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Cool Blue. A Real Wedding At Dissington Hall – Jane & Graeme

April 23rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Andy Hudson Photography

After a fabulous and inspirational day with Cat Hepple yesterday, taking part in her workshop at the beautiful Priory Cottages, this morning I’m heading North West to join my friend and Brides Up North Featured Supplier for another speaking engagement, hosting a session on blogging and social media as part of his Masterclass for professional wedding photographers.  Busy days!

I’m leaving you with a cute and classic Real Wedding in the North East, as we join Jane and Graeme for their special celebration at Dissington Hall.

With images by Andy Hudson Photography.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Jane says:  We got engaged on Christmas day morning in 2012. Graeme presented me with a pile of presents under the tree and and each one I opened told a story of our relationship, keepsakes from places we’ve travelled to and other little mementos. The final present was in much more fancy wrapping paper and contained a diamond ring! The penny had started to drop by this point so my hands were shaking so much I struggled to unwrap the box!

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We were married on 14th March 2014 at Dissington Hall in Ponteland. 

As soon as we visited Dissington Hall we knew it was where we wanted to get married.  Dissington is really homely and the rooms weren’t too big which made the celebration more intimate – neither of us like to be the centre of attention so it was the perfect place to have a celebration with close family & friends. The venue is also non-residential and they only host one wedding a day so we had the whole place to ourselves for the day.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

I initially started to design our wedding invitations using the familiar phrase "Eat, Drink & Be Married" and I carried on with the same theme throughout all of our wedding stationery – menu, table plan, readings and so on.  I chose a colour scheme of navy blue & taupe.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

I got dressed at Dissington Hall so we didn’t hire cars on the day.  My dad brought me, my mam and one of my sisters up and we had a lovely relaxing morning at the hall, having some lunch and taking our time get ready for the walk down the aisle!

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

The dress I ended up getting was actually the first one I tried on! I didn’t have anything really specific in mind when I started looking, but again I wanted something traditional but not too grand.

I ended up with an ivory lace dress with a fishtail design. It was originally a strapless dress however my seamstress made me some straps with the extra lace taken off the bottom. The dress is from Truly, Madly, Deeply in Monkseaton.

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My sisters were my bridesmaids and although originally they both had the same dress, my eldest sister announced some exciting news that she and my brother in law were expecting their second child as we were planning the wedding so her original dress wasn’t the ideal style!The ”official” bridesmaid dress was a navy blue mid length dress from Coast.

The groomsmen’s suits were from Most Suitable in Newcastle. They were charcoal three piece suits with navy cravat’s and handkerchiefs and Graeme altered his style by having a taupe cravat and handkerchief.

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My hair was styled at Tickety Boo in Whitley Bay, as was the bridesmaids’ and my sister did my make-up.  I had a cream rose posy with some gypsophila in it too from Naomi the Flower Girl in North Shields.  I also wore some gypsophila in my hair.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

My favourite part of the day was definitely the ceremony, sharing such an important moment surrounded by friends and family was so special to me.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

We had two readings by my friends on the day and so for our favours we gave out copies of one of the readings in small blue organza bags with a heart shaped chocolate.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

My friend Michelle made our cake which was a cupcake tower. We used the theme of blue and taupe with a giant cupcake on the top.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

We used our own playlist for during the day, walking down the aisle to John Legend ‘Stay With You’ and at night time we hired the band Jammin 45′s who are a funk & soul band. 

For our night time music playlists for when the band wasn’t playing we asked all of our guests to pick a song in the wedding invitations which made sure everyone got up to dance at least once!

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

For our honeymoon we went to Thailand which was absolutely amazing! We spent two nights in Bangkok then eleven nights in Phuket. Best part of the honeymoon would have to be a boat trip to Phi Phi island where the film ‘The Beach’ was filmed – absolutely amazing!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make sure you take a few moments throughout the day to absorb everything! The day goes so quick and it’s one of the most important days of your life so make sure you remember it.

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Congratulations Jane & Graeme!

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Very Vintage! A Real Wedding At The Bowdon Rooms – Ellie & David

April 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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We’re so excited for our return to The Bowdon Rooms this coming Sunday 27th April 2014 for our third Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at this stunning venue.  You can’t beat a sunny April day in Altrincham (here’s hoping!) and a unique and authentic vintage wedding venue packed full of lovely local suppliers and wedding pretty.  Seriously, you need to see our stellar exhibitor line up!

