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All White Now! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Hayley & Matt

January 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Pomp & Ceremony Wedding Planning/ Gareth Humpage Photography

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You know the old saying, right? “One beauty of a Real Wedding deserves another.” 

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Ok, so I made that ol’ saying up, but you’ll be glad I did, as move to East Yorkshire this Thursday afternoon for another dose of Real Wedding super prettiness, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Pomp & Ceremony Wedding Planning (who are responsible for this super prettiness) and real bride Hayley (also a culprit).  This time, it’s a stunning late Summer white out. 

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With images by Gareth Humpage Photography

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Hayley says:  In June 2011 at the time of our engagement I was still living in the UK and had travelled across to NYC for the weekend. Matt proposed during a surprise weekend stay in The James Hotel in SoHo, Manhattan.

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We were married on 8th September 2012 at St Mary’s Church, Cottingham and the reception at Rowley Manor, Rowley, East Yorkshire.  We now live in New York but I am from Cottingham originally and my family all still live there. St Mary’s is my family’s parish church and I used to ride horses at Rowley Manor as a teenager with my Dad and so both venues had sentimental value.

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When we were first looking at reception venues in the area some of the other venues had very strict policies on what we could and couldn’t do but Rowley Manor were open to whatever we wanted to do and the staff were fantastic. We also felt that Rowley Manor had the English old-world charm we were looking for – the manor itself is set in acres of private land with an old chapel, roaming horses and croquet lawns. We ended up booking the entire estate for the weekend and putting up a big marquee on the grounds.

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My dress was a Monique Lhuillier, Candy dress in ivory. I didn’t want a princess style gown but sleek, silky gowns just didn’t suit me. This dress was the perfect mix of soft elegance and glamour.  I bought the dress from Martin Ingram bridal boutique on Park Avenue, Manhattan.

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Our groomsmen live all across the US so it would have been difficult to arrange for the groomsmen to have matching suits. We just asked them just to wear a black suit and then we handed out matching ties.

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The bridesmaids wore a simple, cocktail length dress from Dessy in a pale rose-bronze colour.

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My bouquet was white hydrangeas, peonies, anemones and cabbage roses. The bouquet was tied with a simple black grosgrain ribbon.  My bridesmaids carried simple bouquets of white cabbage roses and my flower girl carried a mini-pomander of white roses held by a black grosgrain ribbon.  All our flowers were by Serendipity Florist

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We had a lot of guests come from the USA so the theme was ‘English garden’. We played croquet on the lawn, ferried the guests in a vintage double-decker bus (from East Yorkshire Coaches) and served Pimms cup cocktails.

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We chose a colour scheme of black, white and green. Our marquee was decorated in white drapery with open sides facing onto the green countryside and the horses in the fields then there were touches of black and green in our decorations, stationery and flowers. Inside the marquee we had a variety of tall and low arrangements to create visual impact and follow the theme through. We had a lot of flowers – that was one of our must-haves. Thankfully we had a sunny 25 degree day which made everything that much more perfect.

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Instead of having place cards set out on the table we had them printed in a leaf shape and hung on branches within the marquee to carry on the garden theme.

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Given that a lot of our guests were travelling a long way we put together a welcome pack for each of our out of town guests. The packs contained local tourist info brochures, crisps & snacks (all with a British theme – roast beef & mustard flavour, Curly Wurly, Brit Kat etc), notepad & pen, paracetamol, water, polo mints and some Pimms cup cans, all put together in a jute bag with a union jack printed on the front for them to keep as a memento. Each of the bags also contained a welcome note, a map of events so they knew where they were going and a wedding day schedule so everyone knew when they were getting picked up and so on. 

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Instead of numbering our tables 1, 2, 3, each one of our tables was given a number that was significant to us and the table number card then had a little explanation. For example, we had a table 15,000 which represented the height in feet of our first skydive together and a table 16 which was the most number of days we’d ever spent apart despite that we started out living on different continents.

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My Dad made us some lovely wooden signs to use in the wedding. One said ‘Hayley and Matt’ and then below there was an arrow pointing to the church saying ‘I Do’ and then another pointing away from the church saying ‘We Did’. It meant a lot to us to have those little personal touches.

