Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

the perfect planning pressie: say hello to hook box

July 6th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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When it comes to a wedding you may think that all the gifts come after the big day, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Thanks to a clever new concept put together by wedding supplier duo Lisa Steane, a Brides Up North Sponsor and owner of The Bobby Pin, and Katherine Cocksedge, owner of The Bridal Market, you lucky brides-to-be can treat yourself to a helpful planning pressie every month in the run up to your wedding.

Through Hook Box, brides-to-be will receive a pretty package containing priceless information, fabulous inspiration and wonderful treats, all relevant to current wedding trends. From planning tools and glossy magazines to beauty treats and stationery, it’s bursting with show-stopping ideas from a range of handpicked wedding suppliers. Brides can pick to subscribe, or alternatively there are one-off boxes for brides-to-be, bridesmaids and festival hens (the latter of which is apparently glitter-tastic!) Interested? Then read on as the lovely Lisa lifts the Hook Box lid…

Can you give us a brief overview of Hook Box?

lisa says: Hook Box is owned by myself, Lisa Steane, and Katherine Cocksedge, who owns The Bridal Market. We became partners in October last year and really saw a massive hole in the market for brides to acquire great gift boxes to help with wedding planning as well as introducing brides-to-be to amazing independent wedding suppliers available in the UK. Our subscription box aims to give brides the choice of what is out there in the wedding supplier world.  We give them helpful hints and tips on how to plan their wedding and also add in a few gifts and wedding ideas for them to keep.

Can you tell us what types of items brides can expect to find in their Hook Box?

The great thing about our boxes is that we have some amazing suppliers on board that will be introducing their products in our boxes.  The products range from beauty, stationery, favours and decorations – the list is endless as we put products in our boxes that are trend relevant and are amazing quality. Our box also includes the latest edition of Wedding Ideas Magazine, which is a great addition.

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How far in advance of the wedding would you advise brides to subscribe to Hook Box and what different subscriptions are available?

We would say in order to get the full enjoyment of our box, a 12-month subscription would give you the best overall value, but the subscription can be picked up at any time as it offers so much information and different ideas that it could help a bride that is already halfway through her planning. We offer a monthly rolling subscription and then a three, six and 12-month subscription offer that gives discounts for signing up for longer periods.

What brands are you currently working with at Hook Box and what kind of style does a brand have to have in order for you to work with them?

We are currently working with fantastic wedding suppliers like Team Hen, Treat Kitchen, Mix & Twist Cocktails, Ginger Ray, Wedstock Stationery. We are open to working with more independent wedding suppliers as long as we feel it is the right fit for Hook Box.  The Hook Box brand is all about unique products that will offer fantastic ideas to our brides.  We love new products that haven’t been around long because we are all about offering brides things they haven’t seen before in the market.

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You also do one-off Bride-To-Be and Bridesmaid Hook Boxes, can you tell us a little about them?

Yes, we offer one off Bride-To-Be, Bridesmaid, Hen and also a summer Festival box for the girls who love glitter. These are similar to the Bride-To-Be box in terms of they are full of amazing gift products and wedding ideas. The one-off gift boxes are great to give to your bridesmaids to either pop the question or to say thank you, and our Hen box is great to give to your bride-to-be on her hen night. All the products have been handpicked for the type of box it is and has no tacky plastic products in sight!

How have Hook Boxes been received by brides so far?

We have had so much love for our boxes. I think the brides are totally amazed on how many products you get inside our box for the £25 subscription. It is great value for money but it is also full of great planning help that is so valuable when you are starting out with your wedding planning journey.  It can be daunting when you first start and we wanted to take the stress out of it.

