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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Low Key Lovely. Pronovias For A Real Wedding In Manchester –Nichola & Neil

December 27th, 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 what’s set to be the biggest and best 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.

 

Usual service will recommence on 2nd January 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings in 2013.  Drop in every day for the very, very prettiest 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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What Nichola and Neil’s Real Wedding lacks in fiddly detail, it makes up for class.  I love their low key yet expertly styled celebration in the North’s capital of cool.  This is how it’s done, people.

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With images by Adam Riley Photography and video by Unforgettable Memories.

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Nichola says:  We got engaged in August 2010 in Sicily. We had taken a trip to Mount Etna to watch the sunset. We watched the sunset together and then Neil asked me to marry him producing the most gorgeous pearl and diamond ring

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We had a Catholic ceremony at St.Mary’s Church, Levensulme (our local church) followed by a reception at the Radisson Edwardian in Manchester City Centre on 6th April 2013.

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Having both grown up in Manchester we wanted a wedding that really reflected our love of the city. Neil is an architect so the venue was really important to us. We had quite a large wedding as we are both from big Irish families and have big groups of friends we have grown up with so finding a venue we loved that was big enough was a struggle.

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When we walked into the Radisson at a wedding fair we knew it was perfect. It was the right size and it had character to it that other venues just didn’t have.  I work in customer service and being a 5 star hotel knew that we would get first class service which was the top of my priority list.

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We had two key themes for the day, pearls and lace from a decoration point of view but also Manchester and Music.

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The Radisson was once a music venue (The Lesser Free Trade Hall) and Neil loves music so we created invitations that looked like gig tickets, our table gift was a CD of music from artists that had played at the Free Trade Hall and the table names were all artist that had played at the venue.

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I wanted to keep the decorations as low key as possible as I really wanted to do these myself. I collected glass jars for months with the help of family and friends and we filled them with pearls and candles and covered them in lace. I bought hessian to make runners for the table and for around some of the jars too. We really wanted everything to feel personal and ‘us’ so the invites, table plans, place names and order of service were all designed and created by us.

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We kept everything quite neutral. My dress was ivory and the bridesmaids’ dresses matched too. The stationary was all created using brown card to match the hemp.

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I choose a Pronovias dress from the Bridal Path in Althrincham. I must have gone to nearly 10 shops and always fell in love with a dress in each one but never committed to buying them.

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When I tried this dress on I knew it was the one, the lace was amazing and I really wanted lace in the dress. I loved the detail on the straps and waistline and adored the way the skirt fell.

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The bridesmaids wore gorgeous lace dresses in the same colour as mine so they were very classic and they looked amazing next to my dress. I bought the dresses from Marks and Spencer as we didn’t want to spend huge amounts of money on ‘typical’ bridesmaids dresses that had no character.

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The men’s suits were from Groom in Wilmslow. We didn’t want a traditional tails/morning suit as when we looked at these the fabric was stiff and stuffy. We had wanted Navy all along as Neil has a lovely navy suit at home and the colour looks great on him. We had been to a lot of places looking at suits but the minute we walked in groom we saw the perfect suit. The material was lovely, clearly great quality, and the accessories were perfect for the colour scheme.

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We used Knutsford Bloom for the flowers. I wanted to bring in some spring colours in the flowers as everything else was so neutral and Bridget was brilliant helping us pick and the flowers were amazing on the day.

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I carried a medium hand tied bouquet with gorgeous yellows, pinks and blue to bring some colour to the day and tie in the suits.  The bridesmaids carried smaller versions of my bouquet.

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The special touches for us were the personal side of things, making all the stationery and decorations. Picking all the church readings, prayers and hymns ourselves meant we picked things that really meant something to us as a couple and not just standard wedding words

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My favourite part of the day was getting to say I do and finally marry Neil (after nearly 10 years together) with all our friends and family there to watch.

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We didn’t want to spend too much money on transport for ourselves on the day so we only booked one vintage cream car that could take the wedding party ahead of my Dad and Me. Then after the ceremony Neil and I took the car while the guests travelled in two vintage double decker buses to the hotel. Our photographer jumped on the buses to take some pictures of all the guests and really captured the atmosphere of the day.

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Our photographer was Adam Riley a reportage style photographer. We both agreed we didn’t want anything too posed on the day (apart from the family shots for the mums!) and photography was really important to us. Adam was an amazing choice and we were so happy with what he created for us. He captured the day in a way we could not have imagined and everyone has said how unique and fantastic the pictures are. The hard part now comes in picking which ones to put in the album!

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We wanted some time for just me and Neil to walk around some of the important places in Manchester that held a place in our hearts to have some pictures captured, Adam was so on board with this idea and had met Neil in the week before the wedding to walk around to the different spots and work out a plan for the day.

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We had decided not to have a video on the day due to budget but Neil’s mum planned a surprise for us and got the details of a videographer, Craig at Unforgettable Memories Films. She told Neil about the surprise and he met with Craig ahead of the wedding to talk everything through. When Craig turned up at the house the morning of the wedding it was such a shock and I couldn’t have been happier.