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Is the date in your diary?  You can pre-register here.  Go, go, go!

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If you’ve picked up one of our leaflets in the area (it’s been blanketed!) or received one of our subscriber emails about the event, you’ll recognise our lovely bride & groom from today’s Real Wedding. Ellie and David’s wedding day shows off exactly what can be made of this stunning venue and their celebration, full of love, music, excitement, humour and delectable vintage details, is an absolute corker! 

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I rarely re-blog content on these pages (I prefer to keep things fresh, y’know?) but I wanted to revisit their big day ahead of the weekend’s festivities because, well, you’ll see.

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Enjoy!  And see you on Sunday…

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With images by Foley Photography

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Ellie says: This was not an ordinary proposal. it being leap year and all!

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David took me to Paris in February 2012 and everyone thought he would propose.  On our return (no proposal had been made) which was Valentine’s Day I suggested we stay in London overnight, although we will just stay in a Travel lodge as we had just come back from Paris. Little did David know that I had booked a 5 star hotel called ‘The Corinthia’ off Whitehall for us to stay in all as part of my master plan proposal. I had already contact the hotel and told them my plan and they provided an upgrade and other goodies!

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David was overwhelmed by the hotel and thought it was a lovely thing to do on Valentine’s day. We went to our room and unpacked, then I pulled out his valentine’s present – a shirt from Zara. I then gave a him a little package and said these are to wear with it. 

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Inside were silver heart shaped cufflinks my sister had made and engraved on were the words ‘David will you’ on one and ‘Marry me?’ on the other.  Now David being David couldn’t read them properly and didn’t have his glasses on, he thought one said David and the other Ellie – a bit cheesy he thought, then he said “This shirt doesn’t have cufflink holes” so I said “Put your glasses on and read them”!

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He did and was overwhelmed and said yes! He wore the cufflinks on our wedding day.  The hotel then brought a bottle of Champagne and a congratulations cake to the room.  We can’t wait to go back next year for our anniversary!

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We were married on Saturday 25th May 2013 at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, Cheshire.   We loved the space inside and the sprung wooden floor for dancing, it was a great Edwardian building that had so much character and history, plus Karen and the team were so open to all the ideas I had that we didn’t want to get married anywhere else!

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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The theme was very vintage!  With homemade bunting, we had bought all our own vintage mismatched china for cups, saucers and side plates, plus sugar bowls and milk jugs. We also scoured car boots and charity shops for tea pots as these were our centre pieces with flowers in them.

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The wedding colour scheme only came about after we had chosen the bridesmaids’ dresses and we chose blue floral for my sister who was matron of honour and pink floral for the other seven bridesmaids.  So the colour scheme ended up being blue and pink.

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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I tried on so many dresses and always had in my mind I would like a short one and I did. I went for a strapless ballerina length 1950′s dress. It was by the designer Enzoani in the Blue range. I bought it from The Wedding Shop in Alderley Edge and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. The customer service was fantastic and everyone was so helpful!

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I bought my Benjamin Adams shoes from the same shop and they dyed them blue to match my sister’s bridesmaid dress. I also bought a sash from there by Sash & Co.

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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My bridesmaid dresses (all eight of them) were from Vivien of Holloway as were the petticoats. Everyone had a white petticoat underneath apart from my sister who had pink, which went perfectly with her blue dress.

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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We didn’t really use many suppliers as we did a lot ourselves, but our food was supplied by Herb and Spice and our photography by Foley Photography, Scott captured the day perfectly! Our wedding video was by www.wedding-productions.com and it was fantastic!

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I had two bouquets.  One was a brooch bouquet that i made myself, comprising of all different brooches i had collected over the years which meant something to me, I loved making this and I look at it every day on my dressing table. 

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We made all the bouquets and centre pieces ourselves and just bought them from a wholesaler, this was so cost effective and as I had made a brooch bouquet i didn’t think I would want a flower one, but as my family and David’s cousin Lesley were making the bridesmaids, I thought it might be nice for photos to have one. Luckily we had some flowers left over and made mine out of all the bits leftover. It was beautiful, my sister made mine and did an amazing job!

