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Perfect Peace. A Blue 1950s Vintage Wedding Dress For A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Charlotte & Lee

November 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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And that’s a wrap! 

I’ve just called time on our seventeenth luxury wedding exhibition of the year at the National Railway Museum in York, and our last of the autumn/ winter season 2013.  It’s been epic, and I have you lovely lot to thank for that.  I have the best readers and wedding industry supporters (but then we always knew that, didn’t we?)!

My legs are killing me and I’m cream crackered, but my head is all of a buzz with big ideas, new plans and daring dreams of how to take this Northern Revolution to the next level in this our 4th year and into 2014.  Whilst I have a cheeky lie in (come on, I deserve it!) and attempt to decompress a little – a plan built on hyperactivity is no plan at all after all – I’m leaving you with something pure and pretty to greet you this Monday morning.

After the full on, high octane activity and inspiration of this weekend, blogging Charlotte and Lee’s stunning yet simple Real Wedding was an absolute joy.  Their images, by Kirsty Mattsson, capture a calm and sincere celebration, that’s a little different and a lot beautiful. Bliss.

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Charlotte says:  We got engaged in October 2010 at Oktoberfest in Munich (whilst in a beer hall!) and were married on 7th September 2013 atHensall Church for our ceremony and Womersley Park for our reception. 

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Hensall is the village where I grew up so the church has a long family history; I was the 4th generation to marry in this church on my mum’s side so it was important that we got married here. Womersley Park is a beautiful venue not far from the church

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I chose an ice blue 1950’s vintage dress. It was from a wonderful shop in York called Glory Days Vintage.

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Kirsty Mattsson

The bridesmaids wore a vintage style ivory lace dress from Monsoon  and the Lee wore a Paul Smith suit, shirt and tie.

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My flowers were a mixture of country flowers, with lavender and gypsophila by Lisa’s Flowers in Selby. 

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The owner of Womersley Park drove us back to the venue in his vintage Bentley convertible.

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We went for a vintage tea party with a country, village feel.  We hired a beautiful marquee by Shades Of India and kitted it out using Bar Hire Yorkshire and Wendy’s Vintage Tea Parties

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Our colour scheme was quite mix and match, but with lots of pastels and blue.  A lot of things were made by me, my family and friends which gave the day a personal touch. We made the invitations, favours, seating plan (which was a suitcase to show off our honeymoon), macaroons and wishing tree. 

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Our wedding cake was a vanilla sponge with beautiful cream and blue icing.

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Our wedding video was by Silver Sixpence Films and our beautiful images by Kirsty Mattsson. 

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In the evening we had a fantastic band called Alex Graham and the Concords who I can’t recommend enough! They got everyone on their feet and really started off the evening with a bang! We also used a great DJ called Craig Halligan who created a great atmosphere and played the songs we wanted, again I would wholly recommend him. 

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The whole day was amazing.  The ceremony was lovely and the band really transformed the day.

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For our honeymoon, we have booked a self-drive tour of the American deep south, from Nashville to new Orleans in May 2014.  We can’t wait! 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to create the day that you want, find suppliers that you trust and add lots of personal touches!

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Congratulations Charlotte & Lee!

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She Who Wears The Crown: A Real Wedding In The North West – Steph & Jonny

October 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’ll be honest.  As a , I see a whole lorra of weddings.  Each and every wedding is beautiful – that’s for sure – but editorially speaking, it’s also nice to see variety.  It’s the spice of life after all.  That’s why I’m glad that Brides Up North’s USP is its regional focus and not the style of weddings that I feature.  I’m far to fickle for that. 

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One pretty style that I do see more than most is the popular theme of vintage tea cups and bunting.  Don’t get me wrong, I really do love fine china and pretty prints – but it needs to be done right – and on a blog that sees hundreds of gorgeous Real Weddings a year, with standout style.

