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A Classic. Maggie Sottero For A Springtime Real Wedding At Eaves Hall – Alix & Ed

March 27th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Philip Bamber Photography 

This sunny March morning we join Alix & Ed for their classic springtime wedding in the beautiful Ribble Valley.  With fresh details and seasonal blooms, let’s celebrate the new season!

With images by Philip Bamber Photography

Philip Bamber Photography

Alix says:  Ed asked me to marry him in January 2012 – on the beach on an amazing holiday in Mexico.  We set the date for 27th March 2013.

Philip Bamber Photography

Philip Bamber Photography

We chose to say “I do” at Eaves Hall in the Ribble Valley countryside.   We fell in love with Eaves Hall whilst visiting for one of their wedding fairs. The sweeping driveway which leads up to the country house and the magnificent gardens is an incredible sight. Inside was just as impressive!

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We wanted a classic wedding. It was Easter weekend so we made use of the spring colours and seasonal flowers, and accented this with a pale pink and ivory colour base.

Philip Bamber Photography

Philip Bamber Photography

I chose to wear Adorae Rose by Maggie Sottero in ivory and I carried a beautiful bouquet of cream and pink roses.

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The girls wore Dessy bridesmaid dresses in three different styles in Rose. Ed wore a three piece suit from Reiss and the groomsman wore their own blue suits.

Philip Bamber Photography

Philip Bamber Photography

My bridesmaids and I travelled to the venue in a white Rolls Royce Silver Cloud by Broughton Wedding Cars

Philip Bamber Photography

Philip Bamber Photography

Philip Bamber Photography

Walking down the aisle to my future husband and saying our vows was the most special part of the day. Partying with all our friends and family too! It wouldn’t have been the same without them all there to help us celebrate!

Philip Bamber Photography

Philip Bamber Photography

The brilliant Simply String Trio played before and after the ceremony.  A great friend, Andrew Barton, sang and played the guitar as we signed the registrar making the moment even more special and personal.

Philip Bamber Photography

Philip Bamber Photography

Philip Bamber Photography

We chose to use Philip Bamber – a great photographer! He was very friendly and happy for us to choose what type of shots we wanted. Neither of us were that comfortable in front of the camera but Phil really helped!

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Winter Pinks. An Intuzuri Gown For A Traditional & Elegant Real Wedding At Iscoyd Park, Shropshire – Katie & Guy

February 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Jill Thorning-Jensen

Katie and Guy’s Real Wedding is my kind of affair.  Classy, beautiful and elegant – with lots of pretty pale pinks, lace accents and seasonal touches.  This clever couple did things their own way, choosing to keep their stunning celebration simple and hassle free, letting their gorgeous venue and floral accents speak for themselves.  Beautifully done. 

With images by Jill Thorning-Jensen

Jill Thorning-Jensen

Katie says:  Guy proposed on the first day of our ski holiday in Zermatt in February 2013, and we were married on 21st December 2013 (I was not the most patient of brides)!

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We were married at St Mary’s Church in Whitewell, Shropshire followed by a reception at Iscoyd Park

We looked at a number of venues around Cheshire and Shropshire, but fell in love with Iscoyd.  The house and grounds are absolutely stunning – like no other venue we had seen. To add to that, Phil and the team at Iscoyd were so warm and friendly that we felt very comfortable that they would help make the day special.

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I stayed at Willington Lodge the night before the wedding, a gorgeous local B&B with delightful hosts.

Jill Thorning-Jensen

Jill Thorning-Jensen

As the wedding was so close to Christmas we had a few festive touches (Christmas trees outside the church, and reindeer table names).  The bridesmaids looked gorgeous in dark navy and the flowers were lilacy pinks with eucalyptus and dark navy berries to add a wintery feel.

I was determined that the wedding was going to be a stress-free event, so we purposefully kept any additions to a minimum. Instead we chose a beautiful venue (which needed no ‘extras’), with lots of lovely food and drink and a fantastic band who had everyone up and dancing.

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Jill Thorning-Jensen

Jill Thorning-Jensen

I tried on lots of dresses at the gorgeous Love Bridal Boutique in Altrincham, and chose an Intuzuri dress which I wore with a cathedral veil.

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Jill Thorning-Jensen

Jill Thorning-Jensen

The groom wore a Reiss suit and the groomsmen wore their own navy suits. All had knitted navy ties which matched the groom’s knitted navy bow tie.

The adult bridesmaids wore three quarter sleeve black tops with beautiful navy skirts designed and made by one of my bridesmaids and her exceptionally talented mum.  The little bridesmaids wore ivory dresses from John Lewis.

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Hair was by Louise Huxley (and her mum!) and makeup was by Melanie Poutney.  We were very lucky to find a group of amazing people to help with the wedding, all of whom were a pleasure to have around on the day.

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Jill Thorning-Jensen

Selina Godsal did all the flowers for us.  My bouquet was blush pink and cream roses, eucalyptus, a thistle (to match Guy’s buttonhole) and catkins.

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We chose a vintage cream taxi from Manor Bridal Cars.  Not only was the taxi a great choice for the December weather, it also made my Mum smile – she had been very concerned that I hadn’t booked a car until the last minute and we would end up having to get a taxi to the church!

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The whole day was fabulous, but I think one of the most special parts was being in church.  Seeing Guy waiting at the front looking so handsome was just lovely, and to be surrounded by all of our family and friends took my breath away.

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Our cake was made by Caroline Black. We had three separate tiers (fruit, chocolate and ginger) and all of it was eaten by the end of the night!  Other catering was by The Fine Dining Company

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Jill Thorning-Jensen

In the evening we had a band, The Badcats, who were fab and had everyone dancing.

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Jill Thorning-Jensen

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Jill Thorning-Jensen

Jill Thorning-Jensen

For our honeymoon we spent three weeks touring around Australia, seeing as much as possible and enjoying the sunshine.

