Brides Up North

Happy Hitchcock – A Themed Engagement Shoot In The North East – Vicky & Adam

August 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Sean Elliott Photography

Today’s cool and quirky feature is a perfect antidote to the usually sugar coated world of weddings.  If you just need a breather from all that wedding planning, this delectably dark set of images will feel like a sharp shot of espresso, and should fire up those creative juices again.

Sent to me by wedding blog favourite Sean Elliott Photography and bride to be Vicky of Floral Quarter, this Hitchcock inspired engagement shoot is the perfect piece of film noir for an otherwise dull Tuesday.  Enjoy.

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Fly The Flag! Supplier Showcase: Emma Bunting

July 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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(c) Assassynation for Brides Up North

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^^^That’s me up there^^^ – back in the early days of Brides Up North – pre leaving work as a lawyer to become a full time wedding blogger, very much pre baby (I’d kill for that muscle definition right now!), pre all our amazing branded bridal events – but post realisation that the Northern wedding industry is something very special indeed.

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Back in 2010, I first coined the phrase “Join The Northern Revolution” to encourage brides to think local and make the most of all the amazing bridal suppliers right on their doorstep.  It stuck, and it snowballed…

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Today I am thrilled to welcome back to these swirly pages one of the earliest supporters of my cause, and the lady behind that epic Union Jack bunting in the iconic Brides Up North image above, Featured Supplier, Emma Bunting.  Let’s, ahem, roll out the bunting and give her a warm welcome!

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How did Emma Bunting begin and what is your background?

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I’ve been lucky to have travelled most of my adult life, living and working in The States, Australia, Japan, Ireland and Sweden. I’ve worked for small organisations to large multinationals in marketing Communications, but it wasn’t until I moved back to the UK in 2004 that I picked up my first piece of fabric and started designing bunting. It was my daughter, Lottie, who asked me to make her some bunting with her name on that started it all off.  My daughter Lottie and my son Oliver continually inspire me, they make all of this worthwhile!

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I’ve always enjoyed interior design and love creating things that are fun – it’s great to have functionality, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style and quirkiness. I guess that’s why I love designers such as Philippe Starck.

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Emma Bunting

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Tell us about your lovely bunting?

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A couple of people have suggested I have my bunting made in India – cheaper to produce therefore more profitable. Yes, this is true, but the Emma Bunting brand is about creating bunting, which is 100% made-in-Britain using, as much as possible, materials that are manufactured in Britain. Each piece is unique and tailor made to suit our individual clients requirements. I think that is why it works so well for weddings as we can offer brides something special that will last a lifetime. It is important to me that our brand represents quality craftsmanship, unique stylist British made bunting.

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Why do you think that bunting is popular for weddings?

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Bunting has always been popular for events, and is almost synonymous with traditional British parties. Bunting isn’t just for summer country vintage style weddings – we have worked with a varied client base using cottons, silks and satins in a range of colours and styles. Our bunting has adorned stylish London hotels, rural country houses and city halls. We work closely with the venue, which we find eases the pressure on the bride!

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To me, bunting is like Christmas decorations – it brings an air of festivity and fun to an event and once it comes down, the room is left feeling totally bare!

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What materials do you use to make the bunting?

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We can create bunting out of almost anything from new fabric to vintage up-cycled clothing. We have twice worked with the BBC DIYSOS The Big Build programme, which helps families get back on the feet and helps them restart their lives. It is so much more than a DIY show. For the Children in Need Special in November 2012, we used hot air balloon fabric to create 80 metres of brightly coloured bunting for a children’s special needs centre in Edinburgh! It looked fantastic, but the fabric was so difficult to work with!

We have also created vintage denim jeans fabric for a photo-shoot, kite fabric for outdoor bunting and are currently working on creating vintage style bunting for an American multinational launching a new restaurant in London’s Covent Garden, which will involve us ageing the fabric.

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I think the way I look at it, if we can draw the design and cut it out, we can make it into bunting! I think the fabric needs to be able to move, so I’d probably steer away from anything too stiff such as oilcloths or leather, but everything else goes!

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Did you find that orders for bunting increased following the Jubilee and Royal Wedding?

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The Royal Wedding was a real turning point for me – and I have Brides Up North to thank for that! I was asked to create Union Jack bunting for a rock chic photo-shoot with Brides Up North and photographer Assassynation at Danby Castle. I didn’t want to cut up pre-printed Union Jack bunting that you could easily pick up in any shop, but I wanted to create something unique. The design took a while to perfect, as it consisted of six hand cut pieces on vintage and new denim, but it was worth it.

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The photo of Julia and the bunting is still on e of my all time favourite bunting images and has been featured in several blogs and in several national magazines. We had such an influx of orders I decided to change my hobby (then called Little Bundles) into a full time business, rebranded to “Emma Bunting”.

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What other events can you make bunting for?

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We make a lot of personalized bunting for children, which make for perfect new-baby gifts. We also have a lot of corporate clients who are looking for something a bit different and stylish. We are unable to print onto the fabric, all our work is hand cut, so we are not able to copy everything of a corporate clients logo, but we work around the design sometimes simplifying it or changing it slightly. For some parties, we have put photos on the bunting – this would be especially great fun for hen parties!

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Do you have some ready-made designs for brides to choose from?

