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Super Glam. A Real Wedding At Oulton Hall, Leeds – Emily & Cyrus

May 27th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Back at your desk and recovering from the long weekend?  I hope it was an epic one! If you enjoyed a tech detox over the holiday, don’t despair – we didn’t! Make sure to check out yesterday’s fashion eye candy before getting stuck into today’s beautiful Real Wedding.

Emily and Cyrus’s stunning, Gatsby inspired celebration at Oulton Hall in Leeds is glossy, golden and gorgeous.  Just the thing to pep up your blue Tuesday.  Enjoy!

Images by Paul Joseph Photography.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily says: Cyrus proposed on 2nd September 2012, the day we arrived home from a trip to New York. I think he lost the bottle in New York!

I actually thought he was joking as I thought if he’d planned on proposing why wouldn’t he have proposed in New York so as you can imagine it didn’t go quite to plan. It wasn’t until he pulled out my Grandma’s wedding ring that I realized he was serious and of course I was overwhelmed with emotion and said yes!

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

We were married on 27th December 2013, we wanted a winter wedding as it’s a magical time of year however we didn’t want a Christmas themed wedding.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Our wedding was at Oulton Hall in Rothwell, Leeds. We fell in love with the period features but loved how they had decorated it in a contemporary style. We also liked the idea of having two separate locations for day and night (our ceremony was in the old, listed part of the building and our evening reception was in the golf club). 

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

We tried to take inspiration from the 1920s, art deco era and chose a colour scheme of black, ivory and gold.  We wanted it to feel like a party from The Great Gatsby!

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

I chose a laced, low back  a line dress which had pearl beading draping at the back. I also had a handmade silk cathedral veil with pearls to match my dress made by Marie Flanagan.

Cyrus had a custom made suit by Owen Scott which incorporated his love for basketball. I think his suit jacket got more attention than my dress!

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

The adult bridesmaids wore black evening gowns from Mango, the teenager girls wore a shorter version of this dress and the flower girls wore ivory dresses from Monsoon. The groomsmen wore black tie hired from Owen Scott

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

I am known by family and friends to always have a house full of orchid plants so there was no choice as to what flowers I would be walking down the aisle with. I chose to have a waterfall bouquet of white orchids, this also carried the family tradition on as my mum and grandma had this style of bouquet at their weddings. My florist Janine at Greenhouse Florist also managed to incorporate some material from my mum’s wedding dress into the bouquet handle too.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

I remember the look on Cyrus’s face as I entered the room, the emotion was overwhelming (we’ve been together since we were eighteen…12 years)!

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

We have nothing but praise for our photographers Paul and Kelly of Paul Joseph Photography. We loved their style of photography and knew we wanted our wedding to be told like a story which they managed to do so well.

We met up on a hot day in July 2013 for our ‘Love Shoot’ where they managed to capture the most amazing sunset photos and from that point we knew that Paul and Kelly had an amazing eye for detail. This was proven in our wedding pictures… I loved how they captured every emotion throughout the day.

I personally think your wedding pictures should be one of your main priorities when planning your wedding. When you look back in years to come you should still be able to feel the emotion you felt at that exact point. Paul and Kelly achieved this perfectly.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

We chose a tall two tier cake. The bottom tier was chocolate cake covered in white chocolate and painted gold and the top tier was red velvet covered with white fondant.  It also had white orchids positioned around it too.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

We lost both my Grandma and Aunty to cancer so we made a donation to Kirkwood Hospice in lieu of a favour and asked everybody to wear the pin broaches in remembrance of them. I also chose to frame my parents and grandparents wedding pictures and display them with the cake.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Music was one of our main priorities, luckily we have friends who are professional musicians so as a favour they helped out on the big day.

Thabo Mkwananzi sang Corrine Bailey Rae’s version of Bob Marley’s  ‘is this love’ accompanied by Stephen Simpson on keys as I walked down the aisle. They also played lots of our favourite songs during cocktail hour and got our friends and family involved in singing along.

In the evening we had hired a vocalist Louise Golbey and her band who made sure everyone was up on their feet. After the band finished their set we then chose to have a DJ (Sean Marks) play out for the rest of the night, he made sure no one was sitting down!

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

For our honeymoon we stayed at the El Dorado Royale in the Riviera Maya, Mexico for two weeks.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t sweat the small stuff! Remember what the day is actually about, never lose sight of that and you will enjoy every moment!

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Congratulations Emily & Cyrus!

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Getting Personal! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Gillian & Michael

November 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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We are in Yorkshire this afternoon for the intimate wedding celebration of Gillian and Michael, with images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Paul Joseph Photography

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Gillian and Michael kept their day to just their nearest and dearest, with a romantic colour palette, plenty of personal touches and one gorgeous dress

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… found in TKMaxx!  Yes, you read that right.  Kudos.

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Gillian says:  While out in Skipton one day on our way for some lunch, we wandered past a jewellers and both just looked at each other and said “Shall we?” then went inside and chose the ring! Having to wait for delivery of the ring in my size, it wasn’t until a week later Michael got down on one knee at Haworth Park, Haworth and asked “Gillian, will you marry me?” and placed it on my finger.

