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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2014: Lovely Lederhosen! An Austrian Real Wedding In North Yorkshire – Liz & Christian

June 26th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a break to redesign, review and recharge, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely.

Usual service will recommence on Monday 7th July 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year.  Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks.

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First featured just before the turn of the year on Brides Up North, it’s a Yorkshire Austrian mash-up on the blog today (the bride’s words!) as we join Liz and Christian for their fun and fabulous Real Wedding in Hawes.  Combining Austrian traditions with Yorkshire charm, their big day is pretty and personal. 

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah Mason Photography.

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Liz says:  We got engaged in October 2012 in the Seychelles and were married on 16th August 2013 at West Burton Chapel, North Yorkshire with the reception at Simonstone Hall, Hawes. 

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We live in Vienna, Austria as Christian is from here. I am from Yorkshire and my family spotted Simonstone Hall while walking in the Yorkshire Dales – we trusted them! We tried tried to incorporate English and Austrian traditions into the day as much as possible, with a lavender and green colour scheme. 

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I saw a dress I loved in a boutique and then had it remade with some changes! I loved that it was one of a kind and I got to have some input from the drawing stage!  We had two flower girls and a pageboy and they wore traditional trachten from Vienna. The girls in dirndls and the boy in lederhosen!

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We got our flowers from The Yorkshire Lavender Farm and then made the decorations and bouquets ourselves the day before with help from Aunties and sisters!

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I loved every second but I think walking down the aisle and seeing Christian for the first time that day was the most special moment.

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My husband and his best man had an old red Morgan for the weekend and so they arrived at the chapel in that. Our guests travelled on a double decker bus and I was taken there by a close family friend and returned with my husband in the Morgan.

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Our cake was made by a friend and much of the other decoration was done by Tilly Rose Designs, who made our centre pieces and signage.

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We hired a bus from The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company and a car from Lakes and Dales.

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We wanted a really relaxed day and for it to be and English-Austrian cultural mash-up! We had a log sawing activity – an Austrian tradition where the bride and groom saw through a log to signify them working together to succeed.

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We had goulash soup at midnight (another Austrian tradition) and a great band – ‘Mad dog and the Sophisicats’ playing throughout the day with a ceilidh band at night.

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We had a honeymoon before our wedding! We went to New York and Toronto as some close friends were getting married in Canada.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax – don’t stress about little things – as long as everyone is happy you’ll have a great day!

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Congratulations Liz & Christian!

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Boom! Polka Dots & Super Powers For A Real Wedding On The Chevin, Otley – Franki & Anthony

May 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Friday morning bacon sarnie and brew at the ready? Good. Then we’ll begin. 

Franki and Anthony’s Real Wedding – high on the beautiful Otley Chevin – packs a proper Yorkshire punch. With flippy skirts, powerful polka dots and super hero details, this celebration is cute and quirky, but also seriously authentic. And very cool.

They had me at those heels.

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Sarah Mason Photography.

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Franki says: We got engaged in April 2010. Anthony had booked us a short break in Skipton for my birthday. He proposed to me as we were walking around the moat at Skipton Castle.

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We tied the knot on 17th August 2013, we had originally set the date for the 18th August 2012 but decided to push it back a year to give us more time. It turned out to be a very wise decision as later that year I found out I was pregnant and my due date would only have been a few weeks before the wedding!

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We got married at Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa in Otley.

We had been to many venues on our hunt for the perfect place and although some of them ticked all the right boxes they just didn’t feel right. We visited the Chevin on a whim one day and loved it even though it didn’t tick as many boxes as the others. The wedding coordinator told us we could basically do what we wanted on the day bar letting off sky lanterns. It just felt right and every time I thought about getting married after that first visit I always pictured us there.

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Sarah Mason Photography

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We had a slight 1950’s theme, but it was a mix of a few things. It was a bit rockabilly, a bit vintage, a bit geeky, a bit buttony and a whole lot of us! Our wedding colour scheme was navy blue, white and pink.

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I always knew the style of dress I would wear, a short, 1950’s style, halter neck circle dress with petticoat. I bought mine from Vivien of Holloway and my petticoat was custom made by Honeypie Boutique. I wore a custom made birdcage veil from What Katy Did Next which had a big white button covered heart to tie in with all the other buttons throughout the wedding. My shoes were a bargain as they were massively reduced when I bought them, from an online store called Nelly. They were pale pink suede with spikes running all the way down the inside of the heel. The finishing touches were my pearl necklace like the one stolen by Cat Woman in the Dark Knight Rises from a seller on Etsy and my navy belt also from Vivien of Holloway.

