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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Wish You Were Here! A Real Vintage Travel Christmas Wedding In The North West – Carlene & Adam

December 25th, 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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Carlene & Adam chose a vintage travel theme for their winter wedding in the North West, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Phil Drinkwater Photography and North West Wedding Planner Caroline Hale of Pomp & Ceremony.

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Caroline of Pomp & Ceremony explains: Carlene and Adam were married at Thornton Manor on 18 December 2011 with a fabulous vintage travel theme. The wedding ceremony was held at 4pm in the dining room followed by a reception in the stunning music room.

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Prior to the ceremony, guests were welcomed to the main hall for mulled wine and mince pies.  The couple met working in Singapore, where they still live today, and wanted to incorporate their love of travel in the theme of the wedding. Carlene is originally from the Wirral where many of her family still live today so wanted to return for her big day. We (Pomp & Ceremony Planning) were on hand via email and Skype to make it happen on the UK side.

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The bride wore a stunning short dress  (The dress was designed by the bride and made by Renee L in Singapore). teamed with navy Louboutin shoes and the groom sported a bow tie as part of his ensemble. There were no bridesmaids. groomsmen wore stylish silk pocket handkerchiefs instead of button holes which fitted with the vintage theme. Carlene carried a rose bouquet provided by The Olive Tree florists.

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In place of reception flowers there were centrepieces of vintage cameras, postcards, stamps, statues, map hearts and stacks of vintage books tied up with ribbon. All items were sourced from charity shops, vintage shops and trusty Ebay and Etsy. There were also stacks of vintage suitcases dotted around the room, a large display map with vintage flag pins showing a selection of places the bride and groom had been, postcard garlands, travel posters and each table had its own passport menu. Navy paper poms were used for ceremony chair decorations.

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Boarding cards were used instead of a formal table plan and took guests to their destination, all tables were named after countries that Carlene and Adam have visited together. Once at the table luggage tags at the back of each chair directed the guests to their seat.

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The guest book was replaced with postcards from around the world deposited in a vintage vanity case.

Favours were pots of jam with ‘Spread the Love’ printed on and vintage style ribbon tied around the neck. There was also a sweetie table and kitsch kissing booth sign with a basket filled with mistletoe.

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The cake was provided by Jennifer O’Neill Cakes in Thornton Hough.  The cake was 3 tiers in French Vanilla  with Champagne, Strawberry and Buttercream, simple icing with piped dots simple ribbon and a vintage couple atop. There was also a sweetie table provided by Tamaryn’s Treasures fitting the vintage and navy theme, plus destination inspired cocktails served by Vibrant Bars. Anne Wilson Cordon Bleu catered the wedding with a seasonal winter warming menu.

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Entertainment was supplied by Big Entertainment with Wayne Allen doing a live Motown set followed by DJ Ian Haskell.

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Photographer – Phil Drinkwater Photography

Assistant Photographer – Tim Johnson

Wedding Planner – Caroline Hale at Pomp & Ceremony

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Pretty Vintage: A Real Wedding In The North West – Nisha & Duncan

October 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Morning campers!  Let’s finish this week the way we mean to start the next: beautifully.  Today’s Real Wedding is an absolute licketty-split, with a cherry on top corker!

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With images by CG Weddings, I love how Nisha and Duncan’s choice of soft, sugary ice cream tones and hand made decorations prettify and personalise their stunning stately home venue.  With a ten year engagement, this couple had certainly had plenty of time to plan – and taking their time paid off. 

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Nisha says:  We got engaged in North Wales in June 2002 and were married on August 10th 2012 at Thornton Manor, Cheshire, which we chose for beautiful grand romantic setting.

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We went for a pretty vintage theme with pastel ice cream tones. 

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I chose a dress called Eden by Ian Stuart, accessories by Glitzy Secrets and carried a bouquet of sweet avalanche roses, Cezanne roses, apricot sweet avalanche roses and amnesia roses by Earth Flowers. There was lace entwined between the flowers.

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My bridesmaids wore pretty Grecian one shoulder pastel pink dresses and the groomsmen wore matching three piece suits from Moss Bros. 

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Our registrar is a close friend of Duncan’s family, which was lovely on the day and the service was really personal.

