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A Winter Walk: A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Emma & Jonathan

February 6th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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As a , I get the privilege of sharing a lot of couple’s most special of days – each different, each lovely.  Friends often ask me if I have favourites.  Of course there are styles I prefer, dresses I lust for and shoes that I sometimes even track down and buy (ahem!)…  but my very favourite celebrations are always the ones where the love shines through.

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Cheesy, right?  Ah, so sue me. 

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Emma and Jonathan’s Real Wedding by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Richard Wynn Davies is one of those.  Sure, they had a cute theme and a stunning venue, but I didn’t really notice all of that -  I was blinded by their smiles. 

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Emma says:  Jonathan asked me to marry him on 25th August 2010.   It was a big surprise, champagne and sandwiches(!), at the summit of Sca Fell Pike (the highest mountain in England) as part of a trip with our closest friends to the Lake District. Very romantic indeed.

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We tied the knot on 23rd December 2012 at St. James Parish Church, Manston, Leeds with the reception was Oulton Hall, Rothwell. 

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The church was my childhood church, and her parents still have strong connections there.  We fell in love with Oulton Hall from the moment we walked into the entrance. It was the perfect setting for a winter wedding.  We chose a white and silver theme, with hints of brown pine cones.

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My dress was a white duchess satin gown, designed by Jonathan and I. I then made the dress with my mum, and I did the holly leaf embroidery on the top of my dress by hand which took a long (!) time. My mum handmade every one of the thirty or so buttons and button loops which made a statement down the back of my dress. The final stitches were put in the dress the night before the wedding… but it was finished – something which at times seemed an impossible goal.

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My veil was very vintage. It was my mum’s from my parents’ wedding 28 years ago, and it was still perfectly white. It was definitely my something old, and technically borrowed!

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My satin and lace vintage style shoes were from Wedding Belles Of Otley. And my wintery hair-clip was from Glitzy Secrets.

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Peta Franklin, a small independent hairdresser in Crossgates, did my beautiful hair.

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Having designed my dress, we then designed and made the bridesmaid dresses (making adaptations from a basic pattern). The bridesmaid dresses were in a silver dupion satin, with a mini-version being made for the flower-girl.

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We hand-made all nine of the gentleman’s waistcoats, ties and pocket squares from Vogue Patterns.

To make the suits was a slight step too far (though it was considered!) and these were hired from Moss Bros.

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We also hired a 1947 Albion Vintage Coach from Yesteryear Vintage Vehicles which was superb. The staff were incredibly helpful and even managed to get our less able guests onto the coach.

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Every single moment was perfect from the very first moment waking up to sunshine to finally collapsing in a super-king size bed in the honeymoon suite.  Our favourite moment has to be actually getting married, and finally becoming Mr & Mrs. It was so intimate-just beautiful.

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We baked 200 mince pies the day before the wedding to give to our guests after the marriage service.

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We sourced pine cones from Otley Chevin and Temple Newsam Park, to hand make my pine cone bouquet. We had to wash and dry hundreds of pine cones to find the best ones. Then they were all glitter sprayed and wired to form the bouquet. It looked rather amazing if I do say so myself.

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Our photographer was the amazing Richard Wynn-Davies and his lovely wife Caroline, who captured our day perfectly. 

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Apart from all the sewing projects, we designed all our own table decorations, including sourcing fallen wood from a local forest, and cutting it into discs to form the table centre pieces. These then had a candle on, with a handmade, and hand collected, pine cone wreath surrounding them.

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Jonathan hand-drew from an OS map our table plan, which was the map of Sca Fell Pike where we got engaged. We then used the places on our walk for the table names.

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We designed all our own wedding invitations, menu cards, and order’s of service using my hand drawn design.

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We are anything but a traditional couple, as you may have already gathered. Instead of a DJ, we had a pub style quiz, with a side order of cheese and biscuits, a few beers and wedding cake, organised by Jonathan’s brother.

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Even more unusual was a game of Mr and Mrs, again devised by Jonathan’s brother. Very embarrassing, but great fun for all. Thankfully almost every one of our answers matched. The Groomsmen played live music for the first dance and Jonathan joined in once his dancing duties were fulfilled.