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Today’s bride, the lovely Steph, shows us exactly how to carry off this beautiful and popular theme with panache.  With images by Martin Hambleton Photography, beautiful calligraphy place settings and fantastical florals, it’s hard to imagine a prettier wedding breakfast.  

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Stephanie says:  We got engaged in December 2010. Jonny arranged a luxury spa break at The Doubletree Hotel and Spa in Hoole, Chester. It was a lovely and very romantic way to get engaged.

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We were married on 25th August 2012, bank holiday weekend. A day that was due to be rainy and cold but actually was bright and warm for the photographs and most of the day.

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Our ceremony took place at St Oswald’s Church, Lower Peover, Cheshire and the reception venue was Peover Golf Club, Lower Peover, Cheshire.

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I sang in the church choir from the age of nine and was christened and confirmed in the church. I also attended the local primary school and we performed all our seasonal services in the church. It was just a large part of my life growing up. Singing in the choir at weddings throughout the years, gave me time to plan the perfect wedding and from the age of nine I knew that I would have a horse and carriage as transport, ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘I vow to thee my country’ as hymns and no children to spoil the service!  St Oswald’s is set in the most beautiful Cheshire countryside and I just knew it would be the perfect back drop for the wedding photos. We also live in the village of Lower Peover and I grew up in the next village, Plumley, so I wanted to get married somewhere that was home to us both.

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I worked at Peover Golf Club whilst at university and worked at many weddings there myself and always thought it was the most beautiful place. The function room is open and light with Bougainvillea in flower, growing up the oak beams; the perfect setting for my theme. The staff, some I have worked with and some I haven’t, are tirelessly helpful and will do anything to make sure that things are just right for you. The golf club is also very close to the church so the five mile limit for the horse and carriage journey was covered in the distance. The room is also cosy and seats 72 people for a wedding breakfast. This suited us well as we both have small families and might have ‘rattled around’ in a larger venue. We never looked at another venue as we both just knew we wanted to hold the wedding reception there.

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The theme was biggest part of the planning for us. We went for the vintage country look and purchased 71 mis-matched vintage tea- cups, saucers, side plates jugs and sugar bowls from markets, charity shops and antique shops. I absolutely loved collecting them and treasure them all still. We also had 26 metres of bunting made and hung it from the beams which looked beautiful. The flowers, the stationery and vintage suitcase I had relined in chintzy fabric and lace, complimented the theme so well and many guests commented that they had never seen a wedding venue look so beautiful.

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The colour scheme was pastel pinks, greens, blues, yellows, lilacs and florals. Just a very pretty mixture of colours that complemented each other.

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I chose an Alfred Sung dress from Puure Bridal in Lymm. The dress was in dark ivory and had one strap which was full of detail with white flowers and diamonds. It was fitted down to my hips and then flowed out to the floor. The fabric was gathered into ‘roses’ and had a large train on the back. I loved it! I wore it with a veil which was satin trimmed and had little crystals within it. I also wore an Ivory and Co head piece which was similar to the strap detail on the dress. My shoes were from Dune and were ivory with little diamonds on the front.

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The bridesmaids wore a pale sage green dress from Puure Bridal in Lymm. They were made by True Bride and were long, strapless and had some detail under the bust. All of the girls wore the same and the colour complemented the theme really well. They all looked very elegant.

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Country Flowers from Knutsford, Cheshire created beautiful bouquets for the bridesmaids and me.  I carried a country posy of white peonies, sweet avalanche roses, pink and cream spray roses, pink snap dragon, cream stock, pink limonium ellie and eucalyptus foliage.  The church and venue flowers looked meadow like and natural which is exactly what I wanted.

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Our favourite part of the day was the wedding ceremony at church. As I arrived up the aisle, Jonny said to me, ‘You look beautiful’ and I felt it. The vicar performed a lovely heartfelt ceremony and I couldn’t believe after watching all those weddings as a child and teenager in that church, it was finally my turn. Jonny was also overcome with emotion during the service and it all just felt so real and special, we wish we could do it all again!

