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Mr & Mrs Perfect. A Real Wedding In Manchester – Gemma & Nigel

February 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Yes, that really is today’s bride and groom’s married name – Mr & Mrs Perfect.  Don’t you love it.  No pressure or anything..!  Anyway, it turns out that their gorgeous Real Wedding in Manchester was pretty much that – a chic and simple and prettily perfect winter city wedding. 

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Gemma says:  Nigel asked me to marry him on 1st December 2012, on Llanmadoc beach in Wales, on a weekend away. It was a beautiful isolated beach on a lovely crisp winter’s day.

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We were married on 23rd November 2013.  We had the ceremony at Manchester Town Hall, and the reception at The Place Apartment Hotel, a converted cotton warehouse in central Manchester. 

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We wanted everything to be indoors, firstly because it is Manchester, so it was more than likely to rain, and secondly because of the time of year. We had looked at country locations, but decided that as we had so many guests coming not only from over this country but also from abroad, the city centre would be best for travel from the airport, train or the motorway. Also, we live very close to the city centre, so going in to see our wedding coordinator at the venue, and meeting local suppliers was so much easier than if we had picked somewhere far away.  Manchester Town Hall is a stunning old building, with high stained glass windows so we felt it added to the occasion. The Place is beautifully restored, maintaining many original features such as red brick walls and steel columns. 

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Our theme was simplicity.  The venue for the reception made it seem urban chic and we also teamed this with a vintage feel with the flower displays – very natural, in small glass bottles and jars – and hand-tied favours with luggage tag labels.

The wedding was mainly white and ivory, however my husband had decided that he wanted to wear his kilt, in the family tradition, so I picked a dark forest green for the bridesmaids to match this. 

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My dress was from The Staite Rooms in Huddersfield. It was a Maggie Sottero gown (Geneva), fitted to the waist and slightly over the hips, and had a long train. The top layer was a delicate lace with floral adornments, and a a band in light mocha under the bust, which made it look quite different to any I had seen before. I loved my long train!  The dress was strapless which I didn’t think I would like when trying on dresses, but it fit beautifully with a lace-up back.

My bridesmaids wore full length forest green chiffon dresses from Fairytale Occasions in Bury. The groomsmen wore kilts in a similar style to my husband, our fathers wore black suits to match the kilt jackets. These were all hired from Slaters.

I had a fantastic hair & makeup artist come to make up myself, my bridesmaids, my mother and mother-in-law at the hotel, Jodie Smith, also based in Manchester.

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Roses & Thistles: Maggie Sottero For A Real Wedding At The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland – Samantha & Kenny

August 6th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’m such a tease aren’t I?!  After pressing publish on Monday morning’s blog post, I knew that it would be cruel not to share the rest of the gorgeous shots from Sam and Kenny’s beautiful Real Wedding at The Alnwick Garden on the blog.  After all, it’s one of the prettiest days I’ve seen.  Could these two be any more photogenic?

So, the purpose of yesterday’s post was to alert you to a very special event coming up very, very soon – opening our autumn season, in fact – The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Alnwick Garden on Sunday 1st September 2013.  To get the full lowdown and register for completely free VIP Bride To Be entry and your goody bag, click here

Once you’ve been there, done that, some back to share the rest of Sam and Kenny’s big day.  With images by the ever talented Sean Elliott Photography (who’ll be joining us on September 1st too), this is one to remember. 

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Sam says:  We got engaged in Dubai, in September 2009. Kenny wrote ‘Marry me?’ in rose petals on the bed whilst I was at the pool sunbathing… quite the romantic!

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We tied the knot in June at The Alnwick Garden in the Pavilion Room.  We felt that the Garden was somewhere different, with stunning grounds for the perfect photos.  It’s also a memorable venue for people who hadn’t been before – the grand cascade as the main viewpoint throughout the ceremony, the rose garden, bamboo maze, the tree house and all of the water features gave guests that little something extra, over and above a wedding in a hotel or stately home.

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We didn’t have a theme, we just wanted to keep it simple and relaxed – a bit like us!  We chose a colour scheme of black and white with pinks and whites in the bouquets and button holes adding a splash of colour.

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I wore the Maggie Sottero “Reece” dress from Blush Bridal Boutique in Uppermill, Saddleworth and Kenny wore a kilt, in Morrison Clan tartan… sticking to family tradition.  He had it hand-made at Nicholson Kiltmakers in Edinburgh.