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Jonathan planned a surprise honeymoon, and it did remain a surprise until we arrived outside our destination. We went to a small family run restaurant, with rooms, hotel in Sowerby, Thirsk called ‘Oswalds’ for Christmas period.

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The service was absolutely fantastic, and we felt so special. Being greeted with champagne and strawberries, then sitting by the Christmas tree to open our wedding cards & presents was so special.  The food was out of this world, and we cannot wait to go back again soon.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to start planning early, and be prepared to change your mind. Prioritise the things that will make your wedding day special to you, and decide the things that you can compromise on.

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Congratulations Emma & Jonathan!

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Wedding Blog Exclusive! £200 Discount On Your Wedding Photography With Richard Wynn Davies, For Brides Up North Readers Only!

December 5th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’ve an early Christmas present for you lovely lot this afternoon (and we all love those), courtesy of fabulous photographer, Brides Up North Featured Supplier and friend of the blog Richard Wynn Davies

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Exclusive to Brides Up North, Richard would like to offer all my readers a huge £200 off every 2013 & 2014 wedding booked this month.  All you need to do is contact Richard to make your booking quoting Brides Up North. 

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Richard Wynn Davies says:  We (Richard & Caroline) shoot all of our weddings together in order to ensure nothing is missed,and we cover the whole event so we will never ask you to pretend to put your make-up on after you already have, or re-tie a cravat that has long since been tied. When it happens, we’ll be there.

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We will produce stunning, poignant and natural images that tell the story of your wedding: all the things that you put so many months’ of thought and planning into, the spontaneous and all too fleeting moments, the things you remember, the things you may well have missed and everything in between.

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We like to get to know you and your plans really well before the big day, so we will spend plenty of time with you in advance; from an engagement shoot to get you properly warmed up in front of the camera, to a number of meetings and a venue visit where we discuss your plans and wishes in lots of detail.

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Once the photography is done, we offer a range of stunningly beautiful products across digital, framed and print media, including the finest bespoke albums, handmade using traditional methods here in the UK.

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We would relish the chance to come and show you some of our work and to chat with you about how we can help to make the story of your wedding truly unforgettable. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we would love to hear from you.

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We don’t compromise on coverage. All of our weddings include both of us for as long as you want us on the day. Usually this is from the start of the preparations in the morning right up until the party is well underway in the evening, or even longer should you be having fireworks or other events later in the night.

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We also like to keep things simple. No platinum, diamond encrusted, luxury or what-not packages. We have one price for our outstanding service and beautiful photography with all your photographs on disk, and another to Include a truly stunning hand-crafted album.

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Our digital option is £1,700 (before Brides Up North discount!) and includes:

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• A number of detailed consultations to help us understand your plans, wishes and vision for your wedding day.

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• An engagement shoot where we get to know each other really well, make you feel at ease in front of the camera and take some gorgeous photos of the two of you.

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• A venue visit with you where we can plan your photography in more detail, so you know exactly what to expect and we know exactly what you want.

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• A few exciting surprises along the way!

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• Full & comprehensive on the day coverage from Richard and Caroline.

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• Full post editing service providing you with approx. 400 stunning images of your day, print-ready on disk & displayed in a beautiful personalised presentation box.

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Our album option is £1,950 (before Brides Up North discount!) and includes all of the above plus:

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• A choice of drop-dead gorgeous albums and coffee table books, traditionally handmade in the UK, with 60images of your choice. Additional products are available including albums from Queensberry of New Zealand, guest books and signing boards containing your engagement photographs, parent albums, and a wide range of the highest quality frames and canvasses. Prices are available upon request.

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Click here to read an interview with Richard and Caroline and here to catch up with Richard and Caroline’s beautiful Real Weddings and other work as featured on on Brides Up North.

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W: www.richardwynndavies.co.uk

E: capture@richardwynndavies.co.uk

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White Lace & Pearls: A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Sian & Chris

September 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today’s beautiful Real Wedding, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier and fabulous photographer Richard Wynn Davies and real bride Sian is an absolute triumph in keeping things simple.

Sian and Chris’ white lace and pearls theme is classic and classy, utterly un-dateable and ever chic. This quiet and pale palette shouts “lovely” loud!

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Sian says:  We got engaged in October 2010.  We were on holiday and Chris proposed on our last day on a special little bridge in the Lake District.

