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Super Beautiful. A Pretty DIY Wedding In Preston – Graham & Aimee

July 11th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

A whole lot of heart and soul went into the planning of Aimee and Graham’s wedding day, with the bride to be firmly at the head of operations.  Known for her girly ways and pretty styling efforts, this Brides Up North reader certainly wasn’t going to disappoint on the biggest day of her life.

The result?  A personal and pretty celebration with lots of delectable DIY details.  If you like really pretty things, you’re going to be very inspired.  Pinterest fingers at the ready.

With images by Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Aimee says: We got engaged in London at Christmas time. We were at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, which I had been so excited to visit as I absolutely love all things Christmassy! We were at the ice rink which looked so pretty all lit up with fairy lights at night when Graham pulled out the most perfect ring and proposed to me! Afterwards we headed straight to Harvey Nichols champagne bar for a glass of celebratory bubbles.

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Our wedding was on 26th April 2014.  There was no real special reason behind the particular date other than when we visited Beeston Manor for the first time we absolutely fell in love with it and they were fast running out of Saturday availability! We always wanted a spring wedding so the last Saturday they had left until later in the year was perfect for us. We got in pencilled in there and then.

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

We got married at All Saints Church on Hesketh Bank. It meant such a lot to us both to get married there as we both grew up visiting that church, all our family weddings and christenings happen there so I really couldn’t imagine it being anywhere else. Ever since I was a little girl imagining my wedding, I always dreamt of it being there. It was so lovely that Reverend Bill knew us and our family to make the service personal and really special. To top it off, it’s a gorgeous little church too!

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

The theme for our wedding was a vintage style English country garden look with a slight rustic twist, but I am a girly girl so it was kept very pretty with lots of lace everywhere. We chose this style as it is very “me” and really reflected my personality and of the style of our home. Graham always says that it is my job to make everything pretty so he was more than happy to go along with it and helped out with picking everything.

Our wedding colours were ivory, blush pink and mint. We chose these as we felt ivory and pink colours always make for a pretty and classic wedding, I am a bit obsessed with mint at the moment so adding that in just added some extra interest.

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

I wore an A-line tulle skirted dress from Blue by Enzoani which I bought from Emma Hartley Bridal in Colne. It featured lace appliqués and beading detail on the skirt and the bodice was a ruche waist with lace overlaid with beaded flowers. I tried on 67 dresses trying to find “the one” but I loved this dress as it was so pretty and romantic, with so much beautiful detail, I felt like a princess when I tried it on.

I knew I wanted a full skirted dress but also wanted a covered top so we had it customised with a tulle top with lace appliqués which matched the skirt to create an illusion neckline and V shape back.

I had amazing lace detail peep toe shoes from No.1 Jenny Packham at Debenhams which I absolutely adored!

In my hair I wore the Autumn headband from Liberty in Love with tulle and silk flowers and beads. I had a two tier waterfall veil with tiny diamantes to catch the light, again from Emma Hartley Bridal.

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Our bridesmaids wore blush pink dresses from Coast with petal detail on the bust, they were perfect for the romantic and floral look we were going for and looked beautiful on the girls. We were very fortunate about the fit of the dresses as mid way through planning after we had bought the dresses, two of my bridesmaids found out they were pregnant and luckily the dresses were a perfect shape for a growing baby bump, they looked lovely on the day! We had two flower girls who wore dresses very similar to the bridesmaids but in white and had little cardigans featuring the same petal detail to tie everything together.

The groomsmen wore matching suits to Graham and our page boy had a mini version with a tailcoat, waistcoat and bow tie and which we paired with Converse which looked adorable

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Michelle Sisson did my makeup and my bridesmaid’s hair and makeup, she did a fantastic job and we all felt amazing after she had worked her magic, she was so lovely to have around on the wedding morning and made sure we look perfect before we left for church. My friend Emma Shaw Hair did my bridal hair and was again fantastic at achieving a gorgeous do which was exactly as I wanted.