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We had a  four tier Victoria sponge cake from Marks and Spencer. We also had two lots of cupcakes – vanilla and strawberry both with edible glitter sprinkled on top! They were also from M&S

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I made all my favours, place settings, table plans and used bird cages and wired pastel roses. I also made my confetti cones, windmills and bunting to decorate the venue. 

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We had a close friend play the grand piano for our ceremony and another close friend did the evening as a DJ.

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I can’t pick a favourite part of the day, the whole thing felt like a fairy tale and went so fast. I suppose the few moments Duncan and I had together alone during the day were lovely. There was one point we ran off into the gardens to be alone after the ceremony and it was perfect.

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After the wedding we had a mini moon to Barcelona and are currently planning our honeymoon to Vietnam. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take a step back and take it all in because when I was told it would go quickly by others, I didn’t believe it until the day was over. Now I look back and wish I could have slowed everything down!

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Congratulations Nisha & Duncan!

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Contact me to see your own Real Wedding featured here on Brides Up North. 

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Castles & Pearls! A Real Wedding In The North West – Jennifer & Mike

September 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Jennifer and Mike’s Real Wedding at the stunning Peckforton Castle makes for the perfect Sunday brunch eye-candy.  Put your feet up and enjoy!

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Jennifer says:  We got engaged at home in Little Sutton on Christmas Eve 2010 and were married at Peckforton Castle on March 3rd 2012. 

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I always wanted to get married in a castle and nowhere else locally comes close to Peckforton – it was the obvious choice.

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Our colour choices were white, ivory and pink.

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I wore a Ronald Joyce (Ladonna) princess dress with a diamante and pearl encrusted bodice and tulle skirt from Bespoke Brides, Mollington, Chester and carried a large bouquet of ivory avalanche roses with small amount of diamanté in the centre of each rose from Black Cat Floral Design in Chester (who did all our flowers). 

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My bridesmaids wore blush Dessy bridesmaid dresses which were long to the floor, again by Bespoke Brides in Mollington, Chester. 

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My favourite part of the day was our civil ceremony and blessing in the chapel afterwards, it was so special.

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We arranged a collage of photos of us in a vintage frame next to our cards postbox and guest book.  Our chair covers and details were by Elegant Finishing Touches, Oswestry.

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We chose a four round tiers wedding cake in ivory icing with individual iced pearl detailing from
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We placed photos of our parents on their wedding day in vintage frames next to wedding cake and later served a cake of cheese as a late evening snack in the Castle’s wine cellar after our evening reception.

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After the wedding breakfast we opted for a DJ and evening lighting by Hipswing Entertainments.  

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After the wedding we had a city break honeymoon in Hong Kong and then on to the Maldives to relax.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make sure you take a moment during the day to stop and take it all in together.

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Vintage Wedding North West Dream Venue: The Bowdon Rooms

August 16th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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If you are looking for a North West wedding venue with an old school, true vintage feel, whilst retaining excellent facilities, great catering and a stunning level of customer service, then I think I might well have found it for you.

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The elegance of Brides Up North Featured Supplier and vintage wedding dream venue The Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire makes this a must visit on your venue checklist.

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Take a moment to run the video below to get a real feel for this lovely old place, and enjoy the music whilst you read on.  I wrote this entire post with the soundtrack on repeat, and am feeling very ready for a sherry brandy and a turn about the dance floor right now.   

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Pity it’s beans on toast in front of the telly for tea.  I can but dream. 

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Where is The Bowdon Rooms located?

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The Bowdon Rooms is in the leafy village of Bowdon, which is just one mile from Altrincham, South Manchester/North Cheshire. 

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Tell Brides Up North about your venue, what facilities does it have?

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The Bowdon Rooms is a beautiful vintage period building dating from 1905, and is suitable to hold balls and weddings in any style form the 1920′s to 1950′s. The main ballroom has a fully sprung maple dance floor and towering above you are two beautiful chandeliers.

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It really is a step back in time to an era of glamour and elegance. A main stage holds and 18 piece dance band, with a full PA and lighting system, the venue is fully licenced with high quality kitchens and award winning chefs on site.

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The main ballroom can seat 230 guests, and the more intimate lounge can seat 80 guests.  The Bowdon Rooms is fully licensed for civil ceremonies. 

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What makes The Bowdon Rooms a special wedding venue and sets you apart from others?

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The Bowdon Rooms is an elegant building with beautiful period features, balustrades, a balcony, mezzanines and its chandeliers. Restored by its present owners it has been conducting weddings and parties for over 100 years. It is the current team that makes the venue so special, mature, talented and dedicated to making your day so special.

