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Look Book: The Bow Factor

July 10th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

Rosa by Stephanie Allin

Rosa by Stephanie Allin 

From small to big and neat to blousy, bows are everywhere. 

A pretty addition to many wedding dresses, ribbons, sashes and bows can be used for delicate detailing or to make one heck of a statement.

Traditionally bows appeared in the back of the dress and were used to cinch in the waist, but today designers are making bolder statements with bows, placing them on the front of the dress, the side, or even on the shoulder.

Honour by Stephanie Allin

Honour by Stephanie Allin

Graceful bows feature quite heavily in Stephanie Allin’s Day and Night collection. Rosa, Heaven and Bardot are equally dreamy designs with slim-line bow and ribbon detailing. Allin’s steely toned Masquerade dress also features a delicate bow, but in the back. Meanwhile her Honour dress (which I have swooned over too many times) gives brides the option to tie its stunning sage green sash, complete with fabulous floral corsages, in the front, back or side, depending on their styling preference.

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Those looking for simple bow designs will find options in the collections of Ronald Joyce, Ellis and Sassi Holford, including large princess style gowns as well as structured slim-line creations. Ellis’ tea-length fifties 11404 style dress is a cute example as is Sassi Holford’s Martha dress. Those looking for more detailed designs might prefer Ronald Joyce’s Bernice dress. Its slim-line silhouette features a beautiful cowl neck and embroidery detailing, all finished off with a large jewel-centred bow on the side.

Martha by Sassi Holford

Martha by Sassi Holford

17416 by Ronald Joyce

Bernice by Ronald Joyce

11404 by Ellis Bridals

11404 by Ellis Bridals

67073 by Ronald Joyce

Style 67073 by Ronald Joyce

Josephine & Josephine Skirt by Sassi Holford

Josephine by Sassi Holford

Megan by Sassi Holford

Megan by Sassi Holford

Fans of structured, rather than blousy, bows should look to Holford’s Josephine gown, which features a wide satin bow belt in the front, and her fabulously feminine Megan dress with slim duchess satin bow belt, which nips in neatly at the waist.

South Pacific Print by Ian Stuart

South Pacific Print by Ian Stuart Bride 

Blue Bird by Ian Stuart

Blue Bird by Ian Stuart Bride

Finally, for those really wanting to make a statement on the aisle, there‘s only one man for the job – step forward Ian Stuart. His sensational Supernova collection has several dresses featuring bold bows. Blue Bird (from the Killer Queen collection) is a particularly striking design with incredible oversized bowtails that waterfall down the back of the dress into a flowing chapel train. But top of the stand-out stakes has to be South Pacific that features a billowing oversized bow which cascades from the left hip and opens to reveal flowing silk gazar. A must for fashion-forward brides, this dress is also available in striking floral print for that extra wow-factor!

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Twinkle & Bloom! A Real Wedding In Cheshire – Kirsty & Wayne

April 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

James Jebson Photography

Following the fashion frenzy of the last week (dahlings!), I think it’s about time we got back to basics here at Brides Up North.  It’s what we do best – Real Weddings from real Brides Up North and their talented local suppliers.  Real, regional and really, really gorgeous.  I jolly well hope you’re thinking local for your big day!

This afternoon’s wedding was sent to us by real bride Kirsty and Brides Up North Featured Supplier James Jebson and has all the elements of the best of big days – tons of sparkle, big blooms and lots of laughs. 

Enjoy!

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Kirsty says: We got engaged in October 2012 at Mottram Hall and were married on 14th December 2013 at St Anne’s Church in Woodplumpton by our fabulous village vicar Revd. Brian Whitley, followed by a reception at Beeston Manor in Houghton.

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

We chose our venue as it just felt very ‘us’.  With its countryside setting and manor house feel, Beeston Manor is beautiful. Furthermore the venue was completely private and meant we just shared our day with our family & our guests.

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I chose a Mori Lee wedding dress with lace and diamante detail from Dan Kerr Brides. It was a really sparkly dress and I loved it from the moment I put it on. All my jewellery, accessories and my shoes were from Lottie’s Bridal Boutique in Lytham.

Our bridesmaids wore gold dresses by Ronald Joyce, again from Dan Kerr Brides. Wayne and the ushers all wore grey suits, ivory waistcoats and ties to match the girls’ dresses from Moss Bros, and the Mother of the Bride and page boys were dressed by Lottie’s Bridal Boutique – along with the bridesmaids’ fur shrugs.

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

We travelled in a Range Rovers on the day all dressed by our florist Margaret Mason with ivory ribbons – they looked fantastic.

