could imagine.

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Congratulations Sarah & Nick!

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Vintage Meets Modern: A Real Wedding In Manchester City Centre – Pam & Ged

December 26th, 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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What better way to kick off Boxing Day (trip to the sales anyone?) than with a fabulous Manchester City Centre celebration sent to me by real bride Pam and Jonny Draper Photography.  A vintage meets modern wedding with the chicest of details and a Selfridges fly by?  My kinda day entirely. 

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Pam says:  On 26th March last year Ged proposed at ‘Grill on the Alley’ in Manchester City Centre. It was really unexpected – I don’t think Ged had even planned to propose that day but it was such a lovely afternoon.

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We were married on 28th September 2012 at Manchester Cathedral & our reception was at The Private Room, Restaurant Bar & Grill, Manchester.

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We knew as soon as we got engaged that we wanted our wedding to be in Manchester City Centre as it means a lot to us (we live, work and breathe the city centre and it is actually where we met too). The Cathedral is actually our parish church & is such an unbelievable building! We chose Restaurant Bar & Grill as we love it anyway but Ged and I actually met in the office that is situated in the same building, so there was something really nice about having our wedding in the same building as where we first met.

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The theme was quite simple, a mixture of modern and vintage. The Cathedral was a very traditional venue whereas the reception venue was much more modern although I tried to keep the vintage feel flowing with the candles. I think my dress captured the vintage look whilst Ged’s suit was very modern.

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I wore ‘Mandalay’ by Ian Stuart from Maria Modes in Macclesfield. I knew I wanted a lace gown with a vintage feel and as soon as I saw it I just knew it was “the one”!

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Our adult bridesmaids and flower girls wore dresses from Monsoon. Ged and the Groomsmen wore suits from Reiss in Manchester. Ged’s shoes were from Jeffrey West too which he got lots of comments on!

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I love the plum colour of the bridesmaid dresses which I wanted to be complimented by the colours used in the bouquets of lilacs, pale pinks, taupe and ivory. Ged wanted to keep his suits very classic & simple with a Grey suit, white shirt and black tie!

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Jonny Draper Photography was amazing! He exceeded all our expectations and the photos have just blown us away. He was fantastic on the day a lot of guests from the wedding have commented on how good he was both on the day and also how ace the photos are!

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I carried a posy style of roses by David Wayman, Again, I wanted a modern/vintage feel to the flowers and loved the colours. All the bouquets were also wrapped with some of the lace from my dress which I had kept from when it had been altered.

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Ged wrote a poem for the ceremony which was amazing and I think had everyone in tears!

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We used our own car to escort me to the Cathedral as we only live a stone’s throw away from the Church. After the ceremony Ged and I walked from the Cathedral to the Restaurant Bar and Grill, it was only about a 10 – 15 minute walk but we’re really glad we did as Jonny got some really great shots of us especially the balloon one which I think has to be my favourite!

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My bridesmaids helped me to decorate the room the night before the wedding, we used pillar candles placed on slate to give a rustic feel and scattered over 200 tiny votive candles around which I had covered in lace. I also used Cath Kidston material to make little lavender hearts which we gave as favours.

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We also used Five Dollar Shake for all the stationery including invitations, Table Plan, Place Settings and Table Names.

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During the wedding breakfast King & Jones acoustic duo helped to create a fantastic atmosphere. The Coolers’ performed at the evening reception who were brilliant – I don’t think I stopped dancing the whole night.

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Our cake was from Richards Cakes. It was 3 tiers of vanilla, chocolate and carrot cake and was delicious!

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My favourite part of the day was our first dance! This was really special as the song means so much to us and Ged had managed to get in touch with the artist who wrote the song on twitter and he came and performed it at our wedding which was amazing! The song was ‘Moonshine & Roses’ by Franco & The Dreadnought.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try to remember that it’s your day. Don’t worry too much about anything as it will all turn out perfect on the day and by that point you won’t care anyway!

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Up, Up & Away! A Real Winter Wedding In Yorkshire – Martha & Ian

August 16th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It may seem unseasonal, but I can bet – judging by pre-registrations for our Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition this Autumn at least! – that a lot of you will now be looking ahead to the end of this year into next and perhaps planning a winter wedding.  So, I decided to mix things up a little (not that our weather system isn’t already doing that of course!) on these swirly silver pages and feature this beautiful snow kissed celebration, sent to me by Yorkshire wedding photographer Jane of JB Creatives and real bride Martha. 

