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Homespun. Benjamin Roberts For A Real Teepee Wedding in Yorkshire – Charlie & Sam

November 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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On with the pretty as we steam ahead into Tuesday.  This morning we join Brides Up North reader Charlie and her new husband Sam for their homespun celebration under canvas.  From their meaningful ceremony to their Bond style get-a-away (read on) everything about this wedding is fun and fabulous.  I love.  

With images by WH Photography.

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Charlie says:  Sam asked me to marry him on Primrose Hill in London last July, and we were married on 24th August 2013. 

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We were married in my home church in Swanland, and our reception was in tipis at a boat club in Brough.  From the off we were keen to have a marquee wedding as we liked the idea of being able to personalise it. We loved the tipis as soon as we saw them, so from there it was a case of finding somewhere to put them! My family does a lot of sailing at Welton Waters and it wasn’t an obvious choice but it turned out to be a brilliant one.

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I knew I wanted a lace dress before I started searching, After doing a bit of shopping we took a chance trip to the Bridal Factory Outlet in Northallerton where we ended up buying my dress by Benjamin Roberts for half its original price! I then hunted around for some matching lace, and asked a friend to add it to the bottom of the dress, as well as adding some buttons to the back and altering the neckline.

I also really wanted a lace trim veil, but they cost a lot of money! So I bought some veiling tulle and over 10m of lace trim and my mum very patiently sewed it all on. My top tip if you do it this way is to wash the veil a few times with fabric softener as it makes the veil much softer, like some of the more expensive veils.

My shoes were gold glittery peep toes from Dorothy Perkins!

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I had an idea in my head of what I wanted my bridesmaids to wear, so I found a pattern, bought some fabric and found a dressmaker to make them. I had seven bridesmaids, and between them they wore four different shades of blue. I made them each a little belt in a nude colour to match their shoes, by sewing some motifs that I found on Etsy to some satin ribbon.

The groomsmen wore grey suits from Greenwoods, with a waistcoat and ruche in two different shades of blue to match the bridesmaids.

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My bouquet had a mix of white and peach roses, cornflowers and rosemary, and my bridesmaids carried a mix of gypsophila and cornflowers. 

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The best part of the day was definitely the service. We both love God and believe that our vows were made with him at the centre so this was the most important part of the day for us. It was so overwhelming to see so many friends and family, and it was really nice to have tea and cake after the service for everyone who came to the wedding.

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We travelled from the church to our venue in a copper coloured VW campervan from Big Day Buses who were great.

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Our photographer Will (W H Photography) was brilliant, we hardly noticed him taking photos and yet he caught so many important moments.

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We didn’t really have a theme but we wanted to keep things rustic and a bit different. In hindsight, the theme could probably be ‘homemade’, as just about everything had a homemade touch, from the orders of service and seating plan, to the floral garlands (achieved through my mum’s creation of ‘oasis’ sausages’) and bunting.

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One of the best things about our wedding was how brilliant all our different suppliers were,

Totally Tipi were so friendly throughout the whole process, and were always willing to meet our requests. And the tipis were just fantastic on the day.

Our food was done by Feast Yorkshire and everyone has said how amazing it was. Siobhan who runs Feast Yorkshire studied art before going into catering, and so her food doesn’t just taste amazing – it looks amazing too.

Luisianna’s Bars provided us with our drinks – Ben and the team were so friendly and provided a brilliant service on the day.

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For our table names we decided to use names of all the streets where we’ve lived. We have always lived in different places, so we thought it would be nice if people could learn a bit about both of us – so we wrote a little bit about each place on the back of each of the street signs.

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I’ve never liked standard wedding cake, so we went for cute white chocolate cake from M&S which we decorated with fruit.

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A good friend of mine is the lead singer of a brilliant York-based band called Bluephunk. We knew they could get everyone dancing!

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One of the coolest parts of our day was our exit.. on a speed boat. We tried to keep it a secret so it was a good surprise for our guests.

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Sam organised the honeymoon as a surprise, and I didn’t find out until I got to the airport. He took me to the north coast of Italy for a week, and then to Sicily for a few days.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that if you are doing a homemade wedding, try and get as much as you can done by the day before the day before so you can take in everything that is happening.

It is true that the day goes too fast, but remember that the end of the day is the beginning of your marriage.

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Congratulations Charlie & Sam!

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Outdoor Vintage: A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Elizabeth & Chris

June 27th, 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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I just love today’s beautiful, vintage under canvas wedding in Yorkshire sent to me by friends of the wedding blog James & Lianne Wedding Photography and real bride Elizabeth, first featured last February.  Pretty personal details, a liberal dose of rainbow streamers and the loveliest vintage dress for the bride with the teeniest, tiniest waist make this a celebration worth celebrating.

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Your week just got that bit prettier. 

