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real wedding recap winter 2014. one pretty party! a chic & cheerful wedding at Thornton Manor – jessica & craig

December 29th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Merry Christmas! Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a break for the festive season, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely.

Usual service will recommence on Monday 5th January 2015 (with some big news!) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year.  Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks for 2014.

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I’m firmly of the opinion that your wedding day should be the very best party that you’ve ever been to.

It looks like Jessica and Craig took the same view when they said ‘I do’ at the gorgeous Thornton Manor on The Wirral earlier this year. Gorgeous outfits, good food, vibrant flowers and plenty of fun and games left their guests in the mood for a very beautiful all night party.

Alka-Seltzer anyone?

With images by Elbowroom Photography.

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jessica says: We got engaged in Rome, Italy. After a romantic candlelit dinner we caught a taxi to the Trevi Fountain. We found a quiet spot to the side in an alcove and he got to one knee. This was after a day walking around the Vatican.

We were married on 23rd May 2014 at Thornton Manor – the beautiful setting & extensive grounds coupled with the exquisite manor house made it an easy decision.  It’s spectacular venue with so much history.

 

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We chose careful colour palettes throughout the day using white and cream for purity and innocence during the Ceremony, and then the Wedding Breakfast & my bouquet were extremely colourful to reflect our personalities!

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I chose a plain but elegant champagne/oyster dress with a long cathedral veil from Blush Bridal.

Craig wore a purple kilt from MacKenzie Menswear in Glasgow and my bridesmaids were in floor length purple gowns by Mori Lee, also from Blush Bridal.

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a romantic wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Elbowroom Photography (12)

Flower Design created the most beautiful of bouquets, button holes and displays throughout the venue, using orchids and other vibrant flowers. Flower Design worked with my ideas really well and produced the most splendid arrangements.

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Elbowroom Photography were our photographers. They were fantastic – beautiful pictures, lots of coordination on the day and part of the party!

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Chapman Holmes were our caters and were fantastic! Craig’s favourite food is steak, so decided that we really wanted the menu to reflect what we love to eat. We decided on Goats Cheese with Pesto Credot, Roast Sirloin of Steak with Dauphenois Potatoes and our cake as dessert.

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Our pretty wedding cake was by The Frostery in Uppermill. It was Lemon Drizzle and we served it as our dessert with Raspberry Coulis. We had a cheesecake for the evening so the evening guests could enjoy an alternative wedding cake.

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We had David Buckingham, a guitarist from the ceremony through to the end of the meal. My father has always played the guitar and when we came across him at a wedding fair he was playing the very piece that my father used to play to me as a child.

Soul Apostle were the band providing lots of fun and great music. Tom was our DJ and listened to our tastes and played us the best music which meant I danced all night!

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We had a photobooth which people stuck into a book and left us their best wishes and messages.

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We hired the lakeside marquee for the evening reception so we could have a big party and part of the marquee is a nightclub so we could create the party atmosphere. My favourite part of the day was dancing all night!

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We took a week’s mini moon in Barbados but plan to go to South America in September for 3.5 weeks.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make sure you take time out on the day to spend together and have a moment of reflection.

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2014. Indian Vintage: A Mughal Inspired Real Wedding At Thornton Manor – Pooja & Krishna

July 3rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a break to redesign, review and recharge, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely.

Usual service will recommence on Monday 7th July 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year.  Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks.

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I’ve been in the wedding blog game for almost four years now, penning two fab features a day and of those features at least three Real Weddings a week.  I might have said this once or twice before, but sometimes a celebration comes along that really knocks my socks off.

I’m a sucker for a bit of tradition, a dash of sparkle, an abundance of blush pink roses and full on glam.

Pooja and Krishna’s wedding ticks all those boxes, and has to be one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen.  And in my line of work, that’s really saying something.

Have a lovely Friday Brides Up North, and be very inspired!

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Pooja says: We went to Dubai last year in January for a short break and got engaged there. I had no idea he was going to ask me to marry him! Suffice to say he went down on one knee to pop the question and it came as such a shock that he had to ask me again!

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We got married at the beautiful Thornton Manor on the Wirral on 22nd February 2014. As it was a winter wedding we wanted somewhere grand, classic and all exclusively to ourselves for the big day. The Manor was perfect for our theme, our ceremonies & our guests. With the ceremonies being traditional, colourful and intimate the Manor’s vintage feel and lavish décor provided an exquisite backdrop to the day.

