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Real Wedding Summer Recap 2014: Cool Pink. A Real Wedding At Iscoyd Park, Shropshire – Katie & Guy

June 27th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a break to redesign, review and recharge, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely.

Usual service will recommence on Monday 7th July 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year.  Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks.

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Katie and Guy’s Real Wedding is my kind of affair.  Classy, beautiful and elegant – with lots of pretty pale pinks, lace accents and seasonal touches.  This clever couple did things their own way, choosing to keep their stunning celebration simple and hassle free, letting their gorgeous venue and floral accents speak for themselves.  Beautifully done. 

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Katie says:  Guy proposed on the first day of our ski holiday in Zermatt in February 2013, and we were married on 21st December 2013 (I was not the most patient of brides)!

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We were married at St Mary’s Church in Whitewell, Shropshire followed by a reception at Iscoyd Park

We looked at a number of venues around Cheshire and Shropshire, but fell in love with Iscoyd.  The house and grounds are absolutely stunning – like no other venue we had seen. To add to that, Phil and the team at Iscoyd were so warm and friendly that we felt very comfortable that they would help make the day special.

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I stayed at Willington Lodge the night before the wedding, a gorgeous local B&B with delightful hosts.

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As the wedding was so close to Christmas we had a few festive touches (Christmas trees outside the church, and reindeer table names).  The bridesmaids looked gorgeous in dark navy and the flowers were lilacy pinks with eucalyptus and dark navy berries to add a wintery feel.

I was determined that the wedding was going to be a stress-free event, so we purposefully kept any additions to a minimum. Instead we chose a beautiful venue (which needed no ‘extras’), with lots of lovely food and drink and a fantastic band who had everyone up and dancing.

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I tried on lots of dresses at the gorgeous Love Bridal Boutique in Altrincham, and chose an Intuzuri dress which I wore with a cathedral veil.

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The groom wore a Reiss suit and the groomsmen wore their own navy suits. All had knitted navy ties which matched the groom’s knitted navy bow tie.

The adult bridesmaids wore three quarter sleeve black tops with beautiful navy skirts designed and made by one of my bridesmaids and her exceptionally talented mum.  The little bridesmaids wore ivory dresses from John Lewis.

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Hair was by Louise Huxley (and her mum!) and makeup was by Melanie Poutney.  We were very lucky to find a group of amazing people to help with the wedding, all of whom were a pleasure to have around on the day.

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Selina Godsal did all the flowers for us.  My bouquet was blush pink and cream roses, eucalyptus, a thistle (to match Guy’s buttonhole) and catkins.

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We chose a vintage cream taxi from Manor Bridal Cars.  Not only was the taxi a great choice for the December weather, it also made my Mum smile – she had been very concerned that I hadn’t booked a car until the last minute and we would end up having to get a taxi to the church!

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The whole day was fabulous, but I think one of the most special parts was being in church.  Seeing Guy waiting at the front looking so handsome was just lovely, and to be surrounded by all of our family and friends took my breath away.

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Our cake was made by Caroline Black. We had three separate tiers (fruit, chocolate and ginger) and all of it was eaten by the end of the night!  Other catering was by The Fine Dining Company

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In the evening we had a band, The Badcats, who were fab and had everyone dancing.

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For our honeymoon we spent three weeks touring around Australia, seeing as much as possible and enjoying the sunshine.

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For me, my top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t try to do too much. There is an awful lot to organise just concentrating on the basics, without adding in chocolate fountains and all the other extras. Being calm in the run up to the wedding meant that we could relax and enjoy every minute of the run up and the big day.

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Congratulations Katie & Guy!

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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: And I Swear. Suzanne Neville For A Real Wedding At Combermere Abbey, Cheshire – Ellie & Alexei

December 20th, 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. 

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Another day, another beautiful Real Wedding, but this one’s different as it’s a day to celebrate the marriage of my lovely friends Ellie and Alexei.  Ellie is one in a million and helps me out at our Brides Up North events.  Did you meet my little ray of sunshine at one of our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions this Autumn?

Unfortunately I couldn’t attend their beautiful wedding day due to a prior invitation, but the privilege of sharing it on these pages is almost as good.  Ok, not really (there’s no pink fizz involved for one thing!) but the pleasure is still all mine.

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Ellie says:  We got engaged in February 2012 and were married on 27th July 2013 at St Anne’s Church, Nantwich then onto Combermere Abbey, Whitchurch.

