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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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BEWARE! Did YOU Step Into The Photobooth At The Brides Up North Tweet Up North East?

May 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Limelight Photobooth Hire for Brides Up North

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If you did, you might like to look away now!

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Huge thanks to Brides Up North Featured Supplier Limelight Photobooth Hire for bringing along their snazzy leopard print booth and hilarious props.

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It seems that the more you visited the As You Like It bar, the more fun it all got…

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Click through to see the whole sorry lot!

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Bloomin’ Gorgeous! A Real Wedding In The North East – Kelly & Anthony

May 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today’s beautiful Real Wedding, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Helen Russell Photography and real bride Kelly is one of my favourite yet – the beautiful blooms, the cute bridesmaids with their flower garlands and ballet slippers and the bride’s beaming smile – but not least because it took place at one of my very favourite North East venues: the cool and quirky As You Like It in Jesmond.

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As You Like it was also the venue for the latest (and super fun!) Brides Up North Tweet Up networking event for the wedding industry, and you can see all those images here, but for today, it’s the setting for Kelly and Anthony’s really very special big day. 

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Kelly says: We got engaged after 10 years together on April Fools Day 2011, and it was after noon so it wasn’t an April Fools! We were married on 5th April 2012 at As You Like It, Jesmond. 

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We wanted somewhere informal, beautiful, with great food and service and as soon as we visited As You Like It we knew it was the place for us. It really exceeded our expectations

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We chose a vintage style country garden-ish theme! I didn’t want it to be too matchy matchy, I wanted mixed florals and a modern vintage style. 

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I got my dress from the last bridal shop I visited after I was nearly giving up all hope, I found it in Confetti in the Metro Centre. I loved it because of the lace overlay and the scalloped edge train.  .

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I was in love with my bouquet, we used Helen from Bels Flowers and we were just on the same wavelength, she totally got what was in my head and I was so happy with my bouquet, a massive bunch of peony roses with loads of other flowers mixed in. I’ve never seen a more amazing bouquet (but I admit I am biased!)

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My bridesmaids’ dresses were from Monsoon and they looked so perfect on the day, finished off by the beautiful fresh flower head garlands. I had two baby girls attend the wedding and got them the same dress so they were also part of the day.

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I loved saying our vows, when we picked them at home we didn’t say them out loud and then when we were there during the service saying out load in front of our family and friends they felt so special. There is nothing like that feeling of marrying your best friend and we were just overwhelmed with everyone making it such a good day with a happy joyful atmosphere, they are the things you can’t plan.

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I used Simply Bows and Chair Covers for the beautiful ivory chair bows and I got some lovely items from e-bay like Romeo and Juliet thank you gifts and an engraved pocket watch for our hard working best man. I visited second hand shops to get some beautiful crockery for Helen to fill with flowers to decorate the tables.

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My cake was a wedding present from my beautiful friend Andrea, it was stunning and tasted delicious, it had two fruit layers and a lemon layer and was finished off with a beautiful fresh flower posy from Helen.

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We used the As You Like It DJ Paul and I asked him to play a mix of soul, sixties, indie and Britpop. It was a huge success with the dance floor filled all night after our first dance, At Last by Etta James (because we love that song and it only took us 11 years to tie the knot).

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Honeymoon wise, we’ve got Bali to look forward to in July, which feels like forever away! We cant wait to escape and have some special time just the two of us in a magical place.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be not to underestimate how important good photography is, we were most nervous about this as we don’t enjoy having our photo taken, but Helen put us at ease and had fun with us and when we saw the photos we were both taken back to the special parts of your day that you can forget about as it really does go as fast as people say it does. Now we have those moments to treasure forever.

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Congratulations Kelly & Anthony!

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If you would like to share your Real Wedding on the wedding blog, contact me today. 

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  – Images © 2012 Helen Russell Photography

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Oh What A Night! The Official Photographs From The Brides Up North Tweet Up North East!

