Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows Spring 2017
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all mapped out. an elegant wedding at cubley hall – nancy & liam

January 26th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

An Elegant Wedding at Cubley Hall (c) James Shaw Photography (52)

The glorious Peak District provides the backdrop to today’s exquisite wedding.

Tying the knot in a beautiful Victorian pavilion at the stunning Cubley Hall, Nancy and Liam followed this up with a reception in the venue’s charming barn, adorned with twinkling lights, daisies and a nod or three to their love for maps and travelling.

Nancy shares all the wonderful details here from their special day…

With images by James Shaw Photography

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nancy says: We got engaged on 3 August 2014 in the Peak District. We went for a long walk and a picnic. Liam said he would take a photo of us looking out over the view and sat behind me. He then commented “that’s a good picture” – but the photo was of him, with ‘will you marry me’ on the back of his t-shirt! He then got down on one knee. It was all very romantic and I have that picture to keep forever now!

We got married on 29 May 2016 at Cubley Hall in Penistone as we wanted a date during the school holidays. I loved the venue – it boasts a stunning countryside location with a beautiful barn, and is well priced too.

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Our wedding had a map print and swallow bird theme. I love maps, travelling and swallow birds so it was the perfect combination.

We chose a pastel green colour scheme. This is my favourite colour and it has a lovely springtime, vintage feel and worked beautifully with the venue’s rustic backdrop.

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I bought my wedding dress from Lulu Mae Bridalwear – an elegant white gown with intricate lace detailing. The groomsmen’s grey suits were purchased from Next and the bridesmaids’ dresses were also from the high street, from Oasis.

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hello sunshine. mori lee for a yellow themed wedding in the north west – clare & charlie

November 3rd, 2015 | Rachel Parry

An Uplifting Wedding (c) Kate Scott Photography (42)

No matter what your current mood, today’s real wedding is utterly uplifting thanks to its summery colour scheme and the huge smiles on everybody’s faces (especially Clare and Charlie’s)!

We love the fab choice of venues, simple styling and pops of colour, which all in all make for a bright and breezy big day.

With images by Kate Scott Photography.

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clare says: We got engaged on the beach on Christmas Day in Sri Lanka. He disguised it by putting it in a larger box to try and throw me off the scent but I knew something was up when he started doing up his shoelaces on one knee!

We got married on 18th July 2015, we knew we wanted a summer wedding and that gave us 18 months to get everything sorted.

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The marriage ceremony was held at the beautiful Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park, Lancaster. I’m from Lancaster so know the building well, it is totally unique sitting on a hill looking down at the city. The park surrounding it is stunning too and has its very own Victorian butterfly house.

The reception was held at Forrest Hills, just outside Lancaster. I was so lucky to have found this venue, it is such as hidden gem; a quirky thatched building in its own little valley, surrounded by countryside and looking out onto its own private lake.

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rockin’ love. a bride in blue for a pretty wedding in the historic city of york – kimberley & adam

July 14th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

A Pretty Wedding in York (c) Carly Bevan Photography (84)

How stunning is today’s real wedding? From the bride’s cute 1950s style dress to the spring colour theme and delicate decor.

We love how nothing about Kimberley and Adam’s pretty wedding day was over styled or over thought and yet all elements come together perfectly and reflect them beautifully as a couple.

As well as the wedding looking good it sounds like it tasted good too, with a Yorkshire inspired wedding breakfast followed up by Krispy Kreme doughnuts instead of a traditional cake – now there’s one we’ve not heard before!

With images by Carly Bevan Photography.

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kimberley says: We got engaged on our ten-year anniversary, 22nd January 2014. Adam recreated our first date in York. At the time we were living Oxford and I woke up in the morning to find a letter from Adam with hotel details and train tickets to York. Once I arrived at the hotel there was another letter asking me to meet him where we met on our first date. After a few panicky moments I did finally remember.

We set the date for 28th February 2015 as we wanted to get married near to our anniversary, but also needed time to plan and save!

