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Behind The Wedding Blog: The Brides Up North Christmas Party At The Stunning Thorp Perrow!

January 7th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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So. I’m a little confused.  It appears to be January 7th, the Christmas decorations have come down (in fact, due to our home and office move, ours never went up – sob!) and I’m not sure if I can’t quite believe that it’s already January 7th, or can’t quite believe that it’s only January 7th.

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The Brides Up North Christmas Party at Thorp Perrow by Ruth Mitchell Photography

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This Christmas season and (especially) this first week in January has been the busiest time ever here at Brides Up North HQ. And we are loving it!  Visits to the blog are looking seriously healthy (hello to our new readers, welcome!) and numbers over on our lovely Twitter and Facebook pages are swelling.  We look set to pip the 10,000 point soon over on Twitter!  Wow.  Join the party over there too!

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After a busy few weeks behind the scenes we also have some amazing new talents to add to our Featured Supplier Directory over the next few weeks and introduce to you here on these pages too.  Brides Up North would be nothing, nada, without the fabulous regional industry that supports it so wholeheartedly, and I am thrilled to be able to spread the news about these great wedding suppliers right on your door step.  Forget that train ticket to London, spend the cash on sparkly shoes instead!  That’s my kind of budgeting. 

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December was also a very social month for us at Brides Up North.  We hosted our first ever Christmas party at the wonderful Thorp Perrow, which was an unbelievably marvellous occasion – more on that in a minute – and also threw open exhibitor bookings for our brilliant set of luxury wedding exhibitions at hand picked venues across the regions for 2013.  You can read more about our choice of dates and venues – and get involved – by clicking here

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The Brides Up North Christmas Party at Thorp Perrow by Ruth Mitchell Photography

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January will see a little more hibernation from me, as I get ready to welcome our first Brides Up North baby in a couple of months time, and that unfortunately means no jaunts to the capital to see who picks up the prizes in the two awards ceremonies that I was honoured to judge this season – The Wedding Industry Awards (this Wednesday) and The Wedding Ideas Magazine Awards (this Friday).  Aside from the fact that I have no sparkles and sequins to fit – and only sparkles and sequins will do – Champagne is off the menu and I get a little cranky past 9pm these days.  I hope that you all have a wonderful time and I’ll see you next year – when Champagne, sparkles and sequins will be very much back on the agenda! I only judged the Southern categories and those that didn’t include my Featured Suppliers, so I am rooting for my home grown talents to bring home the shiny mantelpiece furniture! Go guys!

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Just because I’m being a little quieter this month, that doesn’t mean that things here on the wedding blog will be!  If anything, I’m overcompensating (I’m like that).  I have an action packed schedule of gorgeous ready for you and am putting the finishing touches to those inspiration packed bridal events that I mentioned earlier.  Take note: this season is going to be good. 

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I also am joined in our new office by our first member of staff (say hello to Kate, I’ll be introducing her properly later on) who’ll be helping with bookings and generally being scarily efficient and organised, so at last I have someone to bounce my (sometimes crazy) ideas off!  If you come across her, as always, give her a kiss from me. Thing’s ain’t slowing down around these parts.  Why would they?  We’re Northern… we like challenges!

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Before we get too excited with all things new though, lets take a moment to look back and recap on the fantastic Brides Up North Christmas Party, with some pretty pictures from friend of the wedding blog, Ruth Mitchell Photography.

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On a cold, foggy night in December, over 150 (!) of the regional wedding industry’s finest (some travelling for up to four hours to be there – you guys are amazing) descended upon the beautiful stately pile that is CWC Events’ latest baby, and brand new Brides Up North luxury wedding venue, Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire.

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Brides to be: if you haven’t booked your venue yet – you HAVE to check this place out.  Contact Clive at CWC Events who not only knows how to prep the perfect “advanced canapé”, but also has extremely good taste in wedding venues and will be more than happy to assist.

