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Brownies’ Honour! A Scouting Real Wedding At Theatre Royal, York – Claire & Andrew

November 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Alex Knight Photography

If you’re going to theme a wedding, you may as well do it properly.  Or at least that was today’s newlyweds’ motto (that and “Be Prepared” of course) when planning their entirely Scout and Guide themed wedding.

I’ve been looking forward to sharing this fun and fabulous day with you.  Campfires at the ready, it’s Claire & Andrew’s big day…

Images by Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Claire says:  We got engaged on 12th August 2012 at Whitby Abbey.  I had just been on a JEKA adventure with my Guide & Ranger groups to Adelboden in Switzerland via Disneyland Paris on the way back. I was very tired and hadn’t showered in 2 days! I had managed to change my pants and brush my teeth though – small things to make a long coach journey bearable!

Andrew had been clearing out the Scout stores and I had to suffer a variety of vintage gas lamps in the kitchen. Upon collecting me he declared that he found a Scout campsite willing to have said lamps; "It’s a bit of a drive but you can tell me about your trip in the car." I was too exhausted to argue.

It turned out the "bit of a drive" was Scarborough; a likely story. I had an inkling that Andrew might propose but didn’t think he would be so cruel.  Meanwhile I kept looking at the road signs wistfully that said Whitby – my favourite place in the entire world. I had a nap; woke up to tell Andrew off for nearly ploughing into the back of a tractor; fell asleep again and eventually woke up in a car park.

"This doesn’t look like a Scout campsite."
"Do you not know where you are?"
"*Sigh* no"
"Look out of the window to your right."
"*Sees Whitby Abbey* oh… OH!"

I guess what the game is; immediately feel sick, think I’m about to ramble and ruin everything and promptly clam up.  Andrew and I go for an ice cream and a walk around the Abbey.

Andrew gets on one knee and pops the question. I squeak and nod. Andrew then gets extra Brownie points by reading a love letter from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn (one of my idols). He was going to memorise it but it was too hard! .

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

We got married at Barley Hall in York on 18th May 2013 and had the reception at the De Grey Ballroom at the Theatre Royal. 

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

We wanted something historical and a little bit different to a modern hotel. We were never going to get married in church so we needed to widen the search. We loved Temple Newsham in Leeds but it was very booked up and the amount of chasing we had to do with marquee people started to get a bit silly.

As we had a lot of guests travelling we looked to York. I always enjoyed day trips there with my Mum and there is history around every corner; plus it has an abundance of hotels for every budget and a major train station!

The Great Hall in Barley Hall is decorated with white roses – perfect for a Yorkshire girl and it still has the medieval fireplace in the centre. Andrew wanted a small ceremony (promptly forgetting how large his family is!) due to stage fright – speeches he can do but being “on stage” for something so important and intimate brought us both out in the heebie jeebies! The exhibition when we got married was “Horrible Histories” – I’ve got a full set of the books; cue one very excited bride. I’m proud to say even the costume for “Stupid Death” was on show plus a skeleton and a stuffed rat. What can I say? I love my history!

A Google search for “large venue hire York” revealed the De Grey Rooms. Lindsey was possibly the most excited, lovely and welcoming person I’ve ever spoken to on the phone. Once I revealed the theme she was ecstatic – her Mum was a Brown Owl and got on board with the theme straight away!

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We walked from each venue in York. The heavens opened in the morning and I was willing the forecast to be right and that it would pass by the time we needed to leave.  Thankfully, the rain stopped by lunch time and we were ready to rock n roll!

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Our theme was Scouts & Guides – we both volunteer for the movements and it’s how we met. We were both volunteering on the Physical Zone at Wings 2009 in Berkshire.  We didn’t really have a colour scheme as such but sapphire blue and purple did make an appearance – my favourite colours.

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My bouquet was white & antique roses with blue thistles by The Floral Studio – blending Yorkshire and Scotland.  Twisted Willow Floristry did our table garland and herb pots. 

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I had a few requirements for my wedding dress: I wanted some sort of sleeve (narrows the search right down); to be corseted and to have covered buttons rather than the criss cross of corseting shown on the back.

