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Love Light. A Wedding At St Mary’s Lighthouse, Tynemouth – PJ & James

July 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

PJ and James’ Real Wedding is all about location, location, location. Engaged at the Tynemouth Lighthouse, what better place to return to tie the knot… along with their friends (of the four legged variety too!) and family? 

One slap up Italian meal later and everyone’s happy!

With images by Little Miss Boyco.

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

PJ says: I had just about given up hope of James ever proposing to me when it happened very unexpectedly.

Being from Tynemouth, I moved to the Midlands when I was 6 years old and went to St Mary’s Lighthouse very often. It has always been my favourite place in the world. I have lots of fond memories of walking from Tynemouth to St Mary’s with my Poppa and going around the rocks with my brother Jonny.

James had heard a lot about the north east and had never been so I booked a little cottage in the village for a long weekend. I really wanted to show him all of the great places and things around Tynemouth that I remember and see them with adult eyes.

Before getting engaged we quite rarely went back up north and enjoyed the coast. We only really went for family gatherings so I wanted to spend time up there doing things I used to love.

Anyway, the top thing on my list of things to do was walk on the beaches from Tynemouth up Longsands all the way to the lighthouse like I used to with Pop’s. We had a fantastic walk and finally got to the lighthouse and I started retracing my childhood steps around those rocks.

James veered off towards the sea and we saw a seal, then James knelt down… I thought he was just trying to stop our dog Tinker from bothering the seal. But then he got on one knee and said ‘Me and Tinker have brought you here today to ask if you will be my wife?’. I was in shock. Then he produced a beautiful sapphire and diamond ring which I immediately recognised as being my Granny’s.

We had a cup of tea and got the bus back to Tynemouth. That night we took the metro to Newcastle where James had booked a nice restaurant… I’ve still got the metro ticket in my purse from 27th April 2013.

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

When we left the lighthouse having just had the proposal I asked a chap to take our photo together. He said yes but I’ll have to be quick as I’m getting married in a minute!

The seed was sown! James really wanted to get married in the lighthouse and kept on about it. I was reluctant because I worried about how difficult it would be to plan from 200 miles away but it didn’t turn out to be that hard.

We ended up having 3 venues for the day which was quite ambitious! But later the day of the proposal we saw a small wedding in the old Italian restaurant at Tynemouth Station and another seed was sown. After that we made contact with the station and found that Davanti (a popular restaurant in Tynemouth) were taking over the station restaurant. I got in touch with them and we originally wanted to have the reception out on the platform but decided against in case of bad weather.

We had to wait for the restaurant to be completely refurbished but were blown away with the results and booked the reception straight away. The Manageress Helen was absolutely brilliant, she had so many good ideas and spoiled us rotten on the day. The restaurant is called Davanti Classico.

The evening reception was an easy choice at The Grand Hotel in Tynemouth, which was where most of the guests stayed too. My parents had their wedding reception there in the 70’s so it was another sentimental choice. 

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Because the wedding was away from home we turned it into a bit of a wedding week. We travelled up on Tuesday and were joined by a host of our guests on that day and the other days leading up to the day. The idea stemmed from James wanting to play golf at Tynemouth Golf Club, where my dad played for most of his life and was Captain. James wanted to beat my dad on his home turf. How rude!

The day after the wedding we all went to the beach with the dogs and the lads played boules and drank beer and the girls drank champagne. We went out for another meal that night and stayed up for the first World Cup match, England v Italy. On Sunday it was Fathers Day so we had breakfast together then played crazy golf before we headed off to our ferry.

I arranged afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel for all my girlfriends the day before the wedding, there were about 30 of us in total!

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

James has blue eyes so we went with blue for our colour scheme. No particular shade as we wanted everything to be really relaxed and informal. The stationery was blue with a bit of a nautical, travel style.

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

I had a make up artist Laura Gemmell come to do my make up, the bridesmaids and Mum’s. She was absolutely brilliant, everyone loved their make up… one of my friends said I should do my make up like that everyday, if only she knew how long it took to put on! It was a nice treat for everyone though.

We all had our hair done at Headlines Hairdressers in Tynemouth. They were brilliant too, managing to squeeze everyone in.

