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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Docksiders! A Real Wedding In North Wales – Danielle & Tom

June 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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

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

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North Wales Wedding by Dan Vernon Photography

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Now I try so, so hard not to have favourites… but goodness, today’s beautiful and spirited Real Wedding, sent to me by Dan Vernon Photography, real bride Danielle and first featured back in March of this year is testing my resolve.  Rainbow groomsmen, a rowing boat full of plonk, one stunning bride, seaside sing-a-longs and dancing on the dock… where was my invitation guys?!

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Relish it, and be inspired… 

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Danielle says:  Tom proposed on a Ferris wheel in a culture park called Tivoli in Copenhagen on 17th November 2011 (after 12.5 years!) it was also the same day my niece Sofia was born!

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We tied the knot on 7th July 2012 at St Fraid’s Church, Treaddur Bay, Anglesey and afterwards the reception was held in a boathouse close by on the inland sea.

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We chose our venue for it’s natural beauty and closeness to the sea. We also wanted to be close to home and childhood memories. This is where we both grew up. 

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We opted for a country chic, homemade style, with multi coloured chinos for our groomsmen, navy bridesmaids and a cream and yellow decor.

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I travelled in my cousin Craig’ s Volkswagen camper van, which he had specially valeted with beautiful flower petals!

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I wore a simple ivory chiffon dress from a boutique in Chester called Aristocrats and carried a hand tied bouquet of white Lily of the Valley and Sweet Peas, whist my bridesmaids had country flowers. 

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A friend played the trumpet for our marriage procession whilst my Mum walked me down the aisle.  My brother was my best man. 

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We used Snowdonia Marquee Outdoor Catering Company (North Wales). 

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I have the best aunties in the world who made a series of cakes and pies. We had cherry pies, chocolate cakes, cupcakes, coconut ice – amazing homemade cakes thanks to our lovely family!

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We had a harpist for the champagne reception and wonderful Casey Jones and Co playing live piano and Irish tin whistle for outdoor jigging down the jetty after the dinner.  Later on we entertained ourselves with an Ipod DJ and asked friends to submit songs to spotify playlist.

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All of it was the best day of my life, I cannot choose a specific favourite moment. I loved standing on the jetty with Tom and looking out to sea and then back at all our family and friends.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Italy.  We went to the Amalfi Coast to an agriturismo farm for a week and then Venice for the second week.

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My top tip for Brides Up North would be to hire Dan Vernon! Let the photographer capture your moments rather than posed shots. Be comfortable with your photographer, Dan was absolutely exceptional and we enjoyed having him be a part of our day.

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Also, don’t worry about your dress, makeup, other people, enjoy the experience together as it goes too fast!

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Congratulations Danielle & Tom!

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Want to see your own Real Wedding featured on these pages?  Here’s how.

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September Sunflowers! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Liz & Andrew

August 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A Yorkshire Wedding by JB Creatives

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I thought I’d start Friday off with a cheerful September wedding, packed with smiles, sunflowers and personal touches.  Just perfect!  Many thanks to the fabulous Jane at JB Creatives and today’s reader and real bride Liz for making the countdown to the weekend that little bit more lovely. 

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Liz says:  We got engaged in April 2009 at the gorgeous Swinton Castle where we’d spent our first weekend away together. Andrew had arranged it all so that I thought I was going to a work event there, then when I got there he was there on one knee! 

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We were married on September 24th 2011, at St Mary’s Church in the grounds of Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal with the reception at the lovely Crown Inn in Roecliffe

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St Mary’s is a very special church as it’s on the estate where I have worked as a wedding co-ordinator for the last four years, and is a redundant church which requires a special licence to be granted in order to marry there. 

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Confetti and Lace wedding dress by JB Creatives

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We chose a relaxed and a little rustic theme with bunting and lots of cakes, and with purple as the main colour to tie everything together.

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Sunflower bouquet by JB Creatives

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I chose a lovely floaty simple chiffon and beaded dress from Award Winning Confetti & Lace Harrogate. I asked a local dressmaker to make a shoulder strap which was added on the day.

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My bridesmaids wore purple dresses from LK Bennett and the ushers wore grey suits from Yorkshire Menswear in Harrogate. 

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Purple wedding shoes by JB Creatives

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Wedding bands by JB Creatives

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Yorkshire church wedding by JB Creatives

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I carried a hand tied bouquet of sunflowers, daisies and gerberas by the fabulous Greenhouse Florists in Ripon, and pretty much everything else was done by friends and family. 

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Wedding inspiration by JB Creatives

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We were lucky enough to travel on the day in a vintage VW campervan.  

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The Crown Inn Roecliffe by JB Creatives

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We hired a string quartet for the church and a live band for the reception which got everybody up and dancing. 

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My sister in law did a fab surprise cake table with homemade cupcakes, scones and cakes which went down very well with us and the guests. I made biscuits for the favours and a friend made some great vintage style bunting for the reception venue.

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It was amazing having all our friends and family around us to be part of our special day, including our gorgeous daughter Caitlin. 

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After the wedding we honeymooned in romantic Venice and Lake Garda. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be try not to stress about the little details, if you stay organised, it will all come together in the end!

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Congratulations Liz & Andrew!

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Would you like to share your Real Wedding on these swirly silver pages?  Get in touch!

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  – Images © 2012 JB Creatives

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Friday Fabulous!

May 4th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Friday Fabulous Monsoon

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For a pretty bridal up-do, just add some flower power.

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Crochet Flower Bando by Monsoon £10

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  – Image © 2012 Monsoon 

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I’m Back! And A Wedding Surprise! A Real Wedding – Kaye & Stuart

August 17th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Firstly – apologies to everyone who tried to access these silver swirly pages in last 36 hours – apparently the Brides Up North server has been playing up a little completely died.  But I am assured that all the behind the scenes wizardry that keeps the gorgeousness going is restored to business as usual and I can stop banging my head off the keyboard!  

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Every cloud has a silver lining! Time to cram a week’s worth of fabulousness into a few days!

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On with today’s loveliness!

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Every wedding that I feature in these pages is divine, but sometimes a Real Wedding pops into my inbox that really captures this ’s imagination, and the memory keeps coming back to me throughout the day.  Like a really good painting, you feel like you could be a part of it, like you could step into the scene.

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier Howell Jones Photography claim that they produce fine art weddings.

Boy, don’t they just.

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This wedding is relaxed, personal and very very special.  Keep reading down, there’s a surprise at the end!

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Grab a whole lot of chilled out wedding inspiration with your breakfast cereal Brides Up North!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Howell Jones Photography

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Over to Warren at Howell Jones Photography who introduces the day:  The happy couple are Kaye and Stuart who tied the know at Eaves Hall Country Hotel in Clitheroe, Lancashire on 4th June 2011. 

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Stu and Kaye just wanted to get married and that was the end of it!  They wanted a relaxed atmosphere

and they got one… they had a barbecue in the afternoon, an artist drawing everyone’s portraits and a game of bowls…

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…and they had a perfect day

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