Charlotte Balbier

from venice with love. a romantic destination wedding in the city of bridges – kim & jack

April 15th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

a sunny wedding in Venice (c) Lee Brown Photography (52)

When planning a wedding many couples to and fro about what time of the year to set the date for due to the unpredicatable British weather, knowing that even if they do pick the height of summer, rain is still likely.

To avoid this conundrum some brides and grooms pack their bags and head overseas to warmer climes for their big day – usually choosing a location that doesn’t only guarantee sunshine, but also that’s special to them.

This is true of today’s wedding couple Jack and Kim who wanted to continue their love affair with the Italian culture by saying their ‘I dos’ in the beautiful city of Venice.

Clearly we’re partial to weddings hosted in the north of the UK, but looking at these fabulous photos we can forgive Jack and Kim for jetting off abroad. Just stunning!

With images by Lee Brown Photography.

a sunny wedding in Venice (c) Lee Brown Photography (74)

kim says: We got engaged on 30th September 2012. Jack created a fake story of us going to London to visit his friend for her birthday however when we got there and arrived at a five star hotel I realised this might not be true. Later that evening after going to watch The Taming of the Shrew at the globe theatre, Jack got down on one knee on the banks of the Thames. However his plans were nearly ruined by thousands of women doing a charity run for Cancer Research right on the spot where he planned to pop the question.

a sunny wedding in Venice (c) Lee Brown Photography (78)

We set the date for 23rd May 2014. We chose May as we had decided to get married abroad and felt the weather would be perfect at that time of year, it was also bank holiday weekend which was more convenient for our guests. Jack’s mum later pointed out that our date contained the numbers 1,2,3,4,5 which is apparently lucky in numerology.

a sunny wedding in Venice (c) Lee Brown Photography (72)

After visiting Venice a couple of times for holidays during our relationship, it was a definite and obvious choice for us. We love the Italian culture that focuses on family, love and food. Venice is a beautiful, romantic destination surrounded by history, we love the idea that Venice will not be around forever making it such a unique and fascinating city.

a sunny wedding in Venice (c) Lee Brown Photography (76)

We have a big passion for our home city Manchester particularly in love with the music, football and sense of humour of the city. We wanted to bring a piece of Manchester to Venice by our music choices and colour themes. So we got married to Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart and had our first dance to Noel Gallagher If I had a Gun.

a sunny wedding in Venice (c) Lee Brown Photography (64)

Our bridesmaids were dressed in blue reflecting our love of Manchester City but we also felt it was a colour that would look good in the sun and the reflections of the water in Venice. The groom, best men and family members wore blue ties matching the bridesmaids’ colours.

a sunny wedding in Venice (c) Lee Brown Photography (58)

a sunny wedding in Venice (c) Lee Brown Photography (56)

I chose a fitted fishtail lace dress from Cheadle Bride in Stockport. This was the dress I always pictured myself wearing and felt the vintage look would suit the historical atmosphere of Venice.

a sunny wedding in Venice (c) Lee Brown Photography (61)

Jack wore a bluey/grey three piece skinny fit suit from Next – he wanted to feel comfortable and relaxed in a smart suit.

a sunny wedding in Venice (c) Lee Brown Photography (55)

We had four bridesmaids and two flower girls. Our bridesmaids wore navy blue twist and wrap dresses from BHS which could be worn in many different styles to suit the shape of each bridesmaid. Our two flower girls wore white dresses, again from BHS, which contained petals in the skirt underlay and a ribbon around the waist which matched the colour of the bridesmaid dresses. The groomsmen all wore matching suits to Jack.

a sunny wedding in Venice (c) Lee Brown Photography (50)

I travelled to the venue with my dad, bridesmaids and flower girls in a vintage speed boat which moored right outside the wedding venue.

a sunny wedding in Venice (c) Lee Brown Photography (47)