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The groomsmen wore kilts in Blackwatch tartan (hired from Slaters), sticking to the groom’s Scottish roots and the bridesmaids wore simple black floor length dresses from Monsoon.

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The bridesmaids and I had peony rose bouquets with a mix of pinks and some white roses and Kenny had a  pink peony buttonhole (to match my bouquet) with Scottish thistles.

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Getting ready with my mum and the bridesmaids was great fun, very relaxed and involved quite a lot of champagne!

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Guests were taken to the venue by Dreadnought Coaches in the 1952 Leyland Titan.   The guests and groomsmen travelled in more style than the bridal party!  When boarding the bus, the groom, best man and ushers gave everyone a glass of fizz to get the celebrations started. I think it’s fair to say the journey for the guests was a real social event!

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Arco String Quartet played some beautiful music for our guests’ arrival, my entrance, signing the register and at end of the ceremony – including Elbow – One Day Like This – and The Beatles – All You Need Is Love.

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Kenny’s father made all of the ladies’ favours by hand – strawberry and champagne preserve, with little poem on the labels: “A spoonful of sugar and two sweet kisses, now Kenny and Sam are Mr and Mrs”.

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The best man’s speech was  brilliant, one of the best I’ve ever seen. He used a video to really take the mick out of Kenny and had everyone in fits of laughter. ‘Mr Lover Man, Shabba’ was the song of choice for the video… very entertaining!  It was also great to have all of our nearest and dearest in one room together as it doesn’t happen all that often!

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A friend of ours, DJ James Cummings provided the evening entertainment.  We had a small part of the night dedicated to a ceilidh too, which went down really well and Sean Elliott got some great action shots!

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After the wedding we did a road trip through California – Vegas, San Francisco, Route 1 with various stop offs including Santa Barbara and Carmel, finishing off in LA, going to the Standard Hotel for their famous rooftop party on the last night of our honeymoon… the perfect end!

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Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

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My top tips for other Brides Up North would be: don’t get stressed, don’t have massively high expectations that you may find impossible to meet, make sure your wedding reflects you as a couple, no-one else (i.e. don’t try to imitate anyone else, or do something just because you think your guests will like it – if you don’t), and just relax and enjoy every single moment, from planning, right through to sending out your thank you cards!

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Congratulations Sam & Kenny!

Get the date in your diaries – I might have mentioned it a few times (too many?) but our opening event of the season – The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Alnwick Garden is on Sunday 1st September 2013 from 11am till 4pm.  Pre register now for free entry and your VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag!

 

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Rewind: A Real Wedding In Scotland – Michelle & Jav

June 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 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 so 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 watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far in 2013, plenty of eye candy, new features that we won’t be able to wait to share, some special supplier showcases and a couple of surprises too!

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Michelle and Jav’s gorgeous Real Wedding in the North of Scotland – first featured this April – has got to be one of my favourites to date, mixing up just the right amount of fun and frivolity, beauty and elegance.

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I’m impressed by their pretty vintage styling, Michelle’s ability to look flawless when travelling by open topped VW Beetle (does she remind anyone else of a young Elizabeth Taylor?!) and the cool, calm way that all their style choices work together beautifully to exude a sort of old time charm. 

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Michelle says:  Jav asked me to marry him at home in June 2012, and our big day was the 18th August 2012.  Our venues were Holy Trinity Church & Atholl Palace Hotel in Pitlochry, which is in the North of Scotland. 

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We chose our venue as it had great surroundings and views and looked like a real Scottish palace!

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Our wedding colours were ivory, pastels and champagne gold with a little vintage style and a bit of elegance!

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My favourite part of the day was walking down the aisle and just the whole of the ceremony actually!

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I chose an ivory dress with a full skirt and some sparkle! It was purchased from Bliss Bridal which is in Dundee.  The groomsmen wore The Hunting Pride of Scotland tartan kilts (bottle green with a hint of ivory) and these were from Mccalls of Broughty Ferry, near Dundee. 

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My bridesmaids had champagne knee length prom dresses with ivory underskirts, which were all hand finished by a dressmaker we know.

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We travelled in a cool 1970′s ivory beetle with the soft top down from Classic Car Holiday Hire. 

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Martin’s Ices brought along  their vintage ice cream cart with treats for all our guests. 

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I carried a bouquet of pastel pinks, ivory and lilac coloured David Austin roses by Coachhouse Flowers. 

