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relaxed romantics. a simple & stunning tipi wedding in Yorkshire – gemma & jim

November 11th, 2014 | Julia Braime

a cute tipi wedding with pale blue details (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (34)

This morning we join Gemma and Jim for their simple yet stunning wedding in the Yorkshire countryside.  Our homecoming couple kept things plain yet interesting with delicate, handmade touches and a pretty pale colour palette for their celebration under canvas at the heart of village life.

With images by Hayley Baxter Photography.

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Gemma says: When Jim proposed it was totally unexpected! He had insisted on taking me out for a slap up evening meal as a Christmas treat. We live in London and it had snowed all day, I was wet, cold and just wanted to make sure we could get home! The odds were against him – my mood wasn’t the warmest, and little did I know, he had called my Mum to ask her permission – to be promptly told to call back later as she was ‘in the middle of dishing up tea’! Poor fella! He took me to the Oxo Tower Restaurant on the Southbank – at which point I insisted this was far too lavish and I would prefer to have a Chinese take away and save the money! He pressed on..! During the meal he started to look a little ‘off colour’ which I later realised was because he desperately needed the toilet but couldn’t risk standing up and me seeing a square bulge in the pocket of his skinny jeans! He proposed with the most romantic words of love for me and with a standing ovation from the other dinners when I said ‘yes’ (in floods!).

We married in a small village called Hackness, North Yorkshire on 6th September 2014 – close to where our families live. Hackness has a beautiful church and  wonderful countryside surroundings. It was quite tricky choosing the location as, living in London, there was a bit of a North, South divide! As luck would have it, we found a wedding blog showing a great wedding in the same village, with a Tipi reception at the village hall. We had been to our friends Tipi wedding and loved the idea of putting our own personal touches on the day. Plus we are outdoorsy people and go camping all year round – so this really suited us. It all started to fall into place!

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We wanted to make everything ourselves to give our day a real personal touch – and save money of course! Romantic, rustic and simple was the theme! We didn’t want to over decorate the tipis as we thought they looked wonderful with simple sparkly lights. We tied in parts of our London life – our table plan was based on the tube map and we used Oxo Cubes (engaged in the Oxo Tower) to hold each name plate. My Mum made meters and meters of hessian table runners with a lace centre, and we had lots of glass jars and sundae dishes with candles in them, with sand from Scarborough Beach to hold them in place.

The initial colour scheme was duck egg, but the actual colour of duck egg blue is a very serious debate within our family and friends now! So we’ll just say ‘light bluey’!

a cute tipi wedding with pale blue details (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (21)

My dress was from London Designer Bridal Room just off Oxford Street. I am very simple in what I wear day to day so I knew a large dress wasn’t for me…(I did have fun trying one or two on though!). I went for a simple, slinky dress which made me feel very elegant, womanly and, most of all, me!

Jim showed me quite a few pictures of David Gandy in suits…so I knew he wanted something quite fitted and trendy! We went to some amazing tailors but in the end the slim-fit style we found (as luck and budget would have it) in Red Herring at Debenhams was the one. It had a matching scoop neck waistcoat which looked perfect with his skinny French Connection tie. His shoes were from Linea at House of Fraser and shirt was a white slim fit dress shirt from TM Lewin.

The Bridesmaids and I had to do a lot of virtual shopping as they both live miles away. I came across the dresses on one of my many web searches and they both loved it! The dresses had a subtle sequin hem which tied in perfectly with my dress – from Kalico at John Lewis. The Bestman and Usher wore the same suit and tie as Jim. They were a little concerned with the ‘slim fit’ description but they both looked amazing!

a cute tipi wedding with pale blue details (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (23)

For our centre pieces we ordered 100 stems of loose gypsophila from our florist, to put into the vases we had decorated for the table centres. My Mother-in-Law has done a bit of floristry so she made sure each stem was cut nice and level. We also had (my favourite) white hydrangea heads in jam jars.

Our florist at Blooms of Scarborough was so clever, I wanted a simple gypsophila bouquet but she suggested tying in a hydrangea centre to match our centre pieces. I was so pleased with the final result which was all tied together with hessian.

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Our photographer was the wonderful Hayley Baxter. I have fallen in love a bit with Hayley… she is just a little genius and the nicest person to boot! We could not believe the wonderful intimate shots she managed – most of the time we had no idea she was there! Our edited pictures arrived very quickly – but we got a little sneak peek the day after via Facebook – which was such a lovely touch!

a cute tipi wedding with pale blue details (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (30)

a cute tipi wedding with pale blue details (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (32)

a cute tipi wedding with pale blue details (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (38)

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We made all the favours ourselves. I made pretty dangly earrings for all the ladies and Jim made a ‘mix tape’ of all sorts of music (some meaningful, some just fun!) for the gents. We spent many a Sunday afternoon cutting and sticking and creating. I think I loved this part a bit more than Jim… but he is a dab hand with the heart shaped hole punch now!

On each table setting we added a question card from the Logo board game, which we thought would be a nice ice breaker.

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Having a tipi wedding limits your food choices to a degree but we managed to work it – I think! Well… no one went hungry! Malton Relish made all our gorgeous canapes and the vegetarian options of ‘Wild Mushroom Loaf’ and ‘Italian Vegetable Frittata’ they delivered them on the day so we didn’t have to worry about chilling them. Stepney Hill Farm provided the main meal of a Hog Roast with stuffing and apple sauce. Jim’s step father is a dab hand in the kitchen so he lovingly prepared some amazing salad accompaniments. We had lots of cheese and biscuits, wedding cake and my friend made delicious chocolate brownies for dessert. Late evening we had Pickering Fish and Chips arrive with their mobile van – which went down an absolute treat! We ran a free bar so shopped for the alcohol during various promotions in the supermarkets. Aldi was an absolute winner for spirits!  We also had a hand pull real ale from Scarborough Brewery which people went crazy for!

a cute tipi wedding with pale blue details (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (9)

a cute tipi wedding with pale blue details (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (10)

Jim’s Mum is a wonderful baker and so she kindly baked our cake – traditional fruit on the bottom tier and lemon sponge with lemon curd and butter cream on the top tier. Her super clever friend did all the icing. We have the figurines set now and sitting on our book case – a wonderful keepsake!

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We were so pleased with The Big Party Band, a 5 piece band based in Keighley. We had seen them perform at a rare public gig and knew they were good! The music was a mix of modern and dance floor classics. The real wow factor comes when the band get on the dance floor with their wireless guitars – so much fun! We paid extra to hire their kit all day to allow us to have music during the day and a PA system for the speeches. We gave them two options for our first dance and they surprised us on the day having learnt them both – so gave us a first and last dance!

