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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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Fabulous Photographer: Jonny Draper Photography

April 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Consider this little introduction to a guy that I consider to one of the best and most exciting wedding photographers in the business my Easter egg to you.  And yes, it’s the first of April, but this is no April fool!

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When you book Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jonny Draper Photography for your wedding day, you know you’ll get a set of clever (yes clever!) and stunning images: full of beauty, emotion and also some humour – and therefore the best possible record of your big day.  High accolades, true, but I am wholly confident that Jonny’s work speaks for itself. 

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Plus, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him in real life – at my North West Tweet Up – and anyone who likes a glass of wine as much as I do (previously unheard of) can’t be bad in my book.

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Let’s meet Mr Draper…

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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I think like every other wedding photographer I know, I kind of fell into it!  To cut a very long story short, my ‘proper job’ used to be filming and editing viral films, corporate videos and adverts for a creative ad agency and one day somebody who I worked with asked me to film their wedding because "I filmed and edited stuff"!!!  I’d never even been to a wedding never mind filmed one, but I instantly fell in love with capturing the story of the day, being around people who were all there to have a great time and the adrenaline rush of knowing that you only got one chance at every part of the day.  That was over 10 years ago and I flipped over to stills around 5 years ago.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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Even now, having been involved in weddings for over 10 years, I still get nervous the day before each wedding.  Then in the morning as I’m getting ready to leave the house the excitement and anticipation starts to build and as soon as I arrive at the bride’s house the adrenaline rush starts that doesn’t let up until well after I get home – what an awesome feeling!  That, coupled with being given the opportunity to ‘do my thing’ week in, week out for brides and grooms who fall in love with weddings they’ve seen I’ve shot – what’s not to love?!

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What is your biggest professional achievement to date?

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I’m honoured to have won The Wedding Industry Awards – North West Wedding Photographer of the Year this year.  This finally feels like an awards body has arrived that is truly credible which made me even more delighted to have won.  The voting process begins by your brides and grooms who’s weddings you have photographed in the previous 12 months voting for you.  If you achieve above the average points total for your category you then get shortlisted.  I was stunned to even get shortlisted as I was up against some of the best wedding photographers in the UK in my opinion.  I was even more stunned when I found out I’d won!  The shortlist is judged by a panel of industry experts (again, this is where I felt the credibility really became obvious as these judges were all hugely well known and respected in the industry, so it was an honour to know that they were even discussing my work, never mind deciding that mine was the best!) and I’m still trying to get my head round receiving such an amazing accolade. 

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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I do a pre-wedding shoot for all my brides and grooms and this is where getting them to relax starts.  Giving them the opportunity to experience what it’s like to have their photograph taken professionally ahead of the day, so that they have a real understanding of what actually happens when the camera comes out the bag on the wedding day morning.  And it’s a great reassurance for them that I’m not going to have them doing anything daft or anything they’re uncomfortable with.  I also get to understand how they want to be photographed so that I’m approaching things in the right way for them on the day of their wedding.  And it’s brilliant just being able to spend a couple more hours with them ahead of their day so that I really get to know what they’re like, not just as a couple, but as individuals too.

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Any advice to any brides who don’t like to have their picture taken?

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Again, one of the reason’s I do the pre-wedding shoot is to help brides and grooms get over that kind of feeling.  I honestly think that most people don’t like having their picture taking – in fact, I think I’d be worried if I met with couples and they said "We LOVE having our picture taken"!

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

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There’s too many to list!  From weddings in New York, Tuscany, Santorini and France, through to weddings right on my door step in Manchester and Cheshire, every single one is special and different.  I’m so lucky to work with the kind of brides and grooms who I work with – everything is important to them, from the photography to the flowers, to the entertainment to the food, they’re never just ‘ticking things off a list’.  Every decision they make is a carefully considered one, which means they genuinely care about every single detail of their day.  Which includes the photography.  They book me because they love how I shoot and how I approach a wedding and that is a wonderful feeling to know that a couple have chosen you to capture their wedding because they want you to capture it your way.