May 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Wedding Industry Tweet Up North East 2012 by Mandy Charlton

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So here they are!  The official photographs from the first Brides Up North Tweet Up of the season – at As You Like It in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne.  The Tweet Ups are not for profit wedding industry networking events organised and hosted by little old me, with support from Wedding Ideas Magazine.  Basically my way of saying thank you to an industry who has welcomed me and supported me so wholeheartedly and who I am proud to call my people!

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I was aiming for a relaxed party atmosphere, with a festival style decor.  And oh what a night it was. 

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I may have felt a little fuzzy headed the next day.   

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I couldn’t have pulled this off on my own!  It’s the people who make a party so huge thanks to every single person who made the effort to come along and then put so much effort into having a brilliant time once you arrived!  I grew up in the North East of England and I’m seriously proud that my home town knows how to party so outstandingly. 

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The biggest thanks though must go to my sensational support group who gave up their own time for free to make this event the success that it was.  You can’t get better than these industry greats.  Big snaps for:

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Event Photography: Mandy Charlton – one cool chick with an eye for vintage styling

Event Styling: Simply Bows & Chair Covers – simply brilliant

Event Styling: The Finishing Touch Company – cute, quirky touches and totally prepared to go the extra mile

Event Styling: Little Bundles Bunting – yards and yards of festivity

Candy Floss Cart: Love Is Sweet Company – sweet on the outside and on the inside

Music: Glen Roughhead “King Of Swing” – the next big thing in swing

Photobooth: Limelight Photobooth Hire – picture perfect

Event Video: Wedding Film Company – lights, camera and always in the action

Cupcakes: Baked Cupcakery  – gone in 60 seconds!

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There’s a lot of love for you lot right now!

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Thank you to everyone for making it such a brilliant night!  See you next time! x

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  – Images © 2012 Mandy Charlton

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Diaries At The Ready!

May 2nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Since we are now on the downhill to the May bank holiday weekend (wahey!) I thought I’d take a minute or two to tell you about some events coming up in the next few weeks.

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BUN Tweet Ups 2012

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Of course, its the first Brides Up North Tweet Up of the season with Wedding Ideas Magazine next Wednesday 9th May 2012.  This time we are in the North East at As You Like It, Jesmond from 7:30pm.  This is a wedding industry networking event rather than a bridal event, but watch out for news of some of those coming very soon.  If you are a North East wedding industry professional who would like to come along email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for your invitation.  This is a non profit event.

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Brides Up North Tweet Ups are also taking place in Yorkshire and the North West this season as follows:

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Yorkshire

Wednesday 20th June 2012

7:30pm – 10:30pm

The Mansion, Roundhay Park, Leeds

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North West

Thursday 21st June 2012

7:30pm – 10:30pm

Belle Epoque, Knutsford, Cheshire

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Click here to see all the images and videos from the last set of Tweet Ups in 2011.  Email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for an invitation. 

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The Event Music Company

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Next Wednesday whilst the North East Tweet Up goes on, there’s also a fabulous event happening in Yorkshire, for brides to be and wedding industry alike this time.  Brides Up North Featured Supplier, The Event Music Company are hosting one of their famous musical showcase evenings at Rudding Park, near Harrogate. 

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If you have yet to select a band for your wedding then this could be the event for you.  Get it in the diary – The Event Music Company showcase evening – Rudding Park – Wednesday 9th May.  Visit The Event Music Company’s website for more information. 

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And with that, it’s over to the North West!  Brides Up North Featured Supplier All Wrapped Up Events is celebrating a year in business with a very special party - and you are all invited!

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Colette and Kelly say: So before “us” there was just All Wrapped Up (Wedding Planning) and Simply Covered (Chair Covers)…then in April we merged and in May 2011 we opened our little boutique and became a “WE”.   Being best friends made the first year of the shop and business together a doddle… yes we’ve had our ups and downs along the way… but we have learnt a lot and also have grown into the company we wanted to be! So to celebrate this we are having a P A R T Y! Nothing too much, no dress code or glamour to be added… just us, you and a few cocktails!