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Yes we do for our hire service. We have a current selection of nine different fabrics and colours, and will be adding to them over the summer. We have only been hiring bunting since the beginning of the year, so we are more than happy to talk to brides about possible new themes!

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If brides want to go bespoke, can you make bunting to any design? What is the process?

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The majority of our work is making bespoke bunting. Designing bunting from scratch is my favourite part of the process as it means I get to chat to the bride (or groom) about colours, styles and fonts. It’s my job to take an idea or colour scheme and create something visually exciting.

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The process is really quite straightforward. A typical order would involve brides either phoning or emailing me a style or idea, along with their colour theme. I like to see the wedding invitation so that it gives me an idea of the overall style, and where possible replicate parts of the invitation. I would sketch up an idea and email a couple of options for the bride, along with prices, which start from £12 per metre. We have put anything from initials to names on a bunting, and even a tandem bicycle for one couple! If necessary, we send out fabric samples. Once our bride is completely happy, we send out an invoice then the bunting will be dispatched about three weeks after receiving payment.

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What is your current favourite design and why?

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My personal favourite has to be the Lottie bunting – not only was it our first, but also it was named after my daughter. It’s a mixture of 100% cottons and cords in sage greens, pinks, natural whites and blues. I love this, as it’s pretty and quirky as it’s a mixture of patterns, plains and florals.

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Is there a particular design that is popular with your brides at the moment?

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A key trend this year has been lace. I think with the popularity of Downtown Abbey and then The Great Gatsby, we’ve seen a rise in brides telling us they want lace and pearls! Sadly, using vintage lace is just too price prohibitive, but new lace is just as beautiful.

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How does Emma Bunting provide a superior experience to other bunting or event decoration suppliers?

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The two main things we pride ourselves with are our customer service and our attention to detail.

The most important thing for me is that our clients are happy – if it takes weeks and weeks of designing and hunting for fabric samples, then that’s what it takes! We don’t churn out bunting that we think people want; we make personalised pieces that match the client’s precise requirements to suit style, taste and budget. I love all our brides and I hope they feel the same about working with us! Our manner of working is relaxed and good fun. I am contactable every day – any time.

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The only thing I won’t compromise on is our core ethos, which is providing stylish, beautifully handcrafted Unique British Bunting.

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Who would be your dream client?

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My dream clients would have to be the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. I admire them greatly and think they are fantastic role models for us all. I missed making their wedding bunting, but it’s not too late to make some personalized baby bunting – so Kate & Wills, if you’re reading this…

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Tell us about your bunting workshops?

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I am so passionate about my bunting and want to show people that it can be so much more than just cutting a few triangles and stitching them together!

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We started up workshops in my hometown Morpeth and they run once every two months. It’s a great way to get together and learn how to make something just a bit different. I teach people not only how to construct the bunting, but also how to use fabrics in a different way so that they can create their own design. This workshops run from The Sewing Box in Newgate Street.

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I would really like to take this idea further and host bunting workshops for hen parties. I think it would be a great way for all ages to get together and make something unique – whether you write a message on your own flag, or bling it up with lots of diamantes; it’s really up to you! We also have knicker and bra templates, so you can really have fun making some underwear bunting! These parties can be held anywhere. We would be able to offer Vintage Afternoon Tea as well, so you could spend the whole afternoon having fun making bunting, then finish with a lovely afternoon tea! We are working with Jesmond Dene House in Newcastle to offer such bunting & vintage tea party packages.

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Tell us about your online shop?

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We sometimes create one off quirky pieces with fun fabrics we have found – these are sold through our ETSY shop. We have an online eBay shop, and that sells remnant fabrics, bunting craft kits (which make perfect bridesmaids thank you gifts) and mini cake bunting (which can be personalized for the bride and groom). All the links to our stockists and online shops can be found at www.emma-bunting.co.uk/order.html

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Our two stockists are Just Perfect Event & Wedding Gallery – a permanent wedding gallery based in Cramlington (near Morpeth) and The Vintage Wedding Lady who not only plans your entire wedding, but also has masses of gorgeous vintage accessories and china.

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Can brides hire your bunting rather than buy it? What is involved?

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Yes, we started a hire service during summer 2012, and it’s really easy to hire! We are offering a package price that includes delivery, collection and laundry.

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All the brides need to do is decide on the colour scheme, advise of how much they need and when they need it. As easy as that! Our website details everything you need to know about our service.  We can put the bunting up for our brides, again, details of this service can be found on our website.

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Where are you located?

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Our workshop is in Morpeth, Northumberland, but we dispatch our bunting across the whole of the UK and further afield. If a bride would like a personal consultation, we can make an appointment to meet at Just Perfect in Cramlington.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price for purchase and hire?

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Our prices are reflective of our quality and complexity of the design.

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An example of our hire prices: 50m £105, 100m £180 and 150m £255. We are not the cheapest bunting around, but we work to the highest of standards and use the best quality fabrics. We are always available for our brides and will go out of our way to make the process as stress-free as possible for the bride-to-be.

Our plain bunting is £5 per metre and our bespoke prices are dependent on complexity and fabric chosen. Personalised wedding bunting starts at £15 per metre and is priced on complexity of the design and the finish of the lettering, which can include anything from glitter to hand-painted designs.

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For an individual quotation, please contact us.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you to find out more?

