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Competition Time. Win A VIP Experience Money Can’t Buy Prize In Collaboration With Brides Up North & The North West Wedding Fair: I Want To See Your Pins!

February 27th, 2014 | Julia Braime

UK Wedding Blog Brides Up North

If you’re a regular reader of the wedding blog, or follow Brides Up North on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll have shared my exciting news that I have been invited to act as the Official Blogger for the huge event that is The North West Wedding Fair in a few weeks’ time.

I’ve already been contributing over on their blog – click here to read my thoughts on this season’s bridal fashions and why you really should hire a professional wedding photographer (I don’t care if your mate will do it for free!) – and will be blogging for the team up till the weekend itself, when I’ll be live from the first night of the event on Friday 7th March, giving you a preview of all that lies in store for you lucky visitors (and hosting the official show video – eep!). 

The North West Wedding Fair

When I announced my involvement with the team at The North West Wedding Fair and Mercury Events, I was quite candid in that initially I wasn’t sure if teaming up with (essentially) a competitor was a good idea, but I liked the company’s ethos and attitude – basically, they want to bring you North West brides one hell of a good show and look after their exhibitors whilst doing it – and I also saw the opportunity to further the Northern Revolution that we have going on on these pretty pages and get Brides Up North in front of a lot of new readers.  If you are one of them, hello and welcome.  I hope you’ll stay awhile!

However, right from the word go what (hands up) started out as a bit of a marketing exercise was suddenly an event in my diary that I am very much looking forward to.  I’m swept up in the excitement and super, duper thrilled to be able to write this post today.  You see, I have something pretty special to share with you, my readers, as part of the Official Blogger job!

Read on…

Pinterest at someecards.com

The North West Wedding Fair and Brides Up North are teaming up to offer one VERY lucky bride to be and her guest a money can’t buy prize!  And all you have to do is show me your pins…

Up for grabs are two VIP Experiences at The North West Wedding Fair at Event City, Manchester on 7th March 2014, plus 5 runner up prizes of a standard pair of tickets worth £30. 

The VIP Experience includes Fast Track Entry, a Luxury Goody Bag, a Complimentary Glass of Champagne, Reserved Catwalk Seating and Complimentary Premium Ice Cream, plus tickets to the show itself, completely free.

And here’s my icing on the rather lovely cake – the prize includes a wedding brainstorming session with the Official North West Wedding Fair Blogger – that’s me! – at the event itself, and follow up sessions by email to help to turn your pins into plans. 

As the editor of Brides Up North,one of the top UK Wedding Blogs and the only blog written for brides in the North of the UK there’s not much that gets past me in this industry.  Whether you are looking for the freshest new ideas, budget advice, supplier introductions, sneaky discounts, insider info and (sometimes) a shoulder to cry on, I’m your woman. 

And after the planning is done and the day arrives?  I’d love to share your wedding with my readers here at Brides Up North in a special Real Wedding feature. 

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So how can you win this one off, never to be repeated prize?  Simple.  You know that wedding mood board you’ve been cultivating on PinterestAll you have to do is share the link to it with me by email at julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk along with 250 words (maximum) introducing yourself, your wedding date and describing your dream wedding.

Don’t worry about sprucing things up either – I want to see what your actual dream wedding would look like! If you are new to Pinterest, it’s really easy to get going too.  Create a board and send it my way.

The competition is open now, the closing date is midnight on 4th March 2014, and my decision is final.  The winner will be notified by email. 

So:

1.  Log onto Pinterest and create your board, or share an existing wedding planning board that you’ve already been curating.

2.  Send the link to your board to me by email at julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk along with 250 words (maximum) introducing yourself, your wedding date and describing your dream wedding.

3.  Win those fabulous prizes if your board is my winner. 

Happy pinning!  I can’t wait to share your planning!

