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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. 

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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

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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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Behind The Wedding Blog: Happy Anniversary!

October 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Three years on… now we are three!

If you’re of a beady eyed nature, you may have noticed that we were lacking a blog post this morning.  Hey, every wedding blogger needs a break sometimes – and I have the most valid of excuses: the hot tub was calling my name.

Yesterday my (now long suffering) husband Alan and I celebrated three amazing years of marriage.  Where’s the time gone?  Three years: a busy blog,  new business, a new house, a new baby… and lots of fun (and yes, the odd argument!) in between.  Taking stock this morning I really do appreciate how lucky I am to have built such a happy little family unit: a warm, loving environment that allows us both to be fully and comfortably ourselves, totally honest with and completely supportive of the other.  I am thrilled that we have got this far and can’t wait to share plenty of wonderful years ahead, both as a couple and with our children too.  A wedding is one fabulous moment in time, but a marriage is what it’s all about. 

You can quote me on that.

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The art of the selfie.  Still working on that.

With the grandparents installed at home and a license to chill, we headed off to the gorgeous Feversham Arms in Helmsley, North Yorkshire for a day of pampering (I am pounded to a pulp after a luxurious full body massage), prosecco and fine dining.  A midweek stay meant an easy upgrade to one of the hotel’s glorious suites – not one but two bathrooms and a sitting room with a log fire, thank you very much – and a hot tub just for two.  Back at home, I’m feeling refreshed, ready to get on with our busy Autumn schedule (including one hell of a Halloween party for #weddinghourlive next week – are you on our guest list?) and very, very lucky indeed.

Whilst I count my blessings, what better time for a peek behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ?  Both personally and professionally, it’s definitely been our busiest year yet!

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Schmoozing with Mark Francis of Made In Chelsea at The Ritz

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A Bridal Bonanza at Hardwick Hall Hotel, September 2013

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The Expert Opinions in Belle Bridal Magazine 

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Beautiful blooms by Flowers By Anderson at our Nostell Priory Luxury Wedding Exhibition

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A sneaky getaway…

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And sneaky cocktails…

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He’ll wear anything I tell him to! 

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A royal baby is born.  Annabella takes note. 

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Celebrating a brilliant first year in business with my great mates at Love Bridal Boutique, Cheshire

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Talking dream careers in Fabulous Magazine

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A fleet of fabulous at our Ramside Hall Grand Wedding Exhibition, September 2013

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Ellie needed a good night’s sleep after our record attendance Ramside Hall show with over 1,500 visitors!

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Creative confections by Patisserie Viennoise at our Allerton Castle event

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…and Leafy Couture do Brides Up North Pink at the same show!

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Our Great Gatsby catwalks went down a storm in the North East.  Hello chandelier headdress!

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Hens on tour.  With my girls in Barcelona. 

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Getting snap happy in the brand new Unveiled Magazine

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One for my personal portfolio

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Getting down to details in Wedding Magazine 

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Feeding time

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Bringing home the bacon with a Wedding Blog Award for “Best Big Day Inspiration”

I can’t wait to see what’s in store till we ring in 2014. 

 

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: A Proper Winter Wonderland! A Real Wedding In The North East – Rachel & Ryan

December 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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Rachel and Ryan's Wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, County Durham by Katy Melling Photography

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Starting off our seasonal recap in style, today I am honoured to share the Real Wedding of one of my best girlfriends in the whole wide World, Rachel. I was lucky enough to be a bridesmaid for Rachel and Ryan, and was more than a little nervous that one of my favourite photographers and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Katy Melling Photography would be there to see me descend into drunken Christmas wedding merriment at what has to be one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever attended (you’ll see!*).

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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After all, elegance aside, this was also the wedding where I could be found singing shouting Christmas carols at 4am, where my husband set fire to himself on an aisle candle (yes really!) and where a faux snow fight left everyone twinkling!  Proper Geordie fun! I did catch Katy snapping a shot of me taking a big slug of white wine, but it hasn’t made it into the final edit.  Thanks Katy!

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Without further ado, over to my best friend Rachel: We got engaged on 10th December 2010 in Central Park in New York and were married at home in County Durham on Sunday 18th December 2011, at Rockliffe Hall.  We said our vows in the Rockliffe Suite and then had a drinks reception in the Old Hall while the Rockliffe Suite was done up for the wedding breakfast.

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As soon as we visited Rockliffe we loved it. On the practical side we had a large guest list and it was able to cater for 180. It also had 60 bedrooms so all of the guests who wanted to stay were able to be accommodated.

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It seemed a bit more luxurious than some of the other venues we visited and was decorated to our taste. It is about 45 minutes away from Newcastle so was fairly easy for our guests to get to. It is just a lovely hotel and felt cosy and we thought it would suit the wintery/ Christmassy feel we were after. It has a lovely area called the Old Hall which we used for the drinks reception and also has a fabulous spa which our guests got good use of the day before and the day after the wedding.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Obviously the wedding was very near Christmas so overall we had a bit of a Winter Wonderland theme.

We also had some Christmas touches like snow on the tables and bauble name holders (by Cox & Cox) and candy canes as favours for people to hang on their Christmas trees after the wedding.