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We hired a vintage typewriter and suitcase from Ems Originals. Guests used the typewriter to write messages on and the case was also complete with paper and pens for that purpose also. We also bought our own vintage suitcase, relined it and used it as the card box for guests.

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Urbis Scriptores from Comberbach, Northwich created the place names which were a real ice breaker across the tables. Each one had the guests name and meaning decorated with ribbon and little crystals. These were also our favours as they doubled up as a bookmark.

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We chose a three tier cake from Supa Dupa Cakes. One tier was lemon butter cream and sponge, one was chocolate butter cream and sponge and the other jam and butter cream. We had it decorated with iced bunting which looked like it was blowing in the wind. We decorated the top with flowers similar to those in the bouquets and used a pearl and lace ribbon to decorate the cake with.

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Olive Tree Catering who are based in Northwich and North Wales and who are also the recommended caterers for the Golf Club created a delicious wedding breakfast and barbeque in the evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

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We hired an ice cream bike from Lanza’s Ice Cream, Leek, Staffordshire which was a special addition to the wedding. As guests arrived from the church to the reception, they enjoyed farmhouse ice cream and I also provided sprinkles and marshmallows in little teacups for the guests to use.

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Martin Hambleton Photography was everything we wanted in a photographer. He was so professional and has created photographs that document the day in the way we dreamed of.

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We went to Portugal for our honeymoon and spent the week relaxing. We asked guests for a contribution to our honeymoon as their gift and despite having covered that, we even have enough to travel to New York at Christmas or in the Spring. We can’t wait for that, it will be like our second honeymoon.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make sure that you put the time and effort in to making the day what you have always dreamed it would be. It took a lot of time and money to source all those vintage tea cups but I am so glad I did it; it looked fantastic! Also, give time to choosing the right photographer who is going to capture your wedding the way you want to. This will be your big memory of the day to look back on in years to come and you want it to be the best most beautiful memory you have got.

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Congratulations Steph & Jonny!

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Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive: More Vintage Styling From Look Darling!

June 5th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Did you catch the first part of this lovely North West bridal shoot celebrating the launch of Look Darling on the wedding blog yesterday? If not, click here to catch up and learn more about this fabulous new online dress shopping experience.

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This morning, it gets even more gorgeous as we accompany the team, co-ordinated by Laura of Perfect Choice Planning, out and about in Southport.

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Laura says: The launch of Look Darling firmly into the North West wedding industry brought a fabulous flirty 50’s-feel photo shoot with a subtle red, white & blue theme. It was a fantastic shoot to work on, if not a rather lengthy day!

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After starting our shoot in The Vincent Hotel, we ventured further into the inviting atmosphere of Southport for the second part. For our outside venues, we also used some Southport businesses, who had kindly opened their doors and allowed us the use of their premises; Pudding & Pie café, Kernaghan Books, and the Sweet Memories sweet shop, all based in the Wayfarer Arcade, as well as June The Florist, next door to The Vincent Hotel.

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All the businesses were very supportive and seemed as excited as we were to have gorgeous models parading around Southport in 50’s style wedding dresses! I can’t thank them enough for allowing us to take over parts of their shops to capture the stunning images you see here.

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Emma of Look Darling says: “I am delighted to have some beautiful images of the new additions to the Look Darling collections, particularly the new ‘Ruth with lace’, and the ‘Fiona’ from Fancy New York, which is from their latest season collection and already proving popular with brides.  It’s great for brides to be able to see the dresses on real women too – both Tanya and myself are a size 12 (not a size 8!) and I’m very much the wrong side of 30, but they are flattering for real bodies and all age groups.  I think the images really reflect how wearable the styles are, and how the 50s style can be worn in so many different ways – modern, classic, elegant and funky”

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We finished the day in the fantastic set up of The Vincent’s cocktail lounge, where we teased our long-suffering models with jubilee coloured cocktails, promising them as a treat for all their hard work. This is another point where The Vincent excelled in their accommodation, providing us not only with the location and cocktails but also with a talented cocktail mixer, who unfortunately got covered in cocktail from posing – and right at the beginning of his shift too!