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For us it was all about remembering our loved ones that couldn’t be with us, glamour, and collaborating two cultures into a memorable day.

If I had to describe a theme for our wedding, I would describe it as Indian vintage. The Indian outfits for the Hindu ceremony were very regal and we were inspired by the Mughal era (1570 to 1857). The grooms procession, the shehnai music, a live sitar player (classical Indian instrument), a rich evening dinner and the Vedic wedding ceremony itself were all very in line with tradition and with the Indian vintage theme . To add to this the wedding was in a grand manor which was built in the early 1900′s.

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Our colour scheme was white and blush pink.  Our mandap (a 4 pillar structure where the Indian ceremony takes place) was white and was decorated with beautiful blush pink roses. The cake, the top table, the brides bouquet, the groomsman’s button holes and in the civil ceremony room all had the white and blush pink theme incorporated into them. We also had a white carpet that was laid out leading to the mandap with rose petals scattered on it for the bridal entrance.

All our beautiful flowers were by Wedding Flowers Cheshire by Ian Lloyd.

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We had created an order of service which provided an overview of each step of the Vedic Hindu ceremony in English so all our guests could follow the ceremony.

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For the day ceremony, the bridesmaids wore anarkali salwar suits in light cream, each had the same style of embroidery but in different colours. Anarkali dresses owe their name to Anarkali, a famous courtesan in the court of a great Mughal emperor.

The best men wore traditional Indian Kurta’s which were in light gold with dark brown embroidery. The Kurta’s were complimented with deep red duppattas (scarfs).

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I wore a traditional Indian lehenga choli which was inspired by the Mughal era. The outfit was bought from Kalki in Mumbai, India.  It was embellished in heavy red, gold and cream hand work. I wore Mughal inspired Kunda jewellery to compliment the look.

For the civil ceremony I wore an Archana Kochhar creation bought in Mumbai, India. It was exclusively designed for me. It was in ivory and embellished in Swarovski crystal details. My shoes were by Benjamin Adams and my jewellery was Persian inspired.

I carried a shower bouquet of blush pink roses with white orchids.

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Krishna wore a beautiful Manish Malhotra outfit from his collection bought in Mumbai, India. The traditional Indian wedding outfit is called sherwani and was embellished in beautiful hand work detail.

For the evening Krishna wore a classic two button tailor made suit in black from James Personal Tailor in Manchester with black patent shoes by Hugo Boss.

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With such a mixed crowd we needed to choose our music very carefully. We therefore decided to go with a DJ who could provide a wide range of music. We hired DJ Fritz who was highly recommended and wasn’t your traditional wedding DJ. He provided an excellent DJ set along with production and lighting for the wedding.  The equipment he had was more akin to a club and he was mixing music which is exactly what we wanted. In addition to his set we had a Dhol player playing tracks such as Happy by Pharrell Williams which made for an eclectic  sound.

For our champagne reception we had a very talented sitar player – Stephen Callaghan aka Yaman who travelled from Glasgow, Scotland. Yaman studied the art of playing the Sitar in Banaras, India. The Sitar is a classical Indian instrument.  He played classical Indian raga’s as well as covering songs of artists such as the Beatles, Nirvana and Oasis.

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We gave pashmina shawls to all the female guests as wedding favours which we personally picked and placed in a glossy white bag, finished with a thank you tag tied with a pink bow.

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We wanted to remember our loved ones who are no longer with us throughout the day; we had pictures of our loved ones around the Manor, we lit a candle in remembrance prior to the commencement of the vows, we raised a toast to them during the speeches and our first dance song was an Elton John classic, Your Song, which was my father’s favourite song.

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Our wedding cake was in the style of a mandap. Half of the cake was chocolate and the other half was Victorian sponge in strawberry flavour, provided by Slattery.

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My favourite part of the day was the first dance! I was dreading it as I didn’t like idea of everyone watching me. To avoid this I had asked all close friends and family to join us after a minute of us dancing. It all went beautifully to plan – in the end I really enjoyed the whole moment so much!

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We always wanted to go on safari, hence the first part of our honeymoon was spent in Kenya, on safari in the Maasai Mara.

Then we went to Zanzibar, where we stayed at the Hideaway of Nungwi Resort, which is an incredible beach resort. Amazing people, pristine white sand, crystal clear water & a great experience. Our final stop was Dubai before we came back to reality! It was perfect!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to have a toast master for the wedding. Bob was absolutely brilliant and made sure our day went to plan and as we wanted.