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Are you married? Tell us about your day.

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I am married, to my amazing wife Emma (who is also a Brides up North sponsor with our other wedding business, LOVE Bridal Boutique – shameless plug!)  We were married at The Inn at Whitewell in Lancashire in December 2007.  It was an amazing day and trying to keep focused on things photography related, it was one of the most amazing learning curves I’ve been on as a wedding photographer.  The rain was RELENTLESS all day.  In a torrential manner.  I learned two massive lessons.  Number One:  As the groom – did I care about the weather?  Did it ruin anything for me?  (And I can speak for Emma here too)  The answer is no.  We were surrounded by our friends and family in an amazing venue and we didn’t care about the weather.    Number Two:  As a photographer – did the weather ruin our pictures?  No.  We had an awesome husband and wife photographer team (Jonathan Harris Photography) who were calm, who helped us with umbrellas, who looked after our guests and who shot amazing photographs.  I learned more about how to handle bad weather in one day by being right in the middle of it myself and it’s really shaped the way I approach weddings.  Jonathan and Christine are my original photography mentors and Emma and I are very lucky to be able to call them our friends now too.

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Go on then Jonny, tell us about LOVE Bridal Boutique

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Emma and I also own Cheshire’s most exclusive bridal experience – LOVE Bridal Boutique.  We opened the doors in August 2012 and it’s been an amazing experience so far – Emma and I already have a growing number of mutual brides, they love that they’re getting a service from a family owned and run business and we’re loving working with them!  

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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I’d like to think the overall approach to how I work with my brides and grooms is unique.  From where I meet them to chat about their day, to how we work together through the pre-wedding shoot and in the overall build up to the day onto the wedding day itself.  I don’t worry about what other photographers offer, I only want to know about what my brides and grooms want from me and how best I can fit into their day.

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What can a couple who book you expect on the day?

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They can expect to spend lots of time with their friends and family.  I hate the idea of dragging a bride and groom away from the party for hours on end and if I let them get stuck into their drinks reception and give them the chance to actually spend time with people, then I get the opportunity to shoot all those wonderful moments between people.  Excited faces, hugs and kisses, tears and laughter – this is what my brides and grooms want to see photographs of.  Of course, we’ll shoot the all important family group photographs that they require, but I like to fit these into the day when it feels right to do so, rather than worry about doing them all at a certain time.  This helps us avoid a formal feeling to the proceedings (I hate the idea of being that photographer who stands on a chair and shouts names off of a list!  There’s ways of approaching group shots without having to be interruptive and invasive and I work really hard at ensuring everything feels relaxed, not just for the bride and groom, but for all their guests too.

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What is included in your "package"?

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My attendance starts at whatever time in the morning the bride wants me to arrive and I shoot right through until after the first dance.  This enables me to really tell the story of the day with no compromises.

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The attendance fee includes a disc of hi-res images with permission to print/distribute.  I also include lo-res versions to make it easy to email/Facebook etc!  I also supply all of the shots from the day on a DVD slideshow set to music of the bride and grooms choosing – this is a great way to show friends/family the story of your day without always having to carry an album around!  The attendance fee including all of the above is £1,995.

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I also include a pre-wedding shoot for all my wedding clients which is so useful for so many reasons.  It’s great for my brides and grooms to spend a bit more time with me ahead of their big day and vice versa – it really gives us all a chance to get to know each other better which is so helpful on the wedding day – I know what they’re comfortable with, they’ve gone through the nerves of having their photograph taken before their day so those kinds of worries aren’t there – and it’s a good excuse to go for a beer afterwards! (have a look at this link to get a feel for the sort of thing people go for: http://blog.jonnydraper.co.uk/category/pre-wedding/)

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work?

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There are lots of ways…

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WEB: 
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Anything else we should know?

