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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Rainbow Brite! A Real DIY Wedding In The Lake District – Vanessa & Craig

December 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A Colourful DIY Wedding in the Lake District by Dan Jones Photography

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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Time for something bright and beautiful.  This intimate Yorkshire wedding sent to me by Brides Up North reader Vanessa may be unconventional, but it packs a massive punch in the style stakes.  One of my very favourites to date.  I hope you love it too.  Be inspired!  With images by Dan Jones Photography, Kendal

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Vanessa says: Craig proposed at Helme Chase Maternity Unit, Kendal, Cumbria on the 29th July 2010, two days after the birth of our son. He gave me a present for Joel which was a small mouse toy in a box, there in the mouse’s apron pocket was the ring I had chosen weeks earlier but he’d said it was unavailable. Craig got down on one knee next to my bed and I was so surprised I just said "thank you".  I wrote about it over at my own personal blog. 

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We were married on 19th May 2012.  It all happened in Kendal. We were married at the Registry Office, with Champagne toast at Burgundy’s Brewhouse Winebar followed by a vintage double decker bus ride to Skelsmergh Community Hall (just a stone’s throw from where we live) for our reception and night do shindig!

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We wanted a really relaxed and local feel to our wedding so the walk through town to Burgundy’s was great with plenty of photo opportunities along the way. I carried a bunch of bright yellow heart shaped balloons to lead the way for our guests. The wine bar is one of our favourite drinking places, it’s small and intimate and was in a great position for the bus picking us all up on the high street. The village hall is exquisitely set against a backdrop of Cumbria’s rolling hills, it was the perfect size for our party of 72 guests. Outside caterers and a mobile bar (Dicky Doodles) did us proud on the day and we only had to decorate the place ourselves.

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Our theme was a mixture of village fete, retro, brightly coloured, florals, nostalgia, low key, DIY, with a nod to vintage!

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I ran to the registry office with the maids from one of their houses in town, it was a pleasant route along the River Kent (if a little fraught due to delays in the wake of a false eyelash trauma)! We walked through town to our first reception and then hoped on a vintage double decker bus form Cumbria Classic Coaches up to the hall for our big do.

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I tried hard to find genuine vintage dress but they are incredibly small but never fear Alexandra King of Make Me A Dress worked her magic on the designs for me and our two bridesmaids. I wore a grey tulle knee length dress, dotted with coral rhinestones and a coral belt and bow (Alexandra’s signature item) with a matching three layer underskirt with vintage gold trim to the hem. Her trademark pouffy underskirts added even more wow factor to our fabulous frocks.

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Two matching bridesmaids were my walking bouquet in Alexandra King full circle knee length dresses made from a bright yellow floral printed Amy Butler fabric (actually intended for quilting) from the States.

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We all wore Rachel Simpson shoes.

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I carried a home made posy of orange, peach and pink ranunculus tied tightly with crochet lace trim from my own personal stash of goodies. The maids carried tightly tied pom poms of pink gypsophila, tied with vintage pink lace. 

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Jules B was where we found Craig’s jacket and shoes and shopped at Nigel Hall for his trousers and Gibson for his waistcoat (wow he looked great)!

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My very favourite part of the day was dashing round Kendal doing a fun photo shoot on bridges, benches, fun fairs and cobbled streets with our photographer while our guests all drank champagne in our honour and got to know each other.

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Vintage Bus Wedding

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We used The North Pom for all our decorations (our guests were stunned by how amazing the venue looked).

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A friend brewed and bottled a beer especially for us, Craig designed (that’s his business) labels for them so each guest had a commemorative beer. He also designed beer mats featuring us as kids. We set up an old suitcase with wooden printers letters spelling out CARDS as a drop off point for our guests well wishes. I spent two years collecting vintage china for each place setting and family table linens completed the look.

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We are real pudding fans, it’s our thing (no doubt why all the vintage frocks were too small on me!) so after failing miserably to narrow it down to one cake we opted for a whole table of them! There was umpteen trifles, numerous big fat prize winning cakes, pretty stacks of dainty cakes. We dubbed the table “The Darling Puds Of May”.

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One of our bridesmaid’s dad DJ Pete Balmer has many years DJing under his belt so we chose him for our evening entertainment. He was fantastic and even came to our house a month before the wedding and we went over absolute musts and definite no no’s. He was brilliant and we all danced non stop!

