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underwater love. a beachy wedding at Newton Hall – esther & ben

December 3rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

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I’ve been at home all week with a poorly little one, and the cabin fever is starting to set in.  So what better way to cure the Calpol blues than this bright and beautiful beachy wedding from scuba lovers Esther and Ben?

Whilst we hole up on the sofa and recover, I’ll let you get stuck into this fresh and fabulous celebration, with images by Brides Up North Sponsor James Tracey Photography, and more than a few lovely personal details.

Let’s hit the surf

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esther says: We got engaged in September last year. We were visiting our scuba diving friends in Vietnam, Kerry and Eugene. Ben had arranged for Eugene to take us for a dive one morning, and after about 40 minutes we were coming to the end of the dive. Just before I thought the dive was about to end Eugene disappeared around a large rock as Ben and I followed I looked up to see Kerry, Eugene and a photographer staring at us. As I looked down ‘Marry Me?’  was written in shells in the sand, Ben got down on one knee and pulled out a ring.

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We got married on 18th August 2014 at Newton Hall in Northumberland. We chose to have a seaside theme as Ben and myself met as scuba diving instructors in Mexico and love the sea.

We originally looked at the venue because it was near sea. As we drove up the grounds looked stunning, inside the rooms were quirky and had a shabby chic feel, which fit our theme and personalities. As we walked into the ceremony room I could imagine us getting married there. It was the first and last venue we looked at.

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I chose a v-neck ivory fit and flare dress with black embellishment from Rosina Brown Bridal Boutique in Stocksfield. I never imagined wearing a dress with black on it but as soon as I put it on I knew it was the right dress. It was so flattering on me and unique that I knew it was perfect. I’m so glad I picked a dress from Rosina’s, she was amazingly helpful and professional and she seemed to know what I would like even before I did.

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Ben wore a black suit with an ivory waist coat and cravat from Moss Bros. My mum made all the guys blue pocket squares and shell buttonholes to match the girl’s dresses. The bridesmaids’ dresses we bought online from Etsy.

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James Tracey, our photographer, was wonderful. He made us feel at ease, he got on fantastically with all our guests and he wasn’t at all intrusive. In fact, we hardly noticeable on the day. James did exactly what we asked and more, we didn’t want many posed pictures, instead James really captured the emotion and overall feeling of our wedding and our pictures ended up looking stunning. We couldn’t have asked for more.

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I carried a bouquet that my mum made from silk flowers and brooches. Most of the brooches were given to us by family members and family friends. On the tables, we had blue and white sweet peas, which my granddad grew in his allotment.

Ben’s mum Jenny made beautiful drift wood signs and collages to decorate the venue. My family made all of our decorations and centrepieces.

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My mum made a three-tiered chocolate truffle cake with white chocolate icing, which her and my aunt Sue decorated with edible shells. She even made a starfish bride and groom as toppers!

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During our wedding ceremony we had a sand ceremony, which fit our theme and added our own unique twist to the ceremony.

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I think the moment where I was standing at the end of the aisle, my bridesmaids had gone down the aisle the music was playing and I looked up for the first time to see Ben at the end. We made eye contact and he smiled at me and his eyes started to water.

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We went on a little mini-moon for a few days to the lake district but we haven’t been on a big honeymoon yet. We are saving so we can go to the Galapagos with our friends Kerry and Eugene, which is our dream.

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My top tip for other other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every second because the day flies by.

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‘Art Throb. Maggie Sottero For A Real Wedding At The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne – Claire & John

May 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Andy Hudson Photography

Today’s Real Wedding is just lovely.

Claire and John’s celebration was cute, stylish, personal and full of fun… with plenty of prosecco!  Just the way we like ‘em around these parts.

With images by Andy Hudson Photography.

Andy Hudson Photography

Claire says: We got engaged in November 2012 when we were on holiday at Clavell Tower in Kimmeridge, Dorset. Clavell Towell is an old observatory folly. It was restored by the Landmark Trust in 2006.

It’s a very special, atmospheric place especially as the tower is perched on the top of a high cliff and there were gale force winds and torrential rain for most of the time we were there! It was a perfect place to enjoy our special time together before sharing our news with family and friends.

