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Boom! Polka Dots & Super Powers For A Real Wedding On The Chevin, Otley – Franki & Anthony

May 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Sarah Mason Photography

Friday morning bacon sarnie and brew at the ready? Good. Then we’ll begin. 

Franki and Anthony’s Real Wedding – high on the beautiful Otley Chevin – packs a proper Yorkshire punch. With flippy skirts, powerful polka dots and super hero details, this celebration is cute and quirky, but also seriously authentic. And very cool.

They had me at those heels.

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Sarah Mason Photography.

Sarah Mason Photography

Franki says: We got engaged in April 2010. Anthony had booked us a short break in Skipton for my birthday. He proposed to me as we were walking around the moat at Skipton Castle.

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We tied the knot on 17th August 2013, we had originally set the date for the 18th August 2012 but decided to push it back a year to give us more time. It turned out to be a very wise decision as later that year I found out I was pregnant and my due date would only have been a few weeks before the wedding!

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We got married at Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa in Otley.

We had been to many venues on our hunt for the perfect place and although some of them ticked all the right boxes they just didn’t feel right. We visited the Chevin on a whim one day and loved it even though it didn’t tick as many boxes as the others. The wedding coordinator told us we could basically do what we wanted on the day bar letting off sky lanterns. It just felt right and every time I thought about getting married after that first visit I always pictured us there.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We had a slight 1950’s theme, but it was a mix of a few things. It was a bit rockabilly, a bit vintage, a bit geeky, a bit buttony and a whole lot of us! Our wedding colour scheme was navy blue, white and pink.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

I always knew the style of dress I would wear, a short, 1950’s style, halter neck circle dress with petticoat. I bought mine from Vivien of Holloway and my petticoat was custom made by Honeypie Boutique. I wore a custom made birdcage veil from What Katy Did Next which had a big white button covered heart to tie in with all the other buttons throughout the wedding. My shoes were a bargain as they were massively reduced when I bought them, from an online store called Nelly. They were pale pink suede with spikes running all the way down the inside of the heel. The finishing touches were my pearl necklace like the one stolen by Cat Woman in the Dark Knight Rises from a seller on Etsy and my navy belt also from Vivien of Holloway.

Anthony wore a grey suit hired from The Groom with a navy polka dot & pink pocket square. He wore polka dot socks and black shoes from Next.

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My five bridesmaids wore the exact same dress as me, just in a navy polka dot pattern with pink petticoats all from Vivien of Holloway. My niece was a little bridesmaid too, she wore a pink polka dot dress similar to the bridesmaids which a very talented family friend made for her.

We had five groomsmen who all wore the same suit as the groom but with just the navy polka dot pocket square.

We had three little ushers, our son Luca and my oldest friend’s two little boys. They wore grey chinos from Next with a white linen shirt from Gap. The had navy blue Converse, navy blue braces and navy bow ties both from eBay.

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Between family, bridesmaids and myself we made six button bouquets and a mini button bouquet wand. It was time consuming but definitely worth it and my bouquet has pride of place in my kitchen now.

As I chose not to carry flowers we needed an alternative for the buttonholes as well. We decided on Lego superhero buttonholes for the groom and groomsmen and some button button holes for the wedding party. We DIY’ed them all.

Buttons played quite a large part in our day from being flower replacements to decorating our card box and being part of our centrepieces. They were everywhere.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

The best money we spent was definitely on our photographer Sarah Mason. She captured our day absolutely perfectly and is a lovely, lovely lady who I cannot praise enough, we think she is a little bit fabulous!

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

A family friend played acoustic guitar as our ceremony music before singing with his partner during the reception drinks.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Our centrepieces were milk churn glass vases from Ikea. We tied ribbon that matched our wedding invitations around them and glued some buttons around the top. They were filled with some play sand and a white candle in which Anthony had carved numbers out of and filled with navy wax to make table numbers.

Our wedding favours were wine glasses dipped in chalkboard paint with a ribbon tied in a bow around the stem. We then chalked names onto them to double up as place settings.

Our chair covers were provided by Lindsey from Ambience Venue Styling, who I would highly recommend. Everything else was made by ourselves, family or friends. We made over 40 metres of bunting to decorate the balcony around the lake at our venue from blue, pink and white polka dot fabric.