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Thursday 10th May 2012 – The Liars Club, Manchester – 7pm

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There will be a guest list on the door so please email info@allwrappedupevents.co.uk to make sure that you are on it!  I will be!

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Just Perfect Wedding Showcase

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And finally, Brides Up North Featured Supplier Just Perfect is launching it’s own special wedding showcase on Thursday 31st May 2012 from 3pm – 7pm, in association with Thomson (another of my sponsors… this is all a bit of a love in!) and the Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle Upon Tyne

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Wendy of Just Perfect Weddings & Events Gallery says: This is not a typical wedding fayre, more aimed at inspiring couples to go for something more unusual and push the boundaries a bit. We have four themed areas, lots of interactive stuff and some great freebies! 

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To pre-register call 0191 247 2050

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Have fun! x

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This Crazy Little Thing Called Wedding Blogging

March 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It seems like this has been here there and everywhere over the past couple of months, whilst still somehow finding the time to share gorgeousness like this, this and this here on the wedding blog.  I’m pleased to report that all this hard work seems to be paying off, as visits to have never been higher than in this first quarter of 2012.  So I guess I’m doing something right!

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You can’t ride the rollercoaster of starting and developing your own brand and business without the odd pit stop though, or you might go crazy (or more crazy)!  So, weary of mind, body and spirit, I thought it was high time for two things.  Firstly, a little break to have some “real life” fun, hell, just to have a real life!  And secondly, a long over due personal post to recap just some of of what I’ve been up to behind the scenes.

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I always find writing my more personal posts slightly more daunting than say, a Real Wedding or fashion feature, but you guys seem to like them and it’s a nice way of reflecting on all my hard work – and proving that bloggers don’t just spend their days on an extended holiday or lazing on the sofa.  Not this one anyway!

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So here goes.  An insight into the crazy World here at Brides Up North HQ.  Excuse the limited and rather rubbish selection of iPhone pictures, I’m no professional!

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Let me take you back.  Way back, to a snowy week at the start of February.  We thought that we were home and dry, Winter was over, and then all of a sudden – flurries of the white stuff.  In my previous life as a solicitor, an unexpected snowfall and the very possibility of a snow day would have been met with unprecedented glee – but the week before my very first Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive (and in a fairly remote castle location too?) – No thank you very much. 

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Lets just say that there was a lot of weather forecast watching, prayers being fired upwards left right and centre and a few expletives that week.  But, just as I had accepted that what would be would be, the snow suddenly disappeared as quickly as it had arrived, and we were in the clear!

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The first ever Brides Up North events team!

AKA The hubby and my dad – cheap labour, but a bit too much back chat Winking smile 

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The inaugural Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Allerton Castle ended up being a roaring success – way beyond my hopes.  Beautifully decorated by our 40 fantastic exhibitors, this stunning venue really came to life and the day saw a record attendance.  I couldn’t have asked for more, and my thanks must go out to each and every exhibitor, visiting bride and the Dine and Allerton teams for making the day so excellent.

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Never one to take much of a breather, there was no lie in for me the next day and it was onwards and upwards, as the next Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive – this time at The Mansion in Leeds – followed a very short two weeks afterwards.  One record attendance event in a fortnight would have done it for me, but the turn out at The Mansion exceeded all expectations and it was another truly fabulous day.  Yorkshire, you rock.

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And then, the hat trick!  Brides Up North rounded off a very busy three week period with the Brides Up North Super Showcase Wedding Exhibition, this time in the North East, at Ramside Hall Hotel in Durham.  This one was a biggy to say the least – in fact it was the largest free bridal event in the area this Spring – with over 100 exhibitors, two professional fashion shows and nearly 1000 visitors.  Woah mama!  That’s a lot for one gal to coordinate!  Luckily I had a team of fabulous helpers and each and every exhibitor really worked hard to make it a knock your socks off show.  To say that it was a good day is a complete understatement – and this first Super Showcase has to be the highlight of my Brides Up North career thus far.  Thank you to everyone who supported this huge event.  I can’t wait till the next one… and here’s a clue – you might want to save Sunday 9th September in your diaries now!