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blissed out bride: hoar cross hall

May 4th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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The month of May is one of our very favourites here at Brides Up North HQ, not only as it tends to signal the start of warmer weather, but it’s also when our incredible festival wedding fairs take place across the north of the country. These super cool events are like no other as we create outdoor wedding wonderlands with huge sailcloth tents, tipis and yurts filled with wildly creative wedding suppliers, plus street food vendors, pop-up bars, live bands and so much more. The tour starts this Sunday 7th May with our glorious WEDSTOCK’17 at Stockeld Park, Yorkshire, and from there we will be heading to Ormesby Hall in Middlesbrough on Sunday 14th May, and Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire on Sunday 21st May, to give all you brides-to-be a piece of the fabulous festival action.

Another reason we favour May is for its bank holidays (who doesn’t love a bonus day off?!) and so with such a busy time on the horizon, we were sure to make the first long weekend of the month a relaxing one by heading off for an overnight spa break at the stunning Hoar Cross Hall.

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Such getaways not only enable us to signpost you in the direction of the very best retreats for pre/post wedding pampering and luxurious hen do locations, but it also gives us chance to discuss exciting ideas for the blog, and boy do we have amazing plans in the pipeline! But more about that to follow soon, for now let us fill you in on our heavenly stay at this Grade II stately home where total relaxation comes as standard!

Situated in breath-takingly beautiful Staffordshire countryside, the chilled-out vibes start on your approach to the Hall and only deepen once over its threshold. Its impressive entrance and bar lounge area combine period style and modern luxury perfectly and make for a very warm welcome. Arriving early evening and keen to start the pampering from the off, we began with a glass of bubbles in the bar before heading to our room to freshen up before dinner.

Each of Hoar Cross Hall’s 96 bedrooms are individually designed in keeping with the stately surrounds and offer comfort and class, which resulted in a very restful night’s sleep for the two of us in our adjoining rooms.

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Dinner was served in the Hall’s grand restaurant with calming views over the perfectly manicured gardens. Having selected a bottle of rose (well, it is getting on for summer!) we scanned over the varied choice of dishes and made our selection. We enjoyed starters of salmon two ways and chicken liver parfait before going onto mains of roast chicken and spinach and ricotta cannelloni. Something light to finish we thought, and so opted for the fruit platter and ice cream. The food at Hoar Cross is presented beautifully and tastes as good as it looks, while staff are attentive in making sure everything is to your liking.

With relaxation top of the agenda, we decided on an early night and early start to make the most of the Hall’s fabulous spa facilities.

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Following an ample breakfast of granola followed by poached eggs, we took the elevator down to the lower ground where the hugely spacious spa is concealed, much like a well kept secret. And what a gem it is, with numerous tranquil pools and soothing water therapies to explore and experience.

Fellow spa visitors included groups of ladies as well as couples, making a Hoar Cross Hall getaway a perfect option for an indulgent hen do with the girls, some pre-wedding pampering with family or friends, plus a relaxing minimoon retreat to recharge the batteries ahead of jetting off on the main honeymoon.

There are various day and overnight packages to choose from, with meals included, and the option of treatments for head-to-toe relaxation.

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The spa boasts two beautiful pools; a saltwater vitality pool, complete with jet massage pools, two luxury whirlpools and a starlit cave, plus a hydrotherapy pool with gentle currents and body massage jets.

There are also a number of heat, ice and massage experiences to detox and revitalise the body by stimulating different senses. These include sensory showers and aqua massage therapies as well as an aspen wood sauna, aroma room and ice temple.

And as if that’s not enough, there are lots of beautifully snug spaces to relax both poolside and within designated relaxation lounges, whether you choose to curl up with a good book or get a little extra shut-eye.

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Kick Ass Confidence Tricks For Brides To Be

August 12th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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After all those bikini shots on the blog yesterday (speaking of which, have you entered the wedding blog giveaway to win a £50 voucher to spend in the Simply Beach online shop?) I thought it was time for a bridal confidence boost.  With a little assistance from bridal blog Featured Supplier Helen of Masque Photography, here are my top tips for wedding day confidence, whether your fears are image related or otherwise. 

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1  Pamper yourself on the run up to the wedding.  It’s ok to get a little bit selfish about your “me time” right now.  Get lots of sleep, eat your greens and get moving in the fresh air.  A healthy glow cannot be faked.  It’s all about feeling good on the inside. 