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We were married on 3rd August 2012 at St Paulinus Catholic Church, Dewsbury with our reception at Waterton Park Hotel, Wakefield.  We were ‘WOWED’ when we visited Waterton Park for a viewing, and the wonderful staff helped seal the deal.

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We opted for a theme of white, lace and pearls. 

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I chose an ivory, fitted, lace and embroidered long gown with a train from Celebrations Bridal House in Ossett, West Yorkshire – amazing staff!  I wore the beautiful ‘I LOVE YOU’ Pandora charm, which my husband bought me as a wedding gift, attached to my garter.

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I carried a bouquet of white orchids in a tear drop arrangement by Gillian Brown Flowers 

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My bridesmaids wore cream lace dresses from Dorothy Perkins with ivory satin sashes and the groomsmen were in morning suits from Carl Stuart’s in Ossett. 

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My absolute favourite part of the day was walking out of the church with my new husband!

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We chose a three tiered vanilla, chocolate Nutella and lemon sponge cake with white icing, pearl icing and edible lace detail, from Krista’s Cakes. 

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We also organised a company to provide ice creams at the reception while we were having the photographs done. The Icicle Tricycle Company were fantastic!

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After the wedding we honeymooned in New York for five days and St Lucia for ten days – bliss!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to love it and try to remember every single minute!

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And book a good photographer (we used the amazing Richard Wynn Davies). Coming home from our honeymoon to the most amazing photographs made coming back to reality easier!

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Congratulations Sian & Chris!

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Would you like to see your Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North?  Get in touch!

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Dales Delight! A Real Wedding At Bolton Castle – Hannah & Mark

August 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Nothing like a stunning castle wedding in the Yorkshire Dales to round off another wonderful week of wedding inspiration here at Brides Up North.  With words by real bride Hannah and a stunning set of images from Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Richard Wynn Davies, this is one for the romantics!

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Hannah says:  Mark asked me to marry him on 7 April 2011, on a bike ride over Threshfield moor above Grassington, and we were married on 2 June 2012 at St Oswald’s Church, Askrigg followed by a reception at Bolton Castle, Wensleydale. 

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We chose both venues for the character, the fact that it was a place that we visited often and both loved and for the gorgeous views and that there was plenty for the guests to explore on the day.  We chose a colour scheme of aubergine and ivory. 

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I chose a corset bodice with an a line skirt, purchased from Carlton Couture in Ripon and made by Trudy Lee.  My bridesmaids wore dresses by Jasmine, from Carlton Couture, Ripon. 

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We spent the morning getting ready and my make up was done by Jo Leversuch of Make Up By Jo.  

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I carried a combination of cream roses, dark purple peonies, sweet peas and freesias, by Sheila Danby Flowers in Ripon. 

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The best bit of the whole day for me was the church service and saying our vows. We also very much enjoyed the dancing in the evening!

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We were drive from the church to the reception in a 1972 Rolls Royce Corniche.

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We don’t like fruit cake so we had a three tier sponge cake with chocolate, lemon and plain flavourings.

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We ordered hand made chutney and jams from local producer Raydale Preserves for our favours.

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We had a ceilidh band in the evening and all the guests were taught various traditional dances.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Thailand for 16 days travelling to Bangkok, Chaing Mai and Koh Phangnan. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax on the day and enjoy the getting ready process. There’s no point stressing over last minute things at that stage, just enjoy it!

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Congratulations Hannah & Mark!

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Are you newlywed?  Get in touch to share your Real Wedding memories. 

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Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive! Gorgeous Gowns By UK Wedding Dress Designer Eliza Wyke Couture

August 6th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon’s post is a bit of a show off.  In the nicest possible way.

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Today, I get to showcase the work of not one, but many fabulous Northern suppliers with this beautiful bridal fashion shoot sent to me by Featured Supplier Richard Wynn Davies and Nicky Chadwick Photography.  As well as showing off the skills of these two fine Yorkshire wedding photographers, we also get to lust after the gorgeous gowns of UK wedding dress designer Eliza Wyke Couture and the beautiful grounds of The Coniston Hotel in the Yorkshire Dales. 

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Let the parade begin!  And take down my order for that sequinned gown.  In pink please. 