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A little Snaparazzi action with the boys from AMV

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After a few glasses of bubbly and a twelve hour sleep, it was time to boogie all my cares away.  In the week following the Super Showcase I moved back into my old bedroom at my parents’ house for a few days and awaited the eagerly anticipated AMV Live Music and Brides Up North Battle of The Wedding Bands at As You Like It Jesmond.  The first event of it’s kind and oh what a night it was!  The whole of the downstairs venue was packed to the rafters with lovely couples looking to book their wedding band whilst six amazing acts performed some classic party hits and more contemporary tunes.  AMV Live Music were flooded with bookings and I just drank some vino, bopped about chatting to brides and grooms and had the time of my life.  It was so much fun to let off some much needed steam but also to take the time to get excited with my readers about their forthcoming weddings.  When can we do it all over again?

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It’s been back to the desk since then, catching up on admin – all the boring bits about running your own business – plus planning the next two Brides Up North Wedding Exclusives in Yorkshire in just under a month’s time (have you noticed the new banner at the top of the blog?  You can register for your VIP Goody bags now! GO GO GO!), plotting some really rather fabulous blog content including one SERIOUSLY kick ass competition – coming up very soon – and finalising details for the next set of Brides Up North Tweet Up wedding industry networking events.

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I’ve also found the time to attend The British Bridal Exhibition in Harrogate, including the twinkling Bridal Buyer Awards where I was thrilled to be part of a panel of “web experts” (who, moi?) judging the Best Retailer Website Award, delivered a webinar and three seminars to the Forward Ladies and The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners on blogging for business and even been nominated for a little award of my own – for Best Wedding Directory at The Bridal Magazine Awards in just under a month.

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Told you that I’d been busy. 

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So one of the most nerve wracking, exciting, thrilling and dynamic periods of my life was wrapped up beautifully this weekend with a break in London with my hubby, and then joining my family and friends to watch my great friend (and honorary little bro) Nick wipe the floor at the Top Model UK competition – winning both the top prize and the public vote.  Nick’s a Brides Up North model, so I’ve been campaigning hard for votes here on the wedding blog and it seems that your votes really did count!  Thanks to each and every person who voted for all of your support.  I can’t wait to see where his career might go, and we discovered him ladies!

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There’s been a fair bit of bubbly consumed this weekend, but I’m starting the week fresh and bursting with new ideas.  I’m never one to rest on my laurels for long, so what’s next for Brides Up North?  Well, just you wait and see…

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A couple of bottles of bubbles later…next year’s winner?  Working it Zoolander Style on the Red Carpet!

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Coming Up This Weekend!

March 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Just a quick reminder of some fun wedding related events coming up in your area this weekend!

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First of all, TONIGHT, I’ll be joining AMV Live Music and As You Like It Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, for the first ever Battle Of The Wedding Bands evening. 

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There are 241 meals between 5pm and 7pm and the show, including six live acts, begins at 7pm.  With free bubbly and discounted cocktails, what better way to try your wedding band before you buy!  There will also be photography on the night by Scott Spock and Snaparazzi!

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The event is FREE ENTRY, but you can call Donna on 0191 281 2277 for VIP guest list.

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North East Brides also shouldn’t miss the Wedding Pages Exclusive Wedding Fayre this Sunday 11th March at the new DoubleTree By Hilton, Newcastle International Airport, from 12pm – 4pm.  Entry is free, but you can pre-register at www.weddingfairsnewcastle.com

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For you Yorkshire ladies, Box Tree Events are hosting a special wedding event at the gorgeous Denton Hall, with a focus on quality and service. 

