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the cool kids. donna lee for a stylish and quirky wedding at Rowton Hall Hotel – jai & mish

March 6th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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When we received the details of Jai and Mish’s big day I had to double take the time frame between their engagement and wedding date – three months, surely it’s an error. But the error was mine, for this incredibly organised couple planned their fabulous big day in just 12 weeks. Here Jai and Mish prove that keeping things simple can sometimes work best.

We love Mish’s cool wedding day look and the men keep their style stakes high too with their burgundy and navy suits and patterned paisley shirts.

Fashion fans might want to take note.

With images by Pixies in the Cellar.

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mish says: We got engaged 1st November 2013 in Edinburgh and set the date for 25th January 2014.

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Rowton Hall Hotel in Chester was our chosen venue for both the ceremony and reception. We wanted somewhere we could hire on an exclusive use basis. We booked the whole hotel including all 37 bedrooms so that family and friends could stay all weekend with us.

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Rustic woodland was the theme we picked. Jai made all of the table centre log candles, the wooden bench that we asked guests to sign and the wooden box for guests to put cards in.

We didn’t have a colour scheme as such but chose a palette of creams, lilacs, and browns.

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My dress was by Donna Lee, a British designer and the style was called Pansy. I wore a handmade veil that I made myself and a necklace that my mum had made by Simon at Fraser Bell jewellers in West Kirby, Wirral, using stones from my great grandmother’s and my mother’s engagement rings.

Simon also made all of our rings, including my engagement ring.

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Jai wore a burgundy blazer and paisley shirt from Burtons and navy suit trousers, as did the best man.

The bridesmaids wore dresses from Ted Baker and the groomsmen wore navy slim fit suits from Moss Bros which we bought so that the boys could keep them.

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There were several special touches to our day which were contributed by different people. I travelled in my dad’s yellow 1973 Ford Capri. It rained on the way to the wedding and a windscreen wiper fell off but my dad luckily had a spare in the boot! Our wedding cake was made by Jai’s mum – it was a three-tier rice crispy toffee cake, his grandmother’s recipe. She isn’t with us anymore so this was a nice way to remember his grandmother.

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We gave Kinder Eggs for favours and as a little extra for our guests we also made goody bags to go in each of the hotel rooms, which included paracetamol and some crisps and juice!

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For my flowers I had a round vintage arrangement and the bridesmaids had smaller versions. The flowers were from Cocoa Flowers in Chester.

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We used a DJ from Event Services Direct to provide the evening entertainment.

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Having the photographs taken in the evening with the sparklers was definitely one of our favourite parts of the day. It was great fun because we told our friends about our engagement on bonfire night.

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For our honeymoon we went to Sri Lanka on a private tour around the country and then a stop off for two nights in Dubai for a bit of shopping.

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My top tip to other brides up north would be that it doesn’t have to take years to plan a wedding, we organised everything in three months, just keep it simple. Making a lot of the details ourselves kept everything within budget and gave our wedding a personal touch.

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free entry to the North West Wedding Fair with brides up north (you are welcome!)

February 18th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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I’m really excited to be reprising my role as “Official Blogger” for The North West Wedding Fair this spring.

This isn’t just a sponsored “I’m really excited” either, I genuinely love this gig. Whilst our own events are bespoke, exclusive (and perfectly formed… are they in your diaries yet !?), The North West Wedding Fair is the largest premium show for brides from the North West and I love that every one of their Exhibitors and Partners are dedicated to serving the North West region. Isn’t that what Brides Up North encourages: thinking local?

And, whilst I can’t wait to see as many as possible of you at our own events this season, I wouldn’t want my North West readers to miss out on the biggest juggernaut of a bridal event to come your way this spring either.  There’s plenty of room in the diary for us both and what better way to get my brand in front of thousands more Brides Up North and fuel this Northern Revolution even further?

Plus, it was loads of fun last year.  And I like having fun.

The North West Wedding Fair is taking place at EventCity, Manchester on 6th – 8th March 2015. Visit the website for more details. Brides Up North can save 1/3 off gold and standard tickets by entering exclusive discount code MK82 at checkout.