Anthony wore a grey suit hired from The Groom with a navy polka dot & pink pocket square. He wore polka dot socks and black shoes from Next.

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My five bridesmaids wore the exact same dress as me, just in a navy polka dot pattern with pink petticoats all from Vivien of Holloway. My niece was a little bridesmaid too, she wore a pink polka dot dress similar to the bridesmaids which a very talented family friend made for her.

We had five groomsmen who all wore the same suit as the groom but with just the navy polka dot pocket square.

We had three little ushers, our son Luca and my oldest friend’s two little boys. They wore grey chinos from Next with a white linen shirt from Gap. The had navy blue Converse, navy blue braces and navy bow ties both from eBay.

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Between family, bridesmaids and myself we made six button bouquets and a mini button bouquet wand. It was time consuming but definitely worth it and my bouquet has pride of place in my kitchen now.

As I chose not to carry flowers we needed an alternative for the buttonholes as well. We decided on Lego superhero buttonholes for the groom and groomsmen and some button button holes for the wedding party. We DIY’ed them all.

Buttons played quite a large part in our day from being flower replacements to decorating our card box and being part of our centrepieces. They were everywhere.

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The best money we spent was definitely on our photographer Sarah Mason. She captured our day absolutely perfectly and is a lovely, lovely lady who I cannot praise enough, we think she is a little bit fabulous!

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A family friend played acoustic guitar as our ceremony music before singing with his partner during the reception drinks.

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Our centrepieces were milk churn glass vases from Ikea. We tied ribbon that matched our wedding invitations around them and glued some buttons around the top. They were filled with some play sand and a white candle in which Anthony had carved numbers out of and filled with navy wax to make table numbers.

Our wedding favours were wine glasses dipped in chalkboard paint with a ribbon tied in a bow around the stem. We then chalked names onto them to double up as place settings.

Our chair covers were provided by Lindsey from Ambience Venue Styling, who I would highly recommend. Everything else was made by ourselves, family or friends. We made over 40 metres of bunting to decorate the balcony around the lake at our venue from blue, pink and white polka dot fabric.

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We set up our own sweet stall for the evening reception for people to help themselves and instead of a guest book, Anthony’s dad made us some speech bubble chalkboards and another friend took pictures of people with messages they had written for us which we have in an album.

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My friend made us a lovely three tiered chocolate and sponge cake that she covered in icing buttons. We had a Lego bride and groom as our cake topper.

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We then had an absolutely amazing band for the evening reception called The Jukebox Jets. They are a rock n roll band and were absolutely fabulous as well as being super lovely. We literally danced all night, I have no idea who was at my evening reception as if they weren’t up dancing with me then I didn’t see them. They held a little dance competition too. Anthony and myself had to eliminate a couple after each song until we crowned a winning couple. They wore their crowns the whole night.

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Obviously getting married and becoming a real family was the best part and the speeches were really good, the boys did themselves proud. Truthfully though, my favourite part was our first dance, we danced to Hallelujah I Love Her So, played by the band, our first dance as husband and wife, it was so much fun!

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We went on a mini-moon after our wedding to a beautiful little cottage in Staffordshire. It was lovely as it was our first break as a family.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t sweat the small stuff. Things more than likely will go a little bit wrong on your big day. Our guitarist broke his guitar five minutes before I made my way up the aisle (he still managed to play), we lost the buttonholes for the grandparents, a pair of shoes turned up for Anthony’s dad in odd sizes plus a few other small things. Apart from us, nobody else knew and it made no difference to the day whatsoever. Designate two people you trust as problem solvers, make sure suppliers and other people know they are the people to contact if needed on the day and let them deal with any issues that do arise, leaving you to enjoy yourselves and relax.

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Congratulations Franki & Anthony!

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Painted Faces. A Real Engagement In Yorkshire – Amy & James

May 15th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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There’s a dreadfully cheesy bit in the movie Titanic that the teenage me used to (absurdly) absolutely love.  You know, that cringey scene where Rose (Ms. Winslet) slips off her crinoline and whispers to Jack (Mr. Di Caprio) to “Paint Me Like Your French Girls…”

Well, I’m pleased to say that the paint job that fun loving couple Amy & Jack had in mind to celebrate their engagement is nothing at all like that.  Thank God.

Although (paint brushes aside) I’d still be partial to a bit of Leo. 