Lee Brown was our wedding photographer and we would highly recommend him. We felt nervous about using wedding photographers abroad as we felt it may be difficult to communicate exactly what style we wanted. We met with Lee several times before our wedding and Lee showed such interest and enthusiasm in being our photographer from getting details of the wedding party and what shots we wanted to even route planning our day. Lee arrived in Venice early to work out the best locations for pictures and managed to make us feel relaxed and comfortable with a pre wedding shoot. Lee managed to capture all the shots we wanted and much, much more!

a sunny wedding in Venice (c) Lee Brown Photography (45)

We carried sun flowers provided by our wedding planner in Venice. The sunflowers looked bright and beautiful complementing the blues of the bridesmaid dresses.

a sunny wedding in Venice (c) Lee Brown Photography (41)

a sunny wedding in Venice (c) Lee Brown Photography (33)

We held our wedding reception in a beautiful restaurant which didn’t needed much decorating. We used lots of candles, rose petals and traditional Italian sweet decorations.

For wedding favours we gave our sun flower seeds in a vintage brown packet with the slogan ‘all things grow with love’. We felt our guests planting the sunflowers in their gardens would be a perfect reminder every year of what a beautiful day it was.

a sunny wedding in Venice (c) Lee Brown Photography (37)

We chose not to have a traditional wedding cake in Venice as the restaurant provided so many different pastries and desserts. However, we celebrated our wedding in the UK with friends and family who couldn’t join us in Venice a few weeks after we returned. At this reception we had a lace style cake matching my wedding dress with a blue ribbon and our initials on it which was baked by our good friend and one of our bridesmaids, Chloe Prescott.

We went with traditional Italian food and Venetian specialities for the wedding meal, which meant numerous delicious courses.

a sunny wedding in Venice (c) Lee Brown Photography (30)

Following our wedding ceremony we walked with our guests through the streets of Venice and boarded a private boat where we had an hour-long tour of the lagoons of Venice with champagne cocktails. In the evening we created our own entertainment with music and dancing!

a sunny wedding in Venice (c) Lee Brown Photography (29)

We saw a lot of Venice on our wedding day walking through the streets, visiting St Mark’s square and the bridge of sighs. This was a nice surprise for our guests who had just arrived and got to do a bit of sightseeing on the day. It also meant we attracted a lot of attention with people constantly stopping us to congratulate us and take pictures. It made our day extra special feeling like we were celebrities.

a sunny wedding in Venice (c) Lee Brown Photography (17)

We used a wedding planner from Europe Wedding called Lucia Masserini who was amazing in organising all the details of our day and putting up with our endless questions!

I would recommend our destination to any couple wanting a unique experience. It was amazing to be in a beautiful place with all our friends and family and enjoy that experience with them.

a sunny wedding in Venice (c) Lee Brown Photography (5)

My favourite part of the day was coming off the boat and being surrounded by a group of Japanese tourists taking our picture and wishing us good luck. It was something that wouldn’t of happened if we had of got married in the UK and it was amazing that so many people were happy for us. It was a unique experience which our guests still talk, and laugh about!

a sunny wedding in Venice (c) Lee Brown Photography (1)

We left Venice the day after our wedding setting sail on a cruise ship for a week. We returned to Venice for one day after the cruise before returning home which was a very surreal and somewhat sad experience that it was all over and our friends and family had gone home.

Our top tip to other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every minute of the day and take time to spend a few moments away from the crowds with your partner to soak up the atmosphere and occasion.

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Super Sunday! Hangovers, Wedding Blog Winners, Hollywood Vogue & A Big Week Of Wedding Pretty

December 11th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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So, Brides Up North, I will not lie.  I am feeling a teensy bit the worse for wear after a weekend over in Manchester celebrating my friend Rachel’s upcoming nuptials.  Ok, so more than a teensy bit.  We came, we skated, we wined, we dined and we danced.  I’m not cut out for these 5am finishes.

