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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: A Jenny Packham Gown For A Chic Real Wedding At The Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art – Emily & Jonny

June 24th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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

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

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These pages just seem to be getting prettier and prettier…first shared on the wedding blog at the beginning of April, today we join Emily and John for their cool and contemporary Real Wedding on the banks of the River Tyne.  With imagery by Katy Melling Photography

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Emily says:  Jonny asked me to marry him in November 2011 in the New Forest and we were married on 23 June 2012 at The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.  We chose the Baltic as we loved the views of the quayside and the feeling of space the venue offered.

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We wanted a modern yet relaxed look and I hope that’s what we achieved.  We chose accent colours of grey/silver and white -  we wanted to go for colours that would compliment the venue and give us a classic look.

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I wore a Jenny Packham gown which I was lucky enough to snap up at a sample sale in London and a bird cage head piece which I got from Browns Brides. I loved my dress and wish I could find an excuse to wear it again! Jonny wore a Spencer Hart suit.

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The floor length silver bridesmaids dresses were from Monsoon. We had so many groomsmen that we simply asked them all to wear their own grey suits which was a bit risky as we didn’t have the chance to see them beforehand. Luckily they didn’t let us down and all scrubbed up very well! 

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Our flowers were from 5th Avenue Flowers on Queen Street in Newcastle – they did an amazing job.

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We used Louise Lunn Makeup Artist and Katy Melling Photography both of whom we would highly recommend. We  were also very happy with the Malmaison Hotel where the bridal party got ready and where we stayed after the celebrations had finished.

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A friend of the family very kindly put a ribbon on his posh car and drove me and the bridesmaids over the bridge from the Malmaison, where we were staying, to the venue.

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Our favourite part of the day was probably the ceremony – it felt very special to be standing in front of such a lovely view of the Tyne saying our vows in front of all our friends and family. We also loved the evening celebrations – it was a relief to be able to let our hair down once the formalities were all over.

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A friend of my mother in law made the cake which was a delicious chocolate ganache with white chocolate icing. 

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We hired The Paul James Band to provide the music and we were really happy with the results. 

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We honeymooned in Cordoba in Spain.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to do all they can to ensure that the staff at the venue know exactly what they expect in advance so that they can relax on the day. It’s over so quickly and you don’t want to be worrying about the finer details on the day.

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Congratulations Emily & Jonny!

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

January 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be on the day, forget about all the planning and worrying how well the day goes and just enjoy the day.

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Congratulations Hayley & Nick!

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Sei La Mia Rosa – A Real Destination Wedding In Sorrento, Italy – Sally & Lee

January 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ve been 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… we’ll be returning to our usual schedule tomorrow!

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In this fairly new trade, y’know, the modern profession of wedding blogging, one gets to see a whole load of gorgeous on a daily basis.  But just when you think you are nearing beauty blindness, along comes a Real Wedding that knocks your socks clean off. 

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This words cannot describe how stunning Real Wedding of Northern couple Sally & Lee – sent to me by my new favourite person and friend of the wedding blog Sheffield photographer India Hobson Photography – did just that.  Consider my socks knocked.  

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Thought the New Year was going to be dull?  Think again, as my forecast says jaw dropping!

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India says:  Sally and Lee were worried that if they had an Italian photographer they may come across problems with the language barrier and came to me – and I’m so glad that they did. I flew over with one of Sally’s best friends, and stayed for a few nights around the wedding itself; it was a pleasure to be welcomed by all the guests and it was certainly picturesque.

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Let’s chat to real bride Sally: We got engaged on Christmas morning at home by the Christmas tree in 2009.  Lee and I met in college and after 10 great years together, I was absolutely over the moon to be engaged and it was our most magical Christmas ever!  We married on 2 August 2011 at Cloister St Francesco in Sorrento, situated along the Amalfi coast in Italy.

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We had both agreed on a wedding abroad but wanted to keep a more traditional feel to the ceremony, rather than a beach style wedding. Both Lee and I adore Italy: the food, the culture, the romance, the wine, and the Italian attitude to a laid back lifestyle, embodied in the saying: “dolce far niente” (The sweetness of doing nothing! And yes we have watched Eat Pray Love). After doing our research we stumbled upon the perfect venue, The Cloister St. Francesco in Sorrento, an old monastery dating back to the 8th century.

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When you walk through the entrance and step into the open space surrounded by ancient archways, columns and pretty greenery, you find the perfect romantic setting to say your vows. When you step out of the Cloister, you are greeted with a spectacular view of the bay of Naples. It is a stunning location along the Amalfi coast and provided the perfect romantic backdrop for our wedding photography.

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My father and I travelled from The Grand Hotel de la Ville by traditional Surrentine horse drawn carriage. It was a surreal moment and realisation of a dream come true made all the more exciting when spirited Italians sped past us on their Vespas shouting “Ciao bella!”.

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The theme was vintage romance – the venue and setting spoke for itself really.  We chose neutral shades in fitting with the backdrop, coffee and cream for the bridesmaids.

