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Vintage Country Chic! A 1950’s Dress For A Real Wedding In The North West –Michelle & Marc

September 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today we head North West for the fresh, funky and absolutely delightful wedding of Michelle and Marc, sent to me by Peter of Pixies In The Cellar.  My favourite wedding photographs are always those where the newlyweds’ personalities shine through and whilst beautiful, aren’t too formal or taking themselves too seriously.  I don’t expect all of you to co-ordinate a flash mob first dance (yes, Michelle and Marc did!) but relax, be yourselves and you’ll create the most stunning memories.

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Michelle says:  Marc proposed on 25th August 2012 in the picturesque coastal town of St.Ives in Cornwall whilst we were on holiday there together. It was at a little chapel over looking the sea. It was a perfect night with the sunset in the background and the breath-taking view from the church. We both love Cornwall and having spent many holidays there it holds very special memories for us both. 

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We said “I do” on Friday 12th July 2013 which just happened to be the hottest day we had so far this year! 

The marriage ceremony was held at St.Oswald’s Church, Lower Peover, Knutsford, Cheshire.  To appreciate why we chose this church you only have to walk up the cobbled path in the idyllic village and see the beautiful building. The original church dates back to 1269 and the tower was added to the building in 1739, it is a Grade 1 listed building with stunning features inside and out.

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We chose Peover Golf Club in Knutsford for our wedding reception, after seeing the wonderful and truly unique clubhouse built in solid oak we knew we had found the perfect place! It is set in the middle of mature woodland with views overlooking the picturesque golf course. It has the relaxed atmosphere and intimate feel we wanted for our venue. Alan and Ben at Peover Golf Club put us at ease straight away and were very welcoming, they assisted us throughout the wedding planning process and were very supportive of our ideas. We did not feel restricted in any way and we were allowed to create our dream wedding day at the venue.

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Our theme was vintage country chic with a modern twist! We wanted the men to wear tweed and bow ties and wild summer flowers to compliment the look. We did not want anything too formal.

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We based colour theme around our flowers…using blues, purples and whites mainly. We prefer to mix colours rather than stick to one rigid colour theme. The bridesmaids wore corn flower blue chiffon and this picked out the blue floral print on the men’s bow ties.

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I wore a simple but elegant 50’s inspired ankle length dress with lace gloves to give a vintage feel,the gloves were the ones I wore on my first holy communion as a child (something old)! After visiting lots of bridal boutiques trying to find the right style of dress I came across a wonderful shop called Bellissima, in Cheshire. The service was excellent and the wonderful ladies who run the shop make you feel like nothing is too much trouble. A very stress free and enjoyable experience. Cannot thank them enough!

I had my shoes specially made by Freya Rose in London and customised them with mother of pearl heels and lace bows.

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Having six adult female bridesmaids, one two year old flower girl, a man of honour, three best men, one six year old ring bearer and three  ushers was quite a challenge! The flower girl dress was from ‘Mi Mariposa’ online boutique at www.notonthehighstreet.com

The men’s bow ties were from Ben Sherman and the bridesmaid dresses were from Warehouse. The men’s waistcoats and trousers, groom’s suit and ring bearers outfit were all from Next. Marc also wore a made to measure shirt by Frank Rostron in Manchester and cufflinks by Mulberry.

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Our amazing photographers were Peter & Sara from Pixies in the Cellar. Marc had known Peter for many years and had always been impressed by his previous photography work. Despite it being over 30 degrees Peter and Sara worked hard all day to ensure we had a varied range of group, couple and natural shots of our day. We have had so many comments about our pictures saying ‘they are the best wedding photographs they have ever seen’ and we couldn’t be happier with the final images.

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We are lucky enough to know a very talented florist. David Jayet-Laraffe at FROG Flowers, Northern Quarter, Manchester.

The bouquets were natural round posies combined with mainly purple and blue flowers: lavender, roses, echinops, stocks, cornflowers, seasonal flowers and hints of ivory, lemon and green flowers mixed with eucalyptus, rosemary, grass… like the stems have just been hand-picked! The stems were tied with ivory lace and pearly pins for bride and blue chiffon and pearly pins for bridesmaids.

The groom had a buttonhole with purple and blue wild flowers, galax leaves with a pearly pin (like a little natural bundle of wild flowers)

We also had individual button holes for all our immediate wedding party.

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The bridal party travelled in 1930’s vintage cars-  a seven seater Imperial Landaulette and a six seater Regent Tourer. The cars were hired from Horgan Cars based in Cheshire. Both cars were able to have the top down which was great driving around in the sunshine!

The groom & groomsmen travelled in a friends brand new seven seater Land Rover Discovery.

