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Peonies & Pearls. A Bespoke Gown & Louboutins For A Real Wedding At Wood Hall, Wetherby – Rachel & Mark

June 5th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Rachel and Mark’s beautiful wedding day in Wetherby is full of pretty.  Peonies, pink, tulle, lace, Louboutins and a rather lovely bespoke gown.

No further introductions needed.  I’ll leave you to it!

With images by Helen Lishman Photography.

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Rachel says: Mark booked a surprise trip for us in December 2012 and I didn’t know until we got to the airport that we were going to New York!

We stayed in the Plaza and he had pre-planned everything down to the last detail. On the last night  after dinner we stopped to look at the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Centre one last time before we went home. Mark was shaking and I thought he was shivering – he then got down on one knee and I burst into tears! We then went for a carriage ride through Central Park but I can’t remember any of that – it was all a blur!

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We got married on Friday 9th May 2014. We chose that day because it was exactly four years to the day since our first date. It had a bit of special meaning!

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We chose Wood Hall Hotel in Linton near Wetherby. We nearly chose another venue but decided to take a look at Wood Hall before we made a final decision. The drive up to the hotel is fantastic and as we rounded the corner and saw the hotel on the side of the valley it took me completely by surprise and we both said ‘Wow!’. We both had butterflies as we drove up to the building and knew that was the place for us.

Helen Lishman Photography

Helen Lishman Photography

My mum had been taken seriously ill in December before the wedding and we very nearly cancelled the whole day as we didn’t know if she would pull through, never mind make it to the day. She did! The plan was always for mum to give me away and I was over the moon when she made it out of hospital and could still give me away – be it from her wheelchair. It was the first time most of the family had seen her since she was seriously ill in hospital and just seeing mum brought everyone to tears.

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Helen Lishman Photography

Our wedding theme was white white and more white! The only colour was in the flowers around the room.

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Helen Lishman Photography

After trying on lots of dresses I couldn’t find anything that felt like the ‘one’. We had met the ladies from Scarlet Poppy at a wedding fair in Harrogate months earlier who had told us that they could make a couture dress to however I wanted it. Eventually my mum said: “Right come on now Rach, its going to have to be made for you”. So we went to see the team at Scarlet Poppy in Pudsey and it was the best decision I could have made. It was exactly as I wanted it. White duchess satin with a tulle overlay and appliqued lace round the neck and bodice and around the hem in a fitted fishtail style with a v neck and low v back. I wore white Christian Louboutin peep toes which Mark had shipped over from America because I couldn’t find them in the UK.

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Mark wore a black dinner suit with tails and a white bow tie from Slaters in Leeds and my two bridesmaids wore knee length champagne coloured silk dresses from Karen Millen.

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Helen Lishman of Helen Lishman Photography shot the day and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her – the photographs were better than we could ever have imagined! Helen was so professional yet so friendly and warm with all the guests and we both agreed that choosing Helen was one of our best decisions about the whole day.

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Helen Lishman Photography

It sounds cliché but we both said that our favourite moment was the moment we saw each other at the end of the aisle. I was shaking like a leaf and it was a relief to reach Mark at the other end and have him take both my hands – I felt like I might faint before that! We were both grinning from ear to hear whilst we said our vows.

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Helen Lishman Photography

I had a bouquet of pink Sarah Bernhardt peonies – my favourite flowers! Our fantastic florist was Annemarie Wilkinson who could see our vision straight away for the flowers. She was great to work with and we would definitely recommend her! The bridesmaids had smaller versions of the brides bouquet but with a mixture of pink and white peonies.

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Helen Lishman Photography

Helen Lishman Photography

Helen Lishman Photography

Helen Lishman Photography

The venue was decorated with flowers, peonies, white gelder roses, hyacinth, freesias and sweet peas, both on white candelabras and in rustic white jugs.

We bought our own personalised white aisle runner to compliment the colour scheme as the hotel usually provide a red one. The tables were named after our favourite places that we had visited together – New York, St Tropez, Cannes, Monaco and so on.

