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happy holidays!

December 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Pink Christmas

Image via Studio DIY

Things move pretty quickly here on these pages – with a double dose of wedding loveliness every weekday – so it’s rare that we ever get the time to slow down, reflect and refresh here at Brides Up North HQ.

It’s been a really exciting year for our little team both online and behind the scenes (which I recapped in detail as when we celebrated our fourth birthday last month, click here to catch up), and I have a feeling that 2015 is going to be even bigger and better yet.

I’ve got some really huge news to impart when we return in the New Year – be here! – but before embracing the excitement of the next season, I’ve been looking forward to a bit of downtime and having a very merry christmas of my own.

We’re taking our annual blog Christmas break to recharge our batteries and come back with wedding bells on after the New Year ball drops. As well as taking some time to get seriously creative on a few ongoing Brides Up North passion projects, I’ll be cosying up with my small family, enjoying Christmas through my toddler’s eyes, eating far to many Quality Streets and drinking way too much mulled wine. Pure bliss.

We’re not shutting up shop completely.  We’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely.  Pop back in when your soon-to-be-in-laws are driving you up the wall, or everyone else is snoring in front of Downton Abbey.

Usual service will recommence on Monday 5th January 2015 (with that big news!) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year.  Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks for winter 2014.

All that remains is to wish each and every one of our readers, supporters, clients, sponsors and industry friends the most wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year.  Here’s to your health and happiness (and maybe a few seasonal hangovers too)!

See you on the other side.

Happy Holidays,

julia xxx

 

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tinsel time. julia’s christmas picks

December 18th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Julia's Christmas Picks

There’s absolutely no doubt about it that the big day is drawing near – cue an afternoon spent dashing round the shops like a headless chicken, toddler in tow, as I realised that today was my only possible shopping day till the big man comes down the chimney.

(Sorry about the late feature, and all that, but at least there’ll be presents under the tree!)

My Christmas shopping’s done (albeit hastily), but here’s what would be on my wish list for the 25th, if anyone out there’s paying any attention by this stage…

Or have I lost you all to a reality TV and mulled wine blur?

ruby & ed ballerina slippers, £39

Soft, snuggly and stylish, these ballerina slippers come in the prettiest berry shades, perfect for cosy Christmas evenings in.  Plus they do a tiny pair, just right for my little mini me!

charlotte tilbury Supermodel Body, £45

Her make up line is sensational, so I’m hoping that her Supermodel Body cream will do what it says on the tin.  After skipping the gym in favour of more screen time, let’s hope that Charlotte’s promise of a “slimmer shimmer” comes to fruition.

jimmy choo Rebel cross body bag, £795

I’m dreaming of a Jimmy Christmas, and this little number works for day or night. I’d chose the silver for maximum sparkle.

nails inc nail polish in Porchester Square, £14

My staple colour, and in need of a restock.  This pale grey is endlessly flattering and goes with almost any outfit (including a wedding gown). I pray this stuff is never discontinued.

topshop sequin christmas tree sweater, £46

If you’re going to join the Christmas jumper madness, then why not do it in style?  If you’re gong to join ‘em, you may as well beat ‘em. In sequins.

alex monroe teeny tiny diamond ring, £265

Fragile, different and contains diamonds. I’d love my digits to be adorned with this little number.

kurt geiger london Bond heels in pink, £270

Strong, sexy and in my very favourite colour.  I’d never take them off.

ted bakersequinned pencil skirt, £139

Perfect for a glitzy night on the tiles with the girls, or dressed down for a dinner date with the other half. This skirt has drama and sass, but it’s got plenty of class too.

clarisonic Aria in gold, £155

I dream of the perfect complexion, and apparently this little gadget is going to deliver.  A must for ladies getting aisle ready and apparently for the rest of us too. Sign me up.

labrador puppy, POA

Do I even need to explain?

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tinsel time. rachel’s christmas picks

December 16th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

Rachel's Christmas List

Don’t know about you, but here at Brides Up North HQ, we think we’ve been pretty damn good this year, so we’re emailing St Nick with our Christmas wish-lists.  First up, it’s our lovely Rachel, who’s sticking to form with a stocking full of girly, glittery loveliness.