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Terms & Conditions:

Competition closes 11.59pm on 4th March. Promoter: Brides Up North & The Wedding Fairs. Prize excludes travel to and from the venue and personal expenses. Entrants must be UK residents aged 18 years or older. Only one entry per person allowed. Email data will be shared with The Wedding Fairs but no other third parties.  No responsibility accepted for lost, delayed, ineligible or fraudulent entries. One winning entry and 5 runners up will be chosen at random from all eligible entries. Winner will be notified on the closing date by email. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. If the winner is unable to be contacted within 24 hours of the closing date, the promoter will offer the prize to a runner-up. Tickets are non-transferrable. Children under 4 enter for free.

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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Ferret Racing, Stuffed Giraffes & A Johanna Hehir Gown For A Fun & Fabulous Real Wedding – Carla & Jonny

December 22nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for what’s set to be the biggest and best 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.

Usual service will recommence on 2nd January 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings in 2013.  Drop in every day for the very, very prettiest wedding inspiration and if you are a Brides Up North bride, to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks. 

Peter Boyd Photography

Ok, ok. hands up, this wedding isn’t ‘Up North.

I’m normally super strict with my submissions, but I’ve a free pass to publish Carla and Jonny’s fantastical and fabulous Real Wedding this morning (yes, even though it’s in the Cotswolds!) as it comes to us via Brides Up North Featured Supplier Peter Boyd Photography and their online competition – featured on these pages – for one lucky couple to win their wedding photography completely free.

Carla and Jonny got lucky – as did Pete, as he and Kelly got to shoot their absolutely stunning big day in this brilliant location.   I’m feeling pretty lucky to share it here today with you.  Be inspired!

And if there’s any beef at all on the geography thing – one of the ferrets is a Mancunian.  So there.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Carla says:  Jonny proposed on Hampstead Heath on 23 September 2012 and we were married on 15th August 2013 at Aynhoe Park.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

We really loved the fun, quirky feel to the place, and loved the idea of a house party atmosphere at the reception. And they did ferret racing…

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

We tried to make each element of the wedding as personal to us as possible.  There was no real colour scheme but a lot of navy blue and splashes of pastel pink.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

I chose a 1950s style dress from Johanna Hehir in Marylebone, London.  It had an organza skirt with a lace bodice. It was light and easy to walk in! I wore some bubblegum pink vintage Miu Miu shoes to add a fun touch!

Jonny, the best man and my dad wore simple slim navy blue suits, white shirts and pale blue ties. Jonny wore his dad’s shoes as a memory of him on the day.

The two bridesmaids (my sisters) were both heavily pregnant and wore Grecian navy blue maternity dresses from ASOS – I made sure I was flanked by people who made me look thinner!

Groomsmen wore navy suits, slim navy ties, white shirts and navy blue braces.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

I carried a vintage pastel bouquet of ivory and pink roses, freesias, lisianthus, wild daisies, eucalyptus, hydrangeas. 

We tried to involve our friends and family as much as possible – my sister Anna did all of our flowers, our best friend Stan provided beer from his family’s brewery (Rebellion Brewery) and two of our ushers managed the music.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

The church and venue are next door to each other, so we didn’t need much transport. Jonny and his brother/best man arrived in his brother’s prize possession – his Porsche. I walked over to the church with my dad and bridesmaids (We stayed at the venue the night before).

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

We used Aynhoe Park’s recommended caterer, Indulgence, for the food – they were fantastic (especially the popping candy strawberry cheesecake and late night fish finger sandwiches!)

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Our table plan was Scrabble themed – all our guests had to unscramble anagrams of their names to work out where they were sitting.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

On the tables were gingerbread men with each person’s name on (for anyone who didn’t manage the anagram!). These were baked by our friend, Sarah.

Our favours were mini apothecary bottles of limoncello (for the girls) and Hungarian palinka (for the boys). The palinka was brought back from Hungary by our usher Jules, who then flavoured the spirit with apricots (Aynho is known as “the apricot village”).

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Our usher Alex managed our video diary room, which was our take on a traditional guest book.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

In particular, the speeches were brilliant! My dad did a slideshow of horrendously embarrassing photos from throughout my life – and he even resurrected some notes I’d written as a child (“Them Smarties made my day”). 

