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Ruffles & Blooms: A Real Wedding In The North East – Jemma & Anthony

April 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’m currently in recovery from the last Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive of the Spring season at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall.  What a way to finish a great run of shows!  All of the Wedding Exclusives (and the even larger Brides Up North Super Showcase) have been record attendances for the beautiful venues that I work with but this one was an especially brilliant day, with 290 brides (!) and their families coming to see the Hall and our amazing exhibitors.  More on that later.  Watch out for more shows in your area this Autumn.  Exhibitors can contact julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details.

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So, onwards and upwards as always, lets kick start the week with some pretty!  This gorgeous North East wedding was sent to me by wedding blog reader and Real Bride Jemma and with some of my favourite North East suppliers on her team, it was always going to be a cracker!

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I proposed to Anthony in November 2009 at the cinema. I set it all up on the big screen before the film along with his favourite music. Although he was a little startled he did say yes!

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We tied the knot at Beamish Hall on 16th March 2012 with family and friends travelling from all over the world to be with us which made the day even more special.

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We chose Beamish Hall as from our first visit here we knew this was our special place and where we could see ourselves getting married. It is so magical here and beautiful that no where else was as perfect for us.

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Pale pinks and greens were our colour choices. I wanted to keep it very simple yet vintage looking with pearls, fringed tulips that looked like lace and selections of various vases for the flowers provided by our florist Adam Prest and plenty of candle light.

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I chose a very simple yet fairy tale like dress by Morilee from Wedding Secrets. I accompanied this with a ivory sash with pearls and crystals from YAP Bridal to tie in a big bow at the back.

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My bouquet was a mixture of roses, peonies and many other beautiful assortments. I have never had such beautiful flowers and we were amazed at how much care and detail had gone into each display. We have even sent my bouquet off to be preserved in a special frame as it was that beautiful at Precious Petals. Thank you Adam for all your care and attention that went into making our day even more spectacular!

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My bridesmaid wore a long flowing pale pink dress from Debenhams which she chose herself. Our little flower girl wore a silver green dress by Monsoon embellished with detail around the waist which matched in with my dress.  The boy’s suits were by The Wedding Wardrobe

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I spent the night before the wedding at Beamish Hall with my mum and got ready there on the morning. Anthony travelled with my dad, his brother and dad to the venue. I did miss him overnight and ended up not being able to sleep with such excitement.

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We had a string trio, The North East Soiree for the ceremony who played absolutely beautiful. It made the day that much more perfect. Thank you Gordon for playing even tunes by Morrissey for our special day.

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Its so hard to choose a favourite part of the day as it was all so beautiful and perfect. I have to say though seeing Anthony at the end of the aisle made everything else just fade into the background and I realised what I had been waiting for all along

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We chose our friend Dave Knaggs of Torcross Photography to take our photos. We wanted to have someone who we felt comfortable with and who we were able to enjoy taking photos with. He did an excellent job, thank you Dave!

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We chose a 3 tier butter sponge with plain icing from Marks and Spencer which tasted absolutely yummy. Our florist decorated this then with an array of flowers to match in with the table centres.

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For the favours we ordered French macaroons in various colours from Fenwick’s Bakery and tied up each bundle with ribbon and a cute tag of our names and wedding date.

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We hired a magician, Paul Lytton who kept guests thoroughly entertained in the gap between the day and night. I still don’t know how he does any of his tricks! We were all amazed.

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For the evening we chose the resident DJ at Beamish Hall to host our first dance and disco. They catered for every piece of music we asked for and more and I never stopped dancing. We hadn’t prepared a first dance but once the music started for ‘it had to be you’ we ran on and it all came naturally. Turned into quite a cheesy dance but it really was one of the best parts of the day.

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For our honeymoon we went to a little island called Meeru for 2 weeks in the Maldives. This was just paradise.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to just try to get as much sleep as you can the night before as I only got an hour’s sleep!  Also remember it is your day and your day alone. Do all that makes you happy and it will all be perfect on the day.

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Congratulations Jemma & Anthony!

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Newlywed?  Contact me to share your Real Wedding memories!

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  – Images © 2012 Torcross Photography

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Lace & Lilies: A Real Wedding In The North East – Leanne & Chris

January 16th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Welcoming in a frosty week on the wedding blog with a seasonal winter wonderland wedding in the North East, sent to me by my friend  – the fabulous – Helen Russell Photography.  With lace, lilies and just the right amount of sparkle, this Real Wedding is a whole lot of lovely!

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Over to Leanne:   We got engaged in New York in November 2010. It was all very romantic in front of a burning log fire with rose petals and champagne. Chris had reserved an old library type room with very high ceilings and character and had arranged for champagne and flowers to be placed in front of the burning fire and then when we arrived he sat me down and popped the question!

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We were married on 16 December 2011 at St Wilfrids RC Church in Bishop Auckland for the service and then Beamish Hall for our reception.  We both love the building and grounds at Beamish Hall as it has a lovely feel to it. We also think the rooms at Beamish are very warm and intimate with perfect scenery.  We went for a Christmas winter wonderland vibe with lots of white, silver and crystals, chair covers by Posh Chair Covers & Bows, plus plenty of candles and fairy lights. 

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I chose a vintage style dress by the amazing Ian Stuart.  To compliment this, my chief bridesmaid wore a long gun metal grey dress and the youngest bridesmaid wore an ivory flower girl’s dress. Both bridesmaids had grey fur shrugs and vintage brooches too.  I carried a simple Lily of The Valley bouquet by The Funky Flower Company

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We went all out and chose a Sex and the City 2 themed cake which consisted of three tiers with Swarovski Crystals in between!  So fabulous!  Our favours were donations to Cancer Research and cake pops by the brilliant Popcake Kitchen

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In the evening, we were entertained by a live band, The Monologues and then The Mobile DJ Company.  Paul Lytton kept us all guessing with his amazing magic tricks!  

