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Big Kisses & Bobble Knits: A Real Engagement At Castle Howard – Rachel & Scott

November 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Photography By Ally Byrom

Following an extremely busy working weekend, it was high time for some downtime.  C’mon, even a blogging machine like Brides Up North needs some non-screen time.   Since we woke to crisp blue skies,  I spent this morning out and about with my baby girl and her grandparents soaking up the autumn colours, fresh cold air and pretty vistas that surround our Yorkshire home.  A pub lunch and a large Monday lunchtime glass of Sauvignon Blanc (very decadent – your Monday is my Sunday, remember!) and I’m back at home feeling happier, cosier and with distinctly more rosy cheeks.

This afternoon’s feature is full of the good stuff too – pink noses, chunky knits and cute kisses.  And all that wholesome stuff aside, I’m wondering where our bride to be got that fabulous parker jacket.  Total winter coat lust.

Let’s join Rachel and Scott as they share their engagement news with a seasonal shoot at the beautiful Castle Howard.

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Photography By Ally Byrom.

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Rachel says:  The day that Scott proposed was a really sunny day in spring and we decided to go to York for the day.  Scott kept insisting that we go down by the river to find somewhere quiet but I wanted to find a wine bar to enjoy the sunshine.  In the end we stopped on a bench in the park and he pulled out a little blue box and got down on one knee.  I quickly said yes and told him to get up as people started clapping!

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We are getting married in June 2014 at Castle Howard. 

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Photography By Ally Byrom

We met whilst working together travelling Greece.  We were friends to begin with and after many ‘bar dates’ in Greece he finally took me on a real date to a Moroccan restaurant!

After our working holiday I returned home and Scott came to see me for a ‘weekend’ and never went back to London – the rest is history.

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Photography By Ally Byrom

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I love Scott’s ability to always make me smile and our biggest wish for married life is to stay as happy as we are today. 

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We chose to have an engagement shoot to get to know our photographer a little more but also to have an idea about what location in the grounds of our venue would be most suitable for photographs on the day of our wedding.

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We thoroughly enjoyed the engagement shoot and I think it definitely helped us relax a little bit and act more natural with each other in front of the camera.  We’ll be back to share our Real Wedding story with Brides Up North next year!

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Congratulations Rachel & Scott!

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Fabulous Photographer: Bay Photographic

September 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This morning I am proud to introduce you to Brides Up North Featured Supplier Chris of Bay Photographic, who works right across the regions from North West to Yorkshire.  Not only does this man take a nifty picture, but he talks a good talk too.  So I think I better leave things to him…

Chris says:  When people ask me how I became a wedding photographer I always seem to stumble a bit over the answer. I suppose I ought to rehearse a really cool sounding response like ‘I was drawn to the work of Jerry Ghionis. Do you know Jerry? I was talking to him the other day…’ or ‘I express myself through the interplay of light and taffeta’…

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In reality, I became a wedding photographer because the opportunity arose to photograph a wedding with a friend who was (and still is) an established professional (Paul McDowell) and as soon as I took my first few shots of the bride arriving with her bridesmaids and her father, I was absolutely and totally hooked in a way that no other hobby, job or activity has ever done before. Before that day, I had been a semi professional landscape and news photographer for thirty years and I had sold photographs to magazines, newspapers, web designers, advertising agencies but nothing had ever captivated me quite so much as the conundrum of recording a wedding day for a bride and groom.

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As a wedding photographer I am privileged to be allowed to attend the most important time in their relationship and I get to make images of people, venues and moments of happiness that give them pleasure for years and decades to come. If that makes me sound like an old romantic then I am guilty as charged. I find weddings intoxicatingly romantic. They can be charming, lavish, extravagant, personal, unpredictable, dignified, windswept, cosy, funny, inspirational, elegant, exciting, surprising or just plain wacky. But they are always romantic, because they are personal to the two people who are getting married.

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I have photographed weddings in churches, hotels, registry offices, castles, country houses, marquees and in architectural monuments but no two have ever been even remotely similar. Except that they reflect the couple, their aspirations, their family and friends and their love for each other. And that means that my day at the office is always changing, always fresh and always about recording something which is good and valuable and decent and beautiful.