I was willing to try on pretty much anything at the start of the search but quickly realised that sleeves or straps were high on my wish list. I’m short at 5ft2 and I’ve got a good bosom so I didn’t want anything to highlight my top heaviness!

The Bridal Boutique in Guiseley was where I ended up finding my dress: Angelina by Diane Harbridge. There were so many dresses in the range (and now the new range) that I loved. I loved the way it pulled me right in on the top half but my legs weren’t constrained.  

The back of the dress was really detailed – that’s what most people see in the ceremony.  I could hear so many comments as we walked through York complimenting the dress – I felt fantastic!

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We asked the groomsmen and ushers to wear their best suits and I got them a tie and our Scottish best man wore his full Bonnie Prince Charlie kilt get up.

Bridesmaids were trickier – two of them weren’t in the country during the planning. I sent an email with links to dresses that I had found online and by a stroke of luck all three liked the same dress. Monsoon had come to the rescue. We got a sapphire blue dress called Meadow and my Mum made ivory sashes to jazz them up a bit.

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During the ceremony Andrew’s Dad’s quartet played various pieces from the TV show the Tudors. I’m a big fan of Jonathan Rhys Meyers and I got permission from Trevor Morris who wrote the music for the show to use it in our ceremony.

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

My favourite part of the day was probably walking through York. On the way I got stopped and had photos taken with tourists.  We had photos taken with bridesmaids, best men and groomsmen taken at the doors of York Minster and we could see a crowd of about 200 people stopping and watching.  I couldn’t resist some photo bombing of photos on the walk back to the hall (bad bride!)

Overall, the seeing all the hard work come together was fantastic.

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

We went to town on the theme.  All tables at the reception were named after real Scout & Guide patrols and each guest got a specially made wedding badge – quickly popped into pockets and bags by the many Scouters and Guiders at the wedding!

Mum made a necker for each guest to wear and also bunting from donated Scout & Guide neckers.  Our table centres were old Scout & Guide books and we displayed the gas lamps used in the proposal on the fireplaces. 

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Andrew made a considerable amount of wine for the reception – this went down a lot better than expected! We made our own pub quiz and then we had a good old boogie to some cheesy classics.

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Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

My bridesmaid’s Mum made our cake. This was very fitting as she made my naming cake and some of my birthday cakes growing up. We had three layers: fruit, chocolate and Victoria sponge. Yummy! The wedding cake had Scout & Guide emblems around the top layer and on the very top was a tent made from icing with two pairs of feet sticking out and our personalised woggles. 

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Andrew’s an engineer and loves trains so for our honeymoon we went from Leeds to London and then to Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin all by train! We flew back to London to see Les Miserables and then one final train back to Leeds.  When we got back Andrew asked for a beach holiday next time!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is this:  When you enter Wedding World; be prepared to leave common sense at the door.  You can be in a classic no win situation as no matter what you say you are immediately accused of being a Bridezilla.

Weddings have a weird habit of turning people a bit strange – and I’m not including the bride here! You will hear so many different daft comments and questions. Just remember: “There’s nowt as queer as folk!” & “Keep Calm and Carry on!”

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Congratulations Claire & Andrew!

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Were YOU Caught On Camera At The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition?

April 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

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If you visited us – and almost 1,000 of you did! -  at our massive Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at the National Railway Museum then chance is that you might just have been caught on camera… either messing around in one of our fabulous retro photobooths (these images are courtesy of Booth Revolution) or by our roving photographer Peter Boyd Photography.

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Hope you had your lippy on!

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Peter Boyd Photography at the National Railway Musuem Wedding Fair

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Peter Boyd Photography at the National Railway Musuem Wedding Fair

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Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

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Peter Boyd Photography at the National Railway Musuem Wedding Fair

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Peter Boyd Photography at the National Railway Musuem Wedding Fair

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Peter Boyd Photography at the National Railway Musuem Wedding Fair

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Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

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Peter Boyd Photography at the National Railway Musuem Wedding Fair

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Peter Boyd Photography at the National Railway Musuem Wedding Fair

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Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

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Peter Boyd Photography at the National Railway Musuem Wedding Fair

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Peter Boyd Photography at the National Railway Musuem Wedding Fair

