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Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

Wahoo! We’re Off To White Gallery London 2014.

April 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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So that’s another fabulous Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition done and dusted!  The already beautiful Nostell Priory looked the prettiest I’ve seen it yet yesterday at our fifth event of the spring season. Big, big love to all our amazing exhibitors (a truly superb selection) and gorgeous brides and grooms who supported our event.  We salute you… and hope you left feeling inspired by the talent on show and super duper excited about your big day! Hooray!

If you’ve not popped in to see us at one of our beautiful events yet – or if you have and would like to do it all over again – there’s still plenty of time this season!  Pop one of these stunners in your diary

Its a quick turnaound at Brides Up North HQ today – no rest for the wicked (I must be pretty damn wicked!) – as we were up at the crack of dawn and are already on the East Coast Mainline down to the smoke, to catch up with the fun that’s already started at White Gallery London

Recognised as one of the leading international designer bridal trade shows, White Gallery London is set to present the finest in bridal design at its sold-out forthcoming fifth edition.  Press passes in hand, Ellie and I will be joining the trade at this hunting ground for the best in British and international bridal design, previewing the gowns and the gorgeous that will be landing in a bridal boutique near you next season.

It’s one of my very favourite events of the whole year, and I can’t wait to (do a bit of schmoozing and) see what my favourite bridal designers have lined up for us in 2015.  I’m hoping for structural extravagance, sexy silhouettes and even bolder use of colour in bridal wear.  Let’s wait and see…

Over 70 leading designers will preview their new bridal wear and accessories collections at the event including Alan Hannah, Amanda Wakeley Sposa, Anna Romysh Haute Couture, Annasul Y, Augusta Jones, Benjamin Adams London, Blue Bridalwear, Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan, Cabotine Novia by Gema Nicolas, Caroline Atelier, Caroline Castigliano, Charlotte Balbier, Charlotte Mills, Christos Costarellos, Cocoe Voci, The Couture Veil, Cymbeline, Eliza Jane Howell, Emma Hunt, Emma Tindley, Encore, Franc Sarabia, Freya Rose, Gemy Maalouf Bridal, Hadas Cohen, Halo & Co, Harriet Wilde, HT Headwear, I Love Gorgeous, Ian Stuart, Ivory & Co Bridal, Ivory & Co Tiaras, Jack Sullivan Bridal, Jenny Packham, Jesus Peiro, Johanna Hehir, Karen Willis Holmes, KatyaKatya Shehurina, Lark Bridal, Linea Raffaelli, Lou Lou, Lusan Mandongus, Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett, Maddy by Madeline Isaac-James, Madeline Isaac-James, Accessories by Madeline Isaac-James, Malis Henderson, Mia Mia, Miguel Suay, Miranda Templeton, Mooshki Boutique, Naomi Neoh, Nicki MacFarlane, Nicola Anne, Nicola Harvey Couture, Nilah & Company, Nordic Gems, Novia D’Art, Nymphi, Ozlem Suer, Parthenis, Patricia Avendano, Polly Edwards, Qiana Bridal, Rachel Simpson, Raimon Bundo, Sadoni, Sassi Holford, Sasso, Shelle Belle Couture, So Sassi, Stephanie Allin Couture, Stephanie James Couture, Stephen Yearick, Terry Fox, Timeless Couture,  Victorio & Lucchino, Watters Brides, White Ivy, YSA Makino, Yolan Cris and Zaeem Jamal. 

Then we’ll come back to tell you all about it!

We’ve seats lined up at some of the iconic catwalk shows including Ian Stuart, Madeline Isaac-James and Suzanne Neville, plus drop in appointments with our pick of the bunch.  We’re also looking forward to catching up with our friends and supporters from bespoke bridal label House Of Mookshi – based in the North East – at this their debut show.  Specialising in custom designed wedding dresses and bridal gowns from vintage inspired through to gothic, those girls have always got something fabulous up their sleeve.  

After all that, we’ll be ready for a drink (or three) and will be hitting the hard stuff with our industry colleagues at Kensington Roof Gardens for a cocktail party sponsored by Perfect Wedding Magazine and in association with the Retail Bridalwear Association.  I’ve a free pass for the evening as the hubby’s on babysitting duty back Up North, so make mine a Mojito please!

See you on the other side.  There’ll be lots of catching up to do…

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Timeless Elegance: Annasul Y For A Real Wedding In Northumberland – Jo & David

July 24th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This morning we join real bride Jo, her new husband David and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Mandy Charlton Photography for a glamorous and elegant Real Wedding in the heart of Northumberland.  With timeless grace and twinkling details, this big day packs a serious punch of pretty. 

