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Merry Vintage! A Real Wedding In Northumberland – Natalie & David

February 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’m recovering this morning after an absolutely fabulous first Brides Up North event of the season at the gorgeous Allerton Castle yesterday.  Thank you so much to all our wonderful suppliers for making the day so, so special (you really are Yorkshire’s finest) and to all you beautiful brides to be who came along en gorgeous masse to soak up the inspiration, see the stunning venue and say hello! 

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In fact, there’s a lorra lorra love in the air this week post Valentine’s day (hello new readers, and welcome! I’ll drop the Cilla Black, I promise!), and as usual the wedding blog is just bursting with it (love, not Cilla impressions).  Today we join Brides Up North reader Natalie and her new husband David at the lovely Alnwick Garden in Northumberland, for a pretty vintage influenced Christmas wedding that brought the outdoors in.  And would you check out that DIY cake?!  Impressive stuff. 

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Natalie says:  We got engaged on the 18th December 2008 in New York. After going for a helicopter ride we decided to go ice skating by the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. With Christmas music playing, we stood by the tree, he began telling me how he will always love me, and he got down on one knee.

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We were married on 8th December 2012 on our six year anniversary at Alnwick Garden.  From being a little girl I had always wanted to marry in a secret garden – somewhere full of magic and true beauty. Alnwick Garden is the magical venue I’d always dreamt of: flowers growing, twinkled lights, a treehouse, a castle, a place where the beauty of outside was visible from within.  We chose a vintage theme with just a hint of Christmas, with a colour scheme of minks, pinks, ivories and browns.  

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I had two dresses for my wedding. My day time dress was purchased from The Wedding Wardrobe in Chester-le-Street and it was a sweetheart neckline, lace, fish tail, Farage dress. My second dress was a bespoke vintage tea length, v neck, lace wedding dress.

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I carried a mixture of vintage toned roses, white poppies, frosty foliage and pinecones by Bels Flowers.

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My bridesmaid dresses were from M&S and the flower girls wore dresses from Monsoon.

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I travelled to the venue in a 1940’s Wolseley police car – vintage and yet unique.  The car was supplied by Brooklands Wedding Cars

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From the whole day my favourite part was arriving at the venue, I walked down the aisle with my dad, and David had his back to me. The moment when he turned around to see me with tears in his eyes, it truly was the best moment in my entire life. To know that even though we were in a room full of people, it felt like no one else was there, we were in our own, confessing our love for one another.

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Since we got engaged by a Christmas tree in New York it seemed only appropriate that we would marry by the huge tree in the Gardens. On our engagement holiday in New York we purchased a beautiful red bauble which opened up on a clasp. I decided to line the bauble inside, place our rings inside and hang it from the tree on our wedding day.  As we reached out together to get our rings, I felt it signified that we would go on in our journey in life together, full of joy, and many many surprises.

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I choose a vintage style cake to go along with our theme. It was made up of vintage coloured roses, ivory ribbons and lace.  I made the cake myself.

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I chose piano to be played during the drinks reception, a jazz trio for the wedding breakfast and a DJ for the evening reception.

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We’re going on our honeymoon in June. We’re going to Canada for five nights, then flying to San Francisco for two nights, driving to Monetary Bay and staying for three nights, then back to our engagement destination in New York. It should be a real adventure.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take a moment to take in all the special moments from the day. For example, the way you looked at one another, the words of wisdom from your friends, the hugs and kisses you had the night before because you knew you wouldn’t see each other until the next day. All in all it’s the special moments in life and your love for one another that really counts.

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Congratulations Natalie & David!

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Ruffles & Blooms: A Real Wedding In The North East – Jemma & Anthony

April 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’m currently in recovery from the last Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive of the Spring season at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall.  What a way to finish a great run of shows!  All of the Wedding Exclusives (and the even larger Brides Up North Super Showcase) have been record attendances for the beautiful venues that I work with but this one was an especially brilliant day, with 290 brides (!) and their families coming to see the Hall and our amazing exhibitors.  More on that later.  Watch out for more shows in your area this Autumn.  Exhibitors can contact julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details.

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So, onwards and upwards as always, lets kick start the week with some pretty!  This gorgeous North East wedding was sent to me by wedding blog reader and Real Bride Jemma and with some of my favourite North East suppliers on her team, it was always going to be a cracker!