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How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?

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Having worked in Bowdon for over 10 years the present team know to bring the best out of the building in a way that meets your exacting criteria. We only do one wedding at a time, so we are dedicated to making your day just as special as you deserve. We are experienced in planning, sourcing and delivering, we just will not let you down, and we know you will come to trust us.

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Can you recommend any accommodation for guests to stay over nearby?

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There are some great places to stay nearby to the venue.  Why not try the Mercure Altrincham Bowdon Hotel, the Cresta Court Hotel or the Marriott Hale Barns

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Tell us about your menus and wines?

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All of our menus are tailored to our brides’ individual requirements. You can sit down with the chefs and discuss exactly what will suit you and your guests, they have worked all over the world and we have accommodated every request ever thrown at us!

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From traditional, to international, from hog roasts to sumptuous buffets, we do them all. We have an extensive wine list, we can match your wines to your menus as well as working with you for some lovely welcome drinks, such as fizz, cocktails or fruit punch.

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Any really memorable weddings at the venue?

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We have memorable weddings every week of course, but one of our most entertaining was Debbie and Peter in May 2009. Debbie is a professional dancer so her and Peter had worked out a fantastic rock and roll dance for their 1950′s wedding, just beautiful. Also, some teachers present got everybody up for an impromptu lesson, it ended up like West Side story, but with girls versus guys.

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To hire this beautiful ballroom is only £1,200, and our menus start from £30.00 per head.

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Where can we get more information/ contact the venue?

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Please visit www.thebowdonroms.co.uk or call Karen or Suzanne on 0161 926 8992

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The Secret’s Out! Introducing: Fifth Floor Manchester

May 31st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Afternoon all! Looking forward to the long weekend yet?  Yeah, me too! 

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I’ve got a whole host of jubilee celebration shoots lined up for you over the next few days, so keep on dropping by to join the flag waving here at Brides Up North.

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Getting things off to a fabulous start, a blog post that I have been so excited to share with you, as Brides Up North exclusively reveals the first images from the cool new Manchester wedding venue that the whole of Twitter is buzzing about:  Fifth Floor Manchester

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I’m thrilled to be working with the team at this different and exciting new venue, and although the location is not quite ready to be revealed until the official launch (more news soon!) all systems are go for a series of very special events this year, that I am proud to have been asked to support.  I shall be in attendance with my glass of Pimms, no problem about that!  

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The team at Fifth Floor Manchester say: What a busy few months we’ve had and we haven’t even launched yet. It’s been a rollercoaster ride of a secret journey that will shortly be coming to a stop and finally revealed. It’s been so hard to keep our location under wraps and who the team members are but it’s all been worth it.

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Today we unveil one of our first inspiration shoots at our wedding venue, our website and much more. How exciting! We love our venue very much and only decided to take on this huge project because of its beauty and it’s space was going to waste. It’s unique characteristics don’t give in to corporate formality because of it’s age and place in history. It’s nothing like we’ve ever seen before and it takes our breath away every time we enter the room.

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So how do we show these qualities to you without giving away our location? With the jubilee celebrations just around the corner, it seemed perfect. We stumbled upon an old Vogue “Royal Wedding” illustration and thought it was magical. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have a photo-shoot based around the Queen’s wedding day!

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We know everyone loves a bit of vintage but we wanted something a little different. We didn’t want it to have a vintage theme: we wanted it to feel like you were actually back in 1947. No televisions, no coloured newspapers – just authenticity.

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What a shock we got when we saw these glorious images! We had a wonderful team on the day of wedding suppliers. It was a long day and everyone was truly amazing!

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So we want to say thank you to all the supplier’s we’ve worked with so far to make this possible, our followers on twitter for all your support and Julia at Brides Up North of course.

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Here, finally are our beautiful pictures of our new wedding venue at Fifth Floor Manchester.

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Venue: Fifth Floor Manchester

Photography: Mick Cookson, Lorna Roberts Photography and Chris Mee as tagged

Caterer: Moss House Farm

Venue Dresser: Simply Bows Lancs

Stationary: Doodle Love

Florist: Red Floral Architecture 

Wool Accessories: Knitella

Make Up Artists: Bethany Jane Davies, Natalie Roberts Steel and Maria Santoro

Cakes and pom poms: Lily Bud Cupcakes 

Bridal Dress and Accessories: Charlotte Balbier and Amanda Wyatt 

Car: Horgans Cars

Guest dresses: Pop Boutique

Our wonderful models: Chris, Craig, Rachael, Joanne, Laura, Helen, Hayley, Miranda.

