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The Editorials: Surfer Chic. Brides Up North Talks Online Wedding Planning For Loved Up Magazine Spring 2014

April 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North For Loved Up Magazine Spring Summer 2014

Away from the pages of the wedding blog, I’m frequently commissioned to write freelance pieces for various glossy magazines (Carrie Bradshaw eat your heart out, eh?) and quite often like to share that content again here when I think it might be interesting or relevant to my readers.  Or genuinely because I’m just really, really proud to see my work in print.

Loved Up Magazine, to whose pages I’ve been contributing for – goodness! – actual years and years now got in touch to ask me to compile a feature sharing my “top clicks” for online wedding planning content, a subject close to my heart.

Yes, I’m a first and foremost a blogger, but I’m also a consumer.  Shock horror!  I read other blogs.  And I’m a prolific consumer of wedding media especially.  I like to keep up with the industry news, the creativity of my peers and to be honest, it’s still fun for me.  Yes, even after four years of blogging about weddings twice a day and 40+ branded bridal events and exhibitions under my Brides Up North belt… I still love it.  I’ve a full blog reader, test out any new bridal app going and don’t even get me started on social media.  39,394 tweets down at the time of writing, I’m well aware that that’s my unwritten novel, right there on Twitter (hey, come follow me, I’ve clearly a lot to say!)

So, here’s my current top picks of the online wedding World – emphasis on current there: trust me, I could have filled the whole magazine with links.  So, have fun exploring, but come right back again afterwards  y’hear?!

Brides Up North For Loved Up Magazine Spring Summer 2014

I said:  In my role as editor of one of the top wedding blogs in the UK I spend a whole lot of time at a computer screen. Mostly its bonafide blog business, but I also spend some time every day keeping on top of what’s new in the online bridal world. It’s as much about checking out the latest cyber products for my bride-to-be readers as staying ahead of the competition, and I’m here to share some of my favourite online resources with you.

Blogging Bride

Wedding blogs are a dynamic, easy to access and free source of wedding planning know how, with a personal touch. There’s a blog out there to suit almost every bride, so bookmark your favourites and return daily for a rapid turnover of ideas, inspiration and tips.

My Top Clicks

Brides Up North (well, obvs.)  – our site and branded bridal events are a must for local ladies who want to see just what the fantastic wedding industry suppliers on their doorstep can do. Every fabulous feature on Brides Up North is sourced from the regions, be it a supplier showcase, styled shoot or real wedding.

Rock N Roll Bride – a cute and colourful site packed full of diverse and different wedding inspiration. If you fancy trying your hand at blogging yourself, creator Kat also runs courses for aspiring writers at her worldwide Blogacademy.

Festival Brides – if you’d rather host your own “wed-stock” party under canvas than hire a stately home, this is the blog for you. Focusing on outdoor and festival weddings, the site is a little bit of summer sunshine delivered to your blog reader daily.

Brides Up North For Loved Up Magazine Spring Summer 2014

Appy Days

There are apps galore for wedding planning on the move. From finding your dream dress to keeping track of your gift list, a few clever downloads can make the whole process a little less daunting. Take a break from Candy Crush and try out some bridal apps that might just save you time and money.

My Top Clicks

WedPics – An alternative to disposable cameras, this nifty tool gathers all your guests’ pics and videos in one private place – and gives you a record of your big day through your nearest and dearest’s eyes.

AppyCouple – A fully personalised online space that your guests can access to obtain all the key details for your celebration including addresses, gift list info, directions, dress code and timings. They can even RSVP and make menu choices, leaving all the information to hand when table planning hysteria sets in.

Find Your Dream Wedding Dress  – A fashionista’s fantasy – browse different design features and come up with a selection of gowns that meet any given criteria, then find the shops that stock them. The dress hunt made easy.

Brides Up North For Loved Up Magazine Spring Summer 2014

Social Club

Use social media to network your way from engagement to altar. Here you can get real time responses to your queries and supplier searches on a no obligation basis.

My Top Clicks

FacebookMost industry professionals keep their Facebook page more up to date than their brochure or websites, making it easier for you to get a sense for their current work.

Pinterest – If you love a mood board, you’ll adore this image sharing site, also available as a smartphone app. Build online boards by pinning your favourite wedding inspiration images to build up a visual idea of your wedding style. And if you don’t want to spoil the surprise – simple – you can now make secret boards too!

