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forget me not. a pretty & personal wedding at brownsholme hall – emma & simon

October 2nd, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Bright and beautiful are two words that could easily be used to sum up today’s super-lovely real wedding.

Rather than simply picking her favourite colours and flowers to style the day, bride Emma put personal reasons behind her choices, picking yellow and sunflowers in memory of her late-grandad, and blue and forget-me-nots as a nod to her grandma, who wasn’t able to attend the wedding due to being in a nursing home.

These gorgeous blooms and hues added to the happy and joyful vibes of Emma and Simon’s rural style wedding, which also featured delicious food, fun transport and one rocking party.

With images by Pixies in the Cellar.

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emma says: We had been together 12 years when we got engaged. We were in South Africa for an old friend of Simon’s wedding and decided to take a trip to Zimbabwe. It was at Victoria Falls on a day trip that he got down on one knee. I honestly couldn’t believe it and had the ring on so quickly I forgot to say yes. We celebrated that night by going to a traditional Zimbabwean barbecue.

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Our wedding was on the 8th July 2017. We got married at St Helen’s Church in Waddington, and had our reception at Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn in Clitheroe, Lancashire. We had wanted a Yorkshire wedding, which is where we had met and gone to uni, but couldn’t find anything with the rustic feel that we were after. The minute we walked into the barn at Browsholme we fell in love, it was perfect. It was close to where I had grown up and spent time in the Trough of Bowland, my dad had also played cricket in Waddington close to the church.

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We wanted a simple and rustic for our theme; lots of wood slices, lace, hessian, nothing too fancy. The venue didn’t need anything fancy as the beautiful stone spoke volumes.

The colour scheme went back to my childhood, we had yellow as a main colour. I lost my grandad when I was 21 and he had been a huge part of my life we always used to grow sunflowers and see how tall we were next to them, we used to pick sweet peas and daisies also. My grandma unfortunately has dementia and is a nursing home so we had forget-me-nots included in the wedding also. These were built around the navy suits for the boys and navy dresses for the bridesmaids. We facetimed my grandma in her nursing home from church and apparently when I said “hi” to her there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

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I thought I wanted a vintage lace dress for the day but once I started trying dresses on it was clear that I wanted something a bit simpler. I had lost quite a bit of weight prior to the dress fitting and once I tried the dress on I knew it was the one, I felt like a bride. I got my dress from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, who were fantastic from start to finish.

Simon wore a suit from TM Lewin, he wanted to be different from the groomsmen and have something he could keep. The suit was navy and had a faint lighter blue check through it, he had brown shoes from River Island and tie and pocket square in sunflower gold to tie in with the colour scheme of the flowers.

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how long will i love you. a bonny wedding at eaves hall, lancashire – abigail & daniel

July 21st, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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If you’re looking for a dose of Scottish charm on your big day, then look no further than Abigail and Daniel’s wedding at Eaves Hall in the Ribble Valley, which has oodles of inspiration, complete with tartan, Scottish tablet and, of course, some rather dashing kilts.

When it came to entertaining guests, we think it would be fair to say they were truly spoilt, with not only an acoustic guitarist and a pianist, but also a funk band, a magician and their very own wedding host! And perhaps unheard of here on Brides Up North, the couple didn’t confirm their wedding date until they knew for certain that the funk band were free. We only wish we could have been there to dance the night away!

Join us as Abigail pores over all the highlights from their special day, from the exquisite five-tiered cake and emotional first dance with their son in tow, to their stunning group photo on the venue’s balcony.

With images by Pixies in the Cellar.

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abigail says: Daniel proposed in London on 9th July 2016. London is special to us because it’s where we fell in love. I had bought Daniel tickets to see Stevie Wonder (one of his all-time favourite artists) on the Sunday in Hyde Park but we decided to make a weekend of it. We had no real plans on the Saturday so we decided we would take a trip down memory lane and return to some of our favourite spots. Dan suggested revisiting Buckingham Palace and as we wandered through Green Park, I was greeted by a butler with a lavish picnic and a bottle of pink champagne. With absolutely no clue as to why he had organised such a romantic surprise, I sat and enjoyed the food and fizz until he retrieved one last surprise out of the basket – a diamond ring!

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We got married on 29th May 2017. We were so excited to marry each other that when a date became available at our dream venue we snapped it up straight away. We always wanted a spring/summer wedding too, especially for the peonies in May! It was a perfect date for us; it fell on a Bank Holiday and was at the beginning of a two-week half term break for Dan (he is a school teacher). It meant we could take couple of weeks out together to celebrate properly.