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We were married on Saturday 1st February 2014. We had our ceremony at St Charles RC Church, Gosforth which was followed by a party at The Biscuit Factory.

We wanted to get married in Newcastle because it is where our home is. Father O’Connor made us feel especially welcome into our local church. We love visiting The Biscuit Factory and it is one of our favourite places. We wanted to share it with our family and friends (especially the ones who do not live in Newcastle). We love eating and the Food Social restaurant had always impressed us. We liked the opportunity to design our own menu with all of our favourite things! We ate Tempura King Prawns, Rosemary and thyme marinated rump of lamb (with garlic mash) and sticky toffee pudding.

Amazing!

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

We did not have a theme although we did end up using a lot of brown Kraftcard! We stamped our guests names onto luggage labels and our invitations, order of service and menus were printed onto simple Kraftcard.

We wanted the day to be simple and relaxed and most of all fun.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Hilary Whitham did our make-up… she is amazing! My friend Sarah did our hair, which was lovely.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

I wore a dress called Bronwyn Marie by Maggie Sottero which I bought from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. Hayley, her mum and Leanne were patient, helpful and very professional.

My dad actually recommended this shop to me because he has driven past and thought the window display looked very elegant!

I wasn’t even sure I wanted to wear a ‘wedding dress’ but knew I did not want a strapless dress. The Bronwyn Marie was made of exquisite lace, fitted me perfectly and was very comfortable. I loved the buttons all of the way up the back (and would like to thank my lovely friends Helen, Amy and Megan for helping me get into it on time… Helen can tell you exactly how many buttons there were!)

I did not feel ‘ready’ until I had all of my accessories on. I felt like they were a big part of my whole outfit. I had a clutch bag instead of a bouquet and I also had a long pearl necklace which I bought years ago when I was on holiday with my mum. The talented Kelly from Tantrums and Tiaras made a pearl brooch to match my necklace which I wore on the ribbon belt around my waist.

I usually wear glasses so was a bit nervous about not wearing them (people who always wear glasses will understand this). I felt much more confident with my beautiful cap/birdcage veil from Sasso and even though I had not planned to have any form of veil I felt like it complemented my outfit perfectly.

I also wore a faux fur jacket for getting too and from the church. This is something that I would never usually wear but I loved it.

John wore a three piece navy suit from Slaters in Newcastle. They altered it so it fitted him perfectly. He also had new shoes. He looked very handsome. His best man and ushers wore their own suits.

Andy Hudson Photography

My sister and John’s sister were our bridesmaids (they are both called Helen which is a bit confusing). They chose their own dresses which were navy blue maxi dresses from Monsoon. We wanted them to feel comfortable on the day.

William our nephew was our page boy and was very trendy and Lily was our beautiful flower girl. Lily also chose her own outfit and even though her mum (our good friend Alex) wanted her to buy a blue bridesmaid dress we thought that Lily’s choice of a sparkly skirt and top with a furry shrug from Monsoon was perfect! She was very excited.

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Our friends Carol and Dean gave me and my Dad a lift to the church in their posh white Landrover.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

My favourite part of the day was seeing John for the first time (he said ‘wow’).  We both also really loved the ceremony itself as Father O’Connor made it relaxed and personal. I enjoyed getting ready in the morning with my lovely friends and family. We loved seeing the Biscuit Factory all prepared for us, eating the amazing food and dancing… so all of it really.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Our photographer was the lovely Andy Hudson.  We love the photos and felt that Andy made us and our guests feel very relaxed.  We also loved our pre-wedding photos.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

We had yummy prosecco in the church porch after the ceremony and a vintage route master bus (booked via Coach Direct Ltd)  transported our lovely guests together with us to The Biscuit Factory.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

We had lots of mojito cocktails, prosecco and local beer from Wylam Brewery when we arrived at the Biscuit Factory. We knew we were going to have a good party when The Biscuit Factory asked if the could replenish the cocktails within 30 minutes of arriving!

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Our beautiful white tulips on the tables were designed and made up by our lovely talented friend Cheryl Ford as a wedding gift. We were utterly speechless when we saw the Biscuit Factory set up for us… it was so much better that we had ever imagined!

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

We had Polaroid cameras with silly props for people to have fun with and leave us with some very happy memories and we had hired J&C light up letters from Doris Loves and they really suited the industrial look of The Biscuit Factory.