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James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

My bouquet was made of mini Calla Lilies and had diamonds amongst the flowers. It was simply stunning

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James Jebson, our photographer, was simply sensational on our wedding day. His attention to detail, his professionalism, & his incredibly infectious personality, accompanied with his awesome photography put him in another league.  In the words of my new husband James is ”simply a different kind of gravy” and his photography service was extra special from start to finish. 

We were over the moon with our wedding pictures as they capture the best day of our lives from every angle. James didn’t miss a thing and even caught images of moments we had missed! We have the most wonderful memories of our wedding and I cannot stress how important a good photographer is.  When your wedding is over your photos are the one thing you have left and I cannot thank James enough for our amazing images. He is simply fabulous!

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

November 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Lissa Alexandra Photography

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

With images by Lissa Alexandra Photography.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

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

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

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

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

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

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

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

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

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

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

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

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

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

All our flowers were by Julie Sharrock.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

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

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

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

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

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

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

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

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

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

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

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

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

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

After the wedding we jetted off to Rome on honeymoon. 

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

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Congratulations Kirsty & Tom!

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It’s All Rosy! Ronald Joyce For A Real Wedding at Doxford Hall, Northumberland – Clare & Chris

July 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Well hello there Brides Up North!  Welcome to another week.  I hope you all have had a lovely weekend.  This weekend I’ve been having a rather special “busman’s holiday” attending the gorgeous nuptials of our family friends Chris & Lisa.  I’m such a sucker for a bit of romance, and I’ll never tire of a proper knees up!  Lisa also surprised her guests with some unique styling that was out of this world pretty.  I’m looking forward to sharing the details of their big day with you soon.   But let’s let the newlyweds enjoy their honeymoon first…

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We are definitely in the thick of wedding season!  My little family were invited to no less than three celebrations this weekend alone.  Now, I’m good at multi-tasking – but not that good!  Big love to Becky & James and Ellie & Alexei, who we couldn’t be with, but who we love very much.  I can’t wait to see your photographs and hear all about your days.

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Today, we join another happy couple for their beautiful Real Wedding at Brides Up North dream venue and Featured Supplier Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa.  With images by Matt Ethan and Sarah-Jane Ethan, Clare and Chris’ day is classy, intimate and really rather romantic, awash with pretty pink gowns and blousy roses.  Enjoy!

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Clare says:  Chris proposed to me on Newcastle Quayside on my birthday in January 2012, and we tied the knot on Friday 24th May, 2013 at Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa, near Chathill, Alnwick in Northumberland. 

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I went to a wedding open day at the venue with my Dad and little sister and immediately fell in love with Doxford Hall and its beautiful surroundings so much so that I returned with Chris and my parents soon after.  We booked our wedding there and then.

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We went for a classic, vintage feel and our colour scheme was soft rose, ivory and lime green. 

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My dress was called "Tiffany" by Victoria Jane Collection for Ronald Joyce. It was in ivory lace, a mermaid style fishtail dress with a sweetheart neckline. I bought the dress from a lovely bridal shop from Newport in Wales called All About Eve. My headpiece was from the Jon Richard Luxe range at Debenhams and was a triple mixed crystal stone headband.

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My hair and makeup was done by Princess Hair and Beauty based in Greenside, Tyne and Wear. 

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Chris wore a mid grey morning suit hired from Slaters in Newcastle and the bridesmaids wore Coast  "Symphony" maxi dresses in Soft Rose. 

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A lovely local lady called Lesley who runs her own business named Stem Ginger, based in Washington, Tyne and Wear made my flowers, my three bridesmaids’ bouquets, all the buttonholes and my flower girls’ fairy-tale wands and cake topper.

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My bouquet was a round hand tie with a mix of vintage ivory and vintage pink soft touch roses interspersed with small clusters of green, ivory wax flower and green anethum heads, the stems were partially exposed bound with ivory ribbon and secured with pearl pins.

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My bridesmaids’ bouquets were a smaller version of mine but with more vintage ivory flowers than pink.

The men’s buttonholes were a single semi open vintage rose with rose leaf foliage and Chris’s buttonhole had an extra touch with a cluster of green and ivory wax flower and green anethum similar to that in my bouquet.

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Although we had an absolutely brilliant day and night our favourite part of the day would have to be the ceremony itself which was conducted by Alnwick Registrars who were personal, sincere and added the correct amount of humour in the right place. For the ceremony itself we added our own personal touch by choosing our own ceremony music, vows, readings and we also designed our own ceremony pamphlet. 

