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muted magic. a beautiful & breezy destination wedding in cornwall – stephanie & stephen

January 20th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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As it’s pretty much the weekend we thought we’d take a little trip, heading all the way South to relive Stephanie and Stephen’s big day.

Keen to evoke nostalgic holiday memories whilst saying their “I dos”, the couple picked to travel south from their Lancashire home in search of a venue with sun, sea and champagne!

The Watergate Bay Hotel provided the perfect backdrop for their effortlessly gorgeous wedding in Cornwall, which featured a timeless muted colour scheme with just the right amount of golden sparkle.

So, grab your bucket and spade guys, as we’re off to the beach!

With images by Gemma McAuley Photography

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stephanie says: We got engaged when I was nine-months pregnant on New Year’s Eve 2014/15 at midnight in Keswick town centre under the stars and fireworks surrounded by a large crowd of other people celebrating their New Year’s Eve. I was totally surprised and not expecting it at all, so I was in shock when he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him with a beautiful engagement ring! Obviously, I said yes and we had the best New Year’s Eve ever!

Our wedding date was 27th June 2016, which we chose in the hope of a nice sunny day so that we could have pictures taken on the beautiful beach.

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Though we live in Lancashire, we got married at The Watergate Bay Hotel, in Cornwall. We chose this venue as it is very special for our family. I used to spend every summer at this hotel when I was little with my parents, sister and grandparents, so we have a lot of special memories there. It was even more exciting as we all hadn’t been there for more than ten years!  In this time the hotel had a total renovation and so was more amazing than I remembered.

Myself, Stephen, both our parents and our son Charlie, went down to visit the venue a year before the wedding for a long weekend. The weather was amazing and the hotel was more than we could have imagined. So, we booked the date there and then as it was my idea of a dream wedding venue. Floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking the beach in the ceremony room sealed the deal!

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As the venue is so modern and the views are so perfect, I didn’t want to take away from it, and so we went for a natural colour scheme of champagne and ivory, with a splash of glitter for a bit of sparkle.

We didn’t have a wedding style as such, though in the evening we did a casino theme for a bit of fun as it’s one of our favourite fun hobbies. We hired casino tables to get our guest having fun and we also hired an amazing hand magician as Stephen is obsessed with magic and as a child always wanted to be a magician. He was amazing and really entertaining!

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When it came to choosing my dress for the wedding, I went for a full lace gown with spaghetti straps and low back. It was more relaxed and beachy due to the venue choice but I still wanted to feel like a bride so it was perfect and I chose a cathedral veil to add a bit of drama. I bought my dress, veil, shoes and headband from Sugared Almonds in Earby, who were so helpful.

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autumnal bliss. maggie sottero for a seasonal wedding in the north west – katie & damian

April 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime

An Autumn Wedding at Alma Inn (c) Arusha's Images (44)

Today’s real wedding couple decided to let the season in which they tied the knot provide the inspiration for their styling and colour scheme.

The result is a rich & warming autumnal wedding complete with pretty rustic décor and striking seasonal blooms.

With images by Arusha Images Photography.

An Autumn Wedding at Alma Inn (c) Arusha's Images (35)

katie says: We got engaged at Christmas. Damian took me for a walk at somewhere we love locally called Wycoller, it is really beautiful with an old ruin and a little stream. It was such a surprise when he proposed. I was so excited! We actually chose to have our engagement shoot with our photographer Arusha at Wycoller too, and it was lovely to go back there.

We set the date for October 25th, because we love autumn and so we had a wedding full of autumnal gorgeousness!

An Autumn Wedding at Alma Inn (c) Arusha's Images (45)

We had a nuptial mass at Damian’s RC church, Sacred Heart Church, which was really important to him and his family, and was beautiful. Our reception was nearby, in the Lancashire countryside at one of our favourite places to eat, The Alma Inn in Laneshawbridge. It has a gorgeous view of Pendle Hill, and was such a perfect venue for our rustic autumn wedding, and the big open fires kept everyone warm.

The theme of the wedding was rustic, romantic and autumnal. The Alma itself already suited our theme down to a tee. I only added decorations as a personal choice. The log fires we asked to be lit on the day added to the personal and cosy feel of the venue. The pumpkins used as table centrepieces also proved to be a low cost, but effective way, to enhance our autumnal theme.

To suit the season we went with autumnal colours for the scheme, made up of oranges, browns and then some brighter whites. The bridesmaids wore black which really made their bouquets stand out.

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Love Is Golden! A Real Wedding In The North West – Natalie & Alex

May 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This week has been wall to wall gorgeousness, with Real Wedding after Real Wedding here on the wedding blog, so I thought that I might as well round off the week with another beautiful big day!  Thanks to Adam Riley Photography and real bride Natalie for sharing this stunning celebration with us today. 