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For me, my top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t try to do too much. There is an awful lot to organise just concentrating on the basics, without adding in chocolate fountains and all the other extras. Being calm in the run up to the wedding meant that we could relax and enjoy every minute of the run up and the big day.

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Congratulations Katie & Guy!

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Good Music, Good Food, Good Times! Peacock Feathers & Glowsticks For A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Vicky & Paul

February 11th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Andy Gaines Creative

I have loved every moment of putting together Vicky & Paul’s Real Wedding feature!  You see, the bride and I go way back, as I used to go out with her lovely brother Neil at University.  Although it didn’t work out for us (and Neil is now happily married himself to a gorgeous lady!) I’m glad to say that we still keep in touch, and that it did work out ever so well for Neil’s little sister Vicky and one of our Uni mates, Paul. 

Knowing Vicky, I knew her wedding celebration was going to be big, colourful and offbeat… and couldn’t wait to see her submission.  I was exactly right:  Vicky and Paul’s wedding was a fabulous day full of feeling, personality, beauty and fun.

Bravo Mrs Hough!

With images by Andy Gaines.

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Andy Gaines Creative

Vicky says:  Paul and I first met when I went to visit my brother Neil at University in 2003. We got together four years later in early 2007 after meeting up again and Paul plucked up the courage to ask my brother if he could go out with me!

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Paul and I aren’t a very traditional couple and I suppose it follows that our engagement wasn’t either. One evening out of the blue and in the run up to our five year anniversary, Paul asked me to go online and pick out what my ideal engagement ring would look like. The task itself was easy as like many other girlfriends, I’d been looking at rings for months but this was the first time he’d ever uttered the ‘E’ word and I was beside myself with excitement. The fact, however, that it was a vintage ring not available to buy immediately online was something Paul was not prepared for. His solution was to take me to London to spend a day trying on diamond rings… it was tough, but I accepted the challenge! By a stroke of luck the exact ring I’d seen online was still there and after purchasing I was one happy bunny. However we still weren’t actually engaged yet so back it went into the box.

About a week later, we were getting ready to go out and I was running spectacularly late. Running downstairs with fluffy hair and makeup half on, I noticed that our song was playing, and as I turned the corner into the lounge, Paul was there on one knee. Paul has never been one for grand romantic gestures, and you know what, getting engaged in our little house, listening to our song, with just the two of us, was perfect

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Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Our wedding day was the day of the deluge – 6th September 2013. After decorating the hall in temperatures pushing 30 degrees on the Thursday, my heart sunk when I woke to a total downpour and grey skies on our wedding day. However, once the day got into full flow, the rain added a comedy element (watching people running under the cover of umbrellas), a dramatic element (fabulously moody skies in our photos) and ultimately created a fantastic cosy, party atmosphere for the meal and evening dancing. Plus as my friend texted me ‘Better that 2 beautiful people get married in the rain, than 2 mingers get married in the sun’ – brilliant!

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We chose to say “I do” at a beautifully refurbished old barn at East Riddlesden Hall, Yorkshire. 

I’m a country lass, growing up in the wilds of Norfolk and I desperately wanted to get married in somewhere I felt had that element of the countryside. Now finding a barn in Norfolk would have pretty easy but our hearts were set on getting wed in the county we had met and begun our lives together. Despite its proximity to the Dales, there are few barns to choose from in reach of Leeds, so we weren’t sure what we’d find at East Riddlesden Hall. Our first trip there was a gloriously sunny day and the place combined a sense of rural beauty and aged grandeur. Emma, who is the wedding planner was so helpful and relaxed, taking on board all our ideas and answering our questions. It is pretty fair to say that we were smitten as soon as we entered the barn. Even undecorated, the place looks stunning; with exposed beams, flagstone floors and whitewashed walls dotted with tiny windows. As a keen crafty-type, the thought of such a beautiful blank canvas to work on was a dream come true. The venue is also run by the National Trust and the thought that we were investing in the future of such a beautiful place was the icing on the cake.

It must be said that the staff at ERH are brilliant and they have put so much work into making this a fantastic wedding venue. Particular thanks go to Emma and Sam who were on hand to chauffeur people and perform emergency cake decorating duties. The in-house bar run by ERH served a great selection of drinks, including locally brewed beers, much to my husband’s delight. Having such dedicated staff all working tirelessly, made a huge difference to the day.

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Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

I began by actively rebelling against having a theme as I am, by nature, unable to decide on any one thing (except for a husband of course). Our wedding motto was ‘good music, good food and good times’. I knew I didn’t want anything matchy-matchy (I always think that allowing things to be a little rough round the edges means you can be a bit more flexible!). Plus as we decided to get married in a beautiful old barn, anything too polished would have looked out of place. We just wanted ourselves and our guests to feel relaxed, included and have an awesome time.

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Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

As time went on and my Pinterest account bulged with pictures that had caught my eye, I realised that bright colours and handmade details kept appearing in my selections. I decided that whilst I wouldn’t outlaw any particular colours, I would focus on blues, purples, white and add touches of gold (if only to force me in making decisions on decorations). I have always been obsessed by peacock feathers so they played a big role in tying decorations together too.

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Andy Gaines Creative

The glamorous and very lovely Anna Stephenson was a joy to have doing my hair and makeup. We spent the entire trial run chatting and laughing and the final look was exactly as I wanted. Anna and Lucy turned up early and were so flexible with how we wanted to organise the morning, it put me at ease and I absolutely loved the whole getting ready part of the day. Despite a lot of dancing and a bit of limboing, both hair and makeup stayed put the entire day.

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The dress! Such a big decision! And one I made in a single day! I spent hours, nay days, looking at dresses – shapes, lengths, decorations, straps – the choice is bewildering and I had absolutely no idea what I wanted. Facing this uncertainty, I decided to leave my first wedding dress shop until my mum could accompany me. Now one of my mum’s best qualities is that she wears her heart on her sleeve. After 14 dresses, none of them were meeting with much excitement. That is until I tried on an ivory crinkle chiffon, one strap, corset dress with sweetheart neckline at Confetti and Lace in Stanningley. After looking in the mirror and deciding I really quite liked this one, I looked up at Mum who had tears rolling down her face. Either I looked bloody awful and she was in despair, or it was ‘the one’. Luckily after a few moments I established it was the latter and I bought it on the spot. The women at Confetti and Lace were fantastic and helped me alter the dress by removing all crystal detailing and the strap, so the individualist in me is quite proud to say my dress is a one off.

