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vintage vows. a picturesque wedding in the lake district – sabine & steven

October 18th, 2016 | Laura McDonagh

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The vintage-themed real wedding that we’re sharing today features spectacular views, a relaxed and rustic vibe and a big ol’ slice of pretty.

As well as being mesmerised by the beauty of this wedding it’s also given me a new life goal: to taste a big ol’ slice of pink lemonade cake. Yes, you read that right – pink lemonade cake! What could be more wonderful on an autumnal Tuesday morning?

Photographs by Jenny Winstone Photography.

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sabine says: We got engaged at home on Christmas Eve, 2014. Steven cooked us a three course meal and told me that I could open one of my Christmas gifts a day early. I was so excited that I couldn’t wait until we’d finished so he let me open it after the first course. As I tore off the wrapping paper I saw a ring box. He projected a picture of our little boy onto our television screen with the words “Say yes, Mummy” above it, then he got down onto one knee.

Steven has always been one for grand romantic gestures but, as this was our first family Christmas with our six-month-old son Thomas, it really was just perfect. I was quite unwell following complications after childbirth so the fact he wanted to marry me at such a difficult time really meant the world to me; I knew he would be there for us, for better and for worse.

Our wedding date was Sunday 14th August 2016. We chose this date because we love summer, we wanted a weekend and all the Saturdays that month were booked up so we decided a Sunday would work really well.

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We got married at The Inn on the Lake: a beautiful hotel with the most spectacular views overlooking Lake Ullswater, in Glenridding, in the Lake District. We love the Lake District, it’s a very special place for us and we love how we can drive an hour-and-a-half from our hectic city life in Manchester and feel a world away with breath-taking views and a more relaxed pace of life.

We were lucky that the weather allowed us to get married outside under the gazebo overlooking the lake. There was also a separate building for the evening reception with a recent and very impressive extension called The Ramblers Bar and Candleroom. We loved the fact that, although our wedding took place at one venue, there were different buildings, sections and huge, stunning grounds.

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Theme-wise, our wedding theme was a romantic summer wedding with a vintage vibe. We knew that the surroundings of our wedding venue would provide a romantic feel, plus I love anything and everything vintage and I’m incredibly girly.

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a diary date for the botanical bride: White Memoirs

October 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon I’m handing over this little corner of the internets to Brides Up North Sponsor Rachael of The Social Butterfly, to tell you all about a rather lovely little date for your diaries: White Memoirs.

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Rachael says:White Memoirs will be making its Autumn debut at new venue, Halle St Peters, Ancoats on Sunday 26th October, 11am – 3pm.

Tickets: £3.50 per person available in advance by clicking here

Brides Up North also has ten complimentary pairs of tickets to give away.  The first 10 brides to contact Brides Up North quoting White Memoirs will take the bounty!  

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Nestled in the heart of Manchester’s industrial quarter, Halle St Peters, a Grade 2 listed deconsecrated church was lovingly rescued, restored and reopened by the Halle orchestra in April 2013. Working alongside amazing event design house, Pocketful of Dreams and Brown Sugar Blooms we will be enhancing the building’s natural beauty and creatively curating a stunning botanical themed backdrop to house thirty of the North’s crème de la crème creatives.

Purveyors of the innovative, imaginative and inspirational, White Memoirs this year will for the very first time showcase a botanical banquet displaying different table designs perfectly put together by Pocketful of Dreams. Visitors will have the opportunity to make reservations in advance and sample scrumptious sugary delights home-baked by Tea with Tom whilst washing down the crumbs with samples from cocktail mixologist The Drink’s Enthusiast’s ‘garden gin bar’!

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There will be live music and entertainment throughout the day provided by Twisted Tubes, a 10-piece contemporary jazz group putting their own personal spin on all your favourite pop-songs! Dancing shoes are a must!

Independent bridal designer Erica Stacey and vintage-inspired bridal boutique, The Case of the Curious Bride will be showing their stunning collective of wedding gowns during two exclusive catwalk shows and will be offering special discount for orders places on the day.

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DIY brides can look forward to taking part in a series of complimentary wedding workshops in which there will be opportunities create and take home bridal accessories and gifts.

Newcomers for October include the intricate work of mixed-media artist, Emily Notman who will be launching her unusual bridal accessories range at the event. Up-cycled jewellery brand, Retold Jewellery will also be revealing their first jewel collection crafted from original vintage pieces fused with modern materials.