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When I am photographing a wedding, I have one central mission. That is to take photographs that the couple will look at in the future, which will remind them of what they did, how they enjoyed it, how happy their family and friends were for them and (this is the really tricky bit) which will remind them of their feelings on the day. If all I had to do was to remind them of where they were and what they did, I could train my two year-old Cocker Spaniel, Basil, to carry a camera and record the day. I don’t mean to suggest that I have some mystical talent that makes me better than ‘Uncle Bob’ (or Basil) but it could be argued that a good professional wedding photographer can make images that transport a couple back to their wedding day in an instant and which make them smile at each other in the way they did as they said their vows. Uncle Bob tends to just remind them of who was there when they did so. When couples tell me that the photographs I have taken are ‘Amazing’ and ‘Fantastic’, I think it is unlikely that they are talking about their technical merit. It seems much more likely that they are telling me that I have managed to fulfil my mission.

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My clients so far have come from every walk of life, and from most parts of the North West of England. They may not have been celebrities in the ‘Hello’ sense of the word, but they have all enjoyed the celebrity moment that a modern wedding provides. Because that moment is so generously, kindly and unreservedly given, with the best wishes of two families as well as the love of a new marital partner, it can be enjoyed by all. By the shy, retiring and uncertain as well as the gregarious, confident and naturally outgoing. For this reason and, I suspect, because I use that fund of goodwill and my own relationship with the couple to bring out the inner confidence and serenity in them, I have yet to photograph a couple who are uncomfortable while I am doing so.

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When I am photographing a wedding, I am completely dedicated to the task of producing the best photographs that I am capable of and maximizing the photographic opportunities of the setting and the day itself. I am totally ‘on my game’ from the moment the day starts to the time I have all the images securely backed up and uploaded to my computer that evening. I used to think that my previous career as a teacher (I spent 27 years in special schools for pupils with emotional and behavioural problems) was demanding of my highest levels of concentration. Compared to photographing a wedding, it was like a walk in the park with Basil. The following day, I start editing images in Lightroom and Photoshop and aim to have a small preview gallery (of around 50 images) online by that evening. I try to have the DVD with all the client’s images on it, edited and corrected, by the end of the week. Once they have chosen the images they want in their Photobook, I create the pages in Photoshop and then email them to the client for their approval before sending them to the print studio.

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I believe that my prices are quite competitive. My ‘top’ package, which includes photography from the bride’s preparations through the day until the evening and a large and a small copy of the Photobook, currently costs £750. Other packages are described on my website. I rarely discount my prices, but I might quote a slightly lower price for a wedding out of season. In recent years, I have photographed an average of around 30 weddings a year, a level of bookings that gives me the opportunity to focus on my clients and give them the attention that they deserve.

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In the early days of my wedding photography career, a prospective client once asked me ‘Why should I book you?” I replied “Because I’m good and I’m available”. I wasn’t trying to be rude, just honest and concise. Unsurprisingly, she didn’t book me. I hope today’s feature will provide you with a rather better answer.

There are more examples of my photographs on my website, www.bayphotographic.co.uk and on my Facebook page

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Bay Photographic

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Ice Cream Vintage: Justin Alexander For A Real Wedding In Wakefield – Molly & Joel

August 9th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Friday’s here at last, and it’s time to celebrate with this beautiful Real Wedding at Waterton Park, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, the fabulous Laura Calderwood Photography

Molly & Joel’s big day was full of love, laughter, bloomin’ beautiful florals, dreamy romantic detailing… and a very, very fabulous pair of somethings blue.  Be inspired!

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Laura Calderwood Photography

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Molly says:  We got engaged by the River Thames in November 2011, and were married on 25th May 2013 at Waterton Park Hotel in Wakefield. 

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For the venue, we wanted to be on the water and Waterton Park has a huge lake almost surrounding it and a gorgeous bridge over the lake.  The whole place and gardens were so beautiful.

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We chose to use all the ‘icecream’ colours, so together it looked very vintage. Creams, duck egg blue, light green, dusky pink and caramels and lots of lace.

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My gown was all lace with a sweetheart neckline, again very vintage and I wore it with a birdcage which went perfectly. It was by Justin Alexander and from Ava Rose Hamilton in Silsden, an amazing wedding dress shop. I wore light blue heels from Faith, again very vintage, it was my something blue!

I used Helen Claire for my make up, she was amazing, I loved it.

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For the flowers, we used a lady called Tanya Sumner, she was so reasonable and did a fabulous job, exactly what I wanted.  I carried a bouquet of sweet avalanche roses. 

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My bridesmaids all wore different colours, the chief bridesmaid was in light green, then one in duck egg, one in dusky pink, one in caramel and my little girl in ivory like me. They were sweetheart neckline 1960’s dress with lace around the middle, made from scratch as I had an idea in my head and couldn’t find anything anywhere. We had two best men and eight ushers so we divided the colours of the bridesmaids and they had that colour cravat. The suits were hired from Moss Bros.