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Peter Boyd Photography at the National Railway Musuem Wedding Fair

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Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

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Peter Boyd Photography at the National Railway Musuem Wedding Fair

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Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

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Peter Boyd Photography at the National Railway Musuem Wedding Fair

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Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

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Peter Boyd Photography at the National Railway Musuem Wedding Fair

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Peter Boyd Photography at the National Railway Musuem Wedding Fair

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Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

Booth Revolution at The National Railway Museum Wedding Fair

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If you didn’t make it last Sunday, we’d love to see you at one (or all!) of our remaining events this Spring:

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The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at  Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire – Sunday 12th May 2013

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The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham – Sunday 19th May 2013

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The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Rise Hall, East Yorkshire – Sunday 9th June 2013

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Click here to pre-register for all our events.  We can’t wait to see you! 

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THIS SUNDAY! – York’s Most Beautiful Bridal Event: The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at The National Railway Museum

April 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Out of office alerts are on!  The Brides Up North team are now officially on lockdown preparing for our newest and most exciting event in this Spring’s calendar – our beautiful Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at National Railway Museum, York. 

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It’s been a year in the planning, and we are busy putting the finishing touches on what looks set to be a really very special day – think luxury with a vintage twist – coming your way this Sunday from 10am – 5:30pm!

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I don’t know what it is, but there seems to be a real buzz of excitement in the air (both on and offline) about this one, and EVERYONE seems to be talking about it.  It could be the quirky and stunning venue, the fact that I haven’t shut up about it for months, that they are chatting about it on the radio, or that we’ve got what I consider to be the very finest selection of exhibitors in the area ready and waiting all under one huge roof.

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Just don’t miss it. No lie in nor Sunday roast could beat this.  If you are tying the knot in Yorkshire, you need to be at this event.  

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Join Brides Up North and the region’s very finest wedding suppliers in this unique and stunning setting amongst the beautiful vintage trains for York’s most beautiful bridal event this Sunday 21st April 2013.

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The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition

National Railway Museum, York

Sunday 21st April 2013

10am – 5.30pm

FREE ENTRY 

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This is one absolutely amazing line up! Waiting to greet you will be Rebecca Jane’s Secret Attic, Booth Revolution, Buttercream Cupcakes, Cat Hepple Photography, Cordelia & Co, Couture Cake Design, Curvy Bridal, Damian Hall Photography, Damigella D’onore, Damselle Tiaras, DG Sound & Light, Dirk Van Der Werff, Eyecapture, Firenza Floral Design, Glen Roughead Swing, Gray Events Ltd, Helen Guy, Iain Henderson Designs, Jess Petrie Photography, Joel Skingle Photography, Leafy Couture, Limelight Photobooth Hire, Love Bouquets, Perfectly Practical Parties, Peter Boyd Photography, The Little Bridal Company, Twisted Willow Floristry, Victoria Farr Make Up & Hair Specialist, A Vintage Affair Ltd, White Petal Design, The Candy Stand, Angels Carrying Savage Weapons, Simply Bows & Chair Covers, Millesime Cake Boutique, KM Cakes and Cupcakes, Kayti Lauren Weddings, The Wedding Institute, Tiamo Stationery, LMS Events, Love To Marry, Alison Barrett Millinery, The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company, Love My Dress Blog and more…

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As well as getting just a little air time on the blog, Facebook and Twitter feeds, you might hear excitement levels building over on the airwaves of Minster FM and elsewhere online and in the press too. We can’t wait to see you there! 

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As usual with all of our shows, Brides Up North blog readers are being offered the opportunity to beat the crowds and register for a special little Brides Up North welcome pack (packed with some tiny treats, sugary things and glossy mags), completely free of charge, and while stocks last (we always clear out at every show!).  All you need to do is pre-register below and we will save your goodies for you and grant you speedy entry at the desk.  Simples.

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Fill in your details below, marking “NATIONAL RAILWAY” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your goody bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibition.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Goody bags are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy.

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Exhibitor enquiries for all Brides Up North events in 2013 – please email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk – you can also pre-register for all of these events NOW!