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Graham wore a grey three piece slim fit suit, with a blush pink tie and hankie. It is not really his style to wear a full tail coat suit so this was perfect, it created a relaxed but smart look which really suited him and I think he looked really handsome. We hired the suits from Winstanleys at Oswaldtwistle.

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

My mum and I travelled to church in a vintage Bentley in cream and the bridesmaids followed in a matching Daimler then n the way to the reception me and Graham were in the Bentley and the flower girls had a turn in the “posh car” which they loved! We hired the cars from a local company called Classic Wedding Cars and Jimmy the driver had us laughing the whole journey which helped with nerves!

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

Pretty vintage style wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston (c) Weddings By Luke

I carried an amazing white and pink bouquet of peonies and hydrangeas which are my absolute favourite flowers. They were so gorgeous and fluffy; I didn’t want to put them down all day! They were hand tied with matching ribbon and lace, I pinned my best friend’s Grandma’s heart shape brooch onto them as my something old and borrowed. Our flowers were all from Libbi at Flowers by Strawberry Fields and she did such an amazing job, they were better than I ever imagined.  As soon as I met Libbi it was clear we had very similar taste and we knew we could completely trust her to make everything super beautiful. 

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Live, Laugh, Love. A 1950’s Vintage Real Wedding In Lancashire – Adele & Donna

March 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Catharine Noble Photography

BIG LOVE to our brilliant and talented exhibitors, fabulous brides and goody bag touting grooms who supported our event in Leeds yesterday. The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Mansion was glorious! Thank you to everyone involved for your support and attendance, our team loved every minute of it. Roll on our next show at this favourite venue of mine… in the diary for 19th October!  More on that later.

Meanwhile, it’s still a March Monday on these pretty pages, and I’ve got something rather lovely in store for you this morning.  Today we are celebrating with not one stylish Bride Up North but two, as we join Adele and Donna for their bright, balmy and beautiful Real Wedding celebration in Lancashire.

With images by Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

Donna says:  We got engaged in May 2010. One Saturday morning there was a knock on the door. I was faced with a big bunch of flowers and a card saying ‘Will you marry me?’ and as I was reading this Adele produced a lovely white gold diamond ring in the shape of a flower.

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We were married on 3rd August 2013 at Heskin Hall Tudor manor house in Chorley, Lancashire.  We had looked at an array of venues in the area and didn’t come across any that understood us as a couple and understood what we wanted our wedding day to be like. The venue was perfect and just what we had in mind.

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

From the onset we had a 1950’s vintage theme. This included a VW Camper Van from Cheshire Campervan Hire as our transport, dapper floral shirts and dickie bows for the men and boys, vintage ice cream van from Every Day Is Like Sundae, high tea with vintage mismatched china, bunting, birdcages and heart shaped table confetti made from old sonnets. We collected jam jars, tied lace around these and added meadow flowers to them. We also had lawn games for our guests including croquet. Our motto – Live, Laugh, Love – was also featured throughout our ceremony and celebrations. 

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

We visited our local mill and our bridesmaids selected the same print in a different colour each to be made into the same dresses. Our little flower girl Elise wore a simple flower girl dress from BHS, which matched perfectly with the theme. The page boys wore matching floral shirts from Debenhams and waist coat and trousers from BHS. My father also wore a matching suit and shirt from Debenhams. All the boys wore dickie bows and 50’s style shoes.

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We both chose a similar style of dress even though we hadn’t consulted each other. Our local bridal shop and dress maker Something Special based in Horwich made both our dresses and bridesmaid dresses simply from a couple of pictures and ideas.

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

We carried simple but elegant meadow flowers and tea roses by Fleur De Lyn Cooper.  I had a Scottish thistle within my bouquet in memory of my grandma who was from Scotland.

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

We had a male soloist on a guitar who learned all our favourite songs and sang these straight after the ceremony on the lawn and also while we were having high tea.