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Playing At Princesses! A Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot In The North West

May 14th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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When Brides Up North Featured Supplier Andrea of Fabulous Day asked me if I would consider featuring a beautiful two part wedding inspiration shoot that she coordinated at the gorgeous Chirk Castle, I didn’t need asking twice.  Let’s get this week off to a stunning start with part one of this talented team’s efforts.

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Andrea of Fabulous Day takes us behind the scenes: The idea for my very first photo shoot was formed after visiting a big bridal fair in the North West earlier this year and talking to like-minded suppliers. I had been involved with Chirk Castle for a few months and had not long been given the go ahead to hold marquee weddings in their grounds. I really wanted to share this stunning National Trust venue with as many people as possible – it was too beautiful to be kept a secret. A photo shoot seemed the best way to showcase it!

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My first call was to Caroline White Photography – a fab photographer I have worked with on a number of weddings and I knew she would be prefect for capturing all aspects of Chirk.

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When I took her up to visit for the first time we really couldn’t have chosen a worse Winter’s day – heavy rain, low cloud – totally miserable –but even in these grim conditions Caroline was gasping at the beauty of the place. So there we were soaked through excitedly talking about the ideas we had to create a magical shoot!

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Then it was time to hit the phones and talk to people we wanted to work with, I knew the lovely Sara and Tony from Brides Up North Featured Supplier Marry Me Films and they agreed to shoot a ‘behind the scenes’ type video for us.

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Of course you always need a dress, so Caroline and I went to see Wendy at Boda Bridal, we both fell in love with the Danbury Dress by Enzoani (Benjamin Roberts) – it was perfect for what we were looking for on the first part of the shoot! Wendy also kindly agreed to supply a Cameron Ross suit and then she even came along and helped on the day. She also suggested I speak to Gail from Rocks for Frocks to get some great pieces for the model’s hair.  Gail then helped me out further by finding our model Megan.

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One of my brides this year is the very talented Cheryl from Pink Sherbet Designs, so I didn’t have far to look for gorgeous invitations and bespoke stationery to complement the ideas that we were forming.

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Through Cheryl I got to know Helen from Cupcake Revolution and wow did she have fun creating the most exquisite cakes for us – it was shame to eat them at the end of the shoot (but we managed it!).

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For the first part of the shoot Caroline involved Wendy from Flying the Knot – who had two beautiful owls and as the Castle has a Hawk House, it felt only right that we had Angel and Spirit involved and they certainly added an extra dimension to the day –I loved the idea of the owl delivering a love letter!

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David from Frog Flowers providing all the gorgeous flowers for the shoot and Rupert from the Fine Dining Company (one of the preferred caterers at Chirk) also provided us with some delicious fancies to complement the cupcakes.

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To do the hair and make up we had a wonderful makeup artist – Liz Griffiths who was happy to create the look we wanted – quite natural and girly but with a bit of glamour.

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Caroline and I worked very closely in developing the look and feel for the shoot, we had decided to do two on the day, and in the first one we wanted to create a modern princess getting married at her Castle.  We really wanted to showcase the grounds and the beautiful backdrops that Chirk has to offer, as well as the amazing architecture in the Courtyard –we were truly spoilt for choice.

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The Hawk House would be where we would do the detail shots and we loved the Union Jack theme, which is so hot just now.  It also echoed the prince and princess feel we were going for, so we had a lot of fun looking for items for that!

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As this was mainly an outdoor shoot, we were all obsessing about the weather and on the day we were very, very lucky as we escaped the rain! Both Megan and our male model Ashley did a great job of not showing just how cold they were!

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That’s not to say the day wasn’t without incident – we had lost one of our models just a couple of days before, but a few calls sorted that out and our make up artist had a car crash 24 hours before, but bless her was ok to carry on!  On the morning of the shoot I got a call from the caterer to say his head chef had dislocated his shoulder and was it ok if he changed the items he brought? Of course! All things to keep you on your toes – a bit like a wedding really – but other than that it all went pretty much to plan and to time.