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Most of the decorations and finishing touches were handmade. Marc made large wooden letters of or initials for the fireplace and a wooden signpost for outside the venue. We handmade all the invitations, table names, table plan and order of service booklets. We made little vintage keys and luggage tags for name places for our guests to keep. We also placed photographs on the fireplace of our grandparents (who are no longer with us) on their wedding days. Our best friend and artist Thomas Wolski commissioned a unique piece of art work for us that we got all our guests to put their thumb prints on instead of a guest book.

My uncle spent months making a fantastic white Victorian style post box to put wedding cards & gifts in.

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We found a lovely local company in Stockport,Cheshire called Ella Bella Cakes. Rachel who runs the business not only makes the most delicious cakes we have ever tasted but her attention to detail and customer service was faultless. We opted for a tower of cupcakes with a small top cake. We made the cake topper and bunting ourselves for a personal touch.

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We found a Cheshire based band called ‘Live Wires’ who played popular covers from all decades of music. They were a great group of guys who really got the party started and tailored the music to our taste. They had a professional booking service through Alive Network who we would definitely recommend.

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It is difficult to chose a favourite part of the day as we both loved every minute if it. We enjoyed seeing the surprised look on our guests faces when we pretended to do a slow first dance and broke into a flash mob dance routine with our bridesmaids and groomsmen!

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After the wedding we went island hopping in the Seychelles in August for 16 days. Whilst on Mahe island we were lucky enough to spend a week at a private boutique villa called Petit Amour Villa. A truly luxury and relaxing honeymoon!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try and include personal touches and don’t feel like you have to go traditional. Make sure you are organised and plan your day well so that you don’t have to worry about anything on the last few days running up to your wedding day. Most importantly just relax and ENJOY it!

Congratulations Michelle & Marc!

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Time For Tea! Maggie Sottero For A Vintage Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Wedding In Harrogate – Gemma & Paddy

July 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Why not start the week off as we mean to go on?  One gorgeous Real Wedding after another? Yes please!

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For this afternoon’s celebration we are staying in North Yorkshire, as we join Brides Up North reader Gemma and her new husband Paddy for a vintage Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.  Trust me, it’s pretty (and not a Cheshire Cat or Alice band in sight…)!

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Gemma says:  Paddy proposed to me in July 2010. It was the morning of York Races and we were getting ready at home. I was undecided about what jewellery to wear and Paddy said “Why don’t you look in the drawer, you might find something in there”. Confused I opened my dressing table drawer and found a ring box… inside was an engagement ring. The whole day was wonderful; we celebrated with friends and drank champagne at the races. At the end of the day we watched some of the X-Factor finalists perform on stage and the song I always remember playing was “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol. It later became our first dance song.

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We tied the knot on 4th June 2012. It was the bank holiday weekend of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, so we decided to take advantage of the extra day off. We enjoyed the weekend before the big day and spent the Sunday dressing the venue.

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We had our ceremony and drinks reception at The Sun Pavilion in Harrogate, followed by our wedding reception at The White Hart Hotel.

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I really wanted a venue which had beautiful gardens where we could have our wedding photos taken. We looked at several different venues but none of them seemed right. I came across The Sun Pavilion on the internet and it just looked stunning. It had an amazing stained glass roof and a terrace outside which overlooked the idyllic Valley Gardens. It was perfect and we were excited to book our wedding reception there.

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For our reception, we chose The White Hart Hotel which was only a few minutes walk from the Valley Gardens. The hotel décor fit perfectly with our theme as they had recently refurbished and so we didn’t really have to do too much with the decorations.

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Our colour scheme was ivory with highlights of pale pinks, wisteria and lavender.

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My hair was done by my hairdresser and friend Gemma Peers. She also did my mum’s, nan’s and sister’s hair.  I had a make up trial at Bobby Brown and did my own make up on the wedding day.

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I chose “Cleo” a Maggie Sottero dress from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. Hayley and all the staff were fabulous and really helpful. The seamstress helped to customise my dress and make it unique to me, we re-positioned the corsages and added a sweetheart neckline. I loved it!

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My shoes were from Monsoon and as soon as I saw them I knew they were the ones. The pearl brooch on them was exactly the same as the hair comb I had bought from Etsy. It was fate.

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My necklace was another Etsy purchase and I loved the big statement rhinestone flowers.

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The bridesmaid dresses were Ronald Joyce, also from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. I loved the wisteria colour as it was a gorgeous vintage colour.

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Paddy, our page boy and best men wore suits which were hired from Slaters in Leeds.

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The night before the wedding we all stayed at The White Hart Hotel. We didn’t have very far to travel to the ceremony venue, however we still wanted something to travel in style in.

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Paddy borrowed an Audi R8 from a friend for him and his best men to travel in. From my bedroom window I could hear the sound of the engine as they took a tour around Harrogate town centre.

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My wedding car was also borrowed from a friend. It was a beautiful MG Magnet and I loved it’s vintage look. I wanted a vintage car but something that was a bit different.