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

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Blushing Bride. A Real Wedding In The North West – Emma & Barry

December 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon we join Brides Up North reader Emma and her new husband Barry for their vintage inspired Real Wedding in the North West.  Pretty and pink with lots of special little details, this is definitely one for the girly girls…

With images by Arusha’s Images

Arusha’s Images

Emma says:  We got engaged at Leeds Festival on August Bank Holiday Weekend 2011, and we were married on Friday 2nd August 2013 at St. Thomas’ Church, Thurnham, Lancaster. It is our local church beautiful, quaint and we fell in love with it as soon as we saw it.

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Our reception was at the Preston Marriott.  It has amazing grounds and a self contained room with a huge dance floor plus a quieter area to relax in. The staff were incredible and treated our wedding party like VIPs for the weekend.

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We based the day largely on a Vintage Romance theme. I love all things vintage.  I chose a colour scheme of cream, rose pink and silver grey.

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Arusha’s Images

I wore a strapless Justin Alexander gown from Butterfly Bridal, Lancaster. It had a very detailed bodice and a very full skirt, with gorgeous zip detailing to the back.

My bridesmaids wore full length Dessy dresses in Rose. They were one shoulder, Grecian style, again from Butterfly Bridal, Lancaster.  The men’s suits from Greenwoods, Lancaster. We opted for mid-grey morning suits, with silver waistcoats and pink cravats.

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Arusha’s Images

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Arusha’s Images

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I carried a hand tied bouquet of vintage pink Sweet Avalanche Roses complimented with scented Lily of the Valley, Gypsophila, Cream Freesia and interspersed with chalky green Eucalyptus Cinnerea.  The stems were bound with ivory satin ribbon and secured with pearl pins.  Our flowers were by Abi’s Arrangements in Lancaster. 

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Arusha’s Images

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Arusha’s Images

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The room was dressed by Renaissance Events, Dewhurst’s Balloons and Queen Of Hearts Vintage Crockery Hire.  We also hired a candy cart for our guests from Standen’s Special Occasions. 

We named our tables after all the bands at Leeds Festival from the weekend that we got engaged. 

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Arusha’s Images

Arusha’s Images

We chose a very simple ivory striped cake with four tiers in total. It was decorated with ivory flowers on top, each tier had a layer of pearls around it. We opted for two fruit and two sponge and buttercream tiers.

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My favourite part of the day was walking into the wedding breakfast room to a huge round of applause from all our friends and family. It took our breath away!

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For our honeymoon we sailed aboard the Thomson Majesty around the Adriatic for a week.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to sit back, relax and take it all in. It goes so quickly!

Congratulations Emma & Barry!

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Sugar Frosted: Mori Lee For A Real Wedding At Oulton Hall –Emma & Jordan

August 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime

Blackmill Photography

This morning things are getting pink and girly here at Brides Up North (oh alright then, more pink and girly) as we join Emma and Jordan for their sugar spun celebration in Leeds.  With a princess dress, candy colours and big blousy blooms, Brides Up North reader Emma’s wedding is straight out of a fairy-tale.

With images by Blackmill Photography

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Ice Cream Vintage: Justin Alexander For A Real Wedding In Wakefield – Molly & Joel

August 9th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Laura Calderwood Photography

Friday’s here at last, and it’s time to celebrate with this beautiful Real Wedding at Waterton Park, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, the fabulous Laura Calderwood Photography

Molly & Joel’s big day was full of love, laughter, bloomin’ beautiful florals, dreamy romantic detailing… and a very, very fabulous pair of somethings blue.  Be inspired!

Laura Calderwood Photography

Laura Calderwood Photography

Laura Calderwood Photography

Laura Calderwood Photography

Molly says:  We got engaged by the River Thames in November 2011, and were married on 25th May 2013 at Waterton Park Hotel in Wakefield. 

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For the venue, we wanted to be on the water and Waterton Park has a huge lake almost surrounding it and a gorgeous bridge over the lake.  The whole place and gardens were so beautiful.

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We chose to use all the ‘icecream’ colours, so together it looked very vintage. Creams, duck egg blue, light green, dusky pink and caramels and lots of lace.