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For the cake we used Richard’s Cakes. My father, sister and myself all have a gluten free diet so we needed someone who could cater to this. We had decided to have individual cakes as dessert also so wanted something that looked like a dessert. The cakes were beautiful and so tasty.

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Having a big Irish crowd and also lots of friends who love to party at the wedding meant that the entertainment was really important to us. We choose a local DJ, Andy Murphy, and a local Irish band, The Last Drop.

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We know Andy well and he was fantastic, he came round to the house in the run up to the wedding to talk through how things would run on the night. Andy really knows how to pick songs to keep the crowd happy. We were struggling with a first dance choice as Neil is so into his music but not big on dancing! We settled on The Stone Roses – This Is The One. It went down a storm.

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The band were great and worked brilliantly with Andy to make sure everything ran smoothly and the dance floor was always busy.

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We went to America for three weeks on our honeymoon. We really wanted the trip of a lifetime. We started in Vegas and travelled to the west coast from Yosemite down to San Diego stopping at lots of places on the way.  It was the most amazing three weeks we could have had.

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My top tips for other Brides Up North would be to make the day personal to you. It will help you have the day you want and its great when everyone you love has a good time because of what you plan.

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Make sure you take some time for the two of you, its hard but you will love having sometime taking it all in. We had that when we went of for pictures and I am so glad we did as the day flew by so quick.

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Congratulations Nichola & Neil!

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DIY Delights. Pronovias For A Real Wedding At Danby Castle – Helen & Harry

October 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Lets get this pretty party started. 

I’ve some absolutely cracking wedding inspiration for you lovely lot this week, starting with this beautiful real wedding with lots of DIY detailing high on the Yorkshire moors, and culminating with our gorgeous Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, this Sunday (have you pre-registered for this really very special bridal event? Click here to join the fun).  Don’t say we never do anything for you!

So, it’s off to Danby this Monday as we join Helen and Harry for their cute countryside wedding.  There’s colour pops and perfect props, all finished off with a hearty serving of Whitby’s finest.  Enjoy!

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Helen says:  Harry asked me to marry him in Central Park in New York on 26th June 2012, and we were married on 28th September 2013 at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Stokesley, followed by reception at Danby Castle.

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The church was my local church when I was growing up. We looked at several reception venues but Danby Castle just felt right – it’s in a beautiful location, characterful and the staff are amazing.

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We chose teal as a base colour and we kept the general feel quite rustic in keeping with the setting.

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My wedding dress was a beautiful  Pronovias lace fishtail with a bolero which I found in my local wedding shop in Wimbledon (Teokath).

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Harry and his groomsmen wore medium grey suits with tails hired from Moss Bros.

My bridesmaids wore teal dresses from In One Clothing in different styles. These worked incredibly well as there was a six months pregnant bridesmaid and a bridesmaid who had given birth three weeks earlier! The flower girl wore a matching teal sash (also from In One Clothing) around a white dress from Monsoon.

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I carried a mixture of roses and freesias, with a wild flower feel. The buttonholes were heather based in keeping with the moors.

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I travelled in a 1970s VWBeetle called Digby from Lovedub Cars – we didn’t want anything too grand. 

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The cake was two tiered with a tasty fruit layer and an even tastier chocolate sponge layer from Cakes By Deb.  Our cake topper was by Kate Elford. 

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We added lots of home made touches to our day. 

We made the table name cards using tickets from sporting venues we had been to together with some facts from the matches we attended and little flags with Mr & Mrs R, 28.09.2013 on for the straws in the reception drinks.

My Dad produced lots of twigs so all the guests could play poohsticks after the church ceremony and we had jigsaws made with the menus on to keep the guests entertained whilst they were waiting for the speeches to end…

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The amazing food was served up by Danby Castle’s chef Em who produced some incredibly tasty pie and sticky toffee pudding.

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We had a DJ for the evening music and an iPod playing a selection of music during the drinks reception.  We learnt a foxtrot for our first dance, being big Strictly Come Dancing fans!

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Peru – a week by Lake Titicaca followed by hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu then a few days in the Amazon rainforest.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is that it’s your day – do what makes you happy, and (hopefully!) doing that will make your guests happy.

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Congratulations Helen & Harry!

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Sunbleached. A Pronovias Gown For A Real Wedding At Newton Hall, Northumberland – Heather & Tom

October 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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If you’ve woken up this morning to the certainty that Autumn/ Winter 2013 is most certainly here and commuted to the office under a veil of grey drizzle, don’t despair.  Firstly, there’s always the prospect of new boots and a new coat to cheer you up and secondly, today’s Real Wedding is certain to warm your cockles and lift your spirits.  With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Helen Russell Photography, Heather and Tom’s celebration is just beautiful

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Heather says:  Tom was very nervous about the whole proposal situation and couldn’t stand the the thought of having to do it in front of lots of people. We had been together for just under 3 years and we had recently bought our first home together. We were going out to a family meal at Tom’s parents house, as I came down the stairs I thought Tom was tying his shoe lace until I saw him holding the ring box. We both cried a lot and it was absolutely perfect.

