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Glam Pastels. Diamonds & Lace For A Real Wedding At Rockliffe Hall – Hayley & Stephen

April 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Who said pretty pastels couldn’t come with a huge dose of glamour?  Today’s real bride Hayley and new husband Stephen are ripping up the rule book with their soft and stylish Real Wedding at Rockliffe Hall.

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Lee Scullion

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Hayley says:  We got engaged at the Burj al Arab, Dubai in February 2006.  Steven proposed on Christmas day in 2005. We didn’t want a party so we celebrated our engagement with a trip Dubai to pick a ring.

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We were married on 22nd September 2013 at Rockliffe Hall, Darlington.  I wanted a classy and timeless wedding and Rockliffe offers modern and old mixed together. We had our ceremony in the old arches which offered a nicer feel than just a function room. The colour scheme is quite neutral which enabled us to go for any colour scheme we wanted.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

We had lilacs, lavenders, ivories and a beautiful thistle colour in our stationery. Grey suits for the gents, accented with lilac cravats and handkerchiefs to give a subtle bit of colour to blend in with the rest of the wedding. My dress and the bridesmaids were all ivory. I wanted a neutral palette with the flowers taking centre stage. 

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

My dress was from Solutions Bridal Designer House in Orlando Florida.  The dress was antique ivory with ivory lace in a mermaid strapless fit. I opted for a very long veil trimmed in the same lace as the dress and a very glamorous belt made by Maria Elena and Manolo Blanik shoes with a beautiful vintage brooch on the front.

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The hair was prepped by myself the evening before (I’m am a hairstylist) ready for my friend Carol-Anne Jenkinson who is the owner of Platinum Hair Design in Sunderland. She also did her magic on the bridal party. I had my makeup done by Amanda Bell Elite Makeup Artist.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Our flowers were by Adam Prest who is very unique in his work and knew exactly what I wanted. My bouquet consisted of a vibrant lilac roses, astrania, astilbe,clematis,snowberries and sweetpeas. They smelt beautiful. The bridesmaids had smaller versions of my flowers with a mix for the top table and centre pieces for the tables at the wedding breakfast. We also had similar mixture for the gents’ button holes and ladies’ corsages.

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Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

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We had six bridesmaids from two years old to sixteen.  The younger bridesmaids wore dresses from Monsoon and the two older bridesmaids wore a dress from Coast which was from the bridal range. I think they blended nicely together.

The groomsmen wore hired suits from Gavin Scott Menswear in Washington. The grooms suit was made by Ian Bone a visiting tailor. He came to our home and measured Steven up, we picked the material and and cut of the suit. It was a very professional and friendly service from Ian and we had two more fittings before the finished result.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Our photographer was the amazing Lee Scullion. We had a lot of recommendations from people but as soon as I saw Lee’s work I knew he was the man for the job.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Our videographers were Chris and Janet Hughes for One Digital Image – a great husband and wife team. They made a one minute video summarising the day so we could share with our guests and friends which was really unique in itself and was ready to view the following morning.

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Our save the dates and invitations were by Noble Fine Art. They also made our favour boxes, the menu for the tables at the wedding breakfast and the seating plan in a beautiful pearl stock paper with thistle ribbon.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Simply Bows & Chair Covers dressed our tables with a new range of lace chair coverings.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

We had handmade chocolates made for the favour boxes from Robineau Patisserie in Darlington and mini bottles of whiskey for the gents. 

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

The cake was from Celebration Cakes in Peterlee, I scaled it down from the original design in the shop. It had six tiers with all different sponges and fruit cake. It had a pearl covering with roses and lace made from sugar paste and tied in with all the little elements from the wedding.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

We had Val Boyers singer and guitarist singing during our wedding breakfast and a fantastic local band (Fate) singing live on the evening of the wedding. 

Prime Entertainment provided Formula One cars which were very popular and we also hired Snaparazzi and their fabulous photo booth.  We got a book of everyone’s photos who had been in the photo booth with a message alongside the photos which is a really nice and different keep sake.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

I downloaded an app called Wedpics and invited all our guests to upload all their photos.  I thought this to be better than having disposable cameras and it worked well.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Honeymoon wise, we’re are still working on that one, we want something different!

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy and take every moment in because it goes over far too fast and don’t drink to much Champagne!

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Congratulations Hayley & Stephen!

Would you like to see your own Real Wedding on Brides Up North? Get in touch.