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After the wedding we had a good old British Honeymoon by the sea in Dorset followed by a stay in the wonderfully ancient city of Bath.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to beg, borrow and make! Oh and don’t be afraid to ask for money rather than presents, nobody minds and ours paid for our honeymoon including spends!

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Congratulations Vanessa & Craig

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  – Images © 2012 Dan Jones Photography

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Wednesday Wedding Inspiration: Purely Pastel

October 17th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Purely Pastel Wedding Inspiration

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1. Pastel Bouquet 2. Justin Alexander Gown 3. Floral Cupcakes 4. Lace Peep Toes 5. Pastel Pom Poms 6. Lace Jam Jar Display 7. Criss Cross Chiffon Dress 8. Table Decor 9. Jenny Packham Headpiece 10. Burlap & Lace Chair Bows

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Have you missed her?  Our regular guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next is back with a beautiful burst of purely pastel wedding inspiration.  Lap up the lovely!

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Katy says: This week’s request comes from an old school friend who is due to be married in March. Hannah asked me for a bit of help putting her wedding style into a mood board, filled with her favourite things – lace, pastel colours & vintage style. Hopefully I have incorporated these things into a fabulously fresh wedding inspiration collection for Hannah’s Spring wedding.

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The bride and her bridesmaids are hoping to get hands on with the wedding decor so I’ve made sure there are plenty of easy DIY touches within the board. Jam jars are so versatile at weddings and Hannah plans to decorate and use them as tea light holders for a romantic cosy atmosphere. Decorate with lace, ribbon, twine or for a more modern display spray paint or even blackboard paint to double as table numbers. If you are having a small intimate affair they could also double as place names. Fill them with flowers or pretty bonbons and marshmallows as part of your centrepieces.

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The pastel colours can spread through your whole wedding. I have used them in almost everything – bridesmaids, bouquet, cakes, and very easy to DIY tissue pom poms – very popular this year! String a few up together to create a fabulous photobooth backdrop for your guests and have them take polaroids as part of a guestbook.
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My favourite part of the board? The stunning combination of the Justin Alexander gown with a pretty decorative headpiece to compliment. the back of the dress is amazing and doesn’t need to hide under a veil.

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every other week, either compiled by myself, regular guest blogger Katy or YOU: get in touch with your own ideas and inspiration boards! We’ll be discussing our inspirations behind the images too so it’s simply going to be a whole load of lovely.

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If you are a little less arty but in need of inspiration and still want to play along, we will also be taking requests for colour schemes and themes and making bespoke boards for my readers. Please contact me to suggest a theme or colour scheme.

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Click here to see previous Wednesday Wedding Inspiration Mood Boards

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Rain Won’t Stop Play! Pom Poms &Tutus: A Real Garden Party Wedding In Yorkshire – Samantha & Paul

August 5th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Welcome to Sunday Brides Up North.  I thought I’d spoil you today with a beautiful Summer garden party wedding (the gorgeousness of which the rain couldn’t even spoil) in East Yorkshire.  When my friend and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Helen Guy Make Up Artist – the lady responsible tor this bride’s fabulous wedding day look – told me all about Samantha and Paul’s beautiful marquee wedding at home in their lovely garden I couldn’t wait to share it with you here. 

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With images by Stephen Quinn Photography and words by real bride Samantha, have a stunning Sunday!

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Dusky pink wedding flowers by Stephen Quinn Photography

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Samantha says:  Paul proposed in a remote castle in Spain in October 2009 and we tied the knot on Sunday 3rd June 2012.  We got married in our garden and under English law that is not ‘official’ so we ‘officially’ got married at the registry office in our normal everyday clothes on Friday 1st June with just with our children and parents and we then had a celebrant perform a really personal ceremony with our own witty vows on the Sunday. 

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We chose to get married at home for several reasons. Firstly, I have an autistic son who would struggle at an unfamiliar venue with lots of people and he is comfortable at home and secondly, we renovated a derelict pub into a house which had been really hard work and we had come through it as a family and wanted to celebrate there. 

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We went for a Summer Garden Party theme with a few hints of vintage thrown in.  We used dusky pinks for the bridesmaids and flowers but anything pastel went and I had a variety of colours in my poms poms and bunting.

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I wore a Maggie Sottero fitted dress, which was beautiful but that I bought two years earlier as we were planning having the wedding earlier and due to our house renovation the date got later and later… I really struggled to get into it! Ha ha!

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Our tiaras and headpieces were stunning. They were made by hand by Crystal Tiaras in Hull along with my simple jewellery. They really were beautiful. I ordered my shoes from Spain… well the final pair as I bought about three other pairs before them!