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We were married on 26th August 2013 – bank holiday weekend – at the amazing Newton Hall.  We met in Spain when we were 18 and 19. I moved down to the Midlands when I was 21 to start a degree as well as to be with Tom. We both knew that the North East would be the perfect place to get married and a great place for all our relatives to be together for our day. I especially wanted to get married in my beloved North East. We looked at lots of venues but were always left feeling disappointed about one or more aspects of the venue. Newton Hall had the perfect combination of location, decor, gorgeous bedrooms, and a quirky and homely feel that we both loved.

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I had several ideas (Tom gave me free run) of different looks that I liked and all of them had a very different feel. As the wedding got closer I found myself looking at a lot of rustic country weddings on blogs, I decided to create my own version of this. The dress I choose was lace so I wanted to incorporate that with a rustic element softened and made pretty by lots of flowers.

The wedding colour scheme was grey with a hint of mauve, pale pinks, whites and pale purples.

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I bought my dress from a fabulous boutique called Silk based in Litchfield. I looked at lots of dresses and ended up going for a dress that was different to my initial ideas of what I wanted. The dress was a lace and tulle style by Pronovias. It was so beautiful and photographed really well.  Eliza Vale made my bespoke headpiece.

My bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses in luxe chiffon, they were in the colour stormy all from the fabulous Mia Sposa in Newcastle. They all picked the style of dress they preferred. I really wanted them to feel comfortable in their dress and not to feel like they had been made to where something that someone else liked. They all looked beautiful.

Lisa Jones did all the hair and make up, she is so talented and so speedy on the day.

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All my suppliers were so good and I think they sometimes knew what vision was in my head better than I did.I used to work with Helen Russell Photography a long time before she was doing photography full-time, I came across her on the Brides Up North blog and contacted her straight away.

One Digital Image were our videographers, they were so professional and were like an extra pair of hands on the day.

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Peaches and Queen made all my wonderful stationary and Mandy was my personal wedding counsellor.

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Helen Russell Photography

The ceremony was beautiful. It was outside on the terrace, the sun was shining and it felt almost dreamlike, even a few white butterflies turned up and flew around me and Tom as we said our vows.

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I carried a mixture of sweet peas, stocks, hydrangeas  with a couple of David Austin roses by Bels Flowers, they were beautiful. The Finishing Touch Company and Bels Flowers styled the venue to perfection.

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Helen Russell Photography

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We chose a three tier cake consisting of cookies and cream, lemon drizzle and chocolate fudge cake. The design was left up to The Designer Cake Company so we could have a little surprise on the day.

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Helen Russell Photography

We had a piano player for the ceremony and the drinks reception, I would highly recommend him his name is Jack Hamilton based in Morpeth. In the evening we had a fun D.J called Simon Robertson from One Voice Productions Ltd, he played a great selection of music.

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Helen Russell Photography

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Helen Russell Photography

We had fish, chips and mushy peas to fit in with the sea-side theme, it went down so well with every one, no food was left on anyone’s plate.

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I was stressing about the honeymoon spending a lot of time on the internet trying to find the perfect destination. I got so confused by the choice I asked Tom to make the difficult decision. He picked San Francisco and Las Vegas, it was the trip of a lifetime with lots of treasured memories.

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Helen Russell Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to start to delegate jobs in the last few weeks otherwise it will all get on top of you.  My final tip is to try on your knickers before the big day (mine didn’t fit)!

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Congratulations Heather & Tom!

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Nice Day For A White Wedding! A Real Wedding In Harrogate – Melissa & Colin

February 24th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Welcome to Sunday Brides Up North!  Yeah, it’s almost the end of the weekend, I know, but look on the bright side – a new week means plenty more wedding pretty coming your way on these swirly silver pages! 

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Now you all know what I’m up to today… and I hope that lots of you North East brides and grooms will be joining us – Facebook and Twitter have certainly been abuzz with anticipation for days now!  Please click here for more details and to register for your FREE VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag, whilst stocks last… it’s only the massive Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza (yippee)!

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Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel Spring 2013

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In the meantime, we are keeping the inspiration flowing for those of you who can’t make the event.  Today we visit Harrogate, North Yorkshire to drop in on the celebrations of Melissa and Colin, as they say “I do” in classic English style – think white lace, lily of the valley, a lot of love and a tea party to top it all off.  Bring out the bunting!

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Melissa says:  We got engaged at Lake Windermere on September 11th 2011, and married on Saturday 5th May 2012 at St Robert’s Church in Pannal, with the reception at Pavilions of Harrogate.  We wanted a venue that was local for all our friends and family, with lots of outdoor space for the children.

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We styled the wedding as a spring vintage afternoon tea party, with a colour palette of white and spring pastels. 

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I chose a Pronovias dress from Confetti and Lace in Harrogate, which was classic and strapless with lots and lots of tulle!  Colin and his groomsmen wore indigo three piece suits. 

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I carried a bouquet of white peonies, hydrangeas and lily of the valley, bound with lace and a Wedgewood brooch belonging to my Nana.  Our flowers were by 4 Seasons of Harrogate. 