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A new string to my bow – I won’t go into too much detail (as details of Jonny’s next two Day Masterclass in Wedding Photography will be appearing right here on Brides Up North very soon!) but right now, check out Jonny Draper Photography Training for details!

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Super Fly! A Real Wedding In North Wales – Eleanor & Paul

February 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I should probably count my blessings that it isn’t sleeting, but I couldn’t let another dull, grey Tuesday finish without bringing you another beautiful Real Wedding

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As it turns out, I had something rather special up my sleeve all along.  Eleanor and Paul’s big day (planned to perfection by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Andrea of Fabulous Day) is cool, colourful, under canvas and full of surprise details.  Look out overhead!  And I say, let the sun shine!

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Eleanor says:  Paul asked me to marry him in January 2012 in Central Park in New York and we were married on 15th September 2012 at  Llanasa Church in North Wales and then had the reception in the grounds of my family home “Bryngwyn” in Axton, North Wales. 

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Three generations of my family have grown up at Bryngwyn and it’s a place that holds so many special memories. We didn’t look at any other wedding venues – there wasn’t really any question as to where we would have the reception – we were just really lucky that my parents were so accommodating!

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However the idea of traditional ‘white marquee’ wedding really did not appeal – for us it was too formal and restrictive. As soon as we found Event In A Tent and their teepees we knew we’d found the perfect solution as they were original, unique, fitted in with the look of the farm and suited our personalities.

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We really wanted to make a good first impression! We worked with Design Your Day who helped us deliver really unique wedding stationery. Paul is a pilot, with a lifelong obsession with planes so on Design Your Day’s suggestion we adopted the concept of ‘travel’ as our theme. The wedding invites were printed on luggage labels, with personalised photomontage postcards as RSVPs. We also used a small plane motif within the design which was then incorporated into the rest of the wedding stationary. We bound the invites and RSVP cards with specially designed ‘All you need is love’ cotton ribbon. This tag line also had wider connotations for us given that we met in Liverpool and love the Beatles and we incorporated it in other parts of the day. We also included the luggage tags within our table plan.

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We had no specific colour scheme- the one thing we didn’t want was uniformity. We wanted it to look seasonal – with all the colours reflecting the country location.

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My dress was lace and off the shoulder and I got it from Cheshire Brides in Frodsham. I really struggled to find a dress, however all the clichés were true, and when I saw my dress I fell in love with it!

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The bridesmaids wore dresses from Maids to Measure. My bridesmaids were a range of shapes and sizes and I wanted everyone to feel comfortable in their dresses – I chose the colour and then, together with Maids to Measure, everyone designed their own dresses. Each dress was then handmade and tailored to them. They looked great! The groomsmen hired their suits from Swarbricks in Manchester. The range of stock they held made sure that everyone’s suits all fitted perfectly!

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I carried sunflowers, together with mixed herbs and lavender by David Wayman Flowers – with the bridesmaids carrying smaller versions. Paul went for a mixed herb button hole. We also decorate the church with lots of sunflowers and at the reception we had lots of wild flowers throughout the tables.

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For both of us, saying our vows were a really special moment. Also the fact that we had both organised surprises for the other throughout the day was really special.  Originally we had planned to use friends’ cars as wedding transport. However, unbeknown to me, Paul arranged for a horse and carriage to transport me to and from the church. This was a childhood dream and a complete surprise (and created lots of tears)!

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Unbeknown to Paul and all the guests, I arranged for an aerobatic display at the reception by Mark Jefferies Air Displays – which was incredible. Everyone was in complete awe of the stunts by the reigning European aerobatic champion. We later heard that it brought traffic to a standstill over 10 miles away!

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Helen Venables was our amazing photographer and we also had a wedding film created for us by Lemongrove Productions. The careful edit was perfect and captured so many happy moments. We didn’t originally think we’d get a video but on reflection, its one of our most treasured things from the day.