Walking in to dinner as a married couple was really amazing.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

In the late afternoon we played cricket in the grounds – only a couple of injuries, and I managed to bowl Jonny out!

The main attraction was a ferret racing event, with Jonny’s brother Alex as the resident bookie! Each ferret had a name – i.e Madferret (the Mancunian), Ferret Across the Mersey, Ferret O’Rocher and so on…

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

In the evening we had a band – The TwentySomethings – who played two sets of everything from motown to modern classics. They also played a medley of Israeli music, to which our Jewish friends threw us around on chairs, table cloths etc!

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

OnCafe did our “cake”, which was actually a tower of flavoured petits choux. The flavours were peanut butter, salted caramel, raspberry crème and citrus crème.

Peter Boyd Photography

For our honeymoon we went Greek island hopping – Santorini, Folegandros and Spetses.

Peter Boyd Photography

My top for other Brides Up North would be to forget about what people expect from a wedding and strip back your day to the things you really want.

Get as many friends and family involved as you can – not only to cut costs but to make the day as personal as possible.

Peter Boyd Photography

 

Congratulations Carla & Jonny!

Want to see your own Real Wedding on Brides Up North?  Get in touch!

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Anything But Pants! Win A Hen Party Knicker Making Master Class With Top Drawer Diva!

December 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

Top Drawer Diva

Don’t get your knickers in a twist over the all-important hen party – the Divas’ have it covered for you and it is anything but pants!

To celebrate the start of the festive season and exclusively to Brides Up North, our Featured Supplier Top Drawer Diva are giving away the ultimate in hen party entertainment for one lucky bride and nine of her closest hens.

How does a knicker-making master class sound? it’s a fun filled and fabulous way to spend an afternoon and Top Drawer Diva are giving one lucky Brides Up North reader and her hens the chance to win a bespoke party, completely free of charge!

Top Drawer Diva

As well as your own frilly things, as group you create two bespoke garters for the bride to be – a black one for the hen night and a more traditional one for the wedding day.

The prize includes all materials, the pants to design and create, a glass of pink fizz, a retro sweet fix to nibble as you sew, knickers themed party games with prizes, a best pants award judged by the bride and a photo shoot to showcase everyone’s designs… plus a few extra diva surprises along the way.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of wining is leave a comment on this post describing the bride‘s personality as a pair of knickers – i.e flirty, cheeky, frilly etc. – the more original the better! 

And no, “dirty” isn’t a winner!

Top Drawer Diva

Top Drawer Diva

The winner will be chosen by the girls at Top Drawer Diva, and their decision is final.

The competition will close on 7th January 2014. 

Top Drawer Diva

Top Drawer Diva

Terms & Conditions:

1. The party venue must be in a location that Top Drawer Diva cover (see our map) which includes all major Northern cities (York / Sheffield / Manchester / Lincoln / Nottingham / Leeds )

2. Bride to supply venue either own home or be responsible for hiring suitable venue.

3. Date of party to be taken : Friday 24th, Saturday 25th, Friday 31st January or 1st February 2014,

4. Judge’s decision is final, no cash alternative.

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Wedding Blog Giveaway: An Evening Of Swing With Glen Roughead

August 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

An Evening Of Swing

Those of you who’ve attended one of our brilliant Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions recently (or our Tweet Ups, or our Christmas Party come to think of it… we can’t get enough of this chap!) will have been wowed by the better-than-Buble tones of Glen Roughead, the New Face of Swing.

Looking for a wedding singer who looks the part, has tons of personality and can do acoustic and swing in his sleep?  Glen’s your man.

Mr Roughead and I have become firm friends since I started inviting him to sing at (seemingly every one!) of our events, and so it was with great excitement that I heard about his Evening of Swing at Newcastle’s Live Theatre on 23rd August 2013.

The event’s a complete sell out, but here at Brides Up North, we’ve got our hands on the very last pair of tickets.  And we’re giving them away!