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Our favourite part of the day was the ceremony… and the speeches… in fact, we loved it all!

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Sarah Small of Cake! made a gorgeous four tier cake (two layers of fruit and two of vanilla with jam) covered in sugar hydrangea petals in pastel shades.  It tasted amazing. 

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We used Karen Peacock of Raindrops On Roses Vintage China Hire to add some personality to our afternoon tea. 

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Keeping with our tea party theme, we used gave everyone little pots of homemade jam as favours, by Favours Of The North.  We also treated everyone to ice creams, courtesy of The Icicle Tricycle. 

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Before the tea, we laid out garden games on the lawns, which the children (and bigger kids) enjoyed.  In the evening, we were entertained by Swing Thing and also had a dreambooth photo booth, which everyone loved!  

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After the wedding, we honeymooned in Mauritius.  It is such a beautiful place!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make sure that you and your groom stay together throughout your day so that you both share the same memories.  Enjoy every second of it!

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Congratulations Melissa & Colin!

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Winter Blush: A Real Wedding In Cheshire – Hayley & Nick

January 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Let’s get this week off to a very pretty start, with this beautiful Winter wedding, sent to me by Joanne Kelly Photography and Brides Up North reader Hayley.  Looking around this little corner of the blogosphere, you might be able to tell that I am quite partial to a touch of pink, and today’s stunning celebration proves that you needn’t strike a blush colour palette off your wish list just because the skies might be looking a little grey.  Rather than raising temperatures with traditional berry reds, it’s time to subtly turn up the heat, with a pretty mix of pinks, golds and just a touch of twinkle.  All together now: ahh. 

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Hayley says:  Nick asked me to marry him at Mottram Hall on my birthday on 26th August 2011 and we were married on 21st December 2012 at Combermere Abbey, Whitchurch. 

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We instantly fell in love with the beautiful glasshouse and gardens at Combermere. The pathway up to the glasshouse is truly breath taking. We also really liked that you had exclusive use of the grounds on the day and we wouldn’t have to share our day with anyone else.

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Although we got married only four days before Christmas, we didn’t want it to run too much into our wedding day. We had a romantic vintage theme with low textured floral displays and lots of candles to give it that romantic feel, using a colour base of golds and taupes with dusky pink and dark lilac rose posies.

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I fell in love with the dress instantly. It was a Pronovias design from The Bridal Path in Altrincham. The dress was an elegant Grecian style, with the most stunning beading over the shoulder and down the back.  my heels were by Jenny Packham

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My makeup and HD brows were by Makeup by Lucy Hill and finished off my look beautifully.

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I had a posy in a range of Winter pink flowers to give a lovely vintage look and texture.

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The bridesmaids wore Jenny Packham gold/taupe full length dresses with jewelled waistlines and beautiful asymmetric drapes over the shoulder. The groomsmen had dark charcoal suits with low waistcoats and ties to match the bridesmaid dresses.

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My favourite part of the day was walking up to the glasshouse before the ceremony, it was the only part of the day that seemed to go slowly. Nick was very nervous for his speech so the evening reception was probably his favourite part of the day when he could relax!

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Our video was taken by Cinematic Vizion, I loved the unique documentary style that Chris used to capture the day.

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Our photography was by Joanne Kelly and we were delighted by all the beautiful photographs from both our wedding day and also the pre-wedding shoot. Joanne is really creative and is able to capture some stunning images.

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We used lots of music throughout the day.  For the ceremony we a harpist, Una Linett. We had a string trio to play during the meal and then for the evening reception we had The Livewires. The Livewires were the second thing we booked after the wedding reception, as soon as Nick heard them, and they were great!

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We had a beautiful plain three tiered cake, with roses dusted in a gold shimmer and trimmed with gold antique lace.

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We rented out all the cottage accommodation the night before and the night after the wedding. The guests really enjoyed sharing the whole experience with us and not just the wedding ceremony and evening reception.

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After the wedding, we wanted to spend Christmas at home with our family and move into our new home. We are hoping to go away on our honeymoon later in the year.

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Stately Settings & Secret Teepees! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Rachel & Matt

December 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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Sometimes, a Real Wedding will be so gorgeous that (a) I can’t believe it’s not a styled bridal shoot and (b) I really wish that I had been a guest.  Rachel and Matt’s fabulous Yorkshire wedding with images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Andrew Scott Clarke is one of those.

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Rachel says:  Matt asked me to marry him in the infinity pool at Cameron House overlooking rolling hills and lochs of Scotland and we were married on 14 September 2012 at Duncombe Park, Helmsley, Yorkshire. 

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As l work in events I wanted somewhere different- not on the normal wedding circuit. Matt and I wanted to combine a classic ceremony with something a bit different – and Duncombe ticked all the boxes! We also love the village and have visited often as a couple. 

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My favourite part of the day was the ceremony – the vows we made to each other and seeing each other for the first time. 

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I was very set on the style of the day and opted for classic elegance for the day with a rustic secret garden party night, with a colour palette of ivory, champagne, blush and grey. 

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I chose a Manuel Mota for Pronovias gown from Bridal Rogue Gallery York.  I knew that I wanted a simple but striking wedding dress with a low back. 