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The dress was from Catherine-May Bridal in Honley, near Holmfirth. From the offset it was clear that natural taupe, soft grey and earthy tones were best suited to my own skin tone and hair colour, as opposed to classic white or ivory. The style was a mermaid silhouette with strapless sweetheart neckline, an asymmetrical ruched bodice with shabby chic corsage at the hip and a chapel train. The fabric was French Taffeta in feather grey, which gave the dress a more vintage feel. Everyone commented on the colour, which really made a statement and was very fitting to the surroundings and romance of Italy. It was the only dress that gave me butterflies in my tummy when I tried it on and when I saw the look on my mum’s face, I knew it was ‘The One’. The headpiece was vintage lace with pearls, custom-made at Kula Tsurdiu in Nottingham.

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My bouquet was a mixture of cream and vintage lilac roses and greenery. My bridesmaid carried cream roses whilst the flower girl had cream silk rose petals, in keeping with the romantic theme.

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My chief bridesmaid, Katie, wore a dress by Leeds based fashion designer Lucy Bennett, who runs her own label Roc and Doll. I was able to assist in the design process and wanted the dress to have a Grecian goddess feel to it with flowing chiffon fabric. The dress was one shoulder with rose detailing at the strap, rouching at the bust, high waste line with coffee and cream panels on the skirt and a small train at the back. The flower girl, Rebecca, wore a cream dress from Monsoon with vintage lace detail top, capped sleeves, tulle layered skirt and silk bow tie at the back.

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The whole wedding was arranged through a Sorrento based company called Sorrento Sunland, who sourced local suppliers for every aspect of the wedding. They provided an excellent service, responded quickly to queries and were both enthusiastic and supportive every step of the way.

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I have never seen a bride use a parasol before so I felt this added a special touch, especially in the photographs and it also proved to be practical in keeping my face shaded from the sun. A perfect accessory for a wedding abroad! I provided female guests with fans to keep cool as they awaited my arrival to the Cloister.

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A personal touch was the name labels on the favours. I attached old fashioned tags with lace and on one side wrote the name of each guest, on the other I wrote romantic phrases in Italian such as ‘per sempre insieme’ (together forever), ‘amo solo te’ (I love only you), ‘sei la mia rosa’ (you are my rose). All the guests were asking me to translate!

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In Italy the cake was presented on a stand individually portioned and served to the guests as their dessert. Sorrento is famous for its lemon orchards so we chose the light lemon sponge covered in Chantilly cream. It was delicious.

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Our reception was at Marameo Beach Restaurant, on a jetty out in the sea. We had our DJ playing chilled out tunes during dinner and as the sun was setting. Then the music got louder and we made our own entertainment! The setting by the cliff face and looking out to sea was absolutely stunning!

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Both Lee and I agree it is difficult to choose one specific part of the day as we loved every single moment. One aspect we both agreed on was the fact that it was a very intimate affair with close family and friends (32 guests). This meant that we got to spend time with each other as well as our guests and felt overwhelmed by the love and support from all those who shared our special day. It was relaxed and informal. We both loved our first dance to Michael Buble’s ‘Everything’. Lee got very emotional and it was lovely when our friends and family joined in.

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As the bride, if I had to choose one part of the day it would have to be stepping into the cloister and the ceremony that followed. It was such a fairy tale, overwhelming emotional moment floating down the isle with my Dad by my side. One I shall cherish forever. The string quartet playing Pachelbel’s Canon as I entered the Cloister was absolutely beautiful and the romantic music played throughout set the perfect atmosphere.

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The romantic reading by my friend, Carolyne Gregory was also a special moment. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house.

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We went to Thailand on our honeymoon. We spent 5 nights in Bangkok at the Banyan Tree Hotel, famous for its Vertigo restaurant on the top of the hotel on the 61st floor. We enjoyed dinner there on our last night.

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We visited the Grand Palace Buddhist temples, watched Muay Thai boxing, visited the floating markets and had outfits tailor made. We then flew down to Phuket and stayed at the Indigo Pearl spa resort for two weeks the relaxing portion of the honeymoon.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax, keep calm and take in every special moment of the day. Don’t let it pass you by worrying unnecessarily, it will all go to plan. Also remember to spend time with your new hubby as well as the guests and have fun together.

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Anyone considering a wedding abroad should contact their local registrar who will explain the procedures according to where you choose to marry. I can’t recommend this enough, especially as you can do it all again on your return by throwing another big knees up and show off the dress of your dreams for one last time!

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HEARTCongratulations Sally & Lee! HEART

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Rainbow Butterflies & Vintage Buses – A Real Outdoor Wedding In Yorkshire – Marianna & Matt

December 26th, 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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Today’s Real Wedding, sent to me by bride Marianna of Smink Makeup is an absolute stunner!  This bright and colourful outdoor Summer wedding in the heart of the Dales countryside has lots of DIY touches and is a real reminder about all that is great and good about Yorkshire after a long drab Winter. 

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I especially love Marianna’s confidence in choosing a dress (or two) in defiance of tradition.  Overall, this wedding is a true celebration of the couple’s personalities – from Norwegian flags to vintage couture to fairy wings. 

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Marianna says: We got engaged on a glorious hot day in July 2009 underneath Tower Bridge. Matt pulled out a diamond from a piece of paper and popped the question (then we designed the rings together). 

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We had two “weddings”: the legal one on the 23rd July 2011 (at Yorebridge House, Yorkshire dales) and then the next weekend 30th July, we had an outside blessing written by One Life Ceremonies and a village hall party at The Priests House, Barden on the Bolton Abbey Estate and afterwards at Cracoe Village Hall.

