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real wedding recap: justin alexander for a dreamy pink wedding in the north east – claire & anthony

June 20th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 4th July 2016 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

Claire and Anthony Wedding, Close House, Northumberland, north east wedding photography

There’s pretty – and then there’s today’s real wedding pretty! Just wow!

As soon as we saw the images of Claire & Anthony’s big day we fell head over heels in love. Picture perfect, we adore all elements of this stunning celebration: from the pastel pink colour palette and soft blooms to the cake, décor and Claire’s gorgeous Justin Alexander gown.

Ladies, make sure you’re sitting down for this one – it may cause weakness of the knees!

With images by Katy Melling Photography.

Claire and Anthony Wedding, Close House, Northumberland, north east wedding photography

claire says: We got engaged during a surprise weekend away in June 2013, which Anthony had organised. He took me for afternoon tea at Betty’s in Harrogate as he knows I love cakes. This was followed by an exciting stay at Rudding Park Hotel, in Harrogate. When we got to our hotel room, champagne and roses awaited us. As I checked out the room, Anthony dropped to one knee and pulled out a gorgeous ring. He gave an emotional speech and I said yes, of course. We celebrated that evening by having a delicious steak dinner at the hotel restaurant and drinking more champagne. I later heard that he had asked my father for his approval. I thought this was lovely as I’m an old romantic.

Claire and Anthony Wedding, Close House, Northumberland, north east wedding photography

Our wedding was on 7th September 2014. We chose this date as we had always wanted a September wedding as the weather always seems to be nicer at that time of year.

We chose Close House, in Heddon-on-the-Wall, as our venue. This was because we didn’t want a church wedding but didn’t want to compromise on the beauty of our venue. We set our hearts on Close House as it was a short drive from Newcastle, but felt like it was in the middle of nowhere, with fantastic views of the rolling countryside. Close House itself is a beautiful Georgian style venue but we felt like we had two venues in one as the evening reception was held in the golf club house.

Claire and Anthony Wedding, Close House, Northumberland, north east wedding photography

The theme for the wedding was classic elegance. I chose this theme as it fitted in with our venue but it was also very glamorous. Our colour scheme was pinks and white, which I chose as they complemented each other well and provided a little colour, without being overwhelming.

Claire and Anthony Wedding, Close House, Northumberland

My dress was from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. It was a fitted lace Justin Alexander Signature design. The dress was strapless with a sweetheart neckline. It had pearl and diamante beading around the bust and waist with a silver under layer. There was then diamante buttons all the way down the back of the dress and along the train. I felt like a princess in my dress. It was gorgeous, and despite the length, it was easy to wear.

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Simply Stunning! A Real Wedding In The North East – Sarah & Stewart

May 31st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A Real Wedding at Close House Hotel by Karen McGowran

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When my friend Sarah from Simply Bows & Chair Covers told me that she was getting married, I didn’t believe her! For one, I kind of thought she was already married (it turns out she and Stewart have been married, then divorced, then engaged again!) and secondly, I didn’t know how she was going to fit it into her busy schedule as the MD of her chair cover and table dressing empire.

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But where there’s a will, there’s a way, as Sarah’s absolutely stunning wedding captured by Karen McGowran proves absolutely.  Congratulations lady!

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Over to Sarah:  We got engaged at the Feversham Arms, Helmsley in June 2011 and tied the knot on 3rd March 2012 at Close House Hotel, which we chose for its excellent reputation. 

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I opted for a classically elegant theme, with tones of silver and gold to tie in with the reception room at the venue.

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I designed my dress which was by Rosina Brown.  I used a template of a bridesmaid’s dress and recreated it by adding a ruffle halter neck, made from the original throw for the dress.  My two bridesmaids wore vintage lilac gowns from Dessy.

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All our flowers were by Wedding Flowers For You, a gift from my friend Claire on our wedding day.  I had a bouquet of vintage pink and cream roses with freesias – I had no idea what I was getting I just told Claire the colours and she surprised me!

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As well as all the beautiful blooms in the ceremony and reception room, Claire sprayed some wellies gold and filled them with stunning Spring flowers to tie in with us being the outdoor people that we are!  We had them on the step at Close House to welcome our guests as there are always wellies on our step at home.

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The ceremony my favourite part of the day – it was very emotional since it is our second wedding to each other – and the road we have travelled to get there made it even more important.

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My mum made a fruit cake that Bernadette from Dreamworld Cakes iced and then we had a cup cake tower with chocolate, vanilla with strawberry jam centres and white chocolate.

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My friends Elain and Claire bought us a photograph from our pre wedding shoot and had it put in a frame with a border around it for our guests to leave comments – a beautiful surprise!

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Later on in the day we had a disco supplied by Close House.  We moved across to No 19 Close House for the evening reception.

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One of my best friend Wendy is the Sales Director at Rockliffe Hall and she very kindly arranged two nights for us there after the wedding!  So we had a mini moon straight after the wedding and then in May we went to Molino Del Santo a converted Olive Mill in Benojoan, Southern Spain for five nights.  Bliss!  

