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Next Sunday! The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition At Hilltop Country House!

May 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Hilltop Country House

Cheshire, I love you.

We’ve just wrapped a pretty damn fabulous Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms last Sunday, and guess what?  We’re doing it all over again at our brand new venue, the sensational Hilltop Country House this Sunday 11th May 2014.  Whoop!

Lee Brown Photography

Hilltop Country House Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Flash Lane, Prestbury, Cheshire, SK10 4ED

Sunday 11th May 2014

12pm till 4pm

FREE ENTRY

Lee Brown Photography

If you missed out last Sunday (or if you loved it so much that you want to do it all over again!) get this date in your diaries, pronto.

Hilltop’s just a little bit a lot special.  A unique and stunning, exclusive use, family home with seriously gorgeous gardens, a pristine permanent marquee, rooms on site and a civil license, book nothing till you’ve seen it!

Add 30 of the region’s very best wedding supplier stars and we’ve a recipe for another crazy beautiful day.  Are you in?

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 150 FREE Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, on the day discounts, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our amazing sponsors.  Just because we love you.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.  While stocks last only. 

To register for for speedy entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag fill in your details below, marking “HILLTOP in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Welcome packs are limited and subject to availability.  We operate a first come, first served policy. 

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

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EXHIBITORS: Are you a wedding industry professional? Join the Northern Revolution! We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2014. Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Since their inception in Spring 2012, all exhibitions have been sell outs on exhibitor space with a record attendance for every venue. Consequently, we expect demand for our shows to be very high. Please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events that you are interested in.

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This Very Sunday! The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition At The Bowdon Rooms, Cheshire

April 25th, 2014 | Julia Braime

The Bowdon Rooms Spring 2014

It’s here!  It’s here! *Does dance* The finest North West vintage wedding industry talent will be descending upon The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, for our third Luxury and Vintage Wedding Exhibition at this unique and authentic vintage venue this Sunday!  Wahoop!

The Bowdon Rooms Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

The Firs, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2TQ

Sunday 27th April 2014

12pm till 4pm

FREE ENTRY

This brilliant, exclusive use venue is as fun as it is special, with it’s high ceilings, sparkling drapes, ornate fireplaces and perfectly sprung dance floor.  Dancing shoes at the ready!  If you are looking for a bespoke and private wedding venue with a little added period pizazz, it’s your lucky day. 

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

We had such a fantastic time at our Brides Up North spring and autumn events back in 2013 – these images were snapped at both by Martin Hambleton Photography – and can’t wait to do it all again, with a host of great suppliers ready to make your big day into the stuff of your dreams.

Like everything vintage, these events just get better and better with age.  It’s going to be even fabulous this time around. You need to be there. 

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Foley Photography

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Foley Photography

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

The venue’s helpful team will be on hand to answer your queries and take bookings (form an orderly queue please!) and I’ll be there to talk wedding pretty till I’m hoarse.  I genuinely love this venue and am really excited to see my gorgeous readers there.  Please do seek me out and say hello, I adore hearing about your plans. 

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Foley Photography

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 200 FREE Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, on the day discounts, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our amazing sponsors.  Just because we love you.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.  While stocks last only. 

To register for for speedy entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag fill in your details below, marking “BOWDON ROOMS in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

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Your Message

You can also email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Welcome packs are limited and subject to availability.  We operate a first come, first served policy. 

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

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#OfficialBlogger Signing Off… For Now…

April 3rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North at The North West Wedding Fair

Made you look?  Don’t worry, Brides Up North isn’t going anywhere!

If you’re a regular reader of the wedding blog, you’ll know that I recently took on a special assignment as Official Blogger to the North West Wedding Fair.

We run our own beautifully crafted Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions in the Cheshire area – yes, these ones… do you have them in your diaries yet (you can pre-register for your VIP goody bag here)?

Cheshire 2014

But when Mercury Events invited me along to their huge event at the start of March, I wasn’t going to turn down an opportunity to meet so many lovely North West readers and wedding industry suppliers, or get my brand in front of so many new brides to be either (crafty eh?).  If – as a consequence – you are one of my brand new readers, HELLO you!

In the run up to the show I guest blogged over at their website once a week (catch up on what I was talking about here), and shouted about the upcoming event on the Brides Up North Facebook and Twitter pages.  I also hosted a very special Pinterest competition in conjunction with the North West Wedding Fair, which will see me lend my industry knowledge and sympathetic wedding planning ear to our lucky winner, Steph, who I was thrilled to meet for an initial chat at the event itself.

