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It’s All About 2014, Y’hear?

December 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Forget Christmas (that’s so 2013!) here at Brides Up North HQ it’s already all about 2014!  We are busy working on our – mahoosive – programme of Spring 2014 Luxury Wedding Exhibitions just for you (click here to find out more), making a few changes to the workings of the site – it’s all about the experience, dahling! – and producing a brand new editorial schedule packed full of fabulous new features and overflowing with wedding inspiration.  And we want you to be a part of it. 

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I post this every quarter or so to remind you lovely lot all about the submissions process, but the one email I get time and time again from newlyweds is the one asking “How do I submit my Real Wedding to feature on Brides Up North?”  There is a little page of the blog dedicated to this in the menu bar above “submit a real wedding”, but I thought that it would be worth outlining the process for any of you who have missed it and for the newbies around here (hello there and welcome!) as we look to the season ahead. Time to shout about your gorgeous real weddings people!

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I pour over your submissions like a woman possessed (with wedding fever) and would love to hear from more of you.  Get involved – this is your blog!  Here’s a little recap on how to do it…

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I accept submissions from brides and grooms, photographers, planners and other wedding vendors, and as well as weddings, I also love to see engagement session photographs, couples shoots, trash the dress, cherish the dress and styled session photographs.  I accept wedding submissions of all themes, sizes, religions and sexual orientations. 

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From Intimate do-it-yourself-dos with a difference to big budget blow outs, I believe that every wedding is special.  I want to share in your day and help to inspire tens of thousands of other brides to be across the North of the UK and the wider web.  Click here to see some of the most recent beauties on the blog.

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And it’s so simple too!  All you have to do is email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk to submit a Real Wedding.

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Your initial contact email should include:

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- Your name and email address

- Your Real Wedding venue and date

- A brief description of your Real Wedding including general theme, colour scheme and any other special details

- 4 to 5 varied images from your Real Wedding

- Confirmation that your Real Wedding has not been submitted to any other blogs/ websites/ magazines (with the exception of the photographer’s own blog)

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That’s all folks! When submitting engagement photographs, trash the dress, cherish the dress and other styled sessions, please follow the submissions format as above substituting the relevant details as appropriate.

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Whilst I do accept submissions from photographers and other vendors if you are not the bride or groom you will need to seek their permission before making your Real Wedding submission.

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Should Brides Up North wish to review your submission further I will require:

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- 50 high quality varied photographs, mostly in colour and without watermarks, at 600 pixels across or larger, 72dpi, to include stylish details of your Real Wedding (your photographer will be able to assist)

- I accept submissions as a ZIP file or via Dropbox (don’t worry, it’s easy peasy!)

- Completion of the Real Wedding Questionnaire which will be provided

- Details of your photographer and any other key suppliers

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Whilst Brides Up North will carefully review each and every Real Wedding submission that reaches the second stage, it is with regret that I am unable to feature every Real Wedding that I receive. Whilst every Real Wedding is beautiful, I recognise that my readers require a variety of quality editorial content.

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I will endeavour to respond to all Real Weddings submissions promptly, but if you do not hear from me within 7 working days of making your submission, please feel free to submit your Real Wedding elsewhere.

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I can’t wait to hear from you! I genuinely love receiving your Real Wedding submissions, so keep them coming!  Email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk today.

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  – Images © 2012 Karen McGowran and Katie Byram Photography 

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The Wedding That Rocked! A Real Wedding At The Alnwick Garden – Sarah & Dave

August 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Alnwick Garden Luxury Wedding Exhibition September 2013

It’s insanely busy at Brides Up North HQ at the moment as we finalise plans for our autumn season of Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.  We’ve got eight marvellous shows coming up this time around, and right across three regions too.  Make sure to put one of these in your diary.

We start the season in under a fortnight’s time (I’ve blinked and missed the Summer) at the extraordinary venue that is The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland.  I first became aware of this gorgeous and unique spot via submissions to the blog, and it was when I first blogged this Real Wedding back in 2012 that I knew this venue was something special.  When they invited me to work with them earlier on this year, I couldn’t start planning fast enough!  I’m not really into reposting (we keep things fresh here at Brides Up North) but it’s beautiful, it’s timely and aren’t the best things in life always worth a reprise?

You can pre-register for FREE entry and your VIP Bride To Be Welcome Pack on Sunday 1st September 2013 by clicking here.

