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well dressed. sassi holford for an elegant wedding at iscoyd park – emily & rory

May 27th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Bride Emily experienced a nightmare situation when the boutique she had found her gown in went out of business. Determined to still secure her dream dress, Emily went straight to the designer whose team went above and beyond to make sure she got her wish – and we’re sure you will all agree she looked absolutely stunning!

Groom Rory then chose to reflect his family roots by donning traditional Scottish Highland dress for the occasion and the pretty maids completed the attractive line-up in their elegant lavender dresses.

An abundance of pretty blooms in bouquets, button holes and décor enhanced the already romantic setting of Iscoyd Park for one very dreamy day indeed.

With images by Jo Bradbury Photography.

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emily says: Rory had planned a romantic trip to Ireland where he intended to propose at Giant’s Causeway. Unfortunately heavy snow over two consecutive weekends scuppered his plans. I was wondering why he was so insistent that we travel to Ireland in a blizzard. Having asked my parents’ permission I think he was becoming worried about the cat being let out of the bag so, during a snowy weekend in January, whilst I was busy defrosting the freezer, he called me into our living room where I found him down on one knee. I was completely shocked, it was so unexpected but absolutely perfect as it was.

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We had originally planned to marry on the 2nd August, which would have been five years to the day that we had met, but when we eventually found our perfect venue the only date they had available was 24th May 2014. So although it was a little earlier than we had planned it was absolutely worth it to secure the venue.

We got married at Iscoyd Park in Shropshire. Apart from being the most beautiful Georgian house in a gorgeous setting, from the very start the staff were overwhelmingly wonderful and relaxed and remained so right through to the big day itself – absolutely nothing appeared to be too much trouble.  I had become a bit of a bridezilla and was struggling to find a venue that ticked all our boxes. Iscoyd Park ticked the boxes and more, I really couldn’t recommend it highly enough.

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We didn’t have a fixed theme as such we just wanted an elegant and happy day with lots of personal touches and I like to think we achieved that. In terms of colour, we tried to match one of the colours to Rory’s family tartan, which was a sort of dusty lavender.

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After a fairly exhaustive search, I settled on a dress by Sassi Holford. Unfortunately the shop where I had ordered the dress from went out of business just before the wedding leaving me without a dress. Thankfully Sassi Holford were incredible and after a trip from Derbyshire to Taunton to be re-measured they made another dress from scratch. I really can’t thank the team at Sassi Holford enough for pulling out all the stops to make the dress for me at breakneck speed to ensure I had the dress of my dreams.

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Rory’s family is Scottish so he opted to follow tradition and wear a kilt, which was hired from Greenwoods. The best man also wore a kilt hired from Greenwoods. Rory also had sgian-dubhs, worn as part of traditional Scottish Highland dress, made and personalised to go with the kilts.

Sourcing bridesmaid dresses in the right colour proved more challenging than I had originally thought but, thanks to family in the USA, we were able to obtain them from Donna Morgan via Nordstrom.

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We booked Iscoyd Park for the whole weekend so my bridesmaids and I stayed in a beautiful cottage in the grounds the night before for a girly spa evening and Rory drove himself to Iscoyd the morning of the wedding.

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In our view, the photography was probably one of the most important elements, it is really the only thing you are left with other than memories after the day itself and I really wanted to be able to look back and see all the little details and moments from our wedding. Our photographer was Jo Bradbury. She had photographed my mum’s wedding to my step father at which I had been a bridesmaid, so I knew from direct experience that the photographs would be beautiful. Rory and I aren’t always the most serious of people, and models we certainly are not, so I really wanted someone who would be able guide us. I could not recommend Jo highly enough. She was there from getting ready, where she was incredibly non-intrusive during the nervous moments but was able to capture some really lovely shots. She then stayed almost right until the end to get photos of some dodgy dancing. Very importantly she managed to make one of the rainiest days of the year (we even had to throw the confetti indoors) look like a classic late spring day.

