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Champagne Days. Jean Jackson Couture For A Real Wedding At Mitton Hall – Amelia & Danny

October 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

Karli Harrison Photography

Another day, another beautiful celebration to share.  I love my job.

This morning we are joining Brides Up North Featured Supplier Karli Harrison Photography and newly weds Amelia and Danny at their chic celebration at Mitton Hall in the Ribble Valley.  With a champagne theme (the perfect theme for any party if you ask me), and a bespoke gown, Amelia and Danny’s day was always going to go with a bang!

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

Amelia says:  Danny proposed a few days before Christmas Day 2011, whilst we were on holiday in Paris. It was very romantic, he got down on one knee under the Arc de Triomphe at night.

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We were married on 31st July 2013 at St Leonard’s Church in Downham, Clitheroe. Our wedding reception was then held at Mitton Hall.  We chose Mitton Hall as it is a gorgeous 15th century manor house that has been modernised and converted into a country house hotel. It has beautiful surroundings, unique decor and we had heard fantastic reviews regarding the staff and food. I am thrilled to say that they all lived up to our expectations!

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

We didn’t really have a particular theme for the wedding, but as me and my husband are quite young to be getting married we wanted the day to reflect that and to most importantly be fun. We chose a vintage VW camper van as our wedding car and had a candy cart for our guests to enjoy. 

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

We selected champagne for our colour scheme and subtly incorporated that throughout the day.

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

I really struggled to find ‘the perfect dress’ and after trying on over 50 dresses I came to realise that I had a clear idea of what I wanted and it simply wasn’t available to buy off the peg.
Luckily we knew a fantastic designer (
Jean Jackson Couture) who helped me to put my ideas into a design and she understood how I imagined every aspect of the dress. Jean’s designs are so impressive that she also made my mothers dress. 
My dress was white with a circular tulle skirt and a lace bodice with draping lace sleeves. My veil and shoes were also personalised in the same lace as on my bodice.
 

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The bridesmaids wore a floor length, silk champagne coloured dress from Coast and the groomsmen wore traditional black tuxedos from Next.

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

The bride and groom travelled to and from the venue in a vintage VW camper van and our family travelled in a classic limousine both by Broughton Wedding Cars 

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

I carried a simple yet beautiful  bouquet of Lily of the Valley and gypsophila made by Flowers by Siobhan. 

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

We also wanted to incorporate our family into the wedding service so my Aunty read an Irish Blessing and Danny’s father read a love poem which made us both very emotional!  We both agreed that the wedding ceremony was the favourite time of the whole day. It is the part of the day that we most anticipated and the atmosphere in the church was fantastic as our family and friends were so pleased and excited for us.

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

We chose a white four tier cake with delicate  branching flowers and vines made by Elaine’s Creative Cakes.

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

Lil Vinny Robinson an American soul singer started the evening reception and instantly had everyone on the dance floor. Then one of Mitton Hall’s resident DJs took over later in the evening with more modern dance songs.

Karli Harrison Photography

After the wedding we travelled around Asia visiting Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to spend time researching your photographer and videographer as they will hold the memories of your whole day. You also need to feel comfortable in their company as they are with you throughout the day from your preparations to the first dance, trying to capture all of your special moments.

Karli Harrison Photography

Karli Harrison Photography

Congratulations Amelia & Danny!

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Mink Silk: A Real Wedding In The North West – Nadine & Paul

February 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Yesterday, I took a rare and cheeky day off from all things online – the wedding blog, Twitter, Facebook, emails, Instagram, Pinterest – you name it, I was unplugged from it, as I celebrated my birthday with my closest family.  I figured that with Baby Brides Up North on the way and a full Spring schedule of Brides Up North luxury bridal events about to begin (click here for dates, details and to register as one of our VIP brides to be) this might be my last opportunity for some me time for quite a while.

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So today I’m back, refreshed and recharged (or as much as you can be in your third trimester of pregnancy) and completely making up for our one day hiatus as I bring you Brides Up North reader Nadine and new hubby Paul’s stunning Real Wedding celebration, with images by Mick Cookson Photography.  Fabulous!

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Nadine says:  We got engaged on Tuesday 28th September 2010. The day started with a catamaran cruise to Ile aux Cerfs, which is a beautiful island fringed with white sandy beaches, palm trees and crystal clear blue lagoons, just off the coast of Mauritius. Once we’d returned to our hotel on Mauritius and changed for the evening, Paul mentioned that there was something special happening on the jetty and wanted to be nosey and take a look on our way to the restaurant for dinner. As we approached I could see a waiter on stand-by, the pergola at the end of the jetty was adorned with silks, and there was a table set for two. With the sun setting on the horizon of the Indian Ocean it looked a perfect setting for a romantic meal. As we got a little closer I whispered to Paul “Wouldn’t it be nice if that were for us!”. As we approached the waiter gestured to us and said our table was ready. Before I could apologise to the waiter and say he’d mistaken us for another couple Paul thanked the waiter, gently took my hand and escorted me to what proved to be the perfect setting for a proposal. Even at this stage I did not suspect what was to come, but shortly after we were seated and Paul bent down on one knee in front of me, the penny dropped and the moment took my breath away.