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Elizabeth says:  Chris asked me to marry him in April 2011, during a picnic at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  We were married on October 13th 2012 in Hackness, North Yorkshire.

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We hired a couple of Tipi’s From Papakata which were erected on the field at the side of the local village hall in Hackness. We had wanted the Tipi’s ever since we got engaged, and although expensive on our budget the idea of being outside, in the countryside we both grew up with was too good to pass on. It also helped keep the informal feel we were gong for that we would perhaps have lost if we had used a hotel as our venue! It also meant we had full control over everything, we could pick exactly what we wanted in terms of décor, entertainment, catering, and weren’t constricted by the venue. This did mean a lot of work before hand orchestrating everything, but it was definitely worth it!

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We just tried to include all the things we liked, kept it laid back , informal, and as cosy as we could for an October in Yorkshire!

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We didn’t really have set colours – things were just quite in similar tone. We ended up with lots of greys and blush colours along with creams and pale oranges – and lots of greenery.

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My dress was a vintage find from the 1940s and Chris’s ensemble was from a variety of places!  We didn’t have any bridesmaids though three lovely friends did readings in church. The best man wore what he wanted and as luck would have it he matched us very well.

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A friend of a friend happened to own a couple of Vintage cars one being an immaculate almond green Morris Minor. He kindly agreed to drive me and my dad to the church and then took us both on to our reception.

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Our bouquet and buttonholes were made by Scarborough Flowers – we couldn’t have been more thrilled with what Sharon did.  We went to the florist with very rough ideas and were thrilled with what we ended up with! The bouquet contained lots of berries, chrysanthemum and dahlia type flowers along with greenery, echinops and wild roses.

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For both of us our favourite part of the day was the actual wedding ceremony, it was the best hour ever!

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We used lots of candles and lanterns that we have been picking up for over a year along with vintage bottles and vases for table decorations. We found some lovely squashes at a greengrocers in Ilkley which we loved for the tables and bales for outdoor seating. A friend of the family made us an amazing garland of found greenery to decorate our tipis.

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Our wedding feast came courtesy of A Moveable Feast.  We have had so many compliments on the food since the wedding, Selma did a great job of making the type of food that fitted perfectly with the feel we wanted for the day. We provided food for the night do and spent a year buying up various drinks whenever they were on offer.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography helped us so much throughout the entire day, not only did they deliver photos we’ll treasure forever but there was so much service that they just add for free: keeping us gently on track with time in the morning and helping the day flow which was ideal being a country-side wedding. They had a helping hand in so many things throughout the day they went above and beyond their photographer duties but with us barely noticing them and it all just seemed like a days work to them!

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The Leeds City Stompers an old time, country blues duo from Leeds were our main entertainment, who really pulled it out of the bag on the day, I don’t think the dance floor was empty all night! We also hired a Wurlitzer Jukebox to fill in between sets and loaded it with classic songs chosen in advance by our guests.

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Our honeymoon is still to come…

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to stay true to the things you both want and go with your gut instincts, for us all of ours worked out perfectly! When other people get involved and have quite definite opinions about what you are doing it can make you have a wobble. Really take care with the photographers you hire, you spend so much of the day with them – we were very lucky in James & Lianne as they were an absolute joy to be with but have heard horror stories from friends whose photographers really stressed them out – James & Lianne were the opposite. We’d really recommend doing a pre-wedding shoot too, neither of us feel particularly happy having our photos taken but having done the pre-shoot we were much more relaxed – and we have some nice photos from that day too.

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Congratulations Elizabeth & Chris!

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Sound The Bugles! The Venue Hunt Has Commenced…

May 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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And you thought I was going to ease you back in gently after the bank holiday break, eh?  Incorrect.

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This afternoon, we are going hard (or going home) and getting one big thing ticked off that to-do list – your wedding venue.  Dropping by to talk you through it is our regular guest blogger Rachel of Mosaic Brides.  Notepads – and cheque books – at the ready people… 

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Rachel says:  Last week I received a picture message of a sparkly diamond on the ring finger of a pretty manicured hand. I knew without even looking at the sender’s name that the perfectly polished hand belonged to my beautician friend Jo. Sure enough her boyfriend James had whisked her away to a romantic hotel in North Yorkshire where he popped the question in a plush roll top bath, complete with bubbles and fizz.

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When meeting up with Jo this week to hear more about the proposal (I’m a sucker for a soppy engagement story) I handed her a useful engagement pressie rather than the expected bottle of champagne. It was a cute wedding planner book from Marks & Spencer titled ‘Lots of Lovely Ideas For A Very Big Day’ with dedicated areas for the guest list, contacts, the budget and checklists as well as pages to record wardrobe, reception and ceremony details. So where to begin?

