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Elegance Opulence. Mori Lee For A Real Wedding At Rockliffe Hall – Jemma & Danny

June 5th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Focal Point Photography

This evening we join Jemma and Danny for their elegant and opulent Real Wedding in Country Durham.  I actually said my own wedding vows under the very same roof at Durham School Chapel, so sharing their wedding on these pretty pages holds a special significance for me and brings back reminders of my own big day.

I think I’ll be logging off early today to spend some extra time with my lovely hubby.  In the meantime, enjoy Jemma and Danny’s lovely celebration.

With images by Focal Point Photography

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Jemma says: Danny had taken my sister to Tiffany & Co to help pick the engagement ring before our holiday to Las Vegas. He asked me to marry him on a private terrace overlooking the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas. Complete surprise we were just having our “photo taken” and playing guess the next song for the fountains when Danny correctly guessed “Elton John Your Song” I realised that there was something up when he got down on one knee and obviously I said yes!

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We got married on 22nd February 2014 at Durham School Chapel with our reception at Rockliffe Hall.   I went to school at Durham and the chapel meant a lot me and Rockliffe is just a stunning venue.

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Focal Point Photography

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We worked with Noble Fine Art  to design our wedding invites and they designed us a J&D monogram. The bridesmaid dresses were made with a small amount of rose gold lace by Jim Hjelm and we married the two together. We then found Coco Luminaire and we had giant J&D letters at our evening reception. The overall theme was elegant opulence.

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Focal Point Photography

I chose a Mori Lee dress from Y.A.P Bridal boutique in Newcastle. It was not what I expected to pick, it was jewelled and beaded and very intricate not what I thought. I only tried on four wedding dresses and three of those were in a different shop prior to trying “the one” on. Y.A.P were fantastic!

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My bridesmaids wore dresses from Jim Hjelm supplied by Accent Bridal in Newcastle. We were very lucky in that the rose gold lace was no longer used by Jim Hjelm due to availability of supply but as we loved it so much Accent rang the suppliers and managed to find the last few yards!

The junior bridesmaids dress did not have any gold lace so Ann from Diva Designs at Seaham made us a bolero which tied everything together.

We used the excess lace to put around the bottom of my flowers and a small amount on the mother of the bride’s corsage. So an inadvertent theme all based around a bit of lace!

The groomsmen all wore the same three piece suit from Moss Bros.

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My mum made me a personalised garter with something old, new borrowed and blue in it. The something borrowed & old was her mums’ wedding ring.

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Amanda Bell was my make up artist and I had her for the day. She felt like part of the family from the make-up trial to the actual day and getting touched up between photos I felt like a celebrity!

Hooker and Young at Wynyard were in charge of my wedding hair. Marcus King and Rebecca honestly went above and beyond. They already had a wedding that day when I went to book mine but Marcus started really early and I was so happy with my hair.

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I carried a bouquet of ivory roses from Flowers By Nattrass, Darlington.  The bouquets and service we received were beautiful.

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Focal Point Photography

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Focal Point Photography

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Aurora Strings played in the chapel and every time they stopped playing Danny thought I had arrived and went white as a sheet – brilliant!

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Danny’s favourite bit of the day was seeing me come into the chapel and I have to agree seeing his face and his best man giving him a pat on the back was one of mine too!

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Focal Point Photography came very highly recommended and to be honest we never shopped around as we knew we wanted them. We made the right decision since as a not very photogenic couple we are so happy with the final photos!

One Digital Image were chose for our wedding video and honestly they were truly fantastic! I would have been so late without Janet’s help and they were just as excited as we were!

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Focal Point Photography

Focal Point Photography

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My mum and I did the centrepieces and we were very proud of them.  I also made individual horseshoes to arrange up the steps of the Chapel (all 97 of them)!

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Focal Point Photography

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We had Jason Isaacs, a swing singer to start the evening entertainment off and then our friend Bodg from Capital radio was our DJ. His wedding present to us was public liability insurance so Rockliffe Hall would let him do it… he will never know how much it meant to us both!