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We chose a simple two tier sponge cake which was pale pink with some rose detail (made by the my Uncle). 

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We used photo keyrings (taken at our engagement shoot several months before) as favours. 

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In the evening we hired “Dead Man’s Shoes” – a classic/contemporary 5 piece band from Glasgow and my best friend sang our first dance song!

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After the wedding we went on honeymoon to Cancun in Mexico!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to step back for five minutes together to take everything in and watch your loved ones enjoy your day! Oh, and have a videographer – you wouldn’t believe how much you miss when you watch it back!

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Cheshire Fling! A Real Wedding In The North West – Sarah & Andrew

June 21st, 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 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 so 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 watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far in 2013, plenty of eye candy, new features that we won’t be able to wait to share, some special supplier showcases and a couple of surprises too!

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One of my very favourite Real Weddings ever featured here on the wedding blog,  Sarah and Andrew’s riotously gorgeous real wedding in Cheshire courtesy of Brides Up North fave, Jonny Draper Photography first appeared on these pretty pages in February this year. 

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There are stunning details, beautiful gowns, super cute kids and men in kilts… what more could you want?!

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Sarah says:  We got engaged in Andrew’s home town of Stonehaven, 11th August 2012. We were visiting Andrew’s family and went for a lovely lobster meal at the Tollbooth, overlooking Stonehaven Harbour. Andrew then suggested a walk to the pier head to admire the view and before I knew it he was down on one knee with a beautiful ring and asked the words every girl wants to hear!

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We were married on 19th January 2013 at Sandhole Oak Barn, Congleton.  When I saw the barn I fell in love! The views are amazing and there is such a wonderful feel about the whole place. The family who own the barn were so friendly and made the decision very easy… we booked there and then!

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We didn’t have a theme as such but we really liked the idea of the barn being lit up with fairy lights as in January, it would be dark early and we thought it would make the place more magical. I’d been looking at quite vintage colours for flowers and the mercury silver glass just seemed to follow, along with tealights everywhere! The moustache and lips on the wedding stationary seemed fun and our friend Rebecca Morris sourced letter pressing, designed and printed them all for us.

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The colour scheme found itself really, grey/silver for the bridesmaids with the Tartan having grey and purple thrown in. I chose quite muted colours for the flowers, amnesia, memory lane and ivory to stick with the vintage glamour look, and of course had sea holly (thistle) to keep the Scottish heritage up!

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I decided on the Pronovias Alcanar gown as I loved the corded lace. I bought it at Dan Kerr Brides in Preston. Kaye was fab and couldn’t have been more helpful.  The gown was nothing like I had imagined I would wear but everybody says don’t rule anything out until you’ve tried it on and it’s true!

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I had quite a challenge with choosing the bridesmaids’ outfits as my chief Bridesmaid, Jackie, was 34 weeks pregnant on our wedding day! Also, Andrew had decided to have his sister as Best Woman so we thought it would be nice to have her in the same dress as the bridesmaids but in black. In the end, I decided on the Two Birds Bridesmaid dresses as they were so versatile, maternity friendly and I loved the way the girls all wore a different style but were actually in the same dress! I bought them from Swan Brides in Congleton, the colour was Charcoal (and I’m very jealous that I don’t have one myself!)

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We were very aware of the cold, snowy weather so we provided an old vintage suitcase full of blankets for our guests to use when the were outside to stop them freezing! We had lace cones of confetti to hand out to guests during the ceremony and lace handkerchiefs to wipe away any tears! My Dad organised a bagpiper to pipe Andrew and the guests into the Barn as he was getting married so far from home. It was a total surprise and so touching to her the pipes over the wind. Just perfect, it made many shed a tear! The poor piper was frozen though!

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The whole day was amazing, but my favourite part was standing in front of our family and friends and saying my vows to my husband… and walking out of (practically skipping!) the service through a confetti cloud to Stevie Wonder’s Signed Sealed Delivered!

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My Dads’ side of the family still own and run Cornall’s Market Garden in Walton Le Dale, Preston so having them design our flowers only seemed right! The bouquet was very informal, made up of amnesia, memory lane and avalanche roses for the vintage feel with sea holly brought in to tie in with Andrew’s Scottish heritage. I had photographs of our grandparents pinned onto my bouquet , and I carried a photograph of my Aunt who recently passed away so that they were with us on our special day.

