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Relaxed Country. Edwardian Lace For A Real Wedding At Sandhole Oak Barn, Cheshire, Kate & Thomas

March 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

It’s over to Cheshire today as we join Brides Up North reader Katie and her new husband Thomas to celebrate their Real Wedding day in lovely, laid back style.  Katie and Thomas chose a relaxed, fresh and homespun feel with touches of mint, pink and coral for their simple and pretty celebration. 

Not just a crafty bride, textile designer Katie is also the designer behind the beautiful bridal accessories and jewellery range at Eliza Vale (named after her great-grandmother).  If you like her style, check out her brand new look book here or visit her website.  You are welcome!

Images by Julie Cummins Photography.

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Katie says:  Thomas asked me to marry him in May 2012 on the lake in Central Park, New York where we had met 10 years previously.

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

We were married on 31st May 2013 at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire.  We just loved the laid back vibe of the place, the stunning setting and the ease and professionalism of the owner and caterers that we met at the first viewing. We looked around several further venues but had already fallen for Sandhole. Also it meant we could have the ceremony and reception in one place, as well as having 19 rooms and lots of hotels close by

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

We wanted a relaxed country wedding with a handmade feel. I planned on making lots of the decorations and not wasting money on things you really wouldn’t notice on the day. The venue needed very little doing to it and it was the beauty of the oak barn and lake setting that gave us the atmosphere we wanted.

We opted for a colour scheme of mint green, pale pink and coral. 

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

I chose an Edwardian style warm cream silk gown with beautiful embroidered lace polka dot silk tulle overlay and silk sash belt from The Vintage Wedding Dress Company. I had seen it in London with my mum and sister but luckily found it in a sample sale half price in Ireland so I was delighted. It was the perfect size and totally undamaged so I really felt it was meant to be!

I had seen my Rachel Simpson shoes on a few blogs and was lucky enough to also pick these up in a sample sale in Ireland.

I wore very simple jewellery as the dress itself was quite detailed. I bought very small pearl studs and my mum lent me a stunning Edwardian necklace that was left to her by her grandmother. I made a simple veil and attached a little of the same lace used in my dress to the top which I embellished.

I made an embellished lace headband for the evening.

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

We designed individual dresses for each bridesmaid, bought mint green silk crepe and chiffon and I dyed some beaded lace to match for the cap sleeves.

I made hairpieces for the three bridesmaids based on what they liked and matched in with the style of their dresses. They wore their own nude shoes.

I made the flower girl dresses from some cotton broiderie anglaise that I dyed a slightly peachy tone. I bought silk organza and satin to make corsage headbands that matched in with my dress.

The groomsmen wore their own suits. We bought new white shirts and mint green ties and handkerchiefs to match in with the bridesmaids. We also got Tom and the best man Paul vintage gold cufflinks from the 1940’s. I got Tom a tie pin that I had engraved and gave to him the night before the wedding.

I made a headpiece for my mum using some of the lace from my own dress and little netting. She wanted something unfussy but still wanted to look like mother of the bride.

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

As the whole day was in one place we thought it a waste to get fancy cars. My Dad drove me on my own and played me Bob Dylan’s Forever Young on the way which relaxed me (a bit!)

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

I printed some family pictures onto fabric and put in embroidery hoops, along with a few embroideries just for a bit of decoration.

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

A friend of mine, David from Darktown Jubilee played guitar and his friend played the piano as we signed register and walked back up aisle and also whilst reception drinks were served.

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

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Friday Fabulous!

July 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Rachel Simpson Shoes

After yesterday’s Designer Series interview, these beauties just keep dancing through my mind…

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Mimosa by Rachel Simpson Shoes in pale peach leather, £160. 

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Elegantly Understated, Beautifully Unique – The Designer Series: Rachel Simpson Shoes

July 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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If you are a regular reader of the wedding blog, you’ll know that I recently made a whistle-stop trip down to the smoke to White Gallery London, for a preview of the top bridal designer’s 2014 collections.  These are the gowns and accessories that will be landing in a wedding dress boutique near you soon.

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I couldn’t possibly keep all the pretty to myself, and so am in the privileged position of obtaining access to all my favourite bridal designers for a series of exclusive interviews here on Brides Up North, where they’ll be giving you a sneak peek at their newest designs, sharing the inspirations behind the collections and giving you a glance into their (very beautiful) world. 

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Everyone’s got an Achilles heel (pun intended) right? For me, it’s beautiful shoes.  The more toe tappingly gorgeous, the better.  I fell in love with Rachel Simpson’s designs when I first saw her “Marilyn” shoe, and it’s been a bit of a love affair since then.  I am honoured to have interviewed this talented lady as part of our Designer Series. 

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With images by Emma Case

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Mimosa

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Please introduce Rachel Simpson Shoes?

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Favoured for their unique style and wearability, Rachel Simpson Shoes combine elegant ideas inspired from the 1920s through to the 1950s, with delicate attention to detail, resulting in a truly beautiful signature style.

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What is your style philosophy?

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Elegantly understated, beautifully unique.

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Emma Case For Rachel Simpson Shoes

Arial

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Emma Case For Rachel Simpson Shoes

Arial

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Tell us about the new collection by Rachel Simpson Shoes?

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The new styles develop the very best features of the Rachel Simpson collection, with a strong emphasis on twenties and thirties styling. T-bars feature heavily, with cute round and almond toes and the ever popular peep-toe. Silver is a key feature, from striking metallic leather to stunning pale silver satin. In contrast, warm champagne and gold hues also continue, offering something for every vintage-loving bride.

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Carmen 249

Carmen

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Emma Case For Rachel Simpson Shoes

Carmen

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Where do you look for inspiration?

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All over: vintage garments and accessories, bridal trends and importantly, from our customers themselves.

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What sort of woman do you design for, did you have a specific “muse” for this collection?

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Our collection has an ageless appeal and is loved by the twenty something who loves her vintage, just as much as the fifty something who wants a stylish, comfortable pair of heels.

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Emma Case For Rachel Simpson Shoes

Carmen

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What materials and embellishments were chosen for the new collection and why?

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Our shoes are made from the softest kid leather and suede – this season favouring silver tones and metallics as well as warmer golden tones.

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Do you have a personal favourite shoe from the new collection?