Brides Up North at The North West Wedding Fair

So, talking of the event, how was it?  Were you a visiting bride to be or an exhibitor?  What did you think?

Me? I loved every minute:  hosting the show’s visitor video (scrambling up onto the raised catwalk in my 4 inch heels and pink mini dress to film a segment must have been a sight to see!); catching up with my industry friends; sitting FROW at the beautiful bridal catwalks; tasting cake; trying on tiaras;getting excited over glittery things; trying a spot of crafting, and meeting so many lovely, lovely brides to be and their future husbands, friends and families. 

Brides Up North at The North West Wedding Fair

The highlight for me?  Meeting my Pinterest competition winner Steph and her lovely Mum, and hearing all about her nautical themed wedding plans.  Steph’s winning entry stood out for it’s originality, but also because despite being heavily themed, it was also very beautiful.  I’m looking forward to helping Steph out on her journey to “I do!”. 

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

Official feedback from the Mercury Events office looked good too, with over 2,000 brides and 6,000 visitors through the doors and 122 exhibitors already rebooking for next season. 

Mercury Events continue to invest heavily in establishing this show as a true ‘destination’ event for the whole wedding market across Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire. This season they added the Garden Restaurant, the Vintage Crafts feature, Inspired Bakes: A Wedding Cake Showcase, an improved Catwalk build and show and a more fabulous VIP ticket package than ever before.  I can’t wait to work with the team again going forwards.  Just watch this space for more details soon…

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

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Hey Manchester?! Get Ready. Brides Up North Is “Official Blogger” For The North West Wedding Fair!

February 3rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North is Official Blogger for The North West Wedding Fair

WHOOP WHOOP!

I’ve some very exciting news to impart this Monday afternoon folks!  And I’ve been dying to tell you about it for weeks!  You see, I’m not very good at keeping massive secrets…  

The North West Wedding Fair

A while back, I was approached by the organisers of the ma-hoo-sive North West Wedding Fair and invited act as their “Official Blogger”.  Quite the compliment!  Now, you know that we run our own  Luxury Wedding Exhibitions here at Brides Up North – including two very special events in the North West this spring – so at first I wasn’t sure… partner with the competition?  Hmm.

But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense.  The North West Wedding Fair is this season’s largest premium show for brides from the North West. Visitors love that every one of their Exhibitors and Partners are dedicated to serving the North West region. Isn’t that what Brides Up North encourages:  thinking local?  Also, whilst our events are bespoke, exclusive (and perfectly formed… are they in your diaries yet?) I wouldn’t want my North West readers to miss out on the biggest juggernaut of a bridal event to come your way this season either.  There’s plenty of room in the diary for us both.

The North West Wedding Fair

So I asked around, and it turns out that my fellow industry professionals and you beautiful brides to be rate this event too.  So, I thought to myself cunningly, what better way to get my brand in front of thousands more Brides Up North and fuel this Northern Revolution even further? 

Our position as one of the top wedding blogs in the UK – and the only one specifically for Northern Brides – is extremely valuable, so alliances like this one need to be right for us. It is Mercury Events’ excellent reputation in the market that gave me the confidence to join up with The North West Wedding Fair.

The North West Wedding Fair

Plus, I get to ponce around on camera as I host the show’s official preview video, live from site (err… nervous, me?)  Sold.  I’m looking forward to contributing to a great show!

The North West Wedding Fair

Turns out that it’s going to be a bit of a love-in all round! Mercury Events, who host the fair, said some verrrry nice things about Brides Up North too, in an “official release” that went out to special press and partners last week: “This fantastic new partnership with Brides Up North reflects our focus on delivering shows to the market which are high on quality content specific to the regions they serve. Brides Up North… is established as an essential resource for brides and grooms planning their wedding in the north of England. Julia’s vast experience and indispensable creative advice and tips will add tremendous value to our overall show offer.”

The North West Wedding Fair

So watch this space – and the show’s official blog, where I’ll be posting all that indispensable creative advice they talk about about above, as well as exciting updates, exclusive competitions and insider info – for more updates soon, but for now, all you need to do is mark this in your diaries:

The North West Wedding Fair is taking place at EventCity, Manchester on 7th to 9th March 2014.  Visit www.theweddingfairs.com for more details.

