Brides Up North

peony pink. a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall – natalie & anthony

October 6th, 2014 | Julia Braime

a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (43)

I really, really don’t want to jinx it, but I honestly think this might be the best Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition season yet.

I’m recharging (and still on a high!) today after my fourth weekend (a double bill in Leeds and Northumberland this time) at the helm of some very lovely, very busy events indeed, and taking a breather having reached the half way point for autumn 2014.

It was another record attendance all round yesterday and I’d really love to see you at our remaining shows this season – we’re back in action this very weekend at both Middleton Lodge and Allerton Castle – so click here for the full line up.

But for now. it’s back to the online gorgeous, as we join Natalie and Anthony for their pretty & pink wedding at Bartle Hall in Preston.

I love my job.

Images by Samantha Broadley Photography

a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (1)

Natalie says: We got engaged on my 21st birthday at a meal with all our family. After we had eaten, Anthony got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was completely shocked and didnt have a clue. All our family knew before the meal and my Mum even helped him pick out the ring.

We were married on Saturday 31st May 2014 at Bartle Hall, Preston.

We went looking around a few venues but eventually choose Bartle Hall. The grounds are beautiful and the staff were very welcoming and helpful. Most importantly the venue had accommodation so our family could stay over, that played a big part in helping us decide.

a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (3)

I’ve always wanted to use pink for my wedding, which Anthony wasn’t too keen on! I wanted my venue dressing to be all about the flowers and I wanted them to make the room. We used Flower Design from Blackpool who did an amazing job and created the exact look that I wanted, using lots of blousy peonies.

a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (6)

My dress was by Mori Lee from Dan Kerr, Preston. Although the style of the dress I chose was quite simple, the detail on it was amazing. It was very heavy in lace and had lots of bling!

My bridesmaids had tried lots of different styles of dresses on but I was looking for something that was a little bit different. I wanted them to stand out from the other guests and I found with the typical maxi style dresses they could of easily of been mistaken for guests. I chose a shorter design of dress as the wedding was in a summer months and to show off their shoes. I was really pleased with how the dresses looked on the day and all the girls said they were really comfortable to wear throughout the day, even after a three course meal. They were from Lottie’s Bridal Boutique.

The flower girls’ dresses were from BHS and great value for money.

For the boys, we needed twelve suits in total so we decided to hire them for the day. We went to a few places looking but finally decided on Moss Bros. Their suits looked smart and not worn, unlike others we’d seen previously. They were great at organising fittings for twelve people and made the collection and return process so easy.

a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (10)

a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (17)

a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (18)

Our photographer was Samantha Broadley.  Sam made us feel so comfortable throughout the day and half of the time I never knew she was there! After getting the pictures back we are so,so pleased with how they turned out and they really captured the whole day from start to finish. Sam made us a snapshot DVD of images which she set to music of our choice, this was so well done and even brought Anthony to tears. Everyone has commented on how lovely her photos are and my brother-in-law has even booked her for his wedding next year!

a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (22)

We had a mixture of high and low table centre pieces for our reception. As the high centre pieces were so big we had to be careful that they didnt overface the room. Flower Design perfectly placed the high centre pieces to create maximum effect when walking into the room. I also had the whole length of my top table draped in flowers, it looked amazing and so effective.

We chose a simple white cake as we used flowers to decorate it. The cake was four tiers with spacers in between for the flowers which gave it extra height. Two layers were chocolate and two sponge, by The Cake Lady, Blackpool.

a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (28)

a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (32)

a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (34)

We decided on a last minute honeymoon which we booked after the wedding, and went to the Sensatori Hotel in Crete.

a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (42)

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to do what makes you both happy and what you want to do, not what pleases other people.

a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (45)

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summer lovin’. a wedding in manchester – samantha & ben

August 6th, 2014 | Julia Braime

a summer wedding at Manchester Town Hall (c) Victoria Franks Photography  (14)

This afternoon wedding photographer Samantha Broadley finds herself on the other side of the lens, as she shares her bright and beautiful (destination) wedding in Manchester with Brides Up North.

With images by Victoria Franks Photography.

a summer wedding at Manchester Town Hall (c) Victoria Franks Photography  (5)

Samantha says: We were married on 26th July 2013. I’ve always wanted a summer wedding in the hope we might get some sunshine, and we did!

We tied the knot at Manchester Town Hall. Neither of us are from Manchester but it is where we met and where we have started our lives together, so Manchester will always have a special place in our hearts. As well as the exterior of the building the interior is beautiful and believe it or not, not a lot of people have been inside.  None of our guests had a clue what it was like, so they were blown away with the grandeur of it all. The reception was at The Mere Golf Resort and Spa, just because it’s quite simply beautiful, and had all the facilities we wanted.