Sarah Mason Photography

We set up our own sweet stall for the evening reception for people to help themselves and instead of a guest book, Anthony’s dad made us some speech bubble chalkboards and another friend took pictures of people with messages they had written for us which we have in an album.

Sarah Mason Photography

My friend made us a lovely three tiered chocolate and sponge cake that she covered in icing buttons. We had a Lego bride and groom as our cake topper.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We then had an absolutely amazing band for the evening reception called The Jukebox Jets. They are a rock n roll band and were absolutely fabulous as well as being super lovely. We literally danced all night, I have no idea who was at my evening reception as if they weren’t up dancing with me then I didn’t see them. They held a little dance competition too. Anthony and myself had to eliminate a couple after each song until we crowned a winning couple. They wore their crowns the whole night.

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Obviously getting married and becoming a real family was the best part and the speeches were really good, the boys did themselves proud. Truthfully though, my favourite part was our first dance, we danced to Hallelujah I Love Her So, played by the band, our first dance as husband and wife, it was so much fun!

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We went on a mini-moon after our wedding to a beautiful little cottage in Staffordshire. It was lovely as it was our first break as a family.

Sarah Mason Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t sweat the small stuff. Things more than likely will go a little bit wrong on your big day. Our guitarist broke his guitar five minutes before I made my way up the aisle (he still managed to play), we lost the buttonholes for the grandparents, a pair of shoes turned up for Anthony’s dad in odd sizes plus a few other small things. Apart from us, nobody else knew and it made no difference to the day whatsoever. Designate two people you trust as problem solvers, make sure suppliers and other people know they are the people to contact if needed on the day and let them deal with any issues that do arise, leaving you to enjoy yourselves and relax.

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Congratulations Franki & Anthony!

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Let’s Get Ready To Rumble! The Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza At Hardwick Hall Hotel – THIS SUNDAY!

February 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Grand Wedding Exhibition Spring 2014

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If you follow the blog over on Twitter and Facebook – you’ll probably have guessed that I am just a little bit excited about kicking off our jam packed season of Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions with one of my very favourite events, North East SUPER show, the Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at the gorgeous 4* Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield, County Durham THIS SUNDAY (that’s come around quick!) on Sunday 23rd February 2014.  

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If the level of pre-registrations that Team Brides Up North has received from you lovely ladies is anything to go by, it’s going to be an amazing day!  We love hearing your little stories and getting excited with you and we can’t wait to meet so many of you in person.

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Other wedding fairs?  Pah!  What’s the point?! We are very proud to run OFFICIALLY the largest and most exciting FREE ENTRY bridal exhibitions in the North East (our last epic event at Hardwick’s sister hotel, Ramside Hall, attracted over 2,000 visitors in one afternoon – now that’s big!) with two specially choreographed professional fashion shows and almost (and sometimes over) 80 – 100 exhibitors at each, tempting on the day discounts and stuffed goody bags tailor made for each event. I might like things big and exciting, but I also like them personal.

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And yes, you read that right, the events are FREE ENTRY.  Cos I love ya, baby.

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Hardwick Hall Grand Wedding Exhibition Spring 2014

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So, get the first of our huge North East events firmly in the diary (in indelible pen please) and come along to support the most fabulous wedding suppliers in your area – I only work with the best, dahlings – for an inspiration packed afternoon of all that is pretty, new and super gorgeous in the wedding industry.  And the most important bit?  Local to YOU.

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And can I vouch for the beautiful 4* wedding venue that is Hardwick Hall Hotel?  Well, I chose it to host my own wedding day back in October 2012 – and what’s a better recommendation than that?!.

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Goody Bag packed with little treats from Brides Up North, the regions’ best bridal glossy magazines well as some fab on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now. What are you waiting for?

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking the Brides Up North event venue of choice e.g. “HARDWICK HALL” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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Wisps & Wilderness: A Styled Bridal Shoot Featuring Laura George Wedding Lingerie At Danby Castle, North Yorkshire

September 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Lissa Alexandra Photography

This afternoon’s feature is something really rather lovely.  If you’ve got your knickers in a twist about your wedding lingerie, look no further.  After today’s pretty post, with images by Lissa Alexandra Photography, I have a feeling that you’ll have it sorted.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa says:  Laura George makes amazing wedding lingerie and garters.  The shoot concept was really simple, amazing lingerie in an amazing location: Danby Castle in North Yorkshire!