An Elegant Wedding at Iscoyd Park (c) Jo Bradbury Photography (47)

I carried a bouquet of white peonies, roses, freesia with a lamb’s ear greenry. All the bouquets and buttonholes were provided by Selina Godsal, the mother-in-law of Phil who owns Iscoyd Park. She is the on-site florist which is so handy for tying in meetings with venue visits.

I wanted predominantly white flowers so we used peonies, roses, hydrangeas, gypsophila with a few coloured roses in the hanging vases behind the top table. We decided early on to do some of the flowers ourselves so my mum sourced an enormous van-load of flowers from her local flower stall in Manchester as well as the best part of a small lavender bush from friends. We arranged them in hundreds of vases sourced from Ikea. Selina then did some big displays for us in the ceremony room and a large ball display hanging from the centre of the marquee.

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I wanted to do something a little different for the favours and as I had decided most of the flowers and table settings were to be white I added a little colour by planting succulents into small glasses which would double as a wedding favour and a name place setting. It’s quite nice really as I am still getting updates from our guests nearly a year on as to how their plant has grown.

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I had seen a cake on Pinterest which I fell in love with and which fitted well into our dusty lavender theme. We couldn’t decide what flavour to have so went for different flavours in each tier. It was absolutely beautiful and tasted great too!

I was given free rein on the décor for the wedding but the food was definitely my husband’s domain. Iscoyd works closely with the Fine Dining Company – the food was incredible and not only tasted great but looked lovely too.

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For entertainment, we had the Vittorio String Quartet play as our guests arrived and as I walked down the aisle through to the drinks reception. I’m not sure it was necessarily a wise decision as I managed to cry almost every time I heard them play in the run up to the wedding. Thankfully, I successfully held it together on the big day.

For the evening Iscoyd suggested a DJ for us which was really useful as we are not from the area so any recommendations were gratefully received. We spoke to Robert Maxfield who asked our likes and dislikes music wise and he really created a party atmosphere for our evening of dancing.

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I took a lot of inspiration from Pinterest for the little details. We printed a little poem for the ladies bathroom complete with a basket of toiletries to try and refresh the guests before continuing the party. Another of my favourite details were the little packs of tissues on the seats for during the ceremony; ‘for happy tears’. I really wanted to personalise a lot of the wedding so we had various things made, from a wooden card box painted with our names and wedding date, to the arrows directing the guests to the venue.

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Other suppliers we used that I would recommend include Sash and Co who supplied the belt to go with my wedding dress. This too was originally ordered from the bridal shop that went out of business so they also pulled out all the stops to remake the belt in time. Gemma Cosgrove was my make-up artist, who was another calming influence on the morning of the wedding, not forgetting my friend Emma who not only managed to do my hair but also four bridesmaids, two flower girls and a few aunts all in time for the ceremony! Jean Jackson Couture also deserves a mention for making my mum look amazing!

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I actually don’t think I can ever recommend Iscoyd Park highly enough. Not only is it incredibly beautiful but the people there are great too, Jen the wedding planner and Phil the owner were always on hand for any questions I had and Jen particularly really put my mind at ease. They have the perfect set up from the onsite beauticians and florist to the luxurious accommodation and venue. They urge you to make Iscoyd your home for the duration of your stay which I have to say, during what can be such a stressful time, was a really welcome comfort.

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The moment that stands out in my mind from the wedding day is hearing the string quartet start to play as I began to walk down the aisle and catching the eye of my soon to be husband – a moment which Jo managed to capture perfectly. My mum’s speech was also incredibly touching, not sure there was a dry eye in the house, including a couple of Rory’s friends from the Army. Other than that I genuinely loved everything from getting ready with all the girls to the amazing best man speech to endless dancing and finally being able to call Rory my husband.

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We went on a mini moon to a lovely boutique hotel in Norfolk booked through Mr and Mrs Smith. Later in the year we then went to stay in Tuscany in the most magnificent villa called Villa Fontelunga. Neither of us had ever been to Italy before and it is without doubt one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Phillip and Paulo the owners of Fontelunga were so welcoming and although we were offsite in our own villa they were always at the end of the phone to make dinner reservations for us or recommend places to visit. They hold weekly dinners for all the guests where everyone can get together to eat, drink and have lots of laughs overlooking the gorgeous rolling hills of Tuscany! We absolutely cannot wait to plan our return trip!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North to help with the planning would be – Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest (you can follow Brides Up North’s boards on Pinterest here). It became my wedding planning bible, from colour schemes to flowers, to personalised details, I found it a really useful tool to create a mood board for the wedding.