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We came, we cocktailed, we quaffed champagne, we feasted on those gorgeous canapés, we posed, we caught up and we partied.  And – I don’t say this lightly – it was truly fabulous (and very Christmassy).

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Massive thanks must go to the superbly talented Joanna at Twisted Willow Floristry, who worked tirelessly to turn the beautiful grand rooms into a floral paradise with her own “twisted” take on Christmas.  Twinkling trees, blood red blooms, flickering candles, piles of juicy apples, pale pink roses entwined around storm lanterns and a rather marvellous twiggy amaryllis Christmas tree festooned the place and created a wonderland.  Just the look we were going for!

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Live carols at the piano along with the dulcet Christmas swing tones of Glen Roughead (he’s seriously good) filled the air, followed up later with classic crackling Christmas and party tunes from Vintage 78 DJs’ decks.  Looking for music for your big day?  Look no further than these two original acts, whether it’s smooth swing or an authentic retro vibe that you are going for.  You can catch both of them at some of our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions this season. 

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Kelly’s Event Boutique lent their event dressing skills to provide some poser tables around which we could, er, pose, and Robineau brought along the tastiest mince pies to compliment CWC Events’ smorgasbord of delights and spicy mulled wine. 

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Steven from Forever Film was there to capture the action as it unfolded – more from him later on – and the girls from Limelight Photobooth Hire brought their roomy booth to capture the sillier moments.  Catch up on those photos by clicking here

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All in all, a cracking night in at Thorp Perrow, and one that I think the wedding industry will remember for a while.  As I fell into bed – absolutely cream crackered – at 2:30am, I felt really proud to know such a bunch of people who know how to party so fabulously.

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Until next time!

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If you would like to see this amazing wedding venue for yourself, and it’s even better in the summer, then make sure to diarise our first ever Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow on Sunday 12th May 2013.  Over 40 of the region’s finest luxury suppliers will be in attendance in our marquee, and the house will be open for viewing too. 

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NORTH YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire– Sunday 12th May 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) - The one everyone is dying to see, this newly-open-to-the-public venue throws open it’s doors with it’s first ever bridal event this Summer. Bring a picnic, you won’t want to leave!

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Goody Bag packed with treats from Brides Up North and sponsors like House of Fraser, Debenhams, Belle Bridal Magazine, Yorkshire Bride as well as HUNDREDS of pounds worth of on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can be an early bird and pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now. What are you waiting for?

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Simply use the contact form below, stating “THORP PERROW” in the subject box and “VIP Bride To Be” in the body section. Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email me direct at julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form.

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EXHIBITOR ENQUIRIES: Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. All ten Brides Up North events in 2012 were sell outs on exhibitor space with a record attendance for every venue. Consequently, we expect demand for these shows to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

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Please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for exhibitor booking and pricing information. 

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  – Images © 2013 Ruth Mitchell Photography & Limelight Photobooth Hire

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Did YOU Step Into The Limelight Photobooth At The Brides Up North Christmas Party!?

December 18th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I can’t believe only a week has gone by since the Brides Up North Christmas Party at the gorgeous Thorp Perrow (which was just a little bit merry and twinkly and amazing, even if I do say so myself)!  The last week seems to have flown by, but also feels like a lifetime ago!  It’s still chaotically busy here at Brides Up North HQ (I think I’m mentally in May 2013 already!) and I’m certainly looking forward to putting my feet up a little bit over Christmas. I hope that you have some nice plans to do the same…

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…especially if you partied in our Limelight Photobooth last Tuesday night.  You may not want to show your face in public again for a while…

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Enjoy!  More photos from the ‘do of the season coming up soon. 

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Plenty more where they came from too.  Bribes will be accepted.

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Merry Christmas, you crazy lot!

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Classic English: A Real Wedding In The North West – Charlotte & Tez

December 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Well, what can I say?  They came, they sparkled, they partied!