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A Sparkling Affair. An Intimate & Twinkling Real Wedding At Rudding Park, Harrogate – Sarah & Ed

January 24th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Wooden Hill Images

Todays small but twinkly real wedding is such a splendid affair – a stunning bride (don’t you just love her hair?), an ornate setting, perfect details and only the people there that really count.  And that last bit, that is what really counts, isn’t it?

Sarah and Ed’s wedding was shot by Abi at Wooden Hill Images, and I hope you love it as much as we do. 

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Sarah says:  We got engaged in May 2010 in Windsor Great Park in Berkshire, near where we lived at the time. It was overlooking a lake by a small bridge while out with our dog Poppy.

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We were married at Bilton House, which is Harrogate Registry Office in North Yorkshire on 19th December 2013, and afterwards at Rudding Park Hotel.  We choose Rudding Park Hotel because we had previously stayed there for a weekend break and had a great time, and I am originally from North Yorkshire so it had the close to home feel.

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We choose to have a small intimate wedding as we have two young children, Will (3 years) and Tom (1 year) who we wanted to be part of the day, with our immediate family and a few close friends.

Our theme was a 1920’s/30’s Great Gatsby/Downtown Wedding set against the backdrop of Christmas with a gold, ivory and a touch of subtle green colour scheme to blend into the 1920’s and Christmas colours.

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I chose the Stephanie Allin Ingrid dress from the Jazz Age Collection from Anne Priscilla Bridal in Glasgow.  I was lucky enough that the designer of the dress I choose was in the shop in Glasgow when I was there and I ended up getting a personalised sketch of the dress!

My headpiece was by Jenny Packham, make up by Mel England and hair by Emily Hawkes

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We didn’t have bridesmaids or groomsmen, but our boys wore a mix and match of cord and tweed suits, with little converse shoes to give a ‘cool kiddie’ finish.

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I carried a bouquet of calla lilies from Wedding & Events reminiscent of the period. 

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Guests were collected from Rudding Park on at 1920’s vintage bus from a company called Yesteryear, and taken to and from the registry and Sarah travelled with William who walked her down the registry aisle.

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For the pre dinner reception we had a harpist (Anita Aslan from Harping On) playing a mix of Christmas music and other songs appropriate for the occasion and a two piece 1920’s band called The Gershwin Gang for some music into the evening. Both entertainment choices were based on the small nature of the wedding with only 20 guests and 5 children and to keep the theme and fun running throughout the day.

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Wooden Hill Images

The favours for Ladies were vintage chocolates from Betty’s and for the men, Scottish themed stag bottle openers, which combined Yorkshire and Scotland.

Ed is Scottish and us organising everything from our home in Perthshire meant it was important for us to blend everything across the colours and themes even though we hadn’t seen certain things first hand.

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Alex at Simply Bows & Chair Covers dressed the venue to perfection!

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Wooden Hill Images

Wooden Hill Images

We chose a fruit cake centre piece with a monogram with our initials from our invitations, then cupcakes with feathers and a sequin finish matching my dress.  The cake was by Homebaked Heaven

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Wooden Hill Images

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My favourite part of the day was arriving back to Rudding Park at dusk with all the twinkling lights, harp music and a mulled wine reception.

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Wooden Hill Images

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For our honeymoon we stayed an extra couple of nights at Rudding park ourselves and plan to return in 2014.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t be afraid to do a small wedding, and you won’t have to compromise on quality.  Trust your suppliers to apply their own interpretation of your theme. 

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Congratulations Sarah & Ed!

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Love In Technicolor: Vintage Lace & Sparkles For A Rainbow Real Wedding At Woodhill Hall, Northumberland – Lina & Andrew

August 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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We’re celebrating Sunday on Brides Up North today with this gorgeous rainbow wedding sent to me by real bride Lina and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jamie Penfold Photography.  It’s at Brides Up North dream venue Woodhill Hall in Northumberland, and Lina and husband Andrew certainly made the most of this stunning boutique venue’s colourful and quirky charm.

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Lina says:  Andrew asked me to marry him at  The Alnwick Garden in July 2011, and we were married on 25th May 2013 at Woodhill Hall, Otterburn, Northumberland. 

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We chose Woodhill Hall because it was so beautiful. The fact we could have a lot of people staying at the venue for the Saturday was great and Corinne who owns the venue is amazing. We love everything about it!

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We wanted a vintage inspired, very relaxed day.  The main colour at first was yellow but then we started adding more and more colour. It got a little out of control!

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At first for my wedding dress I wanted something very plain… but then when I met the Y.A.P Bridal team they found me something perfect. It was a fitted vintage style lace wedding dress with little sparkles. 