Andy Hudson Photography

We had a giant Colin the Caterpillar cake from Marks and Spencer!

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

The fantabulous Maverick Rejects were our chosen band. Their manager Sean was superb and made sure that everything ran smoothly. He even thought of things that we would have never even considered – like setting up during our church ceremony so they would not interrupt our celebrations.

The band were absolutely amazing and full of energy. They rocked the dance floor and were a big part of our day being so much fun.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

For our honeymoon we went cross country and downhill skiing in Norway. It was very cold, very snowy and very beautiful. We loved it.

We booked our honeymoon through Ski Safari. Andy Hemingway was very helpful.

Andy Hudson Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax… and enjoy having all of your favourite people being in the same place at the same time… just for you!

Andy Hudson Photography

Congratulations Claire & John!

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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Something Blue. A Super Crafty Real Wedding At As You Like It, Jesmond – Laura & Mark

December 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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

Usual service will recommence on 2nd January 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings in 2013.  Drop in every day for the very, very prettiest wedding inspiration and if you are a Brides Up North bride, to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks.

Paul Santos Photography

Laura and Mark’s Real Wedding, with images by Paul Santos Photography is utterly adorable.  Almost entirely handcrafted and painstakingly personal, this beautiful celebration in Newcastle is something really special.  The whole lot may have taken Laura months to make, but her efforts and the end result was entirely worth it.  Brides Up North, be very, very inspired!

As You Like It Wedding

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Laura says: We got engaged in Cardiff, after going to see an opera at the (Mark’s then current place of work) Wales Millennium Centre. We were going away on our first holiday in ten years the next day. He asked just as we were going to bed. I think I asked the poor man if he was ‘taking the mick’.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

We got married on 11 August 2013 at As You Like It, Jesmond. I would whole-heartedly recommend them. They were so supportive of our needs and… wow….the gravy on the roast dinner… crazy-good.

The venue was welcoming from the outset and was quirky and informal in a good way. We wanted something a bit different looks-wise, and the staff were so lovely which just sealed the deal for us.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Our theme was really just ‘stuff we liked’ but the vague themes were animals (we put pictures of dogs in the tops of the envelopes) and named our tables after cats. Our cake toppers were two cats decoupaged with the words to our first dance. We also had a few buttons here and there too. The theme for the tables were ‘charity shop chic’, a sort of visual amuse bouche.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Our colour scheme was a palette of blues. The bridesmaids were navy and ice blue and the bouquets a mixture of blue, silver and gold.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

My dress was highly beaded and decorated in lace. It had a medium-length train and had a keyhole back. II sewed my veil from a very rough cheap version I got online and added detail to its three metre long length. I made the jewellery (and the bridesmaids, too) from beads (mainly Swarovski crystal) purchased from the Crystals and Ice bead shop in Cardiff.

My bridesmaids and I were pampered on the day by LA Makeovers based at Langley Moor but who came to us on the day. They worked wonders and were willing to work with brides like me who don’t really ever wear much make up and who aren’t good with being faffed with. We looked amazing and they were lovely.

Paul Santos Photography

I had three bridesmaids, as well as three bridesmen. I have grown up with these men and I wanted them to be a part of our day. They escorted the three bridesmaids. The men wore suits from Slaters in grey with blue neck wear (Mark wore cream). My sister had a wrap around dark navy/ midnight blue bridesmaid dress from BHS and my other bridesmaids had ice blue halter dresses from eBay.  I matched the colour of Kate’s dress by giving them a sash. The pageboy (our nephew) wore a teeny suit (taken in by my mum) from John Lewis in navy.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

I loved it all but If I had to pick a favourite part of the day it would be the ceremony. I was worried I would bawl through it (we’ve been together nearly 12 years and also my dad had been very ill and we were not sure if he would even been there). We decided we wanted singing in our ceremony (like you would in a church) and chose ‘Bring me Sunshine’ and ‘When I’m 64’. These went down really well – even if Mark’s Best Man and one of my Bridesmen had to carry some of the songs (thanks, guys!). I wanted both my parents to walk me down the aisle, which was good as I was at the point of nearly fainting at that point (some of the guest photos of me are hilarious). I loved looking at Mark saying my vows, loved singing and loved our readings (‘The Places We will Go’ by Dr Zeuss and ‘I like this way that this is going’ by The Eels). I loved walking back down with my husband and having our guest chuck all that handmade confetti at us.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

