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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Molto Bella. Maggie Sottero For A Real Destination Wedding In Sorrento, Italy – Laura & Stuart

December 24th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for what’s set to be the biggest and best year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty.

Usual service will recommence on 2nd January 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings in 2013.  Drop in every day for the very, very prettiest wedding inspiration and if you are a Brides Up North bride, to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks. 

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So here’s a thing!  Today’s real bride Laura has my job.  No, not my job as editor of Brides Up North, but my old job, the one I packed in to do a crazy little thing like follow my dreams and become a full time writer, events planner and professional wedding blogger.

I love my old work team (hello guys, I hope you are reading!) and Laura seems to fit right in, so I know that she’s a lovely lady.  I’ve never met Laura in person, but call it serendipity that when she announced that she was getting married, my boss Andrew told her about this here wedding blog and she was hooked!  She even sourced her suppliers via our Directory pages, and she’s here to share the results with us today.

Now that’s what I call a happy ending.

With images by India Hobson Weddings.

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Laura says: We got engaged under a tree in the Borghese Gardens in Rome in September 2011. We’d gone to Rome for Stu’s 30th Birthday and it was very romantic.

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We tied the knot on 3rd April 2013 at Cloisters of San Francesco in Sorrento, Italy. Our reception was held at Castore, which is a restaurant in the hills run by Don Pedro and his family.

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When we’d spoken about getting married, we’d both agreed that we wanted to do it abroad. We chose Italy because we got engaged there and Sorrento seemed like the idyllic setting. We saw a picture of the Cloisters and fell in love with it. We hadn’t been before so it was a bit of a risk! We chose Don Pedro’s for our reception after reading reviews on Trip Advisor. We weren’t disappointed. Don Pedro and his family were amazing and couldn’t do enough for us. We drank local prosecco and ate an Italian feast!

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We wanted the day to be fun and elegant and chose a teal colour base. I had a particular colour in my mind and I just couldn’t find a perfect match. In the end, we had various shades of teal for different things. My Mum reminded me that it didn’t really matter if the bridesmaids knickers didn’t match the wedding invitations and she was right!

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My dress was a Maggie Sottero gown called Bernadette from Angel Brides in Horsforth. I’d seen it online and fell in love with it. Even from the pictures, I knew it was the one I wanted. It was simply a matter of trying it on to make sure. I absolutely loved my dress. It was completely different to what I thought I wanted. Heidi and the Angel Brides team were fantastic. They went above and beyond.

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My bridesmaid wore dresses by True Bride, which we also got from Angel Brides. Stuart, his best man, my Dad and my brother all wore suits from TM Lewin in Leeds.

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As we were married abroad, the majority of our suppliers were based in Sorrento. Don Pedro arranged the food, wine, flowers, car and a harpist for the ceremony. However, we decided to take our photographer with us. We met India after seeing one of her weddings on Brides up North. We knew after our first meeting that India would be fantastic and she was. She’s a wonderful person who is more than a wedding photographer. The images she captures are truly beautiful.

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I carried a bouquet of white roses, rosemary and olive leaves. My bridesmaids carried white roses and olive leaves.

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My favourite moment  of the day was when I walked into the Cloisters to Clair de Lune playing on the harp and saw Stu. All my nerves just disappeared.

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We decided to write our own vows. It was such a special part of the day as it was really personal. It was quite funny because, even though we’d written our vows separately, the sentiments were very similar. It was really special.

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We had compiled a few playlists on our iPad before we went to Italy. The evening reception was really good fun as our friends took it in turns to DJ. It caused a bit of a competition to see who could get the most people up dancing!

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Honeymoon-wise, we had a few days before and after the wedding in Italy. We spent a week in Rhodes at the end of June and have a trip to New York planned for November.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is a cliché, but do what you want to do and don’t worry about keeping other people happy. It’s your wedding. It’s the one day where it is acceptable for you and your future husband to be selfish!

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Congratulations Laura & Stuart!

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Sei La Mia Rosa – A Real Destination Wedding In Sorrento, Italy – Sally & Lee

January 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ve been 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… we’ll be returning to our usual schedule tomorrow!

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In this fairly new trade, y’know, the modern profession of wedding blogging, one gets to see a whole load of gorgeous on a daily basis.  But just when you think you are nearing beauty blindness, along comes a Real Wedding that knocks your socks clean off. 

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This words cannot describe how stunning Real Wedding of Northern couple Sally & Lee – sent to me by my new favourite person and friend of the wedding blog Sheffield photographer India Hobson Photography – did just that.  Consider my socks knocked.  

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Thought the New Year was going to be dull?  Think again, as my forecast says jaw dropping!

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India says:  Sally and Lee were worried that if they had an Italian photographer they may come across problems with the language barrier and came to me – and I’m so glad that they did. I flew over with one of Sally’s best friends, and stayed for a few nights around the wedding itself; it was a pleasure to be welcomed by all the guests and it was certainly picturesque.