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No favourites, but obviously there are some I would wear more than others. The great thing about our shoes is that they look equally at home with a pair of jeans as with a wedding dress!

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Emma Case For Rachel Simpson Shoes

Mimi

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Do you have a “signature” piece?

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Mimi has become our signature shoe -  it sums up everything that we’re about – unique vintage-inspired style combined with comfortable wearability

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How do you decide on the “names” for your pieces?

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It varies, but they often just ‘look’ like a name, and there are plenty of beautiful names from the past to choose from.

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Emma Case For Rachel Simpson Shoes

Imelda

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Emma Case For Rachel Simpson Shoes

Imelda

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Can you create bespoke footwear?

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I used to make bespoke pairs by hand, but this comes at a price and the Rachel Simpson collection has been designed to give that bespoke look at an affordable price.

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What is the retail price range for your designs?

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See the website – £120- £175, but mainly around £155.

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Emma Case For Rachel Simpson Shoes

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How did you get into bridal footwear design – what is your story?

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After training in Leicester, I spent several years working as a freelance designer, creating footwear for a number of well know high street brands. In 2008 I returned to my hometown of Birmingham to launch my own name collection which has since gone on to become a well loved brand for its unique vintage inspired style. It all started with a couple of old sewing machines, when I made my sister’s wedding shoes and spotted a gap in the market for brides wanting something truly wearable and that little bit different. Things have come on since then but the core values remain the same – shoes which are beautiful, affordable and wearable.

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What are your plans for the future?

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To continue to enjoy what I do and see both brands develop and change. Our sister company agnes & norman launched this year. A collection of work and day wear for men and women. Every shoe tells a story and feels like a treasured heirloom. Each pair is designed to fit perfectly, feel indulgent and exude unique character and good old-fashioned quality. Shoes like they used to be.

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Mimi

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Is this your dream career? What alternative career would you choose?

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I’ve never actually had a plan B because I believe in what I’m doing.

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What would “a day in the life” at Rachel Simpson Shoes HQ be like?

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With so much going on at the moment, it’s certainly a varied and exciting place to be! We’ve recently started our office blog on a Friday morning, giving you a peek behind the scenes, so that’s worth looking out for on the website!

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Emma Case For Rachel Simpson Shoes

Mimosa

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Emma Case For Rachel Simpson Shoes

Mimosa

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Where do you go and what do you do to relax?

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I spend time with family and friends in my rare moments off.

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What are your “best things” in life?

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People.

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Emma Case For Rachel Simpson Shoes

Mimosa

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How can Brides Up North readers get in touch with you or see more of your designs?

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Visit the website at www.rachelsimpsonshoes.co.uk or call us on 0121 433 5492.

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Do you have any Northern stockists – how can Brides Up North find them?

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We have around seventy stockists, with a number Up North – visit www.rachelsimpsonshoes.co.uk to find your nearest.

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Emma Case For Rachel Simpson Shoes

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Is there anything else that we should know?

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We’ve just opened our first boutique in Birmingham’s Great Western Arcade with both bridal and our sister brand, agnes & norman, it’s well worth a visit..

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Ribbons & Lace: Augusta Jones For A Real Wedding At Nostell Priory – Laura & Phil

July 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Hey, hey… it’s halfway to the weekend!  Is anyone saying I do this week?  I’d love to hear all about your big day.  I’ll be playing bridesmaid for my friends Charlotte and Matt this Saturday, and it’ll be lovely to take off my professional wedding blogger hat and just get stuck into the festivities.  People always ask if my job in the industry now spoils celebrations for me (the thinking being that I’ll have seen it all), and the answer is certainly not!  I adore a good wedding.  Each is different, each is beautiful.  It’s the individuals and their friends and family who make a wedding day special, alongside all those carefully chosen little details and personal touches. 

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This afternoon we join Laura and Phil for their gorgeous celebration at one of my favourite West Yorkshire venues (and one that I have the privilege of working with twice a year at our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions), Nostell Priory.  With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Peter Boyd Photography

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Laura says: We got engaged in June 2011.  We were on holiday in Frigiliana in Spain. Phil had booked a gorgeous private villa and he proposed on the balcony on the first evening

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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We were married on 27th April 2013 at the beautiful Nostell Priory in Wakefield.  We looked at a number of hotels and although the reception rooms were lovely, we were underwhelmed with the ceremony rooms, and that is the most important part of the day after all! The Top Hall at Nostell definitely had the wow factor and we loved the exclusivity of the venue.

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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We chose a colour scheme of aubergine and ivory, with lots of lace and ribbon and flowers. 

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Our florist was Flowers by Camilla Jane, and they arrangements were perfect.  The bridal bouquet was a hand tied arrangement with a cottage garden feel with dusky pink roses, ivy, carnations, peonies and gypsophila.

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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I wore a beautiful Augusta Jones gown from Brides of York of French ivory lace over silk with a lace bolero.

I added a tulle two tiered veil embellished with crystals and a headdress by Halo & Co.

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My bridal shoes were from Rachel Simpson Shoes and are highly recommend – not only beautiful but comfortable all day!

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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My bridesmaid wore a floor length empire line gown in chiffon from JJ’s House in grape purple and we also had a flower girl who looked very cute in a Monsoon ivory and chiffon and lace dress.

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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The bridal party travelled to the venue in an ivory 1961 Austin Princess provided by Paul Wright at Chauffer Services Yorkshire.

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Dine were our exclusive caterers at Nostell and event manager Danielle did a fantastic job on the day. 

Phil is a big fan of real ales so Dine kindly arranged to have Timothy Taylor Landlord on cask available. It went down very well!

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Our wedding photographers were Peter and Kelly from Peter Boyd Photography, the snaps so far are great so I can’t wait for our album!

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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To add a personal touch I hand knitted hearts for name places and made toys for the kids.  I also made all the stationery and table plans which were a match to our invitations.

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Our cake was made by Heather Fawcett, a family friend.  We had a fruit cake for the top two tiers, decorated with handmade purple roses. We also had a selection of vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting and chocolate brownie cupcakes with white chocolate frosting. Very yummy!

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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We had the Blues Armada, a live jazz and swing band for the evening reception and they were fantastic and really made our day.  Luke Cannon the lead vocalist for the Blues Armada also supplied the music for the wedding breakfast, playing piano accompanied by a saxophonist.

