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Pearly Princess. An Elegant Real Wedding At Peckforton Castle–Isobel & Gary

December 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’m going to start sharing my prettiest Real Weddings every Tuesday.  Spirits lightened, just like that!

This morning we are in Cheshire with Isobel and Gary, sharing in their beautiful and elegant autumn celebration at the glorious Peckforton Castle.  A warm colour palette, layers of lace and pearls and a whole lot of love.  My kinda wedding.

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Phil Drinkwater.

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Isobel says:  Gary proposed to me at the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge on 6h October 2011. We were both dressed in boiler suits and attached to the bridge. Gary had been in talks with the company for well over a year and they made the proposal seamless, i.e. turning off the metal detector so that the ring wouldn’t show up. I had absolutely no idea!

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We got married on Saturday 19th October 2013 – our 4 year anniversary since getting together.

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We got married at the Holy Ascension in Upton as it was my family church. My christening was performed there.

We chose Peckforton Castle in Tarporley for many reasons.  It’s a grand venue, which creates an impact on arrival, the building and grounds are simply beautiful, with the décor providing a grand yet modern touch and the log fires made it feel like a warm and cosy day even in the middle of October.  The professionalism of the staff is second to none, nothing we had experienced at other venues.

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Our theme was pearl and lace. We included lace and pearls around the candles which covered the church and the great hall (wedding breakfast venue). We also had pearls dripping from the candelabra centre pieces. Both of my dresses included lace and pearls. The girls were given pearl bracelets around their napkins as one of their favours.  Because it was October, we chose a warm aubergine purple as our base colour. 

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My day dress was purchased from Cheshire Brides in Frodsham, was an ivory, heavy satin, straight cut dress with full body skirt (including pockets!) It included a diamond belt around the middle which fastened at the back in a diamond bow. Ivory and diamond buttons flowed all the way down the back of the dress. I then had a bespoke lace, off the shoulder jacket made, with matching buttons fastening at the back.

When it was time to party, I changed into a lace and pearl fishtail dress with bespoke thin straps over my shoulders from Bespoke Brides  in Mollington.

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My bridesmaids wore aubergine, one shoulder full length chiffon gowns from Bespoke Brides in Mollington. The groomsmen wore grey tails with matching grey waistcoat and aubergine cravat and handkerchief from Moss Bros. 

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I carried a hand tied bouquet of Avalanche, Sweet Avalanche, Memory Lane and Cool water roses with flecks of cream Waxflower, Gypsophila and Alma Flora, framed with more Gypsophila from Lavender Blue. 

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Gary says his favourite moment was the first sight of me coming down the aisle, but for me leaving the church with my new husband was the best feeling ever!

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We had a lot of personal touches.  On each table there was paper to write the guest’s favourite moments of the bride and groom and guess the speech length betting slips.  We also had personalised monopoly money for the poker/roulette tables with a picture of Gary and I at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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Our entertainment was a lot of fun,  We had a string quartet for the church and drinks reception (The Endymion String Quartet), singing waiters for the wedding breakfast (Divas Disguised) and poker and roulette tables and sweets tables for the interim after the wedding breakfast by Hipswing Entertainments  After the meal we had an Interactive DJ and 5 piece band “The Coolers” for the reception. 

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We chose a three tier white cake with icing flower petals (with aubergine outer colour) framing the front of the cake. Traditional fruit, chocolate and Baileys and Champagne and strawberries!

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Kuala Lumpur, Bali and Dubai.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to stay relaxed and let your day flow.

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Congratulations Isobel & Gary!

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The Editorials: Unvintage Rebellion For Wedding Magazine

May 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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The Editorials is a series bringing the offline bridal freelance writing that I do on a monthly basis for numerous glossy magazines (both National and regional) online.  This is done both for your benefit (in case you missed the original print articles) and mine, in the vain hope that I’m saving my – often painstakingly crafted in the early hours of the morning – words from their ultimate end of being posh chip paper and recording them for time eternal right here on these swirly silver pages.