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We had the fabulous Top Table catering on the day and they couldn’t have been better. Annette organised the day wonderfully, ensuring every last detail was executed to perfection! I’ve had texts, phone calls and emails galore saying how wonderful they all were and that the food was amazing! They really are a brilliant team and couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

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We gave the task of organising our wedding cake to my dad, which he did very well! We just asked for a pretty, simple cake that tasted good, and it ticked the boxes! Made by 2nice2slice in Preston.

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The entertainment was really important to us as we both love a good party and wanted everyone to dance their socks off! We chose The Coolers Band and Andy Murphy DJ to entertain and they did just that! The dance floor was never empty and everyone had a fantastic time! Even uncles who normally watch from afar were up chucking some shapes…

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We’ve got a lovely 14 month old son, Thomas, so leaving him for a honeymoon wasn’t an option and we are moving to Abu Dhabi in March so we’re pretty tight on time! We did however manage to squeeze our first night away together since Thomas was born and we went to The Mere Hotel and Spa in Knutsford.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to plan your morning so you’re all made up and hair done a good hour before you have to leave. The last moments before you walk down the aisle are so precious and you need time to treasure them with those that mean the most around you (and if you’ve chosen your girls well, you’ll have a few tears and a bloody good laugh!) Oh, and Pinterest is fabulous for getting together lots of ideas…

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Congratulations Sarah and Andrew!

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Yorkshire Fling! Tartan & Lace For A Real Wedding At Bolton Castle

April 30th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today’s stunning wedding -  at Brides Up North Featured Supplier venue Bolton Castle – looks oh so Wintery, but actually took place at the end of March over the Easter weekend.  Remember that cold snap?  Luckily Gemma and Asa were well prepared in their gorgeous castle setting for their Yorkshire meets Scotland celebration with some roaring log fires and a helpful piper ready to lend the bride his cape!

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Gemma says:  We got engaged on the 10th of December 2011.  It was a Saturday morning and we decided to go for a walk – nothing out of the ordinary there!  We walked up to Mill Gill which is a beautiful waterfall just outside Askrigg and five minutes from our house. While we were standing there Asa said that he had been thinking about things recently so I quickly asked him what he had been thinking about… he then said there was something he needed to ask me so I quickly turned and said “Ask me what, what’s the matter?” His response was “Well if you will shut up for a minute and let me talk I will ask you!”… at that point he got down on one knee and asked! What a total and fantastic surprise (the answer was yes – once I stopped crying)! We carried on up the hill and were the only two in the world who knew! By the time we got home it was lunchtime and we had cheese on toast with champagne – brilliant!

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We were married on 30th March 2013 at Bolton Castle, Leyburn. Its beautiful Medieval Castle where Mary Queen of Scots ‘stayed’ for six months!  The venue is somewhere out of the ordinary without being too ostentatious.  We pretty much had free rein to set up and decorate as we wanted, there were no hidden charges for bedrooms and the atmosphere was just fantastic!

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We had a joint theme of Scotland and Yorkshire. Everything had to be rustic to show off the castle perfectly.  We chose a colour scheme of white and burgundy with Blackwatch Tartan making an appearance!

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I had a beautiful white halter neck wedding dress from the online suppliers JJ’s House. The dress was perfect  Asa wore black tails with grey pin stripe trousers with white cravat from the online supplier Formally Yours. 

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I had a simple bouquet of white roses for Yorkshire, thistles for Scotland and Tulips to tie in the burgundy and also for Spring!  My bridesmaid Melissa had the same but slightly smaller.  The buttonholes were thistles and white heather – for luck! We used Hutton Flowers of Northallerton who were fantastic. 

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We had a piper for the day who welcomed the guests, piped me down the aisle and piped us into the breakfast for our first official engagement – an amazing experience!

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The day was spent giggling with my closest family and friends. We got married which was the main aim of the day and we introduced a lot of people to our beautiful village as well as Scottish dancing. If I had to pick one favourite moment then it was a moment during our first dance when I had a sneaky peak around me and everyone was smiling and looking so happy – it was just the most humbling feeling ever.

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Our fantastic photographers Richard and Caroline Wynn-Davies went above and beyond at every opportunity, this really comes through looking at how relaxed and happy we are in each of the photos – they truly are amazing people!

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There were special touches springing up all over the place all weekend! Our favours were homemade heart shaped shortbread (which I baked a couple of days before) and Yorkshire tea bags.  We had Blackwatch tartan table runners over the tables which really brought warmth to the rustic castle.