We also hired a photo booth from Snaparazzi – all our guests commented on how amazing the booth was but the owner Ross was our favourite part as he let us take refuge in the booth whilst he was setting up so we could catch our breath before the evening event!

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I think my favourite part of the day were the speeches from my dad who is normally a man of few words to three A4 pages of notes to Danny’s speech who had everyone clutching the Kleenex.  Our mini bridesmaid and our youngest usher surprised us with personalised poems and just when you thought it couldn’t get any better Bobby the best man absolutely stole the show from silver platform shoes to a PowerPoint to a The Hangover style video.

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For our honeymoon we jetted off to the Hawaiian Islands!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that when thinking of your suppliers for the day go for the people that are supplying them. Remember you need to spend the best day of your life with them and deal with them up to and after the ceremony. No amount of amazing photos on websites will block out a really annoying person or someone who stressed out for the day.

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Congratulations Jemma & Dan!

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Glam Pastels. Diamonds & Lace For A Real Wedding At Rockliffe Hall – Hayley & Stephen

April 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Who said pretty pastels couldn’t come with a huge dose of glamour?  Today’s real bride Hayley and new husband Stephen are ripping up the rule book with their soft and stylish Real Wedding at Rockliffe Hall.

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Lee Scullion

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Hayley says:  We got engaged at the Burj al Arab, Dubai in February 2006.  Steven proposed on Christmas day in 2005. We didn’t want a party so we celebrated our engagement with a trip Dubai to pick a ring.

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We were married on 22nd September 2013 at Rockliffe Hall, Darlington.  I wanted a classy and timeless wedding and Rockliffe offers modern and old mixed together. We had our ceremony in the old arches which offered a nicer feel than just a function room. The colour scheme is quite neutral which enabled us to go for any colour scheme we wanted.

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Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

We had lilacs, lavenders, ivories and a beautiful thistle colour in our stationery. Grey suits for the gents, accented with lilac cravats and handkerchiefs to give a subtle bit of colour to blend in with the rest of the wedding. My dress and the bridesmaids were all ivory. I wanted a neutral palette with the flowers taking centre stage. 

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Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

My dress was from Solutions Bridal Designer House in Orlando Florida.  The dress was antique ivory with ivory lace in a mermaid strapless fit. I opted for a very long veil trimmed in the same lace as the dress and a very glamorous belt made by Maria Elena and Manolo Blanik shoes with a beautiful vintage brooch on the front.

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The hair was prepped by myself the evening before (I’m am a hairstylist) ready for my friend Carol-Anne Jenkinson who is the owner of Platinum Hair Design in Sunderland. She also did her magic on the bridal party. I had my makeup done by Amanda Bell Elite Makeup Artist.

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Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Our flowers were by Adam Prest who is very unique in his work and knew exactly what I wanted. My bouquet consisted of a vibrant lilac roses, astrania, astilbe,clematis,snowberries and sweetpeas. They smelt beautiful. The bridesmaids had smaller versions of my flowers with a mix for the top table and centre pieces for the tables at the wedding breakfast. We also had similar mixture for the gents’ button holes and ladies’ corsages.

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Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

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We had six bridesmaids from two years old to sixteen.  The younger bridesmaids wore dresses from Monsoon and the two older bridesmaids wore a dress from Coast which was from the bridal range. I think they blended nicely together.

The groomsmen wore hired suits from Gavin Scott Menswear in Washington. The grooms suit was made by Ian Bone a visiting tailor. He came to our home and measured Steven up, we picked the material and and cut of the suit. It was a very professional and friendly service from Ian and we had two more fittings before the finished result.

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Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Our photographer was the amazing Lee Scullion. We had a lot of recommendations from people but as soon as I saw Lee’s work I knew he was the man for the job.

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Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Our videographers were Chris and Janet Hughes for One Digital Image – a great husband and wife team. They made a one minute video summarising the day so we could share with our guests and friends which was really unique in itself and was ready to view the following morning.

