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Little Blue Boxes… A Real Wedding In The North West – Louise & Andy

February 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Every girl knows what a little blue box tied up with a white satin bow means, right?!  Brides Up North reader Louise got the full Tiffany’s treatment when fiancé Andy proposed on a Christmas trip to New York, and decided to carry the theme through into their pretty wintery wedding day.  With images by Vickerstaff Photography

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Louise says:  We got engaged on the 4th December 2011 in New York’s Central Park. We were on a carriage ride through the park and Andy surprised me by asking me to marry him just as we’d passed the iconic ‘Friends’ fountain!

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We said “I Do" on 8th December 2012 – almost a year to the day we got engaged – at our local church just a few minutes’ walk from our house. We held our reception at Rowton Hall Hotel, Chester.  As our wedding was in December we wanted a venue that would be warm and cosy inside if the weather was terrible outside.  Rowton Hall had both – a beautiful interior with gorgeous decorations and Christmas trees, but also lovely grounds. Tony, the manager, was really helpful and welcoming, so it was an easy decision.

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Our theme was Winter in New York. Obviously New York is a special place for us and Christmas has always been my favourite time of year so we tried to combine them both.  I love sparkling winter scenes so we went for a combination of sky blue, white and silver.

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Getting ready in the morning was a special time, as all my nerves seemed to disappear as soon as I was surrounded by my parents, bridesmaid and little flower girls. I really enjoyed seeing everyone get ready and I just remember my best friend and I giggling and laughing as she was clambering under my dress trying to find my feet so I could put my shoes on!

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My dress was Sophia Tolli’s ‘Francesca.’ I knew I wanted a traditional style wedding dress and after trying on several that felt very ‘samey’, Francesca really stood out due to the beautiful straps and detailing on the dress. It initially had a bustle at the back which I didn’t really want, so I had this taken down. I was left with a quite a long train which I was a bit nervous about at first as didn’t want to look too overdone. However, I soon settled down as if you can’t wear something ‘wow’ on your wedding day when can you?! I also chose a mid-length veil and an Ivory and co headdress called ‘Moonlight’. These were all supplied by Society Brides in Liverpool.

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My four adult bridesmaids wore dresses by Alexia Designs, style 2034 in turquoise. These were supplied by Always and Forever Bridal in St Helens, Merseyside. They had silver sparkly shoes and wore a snowflake hair clip by Starstruck Designs. The two flower girls wore dresses from John Lewis. The groomsmen wore morning suits from Moss Bros.

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We had two traditional classic cars for us and the bridesmaids from Caremore Cars in St Helens, Merseyside.

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I carried a bouquet of white roses from Cocoa Flower in Chester. Andy is from Yorkshire so we wanted the white rose to be our main wedding flower.

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I loved our ceremony.  It felt a very calm and peaceful part of the day and all that was important was us and the vows. It was lovely to hear my nephew and our good friend reading our chosen pieces – it was all very special.

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My Gran had passed away earlier that year so I dedicated a page to her in the Order of Service I made, which showed just what an important part of the day she would have been (and still was).

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Vickerstaff Photography provided us with photographic memories we can keep for the rest of our lives.

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In keeping with the theme, my chief bridesmaid and I made blue Tiffany boxes and filled them with American sweets such as Hersheys Kisses. Andy’s sister made us the most amazing New York themed table plan, and my sister made the cravats and fur wraps.  I was addicted to notonthehighstreet.com for lots of the little touches.

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We went to Barbados for our honeymoon – a bit of a change from our Winter theme!  We had an amazing time and came home a few days before Christmas.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to keep taking a step back. I got caught up in worrying about my dress for a while – “is the train too long – what will people think?” I stepped back and realised that with this particular decision, the only opinion that mattered was my own.  Just enjoy the occasion and the preparation and have confidence in the reason you chose things in the first place – it was because you loved it and that’s what matters.

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Congratulations Louise & Andy!

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Get in touch (and here’s how) to see your own Real Wedding featured on these pages.  I’d love to hear from you!

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  – Images © 2013 Vickerstaff Photography

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Bright & Beautiful! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Jo & Luke

November 2nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Yorkshire Wedding by Peter Boyd Photography

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Nothing like a bright and beautiful Yorkshire Real Wedding to get your Friday off to a flying start.  Today we are at the beautiful Yorkshire Sculpture Park with Brides Up North reader  Jo, her new hubby Luke and Peter Boyd Photography for a wedding filled with colour, humour and personal touches. 

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Jo says:  We got engaged on 26th June 2011. We were having a weekend away for our birthdays in Liverpool. During the day, Luke bought me a pick n mix (I love sweets) but unbeknown to me, he’d squirrelled away numerous Haribo rings to put in various pockets in preparation for popping the question. Later on, around midnight, as we were strolling along the deserted Albert Dock, Luke asked me to be his wife and even though he tried to put the Haribo ring on the wrong finger, I said yes!

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We were married on Friday 24th August 2012 at the gorgeous Yorkshire Sculpture Park (in West Bretton, near Wakefield, West Yorkshire).  It is a very special place to us. We go there often as we love to walk around the park. It is also where we ended up on our second date although we didn’t plan to – we were supposed to be going for a walk at a nearby lake but I got in the wrong lane on the roundabout and crashed my car. Luke was great though, despite my bad driving skills! That day we ended up at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and it was perfect.