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Returning to White Memoirs, we look forward to once again working with bridal headwear and accessories designer Silver Sixpence in her Shoe who will be showcasing a handful of never-seen-before designs at the event. Paper perfect stationery company, To & From will also be returning with their new collection of ‘wedding storybooks’, creating beautiful memoirs of each couples unique story. Once again, the glamorous, Miss Bethany James Davies of The Vintage Beauty Parlour will be creating a pop-up salon and curating hair and make-up demos as well as free trials throughout the day.

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The first 50 brides to register and purchase an advance ticket for White Memoirs will have be given a special goody bag on arrival, complimentary glass of fizz and free copy of our White Memoirs mini magazine.

Those details again – tickets: £3.50 per person available in advance by clicking here

Brides Up North also has ten complimentary pairs of tickets to give away.  The first 10 brides to contact Brides Up North quoting White Memoirs will take the bounty!  

 

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Fabulous Hens Go Vintage: An Era Of Experience

October 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier Nicola of Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe has always had an eye for the beautiful, different and divine – and always manages to pull off her projects with aplomb. 

That’s why, when she told me that she was teaming up with the lovely Sharon Lomas of For The Love Of Vintage, Bethany Jane Davies of The Vintage Beauty Parlour and And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon, Didsbury to create fabulous vintage themed hen events, I knew that we could chuck out those tacky L plates for good. 

I couldn’t wait to share the news of this classy and chic venture from a very talented group of Northern wedding industry suppliers on the pages of the blog. 

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Sharon of For The Love Of Vintage says:  An Era of Experience brings a sense of vintage style to today’s modern hen party, combining themed craft workshop activities with a beauty parlour and afternoon tea. Our parties are ideal for hen’s of all ages, inclusive for younger & older family members.

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The craft workshops are accessible for all levels of sewing experience, so absolute beginners need not fear. These workshops can be a general vintage theme or can be specific to a chosen era such as 1920’s Flappers, 1930’s Hollywood Sirens or 1950’s Rockerbilly – 1920s & 1950s remain the firm favourites with our hens.

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We can also theme a beauty parlour workshop – all hens get a master class in either 1920’s Smokey Eyes, 1930’s perfect Hollywood Pout or the perfect beehive while the bride to be gets full hair & make-up.

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No Era event would be complete without a fabulous afternoon tea served on vintage & antique china. Hen’s choose from a menu of baked delights which includes choice of three sandwiches, chocolate dipped strawberries, scones with clotted cream & jams, a choice of three cakes plus tea & coffee.

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The Era team travels to the client’s venue be it at home, in an apartment or hotel, holiday cottages – we’ve even done one in a vintage dress boutique in Leeds! Great fun!

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We are a team of four vintage loving local businesses that decided to collaborate to create a perfect vintage event for any bride to be. 

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Our team is award winning too with Bethany Jane Davies winning "Best Vintage Hair & Make up" and myself (she blushes) winning "Best Vintage Events Supplier" at the 2012 Vintage Manchester Awards.

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Here’s hoping for the double again at this years awards!

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Our price is £60 per person (+ travel costs) and the Era parties last approx. 4 hours, but we don’t have a stop watch. We have some connections to Manchester venues too with hen parties booking with us getting discounted room rates at The Place Apartment Hotel & The Didsbury Parsonage. We travel mainly across the North West, North Wales, Derbyshire, Yorkshire & Cumbria but will go further afield if clients are happy to cover travel costs.

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It’s Just A Little Blush! A Styled Bridal Shoot From Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

October 31st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today’s absolutely stunning styled bridal shoot comes to us courtesy of the lovely Nicola at Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe, a fabulous Brides Up North Featured Supplier who is keen (and rightly so!) to share her stunning new blush collection with you.  I’m excited to announce an exclusive Brides Up North discount with Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe coming soon in the New Year, but for now, with images from my lovely friend Katy Lunsford Photography, lets enjoy one last moment in the sun, with Nicola’s exquisite, keep-sake bridal designs.

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The softest chiffon florals, intricate yet delicate beadwork and romantic sheer edging whisper the arrival of Blush, the third collection from vintage inspired bridal accessories designer, Silver Sixpence in her Shoe.

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Each beautifully hand-crafted accessory nods to the elegance of decades past and yet is the definition of modern bridal adornment, as much inspired by designer Nicola Wellard’s recent travels in Europe and beyond as they are by the romance of a bygone era.

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Katy Lunsford Photography shot on location in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. The golden sun-dappled images perfectly demonstrate Katy’s instinct for capturing a bride’s beauty in natural light whilst showcasing the most delicate and breath-taking of details in the Silver Sixpence collection.

