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Lovebugs. A Real Engagement In Durham – Claire & Scott

May 6th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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To ease you back into the working week, we’re touring the town I grew up in this morning to help lovebugs Claire and Scott celebrate their engagement, with a little help from Darren Mack Photography.

They’ve been together for fifteen years and these two can’t wait to finally make it official.  Let’s hear their love story. 

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Claire says: We got engaged on Valentine’s Day 2012, on a muddy hillside in Upper Nidderdale, North Yorkshire. It was a bit of a surprise to both of us, we’d been together for 15 years but it never felt like the right time. But on that day it did!

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We’re getting married in August 2014 at Crook Hall, Durham City, hopefully outside in the garden. It’s a tiny ceremony with five guests and a big party afterwards!

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We met at University at St.John’s College in York in 1996. We both did degrees in Geography. We were, and still are, a couple of Indie kids!

The college Summer Ball 1996 was our first date and we’ve been together ever since. Yeah it was true love! It was a great summer; it feels like we went out every night and had a party.  We knew “that was it” when we both got temp jobs working nightshift in a factory making plastic packaging and loved it! We really fell in love during that amazing summer.

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I love his big, kind heart. He’s one in a million.  Our biggest wish for married life is that it doesn’t change us or what we already have, and that we live happily ever after…

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Darren Mack Photography

We decided to record our engagement on camera to learn to relax a little, we live in our own little world and not many people get invited in! I think it’s definitely made us less worried about the main shoot on our wedding day. Daz made us feel relaxed and we almost forgot that we were being photographed.

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We’ll be looking in on Brides Up North in the run up to our big day!

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Congratulations Claire & Scott!

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Beautiful Love. A Real Engagement In Manchester – Martyna & Daniel

February 5th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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I always get excited to receive our engagement submissions for the blog because – and call me a nosy parker – I love reading every couple’s individual love story.  Without exception, every one I receive is full of happiness and hope for the future. 

Martyna and Daniel’s engagement announcement is no exception, so I hope you’ll join me in wishing them congratulations, luck and love.  I’ll look forward to sharing their Real Wedding here on Brides Up North not too long from now. 

With images by Clare Robinson Photography.

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Martyna says:  Daniel asked me to marry him on my birthday – Christmas morning. The best birthday and Christmas present ever!

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About 6 years ago we met at work and from then everything started!  On our first date we went out to Pizza Express, our favourite restaurant in Manchester. I remember what we ordered and where we sat on that day.

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Clare Robinson Photography

From the beginning I knew this was it! I saw Dan going out and spending time with his younger brothers and from that time I was sure about him. 

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I love about Dan that he cares and respects me. Each time I need him, he is there. I love spending time with him, even when we don’t talk; it feels good when he is next to me. 

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Gothic Romance. A Day Of The Dead Inspired Engagement Shoot In Liverpool – Bex & Cara

October 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’ve been spending the morning planning our BIG Halloween party for #weddinghourlive (are you coming?!  click here for all the details), so how better to finish off the day with a gothic inspired engagement shoot in Liverpool?  Bex and Cara plan to tie the knot on Halloween next year, and judging by these photographs and hearing their plans,  these cool chicks are going to have one hell of a wedding

Let’s hear their love story.  With images by Nick Kennard Photography.

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Cara says:  Deciding to get married was a bit spontaneous really! We were on a romantic night out at our favourite bar, and after a little reminiscing we sort of just agreed to it – it’s not the most romantic proposal, but we’re just happy to be engaged! That’s good enough for us!

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Nick Kennard Photography

We’re going to get married at Thornton Hall on the Wirral, we fell in love with the venue after we realised we could have an evening wedding under the arbour outside – it might be a bit chilly, but I’m looking forward to the magical look of lots of fairy lights and lanterns in the dark! Call us unconventional, but we’re getting married on the 31st October 2014 – spooky!

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Nick Kennard Photography

We’re both alternative models, so we met on the job! Our careers as models take us to all sorts of exciting events and places, with unconventional themes, and we get to work for some weird and wonderful companies! I guess our jobs meant we already liked a lot of the same things, tattoo culture, alternative clothing and colourful hair! We met over 3 years ago now.

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Our first date was at an awesome boutique bar in Liverpool called Santa Chupitos, I suppose it was just a night out, but if you’re with someone you love even the little everyday things become amazing.

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We’re both a bit in love with the paranormal, so we went on a Shiverpool tour! I know ghosts aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions a romantic date, but Beth was so scared she jumped straight into my arms! I didn’t want to let her go. That’s when I knew she was the one.

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Nick Kennard Photography

We’re adventurers at heart, so we’d like to buy a little retro motorhome and travel the world – maybe we could go and enjoy the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico that inspired this shoot!

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I know the engagement shoot trend is only just catching on in the UK, but we loved the idea of capturing how happy and in love we are – you’re full of electricity just after you get engaged, and that feeling is indescribable, so we thought we’d describe it in pictures instead!  We spent the day at Maya in Liverpool. 

We loved it. It’s made the whole thing seem very real, and now we’re just counting down the days! We also got to have fun with the fashion – which is something we both love. We got these amazing bespoke shoes designed by Elegant Steps – we just drew up designs for what we wanted and ES dyed and embellished some of their shoes for us to make the designs a reality!

Our favourite images are going to get framed and put on the wall – but we’re also going to start a scrapbook of all our experiences together – a bit like the film ‘UP’. Hopefully when we’re old we can look back on it and shed a happy tear or two.

