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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Jumpin’ Jumpin’! A Real Wedding In The North West– Helen & Stu

June 22nd, 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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I love a party with a bit of bounce, and Helen and Stu’s gorgeous vintage country garden wedding certainly has plenty of that!  With perfect detailing, beautiful blooms and one stunning leading lady, this Real Wedding is jumpin’. 

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Helen says:  We got engaged at the “Northern Quarter Restaurant” in Manchester on 27th November 2010. Stu proposed with a beautiful 1920s ring – chosen by him!

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We were married on 12th May 2012 at St Helens Church, Waddington with the reception at Browsholme Hall, in the Forest of Bowland.  St Helens Church was chosen due to it being beautiful, its fantastic community spirit and absolutely lovely Vicar, John Brocklehurst. Waddington is a stunning little village and a convenient location in relation to the reception venue.

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Browsholme Hall is surrounded by beautiful countryside and the Tithe Barn where our reception was held is a stunning 17th century building. Rebecca, the Venue Manager was fantastic and couldn’t have been more helpful (also, both venues made me cry with happiness, which is very important)!

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Our theme was English Country Vintage… and fun!  All the vases, crockery and table linen were purchased by us both over many MANY weekends trawling the countries antiques shops.  We also wanted to make sure all our guests had a great time so we made sure there were plenty of fun elements and personal touches… and plenty of food and drink!

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Three bridesmaids wore sage green chiffon dresses by Dessy and another of them wore a grey suit with a Dessy sage green tie.  The flower girls were in lace John Lewis flower girl dresses.  Our groomsmen black suits with matching white shirts and floral ties. 

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I wore a beautiful Spanish lace dress called Alborada by Pronovias, with a hand made Cathedral length lace edged veil to match the train of the dress. I wore my maternal Grandma’s marcasite necklace and a hand made side tiara with antique marcasite earrings.

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Stu wore a Kenneth Cole black suit, a tailored fawn waistcoat with Jeffery West Cuban shoes and a skinny floral tie (lavender and cream). 

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We left the church to Morecambe and Wise’s “Bring Me Sunshine”. 

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The bouquet was designed by David Wayman to represent English Spring meadow flowers – I’m afraid we can’t remember the flower names!

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My father and I arrived in a 1912 Bentley DB. This car also took the Stu and I to the reception venue. 

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Stu’s mother made a three tier cake (top tier was sponge with the lower two fruit) and I hand painted cake toppers to look like us. The cake was decorated with lace and flowers to match the tables and bouquet. 

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Our wedding favours were silly eye patches, toy soldiers, moustaches & we bought colouring books as extras for the children too. 

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The table names were silly little sayings that we both have (e.g. The Jaguar & The Fez). I made 120 luggage label place names with vintage rubber stamps, vintage postage stamps and using my Nanna’s type writer to type the names.

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We used With A Twist Catering in Darwen and hired a brilliant bouncy castle from Funflatables! 

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I know everyone must say it, but we really did have the most perfect and magical day filled with love and laughter.

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In the evening we had a vintage suitcase of Flip-Flops for ladies with sore feet from dancing late at night and we had a table with photograph of our parents and grandparents’ Wedding Days.  Stu made a playlist of vintage love songs from jazz to 60’s. 

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We honeymooned in the Now Larimar Resort, Punta Cana – Dominican Republic. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that in the planning of your wedding make sure it reflects who you are and your own personalities rather than that of others… oh and get Adam Riley to take your photos!

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Congratulations Helen & Stu!

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Cheshire Fling! A Real Wedding In The North West – Sarah & Andrew

June 21st, 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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One of my very favourite Real Weddings ever featured here on the wedding blog,  Sarah and Andrew’s riotously gorgeous real wedding in Cheshire courtesy of Brides Up North fave, Jonny Draper Photography first appeared on these pretty pages in February this year. 

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There are stunning details, beautiful gowns, super cute kids and men in kilts… what more could you want?!

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Sarah says:  We got engaged in Andrew’s home town of Stonehaven, 11th August 2012. We were visiting Andrew’s family and went for a lovely lobster meal at the Tollbooth, overlooking Stonehaven Harbour. Andrew then suggested a walk to the pier head to admire the view and before I knew it he was down on one knee with a beautiful ring and asked the words every girl wants to hear!