If you fancy checking Glen out as a potential wedding singer (or just checking Glen out!), a date night with a difference or a way to say thank you to someone who has been invaluable in your wedding planning process (Mum’s love Glen, just ask mine) then this giveaway is for you!

There’s not long till the event, so all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is leave a comment on this post telling us why you’d like the tickets.  Easy.

The competition will close at 12noon this Friday 16th August 2013 and we’ll pick a winner at random. No cash alternative, judge’s decision is final.

Good Luck!

You can also catch Glen at our Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Alnwick Garden on Sunday 1st September 2013.  Click here for all the details and to pre-register for Free Entry as a VIP Bride To Be.

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Supplier Showcase: Pretty Twinkly Things – A Brand New Website & Competition To Celebrate From Damselle Tiaras

March 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Tatiana by Polly Edwards at Damselle Tiaras

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You might have oohed and aahed over their *twinkly bits* at the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Mansion on Sunday, but did you know that Brides Up North Featured Supplier Damselle Tiaras have also got a sparkly new website for a spot of bridal accessories shopping of the online variety too..?

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Vivi by Polly Edwards at Damselle Tiaras

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Rihanna by Polly Edwards at Damselle Tiaras

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Juniper Vine by Polly Edwards at Damselle Tiaras

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Well, they do, and it’s high time you paid them a visit – if only to make amends for all my magpie-ish “just trying it on” time spent at their stand on Sunday – at nine months pregnant and with no plans to renew my vows anytime in the near future.  Although come to think of it, do they allow tiaras on the delivery suite?

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Greta by Polly Edwards at Damselle Tiaras

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Violet by Polly Edwards at Damselle Tiaras

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Jessamine by Polly Edwards at Damselle Tiaras

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Anyhoo, less of that, back to the pretty! Not only is their new website lovely, but the kind ladies at Damselle Tiaras are running a competition during March to give one lucky bride to be her money back!  The competition will run until 31st March 2013, and you only need to make a purchase via the Damselle Tiaras site to be automatically be entered in to the competition for your cash back.  Simples!*

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Shirlei Comb by Polly Edwards at Damselle Tiaras

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Damselle Tiaras now incorporates the Personal Headdress Consultancy Service by Polly Edwards.  You can design a “bespoke” headpiece using any of the components from any of the Polly Edwards pieces. Polly will be delighted to work with you to create your design and your own very special headpiece. Contact Kathryn at Damselle Tiaras for further information.

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Wishing you shiny, happy (and potentially on-the-house) shopping!

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*The competition is hosted by Damselle Tiaras internally and is not in conjunction with Brides Up North.  A winner will be chosen at random on 1st April 2013 by Damselle Tiaras and notified by email.  

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STOP PRESS: Thomson Weddings Launches Bride & Groom Incentive Package

February 6th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Long time readers of the wedding blog might remember that back in June 2012 I did a little “on location” work with Brides Up North Featured Supplier Thomson Weddings over in Paphos, Cyprus, filming a short video chronicling a day in the life of their destination weddings, acting as an extra and generally checking our their fabulous destination wedding services at the beautiful St George Hotel.  If you missed it, catch up here.

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Now, if blue skies, blue seas, sparkling sunshine and superb service weren’t enough, Thomson are launching a very special set of incentives for their brides and grooms… and you heard about it here first!

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Thomson Weddings say: The Bride and Groom Incentive is our wedding favour to you. As your party size gets bigger, we’ll give you the following gifts to make your wedding abroad even more memorable. What’s more, to give you a head start, we’ll consider you and your other half as the first members of your party, so you only need to invite 6 other guests to hit the silver. This offer is available for all new Thomson weddings booked from 21st January 2013.

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Silver

8 -10 guests including bride and groom.

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• Champagne and chocolates on your flight out, so you can start celebrating early.
• Wedding dress travel box, so your dream dress looks fresh off the peg on your big day.

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Pearl

11-15 guests including bride and groom.