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Nicola says:  My new veil and headpiece collection layers whimsical chiffon and tulles, creating a soft-focus finish to my brides’ look. Added to the antique cream and ivory of my previous collections are blush, antique rose and hints of sepia and gold.

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Versatility is a notable aspect of this season’s collection. Alongside the collection’s new finer birdcage veils are a number of pieces designed to work as a headpiece, wrist corsage or waist sash, perfect for the modern bride who wishes to refresh her look throughout the day.

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Additionally, several of the collections’ headpieces can be worn with a variety of different hairstyles and with or without a veil, providing a solution to a common concern for brides who purchase their accessories before finalising their overall big day look.

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Celine Headpiece £150 / Chloe Chiffon Headpiece £125

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Sophie Headpiece £125

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Finishing touches include a ladylike range of vintage inspired garters and a selection of essential lucky horseshoes.

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Persephone Headpiece & Veil £150 / Flower Birdcage Veil £65 with Celine Headpiece £150

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Every piece in the Blush collection can be modified to create a piece truly unique to a bride’s vision of their wedding day. I also offer an entirely bespoke service, incorporating family heirlooms of jewellery or vintage lace to uniquely honour the people or the places closest to a bride’s heart.

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Fleur Headpiece £150 with Bethany Veil £45 / Florrie Headband £65

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Blush will be available from all Silver Sixpence stockists this autumn:

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North-West – The White Closet, www.thewhitecloset.co.uk

West Midlands – Cicily Bridal, www.cicilybridal.com

East Midlands – Lola Bridal, www.lolabridal.co.uk

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Or online at www.vintagestyler.co.uk

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Please visit the Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe website for more information. 

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Cross Keys & Polka Dots: A Real Wedding In Leeds – Laura & Mathew

October 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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We are right back on home turf this morning with a vintage inspired celebration in the centre of Leeds.  In a past life I used to work near the city’s Town Hall and used to love to see newlyweds celebrating on it’s huge stone staircase from my office window.

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Today’s lovely Real Wedding, with images from Jane at JB Creatives, is all about celebrating love with your nearest and dearest – a close knit celebration with your best people.  Oh, and some good pub grub. 

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With some pretty finishing touches and a nod to bygone eras, this small (yet perfectly formed) city wedding is just the thing to lift the spirits on a Tuesday morning. 

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Laura says:  We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2010 in our house. Mathew cooked us a lovely meal and then got down on one knee and produced a lovely engagement ring!

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He had asked my parents for my hand in marriage the day before so when we arrived round at their house to start our Christmas celebrations, they were ready with champagne and balloons.

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We made it official on 25th August 2012 at Leeds Town Hall. We wanted a small wedding so it was just close family. Following the ceremony, we had a meal at The Cross Keys on Water Lane in Leeds.  The following Saturday we had our wedding reception at The Cruck Barn, The Craven Arms in Appletreewick. 

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We wanted to get married locally and Leeds Town Hall is such an impressive building. The Cross Keys does fabulous food and the staff are lovely.Appletreewick has lots of childhood memories because I used to go camping at Mason’s campsite down the road from the pub.

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We travelled in style on the day in a cream vintage bus from the Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company.

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My dress was by Cymbeline and I got it second hand from The Wedding Mill in Saltaire. I realised quite quickly into my wedding planning that I didn’t like a lot of wedding dresses; I don’t like satin, ruching or strapless dresses. The dress I chose didn’t look very inspiring on the hanger but when I tried it on I knew it was ‘The One’ because it fitted so well and felt so nice to wear. I wanted a dress that I could walk and dance in confidently, and that dress enabled me to do both comfortably!

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I also had a lovely garter made by Nicola Wellard from the gorgeous Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe. 

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My bridesmaids wore dresses by Geri from Next and Mathew and his Dad wore suits by Chester Barrie.

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Many, many thanks to Jane at JB Creatives for the fabulous photographs of our wedding.   She has such a good eye for capturing a perfect shot. Mat and I particularly like all the natural photos of our guests at our reception. It was so nice to see the experience other people had on our day.  She is a joy to work with and is so friendly, professional and hardworking. I am desperately trying to think of the next big event we can have so we can get her back to photograph it!

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I had a theme of vintage of tea party. I collected teapots from charity shops and filled them with flowers for the table centres. We also used a selection of my late Grandma’s teacups as candle holders for the tables. I didn’t have a strict colour scheme but did incorporate quite a lot of pink!

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I made a lot of the things for myself but I did have a beautiful memory book, ‘I Do’ & ‘Love Is Sweet’ flags which we had in incorporated into to our table centres; and sweetie jar labels made by Vintage Twee. 

