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The Vintage Garden. A Contemporary Styled Bridal Shoot In Lancashire

January 23rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This morning we are bringing vintage styling up to date with a modern beauty twist as we join a collective of North West wedding industry suppliers for a last wedding breakfast at a Lancashire landmark venue. 

Alison McMath will be just one of our fabulous suppliers at our Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Bridal Exhibitions in the North West this Spring, make sure to put the date in your diary and pre-register now! 

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But back to today’s action first.  Cat of CT Images says:  We are an all female wedding industry team in the Lancashire area and we wanted to play around with concepts of ‘vintage’ and bringing the past up-to-date.

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The shoot took place as the last pictures ever to be taken at Pickerings Country Hotel in Garstang, which has been the setting for numerous weddings over the years. The overgrown English country and apple-laden garden became the backdrop for the autumn shoot.

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We wanted to demonstrate that contemporary hair and makeup styling can give vintage bridal gowns a new lease of life, freeing them of any constraints. The hairstyles took inspiration from different past eras and were all linked together with a more contemporary and daring bridal makeup style. Definitely more adventurous but still in keeping with beauty and romance, which is what every bride desires on her wedding day.

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Wedding Blog Giveaway: An Evening Of Swing With Glen Roughead

August 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

An Evening Of Swing

Those of you who’ve attended one of our brilliant Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions recently (or our Tweet Ups, or our Christmas Party come to think of it… we can’t get enough of this chap!) will have been wowed by the better-than-Buble tones of Glen Roughead, the New Face of Swing.

Looking for a wedding singer who looks the part, has tons of personality and can do acoustic and swing in his sleep?  Glen’s your man.

Mr Roughead and I have become firm friends since I started inviting him to sing at (seemingly every one!) of our events, and so it was with great excitement that I heard about his Evening of Swing at Newcastle’s Live Theatre on 23rd August 2013.

The event’s a complete sell out, but here at Brides Up North, we’ve got our hands on the very last pair of tickets.  And we’re giving them away!

If you fancy checking Glen out as a potential wedding singer (or just checking Glen out!), a date night with a difference or a way to say thank you to someone who has been invaluable in your wedding planning process (Mum’s love Glen, just ask mine) then this giveaway is for you!

There’s not long till the event, so all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is leave a comment on this post telling us why you’d like the tickets.  Easy.

The competition will close at 12noon this Friday 16th August 2013 and we’ll pick a winner at random. No cash alternative, judge’s decision is final.

Good Luck!

You can also catch Glen at our Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Alnwick Garden on Sunday 1st September 2013.  Click here for all the details and to pre-register for Free Entry as a VIP Bride To Be.

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Diary Date! Open Evening At The Mansion: This Thursday!

July 22nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Regular readers of the wedding blog will know that I work very closely with a fabulous catering company and their associated venues in the Yorkshire area – Dine – to bring you a full season of Spring and Autumn luxury wedding exhibitions each year.

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Dine Autumn 2013

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Now, as you can see above, our wedding exhibition season proper doesn’t kick off till September this year (big events at each venue packed with exhibitors showcasing exactly what they can do), but if you are on a venue hunt and keen to see why the Dine difference can make your event super special before then, why not pop along to the team’s open evening, this Thursday 25th July at The Mansion, Roundhay Park?

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This is a chance to see the venue in all it’s designer glory in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  Don’t worry about getting the hard sell, this place sells itself!  Drop in for a drink and some award winning nibbles and see for yourself. 

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The Mansion Open Evening

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Dine say: Join us for our Wedding Opening Evening on Thursday 25th July 5pm – 8pm, with Pimms & canapés for pre-registered couples

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Our Event Managers listen to your preferences, likes, dislikes and style and then design food, service and surroundings to ensure that your very special wedding day reflects your individuality. Inside The Mansion you will find a wide choice of beautifully appointed rooms and suites that are suitable for both large weddings, and for smaller more intimate celebrations. The Mansion is also licensed as a Civil Ceremony & Partnership Venue, offering some of the finest ceremony rooms in Yorkshire.