In addition, have a meeting with all key suppliers at the venue together a month before the big day. We found it useful given that we had two ceremonies, it was great for all the suppliers to meet and go through all the finer details so everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet on the big day. It really helped our day go smoothly and to plan. I’m not sure the Manor has ever seen such planning!

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Congratulations Pooja & Krishna!

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Colour Me Happy! Suzanne Neville For A Real Wedding At Thornton Manor – Rachel & Alex

May 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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I’m putting this feature together in my PJs (oh the glamour!) on Sunday night after a great weekend in Cheshire hosting our – absolutely gorgeous – luxury and vintage wedding exhibition for the first time at Hilltop Country House.  Rain couldn’t stop play (and I woke rather worryingly to the torrential type on Sunday morning) on what was a properly lovely day of fabulous people, superb talents and beautiful brides in an especially stunning setting.  So up my street!

There’s been so many lovely comments on Twitter and Facebook from our visiting brides and exhibitors and it’s lovely to put my feet up and reflect on a job well done.  Today, and the whole season so far in fact, has been epic.  Thank you all for your kind words and feedback. 

I’m feeling a little sad as our spring season is now drawing to a close – to be back with a bang in September! – but we’ll be closing the season in style with not one but two supremely pretty events to finish off with next Sunday 18th May.  For the first time ever, we’re splitting the team and doubling up with two amazing bridal exhibitions in one day… I think the phrase Super Sunday might actually have been invented for this… read all about what’s in store for you at The Alnwick Garden here or Middleton Lodge here

Bring. It. On.

Anyway, I’m here in the office after hours, getting ahead so I can take a day off with my baby girl tomorrow, and recharge for a week of loveliness here online too.  Things just keep getting prettier and prettier around these parts, and our brand new look isn’t far off either… #getsetsparkle.

This afternoon though, we’re in the Wirral for the fun and fabulous Real Wedding of Brides Up North reader Rachel and her new husband Alex.  This is a day packed with colour, love and laughter.  My very favourite type.

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Rachel says:  We got engaged in the Palais De La Mediterrannee hotel in Nice on May 16th 2012. Alex surprised me for my birthday.

We were married on Friday 16th August 2013 at St Mary’s Church in Woolton, Liverpool and then had the reception in the Lakeside Marquee at Thornton Manor, Wirral.  It is a beautiful, private location set on a lake where we knew our guests would be able to relax and just enjoy themselves. We wanted our reception to be in one big open area so that everyone would mingle and have fun together.

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Our colour scheme was different shades of pink and orange. It was a real summer wedding.

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I chose a bespoke made to measure Suzanne Neville gown and Alex and the groomsmen all wore tailored suits from Autograph at M&S. The bridesmaids all wore Kelsey Rose dresses.

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I had a rose and orchid bouquet. My Nana and Mum’s favourite flower is the orchid and mine is the rose. I wanted my bouquet to have a little of each of the three of us in it. 

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Our photographer was Martisan Photography and he was fantastic!

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We had a swing band called Dominic Halpin and the HoneyB’s. They never fail to get the party started! They are amazing!

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Our invitations and table décor were by Hattie Boo Designs which is run by a super talented lady, Emma Bryan.

As a special touch, we had photographs of our four sets of grandparents and both sets of parents on their wedding day to remember their weddings and successful marriages. They have all fulfilled their vows.

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We wanted the wedding to mirror us as a couple. It was very romantic and classic. On our first Valentine’s Day Alex bought me a book called ‘Love Monkey’ by Edward Monkton. We named our top table after that, with a quote from the book that represented us. The rest of the tables were named after a famous writer or scholar with a famous quote they had once said about love.

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We used Terry Tangs in Liverpool for our wedding cake. It was a four tier cake with a different flavour for each tier.

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I loved every second but I think my favourite part of the day has to be our first dance. I wasn’t looking forward to it as I was nervous but it was something I will never forget nor experience again. In our wedding venue the dance floor and ‘party room’ was hidden behind a curtain and so the guests had no idea. When the curtain was raised and we were behind it you could see how surprised and excited everybody was for us.

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For our honeymoon we went to Australia for just over three weeks. We started in Melbourne and then went to Sydney. We then drove to Byron Bay and Brisbane and spent the last week on Hamilton Island in the Whitsunday Islands.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy it! Enjoy every second from the planning, to the build-up, to the day itself! It is easy to get stressed about trivial things when you are planning a wedding and worrying that something will not go to plan. If you really are marrying the love of your life you will have the best day ever and it will be perfect no matter what.