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah Mason Photography.

Side note – a Google Images search of “Paint Me Like Your French Girls” brings up some very amusing and not entirely work place appropriate results.

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Amy says: We got engaged in September 2012 on the first day of our holiday to Las Vegas. We’d gone for a brunch at the Belagio and had a suspiciously amazing table right in front of the fountains. The fountains move in a display every 10 minutes to music and James proposed in the first ‘display’ after we’d sat down. After I’d said yes and the rush had died down, I realised he’d proposed to a Celine Dion song (nooo!) but he said ‘Sorry I couldn’t wait’.

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We’re getting married at the end of this month! The wedding is at St Michael & Our Lady Church in Wragby and then we’re having a marquee reception at James’ parents’ house.

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We met when we were were both working at Oulton Hall Hotel in Rothwell. It was Christmas and I had to dismantle a parquet dance floor single handed. James was passing so he came and helped me and we just got chatting.

Our first date was a night out on Greek Street in Leeds. I was slightly alarmed that he’d worn a full suit (!), but by the end of the date we realised we really liked spending time together.

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I knew he was the one when I went off to university and missed him loads. We just love having fun together (like on the shoot)!  Our biggest wish for married life is many happy years ahead. 

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We decided to have an engagement shoot to get us used to having photos taken. Most people haven’t had a photo taken since school and I didn’t want us to look really awkward on the day. We chose the paints because we wanted to do something a bit fun and different.

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The shoot was brilliant! Throwing the paints was so much fun and the colours looked amazing.

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I like the Real Wedding articles on Brides Up North. They’re great for other couples wanting a bit of inspiration and we’ll be back to share our own shortly…

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Congratulations Amy & James!

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Sun Kissed. Amanda Wakeley For A Real Wedding In Nidderdale – Cat & Tim

September 9th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’m waking up in Durham this morning after the most epic day yesterday at our Brides Up North Super Showcase at Ramside Hall HotelOver 300 of you lovely brides to be and over 1,200 people in total came to join the fun, and what fun it was!  I think it was our best show yet!  With over 90 exhibitors, some very different Gatsby inspired bridal catwalks (our break-dancers were very popular), a beautiful venue, goody bags packed with treats from our exhibitors and our sponsors House Of Fraser, lots of swinging live music, games and two very buff butlers in the buff (!) excitement levels were very high.

I must have walked about five miles across the five exhibition spaces throughout the huge venue: saying hello, sorting logistics, wiring in electrics, packing goody bags, chatting to exhibitors, brides, choreographers, models and (ahem) butlers in the buff (what? It’s a perk of the job!)… and I couldn’t wait for room service and a hot bath at 6pm.

Thank you to everyone who supported the event and to our fabulous readers for attending in their droves.  As I always say, North East – you rock!

Here on these pretty pages as ever though, it’s on with the show, and straight back into the real wedding inspiration.  Today we join Cat and Tim for their beautiful sun dappled Real Wedding in the Yorkshire Dales, with images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah Mason Photography.  Just how gorgeous is today’s leading lady?!  If you are planning a traditional country wedding under canvas,  you’ll love this one!

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Cat says: We got engaged over a year and half before our wedding day- on a morning dog walk. Tim sat me down on a bench at the top of the hill to admire the view. Next thing I knew he was on bended knee and there was a bottle of champagne stashed over night behind the wall. We basked in engagement bliss for as long as possible and only dipped into wedding planning 8 months before.

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We were married on July 6th 2013. The first beautifully sunny day this summer at St Chads Church, Middlesmoor . Luckily the sun was shinning – as it has been known to be a cold and windy exposed church on the top of the hill in the middle of nowhere! Our reception was at The Sportsman’s Arms, Wath in Nidderdale.

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We typically thought of every other possible location to get married, down south in the Cotswolds where I am from or France – in a chateau we both love, and then realised we had the perfect spot on our doorstep! We dine at the Sportsman’s Arms a lot and it’s a field away from where we live so had sentiment to the both of us and of course meant the church was in our parish. It’s a beautiful setting with warm, friendly and impeccable service. 

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A theme sort of transpired just from choosing colours and things we both love and elements we have in our home. The wedding was simple rustic, with a touch of French. We used wine crates as planters and vintage chateau scroll elements on the order of service and table plan with wood from our garden for table centres and cake stand.  The bridesmaids’ dresses where a range of muted colours and there was lots of lavender. The flower arrangements were ‘spilling’ and loose for a ‘just cut from the countryside ‘ look!

