October 19th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
Day to day we’re used to dishing out questions; to our wonderful featured brides, talented local suppliers and top dress designers, so that we can bring you all the latest bridal news and inspiration. It’s not that often that the tables are turned and we find ourselves in the spotlight. However, we keep being asked for gossip and insight into what goes on behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ. Who are we to argue?
And so, in order to give a glimpse as to what we get up to during both work and non-work hours (not that we have too many of the latter!) we’re introducing a new series of ‘behind the blog’ features to our pretty pages.
Here we’ll give you all the latest Brides Up North developments, as well an update on our home and social lives, plus a look at what we have planned in the coming months.
I’m kicking things off this month, with a personal post from Julia to follow in November. So readers, welcome to my world…
September and October are crazy busy months for Brides Up North as we take to the road to stage our Luxury Wedding Fairs at some of the finest and coolest venues in the top half of the country. This is a fabulous opportunity for us to leave our white-walled office and meet/catch up with skilful suppliers in the industry while meeting you lovely brides-to-be first hand. We love to see the fabulous displays that our exhibitors put on to inspire our visitors whilst hearing what couples have planned for their big day. So far it’s been an epic season, that’s seen our events taking place in rustic barns, urban warehouses, elegant hotels and fine stately homes, offering something for all. And there’s still five events lined-up in the Autumn calendar – check them out here!
Elsewhere we have been fortunate to be invited to some spectacular industry events, including The Bridal Buyer Awards in Harrogate (for which we act as a judge), the Northern Blog Awards in Manchester (where we won the title of ‘Best Wedding Blog’, no less!) and a fabulous ‘Tickle Your Tastebuds’ event with hospitality specialists Dine.
Held at their beautiful headquarters and gorgeous wedding venue The Mansion, in Leeds, (where we just so happen to be hosting one of our Luxury Wedding fairs this Sunday), Dine treated us to a delicious three-course meal with accompanying wines, which culminated in a sorbet taste test (turns out our senses aren’t quite as in tune as we thought!) The stunning presentation matched the amazing flavours and we can highly recommend these guys to deliver incredible food and service for your big day. The images accompanying this post by Olivia Brabbs Photography will show you a little of what we got up to.
Even further north, we travelled up to Matfen Hall in Northumberland, to hear all about the refurbishment plans that the team there have in store to take this already fairy-tale venue to the next level. Prepare for full details coming up on the blog soon and we will be unveiling the transformation with a Luxury Wedding Fair at Matfen on Sunday 4th March 2018!
After weddings, this is one of the main topics discussed at Brides Up North HQ at the moment, as both Julia and I have both recently purchased new properties. For me it was a move across Sheffield, taking us from an apartment to a house (that’s right, I now have stairs and outdoor space!) I’ve found this means becoming excited about things I would have previously considered quite mundane (light switches and radiators mostly), plus my ‘home’ pinning is off the Pinterest scale!
It’s a project in that it requires cosmetic attention throughout, as well as a new kitchen, but we (my boyfriend and I) are learning to take things one step at a time and enjoy the planning and process too. So far, we’ve transformed a tired once-cream living room into a deep-blue sanctuary – the walls took three coats, four in some areas, and I know we will curse our choice of deep-hue when trends change and muted tones are back in, but for now we will enjoy our ‘Blue Fringe’ selection.
The bathroom is underway now, and again we’ve shunned light tones in favour of something with depth, unable to resist Pantone’s colour of the year, which literally pours from every interior magazine and plumed for a dark green tone and botanical theme. Further updates to follow.
October 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime
Three years on… now we are three!
If you’re of a beady eyed nature, you may have noticed that we were lacking a blog post this morning. Hey, every wedding blogger needs a break sometimes – and I have the most valid of excuses: the hot tub was calling my name.
Yesterday my (now long suffering) husband Alan and I celebrated three amazing years of marriage. Where’s the time gone? Three years: a busy blog, new business, a new house, a new baby… and lots of fun (and yes, the odd argument!) in between. Taking stock this morning I really do appreciate how lucky I am to have built such a happy little family unit: a warm, loving environment that allows us both to be fully and comfortably ourselves, totally honest with and completely supportive of the other. I am thrilled that we have got this far and can’t wait to share plenty of wonderful years ahead, both as a couple and with our children too. A wedding is one fabulous moment in time, but a marriage is what it’s all about.
You can quote me on that.
The art of the selfie. Still working on that.
With the grandparents installed at home and a license to chill, we headed off to the gorgeous Feversham Arms in Helmsley, North Yorkshire for a day of pampering (I am pounded to a pulp after a luxurious full body massage), prosecco and fine dining. A midweek stay meant an easy upgrade to one of the hotel’s glorious suites – not one but two bathrooms and a sitting room with a log fire, thank you very much – and a hot tub just for two. Back at home, I’m feeling refreshed, ready to get on with our busy Autumn schedule (including one hell of a Halloween party for #weddinghourlive next week – are you on our guest list?) and very, very lucky indeed.
Whilst I count my blessings, what better time for a peek behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ? Both personally and professionally, it’s definitely been our busiest year yet!
Schmoozing with Mark Francis of Made In Chelsea at The Ritz
A Bridal Bonanza at Hardwick Hall Hotel, September 2013
The Expert Opinions in Belle Bridal Magazine
Beautiful blooms by Flowers By Anderson at our Nostell Priory Luxury Wedding Exhibition
A sneaky getaway…
And sneaky cocktails…
He’ll wear anything I tell him to!
A royal baby is born. Annabella takes note.
Celebrating a brilliant first year in business with my great mates at Love Bridal Boutique, Cheshire
Talking dream careers in Fabulous Magazine
A fleet of fabulous at our Ramside Hall Grand Wedding Exhibition, September 2013
Ellie needed a good night’s sleep after our record attendance Ramside Hall show with over 1,500 visitors!
…and Leafy Couture do Brides Up North Pink at the same show!
Our Great Gatsby catwalks went down a storm in the North East. Hello chandelier headdress!
Hens on tour. With my girls in Barcelona.
Getting snap happy in the brand new Unveiled Magazine
One for my personal portfolio
Getting down to details in Wedding Magazine
Bringing home the bacon with a Wedding Blog Award for “Best Big Day Inspiration”
I can’t wait to see what’s in store till we ring in 2014.
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