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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Very Bonnie In Scotland! A Real Wedding At Loch Lomond – Alina & Michael

December 31st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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What better way to see the New Year in that with a proper Scottish celebration?  Hogmany, here we come…

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As a , trust me, I see a lot of gorgeous wedding dresses on a daily basis.  Consequently, I adore my job.  The downside?  It’s sometimes difficult not to have “dress regret” and wish that I had chosen a particular new style or other for my own wedding, but generally I stay true to my own taste whilst admiring other girl’s choices.  However, today’s Real Wedding sent to me by Mick Cookson Photography and real bride Alina made that particularly difficult for me, as I am simply in love with Alina’s wedding dress.  Hook, line and sinker. 

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For a girl who didn’t want a wedding gown at all, she has absolutely nailed it!  And, come to mention it,  the rest of her beautiful wedding to Michael at Ross Priory near Loch Lomond…

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Alina says:  We got engaged on New Years Eve (2011) at my parents’ house. I was in the shower after a long day at work getting ready to have a nice meal with my family. I was feeling full of cold so felt a bit sorry for myself. Michael was in the bathroom too, keeping me company. We were chatting about our day when he said he had a surprise for me. When I leaned out of the shower curtain he was down on one knee. As I wear glasses I thought he was joking and told him to bugger off. I quickly realised he wasn’t joking and jumped out of the shower into his arms whilst giving out a yelp. I ran downstairs to my parents in a towel and shower cap where they were waiting for us with Champagne at the ready. They knew weeks in advance it was coming. Michael knows I’m not a huge romantic and I would have hated a big gesture so the proposal was simply perfect for me as it was completely hilarious and very us.

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We got married on 20th April 2012 at a little church in Scotland called Kilmarnock Church near Loch Lomond. The reception was held at a place called Ross Priory on the banks of Loch Lomond.  Michael always wanted to get married in Scotland due to the beautiful scenery up there. We also liked the idea of a small wedding and making a trip out of the whole thing. Michael’s mum went for lunch at Ross Priory and showed some us some photographs of the place, I instantly asked if they do weddings there…the rest is history!

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Our theme for the day was England meets Ukraine (I’m originally from the Ukraine and moved to England as a child for my father’s job) Our cake toppers were a Queen’s guard and a girl in traditional Ukrainian outfit and our invitations and order of service also had a logo of the Ukrainian and English flags. We also served vodka at the tables as well as wine and Champagne

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Originally I didn’t want to wear a white/ivory dress as I’m not a girly girl and all I wanted to do was elope to Las Vegas but with gentle persuasion from my Mum I decided to get my dress made. I had trouble finding what I wanted as I don’t like frills, flowers, diamantes or anything too girly. So when I saw a pic of my dress I knew it was the one.  It was ivory and a sweet heart shape cut that was fitted to my hips and then slightly went out at the bottom with a small train. I then had a lace top that went over the top of it. The dress turned out to be perfect and had a great vintage look to it. I forgot about Vegas instantly. I also had a second dress for the evening which was exactly the same but only went down to my knee so I could dance the night away!

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I carried a bouquet of dark purple double headed lizianthus with purple hydrangea, ocean song rose and purple freesias. 

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My three bridesmaids wore lovely grey greek style dresses from Phase Eight with purple pashminas and the guys wore suits by Moss Hire.

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The Church service was my favourite part of the day as it was quite emotional and our vows really rang true to me and Michael and to what we have been planning for a long time. 

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We chose three tier lemon sponge cake, round with purple ribbons and few ivory roses. 

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In the evening we had a DJ and we sent him a playlist which was mainly 80’s music as Michael and I love it very much!

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Marbella, Spain. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t stress as you’ll miss out on the really great things that are happening around you. Both me and Michael were very calm and the whole day was absolutely magical and we can remember every detail. 