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I wore a simple,unstructured, draped, superfine Jersey dress from Amanda Wakeley. It was so light and lovely to wear. It was backless and had an interesting Mikado silk hip-belt feature.

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My bridesmaids wore dresses from Whistles and the ushers were in Charles Tyrwhitt morning suits and Gieves and Hawks waistcoats.My hair and makeup was done by Jenny Howson at Lips & Lashes Makeup who had her work cut out with 7 bridesmaids and a bride – but her results for a natural look were amazing!

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Our florist was local to Ripley and runs ‘Friday Flowers’. We didn’t want contrived arrangements and she was so helpful at offering advice and selections that would be seasonal to July. Everything was originally thought out in the depths of winter!

I carried a natural ‘just-picked’ look bouquet containing Lavender, Astrantia, Milca Sensation Spray Roses, Gypsophila, Rosemary and Cinerea Eucalyptus finished with open stems and hessian ribbon with natural twine. The bridesmaids carried bunches of white Gypsophila and the flower girls had delicate Gypsophila head circlets.

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We used our own land rover to get up the windy roads at the top of the hill. We didn’t want any dramas on the day of an old car not quite making it!

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We had a fantastic pianist David Robertshaw play throughout Pimms on the lawn reception – modern songs with a classical twist. It created a lovely, peaceful ambiance.

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I designed the table illustrations and wedding stationery (www.partridgecreative.co.uk).  It was fun to draw bespoke birdie illustrations for the table centres, which stood on wooden stands made with wood from the garden. We planted wine crates with flowers before the big day, assembled lavender church pew ends and we felt the day was personal to us as a couple.

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Our photographer was the very talented Sarah Mason.  She met with us before the big day and immediately put us at ease. We loved her style of reportage photography and we knew we could enjoy our day and all the special memories would be captured. We were so thrilled to return from honeymoon and have them to view and relive the day over again.

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I loved very part of the day! It went so quickly. It was so lovely to have friends and family all in one room and wasn’t half as intimidating as I had thought it would be. It was such a happy, happy day.

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After the wedding we jetted off to Bali, Lombok and the Gilli islands. It was utter bliss, relaxing and magical. The Indonesian food was to die for – fresh fish everyday – and perfect beaches for surfing and snorkelling. We didn’t want to return!

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Sarah Mason Photography

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t over think the day. Enjoy finding things you like and making decisions together. We made the decisions only once and everything came together very easily as it was a culmination of flowers, colours, food, drinks and settings we loved. Comfortable heels would also be a top tip – as mine weren’t!

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Congratulations Cat & Tim!

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Bowled Over! A Sweet & Simple Real Wedding At Hebden Bridge – Sara & Jimi

June 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon’s Real Wedding, sent to me by Sara and Jimi and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah Mason Photography is all about doing things your way and thinking local.  Sentiments that you know we would endorse heartily here at Brides Up North HQ.

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And isn’t the result – planned in just 12 weeks – something very sweet and special indeed?

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Sara says:  We didn’t really get engaged. We just decided to get married last Christmas. We planned the wedding in just three months!

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We tied the knot on 6 April 2013 at Hebden Bridge Town Hall in the old Council Chambers.  We had thought of April and asked Sarah (our photographer) which Saturday she was free!

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We live in Hebden Bridge so this was the perfect venue in addition to being very beautiful and full of history.

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We themed the wedding around the Vintage Tea Party that we had planned for the reception. We accidentally also had a mini theme of thistles (flowers & earrings) which fitted nicely as we live in an area called Thistle Bottom.

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Our colour scheme was loosely based around the colour of my shoes (cerise/purple) but they turned out to be a shade of purple that didn’t exist anywhere else on the planet so we ended up with Fifty Shades of Purple!

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We got rid of all the traditional parts of weddings that neither of us liked and had a really chilled day. We arrived at the Town Hall almost an hour early so all had chance to mingle on the terrace drinking tea and lemonade in the glorious sunshine.

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After trawling around several bridal stores I worked out that I didn’t like wedding dresses! Big and flouncy and covered with sparkles just isn’t me. I’d also decided on tea-length which most bridal shops don’t seem to stock. Eventually went to see Julie at From This Day Forward (Greengates, Bradford) and she made it all SO easy. She had dress samples with four different styles of tops and bottoms so we just had to work out which suited me best then pick the length and fabric. At the second fitting (three weeks before the wedding) it was snowing heavily. I started to panic that I’d get hypothermia at the wedding so she quickly whipped up a jacket to match.