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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I think my favourite part of the day was seeing David at the end of the aisle when I started dancing down, as he was so overwhelmed and happy I knew he was the one for me!

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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I travelled in an open top Beetle called Suzi provided by Little Limos. They were fantastic and it was so lovely to drive through my Village with everyone waving. My Dad loved the car and it went perfectly with our day!

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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To make the day more personal, I made and sewed pink floral and blue floral napkins for everyone. We also used the same material to make over 60 metres of bunting which decorated the room.

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Our table names were David’s favourite Coronation Street characters, the head table being Steve McDonald!

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Our favours were white chocolate coconut covered truffles that u had made for everyone and came in a floral handkerchief for the ladies and white handkerchief for the men. I love using handkerchiefs and wanted to bring it back.

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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We had an American styled buffet with burgers and chicken wings and hotdogs! It was delicious. 

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David and I are not big fans of traditional wedding cakes so we asked my Mum to make us a three tiered Rice Krispie cake. this was my favourite treat as a child and it meant so much that my mum had made it, plus it didn’t cost the earth!

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We also asked our guests to make and bring a cake as part of the desert. This proved a great idea and I couldn’t believe how many gorgeous cakes there were.  There was definitely plenty of food for everyone!

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Being a Drama Teacher, entertainment was high on my list of priorities. We had several pieces of entertainment during the service, provided by my students from school. Two girls Samantha Jabangwe and Nicole Hodson sang a song each and then also wrote and played a song they had written especially for me.

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I also provided some entertainment at the start of the service by having by bridesmaids dancing down the aisle followed by me dancing down with my Dad to a song I had pre-recorded for David, I changed to words to ‘Marry You’ by Bruno Mars to ‘Hey David I think I Want To Marry You’. This was all a complete to surprise for everyone including David.  I also sang and played the Ukulele for David during my speech.

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The main Entertainment was provided by a band a found at a vintage wedding fair in Liverpool called ‘Vintage Blossom’.  They were amazing, no one stopped dancing whilst they were playing and they also happened to be local to Manchester.

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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We are going to America for three weeks at the end of July, starting in New York for a few days, then flying over to San Francisco for a few days then picking up a car and driving down the coast stopping off at Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara – where we stay in a horse ranch – Santa Monica, San Diego, Palm Springs and finally Vegas!

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try and do as much of the wedding prep together as you can as we had so much fun making the bunting and searching car boots and also not to get too drunk, then you can remember the best day of your lives!

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Congratulations Ellie & David!

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Getting Glossy. How To Submit A Real Wedding To The Wedding Blog

April 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Karen McGowran Photography

This week I’m out and about in the Brides Up North mobile taking part in workshops and master classes in Yorkshire and the North West for some of my favourite wedding photographers, Cat Hepple (today) and Jonny Draper (on Wednesday).  Click here to find out more.  I’ll be hosting group sessions to discuss the role (and power!) of online publishing and social media and how professionals can work with bloggers and the wider media to get their work seen by the people who count – that’s you Brides Up North!

Wish me luck.  Even though the content is totally second nature and even though I’m now pretty used to public speaking, I still get those nervous butterflies, every single time.  I’ll be reporting back soon, but whilst I’m exorcising those butterflies, I thought it might be timely to remind you lovely lot how you can share your own wedding here on our pretty pages once the big day is done and dusted. 

Of all the submissions that I receive here at Brides Up North (and it’s a lot) it’s about a 50/50 split as to whether they come direct from the bride and groom or from a member of their wedding team (usually the photographer) who thought that the wedding had that extra sparkle that needed to be shared.  Whilst I love to hear from my gorgeous industry friends, there’s nothing quite like hearing from a reader first hand about why his or her wedding was special.  The excitement just jumps off out of my inbox and I love to hear about each and every single celebration.  It’s my favourite part of the job – no question – and I’d love to hear from you soon. 

I accept submissions from brides and grooms, photographers, planners and other wedding vendors, and as well as weddings, I also love to see engagement session photographs, couples shoots, trash the dress, cherish the dress and styled session photographs. I accept wedding submissions of all themes, sizes, religions and gay weddings.