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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For the wedding night we stayed at Oulton Hall in Leeds, very luxurious and the staff were very friendly and helpful.  We stayed an extra night at Oulton Hall before heading off to a cottage in Pickering for a mini-moon. We are in the process of booking a holiday to China in June which will be our ‘proper’ honeymoon.

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Phil is still whinging about missing out on the canapés so his top tip for other Brides Up North is to make sure you sample all your food!  Everything goes by so quickly I would say make sure you spend a few minutes with your groom just taking everything in. It’s such an amazing experience being surrounded by everyone who loves you and watching them have a great time.

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Peter Boyd Photography at Nostell Priory

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Congratulations Laura & Phil!

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Bobby Dazzler: A Chic Manchester Real Wedding Inspired By The Music Of Bob Dylan – Faye & Mark

June 6th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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The Real Wedding gorgeous just keeps coming today.  I figured one chic celebration deserves another, so this afternoon we join Faye and Mark for their stunning Manchester city centre wedding with delectable detailing and melodic undertones running throughout.

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Sent to me by the couple and Hayley at Weddings Vintage, featuring some of my very favourite North West suppliers and with images by Sam Clayton Photography, this one is really rather lovely…

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Be inspired!

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Faye says:  Mark & I met in 1999 whilst working in a restaurant in Manchester called Simply Heathcotes. Our story is a lengthy one characterised by a couple of break ups, chance meetings at festivals and reunions initiated by my regular winning of competitions on our favourite radio station 6music! Manchester & music were always going to feature in our wedding day.

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Mark planned a very secret (and typically extravagant!) proposal which involved for unexpected days off work for me, a surprise trip to Rome and a Bob Dylan concert in November 2011. Mark proposed on the morning of the concert before a trip to the Vatican. It was a trip to remember and frankly, quite a lot to take in! Mark had commissioned a sapphire engagement ring from RA Designer Jewellery at Manchester Arts and Crafts Centre which was beautiful and a perfect fit.

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We got married on 27th December 2012. 

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I am very much a Manchester girl with Mark & I enjoying living in the City Centre since 2006. We were only ever going to have a Manchester City Centre Wedding!

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We chose to get married at St Ann’s Church. St Ann’s is a church we visit often and my mum & I have become particularly fond of it over the years. It was 300 years old in 2012 and for the occasion, it had some restorative building work. It has never looked so lovely.

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It offered the traditional service Mark was looking for with a City Centre location and a lovely Rector, Nigel Ashworth who made us feel very welcome and delivered a very personal address on the wedding day. You would never guess it was in Manchester from looking at the pictures. It looks distinctly Roman which was very apt!

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We held the reception at the Great John Street Hotel. Living in Manchester City Centre, and specifically Castlefield we have spent a lot of time there with friends and close family. We both knew that it was where we wanted to hold the reception straight away.

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We wanted an intimate, easy and laidback occasion and the Great John Street suited this perfectly whilst offering a “home from home” feel due to it being somewhere we had spent so much time at!

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It was really important for us to reflect our relationship in the day itself.

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The constant thread through our relationship over the last 14 years has been our love of music and specifically, Bob Dylan. Once we decided on that everything started to fall into place –we were able to use some of our most loved lyrics in the invitation and reflect some of our favourite songs & albums in the day.

Thankfully we found Hayley from Weddings Vintage who was able to bring it all to life! We loved working on this with her. She was absolutely brilliant and made everything so easy.

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We were also able to put our photographs from our pre-wedding shoot to good use to achieve what we have always wanted – our own albums!

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I wore a Cymbeline dress called Farandole which I bought from The Wedding Shop in Alderley Edge.

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I have to admit that I found dress shopping quite stressful. I was so relieved when I found a dress that I could actually see myself wearing and being comfortable in. It was really important for me to feel like myself and to look like me, albeit a more glamorous version!

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My headpiece was by Hermione Harbutt. I contacted her after seeing her work in a Bridal magazine. I absolutely loved it! It was perfect and suited my hairstyle really well.

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My shoes were Tilly by Rachel Simpson. They allowed me just enough of a heel to be the same height as Mark and were super comfy – both very important considerations!

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My mum Joyce & bridesmaid, Angela were both an amazing support to me. I will always treasure the memories of our “post dress shopping” coffees! Nobody tells you this but the time you get to spend with your loved ones in the build-up to your wedding really is special.

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One of my favourite pictures is of Angela and my mum laughing over dinner on the day. Angela has definitely become Daughter No.2 in the past year! The time together in the run up also brings with it lots of opportunities for tears; I think we must have got all the emotion out there early! We still congratulate each other on how we held it together on the morning of the wedding.

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We chose a True Bride bridesmaid dress from Blush Bridal in Whitehaven. Rachael & Susan were so helpful and they have a really beautiful shop. Angela looked amazing!

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Mark & his Best Man Alex chose suits by Kenneth Cole from House of Fraser with shirts by Duchamp and silk ties by Canali. They both looked really sharp and handsome.

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Sam Clayton was our photographer. We are so pleased with the pictures which capture the day perfectly. Sam immediately “got” us and she was lovely to work with. She made everyone at ease. She is so likeable and everyone warmed to her. Sam was introduced to us by the photographer we had originally booked but who had cancelled. It was fate and meant to be; Sam was brilliant!

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Manchester looks amazing in the photographs.

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This means so much as we have recently relocated to Cambridge – it’s lovely to look back on our home town looking so great. We can’t wait to put them up in our new house.

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We chose to travel in a Morris Minor called Daisy on the day. Mark’s first car was a Morris Minor and his dad has always owned classic cars. It was the natural choice!

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Geraldine and Ken from Regent Classics were a joy and pleasure to work with and Daisy was lovely. Mark & I loved our journey from church to Great John Street Hotel with Ken through the busy streets of Manchester!

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Mark & I met Pete Churchman when he was playing at a restaurant in the Northern Quarter in Manchester. We knew that his style would suit the day and Pete (with a little help from Mark!) did a great job of getting everyone on the dance floor later in the evening.

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Sian at The Flower Lounge in Didsbury did a fantastic job and was able to bring our (very vague!) ideas to life. We both wanted something informal and simple. Sian suggested anemones, gypsophila and ivory freesia and everything came together beautifully with some relaxed decoration at the hotel and simple candles at St Ann’s.