We put a confetti balloon in the centre of the dance floor which was popped during our first dance – the actually popping caused lots of laughs as it just wouldn’t go!

a cute tipi wedding with pale blue details (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (46)

We had these huge LOVE letters which I scrounged from Debenhams on Oxford Street –  it was one of their valentines displays that they were throwing away. We underestimated how large they were which made for a bit of hilarity when trying to get them home on the tube!

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Boutipi were our Tipi suppliers and they are just the best!! They are a family run business which really shows, nothing is too much trouble and they really care about giving you the best day possible! They even gave us a crash course in the Waltz the day before!

Crystal Penguin Events did our on the day coordination along with two waitresses my mum knows. I would recommend to anyone having a Tipi wedding to have someone there on the day to worry about timings etc. Steph made everything run like clock work, she also brought along some of her family to help run the bar and wash up!

Abbey Sound and Light hired our generator, we had no idea what size we would need but they worked this all out for us and plugged it all in – a real weight off our mind.

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Our wedding day was truly the best day of our lives. It’s impossible to say what our one favourite moment was – but saying our vows to each other was wonderful, we were finally becoming man and wife! I messed up my lines and cried all the way through…but people said they loved that it was sincere and not polished. The three days prior to our wedding was wonderful, everyone turning up to help decorate and lift and shift… just made your heart melt. We felt so lucky to have such hard working family and friends!

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We had a couple of days away after our wedding in Bruges – which was wonderful! Such a pretty and romantic place, perfect for relaxing and mooching about! We are planning our honeymoon for later next year.

I have so many tips for other Brides Up North! These types of blogs are so handy for reading about the experience of others. Having now been there, done that, I would have explored the second hand dress market a bit more, it is such a huge part of your budget and after all, most second hand dresses have only been worn once!

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Summer Lovin’. Canvas & Lace For A Real Tipi Wedding In The Peak District – Jess & Matt

June 2nd, 2014 | Rachel Parry

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I’m so excited to kick off the week and share Jess and Matt’s Real Wedding with you. Not only because it took place in my home city of Sheffield (and featured some fantastic suppliers I know *waves*) but also because it has all the right ingredients for one hell of a party.

In the run up to the wedding Jess and Matt built the excitement among their guests by tasking family and friends with helping to organise their special day, making them feel an important part of the proceedings whilst creating beautiful personal touches to set their wedding apart from others.

Then there’s the evening do – quirky outdoor location, amazing homemade food, locally brewed beer, live music and fire pits! What more could you want?

This is one wedding I wish I’d attended.

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Jess said: We got engaged on Monday 29th October 2012. We were in Spain visiting the beautiful Andalusian town of Granada and had spent a lovely sunny day at the 1,000-year-old Moorish citadel The Alhambra. As the sun was beginning to set (and my feet were beginning to ache) Matt suggested we walk to a viewpoint. An hour later we reached the top after a pretty steep climb. As I sat down on a bench to regain my breath, Matt bent down to tie up his shoelaces and returned with a stunning antique ring! On our return from Spain late that Friday night, Matt surprised me a second time by driving me from Liverpool airport to a luxury spa resort in Cheshire, where we stayed for the weekend.

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We decided to set the date for Saturday 10th August 2013. We wanted a summer wedding and, as we are both teachers, this date gave us enough time to prepare for the wedding but also to have a three-week honeymoon abroad.

We wanted a combination of a traditional church ceremony in the city alongside a more alternative reception venue in the countryside. So we chose our stunning parish church St John’s in Ranmoor, Sheffield, for the ceremony and Green Directions at Townfield Head Farm, Stannington, for our reception.

We wanted to have a very relaxed and informal wedding which was a bit different so we hired Papakata teepees.

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I love blues of different shades so this was our theme. It is also a colour which suits all of the bridesmaids. Our brilliant florist Tracey from Campbell’s Flowers also showed us lots of gorgeous blue flowers which would be in bloom in August so this sealed our decision.

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Initially I wanted a strapless lace wedding dress but the woman at the bridal shop I visited suggested I try on a scalloped neck lace dress called Ali by Augusta Jones which I fell in love with. It has a beautiful long chapel train and a stunning lace back with simple buttons. There’s a vintage belt which accentuates your waist and really sets off the lace. Unfortunately, I couldn’t afford it so my sister (chief bridesmaid) helped me find a pre-loved dress, exactly the same and to my precise measurements, for half the price at www.preloved.co.uk. My shoes were simple alabaster sling-backs by Bertie which I found in the Christmas sale.

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Matt wore a black French Connection suit which he’d recently bought and only worn once to an awards ceremony. He made it look more unusual by wearing a multi-coloured Ted Baker bow-tie and black shoes with an orange sole to complement his auburn hair!

My bridesmaids wore handmade baby blue 50s style dresses made-to-measure from Etsy with petticoats to boost the skirts. The ushers and best man all wore dark suits and blue ties (bow tie for the best man).

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We hired a Yorkshire Heritage vintage double decker bus to transport me and my family to the church and then took most of us to the farm afterwards. It was fab!

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As previously mentioned, our beautiful rustic bouquets were made by Campbell’s Flowers. They were absolutely stunning – lots of local blooms and even some eucalyptus from our own garden. My bridesmaids and I carried matching bouquets down the aisle. The groomsmen all had matching buttonholes. We also had a large, wild, ‘just-picked’ looking bouquet on each table at the reception.

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Lots of friends and family (especially my mum) pitched in to help make lots of hand-made touches to decorate the teepees. These included guest names on luggage tags which we strung from a washing line around the teepee entrance which had table names on the back and served in place of a table plan. We also made candle holders from empty jars we’d collected and decorated with hessian and lace, baby blue gingham table runners and bows for chairs, hand-sewn material hearts for each table, table names which were each a place in Sheffield with a picture and a menu on the back, plus patchwork cushions and blankets for the benches.

My Dad is a keen allotmenteer so when it came to the favours he donated lots of seeds with appropriate names such as ‘love in the mist’ or ‘party girl’. My parents then put them in rustic brown seed-envelopes and labelled to double up as place-names.

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Helen and Paul Haigh of PH Weddings did our photographs and we love them! They were very discrete and captured lots of hidden moments without being at all intrusive. We also had a great pre-wedding shoot in Endcliffe Park as part of their package.