With such a clean cut dress, the detailing in my outfit came from a fascinator I made with blue, purple and white flowers decorated with pearls. My shoes were bright blue vintage style sling backs from Rocket Dog. For my jewellery, I decided to wear a gold chain with my grandmothers’ wedding rings hung on it, so I could feel like they were part of the day. As a wedding gift, Mum also gave me a gold heart locket that had belonged to my grandmother who had worn it almost every day. I felt a strange mix of sadness and pride, and the fact the Mum was giving it to me was very, very, special indeed.

Paul wore a gorgeous bright blue fitted 3-piece suit from Reiss with brown brogues from Hudson. I may be biased but I thought he looked pretty damn handsome.

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I wanted my bridesmaids to feel comfortable and glamorous so opted for navy blue 1940s style dresses from Phase Eight. I then bought them some amazing chunky necklaces from Ashley at TheEnchantedOwl on Etsy, sent all the way from Georgia, USA. The bright purple looped in the colours from the decorations and the girls all looked beautiful!

The groomsmen all wore grey 3-piece suits hired from Slaters. They were accessorised with purple ties, Hawaiian-print pocket squares and my homemade peacock feather buttonholes tied with navy blue ribbon.

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I carried a beautiful mix of flowers by the ever so lovely Lynne of Stems Design. Deep pink Celoxia, bright blue Nigella, light pink astilbe, Blue Veronica, Scabious, Blue Wax, Cornflower, various grasses, tiny succulents and of course, peacock feathers. Lynne was a joy to work with, so enthusiastic and full of ideas – the final result was stunning.

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I was originally planning on going down in a taxi with my bridesmaids but my Dad took an uncharacteristic step in intervening. He said that he would arrange my transport but refused to reveal what it would be. I had nightmarish visions of going side-saddle on a horse or riding pillion on a quadbike. As it turns out, my Dad and Brother, Neil (who was also our best man) had spent the previous night decorating Neil’s car with white ribbons, stashing a bottle of champagne in the back seat and recording an eclectic pre-wedding message and playlist. Little did I imagine that the last song I would hear before I entered the world of marriage would be Gangnam Style!

It was a very special time to have with Dad, who drove us. He was diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of the year and I am fiercely proud of how he dealt with it with humour and love, having a precious few minutes talking and laughing with just the two of us was very important to me.

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Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Wedding readings were really hard to decide on – we wanted to strike a balance between celebratory, real and emotional but absolutely not smush. After much searching we opted for the lyrics from Noah and the Whale’s ‘Give a Little Love’ and an extract from ‘The Game’. There were many chins a quiver by the end – it really was a memorable moment.

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Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Special thanks must go to Geoff, our fantastic registrar from Keighley Council. He completely put us at ease, conducted the ceremony with heart and humour.

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Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Paul and I are super foodies, not in the foams and micro-herb type of way but in the yummy, fill-you-up type of way. With this in mind, the food at our wedding was pretty important and the fine fayre served up by the people at GFS Catering was exceptionally good. Goat’s cheese tarts for starters, Lamb shanks and mash for mains and chocolate profiteroles for pudding were all delicious crowd-pleasers. An evening buffet of sausage baps and halloumi pittas served to mop up some of the great selection of drinks also served up by GFS with the help of the brilliant Martinez Wines in Ilkley. Special thanks to Alex from GFS who was such a great help on the day, finding alternatives to unknown food allergies and making sure each course flowed into the next seamlessly.

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Andy Gaines Creative

Cake wasn’t high on our priorities so we used up some vouchers and opted for three layers of M&S loveliness. I then decorated with homemade flower crown and mini glitter bunting. All in all a pretty little cake which cost us less than £10! In the end I’m glad we didn’t spend loads on the cake, because by the time it came to try it, it had all gone!

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Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines, our photographer, was the very first wedding-related enquiry I made, even before we had a date or a venue. His photographs are stunning. They have this gritty yet ethereal quality that I find fascinating. Plus Andy himself is a blooming lovely chap – so welcoming, unobtrusive and damn talented. Andy worked like a ninja-trooper on our wedding day, capturing shots whilst keeping out of the way and staying from morning ‘til way past everyone’s bedtimes in order to capture our day. Everyone has commented on how awesome the pictures are, with even my normally-bored-silly-by-photos Dad confessing and I quote, ‘Fantastic photos – absolutely brill.  Can’t wait to see the rest!’. Andy’s gone from strength to strength in the two years we’ve known him and it’s not hard to see why.

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Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

We employed the fantastic talents of Rachel from Simply Vintage to help us decorate the huge space. Rachel strung a plethora of fairy lights, colourful pom poms with peacock feathers and white lace bunting across the beams. I then decided to make a lot of the decorations myself, including props for the tables, peacock name places and adding little splashes of our personalities across the barn, including photographs of my grandparents on their wedding days. I think however, the biggest and most complex decoration was our sequin LOVE sign. This beast was lovingly crafted out of gold sprayed MDF letters and sequins individually nailed on. It took a hell of a lot of work but looked pretty darn good strung up on the barn beams and glistening in the fairy lights.

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Andy Gaines Creative

Without a doubt the speeches was my favourite part of the day.  2013 was a tough year having had both my Dad and Paul’s Mum diagnosed with cancer within a couple of months of each other. Dad’s speech was emotional – not only because of what we were going through at the time but because it reaffirmed just how much I owe to my fantastic family. He laughed about my unrivalled ability to be untidy, spoke about the time I drew a picture of him stark naked much to the disapproval of my nursery teachers (but to the hilarity of my parents!) and how he was so proud of me despite having no idea what my job title actually means.