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Lots of family and friends contributed towards our wedding and as part of their Thank You gifts, I had rosettes made for them which stated their role. For example, my best friend Leanne did my hair and her rosette said ‘The Bouffant Boss’. The rosettes were from Vintage Twee. 

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We had a lot of help from our family.  My brother, Howard and his girlfriend, Helen performed for us. Howard plays the guitar and Helen sings. We also had a Ceilidh organised by the brilliant Aluinn Ceilidh Band.  Mathew’s cousin’s wife made our cake for our wedding day. She decorated the cake with a piece of my late Grandma’s lace. My friend Emily made a chocolate and Guinness cake version of the Cruck Barn for our party.

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The speeches were wonderful, and when my Dad said that I had walked back down the aisle as Mrs Johnson, it filled me with happiness and made it all seem real rather than just a dream!

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Mathew and I stayed at 42 The Calls on the wedding night and we sat wrapped in our fluffy dressing gowns reading our wedding cards and memory book. It was lovely and very moving to read our all the kind words from our families. We felt very, very lucky.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Rio De Janeiro!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to film your day especially the speeches. I loved watching back our wedding video and the more amateur the better!  In addition, don’t go on honeymoon straight after the wedding. All I wanted to do after my wedding was talk to people about their experiences of the day and read my cards and memory book!

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Congratulations Laura & Mathew!

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Get in touch to see your Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North, I would love to hear from you!

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Retro Hens At The Ready! Introducing An Era Of Experience Vintage Hen Parties

July 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Looking for hen party ideas?  You are not alone my friend!  I get loads of emails from my readers asking for recommendations for hen party planning, and the phrase I hear again and again is “We want to do something a little different”.  You can see my top ten tips for planning a hen do here and if falling out of pubs and clubs with your L plates isn’t for you (I’ll admit, I did it and had a ton of fun though!) you might be looking at other – whisper it – more classy options for your gaggle of girlfriends.

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If it’s all things vintage that floats the bride’s boat, look no further than the new Era of Experience parties hosted by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe and a collaboration of North West enthusiasts.  

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An Era of Experience is a travelling vintage hen party service created by the collaboration of four local Manchester businesses.  Separately, they each run unique ventures of their own but have decided to join forces to offer an authentic vintage experience for celebratory occasions. United by their passion for vintage, the team of four spotted a gap in the market for quirky, intimate socials that women of all ages can enjoy.

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Across our own businesses we have seen a tremendous increase of clients wanting authentic vintage experiences, who are keen to learn something new & create something unique. Combining our individual skills means we can create parties that give our clients the chance to escape to the glamour of a bygone era for a few hours.

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An Era of Experience allows guests to choose from a selection of iconic eras including 1920’s Speakeasy Socials, 1930’s Art-Deco and Fabulous 40’s & 50’s parties. The Era of Experience team carefully research the chosen era and tailor their individual input to reflect the period. Each Era of Experience social includes interactive activities such as creative headwear workshops and vintage styling as well as a gourmet selection of nibbles and soft tipples.

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Boutique bake house, And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon will design a food menu inspired by the chosen party theme. Drawing on popular flavours and memoirs of the time, each gourmet baked treat will be named to represent the chosen era. The mouth-watering morsels and delicious delicacies will be showcased on a beautiful selection of original vintage china, hand-picked from For the Love of Vintage’s extensive collection.

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Bespoke accessories designer, Silver Sixpence in her Shoe will run an interactive, creative workshop in which guests with have the opportunity to create a piece of headwear to take away with them. A beautiful selection of luxury, vintage fabrics, pretty embellishments, plush goose feathers, unique buttons, rare pearls, jewels and gems will be displayed in beautiful, old glassware and labelled accordingly. Using a selection of her own designs, Silver Sixpence will share her sewing skills, secret tips and offer guidance to the guests to help them achieve their headwear.

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Bethany Jane Davies of The Vintage Beauty Parlour will perform vintage make-overs for each of the guests. Taking inspiration from iconic film stars, she will use her styling expertise to create original victory rolls, bouffants, fingerwaves and pincurls. She will also give tutorials in authentic make-up application.

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The Era of Experience ladies can bring their vintage services to your home, hotel or chosen venue within Manchester. They are able to travel on request outside of the city for a small charge of 40 pence per mile, per vehicle.

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To find out more please contact  Rachael Adams at An Era of Experience either by email thesocialbutterfly.uk@gmail.com or by telephone on 07771333582.

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