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The little bridesmaids ones wore gorgeous ‘tutu’ dresses from Angel’s Face with little bolero cardigans from Monsoon and Monsoon ballerina slippers.

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The groom and best man had a dark navy suit made with a taupe coloured tie and handkerchief and it all matched beautifully… I certainly didn’t get a say in what they were wearing as they refused to do the typical ‘wedding suits’. 

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I had my make up and hair done by Helen Guy Make Up Artist who was amazing and she even fastened me into my dress!

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I had an amazing mix of flowers from amnesia roses to peonies and astranthia and some bits I cant even remember the name of!  The little bridesmaids had dark pink gypsophelia balls and the chief bridesmaid had a corsage on her wrist so she could carry the all important sparkly handbag with lipstick and lipgloss hidden inside it. 

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We had a acoustic guitarist, Daniel Spooner, who sang when I came in and whilst signing our ‘mock’ register and he sang us out too.  We had modern soft music like… “I’m yours” by Jason Mraz, “Hey Soul Sister” and “Chasing Cars”.  My niece and chief bridesmaid sung a very touching “Nothing’s Real But Love’ by Rebecca Ferguson during the ceremony whilst being accompanied by Daniel on the guitar..

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The ceremony was definitely my favourite part of the day as as it was so light hearted and personal and funny and emotional all at the same time and that really is supposed to be the main part of a wedding but it’s usually the bit that everyone wants to get out of the way. The ceremony was Paul’s favourite bit too. 

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I travelled from my Mum’s house in a Rolls Royce Phantom and then Paul and I went out for a little spin in it too after the ceremony to have five minutes to ourselves. We were going to have photo’s taken elsewhere but it was throwing it down!

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We had a magician going round tables whilst we were eating that went down VERY well… he was called Russ Appleby. He even stayed to do a bit on the night around the bar and it was a great talking point.

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Sweetie wedding favours by Stephen Quinn Photography

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Our cake was amazing!  We had a vanilla sponge and a lemon sponge but also got a small fruit cake for people that like it. The bottom tier was an actual cake box and the two top ones were decorated to look like coordinating cake boxes. 

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We had a jazz band in the afternoon with a party band in the evening. The girls had practised a dance on the hen weekend as one of our friends is a dancer so she choreographed it for us (very simply may I add) to “The Boy Does Nothing” to dedicate to Paul as he is useless in the kitchen and anything domestic and we performed it to open the evening ceremony… that was very funny!

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Hong Kong and Thailand.

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I have a few tips for other Brides Up North!  Just try to take it all in because at the end of it it all seems like a blur. Try take some time to sit down throughout and look around you at all your friends and family that have come to celebrate with you from a distance as you will be pulled from pillar to post and you hardly spend anytime together throughout the day.

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Try and remember the whole point of the day… to get married… not to throw the best and most perfect party in the world.  Don’t stress as if it ‘s out of your control there is nothing you can do about it anyway and if something isn’t going to plan, no-one other than you will know.

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We had glorious weather in the build up to our wedding and on the day it absolutely chucked it down and we were having everything in the garden. Most plans were for outside the marquee so I calmly sat and did a wet weather plan and got my Dad to drop it off with Paul so it took all the outdoor activities inside and the bouncy castle for the kids didn’t even get blown up!  The only disappointing thing for me was having all the photos done inside but it didn’t change the outcome… we were still married!

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Congratulations Samantha & Paul!

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Are you newly wed?  Contact me to share your Real Wedding with Brides Up North!

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  – Images © 2012 Stephen Quinn Photography

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Frou Fabulous Thing! Pom Poms & Tulle: A Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot In The North West

March 7th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A little dash of heaven this lunchtime as we continue yesterday’s beautiful styled North West wedding inspiration shoot here on the wedding blog… check back later for the final gorgeous finale!

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Styling, pompoms  – Lilybud Cupcakes
Gold artisan bouquet – Ann McKavney at Eleventh Heaven

Make up and bridal hair styling – Clare Arden at Harry Jon Make Up Artist

Bridesmaid hair styling – Maria Santoro

Venue – Styal Lodge

Bridal dresses – Charlotte Balbier and Amanda Wyatt

Hair accessories – Charlotte Balbier

Photographer Sue Westwood- Ruttledge Photography

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Check the wedding blog shortly for EVEN more styled wedding inspiration from this talented team. 

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