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great gatsby glamour. a 1920’s themed wedding in the north west – rosalind & michael

June 24th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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Today’s bride took inspiration from iconic film The Great Gatsby when it came to styling her wedding day – and boy did she hit the nail on the head!

Rosalind pieced together her vintage vision bit by bit, incorporating a beaded wedding dress, fringe detailed bridesmaid gowns, posh transport and a feather-topped cake along the way for a fabulous 1920’s style big day.

Ladies, prepare to be dazzled!

With images by Stanbury Photography.

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rosalind says: Michael proposed to me on Christmas Eve 2012. It was perfect, we were at home with our little boy Jacob when Mike told me there was a present hanging on the Christmas tree. When I looked closer there was a small black box amongst the baubles and when I turned round he was on one knee.

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We were married in front of all our family andfriends at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Haigh on 11th April 2015. This is my family parish so it was very special for us to be married in this church and by Fr Kevin.

We chose Ashfield House for our reception venue as it has such lovely features and grounds. The distance from the church to the venue was perfect. When we arranged our first appointment all the staff were so friendly and helpful we knew this was the venue for us. Throughout the whole experience the staff were brilliant, none of our requests were too much trouble, plus the food was delicious too!

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Our theme was 1920’s, I love everything about this era from the hair and makeup to the clothes and styling. When I showed Mike some the ideas I had found on Pinterest he agreed that this was the theme for us.

In terms of the colour scheme, our bridesmaids were dressed in a light pink/peach colour and the flowers were a range of pink, peach, lilac and a hint of cream. We introduced silver into the stationery too.

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For my wedding dress I chose Lauren by Eliza Jane Howell. It’s a 1920’s vintage inspired beaded dress with silver detail. I purchased it from Knutsford Wedding Gallery, Joy and the ladies were so friendly and welcoming. As soon as I tried the dress on I knew it was the one for me. I chose a replica of Daisy’s headpiece from The Great Gatsby and my veil was cathedral length with crystal embellishment around the edge by Amanda Wyatt. This was also from Knutsford Wedding Gallery. I chose all my jewellery from Swarovski.

I love makeup and hair so this was a very important factor for me. I found The Vintage Beauty Parlour online and booked a trial soon after. Anna listened to what I wanted and made me feel amazing. They are so professional and know vintage styles like no one else.

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Mike hired his suit from Whitfield and Ward in Wilmslow. They were brilliant, after seeing them at a wedding fayre we decided to book an appointment. Craig asked what we wanted and when we told him our theme he dressed Mike in his suit. It was just how we had imagined him look. Craig and Nicola are very friendly and we would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for lovely suits with great service.

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My bridesmaids dresses were made by my mum who is brilliant at sewing and their headpieces were bracelets that we adapted from Debenhams. The ushers were all in similar suits to Michael, also hired from Whitfield and Ward.

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We chose the two brilliant ladies behind That Special Day Stationery to design and make our stationery. We discussed ideas and they made sample designs for us to look at. They made the most perfect save the dates, invites, order of service, place cards and table plan. They were brilliant and we cannot recommend them highly enough.

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Our florists, Margaret and Janet from The Gilded Lily, were also amazing! Flowers were so important to me and I had a lot of ideas. I knew on our first appointment that The Gilded Lily was the florist for us. We have had so much fun planning the flowers with them. They listened to our ideas and created the most beautiful arrangements. We purchased our own crystal candelabra’s and Margaret came up with different ideas for them. The top table arrangement had all my favourite flowers in, such as pale pink peonies, hydrangeas and roses including, Norma Jean and Rosalind. My bouquet was made up of roses as well a pink peonies and stems of wheat to give a wild effect. Brides looking for a brilliant florist with lots of great ideas should visit The Gilded Lily!

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David and Jane of Stanbury Photography were our photographers. They photographed my sister’s wedding three years prior to ours so they were the only choice for us. They are so talented at what they do that we had complete confidence in them to photograph our wedding day. They capture moments that you can’t even remember happening and the attention to detail is second to none. They were with us from getting ready in the morning to our first dance and we hardly knew they were there. We are blown away by how good the pictures are and we cannot recommend David and Jane highly enough.

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For our transport we used a company called Classic Wedding Cars. Jim there has an amazing collection of cars, we chose a black and ivory 1920’s style Bramwith and an ivory vintage Rolls Royce. Jim was so professional and friendly on the day and the cars were immaculate too.

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I have a very talented aunty who made our dream wedding cake as our wedding present. Vi incorporated the silhouette design from our stationery to add to one of the tiers and we bought some feathers to add a 1920’s feel to the top tier. We loved everything about it and everyone commented how delicious it was. We can’t thank her enough.