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I baked and iced our wedding cake as when I looked around at prices I realised I could save an amazing amount of money – I’m a true Scot!  We had one tier of Madeira and two of angus fruit cake (the fruit is soaked overnight in tea). 

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We had a Ceilidh band made up of three local guys from Northallerton – they were amazing and taught us all the dances, everyone took part! The more commercial bands were an absolute fortune and very specific on how long they would play for. Nimmo Clark and the band played all night!

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We made the celebrations last the whole weekend! The Friday evening before we invited everyone to join us in the village pub for a drink so people met each other then and on the Sunday we put a big tent up in the back garden and invited everyone and locals from the village for the afternoon/evening to carry on celebrating. 

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The week after the wedding a lot of family and friends had stayed so we got to spend time with people we don’t often see. We both work away a lot so once everyone had gone home we took an extra week off and… we stayed at home – it was perfect! The weather was rubbish so apart from short walks with the dog we just spent time together!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to keep it small and simple, don’t blow your budget, keep it personal – it is a very very special day so make sure that throughout the day there are things which show why you are perfect for each other.

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Simple Vintage: A Real Wedding In Scotland – Clare & Joe

March 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Time for another Real Wedding, I reckon!  I have some amazing real life celebrations ready to share with you over the next few days, and the first, this little beauty sent to me by real bride Clare and Chantal Lachance-Gibson Photography won’t disappoint.  Clare and Joe chose clean and modern styling to let their stunning venue and hand picked vintage detailing do the talking.  The result? A modern and pretty wedding with added old time romance. 

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Clare says:  We got engaged in Rome on 12/05/2011. We’d gone on a mini-trip to Dublin, Barcelona and ending in Rome in the space of a week. By the time we’d got to Rome we were both exhausted (and I’d given up hope of a proposal ‘cause I didn’t think he’d be able to keep it a secret through two cities already!).

We’d gone for dinner and then walked to the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore which was all lit up with a fountain out front so it was all very romantic when he went down on one knee.

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We originally planned to get married on the 07/04/13 but we brought it forward to 08/07/12 because we (well, I!) were getting bored of waiting for it to come along and worried about elderly relatives being able to make it. It worked out perfectly!

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Our reception was at Glenskirlie Castle.  It was the first venue we saw! Glenskirlie have both a “House” and a “Castle” venue and as soon as I seen the castle I knew that’s where I wanted to get married. We did go see other venues but nothing even close to matched up to Glenskirlie. It ticked all the boxes – separate rooms for ceremony & reception, lovely gardens and plenty of quiet corners and rooms for guests to sneak away to when it all got too much and or they wanted to chat.

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We didn’t have a theme.  Some elements swayed to almost vintage or “shabby chic” but there was no set theme, just what we liked. The décor of Glenskirlie really set off the vintage look though.  Our main colours were dusky pink and sage green which went gorgeously together. 

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I originally bought a dress from a lovely boutique in Glasgow but by in March, when the dress arrived – I didn’t like it!  A lot of soul searching and fast alterations later I had the most perfect dress from Laura Reece Bridal. I would highly recommend both Laura’s boutique and her seamstress Andrina Greig who did wonders.  I wore my late grandmother’s pearls and a gorgeous birdcage veil from www.lilybella.co.uk. 

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My bridesmaid – one of my best friends from school – picked her own dress from www.very.co.uk! I wanted something that she’d be able to wear again and that she loved.

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Joe bought a kilt from Macgregor and Macduff in Glasgow in the tartan of the county in Ireland his family originates from, Donegal. His groomsmen (best man, two ushers and father of the groom and step-father of the bride) all wore a dark grey/black tartan.

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Originally I was happy to take a taxi – but that idea was rubbished by just about everyone! We hired a car from Soverign Select who were absolutely excellent. My granda was unable to make the wedding at the very last minute and they were kind enough to pick me up, drive me to his house and wait for me to have a few moments and photographs with him – which was really special.  The driver looked very dapper in his hat too!

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I had originally bought two bouquets of silk cala lilies but about a week before the wedding my mum and I decided that real flowers would be nicer so she very generously bought me a lovely bouquet of cala lilies from a local florist which – as it turns out – was probably one of the best decisions we’d made, they were gorgeous.

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For the ceremony we had a harpist (Joanna Chaing) who was great. Originally I’d asked for a string quartet but Joe talked me down! For the reception we chose a 4 piece band – Moondance – who were great. The dance floor was full all night!