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We were so lucky to have a very accommodating vicar who was more then happy for us to arrange for an owl to fly the rings down the isle when we exchanged our rings! ‘Snowy’ landed on the arm of my little brother, with the rings and it all went without a hitch. None of our guests knew about this and the look of surprise on their faces was brilliant!

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For us, detail (and a few surprises!) were central to our day. For the decor this ranged from personalised rosette name places (I am a keen horse rider), personalised ‘Mr and Mrs’ Bunting, handmade personalised flower crates (made by Paul’s dad), personalised aprons for our nominated carvers during the meal, handmade lanterns, personalised dog outfits (!) and signs. We also had lots of hay bales scattered around as additional outdoor seating and provided blankets which came in handy when it got chilly later in the evening.

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Vanilla in All Seasons were our caterers.  The food was incredible and everyone is still talking about it now!

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We chose a brilliant band called Under the Covers. They played for us in the afternoon too whilst everyone was gathering for canapés.  We also had a photo booth from Picture Blast which was fun!

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Straight after the wedding we went for a mini-moon to Cephalonia.  We are planning a trip to Antarctica later this year!

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Our top tip for other Brides Up North would be to consider hiring a wedding planner! We totally underestimated the amount of planning that goes into having a wedding at home – and it never once crossed our minds that we have to arrange and plan for things like generators, toilets and outside catering requirements! Luckily we managed to secure the services of Andrea Swift at Fabulous Day. Andrea was amazing. She took all the stress away from the planning process we meant that we could concentrate on the little details as ultimately we cared a lot more about the small touches and making things personal to us. 

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Congratulations Eleanor & Paul!

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A DIY Dream: A Real Wedding In Cheshire – Natasha & Kevin

January 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Another extremely beautiful Real Wedding celebration to get Tuesday off to a beautiful start? Ah, go on then.

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Natasha and Kevin’s home spun Cheshire wedding is full of perfect details, little surprises and gorgeous personal touches.  These childhood sweethearts certainly know how to throw a good party!  With beautiful images by Kanashay Photography, let’s join the love birds on their big day…

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Natasha says:  Kev and I are childhood sweethearts, together since our early teens. I was convinced that I would know when he was going to propose, especially after more than 10 years together, but somehow he still managed to surprise me.

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Kev proposed whilst we were on holiday in the South of France in the beautiful town of Carcassonne where he had booked us an amazing little villa to stay in. Kev often arranges lovely treats like this for us to do so I had absolutely no idea what was coming.  A few days into our holiday Kev suggested we went for a walk around a near by chateau. There wasn’t another person on the grounds that day, and I remember thinking what a beautiful and romantic place it was. We strolled around hand in hand, until we reached a picturesque stone staircase overlooking the entire grounds of the chateau, there Kev got down on one knee and with tears in his eyes asked if I would marry him, and after much squeaking, squealing and crying I of course said yes!

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We were married at Peover Golf Club, Cheshire, on Friday 19th October 2012.  The moment that we walked into Peover Golf Club we knew instantly that this was the venue for us. We had already put it on the short list after spying it on the internet, but it was even more beautiful in the flesh and exactly what we wanted. The timber frames, fairy lights and climbing plants give the venue that natural and rustic look we were after, suiting our personalities and taste down to the ground.

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I’m not sure there was a theme as such, we just knew that we wanted lots of natural and rustic elements and some DIY projects. We definitely didn’t want any fuss or bling!

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Our wedding invitations featured a hand painted autumnal tree and bird cage on brown recycled card, decorated with lace and twine. This look, along with my obsession with bunting, pretty much continued throughout the rest of the wedding process.

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We kept almost everything secret from the majority of our friends and family as I wanted them to have some surprises on the day.

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We opted for a sage green colour to fit in the the rustic and natural look. The bridesmaids wore this colour and sage green sashes were tied around we wooden chairs in the venue. We also added some splashes of dusty pink, creams and beige.

