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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Jumpin’ Jumpin’! A Real Wedding In The North West– Helen & Stu

June 22nd, 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 love a party with a bit of bounce, and Helen and Stu’s gorgeous vintage country garden wedding certainly has plenty of that!  With perfect detailing, beautiful blooms and one stunning leading lady, this Real Wedding is jumpin’. 

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Helen says:  We got engaged at the “Northern Quarter Restaurant” in Manchester on 27th November 2010. Stu proposed with a beautiful 1920s ring – chosen by him!

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We were married on 12th May 2012 at St Helens Church, Waddington with the reception at Browsholme Hall, in the Forest of Bowland.  St Helens Church was chosen due to it being beautiful, its fantastic community spirit and absolutely lovely Vicar, John Brocklehurst. Waddington is a stunning little village and a convenient location in relation to the reception venue.

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Browsholme Hall is surrounded by beautiful countryside and the Tithe Barn where our reception was held is a stunning 17th century building. Rebecca, the Venue Manager was fantastic and couldn’t have been more helpful (also, both venues made me cry with happiness, which is very important)!

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Our theme was English Country Vintage… and fun!  All the vases, crockery and table linen were purchased by us both over many MANY weekends trawling the countries antiques shops.  We also wanted to make sure all our guests had a great time so we made sure there were plenty of fun elements and personal touches… and plenty of food and drink!

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Three bridesmaids wore sage green chiffon dresses by Dessy and another of them wore a grey suit with a Dessy sage green tie.  The flower girls were in lace John Lewis flower girl dresses.  Our groomsmen black suits with matching white shirts and floral ties. 

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I wore a beautiful Spanish lace dress called Alborada by Pronovias, with a hand made Cathedral length lace edged veil to match the train of the dress. I wore my maternal Grandma’s marcasite necklace and a hand made side tiara with antique marcasite earrings.

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Stu wore a Kenneth Cole black suit, a tailored fawn waistcoat with Jeffery West Cuban shoes and a skinny floral tie (lavender and cream). 

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We left the church to Morecambe and Wise’s “Bring Me Sunshine”. 

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The bouquet was designed by David Wayman to represent English Spring meadow flowers – I’m afraid we can’t remember the flower names!

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My father and I arrived in a 1912 Bentley DB. This car also took the Stu and I to the reception venue. 

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Stu’s mother made a three tier cake (top tier was sponge with the lower two fruit) and I hand painted cake toppers to look like us. The cake was decorated with lace and flowers to match the tables and bouquet. 

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Our wedding favours were silly eye patches, toy soldiers, moustaches & we bought colouring books as extras for the children too. 

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The table names were silly little sayings that we both have (e.g. The Jaguar & The Fez). I made 120 luggage label place names with vintage rubber stamps, vintage postage stamps and using my Nanna’s type writer to type the names.

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We used With A Twist Catering in Darwen and hired a brilliant bouncy castle from Funflatables! 

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I know everyone must say it, but we really did have the most perfect and magical day filled with love and laughter.

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In the evening we had a vintage suitcase of Flip-Flops for ladies with sore feet from dancing late at night and we had a table with photograph of our parents and grandparents’ Wedding Days.  Stu made a playlist of vintage love songs from jazz to 60’s. 

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We honeymooned in the Now Larimar Resort, Punta Cana – Dominican Republic. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that in the planning of your wedding make sure it reflects who you are and your own personalities rather than that of others… oh and get Adam Riley to take your photos!

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Congratulations Helen & Stu!

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Latin Flavour! Heritage Bridal For A Real Wedding At Nunsmere Hall Hotel – Luciana & Mike

June 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I just couldn’t sign off for the week without sharing one last beautiful Real Wedding with you – this one sent to me by fantastic Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jonny Draper Photographer and bride and groom Luciana and Mike.  The couple added lots of personal touches at this stunning Cheshire venue to bring some authentic Brazilian spirit to their big day.