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Today, I am getting fresh with a piece first published for my regular column in National glossy, Wedding Magazine.  Now I love “vintage” styling as much as the next person – after all we just held a beautiful luxury and vintage exhibition at York’s National Railway Museum, didn’t we? – but only when it’s done properly.  For a while it felt like everyone was just pulling out the birdcages and calling it “vintage”.  So I say – forget the gimmicks, forget the “labels and embrace a return to classic styling drawing influence from bygone ages. If it’s beautiful, it’s in. 

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I wrote:  It’s out with the old and in with the new this season as brides to be are leading the way in a very un-vintage rebellion. Ladies: it seems that bridal styling is having a spring clean!

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The chintz is being stripped back to make way for an altogether cooler and more current celebration. In a return to true elegance, a new style leader is emerging: clean lines, considered colour pops and a distinct lack of fuss.

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Whilst the most beautiful weddings still draw on influences from bygone eras, today it will be a nod in the right direction rather than a swan dive into the dressing up box. In a thoroughly modern twist, today’s bride is bringing glamour bang up to date.

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Tasteful is in. It’s time to put away the mismatched tea cups and roll out the fine china. Crisp linen and shining silverware make for the best dressed tables in town.

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If you love retro styling, keep it authentic. A few unique antique details will be far more special than a job lot of imitation pieces.

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Go for a contemporary slick of bright pink on your lips, or a little heavier on the eyes for a refreshing take on bridal beauty.

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Your bouquet is a sure fire way to bring a classic look into the 21st Century. Choose zesty greens, plump succulents or bright wildflowers in similar shades to sharpen up the overall effect and add interest.

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We may be seeing a return to simpler schemes, but this doesn’t mean that you should revert to the dark days when your chair covers had to match your knickers! Keep your use of colour strictly complimentary.

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A Winters’s Tale: A Real Wedding In The North West – Alexandra & Christopher

March 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Well, the blog is nothing if not varied, is it?  After Sunday’s sun kissed seaside wedding (just beautiful and not to be missed – click here to catch up) it’s time for a snowy and romantic stately home celebration.  Inspiration from all angles and all climates, and all gorgeously Northern.  Le sigh. 

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Alexandra and Christopher’s Real Wedding, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Phil Drinkwater Photography is an absolute knockout.  Tasteful white on white styling, help from some very talented Brides Up North Featured Suppliers, a princess gown and pops of regal purple make an elegant and opulent setting for the perfect Winter wedding in the North West.

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Alexandra says:  Christopher proposed on Christmas Eve 2011, at home before we went out for a meal with our closest friends. I didn’t have a clue and apparently said ‘is that for me?’ (I had waited 11 years)!

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We got engaged on Saturday 26th January 2013 at Eaves Hall, Clitheroe.  If I’m totally honest, it was our wild card. We had been told about it by some friends, so decided to take a look as we loved that area of the country. It took our breath away the minute we saw it on the approach up the driveway. As soon as we walked through the door we both looked at each other and knew it was the place for our wedding.

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We opted for a Narnia and frosty winter wonderland theme. I had wished for snow from the minute we secured our booking… but never thought we’d be so lucky!

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I’m quite classic in my style so the invitations and décor were simple and elegant.  Eaves Hall has beautiful fires, candles, and our tables had candelabras so I wanted everything the compliment them. Our top table had hurricane lamps with ivory candles and glass votives filled with ivory flowers and cylinder vases to display the bridal bouquets. Crystal garlands decorated the beautiful candelabras and I added a handful of scatter crystals to the tables for a subtle hint of sparkle.

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We opted for an ivory colour scheme with accents of purple and a very pale gold and bronze.  I wanted to embrace the winter season so looked for sparkly wintry elements.

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My dress was by Trudy Lee and had been named Jemma. I bought it from Proposals Bridalwear, in Swinton. The dress chose me! It was the complete opposite of what I went in for, but once I started to dream about it, I knew it was the one for me.  My shrug was from Coast.

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My shoes were from Irregular Choice in London. I love shoes and wanted a pair I could wear again for any occasion.  I hand a pair of snowboots on standby, which came in handy.