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I wanted the overall look of the day to be elegant and I knew I had to make the most of the venue with its beautiful English country gardens. It was easy to dress the venue as you don’t have to do much to make it look pretty.  We chose a colour scheme of ivory, white and pale pink (sweet avalanche roses to be precise)!

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My dress (‘Paradise’) was from Suzanne Neville’s Diamond (2013) collection, and I accessorised with a pair of sparkling Jimmy Choos.  My make up was by Kate Spreckley and my hair by Rachel Casey from Terence Paul, Hale.

My bridesmaids wore navy/royal blue floor-length bridesmaid dresses from Coast and our groomsmen wore hired grey morning suits from Debenhams.

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I carried a posy of white hydrangeas, gyp, ivory and sweet avalanche roses by Jacklyn at Precious Things, Cheshire. The bridesmaids had similar bouquets, just in white, and they had diamanté sprays in theirs for a bit of sparkle.

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My dad and I travelled to the church into a cream Bentley S1 and the bridesmaids and my mum were in the vintage Austin Limousine. Both were booked through www.yourwhiteweddingscars.co.uk who were brilliant and the drivers were amazing on the day… our driver took Lex and I on the scenic route from the church to the reception venue so we could have a bit more quality, alone time together.

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We used on the day wedding-planners – Caroline and Claire at Pomp & Ceremony Planning, a Brides Up North Featured Supplier. These ladies are wedding angels!

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My mum made our cake – I saw roughly what I wanted and asked her to get the florist to include the flowers in the vases in between. It was traditional with a touch of sparkle round the edges.

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There were also a lot of homemade DIY touches (mostly by my lovely mum) such as the Mr and Mrs dressed champagne glasses and the table plan which was a door with photo frames hanging from it.  I saw something similar on Pinterest and showed it to my mum and she brought it to life… it was just a little different to others I’d seen and we loved it.

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As a surprise we booked the Singing Waiters – Divas Disguised – I was a bit wary at first as I thought it might be a bit cheesy however after briefing them on no ‘cheese’ it went perfectly. It was one of the highlights of our day and definitely most of our guests’. We have had so many of our guests telling us since how much they enjoyed it and that it was something they hadn’t seen before.

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In the evening we had a live band called The Provocateurs who we booked through Hipswing Entertainments. We wanted the first dance to be live. We asked the band to do a speeded up version of the song I always knew I’d have at my wedding- ‘I Swear’ by All4One… the lyrics make me cry even thinking about them!

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Our honeymoon was a surprise booked by Alexei.  We had two nights in Singapore then nine nights in Lombok (next to Bali). Both were great for a July/August honeymoon- the weather was perfect.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be the enjoy the getting ready part of the day as much as you can. It’s very easy to get stressed and anxious about everything on the morning of the wedding however you can’t change it at that point so just enjoy the morning with your bridal party – it’s a very happy time. Oh and, if you can, get a wedding day coordinator/planner, mine (Pomp & Ceremony Planning) were godsends!

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Congratulations Ellie & Alexei!

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Wednesday Wedding Inspiration: Ballerina Beach

April 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today’s Wednesday Wedding Inspiration board by our regular guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next combines two of life’s most beautiful – ballet and the beach – to drop dead gorgeous effect.  Don’t know about you, but I’m hoping my dancing shoes will take me to places as pretty as this come Summer!

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Katy says:  This week dancer Lauren asked me to create her a wedding inspiration board with a beautiful theme. The bride and her groom are having a beach wedding with colours to reflect Lauren’s passion for ballet. The board was to contain colours of blush and coral, and to contain hints of the beach theme without using shells and ‘cheesy’ beach paraphernalia.

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Lauren loves florals, but was unsure how to introduce them into a beach wedding. I love the idea of placing various flowers in pretty glasses or small vases and dotting them around on the tables. The floral and driftwood wreathes (bottom left) combined with coral are beautiful arranged around large storm lanterns and are a sophisticated way of creating a beachy look with florals. I also love the really natural look of the floral wreathes in the bridesmaids’ hair!

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For the bride I chose a beautiful gown with sparkling sequins and a floaty tulle skirt (perfect for dancing – or breezy wedding shots)! Instead of a veil, a loose chignon updo or a structured fishtail braid would look stunning. I added a touch of metallic with rose gold in the accessories. The flat sandals have a touch of glam about them and are a great alternative to manoeuvring heels on the beach.

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My favourite part? The driftwood seating chart! A simple but effective idea that can easily be DIY’d by you and your groom or maids!