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Nicky says:  This shoot was conceived to showcase Eliza Wyke Couture’s amazing dress designs. After lots of discussions with Elizabeth from Eliza Wyke it was decided that with quite a few different dresses to shoot we needed a stunning venue to show them off as well as the help of a great team of people. The very talented Richard Wynn-Davies and his gorgeous better half Caroline agreed to come on board to help with the shooting and suggested we use the very lovely Coniston Hotel with it’s gorgeous hall and lake. Fortunately the hotel agreed and their team were very helpful throughout the day enabling us to get some fantastic shots.

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Richard says: Caroline and I shot our first two Coniston weddings last month and really loved the place. From the quaint little village church to the impressive lake, beautiful old hall and fine formal gardens. Many of the wedding drinks receptions are held in the hall and the family that own it are very hands on. Mrs Bannister helps serve the drinks and is so lovely.  We decided it was the perfect location for an inspiration shoot to support the venue with imagery and showcase some of Elizabeth’s dresses and we decided to combine the classic, refined country look with a fashion twist.

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The Coniston Hotel say: The Coniston Hotel is a wedding venue unlike any other, a venue where
friendly, personal service comes naturally. Nestling in 1400 acres of stunning Yorkshire Dales scenery, the estate is one of the most romantic settings imaginable; a perfect place for a perfect wedding. Yet the location is only part of the story. As we only ever hold one wedding or civil partnership per day, you’re guaranteed to be the focus of our attention, with delicious food, spectacular surroundings and a true Yorkshire welcome waiting for every one of your guests.

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Images:  Richard Wynn Davies & Nicky Chadwick Photography

Venue: The Coniston Hotel

Wedding dresses: Eliza Wyke Couture

Groom’s outfits: Plush Wedding Boutique

Make up: Zaira Cantara

Hair: Hair by Becci – 07709 825759

Retro and vintage wedding services: Dolly’s Vintage Wedding

Models: Nicola, Eleanor and Adrian

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Merry-Go-Round! A Real Engagement In The North West – Sarah & Jonathan

June 25th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I do like a good dose of happiness on a Monday morning, so today on the wedding blog we hear from some competition winners who were lucky enough to score an engagement shoot with the fabulous Richard Wynn-Davies, Sarah and Jonathan.

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Let’s share their love story and wish them just as much luck in their future together.

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Sarah says: We were on holiday in Turkey, and one evening we were getting ready for dinner. We had a beautiful view from our hotel room balcony with a mountain view on the left and sea view on the right. That night there was a full moon as well which had a lovely orange glow. I could see Jonathan hiding behind the curtain and I thought he was going to jump out and scare me. Instead, he was down on one knee.

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We’re getting married at the Hard Day’s Night Hotel in Liverpool, which is not too far from where I grew up. It is next year in July, so still got a while yet and we’ve already been engaged for ten months!

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We met in Central London – he was out on a work do and so was I. I’d only moved to London about a month before.

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We just kept it really casual and met up for drinks after work for our first date. There weren’t any big fireworks or anything, and we were just seeing how things went. Obviously, things went well!

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We have such different backgrounds but we get along really well. We’re both quite independent too, but love spending time together whether it’s sitting in watching a TV show, out for dinner at a new restaurant, or off on a trip exploring somewhere we haven’t been before.

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We’ll have to see what married life has in store for us! We already live together and have done for three years. We’re just ready to keep going, sharing our lives together and with our family and friends around us.

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Our engagement shoot came about as I entered a competition with Richard Wynn-Davies. We were really chuffed to have won, and really happy that we were able to have some professional photos taken as we found that we really didn’t have many photos of just the two of us!

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We were really pleased with the shoot. Richard and Caroline were easy going, relaxed and just let us go with the flow. We found it really difficult to find a photographer and felt really fortunate that we won the competition. After five months of searching for a photographer, we booked them not too long after our engagement shoot.

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Congratulations Sarah & Jonathan!

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On Top Of The World! A Real Engagement In The Lake District – Stephanie & Liam

May 25th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Happy Friday Brides Up North!  Now, I know other some wedding bloggers don’t like to feature engagement shoots so much because they aren’t as “visually inspiring” or whatnot, but I absolutely adore them!  It might be the writer (or nosy parker) in me, but I just love to hear each couple’s own love story.  After all – that’s what weddings are all about, right?