A Pretty Wedding in York (c) Carly Bevan Photography (8)

Grays Court York was our chosen venue and it was perfect! From the moment we walked in we knew it was the place we wanted to get married. In fact we didn’t bother to look at any other venues. Grays has a relaxed feel and everything is so beautiful! Each room has its own style, all the guest bedrooms are stunning, plus there is a fantastic garden that backs onto the city walls. We are both from York and wanted some wedding pictures near the Minster and Grays is just around the corner. Grays were also very flexible about the kind of day we wanted. Really, anything goes with them, they are more than happy to accommodate all requests.

A Pretty Wedding in York (c) Carly Bevan Photography (14)

We didn’t have a theme as such but I love 50s/60s style so I guess my dress and hair was always going to reflect that.

Our colour scheme wasn’t a conscious decision, I ended up picking a light blue wedding dress so I just wanted everything to complement that. It ended up being blues, yellows and white – very spring like!

A Pretty Wedding in York (c) Carly Bevan Photography (19)

My dress was Ella by House of Mooshki. I went shopping for a Mooshki dress with my maid of honour having seen a few online. I didn’t intend to go for a coloured dress originally, but when I tried it on (it was the first dress I tried) I loved it!

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On the wedding day Melanie from Le Keux Vintage Salon in Leeds my hair. She is a superstar! I have the flattest, thinnest hair going but I have always wanted a beehive so this was my opportunity! Everyone was blown away by my hair including me! I absolutely loved it. Melanie is so talented, I couldn’t believe she managed to do that with my hair. She also did my bridesmaids’ hair. They had a half up half down type beehive to complement by huge bouffant!

A Pretty Wedding in York (c) Carly Bevan Photography (29)

Adam wore a blue suit from Reiss and the best man and usher wore their own suits. We didn’t want it all to be too matchy matchy, and the boys were happy to wear their own suits. We had a lovely range of colours in the end – Adam in Blue, best man in grey and usher in purple.

The bridesmaid dresses were from Oasis. They were cream with gemstone details around the neck – they both looked amazing!

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Our photographer was Carly Bevan – she is wonderful! Carly was an absolute star all day and before the wedding. She even helped me get a timetable sorted! On the day it was like having a friend around taking pictures, she was so kind and helpful, she went above and beyond what we would have ever expected from photographer. And of course the most important thing, her photos are stunning! We were totally blown away by how lovely all our wedding pictures are. Cannot recommend her highly enough!

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My bouquet was a mixture of gypsophila and daisies. The bridesmaids had the same but with larger daises. The flowers were created by Ello Flower, based in York just around the corner from Grays.

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I wanted a very relaxed feel to the floral decorations, so we went for a mixture of gypsophila, daises and daffodils. We didn’t really need many decorations as the venue is beautiful as it is. I did make lots of bunting and pomp oms though!

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As Adam and I are both big rock music fans so we decided to give favours of rock sweets with wedding themed wording on and we made little card match books printed with ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ to put them in.

A Pretty Wedding in York (c) Carly Bevan Photography (82)

We decided we didn’t want a traditional cake. I’m not the biggest cake fan (I know, I’m odd) and we wanted something a bit more personal to us. However, we are both partial to a Krispy Kreme doughnut so we went with that. I made cakes stands from old vinyl records and we filled them with doughnuts. The idea confused a few people but once they saw it they loved it!

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The wedding breakfast meanwhile was Yorkshire based! We chose a mini Yorkshire ploughman’s to start, roast beef and Yorkshire puddings for the main and sticky toffee pudding for dessert.

A Pretty Wedding in York (c) Carly Bevan Photography (100)

Being big rock music fans, we decided to do our own music for the wedding entertainment. Adam spent hours compiling a wedding playlist on his iPod which we plugged it into a large speaker. We had a mixture of swing, 50s/60s jukebox type music and of course rock!

A Pretty Wedding in York (c) Carly Bevan Photography (97)

As a special touch our invitations were made from old vinyl records. We love music and regularly go to festivals and we met when we were working at HMV (and studying) so it seemed quite fitting. My maid of honour spent a weekend helping me cut and stick everything together. We also made the name place settings look like gig tickets.

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We would definitely recommend our venue to other couples. Not only is the venue stunning, but Rhiannon, the events manager at Grays Court, was fantastic. She helped us organise everything and on the day waited hand and foot on me and my bridesmaids! They also don’t prescribe things like numbers, food and drink. They are great at making the day just how you want it.