Paul’s speech talked of how he did the unthinkable and asked out his best friend’s sister, how darn well it had all worked out and even how despite his hatred of clichés, he thought we were made for each other!

Then it was the turn of my older brother Neil to give the best man’s speech. I wondered if he might take this opportunity for the ultimate teasing of his little sister but I needn’t have worried as he mostly concentrated on his best friend and long-time drinking partner, my husband! Superbly written and with touches of comic brilliance, it was the ultimate tribute to Paul and I being both deeply personal and evoking fantastic memories. I will always be thankful to him for the effort he put into the speech. Oh and not to forget our wedding present – a canvas featuring our Back to Future drinking game– rather nattily named by myself as ‘Flux Incapacitated’ – I thank you!

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Music is big in our house, so we always knew it would feature a lot in the wedding. We employed the gorgeous sounds of the Northern String Quartet for the ceremony, playing a mixture of old and new for the waiting guests. I walked down the aisle to ‘Here Comes the Sun’ which was just gorgeous. During the signing were the sublime ‘One Day like this’, God only knows’, and ‘All you need is Love’. Then I entered the world as Mrs Hough to sounds of ‘Hoppipolla’ which was such an uplifting way to end the ceremony.

For the evening, we had the brilliant City Lights who blew our socks off with a great mix of modern tunes and some classic floor fillers, kicking off the set with a stonking rendition of ‘Got my mind set on you’ by George Harrison.

The evening celebrations were added to by some unorthodox entertainment in the form of glow sticks. What was an off the cuff purchase reminiscent of my raving days, became the biggest success of the day. Never did I think I’d witness friends of my parents fighting over who would get the glow bunny ears! The glow stick limbo was a total stroke of genius and made for some memorable photos!

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We decided to delay our honeymoon both because we had no money left and the weather in Thailand is much better at this time of the year. So in but a few weeks time, we’ll be heading off to Thai cities and shorelines.

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Andy Gaines Creative

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to decide where you want to focus your efforts and your money – for us it was the look and feel of the venue, excellent food and awesome music. Wedding preparation is hard so don’t spread yourself too thin by trying to do too much. I absolutely adored being engaged and putting my heart and soul into planning our wedding day and I’m so glad we had the time to enjoy it all.

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Congratulations Vicky & Paul!

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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Pretty Vintage: Sparkly Choos For A Real Wedding At Styal Lodge – Ali & Will

December 26th, 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 what’s set to be the biggest and best 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.

 

Usual service will recommence on 2nd January 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings in 2013.  Drop in every day for the very, very prettiest wedding inspiration and if you are a Brides Up North bride, to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks.

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I love every Real Wedding that is featured here on the wedding blog, but now and again a special celebration comes along that really knocks my socks off.  This, my friends, is one of those weddings.

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I don’t know if its the personalised photograph name places (how long must that have taken?), the pretty table decor, the bride’s beautiful twisty updo, those dancing Choos, or the fact that you can feel the happiness radiating out of the screen this morning, but Ali and Will’s big day at Styal Lodge in Cheshire really does it for me.  I hope you enjoy our recap.

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Ali says:  We got engaged in November 2011. Will took me to Sheffield for the weekend of our 9 year anniversary. We met whilst at University in Sheffield at the Leadmill. He proposed as close as he could get to the spot where we first met (unfortunately the club was closed that night)!

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We got married on the 11th May 2013 at Styal Lodge.  We had both the ceremony and reception at the lodge.  We looked at a few venues and as soon as we saw Styal Lodge, we fell in love with it. It is such an amazing venue and the family who run it are lovely.

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I did not really have a colour scheme until we got the bridesmaid dresses. They wore navy so we chose purples, blues and white.

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My dress was Nicole Anne from Timeless Bride in Poynton. I had an idea of what I wanted and as soon as I tried it on I knew it was ‘the one’. Michelle at Timeless Bride was fantastic and really helpful during the whole process. My hair clip was from Sash and Co . The shoes were from Jimmy Choo. I am really into shoes and I as soon as I saw them, I fell in love!

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My hair was done by Paisley Gamble at Macleod Bradley and make up by Gemma Hallowell. They were both fantastic and I could not recommend them more.

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My bridesmaids wore two different designs by Alfred Sung, Dessy. We got them from Alison Burgess Couture in Stockport. They all wore different coloured shoes including nude, pink and red. The flower girl wore a very cute dress from Monsoon. Will wore a blue three piece from Reiss and all the other men in the bridal party wore their own suits, blue ties and white rose corsages.

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We had a Humanist wedding and Hannah Wroe Gill was our celebrant. She was fantastic and so supportive. She put together a personal wedding script which really reflected us.

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The whole day was amazing but one of my favourite parts was the ceremony. I loved the readings and hearing a well wishing at the end from our friends and family was really special. We also loved the evening do when all the formalities were over and everyone had a great big party!

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I spent a long time researching wedding photographers and this was a really important part of the day for me. We really love the photos Emma has taken and she captured the whole day perfectly. She was amazing on the day and made us feel really relaxed. Emma went beyond our expectations and also stayed later into the night and got some funny photos of the evening do. These are some of our favourites from the day!

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My bouquet was made up of blue and purple dyed roses with cala lilies and white freesia. The bridesmaids carried lilac and ivory roses with lilac freesia and fresh foliage.

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We used Special Days for flowers and dressing the lodge. They did a brilliant job. I knew I wanted a rustic vintage feel to the flowers. Myself and the bridesmaids decorated old jam jars with lace and fabric which added a homemade touch to the day. Special days also sourced lots of different milk jugs, tea lights, vases and pieces of wood for the tables. Each table had its own feel. I was quite emotional when I saw the room for the first time; they had captured my vision for the day perfectly.

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Our caterers were Pink Pepper. As soon as booked them, we knew we were in for something special. Our guests are still talking about how delicious the meal was. I also love the vintage crockery they provide.

