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intimacy & independence. a cute tory burch dress for a wedding at langar hall – hannah & callum

June 23rd, 2015 | Julia Braime

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We just adore this small but perfectly formed wedding carefully put together by today’s bride and groom.

Rather than caving in to ‘the norm’, Hannah and Callum did things their own way, and on their own budget, to create the intimate wedding day that they desired with their very nearest and dearest.

The styling and setting are gorgeous and we love that the bride and groom went down their own  independent routes when it came to their wedding attire; Callum in his traditional Scottish dress and Hannah in her short Tory Burch dress, complete with a fabulous Eugenia Kim hair bow! The girl’s got style!

With images by Firsthand Photography.

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hannah says: We had been talking about getting married for a while, then one evening in October 2014 we said “let’s do it!”

We didn’t want a long engagement so we chose September 2015 to get married. We had a budget to stick to, so picking Tuesday 9th rather than a weekend allowed us to save on costs without compromising on our venue.

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I wanted to get married at Langar Hall in Nottingham as I knew that it would be perfect for our intimate and informal wedding. Callum had never been before so we went for lunch one Saturday and at 5pm we had to tear ourselves away. That sealed it. We planned to marry there with 12 guests, and have a larger reception party elsewhere for family and friends the following Saturday. We married at 3pm in the Indian Room, with dinner in the Garden Room at 5pm and most of our guests stayed overnight.

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We didn’t have a theme as such, but we wanted to incorporate certain visual elements – an eclectic mix of traditional and modern, such as neon script on our invites and our pop art cake topper, which seemed suited to Langar Hall. It was also important to reference our shared Scottish heritage.

We didn’t want a matchy-matchy colour scheme, but Callum’s tartan gave us a starting point and a palette emerged. Somehow everything coordinated with the strong, sherbet-y colours of my bouquet, offset by creams and greens.

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I knew that a traditional dress wasn’t for me. My mum and I took a trip to London and I found my dress in Tory Burch at Selfridges. The short length was modern but the textural fabric made it special – I felt like a bride. A few weeks later I bought shoes and a clutch but the ultimate finishing touch was my hair bow from Eugenia Kim at Fenwick Bond Street.

I did my own make-up, but had a lesson with the girls at Bobbi Brown in John Lewis in Nottingham, who gave great advice. My regular hairdresser, Anna Jones at Solos Nottingham did my hair as she always gets it right.

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There was never any doubt that Callum would wear traditional Scottish dress, including a custom-made kilt in McNab tartan (a gift from his brother) – plus Paul Smith brogues. Callum was supported by his brother Aly as best man, and father who both wore Scottish dress.

I was supported by my friend Mhairi who wore a Whistles dress in blue.

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Jack from Firsthand Photography took our photos. A friend had noticed that whenever she saw nice wedding pictures on Facebook, Jack was responsible. Her reportage style and informal groups were just what we wanted – and she’s Scottish! She captured our day perfectly.

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For my wedding flowers I worked with Vaas who created my mixed bouquet of heritage roses, dahlias, eryngium, berries and mint.

The table was set by Langar Hall and we added place cards by Marby & Elm from Quill London.

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My mum made our cake and we added a topper from Miss Cake at Not on the High Street. It was a traditional fruitcake with marzipan and icing and there were a lot of prototypes and taste tests which, went down well in the office! The cake stand was by Jansen & Co.

Luckily as there were just 14 of us, we were able to choose from the menu at Langar Hall so everyone could have the food that they wanted. 4A Personal Wedding at Langar Hall (c) Firsthand Photography (35)

Our parents prepared a couple of surprises for us on the day. We were given a photobook titled, ‘Callum & Hannah – The Early Years’, featuring corresponding photos from our childhood. We also received a letter from the McNab chief, welcoming me to the clan, and I was given a silver brooch featuring the crest by my new in-laws.

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The Nottingham-based jeweller Loree Bologna designed and made all of our rings. It was fantastic to find someone locally who understood exactly what we wanted.

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We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Langar Hall – a beautiful place, with fantastic food in a great setting. Everything is done properly, but with ease and a lack of stuffiness. Avishek guided us through the planning and tailored the day to our individual needs.

My favourite moment of the day was walking out of the Indian room, looking at Callum and saying “we did it!” There was a glass of champagne waiting for us and we stood and greeted all of our guests.

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For our honeymoon we took a mini tour of Scotland – first stop Killin, home of the McNab clan. Then we spent two nights in Stonefield castle in Argyll, where my grandparents come from, before finishing off in Blythswood Square Hotel, Glasgow.

My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to invest in a good photographer. It was important for us to stick to our budget, so we had a strong set of priorities. Although it can seem expensive, the right photographer is worth every penny. The images of our day will give us, our family and friends a great deal of pleasure for years to come.