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I’ve only really just recovered from the Brides Up North Christmas Party this Tuesday night at the magnificent Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire.  It’s a newly opened private family pile, perfect for an elegant and opulent wedding celebration, and on Tuesday over 150 of the region’s finest wedding industry suppliers and  Brides Up North readers came to enjoy an evening filled with bubbly, live music, fun, laughter and Christmas spirits!

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To enquire about weddings at Thorp Perrow you can contact CWC Malings, who were our outstanding hosts for the evening, keeping us all well fed and well oiled, but we’ll be throwing open her doors once again for a very special Brides Up North luxury wedding exhibition on Sunday 12th May 2013, so make sure the date is in your diary.  If you think this place is spectacular in December, just wait to see it in the May sunshine! (Exhibitor enquiries to julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk please!)

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I also have a few other thank you’s to do (and party pictures, both from our official event photographer Ruth Mitchell Photography and the fabulous Limelight Photobooth girls, will follow soon).  Huge love to the amazing Glen Roughead, who absolutely takes the crown as the North’s new King of Swing and the super cool Vintage78 Dj who kept us entertained all night following our wonderful pianist and her beautiful Christmas carols. To our media team of absolute superstars, Ruth Mitchell Photography, Forever Film and Limelight Photobooth Hire, as always a big thank you.  Last but not least a big shout to the amazing Joanna and her team at Twisted Willow Floristry who gave up their time and worked with me to create beautiful floral displays totally in keeping with the mood of the venue and evening but beyond the reaches of my own imagination. 

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Now, as much as I’d like to hibernate until Boxing Day, the show must go on here on these swirly silver pages, and what better way to resume our usual schedule than with a simple and classic Real Wedding in Chester from beautiful Brides Up North reader Charlotte?  With images by Craig George.   

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Charlotte says:  We got engaged on Christmas Day 2009 at our home town of Plymouth and were married on 22nd September 2012 at St Andrews Church, Tarvin and the reception at Willington Hall, Willington, Chester.  The church and Willington are local to my husband’s family who live in Tarvin. The Church holds some special memories and it is also the resting place of my husband’s Dad.

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We chose to have a classic English wedding with some vintage details and chose a simple colour scheme of ivory and black with some burgundy details. 

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My dress was a classic strapless fish tail gown from the Veromia Bridal Collection.  It was very simple but gave a fantastic shape.  I carried a hand tied bouquet of white lilies with bleached peacock feathers I had purchased on Etsy to make the bouquet look extra special.

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My bridesmaids wore black and ivory A line strapless dresses found online from JJ House and carried bouquets of ivory roses with black ribbon.  

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We travelled in a  Princess Vanden Plas  from Chester Rolls Cars. 

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The whole day was wonderful but just after the ceremony we had further photos taken just the two of us at the Church which was a really nice time to relax and enjoy one another before we hit our reception.

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The table dressing was laid out by my reception but I organised and purchased all the materials myself. I had found some beautiful ivory rose hangers for the doors into the reception hall and rose petals around floating candles for the tables. Each guest received two hand-made flapjacks made by a close friend. We used Rebecca at Elegance Venue Dressing for our chair covers and ties. 

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I love chocolate and so we ordered a chocolate fountain rather than a cake. This went down with everyone and was an extra element to the wedding reception.  In the evening we used a local DJ who was brilliant and played our play list which was great.

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We have a two year old son who was being looked after by my sister in law a few miles away and we wanted to be close by in case anything happened. So we stayed in the UK and hired a canal boat for three days. It was terrible weather but loads of fun and very cosy and romantic.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try to get organised early, it will pay off nearer to the day itself and then enjoy the day. It goes so quick!

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Congratulations Charlotte & Tez!

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Preparing To Party… And A Glance Behind The Scenes

December 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It’s FINALLY HERE!  I feel like I’ve been planning incessantly for over a month now (oh that’s right, because I have been planning incessantly for over a month now), and the day of the Brides Up North Christmas Party has finally arrived!  Hurrah!