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Our save the dates and invitations were by Noble Fine Art. They also made our favour boxes, the menu for the tables at the wedding breakfast and the seating plan in a beautiful pearl stock paper with thistle ribbon.

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Simply Bows & Chair Covers dressed our tables with a new range of lace chair coverings.

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We had handmade chocolates made for the favour boxes from Robineau Patisserie in Darlington and mini bottles of whiskey for the gents. 

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The cake was from Celebration Cakes in Peterlee, I scaled it down from the original design in the shop. It had six tiers with all different sponges and fruit cake. It had a pearl covering with roses and lace made from sugar paste and tied in with all the little elements from the wedding.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

We had Val Boyers singer and guitarist singing during our wedding breakfast and a fantastic local band (Fate) singing live on the evening of the wedding. 

Prime Entertainment provided Formula One cars which were very popular and we also hired Snaparazzi and their fabulous photo booth.  We got a book of everyone’s photos who had been in the photo booth with a message alongside the photos which is a really nice and different keep sake.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

I downloaded an app called Wedpics and invited all our guests to upload all their photos.  I thought this to be better than having disposable cameras and it worked well.

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Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Honeymoon wise, we’re are still working on that one, we want something different!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy and take every moment in because it goes over far too fast and don’t drink to much Champagne!

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Congratulations Hayley & Stephen!

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

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Falling In Louvre. A Real Destination Engagement Shoot In Paris – Becci & Ian

November 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Stan Seaton Photography

I don’t know if it’s the fact that my husband got down on one knee there (pretty much in the spot exactly above, actually) or just the enduring and ceaseless romance of the city, but to me, there’s nowhere better to be in love than in Paris.

Brides Up North reader Becci clearly agrees, as it was there that she and future hubby Ian chose to celebrate their engagement, taking Brides Up North Featured Supplier Stan Seaton Photography along for the ride too. 

Stan and Jane have worked closely with Becci in the past in her role as Senior Wedding Co-ordinator at the beautiful Rockliffe Hall – and have always wanted to photograph an engaged couple in Paris – so when Becci & Ian said they would love to have their engagement shoot there, they couldn’t resist. 

Stan says:  Paris certainly is the perfect romantic setting, it’s beauty strikes you at every turn, with it’s elegant but impressive architecture, iconic monuments and subtle combination of art, history and nature we were all blown away. A photographers dream! The weather as ever was a challenge and on our first day we had torrential rain and on the second day it was rather murky to say the least, but eventually the Eiffel Tower and the sun emerged through the fog, to create a dreamy and mystical backdrop, perfect!

Stan Seaton Photography

Stan Seaton Photography

Becci says: Ian proposed on Christmas Day 2011 at home, it was a complete surprise and he picked the perfect ring!  We are getting married at Rockliffe Hall in March 2014. 

Stan Seaton Photography

Stan Seaton Photography

Stan Seaton Photography

We worked together at Fitness First after I’d left school, had been friends ever since, getting together eight years later.  For our first date we met in Yarm for a few drinks and laughed the night away, complete and utter love at first sight even eight years later!

Stan Seaton Photography

Stan Seaton Photography

Stan Seaton Photography

I love how we are the male and female equivalent of each other, we have the same sense of humour and never stop having fun!

Stan Seaton Photography

Stan Seaton Photography

Our biggest wish for married life is to start a family and live a long and happy life together – the best piece of advice we were given was "make sure you have fun every day!"

Stan Seaton Photography

Stan Seaton Photography

Stan Seaton Photography

We chose to have an engagement shoot as I have worked with Stan and Jane over the years but really wanted Ian to get to know them as I wouldn’t have picked anyone else!

Stan Seaton Photography

We loved every minute (excluding the flight home!) and have pictures up all over the house – we are even using one for guests to sign at the wedding.

Stan Seaton Photography

Stan Seaton Photography

Stan Seaton Photography

Stan Seaton Photography

Stan Seaton Photography

I love Brides Up North because it has great features and is a lovely blog to read – it’s helped us to plan the perfect wedding!  We’ll be back to share our Real Wedding with you soon…

Stan Seaton Photography

Stan Seaton Photography

Stan Seaton Photography

 

Congratulations Becci & Ian!

