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Boom! Polka Dots & Super Powers For A Real Wedding On The Chevin, Otley – Franki & Anthony

May 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Sarah Mason Photography

Friday morning bacon sarnie and brew at the ready? Good. Then we’ll begin. 

Franki and Anthony’s Real Wedding – high on the beautiful Otley Chevin – packs a proper Yorkshire punch. With flippy skirts, powerful polka dots and super hero details, this celebration is cute and quirky, but also seriously authentic. And very cool.

They had me at those heels.

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Sarah Mason Photography.

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Franki says: We got engaged in April 2010. Anthony had booked us a short break in Skipton for my birthday. He proposed to me as we were walking around the moat at Skipton Castle.

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We tied the knot on 17th August 2013, we had originally set the date for the 18th August 2012 but decided to push it back a year to give us more time. It turned out to be a very wise decision as later that year I found out I was pregnant and my due date would only have been a few weeks before the wedding!

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We got married at Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa in Otley.

We had been to many venues on our hunt for the perfect place and although some of them ticked all the right boxes they just didn’t feel right. We visited the Chevin on a whim one day and loved it even though it didn’t tick as many boxes as the others. The wedding coordinator told us we could basically do what we wanted on the day bar letting off sky lanterns. It just felt right and every time I thought about getting married after that first visit I always pictured us there.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We had a slight 1950’s theme, but it was a mix of a few things. It was a bit rockabilly, a bit vintage, a bit geeky, a bit buttony and a whole lot of us! Our wedding colour scheme was navy blue, white and pink.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

I always knew the style of dress I would wear, a short, 1950’s style, halter neck circle dress with petticoat. I bought mine from Vivien of Holloway and my petticoat was custom made by Honeypie Boutique. I wore a custom made birdcage veil from What Katy Did Next which had a big white button covered heart to tie in with all the other buttons throughout the wedding. My shoes were a bargain as they were massively reduced when I bought them, from an online store called Nelly. They were pale pink suede with spikes running all the way down the inside of the heel. The finishing touches were my pearl necklace like the one stolen by Cat Woman in the Dark Knight Rises from a seller on Etsy and my navy belt also from Vivien of Holloway.

Anthony wore a grey suit hired from The Groom with a navy polka dot & pink pocket square. He wore polka dot socks and black shoes from Next.

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My five bridesmaids wore the exact same dress as me, just in a navy polka dot pattern with pink petticoats all from Vivien of Holloway. My niece was a little bridesmaid too, she wore a pink polka dot dress similar to the bridesmaids which a very talented family friend made for her.

We had five groomsmen who all wore the same suit as the groom but with just the navy polka dot pocket square.

We had three little ushers, our son Luca and my oldest friend’s two little boys. They wore grey chinos from Next with a white linen shirt from Gap. The had navy blue Converse, navy blue braces and navy bow ties both from eBay.

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Between family, bridesmaids and myself we made six button bouquets and a mini button bouquet wand. It was time consuming but definitely worth it and my bouquet has pride of place in my kitchen now.

As I chose not to carry flowers we needed an alternative for the buttonholes as well. We decided on Lego superhero buttonholes for the groom and groomsmen and some button button holes for the wedding party. We DIY’ed them all.

Buttons played quite a large part in our day from being flower replacements to decorating our card box and being part of our centrepieces. They were everywhere.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

The best money we spent was definitely on our photographer Sarah Mason. She captured our day absolutely perfectly and is a lovely, lovely lady who I cannot praise enough, we think she is a little bit fabulous!

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

A family friend played acoustic guitar as our ceremony music before singing with his partner during the reception drinks.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Our centrepieces were milk churn glass vases from Ikea. We tied ribbon that matched our wedding invitations around them and glued some buttons around the top. They were filled with some play sand and a white candle in which Anthony had carved numbers out of and filled with navy wax to make table numbers.