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We did put a lot of work into the little touches and I would recommend to brides and grooms to start early as we were finishing projects the day before which was quite stressful! One idea was we got photos of each guest for their place name at the table and Will’s dad made 100 wooden photo holders. It took some time but the guests loved them and it was well worth the effort! Another nice feature of the day was we got a Polaroid camera, some cardboard props and a board for guests to pin up photos and write messages on. It worked really well and we got some fun keepsakes from the wedding.

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For our wedding favours, we had shots of Sambuca. This was a great way of ending the meal and starting off the evening reception!

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Rather than one wedding cake, we decided to have a cake table. Our lovely friends and family all pitched in to make a great spread for the day including Guinness cake, fruit and chocolate cakes and banoffee and blueberry cupcakes.

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We had Bob the DJ for the evening reception. We did not want a clichéd wedding DJ and Bob came recommended by the lodge. He was great; played the songs we wanted and kept everyone dancing.

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We are off to Indonesia on our honeymoon in a few weeks.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to focus on what’s important and try not be too influenced by other people’s ideas. It can get quite overwhelming at times but go with what feels right for you. Also just enjoy the day as it does just so fast!

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Congratulations Ali & Will!

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Lilac & Lace. Ronald Joyce For An Elegant Real Wedding In Windermere – Kirsty & Tom

November 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Today’s stunning Real Wedding proves that a celebration jam packed with handmade touches and DIY details needn’t look amateur.  Kirsty and Tom managed to pull of a gorgeously elegant big day whilst still retaining that personal touch.  Be inspired, as we join them for their elegant wedding day in the Lake District.

With images by Lissa Alexandra Photography.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Kirsty says:  Tom and I got engaged on 28th October 2011 in New York City and were married on 13th April 2013 at Our Lady of the Wayside, Grasmere with an evening reception at Merewood Country House, Windermere. 

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We loved our venue from the moment we walked in. We always wanted a country house, with lots of character, where family and friends could stay for the weekend. The Merewood was perfect.  Our wedding had a vintage theme inspired by the character of the the property, and a colour scheme of dusky lilac and ivory. 

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

I wore a thick lace, fishtail Ronald Joyce wedding dress with beautiful detailing to the back.  Tom chose a traditional black Reiss suit, with a bow tie.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

The bridesmaids wore long dusky lilac dresses with a pearl detail necklace and our groomsmen wore traditional black suits accessorised with a grey tweed tie and pocket square.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We genuinely enjoyed every second of our wedding day. If I had to pick one moment it would be walking down the aisle and seeing each other for the first time surrounded by all our family and friends.

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Our photographer was the amazing Lissa Alexandra who captured every moment perfectly.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

I carried a large bouquet of cream roses tied with lace and the bridesmaids had smaller versions.  Tom, the best man and ushers wore a single cream rose to keep it simplistic.  At the venue, we had vintage birdcages filled with a lilac, cream and sage flower arrangement.

All our flowers were by Julie Sharrock.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We travelled in a white Rolls Royce Wraith to fit with the vintage theme.

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

We had a string trio playing in the church and then our evening wedding singer was Phil Fryer of Just To Be Frank who is a Frank Sinatra tribute followed by DJ Ken Harper.  

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Tom and I love to be creative and really enjoyed making all the personalised touches for our wedding.

We had framed photographs of both of our parents on their wedding day, with a thank you poem on display in the hotel reception. We also had two frames with a personalised ‘He’ and ‘she’ description for each other and a vintage typewriter for people to write us well wishes and words of advice for the guest book.

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

We bought a polaroid camera and made a vintage pin board for people to capture their own moments which we now have hung up in our hallway.

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We handmade tea cup candles for every table (which was a lovely touch when they were lit in the evening) and hand painted table frame numbers and made all the stationery ourselves including our menu and order of service.

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

We handmade chocolate moustache and lips with a personalised tag for the wedding favours which our nephews handed round to everyone following the wedding breakfast. This created lots of laughs.

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Our wedding cake was a three tier classic Victoria sponge cake decorated with real cream rose flowers.This was made at Patisserie Viennoise of Otley, West Yorkshire.

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

After the wedding we jetted off to Rome on honeymoon. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make your wedding personal to the both of you, and enjoy every second of it.

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Congratulations Kirsty & Tom!

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Country House! Jonathan James Couture For A Real Wedding At Nostell Priory – Hannah & Andy

November 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Created By Karl Photography

Today we join Brides Up North reader Hannah and her new husband Andy as they celebrate their English country wedding at one of my very favourite West Yorkshire wedding venues: Nostell Priory.

When styling her big day, Hannah kept things on the right side of girly by choosing garden green as a base colour.  The muted tone set off her pretty detailing to great effect and brought the outdoors in.

Now pass me a Pimms pronto, would you?!

With images by Created By Karl Photography.

Created By Karl Photography

Hannah says:  We went on a romantic weekend away in York in August 2010… Andy’s proposal was somewhat ‘underprepared’ (he didn’t have a ring!). He was initially going to propose in a restaurant on the Saturday evening and chickened out… so he decided to ask me on the Sunday morning! After a few days we found my dream engagement ring at Green and Benz in Sheffield and then Andy proposed again outside Sheffield City Hall!

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We were married on 25th May 2013 at St Michael & Our Lady Church, with the reception at Nostell Priory.  Nostell Priory – run by Dine – is a stunning venue and location, after visiting once we knew it was the perfect venue for us… even though it was covered in scaffolding as it was going through a huge renovation when we booked back  in 2010!

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Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

Our theme was a pretty, English garden classic wedding with a relaxed and fun atmosphere.  We chose a colour scheme of blush pink and olive green, with the men in grey.

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Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

I chose a Jonathan James Couture fishtail gown from the wonderful ladies at Choola in Sheffield, my veil was Amanda Wyatt and then a flower headpiece from Ivory & Co. My shoes were Lou Lou Low from Harriet Wilde

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Created By Karl Photography

My bridesmaids wore olive green twobirds gowns from Emily Bridal in Sheffield.  Our flowergirl dresses were designed and made by Sarah at Marla Design and Andy’s groomsmen’s outfits were from Sensational Formal Hire in Barnsley. Andy’s suit was from Reiss.

