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On Ice. A Glamorous Real Wedding In Saddleworth – Katie & Stuart

April 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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I don’t want to jinx things, but this weekend I began to get a sniff that summer might finally be on it’s way.  The sun shone all day on our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms yesterday and all our beautiful brides and grooms arrived with a spring in their step and a smile on their faces.  I know I say this every time (guilty as charged!) but yesterday’s event really was something very special.  I was so proud of the great mix of exhibitors and some of the wonderful comments on the day, by email and on Facebook from visiting brides really do make all the hard work worthwhile.  If you missed us, we’ll be back in Cheshire in a short two week’s time for our inaugural event at Hilltop Country House.  Don’t miss that one!  Click here to pre-register. 

Meanwhile, all this sunshine has made me twitchy to share a very special Real Wedding that’s been waiting in my features box for a while, one that’s cool as ice and very glam indeed.  Now that things feel warmer offline, I’m brave enough to sprinkle a little frost on these pretty pages.

Just don’t get cross if it snows next week or something, right?

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Katie says: Stuart asked me to marry him on 21st December 2011 at The Grand Hyatt Muscat Hotel, Oman and we were married on Friday 20th December 2013 at The Saddleworth Hotel, Saddleworth.

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I really wanted an outdoor wedding and the hotel had this facility, it was on our doorstep and has beautiful surroundings. The hotel style also fitted in perfectly with our theme, which was classic styling and winter wonderland. 

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I chose a Suzanne Neville Dress called ’Lady’ from The Bridal Boutique in Guisley. I wanted something classic that would not date. I am not very girly either. The dress was made to measure and it was amazing!

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My bridesmaids wore a graphite lace and organza gown, by Noir Lazaro (JLM Couture) which I got from Pomfret Bridal Gowns, Pontefract. The groomsmen wore a smart plain grey suit with a grey cashmere scarf from Denis Hope in Rochdale.

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I travelled to the ceremony in a Rolls Royce Phantom with my Pops. 

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The ceremony was my favourite part of the day, it was fun and very emotional! And I got to marry my man!

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We used Hangover Kits for the wedding Favours and created an order of the day with fun facts about how we met etc. to personalise proceedings. 

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As Stuart’s dad passed away three years ago we wanted to include him in some way. His Dad was the best F1 Stockcar driver of all time – Stuart Smith 391 – so our stationer Amanda at Love Invited (a Brides Up North Featured Supplier no less!) helped us to do this.

Our table names were all named after the championships Stuart’s dad had won which included a picture from that championship as a watermark. As my husband is also an F1 Stockcar World Champion we had lots of Stockcar friends there who thought it was a really nice touch! It was great how Amanda helped us to incorporate this and she was our very favourite supplier overall. 

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For our wedding cake, we had four tiers of Victoria sponge, lemon, chocolate and fruit. I had tasted a few cakes but Suzanne’s cakes at The Frostery were by far the best! So helpful too!

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We used a string quartet for our ceremony and for canapés and cocktails then had a band for the evening and a DJ.  Later in the evening, we opted out of a buffet and had bacon and cheese butties served to keep the party in full swing

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The best advice we were given was for me and my husband to step back & take 5 minutes to watch everyone enjoying our big day! We did and so glad we did! So that would be my top tip for other Brides Up North. 

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Congratulations Katie & Stuart!

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Summer Shutdown! And A Colourful Real Engagement Shoot –Nicola & Michael

June 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Everyone needs a holiday, right?

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

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

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So without further ado, I officially declare Summer 2013 open – come on sunshine!

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Starting the Summer Shutdown off with a burst of colour, today we join Nicola and Michael as they share their sweet story and excitement about their upcoming big day.  With images by Pixies In The Cellar.

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Nicola says:  We got engaged in the beautiful Maldives on 6th June 2011.  It was a complete surprise – just us at the end of a jetty on a beautiful island.  Michael had a candle lit dinner planned and we sat outside celebrating under the stars on a private deck over the edge of the beach. Just us and a – very discrete – waiter. It was the perfect proposal.  He’d also asked my Dad’s permission before we left.

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We are getting married in August this year at The Saddleworth Hotel.

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We met at the gym in June 2006. After three weeks of eyes and smiles, I asked him on a date!  We went for a drink at a nearby hotel. Neither of us were looking to meet ‘the one’ but couldn’t deny that there was an instant attraction on both sides. 

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After casually dating for a few months, Michael was given the chance to go out and play rugby in New Zealand. As we hadn’t been dating long, we left it at “tTanks for a great Summer, it’s been fun’. No pressure to keep in touch – I simply wished him good luck as he flew off in late November.

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Then, before long, emails turned to texts and texts turned to calls and on New Year’s Eve 2006, we both said those three magic words. Neither of us could deny our feelings and longer.

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After finishing my degree in May, I flew out to New Zealand for an amazing Summer together before both returning to England in August.

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Seven years later, I guess true love really does conquer all!

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I love Michael’s love of life and how he never fails to make me smile. He is not only beautiful on the outside but also one of the nicest men you could ever wish to meet. He is smart, loving, incredibly witty and, often, the yin to my yang – the calming voice, when I worry too much!

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Michael:  Nicola makes me laugh. She is my best friend and, to top it off, smokin’ hot!

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Our biggest wish for married life is to have a happy, healthy family and grow old together, as happy as we are now.

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We’ve been engaged for two years now and are just weeks away from getting married. Wishing we’d had some photographs done when we first got engaged, we decided that it would be a lovely memory and keepsake to treasure as part of the build up to our big day! The ‘just before we were Mr and Mrs’ shots. It also gave us and Peter (our amazing photographer – Pixies In The Cellar) chance to get to know one another before the wedding; rather than have a stranger turn up on the day.

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The day was absolutely brilliant – and so much fun! Peter is not only an amazing photographer – the proof is in the pictures – but also a lovely person to work with.  Without doubt, it made us even more excited about the big day!

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Brides Up North is great for ideas and inspiration to help organise things leading up to the wedding. We’ll be back to share our Real Wedding photographs soon!

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Congratulations Nicola & Michael!

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