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This Real Wedding at The Alnwick Garden sent to me by North East Wedding photographer Phil Smith Photography and real bride Sarah has to be one of the most fabulous big days that I’ve ever seen.  I just love it all, from the vinyl table names to the heart shaped balloons to the bride’s beautiful birdcage veil.

Sarah and Dave: your wedding truly rocked. 

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: The Wedding That Rocked! A Real Wedding In The North East – Sarah & Dave

December 28th, 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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Now, I know I say this a lot (pretty much every time I open my inbox), but today’s Real Wedding sent to me by North East Wedding photographer Phil Smith Photography and real bride Sarah has to be one of the most gorgeous big days that I. HAVE . EVER. SEEN.  I just love it all, from the vinyl table names to the heart shaped balloons to the bride’s beautiful birdcage veil.

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Sarah says:  We got engaged on 27th July 2010. Dave took me out for my birthday for a meal but had booked a suite in a nice hotel on the Quayside in Newcastle Upon Tyne as a surprise. He tried to get me to go for a walk so he could propose on one of the bridges after the meal but I had eaten too much and just wanted to lie down, ha ha!

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Luckily he had booked a suite which had a full glass wall overlooking the whole Quayside so he got down on one knee in front of the view and I was so excited, it was totally unexpected. I said yes immediately and cried!

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We were married on 29th June 2012 at The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland.  Neither of us had been before and we had gone to look at the Castle as a possible venue and they told us we could get married in the gardens too if we wanted to have a look while we were there so we did. As soon as we walked in we both turned to each other and said “this is it!”. 

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We chose a bright garden theme to match the venue and incorporated our love of music. Very muted greys and ivory outfits but then really bright exotic flowers and décor to set them off.

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I chose a wedding dress called Lizana by La Sposa from Darcy’s in Morpeth.  It was strapless with a fitted long bodice and a mermaid kick out at the bottom, no bling just nice fabric detail and a little edgy like me!  I had emerald green shoes with custom made shoe brooches under my dress.

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My bridesmaids wore strapless floor length gunmetal grey dresses from Debenhams.

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Our necklaces, my veil, jewelled hair combs, shoe brooches, and wish box were all custom made by Kathryn Russell.

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I carried a teardrop bouquet in exotic bright flowers with green orchids and glorosia lilies by Fern of Morpeth.

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Our friend Ben (the singer in Dave’s band) sang an acoustic version of “Grow Old With You” from The Wedding Singer during our ceremony.

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We wrote our own vows and didn’t show each other so they would be a surprise on the day. Dave totally blew me away with the emotion he showed and his words were perfect despite having to pause a few times to compose himself. He had the whole room in tears and he made me feel like marrying me meant the world to him as he is not usually an emotional guy.

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We decorated the venue ourselves using giant flowers that used to be part of the NewLook summer window display!  I went round all the North East NewLook stores to ask if I could have them the year before and they were donated to the gardens after the wedding to use for charity event.

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We had music themed table names on vinyls and made badges which were put onto handmade rosettes which said “This Wedding Rocks” and were used as napkin ties. 

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We also had a remembrance table with candles to remember those who couldn’t be with us (especially my Dad) – my Mum gave me away.

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We had a five tier sweet cheesecake from The English Cheesecake Company in London.

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Our friend’s band – The Monologues – were amazing and kept us entertained all night long!  We made our own playlists for ceremony, wedding breakfast and in between band sets.

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We learned a special dance and had a few lessons prior to the wedding to make our first dance perfect.

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In the evening we also had Pop Up Studios, with props and blackboards for our guests to write messages on for us to go into a guestbook album.

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After the wedding we jetted off to Thailand: Bangkok three nights, Chaing Mai five nights and Koh Phi Phi Island for the last ten! Amazing!

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My top tips for other Brides Up North would be don’t get hung up on the little things, if there is something you cant afford to do or a piece of décor you cant get hold of no-one will know it isn’t there except you! Also try to steal away some time to spend with your husband after the ceremony, it’s a big deal and you should reflect and share the special moments of the day together away from the crowds. Because of our venue our photographer had lots of places to take us around the site for photos and because of his unobtrusive and relaxed style he did a lot of the shots at a distance which gave me and Dave the chance to chat and take it all in away from everyone else. We really treasure this time we had together.

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Congratulations Sarah & Dave!

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Newlyweds!  You know what to do!  Contact me to share your Real Wedding memories. 

