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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Outdoor Vintage: A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Elizabeth & Chris

June 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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

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

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I just love today’s beautiful, vintage under canvas wedding in Yorkshire sent to me by friends of the wedding blog James & Lianne Wedding Photography and real bride Elizabeth, first featured last February.  Pretty personal details, a liberal dose of rainbow streamers and the loveliest vintage dress for the bride with the teeniest, tiniest waist make this a celebration worth celebrating.

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Your week just got that bit prettier. 

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Elizabeth says:  Chris asked me to marry him in April 2011, during a picnic at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  We were married on October 13th 2012 in Hackness, North Yorkshire.

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We hired a couple of Tipi’s From Papakata which were erected on the field at the side of the local village hall in Hackness. We had wanted the Tipi’s ever since we got engaged, and although expensive on our budget the idea of being outside, in the countryside we both grew up with was too good to pass on. It also helped keep the informal feel we were gong for that we would perhaps have lost if we had used a hotel as our venue! It also meant we had full control over everything, we could pick exactly what we wanted in terms of décor, entertainment, catering, and weren’t constricted by the venue. This did mean a lot of work before hand orchestrating everything, but it was definitely worth it!

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We just tried to include all the things we liked, kept it laid back , informal, and as cosy as we could for an October in Yorkshire!

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We didn’t really have set colours – things were just quite in similar tone. We ended up with lots of greys and blush colours along with creams and pale oranges – and lots of greenery.

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My dress was a vintage find from the 1940s and Chris’s ensemble was from a variety of places!  We didn’t have any bridesmaids though three lovely friends did readings in church. The best man wore what he wanted and as luck would have it he matched us very well.

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A friend of a friend happened to own a couple of Vintage cars one being an immaculate almond green Morris Minor. He kindly agreed to drive me and my dad to the church and then took us both on to our reception.

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Our bouquet and buttonholes were made by Scarborough Flowers – we couldn’t have been more thrilled with what Sharon did.  We went to the florist with very rough ideas and were thrilled with what we ended up with! The bouquet contained lots of berries, chrysanthemum and dahlia type flowers along with greenery, echinops and wild roses.

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For both of us our favourite part of the day was the actual wedding ceremony, it was the best hour ever!

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We used lots of candles and lanterns that we have been picking up for over a year along with vintage bottles and vases for table decorations. We found some lovely squashes at a greengrocers in Ilkley which we loved for the tables and bales for outdoor seating. A friend of the family made us an amazing garland of found greenery to decorate our tipis.

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Our wedding feast came courtesy of A Moveable Feast.  We have had so many compliments on the food since the wedding, Selma did a great job of making the type of food that fitted perfectly with the feel we wanted for the day. We provided food for the night do and spent a year buying up various drinks whenever they were on offer.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography helped us so much throughout the entire day, not only did they deliver photos we’ll treasure forever but there was so much service that they just add for free: keeping us gently on track with time in the morning and helping the day flow which was ideal being a country-side wedding. They had a helping hand in so many things throughout the day they went above and beyond their photographer duties but with us barely noticing them and it all just seemed like a days work to them!

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The Leeds City Stompers an old time, country blues duo from Leeds were our main entertainment, who really pulled it out of the bag on the day, I don’t think the dance floor was empty all night! We also hired a Wurlitzer Jukebox to fill in between sets and loaded it with classic songs chosen in advance by our guests.

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Our honeymoon is still to come…

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to stay true to the things you both want and go with your gut instincts, for us all of ours worked out perfectly! When other people get involved and have quite definite opinions about what you are doing it can make you have a wobble. Really take care with the photographers you hire, you spend so much of the day with them – we were very lucky in James & Lianne as they were an absolute joy to be with but have heard horror stories from friends whose photographers really stressed them out – James & Lianne were the opposite. We’d really recommend doing a pre-wedding shoot too, neither of us feel particularly happy having our photos taken but having done the pre-shoot we were much more relaxed – and we have some nice photos from that day too.

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Congratulations Elizabeth & Chris!

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Want to see your own big day featured on Brides Up North?  Here’s how.