If you haven’t missed the elf post, you might want to leave this browser window open where your other half can see it…

urban decay Naked eye shadow palette, £37

Shimmery, sultry and sexy, Urban Decay’s Naked palette is loaded with 12 bronze-hued shadows in a stunning range of textures, including matte, satin and sparkle. I’m putting this on my Christmas list as an essential to see me through the party season and beyond. Brides searching for beautiful shadows that won’t budge during their moment in the limelight need look no further!

viktor & rolf Flowerbomb eau de parfum 30ml, £49.50

Every lady wants a new sweet scent for Christmas. My signature that I find it difficult to stray from is Vera Wang Princess, but I do love a quick spritz of Flowerbomb whenever I find myself in the fragrance aisle. I’d highly recommend this to brides-to-be in search of a romantic scent for their big day.

glitzy secrets earrings, £46

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend – but I doubt anyone buying for me this year could cover the cost of such an item. These sparklers from Glitzy Secrets are a good budget backup though. Great for dressing up the Little Black Dress over the festive period, this pair would definitely make my wish list. Also – a great choice for brides-to-be looking to add some opulent accessories to their wedding day attire.

michael kors Selma Saffiano leather bag, £302

In the words of Mariah ‘All I want for Christmas is you’. My ultimate dream pressie would have to be a Michael Kors bag. I’m head over heels for the solid structure of Selma, especially in this gorgeous shade of grey.

office shoes, £65

As I pointed out in a previous post, the festive season is a perfect time to pick up a new pair of fierce heels. These bobby dazzlers would most definitely put a smile on my face on Christmas morning. A classic court but with a whole load of in-your-face attitude! Also a stunning choice of fancy footwear for brides wanting to release their inner Cinderella, just try not to lose one!

olivia burton watch, £75

This item has been on my wish list since the beginning of the year when I first spotted Olivia’s dreamy designs on Instagram. There is a stunning range to choose from with varying straps, faces and dials. I was initially drawn to the baby blue and mint designs, but now I’m hoping Father Christmas brings me Olivia’s big dial design in gold, with classic tan strap.

paperchase tea light holders, £6

Men don’t quite understand females’ fascination with Paperchase – to them its bits of card and paper but to us it’s a whole shop of prettiness! I adore these cute tea light holders which have a Christmassy appearance but can be kept out all year round. Also, a fab décor idea for winter weddings, a few of these dotted in the middle of the table with some festive foliage would certainly set the right ambience.

reiss Lolly metallic bandeau dress, £195

Every girl needs a killer dress for the festive season and this sparkling number from Reiss would be my number one choice to find under the Christmas tree. Figure-hugging, flattering and fabulous, oh so sweet Lolly has it all – a perfect New Year’s Eve party dress, if ever I did see one!

marks & spencer Rosie for Autograph luxurious satin pyjamas, £35

A Christmas classic for every girl –PJs. This set by the stunning Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Marks & Sparks offers both comfort and class. Now if only I could request her figure from Santa Claus too.

ted baker Bowlee leather gloves, £75

As temperatures continue to plunge, lovely leather gloves are required to keep ones manicured hands protected from the wintry weather. And they don’t come much prettier than Ted Baker’s Bowlee design in playful blush pink finished with a cute metallic bow.

I seriously hope I made Santa’s nice list this year!

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eye candy. a first look at BHDLN’s spring 2015 collection

December 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

BHLDN Preview

The lookbook has just landed, and I’ve shifted a few features around today to bring Brides Up North the first look at the highly anticipated spring 2015 collection from BHDLN. Those clever people behind Anthropologie really do know how to do pretty, pretty perfectly.

Here at Brides Up North, we’re desperate to play dress up. Anyone got a spare ticket to NYC?

Maelin Corset and Priya Skirt

bhldn say: The collection, launching January 6th, features 18 new gowns and a multitude of accessories that draw upon two distinct inspirational concepts: The Painted Garden and Bon Vivant.

Zaden Gown

Raquel Dress

Winnie Gown

Gowns inspired by The Painted Garden feature sheer elements like illusion necks and backs along with intricate back details, extra fine lace and voluminous trains while those of the Bon Vivant feature delicate beading, strategic draping, soft tailoring and eye-catching embroidery.

