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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Buttons and Bows! A Real DIY Wedding In Yorkshire, Claire & Gareth

December 27th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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This DIY wedding from Brides Up North fan Claire is packed to the rafters with clever details.  This wedding has a button theme, but certainly isn’t a make-do-and-mend affair, which is why it is one of the wedding blog’s favourites of 2011.  Merry Christmas Claire and Gareth!   

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This Real Wedding comes from a regular Brides Up North reader, Claire.  I was over the moon when Claire emailed me to let me know that she had used the wedding blog to plan her gorgeous wedding day, and even found her photographer, Chris Milner Photography, and venue, The Old Lodge at Malton, on these pages.  She wasn’t disappointed, and you won’t be either!  Be inspired!

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Over to Claire: We got engaged September 2009, Gareth proposed whilst we were sea kayaking off a beach in Bali and we married on 22nd October 2010 at The Old Lodge, Malton, North Yorkshire. 

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After looking high and low this venue just had the right feeling about it. We wanted a relaxed venue that still felt special. The Old Lodge is rustic and cosy.  Our whole aim was an autumnal wedding with the colour of the leaves and a warm feeling. We didn’t focus too heavily on just one thing but there were a few ideas that tied it all together, like the buttons and woodwork.  Colour wise, we based a lot of things around the taupe colour of the bridesmaid’s dress.

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When choosing my dress, I wanted something timeless and elegant – I’m also quite petite so I wanted something that would compliment my size.  I looked at lots of ideas including shorter ‘tea dresses’ but this one was just right – I didn’t want lots of embellishment or jewels. The dress was called Sex And The City and I got it from Perfect Daze in Denby Dale.

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My sister wore a taupe dress from Dessy via To Have and To Hold in Mirfield where she lives. We got my little niece a girl’s dress from Next but added to it with a bow to match her mum’s dress. 

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We made all our own bouquets/buttonholes using buttons that I got from my late Grandma’s sewing box (and it also had her Grandad’s Royal Mail badges in it which was really sentimental as he couldn’t be there on the day) – this really made it feel like our day as we’d done it all ourselves. Gareth and his friend made the wooden table centres and we had lots of jam jars donated by friends and family which I embellished to match everything else.

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We chose a classic homemade fruit cake with loads of booze in it by Gareth’s mum, which was iced to match the other items on the day with buttons all around it. The cake topper was made by Gareth to match our original invitation idea with two little lovebirds.

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We went to a friend’s wedding earlier in the year and decided afterwards that a band was really what we wanted for our evening entertainment. Reservoir Rocks from Sheffield were recommended by a friend and I cannot thank them enough, they were awesome, thoroughly entertaining, played loads of good songs and even learnt two special tracks just for us. We also arranged some fireworks as a special surprise seeing as it was so close to bonfire night.

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My favourite thing about the day was having fireworks after the first dance!  It was a really great way of going out with a bang! Also – we served tea and biscuits after the ceremony – it was quirky, but people enjoyed the warm drink and everyone loves a brew.

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For our honeymoon we spent a few quiet days at Wrigglesbrook B&B in Herefordshire – they have two original Varda’s (gypsy caravans) for guests to sleep in by the river – such a charming and peaceful place with some great food on offer. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to have fun with your planning – making stuff really keeps costs down and it’s the personal touches that people will really remember. It can be stressful but once the day begins, just let people get on with it and have fun.

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Congratulations Claire & Gareth! HEART

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  – Images © 2011 Chris Milner Photography

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Dream Venue: The Old Lodge, Malton

January 3rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North adores this historic Tudor mansion venue set in the North Yorkshire countryside.  Whether you choose a summer wedding with drinks on the lawn, or a winter ceremony in The Old Lodge’s Jacobean wood panelled ceremonies room, this place is a dream venue!

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The Old Lodge can cater for 75 seated, or 120 buffet style guests in their dining room.  Marquee options are  also available for larger weddings. The Old Lodge is licensed for civil weddings.

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With 20 fabulous en-suite rooms, all with TV, DVD/CD player, tea & coffee facilities The Old Lodge is perfect for romantic breaks too. Hint hint hubby!

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The clincher for me?  They can provide their own on-site bouncy castle!  Where do I sign?

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Ask about discounts for weekday and winter weddings.

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Photography by York Place Studios and also taken from The Old Lodge website.

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A Family Affair, A Real Wedding – Sarah & Robin

December 6th, 2010 | Julia Braime

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The amazing York Place Studios sent me this fantastic Real Wedding ‘up North this weekend. Its a real corker! Sarah and Robin’s wedding is a modern love story in a beautiful historic setting, with lots of family connections!

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York Place Studios sets the scene: The Bridal suite of The Old Lodge at Malton retains much of its Tudor influence: exquisite furnishings, a beautiful chandelier and a grand four-poster bed, upon which hung a dazzling stylish white dress.

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As the beaming bride-to-be finished having her hair and make-up expertly styled by the very talented Helen Guy and carefully placed on her grandmother’s pearl necklace, she looked simply radiant and we knew this would be a truly unforgettable wedding.

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Who shall we invite? What food should be served? Should we have a band or a DJ? How do we sort out the seating plan? What sort of flowers should we have? For every bride the build up to her wedding day seems to be full of more questions than answers, but for Sarah there was one question she could answer without a second’s thought: Where should we hold the ceremony?

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There was only ever one place in her mind, the perfect place and one steeped in her own lineage and history. She chose to pay a personal tribute to the family she holds so dear by marrying the love of her
life in the very church in which her mother and father were joined in matrimony all those years before her.

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The significance of St Mary’s doesn’t end there, however, as not only her mother and father, but her grandmother and grandfather and their parents before them had all been married in the sacred building. No wonder then that the most important day of Sarah’s life was brimming with perhaps even more emotion than usual not only for her but for her whole family.

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It was an elegant affair. A traditional wedding to satisfy the gravity of the family history here, and one that Sarah’s great grandmother would have been extremely proud of.

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For a wedding with such tradition there could be no better way to make an entrance than the classic open top horse-drawn carriage that pulled up outside of the Priory.

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Out stepped three gorgeous bridesmaids dressed in gowns of stunning blue and carrying some of Natalilies beautiful seasonal flowers.

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Then came Sarah’s father. The nervous excitement he must have felt as he arrived for his own wedding was replaced this time by a different emotion; pride. Pride was etched into his face and it was easy to see why as he looked at his beautiful smiling daughter.

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As Sarah and Robin were finally united the pieces of the picture came together and it was clear that they would never be apart.

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It was a charming service and the love between these two was plain for all to see. As they left the church amid a flurry of confetti, Sarah’s Grandma showed us a photo she wanted us to recreate. Each new married couple before Sarah and Robin have their own version of this photograph, taken in front of the delightful façade of the Priory: the Bride and Groom together for the first time.

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We truly hope that for this incredible couple their photographs will be truly timeless and their wedding day never forgotten.

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(Brides Up North note: Wow!  What a cool picture!)

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Little Black Book:

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Ceremony: St Marys Priory Church, Old Malton
Reception: The Old Lodge, Malton
Dress by: Sophia Tolli / The Wedding Room

Hair: Helen Guy
Make up: Helen Guy
Groom’s suit: Ben Sherman / Burtons
Car: Country Carriages

Flowers: Natalilies

Catering: The Old Lodge, Malton
Band/DJ: Bek Edwards

Photographer: York Place Studios

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