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There are so many favourite parts to the day… walking down the aisle hand in hand with my mum, seeing Mark for the first time, the lovely service, Nigel’s kind words and the boys’ speeches.

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I think I’ll always remember the moments Mark & I had together though; the chat over a whisky sour on the balcony, our carousel ride (great idea Sam!), the glass of fizz on the journey to the hotel. It was slowly dawning on us that we were married and we both felt very happy.

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After the wedding we returned to Rome for New Year’s Eve before going to the Maldives. It was an unreal holiday. Truly amazing!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax and enjoy it!  Plan your day around you, your relationship and what means the most to both of you. You can’t go wrong.

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Congratulations Faye & Mark!

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One Day Like This: A Real Wedding In North Yorkshire – Cat & Jonny

February 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Helmsley Wedding by Carly Bevan

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Now, there was an article in yesterday’s Huffington Post that I really identified with.  In a nutshell, when submitting images to a magazine for print, wedding photographer Anne Almasy was dismayed to find that instead of people, they were only interested in pretty details.  The photographer didn’t make a fuss at the time, but later penned the piece calling for the industry to remember what weddings are really all about.

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On the one hand, as an editor, I get the magazine’s need for inspirational images of styled details and aspirational table settings – wedding magazines and blogs would be in trouble without them after all – but on the other hand, I totally understand the photographer’s disappointment that her carefully selected images of a newlywed couple in love were not deemed adequate. 

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There may or may not have been a misunderstanding and the article might just have been published to sensationalise.  Whatever the reason, I don’t think the industry really does need to take a long hard look at itself (most wedding industry professionals I know work long tireless hours over and above requirements to help to deliver a bride and groom’s dream day – they know that it’s all about the people, they can just help with the pretty bits), but I do think that it’s nice for planning brides to remember that it doesn’t matter if your chair covers match your bridesmaids’ knickers – it’s all about the love between the two of you.

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This isn’t an issue that we have a problem with here at Brides Up North, as we receive so many beautiful submissions of all different types of weddings that I find both the pretty and personal boxes are generally ticked without getting too worried about it.  However, I have said it before and I’ll say it again… my favourite Real Weddings are always the ones that are a little stripped back, and where the happiness is allowed to shine through…

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…exactly like today’s gorgeous and personal celebration in the lovely village of Helmsley, North Yorkshire, sent to me by photographer Carly Bevan and today’s happy couple Cat and Jonny.

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Cat says:  Jonny proposed somewhere over the Atlantic on 22/12/11. We were on our way to visit my brother for Christmas. Jonny had a temporary ring that was black and white as I support Newcastle Football Club. He had remembered me dropping a HUGE hint about a lovely shop that made/designed jewellery – Dot the Jewellers in Saltaire. We kept it quiet on the plane and celebrated with a glass of wine each.  I was speechless and kept asking if Jonny was serious!

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We got married at 3pm on 4th November 2012 at The Black Swan, Helmsley, North Yorkshire.

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We love cosy, country pubs and good food. It reminded us very much of one of our favourite local pubs and knowing we could get married there was a bonus! It was intimate and atmospheric – just what we wanted. 

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My dress was by Claire Pettibone and called Yolanda. I got it from The White Closet in Didsbury, Manchester. I loved its simplicity and felt wonderful in it. My shoes were by Rachel Simpson and called Olivia. I wore a Flo and Percy headband called Glastonbury – it was a sign as both Jonny and I love Glastonbury festival and have been many times.

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I didn’t have any bridesmaids; unfortunately my best friend lives in Australia and was unable to come over. The groomsmen wore navy suits and matching blue and white ties.

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I carried a small but beautiful posy of Amnesia roses. Jonny had a single Amnesia rose. The wedding party had cream roses and lilac fuchsias. My flowers came from Gemma Magson at The Topiary Tree in Helmsley.

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My parents rented a cottage five minute’s walk from The Black Swan which meant my Dad and I could walk. It was really lovely and meant we could also have some photos taken on the walk down.

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We had a guitarist called James Smith who played prior, during and after the ceremony. He was amazing and made the day for us as we are huge music fans. He even learnt The Stone Roses “Ten Storey Love Song” for me to walk down the aisle to.

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The special touches for us were the involvement of our friends. One of my best friends has a stationery design company, White Petal Design and she made our invites as well as doing a reading. The men’s favours were bottles of Build a Rocket Boys Beer by the band Elbow. They are one of our favourite bands and our first dance was to one of their songs too. The ladies’ favours were Happy Bags that supported a local children’s hospice.

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We had cupcakes made by my friend Kerry Bennett and they were delicious. We had two flavours- chocolate orange and white chocolate and champagne. We also had a small four tier cheese cake from Hunters of Helmsley that was fabulous and we continued to eat for a week!

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We didn’t have a theme as such but family, friendship, music and laughter was important. The tables were all named after Paul Weller albums as he is Jonny’s favourite musician.  We had silver candelabras on the table and silver bows for the back of the chairs. Due to the time of year we wanted lots of candles and the fires lit at the venue to give a cosy feel.

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We’re sure everyone says this but our favourite part was having our friends and family with us to celebrate our special day. We sat in the middle of the room on a circular table which meant we could look around at everyone enjoying themselves.

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After the wedding, we went to a beautiful cottage in Scotland. It wasn’t far from Stirling where my family are from. It was remote and had a hot tub which was great to relax in and stargaze with a glass of champagne.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to do what you want! It’s your day and you want to know when you remember it that you wouldn’t change a thing.

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Congratulations Cat & Jonny!

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Gorgeous Gowns! Supplier Showcase: The Bridal Gown

December 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This morning I am proud to introduce one of my fabulous Featured Suppliers, Julie of The Bridal Gown, Otley and stockist of some of my very favourite bridal lines – fancy a bit of So Sassi or Kate Sherford anyone?  Yes, me too!

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Julie is hosting an event on the 26th January 2013 to launch the So Sassi label in Yorkshire. It will be held in the Otley All Saints Parish Church where the aisle will be flood lit and transformed into a glamorous catwalk. The whole of the So Sassi range will be available to see. If you would like to try any of these gowns, Julie will be taking appointments for Sunday 27th January 2013 and early the following week.  You can contact Julie on 01943 466680 or email julie@thebridalgown.net   

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In the meantime, let’s meet Julie and hear more about her gorgeous boutique.