Marlowe Gown

Aria Gown

Angel Gown

When it comes to accessories, we see a focus on sheer fabric trims, mixed elements on sashes, freshwater pearl accents and dramatic moments created by long draping tulle on both sashes and halos. Other refined “drippy” pieces feature mixed metallics with fine embellishments along with both champagne and metallic pearls. Headpieces with carefully placed crystals have a structured and polished feel while luxurious fabrics like silk charmeuse bring an element of luminosity to sashes and clutches.

Tiered Petal Maxi

Wisteria Gown

Alhambra Gown

Amelie Gown

Beloved designers like Catherine Deane, Watters and Nicole Miller return with new styles that mirror the stars of previous collections while designers that are new to BHLDN like Rosa Clara, Something Blue Vancouver and Johanna Johnson bring a fresh take to the assortment.

For more details visit the BHLDN website, and if a quick hop over to New York City isn’t covered in the wedding budget, details of international shipping can be found here.

For individual gown names and more gorgeous frocks, check out our gallery. 

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getting glossy. how to submit a real wedding to the wedding blog

December 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Karen McGowran Photography

I was signing off some official documents the other day (more on that soon) and I had to check myself when it came to dating the signature box.  I don’t know about you, but we work so far ahead here at Brides Up North HQ planning our editorial schedule and events that it already feels like its halfway through 2015. I think a Christmas break is much needed…

Before we get there though, Rachel and I are busy working on our features calendar for the New Year – and you can look forward to some special new series dropping soon, as well as the official introduction of our much anticipated Experts Panel – so I thought it might be timely to remind you lovely lot how you can share your own wedding here on our pretty pages once the big day is done and dusted.  We’re working ahead, and we’d love to process and prepare some more pretty before the New Year’s ball drops, starting 2015 off gorgeously.

Kat Timmins

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

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

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

Karen McGowran Photography

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

your initial email should include:

- Your name and email address

- Your Real Wedding venue and date

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

- 4 to 5 varied images from your Real Wedding

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

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

As standard, copyright remains with the original author of the images unless otherwise agreed between the parties. Please seek your photographer’s permission. Whilst we do accept submissions from photographers and other vendors if you are not the bride or groom you will need to seek their permission before making your Real Wedding submission.

should Brides Up North wish to review your submission further we will require:

- 40 to 50 high quality varied photographs, mostly in colour and without watermarks telling the story of the day from start to finish and to include stylish details of your Real Wedding (your photographer will be able to assist with this)

- We accept submissions as a ZIP file or via Dropbox

- Completion of the Real Bride Questionnaire which will be provided

- Details of your photographer and any other key suppliers

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

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

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

Images by Karen McGowran, Kat Timmins 

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notes from the east coast mainline…

November 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Standing at the station

^another no-makeup selfie for the archives^

I’m hoping that this quick blog feature – fired across the internets courtesy of East Coast Wifi – will make it onto your screens this morning, but as I’ve spent 24 hours without coverage back at Brides Up North HQ due to some BT mast works, and the usual dip-in, dip-out nature of on-train signal, confidence isn’t at an all time high.  Fingers crossed.

Another week, another journey to the smoke, and this time for the esteemed Perfect Wedding Magazine Awards.  We are absolutely thrilled to have been nominated as best wedding blogamong a really glittering line up of top blogs, and can’t wait to celebrate with our industry colleagues this evening.

Tonight’s just a little bit special.

Not only are we up for the Award, but we’re also using the occasion to celebrate a fabulous 4 years in business (my pride in which I talked about yesterday, before the lines were cut!).  My husband – usually on babysitting duty when I’m on official blog business – is my date for the evening, and I’ve been promised Champagne, whether we win or not!

I’ve also got a really very lovely outfit for tonight, and I’ve the privilege of being dressed by two of my wonderful sponsors, the gorgeous Charlotte Balbier and Charlotte Mills, both of who are up for their own accolades this evening.  Both have reworked some of their beautiful bridal designs in sleek and chic jet black, just for me.

*pinches self*

I’m one very lucky girl, I know. I’ll be tweeting lots of piccys later, plus all the gossip from Perfect Wedding’s jazz-era inspired soiree. Make sure to watch our Twitter feed this evening.

I’m signing off for now, and hoping that the Wifi Gods are looking favourably on us…

Wish me luck!