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For Jo and many others it’s the venue. This is often the biggest expense and one of the most important factors of a wedding as it sets the scene for the big day. Therefore it’s well worth researching all the fantastic venues available (particularly in the North, of course) to ensure you find one that ticks all the boxes.

Hotels remain a top choice, often favoured for their package deals and on site facilities, but changes in the law and the amazing creativity of suppliers have made the previously impossible, possible when it comes to dream wedding venues.

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So what are the options beyond the church in the UK and what should you take into consideration when doing your research?

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We are fortunate to have many stunning historic venues in the UK that are licensed for civil ceremonies. Options include castles, country houses, listed halls and stately homes. Such venues tend to ooze character and charm meaning little décor is required which can make a big saving. Their rooms are often of large proportions providing plenty of space for big guest numbers though those planning more modest celebrations should not be put off as smaller, more intimate rooms are often available.

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Meredith & at Denton Hall in West Yorkshire (see their full celebration by clicking here) image by Gary Micklethwaite

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Most hotels or independent venues hold a civil license giving couple’s the straightforward option of having their celebrations all in one place which can eliminate travel costs from the budget altogether. It’s important to ask what’s included in the price such as room hire, the registrar and the wedding breakfast, also ask if there is a minimum guest requirement and how prices vary on different days of the week and throughout the year. To make the plans even more manageable the hotel may well have a list of recommended suppliers that you can use which can save you both time and money. Be sure to enquire about exclusivity – if you want the place to yourselves there can be an additional charge.

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Rise Hall, East Yorkshire by Peter Boyd Photography

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Marquees and tepees continue to rise in popularity with couples won over by the prospect of having a plain backdrop to go to town on for a unique and stylish celebration. While you can’t legally get married in marquee or tipi as it’s not a permanent structure, you can throw a flippin’ good party in one afterwards. The styling possibilities are endless from cute bunting and bundles of hay to natural blooms and twinkly fairy lights. Some also offer the option to create individual areas for dancing, dining and chilling, complete with cosy fur throws and roaring fires. Though a marquee or tepee might seem a cheaper option, additional costs such as the fee to plant it on someone’s land and essentials such as toilets, heating and electricity can see the price creep up.

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My friend Jo has her heart set on a relaxed outdoor wedding with lots of live music. While some venues do have gazebos, band-stands and the like licensed four outdoor weddings, those craving a more adventurous or quirky backdrop may still be able to secure their dream setting by doing the legal ‘I do’ bit separate. This means simply booking into the registry office prior to the outdoor celebrations for the legal formalities which can take as little as 20 minutes. A celebrant can then conduct a more personal ceremony in front of your guests at your chosen outdoor wedding setting whether it’s on the beach, a woodland location or amongst the ruins of a castle.

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Changes in legislation have opened up the doorways to many unusual settings for couples to tie the knot in. Out of the ordinary options include museums, theatres, restaurants, sporting venues, private residences and art galleries.

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Happy hunting!

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Super Fly! A Real Wedding In North Wales – Eleanor & Paul

February 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I should probably count my blessings that it isn’t sleeting, but I couldn’t let another dull, grey Tuesday finish without bringing you another beautiful Real Wedding

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As it turns out, I had something rather special up my sleeve all along.  Eleanor and Paul’s big day (planned to perfection by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Andrea of Fabulous Day) is cool, colourful, under canvas and full of surprise details.  Look out overhead!  And I say, let the sun shine!

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Eleanor says:  Paul asked me to marry him in January 2012 in Central Park in New York and we were married on 15th September 2012 at  Llanasa Church in North Wales and then had the reception in the grounds of my family home “Bryngwyn” in Axton, North Wales. 

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Three generations of my family have grown up at Bryngwyn and it’s a place that holds so many special memories. We didn’t look at any other wedding venues – there wasn’t really any question as to where we would have the reception – we were just really lucky that my parents were so accommodating!

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However the idea of traditional ‘white marquee’ wedding really did not appeal – for us it was too formal and restrictive. As soon as we found Event In A Tent and their teepees we knew we’d found the perfect solution as they were original, unique, fitted in with the look of the farm and suited our personalities.

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We really wanted to make a good first impression! We worked with Design Your Day who helped us deliver really unique wedding stationery. Paul is a pilot, with a lifelong obsession with planes so on Design Your Day’s suggestion we adopted the concept of ‘travel’ as our theme. The wedding invites were printed on luggage labels, with personalised photomontage postcards as RSVPs. We also used a small plane motif within the design which was then incorporated into the rest of the wedding stationary. We bound the invites and RSVP cards with specially designed ‘All you need is love’ cotton ribbon. This tag line also had wider connotations for us given that we met in Liverpool and love the Beatles and we incorporated it in other parts of the day. We also included the luggage tags within our table plan.

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We had no specific colour scheme- the one thing we didn’t want was uniformity. We wanted it to look seasonal – with all the colours reflecting the country location.