Twitter – You’ll find that the wedding industry is live and loud on the Twitter airwaves: keen to offer advice, sell their services and attract new customers.

Words:  Brides Up North for Loved Up Magazine Spring/Summer 2014

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In The Press: Brides Up North In Wedding Magazine – Wedding Blog Awards 2013

March 26th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North Wins A Wedding Blog Award 2013

If you’re a regular reader of Brides Up North, you’ll know that last autumn I was thrilled to be a recipient of a Wedding Blog Award from the lovely people at Wedding Magazine and voted for by you, my readers. 

The Wedding Blog Awards

As a lot of our “office hours” here at Brides Up North HQ are dedicated to managing our events, business admin, meetings and email enquiries, I spend a lot of long lonely hours working on the actual editorial content for the site (often long into the night when the rest of my young family is finally sleeping!) and the recognition of our contribution to the online wedding world really did mean a lot to me.  In fact, it still gives me a warm fuzzy feeling now!  It’s nice to be appreciated!

We’ve been so busy at Brides Up North with our branded events and other exciting projects for 2014 (watch this space) that we’re a little behind recapping all our great coverage in the industry press in late 2013 and earlier on this year. 

Brides Up North Wins Best Big Day Inspiration Blog

Image: Paul Cahill

I wrote an excited post from my London hotel room the day after the Awards (absolutely no hangover, that’s the high quality Ritz Champagne for you:  I drank a lot of it!) and you can read my recap here, but I wanted to share the official round up of the evening from the hosts themselves and my “Five Minutes With” feature from my interview in the “Winner’s Enclosure” immediately after collecting my prize and a kiss from Mark-Francis (offa Made In Chelsea).

Brides Up North Wins A Wedding Blog Award 2013

So here’s the magazine’s own online recap, and you can read my interview in full – along with those of the other award winners – by clicking here.

Brides Up North Wins A Wedding Blog Award 2013

Once again, a huge thank you to my readers and industry supporters for your votes.  Brides Up North wouldn’t work without you, and I am so grateful for your daily input and love.  In my interview, I say that the ethos behind behind the blog is that “I want to spread the message that the Northern wedding industry is full of inspirational people and make their voices heard”. That will never change.  This is your blog, for your wedding, in your local area.  Think local, be inspired and make the most of the exceptional talent on your doorstep.  That’s the Northern Revolution… and it’s rumbling on!

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Diary Date! The Etc Magazine Wedding Show This Sunday

March 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Etc Magazine Wedding Show

It’s still light outside (wahey!) and I’m whizzing by with a late post this first day of Spring (hope you’ve managed to get out in the fresh air to smell the daffodils today!) to bring news of a wedding event near you – if you’re a North East bride to be that is – this weekend, from my friends at etc. Magazine

etc. Magazine, your luxury lifestyle magazine for the North East – and home to my monthly Bridal Buzz columns – is set to host a wedding show this weekend at the Radisson Blu in Durham. The free event will take place this Sunday from 12-3pm and will feature more than 30 hand-picked exhibitors from across the region.

Etc Magazine Wedding Show

etc editor Georga Spottiswood says: If you’re planning on getting married then make sure you head along. We’ll be featuring everything you need to make your day extra special.

From wedding cars and cakes to dresses and suit hire, the day will cater for all your wedding needs. Models from Miss 24 Carat Beauty Pageant, in Sunderland, will be strutting their stuff in a dazzling catwalk show. They’ll be wearing wedding dresses from bridal shop Opal, in Coxhoe, and First Glance, in Sunderland, along with bridesmaid gowns from Middlesbrough-based Kate Fearnley boutique and accessories.

It’s the second wedding show etc has held this month, as loved-up couples headed to Seaham Hall last Sunday. More than 200 people filled the five-star venue, on Durham’s Heritage Coast, for the extravaganza.  etc launched its popular wedding shows more than three years ago, but it is the first time the magazine has worked with Seaham Hall.

Georga says:  What a day, what a venue! Brides and grooms were in awe of the place when they walked through the grand entrance, and I’m not surprised. With its glistening chandeliers, stunning courtyard room with glass ceiling and beautiful grounds, it’s the perfect place to wed.  I am really looking forward to welcoming brides and grooms to our wedding event at the Radisson Blu in Durham this weekend, which I hope will be as equally as busy.

It’s in the diary Georgia!