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We also had a fantastic local photographer on our wedding day called Matt Ethan who was assisted by his wife Sarah-Jane Ethan who is also an accomplished photographer in her own right. Both Matt and Sarah-Jane were professional and innovative, putting us and our guests at ease to get the perfect photographs.

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All the food and drink on the day was provided by Doxford Hall who use local produce from local suppliers. 

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Apart from the main table flower arrangements (by Julie of Alnwick Florists) we decorated the tables ourselves with rose petals, coloured crystals and tea lights.

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We made the table place name cards, the favours and the table name cards which were named after Northumbrian Castles. The table name cards featured a picture of each castle on one side and information about the history throughout the ages on the other side.

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We also put together our own sweetie bar using different sized jars and a variety of popular retro sweets and lollipops decorated with labels, bows and stickers which we hand made.

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We went for a traditional three tier round wedding cake made by a local bakers who my family have used for nearly 30 years, James Ford and Son in Berwick upon Tweed. Two of our tiers were a traditional fruit cake and one tier was vanilla sponge. The cake was decorated in ivory and white icing with ivory ribbon and our cake topper was a smaller version of my bouquet.

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We decided to book an excellent local North East Singer, Tom Wyllie,  who had come highly recommended. We also hired a local disco called Genetix who played a fantastic range of music and had a fantastic range of coloured lighting and shapes which really gave our evening that special touch we were looking for. Both Tom and Genetix disco did several spots each throughout the evening and kept our guests thoroughly entertained making it very memorable and enjoyable.

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After deliberation we decided to split our honeymoon into two periods.  Straight after the wedding we had a four night break to Rome and in September we have booked for a two week trip to the Caribbean!

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Our top tip for any bride and groom to be would be to try and do as many of the small little touches yourself. This way it is personal to you both and will save you money in what can be an expensive event.

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Congratulations Clare & Chris!

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To see your own Real Wedding live on Brides Up North, contact me

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Sarah-Jane Ethan & Matt Ethan

Doxford Hall is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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Time For Tea! Maggie Sottero For A Vintage Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Wedding In Harrogate – Gemma & Paddy

July 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Why not start the week off as we mean to go on?  One gorgeous Real Wedding after another? Yes please!

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For this afternoon’s celebration we are staying in North Yorkshire, as we join Brides Up North reader Gemma and her new husband Paddy for a vintage Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.  Trust me, it’s pretty (and not a Cheshire Cat or Alice band in sight…)!

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Gemma says:  Paddy proposed to me in July 2010. It was the morning of York Races and we were getting ready at home. I was undecided about what jewellery to wear and Paddy said “Why don’t you look in the drawer, you might find something in there”. Confused I opened my dressing table drawer and found a ring box… inside was an engagement ring. The whole day was wonderful; we celebrated with friends and drank champagne at the races. At the end of the day we watched some of the X-Factor finalists perform on stage and the song I always remember playing was “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol. It later became our first dance song.

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We tied the knot on 4th June 2012. It was the bank holiday weekend of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, so we decided to take advantage of the extra day off. We enjoyed the weekend before the big day and spent the Sunday dressing the venue.

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We had our ceremony and drinks reception at The Sun Pavilion in Harrogate, followed by our wedding reception at The White Hart Hotel.

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I really wanted a venue which had beautiful gardens where we could have our wedding photos taken. We looked at several different venues but none of them seemed right. I came across The Sun Pavilion on the internet and it just looked stunning. It had an amazing stained glass roof and a terrace outside which overlooked the idyllic Valley Gardens. It was perfect and we were excited to book our wedding reception there.

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For our reception, we chose The White Hart Hotel which was only a few minutes walk from the Valley Gardens. The hotel décor fit perfectly with our theme as they had recently refurbished and so we didn’t really have to do too much with the decorations.

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Our colour scheme was ivory with highlights of pale pinks, wisteria and lavender.

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My hair was done by my hairdresser and friend Gemma Peers. She also did my mum’s, nan’s and sister’s hair.  I had a make up trial at Bobby Brown and did my own make up on the wedding day.

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I chose “Cleo” a Maggie Sottero dress from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. Hayley and all the staff were fabulous and really helpful. The seamstress helped to customise my dress and make it unique to me, we re-positioned the corsages and added a sweetheart neckline. I loved it!

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My shoes were from Monsoon and as soon as I saw them I knew they were the ones. The pearl brooch on them was exactly the same as the hair comb I had bought from Etsy. It was fate.

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My necklace was another Etsy purchase and I loved the big statement rhinestone flowers.