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Jimi wore a vintage mod/retro suit with black piping on collars and pockets. He also wore black winklepickers with purple laces.

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Claudette at Fleur De Lys did all the flowers. She did the amazing ‘pimping’ of the shoes with silk flowers in addition to the Town Hall flowers, the bouquet, reception flowers, button holes and hair flowers.

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We chartered a vintage 1959 double-decker bus in black and ivory from Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company. This took guests from the wedding reception venue to the ceremony and back to the reception venue. The bus journeys were great. They had a real ‘Summer Holiday’ feel to them but luckily no Cliff Richard! We see these buses go past the house all the time and stare at them. It was really weird being on the bus with everyone staring at us.

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We tried to keep everything as local as possible. The rings were hand-made in Hebden Bridge at The Workshop. We used the Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company (just down the road in Luddenden Foot). Truly Scrumptious is a local tea party caterer. Our  florist (Fleur de Lys) is also based in Hebden Bridge. The reception was held at The Fielden Centre in Todmorden – a large Victorian Hall.

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We hired the bandstand in the park behind the Fielden Centre to have some ‘glamorous’ photos taken. We also borrowed some bowls to have some ‘action’ shots on the Bowling Green just behind the Fielden Centre.

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We had three cakes made by Jimi’s niece and sister. We don’t like fruit cake so had Lemon Drizzle, Chocolate and Carrot all covered in matching butter icing. Jimi’s sister also made the cake toppers of us. My curly hair was made with a garlic press!

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We didn’t have any evening entertainment. We just had the Vintage Tea Party at The Fielden Centre. Neither of us wanted any kind of disco.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in  Ambleside in the Lakes. It’s a great town for cinema-loving vegetarians!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t get carried away with all the things that everyone expects you to have in a wedding. Think about what you actually want and just leave the rest out.

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Congratulations Sara & Jimi!

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Under The Apple Tree: A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Emma & Neil

January 24th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It feels like everything has been happening at 1,000 miles  an hour here at HQ.  It’s a whirlwind of exhibition preparation, freelance features, meetings, plans and – on the personal side of things – refurbishing our new home and getting everything ready for the new arrival of baby Brides Up North.

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Anyone who follows me on Twitter or Facebook (come and join the party!) will have seen a few candid shots of our renovation project and will understand that it’s been pretty much a happy chaos around these parts for the last fortnight, whilst I sit calmly in the midst of it all processing all the beautiful Real Wedding submissions and bridal inspiration in my inbox.  There’s been a lot of irregular hours worked to keep up to speed with both the blog and the business side of the brand, but so far, we are coming out fighting (and I figure it’s good practise for the arrival of this little one anyway)!

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This morning, though, I have hidden myself away in a back bedroom whilst all the mayhem happens in the rest of the house – and for once in my life – I’m feeling serene!  It’s been thoroughly lovely to welcome the new day with a big pot of tea, work through the email backlog due to last week’s server issues and indulge myself with Emma and Neil’s beautiful Real Wedding images and story.  With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah Mason Photography, this gorgeous day is a sunny breath of fresh air on an otherwise hectic January morning.

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Enjoy, and have a wonderful day (it’s nearly the weekend)!

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Sarah, our photographer, says:  As soon as Emma & Neil started talking about their day, I knew it was going to be amazing! One of the first things they mentioned to me was that Wetherby Silver Band would be playing at their reception at Wood Hall! As the wedding was late October, I knew the autumn colours would be stunning in the grounds.

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We went to Emma’s parents’ house after being to the hairdressers and the sun started to shine, in fact it stayed out all day! As Emma and her bridesmaids were having their cuppas and their bacon sarnies, Emma was telling me about the apple tree in the garden, a tree she used to climb when she was younger. I was so pleased she agreed to me taking the dress out to the tree to take a few pictures!

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Emma, our bride, says:  We got engaged on 14 June 2010 on Whaleshead Beach in Oregon, USA. We were doing a road trip from Vancouver down the coast to San Fran and then back up inland. Neil proposed a couple of days in – he must have been certain I would say yes as we had 2 weeks left and 3000 miles to cover!

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We were married on 27th October 2012, with the ceremony at St Mary’s RC Church, Horsforth, Leeds.  I was christened there and went to the primary school next to the church so it meant a lot to get married there. We live in Horsforth and both grew up there.  Our reception was at Wood Hall, Wetherby.