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We hired Sally from Priceless Weddings as our on the day coordinator. With us having two separate venues I wanted to have some continuity and ensure there was someone to keep the day flowing and be there to help guests. She also acted as toastmaster and was fantastic!

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All our wedding flowers were provided by a family friend and she did such a fantastic job. My bouquet had my favourite flowers in it – peonies, carnations, roses, anemones and lavender. It was finished off with some fabric from my dress.  The bridesmaids had rose wrist corsages.

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It was important for us to have children at our wedding as we wanted our son to be page boy. It was so lovely having our son there on such a big day, during the ceremony Jake stood with us holding our hands. When it came to the giving of rings, Jake took each ring and passed it to us, it was so sweet! He even sat with us whilst we signed the register…it was just perfect.

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We wanted our day to reflect us as a couple as much as possible.

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I studied fashion design at university so like to be creative and indulge in craft projects, so I knew we were going to make a lot of things ourselves for the wedding from designing our own wedding stationery, to doing our own centrepieces.

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We decided upon the theme "a vintage mad hatter’s tea party". I have a love for all things vintage and my husband has his own business supplying tea and coffee to trade. So it just seemed the perfect theme for us.

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Harriet from Weddings Vintage did a fabulous job with our wedding photos. Harriet had photographed a friends’ wedding and when I saw the photos I instantly knew I wanted her to photograph our day.

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I made all of our wedding stationery; save the dates, invitations, order the day, name tags… you name it. It was a labour of love, but I was really pleased with how it all turned out and it was unique to us.

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For our drinks reception we served pink fizz, and also had bottles of Fentimans with stripy paper straws and I made “drink me” tags which we hung around the bottle necks.

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We treated guests to ice-cream which was provided by Ripley’s who are based in The Valley Gardens.

We borrowed a vintage butcher’s bike and decorated it with bunting, and guests helped themselves to the ice-cream from the basket on the bike.

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We set up a table just for the kids at the wedding breakfast . Each received a goodie bag from us which had in it a disposable camera and an “I spy” list, a word search, colouring pencils and a handmade biscuit.  We also provided a hamper of vintage toys and games for the children to play with as the table centrepiece. 

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We spent weeks scouring charity shops and eBay for vintage pieces that fit perfectly with our theme. Each piece was lovingly chosen, and my nana and mum also gave me their tea sets to use which made it even more personal.

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Each table had a different centrepiece all designed to look like the mad hatter’s table. We had cake stands on stacked vintage books, vintage glass bottles and tea pots filled with flowers, tea cups and saucers stacked up with pearl strands cascading out, vintage keys and door knobs…

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Each guest had a pretty little vintage trio as their place setting. The name tags were vintage keys which we sprayed white and I made the name tags which were tied to the keys with ribbon. 

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Our wedding favours were tins of loose leaf tea, which were made for us by Jeeves and Jericho.  The tea blend was specially made just for us. 

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We found a violinist through the Leeds College of Music for our wedding ceremony. She played whilst guests were arriving, during our drinks reception and also played along with my entrance song which was “Turning Page” by Sleeping At Last.

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During the evening Paddy and one of his best men DJ’d. It was like the old days when they used to DJ together in clubs and bars and they had such a laugh doing it again. We also had a local band “The International Party Doctors” who were fantastic and really got the party going. They performed our first dance song for us, which they had to learn beforehand.

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My Dad also got up on stage and sang a song to me, which was a big surprise as my Dad is quite shy. It was very touching.

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We treated evening guests to cocktails and a sweetie buffet.

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We asked a friend who is a professional chef to make our wedding cake and then we decorated it ourselves.

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The big surprise for our guests was when we cut into the cake and it was rainbow coloured! I was really chuffed in the months following the wedding when it was announced the trend for wedding cakes in 2013 was rainbow cake!

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For our wedding breakfast, we served afternoon tea cake stands for dessert and had teapots filled with proper loose leaf tea.

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Since our wedding, I have started my own business hiring out all our vintage china and props.

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In the evening we provided our own photo booth for guests to enjoy! We collected our own props and our wedding photographer took the photos. It was definitely the best idea and everyone really got into the spirit.

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As I had done most of the wedding planning, Paddy had the task of booking the honeymoon. I did start to panic at one point as it was three  weeks until the wedding and still nothing was booked. I had my heart set on the Maldives or Bora Bora with a water villa, but Paddy had other ideas!

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A few days before the wedding he surprised me with tickets to Thailand. We spent a night in Bangkok at The Banyan Tree Hotel, before flying to the island of Koh Kood and the Soneva Kiri Resort. To get to the island we had to travel on a small plane and then get a speedboat. It was rainy season whilst we were there but we were actually really lucky and only had one day of rain. The honeymoon was better than I could have imagined and was the perfect way to round off the celebrations.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to try and be organised as much as possible so you can enjoy the last few days in the run up to the wedding.

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Congratulations Gemma & Paddy!

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