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The first date was chosen because this was Matt’s parents 51st wedding anniversary and we thought we would continue the family tradition.

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As we had recently moved up to Yorkshire from the South and fallen in love with the area, we wanted to showcase beautiful part of the world to our guests. The Priests House has a lovely feel, super views and a true sense of history (it was one of Henry VII’s hunting lodges) and Cracoe Village Hall was a fun informal venue we could transform into our own space (and it was cheap to hire… about £350 for the weekend). 

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I travelled to the blessing in a brand spanking new Land rover – courtesy of some friends who work for them, and we then bussed all of our guests to the village hall in a vintage red Routemaster. Because of the roads in the Dales, the double decker wouldn’t quite make it to The Priests house, so we had to get a single decker 1950s bus as well. It was quite a sight coming into Burnsall on the small bus seeing the Routemaster waiting for us in the valley.  I think we caused chaos along the Dales roads that day though!

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We wanted the wedding to represent “us” and as I have worked at so many weddings (I am a makeup artist) I knew that we wanted something, bright, and less formal and above all fun! We chose a colour scheme of hot pink and orange.  We had miles of homemade bunting and tablecloths made by our mums, with ribbons in the same colours everywhere! We had lots of church candles in storm lanterns, wrapped in ivy, little silver glass tea light holders and butterflies all over the place. 

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I was very spoilt and had two dresses!

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Up until a couple of weeks before the wedding I was going to wear my vintage dress for both days, but as we got closer I realised that I actually wanted to surprise Matt on both days… so I remember dashing off to Boundary Mills and finding the perfect floral dress (it looked like a watercolour painting) there so I ended up wearing this for the legal day and for the blessing I found a vintage 1970’s dress at the Corn Exchange in Leeds which I had it altered to fit me.

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It was a dress by Alfred Shaheen, a Hawaiian designer who is credited with inventing the Hawaiian shirt, so it had quite a graphic hand printed design with gold flowers and silver butterflies on a cream base. The dress was tea dress length. I also pushed the boat out and had a handmade corset made in corresponding colours – a bit of an extravagance but it gave me for the first (and possibly the last time) a 24 inch waist for the day.

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For the legal wedding a very sweet bouquet based of roses, freesias and rosemary and for the blessing we went bold – I love dahlias so we has lots of these and gerbera bold colours. The flower girls got little versions and the best men (all three of them|) had large gerbera buttonholes.  My flowers were by Sally at Serendipity and Leafy Couture

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I had 3 little flower girls who wore grey and silver dresses from M&S, and because of the informal country vibe, we wanted individuality so my adult bridesmaids wore their own dresses in grey and orange. I coordinated them in with some lovely necklaces with pearls and ribbons from another etsy store.

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The butterflies on my dress sort of flew through the whole wedding on our invites, table plans, thank you cards – you name it! I even found some sugar paper butterflies online and these got stuck to our meringues on the dessert table.

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We had a fingerprint tree made where people popped their prints on as leaves and wrote their names – we are getting it framed and I much preferred this idea to a normal wedding book.

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My grandfather’s wife made the cake – she took inspiration from our ideas, so we ended up with little drunken sheep, figures of us, and the words “ all you need is love” in M&Ms written down the cake – it was really sweet and very us! I love chocolate so we had a chocolaty fruit base with lots of cherries running through.

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As I am Norwegian, my godmother made a Norwegian “Tower” Cake which is like a chewy almond cake base pressed into rings then laid on top of each other getting smaller towards the top. This was decorated with traditional Norwegian flags and icing sugar piping.

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Our surname is Easter, so we got Green and Blacks golden eggs for the favours.

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My favourite part of the day was seeing the whole thing come together. As a bride you work really hard on all the nitty gritty bits and it is amazing to see that play out in front of your eyes. Also it was quite overwhelming to have all of our friends and family in one place as that doesn’t usually happen and I felt very blessed and loved. It was just a perfect day and we were blessed with the weather too.

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We had a great guitarist at the blessing – Ramon de Juan (Ilkley) and to kick off the party after dinner at the village hall we had Kabuki from Leeds. An ah –ma –zing big band with a strong vocalist. They did a great set for us and honestly absolutely everyone danced!

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In the evening we also had a photo booth run by our photographer, Barnaby, and boy do we have some fun pictures from the end of the night!

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Just after the wedding we went off for a couple of days “spamoon” as Matt couldn’t take any time off because of work commitments so we went to Rockliffe Hall near Darlington – complete bliss and relaxation. Later in the Autumn we then hopped around Malaysia and ate loads of delicious Asian food.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to do it your way – be true to yourself and on the day be willing to let it flow. Make sure that what you want and do will stand the test of time whether this be makeup, theme or photography style.

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Congratulations Marianna & Matt!

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Newlywed or newly engaged?  Contact me to share your Real Wedding memories. 

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Ruffles & Blooms: A Real Wedding In The North East – Jemma & Anthony

April 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’m currently in recovery from the last Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive of the Spring season at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall.  What a way to finish a great run of shows!  All of the Wedding Exclusives (and the even larger Brides Up North Super Showcase) have been record attendances for the beautiful venues that I work with but this one was an especially brilliant day, with 290 brides (!) and their families coming to see the Hall and our amazing exhibitors.  More on that later.  Watch out for more shows in your area this Autumn.  Exhibitors can contact julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details.