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We update our Facebook page on a daily basis and tweet often at @EmmaBuntingUK. We also use Pinterest and Instagram to publish photos of our bunting. Our website www.emma-bunting.co.uk details all our company information and has links to everything you need to know about our bunting!

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Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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We would love to host a bunting hen party, either just to make bunting for your wedding, or to include afternoon tea! We can either come to a venue near you, or at a venue that we have already arranged. This really would make for a fun day that all ages can enjoy together! Plus you will be making your own wedding bunting – so having fun at the same time as making something for the wedding! Perfect

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Prices start from £150 for min 6 people, including all materials for 3 hours teaching, and additional £10 per person thereafter. Afternoon tea prices additional, price dependent on location and menu.

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STOP PRESS! Emma Bunting will be exhibiting at our brand new (and very beautiful) Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Alnwick Garden on Sunday 1st September 2013Click here for more details and to pre-register for your VIP Welcome Pack and Free Entry. 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 supplied by Emma Bunting

Emma Bunting is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier and this is a sponsored post

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Pure Beauty: A Real Wedding At Hardwick Hall Hotel – Zoe & Ian

July 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Lee Scullion Photography at Hardwick Hall Hotel

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Happy Friday everyone! This morning the wedding blog is visiting the North East and Hardwick Hall Hotel as Zoe and Ian celebrate their big day in style. 

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With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Lee Scullion and at one of our very favourite venues (have you pre-registered for our Grand Wedding Exhibition in September yet?) let’s join the couple for their classically beautiful wedding day. 

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Lee Scullion Photography at Hardwick Hall Hotel

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Lee Scullion Photography at Hardwick Hall Hotel

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Zoe says: Ian asked me to marry him on Christmas Day in 2011 and we were married on 17th May 2013 at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield. 

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Lee Scullion Photography at Hardwick Hall Hotel

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We chose Hardwick Hall Hotel as we have been going there for over 20 years and it is so beautiful. 

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We opted for a vintage theme with lots of flowers and bird cage centre pieces on the tables.   We used a colour palette of soft pink and French blue. 

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I chose a traditional white dress with a long train and veil to match, and carried a bouquet of white avalanche roses by Charlotte at House Of Flowers. 

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Lee Scullion Photography at Hardwick Hall Hotel

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My bridesmaids wore dusky pink dresses from Laura Lee Boutique  and the groomsmen were in a French blue slim fit suit with a pale blue silk skinny tie by Leaf Clothing in Newcastle.  Brian and the staff at Leaf Clothing really went that extra mile to ensure that everything was perfect. 

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Lee Scullion Photography at Hardwick Hall Hotel

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We made sure that there was lots of canapés and champagne for our guests while we were having our photographs taken with Lee Scullion.  The day was nice and relaxed with no strict time limits. 

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Lee Scullion Photography at Hardwick Hall Hotel

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In the evening we used the resident DJ at the Hardwick Hall – Zodiac Disco – who did a cracking job of keeping the dance floor buzzing all night

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After the wedding we honeymooned at Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa in The Lake District. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to try to relax and allow yourselves to enjoy your day.  It is over so quickly!  Try to complete your arrangements in good time so you are not adding to the stress that weddings create. 

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Lee Scullion Photography at Hardwick Hall Hotel

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Congratulations Zoe & Ian!

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North.  Here’s how

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Lee Scullion

Lee Scullion is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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Sun Bleached Love: A Colourful Real Engagement In The North East – Beck & Gary

July 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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The Twins

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And who was saying that there’s no such thing as a British Summer?

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Today’s engagement shoot – sent to me by real bride Beck and North East photographers Caroline and Kelly of The Twins – is like a shot of pure sunshine (with a rather lovely love story thrown in).

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Bask in it!  And SPF at the ready, because next week is supposed to be scorching…

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Beck says:  We got engaged on Christmas Day 2010. It was the first Christmas we had spent together despite being a couple for three years as our families lived in different parts of the country. Gary knows how much Christmas means to me and my family and stayed up North with me. We woke up together at my parents’ house and he hugged me a put the ring box in my hand! Huuugggge surprise! I never technically said yes apparently, I just cried…lots!

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We are getting married in July at Woodhill Hall in Otterburn, Northumberland. 

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We met at a fashion brand’s head office, Gary was the junior accountant and I was on a year’s university placement, we first started talking at the photocopier!  On our first date Gary invited me to his flat and we ate lots of cheese Doritos and watched DVDs and then he walked me back to my sister’s flat like a true gentleman…with a cheeky kiss added in! And yes it was love from the start!

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I knew he was the one when he told me I looked beautiful when I first wake up in the morning, when I have crazy bed hair, I’m half asleep and can’t see (I wear contacts!) He even proposed to me when I had just woken up!

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I love the silly nicknames we call each other, even when we’re in public and we don’t care!

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Our biggest wish for married life is to be happy, have a family and experience what the world has to show us side by side.

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We loved our engagement shoot with Kelly & Caroline! It has made us much more relaxed about the big day and helped us to get used to the camera. We’re planning on printing some of the photographs out and framing them to give to the Mums on the day of the wedding as a gift. 

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We’ll be back to share our Real Wedding photographs on Brides Up North!

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Congratulations Beck & Gary!