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Let’s chat to real bride Sally: We got engaged on Christmas morning at home by the Christmas tree in 2009.  Lee and I met in college and after 10 great years together, I was absolutely over the moon to be engaged and it was our most magical Christmas ever!  We married on 2 August 2011 at Cloister St Francesco in Sorrento, situated along the Amalfi coast in Italy.

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We had both agreed on a wedding abroad but wanted to keep a more traditional feel to the ceremony, rather than a beach style wedding. Both Lee and I adore Italy: the food, the culture, the romance, the wine, and the Italian attitude to a laid back lifestyle, embodied in the saying: “dolce far niente” (The sweetness of doing nothing! And yes we have watched Eat Pray Love). After doing our research we stumbled upon the perfect venue, The Cloister St. Francesco in Sorrento, an old monastery dating back to the 8th century.

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When you walk through the entrance and step into the open space surrounded by ancient archways, columns and pretty greenery, you find the perfect romantic setting to say your vows. When you step out of the Cloister, you are greeted with a spectacular view of the bay of Naples. It is a stunning location along the Amalfi coast and provided the perfect romantic backdrop for our wedding photography.

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My father and I travelled from The Grand Hotel de la Ville by traditional Surrentine horse drawn carriage. It was a surreal moment and realisation of a dream come true made all the more exciting when spirited Italians sped past us on their Vespas shouting “Ciao bella!”.

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The theme was vintage romance – the venue and setting spoke for itself really.  We chose neutral shades in fitting with the backdrop, coffee and cream for the bridesmaids.

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The dress was from Catherine-May Bridal in Honley, near Holmfirth. From the offset it was clear that natural taupe, soft grey and earthy tones were best suited to my own skin tone and hair colour, as opposed to classic white or ivory. The style was a mermaid silhouette with strapless sweetheart neckline, an asymmetrical ruched bodice with shabby chic corsage at the hip and a chapel train. The fabric was French Taffeta in feather grey, which gave the dress a more vintage feel. Everyone commented on the colour, which really made a statement and was very fitting to the surroundings and romance of Italy. It was the only dress that gave me butterflies in my tummy when I tried it on and when I saw the look on my mum’s face, I knew it was ‘The One’. The headpiece was vintage lace with pearls, custom-made at Kula Tsurdiu in Nottingham.

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My bouquet was a mixture of cream and vintage lilac roses and greenery. My bridesmaid carried cream roses whilst the flower girl had cream silk rose petals, in keeping with the romantic theme.

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My chief bridesmaid, Katie, wore a dress by Leeds based fashion designer Lucy Bennett, who runs her own label Roc and Doll. I was able to assist in the design process and wanted the dress to have a Grecian goddess feel to it with flowing chiffon fabric. The dress was one shoulder with rose detailing at the strap, rouching at the bust, high waste line with coffee and cream panels on the skirt and a small train at the back. The flower girl, Rebecca, wore a cream dress from Monsoon with vintage lace detail top, capped sleeves, tulle layered skirt and silk bow tie at the back.

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The whole wedding was arranged through a Sorrento based company called Sorrento Sunland, who sourced local suppliers for every aspect of the wedding. They provided an excellent service, responded quickly to queries and were both enthusiastic and supportive every step of the way.

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I have never seen a bride use a parasol before so I felt this added a special touch, especially in the photographs and it also proved to be practical in keeping my face shaded from the sun. A perfect accessory for a wedding abroad! I provided female guests with fans to keep cool as they awaited my arrival to the Cloister.

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A personal touch was the name labels on the favours. I attached old fashioned tags with lace and on one side wrote the name of each guest, on the other I wrote romantic phrases in Italian such as ‘per sempre insieme’ (together forever), ‘amo solo te’ (I love only you), ‘sei la mia rosa’ (you are my rose). All the guests were asking me to translate!

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In Italy the cake was presented on a stand individually portioned and served to the guests as their dessert. Sorrento is famous for its lemon orchards so we chose the light lemon sponge covered in Chantilly cream. It was delicious.

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Our reception was at Marameo Beach Restaurant, on a jetty out in the sea. We had our DJ playing chilled out tunes during dinner and as the sun was setting. Then the music got louder and we made our own entertainment! The setting by the cliff face and looking out to sea was absolutely stunning!

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Both Lee and I agree it is difficult to choose one specific part of the day as we loved every single moment. One aspect we both agreed on was the fact that it was a very intimate affair with close family and friends (32 guests). This meant that we got to spend time with each other as well as our guests and felt overwhelmed by the love and support from all those who shared our special day. It was relaxed and informal. We both loved our first dance to Michael Buble’s ‘Everything’. Lee got very emotional and it was lovely when our friends and family joined in.