We got married at St Helen’s Church in Waddington and then celebrated our wedding reception at the beautiful Eaves Hall in Clitheroe. We always wanted a church ceremony as tradition means a lot to us. St Helen’s Church is located in the heart of a cute little village and we loved its authenticity with an organ, bells and, of course, the lovely (and quite funny) Reverend John.

We chose Eaves Hall for our reception because it was visually stunning both inside and out, which is ideal given the unpredictability of the Lancashire summer weather. The exclusivity is also amazing because you can throw a really good party for all of your guests. It felt like we had our own mini-mansion for the day.

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We didn’t follow a theme as such; we just made our wedding really personal to us. I remember our florist describing it as ‘rustic elegance’, which nicely sums it up. In terms of colours and materials, we used kraft, hessian, twine and occasional hints of tartan – this represented the rustic feel of the Scottish twist. Then everything was overlaid with ivory lace, pearls and lavender, which allowed me to incorporate a softer, more elegant style to the day. We also wanted everything to reflect a celebration of our relationship so far, so we named our tables after special dates/events that we had experienced together and the things that we were most proud of.

With Dan being half Scottish he really wanted to revel in the opportunity of wearing a kilt. So that became our starting point for the colour scheme – he chose Spirit of Bannockburn tartan, which was a bold purple with hints of navy blue and green throughout. I thought I would struggle to find a colour scheme to complement the tartan. However, after finding the most gorgeous dusky lilac bridesmaids dresses I finally found a colour scheme we could compromise on! We used dusky lilacs, dusky pinks, and soft ivory and silvery green foliage in all of the flowers and décor, it worked really nicely together.

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I found my dream wedding dress from Knutsford Wedding Gallery in Cheshire. I was initially torn between two completely different styles. I have always loved the silhouette of a mermaid style dress and I knew that this would be the style that Dan would love to have seen me in, however I knew my mum would be desperate to see me in a full princess gown. I tried on versions of both styles until the incredible ladies at KWG helped me create something that incorporated both. I opted for an off-white lace and tulle mermaid dress with a sweetheart neckline by La Sposa, Pronovias. This was then teamed with a Rosa Clara tulle train, and a Helen Martin tulle veil, both custom edged with matching lace and delicate beading to create the effect of a fuller, princess style gown with a cathedral length train for the ceremony and wedding breakfast, later removed to reveal the mermaid style silhouette. I also added a Pronovias tulle, pearl and crystal belt to add a little sparkle to the overall look.

Dan and his groomsmen wore full Highland wear, hired from Slaters Menswear in Preston. It consisted of the kilt matched with a white Victorian collar shirt, black bow tie, black Prince Charlie waistcoat and jacket. He wore the full accessories too including gillie brogues, socks, flashes, sporran and ski doo. He looked so handsome; they all did! Although, our gorgeous pageboys Oscar (our son, aged three) and Jenson (best man’s son, aged four) really stole the show in their mini versions!

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real wedding recap: ronald joyce for a romantic wedding at ashton memorial – melissa & craig

January 4th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 9th January 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from 2016. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

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We love that today’s real wedding has been influenced by two different styles – wild nature and glamour – that when brought together, complement each other perfectly!

Everything about Melissa and Craig’s big day is utterly gorgeous; from the choice of ceremony venue, styling and elegant colour scheme, to the bridal party’s stunning attire.

Though there is a lot of beauty to be admired, standout details for us include Melissa’s handmade headpiece, the blousy bouquets and both the bride and groom’s fancy footwear!

With images by Pixies in the Cellar.

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melissa says: We got engaged during the trip of a lifetime. I’d quit my job, Craig had taken a sabbatical and we travelled around the world together for five months, it was our dream and we decided it was now or never! We trekked the Inca Trail, travelled Australia by bus, walked the Great Wall of China and learnt to scuba dive in Thailand. At every great landmark we visited Craig made me pose with a sign with a single letter on and took a photo. He’s always full of kooky ideas and told me it was for a surprise collage when we got back. So I held aloft a ‘V’ at Machu Picchu, an ‘E’ at the Sydney Opera House, an ‘M’ in Halong Bay and so on!