From intimate do-it-yourself-dos with a difference to big budget blow outs, I believe that every wedding is special. I want to share in your day and help to inspire tens of thousands of other brides to be across the North of the UK and the wider web. Click here to see some of the most recent beauties on the blog.

All you have to do is email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk to make your submission, and it takes about five minutes.  Please stick to the guidelines, it’s easier for us both!

Your initial contact email should include:

- Your name and email address

- Your Real Wedding venue and date

- A brief description of your Real Wedding including general theme, colour scheme and any other special details

- 4 to 5 varied images from your Real Wedding

- Confirmation that your Real Wedding has not been submitted to any other blogs/ websites/ magazines (with the exception of the photographer’s own blog)

When submitting engagement photographs, trash the dress, cherish the dress and other styled sessions, please follow the submissions format as above substituting the relevant details as appropriate.

Whilst I do accept submissions from photographers and other vendors if you are not the bride or groom you will need to seek their permission before making your Real Wedding submission.

Should Brides Up North wish to review your submission further I will require:

- 40 to 50 high quality varied photographs, mostly in colour and without watermarks, at 580 pixels across or larger, 72dpi, to include stylish details of your Real Wedding (your photographer will be able to assist with this)

- I accept submissions as a ZIP file or via Dropbox

- Completion of the Real Bride Questionnaire which will be provided

- Details of your photographer and any other key suppliers

Whilst Brides Up North will carefully review each and every Real Wedding submission that reaches the second stage, it is with regret that I am unable to feature every Real Wedding that I receive. Whilst every celebration is beautiful, I recognise that my readers require a variety of quality editorial content.

I always try to respond to all Real Weddings submissions promptly – and reply I shall – but if you do not hear from me within 5 working days of making your submission, please feel free to submit your Real Wedding elsewhere.

I can’t wait to hear from you! I genuinely love receiving your submissions, so keep them coming!

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Wishing You An Eggcellent Easter, Love Brides Up North

April 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Happy Easter From Brides Up North at www.bridesupnorth.co.uk

Never work with children or (fake) animals.  You have no idea just how long it took me to style these little Easter chicks.  I fashioned a teeny-tiny veil and eventually got them to snuggle up, but all they were interested in were the mini eggs. 

Who can blame them?

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.  We’re taking a brief Easter holiday here at Brides Up North HQ, to relax and recharge, spend some time with the family and eat our body weight in milk chocolate ahead of a very busy run up to the summer.

There’s wedding exhibitions a plenty, public appearances, styled shoots and a very special Brides Up North “spring clean” coming up… we’re keeping all the good stuff but redecorating with a fabulous new look, snazzier Directory and some lovely extra features to make your inspiration hunt all the better.  Watch this – soon to be even prettier – space!

I’m really, really (super duper with a big fat cherry on the top) excited – and a little nervous – and can’t wait to get to work. But for now, back to those Easter eggs.

Wishing you and yours the most wonderful break.  See you on the other side: fatter, but happier.   

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First Look: Charlotte Balbier’s 2015 Iscoyd Park Collection

April 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

I’m really happy to welcome my lovely industry friend and colleague Charlotte Balbier to the wedding blog this morning, as I give you a sneak peek at her beautiful 2015 Collection, straight from the catwalk at last week’s White Gallery.

I’ve known Charlotte for some years now, and spent a little time with the lady herself and her lovely Mum, the fabulously talented Amanda Wyatt, on their stand at the show, watching as Charlotte unveiled her new line to assembled buyers and press.  I can absolutely vouch for this:  This is a designer who really cares.  A lot of heart goes into each and every Charlotte Balbier design, and she positively glowed as she swirled and showed her designs to the audience and discussed what made each and every one unique and special. 

And glow she might, for the new collection is an absolute triumph. 

Charlotte, you should be very proud.  Brides Up North, they’ll be landing in a stockist near you soon. Yippee!

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Charlotte’s own wedding day at Iscoyd Park, Cheshire

The collection was designed in celebration of Charlotte and her new husband Teddy’s 2014 wedding day and is inspired by the historical and traditional setting of Iscoyd Park.  2015 marks eleven years for Charlotte at the forefront of British Bridal design, a truly amazing decade as one of the UK’s leading bridal designers.