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As the bride, if I had to choose one part of the day it would have to be stepping into the cloister and the ceremony that followed. It was such a fairy tale, overwhelming emotional moment floating down the isle with my Dad by my side. One I shall cherish forever. The string quartet playing Pachelbel’s Canon as I entered the Cloister was absolutely beautiful and the romantic music played throughout set the perfect atmosphere.

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The romantic reading by my friend, Carolyne Gregory was also a special moment. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house.

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We went to Thailand on our honeymoon. We spent 5 nights in Bangkok at the Banyan Tree Hotel, famous for its Vertigo restaurant on the top of the hotel on the 61st floor. We enjoyed dinner there on our last night.

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We visited the Grand Palace Buddhist temples, watched Muay Thai boxing, visited the floating markets and had outfits tailor made. We then flew down to Phuket and stayed at the Indigo Pearl spa resort for two weeks the relaxing portion of the honeymoon.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax, keep calm and take in every special moment of the day. Don’t let it pass you by worrying unnecessarily, it will all go to plan. Also remember to spend time with your new hubby as well as the guests and have fun together.

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Anyone considering a wedding abroad should contact their local registrar who will explain the procedures according to where you choose to marry. I can’t recommend this enough, especially as you can do it all again on your return by throwing another big knees up and show off the dress of your dreams for one last time!

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HEARTCongratulations Sally & Lee! HEART

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Wednesday Wedding Inspiration! The Italian Job

August 22nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North reader Cher contacted me via the Brides Up North Facebook page (have you liked the page yet?  It’s brimming with ideas, notice of discounts and giveaways and inspiration – go see!) and wrote:

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I would love your help. My partner and I were engaged in Italy near the Amalfi coast and would love to incorporate that in our wedding. The obvious choice is by using the Italian Job movie – we have thought of having mini coopers (toys) as wedding favours – any thoughts on decorations, invites or how we can bring a touch of Italy to our big day?

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Cher, get ready for la dolce vita!

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1. Mint Green Vespa Cards 2. Luella Gown 3. Garden Wedding Table 4. Coral Lace Dress 5. Italy Heart Print 6. Italian ‘I Love You’ Bunting 7. Lemon Vase Centrepiece 8. Italian Stamped Candles 9. Rifle Paper ‘Love’ Cards 10. Gold Mini Cooper Toy

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After receiving some gorgeous pictures of one of my real brides’ wedding in Italy, I got an email from Julia sharing a wedding inspiration board request from the lovely Cher. Cher and her fiancé were engaged near the Amalfi Coast and were looking for ideas to incorporate the Italian theme into their big day. Avoiding obvious colour palettes of red, white and green I chose beautifully bold coral bridesmaids and teamed it with muted green shades with hints of yellow and gold in the decor.

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Cher had the great idea of using The Italian Job as inspiration and having toy Mini Coopers as favours doubling as name places. To keep them all tied in with the theme and colour, spray paint them all gold to add shimmer to your table decor. Use colourful flower arrangements to reflect the bridesmaids dresses – you could dot Mini Coopers amongst them too.

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Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur mainly produced in Southern Italy – why not treat your guests to a citrus cocktail on arrival. You and your groom could perfect a recipe and serve your own personal cocktail! I also thought using lemon slices as vase decor would be a great way to tie this into your wedding.

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If going all out Italian with your wedding menu is too much – how about having gelato for dessert? There are a few ice cream carts available for wedding hire -  I am sure they will be able to help out tailoring flavours to suit you and your groom!

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I came across the beautiful image of the homemade ‘Ti Amo’ bunting and thought it was a perfect prop for Cher’s big day. It would look fabulous hanging from the bride & groom’s chairs, around the wedding cake and used in the photography. It could even be included in the stationery – there are plenty of wedding stationery designers able to incorporate your own ideas into their designs. I love the idea of using hand drawn images such as the Vespa card set or the Italy print in your stationery too – if not in the invitations then maybe in the seating chart or table names. You can also buy vintage Italian vehicle postcard sets from
RE in Corbridge to tie in with your Mini Cooper idea.

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CLOSING THIS WEEK: Katy is holding a giveaway over on her blog and she would like to invite Brides Up North readers to enter too. For the chance to win a bespoke headpiece from What Katy Did Next to the value of £150 you just have to email info@what-katy-did-next.co.uk with your details or comment on Katy’s blog post (say hello from Brides Up North too!). The competition closes on 27th August 2012.

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every week, either compiled by myself, regular guest blogger Katy or YOU: get in touch with your own ideas and inspiration boards! We’ll be discussing our inspirations behind the images too so it’s simply going to be a whole load of lovely.

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If you are a little less arty but in need of inspiration and still want to play along, we will also be taking requests for colour schemes and themes and making bespoke boards for my readers. Please contact me to suggest a theme or colour scheme.

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Click here to see previous Wednesday Wed-spiration Mood Boards

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