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  – Images © 2013 James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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Outdoor Vintage: A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Elizabeth & Chris

February 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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I just love today’s beautiful, vintage under canvas wedding in Yorkshire sent to me by friends of the wedding blog James & Lianne Wedding Photography and real bride Elizabeth.  Pretty personal details, a liberal dose of rainbow streamers and the loveliest vintage dress for the bride with the teeniest, tiniest waist make this a celebration worth celebrating.

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Your Tuesday just got that bit prettier. 

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Elizabeth says:  Chris asked me to marry him in April 2011, during a picnic at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  We were married on October 13th 2012 in Hackness, North Yorkshire.

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We hired a couple of Tipi’s From Papakata which were erected on the field at the side of the local village hall in Hackness. We had wanted the Tipi’s ever since we got engaged, and although expensive on our budget the idea of being outside, in the countryside we both grew up with was too good to pass on. It also helped keep the informal feel we were gong for that we would perhaps have lost if we had used a hotel as our venue! It also meant we had full control over everything, we could pick exactly what we wanted in terms of décor, entertainment, catering, and weren’t constricted by the venue. This did mean a lot of work before hand orchestrating everything, but it was definitely worth it!

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We just tried to include all the things we liked, kept it laid back , informal, and as cosy as we could for an October in Yorkshire!

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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We didn’t really have set colours – things were just quite in similar tone. We ended up with lots of greys and blush colours along with creams and pale oranges – and lots of greenery.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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My dress was a vintage find from the 1940s and Chris’s ensemble was from a variety of places!  We didn’t have any bridesmaids though three lovely friends did readings in church. The best man wore what he wanted and as luck would have it he matched us very well.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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A friend of a friend happened to own a couple of Vintage cars one being an immaculate almond green Morris Minor. He kindly agreed to drive me and my dad to the church and then took us both on to our reception.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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Our bouquet and buttonholes were made by Scarborough Flowers – we couldn’t have been more thrilled with what Sharon did.  We went to the florist with very rough ideas and were thrilled with what we ended up with! The bouquet contained lots of berries, chrysanthemum and dahlia type flowers along with greenery, echinops and wild roses.

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For both of us our favourite part of the day was the actual wedding ceremony, it was the best hour ever!

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We used lots of candles and lanterns that we have been picking up for over a year along with vintage bottles and vases for table decorations. We found some lovely squashes at a greengrocers in Ilkley which we loved for the tables and bales for outdoor seating. A friend of the family made us an amazing garland of found greenery to decorate our tipis.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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Our wedding feast came courtesy of A Moveable Feast.  We have had so many compliments on the food since the wedding, Selma did a great job of making the type of food that fitted perfectly with the feel we wanted for the day. We provided food for the night do and spent a year buying up various drinks whenever they were on offer.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography helped us so much throughout the entire day, not only did they deliver photos we’ll treasure forever but there was so much service that they just add for free: keeping us gently on track with time in the morning and helping the day flow which was ideal being a country-side wedding. They had a helping hand in so many things throughout the day they went above and beyond their photographer duties but with us barely noticing them and it all just seemed like a days work to them!

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The Leeds City Stompers an old time, country blues duo from Leeds were our main entertainment, who really pulled it out of the bag on the day, I don’t think the dance floor was empty all night! We also hired a Wurlitzer Jukebox to fill in between sets and loaded it with classic songs chosen in advance by our guests.

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Our honeymoon is still to come…

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to stay true to the things you both want and go with your gut instincts, for us all of ours worked out perfectly! When other people get involved and have quite definite opinions about what you are doing it can make you have a wobble. Really take care with the photographers you hire, you spend so much of the day with them – we were very lucky in James & Lianne as they were an absolute joy to be with but have heard horror stories from friends whose photographers really stressed them out – James & Lianne were the opposite. We’d really recommend doing a pre-wedding shoot too, neither of us feel particularly happy having our photos taken but having done the pre-shoot we were much more relaxed – and we have some nice photos from that day too.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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Congratulations Elizabeth & Chris!

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Want to see your own big day featured on Brides Up North?  Here’s how.