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Matt’s aunty makes the best desserts so she agreed to make enough cup-cakes for all of our guests. We bought a huge stand and another friend (with immaculate handwriting) wrote out guest names so that everyone could find their own cake.

On arrival at the farm, we ate scones (homemade by super-baker Matt’s mum) with clotted cream and jam (made with fruit from my Dad’s allotment). A complimentary drink of local ale or cider was also served. For our main evening meal, we used Coco Catering who provided a delicious and inexpensive barbecue of locally sourced meat such as sausages and lamb burgers alongside unusual salads such as butternut squash and cous cous. Later in the evening, they provided a snack-sized portion of fish and chips once our evening guests arrived.

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Matt and I bought all of the alcohol ourselves and sold it at cost price to keep everything as cheap as possible for our guests. We drank lots of prosecco and also had kegs of local ale and cider from Bradfield Brewery who I would highly recommend for great tasting drinks and efficient, well-mannered staff at a good price.

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To keep the children entertained during the day we had a section of the teepee devoted to kids’ things such as colouring books and games. The farmer Mark Woodward was really chilled and let the little kids all go for a farm tour during the speeches

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We really wanted love music so we splashed out on an amazing live band The Cassettes from London who my brother had recommended. They played two one hour sets of motown and classics and were awesome!

In the middle of the teepees were fire pits which were great fun later at night. Once the band finished at midnight we all went into the ‘chill-out kungs’ and sat around the fire playing guitars, singing and carrying on the party until 4am.

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I would most definitely recommend Green Directions as a venue. For us it was the perfect as it’s close to Sheffield city centre whilst still having stunning views out into the peaks. The cost was much cheaper than at other farms we visited as they have their own wind turbine which provides all the electricity and there are also toilets on site so you save money on portaloos and a generator. What really made it special though was how laid back, friendly and enthusiastic Mark and his wife were.

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I loved the whole day start to finish but perhaps the evening, when the band was playing and all of my favourite people were together dancing or relaxing in our giant teepees, was the best part.

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For our honeymoon we went to Sri Lanka on my parents’ recommendation as they’d be there when they were our age. Our favourite place was Casa Columbo where we stayed in the capital for our first two nights – we should have stayed much longer!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be if you’re organising the wedding yourself, rather than through a wedding planner at a hotel/venue, make sure you have a very patient, efficient and willing chief bridesmaid! Also, make sure there is someone on the day who knows exactly what needs to happen and ensure that contractors are not contacting you about logistics on the day. I would not have had such an amazing wedding without my sister and brother taking on these two taxing jobs!

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Congratulations Jess & Matt!

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The Editorials. Bride-o-meter Spring/Summer 2014

March 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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The start of every season always begins with a flurry of freelance commissions here at Brides Up North, and days spent with my head buried in my laptop feeling like “a proper writer”.  Of course, the end product is rarely very different from producing features for my own blog, but when it’s for someone else’s publication (and they’ve entrusted you with one, two or even four of their precious editorial pages) and it’s actually going to be “in print”, the stakes somehow seem higher. 

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Respected North East bridal title Belle Bridal Magazine celebrated their fifth birthday this season, and so, when they bestowed upon me the honour of selecting the hots and the nots of the wedding world for spring 2014, I was thrilled. But oh, the pressure!

So, with a lot of industry knowledge behind me, and a little bit of crystal ball gazing, these were my predictions for the trends that’ll be topping the charts (and sliding off the scale) at a wedding near you soon.  Tell me, are you incorporating any of these trends into your big day? 

I wrote…

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Going Up…

Overstatement

Blame Jay Gatsby, but flamboyance is back in a big way. A little party never killed nobody, but why do things by halves? After these mean recession years, we’re ready for some fun. Expect heavy embellishments, cascading blooms and excess all areas.

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Alternative Settings

It started with the tipi, and now there’s an outdoor option for almost every theme. Whether it’s a Scandinavian hat, Mongolian yurt or Bedouin tent, it’s still chic to say I do under canvas. Just remember to budget for a generator too!

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Jo Bradbury

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Structured Silhouettes

Amongst all the usual layers of lace and tulle a new breed of wedding gown is emerging: clean lines, sharp edges and super cool. Closer to catwalk trends than a Royal Wedding, these frocks are for the slick chicks who don’t want to leave their personalities by the church door. Choose bold shapes and structured satin (not a sequin in sight) for strut-your-stuff wedding day style.

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Gold Rush

Platinum will always be precious, but all the best dressed ring fingers are going for gold this season. Romantics should try rose gold and pave diamonds for an on trend look that’s forever timeless.

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Colour Me Pretty

Adding a touch of complimentary colour to your wedding day wardrobe is nothing new, but this is a trend that refuses to fade. Pastels are huge on the catwalks and in the bridal boutiques for 2014 and designers are upping the ante with all over washes of warmth or layered ombre lace effects. Go on, live life in colour! If a dip dye wedding dress isn’t for you, you can still give a nod to this pretty trend with colourful stationery or blushing blooms.

Cuvee Rose by IAN STUART BRIDE

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Going Down…

Traditional Tinsel

Forget the humble tiara, 2014 is the year that bridal headwear gets big and bold. From glittering bunny ears and feather head-dresses to vibrant flower garlands, the fashion forward bride will dare to decorate herself in colour and originality. Still not sure? Stick to simple for the ceremony and style things up for the after party!

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Words:  Julia Braime for Belle Bridal Magazine, S/S 2014

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Natural Vintage. Maggie Sottero For A Real Tipi Wedding In Durham – Kathryn & Dean

February 6th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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A tortoise in a tutu, heaps of lace, pearls and roses and a Real Wedding in a tipi in my home town.  Thursday mornings don’t get much better than that!  Today we join North East couple Kathryn and Dean for their celebration under canvas in County Durham.

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Kathryn says:  We got engaged on Christmas Day 2012. Dean had planned different scenarios on how and where he was going to propose, depending on the weather. Because it didn’t snow outside, he made it snow inside. Dean covered the living room in fake snow and played our favourite Christmas song – there was a big box in the middle of the room filled with lots of smaller boxes (like Russian dolls). I had wanted a watch for Christmas so when I got to the last box, it was quite big so I thought it was the watch, but there was nothing inside it – I looked up and Dean had big sheets of card with the words of our favourite Christmas song “All I want for Christmas is You”, after each card he dropped the cards, one by one; “Love Actually” style. After the last one he got down on one knee and pulled out a ring box with a gorgeous diamond ring in! Needless to say by this point I was in tears and obviously said yes!