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On the day I travelled with my Mum, Dad and three bridesmaids on a fabulous Charabanc bus supplied by Horgans Cars. It wasn’t at all traditional but it was really important to me that we all travelled together and I’m so glad we did. We laughed all the way to the venue, it’s a memory I will always treasure.

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I got to try on so many wedding dresses in my search for the perfect dress, which I loved! However, I’m one of those girls that had already decided upon the kind of wedding dress I would wear years before. I knew exactly what it was supposed to look like and how it should fit , so I started to feel a little disheartened when with less than 6 months to go I still hadn’t found MY dress. Luckily a friend asked if I would model some bridal wear for a local shop, it was only through doing this that I got talking to the shop owner to whom I described my dream dress and as if my magic she thought she may have the dress for me. One week later my dream dress was ordered. Hooray! I choose a Mori Lee wedding dress by Madeline Gardner, which was supplied by the lovely ladies at Zyra Bridal Wear. They altered and changed the dress so it looked just the way I had hoped.

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I would suggest that any bride who knows what they want, to keep pursuing it. I was told by many bridal boutiques that the type of dress I was looking for would either be unsuitable for my frame or that they didn’t supply what I was looking for. Keep looking you WILL find your dress, and you WILL have that moment when you just know it was meant for you.

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Our bridesmaids wore sage green silk chiffon dresses from Coast, while the groomsmen wore light grey three piece lounge suits which were purchased from Hightown Menswear, Sandbach.

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I carried a bouquet of white hydrangeas and gypsophila, it looked just the way I wanted- simple and pretty.

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My cousin Sam played his acoustic guitar during the ceremony, which was just beautiful and so touching. We also choose two poems which were read by my bridesmaids and my sister in law Yvonne.

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There are just SO many favourite moments from the day…  the feeling I had as we said our vows and as we were pronounced man and wife was out of this world. Sneaking off for our little photo shoot and getting to spend some quiet time together, and Kev’s speech, it was just beautiful!

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Booking our photographer (Kanashay Photography) was seriously one of the best decisions we made. She was utterly fabulous throughout the day and I think the photographs speak for themselves!

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Our wedding was a real DIY project and we had just 9 months to do it in! We hand painted the tree design on each invitation for our day guests and made each brown paper package to hold their wedding favours.

I also panted a large canvas with a tree, on which our wedding guests were asked to add a green fingerprint to represent a leaf, and sign their name.

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We had a wish tree, that we attached handmade paper flowers, wooden hearts, pearls and buttons buttons to. Our guests then wrote us messages on luggage tags and attached them to the branches.

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We spent lots of time sorting through old pictures of friends and family to place in a specially made photo album entitled ‘a trip down memory lane’, for guests to enjoy.

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Kev’s mum very kindly sewed yards of beautiful bunting using material sourced from local charity shops, which was hung all over the venue.

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The flowers used to decorate the venue were collected from the local market and arranged the day before the wedding by myself and Kev’s mum. We displayed flowers and candles in various sized jam jars, which were decorated with lace and ribbon.

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My Mum did a wonderful job of making a basket full of pretty confetti cones for our guests to throw.

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A number of sweet jars, fir cones, acorns, tree bark and tins decorated with hessian, containing flowers were also dotted about the venue. I seemed to tie bows of twine to everything and made hundreds of birdcage labels, but it was all worth it in the end!  Dreamweavers Weddings were invaluable in helping us to create the look we wanted.

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We opted for a cheese celebration cake as we much prefer cheese to cake. It also fitted in nicely with the rustic feel of the wedding and went down really well with the guests who almost ate the entire thing!

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We used Olive Tree Catering for our wedding breakfast and evening selection. The food they serve is of such a high standard and completely delicious we simply HAD to have them on our big day.

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For the evening reception we booked the very talented Kurt Davies, who entertained us with two live sets performing songs we had chosen and a disco. The dance floor was NEVER empty!  We also had props available for guests to play about with which lead to some hilarious photos being taken.

