Brides Up North

going out in style! vintage sparkle at The Bowdon Rooms

October 24th, 2014 | Julia Braime

The Bowdon Rooms Autumn 2014

I honestly can’t quite fathom it, but our very last Brides Up North event of 2014  is upon us. What an abso-effin-loutely amazing whirlwind of a season it’s been. Our best yet.

But we’re going out in style, with more than a good sprinkle of vintage sparkle! *Does dance* The finest North West vintage wedding industry talent will be descending upon The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, for our fourth Luxury and Vintage Wedding Exhibition at this unique and authentic vintage venue next Sunday 2nd November 2014!

I don’t know about you, but I feel like a bit of a party…

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

the bowdon rooms

Brides Up North 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

bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our sponsors John Lewis Cheadle & Love Hearts.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

While stocks last only.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Select the event that you wish to attend (required)

Number of people attending the event (including yourself) (required)

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

We had such a fantastic time at our last three events at this beautiful venue – these images were snapped 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 vintagey, 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

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

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

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

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

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a diary date for the botanical bride: White Memoirs

October 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

White Memoirs (c) Nina Pang (21)

This afternoon I’m handing over this little corner of the internets to Brides Up North Sponsor Rachael of The Social Butterfly, to tell you all about a rather lovely little date for your diaries: White Memoirs.

White Memoirs (c) Nina Pang (19)

Rachael says:White Memoirs will be making its Autumn debut at new venue, Halle St Peters, Ancoats on Sunday 26th October, 11am – 3pm.

Tickets: £3.50 per person available in advance by clicking here

Brides Up North also has ten complimentary pairs of tickets to give away.  The first 10 brides to contact Brides Up North quoting White Memoirs will take the bounty!  

White Memoirs (c) Nina Pang (15)

Nestled in the heart of Manchester’s industrial quarter, Halle St Peters, a Grade 2 listed deconsecrated church was lovingly rescued, restored and reopened by the Halle orchestra in April 2013. Working alongside amazing event design house, Pocketful of Dreams and Brown Sugar Blooms we will be enhancing the building’s natural beauty and creatively curating a stunning botanical themed backdrop to house thirty of the North’s crème de la crème creatives.

Purveyors of the innovative, imaginative and inspirational, White Memoirs this year will for the very first time showcase a botanical banquet, a communal dining area displaying different table designs perfectly put together by Pocketful of Dreams. Visitors will have the opportunity to make reservations in advance and sample scrumptious sugary delights home-baked by Tea with Tom whilst washing down the crumbs with samples from cocktail mixologist The Drink’s Enthusiast’s ‘garden gin bar’!

White Memoirs (c) Nina Pang (3)

White Memoirs (c) Nina Pang (8)

There will be live music and entertainment throughout the day provided by Twisted Tubes, a 10-piece contemporary jazz group putting their own personal spin on all your favourite pop-songs! Dancing shoes are a must!

Independent bridal designer Erica Stacey and vintage-inspired bridal boutique, The Case of the Curious Bride will be showing their stunning collective of wedding gowns during two exclusive catwalk shows and will be offering special discount for orders places on the day.

White Memoirs (c) Nina Pang (11)

DIY brides can look forward to taking part in a series of complimentary wedding workshops in which there will be opportunities create and take home bridal accessories and gifts.

Newcomers for October include the intricate work of mixed-media artist, Emily Notman who will be launching her unusual bridal accessories range at the event. Up-cycled jewellery brand, Retold Jewellery will also be revealing their first jewel collection crafted from original vintage pieces fused with modern materials.

White Memoirs (c) Nina Pang (7)

Returning to White Memoirs, we look forward to once again working with bridal headwear and accessories designer Silver Sixpence in her Shoe who will be showcasing a handful of never-seen-before designs at the event. Paper perfect stationery company, To & From will also be returning with their new collection of ‘wedding storybooks’, creating beautiful memoirs of each couples unique story. Once again, the glamorous, Miss Bethany James Davies of The Vintage Beauty Parlour will be creating a pop-up salon and curating hair and make-up demos as well as free trials throughout the day.

