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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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Peaches & Cream! A Real Wedding In The North East – Cheryl & Peter

April 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It’s rubbish being back at work after the long weekend isn’t it?!  And yes, it’s still rubbish even if you get to look at beautiful weddings all day long like I do – there’s always admin and invoicing to do in any business people… and let’s got even touch on VAT returns!

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So, it’s safe to say that we’ll all probably be in need of a pick-me-up.  Right about now.

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Lucky for us, Cheryl and Peter’s gorgeous Real Wedding in the North East is a little ray of sunshine with pretty smiles, a pretty venue, pretty styling, and, well, just about pretty everything really.  So let’s prettify our Tuesday afternoon, and be inspired!

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And go on, why not reach for the biscuit tin too? After the sugar fest that is the Easter weekend, surely more chocolate can’t really hurt us?!

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Cheryl says:  Peter asked me to marry him on 4th September 2011 at my parents’ home (it was my parents’ wedding anniversary).  We were married on 7th October 2012 at Beamish Hall in County Durham. 

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We chose the venue as we loved the grand appearance from the outside and the traditional yet modern features of the inside. The big bay windows and the beautiful chandeliers won us over.  In keeping with the venue, we opted for a modern vintage theme, with a simple yet pretty colour scheme of ivory with pearls and lace and antique rose bridesmaid dresses.

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I chose a dress by Madeline Gardner New York for Mori Lee from Brides Dream.  It was an understated lace dress with a modern twist.  My gorgeous headpiece was by What Katy Did Next. 

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The bridesmaids’ dresses were from Purely Bridesmaids and our groomsmen hired suits from Gavin Scott Menswear.

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I carried a mixture of roses in ivory and creams and a touch of vintage pink to match the bridesmaids by Nature’s Gift.  The bouquet was kept very neat and feminine with stalks on show with a mix of hessian and lace as a bow.

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The ceremony was also held at the Hall and we chose to have a candle ceremony where there are three candles, two lit from the beginning to represent the two families and the our mothers were asked to light the centre candle which represented the families coming together.

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We had a harpist – Clare Bakewell -  to play ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ for the bridesmaids/groomsmen to enter to and then ‘Halo’ for my entrance. She stayed and played outside throughout the drinks reception too.

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We hand made our table names using wooden plaques with pearl bows – and each table was a different Walt Disney quotation. 

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We chose a gorgeous four tier wedding cake with two layers of fruit, a layer of sponge and a layer of chocolate (we couldn’t decide)!  The cake was iced in ivory with pearl drops and an edible vintage rose oversized bow on the top.  We also chose cake pop wedding favours from Olipops.  

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We had unique bespoke ‘peg’ dolls made to stand by the cake and these actually looked like us! These were made by What Katy Did Next who also created our ring cushion. 

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For the evening entertainment we had a swing band – Jeff Dingle & the Moodswing Trio – who were amazing and I danced to ‘My Girl’ with my step-dad and our first dance was Paolo Nutini’s “Loving you”.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Thailand.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every minute of your day, take it all in and appreciate all of your loved ones coming together.

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Congratulations Cheryl & Pete!

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A DIY Dream: A Real Wedding In Cheshire – Natasha & Kevin

January 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Another extremely beautiful Real Wedding celebration to get Tuesday off to a beautiful start? Ah, go on then.

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Natasha and Kevin’s home spun Cheshire wedding is full of perfect details, little surprises and gorgeous personal touches.  These childhood sweethearts certainly know how to throw a good party!  With beautiful images by Kanashay Photography, let’s join the love birds on their big day…

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Natasha says:  Kev and I are childhood sweethearts, together since our early teens. I was convinced that I would know when he was going to propose, especially after more than 10 years together, but somehow he still managed to surprise me.

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Kev proposed whilst we were on holiday in the South of France in the beautiful town of Carcassonne where he had booked us an amazing little villa to stay in. Kev often arranges lovely treats like this for us to do so I had absolutely no idea what was coming.  A few days into our holiday Kev suggested we went for a walk around a near by chateau. There wasn’t another person on the grounds that day, and I remember thinking what a beautiful and romantic place it was. We strolled around hand in hand, until we reached a picturesque stone staircase overlooking the entire grounds of the chateau, there Kev got down on one knee and with tears in his eyes asked if I would marry him, and after much squeaking, squealing and crying I of course said yes!

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We were married at Peover Golf Club, Cheshire, on Friday 19th October 2012.  The moment that we walked into Peover Golf Club we knew instantly that this was the venue for us. We had already put it on the short list after spying it on the internet, but it was even more beautiful in the flesh and exactly what we wanted. The timber frames, fairy lights and climbing plants give the venue that natural and rustic look we were after, suiting our personalities and taste down to the ground.

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I’m not sure there was a theme as such, we just knew that we wanted lots of natural and rustic elements and some DIY projects. We definitely didn’t want any fuss or bling!

