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love blossoms. a white wedding in Derbyshire – rena & yianni

November 26th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Rena and Yianni’s big and beautiful white wedding celebration, filled with flowers and candles, oozes old Hollywood charm.  Their unique and beautiful venue and white on white colour scheme sets the scene perfectly for a day of glamour and elegance (and energetic Greek dancing)…

Roll out the red carpet!

With images by Butterworth Photography.

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rena says: We booked a long weekend away to Belgium and Bruges for my birthday and to enjoy the Christmas markets. I didn’t realise that Yianni was planning to propose while we were away. We went out for a romantic meal on the first night and I found it really odd that he wouldn’t give the waiter his coat and thought it was because he didn’t trust them so I did the same thing! I didn’t realise it’s because he had the ring with him. He then asked me to go for a romantic walk around the palace gardens but I opted for chocolate waffles instead and put his plans for a proposal on the first night to an end!

On the second day we took a day trip to Bruges. Yianni asked me to go for a romantic horse and carriage ride but I again opted for waffles instead and ruined his Plan B. We then climbed 400 steps to the top of the Bell tower and Yianni asked me to pose for a photo with him. I didn’t realise he’d set the camera to video mode and before you know it he was down on one knee and had manage to catch the proposal on camera.

We were married on 27 April 2014. Exactly two years from the date we first met.

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We wanted to get married in a venue that was unforgettable. The Devonshire Dome reminded us of a piazza and we knew it was the perfect choice for our wedding.

It’s a gorgeous drive up through Derbyshire to Buxton which is such a picturesque place. I knew I wanted an iconic and memorable building for our special day and was keen to avoid using a hotel. There aren’t many places that fit 450 guests for a sit down meal and we were so lucky to find the Dome!

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I really wanted a garden wedding full of blossom which is why we picked the Spring date. I also wanted a twist of both Hollywood and Grecian glamour. Not an obvious combination, but it all seemed to come together on the day.

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I wanted a classic princess style dress and loved the pearl and diamante detail around the waist and the sweetheart neckline.

Yianni wore a black tuxedo which we bought while shopping in the USA.

My bridesmaids wore nude blush maxi dresses from Lipsy. They all looked stunning. The girls had bouquets of white hydrangeas and I wanted to incorporate that into my bouquet. I wanted a bouquet that was completely rounded so you could see flowers from all angles. I incorporated white roses, stocks, hydrangeas and white berries with stephanotis, provided by Nadia Di Tulio.

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We had flowers matching my bouquets on the candleabras and the top table which were also provided by Nadia Di Tulio. We hired in blossom trees and a top table blossom arch from Essential Wedding Hire.

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For favours, we gave out mini whisky bottles for the men and crystal heart tea light holders for the ladies.

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Cupid Carriages provided a white vintage Rolls Royce for us on the day.

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We had a three course meal along with Greek bread, starters and dips and bacon sarnies for those who stayed to party until the early hours with us.

Delicious Designs in Belper made our wedding cake. We chose a 6 tier wedding cake covered in blossom petals with scattered diamantes. Rather than traditional fillings we had white chocolate chunks with fresh raspberries.

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To round off a fabulous day we had a live five piece Greek band with lots of Greek dancing.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to choose a timeless colour palette. I wanted to keep everything quite neutral to ensure that I wouldn’t look back on my pictures and regret the colour I’d chosen or think the colour looked old fashioned.

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Look Book: The Princess Diaries

July 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Hindi by Cymbeline

Although I’m not engaged, I’ve had the pleasure of slipping into some wonderful wedding gowns due to my line of work. Like many other gals I’ve often dreamt about the style of dress I might wear, should I ever make it down the aisle. For me it’s always been a slim-line gown that I’d see myself saying my ‘I dos’ in, but I have to admit, when you step into a voluminous princess-style gown, something very magic happens.

I think it’s something to do with the pretty layers of tulle, or perhaps the detailed bodice that chinches in at the waist before projecting into a large circular skirt. Childhood perceptions may also have something to do it. I (as I’m sure many others young girls did) thought as a child that brides were a form of princess and therefore the big sparkling dress is all part and parcel.

That magical feeling I’ve experienced when donning such a dress means I now couldn’t rule it out as an option, though it certainly doesn’t mean I’ll be going all ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’ on my groom. There are numerous different styles of princess gowns available; from jewel encrusted, highly detailed designs, to simple and elegant creations (similar to the gown picked by ultimate princess Kate Middleton, for her big day).