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Additionally, we really loved the modern décor and huge windows looking out on the spectacular parkland. Sally and Charlotte, the wedding coordinators at the YSP, were so friendly and helpful which sealed the deal!

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We didn’t really pick a theme, but instead wanted to incorporate things that were personal to us and our colour scheme of teal and silver. I guess I was aiming for something fresh and modern. I did have a motif of two interlinked hearts running through the stationery which I made myself.

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My very talented Mum made my dress. We chose a Vogue design for the pattern and bought the fabric together as I wanted it to be modern with a bit of a shimmer. Mum also adapted the pattern by embellishing the dress with beads and an appliqued motif. The dress itself was strapless and A-line.  My amazing shoes were by Irregular Choice

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My Mum also made the bridesmaids’ dresses! The pattern was by Butterick. I wanted to be able to have the bridesmaids dressed in my favourite colour and found the perfect material at Derby Cloth House.  Luke wore a suit we bought especially for the wedding and his father, my brother and our best man wore suits hired from Greenwoods 1860.

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Together with my mum, I made a beautiful brooch bouquet with brooches from family and friends as well as brooches bought especially for their turquoise colour. It was quite heavy but is a fantastic keepsake.

I also made the bridesmaids’ bouquet from a mixture of foam roses, organza and sparkly bits wrapped with ribbon.

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During the ceremony, Luke’s sister Laura and her boyfriend Chris played three songs; Laura sang and Chris played guitar. It was beautiful and it was the only point in the day when I cried!

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Later on, we hired The Kickstarts, a fantastically fun band who played lots of great hits from various decades and got everyone dancing. Music is important to us (it’s how we met) so in between The Kickstarts’ sets, we played our own playlist of favourite songs.

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Every song played before the ceremony, during, after, during the wedding breakfast was chosen by us and meant a lot to us. I walked down the aisle to Santeria by Sublime (performed by the Piano Tribute Players) and we came back up the aisle to Green Day’s Good Riddance (Time of your life) also performed by Piano Tribute Players. Our first dance was Swing Life Away by Rise Against and our last dance was History by Funeral for a Friend.

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From the moment we came across Peter Boyd Photography, we knew we had to have him shoot our wedding! His work is amazing and we loved the way he could really tell a story through his pictures and could capture the moment so perfectly. We’d already decided the photos were one thing we weren’t going to compromise on, so when we met Peter and Kelly and they were just as nice in real life, we booked them immediately. We were thrilled with their pictures.

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Luke is known for wearing crazily coloured socks and gave each man in the wedding party a pair to wear that day.

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We were aware that we were providing a lot of free wine, as happens at weddings, and wanted to add some beer to the mix! So we purchased a keg of Yorkshire Blonde (could have been named after me!) and asked for donations for each pint which we gave to The British Heart Foundation.

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We decided not to have a traditional blank guest book but chose to use the Landscape for Art book we bought at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park which has photos of all the art displayed there over the last 30 years. Handily, there were plenty of spaces around the photos for our guests to share their best wishes and top tips for marriage!

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Luke’s Mum grew all the flowers with the help of the adults with learning disabilities who attend the day centre at which she volunteers. She then arranged them in vases for the ceremony room and each table. I didn’t know what the flowers would be but I trusted her expertise. They were an amazing array of seasonal blooms.

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Each table was named after a song we both love and we quoted one of the lyrics on the signs we made for each table.

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The favours were two Haribo rings (see engagement story!) and a Haribo heart in a turquoise organza bag plus I made each guest a personalised silver and turquoise wine glass charm with their name.  I love sweets but 8 months before the wedding, I gave them up which was a real test. It meant the pick n mix I created for our wedding day was worth the wait though!

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Jo of Jo’s Cakes is not only my best friend and bridesmaid, but she also makes amazing cakes and mine was no exception! My cake was a total surprise and a wonderful gift. Although I had provided Jo with a mood board, I had no idea what she was going to do! I did know it would be fantastic and it was. Not only did it look spectacular, but it tasted great too.

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I can’t choose one special moment from the day! Some of my favourite parts: walking up the aisle with my brother to see my future husband; Laura and Chris’ performance; dancing with all my family and friends; the fantastic food and the amazing photo booth (thanks to Peter Boyd Photography) - everyone had such fun dressing up and leaving messages for us on the chalkboard. 

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For two nights after the wedding,we stayed at 42 The Calls in Leeds as we had a huge BBQ at my mum’s the day after the wedding. On the Sunday morning, we flew off to Jersey. We chose Jersey as it was likely to be warm (it was), it was somewhere neither of us had visited before and it was interesting (not everyone gets to hold a snake and feed monkeys on their honeymoon)!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be not to compromise – do it your way! Make it personal to you and not about what everyone else wants or expects.

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Saying that though, do have a budget and work within that budget. Work out what you think it’s important to spend on and what you can save on. Make things yourself and enlist the help of friends and family.

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On the day, use the time between courses at the wedding breakfast to mingle. We were so glad we did as it meant we could personally thank every guest for coming and spend time chatting to them before the dancing began!

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HEARTCongratulations Jo & Luke! HEART

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  – Images © 2012 Peter Boyd Photography

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