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We were married on 26th October 2013 at Elvet Methodist Church in Durham followed by a reception in giant tipis in a friend’s field close to Ushaw College.

We had 5 giant tipis supplied by Special Event Tipis, they were joined together to make one huge marquee style space, one of which was the bar and chill out area, and one was for the band and dance floor area, and the other 3 were the main seating area for the meal. We had over 170 guests during the day with an additional 70 in the evening.

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We chose to use tipis because we fancied something a little different!  My sister and I used to have a business supplying chair covers and sashes for weddings so I had been to most venues in the North East so I wanted something totally different and special!

As soon as I went the visit the tipis, I knew they were exactly what I wanted. Dean wasn’t able to see the tipis before the wedding so he was a little sceptical about the idea, he only saw them the day before the wedding when we were setting them up, but he highly approved, much to my relief.

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We went for a natural and vintage feel with lots of lace & pearls. We also had a recurrent theme of logs; from a picture of a tree stump in the corner of our invitations with our initials carved in it, hollowed out tree stumps and logs filled with flowers for the table centre pieces and giant slices of bark covered tree trunk were used as cake stands for our traditional wedding cake and cheese wedding cake.

Our colour scheme was quite neutral with pale gold and ivory.

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My dress was from the Wedding Wardrobe at Chester-le-Street and was a Maggie Sottero dress called Grace. It was a very pale gold satin covered in ivory lace. To make it my own, I bought a handmade vintage style necklace and bracelet and had the necklace sewed into the front of my dress under the bust and the bracelet was attached to the top of my veil. I had these removed after the wedding to keep and wear as jewellery.

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I had too many close friends and sisters to choose from so decided to only have four small bridesmaids, my nieces. I got their dresses from BHS and teamed them with a cream cardigan from John Lewis. The dresses were pale gold satin with a lace bodice, they matched my dress perfectly!

The men wore dark navy, 3 piece suits which we bought from Next (it proved quite difficult as the men live all over the country) with a white shirt and vintage gold patterned tie form M&S. I also had my nephew as a page boy who wore a navy suit form Monsoon and we had one of the mens’ ties made smaller to fit him.

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I had a beautiful bouquet which had white avalanche roses, Roralie roses which were a pale peach/cream colour, talea roses which were a vintage peach/champagne colour, spray snowflake roses, white hydrangea and wax flowers and we also added old brooches which I had collected from antiques fairs and strings of pearls to keep the vintage theme going.  All our flowers were by Country Style at Langley Park. 

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We travelled in a cream VW split screen Campervan from Lovedub Cars called Chaz – he was beautiful.

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Homespun. Benjamin Roberts For A Real Teepee Wedding in Yorkshire – Charlie & Sam

November 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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On with the pretty as we steam ahead into Tuesday.  This morning we join Brides Up North reader Charlie and her new husband Sam for their homespun celebration under canvas.  From their meaningful ceremony to their Bond style get-a-away (read on) everything about this wedding is fun and fabulous.  I love.  

With images by WH Photography.

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Charlie says:  Sam asked me to marry him on Primrose Hill in London last July, and we were married on 24th August 2013. 

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We were married in my home church in Swanland, and our reception was in tipis at a boat club in Brough.  From the off we were keen to have a marquee wedding as we liked the idea of being able to personalise it. We loved the tipis as soon as we saw them, so from there it was a case of finding somewhere to put them! My family does a lot of sailing at Welton Waters and it wasn’t an obvious choice but it turned out to be a brilliant one.

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I knew I wanted a lace dress before I started searching, After doing a bit of shopping we took a chance trip to the Bridal Factory Outlet in Northallerton where we ended up buying my dress by Benjamin Roberts for half its original price! I then hunted around for some matching lace, and asked a friend to add it to the bottom of the dress, as well as adding some buttons to the back and altering the neckline.

I also really wanted a lace trim veil, but they cost a lot of money! So I bought some veiling tulle and over 10m of lace trim and my mum very patiently sewed it all on. My top tip if you do it this way is to wash the veil a few times with fabric softener as it makes the veil much softer, like some of the more expensive veils.

My shoes were gold glittery peep toes from Dorothy Perkins!

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I had an idea in my head of what I wanted my bridesmaids to wear, so I found a pattern, bought some fabric and found a dressmaker to make them. I had seven bridesmaids, and between them they wore four different shades of blue. I made them each a little belt in a nude colour to match their shoes, by sewing some motifs that I found on Etsy to some satin ribbon.

The groomsmen wore grey suits from Greenwoods, with a waistcoat and ruche in two different shades of blue to match the bridesmaids.

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My bouquet had a mix of white and peach roses, cornflowers and rosemary, and my bridesmaids carried a mix of gypsophila and cornflowers. 

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The best part of the day was definitely the service. We both love God and believe that our vows were made with him at the centre so this was the most important part of the day for us. It was so overwhelming to see so many friends and family, and it was really nice to have tea and cake after the service for everyone who came to the wedding.

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We travelled from the church to our venue in a copper coloured VW campervan from Big Day Buses who were great.

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Our photographer Will (W H Photography) was brilliant, we hardly noticed him taking photos and yet he caught so many important moments.

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We didn’t really have a theme but we wanted to keep things rustic and a bit different. In hindsight, the theme could probably be ‘homemade’, as just about everything had a homemade touch, from the orders of service and seating plan, to the floral garlands (achieved through my mum’s creation of ‘oasis’ sausages’) and bunting.

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One of the best things about our wedding was how brilliant all our different suppliers were,

Totally Tipi were so friendly throughout the whole process, and were always willing to meet our requests. And the tipis were just fantastic on the day.

Our food was done by Feast Yorkshire and everyone has said how amazing it was. Siobhan who runs Feast Yorkshire studied art before going into catering, and so her food doesn’t just taste amazing – it looks amazing too.

Luisianna’s Bars provided us with our drinks – Ben and the team were so friendly and provided a brilliant service on the day.

WH Photography

WH Photography

For our table names we decided to use names of all the streets where we’ve lived. We have always lived in different places, so we thought it would be nice if people could learn a bit about both of us – so we wrote a little bit about each place on the back of each of the street signs.

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

I’ve never liked standard wedding cake, so we went for cute white chocolate cake from M&S which we decorated with fruit.

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

WH Photography

A good friend of mine is the lead singer of a brilliant York-based band called Bluephunk. We knew they could get everyone dancing!

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One of the coolest parts of our day was our exit.. on a speed boat. We tried to keep it a secret so it was a good surprise for our guests.