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We are all delighted to share these images with you and I want to say a huge thank you to the team involved, it was great fun and I have definitely got the bug! I look forward to sharing the second part of the shoot with you on Brides Up North shortly…a very different shoot!

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Photographer – Caroline White Photography 

Venue – Chirk Castle

Wedding Planner – Fabulous Day

Video – Marry Me Films

Dress/ Groom’s shoes/ Veil: Boda Bridal

Dress – Danbury from Enzoani by Benjamin Roberts

Suit – Cameron Ross

Hair and makeup – Liz Griffiths

Stationery – Pink Sherbet Designs

Cupcakes – Cupcake Revolution

Florist – Frog Flowers

Owls –Flying The Knot

Accessories – Rocks for Frocks

Canapés – Fine Dining Company

Models – Megan Howell and Ashley Lucas

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Red Is For Romance: A Real Wedding In The North West – Nicola & Tim

March 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It’s right into the Real Weddings this week as I share Nicola and Tim’s romantic big day at the gorgeous Hilltop Country House in Prestbury, Cheshire, sent to me by Lee Brown Photography

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Lee says: This is a lovely summer wedding that I shot in July. Nicola and Tim gathered with their family and friends at the stunning Hilltop Country House nestled within the picturesque Prestbury countryside.

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I spent the morning with Nicola and her family and friends shooting all their details and the busy goings on of a bride in preparation, before Tim arrived with his groomsmen. I followed them as they familiarized themselves with the house, the bar and finally found their button holes. We then had a wander around the garden and had a bit of fun at Nicolas request and at Tim’s expense.

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Their service was scheduled to be outside on the patio, however British weather being rather unpredictable, it was moved into the stunning dining room of the country house for a lovely intimate ceremony. Funnily enough, as soon as the service began, the sunlight started streaming through the windows and lit the room beautifully.

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Their service was a joy, intimate and full of love. The dining room of the main house, with standing room only, was packed with teary eyed family and friends and we got some amazing shots. The couple stood facing huge windows letting loads of light into the room illuminating everyone beautifully.

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Once the registry was signed, everyone moved out on to the patio to shower the couple with rose petals before enjoying their drinks reception.

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After dinner it was time for speeches and anyone who knows me knows that I love speeches, so I was in my element capturing the nerves, laughter, tears and all round loveliness.  We then took a step back and simply watched all the goings on of the evening, small moments between relatives, old friends and new ones.  I also took this chance to steal Nicola and Tim away again for a few more portraits before the rain intervened once again.

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This led us right up to another of my favourite moments, the first dance. Hilltop Country House has a fantastic little Boogie Room which is pitch black before the music starts and then lights up pretty spectacularly shrouding the couple in perfect light.  We finished off a fantastic day with a few more sunset portraits before I left the couple to party the night away with their family and friends.  Many Thanks to Nicola and Tim for inviting me to shoot their day, I had a wonderful time!

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Lancashire’s Red Rose – A Styled Bridal Inspiration Shoot

December 10th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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We’re heading West this afternoon on the wedding blog with a red rose inspired bridal inspiration shoot.  It seems that the famous North West rains held off long enough for this gorgeous set of images submitted by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Lee Brown Photography.

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Sitting here in my  now go-to blogging outfit of three pairs of socks, tartan pjs and a hoody with icicles dripping from my nose, those heady days of the October heat wave seem long ago!  I’ll console myself by starting next week’s advent calendar chocolates early…

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Lee explains how the shoot came together: The shoot was a collaboration with some new bridal vendors to create some stunning images for promotional use and as a bit of a pet project for us all. The shoot took place at the beginning of October which was a bit of a gamble weather wise when I first set the date, however as you can remember the mini heat wave arrived just in time and the weather was beautiful.

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The shoot was at The Old Hall Country House in the village of Madeley near Crewe. This is a fantastic venue owned by Gary and Simon White that specializes in intimate weddings and has also appeared in and won Four In a Bed on Channel 4.  Model Shelly Tickle absolutely rocked the lovely wedding dress which was supplied by my good friend Janet from Cheadle Bride and the stunning red rose bouquet was supplied by Laura from Grestys Florists.

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The venue is gorgeous, I’ve shot there previously and have several bookings for this year (New Years Eve!) and next. There are so many areas to experiment with and the shoot gave me that chance to try some new things that you don’t always have time to do on a wedding day.

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