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We gave our guests beautiful white laser cut birdcage style favour boxes tied with ribbon held mini rolls of personalised love hearts, Lindt strawberries and champagne chocolates and drinks tokens for the guests.

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The cake was a three tier cake of red velvet, Victoria sponge and chocolate cake made by Lucie Barron – the owner of Cinderella Cakes in Leeds – who just happens to be a good friend of mine! It was beautifully iced in pretty white layers and topped with a pink peony.

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We drank champagne all day! The courses were all chosen by the groom during our tasting meal at the hotel six weeks beforehand as I only felt it was fair that he could choose the aspect of the wedding that he got most excited about! We ate Roast Plum Tomato, Red Pepper and Basil Soup to start, Roast Sirloin of Yorkshire Beef with Roast Root Vegetables, Chateau Potato and Yorkshire Pudding for main and Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream and custard for dessert. Followed by the chefs delicious homemade fudge with tea and coffee! A very Yorkshire menu for a very Yorkshire couple!

The magic of the day was unreal. It was lovely to get married in such a beautiful venue and the backdrop of the North Yorkshire countryside was simply stunning. The guests all commented on how polite all the serving staff were and the day went completely without a hitch.

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Mark and I provided lots of sweets in glass jars and bought the bags and scoops ourselves so the guests could help themselves throughout the evening. We also had a traditional ice cream cart from the Ice Dream Experience – they went down a treat!

We also provided a basket of white flip flops for ladies to pop on to soothe their aching dancing feet as the night wore on.

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We had the resident hotel DJ John Bradd who was fab and not cheesy. We also had a photobooth by Booth Revolution that provided hours of fun for the guests, including Uncle Tony who made one too many visits to the booth even on his own!

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For our honeymoon we went to a beautiful resort called Shanti Maurice on the south coast of Mauritius. We spent 10 days swimming in turquoise water and walking on white sand. We took private speedboat tours of the tiny surrounding islands, swam with dolphins, went quad biking through the mountains, had private dinners on the beach in the evening and drank far too much champagne and rum cocktails!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make sure you take a moment together just the two of you alone at some point in the day. The hustle and bustle is so much to take in and everyone wants to talk to you both, that 10 minutes alone before the evening reception is a must. During our few minutes of time alone Mark gave me a wedding present of some gorgeous black lace Jimmy Choo heels with a card that made me cry!

Congratulations Rachel & Mark!

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Peony Pink! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Michelle & Jon

June 18th, 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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As soon as this beautiful Real Wedding landed in my inbox, courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Damian Hall Photography, I got to blogging!  First shared back on Valentine’s Day this year, I couldn’t wait to spread the love with the prettiest pink peonies, the finest of details and the widest of smiles which really make this elegant and romantic country house wedding one to write home about.  

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Michelle says:  We got engaged in July 2010 at the beautiful Great John Street Hotel in Manchester and we were married on Saturday 19th May 2012 at St Oswalds Church in Askrigg, Yorkshire Dales and had our reception at Yorebridge House, Bainbridge, Yorkshire Dales. 

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As soon as we arrived at Yorebridge House we fell in love with the boutique hotel. The setting is picture perfect with its beautiful and stylish décor, intimate surroundings and amazing food we knew it was perfect. The best thing was having the entire hotel to ourselves from the moment we arrived on the Friday evening till we checked out on the Sunday morning.

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We chose an elegant and romantic country wedding theme, with a colour scheme of ivory and pale pink. 

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I chose ‘Susanna’ by Lyn Ashworth from Choola in Eccleshall, Sheffield. My dress was simply beautiful with a strapless lace bodice and a full silk and organza skirt. In the evening I added a sash to my dress that matched my bridesmaid dresses to make it look a little different.  My gorgeous headdress was by HF Couture.

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My bridesmaids wore full length Dessy dresses in persian plum from White Lace & Promises in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire. My flower girl wore an ivory dress from John Lewis. 