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  – Images © 2013 James & Lianne Wedding Photography

This is not a sponsored post

Contact Brides Up North to submit your business as a Featured Supplier 

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Horses Of Courses! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Cassy & Dan

December 28th, 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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Horse themed wedding by Lissa Alexandra

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Sometimes, a set in stone theme for a wedding just won’t work.  But sometimes, it absolutely does.  Cassy and Dan’s amazing wedding wonderland/ horse themed wedding – with images by the gorgeous Lissa Alexandra Photography – fits into the latter category.  What a triumph! 

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(I’m not *horsing around*, either.)

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Lissa says:  From the moment I entered the house for bridal prep photos I knew this wedding was going to be a fun one! With six bridesmaids and a very excited bride there was a fun sense of giddiness and lots of laughter. Unfortunately we weren’t very lucky with the weather and right on cue it started to rain just as everyone headed to the church. But what a welcome we got, the vicar with stretched out open arms ready to greet everyone, there was no dampening of anyone’s spirits.

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The service was lovely with mixed emotions of joy and sadness remembering loved ones lost. The church was beautifully decorated with flowers, candles and two bay trees similar to what Wills and Kate had. But the piece de résistance for me was the bride and groom dancing down the aisle to ‘Moves like Jagger’ by Maroon 5. It really set off the party atmosphere that was to continue for the rest of the day.

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Cassy & Dan were collected by a stunning two horse carriage and taken for a ride around the village then to the reception. They had three Papakaka tents together as one in Dan’s parent’s field right next to the their horses field. When the bride and groom arrived they were greeted by Cassy’s horse and a display of excitement by the other field horses, it really was a wonderful sight and so lovely for Cassy and Dan – who adore their horses – to have them so integrally involved in their special day. For a big animal lover like me it was a special treat too.

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Cassy says: We got engaged on 16th July 2011.  Dan proposed to me at home before taking me to our favourite little Indian restaurant in Boroughbridge where we had our first date.  We were married on 16th June 2012 in Tockwith at Dan’s parents house in Papakata tents.  

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We chose our wedding venue as both of us live in Tockwith as do all our friends and family so the majority of people could walk home. Papakata tents are gorgeous and very special and different to the norm. They really made our field turn into a wedding wonderland.

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Our theme was ‘wedding wonderland’ so we went very natural and wilderness-like.   We used ivy on all the tent poles and made a bar and decorated it with ivy to make it look like it was growing up it. We used an old tree stump to hold the seating plan, we had logs on the tables with wild flowers set in them and used real horse shoes to decorate the chairs and to hold the table names. We then had fairy lights up all the poles in the tent round the dance floor and the entrance and a huge mirror ball.

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We chose a colour scheme of ivory, green and lilac. 

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I chose a Maggie Sottero dress, and changed the neckline to a sweetheart. I actually got my dress second hand as I was very lucky to find the exact one I had chosen for less than half the price.

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My six bridesmaids wore lilac one shoulder maxi dresses from Coast and the groomsmen wore top hats, canes and tails – traditional black with grey pin striped trousers.

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We chose hymns from our primary school which everyone knew so everyone sang!  We used Can You Feel The Love Tonight from The Lion King to walk down the aisle and then we had Moulin Rouge songs while we signed the register.

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I carried cream roses, with lots of green and other cream wild flowers.   We used The Plantsmiths for our flowers: she grows all her own wild flowers and she helped us so much with lots of other ideas. 

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We loved every second of our day but surprisingly we loved our wedding ceremony so much as we really made it personal to us with all the music we chose and especially Moves Like Jagger which we chose to dance down the aisle to, much to all our guests’ surprise.

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The horse theme ran through the whole wedding, from my actual horses being there to the big horses made from wire and ivy , horse shoes on the back of the chairs, racecourses for table names and horseshoes for table name stands.

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We chose a three tier lemon, chocolate and fruit cake which was shaped to match my wedding dress. 

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After the speeches we had the Funky Junk Trio play a set on the bins which were awesome and then they played our first song. Then we had Kings of Queen – the official queen tribute band – who are from our village.  They were amazing, there wasn’t any space left on the dance floor at all it was like being at a festival, everyone got involved!

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Thailand in Bangkok and Koh Samui, it was amazing!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make sure that you enjoy your day and don’t spend too long talking to everyone and not spending time with your new husband, best friends and family!