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Rachel, ready to hit the Spinningfields outdoor ice rink yesterday

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Kudos to our friend Vicky for organising such an amazing event.  If you are in middle of hen planning hell, why not check out my top tips for planning a hen party here.  

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It’s been a social kind of week here at wedding blog HQ, between nipping to Sheffield for fellow Kelly’s Boozy Boho Bash last Wednesday, starting the Christmas shopping, catching up with wedding industry friends for a Christmas drink and a ladies lunch with Leafy Couture and the Yorkshire contingent tomorrow, I’ll be needing to get back on the Brides Up North Bootcamp come January.

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Whilst I lie down in a dark room, far away from Christmas lights, high heels and Jaegermeister, why don’t you catch up on what’s been going on at Brides Up North recently…

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See you bright(er) and early tomorrow!

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We have a Wedding Blog Winner!

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Wedding Blog WINNER! £1,500 To Spend With Brides Up North & The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: MGNY

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Real Weddings and Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoots

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Flower Of Scotland! A Real Engagement – Jenny & Dan

Lancashire’s Red Rose – A Styled Bridal Inspiration Shoot

Sugar For My Honey! A Real Wedding – Mairead & Adam

Bonfire Night Bride! A Real Wedding – Laura & Tom

Buttons and Bows! A Real Wedding, Claire & Gareth

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Nicola Thompson Photography

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The Hollywood Vogue Series

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Hollywood Vogue – Issue #1 – Veronica Lake

Hollywood Vogue – Issue #2 – Jane Russell

Hollywood Vogue – Issue #3 – Ginger Rogers

Hollywood Vogue – Issue #4 – Marlene Dietrich

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: McAvoy Weddings

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Talking Points

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Up For Discussion- Money Can’t Buy You Love – Bringing It In On Budget

Count Your Blessings- Laura S

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Current Giveaways – its a cake fest!

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WIN 30 Wedding Favour Pops With Popits Cake Pops

WIN A Grooms Or Engagement Cake Worth £150 With Little Town Bakery

Win 50 Cake Pop Favours Worth £125 With The Whimsical Cake Company

Win 24 Hen Party Themed Cupcakes With Baked Cupcakery

Win 50 Wedding Cookie Favours With Cakes By Beth

Win £300 OFF The Wedding Cake Of You Choice With Celebration Cakes

WIN Your Hen Party Popcakes With Popcake Kitchen

WIN 80 Wedding Cupcakes With Fancie

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And before I go, North East brides… have you signed up for your VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag yet?  Click here to do so. Get this date in your diaries…

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Brides Up North Super Showcase

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Super Sunday! The Brides Up North Super Showcase, Blog Skool, Glossies & Catch Up

December 4th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Rise and shine !  It’s Super Sunday, and it’s all change!

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You might have noticed a bit of a redecoration at the top of the wedding blog, as brides in the North East can now register for their VIP Bride To be Goody Bag for the first ever Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition, being held at one of the North East’s favourite wedding venues, Ramside Hall Hotel on Sunday 4th March 2012.  I am so excited for this event, which will bring together 80+ of the region’s top wedding suppliers under one roof.  We also have a few surprises up our sleeve too, plus some amazing giveaways, on the day discounts and two professional bridal fashion shows.  Don’t miss it!

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Click here to get your name down for one of my fabulous VIP Bride To Be Goody Bags!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Super Showcase

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Are you a North East wedding industry professional?  Contact julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for exhibitor details.  Suppliers will be strictly limited by category. 

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Our amazing giveaway with The Harrogate Wedding Lounge has also come to a close.  With over 800 entries, on the wedding blog and at wedding exhibitions, this has been a popular competition!  I’ll be announcing the winner here next week, with a little surprise for each and every one of you that entered too… look out for the announcement!