We didn’t have a specific theme, but a lot did revolve around Manchester. My invites and name cards for the tables all had Manchester skyline on them.  Our table names were places we’d been together that were special, for example, Brooklyn Bridge as we walked across there for my 21st, Syndey ANZ Stadium as we watched Australia v New Zealand there (Ben’s a big rugby fan) and our top table was of course  Manchester Town Hall.

a summer wedding at Manchester Town Hall (c) Victoria Franks Photography  (12)

a summer wedding at Manchester Town Hall (c) Victoria Franks Photography  (20)

Being a wedding photographer, I have seen lots of different colour themes and I wanted something different. I would have loved to get married abroad but our grandparents wouldn’t have been able to fly and it was important to us to have them there. I wanted to bring the brightness and boldness of a destination wedding to Manchester, so I chose shades of teal with coral and pink flowers.

I chose a Mori Lee dress from The Bridal Collection in Lancaster. I was torn between two dresses, both completely different.  One had a lot of lace detail and was a fish tail, the other had more ruffles and had a sweet heart neckline. I decided to go for the ruffles as it reminded me of a Spanish flamenco dress, again bringing the abroad feel back in for me.

Ben wore a light grey three piece suit from Slaters in Manchester. We bought the suits instead of hiring them, after all he’s more likely to wear his suit again than I am to wear my dress.

The Bridesmaid dresses were from In Wedding Dress, I was very conscious of the price of the bridesmaids dresses as I had six attendants, so I spent a lot of time researching.

a summer wedding at Manchester Town Hall (c) Victoria Franks Photography  (19)

I’m not very good with flowers, knowing the names and what’s in season. I just found a few pictures of the sort of bouquet I liked, I showed the lovely florists my pictures and colour ideas at Lune Valley Home & Garden Florist and they came up with the rest. My trust in them was well placed my flowers were beautiful.

Decor wise, I bought paper lanterns which were hung in the trees outside in the garden at The Mere Golf Resort with fairy lights wrapped round the terrace. We dotted some vintage style tea light holders around the tables outside. We had table flowers included in our package and I just paid a bit extra to have a few more flowers added. The entertainment was more important to me rather than decorating the room.

For the ceremony and for the arrival drinks we booked a singer and guitarist called Rob Yates, I’ve seen him at a number of other weddings and I’ve always loved what he does.

We also had a singing waiter, Jamie Reeves. After being to so many weddings I know there can be a little lull after the desserts waiting for the speeches and this is when Jamie came in.  He was a complete surprise to everyone especially as he’d been serving most of them earlier. Only Ben, my maid of honour and I knew about him, so to see everyone’s faces was so funny.

We knew what we wanted from the very beginning for our favours. Ben sadly lost his Dad when he was 11 to Cancer so instead of spending money on little presents for everyone we donated money to Cancer Research and we had the ribbon badges. It’s lovely looking back at the pictures as everyone’s wearing them so in a way it’s like Ben’s Dad was there.

Ben and I are known for having parties and making Vodka Jellies, so we couldn’t have the biggest party of our lives go without them. They were supposed to be welcome drinks for our evening guests but I don’t think they got a look in!

a summer wedding at Manchester Town Hall (c) Victoria Franks Photography  (25)

The transport was very important to me on the day and my dad let us use his pride and joy, his Mercedes SL convertible. I was praying for sunshine so we could have the roof down and it worked. My Dad drove me from The Mere Golf Resort where we got ready to the Town Hall, it was nice as we got time completely on our own. Then after the Ceremony Ben drove me back and my Dad had a ‘Just Married’ reg plate made for the photographs which was a nice surprise.

Being a photographer the photographs where at the top of my to do list so as soon as I had the venues booked the photographer was next, as I know how soon dates can go. I chose my friend Victoria Franks Photography. I was more than happy with the photographs. On the day she was amazing, it’s so important you get along with your photographer as you do spend a lot of time with them on the day, so it’s good to have someone you can feel relaxed and have a laugh with.

a summer wedding at Manchester Town Hall (c) Victoria Franks Photography  (23)

We loved all of it, but I thinkmy favourite moment was the first dance.  When Ben proposed he also bought me tickets to see Coldplay at the Etihad in Manchester and  it was amazing. We wanted to relive that experience for our first dance so chose ‘Paradise’.  Everyone loved it and got involved, all the people you love on one dance first floor, perfect.

a summer wedding at Manchester Town Hall (c) Victoria Franks Photography  (37)

We went travelling in 2009 and one of the places we never got to was Malaysia so it was on the top of our list when it came to our honeymoon. As the weather over there isn’t great in July we went to Palma in Majorca for a mini moon for three nights the day after the wedding but  I couldn’t wait for the main one.  We went away for three weeks over Christmas and New Year. It was nice to have a break between the wedding and the real honeymoon, it meant it wasn’t all over straight away.