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We were married on 19th January 2013 at Sandhole Oak Barn, Congleton.  When I saw the barn I fell in love! The views are amazing and there is such a wonderful feel about the whole place. The family who own the barn were so friendly and made the decision very easy… we booked there and then!

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We didn’t have a theme as such but we really liked the idea of the barn being lit up with fairy lights as in January, it would be dark early and we thought it would make the place more magical. I’d been looking at quite vintage colours for flowers and the mercury silver glass just seemed to follow, along with tealights everywhere! The moustache and lips on the wedding stationary seemed fun and our friend Rebecca Morris sourced letter pressing, designed and printed them all for us.

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The colour scheme found itself really, grey/silver for the bridesmaids with the Tartan having grey and purple thrown in. I chose quite muted colours for the flowers, amnesia, memory lane and ivory to stick with the vintage glamour look, and of course had sea holly (thistle) to keep the Scottish heritage up!

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I decided on the Pronovias Alcanar gown as I loved the corded lace. I bought it at Dan Kerr Brides in Preston. Kaye was fab and couldn’t have been more helpful.  The gown was nothing like I had imagined I would wear but everybody says don’t rule anything out until you’ve tried it on and it’s true!

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I had quite a challenge with choosing the bridesmaids’ outfits as my chief Bridesmaid, Jackie, was 34 weeks pregnant on our wedding day! Also, Andrew had decided to have his sister as Best Woman so we thought it would be nice to have her in the same dress as the bridesmaids but in black. In the end, I decided on the Two Birds Bridesmaid dresses as they were so versatile, maternity friendly and I loved the way the girls all wore a different style but were actually in the same dress! I bought them from Swan Brides in Congleton, the colour was Charcoal (and I’m very jealous that I don’t have one myself!)

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We were very aware of the cold, snowy weather so we provided an old vintage suitcase full of blankets for our guests to use when the were outside to stop them freezing! We had lace cones of confetti to hand out to guests during the ceremony and lace handkerchiefs to wipe away any tears! My Dad organised a bagpiper to pipe Andrew and the guests into the Barn as he was getting married so far from home. It was a total surprise and so touching to her the pipes over the wind. Just perfect, it made many shed a tear! The poor piper was frozen though!

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The whole day was amazing, but my favourite part was standing in front of our family and friends and saying my vows to my husband… and walking out of (practically skipping!) the service through a confetti cloud to Stevie Wonder’s Signed Sealed Delivered!

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My Dads’ side of the family still own and run Cornall’s Market Garden in Walton Le Dale, Preston so having them design our flowers only seemed right! The bouquet was very informal, made up of amnesia, memory lane and avalanche roses for the vintage feel with sea holly brought in to tie in with Andrew’s Scottish heritage. I had photographs of our grandparents pinned onto my bouquet , and I carried a photograph of my Aunt who recently passed away so that they were with us on our special day.

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We had the fabulous Top Table catering on the day and they couldn’t have been better. Annette organised the day wonderfully, ensuring every last detail was executed to perfection! I’ve had texts, phone calls and emails galore saying how wonderful they all were and that the food was amazing! They really are a brilliant team and couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

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We gave the task of organising our wedding cake to my dad, which he did very well! We just asked for a pretty, simple cake that tasted good, and it ticked the boxes! Made by 2nice2slice in Preston.

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The entertainment was really important to us as we both love a good party and wanted everyone to dance their socks off! We chose The Coolers Band and Andy Murphy DJ to entertain and they did just that! The dance floor was never empty and everyone had a fantastic time! Even uncles who normally watch from afar were up chucking some shapes…

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We’ve got a lovely 14 month old son, Thomas, so leaving him for a honeymoon wasn’t an option and we are moving to Abu Dhabi in March so we’re pretty tight on time! We did however manage to squeeze our first night away together since Thomas was born and we went to The Mere Hotel and Spa in Knutsford.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to plan your morning so you’re all made up and hair done a good hour before you have to leave. The last moments before you walk down the aisle are so precious and you need time to treasure them with those that mean the most around you (and if you’ve chosen your girls well, you’ll have a few tears and a bloody good laugh!) Oh, and Pinterest is fabulous for getting together lots of ideas…

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Congratulations Sarah and Andrew!

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Get in touch to see your own beautiful big day featured on the blog – here’s how.

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  – Images © 2013 Jonny Draper Photography

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Cheshire Fling! A Real Wedding In The North West – Sarah & Andrew

February 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Let’s get this week off to a glorious start, with Sarah and Andrew’s riotously gorgeous real wedding in Cheshire courtesy of Brides Up North fave, Jonny Draper Photography.  There are stunning details, beautiful gowns, super cute kids and men in kilts… what more could you want?!