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Get in touch to see your own love story featured here on Brides Up North.  Here’s how.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 The Twins

This is not a sponsored post

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Blushing Romance: Jenny Packham For A Real Wedding At South Causey Inn – Katie & Phil

June 30th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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So, yes, I know we’re not officially back to business here on the wedding blog until tomorrow morning, but I’ve returned from my (much needed) break (in the sun, thank you very much!) to an inbox absolutely bursting with beautiful Real Wedding submissions, exclusive interviews and some much anticipated dates for your diary that I couldn’t resist popping in this weekend to share some of the lovely a little early.

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As I’d hoped, I’ve returned revitalised, full of ideas and itching to get started on the second half of what is already shaping up to be a rather wonderful year here at Brides Up North HQ.  Our third whirlwind year is truly our best yet.  I’ll be sharing some exciting news, concepts and beautiful new features on these pages soon, but as I get set to clear that inbox (bear with me people, this could take a while) and immerse myself back into my beloved World of all things wedding, I’ll leave you with Katie, Phil and their gorgeous Summer celebration at South Causey Inn with images by Phil Smith Photography.

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Katie says:  We got engaged on 5th August 2011 at a gig in Leeds during one of our favourites songs “The Music” by The People. 

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We got married on 31st May 2013 at South Causey Inn in Stanley, County Durham.  The venue is nice and homely. We aren’t really flashy people and although we enjoy going to grand weddings we didn’t really see it as us. We wanted something cosy and liked that they also have a farm attached. We had been for food a few times and really loved it.  That also played a big part as we love good food!

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We used a lot of florals and pastel colours to keep in with our vintage theme. 

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My dress was Gaia by Jenny Packham. It was the first dress I really liked after trawling the internet. I ordered it from Poppy Bridal in Darlington who had it sent up from London to try. Although I tried on about six other dresses, I knew that was ‘the one’ and ordered it the same day! I had a Jenny Packham headband too.

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I had eight bridesmaids so it was quite hard to cater for them all: my chief bridesmaid was pregnant at the time of our wedding and one had just had a baby too. I looked all over for bridesmaid dresses and ended up with mine in the sale from H&M for £7 each! Their shoes were from Next and some had belts for the dresses which my chief bridesmaid, Helen made.

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I never thought I would say it but my favourite part of the day was actually walking down the aisle. I chose the song which Phil didn’t know about so that was a nice surprise for him. I really enjoyed seeing everyone as I walked down the aisle and made sure I took it all in. Seeing Phil was my favourite part, he is quite hard normally however when I got to the bottom, he had tears in his eyes (which he is still denying)!

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Our flowers were from Oasis in Washington who did a brilliant job of creating vintage looking flowers. I didn’t want any sparkle or bling so they kept them simple with brown raffia tying them together. They were roses with some greenery.

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We decided to ask Phil Smith Photography to do our photos, we loved the work he had done and especially liked the fact that there is something unusual about his photography. The idea of having twenty minutes away after the ceremony for some shots in a nearby forest was a fantastic idea from him and we both love those ones in particular. We couldn’t be happier with the results and think he has captured how special our day was. He captured every last detail without being intrusive, we would recommend him to any couple looking for a photographer. 

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Our invitations, table plan and name cards were made by a friend, Mick Hall who did a fantastic job.

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We had birdcages as centrepieces with vintage flowers around them, we also had some bunting made by a friend, Gillie Marshall which had ‘Mr and Mrs Clarke’ stitched into it. This was on the top table and looked fab

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Our favours were port or Jagermeister for the men and a small candle for the ladies, both had different ribbon around them with a home-made tag saying, ‘With Love, Phil and Katie’, these were also made by Helen.  We had vintage style a sweetie cart for the kids although it seemed that the adults took to it most!

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We had a prop box with various fancy dress items, a frame and chalk board for people to write messages on and a load of disposable cameras to take photos with.

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We choose our own playlists, one for the day and one for the evening. We asked our guests to give us some song choices and incorporated them into the lists. We had a DJ on the evening supplied by the South Causey Inn and we emailed him our playlist and asked him to bear these songs in mind when playing. We had classics from The Libertines, Stevie Wonder, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, The Style Council…

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We went to Berlin for a few days after the wedding and are due to go to Cuba at the end of July, we are doing four nights in Havana and ten nights in Varadero which we can’t wait for!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to relax and take it all in, I know it is a cliché and everyone I spoke to before the wedding gave me the same advice but it is really true. I had been really stressed leading up to the wedding and I woke up on the wedding morning like a totally different person, I was calm and really relaxed. I really enjoyed the whole day from start to finish, from having breakfast with my bridesmaids, mum and mother in law to be until dancing all night with our friends and family.

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: A Jenny Packham Gown For A Chic Real Wedding At The Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art – Emily & Jonny

June 24th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for the second half of what’s set to be the biggest and best year 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. 

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Usual service will recommence on 1st July 2013,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far in 2013, plenty of eye candy, new features that we won’t be able to wait to share, some special supplier showcases and a couple of surprises too!

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These pages just seem to be getting prettier and prettier…first shared on the wedding blog at the beginning of April, today we join Emily and John for their cool and contemporary Real Wedding on the banks of the River Tyne.  With imagery by Katy Melling Photography

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Emily says:  Jonny asked me to marry him in November 2011 in the New Forest and we were married on 23 June 2012 at The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.  We chose the Baltic as we loved the views of the quayside and the feeling of space the venue offered.

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We wanted a modern yet relaxed look and I hope that’s what we achieved.  We chose accent colours of grey/silver and white -  we wanted to go for colours that would compliment the venue and give us a classic look.