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The first time we drove there our jaws dropped as we came round the corner and saw the hotel. The views are just stunning. We had looked at quite a few places and Wood Hall was the standout winner.

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I wore a Charlotte Balbier dress from Bridal Boutique in Guiseley. I knew I didn’t want a strapless dress and found my dress the first day I went out searching. My sister Suzy spotted it in the window of Bridal Boutique and we both knew it was the one when I tried it on.

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Charlotte and Sally at Bridal Boutique were incredibly helpful, I always looked forward to my dress fitting appointments with them!

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The bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses in blue from Angel Brides in Horsforth. Again they found them the first day they went looking. They’re not too bridesmaidy looking and they all looked very sophisticated in them!

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Neil, his best man and the groomsmen had suits made at Michelsberg.  They all looked incredibly smart and had a handkerchief on their suits to match the bridesmaids’ dress colour.

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We had our rings made by Iain Henderson Designs.

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The bridesmaids, me and my Mum and Dad went from Emma’s parents’ house to the church in a Daimler limousine.  From the church to the wedding, Neil’s groomsman Paul was our chauffeur and drove Neil’s BMW M5 (Neil’s pride and joy, called “Pudding”). Neil had bought Paul a chauffeur’s hat especially for the occasion!

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We really enjoyed the ceremony. The priest who married us (Father Boniface) was so funny and made the ceremony very special – even when he thrust a microphone at each of us asking us why we were marrying each other – nothing like putting us on the spot!

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The whole day was just fabulous – from the amazing sunny weather doing our photos at Wood Hall to the speeches to the party afterwards.

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We had Wetherby Silver Band playing at the reception drinks. We love the sound of brass bands and thought it was a nice ‘Yorkshire’ touch as a lot of the guests were coming from afar.

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I carried a bouquet of white roses and green foliage and berries – I wanted something that was autumnal and reflected the season. The bridesmaids had similar but with white gerberas and the groomsmen and VIPs wore white flower buttonholes. Our flowers came from Eden Florists, Horsforth. They were great and the arrangements were beautiful.

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We chose Sarah Mason Photography as we are big fans of her work (we’d seen her photos from Neil’s best man’s wedding) and we knew she’d capture the day in a way nobody else would. We discussed the kind of shots we wanted and Sarah put us both at ease at the pre wedding shoot and on the big day itself. We love the photos and are so glad Sarah could join us and share our special day.

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We had a mock up newspaper front page dated 27 October 2012 displayed around the hotel – we first met many years ago whilst doing paper rounds at a paper shop in Horsforth. After the ceremony we went and had a few shots outside that shop, much to the amusement of people on a bus going past at the time!

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For the wedding breakfast we had the tables named after places we had visited during our US road trip when we got engaged and the table plan was a map of our route. Neil’s sister and brother in law are very creative and designed and made our menus and place names.

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We had a cake of fruit, chocolate and sponge mix from M&S.  We had a cake of cheeses from Millie’s Deli in Leeds which we served in the evening too.

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The best man Graham’s speech was incredibly entertaining. It had a section where he wigged up as Philip Schofield and posed Mr and Mrs style questions!  We had a disco in the evening. We had a large Irish contingent of guests so had given some song suggestions to keep the dance floor packed out.

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We had a cosy thatched cottage in the Cotswolds for the week after the wedding – was great to relax, go for walks, eat and drink! With organising the wedding we hadn’t had chance to plan our honeymoon – we knew we wanted to go to South America so we booked after the wedding to go on our proper honeymoon to Argentina in February 2013 visiting Buenos Aires, Patagonia, Iguacu Falls and Salta then a few days on the beach in Uruguay at the end.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be on the day just savour it all and enjoy every moment. I don’t think either of us have smiled and laughed as much on one day!

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Congratulations Emma & Neil!

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on these pages – here’s how.  I can’t wait to hear from you.

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Enchanted! A Real Engagement In Yorkshire – Amy & Grant

December 30th, 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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Not technically a Real Wedding, granted, but I just couldn’t leave this super duper stunning shoot sent to me by fabulous Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah Mason Photography and Brides Up North reader Amy out of my Real Wedding Recap 2012.  You’ll soon see why.  I die!

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Sarah says:  Fiona from Firenza Floral Design approached me about working together on this shoot. All her floral loveliness had been created for a seasonal inspired wedding fair and she saw it as a fab opportunity for us to work together the following week. We’ve included a few detail shots of the beautiful flowers as it was these that inspired the dreamlike, ethereal quality to the shoot. I knew Amy and Grant were the perfect couple and we brought our pre-wedding shoot forward.

