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July 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Accessorize

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Could ever a bridal clutch be more perfect?

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Ballroom Clutch by Accessorize, now £25.

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Un-vintage Vintage: A Real Wedding In The North East – Carolyn & Jon

January 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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

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A Real Wedding In Newcastle by Karen McGowran

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Starting 2013 off feeling fresh, introducing Brides Up North reader Carolyn’s fabulous unvintage vintage (you’ll see) Real Wedding, with images from the lovely Karen McGowran and a super cool urban location.

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Carolyn says:  We sort of skipped the engagement part and just decided to book our wedding!  We got married on 9th May 2012 at As You Like It, Jesmond.  We wanted somewhere a bit different from the norm. Somewhere a little cool and quirky! As You Like It has all that and because it is just outside the city centre it was handy for all of our guests.

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We didn’t really have a theme. Although I love the vintage look, it seemed like it had been done before and I wanted to be different. I worked together with Charlotte from Simply Bows and Chair Covers to come up with something that would fit in with our colours of Navy and Pink. We had sweeties on each table which added a bit of fun

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I went for a Maggie Sottero, satin a-line dress with beaded shoulder straps from Wedding Essentials on Dean Street. I went there because I knew they stocked the dress I had my heart set on but when I tried it on I was so disappointed! It didn’t suit me at all and my Mam and bridesmaids agreed. The assistant asked me to try on one of her recommendations and I instantly felt like a bride. The dress, although not something I would have picked myself, was classically beautiful and it suited my shape perfectly. My advice to any bride would be have an open mind when you go looking for ‘the dress’ because you could miss the right one by just looking at it on the hanger!

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My bridesmaids wore midnight blue chiffon maxi dresses from Coast. I bought them chunky necklaces to wear with them and their beaded Accessorize bags.

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The men’s suits were from Blades Formal Menswear in Berwick Hill, Ponteland.

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Nick at nd make up artists did mine and the bridesmaids make up. She is a friend of mine and I would recommend her to anyone.

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Myself and the bridesmaids got ready at Jesmond Dene House where I had stayed the night before. A BMW and a Jaguar I booked through Grosvenor cars picked us up from there to take us the short distance to As You Like It.

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Wendy Reed at By Wendy supplied our Wishing Tree which we had instead of a guest book. It looked beautiful lit up with it’s fairy lights.

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I went along to a wedding fair at As You Like It the week before the wedding. Although I was convinced I had everything I needed I just couldn’t help myself! It was there that I met Annette from White Flight Moments and fell in love with the idea of having a dove release after our ceremony. The doves were next to us while we said our vows so the guests could see them and afterwards we set them free as our guests watched on. The release of the doves symbolises the start of your married life together and we loved the fact that we were the first to have one at As You Like It.

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There were so many great parts of the day! I remember sitting outside on the terrace having a breather with my new husband and looking through the window at our friends and family having a ball! We smiled knowing that we had put the day together ourselves and it was EXACTLY how we had hoped it would be.

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Karen McGowran was our photographer and she was AMAZING! I have recommended her to lots of others since the wedding.

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We had a three tier sponge cake which was made by a friend. After looking through lots of magazines we picked something quite simple which fitted perfectly with everything else.  We also chose lots of fun sweety favours!

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We had a DJ in the evening who played our favourite songs from a playlist I had put together. It seemed to go down a treat with our friends!

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The fun didn’t stop after the wedding! We went to Las Vegas for 5 nights and Riviera Maya in Mexico for 10 nights. Loved it!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to read wedding magazines and wedding blogs to help you with ideas. If you think of something in your head that you want, Google it. The chances are someone, somewhere will be able to help you with it. Enjoy the organising, it’s your day you can have it just the way you want it.

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Congratulations Carolyn & Jon!

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Would you like to share your Real Wedding memories with Brides Up North?  Contact me today. 

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  – Images © 2012 Karen McGowran 

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Friday Fabulous (Jubilee Style!)

June 1st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Crazy Crown Glasses

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Perfect for a proper princess on the occasion of her hen party, but I also know what I’ll be rocking during the Jubilee celebrations this weekend…

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Hell yeah! Pass the Pimms…

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Crazy Crown Glasses, £6, by Accessorize 

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What To Wear To A Wedding: Black Tie

May 28th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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As a wedding blogger, I was expecting to chat to lots of brides to be, but I have also had a number of emails recently from wedding guests.  The topic could be anything from wedding gift ideas to bringing your baby protocol to plus one panics, but one theme that comes up time and time again is that age old what to wear conundrum.

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I thought that I would help out the sartorially challenged amongst us by creating a series of posts to guide you through the fashion minefield that attending a wedding can be.  First up, a swanky black tie wedding. 