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I wore a Jenny Packham gown which I was lucky enough to snap up at a sample sale in London and a bird cage head piece which I got from Browns Brides. I loved my dress and wish I could find an excuse to wear it again! Jonny wore a Spencer Hart suit.

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The floor length silver bridesmaids dresses were from Monsoon. We had so many groomsmen that we simply asked them all to wear their own grey suits which was a bit risky as we didn’t have the chance to see them beforehand. Luckily they didn’t let us down and all scrubbed up very well! 

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Our flowers were from 5th Avenue Flowers on Queen Street in Newcastle – they did an amazing job.

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We used Louise Lunn Makeup Artist and Katy Melling Photography both of whom we would highly recommend. We  were also very happy with the Malmaison Hotel where the bridal party got ready and where we stayed after the celebrations had finished.

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A friend of the family very kindly put a ribbon on his posh car and drove me and the bridesmaids over the bridge from the Malmaison, where we were staying, to the venue.

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Our favourite part of the day was probably the ceremony – it felt very special to be standing in front of such a lovely view of the Tyne saying our vows in front of all our friends and family. We also loved the evening celebrations – it was a relief to be able to let our hair down once the formalities were all over.

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A friend of my mother in law made the cake which was a delicious chocolate ganache with white chocolate icing. 

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We hired The Paul James Band to provide the music and we were really happy with the results. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to do all they can to ensure that the staff at the venue know exactly what they expect in advance so that they can relax on the day. It’s over so quickly and you don’t want to be worrying about the finer details on the day.

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Congratulations Emily & Jonny!

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Fancy seeing your big day on these pages?  Here’s how.  I can’t wait to hear from you.

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Mellow Yellow! A Real Wedding In The North East – Steph & Dan

June 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for the second half of what’s set to be the biggest and best year 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. 

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Usual service will recommence on 1st July 2013,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far in 2013, plenty of eye candy, new features that we won’t be able to wait to share, some special supplier showcases and a couple of surprises too!

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I reckon a dash of sunshine is just what the doctor ordered.  First shared here on the blog back on a cold January’s morning, step forward Steph, Dan and their beautiful flower filled Summer wedding in the North East.  Let’s get mellow with the yellow.

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Steph says: We got engaged on 14th May 2011 in Newcastle – I had a long wait as we are childhood sweethearts who had been together for 11 years prior to our engagement!

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We were married on 11th August 2012 at Crook Hall and Gardens which is a hidden gem in Durham. We had the venue until 6pm, we then went to the Gala Theatre in Durham for our evening reception.

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Right from the start we wanted an informal and rustic wedding so we went on the search for a barn conversion… despite having the Northumberland countryside on our doorstep there appeared to be a gap in the market for this up North as we couldn’t find one! A friend recommended Crook Hall and Gardens and as soon as we went there for afternoon tea we were sold! It’s a beautiful and unique venue with the most stunning collection of gardens and quirky decor. The medieval hall that we were married in was the perfect substitute to a barn ceremony. Crook Hall was so different to any wedding venue we had previously visited and we instantly fell in love with how beautiful it was.

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My mum and dad surprised me with a Beaumont vintage car to take me to the wedding. 

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It took me ages to choose a colour scheme – I didn’t want to choose a colour at first as I thought it would limit me in the hunt to find bridesmaid dresses! Eventually we found some navy bridesmaid dresses and then through my obsession of scrolling through Pinterest I found a picture of a girl in a navy dress and yellow shoes. From this point my colour theme was navy and yellow! The bridesmaids wore navy dresses and mustard shoes, we had yellow in our flowers and yellow balloons!

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As already stated, I have an obsession with lace therefore it was never an option to even consider not having a lace dress. The dress I chose was a Justin Alexander dress 8530. It is a beautiful lace mermaid gown with a bateau neckline. The dress comes with a veil but I purchased a separate lace edged cathedral veil from Joyce Jackson called Orlando that I fell in love with in the bridal shop – Mia Sposa Bridal & Menswear in Newcastle.

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The shoes were a beautiful vintage style lace up pair from Rainbow Club called Clara.

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My brother in-law’s sister played the harp as guests were coming into the wedding. She also played Canon in D as we walked back down the aisle after our ceremony and during our drinks reception following the ceremony.

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I carried a vintage style hand tied bouquet including ivory rose, lisianthus, freesia, yellow dill, achilliea which was bound with lace.  My bridesmaids had simple hand tied gypsophila.  The groom and groomsmen wore buttonholes with an achilliea and beargrass loop.

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The bridesmaids wore beautiful but simple lace navy dresses from Monsoon and their yellow suede shoes were from ClarksThe groom and groomsmen wore navy suits hired from Waltons Menswear.

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My vision from the start was to provide a rustic / vintage theme. Anyone who knows me is aware I have an obsession with lace and so there was no doubt that lace would also play a huge part in my theme! We made lace chair ties, lace covered jam jars, put lace around the bouquets, the bridesmaid dresses were lace and obviously I had a lace dress!