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My pretty bridal jewellery was by Sareli, another local North East company (and a Brides Up North Featured Supplier). 

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We always knew what we wanted suits-wise (ours were from Slaters) but we couldn’t find any ties we liked. We came across a new company; Pangaea, who made us some custom ties which had stripes on the back: ‘business up front…party at the back’. 

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I carried sunflowers, ranunculus, peonies, feverfew daisies, craspedia, gelder rose, stocks and veronica supplied by Hannah at Wildflower Florist in Northumberland. 

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We stayed at the venue over the weekend from the Friday so we didn’t need transportation.

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The ceremony was both our favourite part of the wedding. It was very informal and everyone really enjoyed it.

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Our wedding cake had Lemon sponge on the bottom, victoria sponge in the middle and cookies and crème on the top. Yum!  It was made for us by Isabelle & Richard at The Designer Cake Company. 

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We made a donation to a charity called ‘Josies Dragonfly’ The aim of Josie’s Dragonfly Trust is to brighten the lives of children & young people living with cancer. We had dragonfly pin badges for everyone (supplied by the charity) with lollypops and vintage disposable cameras.

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Our rainbow chair covers and bows were supplied by Janine at Simply Bows & Chair Covers. 

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We had birds of prey displays from Falconry Days and a photo booth from Snaparazzi on the night. We also had two bands; one for the daytime and one for the night which both were amazing – they were the Zoe Gilby Trio and The Dean Solomon Band

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After the wedding we honeymooned in New York. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that it’s one day – so no matter what goes wrong, just shrug it off and enjoy yourselves

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Congratulations Lina & Andrew!

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Simply Successful! Supplier Showcase: Simply Bows & Chair Covers

May 16th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Back in 2010 when I launched Brides Up North, there were a just handful of wedding industry supporters who really understood what I was trying to achieve (the Northern Revolution y’all) – and helped me to champion my cause until everyone else understood it too.  The road has been long and full of late nights and hard, hard work, but I will always to be grateful to that first brave band of Brides Up North Featured Suppliers who took a chance on a rooky blogger and wedding enthusiast.

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Sarah Pittendrigh of Simply Bows & Chair Covers was one of those fabulous people and I am proud to have worked alongside her for almost three years.  Whilst Brides Up North has grown, Sarah hasn’t exactly been resting on her laurels either.  A true North East success story, Sarah now has a trophy cabinet to rival Manchester United’s and an ever expanding empire.  She’s even (whisper it!) going South.

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This week Sarah launches her weekly column in the Newcastle Journal – every Thursday – where she will be sharing her experience from starting a business from scratch as a single mum, right through to franchising it and now having 12 multi award winning offices across the UK. Sarah says:  I hope my column will inspire budding entrepreneurs and offer support to existing companies. I would also be happy to try and answer any questions on business people may have.

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Sarah Pittendrigh established Simply Bows & Chair Covers in 2008 after being made bankrupt when the national events company she worked for suffered the effects of the economic downturn. Whilst helping to organise her brother’s wedding, Sarah found a gap in the market for stylish, high-quality chair covers and linen and launched her business across the North East area. Since then, Simply Bows & Chair Covers has grown rapidly and Sarah opted to launch the franchise operation in 2010 as customer demand for her unique service grew quickly all over the UK.

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Simply Bows & Chair Covers are now a multi-award winning company, with award winning franchisees. They manufacture high quality chair covers and accessories for you to hire, for your special event.  They are a professional team of event and wedding specialists with over 20 years experience in the industry, working on many weddings and high profile corporate gatherings in some of the most prestigious venues in the UK.

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Sarah says:  We pride ourselves in the high quality product that we deliver supported by excellent customer service. On the back of this we receive many letters of thanks and referrals from our satisfied clients.

We hold in stock many different sized chair covers, and prior to your event we ensure our chair covers are the perfect fit for your venue. Your chair covers will be fully fitted on the day of your event by our professionally trained staff, this way we can guarantee you an exceptional standard of delivery.

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Simply Bows & Chair Covers encourage all of their clients to create a theme for their big day that reflects their own style and differentiates them from their friends. They have a huge selection of chair covers, to include coloured chair covers with matching coloured table linen and also hold in stock organza sashes for chair bows, diamante chair bands and chair treatments in hundreds of different colours, that they can use to match with wedding flowers/bridesmaids dresses or corporate branding.

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The company has has seen demand for its services increase dramatically in the last year and now has franchises in locations such as Aberdeen, Cumbria, Lancashire, Berkshire and around the North East and Yorkshire. At the end of 2012, the business was named Most Promising New Business by the British Chamber of Commerce.