Oh, and you might just want to enter MW61 at the ticket checkout to save 1/3 off usual prices.  Just ‘cos I love ya baby! 

The North West Wedding Fair

I can’t wait to get the party started!

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Diary Date: Bride: The Wedding Show At Tatton Park, Cheshire

January 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Ian Southerin Photography for Bride: The Wedding Show

There is just so much exciting stuff going on for you lucky Brides Up North right now.  Literally, you could eat, sleep, breath, visit, read, pin and live weddings all day long, there’s so much to get through.  If planning your wedding is your second job (or if because of planning your wedding your job is your second job right now – sound familiar?  Reading this at work are you?  Don’t worry, I won’t tell!) you’ll be in your element as I add another diary date to that already full schedule. 

Of course, I’ll already be seeing you at one of our unique and beautiful Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions this Spring (see that pretty pink banner above?  Click it!), but to get you warmed up and limber, you might like to pay a little visit to this beauty of an event too, hosted by my very good friends at Cheshire Bride Magazine.

Ian Southerin Photography for Bride: The Wedding Show

They say:  Bride: The Wedding Show at Tatton Park has everything a real wedding should have – fantastic clothes, music and dancing, beautiful flowers… all the elements to make a perfect day of fun and inspiration. Brides, their partners and families will be spoilt for choice with the marquee packed with more than 150 bridal industry professionals from bridal boutiques to florists, photographers to cake-makers, all on hand to offer the advice you need to create your dream day locally. Exhibitors include John Lewis, House of Fraser, The Wedding Shop at Alderley Edge, Red Floral Architecture and Thoughtful Flowers as well as menswear from Moss Bros and Slaters.

Ian Southerin Photography for Bride: The Wedding Show

The famous catwalk which is staged four times daily is acknowledged as the most inspirational and entertaining in the business. These spectacularly choreographed fashion shows which run at 11.15am, 12.30pm, 2.15pm and 3.30pm both days provides a showcase for the best couture in an inspirational and fun environment. Bride Editorial Director Joanne Goodwin says: “The catwalk show is worth the ticket price alone. It’s a mixture of divine gowns, great music, brilliant choreography and some very cheeky male dancers. It puts a smile on everyone’s face from flower girls to grooms to grandmothers of the bride… and especially the bride herself.”

Ian Southerin Photography for Bride: The Wedding Show

Added features include the band performance area where visitors can experience the best in wedding bands, musicians and singers in a luxuriously presented entertainment area and The Wedding Marquee which allows brides to envisage a marquee wedding setting complete with dressed tables, floral arrangements and bar area. There will also be an Inspiration theatre – a dedicated multi-purpose presentation stage with a varied programme of advice and information sessions aimed at providing impartial and informative tips and advice to brides to ensure stress-free and happy planning including styling ideas for the whole bridal party and health and beauty advice in the run-up to the big day.

Brides and grooms can relax with a glass of champagne at the fully licensed Champagne Bar as they plan their celebration while flicking through their free copy of the 2014 issue of Cheshire and Lancashire Bride magazine packed with beautiful photography, fascinating features, advice from experts and brides and inspirational real weddings from the region.

Ian Southerin Photography for Bride: The Wedding Show

Bride: The Wedding Show is at Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN is taking place on Saturday and Sunday, February 1st and 2nd  from 10am to 5pm.

Tickets cost £9 in advance and £10 on the door. Group tickets for 4 people available for £32. VIP tickets at £15 each include a guaranteed seat at the Catwalk Show, a glass of fizz and a special goody bag.

Tickets are available by clicking here

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Beautifully Bespoke. Diary Date: White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fayre

January 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fayre

As well as telling you all about out own amazing events (blowing own trumpet admittedly, but that’s just what they are) here at Brides Up North, we also like to share carefully selected diary dates from our sponsors and friends that we think might interest our discerning readers.  This small but perfectly formed event – White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fayre – brought to you by Brides Up North friend and Featured Supplier Rachael of The Social Butterfly – and including a lot of Brides Up North’s own favourite exhibitors and other featured suppliers – is one of them.  Diaries at the ready girls!

Rebecca Jagger by Nicola Mackrill Photography

Rebecca Jagger by Nicola Mackrill Photography

Rachael says:  “White Memoirs aims to showcase the talent within the wedding industry on a local, independent level whilst inspiring couples to put their own personal stamp on their special day using small businesses to handcraft their wants and desires. The exhibitors I work with do business in handfuls and are truly bespoke, both in the products they make and the services they offer.