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Created By Karl Photography

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Created By Karl Photography

Our lovely flowers were from Emily at BlossEm, we opted for peonies, dill, rosemary, hydrangea, sweet avalanche roses and sweet peas.

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Created By Karl Photography

My favourite moment has to be either saying our vows in Church, or celebrating the day with our close family and friends.

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Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

My Mum and I travelled in a Beauford convertible and my maids accompanied us in an Imperial. Andy and his best men travelled in a Chrysler 300C from Cartwright’s Cars and the guests by vintage bus from The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company

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Our Magician Mark Waddington was a real highlight – and so were the band (The Barsteward Sons of Val Doonican – who feature the groom on guitar)!  Other lovely, personal touches were our Sweetie Buffet, the handmade signs, the wedding favours (wooden personalised hearts), the lottery tickets (for the draw on our wedding night), and the handmade wedding stationery courtesy of the Andy’s Mum!Created By Karl Photography

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Steph Shaw sang and played for our guests during the drinks reception, and Andy’s band got the party started in the evening! We also had a fabulous photo booth courtesy of Created by Karl Photography (Stancliffe Studios).

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We went for a three-tier cake made up of fruit, chocolate and sponge cake from a close friend of ours, Libby at Cakes By Libby

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Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

After the wedding we went on honeymoon to Kruger National Park in South Africa then on to Mauritius.

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Created By Karl Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that you only get one shot at it (hopefully!) so enjoy it, make sure it’s special for you both, that it is everything you both want and don’t get stressed… It’ll all work out fine!

p.s. don’t forget to spend time with your groom/ bride on the day!

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Congratulations Hannah & Andy!

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Friday Fabulous!

October 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Reiss

Strappy sandals don’t get much more perfect than this. 

Malva Single Strap Sandals in Rose Gold by Reiss £129

 

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Sequins & Spires! Jenny Packham For A Real Wedding At Allerton Castle – Olivia & Phil

September 30th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Olivia Brabbs Photography

So I know I might harp on just a little about how brilliant our Brides Up North events are, but it’s so true!  Yesterday at Hardwick Hall Hotel was an absolute knockout!  A fabulous day, so much wedding inspiration and talent in one – massive – ballroom and so much fun.  Thank you to this stunning venue for looking after us so well and to all my wonderful exhibitors, readers (hello you!), brides and grooms for making it such a great way to spend our Sunday. 

After a hot bath and a bit of Downton Abbey I was tucked up in bed in readiness for another busy week ahead, and what a week it is!  New projects galore, lots of meetings, a bit of party planning (have you got your ticket yet?) and topped off with our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Mansion, Leeds.  Yorkshire… it’s your turn!  If you’d like to come along, click here to pre-register as a VIP Bride To Be

That’s all behind the scenes though, so it’s on with the wedding gorgeous on these pretty pages.  Today we join the beautiful Olivia and her new husband Phil for their stunning Real Wedding at one of our other amazing venues, Allerton Castle.

With images by Olivia Brabbs Photography.

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Olivia Brabbs Photography

Olivia says: I wouldn’t say I was your average bride. Unlike most girls I’ve never dreamt of the perfect day, where it would be and what I’d wear. In fact it wasn’t until Phil proposed on my birthday in Vegas last year (2011) that the idea of a wedding had even crossed my mind. I remember looking at the ring, then at him, and saying ‘so does this mean we’re getting married then?’

“If you like!” he said.

And so it began.

Olivia Brabbs Photography

Olivia Brabbs Photography

By the time we arrived back to my parents’ house in Leeds, my mum had practically picked the venue and spent hours scouring the internet for The Dress.

Phil had asked for their permission before we went away so mum had enjoyed a three-week head start.

Her enthusiasm for wedding research certainly made our lives a lot easier and meant we were free to head back down to London and back to work, safe in the knowledge she was going to be our wedding planning rock.

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Olivia Brabbs Photography

Olivia Brabbs Photography

Olivia Brabbs Photography

Olivia Brabbs Photography

Allerton Castle in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, was the only venue we looked at and from the moment we stepped through its gothic doors, we knew it was the one. The place is oozing with character and from a decoration point of view, made things very easy.

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Our fabulous florist, Joanna McCrea from Twisted Willow Floristry in Ripon, did an amazing job enhancing the gothic feel. She used tall candelabras with gypsophila, wax flower and trailing ivy, lots of candles to create a warm feel and fairy lights for that dramatic staircase.

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Olivia Brabbs Photography

Olivia Brabbs Photography

Olivia Brabbs Photography

Our bouquets absolutely blew me away when I saw them. Joanna used the same flowers as above but with the addition of astilbe, which looked very vintage and suited the feel of the day perfectly.

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The dress was Eden in platinum by Jenny Packham and I wore the Acacia 1 headpiece and matching cuff. I’d tried on every style of dress you can imagine as I had no idea what I wanted. But when I saw the shop assistant walking towards me carrying Eden, I knew it was the one. I felt fabulous and very privileged to wear it.

My shoes were by Christian Louboutin and went perfectly with the dress. Again, I had no idea what I wanted but when I saw them I fell in love.

My bridesmaid Amy wore a Twobirds gown in ‘putty’, which looked beautiful against the silver and bronze in my dress. Her shoes and brooch at the front of her dress were also by Jenny Packham.

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We did our own make-up and hair which was definitely the right decision. We had a lovely morning, slowly getting ready and having breakfast, and of course lots of champagne! It meant we were totally relaxed when we walked down the aisle.

Olivia Brabbs Photography

Olivia Brabbs Photography

Phil went for a Reiss three-piece suit with a matching tie and pocket square. He wore Paul Smith shoes and socks and heart-shaped cufflinks which I bought him as a wedding present.