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The Editorials. Bride-o-meter Spring/Summer 2014

March 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

The start of every season always begins with a flurry of freelance commissions here at Brides Up North, and days spent with my head buried in my laptop feeling like “a proper writer”.  Of course, the end product is rarely very different from producing features for my own blog, but when it’s for someone else’s publication (and they’ve entrusted you with one, two or even four of their precious editorial pages) and it’s actually going to be “in print”, the stakes somehow seem higher. 

Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

Respected North East bridal title Belle Bridal Magazine celebrated their fifth birthday this season, and so, when they bestowed upon me the honour of selecting the hots and the nots of the wedding world for spring 2014, I was thrilled. But oh, the pressure!

So, with a lot of industry knowledge behind me, and a little bit of crystal ball gazing, these were my predictions for the trends that’ll be topping the charts (and sliding off the scale) at a wedding near you soon.  Tell me, are you incorporating any of these trends into your big day? 

I wrote…

Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

Going Up…

Overstatement

Blame Jay Gatsby, but flamboyance is back in a big way. A little party never killed nobody, but why do things by halves? After these mean recession years, we’re ready for some fun. Expect heavy embellishments, cascading blooms and excess all areas.

Katy Melling Photography

Image: Katy Melling Photography 

Lucabella Wedding Photography

Image: Lucabella Wedding Photography

Alternative Settings

It started with the tipi, and now there’s an outdoor option for almost every theme. Whether it’s a Scandinavian hat, Mongolian yurt or Bedouin tent, it’s still chic to say I do under canvas. Just remember to budget for a generator too!

Gerrard Photography

Image: Gerrard Photography

Jo Bradbury

Image: Jo Bradbury 

Structured Silhouettes

Amongst all the usual layers of lace and tulle a new breed of wedding gown is emerging: clean lines, sharp edges and super cool. Closer to catwalk trends than a Royal Wedding, these frocks are for the slick chicks who don’t want to leave their personalities by the church door. Choose bold shapes and structured satin (not a sequin in sight) for strut-your-stuff wedding day style.

Astral Sundholm Circa Brides

Image: Astral Sundholm Circa Brides 

KMR Bridal

Image: KMR Bridal 

Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

Gold Rush

Platinum will always be precious, but all the best dressed ring fingers are going for gold this season. Romantics should try rose gold and pave diamonds for an on trend look that’s forever timeless.

Helen Russell Photography

Image:  Helen Russell Photography 

Colour Me Pretty

Adding a touch of complimentary colour to your wedding day wardrobe is nothing new, but this is a trend that refuses to fade. Pastels are huge on the catwalks and in the bridal boutiques for 2014 and designers are upping the ante with all over washes of warmth or layered ombre lace effects. Go on, live life in colour! If a dip dye wedding dress isn’t for you, you can still give a nod to this pretty trend with colourful stationery or blushing blooms.

Cuvee Rose by IAN STUART BRIDE

Image: Ian Stuart 

Going Down…

Traditional Tinsel

Forget the humble tiara, 2014 is the year that bridal headwear gets big and bold. From glittering bunny ears and feather head-dresses to vibrant flower garlands, the fashion forward bride will dare to decorate herself in colour and originality. Still not sure? Stick to simple for the ceremony and style things up for the after party!

Katy Melling Photography

Image: Katy Melling Photography

Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

James Melia Photography

Image: James Melia 

Cat Hepple Photography

Image: Cat Hepple Photography 

Words:  Julia Braime for Belle Bridal Magazine, S/S 2014

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The Editorials: “Its All In The Detail”

January 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography 

It’s time for another online/ offline catch up folks.  The Editorials is a series I run occasionally here on the wedding blog, bringing the offline bridal freelance writing that I do on a monthly basis for numerous glossy magazines online. 

“It’s All In The Detail” was a piece penned by moi and first published in National Glossy, Wedding Magazine as a part of my Trend Alert series of columns (although it’s contents have been tweeted a few times since then)!  I hope it inspires you to accessorise wisely…

Its All In The Detail

I said:  No longer content with just the church, dress and swish wheels, trendsetting brides and grooms are thinking outside the box when it comes to the finer details of their big day.

This isn’t about following the crowd and installing a job lot of teacups, typewriters and the prerequisite bird cage table centres, but selecting unique props and decorating details that say something about the your individual tastes and interests and using them as a backdrop to your celebration.