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Plus, there’s a really cool helicopter involved that you’ve just got to see. 

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Martha says: We were on holiday in Iceland and after a chaotic drive in a 4×4 chasing the Northern Lights, we finally caught up with them and under a beautiful canopy of swirling green lights, Ian asked me what I wanted to do next February. I said I fancied a trip to Bruges but he had other ideas and asked me to marry him. I accepted of course!

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We were married on 11th February 2012.   We had our service at the beautiful Priory Church in the grounds of the Bolton Abbey estate near Skipton and our reception at the amazing Devonshire Arms.  Initially we wanted a countryside pub, but couldn’t find one big enough, then we stumbled across the Cavendish Pavilion and were delighted with the big space, riverside location and relaxed feel.  However, the Cav Pav was not to be as after we had booked it and paid our deposit, they decided to renovate, meaning it would be unavailable for our wedding date.  After a brief panic, we were delighted to accept their kind offer of The Devonshire Arms. The hotel provided first class service in the run up to the big day and the day itself.  It was the perfect location and proved that good things do come out of adversity!

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We didn’t want things to be too matchy-matchy, so we went for different shades of blue and yellow, aiming for a spring like feel, although the weather was more winter than spring on the day, since there was snow on the ground!

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Like all couples, we wanted our wedding to reflect our relationship and who we are as a couple. As such, we asked the amazing Jane from JB Creatives to design our stationery to reflect the fact that we first met when Ian sold me a dodgy red Fiesta which spouted black smoke and never started first time! Despite this, I still bought the car!  A little red car featured on our invites, place cards and the personalised half pint glasses that we gave as favours to all of our guests.  The little red car brought us together so whilst I have since traded it in for a sporty Fiat 500 (still red), it only felt right that it was part of our day. 

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Ian arrived at the ceremony with about 40 of our guests by coach. He and his groomsmen dished out bottles of beer and mini bottles of Prosecco to get our friends and family into the party mood.  I had a slightly more unexpected mode of transport as Ian surprised me, my mum and bridesmaid Rosie, with a helicopter ride before the service! We flew over the beautiful Yorkshire Dales which were blanketed in snow and circled the church, where we could see guests arriving and waving! It was a beautiful, exhilarating and magical way to arrive at the church and typical of my lovely husband who likes to surprise me.

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I wore a beautiful Suzanne Neville dress which I purchased from Posh Frocks in Guiseley.  Patricia at Posh Frocks suggested I tried the Suzanne Neville dress which is not the style I had been trying previously, but I knew pretty quickly that it was the one I wanted.  The corset design was really flattering and I liked that it was a modern twist on the classic fairy tale ‘princess dress’.  The service at Posh Frocks was brilliant, Patricia even lent me her fur stole from her own wedding and was warm, friendly and accommodating. 

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I accessorised with bright blue shoes from Kurt Geiger, which were very high but surprisingly comfortable.  I also borrowed a pearl hair piece from my good friend Laura, which had been hand made by another lovely friend Becky from Whisties Designs. 

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My two sisters were my bridesmaids and wore Allure dresses in navy blue from Coast.  They also had fur stoles to try and prevent them turning the same colour as their dresses! My mini bridesmaids were my gorgeous niece Scarlett and Ian’s goddaughter Rosie. They wore cute dresses and furry cardigans from Monsoon.  They all looked absolutely stunning. The boys hired morning suits from Moss Bros in Leeds, with navy blue cravats and ivory waistcoats.

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We wanted our day to reflect things that are important to us.  My mum Lesley is an artist and created my bouquet and the bridesmaids’ bouquets.   Also, my dad Andrew conducted the service and Ian’s sister recited a personalised reading during the service. 

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It’s hard to pick one part of the day as stand out, but saying our vows in the church was lovely. They are beautiful words and sum up exactly what marriage is all about.  That said, the party afterwards was also amazing!

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I had cream and yellow roses, purple and yellow freesias, eucalyptus leaves, sea holly, a green chrysanthemum and some statice. I absolutely loved my flowers and the fact that my mum created them made them even more special.

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Ian insisted we had a blackboard to record the latest football scores during the reception and my good friend Lizzy also played piano during the champagne reception.  In the evening we had the photo booth from Picture Blast which was great fun and a band Ian knew but I’d never heard, ‘The Reason’, who performed a great repertoire of rock music for us to let our hair down and dance to – they were brilliant and the dance floor was never empty. 