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Very Vintage! A Real Wedding At The Bowdon Rooms – Ellie & David

April 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

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We’re so excited for our return to The Bowdon Rooms this coming Sunday 27th April 2014 for our third Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at this stunning venue.  You can’t beat a sunny April day in Altrincham (here’s hoping!) and a unique and authentic vintage wedding venue packed full of lovely local suppliers and wedding pretty.  Seriously, you need to see our stellar exhibitor line up!

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Is the date in your diary?  You can pre-register here.  Go, go, go!

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If you’ve picked up one of our leaflets in the area (it’s been blanketed!) or received one of our subscriber emails about the event, you’ll recognise our lovely bride & groom from today’s Real Wedding. Ellie and David’s wedding day shows off exactly what can be made of this stunning venue and their celebration, full of love, music, excitement, humour and delectable vintage details, is an absolute corker! 

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I rarely re-blog content on these pages (I prefer to keep things fresh, y’know?) but I wanted to revisit their big day ahead of the weekend’s festivities because, well, you’ll see.

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Enjoy!  And see you on Sunday…

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Ellie says: This was not an ordinary proposal. it being leap year and all!

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David took me to Paris in February 2012 and everyone thought he would propose.  On our return (no proposal had been made) which was Valentine’s Day I suggested we stay in London overnight, although we will just stay in a Travel lodge as we had just come back from Paris. Little did David know that I had booked a 5 star hotel called ‘The Corinthia’ off Whitehall for us to stay in all as part of my master plan proposal. I had already contact the hotel and told them my plan and they provided an upgrade and other goodies!

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David was overwhelmed by the hotel and thought it was a lovely thing to do on Valentine’s day. We went to our room and unpacked, then I pulled out his valentine’s present – a shirt from Zara. I then gave a him a little package and said these are to wear with it. 

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Inside were silver heart shaped cufflinks my sister had made and engraved on were the words ‘David will you’ on one and ‘Marry me?’ on the other.  Now David being David couldn’t read them properly and didn’t have his glasses on, he thought one said David and the other Ellie – a bit cheesy he thought, then he said “This shirt doesn’t have cufflink holes” so I said “Put your glasses on and read them”!

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He did and was overwhelmed and said yes! He wore the cufflinks on our wedding day.  The hotel then brought a bottle of Champagne and a congratulations cake to the room.  We can’t wait to go back next year for our anniversary!

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We were married on Saturday 25th May 2013 at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, Cheshire.   We loved the space inside and the sprung wooden floor for dancing, it was a great Edwardian building that had so much character and history, plus Karen and the team were so open to all the ideas I had that we didn’t want to get married anywhere else!

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The theme was very vintage!  With homemade bunting, we had bought all our own vintage mismatched china for cups, saucers and side plates, plus sugar bowls and milk jugs. We also scoured car boots and charity shops for tea pots as these were our centre pieces with flowers in them.

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The wedding colour scheme only came about after we had chosen the bridesmaids’ dresses and we chose blue floral for my sister who was matron of honour and pink floral for the other seven bridesmaids.  So the colour scheme ended up being blue and pink.

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I tried on so many dresses and always had in my mind I would like a short one and I did. I went for a strapless ballerina length 1950’s dress. It was by the designer Enzoani in the Blue range. I bought it from The Wedding Shop in Alderley Edge and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. The customer service was fantastic and everyone was so helpful!

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I bought my Benjamin Adams shoes from the same shop and they dyed them blue to match my sister’s bridesmaid dress. I also bought a sash from there by Sash & Co.

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My bridesmaid dresses (all eight of them) were from Vivien of Holloway as were the petticoats. Everyone had a white petticoat underneath apart from my sister who had pink, which went perfectly with her blue dress.