Julia x

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now we are 4.

November 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Four

Can you believe our pretty little corner of the internet turns 4 years old this week?! I hope you’ll join me in a glass of something fizzy as we say happy birthday Brides Up North!

It’s been another amazing year here at wedding blog HQ, and I still have to pinch myself when I think how far we’ve come from the first few tentative posts tapped out in my spare room during the summer of 2010.  We “launched” – and I use those inverted commas very seriously indeed – on the day of the Royal Engagement that November to almost overnight success (ever the opportunist!), and I’ve never looked back.  After leaving my job as a lawyer the following autumn to concentrate on expanding the blog and brand on a full time basis, our first events season swiftly followed in the spring of 2012.  Now three years, six seasons and almost 60 events down, I think I deserve our fourth birthday cupcake!

Cat Hepple Photography

Usually, when people look back from a milestone, they say things like “It’s flown by!” or “It seems like just yesterday that…”.  Well, this is absolutely not the case for me.  I’ve (we’ve, for I’ve a fabulous little team around me now) have packed so much into the last four years that it feels like forty.  It’s been hard work.  Writing, sourcing, editing, styling, planning, selling, promoting, producing, managing, directing… it’s been busy.  But it’s been amazing.

Cat Hepple Photography

I’m so grateful for the way in which this industry and our brides have supported what we’re all about here at Brides Up North.  We love stylish weddings.  In fact, stylish weddings are pretty much all that we’re about here,  but we like them to be local too.  We strive to support and promote the amazing local suppliers right there on our readers’ doorsteps, show off what they can do, and make them available to you for your wedding day.  A wedding day that looks set to be very special indeed.

Every year at this time, I take a while to reflect at how far we’ve come, and every year I’m astounded to see the progress from the last. There are times when I’ve thought that it couldn’t get any better, but it does.  I love my job, my team and my brand, and I love you, my readers, who make what we’re doing possible, and make it count.

Cat Hepple Photography

And before I go all get anymore Gwyneth Paltrow on your asses, I better launch right into our traditional recap of the year that was.  It’s been busy, so as usual, excuse me for any omissions.

I’ve some really exciting news to share with you before our seasonal break over Christmas, so watch these pages for that.  Let me just say, it looks like 2015 is going to be an even more exciting year than this one.

Cat Hepple Photography

But first, that fizz and that cupcake please, Happy Birthday Brides Up North, this is the year that was…

We left you last in October 2013 having won a Wedding Blog Award!  We took home Wedding Magazine’s prize for “Best Big Day Inspiration” and were very proud indeed.  It boded well for our fourth year…

In November 2013 we wrapped up an immense events season with knockout exhibitions at The National Railway Museum and The Bowdon Rooms, before I packed my home (and 8 month old daughter) into a backpack and headed off to support my husband who was working in the Southern Hemisphere for a couple of months.

Winter tan and a spot of judging for The Bridal Buyer Awards, Wedding Industry Awards and The National UK Blog Awards under my belt, we arrived home in February 2014, ready for another events season to kick off. Columns and features appeared in regional glossies Belle Bridal Magazine, Hitched Magazine and Etc Magazine, and we hosted our first grand wedding exhibition of 2014 at Hardwick Hall Hotel.

March 2014 and we were into exhibition season proper… stops at Allerton Castle, Ramside Hall and The Mansion kept our weekends busy, and I was invited to act as Official Blogger for The North West Wedding Show at Event City, Manchester. The inspiration was going viral!

In April 2014 I styled and directed a shoot involving some of the finest wedding industry suppliers in Yorkshire, and put the final wheels in motion for our big and beautiful blog and directory rebrand.  Can anyone actually remember now what the ‘old’ Brides Up North used to look like?  I’m not sure I can! We also enjoyed gorgeous branded events at Nostell Priory and The Bowdon Rooms.

In May 2014 we concluded our spring season with a set of stunning shows at the lovely Hilltop Country House, The Alnwick Garden and Middleton Lodge, enjoyed a whistle-stop tour of the new bridal-wear collections at White Gallery 2014 and welcomed our fabulous Features Writer Rachel to the Brides Up North team to fuel our double daily dose of wedding pretty here online. What would we do without our Rach?