We were (and are) eternally grateful for our photographer Paul Santos Photography.  His friendliness and amazing photographs will stay with us forever.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Special touches were the things which took the time. I was determined to be on-budget (and I was!) which meant saving money by DIY-ing. Despite it being my first year of teaching, we decided to make most ourselves.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

I wanted everyone to have a mini buttonhole for the day, so I made those to be the same as my bouquets. I also wanted (well, truth be told I get bored, see cool stuff on the internet and decide to make it) confetti as AYLI allow it inside the venue. I made (with the help from one of my friends who was over for a conference) mini confetti cones with vintage sheet music from a charity shop in Rochester and then used a 2.5cm heart-shaped stamp cutter to stamp out hearts from a vintage Alice in Wonderland book (again a charity shop in Rochester). I topped these up with lavender that my sister chose for her wedding but didn’t end up using. I loved the link between our weddings.

Paul Santos Photography

The thing which went down the best was the hand-stamped vintage silver-plated name place cutlery which I roped my mum and dad into helping with (OK! doing) on their holiday to Kent. Mark designed and made personalised Wrestling dolls for each bridesman and usher. Oh, and he also designed the favour boxes which were caricatures of us.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

I’m not good with real flowers and didn’t like the cost of fresh ones so decided years ago (waaaaay before I was engaged) that I would make ones from buttons. It was my ‘old, new etc.’ and I got friends and family to donate, bought a few button collections off the internet and used ones I had. I’d just finished my PGCE and did not yet have my NQT job so had 8 weeks of unemployment ahead of me. I used this time to make my flowers by stacking buttons on wire and wiring the stems together. I made smaller ones for my bridesmaids and matching button holes for the men. I complimented the button stems with handmade paper roses (mainly because the bouquets would be too heavy with only buttons). My nephew, the pageboy, carried a boy-wand which was a felt and button long-stemmed flower which matched the rest of the buttony things.

Paul Santos Photography

We had a lovely tiny vintage post box for our cards on the day from The Finishing Touch Company. They delivered it and picked it up with absolutely no fuss for us.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

We have rather diverse taste in music and didn’t want our evening to be at the wrath of a DJ who would play current chart music which would not make us want to dance. Mark made the play list on his Mac (we had previously, years again before we were engaged, made a play list of our favourite songs). We spent ages making sure they would all run nicely together, using how-to’s on the internet. We also (for larks, and because of the Wrestling dolls we gave for pressies) decided to have our eating play-list be wrestling intros. We made a pact to buy a drink to the first two people who noticed this. I suppose, then, wrestling was also a mini theme.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Marks favourite part of the day was the very last song at the end, because we didn’t have to worry about anyone else at that point (2am on a Monday morning) and we danced freely with a few other people. The dancing, and the music and the evening party was a favourite part of both of our days.

Paul Santos Photography

For our honeymoon we went to Brussels on the Eurostar from London. We are not particularly laze on the beach people and so went to loads of museums, art galleries and places of interest. There are some amazing museums there and our hotel was really central.

Paul Santos Photography

If you’d have asked me a week before the wedding I would have said ‘DON’T, whatever you do, do any DIY’. At that point, I was sick. I had been crafting for nigh-on 14 months (and had spent over 100 hours on Mark’s wedding present of a crochet scrabble board in addition to all the other wedding crafts). A month on, however, I would not be quite so negative about the craftery. This is what made our wedding in my eyes. I dread to think how much time I spent making stuff, but so many people were so amazingly complimentary that it was worth it in the end. I made all the jewellery, we made all our gifts, I glitterified the bridesmaids shoes, I made two veils, we designed and made all the envelopes, invites (which were fortune tellers/ cootie catchers), the favour boxes…the list is endless.  So my top tip for other Brides Up North is to simply go with your hearts. Try not to be swayed with what is fashionable (I didn’t want to be fashionable but ended up making lots of ‘in’ choices, but went with them as I wanted them). AND, most importantly, trust in yourself. I saved thousands on pounds by making things and just KNOW you can too.