The whole day was fantastic, but my favourite part was probably just after the ceremony when I was with Adam again and we got to see all our guests! It is such an emotional time!

A Pretty Wedding in York (c) Carly Bevan Photography (129)

For our honeymoon we went on a 17-day road trip around California. We hired a big bright red Dodge Challenger and drove to various cities including LA, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Palm Springs and San Diego. We also visited Yosemite National Park, Death Valley and the Grand Canyon, which were absolutely stunning!

A Pretty Wedding in York (c) Carly Bevan Photography (123)

My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to make the day yours. It’s about you and your partner and I feel the day should reflect you as a couple. Some of our decisions were not exactly traditional (I walked down the aisle to an acoustic piano version of a Guns and Roses song) but everyone had a great time and the day was perfect. Also, don’t worry about how the day will go, you end up with so many people around you that take care of everything so you can just enjoy yourselves.

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true romance. a pretty pink wedding in greater manchester – kinga & andy

July 3rd, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Happy Friday Brides Up North! Today we’re heading North West to the town of Sale in Greater Manchester for Kinga and Andy’s summer wedding.

The loved-up couple picked their local registry office as their ceremony venue due to its lovely architectural features followed by a reception at the nearby Belmore Hotel.

We love all the pretty touches in this wedding, including the bride’s stunning shower bouquet, the simple centrepieces and those cute pink and white bridesmaid dresses, which all help to achieve Kinga’s goal of a romantic, sophisticated and perfectly pink wedding day!

With images by Ginger & Lime Photography.

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kinga says: We got engaged on 31st October 2011 during a romantic dinner at home. We fancied a summer wedding and so set the date for 14th June 2014.

We got married in Sale Registry Office as it was the closest registry office to us and it’s a lovely venue. Our reception was at The Belmore Hotel, which is also in Sale.

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We chose to have a romantic, sophisticated style for our wedding with a colour scheme of very light pink and white.

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I wore a traditional, strapless wedding dress in ivory, with a long veil. I got it from Wed2Be in Bolton. It was a beautiful dress, and I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. It was the first dress I tried on and it was perfect!

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My bridesmaids wore a dress that we picked together from Oasis, it was a really gorgeous colour. On the wedding day had our hair and makeup done by Urmston Health and Beauty.

Andy chose a grey suit with white tie and shirt, which he hired it from a shop called Best Man based in Sale. The groomsmen also hired their matching suits from Best Man.

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On the wedding day we travelled in a beautiful Mercedes C-Class driven by Andy’s boss at the time. He offered us the ride as we hadn’t booked a wedding car as the venue and the registry office weren’t too far from each other.

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Our photographer was Szilvia Csoma of Ginger & Lime Photography, who I found on Facebook. We met up and discussed the wedding. As an experienced photographer she gave us lots of advice and many options to choose from. We did an additional pre-wedding photo shoot with Szilvia as well, which was lots of fun and she got to know us. We would highly recommend her to anyone because her pictures are amazing, she’s a lovely person to get on with and the price of the service is friendly on the pocket.

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I carried a shower style white rose wedding bouquet, which was provided by Little Flower Room based Stretford.

For our reception we used fake white rose bouquets in champagne style glasses and candles for decoration. The Belmore had its own contracted decorator called Martin, who provided all the white chair covers and satin bows for the chairs and did the decoration with his team. I ordered some bits and bobs for the reception from Amazon.co.uk which I would recommend brides take a look at as I found some brilliant wedding items on there at reasonable prices.

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Our favours were heart shaped lemon flavoured shortbreads with white icing that simply said ‘thank you’.

We had a ‘wonky’ wedding cake. It was three tiers (two chocolate and one fruit) covered with white icing and a bride and groom on the top. It was made by my mother-in-law’s friends who like to bake as a hobby.

The wedding breakfast was divine! Our friend, the Belmore’s head chef Jake Parkes, helped us put a classy menu together. We had two different starters, mains and desserts, so our guests could pre-pick what they have wanted.

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To keep guests entertained at the reception we hired The Belmore’s contracted DJ who happily played music that we had picked out.