Dan Jones Photography

Dan Jones Photography

Dan Jones Photography  

A plan is essential. It’s all too easy to get carried away at the car boot sales and lose sight of your initial vision. This isn’t an episode of ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’. Before the great rummage begins, consider your theming carefully and arm yourself with a wish list to avoid expensive mistakes. Consider enlisting the services of a prop hire or event styling specialist who will help you to bring more ambitious ideas to life.

SDS Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography  (26)

CG Weddings by The Crawleys

SDS Photography, Helen Russell Photography, CG Weddings by The Crawleys 

A Personal Touch

Whatever decorating details you add to your big day, the most effective schemes will be those that really mean something to you as a couple. Travel mad? Vintage suitcases, picture postcards and grand old maps in place of table runners can add nostalgia and romance to your celebration. Love cycling? How about a bicycle made for two?

Helen Venables Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Helen Venables Photography, Jonny Draper Photography 

Go Large

Some of the more popular grand schemes like festival or circus themed weddings need commitment to work. If in doubt, add bulk and colour – reams of rainbow streamers or paper pompoms en masse are a cheaper alternative to filling the room with flowers, and in some scenarios more definitely is more!

BUN Charlotte & Matt-94

Cassandra Lane Photography

Richard Wynn Davies, Helen Venables Photography

Chiconomics

Before embarking on a decorating extravaganza, remember to do your sums. Props and detailing should really be somewhere near the bottom of your budget and an optional extra rather than essential expense. Decide what’s more important to you – 100 Greek urns or your Santorini honeymoon (and I’m not judging!) and budget accordingly.

Jonny Draper Photography

Shelley Hughes Photography

Jonny Draper Photography, Shelley Hughes Photography

Nothing For The Sake Of It

Often, the most stylish weddings are the simplest affairs. Don’t feel pressured to over-style your day if a themed celebration just isn’t your bag. You can still add personal touches with your favourite flowers, photographs of loved ones or a carefully chosen playlist.

SDS Photography

SDS Photography

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The Editorials: Catwalk Queen

November 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Kelly by Stephanie Allin

Kelly by Stephanie Allin 

In the wedding blogosphere, things move at breakneck speed, and you can be sure that any wedding blogger worth her salt will have discovered, dissected and disseminated any trend worth trying at least a season before it hits the mainstream.  Earlier this year, I visited White Gallery London – a huge exhibition and set of catwalk shows at which the big name bridal designers launch their new season collections to the trade and press – to take a sneak peek at the gorgeous gowns that will be landing in bridal boutiques near you this autumn. Let me tell you, if you are in the market for a wedding dress this season, you are in for a treat!

What followed was a collection of high profile designer interviews, right here on the pages of this wedding blog.  The collections have now landed in a boutique near you, so if you missed the previews and interviews, I’ll be republishing these to Facebook over the next few days.  Click here to like our page and stay updated. 

As well as online, I wrote about the beauty and drama of the new collections in my regular column for Loved Up Magazine.  Here’s my summary of the season.  Limited by word count, let me tell you, it doesn’t even touch the sides of all the fabulous frocks you have to choose from.  Make sure to revisit our Designer Series interviews at the earliest opportunity too!

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Brides Up North in Loved Up Magazine autumn/ winter 2014

The collections this year had something for everyone with glitz, feathers, embellishment and lace, as well as simpler styles too. Skirts were either voluminous (with a nipped in waist) or sleek and swishy. Many designers drew inspiration from bygone eras – with the 1920s and 1930s being popular influences – and whatever your hemline preference: short, long or even trousers, there was something for you. Favourites included Suzanne Neville’s Vintage Rose Collection, Stephanie Allin’s fairy-tale gowns and boho styling from Terry Fox Couture. Check them out soon at a Northern stockist near you.

Cuvee Rose by Ian Stuart Bride

Cuvee Rose by Ian Stuart 

Blushing Bride

The craze for adding a pop of colour to your wedding gown continues for spring/ summer 2014 with a watercolour wash of pastel shades on the catwalks. Fashionista Ian Stuart led the way with his candy coloured Frill Me! collection.

Great Gatsby!

Where the silver screen leads bridal fashion follows, with drop waists, beading and gemstones more prevalent than ever for the new season. Add a bejewelled feathered headdress and some dancing shoes to complete the look. Daisy Buchanan, eat your heart out!