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Congratulations Cassy & Dan!

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North!

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  – Images © 2012 Lissa Alexandra Photography

This is not a sponsored post

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Stately Settings & Secret Teepees! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Rachel & Matt

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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Sometimes, a Real Wedding will be so gorgeous that (a) I can’t believe it’s not a styled bridal shoot and (b) I really wish that I had been a guest.  Rachel and Matt’s fabulous Yorkshire wedding with images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Andrew Scott Clarke is one of those.

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Rachel says:  Matt asked me to marry him in the infinity pool at Cameron House overlooking rolling hills and lochs of Scotland and we were married on 14 September 2012 at Duncombe Park, Helmsley, Yorkshire. 

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As l work in events I wanted somewhere different- not on the normal wedding circuit. Matt and I wanted to combine a classic ceremony with something a bit different – and Duncombe ticked all the boxes! We also love the village and have visited often as a couple. 

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My favourite part of the day was the ceremony – the vows we made to each other and seeing each other for the first time. 

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I was very set on the style of the day and opted for classic elegance for the day with a rustic secret garden party night, with a colour palette of ivory, champagne, blush and grey. 

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I chose a Manuel Mota for Pronovias gown from Bridal Rogue Gallery York.  I knew that I wanted a simple but striking wedding dress with a low back. 

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My bridesmaid in a stunning taupe Amanda Wakeley dress and the whole groom’s party was in grey – grey and white ties with Matt wearing a blush and white tie. 

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I carried a bouquet of blush and ivory avalanche roses.  This and all our stunning floral displays were by Horti-couture Florists.   

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We made every decision for the wedding based on our lives – the wines were wines we drank, the food was our favourite food and so on. 

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We chose a simple three tiered white cake with types of sponge (lemon and plain) with grey ribbon by Celebrations. 

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We did a lot ourselves – I made the wedding rings and we had personalised homemade favours (raspberry jam for ladies and raspberry vodka for gents), a USA postal box for cards (I am half American) and all our stationery was homemade. 

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We had a secret night venue by Papakata that no one knew about until we led everyone into the woods after dinner!

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Papakata Wedding by Andrew Scott Clarke

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We hired The Night Jars band who were amazing ! They went above and beyond and mixed the two songs we wanted for our first dance especially for us. 

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Santorini.  Just beautiful. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to follow your heart.  It’s too easy to get caught up what you think you should be doing. Just do what you what makes you both happy!

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Congratulations Rachel & Matt!

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North. 

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  – Images © 2012 Andrew Scott Clarke

Andrew Scott Clarke is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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It’s Only Natural! A Real Wedding In North Yorkshire – Gill & Will

October 1st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Getting the week off to a fabulous start, Gill and Will’s Real Wedding in North Yorkshire is an absolute feast for inspiration seekers – with a traditional ceremony, beautiful florals, a Papakata reception, plenty of homemade details and a bucket loads of flair.

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With amazing images by Vivid Impact Photography, get your Pinterest at the ready!

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Gill says:  We got engaged in Verona – Will got down on one knee down by the river. It was 4 July 2011 – ironically independence day!

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We were married on 1 September 2012.  Our ceremony was held in St Michael and All Angels Church in Barningham and our reception was at Natural Retreats, Richmond.

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I grew up in Newsham which is the next village along from Barningham so that was my local church and it was important for us to be married there as it holds a lot of memories.

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We chose Natural Retreats for the reception as we wanted somewhere where our guests would be able to stay for the weekend and we loved the ‘natural’ environment with the stunning views to have our teepee reception. We really love trees and there are loads at Natural Retreats so it seemed like to perfect choice of venue. It also meant that we could arrange all aspects of the venue ourselves, rather than someone doing this for us – this made it really personal.

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We were quite keen that we didn’t want to have a ‘theme’ for the wedding. We didn’t have one specific style; we just wanted to have a mix of traditional and modern. We wanted the overall look to be natural, stylish, fun and sharp, rather than homemade / ‘shabby chic’ style which isn’t really our taste (even though we made a lot of things ourselves)!