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every other week, either compiled by myself, regular guest blogger Katy or YOU: get in touch with your own ideas and inspiration boards! We’ll be discussing our inspirations behind the images too so it’s simply going to be a whole load of lovely.

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If you are a little less arty but in need of inspiration and still want to play along, we will also be taking requests for colour schemes and themes and making bespoke boards for my readers. Please contact me to suggest a theme or colour scheme.

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Wednesday Wedding Inspiration: Marvellously Muted

March 6th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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1. Aigrette Clutch 2. Table Decor 3. Lace Gown Image 4. Fur Shrug 5. Button Holes 6. Bouquet 7. Semi Precious Bracelet 8. Blush Bow Heels 9. Floral Wedding Cake 10. Pine Code Place Cards 11. Bridesmaids Gowns

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I might be thinking ahead to the balmy days hour of British Summertime that we have to look forward to, but I know that you soon-to-be-wed ladies will be planning ahead.  This afternoon our regular guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next helps bride Sarah, who was looking for some marvellously muted wedding inspiration for her Winter 2013 – 2014 celebration. 

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Katy says:  You might think – pinecones and fur wraps on the brink of Spring? But this week’s inspiration was was requested by a bride wanting some help with her vintage theme for a Winter wedding with sage green and blush pink. The colour palette is so gorgeous I’ve managed to keep elements of the board useable all year round, as well as help out bride Sarah with wintery touches.

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Due to the soft colours Sarah has chosen, I have used light and airy vintage styles with the lace gown, floaty feathers and delicate sparkles – this isn’t to say that you couldn’t go all out twenties vintage with floaty chiffon flapper style bridesmaids, smoky eyes and pin curled hair!

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The bridesmaids, dresses in this board are from Monsoon. The silk chiffon ‘Diana’ dress is available in two lengths and if your maids would rather not go for a strapless design why not find a dressmaker who can add flattering straps or beaded cap sleeves? Have your bridesmaids carry a decorative clutch down the aisle in place of a bouquet – it’s practical, pretty and makes a lovely gift for your girls.

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Winter is already a dark enough season so why not use metallics and light colours in your decor to reflect what light there is? The wonderful table setting features golden vases and candles which will create a warm cosy feeling for you and your guests. As a cheaper alternative to flowers you could use pinecones and leafy sage foliage in your centrepieces as well as the cute place card holder idea. Or with it being a wintery affair, why not use baubles in blush pink and sage colours, placed in glass bowls/vases? If pinecones aren’t your thing – delicate tissue paper crackers in your colour scheme can double as a place card and favour box.

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I hope you fall for this board and it’s colour palette like I did – the floral imagery is absolutely gorgeous! Keep your requests coming in to Julia and me – I’d love to help you out!

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every other week, either compiled by myself, regular guest blogger Katy or YOU: get in touch with your own ideas and inspiration boards! We’ll be discussing our inspirations behind the images too so it’s simply going to be a whole load of lovely.

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: The Farmer Wants A Wife! A Real Wedding In Cumbria – Lisa & Gavin

December 27th, 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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This afternoon, I bring you the beautiful Real Wedding of Brides Up North reader Lisa and her new husband Gavin.  Lisa and Gavin’s Cumbrian countryside celebration was full of all my favourite things – cool cars, beautiful blooms, individuality, steak pies (served at the table), paper pom poms, pink roses, huge smiles and buckets of confetti.  Just one thing was missing – my invitation!

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Lisa says:  We got engaged on the last night of our holiday in Cyprus last October, it was typical laid back Gavin style, we were just chilling in our hotel room, I thought he was joking! We celebrated with a glass of shandy… all we had in the room was a can of lager and some lemonade!

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We were married on Saturday 25th August 2012 at St Johns Church, Levens, near Kendal, Cumbria, with reception a mile up the road at Heaves Farm, Levens – my parent’s farm where I grew up.

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Since I was little me and my Dad joked about having my wedding reception in the big stone barn at the top of the farmyard, so when we got engaged it was the obvious choice, we wanted something different, unique and personal for our wedding, and the barn was all those things. It was a lot of work but it looked magical and everyone absolutely loved it. Unfortunately it did have baby calves in it until three weeks before the day which was a bit of a worry…

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We stuck to a vintage rose, village fete type theme, with old fashioned cut glass cake stands filled with flowers for the centre pieces, lots of bunting and vintage inspired stationary designed by my brother with a dusky pink and pale green colour scheme. 