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Elegantly Does It! A Real Wedding At Rockliffe Hall – Rachael & Chris

June 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I know the venue for this afternoon’s Real Wedding well, having styled some gorgeous bridal shoots there and also acted as bridesmaid at my best friend Rachel’s wedding (which you can see by clicking here), so when Rachael and Chris (another Rachael!) sent me their images – courtesy of Hynes Photography – and told me that they were aiming to have a modern and elegant celebration. I knew that their big day would be just that. 

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Rachael says:  We got engaged at Christmas on a trip to London five months after having our first child Charlie, and were married on 27th October 2012 at Rockliffe Hall in Darlington. 

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We choose Rockliffe Hall cause it was just perfect for us: modern, elegant, high quality and we had been to lots of weddings but none of them at Rockliffe.  We wanted the wedding to be glamorous and romantic to compliment our choice of venue. 

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My dress was a diamond white, sweetheart neck line, beautiful big dress from Poppy Bridal in Darlington.  I loved it soon as i tried it on.

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We chose a colour scheme of deep red magenta and white, and my four bridesmaids were stunning in a long fishtail dresses from Marks & Spencer.

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Chris and the groomsmen wore grey lightweight tails from Affleck & Moffat in Darlington. They looked really smart.   Charlie, my son, and Finley, my nephew, had really cute suits matching the bridesmaids.

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I carried a bouquet of calla lilies with a hint of pink running through them, very simple but stunning.  Our flowers were from Flower House at Hartburn, Stockton.

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It might sound strange, but we stayed over together the night before the wedding in the same room! We had an amazing spa experience and bottle of Champagne together the night before and had breakfast in our room on the morning of the wedding.  Unconventional, but perfect for us.

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Our entertainment was the Wildcats of Kilkenny – a big knees up! I didn’t stop dancing the whole night (not even for the evening buffet!) it was so much fun and everyone in the room was up doing the Irish jig!  The wedding was intentionally very sophisticated during the day, with a big party at night!  Perfect.

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We chose to have cupcakes with a beautiful butterfly design on them rather than a traditional wedding cake.  Our cupcake tower was by Clare’s Cake Shack, Stockton. 

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We didn’t go far on our honeymoon, we had a week in Center Parcs in Nottingham with our son Charlie and then the two of us went off to London for a few days on our own.

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My top tip for Brides Up North would be don’t panic about anything, just relax and everything will happen. It was the best day of my life and I wish that we could do it all over again!

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Congratulations Rachael & Chris!

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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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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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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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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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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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Real Wedding Recap 2012: A Proper Winter Wonderland! A Real Wedding In The North East – Rachel & Ryan

December 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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Rachel and Ryan's Wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, County Durham by Katy Melling Photography

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Starting off our seasonal recap in style, today I am honoured to share the Real Wedding of one of my best girlfriends in the whole wide World, Rachel. I was lucky enough to be a bridesmaid for Rachel and Ryan, and was more than a little nervous that one of my favourite photographers and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Katy Melling Photography would be there to see me descend into drunken Christmas wedding merriment at what has to be one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever attended (you’ll see!*).

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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After all, elegance aside, this was also the wedding where I could be found singing shouting Christmas carols at 4am, where my husband set fire to himself on an aisle candle (yes really!) and where a faux snow fight left everyone twinkling!  Proper Geordie fun! I did catch Katy snapping a shot of me taking a big slug of white wine, but it hasn’t made it into the final edit.  Thanks Katy!

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Without further ado, over to my best friend Rachel: We got engaged on 10th December 2010 in Central Park in New York and were married at home in County Durham on Sunday 18th December 2011, at Rockliffe Hall.  We said our vows in the Rockliffe Suite and then had a drinks reception in the Old Hall while the Rockliffe Suite was done up for the wedding breakfast.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's Wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, County Durham by Katy Melling Photography

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As soon as we visited Rockliffe we loved it. On the practical side we had a large guest list and it was able to cater for 180. It also had 60 bedrooms so all of the guests who wanted to stay were able to be accommodated.