My hair comb was the Vintage Multi Flower Pave Crystal Hair Comb by Ron Richard at Debenhams.  My necklace belonged to my gran, which she had in the 1920s, and was the perfect amount of sparkle for my dress.  Chris bought me some beautiful diamond earrings as a gift and the bracelet was given to me from my sister when I was a bridesmaid for her.

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My bridesmaids’ dresses were from Karen Millen and the flower girl’s from Ted Baker. I wanted something they could wear again.  Christopher wore an Italian wool morning suit and our groomsmen and pageboy wore black morning suits, all from John Francis Menswear in Bolton.

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Phoebe and Amy from Flossy & Leigh Make-Up Artist Company did my hair and make up. 

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Phil Drinkwater was our photographer for the day and we are so pleased with the results – he was absolutely amazing. 

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I carried a hand tied bouquet of ivory roses, white double lisanthus, ranunculus, a hint of purple lisanthus, grey ‘frosty’ greenery and silver brunia berries, adorned with crystal and diamante detail.  These flowers ran throughout the theme of the day and were by Laura at Laurel Weddings. 

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It was all so perfect, it’s hard to pinpoint one particular favourite moment. It was lovely to get some time together for a walk in the snow but even that felt like I was dreaming. Seeing the effort everyone involved went to in making sure they shared our day was overwhelming.

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Instead of wedding favours we bought a charity bear and donated money to the North West Air Ambulance. After experiencing first hand their fabulous work after having a fall from my horse, we both agreed it was the perfect alternative. We picked a name from an envelope during the speeches and they took home the charity bear as a keepsake.

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For our wedding cake we opted for two tiers of marble cake and one tier of vanilla sponge by Richards Cakes, in Urmston. I was speechless when I saw it… it was exactly what we wanted.

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I designed and hand made the invitations, table plan, table names, menus and place settings myself.

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Ken Robson played the piano throughout the day and the evening DJ was supplied through Eaves Hall -Pete Best Mobile Discos.

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We decided on Reykjavik, Iceland for a mini moon as we both really wanted to see the Northern Lights – which we did on our last night. Iceland is an amazing country with lots to do and we came home feeling we had only seen a glimpse of it.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to go with your instinct, and make decisions based on what you want for your wedding day. It will save a lot of time and unnecessary stress throughout the months of planning.

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Congratulations Alexandra & Christopher!

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The Editorials: Va-Va-Groom!

February 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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In this new blog series, The Editorials, I share my pre-published offline content, online.  I write on a freelance basis for numerous regional and National glossies, and rather than be relegated to being rather posh chip paper, I thought that my words might be useful to my online readers who didn’t manage to pick up a print copy of my features.  Double the pretty!

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The second instalment in this series (click here to see the first, focussing on the trend for all white weddings) catches up on a column I wrote for Wedding Magazine before Christmas, all about giving your groom some va-va-voom!

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I wrote: The days of identikit grooms are long gone. You might be preoccupied with selecting the perfect wedding gown, but you can bet that your other half is also giving some careful thought to his own wedding day look. For him too, this is a day where he wants raise the style stakes and feel that little bit special.

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Luckily, there has never been more of a sartorial selection for a groom to choose from. Whether he is a traditionalist looking for a classically cut morning suit or an individual wanting to cut a dash with quirky accessories, it’s now acceptable for the groom to look beyond a hired waistcoat and cravat. Whilst it’s true that his choice of attire should complement the overall style of the bridal party, some of my favourite wedding day images are those where the personality of the groom shines through.

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If he wants to keep his look classic, help him to stand out from the rest of the wedding party by choosing a different colour of tie or more elaborate buttonhole.

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Rather than sticking to the status quo, encourage your man to mix things up with by adding a special touch. How about a colourful bow tie, socks, braces, sharp shoes or a neckerchief?

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For a relaxed celebration or destination wedding he needn’t be trussed up like a turkey. Work with the style of his surroundings and opt for light fabrics and a pale colour palette.

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If he’s decorated, this is his chance to show it off. I also love to see a groom in national dress: kilts at the ready boys, it’s time to show some leg!

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Indulge him! If he has a need for speed, why not hire a cool car or vintage scooter to get him to the church on time and in style.

