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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2014: Fairy White! A Real Wedding At Wychwood Park – Laura & Mark

July 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a break to redesign, review and recharge, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely.

Usual service will recommence on Monday 7th July 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year.  Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks.

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We’re wrapping up our Real Wedding Recap for Summer 2014 (full blog service returns on Monday – hurrah!) with this bright, beautiful and box fresh North West spring wedding, sent to me by bride and groom Laura and Mark and friend of the blog, photographer Amanda Balmain.

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Laura says: We got engaged on 2nd June 2012. We were having a house warming party (at our house in Gateshead) and Mark had already planned that this was the night he was going to pop the question and told all of our friends, it was only me who had no idea! He got down on one knee in the middle of the living room with all of our friends around us and then we headed out into Newcastle upon Tyne for some engagement celebrations.

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We were married on 12th April 2014, with the ceremony at St. Peter’s Church, Elworth, and our reception at Wychwood Park, Weston. The church has been my local church since I was born and I had always dreamed of getting married there with the blossom trees which line the path to the door out in bloom (which they were)!

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We opted for a colour scheme of stormy grey, yellow and white.

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My dress was from New Beginnings bridal shop in Whitley Bay and was Sincerity style 3730.

The bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses in stormy chiffon. We went for the same style for two of the bridesmaids and a different style for my sister who was Maid of Honour.

Mark had a dark grey suit with black trim that he chose from Burton which he wore with a yellow tie and pocket square. The groomsmen wore the same suit as Mark and ties and pocket squares in the same shade as the bridesmaid dresses.

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Amanda Balmain

Tina Haworth from Beau Hair did my hair and the bridesmaids and my Mum went to Strands salon in Cheshire to have their hair done.  Emma Williams did all of our make-up – bride, three bridesmaids and mother of the bride.

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I had a beautiful bouquet with white and yellow flowers which included freesias, roses, craspedia, wax flower and lisianthus.

I had attached to my bouquet my late grandpa’s signet ring which was my something old and something borrowed and the heart charm from a necklace Mark gave to me for our first anniversary that I wear everyday.

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Our wonderful photographer was Amanda Balmain. Amanda has captured our wedding day beautifully and spent the whole day with us which ensured that she didn’t miss a thing!

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Our Panther de Ville car was hired from Grosvenor Classic Cars and was fantastic. We loved being driven around in such an elegant and striking car.

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Saying our vows was an incredibly special moment and I also loved the evening reception dancing all night on a packed dance floor.

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We got a three tier square cake from Marks and Spencer with assorted tiers – fruit, sponge and chocolate.

We also bought a personalised cake topper from Funky Laser but unfortunately no one got to see it as Mark broke it on the morning of the wedding!

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All of our flowers and the decoration at the reception were from Faerie Godmothers. They were fantastic and even came to the church after the ceremony to transport our pedestal arrangement to Wychwood Park.

The lovely ceiling drapes complete with fairy lights in the room at Wychwood Park were from a company called Making Moments.

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We gave all of our guests badge favours from Parkinsons UK which is very close to our hearts.

I also gave Mark a top hat and cane as one of his wedding presents from me as he had always wanted one. The only rule was that he couldn’t wear them until the reception!

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Our DJ from Hipswing Entertainments was part of the wedding package from Wychwood Park and he was fantastic. He really captured the mood of our guests and the dancefloor was full all night!

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Amanda Balmain

We went on a mini moon straight after the wedding to Sherwood Forest where we stayed in a lodge cabin complete with it’s own hot tub and are hoping to go somewhere further afield in the summer holidays.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t worry about your dress, this is the one day you get to wear it so enjoy it. Don’t stress on the day, you are marrying the person you love and it will be fantastic no matter what. We loved every single second and wish we could relive it all again.

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Congratulations Laura & Mark!