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The bridesmaid dresses were Ronald Joyce, also from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. I loved the wisteria colour as it was a gorgeous vintage colour.

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Paddy, our page boy and best men wore suits which were hired from Slaters in Leeds.

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The night before the wedding we all stayed at The White Hart Hotel. We didn’t have very far to travel to the ceremony venue, however we still wanted something to travel in style in.

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Paddy borrowed an Audi R8 from a friend for him and his best men to travel in. From my bedroom window I could hear the sound of the engine as they took a tour around Harrogate town centre.

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My wedding car was also borrowed from a friend. It was a beautiful MG Magnet and I loved it’s vintage look. I wanted a vintage car but something that was a bit different.

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We hired Sally from Priceless Weddings as our on the day coordinator. With us having two separate venues I wanted to have some continuity and ensure there was someone to keep the day flowing and be there to help guests. She also acted as toastmaster and was fantastic!

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All our wedding flowers were provided by a family friend and she did such a fantastic job. My bouquet had my favourite flowers in it – peonies, carnations, roses, anemones and lavender. It was finished off with some fabric from my dress.  The bridesmaids had rose wrist corsages.

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It was important for us to have children at our wedding as we wanted our son to be page boy. It was so lovely having our son there on such a big day, during the ceremony Jake stood with us holding our hands. When it came to the giving of rings, Jake took each ring and passed it to us, it was so sweet! He even sat with us whilst we signed the register…it was just perfect.

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We wanted our day to reflect us as a couple as much as possible.

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I studied fashion design at university so like to be creative and indulge in craft projects, so I knew we were going to make a lot of things ourselves for the wedding from designing our own wedding stationery, to doing our own centrepieces.

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We decided upon the theme "a vintage mad hatter’s tea party". I have a love for all things vintage and my husband has his own business supplying tea and coffee to trade. So it just seemed the perfect theme for us.

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Harriet from Weddings Vintage did a fabulous job with our wedding photos. Harriet had photographed a friends’ wedding and when I saw the photos I instantly knew I wanted her to photograph our day.

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I made all of our wedding stationery; save the dates, invitations, order the day, name tags… you name it. It was a labour of love, but I was really pleased with how it all turned out and it was unique to us.

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For our drinks reception we served pink fizz, and also had bottles of Fentimans with stripy paper straws and I made “drink me” tags which we hung around the bottle necks.

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We treated guests to ice-cream which was provided by Ripley’s who are based in The Valley Gardens.

We borrowed a vintage butcher’s bike and decorated it with bunting, and guests helped themselves to the ice-cream from the basket on the bike.

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We set up a table just for the kids at the wedding breakfast . Each received a goodie bag from us which had in it a disposable camera and an “I spy” list, a word search, colouring pencils and a handmade biscuit.  We also provided a hamper of vintage toys and games for the children to play with as the table centrepiece. 

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We spent weeks scouring charity shops and eBay for vintage pieces that fit perfectly with our theme. Each piece was lovingly chosen, and my nana and mum also gave me their tea sets to use which made it even more personal.

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Each table had a different centrepiece all designed to look like the mad hatter’s table. We had cake stands on stacked vintage books, vintage glass bottles and tea pots filled with flowers, tea cups and saucers stacked up with pearl strands cascading out, vintage keys and door knobs…

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Each guest had a pretty little vintage trio as their place setting. The name tags were vintage keys which we sprayed white and I made the name tags which were tied to the keys with ribbon. 

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Our wedding favours were tins of loose leaf tea, which were made for us by Jeeves and Jericho.  The tea blend was specially made just for us. 

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We found a violinist through the Leeds College of Music for our wedding ceremony. She played whilst guests were arriving, during our drinks reception and also played along with my entrance song which was “Turning Page” by Sleeping At Last.

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During the evening Paddy and one of his best men DJ’d. It was like the old days when they used to DJ together in clubs and bars and they had such a laugh doing it again. We also had a local band “The International Party Doctors” who were fantastic and really got the party going. They performed our first dance song for us, which they had to learn beforehand.

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My Dad also got up on stage and sang a song to me, which was a big surprise as my Dad is quite shy. It was very touching.

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We treated evening guests to cocktails and a sweetie buffet.

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We asked a friend who is a professional chef to make our wedding cake and then we decorated it ourselves.

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The big surprise for our guests was when we cut into the cake and it was rainbow coloured! I was really chuffed in the months following the wedding when it was announced the trend for wedding cakes in 2013 was rainbow cake!

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For our wedding breakfast, we served afternoon tea cake stands for dessert and had teapots filled with proper loose leaf tea.