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We travelled in a silver Bentley Continental Flying Spur from Beaus & Belles.  Our favourite part of the day was getting in the wedding car straight after the ceremony and going for some photographs in the most amazing locations, whilst sipping Veuve Clicquot!

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My flowers – by Mat at Red Floral Architecture – determined the time of year we got married as my favourite flowers are Peonies. I carried a bouquet full of ivory peonies with crystal and pearl detail and my bridesmaids carried bouquets of pale pink peonies with matching pearl detail. My table decorations were masses of pale pink peonies set on tall candelabras with ivory pearls hanging from the candelabras.

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We had a signature board with a picture from our pre wedding shoot (arranged through our photographer) for guests to write messages on instead of using a guest book. We had a wedding wish tree where guests hung their well wishes and advice for us to read. Our sweet shop proved very popular and looked really pretty after collecting different vintage jars from our travels.

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All our wedding stationery was by Cards By Sophie

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We chose an ivory four tiered traditional cake by Diva Cakes with ruffles on every other tier. We had four different fillings; chocolate fudge, vanilla & jam sponge, cappuccino and lemon.

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We chose Samantha Murphy to sing at our reception. She sang everything from Adele and Eva Cassidy to Oasis and The Killers and got everybody on the dance floor.

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After the wedding we enjoyed a fabulous honeymoon – we went to Barbados for our first week and St Lucia for our second week.

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My top tip for other would be that feeling relaxed and comfortable with your photographer is paramount as they play such an important role on your wedding day with the planning and organisation needed. Our photographer Damian Hall Photography and his Wife Charlotte were amazing, they really made our day extra special and made us enjoy every minute of our wedding day. Their work really does speak for itself; we have the most amazing Queensbury Album that we will enjoy looking at for years to come.

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Congratulations Michelle & Jon!

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Brides Up North – Images © 2013 Damian Hall Photography

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A Year In Bloom: Peonies For An April Bridal Bouquet

April 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Is it really nearly a year that our fabulous Featured Supplier Sarah of Leafy Couture has been sending us an online bouquet and burst of floral gorgeous every month?  To me, they just keep getting lovelier and lovelier!

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You can see Leafy Couture’s blooms in full blossom this Sunday 21st April 2013 at The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at The National Railway Museum in York.  Do you have the date in your diaries? Click here for all the info and to pre-register as a VIP Bride To Be.

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In the meantime, let’s see what’s in April’s bouquet…

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Sarah says:  With the start of the sunshine and showers season I thought we would do something vibrant and seasonal this momth. The first of the peonies are starting to come through, gorgeous, scented and blowsy. I teamed them here with pink piano roses, a double rose variety with hundreds of beautiful petals, I added texture and movement using the purple clematis. Its a newcomer to the cut flower market and I can’t stop playing with it! We added Peach avalanche roses to give a contrasting colour. The bouquet was bound simply with peach ribbon. The overall feel is that of a bouquet picked from a summers garden, honeysuckle would have worked really well with the bouquet too.

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Deep vibrant dresses would work well with this colour scheme, a vibrant cerise pink bridesmaid’s dress. The shape of the bouquet would compliment most dresses.

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Peony Pink! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Michelle & Jon

February 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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As soon as this beautiful Real Wedding landed in my inbox, courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Damian Hall Photography, I got to blogging!  I couldn’t wait to share the prettiest pink peonies, the finest of details and the widest of smiles which really make this elegant and romantic country house wedding one to write home about.

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Just blissful.  And the perfect way to round off Valentine’s Day here on the wedding blog.  Stay lovely!

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Michelle says:  We got engaged in July 2010 at the beautiful Great John Street Hotel in Manchester and we were married on Saturday 19th May 2012 at St Oswalds Church in Askrigg, Yorkshire Dales and had our reception at Yorebridge House, Bainbridge, Yorkshire Dales.

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As soon as we arrived at Yorebridge House we fell in love with the boutique hotel. The setting is picture perfect with its beautiful and stylish décor, intimate surroundings and amazing food we knew it was perfect. The best thing was having the entire hotel to ourselves from the moment we arrived on the Friday evening till we checked out on the Sunday morning.