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography
Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Laura’s designs are uber feminine and pretty and she wanted really soft photos to reflect this, which suits my photography style perfectly! We discussed different shot ideas and wanted it quite ethereal and not too posey. We also didn’t want stick thin models either, the girls had to be natural and pretty and look like a ‘real’ bride to be, in fact one of them was! Fortunately the girls who work at Danby Castle very kindly offered their services and they fitted the bill perfectly!

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography
We didn’t want a plethora of suppliers involved but we invited Katy Howieson from
What Katy Did Next to supply the headpieces as I’ve worked with her before and absolutely love her creations. She does very intricate designs with natural materials like feathers and leather and the two designers complemented each other’s work fabulously.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

For makeup we used Kate Pymm, she is recommended by Danby Castle and I often get to shoot her lovely work. The makeup was soft, with earthy colours to highlight the model’s natural beauty. Hair was styled by Meg Horton.  Meg works at Danby Castle but also does bridal hair in her own time. Meg is a fab stylist who listens to the brief and delivers the vision.

Lissa Alexandra Photography
Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

On the day of the shoot itself Em, the head chef at Danby, provided us with the most amazing spread including oysters, salmon, champagne jellies and much more, it was quite the treat I can tell you! So I simply had to photograph it as it was so beautiful (and yummy!) The tents and cars are a new service offered by Danby Castle as part of their ever expanding wedding packages.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography
Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Little Black Book
Photographer: Lissa Alexandra Photography 
Lingerie: Laura George
Venue: Danby Castle 
Makeup: Kate Pymm
Hair: Meg Horton
Headpieces: What Katy Did Next
Cars: Danby Castle own
Tents: Danby Castle own

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True Blue. A Real Wedding In Middlesbrough – Kelly & Greg

August 10th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Sally T Photography

Its been an epic week of beautiful Real Weddings here at Brides Up North, so I thought I’d wrap up with another stunner this Saturday.  As you all head off to enjoy your weekends, I’ll leave you with Kelly and Greg’s cool blue celebration in Middlesbrough, proving that beautiful can be done on a budget. 

With images by Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Kelly says:  We tied the knot on 23rd March 2013 at Middlesbrough Town Hall.  We choose this venue as it was somewhere different, nobody had ever held a traditional wedding ceremony there and we loved the historic value and architecture of the Town Hall.

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We decided to use the décor and colours of the town hall as part of our inspiration, deep reds, navy and dark wood, and all the little touches like the bouquets, flowers and bridesmaids dresses tied in together with that. 

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I’ve never dreamed of my wedding day so didn’t have any particular ideas and just went with the flow.  I wanted to make the day relaxing and enjoyable for us and our friends and family.

Each bit of our wedding was about us.  We tried to spend as little as possible and spent money on what we thought mattered which was the food and alcohol! Everything just fitted into place and the venue just made the day even more special and it’s in the centre of our Town where we grew up. We hope we showed everyone how much me and Greg love each other through the most wonderful day of our lives and one we will treasure and never forget.

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

My dress was from Bridal Factory Outlet in Northallerton.  It just felt right, it fitted perfectly and looked beautiful. I loved the detailing of the pearls and stones on the dress and just felt like the dress was just made for me.

My earrings were given to me by my mam. I didn’t wear any other jewellery as I felt I had enough sparkle in my bouquet and on my dress. My beautiful garter was made by What Katy Did Next.

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We wanted something simple and pretty for the flower girls and my adult bridesmaids wore navy on cream and cream on navy dresses from Debenhams accessorised with gem headpieces I found in a boutique in Middlesbrough.

Greg had his suit made especially for him by G Russell Tailor in Billingham. 

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Floral Dreamz made my and the bridesmaids’ bouquets. I had been searching for a florist that made crystal brooch bouquets for a long time when I came across these on Facebook. I didn’t like the idea of spending a lot of money on bouquets that were going to be thrown away at the end of the day so I wanted something that I could keep forever. I couldn’t have been happier with my choice as they were beautiful and every time I look at my bouquet, it reminds me of our wonderful day. One of my bridesmaids has had hers taken apart and had jewellery made with the brooches which I thought was a lovely idea.