On the final night of our trip we went all out and booked the Lebua hotel in Bangkok (The Hangover 2 film hotel!) As we got ready for a special meal Craig went out to ask what time the rooftop bar opened, then the bellboy rang the door with a big envelope. Inside were all the photos of me with the letters and a note – they were numbered and I had to re-arrange them, if I understood then I was to go and find him. I re-ordered them and it spelled out “Veux tu m’epouser?” – will you marry me in French! I had lived in Paris for several years and this was also so I wouldn’t have guessed throughout the trip if it were spelt in English! As a typical woman I rushed to finish half my hair and get on my shoes… then there was a knock at the door, Craig on one knee! Too nervous and impatient waiting for me, he proposed right there & I very happily said “Oui!” We had a wonderful night celebrating in the rooftop bar.

We set the wedding date for Saturday 23rd July 2016. We chose this date, as it would mark seven years since our first date.

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Being some of the last people in our friendship group to marry, we were determined to find a different venue, where none of our friends had been married before us. Although we had loved the idea of a destination wedding it just wasn’t practical family wise so we had to find somewhere that wowed us closer to home. As Craig is rather tall we wanted somewhere with grandeur but not really a church – when we visited Ashton Memorial it all fell into place. It immediately appealed to me – it was a beautiful domed building, all light and windows, surrounded by nature and spectacular views. We also loved the fact Lord Ashton had built it as a tribute to his wife.

We then had to find somewhere for our reception. After a lot of searching we found Forrest Hills, a relatively new multi-purpose venue, which had hosted some lovely weddings. Upon visiting we loved the wild natural beauty and secluded location. Also, the option of an open-side marquee next to the lake combined our dream of an open air wedding and the practicality for British weather, just in case.

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Our theme was ‘wild natural glamour’ – a bit of a running joke with our florist. We had two sides to our wedding – one side the cottage like reception venue, the cascading flowers intertwined with driftwood and our marquee with open sides to allow the real ‘outdoor’ feeling we wanted. On the other side we loved the glamorous elements – an ice sculpture, popping a giant gold bottle of champagne instead of cutting the cake, Craig in a tuxedo and a beautiful cream Rolls Royce as transport. We loved the mix of the two to fit our personalities.

We decided early on to have a duck egg blue colour scheme with accents of gold. It felt like it matched the theme of the day – wild natural surroundings and dramatic venues, with some glamour!

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As I own my own occasion wear brand, people kept asking if I was going to design my own wedding dress – but I couldn’t face the visualisation required and the extra stress! Luckily when I came across the Ronald Joyce Erin gown on Pinterest, it was beautifully styled on a bride and I had to try it. I always wanted a fitted fishtail gown with a beautiful back and this dress was just that, the crystal beads draped at the back and the low sheer lace detail ticked all my boxes. The experience at Emma Louise Bridal was friendly and personal, I didn’t feel pressured into anything and they gave honest opinions. My mum and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole dress shopping experience (all 20 or so shops!), it will always be a time I’ll treasure, just the two of us.

Accessories wise I knew I wanted a long dramatic veil – but with the detail on the dress it had to be quite simple. I chose a two-layer chapel length veil in soft ivory tulle, from The Wedding Veil Shop. I loved the way it fell over my shoulders and was sheer enough to see the back detail on the dress.

One of the main accessories for my look was the headpiece – I had lusted over some beautiful freshwater pearl styles but my budget didn’t quite stretch. Not one to be deterred I took two lengths of pearl and crystal flowers I sourced online and intertwined them to make the full dramatic headpiece I desired, able to wrap around the front and back. With my masses of hair I knew it wouldn’t overpower my look.

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vintage bling. la sposa for a wedding at browsholme hall – ashleigh & shaun

January 5th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Today’s second helping of real wedding inspiration sees two different themes brought together – vintage and bling!

In keeping with the barn setting of their big day, Ashleigh and Shaun chose to incorporate pretty vintage touches and natural blooms into their décor before adding a little sprinkling of bling. After all, what’s a wedding without some added sparkle?

With images by Pixies in the Cellar.

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ashleigh says: Shaun proposed to me when we got the keys to our first house, in 2011. He did it in the living room of our new home.We set the date for 15th August 2015, as we wanted a summer wedding and it was around the date we first staring seeing each other.

Our chosen venue was Browsholme Hall. We wanted something different and quirky, but with a modern twist – it ticked all the boxes

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For our theme we tried to fit in with the style of the barn but also have some bling; we called it ‘vintage bling’. Other elements included bare wooden chairs with bows and brooches on but no covers. Our guest book and table plan were also wooden. We had flock drapes but with fairy lights, and the cake was flock too, but with a bit of bling.