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

James bought me a very unexpected but beautiful wedding present which I received on the morning of the wedding, it was a sapphire and diamond necklace to match my ring. I wore it round my wrist on the day but have worn it around my neck ever since.

I bought James a stainless steel shovel which according to him was the only thing he could have wanted.

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

I tried on hundreds of dresses before I found ‘the one’. I knew from the start that I didn’t want anything too big, so I was looking for a sleek dress.

I found a new designer called Lillian West and one of her dresses looked exactly what I was looking for. I tracked down a stockist near Kidderminster (not exactly close to home either) La Couture Bridal Boutique. They had a designer weekend so I went to try it on but my eye caught another gown in the window and that was the one. Karen and Millie at the shop were so helpful. I wish I could do it all again.

I had a headdress by Halo & Co, also bought from La Couture. My shoes from Rainbow Club. I loved it that you could see my feet with the dress so had my nails and toes painted bright pink.

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

James is a builder so doesn’t dress up often. In fact is scruffiness is part of the attraction. You can’t beat a buff guy in shorts and a tool belt!

Anyway, he wore his own navy M&S suit, bought for a friends wedding last year… so you could say it was vintage! He wore his own shoes and shirt but forgot his tie… fortunately his mum knows him so well that she brought a spare with her so he wore that!

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

The bridesmaids were tricky because we found that one of them, James’ little sister Vicky was pregnant and that the baby would be about two weeks old for the wedding. We had to choose something which she could wear and was flexible to her size.

We chose some slinky multi-way dresses from Marks & Spencer which were really good value (£55) and looked fantastic. We found some matching shoes by Debut at Debenhams in the sale. I had to go to about five stores to track stock down in the right sizes!

The groomsmen all wore their own suits but were asked to wear a blue tie and they all had matching button holes.

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Our dog Tinker was ring bearer in the ceremony. Tink goes to work with James every day so they are best buddies, as soon as we realised we could have Tink with us all day (until the evening reception) we didn’t think twice. When we were at Davanti he just sat on the terrace outside the door and got lots of scraps of pork and crackling!

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Docksiders! A Real Wedding In North Wales – Danielle & Tom

June 25th, 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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Now I try so, so hard not to have favourites… but goodness, today’s beautiful and spirited Real Wedding, sent to me by Dan Vernon Photography, real bride Danielle and first featured back in March of this year is testing my resolve.  Rainbow groomsmen, a rowing boat full of plonk, one stunning bride, seaside sing-a-longs and dancing on the dock… where was my invitation guys?!

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Danielle says:  Tom proposed on a Ferris wheel in a culture park called Tivoli in Copenhagen on 17th November 2011 (after 12.5 years!) it was also the same day my niece Sofia was born!

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We tied the knot on 7th July 2012 at St Fraid’s Church, Treaddur Bay, Anglesey and afterwards the reception was held in a boathouse close by on the inland sea.

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We chose our venue for it’s natural beauty and closeness to the sea. We also wanted to be close to home and childhood memories. This is where we both grew up. 

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We opted for a country chic, homemade style, with multi coloured chinos for our groomsmen, navy bridesmaids and a cream and yellow decor.

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I travelled in my cousin Craig’ s Volkswagen camper van, which he had specially valeted with beautiful flower petals!

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I wore a simple ivory chiffon dress from a boutique in Chester called Aristocrats and carried a hand tied bouquet of white Lily of the Valley and Sweet Peas, whist my bridesmaids had country flowers. 

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A friend played the trumpet for our marriage procession whilst my Mum walked me down the aisle.  My brother was my best man. 

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We used Snowdonia Marquee Outdoor Catering Company (North Wales). 

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I have the best aunties in the world who made a series of cakes and pies. We had cherry pies, chocolate cakes, cupcakes, coconut ice – amazing homemade cakes thanks to our lovely family!

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We had a harpist for the champagne reception and wonderful Casey Jones and Co playing live piano and Irish tin whistle for outdoor jigging down the jetty after the dinner.  Later on we entertained ourselves with an Ipod DJ and asked friends to submit songs to spotify playlist.

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All of it was the best day of my life, I cannot choose a specific favourite moment. I loved standing on the jetty with Tom and looking out to sea and then back at all our family and friends.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Italy.  We went to the Amalfi Coast to an agriturismo farm for a week and then Venice for the second week.