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2.  Treat yourself to a perfect manicure and professional hair and makeup on your big day.  This is your moment.  Indulge!  If you are treated like a superstar, chances are that you will start to feel the part too. 

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3.  Invest in some super sexy well-fitting bridal lingerie. Delightful packaging (like the beautiful range from wedding blog Featured Supplier Love By Susie or bridal designer Jenny Packham) in slinky fabrics always makes you feel good.

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4. Give yourself the Gok Wan treatment and experiment by doing something empowering. Pole dancing, burlesque lessons or a hen party or boudoir photo-shoot.  Visit Helen’s website to find out more about her packages. 

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5.  Quit obsessing over bad holiday photographs (who really looks great squinting into the sun on a lounger?) and pin your most flattering photograph on your dressing table mirror.  You could even go the whole hog and put together an ‘I look hot’ photo album that you can flick through at any time to remind you how beautiful you really are.

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6.  Shop around for your wedding dress.  Seek inspiration from magazines and wedding blogs about the styles that you like, then go in and have a massive try on.  Don’t discount any particular style without trying it first.  Remember that the bridal boutique assistants are knowledgeable professionals.  Take their advice.  Very often, that will be the dress that suits you best.

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7.  Share your fears.  Talk to your close girlfriends about how you are feeling and they will soon put your mind at rest.  Everyone has their own hang ups.  Hearing how ridiculous other people’s sound might just make you feel the same about your own. 

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8.  Remember that your guests are there for you.  They want you to be smiley and happy, not nervous or filled with dread.  The whole room is rooting for you.  Ride it.

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9. Truly embrace the knowledge that he loves you just the way you are.

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10.  Listen to someone who has been there before.  Real Bride Up North Fiona from Skipton, North Yorkshire says "In the lead up to my wedding day I felt increasingly anxious about the big day. Not just all the little things that could go wrong but the fact that everyone would be looking at me as I walked down the aisle. I have always been quite a shy person so dealing with 100 pairs of eyes staring at me was not something that I relished. However, once I had spent hours getting ready, getting my hair and make up done and I was wearing my beautiful dress, I felt like a different person. When I walked into the church and saw my husband-to-be turn and look at me and smile, I forgot everyone else around us and just glided towards him. It really was the happiest day of my life."

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Go get him girls!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2011 in order of appearance: Assassynation, Karen McGowran Photography, Sean Elliott Photography, Love By Susie, Masque Photography, McAvoy Weddings (3), Tierney Photography, Damian Hall Photography

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Brides Up North Bride to Be: Laura

January 28th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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You all loved Rachel’s Bride to Be profile so much last Friday night that today I have another bride up North to introduce you to.  Meet the lovely Laura, recently a Flo & Percy giveaway winner on this very blog!

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When did you and your husband to be meet? Tell Brides Up North your story…

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I met Tom at Hull University in 2003. We were on a four year American Studies course and I remember him walking in late for our first lecture and I thought to myself ‘he’s cute!’ So a few days later I spotted him on campus on his own looking a little bit lost so I took the opportunity to go and introduce myself. I asked him if he wanted to join me and my friend who I was due to meet for a drink and the rest is history! Tom is from Wakefield so being from Hull myself, within those first few weeks at university we seemed to hit it off as friends straight away and I introduced him to the city, my family and friends to try to make him feel like he had a home away from home.

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When did you know it was love?

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Being typical students, at University Tom and I were a bad influence on each when it came to skiving off lectures, choosing to spend time with each other instead. It was on one afternoon (when we should have been elsewhere) that we found ourselves in a pub having lunch. We somehow worked out that there was an old family connection but it wasn’t until later in the day when I spoke to my mum that we found out for sure. Tom’s dad Arthur was a professional rugby player for Hull FC back in the 60s when my grandad Wilf was also involved in the rugby world as Hull Kingston Rovers’ chairman. My grandad was also the tour manager of the 1966 Great Britain Rugby League tour in Australia in which Arthur played as part of the team. Small world! It turned out that a lot of my late grandma’s rugby memorabilia and photos were not only of my granddad but also of Arthur as he was the star player. My mum could also remember being introduced to Arthur at matches when she was a little girl. Our families, Tom and I were all amazed and quite touched by this family connection and it seemed to bring us closer together as friends, some would say inseparable.