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Since our wedding, I have started my own business hiring out all our vintage china and props.

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In the evening we provided our own photo booth for guests to enjoy! We collected our own props and our wedding photographer took the photos. It was definitely the best idea and everyone really got into the spirit.

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As I had done most of the wedding planning, Paddy had the task of booking the honeymoon. I did start to panic at one point as it was three  weeks until the wedding and still nothing was booked. I had my heart set on the Maldives or Bora Bora with a water villa, but Paddy had other ideas!

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A few days before the wedding he surprised me with tickets to Thailand. We spent a night in Bangkok at The Banyan Tree Hotel, before flying to the island of Koh Kood and the Soneva Kiri Resort. To get to the island we had to travel on a small plane and then get a speedboat. It was rainy season whilst we were there but we were actually really lucky and only had one day of rain. The honeymoon was better than I could have imagined and was the perfect way to round off the celebrations.

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Chocolate Orange: A Real Wedding At Lumley Castle – Deborah & Ben

June 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today’s bride is part of the fabulous family of feisty females who make up North East wedding cake suppliers Celebration Cakes and who I know via our Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibitions in the North East and also because the family were in charge of creating my very own wedding cake back in October 2010 (and very nice it was too)!

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So when Deborah asked me if I would like to feature her Real Wedding, with images by Alan Gibson Photography, I knew that she wouldn’t have done anything by halves.  Enlisting the help of her industry colleagues (some of the best in the business) Deborah and Ben’s real wedding was bright, colourful and bursting with personality.  And lots of cake, clearly.

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Deborah says:  We got engaged seven years ago when Ben proposed after a night out for my birthday, and we were married on 21st May 2012 at Lumley Castle in County Durham.  We have just celebrated our first wedding anniversary. 

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I have always wanted get married in a castle and after doing many wedding fairs over the last fourteen years with our cake company, Lumley Castle is my favourite. 

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I had a huge dress by Ronald Joyce from Exclusively Yours by Tara and my bridesmaids wore long taffeta black dresses from Gowns and Garters. 

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We chose tropical flowers in bright colours.  Birds of Paradise are our favourite flower after seeing them on our first holiday together in Australia many years ago.  Against the bright flowers we opted for a colour scheme of ivory, black and bright orange with a hint of purple. 

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My bouquet weighed three and a half pounds and was huge! It including lilies, birds of paradise and roses and was by Wild & Wonderful. 

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I stayed at Lumley Castle the night before and Ben travelled in a Lovedub Cars camper van called Chaz!  We then we had a wedding car come after our wedding breakfast to take us into Durham for some photos with the Cathedral behind us. 

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We enlisted the help of so many amazing North East industry suppliers in addition to those already mentioned including; One Digital image, Dandy Events, Snaparazzi Photobooths, All Things Fun, Impact Technical, Mobeus Jewellers, Stephanie Short Stationery, Menswear by Just Perfect, Lickety Split, Whatado Weddings, Exclusive Wedding Cars and The Beauty Studio.

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Given what we do, the wedding cake had to be pretty special!  We had a individual chocolate cakes during the day with a figure of me, Ben and our son Alex on the top and then we had a surprise six tier chocolate creation in the evening as well as pork pies and cheese cakes.  We even had a cake made from balloons!

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All our females guests received a orchard to take home and a wedding survival pack including plasters, perfume, a hairbrush and painkillers (for the morning after)!

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In the evening we partied the night away to a live band called The Emerald Thieves, served ice creams form our favourite parlour and hired a vintage photo booth from Snaparazzi.  Ben’s mum also surprised us with a firework display. 

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Cyprus without our son! Ben’s mum booked it for us as a wedding present. 

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My favourite  part of the day was the firework display to my favourite prodigy song “Voodoo People” , but I loved it all and would love to do it all again, but as a guest!  So my top tip for other Brides Up North would be to just relax and enjoy it!

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Vintage Rose: Ronald Joyce For A Real Wedding At Burton Agnes Hall – Leanne & Richard

April 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Happy Friday Brides Up North!  We are over in Altrincham today making all sorts of plans for our Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, but here on the pages of the wedding blog we are across in East Yorkshire.

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Those of you in the region might recognise today’s bride Leanne, as she is a TV reporter and presenter for BBC Look North ( East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire) but currently working at the BBC’s new media city in Manchester, returning to Look North screens in May.

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Leanne says: Unfortunately we don’t have an amazing engagement story to tell! We were at home in Hull, I was sitting at my dressing table brushing my hair and Richard just came and sat next to me and asked me to marry him. Just a few moments before he’d been looking at engagement rings on the internet and decided to just come and ask me instead! He then made me a seafood risotto and we sat outside in the garden and ate our tea with a bottle of champagne.