Paul Santos Photography

Paul Santos Photography

Congratulations Laura & Mark!

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Deep Blue. A Bespoke Fishtail Wedding Gown For A Real Wedding At Jesmond Dene House – Leigh & Jamie

December 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

Today we are in Newcastle Upon Tyne for a chic city wedding at the beautiful Jesmond Dene House.  Real bride Leigh kept her colour scheme simple and striking and upped the glam factor with a bespoke fishtail gown (and check out those heels!).  And not forgetting her groom (remember him?!) Leigh also made sure to incorporate lots of things that Jamie liked into the day too.

With images by` Leighton Bainbridge Photography

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

Leigh says:  We got engaged in July 2009 in Bowness on Windermere – we were there on a week break staying in a log cabin – and were married on 25th September 2013 at Jesmond Dene House 

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

We chose the date as it was my mother and father in-laws wedding anniversary and sadly they have both passed away. So this is a date that we will always share with them.

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

The venue was perfect for what we wanted, beautiful surroundings, feeling like you were in the middle of nowhere but very accessible for our guests. It was an ideal size for our numbers and just a gorgeous venue with lovely staff. We fell in love straight away!

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

We had deep purple and pewter as our colours. I’m quite boring when it comes to colours so we had purple for the bridesmaids then pretty much everything else was pewter!

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

I chose an ivory satin fish tail gown with structured ruffles starting from above knee. I had it specially made for the wedding. 

The bridesmaids had beautiful dresses from House of Fraser in deep purple. Two of my bridesmaids wore floor length and the other four wore calf length. The dresses where perfect as I didn’t want the usual satin strapless bridesmaid dresses.

We hired the groomsmen’s suits from Slaters in Newcastle, they chose the wool/silk tailcoat suit, which was nice and light.

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

My bouquet was made up of white akipo roses, white avalanche roses (with diamantes in the centres), white freesia, purple freesia and white bouvardia all hand tied with ivory ribbon and fixed with diamantes.  Flowers by Margret provided all our flowers including bouquets, button holes and table centres. 

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

The ceremony was really special. I thought that it would be the worse part of the day as I am no good speaking in front of people and thought that nerves would get the better of me. But the closer it came to me walking down the aisle, the nerves disappeared and we laughed and smiled all the way through.

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

My mum originally hired a camper van to do three trips as a surprise for the groom, groomsmen and bridesmaids. Me and my sister stayed the night before at Jesmond Dene House so didn’t need transport but on the morning of the wedding we ended up nipping over to our Mum and Dad’s house so we got to travel in it too!

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

Kelly Moor made a fantastic job of our four tier wedding cake.  For the base layer we chose fruit/spice cake then red velvet (our favourite), chocolate and the top was vanilla sponge. We kept the cake quite simple with the only pattern on it being strips in a slight metallic icing. We topped the cake with fresh flowers provided by our wedding florist.

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

We didn’t have a strong theme as such but cars definitely made a few appearances through-out the day. We had track names for our tables and driving simulators in the evening. I wanted it to be as much about the groom, rather than it all focusing on the bride.

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

We had the excellent Prime Entertainment to do our evening entertainment. They provided us with two driving simulators which went down a storm and a brilliant disco for in the Great Hall.

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

We went to Mexico for our honeymoon.  We stayed further out from Cancun as all we wanted to do was chill rather than have a party holiday. I would recommend Mexico to anyone we had an amazing time.  Its a beautiful place and the beaches were amazing! Our hotel and travel agent knew it was our honeymoon and spoilt us rotten!

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to do what you and the groom want to do but keep reminding yourself that its only one day, it’s easy to get yourself carried away. Enjoy every second of it as the day really does fly over!

Leighton Bainbridge Photography

 

Congratulations Leigh & Jamie!

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Roses Are Red. An Elegant Real Wedding At Dissington Hall – Sam & Rob

September 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Andy Hudson Photography

This afternoon it’s off to Northumberland, to join Sam and Rob for their glorious big day at Dissington Hall.  Sam’s Real Wedding was simple and elegant, with romantic red roses popping up on every corner.  Bloomin’ beautiful. 

