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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Rainbow Butterflies & Vintage Buses – A Real Outdoor Wedding In Yorkshire – Marianna & Matt

December 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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Barnaby Aldrick

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Today’s Real Wedding, sent to me by bride Marianna of Smink Makeup is an absolute stunner!  This bright and colourful outdoor Summer wedding in the heart of the Dales countryside has lots of DIY touches and is a real reminder about all that is great and good about Yorkshire after a long drab Winter. 

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I especially love Marianna’s confidence in choosing a dress (or two) in defiance of tradition.  Overall, this wedding is a true celebration of the couple’s personalities – from Norwegian flags to vintage couture to fairy wings. 

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Marianna says: We got engaged on a glorious hot day in July 2009 underneath Tower Bridge. Matt pulled out a diamond from a piece of paper and popped the question (then we designed the rings together). 

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We had two “weddings”: the legal one on the 23rd July 2011 (at Yorebridge House, Yorkshire dales) and then the next weekend 30th July, we had an outside blessing written by One Life Ceremonies and a village hall party at The Priests House, Barden on the Bolton Abbey Estate and afterwards at Cracoe Village Hall.

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The first date was chosen because this was Matt’s parents 51st wedding anniversary and we thought we would continue the family tradition.

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As we had recently moved up to Yorkshire from the South and fallen in love with the area, we wanted to showcase beautiful part of the world to our guests. The Priests House has a lovely feel, super views and a true sense of history (it was one of Henry VII’s hunting lodges) and Cracoe Village Hall was a fun informal venue we could transform into our own space (and it was cheap to hire… about £350 for the weekend). 

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I travelled to the blessing in a brand spanking new Land rover – courtesy of some friends who work for them, and we then bussed all of our guests to the village hall in a vintage red Routemaster. Because of the roads in the Dales, the double decker wouldn’t quite make it to The Priests house, so we had to get a single decker 1950s bus as well. It was quite a sight coming into Burnsall on the small bus seeing the Routemaster waiting for us in the valley.  I think we caused chaos along the Dales roads that day though!

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Barnaby Aldrick

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We wanted the wedding to represent “us” and as I have worked at so many weddings (I am a makeup artist) I knew that we wanted something, bright, and less formal and above all fun! We chose a colour scheme of hot pink and orange.  We had miles of homemade bunting and tablecloths made by our mums, with ribbons in the same colours everywhere! We had lots of church candles in storm lanterns, wrapped in ivy, little silver glass tea light holders and butterflies all over the place. 

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Barnaby Aldrick

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I was very spoilt and had two dresses!

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Up until a couple of weeks before the wedding I was going to wear my vintage dress for both days, but as we got closer I realised that I actually wanted to surprise Matt on both days… so I remember dashing off to Boundary Mills and finding the perfect floral dress (it looked like a watercolour painting) there so I ended up wearing this for the legal day and for the blessing I found a vintage 1970’s dress at the Corn Exchange in Leeds which I had it altered to fit me.

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It was a dress by Alfred Shaheen, a Hawaiian designer who is credited with inventing the Hawaiian shirt, so it had quite a graphic hand printed design with gold flowers and silver butterflies on a cream base. The dress was tea dress length. I also pushed the boat out and had a handmade corset made in corresponding colours – a bit of an extravagance but it gave me for the first (and possibly the last time) a 24 inch waist for the day.

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For the legal wedding a very sweet bouquet based of roses, freesias and rosemary and for the blessing we went bold – I love dahlias so we has lots of these and gerbera bold colours. The flower girls got little versions and the best men (all three of them|) had large gerbera buttonholes.  My flowers were by Sally at Serendipity and Leafy Couture

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I had 3 little flower girls who wore grey and silver dresses from M&S, and because of the informal country vibe, we wanted individuality so my adult bridesmaids wore their own dresses in grey and orange. I coordinated them in with some lovely necklaces with pearls and ribbons from another etsy store.

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The butterflies on my dress sort of flew through the whole wedding on our invites, table plans, thank you cards – you name it! I even found some sugar paper butterflies online and these got stuck to our meringues on the dessert table.

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We had a fingerprint tree made where people popped their prints on as leaves and wrote their names – we are getting it framed and I much preferred this idea to a normal wedding book.

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My grandfather’s wife made the cake – she took inspiration from our ideas, so we ended up with little drunken sheep, figures of us, and the words “ all you need is love” in M&Ms written down the cake – it was really sweet and very us! I love chocolate so we had a chocolaty fruit base with lots of cherries running through.

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As I am Norwegian, my godmother made a Norwegian “Tower” Cake which is like a chewy almond cake base pressed into rings then laid on top of each other getting smaller towards the top. This was decorated with traditional Norwegian flags and icing sugar piping.

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Our surname is Easter, so we got Green and Blacks golden eggs for the favours.

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My favourite part of the day was seeing the whole thing come together. As a bride you work really hard on all the nitty gritty bits and it is amazing to see that play out in front of your eyes. Also it was quite overwhelming to have all of our friends and family in one place as that doesn’t usually happen and I felt very blessed and loved. It was just a perfect day and we were blessed with the weather too.