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Congratulations Rachel & Alex!

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Wish You Were Here! A Real Vintage Travel Christmas Wedding In The North West – Carlene & Adam

December 25th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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Carlene & Adam chose a vintage travel theme for their winter wedding in the North West, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Phil Drinkwater Photography and North West Wedding Planner Caroline Hale of Pomp & Ceremony.

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Caroline of Pomp & Ceremony explains: Carlene and Adam were married at Thornton Manor on 18 December 2011 with a fabulous vintage travel theme. The wedding ceremony was held at 4pm in the dining room followed by a reception in the stunning music room.

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Prior to the ceremony, guests were welcomed to the main hall for mulled wine and mince pies.  The couple met working in Singapore, where they still live today, and wanted to incorporate their love of travel in the theme of the wedding. Carlene is originally from the Wirral where many of her family still live today so wanted to return for her big day. We (Pomp & Ceremony Planning) were on hand via email and Skype to make it happen on the UK side.

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The bride wore a stunning short dress  (The dress was designed by the bride and made by Renee L in Singapore). teamed with navy Louboutin shoes and the groom sported a bow tie as part of his ensemble. There were no bridesmaids. groomsmen wore stylish silk pocket handkerchiefs instead of button holes which fitted with the vintage theme. Carlene carried a rose bouquet provided by The Olive Tree florists.

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In place of reception flowers there were centrepieces of vintage cameras, postcards, stamps, statues, map hearts and stacks of vintage books tied up with ribbon. All items were sourced from charity shops, vintage shops and trusty Ebay and Etsy. There were also stacks of vintage suitcases dotted around the room, a large display map with vintage flag pins showing a selection of places the bride and groom had been, postcard garlands, travel posters and each table had its own passport menu. Navy paper poms were used for ceremony chair decorations.

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Boarding cards were used instead of a formal table plan and took guests to their destination, all tables were named after countries that Carlene and Adam have visited together. Once at the table luggage tags at the back of each chair directed the guests to their seat.

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The guest book was replaced with postcards from around the world deposited in a vintage vanity case.

Favours were pots of jam with ‘Spread the Love’ printed on and vintage style ribbon tied around the neck. There was also a sweetie table and kitsch kissing booth sign with a basket filled with mistletoe.

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The cake was provided by Jennifer O’Neill Cakes in Thornton Hough.  The cake was 3 tiers in French Vanilla  with Champagne, Strawberry and Buttercream, simple icing with piped dots simple ribbon and a vintage couple atop. There was also a sweetie table provided by Tamaryn’s Treasures fitting the vintage and navy theme, plus destination inspired cocktails served by Vibrant Bars. Anne Wilson Cordon Bleu catered the wedding with a seasonal winter warming menu.

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Assistant Photographer – Tim Johnson

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Pretty Vintage: A Real Wedding In The North West – Nisha & Duncan

October 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Morning campers!  Let’s finish this week the way we mean to start the next: beautifully.  Today’s Real Wedding is an absolute licketty-split, with a cherry on top corker!

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With images by CG Weddings, I love how Nisha and Duncan’s choice of soft, sugary ice cream tones and hand made decorations prettify and personalise their stunning stately home venue.  With a ten year engagement, this couple had certainly had plenty of time to plan – and taking their time paid off. 

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Nisha says:  We got engaged in North Wales in June 2002 and were married on August 10th 2012 at Thornton Manor, Cheshire, which we chose for beautiful grand romantic setting.

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We went for a pretty vintage theme with pastel ice cream tones. 

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I chose a dress called Eden by Ian Stuart, accessories by Glitzy Secrets and carried a bouquet of sweet avalanche roses, Cezanne roses, apricot sweet avalanche roses and amnesia roses by Earth Flowers. There was lace entwined between the flowers.

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We had a  four tier Victoria sponge cake from Marks and Spencer. We also had two lots of cupcakes – vanilla and strawberry both with edible glitter sprinkled on top! They were also from M&S

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I made all my favours, place settings, table plans and used bird cages and wired pastel roses. I also made my confetti cones, windmills and bunting to decorate the venue. 

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We had a close friend play the grand piano for our ceremony and another close friend did the evening as a DJ.

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I can’t pick a favourite part of the day, the whole thing felt like a fairy tale and went so fast. I suppose the few moments Duncan and I had together alone during the day were lovely. There was one point we ran off into the gardens to be alone after the ceremony and it was perfect.

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