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We chose an elegant and romantic country wedding theme, with a colour scheme of ivory and pale pink.

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I chose ‘Susanna’ by Lyn Ashworth from Choola in Eccleshall, Sheffield. My dress was simply beautiful with a strapless lace bodice and a full silk and organza skirt. In the evening I added a sash to my dress that matched my bridesmaid dresses to make it look a little different.  My gorgeous headdress was by HF Couture.

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My bridesmaids wore full length Dessy dresses in persian plum from White Lace & Promises in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire. My flower girl wore an ivory dress from John Lewis.

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We travelled in a silver Bentley Continental Flying Spur from Beaus & Belles.  Our favourite part of the day was getting in the wedding car straight after the ceremony and going for some photographs in the most amazing locations, whilst sipping Veuve Clicquot!

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Damian Hall Photography

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My flowers – by Mat at Red Floral Architecture – determined the time of year we got married as my favourite flowers are Peonies. I carried a bouquet full of ivory peonies with crystal and pearl detail and my bridesmaids carried bouquets of pale pink peonies with matching pearl detail. My table decorations were masses of pale pink peonies set on tall candelabras with ivory pearls hanging from the candelabras.

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We had a signature board with a picture from our pre wedding shoot (arranged through our photographer) for guests to write messages on instead of using a guest book. We had a wedding wish tree where guests hung their well wishes and advice for us to read. Our sweet shop proved very popular and looked really pretty after collecting different vintage jars from our travels.

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All our wedding stationery was by Cards By Sophie

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We chose an ivory four tiered traditional cake by Diva Cakes with ruffles on every other tier. We had four different fillings; chocolate fudge, vanilla & jam sponge, cappuccino and lemon.

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Damian Hall Photography

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We chose Samantha Murphy to sing at our reception. She sang everything from Adele and Eva Cassidy to Oasis and The Killers and got everybody on the dance floor.

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After the wedding we enjoyed a fabulous honeymoon – we went to Barbados for our first week and St Lucia for our second week.

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My top tip for other would be that feeling relaxed and comfortable with your photographer is paramount as they play such an important role on your wedding day with the planning and organisation needed. Our photographer Damian Hall Photography and his Wife Charlotte were amazing, they really made our day extra special and made us enjoy every minute of our wedding day. Their work really does speak for itself; we have the most amazing Queensbury Album that we will enjoy looking at for years to come.

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Damian Hall Photography will be exhibiting along with the rest of Yorkshire’s finest at the first Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition of the year, at Allerton Castle.  Come along and say hello – the event is FREE ENTRY and is open to the public from 12pm – 4pm. 

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Click here for more information about the event and to reserve your VIP bride to be goody bag, packed with treats, exclusive discounts and magazines.

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Brides Up North – Images © 2013 Damian Hall Photography

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A Florist’s Almanac – A Year In Brilliant Bridal Blooms

August 26th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I get lots of emails from readers of the wedding blog asking for floral ideas and inspiration.  My wish is your command.  You don’t mess with a bride to be in full wedding planning swing now, do you?!

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This is a print off and save post if ever I wrote one! To ensure seasonality and style, I enlisted the help of fantastic florist, Sophie of I Heart Flowers.  Here are her picks for a year of brilliant bridal blooms. 

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Presenting:  A Florist’s Almanac.  Sophie says…

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White vendella roses and eucalyptus make a classic choice for the cold months. Team a simple bouquet like this one with faux fur, feathers, diamantes and pearls for understated elegance.

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Red "passion" roses are the classic “I love you”. 

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Deep pink anenomies provide wonderful colour for winter and spring weddings, available in bold red, pink and deep blue and striking in white with their black centres.

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White ranunculus, pink antirrhinums (snap dragons), pink "Esperance" roses and ruscus.
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May brings the start of peony season, peonies being one of the most requested and popular flowers for weddings. The peony season runs from May to July, and peonies are sometimes available into August if you’re lucky. Pink "Sarah Bernhardt" peonies, Queen Anne’s lace, "Mimi Eden" spray roses, pink bupleurum, white sweet peas, eucalyptus.