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I loved the idea of homemade décor and personalised touches that we could keep hold of for years to come. We spent time searching craft markets for decorative inspiration and spent months collecting jam jars and milk bottles that we could decorate with lace, twine and buttons. My sister made old fashioned luggage tags and stamped them with messages and my friends and I made homemade raspberry jam as name places and favours. For our table names we painted the glass of old fashioned photo frames with black board paint and wrote the table names in chalk paint. We also hung slates in the gardens with extracts from our readings on and used an old fashioned vintage suitcase for our cards and gifts.

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As we had the venue booked from 11.30 and our ceremony wasn’t until 12.30 we had lawn games for the guests to enjoy in the gardens as we wanted them to make the most of the venue and spend as much time there as possible.

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We had decorations hanging from the trees and this made for some beautiful pictures when we were cutting the cake.  We used Ladybird Cakes from Tynemouth and had a three tier cake made of carrot cake, raspberry and white chocolate, and lemon sponge.

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I absolutely loved the whole day and it genuinely exceeded all my expectations! However there are two parts of the day that stand out as my favourite. The first being when my friends and I are having fun in the gardens while trying to find our way through the maze with the balloons.  We used two yellow balloons to add an element of fun, a flash of colour and we also wanted it to express our informal theme of the day. It provided some excellent photo opportunities!  There is a great photo of my friends who surprisingly all agreed to lie down in the grass to capture an amazing photo of their legs poking above the flowers!

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My other favourite part was when Dan and I managed to have time with just the two of us in the gardens as the sun was setting – Sean has managed to capture the most amazing pictures we could have ever asked for! You spend most of your wedding day speaking to everyone else but each other so it was nice to have some time to savour the moment and enjoy our own company as Mr and Mrs!

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As part of our photography package we purchased the Photo Peg to entertain the evening guests. This was an excellent alternative to a photo booth! Polaroid pictures were taken of the guests holding a large vintage frame and they held up a chalk board with a message for us. The polaroid’s were then pegged on a ‘washing line’ and at the end of the night the guests could take the pictures home as a keepsake. 

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We used Colin Cook – The North East Wedding DJ who provided our evening entertainment and mood up-lighting and The Vintage Tea Company for hire of bunting, cake stands and crockery for our floral decorations in the evening venue.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Thailand – we spent time in Bangkok, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is don’t feel pressure to conform to the norm! Our wedding may not have been the most traditional but we made it personal to us and we made sure that it was fun! Make sure you set time aside in the day to spend time with each other – you’ll be surprised how little you’ll see of each other!! Spend time searching for an amazing photographer… Sean has taken the most beautiful and unique pictures which has provided us with memories to last a lifetime!

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Congratulations Steph & Dan!

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Supplier Showcase: By Gina Jewellery In A Styled Bridal Shoot At Woodhill Hall, Northumberland

May 31st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Wahey!  Friday’s only gone and bloomin’ landed!  Why is it that the week following a Bank Holiday always seems longer (and busier!) than ever?

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I’ll be collapsing in an event planning induced stupor – did you know it’s our last luxury wedding exhibition of the season next Sunday at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall (finishing with flair – click here for all the details!) – but whatever your plans for the weekend (anyone getting wed? hands up!) I hope it’s filled with glamour and glitter, just like this cute and colourful little styled shoot by Brides Up North Featured Supplier By Gina Jewellery to show off her handmade twinkly things. 

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With some help from some of my very favourite Featured Suppliers and North East wedding industry friends, the result is a little pop of sparkle to start your Friday off beautifully!

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Gina says:  I organised the shoot to showcase my jewellery but also the amazing venue Woodhill Hall, which hadn’t been used in a photo shoot before. I wanted to do something a little different from the usual head and shoulder shots of jewellery so hunted all over Pinterest for some inspiration and to show Phil Smith Photography the sort of style I was looking for. Luckily, Phil and I have very similar ideas of what works and he came up with some more excellent ideas. I loved the quirkiness of Woodhill and wanted to use their wallpaper and scenic views in the shoot. I have seen so many ‘vintage’ shoots about that I wanted to use the jewellery as a focus rather than a specific style.

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The day was excellent.!  We had been forecast for rain all day but when we got up to Otterburn the sun was shining but it was blowing a gale! Phil and I had a walk around the venue and discussed shots and locations and a few extra ideas we had for getting some excellent shots. There aren’t a lot of stairs at Woodhill, but when  you run up and down them at least 50 times an hour it seems likes there are a lot more!

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Since the photo shoot, we have had a bit of news. My other half accepted a promotion meaning we will be moving to Colchester in August. I will still be making and selling jewellery and the great news is that AJ Bridalwear in Newburn is now a stockist of my jewellery, so I will still have jewellery in the North East! I’m going to miss it up here, but I will be up every month or so and so will be able to keep up with what is happening in the region. 

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Phil Smith Photography has a reputation for creating stunning yet personal images, he undoubtedly tells the story of every wedding. With eight years experience as a head photographer for the UK’s biggest portrait brand, Phil has the ability to engage and create genuine expressions within seconds. It’s with this experience, whether you’re someone who hates their photograph been taken or enjoys the limelight, Phil will help create memorable moments with friendly and positive direction. This gives your images great expressions, comfortable body language and makes you look great and feel great.

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By Gina Jewellery offers a stunning range of handmade Swarovski crystal and pearl wedding jewellery. All the designs are priced to ensure that all budgets can afford to have quality design without compromise. They also offer a bespoke service to create the perfect piece of handmade wedding jewellery unique to you.