June and July 2014 were spent with our heads down, fine tuning the details for our site rebrand, which we were proud to unveil to much outpouring of love, encouragement and support.  I love our new look, and it seems like you do to – blog hits, social media support and bridal registrations for our wedding events are noticeably much higher than ever.  We also got busy launching our popular Brides Up North Facebook Group (have you joined yet) and started taking Pinterest more seriously, pinning to inspire both our readers and our future work.  Our boards can be seen here.

In August 2014, a brief (and lovely) family holiday was made even better when we celebrated being nominated for not one, not two, but three coverted industry awards – we were nominated for a Cosmopolitan Blog Award 2014 (“Best Wedding Blog”), in Wedding Magazine’s Wedding Blog Awards 2014 (“Best City Wedding Blog”) and the Perfect Wedding Magazine Awards (“Best Wedding Blog”). We also won several nods in the Wedding Industry Experts Awards.

September 2014 arrived and it was time for another flurry of print features with columns and features in a host of glossies including Unveiled Magazine, and to head into event season, with Brides Up North branded exhibitions at Ramside Hall, Hilltop Country House and Hardwick Hall.  I reprised my coveted role as Official Blogger for the North West Wedding Fair and I was also proud to host the launch party for our new industry venture, The Circle, with some very special industry colleagues and which remains in earnest development.

October 2014 hit the ground running, our busiest month yet, with events at The Mansion, The Alnwick Garden, Nostell Priory, Allerton Castle and Middleton Lodge, and a quick succession of cocktail fuelled trips to the smoke to attend some seriously swanky awards ceremonies.  We were over the moon to be Highly Commended in the Best City Blog Category at The Wedding Blog Awards.  Snaps to us!

November 2014 has started as 2014 seems to mean to go on, with parties and fireworks! This week we’re off to The Perfect Wedding Awards, and we’ve just concluded our events season with a very twinkly, very lovely show at The Bowdon Rooms. Exhibitor sales and bridal registrations are open for 2015 - with some brand new venues- and Rachel and I are bursting with features ideas for taking our online offering to the next level.  Our brand new media pack lands shortly, so anyone interested should drop me a line.

Cat Hepple Photography

I’ll let you know that ‘big news’ as soon as I’m able, and until then, raise a glass.

here’s to you.

Love you, #jointhenorthernrevolution

Julia x

Images by Cat Hepple Photography

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TWIA 2015 have landed!

November 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

 

The Wedding Industry Awards

 

Brides Up North has been really proud to support The Wedding Industry Awards since their inception, and this year I have been honoured to take my place on the esteemed Judging Panel for the fourth year running.

The Wedding Industry Awards recognise and reward excellence in our stunning UK wedding industry, and as you know, I’m all about shining a light on brilliance – on a local, regional and national level.

I’ve already spent hours this month pouring over all the entries in my designated category (this year I’m working on the “Special Touch” award) and am really excited to see the regional results – of every category! – announced this week, before the glitzy main event in January 2015.

Julia Head Shot High Res

This year, I’ve also another job to add to my list, as I join the TWIA Official Blog Partners (I’m representing the North East and the North West) to bring you all the news and gossip from our regional front line. This year’s awards are going to be bigger and better than ever and I can’t wait to share the excitement with you.

TWIA

Tonight, I’m slipping on some glittering ‘Choos to join the very best of the North East wedding industry, as we hear who has taken home the gongs at the regional awards event at our beautiful (Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition) venue, Middleton Lodge. Then tomorrow, its over to Sandhole Oak Barn, as we learn who is crowned the best in their fields in the North West.

To check out the regional shortlists in all their glory, click here.  Now there’s a talented bunch!

These swanky soirees will be a fantastic opportunity to rub shoulders with others at the top of their game and raise a cheeky glass to the best industry there is to work in.The regional winners of each of The Wedding Industry Awards categories will be announced live on stage by TWIA founder Damian Bailey, following which the winners will be given photo opportunities and interviews with local and national press (that’s me)!

With some industry colleagues covering the other regions, expect our Facebook and Twitter feeds to be awash with all the news, as it happens. Make sure you are following live for all the action, and to see which industry talents you should be booking up for your big day.

Only a few hours left to get glam and until all is revealed!

Watch this space.