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Our wedding invitations featured a hand painted autumnal tree and bird cage on brown recycled card, decorated with lace and twine. This look, along with my obsession with bunting, pretty much continued throughout the rest of the wedding process.

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We kept almost everything secret from the majority of our friends and family as I wanted them to have some surprises on the day.

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We opted for a sage green colour to fit in the the rustic and natural look. The bridesmaids wore this colour and sage green sashes were tied around we wooden chairs in the venue. We also added some splashes of dusty pink, creams and beige.

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On the day I travelled with my Mum, Dad and three bridesmaids on a fabulous Charabanc bus supplied by Horgans Cars. It wasn’t at all traditional but it was really important to me that we all travelled together and I’m so glad we did. We laughed all the way to the venue, it’s a memory I will always treasure.

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I got to try on so many wedding dresses in my search for the perfect dress, which I loved! However, I’m one of those girls that had already decided upon the kind of wedding dress I would wear years before. I knew exactly what it was supposed to look like and how it should fit , so I started to feel a little disheartened when with less than 6 months to go I still hadn’t found MY dress. Luckily a friend asked if I would model some bridal wear for a local shop, it was only through doing this that I got talking to the shop owner to whom I described my dream dress and as if my magic she thought she may have the dress for me. One week later my dream dress was ordered. Hooray! I choose a Mori Lee wedding dress by Madeline Gardner, which was supplied by the lovely ladies at Zyra Bridal Wear. They altered and changed the dress so it looked just the way I had hoped.

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I would suggest that any bride who knows what they want, to keep pursuing it. I was told by many bridal boutiques that the type of dress I was looking for would either be unsuitable for my frame or that they didn’t supply what I was looking for. Keep looking you WILL find your dress, and you WILL have that moment when you just know it was meant for you.

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Our bridesmaids wore sage green silk chiffon dresses from Coast, while the groomsmen wore light grey three piece lounge suits which were purchased from Hightown Menswear, Sandbach.

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I carried a bouquet of white hydrangeas and gypsophila, it looked just the way I wanted- simple and pretty.

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My cousin Sam played his acoustic guitar during the ceremony, which was just beautiful and so touching. We also choose two poems which were read by my bridesmaids and my sister in law Yvonne.

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There are just SO many favourite moments from the day…  the feeling I had as we said our vows and as we were pronounced man and wife was out of this world. Sneaking off for our little photo shoot and getting to spend some quiet time together, and Kev’s speech, it was just beautiful!

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Booking our photographer (Kanashay Photography) was seriously one of the best decisions we made. She was utterly fabulous throughout the day and I think the photographs speak for themselves!

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Our wedding was a real DIY project and we had just 9 months to do it in! We hand painted the tree design on each invitation for our day guests and made each brown paper package to hold their wedding favours.

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We had a wish tree, that we attached handmade paper flowers, wooden hearts, pearls and buttons buttons to. Our guests then wrote us messages on luggage tags and attached them to the branches.

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We spent lots of time sorting through old pictures of friends and family to place in a specially made photo album entitled ‘a trip down memory lane’, for guests to enjoy.

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Kev’s mum very kindly sewed yards of beautiful bunting using material sourced from local charity shops, which was hung all over the venue.

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The flowers used to decorate the venue were collected from the local market and arranged the day before the wedding by myself and Kev’s mum. We displayed flowers and candles in various sized jam jars, which were decorated with lace and ribbon.

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My Mum did a wonderful job of making a basket full of pretty confetti cones for our guests to throw.

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A number of sweet jars, fir cones, acorns, tree bark and tins decorated with hessian, containing flowers were also dotted about the venue. I seemed to tie bows of twine to everything and made hundreds of birdcage labels, but it was all worth it in the end!  Dreamweavers Weddings were invaluable in helping us to create the look we wanted.

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We opted for a cheese celebration cake as we much prefer cheese to cake. It also fitted in nicely with the rustic feel of the wedding and went down really well with the guests who almost ate the entire thing!

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We used Olive Tree Catering for our wedding breakfast and evening selection. The food they serve is of such a high standard and completely delicious we simply HAD to have them on our big day.

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For the evening reception we booked the very talented Kurt Davies, who entertained us with two live sets performing songs we had chosen and a disco. The dance floor was NEVER empty!  We also had props available for guests to play about with which lead to some hilarious photos being taken.

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We honeymooned in Florence Italy, very soon after the wedding. It was a wonderful place to begin our married life.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is that if you want lots of DIY elements at your wedding you need to start asap as it will definitely take longer than think. I would also recommend that you book an excellent photographer (like ours!) and get a video camera to capture the day, as once its all over it’s those are the things you will treasure most – along with your lovely new spouse!

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Find Your Dream Wedding Dress… In A Click!