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Denton Hall

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Box Tree Events say:  We are proud to present an event where the emphasis is on providing a unique insight in to what we, the suppliers, have to offer.

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Rather than the brides and grooms being inundated with endless sales pitches and competition entries from lots of very similar exhibitors – we would like you to sample the fine champagne and canapés, and see Denton Hall dressed to its full potential created by the very best suppliers in the area.

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We propose that each supplier offers each bride some of their expertise, time and a sample of what they could add to your very special day by providing a consultation area and an appointment system where you can book appointments with each suppler if you wish. No rush, no pressure, just lots of fun!

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Sounds good to me!  The event runs from 11am – 4pm this Sunday.  Book now for your individual appointments at info@boxtree-events.co.uk

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And that’s not all!  Harewood House are also hosting their open weekend from 11am – 4pm this Sunday, 11th March. 

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With some of Yorkshire’s favourite exhibitors in attendance including: Grace & Tailor – Event stylists;

Linda Abrahams – Wedding Stationery; Ambience – Room dressing; Leafy Couture – Florist; Olivia Brabbs – Photography; Bettys Harrogate – Wedding Cakes; Elysium – Entertainment; Strelitzia – String Quartet

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To register your interest to this invite only event please contact Harewood’s wedding coordinator, Emma Jones on 0113 218 1036 for more information.

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North West ladies… why, the UK Wedding Shows are in town!  You have a whole weekend of fun to look forward to on both Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March at Manchester Event City.  Tickets are £7 in advance and £8 on the door – and you can book in advance and find out more by clicking here.

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There is also one very special date for your diaries coming up NW girls!  Do you have it pencilled in?

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Wedding Carnival

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Brides Up North is thrilled to have been invited to be a sponsor for this very special and different event, hosted by All Wrapped Up Events on Saturday 23rd March 2012.

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I can’t wait to see you there, but in the meantime, click here to see a very special wedding inspiration shoot in honour of the big day!  Roll Up!  Roll Up!  The Wedding Carnival is coming to town…

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It’s going to be a busy one!

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THIS THURSDAY! Battle Of The Wedding Bands!

March 7th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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So, just as I’m getting over the excitement of the weekend, it’s time to dust off my high heels once again!

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Just a little reminder that I’ll be sipping discounted cocktails and bopping along to some amazing tunes at  As You Like It Jesmond THIS THURSDAY night, as AMV Live Music host their Battle Of The Wedding Bands evening. 

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Come along to hear some of the North East’s best musicians have a little jam session, try your wedding music before you buy and raise a glass with me.  The evening starts at 7pm, and is FREE ENTRY, but As You Like It are offering 241 meals from 5pm, so why not pop in straight from work and make a fun evening of it.

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I’ve heard some of these acts live, and trust me, you are going to love them! 

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To beat the crowds and book a place on the guest list call As You Like It on  0191 372 9731!

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Are You On The List? Battle Of The Wedding Bands!

February 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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There is JUST SO MUCH fun stuff going on at Brides Up North HQ at the moment, and I am currently striving to help make the whole process of planning your wedding Up North as brilliant as it can possibly be!

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The next Brides Up North event to add to your diaries is this rocking Battle of The Wedding Bands evening that I am hosting at uber cool Newcastle Upon Tyne venue, As You like It with Brides Up North Featured Supplier AMV Live Music!  I’ve been bursting to announce this one!

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This is a brand new concept that should help to make choosing your wedding live band all the more fun – leaving you confident in their abilities too – and we want the evening, with 2-4-1 meals and discounted cocktails, to be a proper knees up too!  So we are giving the first 100 people through the door a free glass of bubbly too…

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FREE ENTRY, Thursday 8th March 2012, As You Like It, Jesmond, 7pm – 11pm. 

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To book a place on our guest list call As You Like It on 0191 281 2277.

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I can’t wait!  Mine’s a Caipirinha please.

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Diary Of A Last Minute Bride!

