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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Simple Eclectic: A Real Wedding In The North East – Amelia & Michael

28th June 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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It’s back to business here at Brides Up North on Monday as holiday season draws to a close, so let’s complete a rather beautiful two weeks of Real Wedding Recaps with a lovely, simple, eclectic and chic (yes, those words do work together in this context!) Real Wedding, sent to me by Vanessa of VA Photography With Heart and real bride Amelia and first published back in March of this year.  Let’s take a trip to Newcastle Upon Tyne…

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Amelia says:  We got engaged on 25th December 2010 – We were away visiting my family for Christmas, Michael suggested going for an early walk on the beach, just the two of us. I couldn’t believe when he asked me to marry him and I didn’t even have to consider the answer!

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We were married on 28th September 2012 – exactly 10 years to the day from when we first met!

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We chose Hotel du Vin, Newcastle for the ceremony and wedding breakfast then As You Like It, Jesmond for a party in the evening ‘til the early hours.  From the start we didn’t want a typically traditional wedding. We wanted an informal day with close family and friends and then a party in the evening to celebrate with everyone. Having visited so many venues that just weren’t for us, when we visited the luxury boutique Hotel du Vin we fell in love with the quirky decor and we both just knew it was right.

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I chose a full length a-line lace dress from a boutique in Newcastle, and Michael wore a suit from Reiss.  The bridesmaids chose gowns from Ted Baker.  My sister made my stunning headpiece.   

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I carried a bouquet of really beautiful flowers, including roses and sprigs of herbs, from The Willow Garden in Hebden Bridge. I have loved the florist for as long as I can remember and was delighted when they said they could supply, even though it was a super early start for the guy delivering them on the morning of the wedding!

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We loved the ceremony as it was small and intimate, saying our vows in front of close family and friends.

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My mum made a fabulous three tier cake, including a Chocolate Guinness Cake (don’t knock it ‘til you try it) and a Hummingbird Cake (a quirky alternative to carrot cake). The decoration was simple but classic, covered with edible lace with an oversized rose on the top.

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My mum made the tasty favours, mini pots of jam which were labelled with ‘Spread the Love’ labels designed by my dad.  The place cards were designed and printed by my dad. We both sourced vintage bottles from various antique shops for the table decorations and flowers and we bought loads of retro sweets and glass jars for a sweet table for the evening.

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It was a great feeling walking into the Bistro to a standing ovation as husband and wife, where we then served amazing food and listened to the fabulous speeches, memories that we will cherish forever.

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We chose to have a  DJ in the evening at As You Like It, although before booking him we made sure he wasn’t a ‘typical’ wedding DJ!

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We have always loved Barcelona but only ever passed through so after the wedding we had four nights there exploring the exciting city.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be – don’t get hung up on the unnecessary, never lose sight of why you are getting married and enjoy it ALL, it goes by so quick!

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Congratulations Amelia & Michael!

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