For the very first time White Memoirs vintage-inspired wedding fayre will showcase at a new city centre venue, Rosylee Tearooms on Sunday 16th February 2014.

Open to visitors from 11am till 4pm, the unique and intimate event will bring together just fifteen independent bridal businesses from a specialist craft background, guaranteed to inspire couples looking to put their personal stamp on their special day.

The Case Of The Curious Bride

The Case Of The Curious Bride

Brand new bridal boutique The Case of The Curious Bride will be showing a handpicked collection of lovingly restored, true vintage wedding dresses as well as a small, unique collection from British bridal designers.

Revealing her exquisite accessories collection exclusively at White Memoirs, Samantha Dickinson of Isobel Hind Couture will showcase neckcollars, cuffs and headpieces. Each item is handcrafted by weaving together vintage organza and lace with Swarovski Crystals and pearls.

Isobel Hind Couture

Isobel Hind Couture

Exhibiting with White Memoirs for the first time, Saville Row tailor, Rebecca Jagger will be presenting her new bridal headwear collection inspired by her own wedding. Not forgetting the Groom, she will also be showing a range of ties and bow ties created using Liberty print fabric. Gents will also have the unique opportunity to take part in a complimentary mini spirit tasting session with The Drinks Enthusiast, who will also be giving more information about his spirit trail stag parties.

The Drinks Enthusiast

The Drinks Enthusiast

Award-winning jewellery brand, La Pearle will present their stunning array of elegant, jewel encrusted accessories perfect for Brides looking to add a touch of sparkle to their big day.

Ensuring everything looks perfectly pretty, event dressers, Pretty Little Trio will be showing off their styling skills and assortment of one-off props and curious finds to hire.

La Pearle

La Pearle

Neighbouring Northern Quarter based business, Kiku Boutique will be bringing a beautiful selection of handmade corsets, silk negligees, vintage nightwear and lingerie. Perfect for the Bride’s special day and her honeymoon!

Bespoke one-to-one wedding stationery company, To and From will exhibit their personal, handcrafted card collection and keepsakes.

Bethany Jane Davies

Bethany Jane Davies

Scrumptious wedding cake company, Marie Antoinette Cakes will be showcasing their amazing selection of beautifully baked wedding cakes, finished with intricate icing designs.

There are two very different but equally talented wedding photographers taking part, including the wonderfully whimsical Lucy Little, whose work is featured across all White Memoirs branding. Also exhibiting is award-winning photographer Tim Simpson who shot ‘Memoirs of a Ballerina’, the wedding campaign behind White Memoirs at Rosylee Tearooms (soon to debut on Brides Up North, watch this space).

An Era Of Experience

An Era Of Experience

The glamorous, Miss Bethany Jane Davies of The Vintage Beauty Parlour will be creating a pop-up salon in a private powder room and will be curating hair and make-up demos as well as free trials throughout the day.

Lucy Little Photography

Lucy Little Photography

DIY brides looking for alternative hen party ideas, can gain inspiration from travelling vintage party service An Era of Experience whilst enjoying live entertainment from Vintage 78 Gramophone DJs.

Finally, no vintage wedding fayre would be complete without special discounts and free goody bags that will be running throughout the event. Visitors can also enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly upon arrival.”

For more information visit www.eventsbythesocialbutterfly.com.  To pre-register email thesocialbutterfly.uk@gmail.com  or call 07771333582.

*Entrance Free, Goody bags and complimentary cava whilst stocks last.

 

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Behind The Blog: Brides Up North Goes Vintage At The Bowdon Rooms, Cheshire

May 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Martin Hambleton Photography

Ellie and I taking a breather!

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If you follow the wedding blog over on Twitter or Facebook (and why ever not?! – go get involved) and catch my feeds of a Sunday, you will know that the last few months have been absolutely manic behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ.  And I’m talking every. single. weekend. 

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We are verrrrry near to completing a full season of fabulous Brides Up North branded luxury wedding exhibitions for Spring 2013, with just one to go (diarise this: we are at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall on Sunday 9th June, bringing together the best wedding suppliers in East Yorkshire under Ms “Restoration Nightmare”’s very, very lovely roof) and with eight (EIGHT!) under our belt since the season kicked off back at Allerton Castle on a frosty morning in early February, I’m ready for a summer holiday!