We would definitely recommend The Belmore Hotel to other couples. The venue itself is beautiful and cosy and the food and the drinks are divine! The staff are also very lovely and helpful.

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My favourite part of the day would most probably be saying ‘I do’ to my husband. I just couldn’t wait to be his wife, as I love him to bits! He is the best guy ever!

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We went on honeymoon to Crete in Greece in September. It was wonderful, chilling all day on the beach or by the pool and eating delicious cuisine. We found out just before our honeymoon that I was pregnant so it was another reason to unwind and celebrate.

My top tips to other Brides Up North would be to start organising and saving money on time as the date will come in a blink of an eye! Also have a little notepad on hand and take lots of notes, make sure you’ve got everything covered down to the finest detail, make sure you have explored all the best options which are out there and compare prices. Finally, always discuss everything with your partner and work as a team.

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What To Wear For Your Engagement Party?

March 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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My very good friend and recently engaged lady Charlotte has been throwing a few blog topic demands requests my way of late, and since I’m officially on “team bridesmaid” I thought that I had better take heed.

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Charlotte and Matt are hosting an engagement party shortly, and Char has been looking for some outfit inspiration.  Knowing that I spend half my time researching wedding pretty and the other half, ahem, online shopping (not really hubby – no overdrafts have been harmed in the writing of this post) she felt that I was the gal for the job.

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So, what would you wear to your engagement party?  You want to look special, perhaps with a nod to bridal styling, but you don’t want to be too bridal – it’s too early for that and it’s just not cool.  Plus you’ll feel an idiot when all your friends turn up looking hot.  My advice?  Keep it on trend, pretty, a little flirty and a bit special.

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Here are some of my picks from around the web and the great British high street.  I have to say it’s been a joy – there is SO MUCH gorgeous stuff out there, with particularly strong offerings from Reiss and Oasis.

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Thank me later by picking a nice frock for me to rock on your big day Char!  This one is for you.  And the rest of you too!

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Engagement Dresses

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1  Whistles Josa Tiered Dress £175

2  Topshop Embellished Sequin Racer Dress £58

3  River Island Grey Lace Bow Shoulder Prom Dress £70

4  Reiss Serena Cutwork Applique Dress £325

5  Hobbs Invitation Belle Dress £189

6  Jaeger Knot Front Shift Dress £140

7  Monsoon Fusion Sugar Rose Dress £75

8  Oasis Oriental Print Dress £75

9  Warehouse Lace Dress £58

10 Reiss Kana Embroidered Top Dress £225

11 Miss Selfridge Peach Applique Midi Dress £65

12 Monsoon Lemon Lauren Pleat Dress £85

13 LK Bennett Tiffany Dress £185

14 All Saints Oyster Mini Dress £165

15 Reiss Nola Textured Lace & Floral Dress £225

16 Oasis Bird Pleated Dress £65

17 Ted Baker Renii Shoulder Detail Dress £129

18 Miss Selfridge Magnolia Floral Maxi Dress £50

19 Warehouse Chiffon Tapework Prom Dress £85

20 Oasis Scenic Full Skirted Dress £85

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All prices were correct at the time of going to press

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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Easter Eggstravaganza! A Real Springtime Wedding In The North East – Jordan & John

January 1st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Happy New Year!  The normal wedding blog schedule will resume on 3rd January 2012, but while I nurse my hangover with the best of you, here is a burst of Real Wedding freshness, with one of my favourite Spring weddings from 2011.  Happy New Year Jordan and John!

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Wedding blog favourite Karen McGowran Photography sent Brides Up North Jordan and John’s beautiful Real Wedding at Close House Hotel to share with you.  I adore the duck egg blue colour scheme and fresh floral styling.  It’s all in the detail girls!

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Over to Team J:  We got engaged at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham, in April 2009. John took me for a surprise treat to celebrate our anniversary and popped the question!  We were married on Easter Saturday, 23rd April 2011 at Close House Hotel, Heddon on the Wall. 

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We looked at loads of venues but as soon as we pulled up to Close House we fell in love with it! When we went inside it just felt right and we knew it was the place for us. It has such an amazing intimate atmosphere and we could immediately imagine it filled with our families and friends. The light airy feel and the gorgeous grounds fit with the type of wedding and colour schemes we wanted.