And guess what?!  I’ve got a handful of FREE passes for two up my sleeves, and I’ll be giving those golden tickets away to the first 150 brides through the door at our own Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Hilltop Country House on Sunday 1st March 2015.  Bonus! Be there…

^^^And yes, that is me nervously introducing the showreel above! (dies) ^^^

Our position as one of the top wedding blogs in the UK – and the only one specifically for Northern Brides – is extremely valuable, so alliances like this one need to be right for us. It is Mercury Events’ excellent reputation in the market that gave me the confidence to join up with The North West Wedding Fair in 2014, and I‘m happy to report that it was the start of a beautiful friendship.

As well as hosting my own features over on the show’s official blog, I’ll also be on site on the Friday evening at the event, tweeting, facebooking and instagramming like mad (from a front row seat on their designer catwalk no less), trying to meet as many of you lovely brides to be as possible and also putting my judging hat on to award the “best in show” exhibitor prize.

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Joining me this autumn will be 180 of the most trusted suppliers from Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire and Liverpool. The best boutiques in the North West will be on hand to help you find the best type and fit of dress for you and your whole wedding party. 

Ideas for every aspect of your wedding will be on tap all weekend, with stunning Catwalk Shows, The Essential Bridalwear Collection, Vintage Village, Live Entertainment Stage, Inspired Bakes Showcase, free Tasting Sessions and so much more.

Treat yourself and visit the Fair in style, GOLD tickets include a reserved priority seat at the popular Catwalk Shows and a glass of bubbly from the Champagne Bar.

I can’t wait.

Louise Bjorling wedding photography

Louise Bjorling wedding photography

Louise Bjorling wedding photography

Louise Bjorling wedding photography

Visit their website for more details. Remember – Brides Up North can save 1/3 off gold and standard ticket prices by entering exclusive discount code MK82 at checkout, or we’ll see you for those free tickets at our Hilltop Country House event!

Standard Adult tickets £15 each (£10 with 1/3 off). Standard GOLD  tickets £30 each (£20 with 1/3 off). Booking fees apply. These offers close at midnight on 5th March 2015.

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glamour amour. a classically beautiful wedding at colshaw hall – naomi & tom

January 26th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North reader Naomi’s wedding to her new husband Tom was a super glamorous affair. From her bespoke headpiece to his classic black tie, everything about their big day has that classic twinkle.

Just what we need to pep up the spirits on a dull January Monday morning.  Bring on the sparkle..!

Images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.

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Naomi says: We had booked a holiday along with my family to travel to Varadero in Cuba in August 2011. On the 4th August 2011 we hired a beautiful boat for a day of deep sea fishing in the Caribbean sea. I remember my family acting very strange and looking back I remember Tom was not being himself. He asked me to sit down and opened this box which somehow he had secretly bought with him and asked me to marry him. Best day ever!

We set our date for Friday 12th December 2014 back in October 2013. Tom and I had always loved the idea of a winter wedding, with the sound of open fires crackling, crisp frosty mornings and the ambience that time of year brings. We also wanted to tie our wedding in with our honeymoon in Thailand, where we are very lucky to have Tom’s relatives living in Chiang Mai.

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We got married at Colshaw Hall, Cheshire. We looked at only a few of venues before we came across Colshaw Hall. When we arrived at the venue and met the team we knew it was the place for us, it was perfect. The team were so helpful and welcoming and above all the venue was absolutely beautiful. Nothing was ever too much for the David, Georgie and the team!

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As the wedding was planned for the winter we knew the ideas/themes of what we wanted from the beginning. The idea of the winter wonderland worked perfectly not only with the venue but with the time of year we had chosen. We both love candles and this was one thing we wanted lots of!

We went for a crisp white and a dove grey colour scheme for the wedding. Since I was a little girl I had always dreamed of a white wedding and Tom chose the grey which worked out to be the perfect match.

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My dress was a fishtail Alexia Bridal design in ivory from J&J Designs in Newcastle Under-Lyme. I had tried on many types of styles from a range of designers but I was really struggling in finding the perfect dress for me.  It was only by chance we drove past this wonderful bridal shop to find my perfect dress was there! They had a designer weekend so were only stocking this designer.

The makeup and hair was done by Jodie A Smith. I met Jodie back in July for my trial and she knew what I wanted before even I did. I completed trusted her instinct for the day even with last minute idea’s I had thought of. She made me feel like a princess. I need Jodie on speed dial!

I had my hair pieces made by the very talented Ann McKavney at Eleventh Heaven. Ann was fantastic at helping me design not only my hair pieces by also the bridesmaids.