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

The Iscoyd Park Collection is made up of over twenty gorgeous gowns in an array of styles, and delightfully includes two of Charlotte’s own wedding gowns, named ‘Charlotte’ and ‘Iscoyd Park.’ Charlotte’s designs inherently traditional but with that added extra twist for a modern gown.

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

The 2014 collection, ‘A Decade of Style’ won the Wedding Ideas Magazine ‘Designer Of The year’ award and this year is all set to become Charlotte’s most successful year to date with exciting plans and collaborations ahead.  Go girl!

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

To find out more about Charlotte Balbier’s designs and view a list of Northern stockists, visit her website.

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Where I’ll Be Next Week: Talkin’ Shop.

April 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

This week has been all about catching up, office time, making plans and getting ready – because once I’ve eaten my last Easter egg on Monday it’s a jam packed diary right until the end of April.  As well as a double daily features schedule, the usual 200 plus emails a day from readers and suppliers (no lie, but I love hearing from each and every one of you!) there’s a fabulous vintage wedding exhibition for Brides Up North at The Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire, not one but two very exciting speaking engagements, fittings, styling jobs, freelance writing, social media projects, a blog overhaul (oh yes, oh yes!) and one very special styled shoot. More on that later.

All this is jammed into a three “day” and a lot of midnight oil burning seven “nights” a week, as I try to juggle my business with motherhood!  Consequently, May might well involve a lot of lying down.

Anyway, those very exciting speaking engagements I mentioned? They both take place next week, and I can’t wait to get out into the spring sunshine and hang around with some wonderful, creative, inspiring souls.

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

I’ve already told you about the wonderful workshop that I’m thrilled to join Brides Up North Featured Supplier Cat Hepple Photography at next Tuesday: The Editorial Wedding (click here for more information).  I’ll be joining Cat and a collective of wedding photography professionals as she shows them the tricks and techniques that allow her to do what she does so well.  Cat’s craft is very special – her work has that magic touch that makes you look a million dollars, “magazine ready” in your wedding photographs.  Put it this way, I’ve never turned down a feature submission from Mrs Hepple yet.

I’ll be there on the day too, to talk to you about the process of getting your work “out there” and seen more effectively.  I’ve been in this game for nearly four years, and worked on glossy magazines long before that, so I know my stuff.  How to craft a successful submission to a wedding magazine or blog, how to increase your chances of being selected and what those with an editorial eye are looking for. 

And it just so happens that the very next day, I’m hopping in the Brides Up North mobile and heading over the Pennines to make a very special appearance on day two of Jonny Draper Photography’s Masterclass too!  I can’t wait!  Jonny and Cat are two of my very favourite industry friends and to see they do what they do best in their own environment will be fantastic.   

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

So, we’ve heard from Cat, but what’s the plan for Jonny’s class? Please note – Jonny’s Masterclass is now SOLD OUT but watch out for more dates later in the year. 

Jonny says: This two day wedding photography experience  has been specifically designed for wedding photographers who are ready to take their business to the next level.  This is a Masterclass for photographers who are confident with their own digital SLR and are ready to shoot stunning images inside and outside of one of the UK’s most beautiful bespoke wedding venues.

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

Throughout the shooting day, Jonny will be demonstrating a range of lighting techniques that he uses during a wedding.  Attendees are invited to bring along as little or as much equipment as they would like to use throughout the day and there may be opportunity for attendees to use some of Jonny’s own lighting equipment.

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

From the business point of view, this Masterclass offers an insight that no other wedding photography workshop has done before.  On day two of the course, not only will you hear from The 2013 Wedding Industry Awards "North West Wedding Photographer of The Year" (that’s Jonny!) about how he runs his hugely successful business, you will also be given invaluable business information from one of the UK’s busiest and most popular wedding venues about how you can develop relationships with venues just like them.

You will hear from the owner of Cheshire’s most exclusive bridal experience about how to establish and develop relationships with top wedding suppliers that will benefit your wedding photography business as well as an award winning blogger (that’s me!) who will show you just what it takes to get your work featured on the UK’s most popular wedding blogs.

Sounds good to me!  I’ll be reporting back on both sessions, and might just have picked up a few photography tips myself.  Watch this space.