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The first rule of dressing for a wedding is always do what it says on the tin – adhere to the dress code.  If you don’t, you will just annoy the bride and end up feeling silly.  This is a time to blend in, but with panache!

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If the invitation says black tie that means dinner jackets and dickie bows for the guys, long gowns for the girls.  Most importantly, your long gown should be any colour other than white, ivory, champagne or very pale pink. Show some sense woman!

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Here are two similar looks at two different budgets.  Sexy senorita!

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High Street Black Tie

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Biba Asymmetric One Shoulder Maxi Dress £171.00

Accessorise Large Red Rose Flower Clip £8

Dune Droplet £88

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Designer Black Tie

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Prabal Gurung Asymmetric silk-crepe gown £2,975

Gina heels £580

Vivien Sheriff Nouveau fascinator POA

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Watch this blog space for more style hurdles neatly hopped, but feel free to contact me with specific queries in the meantime.  I love to chat!

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All prices were correct at the time of going to press. 

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Yorkshire’s Finest, A Real Wedding – Becky & Andrew

January 4th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I went to law school (yep, law school!  Haven’t you read my About page yet?) with this gorgeous girl, and am very excited to feature her Real Wedding on the blog today.  Not only are Becky and Andrew a truly beautiful couple, but they used some fantastic Yorkshire suppliers, and that makes Brides Up North a very very happy girl indeed! :-)

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Becky and Andrew

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Over to the new Mrs S: After 7 years together my now husband, Andrew, proposed by the banks of the Seine in Paris. It was incredibly romantic and set the theme for our special day. We married on 19 June 2010 in my parent’s village church in Kirklevington, near Yarm followed by a fabulous reception at the beautiful country house hotel, Crathorne Hall. I can genuinely say it was the best day of my life. Not only did I get to marry by best friend but after all of the months of planning, everything came together on the day and it was just perfect.

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Becky and Andrew

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After trying on nearly every dress in West Yorkshire with my mum and friend Joelle in tow, I finally went for a strapless slim line dress with a lace overlay by Sottero and Midgley from the lovely ladies at The Bridal Boutique, Guiseley. I wanted a dress I could feel fabulous in all day without it restricting my every move and this dress was absolutely perfect. I fell in love with the intricate lace train and cute empire waistline.

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Becky and Andrew

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We hired a gorgeous coffee and cream vintage 1952 Bentley to take us from the church to the reception. As it was only a couple of minutes up the road the driver took us on a slight detour to allow us to drink our champagne in a much more leisurely fashion.

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Becky and Andrew

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We had the most brilliant photographers on the day in Andy and Gill Sutcliffe, who put us and our guests at ease from the outset. We couldn’t recommend them any more highly.

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My beautiful bridesmaids wore sage green prom style dresses made by Nicola Russell in Middlesbrough. I struggled to find a style of dress I liked so combined a few ideas and had these made. Their outfits were completed with vintage accessories from Glitzy Secrets and AccessorizeAndrew and the boys wore grey morning suits, with ivory waist coats and silver cravats. Andrew wore a sage green cravat. Their outfits were completed with Amnesia rose button holes.

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Becky and Andrew

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I wanted a vintage look for the day and knew exactly the look I wanted for my flowers. Fortunately I met the amazingly talented Fiona Pickles, from Firenza Floral Design at the Yorkshire Brides Wedding Fair who was showcasing exactly what I imagined! Our wedding flowers were mainly comprised of Amnesia roses, peonies and stocks in dusky pinks and ivories, complemented with beautifully fragrant herbs. They smelt amazing! Several of the flower displays were contained in ‘shabby chic’ French style urns to complement the theme – suggested by the groom himself!

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Becky and Andrew

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Becky and Andrew

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After the ceremony we had a champagne and canapé reception during which the Josie Smith Quintet entertained our guests. We also put up (selective) photographs from the stag and hen parties to give everyone a bit of a giggle. We knew we wanted a top table, but also wanted to break from tradition slightly so we opted for an oval top table. We also named our tables after famous Parisian landmarks and made the place names from sepia postcards we picked up on our last trip to Paris.

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Becky and Andrew 

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Our favours were heart shaped shortbread biscuits baked by my mother in law herself (which were very popular and yummy) and bagged by me and my fabulous bridesmaid Mianne in a slight frenzy the day before the wedding. Top tip: always leave sufficient time for last minute details!

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Little Black Book:

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Venue: Crathorne Hall

Dress: The Bridal Boutique, Guiseley

Flowers: Firenza Floral Design

Photography: Andy and Gill Sutcliffe

Bridesmaids: Nicola Russell

Accessories: Glitzy Secrets, Accessorize

Music: Josie Smith Quintet

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Newlyweds and photographers! Contact Brides Up North to feature a Real Wedding on the blog. I am also accepting engagement sessions, trash, cherish and rock the dress and couples shoots!

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