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We didn’t really use many suppliers as we did a lot ourselves, but our food was supplied by Herb and Spice and our photography by Foley Photography, Scott captured the day perfectly! Our wedding video was by www.wedding-productions.com and it was fantastic!

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I had two bouquets.  One was a brooch bouquet that i made myself, comprising of all different brooches i had collected over the years which meant something to me, I loved making this and I look at it every day on my dressing table. 

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We made all the bouquets and centre pieces ourselves and just bought them from a wholesaler, this was so cost effective and as I had made a brooch bouquet i didn’t think I would want a flower one, but as my family and David’s cousin Lesley were making the bridesmaids, I thought it might be nice for photos to have one. Luckily we had some flowers left over and made mine out of all the bits leftover. It was beautiful, my sister made mine and did an amazing job!

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I think my favourite part of the day was seeing David at the end of the aisle when I started dancing down, as he was so overwhelmed and happy I knew he was the one for me!

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I travelled in an open top Beetle called Suzi provided by Little Limos. They were fantastic and it was so lovely to drive through my Village with everyone waving. My Dad loved the car and it went perfectly with our day!

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To make the day more personal, I made and sewed pink floral and blue floral napkins for everyone. We also used the same material to make over 60 metres of bunting which decorated the room.

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Our table names were David’s favourite Coronation Street characters, the head table being Steve McDonald!

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Our favours were white chocolate coconut covered truffles that u had made for everyone and came in a floral handkerchief for the ladies and white handkerchief for the men. I love using handkerchiefs and wanted to bring it back.

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We had an American styled buffet with burgers and chicken wings and hotdogs! It was delicious. 

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David and I are not big fans of traditional wedding cakes so we asked my Mum to make us a three tiered Rice Krispie cake. this was my favourite treat as a child and it meant so much that my mum had made it, plus it didn’t cost the earth!

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We also asked our guests to make and bring a cake as part of the desert. This proved a great idea and I couldn’t believe how many gorgeous cakes there were.  There was definitely plenty of food for everyone!

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Being a Drama Teacher, entertainment was high on my list of priorities. We had several pieces of entertainment during the service, provided by my students from school. Two girls Samantha Jabangwe and Nicole Hodson sang a song each and then also wrote and played a song they had written especially for me.

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I also provided some entertainment at the start of the service by having by bridesmaids dancing down the aisle followed by me dancing down with my Dad to a song I had pre-recorded for David, I changed to words to ‘Marry You’ by Bruno Mars to ‘Hey David I think I Want To Marry You’. This was all a complete to surprise for everyone including David.  I also sang and played the Ukulele for David during my speech.

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The main Entertainment was provided by a band a found at a vintage wedding fair in Liverpool called ‘Vintage Blossom’.  They were amazing, no one stopped dancing whilst they were playing and they also happened to be local to Manchester.

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We are going to America for three weeks at the end of July, starting in New York for a few days, then flying over to San Francisco for a few days then picking up a car and driving down the coast stopping off at Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara – where we stay in a horse ranch – Santa Monica, San Diego, Palm Springs and finally Vegas!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try and do as much of the wedding prep together as you can as we had so much fun making the bunting and searching car boots and also not to get too drunk, then you can remember the best day of your lives!

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Congratulations Ellie & David!

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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Pretty Vintage: Sparkly Choos For A Real Wedding At Styal Lodge – Ali & Will

December 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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

 

Usual service will recommence on 2nd January 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings in 2013.  Drop in every day for the very, very prettiest 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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I love every Real Wedding that is featured here on the wedding blog, but now and again a special celebration comes along that really knocks my socks off.  This, my friends, is one of those weddings.

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I don’t know if its the personalised photograph name places (how long must that have taken?), the pretty table decor, the bride’s beautiful twisty updo, those dancing Choos, or the fact that you can feel the happiness radiating out of the screen this morning, but Ali and Will’s big day at Styal Lodge in Cheshire really does it for me.  I hope you enjoy our recap.