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My top tip for Brides Up North would be to hire Dan Vernon! Let the photographer capture your moments rather than posed shots. Be comfortable with your photographer, Dan was absolutely exceptional and we enjoyed having him be a part of our day.

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Also, don’t worry about your dress, makeup, other people, enjoy the experience together as it goes too fast!

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Congratulations Danielle & Tom!

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French Frills & Seaside Thrills! A Real Wedding In Cornwall – Adam & Clare

October 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It’s not often that a can say that they helped a bride to pick her wedding dress, but in the case of the gorgeous Clare and her beautiful wedding dress I was honoured to be involved in the process during an ‘on location’ day as a Saturday girl at The White Room Sheffield.

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Clare and her lovely Mum came in during the Cymbeline trunk show hosted by Chloe in her gorgeous boutique to check that Fauvette, with her swanlike layers of tulle and funky adjustable skirt really was ‘the one’. 

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And what can I say Clare?  I knew it all along!  Stunning. 

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Now Northerners Clare and Adam did officially tie the knot down in Cornwall, but I wouldn’t deny you a peek at their gorgeous day (and her fabulous frock!) just because of a little thing like geography now, would I?

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So enjoy your mini break down Cornwall way… as it’ll be back to good old Yorkshire later this afternoon!

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Clare says:  We got engaged on Easter Sunday 2011. Adam proposed over a picnic by the Minnewater (or ‘Lake of Love’) in Bruges, and we tied the knot on 28th September 2012 at the Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall.  We’ve been going there for years and it’s our favourite haunt for a mini break. 

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I chose to wear Fauvette by Cymbeline from The White Room. I wanted something fun, lightweight, and that I could wear easily and dance in – the underskirt comes off for shorter party wear!  I also had a feather shoulder cover from Monsoon for warmth when outside, and sparkly shoes from Jimmy Choo.  I carried a bouquet of white chrysanthemums by George Mackay.    

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I chose a colour theme of bright candy colours, and my bridesmaids wore short, flirty dresses by Alfred Angelo in three different colours to suit three very different ladies.  The best man and ushers wore what they wanted, we just asked that they donned a different coloured hanky each to tie-in with the three maids’ colours. 

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I was nervous about the vows, but as soon as I entered the room the nerves disappeared and I enjoyed myself. 

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We purposefully kept the day fuss free and simple – to create ‘our perfect day’ we wanted to do something we would normally do but this time shared with close friends and family. Wedding vows at the hotel were followed by champers on the balcony and we then walked over to Fifteen for more fizz, speeches and fab food. We had free time on the beach/in the hotel and then a cream tea back at the hotel before dancing all night and late night Cornish pasty snacks. 

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The food, atmosphere and service at Fifteen was immense. Dancing all night with a room full of pals can’t be beaten!  We had a very carefully selected playlist to ensure that the dancing never stopped!

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We wanted to serve scones with jam and clotted cream so we asked Portreath Bakery to make them into a tower with a Victoria sponge on top to cut, decorated with strawberries to make it pretty. 

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We have a party to look forward to in a pub in Sheffield for a wider circle of friends and family in early November, we then go to Brazil for three weeks on honeymoon. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that this is your day. Be selfish – create the day you both want, ignoring pressure or expectations from others.

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Congratulations Clare & Adam!

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Wednesday Wedding Inspiration!

August 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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1. Wedding Wishes Bottles 2. Mellifluous Necklace 3. Seafoam Lacie Shoes 4. J Crew Sinclair Dress 5. Stemmed Sea Glass 6. Sea Shell Cake 7. Sea Glass Earrings 8. Sea Island Stationery 9. Jenny Packham Berkley Gown

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A good friend of mine came to me with a wedding dilemma recently (yes, I do get a lot of that!), asking how to incorporate her favourite colour – green – into her wedding day, without it looking too, well, green.  She had considered other colour schemes, but just didn’t want to leave her favourite out, yet couldn’t quite get it right. 

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Leave it to guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next and her fantastic fortnightly wedding inspiration boards to come up with the solution in this beautiful sea mist collage. 