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax and enjoy the lead up to your wedding, so many brides get stressed and don’t absorb the moment!

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Congratulations Sarah & Stewart!

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Are you newly wed?  Contact Brides Up North to share your Real Wedding with us. 

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  – Images © 2012 Karen McGowran

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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Easter Eggstravaganza! A Real Springtime Wedding In The North East – Jordan & John

January 1st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Happy New Year!  The normal wedding blog schedule will resume on 3rd January 2012, but while I nurse my hangover with the best of you, here is a burst of Real Wedding freshness, with one of my favourite Spring weddings from 2011.  Happy New Year Jordan and John!

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Wedding blog favourite Karen McGowran Photography sent Brides Up North Jordan and John’s beautiful Real Wedding at Close House Hotel to share with you.  I adore the duck egg blue colour scheme and fresh floral styling.  It’s all in the detail girls!

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Over to Team J:  We got engaged at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham, in April 2009. John took me for a surprise treat to celebrate our anniversary and popped the question!  We were married on Easter Saturday, 23rd April 2011 at Close House Hotel, Heddon on the Wall. 

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We looked at loads of venues but as soon as we pulled up to Close House we fell in love with it! When we went inside it just felt right and we knew it was the place for us. It has such an amazing intimate atmosphere and we could immediately imagine it filled with our families and friends. The light airy feel and the gorgeous grounds fit with the type of wedding and colour schemes we wanted.

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Another key factor was the staff – Laura, Close House’s Wedding Coordinator was so reassuring and down to earth, and all of the staff are friendly, professional and can’t do enough for you. We just felt certain everything would come together and all our guests would be looked after.

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Spring is my favourite season so we wanted a light, fresh and colourful wedding with lots of spring flowers and colours. Since our wedding was on Easter Saturday, Springtime Easter became our theme, with duck egg blue being the main colour. Our place cards were little eggs and we had an Easter egg hunt during the drinks reception for the kids. We hid Easter bunny cards around the house and gardens, which they then swapped for an Easter egg when they found them.

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My dress was Maggie Sottero’s ‘Alannah’, which I got from The Wedding Wardrobe in Chester-le-Street – a fabulous service, I’d recommend them to anyone!

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In keeping with the light floaty feel, my bridesmaids wore gorgeous tea length dresses from Monsoon. It turned out the colour we’d chosen was very difficult to find and match in the perfect shade – so when I spotted them I was over the moon!

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Their gifts were pearl bracelets with their initials on from Not on the High Street, pearl earrings and a cute necklace from Oasis.

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Instead of a guest book we had a wedding wish tree – which was really popular with our guests.

I gave my two young bridesmaids ‘My Day as a Bridesmaid’ albums with cameras, which gave them certain things they had to take pictures of on the day to add into the album… they loved it and it even kept four year old Lily entertained all day.

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We handed a quiz with funny questions about myself and John out during the wedding breakfast – I’ve never seen our families and friends get so competitive!

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My bouquet was a domed, hand tied posy of champagne roses, pale pink roses, cream double lizzianthus, cream freesia and pale pink blush and lemon tulips.  I was so excited when the flowers arrived – it finally felt real!

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Even though I love cake, when we prioritised our budget near the start neither of us saw the cake as something we wanted to spend a lot on. So I was over the moon when it turned out to look so impressive on the day! My Grandma baked the bottom tier fruit cake, while ‘Kirsty’s Cakes’ made the top three sponge tiers, and iced all of the cakes plain ivory. We then added a gorgeous pearl and crystal brooch and some ivory ribbon, and Wedding Flowers for You added fresh flowers.

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It looked stunning and if we’d had a bigger cake budget is exactly the kind of cake I’d have chosen anyway!

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It’s so hard to choose but if I had to pick my favourite moment from the day I’d say the ceremony itself. I never expected that would be the case as you spend so long planning all the other bits, but it was beautiful. This sounds cheesy, but it felt like it was just me and John in the room, and every word the registrar said meant so much.

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Another thing I have to mention that I just loved about the whole day is the way that everyone just mixed with each other and laughed all day. I’d be looking around and see two people chatting who didn’t know each other and just loved the friendly relaxed atmosphere. I think Facebook helps! Everyone finds it easier to go up and chat to people as they already know a little bit about them and have a conversation starter!

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Two weeks after our wedding we went on Honeymoon on a Caribbean cruise on the Allure of the Seas. We’d never been on a cruise before and were blown away by it.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to decide in advance that from when you wake up in the morning nothing can spoil your day and you’re going to enjoy your day as much as your guests will!! The floaty fabric of my dress was quite fine and after a few group photos I was covered in grass stains and had a tiny rip right at the bottom of my dress. I quickly decided I could either stand still and worry about my dress all day – or forget about it and have as much fun as possible with all my favourite people! The little things don’t matter – when the formalities are over, enjoy yourself and be a guest at your own wedding!