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Overall, I wanted the wedding to be very white. We had no colour in our flowers and I wanted the room to look white, snowy, twinkly and pretty.  The bridesmaids wore an aubergine colour which was reflected in the ushers’ ties but other than that the rest of the wedding was all white.

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My dress was Jenny Packham. It was very detailed and glitzy around the neckline which went down my back and then it had a tulle skirt. I also had a Jenny Packham headdress. I tried on a Jenny Packham dress in a shop in Newcastle but then went to her shop in London as it was a good excuse for a weekend away with my Mum. There were a few that I liked but the one I chose was most appropriate for a Christmas wedding.

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My bridesmaids wore aubergine one shoulder dresses.  The designer was Alvina Valenta and I got them from Lily White Bridal in Jesmond.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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I carried a hand tied bouquet of paper white flowers with brooches inside the bouquet to give it some extra sparkle.  This was by Hart Company.

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We had a lot of music and entertainment during our reception: my good friend Emma Kendall sang during the service, and then we enjoyed the Opus 4 String Quartet, carol singers and some singing waiters, before hitting the dance floor to Jeff Dingle and the Moonswing Trio.

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Thinking about favourite moments, my mum and dad had organised the singing waiters as a surprise for Ryan and me. I loved this and we were all up dancing on our chairs for an hour so that was really fun. In general I just loved it all as I wanted it to be a massive party and that’s what it was. I also loved the girly time on the morning of the wedding with the bridesmaids and all my family.

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We had a simple cake made by Gemma at Love Lily Cakes. It was all white and had a flower appliqué on it. We had 3 tiers which consisted of Victoria sponge cake, chocolate cake and lemon cake.

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After the excitement of the wedding we had a mini moon for a few days to the Feversham Arms in Helmsley and we are hoping to go to New York at the end of the year. We live in Dubai so we wanted to stay in the North East to enjoy the rest of the festive season with our friends and families.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be just to enjoy it and try and take it in. It is such a fun day but it goes so quickly. We got married 6 weeks ago and it already feels like it was so long ago.

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Congratulations Rach & Ry!

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*I cannot guarantee that no tears were shed during the editing of this blog post.

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  – Images © 2012 Katy Melling Photography

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Something For The Weekend?

September 14th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Mulberry

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Not in the least bit bridal, but so very Brides Up North.

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A wedding blogger can dream, right?

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Bayswater in Hot Fuchsia Ostrich by Mulberry £3,500

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Behind The Blog: The Life & Times Of A Wedding Blogger #3

June 16th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Following the conclusion of a successful season of Brides Up North Wedding Exclusives and a fabulous Super Showcase (click here for news of new dates for Autumn 2012 and to put them in your diary – you won’t want to miss out!), things have still been busy behind the scenes at the wedding blog.

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As well as planning ahead for the new season and organising three wedding industry Tweet Ups,  I’ve carved out time to pursue new projects (more news on that very soon!), catch up on all the admin on the business side of the blog (almost!), contribute to some amazing styled shoots, carry on with my freelance submissions for Wedding Magazine, Wedding Ideas Magazine and Hitched Magazine amongst others – watch out for Brides Up North popping up as a regular columnist in some other titles soon too – and take some much needed time out with the hubby, whilst bringing you a double dose of wedding lovely every day.

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I’m starting the second half of 2012 brimming with excitement and some huge plans for the future.  With an ever growing Directory of fabulous Northern Suppliers and better blog content than ever (contact me if you would like to make a submission) the Northern Revolution is picking up the pace.  It’s been fun so far, but I have a feeling it’s going to get even better.

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Here’s a sneaky peek behind the scenes, courtesy of my iphone. 

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From the top:

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1  Blogger having issues using a camera

2  At the Derby for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

3  Will work for Pic n Mix

4  Join The Northern Revolution!  The fabulous Brides Up North limited edition totes

5  Will work for Champagne – late night editing

6  On location with Curvy Bridal and Joe Dodsworth Photography 

7  Will work for puppies

8  Festival flowers at the Brides Up North Tweet Up North East

9  Oh what a night!

10 A messy BUN HQ

11 A messier BUN HQ, as the pink takes over…

12 Valued downtime with the hubby

13 If K Middy can, so can I!

14 My holiday office

15 My real holiday office

16 Designs for something special

17 Draped in bunting and ready to rock the Brides Up North Tweet Up North East

18 Will work for wine – more late night editing

19 An audience with The Dotted Crochets

20 My great friend Chris ready to get wed!

21 Bridal hair, Marie Antoinette style

22 Beautiful blooms by Twisted Willow Floristry

23 Calm chaos

24 I’ll be having the Brides Up North pink please!

25 A new do for Summer

26 The perils of a life constantly on the go (off to the Apple store I go then…)

27 Football’s coming home?

28 Have laptop, will travel – a temporary cafe office on the go

29 Isn’t it all urgent?

30 Can you come to live with me Baked Cupcakery?

31 Blinging it up with Swarovski and shellac

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Have a brilliant Saturday Brides Up North. 

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Let’s have a head count! Hands up – who is saying “I Do” today?  Eeek!

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Good Luck!

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