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My bridesmaid in a stunning taupe Amanda Wakeley dress and the whole groom’s party was in grey – grey and white ties with Matt wearing a blush and white tie. 

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I carried a bouquet of blush and ivory avalanche roses.  This and all our stunning floral displays were by Horti-couture Florists.   

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We made every decision for the wedding based on our lives – the wines were wines we drank, the food was our favourite food and so on. 

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We chose a simple three tiered white cake with types of sponge (lemon and plain) with grey ribbon by Celebrations. 

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We did a lot ourselves – I made the wedding rings and we had personalised homemade favours (raspberry jam for ladies and raspberry vodka for gents), a USA postal box for cards (I am half American) and all our stationery was homemade. 

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We had a secret night venue by Papakata that no one knew about until we led everyone into the woods after dinner!

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We hired The Night Jars band who were amazing ! They went above and beyond and mixed the two songs we wanted for our first dance especially for us. 

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Santorini.  Just beautiful. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to follow your heart.  It’s too easy to get caught up what you think you should be doing. Just do what you what makes you both happy!

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire With Blue Shoes, Ice Cream, Parasols & A Bouncy Castle – Christina & Craig

December 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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This fan-bloomin- tabulous Real Wedding was sent to me by Featured Supplier and friend Lynne of Stems Design, who worked her little cotton socks off to create the most stunning floral displays for her friend Christina’s big day. 

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Now I don’t know if its the tiny page’s hats, the parasols or the huge feeling of glee I get from these images, but I feel like kicking up my heels and dancing across the rooftops a bit, Mary Poppins style! 

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Let’s hear from today’s stunning bride, Christina:  We got engaged on a Med cruise in Venice on a small bridge away from all the hustle and bustle in September 2010 and married on 17 July 2011 at St Margaret’s Church Brotton with our reception at Grinkle Park Hotel in Easington.

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I have lived in Brotton my whole life and have lots of fond memories of the church, my eldest sister was married here too which is my first memory of a perfect wedding.  Grinkle Park has always been in my family as the whole family go there one day over Christmas period to get together for dinner, this is a tradition that goes back long before i was born!

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I loved it when my Dad and I got out of the car outside of the church, the feeling is indescribable, and my Dad shed a tear which was lovely. 

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Our theme was kind of vintage glam, but really it was just lots of bits and pieces that I love, rather than solely sticking to a theme. I love lace and pearls and wanted the whole thing to be very dreamy and soft. I also wanted it to be fun and relaxed, not too formal and very personal.  Colour wise, we decided on a mixture of pastels, mainly baby pink and blue.

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My bridesmaids wore ivory 50’s halter neck tea length gowns with pale pink satin laced petticoats. I got them made to measure from Honey Pie Boutique and I was amazed at the quality when they came.  I had my three nieces as flower girls and they wore hand made dresses in pale pink. I made the headbands for my bridesmaids after seeing some I loved but didn’t want to pay the price for six of them! When we finished making them I loved them more than anything i had seen in the shops.

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I went for a Pronovias fitted drop waist lace bodice with a full skirt made up of individual lace trimmed frills… I loved it! It was from Poppy Bridal in Darlington and the lady who worked there made my headdress to match using the same lace my dress was made of, I think I almost loved the headdress more than the dress!

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Stems Design did all the flowers on the day – the most gorgeous blooms that I have ever seen! 

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To personalise things, I had collected lots of china tea cups from charity shops to use as my favours to our lady guests, we had whiskey bottles for the men with a picture of me and Craig together from when we were 12.  On the back of everyone’s name place was a memory myself or Craig had of that guest. We called each table after a bridge in Venice and we also hand made the invitations which included the actual invitation sewn onto a lace handkerchief for the guest to keep. Instead of a paper guest book I cut lots of squares of different pink and blue fabric up and pinned them to a scrap book for the quests to leave their notes on, eventually i will get round to sewing them together to make a patchwork quilt.

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Treats wise, we hired an ice cream van and chose an ivory five tiered cake that reminded me of the lace on my dress. We had four different flavours including fruit, chocolate, carrot and ginger.

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We both really loved the whole day,  but the first dance to the Beatles Twist and Shout was memorable! All our close friends got up after about a minute and joined in with us which we loved.  

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Craig’s dad booked us a surprise Western Med cruise for our honeymoon which we loved, we went to lots of places such as Barcelona, Southern France, Naples Italy, and Pisa.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax and enjoy every single moment of the day, don’t worry if your guests are having a good time. Get plenty of pictures and ask if your photographer will stay for after your first dance, our pictures of us and guests dancing are amazing! Also don’t forget to get some of your cake! I did!

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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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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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Chic In The City: A Real Wedding In The North West – Lauren & David

October 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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There’s nothing I love more than to feature the Real Wedding of a couple whose engagement story I have shared here on Brides Up North.  We first met Lauren and David way back in October 2011 and now they return to our swirly silver pages to share their special day with us.  With images by Scarlett Weddings

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Lauren says: We got engaged just over 18 months ago on 19th December 2010 in Formby Pinewoods. David had planned a trip up to the Lake District to propose near Coniston water as our grandfathers built the jetty together years ago. However, the night before we were due to travel there was extremely heavy snowfall so David decided to take me to Formby Pinewoods instead for a walk. He proposed in the Pinewoods and it was beautiful with the ground and trees covered in snow – a Winter wonderland!