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I think I have aged at least ten years since New Years Eve.

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Each event is hard, hard work and takes months of planning, promoting, sales and admin.  Oh the admin!  Luckily I have a full time assistant here at Brides Up North HQ now (hello Kate!), but this blog and it’s related events are my (other) baby, and I invest a lot of time and energy into making sure that each and every event is individual, venue appropriate and just right.

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Last Sunday, it was time for my tiny team to head North West for the very first time, to the unique and authentic vintage venue that is The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham.  Just on the doorstep of Hale and Bowdon, this delectable dance hall with it’s high cornices and sprung floors is prime for a wedding party.

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Martin Hambleton Photography

Matt Bowen Photography & Florence The Vintage Caravan

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And what a swell party it was!  Our wonderful team of wedding industry suppliers decorated the venue from head to toe with their vintage and luxury loveliness.  Feathers, sequins, beading, antique lace and the odd cloche hat sat beautifully alongside fresh blooms and pretty printed papers. 

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It didn’t stop inside either, outside Matt Bowen Photography brought along his gorgeous new girlfriend: Florence The Vintage Caravan (available for hire as a photo booth on your big day) and Event In A Tent and Woodland Weddings invited visitors into their cosy tipi for delicious canapes by Greengages.  As the weather – amazingly – was in our favour, the garden also played host to an impromptu jam session from Dominic Halpin and his swing band, who also entertained hourly on the main stage. 

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Pretty florals from Barkers The Florist, who beautified the whole venue with their blooms

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And oh! the music.  The venue is an operating jazz club, so I was keen to reflect this on the day.  Performances from Dominic and the boys along with Minerva Ensemble, It’s A Wind Up! vintage DJs and with Phil Lyons and his New Vintage Band on site kept the place buzzing all day long. 

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Stunning stationery from Uberfly Invites

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There wasn’t much time to chat once doors opened!  My wonderful friend Ellie and I (big love to Ellie) were on our feet all day greeting brides to be and their families, and shifting a whole lot of Brides Up North goody bags. 

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Luckily, my friend and fellow exhibitor Martin Hambleton Photography was around to catch a bit of the action in these beautiful images showing off the talents of our other suppliers, although even he got a little bit side-lined! 

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Martin says: Well done on organising such a brilliant show!  I’m sorry there aren’t as many images of brides browsing – every time I moved away from the stand looking for shots, someone stopped to look at my albums so I had to dash back (that’s not a complaint)!

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Martin, that kind of distraction I absolutely do not have a problem with!

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Delicate table settings by Pretty Little Trio

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If you didn’t make it on Sunday, we are doing it all over again in November!  As part of our Autumn tour, we’ll be back in Altrincham on Sunday 3rd November 2013 for another beautiful event filled with wedding inspiration and some winter vintage sparkle.

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But first, a little rest, if you please!

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Enjoy these images and do visit our wonderful exhibitors’ websites when sourcing your wedding suppliers.  I would personally recommend each and every one of them.

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Until next time North West!

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Pearls, lace and sparkle by Beautifully Vintage and Melanie James Bridal

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Cakes that taste as gorgeous as they look by Marie Antoinette Cakes.  Doing my diet no favours whatsoever.

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Fancy frocks by The Little Bridal Company

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Lovely linens and delicious details by Perfection On Linen

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Pretty paper by All The Little Details and favours by Romantica UK

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Elegant styling by Look Darling

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That date for your diaries again – Sunday 3rd November 2013 at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham – save it!

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THIS SUNDAY! The Brides Up North Vintage Wedding Exhibition At The Bowdon Rooms, Cheshire

May 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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The Bowdon Rooms Vintage Wedding Exhibition

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Are you ready to rock and roll Cheshire?!

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I’m headed North West this evening to get things ready for our first ever show in the region this Sunday at the unique venue that is The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham.  Just the right side of retro, with amazing vintage features set into high, high ceiling, a sprung dance floor for jiving the night away, spot on location and plenty of room – this venue is the business.  I can’t wait to pack it to the rafters with wedding industry talent and give it a special vintage twist this Sunday. 

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Come along and see Brides Up North and our fabulous exhibitors (plus a few exciting surprises – wait and see!) this Sunday 19th May 2013.  If you are looking for an authentic and friendly venue with a real vintage vibe, yet big enough to hold a proper party – this is for you.  We are open from 12pm – 4pm and entry is FREE!