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Sarah says:  We got engaged in Andrew’s home town of Stonehaven, 11th August 2012. We were visiting Andrew’s family and went for a lovely lobster meal at the Tollbooth, overlooking Stonehaven Harbour. Andrew then suggested a walk to the pier head to admire the view and before I knew it he was down on one knee with a beautiful ring and asked the words every girl wants to hear!

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We were married on 19th January 2013 at Sandhole Oak Barn, Congleton.  When I saw the barn I fell in love! The views are amazing and there is such a wonderful feel about the whole place. The family who own the barn were so friendly and made the decision very easy… we booked there and then!

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We didn’t have a theme as such but we really liked the idea of the barn being lit up with fairy lights as in January, it would be dark early and we thought it would make the place more magical. I’d been looking at quite vintage colours for flowers and the mercury silver glass just seemed to follow, along with tealights everywhere! The moustache and lips on the wedding stationary seemed fun and our friend Rebecca Morris sourced letter pressing, designed and printed them all for us.

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The colour scheme found itself really, grey/silver for the bridesmaids with the Tartan having grey and purple thrown in. I chose quite muted colours for the flowers, amnesia, memory lane and ivory to stick with the vintage glamour look, and of course had sea holly (thistle) to keep the Scottish heritage up!

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Johnny Draper Photography

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I decided on the Pronovias Alcanar gown as I loved the corded lace. I bought it at Dan Kerr Brides in Preston. Kaye was fab and couldn’t have been more helpful.  The gown was nothing like I had imagined I would wear but everybody says don’t rule anything out until you’ve tried it on and it’s true!

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I had quite a challenge with choosing the bridesmaids’ outfits as my chief Bridesmaid, Jackie, was 34 weeks pregnant on our wedding day! Also, Andrew had decided to have his sister as Best Woman so we thought it would be nice to have her in the same dress as the bridesmaids but in black. In the end, I decided on the Two Birds Bridesmaid dresses as they were so versatile, maternity friendly and I loved the way the girls all wore a different style but were actually in the same dress! I bought them from Swan Brides in Congleton, the colour was Charcoal (and I’m very jealous that I don’t have one myself!)

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We were very aware of the cold, snowy weather so we provided an old vintage suitcase full of blankets for our guests to use when the were outside to stop them freezing! We had lace cones of confetti to hand out to guests during the ceremony and lace handkerchiefs to wipe away any tears! My Dad organised a bagpiper to pipe Andrew and the guests into the Barn as he was getting married so far from home. It was a total surprise and so touching to her the pipes over the wind. Just perfect, it made many shed a tear! The poor piper was frozen though!

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The whole day was amazing, but my favourite part was standing in front of our family and friends and saying my vows to my husband… and walking out of (practically skipping!) the service through a confetti cloud to Stevie Wonder’s Signed Sealed Delivered!

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My Dads’ side of the family still own and run Cornall’s Market Garden in Walton Le Dale, Preston so having them design our flowers only seemed right! The bouquet was very informal, made up of amnesia, memory lane and avalanche roses for the vintage feel with sea holly brought in to tie in with Andrew’s Scottish heritage. I had photographs of our grandparents pinned onto my bouquet , and I carried a photograph of my Aunt who recently passed away so that they were with us on our special day.

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We had the fabulous Top Table catering on the day and they couldn’t have been better. Annette organised the day wonderfully, ensuring every last detail was executed to perfection! I’ve had texts, phone calls and emails galore saying how wonderful they all were and that the food was amazing! They really are a brilliant team and couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

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We gave the task of organising our wedding cake to my dad, which he did very well! We just asked for a pretty, simple cake that tasted good, and it ticked the boxes! Made by 2nice2slice in Preston.

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The entertainment was really important to us as we both love a good party and wanted everyone to dance their socks off! We chose The Coolers Band and Andy Murphy DJ to entertain and they did just that! The dance floor was never empty and everyone had a fantastic time! Even uncles who normally watch from afar were up chucking some shapes…

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Johnny Draper Photography

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We’ve got a lovely 14 month old son, Thomas, so leaving him for a honeymoon wasn’t an option and we are moving to Abu Dhabi in March so we’re pretty tight on time! We did however manage to squeeze our first night away together since Thomas was born and we went to The Mere Hotel and Spa in Knutsford.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to plan your morning so you’re all made up and hair done a good hour before you have to leave. The last moments before you walk down the aisle are so precious and you need time to treasure them with those that mean the most around you (and if you’ve chosen your girls well, you’ll have a few tears and a bloody good laugh!) Oh, and Pinterest is fabulous for getting together lots of ideas…

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Johnny Draper Photography

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Congratulations Sarah and Andrew!

