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j’adore. david tutera for a pastel blue wedding at thornton manor – emma & john

May 20th, 2015 | Julia Braime

A pastel blue wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Matt Parry Photography (69)

Is there anywhere more romantic to pop the question than Paris? Ok, so I’m a little biased, as that’s where my other half got down on one knee, but another proposal in the French city of love is how today’s story begins.

After a dream engagement Emma and John bagged their dream venue Thornton Manor, for their big day and got the preparations underway.

They agreed they wanted the wedding to have a classic feel to suit the venue and we think you’ll agree that everything from Emma’s lace dress, to the maids’ pastel blue gowns and simple blooms say elegance.

Looking at the wedding snaps it’s easy to see why Emma and John had their hearts set on this venue – the reception room is nothing short of incredible!

With images by Matt Parry Photography.

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emma says: We got engaged outside Montmartre cathedral in Paris at midnight on the 28th December 2012. John had planned to propose on New Year’s Eve but had the urge to do it on the first day we got to Paris. We had dinner in our favourite restaurant in Montmartre then John took me up the hill to ‘see the laser show on the Eiffel tower at midnight’.

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We wanted a summer wedding, we knew you couldn’t guarantee good weather in England but thought we’d have the best chance in the summer months. The 28th August 2014 was available at our dream venue so we booked it.  We married one month after my 26th birthday and the weather was stunning.

We got married at Thornton Manor on the Wirral. We had looked at the venue on the internet but dismissed it as we felt we couldn’t afford it. On a Sunday we were going to a wedding fair but it was awful so we googled if there were any other fairs in the area and there was one at Thornton Manor.  When we got there we were welcomed by the owner, Phillip, and we were blown away and instantly knew we would do everything we could to get married there.

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We wanted an authentic, classic feel for the wedding and knew we wanted elegance to match the house. We had top hats and 1950’s style bridesmaid dresses.

The main colour was pastel blue. It is my favourite colour and we felt it was perfect for a summer wedding. Our bridesmaids, groomsmen and page boy wore pastel blue. The stationery was ivory and pastel blue.

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I chose an ivory David Tutera for Mon Cheri dress.  It was a sleeveless soft lace mermaid gown with lace straps with a scoop neckline. The dress had embroidered Swarovski crystals with a spun gold waist.

John wore a charcoal morning suit and grey top hat.  His outfit and the groomsmen’s outfits were from Slaters in Liverpool.

The bridesmaids wore a 1950’s pastel blue style dress from Dorothy Rose Bridal in Ellesmere Port. Everybody was blown away by the dresses and the fit was beautiful.

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For our wedding transport we had a vintage Bentley in cream and black. It was hired from a company local to the venue.

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Matt Parry was our photographer, without a doubt we would recommend him to anybody.  Matt made us so comfortable before the day with meetings via Skype to talk about ‘essential’ photos and talk to us about his style etc. On the day John met Matt at the venue a little earlier than expected, Matt was having a look at the venue to get some ideas for his shots. Matt then came and spent a lot of time with me and the girls getting ready before going back to the venue to get those ‘nervy’ shots of John.

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Throughout the day Matt wasn’t in anybody’s way, John said he didn’t notice him at all during the speeches but when you see the photographs you wonder how! He was a great friend on the day and we were absolutely overwhelmed when we got our beautiful presentation box through the post with all our gorgeous shots.

A pastel blue wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Matt Parry Photography (38)

My bouquet was made up of ivory roses with Chinese grass loops, arranged by Amore Flowers in Widnes.  The bridesmaids had ivory and pastel blue roses.

Amore also did our reception flowers, we would highly recommend them. We gave Joe the florist free reign to do as he pleased within our theme and he did a beautiful job!

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We gave out jams and chutneys as favours, which were made by a company called Posh Pickles based in Knutsford. With customized labels and ribbons to match our theme, Rob and Steph did a great job and their Jams and Chutneys are amazing!

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We had a four tier lace cake with roses and rose petals in the theme of pastel blue and ivory – the layers were lemon and carrot cake. A friend of mine, Coleen, did the cake – she was great!

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The venue had a caterer list that we had to choosefrom to provide our wedding breakfast – we chose Anne Wilson Corden Bleu. We had a pate starter, pork trio main and a trio of deserts – it was so nice!