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

My car was supplied by my father in law donning his own chauffer’s hat that he got from a fancy dress shop! He made me giggle!

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

There are so many moments but my favourite part was the church service. It was so relaxed but still intimate and having all our family and friends there watching us say our vows was very emotional and special for us both.

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

The flowers on the table were by local florists in Middlesbrough called Butterflies.   Greg and I wanted to keep them simple and not too big as we wanted our guests to be able to see each other across the table.

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I decorated a wall in the room with three heart shaped metal memo boards. To the left heart I attached pictures of me growing up, the one on the right had pictures of Greg growing up and the one in the middle had pictures of me Greg and Sebastian – our son – as a family. I thought it would be nice to show friends and family a story of then and now.

After searching the internet for ideas for an alternative guest book I found the idea of using a ‘Fingerprint Tree’ I purchased a canvas and my friend drew a very beautiful tree on the canvas for me. We then got our guests to put their fingers in ink and put their fingerprints on the tree as leaves and finally writing their names next to it. It looks amazing and from what I’ve heard people enjoyed taking part.

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We used Sally T Photography.  Sally is a truly unique photographer, she captured moments that I would have missed if she wasn’t there to see them for me. Her style is unlike any I’ve seen and we were overwhelmed by her amazing photographs. She captured all those important moments that mattered to us. We couldn’t have chosen a more talented photographer.

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Greg and I wanted a cake that wasn’t iced as we both don’t like icing. I also wanted the cake to be like the wedding ‘a bit of everything all rolled into one’ it was colourful as we didn’t really stick to one colour scheme for the wedding. I had seen a few naked cakes that I liked and showed them to Debbie from Cakes By Debbie.  Each tier had a different flavour jam – strawberry, lemon and blackberry – which gave it some colour too. It was then sprinkled with dry icing and decorated with fresh flowers and fruit (strawberries and blueberries). It looked amazing, I didn’t expect it to look as gorgeous as it did and taste as amazing as it looked. I didn’t want to cut into it. I’m happy to say that every last piece was eaten.

The gorgeous peg cake toppers were made by What Katy Did Next.

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

We choose Flavour for our catering.  Paul our caterer went above and beyond just organising the food.  His team helped set up the room and ensured that the day went smoothly by my schedule. As they’ve catered for a lot of weddings I turned to them for lots of advice. I couldn’t have found a better company to work with.

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

We meet at Middlesbrough Football Club where I work as a Hospitality Bar Supervisor and Greg is a big fan of the Boro so we wanted to include that into the wedding so we named our tables after Middlesbrough Legend Footballers.

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We had a saxophonist to play whilst guests were arriving and during the meal (Harry of Mellow Moments).    He was fantastic. The saxophonist was a surprise for Greg. He loves the saxophone so I knew he would love it.

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

Sally T Photography

The band was my uncle’s band called Still Active. They played songs from Stone Roses, Killers, The Beatles, Kings of Leon and many more. They were fantastic and had everyone up dancing.

We had our first dance to”Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship. We choose this song as Greg and I were born in the 80’s and that song seemed to follow us around. We didn’t want a slow song – nothing soppy – and to be honest we don’t have a song that we call our own. We choose this song because we love the lyrics, as cheesy as it sounds the words in the song sum us up.

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We are going to Italy for Greg’s sister’s wedding in the Summer so are going to honeymoon for a week around that to relax.

Sally T Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North is don’t stress about the small things and if friends and family who have already been married offer you advice don’t just brush it off, think about it as they’ve done it before and know what they are talking about. Take as much help as you can if you are organising all of the wedding as trying to do it all yourself is exhausting. Enjoy every minute!

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Congratulations Kelly & Greg!