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We think the wedding industry is so concentrated in the South and in America that sometimes people forget that Northern brides are often more creative, thrifty and more willing to experiment with non-traditional weddings! We love that Brides Up North is highlighting this.

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We’ll be back to share our Real Wedding images.  It’s going to be an experience like no other, and it’s going to take a lot of planning, but I can’t wait for it!

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Congratulations Cara & Bex!

If you’d like to share your love story, engagement news or Real Wedding on Brides Up North, all you have to do is get in touch.

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Sun Bleached Love: A Colourful Real Engagement In The North East – Beck & Gary

July 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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And who was saying that there’s no such thing as a British Summer?

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Today’s engagement shoot – sent to me by real bride Beck and North East photographers Caroline and Kelly of The Twins – is like a shot of pure sunshine (with a rather lovely love story thrown in).

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Bask in it!  And SPF at the ready, because next week is supposed to be scorching…

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Beck says:  We got engaged on Christmas Day 2010. It was the first Christmas we had spent together despite being a couple for three years as our families lived in different parts of the country. Gary knows how much Christmas means to me and my family and stayed up North with me. We woke up together at my parents’ house and he hugged me a put the ring box in my hand! Huuugggge surprise! I never technically said yes apparently, I just cried…lots!

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We are getting married in July at Woodhill Hall in Otterburn, Northumberland. 

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We met at a fashion brand’s head office, Gary was the junior accountant and I was on a year’s university placement, we first started talking at the photocopier!  On our first date Gary invited me to his flat and we ate lots of cheese Doritos and watched DVDs and then he walked me back to my sister’s flat like a true gentleman…with a cheeky kiss added in! And yes it was love from the start!

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I knew he was the one when he told me I looked beautiful when I first wake up in the morning, when I have crazy bed hair, I’m half asleep and can’t see (I wear contacts!) He even proposed to me when I had just woken up!

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I love the silly nicknames we call each other, even when we’re in public and we don’t care!

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Our biggest wish for married life is to be happy, have a family and experience what the world has to show us side by side.

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We loved our engagement shoot with Kelly & Caroline! It has made us much more relaxed about the big day and helped us to get used to the camera. We’re planning on printing some of the photographs out and framing them to give to the Mums on the day of the wedding as a gift. 

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We’ll be back to share our Real Wedding photographs on Brides Up North!

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Congratulations Beck & Gary!

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Summer Shutdown! And A Colourful Real Engagement Shoot –Nicola & Michael

June 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Everyone needs a holiday, right?

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It’s Summer Shutdown season here on the blog, and as the team take a break to rest and recharge for the second half of what’s set to be the biggest and best year year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule that will make sure that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty. 

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Usual service will recommence on 1st July 2013,  but in the meantime keep dropping in on a daily basis and watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far in 2013, plenty of eye candy, new features that we just won’t be able to wait to share, some special supplier showcases and a couple of surprises too! 

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So without further ado, I officially declare Summer 2013 open – come on sunshine!

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Starting the Summer Shutdown off with a burst of colour, today we join Nicola and Michael as they share their sweet story and excitement about their upcoming big day.  With images by Pixies In The Cellar.

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Nicola says:  We got engaged in the beautiful Maldives on 6th June 2011.  It was a complete surprise – just us at the end of a jetty on a beautiful island.  Michael had a candle lit dinner planned and we sat outside celebrating under the stars on a private deck over the edge of the beach. Just us and a – very discrete – waiter. It was the perfect proposal.  He’d also asked my Dad’s permission before we left.

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We are getting married in August this year at The Saddleworth Hotel.

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We met at the gym in June 2006. After three weeks of eyes and smiles, I asked him on a date!  We went for a drink at a nearby hotel. Neither of us were looking to meet ‘the one’ but couldn’t deny that there was an instant attraction on both sides. 

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After casually dating for a few months, Michael was given the chance to go out and play rugby in New Zealand. As we hadn’t been dating long, we left it at “tTanks for a great Summer, it’s been fun’. No pressure to keep in touch – I simply wished him good luck as he flew off in late November.

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Then, before long, emails turned to texts and texts turned to calls and on New Year’s Eve 2006, we both said those three magic words. Neither of us could deny our feelings and longer.

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After finishing my degree in May, I flew out to New Zealand for an amazing Summer together before both returning to England in August.

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Seven years later, I guess true love really does conquer all!

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I love Michael’s love of life and how he never fails to make me smile. He is not only beautiful on the outside but also one of the nicest men you could ever wish to meet. He is smart, loving, incredibly witty and, often, the yin to my yang – the calming voice, when I worry too much!

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Michael:  Nicola makes me laugh. She is my best friend and, to top it off, smokin’ hot!

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Our biggest wish for married life is to have a happy, healthy family and grow old together, as happy as we are now.

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We’ve been engaged for two years now and are just weeks away from getting married. Wishing we’d had some photographs done when we first got engaged, we decided that it would be a lovely memory and keepsake to treasure as part of the build up to our big day! The ‘just before we were Mr and Mrs’ shots. It also gave us and Peter (our amazing photographer – Pixies In The Cellar) chance to get to know one another before the wedding; rather than have a stranger turn up on the day.

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The day was absolutely brilliant – and so much fun! Peter is not only an amazing photographer – the proof is in the pictures – but also a lovely person to work with.  Without doubt, it made us even more excited about the big day!

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Brides Up North is great for ideas and inspiration to help organise things leading up to the wedding. We’ll be back to share our Real Wedding photographs soon!

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Congratulations Nicola & Michael!

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