Our wedding favours were wine glasses dipped in chalkboard paint with a ribbon tied in a bow around the stem. We then chalked names onto them to double up as place settings.

Our chair covers were provided by Lindsey from Ambience Venue Styling, who I would highly recommend. Everything else was made by ourselves, family or friends. We made over 40 metres of bunting to decorate the balcony around the lake at our venue from blue, pink and white polka dot fabric.

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We set up our own sweet stall for the evening reception for people to help themselves and instead of a guest book, Anthony’s dad made us some speech bubble chalkboards and another friend took pictures of people with messages they had written for us which we have in an album.

Sarah Mason Photography

My friend made us a lovely three tiered chocolate and sponge cake that she covered in icing buttons. We had a Lego bride and groom as our cake topper.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We then had an absolutely amazing band for the evening reception called The Jukebox Jets. They are a rock n roll band and were absolutely fabulous as well as being super lovely. We literally danced all night, I have no idea who was at my evening reception as if they weren’t up dancing with me then I didn’t see them. They held a little dance competition too. Anthony and myself had to eliminate a couple after each song until we crowned a winning couple. They wore their crowns the whole night.

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Obviously getting married and becoming a real family was the best part and the speeches were really good, the boys did themselves proud. Truthfully though, my favourite part was our first dance, we danced to Hallelujah I Love Her So, played by the band, our first dance as husband and wife, it was so much fun!

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We went on a mini-moon after our wedding to a beautiful little cottage in Staffordshire. It was lovely as it was our first break as a family.

Sarah Mason Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t sweat the small stuff. Things more than likely will go a little bit wrong on your big day. Our guitarist broke his guitar five minutes before I made my way up the aisle (he still managed to play), we lost the buttonholes for the grandparents, a pair of shoes turned up for Anthony’s dad in odd sizes plus a few other small things. Apart from us, nobody else knew and it made no difference to the day whatsoever. Designate two people you trust as problem solvers, make sure suppliers and other people know they are the people to contact if needed on the day and let them deal with any issues that do arise, leaving you to enjoy yourselves and relax.

Sarah Mason Photography

Congratulations Franki & Anthony!

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: ROCK The Party! A Real Wedding In Leeds – Faye & John

December 31st, 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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As we head into the New Year it’s off to Leeds to recap on the fun filled Real Wedding of Faye & John, sent to me by Brides Up North North Featured Supplier John Steel Photography (click here to read a recent interview with this lovely man).  Get ready to parrrrrrrrrrrrrrty!

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Faye says:  We got engaged in April 2011, whilst on a holiday in Robin Hoods Bay. I grew up in Robin Hoods Bay. John proposed on the beach, it was a complete surprise!

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We were married on 25th August 2012 in Leeds City Centre. We had the ceremony at the Park Plaza hotel, overlooking City Square. We had a drinks reception outside the Loch Fyne, City Square and enjoyed the sunshine. Then headed back to the Park Plaza for our wedding breakfast and celebrations.

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We both wanted an urban wedding. We hold a lot of fond memories of Leeds so it felt natural to celebrate the big occasion in familiar surroundings with such great memories. We looked at a lot of venues in Leeds and really liked the floor to ceiling windows and the natural light that beamed into the building. The Park Plaza was also fantastic value.

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The theme was a huge celebration/party. We wanted our wedding to be a big celebration, lots of fun, very relaxed and full of colour and laughter. We have been to lots of weddings in the past where they are just overly formal. We are not formal in the slightest so didn’t understand why we should behave that way on what is supposed to be the biggest day of our lives. We are used to celebrating in style so arranged for plenty of fancy dress, party poppers and a ceremony with a twist to put everyone at ease and allow them to act how they would at a party not at a wedding.

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I wanted a dress that was simple and didn’t make me feel all trussed up. The dress I chose was a boho style dress, very simple, very light and not at all structured. It was an off the peg dress from Bridal Warehouse in Kirkstall, she has some beautiful dresses and very reasonable prices.