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My dress was lace and off the shoulder and I got it from Cheshire Brides in Frodsham. I really struggled to find a dress, however all the clichés were true, and when I saw my dress I fell in love with it!

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The bridesmaids wore dresses from Maids to Measure. My bridesmaids were a range of shapes and sizes and I wanted everyone to feel comfortable in their dresses – I chose the colour and then, together with Maids to Measure, everyone designed their own dresses. Each dress was then handmade and tailored to them. They looked great! The groomsmen hired their suits from Swarbricks in Manchester. The range of stock they held made sure that everyone’s suits all fitted perfectly!

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I carried sunflowers, together with mixed herbs and lavender by David Wayman Flowers – with the bridesmaids carrying smaller versions. Paul went for a mixed herb button hole. We also decorate the church with lots of sunflowers and at the reception we had lots of wild flowers throughout the tables.

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For both of us, saying our vows were a really special moment. Also the fact that we had both organised surprises for the other throughout the day was really special.  Originally we had planned to use friends’ cars as wedding transport. However, unbeknown to me, Paul arranged for a horse and carriage to transport me to and from the church. This was a childhood dream and a complete surprise (and created lots of tears)!

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Unbeknown to Paul and all the guests, I arranged for an aerobatic display at the reception by Mark Jefferies Air Displays – which was incredible. Everyone was in complete awe of the stunts by the reigning European aerobatic champion. We later heard that it brought traffic to a standstill over 10 miles away!

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Helen Venables was our amazing photographer and we also had a wedding film created for us by Lemongrove Productions. The careful edit was perfect and captured so many happy moments. We didn’t originally think we’d get a video but on reflection, its one of our most treasured things from the day.

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We were so lucky to have a very accommodating vicar who was more then happy for us to arrange for an owl to fly the rings down the isle when we exchanged our rings! ‘Snowy’ landed on the arm of my little brother, with the rings and it all went without a hitch. None of our guests knew about this and the look of surprise on their faces was brilliant!

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For us, detail (and a few surprises!) were central to our day. For the decor this ranged from personalised rosette name places (I am a keen horse rider), personalised ‘Mr and Mrs’ Bunting, handmade personalised flower crates (made by Paul’s dad), personalised aprons for our nominated carvers during the meal, handmade lanterns, personalised dog outfits (!) and signs. We also had lots of hay bales scattered around as additional outdoor seating and provided blankets which came in handy when it got chilly later in the evening.

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Vanilla in All Seasons were our caterers.  The food was incredible and everyone is still talking about it now!

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We chose a brilliant band called Under the Covers. They played for us in the afternoon too whilst everyone was gathering for canapés.  We also had a photo booth from Picture Blast which was fun!

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Straight after the wedding we went for a mini-moon to Cephalonia.  We are planning a trip to Antarctica later this year!

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Our top tip for other Brides Up North would be to consider hiring a wedding planner! We totally underestimated the amount of planning that goes into having a wedding at home – and it never once crossed our minds that we have to arrange and plan for things like generators, toilets and outside catering requirements! Luckily we managed to secure the services of Andrea Swift at Fabulous Day. Andrea was amazing. She took all the stress away from the planning process we meant that we could concentrate on the little details as ultimately we cared a lot more about the small touches and making things personal to us. 

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Congratulations Eleanor & Paul!

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Outdoor Vintage: A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Elizabeth & Chris

February 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I just love today’s beautiful, vintage under canvas wedding in Yorkshire sent to me by friends of the wedding blog James & Lianne Wedding Photography and real bride Elizabeth.  Pretty personal details, a liberal dose of rainbow streamers and the loveliest vintage dress for the bride with the teeniest, tiniest waist make this a celebration worth celebrating.

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Elizabeth says:  Chris asked me to marry him in April 2011, during a picnic at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  We were married on October 13th 2012 in Hackness, North Yorkshire.

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We hired a couple of Tipi’s From Papakata which were erected on the field at the side of the local village hall in Hackness. We had wanted the Tipi’s ever since we got engaged, and although expensive on our budget the idea of being outside, in the countryside we both grew up with was too good to pass on. It also helped keep the informal feel we were gong for that we would perhaps have lost if we had used a hotel as our venue! It also meant we had full control over everything, we could pick exactly what we wanted in terms of décor, entertainment, catering, and weren’t constricted by the venue. This did mean a lot of work before hand orchestrating everything, but it was definitely worth it!

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We just tried to include all the things we liked, kept it laid back , informal, and as cosy as we could for an October in Yorkshire!

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We didn’t really have set colours – things were just quite in similar tone. We ended up with lots of greys and blush colours along with creams and pale oranges – and lots of greenery.