WH Photography

WH Photography

Sam organised the honeymoon as a surprise, and I didn’t find out until I got to the airport. He took me to the north coast of Italy for a week, and then to Sicily for a few days.

WH Photography

WH Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that if you are doing a homemade wedding, try and get as much as you can done by the day before the day before so you can take in everything that is happening.

It is true that the day goes too fast, but remember that the end of the day is the beginning of your marriage.

WH Photography

Congratulations Charlie & Sam!

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Outdoor Vintage: A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Elizabeth & Chris

June 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for the second half of what’s set to be the biggest and best year year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty. 

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Usual service will recommence on 1st July 2013,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far in 2013, plenty of eye candy, new features that we won’t be able to wait to share, some special supplier showcases and a couple of surprises too!

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I just love today’s beautiful, vintage under canvas wedding in Yorkshire sent to me by friends of the wedding blog James & Lianne Wedding Photography and real bride Elizabeth, first featured last February.  Pretty personal details, a liberal dose of rainbow streamers and the loveliest vintage dress for the bride with the teeniest, tiniest waist make this a celebration worth celebrating.

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Your week just got that bit prettier. 

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Elizabeth says:  Chris asked me to marry him in April 2011, during a picnic at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  We were married on October 13th 2012 in Hackness, North Yorkshire.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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We hired a couple of Tipi’s From Papakata which were erected on the field at the side of the local village hall in Hackness. We had wanted the Tipi’s ever since we got engaged, and although expensive on our budget the idea of being outside, in the countryside we both grew up with was too good to pass on. It also helped keep the informal feel we were gong for that we would perhaps have lost if we had used a hotel as our venue! It also meant we had full control over everything, we could pick exactly what we wanted in terms of décor, entertainment, catering, and weren’t constricted by the venue. This did mean a lot of work before hand orchestrating everything, but it was definitely worth it!

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We just tried to include all the things we liked, kept it laid back , informal, and as cosy as we could for an October in Yorkshire!

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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We didn’t really have set colours – things were just quite in similar tone. We ended up with lots of greys and blush colours along with creams and pale oranges – and lots of greenery.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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My dress was a vintage find from the 1940s and Chris’s ensemble was from a variety of places!  We didn’t have any bridesmaids though three lovely friends did readings in church. The best man wore what he wanted and as luck would have it he matched us very well.

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A friend of a friend happened to own a couple of Vintage cars one being an immaculate almond green Morris Minor. He kindly agreed to drive me and my dad to the church and then took us both on to our reception.

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Our bouquet and buttonholes were made by Scarborough Flowers – we couldn’t have been more thrilled with what Sharon did.  We went to the florist with very rough ideas and were thrilled with what we ended up with! The bouquet contained lots of berries, chrysanthemum and dahlia type flowers along with greenery, echinops and wild roses.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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For both of us our favourite part of the day was the actual wedding ceremony, it was the best hour ever!

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We used lots of candles and lanterns that we have been picking up for over a year along with vintage bottles and vases for table decorations. We found some lovely squashes at a greengrocers in Ilkley which we loved for the tables and bales for outdoor seating. A friend of the family made us an amazing garland of found greenery to decorate our tipis.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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Our wedding feast came courtesy of A Moveable Feast.  We have had so many compliments on the food since the wedding, Selma did a great job of making the type of food that fitted perfectly with the feel we wanted for the day. We provided food for the night do and spent a year buying up various drinks whenever they were on offer.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography helped us so much throughout the entire day, not only did they deliver photos we’ll treasure forever but there was so much service that they just add for free: keeping us gently on track with time in the morning and helping the day flow which was ideal being a country-side wedding. They had a helping hand in so many things throughout the day they went above and beyond their photographer duties but with us barely noticing them and it all just seemed like a days work to them!

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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The Leeds City Stompers an old time, country blues duo from Leeds were our main entertainment, who really pulled it out of the bag on the day, I don’t think the dance floor was empty all night! We also hired a Wurlitzer Jukebox to fill in between sets and loaded it with classic songs chosen in advance by our guests.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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Our honeymoon is still to come…

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to stay true to the things you both want and go with your gut instincts, for us all of ours worked out perfectly! When other people get involved and have quite definite opinions about what you are doing it can make you have a wobble. Really take care with the photographers you hire, you spend so much of the day with them – we were very lucky in James & Lianne as they were an absolute joy to be with but have heard horror stories from friends whose photographers really stressed them out – James & Lianne were the opposite. We’d really recommend doing a pre-wedding shoot too, neither of us feel particularly happy having our photos taken but having done the pre-shoot we were much more relaxed – and we have some nice photos from that day too.

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Congratulations Elizabeth & Chris!

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Want to see your own big day featured on Brides Up North?  Here’s how.

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  – Images © 2013 James & Lianne Wedding Photography

This is not a sponsored post

Contact Brides Up North to submit your business as a Featured Supplier 

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Super Fly! A Real Wedding In North Wales – Eleanor & Paul

February 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Photography by Helen Venables

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I should probably count my blessings that it isn’t sleeting, but I couldn’t let another dull, grey Tuesday finish without bringing you another beautiful Real Wedding

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As it turns out, I had something rather special up my sleeve all along.  Eleanor and Paul’s big day (planned to perfection by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Andrea of Fabulous Day) is cool, colourful, under canvas and full of surprise details.  Look out overhead!  And I say, let the sun shine!

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With images by Helen Venables

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Eleanor says:  Paul asked me to marry him in January 2012 in Central Park in New York and we were married on 15th September 2012 at  Llanasa Church in North Wales and then had the reception in the grounds of my family home “Bryngwyn” in Axton, North Wales. 

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Three generations of my family have grown up at Bryngwyn and it’s a place that holds so many special memories. We didn’t look at any other wedding venues – there wasn’t really any question as to where we would have the reception – we were just really lucky that my parents were so accommodating!

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However the idea of traditional ‘white marquee’ wedding really did not appeal – for us it was too formal and restrictive. As soon as we found Event In A Tent and their teepees we knew we’d found the perfect solution as they were original, unique, fitted in with the look of the farm and suited our personalities.

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Photography by Helen Venables

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We really wanted to make a good first impression! We worked with Design Your Day who helped us deliver really unique wedding stationery. Paul is a pilot, with a lifelong obsession with planes so on Design Your Day’s suggestion we adopted the concept of ‘travel’ as our theme. The wedding invites were printed on luggage labels, with personalised photomontage postcards as RSVPs. We also used a small plane motif within the design which was then incorporated into the rest of the wedding stationary. We bound the invites and RSVP cards with specially designed ‘All you need is love’ cotton ribbon. This tag line also had wider connotations for us given that we met in Liverpool and love the Beatles and we incorporated it in other parts of the day. We also included the luggage tags within our table plan.