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In 2005-6, our 3rd year of University, we spent the year abroad in the U.S. I chose to go to a University in New York State, Tom chose to go a University in Seattle – probably the furthest away from each other as possible. I knew the year was going to hard. I did however get chance to pop across to Seattle at every chance possible. I say ‘pop across’, travelling from New York to Seattle is around the same distance as travelling from the UK to New York! Tom also came over to New York at Christmas and New Year 2005 and we spent it together in NYC, watching the fireworks in Central Park on New Years Eve. It was then that I thought, I could get used to this!

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After a very long Ross Gellar and Rachel Green ‘will they, won’t they’ friendship which led to lots of speculation from our friends it was finally in 2008 that we spoke about where our friendship was going and we decided to put an official title on our relationship. We were finally a couple and it was a very happy day!

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How did he propose?  Tell Brides Up North about it…

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Tom and I share a love for music, mud and mayhem so in July 2009 we attended the very chilled out Latitude Festival down in Suffolk. It was there that we spotted a sign by the Greenpeace tent for a ‘Mass Wedding.’ Being impulsive and hoping it was a real ceremony we signed up – who else could say that they were married at a music festival in the pouring rain and wellies?! However, it turned out to be a non-legal Pagan hand tie-ing ceremony which we took part in anyway to show their love of each other, together with around fifty other hippies. We decided that this could be a temporary engagement until Tom could rustle up the money for a diamond!

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Not long after, on 9th August 2009 on a lovely sunny day we decided to take a Sunday trip to Whitby where, whilst taking a romantic stroll around the Abbey Tom found a secluded bench where he took one knee and proposed, much to my delight! Tom knew that Sunday trips to Whitby had always been a family tradition of ours, my dad being en ex-seaman who loves anything maritime so proposing at Whitby Abbey was very special to me. We celebrated our engagement with a visit to Trenchers for fish and chips and tea for two, just perfect!

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Do you have a wedding date?

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We always knew that we wanted a winter wedding as winter and everything that comes with it – the weather (yes, the weather!), the wrapping up cosy and warm and the food, is our favourite time of the year. The number 1 is my lucky number so November seemed the best month and it just so happened that the first weekend in November is bonfire night so it just seemed ideal. We decided on Saturday 5th November 2011 as our big day.

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Do you have a venue yet?  If so, which and why did you choose it? 

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Our wedding is going to take place at Danby Castle (a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, none the less!) in North Yorkshire. From the start of the venue hunt we both knew that we wanted somewhere quirky and original. My mum found Danby Castle on the internet and straight away I knew it was perfect. I told Tom about it and he seemed as excited about it as I was so that weekend we took a trip up to the North Yorkshire Moors for a viewing and we fell in love with the place. It was beautiful and just what we were looking for. Carolyn seemed lovely with brilliant ideas and was just the sort of person we wanted to help with our special day. We were sold on the very first (and last) venue that we’d seen. There was no reason to look at anywhere else as Danby Castle is everything we’d dreamed of and more!

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Click here to see Brides Up North’s Dream Venue blog post about Danby Castle

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Have you found your dress yet?  If not, what sort of style do you fancy?