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A more of a romantic story is how we got together. We first dated around ten years ago but split up due to distance as Richard got a job in Newcastle. Then in 2011 we met up for a coffee in Beverley and the next day Richard asked me if I wanted to go to Rome for a weekend, and it all started from there. Within a year we were living together and six months after that we were engaged.

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We got married on 16th March 2013 at Burton Agnes Church followed by a reception next door at Burton Agnes Hall, one of the UK’s finest stately homes. When we got engaged we had no firm ideas on what we wanted but we did want a church wedding and we stumbled upon Burton Agnes Church by chance. On the way back from a trip to Bridlington we drove past Burton Agnes and a sign which said 13th Century Church, we have always loved the hall and have been there many times in the past but never noticed the little church next door as it’s surrounded by trees. We walked down the little pathway, opened the door and fell in love with it immediately. It had a warm and cosy feel and the vicar ( Rev James Anderson) made us feel so welcome and at home. We instantly knew that was where we wanted to get married and didn’t look at anything else after that.

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Helen Guy, a make up artist from Bridlington helped me to get ready,  My dad booked her as a surprise as I was going to do my own hair and make up. I’m so glad he did, it meant all I had to do in the morning was get up and enjoy myself.

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Our engagement was very short, just 7 months so dress-wise I needed something quick and off the peg. Many dresses had a six month waiting time and I simply didn’t want to risk it not coming in time. The dress I chose was the second dress I tried on! It was from Brides & Maids in Grimsby and was by the designer Ronald Joyce. It fitted like a glove and as soon as I put it on I felt excited as it felt like the kind of dress I could have a lot of fun in!

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I didn’t buy it straight away. I tried on dresses in different locations for two days but I kept thinking about that particular one, so at the end of the two days I rang the shop to see if they still had it and the lady said ‘ We put it in the back after you tried it on and haven’t let anyone else try it. We knew you would be back for it’. I had definitely made the right choice.

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I had lots of accessories to choose from including two pairs of shoes and three different belts! I wore the cheapest of the two shoes, a sparkly silver pair from Red or Dead and never even wore a belt! I think I’ll be having an Ebay sale soon!

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Richard didn’t know what he wanted but after trying on a few suits chose to go for a white tuxedo with the best man and father of the bride in black tuxedos. He says he felt like James Bond!

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We took inspiration from Burton Agnes Hall which is surrounded by hydrangeas so all the flowers throughout the day incorporated hydrangeas and vintage style roses in keeping with our theme. We mixed and matched as well, some flowers we had done professionally and others we did ourselves with flowers from the local supermarket.

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I had a silver heart lock stitched into my bouquet which belonged to my grandma. She has dementia and couldn’t be with us on the day so I wanted to take a little memory of her with me. After the wedding I also took my bouquet to the war memorial at Lisett as a gesture of thanks to all those that fought for our freedom in the war.  My bridal bouquet and church flowers were by Flowers by Yvonne, Bridlington and the bridesmaid flowers and reception were done by us.

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One of the most important aspect of the day for us was the food, we love fine dining and we enjoy nothing more than going to a nice restaurant and drinking some nice wine so we wanted to treat our guests to a slap up meal. Ceruti’s is one of my favourite restaurants and they provided us with a lovely three course meal of a warm scallop and prawn salad starter, sirloin steak and horseradish mash for main, and our favourite dessert of sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce. Carrying on our love of food we also made all our own wedding favours which where a mixture of chutneys, marmalade and piccalilli . 

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We also wanted our guests to experience something a little different so included in the reception was a tour of Burton Agnes Hall, we couldn’t let them leave without seeing it in all its splendour! Richard joked at the beginning of his speech ‘Welcome to Downton Abbey’.

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I love baking at home and often make my own cakes so it was really important to me to have a big cake! We only had 40 guests but the leftovers from our tiers doubled up as my birthday cake two days later!  The cake was by Lucy Beal Cakery in Hedon. 

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As Lucky As We Are! A Real Wedding In The North East – Carly & Daniel

November 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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We are staying in the North East this morning with this breath-taking Real Wedding at Wynyard Hall, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Gemma of GS Studio and gorgeous real bride Carly.

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Carly and Daniel chose a classic colour scheme for their elegant celebration and let their stunning venue, chic sense of style and tasteful details lead the way.  Stunning.   