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Mellow Yellow! A Real Wedding In The North East – Steph & Dan

June 19th, 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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I reckon a dash of sunshine is just what the doctor ordered.  First shared here on the blog back on a cold January’s morning, step forward Steph, Dan and their beautiful flower filled Summer wedding in the North East.  Let’s get mellow with the yellow.

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Steph says: We got engaged on 14th May 2011 in Newcastle – I had a long wait as we are childhood sweethearts who had been together for 11 years prior to our engagement!

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We were married on 11th August 2012 at Crook Hall and Gardens which is a hidden gem in Durham. We had the venue until 6pm, we then went to the Gala Theatre in Durham for our evening reception.

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Right from the start we wanted an informal and rustic wedding so we went on the search for a barn conversion… despite having the Northumberland countryside on our doorstep there appeared to be a gap in the market for this up North as we couldn’t find one! A friend recommended Crook Hall and Gardens and as soon as we went there for afternoon tea we were sold! It’s a beautiful and unique venue with the most stunning collection of gardens and quirky decor. The medieval hall that we were married in was the perfect substitute to a barn ceremony. Crook Hall was so different to any wedding venue we had previously visited and we instantly fell in love with how beautiful it was.

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My mum and dad surprised me with a Beaumont vintage car to take me to the wedding. 

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It took me ages to choose a colour scheme – I didn’t want to choose a colour at first as I thought it would limit me in the hunt to find bridesmaid dresses! Eventually we found some navy bridesmaid dresses and then through my obsession of scrolling through Pinterest I found a picture of a girl in a navy dress and yellow shoes. From this point my colour theme was navy and yellow! The bridesmaids wore navy dresses and mustard shoes, we had yellow in our flowers and yellow balloons!

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As already stated, I have an obsession with lace therefore it was never an option to even consider not having a lace dress. The dress I chose was a Justin Alexander dress 8530. It is a beautiful lace mermaid gown with a bateau neckline. The dress comes with a veil but I purchased a separate lace edged cathedral veil from Joyce Jackson called Orlando that I fell in love with in the bridal shop – Mia Sposa Bridal & Menswear in Newcastle.

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The shoes were a beautiful vintage style lace up pair from Rainbow Club called Clara.

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My brother in-law’s sister played the harp as guests were coming into the wedding. She also played Canon in D as we walked back down the aisle after our ceremony and during our drinks reception following the ceremony.

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I carried a vintage style hand tied bouquet including ivory rose, lisianthus, freesia, yellow dill, achilliea which was bound with lace.  My bridesmaids had simple hand tied gypsophila.  The groom and groomsmen wore buttonholes with an achilliea and beargrass loop.

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The bridesmaids wore beautiful but simple lace navy dresses from Monsoon and their yellow suede shoes were from ClarksThe groom and groomsmen wore navy suits hired from Waltons Menswear.

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My vision from the start was to provide a rustic / vintage theme. Anyone who knows me is aware I have an obsession with lace and so there was no doubt that lace would also play a huge part in my theme! We made lace chair ties, lace covered jam jars, put lace around the bouquets, the bridesmaid dresses were lace and obviously I had a lace dress!

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I loved the idea of homemade décor and personalised touches that we could keep hold of for years to come. We spent time searching craft markets for decorative inspiration and spent months collecting jam jars and milk bottles that we could decorate with lace, twine and buttons. My sister made old fashioned luggage tags and stamped them with messages and my friends and I made homemade raspberry jam as name places and favours. For our table names we painted the glass of old fashioned photo frames with black board paint and wrote the table names in chalk paint. We also hung slates in the gardens with extracts from our readings on and used an old fashioned vintage suitcase for our cards and gifts.

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As we had the venue booked from 11.30 and our ceremony wasn’t until 12.30 we had lawn games for the guests to enjoy in the gardens as we wanted them to make the most of the venue and spend as much time there as possible.

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We had decorations hanging from the trees and this made for some beautiful pictures when we were cutting the cake.  We used Ladybird Cakes from Tynemouth and had a three tier cake made of carrot cake, raspberry and white chocolate, and lemon sponge.