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I thought I had found my dream dress until I discovered the House of Mooshki team. I entered their competition to win a dream dress and became one of their top 100 runners up. I found their sketch of my dream dress in my inbox and immediately knew that I wanted a Mooshki dress for our wedding day. The original dress that I had picked went out of the window as the idea of having something bespoke, unique and just for me is so exciting! I had a consultation last week with the gorgeous Vikki and took along all my ideas for my dream dress, including a photo of the beautiful Flo and Percy Clarice headpiece that I won courtesy of Brides Up North. Together we came up with the final idea for my dress – something very vintage inspired that will not only flatter me but also match the feel of our venue beautifully and of course compliment my stunning headpiece! I cannot wait to see the final sketches!

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Any other suppliers booked?

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We have our photographer, flowers, cake and car all booked. Being a bit non conventional we have gone for a funky 1965 VW split screen camper van as our wedding car courtesy of Love Dub cars based in County Durham.

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For our flowers we have decided to go with a local florist who produces some fantastic work. We would like something more rustic/ vintage and we have come up with some brilliant ideas together with our florist so looking forward to our next meeting to finalise everything.

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Our photographer, Nick White is an old friend of my two brothers who Tom and I met on boxing day last year at a mutual family friend’s house. He’s a very friendly guy and came over to speak to Tom and I and introduced himself and his name rang a bell. I knew he was an old friend of my brother’s. I told him I was Lee and Paul’s little sister and he was so happy to hear it and to hear how my brothers were getting on. He mentioned that he is now a professional photographer so that night we looked him up on the internet and from his style of photography and his friendliness earlier in the day we knew we wanted him to be at our wedding shooting our big day.

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Our cake is being supplied by another local lady, Jill Fisher, who we discovered at a local wedding fair and have since met with to pick our design. Looking through her books her noticed a stunning traditional stacked cake. Jill later told us that the cake we loved so much is called ‘Laura’s Cascade,’ so it we had to have it, it just seemed right.

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Will you have a hen do?  If so where?  What would be your ideal way to spend it?

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Originally as soon as the words ‘hen do’ were mentioned to my best friend and bridesmaid Amy she was set on a trip to Las Vegas!  As ideal as it sounded it was not realistic so we had to come up with an alternative. I made it clear to Amy that I wanted something very chilled out and special. The idea of a night on the town with a flashing L plate is just not for me. So we thought about a spa weekend somewhere so the search began. Then the idea of Centre Parcs popped into my head. It’s somewhere that everyone loves and everybody can do as little or as much as they want to do so we have booked an exclusive lodge for 8 of my close friends and family with our own sauna and hot tub. I can just see everyone now sitting in the hot tub at midnight with a glass of wine! I cannot wait.

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What are your "must-haves" for your wedding day?

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My main must have is my mum!! She will be my saviour on the day with no doubt everything a nervous bride needs to get through those wedding morning jitters. My other must haves are good make up and some comfy shoes! As much as I’d love to wear some beautiful sky scraper heels I’m going for all things comfort on my wedding day and that includes my shoes. That’s not to say they won’t be very special comfy shoes!

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Anything else I should know about your plans?

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On our wedding night we are staying in the fabulous Gisborough Hall Hotel in Gisborough, not far from Danby Castle. We wanted somewhere quite oldy-worldy to spend our first night as Mr and Mrs Keegan and this fit the bill perfectly. We have a gorgeous four poster room over looking the grounds. When I went for my wedding dress consultation last weekend in Sunderland my parents and I popped into Gisborough Hall on the way home for a drink and I discovered that my mobile didn’t have any signal. This is perfect for the morning after our wedding, there’ll be no phone calls from anyone asking us to come and help clean up the wedding venue!

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Where are you going on your honeymoon?  Why?  If you haven’t got anything booked, where would you like to go?

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For our honeymoon we knew straight away that we wanted to go to New York. It is somewhere that I have been many times but it is one of my favourite cities, the hustle and bustle is so me! Tom has been once when he came to visit me at University and he was dying to go back so it just seemed right. We do have, however, a special twist on our trip. On November 10th we are sailing from Southampton to NYC on the Queen Mary II. The transatlantic crossing will take a week then we are staying in NYC downtown at the swanky The Hotel on Rivington for 5 nights. Then getting a train to Boston for 2 nights at and staying at the lovely Nine Zero hotel on Boston Common then it’s home time and back to the real world with our two cats and puppy!