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The shoot was a resounding success and a super-fun day out. This is the feel of the shoot we wanted to convey and we certainly felt it whilst shooting. I personally thoroughly enjoyed the shoot, not just being the organisation and styling behind it, but working with such wonderful suppliers, who each brought their talents and creativity to culminate in this exciting shoot. I am also super excited to have a fabulous video to go with this equally fabulous shoot. Charlene from Love Gets Sweeter did a perfect job capturing the fun and hard work that went into this shoot. You can check out the video in yesterday’s blog post below to see if you agree!

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I just want to take this last opportunity to personally thank everyone for their input into this shoot, from the last minute [life-saving] hair stylists and accommodating venues all around Southport, to the incredible suppliers and models for helping to bring everything together. I thoroughly enjoyed bringing all the elements in to create what I hope you will agree are fun and fanciful image-loveliness by Catharine Noble Photography

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Dresses, Shoes & Accessories: Look Darling

Photographer: Catharine Noble Photography

Shoot Co-ordination: Perfect Choice Planning

Make Up: Naomi Hardiker (contact number 07751 219780)

Hair: Laura and Ruth, Regis Southport (contact number 01704 535689)

Umbrellas: Love Umbrellas

Videographer: Love Gets Sweeter

Other Accessories & Jewellery: Liberty In Love

Models: Emma & Tanya

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Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive: Introducing Look Darling With A Vintage Tea Party Celebration Bridal Shoot In The North West!

June 4th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Afternoon all.  The sun has finally decided to make a brief appearance where I am today and in true British style we are preparing to fire up the BBQ.  Wahey!  Wherever you are and however you are enjoying the extended Jubilee weekend, I hope that you are having a good one. 

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You’ve still found time to visit Brides Up North over the weekend though (thank you for dropping by in your thousands – I thought you’d all be far too busy sinking the Pimms!), so I am thrilled to share another beautiful bridal shoot today sent to me by Laura of Perfect Choice Planning.  This is also a wedding blog fashion exclusive to celebrate the launch of Look Darling, a brand new beautiful online shop (by Emma, the wedding blogger behind Fifties Wedding no less) that aims to offer a selection of stylish and affordable 50s style wedding and evening gowns for lovers of vintage style.  I hope you like it, and pop by tomorrow morning for the second instalment!

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Laura says: In April, after many months of correspondence and planning, a beautiful shoot was brought together in Southport with some wonderful suppliers. The whole shoot was based around the gorgeous collection of dresses at Look Darling, a new addition to the North West wedding suppliers sector.

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The business seed for Look Darling was planted after the lovely owner, Emma searched high and low for a genuine vintage gown for her own wedding but was unable to fit into the tiny vintage sizes. Bringing together the best in high-end vintage-inspired styles, Look Darling offers affordable tea-length wedding dresses from key designers, including top US brands Dolly Couture and Fancy New York, as well as her own collection of dresses; the Look Darling Collection. Look Darling now has a studio in Meols, on the Wirral for appointments, meaning brides can try before they buy! You can find out more by checking out her website.

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Emma Lester, the owner of Look Darling brought me in to organise, coordinate and style a shoot to get some inspiring and stunning images of her dresses and accessories so she could use them on her website, adding that personal touch. We needed an idea, a location and of course a photographer who was perfect for the vintage-feel. Cue Catharine Noble Photography, a photographer duo of Catharine and James, who specialise in vintage-style lifestyle and wedding photography – and they saw our vision perfectly.