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We were married on Saturday 22nd December 2012 at Mitton Hall, near Whalley in the Ribble Valley. We planned for a Winter wedding.  It was on recommendation of my best friend Vicky. The second we walked through the door we knew it was everything we had been looking for.

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We didn’t have a theme as such but we wanted the venue to offer elegance and the atmosphere to be relaxed, informal and fun which reflected our personalities.  Our colours were very neutral. Our chair sashes were mink and the floral arrangements were creams and ivory with a hint of gold. Everything else followed suit.

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I travelled to the venue with my Dad who had come over from Jamaica to give me away. We were taken in a vintage Regent Tourer by Horgans Cars.

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My dress was purchased from Annie Laurie Bridal and although this was two hours from where I live the service they gave was worth every mile! After trying on around 12 dresses I fell in love with a Maggie Sottero  named Pasadena.

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Paul’s suit was a traditional charcoal wedding suit with tails, with an ivory waist coat and mink ruffled tie, which was coordinated with our daughter’s flower girl dress and the floral arrangements. This was hired from Groom in Warrington.

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We didn’t have any bridesmaids or grooms men, we just had our little girl as a flower girl although she fell asleep before the ceremony so didn’t get to walk up the aisle. She wore a lovely ivory dress with a satin mink belt and flower which I customised by adding a flower embellishment to the flower. We saw this dress as we were food shopping in Morrison’s! We weren’t even aware that they sold clothes but there we saw exactly what we had been looking for.

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I carried a bouquet which I made myself using satin flowers made out of satin ribbon, silk flowers and embellishments.  I had my heart set on having a bouquet that I could keep and researched different styles of bouquets. At some point I decided that I would try and make my own (something I had never done before) and after hours and hours sat making satin flowers I finished up with the most beautiful bouquet. I love being creative and can pretty much turn my hand to anything I set my mind to. I will now be framing my bouquet in a box frame which will take pride of place on our wall.

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I have since launched my own company, Handmade with a Heart, as a result of the many requests we have had from people for the special touches that we added to our wedding. 

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Flying The Knot provided our barn owl ring bearer!

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My favourite part of the day was when we were pronounced man and wife, which is when I spontaneously jumped up and down shouting “I’m married, I’m married” much to everyone’s amusement.

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Paul’s favourite part of the day was when we were walking down the aisle as man and wife when he had a few fist pump moments.

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We filled our guest boxes with personalised M&M’s which read “Nadine and Paul” on the ivory ones and “Married 22.12.12” on the cream ones and chose and wrapped 27 gifts that were given to all the children from Santa (a friend of ours who looks like the genuine article).

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Our floral decorations were by Passion Flowers in Clitheroe. 

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We struggled at first with the cake as Paul doesn’t like fruit cake, and prefers sponge, whereas I am the opposite. I really wanted my Gran to make our wedding cake as she makes the best fruit cake, but given Paul’s taste I decided to ask my Gran to make a sample cake as I knew that as soon as Paul tasted it he’d really like it! Sure enough, there was no going back once he tried it. I think it had something to do with the Jamaican white rum that she uses quite liberally to make it.

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My Gran made us four tiers which we then took to All Things Sugar in Warrington who decorated it beautifully for us. We wanted something simple but elegant.

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In the evening as well a DJ we had a chocolate fountain and casino tables from SJ Enterprises to keep the adults entertained and we had a bubble machine and candy buffet which kept the kiddies happy.

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Emma and Chris, who are friends of ours, lived in Austria for a few years and surprised us with a huge heart which was drawn on a cotton sheet along with our names and the date of our wedding. After we cut our cake, we were handed a pair of scissors each and the sheet was held up. Starting at the bottom of the heart we then had to cut it out but going in opposite directions and the first person to the top won!! We then stepped through the heart together and this symbolises stepping into a new life together as man and wife. It was such a lovely touch and was so nice as our guests cheered as we stepped through the heart.

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With it being over Christmas, and being lucky enough to have family travel over from Jamaica and LA, we decided to spend Christmas and New Year with family and delay our honeymoon. We are looking forward to flying into LA, which is where our daughter will spend time with her uncle, aunty and three cousins, whilst we go on to Tahitian island of Bora Bora. On our return to LA we intend to spend a few days together as a family in San Diego before returning home.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to plan everything quite early. That way you can enjoy all of the planning and the run-up to your big day, as oppose to things getting on top of you and stressing you out! Also spend time planning how you would like your special day to run in terms of timings and hand this to all parties involved i.e. MC, best man, maid of honour, photographer etc as that way everything will run its course without you having to worry. But most of all take time out as husband and wife throughout the day to take everything in and enjoy your day, as it goes so fast!

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Happy Wedding Day from The Sutcliffes!

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Congratulations Nadine & Paul!

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Contact me to see your own Real Wedding on Brides Up North.  Here’s how.

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  – Images © 2013 Mick Cookson Photography

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