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I wore a Lou Lou Bridal tea length dress from Kokoa Bride in Penrith. I’d always wanted a short wedding dress and it made perfect sense with our wedding being on a farm, no worries about my dress getting dirty! It was so easy and fun to wear, I absolutely loved wearing it and loved that it was so unusual. I wanted to totally surprise people.

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My three adult bridesmaids wore dusky pink tea length dresses from Very.com and the two little flower girls wore beautifully embroidered ivory dresses from M&S and flower garlands, they chose the dresses themselves because they were the most twirly! The boys all wore grey suits, silver polka dotted waistcoats and green ties/cravats from Marrime in Kendal.

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Gavin’s sister Joanne and his Mum’s friend Sue took charge of the flowers, the main flowers were vintage looking roses and the rest I left up to them, they were beautiful. Each bouquet was tied with a piece of lace from my Nan’s wedding dress.

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Gavin is the most laid back last minute person ever, so to get him involved we agreed he’d be in charge of sorting the transport… I was honestly expecting a tractor and trailer when a beautiful vintage VW camper arrived for the bridesmaids and a VW white soft top beetle for me and my Dad. I was over the moon and they were perfect, the boy did good.

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Gavin’s sister and brother in law have a shop in Kendal called Armstrong Ward Lifestore, its beautiful so we asked them to help with decorations, they came up with the giant pink and green tissue paper pom poms we suspended with fishing wire from the ceiling, all 120 of them!

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We used local caterer Liz Clarke for the food, when discussing potential mains we both immediately suggested Liz’s famous auction mart steak pie, it is a massive hit in the auction! It went down a storm and just suited our day perfectly. We also served rose veal burgers from our farm (Heaves Farm Veal) for the evening meal which were delicious.

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Our photographer, Joe Mather was a friend of mine from school, it was nice to have him there taking pictures instead of a complete stranger and we are absolutely delighted with our photos, he captured the feeling of our wedding day perfectly.

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We surprised one person on each table with a parcel, the tag said ‘here’s a little gift for you, please DO NOT OPEN until we ask you to’. After the starters were cleared we asked those people to stand and open it, each parcel had an individual novelty apron in especially chosen for them, and asked them to serve the steak pie we’d chosen for lunch! It was very funny seeing people’s reactions, the whole room just erupted in laughter, it really set the atmosphere for the rest of the day.

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We had both a DJ and a live band, 24-7 who had been recommended to us by a friend, we loved them, they were perfect for our relaxed, party atmosphere, the dance floor was full all night.

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For evening dessert we surprised everyone by arranging a local ice cream van to arrive with its music blaring, my Dad told the story in his speech of how when I was a little girl I always heard the ice cream van go passed down to the village and it never stopped for us up at the farm, my Dad always promised one day he’d get it to come… it was brilliant, and such a great, no fuss novelty dessert.

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I had a few favourite bits! loved walking in to the church, kissing my new husband, walking out of the church as man and wife, seeing everyone open their aprons at dinner, the speeches, dancing all night and the ice cream van!

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I also loved the run up to the day, the barn was a hive of activity for about three weeks before the wedding, it was so much fun and so many people were involved; from ironing the borrowed bunting to fluffing or tying up pom poms, putting up the tent, painting signs and even the aunties and grandmas helping with the constant supply of tea and cake!

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After the wedding we travelled around New Zealand for three weeks in a camper van, it was amazing! We swam with dolphins, climbed a glacier, went white water rafting and even milked some cows (Gavin’s a farmer…!)

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to be as organised as you possibly can well before the day, use your family and friends wherever possible  -they really do want to be involved, and finally accept that something will go wrong…it’s how you deal with it that matters! Enjoy every second of it and relax!

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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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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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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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Princess Pink! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Tanya & Ben

August 2nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A Real Wedding in Leeds by Claire Evans Photography

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The pretty just keeps on coming this week!

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When my good friend and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah of Leafy Couture told me that she was working on the flowers of a wedding fit for a princess I couldn’t wait to see the results. 

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Tanya and Ben’s perfect big day in pale pink at gorgeous Leeds wedding venue Harewood House didn’t disappoint.   Check out those blooms!

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Tanya says:  We got engaged in a helicopter flying over Spain and were married on 16th June 2012 at Harewood House in Leeds.  We chose Harewood because of the gorgeous church and it’s beautiful gardens.  We had a marquee wedding on the Harewood estate. 

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We did not have a theme, we just wanted it to be pretty & elegant, and we chose a pink and white colour scheme.  As you only get to be a princess for one day, I chose a beautiful full skirted dress with layers of white tulle and crystal beading.  My bridesmaids wore lovely long pink dresses with a white sash and my chief bridesmaid wore the same but in opposite colours so that she would stand out. 