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Something For The Weekend!

April 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Something For The Weekend Whistles

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Keeping bridal styling fresh with a burst of citrusy neon.  Rock this little number at your rehearsal dinner, brunch the day after or even up the aisle…

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Spring has officially sprung!

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Elle Lace Dress by Whistles at Atterley Road £195

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What To Wear For Your Engagement Party?

March 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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My very good friend and recently engaged lady Charlotte has been throwing a few blog topic demands requests my way of late, and since I’m officially on “team bridesmaid” I thought that I had better take heed.

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Charlotte and Matt are hosting an engagement party shortly, and Char has been looking for some outfit inspiration.  Knowing that I spend half my time researching wedding pretty and the other half, ahem, online shopping (not really hubby – no overdrafts have been harmed in the writing of this post) she felt that I was the gal for the job.

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So, what would you wear to your engagement party?  You want to look special, perhaps with a nod to bridal styling, but you don’t want to be too bridal – it’s too early for that and it’s just not cool.  Plus you’ll feel an idiot when all your friends turn up looking hot.  My advice?  Keep it on trend, pretty, a little flirty and a bit special.

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Here are some of my picks from around the web and the great British high street.  I have to say it’s been a joy – there is SO MUCH gorgeous stuff out there, with particularly strong offerings from Reiss and Oasis.

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Thank me later by picking a nice frock for me to rock on your big day Char!  This one is for you.  And the rest of you too!

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Engagement Dresses

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1  Whistles Josa Tiered Dress £175

2  Topshop Embellished Sequin Racer Dress £58

3  River Island Grey Lace Bow Shoulder Prom Dress £70

4  Reiss Serena Cutwork Applique Dress £325

5  Hobbs Invitation Belle Dress £189

6  Jaeger Knot Front Shift Dress £140

7  Monsoon Fusion Sugar Rose Dress £75

8  Oasis Oriental Print Dress £75

9  Warehouse Lace Dress £58

10 Reiss Kana Embroidered Top Dress £225

11 Miss Selfridge Peach Applique Midi Dress £65

12 Monsoon Lemon Lauren Pleat Dress £85

13 LK Bennett Tiffany Dress £185

14 All Saints Oyster Mini Dress £165

15 Reiss Nola Textured Lace & Floral Dress £225

16 Oasis Bird Pleated Dress £65

17 Ted Baker Renii Shoulder Detail Dress £129

18 Miss Selfridge Magnolia Floral Maxi Dress £50

19 Warehouse Chiffon Tapework Prom Dress £85

20 Oasis Scenic Full Skirted Dress £85

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A Bridesmaid Rainbow: Yellow

May 17th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Continuing with my Bridesmaid Rainbow series, today we get a dose of sunshine!

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Yellow Fever.  Of a good kind!  The sun shines in many shades…

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A Bridesmaid Rainbow Yellow

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1.  Apollo Crepe Dress by French Connection £92

2.  Ultimate Simplicity Dress by Warehouse £70

3.  Mabel Strapless Jacquard Cocktail Dress by BCGB Max Azaria $238

4.  Strapless Silk-Satin Maxi Dress by Halston Heritage via Net A Porter £525

5.  Tabitha Silk-Georgette Dress by Clements Ribeiro via Net A Porter £830

6.  Modern Shift Dress by Karen Millen £160

7.  Crinkle Bustier Dress by Untold £82.50

8.  Ruffle Scallop Dress by Dress Up at Topshop £80

9.  Frances Frill Dress by Whistles £225

10.  Alfred Sung Style D498 in Daffodil by Dessy £enquire with stockist

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A Bridesmaid Rainbow: Red

March 26th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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On the lookout for bridesmaid frocks to suit your colour scheme?  Brides Up North is here to help! Up first, put your ladies in red…

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Click the image to go direct to the supplier’s website.  Easy peasy.

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Karen Millen Beaded Necklace DressKaren Millen, Beaded Necklace Dress, £210

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Debut Red Satin Ball Gown

Debut, Red Satin Ball Gown, £120 

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Coast Dacia DressCoast, Dacia Dress, £150

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Alfred Angelo 7126Alfred Angelo, style 7126, in Cherry 

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Reiss PeacockReiss, Peacock, £195

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BCGB Mariola

BCGB, Mariola, ask UK stockists for availability and price

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Jim Hjelm

Jim Hjelm, Style JH5083, ask UK stockists for availability and price

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Monsoon Mayne MaxiMonsoon Mayne Maxi, £180 

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.Whistles Gaby

Whistles, Gaby, SALE £65 

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DessyDessy, Alfred Sung, Style D486 

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