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

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Puppy Love! A Real Wedding At Mitton Hall – Keri & Tom

April 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Mick Cookson Photography

I adore Keri and Tom’s beautiful wedding day.  Every detail, from Keri’s gorgeous dress (that waist!) to their navy and lavender colour scheme, to the fact that their puppy Marvin came along too – in a bowtie no less – is gorgeous.  Packed with personal touches, fun surprises and lots and lots of pretty, I hope you love it as much as I do.  Spring has sprung!

With images by Mick Cookson Photography.

Mick Cookson Photography

Keri says:  We got engaged on Christmas Day 2012. The ring was in my Christmas stocking that was hanging on the fireplace.

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

We were married on 03.03.14 at Mitton Hall in Clitheroe.  It was my Nan’s birthday so the date was very special to the family.

Mick Cookson Photography

We walked in to the entrance lobby and were in awe of how incredible it looked. The whole place and staff were so inviting and after a tour around and chat with Victoria the wedding planner we knew it was the venue for us. We knew it was as soon as we walked in.

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Wedding Make-up and Hair  was by Flossy and Leigh and my wedding hair pieces by Eleventh Heaven

Mick Cookson Photography

I chose a Stewart Parvin Dress called ‘Luck be a Lady’ from Aphrodite in Knutsford. It was a dress that I didn’t even plan on trying on. Terry who owned the shop said I should try it and as soon as I put it on I knew it was the one! I tried it on with a lace bolero and a beautiful band around my waist and it became even more perfect! Tom wore a suit from Gieves & Hawkes and shirt from TM Lewin.

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Our bridesmaids wore navy dresses from Coast and the best men wore navy suits from Next. Tom, his Best Men, the ushers, our fathers and my Grandad wore the same Midnight Blue tie.

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Our wedding had a couple of themes! Our wedding was quite rustic; hand decorated jars with twine, lace and hessian filled with lavender, gypsy grass, potpourri and tea lights decorated the tables resting on hessian runners and chopped circular wood. Lavender was a key part of this theme as it was my Nan’s favourite scent. We also incorporated America into our wedding as we met at a Camp in Pennsylvania,New York in 2010. We even made our America theme rustic with old postcards, a map as our table plan and faded American flags on our American sweet table!

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

We had a memory table with framed pictures of close family members who couldn’t be with us on our wedding day. Next to the table, on a blackboard we wrote ‘Because someone we love is in heaven, there is a little bit of heaven here today’. We also made a donation box where all the money donated went to Alzheimer’s Research UK. If you wanted to donate you could take a jar from the table home with you.

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

We honestly can’t decide on a favourite part; we wouldn’t change one thing about our day. Everything that we planned, all our family and friends around us, everyone enjoying themselves made our day truly special to us

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Charlene at Love Gets Sweeter made our wedding film.  I don’t understand why some people don’t think the video is important! I felt as happy as I did on the wedding day watching our film back. 

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

We chose La Boheme for our wedding cake as we have always enjoyed her cakes and treats. The gluten free cake has always been my favourite. As we both love cakes so much we decided to have a cake table; we had one two tiered cake Victoria sponge cake (one tier was gluten free), surrounded by lavender meringues, salted caramel macaroons, mini Victoria sponge cakes, cookies and cake pops.

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

We also had little surprises for each other; Tom got a friend to play ‘Hey Ho’ for us as we walked into the reception room, I sang ‘Hey Ho’ for him and the guests later on (with the same friend playing guitar…great minds)! Tom created a rap to the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ about meeting me and my family within his speech. My sister-in-law and brothers kindly made beer bottle labels titled ‘Scruffy Puppy’ that also had a picture of our dog Marvin on it to surprise Tom when I gave him his favourite ‘Honey Blonde’ Beer. I also made up a flash mob dance to a songs my sister in law had edited together. The flash mob was taught to all my hens (including my mum, mother in law and mums best friend!) and we surprised everyone with the dance. To finish the dance we all turned around with masks of Toms face on and danced to his favourite song ‘Bump and Grind’!!

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

DJ Ben was included in our package at Mitton Hall. Ben was incredible; he had the dance floor full all night. 