I carried a handtied bouquet of white avalanche roses with a crystal detail which was provided by Springbank Flowers.

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Tom wore a dinner suit which we hired from L&J Formal Hire. Tom wanted something slightly different and as soon as we saw the evening suits he had made his mind up. He wanted to look different from his groomsmen so he chose to wear braces. The idea worked great with our theme and of course the venue. I think we both felt like we should have been on a red carpet!

The bridesmaids wore a Jordan Fashions dress which was a floor length dove grey dress with an ivory lace bodice. This was ordered directly at missesdressy.com. The company based in New York were fantastic in both the regular contact and ensuring the dresses arrived in the UK on time. The groomsmen wore the same dinner suit from L & J Formal Hire, the only difference was they didn’t have the braces.

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The best part of the day for us was when we saw each other at the ceremony. Seeing everything come together and knowing we were going to become husband and wife was the best feeling in the world.

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Our photographer was James Tracey. I first spoke to James towards the end of 2013 and after our first skype conversation I knew he was perfect for us. I felt like I already knew him. We finally met James in August 2014 for our Engagement shoot which was also at the venue. He made both myself and Tom feel so comfortable in front of the camera, and the pictures turned out amazing.

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Springbank provided all the decorations and flowers for the day. For the wedding we had 42 guests so we wanted the room to have an intimate feel to it so we chose to have a u-shaped table. The top table had a water trough which was dressed with floating candles, petal heads and to the side’s candles, snow and white branches. The other tables were dressed with mirrored runners which were then dressed with a winter theme.

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For our favours, we provided handmade soaps by Ceri at Oakwood Soaperie. We had both a girl’s soap which was Jasmine and boy’s soap which was tea tree. Ceri beautifully wrapped the soaps in line with our theme. The boys wrapped in a grey paper and the girls in pearlised ivory paper.

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Barretts Caterers provided the wonderful food for our wedding. We chose a spicy butternut squash soup for starters and breast of chicken in a brandy and shallot sauce for our mains. For our desserts we decided on something a little different as whenever me and Tom choose a dessert we always choose something different so we can share. We incorporated this into our wedding day. For girls we choose a sticky toffee pudding and for the boys a mixed fruit crumble.

We chose our cake from Marks and Spencer and Springbank dressed the cake and the cake table for us. We decided to go with a four tier cake consisting of fruit, lemon sponge and a jam sponge.

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We decided to use The Word is Love to provide light up N & T Letters for our wedding. They looked amazing and provided us with some fantastic photographs. Ollie and Suzy helped us to decide where they would look best and have the best impact.

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Wedding Stationery was provided by Louise at I Do Designs. Louise sent us a sample of her work which we fell in love with, and she was so helpful even up to a couple of days before the wedding in making last minute changes.

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We chose Grant Niblett from Nocturnal Revolution to DJ for our evening. We met Grant before the day to discuss our music tastes and he made sure everything went to plan for us.

Our evening Sweetie Table was provided by Tess at Sweets and Feathers. Tess designed the cart to suit in with our colours and theme and everyone commented on how professional Tess and her team were on the evening. Tom and I will be looking at every opportunity to taste these lovely sweets again.

 

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I would completely recommend Colshaw Hall to any couple who are looking for a unique and beautiful wedding venue. The team are fantastic and when you meet them you feel like a friend and not just a number.

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We spend three weeks in Thailand for our honeymoon. Starting off for 5 nights in Krabi in the south and working our way to Chiang Mai in the North. We are very lucky that Tom has much of his family in Thailand so we ensured they got to celebrate the wedding by having a blessing there. It was a fantastic day and a wonderful experience. Some of the activities in Thailand were once in a lifetime experience, and we are grateful to have made those memories as husband and wife.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is when it comes to your special day, take a few moments away from your guests as husband and wife and take in everything that is going on around you. From family and friends having a fantastic time to looking at how all your hard work has paid off. The day goes by far too quickly.

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sublime. maggie sottero for a stylish, intimate wedding at northcote manor – lizzy & james

January 7th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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When I try to find the words to introduce this wedding, I’m stalled.

Because, oh my god that dress.

That dress. 

Ok, so the romantic blousy roses, the chic venue, the super cool milk float ride home and the sparkly Choos are all something else, but kudos to you Lizzy, I think we have a contender for my favourite gown of all time.  Those blush ruffles blow my mind.