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My dress was a vintage find from the 1940s and Chris’s ensemble was from a variety of places!  We didn’t have any bridesmaids though three lovely friends did readings in church. The best man wore what he wanted and as luck would have it he matched us very well.

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A friend of a friend happened to own a couple of Vintage cars one being an immaculate almond green Morris Minor. He kindly agreed to drive me and my dad to the church and then took us both on to our reception.

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Our bouquet and buttonholes were made by Scarborough Flowers – we couldn’t have been more thrilled with what Sharon did.  We went to the florist with very rough ideas and were thrilled with what we ended up with! The bouquet contained lots of berries, chrysanthemum and dahlia type flowers along with greenery, echinops and wild roses.

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For both of us our favourite part of the day was the actual wedding ceremony, it was the best hour ever!

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We used lots of candles and lanterns that we have been picking up for over a year along with vintage bottles and vases for table decorations. We found some lovely squashes at a greengrocers in Ilkley which we loved for the tables and bales for outdoor seating. A friend of the family made us an amazing garland of found greenery to decorate our tipis.

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Our wedding feast came courtesy of A Moveable Feast.  We have had so many compliments on the food since the wedding, Selma did a great job of making the type of food that fitted perfectly with the feel we wanted for the day. We provided food for the night do and spent a year buying up various drinks whenever they were on offer.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography helped us so much throughout the entire day, not only did they deliver photos we’ll treasure forever but there was so much service that they just add for free: keeping us gently on track with time in the morning and helping the day flow which was ideal being a country-side wedding. They had a helping hand in so many things throughout the day they went above and beyond their photographer duties but with us barely noticing them and it all just seemed like a days work to them!

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The Leeds City Stompers an old time, country blues duo from Leeds were our main entertainment, who really pulled it out of the bag on the day, I don’t think the dance floor was empty all night! We also hired a Wurlitzer Jukebox to fill in between sets and loaded it with classic songs chosen in advance by our guests.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to stay true to the things you both want and go with your gut instincts, for us all of ours worked out perfectly! When other people get involved and have quite definite opinions about what you are doing it can make you have a wobble. Really take care with the photographers you hire, you spend so much of the day with them – we were very lucky in James & Lianne as they were an absolute joy to be with but have heard horror stories from friends whose photographers really stressed them out – James & Lianne were the opposite. We’d really recommend doing a pre-wedding shoot too, neither of us feel particularly happy having our photos taken but having done the pre-shoot we were much more relaxed – and we have some nice photos from that day too.

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Congratulations Elizabeth & Chris!

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Super Cool Canvas! Supplier Showcase: TotallyTipi

January 22nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Ooh, I do like an evening spent under canvas.  But not camping (are you mad?) or even glamping (should ever two words not be mashed together glamour and camping are those words!), but a party under canvas in a Scandinavian tipi tent is another thing entirely.  It’s thoroughly cool for a start.

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Gleaming dance floors, fur throws, open fires, fabulous decor… and not a camping stove in site.  This is the life!

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This afternoon we talk to the lovely Laura and Jay or Brides Up North Featured Supplier TotallyTipi about how you can make your wedding celebration stand out from the crowd.  With images by John Steel Photography and LMX Creative.

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TotallyTipi Ltd was born in 2011 having been at a wedding in a two-tipi setup two years earlier. We fell in love with them immediately and thought more people should benefit from their beauty. Some research showed there was just one company in the region so we felt there was space in the market for us to set up – and here we are! Founders Jay and Laura are both from creative backgrounds, Jay in media and events and Laura in design.

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Tell Brides Up North about the service that you offer?

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TotallyTipi’s focus is on providing giant tipi ‘kata’ tents for weddings and events. But that’s not all. Everyone has their own personal idea of what makes a perfect event and we like to help make it a one-off in whatever way we can. This can be help in choosing the right location or connecting a client with others in the wedding industry who can, for instance, theme and dress the tents or offer a load of finishing touches for hire so they can explore their creative side and dress the tents themselves.

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Generally speaking we get two ‘types’ of client. Those who love the tents and work everything out around the tents (such as the venue) and those who have their venue but are undecided on whether to hire teepees or a marquee.

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Tell Brides Up North about your teepees?

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Warming, cosy, rustic or formal, the teepees are very adaptable and so beautiful that they can look stunning even with minimal decor. Having a wedding or reception inside a tipi will ensure people remember it for a long time.

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Inside a tipi there is a feeling of fusing the natural world outside, with stylish and comfortable surroundings inside, at a location that could be right in your back yard (literally!) or in the middle of sweeping countryside.

Multiple teepees are connected using special methods to make event spaces as small or large as a client dictates. Each one is just over 10m in diameter and is supported by nine solid wooden poles measuring over eight metres in length! The trees used for the tipi poles are specially grown in Sweden for strength and flexibility and are typically 100 years old when felled- very strong!