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I wanted to keep the feel of the shoot fun and fresh, to suit the dresses. In addition, to market these stunning dresses and accessories, we agreed right from the beginning that a subtle red, white and blue theme was a great combination with a town that has kept a vintage feel; Southport. We decided this would be the perfect touch, especially with the Jubilee being this year and the Queen being crowned in the era these dresses are styled around. Our models were our very own Emma from Look Darling, allowing her to be an advocate for her business, and the gorgeous Tanya, who pouted, shivered and posed perfectly throughout our many locations on the day.

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Emma said: “I was really keen to collaborate with Laura on a photo shoot, as I had seen her previous work and how she has a talent for creating beautifully styled images.  When she suggested Catharine Noble Photography to work with us, I fell in love with their vintage style images that almost look as though they are from a bygone era – nostalgic and pretty.  Everyone we worked with on the day was such fun and it was a very relaxed atmosphere.  This was helped by Laura’s impressive organisation skills and close attention to detail, which meant everything ran like clockwork on the day. I also loved being a model for the day – I’ve never done anything like this before but I enjoyed every minute of it.  It is more tiring than you would think though!”

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We started at The Vincent Hotel as our magnificent base and location for a lot of the day. The hotel is absolutely fabulous with equally amazing staff; they were incredibly accommodating and helpful as we roamed through many rooms and facilities, including the Spa, Cocktail Bar, function suites and bedrooms that were made available for our use.

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In addition to the location of The Vincent Hotel and products from Look Darling, we also had the fabulous Love Umbrellas who created and supplied red, white and blue umbrellas to add to the feel and theme. Our highly talented make-up artist for the day was Naomi Hardiker, who was a great support on the day and an absolute pleasure to work with. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her in the future, like all the suppliers I worked with on the day.

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Love Gets Sweeter Films were also able to join us later on in the day to capture some of the action from the day – watch out for the behind the scenes video coming up tomorrow on the wedding blog! I have personally been trying to work with Charlene, the owner, ever since we met and hit it off at the 2011 Brides Up North Tweet Up North West. It was a pleasure to work with her, and I’d hope she would say the same even if I possibly ruined some of her amazing footage by stepping in front of the camera all the time! Beware the silent ninja!

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Finally, I have a special mention to make to the girls at Regis in Southport who, after a last minute let down from a hair-stylist-who-shall-remain-nameless, fit our incredible models in between their very understanding clients to rescue our 50’s hair styling dilemma. I particularly want to thank the fantastic hair stylists at Regis, Southport who styled Emma’s and Tanya’s hair perfectly, despite being thrown in at the deep end!

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Come back tomorrow to see the fabulous second half of the shoot, out and about round Southport. 

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Dresses, Shoes & Accessories: Look Darling

Photographer: Catharine Noble Photography

Shoot Co-ordination: Perfect Choice Planning

Make Up: Naomi Hardiker (contact number 07751 219780)

Hair: Laura and Ruth, Regis Southport (contact number 01704 535689)

Umbrellas: Love Umbrellas 

Videographer: Love Gets Sweeter 

Other Accessories & Jewellery: Liberty In Love 

Models: Emma & Tanya

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  – Images © 2012 Catharine Noble Photography

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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Buttons and Bows! A Real DIY Wedding In Yorkshire, Claire & Gareth

December 27th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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This DIY wedding from Brides Up North fan Claire is packed to the rafters with clever details.  This wedding has a button theme, but certainly isn’t a make-do-and-mend affair, which is why it is one of the wedding blog’s favourites of 2011.  Merry Christmas Claire and Gareth!   

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This Real Wedding comes from a regular Brides Up North reader, Claire.  I was over the moon when Claire emailed me to let me know that she had used the wedding blog to plan her gorgeous wedding day, and even found her photographer, Chris Milner Photography, and venue, The Old Lodge at Malton, on these pages.  She wasn’t disappointed, and you won’t be either!  Be inspired!

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Over to Claire: We got engaged September 2009, Gareth proposed whilst we were sea kayaking off a beach in Bali and we married on 22nd October 2010 at The Old Lodge, Malton, North Yorkshire. 