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Ali says:  We got engaged in November 2011. Will took me to Sheffield for the weekend of our 9 year anniversary. We met whilst at University in Sheffield at the Leadmill. He proposed as close as he could get to the spot where we first met (unfortunately the club was closed that night)!

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We got married on the 11th May 2013 at Styal Lodge.  We had both the ceremony and reception at the lodge.  We looked at a few venues and as soon as we saw Styal Lodge, we fell in love with it. It is such an amazing venue and the family who run it are lovely.

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I wanted it to be pretty with a vintage feel.

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I did not really have a colour scheme until we got the bridesmaid dresses. They wore navy so we chose purples, blues and white.

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My dress was Nicole Anne from Timeless Bride in Poynton. I had an idea of what I wanted and as soon as I tried it on I knew it was ‘the one’. Michelle at Timeless Bride was fantastic and really helpful during the whole process. My hair clip was from Sash and Co . The shoes were from Jimmy Choo. I am really into shoes and I as soon as I saw them, I fell in love!

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My hair was done by Paisley Gamble at Macleod Bradley and make up by Gemma Hallowell. They were both fantastic and I could not recommend them more.

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My bridesmaids wore two different designs by Alfred Sung, Dessy. We got them from Alison Burgess Couture in Stockport. They all wore different coloured shoes including nude, pink and red. The flower girl wore a very cute dress from Monsoon. Will wore a blue three piece from Reiss and all the other men in the bridal party wore their own suits, blue ties and white rose corsages.

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We had a Humanist wedding and Hannah Wroe Gill was our celebrant. She was fantastic and so supportive. She put together a personal wedding script which really reflected us.

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The whole day was amazing but one of my favourite parts was the ceremony. I loved the readings and hearing a well wishing at the end from our friends and family was really special. We also loved the evening do when all the formalities were over and everyone had a great big party!

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I spent a long time researching wedding photographers and this was a really important part of the day for me. We really love the photos Emma has taken and she captured the whole day perfectly. She was amazing on the day and made us feel really relaxed. Emma went beyond our expectations and also stayed later into the night and got some funny photos of the evening do. These are some of our favourites from the day!

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My bouquet was made up of blue and purple dyed roses with cala lilies and white freesia. The bridesmaids carried lilac and ivory roses with lilac freesia and fresh foliage.

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We used Special Days for flowers and dressing the lodge. They did a brilliant job. I knew I wanted a rustic vintage feel to the flowers. Myself and the bridesmaids decorated old jam jars with lace and fabric which added a homemade touch to the day. Special days also sourced lots of different milk jugs, tea lights, vases and pieces of wood for the tables. Each table had its own feel. I was quite emotional when I saw the room for the first time; they had captured my vision for the day perfectly.

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Our caterers were Pink Pepper. As soon as booked them, we knew we were in for something special. Our guests are still talking about how delicious the meal was. I also love the vintage crockery they provide.

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We did put a lot of work into the little touches and I would recommend to brides and grooms to start early as we were finishing projects the day before which was quite stressful! One idea was we got photos of each guest for their place name at the table and Will’s dad made 100 wooden photo holders. It took some time but the guests loved them and it was well worth the effort! Another nice feature of the day was we got a Polaroid camera, some cardboard props and a board for guests to pin up photos and write messages on. It worked really well and we got some fun keepsakes from the wedding.

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For our wedding favours, we had shots of Sambuca. This was a great way of ending the meal and starting off the evening reception!

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Rather than one wedding cake, we decided to have a cake table. Our lovely friends and family all pitched in to make a great spread for the day including Guinness cake, fruit and chocolate cakes and banoffee and blueberry cupcakes.

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We had Bob the DJ for the evening reception. We did not want a clichéd wedding DJ and Bob came recommended by the lodge. He was great; played the songs we wanted and kept everyone dancing.

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We are off to Indonesia on our honeymoon in a few weeks.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to focus on what’s important and try not be too influenced by other people’s ideas. It can get quite overwhelming at times but go with what feels right for you. Also just enjoy the day as it does just so fast!

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Congratulations Ali & Will!

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