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Julie says:  My background is in fashion design, I worked as a fashion designer for 16 years, designing for many of the high street larger labels including Next and Principles and then moved into teaching textiles in further education for 10 years. I returned to my roots to use my artistic flair in design and manufacture with the opening of The Seamstress which specialised in making wedding gowns. The Seamstress opened in true romantic style on Valentines day 2008 and we re-launched and specialized in retailing couture wedding gowns with the opening of the The Bridal Gown on Valentines day 2010.  We do still offer a bespoke wedding gown manufacture service for those brides who can’t find what they want.

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The designer gowns we stock include:

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SO SASSI by Sassi Holford: this line mixes fashion focused details like pretty peplums skirts and high low hemlines – just perfect for modern brides who like their bridal wear traditional with a creative twist.  Every gown is handmade by a dedicated team of skilled cutters, seamstresses and hand beaders in Somerset, and has a level of corsetry that requires a very high standard of cut and fit. Most of the styles in the collection include an internal corset that delivers a couture fit whilst maintaining the flattering bodice shape throughout the wedding day.

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MIKAELLA by Paloma Blanca reflects and amplifies the very essence of elegance: the clean lines and selected detailing of this collection promote the ideal that the subtle beauty and grace of the gowns should accentuate the radiance of a bride and not overpower. This range is designed and manufactured in Canada.

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KATE SHERFORD gowns are designed and made in the UK. Kate Sherford Bridal Designs has an enviable thirty year tradition of producing the very best of classic, English wedding dresses. The Kate Sherford design direction is soft and romantic using dramatic layering and gathering of luxurious silk fabrics like duchess satin, georgette and organza. To flatter the female form the skirt styles range from sexy fishtails through full, fluid A-line to glamorous ball gown. Design details, including bows, tails and diamanté, provide the perfect finishing touch.

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MADELINE ISAAC JAMES is for the bride who wants something different and a quality dress. Designer Natalie has named the company after her three children and has a long family history connected to the clothing industry. Most of the gowns are made in pure silk, which gives that stunning sheen and handle that only silk has. The gowns give a very glamorous look but with a simplicity that allows the bride to be the star.

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PHIL COLLINS is our most affordable range.  These gowns are outstanding value, with excellent corsetry and structure. Phil Collins Bridal offers designer style without the designer price tag. With traditional beaded gowns along with tulle, organza, and lace to add diversity, all have a contemporary edge without compromising on quality or value for money. With two full collections a year Phil Collins Bridal is continually introducing new and exciting designs to the range.

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We try to champion whereever possible British industry and this shows in the accessories we stock, these include:

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Tiaras and headpieces by Halo and Urban Angel which are hand made in Wales and are stunning in their detail.  Miranda Templeton headbands which are British designed and made, and a little different from the normal.  Sasso feather boa’s and shrugs as well as birdcage veils:  think Garbo, think glamour and flamboyance, that’s Sasso.

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Veils by: The Couture Veil Company, designed by Sassi Holford are made in Sassi’s workrooms in Taunton, the cut of these veils is simply amazing. These veils are available through Sassi Holford and Kate Sherford suppliers only.  Elizabeth Dickens Veils is a huge range of veils with many variations within each style of veil, all are made in Britain, and usually with a very quick delivery time.

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We are delighted to have Rachel Simpson Shoes; they have a vintage feel but with a modern twist and are very comfortable. Rachel uses suede, leather and lace as well as the normal bridal satins for a quality shoe that is made in Spain using quality components.  We have a small number of styles in the Hassall range, heavily decorated stunning details to create the true Cinderella slipper.  Rainbow Couture silk shoes are straight from the catwalk in styles made in silk satin which can be dyed to your signature colour.

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We are located at 12 Bondgate, Otley, LS21 3AB which is in the conservation area of Otley close to All Saints Parish Church.

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Our price range is from £600 to £2000 with the majority being between £1000 and £1800, in addition if a bride is on a budget we always have a sale rail with many ex-samples with up to 50% off.

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We work on an appointment basis. When a bride attends an appointment they will have the sole use of the boutique for that time. We usually set aside one and half hours for an appointment.  On arrival you will be asked a few questions: this is to help me guide you to the perfect gown.  You will be allowed to look through the dresses and ask questions about fabrics and designers. We allow the bride to select the dresses that they would like to try on and I may add a few if I think something else will work. The fitting rooms are upstairs and totally private and are mirrored to enable the bride and her guests to see all round the dress, and you will be served refreshments. The brides will be assisted in putting on the dress and given time to consider each dress to see if it works or not. We allow photo’s to be taken as we find these help the brides come to a decision, we aim to make this a enjoyable experience and we never use the hard sell. I will be available to give advice on any alterations or attachments that may be needed to the dress to make it individual.

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My favourite gown at the moment is Lucianne by So Sassi, I love the lace, and the shoulder straps which are so flattering and lengthen the body. I love the attention to detail, the delicate band under the bust and the centre brooch adds the finishing touch. It gives a boho feel but you don’t have to have a Pippa Middleton body as it has a built in corset.

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There are a few themes that are popular at the moment.  One is the big tulle gown with lace like Carmen by So Sassi, another is the slim lace fishtail gown with straps like Mikaella 1750 which has a stunning key hole back.

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The Bridal Gown offers sole use of the boutique while you are in it for your privacy and comfort. I serve all the brides myself and I do all the alterations for complete continuity of care giving brides confidence that if I say something can be changed it can. With my design background I love to make attachments, straps and those little extras that change the beautiful into the unique.  The designs we stock are wide ranging in style and feel and therefore are for the modern young bride as well as those who are looking for a more vintage style including those women who want something a little different from the norm without being outrageous.

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You can get in touch with us via our website on 01943 466680 email julie@thebridalgown.net

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Wedding Blog Winner! A Real Wedding (With A Pug & A Bouncy Castle!) By Assassynation – Alex & Jade

September 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Way back in April 2011, I ran a month of competitions here on the wedding blog to celebrate the Royal Wedding.  One of the amazing prizes donated by a whole host of our favourite suppliers was the chance to win your wedding photography – completely free – with super snapper and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Assassynation.