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

For our honeymoon, we went on a wildlife tour in Borneo; it was incredible. We went on a private tour and travelled around so we got to see lots of wildlife. We also tried scuba diving, went across canopy walkways, paddled in waterfalls, stayed in the rainforest. At the end of the adventure we stayed in for a few nights in a hotel where we got to relax and chill.

Mick Cookson Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North is to space everything out and start getting tasks done early. We made a lot of our decorations and we started ticking ‘To Do’s’ of our list months before the big day so there was no stress closer to the wedding. We had finished everything we needed to do three weeks before the day which meant there was no stress and we really got to enjoy the build up.

We also think its important not to be afraid to ask for help; a lot of people will be willing to help as they will want your day to be perfect for you. We cant thank our family and my friend Julie (one of my bridesmaids who came over from Australia) enough. We had evenings together of decorating jars, making the table runners and the table plan, etc. It was so lovely to have them all involved and getting to spend time with family.

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Congratulations Keri & Tom!

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Like Vintage? You’ll LOVE This. The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition At The Bowdon Rooms, Cheshire

April 15th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Well, that’s come around quickly!  Once Easter weekend’s out of the way, it’s time for the chocolate eggs and fluffy chicks to make way for something even better! In just over a week’s time, the finest North West vintage wedding industry talent will be descending upon The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, for our third Luxury and Vintage Wedding Exhibition at this unique and authentic vintage venue.  

The Bowdon Rooms Spring 2014

The Bowdon Rooms Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

The Firs, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2TQ

Sunday 27th April 2014

12pm till 4pm

FREE ENTRY

This brilliant, exclusive use venue is as fun as it is special, with it’s high ceilings, sparkling drapes, ornate fireplaces and perfectly sprung dance floor.  Dancing shoes at the ready!  If you are looking for a bespoke and private wedding venue with a little added period pizazz, it’s your lucky day. 

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

We had such a fantastic time at our Brides Up North spring and autumn events back in 2013 – these images were snapped at both by Martin Hambleton Photography – and can’t wait to do it all again, with a host of great suppliers ready to make your big day into the stuff of your dreams.

Like everything vintage, these events just get better and better with age.  It’s going to be even fabulous this time around. You need to be there. 

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Foley Photography

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Foley Photography

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

The venue’s helpful team will be on hand to answer your queries and take bookings (form an orderly queue please!) and I’ll be there to talk wedding pretty till I’m hoarse.  I genuinely love this venue and am really excited to see my gorgeous readers there.  Please do seek me out and say hello, I adore hearing about your plans. 

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Foley Photography

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 200 FREE Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, on the day discounts, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our amazing sponsors.  Just because we love you.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.  While stocks last only. 

To register for for speedy entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag fill in your details below, marking “BOWDON ROOMS in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Welcome packs are limited and subject to availability.  We operate a first come, first served policy. 

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Click here to see Ellie & David’s wedding in full.

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Twinkle & Bloom! A Real Wedding In Cheshire – Kirsty & Wayne

April 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

James Jebson Photography

Following the fashion frenzy of the last week (dahlings!), I think it’s about time we got back to basics here at Brides Up North.  It’s what we do best – Real Weddings from real Brides Up North and their talented local suppliers.  Real, regional and really, really gorgeous.  I jolly well hope you’re thinking local for your big day!

This afternoon’s wedding was sent to us by real bride Kirsty and Brides Up North Featured Supplier James Jebson and has all the elements of the best of big days – tons of sparkle, big blooms and lots of laughs. 

Enjoy!

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Kirsty says: We got engaged in October 2012 at Mottram Hall and were married on 14th December 2013 at St Anne’s Church in Woodplumpton by our fabulous village vicar Revd. Brian Whitley, followed by a reception at Beeston Manor in Houghton.

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

We chose our venue as it just felt very ‘us’.  With its countryside setting and manor house feel, Beeston Manor is beautiful. Furthermore the venue was completely private and meant we just shared our day with our family & our guests.

James Jebson Photography

I chose a Mori Lee wedding dress with lace and diamante detail from Dan Kerr Brides. It was a really sparkly dress and I loved it from the moment I put it on. All my jewellery, accessories and my shoes were from Lottie’s Bridal Boutique in Lytham.