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Natalie says:  We got engaged in July 2011. I had just got out the shower and Alex was on one knee (in his boxers!) in our bedroom! {Editors note: This appears to be a theme! See Thursday’s Real Wedding } We were going to California later that week but apparently Alex was becoming nervous about taking the ring through customs- so spontaneously proposed that afternoon! It was perfect as it then meant we could celebrate with our families that evening.

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Our marriage took place at St. Michael’s Church, Aughton, followed by the reception at West Tower Country House Hotel, Aughton on 30th March 2012. 

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I fell in love with West Tower the second we pulled up! Not only is it set in the most beautiful countryside but it is the perfect mix of traditional and modern- plus The Bridal Suite is INCREDIBLE! West Tower only holds one wedding per day so it meant that the venue was jam packed full of people who were only celebrating our day. I couldn’t recommend West Tower and its fabulous staff highly enough!

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We both wanted our wedding to be about family, our friends and us, so we tried to make it as personal as possible. We love to travel so our invitations were created to look like a suitcase arriving through the post! We named all of our tables after places we have visited around the globe – and accompanied them with a picture of us at an iconic location. Having said that Alex is an extremely proud Mancunian so our Top Table was ‘Manchester’

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I had absolutely no idea on which colours to choose but after many hours trawling the shops we finally discovered some beautiful dresses for the bridesmaids in a gorgeous shade of teal I don’t like anything to be ‘too matchy’ so after that we kept everything very neutral sticking to shades of champagnes and pastels.

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Both Alex and I travelled (separately of course!) in a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud from Classic Wedding Cars. Jim, our driver, was lovely and put us ease as we made our way to the church.

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My number one requirement was I wanted to have some beautiful straps- and I found the perfect dress (SSM5210CS) on the Sottero Midgley website. It was an ivory fish tail covered in gorgeous lace and pearls. After trying to search the dress down across the whole of the North West I was devastated to find out that the dress of my dreams had been discontinued. I took matters into my own hands and emailed Maggie Sottero directly who informed me that Sugared Almonds in Earby had one sample size left. I hastily made an appointment- and a two hour trip later I finally tried it on- it was absolutely perfect (although rather large at the early stages!). So many people approached me on and after the wedding and said it was the most beautiful and unusual dress they had ever seen. I definitely agree!

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I had a tear shaped bouquet, which included two types of pink roses, lilac freesias, cream lisianthus and eucalyptus foliage.

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My sister (The Chief Bridesmaid) had a smaller version of my bouquet and the other bridesmaids had pink roses and eucalyptus.

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All of the bridesmaids are tall, thin and gorgeous – so they were very easy to dress! After many hours of trying hundreds of dresses on we finally chose a silk, one shouldered, full length, teal gown from Fairytale Occasions in Whitefield.

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We had Nathan Bradbury singing Motown Classics during our drinks reception which was a nice way to greet the guests after the Church Ceremony.

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Adam Riley Photography is an absolute must for any future bride! His photos are incredible and still make me cry when I look at them! We wanted extremely natural photographs and Adam’s reportage style meant that he captured so many little moments that I had forgotten about or not even seen – a perfect reminder of the day!

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We used Creative Weddings for our video who were extremely helpful throughout. They had filmed a friend’s wedding so I knew they were excellent.

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Princess4aday helped add the finishing touches to the already perfect West Tower and dressed the room for us with champagne swaging, bay trees, fairy lights and wooden hearts.

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I know it’s a cliché but the whole day was perfect and there wouldn’t be one thing we would changed. We both smiled from start to finish! It was just wonderful having all the people that you love in one room together-having the best party ever! I wish I could do it all again!

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My Polish Grandad sang ‘Sto Lat’ after the speeches. It is a traditional polish song which means ‘100 years of happiness’- he had sang it at my parents’ wedding 31 years earlier. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house after that!

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We chose DJ Steve Mitchell who works at West Tower regularly and has a great reputation – we knew we were in safe hands with him. Steve also provides fantastic and unusual lighting – so The Ballroom was transformed between the Wedding Breakfast and Evening Reception – making it seem like a brand new room

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My ‘zombie wedding’ themed hen do had taken place over Halloween, so my cousin Katherine (also a bridesmaid) had taught us all the ‘Thriller’ routine. We then performed it during the evening reception – much more difficult in a wedding dress!

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After the wedding, we had 10 days on The Riviera Maya in Mexico, followed by two nights in London in a gorgeous hotel looking out on The Houses of Parliament.

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My top tips for other Brides Up North would be plan in advance! I focussed on one element of the wedding at a time and planned as early as possible. I could then make sure I had the best of what was out there and it was exactly what we wanted.

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I made sure that everything was sorted about two weeks before the wedding and this then meant that we could relax and enjoy the build up in those last few days and drink lots of champagne!

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Congratulations Natalie & Adam!

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Are you newly wed?  Contact me to share your Real Wedding memories!

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  – Images © 2012 Adam Riley Photography

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