Gatsby by Suzanne Neville

Gatsby by Suzanne Neville 

Celeste by Naomi Neoh

Celeste by Naomi Neoh 

English Vintage

Contrasting with all that Hollywood glam, other designers like Sassi Holford, Charlotte Balbier and Caroline Castigliano stuck to what they do best – British beauty. If you favour the English rose look, their floaty skirts and frothy lace confections will be a dream come true.

Annie by So Sassi

Annie by So Sassi 

Cute & Quirky

Rarely seen in the past, there’s now a flippy little short number in nearly every designer’s collection, as well as jumpsuits and shorts making an appearance at the most cutting edge design houses. If you still favour a frock, check out flirty t-shirt sleeves, deep pockets, daisy detailing and polka dot lace to bring the cutest dresses right up to date.

Jesus Peiro 2014 Collection

Jesus Peiro 2014

Simply Divine

Don’t despair if you like your styling fuss free. Many designers kept things clean this season with a focus on structure and tailoring. Watch out for the new collection by Astral Sundholm Circa Brides for a refined and fresh look.

Tallulah by Astral Sundholm

Tallulah by Astral Sundholm Circa Brides 

 

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Online Offline. Recent Press For Brides Up North

November 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North in Fabulous Magazine

So.  Recent press for this little wedding blog, eh?  It appears that there’s quite a lot to cover.

2013 has been one busy year. (I wouldn’t have it any other way).

Brides Up North in Fabulous Magazine

“Here Comes The… Bridal Business!” Brides Up North is profiled in Fabulous Magazine’s Careers Issue

(to over 8 million readers no less!)

Brides Up North in Wedding Magazine

“It’s All In The Detail” – an inspirational three page spread on decor and details in Wedding Magazine

Brides Up North in Wedding Magazine

Brides Up North in Unveiled Magazine

“Snap Happy!” A three page guest feature in brand new Unveiled Magazine

Brides Up North in Unveiled Magazine

Brides Up North in Unveiled Magazine

“Catwalk Queen” – getting excited about the 2014 bridal collections in Loved Up Magazine

Brides Up North in Unveiled Magazine

Brides Up North in Mosaic Brides

“Picture Perfect” – more photography talk in Mosaic Brides

Brides Up North in Belle Bridal Magazine

“Wedding Venues – The Expert Opinions” in Belle Bridal Magazine 

Brides Up North in Etc Magazine

“Bridal Buzz” Catching up on a year’s worth of columns in Etc Magazine 

 

Join the Northern Revolution – or should that be #jointhenorthernrevolution? – over on the Brides Up North Twitter feed and Facebook page now. 

That’s where all the magic happens, first.  Get involved!

 

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We Won! Brides Up North Is Awarded The Wedding Magazine Wedding Blog Award For “Best Big Day Inspiration”!

October 9th, 2013 | Julia Braime

I’m waking up this morning in an apartment just off Leicester Square with a slightly tingling head, a huge goody bag (adding to the Christmas morning effect) and a lovely little Wedding Blog Award, courtesy of Wedding Magazine, their gorgeous judging panel – including industry greats Ciara Elliott, Ian Stuart, Emily Johnston and Stephen Moran – and YOU my dear readers and supporters.

Wedding Blog Awards

It was a brilliant day yesterday and to win an Award was really just the icing on what was already a very lovely cake.  We were really just there for a very Ritz-y night out!  After lunching in Covent Garden and getting our Shellac on courtesy of the Spa at the W Hotel, Ellie – who you may have met if you’ve attended one of our luxury bridal exhibitions this Autumn – and I headed back to the apartment to put our glitz on.   A quick taxi ride down the Mall (our heels were too high, darlings!) took us to the famous Ritz Hotel. 

Now, I worked on Old Bond Street in a former life and walked past The Ritz every day on my way to the office, but I’ve never actually been inside.  What a treat!  The hotel’s private dining area had been dressed to the nines and my fellow bloggers, Award sponsors, judges and magazine mavens gathered under the ornate cornicing for delectable canapés and absolute vats of champagne.  

I was concentrating on catching up (hello to the Bespoke Bride lovelies, Kat and Gareth, Wedding Sparrow, Nu Bride, Gemma at Ian Stuart, Sophie from Paradox London, the Sandals girls, Charlie at London Bride, Sonia at Want That Wedding and Editor Ciara and her team at Wedding Magazine – you gals and guys rock) and getting stuck into the bubbly when the Awards ceremony began, so to say that I was surprised when Mark Francis read out my blog’s name as the winner in the Best Big Day Inspiration category was an understatement.  A very lovely surprise indeed. 