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National Railway Museum, York – Sunday 21st April 2013

(Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition)

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The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham – Sunday 19th May 2013

(Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Rise Hall, East Yorkshire – Sunday 9th June 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham – Sunday 8th September 2013

(Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition – 100 exhibitors)

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Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire – Sunday 15th September 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, Co Durham – Sunday 29th September 2013

(Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition – 80 exhibitors)

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The Mansion, Leeds – Sunday 6th October 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Nostell Priory, Wakefield – Sunday 13th October 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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It’s Coming…

March 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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NRM Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition Spring 2013

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Save the date. 

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Pre-registration for York’s most beautiful bridal event, and our largest Yorkshire show to date is now open.  Don’t miss it.

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Sparkling White: A Real Winter Wedding In York – Anna & Lee

January 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Anna and Lee’s sparkling Winter wedding feels like the perfect way to begin a fresh new week here on the wedding blog.  With tons of twinkle, crisp whites and beautiful images by super talented Brides Up North Featured Supplier Dominic Wright Photography, Anna and Lee’s day is inspiration all the way.  Enjoy. 

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Anna says:  We got engaged at the Minster in York on the 14th February 2012. I wasn’t expecting it all at as Lee hates Valentine’s Day so I was very shocked and thrilled.

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We were married on Sunday 23rd December 2012 at The Hospitium, Museum gardens, York.  We loved the 14th century building and the mixture of the stone work and pillars downstairs and more modern upstairs. We thought it would be the perfect Christmas wedding venue. The setting in Museum gardens meant that we could have beautiful photographs (thanks to our amazing photographers!) in the Abbey ruins that are in the grounds of the park.

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I wanted a winter wonderland with lots of foliage, twinkle and Christmas touches.  I used a lot of white sparkle and then greens through the bridesmaid dresses and the foliage. 

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We put a surprise guided bus tour on (with bubbly!) for all our guests. It picked the guests up from Hotel Du Vin, York and the guests then had a personalised tour of the city before being dropped at the venue of the wedding.

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I wanted a huge princess dress that was very classy and beautiful. I bought my stunning Pronovias dress from Brides of Harrogate. I wanted the groom, best man and fathers to be in classic three piece suits. The groom’s suit was a William Hunt (Savile Row) suit.  The bridesmaid’s dresses were from Brides of Harrogate also and were made by the designer Mori Lee.

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My make-up was by Julia Spink and the beautiful hair (bride, bride’s mother, bridesmaids and flower girls was all done by Hannah Green.

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I had recorded the children in my school singing a beautiful and moving song to be played through ceremony (which had many of our guests in tears). Then we had Christmas songs playing throughout the drinks reception.

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Its so hard to pick a favourite part of the day! The reaction of everyone (including the groom who cried) when I walked into the room, the relaxed atmosphere and the knowledge that everyone was absolutely loving the day and buzzing with it and of course wearing my stunning dress and seeing my groom looking gorgeous, as were all of my guests. It really was the most amazing day.

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I carried a bouquet of white roses with eucalyptus and sparkle. I wanted something very simple and classic that wouldn’t date in the photographs.  Our florist was the amazing and talented Susan Dudley-Smith.

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We had personalised crackers which matched the incredible stationery designed and made by my sister in law, Kate Wells. She made the most stunning ‘Advent Calendar’ invitations for our guests to open on the days leading up to the wedding. The guests loved them! There were also personalised teddies for the flower girls to open at the meal.

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The delicious catering was by Bradshaws of York.  My mother in law made a beautiful ivory wedding cake with flowers on it to tie in with the theme.

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Given the time of year and the fact that our daughter is only two, we didn’t fancy a long hall flight for our honeymoon. We ended up booking a luxury cottage in Northumberland, so we had five nights relaxing as a family, with meals out and beautiful walks on the beach every day.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to make sure you stick to your guns about the sort of day you want. If you are happy and relaxed on the day all your guests will be too. Unfortunately the saying is true – you get what you pay for, so pick out the things that are really important to you and then see if you can cut back (or make your own) in other areas. Guests will love your personalised and individual touches.

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Congratulations Anna & Lee!