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The location is Hardcastle Crags, a mile out of Hebden Bridge. I have used this amazing place as a backdrop to a few of my shoots – it’s an enchanted woodland! It’s National Trust owned. They actually have an amazing venue in the middle of the woods called Gibson Mill, just stunning!

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Bride to be Amy says: We got engaged on 27 November 2010. We’d been together 7 years and talked about marriage a lot so it wasn’t unexpected, but it was lovely! I had just finished my first teaching placement so Grant took me to a fine dining restaurant in Leeds during the day as a treat, and we went to the Christmas Markets, so we’d had a really nice day. Then he told me we needed to drop in at his brother’s. On the way he took a diversion and drove to the bus stop where we’d shared our first kiss, 7 years earlier! The snow was glistening all around us and Grant was down on one knee – he presented me with a ring he’d bought from my favourite jewellers in Sydney 6 MONTHS EARLIER! He had been waiting to ask my parents’ permission before asking me!

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We are getting married in June 2012 at Clay House in West Vale, Halifax. It’s lovely Jacobean house that’s licenced for civil ceremonies, and we’re having the whole day there.

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We met while we were in Romeo and Juliet – we are both members of an acting group called The Actors’ Workshop, but had never met or been in anything together until then. The first time Grant laid eyes on me, I was at a costume call, wearing an Elizabethan gown! I thought ‘Who is that guy in the hat?’ (he wore a lot of beanies back then) and he thought ‘Who is the girl in the dress?’ . We got to know each other through rehearsals, and I managed to get his number through a mutual friend after the play finished. I was so nervous when I first got in touch, but he was very happy that I did!

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The first time we met up after getting in touch after the play was in a local pub. We chatted for hours and totally lost track of the time.

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For me, there wasn’t a ‘moment’ when I knew that he was the one. I think I always knew! Grant has always told me that he knew when, one night, I was at a friend’s house and Grant and his friend came over. I saw the car out of the window and ran down to greet him. He says that when he saw me running towards him, excited to see him, he knew that he never wanted to be away from me.

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I love Grant’s loyalty and his desire, every day, to make me happy. He supports me in everything I do and makes me feel like together, we can do anything! No dream is too big! I also love his silliness; he can always make me smile. And he has the most beautiful, kind eyes.

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We chose to have an engagement shoot because it was a good way to get to know our photographer before the wedding day, and learn some poses and angles that we like! We were both a bit nervous, but Sarah immediately put us at ease and it was a really enjoyable couple of hours. It was nice to have some time together, away from work and home. It felt really intimate, even though there was someone taking our picture! The setting, with all the gorgeous props and flowers, was incredible and we felt so lucky to be a part of it! It has definitely made us feel more relaxed about the day. We’re going to use some of the images around the venue and as part of the Order of the Day.

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I’m a Brides Up North reader because I love reading the real wedding and real engagement features for inspiration. I’ve done lots of DIY for the wedding to try and keep costs down, and I’m always on the lookout for ideas! It’s also a great place to look for local suppliers as they’re all from the North.

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Our biggest wish for married life is that it doesn’t pass as quickly as the last 9 years! We hope to emigrate to Australia and at the moment, our biggest wish is that this happens! We’ll be delighted to come back and share our Real Wedding photographs on the wedding blog.

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Grant says: I love how much Amy makes me laugh, she has a brilliant sense of humour which for me is very important. In a lot of ways we are opposites, I am very laid back and Amy is a worrier and Amy is sensible whereas I can come across as a bit of a joker. She is the ying to my yang.

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Berry Beautiful! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Anna & Jonny

September 6th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I feel like I am here, there and everywhere this week – this morning I am dashing up the A1 to Grace The Weddings Company as they make the final adjustments to the beautiful Oscar worthy gown that they are very kindly (Grace The Weddings Company I love you!) dressing me in as I host the inaugural North of England Wedding Awards gala dinner in Yorkshire on Friday night.

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Why I am feeling nervous?  There’s only 230 of the industry’s finest coming along. Oh yes, that’s why.  Sick smile

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Hell, it’s better than the Oscars.  Any ceremony celebrating the wonderful (and highly under appreciated) work of our regional fabulous wedding industry deserves some proper recognition. 

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So whilst I hit the motorway – again – I’ll leave you with this intimate Real Wedding in Yorkshire, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah Mason Photography and the gorgeous Anna.  Laters!