So if you want to slip into a big, beautiful gown when you get hitched, I have some suggestions of which designers to look to.

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8724 by Justin Alexander

Princess perfect is one style that Justin Alexander has mastered to a tee. The 8724 design is one of my absolute favourites – beaded bodice, sweetheart neckline, tulle ball gown skirt – tick, tick, tick! For those wanting a little lace detail, the regal 8732 satin ball gown, featuring a lace and tulle overlay, is a stunning option and offers just a hint of sparkle in its subtle pearl, crystal and sequin belt. The 8712 is more Middleton with 3/4 sleeves, a lovely choice for brides not wanting to expose the tops of their arms.

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8712 by Justin Alexander

Volume and layers are key to a magical gown so Alexander’s 8742 design also makes my lust list. Cymbeline is another designer with plenty of voluminous gowns on offer. Hada is the queen of the creations boasting an immense ball gown skirt. Hadny and Harmo are equally stately dresses, though perhaps slightly easier to manoeuvre in. Meanwhile, for brides who want the best of both worlds, the stunning Hindi design provides a sophisticated slim-line dress with princess-style tulle layers at the back.

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Hadny by Cymbeline

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Hada by Cymbeline

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Harmo by Cymbeline

Maggie Sottero is a front-runner in princess attire too. The Esme Marie gown is enough to make brides go weak at the knees with its fully encrusted Swarovski crystal bodice and glamorous chic organza skirt. The whimsical appearance of Roseabel is also well worth swooning over with its classic tulle ball gown creating an irresistible air of romance.

Esme Marie by Maggie Sottero

Esme Marie by Maggie Sottero

Corbin by Maggie Sottero

Corbin by Maggie Sottero

Dawson by Maggie Sottero

Dawson by Maggie Sottero

Felicity by Maggie Sottero

Felicity by Maggie Sottero

And I’ve saved the best news until last – Alfred Angelo has actually designed a Disney collection with dresses fit for every type of princess; from the Belles, Jasmines and Cinderellas among us, to the Rapunzels, Snow Whites and Ariels. For me standout designs include Sleeping Beauty 238 with fascinating fairy-tale layers, plus floral, rhinestone, crystal and sequin detail. As a huge Aladdin fan I’d quite like to be Jasmine, though I fear sourcing a magic carpet to get me to the venue may be somewhat challenging!

Are you planning on indulging your inner princess on your big day?  We’d love to know!

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225 Belle by Alfred Angelo

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227 Sleeping Beauty by Alfred Angelo

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238 Sleeping Beauty by Alfred Angelo

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Cinderella by Alfred Angelo

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Castles & Pearls! A Real Wedding In The North West – Jennifer & Mike

September 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Jennifer and Mike’s Real Wedding at the stunning Peckforton Castle makes for the perfect Sunday brunch eye-candy.  Put your feet up and enjoy!

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Jennifer says:  We got engaged at home in Little Sutton on Christmas Eve 2010 and were married at Peckforton Castle on March 3rd 2012. 

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I always wanted to get married in a castle and nowhere else locally comes close to Peckforton – it was the obvious choice.

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Our colour choices were white, ivory and pink.

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I wore a Ronald Joyce (Ladonna) princess dress with a diamante and pearl encrusted bodice and tulle skirt from Bespoke Brides, Mollington, Chester and carried a large bouquet of ivory avalanche roses with small amount of diamanté in the centre of each rose from Black Cat Floral Design in Chester (who did all our flowers). 

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My bridesmaids wore blush Dessy bridesmaid dresses which were long to the floor, again by Bespoke Brides in Mollington, Chester. 

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My favourite part of the day was our civil ceremony and blessing in the chapel afterwards, it was so special.

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We arranged a collage of photos of us in a vintage frame next to our cards postbox and guest book.  Our chair covers and details were by Elegant Finishing Touches, Oswestry.

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We chose a four round tiers wedding cake in ivory icing with individual iced pearl detailing from
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We placed photos of our parents on their wedding day in vintage frames next to wedding cake and later served a cake of cheese as a late evening snack in the Castle’s wine cellar after our evening reception.

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After the wedding breakfast we opted for a DJ and evening lighting by Hipswing Entertainments.  