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This week has been a busy one for this little , fine tuning the plans for the Super Showcase and The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusives with Dine Venues in Yorkshire, hitting some freelance deadlines and hosting my very own Blog Skool seminar at the very busy Forward Ladies Positive Women’s Day in York.  I had some amazing feedback from those that attended, and am happy to announce that I will be venturing over the Pennines for a North West event in the New Year…

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Simply Perfection Wedding & Event Planning: Hi Julia, thanks for a great seminar session yesterday at ‘Forward Ladies’ in York. The content was fantastic and the way you delivered was so personal and engaging. So many people commented over lunch it was a great seminar and they felt confident at creating their own blog, well done!

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@Cat_Elizabeth: @bridesupnorth loved your blog workshop today. Has really inspired me to start creating my blog!

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It’s been an busy and exciting  time in the glossies for Brides Up North recently too, watch out for magazine features coming out soon in Wedding Ideas Magazine, Pure Weddings and North East Life. 

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Phew, I think I need a lie down!  Whilst I do that, catch up on what’s been going on at Brides Up North in the last week…

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Current Giveaways:

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WIN 30 Wedding Favour Pops With Popits Cake Pops

WIN A Grooms Or Engagement Cake Worth £150 With Little Town Bakery

Win 50 Cake Pop Favours Worth £125 With The Whimsical Cake Company

Win 24 Hen Party Themed Cupcakes With Baked Cupcakery

Win 50 Wedding Cookie Favours With Cakes By Beth

Win £300 OFF The Wedding Cake Of You Choice With Celebration Cakes

WIN Your Hen Party Popcakes With Popcake Kitchen

WIN 80 Wedding Cupcakes With Fancie

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Fancie

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Lucky Ladies:

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Wedding Blog WINNER! What Katy Did Next

Wedding Blog WINNER! Knicker Making Masterclass With Top Drawer Diva

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Real Weddings and Inspiration Shoots:

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Breaking Dawn, A Real Wedding – Bella & Edward – A Parody

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year! A Vintage Glam Bridal Fashion Shoot

Blooming Beautiful! A Real Wedding – Julia & Paul

Capture The Love- The Limited Collection, An Engagement Shoot – Amy & Chris

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Toast

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Up For Discussion and News:

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Up For Discussion- Don’t Tell The Groom! Man Management

Count Your Blessings- Laura C

Saturday Girl- A Wedding Blogger On Work Experience At The White Room Sheffield

The 2012 Wedding Industry Awards – Regional Winners Announced!

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Super Sunday! Let Them Eat Cake, Chair Covers, Wedding TV & Catch Up!

November 27th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that we have been celebrating a year of wedding blogging here at Brides Up North over the past week or so with a lorra lorra cake.  Do you want to win some?  Get your name down…

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Baked Cupcakery

Cupcakes by Baked Cupcakery 

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WIN 30 Wedding Favour Pops With Popits Cake Pops

WIN A Grooms Or Engagement Cake Worth £150 With Little Town Bakery

Win 50 Cake Pop Favours Worth £125 With The Whimsical Cake Company

Win 24 Hen Party Themed Cupcakes With Baked Cupcakery

Win 50 Wedding Cookie Favours With Cakes By Beth

Win £300 OFF The Wedding Cake Of You Choice With Celebration Cakes

WIN Your Hen Party Popcakes With Popcake Kitchen

WIN 80 Wedding Cupcakes With Fancie

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Fancie

Cupcakes by Fancie 

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In other news, Brides Up North Featured Supplier and North West Wedding Stylist Alwena Rose would like me to tell you all about a promotion that they are running throughout November for a free sash with all chair cover bookings. Brides can also combine this with the 5% discount for Brides Up North readers.

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Alwena Rose/ Radical Eye Photography

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I am also very proud to announce that DiamondLove, a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, makes their small screen debut on Wedding TV!

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In March this year Diamondart launched their new bridal jewellery range ‘DiamondLove’. The range is proving to be very successful and within just four months of their premier launch they have already collaborated with Benjamin Roberts on a TV series that is all about how to successfully accessorise your wedding dress to bring about that perfect look for your big day.