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• Champagne and chocolates on your flight out, to set the tone for the coming days.
• Wedding dress travel box, so you don’t have to worry about crumples or creases.
• VIP airport lounge access to make the run up to your big day as memorable as the event itself.

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Ruby

16-24 guests including bride and groom.

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• Champagne and chocolates on your flight out, to mark your journey with its first red letter.
• Wedding dress travel box, so your frock gets loved and cherished.
• VIP airport lounge access, so the million dollar feeling starts before you even take off.
• Afternoon tea for 2 in the UK. This treat gives you an excuse to look over your wedding photos over steamy tea and doorstop-slices of cake.

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Gold

25-40 guests including bride and groom.

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• Champagne and chocolates on the flight out, so you can start celebrating in the style you’ll become accustomed to.
• Wedding dress travel box, so your dream dress is well taken care of.
• VIP airport lounge access, so you start feeling special before you even step on the plane.
• Afternoon tea for 2 in the UK, so you can reminisce over fluffy cake and Earl Grey when you’re man and wife.
• Spa break for 2 with treatments in the UK, so you have something to look forward to when you’re back home.

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Diamond

41 guests+ including the bride and groom.

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• Champagne and chocolates on the flight out, to start things off how you mean to go on.
• Wedding dress travel box, so your frock is treated with TLC.
• VIP airport lounge access, so you start your wedding getaway on a high.
• Afternoon tea for 2 in the UK, so you can keep spoiling yourselves after the big day.
• Spa break for 2 with treatments in the UK. This treat is a great excuse for some quality time as Mr and Mrs.
• UK airport hotel night before departure, so the stress is taken out of the journey to the airport.

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Brides Up North for Thompson Weddings

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Still here? Shouldn’t you be packing your suitcase… or visiting the Thompson Weddings website for more information, and the small print.  Bon voyage!

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For more information on your perfect destination wedding, contact the lovely Thomson Weddings team on 0871 984 3195 or via their website, who will be happy to help.

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Wedding Blog Winner: A £300 Online Spree With Simply Be!

February 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Well, doesn’t time fly!  It’s already time to announce the rather lucky winner of our fabulous New Year’s competition to win a £300 online shopping spree (and what I wouldn’t give for a £300 online shopping spree right now) with Brides Up North sponsor, Simply Be..

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If you aren’t already familiar with Simply Be, the online retailer exclusively for sizes 14 – 32, have just launched a rather beautiful – and affordable (particularly if you take home today’s bacon, right?!) – bridal range especially for the fashion conscious plus size bride.  Go see their beautiful new Bridal Boutique and exclusive new collection.

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The team say: Feel divine on your wedding day in one of our stunning plus size wedding dresses. Our angel-sleeve wedding dress in a sumptuous oyster shade features flattering arm coverage and beautiful beading on an empire line silhouette. The ivory coloured petal trim dress has a fabulously feminine feel, with pretty ruffled straps and a super floaty fabric to have you gliding down the aisle. For those who like a little more arm coverage, the clean lines of our long sleeved wedding dress are perfect. Or for something a little different, pick our knot-front bridal gown in soft blush peach – it makes a gorgeous plus size bridesmaid dress too and is available with a matching bridal shrug.

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Grace by Simply Be

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But for now, I know that you are just waiting to see who our winner is.  Get ready to spend…

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Stephanie Clarke

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My mum and me are a larger sized girl,
Wedding soon, we’re in a whirl.
Bridal and accessories would be a dream,
With Simply Be I’ll look supreme.

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Huge congratulations Stephanie*, that’s poetry in motion for you!  Please contact me as soon as possible to claim your prize.  And for the rest of you (and me) there’s always the overdraft, right…?

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*Winner drawn at random. The judges’ decision is final. No cash alternative. The winner’s contact details will be passed to Simply Be to allow you to claim your prize.

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Happy Sunday! Win A £300 Online Bridal Shopping Spree With Simply Be! (CLOSED)

January 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Happy Sunday Brides Up North!  How are you spending yours? 