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To register for the open evening (come on, who doesn’t want Pimms in this weather?) click here.  Or for more information about holding your Wedding at The Mansion, visit the Dine website or call their Events Team at on 0345 450 45 45.

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The Life & Times Of A Wedding Blogger: Behind The Blog – June 2013

June 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Scoping out our brand new venue en famille!

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So, the last sneak peek behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ was back in January, when I was busy preparing for the Spring season of branded bridal events ahead, moving into a new home and new offices and cooking a little Brides Up North baby (yes, a BUN in the oven)!

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The first of our nine Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions this Spring welcomed the season in style at the gorgeous Allerton Castle, and Baby Brides Up North (Little Miss Annabella Robyn) arrived a month later, 12 days overdue.  Luckily I now have help on the admin and events side so have been able to enjoy a lovely first few months with my baby girl, whilst honouring my writing and freelance commitments.  It’s a good job, because things don’t look set to slow down any time soon!  With more (really very) excellent Featured Suppliers in our Directory than ever before and a huge Twitter and Facebook following, there has never been a better time to visit this here wedding blog and enlist our help in planning and inspiring your wedding in the North of the UK.   

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This has been our best season of Brides Up North branded events yet at a really diverse and beautiful portfolio of venues.  Since the brand is going from strength to strength I can afford to be picky and work with only the most stunning, unique or quirky venues.  As well as our usual huge shows in the North East and our work with the gorgeous Dine Venues in Yorkshire, new additions to the schedule this Spring included The Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire (a vintage dance hall), beautiful Thorp Perrow and The National Railway Museum in York, which blew guests and exhibitors alike away with it’s beautiful and unexpected setting.

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There’s one last show to go (the cherry on top!) this Sunday 9th June 2013 at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall from 12pm till 4pm, free entry.  Pre-registration is now open, and we would love to see you there. 

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We’ll be back on 1st September with another full season of events in your areas, plus some brand new dates and will be spending the summer completing and launching a few very pretty projects.  Watch out for news on both soon. 

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Until then, enjoy your double daily dose of wedding inspiration on these swirly silver pages and this little sneak peek behind the scenes at my crazy, happy life.  The Northern Revolution rumbles on…

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A packed catwalk show at our Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel

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Required reading

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Catching up on my columns in Etc Magazine

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Sometimes you just need to say YES to the leopard toed, glitter kicks

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All aboard with The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company at The Mansion’s Luxury Wedding Exhibition!

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Plans, plans and more plans for our biggest event of the season at Ramside Hall 

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A brand new arrival <3

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Stunning confections by Cake! at Nostell Priory

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Editorial coverage in Harrogate Living Magazine

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Pink for a girl…

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Staying positive about the weather in Darlington Weddings Magazine 

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Super styling from The Wedding Institute at The National Railway Museum Luxury & Vintage Exhibition

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A show full of treasures and inspiration at The National Railway Museum,York – very proud our work here

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Costa Del Yorkshire

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Another Sunday, another stately pile…

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Beautiful blooms by Elise Flowers at our Thorp Perrow Luxury Wedding Exhibition

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On the road again… Cheshire, here we come!

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Hanging on in there…

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Crazy for colour for my column in this season’s Lovedup Magazine

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We can’t be perfect all the time!

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Ready for a vintage knees up at our brilliant Bowdon Rooms event

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… and the early train the next morning to see the new collections at White Gallery (yawn)

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Stunning window displays at Phillipa Lepley ahead of RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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An impromptu jam session from Dominic Halpin and his crew

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FROW at Suzanne Neville.

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Until next time!

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Frosted Romance At Thorp Perrow: A Beautiful Brides Up North Wedding Inspiration Shoot

April 30th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Now, you now I’m not really a fan of a repost (and I shared this winter glamour bridal inspiration shoot with you following the Brides Up North Christmas party) but I’ve got a really rather lovely Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition coming up at this absolutely stunning stately home and gardens – Thorp Perrow, a new, authentic and exclusive private wedding venue in the heart of Bedale –  and wanted to remind you why you need to be there on Sunday 12th May!

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The venue was the stunning house at Thorp Perrow, where I was lucky enough to host the Brides Up North Christmas Party just a day later (click here for a full catch up and photographs from that sparkling event).