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Join me in another lovely love story this morning, with beautiful images from Brides Up North Featured Supplier Richard Wynn Davies and words by bride to be Stephanie. 

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Stephanie says: Liam proposed at the top of Easedale Tarn in the Lake district, after a few months of telling me fibs about not having the ring yet. You see my ring was made in Malaysia in January 2011 after we had visited for Christmas and New Year (where my Mam lives) and I had no idea when I was going to get it as I thought I would have to wait for someone to travel back to the UK and bring it with them in the summer.

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Little did I know that my step father, Rob, had taken it from Malaysia through Singapore to Jordan and then Iraq, where his colleague then took it from Iraq through Dubai and into Newcastle Airport where Liam drove up from Leeds to collect it (Liam had told me he was working late a couple of nights through the week at another office, when in actual fact he went for dinner at his cousins house one night and drove to Newcastle the next night!). He kept the ring in his sock drawers for a few days, panicking that I would find it!

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The following weekend Liam took me for a nice ‘leisurely’ walk in the Lake District, this turned into hiking up a massive hill in the rain and wind! I had no idea what was about to happen, I didn’t suspect a thing, even when Liam wouldn’t let me walk on his right hand side (where he was hiding the ring). At one point, half way up the hill, cold, wet and tired with sore feet, I shouted at him “If you don’t have a box with a diamond ring in it by the time we get to the top of here we’re finished!”. Little did I know that he did!

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So when we reached the top, after I collapsed, we ate a lovingly prepared picnic and then Liam asked if I’d take a picture of him.  Strange I thought! So as I clicked the camera, he dropped to one knee and proposed! My first words to him were rather rude expletives, but after the initial shock I shouted yes and ran over to him, still trying to capture the moment on camera.

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I happily skipped back down the mountain after that!

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We are getting married in August 2012 at Torri del Benaco Castle on Lake Garda followed by a reception do in Bardolino.

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We first met on 4th April 2010, Easter Sunday. I had just that day returned from a trip to Malaysia: it took me 27 hours of travelling to get from my Mam’s house in Penang to my house in Leeds, needless to say I was very tired. But, I had missed a friends birthday while I was away and she was begging me to go out this Sunday night.  I resisted as long as I could and then caved in to her demands, got myself washed, threw an outfit together and headed over to Hannah’s house. I looked less than appealing, my hair was flat, I had hardly any make up on and my outfit was completely uncoordinated! However, we went to our favourite place, Shed Bar, ordered a couple of drinks and sat down at the window table. After about half an hour we went to the ladies to freshen up and on my way there I noticed a very tall dark and handsome man standing at the other end of the bar, we had to walk past him so I would get a better look. Whilst in the ladies, I told my friend Hannah about a good looking bloke standing by the bar and when I walked past him I’d cough so she’d know which one he is. I did, she stopped, looked him up and down and moved on…..how obvious!

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So we sat back down in our chairs with new drinks, and after 5 minutes Hannah announced she was going back to the ladies and I asked her why as we’d just been! She told me she just needed to check her hair! I sat on my own for a few minutes and then she returned with a sly smile on her face, I knew she had done something, but I didn’t know what. Minutes later the tall, dark and handsome stranger walks up to our table and asks to sit down… eek! I was so embarrassed!

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We chatted for the rest of the night with a few dances mixed in. The first song we ever danced to was ‘Killing In The Name Of’ by Rage Against The Machine….how romantic! He asked me if I was free for dinner that Thursday, I said yes, but I never really expected him to follow up on this. At the end of the night we had our first kiss, he got in a taxi and I went home to Hannah’s.

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I felt all giddy the next day but still didn’t have high expectations he would ever contact me, but that very afternoon he texted me asking how I was and if I was still free for dinner on Thursday. He was my perfect gentleman!

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The rest is history.

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On our first date he picked me up from my flat and took me to a Tapas restaurant called Viva Cuba, I had never been there before and was suitable impressed with how busy it was. The food was delicious too! After this he took me to a few bars where he knew I’d like the music. I loved the fact he had actually listened to me and remembered what I liked!

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I was certainly VERY smitten by this point.

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I knew he was “The One” after about a week!