White Memoirs (c) Nina Pang (16)

The first 50 brides to register and purchase an advance ticket for White Memoirs will have be given a special goody bag on arrival, complimentary glass of fizz and free copy of our White Memoirs mini magazine.

Those details again – tickets: £3.50 per person available in advance by clicking here

Brides Up North also has ten complimentary pairs of tickets to give away.  The first 10 brides to contact Brides Up North quoting White Memoirs will take the bounty!  

 

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supplier showcase: Camera A Photography

September 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Camera A Photography (6)

This little corner of the internets wouldn’t be here without my fabulous Brides Up North Sponsors (by the way, have you checked out our slick new Directory yet… you could explore for hours, and do all your wedding planning at once!) so today, I’m very pleased to introduce the lovely Jane of Camera A Photography to these pages.

And it’s a Happy Friday indeed!

As a special treat for Brides Up North readers Jane is offering a pre-wedding shoot at her studio or at a venue within 20 miles of her studio if you quote ‘brides up north’ on booking. You can then choose your favourite image and Camera A will produce a guest signage board free of charge. Lovely!

Let’s say hello.

Camera A Photography (8)

How did you get into photography?

Camera A Photography is a family run business. My mum Ann set up the business when I was born, 32 years ago, working from home. She was college trained and worked for a photographer before going it alone. Twenty two years ago we moved to our present studio: which is situated at 3, Skinnergate, Darlington.

I joined the business 10 years ago to originally help mum expand the business as my background is in marketing and sales. However, I fell in love with photography and the wedding business is now mine (mum works for me)! After joining the business and many courses later I achieved my diploma in photographic practice. You never stop learning with photography. Sarah Atkinson who is college trained also works for me, and has been with Camera A for 8 years. We also have Zoe who has worked for Camera A for 15 years part time, who is again fully trained and insured. We are a well established all female team.

Why wedding photography specifically?

A wedding is one of the most important days in people’s lives, so it is a great privilege to be a part of that day. We also have a studio, where we do lots of family portraits, so the next best thing is when a bride and groom bring their newborn baby for me to photograph.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

Being female, as I can really connect with the bride because I understand what she wants from her special day. It enables me to go into the bedroom at home or the hotel to take photographs of the finishing touches. I can be on hand and offer you help, advice & support, like an extra girlfriend! At this point I also take photographs of all the flowers, your jewellery, all the extra details that you have put into the wedding that makes it special to you.

How do you get couples to relax on the day?

By the time the wedding day comes, the bride and groom will have met me a few times so they already feel like they know me. I have discussed with them their requirements regarding family and friend photographs and made a plan of the day together, so everything runs smoothly and all they have to do is enjoy themselves.

Any advice to any brides who don’t like to have their picture taken?

It might sound a bit obvious, but I say to them not to worry, the day goes by so quickly and half the time they will not even realize that they are having their picture taken. They will be naturally beaming which will come across in the photographs. On the day, our priority is the bride. We have over 30 years experience in the wedding business, we know what works and what doesn’t, experience is priceless. We have come across every scenario and can help you keep calm.

What sort of makeup should a bride wear to look great in her pictures?

I would always recommend a makeup artist, as a make-up artist will make the most of the brides features. We would also advise not to wear glitter, as this can reflect if flash is used and to use a matt foundation to help with the shine. Always have a trial to make sure you like it, this goes for hair too.

Anything to avoid which might look bad in the wedding pictures?

If you are going to have a spray tan, make sure you have it a good few days before hand!

Camera A Photography (3)

Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why?

I’m going to have to say the obvious, Kate Moss. She has cheek bones to die for and she wouldn’t take a bad picture, I’m sure!

Any really beautiful weddings that you have captured?

I did such a beautiful wedding at Judges in Yarm in May. All of the pink blossom was out on the trees. The bride was stunning, the bridesmaids had these lovely short funky dresses on, the sun was shining and the bride arrived on a carriage pulled by two white horses. If this was not a fairy tale wedding, I’m not sure what is. As a surprise the brides own horse was brought to the wedding, with pink roses plaited into his mane, it was perfect. (I have a horse myself, so I just loved it even more).

Camera A Photography (2)

Any funny stories to share?