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Another key factor was the staff – Laura, Close House’s Wedding Coordinator was so reassuring and down to earth, and all of the staff are friendly, professional and can’t do enough for you. We just felt certain everything would come together and all our guests would be looked after.

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Spring is my favourite season so we wanted a light, fresh and colourful wedding with lots of spring flowers and colours. Since our wedding was on Easter Saturday, Springtime Easter became our theme, with duck egg blue being the main colour. Our place cards were little eggs and we had an Easter egg hunt during the drinks reception for the kids. We hid Easter bunny cards around the house and gardens, which they then swapped for an Easter egg when they found them.

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My dress was Maggie Sottero’s ‘Alannah’, which I got from The Wedding Wardrobe in Chester-le-Street – a fabulous service, I’d recommend them to anyone!

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In keeping with the light floaty feel, my bridesmaids wore gorgeous tea length dresses from Monsoon. It turned out the colour we’d chosen was very difficult to find and match in the perfect shade – so when I spotted them I was over the moon!

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Their gifts were pearl bracelets with their initials on from Not on the High Street, pearl earrings and a cute necklace from Oasis.

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Instead of a guest book we had a wedding wish tree – which was really popular with our guests.

I gave my two young bridesmaids ‘My Day as a Bridesmaid’ albums with cameras, which gave them certain things they had to take pictures of on the day to add into the album… they loved it and it even kept four year old Lily entertained all day.

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We handed a quiz with funny questions about myself and John out during the wedding breakfast – I’ve never seen our families and friends get so competitive!

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My bouquet was a domed, hand tied posy of champagne roses, pale pink roses, cream double lizzianthus, cream freesia and pale pink blush and lemon tulips.  I was so excited when the flowers arrived – it finally felt real!

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Even though I love cake, when we prioritised our budget near the start neither of us saw the cake as something we wanted to spend a lot on. So I was over the moon when it turned out to look so impressive on the day! My Grandma baked the bottom tier fruit cake, while ‘Kirsty’s Cakes’ made the top three sponge tiers, and iced all of the cakes plain ivory. We then added a gorgeous pearl and crystal brooch and some ivory ribbon, and Wedding Flowers for You added fresh flowers.

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It looked stunning and if we’d had a bigger cake budget is exactly the kind of cake I’d have chosen anyway!

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It’s so hard to choose but if I had to pick my favourite moment from the day I’d say the ceremony itself. I never expected that would be the case as you spend so long planning all the other bits, but it was beautiful. This sounds cheesy, but it felt like it was just me and John in the room, and every word the registrar said meant so much.

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Another thing I have to mention that I just loved about the whole day is the way that everyone just mixed with each other and laughed all day. I’d be looking around and see two people chatting who didn’t know each other and just loved the friendly relaxed atmosphere. I think Facebook helps! Everyone finds it easier to go up and chat to people as they already know a little bit about them and have a conversation starter!

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Two weeks after our wedding we went on Honeymoon on a Caribbean cruise on the Allure of the Seas. We’d never been on a cruise before and were blown away by it.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to decide in advance that from when you wake up in the morning nothing can spoil your day and you’re going to enjoy your day as much as your guests will!! The floaty fabric of my dress was quite fine and after a few group photos I was covered in grass stains and had a tiny rip right at the bottom of my dress. I quickly decided I could either stand still and worry about my dress all day – or forget about it and have as much fun as possible with all my favourite people! The little things don’t matter – when the formalities are over, enjoy yourself and be a guest at your own wedding!

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Little Black Book:

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Venue:  Close House Hotel

Photographer:  Karen McGowran Photography

Dress:  Maggie Sottero at The Wedding Wardrobe

Bridesmaids:  Monsoon

Men’s attire: Slaters

Chair Covers:  Simply Bows & Chair Covers

Flowers:  Wedding Flowers For You

Cake:  Kirsty’s Cakes

Cars:  Parkers Execulink

Gifts and accessories:  Not On The High Street and Oasis

Stationery and table decorations: handmade

Bride’s Make Up:  Kate D at MAC

Bride’s Hair: Toni Wardle Mobile Hairdresser

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