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So, onwards and upwards as always, lets kick start the week with some pretty!  This gorgeous North East wedding was sent to me by wedding blog reader and Real Bride Jemma and with some of my favourite North East suppliers on her team, it was always going to be a cracker!

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I proposed to Anthony in November 2009 at the cinema. I set it all up on the big screen before the film along with his favourite music. Although he was a little startled he did say yes!

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We tied the knot at Beamish Hall on 16th March 2012 with family and friends travelling from all over the world to be with us which made the day even more special.

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We chose Beamish Hall as from our first visit here we knew this was our special place and where we could see ourselves getting married. It is so magical here and beautiful that no where else was as perfect for us.

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Pale pinks and greens were our colour choices. I wanted to keep it very simple yet vintage looking with pearls, fringed tulips that looked like lace and selections of various vases for the flowers provided by our florist Adam Prest and plenty of candle light.

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I chose a very simple yet fairy tale like dress by Morilee from Wedding Secrets. I accompanied this with a ivory sash with pearls and crystals from YAP Bridal to tie in a big bow at the back.

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My bouquet was a mixture of roses, peonies and many other beautiful assortments. I have never had such beautiful flowers and we were amazed at how much care and detail had gone into each display. We have even sent my bouquet off to be preserved in a special frame as it was that beautiful at Precious Petals. Thank you Adam for all your care and attention that went into making our day even more spectacular!

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My bridesmaid wore a long flowing pale pink dress from Debenhams which she chose herself. Our little flower girl wore a silver green dress by Monsoon embellished with detail around the waist which matched in with my dress.  The boy’s suits were by The Wedding Wardrobe

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I spent the night before the wedding at Beamish Hall with my mum and got ready there on the morning. Anthony travelled with my dad, his brother and dad to the venue. I did miss him overnight and ended up not being able to sleep with such excitement.

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We had a string trio, The North East Soiree for the ceremony who played absolutely beautiful. It made the day that much more perfect. Thank you Gordon for playing even tunes by Morrissey for our special day.

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Its so hard to choose a favourite part of the day as it was all so beautiful and perfect. I have to say though seeing Anthony at the end of the aisle made everything else just fade into the background and I realised what I had been waiting for all along

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We chose our friend Dave Knaggs of Torcross Photography to take our photos. We wanted to have someone who we felt comfortable with and who we were able to enjoy taking photos with. He did an excellent job, thank you Dave!

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We chose a 3 tier butter sponge with plain icing from Marks and Spencer which tasted absolutely yummy. Our florist decorated this then with an array of flowers to match in with the table centres.

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For the favours we ordered French macaroons in various colours from Fenwick’s Bakery and tied up each bundle with ribbon and a cute tag of our names and wedding date.

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We hired a magician, Paul Lytton who kept guests thoroughly entertained in the gap between the day and night. I still don’t know how he does any of his tricks! We were all amazed.

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For the evening we chose the resident DJ at Beamish Hall to host our first dance and disco. They catered for every piece of music we asked for and more and I never stopped dancing. We hadn’t prepared a first dance but once the music started for ‘it had to be you’ we ran on and it all came naturally. Turned into quite a cheesy dance but it really was one of the best parts of the day.

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For our honeymoon we went to a little island called Meeru for 2 weeks in the Maldives. This was just paradise.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to just try to get as much sleep as you can the night before as I only got an hour’s sleep!  Also remember it is your day and your day alone. Do all that makes you happy and it will all be perfect on the day.

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Congratulations Jemma & Anthony!

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Hats Off! A Real Marquee Wedding In Yorkshire – Carrie & John

April 18th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It’s raining cats and dogs outside pretty much everywhere in the North of England today – but hopefully today’s pretty summer Real Wedding sent to me by Real Bride Carrie and J Clitheroe Photography will serve of a reminder that sunnier skies are just around the corner!

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Let’s hear from the bride: We got engaged on 10th July 2010 – my birthday – John took me and the dog on a romantic picnic by Aysgarth Falls. He got down on one knee, when I said yes as if there was someone watching over us the church bells in the distance started ringing.

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We were married on 18th June 2011 at our beautiful local church All Saints in Bubwith followed by a marquee reception in the garden.  We wanted to make the day as unique to us as we could and by having the marquee we could adapt everything to our taste.

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We didn’t have a specific theme, but I wanted everything to be relaxed as possible so that we could enjoy the day with everyone. Sweets played a big part in the wedding as John is sweet mad, but I just really wanted something simple but stylish.  I kept to lemon and creams for the colour scheme – I thought it would bring a fresh feel to the day and hopefully make the sun shine!

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My wedding dress was a Cymbeline dress from Brides of York. It was being discontinued as they no longer had any of the lace left and they had not sold one around York which made it all a bit more special. It was an A line dress layered with lace and had a bow wrapped round my waist and tied at the back. I got the heebie jeebies when I tried it on and I just knew it was the right one – it made me feel like a princess.

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I am useless when it comes to flowers – my brief to the florist was something hand tied with lots of different creams, I still don’t know what was in it – but she definitely came up trumps from the ‘brief’ brief.

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My flower girl was in an ivory dress from Debenhams – she came with us to choose which one she wanted to wear.  My other bridesmaids were in knee length lemon chiffon dresses that we had ordered online.  We used York Hire Wear for the men’s suits.