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The fabric is waterproof yet breathable so you don’t get condensation drips and it traps in a surprising amount of heat!

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This type of tipi is also describes as a ‘Giant Hat’ as all of the sides can be propped up so one tipi on its own looks just like a witches hat. This technique of having the sides raised really can bring the outside in – particularly wonderful on a warm summer’s eve…

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Furthermore, one of the unique aspects of a tipi is the ability to have a real indoor fire thanks to its conical design. It provides heat as well as a warming atmosphere and smoke flaps at the tip of the tipi act as the chimney .

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What sets TotallyTipi apart from your competition?

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TotallyTipi are a small, friendly, experienced company based in South Yorkshire, run by partners (in business and life!) Jay and Laura. Being a small company we take pride in every detail of our events and offer a very personal touch to our brides and grooms. Our team has experience of several hundred tipi set-ups so our couples can be assured of our quality.

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Because we are dedicated to creating perfect events, we manage our workload to ensure that each customer gets enough of our time so every event is planned and delivered with minimum hassle and to the highest standards of customer service.

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We are also soon unveil our beautiful bespoke TotallyTipi wooden tables and dance floor for 2013. These will be very unique and not like anything else available to hire. We are very excited about these! Watch this space.

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With TotallyTipi, what you see is what you get. There are no hidden extras – and we give our couples full scope to make an event their own or provide the complete arrive-and-it’s-all-done-for-you service.

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Are teepees good for winter as well as summer weddings?

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This is a question we are often asked and the answer is yes!

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The giant tipi design is inspired by the traditional teepees lived in by the Sami people of Lapland – so they’re built to withstand the weather and contain warmth.  There is a lot of skill involved in joining the teepees so that they are fully weather-proof. This is where our team’s vast experience is invaluable. Our Operations Director brings with him the wealth of knowledge gained from several hundred tipi and marquee set-ups so we are confident that we can handle whatever the weather throws at us!

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Plus there’s our secret weapon – the indirect space heater. This blasts warm, fume-free air to keep you toasty all day long.

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Tell Brides Up North about the Snowflakes and Schnapps event (pictured)?

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This was a collaboration between TotallyTipi, Chilled Events and Horti-Couture at Thwaites Mill to provide a pop-up Christmas party venue in Leeds. Thwaites Mill is just 2 miles from the city centre and is a gorgeous hidden gem. The teepees looked stunning against the backdrop of trees and the beautiful old buildings at the mill.

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We wanted to show that the tents are good for the winter months and have them out and about rather than hanging about in their bags!

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As Christmas events are an obvious choice, we worked with Chilled Events who brought in the clients.

The events were a hit and despite it being -3c outside, we had to turn the heating down! We’re certainly hoping to do more in 2013.

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What extras are available for a couple hiring a tipi?

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In order to help make our events as bespoke required, we don’t have a ‘set list’ of accessories for hire; we have access to a constantly evolving, HUGE list of accessories, furniture, fabrics and decor that can be hired to furnish the teepees. From the smallest rustic vase to the most twinkling grand chandelier, we can help!

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We can also bring the flames outdoors with our recycled Indian fire bowls which have optional hanging bowls for mulled wine or a chilli and our festoon-lit walkway (pictured) adds a real hit of glamour on approach to the tipi.

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Where are you located and can you travel?

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We’re based in South Yorkshire, S75 between Barnsley and Wakefield but travel nationwide across England, Scotland and Wales. It’s a great spot because Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester are all a hop, skip and a jump away with easy access to the M1 and A1.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Most events for 100 people work out at around £4,000 including lighting, tables, chairs, dance floor and the fire.  Numbers of 100 – 150 guests require a third tipi which adds an average of £2,000 to the price by the time you’ve also accounted for the additional flooring and lighting.

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How can Brides Up North find out more?

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Visit the TotallyTipi website or get in touch direct! We’re available 7 days a week for enquiries either on 08456 805 209 or via email info@totallytipi.com.

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Horses Of Courses! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Cassy & Dan

December 28th, 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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Sometimes, a set in stone theme for a wedding just won’t work.  But sometimes, it absolutely does.  Cassy and Dan’s amazing wedding wonderland/ horse themed wedding – with images by the gorgeous Lissa Alexandra Photography – fits into the latter category.  What a triumph! 

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Lissa says:  From the moment I entered the house for bridal prep photos I knew this wedding was going to be a fun one! With six bridesmaids and a very excited bride there was a fun sense of giddiness and lots of laughter. Unfortunately we weren’t very lucky with the weather and right on cue it started to rain just as everyone headed to the church. But what a welcome we got, the vicar with stretched out open arms ready to greet everyone, there was no dampening of anyone’s spirits.