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Wish You Were Here! A Real Vintage Travel Christmas Wedding In The North West – Carlene & Adam

December 25th, 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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Carlene & Adam chose a vintage travel theme for their winter wedding in the North West, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Phil Drinkwater Photography and North West Wedding Planner Caroline Hale of Pomp & Ceremony.

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Caroline of Pomp & Ceremony explains: Carlene and Adam were married at Thornton Manor on 18 December 2011 with a fabulous vintage travel theme. The wedding ceremony was held at 4pm in the dining room followed by a reception in the stunning music room.

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Prior to the ceremony, guests were welcomed to the main hall for mulled wine and mince pies.  The couple met working in Singapore, where they still live today, and wanted to incorporate their love of travel in the theme of the wedding. Carlene is originally from the Wirral where many of her family still live today so wanted to return for her big day. We (Pomp & Ceremony Planning) were on hand via email and Skype to make it happen on the UK side.

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The bride wore a stunning short dress  (The dress was designed by the bride and made by Renee L in Singapore). teamed with navy Louboutin shoes and the groom sported a bow tie as part of his ensemble. There were no bridesmaids. groomsmen wore stylish silk pocket handkerchiefs instead of button holes which fitted with the vintage theme. Carlene carried a rose bouquet provided by The Olive Tree florists.

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In place of reception flowers there were centrepieces of vintage cameras, postcards, stamps, statues, map hearts and stacks of vintage books tied up with ribbon. All items were sourced from charity shops, vintage shops and trusty Ebay and Etsy. There were also stacks of vintage suitcases dotted around the room, a large display map with vintage flag pins showing a selection of places the bride and groom had been, postcard garlands, travel posters and each table had its own passport menu. Navy paper poms were used for ceremony chair decorations.

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Boarding cards were used instead of a formal table plan and took guests to their destination, all tables were named after countries that Carlene and Adam have visited together. Once at the table luggage tags at the back of each chair directed the guests to their seat.

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The guest book was replaced with postcards from around the world deposited in a vintage vanity case.

Favours were pots of jam with ‘Spread the Love’ printed on and vintage style ribbon tied around the neck. There was also a sweetie table and kitsch kissing booth sign with a basket filled with mistletoe.

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The cake was provided by Jennifer O’Neill Cakes in Thornton Hough.  The cake was 3 tiers in French Vanilla  with Champagne, Strawberry and Buttercream, simple icing with piped dots simple ribbon and a vintage couple atop. There was also a sweetie table provided by Tamaryn’s Treasures fitting the vintage and navy theme, plus destination inspired cocktails served by Vibrant Bars. Anne Wilson Cordon Bleu catered the wedding with a seasonal winter warming menu.

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Entertainment was supplied by Big Entertainment with Wayne Allen doing a live Motown set followed by DJ Ian Haskell.

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Photographer – Phil Drinkwater Photography

Assistant Photographer – Tim Johnson

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Charming Chatsworth: A Real Wedding In Derbyshire – Ezgi & Joe

August 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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So, I thought I’d keep on spoiling you.  And why ever not?

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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s double whammy of Real Wedding lovely is this beautiful celebration at the splendid Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, sent to me my Brides Up North Featured Supplier, the fabulous Phil Drinkwater Photography (this man is a real gem) and stunning real bride Ezgi.

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Ezgi says:  We got engaged in Padstow, Cornwall in November 2011. Joe had taken me on a walk to show me where he used to go on holiday as a child, and at the top of a cliff he got down on one knee and proposed! We finished the evening with a tasting menu at Jamie’s Fifteen in Watergate Bay.

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We were married on 17th August 2012 at Chatsworth House, near Bakewell in Derbyshire.

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We had looked at a few venues, but nothing had jumped out at us. Then someone reminded us of Chatsworth – so we had a look, and absolutely fell in love with it. It wasn’t our first time there; Joe had been to Chatsworth many times as a child, we also went there on one of our early dates. The fact that we had some history there made it all the more special.  We opted for a colour scheme of burgundy and ivory. 