We started off in Kuala Lumpur for 3 nights, then over to Langkawi for 8 Days, Penang for Christmas, finishing it off in our favourite place for New Years Eve in Singapore. It was all amazing, if only every holiday could be like that.

a summer wedding at Manchester Town Hall (c) Victoria Franks Photography  (47)

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make it as personal as you can, don’t get wrapped up in what a wedding ‘should be’ and do what you both want to do.

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must be the music. mori lee for a ripley castle winter wedding – lindsay & ian

July 31st, 2014 | Julia Braime

mori lee for an indie wedding at ripley castle wedding (c) James Tracey Photography (17)

Lindsay and Ian’s big day at the iconic Ripley Castle in Yorkshire was sleek, chic, fun and fabulous… with a really big party at the end of it. Sounds exactly like our kind of wedding.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.

mori lee for an indie wedding at ripley castle wedding (c) James Tracey Photography (3)

Lindsay says: We got engaged at the top of a mountain during a snowboarding trip to Tignes, France on Ian’s 30th Birthday. Ian rode all morning with the ring in his pocket unaware his pocket zip had been open! Luckily it was still there when the time came to propose!

We got married on 22nd February 2014 at Ripley Castle in Harrogate. We wanted a winter wedding to tie in with honeymoon plans to head straight to Thailand after the wedding.

We’d looked at a number of venues prior to seeing Ripley Castle and none of them felt right. As soon as we looked around the Castle it was exactly what we were looking for and booked straight away.

mori lee for an indie wedding at ripley castle wedding (c) James Tracey Photography (9)

I wore a Mori Lee dress, and bought it from Platinum Bridal Boutique, Yeadon.

I never wear strapless dresses so I knew my dress would have sleeves of some description. Before I went dress shopping I saw my dress in a magazine and already knew it was the dress I wanted. I searched for shops who stocked Mori Lee and managed to find the dress I wanted and loved it as soon as I tried it on.

I’m not a massive flower fan so I wanted more greenery and a twig effect rather than roses. My bouquet was made by a florist called Elsie Russell in Shipley – they also made my mums bouquet when she got married.

My make up artist, Lauren Sally,  was also amazing and we all loved our make up on the trial and on the day of the wedding.

I had two bridesmaids who had floor length evening dresses from House of Fraser by Ariella.

Ian had a custom made three piece tweed suit made on Saville Row by JLSA MONO Design.

mori lee for an indie wedding at ripley castle wedding (c) James Tracey Photography (11)

We went for a bit of an indie style wedding as we both love music so this was heavily featured in our wedding plans. We also wanted to keep it a little vintage to keep in with the Castle theme. Our colour scheme was navy blue and green.

We handmade our seating plan which concentrated on our music theme of the wedding. Instead of table numbers we had our favourite bands as the table names and put the bands vinyl on each table.

Instead of a guest book we ordered a heart shaped jigsaw for guests to sign the pieces from www.notonthehighstreet.com

The centre pieces were floating candles and candelabras, and we had little navy blue and ivory chocolate love hearts as our favours. The bridal party all got tailored gift as an extra special thanks.

Neither of us are big sweet people so we went for the savoury option and had a five wheels of cheese cake. This was from Cheese and Chutney, Saltaire.

mori lee for an indie wedding at ripley castle wedding (c) James Tracey Photography (25)

We used James Tracey Photography. I would definitely recommend James to others. He was exactly what we were looking for as we didn’t want structured pictures for hours but more of a documentary style photographer and James is great at this. We’ve had lots of compliments on how good our pictures look. In addition to this as soon as we met him we knew we wouldn’t be a bossy photographer and had a personality which would get along with us and our guests during the day.

mori lee for an indie wedding at ripley castle wedding (c) James Tracey Photography (29)

We hired a band called ‘The Story’ who we booked through Warble Entertainment. They played a mixture of music but mainly indie. They had everyone up dancing all night, and their rendition of ‘Killing in the Name’ was a particular highlight!

The evening reception was probably the best part of the day. The band were amazing and it was great for the evening reception to turn into a massive party with everyone dancing all night.

mori lee for an indie wedding at ripley castle wedding (c) James Tracey Photography (40)

We went on our honeymoon two days after the wedding. To start with we flew to Bangkok for three nights, from there we stayed on the island of Koh Pha Ngan for three nights where we stayed in an amazing hotel with our own pool overlooking the sea. From there we stayed in Koh Samui for four nights and then to finish off we went to Singapore for a couple of nights.

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to have a spreadsheet! I had lots of spreadsheets and although everyone laughed at me and I had hours of jokes made about my organisation there wasn’t anything I didn’t know from looking at them!

I asked Ian to answer this question and his top tip to the groom was ‘just say yes’!

mori lee for an indie wedding at ripley castle wedding (c) James Tracey Photography (50)

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A Little Bit Vintage. Mori Lee & Peonies For A Stylish Wedding At Arley Hall & Gardens – Jenna & Martin

July 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Mori Lee for a modern vintage wedding at Arley Hall & Gardens (c) Lisa Howard Photography

Let’s keep the Real Wedding pretty coming this morning with this stunning and stylish celebration at Arley Hall & Gardens.  Jenna & Martin opted for a modern and muted colour scheme for their beautiful big day, dotted with gorgeous vintage inspired details. 