After collecting our Award I was whisked off for photographs and interviews to camera, then headed back to the main area to cheer on the rest of my colleagues. 

What followed next is a bit of a blur – far more champagne, goody bag looting and a totter to Whisky Mist where a lack of ID (and at 31, being asked for ID is never a bad thing, even if everyone else was being asked for it too) meant that Ellie and I decided to bail out and find food.  Cue a slap up Chinese, lots of laughs and a happy night’s sleep.  As new mum, I’ll never knock a lie in, either!

London’s been exciting, but I’m off to catch the train back ‘Up North as we’re busy in the office this week planning for our Luxury Bridal Exhibition at Nostell Priory this weekend (click here to pre-register, we’d love to see you there) and I can’t wait for some cuddles from my baby girl too.  Beats a whip around Harrods any day!  

But, before I go – and I’ll be back on these pages later on with more wedding pretty for you – a huge, huge thank you to each and every one of you who voted for Brides Up North.  Your support means so much to me and my little team, as we strive to keep this Northern Revolution marching on.  We couldn’t do it without you, and we wouldn’t want to either.

So, Brides Up North – this one’s for you!

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The Editorials: Something Blue

June 10th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It was lovely to wake up this morning to kind emails from suppliers and brides to be congratulating us on another successful Brides Up North event at Rise Hall yesterday and the conclusion of a fabulous Spring season.  I could go on, and on (and on) about how much fun hosting these wedding exhibitions has been and how much I love each and every one of my readers and exhibitors, but all I’ll say is a massive thank you from me and my team for all of your amazing support – you rock! The Northern Revolution really is in full swing.

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When I started the blog back in the dark ages of 2010 my aim was to show other soon-to-be-weds that you  don’t need to head to the smoke to source suppliers for your big day, and to demonstrate the levels of quality available from the wedding industry right on your door step.  These events are doing just that – stepping out from behind the computer screen and showing you exactly what these talented people can do for you.  If you missed our events this Spring, be sure to pop along to an event near you from September 1st.  We’ll be announcing the full line up shortly, but we have another nine events across three regions in the diary already.  Watch this space.  Exhibitors can also contact us for details by emailing contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk

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Another way in which I aim to spread our message is via the plethora of freelance columns that I pen on a monthly basis.  The deadlines here at Brides Up North HQ are always looming, let me tell you!  As well as contributing to many local bridal titles I am also proud to have been recognised as an influential UK wedding blogger and asked to write my own regular column for National glossy Wedding Magazine. This morning I am sharing a column that was published in one of their recent issues in case you missed it offline.

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Girls, get ready to slip on those blue suede shoes… today we are on the hunt for your something blue!

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Dominic Wright Photography

Image © Dominic Wright Photography

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I wrote: You know the words: Something Old, Something New… but when it comes to wedding day luck, style savvy brides are taking no chances by adding cooler colour details to their big day.

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Almost everything looks bright against white, so take care when adding bold blues to your wedding day scheme. Pick an angle and go with it – choose crisp navy to define and formalise your colour palette or the palest pastel powders to soften and prettify the overall look.

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Whichever shade you choose, all you’ll need to add is a silver sixpence for your shoe!

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John Hesford Photography

Image © John Hesford Photography

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Sally Hobson Photography

Image © Sally Hobson Photography

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Blue Blooms

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Never mind green fingers, the natural world is awash with pretty blue petals in varying shades. Add the freshest bluebells to your Spring bouquet or try hand-tied cornflowers for a relaxed Summer look. Towering indigo delphiniums or bleached out hydrangeas look stunning in centrepieces.

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Jess Petrie Photography

Image © Jess Petrie Photography

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Jess Petrie Photography

Image © Jess Petrie Photography

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Razzle Dazzle Em

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Forget diamonds – think royal. Copy the Duchess of Cambridge and sparkle in sapphires instead. Vintage magpies on the hunt for these pretty stones might find that they can cover their Something Old and Something Blue all at once…

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Eyecapture

Image © Eyecapture

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Northwest Photography

Image © NorthWest Photography

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Blue For The Boys

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Most men that I’ve met are afraid of the fuchsia cravat. Win style and brownie points by suggesting that your boy plays it cool in blue. From pale tones, through oxford blue to nearly black navy, 2013’s sharpest wedding suits all seem to have a hint of the hue.