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Speaking about her latest business growth, Sarah says: “Expanding across the South of England is a really important step in the business’s growth. I get lots of enquiries from this region and it’s very exciting to now have Kimberley in Essex on board who has such a lot of experience and ideas for the company. And North Northumberland is a really vibrant region for our business and our new franchisee Janine brings with her such passion and a great wealth of experience in both the wedding sector and events’ industry.

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Janine says: I really love the business and what it does- and how it fits into my lifestyle. It’s great to be part of an exciting, growing business with such an enthusiastic team.

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Visit the Simply Bows & Chair Covers website or email enquires@simplybowsandchaircovers.co.uk to see how they can help you to dress your beautiful big day. 

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Love & Laughter: A Tea Length Justin Alexander Gown For A Fun Filled Real Wedding At Rockliffe Hall – Rebecca & Philip

April 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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We are in the North East this morning for an understated and elegant Real Wedding filled with pretty details, love and laughter.  Rebecca and Philip chose a stunning venue and used some excellent Brides Up North Featured Suppliers to make their big day super special. 

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Rebecca says:  Thank you for your blog! It became my bible in the run up to my wedding!  Not only was I able to source my photographer and entertainment through your directory but  many of my suppliers featured in your blog in the time leading up to my wedding which was always reassuring as your blog/you became my unofficial wedding planner. Thank you for the advice and the inspiration. I will still be checking in to get my fill of all things wedding.

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Rebecca says: Phil and I were engaged in Newcastle the day after my 29th Birthday on January 8th 2010, after an 11 year “courtship”; we got together back in September 1999.

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Phil surprised me for my birthday with a magical mystery tour which saw us travel from our then home in Leeds to our home turf Newcastle for a weekend away. I was in the early stages of pregnancy and was in need of a rest before dinner and Phil said he would leave me in peace and go and do some shopping. At dinner I had asked Phil in jest if he had managed to find me a ring while he was out. His response was a yes and that if I wanted we could go and get it tomorrow! We went and purchased the ring and then went to meet our parents for lunch where Phil asked my Dad’s permission. I was presented with the ring at lunch in front of our parents who were all thrilled. I joke and say that Phil has never really asked me to marry him we just got engaged.

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Our wedding was on 21st July 2012. Two years after we got engaged; we had the small matter of having a baby to contend with first.

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We were married at the gorgeous Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Hurwurth on Tees, Darlington. The ceremony was in the Old Hall Arches and the reception was in the Rockliffe Suite.

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Have you been to Rockliffe? If you have then I probably don’t need to tell you why we made the decision to get married there. Phil and I at the time of our engagement were both working in jobs that meant we travelled a lot staying in many hotels around the country and it was reaching the point where very few places we were staying for social occasions would make us stop and stay “wow”, but Rockliffe did. We stayed at Rockliffe for Phil’s birthday in the March after our engagement and asked to have a look around. It had everything we were looking for and more; a more traditional area for the ceremony; a large banqueting suite that would be appropriate for the large number of guests for the evening; fabulous bedrooms; a spa and for my parents a golf course. The staff during our stay were attentive and professional. The food was – in the words of my mother in law – “to die for “. Perfect!  We booked the wedding that weekend and I am looking forward to many anniversary meals.

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The theme for the wedding was understated and the focus was on fun, good food and music; a real party rather than a formal event. We wanted to treat our guests, which was made up primarily of our family, to fabulous surroundings and all that Rockliffe has to offer while feeling comfortable and not stuffy. We wanted the day to reflect us as a couple and what we enjoy doing together and good food has always been paramount in our relationship. From the canapés to the hog roast we made sure that our guests all had full tums.

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I had been to seven weddings the year before all beautiful in their own way but I was all “quirked out”, I wanted to keep things simple so the focus of the day became the entertainment.  I didn’t want to be to “matchy” with my colour theme and chose complementary tones of pale blue and pink. 

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My dress was a Justin Alexander tea length gown in style number 8555, I had never envisaged myself in a long gown and the dress helped set the tone of the day. I had seen a different Justin Alexander dress at a wedding fair and even paid a deposit before I had even tried it on. I went to try the dress on with bridesmaid and mum in tow and was asked by the shop to try on 8555 and quickly changed my mind, apparently my face changed when I put the dress on and the expressions on everyone else’s faces said that this was the one! I used a bridal shop in Shotton Colliery called Just Perfect and cannot praise the staff enough from allowing me to have a morning trying on as many dresses as I liked (even after I had made up my mind). From day one to picking the dress up they were fantastic! I wore Rainbow Club shoes called Coral and my hair I wore a hairband from Coast and a short veil.

