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Grand Designs. A 1920s Inspired DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire – Hayley & Matt

July 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

Welcome to Monday, Brides Up North! I’m here to make it all the prettier with this cute and stylish celebration sent to me by real bride Hayley, her new husband Matt and their photographer, Cassandra Lane.

Crafty designer Hayley worked hard to add unique decorative touches to their 1920s inspired Village Hall wedding day, with fabulous results.

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Hayley says: We got engaged a little after midnight New Year 2012-2013 in our own home in Nantwich. We had had a nice quiet new year in together and Matt shocked me by saying he had a late Christmas, early birthday present for me. He disappeared upstairs and came back with a box, got down on one knee and proposed! He had bought a cheap costume jewellery ring as he couldn’t choose a real one for me. We picked my real ring together on my 30th birthday (one to remember!) on 3rd January in York where we were visiting for my birthday. It was the best birthday ever!

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We got married on April 5th 2014 as it was just a few days over three years since we moved into our first place together. We also didn’t want a very long engagement and actually fifteen months was the perfect time to enjoy being engaged and get organised.

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

We got married in the local church in town (Nantwich, Cheshire) which is beautiful, and our reception was at a local nearby village hall (Wrenbury Village Hall). We weren’t keen on the very formal, grand hotel reception family wedding affairs we had been to in the last few years and wanted somewhere we could decorate ourselves, do our own thing.

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Our theme was handmade, vintage 1920’s art deco style, and lavender. The main colours were lavender purple and vintage gold. The colours just came with the theme really but I love purple and the gold fitted the vintage theme.

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We hired a cream Morris Minor (Matt is obsessed!) from Mirabelle Classic Cars

My bridesmaids travelled in a vintage Rover from the 1930s which belongs to a friend of Matts. He drove it for us as our wedding present.

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My dress was Sincerity Bridal 3730. I did a bit of research online before going to any boutiques and fell in love almost instantly! When I tried it on at Brides of Liverpool in Liverpool (my home city) I knew it was the one. No other dress I tried on subsequently lived up to it so the deposit was paid!

I love the dress because it’s quite vintage looking with a modern twist. Very classic looking. It made me feel really elegant. I knew I wanted lace, and the neckline was perfect because I didn’t want bare shoulders. The train was gorgeous and the dress also fitted in perfect with my idea for a 1920s style headband.

I chose gold glittery heels from Kurt Geiger. My flapper style headband was handmade by mum using a 1930s vintage brooch which was a gift from Matt.

My younger sister Charlotte was my matron of honour. She wore a knee length handmade silk dress made by my mum in a lavender colour. My two flower girls (our nieces Phoebe and Eve) wore handmade pale gold silk dresses made by myself and mum. They carried handmade Suffolk puff pomanders.

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

Matt wore a Prince Edward suit in dark brown from Formally Yours online. He had a pale gold waistcoat and cravat. My dad, his dad and his two brothers (best men) all wore the same. The style of his suit really complemented the vintage style of my dress.

Matt and all the men also wore buttonholes which I made to complement my bouquet.

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

I made my own bouquet using cream silk, artificial flowers, and vintage brooches (which I sourced on eBay and charity shops/car boot sales). My sisters bouquet was very similar with one key brooch in the centre. I’m a designer, and therefore very creative so was obsessed with doing a lot for my wedding myself. I also wanted to keep my bouquet so a keepsake bouquet was perfect. 

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

Cassandra Lane was our photographer, she was amazing. She made us feel comfortable every time we met (our initial meeting and engagement shoot). On the day she was chilled out, friendly and very well organised. We all squeezed into my tiny terraced house! I fell in love with Cass’s vintage relaxed style from her blog and website when searching for a wedding photographer. I just knew she was what we were after. I’d definitely recommend Cass!

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

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Blushing Bride: A Real Wedding In The North West – Penny & Tim

March 31st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Happy Easter Brides Up North!  I hope you have some eggstra-special plans for the day… and is anyone saying I do?!