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We had no specific colour scheme- the one thing we didn’t want was uniformity. We wanted it to look seasonal – with all the colours reflecting the country location.

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My dress was lace and off the shoulder and I got it from Cheshire Brides in Frodsham. I really struggled to find a dress, however all the clichés were true, and when I saw my dress I fell in love with it!

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The bridesmaids wore dresses from Maids to Measure. My bridesmaids were a range of shapes and sizes and I wanted everyone to feel comfortable in their dresses – I chose the colour and then, together with Maids to Measure, everyone designed their own dresses. Each dress was then handmade and tailored to them. They looked great! The groomsmen hired their suits from Swarbricks in Manchester. The range of stock they held made sure that everyone’s suits all fitted perfectly!

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I carried sunflowers, together with mixed herbs and lavender by David Wayman Flowers – with the bridesmaids carrying smaller versions. Paul went for a mixed herb button hole. We also decorate the church with lots of sunflowers and at the reception we had lots of wild flowers throughout the tables.

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For both of us, saying our vows were a really special moment. Also the fact that we had both organised surprises for the other throughout the day was really special.  Originally we had planned to use friends’ cars as wedding transport. However, unbeknown to me, Paul arranged for a horse and carriage to transport me to and from the church. This was a childhood dream and a complete surprise (and created lots of tears)!

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Unbeknown to Paul and all the guests, I arranged for an aerobatic display at the reception by Mark Jefferies Air Displays – which was incredible. Everyone was in complete awe of the stunts by the reigning European aerobatic champion. We later heard that it brought traffic to a standstill over 10 miles away!

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Helen Venables was our amazing photographer and we also had a wedding film created for us by Lemongrove Productions. The careful edit was perfect and captured so many happy moments. We didn’t originally think we’d get a video but on reflection, its one of our most treasured things from the day.

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Photography by Helen Venables

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We were so lucky to have a very accommodating vicar who was more then happy for us to arrange for an owl to fly the rings down the isle when we exchanged our rings! ‘Snowy’ landed on the arm of my little brother, with the rings and it all went without a hitch. None of our guests knew about this and the look of surprise on their faces was brilliant!

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Photography by Helen Venables

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For us, detail (and a few surprises!) were central to our day. For the decor this ranged from personalised rosette name places (I am a keen horse rider), personalised ‘Mr and Mrs’ Bunting, handmade personalised flower crates (made by Paul’s dad), personalised aprons for our nominated carvers during the meal, handmade lanterns, personalised dog outfits (!) and signs. We also had lots of hay bales scattered around as additional outdoor seating and provided blankets which came in handy when it got chilly later in the evening.

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Vanilla in All Seasons were our caterers.  The food was incredible and everyone is still talking about it now!

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Photography by Helen Venables

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We chose a brilliant band called Under the Covers. They played for us in the afternoon too whilst everyone was gathering for canapés.  We also had a photo booth from Picture Blast which was fun!

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Straight after the wedding we went for a mini-moon to Cephalonia.  We are planning a trip to Antarctica later this year!

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Our top tip for other Brides Up North would be to consider hiring a wedding planner! We totally underestimated the amount of planning that goes into having a wedding at home – and it never once crossed our minds that we have to arrange and plan for things like generators, toilets and outside catering requirements! Luckily we managed to secure the services of Andrea Swift at Fabulous Day. Andrea was amazing. She took all the stress away from the planning process we meant that we could concentrate on the little details as ultimately we cared a lot more about the small touches and making things personal to us. 

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Photography by Helen Venables

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Congratulations Eleanor & Paul!

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Fancy seeing your own Real Wedding on these pretty pages?  Here’s how!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Helen Venables

Fabulous Day is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

Contact Brides Up North to submit your business as a Featured Supplier

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Outdoor Vintage: A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Elizabeth & Chris

February 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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I just love today’s beautiful, vintage under canvas wedding in Yorkshire sent to me by friends of the wedding blog James & Lianne Wedding Photography and real bride Elizabeth.  Pretty personal details, a liberal dose of rainbow streamers and the loveliest vintage dress for the bride with the teeniest, tiniest waist make this a celebration worth celebrating.

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Your Tuesday just got that bit prettier. 

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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Elizabeth says:  Chris asked me to marry him in April 2011, during a picnic at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  We were married on October 13th 2012 in Hackness, North Yorkshire.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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We hired a couple of Tipi’s From Papakata which were erected on the field at the side of the local village hall in Hackness. We had wanted the Tipi’s ever since we got engaged, and although expensive on our budget the idea of being outside, in the countryside we both grew up with was too good to pass on. It also helped keep the informal feel we were gong for that we would perhaps have lost if we had used a hotel as our venue! It also meant we had full control over everything, we could pick exactly what we wanted in terms of décor, entertainment, catering, and weren’t constricted by the venue. This did mean a lot of work before hand orchestrating everything, but it was definitely worth it!

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We just tried to include all the things we liked, kept it laid back , informal, and as cosy as we could for an October in Yorkshire!

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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We didn’t really have set colours – things were just quite in similar tone. We ended up with lots of greys and blush colours along with creams and pale oranges – and lots of greenery.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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My dress was a vintage find from the 1940s and Chris’s ensemble was from a variety of places!  We didn’t have any bridesmaids though three lovely friends did readings in church. The best man wore what he wanted and as luck would have it he matched us very well.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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A friend of a friend happened to own a couple of Vintage cars one being an immaculate almond green Morris Minor. He kindly agreed to drive me and my dad to the church and then took us both on to our reception.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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Our bouquet and buttonholes were made by Scarborough Flowers – we couldn’t have been more thrilled with what Sharon did.  We went to the florist with very rough ideas and were thrilled with what we ended up with! The bouquet contained lots of berries, chrysanthemum and dahlia type flowers along with greenery, echinops and wild roses.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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For both of us our favourite part of the day was the actual wedding ceremony, it was the best hour ever!