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I proposed to Anthony in November 2009 at the cinema. I set it all up on the big screen before the film along with his favourite music. Although he was a little startled he did say yes!

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We tied the knot at Beamish Hall on 16th March 2012 with family and friends travelling from all over the world to be with us which made the day even more special.

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We chose Beamish Hall as from our first visit here we knew this was our special place and where we could see ourselves getting married. It is so magical here and beautiful that no where else was as perfect for us.

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Pale pinks and greens were our colour choices. I wanted to keep it very simple yet vintage looking with pearls, fringed tulips that looked like lace and selections of various vases for the flowers provided by our florist Adam Prest and plenty of candle light.

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I chose a very simple yet fairy tale like dress by Morilee from Wedding Secrets. I accompanied this with a ivory sash with pearls and crystals from YAP Bridal to tie in a big bow at the back.

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My bouquet was a mixture of roses, peonies and many other beautiful assortments. I have never had such beautiful flowers and we were amazed at how much care and detail had gone into each display. We have even sent my bouquet off to be preserved in a special frame as it was that beautiful at Precious Petals. Thank you Adam for all your care and attention that went into making our day even more spectacular!

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My bridesmaid wore a long flowing pale pink dress from Debenhams which she chose herself. Our little flower girl wore a silver green dress by Monsoon embellished with detail around the waist which matched in with my dress.  The boy’s suits were by The Wedding Wardrobe

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I spent the night before the wedding at Beamish Hall with my mum and got ready there on the morning. Anthony travelled with my dad, his brother and dad to the venue. I did miss him overnight and ended up not being able to sleep with such excitement.

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We had a string trio, The North East Soiree for the ceremony who played absolutely beautiful. It made the day that much more perfect. Thank you Gordon for playing even tunes by Morrissey for our special day.

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Its so hard to choose a favourite part of the day as it was all so beautiful and perfect. I have to say though seeing Anthony at the end of the aisle made everything else just fade into the background and I realised what I had been waiting for all along

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We chose our friend Dave Knaggs of Torcross Photography to take our photos. We wanted to have someone who we felt comfortable with and who we were able to enjoy taking photos with. He did an excellent job, thank you Dave!

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We chose a 3 tier butter sponge with plain icing from Marks and Spencer which tasted absolutely yummy. Our florist decorated this then with an array of flowers to match in with the table centres.

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For the favours we ordered French macaroons in various colours from Fenwick’s Bakery and tied up each bundle with ribbon and a cute tag of our names and wedding date.

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We hired a magician, Paul Lytton who kept guests thoroughly entertained in the gap between the day and night. I still don’t know how he does any of his tricks! We were all amazed.

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For the evening we chose the resident DJ at Beamish Hall to host our first dance and disco. They catered for every piece of music we asked for and more and I never stopped dancing. We hadn’t prepared a first dance but once the music started for ‘it had to be you’ we ran on and it all came naturally. Turned into quite a cheesy dance but it really was one of the best parts of the day.

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For our honeymoon we went to a little island called Meeru for 2 weeks in the Maldives. This was just paradise.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to just try to get as much sleep as you can the night before as I only got an hour’s sleep!  Also remember it is your day and your day alone. Do all that makes you happy and it will all be perfect on the day.

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Congratulations Jemma & Anthony!

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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Easter Eggstravaganza! A Real Springtime Wedding In The North East – Jordan & John

January 1st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Happy New Year!  The normal wedding blog schedule will resume on 3rd January 2012, but while I nurse my hangover with the best of you, here is a burst of Real Wedding freshness, with one of my favourite Spring weddings from 2011.  Happy New Year Jordan and John!

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Wedding blog favourite Karen McGowran Photography sent Brides Up North Jordan and John’s beautiful Real Wedding at Close House Hotel to share with you.  I adore the duck egg blue colour scheme and fresh floral styling.  It’s all in the detail girls!

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Over to Team J:  We got engaged at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham, in April 2009. John took me for a surprise treat to celebrate our anniversary and popped the question!  We were married on Easter Saturday, 23rd April 2011 at Close House Hotel, Heddon on the Wall. 