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Muted Elegance: A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Charlotte & Daniel

December 15th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Charlotte and Daniel’s simple celebration with it’s muted and moody colour scheme was all about one thing: keeping it real.  Their pretty and personal wedding day focused on the ceremony and the people around them because, when all is said and done, isn’t that what really matters?

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That, and one stunning wedding gown.  Obvs. 

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With images by Shelley Hughes of Diamonds & Doodles

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Charlotte says:  We got engaged at Castle Howard – walking in the grounds in April 2011 – and were married on 12th August 2012 at Fairfield Manor, Mercure Hotel, York. 

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We wanted a hotel wedding and this hotel had some lovely grounds compared to some of the city centre hotels and was only just outside of York so people could easily get there. It also had plenty of parking, again in contrast to some of the city centre hotels. The staff were all great from the beginning and clearly knew what they were doing, with plenty of experience.

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We decided against a theme and aimed for a fairly relaxed day with a hint of the traditional wedding.  We chose a muted colour scheme of dark purple and gold.

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My dress was a slim-fitting dress, with straps that crossed over at the back from The Bridal Lounge in York. It had some beading design on the straps and under the bust. The dress was called ‘Jazz’.   I carried a small hand tied bunch of purple and cream flowers including freesias by Kymm Queen who designed the table flowers to match.   

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We didn’t have any bridesmaids.  The groomsmen wore their own suits and wore matching gold ties. Daniel’s suit was from Marks and Spencer

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My favourite part of the day was the ceremony.  For us the whole day was all about us getting married and we had carefully chosen readings for our closest friends and family to read.  We weren’t too worried about all the other details as we knew the hotel had taken care of all that.

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I made my own invitations, menu cards, table name cards, seating plan and favours.  We wanted the day to be really personal.  Daniel, his best man, the father of the bride, the bride and the father of the groom all made really lovely speeches after the meal.

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Our cake was made by Daniel’s godmother; it was a circular, two layered sponge cake with marzipan and icing with a purple ribbon around each layer. We asked the florist to put flowers on the top.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Sao Raphael in Portugal. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to really enjoy the day – make sure you invite your closest friends and family. Be prepared to be a little overwhelmed though!  Make your day about the getting married and the ceremony and don’t worry about all the other details – they will all come together by the end. 

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That’ll Be The Day! A Real Wedding In York – Lindsay & Matt

November 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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We first met Yorkshire couple Lindsay and Matt when they shared their sweet York engagement shoot and love story on these pages a few weeks back, and this afternoon they are back on the same streets to recap their very vintage, deliciously DIY, rock and rolling 1950’s influenced wedding. 

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Lindsay says:  We got engaged in December 2011 at the La Rosa Boutique Hotel in Whitby. I had been wanting to stay at the hotel for ages due to its cool quirkiness and ‘vintage-ness’. It was a surprise, Matt had wanted to propose on the balcony overlooking the harbour but when we arrived there wasn’t a balcony!

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We were married on Saturday September 1st 2012 at  York Registry Office with a reception at St Williams College, York.  We had been there previously for a Vintage Fair and had seen how beautiful the building was. From a practical point of view it was also ideal, being right in the centre of York. The amount of space meant we could do a variety of things in the different rooms and private courtyard.  We opted for a vintage theme. 

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I chose a 50’s style Vivien of Holloway halter neck dress with a navy petticoat, navy shoes and navy ribbon belt. I also had a little birdcage veil which was from www.lilybella.co.uk. I knew from the start I wanted a birdcage veil but found it really difficult finding one that I liked. 

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My hair was put up at The Lounge in York by my usual hairdresser Lou. Matt couldn’t believe how many hairgrips came out of my hair at the end of the night, but it certainly stood up amazingly well throughout the day.

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I carried a bouquet of cool water and avalanche roses with eucalyptus, tied with an ivory ribbon and pearl detail – all from Dutch Nurseries in Haxby, York.

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The bridesmaids wore long navy dresses from M&S (one of the bridesmaids was pregnant so the dresses needed to be practical as well as elegant). Matt wore a navy suit with waistcoat from Slaters. He also had a pocket watch which he was very proud of!

