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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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When did TotallyTipi begin and why?

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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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  – Images © 2013 John Steel Photography & LMX Creative

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It’s Only Natural! A Real Wedding In North Yorkshire – Gill & Will

October 1st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Getting the week off to a fabulous start, Gill and Will’s Real Wedding in North Yorkshire is an absolute feast for inspiration seekers – with a traditional ceremony, beautiful florals, a Papakata reception, plenty of homemade details and a bucket loads of flair.

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With amazing images by Vivid Impact Photography, get your Pinterest at the ready!

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Gill says:  We got engaged in Verona – Will got down on one knee down by the river. It was 4 July 2011 – ironically independence day!

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We were married on 1 September 2012.  Our ceremony was held in St Michael and All Angels Church in Barningham and our reception was at Natural Retreats, Richmond.

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I grew up in Newsham which is the next village along from Barningham so that was my local church and it was important for us to be married there as it holds a lot of memories.

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We chose Natural Retreats for the reception as we wanted somewhere where our guests would be able to stay for the weekend and we loved the ‘natural’ environment with the stunning views to have our teepee reception. We really love trees and there are loads at Natural Retreats so it seemed like to perfect choice of venue. It also meant that we could arrange all aspects of the venue ourselves, rather than someone doing this for us – this made it really personal.

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We were quite keen that we didn’t want to have a ‘theme’ for the wedding. We didn’t have one specific style; we just wanted to have a mix of traditional and modern. We wanted the overall look to be natural, stylish, fun and sharp, rather than homemade / ‘shabby chic’ style which isn’t really our taste (even though we made a lot of things ourselves)!

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My dress was a bespoke dress made by Andrea Bambridge in York. I knew I wanted sleeves of some description and lace and I couldn’t have been happier with the end result – it was the perfect dress for me.

I wore more conservative cream peep toes for the Church ceremony and then changed into my Vivienne Westwood heels (jelly shoes) for the rest of the day – they have a huge pink heart on the front and are Strawberry scented!! I also wore a simple veil with tear drop crystals on the edge. My hair piece was a headband from Glitzy Secrets which complemented the more natural elements of the wedding.

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We chose classic navy suits for the men and Will wore a navy tie, whereas the other groomsmen wore grey ties. Will wore a tie clip engraved with his initials.

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The Bridesmaids wore Oyster coloured dresses from Coast – I loved the bow at the top. They also wore coast necklaces to complement the dresses and cream pashminas.

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The Groomsmen had navy suits and grey ties and we got individual tie clips for each of the men, engraved with their initials.

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We used my parents’ cars – Dad and I travelled to Church in their Range Rover vogue (my Uncle Carl drove us) and me and Will later went from Church to the reception in this too, complete with a very welcome glass of bubbly and traditional cans on the back.  The bridesmaids also travelled in a Range Rover.

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For both of us the favourite part of the day was definitely the ceremony. We thought we would be too nervous/emotional to enjoy it but we really enjoyed the sincerity of the service and no nerves in sight!

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I carried a loose bouquet of British Scabius, Thistles, Gyp and Asparagus Fern.  Hutton Flowers florists in Northallerton sourced the flowers but we did the flower arrangements ourselves. One of my bridesmaids and I made the bouquets (not something either of us had ever tried before) and the night before the wedding me and my parents assembled the flowers for Church – we couldn’t find the lights in church so found ourselves trying to arrange them by torchlight the night before the wedding. Luckily we didn’t want any formal flower arrangements – we also had Olive Trees and Wisteria Trees in Church from Ravensworth Nurseries. 

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We added lots of special touches to the day.  Our welcome drinks were cans of ready mixed drinks with stripy straws – gin and pink grapefruit, Pimms and San Pellegrino.

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Each table had a mini Olive Tree on itand people could leave us a message on a paper leaf and hang it on the tree. We really like Olive Trees; they symbolise peace.

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Our table names were star constellations.

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Our favours were a sparkler and a face mask for each guest – these proved to be so much fun throughout the day and night. We wanted something that people could have fun with on the day rather than something that people would feel they had to keep / take home.

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I gave my bridesmaids Links of London ‘Team GB’ bracelets on the day, as a gift, as my previous initials were GB and my new initials are GB

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We used CWC Malings – Clive Wilkinson Catering – we can’t recommend these guys highly enough – absolutely amazing food and the service from the team of staff was second to none – very friendly and completely professional.