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Our chosen winner, Jade, wrote:  

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Dear Brides Up North and Sassy,

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Hello! My fella Alex and I are getting married in Lincolnshire on Sept 8th 2012, and we think we should win because not only will our wedding be a bit different, you will also get to meet some diddy Shetland ponies!

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We got engaged after two years together in January, when Alex proposed by putting the ring around the collar of a lovely old wrinkly pug dog wearing a sparkly bow-tie- for us, it doesn’t get any better than that!

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From the start we knew we didn’t want a ‘conventional’ wedding, with no formalities and within a £4000 budget- we just couldn’t imagine standing in the ‘receiving line’, awkwardly shaking hands and air-kissing the people we really just wanted to be partying with instead! So that kind of set the whole theme of the wedding- just a big old knees up, where everyone mingles and there’s no pressure other than to have a good time!

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So over the months, we have come up with the idea of a big old English garden party (possibly not the most unique idea ever, but one we love!). And this has led us to the fun bit (found with the help of another Sassy bride, Gem of ‘Gem and Dan’s farm-wedding’ fame!)- the whole day is going to take place at a Heavy Horse Centre!
They house some of Britain’s biggest horses, and several tiiiiiiiny Shetlands, who are ridiculously cute when they come running up to you like excitable puppies!! They are being kind enough to lend us their fields to hold our wedding day in, and are even letting us use the big horses to do cart rides for the guests and the little horses for some fun photos!

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We’re going to have a low-key legal ceremony the day before, to allow us to have a gorgeous outdoor ceremony the next day that everyone will attend. Think hay bale seating, pastel cushions and throws, pug bridesmaids and a floral ‘altar’… hopefully it’ll look amazing and the good old English weather stays in our favour! The ceremony will be officiated by a friend, and afterwards we’ll all go to the next field where there’ll be a canvas marquee, decorated in bunting and pastel colours, for the afternoon tea-style reception (complete with vintage china, which has been so much fun to collect!).

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Guests will be greeted with jam jars of Pimms or home-made lemonade, and then invited to help themselves to a buffet lunch. Dessert will be in the form of a ‘bake-off’- all guests are being asked to bring a dessert, and we’ll judge which one is best (for a bit of fun!). There will be a bouncy castle and an ice-cream van to keep kids and grown-up kids entertained, and in the evening we’re having a ceilidh band for a bit of a barn dance. Evening guests will be getting a good old hog-roast, and there’ll be a mid-afternoon raffle for a bit of fun, and also to help raise funds for the horses!

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I think Sassy’s style would really bring out the best of our wedding in pictures- your pictures are beautifully soft and light, and create a wonderful feeling of fun and romance- something which we’re hoping to bring out in bucket loads on our day!

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So in short – after the essay above! – please pick us, as we love your photos, and hope to do them justice with our DIY knees-up! Plus, who else will be able to offer you a ride on a shire horse or a cuddle with a Shetland??!

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Well, Jade’s big day actually turned out a little differently in the end – as all best laid plans do – but Sassy was still there to capture the whole beautiful occasion for her on camera!

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Jade says:  We got engaged on January 19th 2011. Alex proposed at PJ’s Pie Pub in Boston, Lincs. They had a resident pug (those who know me know my obsession with pugs, and at the time we didn’t have our Teddy!) and Alex arranged to have him be ‘ring-bearer’, so as we were waiting for our desserts, out comes a smushy faced dog with a ring on his collar! It was perfect!

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We got married at Bateman’s Brewery in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire on 28th July 2012. We had originally planned to have an outdoor, marquee wedding, but you’d be amazed how hard this is to organise in a county that is essentially all field! We found a perfect place in Northcote Heavy Horse Centre in Lincolnshire, but as they were sadly at risk of closure, we decided we couldn’t take the risk of having it there. So after lots of searching, lots of ‘weddingy’ and overpriced venues, we popped into the Brewery visitor centre for a beer, and our venue was born!

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Our venue was just exactly what we wanted- not too large, relaxed, plenty of things to do and best of all it was seriously reasonably priced! Judy, the manager, is an absolute star- nothing phased her, every request was happily accepted, and we felt so relaxed and confident in the run-up knowing we had someone so fantastic doing the organising!

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We didn’t have a theme as such, other than ‘relaxed, well-fed and fun’. We tried to keep it to a vintage style, with china cups and saucers, bunting and the usual! When we entered Brides Up North’s competition to win Assassynation as our photographer (which we were over the moon to win!), we had wanted an outdoor ceremony, with a marquee reception, hay bales, paper pompoms, the whole shebang – however, venue changes kind of scuppered that, but we managed to keep the essence of the day, which was RELAXED!

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Bateman’s have a super cute little cottage on their premises, so I was lucky enough to stay there the night before, with my mum and sister. We had a hilarious night trying to get pizza delivered, as we discovered we were locked into the grounds once Judy had left!

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I was really nervous on the morning of the wedding- I’d not slept, the combination of tiredness and nervous nausea was getting me down as I’m normally very calm and un-phased by things. I loved spending the morning with my best girlies, and they did a fab job of keeping me excited rather than nervous. But when I was putting my make-up on, I was on my own in the bedroom, and I realised I could see the guests arriving from the window- I just watched everyone milling around, chatting, and looking really happy- it was then I realised there was nothing to be nervous about, I was about to spend the day with everyone who means the most to us, and who we wanted to be part of our day. Well, until they caught me watching, and I had to move rooms to avoid being spotted!

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I’d always known I’d feel happiest in a 50’s style dress, as that’s my usual style. As soon as we got engaged, I clocked the Justin Alexander 8465 and fell in love with it. Luckily, I managed to find one that had been worn once before, at half the original price, which fit perfectly! During the planning, I had several dress wobbles, and even up to 8 weeks before the day I was google-ing alternative dresses – but other brides have reassured me this is normal! My only wedding regret is that we didn’t have a budget that would stretch to a Candy Anthony dress, but on the day I felt comfortable and got lots of compliments, so I’m glad I stuck with my original dress. My shoes were a pre-worn pair of Rachel Simpson shoes which were quite scuffed on the sole so I got them for a bargain!