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I absolutely loved the whole day and it genuinely exceeded all my expectations! However there are two parts of the day that stand out as my favourite. The first being when my friends and I are having fun in the gardens while trying to find our way through the maze with the balloons.  We used two yellow balloons to add an element of fun, a flash of colour and we also wanted it to express our informal theme of the day. It provided some excellent photo opportunities!  There is a great photo of my friends who surprisingly all agreed to lie down in the grass to capture an amazing photo of their legs poking above the flowers!

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My other favourite part was when Dan and I managed to have time with just the two of us in the gardens as the sun was setting – Sean has managed to capture the most amazing pictures we could have ever asked for! You spend most of your wedding day speaking to everyone else but each other so it was nice to have some time to savour the moment and enjoy our own company as Mr and Mrs!

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As part of our photography package we purchased the Photo Peg to entertain the evening guests. This was an excellent alternative to a photo booth! Polaroid pictures were taken of the guests holding a large vintage frame and they held up a chalk board with a message for us. The polaroid’s were then pegged on a ‘washing line’ and at the end of the night the guests could take the pictures home as a keepsake. 

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We used Colin Cook – The North East Wedding DJ who provided our evening entertainment and mood up-lighting and The Vintage Tea Company for hire of bunting, cake stands and crockery for our floral decorations in the evening venue.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Thailand – we spent time in Bangkok, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is don’t feel pressure to conform to the norm! Our wedding may not have been the most traditional but we made it personal to us and we made sure that it was fun! Make sure you set time aside in the day to spend time with each other – you’ll be surprised how little you’ll see of each other!! Spend time searching for an amazing photographer… Sean has taken the most beautiful and unique pictures which has provided us with memories to last a lifetime!

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Congratulations Steph & Dan!

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Sunny Delight: A Zara Gown For A Homemade Real Wedding At South Causey Lodge – Erin & Carl

April 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Hello sunshine! This afternoon’s delightful DIY wedding is so pretty and cheerful that I couldn’t wait to share it with you.  Erin and Carl made sure that their big day remained personal and on budget by hand crafting every little detail (including a rather beautiful wedding dress!) to awesome effect.

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Erin says:  We got engaged in August 2010 and were married on 13th April 2013 at South Causey Inn, Stanley.  The colour scheme was yellow and grey, with a rustic DIY feel, as almost everything was handmade. 

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We chose South Causey Inn for it’s beautiful appearance, friendly staff and the appeal of the wedding prices all being a package so you could easily see how much everything was going to cost from the word go.

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My outfit was a vintage lace style dress and top combo. It was made up of a cream maxi dress and cream lace top which were both bought it from Zara!  I also wore some gorgeous yellow Clarks (of all places) shoes which I’m still totally in love with.

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I handmade my bridesmaids’ and flower girls’ dresses out of matching Michael Miller fabrics in grey with white flowers for the bridesmaids and yellow with white flowers for the flower girls. The groomsmen wore yellow ties from Ebay, grey tweed style waistcoats from New Look, charcoal trousers from Jeff Banks and white slim fit shirts from M&S.  

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We had gypsophila in jars and also for my bridesmaids bouquets, and for myself and the flower girls I made button bouquets.

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Our wedding was very much a personal thing close to our hearts, so pretty much everything was handmade including place cards, centre pieces, bunting, button holes, confetti cones & our own interpretation of a guest book to name just a few

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Our guests blew bubbles as we walked back down the aisle, before treating them to Pimms in cute jam jars. 

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Choosing my favourite moment is a tough one!  Obviously seeing Carl at the end of the aisle was amazing but I think the first time I saw the room all set up and could see everything we had handmade and could see that all the hard work and effort we had but in over the last 18 months or so had totally paid off.

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We had a three tier rainbow sponge cake, it was white with grey and yellow bunting around the outside and we made personalised cake toppers. We got it from a cake shop called Ice’n’easy

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We have only been married for a week or so and haven’t been on our honeymoon yet!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North it to just make sure you make your wedding personal to you it will mean so much more to you both and all of your friends and family if you do!