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Today is one of those rare days when I have absolutely nothing in the diary whatsoever.  No calls to make, events to host or attend, not even a family roast dinner.  And you know what?  Rather than feeling bored or restless, I’m absolutely revelling in it!

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If you are a regular reader of the blog, you’ll know that the last few weeks months have been super hectic here at Brides Up North towers, with a huge home and office move thrown into the usual mayhem, just to keep things interesting.  So I’m grabbing hold of this glorious free time with both hands, using it to relax, recharge, read the Vogue Catwalk Report, feather my nest and catch up with all the outstanding admin issues that the past fortnight’s dodgy server and internet provision have left me with.  I’m hoping that I’ll enter next week feeling thoroughly fresh.  And goodness, do I have some gorgeous to share with you next week…

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In the meantime, I thought that I should spread this unusual January joy by spreading a little happiness to one of my lovely readers too (yes, it could be you!).  Whether you are a bride to be, wedding watcher or industry reader, this fabulous prize – courtesy of my friends at Simply Be, the online retailer for plus size fashion, exclusively for sizes 14 – 32 – could be winging it’s way to you!

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Head over there now and check out their beautiful new Bridal Boutique and exclusive new collection. This is impressive stuff!  The team say:  Feel divine on your wedding day in one of our stunning plus size wedding dresses. Our angel-sleeve wedding dress in a sumptuous oyster shade features flattering arm coverage and beautiful beading on an empire line silhouette. The ivory coloured petal trim dress has a fabulously feminine feel, with pretty ruffled straps and a super floaty fabric to have you gliding down the aisle. For those who like a little more arm coverage, the clean lines of our long sleeved wedding dress are perfect. Or for something a little different, pick our knot-front bridal gown in soft blush peach – it makes a gorgeous plus size bridesmaid dress too and is available with a matching bridal shrug.

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Evelyn

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So, what’s the prize?  Well, now…

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Simply Be – the online retailer for plus size fashion, exclusively for sizes 14 – 32 – are offering one lucky Brides Up North reader the chance to win an online shopping spree worth up to £300!

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That’s £300 (!!!) of new clothes, shoes or accessories, bridal or otherwise, to brighten up the most depressing and financially stretched month of the year.  Sounds pretty amazing to me!  Unfortunately, I’m not allowed to enter, but you can.  Bah!

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All you need to to in with the chance of winning is leave a comment on this here blog post stating why you think you should win*.  Simples.  And no worries, your data will not be passed on to any third party, ever.  Even more simples. 

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The competition is open now (get commenting!) and will close at midnight on Sunday 3rd February 2013.

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Go, go, go!

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*Winner will be drawn at random. The judges’ decision is final.  No cash alternative.  The winner’s contact details will be passed to Simply Be to allow you to claim your prize.

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Win Your Wedding Photography Worth £1,200 With Peter Boyd Photography!

January 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Peter Boyd Photography

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Feeling that January pinch?  Brand new Brides Up North Featured Suppliers Peter and Kelly of Peter Boyd Photography are here to lighten the load on one lucky reader’s wedding budget.  I could go on about how fabulous these two are and their work is, but you can see that for yourselves, right?  You just want to know about that £1,200 prize

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Peter and Kelly say:  Yes, you heard right, we are offering one lucky couple the chance to win their wedding photography for free – a prize that’s worth £1200

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Are you getting married between 1st July 2013 and 31st December 2014? Do you have fantastic and creative ideas for your wedding? Then this competition is for you!

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We love weddings with lots of fun ideas, DIY features and attention to detail. We want to see the most interesting, most personal, most creative weddings full of quirky and individual ideas. We’re not asking for the biggest budget just the biggest imagination! If this sounds like your wedding then tell us all about it to be in with a chance to win your photography for FREE!

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Peter Boyd Photography

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The Amazing Prize…

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A pre-wedding/engagement photo-shoot.

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The photographer and assistant for the whole wedding day.

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Private, password protected online gallery for you and your guests to view your images.