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Smooch Rings made both of our rings to order – for less or around the same as it’d cost on the high street, and offer free cleaning/replating for life.

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We decided to do a lot of the decorations ourselves –  Melody Maison was a godsend for centrepieces and “bits” (although I now want to decorate my whole house from there!).  For chair covers we used a small company that we found on Gumtree who cut our costs enormously.

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Our cake was made by a friend of mine – looked great and tasted delicious as well!

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The whole day is a bit of a blur to me really! I loved getting everyone together for photos and by the looks of things I spent the whole day laughing or grinning, so I must have loved it all!  The speeches – although they made me both cringe and cry at separate parts, were lovely. I think the importance of them sometimes gets missed but I’d never do without them.

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After the wedding we spent four days in New York and ten in Playa Del Carmen in Mexico. New York was exhausting but Mexico was the most relaxed I’ve ever been – never wanted to come home!

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My top tip for Brides Up North would be – if you really want something, get it. Buying a second dress was obviously a huge inconvenience (and cost!) but I love my wedding photos and I can’t imagine feeling the same if I’d wore that other dress.  Pick your suppliers carefully – your photographer is one of the most important parts – not of the day itself – but of your memories forever! We were lucky enough to meet Chantal who I have since recommended to everyone who’s even considered a photographer!

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Congratulations Clare & Joe!

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Cheshire Fling! A Real Wedding In The North West – Sarah & Andrew

February 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Let’s get this week off to a glorious start, with Sarah and Andrew’s riotously gorgeous real wedding in Cheshire courtesy of Brides Up North fave, Jonny Draper Photography.  There are stunning details, beautiful gowns, super cute kids and men in kilts… what more could you want?!

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Sarah says:  We got engaged in Andrew’s home town of Stonehaven, 11th August 2012. We were visiting Andrew’s family and went for a lovely lobster meal at the Tollbooth, overlooking Stonehaven Harbour. Andrew then suggested a walk to the pier head to admire the view and before I knew it he was down on one knee with a beautiful ring and asked the words every girl wants to hear!

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We were married on 19th January 2013 at Sandhole Oak Barn, Congleton.  When I saw the barn I fell in love! The views are amazing and there is such a wonderful feel about the whole place. The family who own the barn were so friendly and made the decision very easy… we booked there and then!

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We didn’t have a theme as such but we really liked the idea of the barn being lit up with fairy lights as in January, it would be dark early and we thought it would make the place more magical. I’d been looking at quite vintage colours for flowers and the mercury silver glass just seemed to follow, along with tealights everywhere! The moustache and lips on the wedding stationary seemed fun and our friend Rebecca Morris sourced letter pressing, designed and printed them all for us.

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I decided on the Pronovias Alcanar gown as I loved the corded lace. I bought it at Dan Kerr Brides in Preston. Kaye was fab and couldn’t have been more helpful.  The gown was nothing like I had imagined I would wear but everybody says don’t rule anything out until you’ve tried it on and it’s true!

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I had quite a challenge with choosing the bridesmaids’ outfits as my chief Bridesmaid, Jackie, was 34 weeks pregnant on our wedding day! Also, Andrew had decided to have his sister as Best Woman so we thought it would be nice to have her in the same dress as the bridesmaids but in black. In the end, I decided on the Two Birds Bridesmaid dresses as they were so versatile, maternity friendly and I loved the way the girls all wore a different style but were actually in the same dress! I bought them from Swan Brides in Congleton, the colour was Charcoal (and I’m very jealous that I don’t have one myself!)

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We were very aware of the cold, snowy weather so we provided an old vintage suitcase full of blankets for our guests to use when the were outside to stop them freezing! We had lace cones of confetti to hand out to guests during the ceremony and lace handkerchiefs to wipe away any tears! My Dad organised a bagpiper to pipe Andrew and the guests into the Barn as he was getting married so far from home. It was a total surprise and so touching to her the pipes over the wind. Just perfect, it made many shed a tear! The poor piper was frozen though!

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The whole day was amazing, but my favourite part was standing in front of our family and friends and saying my vows to my husband… and walking out of (practically skipping!) the service through a confetti cloud to Stevie Wonder’s Signed Sealed Delivered!