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My best friend and bridesmaid Kirsty is a graphic designer and so we asked her to design cards as favours for our male guests which entitled them to a drink on us at the bar. We hired a barrel of cask ale from Problem Child Brewery in Parbold for the bar. They allowed us to rename the beer ‘Prymul’ which incorporated both our surnames; Pryle and Mulligan. Kirsty then designed a crest to put on the hand pull which incorporated the silhouettes and various shapes from our invites.

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My dad died suddenly three years prior to our wedding and I really wanted to make him a part of our special day so I gave our florist Margaret a small picture of him in a frame to include in my bouquet. I also borrowed a cameo that my dad had bought for my mum and asked her to pin it to the stem of the flowers.

We had pictures of dad and Mike’s aunty who had died the week before our wedding in church with a lit candle. The next day we distributed the wedding flowers on family graves in the cemetery.

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To entertain our guests we had the Brixi Singers choir singing various hymns in church throughout the service and we asked them to sing I Will Follow Him from the film Sister Act when we were leaving church. They were great and performed beautifully on the day.

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It was the Grand National on the day of our wedding so we used the same cards designed by Kirsty to give all our guests the name of a horse running in the race. The race was played over the radio and the three winners were given a small prize announced during the speeches.

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We enjoyed the whole day, but my favourite part has to be walking down the aisle and seeing Michael and all our family and friends.

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We haven’t managed to go away on honeymoon yet as we were back at work soon after the wedding but will be looking to go somewhere in summer, which gives us something to look forward to.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t get too stressed when planning, think of what’s important to you and book that first and then you can add extras. Also, have confidence in your suppliers as they really are brilliant at what they do!

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a diary date for the botanical bride: White Memoirs

October 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon I’m handing over this little corner of the internets to Brides Up North Sponsor Rachael of The Social Butterfly, to tell you all about a rather lovely little date for your diaries: White Memoirs.

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Rachael says:White Memoirs will be making its Autumn debut at new venue, Halle St Peters, Ancoats on Sunday 26th October, 11am – 3pm.

Tickets: £3.50 per person available in advance by clicking here

Brides Up North also has ten complimentary pairs of tickets to give away.  The first 10 brides to contact Brides Up North quoting White Memoirs will take the bounty!  

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Nestled in the heart of Manchester’s industrial quarter, Halle St Peters, a Grade 2 listed deconsecrated church was lovingly rescued, restored and reopened by the Halle orchestra in April 2013. Working alongside amazing event design house, Pocketful of Dreams and Brown Sugar Blooms we will be enhancing the building’s natural beauty and creatively curating a stunning botanical themed backdrop to house thirty of the North’s crème de la crème creatives.

Purveyors of the innovative, imaginative and inspirational, White Memoirs this year will for the very first time showcase a botanical banquet displaying different table designs perfectly put together by Pocketful of Dreams. Visitors will have the opportunity to make reservations in advance and sample scrumptious sugary delights home-baked by Tea with Tom whilst washing down the crumbs with samples from cocktail mixologist The Drink’s Enthusiast’s ‘garden gin bar’!

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There will be live music and entertainment throughout the day provided by Twisted Tubes, a 10-piece contemporary jazz group putting their own personal spin on all your favourite pop-songs! Dancing shoes are a must!

Independent bridal designer Erica Stacey and vintage-inspired bridal boutique, The Case of the Curious Bride will be showing their stunning collective of wedding gowns during two exclusive catwalk shows and will be offering special discount for orders places on the day.

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DIY brides can look forward to taking part in a series of complimentary wedding workshops in which there will be opportunities create and take home bridal accessories and gifts.

Newcomers for October include the intricate work of mixed-media artist, Emily Notman who will be launching her unusual bridal accessories range at the event. Up-cycled jewellery brand, Retold Jewellery will also be revealing their first jewel collection crafted from original vintage pieces fused with modern materials.

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Returning to White Memoirs, we look forward to once again working with bridal headwear and accessories designer Silver Sixpence in her Shoe who will be showcasing a handful of never-seen-before designs at the event. Paper perfect stationery company, To & From will also be returning with their new collection of ‘wedding storybooks’, creating beautiful memoirs of each couples unique story. Once again, the glamorous, Miss Bethany James Davies of The Vintage Beauty Parlour will be creating a pop-up salon and curating hair and make-up demos as well as free trials throughout the day.

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The first 50 brides to register and purchase an advance ticket for White Memoirs will have be given a special goody bag on arrival, complimentary glass of fizz and free copy of our White Memoirs mini magazine.

Those details again – tickets: £3.50 per person available in advance by clicking here

Brides Up North also has ten complimentary pairs of tickets to give away.  The first 10 brides to contact Brides Up North quoting White Memoirs will take the bounty!  

 

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Winner! The Ultimate Vintage Wedding Giveaway Worth £2,000 With White Memoirs!

February 18th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Morning all!  I’m off to to the ‘Toon today for not one but two wedding fairs.  I’ll be dropping in at both the Weddings In The City event at The New Northumbria Hotel and the As You Like It Wedding Fayre.  See you there North East ladies!