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Sarah says:  I first met Anna, Jonny and Anna’s parents – Carol & Dennis – well over a year ago now. We instantly got on. Carol had made cake which has been a recurring theme throughout all our meetings! I was so pleased when they picked me to be their wedding photographer I knew their day was going to be gorgeous! With all my packages now I include a pre-wedding shoot and we went out and about around Holmfirth on a crisp autumn day last year. It was perfect. We had lots of good chats and then went back to Anna’s Mum & Dad’s where a pot of tea and more homemade cake was waiting!

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I really feel as if I have been welcomed into their family. When we did the viewing of the wedding photos, we discussed how I’d still be popping round for cups of tea, cake and chats for years to come! It was such a beautiful day. Both Anna & Jonny looked stunning and so, so happy.

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Real bride Anna says: Jonny proposed during a holiday to New York in June 2010 during a horse and carriage ride in Central Park. He’d already asked my dad’s permission before we left and had saved the money for me to choose my own ring, which was how we spent the rest of that day!

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We were married on 4th August 2012 in a traditional service at Christ Church, New Mill, near Holmfirth. Our reception was held at The Hepworth, one of our favourite restaurants.

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The Hepworth has always been somewhere we have enjoyed going for meals. Every time we visited I would comment on what a beautiful wedding reception venue it would be, but I didn’t know they actually did hold weddings there until we started looking. The Hepworth has a fantastic reputation for food and we wanted our guests to enjoy a really good meal. We were able to give our guests a choice of meal too. There are several different spaces to sit and relax both indoors and outdoors. We enjoyed the whole venue all day with our friends and family. Luckily we had perfect weather too so we were able to make the most of every space.

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Our theme was all about the colours. I wanted bright, bold summer berry colours – every shade of red, pink and purple.

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My dress came from my local bridal shop Catherine-May Bridal in Honley, the village where my parents live. It was a Benjamin Roberts dress. It took me a long time to find my dress because I knew I didn’t want a strapless gown. I thought I would never find “the one” and it was hiding just a few minutes down the road all along!

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Jonny and the groomsmen wore suits hired from Moss Hire. Jonny didn’t want tails or anything too formal, so he opted for a black lounge suit with a cream waistcoat and tie. The best man and groomsmen wore plum ties.

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My and my bridesmaids’ bouquets were pink roses, purple hydrangea and sweet peas. The men had bright pink roses for their buttonholes and the ladies wore freesia corsages.

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We hired a silver and black 1948 MKV Jaguar to transport the bridal party from my parent’s house to the church and to take Jonny and I to the reception. The car came from Halifax Prestige Wedding Cars. Jonny was taken to church by a close family friend, Mick, in his racing green 2 seater vintage Jaguar.  My dad loves vintage cars and Jags are his favourite so he loved it!

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We were lucky that our church had bells and a choir. The Hepworth have a beautiful grand piano so we hired a very talented pianist, Catherine Rannus, to entertain guests between the wedding breakfast and the evening reception. At night we had the most amazing band, Joe Public. We had first seen them at a friend’s wedding just after we got engaged. Jonny is passionate about music so the band were one of the first things we booked. They learnt a Bruce Springsteen song for us as Jonny is such a huge fan, and then invited him to come up and sing it with them!

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Many members of our families have been married for a long time, as we hope to be. We decorated our reception venue with all their wedding photos, with labels to say who they were and how long they had been married. It was a lovely way to include family members who could not be with us on the day, especially grandparents who are dearly missed.

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I wanted a very simple cake. We chose three square tiers of fruit, chocolate and vanilla sponge. The fruit tier was made by a close family member. The other tiers were made and iced by Sugarcraft, Lindley, Huddersfield. The cake was then decorated with purple ribbon and fresh flowers.

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It’s really hard to pick because we had such an amazing day. I think my favourite part was probably dancing at night with Jonny, all my friends and family, knowing we’d had the perfect day.

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For our honeymoon we went to Las Vegas, Hawaii and San Francisco – what a trip!

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We wanted our wedding to be classic and traditional, but without being too formal. Most of all we wanted everyone to have a good time and enjoy the day with us. My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to decide what is important to both of you.

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Choose vendors carefully and make sure you are clear about how much they are going to charge before you make any decisions. Make sure you choose people who you get on well with too. Sarah Mason Photography and her assistant, Gavin, were such a pleasure to work with before, during and since the wedding and we will treasure the photos forever.

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Congratulations Anna & Jonny! 

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