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giveaway: fall in love at the mansion this valentine’s day

February 5th, 2015 | Julia Braime

The Mansion

This morning, I gave you the heads up on some of my very favourite Yorkshire venues, and I’m swinging by this afternoon with a special treat for one lucky couple from my friends at Dine At The Mansion.

I work really closely with award winning event caterers and venue managers Dine at their venues (check out our fantastic exhibition schedule here) and so I’m really proud to help them unveil their beautifully refurbished Garden Room Restaurant at this iconic Leeds venue with this special competition.

I have a feeling that love is in the air

My friends at Dine would love you to join them to celebrate St Valentine’s Day with dinner for two at The Mansion, their beautiful wedding venue in the heart of Roundhay Park.

For one lucky couple, the evening is on them – just like the Dine Facebook page & share their Valentine’s Competition image for your chance to win.

Click here to like, share and win.

Happy St Valentine’s y’all!

Love, julia x

Competition closes at midnight on 09/02/15. No cash alternative. Prize includes dinner for two from set menu. Prize does not include drinks. Dine At The Mansion Ltd’s decision is final.  Winner to be notified via Facebook by Dine At The Mansion Ltd.   

 

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Country House! Jonathan James Couture For A Real Wedding At Nostell Priory – Hannah & Andy

November 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Created By Karl Photography

Today we join Brides Up North reader Hannah and her new husband Andy as they celebrate their English country wedding at one of my very favourite West Yorkshire wedding venues: Nostell Priory.

When styling her big day, Hannah kept things on the right side of girly by choosing garden green as a base colour.  The muted tone set off her pretty detailing to great effect and brought the outdoors in.

Now pass me a Pimms pronto, would you?!

With images by Created By Karl Photography.

Created By Karl Photography

Hannah says:  We went on a romantic weekend away in York in August 2010… Andy’s proposal was somewhat ‘underprepared’ (he didn’t have a ring!). He was initially going to propose in a restaurant on the Saturday evening and chickened out… so he decided to ask me on the Sunday morning! After a few days we found my dream engagement ring at Green and Benz in Sheffield and then Andy proposed again outside Sheffield City Hall!

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We were married on 25th May 2013 at St Michael & Our Lady Church, with the reception at Nostell Priory.  Nostell Priory – run by Dine – is a stunning venue and location, after visiting once we knew it was the perfect venue for us… even though it was covered in scaffolding as it was going through a huge renovation when we booked back  in 2010!

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Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

Our theme was a pretty, English garden classic wedding with a relaxed and fun atmosphere.  We chose a colour scheme of blush pink and olive green, with the men in grey.

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Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

I chose a Jonathan James Couture fishtail gown from the wonderful ladies at Choola in Sheffield, my veil was Amanda Wyatt and then a flower headpiece from Ivory & Co. My shoes were Lou Lou Low from Harriet Wilde

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Created By Karl Photography

My bridesmaids wore olive green twobirds gowns from Emily Bridal in Sheffield.  Our flowergirl dresses were designed and made by Sarah at Marla Design and Andy’s groomsmen’s outfits were from Sensational Formal Hire in Barnsley. Andy’s suit was from Reiss.

Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

Our lovely flowers were from Emily at BlossEm, we opted for peonies, dill, rosemary, hydrangea, sweet avalanche roses and sweet peas.

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Created By Karl Photography

My favourite moment has to be either saying our vows in Church, or celebrating the day with our close family and friends.

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Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

My Mum and I travelled in a Beauford convertible and my maids accompanied us in an Imperial. Andy and his best men travelled in a Chrysler 300C from Cartwright’s Cars and the guests by vintage bus from The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company

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Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

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Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

Our Magician Mark Waddington was a real highlight – and so were the band (The Barsteward Sons of Val Doonican – who feature the groom on guitar)!  Other lovely, personal touches were our Sweetie Buffet, the handmade signs, the wedding favours (wooden personalised hearts), the lottery tickets (for the draw on our wedding night), and the handmade wedding stationery courtesy of the Andy’s Mum!Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

Steph Shaw sang and played for our guests during the drinks reception, and Andy’s band got the party started in the evening! We also had a fabulous photo booth courtesy of Created by Karl Photography (Stancliffe Studios).

Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

We went for a three-tier cake made up of fruit, chocolate and sponge cake from a close friend of ours, Libby at Cakes By Libby

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Created By Karl Photography

Created By Karl Photography

After the wedding we went on honeymoon to Kruger National Park in South Africa then on to Mauritius.