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We had amazing cupcakes baked by my talented friend Mel who actually teaches English for a living, but could definitely go into business as a baker! As our meal was quite heavy, we chose to have the cakes in individual plastic containers so that people could save them for later.

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We love holidays (who doesn’t) and because we got married in February and I am a teacher, we couldn’t go too far as we only had a week off, so this was the perfect excuse for two holidays! We had a mini-moon straight after the wedding in Northumberland which was just what we needed – not too far away and very relaxing.  We then spent a few months planning the perfect honeymoon and are about to embark on an epic trip to Cape Town, then on to Safari in Kruger National Park, followed by a week in Mauritius. We can’t wait, although there’s no way I’m going cage diving!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to let your groom be involved. Ian is much more organised than me and I felt that our day reflected what both of us wanted. Planning the day was much more fun together.

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Ian’s top tip, apart from having a least one of you being organised, is to keep things flexible. You can plan things down to the finest detail but things will inevitably change at the last minute, so don’t sweat it, the people there will guarantee it’s all perfect.

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Congratulations Martha & Ian!

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Because Your Love Calms My Brambles! A Real DIY Wedding In Derbyshire – Emma & Tim

July 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Are you having a lovely Sunday Brides Up North (despite the relentless Summer rain)? 

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I’ll be pretending it’s a proper English Summer later with strawberries and cream as I cheer on Andrew Murray in the Wimbledon final.  Come on Andy!

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Whether Murray brings it home or not, my spirits are so very lifted by today’s beautiful DIY real wedding, sent to me by Jonathan Stead Photography and today’s beautiful vintage loving bride Emma.  This sunny day of homemade loveliness is such a joy, I hope it brings some sparkle to your Sunday too.  

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Emma says:  Tim asked me to marry him in July 2011, at Porthmeor Cove, Cornwall (on a cliff edge at sunset).  We got married on 26th May 2012 at a lovely church at Ashford in the Water, Derbyshire & our reception was in a marque at my parents’ farm.

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We love the Peak District & thought the church was perfect – stunning & intimate. I’m very family orientated and thought having the marque at my parents’ farm would give the wedding a relaxed feel – somewhere that people could really let their hair down!

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I love vintage and collect 50’s, 60’s and 70’s pieces. I wanted this to be reflected in our wedding but also wanted it to feel rustic & farm-like at the same time! We had a lot of flower power (arranged by myself and my mother in law) – tons of daisies, sunflowers, hydrangea, cornflowers arranged with wispy foliage, popped into jam jars, beer bottles or wrapped in raffia.

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It was a real family effort – I made the bunting (made from vintage fabric & old shirts) & mural (‘Because Your Love Calms My Brambles’) my mum made the table cloths, my mother in law helped me make the poms poms (or ‘bloody poms poms’ as we ended up calling them!) & the canapés for the drinks reception, my grandma made her special tiffin and my father in law made sign posts (t’car park, t’wedding, t’toilet).

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The colour themes were cream, blue, purple with splashes of yellow.

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My dress was upcycled from my Mother in Law’s dress from 1968. I loved the crochet lace but the fabric on the bottom of the dress was too badly stained to use. She let me cut up the dress and make a whole new design – I designed it and my Auntie made it (what she does for a living). I truly loved wearing it – I loved the ‘hood’ drape on the back. She also made me a hair piece/bird cage veil to match. Shoes wise, I wore light purple suede low heeled slippers from ASOS

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I had a mixed bouquet of daisies, white roses, purple veronica, blue delphinium & lavender and the bridesmaids had pomanders of daisies.  The buttonholes were lavender, white roses & daisies.  These were done by my lovely friend Jill, at Plantology Floral Creations in Sheffield

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I travelled in a 1970’s Rolls Royce from Fairytale Wedding Cars – I loved the blue roof. The driver was fabulous!

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My very favourite part of the day was seeing Tim’s face as I walked down the aisle… a little tear in his eye! Oooh… and the drum and bass after midnight!

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Almost everything was handmade by me or a family member – from the invitations, to the marquee flowers, the bunting & signage. It was hard work but made it so special! I also borrowed a polaroid camera from a friend and bought some black and white film – I made a washing line so that people could peg up ‘snaps of [their] beautiful selves’. In addition to these, there were LOTS of children at the wedding (I come from a huge family) so I raided Poundland for games, things to make & fancy dress items – they went down a treat!