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Congratulations Erin & Carl!

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Mellow Yellow! A Real Wedding In The North East – Steph & Dan

January 30th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I reckon a dash of sunshine is just what the doctor ordered on a cold January morning.  Step forward Steph, Dan and their beautiful flower filled Summer wedding in the North East.  Let’s get mellow with the yellow as we start the descent to the weekend.

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Steph says: We got engaged on 14th May 2011 in Newcastle – I had a long wait as we are childhood sweethearts who had been together for 11 years prior to our engagement!

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We were married on 11th August 2012 at Crook Hall and Gardens which is a hidden gem in Durham. We had the venue until 6pm, we then went to the Gala Theatre in Durham for our evening reception.

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Right from the start we wanted an informal and rustic wedding so we went on the search for a barn conversion… despite having the Northumberland countryside on our doorstep there appeared to be a gap in the market for this up North as we couldn’t find one! A friend recommended Crook Hall and Gardens and as soon as we went there for afternoon tea we were sold! It’s a beautiful and unique venue with the most stunning collection of gardens and quirky decor. The medieval hall that we were married in was the perfect substitute to a barn ceremony. Crook Hall was so different to any wedding venue we had previously visited and we instantly fell in love with how beautiful it was.

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My mum and dad surprised me with a Beaumont vintage car to take me to the wedding. 

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Sean Elliott Photography

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It took me ages to choose a colour scheme – I didn’t want to choose a colour at first as I thought it would limit me in the hunt to find bridesmaid dresses! Eventually we found some navy bridesmaid dresses and then through my obsession of scrolling through Pinterest I found a picture of a girl in a navy dress and yellow shoes. From this point my colour theme was navy and yellow! The bridesmaids wore navy dresses and mustard shoes, we had yellow in our flowers and yellow balloons!

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As already stated, I have an obsession with lace therefore it was never an option to even consider not having a lace dress. The dress I chose was a Justin Alexander dress 8530. It is a beautiful lace mermaid gown with a bateau neckline. The dress comes with a veil but I purchased a separate lace edged cathedral veil from Joyce Jackson called Orlando that I fell in love with in the bridal shop – Mia Sposa Bridal & Menswear in Newcastle.

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The shoes were a beautiful vintage style lace up pair from Rainbow Club called Clara.

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My brother in-law’s sister played the harp as guests were coming into the wedding. She also played Canon in D as we walked back down the aisle after our ceremony and during our drinks reception following the ceremony.

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Sean Elliott Photography

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I carried a vintage style hand tied bouquet including ivory rose, lisianthus, freesia, yellow dill, achilliea which was bound with lace.  My bridesmaids had simple hand tied gypsophila.  The groom and groomsmen wore buttonholes with an achilliea and beargrass loop.

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Sean Elliott Photography

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The bridesmaids wore beautiful but simple lace navy dresses from Monsoon and their yellow suede shoes were from ClarksThe groom and groomsmen wore navy suits hired from Waltons Menswear.

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My vision from the start was to provide a rustic / vintage theme. Anyone who knows me is aware I have an obsession with lace and so there was no doubt that lace would also play a huge part in my theme! We made lace chair ties, lace covered jam jars, put lace around the bouquets, the bridesmaid dresses were lace and obviously I had a lace dress!

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Sean Elliott Photography

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I loved the idea of homemade décor and personalised touches that we could keep hold of for years to come. We spent time searching craft markets for decorative inspiration and spent months collecting jam jars and milk bottles that we could decorate with lace, twine and buttons. My sister made old fashioned luggage tags and stamped them with messages and my friends and I made homemade raspberry jam as name places and favours. For our table names we painted the glass of old fashioned photo frames with black board paint and wrote the table names in chalk paint. We also hung slates in the gardens with extracts from our readings on and used an old fashioned vintage suitcase for our cards and gifts.