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The Bowdon Rooms team, All The Little Details, Amanda Morgan Photographer, Barkers The Florist, Beautifully Vintage, Event In A Tent, Greengages Catering, it’s a Wind Up!, LCH Jewellery Design, Look Darling, Marie Antoinette Cakes, Martin Hambleton Wedding Photography, Matt Bowen Photography, Melanie James Bridal, Minerva Ensemble, Perfection On Linen, Pretty Little Trio, Richard Milnes Photography, Romantica UK, Spiritus Bars, The Little Bridal Company, The Wedding Guide, Uberfly Invites, Unforgettable Memories, Wonderful Weddings By JT, Woodland Weddings and Your Perfect Day can’t wait to meet you!

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And yes, of course Dominic Halpin’s Swing Band are coming along too!

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Welcome Pack packed with little treats from Brides Up North, the regions’ best bridal glossy mags as well as some fab on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now. What are you waiting for?

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Welcome Pack fill in your details below, marking YOUR EVENT VENUE OF CHOICE e.g. “THE BOWDON ROOMS” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Welcome Pack upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Welcome Packs are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy.

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Rose Gold: A Vintage Inspired Dusky Pink Styled Shoot In The North West

May 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today we join a very talented collective of North West wedding suppliers for a dreamy vintage inspired bridal shoot sent to me by Emilie of Dotmoxee Photography.  Be inspired, and let this loveliness get you excited about something very special coming up your way soon North West…

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Dotmoxee Photography say:  As wedding photographers we’ve always found ourselves flicking through a good home and fashion magazine, reading about the latest wedding trends, and thinking about our next inspiration shoot.  We always aim to keep our work up to date, as well as working with like minded suppliers in the North West.

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We met Francesca (Cheshire Cat Cake Company) back in November at a wedding fair and where amazed by her talent. Naturally we both liked the idea of collaborating and decided to extend the invitation. 

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Francesca from The Cheshire Cat Cake Company says: When Emilie (Dotmoxee Photography) approached me to join her in a vintage shoot in Sale, Cheshire, I jumped at the chance. Having great photographs of my work is essential to capture intricate elements of my bespoke designs and also appeal to the modern sophisticated bride.

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We agreed to use the gorgeous palette of dusky peach and rich gold colours as our theme and after showing off our mood board we soon had our bridal shop, florist, venue stylist & head pieces on board. Now we just required our model for the day and a make up artist to complete the team. 

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The biggest challenge was finding a date when everyone was available, but once it was set we were all committed to the shoot. The day itself was gloomy at best (chance of snow, light showers) but with a glimmer of sunshine we took our chances.

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As the rain came down Chris Gratin (Beautifully Vintage) worked her magic and styled an area in Pearl Bridal Boutique (Sale). Chris is a real treat to have on a shoot – her enthusiasm counter balanced the poor weather with charm and stunning vintage props. 

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All the while Make Up Artist Jenny Reddiough was giving our model Bernadette a bridal makeover, the lovely Nicole (Pearl Bridal Boutique) had selected the dress ‘Dulcie’ (by White Rose) from her 2013 collection and with Rachel of Penny Brown providing her wonderful hand made head pieces, Bernadette’s look was complete.

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The stunning bouquets were provided by Sale based Laurel Weddings, the colours and button details worked perfectly and complemented the rest of the styling; shoes by Rainbow Club (as part of their lace collection). Francesca took the opportunity to experiment with different techniques. Her use of a tinted, copper leaf gilt with the addition of large ruffle rosettes looked adorable.

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For the companion design, she created a double tiered cake swathed in ripples of buttercream, with wired pearl detail , emulating folds of cascading fabric. Finally topping this with an additional tier, again using the copper gilt, and punctuating with a giant, copper edged, single rosette to complete the design.

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With one eye on the weather our chance finally came to venture outdoors. Walkden Gardens is one of Sale’s hidden gems and this was our opportunity to make the most of it. Nicole provided Bernadette with a second dress (‘Payton’ by Sweetheart Gowns) and after a quick touch up from Jenny we were on our way.

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We all worked together to create an inspiring set of images and hopefully provided you with some insight into each suppliers work. 