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Carly says: Daniel proposed at Edinburgh Castle on 31st October 2009 and we were married on 22nd September 2012 at Wynyard Hall Chapel and Wynyard Hall. 

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Danny proposed in Edinburgh and it is one of our favourite places to visit so we chose the city as our theme. Our table plan was set around Edinburgh- the top table was the Castle and all the other tables were our favourite landmarks in Edinburgh.  We chose a romantic colour scheme of sage green and gun metal grey. 

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For my wedding dress, I chose a Ronald Joyce design called Dakota from Christabel & Keats in Hartlepool and I carried a bouquet containing roses, orchids and eucalyptus by Valerie Rose.  I really let my florist go to town and just asked for seasonal flowers to tie in with our colour scheme.    

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My bridesmaids wore mid length strapless sage green dresses from Coast, and they looked gorgeous!

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I enjoyed the whole day from beginning to end: I loved entering the church to see everyone, and saying my vows to Daniel. I also had a fantastic time dancing the night away in the evening. I didn’t want it to be over!

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We chose Wynyard Hall as is a stunning place, location and excellent service.  On the day, they had some help in dressing the event from Ivory White Events who were responsible for the chair covers and table coverings and Papercraft who provided our wedding stationery. 

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Instead of a message book we had a chalk board where people could write their messages for us.  Gemma from GS Studio will then put these into an album for us.  It’s a fun and surprising alternative to a guest book and we have some great messages to read through (some funny, some wise…)

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Daniel’s father sang some old songs with his guitar during our wedding breakfast, and my sister (chief bridesmaid, Stephanie) sang some modern love songs after our first dance to kick the evening party off. We also had a casino as part of our entertainment.

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After the wedding we honeymooned for four nights in Las Vegas, then we flew to Cancun, Mexico for  eight nights – complete bliss!

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Make Me A Mix Tape? A Real Wedding In The North East: Sam & Grant

November 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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We are in the North East today with Brides Up North readers Sam and Grant who we first met when I featured their engagement story a few months back.  With images by the lovely Helen Russell Photography, a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, these two big kids kept the quirk factor high and styled their wedding just the way they wanted it.  Watch out for some retro gliders, a fabulous Lego wedding cake and lots of beautiful buttons.

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Sam says: Grant proposed in October 2008 on a surprise romantic weekend trip to Paris. (Please see the full story at our real engagement shoot) and we married on Saturday 25th August 2012 at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield.

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We wanted to host both the ceremony & reception at the same venue to reduce travelling for our guests.

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We are both big kids at heart and wanted our special day to be fun, unique and a wedding to remember.

We didn’t start with a theme in mind – it naturally evolved into a retro theme after finding Lego Cake Toppers on eBay.

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Selecting a colour scheme was an easy choice, as we both share the same favourite colour, Teal.

However, we soon realised after selecting the colour, how many different shades of Green/Blue there are and coordinating a consistent colour scheme became more of a challenge than we first thought.

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I wore an ivory “Donatella” Ronald Joyce dress from Butterflies Bridal in Thornaby. It was a stunning dress with a sweetheart neckline and amazing beading detail. I knew straight away it was the one.

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After much researching, I eventually found a really nice polka dot bridesmaid dress in John Lewis that was very different and fitted in with our retro theme.  The bridesmaids also wore coral peep-toe shoes, which matched the colour of the dress zip.  Before the wedding, my maid of honour found out she was pregnant, so we bought her a replacement coral maxi dress because her bump was growing so much.

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The flower girl wore a simple ivory dress from Primark at a bargain £8 with matching coral shoes.

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Grant opted for a grey coat tail suit as he wanted something different. He wore an ivory waistcoat, whilst the rest of the groomsmen wore grey. All the gents wore teal cravats, which matched with the colour of the bridesmaid dresses.

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As part of our thank you gifts, we gave each bridesmaid a pair of coral plimsolls to help dance the night away and the best man & usher got colourful retro Casio watches.

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As an alternative to the traditional floral bouquet, I wanted something unique, that could be kept and treasured forever. We found a company online called Beau Buttons, who offered the perfect solution – the Button Bouquet.They incorporated all of our ideas and retro details to create a truly personal and bespoke bouquet set.

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The large order also included 6 x smaller Bridesmaid bouquets, 10 x Buttonholes, 3 x Corsages and a button clip for the Flower Girl.

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Beau Buttons really went the extra mile for us and even produced bunting from the Bridesmaid dress fabric as an extra product which they don’t usually offer.  We had several Skype video calls to chat through feedback and were kept continuously up-to-date with progress. It was exactly what I wanted and could not have been happier with the final product.

