Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

lilac & lilies. a super stylish wedding at the leeds club – rachel & tom

October 28th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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When we first set eyes on today’s real wedding we were totally blown away by the bride’s cool and individual style, perfectly showcasing how to make your big day attire your own.

Wearing an insanely beautiful lilac, bias-cut silk dress, Rachel exudes Hollywood glamour by the bucket load, completing her look with a sparking birdcage veil headpiece and shower style bouquet. We love!

As the couple’s stylish choice of venue didn’t have a marriage license, Rachel and Tom made things legal with a ceremony at Leeds Town Hall a few days previous, and yes, they looked flippin’ gorgeous for that bit too!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Mark Newton Photography.

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rachel says: We got engaged on 29th February 2012, at the Bier Keller in Leeds. We’d randomly gone there for a drink after. After a discussion about wedding and such things, I decided to ask Tom to marry me, we had been together for five years after all. He said yes and we both got quite emotional. I was lucky enough to inherit my grandmother’s engagement ring so we didn’t have to buy one.

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We had our legal ceremony at Leeds Town Hall on 18th May 2015, as unfortunately the venue we wanted to have our wedding at didn’t have a licence to marry us there. We then had a blessing at The Leeds Club on 29th May, as part of our wedding celebrations. I always remember walking past the venue as a child and seeing the business men in the wing back chairs and being really fascinated as to what was inside.

We chose lilac and sage green for the wedding scheme, as we wanted colours that would complement the venue and that also matched my dress.

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I was lucky enough to have two wedding dresses as we had the two ceremonies. For the town hall I wore head to toe Vivienne Westwood. For the blessing, I was fortunate enough to have a bespoke dress from the amazing Glory Days, in York. My dress was based on 1940’s Hollywood glamour and the dresses worn by Joan Crawford. It was lilac bias cut silk, with an open back and fishtail train. It was the best dress ever.

Tom wore a suit from River Island for the town hall and then a three-piece 60’s style, royal blue suit from Topman for the blessing.

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Both my bridesmaids have very different styles, so I asked them to wear their favourite dresses. Jules made her own 1940’s style cocktail dress and Suzanne wore a floor-length maxi dress from Seraphina.

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Dinner A Deux – The Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh

January 13th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Let’s not forget what this blog is all about…wedding shoes? dresses? diamond rings?

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No, love! L.O.V.E!  Sometimes amid all the dress fittings, cake tastings, guest list arguments and wedding fairs its easy to lose sight of that. 

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So, here at Brides Up North, in the run up to St Valentine’s Day, I thought it might be fun to do a little “print off and put under his pillow” series on my favourite romantic restaurants across the North. 

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Whether you are hoping he’ll pop the question soon, needing some quality time away from wedding planning or wanting to remember what being a newlywed is really about  (and it’s not writing thank you letters, let me tell you!), check back every Thursday night until 14th February for my delicious dinners a deux!

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First up, an adorable eaterie on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile: the multiple award winning The Witchery by the Castle.

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The Witchery By The Castle

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The Guardroom Hall.

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The Guardroom Suite .

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This is a wonderfully decadent setting, for a very romantic evening.  Granted, it’s not cheap, but it’s very very special.  The best bit?  You can stay the night"! (It’s a 5* hotel boutique hotel too)! In gloriously gothic surroundings, you will want to luxuriate and even be a little bit naughty!  Dannii Minogue even described it as “the perfect lust den”!

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Old Rectory Bathroom .

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Vestry Suite Bedroom

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My picks from the A La Carte Menu?

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To begin…

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Witchery haggis, neeps and tatties – £9.00

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Oooh then…

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Lindisfarne oysters, grown on the seashore of the Lindisfarne nature reserve served with lemon, Tabasco and shallot vinegar – Twelve £25.00

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And for the main event…something to share…

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Beef Wellington, for 2 to share, garlic mashed potato, green beans, truffle and Madeira jus. Served medium-rare – £78.00

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Something sweet? Don’t mind if we I do!

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Passion fruit and mascarpone trifle, pistachio biscotti – £7.50

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To book, or learn more, visit the The Witchery By The Castle’s website.

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Photograph with quote from The Witchery By The Castle website

Other pictures from The Travel Editor

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