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Woodhill Hall is a 300 year old detached Georgian country manor, situated near the village of Otterburn in the heart of Northumberland. The Hall has been lovingly restored to offer luxury accommodation for up to 26 guests to enjoy the house and its grounds. Set on a private estate of 100 acres of woodland and meadow, Woodhill Hall provides exclusive use for you and your guests to unwind in elegant surroundings with family and friends, free from distractions of other parties.

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Favour-it-ism can make your special day as unique as you are. By hiring their products you can tailor the design and colours to match your theme. Their bespoke favours and alternatives to traditional names cards provide novel gifts for your guests and their lollipop trees add an element of fun to any buffet table.

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Award winning Y.A.P Bridal based in Newcastle has come to life from the beliefs of a family who know the importance of love, friendship and marriage. Their bridal boutique is treasured and is about ‘You’ being precious to your family, friends and most importantly your groom on ‘Your Day’.

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Their bridal boutique houses exquisite wedding dresses and wedding gowns offering a wonderful collection of elegance, sophistication and uniqueness from local designers in and around Newcastle to couture designers from home and from across the seas.

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At Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear, they understand that shopping for your wedding dress or outfit should be the experience of a lifetime! Their staff are all naturally warm, friendly and attentive – they want you to feel at ease from the moment you enter their bright and airy store. Their bridal dress department has spacious fitting rooms with large mirrors and also seating areas for your family and friends. It is their aim at Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear to make your search for your dream wedding dress as enjoyable, relaxed and comfortable as possible.

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Lauren E Summers is a north east based makeup artist, who has trained in all aspects of cosmetic, fashion, photographic, media and airbrush makeup. She is also a fully trained beauty therapist, and owns a successful salon is Washington, Tyne and Wear, which offers a full range of hair and beauty treatments.

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The Big Event is a professional freelance make up artist, hairstylist & beautician based in the North East of England, creating hairstyles to suit each individual, from elegant, classic, vintage & modern for any event or occasion.

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Venue – Woodhill Hall 

Photographer – Phil Smith Photography

Jewellery – By Gina Jewellery

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Suit – Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear

Makeup – Lauren E Summers

Hair – The Big Event

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Lavender & Lace: Anoushka G For A Real Wedding At Lumley Castle – Laura & Will

May 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Laura and Will’s beautiful wildflower inspired Real Wedding in the North East is a master class in understated elegance and subtle beauty, resulting in a perfectly pretty celebration. 

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Laura says: We got engaged on 3rd June 2012 (Diamond Jubilee Weekend) at my grandparents’ holiday cottage in the Lake District.  t is such a special place where I spent much of my childhood and is so beautiful and peaceful. It was just me, Will and Elsa, my dog, having a lovely picnic when Will proposed, it was perfect!

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We were married on Saturday 30th March 2013 at Lumley Castle Hotel, County Durham.  My family and I are from the Newcastle so we wanted a venue in the North East and my mum used to work at Lumley Castle in the 80s so knew it well!  When we went to visit we were impressed by their professionalism and knew they would ensure that our day would be as important to them as it was to us which is so vital when picking a venue.

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We wanted our wedding to reflect an English wildflower garden with the dresses having a vintage look to them and the colour scheme to be subtle and to reflect the wild flower theme. We had lavender bows and sprigs of lavender on the chairs in the ceremony room and pink rose garlands to decorate the main table. The groomsmen also wore lavender cravats and handkerchiefs.

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My dress was the Katrina dress by Anoushka G which I got from Ava Rose Hamilton in Durham. I knew as soon as I walked into the shop and saw it that it was the dress for me. I loved the vintage style lace and delicate beading.

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My shoes were from Rachel Simpson and were the ivory lace Chloe shoe.

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I wore vintage pearl jewellery which was my ‘something borrowed’ from my Nanny and my wedding perfume was Coco Mademoiselle.

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Getting ready in the morning was such a lovely experience! My Maid of Honour Beth and I went for a run in the morning to calm the nerves and then we all gathered in the Bridal suite to get ready. It was so great having my bridesmaids to help me get ready, my cousins Katy and Emily and Aunty helped with hair and make-up and my sister Sarah, the chief Bridesmaid, and Beth made sure everything was organised.

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The bridesmaids’ dresses came from the Monsoon bridal range and contrary to the usual bridesmaid colour schemes, I wanted the girls to be in ivory too.

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I was so nervous walking to the ceremony room and down the aisle with my Dad that I had pins and needles in my hands! But once I was stood at the bottom of the aisle with Will and I looked at him all the nerves disappeared and I couldn’t wait to be married to him.

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The bouquets were arranged by Jill Springall and consisted of Lisianthus, thistles, Bear Grass, Oceania Roses and smaller mauve roses.

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Our photographer was Andy Hudson who captured our day beautifully! We both wanted natural photos which captured those special moments and little details which Andy did perfectly! I was so worried about having to pose for the traditional photographs but Andy made the whole process so easy and enjoyable! My sister Sarah is getting married in April 2014 and has also booked him for her wedding as she was so impressed!

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The flower arrangements on the cake and tables were by Floral Joy in Harrogate also had mauve and pink roses as well as eucalyptus and lavender.

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We really wanted our wedding to be unique and have personal touches for the guests to remember. So we made all the table settings and the table plan ourselves. We also had wild flower seed packets as favours – lavender seeds for the girls and ‘seeds for bees’ packets for the boys.