 

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Wednesday Wedding Inspiration: Lovely Lilacs

May 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Lovely Lilacs Wedding Inspiration

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1. Johanna Hehir ‘Lila’ 2. Delicate Floral Wedding Cake 3. Floral Hanging Birdcages 4. ‘April’ Floral Hair Wreath 5. Jennifer Behr Halo 6. Floral Tablescape 7. Purple Stalacite Necklace 8. Agnes & Norman ‘Audrey’ Heels 9. Polka Dot Cutlery Case 10. Mismatched Bridesmaids

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All good things must come to an end, and today is our regular guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next’s last post here on these swirly silver pages for a while.  Katy’s been creating beautiful mood boards for us for over a year and in this time has seriously seen her business take off.  We’ll be sad to see her go!  Whilst Katy’s busy making pretty things, we are introducing some brand new regular features to the site, so watch this space – news soon.  In the meantime, it’s over to Katy…

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Katy says:  I don’t often get excited when I hear lilac as the main colour scheme for a wedding – with images of girly pastels all over the internet for inspiration. Even bride Rachel wasn’t sure about incorporating her favourite colour into her big day. The lovely bride to be who marries late next spring, asked for my help with an inspiration board full of beautiful floral displays, an outdoorsy rustic vibe and of course… lilac!

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I’ve blended lilac into the colour palette with mismatched bridesmaids, whoSE dresses were all handmade by the bride and her mother! Of course if you don’t moonlight as the mice from Cinderella, try Dessy or twobirds bridesmaid for similar styles. You could even take pictures to a local dressmaker for a quote? The beautiful drape in the dresses are perfect for a boho feel – to be teamed with pretty flip flops, loose waves and fresh flowers. I adore the purple stalactite necklace from Etsy.com shop FriedaSophie. The unique pendant is perfect as a gift to your maids. 

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The bridal gown is ‘Lila’ (not lilac!) and is one of many gorgeous dresses from Johanna Hehir. Her designs are perfect for an outdoor affair – the fabric of this particular design will look spectacular floating in the breeze. The shoes are from Rachel Simpson’s new Agnes & Norman range – i absolutely love brides in a coloured shoe and this tone is breath-taking. 

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Not all venues are suitable for this look but if you’re a lover of spacious, neat tablescapes then the beautiful hanging birdcage displays could be perfect in place of centrepieces, the colours can be reflected on the table with mismatched vintage crockery or kept crisp white and clean with colourful place cards – or cute cutlery pouches like the polkadot package which doubles as a place setting (bottom, centre). If you’d rather go all out on an extravagant centrepiece, I love the huge rustic crate full of beautiful florals in all shades of purple – including lilac!

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Click here to see previous Wednesday Wedding Inspiration Mood Boards

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Wednesday Wedding Inspiration: Whispers Of Blue

May 15th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Whispers Of Blue Wedding Inspiration

1. Tulips Image 2. Jenny Packham ‘Shukura’ Gown 3. ‘Perdita’ Headpiece 4. Floral Cake 5. Suede Shoes 6. Upcycled Frame Noticeboards 7. Alex Monroe Flying Swallow Necklace 8. Table Decor 9. Bridesmaids Gowns

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This morning on the wedding blog our regular guest blogger and epic mood board builder Katy of What Katy Did Next is getting pale and interesting with a wash of blue and grey…

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Katy says:  I think perhaps I’m getting a little psychic! After yesterday’s splendid weather, this fortnight’s wedding inspiration board is perfectly suited to today’s grey cloud and rain!  I have a huge colour crush on the faded dove grey blue used in my ‘Perdita’ headpiece from my Winter Collection (top, right). I love the almost colourless shade and how beautifully it teams with greys, silvers and pale shades.

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The colour palette is beautifully versatile in that it can be glammed up with crystal and sparkle for a fashionable Wintery ‘do’, add lace bunting or balloons and use it for an outdoorsy barn wedding. I even love the idea of adding a few more stripes and having a nautical theme!

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The simple tulip bouquet tied with velvet ribbon is amazing as a bridal bouquet – but if you’re looking for something more extravagant try a similar style with hydrangea, ranunculus and peonies? The tulips would work perfectly for your maids, which I love in their mismatched styles (bottom, right).

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Black and white photos work perfectly with the colour scheme – I love them dotted on the upcycled frame noticeboards I found after fawning after delicious personalised silverware from The Faded Nest. The frames could also double as seating charts or menu’s and you could decorate them with old family photos from both bride and groom’s family for a personal touch in your wedding decor!

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Don’t forget to keep your requests coming in to either me or Julia. I’d love to help you out with any inspiration dilemmas…

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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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Twinkle, Twinkle! Tulle & Feathers For A Real Wedding In Saltburn On Sea: Sarah & Ste

May 9th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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There’s nothing I like more than meeting my readers in person during their wedding planning process, hearing their excitement, helping them out with supplier recommendations and lending an ear to any wediquette issues they might have.  Even better if they then share their beautiful real wedding, packed with contributions from fabulous local suppliers, here on these pages. 