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We were married on Saturday 1st September 2012 at St Andrews Church, Maghull with the reception at London Carriage Works and Hope Street Hotel afterwards.

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We had checked out many of the more traditional venues in Merseyside but none of them were hitting the mark – they just didn’t feel like they were our style.  I discovered that Hope Street Hotel had started offering weddings following a recent extension and I immediately knew it was perfect for us. It was clean and modern but with warmth and friendliness. It felt different to everywhere we had looked at previously, and more importantly we knew that this venue would offer excellent food!

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As the size of our party was over 100 guests, we were unable to fit everyone into the dedicated event space on The Fifth, so instead we asked the Directors for permission to have exclusive hire of The London Carriage Works for the day.

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We used The Fifth for reception drinks and it certainly did have that ‘wow’ factor with amazing views over Liverpool towards the river. As it was a sunny day for our wedding it meant we could use the terrace up there too which was just fantastic.

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The evening reception was held in The Residents Lounge, the basement lounge at Hope Street Hotel that offered a beautiful Steinway grand piano that our pianist was able to use.

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We love our home city, so it was fitting for us to have our venue in the centre of Liverpool. We followed a fair few wedding traditions, but we tried to keep everything as simple and as modern as possible.

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We kept things simple with wedding party wearing black to ensure the look was clean and sharp.

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I chose Silaba by Pronovias as my wedding dress. I only tried on four dresses and as soon as I put Silaba on I knew it was ‘the one’! It is a lace, fishtail gown with some embellishment underneath the bust line. I finished the look with a full-length silk tulle veil and Atara I earrings from Jenny Packham. All gifts from my lovely mum, Gill.

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It worked perfectly with the venue too, as the train could be hooked up for the evening turning the dress into a really sleek evening gown that was light and really easy to dance in!

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I purchased my dress from Eternity Bridal in Warrington and I would not hesitate in recommending them to anybody in the North West looking for beautiful gowns and excellent, friendly service. Zoe and Carl, the owners of the store, were on hand to offer lots of help and advice throughout the process and Anne, the seamstress, was so calming in the weeks ahead of the wedding offering top tips and guidance.

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My bridesmaid, Catherine looked beautiful in a black maxi dress from Coast. It really showed off her beautiful figure and the draping on the back was really elegant.

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Our ushers and Best Men looked really dapper in suits bought from Moss Bros. We knew early on that we wanted plain black suits for our wedding party but couldn’t find plain black lounge suits to hire in a quality fabric so we ended up buying them for everyone. The guys at Moss Bros Liverpool were really great in getting us a good deal on the suits but also coordinating all 11 men for fittings! It cost more than hiring but it was worth seeing our brothers, dads and best men looking so sharp! The suits were finished off with ties from M&S and pocket squares from TM Lewin.

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As David wears a suit everyday, we wanted to treat him to something a little more special, so he wore a black suit from Hugo Boss, white shirt from Gieves and Hawkes, black and grey tie from Hugo Boss and finished with Mulberry cufflinks – a wedding gift from me.

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Hartley’s in Aughton provided beautiful flowers using a mix of roses, hydrangeas, freesias and orchids all finished with looped grass with pearls threaded onto them.

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Our wedding cars were provided by Paddy at PJ Chauffeurs and we hired a bus to take our guests from the Church to the venue through Napier Point. The coach driver even took our guests on the ‘scenic route’ giving them a tour of Liverpool landmarks on the way to the venue!

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Cardlab, a traditional letterpress printer, made our wedding stationary. When I ordered samples from Kate at Cardlab, I was so impressed by the quality and finish that I ordered immediately. I ordered Save the Dates and Invitations in a simple ivory card, black copy and black ribbons and they really set the scene for the day. I had so many people complementing the style and quality of the invites and it helped get us really excited for the big day so we went on to order the place settings from Cardlab too.

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I stumbled over The Custom Cupcake Company a couple of weeks before the wedding and I’m so pleased that I did. The cupcakes were truly excellent, and the service was amazing! This was all while Kelly, the owner and cupcake maker extraordinaire, was preparing for her own wedding that very same weekend!

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Our families both have really strong links to the Liverpool Docks, with two grandads serving in the Royal Navy, one in the Merchant navy and another working in the docks themselves, so we decided to name our tables after the docks they worked in, or sailed out of. It was also a really nice tribute to my two grandads who have sadly passed away.

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We chose different favours for ladies and gents. For the girls, I created a CD made of songs that mean something to me and my close friends and family – the song me and my oldest girlfriends dance to after one drink too many, the song that reminds me of me and my brothers growing up and even a secret bonus track of our first dance song, Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles! I made the CD inserts myself and gave a short description of why the song is important to me. From what I’ve heard, my guests are still playing the ‘Wedding CD’ weeks later – they love it.