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We used J Clitheroe Photography for our photos – we wanted someone who would allow us to relax and allow us to enjoy our day.  Jackie & Andrew were brilliant with us and our requests.

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I wanted to have joint name cards and favours – so I ordered some jars and filled them with different pastel colour sweets – everyone had a jar with their name and the date on. I made them a top and my friend (she’s a godsend) then tied them on with ribbon.

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I designed my own cake – I wanted something slightly different but simple. We had a 3 tiered cake, two fruit which were made by the mothers and then drowned in alcohol by me and a sponge cake on top.  We tiered them using square glass vases to match the table flowers and then had live flowers in the vases.

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We had prepared a first dance – a bit cheesy but John had said he didn’t just want to go round in circles. We had practiced it but on the day it didn’t go quite to plan as my shoes kept falling off and it’s a lot more difficult in a full length dress – but we really enjoyed it and by concentrating it meant we didn’t notice the room watching as much.

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We had a DJ for the evening do – I had asked all my guest to choose three songs that they would like to hear, I gave them to the DJ and asked him to get the dance floor rocking. He did such a great job – the dance floor was busy all night long.

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We truly loved the whole day – from getting all the guests together to the speeches to watching everyone having a ball at the end of the day. It was all just spot on.

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We spent a lovely weekend in the Lake District for our Honeymoon although it did rain for most of it!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every moment of it – to stop for a minute to take it in and enjoy it as much as your guests. At the end of the day its your day.

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Congratulations Carrie & John!

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Vibrant Love! A Real Wedding In The North East – Rachel & Brett

March 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Happy Wednesday!  It’s a beautiful day and we are over half way to the weekend!

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If you need any more reasons to be cheerful, this vibrant and emotive Real Wedding in the North East should do the trick.  Rachel and Brett’s colourful wedding day was sent to me by Jane at County Durham Wedding Photographer Stan Seaton Photography, who has kindly agreed to tell us a little more about the occasion too.  

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Jane says: Brett & Rachel’s wedding ceremony took place in the beautiful ballroom at The Morritt, Greta Bridge. 

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Rachel’s elaborate dress was designed by Dizzie Lizzie and supplied by Dobinsons, Grange Road, Darlington.   Rachel carried a beautiful, natural looking, hand tied rose bouquet from Carl Banks.

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Brett will never forget the moment in the ceremony when he was standing waiting for Rachel to walk through the door, and the whole of the guests had also turned to look back to see a very emotional Rachel make her entrance.

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After the ceremony the guests enjoyed a drinks reception in the lovely landscaped gardens of The Morritt, before returning to the Ballroom to enjoy a three course meal and emotional and entertaining speeches from Rachel’s Dad, Brett and the two Best Men.

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Rachel couldn’t believe what a lovely day they had, packed with emotion,fun and laughter. She particularly enjoyed the few minutes when her and Brett sneaked away from the crowds and were watching all the guests chatting and laughing in the gardens from an upstairs window.

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Congratulations Rachel & Brett!

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Marabou, Choos & Merry Making – A Real Winter Wedding In The North East: Laura & John

March 14th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Yesterday, the hubby and I took a much needed half day’s holiday together and headed off to The Spa at Oulton Hall for a few hours of rest and relaxation.  What bliss!  This was part of a Groupon deal that we had booked before Christmas, and I almost missed the expiry deadline, hence the random Tuesday afternoon getaway!

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How these first three months of the year have flown by – it’s been an absolute whirlwind for the Brides Up North brand and (I’m pleased to report) things are busier and more exciting than ever here at BUN HQ.

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I’m just putting my finishing touches to my latest subscriber newsletter – and it’s a hefty one! – so if you would like to know more about what goes on behind the scenes here at the wedding blog and keep updated with all the latest news, just sign up using the little black box at top right.  Easy peasy. 

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Speaking of looking back to the festive season, today’s beautiful Real Wedding with images by Alison Groves Photography does just that, and shows that the Winter hasn’t all been doom and gloom – especially not for today’s lovely loved up couple and their sparkling Winter wonderland wedding!

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Let’s hear from Laura: We were married on 4th December at Jesmond Dene House Hotel, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Why would a couple from London get married 350 miles north? Both my parents are born and bred Geordies, while John’s dad was originally born just outside of Newcastle, but we had desperately wanted a proper capital knees-up in London. Several astronomic quotes later, however, and we realised that just wasn’t going to be possible.

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We were up in Newcastle visiting family one snowy January a couple of months after getting engaged and took my grandparents for lunch at Jesmond Dene House. And that was it. We loved the historic house features combined with tasteful, modern décor (John has a thing – and I mean a THING – about patterned carpets). We loved the natural setting in the Dene – surrounded by trees with the river rushing through the gardens – yet just 10 minutes from Newcastle Central Station for the convenience of our guests. We also liked the fact that it used to be the country pad of Lord Armstrong, the Victorian engineer who made the original lifting mechanism in Tower Bridge – which is where we live and where John proposed. Ok, admittedly that last point is a little tenuous… but we loved the warmth of the staff, the award-winning wines, the incredible food. Basically, we just wanted to move in.