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Get in touch to see your own beautiful big day featured on the blog – here’s how.

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  – Images © 2013 Jonny Draper Photography

This is not a sponsored post

Contact Brides Up North to submit your business as a Featured Supplier

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog

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Sparkling White: A Real Winter Wedding In York – Anna & Lee

January 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Anna and Lee’s sparkling Winter wedding feels like the perfect way to begin a fresh new week here on the wedding blog.  With tons of twinkle, crisp whites and beautiful images by super talented Brides Up North Featured Supplier Dominic Wright Photography, Anna and Lee’s day is inspiration all the way.  Enjoy. 

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Anna says:  We got engaged at the Minster in York on the 14th February 2012. I wasn’t expecting it all at as Lee hates Valentine’s Day so I was very shocked and thrilled.

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We were married on Sunday 23rd December 2012 at The Hospitium, Museum gardens, York.  We loved the 14th century building and the mixture of the stone work and pillars downstairs and more modern upstairs. We thought it would be the perfect Christmas wedding venue. The setting in Museum gardens meant that we could have beautiful photographs (thanks to our amazing photographers!) in the Abbey ruins that are in the grounds of the park.

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I wanted a winter wonderland with lots of foliage, twinkle and Christmas touches.  I used a lot of white sparkle and then greens through the bridesmaid dresses and the foliage. 

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We put a surprise guided bus tour on (with bubbly!) for all our guests. It picked the guests up from Hotel Du Vin, York and the guests then had a personalised tour of the city before being dropped at the venue of the wedding.

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I wanted a huge princess dress that was very classy and beautiful. I bought my stunning Pronovias dress from Brides of Harrogate. I wanted the groom, best man and fathers to be in classic three piece suits. The groom’s suit was a William Hunt (Savile Row) suit.  The bridesmaid’s dresses were from Brides of Harrogate also and were made by the designer Mori Lee.

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My make-up was by Julia Spink and the beautiful hair (bride, bride’s mother, bridesmaids and flower girls was all done by Hannah Green.

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I had recorded the children in my school singing a beautiful and moving song to be played through ceremony (which had many of our guests in tears). Then we had Christmas songs playing throughout the drinks reception.

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Its so hard to pick a favourite part of the day! The reaction of everyone (including the groom who cried) when I walked into the room, the relaxed atmosphere and the knowledge that everyone was absolutely loving the day and buzzing with it and of course wearing my stunning dress and seeing my groom looking gorgeous, as were all of my guests. It really was the most amazing day.

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I carried a bouquet of white roses with eucalyptus and sparkle. I wanted something very simple and classic that wouldn’t date in the photographs.  Our florist was the amazing and talented Susan Dudley-Smith.

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We had personalised crackers which matched the incredible stationery designed and made by my sister in law, Kate Wells. She made the most stunning ‘Advent Calendar’ invitations for our guests to open on the days leading up to the wedding. The guests loved them! There were also personalised teddies for the flower girls to open at the meal.

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The delicious catering was by Bradshaws of York.  My mother in law made a beautiful ivory wedding cake with flowers on it to tie in with the theme.

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Given the time of year and the fact that our daughter is only two, we didn’t fancy a long hall flight for our honeymoon. We ended up booking a luxury cottage in Northumberland, so we had five nights relaxing as a family, with meals out and beautiful walks on the beach every day.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to make sure you stick to your guns about the sort of day you want. If you are happy and relaxed on the day all your guests will be too. Unfortunately the saying is true – you get what you pay for, so pick out the things that are really important to you and then see if you can cut back (or make your own) in other areas. Guests will love your personalised and individual touches.

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Eye Candy: Pronovias 2013 For Mia Sposa – PLUS Exclusive Offer For Wedding Blog Readers

November 5th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Of a Monday, I do like to let the gorgeous roll.  Following this morning’s beautiful celebration courtesy of real bride Holly and the ever lovely Cat Hepple Photography, how would you like to do a leetle bit of wedding dress gazing this afternoon?