October 16th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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So. Cancel all plans and meetings for the rest of your afternoon.  Some favourite industry colleagues of mine have launched something rather special. 

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The wedding dress hunt never got easier than this!

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The team at Find Your Dream Wedding Dress say: this is a completely new concept, and the best idea ever. The minute he pops the question, and you have said yes, the search for your dream dress is underway.

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Find Your Dream Wedding Dress brings together, in one beautiful, easy-to-navigate site, a world of wonderful dresses from the top designers and manufacturers – hundreds and hundreds of them – covering all design options and price points. It focuses on bridal gowns, and nothing other than bridal gowns – no flowers, no venues, no best-man speeches. Just gorgeous gowns.

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It works so simply. Just pick out the features that really appeal to you. It could be a halter-neck, a cute fifties silhouette, a fabulous fairy-tale ball gown, or a slinky number with lots of vintage detailing. It could be glitter-loaded, or plain and simple. The choice is yours and you’ll see dozens of dream dresses that fit in with your ‘wish list’. Then you pop your favourites into your ‘dressing room’ and, if you want, you can go back for more choices by changing your criteria.

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Ready for a close up? Click on the dresses in your dressing room and you’ll get all the detail, from the fabric and colour options, size and price range, and personalisation opportunities to special design highlights – and that could include extras, like a sparkly belt or a lacy jacket. You’ll get different views of the gown and you’ll also get comments from the designer about what they like best about that particular style and why. What a great way to find out who’s who of the bridal gown designers!

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But that’s not where the fun stops. You’ll be able to check, right there and then, the bridal shops that carry the collections you have picked. One click and an email will go to the shop you select, to say you are interested in a particular label. And you can make an appointment instantly, by email, to see what could be your own dream wedding dress.

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My friend and colleague Rachel Morgan, editor of Wedding Ideas Magazine loves the idea too, and says: Searching for your dream dress is the most exciting part of the wedding planning. This amazing new website brings together hundreds of gowns from all over the world, and in every price bracket. You can quickly see the designers and the details you like, whittle down your favourites and make an appointment to actually try on the dress – all with a click of a mouse.

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At Find Your Dream Wedding Dress you will discover the latest collections from: Alexia Designs,
Alfred Sung, Amanda Wyatt, Augusta Jones, Beautiful, Benjamin Roberts, Blue by Enzoani, Callista Bride,
Charlotte Balbier, Chic by Hollywood Dreams, Daisi Daisi, Decades by The Vintage Wedding Dress Company, Decorum Bride, Enzoani, Heritage, Hollywood Dreams, Impression Bridal, Intuzuri, Jim Hjelm Blush, Justin Alexander, Joyce Young by Storm, Madeline Isaac-James, Maggie Sottero, Mark Lesley, MDS by Margaret Moreland, Modeca, Mori Lee, MS Moda, Phil Collins, Private Label by G, Ritva Westenius, Romantica, Ronald Joyce, Rosa Couture, Sincerity, Sonsie by Veromia, Sottero & Midgley, Tara Keely, Terry Fox Couture, Tia, Trudy Lee, Venus, Veromia, Watters and Wtoo.

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Literally hours of dress gazing. Right there. 

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Go ahead and play.  And be prepared to come up for air three days later. 

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Berry Beautiful! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Anna & Jonny

September 6th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I feel like I am here, there and everywhere this week – this morning I am dashing up the A1 to Grace The Weddings Company as they make the final adjustments to the beautiful Oscar worthy gown that they are very kindly (Grace The Weddings Company I love you!) dressing me in as I host the inaugural North of England Wedding Awards gala dinner in Yorkshire on Friday night.

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Why I am feeling nervous?  There’s only 230 of the industry’s finest coming along. Oh yes, that’s why.  Sick smile

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Hell, it’s better than the Oscars.  Any ceremony celebrating the wonderful (and highly under appreciated) work of our regional fabulous wedding industry deserves some proper recognition. 

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And I bet we party harder than those Hollywood lot anyway. 

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So whilst I hit the motorway – again – I’ll leave you with this intimate Real Wedding in Yorkshire, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah Mason Photography and the gorgeous Anna.  Laters!

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Sarah says:  I first met Anna, Jonny and Anna’s parents – Carol & Dennis – well over a year ago now. We instantly got on. Carol had made cake which has been a recurring theme throughout all our meetings! I was so pleased when they picked me to be their wedding photographer I knew their day was going to be gorgeous! With all my packages now I include a pre-wedding shoot and we went out and about around Holmfirth on a crisp autumn day last year. It was perfect. We had lots of good chats and then went back to Anna’s Mum & Dad’s where a pot of tea and more homemade cake was waiting!

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I really feel as if I have been welcomed into their family. When we did the viewing of the wedding photos, we discussed how I’d still be popping round for cups of tea, cake and chats for years to come! It was such a beautiful day. Both Anna & Jonny looked stunning and so, so happy.