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If you are a regular wedding blog reader you might remember that a month or so ago we ran a very special competition here on Brides Up North to win the Ultimate Vintage Wedding prize worth £2,000 in conjunction with the White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fair from a whole host of amazing North West suppliers.

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Well, Brides Up North reader Ana Muntean from Withington, South Manchester only went and bagged herself the prize!  Congratulations Ana!

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Of the White Memoirs fair Ana says:  "It was an amazing fair. So, so beautiful!  I loved the fact that it was small and so intimate, walking round it almost felt like you were chatting to friends rather than people who were there to try to sell you their products and services."

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All in all, it sounds like the event – despite the arctic conditions on the day itself – was an amazing success!  Yippee!  So much so that Rachael of White Memoirs has re-booked Stockport Town Hall for the White Memoirs Autumn fair on Sunday 7th October 2012 with some brand new inclusions such as a Vintage Bridal Show, Victorian Gin Parlour and Afternoon Tea Room.

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Rachael would like to give a special thanks to the following North West talents who made the day super special: Kiki De Ville – a brilliant Burlesque singer who performed throughout event; The Vintage Beauty Parlour who created live beauty demos throughout the day; Perfect Days Vintage for decking out the ballroom stage with beautiful original vintage props; Foley Photography for photographing the entire event and the My Craftea Day corsage workshop which was just wonderful. 

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Watch this space for more news from White Memoirs shortly!

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  Images © 2012 Foley Photography

White Memoirs is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier

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Wedding Blog Giveaway: The Ultimate Vintage Wedding Competition With Brides Up North and White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fair Worth £2,000 (CLOSED)

January 3rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Let’s get 2012 off to a cracking start with this fabulous competition (and another date for your diaries!) from Brides Up North Featured Supplier, White Memoirs

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I first told you about the White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fair, taking place on Sunday 5th February 2012, 11am – 4pm at Stockport Town Hall, back in December.  Click here to find out all about the concept behind the event, which promises to be a day to remember: “aiming to unite brides-to-be with the quaint and the quirky industry creatives whose expertise will ensure their special day is personally perfect!”

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This afternoon on the wedding blog, Brides up North has teamed up with White Memoirs Wedding Fair to bring you the ultimate wedding day competition worth £2,000!

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Are you dreaming of the ultimate vintage wedding day?

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This fabulous competition includes an original vintage wedding dress of your choice from White Memoirs Bridal Boutique, specialising in dresses from various decades, with beautiful detailing that won’t be found on the high street.

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No glamorous wedding dress is complete without the perfect, bespoke headpiece. Vintage inspired, bridal accessories designer (and Brides Up North Featured Supplier) Silver Sixpence in her Shoe will be offering the lucky winner a free consultation and £50 voucher towards a customised, hand-made fascinator.

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Love pin-up glamour? Bethany Jane Davies of the Vintage Beauty Parlour will help you to create your favourite vintage starlet by offering make-up voucher worth £50!

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Wedding day photography is courtesy of Hannah Rose who will ensure your wedding day photographs are styled from favourite vintage era!  Customised wedding invites from Doodle Love will notify your friends and family of your big day in just the way you want.

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Thinking of serving an afternoon tea as part of your wedding day celebrations? Delicious cupcakes and canapé sticks from Vintage Twee will look the part served on original crockery from Perfect Days Vintage (yet another fabulous Brides Up North Featured Supplier) who will also help set the scene with a variety of props, think vintage gramophones, grand candelabras, books and bunting.

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And finally a little wedding gift for the bride and groom is included from Inspirit Interiors! £200 of vouchers to put towards a piece of furniture from their collection of funky up-cycled retro pieces and romantic shabby chic antiques.

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To enter the competition all you have to do is pre-register for the White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fair at their website, and be present at White Memoirs Wedding Fair on Sunday 5th February 2012, when the winner will be announced at 1:00pm. 

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Click here to enter. 

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The competition will close on Sunday 5th Feburary 2012.

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Hannah – Rose Photography

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Terms and Conditions:

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All competition entrants must be present at White Memoirs Wedding Fair on Sunday 5th February 2012, when the winner will be announced at 1:00pm.

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Winner must be due to get married within 12 months from Sunday 5th February 2012.

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Consent from the winner to use a selection of photographs from their wedding day on The Social Butterfly Events & PR Ltd website, facebook and twitter accounts as well as Hannah Rose Photography’s website, twitter and facebook accounts.

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Consent from the winner to use these photographs for PR purposes in Bridal media.

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If the winner lives outside of Greater Manchester, they must be able to travel to Manchester for consultations.

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Click here to see full terms and conditions from each contributing supplier. 

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  – Images © 2012 White Memoirs/ provided by individual suppliers without credits

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