To fit alongside the theme we picked a purple colour scheme. We both like the colour and it went perfectly with the venue too.

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across the pond. british & american influences for an elegant wedding at hyde bank farm – alison jane & daniel

August 6th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Today’s real wedding not only sees two families come together but also two countries, as Cheshire girl Alison Jane tied the knot to her Brooklyn boy Daniel, during a traditional church ceremony followed by a country garden style reception at Hyde Bank Farm.

Though most of what can be seen, such as the gorgeous flowers, rustic décor and pretty barn setting, is typically English, Alison Jane and Daniel (who are now both living in the USA) incorporated some sweet American touches too, including stars and stripes bunting and chocolate dimes and nickels.

We think it’s safe to say Daniel will be Alison Jane’s american boy forever more!

With images by Pixies in the Cellar.

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alison jane says: Daniel had asked me on several occasions how I would like to be proposed to (if it ever happened) and I had always replied: “Whenever you want to, when the moment strikes you”. We were both living on different continents at the time (I in England, he in America). I took a trip to meet his parents in New York, which was also the same city we met in. One morning we were lying in bed together and he rolled over and asked me to marry him. He says that was the moment he was unequivocally sure that he wanted to marry me.

We set the date for 13th June 2015. I wanted a summer wedding and Daniel finished medical school at the end of May and started work at the beginning of July, so it had to be June. Daniel had to be in the country two weeks before the wedding for it to be legal, and we wanted a honeymoon afterwards, so we picked the middle Saturday in June.

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We got married at St Thomas’ Church in Stockton Heath, which was my local church in my hometown. We both wanted a church wedding and I wanted to be married from home, so it was a no brainer.

We had our reception at Hyde Bank Farm. I wanted a barn type venue and I loved the fact that this one had a room upstairs for those who want to party hard and a room downstairs with comfy sofas for those who want to chat and relax.

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Daniel is a Brooklyn boy, and we now both live in Brooklyn. Being overseas whilst planning the wedding I relied very heavily on my mother to do everything, and all credit goes to her for it being a grand success.

I didn’t pick a theme as such, generally it was a very traditional English country wedding. I had been living in America for a year whilst planning it and I was a tad homesick, and I think that contributed to it being so English.

Our colour scheme was spun gold, spa, ivory, hessian and navy blue. I picked them because they went well together. The spun gold and ivory was in my dress, and Daniel wanted a navy blue suit, the hessian was from the barn venue. I realised I had to pick another colour for the palette to work, and chose spa with the help of my sister. I then had to remind everyone that this was not a spa themed wedding, as they kept wanting to make everything spa!

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I chose my dress with my mother in England before I moved to America. It was a David Tutera Mon Cheri lace mermaid gown. My mother and I had slightly different taste in dresses: many I liked she deemed ‘too sexy’, I think this was the perfect compromise. The dress had hand-beaded and re-embroidered lace appliqués, tip-of-the shoulder illusion sleeves, a scoop neckline and back bodice, covered buttons which trailed down the back to a chapel length train.

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My bridesmaids wore knee length Dessy chiffon dresses in spa, but picked their own style. We chose Dessy because it was easily available in the UK and America so they could all get the same make.

Daniel wore his favourite navy blue suit that he already owned and we simply asked the groomsmen to wear a grey suit. We had a variety of greys but I think it worked well and everyone was comfortable. Daniel picked a paisley spa and grey tie for the men to wear too.

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My dad hired a car to get us from the wedding to the reception. I was touched by the fact the driver had custard creams in the back for us to munch on for our journey (they are my favourite biscuit and you can’t get them in America).

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Peter and Sara from Pixies in the Cellar were our photographers. They were fantastic and I would highly recommend them. They suggested a variety of shots I wouldn’t have thought of, but they were never pushy, and were really lovely to work with on the day. Everyone loves our photos!

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Lisa from the Village Florist in Stockton Heath did all our flowers, she was fantastic. I came to her with a rough idea of a country, cream coloured bouquet and she put together a fantastic trailing bouquet of roses, calla lilies, lisianthus, baby’s breath and a very pale pink milkwort.

For all the decorations we used the same flowers as in my bouquet. We had garlands hanging around the pillars in the church as well as over the porch, around the pulpit and by the alter. For pew ends I decorated jam jars in my colour scheme and Lisa filled them with neutral flowers. We then transported the pew ends to the reception venue and used them again as our centre pieces.