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A high resolution disc of your images (approx. 500) with licence to print. All images will be fully edited and post-produced.

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Peter Boyd Photography

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What you need to do to be in with a chance of winning the Amazing Prize…

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It couldn’t be easier – you just need to answer one simple question and post an image that best depicts you as a couple or captures the essence of your wedding. This can be a photograph or a drawing or whatever (as long as it’s clean). Be creative!

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Peter Boyd Photography

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How to enter…

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Go to www.facebook.com/PeterBoydPhoto and click on the WIN box in the top right hand corner.

Follow the instructions on-screen to take you to the competition page.

Click on ‘Enter’ and fill in your details.

Enter your answer to the question and post your creative image.

Get everyone to vote for you!

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How to vote…

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Go to www.facebook.com/PeterBoydPhoto and click on the WIN box in the top right hand corner.

Follow the instructions on-screen to take you to the competition page.

Click on ‘View and Vote for Entries’.

Vote for your favourite wedding!

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Peter Boyd Photography

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The 20 entries with the most votes at the end of the competition on the 31st March 2013 will go into the final draw. The winning couple will then be chosen from the 20 finalists by Peter Boyd Photography and will be notified by email by 14th April 2013.

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Even if you don’t win, the 19 Runners Up will still get an amazing 20% off their wedding photography package if they book with Peter Boyd Photography before the 1st May 2013!

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So get involved!

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Peter Boyd Photography

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Having recently got married ourselves we know exactly what planning and carrying out a wedding entails! So, not only will we capture the beauty, joy and elegance of your day, we will also be on hand to help you throughout your preparations and do everything we can to make sure that the day runs as smoothly as possible.

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The most important thing for us is to perfectly illustrate the whole of your day from beginning to end so you can guarantee that we will be there from the start of the bridal preparations to well into the evening celebrations. Also, we understand how special every detail of your wedding day is and make sure we capture everything from the shoes to the wedding favours!

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Peter Boyd Photography

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About Peter… by Kelly

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Pete is a geek. I’m not sure if it’s politically correct to say that anymore but, in his case, it’s true. Pete’s love of cameras started when he was just a boy and his Granddad was a camera repair man which is where I think he got his love of taking things apart from – a habit that is sometimes helpful and sometimes disastrous. Anyway, he moved onto actually taking photographs with the cameras when he was in his early teens and the love of photography has just grown from there.

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Pete’s best quality is that he is the most calm person I know and, at a wedding, that is one of the most amazing qualities to have. When I watch him work I can’t believe how laid back he is and how much that calming influence seems to rub off on everybody. He even managed keep me calm on our own wedding day – which is amazing.

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He also has a great sense of humour, can mimic anyone or any accent, and does the best one-eyebrow raise that I’ve ever seen. I promise he will make you laugh on your wedding day no matter how nervous you are!

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Also, he loves cake.

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Kelly x

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Peter Boyd Photography

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About Kelly… by Peter

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Kelly is organised. So organised, in fact, that when out shopping she simply has to tidy up the leaflets on the checkout counter. This probably goes a long way to explaining her love affair with spreadsheets. Of course, as one half of Peter Boyd Photography it’s a fantastic quality to have, as it means everything we do on the day of a wedding has been meticulously planned and considered.

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Organisational skills aside, she also takes a mean picture and has a keen eye for detail. She’ll instantly see if your necklace clasp has slipped around the front, or if a member of the groom’s party hasn’t buttoned his jacket.

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She also makes me laugh… a lot. She’s gaining a small following on Facebook where, I’m told, she is known as ‘the funny one’. This always helps during group and couple shots, especially if we have any camera-shy people. You can guarantee we’ll get a shot of them smiling!

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She also likes to make chutneys.

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Pete.