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That’s exactly what happened with today’s couple Ste and Sarah, who I was lucky enough to meet last summer at the Brides Up North Battle Of The Wedding Bands with AMV Live Music at As You Like It.  I knew then that Sarah’s wedding would be beautiful, and these images by Becky Mitchell Photography don’t disappoint.  

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Sarah says:  Ste and I have been together for 8 years after meeting through our friends Linda and John and finally getting together thanks to their wedding when I was a bridesmaid & Ste was an usher.

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Ste proposed in December 2011 after a brilliant Kasabian gig in Nottingham. It was a perfect choice as the first gig we ever went to together was to see Kasabian (also in Nottingham!) in 2005.

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We were married on 28th December 2012 at Emmanuel Church in our hometown of Saltburn-by-the-Sea, followed by a reception at Grinkle Park Hotel, a few miles away.

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We absolutely love living in Saltburn so it was important to us to get married here and to be able to capture the beautiful town in our day. We had some great photos taken at home before I left for the church and after the ceremony down by the beach and on the pier – so glad the weather was kind to us!

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As quite a few of our friends have been married already, when we were looking around at wedding venues we wanted somewhere different that we hadn’t been to lots of times already as we wanted our memories of being there to be of our special day. We visited a few possibilities but when we went to see Grinkle we knew it was the right place for us. The staff were so welcoming and accommodating and the venue was impressive yet welcoming. We had sole use of the venue too which was a huge bonus.

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We were able to select our own menu and then guests chose their preferred dishes via their RSVP (cue an impressively complex spreadsheet to keep track of it all!) The service on the day was exceptional and the food was amazing! The staff had spent so much time before we arrived setting everything out just how we had wanted it – the attention to detail was brilliant!

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I wouldn’t say our wedding had a theme as such – I guess I wanted it to be ‘wintery’ which influenced our choice of colours (dark purple and subtle flashes of silver sparkle where we could), but mainly our day was about the things we liked and the people we love.

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We had 90 of our close family and friends there to share in our day, with more joining us for the evening reception and lots of locals waiting outside the church to wish us well. Our family were a big part of the day with my cousin and Ste’s sister being two of our bridesmaids, Ste’s brother being an usher, and our gorgeous nieces (23 months and 4 years old!) were flower girls. 

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I was ridiculously excited to go dress shopping and so I was slightly disappointed to find ‘the one’ in the first shop! I visited a few more places but nothing compared so the decision was made. My dress wasn’t anything like I had imagined getting but when I tried it on it was perfect.

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My dress was called ‘New York’ by Grace Harrington and I bought it from Elizabeth George in Middlesbrough – easily the nicest bridal shop I have ever been in! Katie, Laura and all their staff were so lovely and friendly and made the whole process so relaxed and easy.

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My friend Karen lent me her gorgeous veil as my ‘something borrowed’ and then I wore a Jenny Packham bracelet and an Amanda Wyatt tiara. Ste bought me some beautiful Swarovski earrings for Christmas, which I wore, along with an Armani watch he bought me as a wedding present.

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The bridesmaids wore dark purple dresses by Mori Lee – also purchased from the lovely ladies at Elizabeth George. I commissioned an independent jewellers in the town to make bespoke necklaces for them all from pearls and Swarovski crystals – they are all slightly different so are unique – hopefully something they will be able to treasure forever.

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The flower girls had ivory dresses from Debenhams and sparkly shoes to match the bridesmaids. They had gorgeous purple sequinned heart headbands made by the talented Katy from What Katy Did Next, who also made some sparkly clip on hearts to jazz up my shoes!

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The groomsmen wore silk tailcoats suits from 1860 suit hire by Greenwoods.

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I carried a bouquet of ivory roses beautifully put together by the talented Christine at Flowerbox in Guisborough. The bridesmaids had smaller versions of my bouquet with some purple fuchsias to tie in with their dresses.

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Lovedub Cars provided the brilliant wedding campervans which (somewhat precariously!) transported us up and down the hilly local roads. My niece still raves about them and complains that she doesn’t want to go in a normal car anymore but would rather travel in a “wedding bus”!