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Our marquee was from High Peak Marquees – fantastic company – they were enthusiastic, friendly and very hardworking. They were the only company could find who would build scaffolding to even out the field, and dealt with the problem with a smile!

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Food wise, we hired PJ Taste caterers – again, amazing energy and enthusiasm – genuinely felt like they wanted to be there and the food was delicious. We choose to have a hot buffet – a triple spit roast (locally sourced & organic) with lots of home made breads and yummy salads. For dessert there was a choice of chocolate torte or summer fruit pudding…mmm.

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My friend Abby is very creative & kindly made the cake as our wedding present – I sent her a few ideas for cakes but let her surprise me on the day! I was very pleased with the results… a lovely 3 three tier fruit cake decorated with handcrafted daisies.

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We had a local young folk band for the drinks reception (Captives of the Carousel), followed by a DJ (Plastic Disco, Sheffield) in the evening (playing mixture of motown, pop, indie and drum & bass!). 

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Berlin. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff’!

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Congratulations Emma & Tim!

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Have you just said “I do!”? Get in touch to share your big day on the wedding blog!

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The Most Special Of Days! A Real Wedding In The North East – Kat & Mike

July 7th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today’s Real Wedding comes to you from the North East and was sent to me by real bride and Brides Up North reader Kat.  Kat and Mike’s wedding was a real mix of traditional and contemporary, the combination creating a beautiful and memorable backdrop to a fabulous celebration. 

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Kat says: We got engaged on 5th May 2011 in Las Vegas, USA in the middle of the Grand Canyon. We splashed out on a helicopter ride through the Grand Canyon. We landed in the most beautiful spot and after all the tourist shots I turned round to Mike where he suddenly put his arms around me and the next thing I knew he was down on one knee. It was a truly a fabulous way to propose and I will never forget it.

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We dais “I do” on Friday 23rd March 2012.  We were limited on time as I work in a school and we only had two weekends to chose from, 16th or the 23rd. The 23rd March turned out to be a very special day for me and my family, as my brother Iain died 13 years ago when he was 18 and I was 14. The 23rd March would have been his 31st birthday after much deliberation with family and friends I thought it was a great idea, what a special day to get married, it was meant to be. What usually is a sombre day for us has now been turned into a celebration and it really just felt like he was there with us.

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Mike and I feel in love with the venue straight away. The Mansion House in Jesmond was exactly what we wanted: classy, stylish and a bit different. I loved all the original features, the decor and also loved the location.  The gardens were beautiful and even though it was in a busy area it felt so quiet. There is so much character and I absolutely loved the bedrooms, I could really see me and my bridesmaids getting ready there in the morning. I heard amazing things about the food, the gardens looked beautiful, all our guests were so impressed and the service was amazing.

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We chose another venue for the evening, Mike and I are very social people, we have lots of friends and we basically wanted a venue with space for a band and room for dancing. Now the evening do was more tricky we visited so many venues, I studied Art and Design at University and also went on to study a MA Art Museum and Gallery/Education Studies so I have always had links and love for galleries and museums in the North East. We chose to have our evening do at The Biscuit Factory in Shieldfield.  We absolutely loved the venue especially the way the art is kept in view, fairy lights and low lighting, the high ceiling and beams were just what we liked and there was tons of space for dancing. This was a complete contrast to the Mansion House as this was so contemporary and The Mansion House was a traditional manor house.

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I never decided on a theme as such but I suppose it was a vintage shabby chic style wedding with lots of personal touches. I had birdcages for my centre pieces, “Would You Rather?” games on the tables, and different runners with polka dots, roses and birds. Every table was different.

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I decided I didn’t really want a colour scheme I wanted things to be a bit different. I chose electric blue Grecian maxi dresses for my bridesmaids dresses, green and nude bows, and different colour runners.

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I never wanted a big or sparkly dress, it is really true you never know what is going to suit until you try things on. I definitely knew I would have to get a sweetheart neckline as it would suit my shape better. For some reason in the shops I was always attracted to chiffon style dresses that sculptured to my body. Even though my dress was plain it had the most beautiful detail with the knotted material at the front and on the back and the long train made it stunning. I also loved the way the material was gathered on the bodice, all these things made the dress extra special. I felt amazing in it and I loved the way it made me feel. I chose to have a veil but ended up taking that off half way through the meal. My dress was from New Beginnings Bridal in Whitley bay by Sottero and Midgley

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My bridesmaids wore electric blue Grecian style maxi dresses from Monsoon and silver heels. 