As soon as I saw her choice of heels, I knew that today’s bride and I would be sartorially compatible.  Jenna, I like your style.

With images by Lisa Howard Photography.

Mori Lee for a modern vintage wedding at Arley Hall & Gardens (c) Lisa Howard Photography

Mori Lee for a modern vintage wedding at Arley Hall & Gardens (c) Lisa Howard Photography

Mori Lee for a modern vintage wedding at Arley Hall & Gardens (c) Lisa Howard Photography

Jenna says: We got engaged in Stratford Upon Avon on 24th March 2012. Martin had arranged a weekend away for us and luckily it turned out to be one of the hottest weekends of the year! He proposed whilst we were sitting on the banks of the River Avon with a bottle of bubbly! It was perfect!

Mori Lee for a modern vintage wedding at Arley Hall & Gardens (c) Lisa Howard Photography

Our wedding day was 23rd May 2014.  We got married at Arley Hall & Gardens, Cheshire.

We had actually been out looking at another venue which we were really disappointed with, when we drove past a signpost for Arley. We had seen it online but thought it looked way over our budget to even consider it an option. However, we decided to go and have a nosey. We didn’t have an appointment booked at Arley but the staff were so accommodating and the venue was so perfect! It was just what we wanted with the two aspects of the stately home and the rustic barn for the evening reception.

Mori Lee for a modern vintage wedding at Arley Hall & Gardens (c) Lisa Howard Photography

Styling wise, it just seemed to work out in the end that everything was a little bit vintage with a modern edge. We opted for a colour scheme of grey and white – we wanted to keep everything quite neutral as the rooms in the venue already have so many colours in them anyway; we didn’t want it to look too busy. Plus grey is my favourite colour!

Mori Lee for a modern vintage wedding at Arley Hall & Gardens (c) Lisa Howard Photography

Mori Lee for a modern vintage wedding at Arley Hall & Gardens (c) Lisa Howard Photography

Mori Lee for a modern vintage wedding at Arley Hall & Gardens (c) Lisa Howard Photography

Mori Lee for a modern vintage wedding at Arley Hall & Gardens (c) Lisa Howard Photography

I wore a lace mermaid style dress by Mori Lee from Always & Forever Bridal Boutique, St Helens. I had gone into the shop with the mind set that I definitely didn’t want a lace dress! However that soon changed. I also didn’t want a lace up corset style back and seeing as my dress had both I was reluctant to try it on, however after much persuasion I did and I loved it (but I did end up having the seamstress swap the lace ups for a zip)!

Mori Lee for a modern vintage wedding at Arley Hall & Gardens (c) Lisa Howard Photography

I carried a posy of white peonies from the floristry department of St Helens College.

I was really close to my nan who died a few years ago so really wanted to try and incorporate my memories of her into the wedding. I had a locket with a picture of her in it wrapped around my bouquet and a large photograph of her from my mum’s wedding with a candle burning.

Mori Lee for a modern vintage wedding at Arley Hall & Gardens (c) Lisa Howard Photography

Mori Lee for a modern vintage wedding at Arley Hall & Gardens (c) Lisa Howard Photography

Martin wore a dark blue slim fit three piece suit from TM Lewin, Liverpool. His shirt was white with accents of blue from Hugo Boss. His shoes were brown brogues from Bertie in Steve Madden, Manchester. 

Mori Lee for a modern vintage wedding at Arley Hall & Gardens (c) Lisa Howard Photography

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Keeping It Natural. Mori Lee For A Real Wedding At Woodhill Hall – Stacy & David

June 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

Today we join Stacy and David for their relaxed and pretty Real Wedding at Brides Up North Featured Supplier venue Woodhill Hall.  The beautiful scenery and fab furnishings at this Northumberland home really do create a ready made backdrop, so Stacy sensibly kept her own decor light and natural to create a gorgeous day to say “I do”.

With images by Leighton Bainbridge Photography.

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

Stacy says: David asked me to marry him on 3rd February 2013, in Hamsterly Forest in the trees.  We were married on Easter weekend (so that we could extend the celebration by another day!) in spring 2014, at Woodhill Hall, Northumberland.

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

We loved Woodhill Hall because it was very laid back with amazing scenery and was dog friendly.  We wanted everyone to feel relaxed and have a good time and not feel too formal.

The couple who own the venue are willing to accommodate anything you want to make your day special. It’s a lovely relaxed atmosphere and such a special place.

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

We chose a natural garden theme of whites and greens. We prefer understated beauty.

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

I didn’t want a big over the top dress but something simple and pretty. I chose a Mori Lee wedding gown from Wedding Essentials in Newcastle. It was strapless with a sheer lace panel over the skirt and a small train. I didn’t wear a veil and instead twisted flowers into my hair.