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Rhys from Vivid Impact Photography was fantastic to deal with throughout the whole process – he was so enthusiastic from day one and totally ‘got’ all of our ideas. The end result is that we have an amazing set of photographs that we couldn’t be happier with..they really capture the essence of the day.

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We had the open fire in the tents to create a cosy atmosphere – along with the candles on each table, this worked really well in terms of adding soft lighting.

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As a surprise for Will, I arranged a fireworks display – no one else knew about it apart from my parents and Michael at Natural Retreats.

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My mum made my cake for me and it was perfect – the top tier was fruit (which we have saved rather than using it on the day), the middle tier was lemon cake and the bottom tier was plain sponge. It was simply decorated with lace, flowers, hearts and a bride and groom on top of course!

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Val Jones played the Organ for us in Church during the signing of the register and for the hymns, we hired a String Trio for the arrival drinks and canapés part of the day and we hired the most brilliant band from York Undercovered – they were cool and professional and there was a packed dancefloor all night!

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The day after the wedding, we invited family and friends to our lodge for coffee on the veranda so that we could have a catch up about the day before. We then went straight to The Midland in Morecambe for one night. We then went to a ‘pod’ hotel in Birmingham for one night and flew to Santorini in Greece early the next day – bliss.

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When we got home, we had a few days here before we had to go back to work so we had some days out including a theme park and also had a quick last minute trip away to the Lake District.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make sure you try not to lose track of time in the morning and leave plenty of time to get your dress on and relax before heading off to the ceremony. Also just relax and enjoy the whole day.

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HEARTCongratulations Gill & Will! HEART

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on the blog!

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  – Images © 2012 Vivid Impact Photography

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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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How about a bit of “glamping”?  That sounds a bit better

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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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Come and have a peek inside!

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Totally Tipi Open Weekend

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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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Their team have over 700 Tipi setups under their hat so you can also be assured of expert service and professionalism.

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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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Box Tree Events will supply light refreshments at the open weekend to whet your tastebuds’ appetite while your eyes feast on the visual delights.

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Thwaite Mills

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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  – Images © 2012 TotallyTipi

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Fete-d Romance, A Real Wedding, Lydia and Tom

January 27th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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The lovely Lydia, a new friend of mine, sent Brides Up North her gorgeous Real Wedding.

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Take it away Lyd: Tom proposed whilst we were on holiday in Sorrento in August 2008. I’m pleased to say he surpassed himself on the romance front, asking me on bended knee at sunset with a view of Mount Vesuvius and the bay of Naples…he even had a glass of prosecco waiting to celebrate, what a smoothie! We booked the wedding for the following summer and so we had to quickly get organised with the planning…especially as our first daughter Emilia was due to be born in February 2009!

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We were married at Wheatley Lane Methodist Church, Fence in Lancashire on 4 July 2009. The reception was held at my parents’ house nearby in Roughlee. We wanted the day to be really relaxed and have quite a village fete/festival feel about it and therefore as there is quite a bit of land around the house we decided to hire a giant tee pee tent to have the party in. The tee pee was supplied by Papa Kata, a great company based in York. We had 130 guests for the day, with another 100 joining us for the evening reception.

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To continue the relaxed country theme we travelled by tractor and decorated trailer down to the church…I’m glad the windswept look was in that year! The service was really vibrant, filled with lots of singing and laughter. The tumbling cascades of white and cream flowers were prepared by my two Aunties and a friend who is an expert in arrangements.

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Back at the reception, village fete games filled the time whilst photographs were taken by our excellent Preston based photographer Laimonas Stasiulis. On offer was welly wanging, a football shooting in competition and a North v South tug of war led by the Bride and Groom (needless to say the North won both the boys and girls contest!)

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Both Tom and myself have 2 sisters each and therefore, the bridesmaid numbers did spiral slightly out of control with a total of 8. It was definitely a case of ‘the more the merrier’ though as the 6 older bridesmaids looked fantastic in matching dresses of all different colours, whilst the little ones were adorable in mini versions of my dress. Tom’s best man and 5 ushers looked very dashing, each accompanying the bridesmaid who’s dress matched their cravat.

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I managed to buy my dress before I got too big from a gorgeous bridal boutique called Lulu Brown’s in Clitheroe, Lancashire, which is where I went to school. It was white with halter neck straps, a jewel encrusted bodice and really full tulle skirt – lots of fun to twirl around in!

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The scrumptious meal was followed by a Ceilidh dance before our guest hit the dance floor to party the night away to an iPod playlist of classic anthems compiled by us.

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All in all, the perfect day!

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