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It was ]important to us to choose local suppliers but also people that were genuinely interested and excited about our day.

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I could rave about many of the people we used – the amazing Becky Mitchell was our photographer and she and her sidekick Chrissy put in a looooong shift to capture all the different parts of our day for us.

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Alli from Ruby Shoes Wedding made all our much admired bespoke wedding stationery and a few extras for the day. She is such a lovely lady as well as being talented and very patient (I’m very indecisive!) so I would completely recommend checking out her work and the design services she offers for brides and grooms.

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Our local chocolate shop, Chocolinis, made our favours which were a chocolate heart and champagne cork wrapped inside silver crackers.

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We had a chocolate cake with white chocolate icing from M&S – it tasted amazing and was great value for money, especially considering the cost of cakes from other specialist suppliers. Because of the dates I ended up having to collect the cake on Christmas Eve (!) along with all the people collecting their turkeys and Christmas supplies but it was absolutely fine and the staff were great helping us get it into the car safely! The staff at Grinkle assembled it for us on the day and our customised peg-doll cake toppers (also from What Katy Did Next) stood on top proudly!

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Sophie from Stitch and Glitz made the reception room look amazing with the tealight candelabras and the colour coordinated chair covers.  I also tried to keep costs down my making things myself or buying them from non-wedding suppliers. Ebay was my best friend and saved us a fortune!

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For our table numbers we had photos of ourselves at the age that corresponded to the number – which gave everyone a giggle! We even had a caption competition which were hilarious to read afterwards! We also had lots of photos of family members’ weddings framed and placed around the venue which people loved looking at. 

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There were a few surprises on the day for our guests, such as a sweet buffet (put together myself!), a retro Snaparazzi Photobooths (hilariously brilliant! ) and even a visit from Santa who gave out presents to the children and a few special guests

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We were lucky enough to be able to book the amazing Livewire who we found at the Brides Up North event ‘Battle of the Wedding Bands’ at As You Like It. They were simply brilliant – even our friends and relatives who are hard to impress musically were raving about them!

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I’m honestly not sure what my favourite part of the day was because I absolutely loved it all so much! The ceremony was so lovely – a great balance of happy and romantic – and the speeches during the reception were brilliant – fully but emotional too. Livewire playing our first dance – ‘Happiness’ by Kasabian – was pretty special too. My face ached so much by the end of the day from smiling and laughing so much – it was THE best day ever and everything we had hoped and dreamed of.

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We had two amazing weeks in Mauritius after the wedding – perfect for escaping the horrible British winter and recharging our batteries after all the excitement and hectic time of the wedding. It was horrible coming home though!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to use suppliers and businesses who give good customer service and are interested in you and making your day special – it makes it much easier to part with the cash and takes the stress away! I absolutely loved every minute of planning our wedding so enjoy this special time and I hope you have the wonderful day you wish for – we did!

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Congratulations Sarah & Ste!

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Wednesday Wedding Inspiration: Delicate Darkness

May 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

Delicately Dark Wedding Inspiration

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1. Tiered Tulip Gown 2. Groom’s Attire 3. Blossom Image 4. Candlesticks 5. Silhouette Cake 6. Valentino Heels 7. Floral Arrangement 8. Rings 9. Wedding Stationery 10. Black Bridesmaid

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Normally a fan of delicate pastels and prettiness, our regular guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next seems to have gone over to the dark side.  And isn’t the result rather lovely?

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Katy says: I decided to have a bit of ‘me’ time making this week’s Wednesday Wedding Inspiration mood board. Greedy I know, but i have been filled with so much inspiration over the last couple of weeks that I couldn’t hold it in any longer! Today i have picked a colour palette of black, ivory and brass gold – absolutely fab for a city wedding, but if you picked a less structured bridesmaid’s gown the theme could easily be tailored to suit a country affair.

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I’m a huge lover of pale blooms and I love the idea of keeping your wedding flowers a colourless white/cream contrasted against the green foliage. I adore the delicateness of blossom, and it looks absolutely perfect positioned in a clear glass jar – scattered on tables as centrepieces, teamed with those fabulous pale candles in brass gold candlesticks. Those billowing blooms from Jo Flowers are to die for. I have been distracted many times by the work of this lovely lady – she has a gorgeous rustic feel to her work that blows me away time after time.