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Jo says:  We got engaged in Rome on the roof of the National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II on Saturday 7th May 2011, and were married on 1st June 2013 at St Mary’s the Virgin Church, Whickham then on to Eshott Hall in Northumberland for our reception. We had the Hall all weekend and had close family and friends for champagne and a pre wedding dinner the night before.

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The Hall has a magnificent grandeur and also an intimate feeling.  So many guests commented on what an amazing place it is. It’s very relaxed and unique with amazing staff, stunning grounds and beautifully appointed rooms.

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We wanted our wedding to have timeless elegance, personal touches and traditional old school splendour.  We chose a colour scheme of midnight blue, ivory and silver.  

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I chose a 1920’s vintage glamour inspired Annasul Y dress from Katherine Trueman in Morpeth. 

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I carried memory lane roses, with vintage style brooches and tied with lace and midnight blue ribbon by Floral Quarter. 

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The bridesmaids wore Jenny Packham empire line midnight blue dresses with embellished detailing and the flower girls were in ivory dresses again with embellished detailing.

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David wore a William Hunt midnight blue suit from Jules B and the ushers wore complimenting blue suits from Blades Formal Menswear.

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We travelled in a 1957 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud supplied by Dunns Vintage. 

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As far as favourite moments go, the church and David’s speech is top of my list, but I loved every single moment, my face hurt from smiling and laughing so hard!

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We chose a two tier wedding cake with ivory icing  and little white flowers covering the top tier. We opted for diamond cake topping and plain blue band.

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I handmade lucky sixpence charms for the ladies, confetti bags and the order of services at the church. We chose personalised menus and specially cut metal table numbers, with vintage brooches and gems in the table flowers.

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We used John Curtis, Wedding DJ for our evening entertainment.  He had the dance floor full all night!

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After the wedding we went on honeymoon to The Maldives, which was amazing!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to get together with the people who matter the most to you the night before for a glass of Champagne as the atmosphere is electric with anticipation and relax… enjoy every single minute!

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Congratulations Jo & David!

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If you’d like to see your own Real Wedding on Brides Up North, here’s how.

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All Things Bright & Beautiful: Annasul Y For A Vibrant Real Wedding At Adlington Hall – Joanna & Tom

May 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today’s Real Wedding is vibrant, bright and basically beautiful in every single way.  What a way to kick off the long weekend as we join Joanna and Tom for their Real Wedding in Cheshire.  With images by Andy Wardle Photography.

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Have a very good one…

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Joanna says:  We got engaged on 16th December 2011 in Paris and were married on 15th June 2012 at Adlington Hall & Hunting Lodge, Cheshire. 

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We chose the venue because of it’s stunning buildings and grounds. Adlington Hall is a very traditional and beautiful building and we knew immediately that we wanted to say our vows there. The Hunting Lodge is just next door and housed all of our guests perfectly. We were fortunate enough to be able to appreciate the gardens as well. It was the perfect venue.

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We originally chose a “Peaches & Cream” colour scheme but our bridesmaid dresses were in more of a vibrant coral and we incorporated apricot, peach, coral and ivory colours into our flowers.

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The guys were all  in light grey suits hired from Swarbricks in Manchester.

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The Father of the Bride supplied his car & Step-father of the Bride was the proud chauffeur.

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I wore a lace, vintage-style fitted wedding dress by Annasul Y from The White Closet, Didsbury. 

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I carried a bouquet of David Austin ‘Juliet’ roses, peonies and gypsohila handtied with lace and pearls. The men had David Austin roses and some eucalyptus as their buttonholes.  All our flowers were by Firenza Floral Design

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We had a “Sweetie Table” that ran the length of the room in the Hunting Lodge, which included lots of homemade cakes & goodies baked by family members, old fashioned sweets and bowls of peaches & apricots to match our colour theme. It was thoroughly appreciated by our guests who tucked in right through the night.

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Announcing us as “Husband & Wife” was the most amazing feeling. The speeches were fantastic too and are still being talked about!

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We chose a classic three-tier fruitcake by Hilary Bennett in Glossop, Derbyshire iced in ivory and peach and decorated with flowers matching the bouquets. 

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Tom is in a band called ‘The Zetlands’ and they played a mixture of their own music and some covers selected by us. Lots of Elvis Presley, The Beatles, the Kinks, and general rock&roll to get everyone on the dancefloor.

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Our only regret is not having a videographer, particularly for the ceremony. Andy managed to capture some fantastic shots that made up for it though, including the dance moves later on in the evening!

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After the wedding we flew to Italy and spent a week relaxing in Sardinia followed by a city break in Venice.

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Congratulations Joanna & Tom!

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