David and his groomsmen wore morning suits from Greenwoods and the bridesmaids wore green and white strapless calf length dresses.

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

My bouquet was made by a family friend and was artificial.  It was a combination of roses and woodland flowers including thistle so it looked like it was gathered from the garden.

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

We chose Leighton Bainbridge Photography because he has an amazing talent at capturing the beauty of a picture without it being staged. We love his pictures.

 (c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

For our favours we bought some seeds online which were our table name cards but opened up as wild flower seeds for guests to take home to plant in the garden.

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

Our cake was made by the my uncle and it was a three tier white iced cake with two layers of fruit and decorated with white roses and greenery.

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

We had a roast lunch and guests had a choice of lamb or beef. The evening food was a Mexican buffet. We paid a corkage fee and supplied white and rose wine to all of our guests and a jug of Pimms with fruit and soft drinks.

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

After the speeches and cutting the cake, we had a local DJ who entertained us all evening and we hired a company from Liverpool who provided a photo booth and a star lit dance floor.

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

I planned a surprise honeymoon to Morocco and told David about it on the morning of the wedding.

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to be very organised. Make lists so not only you but also your bridesmaids and ushers know the basics too because it is impossible to try and do everything! 

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

Congratulations Stacy & David!

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Elegance Opulence. Mori Lee For A Real Wedding At Rockliffe Hall – Jemma & Danny

June 5th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This evening we join Jemma and Danny for their elegant and opulent Real Wedding in Country Durham.  I actually said my own wedding vows under the very same roof at Durham School Chapel, so sharing their wedding on these pretty pages holds a special significance for me and brings back reminders of my own big day.

I think I’ll be logging off early today to spend some extra time with my lovely hubby.  In the meantime, enjoy Jemma and Danny’s lovely celebration.

With images by Focal Point Photography

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Jemma says: Danny had taken my sister to Tiffany & Co to help pick the engagement ring before our holiday to Las Vegas. He asked me to marry him on a private terrace overlooking the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas. Complete surprise we were just having our “photo taken” and playing guess the next song for the fountains when Danny correctly guessed “Elton John Your Song” I realised that there was something up when he got down on one knee and obviously I said yes!

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Focal Point Photography

We got married on 22nd February 2014 at Durham School Chapel with our reception at Rockliffe Hall.   I went to school at Durham and the chapel meant a lot me and Rockliffe is just a stunning venue.

Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography

We worked with Noble Fine Art  to design our wedding invites and they designed us a J&D monogram. The bridesmaid dresses were made with a small amount of rose gold lace by Jim Hjelm and we married the two together. We then found Coco Luminaire and we had giant J&D letters at our evening reception. The overall theme was elegant opulence.

Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography

I chose a Mori Lee dress from Y.A.P Bridal boutique in Newcastle. It was not what I expected to pick, it was jewelled and beaded and very intricate not what I thought. I only tried on four wedding dresses and three of those were in a different shop prior to trying “the one” on. Y.A.P were fantastic!

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My bridesmaids wore dresses from Jim Hjelm supplied by Accent Bridal in Newcastle. We were very lucky in that the rose gold lace was no longer used by Jim Hjelm due to availability of supply but as we loved it so much Accent rang the suppliers and managed to find the last few yards!

The junior bridesmaids dress did not have any gold lace so Ann from Diva Designs at Seaham made us a bolero which tied everything together.

We used the excess lace to put around the bottom of my flowers and a small amount on the mother of the bride’s corsage. So an inadvertent theme all based around a bit of lace!

The groomsmen all wore the same three piece suit from Moss Bros.

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My mum made me a personalised garter with something old, new borrowed and blue in it. The something borrowed & old was her mums’ wedding ring.

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Amanda Bell was my make up artist and I had her for the day. She felt like part of the family from the make-up trial to the actual day and getting touched up between photos I felt like a celebrity!

Hooker and Young at Wynyard were in charge of my wedding hair. Marcus King and Rebecca honestly went above and beyond. They already had a wedding that day when I went to book mine but Marcus started really early and I was so happy with my hair.

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I carried a bouquet of ivory roses from Flowers By Nattrass, Darlington.  The bouquets and service we received were beautiful.

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Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography

Aurora Strings played in the chapel and every time they stopped playing Danny thought I had arrived and went white as a sheet – brilliant!

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Danny’s favourite bit of the day was seeing me come into the chapel and I have to agree seeing his face and his best man giving him a pat on the back was one of mine too!

Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography came very highly recommended and to be honest we never shopped around as we knew we wanted them. We made the right decision since as a not very photogenic couple we are so happy with the final photos!

One Digital Image were chose for our wedding video and honestly they were truly fantastic! I would have been so late without Janet’s help and they were just as excited as we were!

Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography

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Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography

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My mum and I did the centrepieces and we were very proud of them.  I also made individual horseshoes to arrange up the steps of the Chapel (all 97 of them)!

Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography

We had Jason Isaacs, a swing singer to start the evening entertainment off and then our friend Bodg from Capital radio was our DJ. His wedding present to us was public liability insurance so Rockliffe Hall would let him do it… he will never know how much it meant to us both!

We also hired a photo booth from Snaparazzi – all our guests commented on how amazing the booth was but the owner Ross was our favourite part as he let us take refuge in the booth whilst he was setting up so we could catch our breath before the evening event!

Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography

I think my favourite part of the day were the speeches from my dad who is normally a man of few words to three A4 pages of notes to Danny’s speech who had everyone clutching the Kleenex.  Our mini bridesmaid and our youngest usher surprised us with personalised poems and just when you thought it couldn’t get any better Bobby the best man absolutely stole the show from silver platform shoes to a PowerPoint to a The Hangover style video.

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For our honeymoon we jetted off to the Hawaiian Islands!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that when thinking of your suppliers for the day go for the people that are supplying them. Remember you need to spend the best day of your life with them and deal with them up to and after the ceremony. No amount of amazing photos on websites will block out a really annoying person or someone who stressed out for the day.

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Congratulations Jemma & Dan!

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Twinkle & Bloom! A Real Wedding In Cheshire – Kirsty & Wayne

April 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Following the fashion frenzy of the last week (dahlings!), I think it’s about time we got back to basics here at Brides Up North.  It’s what we do best – Real Weddings from real Brides Up North and their talented local suppliers.  Real, regional and really, really gorgeous.  I jolly well hope you’re thinking local for your big day!

This afternoon’s wedding was sent to us by real bride Kirsty and Brides Up North Featured Supplier James Jebson and has all the elements of the best of big days – tons of sparkle, big blooms and lots of laughs. 

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Kirsty says: We got engaged in October 2012 at Mottram Hall and were married on 14th December 2013 at St Anne’s Church in Woodplumpton by our fabulous village vicar Revd. Brian Whitley, followed by a reception at Beeston Manor in Houghton.

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We chose our venue as it just felt very ‘us’.  With its countryside setting and manor house feel, Beeston Manor is beautiful. Furthermore the venue was completely private and meant we just shared our day with our family & our guests.

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I chose a Mori Lee wedding dress with lace and diamante detail from Dan Kerr Brides. It was a really sparkly dress and I loved it from the moment I put it on. All my jewellery, accessories and my shoes were from Lottie’s Bridal Boutique in Lytham.

Our bridesmaids wore gold dresses by Ronald Joyce, again from Dan Kerr Brides. Wayne and the ushers all wore grey suits, ivory waistcoats and ties to match the girls’ dresses from Moss Bros, and the Mother of the Bride and page boys were dressed by Lottie’s Bridal Boutique – along with the bridesmaids’ fur shrugs.

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We travelled in a Range Rovers on the day all dressed by our florist Margaret Mason with ivory ribbons – they looked fantastic.

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My bouquet was made of mini Calla Lilies and had diamonds amongst the flowers. It was simply stunning

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James Jebson, our photographer, was simply sensational on our wedding day. His attention to detail, his professionalism, & his incredibly infectious personality, accompanied with his awesome photography put him in another league.  In the words of my new husband James is ”simply a different kind of gravy” and his photography service was extra special from start to finish. 

We were over the moon with our wedding pictures as they capture the best day of our lives from every angle. James didn’t miss a thing and even caught images of moments we had missed! We have the most wonderful memories of our wedding and I cannot stress how important a good photographer is.  When your wedding is over your photos are the one thing you have left and I cannot thank James enough for our amazing images. He is simply fabulous!

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Sugar Frosted: Mori Lee For A Real Wedding At Oulton Hall –Emma & Jordan

August 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This morning things are getting pink and girly here at Brides Up North (oh alright then, more pink and girly) as we join Emma and Jordan for their sugar spun celebration in Leeds.  With a princess dress, candy colours and big blousy blooms, Brides Up North reader Emma’s wedding is straight out of a fairy-tale.

With images by Blackmill Photography

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Violets Are Blue! A Real Wedding In Lancaster – Natalie & Andrew

July 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon we are in the North West as we join Natalie and Andrew for their classic and classy big day.  Natalie paired her traditional styling with lots of beautiful purple blooms for an elegant wedding to her very own sailor!

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Natalie says:  I was leaving the nursery I worked at after being there for almost four years and he got the children I had looked after for all those years to make a sign that said "Will you marry me?" When I came back to the nursery (I had been to do the banking!) the children held up the sign and Andrew held out a gorgeous engagement ring he had brought all they way back from Dubai with him and asked me to be his wife!