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Olivia Brabbs Photography

Olivia Brabbs Photography

Olivia Brabbs Photography

Olivia Brabbs Photography

Olivia Brabbs Photography

A large ornate elephant statue, a symbol of good luck, stands in front of the fireplace at the castle and when we saw it, we knew we had to use it in our stationery.  None of us are particularly traditional so we went for a laid back, quirky style with gothic fonts and the elephant as the focal point.  It meant that when our guests arrived at the venue, everything came together.  All our stationery was designed by the creative genius that is Bev Speight – my cousin’s wife.

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Olivia Brabbs Photography

Olivia Brabbs Photography

Olivia is an extremely talented photographer and it was a joy to have her documenting our wedding.

She captured the essence of the day, the friendships and the fun, without anyone even noticing she was there. I didn’t want her to leave!

In fact it was the same with all our guests and we literally had to be peeled out of the castle. I think that is testament to our wonderful family and friends who helped make our wedding the best day of our lives.

Olivia Brabbs Photography

Olivia Brabbs Photography

Olivia Brabbs Photography

Olivia Brabbs Photography

Entertainment also came courtesy of Booth Revolution which helped capture the fun atmosphere of the evening when our photographer finished for the day.

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Olivia Brabbs Photography

Olivia Brabbs Photography

Olivia Brabbs Photography

We wanted our big day to be personal to us, so we had a lot of little touches including personalised thimbles – Royal Wedding style – and hangover kits which included paracetamol, alka seltzer, sachets of coffee and sugar, retro sweets and a miniature bottle of vodka.

A few guests said it actually saved their lives the morning after!

Olivia Brabbs Photography

Olivia Brabbs Photography

We both adore cheese so a cheese wedding cake was the obvious choice. The tasty rounds came courtesy of the lovely girls at The Cheeseboard in Harrogate. All our food was locally sourced so we made sure the cake was too. It sat on part of a solid oak tree trunk which my dad had skilfully chopped up a few weeks prior.

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The feel of the day was very relaxed but it soon got raucous in the evening when our band, the brilliant Northern Vinyl from Leeds, and Phil’s old school friend and Ministry of Sound DJ James Lansdown, who travelled up from London, created the perfect party/rave atmosphere.

The dance floor was packed all night and saw guests go wild with blow-up guitars, including my 90-year old grandma!

Our first dance was Florence and the Machine, “You Got the Love”. The song means a lot to us because Florence sang it at one of the first festivals we went to together. It was quickly followed by Calvin Harris and “Vegas” which is another one of our favourites.

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My advice to other Brides Up North would be to stay calm even when things go wrong, because in the grand scheme of things, the relationship between you and your future husband means more than anything. Your wedding is just one day to celebrate that.

And to party of course!

Olivia Brabbs Photography

Congratulations Olivia & Phil!

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Love & Laughter: A Tea Length Justin Alexander Gown For A Fun Filled Real Wedding At Rockliffe Hall – Rebecca & Philip

April 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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We are in the North East this morning for an understated and elegant Real Wedding filled with pretty details, love and laughter.  Rebecca and Philip chose a stunning venue and used some excellent Brides Up North Featured Suppliers to make their big day super special. 

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Rebecca says:  Thank you for your blog! It became my bible in the run up to my wedding!  Not only was I able to source my photographer and entertainment through your directory but  many of my suppliers featured in your blog in the time leading up to my wedding which was always reassuring as your blog/you became my unofficial wedding planner. Thank you for the advice and the inspiration. I will still be checking in to get my fill of all things wedding.

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Rebecca says: Phil and I were engaged in Newcastle the day after my 29th Birthday on January 8th 2010, after an 11 year “courtship”; we got together back in September 1999.

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Phil surprised me for my birthday with a magical mystery tour which saw us travel from our then home in Leeds to our home turf Newcastle for a weekend away. I was in the early stages of pregnancy and was in need of a rest before dinner and Phil said he would leave me in peace and go and do some shopping. At dinner I had asked Phil in jest if he had managed to find me a ring while he was out. His response was a yes and that if I wanted we could go and get it tomorrow! We went and purchased the ring and then went to meet our parents for lunch where Phil asked my Dad’s permission. I was presented with the ring at lunch in front of our parents who were all thrilled. I joke and say that Phil has never really asked me to marry him we just got engaged.

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Our wedding was on 21st July 2012. Two years after we got engaged; we had the small matter of having a baby to contend with first.

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We were married at the gorgeous Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Hurwurth on Tees, Darlington. The ceremony was in the Old Hall Arches and the reception was in the Rockliffe Suite.

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Have you been to Rockliffe? If you have then I probably don’t need to tell you why we made the decision to get married there. Phil and I at the time of our engagement were both working in jobs that meant we travelled a lot staying in many hotels around the country and it was reaching the point where very few places we were staying for social occasions would make us stop and stay “wow”, but Rockliffe did. We stayed at Rockliffe for Phil’s birthday in the March after our engagement and asked to have a look around. It had everything we were looking for and more; a more traditional area for the ceremony; a large banqueting suite that would be appropriate for the large number of guests for the evening; fabulous bedrooms; a spa and for my parents a golf course. The staff during our stay were attentive and professional. The food was – in the words of my mother in law – “to die for “. Perfect!  We booked the wedding that weekend and I am looking forward to many anniversary meals.

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The theme for the wedding was understated and the focus was on fun, good food and music; a real party rather than a formal event. We wanted to treat our guests, which was made up primarily of our family, to fabulous surroundings and all that Rockliffe has to offer while feeling comfortable and not stuffy. We wanted the day to reflect us as a couple and what we enjoy doing together and good food has always been paramount in our relationship. From the canapés to the hog roast we made sure that our guests all had full tums.

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I had been to seven weddings the year before all beautiful in their own way but I was all “quirked out”, I wanted to keep things simple so the focus of the day became the entertainment.  I didn’t want to be to “matchy” with my colour theme and chose complementary tones of pale blue and pink. 