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It seemed a bit more luxurious than some of the other venues we visited and was decorated to our taste. It is about 45 minutes away from Newcastle so was fairly easy for our guests to get to. It is just a lovely hotel and felt cosy and we thought it would suit the wintery/ Christmassy feel we were after. It has a lovely area called the Old Hall which we used for the drinks reception and also has a fabulous spa which our guests got good use of the day before and the day after the wedding.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Obviously the wedding was very near Christmas so overall we had a bit of a Winter Wonderland theme.

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Overall, I wanted the wedding to be very white. We had no colour in our flowers and I wanted the room to look white, snowy, twinkly and pretty.  The bridesmaids wore an aubergine colour which was reflected in the ushers’ ties but other than that the rest of the wedding was all white.

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My dress was Jenny Packham. It was very detailed and glitzy around the neckline which went down my back and then it had a tulle skirt. I also had a Jenny Packham headdress. I tried on a Jenny Packham dress in a shop in Newcastle but then went to her shop in London as it was a good excuse for a weekend away with my Mum. There were a few that I liked but the one I chose was most appropriate for a Christmas wedding.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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My bridesmaids wore aubergine one shoulder dresses.  The designer was Alvina Valenta and I got them from Lily White Bridal in Jesmond.

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I carried a hand tied bouquet of paper white flowers with brooches inside the bouquet to give it some extra sparkle.  This was by Hart Company.

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We had a lot of music and entertainment during our reception: my good friend Emma Kendall sang during the service, and then we enjoyed the Opus 4 String Quartet, carol singers and some singing waiters, before hitting the dance floor to Jeff Dingle and the Moonswing Trio.

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Thinking about favourite moments, my mum and dad had organised the singing waiters as a surprise for Ryan and me. I loved this and we were all up dancing on our chairs for an hour so that was really fun. In general I just loved it all as I wanted it to be a massive party and that’s what it was. I also loved the girly time on the morning of the wedding with the bridesmaids and all my family.

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We had a simple cake made by Gemma at Love Lily Cakes. It was all white and had a flower appliqué on it. We had 3 tiers which consisted of Victoria sponge cake, chocolate cake and lemon cake.

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After the excitement of the wedding we had a mini moon for a few days to the Feversham Arms in Helmsley and we are hoping to go to New York at the end of the year. We live in Dubai so we wanted to stay in the North East to enjoy the rest of the festive season with our friends and families.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be just to enjoy it and try and take it in. It is such a fun day but it goes so quickly. We got married 6 weeks ago and it already feels like it was so long ago.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Congratulations Rach & Ry!

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*I cannot guarantee that no tears were shed during the editing of this blog post.

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  – Images © 2012 Katy Melling Photography

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An Exclusive Day Of Wedding Inspiration: It’s The ETC Wedding Show – Coming Soon

February 22nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’ve been really privileged to work with some fantastic regional newspapers and magazines recently as a features writer, and one magazine that I am really looking forward to writing a series of columns for later in the year is etc, a lifestyle magazine for the North East. 

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etc Editor, Georga Spottiswood, is such a lovely lady and so full of inspirational ideas that when she asked me to mention the exclusive event that etc are running for brides in the North East at the end of March at dream venue Rockliffe Hall (the location for a recent bridal fashion shoot that I had the pleasure of styling), I couldn’t wait to tell you fabulous wedding blog readers all about it. 

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This is a ticket only event and numbers are very limited, so call 0191 501 7114 to make sure that you get yours. 

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etc say: The happy memories of your wedding day will last a lifetime and at the etc Wedding Show we have everything to make sure you get the day you have dreamed about.

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Taking place on Sunday, March 25th 2012 at the stunning Rockliffe Hall, a five-star hotel in Hurworth, near Darlington, the day will feature 30 handpicked exhibitors as well as a spectacular catwalk show showcasing the latest bridal gown trends, mother-of-the bride must-haves and men’s formal wear.