Our bridesmaids wore gold dresses by Ronald Joyce, again from Dan Kerr Brides. Wayne and the ushers all wore grey suits, ivory waistcoats and ties to match the girls’ dresses from Moss Bros, and the Mother of the Bride and page boys were dressed by Lottie’s Bridal Boutique – along with the bridesmaids’ fur shrugs.

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

We travelled in a Range Rovers on the day all dressed by our florist Margaret Mason with ivory ribbons – they looked fantastic.

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

My bouquet was made of mini Calla Lilies and had diamonds amongst the flowers. It was simply stunning

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson, our photographer, was simply sensational on our wedding day. His attention to detail, his professionalism, & his incredibly infectious personality, accompanied with his awesome photography put him in another league.  In the words of my new husband James is ”simply a different kind of gravy” and his photography service was extra special from start to finish. 

We were over the moon with our wedding pictures as they capture the best day of our lives from every angle. James didn’t miss a thing and even caught images of moments we had missed! We have the most wonderful memories of our wedding and I cannot stress how important a good photographer is.  When your wedding is over your photos are the one thing you have left and I cannot thank James enough for our amazing images. He is simply fabulous!

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Designer Preview. White Gallery 2014.

April 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Lusan Mandongus by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Wrapping up last week’s fashion marathon as I recapped the catwalks I’d seen at White Gallery London, I thought I’d ease you into an equally fabulous (but perhaps not quite so manic from my POV) week with one last bit of eye candy… for now. 

The Designer Preview catwalk showcases a selection of gowns from twelve big name designers and due to it’s eclectic and diverse collection is always a favourite of mine. 

My take on this season is that it’s all about shape and detail – whether high fashion or big romance – as the bridal catwalks echo haute couture with high low hemlines, interesting backs, bold use of pattern, embellishment, fit and flare and florals, florals, florals.  Colours are pale and interesting – a watercolour wash of pale pink, blues and greys. 

I loved every second.  And here’s my pick of the bunch…

Lusan Mandongus by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Lusan Mandongus

A wonderful white-out that sang with style and luxury. The collection by Lusan Mandongus is vintage inspired with rich yet subtle details, incorporating different stunning features focusing on elements such as higher necklines, sleeves and peplum waist detail. 

Yolan Cris by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Yolan Cris

The Barcelona based label totally rocked it with their style setting detailed designs and rich handcrafted applications.  Daring, stylish and different. 

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Charlotte Balbier 

A Charlotte Balbier bride is a free spirit who expresses her personality and individuality through her Balbier designed gown.  My favourite? Iscoyd Park, the collection’s title gown that Charlotte designed for her own evening reception. 

Anna Romysh Haute Couture by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Anna Romysh Haute Couture

Daring,different and sometimes (very seriously) barely there, these gowns raised a few eyebrows (and iPhones!) but I salute the risk taking label for putting a high fashion stamp on their collection. Avant garde meets ultimate fashion. 

Naomi Neoh by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Naomi Neoh 

For the romantics.  Naomi Neoh’s stunning skirts were dipped in a swish of pink for the prettiest wedding day look.  And you know I love pink!  The designer has taken inspiration from the glamour and romance of vintage Hollywood and her gowns are crafted from only the finest silks and French lace. 

Timeless Couture by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Timeless Couture

Just what it says on the tin: timeless, couture.  Encapsulating elegance and glamour, with a dramatic and contemporary twist.

Terry Fox by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Terry Fox 

Boho and beautiful as ever, this truly romantic collection for 2015 encapsulates mystical creatures of the sea and the ancient call of the Siren song.  Magical.

Sadoni by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Sadoni

The Nordic signature of Sadoni expresses pure simplicity and understated luxury through their flowy, feminine silk dresses. 

Ivory & Co by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Ivory & Co

Sometimes better known for their twinkling bridal accessories and tiaras, Ivory & Co also specialises in stunning silk designer wedding dresses.  I’m in love with the subtle, swishy, silky glamour of the gown above.  One to add to your dress hunt for sure. 

Brides Desire By Wendy Sullivan & Jack Sullivan Bridal

Brides Desire By Wendy Sullivan & Jack Sullivan Bridal

A unique collection from Australia’s leading designer, a new and updated take on vintage bridal style. 

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