To find out more about the TWIA and how they work, click here.

 

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the final countdown: The Perfect Wedding Awards 2014

October 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

(c) Cat Hepple Photography

It’s been a phenomenal year for us here at Brides Up North HQ so far.  A brand new look, more fabulous sponsors getting behind us than ever before, a fan-blooming-tastic spring and autumn exhibition schedule, and a hat-trick of awards nominations!

I’ve said it (wistfully!) before, but I used to think a blogger’s life would go a little like this: sleep late, RSVP to a few party invitations, full hair and make up, coffee with beautiful industry friends, a bit of light writing, meet the husband for cocktails and skip off to bed… how wrong I was.

Running and writing a full editorial schedule, organising and styling shoots, managing twenty wedding exhibitions, sales, admin, marketing, keeping on top of a mountain of emails, taxes, VAT, meetings with sponsors, working on new projects, liaising with the press and PRs, freelance features, social media, venue visits whilst simultaneously nurturing a young family… and remembering to brush your hair in the morning. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, It’s fun, fulfilling, exciting and no day is ever the same.  But its not quite the Carrie Bradshaw life I thought it might be.

So it’s with pride and pleasure that I celebrate the fabulous bits.

I’ve already told you about our reaching the finals in the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards, and our  “Highly Commended” accolade in the “Best City Blog” category in The Wedding Blog Awards, and now there’s just one glitzy ceremony left to attend!

Perfect Wedding Magazine have gone and absolutely made my year, by shortlisting us in the “Best Wedding Blog” category in their prestigious industry awards.
PWAwards2014_logo_Nominee_forweb

Despite all the events, networking parties and the constant conversation on social media, blogging can be a pretty secular profession, so this support really does mean a lot.  It tells me that you like what I do, what I’m striving towards and that I should keep on doing it.

I’ve shared this exciting news already on the blog, but as the voting closing date approaches next week, I’d be ever so grateful if you could spare a sec or two to vote for Brides Up North.  The line up in our category is pretty stellar, so this Northern Revolution needs some people power.

Click here to vote for Brides Up North in the Perfect Wedding Awards

(If you needed any encouragement, every person that does is entered into a special draw to win an amazing one-night break for themselves and a guest at one of 18 luxurious spa venues in the UK, a delicious three-course evening meal, breakfast, a 60-minute spa treatment for each guest and a cream tea courtesy of Q Hotels.  Nice.)

Voting closes 29th October 2014.

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highly commended at the #WeddingBlogAwards

October 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Wedding Blog Awards 2014

This last week has been crazy town.

And god, do my feet hurt.  Memo to self: buy some flat shoes woman!

It’s been a total whirlwind, with four stunning Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions in Leeds, Northumberland, Knaresborough and Richmond under our bejewelled belts (that’s almost 200 of the most talent wedding suppliers in the North right there for the taking), and four train journeys back and forth from the ol’smoke, to attend not only the Cosmpolitan Blog Awards last Tuesday – nominated in the Best Wedding Blog category – and Wedding Magazine’s Wedding Blog Awards on Friday at The Savoy.

Yes.  That was just in the last week.

Rachel and the Leafy Couture girls will testify, I almost needed to be dragged from The Savoy kicking and screaming.  I’ve found my own personal piece of heaven, right there.

It has been absolutely amazing.

Wedding Blog Awards 2014 at the Savoy

The Brides Up North team had an absolute ball catching up with all our blogger friends and the lovelies at Wedding Magazine, fangirled presenter Mark Francis of Made In Chelsea for the second year running (“The North, what’s that, dahlings?”), sipped way too much Savoy champagne – but balanced it with copious canapes and cupcakes - and took home a highly commended prize in the Best City Blog category.

We’ll take that, thank you very much!

Wedding Blog Awards 2014 with Mark Francis

Thank you to each and every one of you who voted for Brides Up North and show such immense support of the blog and brand both online and at our inspirational wedding events.  We couldn’t do it without you.

Today, I am taking a day off, putting my feet up (maybe) and hanging out with my little girl (definitely), leaving you with a selection of iPhone candids from what was a truly fabulous Friday night.

Have a lovely Monday, and I’ll see you on the other side.

julia x

Wedding Blog Awards 2014 Photobooth

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