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etc editor, Georga, says: “It is every girl’s dream to have a fairy-tale wedding and the etc team has waved its magic wand to help make that happen. Our event will feature the crème de la crème of the wedding industry and there will be everything from cars and cakes to beauty tips and wedding hair ideas – all the essential ingredients to make sure your big day is one to remember.”

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Brides-to-be and their families will be given five-star treatment at the wedding show with a glass of champagne on arrival.  They will then get to browse the stands, visualise their wedding ceremony taking place in the elegant Old Hall or glass-roofed Victorian Orangery – which will be set up as if to host a civil wedding – then sit back and relax while etc puts on a glittering catwalk show.

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The event will take place from 11am to 5pm, with visitors being allocated one of three times slots.

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etc director, Linda Burnside, said: “From stunning wedding jewellery to chair covers, hats, fascinators and honeymoon ideas, there will be something for every bride at the etc wedding show.  This is an exclusive event and tickets are limited, so I’d advise people to book early.  The etc Wedding Show will be a hugely enjoyable experience – it is no ordinary wedding event.”

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Sponsors of the etc Wedding Show are Brides Up North favourites: Poppy Bridal, Hooker and Young, Stan Seaton Photography and Simply Bows and Chair Covers.  All will be there showing brides and grooms how to add the special touches to their day. 

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etc has also teamed up with many of the exhibitors to offer one lucky bride and groom the chance to win some amazing prizes.  They will include bridal make-up for the bride on her big day, courtesy of Eve Beauty Darlington, and a mini honeymoon at Rockliffe Hall worth more than £1,000.

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Tickets cost £7 and are pre-paid only. Call 0191 501 7114.

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Blooming Beautiful! A Real Wedding – Julia & Paul

November 29th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I always love it when I get the chance to feature the Real Wedding of a couple whose engagement pictures I have also included on the swirly silver pages of the wedding blog

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We first met this afternoon’s couple amongst the spires and turrets of Durham City for their engagement shoot back in June, and today Fyzal Photography shares their big day with us too.  I love it when a plan comes together! 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Fyal Photography

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Fyzal tells Brides Up North: Julia & Paul’s Real Wedding was perfect, just perfect!  The couple said “I do!” in a beautiful local church before heading back to the stunning Rockliffe Hall near Darlington for their reception.

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Julia chose a floral theme for her day, which was reflected in her gorgeous Ian Stuart wedding gown and the amazing floral displays by Suzie Hart of Hart Company.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Fyal Photography

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Click through to see more of Julia’s stunning images and to contact the wedding industry suppliers in her Little Black Book. 

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A Wedding Blog Styled Shoot – Winter Bridal Style by Brides Up North

October 10th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I was recently invited along by the Sunday Sun to act as stylist on a winter bridal fashion shoot at Rockliffe Hall in Darlington.  The edit, plus some advice on winter bridal style courtesy of this was published in the paper yesterday – did you pick up a copy?

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The team, consisting of Stan and Jane from Stan Seaton PhotographyHooker and Young Darlington, The Rockliffe Hall Spa, Hart Company, Poppy Bridal, Leigh Hetherington and myself worked all day to produce some stunning images.  I share my personal favourites here.  Be inspired!.

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If you would like to work with me on a styled shoot, please get in touch!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown available at Poppy Bridal

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The nights may be longer and the wind may be sharper, but tying the knot during the winter is a great fashion choice. The fabrics can be richer and more sumptuous; the colour palette more flattering; there can never be too much sparkle and you can go overboard on fabulous accessories.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown by Leigh Hetherington

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown by Leigh Hetherington

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For a true snow princess look, think layers of crisp white tulle, big skirts and lace detailing. The gorgeous gowns by Leigh Hetherington are straight out of a fairy tale. You won’t need a lot of colour, but to keep it pretty, add colour contrasts of pale blue and green. This look is all about the drama, so add a full length veil and touches of diamante sparkle to a pale hydrangea bouquet.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown by Jenny Packham at Poppy Bridal

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If you prefer a sleeker silhouette, chose fluid fabrics like silk and chiffon and go to town on the accessories and detailing. Feathers, pearls and crystals all work well to create a stylish look with a nod to the season. When it comes to winter bridal accessories, more is more. Jenny Packham has created a complimentary line of feathered shrugs , bejewelled hair vines and crystal cuffs that set off her dresses gorgeously (Jenny Packham is available at Poppy Bridal, Darlington).