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We looked at loads of venues but as soon as we pulled up to Close House we fell in love with it! When we went inside it just felt right and we knew it was the place for us. It has such an amazing intimate atmosphere and we could immediately imagine it filled with our families and friends. The light airy feel and the gorgeous grounds fit with the type of wedding and colour schemes we wanted.

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Another key factor was the staff – Laura, Close House’s Wedding Coordinator was so reassuring and down to earth, and all of the staff are friendly, professional and can’t do enough for you. We just felt certain everything would come together and all our guests would be looked after.

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Spring is my favourite season so we wanted a light, fresh and colourful wedding with lots of spring flowers and colours. Since our wedding was on Easter Saturday, Springtime Easter became our theme, with duck egg blue being the main colour. Our place cards were little eggs and we had an Easter egg hunt during the drinks reception for the kids. We hid Easter bunny cards around the house and gardens, which they then swapped for an Easter egg when they found them.

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My dress was Maggie Sottero’s ‘Alannah’, which I got from The Wedding Wardrobe in Chester-le-Street – a fabulous service, I’d recommend them to anyone!

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In keeping with the light floaty feel, my bridesmaids wore gorgeous tea length dresses from Monsoon. It turned out the colour we’d chosen was very difficult to find and match in the perfect shade – so when I spotted them I was over the moon!

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Their gifts were pearl bracelets with their initials on from Not on the High Street, pearl earrings and a cute necklace from Oasis.

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Instead of a guest book we had a wedding wish tree – which was really popular with our guests.

I gave my two young bridesmaids ‘My Day as a Bridesmaid’ albums with cameras, which gave them certain things they had to take pictures of on the day to add into the album… they loved it and it even kept four year old Lily entertained all day.

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We handed a quiz with funny questions about myself and John out during the wedding breakfast – I’ve never seen our families and friends get so competitive!

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My bouquet was a domed, hand tied posy of champagne roses, pale pink roses, cream double lizzianthus, cream freesia and pale pink blush and lemon tulips.  I was so excited when the flowers arrived – it finally felt real!

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Even though I love cake, when we prioritised our budget near the start neither of us saw the cake as something we wanted to spend a lot on. So I was over the moon when it turned out to look so impressive on the day! My Grandma baked the bottom tier fruit cake, while ‘Kirsty’s Cakes’ made the top three sponge tiers, and iced all of the cakes plain ivory. We then added a gorgeous pearl and crystal brooch and some ivory ribbon, and Wedding Flowers for You added fresh flowers.

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It looked stunning and if we’d had a bigger cake budget is exactly the kind of cake I’d have chosen anyway!

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It’s so hard to choose but if I had to pick my favourite moment from the day I’d say the ceremony itself. I never expected that would be the case as you spend so long planning all the other bits, but it was beautiful. This sounds cheesy, but it felt like it was just me and John in the room, and every word the registrar said meant so much.

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Another thing I have to mention that I just loved about the whole day is the way that everyone just mixed with each other and laughed all day. I’d be looking around and see two people chatting who didn’t know each other and just loved the friendly relaxed atmosphere. I think Facebook helps! Everyone finds it easier to go up and chat to people as they already know a little bit about them and have a conversation starter!

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Two weeks after our wedding we went on Honeymoon on a Caribbean cruise on the Allure of the Seas. We’d never been on a cruise before and were blown away by it.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to decide in advance that from when you wake up in the morning nothing can spoil your day and you’re going to enjoy your day as much as your guests will!! The floaty fabric of my dress was quite fine and after a few group photos I was covered in grass stains and had a tiny rip right at the bottom of my dress. I quickly decided I could either stand still and worry about my dress all day – or forget about it and have as much fun as possible with all my favourite people! The little things don’t matter – when the formalities are over, enjoy yourself and be a guest at your own wedding!

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Little Black Book:

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Venue:  Close House Hotel

Photographer:  Karen McGowran Photography

Dress:  Maggie Sottero at The Wedding Wardrobe

Bridesmaids:  Monsoon

Men’s attire: Slaters

Chair Covers:  Simply Bows & Chair Covers

Flowers:  Wedding Flowers For You

Cake:  Kirsty’s Cakes

Cars:  Parkers Execulink

Gifts and accessories:  Not On The High Street and Oasis

Stationery and table decorations: handmade

Bride’s Make Up:  Kate D at MAC

Bride’s Hair: Toni Wardle Mobile Hairdresser

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