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Real Wedding Recap 2012: The Farmer Wants A Wife! A Real Wedding In Cumbria – Lisa & Gavin

December 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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

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This afternoon, I bring you the beautiful Real Wedding of Brides Up North reader Lisa and her new husband Gavin.  Lisa and Gavin’s Cumbrian countryside celebration was full of all my favourite things – cool cars, beautiful blooms, individuality, steak pies (served at the table), paper pom poms, pink roses, huge smiles and buckets of confetti.  Just one thing was missing – my invitation!

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Enjoy!  With images by Joe Mather.

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Lisa says:  We got engaged on the last night of our holiday in Cyprus last October, it was typical laid back Gavin style, we were just chilling in our hotel room, I thought he was joking! We celebrated with a glass of shandy… all we had in the room was a can of lager and some lemonade!

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We were married on Saturday 25th August 2012 at St Johns Church, Levens, near Kendal, Cumbria, with reception a mile up the road at Heaves Farm, Levens – my parent’s farm where I grew up.

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Since I was little me and my Dad joked about having my wedding reception in the big stone barn at the top of the farmyard, so when we got engaged it was the obvious choice, we wanted something different, unique and personal for our wedding, and the barn was all those things. It was a lot of work but it looked magical and everyone absolutely loved it. Unfortunately it did have baby calves in it until three weeks before the day which was a bit of a worry…

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We stuck to a vintage rose, village fete type theme, with old fashioned cut glass cake stands filled with flowers for the centre pieces, lots of bunting and vintage inspired stationary designed by my brother with a dusky pink and pale green colour scheme. 

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I wore a Lou Lou Bridal tea length dress from Kokoa Bride in Penrith. I’d always wanted a short wedding dress and it made perfect sense with our wedding being on a farm, no worries about my dress getting dirty! It was so easy and fun to wear, I absolutely loved wearing it and loved that it was so unusual. I wanted to totally surprise people.

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My hair was by Shelley Knowles and make up by Beauty Simply

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My three adult bridesmaids wore dusky pink tea length dresses from Very.com and the two little flower girls wore beautifully embroidered ivory dresses from M&S and flower garlands, they chose the dresses themselves because they were the most twirly! The boys all wore grey suits, silver polka dotted waistcoats and green ties/cravats from Marrime in Kendal.

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Gavin’s sister Joanne and his Mum’s friend Sue took charge of the flowers, the main flowers were vintage looking roses and the rest I left up to them, they were beautiful. Each bouquet was tied with a piece of lace from my Nan’s wedding dress.

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Gavin is the most laid back last minute person ever, so to get him involved we agreed he’d be in charge of sorting the transport… I was honestly expecting a tractor and trailer when a beautiful vintage VW camper arrived for the bridesmaids and a VW white soft top beetle for me and my Dad. I was over the moon and they were perfect, the boy did good.

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Gavin’s sister and brother in law have a shop in Kendal called Armstrong Ward Lifestore, its beautiful so we asked them to help with decorations, they came up with the giant pink and green tissue paper pom poms we suspended with fishing wire from the ceiling, all 120 of them!

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We used local caterer Liz Clarke for the food, when discussing potential mains we both immediately suggested Liz’s famous auction mart steak pie, it is a massive hit in the auction! It went down a storm and just suited our day perfectly. We also served rose veal burgers from our farm (Heaves Farm Veal) for the evening meal which were delicious.

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Our photographer, Joe Mather was a friend of mine from school, it was nice to have him there taking pictures instead of a complete stranger and we are absolutely delighted with our photos, he captured the feeling of our wedding day perfectly.

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We surprised one person on each table with a parcel, the tag said ‘here’s a little gift for you, please DO NOT OPEN until we ask you to’. After the starters were cleared we asked those people to stand and open it, each parcel had an individual novelty apron in especially chosen for them, and asked them to serve the steak pie we’d chosen for lunch! It was very funny seeing people’s reactions, the whole room just erupted in laughter, it really set the atmosphere for the rest of the day.

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We had both a DJ and a live band, 24-7 who had been recommended to us by a friend, we loved them, they were perfect for our relaxed, party atmosphere, the dance floor was full all night.

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For evening dessert we surprised everyone by arranging a local ice cream van to arrive with its music blaring, my Dad told the story in his speech of how when I was a little girl I always heard the ice cream van go passed down to the village and it never stopped for us up at the farm, my Dad always promised one day he’d get it to come… it was brilliant, and such a great, no fuss novelty dessert.

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I had a few favourite bits! loved walking in to the church, kissing my new husband, walking out of the church as man and wife, seeing everyone open their aprons at dinner, the speeches, dancing all night and the ice cream van!

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I also loved the run up to the day, the barn was a hive of activity for about three weeks before the wedding, it was so much fun and so many people were involved; from ironing the borrowed bunting to fluffing or tying up pom poms, putting up the tent, painting signs and even the aunties and grandmas helping with the constant supply of tea and cake!