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Excitement levels here at Brides Up North HQ have hit quite scarily unprecedented levels – particularly for a Tuesday morning – and I can’t wait to welcome all our party people to the wonderful Thorp Perrow this evening, along with our hosts CWC Malings.  Our guest list has been packed for the whole month, but there a still a few last minute places up for grabs. Click here for the low down.  

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I spent the whole day at the house yesterday, dressing this stunning wedding venue’s stately rooms and taking part in a bridal fashion shoot which I co-ordinated to show off Thorp Perrow’s glamorous side and that it’s perfect for a winter wedding (provided that it’s huge fireplaces are stoked!). 

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I absolutely love working on location and yesterday I was particularly lucky to have an amazing team of friends and talented superstar industry suppliers around me.  I am genuinely excited to show off the venue tonight (twinkle twinkle!) and to share our beautiful shoot later on.  Huge thanks to the amazing Twisted Willow Floristry, Curvy Bridal, Joe Dodsworth Photography, Make Up By Jo, Love Hair & Beauty Boutique and our stunning models Ruth and Alexandra for all your support, vision and for lending your beautiful products and skills to our gorgeous cause.  You utterly rock.

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Until later tonight, or until I can share the results of our day here on the wedding blog, here’s a little behind the scenes glance at what we got up to.  If you think these look good… just wait till you see Joe’s professional shots, or the venue in real life. I properly love my job.

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See you tonight everyone – sequins and sparkle at the ready!

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A Christmas Frenzy! And Some Extra Cheer…

December 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Welcome to the weekend !  What are your plans?  A few jars of mulled wine with your mates, a spot of Christmas shopping or maybe, just maybe, this is the weekend that you get wed?! Eep! If you are saying I do – or whatever it is that you are up to – I hope you have the most fabulous one.

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I’m up to my eyeballs in the tinsel this weekend, as I’ve spent the past month planning our Brides Up North Christmas Party and this last week has seen that activity whipped up into a full on Christmas frenzy, as I prepare – along with the wonderful team at CWC Malings – to host a very special sparkly soiree showcasing a very special new wedding venue to my industry nearest and dearest and my lovely readers this coming Tuesday evening.

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The amazing (and newly open for weddings – wahoo!) North Yorkshire private stately home and wedding venue that is The House at Thorp Perrow Arboretum is to die for at the very best of times, but add a team of amazing experts filling the place with blooms (hello Twisted Willow Floristry, I love you!), song (some Christmas Swing and some Vintage Dj-ing – this you have to hear!), delicious food and drink, games and some added Christmas glitter and it’s going to be Very Merry indeed!

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And watch out for a very special announcement being made on the evening too…

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The guest list has been full for weeks (48 hours after we opened it in fact!) but due to popular demand and the fact that I hate hearing sad stories of full up guest lists at Christmas time, this weekend I have been able to open up a few more places! Let’s hear a WHOOP WHOOP!

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The party is on us, but numbers are still extremely limited and entry will be strictly by guest list. Please make sure to register your interest by emailing julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk ASAP to avoid more disappointment.

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So, come and make merry to celebrate the season - wedding industry colleagues and Brides Up North readers all very welcome.  Let’s be clear: this isn’t a wedding exhibition or stuffy open event, it’s simply the chance to let your hair down, have a nosy, put on the glitz and mix and mingle with the regions’ finest! It’s going to be an evening of merriment, so bribe a designated driver with the Quality Street first and watch out for some special surprises too!

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You have to see this place for yourselves – trust me – it’s well worth the trip!  If you want to stay over (advisable: I’ve seen the drinks order!), I have some accommodation recommendations at the ready too, just get in touch.

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Here’s those details again…

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Tuesday 11th December 2012

The House at Thorp Perrow Arboretum

From 6:30pm

Sequins & Sparkle

Entry strictly by guest list on – be quickjulia@bridesupnorth.co.uk

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Now I’m off to polish some reindeer…

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