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My day looks set to consist solely of changing nappies and scoffing mini eggs (although definitely not at the same time) so I thought that I should treat the rest of you to an altogether more refined celebration.  With a gorgeous vintage dress, blush coloured and beautifully put together DIY details, just the right amount of twinkle and clouds of fluffy gypsophila, Penny &Tim’s Real Wedding is jam packed with inspiration.  Better than chocolate eggs any day!  With images by Cassandra Lane Photography.  

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Penny says:  We tied the knot on 28th July 2012 at St John’s Church, High Legh, Cheshire. The reception was in our garden and the village hall next door.

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We wanted a personal, relaxed theme so decorated really simply with white flowers, big white paper lanterns, white ribbons and blush coloured bridesmaids’ dresses.

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I chose a vintage dress from Abigail’s Vintage Bridal in Rutland. It was a real pleasure to shop, an Aladdin’s cave of dresses (and much more interesting). We found out that my dress was made by a women’s workers union in Manhattan.

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Tim wore a Ted Baker suit and the groomsmen chose their own suits. These are quite stylish men!

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We carried simple bouquets of gypsophila, made by all the women of the family, the day before.

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We travelled in a Rolls Royce that Tim travelled home from the hospital in as a new born (owned by friends of the family)!

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My favourite part of the day was the ceremony. I spent so much time preparing for the rest of the event but really it’s the ceremony that counts.

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We opted for classic champagne cocktails in the garden rather that a champagne reception. The garden was filled with white lanterns, candles and ribbon streamers.

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We went to the Liverpool Flower Market on Edge Lane for the flowers and vases. Although it looks a bit scary all the people were really friendly and it was an adventure! They will take your order a couple of weeks in advance and then order them for you. Great if you want a huge volume. 

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We handmade all the stationery. The invitations were made by Tim’s Aunty Andrea. We downloaded a beautiful monogram and based everything else around it on iridescent paper with little jewels.

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We used beautiful glassware hired from White House Crockery (I felt that since we were using the village hall everything inside had to be really special). My mum collected crystal decanters for us to use at the bar. The free bar (also stocked with cigars) didn’t cost much but was great!

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We chose a stunning blush coloured, vintage inspired cake.

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Rachel Gates, the wife of a local farmer did the food – a mezze platter, pasta and a trio of desserts.

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We used Cassandra Lane Photography and she was absolutely amazing! Really relaxed and pleasant and some gorgeous pictures that I happily display – a modern take and very flattering!

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In the evening we hired a local jazz band. Tim’s cousin, one of the bridesmaids, also sang!

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Cannes. It was so glamorous. We plan to go back for our anniversary.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to do it however you want to. Don’t be constrained by thinking you have to do it the same as everyone else. Work within the money you have. With a bit of thought it can be done much better on less money. Enjoy planning it and get everyone involved!

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Congratulations Penny & Tim!

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Rainbow Brite! A Real DIY Wedding In The Lake District – Vanessa & Craig

December 29th, 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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Time for something bright and beautiful.  This intimate Yorkshire wedding sent to me by Brides Up North reader Vanessa may be unconventional, but it packs a massive punch in the style stakes.  One of my very favourites to date.  I hope you love it too.  Be inspired!  With images by Dan Jones Photography, Kendal

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Vanessa says: Craig proposed at Helme Chase Maternity Unit, Kendal, Cumbria on the 29th July 2010, two days after the birth of our son. He gave me a present for Joel which was a small mouse toy in a box, there in the mouse’s apron pocket was the ring I had chosen weeks earlier but he’d said it was unavailable. Craig got down on one knee next to my bed and I was so surprised I just said "thank you".  I wrote about it over at my own personal blog. 

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We were married on 19th May 2012.  It all happened in Kendal. We were married at the Registry Office, with Champagne toast at Burgundy’s Brewhouse Winebar followed by a vintage double decker bus ride to Skelsmergh Community Hall (just a stone’s throw from where we live) for our reception and night do shindig!