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We honeymooned in Florence Italy, very soon after the wedding. It was a wonderful place to begin our married life.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is that if you want lots of DIY elements at your wedding you need to start asap as it will definitely take longer than think. I would also recommend that you book an excellent photographer (like ours!) and get a video camera to capture the day, as once its all over it’s those are the things you will treasure most – along with your lovely new spouse!

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Winter Blush: A Real Wedding In Cheshire – Hayley & Nick

January 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Let’s get this week off to a very pretty start, with this beautiful Winter wedding, sent to me by Joanne Kelly Photography and Brides Up North reader Hayley.  Looking around this little corner of the blogosphere, you might be able to tell that I am quite partial to a touch of pink, and today’s stunning celebration proves that you needn’t strike a blush colour palette off your wish list just because the skies might be looking a little grey.  Rather than raising temperatures with traditional berry reds, it’s time to subtly turn up the heat, with a pretty mix of pinks, golds and just a touch of twinkle.  All together now: ahh. 

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Hayley says:  Nick asked me to marry him at Mottram Hall on my birthday on 26th August 2011 and we were married on 21st December 2012 at Combermere Abbey, Whitchurch. 

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We instantly fell in love with the beautiful glasshouse and gardens at Combermere. The pathway up to the glasshouse is truly breath taking. We also really liked that you had exclusive use of the grounds on the day and we wouldn’t have to share our day with anyone else.

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Although we got married only four days before Christmas, we didn’t want it to run too much into our wedding day. We had a romantic vintage theme with low textured floral displays and lots of candles to give it that romantic feel, using a colour base of golds and taupes with dusky pink and dark lilac rose posies.

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I fell in love with the dress instantly. It was a Pronovias design from The Bridal Path in Altrincham. The dress was an elegant Grecian style, with the most stunning beading over the shoulder and down the back.  my heels were by Jenny Packham

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My makeup and HD brows were by Makeup by Lucy Hill and finished off my look beautifully.

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I had a posy in a range of Winter pink flowers to give a lovely vintage look and texture.

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The bridesmaids wore Jenny Packham gold/taupe full length dresses with jewelled waistlines and beautiful asymmetric drapes over the shoulder. The groomsmen had dark charcoal suits with low waistcoats and ties to match the bridesmaid dresses.

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My favourite part of the day was walking up to the glasshouse before the ceremony, it was the only part of the day that seemed to go slowly. Nick was very nervous for his speech so the evening reception was probably his favourite part of the day when he could relax!

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Our video was taken by Cinematic Vizion, I loved the unique documentary style that Chris used to capture the day.

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Our photography was by Joanne Kelly and we were delighted by all the beautiful photographs from both our wedding day and also the pre-wedding shoot. Joanne is really creative and is able to capture some stunning images.

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We used lots of music throughout the day.  For the ceremony we a harpist, Una Linett. We had a string trio to play during the meal and then for the evening reception we had The Livewires. The Livewires were the second thing we booked after the wedding reception, as soon as Nick heard them, and they were great!

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We had a beautiful plain three tiered cake, with roses dusted in a gold shimmer and trimmed with gold antique lace.

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We rented out all the cottage accommodation the night before and the night after the wedding. The guests really enjoyed sharing the whole experience with us and not just the wedding ceremony and evening reception.

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After the wedding, we wanted to spend Christmas at home with our family and move into our new home. We are hoping to go away on our honeymoon later in the year.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be on the day, forget about all the planning and worrying how well the day goes and just enjoy the day.

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Congratulations Hayley & Nick!

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Wedding Belle! A Real Wedding In The North West – Rosie & Nick

January 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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And so to our very first Real Wedding of 2013! Where better to start than over in Knutsford, Cheshire at the stunning Belle Epoque (the location for the last Brides Up North Tweet Up North West no less!) and join Rosie and Nick for a stunning celebration of their marriage.