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My Dads’ side of the family still own and run Cornall’s Market Garden in Walton Le Dale, Preston so having them design our flowers only seemed right! The bouquet was very informal, made up of amnesia, memory lane and avalanche roses for the vintage feel with sea holly brought in to tie in with Andrew’s Scottish heritage. I had photographs of our grandparents pinned onto my bouquet , and I carried a photograph of my Aunt who recently passed away so that they were with us on our special day.

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We had the fabulous Top Table catering on the day and they couldn’t have been better. Annette organised the day wonderfully, ensuring every last detail was executed to perfection! I’ve had texts, phone calls and emails galore saying how wonderful they all were and that the food was amazing! They really are a brilliant team and couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

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We gave the task of organising our wedding cake to my dad, which he did very well! We just asked for a pretty, simple cake that tasted good, and it ticked the boxes! Made by 2nice2slice in Preston.

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The entertainment was really important to us as we both love a good party and wanted everyone to dance their socks off! We chose The Coolers Band and Andy Murphy DJ to entertain and they did just that! The dance floor was never empty and everyone had a fantastic time! Even uncles who normally watch from afar were up chucking some shapes…

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We’ve got a lovely 14 month old son, Thomas, so leaving him for a honeymoon wasn’t an option and we are moving to Abu Dhabi in March so we’re pretty tight on time! We did however manage to squeeze our first night away together since Thomas was born and we went to The Mere Hotel and Spa in Knutsford.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to plan your morning so you’re all made up and hair done a good hour before you have to leave. The last moments before you walk down the aisle are so precious and you need time to treasure them with those that mean the most around you (and if you’ve chosen your girls well, you’ll have a few tears and a bloody good laugh!) Oh, and Pinterest is fabulous for getting together lots of ideas…

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Congratulations Sarah and Andrew!

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Get in touch to see your own beautiful big day featured on the blog – here’s how.

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Message In A Bottle! A Real Wedding In Aberdeen – Lucie & Josh

October 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Happy Saturday Brides Up North!  What are your plans for the weekend?  I’m off to a wedding myself (!), helping my great friend Leah to say “I do” to her lovely boyfriend Ben.  Congratulations to the happy couple, and save some cake for me (if I know Leah like I think I do, there’ll be plenty of cake involved)!

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Whilst I’m having fun eating cake, I’ve a fab Real Wedding just for two to share with you all today.  Lucie and Josh didn’t need anyone else to make their day special (except from Branco from AB Weddings), as they rocked their day the way they wanted it: a bright blue dress, fish and chips and fairgrounds.

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Lucie says:   We were married on 23rd December 2011 at Aberdeen Town Hall.  We love the Hall because of it’s amazing architecture, but wanted to have a non traditional and punk rock wedding – with just the two of us!

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We opted for dark colours and didn’t have a strict dress code, we just wore what we felt comfortable in – which was a bright blue dress for me, to match my hair.  I carried a bouquet of black imitation flowers.

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Our wedding breakfast was fish and chips from the chip shop on Aberdeen beach called ‘Captain Jax’ which was opened especially for us.

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We had a toffee cream cake from Tesco and a plastic play sword to cut it with.  We had loads of fun posing for photos on the beach with our photographer Branco from AB Weddings. 

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We sent a message in a bottle to commemorate the day (I wonder if it washes up on foreign shores?) and we also brought along a “Magic Umbrella” to fly us to our honeymoon destination!  

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My favourite part of the day was the photo shoot at the beach even though it was extremely cold and saying “yes” to my lovely husband.

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After the wedding we flew with our magic umbrella to Edinburgh and spent Christmas there.

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Scottish Thistles & Yorkshire Roses! A Real Wedding In York – Katie & Rob

May 9th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’m a little busy hosting the Brides Up North Tweet Up North East right now, so I thought I would leave you with this gorgeous Scottish Real Wedding in Yorkshire, sent to me by real bride Katie and J Clitheroe Photography.

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Katie says:  We got engaged at the top of the London Eye in August 2010, and were married on 31st July 2011.  Our wedding ceremony was at St. Mary’s Church in Riccall near York and our reception was at The Royal York Hotel, York.

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We chose the venue as I had attended functions there before, the people were really helpful when we looked round and the price was really good.  The grounds are just beautiful.

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It was actually a very traditional wedding with a Scottish theme as the men wore kilts and I had thistles in my bouquet.  Our colour scheme was purple and Modern Douglas Blue tartan.  

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I chose a cream lace strapless fitted dress by Maggie Sottero from Elizabeth of York.  I carried a cascading bouquet of cream roses, freesias and thistles by Fulford Flowers of York.