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We had up and coming star Lucy Zirins singing Eva Cassidy’s Songbird while I walked down the aisle, it was just beautiful.

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The ceremony was very emotional and beautiful after being together for 17 years!

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My photographer Laura Calderwood was simply outstanding. She captured our day perfectly.

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For a good year I, my sister, my best friend and my mum collected cups and saucers, jugs, teapots from charity shops and these were all used for the centre pieces. In the reception room I scattered petals across the tables and the sashes on the chairs alternated from lace to ivory.

Along with the china ware that we collected, we also collected sweet jars and I did my own sweet shop.  I ordered the sweets online, along with the sweet bags and various other things and with the help of my sister it looked wonderful on the day and everyone loved it. 

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For my chair covers and sashes which were beautiful I used Cushty Covers, Val the owner was the nicest woman I have ever met! 

I hired cake stands for the centre pieces which were filled with flowers from Add Vintage in Leeds,

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We chose a four tier cake which was white with ivory iced henna on top so it was made to look like lace. A lady called Zarina Akhtar in Headingley made it, it was stunning and so delicious. 

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For favours, we had cupcakes in ivory with edible pearls and lace cases by Louise Morgan.

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The speeches were brilliant.

For our evening entertainment a DJ was included in the price, we played lots of 80’s music and some 60’s too.  Our first dance was to Stand By Me. 

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After the wedding, we honeymooned in Rivera Maya, Mexico. It was magical.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every minute because it goes so fast.  I got given some brilliant advice before the day and I’m so grateful for it – don’t worry about going round and speaking to everyone, just enjoy it, people will come to you. And don’t stress, I was so relaxed in the morning and some couldn’t believe it but I wanted to enjoy the whole lead up to it wedding and I really did.

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Congratulations Molly & Joel!

 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Laura Calderwood Photography

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Peony Pink! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Michelle & Jon

June 18th, 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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As soon as this beautiful Real Wedding landed in my inbox, courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Damian Hall Photography, I got to blogging!  First shared back on Valentine’s Day this year, I couldn’t wait to spread the love with the prettiest pink peonies, the finest of details and the widest of smiles which really make this elegant and romantic country house wedding one to write home about.  

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Michelle says:  We got engaged in July 2010 at the beautiful Great John Street Hotel in Manchester and we were married on Saturday 19th May 2012 at St Oswalds Church in Askrigg, Yorkshire Dales and had our reception at Yorebridge House, Bainbridge, Yorkshire Dales. 

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As soon as we arrived at Yorebridge House we fell in love with the boutique hotel. The setting is picture perfect with its beautiful and stylish décor, intimate surroundings and amazing food we knew it was perfect. The best thing was having the entire hotel to ourselves from the moment we arrived on the Friday evening till we checked out on the Sunday morning.

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We chose an elegant and romantic country wedding theme, with a colour scheme of ivory and pale pink. 

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I chose ‘Susanna’ by Lyn Ashworth from Choola in Eccleshall, Sheffield. My dress was simply beautiful with a strapless lace bodice and a full silk and organza skirt. In the evening I added a sash to my dress that matched my bridesmaid dresses to make it look a little different.  My gorgeous headdress was by HF Couture.

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My bridesmaids wore full length Dessy dresses in persian plum from White Lace & Promises in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire. My flower girl wore an ivory dress from John Lewis. 

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We travelled in a silver Bentley Continental Flying Spur from Beaus & Belles.  Our favourite part of the day was getting in the wedding car straight after the ceremony and going for some photographs in the most amazing locations, whilst sipping Veuve Clicquot!

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My flowers – by Mat at Red Floral Architecture – determined the time of year we got married as my favourite flowers are Peonies. I carried a bouquet full of ivory peonies with crystal and pearl detail and my bridesmaids carried bouquets of pale pink peonies with matching pearl detail. My table decorations were masses of pale pink peonies set on tall candelabras with ivory pearls hanging from the candelabras.

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We had a signature board with a picture from our pre wedding shoot (arranged through our photographer) for guests to write messages on instead of using a guest book. We had a wedding wish tree where guests hung their well wishes and advice for us to read. Our sweet shop proved very popular and looked really pretty after collecting different vintage jars from our travels.

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We chose an ivory four tiered traditional cake by Diva Cakes with ruffles on every other tier. We had four different fillings; chocolate fudge, vanilla & jam sponge, cappuccino and lemon.