Ann crashed her car on the way to a wedding once, it was her fault. The man she crashed into was not pleased as you can imagine. Her car could no longer be driven but she knew she could not be late for the wedding and had no time to wait for the AA so made the man who she crashed into drive her to the wedding! He was really not happy about this, but did as he was told. Well a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

The fact that we are a larger team sets us apart from others, there’s myself, Ann and Sarah as three main fully trained and insured photographers. With all the goodwill in the world, if you are ill or an emergency happens, there may be a reason why the photographer you have booked cannot attend the wedding. This would not happen with Camera A. As we are a large team we will always have back up.

The quality of our work also stands out; we use Photoshop to edit our images and to make them as perfect as possible. You have gone to so much time and effort to look and feel good, so we carefully enhance and can soften the skin to give you that little extra celebrity help, as all of the magazines do. You can tell us how much or little airbrushing you would like!

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What can a couple who book you expect on the day?

Amazing photography, a fantastic time and professional service.

What is included in your “package”?

Camera A Photography offer many different packages, which can also be tailored to suit the requirements of each bride and groom.

We offer coverage from the brides preparations until the wedding breakfast as standard then additional coverage to include speeches and the first dance can be added if desired.

We have packages with one photographer and two photographers.

Every image is edited as standard to make then as perfect as your special day.

All images can then be provided on disk as high resolution files with the copyright to the image and we have a wide range of options which include beautiful albums and Graphistudio Wedding Books. If a Wedding Book package is opted for, you will also receive 20 mini books for family and friends.

Thank you cards are included and in the thank you cards are details of how guests can access your wedding photographs with your own unique password from our website.

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Can you give us an idea on price?

We offer a mid week special package, which is one photographer to cover from the bride’s preparations to the wedding breakfast. All images provided on a DVD slideshow to music, an A4 Wedding Book, a disk containing all album images, 20 mini books, all for £995.

For a Saturday and Sunday, the above package is a larger 25x35cm Wedding Book starting at £1395 including 40 thank you cards.

Our Ultimate Collection is more expensive but is the best value for money. Two photographers to cover from the bride’s preparations to the first dance. A DVD slideshow of all images as well as the high resolution files and copyright to all of the images. A 30x40cm Wedding Book with 70 images. 2 parents books which are A4 in size, 20 mini books and 40 thank you cards, all for £1995.

If you would prefer not to have an album we can do all of the images on disk starting at £900 for mid week or £1000 for a Saturday or Sunday.

Any treats for Brides Up North readers? 

If you quote ‘brides up north’ I can offer you a pre wedding shoot at the studio or at a venue within 20 miles of the studio. You can then choose your favourite image and we will do you a guest signage board free of charge.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or see more examples of your work?

We would love to hear more about your wedding and to be given the opportunity to put a package together for you and to show you examples of our work, hopefully at your chosen venue.

Please call us on 01325 381055, email info@cameraa.co.uk or our web address is www.cameraa.co.uk.

Come along and meet the Camera A team at our Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza at Hardwick Hall Hotel on Sunday 28th February 2014, 12pm till 4pm, free entry. Click here to find out more

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this sunday! we’re off to Hilltop Country House!

September 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Hilltop leaflet-1

I’m so, so excited to be launching our extremely beautiful season of Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions for autumn 2014 this very weekend at the sensational Hilltop Country House on Sunday 14th September 2014, 12pm till 4pm.  Hooray!

You can see our full schedule of nine dates and venues by clicking here, but we’ll be starting exactly as we mean to go on – gorgeously.

Lee Brown Photography

Hilltop Country House

Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Flash Lane, Prestbury, Cheshire, SK10 4ED

Sunday 14th September 2014

12pm till 4pm

FREE ENTRY

Lee Brown Photography

If you missed our last beautiful show at this pretty and unique venue (or if you loved it so much that you want to do it all over again!) you need to be here.

Hilltop’s just a little bit a lot special.  A 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 – this line up is an absolute knockout – and we’ve a recipe for another crazy beautiful day.  Are you in?

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

bride to be?