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My dress was a bespoke dress made by Andrea Bambridge in York. I knew I wanted sleeves of some description and lace and I couldn’t have been happier with the end result – it was the perfect dress for me.

I wore more conservative cream peep toes for the Church ceremony and then changed into my Vivienne Westwood heels (jelly shoes) for the rest of the day – they have a huge pink heart on the front and are Strawberry scented!! I also wore a simple veil with tear drop crystals on the edge. My hair piece was a headband from Glitzy Secrets which complemented the more natural elements of the wedding.

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We chose classic navy suits for the men and Will wore a navy tie, whereas the other groomsmen wore grey ties. Will wore a tie clip engraved with his initials.

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The Bridesmaids wore Oyster coloured dresses from Coast – I loved the bow at the top. They also wore coast necklaces to complement the dresses and cream pashminas.

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We used my parents’ cars – Dad and I travelled to Church in their Range Rover vogue (my Uncle Carl drove us) and me and Will later went from Church to the reception in this too, complete with a very welcome glass of bubbly and traditional cans on the back.  The bridesmaids also travelled in a Range Rover.

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I carried a loose bouquet of British Scabius, Thistles, Gyp and Asparagus Fern.  Hutton Flowers florists in Northallerton sourced the flowers but we did the flower arrangements ourselves. One of my bridesmaids and I made the bouquets (not something either of us had ever tried before) and the night before the wedding me and my parents assembled the flowers for Church – we couldn’t find the lights in church so found ourselves trying to arrange them by torchlight the night before the wedding. Luckily we didn’t want any formal flower arrangements – we also had Olive Trees and Wisteria Trees in Church from Ravensworth Nurseries. 

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We added lots of special touches to the day.  Our welcome drinks were cans of ready mixed drinks with stripy straws – gin and pink grapefruit, Pimms and San Pellegrino.

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Each table had a mini Olive Tree on itand people could leave us a message on a paper leaf and hang it on the tree. We really like Olive Trees; they symbolise peace.

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Our table names were star constellations.

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Our favours were a sparkler and a face mask for each guest – these proved to be so much fun throughout the day and night. We wanted something that people could have fun with on the day rather than something that people would feel they had to keep / take home.

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I gave my bridesmaids Links of London ‘Team GB’ bracelets on the day, as a gift, as my previous initials were GB and my new initials are GB

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We used CWC Malings – Clive Wilkinson Catering – we can’t recommend these guys highly enough – absolutely amazing food and the service from the team of staff was second to none – very friendly and completely professional.

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Rhys from Vivid Impact Photography was fantastic to deal with throughout the whole process – he was so enthusiastic from day one and totally ‘got’ all of our ideas. The end result is that we have an amazing set of photographs that we couldn’t be happier with..they really capture the essence of the day.

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We had the open fire in the tents to create a cosy atmosphere – along with the candles on each table, this worked really well in terms of adding soft lighting.

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My mum made my cake for me and it was perfect – the top tier was fruit (which we have saved rather than using it on the day), the middle tier was lemon cake and the bottom tier was plain sponge. It was simply decorated with lace, flowers, hearts and a bride and groom on top of course!

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Val Jones played the Organ for us in Church during the signing of the register and for the hymns, we hired a String Trio for the arrival drinks and canapés part of the day and we hired the most brilliant band from York Undercovered – they were cool and professional and there was a packed dancefloor all night!

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The day after the wedding, we invited family and friends to our lodge for coffee on the veranda so that we could have a catch up about the day before. We then went straight to The Midland in Morecambe for one night. We then went to a ‘pod’ hotel in Birmingham for one night and flew to Santorini in Greece early the next day – bliss.

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Multi-coloured Canvas! A Real Teepee Wedding In Yorkshire – Catherine & Tom

August 3rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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When this beautiful (and fun!) Real Wedding shot by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Chris Milner Photography landed in my inbox this week I just couldn’t wait to share it with you, so I bumped my line up of posts for a Friday afternoon and decided to treat y’all instead. 

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The perfect way to finish a bumper week of Real Weddings here on the wedding blog, and a sunny(ish) Friday.  Relish in it!

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Have a great weekend Brides Up North!  No rest for the wicked though, I’ll be back here bright and early tomorrow with more loveliness for you to get stuck into.  See you then!