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Peter Boyd Photography

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Anyway, instead of us trying to sell ourselves to you here are a few comments from past couples who booked us…

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Thank you so much for taking such wonderful photos and for being your great selves. Thank you also for going the extra mile…” Mick & Polia

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Thanks again guys for your amazing work on the day. You were everything anyone could want in wedding photographers and make a GREAT team!” Matt & Natasha

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“Thank you SO much for photographing our wedding day and capturing it all so perfectly… we really couldn’t have asked for more. Thank you so much for being part of the day and being wonderful to work with – if only we could do it all again!” Sarah & Joe

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“We can’t thank you enough for everything you have done on the lead up to and on the day itself. You really made the day fun and each of our families enjoyed spending the mornings with you both.” Charlotte & Craig

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Peter Boyd Photography

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This competition is entered into with Peter Boyd Photography, independently of Brides Up North.  Here are their terms & conditions:

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Terms & Conditions

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The winners will receive an engagement shoot and their wedding day photography from Peter Boyd Photography. Prize also includes a disc of approx 500 high resolution, fully edited wedding images and another disc of approx 60 high resolution, fully edited engagement images. Albums and other extras can be purchased if required.

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The winners will agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions of Peter Boyd Photography for their wedding day.

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Closing date for entries is 31/03/13. The 20 couples with the most public votes will be entered into the final. The winning couple will be chosen from the finalists by Peter Boyd Photography. Finalists will be notified via email by the 14th April 2013.

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The winners will be chosen by Peter Boyd Photography on merit. Having the most votes at the time of the closing date does not automatically make you the winner.

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The choice of winners may be subject to the availability of dates.

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The winning wedding must take place between the 1st July 2013 and 31st December 2014.

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The engagement shoot and wedding can take place anywhere in the world. Transportation and accommodation costs for Peter Boyd Photography must be covered by the winners if required. Engagement Shoots and weddings outside of a 50 mile radius of Huddersfield will be charged transportation charges and accommodation will be necessary if the wedding venue is over 80 miles travelling distance from Huddersfield. The couple can choose accommodation to be provided.

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Only 1 entry per couple.

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Winners must be willing to be featured on Peter Boyd Photography‘s website and blog. Winners may be required to become involved in future publicity. The images of the winners may be used in the press and online.

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Copyright of publicity will belong to Peter Boyd Photography.

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By entering the competition you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete.

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Peter Boyd Photography reserves the rights to use all material from the wedding and engagement shoot for promotional purpose.

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Peter Boyd Photography reserves the right to delete any entry that it deems to be unsuitable.

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By entering this competition you agree that Facebook will in no way be held responsible for anything that happens with regards to the competition. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. All information that contestants provide is for use by Peter Boyd Photography and not Facebook.

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No purchase necessary.

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  – Images © 2013 Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier and this is a sponsored post

Contact Brides Up North to submit your business as a Featured Supplier

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Merry Christmas! We Have A Winner: £200 To Spend With Zalando

December 14th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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All together now: Its the most wonderful time of the year! 

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Especially when I get to give away an online spree worth £200 to one of my lovely readers.  Just call me Mrs Claus.

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Zalando

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Online accessories retailer Zalando were offering one lucky Brides Up North reader the chance to win a prize voucher worth a cool £200 to spend on their dream weddings shoes… or anything else on the Zalando website that might take your fancy!  All you had to do was leave a comment on the original blog post to win.

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Simples.  Or at least it was for Brides Up North reader Dawn Mason, who said…

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Dawn Mason

December 4, 2012 | Shoes are most definitely a girls best friend, well in my world they are. Shoes are always the one thing that can cheer you up and make that good outfit perfect. Therefore, if I have the perfect dress being made for me by House of Mooshki (my something new), the perfect diamonds (my something old and borrowed) and my dream man waiting for me at the end of the aisle, surely the perfect shoes (possibly my something blue!) would be the cherry on top! So come on shoe fairy, send some wedding magic my way! xxx

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Dawn, you are our winner!*  Please contact me as soon as possible to claim your prize.  Merry Christmas!

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Zalando

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*Winner drawn at random,only the winner’s contact details will be shared with Zalando, no cash alternative, Brides Up North’s decision is final.

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  – Images © 2012 Zalando

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