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There’s snow globes, gorgeous gowns (check out those bridesmaids, and that David Fielden) and erm, Morris dancers a plenty.  With images by the ever talented Jonny Draper Photography

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Rosie says:  We got engaged in December 2010 at Gilpin Lodge in the Lake District.  I had taken Nick away for his 30th birthday and he proposed in the hot tub!  I thought the ring box was a Pandora charm!

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We were married on 25th November 2012 at Belle Epoque, Knutsford.  We have lived in Knutsford for four years and absolutely love it. The Belle Epoque was everything we wanted, intimate, romantic and a different feel to many other weddings we’d been to. We wanted to do something from the norm and were keen not to have it feel overly traditional.

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Dress wise, I was keen to have something out of the ordinary. My first visit to Amy Louise Bridal in Nantwich was like a child in a sweetie shop! I liked at least 10 dresses! Several bridesmaids’ visits later and it had been whittled down to two. Everyone who saw the David Fielden number felt that it was the one and suited my figure. A number of bridal shops later and it was the one I compared every one to. And so it was chosen! Kirsten at Amy Louise was amazing and so very friendly and helpful from start to finish.

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My bridal jewellery and headwear was by Halo and Co. 

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The stunning Bridesmaids’ dresses were Debut at Debenhams. We didn’t go for morning suits for the groomsmen and ushers (again not wanting too much of a traditional feel). They all wore what they wanted. Nick had his three piece suit and shirt made at Papas Tailoring in Knutsford.

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My full name is Rosemary so it was only natural that I would have roses as the bouquet. There were also a few sprigs of rosemary hidden in the bridal bouquet. The roses were carefully matched to the bridesmaids dresses – this was not easy as their colour was quite unusual. Amnesia and metalina roses matched quite well. The bridal bouquet had crystals added to some of the roses and wrapped in lace to match the sleeves of the bridal gown.

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During the ceremony a friend of my daughter, an upcoming artist, 15 year old Molly Pye played acoustically on her guitar. She sang Three Little Birds’ Don’t worry as I walked down the aisle. I am prone to worrying! During the ceremony she played Somewhere Over The Rainbow, and the we exited the ceremony to Wonderwall.

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We had an interpreter for the deaf who signed throughout the day as my parents and a number of my immediate family are profoundly deaf.  Immediately after the ceremony, the Dee Sign Choir from Chester signed along to three songs we had chosen. A tear jerking time for all our family who had been kept in the dark about this. It was our surprise to them.

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We didn’t set off with a theme, it came together gradually. Once we found out the Christmas decorations would be up in time for the wedding we decided to put a Christmas edge to it.  I would be Santa’s elf if I could so it was only natural to have a festive feel to the day.   We didn’t really have a colour scheme, we found bridesmaids dresses we liked and matched flowers to this. The rest we wanted to tie in with the colour scheme at the Belle Epoque so we used purples and brown paper.  It was also a bit of a mismatch really but it came together and worked!

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We chose amazingly delicious cupcakes provided by The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon, Didsbury in four  flavours with a lemon cake on top.  Yummy!

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I made Christmas baubles as favours for the ladies using photo baubles but inserting our own inserts. One side saying ‘Merry Christmas’  and a painstakingly decorated Christmas tree image with tiny purple and gold decorations. The reverse side was a testament to our wedding.

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After the wedding breakfast, neither of us particularly wanted a first dance. However, Nicks favourite day of the whole year is Knutsford Royal May Day which is generally a very good knees up with friends! Nick always gets particularly excited as the Morris men approach so this is where we got an idea for evening entertainment. Leyland Morris Men were more than obliging and it truly was such fun to have them there. Not only did they perform but got the audience up and involved in several different dances.  We finished with a DJ called Roy Stone.

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After the wedding we spent an amazing five and a half weeks travelling around Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax, enjoy and soak up every second … and don’t forget to leave plenty of money afterwards to treat yourselves to a fabulous honeymoon.  You will need it! We also felt that spending on a great photographer and entertainment was money very well spent. 

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Congratulations Rosie & Nick!

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