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The simplicity of the Wedding cake and topper is amazing! I love how the colours are mirrored in the BHLDN gown with it’s bold black bow. I know black seems a daring colour to use in a wedding but it does suit everyone! I’m sure your maids would thanks you for the beautifully flattering Dessy dress (bottom, right).

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As far as make up goes – I would keep it natural with a slick of eyeliner, have your hair in a neat up do (or boho waves for a garden wedding!) For the character of the dress to shine through, keep accessories minimal – perhaps a couple of twinkly hair grips or a discreet hair vine wrapped in your hair?

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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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Wednesday Wedding Inspiration: Ballerina Beach

April 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Balllerina Beach Wedding Inspiration

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1. Groom’s Attire 2. BHLDN Isadora Gown 3. Leather Braid Bracelet 4. Rose Gold Flats 5. Sand Tealight Decor 6. Fishtail Plait Image 7. Driftwood Seating Chart 8. Table Decor 9. Coral Bridesmaids 10. Pink Wedding Ruffle Cake

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Today’s Wednesday Wedding Inspiration board by our regular guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next combines two of life’s most beautiful – ballet and the beach – to drop dead gorgeous effect.  Don’t know about you, but I’m hoping my dancing shoes will take me to places as pretty as this come Summer!

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Katy says:  This week dancer Lauren asked me to create her a wedding inspiration board with a beautiful theme. The bride and her groom are having a beach wedding with colours to reflect Lauren’s passion for ballet. The board was to contain colours of blush and coral, and to contain hints of the beach theme without using shells and ‘cheesy’ beach paraphernalia.

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Lauren loves florals, but was unsure how to introduce them into a beach wedding. I love the idea of placing various flowers in pretty glasses or small vases and dotting them around on the tables. The floral and driftwood wreathes (bottom left) combined with coral are beautiful arranged around large storm lanterns and are a sophisticated way of creating a beachy look with florals. I also love the really natural look of the floral wreathes in the bridesmaids’ hair!

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For the bride I chose a beautiful gown with sparkling sequins and a floaty tulle skirt (perfect for dancing – or breezy wedding shots)! Instead of a veil, a loose chignon updo or a structured fishtail braid would look stunning. I added a touch of metallic with rose gold in the accessories. The flat sandals have a touch of glam about them and are a great alternative to manoeuvring heels on the beach.

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My favourite part? The driftwood seating chart! A simple but effective idea that can easily be DIY’d by you and your groom or maids!

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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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Wednesday Wedding Inspiration: Spring Berry

April 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

Spring Berry Wedding Inspiration

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1. Berry Lips Image 2. ‘Firefly’ Gown by Stephanie Allin 3. Table Decor 4. Spring Bouquet 5. Suede Heels 6. Bridesmaids Shoes Image 7. Sugar Rose Lace Cake 8. Cranberry Gown 9. Birdcage Veil 10. Groom’s Attire

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Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?! Our regular guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next is back, and this time she’s seeing red…

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Katy says: This week I was given a challenge by reader Kristin, of creating a red wedding inspiration board that converted the usual Wintery rouge to a shade more appropriate to Spring. I’m not the biggest fan of red used in weddings – there are some really bad examples of it yet some are really fab! I decided to channel a Springtime boho goddess vibe using just hints of it in the colour scheme.

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I adore the Stephanie Allin gown – with it’s perfect ditsy floral lace. The decorative style of the dress leaves little need for accessories. Let the dress do all the talking by keeping hair accessories simple with a birdcage veil to allow all angles of the dress to be on show – or for a more traditional look team with a single layer cathedral length veil pinned to a low chignon. For daring brides add a slick of berry to your lips with a natural look eye-shadow.

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Take advantage of the newly emerging wildflowers and add pops of red roses, tulips or anemones to your floral displays in centrepieces as well as your bouquets. I really love the unusualness of the pomegranates in the table decor. If your wedding is late Spring/Summer you could even add wild berries or strawberries to the decor too. Having an outdoor wedding? Why not add lace and velvet ribbons with hints of red amongst ivory and white to the trees as an alternative to bunting?

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Hopefully this has inspired a few of you – I’m looking forward to future red challenges! Don’t forget to get in touch with myself of Julia with your requests for future wedding inspiration boards.

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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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