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On May 12th, you’ll get to see this venue in all it’s blooming Summer glory (more on that soon), but to illustrate it’s beauty in Winter too we chose an almost frozen look, working with natural winter light, the pale pastel decor of the venue and the almost ethereal beauty of our two models, Ruth Sturdy and Alexandra Ellis.

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I was thinking Russian princesses, a wintery Marie Antoinette, the Snow Queen’s court, Faberge egg colours and gilding and er, Kylie Minogue in January’s Elle Magazine. One thing’s for sure – it worked!

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We were also joined on site by the talent of Deborah of Love On Location, who was responsible for the amazing hair styling, the fabulous team at Curvy Bridal who provided all the breath taking gowns, accessories, shoes and head pieces (as well as working like troopers all day) and the supremely talented Jo of Twisted Willow Floristry, who dressed the venue with her floral creations ready for the following evening’s party while we styled things up.

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Huge thanks to the brilliant Joe Dodsworth Photography whose understanding of our inspiration and ability to create the perfect shot blows me away.  This man has talent (book him to shoot your wedding immediately)!

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So first, a peep behind the scenes (and yes, we DID keep our coats on…to keep the venue cool for those lovely flowers) and then to some rather fine art photography.  I’m thinking that Vogue is calling…

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We hope that you will be inspired.

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Little Black Book

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Styling & Co-ordination:  Julia at Brides Up North

Venue:  Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire

Images: Joe Dodsworth Photography

Gowns & Accessories:  Curvy Bridal

Flowers:  Twisted Willow Floristry

Make Up:  Make Up By Jo

Hair:  Love On Location

Models:  Ruth Sturdy and Alexandra Ellis

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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 (including all the suppliers who worked on this bridal shoot!), 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 gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Welcome Pack packed with a few little treats from Brides Up North, glossy mags and some on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can 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 ALL EVENTS: Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. All Brides Up North events in 2012 and earlier this year 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 for all of our events.

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Wahoo! It’s FINALLY HERE! THIS SUNDAY! The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Allerton Castle

February 15th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’m one very excited this weekend, as after months and months of planning, our Spring 2013 season of Brides Up North luxury wedding exhibitions is FINALLY kicking off!  It’s been like waiting for Christmas (or for him to put a ring on it)!

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I genuinely love putting together and hosting these fabulous – ahem, if I do say so myself – events for my readers: especially meeting you in person and catching up with my industry friends and colleagues.  My exhibitors truly are the best in the business.  So, I’m ready to rock… how about you?

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As well as providing some “kick-ass beautiful” (one visitor’s description – come and see it to believe it!) events at the most stunning regional venues absolutely bursting with wedding inspiration – we gave away over 3,000 free VIP Bride To Be goody bags to lucky pre-registered ladies (that’s A LOT of treats!) last season, jam packed with hundreds of pounds worth of on the day discounts, the best regional bridal glossies, cosmetics, perfume, sweet treats and a few little gifts from Brides Up North too.

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Lucky for you, we are ready to do it all over again. 

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VIP Bride to Be registrations have been coming in thick and fast for the past month or so, and if you would like to join us for an afternoon of luxury and lovely THIS SUNDAY, make sure to use the contact form below or email me julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for speedy entry (be first to all that inspiration!) and your free VIP Goody Bag stuffed with treats, mags and on the day discounts, while stocks last.

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Allerton Castle Wedding by Chris Chambers Photography

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You can see our full schedule of luxury wedding exhibitions by clicking here – with some very exciting new dates and venues added – and we are coming North West this time too ladies (whoop!) – but this weekend it’s all about our first show of the season – this Sunday at the beautiful Allerton Castle, 12pm – 4pm and free entry (yes you read that right)!  Get in touch ladies, and get those VIP Goody Bags and speedy entry whilst stocks last!

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VIP Bride-To-Be registration is open at North Yorkshire’s most beautiful (without a doubt!) wedding venue, Allerton Castle!