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After looking high and low this venue just had the right feeling about it. We wanted a relaxed venue that still felt special. The Old Lodge is rustic and cosy.  Our whole aim was an autumnal wedding with the colour of the leaves and a warm feeling. We didn’t focus too heavily on just one thing but there were a few ideas that tied it all together, like the buttons and woodwork.  Colour wise, we based a lot of things around the taupe colour of the bridesmaid’s dress.

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When choosing my dress, I wanted something timeless and elegant – I’m also quite petite so I wanted something that would compliment my size.  I looked at lots of ideas including shorter ‘tea dresses’ but this one was just right – I didn’t want lots of embellishment or jewels. The dress was called Sex And The City and I got it from Perfect Daze in Denby Dale.

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My sister wore a taupe dress from Dessy via To Have and To Hold in Mirfield where she lives. We got my little niece a girl’s dress from Next but added to it with a bow to match her mum’s dress. 

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We made all our own bouquets/buttonholes using buttons that I got from my late Grandma’s sewing box (and it also had her Grandad’s Royal Mail badges in it which was really sentimental as he couldn’t be there on the day) – this really made it feel like our day as we’d done it all ourselves. Gareth and his friend made the wooden table centres and we had lots of jam jars donated by friends and family which I embellished to match everything else.

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We chose a classic homemade fruit cake with loads of booze in it by Gareth’s mum, which was iced to match the other items on the day with buttons all around it. The cake topper was made by Gareth to match our original invitation idea with two little lovebirds.

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We went to a friend’s wedding earlier in the year and decided afterwards that a band was really what we wanted for our evening entertainment. Reservoir Rocks from Sheffield were recommended by a friend and I cannot thank them enough, they were awesome, thoroughly entertaining, played loads of good songs and even learnt two special tracks just for us. We also arranged some fireworks as a special surprise seeing as it was so close to bonfire night.

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My favourite thing about the day was having fireworks after the first dance!  It was a really great way of going out with a bang! Also – we served tea and biscuits after the ceremony – it was quirky, but people enjoyed the warm drink and everyone loves a brew.

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For our honeymoon we spent a few quiet days at Wrigglesbrook B&B in Herefordshire – they have two original Varda’s (gypsy caravans) for guests to sleep in by the river – such a charming and peaceful place with some great food on offer. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to have fun with your planning – making stuff really keeps costs down and it’s the personal touches that people will really remember. It can be stressful but once the day begins, just let people get on with it and have fun.

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Congratulations Claire & Gareth! HEART

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  – Images © 2011 Chris Milner Photography

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A Vintage Elopement! A Styled Shoot

September 27th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I am up with the lark this morning as I have been invited to style a bridal editorial shoot at Rockliffe Hall in County Durham on behalf of the Evening Chronicle.  I am raring to go and will share the results with you on the wedding blog shortly. 

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In the meantime, I’ll leave you with another styled shoot that is something pretty special…

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Today on the bridal blog I have the pleasure of sharing a beautiful shoot coordinated by fellow blogger and wedding and event styler, Chloe of Adore By Chloe.  Chloe’s blog draws on her experiences as a wedding and events stylist and is really rather lovely.

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I am loving the travel twist that this talented team of Northern suppliers has given to the vintage style shoot.  If travel plays an important part in your life – whether you met on your gap year, he proposed abroad or like me, you just have the wanderlust – prepare to be inspired. 

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Over to Chloe: The inspiration for this vintage travel themed shoot came from a beautiful antique map found at local market. Once we had a fabulous team of Sheffield and Nottingham based suppliers on board, a colour scheme of gorgeous autumn colours and the crafting wheels in motion the shoot really came to life! Even the dresses were lovingly handcrafted for the day so I can’t thank all the suppliers involved enough for their efforts.  I hope it provides some wedding inspiration for all the travel lovers out there, enjoy! x

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