A pastel blue wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Matt Parry Photography (70)

For entertainment we had a DJ in the evening and gave him an extensive playlist – basically every song for the evening! In our RSVP’s we asked our guests to give us a song that would get them on the dance floor.

A pastel blue wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Matt Parry Photography (67)

We also booked a string quartet to play before/after the ceremony and during canapés after the ceremony. They played as I walked down the aisle and also the music John and I walked out of the room to – they were absolutely brilliant and so many people commented on them.

A pastel blue wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Matt Parry Photography (68)

We would definitely recommend our wedding venue to others purely because it’s magical. There is something about the music room that leaves you feeling calm and humble. The Manor House ball room is breath taking and given rain or shine any bride and groom will have the best time of their lives celebrating there.

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One of our favourite parts of the day was when our photographer Matt took us off into an old green house to take some unusual shots of us. We loved this part of the day as we were able to spend time together and it was really fun trying not to smile or laugh at the camera. The pictures turned out to be amazing, just what we expected from Matt.

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For our honeymoon we decided to go stay on the Palm in Dubai, the hotel was on the beach which was total paradise. We loved our stay and will definitely be returning in the future.

A pastel blue wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Matt Parry Photography (61)
My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to remember the reasons why you are getting married. I think some brides/grooms can get carried away with making sure absolutely everything is perfect but just remember that you can’t please everyone no matter how much you will try. Remember your wedding day is your day and at the end of it all you’ll always have your best friend beside you so there’s nothing to worry about.

Also try not to spill red wine on your dress!

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Je t’aime: An Engagement Shoot In Paris – Part Two – Alice & Paul

June 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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The week’s engagement fever continues this afternoon on the wedding blog with the second part of today’s beautiful Paris romance by Cat Hepple Photography.  Click here to see part one, very different but just as pretty!  

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Shall we hear from the bride to be herself?  It appears that travel – both the exotic and the testing type – has played a huge part in this gorgeous couple’s relationship, so it seems fitting that the path eventually lead to the City of Love!  Enjoy. 

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Alice says: On holiday in Egypt, we went for a lovely meal and then Paul asked if I wanted to go for a walk on the beach. He asked me to marry him by the sea at midnight, but was so nervous he forgot to go down on one knee!  We are getting married at Goldsborough Hall at the end of this month. 

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We met when we were both travelling in 2004, on an island called Tioman in Malaysia. We were stranded on the island because of bad weather. It took for us to meet again a few months later in Australia to get together though.

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We enjoyed a first date sitting outside a pizza takeaway in Cairns in Australia!  When we met up back in England and spent five years commuting backwards and forwards from Leeds and London every weekend to see each other, we knew we could withstand anything!

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Our silly sense of humour, and shared hopes and goals in life is what we love most about each other… and our biggest wish for married life is to keep laughing and having fun!

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We chose to have an engagement shoot because we wanted to make sure that we were comfortable and knew what a photo shoot entailed before the big day, and when Cat suggested Paris I was immediately planning and getting excited! We had seen Cat’s previous shoots but never thought the pictures could be so impressive!

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We were so nervous before the shoot and thought there was no way we were going to feel comfortable, however within half an hour we were doing things we never thought we would – especially in front of Parisian Monday morning commuters and crowds of tourists. It helped that Cat read exactly what we were comfortable with and what looks we had in mind (also the many emails and mood boards we exchanged in the weeks running up to the shoot helped). Victoria Farr was fantastic on my hair and make up.

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Its nice to have a website dedicated to the North, so people realise that there’s more to England than London, and we will definitely be back to share our Real Wedding photographs with Brides Up North!

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Congratulations Alice & Paul!

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Would you like to share your love story with Brides Up North?  Get in touch!

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Paris Je’taime: An Engagement Shoot In Paris – Part 1 – Alice & Paul

June 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’m off hosting the Brides Up North Tweet Up Yorkshire today, so I thought that I had better leave you with something special.  Or rather, knock your socks of beautiful.   

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Now, not many of you may know this, but I actually got engaged in Paris, back in May 2009.  I was on a girly weekend with some of my best gal pals and my hubby (to be) turned up, crashed the weekend, got down on one knee in front of Le Tour Eiffel, presented me with a sparkler, popped the question, popped it on my finger and promptly left for the airport – leaving me in a total whirl and wondering if it had all really happened at all.  (Note to self: I really should share the whole story with you soon!). 