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I also wanted English and American themed bunting, and spent days hand sewing it. My mother was sure I wouldn’t finish in time, but with a little help, I did. It made me so happy to see it up in the reception venue, and it makes a wonderful memento for me to keep.

Candle light was a must to set the mood and so we had dozens of tea-lights in jam jars hanging from trees and on the beams in the barn.

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My mother collected over 150 vintage cups and saucers from charity shops and friends over the year before our wedding, which we gave out with favours. I tied them with printed ribbon with our names and date, and we filled them with chocolate English and American coins.

My sister and maid of honour volunteered to make the cake. It was three tiered; the bottom was fruit, middle was red velvet and the top was plain sponge, so hopefully everyone was happy. It looked amazing too!

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For our wedding breakfast, we chose Scottish Salmon, followed by Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding to give the Americans a proper English treat. We had Chocolate Brownie with Ice Cream for dessert, as there was no chocolate in the cake. For a late supper we had fish and chips from the local chippie, Matt’s Plaice.

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To keep guests entertained, I wanted a live band, and Daniel located a great local band called Breaker Live, who played a great compilation of classic rock. Between sets we let our guests plug in their own iPods and had a great time dancing routines to the Macarena and 5,6,7,8!

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A couple of special touches on the day included having my late grandmother’s sapphire engagement ring as my something blue. It wouldn’t fit my fingers so I sewed into my wedding dress. Also my father surprised me by presenting us with a beautiful poem he had written for us, it was so thoughtful.

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Hyde Bank Farm is a beautiful venue, and we would recommend it, but I would encourage brides to design the day themselves rather than using routine suppliers, in order to stop it becoming another generic wedding.

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Directly from the wedding we went on a four day mini-moon to Dannah Farm, a secluded retreat for couples. It was wonderful to sit around in the private spa with a class of champagne! We then popped back briefly to see my mum before flying to Fort Lauterdale, Florida, to stay in Daniel’s parents’ penthouse beach apartment, followed by a few days at Disney World (because I had never been) where we stayed in a nearby Marriott.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to discuss expectations early, in order to prevent fights. Everyone has different priorities, and if your parents are paying it’s their wedding too! My father wanted a fancy car and good wine, I wanted a band and a nice dress, my mother wanted to invite everyone she knew, and my husband just wanted everyone to get along – we all accepted that what we thought was important wasn’t what the other people did, and that helped us in the long run.

When it got close to the wedding I just couldn’t wait to just be married. As perfect as our wedding day was, marriage is better.

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Vintage Country Chic! A 1950’s Dress For A Real Wedding In The North West –Michelle & Marc

September 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today we head North West for the fresh, funky and absolutely delightful wedding of Michelle and Marc, sent to me by Peter of Pixies In The Cellar.  My favourite wedding photographs are always those where the newlyweds’ personalities shine through and whilst beautiful, aren’t too formal or taking themselves too seriously.  I don’t expect all of you to co-ordinate a flash mob first dance (yes, Michelle and Marc did!) but relax, be yourselves and you’ll create the most stunning memories.

Enjoy. 

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Michelle says:  Marc proposed on 25th August 2012 in the picturesque coastal town of St.Ives in Cornwall whilst we were on holiday there together. It was at a little chapel over looking the sea. It was a perfect night with the sunset in the background and the breath-taking view from the church. We both love Cornwall and having spent many holidays there it holds very special memories for us both. 

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We said “I do” on Friday 12th July 2013 which just happened to be the hottest day we had so far this year! 

The marriage ceremony was held at St.Oswald’s Church, Lower Peover, Knutsford, Cheshire.  To appreciate why we chose this church you only have to walk up the cobbled path in the idyllic village and see the beautiful building. The original church dates back to 1269 and the tower was added to the building in 1739, it is a Grade 1 listed building with stunning features inside and out.

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We chose Peover Golf Club in Knutsford for our wedding reception, after seeing the wonderful and truly unique clubhouse built in solid oak we knew we had found the perfect place! It is set in the middle of mature woodland with views overlooking the picturesque golf course. It has the relaxed atmosphere and intimate feel we wanted for our venue. Alan and Ben at Peover Golf Club put us at ease straight away and were very welcoming, they assisted us throughout the wedding planning process and were very supportive of our ideas. We did not feel restricted in any way and we were allowed to create our dream wedding day at the venue.

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Our theme was vintage country chic with a modern twist! We wanted the men to wear tweed and bow ties and wild summer flowers to compliment the look. We did not want anything too formal.