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Real bride Anna says: Jonny proposed during a holiday to New York in June 2010 during a horse and carriage ride in Central Park. He’d already asked my dad’s permission before we left and had saved the money for me to choose my own ring, which was how we spent the rest of that day!

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We were married on 4th August 2012 in a traditional service at Christ Church, New Mill, near Holmfirth. Our reception was held at The Hepworth, one of our favourite restaurants.

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The Hepworth has always been somewhere we have enjoyed going for meals. Every time we visited I would comment on what a beautiful wedding reception venue it would be, but I didn’t know they actually did hold weddings there until we started looking. The Hepworth has a fantastic reputation for food and we wanted our guests to enjoy a really good meal. We were able to give our guests a choice of meal too. There are several different spaces to sit and relax both indoors and outdoors. We enjoyed the whole venue all day with our friends and family. Luckily we had perfect weather too so we were able to make the most of every space.

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Our theme was all about the colours. I wanted bright, bold summer berry colours – every shade of red, pink and purple.

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My dress came from my local bridal shop Catherine-May Bridal in Honley, the village where my parents live. It was a Benjamin Roberts dress. It took me a long time to find my dress because I knew I didn’t want a strapless gown. I thought I would never find “the one” and it was hiding just a few minutes down the road all along!

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Jonny and the groomsmen wore suits hired from Moss Hire. Jonny didn’t want tails or anything too formal, so he opted for a black lounge suit with a cream waistcoat and tie. The best man and groomsmen wore plum ties.

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My and my bridesmaids’ bouquets were pink roses, purple hydrangea and sweet peas. The men had bright pink roses for their buttonholes and the ladies wore freesia corsages.

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We hired a silver and black 1948 MKV Jaguar to transport the bridal party from my parent’s house to the church and to take Jonny and I to the reception. The car came from Halifax Prestige Wedding Cars. Jonny was taken to church by a close family friend, Mick, in his racing green 2 seater vintage Jaguar.  My dad loves vintage cars and Jags are his favourite so he loved it!

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We were lucky that our church had bells and a choir. The Hepworth have a beautiful grand piano so we hired a very talented pianist, Catherine Rannus, to entertain guests between the wedding breakfast and the evening reception. At night we had the most amazing band, Joe Public. We had first seen them at a friend’s wedding just after we got engaged. Jonny is passionate about music so the band were one of the first things we booked. They learnt a Bruce Springsteen song for us as Jonny is such a huge fan, and then invited him to come up and sing it with them!

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Many members of our families have been married for a long time, as we hope to be. We decorated our reception venue with all their wedding photos, with labels to say who they were and how long they had been married. It was a lovely way to include family members who could not be with us on the day, especially grandparents who are dearly missed.

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I also had a ‘wishing tree’ where guests could leave messages for us. It was a beautiful decoration and the cards are a lovely keepsake.

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I wanted a very simple cake. We chose three square tiers of fruit, chocolate and vanilla sponge. The fruit tier was made by a close family member. The other tiers were made and iced by Sugarcraft, Lindley, Huddersfield. The cake was then decorated with purple ribbon and fresh flowers.

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It’s really hard to pick because we had such an amazing day. I think my favourite part was probably dancing at night with Jonny, all my friends and family, knowing we’d had the perfect day.

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For our honeymoon we went to Las Vegas, Hawaii and San Francisco – what a trip!

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We wanted our wedding to be classic and traditional, but without being too formal. Most of all we wanted everyone to have a good time and enjoy the day with us. My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to decide what is important to both of you.

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Choose vendors carefully and make sure you are clear about how much they are going to charge before you make any decisions. Make sure you choose people who you get on well with too. Sarah Mason Photography and her assistant, Gavin, were such a pleasure to work with before, during and since the wedding and we will treasure the photos forever.

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Congratulations Anna & Jonny! 

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Wedding Dress Wonderland! Supplier Showcase: Award Winning Confetti & Lace

June 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This morning I am thrilled to welcome Abbi Lewis from Award Winning Confetti & Lace and Brides of Harrogate to the silver swirly pages of the wedding blog.  I first met Abbi when we shared a table at the Bridal Buyer Awards back in 2011 and was struck by how lovely she was then – it turns out that I am a great judge of character!

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Abbi has been generous enough to sponsor our current headline competition here at Brides Up North: the chance to win not only your wedding dress but your bridesmaid dresses and menswear too, to the value of £2,000!  We do like to spoil you. 

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There is not long left to enter so make sure to click here for the chance to win this fabulous prize.  All you have to do is leave a comment on the original competition post (or register at one of the Brides Up North Spring wedding showcases) and you are in in to win it.  What are you waiting for?  The competition closes at midnight on 26th June 2012. 