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After the wedding we went to a castle for a couple of days on a “mini moon” however we are hoping to go somewhere hot and exotic in the next few months – destination undecided!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every minute and absorb it all in as it goes very quickly. Try to just relax and enjoy the whole experience as its magical!

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Congratulations Leanne & Chris!

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  – Images © 2012 Helen Russell Photography 

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Hocus Pocus

April 11th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North chatted to magic circle magician, McBratney Magic.  This fantastic entertainer will certainly put a spell on you!  Make your memories magical ones!

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How did McBratney Magic begin? What is your background?

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I moved to Yorkshire in 1986, my brother had become the proud owner of Mother Shipton’s Cave and the Petrifying Well (now there’s a magical place)! I initially came to help set up and develop the attraction, but sort of stayed.  In addition to Mother Shipton’s Cave we created a company that advised and ran attractions all over the country and it was great fun.  In 2001 the business was sold and I decided to do something completely different.  Within the tourism and hospitality businesses we worked with entertainers and magicians.  One who became a great friend, Brian Le Slie suggested that I would make a good magician and entertainer.  I shrugged it off but then thought, why not! McBratney Magic and Bob’s your Uncle were launched in December 2001.

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You are a member of the Magic Circle, what does that mean?

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The Magic Circle is the most prestigious magic organisation in the world, it has less than 1500 members worldwide and has a strict vetting and rigorous selection procedure.  Members of the Magic Circle are tested on the skills in the magical arts and their entertaining ability.  Being a member of the Magic Circle is like a quality Kite Mark – you know you’re in safe hands – but you still might want to keep hold of your watch!
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Why should a Bride book you for her wedding day?

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You don’t need me to tell you this is a BIG day, and a skilled and personable magician can help make it a great and memorable day. There are several sections of the day where a great wedding magician and entertainer can be really useful:

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After the ceremony before the wedding breakfast – this is an incredibly busy time for the Bride and Groom and the immediate wedding party, lots of formal photos to be taken and quite often video footage to be grabbed.  Guests not directly involved are often left to their own devices, albeit with a glass fizz in their hands.  This is a perfect time to use a close up magician to mix and mingle with the guests.  Using stunning close up magic I can bring groups of people together to get the party started, the ideal icebreaker.  The magic is strong and it’s happening right under your nose!

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During the wedding breakfast is perfect for table magic, where I move from table to table performing two or three mini miracles using cards, money, napkins – in fact anything I can get my hands on!

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Bobs your Uncle has a great deal of experience with young people, I have a young son and 19 nieces and nephews! Having some set entertainment for children at a wedding is a good thing, it adds some positive structure to the day for the children to look forward to.  It also gives the parents some bargaining power  – you know what I mean: “Hurry up and finish your food the magic show is starting soon”. The children’s show is fast paced and appropriate for the mixed age range that you get at weddings. There’s puppets, a real rabbit, lots of magic, music based party games and tons of audience participation.

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What sort of magic do you perform?

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Stunning Close up Magic – mini miracle happening right under your nose.

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Table Magic – classic and cutting edge magic performed at your table during the Wedding Breakfast.

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Comedy Magic and Mindreading Show – a very funny show with lots of audience interaction.

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Bob’s your Uncle Children’s Magic and Entertainment – walk around entertainment with balloons and magic, Full magic shows with Puppets, wild animals (well a rabbit, guinea pig and sometimes a chicken!) music based party games, discos and hilarious magic.

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Have you performed at many weddings?

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Yes, I have, loads of happy Brides, Grooms and their guests.  I enjoy performing at weddings a lot.

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Which celebrity wedding would you like to perform at and why?

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David Tennant and Georgia Moffett – Performing for the Doctor that would have to be the best treat ever.
It turns out that Georgia has time travel in her blood too, her father is Peter Davidson a former Doctor Who!

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What magic tricks would you perform for the royal wedding?

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Without a doubt “The Love Test” this is my advanced, magical compatibility test with an amazing twist at the end, they’d love it.

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What is your best/favourite trick?

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I have loads but I guess the one I’m most famous for is where I take someone’s signed banknote, make it disappear right in front of them, to find it later in some of the most implausible places – it blows people away, I’m very proud of it.

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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I can quote accurately after a telephone (or email) consultation.

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What areas do you cover? Will you travel?

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I generally perform throughout the North of England, but have created magic throughout the UK and in Europe.

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How can Brides Up North find out more or get in touch?

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Dead easy!

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www.mcbratneymagic.co.uk 
www.bobs-your-uncle.co.uk

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Tel:             01423 340568
Mob:           07815 494275
email:         wow@mcbratneymagic.co.uk 
email:         fun@bobs-your-uncle.co.uk

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Can you make mothers in law disappear?

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I’m good, but not that good!  However, I could saw her in half if you wish!

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Why do you read and like Brides Up North?

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It’s well informed and keeps up with current trends and styles for 21st century weddings.

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Any funny stories?

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I was performing close up magic to a group of guests at a wedding recently, we were outside and I was aware that there was something going on some way behind me.  My audience were looking at whatever was going on so I turned around, only to see a blurred object hurtling straight for me, yep, you guessed it, I caught the bouquet!  I immediately re-launched it, and it was captured by someone much younger and prettier than me!

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