With beautiful, atmospheric images from Brides Up North Sponsor, Fairclough Photography, I think I better let Lizzie do the talking…

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lizzie says: We got engaged on 2nd April 2012 on my 29th Birthday. We went out for a meal at the Michelin starred Sharrow Bay in the Lake District, then went for a short walk when James proposed by the lake.

Our wedding date was 2nd August 2014.

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We got married at St Anne’s Church, Woodplumpton which is a beautiful old church near my family home. Our reception was at Northcote Manor in Langho. The food was and is out of this world.

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The theme for our wedding was ‘intimate and romantic’. We picked this because we were busy planning on building our first home at the time so we wanted an smaller wedding and a romantic style matched my dress perfectly.

Our wedding colour scheme was blush pink, ivory and gold to match my wedding dress.

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I wore a Maggie Sottero blush pink fishtail wedding dress from Marrime in Kendal with Jimmy Choo Abel shoes and a Jimmy Choo bag.

I added a long chapel length blush pink veil covered with Swarovski crystals and a garter made by Keli Thompson.

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James wore a white shirt, bow tie and navy blue trousers from Hugo Boss, grey shoes from Reiss and a pink jacket from Zara.

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My two bridesmaids wore ivory Evadine maxi dresses from Coast and the best man and usher wore a white shirt, stone blazer, navy trousers and grey loafers all from Zara.

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We travelled to the church and the venue in a stunning ivory vintage Rolls Royce from Leacars. We travelled from the church to my parent’s home in my great granddad’s 200 year old milk float!

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My bouquet was blush pink and ivory roses provided from Ashton Flower Shop, a local florist.

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Our photographer was Fairclough Photography from Lytham.

Well what can I say…we met these two in a pub for a chat and fell love with their passion, ideas, creativity and individual style. Plus there’s two of them so they managed to perfectly capture every special moment and detail of our wedding day. Since our wedding several of our family and friends have booked them but we had them first!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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After the church, we had champagne waiting for everyone at the Wheatsheaf Pub opposite the church.

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We carried the roses from my bouquet on into our reception decor. Each larger table at the reception had a sphere of blush pink and ivory roses to match my bouquet, and each sat on top of a tall clear vase. Hurricane candles were also used for decoration on the tables.

The favours were blush pink macaroons.

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The cake was a three tier confection: the bottom tier chocolate, middle tier vanilla and the top tier fruit. It was blush pink and ivory and decorated with three large edible roses. It was from Ava Rose Cakes in Lytham.

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For our evening entertainment, we had our friend’s band, Sold To The Sky. We are good friends with one of the members of the band.

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For our honeymoon we went to Kuredu Resort in the Maldives. Complete relaxation – wining and dining on the beach and swimming with sharks! Luckily we got upgraded on the Emirates flight on the way home. A perfect ending!

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Our top tip for other Brides Up North would be to come up with a theme based around your own individual style.

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big love. a retro styled shoot at The Midland, Morecambe

December 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Unless you just got engaged, like, yesterday (and hey, if you did, congratulations – you are in the right place!) then you might have caught onto the trend for spelling out your love in lights. One supplier who has that service nailed over in the North West is the lovely Megan of Typical Type, who shares this pretty, retro styled shoot with us here on the wedding blog today.

big love people. big love.

With images by Tiree Dawson Photography.

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megan says: The premise behind the shoot was the idea that, as suppliers, we are starting to see women styling their hen do’s along the same lines as their weddings.  We have also noticed that hen do’s are no longer all about wild nights out, women are choosing quality time with their girlfriends and family.  We feel this is really reflected in Tiree’s photographs.

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We decided to use The Midland Hotel, Morecambe, which is an iconic 1930′s hotel as we knew it has lots of amazing areas for us to photograph in. However, instead of sticking with the glamorous 1930′s we decided on more of a fun and flirty 1950′s influenced theme.

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We asked the best suppliers around to come on board and they did.  We invited a stunning mother and daughter combo to model, who along with beautiful Hannah, really made the photos come alive.  And so, one hair dresser, one make up artist, three models, one bridal shop, a florist, an ice-cream tricycle and a macaroon supplier later what had initally started life as a mini shoot had blossomed into something a bit more special!

And the rest, they say, is history.

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We hope Brides Up North love our work – as you will see, we are all proud Northern Birds!

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