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Follow Your Heart. A Bespoke Scarlet Gown For A Fun Filled Real Wedding In Nottinghamshire – Rachel & Will

October 31st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This morning’s Real Wedding is full of heart and soul.  From home made food to DIY decorations – not to mention her bright red wedding dress and the fact that the groom arrived by canoe – Rachel and her new husband Will made sure that their wedding was all about one thing: having fun.  And isn’t that exactly as it should be?

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Rachel says:  We got engaged at the top of Cairngorm Mountain on New Years Eve 2011. Will disappeared when we got to the top and then reappeared with a ring in the box. It was so windy I was scared to take the ring out the box!

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We got married on 1st June 2013 at Kelham Hall, Newark, Notts then a marquee in the village of Bathley where we live as our friends lent us the use of their field.  I lived in Kelham from when I was born to 18 and my Dad still lives in the village so it holds lots of memories for me.

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The theme was red (very red!), and the idea was to have fun!

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I wanted a red wedding dress & found a perfect dress in white from a local dress shop called Eternally Yours, Newark. They made the dress for me in scarlet red with a few personal touches.

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Will and his groomsmen wore morning suits with grey jackets chosen by Will. These were from the dress shop, Eternally Yours.  I had the bridesmaids’ dresses made by a family friend, Sandra. They wore strawberry print 1950’s style dresses.

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We hired a horse & cart for the bridesmaids and I to get to the wedding, then for us to go to the marquee.

Will and 15 friends canoed to the wedding, a 6km trip including a weir to navigate down. They did get changed before the ceremony but all wore their Sunday best for the canoe.

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I carried a bouquet of white roses created by my bridesmaid Hayley, Will’s sister.

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I loved the whole day but had a great time with my new husband when we were travelling to the marquee in the horse and cart, with a bottle of champagne waving to the cars going past.

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We made all the food ourselves with family & friends & sourced local meat and bread from Newark for the BBQ.

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Grandma, Mum & I created many decorations: bunting galore, material flowers and hangings to dress the marquee. 

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We made our own cake. I made the fruit cake and Will iced it into a mountain scene with Will & I in our ice climbing gear plus a few sheep on the lower tier!

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For the daytime entertainment we hired a bouncy castle, crazy golf course & a giant twister.

In the evening we had DJ Jason Parnell from Mansfield & then a friend’s band that played rockabilly.  They were a big hit and had everyone dancing. 

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After the wedding we spent two weeks in the South of France, touring around in a hire car. We spent one week in the Pyrenees mountains, we did a trek to a mountain hut & via Ferreta, then a week near the beach looking round markets & drinking wine!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to follow your heart, not many people thought I should go red on the dress but it was the most amazing choice.

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Congratulations Rachel & Will!

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Doors To Manual! A Real Wedding On Concorde: Ria & James

June 7th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Wedding on Concorde by Phil Drinkwater Photography

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A bit of a treat for you this morning on the wedding blog, with a very special Real Wedding on Concorde (!) sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Phil Drinkwater Photography

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Phil was the second shooter on this wedding, but the lead photographer and the bride and groom have kindly given their permission for his images to be shared with us today.

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Phil says: James and Ria were married on 7th January 2012 at the Concorde Hanger at Manchester Airport. With a background aircraft outside, their own special journey on board was a truly unique experience. No one having been able to sit in those iconic leather chairs before made their day very unique and they were the first couple to have their wedding outside of Concorde itself underneath the fuselage which allowed their guests to be very much part of the ceremony.  The celebrations were truly multi cultural, with Asian and Welsh guests and a Scottish bagpiper. 

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Congratulations Ria & James!

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  – Images © 2012 Phil Drinkwater Photography

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Lady in Red, A Real Wedding – Gurpreet & Lee

February 7th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North’s newest Featured Supplier and fab photographer Nathan Combes Photography sent me this beautiful Indian Real Wedding.  I hope that these fantastic images get your week off to an inspiring start!

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Gurpreet tells Brides Up North more: Our wedding was held on Sunday 19 September at 3pm. The venue was Hedsor House in Taplow. We chose the venue after a friend recommended it. Previously we had identified National Trust properties as the ideal venue for us, however the unpredictable weather in September meant that we needed somewhere that was suitable for all forecasts.

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I decided to dress my bridesmaids in gold sarees but found it impossible to find gold sarees in the UK. The five bridesmaids saress were sourced from Punjab, India. My sister in law went to India to visit family and managed to find five (two different types), she did a very good job indeed.

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My outfit was chosen at a shop called Santoshi in Southall. I knew I wanted to wear traditional red with traditional green trimming and gold embroidery. When I saw my chosen outfit in the shop it was blue with a very short top, so I told the designer I wanted the top to be longer and the outfit in red. Once I chose the shade of red I wanted, my measurements were taken and sent to India for the outfit to be tailor-made. I had to visualise the outfit I had chosen in the colour I had chosen and was very concerned it might look hideous when it arrived in the UK.

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The caterer was Delhicious Foods. Akhil the co owner of the company was our point of contact and he catered for the wedding day and the day before when lots of Indian traditional ceremonies took place. Akhil event-managed the wedding day and was absolutely fantastic, it made arranging a wedding in three months stress free!

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During the end of the evening, most of the guests had a few too many drinks and around 10 male guests decided that they would start to dance around on the dance floor to Bhangra music without their shirts on! What was that all about!?

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For our honeymoon, we travelled around New Zealand for three weeks and then relaxed in Fiji for a week.

Our friend that got us together 7 years ago lives in New Zealand so we thought it would be appropriate to complete the circle and see him.

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Venue – Hedsor House

Photographer – Nathan Combes Photography

Caterer – Delhilicious Foods

Car – Bentley Turbo on loan from the Bride’s brother

Bride’s dress – Santoshi, Southall

Groom’s suit – Richard James Saville Row, shirt by TM Lewin, shoes by Office

Bestman’s suit – Ben Sherman, London

Ties – Tie Rack

Cake – PJR Wedding Cakes in Southall

DJ – Massacre Sounds

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