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My gown was all lace with a sweetheart neckline, again very vintage and I wore it with a birdcage which went perfectly. It was by Justin Alexander and from Ava Rose Hamilton in Silsden, an amazing wedding dress shop. I wore light blue heels from Faith, again very vintage, it was my something blue!

I used Helen Claire for my make up, she was amazing, I loved it.

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For the flowers, we used a lady called Tanya Sumner, she was so reasonable and did a fabulous job, exactly what I wanted.  I carried a bouquet of sweet avalanche roses. 

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My bridesmaids all wore different colours, the chief bridesmaid was in light green, then one in duck egg, one in dusky pink, one in caramel and my little girl in ivory like me. They were sweetheart neckline 1960’s dress with lace around the middle, made from scratch as I had an idea in my head and couldn’t find anything anywhere. We had two best men and eight ushers so we divided the colours of the bridesmaids and they had that colour cravat. The suits were hired from Moss Bros.

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We had up and coming star Lucy Zirins singing Eva Cassidy’s Songbird while I walked down the aisle, it was just beautiful.

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The ceremony was very emotional and beautiful after being together for 17 years!

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My photographer Laura Calderwood was simply outstanding. She captured our day perfectly.

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For a good year I, my sister, my best friend and my mum collected cups and saucers, jugs, teapots from charity shops and these were all used for the centre pieces. In the reception room I scattered petals across the tables and the sashes on the chairs alternated from lace to ivory.

Along with the china ware that we collected, we also collected sweet jars and I did my own sweet shop.  I ordered the sweets online, along with the sweet bags and various other things and with the help of my sister it looked wonderful on the day and everyone loved it. 

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For my chair covers and sashes which were beautiful I used Cushty Covers, Val the owner was the nicest woman I have ever met! 

I hired cake stands for the centre pieces which were filled with flowers from Add Vintage in Leeds,

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We chose a four tier cake which was white with ivory iced henna on top so it was made to look like lace. A lady called Zarina Akhtar in Headingley made it, it was stunning and so delicious. 

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For favours, we had cupcakes in ivory with edible pearls and lace cases by Louise Morgan.

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The speeches were brilliant.

For our evening entertainment a DJ was included in the price, we played lots of 80’s music and some 60’s too.  Our first dance was to Stand By Me. 

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After the wedding, we honeymooned in Rivera Maya, Mexico. It was magical.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every minute because it goes so fast.  I got given some brilliant advice before the day and I’m so grateful for it – don’t worry about going round and speaking to everyone, just enjoy it, people will come to you. And don’t stress, I was so relaxed in the morning and some couldn’t believe it but I wanted to enjoy the whole lead up to it wedding and I really did.

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Congratulations Molly & Joel!

 

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True Romance. Suzanne Neville For A Real Wedding In Sheffield – Lois & Matt

August 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Bluelights Photography

Sometimes, you just need a bit of old fashioned romance.  Lois and Matt’s beautiful Real Wedding in Sheffield has got that covered this Thursday afternoon.  Just blissful.

With images by Bluelights Photography 

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Lois says:  We got engaged at Parade Gardens in Bath, Matt surprised me with a weekend away in July 2011, and we were married on 17th May 2013 at Whitley Hall in Sheffield. 

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We chose Whitley Hall because we loved the setting and the character of the venue.  We chose a lace theme with a colour palette of dusty pink and ivory. 

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

My gown was by Suzanne Neville and called La Verite and made from silk taffeta with lace detailing from The Bridal Boutique Guiseley, Leeds. 

We got the bridesmaids’ dresses from The Bridal Boutique where I got my dress from they were Jasmine B2 chiffon with lace detail in a dusky pink.  My flower girl’s dress was brand new from eBay and I added a sash and sewed an artificial flower from Country Baskets onto it to tie it in with the rest of our theme.

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Matt chose Peter Posh Forton navy lightweight mohair tails with a Windsor ivory waistcoat and dusky pink cravat from Denis Hope in Rochdale. 