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I travelled in a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, which kindly stayed until after the ceremony for photos and the guests arrived in a coach which took everyone from the hotel to Chatsworth. This same coach took everyone home again. The return journey was a much more raucous affair with a spontaneous sing-a-long arising from the back seats!

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I knew I didn’t want a big dress, but wasn’t really sure from looking online what would suit me. After trying a few on, I decided I wanted a strapless dress, and quite liked the sweetheart neckline. The dress I eventually went for was from Berketex Bride: chiffon, sweetheart neckline, with some beaded detail around the waist, fitted until the hips and had a slim outline. Simple yet pretty.

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My hair and make-up was done by my friend’s sister, Nadia. It was so nice to have someone I’ve known for years spend time with us getting ready, not to mentioned the entertainment provided by her three year old daughter!

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As I only had one bridesmaid, I thought I’d find something nice in the sales; the plan was to keep the flowers ivory so that I could choose any colour for the bridesmaid dress. In the end, I couldn’t find anything I liked in the sales and bought my sister a burgundy dress from Coast – strapless and chiffon to complement my dress.  The ushers wore grey Lingfield tail coats from Moss Bros.

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I carried a shower bouquet of ivory orchids and roses, and my sister had a bunch of ivory roses. The groomsmen all had an ivory rose in their buttonhole.  All our flowers were by Katie Peckett in Sheffield.  

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One of the reasons we chose Chatsworth because of the beautiful grounds and the opportunity to have our wedding photos there.

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The day of our wedding was grey, miserable, and pouring down with rain. The forecast had predicted rain the entire day, without any dry spells or sunshine.

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We had resigned ourselves to the fact that we’d have to have our wedding photos in the sculpture gallery (usually only open in such terrible weather). Then when we came out of the ceremony, despite all the odds, we actually had dry weather! We were allowed to wander around the gardens, being transported in the EZGO buggies, and we were even allowed to have photos in the sculpture gallery too! It was absolutely beautiful, and we were delighted to be able to have photos in Chatsworth.

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To add some personal touches to the reception, we named the tables after places we’ve been to together. We used the flag of each area and ribbon to decorate the ivory and burgundy table plan, and the table name had a photo of us at each location.

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We had a three tier cake with ivory icing made by a friend from work. The largest tier was chocolate, then lemon and the top layer was fruit. It was huge, which meant we got to enjoy it with family and friends for the rest of the weekend. Utterly delicious!

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We used Bliss Wedding DJ for the evening entertainment.

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As we are both doctors, we are restricted with our annual leave and cannot always get time off together. We have managed a few days in Turkey when we are going to have a second celebration with all my side of the family, but we will save the proper honeymoon until next year!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy the planning, enjoy the day, and try not to get hung up on the little details, everything will work out perfectly no matter what!

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Congratulations Ezgi & Joe!

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on these pages! 

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Doors To Manual! A Real Wedding On Concorde: Ria & James

June 7th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A bit of a treat for you this morning on the wedding blog, with a very special Real Wedding on Concorde (!) sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Phil Drinkwater Photography

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Phil was the second shooter on this wedding, but the lead photographer and the bride and groom have kindly given their permission for his images to be shared with us today.

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Phil says: James and Ria were married on 7th January 2012 at the Concorde Hanger at Manchester Airport. With a background aircraft outside, their own special journey on board was a truly unique experience. No one having been able to sit in those iconic leather chairs before made their day very unique and they were the first couple to have their wedding outside of Concorde itself underneath the fuselage which allowed their guests to be very much part of the ceremony.  The celebrations were truly multi cultural, with Asian and Welsh guests and a Scottish bagpiper. 

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Congratulations Ria & James!

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Fabulous Photographer: Phil Drinkwater Photography

January 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Its only bloomin’ Frrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrriday!  Yippee!

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I’m off to do some schmoozing at the very glitzy Wedding Ideas Awards 2012 with their team and hundreds of other wedding industry bods at a black tie dinner and party down sawf in the big smoke tonight.  See!  It’s not all grafting at a computer this blogging lark (er, well, it is in the main, actually). 