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The House By The Sea: A Real Wedding In The North East – Melanie & Jon

May 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today I’m off to a BBQ with friends, family and Mr Pinot and Mr Grigio too (I’ll thank you for sticking around if you please sunshine!) to celebrate my darling Dad reaching the ripe old age of 60!  Happy Birthday Dad!  I love you x

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In the meantime, I’ll leave you all with another glorious celebration – the first ever wedding to be held at a brand new wedding venue on the Northumberland coast, Newton Hall, with images by Topher McGrillis.

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Melanie says: We got engaged in Edinburgh, July 2011 on a short break are tied the knot on 21st April 2012 at Newton Hall, Newton on the Sea, Northumberland. 

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We chose Newton Hall for it’s location on the coast in beautiful countryside, the team’s less formal style and their flexibility.  Knowing the quirkiness/ character they inject into their bars & restaurants in Newcastle we trusted that it would be a lovely place (it hadn’t been built when we first signed up!) Also, we needed somewhere large enough for 150 guests plus more for the evening and a wanted a civil ceremony which was charismatic, not bland.

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We didn’t go for a theme as such but the details were designed all to get the guests mingling including handmade crackers as favours, antipasti sharing style boards and lots of lawn games and photos.

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As my engagement ring was a sapphire with diamonds (passed down through the family from Jon’s great grandmother) we decided on a dark/ navy blue colour scheme. We then chose lots of bright colours like yellows, oranges and pinks to contrast against this.

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My dress was Benjamin Roberts – 2228 in ivory with an ivory sash and ivory silk jacket. I love dresses with lace detailing, long trains and mermaid shape and this was all summed up in this dress.

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My bridesmaids wore long French navy strapless dresses from Coast at Debenhams (Tanya maxi dress) with ivory shawls

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Flower-wise, I wanted a lot of colour so had a loose tied posy mixture of burnt orange cymbidium orchid, orange and a little red ranunculus, yellow craspedia, mint, little blue delphinium and rosemary. 

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The bridesmaids carried loose natural posies including the white anemone with the black centre,blue delphinium, orange ranunculus, yellow craspedia and rosemary.

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Jon had a burnt orange orchid as his buttonhole.

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The flowers were all outstanding!  The florist (Lavender’s Blue) had said my taste were somewhat ‘eclectic’ but I knew she would bring it all together and do an amazing job! The venue could take a lot of colour and different styles of arrangements and it all looked beautiful.

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Some of the arrangements were designed in small boxes wrapped in paper and raffia so that guests could take some of them home easily.

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I loved getting ready with all the girls and the chaos of the morning coming together. The hair and makeup girls (Makeup – Steph Birchall, Hair – Jo from Sherlocks in Durham) were amazing.

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I didn’t need to travel as stayed at the venue all weekend but Dad had lent Jon his old Porsche which also luckily fitted well with the dark blue theme so Jon and the the best man Dave took that for a drive along the coast on the way to the venue. Jon and Dave had stayed the night before in a cottage next to the pub in the village.

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The ceremony was perfect the readings were fantastic – some friends had surprised us and written a poem about us, the registrar was lovely and hilarious.

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The venue and the staff were outstanding, I hadn’t seen the place complete before and was amazed at how beautiful it all looked. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff who created the most relaxed environment keeping the hotel bar open late and still looking fresh when serving breakfast in the morning. I even got hugs and kisses from some of the builders in the pub before and after the day!

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We spent a long time making and decorating crackers and put stick on moustaches and bubbles and joke engagement rings in them for the guests on the tables. We made a weekend of it and had drinks in the local pub on Friday night before the wedding and a pub lunch with rounders and a walk on the beach on the Sunday.

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We chose a cake of cheeses from Deli Around The Corner, Tynemouth. We also had a large square of fruit cake as I love fruit cake with cheese and it suited the more traditional guests. We had chutneys, fruit and crackers to complement it and it was left out with the evening sandwiches and snacks. (Somerset Brie, Cornish Yarg, Northumberland Smoked, Baby Colston, Bassett Stilton  and topped with a Coeur de Neufchatel (heart shaped brie)). 

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We had a brilliant band in the evening – Grace under Pressure from AMV Live Music in Newcastle. The lead singer and guitarist played in the afternoon to entertain guest after the ceremony as well whilst prosecco and canapés were served.

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After the wedding, we spent Sunday night at Newton Hall finishing off the cheese from the wedding cake and prosecco with remaining friends and family then Dad had lent us his old Porsche so we drove down for a night in the Cotswolds at Lower Slaughter Manor which was lovely. Then we flew to Vietnam for 12 days, we travelled from the North to the South, stopping in Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Danang and the last few days were at an incredible spa resort called the Princess D’Annam. We finished the trip with a night in Bangkok at The Banyan Tree on the way home. Friends and family contributed towards the trip as our main present.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax and enjoy it! Try and be as organised as you can and delegate as much as possible. If you pick suppliers with good reputations then trust them they will all want to help give you a fabulous day – all our suppliers were incredible.