With images by Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Sam says:  We first got engaged on 6th July 2012 in Edinburgh where Rob had moved to a month earlier. I got a beautiful diamond solitaire ring but it was too big so had to be resized. I was proposed to again on 13th July with a lovely meal and bottle of bubbly. Then a few months later, we were sitting in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh and Rob proposed again! So we got engaged three times!

Andy Hudson Photography

Our wedding date was Saturday 27th July 2013.  We got married at St Michael and All Angels church in Newburn then had our reception at Dissington Hall.  We chose the church as it was where my mum and dad got married. We chose Dissington Hall because it’s such a beautiful building and the staff were absolutely fantastic. We couldn’t fault the service we got at Dissington.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

We wanted a simple, elegant wedding and chose a colour scheme of ivory and deep red.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

I wore a stunning lace, fish tail dress. It was the complete opposite to what I thought I would want but as soon as I put it on, I knew it was the one for me. It was from Berketex Bride in Newcastle and was designed by Sasha Perez.

Andy Hudson Photography

My sister and Rob’s sister were my bridesmaids and wore simple 1950’s style dresses. They were a deep red colour, had cowl backs and were beautiful. They were from the Dessy collection and were bought from Rosina Brown Bridal Boutique in Hexham. Rob, both dads, our best man and groomsmen wore grey morning suits from Moss Bros.

Andy Hudson Photography

A good friend of mine, Bonnie Shaw is a Soprano so sang whilst we were signing the register. It was beautiful and so many of the guests commented on how fantastic she was. We had a DJ for the disco and it was a company called After Eight Music.

Andy Hudson Photography

I loved saying my vows. I managed not to cry all the way through but did get a little choked. Saying my vows was the most important part of the day and the part I enjoyed the most. There were so many other special moments… my dad’s speech, Rob’s speech and simply watching everyone having a great time. That meant the world.

Andy Hudson Photography

I had a posy of Grand Prix red roses and my bridesmaids had smaller posy of ivory Avalanche roses. They were all bound with ivory ribbon and held with diamanté pins. As an extra to mine, my something ‘borrowed’ and ‘blue’ was a blue ring that my dad gave to my mum for her 21st. It was too big for me to wear so our florist Margaret from Foxtail Lily Flowers tied it to the stems of my bouquet. It was a lovely touch.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

We had one wedding car to take Mum and the bridesmaids and then Dad and I to church. It was a silver Jaguar S Type from Rickerby Chauffeurs in Newcastle. James, who owns the business, was our chauffeur and he was amazing.  We had a red, vintage double decker bus to take the guests, wedding party and Rob and I to the reception!

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

We haven’t had a honeymoon yet as I moved up to Edinburgh three days after the wedding! We’re saving up and hoping to go to New York in the Spring.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to not forget the reason you’re having a wedding day. It’s very easy to get swept up in the organisation and hype and lose sight of the real reason you’re having a wedding day. There will always be things that don’t go quite according to plan but as long as everyone is happy, that’s the main thing.

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Congratulations Sam & Rob!

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The Wedding That Rocked! A Real Wedding At The Alnwick Garden – Sarah & Dave

August 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Alnwick Garden Luxury Wedding Exhibition September 2013

It’s insanely busy at Brides Up North HQ at the moment as we finalise plans for our autumn season of Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.  We’ve got eight marvellous shows coming up this time around, and right across three regions too.  Make sure to put one of these in your diary.

We start the season in under a fortnight’s time (I’ve blinked and missed the Summer) at the extraordinary venue that is The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland.  I first became aware of this gorgeous and unique spot via submissions to the blog, and it was when I first blogged this Real Wedding back in 2012 that I knew this venue was something special.  When they invited me to work with them earlier on this year, I couldn’t start planning fast enough!  I’m not really into reposting (we keep things fresh here at Brides Up North) but it’s beautiful, it’s timely and aren’t the best things in life always worth a reprise?

You can pre-register for FREE entry and your VIP Bride To Be Welcome Pack on Sunday 1st September 2013 by clicking here.

Alnwick Garden Wedding by Phil Smith Photography

This Real Wedding at The Alnwick Garden sent to me by North East Wedding photographer Phil Smith Photography and real bride Sarah has to be one of the most fabulous big days that I’ve ever seen.  I just love it all, from the vinyl table names to the heart shaped balloons to the bride’s beautiful birdcage veil.

Sarah and Dave: your wedding truly rocked. 