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Although it took us until Sunday 11th July, whilst watching the Stereophonics play at T in the Park (the song was ‘Traffic’) to confess how much we were head over heels in love with each other. We were both scared that we would have frightened the other one off by saying the ‘L’ word too early, even though we had both felt it for ages.

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I love how much he loves me and wants to look after and protect me, I love how patient he is when I’m being a royal pain in the rear, I love his smile and his sense of humour, I love how he always knows how to cheer me up with little gestures… and I love his footballers bum! He says he loves my eyes and smile, my quick wits and sense of humour.

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Our biggest wish for married life is to be happy, healthy and content. And to start the next generation!

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We decided to have an engagement shoot because it seemed like a nice way to ‘practise’ our wedding photos before the big day. We definitely know what to expect from Richard now and we couldn’t be happier. As the pictures are the best reminder of your big day it also gave us confidence in our photographer.

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The shoot was fun, thankfully the weather stayed nice for us otherwise it literally would have put a dampener on it. Richard had us climbing onto rocks over waterfalls, which was exciting! We had a good laugh too, especially when we were snogging in the middle of Ambleside and a lady walked past and said “interesting photo shoot!”

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I think some family members want to pick a photo for themselves and we will order our favourite ones too.

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I like Brides Up North because it tells real stories about local brides and the sponsors are also local. You get fed up of reading about amazing wedding companies in London… we have amazing ones up North too!  We’ll definitely be back to share our Real Wedding photographs… if you’ll have us! 

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Congratulations Stephanie & Liam!

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White Rose: A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Lyndsay & Matt

May 17th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This wedding blog instalment comes to you a little later than planned as reliable wi-fi on the Greek Islands can be a challenge! If you missed yesterday’s post, I am taking a little (and much needed) sojourn with the hubby to recharge and make up for all those evenings recently that I’ve left him alone as I hunch over my laptop!  Although my 30th (gah!) birthday was back in February, this trip was my birthday present, and I am enjoying every moment. 

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I wouldn’t leave you without your daily double dose of wedding gorgeousness though, and today’s Real Wedding sent to me by fab photographer Richard Wynn Davies and real bride Lyndsay is no exception.

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The love really shines through in Lyndsay and Matt’s wedding photographs and I love that stunning bride Lyndsay totally rocked her glasses too! Enjoy it. 

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Lyndsay says:  Matt proposed in Jamaica in March 2011 and we were married on Friday 16th March 2012 at Hazlewood Castle in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire. 

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We chose Hazelwood Castle as my dad was born there during the 1940s when it was a maternity hospital.  It is also a stunning venue and surroundings to provide brilliant photographs.

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We opted for a colour scheme of teal, silver & ivory.

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I wore two wedding dresses – both from Berketex Brides in Leeds.  The first was Cara by Emily Fox and the second Honey by Rosetta Niccolini.  I carried white and cream flowers in a small trailing bouquet by Firenza Floral Design

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We loved the whole day, but the blessing had a personal touch as it was performed by my Uncle who is a catholic priest. 

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As a gift for Matt, I wrote to both the Lancashire and England cricket teams, and Liverpool football for congratulations messages.  They all wrote back!

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In the evening we chose Audio Events for the DJ and our friend’s band Rook and the Ravens for the live music.  They were brilliant. 

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After the wedding, we honeymooned at Heritage Awali Golf and Spa, Bel Ombre, Mauritius. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t panic that something with go wrong – it probably won’t!

Enjoy every part of the day!

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Congratulations Lyndsay & Matt!

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Second Time Lucky! A Real Engagement Shoot In Yorkshire- Michelle & Ben

May 1st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today’s love story comes from the mists of Yorkshire and was sent to me by photographer Richard Wynn Davies and Brides Up North reader Michelle. 

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Michelle and Ben’s story reminds me a little of the hubby and I’s own – we also met as teenagers and spent a few years bumping into one another before deciding that this time it was for keeps

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Michelle says:  We got engaged at the top of the York Minster last June. Ben had pre-arranged for us to go on the last tower tour of the day. It was a complete surprise when Ben got down onto one knee and popped the question. We then went to the Biltmore where Ben had arranged pink champagne and strawberry truffles, it was very romantic!