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Venue:  Close House Hotel

Photographer:  Karen McGowran Photography

Dress:  Maggie Sottero at The Wedding Wardrobe

Bridesmaids:  Monsoon

Men’s attire: Slaters

Chair Covers:  Simply Bows & Chair Covers

Flowers:  Wedding Flowers For You

Cake:  Kirsty’s Cakes

Cars:  Parkers Execulink

Gifts and accessories:  Not On The High Street and Oasis

Stationery and table decorations: handmade

Bride’s Make Up:  Kate D at MAC

Bride’s Hair: Toni Wardle Mobile Hairdresser

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Purple Rain, A Real Wedding – Gileng & Charlie

July 24th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier Matt Ethan Photography sent me this brilliant set of images from Gileng (isn’t she gorgeous?!) and Charlie’s Real Wedding to feature on the wedding blog today and I just love them!

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Take note brides to be: this is how to handle rain on your wedding day with style and aplomb.  Kudos. 

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Over to Gileng: We got engaged on a beach overlooking Dunstanburgh Castle in August 2010 and we married on 11 June this year, with our ceremony at Holy Trinity Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne and a reception at Jesmond Dene House.

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We chose our venue as it was close to our church in  a scenic part of Newcastle. I was living in the area as a student at the time. We like manor houses, but we don’t like dusty chandeliers and fussy china ornaments. Jesmond Dene House was perfect in it’s balance of modern and old.

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We had a garden theme.  There wasn’t a strict colour theme, but we ended up having a lot of greens and purples.

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There were natural garden string bows on the invitations. The table plan was a twiggy tree, in which the names were hung, alongside tiny silver buckets. On the tables were garden lavenders, potted in silver buckets.

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Because of the rain,  I ended up in wellies!

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I wanted a dress that was unadorned and pure. I also wanted a white dress, which is surprisingly difficult to find as most people wear ivory.  I resorted to designing my own dress, and had it made by a bespoke wedding dress shop called Eve and Adam in Newcastle.

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The adult bridesmaids were in peacock green cocktail dresses from Oasis. The flower girls wore white Tiger Lily dresses from Debenhams.

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Our flowers were by Helen Jolliffe at Wedding Flowers for You in Newcastle. I carried faded purple tea roses, with dark green ivy. The bridesmaids had bunches of gypsophilia. The groomsmen all had white roses as button holes. Charlie’s buttonhole matched the bridesmaid bouquet.

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We travelled in a vintage, burgundy 1940s Rolls Royce, complete with no power steering! The company – Champagne and Roses – were so lovely, and really made everyone feel at ease.

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A friend made a 3 tiered cake with plan white icing. Each tier was a different flavour: chocolate, Victoria sponge and lemon.  Alongside the edge of each tier was white lace. To finish it off, we placed a few sprigs of lavender on the top.

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In the evening, we used a local band called The Imposters, they are a great soul/funk band and play regularly at As You Like It. They stirred up a great party atmosphere and the dance floor was packed all night.

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We honeymooned in Sorrento, Italy.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is It can be easy to become distracted with the details for the wedding day but make sure you invest as much time in your relationship, as you do in the wedding. It is the point after all! Keep the main thing the main thing.

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Brides and photographers – share your Real Wedding photographs on the wedding blogget in touch!

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Simply a Winner!

March 23rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah from Simply Bows and Chair Covers has been in touch to tell Brides Up North about an AMAZING competition that they are taking part in with The Journal Live and Close House Hotel.

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The wonderful prize includes:

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Ballroom for wedding and wedding breakfast

Guidance from wedding planner

Custom made wedding gown worth £1,200

Suits hire for groom and best man

Wedding rings worth £3,000

Full day wedding photography

Wedding flowers

Hair and beauty for bride, two bridesmaids and mother of the bride

Four course wedding breakfast

Two glasses of wine with the meal

One glass of sparkling wine for the Toast

Wedding cake

Club house for evening reception

Evening buffet

Evening Reception DJ

Overnight stay in Bridal suite with breakfast

18 rooms for overnight accommodation for your guests

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In addition to this fantastic package you will be provided with: hen pamper party plus champagne afternoon tea; stag party including round of golf and spa treatments; red carpet arrival for guests; arrival drinks and canapés; chair covers and sashes; pianist/singer to play throughout the day; bridal dressing room; use of silver cake stand and cake knife; master of ceremonies; ivory table cloths and napkins; coffee, tea and chocolates; glass of sparkling wine for the toast and Sunday lunch for the bride and groom!

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Along with Simply Bows and Chair Covers, other suppliers include:

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Richard Sinton Jewellers; Transcend Hair and Beauty; Wedding Flowers for You; Pacific Photography; One Voice Productions; Lucy Bewley Pianist; You are Precious; Blades Formal Menswear and Dreamworld Cakes.

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Find out how to be in with a chance of winning with Journal Live by clicking here!

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By the way, have you seen Simply Bows and Chair Covers’ fabulous new blog?  I likey!

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