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As we had the venue booked from 11.30 and our ceremony wasn’t until 12.30 we had lawn games for the guests to enjoy in the gardens as we wanted them to make the most of the venue and spend as much time there as possible.

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We had decorations hanging from the trees and this made for some beautiful pictures when we were cutting the cake.  We used Ladybird Cakes from Tynemouth and had a three tier cake made of carrot cake, raspberry and white chocolate, and lemon sponge.

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I absolutely loved the whole day and it genuinely exceeded all my expectations! However there are two parts of the day that stand out as my favourite. The first being when my friends and I are having fun in the gardens while trying to find our way through the maze with the balloons.  We used two yellow balloons to add an element of fun, a flash of colour and we also wanted it to express our informal theme of the day. It provided some excellent photo opportunities!  There is a great photo of my friends who surprisingly all agreed to lie down in the grass to capture an amazing photo of their legs poking above the flowers!

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My other favourite part was when Dan and I managed to have time with just the two of us in the gardens as the sun was setting – Sean has managed to capture the most amazing pictures we could have ever asked for! You spend most of your wedding day speaking to everyone else but each other so it was nice to have some time to savour the moment and enjoy our own company as Mr and Mrs!

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As part of our photography package we purchased the Photo Peg to entertain the evening guests. This was an excellent alternative to a photo booth! Polaroid pictures were taken of the guests holding a large vintage frame and they held up a chalk board with a message for us. The polaroid’s were then pegged on a ‘washing line’ and at the end of the night the guests could take the pictures home as a keepsake. 

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We used Colin Cook – The North East Wedding DJ who provided our evening entertainment and mood up-lighting and The Vintage Tea Company for hire of bunting, cake stands and crockery for our floral decorations in the evening venue.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Thailand – we spent time in Bangkok, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is don’t feel pressure to conform to the norm! Our wedding may not have been the most traditional but we made it personal to us and we made sure that it was fun! Make sure you set time aside in the day to spend time with each other – you’ll be surprised how little you’ll see of each other!! Spend time searching for an amazing photographer… Sean has taken the most beautiful and unique pictures which has provided us with memories to last a lifetime!

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Congratulations Steph & Dan!

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on the blog!  Here’s how to do it!

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Wednesday Wed-spiration! Limoncello Love: Zesty Yellow, Fresh White & Bottle Greens

April 25th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Thinking of nostalgia, vintage, and ice cold drinks.

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Limoncello Love

From top left: limoncello from shutterbean, lemon centerpieces from Emmaline Bride, martini glasses from Grey Likes Weddings, sundress from Pinterest, yellow door from the Yellow Door Paperie, woman in yellow dress from Pinterest, limoncello macarons from 101cookbooks, yellow ombre wedding cake from Inspired by This, DIY favours by My DIY Wedding Day, lemonhead favours by Esla Events at Etsy

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This morning’s zesty wedspiration was sent to me by Brides Up North reader Natalie of Simply Bridal.

Natalie says: We all dream of those lazy summer days of sweaty glasses of frosty lemonade. Or at least, I dreamed of them when I started making limoncello one miserable and stormy March weekend. During the two hours it took to peel ten lemons, I thought about sundresses, family barbecues, my aunts’ cookies, and, of course, the liquid sunshine taste of limoncello mixed with prosecco.

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every 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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  – Images supplied by Natalie of Simply Bridal, © as credited

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Hats Off! A Real Marquee Wedding In Yorkshire – Carrie & John

April 18th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It’s raining cats and dogs outside pretty much everywhere in the North of England today – but hopefully today’s pretty summer Real Wedding sent to me by Real Bride Carrie and J Clitheroe Photography will serve of a reminder that sunnier skies are just around the corner!

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Let’s hear from the bride: We got engaged on 10th July 2010 – my birthday – John took me and the dog on a romantic picnic by Aysgarth Falls. He got down on one knee, when I said yes as if there was someone watching over us the church bells in the distance started ringing.