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After the wedding we had a city break honeymoon in Hong Kong and then on to the Maldives to relax.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make sure you take a moment during the day to stop and take it all in together.

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Princess Pink! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Tanya & Ben

August 2nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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The pretty just keeps on coming this week!

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When my good friend and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah of Leafy Couture told me that she was working on the flowers of a wedding fit for a princess I couldn’t wait to see the results. 

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Tanya and Ben’s perfect big day in pale pink at gorgeous Leeds wedding venue Harewood House didn’t disappoint.   Check out those blooms!

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Tanya says:  We got engaged in a helicopter flying over Spain and were married on 16th June 2012 at Harewood House in Leeds.  We chose Harewood because of the gorgeous church and it’s beautiful gardens.  We had a marquee wedding on the Harewood estate. 

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We did not have a theme, we just wanted it to be pretty & elegant, and we chose a pink and white colour scheme.  As you only get to be a princess for one day, I chose a beautiful full skirted dress with layers of white tulle and crystal beading.  My bridesmaids wore lovely long pink dresses with a white sash and my chief bridesmaid wore the same but in opposite colours so that she would stand out. 

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I carried a bouquet of pink and white roses by Leafy Couture. 

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The brides party travelled to the Harewood estate in vintage wedding cars and the groom’s party travelled in a white Phantom Rolls Royce. 

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The amazing flowers for our wedding breakfast were by Leafy Couture and the amazing the room design was by Grace & Tailor, with chair covers and accessories by Ambience Venue Styling Leeds. 

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I think the flowers were the touch that stood out and made it look so fabulous , especially the enormous flower balls which scented the entire marquee. 

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We chose a pretty five tier pink and white cake with ribbon, lace and crystal brooch detailing, had a pale pink postbox for our cards and a champagne fountain!

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For the day time we had a string trio (Simply Strings) and in the evening we were entertained by a Michael Buble tribute called Buble Fever.  They were much much better than a tribute!  The lead singer was amazing!

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I loved every minute of the day from getting ready to the last dance!  It was all amazing, but went by far too quickly!

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After the wedding we were lucky enough to honeymoon in Dubai & Thailand. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy and take in every second of the day as you don’t realise how fast the day is over!

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Congratulations Tanya & Ben!

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Would you like to share your Real Wedding with Brides Up North?  From cosy celebrations and quirky days to soave soirees, we want to see!  Contact me today. 

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Eye Candy: Lyn Ashworth

November 6th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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It’s Sunday night.  It’s cold.  It’s dark.  You’ve got work tomorrow. 

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When Downton Abbey is the only thing that seems worth living for, I think we need a good old dose of gorgeousness, don’t you agree?

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I almost feel that it has become my duty to report back whenever I happen to perchance upon such visions of loveliness as these beautiful bridal gowns by wedding dress designer Lyn Ashworth.  My newest addition to the Brides Up North Eye Candy Hall of Fame does English Rose bridal to perfection.

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Form an orderly queue people.  I think you might just like what you are about to see.  No pushing and shoving, and absolutely no hair pulling!  That’s just not ladylike…

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But these are… and I think Lady Grantham and the Dowager would absolutely approve. 

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Veronica / Paola

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Mitzi / Jacqueline

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Angelique / Bella

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Constanza Long / Constanza Short

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Scarlett / Stardust

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Rebecca / Samantha

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Sarah / Gwendoline

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Daphne Long / Daphne Short

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Fiona / Helena

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To find your nearest Lyn Ashworth stockist in the North and to find out more about the collection, click here

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Babe In The Wood! A Real Wedding – Sylvia & Dave

August 4th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Manchester based wedding photographer and friend of the wedding blog Tobiah Tayo sent Brides Up North this absolutely beautiful castle wedding which took place just over a month ago to share today. Congratulations to the newlywed Sylvia and Dave!  If you haven’t come across Tobiah’s work before, head over to their lovely blog and have a browse.  Just amazing – I have never seen a ceremony room bedecked quite so gorgeously!

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Tobiah tells the tale: The wedding was held at Peckforton Castle on 1 July 2011.  Peckforton Castle was victim of an arson attack just two weeks before the wedding which nearly meant the venue had to be moved! You can imagine how stressful that was!

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Fortunately Sylvia and Dave could still use the castle for the ceremony and relocated to a marquee for the evening reception.  It was a wonderful day. 

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Trust me, you are going to want to click through to see the rest – it’s all in the detail!

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