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Yes please!

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Alcanar

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Today’s knockout eye candy comes to you courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Mia Sposa Bridal & Menswear, who are showcasing the stunning Pronovias 2013 Fashion Collection on these swirly silver pages today.

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About their Fashion Collection, Pronovias say: “A collection for the cosmopolitan bride, who wants a soft and lineal look. Strapless and asymmetric necklines are still the most popular choices, along with spaghetti straps and sheer tulle sleeves.” 

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Take a peep at the video below for more from Pronovias’ full 2013 collections on the catwalk.  Three words:

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And the fun doesn’t stop here either.  All the dresses in this post are now available for you to try at Mia Sposa Bridal & Menswear, Newcastle Upon Tyne, and if you call Joy to book a mid-week appointment at their beautiful new Blandford Square boutique, Brides Up North readers and their friends and family will be able to share a bottle of bubbly between fittings, on us!

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If that’s not something to celebrate, then I don’t know what is!

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To make your appointment, call Joy on 0191 2211 688 or email miasposa@btconnect.com, quoting Brides Up North Mid Week Fizz Offer. 

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Diango

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Uri

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Domingo & Usun

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Urturi & Uztegui

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Lawns & Lanterns: A Real Wedding In Lancashire – Duncan & Victoria

September 18th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It’s right on with the Real Weddings this afternoon on blog as we are in Lancashire for the marquee wedding of Victoria & Duncan at Leighton Hall, with images by Ruth Mitchell Photography

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Let’s hear from Victoria, who says: Duncan proposed on a sand dune on Holkham Beach, Norfolk in January 2011 (when I was 8 months pregnant so struggled to make it up the sand dune!). 

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We were married on 19th May 2012 at St. Oswald’s church, Thornton-in-Lonsdale, North Yorkshire followed by a reception at Leighton Hall, Lancashire.  The church is special to Duncan’s family and is also in the most spectacular location, with the three peaks as a back-drop. We chose Leighton Hall for its quirky grandeur, in another spectacular setting.

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There was no real colour scheme, but I wanted to use lots of vibrant colours. My bridesmaids wore the same dress but in three different colours: bright pink, sapphire blue and pale blue. The marquee for our reception had paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling in different shades of pink and green, and the choice of flowers tied in with this.

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My dress was from Pronovias – the style is called “Alice” – from Teokath in Wimbledon and my bridesmaids wore dresses by Dessy. 

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I carried a bouquet of pink peonies and white roses by Flower Bank in Hornby.   

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Our wedding day included a lot of family music as Duncan’s family are very musical, so his uncle played the organ in the church, and a family choir sang for us during the signing of the register.

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The ceremony was my favourite part of the day – it felt very special to me. We have a 17 month old son and the vicar included him in a blessing of our marriage. We did things the “wrong” way round, but I’m glad he was there to share the day with us

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My mum and Duncan’s mum made the wedding favours, which were hand-decorated boxes of home-made fudge.  We chose a tiered sponge cake covered with pink flowers from Icing On The Cake in Kendall.  Our other catering was by Karen Rhodes. 

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I just loved our paper lanterns in the marquee!  My favourite bit!

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After the wedding we enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon in the Maldives. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that spending more money does not necessarily equal having a better time. I spent a lot of money on the flowers and felt really sad having to leave them all the next day.  Also, get  a babysitter if you have a child! That way everyone can relax.

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Congratulations Victoria & Duncan!

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Aussie Rules! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Victoria & Nick

June 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today’s Real Wedding comes all the way from a land down under Yorkshire, and was sent to me by Lisa of Just Bespoke Wedding Planning and real bride Victoria.

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With some Australian touches to make the big day personal, this is a beautiful English wedding (that dress!  those blooms!) with an Aussie twist, and all the more gorgeous for it.

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Toss another shrimp on the… ok, I’ll stop now.  Enjoy. 

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Victoria says: We got engaged in Central Park in New York on 20th February 2010 and were married on 9th July 2011 in Sutton on the Forest, York. 

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It was a British summer wedding with Australian influences – Nick is Australian and many of his friends and family flew over from Australia for the wedding. 

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The wedding was held in the village church which is a 16th Century church. It is beautiful and full of character, a real traditional English setting!  The reception was held in a marquee at my parents place. The marquee and our home were brought to life with the wedding, it will always be memorable

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I wore a gorgeous lace Pronovias dress, and carried a bouquet of avalanche cream roses by Wards The Florist.