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We wanted a really relaxed and local feel to our wedding so the walk through town to Burgundy’s was great with plenty of photo opportunities along the way. I carried a bunch of bright yellow heart shaped balloons to lead the way for our guests. The wine bar is one of our favourite drinking places, it’s small and intimate and was in a great position for the bus picking us all up on the high street. The village hall is exquisitely set against a backdrop of Cumbria’s rolling hills, it was the perfect size for our party of 72 guests. Outside caterers and a mobile bar (Dicky Doodles) did us proud on the day and we only had to decorate the place ourselves.

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Our theme was a mixture of village fete, retro, brightly coloured, florals, nostalgia, low key, DIY, with a nod to vintage!

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I ran to the registry office with the maids from one of their houses in town, it was a pleasant route along the River Kent (if a little fraught due to delays in the wake of a false eyelash trauma)! We walked through town to our first reception and then hoped on a vintage double decker bus form Cumbria Classic Coaches up to the hall for our big do.

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I tried hard to find genuine vintage dress but they are incredibly small but never fear Alexandra King of Make Me A Dress worked her magic on the designs for me and our two bridesmaids. I wore a grey tulle knee length dress, dotted with coral rhinestones and a coral belt and bow (Alexandra’s signature item) with a matching three layer underskirt with vintage gold trim to the hem. Her trademark pouffy underskirts added even more wow factor to our fabulous frocks.

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Two matching bridesmaids were my walking bouquet in Alexandra King full circle knee length dresses made from a bright yellow floral printed Amy Butler fabric (actually intended for quilting) from the States.

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We all wore Rachel Simpson shoes.

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I carried a home made posy of orange, peach and pink ranunculus tied tightly with crochet lace trim from my own personal stash of goodies. The maids carried tightly tied pom poms of pink gypsophila, tied with vintage pink lace. 

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Jules B was where we found Craig’s jacket and shoes and shopped at Nigel Hall for his trousers and Gibson for his waistcoat (wow he looked great)!

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My very favourite part of the day was dashing round Kendal doing a fun photo shoot on bridges, benches, fun fairs and cobbled streets with our photographer while our guests all drank champagne in our honour and got to know each other.

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We used The North Pom for all our decorations (our guests were stunned by how amazing the venue looked).

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A friend brewed and bottled a beer especially for us, Craig designed (that’s his business) labels for them so each guest had a commemorative beer. He also designed beer mats featuring us as kids. We set up an old suitcase with wooden printers letters spelling out CARDS as a drop off point for our guests well wishes. I spent two years collecting vintage china for each place setting and family table linens completed the look.

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We are real pudding fans, it’s our thing (no doubt why all the vintage frocks were too small on me!) so after failing miserably to narrow it down to one cake we opted for a whole table of them! There was umpteen trifles, numerous big fat prize winning cakes, pretty stacks of dainty cakes. We dubbed the table “The Darling Puds Of May”.

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One of our bridesmaid’s dad DJ Pete Balmer has many years DJing under his belt so we chose him for our evening entertainment. He was fantastic and even came to our house a month before the wedding and we went over absolute musts and definite no no’s. He was brilliant and we all danced non stop!

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After the wedding we had a good old British Honeymoon by the sea in Dorset followed by a stay in the wonderfully ancient city of Bath.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to beg, borrow and make! Oh and don’t be afraid to ask for money rather than presents, nobody minds and ours paid for our honeymoon including spends!

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Congratulations Vanessa & Craig

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Yorkshire Pride, A Real Wedding – Sarah & Phil

May 27th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Damian Hall Photography, a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, has sent Brides Up North another perfect Northern Real Wedding.   I just love the colour pop autumnal flowers which tie everything together and add richness to the overall wedding look.  We northerners do a village wedding well!  It’s all about joy, fun, pulling together and keeping it local.  Oh, and a fabulous pair of heels, naturally. 

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Damian Hall Photography reports: Sarah and Phil decided to get married at the beautifully picturesque High Bradfield church then headed down the hillside to have their reception and celebrations in the village hall in Lower Bradfield

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We took full advantage of the sunlight streaming through the trees. It was really magical light for some of the afternoon.

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Phil and Sarah’s friends had dressed the room in brown and orange and the village hall looked tremendous, with lots of twinkly lights and crystals.

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Brides and photographers – contact me to share your Real Wedding photographs on the Brides Up North wedding blog.

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