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Sunday 17th February 2013

The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive

Allerton Castle, Knaresborough

Time 12pm – 4pm

Free Entry

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Your exclusive invitation to a day of bridal brilliance at North Yorkshire’s most desirable wedding venue: Allerton Castle. A choice selection of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will be on hand to inspire and advise. With fabulous giveaways and on the day discounts too, only the best will do for Brides Up North and Dine Services.

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PLEASE NOTE – LEAVE YOUR STILLETTOS AT HOME! Due to the historic nature of Allerton Castle’s wooden floor, ladies are kindly asked to wear heels no smaller than a postage stamp. Should you not bear to be parted from your Manolos, on the day heel protectors will be available for purchase from the Castle staff @ £4 per pair.

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking “Allerton Castle” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibition.

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You can also email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bags are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy.

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My goodness this show looks set to be a good one!  We’ll be welcoming some of the crème de la crème of Yorkshire’s bridal talents including:

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Dine Services, Helen James Flowers , Iain Henderson Designs, Leafy Couture, Love Hair & Beauty Boutique, Pamella Dunn Events, Patisserie Viennoisse, Perfectly Practical Parties, Damian Hall Photography, DJB Photography, Simply Bows & Chair Covers, Smooch, The Event Music Company, The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, The Little Bridal Company, The Wedding Guide, Twisted Willow Floristry, Unforgettable Memories , White Petal Design, Andy Hook Photography , Angel Brides , Booth Revolution, Buttercream Cupcakes, Cakes By Mitch, Cat Hepple Photography, Chris Chambers Photography, Dorchester Ledbetter Photography, Eddie Brown Tours, Exclusive Entertainments , Curvy Bridal, Ferrensby Fireworks , Flowers For All Occasions, Function 54, Story Of Your Day and more…

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What a line up!  We’ll see you there!

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Images of Allerton Castle from Kirsty & Antony’s Real Wedding by Chris Chambers Photography

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On The Road Again! Brides Up North On Tour…

February 9th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Yippee! The wedding blog is on tour again this weekend, out and about meeting my lovely readers across the regions and making lots of new friends too.  This weekend I’ll be in Leeds, supporting the UK Wedding Shows at their brand new Yorkshire show at The Royal Armouries.  It’s an intimate event with around 40 exhibitors, three catwalk shows and plenty of inspiration.  I’ll be ready to chat, share insider secrets and help with your planning dilemmas.  Come and say hi at stand 92!

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The UK Wedding Shows, Leeds

Image courtesy of Lee Scullion via Instagram 

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I’m really saving my energies for next weekend though, as we launch our own season of Brides Up North luxury wedding exhibitions with a bang at the fantastically fabulous Allerton Castle (come and see it to believe it) in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, with Dine Services.

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Is this date in your diaries?  And if not, why not?!

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Sunday 17th February 2013

The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition

Allerton Castle, Knaresborough

Time 12pm – 4pm

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Your exclusive invitation to a day of bridal brilliance at North Yorkshire’s most desirable wedding venue: Allerton Castle. A choice selection of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will be on hand to inspire and advise. With fabulous giveaways and on the day discounts too, only the best will do for Brides Up North and Dine.

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PLEASE NOTE – LEAVE YOUR STILLETTOS AT HOME! Due to the historic nature of Allerton Castle’s wooden floor, ladies are kindly asked to wear heels no smaller than a postage stamp. Should you not bear to be parted from your Manolos, on the day heel protectors will be available for purchase from the Castle staff @ £4 per pair.

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking “Allerton Castle” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Wedding Exclusives.

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You can also email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. VIP Bride To Be Goody Bags are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy.

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Click here for further event information (and a peep inside the rather gorgeous venue).

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Click here to find and register for a Brides Up North event in your area this Spring. 

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Last but not least, my North East Brides at a loose end this weekend, and in search of something lovely, might like to pop into our Featured Supplier Beamish Hall’s Wedding Open Day, tomorrow from 11am.  I’ve already mentioned this event over on our Facebook page (are you “liking” our page for all the latest news, offers, giveaways and gossip?), but if you missed that, here is the information that you need…

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Have a fabulous weekend!

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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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Ruth Mitchell Photography

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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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