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I carried cala lilies and my bridesmaids and flower girls carried the same but a smaller bouquet from Flowers By The Bay, Cullercoats. The groom had a lily for his button hole and the rest of the party had white roses. I didn’t want many flowers so the only other flowers were the ones in the birdcages which were minimalistic.

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We used Simply Bows & Chair Covers for our event dressing, The Finishing Touch Company for hiring the trees, tea cups and the vintage post box.

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Our photographer was Roger Burlison Photography, his partner was a very good friend of mine from school so Roger and Vicky took some amazing photos on the day. It was so nice having them there as guests and I think it made it more personal.

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We added lots of personal touches.  On the order of services I thought it was a nice idea to write a story of how me and Mike met and this was also displayed in frames with a poem I found.

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We didn’t like the idea of favours so on each tables we had tea cups filled with mini eggs, dolly mixtures and heart shaped mints instead which went down a treat. We also placed several “Would You Rather?” game cards on the tables which we picked personally – the ruder the better for people to have some fun.

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My mum is an amazing cake maker so I naturally wanted her to make our cake. At the time I didn’t realise how much work it would be and my mum needs a medal.  I knew I didn’t want a traditional cake but I wasn’t sure what I wanted. My mum was amazing throughout and started baking like a mad woman. My mum came up with a brilliant idea. a three tier chocolate cake with chocolate butter icing, The cake was then covered with white and milk chocolate fingers and white and milk chocolate maltesers on the top.

It was absolutely fabulous and delicious.

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I would say the speeches were the best memory of the day. My dad’s speech was great: my dad is definitely a talker, it was funny, emotional and kind everything I expected. Mike’s never been big on talking about emotion but his speech was again perfect, he kept it together until the very end. Mike never met my brother and he touched on that beautifully during his speech. We had two best men: one who didn’t eat any of the delicious food as he was so nervous. I wasn’t sure how they would do it but they really made it work. It was a very funny combination and they did so well.

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We hired a band for the night called The Imposters. We saw these guys first play at As you Like It, Jesmond and we just had to have them for the wedding. They were great they really know how to get people up and dance. The photos are evidence – they play all sorts of music from Kings of Leon to Stevie Wonder. There was people aged 15 to 70 dancing!

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For our honeymoon we went to Thailand! We travelled to a few different places,  Bangkok, Koi Samui, Krabi, Phi Phi Island and Phuket.  It was amazing, true paradise.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be not to get too stressed about all the small things as you won’t notice any problems on the day and don’t worry about other people, it’s your day.

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Congratulations Kat & Mike!

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Pretty Elegance: A Real Wedding In The North East – Kate & Lewis

May 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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How’s your Sunday treating you Brides Up North? 

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I’m having a lovely relaxing holiday in the Greek Islands – although it’s rained for the past three days (pretty much unheard of in May I’m sure!)  – I’m enjoying the peace, good food and copious amounts of local wine.

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Between bursts of sunshine (and banks of cloud!) I’ve still time to bring you this gorgeous simple and elegant Real Wedding in the North East sent to me by Chris of Xtraordinary Photography and real bride Kate.  I hope that it gets your day (and mine!) off to a sunny start!  

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Kate says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2010. We had been to Church and then to our local pub for a few drinks and Lewis proposed on the night time in our home. We both love Christmas and my beautiful engagement ring was the perfect present!

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We got married on the 26th March 2012 in our local church – The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Lobley Hill. It was a lovely service and our Priest was fantastic, all of the guests loved him! Both the day time and evening reception were held at the Gibside Hotel in Whickham. We had 110 guests during the day and a few more in the evening.

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We wanted somewhere close to the church so our guests could easily make their way to the reception and the Gibside is only a couple of miles away from the church. I knew the Gibside had lots of experience in weddings and we had eaten in the restaurant before so we knew the food was great. The venue was also a perfect size and we got a really good vibe about the place. We were shown the honeymoon suite which was recently refurbished, it was fabulous and we were sold! I can’t give enough praise to the staff at the Gibside – particularly the restaurant manager Paco – they were absolutely fantastic and really helped make our day so memorable.

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We didn’t have a theme but we wanted everything we chose to be elegant, traditional and beautiful. I kept things simple and elegant and the ivory was the main colour throughout. The exception was the bridesmaids’ dresses which were a delicate sea green and added a flash of colour to the day.