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After the wedding we travelled around New Zealand for three weeks in a camper van, it was amazing! We swam with dolphins, climbed a glacier, went white water rafting and even milked some cows (Gavin’s a farmer…!)

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to be as organised as you possibly can well before the day, use your family and friends wherever possible  -they really do want to be involved, and finally accept that something will go wrong…it’s how you deal with it that matters! Enjoy every second of it and relax!

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HEARTCongratulations Lisa & Gavin! HEART

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Fancy seeing your own Real Wedding featured on these pages?  I’d love to hear from you – get in touch!

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  – Images © 2012 Joe Mather

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Sparkles & Sunshine: A Real Destination Wedding – Jo & Andrzej

June 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Being a professional wedding blogger really is my dream job – you can learn about how I became the full time editor of Brides Up North here and about the growth of the blog here – but it’s also super hard work.  It’s a 24 hour a day job – the last thing I do at night is check my emails and the first thing I do in the morning is check that the latest blog post is live… then check my emails.  As a result I am tired, grey and shrivelled.  Or at least I feel it.  

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I am a business woman, writer, editor, PR person, stylist, social media expert, events organiser for both brides and the industry, sales person, administrator (and wife, daughter and friend – although it’s sometimes all to easy to prioritise the other roles) all in one, and work far longer hours now than when I was a solicitor.  Really. 

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Running your own business can be fun and flexible but it is also stressful, difficult and all consuming.  So, sometimes its nice when life throws you a bone! And, readers, I am very excited to announce that my professional life has done just that.

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You may know that Thomson Weddings are one of my sponsors here on the wedding blog.  Well guess what, the lovely team working hard to make your destination wedding or honeymoon special have invited me along to cover the behind the scenes action on their latest video shoot. 

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In Cyprus. 

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Yep, you read that right!  Next week I’ll be jetting off to the sunshine island with the Thomson Weddings team for a week of styled video shoots, weddings, weddings and more weddings.  I’ll be assisting the styling team and reporting back on behalf of Brides Up North and also for Wedding Ideas Magazine too. 

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I better start thinking about what to pack, but in the meantime I’ll leave you with a sunny Cyprus Real Wedding from Brides Up North reader – and one of the Thomson Wedding’s team – Jo, who I’ll be joining next week.

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Jo says:  Andrzej proposed in June 2010 on our balcony on holiday in Lara, Antalya, Turkey as the sunset. Just me and him, a bottle of champagne and a gorgeous view.

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We got married on 28th May 2012, at Ayia Kyriaki Church also known as St. Paul’s Pillar in Central Paphos, Cyprus. We then had our reception at Vasilias Nikoklis Inn which is a stunningly beautiful private place outside of Paphos on the way to the Trodos Mountains.  Our holiday was all booked through Thomson Weddings.

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We wanted somewhere that felt ‘Cypriot’. We didn’t want our guests to travel all that way for a wedding we could have had at home. It was important for us to have a church wedding, and Ayia Kyriaki is a breathtakingly beautiful and very old church. Our reception venue had to be private, outdoors, rustic and pretty. Vasilias ticked all these boxes.

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Our photographer was Dimitri Katchis Studios, who did an excellent job of capturing our beautiful day. 

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One of my favourite parts of the day, was my hair and make up. I used a company called Renoir based in Paphos. The two English ladies were nothing short of superstars, Rachel Wells and Karen Hall made me look stunning, I have never looked so good. I was comfortable and glamorous and my expectations were completely blown away. They became like friends, and not only did my mother’s hair and bridesmaids as well, but did little things like help me with my dress. They were both rocks on the day!

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I wanted to look modern and hopefully glamorous, but for our venue I wanted to work with the aspects of Vasilias rather than take away from its beauty, so we used subtle butterfly elements, and I also tried to keep a slightly vintage feel to the day.  Our colours were a bright rose pink, ivory and silver. I wanted a pop of colour at the reception venue and we worked with the existing pink flowers already just in bloom. I wanted a lot of crisp white as well, to keep the feel fresh. 

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My dress was Tatiana by Victoria Jane. I am quite petite in my frame, with a very small bust and slim shoulders, so most dresses tended to swamp me. I didn’t want a traditional ‘destination’ dress as these did nothing for my figure. I also wanted it to be completely different to all other wedding dresses I had previously seen on friends. I chose a one shoulder dress for some originality, and I loved the pretty ruffles on the bottom half of the dress.

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My shoes were my big splurge and the thing I loved the most. They were Melissa by Vivienne Westwood, and they smelt of bubble gum.  Everyone wanted photos of my shoes… and to smell them! I always knew I didn’t want traditional wedding shoes, I wanted something funky hidden underneath my dress and something I could wear again!

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My headband was from Rock n Rose and my cuff style pearl and crystal bracelet was from Glitzy Secrets.

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