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The dress – arrrggghh! I’ve got to be honest – choosing the dress was one of my least favourite parts of the whole wedding planning experience. That’s weird, right?! I knew what I didn’t want – strapless, flouncy, frilly, lacy, sparkly – because I just looked ridiculous in things like that. I encountered a fair few snooty shop assistants when I first started looking who seemed to be appalled by my lack of enthusiasm for the frou-frou creations they kept heaping on me. And the amount of red dresses you’re shown when you say you’re getting married in winter! So I didn’t look in as many places as I probably should have done, knowing what I know now about all the amazing designers there are out there (ahh, the benefit of hindsight eh?). I’m not sure to this day that I encountered “The One”, but I did adore my dress. I’d seen an advert for Le Spose di Gio in a bridal mag and something about the dress in that advert really spoke to me – it was quite ballet-esque, very dreamy, so I checked out their website and fell in love with the one on the homepage. I loved the Audrey Hepburn-esque boat neckline and the keyhole back. I loved the super-flattering ruching in the middle. I loved the way the material caught the light, the way it moved and how it felt against my skin. It was unlike any dress I’d ever seen, by a designer neither I nor anyone else had ever heard of, all of which caused me endless wobbles, but ultimately it was just very me. Simple as that.

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Not being an ivory bridal shoe person, I had a sparkly, strappy pair of Jimmy Choos and a silver pair of Hunter wellies (complete with fleecy, ivory welly socks!), which saw me through from the ceremony to the outdoor photos to the dance floor. Every time I see my wellies sitting in the hallway at home now I remember our wedding day and it puts a massive smile on my face.

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I never wear my hair up or do anything with it, so I knew that all I wanted from my hairdresser was a good blow dry to make my thick mop look sleek and glossy. I soon fell in love with the idea of a sparkly headpiece that could blend into my hair while adding glamour. I tried loads of amazing ones on but none of them looked quite right, until I found a gorgeous vintage-inspired headband from the decidedly un-vintage Fenwicks department store.

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With my hair down and a high neckline I didn’t bother with earrings or a necklace. I very much wanted an understated, elegantly relaxed look. My something old and borrowed was a gorgeous Swarovski crystal cuff, which added just the right amount of statement sparkle to offset the relative plainness of my dress. I also had a marabou feather shrug from John Lewis, which was brilliant for the outdoor shots – I only wish I’d worn it more during the whole day, as it made me feel like a 1950s Hollywood movie star!

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When it came to choosing a photographer we were at a complete loss as to where to begin. I turned to bridal magazines but soon discovered that there’s actually very little winter wedding love out there. It was all about that dreamy light (er…not much of that in deepest, darkest December), the cute jugs of homemade lemonade, gorgeous bunting wafting in a summer’s breeze, rippling cornfields and dancing at sunset. Sigh. And then while up in Newcastle visiting family we met Alison Groves at a wedding fair and instantly loved her work. There were no big, cheesy group shots or those ridiculously moody poses where the bride is pinning the groom up against a wall with a murderous look on her face (what is it with those pictures?!). They were natural, atmospheric and told a real story about the day, come rain or shine, which is exactly what we wanted. We were lucky enough to have snow on our wedding day and Ali made it work to our advantage – both the fun and the romance of it – resulting in those gorgeous outdoor shots that we absolutely love. Ali is a total professional – very discreet and efficient – but also very lovely, which is exactly the kind of person you want around on your wedding day. We were blown away when we first saw our photos and will treasure them for years to come.

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John wore a tuxedo from Ralph Lauren. John wanted to wear a tux (and what girl is going to turn that down?!) so we decided to make it black tie and politely ignore all the comments about what a faux pas it is to wear dinner jackets during the day (seriously – who cares? And it’s dark virtually all day in December!).

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I walked down the aisle to the third movement from symphony number 3 in C major, op 52 by Jean Sibelius. John’s dad was a big Sibelius fan and it was our way of including him in the day. We hired Arco String Quartet who very kindly had the symphony reconfigured for a string quartet and we hired a flute and clarinet to recreate the piece of music as closely as possible. It’s not particularly bridal but it’s very moving and very personal to us.

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Organising a wedding from 300 miles away was not an easy task. But I learnt pretty quickly to put my faith in our suppliers – all recommended either by our venue or our photographer – and trust the professionals. For flowers we went with the fantastic Viv at 5th Avenue flowers on the Quayside in Newcastle. Viv was enthusiastic, laid back and really genuine – she even gave me a lift back to the hotel the night before the wedding because the snow was creating massive queues for the taxis. As the first Saturday in December, the Christmas decorations were up and I decided against adding in more colours or foliage into the mix to avoid total décor overkill. Less is most definitely more. So I had a wonderfully pouffy ivory hydrangea bouquet – classic yet modern. For the registrars’ table Viv did us a lovely mix of all kinds of things (er, flowers not really my strong point!), all ivory with frosted foliage, and we hung a large ball of mistletoe in one of the doorways and placed hydrangea heads in low vases around the bar. We hired magnificent silver candelabra for the table centrepieces (also from the florist), lit the candles, switched on the fairy lights and voila! Magical, just as I’d hoped.

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Jesmond Dene House provided all the catering. The food was a really important element to us (eating is one of our favourite pastimes – we named our tables after our favourite restaurants around the world) so the acclaimed restaurant at the hotel was an influential factor in us choosing it as a venue. The standard of the food on the day was superb – all our guests commented on how spot on everything was cooked and how amazing it tasted. I also liked their policy of using local produce, such as the Craster smoked salmon for the starter and Northumbrian lamb as the main.