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The series runs on Wedding TV and is called ‘Accessories Boutique’, comprising of three shows, each with it’s own distinctive theme: Romantic, Traditional and Boho.

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The series is showing now with all three shows being broadcast on Christmas Day and you can catch them all on Wedding TV Sky 266 , Freesat 400 or online at www.weddingtv.com.  Check it out!

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That’s the latest, so let’s catch up on what you might have missed on the wedding blog this week:

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Up For Discussion:

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Up For Discussion- How To Do “I Do”- Writing Your Own Vows

Count Your Blessings- Ana

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Rainbow Roses

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Northern Talent:

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Join The Booth Revolution!

Fabulous Photographer- Nigel Playle Photography PLUS Exclusive 10% Discount For Brides Up North

The Haunting, A Styled Bridal Fashion Shoot By White Room Sheffield

It’s Beautiful Up North! A Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot

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James Melia Photography

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Real Weddings Up North

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Lucky For Some! A Real Wedding – Gillian & Dave

An Eye For Detail – A Real Wedding, Rebecca & Richard

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Damian Hall Photography

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Super Sunday! Happy Birthday Brides Up North & Cake, Cake & More Cake!

November 20th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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A foggy Sunday evening.  Let the gloom stay outside and catch up on a week of celebrations, cake, cake and more cake here on the wedding blog.

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The wedding blog turned one this week!  Catch up on a totally crazy year here: Wedding Blog Birthday- Many Happy Returns To Brides Up North!

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To celebrate, I enlisted the help of a few of my sweetest Featured Suppliers and launched a week of wedding cake giveaways with The Great Brides Up North Birthday Bakeaway!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Greyeye Photography

Popcakes by The Whimsical Cake Company, photograph by Greyeye Photography 

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Are YOU going to get yourself some sugar?!  Click the links!

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Win 50 Wedding Cookie Favours With Cakes By Beth

Win £300 OFF The Wedding Cake Of You Choice With Celebration Cakes

WIN Your Hen Party Popcakes With Popcake Kitchen

WIN 80 Wedding Cupcakes With Fancie

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Get your name down!  All you have to do is leave a comment on the competition post to be in with a chance of winning.  And guess what… loads more sweet treats are coming up next week too!  I spoil you.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Greyeye Photography

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Fancy trying your hand at a batch of popcakes?  Brides Up North is super proud to announce that Featured Supplier Popcake Kitchen have a book out next April (available to pre order at Amazon NOW – click here) – get practising and you could be serving up homemade wedding favours to your family and friends in no time!

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Popcake Kitchen

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While blood sugar levels normalise, lets check out the best of the rest this week…

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Other Current Giveaways EXCLUSIVE TO BRIDES UP NORTH:

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What Katy Did Next-! Only Went & Offered A Gorgeous Giveaway & Exclusive Discount – win a beautiful bridal headpiece

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That’s Not Pants! Win Your Hen Party Knicker Making Masterclass With Top Drawer Diva

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WIN Your WEDDING DRESS & ACCESSORIES Worth Up To £1,500 with The Harrogate Wedding Lounge!

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Real Weddings

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The Good Life! A Real Wedding – Debs & Andy

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Don’t Tell The Bride… A Real Wedding With An Intergalactic Twist – Lauren & Charlie

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Emerson Photography

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Northern Talent

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

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Wedding Dress Heaven- A Jenny Packham Vintage Glamour Designer Weekend At The White Room Sheffield 

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Fisherman’s Friend – A Styled Bridal Fashion Shoot By Lissa Alexandra

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UK Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive! Bridal Accessories By HF Couture

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Fabulous Photographer- York Place Studios

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James Melia Photography

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Bridal Bootcamp

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Brides Up North BOOTCAMP- Week 12! You Smashed It!

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Up For Discussion

Up For Discussion- Empty Chairs

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Be sure to come back tomorrow morning.  Have I got some gorgeous to share with you next week!

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