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Rather than a wedding car, I arrived at the registry office in a rickshaw provided by The Green Cab Man. Given the traffic on a Saturday in York is awful, it was also the quickest way to travel! It was one of my highlights when the registrar said it was the first time they had a bride turn up in a rickshaw.

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Before the wedding we set up a wedding website using www.gettingmarried.co.uk. It was free and would recommend it as you are able to put more details than you can on an invite. We had lots of people from out of York so it was good to be able to put hotels details up and directions. You could also use the site for your wedding list.

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Hayley Baxter was our photographer and did an amazing job. She has this great ability to organise people without coming across as being bossy, she manages to make people feel at ease in order to get the best photos. She even managed to pull in a character from one of the York guided Walks to pose with us for a picture!

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Morwen, the manager at St William’s College, was our wedding planner, and did a fantastic job organising and setting up our wedding. There wasn’t anything we wanted to do that she and her team couldn’t accommodate. Bradshaws of York were our caterers and again were excellent. They work in partnership with the College and you could tell they had a wealth of experience catering for weddings.

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We made our own wedding favours in the form of gift bags on the tables. Each female received a vintage brooch, whilst the men had football pin badges according to the team they support – the boys pins went down way better than I thought they would and everyone seemed to be touched by the thought and effort which went into them. In the bags we also put in bubbles, fortune fish and a lottery ticket. We went a bit crazy on the favours but it was really worth it! We spent a full Saturday lining all the bags with navy organza and decorating the personalised tags, they also doubled as the table place names.

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For the wine glasses on the tables I made individual wine glass bead charms and I also decorated the napkins with ribbon and beads.  We also used my 50’s Babycham glasses for the toast and Cherry B glasses for the welcome drinks, just to add to the vintage feel! It took forever to collect them but was so much fun, we are now trying to work out what to do with them all.

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The table centres were different vintage themes which were then named after records. The top table was “Toys in the Attic” which had lots of old toys on, one of which was Matt’s dad’s old teddy bear called big ted (he is actually not that big). One had a singer sewing machine, another a typewriter and one was travel themed.

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For a card box we used an old suitcase lined with ivory fabric and and Lexicon cards for the sign. The suitcase had originally belonged to Matts great great granddad and had his initials on it, it was really special to be able to use things which had been in the family for so long.

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For decoration we spent weeks and weeks going to car boot sales and collecting little cut glass bud vases which we had roses in. We also collected lots of old wood candle stick holders which we had as part of the table centres and around the room.

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I did originally contemplate making the bunting but the room was so big and I knew it would take forever so instead we bought some cut paper bunting and I was pleased with how good it looked.

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It took two big cars jam packed full to take all the stuff to the venue, Morwen the manager said we had far more bits and pieces than most of her brides and grooms but never complained.

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One of the things I enjoyed the most was thinking of all the details but I have to admit it would never of happened if Matt was not involved. I’m good at the ideas but not always so good at the practical things like making them happen!

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In the other room which I nicknamed the Pink Flamingo room we had a sweetie bar, little card tables which we had put vintage games on and Hayley had her photo booth set up in there. The sweetie bar was another excuse for to go to car boot sales and collect things as we used pretty cut glass bowls.

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In the room with the bar we put up two photo posters, one with lots of pictures of Matt when he was little and all his family and one for me and my family. They were really good conversation starters. In the bar room we also had little leaflets with hangover cures one which also had a picture of Matt’s granddad with his old cure of the hare of the dog!

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We had a cheese wedding cake from The Cheese Shop on Gillygate in York. It was made up of five different cheeses.

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We had a jukebox so guests could choose the music. It came from Speciality Music in Wyke. The jukebox was delivered and collected and was very reasonably priced. There also wasn’t a song we requested that couldn’t be provided. We also had a limbo contest on the dance floor which went down a storm! It was amazing how good everyone was at organising themselves and most of the guests got involved in either competing or at least clapping on others. In the smaller room Hayley set up a photo booth, complete with fancy dress items and props. This was probably the biggest success as all the guests got involved and had a great time!

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For our first dance we did a rock and roll dance. We had had lessons the year before and worked really well with my 50’s dress.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in California, flying into San Francisco and then driving to Napa, Los Angeles and, finally, Las Vegas!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a unique wedding. Thinking outside the box can make it more unique and special, and cut down on the cost.