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The service was lovely with mixed emotions of joy and sadness remembering loved ones lost. The church was beautifully decorated with flowers, candles and two bay trees similar to what Wills and Kate had. But the piece de résistance for me was the bride and groom dancing down the aisle to ‘Moves like Jagger’ by Maroon 5. It really set off the party atmosphere that was to continue for the rest of the day.

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Cassy & Dan were collected by a stunning two horse carriage and taken for a ride around the village then to the reception. They had three Papakaka tents together as one in Dan’s parent’s field right next to the their horses field. When the bride and groom arrived they were greeted by Cassy’s horse and a display of excitement by the other field horses, it really was a wonderful sight and so lovely for Cassy and Dan – who adore their horses – to have them so integrally involved in their special day. For a big animal lover like me it was a special treat too.

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Cassy says: We got engaged on 16th July 2011.  Dan proposed to me at home before taking me to our favourite little Indian restaurant in Boroughbridge where we had our first date.  We were married on 16th June 2012 in Tockwith at Dan’s parents house in Papakata tents.  

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We chose our wedding venue as both of us live in Tockwith as do all our friends and family so the majority of people could walk home. Papakata tents are gorgeous and very special and different to the norm. They really made our field turn into a wedding wonderland.

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Our theme was ‘wedding wonderland’ so we went very natural and wilderness-like.   We used ivy on all the tent poles and made a bar and decorated it with ivy to make it look like it was growing up it. We used an old tree stump to hold the seating plan, we had logs on the tables with wild flowers set in them and used real horse shoes to decorate the chairs and to hold the table names. We then had fairy lights up all the poles in the tent round the dance floor and the entrance and a huge mirror ball.

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We chose a colour scheme of ivory, green and lilac. 

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I chose a Maggie Sottero dress, and changed the neckline to a sweetheart. I actually got my dress second hand as I was very lucky to find the exact one I had chosen for less than half the price.

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My six bridesmaids wore lilac one shoulder maxi dresses from Coast and the groomsmen wore top hats, canes and tails – traditional black with grey pin striped trousers.

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We chose hymns from our primary school which everyone knew so everyone sang!  We used Can You Feel The Love Tonight from The Lion King to walk down the aisle and then we had Moulin Rouge songs while we signed the register.

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I carried cream roses, with lots of green and other cream wild flowers.   We used The Plantsmiths for our flowers: she grows all her own wild flowers and she helped us so much with lots of other ideas. 

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We loved every second of our day but surprisingly we loved our wedding ceremony so much as we really made it personal to us with all the music we chose and especially Moves Like Jagger which we chose to dance down the aisle to, much to all our guests’ surprise.

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The horse theme ran through the whole wedding, from my actual horses being there to the big horses made from wire and ivy , horse shoes on the back of the chairs, racecourses for table names and horseshoes for table name stands.

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We chose a three tier lemon, chocolate and fruit cake which was shaped to match my wedding dress. 

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After the speeches we had the Funky Junk Trio play a set on the bins which were awesome and then they played our first song. Then we had Kings of Queen – the official queen tribute band – who are from our village.  They were amazing, there wasn’t any space left on the dance floor at all it was like being at a festival, everyone got involved!

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Thailand in Bangkok and Koh Samui, it was amazing!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make sure that you enjoy your day and don’t spend too long talking to everyone and not spending time with your new husband, best friends and family!

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Congratulations Cassy & Dan!

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Diary Date! Go Totally Tipi At Thwaite Mills

September 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Fancy a bit of camping?  Nah, me neither (not in this weather – are you mental?!)

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Or why not go all out and totally tipi by joining my fabulous Featured Suppliers and outdoor event specialists TotallyTipi and special friends for their open weekend and evening showcase (on your way to the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at The Mansion of course!) next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 5th – 7th October 2012 at Thwaite Mills, Leeds. 

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You are invited to Thwaite Mills Watermill to experience TotallyTipi’s beautiful, warming wedding and events venue.  Pre-register online now – entry is free. 

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TotallyTipi is a small yet experienced company based in South Yorkshire. In hiring us for your event, you can really guarantee receiving that personal touch.

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Horticouture Floral Designs

The wonderful team at Horticouture will be styling the event and previewing the theme for Snowflakes and Schnapps

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Their talented design team can inspire you to create a venue which transforms into an amazing setting which could be as magical as a movie set or as nonchalant and fragrant as a country garden.

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Boxtree Events

With over 20 years experience and three Michelin starred restaurants under his belt Executive Chef Simon Gueller and the team have  a reputation for providing both quality food and exceptional service. 

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Thwaite Mills is one of the last remaining examples in Britain of a water-powered mill.

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Nestled on an island location between the River Aire and the Aire & Calder Navigation, let one of their guides help you explore the mills and discover the importance of water power to Leeds’ industrial heritage.