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Meanwhile, lets meet Abbi. 

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When did Award Winning Confetti & Lace open and what is your background?

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I opened Confetti and Lace nearly seven years ago on October 15th 2005 after working as a bridal shop manager.  I grasped the opportunity to run my own bridal business doing the job I love with both hands! I started up with two part-time ladies (previous work colleagues) and a seamstress and now we have twenty two staff across four branches so I feel very lucky!

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I expanded our bridal shop after a couple of years and then found that our brides were having difficulties sourcing menswear so opened up Yorkshire Menswear in Rodley, Leeds in April 2009 and our second bridal branch, Brides of Harrogate exactly four years to the day I opened Confetti.   Six months later we launched our second menswear branch in Harrogate and have never looked back!

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We have so many designers and have built up great trust and great relationship over the years that we only stock dresses we know are best in class, value for money, constructed well and where the quality and fit is superb: designers such as Alfred Angelo, Mori Lee, Justin Alexander and Benjamin Roberts.  We are also the premier stockists for Pronovias in the North of England and have one of the largest collections outside of Harrods and their London Flagship Store! I very much enjoy going to Barcelona each year to see their latest collections and bring them back to the UK.

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Impression Bridal are a great label from the US and English designer White Rose is one of my favourites with great boning, design and fabulous fabrics such as sumptuous silks and taffeta’s. Essence is a fabulous Australian designer and offers such a flattering fit.  The list goes on and on and we carry over 200 designs in sizes 6-32 in each bridal store.

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What lines of accessories do you stock?

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We are a major stockist for Rainbow Club where we can dye handbags and shoes to match any outfit. We have hundreds of tiaras, veils and bridal accessories including ring cushions, garters, hairpins etc. and if we don’t do it (very rarely) we know someone who does!

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Award Winning Confetti & Lace is situated between Leeds and Bradford near M&S/ASDA at Owlcotes, Pudsey.  We also have one of the largest bridal showrooms in the North of England, Brides of Harrogate, close to Betty’s Tea Rooms with over 6,000 square feet of bridal, bridesmaids, mother of the bride/groom, menswear and accessories.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Bridal gowns range from just £450 upwards and we have payment plans to help brides budget for their whole wedding outfits if need be.  Many are taking advantage of this easy monthly instalment plan with no hidden charges or extra costs.   Some top designers such as Pronovias carry a £1400+ price tag but most of our stock is around £800 – £900 on average. We always carry several sale items which are ready to wear and can be up to 75% off so we truly believe we cater for all tastes and budgets.

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We would recommend that brides make an appointment as we want to allocate a dedicated, experienced member of staff to help and a changing room to get changed in.  We have between seven and eight changing rooms in each bridal store so we can usually help even if you’re calling in on the off-chance although appointments take priority of course. 

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What can Brides Up North expect when they come in for an appointment?

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You can expect a warm and friendly welcome, expert, knowledgeable and down-to-earth staff who are there to help you. We like to put you (and your guests) at ease and we serve bubbly/ bucks fizz/ tea and coffee as it can take anywhere between one to two hours to try on different styles. In our Leeds store we open seven days, two evenings a week for our customers’ convenience and in our Harrogate store we have huge private changing rooms for both the bride and their parties. 

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I have so many favourites!  In our Harrogate store I love a gown called Benicarlo by Pronovias and it has a lovely sweetheart neckline which is tastefully covered in feathers! It has a full romantic skirt which is high-waisted so very flattering. In our Stanningley Store my favourite is a dress named after me, Abbi by Phil Collins Bridal and is a beautiful princess line gown in matt duchess satin with a georgette (chiffon) overlay across the bust and scattered crystals all over the gown, concentrating on the neckline. It has a flattering ‘ruched’ waist effect, a detailed train and a lace up corseted bodice. It comes in white or ivory, is flattering in any size and is £900.  With all that detail and work, I think it’s excellent value for money.

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Lace is a particular favourite at the minute and vintage themes have been very popular. We are getting asked for gowns with straps, sleeves or higher necklines and as we are dress-makers can offer this service on most of our dresses.  We also have in store a large range of jackets, boleros, shrugs and stoles to compliment all of our gowns.

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How does Confetti & Lace provide a superior experience to other wedding dress boutiques?

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I think a lot of other bridal retailers do a sterling job, especially faced with internet sellers and as mentioned before I think the service and quality of the dresses plus a full and comprehensive alterations service means we can offer much more than taking a big risk on the most important dress of your life!

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We have seen an huge influx the last few years of cheap copies and substandard gowns, often with little or no boning, cheap glued on crystals and no lining!

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Our customers can expect top class service from wedding professionals who are fully insured (we are members of the British Bridal Retailers Association, BBRA and the Retail Bridal Association RBA) who guarantee that you are covered in case of theft, loss or damage.