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Congratulations Lindsay & Matt!

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Hey Minster! A Real Engagement In York – Lindsay & Matt

November 12th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Welcome to Monday Brides Up North!  Let’s spread the love this morning with this sweet Yorkshire engagement shoot, sent to me by Hayley Baxter Photography and Brides Up North reader Lindsay.  Love stories rock.

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Lindsay tells us: We got engaged December 2011 at the La Rosa Boutique Hotel in Whitby and it was a total surprise! I had been wanting to stay at the hotel for ages due to its cool quirkiness and vintage styling.   Matt had wanted to propose on the balcony overlooking the harbour but when we arrived there wasn’t a balcony!

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We were married on 1st September 2012 at York Registry Office with the reception afterwards at St Williams College, York.  We’ll be back to share our Real Wedding photographs with Brides Up North very soon! I have loved using Brides Up North to help with my wedding planning as it gives you loads of info about local suppliers and services

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We first met at work, where we used to work in the same team, sitting one desk apart. I don’t think the girl sat in between us was too thrilled about it!  On our first date, Matt came through to my house in York from Leeds and we were going to go out, but it was raining so we stayed in with takeaway and a DVD!  Very romantic!

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I love that we work so well together, I am the ideas person and Matt is the one who puts the ideas into practice. If it was all left to me nothing would get done!

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Our photographer Hayley offered the engagement shoot to us as part of the package for the wedding, but I would recommend it to anyone as it really put us at ease for the actual day.  Hayley really put us at ease. We thought we would be self conscious having photo’s taken in the centre of York, but we weren’t! It also meant we could pick out locations for our actual wedding photos. The street where the majority of the photos were taken worked really well and is a street I want to one day live on!

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Our greatest wish for married life is to stay as happy as we are right now. 

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Congratulations Lindsay & Matt!

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Bunting In Abundance! A Real Wedding In York – Clare & Russell

October 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’m in recovery following an absolutely fantastic day at the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at The Mansion yesterday – I am pleased to announce yet another record attendance at this boutique Leeds venue and an event packed with gorgeous exhibits and beautiful brides and their families.  I’m already looking forward to the next one! 

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Staying in Yorkshire this morning, let’s kick off another week of wedding blog fabulous with Clare and Russell’s lovely Real Wedding in York, with images by Mick Cookson Photography

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Clare says:  Russell and I got engaged at the London Waldorf Hotel on 31st December 2011 and we married on 21st September 2012 at the Treasurers House in York City Centre. 

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We wanted somewhere unique, old and exclusive to us on the day. The Treasurers House ticked all those boxes with a bonus of a backdrop of York Minster and wonderful York.  We went for an English Country Garden/Vintage Style – with an emphasis on birdcages. 

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I wore a fitted fishtail lace dress with a birdcage veil and vintage shoes.  My Best Women wore the same one shoulder floor length gown with sequinned sash. One in black and one in gold.

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I carried a bouquet of avalanche roses with purple flowers in-between from Sally May Flowers in York.  The brief was for them to look like they had been gathered from the garden and roughly tied. 

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We walked from our centre hotel across the park to the Treasurers House and then from our day venue to the night venue through the streets of York. 

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The ceremony was my favourite part of the day.  It was short but sweet, the music was perfect and there was lots of love in the room. 

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We used a vintage suitcase for collecting cards and luggage tags for table and place names. There was bunting in abundance and jam jars tied with gingham ribbon and filled with white and pink sugar hearts for favours. Birdcages and fairy lights were also dotted around the venue. 

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Russ’ sister baked the cupcake cake with a cake topper. Two love birds sat on top!

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We chose to have Michael Mulholland in the day playing our favourite indie tunes and an indie band in the evening.

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Russ and I did a joint speech which went down really well and the best women as well as the best man did speeches.

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After the wedding we had a mini-moon in Fuerteventura and plan to go somewhere more exotic in the new year. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make sure you do what you want to do. Don’t get swayed into pleasing everyone else. Russ and I spent lots of time together during the day and took time out on our own to take it all in.

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