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For the boys, we placed an accumulator bet for each guest with predicted scores for the Premier League football matches that were scheduled for that day. A £1 bet could have resulted in a £30k win for some guests – sadly, none of our guests won a bean, but it was certainly a talking point and helped to bring people together on the tables.

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I bought plain CD cases and pillow boxes for the favours, wrapped a length of pink or grey twine around them and stamped with a bespoke wedding stamp that I had made. They looked like mini parcels for each guest!

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The excellent Afrika Fuentes provided two fantastic sets on the piano at our evening reception. All of our guests loved her perfect mix of old and new numbers and she certainly got the party going! Paul Maguire at Wedding Jam kept everybody on their feet until 2am with a fantastic mix of musical genres that reflected mine and David’s eclectic musical style

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We went to the Mayan Riviera in Mexico for a week after the wedding and booked through Kuoni. It was lovely to spend some time together after the wedding, as he weeks leading up to the ceremony were so busy; plus, it certainly made up for the poor British Summer this year!

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I have a few top tips for other Brides Up North! Get as many people involved as possible! Your friends and family will no doubt be as excited as you are for your wedding day and will want to be part of it, plus they can take some of the strain as everything starts to get busy in the weeks leading up to the wedding. It’s true that it’s your day, but it’s also about bringing two families together.

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Secondly, pick a fabulous photographer. Lisa and Emma at Scarlett Weddings were fantastic throughout the whole process. After returning from honeymoon, they popped over for a cup of tea and showed us a slideshow of the images taken on the day. I knew that they would do a good job, but they captured our day perfect and totally exceeded my expectations.

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Wedding Dress Wonderland! Supplier Showcase: Award Winning Confetti & Lace

June 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This morning I am thrilled to welcome Abbi Lewis from Award Winning Confetti & Lace and Brides of Harrogate to the silver swirly pages of the wedding blog.  I first met Abbi when we shared a table at the Bridal Buyer Awards back in 2011 and was struck by how lovely she was then – it turns out that I am a great judge of character!

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Abbi has been generous enough to sponsor our current headline competition here at Brides Up North: the chance to win not only your wedding dress but your bridesmaid dresses and menswear too, to the value of £2,000!  We do like to spoil you. 

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There is not long left to enter so make sure to click here for the chance to win this fabulous prize.  All you have to do is leave a comment on the original competition post (or register at one of the Brides Up North Spring wedding showcases) and you are in in to win it.  What are you waiting for?  The competition closes at midnight on 26th June 2012. 

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I opened Confetti and Lace nearly seven years ago on October 15th 2005 after working as a bridal shop manager.  I grasped the opportunity to run my own bridal business doing the job I love with both hands! I started up with two part-time ladies (previous work colleagues) and a seamstress and now we have twenty two staff across four branches so I feel very lucky!

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I expanded our bridal shop after a couple of years and then found that our brides were having difficulties sourcing menswear so opened up Yorkshire Menswear in Rodley, Leeds in April 2009 and our second bridal branch, Brides of Harrogate exactly four years to the day I opened Confetti.   Six months later we launched our second menswear branch in Harrogate and have never looked back!

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We have so many designers and have built up great trust and great relationship over the years that we only stock dresses we know are best in class, value for money, constructed well and where the quality and fit is superb: designers such as Alfred Angelo, Mori Lee, Justin Alexander and Benjamin Roberts.  We are also the premier stockists for Pronovias in the North of England and have one of the largest collections outside of Harrods and their London Flagship Store! I very much enjoy going to Barcelona each year to see their latest collections and bring them back to the UK.

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Impression Bridal are a great label from the US and English designer White Rose is one of my favourites with great boning, design and fabulous fabrics such as sumptuous silks and taffeta’s. Essence is a fabulous Australian designer and offers such a flattering fit.  The list goes on and on and we carry over 200 designs in sizes 6-32 in each bridal store.

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We are a major stockist for Rainbow Club where we can dye handbags and shoes to match any outfit. We have hundreds of tiaras, veils and bridal accessories including ring cushions, garters, hairpins etc. and if we don’t do it (very rarely) we know someone who does!

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Bridal gowns range from just £450 upwards and we have payment plans to help brides budget for their whole wedding outfits if need be.  Many are taking advantage of this easy monthly instalment plan with no hidden charges or extra costs.   Some top designers such as Pronovias carry a £1400+ price tag but most of our stock is around £800 – £900 on average. We always carry several sale items which are ready to wear and can be up to 75% off so we truly believe we cater for all tastes and budgets.

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Do Brides Up North need an appointment?

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We would recommend that brides make an appointment as we want to allocate a dedicated, experienced member of staff to help and a changing room to get changed in.  We have between seven and eight changing rooms in each bridal store so we can usually help even if you’re calling in on the off-chance although appointments take priority of course. 

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What can Brides Up North expect when they come in for an appointment?

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You can expect a warm and friendly welcome, expert, knowledgeable and down-to-earth staff who are there to help you. We like to put you (and your guests) at ease and we serve bubbly/ bucks fizz/ tea and coffee as it can take anywhere between one to two hours to try on different styles. In our Leeds store we open seven days, two evenings a week for our customers’ convenience and in our Harrogate store we have huge private changing rooms for both the bride and their parties. 