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Katy says: Though I’m sure (in the North) we are all sick of excessive water, I have taken this week’s inspiration from the sea and created a simple and elegant beachy wedding style. Seafoam, mint and sage greens are so beautiful combined together or used alone. I have used them to soften the simple stark white Jenny Packham gown, which would work so perfectly with the textured freshwater pearl necklace from BHLDN that has a tassel tipped strands that dangle down your back, begging to be shown off! Team it with a tousled updo – which is great for a beach wedding and keeps the sea breeze from messing with your locks.

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You can be sure your accessories are completely unique with the Sea Glass Earrings handmade by Surf & Silver Sea Glass Jewellery. They would make perfect gifts for your bridesmaids. I am completely in love with the J Crew ‘Dusty Shale’ coloured chiffon dress! The draping is exquisite but if the style isn’t for all your maids the colour is available in other styles too. Stick with the sea theme and have flashes of sea glass in your bouquet or a charm around the base.

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My favourite part? Possibly the coloured glass bottles labelled ‘Wedding Wishes’ – words of wisdom and loving messages left from all your guests, which would make a fabulous keepsake in your love nest! I am also blown away by the simple but effective cake – seriously stylish!

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And her wedding inspiration brilliance isn’t all that Katy is offering us this week! Katy is holding a giveaway over on her blog and she would like to invite Brides Up North readers to enter too.  For the chance to win a bespoke headpiece  from What Katy Did Next to the value of £150 you just have to email info@what-katy-did-next.co.uk with your details or comment on Katy’s blog post (say hello from Brides Up North too!).  The competition closes on 27th August 2012. 

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every week, either compiled by myself, regular guest blogger Katy or YOU: get in touch with your own ideas and inspiration boards! We’ll be discussing our inspirations behind the images too so it’s simply going to be a whole load of lovely.

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If you are a little less arty but in need of inspiration and still want to play along, we will also be taking requests for colour schemes and themes and making bespoke boards for my readers. Please contact me to suggest a theme or colour scheme.

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And They All Lived Happily Ever After! A Real Wedding In The North West – Megan & Darren

April 12th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today’s real bride and regular reader Megan got in touch with me via my Facebook page after seeing the gorgeous art deco wedding inspiration shoot that was featured on these swirly silver pages a few weeks ago.  Click here if you missed it.   Megan got married at the very same location as our shoot – The Midland Hotel – and wanted to share her beautiful wedding day with you lovely lot.

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Now here’s an admission: I don’t usually cry when I blog Real Weddings.  It’s a good job as I’d need shares in Kleenex for the amount that pass through my inbox on a daily basis.  But this one totally did it for me.  Sniff. 

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We decided to get married when our very close friend, Jane, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. We have been together for 7 years and although we had discussed marriage kept waiting until we had the money. We decided that you never know what is around the corner and it was time to get on with it.

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I said I wasn’t bothered about an official ‘engagement’ and I bought a bling wedding ring from Ebay. On Christmas Day Darren surprised me with a treasure hunt around the house. My ring was hidden in a box on the Christmas tree with a note saying ‘Will you marry me?’

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We were married on 24th March 2012.  The ceremony was at Lancaster Town Hall, followed by a reception at The Midland Hotel, Morecambe.

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I love being by the sea and really wanted a venue which over looked Morecambe Bay. at first we thought The Midland would be out of our price range and wrote it off. In the end we decided to talk to them and met with Vicky Cruse, who was brilliant. We discussed ways of getting the wedding in on budget and although it was slightly more than we initially had in mind we knew we would regret it if we didn’t go for the place we liked the most.

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Having the ceremony elsewhere broke up the day a little and made it a slightly less expensive option. The town hall were brilliant, very accommodating. We can’t fault either venue.

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The ‘theme’ was loosely based on Old Hollywood Glamour. The Midland is an iconic 1930′s hotel and it seemed apt to go with a more opulent theme then perhaps a ‘vintage’ wedding. We chose The Midland not only because it had stunning views and the interior was gorgeous, but because we knew they would look after us. We had to do very little to make the place look stunning – and all we did was provide the décor and they did the rest.

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As Lancaster town hall and The Midland are totally different in style and décor I decided to not have a colour scheme. The bridesmaids were all in white, I was in white and the flowers were white with lime green and dark green accents. This meant we could add splashes of colour where we wanted. For example we had red heart balloons for the car and the car had turquoise bows on it.