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We based colour theme around our flowers…using blues, purples and whites mainly. We prefer to mix colours rather than stick to one rigid colour theme. The bridesmaids wore corn flower blue chiffon and this picked out the blue floral print on the men’s bow ties.

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I wore a simple but elegant 50’s inspired ankle length dress with lace gloves to give a vintage feel,the gloves were the ones I wore on my first holy communion as a child (something old)! After visiting lots of bridal boutiques trying to find the right style of dress I came across a wonderful shop called Bellissima, in Cheshire. The service was excellent and the wonderful ladies who run the shop make you feel like nothing is too much trouble. A very stress free and enjoyable experience. Cannot thank them enough!

I had my shoes specially made by Freya Rose in London and customised them with mother of pearl heels and lace bows.

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Having six adult female bridesmaids, one two year old flower girl, a man of honour, three best men, one six year old ring bearer and three  ushers was quite a challenge! The flower girl dress was from ‘Mi Mariposa’ online boutique at www.notonthehighstreet.com

The men’s bow ties were from Ben Sherman and the bridesmaid dresses were from Warehouse. The men’s waistcoats and trousers, groom’s suit and ring bearers outfit were all from Next. Marc also wore a made to measure shirt by Frank Rostron in Manchester and cufflinks by Mulberry.

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Our amazing photographers were Peter & Sara from Pixies in the Cellar. Marc had known Peter for many years and had always been impressed by his previous photography work. Despite it being over 30 degrees Peter and Sara worked hard all day to ensure we had a varied range of group, couple and natural shots of our day. We have had so many comments about our pictures saying ‘they are the best wedding photographs they have ever seen’ and we couldn’t be happier with the final images.

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We are lucky enough to know a very talented florist. David Jayet-Laraffe at FROG Flowers, Northern Quarter, Manchester.

The bouquets were natural round posies combined with mainly purple and blue flowers: lavender, roses, echinops, stocks, cornflowers, seasonal flowers and hints of ivory, lemon and green flowers mixed with eucalyptus, rosemary, grass… like the stems have just been hand-picked! The stems were tied with ivory lace and pearly pins for bride and blue chiffon and pearly pins for bridesmaids.

The groom had a buttonhole with purple and blue wild flowers, galax leaves with a pearly pin (like a little natural bundle of wild flowers)

We also had individual button holes for all our immediate wedding party.

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The bridal party travelled in 1930’s vintage cars-  a seven seater Imperial Landaulette and a six seater Regent Tourer. The cars were hired from Horgan Cars based in Cheshire. Both cars were able to have the top down which was great driving around in the sunshine!

The groom & groomsmen travelled in a friends brand new seven seater Land Rover Discovery.

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Most of the decorations and finishing touches were handmade. Marc made large wooden letters of or initials for the fireplace and a wooden signpost for outside the venue. We handmade all the invitations, table names, table plan and order of service booklets. We made little vintage keys and luggage tags for name places for our guests to keep. We also placed photographs on the fireplace of our grandparents (who are no longer with us) on their wedding days. Our best friend and artist Thomas Wolski commissioned a unique piece of art work for us that we got all our guests to put their thumb prints on instead of a guest book.

My uncle spent months making a fantastic white Victorian style post box to put wedding cards & gifts in.

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We found a lovely local company in Stockport,Cheshire called Ella Bella Cakes. Rachel who runs the business not only makes the most delicious cakes we have ever tasted but her attention to detail and customer service was faultless. We opted for a tower of cupcakes with a small top cake. We made the cake topper and bunting ourselves for a personal touch.

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We found a Cheshire based band called ‘Live Wires’ who played popular covers from all decades of music. They were a great group of guys who really got the party started and tailored the music to our taste. They had a professional booking service through Alive Network who we would definitely recommend.

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It is difficult to chose a favourite part of the day as we both loved every minute if it. We enjoyed seeing the surprised look on our guests faces when we pretended to do a slow first dance and broke into a flash mob dance routine with our bridesmaids and groomsmen!

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After the wedding we went island hopping in the Seychelles in August for 16 days. Whilst on Mahe island we were lucky enough to spend a week at a private boutique villa called Petit Amour Villa. A truly luxury and relaxing honeymoon!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try and include personal touches and don’t feel like you have to go traditional. Make sure you are organised and plan your day well so that you don’t have to worry about anything on the last few days running up to your wedding day. Most importantly just relax and ENJOY it!

Congratulations Michelle & Marc!

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