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My bridesmaids wore purple knee-length shift dresses from Hobbs. My younger bridesmaid wore a cream dress from John Lewis.

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Rob’s father wrote the orders of service and the invitations by hand.

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Our cake was a square, four-tiered cake with fruit, chocolate and plain sponge layers from Creative Icing in Selby.

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The tables at the reception were named after our favourite childhood authors – we wrote an explanation under each one as to why we’d chosen it.

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Myself and my sister-in-law baked gingerbread people as the wedding favours.  Instead of names for place settings, we used pictures of us with the person and wrote on the back where the picture was from and why we chose it.

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The speeches were excellent. The best man had a slideshow of photos of him and Rob as they have known each other since they were born which charted their friendship – it was very funny and touching.

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My brother played guitar in the church as we were signing the register.  At the reception, we had a disco and a live band – The International Party Doctors.  I really enjoyed the evening reception as there were some people we hadn’t seen in a long time.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy yourself – it will be the best day of your life!

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Congratulations Katie & Rob!

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Wedding Blog Exclusive: See You In The Boardroom! A Styled Shoot With Apprentice Star Laura Hogg of Laura Reece Bridal

March 21st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today, my very favourite telly programme of all time returns to the small screen (I’ll be somewhat busy for the next few Wednesday evenings).  Yes, it’s only The Apprentice!  And it’s back!

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I’d already clocked that one of this year’s candidates – Laura Hogg – ran a Glasgow bridal boutique and was looking forward to seeing what this lady would bring to Lord Sugar’s boardroom table, so when Lorna of Focus Wedding Photography got in touch to ask whether Laura’s styled bridal shoot could be featured on her favourite wedding blog, I was more than a little excited.

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So, in this wedding blog exclusive, here’s what Laura was getting up to before meeting Lord Sugar – and let’s see how she gets on in the boardroom.  I hope it’s not a week one exit with the usual mumbled “thank-you-for-the-opportunity”! Being a feisty Glaswegian?  I doubt it! 

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See a clip from Laura’s audition “I’ve got the guts to go into business with Lord Sugar” by clicking here.

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I like this girl already.  Good luck Laura!  Brides Up North is rooting for you!

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Let’s hear from Lorna: This was a collaboration shoot with a lovely group of wedding suppliers at Mansion House in Glasgow, a gorgeous venue with themed rooms that we were able to use to style the three shoots that we carried out on the day.

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The shoot features dresses from Laura Reece Bridal in Glasgow, which is run by Laura Hogg, a candidate in Series Eight of The Apprentice, starting tonight on BBC1 at 9pm. Laura also models in the shoot. She has always been incredibly ambitious and determined so when the final sixteen candidates were announced for series 8 of The Apprentice, it was not a surprise to see Laura in the line up.

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Our shoot started in the Kanaloa room with Gillian, it is a tiki themed beach hut bar, which is designed to be an oriental oasis. We used this room as our destination bride backdrop and had used colourful accessories, big wicker chairs and gorgeous cocktail glasses

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Laura’s friends from the shoot say she thought she would be an ideal business partner for Lord Sugar as she has the drive, work ethic and guts needed to succeed, coupled with a fantastic business idea which is rumoured to be an industry first.

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Groovy Wonderland was our next venue for the shoot and this features Laura modelling a gorgeous short red bridesmaid dress and roller boots. We had a lot of fun accessorising this shoot and using the 70’s style dance floor. Our favourite images from this shoot are those where Laura is sitting on the bar, the reflective surfaces within the bar were just gorgeous.

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Our last shoot took place in Jewel, full of gorgeous fabrics, beautiful chandeliers and wood panelling, providing a very stylish and sophisticated backdrop to our images. Laura, Gillian and Natalie modelled dresses from Laura Reece Bridal and accessories from the West End Wedding Boutique. The theme for this part of the day was high glamour and the make up and hair suited the dramatic theme.

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Photography – Adrian Carr, Focus Wedding Photography

Venue – Mansion House

Hair – Jane Crawford, Kennedy & Co

Make Up – Leigh Blaney

Dresses – Laura Reece Bridal

Accessories – West End Wedding Boutique

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Laura Hogg, Laura Reece Bridal 

Gillian Bell, Starweds

Natalie Tulloch, actress

Alasdair Mcintosh, Laura’s boyfriend

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  – Images © 2012 Focus Wedding Photography and by permission of BBC1

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