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We are having a traditional wedding in July this year. The ceremony is going to take place in an old traditional church in a place called Middlesmoor, it is beautiful and looks over the Yorkshire dales. We are then having a reception at the Sportsmans Arms in Wath. The venues are about 30 minutes from Harrogate.

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We first met eleven years ago when we were both students at Harrogate College. I was studying Performing Arts and Ben was studying Technical Theatre. 

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After dating at college we then went our separate ways to go to University and after a while we lost touch with each other. We bumped into each other six years ago and it was like we had never been apart. Ben then took me on a date to a restaurant in York where we dined on oysters and champagne.

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When we bumped into each other again we sat and chatted for hours. I felt like a giddy 16 year old again and knew then that I didn’t ever want to lose contact again.

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We both have the same outlook on life and always want each other to be happy. We never finish the day on a bad note and we both strive to have the others best interests at heart.  We would love to have the kind of marriage that our parents have.

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Because our wedding photo’s are so important to us, we wanted to be able to feel relaxed with been photographed and to get to know our photographer before hand. We also wanted to have some photos to look back on from before we were married.

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The shoot was fantastic! It was a lovely setting and Richard made us feel really relaxed. We had lots of fun and were delighted with the photographs. We know that we couldn’t have chosen a better photographer and can’t wait to see the wedding photos.

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Brides Up North is a great place to get advice and tips when planning your wedding. It has a really good directory of information and it’s great been able to look at some real weddings to get inspiration from.  We’d be delighted to come back and share our wedding photos with you!

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Congratulations Michelle & Ben!

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A Wizard Wedding: An Elegant Real Wedding In North Yorkshire – Leonnie & Mark

February 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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When Richard Wynn Davies told me that he had a Real Wedding based on the bride’s love of Merlin to share with me, my mind boggled, but Leonnie and Mark’s big day is as far from themed as possible. 

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Instead of wizard hats and swords in stones (which actually could have been cool too, but perhaps not in keeping with the grand setting!) the bride drew influences from the things that she loves to put together an altogether classy and elegant wedding in the heart of North Yorkshire.  Fit for a Knight and his Lady, wouldn’t you agree? 

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Let’s hear from Leonnie:  We got engaged at Chester Zoo, on a cold rainy September day back in 2010, and were married on 19th November 2011 at Crathorne Hall Hotel, Yarm. 

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We chose Crathorne Hall after a long search of many other lovely venues. We chose the venue due to the lovely gardens and setting it provided for the day.  We had 70 guests for the wedding breakfast, and spacious rooms Crathorne Hall had to offer was ideal for us to spend the whole day in the same place. We also had 21 rooms booked for our guests!

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I’m a bit of a Merlin nut so the table plan was set up in a “Knights of the Round Table” style. Our colour theme was purple.

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I carried a bouquet of flowers, white and purple, based on Lisianthus. We asked our florist – Greenhouse Florist, Ripon – for a ‘wild, garden picked’ style. They were lovely!

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My dress was from Confetti and Lace in Harrogate. It had a sweetheart neckline with some detail and corset body with an a-line skirt. (beautiful!).  My bridesmaids wore purple sweetheart neckline fitted dresses from Debenhams, (ideal, and a bargain!).  The boys’ suits were hired from Yorkshire Menswear

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We had a live jazz band playing during the day, who played ‘Make you feel my love’ whilst we walked down the aisle. Later on in the day, we had a live band playing who kept the dance floor full all night!

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Our cake was a 3 tier stacked madeira cake decorated with purple trim, spots and large white bows, from Sugarcrafted in Ripon. 

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Apart from the service itself, our favourite bit was dancing along to the live band – Sunshine Daze – with all our family and friends. It was a brilliant end to an amazing, special day.

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After the wedding, we headed off to sunnier climes – Costa Teguise, Lanzarote.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to plan early. It’s amazing how quickly time goes by and you soon end up having to rush around making last minute arrangements. It’s also important to pick a great wedding photographer (we did!) as the photos are very precious memories of the day. We would also say make sure you take time during the day to stop, and have a few minutes to yourself to take it all in. You easily get caught up in the whirlwind of day and wonder where the day has gone. But above all, enjoy it!

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HEARTCongratulations Leonnie & Mark! HEART

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Want to share your Real Wedding memories with Brides Up North?  Contact me 

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  – Images © 2012 Richard Wynn Davies

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