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Luciana says: We got engaged on 13th October 2012.  We rented a beautiful cottage in Snowdonia with a group of 10 friends to celebrate a 30th anniversary of one of our friends. Because we would be all together, we decided to do a pre Christmas Dinner, because I am Brazilian and I wasn’t going to spend Christmas in the UK.  Mike asked me after the dinner in front of everybody.

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We were married on 3rd May 2013 at Nunsmere Hall Hotel, in Cheshire.  My mother in law used to have a hotel in Cheshire, and the venue that we chose was the local competitor of her hotel. When we started to look for places, she mentioned Nunsmere and it was love at the first sight and exactly what I was dreaming of. 

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I wanted a high neck dress with short sleeves, but it was really difficult to find exactly what I was looking for, until I got to Emma Draper’s shop, Love Bridal Boutique in Altrincham. First I fell in love with a lace jacket from Mia Mia, and then I chose a lace dress from Heritage Bridal. Then I asked to Emma add the jacket to the dress.

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My make up was by Anna Wild and hair by Ruthie Mannion-Palmer. 

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I decided to do something different with the bridesmaids’ dresses.  I had seven bridesmaids, so I chose seven pastel shades (Lavender, Nude, Yellow, Pink, Orange, Green, Grey). Then I made a raffle to choose what colour would go to each girl. I said that I wanted a long dress, but I gave them freedom to choose the shape of the dress as they liked.

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I carried a lavender bouquet and the bridesmaids carried freesia bouquets by The Green Room. 

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My favourite part of the day was when I entered the ceremony room and I saw Mike looking at me. I was also blown away by the number of family and friends that came from Brazil just for the wedding.

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After the ceremony Carlton Ensemble string quartet played in the garden. 

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Our invitations and on the day stationery were by Emma Jo. 

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The cake was from Slattery. The cake had three tiers: the bottom of chocolate, the middle vanilla with strawberry jam and the top fruit.

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We used Woodyatt Warner wedding planners and event dressers. 

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We added our own flavour to the day by giving everyone a pair of Havaianas flip flops and I brought some props from Brazil (funny sunglasses, moustaches, funny fascinators), and we bought 100 sky lanterns to set off during the sunset.

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We have two entertainers: A Samba School called Sambaman and a DJ called Russ Cooper who came across from Dubai.

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We haven’t gone on honeymoon yet but we will go to South Africa and Mauritius in January.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to enjoy every plan that you have to make before the wedding. They sometimes are stressful, but it’s what makes the wedding happen.

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Congratulations Luciana & Mike!

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Exuberance! Augusta Jones For An Italian Spirited Real Wedding In Southport – Charlotte & Roger

June 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today’s Real Wedding is an absolute knockout.  A beautifully styled day filled with Italian exuberance, true love and plenty of spirit.  These images by Alan Law Photography make me want to climb inside and relive it all with vibrant bride Charlotte, new husband Roger and their large and boisterous family.

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Charlotte says:  We got engaged in Loch Lomond in Scotland. It was a beautiful spring day and Roger wanted to go for a walk. After ten minutes of trekking up a hill, I started to moan that I had had enough and the view was lovely from where we were. He insisted we carry on. Grumbling, I continued up the hill until we found a quiet rock to sit on. Bird spotter that he is, he pointed to the skies. When I looked back down, he was on one knee.

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We got married on Friday 5th April 2013 at Meols Hall Tithe Barn in Churchtown near Southport.  I had known for a while that I wanted to get married in a converted barn, I just love the mixture of brickwork and wood. The candles and fairy lights create such a romantic venue. After many hours researching on the internet, I found the barn in Churchtown. The moment I walked in, I knew this was the place I wanted to get married.

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I became slightly obsessed with some lovely birdcages I had found. It was the weekend after Easter so the theme was built around this. Roger, being an art teacher, made some amazing birdcage invitations. The place cards were birds and his extremely talented (and committed) mum crocheted a hundred little chicks as favours.  As it was a spring wedding, the colours were pastels.