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I had an Essense wedding dress. Initially I wasn’t going to have a real wedding dress, but one morning I was walking past Butterfly Bridal in Lancaster and I decided to try some on. They were so lovely. There was less than six months to go and with the Chinese New Year approaching they were concerned I might not get a dress in on time. So we searched the ex-samples.

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On my second visit I found ‘the’ dress. It was just wanted – it gave me a really curvy shape and the flowers on the train were just stunning. I felt amazing wearing it. Darren said it was better than he could ever imagine.

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I did the flowers – I ordered them from Triangle Nurseries. They were very helpful I would recommend them to anyone.  I carried white ranunculus with green viburnum.  The button holes were made from freesias, ranunculus and berries.  Chloe’s bouquet was made from white hyacinths and white freesias with dark green foliage.  The table decorations were made from twigs I sprayed white with flowers around the bottom {Brides Up North side note: Wow!}.  

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My sons were supposed to give me away and our son Rory was supposed to be ring bearer. However, in the end Rory walked down the aisle with my son Callum and my other son Liam gave me away. We used the box in which Darren had used to propose at Christmas.

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The bridesmaids all had different dresses. I had our daughter, Farrah (3), who was wearing a dress from Monsoon. She also had the strap from my dress as a head dress. There was my niece, Holly, 2 who had a dress from Debenhams. However she decided she didn’t want to walk down the aisle with us and promptly fell asleep as the ceremony started! The oldest bridesmaid (Darren’s niece) was Chloe, 14, who wore a lovely chiffon dress we found in Debenhams. She looked like a little starlet! It was really nice having the girls in different outfits but having them all tied in by being white. Chloe carried flowers but I bought the little ones heart decorations at Christmas as I knew that if I gave them flowers they would soon destroy them!

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We travelled in style on the day! A friend of a friend had an open top beetle from 1972. It was great fun. They are thinking of a setting a business up so this was a great way for them to get some pictures. It was great driving along with the roof down, everyone was shouting congratulations at us!

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The cakes were made by Darren’s cousin, Emma. She made three stunning cakes which faded in in colour from pink, green and yellow to white {Brides Up North side note #2: Double Wow!}. His Aunt and Uncle also provided some fondant fancies and french macaroons from Betty’s in Harrogate. I made some ‘truffles’ with my sisters and bought the rest of the items on the dessert table.

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The decorations came from months of collecting items from high street shops.

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We had a band in the evening called ‘The Tracks’. Darren plays the guitar so he got up and did a couple of songs.  Darren’s brother, Kevin, brought his ukulele and did an impromptu singalong in the bar between the meal and the evening do.

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We also spent a lot of time thinking about the music during the ceremony. I walked down the aisle to Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa ‘Something’s got a hold of me’ we wanted it to be lively and fun. After the ceremony I tried to find as many of our friends first dances as possible and put them on a cd. I am not sure whether people noticed though!

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I have so many favourite moments:

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Seeing Darren’s face as we all walked down the aisle. He cried whilst I beamed!

Getting woken up by my friend Jenny at 6.45am in the suite at The Midland (STUNNING!) jumping around saying ‘you’re getting married today’!

Realising it was a sunny day.

Seeing Farrah in the rain shower at the Midland, she was like a little mermaid.

Pulling up at The Town Hall and seeing my boys all dressed up and gorgeous.

Being able to relax and know nothing was too much trouble.

My parents surprise Charleston dance in the evening. Talk about being upstaged!

Becoming Mrs Hawkins. 

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My advice for other Brides Up North is enjoy yourself. All too often I read about stressed out brides – it is supposed to be fun! Remember all that is important is marrying your other half. The other ‘stuff’ is exactly that. If it is stressing you out or distressing you then don’t worry about it. Do the things you like and find enjoyable.  Also, remember everything on the day will take far longer than you think. Listen to the advice of your wedding coordinator if you have one. Or ask those who have recently married.

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Ooh, and don’t give up on your ideal venue. Approach them and see what they say. You will never regret asking.

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Congratulations Megan and Darren!

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Contact me to share your Real Wedding memories with Brides Up North. 

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