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My dress was by Amanda Wyatt from Sorelle Bridal Boutique in Sedgefield. I loved how the cap sleeves and sweetheart neckline made it quite different from the other dresses I had tried on. The dress had a fitted bodice with a fishtail skirt and a short train. The antique style lace gave it a vintage feel. I absolutely loved my wedding dress it was so beautiful. In the words of my chief bridesmaid it was ‘the most amazing item of clothing in the world!’ My shoes were from BHS and my tiara was my ‘something borrowed’ from my sister in law, she wore it for her own wedding a year before. 

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Amanda Clegg at Blush Boutique did my hair and make up. The flowers were all done by Sheila Appleton, a family friend.  I carried a mixture of white roses with gypsafillia . Roses are my favourite flower and Lewis sometimes surprises me with a bunch! The bridesmaids had smaller versions of my bouquet. We decorated the church and venue with white roses, white calla lilies and greenery.

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My favourite moment was walking out the church once we had been married. Everybody was smiling at us and I felt elated. I felt like I could relax and really enjoy the day after being so nervous walking into the church.

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A friend of the family of the family (Christine McMorris) made our cake. It was a traditional round cake with four tiers, two sponge and the larger two were traditional fruit cake. It was simply decorated with white icing, ivory ribbon and white roses. Most importantly it tasted delicious!

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The bridesmaids wore silk, sea-green dresses from Boden, they were quite a simple style but the colour really suited them and they all looked stunning. They wore ivory shoes from Debenhams and I got their pretty hair slides from Accessorize. The flower girls wore ivory dresses from Monsoon and looked very pretty. The bridesmaids and flower girls all had shrugs to wear as we thought they would be chilly but it was such a beautiful day they didn’t need them!

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We had a pianist play during the day (Lucy Bewley) and a DJ on the evening. We both love music so we wanted it during the day and evening.

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We went to Barbados for two weeks the day after we got married. We had a fabulous time it is such an amazing place.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to not underestimate how long it will take for you and the bridesmaids to get ready! Give yourself plenty of time so you can chill out with a glass of champagne before the car arrives. 

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HEARTCongratulations Kate & Lewis! HEART

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Are you a newlywed?  Contact Brides Up North to share your Real Wedding memories on the wedding blog.

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Under Canvas! A Real Wedding In The North East – Saskia & Matthew

April 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Concluding a hat trick of North East celebrations at the start of this week, this morning we have the fabulous tipi wedding of Real Bride Saskia and her husband Matthew, sent to me by Alison Groves Photography.  Saskia is clearly a lady who chooses not to do things by the rule book – with fantastic results!

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Saskia says: We were married on 20th August 2011 at Morpeth Town Hall. The party was at The Stables in Brinkburn. We stayed at the venue all week together with our family and friends.  My husband’s family is from Newcastle and we wanted a country wedding in Northumberland.

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We didn’t really have a theme, although our wedding invitation was based on ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ poem. Our daughters’ dresses were cream with light green and yellow from Monsoon and my dress was ivory. The flowers were wildflowers and herbs from the garden in green and yellow tints. This was not particularly planned, we were lucky to be able to raid the garden of a cousin who lives nearby.

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I had a Vivienne Westwood dress, quite short and summery as we originally had planned to get married in South Africa.  I carried a stem of orchids. 

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We hired an amazing tipi style tent from Papakata for our reception and enjoyed an afternoon tea party with crockery from Julie Clay at The Vintage Tea Party with catering by Zoe from organic farm Thistleyhaugh and a hog roast by Neil Wilkins. The tent was spectacular especially when the fire was lit in the evening.

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We chose a lemon cake with berries and white chocolate by Oxley’s of Morpeth. It was delicious.

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I have lots of happy memories from the day:  the journey to Morpeth on the vintage bus (by Dreadnought Coaches) with lots of friends, the wedding itself, the reception in the blazing sun, the tea party, the various speeches and songs, dinner in the tent, dancing around the fire (we had a great DJ, Steven Dunn from Unit 44 in Newcastle!) and also the next day when lots of people came back for champagne and cake and a nice walk. 

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We actually went on honeymoon before we got married… to South Africa.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to think what kind of wedding you want, research online, call around and compare prices and then make a detailed budget before you start. It is good to keep on top of things as you will start to get carried away and spend a fortune.

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Congratulations Saskia & Matthew!

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