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My bridesmaids wore gorgeous purple maxi dresses from Mori Lee that we found in Glamourous Gowns in Farnborough. 

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My favourite moment has to be when we said “I do”: I felt like it was just Nick and I, alone in a world of our own.

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We travelled in style – beautiful vintage motors from Exclusive Wedding Cars.

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We played up the English/ Aussie theme with table names and baskets of flip flops or “thongs” – take your pick!  Guests also received welcome bags in their hotel rooms full of English and Australian finds such as Mrs Bailey’s Yorkshire pudding recipe and sweets from Oz.

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We chose a three tier cake by Imaginative Icing, with one lemon layer, one chocolate and one traditional fruit.  Instead of a traditional cake topper we used a figurine of a couple embracing on top of the cake.

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We planned a balloon release to kick off the evening entertainment, and then following the Jazz band from York University, hired a DJ from Alive & Sound – he played a variety of music to cater for all ages. He even played some Aussie classics.

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After the wedding, we honeymooned on safari round the Serengeti and then a beach holiday in Zanzibar. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to stay calm, any mistakes or things that go wrong only you will know as no one else knows what was planned, so they will see it as perfect. The day will be amazing, whatever happens, rain or shine. However, Excel will become your best friend!

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Congratulations Victoria & Nick!

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A (Leafy) Couture Celebration, A Real Wedding – Sarah & Neil

September 4th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Mixing things up a little bit this weekend (just cos I can) with a beautiful Real Wedding to kick start the Sunday wedding blog schedule.  Keeping things fresh – that’s the way to do it!  But if you are a traditionalist, don’t despair – your jam packed Super Sunday instalment will be coming up a little bit later on.  For now, put your feet up and enjoy a little bit of real life romance alongside your Sunday brunch.

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Fabulous real life wedding industry friend Sarah from Leafy Couture asked me last week if I might like to feature her Real Wedding on the bridal blog.  Duh!  Of course… after all, if it’s good enough for Wedding Magazine (it was!), it’s good enough for this little !

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Being an amazing florist, I was most excited to see Sarah’s own wedding day choices.  Her rich palette of reds, pinks and blackberry tones did not disappoint.  All in all, a stunning Yorkshire occasion!

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Over to Sarah:  After 14 years of friendship, nearly five years of courtship, a breath taking proposal under a tree in Kew Gardens after a picnic on 29 May 2009 we got engaged and we were married on 23 October 2010 at The Old Deanery, Ripon, North Yorkshire. 

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It was a long process but eventually we found The Old Deanery, Ripon. It was like one big house that we took over with two van loads of flowers, candles, candelabra and decorations. It had such a historic feel with a striking oversized staircase at the entrance, beautiful fireplaces, wooden floors, stunning gardens and real fires. The staff were amazing and very accommodating. We had exclusive use, which meant I was able to wander around in my stripy Cath Kidston pjs until 1pm on the day of the wedding!

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I just wanted a glamorous feel but with a hint of vintage.We chose warm pinks and reds in flowers to go with the metallic tones of the rest of the décor. I wanted it to feel luxurious and opulent.

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WINNER! Brides Up North & Mia Sposa WIN YOUR WEDDING DRESS COMPETITION!

May 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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It’s the moment that brides to be across the North have been waiting for.

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Time to reveal the winner of a wedding dress of their choice worth up to £1,200 from Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear, Newcastle Upon Tyne!  Chosen at random from hundreds of entries, the lucky lucky girl who will win the wedding dress of her dreams completely free is…

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  • Francesca Wallace

    April 20, 2011 | I just want to feel like me walking down the aisle. I’m not a princess or a model, just a lass living in lancashire hoping to make her man proud on our special day. Being able to wear a beautiful dress that makes me shine would be the white chocolate frosting on the spicy ginger carrot cake!

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    Many, many congratulations Francesca!  You are going to look STUNNING for that man of yours! Please contact me as soon as possible to claim your prize.  We can’t wait to see some photographs of you in the dress you choose on your big day!

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    Big thanks to all my readers who left such lovely comments. I know lots of you will be disappointed, but for those who didn’t win, remember that the winners of the rest of the fantastic competitions in the Right Royal Giveaway Bonanza will be announced every day at 12 noon throughout May.  Many of the competitions are still open too!  Keep checking the blog daily to see if you are a winner!

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