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our love story: sarah & dave

May 24th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Sometimes things are just meant to be – and judging by how today’s couple got together we’d say it was written in the stars for these two.

Taking place in the urban surroundings of Leeds city centre, husband and wife-to-be Dave and Sarah, wanted their pre-wedding shoot, which they are sharing with us today, to be cool, edgy and fun. Given all the giggles, smiles and laughter, it looks like their photographer Jenny, nailed the brief.

With images by Jenny Maden Photography.

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sarah says: Dave proposed while we were in Ibiza at a beautiful restaurant called Sa Capella, which we return to each year! It was a complete surprise to me, and very emotional, as I’d always said after losing my dad I couldn’t do it without him walking me down the aisle.

We plan to marry on my dad’s birthday this year at Leeds Town Hall and will then move onto The Liquorist for the reception. We don’t want lots of fuss – just a cool event to round together everyone we love and who has had a positive impact on our time together.

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We first met 16 years ago in a club that neither of us have ever been back to! I was with the girls, hitting the dancefloor – and that’s where I met Dave. We laughed and chatted most of the night – my first words to him were “Ooo you’re a mover”! We never kissed or exchanged numbers. However, after that night he had a work placement in Leeds (the only time he’s ever worked in Leeds city centre) and he walked past Toni & Guy where I worked at the time, hoping to catch me. He saw me through the window, laughing with a client and sent me a calla lily with a note asking to see me again.

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strike a chord: introducing entertainment nation

May 23rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Setting the right note at a wedding goes beyond the venue and styling, which is why we are super pleased to be introducing you to Brides Up North Sponsor Entertainment Nation, today.

From past experience of attending weddings we all know the power live music has in creating a desirable ambience during different stages of the day: a choir at the church, acoustic singer at the drinks reception, string quartet in the background of the wedding breakfast and a big band to get the dance floor rocking at night.

So whether you are looking for just one live act, or a whole array, the experts at Entertainment Nation can help you secure top performers and entertainers for your big day, all at the very click of a button. To explain more about what’s on offer, we’ll hand over to the company’s content manager, Steven Robertson…

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Tell us a little about Entertainment Nation and how it came to fruition?

steven says: After working in the music industry for over a decade and realising there was a better way of doing things than what was offered at the time, our founders established Entertainment Nation.

We offer a comprehensive wedding entertainment booking service. From the first enquiry to the happy day, we are here to help couples hire the perfect entertainment for their wedding.

Our expert staff have arranged wedding entertainment for many happy couples, and have performed at countless weddings, so know a thing or two about what works at a wedding and what doesn’t. We love to get to know couples and what makes them tick so we can match them up with their dream artist, band or performer.Entertainment Nation (8)

What different types of entertainment do you offer?

We offer an enormous range of entertainment options. Whatever a couple have in mind for their big day, Entertainment Nation can help them find an act to fit the bill. On our books we have bands, string ensembles, acoustic duos, classical performers, singers, magicians and many more.continue reading

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rustic perfection. diane harbridge for an intimate wedding at the yellow broom – beth & rob

May 23rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Rustic Wedding at The Yellow Broom (c) Amanda Balmain Photography (36)

We’re getting your week off to a beautiful start with another helping of pretty, rustic wedding inspiration in the form of Beth and Rob’s big day.

Tying the knot in an intimate ceremony at The Yellow Broom in Cheshire, bride Beth decided to complement the setting with a simple rustic theme, featuring lots of twine and ethereal woodland themed décor.

As groom Rob is allergic to fresh flowers, Beth went for a pretty paper boutique which we think adds to the overall daintiness and charm of this sweet celebration.

With images by Amanda Balmain Photography.

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beth says: Rob proposed on Christmas Eve 2014. We took the dog for a walk (I thought he was very quiet) and when we got back, he had disappeared telling me he had to wrap some more presents. A few minutes later, I got called upstairs to find my dog with a little Santa outfit on, with ‘will you marry me’ stitched on the back – I turned around and Rob was down on one knee with a beautiful ring! It was a complete shock and needless to say, the best Christmas Eve ever!

We set the date for 20th February 2016. We decided we’d prefer a winter wedding, but we were conscious of daylight hours and the usual English winter weather, so we thought February would be a suitable month!

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We got married at The Yellow Broom in Cheshire. I only wanted a very small wedding and we also wanted a civil ceremony. After a lot of searching around, we found that we could do both at The Yellow Broom. After a visit, we saw it was such a light, beautiful venue and decided that it would be perfect. We were offered a brilliant deal on the wedding because it was in the winter and the wedding manager there Nathalie, took care of pretty much everything for us, which was exactly what I needed!

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fancy footwear: introducing pink paradox

May 19th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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If there’s one type of shopping us Brides Up North girls love, it’s shoe shopping! That’s why we’re super excited to be introducing our new blog sponsor Pink Paradox, to you lovely brides-to-be today.

Though it’s tempting to take a magpie approach to buying your bridal footwear; snapping up the first pair of sparkling skyscrapers you find could leave you hobbling around midway through your big day if they’re not built for all-day wear.