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We were married on 18th June 2011 at our beautiful local church All Saints in Bubwith followed by a marquee reception in the garden.  We wanted to make the day as unique to us as we could and by having the marquee we could adapt everything to our taste.

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We didn’t have a specific theme, but I wanted everything to be relaxed as possible so that we could enjoy the day with everyone. Sweets played a big part in the wedding as John is sweet mad, but I just really wanted something simple but stylish.  I kept to lemon and creams for the colour scheme – I thought it would bring a fresh feel to the day and hopefully make the sun shine!

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My wedding dress was a Cymbeline dress from Brides of York. It was being discontinued as they no longer had any of the lace left and they had not sold one around York which made it all a bit more special. It was an A line dress layered with lace and had a bow wrapped round my waist and tied at the back. I got the heebie jeebies when I tried it on and I just knew it was the right one – it made me feel like a princess.

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I am useless when it comes to flowers – my brief to the florist was something hand tied with lots of different creams, I still don’t know what was in it – but she definitely came up trumps from the ‘brief’ brief.

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My flower girl was in an ivory dress from Debenhams – she came with us to choose which one she wanted to wear.  My other bridesmaids were in knee length lemon chiffon dresses that we had ordered online.  We used York Hire Wear for the men’s suits.

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We used J Clitheroe Photography for our photos – we wanted someone who would allow us to relax and allow us to enjoy our day.  Jackie & Andrew were brilliant with us and our requests.

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I wanted to have joint name cards and favours – so I ordered some jars and filled them with different pastel colour sweets – everyone had a jar with their name and the date on. I made them a top and my friend (she’s a godsend) then tied them on with ribbon.

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I designed my own cake – I wanted something slightly different but simple. We had a 3 tiered cake, two fruit which were made by the mothers and then drowned in alcohol by me and a sponge cake on top.  We tiered them using square glass vases to match the table flowers and then had live flowers in the vases.

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We had prepared a first dance – a bit cheesy but John had said he didn’t just want to go round in circles. We had practiced it but on the day it didn’t go quite to plan as my shoes kept falling off and it’s a lot more difficult in a full length dress – but we really enjoyed it and by concentrating it meant we didn’t notice the room watching as much.

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We had a DJ for the evening do – I had asked all my guest to choose three songs that they would like to hear, I gave them to the DJ and asked him to get the dance floor rocking. He did such a great job – the dance floor was busy all night long.

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We truly loved the whole day – from getting all the guests together to the speeches to watching everyone having a ball at the end of the day. It was all just spot on.

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We spent a lovely weekend in the Lake District for our Honeymoon although it did rain for most of it!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every moment of it – to stop for a minute to take it in and enjoy it as much as your guests. At the end of the day its your day.

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Congratulations Carrie & John!

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  – Images © 2012 J Clitheroe Photography

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Wednesday Wed-spiration! Easter Citrus: Fresh Yellow, Green and Cream

April 4th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I am very happy to introduce a new regular feature here on the wedding blog!  Yippee!

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Regular readers will know that I have dabbled in inspiration boards for a while now, but without any real regularity.  One of the perks of being a professional wedding blogger is that its my job {pinches self} to trawl the internet searching for wedding pretty and I have amassed quite the collection of ideas and images behind the scenes.  I am very slowly getting in to Pinterest too, but sometimes I like to keep my ideas private – for future posts and pretty surprises. 

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The only issue I have with inspiration boards is that they do tend to cater to the person compiling’s own taste.  The whole point of Brides Up North is to share with you a real range of ideas, price points and styles, so that is why I have tended to steer pretty clear in the past.  However, now I have back up!  My first recruit is lovely lady, bespoke bridal headpiece designer and creator of the most pretty inspiration boards around – Katy of What Katy Did Next.

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You may have seen Katy in action already on Brides Up North in this beautiful Alice In Wonderland styled fashion shoot (with one of the pieces named after little old me!), and if so, you will understand why I think she is the lady for the job!