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Congratulations Alina & Michael

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  – Images © 2012 Mick Cookson Photography

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Light & Love! A Real Wedding At The Mansion, Leeds – Amy & Simon

October 4th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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The Mansion Wedding by Chris Chambers Photography

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This afternoon’s Real Wedding, sent to me by Chris Chambers Photography and real bride Amy is a special one.  And not just because the bride looked bloomin’ gorgeous (she did).

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The setting for today’s feature is the venue for our Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at The Mansion – a Luxury Wedding Exhibition this Sunday 7th October from 12pm – 4pm with free entry for visiting brides and their guests.  As you can see from Amy’s gorgeous day, this private and boutique wedding venue is one for the fashionistas, and we have over 100 of Leeds’ chicest brides to be already pre-registered for the event.

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If you would like to join them, click here to pre-register for speedy entry and your VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag, jam packed with discounts and treats, or read to the end of this post for more information. This is the only event to visit this Sunday in Yorkshire!

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Amy says:  We got engaged in July 2010, in the Roman Arena in Verona.  We were just about to watch Madame Butterfly when Simon popped the question.

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We were married on 3rd August 2012 at The Mansion, Leeds.  The venue was absolutely beautiful, we loved that it had simple yet grand décor so we had a neutral canvas. Oh, and also the amazing chandelier! Gorgeous food. Fantastic staff… including James our wedding planner from Dine Services – he was brilliant. I could go on!

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To an extent the wedding was Italy themed… table names being the Italian cities we visited the summer we got engaged. The favours also contained a mini Disaronno for each guest, and Bacci chocolate (with a love note in each).  I chose cornflower blue as an accent colour. 

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Maggie Sottero from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge by Chris Chambers Photography

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I chose a Grecian style Maggie Sottero dress called ‘Caprice’ it had Swarovski crystals and pearls all down the back. I got it from Hayley at The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

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The bridesmaids dresses were a last minute purchase (four days before the wedding because the dressmaker completely messed up the ones we were having made) from Warehouse, on ASOS.com.

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The groomsmen and Simon wore grey suits from Moss Bros, with blue cravats.

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I carried a bouquet of blue hydrangeas with white roses, they were amazing. The night before the wedding me and my seven bridesmaids sat up making their white hydrangea bouquets ourselves – it was very easy, we stood them in a bucket in the bath all night, and trimmed the stems just as we were about to leave.

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The day was just amazing, I cant choose a best bit…it really was the best day ever from start to finish!

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To surprise our guests we had a sweetshop, put together by ourselves. We also had a candyfloss machine, from Creative AV.

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We had The Versonic play at our night do- we are friends with the lead singer, and think the band is ace, they play a mix of old and new songs and get everyone dancing and singing along.  My 11 year old cousin surprised us by singing too.

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We chose a three  tier square cake with sugar paste blue hydrangeas on it, fruitcake and sponge.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Aruba at the Riu Palace Hotel. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t get bridesmaid dresses made…buy them, it will save months of stress! And give your parents jobs to do, they love it! Simon’s mum and her partner made all our favour bags up, it was such a help.

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Congratulations Amy & Simon!

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The Mansion Wedding Fair October 2012.

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Sunday 7th October 2012

The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive

The Mansion, Roundhay

Time 12pm – 4pm

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Your exclusive invitation to a day of bridal brilliance at Leeds’ most desirable wedding venue: The Mansion. A choice selection of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will be on hand to inspire and advise. With fabulous giveaways and on the day discounts too, only the best will do for Brides Up North and Dine.

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking “The Mansion” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Wedding Exclusives.

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Wedding Fair at The Mansion Autumn 2012

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  – Images © 2012 Chris Chambers Photography

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

September 6th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Holmfirth Wedding by Sarah Mason Photography

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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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Thanks also to my assistant Gavin Richardson.

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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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The bridesmaids wore vintage plum Mori Lee dresses from The Staite Room in Huddersfield.

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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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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on these pages. 

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  – Images © 2012 Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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