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We had an entirely white three tiered traditional cake decorated with white peonies and petals to add texture by Bloomsbury Wedding Cakes. The top layer was the traditional fruit cake and the other two were Cointreau and orange and lemon curd.

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Instead of a guest book we bought a polaroid camera and asked guests to take a funny picture of themselves using the props we had and write a message to us. The photos were hung on string secured into a wooden frame and so it became part of the decoration by the end of the night and was a real talking point for our guests. At each place setting we had a ‘smile’ card which told guests about the camera and made suggestions about what funny poses they should do etc. This was a huge hit!

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The Vernon Sisters performed throughout the day at the Church, the reception and dancing. In the evening they were joined by a live 8 piece band that really helped set the atmosphere. When we first started planning our wedding we said that the band was one of the things we cared about most.  We also had a fantastic DJ (Hi Life DJs) who played a great mix of songs to suit everyone. We couldn’t have been happier with him – best DJ we’ve seen.

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Perhaps our favourite thing about the whole day was to see all of our friends and family from across the USA and Europe come together for what will probably be the only time.

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After the wedding we spent ten days in the Maldives at Huvafen Fushi which was amazing – a complete paradise island – followed by three days in Dubai to break up our long trip back to the US.

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I have three top tips for other Brides Up North:

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Get a wedding planner! Planning a wedding (especially from abroad) is pretty daunting and hiring a wedding planner was the best decision we made throughout the process. From the start our planners (Pomp & Ceremony) took everything off our plate and made us feel completely reassured that everything would be perfect. Their vision and creativity helped us to decide what kind of a wedding we wanted and from there they went above and beyond to make our dream wedding become reality.  They were with us every step of the way – recommending bridesmaid dresses, arranging photographers, managing all of our suppliers, picking up the cake, managing issues with the stationers, decorating the marquee etc. etc. – On the day itself our planners took care of everything so we and our parents were able to completely relax and enjoy ourselves. Our planners even managed to secure discounts with our suppliers to save us money.

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Try not to spend too long posing for your photographs. Time flies and we ended up missing a lot of our drinks reception which is our one regret.

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Get a wedding video. Going up to our wedding everyone told us that the day would pass in the blink of an eye and they were completely right. There’s so much happening that it’s hard to take everything in and a video helps you to relive it and remember the details you missed.  We used The Big Day Film Company who were flawless, professional and make every wedding look like a movie.  

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HEARTCongratulations Hayley & Matt! HEART

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  – Images © 2013 Gareth Humpage Photography

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Rain Won’t Stop Play! Pom Poms &Tutus: A Real Garden Party Wedding In Yorkshire – Samantha & Paul

August 5th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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East Yorkshire Wedding by Stephen Quinn Photography

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Welcome to Sunday Brides Up North.  I thought I’d spoil you today with a beautiful Summer garden party wedding (the gorgeousness of which the rain couldn’t even spoil) in East Yorkshire.  When my friend and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Helen Guy Make Up Artist – the lady responsible tor this bride’s fabulous wedding day look – told me all about Samantha and Paul’s beautiful marquee wedding at home in their lovely garden I couldn’t wait to share it with you here. 

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With images by Stephen Quinn Photography and words by real bride Samantha, have a stunning Sunday!

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Dusky pink wedding flowers by Stephen Quinn Photography

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Samantha says:  Paul proposed in a remote castle in Spain in October 2009 and we tied the knot on Sunday 3rd June 2012.  We got married in our garden and under English law that is not ‘official’ so we ‘officially’ got married at the registry office in our normal everyday clothes on Friday 1st June with just with our children and parents and we then had a celebrant perform a really personal ceremony with our own witty vows on the Sunday. 

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Wedding Hair and Make Up by Helen Guy Make Up Artist

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We chose to get married at home for several reasons. Firstly, I have an autistic son who would struggle at an unfamiliar venue with lots of people and he is comfortable at home and secondly, we renovated a derelict pub into a house which had been really hard work and we had come through it as a family and wanted to celebrate there. 

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We went for a Summer Garden Party theme with a few hints of vintage thrown in.  We used dusky pinks for the bridesmaids and flowers but anything pastel went and I had a variety of colours in my poms poms and bunting.