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I chose a beautiful dress by Augusta Jones named Ali which I got from Cheadle Brides. I knew I wanted lace and it had a vintage, classic feel to it which I adored.

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The bridesmaids wore mink dresses from Monsoon. The cream lace detailing matched my dress perfectly. The groomsmen wore classic, black dinner suits. I really wanted a simple, smart look to go with the lace of my dress and the pastel colour scheme.

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I carried a beautiful bouquet of pastel flowers by Irene and Mary, who were recommended by Meols Hall. Their beautiful flowers surpassed all of my expectations.

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We both wrote an addition to the vows which made them all the more special and emotional. I still get goosebumps when I think of the beautiful words Roger wrote for me. They were perfect.

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My cousin Sam is a talented musician. He arranged for the band Honeyfeet to play between the ceremony and reception. He also joined in on the double bass, which made it extra special. Their acoustic music created the perfect atmosphere for the coach house and pre-reception drinks.

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Roger also wanted a magician. He is half-Italian and wanted to make sure that the entertainment could be enjoyed with no language barrier. We chose Stephen Williams

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We used MY Bakery for our cupcake wedding cake. Mel is a friend of one of the bridesmaids and her cupcakes looked and tasted amazing.

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Roger’s Italian family shouted bacio (kiss) at every available opportunity made the day such fun. Their exuberance added to the fun of the day which is reflected in the photos. I seem to be laughing in every single one!

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After the wedding we went on a ‘mini-moon’ to the Lakes. A log cabin on a river, with a hot tub and no phone signal was just what we needed to unwind. We are currently in the process of planning our main honeymoon to Costa Rica in August.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to enjoy and cherish every single second. Everyone will say this, but it really will fly by. And, most importantly of all…have fun!

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Congratulations Charlotte & Roger!

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If you’d like to see your own Real Wedding on these swirly silver pages – here’s how.

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Customised Mark Lesley For A Modern Monochrome Real Wedding In The North West: Louise & Ben

April 15th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Welcome to another week Brides Up North!  Have I got plenty of wedding pretty to share with you lovely lot in the next seven days, culminating in our largest Yorkshire event to date next Sunday 21st April 2013 – The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at The National Railway Museum in York.  Do you have the date in your diaries? Click here for all the info and to pre-register as a VIP Bride To Be. 

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Let’s get things started with a fresh and funky monochrome wedding in the North West, sent to me by real bride Louise and photography duo, Ben & Sarah Photography.  How full of beans is our groom?

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Louise says:  Ben asked me to marry him on 24th October 2010 on the sea front in Liverpool on a freezing cold evening!  We tied the knot on 22nd October 2012 at St. Mary’s Chapel in Aughton then The Rufford Arms Hotel for our reception. We loved the fact that the church was so quaint and in the middle of miles and miles of open fields.

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We had a colour scheme of red, purple, black & white. We asked everyone to dress in any of those colours in whatever way they liked!

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I chose a puff ball/fishtail style dress. It was a Mark Lesley couture gown but I had the black bow put on it myself to give it my twist, that way I knew no one else would ever have the same one. I also changed the tie up the back to a black tie on the evening, it was ivory to match the dress in the day time. 

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I carried a bouquet of blood red calla lilies. 

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My older bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses and the children wore Monsoon. The young page boys wore H&M waistcoat suits with Dessy bow ties and the groomsmen wore plain black suits from Slaters in Liverpool. Very reservoir dogs!  Ben wore a The Kooples three piece plain black suit from Selfridges. 

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I travelled in a black hackney taxi. I thought this was a little quirky and different compared to the ‘classic’ cars that most people use!