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Pink "Sarah Bernhardt" peonies at their best mid season.

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A wonderful mix of seasonal summer flowers in pinks and blues – poppy heads, deep pink "Dr Alexander Flemming" peonies, blue scabious, blue delphinium, blue cornflowers, pink sweet peas, lavender, rosemary and eucalyptus.

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This bouquet shouts summer!  Pale pink peonies, white gerbera daisies, yellow craspedia, "Lemonade" and "Lydia" spray roses, champagne grass, eucalyptus and echevaria succulents.

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Usher in the shorter days with ladylike tones of pale pink "English Miss" spray roses from the Real Flower Company

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Vibrant autumn shades mixed with white cut a striking dash – "Mango" calla lilies, white avalanche roses, phormium leaves, "Black Tie" cordyline.

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Brassica flowers are a great choice for winter brides looking for something a little different and are available in beautiful whites, greens and purples as well as some red shades too. Green and white brassicas, white lisianthus, eucalytus and dracaena.

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To see more of Sophie’s amazing artistry and seek further inspiration, head on over to the I Heart Flowers blog pronto!

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Friday Fabulous! Brides Up North’s Northern Talent Guest Edit For Wedding Magazine

August 19th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I have a very special Friday Fabulous for you this week, as was featured on Wednesday (the day of the big server crash no less!) as a Guest Editor on Wedding Magazine’s website.

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Wedding Magazine was my bible when I was getting hitched, so just to be asked was a huge honour for this and reflects how far Brides Up North has come in the last nine months. 

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It was also an absolutely brilliant opportunity for me to show off some amazing Northern talent.  I hope that you enjoy it.  Be inspired by my muted pink palette of perfection!

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Click the image to visit the supplier’s website. 

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After a horrific week of computer troubles, car troubles, the lot… things are looking up for this wedding blogger.  I’m off out to celebrate making it through alive. 

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Brides Up North – Images © 2011 Wedding Magazine and as credited.  I Heart Flowers photograph by Emma Case Photography

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Darling Buds, A Real Wedding – Sarah & Richard

August 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Have I got a corker of a Real Wedding for you Brides to Be today!  Sent to me by bridal blog Featured Supplier Karen McGowran Photography, this wedding is brimming with ideas.  Today’s beautiful Bride Sarah helpfully explains where she found her own inspirations and the suppliers that she just couldn’t do without.  North East Brides – pens and paper at the ready!

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Over to the new Mrs Jennings: Richard proposed at the Priory in Tynemouth at the end of September 2010. We were there first thing on a Saturday morning, so we had the whole place to ourselves. The proposal was on bended knee, right on the edge of the cliff overlooking the sea, and the sun even made an appearance just as he popped the question – perfect!

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We married on 21st May 2011 at Woodhill Hall in Otterburn, Northumberland.  A lot of family were coming over from Canada, so we were primarily looking for a venue we could hire for the whole weekend. Our families and bridal party were able to come and stay with us there for three nights, which gave us lots of time to have a proper visit with them and to have an extended wedding celebration. We knew Woodhill Hall was the place for us as soon as we walked in – grand enough to feel special, but somehow still managing to feel intimate and comfortable.

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I had an all white bouquet with hydrangeas, tulips, peonies, sweet peas and roses by Bels Flowers

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I wanted a reasonably simple and elegant dress – I’m not a ‘bling’ type of girl, so I wasn’t after anything with too much sparkly fuss. I also didn’t want a strapless gown, which was a hard thing to find! I struggled to find the right dress until I visited YAP Bridal Boutique in Newcastle. After trying a few dresses on with no success, the owner Jo mentioned she was going to start carrying a new designer, and showed me a picture of a dress from their catalogue. She was sure it would look great, so went to the trouble of ordering up a sample from London, in my right size, just so I could try it. Wouldn’t you know, Jo was right – it was the ‘one’!

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My bridesmaids wore Alfred Sung style D476 in Niagara – they looked AMAZING! I ordered them from Bridal Wish, who had the most competitive prices for that style.