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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We used lots of candles and lanterns that we have been picking up for over a year along with vintage bottles and vases for table decorations. We found some lovely squashes at a greengrocers in Ilkley which we loved for the tables and bales for outdoor seating. A friend of the family made us an amazing garland of found greenery to decorate our tipis.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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Our wedding feast came courtesy of A Moveable Feast.  We have had so many compliments on the food since the wedding, Selma did a great job of making the type of food that fitted perfectly with the feel we wanted for the day. We provided food for the night do and spent a year buying up various drinks whenever they were on offer.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography helped us so much throughout the entire day, not only did they deliver photos we’ll treasure forever but there was so much service that they just add for free: keeping us gently on track with time in the morning and helping the day flow which was ideal being a country-side wedding. They had a helping hand in so many things throughout the day they went above and beyond their photographer duties but with us barely noticing them and it all just seemed like a days work to them!

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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The Leeds City Stompers an old time, country blues duo from Leeds were our main entertainment, who really pulled it out of the bag on the day, I don’t think the dance floor was empty all night! We also hired a Wurlitzer Jukebox to fill in between sets and loaded it with classic songs chosen in advance by our guests.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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Our honeymoon is still to come…

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to stay true to the things you both want and go with your gut instincts, for us all of ours worked out perfectly! When other people get involved and have quite definite opinions about what you are doing it can make you have a wobble. Really take care with the photographers you hire, you spend so much of the day with them – we were very lucky in James & Lianne as they were an absolute joy to be with but have heard horror stories from friends whose photographers really stressed them out – James & Lianne were the opposite. We’d really recommend doing a pre-wedding shoot too, neither of us feel particularly happy having our photos taken but having done the pre-shoot we were much more relaxed – and we have some nice photos from that day too.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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Congratulations Elizabeth & Chris!

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Want to see your own big day featured on Brides Up North?  Here’s how.

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  – Images © 2013 James & Lianne Wedding Photography

This is not a sponsored post

Contact Brides Up North to submit your business as a Featured Supplier 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog

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Super Cool Canvas! Supplier Showcase: TotallyTipi

January 22nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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John Steel Photography for TotallyTipi

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Ooh, I do like an evening spent under canvas.  But not camping (are you mad?) or even glamping (should ever two words not be mashed together glamour and camping are those words!), but a party under canvas in a Scandinavian tipi tent is another thing entirely.  It’s thoroughly cool for a start.

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Gleaming dance floors, fur throws, open fires, fabulous decor… and not a camping stove in site.  This is the life!

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This afternoon we talk to the lovely Laura and Jay or Brides Up North Featured Supplier TotallyTipi about how you can make your wedding celebration stand out from the crowd.  With images by John Steel Photography and LMX Creative.

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When did TotallyTipi begin and why?

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TotallyTipi Ltd was born in 2011 having been at a wedding in a two-tipi setup two years earlier. We fell in love with them immediately and thought more people should benefit from their beauty. Some research showed there was just one company in the region so we felt there was space in the market for us to set up – and here we are! Founders Jay and Laura are both from creative backgrounds, Jay in media and events and Laura in design.

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Tell Brides Up North about the service that you offer?

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TotallyTipi’s focus is on providing giant tipi ‘kata’ tents for weddings and events. But that’s not all. Everyone has their own personal idea of what makes a perfect event and we like to help make it a one-off in whatever way we can. This can be help in choosing the right location or connecting a client with others in the wedding industry who can, for instance, theme and dress the tents or offer a load of finishing touches for hire so they can explore their creative side and dress the tents themselves.

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Generally speaking we get two ‘types’ of client. Those who love the tents and work everything out around the tents (such as the venue) and those who have their venue but are undecided on whether to hire teepees or a marquee.

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John Steel Photography for TotallyTipi

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John Steel Photography for TotallyTipi

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John Steel Photography for TotallyTipi

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Warming, cosy, rustic or formal, the teepees are very adaptable and so beautiful that they can look stunning even with minimal decor. Having a wedding or reception inside a tipi will ensure people remember it for a long time.

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Inside a tipi there is a feeling of fusing the natural world outside, with stylish and comfortable surroundings inside, at a location that could be right in your back yard (literally!) or in the middle of sweeping countryside.

Multiple teepees are connected using special methods to make event spaces as small or large as a client dictates. Each one is just over 10m in diameter and is supported by nine solid wooden poles measuring over eight metres in length! The trees used for the tipi poles are specially grown in Sweden for strength and flexibility and are typically 100 years old when felled- very strong!

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The fabric is waterproof yet breathable so you don’t get condensation drips and it traps in a surprising amount of heat!

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This type of tipi is also describes as a ‘Giant Hat’ as all of the sides can be propped up so one tipi on its own looks just like a witches hat. This technique of having the sides raised really can bring the outside in – particularly wonderful on a warm summer’s eve…

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Furthermore, one of the unique aspects of a tipi is the ability to have a real indoor fire thanks to its conical design. It provides heat as well as a warming atmosphere and smoke flaps at the tip of the tipi act as the chimney .

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John Steel Photography for TotallyTipi

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What sets TotallyTipi apart from your competition?

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TotallyTipi are a small, friendly, experienced company based in South Yorkshire, run by partners (in business and life!) Jay and Laura. Being a small company we take pride in every detail of our events and offer a very personal touch to our brides and grooms. Our team has experience of several hundred tipi set-ups so our couples can be assured of our quality.

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Because we are dedicated to creating perfect events, we manage our workload to ensure that each customer gets enough of our time so every event is planned and delivered with minimum hassle and to the highest standards of customer service.

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We are also soon unveil our beautiful bespoke TotallyTipi wooden tables and dance floor for 2013. These will be very unique and not like anything else available to hire. We are very excited about these! Watch this space.

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With TotallyTipi, what you see is what you get. There are no hidden extras – and we give our couples full scope to make an event their own or provide the complete arrive-and-it’s-all-done-for-you service.

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Are teepees good for winter as well as summer weddings?

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This is a question we are often asked and the answer is yes!

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The giant tipi design is inspired by the traditional teepees lived in by the Sami people of Lapland – so they’re built to withstand the weather and contain warmth.  There is a lot of skill involved in joining the teepees so that they are fully weather-proof. This is where our team’s vast experience is invaluable. Our Operations Director brings with him the wealth of knowledge gained from several hundred tipi and marquee set-ups so we are confident that we can handle whatever the weather throws at us!

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Plus there’s our secret weapon – the indirect space heater. This blasts warm, fume-free air to keep you toasty all day long.

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Tell Brides Up North about the Snowflakes and Schnapps event (pictured)?

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This was a collaboration between TotallyTipi, Chilled Events and Horti-Couture at Thwaites Mill to provide a pop-up Christmas party venue in Leeds. Thwaites Mill is just 2 miles from the city centre and is a gorgeous hidden gem. The teepees looked stunning against the backdrop of trees and the beautiful old buildings at the mill.