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Catherine says:  Thomas proposed on my birthday in May 2011 at our home in Leeds. He’d been trying to think of a different and original way of asking me to marry him. He’d done the proper thing of asking my Dad first but then struggled with how he was going to execute the proposal! In the end, one of my favourite songs begun to play whilst we were getting ready to go visit my parents and he got down on one knee and asked me. It was simple and perfect.

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We were married on Saturday 2nd June 2012 at St Particks Church, Patrington, East Yorkshire followed by the reception in teepees on my parents farm where I grew up. 

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We chose to use Papakata for our teepees as they were original, unique, fitted in with the look of the farm and suited our personalities. Also, it enabled us to have our reception on the farm which is a place that means a lot to us both.  Papakata were amazing. They couldn’t do enough for us from start to finish.

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We didn’t originally have a theme, but when people asked us we said the theme was “us”; everything that we did was to reflect our personalities and the things we liked, which made it great fun to plan! As we began to design our wedding invitations, we adopted the tag line “All you need is love”, and this then appeared in various forms throughout the day. We used this song to walk out of the church to!

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Our colour scheme was multi-coloured. We wanted a mix of everything, which made it easy to plan. All the groomsmen had multi-coloured ties and the bridesmaids were in a burnt coral colour.

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We used I Love VW Weddings for our VW camper van which was used to transport the bridal party to and from church. The church was a short distance from the farm so two cars would have been a waste of money so we went for the van which took the bridesmaids and then returned for myself and Dad, and then brought the girls and me and Thomas back to the farm.

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I always knew my dress would have lace on it so this is what I looked for. I was reluctant to spend a lot on a dress so after going to a couple of bridal shops and knowing exactly what I did and didn’t like, a friend told me about the Kirkstall Bridal Warehouse, which sells designer dresses at 70% off retail prices due to them being ex catwalk or sample dresses. My dress was a 2-piece by Cymbeline and did have long sleeves but I asked my seamstress to customise it by cutting them off and making a choker and gloves with the lace.

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My bridesmaids wore a one shoulder strap full length dress from Dessy. This was in the colour firecraker from a shop in Bingley. Their brooches were their gift from me, handmade by Lou Lou Puchalka, Leeds.

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I carried a simple but vibrant bouquet of ranunculus which were a coral orange. They were so unusual and different.   Fleurs de Lisa provided the bridal bouquet and wild flowers for the tables. 

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We decorated the teepee with lots of home made touches: 70 hand-made (by the bride) love heart cushions which we tied to the back of the chairs; a caricature of ourselves, which a friend did as a wedding gift for our name cards and table number signs; “Drink me” tags on the bottles of wine; wish tags instead of a guest book – each guest was able to send us a short message or wish for our future together – and jars (collected over a few months with the help of family and friends) with hay tied round the tops and filled with natural looking flowers.

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Taste Cuisine were our caterers.  They prepared our arrival drink and served canapés, the wedding breakfast and evening butties and chips. Yum!

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For our wedding cake we decided to go for cheese as we couldn’t find a cake that we loved as much. We got it from Milly’s Organic shop in Leeds and constructed it ourselves on the day. On the back of this, and because Thomas loves it, we did a pork pie wedding cake which we served up alongside the cheese evening buffet and went down a storm.

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We had a Tug of War: the battle of East Yorkshire (Bride) vs West Yorkshire (Groom) and finally Bride vs Groom.  Loads of fun!

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There were so many elements of the day we loved so couldn’t narrow it down to just one moment. I think overall, having all our friends and family with us at one time was just amazing and so much fun. The day was exactly how we’d planned it.

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We went on a “mini moon” after the wedding to Venice, with our main honeymoon being in New York end of August.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every moment of planning your wedding and have no regrets. You only get to plan and experience your wedding once so let your personality and passions show through your wedding. We had so much fun planning the wedding together and that showed in the day itself. Give yourself plenty of time and try not to over think or over complicate things, just go with the flow and the ideas will follow.

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Congratulations Catherine & Thomas!

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Are you a newlywed?  Get in touch to share your Real Wedding memories with Brides Up North. 

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