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We got married on 5th May 2013 at Christ Church in Lancaster and we had our reception at Ashton Hall, Lancaster Golf Club.  We chose the church as it is our parish church, Andrew was confirmed there and he went to the primary school linked to the church. We chose the golf club as it was such a beautiful venue. The grounds had so many different pretty places! Andrew had also learnt to play golf there as a child.

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As it was Spring when we got married I wanted to take advantage of this and have lots of lovely Spring flowers. I picked a colour scheme of all different shades of purple from lilac through to deep aubergine.

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My favourite part of the day was when we had signed the register and walked back down the aisle as husband and wife! I loved seeing all our guest so happy for us!

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I had a fitted lace dress with a short train and added a belt to the dress.   The dress was by Phil Collins and I bought it from The Bridal Collection in Lancaster.  Andrew wore a charcoal grey prince Edward suit which we hired from Greenwoods.

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Our bridesmaids wore dresses by Mori Lee in aubergine, also from The Bridal Collection. 

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I had a very mixed bouquet of spring flowers which included, stocks, hydrangeas, lisianthus, gypsophila, amongst other flowers all in different tones of purple. The bridesmaids had the same types of flowers but in cream and a slightly smaller bouquet size. The flower girls had flower wands which had an assortment of flowers in purple tones attached to it.  Our flowers were by Lune Valley Home and Garden. 

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My friend who is a fantastic artist painted us a finger print tree and gave it to us as a wedding present, we got all our guests to put their finger print on it and had it framed and now have it in our house as a lasting memento of our special day.

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Andrew is in the Royal Navy so we used names of boats that Andrew has sailed on for table names instead of numbers. 

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We also made party bags for the children that attended the wedding which contained, amongst other things a camera so that the children can capture ‘a child’s eye view’ of the wedding, I have got a copy of these photos as have the children.

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We had a three tier cake by Blackberry Cottage Bakery.  Each layer was a different flavour, Victoria sponge, carrot cake and lemon drizzle. Is was decorated with a lace pattern and sugar flowers which were featured within my bouquet. Our personalised bride and groom cake toppers relaxed on the top!

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We had a DJ for the evening entertainment from Audio Genetics.  He was fantastic and played fantastic music which kept everyone dancing in to the early hours of the morning!

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After the wedding, we went on a mini moon to Sherwood Forest where we hired a luxury log cabin with log burner and hot tub. We are going to go away properly next year.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that once the day is there and the ceremony and meal is done relax and enjoy yourself with your friends and family, the little things at that point no longer matter.

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Congratulations Natalie & Andrew!

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Twinkle, Twinkle! Tulle & Feathers For A Real Wedding In Saltburn On Sea: Sarah & Ste

May 9th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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There’s nothing I like more than meeting my readers in person during their wedding planning process, hearing their excitement, helping them out with supplier recommendations and lending an ear to any wediquette issues they might have.  Even better if they then share their beautiful real wedding, packed with contributions from fabulous local suppliers, here on these pages. 

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That’s exactly what happened with today’s couple Ste and Sarah, who I was lucky enough to meet last summer at the Brides Up North Battle Of The Wedding Bands with AMV Live Music at As You Like It.  I knew then that Sarah’s wedding would be beautiful, and these images by Becky Mitchell Photography don’t disappoint.  

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Sarah says:  Ste and I have been together for 8 years after meeting through our friends Linda and John and finally getting together thanks to their wedding when I was a bridesmaid & Ste was an usher.

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Ste proposed in December 2011 after a brilliant Kasabian gig in Nottingham. It was a perfect choice as the first gig we ever went to together was to see Kasabian (also in Nottingham!) in 2005.

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We were married on 28th December 2012 at Emmanuel Church in our hometown of Saltburn-by-the-Sea, followed by a reception at Grinkle Park Hotel, a few miles away.

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We absolutely love living in Saltburn so it was important to us to get married here and to be able to capture the beautiful town in our day. We had some great photos taken at home before I left for the church and after the ceremony down by the beach and on the pier – so glad the weather was kind to us!

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As quite a few of our friends have been married already, when we were looking around at wedding venues we wanted somewhere different that we hadn’t been to lots of times already as we wanted our memories of being there to be of our special day. We visited a few possibilities but when we went to see Grinkle we knew it was the right place for us. The staff were so welcoming and accommodating and the venue was impressive yet welcoming. We had sole use of the venue too which was a huge bonus.

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We were able to select our own menu and then guests chose their preferred dishes via their RSVP (cue an impressively complex spreadsheet to keep track of it all!) The service on the day was exceptional and the food was amazing! The staff had spent so much time before we arrived setting everything out just how we had wanted it – the attention to detail was brilliant!

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I wouldn’t say our wedding had a theme as such – I guess I wanted it to be ‘wintery’ which influenced our choice of colours (dark purple and subtle flashes of silver sparkle where we could), but mainly our day was about the things we liked and the people we love.