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The plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every week, either compiled by myself, the creative Katy or a guest blogger- and that guest blogger could be 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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So, let’s get this party started with an ‘Easter Citrus’ wedding inspiration board, by Katy. 

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1. Daisy Bouquet 2. Mitzi Short Wedding Dress 3. Button Detail Court Shoe 4. Melissa Green Dress

5. Lemon Table Setting 6. Lemon Quartz Earrings 7. Vintage Bunting 8. Daisy Buttonhole 9. Daisy Chain ‘Alexandra’ Headpiece 10. Polka Dot Cake

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Katy says: Ignoring the freak weather we are having, the past weeks have been a huge inspiration for this board. Spring had definitely sprung and bursts of these citrussy shades would be perfect for an Easter wedding. Mixing the lemon yellows with grass green, ivory and natural hessian is perfect for a classic wedding or a more relaxed affair.

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The polka dots and daisies add a sprinkling of fun to the mood board, which could even transfer onto flower girl’s dresses or your groom’s tie or socks. The short Lyn Ashworth wedding dress could even sport a colourful vintage petticoat underneath. I chose loose boho waves for the carefree bride but for a more formal wedding chic up-dos are perfect!

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My favourite part of the board? The florals. The fresh white with hints of yellow and green are what makes the theme work as a whole. The simple shades are perfect if you wanted to add another colour into the mix without a huge clash, such as deep purples or a pale pink.

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See more of Katy’s inspiration boards by visiting her blog.

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Contact me to submit your own inspiration board guest post or to suggest colour and theme ideas for our next boards.

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  – Images as credited, mood board created by What Katy Did Next 

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Super Sunday!

May 8th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Welcome to the weekend Brides Up North – maybe it’s not quite as long as we were getting used to, but still worth making the most of!  What are you up to today?

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It’s a working holiday for me today as I am busy with lots of brilliant new blog features, plans, schemes and ideas…soon to be revealed in these pages.  All I will say is that its an exciting time for Brides Up North!

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I know you have all been dying to find out who the winners in the Right Royal Giveaway Bonanza were and your wait is almost over!  Starting tomorrow, I’ll be announcing a winner a day in an extra blog post (how I spoil you!) every day at 12 noon. 

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Check back on Monday to see who gets to dress up on their day in a Mia Sposa Pronovias gown, worth up to £1,200 – completely free!  How awesome!  Good luck to all those who entered.

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Meanwhile, lets see what else was going on in the blogosphere this week, with my weekly roundup of the best of the rest…my faves are a bit beachy this week, which probably tells me that it is time for a holiday! (don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere).

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Grey Likes WeddingsStunning aisle styling in this romantic wedding via Grey Likes Weddings

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Proof of two of my favourite theories.  First – keeping it simple can be so effective.  Second – if you are going to use petals to style your aisle, go to town with it.

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Snippet and InkBeautiful blooms in this classic military wedding via Snippet & Ink

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I just adore orchids (in fact, I used them in my own Real Wedding to great effect).  This beautiful and classically styled wedding  combines elegance with simplicity perfectly.  It all looks so gorgeously expensive.

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Before The Big DaySunshine wedding via Before The Big Day

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A good dose of vitamin D from this sunkissed wedding.

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Belle Amour Stylish beach wedding via Belle Amour

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Laid back and full of fun.  A perfect celebration.

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And to finish off this week – something that I think is really really cool, via Junebug Weddings

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Amazing and hilarious wedding music video via Junebug Weddings

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Just wow!  How I would have loved to be at this couple’s wedding.  (Or really, just to be their friends, or have a little bit of their coolness rub off on me…ha ha!)

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They only went and made a wedding music video.  To the Black Eyed Peas.  And they only went and pulled it off superbly.

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Trust me, you will want to watch this again and again, forward it to your friends and think about how you can make your own…just A.W.E.S.O.M.E!

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