Charlotte Balbier

about

After months of prep and planning, Brides Up North launched in November 2010 amid wedding fever on the day that the Royal Engagement was announced. In the five years since then, the site has skyrocketed in popularity and profile to become one of the most visited UK wedding blogs.

If you’re planning a wedding Up North, you’ve come to the right place.

we love local.  and we love stylish weddings.

Brides Up North stands out because it encourages its readers to think local and to support the fabulous wedding industry suppliers on their own doorstep. Every single featured supplier, styled shoot, real wedding or industry expert we feature on the blog took place or is based in the North of England.

The Brides Up North brand has become extremely well known away from the pages of the blog too. We have a loyal and local offline following and Brides Up North’s branded luxury wedding exhibitions, networking events and parties across Yorkshire, the North West and North East have been consistently sold out with record attendances for our venues.

Brides Up North have hosted over 50 luxury bridal events under our brand name since 2012, and have 18 events planned in 2015 alone. We’d love to see you there.

but don’t take our word for it…

Brides Up North has been named “Best Blog for Northern Brides” by Channel 4; crowned “Best Big Day Inspiration” blog in the Wedding Magazine Awards 2013 and highly commended in the “Best City Blog” category in the Wedding Magazine Awards 2014; listed in Easy Wedding Search’s Top 100 UK Wedding Blogs and in Bride Tide’s Top 100 Wedding Blogs in The World 2011, 2012 and 2013. Brides Up North was also a finalist in the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2014 (“Best Wedding Blog”) and in Perfect Wedding Magazine Awards 2014 (“Best Wedding Blog”).

Brides Up North’s founder, Julia Braime, is a respected industry expert and has been profiled in or contributed to almost every National wedding magazine title, as well featuring extensively in regional bridal titles, national news and lifestyle press. Brides Up North was headline sponsor for and hosted the first North of England Wedding Awards, a judge in the Bridal Buyer Awards 2012, 2014 and 2015 and The Wedding Ideas Awards 2013. Brides Up North is also a judge and official blogger for The Wedding Industry Awards 2015 for the fourth year running.

Julia was headhunted as editor of Unveiled Magazine – the luxury wedding magazine for the North – in January 2015 with the aim of further developing this bridal title to build on the quality and creativity that the team achieved in their inaugural issues.

meet our editorial team

Julia Braime - Editor (c) Cat Hepple Photography

editor

Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North with a chip on her shoulder.  Frustrated by the poor Northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself.

With a background in fashion journalism (via J17, Closer, Heat, New Woman Online & Glamour Magazine) – yes, she is the real life Elle Woods – Julia put her media & marketing skills to work to create a dedicated blog and directory, especially for Northern brides.

Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside their busy wedding exhibition season, industry events and related commissions.  And she’s always, always, got a new project on the go…

julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk

@bridesupnorth

 

Rachel Parry - Features (c) Cat Hepple Photography

features & editorial assistant

Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as full time Features Writer and Editorial Assistant in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel’s own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty…

“I’ve long been a fan of Brides Up North and believe in what it stands for – showcasing amazing talent and stylish weddings in the North of the UK.  I’m thrilled and flattered to be made an official part of the team. I think what Julia has achieved so far is nothing short of fantastic and I’m super excited for what’s to come in the future.”

rachel@bridesupnorth.co.uk

@rachelupnorth