February 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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At the start of this year, I explained that in 2012 we’ll be following some real life brides all the way from rock to frock. Today, let’s meet the first of our fabulous girls, Donna from Newcastle Upon Tyne, who is going to share her journey up the aisle – in just 20 weeks!  And we’ll be with her every step of the way of the whirlwind process!

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Hello Brides Up North!  I’m Donna, and I can’t wait to share my wedding planning mission with you! I always imagined I’d be a last-minute bride as I don’t like to plan things super far in advance and I think it would freak me out if I had too much time on my hands to make those all-important decisions about flowers, the dress, caterers, who to invite, the venue, photographers, oh my gosh the list is endless!

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So, that’s partly why me and my fiancé Chris have decided to give ourselves just 20 weeks (I know!) to plan our wedding.

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I’ll be writing a series of blog posts to chart my progress, to help any other brides out there doing the same thing, and to provide some entertainment for the rest of you as I get progressively more and more stressed out!

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I’m also the full-time wedding coordinator and marketing manager for the Apartment Group, which own As You Like It, Florita’s bar, Mr Lynch and Baby Lynch in Newcastle, and we’ve just opened Liberty Brown bar and restaurant in Sunderland. Plus we’re launching Newton Hall in Northumberland, which is opening this April after a multi-million pound refurbishment, so I’m manic planning lots of other people’s weddings, but not yet my own!

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However it does at least mean that I’ve already got the venue sorted as I too want to wed at Newton Hall, and I do have a good contact book for florists, photographers and the like so there are some advantages to being a wedding planner!

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But before we jump straight in, so you can get to know me a bit better, I’ll tell you a bit about me and the fiancé, Chris.

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My best pal Lauren was sick of me moaning about going on dodgy dates, so she decided to send me on a blind date with a colleague and friend of hers, little did I know that this ‘blind date’ would end up being my future husband!

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We hit it off straight away, Chris is amazing, we moved in together within six months, and a month later on our first holiday together in Mexico, I found out I was pregnant! It was a total shock – and we were just two days into an all-inclusive holiday, so I was gutted to miss out on making the most of the bar!

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Despite the initial shock, we soon got used to the idea of becoming a Mum and Dad, and on Christmas day when I was 7 months pregnant, Chris popped the question. He hung the ring box on a bauble on the Christmas tree and waited for me to spot it while we were opening our presents. He’d even asked my dad’s permission, so my folks were in on it too – I’m amazed my mum had managed not to blurt it out beforehand!

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In February 2010 we had our beautiful little girl Layla Hope, who took up pretty much all of our time for the first 18 months of her being around so planning a wedding was the last thing on our minds.

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As I’ve worked for As You Like It in Jesmond for the last few years, I’d always wanted to get married there, having overseen a number of fab weddings there. But working on Newton Hall, and overseeing the huge refurbishment of the listed Georgian manor house, it started tempting me to consider it for our own wedding. One of my pals Julie, who’s also our interior designer, got married there in October (in the bits of the Hall that were already completed!) and Chris and I knew that was where we wanted to tie the knot too.

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Julie’s wedding was just amazing – they had loads of gorgeous pictures on the big sandy stretch of beach at the bottom of estate, even though it was in October! And the hall itself was magical, so we fell in love with it. Plus we all had a three-day party staying over in the hotel rooms, which was so much fun!

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So far, all I’ve booked is the venue and the date – we’re on for May 26th, and I’ve decided on my 11 bridesmaids (yes I know crazy) – including Lauren, our best pal who got us together and is now the godmother to Layla, and our friends Scott & Korinne of Scott Spock Photography are going to be our photographers on the day, who are totally amazing and I would recommend them to anyone.

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I’m hooked on having an old Hollywood Glamour theme to the wedding, so I’ll be looking into that for one of my blog posts, and next week I’m making the all-important decision of choosing my wedding dress.

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Stay tuned!

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Love, Donna x

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