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 like John Lewis, Clarins, Amanda Wyatt and Charlotte Balbier.  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.  Only the bride need register for larger groups.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Select the event that you wish to attend (required)

Number of people attending the event (including yourself) (required)

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

wedding industry professional?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2014. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions this autumn.

Click here to view the full schedule.

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 autumn season to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

Email Julia at contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk today.

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it’s official! free entry to the North West Wedding Fair with Brides Up North (you are welcome!)

September 2nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

#getsetsparkle Brides Up North (c) Cat Hepple Photography  (67)

The North West Wedding Fair is taking place at EventCity, Manchester on 26th to 28th September 2014. 

Visit www.theweddingfairs.com for more details. Brides Up North can save 1/3 off usual show prices by entering exclusive discount code NW58 at checkout.

I’ve also got a handful of FREE passes for two people up my sleeves, and I’ll be giving those golden tickets away to the first 150 brides through the door at our own Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Hilltop Country House on Sunday 14th September 2014.  Bonus! Be there…

If you’re a regular around these pages, you’ll recall that last spring (doesn’t it seem like absolutely ages ago now?) I was approached by Mercury Events, the organisers of the ma-hoo-sive North West Wedding Fair, and invited act as their ‘Official Blogger’.  Quite the compliment!

^^^And yes, that is me nervously introducing the showreel above! (dies) ^^^

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 autumn – so at first I wasn’t sure… partner with the competition?  Hmm.

But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. Whilst our events are bespoke, exclusive (and perfectly formed… are they in your diaries yet !?), The North West Wedding Fair is the 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 I can’t wait to see as many as possible of you at our own events this season, I wouldn’t want my North West readers to miss out on the biggest juggernaut of a bridal event to come your way this autumn either.  There’s plenty of room in the diary for us both and what better way to get my brand in front of thousands more Brides Up North and fuel this Northern Revolution even further?

Plus, it was loads of fun last time.  And I like having fun.

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, and I‘m happy to report that it was the start of a beautiful friendship.

#getsetsparkle Brides Up North (c) Cat Hepple Photography  (57)

I’m back this autumn, reprising my Official Blogger role.

As well as hosting my own features over on the show’s official blog, I’ll also be on site on the Friday evening at the event, tweeting, facebooking and instagramming like mad (from a front row seat on their designer catwalk no less), trying to meet as many of you lovely brides to be as possible and also putting my judging hat on to award the “best in show” exhibitor prize.

Joining me this autumn will be 150 of the most trusted suppliers from Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire and Liverpool. The best boutiques in the North West will be on hand to help you find the best type and fit of dress for you and your whole wedding party. 

Ideas for every aspect of your wedding will be on tap all weekend, with stunning Catwalk Shows, The Essential Bridalwear Collection, Favours & Finishing Touches Marketplace, Live Entertainment Stage, Inspired Bakes Showcase, free Tasting Sessions and so much more.

I can’t wait.

Louise Bjorling wedding photography

Louise Bjorling wedding photography

Louise Bjorling wedding photography

Louise Bjorling wedding photography

Visit www.theweddingfairs.com for more details. Remember – Brides Up North can save 1/3 off usual show prices by entering exclusive discount code NW58 at checkout, or we’ll see you for those free tickets at our Hilltop Country House event!

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garden party. a wedding at Hilltop Country House – gemma & mark

August 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

A spring wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Happily Ever Captured (36)

I’m bursting with pride this morning to bring you a real wedding at our beautiful Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition venue, the achingly gorgeous Hilltop Country House in Prestbury, Cheshire.

This stunning country venue is fabulous all year round – I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – marquee weddings (done right, and Hilltop do them right) don’t just have to be for summer days, and it can be especially magical to be under (warm) canvas in the winter months. This gorgeous celebration, packed with early spring hues, proves my point perfectly.

Be inspired… and will we see you on 14th September?

With images by Happily Ever Captured.

A spring wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Happily Ever Captured (33)

Gemma says: We went for a romantic stay in Ludlow,Shropshire – well as romantic as it could be with our then 1 year old with us! – we climbed to the top of Ludlow Castle Tower and Mark pulled out the ring and asked me to marry him!