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We’ve also won most of the major bridal accolades and awards over the years, most recently we we’re runners up in the Best Bridal Retailer 2012 and also UK Menswear Retailer of The Year, plus finalists in the Wedding Industry Awards and Wedding Idea’s Magazine 2012 – these are voted for by customers, peers and industry professionals so we’re very proud!

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Check our Google reviews and ask around, we have many recommendations and see a lot of our past brides and bridesmaids coming in with friends and family who are now getting married. You can’t ask for better than that.

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We have a huge range of bridesmaids dresses with dedicated bridesmaids’ departments in both stores. We have Dessy, Mori Lee, Alfred Sung, Lela Rose in our Harrogate store and Alfred Angelo and Impression maids at both with the whole Kelsey Rose range in our Stanningley branch. Over 200 styles that come in sizes 0 to 30 plus and in up to 255 colour combinations!

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Yorkshire Menswear.com provide suit hire by Cameron Ross who themselves are recipients of Best Groomsmen Supplier UK Awards 2010, 2011 and 2012. We can cater from age 2 to size 60" chest and even though it’s hire wear the quality is superb with up to a 37" inside leg (most retailers only go to a 33), extra long sleeved shirts and waistcoats can come as standard too.

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Our suit packages are mainly £99 which includes any jacket, trousers (in lots of styles and colours), new shirt, waistcoat (over 60 to choose from), tie, hanky and cufflinks. One in five suits is FREE and we offer a free UK wide measure and collection service for those in the party outside of Yorkshire in any one of over 180 outlets. Our suits normally come in at least a week before the wedding also which is pretty unheard of in suit hire. We do Highland Wear (one of my favourites!), dinner suits, lounge jackets, Prince Edwards and Tailcoats so if you need a suit for a wedding, black tie, cruise, the races, prom or special event, we’re on hand to help…and fast!

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I got married last year in February to Martin (who can be found in Yorkshire Menswear!) and I wore a dress by Ellis Bridal with straps, crystal detail on the shoulders, dropped waist, delicate crystal bodice modesty panel and buttoned back.  As it wasn’t my first marriage and I’m now in my 40′s and a size 14 I felt comfortable in it and it was appropriate for me.  I teamed it with a silk bolero jacket because of the time of year and I looked and felt my best – I had lots of lovely comments and that was brilliant. Looking back on my photographs I was really pleased with my choice too – after all you have one chance to capture the day and there is no time for regrets!

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

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You can ring Leeds 0113 2360652 (7 days a week) or Brides of Harrogate 01423 500010, visit our website at www.confettiandlaceweddings.co.uk or email us at info@confettiandlaceweddings.co.uk

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ITV are currently making a documentary film about us and our brides and grooms called The Wedding Shop to be aired in the Autumn/Winter at the prime 9pm timeslot (date to be confirmed) so we’re very excited and we hope you enjoy the programme!

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We’re already slightly famous after appearing on BBC’s Don’t Tell The Bride and we had beaten several other shops in the UK for this programme to go ahead – we like to think of it as an upmarket My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and we are happy to be a Yorkshire business representing the UK wedding industry!
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Fashion Exclusive! Supplier Showcase: Fable & Promise PLUS The Chance To Win £1,000 Off Your Wedding Dress!

May 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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So it’s back to the office for most of us today, but it’s not all bad…

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I’m thrilled to introduce you to Brides Up North Featured Supplier Charlotte of Fable & Promise this morning on the wedding blog.  Never ones to do things by halves, the girls at Fable & Promise have even organised an exclusive fashion shoot at Blackpool pier to show off their gorgeous gowns especially to Brides Up North.  Now that’s commitment to the cause.

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These ladies will clearly go the extra mile to make your wedding day super special, and they are even offering one lucky bride the chance to win £1,000 off your wedding dress.  Not bad for a day’s work!  Keep reading to find out all about their wonderful service and how you can win.

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Fable & Promise opened its doors in September 2011 but is not an entirely new company.

Before Fable & Promise was born we were a much smaller business: Silver Lining Sewing Rooms, offering bespoke bridal design and professional alterations in Blackburn. Rachel worked there full time with me and mum giving up all our evenings and weekends to help out. We loved that environment and the opportunity to be really creative. We dreamed about the possibility of working together properly but the size and location of the business pretty much dictated how much we could grow. We’d effectively reached our limit in that environment and were looking at our future when we were approached by a local bridal shop looking towards retirement. They didn’t have to ask twice and the rest is history… 6 very short weeks later Fable & Promise was created.

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San Patrick is our flagship bridal brand: we just love their innovation and style and the quality of their gowns is unrivalled. Their wedding dresses are simply stunning but we love them as a company too; starting out as lace manufacturer they are still a family company 90 years on and you can really tell they care about every one of their brides. It’s hard not to fall in love with them. Fable & Promise are a premier stockist meaning that we carry a wider range of styles than other retailers and we are the only stockist in Lancashire.