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

I own and run a franchise of Ambience Venue Styling (Huddersfield and Oldham) so we had the opportunity to use my own stock to dress the venue including the chair covers, sashes and the aisle runner. We ended making a lot ourselves, we collected jars and decorated them and my mum made the pompoms to hang outside. There were lots of candles throughout and the centre pieces were a mixture of tall and low level arrangements as the ceiling was too low to have a tall centre piece on each table and this added interest.

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Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

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Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

We loved every minute of our wedding day but if we had to pick our favourite moment would be the ceremony.

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography was the only on-the-day supplier we used and we can’t recommend Adele enough she has been fantastic we are so pleased with our photographs!

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

I decided to do the flowers myself as I love being creative and it seemed a shame to pay someone when I could do it myself, although I must admit it was hard work and I probably missed out on the usual bridal pampering and chilling out the day before.

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Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

In the evening we had a band called 16 days, they also stayed on to do a DJ set. Their music is so varied it ranges from Reggae to Indie and funk. They were brilliant, people of all ages loved it

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

We had fruit cake, its Matt’s favourite. My cousins Laura and Charlotte made it, they have being going to an evening cake class for the past year or so and this was their first wedding cake!

Bluelights Photography

Bluelights Photography

After the wedding we honeymooned in Mykonos, Greece for seven days and then we spent four days in London.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t take on too much on the lead up to the wedding, I did and was ill the week of the wedding as I was ‘run down’ so I couldn’t enjoy the pampering I had planned.

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Congratulations Lois & Matt!

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It’s All Rosy! Ronald Joyce For A Real Wedding at Doxford Hall, Northumberland – Clare & Chris

July 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Well hello there Brides Up North!  Welcome to another week.  I hope you all have had a lovely weekend.  This weekend I’ve been having a rather special “busman’s holiday” attending the gorgeous nuptials of our family friends Chris & Lisa.  I’m such a sucker for a bit of romance, and I’ll never tire of a proper knees up!  Lisa also surprised her guests with some unique styling that was out of this world pretty.  I’m looking forward to sharing the details of their big day with you soon.   But let’s let the newlyweds enjoy their honeymoon first…

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We are definitely in the thick of wedding season!  My little family were invited to no less than three celebrations this weekend alone.  Now, I’m good at multi-tasking – but not that good!  Big love to Becky & James and Ellie & Alexei, who we couldn’t be with, but who we love very much.  I can’t wait to see your photographs and hear all about your days.

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Today, we join another happy couple for their beautiful Real Wedding at Brides Up North dream venue and Featured Supplier Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa.  With images by Matt Ethan and Sarah-Jane Ethan, Clare and Chris’ day is classy, intimate and really rather romantic, awash with pretty pink gowns and blousy roses.  Enjoy!

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Clare says:  Chris proposed to me on Newcastle Quayside on my birthday in January 2012, and we tied the knot on Friday 24th May, 2013 at Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa, near Chathill, Alnwick in Northumberland. 

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I went to a wedding open day at the venue with my Dad and little sister and immediately fell in love with Doxford Hall and its beautiful surroundings so much so that I returned with Chris and my parents soon after.  We booked our wedding there and then.

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We went for a classic, vintage feel and our colour scheme was soft rose, ivory and lime green. 

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My dress was called "Tiffany" by Victoria Jane Collection for Ronald Joyce. It was in ivory lace, a mermaid style fishtail dress with a sweetheart neckline. I bought the dress from a lovely bridal shop from Newport in Wales called All About Eve. My headpiece was from the Jon Richard Luxe range at Debenhams and was a triple mixed crystal stone headband.

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Chris wore a mid grey morning suit hired from Slaters in Newcastle and the bridesmaids wore Coast  "Symphony" maxi dresses in Soft Rose. 

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A lovely local lady called Lesley who runs her own business named Stem Ginger, based in Washington, Tyne and Wear made my flowers, my three bridesmaids’ bouquets, all the buttonholes and my flower girls’ fairy-tale wands and cake topper.