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We chose Samantha Murphy to sing at our reception. She sang everything from Adele and Eva Cassidy to Oasis and The Killers and got everybody on the dance floor.

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After the wedding we enjoyed a fabulous honeymoon – we went to Barbados for our first week and St Lucia for our second week.

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My top tip for other would be that feeling relaxed and comfortable with your photographer is paramount as they play such an important role on your wedding day with the planning and organisation needed. Our photographer Damian Hall Photography and his Wife Charlotte were amazing, they really made our day extra special and made us enjoy every minute of our wedding day. Their work really does speak for itself; we have the most amazing Queensbury Album that we will enjoy looking at for years to come.

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Congratulations Michelle & Jon!

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Brides Up North – Images © 2013 Damian Hall Photography

Damian Hall Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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Bowled Over! A Sweet & Simple Real Wedding At Hebden Bridge – Sara & Jimi

June 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon’s Real Wedding, sent to me by Sara and Jimi and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah Mason Photography is all about doing things your way and thinking local.  Sentiments that you know we would endorse heartily here at Brides Up North HQ.

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And isn’t the result – planned in just 12 weeks – something very sweet and special indeed?

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Sara says:  We didn’t really get engaged. We just decided to get married last Christmas. We planned the wedding in just three months!

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We tied the knot on 6 April 2013 at Hebden Bridge Town Hall in the old Council Chambers.  We had thought of April and asked Sarah (our photographer) which Saturday she was free!

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We live in Hebden Bridge so this was the perfect venue in addition to being very beautiful and full of history.

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We themed the wedding around the Vintage Tea Party that we had planned for the reception. We accidentally also had a mini theme of thistles (flowers & earrings) which fitted nicely as we live in an area called Thistle Bottom.

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Our colour scheme was loosely based around the colour of my shoes (cerise/purple) but they turned out to be a shade of purple that didn’t exist anywhere else on the planet so we ended up with Fifty Shades of Purple!

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We got rid of all the traditional parts of weddings that neither of us liked and had a really chilled day. We arrived at the Town Hall almost an hour early so all had chance to mingle on the terrace drinking tea and lemonade in the glorious sunshine.

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After trawling around several bridal stores I worked out that I didn’t like wedding dresses! Big and flouncy and covered with sparkles just isn’t me. I’d also decided on tea-length which most bridal shops don’t seem to stock. Eventually went to see Julie at From This Day Forward (Greengates, Bradford) and she made it all SO easy. She had dress samples with four different styles of tops and bottoms so we just had to work out which suited me best then pick the length and fabric. At the second fitting (three weeks before the wedding) it was snowing heavily. I started to panic that I’d get hypothermia at the wedding so she quickly whipped up a jacket to match.

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Jimi wore a vintage mod/retro suit with black piping on collars and pockets. He also wore black winklepickers with purple laces.

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Claudette at Fleur De Lys did all the flowers. She did the amazing ‘pimping’ of the shoes with silk flowers in addition to the Town Hall flowers, the bouquet, reception flowers, button holes and hair flowers.

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We chartered a vintage 1959 double-decker bus in black and ivory from Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company. This took guests from the wedding reception venue to the ceremony and back to the reception venue. The bus journeys were great. They had a real ‘Summer Holiday’ feel to them but luckily no Cliff Richard! We see these buses go past the house all the time and stare at them. It was really weird being on the bus with everyone staring at us.

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We tried to keep everything as local as possible. The rings were hand-made in Hebden Bridge at The Workshop. We used the Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company (just down the road in Luddenden Foot). Truly Scrumptious is a local tea party caterer. Our  florist (Fleur de Lys) is also based in Hebden Bridge. The reception was held at The Fielden Centre in Todmorden – a large Victorian Hall.

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We hired the bandstand in the park behind the Fielden Centre to have some ‘glamorous’ photos taken. We also borrowed some bowls to have some ‘action’ shots on the Bowling Green just behind the Fielden Centre.

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We had three cakes made by Jimi’s niece and sister. We don’t like fruit cake so had Lemon Drizzle, Chocolate and Carrot all covered in matching butter icing. Jimi’s sister also made the cake toppers of us. My curly hair was made with a garlic press!

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We didn’t have any evening entertainment. We just had the Vintage Tea Party at The Fielden Centre. Neither of us wanted any kind of disco.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in  Ambleside in the Lakes. It’s a great town for cinema-loving vegetarians!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t get carried away with all the things that everyone expects you to have in a wedding. Think about what you actually want and just leave the rest out.

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Congratulations Sara & Jimi!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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