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Multi-coloured Canvas! A Real Teepee Wedding In Yorkshire – Catherine & Tom

August 3rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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When this beautiful (and fun!) Real Wedding shot by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Chris Milner Photography landed in my inbox this week I just couldn’t wait to share it with you, so I bumped my line up of posts for a Friday afternoon and decided to treat y’all instead. 

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The perfect way to finish a bumper week of Real Weddings here on the wedding blog, and a sunny(ish) Friday.  Relish in it!

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Have a great weekend Brides Up North!  No rest for the wicked though, I’ll be back here bright and early tomorrow with more loveliness for you to get stuck into.  See you then!

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Catherine says:  Thomas proposed on my birthday in May 2011 at our home in Leeds. He’d been trying to think of a different and original way of asking me to marry him. He’d done the proper thing of asking my Dad first but then struggled with how he was going to execute the proposal! In the end, one of my favourite songs begun to play whilst we were getting ready to go visit my parents and he got down on one knee and asked me. It was simple and perfect.

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We were married on Saturday 2nd June 2012 at St Particks Church, Patrington, East Yorkshire followed by the reception in teepees on my parents farm where I grew up. 

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We chose to use Papakata for our teepees as they were original, unique, fitted in with the look of the farm and suited our personalities. Also, it enabled us to have our reception on the farm which is a place that means a lot to us both.  Papakata were amazing. They couldn’t do enough for us from start to finish.

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We didn’t originally have a theme, but when people asked us we said the theme was “us”; everything that we did was to reflect our personalities and the things we liked, which made it great fun to plan! As we began to design our wedding invitations, we adopted the tag line “All you need is love”, and this then appeared in various forms throughout the day. We used this song to walk out of the church to!

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Our colour scheme was multi-coloured. We wanted a mix of everything, which made it easy to plan. All the groomsmen had multi-coloured ties and the bridesmaids were in a burnt coral colour.

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We used I Love VW Weddings for our VW camper van which was used to transport the bridal party to and from church. The church was a short distance from the farm so two cars would have been a waste of money so we went for the van which took the bridesmaids and then returned for myself and Dad, and then brought the girls and me and Thomas back to the farm.

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I always knew my dress would have lace on it so this is what I looked for. I was reluctant to spend a lot on a dress so after going to a couple of bridal shops and knowing exactly what I did and didn’t like, a friend told me about the Kirkstall Bridal Warehouse, which sells designer dresses at 70% off retail prices due to them being ex catwalk or sample dresses. My dress was a 2-piece by Cymbeline and did have long sleeves but I asked my seamstress to customise it by cutting them off and making a choker and gloves with the lace.

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My bridesmaids wore a one shoulder strap full length dress from Dessy. This was in the colour firecraker from a shop in Bingley. Their brooches were their gift from me, handmade by Lou Lou Puchalka, Leeds.

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I carried a simple but vibrant bouquet of ranunculus which were a coral orange. They were so unusual and different.   Fleurs de Lisa provided the bridal bouquet and wild flowers for the tables. 

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We decorated the teepee with lots of home made touches: 70 hand-made (by the bride) love heart cushions which we tied to the back of the chairs; a caricature of ourselves, which a friend did as a wedding gift for our name cards and table number signs; “Drink me” tags on the bottles of wine; wish tags instead of a guest book – each guest was able to send us a short message or wish for our future together – and jars (collected over a few months with the help of family and friends) with hay tied round the tops and filled with natural looking flowers.

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For our wedding cake we decided to go for cheese as we couldn’t find a cake that we loved as much. We got it from Milly’s Organic shop in Leeds and constructed it ourselves on the day. On the back of this, and because Thomas loves it, we did a pork pie wedding cake which we served up alongside the cheese evening buffet and went down a storm.

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Wedding Cheese Cake by Chris Milner Photography

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Tug of war at a wedding by Chris Milner Photography

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We had a Tug of War: the battle of East Yorkshire (Bride) vs West Yorkshire (Groom) and finally Bride vs Groom.  Loads of fun!

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Tug of war at a wedding by Chris Milner Photography

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Tug of war at a wedding by Chris Milner Photography

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There were so many elements of the day we loved so couldn’t narrow it down to just one moment. I think overall, having all our friends and family with us at one time was just amazing and so much fun. The day was exactly how we’d planned it.

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First dance by Chris Milner Photography

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We went on a “mini moon” after the wedding to Venice, with our main honeymoon being in New York end of August.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every moment of planning your wedding and have no regrets. You only get to plan and experience your wedding once so let your personality and passions show through your wedding. We had so much fun planning the wedding together and that showed in the day itself. Give yourself plenty of time and try not to over think or over complicate things, just go with the flow and the ideas will follow.

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Congratulations Catherine & Thomas!

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Are you a newlywed?  Get in touch to share your Real Wedding memories with Brides Up North. 

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  – Images © 2012 Chris Milner Photography

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