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My bridesmaids wore dresses from the high street, I couldn’t tell you where from though! I had the very challenging issue of having two very new mums and one still expecting, so we couldn’t go dress shopping till very near to the actual date – one of the girls only got their dress the Tuesday before the wedding! Their shoes were also high street and I bought them a Jenny Packham necklace to wear. Alex’s suit was a perfect fit from Marks and Spencer, and his groomsmen were all high-street. We intentionally didn’t want anyone matching, as we think it looks too formal, so the boys had free choice over what they wore!

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We were extremely lucky to win our wedding photography through Brides Up North with Sassy from Assassynation. Seriously, this was the highlight of wedding planning – Sassy is such a fantastic person, always so upbeat and positive, I really enjoyed our email conversations and feel quite sad the process is over now! Every time Sassy posted a new wedding, or had a blog feature, I would get so excited imagining how our pictures would look as her work is just incredible. She is a gem of the photography world, and we absolutely love our pictures! So thanks, both Brides Up North and Sassy!

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We also hired Frank, of Sassy’n’Frank, as our videographer – very much recommended, he’s such a great bloke, he’s full of humour and always fun to chat with via email and Twitter! Our video is so lovely, and it really compliments the style of Sassy’s pictures, we love watching it – if anyone is considering getting a videographer, I’d say go for it! You’ll never regret seeing your wedding in motion!

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For my bouquet I carried a bunch that was meant to look handpicked from the garden- I know it had roses, cornflowers, rosemary and gyps in it, but I couldn’t tell you much else! The lady was a local florist recommended by Bateman’s, and she did a great job making the table flowers look just the right level of messy-flowers-from-the-garden. There was a bit of a miscommunication with the bridesmaid’s flowers, they were going to have a small corsage (for convenience in view of the babies!) and they received a wristband that resembled something a Power-Ranger might wear. Luckily, my hairdresser’s boyfriend is a florist/dressmaker/mechanic(!) so he saved the day and turned them into pins to wear on their dresses, which looked much better!

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I handmade a heart-shaped felt brooch for every guest, which our brothers gave out as people were walking in. We didn’t bother with an order of service, but I did hand-stamp the table plan and all name cards- not recommended, my arms ached for days afterwards!

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We hired a bouncy castle and light up letters from Vowed and Amazed. We were lucky they agreed to deliver to us, as we’re so far away from their base. The bouncy castle went down a storm, and looks amazing in the pictures. Sadly the letter A fell over earlier in the evening and the bulbs broke, so we didn’t get any pictures with Sassy of them- which is a shame as they looked great!

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Our cake was a red velvet sponge, with chocolate cupcakes. We also had plain Viccy sponges, donuts, and a gorgeous home-made Pavlova for variety!

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We did our own iTunes playlist, luckily for us Bateman’s has an in-built PA system. The playlist was perhaps one of the more stressful parts of the planning, but we got there in the end with a pretty cracking set!

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After the wedding we spent two amazing weeks in the Riviera Maya, Mexico – thoroughly recommended!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t stress over all the little details- chances are, none of your guests will know how long it took to glue all the bloomin’ brooches together (just me then?!) – they want to be there to celebrate your marriage with you! And definitely get a bouncy castle- amazing for all ages, though over 25 and you’re risking a pulled groin and concussion!

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Congratulations Alex & Jade!

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Fancy seeing your Real Wedding here on Brides Up North?  Just get in touch.

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Breaking News! It’s A Summer SALE At The White Room Sheffield!

July 18th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’m off to London on Friday with the lovely Chloe from The White Room Sheffield, my friend and a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, as we have been invited to participate in an interview and photo shoot (eep!) for Fabulous Magazine about our growing bridal businesses. 

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However nervous I am about getting my pose on, I can’t wait for a girly day catching up with this lovely lady and prancing about in the Fabulous fashion cupboard.  Plus, there’s always airbrushing, right?  Make no mistake, I’m up for the full Kate Winslet treatment! *wink*

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Over emails discussing travel arrangements, heel choices and other imperative matters, Chloe reminded me that The White Room Sheffield’s Summer Sale is approaching fast.  Now,  I’ve seen their beautiful stock – and trust me – this is one that YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS!

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Hell, I’m not even getting married and I’ll find it hard not to take advantage.  Get it written down, pronto, and email chloe@whiteroombridal.co.uk to make that appointment, prontissimo! 

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Here’s Chloe to tell you a little bit more about it. 

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Well, when we opened in July 2011, we did so with a small collection of gowns (around 26) which were from both 2011 and 2012 collections. Over the year, this has increased to 32 and now, we are due to see the launch of 2013 collections (which I blew the budget on buying!) and not only do I genuinely need to make space to fit these in (I’m even buying a new rail!) I need to sell the gowns which I no longer need or have space for…

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Why don’t you need them and why are they on sale?

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Well, few reasons really….

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The designers have discontinued them so no matter how much I love them, it still sells or is loved by brides, when a designer stops making it, it’s game over! This is the case for 6 of my current collection of gowns and 4 pairs of shoes.

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The current sample has been remodelled and amended for the 2013 so I need to move it on to make space for the re-vamped, newer version. We love to ensure our brides get the best in up to date design and inspiration.

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The didn’t work for my brides or me… I’ll be honest, I bought the samples I did for opening 80% what I loved and 20% what the designers said worked for them as a style. This doesn’t necessarily mean my brides love them, they work for us or they are the dress our brides envisaged wearing.

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So, how does it work?

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I have gowns by Cymbeline, Stephanie Allin, Jenny Packham and Claire Pettibone which I am adding to the ‘sale’ all of which will be ‘sold as seen’ therefore paid for in full at time of purchase with no deposit or reserve facility available! Sample items are not able to be refunded or returned however I am happy to store until needed. I will also be selling shoes which have also been discontinued (and never worn outside), hair accessories and veils too. I will be on hand to offer 100% honest and sensible advice at all times, so you will not leave with a gown that won’t ever fit, look good or cost the same as a new one to alter to make good!

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What condition are the gowns in?

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Depending on the gown, on the whole, excellent! I take great pride in looking after all of my samples and have these held and tried on respectfully in the boutique with myself fully in the driving seat of all fittings. Of course, there may be a few pin marks, maybe a stone or bead missing but all remedial repair work will be discussed individually with each bride before any sale is made, if needed. Cleaning can be discussed too.