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Laura and Tom

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What is your biggest wish for married life?

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It sounds like a cliché and every bride’s dream but my biggest wish for married life is for health and happiness in our future together and to raise a family. We both cannot wait to be married as it is the finishing touch to our relationship – we have the beautiful home and the pets, we just now need the marriage and we will be content.

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Brides to Be!  Fancy sharing your plans on the Brides Up North blog?  Contact me today!

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Brides Up North Bride to Be: Rachel

January 21st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I thought it might be fun to meet some of you, well, Brides Up North, and see what you have planned for your big day.  First up, Rachel, a lass from Leeds, Brides Up North’s first Bride to Be!

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Rachel, from Leeds

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Rachel says that she likes reading Brides Up North because “I love looking at other peoples 
weddings – as a little girl I used to stand around outside churches whenever there was a wedding to see what the bride was wearing!. And I like that Brides Up North is regionalised so that if I see something I like I know that I can get hold of the supplier and meet with them.”

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Wise words indeed, even if she is a bit nosy! Let’s meet the lady herself…

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When did you and your husband to be meet? Tell Brides Up North your story…

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"Darren and I met at university in Lincoln. He was in the year above me and we had mutual friends. I was always told you would never meet the man you were going to marry in a nightclub but that was where me met for the very first time! I mentioned to a friend that I thought he was really cute, a while later we exchanged numbers and that was it. We saw each other in the library a few times and we both did some kind of weird hiding behind the bookshelf, choosing a computer furthest away from each other for a while. I didn’t think anything of it – just another university crush (you know the type!) – but then we started to spend a lot of time together and it just fell together during my un-official birthday night out dressed as army recruits!”

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When did you know it was love?

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”We’d already had my unofficial birthday night out at university because I’m a summer baby so everyone was always on holiday on my actual birthday, but for my real birthday that year we went to Paris. I’ve always had a bit of a love affair with the place, despite never actually going. Anyway it was during our weekend here that I realised how special he was to me and we had just the best time. So many in-jokes and so many special places – one moment that really stands out is when we were playing around doing ‘Hollywood kisses’ (you know when a guy takes his girl in his arms and leans into kiss her and her foot pops a bit at the bottom… like this). Anyway, that was the moment!”

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Rachel and Darren at university

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How did Darren propose?  Tell Brides Up North about it…

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”We’d been together 4 1/2 years by this point and I think the ‘when are you getting married’ question was starting to drive us crazy. In December we booked a last minute holiday to Egypt for some winter sunshine. It was Darren’s birthday week and we just fancied doing something a bit different. The day of the proposal we’d arranged to go camel riding in the desert and do this star gazing trip where they show you all the constellations and planets etc. Little did I know that during this whole trip Darren was carrying around the engagement ring in a sock in his bag, panicking that he was going to lose it in the desert. I always wanted my proposal to be special between us and didn’t want a big audience. I didn’t want the big show of affection and everyone clapping and cheering – we’re just not that kind of couple! There was loads of people around all day on this trip so it didn’t happen. When we got back to the hotel we had dinner and then went for a drink in my favourite bar on the resort – it has a gorgeous balcony that overlooks the whole of our hotel complex and is beautiful. So I went to get drinks and came back to this silver box sat on the table. I was shaking and my first words were ‘what the hell is that?’ – romantic huh?! I’m not going to go into huge detail because, like I said, I like to keep that bit special and personal to us. I have never been more stunned in my life and I was shaking for the rest of evening – good shakes though!”

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Rachel and Darren just after he proposed in Egypt

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Do you have a wedding date?

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”We’re visiting wedding venues this very weekend actually! It’s looking like early July 2012. I’ve wanted to get married in 2012 for as long as I’ve known how old I’d be then so everything seems to be fitting in nicely with my life plan!”

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Do you have a venue yet? 