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown by Jenny Packham at Poppy Bridal

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

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Gown by Leigh Hetherington

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Gown by Jenny Packham at Poppy Bridal

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Gown by Leigh Hetherington

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Gowns by Jenny Packham at Poppy Bridal

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Keep reading to see the rest… and let me know what you make of my styling skills!

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Super Sunday!

October 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Morning all!  It’s been a busy week.  I’ve been a guest of the UK Wedding Shows, a guest of Leafy Couture at the Harewood House wedding evening and a guest speaker at the Forward Ladies Positive Women’s Day in Sheffield, talking about “Blogging For Business”. 

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If you would like to come along to a similar seminar in the future please contact me to let me know.  If the demand is there I will get something arranged!

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Today I’m at The Wedding Affair at Newby Hall, Ripon from 12pm – 4pm.  Drop by and say hello!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: My Wedding/ David Lawson Studios

Photograph of our wedding day by David Lawson Studios

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So, guess what?  This time next week I will have been married for one whole year!  Time really flies (especially when you spent the best part of that year juggling two lives as a lawyer and – if you don’t know the story behind that, click here). 

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I’m so excited as my lovely hubby is planning on whisking me off for a few days away to a secret location.  How I love him!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: My Wedding/ David Lawson Studios

Photograph of our wedding day by David Lawson Studios

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I actually have an admission to make – we still haven’t chosen the final edit for our wedding album.  Who would have thought it?  I’m a bad wife (but a good wedding blogger!). 

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To rectify things, I have decided to devote some blog posts next week to my reflections on a year of marriage, what marriage means, looking back at the past year and my hopes and dreams for the future.  I would absolutely love it if you would chime in with your own comments and help to get some constructive discussion going here on the wedding blog

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In the meantime – if you so desire, you can see my wedding pictures here:

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Click here to see the girls getting ready

Click here to see the boys warming up

Click here to see our wedding service

Click here to see our wedding reception

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It’s not all going to be my personal memoirs though… you’ll also find the usual mix of bridal fashion, real weddings, news and supplier showcases gracing these silver swirly pages, and boy do I have some corking wedding inspiration to share with you, like this bridal shoot that I styled last week at Rockliffe Hall, that’s in today’s Sunday Sun! (North East). The full set to come soon on the wedding blog so just a sneak peek for now…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Photograph by Stan Seaton Photography, styled by Brides Up North

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Let’s catch up on what you might have missed on the wedding blog this week…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Andy Hook Photography

Photograph of Laura & Rufus by Andy Hook Photography

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Gorgeous real Brides Up North…

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Pony Club! Sophie Rocks Her Dress

Happy Feet! A Real Wedding, Anna and Paul

Sweet Like Chocolate, A Real Wedding – Laura & Ashley

On The Beach! A Real Wedding, Laura & Rufus

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Nathan Combes Photography

Photograph of Anna by Nathan Combes Photography

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Amazing Northern Talent…

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Are You Ready For Your Close Up- Supplier Showcase- Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist

All Wrapped Up Presents An Upcycled Wedding Challenge…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Lorna Roberts Photography

A Bowie inspired bride by All Wrapped Up Events, photograph by Lorna Roberts Photography 

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Eye Candy Interview- The White Room Bridal Boutique

At One- Pagan Handfasting – Supplier Showcase- Cat Treadwell

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: India Hobson

A White Room bride works the Stephanie Allin well, photograph by India Hobson

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And BOOTCAMP… 8 inches lost and counting…

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Brides Up North Bootcamp- Week 6 – Negative Energy!

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