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My dress was a Justin Alexander tea length gown in style number 8555, I had never envisaged myself in a long gown and the dress helped set the tone of the day. I had seen a different Justin Alexander dress at a wedding fair and even paid a deposit before I had even tried it on. I went to try the dress on with bridesmaid and mum in tow and was asked by the shop to try on 8555 and quickly changed my mind, apparently my face changed when I put the dress on and the expressions on everyone else’s faces said that this was the one! I used a bridal shop in Shotton Colliery called Just Perfect and cannot praise the staff enough from allowing me to have a morning trying on as many dresses as I liked (even after I had made up my mind). From day one to picking the dress up they were fantastic! I wore Rainbow Club shoes called Coral and my hair I wore a hairband from Coast and a short veil.

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My bridesmaid dresses were a similar length and gave a 1950’s feel to the day (Alfred Angelo Style 7188 from Wild Brides at Heart). My flower-girls wore shoes from Monsoon and a dress from BHS.

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My husband and I discussed outfits and we both decided that morning suits were a no go and so the groom wore a Reiss suit, while his groomsmen and the dads wore navy suits from Autograph Collection at M&S (the official suit of the England football team), and ties also M&S. The groomsmen were given the suits as a gift and it has been lovely when I have spied them wearing it again

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My hair was by Lesley and Rachel from Hooker and Young Darlington. I have always had short hair and had no intention of changing it for the big day by adding extensions (just not me) but I wanted it to look different. I wanted soft and feminine and Lesley delivered the goods! My make up was by Victoria Lees – Spa treatment manager at Rockliffe Hall. I have never been big on make-up and Victoria made sure that I felt comfortable.

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Music throughout the day was a surprise for all of our guests. The string quartet and my chosen music for coming down the aisle was a surprise for Philip and set the tone for the day. I entered to “Dance of the Knights” by Prokofiev – this is the song that his team, Sunderland AFC, come out to on match days at the Stadium of light.  My favourite photo of Philip is one of him laughing as I am about to enter the music has started and the penny has dropped as to my choice. Walking down the aisle to laughter is not what every bride wants but it was the perfect way to start the party.

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Standing with Phil in front of our friends and family and our son Joe declaring to a silent room “That’s my Mammy and Daddy!” was a special moment and I am glad that Joe was part of our big day.

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We followed the ceremony with reception drink entertainment from a West Yorkshire based singer songwriter we both fell in love with on a night in the Rodley Barge when we lived in Leeds; Roger Davies. We had a pianist during the wedding breakfast and the Blue House Band provided music for dancing the night away to. The music was aside from Roger Davies was supplied by the team at AMV Live Music, who went out of their way to make sure that the music was exactly what we wanted. Our first dance was to “Your Song” by Elton John sang by Andy Garner of AMV (whose version was better than the original). My dance with my dad was to Moondance by Van Morrison and I don’t think my dad has recovered from busting such a move.

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Our photographer was the fabulous Sean Elliott Photography! Sean is so personable it was just like having an extra friend to share our day. Sean also provided our “Picture Peg Project” at our evening reception.

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Noble Fine Art supply stationery as part of the wedding package at Rockliffe (menus, name cards and table plan) and they also supplied my invitations and orders of service. The stationery was beautiful and they were a lovely team to work with.

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Simply Bows & Chair Covers dressed the room for the wedding breakfast. 

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Our cake was supplied by my very talented Aunt, who only does cakes as a hobby, she did me proud.  It was a four tier cake in a mixture of sponge and fruit, covered in over a hundred individually handmade flowers. 

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Our florist was Adam Prest. Adam was one of the nicest people I came into contact with during my wedding preparations. He is simply amazing. He worked his magic on our bouquets, button holes and on the table and pedestal arrangements. In an early meeting with Adam I had said that I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted but trusted him implicitly and he came up trumps.

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I have so many favourite parts of the day that it is hard to name just one but the spontaneous helicopter ride stands out! A guest of the hotel had flown his helicopter in for a game of golf so Phil and I asked if he would mind if we had a picture taken. He said he would to one better and would take us for a short flight.  It was totally unexpected and was the part of the day that Phil and I were together on our own (with the pilot).  Unfortunately and much to his disappointment we had lost Sean (our photographer) at this stage of the day and so we don’t have any professional photos.  There were stories of a man with a camera sprinting from one end of the hotel to the other to try and capture the moment once the rumour had spread. Poor Sean.

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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The first dance spotlight shifting form me and Phil to my son and niece, both two, is still talked about as they took to the floor unexpectedly and camera shifted from the bride and groom to the far cuter pint sized couple.

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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We honeymooned in Mexico at the Dreams resort, Puerto Adventuras which was the perfect resort for our family honeymoon. We were lucky enough to travel business class and after the wedding it was time for a lie down.

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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My top tips for other Brides Up North would be not to stress about the small details as no one will notice but you.  Pick suppliers that you like you are going to be spending a year planning your wedding with these people and you wanted to be able to enjoy the preparations. 

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Congratulations Rebecca & Philip!

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I’m SOLD!

January 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I'm Sold!

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The best thing about the January blues?  Beating them with a bit of sale shopping.  Can I hear a “Hell Yeah!”?

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Pick up some cut price pieces to make your wedding day and all those little occasions before it sparkle that little bit brighter.

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Crystallized Cotton Dress WAS £135 NOW £55 at French Connection

Mimosa Shoe WAS £75 NOW £35 at Coast

Bridge Fitted V Neck Cream Dress WAS £189 NOW £169 at Reiss 

Antibes WAS £120 NOW £59 by Kurt Geiger 

Clarissa Faux Fur Collar WAS £55 NOW £35 at Coast

Nancy WAS £139 NOW £197.50 at Bourne Collection 

Star Gazer Ring WAS £12.50 NOW £6.25 at Topshop 

Roberta Sequin Dress WAS £160 NOW £99 at Coast

Stella Crepe Jacket WAS £165 NOW £41.50 at French Connection

10 DKNY White & Rose Gold Watch WAS £175 NOW £87.50 at Red Direct

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