We wanted to get married pretty quickly and decided on March 2014, our dream venue had one date available so it was meant to be: 14th March 2014.  We chose Hilltop Country House in Prestbury. We chose to get married here as it was just such a pretty, understated, not pretentious at all house and we thought it reflected us perfectly.

I chose ivory and blush pink as our colour palette as I wanted to keep it really feminine. My bouquet was a beautiful array of roses, peonies, stocks and sweet peas all in blush pink and ivory, provided by Gracie Janes of Blakemere Craft Centre.

A spring wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Happily Ever Captured (11)

My wedding dress was from Essense of Australia from a local bridal boutique Bethany Hannah Bridal in Stockton HeatIh where we live. I was fairly open to ideas but did have my heart set on a fishtail style dress but something still quite classic. I didn’t like my dress on the hanger but the sales assistant suggested it and from the second I put it on I knew it was the one. They were so helpful and knew exactly what I wanted from my dress.

Mark had a beautiful tailor made suit from Kings and Allen in Wilmslow, he had it personalised with our wedding date embroidered on the inside pocket and it was lined with Everton Blue satin as he is an avid supporter!

I wanted my bridesmaids to feel special on our wedding day so after I selected the colour scheme we chose the dresses together. Each maid had a different dress which reflected their personalities! Most of them were from Lipsy with some from designers at Debenhams. The Best Man wore a navy suit from Next.

A spring wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Happily Ever Captured (39)

Our photographer was Georgia from Happily Ever Captured. We had met her at Manor Park in Halifax and she had taken some beautiful photographs of our daughter and niece and nephew. Once we got engaged we knew we wanted her straight away! We get so many compliments on our photographs and our photographer was so lovely and down to earth, she will be our photographer for life whenever we need photos!

We got married outside and were incredibly lucky with the weather! My brother is a fantastic guitar player and he played Canon in D on the acoustic guitar as my father walked me through the gardens.

My favourite part was straight after the ceremony once my nerves had gone and we were actually married! Everyone was having prosecco in the sunshine and it was just perfect, exactly what we wanted!

A spring wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Happily Ever Captured (56)

We had blush pink ranunculus as the centre pieces and some hyacinths on the top table, provided by the florist as above. We also made an arrangement ourselves in a special ring shaped vase which we bought the weekend we got engaged in Ludlow. I was lucky that I have a clever sister in law who handmade my invitations and even made bunting for the whole marquee and top table!

As we got married on Cheltenham Gold Cup day and Mark normally attends, as an alternative to favours we decided to place a bet for each guest on a horse and we showed the race on a projector! We had pretty hair clips for the little girls and “love is in the air” paper aeroplanes for the little boys.

Our cake was designed by myself and made by the wonderful CakeyDoodle. It was three tiers, fruit, sponge then chocolate, covered in flowers and white chocolate fingers!

A spring wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Happily Ever Captured (40)

We would hugely recommend our wedding venue. It was absolutely magical and more than we ever could have dreamed. It is a family run business and Martin and Clare are so welcoming and helpful, I sent many a panick stricken 5am e-mail to Clare and she always managed to curb my worries! I will always hold them close to my heart.

A spring wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Happily Ever Captured (48)

We used Hipswing Entertainments to provide a fun photobooth which went down a treat in the evening! They were totally hassle free and did everything for us.

We had Chapelford Films to video the day and they did a wonderful job of capturing the feel of the day.

A spring wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Happily Ever Captured (47)

As we have a little girl we had teo honeymoons, lucky us!

The week after our nuptials Mark and I jetted off to New York City for three days to spend some quality time together! It was so lovely strolling around Central Park as newlyweds! Then in June we went to a resort in Sardinia for two weeks with our daughter Lola which was tiring but lovely and we made lots of friends!

A spring wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Happily Ever Captured (61)

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to be organised and give yourself targets of when things need to be done by! I got myself a brilliant wedding planner with a timeline so I could see clearly how much time was left! It really helped as I did not know where to start, it breaks it down into sections so you can gather suppliers, insert photos or quotes and even write your guest list with addresses and check when you have sent stationery out like save the dates, invitations and thank yous.

A spring wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Happily Ever Captured (67)

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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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