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I carried a bouquet of pink and white roses by Leafy Couture. 

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The brides party travelled to the Harewood estate in vintage wedding cars and the groom’s party travelled in a white Phantom Rolls Royce. 

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The amazing flowers for our wedding breakfast were by Leafy Couture and the amazing the room design was by Grace & Tailor, with chair covers and accessories by Ambience Venue Styling Leeds. 

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I think the flowers were the touch that stood out and made it look so fabulous , especially the enormous flower balls which scented the entire marquee. 

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We chose a pretty five tier pink and white cake with ribbon, lace and crystal brooch detailing, had a pale pink postbox for our cards and a champagne fountain!

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For the day time we had a string trio (Simply Strings) and in the evening we were entertained by a Michael Buble tribute called Buble Fever.  They were much much better than a tribute!  The lead singer was amazing!

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I loved every minute of the day from getting ready to the last dance!  It was all amazing, but went by far too quickly!

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After the wedding we were lucky enough to honeymoon in Dubai & Thailand. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy and take in every second of the day as you don’t realise how fast the day is over!

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Congratulations Tanya & Ben!

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Would you like to share your Real Wedding with Brides Up North?  From cosy celebrations and quirky days to soave soirees, we want to see!  Contact me today. 

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Wednesday Wed-spiration! Glam Garden – Fresh Greens, Whites & Pinks

April 18th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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After seeing my call for personalised inspiration boards in this regular Wednesday Wed-spiration slot, Brides Up North reader Ellie got in touch to see if we could “fix it for her” to have a glamorous garden wedding, without a hint of vintage in sight.  Of course we could!

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“I have the problem at the moment that I want a ‘country garden’ theme but a lot of them tend to incorporate vintage into them like birdcages and tea-cups but that’s not my style either… I’m wanting a glamorous country garden with lots of whites, greens, pale pinks and sparkly ribbon with possibly some LED lights tastefully thrown in.  It’s hard to describe but I’m finding it hard to find what I want because I either fall into the ‘boho chic’ or ‘vintage teacups’ camps and I’m not either of them!  Help!”

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Ellie – you ask and we deliver!  Here is Katy from What Katy Did Next’s take on your style. 

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1. Twist Front Gown 2. Bright White Table Setting 3. Lightplay Sash 4. Pale Lanterns 5. Jazz Hands Heels 6. Bouquet Image 7. Pink Bridesmaids 8. Ruffle Chair Ribbons 9. Green Apple Wedding Cake

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Katy says: Ellie set me quite a challenge when requesting her Mood Board theme – a ‘Country Garden’ theme without a trace of boho, shabby chic or vintage. Ellie wants a glamorous garden affair full of fresh whites, pale pinks and greens with a little added glitz.

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The colours alone in this board make it great for a fresh outdoorsy wedding. The touches of green in the table display look fabulous against the stark white table cloth and you can soften the contrast with soft pink blooms too. Shabby chic and boho weddings tend to use a lot of props in their displays but keeping it simple with florals and plain crockery is a great way to stick with the elegant feel that Ellie wants. As an alternative you could use pale candelabras – the candles don’t have to be lit and you could speak with your florist about using the candelabra as a way to display flowers. The green apple on the cake could also spread to the table using apples as place cards in your seating plan.

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When planning, you don’t have to restrict yourself to looking at past garden weddings, I used a lot of inspiration from indoors too. The lanterns could hang from trees, or – if the photobooth and props isn’t your cup of tea – hang them along the top of a pale fabric back drop for some gorgeous photographs of you and your guests.

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My favourite part of the board is a tie between the beautiful wedding gown by Reem Acra and the ruffled chair ribbons. The flattering dress design is classic glamour, and although I should have picked a shorter style to avoid grass stains, the train isn’t too fussy and adds to the elegance of the dress. The ribbons are easily customised to match your colour scheme and style and would look fabulous blowing in the breeze of a country garden wedding.

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every week, either compiled by myself, the creative Katy or a guest blogger- and that guest blogger could be you:  get in touch with your own ideas and inspiration boards!  We’ll be discussing our inspirations behind the images too so it’s simply going to be a whole load of lovely.

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If you are a little less arty but in need of inspiration and still want to play along, we will also be taking requests for colour schemes and themes and making bespoke boards for my readers.  Please contact me to suggest a theme or colour scheme. 

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  – Images provided by What Katy Did Next and © 2012 as credited

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