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We had 90 of our close family and friends there to share in our day, with more joining us for the evening reception and lots of locals waiting outside the church to wish us well. Our family were a big part of the day with my cousin and Ste’s sister being two of our bridesmaids, Ste’s brother being an usher, and our gorgeous nieces (23 months and 4 years old!) were flower girls. 

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I was ridiculously excited to go dress shopping and so I was slightly disappointed to find ‘the one’ in the first shop! I visited a few more places but nothing compared so the decision was made. My dress wasn’t anything like I had imagined getting but when I tried it on it was perfect.

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My dress was called ‘New York’ by Grace Harrington and I bought it from Elizabeth George in Middlesbrough – easily the nicest bridal shop I have ever been in! Katie, Laura and all their staff were so lovely and friendly and made the whole process so relaxed and easy.

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My friend Karen lent me her gorgeous veil as my ‘something borrowed’ and then I wore a Jenny Packham bracelet and an Amanda Wyatt tiara. Ste bought me some beautiful Swarovski earrings for Christmas, which I wore, along with an Armani watch he bought me as a wedding present.

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The bridesmaids wore dark purple dresses by Mori Lee – also purchased from the lovely ladies at Elizabeth George. I commissioned an independent jewellers in the town to make bespoke necklaces for them all from pearls and Swarovski crystals – they are all slightly different so are unique – hopefully something they will be able to treasure forever.

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The flower girls had ivory dresses from Debenhams and sparkly shoes to match the bridesmaids. They had gorgeous purple sequinned heart headbands made by the talented Katy from What Katy Did Next, who also made some sparkly clip on hearts to jazz up my shoes!

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The groomsmen wore silk tailcoats suits from 1860 suit hire by Greenwoods.

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I carried a bouquet of ivory roses beautifully put together by the talented Christine at Flowerbox in Guisborough. The bridesmaids had smaller versions of my bouquet with some purple fuchsias to tie in with their dresses.

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Lovedub Cars provided the brilliant wedding campervans which (somewhat precariously!) transported us up and down the hilly local roads. My niece still raves about them and complains that she doesn’t want to go in a normal car anymore but would rather travel in a “wedding bus”!

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It was ]important to us to choose local suppliers but also people that were genuinely interested and excited about our day.

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I could rave about many of the people we used – the amazing Becky Mitchell was our photographer and she and her sidekick Chrissy put in a looooong shift to capture all the different parts of our day for us.

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Alli from Ruby Shoes Wedding made all our much admired bespoke wedding stationery and a few extras for the day. She is such a lovely lady as well as being talented and very patient (I’m very indecisive!) so I would completely recommend checking out her work and the design services she offers for brides and grooms.

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Our local chocolate shop, Chocolinis, made our favours which were a chocolate heart and champagne cork wrapped inside silver crackers.

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We had a chocolate cake with white chocolate icing from M&S – it tasted amazing and was great value for money, especially considering the cost of cakes from other specialist suppliers. Because of the dates I ended up having to collect the cake on Christmas Eve (!) along with all the people collecting their turkeys and Christmas supplies but it was absolutely fine and the staff were great helping us get it into the car safely! The staff at Grinkle assembled it for us on the day and our customised peg-doll cake toppers (also from What Katy Did Next) stood on top proudly!

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Sophie from Stitch and Glitz made the reception room look amazing with the tealight candelabras and the colour coordinated chair covers.  I also tried to keep costs down my making things myself or buying them from non-wedding suppliers. Ebay was my best friend and saved us a fortune!

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For our table numbers we had photos of ourselves at the age that corresponded to the number – which gave everyone a giggle! We even had a caption competition which were hilarious to read afterwards! We also had lots of photos of family members’ weddings framed and placed around the venue which people loved looking at. 

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There were a few surprises on the day for our guests, such as a sweet buffet (put together myself!), a retro Snaparazzi Photobooths (hilariously brilliant! ) and even a visit from Santa who gave out presents to the children and a few special guests

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We were lucky enough to be able to book the amazing Livewire who we found at the Brides Up North event ‘Battle of the Wedding Bands’ at As You Like It. They were simply brilliant – even our friends and relatives who are hard to impress musically were raving about them!

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I’m honestly not sure what my favourite part of the day was because I absolutely loved it all so much! The ceremony was so lovely – a great balance of happy and romantic – and the speeches during the reception were brilliant – fully but emotional too. Livewire playing our first dance – ‘Happiness’ by Kasabian – was pretty special too. My face ached so much by the end of the day from smiling and laughing so much – it was THE best day ever and everything we had hoped and dreamed of.

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We had two amazing weeks in Mauritius after the wedding – perfect for escaping the horrible British winter and recharging our batteries after all the excitement and hectic time of the wedding. It was horrible coming home though!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to use suppliers and businesses who give good customer service and are interested in you and making your day special – it makes it much easier to part with the cash and takes the stress away! I absolutely loved every minute of planning our wedding so enjoy this special time and I hope you have the wonderful day you wish for – we did!

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Congratulations Sarah & Ste!

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