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Created By Karl Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that you only get one shot at it (hopefully!) so enjoy it, make sure it’s special for you both, that it is everything you both want and don’t get stressed… It’ll all work out fine!

p.s. don’t forget to spend time with your groom/ bride on the day!

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Congratulations Hannah & Andy!

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Sweethearts. Berketex Bride For A Chic Real Wedding At The Mansion – Helen & David

October 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

And would you look at that, it’s Friday!  Three cheers and let’s celebrate by feasting our eyes on this beautiful Real Wedding at one of my very favourite wedding venues – The Mansion, Leeds.  I’ve just celebrated my third wedding anniversary, but if we had to do it all again, this venue would be seriously near the top of my list.  Helen and David’s celebration is just lovely – simple, chic and perfectly executed.  Of course, it helps that they’re blooming gorgeous too. 

Enjoy.

With images by Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Helen says:  We got engaged in Summer 2011 in Las Vegas in an amazing restaurant overlooking the Bellagio fountains.  It was a complete surprise.

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

When we got married we had been together for 15 years as we got together at High School.  We finally said “I do” on Friday 16th August 2013 at The Mansion, Roundhay Park, Leeds. 

We chose the venue for the beautiful interiors, the stunning views of the park and because we both grew up nearby. From the first time we went inside The Mansion we knew we wanted to get married there.

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

My dress was from Berketex Bride in Leeds. It was an ivory strapless gown with lots of subtle detailing and a slight hint of pink in the lace. It needed no alterations and fit perfectly on the day.

I wore customised converse on my feet. They had my married name on and were covered in crystals. 

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

My seven year old nieces wore ivory dresses from Debenhams with floral appliqué. Our one adult bridesmaid (my wing woman) wore a floral print dress from Phase Eight.  The groomsmen wore suits from Yorkshire Menswear and matching socks from Paul Smith.

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

We had Jill Ryder to sing and play guitar at the ceremony, drinks reception and wedding meal. She really made the day with her fantastic acoustic music. We saw her play at a friend’s wedding and knew we had to have her on our special day.

In the evening we had a brilliant band called Vibetown who got everyone dancing.

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

My bouquet was made from white hydrangeas with green leaves. Our bridesmaid Emma had a matching bouquet. We then had table flowers to match in glass cube vases. I have always loved white flowers and we wanted a clean, simple yet elegant look.

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Our photographer was Martin from Dorchester Ledbetter Photography. We were so impressed with the quality of the photos and had a hard time choosing pictures for our album. Martin had such a good knowledge of our venue and suggested all the best places to get a good shot. He even stayed for the evening reception and we got some great pictures on the dance floor!

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Our on the day stationery was by Pink Sherbet.  We chose butterfly place cards, which sat on the glasses and frosted candle holders lit the room in the evening.

We hired an ivory post box with our names on it for guests to place their cards in.

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

We chose a blush pink and ivory three tier cake with fondant flowers from Bored to Tiers in Morley.  The bottom and middle tiers were vanilla sponge and then middle tier was red velvet with white chocolate ganache.

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

I have lots of amazing memories from the day – walking into the room and seeing everyone’s smiling faces; walking up the aisle as a married couple then onto the terrace for some pink fizz; the speeches, which were brilliant and funny and hen everyone hit the dance floor to a Michael Jackson medley by our amazing band, Vibetown.

We just loved sharing such a perfect day with our family and friends. Everyone kept saying what a brilliant day it was.

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For our honeymoon we went to Koh Phangan and Koh Samui in Thailand then onto Singapore.

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax and enjoy the day. Get the main things booked as early as possible (venue, photographer, registrar) as these get booked up then take your time with all the other aspects. Book people that you trust and then you can relax and let them do their job on the day. We really trusted our venue team and photographer and felt able to enjoy every moment.

Don’t feel you have to have a colour theme, our approach was ‘if we like it then we will have it’. Enjoy the planning process, ours was exciting not stressful.

Dorchester Ledbetter Photography

Congratulations Helen & David!

Contact me to share your own Real Wedding here on Brides Up North.  Here’s how to do it.

 

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Michelin Magic! Supplier Showcase: Box Tree Events At Denton Hall

January 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Told you that I had some superb new Featured Suppliers to introduce you to, didn’t I?  So, first up, lets welcome prestigious wedding and event planners and caterers Box Tree Events, and their stunning Yorkshire wedding venue, Denton Hall, near to Ilkley in West Yorkshire. 