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Simple Eclectic: A Real Wedding In The North East – Amelia & Michael

June 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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

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

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It’s back to business here at Brides Up North on Monday as holiday season draws to a close, so let’s complete a rather beautiful two weeks of Real Wedding Recaps with a lovely, simple, eclectic and chic (yes, those words do work together in this context!) Real Wedding, sent to me by Vanessa of VA Photography With Heart and real bride Amelia and first published back in March of this year.  Let’s take a trip to Newcastle Upon Tyne…

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Amelia says:  We got engaged on 25th December 2010 – We were away visiting my family for Christmas, Michael suggested going for an early walk on the beach, just the two of us. I couldn’t believe when he asked me to marry him and I didn’t even have to consider the answer!

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We were married on 28th September 2012 – exactly 10 years to the day from when we first met!

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We chose Hotel du Vin, Newcastle for the ceremony and wedding breakfast then As You Like It, Jesmond for a party in the evening ‘til the early hours.  From the start we didn’t want a typically traditional wedding. We wanted an informal day with close family and friends and then a party in the evening to celebrate with everyone. Having visited so many venues that just weren’t for us, when we visited the luxury boutique Hotel du Vin we fell in love with the quirky decor and we both just knew it was right.

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I chose a full length a-line lace dress from a boutique in Newcastle, and Michael wore a suit from Reiss.  The bridesmaids chose gowns from Ted Baker.  My sister made my stunning headpiece.   

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I carried a bouquet of really beautiful flowers, including roses and sprigs of herbs, from The Willow Garden in Hebden Bridge. I have loved the florist for as long as I can remember and was delighted when they said they could supply, even though it was a super early start for the guy delivering them on the morning of the wedding!

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We loved the ceremony as it was small and intimate, saying our vows in front of close family and friends.

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My mum made a fabulous three tier cake, including a Chocolate Guinness Cake (don’t knock it ‘til you try it) and a Hummingbird Cake (a quirky alternative to carrot cake). The decoration was simple but classic, covered with edible lace with an oversized rose on the top.

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My mum made the tasty favours, mini pots of jam which were labelled with ‘Spread the Love’ labels designed by my dad.  The place cards were designed and printed by my dad. We both sourced vintage bottles from various antique shops for the table decorations and flowers and we bought loads of retro sweets and glass jars for a sweet table for the evening.

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It was a great feeling walking into the Bistro to a standing ovation as husband and wife, where we then served amazing food and listened to the fabulous speeches, memories that we will cherish forever.

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We chose to have a  DJ in the evening at As You Like It, although before booking him we made sure he wasn’t a ‘typical’ wedding DJ!

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We have always loved Barcelona but only ever passed through so after the wedding we had four nights there exploring the exciting city.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be – don’t get hung up on the unnecessary, never lose sight of why you are getting married and enjoy it ALL, it goes by so quick!

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Congratulations Amelia & Michael!

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

June 24th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Congratulations Emily & Jonny!

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

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Brides Up North On Tour: See You This Weekend Newcastle!

January 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Occasionally (ok, really quite often – I’m not really one for sitting still) I like to get out from behind my computer screen and head out into the big wide World to meet up with my readers and industry friends.  The online space is great for gathering inspiration, ideas and leads, but there’s nothing like meeting people in person or touching, trying and tasting.

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Basically, I want to know what I’m talking about, ensure that the content on this blog remains relevant, real and useful to my readers – hello there! – and make Brides Up North as accessible as possible.  I’m always only an email away (get in touch – I can point you in the right direction and put you in touch with the right people for almost any wedding query), but there’s nothing like a good in person chinwag, is there?

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That’s why I (and my little team) take such time and effort to plan and produce the best (we think!) bridal exhibitions and wedding industry networking events across the regions, so that our readers and industry friends can connect in an environment jam packed with talent and innovation.  And it’s also why I choose to support selected industry partners at their bridal events across the North.

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This weekend I’m heading to Newcastle to join my friends at The UK Wedding Shows (and watch out for me at their first ever conference later in the year!) for a weekend of wedding wonders at their big Metro Arena event on the banks of the River Tyne this weekend, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January 2013, from 10am – 5pm every day.  Come and find the Brides Up North team at stand 119, where we’ll be on hand for all the wedding tips and advice that you could ever need – just ask – and giving away some special Brides Up North goodies. It would be lovely to meet you, so drop by to say hola!