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We wanted to show that the tents are good for the winter months and have them out and about rather than hanging about in their bags!

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As Christmas events are an obvious choice, we worked with Chilled Events who brought in the clients.

The events were a hit and despite it being -3c outside, we had to turn the heating down! We’re certainly hoping to do more in 2013.

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What extras are available for a couple hiring a tipi?

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In order to help make our events as bespoke required, we don’t have a ‘set list’ of accessories for hire; we have access to a constantly evolving, HUGE list of accessories, furniture, fabrics and decor that can be hired to furnish the teepees. From the smallest rustic vase to the most twinkling grand chandelier, we can help!

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We can also bring the flames outdoors with our recycled Indian fire bowls which have optional hanging bowls for mulled wine or a chilli and our festoon-lit walkway (pictured) adds a real hit of glamour on approach to the tipi.

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Where are you located and can you travel?

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We’re based in South Yorkshire, S75 between Barnsley and Wakefield but travel nationwide across England, Scotland and Wales. It’s a great spot because Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester are all a hop, skip and a jump away with easy access to the M1 and A1.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Most events for 100 people work out at around £4,000 including lighting, tables, chairs, dance floor and the fire.  Numbers of 100 – 150 guests require a third tipi which adds an average of £2,000 to the price by the time you’ve also accounted for the additional flooring and lighting.

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How can Brides Up North find out more?

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Visit the TotallyTipi website or get in touch direct! We’re available 7 days a week for enquiries either on 08456 805 209 or via email info@totallytipi.com.

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  – Images © 2013 John Steel Photography & LMX Creative

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Multi-coloured Canvas! A Real Teepee Wedding In Yorkshire – Catherine & Tom

August 3rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Papakata wedding by Chris Milner Photography

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When this beautiful (and fun!) Real Wedding shot by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Chris Milner Photography landed in my inbox this week I just couldn’t wait to share it with you, so I bumped my line up of posts for a Friday afternoon and decided to treat y’all instead. 

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The perfect way to finish a bumper week of Real Weddings here on the wedding blog, and a sunny(ish) Friday.  Relish in it!

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Have a great weekend Brides Up North!  No rest for the wicked though, I’ll be back here bright and early tomorrow with more loveliness for you to get stuck into.  See you then!

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Teepee wedding by Chris Milner Photography

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Catherine says:  Thomas proposed on my birthday in May 2011 at our home in Leeds. He’d been trying to think of a different and original way of asking me to marry him. He’d done the proper thing of asking my Dad first but then struggled with how he was going to execute the proposal! In the end, one of my favourite songs begun to play whilst we were getting ready to go visit my parents and he got down on one knee and asked me. It was simple and perfect.

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We were married on Saturday 2nd June 2012 at St Particks Church, Patrington, East Yorkshire followed by the reception in teepees on my parents farm where I grew up. 

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We chose to use Papakata for our teepees as they were original, unique, fitted in with the look of the farm and suited our personalities. Also, it enabled us to have our reception on the farm which is a place that means a lot to us both.  Papakata were amazing. They couldn’t do enough for us from start to finish.

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We didn’t originally have a theme, but when people asked us we said the theme was “us”; everything that we did was to reflect our personalities and the things we liked, which made it great fun to plan! As we began to design our wedding invitations, we adopted the tag line “All you need is love”, and this then appeared in various forms throughout the day. We used this song to walk out of the church to!

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Our colour scheme was multi-coloured. We wanted a mix of everything, which made it easy to plan. All the groomsmen had multi-coloured ties and the bridesmaids were in a burnt coral colour.

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We used I Love VW Weddings for our VW camper van which was used to transport the bridal party to and from church. The church was a short distance from the farm so two cars would have been a waste of money so we went for the van which took the bridesmaids and then returned for myself and Dad, and then brought the girls and me and Thomas back to the farm.

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I always knew my dress would have lace on it so this is what I looked for. I was reluctant to spend a lot on a dress so after going to a couple of bridal shops and knowing exactly what I did and didn’t like, a friend told me about the Kirkstall Bridal Warehouse, which sells designer dresses at 70% off retail prices due to them being ex catwalk or sample dresses. My dress was a 2-piece by Cymbeline and did have long sleeves but I asked my seamstress to customise it by cutting them off and making a choker and gloves with the lace.

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My bridesmaids wore a one shoulder strap full length dress from Dessy. This was in the colour firecraker from a shop in Bingley. Their brooches were their gift from me, handmade by Lou Lou Puchalka, Leeds.

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I carried a simple but vibrant bouquet of ranunculus which were a coral orange. They were so unusual and different.   Fleurs de Lisa provided the bridal bouquet and wild flowers for the tables. 

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We decorated the teepee with lots of home made touches: 70 hand-made (by the bride) love heart cushions which we tied to the back of the chairs; a caricature of ourselves, which a friend did as a wedding gift for our name cards and table number signs; “Drink me” tags on the bottles of wine; wish tags instead of a guest book – each guest was able to send us a short message or wish for our future together – and jars (collected over a few months with the help of family and friends) with hay tied round the tops and filled with natural looking flowers.

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Taste Cuisine were our caterers.  They prepared our arrival drink and served canapés, the wedding breakfast and evening butties and chips. Yum!

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For our wedding cake we decided to go for cheese as we couldn’t find a cake that we loved as much. We got it from Milly’s Organic shop in Leeds and constructed it ourselves on the day. On the back of this, and because Thomas loves it, we did a pork pie wedding cake which we served up alongside the cheese evening buffet and went down a storm.

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Tug of war at a wedding by Chris Milner Photography

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We had a Tug of War: the battle of East Yorkshire (Bride) vs West Yorkshire (Groom) and finally Bride vs Groom.  Loads of fun!

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There were so many elements of the day we loved so couldn’t narrow it down to just one moment. I think overall, having all our friends and family with us at one time was just amazing and so much fun. The day was exactly how we’d planned it.

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First dance by Chris Milner Photography

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We went on a “mini moon” after the wedding to Venice, with our main honeymoon being in New York end of August.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every moment of planning your wedding and have no regrets. You only get to plan and experience your wedding once so let your personality and passions show through your wedding. We had so much fun planning the wedding together and that showed in the day itself. Give yourself plenty of time and try not to over think or over complicate things, just go with the flow and the ideas will follow.

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Congratulations Catherine & Thomas!

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Are you a newlywed?  Get in touch to share your Real Wedding memories with Brides Up North. 

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  – Images © 2012 Chris Milner Photography

Chris Milner Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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