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My bridesmaid dresses were a similar length and gave a 1950’s feel to the day (Alfred Angelo Style 7188 from Wild Brides at Heart). My flower-girls wore shoes from Monsoon and a dress from BHS.

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My husband and I discussed outfits and we both decided that morning suits were a no go and so the groom wore a Reiss suit, while his groomsmen and the dads wore navy suits from Autograph Collection at M&S (the official suit of the England football team), and ties also M&S. The groomsmen were given the suits as a gift and it has been lovely when I have spied them wearing it again

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My hair was by Lesley and Rachel from Hooker and Young Darlington. I have always had short hair and had no intention of changing it for the big day by adding extensions (just not me) but I wanted it to look different. I wanted soft and feminine and Lesley delivered the goods! My make up was by Victoria Lees – Spa treatment manager at Rockliffe Hall. I have never been big on make-up and Victoria made sure that I felt comfortable.

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Music throughout the day was a surprise for all of our guests. The string quartet and my chosen music for coming down the aisle was a surprise for Philip and set the tone for the day. I entered to “Dance of the Knights” by Prokofiev – this is the song that his team, Sunderland AFC, come out to on match days at the Stadium of light.  My favourite photo of Philip is one of him laughing as I am about to enter the music has started and the penny has dropped as to my choice. Walking down the aisle to laughter is not what every bride wants but it was the perfect way to start the party.

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Standing with Phil in front of our friends and family and our son Joe declaring to a silent room “That’s my Mammy and Daddy!” was a special moment and I am glad that Joe was part of our big day.

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We followed the ceremony with reception drink entertainment from a West Yorkshire based singer songwriter we both fell in love with on a night in the Rodley Barge when we lived in Leeds; Roger Davies. We had a pianist during the wedding breakfast and the Blue House Band provided music for dancing the night away to. The music was aside from Roger Davies was supplied by the team at AMV Live Music, who went out of their way to make sure that the music was exactly what we wanted. Our first dance was to “Your Song” by Elton John sang by Andy Garner of AMV (whose version was better than the original). My dance with my dad was to Moondance by Van Morrison and I don’t think my dad has recovered from busting such a move.

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Our photographer was the fabulous Sean Elliott Photography! Sean is so personable it was just like having an extra friend to share our day. Sean also provided our “Picture Peg Project” at our evening reception.

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Noble Fine Art supply stationery as part of the wedding package at Rockliffe (menus, name cards and table plan) and they also supplied my invitations and orders of service. The stationery was beautiful and they were a lovely team to work with.

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Simply Bows & Chair Covers dressed the room for the wedding breakfast. 

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Our cake was supplied by my very talented Aunt, who only does cakes as a hobby, she did me proud.  It was a four tier cake in a mixture of sponge and fruit, covered in over a hundred individually handmade flowers. 

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Our florist was Adam Prest. Adam was one of the nicest people I came into contact with during my wedding preparations. He is simply amazing. He worked his magic on our bouquets, button holes and on the table and pedestal arrangements. In an early meeting with Adam I had said that I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted but trusted him implicitly and he came up trumps.

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I have so many favourite parts of the day that it is hard to name just one but the spontaneous helicopter ride stands out! A guest of the hotel had flown his helicopter in for a game of golf so Phil and I asked if he would mind if we had a picture taken. He said he would to one better and would take us for a short flight.  It was totally unexpected and was the part of the day that Phil and I were together on our own (with the pilot).  Unfortunately and much to his disappointment we had lost Sean (our photographer) at this stage of the day and so we don’t have any professional photos.  There were stories of a man with a camera sprinting from one end of the hotel to the other to try and capture the moment once the rumour had spread. Poor Sean.

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The first dance spotlight shifting form me and Phil to my son and niece, both two, is still talked about as they took to the floor unexpectedly and camera shifted from the bride and groom to the far cuter pint sized couple.

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We honeymooned in Mexico at the Dreams resort, Puerto Adventuras which was the perfect resort for our family honeymoon. We were lucky enough to travel business class and after the wedding it was time for a lie down.

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My top tips for other Brides Up North would be not to stress about the small details as no one will notice but you.  Pick suppliers that you like you are going to be spending a year planning your wedding with these people and you wanted to be able to enjoy the preparations. 

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Congratulations Rebecca & Philip!

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