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We’ll also be dropping in over the weekend to see our great friends and supporters Dandy Events at their inspirational showroom event on the Scotswood Road.  This is just a stone’s throw from the Metro Arena, so if you are popping into that show, give your groom some sugar and make sure to visit Denise and her team too.

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So, I’m off to pack the car with goodies and quite a lot of pink…  if you are travelling this weekend too, be safe on the roads, and I’ll see you soon!  And after you’ve walked and sample collected yourself into a stupor, make sure to check back here for this weekend’s pretty posts…

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Un-vintage Vintage: A Real Wedding In The North East – Carolyn & Jon

January 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Happy New Year! 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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Starting 2013 off feeling fresh, introducing Brides Up North reader Carolyn’s fabulous unvintage vintage (you’ll see) Real Wedding, with images from the lovely Karen McGowran and a super cool urban location.

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Carolyn says:  We sort of skipped the engagement part and just decided to book our wedding!  We got married on 9th May 2012 at As You Like It, Jesmond.  We wanted somewhere a bit different from the norm. Somewhere a little cool and quirky! As You Like It has all that and because it is just outside the city centre it was handy for all of our guests.

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We didn’t really have a theme. Although I love the vintage look, it seemed like it had been done before and I wanted to be different. I worked together with Charlotte from Simply Bows and Chair Covers to come up with something that would fit in with our colours of Navy and Pink. We had sweeties on each table which added a bit of fun

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I went for a Maggie Sottero, satin a-line dress with beaded shoulder straps from Wedding Essentials on Dean Street. I went there because I knew they stocked the dress I had my heart set on but when I tried it on I was so disappointed! It didn’t suit me at all and my Mam and bridesmaids agreed. The assistant asked me to try on one of her recommendations and I instantly felt like a bride. The dress, although not something I would have picked myself, was classically beautiful and it suited my shape perfectly. My advice to any bride would be have an open mind when you go looking for ‘the dress’ because you could miss the right one by just looking at it on the hanger!

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My bridesmaids wore midnight blue chiffon maxi dresses from Coast. I bought them chunky necklaces to wear with them and their beaded Accessorize bags.

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Nick at nd make up artists did mine and the bridesmaids make up. She is a friend of mine and I would recommend her to anyone.

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Myself and the bridesmaids got ready at Jesmond Dene House where I had stayed the night before. A BMW and a Jaguar I booked through Grosvenor cars picked us up from there to take us the short distance to As You Like It.

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Wendy Reed at By Wendy supplied our Wishing Tree which we had instead of a guest book. It looked beautiful lit up with it’s fairy lights.

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I went along to a wedding fair at As You Like It the week before the wedding. Although I was convinced I had everything I needed I just couldn’t help myself! It was there that I met Annette from White Flight Moments and fell in love with the idea of having a dove release after our ceremony. The doves were next to us while we said our vows so the guests could see them and afterwards we set them free as our guests watched on. The release of the doves symbolises the start of your married life together and we loved the fact that we were the first to have one at As You Like It.

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There were so many great parts of the day! I remember sitting outside on the terrace having a breather with my new husband and looking through the window at our friends and family having a ball! We smiled knowing that we had put the day together ourselves and it was EXACTLY how we had hoped it would be.

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Karen McGowran was our photographer and she was AMAZING! I have recommended her to lots of others since the wedding.

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We had a three tier sponge cake which was made by a friend. After looking through lots of magazines we picked something quite simple which fitted perfectly with everything else.  We also chose lots of fun sweety favours!

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We had a DJ in the evening who played our favourite songs from a playlist I had put together. It seemed to go down a treat with our friends!

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The fun didn’t stop after the wedding! We went to Las Vegas for 5 nights and Riviera Maya in Mexico for 10 nights. Loved it!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to read wedding magazines and wedding blogs to help you with ideas. If you think of something in your head that you want, Google it. The chances are someone, somewhere will be able to help you with it. Enjoy the organising, it’s your day you can have it just the way you want it.

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Congratulations Carolyn & Jon!

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Would you like to share your Real Wedding memories with Brides Up North?  Contact me today. 

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