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Getting Personal! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Gillian & Michael

November 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Wedding in Yorkshire by Paul Joseph Photography

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We are in Yorkshire this afternoon for the intimate wedding celebration of Gillian and Michael, with images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Paul Joseph Photography

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Gillian and Michael kept their day to just their nearest and dearest, with a romantic colour palette, plenty of personal touches and one gorgeous dress

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… found in TKMaxx!  Yes, you read that right.  Kudos.

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Gillian says:  While out in Skipton one day on our way for some lunch, we wandered past a jewellers and both just looked at each other and said “Shall we?” then went inside and chose the ring! Having to wait for delivery of the ring in my size, it wasn’t until a week later Michael got down on one knee at Haworth Park, Haworth and asked “Gillian, will you marry me?” and placed it on my finger.

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We were married on 17th May 2012 at Holdsworth House Hotel and Restaurant, Halifax.  Having looked at a couple of venues before, nothing really grabbed us but we only had to drive into the car park of Holdsworth House and that was it. I have always loved historic buildings and Holdsworth House felt just perfect.

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I wouldn’t say I had one set theme but rather several intertwined such as shabby chic, rustic and personalised.  Having always been creative I knew I wanted a handmade wedding. My head was buzzing with ideas from the word go and with the help of my daughter, Trudy, we set to work.  We did worry, having never seen such a personalised, handmade occasion that it wouldn’t quite come together but in the end, it was exactly what I envisaged and our guests loved it! 

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I chose a palette of pinks and lilacs to complement the aubergine bridesmaid gowns.

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I looked at several bridal shops but couldn’t really find ‘The One’ and with only 6 weeks till the big day I walked into TKMaxx and found my dress. Staff told me it had been delivered that morning so it was as if it was waiting for me! It was a Su Wong Alice in Wonderland design, very vintage inspired, ivory lace. My amazing shoes were a gift from my husband to be from Dune.

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Michael’s suit was a dark navy, pinstripe ¾ length jacket and trousers with a white shirt and pink tie from Brides 2 Be in Scarlett Heights, Queensbury.

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My three bridesmaids – my two daughters and Michael’s niece – wore aubergine halter neck dresses from Coast and matching grey heels from Marks & SpencerThe best man, Ralph and my son, Oliver, who gave me away, wore matching suits to Michael’s but with aubergine ties to match the girls.

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My mother in law, Marilyn arranged for my son and I to be picked up in a vintage cream Bentley. It was a beautiful addition to the day and went with the venue perfectly. We hired it through The Wedding Mill in Saltaire.

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My bouquet was made up of pink avalanche roses, small daisies, pink gerberas with touches of purples and green foliage. The bridesmaids carried smaller versions of my bouquet. I wasn’t really sure of names of flowers I just chose what I liked the look of with the help of my florist, Sarah, at Eastell’s Florist in Shipley.

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A special touch, courtesy of Michael’s Auntie Andrea was that every guest was given an individual flower as they arrived to wear on the day.

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I walked down the aisle to Ronan Keating – When You Say Nothing At All – and we finished the ceremony with Queen’s It’s A Kind Of Magic, the song playing in the car when I picked Michael up for our first date!

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Walking down the aisle to Michael, everyone else in the room was a blur, I was so happy to see him and exchange our vows. I felt as though I was floating.

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We added lots of personalised touches such as our memory tree, taken from St.Ives where we walk our dog regularly.  We added our favourite pictures on brown luggage tags and hung them from it and a welcome sign we made from a tree that had been recently felled. My favourite touch was the felt hearts I made from scratch with each guest’s initial on them to put on favour jars.

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As we wanted a handmade wedding we used lots of places from the high street. The Range was great for getting our favour jars and the craft section for all our bits and bobs. Another great find was our local garden centre, Woodbank Nurseries in Harden. Ebay was fab for finding ribbon and personalised labels.

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Our table plan was a massive hit too! That idea came from Michael always calling me ‘The apple of his eye’ I saw the canvas in TKMaxx and my daughter added the rest!

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My daughter created a gorgeous sweetie table as a surprise for us.

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Our chair covers came from Yvonne at Covered To Perfection who I found at a wedding fair. She offered a great service and is a lovely person too.

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I saw a picture of a cake I liked in a wedding magazine and took it to Netty’s Cakes of Thornton, recommended by my brother in law.  Jeanette listened to my ideas and made the perfect cake just as I had imagined.

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Our wedding photographer was Paul of Paul Joseph Photography he captured the day beautifully and really showed off the details of the day in his pictures. Our guests are still commenting on what a lovely person he was on the day.

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We didn’t choose to finish our day with a disco and instead we had an extended day with music during our meal which carried on through to the hotel’s bar area. We spent hours putting together a playlist of favourite songs to be played during the day.