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Congratulations Melanie & Jon!

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See you in the next week Brides Up North!

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  – Images © 2012 Topher McGrillis

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Pretty Elegance: A Real Wedding In The North East – Kate & Lewis

May 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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How’s your Sunday treating you Brides Up North? 

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I’m having a lovely relaxing holiday in the Greek Islands – although it’s rained for the past three days (pretty much unheard of in May I’m sure!)  – I’m enjoying the peace, good food and copious amounts of local wine.

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Between bursts of sunshine (and banks of cloud!) I’ve still time to bring you this gorgeous simple and elegant Real Wedding in the North East sent to me by Chris of Xtraordinary Photography and real bride Kate.  I hope that it gets your day (and mine!) off to a sunny start!  

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Kate says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2010. We had been to Church and then to our local pub for a few drinks and Lewis proposed on the night time in our home. We both love Christmas and my beautiful engagement ring was the perfect present!

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We got married on the 26th March 2012 in our local church – The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Lobley Hill. It was a lovely service and our Priest was fantastic, all of the guests loved him! Both the day time and evening reception were held at the Gibside Hotel in Whickham. We had 110 guests during the day and a few more in the evening.

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We wanted somewhere close to the church so our guests could easily make their way to the reception and the Gibside is only a couple of miles away from the church. I knew the Gibside had lots of experience in weddings and we had eaten in the restaurant before so we knew the food was great. The venue was also a perfect size and we got a really good vibe about the place. We were shown the honeymoon suite which was recently refurbished, it was fabulous and we were sold! I can’t give enough praise to the staff at the Gibside – particularly the restaurant manager Paco – they were absolutely fantastic and really helped make our day so memorable.

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We didn’t have a theme but we wanted everything we chose to be elegant, traditional and beautiful. I kept things simple and elegant and the ivory was the main colour throughout. The exception was the bridesmaids’ dresses which were a delicate sea green and added a flash of colour to the day.

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My dress was by Amanda Wyatt from Sorelle Bridal Boutique in Sedgefield. I loved how the cap sleeves and sweetheart neckline made it quite different from the other dresses I had tried on. The dress had a fitted bodice with a fishtail skirt and a short train. The antique style lace gave it a vintage feel. I absolutely loved my wedding dress it was so beautiful. In the words of my chief bridesmaid it was ‘the most amazing item of clothing in the world!’ My shoes were from BHS and my tiara was my ‘something borrowed’ from my sister in law, she wore it for her own wedding a year before. 

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Amanda Clegg at Blush Boutique did my hair and make up. The flowers were all done by Sheila Appleton, a family friend.  I carried a mixture of white roses with gypsafillia . Roses are my favourite flower and Lewis sometimes surprises me with a bunch! The bridesmaids had smaller versions of my bouquet. We decorated the church and venue with white roses, white calla lilies and greenery.

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My favourite moment was walking out the church once we had been married. Everybody was smiling at us and I felt elated. I felt like I could relax and really enjoy the day after being so nervous walking into the church.

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A friend of the family of the family (Christine McMorris) made our cake. It was a traditional round cake with four tiers, two sponge and the larger two were traditional fruit cake. It was simply decorated with white icing, ivory ribbon and white roses. Most importantly it tasted delicious!

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The bridesmaids wore silk, sea-green dresses from Boden, they were quite a simple style but the colour really suited them and they all looked stunning. They wore ivory shoes from Debenhams and I got their pretty hair slides from Accessorize. The flower girls wore ivory dresses from Monsoon and looked very pretty. The bridesmaids and flower girls all had shrugs to wear as we thought they would be chilly but it was such a beautiful day they didn’t need them!

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We had a pianist play during the day (Lucy Bewley) and a DJ on the evening. We both love music so we wanted it during the day and evening.

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We went to Barbados for two weeks the day after we got married. We had a fabulous time it is such an amazing place.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to not underestimate how long it will take for you and the bridesmaids to get ready! Give yourself plenty of time so you can chill out with a glass of champagne before the car arrives. 

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HEARTCongratulations Kate & Lewis! HEART

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Are you a newlywed?  Contact Brides Up North to share your Real Wedding memories on the wedding blog.

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