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But that’s the magic of Paris: it spins even the most jaded cynic to romantic heights, and makes you feel like anything is possible.  You just need to believe in love

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Today’s very special engagement shoot, sent to me by Cat Hepple Photography and real Yorkshire bride Alice was too beautiful for just one instalment, so I have split the shoot into two, for a double dose of gorgeousness.  Each half is different and I can’t decide which I like best.  Come back later for part two and let me know.

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What I love most about working with Cat (have you seen the styled shoot that we worked on together?  Click here and here to see it) is her attention to detail and artistic flair.  She told me that she tried to curate Paris by colour, looking for three colours – green, pink and gold – as the team crossed the city.  I have tried to stay true to this in my editing of the features today.

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And did you spot the name of the brasserie below?  “Cafe Le Flash”?  From a photographer with impeccable attention to detail, you can bet that’s not accidental. 

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Enjoy, and a bientot!

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Cat says: For my couples I always want engagement shoots to be so much more than a wedding warm up, a practice for the big day. of course it’s a useful exercise to help overcome nerves long before the wedding day, but I want it to be really special and create new memories for them at a very special time in their lives. I want the shots to celebrate their relationship and their engagement and record the emotions and excitement of a wedding just around the corner.

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So my engagement shoots are often in really romantic places, and my couples quite often enjoy the idea of dressing up a bit too. Alice had always said she’d like to go glam for their shoot, music to my ears. Over a number of weeks we chatted, swapped ideas on mood boards and one place kept coming back over and over as the ideal spot – it had glamour, more romance than you could ever imagine and Alice loved the architecture and colours of this incredible city – Paris.

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I knew Alice really wanted a Bardot inspired look for the shoot, so I asked the very talented Victoria Farr {a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, no less} to come out to Paris with us, and create some amazing hair and make up looks for Alice. It was the best decision I made, because Victoria made look Alice look sensational and that helped give her so much confidence and relaxed the couple more.

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I planned the shoot very thoroughly, I wanted it to feel much more than a series of tourist type shots in all the familiar places of Paris on the tourist trail. Of course a few shots around the Le Tour Eiffel were essential, its quintessential Paris after all, but I also researched some quieter, lesser known parts of the city, to try to capture the romance, and the peace. I also wanted a few of the shots to have a ‘60’s vibe to them, in keeping with the whole Bardot look which I knew Alice really loved.

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We walked the streets for hours, sometimes stopping when I found an unexpected doorway or dappled light under a tree, and Alice and Paul were relaxed in minutes. The whole day was so much fun, and I think we really captured the love story of Paris, the love story of Alice and Paul.

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I could shoot in Paris for for rest of my life and never grow tired of this incredible city, and I know Alice and Paul have a set of beautiful, Parisian shots to commemorate their engagement.

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HEARTCongratulations Alice & Paul! HEART

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Remember to stop by this afternoon for part two, and to her from real bride Alice.  

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  – Images © 2012 Cat Hepple Photography

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Eye Candy: Cymbelline Paris

September 3rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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If you follow the wedding blog on Twitter @bridesupnorth (and if you don’t, please do) then you will know that this little recently spent August Bank Holiday weekend a la Paris with my lovely husband. 

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Paris is special to us because we got engaged under the Eiffel Tower on a scorching hot day in May 2009.  He surprised me by turning up with a sparkler when I was on a girly weekender (all masterminded to perfection with the help of my friend Kylie), but that’s another story.  Needless to say on this trip, we chose a hotel near to the famous landmark and spent a lot of happy times reminiscing (him, quietly, about how clever he had been and me, loudly, trying to make him recreate the moment). (He wasn’t up for it). 

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One thing I did notice though, was a hell of a lot of brides posing in front of Le Tour Eiffel et environs.  On a closer look, they weren’t brides at all, but models – making the most of France’s most famous backdrop. 

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When researching Eye Candy for the wedding blog, I came across these classic shots from Cymbelline Paris’ current collection, and they made me smile.  As fate would have it, yesterday I visited a fabulous Northern stockist of these gorgeous gowns – The White Room Bridal Boutique, Sheffield – and it was, as they say across the Channel, un fait accomplis.  I had to share this Eye Candy with you today.  Add a croissant to your morning coffee (unless you are following the Brides Up North Bootcamp!) and indulge!

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Oh la la.  Visit the Cymbelline Paris website for more loveliness!

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