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I asked for a country garden bouquet, one that looked quite natural. Adrianne Florist made me a beautiful, bright bouquet and it was perfect for the day

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Our ceremony was conducted by One Life Ceremonies, who were very professional and really made our service personal. All of our friends and family said what a wonderfully personal and relaxed service we had.

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John and I weren’t overly precious about all our bridal party looking the same, we just wanted everyone one to feel good in what they were wearing and comfortable on the day. The groom and best man bought their suits from TM Lewin. I tried on a couple of high street shops for our bridesmaids, Coast and Monsoon etc. In the end all the bridesmaids liked the same yellow dress from Monsoon. They were very summery and had the same simple style as my wedding dress.

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We worked with a fabulous photographer, John Steel. John has a very friendly and relaxed disposition. He also did a pre wedding shoot with us, and we used these photos on our invitations. He always delivered when he said he was going to. An absolute pleasure to work with and some fantastic snaps.

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We really wanted the day to be as inclusive as possible, and would have liked to have everyone at the whole day. This was not an option on our budget so we decided to have an open ceremony and drinks reception and then invited all our evening guests back for the celebrations and music. This worked really well, particularly as we were right in the centre of Leeds and there was plenty for our guests to do for a few hours whilst the wedding breakfast was taking place.

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We also wanted to get as many of our friends involved as possible. We asked a few of our friends to decorate the room and they did a wonderful job, it looked fantastic. The flowers were bought from Marks and Spencer  on the morning and arranged in vases by my Nan & Grandad. A friend of ours made our cake and My Dad and I got a lift to the venue from a friend. Everyone really stepped up to help and this is what made it special for us. That and a paper bag of pork pies for all our guests during the drinks reception. They went down very well!

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We worked with some great musicians on the day. Music was provided during the drinks reception by Opie Deino , she played a beautiful acoustic set and all our guests really enjoyed her music, both her own songs and the covers she played.

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We asked West Yorkshire Brass Band to play during the wedding breakfast. I love the brass sound, it’s very nostalgic. The band was fantastic and really set the scene. Their music has fun, heart-warming and got the guests up dancing doing the wedding breakfast, They even played a fan fair for our arrival, pure brilliance and absolute value for money.

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During the evening we hired a funk and soul band called Chicago Joes and the Soul Divas. They were brilliant, very high energy and their sound was remarkable.  We asked a friend of ours who is a DJ to close the evening off and he did us very proud. His set was bouncing and so was the dance floor. Thank you Big Jiggy Sniggy Wizzle… you absolutely rocked our party!

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A friend Nina Taylor, a professional cake maker, made our cake for us. We gave Nina full artistic licence and she did not disappoint. The cake was both beautiful and delicious.

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My favourite bit?  That’s so hard! Waking up to Billy Idol, White Wedding really got the day off on a cracking foot! What’s not to love about that, cheers Bro! The whole day was remarkable, getting ready with friends and family, the journey to the venue with my Dad, very special. Missing the music queue and having to request, ‘play it again?’ which everyone got laughing. Catching the eyes of our nearest and dearest and of course my husband whilst walking down the aisle. Noticing guests in fancy dress and wigs during the ceremony, the ’husband & wife’ announcement, the trip through Leeds city centre for photos and mischievous fun. The speeches, the first dance, the first dance off. We loved it all.

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John arranged the honeymoon and it was a big surprise when I found out we were going to Peru, to complete the four day Inca Trail and then on to Columbia. South America is always a part of the world I wanted to explore and it was inspiring, intriguing, relaxing and wild! Peru and Columbia are amazing places to visit. I’d highly recommend them.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that we both wanted to face our guests for the ceremony and I highly recommend this. Being able to see your guests while you’re saying your vows is magic. We all laughed so much during our ceremony and it felt very personal.

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HEARTCongratulations Faye & John! HEART

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  – Images © 2012 John Steel Photography

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