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I was lucky enough to enjoy a gourmet lunch as a guest of the team at The Box Tree Restaurant late last year before taking a tour of this stunning wedding venue. All those fabulous reviews you’ve heard?  All true. 

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When can I move in?

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Where is Denton Hall located?

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Denton Hall is just a few miles from the historic spa town of Ilkley, a short train ride from the bright lights of Leeds and within easy reach of a number of local attractions not to mention the spectacular Yorkshire Dales.

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Tell Brides Up North about the venue, what facilities does it have?

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Crystal chandeliers, a spiralling staircase and exquisite 18th century décor blend effortlessly to create Yorkshire’s most elegant setting fit for a truly memorably wedding celebration.  In 1776, famous architect John Carr channelled his expertise and creative flair to create this truly magical Georgian country house, with south-facing frontage and luxurious interior.

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Combine this stunning venue set within 2,500 acres of private parkland, overnight accommodation and four elegant reception rooms, and you have the most romantic setting to guarantee a big day to remember.

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Denton Hall offers an array of wedding reception opportunities to suit all requirements.  To mingle and greet guests, you can opt for a standing champagne reception in the grand entrance hall. If weather permits you could also choose to hold your welcome drinks outside with views of the lake and Ilkley Moor.  For dancing after dining, live music can command the grand ballroom setting.  And for larger parties, a marquee can be set up in the magnificent grounds.

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We can cater for up to 100 in the house for your wedding breakfast, 200 for an evening reception and up to 300 on the lawn outside for Marquee events. 

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Is Denton Hall licensed for civil ceremonies?

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Yes, with a Civil Licence, the Hall is a truly fitting venue for the wedding ceremony, wedding breakfast and reception.  Timeless décor makes the Middleton and Carthorpe rooms the ideal spaces for an intimate ceremony for up to 90 guests.  For an effortless day after months of planning, let the day celebrations flow seamlessly into the night-time reception by allowing Denton Hall to host every aspect of the day.

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For those opting for a church wedding, St Helen’s church is located at the entrance to the grounds, just minutes away. 

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What makes Denton Hall a special wedding venue and sets you apart from others?

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Denton Hall provides you with exclusive use of the Hall on your wedding day and with Box Tree Events being on hand from start to finish we will make your special day a memorable one.  All packages from Box Tree Events are fully bespoke, where you can custom build each aspect of your special day with the help of one of our experienced wedding planners or events managers.

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Choose your canapés and wedding breakfast with the Box Tree Events team and seek assistance from our sommelier to pick wines to perfectly compliment your menu.  Invitations, transport, accommodation, table centres, flowers, venue dressing, name cards, favours, toast master and entertainment are just some of the aspects that we can assist with. Why not let our team help you with these by using our trusted suppliers to ensure your day is all you dreamed of?  We offer full events management, working with you from the moment you book and are there from start to finish on your wedding day.

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Simon Gueller of The Box Tree Restaurant, Ilkley are the executive chefs for Denton Hall and we are proud to cater at this beautiful venue.

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Box Tree Events at Denton Hall

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Can guests stay over at your venue? What accommodation is on offer? 

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Denton Hall’s bridal suite offers couples the chance to indulge themselves in luxury and elegance. Recently refurbished, the lodge, located within the grounds of the Grade I listed building, mirrors the beauty of the Hall and its surroundings.

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Architect designed, the suite features two principal bedrooms and a reception room. The bridal room, which has stunning views overlooking the Wharfe Valley, is lavishly furnished with hand-made oak furniture including a four-poster bed and a luxurious en-suite bathroom.  The magnificent bridal suite is the perfect place to end your special day.

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As well as the bridal suite, Denton Hall offers 24 further bedrooms, which are available for use throughout the year.  Set within the Hall, the accommodation varies in size and includes single, twin and double rooms, designed to suit your every need.

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We are constantly updating and restoring to create the perfect venue and the last of the bedrooms are being refurbished in January and February 2013. 

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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The exclusive use of Denton Hall and its expansive grounds is available for only £3,000, inclusive of the bridal suite on the day of the wedding. This allows you access to the Hall from 5pm on the Friday to 12pm on the Sunday. There is a minimum requirement of 18 bedrooms and the bridal suite and lodge suite for the Saturday evening.

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Our sole caterers, the award winning Box Tree Events, chosen for their excellent standards in cuisine and personal approach, offer a range of packages from £100 per person including VAT.