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As the Christmas decorations were up there was very little that we needed to add. Fairy lights, candles and roaring fires – sparkle and cheer – was what I wanted to create. Jesmond Dene House have really lovely, unusual decorations that made it look really special. But I decided it wasn’t about having a winter wedding, a December wedding, and certainly not a Christmas wedding. It was about our wedding, so I was keen to make it as personal to us as possible.

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I bought loads of antique-effect mercuried glass tealights and votives to put about the place and we arranged photos of our families through the generations on their wedding days on the fireplaces. We framed a drawing of a bride and groom that one of John’s neices had made for us when we got engaged and had that on the entrance table along with wooden J&L letters from Not on the High Street. We tied the napkins with some “To Have and To Hold” ribbon from Cox & Cox and also had boxes of matches (“The Perfect Match” followed by the definition of marriage) in a bowl on the bar for the smokers and anyone else who fancied them (I randomly collect matches). We arranged with the local brewery to have our very own Archer Ale complete with personalised badge, which went down a storm with the lads (and a few ladies). And we personalised our menus with a description of the restaurant each table was named after, our favourite dishes at that restaurant and why it was a significant place in our relationship.

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We weren’t bothered about a live band, as we lived too far away to have been able to take on researching that as well as everything else! We used the hotel’s recommended DJ and asked everyone to put on their RSVP cards the one song that was guaranteed to get them on the dance floor. We then compiled a playlist of all the song choices and gave that to the DJ. We also hired a photo booth from Groovy Booth, complete with wind machine and props, which proved fantastic fun. It kept the kids entertained until they went to bed and all the adults loved it too – everyone got a set of prints to keep and one to stick in the guest book. Needless to say they get funnier as the night wore on!

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I’d been keen not to have a first dance but John wanted to as the time drew nearer, so we decided on “Misty Blue” by Ella Fitzgerald. It’s not a particularly happy song (!) but we love Ella and followed it up with Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” to get everyone on the dance floor.

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The advice I’d give to other Brides Up North is that there were so many things I’d wanted to do and either never got around to or just forgot about in the general wedding chaos leading up to the big day. So many little touches and details. But it really doesn’t matter in the end. Although loads of people commented on how much they liked the thought that had gone into things, no one said “but you didn’t have xyz!” Because what kind of crazy person would do that?! Certainly not one you’d invite to your wedding. There’s a lot of pressure out there to have the perfect day, to be original and not have a production-line wedding. And yes, we had a photo booth and pic ‘n’ mix and half of Cox & Cox – not original to brides poring over blogs and mags, certainly, but your guests will simply love it. Because they love you, and you could probably give them ham sandwiches and a mug of tea and they’d all cheer and laugh and have a ball.

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Timings will go awry, people close to you will let you down badly and people you don’t know all that well will go above and beyond the call of duty in ways that will touch you. We had several inches of snow that brought the roads, trains and planes to a standstill just two days before our wedding, people were snowed in on the day itself, my gran was taken to hospital just before the ceremony started, one of the best men left his tux in the dry cleaners, the other best man dropped me on my head on the dance floor – and a glass candlestick exploded randomly, just to top it off! And no amount of planning or stress can take those things into account, so just breathe, have a glass (or three) of champagne with your best girls in the morning and remember that you’ll be walking out of there that night married to the man you love, and nothing can detract from that.

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Congratulations Laura & John!

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It’s A Beautiful Day! A Real Summer Picnic Wedding – Beki & Pete

March 12th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A few behind the scenes glitches this morning means that this first blog post of the week comes to you a little later than planned, so good job it’s such a corker! Northern couple Beki and Pete were married in sunny Hereford last summer and after feeling the sun on my back this weekend, their photographs by Kama Catch Me Photography have me super excited for a balmy English Summer.  Fingers crossed!

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Beki says: We got engaged on 14th June 2010. It was our second year anniversary and after a meal at the same restaurant we had our first date in, we walked to a place overlooking the river and he asked me there. He took ages to ask and I nearly suggested going home (not realising what we were there for). I’m very glad I stayed to hear it but I couldn’t quite believe it was happening! Even when he pulled the ring box from his pocket, I had to wait to hear him ask me to marry me in case it was just a pair of earrings!

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I was pretty adamant I didn’t want the reception at a hotel after reading the requirements and restrictions on each website. I didn’t like the idea of being told what to do and wanted to create our own day rather than a pre-designed package. Sue at Wilton Castle was incredibly helpful and really wanted to make sure that everything we needed or wanted was carried out. The castle itself has beautiful scenery and is very unique. It’s full of flowers in the summer and is surrounded by the ruins of a castle, while overlooking the River Wye. It was perfect!

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I arrived in a white limo listening to Madonna’s 80’s classics! It was like our own little disco in the back with flashing lights! I had to fit my six bridesmaids, my mum and me with my huge dress in the car so it needed to be big!

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I love the vintage look and went with an English country tea-party theme. We had a marquee in the castle grounds with bunting, a cream tea (followed by a hog roast in the evening) and vintage crockery. I created a sweet table instead of offering favours and it was very well received! My youngest bridesmaids really enjoyed the job of refilling the sweets as they ran low!