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Bridal Dresses – Pearl Bridal Boutique

Cake – Cheshire Cat Cake Company

Styling – Beautifully Vintage China Hire & Vintage Accessories

Makeup & Hair – Make Up By Jenny Reddiough

Headpieces – Penny Brown

Flowers – Laurel Weddings

Photography – Dotmoxee Photography

Model – Bernadette

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Fancy more beautiful luxury and vintage inspiration?  Mark your diaries with the first Brides Up North North West Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham on Sunday 19th May 2013!  VIP Pre-Registration is open now, click here, don’t miss out!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Dotmoxee Photography

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BREAKING NEWS: New Dates & Venues For Brides Up North Spring 2013 Luxury Wedding Exhibitions Announced!

December 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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The images in this post are a cheeky peek – without giving much away! – at the amazing professional images by Joe Dodsworth Photography (dresses supplied by Curvy Bridal) from our photo shoot at Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire, yesterday in advance of the Brides Up North Christmas Party being held there tonight.

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You’ve probably guessed it already, given that I can’t stop talking about how gorgeous this venue is, but I am thrilled to be able to announce this afternoon that we are partnering with CWC Malings in the early summer of 2013 to open up this new wedding venue to the public and bring you a special marquee Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow, with exclusive access to both this beautiful stately home and it’s utterly beautiful grounds.  The date is set, so mark in in your diaries – Sunday 12th May 2013 – this is one not to miss.

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And that’s not all! We do work hard here behind the scenes at Brides Up North you know!

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North west brides, I have been promising an event your way for a while now and the time has finally come to announce our first Brides Up North event collaboration in the North West.  Hurrah!  I am over the moon to be working with the authentically vintage and fabulously stylish space that is The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham to bring you your first ever Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms on Sunday 19th May 2013.  Another one to mark down now – VIP Bride to Be registration will be open for both events very shortly!

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So, the Brides Up North event calendar for Spring 2013 currently looks like this (er, wow!), with luxury bridal events with carefully selected partners at their stunning venues a-plenty.  We are super excited to get this New Year started, and can’t wait to welcome you to one or more of our shows.  You know that I won’t let you forget any of these dates, but I wanted to share the news here first!

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Watch out for VIP Bride to Be registration for your preferred event opening very shortly!

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YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Allerton Castle, Knaresborough – Sunday 17th February 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) – 40 of the region’s very finest suppliers in this stunning North Yorkshire castle setting, rarely open for public viewing.  This venue is magical and has to be seen to be believed.

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NORTH EAST: Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield – Sunday 24th February 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) – A huge show with 80+ of the North East’s best bridal exhibitors at this 4* country house venue – the setting for my own wedding, actually, with huge banqueting spaces and beautiful parkland.  Throw in two professional fashion shows and this will be a day jam packed with wedding inspiration

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YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Mansion, Leeds – Sunday 3rd March 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) - One for the fashionistas, this chic private wedding venue on the edge of Roundhay Park will host the most beautiful celebrations and will be full of the area’s best suppliers for one day only.

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NORTH EAST: Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham – Sunday 17th March 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) - The big one!  Our biggest event in the calendar sees over 100 of the North East’s most fabulous suppliers all under one roof, plus two professional fashion shows.  Don’t miss it!  Seriously. 

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YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Nostell Priory, Wakefield – Sunday 7th April 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) - This stunning stately home and newly renovated event space is one not to miss from your venue hunt.  Browse the National Trust gardens and parkland before stopping by to meet over 35 of the area’s top wedding suppliers.

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YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at The National Railway Museum, York – Sunday 21st April 2013 (10am- 5pm, Free Entry) - A huge and premium brand new show at a VERY exciting new venue!  Join over 60 of Yorkshire’s absolute finest exhibitors at Brides Up North’s first ever luxury and vintage event in the heart of York.  The beautiful vintage trains will keep the boys happy too…

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NORTH YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire– Sunday 12th May 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) - The one everyone is dying to see, this newly-open-to-the-public venue throws open it’s doors with it’s first ever bridal event this Summer.  Bring a picnic, you won’t want to leave!

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NORTH WEST: Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham – Sunday 19th May 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) - The North West’s most fabulous will be joining us for a day of inspiration at this beautiful, authentic space.  Our first show in the North West, and one most definitely for the diary. 

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Exhibitors – some of of events are already sold out and the rest are filling quickly.  For event information and booking details please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk ASAP to avoid disappointment.

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  – Images © 2012 Joe Dodsworth Photography

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