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My bouquet was a round hand tie with a mix of vintage ivory and vintage pink soft touch roses interspersed with small clusters of green, ivory wax flower and green anethum heads, the stems were partially exposed bound with ivory ribbon and secured with pearl pins.

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My bridesmaids’ bouquets were a smaller version of mine but with more vintage ivory flowers than pink.

The men’s buttonholes were a single semi open vintage rose with rose leaf foliage and Chris’s buttonhole had an extra touch with a cluster of green and ivory wax flower and green anethum similar to that in my bouquet.

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Although we had an absolutely brilliant day and night our favourite part of the day would have to be the ceremony itself which was conducted by Alnwick Registrars who were personal, sincere and added the correct amount of humour in the right place. For the ceremony itself we added our own personal touch by choosing our own ceremony music, vows, readings and we also designed our own ceremony pamphlet. 

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We also had a fantastic local photographer on our wedding day called Matt Ethan who was assisted by his wife Sarah-Jane Ethan who is also an accomplished photographer in her own right. Both Matt and Sarah-Jane were professional and innovative, putting us and our guests at ease to get the perfect photographs.

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Apart from the main table flower arrangements (by Julie of Alnwick Florists) we decorated the tables ourselves with rose petals, coloured crystals and tea lights.

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We made the table place name cards, the favours and the table name cards which were named after Northumbrian Castles. The table name cards featured a picture of each castle on one side and information about the history throughout the ages on the other side.

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We went for a traditional three tier round wedding cake made by a local bakers who my family have used for nearly 30 years, James Ford and Son in Berwick upon Tweed. Two of our tiers were a traditional fruit cake and one tier was vanilla sponge. The cake was decorated in ivory and white icing with ivory ribbon and our cake topper was a smaller version of my bouquet.

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We decided to book an excellent local North East Singer, Tom Wyllie,  who had come highly recommended. We also hired a local disco called Genetix who played a fantastic range of music and had a fantastic range of coloured lighting and shapes which really gave our evening that special touch we were looking for. Both Tom and Genetix disco did several spots each throughout the evening and kept our guests thoroughly entertained making it very memorable and enjoyable.

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After deliberation we decided to split our honeymoon into two periods.  Straight after the wedding we had a four night break to Rome and in September we have booked for a two week trip to the Caribbean!

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Our top tip for any bride and groom to be would be to try and do as many of the small little touches yourself. This way it is personal to you both and will save you money in what can be an expensive event.

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Congratulations Clare & Chris!

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English Vintage. Augusta Jones For A Real Wedding At Beamish Hall – Aylsa & Martin

July 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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If you like pretty – and I know that you do – you are going to love today’s Real Wedding.  Aylsa and Martin’s big day at dream venue Beamish Hall is a sugar spun confection, whilst staying on the right side of classy.  Sweet and lovely.

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Aylsa says:  We got engaged Christmas Day 2009. I was pregnant with our little girl Isla at the time and I was still living at home with my parents. Martin had been planning it behind my back with my parents. He had arranged to arrive early on Christmas morning. The doorbell rang and everyone ignored it so I had to get up. I answered it to Martin holding up place cards like the Keira Knightly scene in the film Love Actually. There was even a soundtrack of Silent Night.

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We got married on Saturday 29th December 2012 at St Catherine’s church and our reception was at Beamish Hall.  We had been to weddings at Beamish Hall before and knew how much of a beautiful venue it was. It was the first venue we looked at and knew it was the right place for our wedding. It has a cosy atmosphere and the grounds are very picturesque.

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We chose an English Vintage theme, with a colour scheme of ivory and pastel pink. 

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My dress was Augusta Jones ‘Ali’ dress which is a full lace fitted dress with round neck and long train. It was one of the first dresses I tried on in Lily White Bridal Boutique in Jesmond. I did not even go to any other shops as I knew this was the dress for me.

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My bridesmaids all had champagne and gold dresses from Monsoon. The groomsmen wore black dinner suits from Slaters in Newcastle.