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We divided the tables into sections named after our favourite places and had a photo of us at that particular place in each section.

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After the recommendations of quite a few people we went for a three tier sponge cake from Marks and Spencer. We were amazed at how expensive some wedding cakes could be, but our cake from M&S was so delicious and half the cost of most of the cakes we had looked at. We would definitely recommend it!

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We had Karaoke for the evening entertainment which was a great success as it got everyone up and involved!

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We went back to the cottage in the Lakes where we got engaged for our first little honeymoon and had a lovely relaxing week. We will be going on a second honeymoon to Greece in July for a summer get away which we are so looking forward to!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that personal touches do not have to cost a fortune but will be priceless! I looked at loads of wedding blogs and websites for ideas and you can end up saving a lot of money doing things yourself.

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Congratulations Laura & Will!

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Country Castle: A Melissa Sweet Ballgown For A Real Wedding At Langley Castle – Amanda & Aaron

April 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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We first met today’s bride and groom Amanda and Aaron when I featured their beautiful Lake District engagement shoot here on the wedding blog (click here to catch up) and now we join them – along with some rather brilliant Brides Up North Featured Suppliers – to celebrate their colourful and opulent big day in the North East.

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Enjoy your Friday Brides Up North, the weekend starts here!

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Amanda says:  Aaron asked me to marry him on 29th April 2012 at Aira Force, a waterfall in the Lake District, and we married on Sunday 10th March 2013 at Langley Castle.

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We searched for a long time for the perfect wedding venue. We knew that we wanted to have the ceremony in a castle, but we also wanted 5-star service, top-notch bedrooms and facilities, and exclusive use on the day. Langley Castle offered that and more. The service went above and beyond our expectations and the rooms were incredible. We couldn’t have chosen a better venue for our wedding. It was perfect!

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We kept it fairly traditional with top hats and tailcoats and added a bit of Western flair, as I am originally from Texas. For the evening reception my bridesmaids and I all rocked our cowboy boots and we served Tex Mex for our evening buffet.  We chose a colour scheme of dark purple, ivory, bronze, spring green and emerald green. We wanted to incorporate some colours of a peacock as Langley Castle has peacocks on the grounds.

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I wore an ivory Melissa Sweet ballroom-style gown. I bought the dress in America because I wanted to go shopping with my sisters and my mom who live over there.

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My bridesmaids wore dark purple halter-neck and floor-length gowns made of mostly a floaty chiffon material from America. We also had ivory furry boleros for when we were outside in the snow. The groomsmen wore tailcoats and top hats with dark purple cravats from Slaters. Aaron wore an ivory cravat to match my dress.

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My favourite part of the day was the ceremony itself because that’s what it’s really all about. Aaron and I had space for a reading during our ceremony, but we decided to personalise it by each saying 25 things we love about each other. They were sweet, funny, quirky, and all from the heart which really symbolizes our relationship as a whole. It also helped us to keep from shedding too many tears!

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Our videographers were A&G Productions who were absolutely fabulous. Our photographer was Lee Scullion, who honestly is the best photographer we have seen (and we interviewed a lot before we chose him!). We had numerous compliments from our friends and family about both Lee and A&G Productions about how professional and friendly they were. Not to mention the fabulous results from Lee! With Lee Scullion it isn’t just about the photographs, it’s how he makes you feel comfortable, his sense of humour, and all the little touches and surprises he has up his sleeve. We had a photo booth as well, Limelight Photobooth Hire, who went out of their way to provide us with the Western-themed background we were looking for. They also had a few little surprises for us and I’m so happy we went with them.

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Our flowers were provided by Lorna from No Ordinary Floral Designer in Chester le Street. She provided exactly what we wanted and we couldn’t be happier with her results. My bouquet was full of wildflowers, some dark purple calla lilies, rosemary, thistle, tulips, and a couple peacock feathers to keep with our peacock colour scheme. The bridesmaids had smaller versions for their bouquets and the moms each had a little corsage to match.

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We had a three-tiered square cake with three different flavours- carrot, chocolate, and vanilla- because we couldn’t choose which one we liked best!

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We tried to incorporate both Texas and England into our wedding, since Aaron and I come from two very different places. Our favourite special touch was our handmade bespoke party favours provided by Sammylou Gifts. They were rustic wooden hearts and on one side was the Texas flag, and on the other was a Union Jack. Each one had a tag with the guest’s name and our wedding date. They were a unique and perfect way to incorporate our background and be nice little keepsakes! Sammylou is based in Somerset, they have free shipping within the UK and they can provide almost anything you can dream of so they were the best choice for us!

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We had Andrelli as our string duo during our ceremony, and they were fantastic. They incorporated classical music as well as pop which was perfect for our ceremony. We had a live band for the evening reception, Chameleon, who blew us away with their talent. They even learned our favourite country song to play for all the Texans who attended the wedding. It was amazing!

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After the wedding we went to Disneyworld, Florida and then Maui and Oahu. The honeymoon was so much fun and they places we stayed were outstanding!

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There are a lot of preparations, stress, and anxiety that go into planning a wedding. The best advice that I can give to other Brides Up North is that on the day of your wedding, don’t worry about the little things, or the things you might have forgotten, or if something comes up that was unexpected. Just enjoy every single moment, from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed, and soak up everything you can.

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Congratulations Amanda & Aaron!

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