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We are also very proud to stock Linea Raffaelli bridal gowns. Linea Raffaelli isn’t afraid to experiment and their designs really appeal to those brides with more adventurous tastes. Their exquisite designs can use fabrics woven with metal threads and their collections contain some beautiful alternatives to ivory that really flatter all skin tones. There was no hesitation in adding Linea Raffaelli to our collections.

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We are also massive fans of Mori Lee. They have always been popular with our brides as their new collections are always fresh and extremely fashionable. They really know how to flatter all figures and add sparkle like no-one else. We’re really excited that we have also just extended our Mori Lee collections to include the Julietta range designed specifically for the fuller figure.

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There is also a new range due in store in a couple of months but we’re keeping this one under our hats for a little while…

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We hear that you have a bespoke service? Tell us about it.

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Our bespoke service is really important to us. There are many reasons someone might chose to have a wedding dress or mother of the bride outfit made but predominantly our bespoke customers are after something they can’t find in available collections. We’ve made everything from romantic and ethereal floaty chiffon wedding dresses to ultra dramatic black satin encrusted with blood red handmade flowers. The excitement we feel when we begin a new bespoke creation is just immense and seeing it take shape can be quite emotional.

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I think there is something about the whole experience too… you bring all your ideas and inspiration, have them transferred to paper, see the design come together in toile form and then choose fabrics and embellishments which results in a totally unique, entirely original work of art that only you will ever wear. That can only be a special feeling.

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Our bespoke service doesn’t just stop at creating the perfect wedding dress. Our mother’s can also have a unique experience and love being able to have shoes, bags and hats made to match their bespoke outfit.

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Between the three of us we have a wide range of techniques and expertise under our belt; we love the opportunity to get creative with fabric flowers and intricate beading and Mum loves nothing more than unleashing her creativity on a flat piece of sinamay and turning it in to a cocktail hat or flamboyant fascinator.

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What lines of accessories do you stock?

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We are a bunch of magpies and love accessorising. Since we make a lot of our own accessories we maybe expect a higher standard from the designers we stock. We are careful to only carry lines that are handmade with the highest quality materials using the best techniques. That’s why we stock both Richard Designs and Liza Designs -  they have very different styles but both are continually bringing fresh and inspiring designs in tiaras, veils and jewellery.

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We are always on the lookout for new and interesting accessories to add that finishing touch. We have recently started stocking the most gorgeous crystal bouquets by Couture Crystal & Button Creations. They must spend hours collecting all the perfect trinkets to incorporate into each bouquet and the results are just beautiful. They can be completely personalised as well; adding family heirlooms and special charms or we can even save the hem lace from a wedding dress to be incorporated. We also love our line of lace parasols and bridal umbrellas by Chrysalin… entirely too practical in this British weather.

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And we mustn’t forget our Rainbow Club and Rainbow Couture shoes and bags. Their designs are extremely fashionable and they offer a range of fits and heel heights. Their dye-ing service is also second to none and fantastic for bridesmaids and mother of the bride outfits.

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All these ranges are supplemented by our own in-house ranges of bridal headwear, birdcage veils, handmade flower bouquets, shoe clips and garters. All of which can be modified to your heart’s content.

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Where are you located?

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We’re located in the centre of Blackburn, Lancashire – the heart of the textile industry (or it was). We’re lucky to be within easy reach of the M6 and M65 meaning we’re privileged to see brides travelling from Liverpool, Manchester and further afield. You can’t miss us really. We’re on the main road into Blackburn from Preston and fortunate to have off road parking.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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We are firm believers that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get beautiful design and quality fabrics. Our designer wedding dresses start at just £500 up to £2000 and with our bespoke service we really are able to tailor your design to your budget.

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Do Brides Up North need an appointment?

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We would always recommend making an appointment as we understand that it can be daunting to know where to start and difficult to navigate your way into layers of tulle and lace. We prefer to work by appointment as this allows us to manage our time and the workroom effectively and ensures you have our undivided attention. It is particularly worthwhile booking an appointment if you want to snap up one of our coveted evening or Saturday appointments and is essential if you know you want the bespoke service as space is limited. Don’t worry if you don’t have an appointment though as we will always try to make ourselves available and will endeavour to help our brides discover their style and find the perfect dress.

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What can Brides Up North expect when they come in to Fable & Promise?

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Fable & Promise really does offer something different to most bridal boutiques. We have a fantastic team who really do look after our brides. We’re also slightly eccentric which really appeals to those brides who want something more individual. We have been complimented time and again on our friendly and accommodating manner with many of our brides really valuing our ability to cater for the whole wedding party. Our brides really appreciate that we can take the stress out of making sure everything matches and everyone has found something that they really love to wear.