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We were married on 17th May 2012 at Holdsworth House Hotel and Restaurant, Halifax.  Having looked at a couple of venues before, nothing really grabbed us but we only had to drive into the car park of Holdsworth House and that was it. I have always loved historic buildings and Holdsworth House felt just perfect.

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I wouldn’t say I had one set theme but rather several intertwined such as shabby chic, rustic and personalised.  Having always been creative I knew I wanted a handmade wedding. My head was buzzing with ideas from the word go and with the help of my daughter, Trudy, we set to work.  We did worry, having never seen such a personalised, handmade occasion that it wouldn’t quite come together but in the end, it was exactly what I envisaged and our guests loved it! 

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I chose a palette of pinks and lilacs to complement the aubergine bridesmaid gowns.

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I looked at several bridal shops but couldn’t really find ‘The One’ and with only 6 weeks till the big day I walked into TKMaxx and found my dress. Staff told me it had been delivered that morning so it was as if it was waiting for me! It was a Su Wong Alice in Wonderland design, very vintage inspired, ivory lace. My amazing shoes were a gift from my husband to be from Dune.

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Michael’s suit was a dark navy, pinstripe ¾ length jacket and trousers with a white shirt and pink tie from Brides 2 Be in Scarlett Heights, Queensbury.

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My three bridesmaids – my two daughters and Michael’s niece – wore aubergine halter neck dresses from Coast and matching grey heels from Marks & SpencerThe best man, Ralph and my son, Oliver, who gave me away, wore matching suits to Michael’s but with aubergine ties to match the girls.

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My mother in law, Marilyn arranged for my son and I to be picked up in a vintage cream Bentley. It was a beautiful addition to the day and went with the venue perfectly. We hired it through The Wedding Mill in Saltaire.

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My bouquet was made up of pink avalanche roses, small daisies, pink gerberas with touches of purples and green foliage. The bridesmaids carried smaller versions of my bouquet. I wasn’t really sure of names of flowers I just chose what I liked the look of with the help of my florist, Sarah, at Eastell’s Florist in Shipley.

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A special touch, courtesy of Michael’s Auntie Andrea was that every guest was given an individual flower as they arrived to wear on the day.

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I walked down the aisle to Ronan Keating – When You Say Nothing At All – and we finished the ceremony with Queen’s It’s A Kind Of Magic, the song playing in the car when I picked Michael up for our first date!

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Walking down the aisle to Michael, everyone else in the room was a blur, I was so happy to see him and exchange our vows. I felt as though I was floating.

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We added lots of personalised touches such as our memory tree, taken from St.Ives where we walk our dog regularly.  We added our favourite pictures on brown luggage tags and hung them from it and a welcome sign we made from a tree that had been recently felled. My favourite touch was the felt hearts I made from scratch with each guest’s initial on them to put on favour jars.

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As we wanted a handmade wedding we used lots of places from the high street. The Range was great for getting our favour jars and the craft section for all our bits and bobs. Another great find was our local garden centre, Woodbank Nurseries in Harden. Ebay was fab for finding ribbon and personalised labels.

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Our table plan was a massive hit too! That idea came from Michael always calling me ‘The apple of his eye’ I saw the canvas in TKMaxx and my daughter added the rest!

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My daughter created a gorgeous sweetie table as a surprise for us.

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Our chair covers came from Yvonne at Covered To Perfection who I found at a wedding fair. She offered a great service and is a lovely person too.

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I saw a picture of a cake I liked in a wedding magazine and took it to Netty’s Cakes of Thornton, recommended by my brother in law.  Jeanette listened to my ideas and made the perfect cake just as I had imagined.

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Our wedding photographer was Paul of Paul Joseph Photography he captured the day beautifully and really showed off the details of the day in his pictures. Our guests are still commenting on what a lovely person he was on the day.

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We didn’t choose to finish our day with a disco and instead we had an extended day with music during our meal which carried on through to the hotel’s bar area. We spent hours putting together a playlist of favourite songs to be played during the day.

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We left the hotel the following morning to our mini-moon in Windermere. Then in August we went to Disney World Florida!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try not to stress too much because the day just goes so quickly and everything just falls into place… and remember to let your husband to be know how much you love him as he has put up with your Bridezilla ways for months!

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Congratulations Gillian & Michael!

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Secret Garden: A Real Engagement–Tom & Katy

August 16th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Friend of the wedding blog Paul Joseph Photography sent me this gorgeous last week, and I couldn’t wait to share his summery submission with you.  Cola (with bespoke labels by the gorgeous I am Nat) and cakes (baked with love by Just Darling Cakes – and aren’t they just?)  in a summer garden with your love.  What could be better?

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Paul Joseph Photography explains it all: So the lovely couple in the photographs are Tom and Katy, and the shoot location is Utopia and surrounding areas which are part of the Broughton Hall estate near Skipton, North Yorkshire. 

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