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We left the hotel the following morning to our mini-moon in Windermere. Then in August we went to Disney World Florida!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try not to stress too much because the day just goes so quickly and everything just falls into place… and remember to let your husband to be know how much you love him as he has put up with your Bridezilla ways for months!

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Congratulations Gillian & Michael!

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  – Images © 2012 Paul Joseph Photography

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Cross Keys & Polka Dots: A Real Wedding In Leeds – Laura & Mathew

October 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A Wedding in Leeds by JB Creatives

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We are right back on home turf this morning with a vintage inspired celebration in the centre of Leeds.  In a past life I used to work near the city’s Town Hall and used to love to see newlyweds celebrating on it’s huge stone staircase from my office window.

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Today’s lovely Real Wedding, with images from Jane at JB Creatives, is all about celebrating love with your nearest and dearest – a close knit celebration with your best people.  Oh, and some good pub grub. 

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With some pretty finishing touches and a nod to bygone eras, this small (yet perfectly formed) city wedding is just the thing to lift the spirits on a Tuesday morning. 

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Laura says:  We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2010 in our house. Mathew cooked us a lovely meal and then got down on one knee and produced a lovely engagement ring!

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He had asked my parents for my hand in marriage the day before so when we arrived round at their house to start our Christmas celebrations, they were ready with champagne and balloons.

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We made it official on 25th August 2012 at Leeds Town Hall. We wanted a small wedding so it was just close family. Following the ceremony, we had a meal at The Cross Keys on Water Lane in Leeds.  The following Saturday we had our wedding reception at The Cruck Barn, The Craven Arms in Appletreewick. 

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We wanted to get married locally and Leeds Town Hall is such an impressive building. The Cross Keys does fabulous food and the staff are lovely.Appletreewick has lots of childhood memories because I used to go camping at Mason’s campsite down the road from the pub.

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We travelled in style on the day in a cream vintage bus from the Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company.

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My dress was by Cymbeline and I got it second hand from The Wedding Mill in Saltaire. I realised quite quickly into my wedding planning that I didn’t like a lot of wedding dresses; I don’t like satin, ruching or strapless dresses. The dress I chose didn’t look very inspiring on the hanger but when I tried it on I knew it was ‘The One’ because it fitted so well and felt so nice to wear. I wanted a dress that I could walk and dance in confidently, and that dress enabled me to do both comfortably!

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I also had a lovely garter made by Nicola Wellard from the gorgeous Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe. 

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My bridesmaids wore dresses by Geri from Next and Mathew and his Dad wore suits by Chester Barrie.

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Many, many thanks to Jane at JB Creatives for the fabulous photographs of our wedding.   She has such a good eye for capturing a perfect shot. Mat and I particularly like all the natural photos of our guests at our reception. It was so nice to see the experience other people had on our day.  She is a joy to work with and is so friendly, professional and hardworking. I am desperately trying to think of the next big event we can have so we can get her back to photograph it!

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I had a theme of vintage of tea party. I collected teapots from charity shops and filled them with flowers for the table centres. We also used a selection of my late Grandma’s teacups as candle holders for the tables. I didn’t have a strict colour scheme but did incorporate quite a lot of pink!

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I made a lot of the things for myself but I did have a beautiful memory book, ‘I Do’ & ‘Love Is Sweet’ flags which we had in incorporated into to our table centres; and sweetie jar labels made by Vintage Twee. 

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Lots of family and friends contributed towards our wedding and as part of their Thank You gifts, I had rosettes made for them which stated their role. For example, my best friend Leanne did my hair and her rosette said ‘The Bouffant Boss’. The rosettes were from Vintage Twee. 

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We had a lot of help from our family.  My brother, Howard and his girlfriend, Helen performed for us. Howard plays the guitar and Helen sings. We also had a Ceilidh organised by the brilliant Aluinn Ceilidh Band.  Mathew’s cousin’s wife made our cake for our wedding day. She decorated the cake with a piece of my late Grandma’s lace. My friend Emily made a chocolate and Guinness cake version of the Cruck Barn for our party.

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The speeches were wonderful, and when my Dad said that I had walked back down the aisle as Mrs Johnson, it filled me with happiness and made it all seem real rather than just a dream!

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Mathew and I stayed at 42 The Calls on the wedding night and we sat wrapped in our fluffy dressing gowns reading our wedding cards and memory book. It was lovely and very moving to read our all the kind words from our families. We felt very, very lucky.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Rio De Janeiro!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to film your day especially the speeches. I loved watching back our wedding video and the more amateur the better!  In addition, don’t go on honeymoon straight after the wedding. All I wanted to do after my wedding was talk to people about their experiences of the day and read my cards and memory book!

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Congratulations Laura & Mathew!

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Get in touch to see your Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North, I would love to hear from you!

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  – Images © 2012 JB Creatives 

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