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It was the ultimate top secret creative mission – none of the guests or wedding party knew about it until the morning of the wedding. Helen caught the moment on camera when I surprised the Bridesmaids with their own individual bouquets. It was amazing and highly recommended to any bride.

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To complement the button bouquets, we also had a selection of real Peach Gerberas from Butterflies Florist in Middlesbrough, who made the top table arrangement, throwing and thank you bouquets.

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We created our very own sweetie buffet, complete with retro sweets, a range of glass jars, pic’n’mix scoops & bags.  To make it more personal, we designed our own “how sweet it is to be loved by you” sign and also found a table cloth that matched with the Bridesmaid dresses.  We topped it all off with a fun Wedding Mr & Mrs Potato Head set.

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We also created a dressing up booth next to the dance floor, which included a range of fancy dress items, props, chalkboards and a large silver frame.  Both the sweetie buffet & dressing up area were very popular with our guests and helped make the day extra special.

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We chose a Lego & Love Hearts themed cake made up of individual fun cupcakes for each of our guests.

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After the wedding, we had the most amazing honeymoon in Cuba – initially soaking up the culture in Havana, before heading to the beach resort of Varadero for total relaxation.

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Find Your Dream Wedding Dress… In A Click!

October 16th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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So. Cancel all plans and meetings for the rest of your afternoon.  Some favourite industry colleagues of mine have launched something rather special. 

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The wedding dress hunt never got easier than this!

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The team at Find Your Dream Wedding Dress say: this is a completely new concept, and the best idea ever. The minute he pops the question, and you have said yes, the search for your dream dress is underway.

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Find Your Dream Wedding Dress brings together, in one beautiful, easy-to-navigate site, a world of wonderful dresses from the top designers and manufacturers – hundreds and hundreds of them – covering all design options and price points. It focuses on bridal gowns, and nothing other than bridal gowns – no flowers, no venues, no best-man speeches. Just gorgeous gowns.

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It works so simply. Just pick out the features that really appeal to you. It could be a halter-neck, a cute fifties silhouette, a fabulous fairy-tale ball gown, or a slinky number with lots of vintage detailing. It could be glitter-loaded, or plain and simple. The choice is yours and you’ll see dozens of dream dresses that fit in with your ‘wish list’. Then you pop your favourites into your ‘dressing room’ and, if you want, you can go back for more choices by changing your criteria.

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Ready for a close up? Click on the dresses in your dressing room and you’ll get all the detail, from the fabric and colour options, size and price range, and personalisation opportunities to special design highlights – and that could include extras, like a sparkly belt or a lacy jacket. You’ll get different views of the gown and you’ll also get comments from the designer about what they like best about that particular style and why. What a great way to find out who’s who of the bridal gown designers!

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But that’s not where the fun stops. You’ll be able to check, right there and then, the bridal shops that carry the collections you have picked. One click and an email will go to the shop you select, to say you are interested in a particular label. And you can make an appointment instantly, by email, to see what could be your own dream wedding dress.

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My friend and colleague Rachel Morgan, editor of Wedding Ideas Magazine loves the idea too, and says: Searching for your dream dress is the most exciting part of the wedding planning. This amazing new website brings together hundreds of gowns from all over the world, and in every price bracket. You can quickly see the designers and the details you like, whittle down your favourites and make an appointment to actually try on the dress – all with a click of a mouse.

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At Find Your Dream Wedding Dress you will discover the latest collections from: Alexia Designs,
Alfred Sung, Amanda Wyatt, Augusta Jones, Beautiful, Benjamin Roberts, Blue by Enzoani, Callista Bride,
Charlotte Balbier, Chic by Hollywood Dreams, Daisi Daisi, Decades by The Vintage Wedding Dress Company, Decorum Bride, Enzoani, Heritage, Hollywood Dreams, Impression Bridal, Intuzuri, Jim Hjelm Blush, Justin Alexander, Joyce Young by Storm, Madeline Isaac-James, Maggie Sottero, Mark Lesley, MDS by Margaret Moreland, Modeca, Mori Lee, MS Moda, Phil Collins, Private Label by G, Ritva Westenius, Romantica, Ronald Joyce, Rosa Couture, Sincerity, Sonsie by Veromia, Sottero & Midgley, Tara Keely, Terry Fox Couture, Tia, Trudy Lee, Venus, Veromia, Watters and Wtoo.

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Literally hours of dress gazing. Right there. 

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Go ahead and play.  And be prepared to come up for air three days later. 

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  – Images © 2012 Find Your Dream Wedding Dress

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