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We had a great guitarist at the blessing – Ramon de Juan (Ilkley) and to kick off the party after dinner at the village hall we had Kabuki from Leeds. An ah –ma –zing big band with a strong vocalist. They did a great set for us and honestly absolutely everyone danced!

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In the evening we also had a photo booth run by our photographer, Barnaby, and boy do we have some fun pictures from the end of the night!

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Just after the wedding we went off for a couple of days “spamoon” as Matt couldn’t take any time off because of work commitments so we went to Rockliffe Hall near Darlington – complete bliss and relaxation. Later in the Autumn we then hopped around Malaysia and ate loads of delicious Asian food.

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Images by Tom Jones and Barnaby Aldrick

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to do it your way – be true to yourself and on the day be willing to let it flow. Make sure that what you want and do will stand the test of time whether this be makeup, theme or photography style.

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Congratulations Marianna & Matt!

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Newlywed or newly engaged?  Contact me to share your Real Wedding memories. 

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  – Images © 2012 Barnaby Aldrick

Smink Makeup is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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Spring Bridal Make Up: Ten Top Tips From A Professional Make Up Artist

March 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It appears that in this last week, Spring (or Summer?!) has well and truly sprung!  I know that lots of readers are now on the countdown towards their own big day – yippee! – and at this stage your thoughts start to turn to the details.

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Smink Make Up Artistry:  Spring Bridal Make Up   Smink Make Up Artistry:  Spring Bridal Make Up 

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I asked Brides Up North Featured Supplier Marianna of Smink Make Up Artistry to share her top ten professional make up tips and product recommendations for Spring bridal make up, and she was more than happy to oblige.  Listen up!

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Spring is a time of natural renewal – so do the same for your skin and invest in a fine polishing product to get rid of dead skin cells – smooth radiant skin looks tons better in digital photos.  Try: Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Kit available at www.qvcuk.com

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Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Kit

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Spring light can be very white – use a pink or peach primer first to make the skin sparkle before applying foundations.  Try: L’Oreal Studio Secrets Anti Dull Skin Primer at www.loreal-paris.co.uk

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L'Oreal Studio Secrets Anti Dull Skin Primer

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Foundations need to have some sticking power for weddings and most likely it’s going to be a long, emotional day for you. Even if you are not a girl who wears make-up – make this the day you wear a proper foundation. It doesn’t need to be heavy, but it does need to have a matte or semi matte finish. If you have anything with sparkles or sheen it will make you look sweaty in the photos or will slip during the day.

Try: Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Foundation at www.lauramercier.com or Clinique Superbalanced Makeup at www.clinique.co.uk. These both come in a myriad of different colours.

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Clinique Superbalanced MakeupLaura Mercier Crème Smooth Foundation

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Apply your foundation with a proper brush. it gives you a much better finish and allows you to build up layers easily. I love Daniel Sandler “Base brush” at www.danielsandler.com or Crown Brush “Deluxe Large” at www.crownbrush.co.uk which are both good sizes to work around the face. 

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Daniel Sander Base Brush

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Invest in a new style fluid blusher which will plump up the cheeks and won’t look powdery or dry on your wedding day.  Try: Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in “Cherub” or “Blush”.  It’s a silicone base which means it will last all day and night. www.danielsandler.com

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Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush

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New eye shadow colours for the new season! If you are DIY’ing your bridal make-up, try soft corals, champagnes and browny lilacs for this time of year.  Remember to buy your make-up a couple of weeks in advance and practice your look at least a couple of times before the wedding. You don’t want any surprises on the day!  Try: Nars Eyeshadow Trios (limited editions) in “Douce France” or “Calanque” at www.narscosmetics.co.uk

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Nars Eyeshadow Trios

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There are loads of options for lashes – not just mascara. Long lasting lash extensions are becoming increasingly popular for brides (ask your therapist for a full but natural set – and avoid the dreaded “spider” lashes) or if you have a couple of months you might want to consider investing in “Revitalash” serum. This is an amazing product developed by a Doctor whose wife had lost her eyelashes due to chemotherapy. It works! I used it for my wedding last year and can heartily recommend it.  Try: Revitalash available from QVC at www.qvcuk.com

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Peach lips are a favourite of mine – get the right peach for you and it immediately lifts and brightens your face. Illamasqua at www.illamasqua.com has some great ones which compliment light porcelain skins – try “Over or “Scandal”.  For more olive skins try Nars “Barbarella” or “Casablanca” at www.narscosmetics.co.uk.  As a bride, lip gloss can look plastic and trout pouty so I recommend just a light slick to the middle of your lips for the ceremony part of the day, then add more gloss in the evenings if you desire. Estee Lauder “Peach sizzle” or “Impulsive Coral” are perfect, available at www.esteelauder.co.uk

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Illamasqua ScandalEstee Lauder  Impulsive Coral

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Teeth will be on show so consider some dental whitening. Rather than laser whitening which although is fast and speedy can be unpredictable in terms of how white you go, consider getting a tray set made at your dentist. That way you can control the degree of whitening so you get the right white for you and your skin. I recommend Udentistry in Ilkley

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Finally a tip which won’t cost you anything… whatever you end up doing with your make-up, when you are all dressed and ready to walk down that aisle – don’t forget to smile!

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  – Images © 2012 supplied by Smink Make Up Artistry or product images as credited

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