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“We have a front-runner and a few back-ups. I’ve not actually seen my number one choice finished yet because last time I was there it was still being done up, but I’ve fallen in love with it already. When I saw the pictures I was so in love with it I think I actually held my breath for a little while – and that’s the kind of reaction you want I guess. Hopefully we’ll feel the same when we see it!”

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Have you found your wedding dress yet?  If not, what sort of style do you fancy?

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”I’ve not been dress shopping yet as I’m hoping to lose a couple of pounds before I go and corset myself into one of those babies! I always thought I wanted a strapless dress but since I’ve been doing a bit of research I’m really liking the dresses with lace straps – that don’t really hold the dress up but seem to be there just for decoration. I love lace, I think it adds a classic touch to a dress that can’t be achieved any other way. So I’m keeping my options open!”

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Any other suppliers booked?

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Not as such. One of my friends is also a professional photographer and we have asked him if he’ll take the photos of our wedding. Neither of us are that great at having pictures taken so I think having someone we know do it would make us feel more comfortable. Plus, he knows what I like!! And he takes a good photo!

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Will you have a hen do?  If so where?  What would be your ideal way to spend it?

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”My sister is already onto that one – even though the date isn’t set! I’ve given her a list of ‘absolutely no-ways’ that she must follow but other than that I’m not really that concerned. I’m going to leave it up to her and my friends (I might regret saying that!). I’d love a spa day though and for everyone to stay together in one place so we can dance, chat and have a massive pyjama party – it sounds like something out of a movie.”

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What are your "must-haves" for your wedding day?

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”Our family and friends, amazing shoes, fairy lights, butterflies and sweets!”

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Where are you going on your honeymoon? 

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“Not sure on the exact location yet, but we don’t want your traditional two weeks sitting on a beach somewhere. Although lovely, I think we’d both get a bit stir crazy. We are thinking about the USA – New York for a couple of days to do the big city. Then onto Florida for Disney World (I love anything Disney) and Universal Studios (Darren is a big film fan) and then spending a week chilling out. Think that would give us a bit of everything!”

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What is your biggest wish for married life?

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”We’ve had a few tough times with my health when I’ve been taken into hospital unexpectedly and Darren has always dealt with that amazingly. Even when we first got together, he was sitting next to my bed until midnight when they threw him out while I waited for an operation. So the ‘in sickness and health’ part of the vows will really mean something to us. I just hope that we can get through married life as healthy and as happy as possible – lots of laughter will do me just fine!”

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A Letter to Santa, from a Bride To Be

December 4th, 2010 | Julia Braime

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I’m a newlywed, and I can’t wait for our first christmas together!  I have visions of romantic snowy walks, snuggling with old movies by an open fire and sharing the last mince pie :-)

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The hubby probably hasn’t thought past this Saturday’s Match of the Day, but if he has, I’m sure all thats been on his mind for Christmas is the X Box360  Connect :-(

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But although I am spoken for, I know what would be on my list for Santa Claus if I were still a Bride To Be…

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Dearest Santy, 

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Been an awful good girl this year… all I want for Christmas is…

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1.  A pair of feather shoes by Emmy

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2.  A crystal hairband courtesy of Glitzy Secrets

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Pearls of Grace Glitzy Secrets

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3. A Smythson Wedding Planner Diary

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Smythson Wedding Planner

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4.  A Champagne Afternoon Tea Hen Party at Jesmond Dene House

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Jesmond Dene House

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5.  A romantic mini-moon at The Feversham Arms, Helmsley

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Feversham Arms

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6.  A hand crafted bouquet from Claire De Lune.

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Claire De Lune Florist

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7.  A cool vintage frock from Fur Coat No Knickers.

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Fur Coat No Knickers

 

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8.  A bridal cut and colour by Hooker and Young.

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Hooker and Young

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9.  A wedding reception at Allerton Castle.

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Allerton Castle

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10.  And for my hubby to be to put down his X Box.

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Merry Christmas… what’s on your list?

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