Thankfully the experts at Pink Paradox provide fancy footwear that scores equally high in the comfort and style stakes – plus there’s an option for all tastes. From sophisticated sling backs and pretty peep-toe platforms, to elegant kitten heels and fashionable flats – ladies, you will literally be spoilt for choice!

And if that weren’t enough, Pink Paradox also offer a fabulous range of dyeable shoes, meaning you can have your footwear matched to your exact colour specifications (perhaps to provide that something blue?). Here to fill you in on all the details are the creators themselves…

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Can you give us an overview of Pink Paradox and what it offers to brides?

Pink Paradox say: We started out in 2002 after identifying a gap in the market for bridal shoes that are stylish yet comfortable so Pink Paradox was born. What we offer brides is affordable and comfortable heels whilst not sacrificing any of the style!

How important do you feel shoes are to a bride’s wedding day attire?

We could be slightly bias here but incredibly important! Not necessarily from just a style point of view, but this is one of the biggest days of your life you’re going to be on your feet for most of the day, from walking down the aisle to your first dance, and then finding and talking to all your guests. You’ve got to make sure you have shoes you can actually walk in; and luckily that’s what we specialise in!

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What advice would you give to brides when picking their wedding shoes?

Have a selection ready and try them all on; which ones are comfortable, which can you walk in? Our best tip is to make sure brides go for something they would usually wear, do not be tempted to go for extremes as you don’t want to end up regretting it on the day!

Can you give us an overview of the different styles of wedding shoes that Pink Paradox offer?

We have quite a range on offer so we can cater to most wedding parties! We have high heels for the daring bride, mid-heels for the confident bride, flats, laced, sparkling, pleated – we can go on! With a range available we can provide heels for the bride for during the day, for the reception, for the mother of the bride and even for the bridesmaids!

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the entertainer: warble entertainment solve your wedding planning dilemmas

May 18th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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If you’re getting married this year *eek! congrats!* you must now be ridiculously excited! By now you will probably have booked and organized most things and you are imagining the running order and how the day will flow (or if you’re taking a more chilled out approach check out our epic “Suppliers We Love” Directory to source all your last minute bits and bobs, with the Brides Up North seal of approval).

Either way, Brides Up North Sponsor Tracey of Warble Entertainment is taking over our pretty pages this afternoon to be your online entertainment agony aunt, remedying any last minute worries with her specialist suggestions for a really memorable day.

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Will our ceremony have the WOW factor it deserves?

tracey says: Whilst reciting your vows and committing yourselves to each other forever is of course a big deal and will be a beautiful moment for you and your nearest and dearest, you may want to consider augmenting such a special moment with entertainment. A popular choice for 2016 weddings is to book a contemporary acoustic guitarist and singer to perform as you walk down the aisle, during the signing of the register and ideally, you can request a fun, upbeat song for when you and your guests leave – this will really set the tone for the rest of the day and get everyone into the party spirit.

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Who will look after our guests during the drinks reception?
The drinks reception is usually when your photographer will whisk you away to get those all-important shots for the wedding album. That’s great for you guys and the wedding party, but your guests are usually left alone and very often hungry during so it’s a good idea to keep them amused. Many brides and grooms are choosing to book a caricaturist for this part of the day as not only does it provide for a great memento for your guests but it is also very entertaining for the crowd that gather to watch. Other popular choices during this time are walkabout acts such as lookalikes (imagine the surprise on your guests’ faces when David Beckham or Del Boy crashes the wedding), or living trees or statues, which create a real buzz and great photo opportunities.

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antique elegance. alfred angelo for a relaxed & rustic wedding at the black swan – natalie & bob

May 17th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Rustic Wedding at The Black Swan (c) Glix Photography (37)

This morning on the blog we’re taking a little trip to the pretty village of Helmsley in North Yorkshire, as we relive the wedding day of Natalie and Bob.

After a surprise proposal 12 years into their relationship, Natalie was in no mood to wait around and got straight to work planning the big day, starting with the venue. Having come across the stunning Black Swan hotel in Helmsley by chance, Natalie fell head over heels in love with its rustic charm and the other elements of the day soon fell into place for a relaxed and personal wedding, complete with shabby chic décor to complement the rural surroundings.

With images by Glix Photography.

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natalie says: Bob and I got engaged on the 12th September 2015 in the Lake District on a family holiday. It wasn’t the most romantic proposal but Bob doesn’t do romance. I put on his jacket because I was cold and pulled the box out of the pocket. I was in total shock because after 12 years it’s always been a standing joke that this day would never happen. He looked at me smiling and said “So are you going to then?” We still laugh at it now.

We got married on the 26th March 2016. We didn’t have a date in mind but this was a date that the venue and registrar were available. We knew we didn’t want a long engagement and if we didn’t just do quickly it would never happen. It also fell on the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, which was a plus.

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We got married at the Black Swan in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, and it was just perfect. We looked at a few venues but as soon as I walked in by chance, I just knew this was the right venue for us. By chance Nicola Boden, the wedding coordinator, was free and talked me through what the venue could offer and all the packages. I booked the venue there and then without Bob and we later went together to have another look.

I never really had a theme or colour scheme in mind for the wedding, I was very open minded. The decisions were made after I fell in love with the antique purple bridesmaid dresses, which suited them perfectly. So from there it turned into a vintage shabby chic theme.

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