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What sizes are the gowns?

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My samples are UK 12 and UK 14 and are all very much sample length and proportion. The basis for a UK 12 is 35" bust, 29" waist and 39" hip based on a height of around 5’9" in bare feet. Gowns can of course be taken in (with reasonable sense applied!) but can’t be let out with great success and you have to think about your proportions too. If you’re a DD, then the bust cup on a UK 12 will be too small. If you’re 4’9" then reducing corsets and skirts to proportion WILL cost a lot of alteration work, if its even possible at all. 

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And the shoes?

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I have UK 4, UK 5 and UK 6 shoes in the sample sale by both Rachel Simpson & Filippa Scott.

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What is included in the price?

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The dress, any ‘light’ repairs e.g. replacing a missing button or a hook and eye and a dress bag for storage.

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What is not included?

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All alterations to make the gown fit (unless booked in with our in house seamstress at your request and charged for this service), cleaning, shipping or posting to anywhere within the UK or overseas.

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What is the discount?

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All our gowns retail for over £1,500 when made to order for you and your wedding. Therefore, with this in mind, we will be reducing the gown by AT LEAST 30% of the current RRP (and up to 50% on shoes and accessories).

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What do Brides Up North need to do?

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If you would like to come and see the ‘sale’ items then please do get in touch to make an appointment should you wish to try on. We will be hosting a full day of ‘browsing’ on Friday 3rd August and on the 4th (Saturday) offering appointments in which we will allow you to try gowns and make a purchase. We will be, as The White Room standard, be closed for browsing when we are in consultation on the Saturday.

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Get in touch on 0114 2722336 or e-mail me: chloe@whiteroombridal.co.uk

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  – Images © 2012 The White Room Sheffield

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Sparkle & Shine! A Real Wedding In The North West – Katie & Alex

June 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I think its about time for another gorgeous Real Wedding here on the blog, don’t you?  This afternoon’s dose of gorgeous comes to you from Brides Up North Featured Supplier Lee Brown Photography and today’s beautiful real bride Katie, and after this morning’s burst of Summer loving we are going back to the turn of the year.  Get ready to sparkle! 

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Lee says: On 1st January 2012 I spent a very chilly day with Katie & Alex at Peckforton Castle near Chester. After a very quiet New Year’s Eve (due to shooting another wedding in Crewe!) I spent the morning with Katie and her family and friends as they explored and enjoyed this fantastic venue. Katie had so many stunning details and things to photograph including a lovely silver headpiece, a gorgeous pearl jewellery set and very unique pair of Weddington Boots! I then ventured off to find Alex who was spending the morning in a different wing of the castle with his family and groomsmen. As usual I spent a few minutes helping the guys with their cravats…

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Before long I was back with the girls and the champagne was flowing freely. I stood back and just captured all the exciting goings on of the girls finishing off their hair and make up, the arrival of the flowers and Katie’s bridesmaids helping her into her stunning dress! I was then able to get a few lovely portraits of the bridal party ready and raring to go.

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I followed the girls down to the Great Hall where their ceremony was taking place before taking my place at the front where I found a very calm and collected Alex who was with his brother and best man Mark. Katie was led down the aisle by her dad Tim to the wonderful sound of probably the biggest harp I have ever seen!

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This was the most unique ceremony I’ve ever been part of. Katie and Alex opted for the owl ring delivery service and the best man Mark was the brave guy on the receiving end. The owl caused much laughter by deciding that it was far too important to fly to Marks arm and insisted on being taken up the aisle by it’s handler before hopping the short distance to the gloved hand. Once the couple had taken their vows and their rings were securely on their fingers rather than in a nest somewhere, Katie & Alex made their way up the aisle to their welcome reception.

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After a bit of mingling I managed to steal the couple away for some lovely portraits however the poor weather meant that we had to stay inside and get a bit more creative. The couple then made their way back in to the long gallery for a surprise falconry show with a few owls, hawks and a couple of portraits with a very calm and composed golden eagle! I was lucky enough to get a hold of the eagle however was a bit un-nerved at the way it just stared at me with it’s beak just inches from my face! 

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So after putting the eagle safely into his cage it was time for dinner. I managed to shoot all the lovely details of the couple’s wedding breakfast before their guests descended for their meal. After dinner it was time for the speeches with dad Tim starting, and it was soon Alex’s turn to welcome their family and friends before best man and Alex’s brother Mark finished with a few tales of brotherly love. 

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I managed to steal the couple away for a few minutes to enjoy the Christmassy surroundings of the castle including the huge tree in the Hexagonal room. This then followed onto the couple’s evening reception which began with their cake cutting. In true Peckforton style and with Alex’s eagerness to wield a sword, Excalibur was handed over to the couple to cut their cake before they took to the floor for their first dance.

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After an excellent evening of shooting their party I was able to pack up and enjoy a few drinks with the couple and their friends. It was an awesome way to spend a New Year’s Day and a huge thank you to Katie & Alex for having me with them!

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Now over to real bride Katie for a few special mentions: We loved our winter themed wedding on New Year’s Day 2012 at Peckforton Castle (specifically the Great Hall), Cheshire for both ceremony and reception.

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My dress was Lilly by Stephanie Allin (Steph made it to measure, she is amazing!). My shoes were by Rachel Simpson Shoes, and my gorgeous headband by Flo & PercyThe men’s suits were by Moss Bros and the bridesmaid dresses were all made by Rita, Alex’s mum – a very talented lady!

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Flowers & Centre Pieces were by Ian Lloyd at the Flower Shop, Wilmslow.

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Our invitations were Ivy Ellen but all our stationary on the day (place settings, table plan, table names etc) were designed and made by my very good old friend Cathy Holden, a very talented graphic design graduate! She did such a good job, I loved them. We spent 8 hours one night after work ruling and cutting and sticking the week before the wedding! We were dreaming about rulers!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to get yourself organised. If you’re on a budget pick one special thing to work for and treat yourself on (mine was my dress) and good bridesmaids make the world go round!

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I have no regrets – everything went as planned and it was the best day ever!

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Congratulations Katie & Alex!

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Are you newly wed?  Don’t be shy!  Contact me to share your Real Wedding with Brides Up North. 

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  – Images © 2012 Lee Brown Photography

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