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To take full advantage of your special day, it is also possible to book the bridal suite and additional bedrooms the night before the wedding, at an additional cost. As well as the bridal suite, bedrooms within the hall and lodge can be booked for one or two nights with prices ranging from £40 per night to £130 per night.

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It is also possible to host your civil ceremony at Denton Hall for an additional cost of £500.

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Where can we get more information/ contact the venue?

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If you would like to make an appointment to look around Denton Hall or require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Watch out for news of our Wedding Experience day on 10th March 2013. 

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Michelle Hudson

Event Manager

01943 6028067

www.boxtree-events.co.uk

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  – Images © 2013 provided by Box Tree Events and credited to Richard Wilson Photography, Gary Micklethwaite Photography and Dominic Wright Photography

Boxtree Events is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier and this is a sponsored post

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Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive! Gorgeous Gowns By UK Wedding Dress Designer Eliza Wyke Couture

August 6th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Eliza Wyke Couture Wedding Gowns by Nicky Chadwick Photography

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This afternoon’s post is a bit of a show off.  In the nicest possible way.

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Today, I get to showcase the work of not one, but many fabulous Northern suppliers with this beautiful bridal fashion shoot sent to me by Featured Supplier Richard Wynn Davies and Nicky Chadwick Photography.  As well as showing off the skills of these two fine Yorkshire wedding photographers, we also get to lust after the gorgeous gowns of UK wedding dress designer Eliza Wyke Couture and the beautiful grounds of The Coniston Hotel in the Yorkshire Dales. 

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Let the parade begin!  And take down my order for that sequinned gown.  In pink please. 

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Eliza Wyke Couture Wedding Gowns by Nicky Chadwick Photography

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Eliza Wyke Couture Wedding Gowns by Richard Wynn Davies

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Nicky says:  This shoot was conceived to showcase Eliza Wyke Couture’s amazing dress designs. After lots of discussions with Elizabeth from Eliza Wyke it was decided that with quite a few different dresses to shoot we needed a stunning venue to show them off as well as the help of a great team of people. The very talented Richard Wynn-Davies and his gorgeous better half Caroline agreed to come on board to help with the shooting and suggested we use the very lovely Coniston Hotel with it’s gorgeous hall and lake. Fortunately the hotel agreed and their team were very helpful throughout the day enabling us to get some fantastic shots.

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Richard says: Caroline and I shot our first two Coniston weddings last month and really loved the place. From the quaint little village church to the impressive lake, beautiful old hall and fine formal gardens. Many of the wedding drinks receptions are held in the hall and the family that own it are very hands on. Mrs Bannister helps serve the drinks and is so lovely.  We decided it was the perfect location for an inspiration shoot to support the venue with imagery and showcase some of Elizabeth’s dresses and we decided to combine the classic, refined country look with a fashion twist.

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Eliza Wyke Couture Wedding Gowns by Nicky Chadwick Photography

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Eliza Wyke Couture Wedding Gowns by Nicky Chadwick Photography

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The Coniston Hotel say: The Coniston Hotel is a wedding venue unlike any other, a venue where
friendly, personal service comes naturally. Nestling in 1400 acres of stunning Yorkshire Dales scenery, the estate is one of the most romantic settings imaginable; a perfect place for a perfect wedding. Yet the location is only part of the story. As we only ever hold one wedding or civil partnership per day, you’re guaranteed to be the focus of our attention, with delicious food, spectacular surroundings and a true Yorkshire welcome waiting for every one of your guests.

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Eliza Wyke Couture Wedding Gowns by Richard Wynn Davies

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Eliza Wyke Couture Wedding Gowns by Nicky Chadwick Photography

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Eliza Wyke Couture Wedding Gowns by Nicky Chadwick Photography

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Eliza Wyke Couture Wedding Gowns by Nicky Chadwick Photography

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Eliza Wyke Couture Wedding Gowns by Nicky Chadwick Photography

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Little Black Book

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Images:  Richard Wynn Davies & Nicky Chadwick Photography

Venue: The Coniston Hotel

Wedding dresses: Eliza Wyke Couture

Groom’s outfits: Plush Wedding Boutique

Make up: Zaira Cantara

Hair: Hair by Becci – 07709 825759

Retro and vintage wedding services: Dolly’s Vintage Wedding

Models: Nicola, Eleanor and Adrian

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  – Images © 2012 Richard Wynn Davies and Nicky Chadwick Photography as tagged

Richard Wynn Davies is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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