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Wedding Ideas Magazine and particularly the two Rachels (MD and Editor) and the lovely Alice from Features have been so good to this over the life of this wedding blog to date and I can’t wait to celebrate another successful year for the magazine and see who takes home the gongs!

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Whilst I slip into my evening dress (floor length deep purple plus Mulberry clutch, don’tcha know) and prim and preen, I’ll leave you in the talented hands of Brides Up North Featured Supplier and fabulous North West Wedding photographer, Phil Drinkwater Photography.  A guy who is no stranger to an award or two…

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How did you get into wedding photography and what is your background/qualifications?

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Originally, I’m from a fashion & beauty photography background. Beauty photography especially is all about intricate makeup, flattering lighting and just the perfect angle and expression. Fortunately those skills are important skills for wedding photography (plus the ability to smile and be happy no matter what!). Last year (2010) I won the Guild of Photographers Overall Photographer of the Year prize, which is a national competition prize judged by the Guild panel. Proud doesn’t quite cover it! Since then, they have asked me to join the panel in order to rate judge, mentor and train other photographers.

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I couldn’t think of any other area of photography that so closely match my skills and the things I enjoy.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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Undoubtedly two things: The excitement of producing a photo which I just know will light up the couples faces when they see it and spending time with happy people on a very warm and special day.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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I have a number of tricks. Firstly, I remain calm. That’s really important. I integrate myself with the day and make everyone laugh and join in the fun of the morning. Finally, I don’t try to push couples to do anything they’re uncomfortable with – all of my photography is very natural – and I keep an eye out for little signs of nervousness so I know when to give people some space. I even have a trick for stopping people crying before their wedding if they feel themselves welling up… but you’ll have to book me to find that one out! It’s saved a few makeup artists’ work before the ceremony.
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Any advice to any brides who don’t like to have their picture taken?

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Choose a photographer who can make you laugh and loves to produce natural photographs. Everyone looks good when they’re happy!

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What sort of makeup should a bride wear to look great in her pictures?

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As a beauty photographer, I know a lot more about makeup than the average guy! Avoid makeup with reflective substances in it (such as mineral makeup) as it can reflect light giving you dotty cheeks. I believe flawless natural makeup looks great for a wedding day, but really it’s whatever makes you feel great about yourself.

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A smile is always good and conversely a frown usually doesn’t set the photo off well… so just relax and enjoy yourself.

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Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why?

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I would love to photograph Ricky Gervais’ wedding because, selfishly, I think I’d laugh all day!

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

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The most memorable and moving moment from a wedding was with a bride who was having a handfasting ceremony (an old, traditional ceremony) in a bluebell wood. She was brought to that wood by her grandfather as a young girl and always wanted to get married there. He was there on the day and started crying during his speech  she quickly followed with tears of her own.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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1) I’m very aware of what’s happening around me in terms of the emotions and body language cues, which means I naturally capture the most meaningful moments.

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2) My fashion and beauty photography in studio has taught me about how light affects faces and which angles are most flattering.

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3) I’m great fun to be around and get constant comments from couples and their guests saying how much they enjoyed my company. That’s nice to hear.

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What can a couple who book you expect on the day?

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They can expect a fun day, someone who will look after them and help them through it, someone who will make sure they are doing the right things at the right time and will go to all lengths to produce just the best set of wedding images they could have imagined without monopolising them.

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What is included in your "package"?

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Generally I provide a DVD with large print resolution and small facebook images, an online gallery to share with friends & family and a slideshow for cosy TV viewing. After that, people can choose from a beautiful set of custom designed albums. Most of my weddings are full day so have fantastic coverage from the bridal preparation and detail shots right through to the first dance.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work?

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Take a look at www.phildweddingphotography.co.uk or join me on facebook at www.facebook.com/phildweddingphotography or follow me at twitter.com/phildweddings.

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Anything else we should know?

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Just that it’s a pleasure to be included on your site. It’s a fantastic resource for brides and grooms who are looking for ideas and suppliers. I look forward to speaking to some of your readers soon about their own weddings!

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Thanks Phil! Couldn’t resist this last image (my very favourite!)…

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