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I tried to do most of the things myself as far as table decorating and the cake. I think that these were the special touches for our day. We also had a gospel choir called Love & Joy Gospel Choir that sang at the Liverpool Hillsborough Memorial Service to sing during the church service.

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My favourite part of the day was the moment we were pronounced man and wife!

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We had our reception at The Rufford Arms Hotel in Rufford. All the food was locally sourced from local farms, that was important to us! It was also a family run hotel and only open to us for the whole day. This definitely made it a lot more personal.

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I made the cakes myself: cupcakes, red and purple on a seven tiered stand. 

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In the evening we had a singer called Gary Carney, again a local guy that had a great selection of music from old to new suitable for all guests.  He also did the dj’ing too. 

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After the wedding we went to Sri-Lanka, then onto the Maldives and Dubai. It was three weeks in total and the most magical experience ever!

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My top tip for Brides Up North would be to try to do most things yourself, it gives a much more personal feel on the day. 

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Congratulations Louise & Ben!

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Patent Red: A Real Wedding In The North West – Lucy & Nick

April 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Well, when I saw today’s bride Lucy’s choice of shoes (patent red Jimmy Choo Mary Janes people!) I just knew that the rest of her wedding to Nick at Combermere Abbey in Cheshire was bound to be very fabulous indeed. 

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With images by Yana Photography, I wasn’t disappointed!  This is a very beautiful way to finish off the week.

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Lucy says:  We got engaged in Cornwall during a weekend away. Nick proposed on top of a cliff overlooking the sea one evening at sunset. We then went back to the cottage where we were staying and celebrated with champagne he had waiting.

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We were married on 8th September 2012 at Combermere Abbey, Cheshire.  Combermere has beautiful walled gardens and a stunning glasshouse for the ceremony which opens out on to a fruit maze. The reception was held in a lovely permanent marquee they have in another part of the walled gardens. Nowhere else we looked around compared to Combermere. The gardens are fabulous and we were lucky as the weather was perfect on the day which added to the relaxed atmosphere.

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We didn’t have a theme. I like simplicity so nothing too fussy or wedding(y)!  We chose a colour scheme of black and white with a splash of red for colour – again to keep things classic and clean.

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Nick held a pre-ceremony drinks reception for guests so that they could relax with a drink and enjoy the gardens at the venue prior to the ceremony.

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I wore a Maggie Sottero gown from a boutique in Chester. I picked it as it was different to anything else I had seen before and the fit was perfect.  My shoes were from Jimmy Choo. I originally went in to buy from their bridal collection but after seeing these striking red shoes I knew they were the ones for me. I also wore them a lot when we went for dinner on our honeymoon.

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A bouquet of red roses which were so beautiful I didn’t want to put them down.

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My bridesmaids wore dresses from Coast. I don’t like traditional bridesmaids dresses so I picked dresses that I thought were smart but also really suited the girls.

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Yana from Yana Photography took our wedding photos. Yana photographed my sisters wedding a few years ago at Wrenbury Hall so knew how beautiful her photos are.

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For favours each person had a scratch card and a bar of organic chocolate. We had a few winners – but only small amounts!

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We had a harpist for the ceremony and drinks reception and a DJ for the evening. We also hired a fun casino for the evening which went down really well with the guests. Everybody had fun on the black jack and roulette tables and champagne spot prizes were handed out to the winners.

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Our cake was a three tier chocolate, fruit and sponge from Marks and Spencer. My grandparents bought our cake for us as a wedding gift.

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Every single minute was wonderful but the speeches and seeing our guests having fun on the casino was great.

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After the wedding we spent a week on Barbados soaking up the sun followed by a week in Cornwall where Nick had proposed.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to put together a detailed running order for the day a few months prior to the wedding so that you can identify where there might be any lulls and you can fill these gaps with entertainment – this will also ensure your day flows really well. For example to avoid a lull after dinner our casino kicked started the evening for guests and got everyone out of their seats and talking.

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Congratulations Lucy and Nick!

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