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I can’t recommend Karen McGowran Photography, Bels Flowers, The Fine and Funky Events Company, Simone Whitehead (hair) , Paula Pace of Perfection Nail & Beauty (makeup) and Real Life Films enough – they all went above and beyond for us! We also worked with Simply Bows and Chair Covers, Purple Peacock Stationery, Blades Suit Hire, Stuart Collingwood (pianist) to name a few more – all were great.

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We wanted to day to feel quite personal – instead of a traditional guestbook, we had a wedding ‘tree’ where guests inked their thumbs and pressed them onto the print as leaves on the branches and then signed their names next to it. It looked amazing by the end of the night and will be lovely framed. We also had special favours, which were small pieces of traditional Danish wedding cake, which reflected my family’s heritage – this type of cake was served at my mother’s, grandmother’s and great grandmother’s wedding, and we were so lucky to find Birgit Underwood in London who was able to make them for us! I also embroidered our initials and wedding date in blue onto a vintage handkerchief (which was my ‘something blue’ carried in the pocket of my dress) and also designed keepsake escort cards which were then made by Purple Peacock Stationery.

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Our wedding cake was made by a friend of ours – unfortunately it had an ‘accident’ on the way to the venue! It tasted great though!

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We had an AMAZING band, No Time For Jive, agree to come and play for us. They got us and our guests up and embarrassing ourselves on the dance floor in no time!

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How can you pick a favourite part of a day like this!? I loved the band, and I loved the ‘evening buffet’ where we replaced the ‘buffet’ with a crepe station! Executive Catering provided everything we needed and a selection of crepes that were made to order in front of the guests – they were delicious! And good value!

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Most of all, I just loved marrying the man I loved in front of so many people who care about us… it’s amazing.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to find a supplier that you like and trust, and ask them for reliable suppliers that they’ve worked with before – it really is the best way to find great suppliers. Karen tipped us off to a lot of great people.

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Brides, Grooms and photographers – Contact Brides Up North to share your Real Wedding on the wedding blog

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Super Sunday!

January 16th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I’m suffering a little right now as I am waking up in Dublin after my best friend’s hen party! Yesterday we hired a stretch hummer from Carry Anybody Limo, and headed up to Johnnie Foxes in the Dublin mountains!  Later, we enjoyed a slap up meal at Bang, followed by a VIP table at Lillie Bordellos. Awesome!

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The bride is still sleeping it off, so in the meantime let’s see what the blogosphere has in store for us this Super Sunday, as I recount the best bits of the week…with a special treat at the end!

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Rock n Roll Bride

San Francisco vintage wedding via Rock n Roll Bride

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The cutest cake toppers I have ever seen, and the rest of this wedding is just as cool and gorgeous.  Get thee to Rock n Roll Bride to take a look.

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OMG I'm Getting Married

Beautiful eco wedding via OMG I’m Getting Married

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Such fantastic photography from Monica Dart Photography showcases this beautiful green South African wedding. Top marks.

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Emmaline Bride

Fabulous handmade wedding via Emmaline Bride

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The attention to detail in this crafty wedding is astounding… right down to the hearts on the soles of her shoes!

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Valley and Co

Beautiful winery wedding via Valley & Co

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Make mine a large glass of gorgeous!

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And now for something special.  Debs over at Belle Amour featured me this week on her blog, talking about my Dream Wedding (if Alan and I could do it all again), and some other fun stuff.

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She made this pretty mood board all for me…

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Belle Amour - Brides Up North Dream Wedding Mock Up

Julia’s Dream Wedding via Belle Amour

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I ADORE this!  She has captured my imagination perfectly.  A talented girl, that Debs! I hope that I have inspired someone…

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Thought about a career in wedding planning Debs?  Want a job with Brides Up North Wedding Planning Services?

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And yes… that is Leonardo Di Caprio (and unfortunatley for Alan, I think he might be my very favourite bit!)… pop on over to Belle Amour and all will be explained..!

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