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What is your current favourite gown that you stock and why?

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This is one of our favourite games and one that has developed its own rituals. Whenever a new collection arrives at Fable & Promise all work stops, the boxes are broken open and the dresses brought out in a flurry of tissue paper and cellophane. The process of scrutinizing the designs begins and we love watching the team assess each new dress. This has actually recently developed into our ‘Dress of the week’ feature on Facebook … with nine of us at Fable & Promise there is definitely a wide range of tastes and it’s great to see how popular our choices are.

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My personal favourite at the minute is Calais by San Patrick. I love the elegance and 1920’s influence and adore the effect that meters and meters of super soft tulle creates. It’s also flattering for every body shape and beautiful in any size.

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Is there a particular style of dress that is popular with your brides at the moment?

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We are noticing a couple of trends at the moment – 50’s inspired elegance with crisp lines and nipped in waists and romantic layers of lace.

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How does Fable & Promise provide a different experience to other wedding dress boutiques?

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The main difference of Fable & Promise is that you really can get everything your heart desires… without compromise. We have fantastic designer collections but if there’s nothing in our collection that ticks all the boxes we have the ability to turn your wildest ideas into reality. Nothing is beyond our grasp.

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We are also passionate about helping people find other details for their wedding and like to encouraging relationships with other wedding professionals. There is some amazing talent in the wedding industry and it’s great to work with people who also share your passion.

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We also love to play out and experiment with staged photo shoots and we had such fun with Zoe from ZT Photography and Gail and Kelly from Couture Crystal & Button Bouquets on our exclusive photo shoot for Brides Up North in Blackpool that it really didn’t matter that it was teaming down with rain and as blustery as anything on the end of North Pier.  The day was coordinated by the The Wedding and Party Boutique with fabulous hair and make up by Hazel Tyler.  

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Do you stock bridesmaid dresses?

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We have some stunning bridesmaid dresses to choose from and currently stock Mori Lee, Romantica, Ronald Joyce and Forever Yours bridesmaids. We usually have roughly 30 bridesmaid’s designs in our collection and with all of them available in up to 75 colours, up to size 34 and various lengths the options really are limitless. We also have a new range due in store in August. You could say we have a bit of an addiction. Rachel in particular is a sucker for a rainbow… if our suppliers arrange their collection in a rainbow it somehow seems essential that we have it all. Needless to say if you can’t find what you want from our collection you can always have something made.

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Are you married? What did you wear on your wedding day? What would you choose to wear now?

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My husband and I got married 7 years ago. Of course we made all our outfits ourselves back when Rachel was seamstress for another bridal shop and the idea of Fable & Promise or Silver Lining was only a dream.

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I’m a dyed in the wool Goth and the idea of wearing Ivory brought me out in a cold sweat. I knew I wanted something unconventional and right up until buying the fabric I had planned to wear red.  At the last minute I changed my mind and wore black. It was absolutely the right decision and I’ve actually worn my wedding dress several times over the years.

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If we were getting married now I would probably choose something very similar but having developed so many techniques for embellishments would probably end up even more dramatic.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

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Our website www.FableandPromise.co.uk is a great source of information and is continually being updated. Our blog and events pages are where you’ll find out about any news, events or special offers. We also have Facebook www.facebook.com/fableandpromise and Twitter www.twitter.com/fableandpromise accounts which are updated daily and give you more of an insight in the day to day goings on. This is also where you will find out about the other wedding businesses we are working with.

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Do you have any events coming up that Brides Up North should know about?

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We are actually hosting a wedding marquee as part of the Royal Lancashire Agricultural Society Countryside Experience in Witton Park, Blackburn on 20th May.  We have some fantastic wedding professionals on board offering a wide range of services from wedding flowers by Ewood Florist and photography by Colette Davies to the gogopod photo booth, Sweet Sensation Sweet Trees and Beautifully Vintage china hire. We also have some fantastic catwalk shows lined up showcasing some cutting edge designer gowns and excitingly for us we have invited some of our customers who have had bespoke creations made to come and strut their stuff on the catwalk too! We simply can’t wait!

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We are also holding a fantastic Prize draw where we have decided to offer up to £1000 off a wedding dress at Fable & Promise as the main prize! If you want to get tickets or more information they can click here.  

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It’s going to be completely different to your standard wedding fair; for a start it’s in a marquee rather than a hotel or stately home. It’s also forming part of a much larger event and is just one of the attractions organised for the day. You will also be able to take in some fantastic craft making, community activities, classic car shows, animal displays and much more. It promises to be a fantastic family day out.

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Shoot Credits Little Black Book:

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Gowns:  Fable & Promise

Images: ZT Photography

Shoes & Bouquets: Couture Crystal & Button Bouquets

Co-ordination: The Wedding and Party Boutique

Hair & Make Up:  Hazel Tyler

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