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I designed my bridal bouquet and my daughter’s bouquet which were matching pink and cream fabric and brooch bouquets. I have since set up Love is Vintage where I design and handcraft fabric, brooch and button bouquets. My two older bridesmaids carried pink and ivory roses by Adam Prest.  Adam is a fantastic florist.  I have never seen work like this before and the flowers fit in so well with our theme.

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The vows were the most emotional part but something that stood out to both of us was the first time were alone together without any guests when getting photographs taken at Wharton Park, Durham City. The view of the cathedral was breath-taking and to be there as husband and wife was very special.

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Brooklands Wedding Cars provided us with a 1930s Beauford and a 1920s Regent car. 

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Our wedding photographer was Helen Russell Photography.  We cannot thank her enough for giving us such beautiful wedding photos. I have never seen photos of this quality before by any other photographer and we would highly recommend her to anybody getting married. She is truly talented!

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We bought most of our vintage decor from Country Baskets. Beamish Extras provided us with a lot of vintage decor including the old style camera centre piece and ink well centre piece.

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Our cake was made by Caramel Bobs and we chose a traditional fruit cake for the top tier and the remaining tiers were vanilla cupcakes with ivory and lace detail. The cake not only looked amazing but tasted sensational.

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We used old fashioned photos of family members from their wedding days on a family table. This included photographs of some members of family who had passed away, this added sentimental value.

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We had a string quartet, Aurora Strings at the church and Hip Operation provided our evening entertainment.

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For our honeymoon we spent three nights in New York and the remaining seven nights in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be not to get hung up on the small details, everything will come together on the day. Enjoy every second of your big day as it goes over so quickly.

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Congratulations Aylsa & Martin!

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Fancy seeing your own Real Wedding on these pages?  Here’s how

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Rewind: A Real Wedding In Scotland – Michelle & Jav

June 26th, 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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Michelle and Jav’s gorgeous Real Wedding in the North of Scotland – first featured this April – has got to be one of my favourites to date, mixing up just the right amount of fun and frivolity, beauty and elegance.

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I’m impressed by their pretty vintage styling, Michelle’s ability to look flawless when travelling by open topped VW Beetle (does she remind anyone else of a young Elizabeth Taylor?!) and the cool, calm way that all their style choices work together beautifully to exude a sort of old time charm. 

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Michelle says:  Jav asked me to marry him at home in June 2012, and our big day was the 18th August 2012.  Our venues were Holy Trinity Church & Atholl Palace Hotel in Pitlochry, which is in the North of Scotland. 

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We chose our venue as it had great surroundings and views and looked like a real Scottish palace!

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Our wedding colours were ivory, pastels and champagne gold with a little vintage style and a bit of elegance!

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My favourite part of the day was walking down the aisle and just the whole of the ceremony actually!

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I chose an ivory dress with a full skirt and some sparkle! It was purchased from Bliss Bridal which is in Dundee.  The groomsmen wore The Hunting Pride of Scotland tartan kilts (bottle green with a hint of ivory) and these were from Mccalls of Broughty Ferry, near Dundee. 

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My bridesmaids had champagne knee length prom dresses with ivory underskirts, which were all hand finished by a dressmaker we know.

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We travelled in a cool 1970′s ivory beetle with the soft top down from Classic Car Holiday Hire. 

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Martin’s Ices brought along  their vintage ice cream cart with treats for all our guests. 

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I carried a bouquet of pastel pinks, ivory and lilac coloured David Austin roses by Coachhouse Flowers. 

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We chose a simple two tier sponge cake which was pale pink with some rose detail (made by the my Uncle). 

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We used photo keyrings (taken at our engagement shoot several months before) as favours. 

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In the evening we hired “Dead Man’s Shoes” – a classic/contemporary 5 piece band from Glasgow and my best friend sang our first dance song!

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After the wedding we went on honeymoon to Cancun in Mexico!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to step back for five minutes together to take everything in and watch your loved ones enjoy your day! Oh, and have a videographer – you wouldn’t believe how much you miss when you watch it back!

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Congratulations Michelle & Jav!

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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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