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What is your current favourite gown that you stock and why?

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I have so many favourites!  In our Harrogate store I love a gown called Benicarlo by Pronovias and it has a lovely sweetheart neckline which is tastefully covered in feathers! It has a full romantic skirt which is high-waisted so very flattering. In our Stanningley Store my favourite is a dress named after me, Abbi by Phil Collins Bridal and is a beautiful princess line gown in matt duchess satin with a georgette (chiffon) overlay across the bust and scattered crystals all over the gown, concentrating on the neckline. It has a flattering ‘ruched’ waist effect, a detailed train and a lace up corseted bodice. It comes in white or ivory, is flattering in any size and is £900.  With all that detail and work, I think it’s excellent value for money.

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Is there a particular style of dress that is popular with your brides at the moment?

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Lace is a particular favourite at the minute and vintage themes have been very popular. We are getting asked for gowns with straps, sleeves or higher necklines and as we are dress-makers can offer this service on most of our dresses.  We also have in store a large range of jackets, boleros, shrugs and stoles to compliment all of our gowns.

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How does Confetti & Lace provide a superior experience to other wedding dress boutiques?

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I think a lot of other bridal retailers do a sterling job, especially faced with internet sellers and as mentioned before I think the service and quality of the dresses plus a full and comprehensive alterations service means we can offer much more than taking a big risk on the most important dress of your life!

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We have seen an huge influx the last few years of cheap copies and substandard gowns, often with little or no boning, cheap glued on crystals and no lining!

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Our customers can expect top class service from wedding professionals who are fully insured (we are members of the British Bridal Retailers Association, BBRA and the Retail Bridal Association RBA) who guarantee that you are covered in case of theft, loss or damage.

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We’ve also won most of the major bridal accolades and awards over the years, most recently we we’re runners up in the Best Bridal Retailer 2012 and also UK Menswear Retailer of The Year, plus finalists in the Wedding Industry Awards and Wedding Idea’s Magazine 2012 – these are voted for by customers, peers and industry professionals so we’re very proud!

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Check our Google reviews and ask around, we have many recommendations and see a lot of our past brides and bridesmaids coming in with friends and family who are now getting married. You can’t ask for better than that.

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Do you stock Bridesmaid Dresses?

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We have a huge range of bridesmaids dresses with dedicated bridesmaids’ departments in both stores. We have Dessy, Mori Lee, Alfred Sung, Lela Rose in our Harrogate store and Alfred Angelo and Impression maids at both with the whole Kelsey Rose range in our Stanningley branch. Over 200 styles that come in sizes 0 to 30 plus and in up to 255 colour combinations!

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What about Menswear?

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Yorkshire Menswear.com provide suit hire by Cameron Ross who themselves are recipients of Best Groomsmen Supplier UK Awards 2010, 2011 and 2012. We can cater from age 2 to size 60" chest and even though it’s hire wear the quality is superb with up to a 37" inside leg (most retailers only go to a 33), extra long sleeved shirts and waistcoats can come as standard too.

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Our suit packages are mainly £99 which includes any jacket, trousers (in lots of styles and colours), new shirt, waistcoat (over 60 to choose from), tie, hanky and cufflinks. One in five suits is FREE and we offer a free UK wide measure and collection service for those in the party outside of Yorkshire in any one of over 180 outlets. Our suits normally come in at least a week before the wedding also which is pretty unheard of in suit hire. We do Highland Wear (one of my favourites!), dinner suits, lounge jackets, Prince Edwards and Tailcoats so if you need a suit for a wedding, black tie, cruise, the races, prom or special event, we’re on hand to help…and fast!

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Are you married? What did you wear on your wedding day?

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I got married last year in February to Martin (who can be found in Yorkshire Menswear!) and I wore a dress by Ellis Bridal with straps, crystal detail on the shoulders, dropped waist, delicate crystal bodice modesty panel and buttoned back.  As it wasn’t my first marriage and I’m now in my 40′s and a size 14 I felt comfortable in it and it was appropriate for me.  I teamed it with a silk bolero jacket because of the time of year and I looked and felt my best – I had lots of lovely comments and that was brilliant. Looking back on my photographs I was really pleased with my choice too – after all you have one chance to capture the day and there is no time for regrets!

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

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You can ring Leeds 0113 2360652 (7 days a week) or Brides of Harrogate 01423 500010, visit our website at www.confettiandlaceweddings.co.uk or email us at info@confettiandlaceweddings.co.uk

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Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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ITV are currently making a documentary film about us and our brides and grooms called The Wedding Shop to be aired in the Autumn/Winter at the prime 9pm timeslot (date to be confirmed) so we’re very excited and we hope you enjoy the programme!

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We’re already slightly famous after appearing on BBC’s Don’t Tell The Bride and we had beaten several other shops in the UK for this programme to go ahead – we like to think of it as an upmarket My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and we are happy to be a Yorkshire business representing the UK wedding industry!
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