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GASP Photography

Image © GASP Photography

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Chris Chambers Photography

Image © Chris Chambers Photography

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All In The Details

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To add a dash of colour without feeling over committed, pay attention to detail. Try a pale petticoat under shorter frocks, a flash of a blue suede shoe, a pretty periwinkle vintage motor or piles of Parma violets for your guests to take away with them.

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Northwest Photography

Image © NorthWest Photography

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John Hesford Photography

Image © John Hesford Photography

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Wait Up White Gallery! I’m On My Way…

May 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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No rest for the wicked!

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After an absolutely cracking and very special first bridal event at our newest venue, The Bowdon Rooms (North West, I love you too!) yesterday – more on that later – I’m hopping on a train and heading South to join the party down at White Gallery, London.  Just a day late, but no one will notice that, right?  I’m certainly doing penance for my lateness with a 5am alarm call to catch the early train. 

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Ian Stuart at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

Ian Stuart at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

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It’s a good job I’ve got an excellent babysitter on hand (hello Mum!) as I just couldn’t miss this trade and press only event.   White Gallery London is a big deal behind the scenes in the wedding world: a huge exhibition and set of catwalk shows at which the big name bridal designers launch their new season collections to the trade.

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I’ve got a press pass with my name on it, some sparkly flats and my trusty iPad, and can’t wait to hit the shows to see what loveliness is in store for brides to be this season and next. In particular, I’m looking forward to the Stephanie Allin catwalk, popping out to see my friends at Caroline Castigliano, Suzanne Neville and Belle & Bunty, Maids To Measure and Emmy Shoes before heading back to the main exhibition to do the rounds, look out for some new design talent and say hello to my friends at Alan Hannah.  After all that I’ll joining the Brides Magazine team and some familiar faces for a cocktail reception and eventually pouring myself back onto a train headed North.  Phew!

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It’s a hard job, but someone’s got to do it!  "*Pinches self*.  I’ll be reporting back soon on which trends will be hitting bridal boutiques near you, but in the meantime, word is that the opening day of White Gallery has already been very special indeed. 

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Stewart Parvin at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

Stewart Parvin at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

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In their catwalk review and some sneak peek pictures from day one, the official pr team for the event report that the event got off to an impressive start yesterday with four stunning designer catwalk shows from some of industry’s most prestigious names.

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Amelia of Good Results says:  Opening the shows in his own inimitable style was Royal couturier Stewart Parvin. Reaffirming his signature aesthetic of chic understated elegance, the collection displayed a high fashion yet demure take on Parvin’s classic bridalwear. Trends included clean chic lines with tone on tone embellishment and an emphasis on texture and fabric which resulted in another strong collection from Stewart Parvin – the master of couture.

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Stewart Parvin at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

Stewart Parvin at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

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Stewart Parvin at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

Stewart Parvin at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

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At the second show of the day Ian Stuart chose to celebrate the diversity of women’s style with a
collection that was as cutting edge as it was classic and as eccentric as it was refined. Trends included ‘Pure and Simple’ clean lined gowns with elegant draping, ‘Natural Woodland’ distressed fabrics and untidy trimmings that created an organic feel, ‘Romantic’ beautiful ball gowns adorned with roses, bows and dramatic decorations as well as enchanting  pastel hues in blush pink, pale lilac and powder blue, with hints of cranberry and antique gold. Embodying personality and uniqueness within each design, Ian showcased a collection that ultimately reflects all that women are.
 

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Ian Stuart at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

Ian Stuart at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

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Ian Stuart at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

Ian Stuart at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

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In the afternoon Alan Hannah chose to showcase both Alan Hannah and Miamia on the catwalk. The Alan
Hannah collection includes gorgeous clean and fashion forward silhouettes in silk duchesse and taffeta with beautiful hand beaded necklines and shoulder detailing. Setting the trends for 2014, Alan Hannah has
created sheer backs with spectacular beadwork that created a dazzling presence on the catwalk.  The MiaMia collection builds on the bohemian look of the previous collection whilst adding new fabrics and
embellishments to unstructured chiffon and organza.
The updated classic theme has been developed and
expanded with unusual beadwork and  inspired floral detailing
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Hey, East Coast Mainline? Step on it!

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