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We kept things pretty with lots of pastel shades – the table cloths were a mixture of pink, blue and lilac and the crockery really stood out as it was a variety of different pieces. We kept the inside of the marquee in a plain white colour with long drapes around the windows to contrast with the colours on all of the tables – it really had the WOW factor as you walked in.

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I chose a princess dress with a halter-neck style bodice covered in diamanté’s and a very full, floaty skirt. I choose a long veil which fell to the floor and was made out of the same material as the skirt.  In the end, it didn’t need any alterations as it fitted me perfectly!

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I carried a mixture of pink and cream roses surrounded by folded waxy green leaves. I also had small diamantés inside some of the roses to match my bodice.

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I had three younger children all in light pink tea dresses (from Next). They were all sleeveless with a rose on the waist over to one side and a layer of netting over the skirt to give it a fairy-tale look (just like my dress). The three older bridesmaids wore pink fitted strapless dresses (from very.co.uk) with a loose bow on the waist and roses all down the length of the skirt.

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We had a cupcake tower with pink and cream swirly icing and little rose buds and daisies on the top. We had a small-ish cake on the top to be able to cut which was made from chocolate – we took it away with us on honeymoon. Pete found a funny cake topper with a bride dragging the husband back which I liked a lot better than the traditional styles.

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I think the whole day was a little bit different compared to the traditional way.  We didn’t get married until 3pm so it meant people didn’t really have a chance to get bored as the day flew by after that.

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We arranged to serve a cream tea rather than a sit-down meal as it was a boiling hot day, I love cream tea and it was in-keeping with the theme of the day.

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We opted out of lengthy speeches and my husband and the best man just said a few quick words – I was then forced to stand and say something (with no preparation)!

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As we invited so many children, we wanted to make sure that they were kept occupied. I made a soft play area in the marquee corner for the youngest children and garden games outside for the oldest. Along with this, they had tonnes of space to run around (which they did a lot of!) and they had the sweet favour table where they refuelled!

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Walking into the registry office and seeing Pete for the first time was my favourite part of the day. I spent the whole ceremony grinning from ear to ear and the registrar commented that she hadn’t seen such a smiley bride! I loved hearing Pete read his vows and watching him stumble trying to get the ring on my finger – it was all like a dream.

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Pete is in the RAF and we were unable to go away for very long straight after the wedding due to his work commitments so we went to Centre Parcs for the week. It was lovely to relax and unwind after the worry of planning the big day!

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This March we will be going to the Maldives for our official honeymoon and we are both very excited! Our guests contributed so we will hopefully have enough money to do some fun excursions while we are there.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax. On the day you really don’t care about the little things as collectively, everything is just amazing! You will have planned to within an inch of your life so enjoy it!

On the day itself as we left the registry office, I was told that the DJ hadn’t turned up. I had a moment of panic but then calm washed over me and I just thought, we’ll put a CD on! In the run-up, the very idea of that would have sent me into melt-down!

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Congratulations Beki & Pete!

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Let’s Go To Town! A Real City Wedding In Leeds – Sophie & James

March 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today I’m taking a much needed day off from wedding blog and events duties and heading into town to run some errands (and perhaps check out these shoes) before meeting a friend for lunch.  Lovely!  The excitement levels are through the roof right now.

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What better way to celebrate my first day off since Christmas with a fabulous wedding in the very city that I’ll be stomping, sent in to me by newlywed Sophie. 

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Let’s hear from Sophie:  James proposed during a weekend away for my birthday at Grassington House Hotel, North Yorkshire on 9th July 2011, and we were married on 18th December 2011 at 3 Albion Place, Leeds (now renamed The Leeds Club). 

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We fell in love with the venue at the first visit. We thought it was unusual to have a city centre location for a wedding and loved the idea of having photographs taken in the city centre. We were really attracted to the venue as it was ours for the day, and we could pick and choose whatever we wanted – the staff were really flexible.

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We didn’t really want a colour theme, but our bridesmaids wore electric blue and the groomsmen wore matching blue ties. Everything else was white. We wanted everything to look romantic and so it was all candlelit.

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My dress was by Ellis and from Precious Bridal in Garforth, Leeds, and my bridesmaids wore electric blue halterneck full length dresses from Coast.  We wore gorgeous tiaras, earrings and necklaces by Eos Jewellery. Michelsberg Tailoring in Leeds made James’s bespoke suit.

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I carried a small hand tied bouquet of white roses, hydrangea and green berries with a pearl detail finish by The Flower Room in Eccleshill, Bradford, who also dressed the venue for us as well as doing all the corsages and buttonholes.

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My favourite part of the day was walking into our beautiful wedding breakfast room as the new Mr & Mrs.

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Our cake was made by a colleague at work – we wanted something simple with a but of sparkle and bling. So we went for a three tier plain white cake with our initials in diamante on the top. Two layers were fruit and one layer was chocolate.

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We had a classical guitarist play in our drinks reception and then a disco in the evening and boogied the night away until the early hours!

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We honeymooned in Thailand.  We travelled to Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket over Christmas and New Year.

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My advice for other Brides Up North would be that the most important thing is that you’re getting married to the person that you love; as long as you’re both there nothing else matters. So, don’t get too stressed about detail as no one will notice anyway, and everything will be perfect on the day.

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Congratulations Sophie & James!

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