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Garden party wedding by Stephen Quinn Photography

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I wore a Maggie Sottero fitted dress, which was beautiful but that I bought two years earlier as we were planning having the wedding earlier and due to our house renovation the date got later and later… I really struggled to get into it! Ha ha!

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Our tiaras and headpieces were stunning. They were made by hand by Crystal Tiaras in Hull along with my simple jewellery. They really were beautiful. I ordered my shoes from Spain… well the final pair as I bought about three other pairs before them!

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Maggie Sottero Wedding Dress by Stephen Quinn Photography

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The little bridesmaids ones wore gorgeous ‘tutu’ dresses from Angel’s Face with little bolero cardigans from Monsoon and Monsoon ballerina slippers.

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The groom and best man had a dark navy suit made with a taupe coloured tie and handkerchief and it all matched beautifully… I certainly didn’t get a say in what they were wearing as they refused to do the typical ‘wedding suits’. 

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I had my make up and hair done by Helen Guy Make Up Artist who was amazing and she even fastened me into my dress!

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I had an amazing mix of flowers from amnesia roses to peonies and astranthia and some bits I cant even remember the name of!  The little bridesmaids had dark pink gypsophelia balls and the chief bridesmaid had a corsage on her wrist so she could carry the all important sparkly handbag with lipstick and lipgloss hidden inside it. 

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We had a acoustic guitarist, Daniel Spooner, who sang when I came in and whilst signing our ‘mock’ register and he sang us out too.  We had modern soft music like… “I’m yours” by Jason Mraz, “Hey Soul Sister” and “Chasing Cars”.  My niece and chief bridesmaid sung a very touching “Nothing’s Real But Love’ by Rebecca Ferguson during the ceremony whilst being accompanied by Daniel on the guitar..

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The ceremony was definitely my favourite part of the day as as it was so light hearted and personal and funny and emotional all at the same time and that really is supposed to be the main part of a wedding but it’s usually the bit that everyone wants to get out of the way. The ceremony was Paul’s favourite bit too. 

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I travelled from my Mum’s house in a Rolls Royce Phantom and then Paul and I went out for a little spin in it too after the ceremony to have five minutes to ourselves. We were going to have photo’s taken elsewhere but it was throwing it down!

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Wedding pom poms by Stephen Quinn Photography

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We had a magician going round tables whilst we were eating that went down VERY well… he was called Russ Appleby. He even stayed to do a bit on the night around the bar and it was a great talking point.

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Sweetie wedding favours by Stephen Quinn Photography

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Our cake was amazing!  We had a vanilla sponge and a lemon sponge but also got a small fruit cake for people that like it. The bottom tier was an actual cake box and the two top ones were decorated to look like coordinating cake boxes. 

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We had a jazz band in the afternoon with a party band in the evening. The girls had practised a dance on the hen weekend as one of our friends is a dancer so she choreographed it for us (very simply may I add) to “The Boy Does Nothing” to dedicate to Paul as he is useless in the kitchen and anything domestic and we performed it to open the evening ceremony… that was very funny!

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Hong Kong and Thailand.

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I have a few tips for other Brides Up North!  Just try to take it all in because at the end of it it all seems like a blur. Try take some time to sit down throughout and look around you at all your friends and family that have come to celebrate with you from a distance as you will be pulled from pillar to post and you hardly spend anytime together throughout the day.

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Try and remember the whole point of the day… to get married… not to throw the best and most perfect party in the world.  Don’t stress as if it ‘s out of your control there is nothing you can do about it anyway and if something isn’t going to plan, no-one other than you will know.

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We had glorious weather in the build up to our wedding and on the day it absolutely chucked it down and we were having everything in the garden. Most plans were for outside the marquee so I calmly sat and did a wet weather plan and got my Dad to drop it off with Paul so it took all the outdoor activities inside and the bouncy castle for the kids didn’t even get blown up!  The only disappointing thing for me was having all the photos done inside but it didn’t change the outcome… we were still married!

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Congratulations Samantha & Paul!

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Are you newly wed?  Contact me to share your Real Wedding with Brides Up North!

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  – Images © 2012 Stephen Quinn Photography

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