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You Are My Resolution. Justin Alexander & A Bird Cage Veil For A New Year’s Eve Real Wedding At Langley Castle – Amy & Anthony

February 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Paul Santos Photography

The turn of the year seems so long ago now doesn’t it?  After being deluged by storms and darkness, if anyone’s kept their New Year’s resolutions by now, it’ll be a small miracle, right? 

Well, funnily enough though, for once I have, so allow me a moment of smug!  Mine were simple – stress less, exercise more and prioritise the things (and folk) I love most.  So far I’m on the right track.  How are you checking in?  March is a new month after all…

Two people who are sure to have kept their resolutions and promises are today’s beautiful bride Amy and her new husband Anthony, who said their vows in front of friends and family in Hexham on New Year’s Eve.  This morning they are here to share their celebration with us.

With images by Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Amy says:  We got engaged on March 29th 2012, we had just been on a ride on the gondolas in Venice when Anthony popped the question.

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We were married on December 31st 2013.  We had the most fantastic ceremony held at Hexham Abbey with a reception at Langley Castle.

We chose our venues based on the history and style of buildings.  We had wanted a very grand wedding with it being New Year’s Eve and wanted a day for everyone to remember.

Hexham Abbey was chosen to hold our ceremony as the religious side of things was taken very seriously at the Abbey making the day very personal, but it was also set in one of the most beautiful churches we have visited in the North East. Langley Castle gave us another grand and elegant building to host our reception and it had such good reviews from previous brides and grooms. The entrance to the castle was a main selling point.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

We didn’t have a theme, we just wanted to create a day to remember.  Most people are at a loose end on New Year’s Eve so we wanted to celebrate the date in locations that people would remember for years to come.

We chose a colour scheme of black, red and ivory. Red was to tie in with the colours of the castle and blacks were to bring in a classic look to go with New Year’s Eve.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

After nearly a year of hunting I finally found a dress that was different to anything I had seen.  I went for a fish tail style lace overlay dress designed by Justin Alexander and by one of his private labels so I knew it would be very unlikely that others would have seen this dress. As it is sold only in limited shops across the UK and can’t be viewed on his website, it gave me the exclusive look I had desired. I got my dress from Wild Brides At Heart in Durham City Centre.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

My bridesmaids wore one shoulder Dessy dresses purchased from Isabelles Brides in Easington.  I wanted a classic look to go with the style of wedding and we wanted our maid of honour and best man to stand out so they wore claret red whilst the rest of the groomsmen and bridesmaids wore black. The men wore French Connection evening suits with dicky bow ties for a classic evening look.

Paul Santos Photography

My flowers were put together by Wild and Wonderful Flowers and consisted of deep red roses, black berries and ivory roses to blend in with the colour theme. 

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

I travelled in a Rolls Royce provided by Webbs Special Occasion Cars, and the guests were transported to on a 1900 Routemaster London bus from Henry Cooper Coaches, Northumberland. 

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

My favourite part of the day was our ceremony.  It was so meaningful and very touching.  To add an extra special touch, during the signing of the register we had a recently signed professional opera singer performing which made the ceremony so elegant.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Our wedding cake was kindly made by Anthony’s auntie who makes cakes in her spare time.

Paul Santos Photography

We chose Gary James who performs swing and Michael Buble numbers for our entertainment.  Gary sang throughout the meal which was a great touch as it took away the clattering of knifes and forks and helped the meal run even more smoothly.  In the evening we had an acoustic singer called Alex Dobson who put his own spin on various new releases by bands and singers, before going into a traditional disco on the evening.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Following the wedding we jetted off on honeymoon to Lucea, Jamaica. 

Paul Santos Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that before booking any suppliers do your research and never book based on price alone.  To ensure quality and value for money we sometimes had to bend our budget, but by doing this we got some of the best suppliers out there who had amazing reviews. Always read reviews before booking!

Paul Santos Photography

Congratulations Amy & Anthony!

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New Year’s Newlyweds! A Real Wedding In The North West – Sarah & Nick

April 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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What better way to end the week than another gorgeous Real Wedding, this time from the North West and sent to me by photographer Martin Hambleton and real bride Sarah.  Sarah and Nick actually chose a similar colour scheme to that I picked for my own wedding, so I was always going to love the classic elegance of their wedding styling – topped off with a stunning venue to boot!

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Over to Sarah:  Nick asked me to marry him in July 2009 in Paris and we were married on New Year’s Eve – 31st December 2011 at Arley Hall in Cheshire

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We chose the venue because it’s a beautiful place, but what sold it to us was how friendly the staff were. They had us feel at home immediately. Everyone did a fantastic job of looking after us from the first show round right the way through to the day of the wedding.

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We opted for a classic colour scheme of ivory and charcoal grey. My dress was an Essence dress from Chester Bridal Gallery. Very plain, but perfect!

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My six bridesmaids wore long strapless dresses from Monsoon. They were a bargain in the January sale last year and then we just paid to get them altered for a perfect fit.

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I was already at the venue so we didn’t have wedding cars, but we did have a wedding bus to transport our guests from a nearby hotel though!

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I carried a hand-tied bouquet of ivory flowers – spray roses, narcissi, hyacinths, freesias and veronica with variegated ivy, eucalyptus and asparagus fern foliage by 2Lips Florists in Stockton Heath.

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RW Bespoke did our catering. They are the preferred supplier of the venue and were equally brilliant. We’ve had so many great comments about the food! 

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We opted for a traditional fruit cake made by my Auntie.  Instead of favours we had a sweetie table at the evening reception with personalised labels and traditional stripped bags in our wedding colours.

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We had a harpist, Nerys Hewitt who played during the ceremony and reception and then a brilliant band called The Indie Killers in the evening.  We had a confetti machine at midnight! At the strike of 12 o’clock a shower of silver and ivory paper flakes fell from the ceiling!

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Obviously the ceremony and the actual getting married part was great, but the surprise appearance of all Nick’s friends dressed in Top Gun flight suits coming on to the dance floor to serenade me with Take My Breath Away after our first dance is a moment I will never forget.

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We honeymooned in Sri Lanka and The Maldives. We had an incredible time, just what we needed after the busyness of the wedding.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to get organised! Keep a wedding file to store all correspondence and ideas and write all key dates on a wall chart – dress fittings, supplier meetings, payments dates etc.  You’ll be glad that you did! 

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Congratulations Sarah & Nick!

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  – Images © 2012 Martin Hambleton Photography

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