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April 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

This week has been all about catching up, office time, making plans and getting ready – because once I’ve eaten my last Easter egg on Monday it’s a jam packed diary right until the end of April.  As well as a double daily features schedule, the usual 200 plus emails a day from readers and suppliers (no lie, but I love hearing from each and every one of you!) there’s a fabulous vintage wedding exhibition for Brides Up North at The Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire, not one but two very exciting speaking engagements, fittings, styling jobs, freelance writing, social media projects, a blog overhaul (oh yes, oh yes!) and one very special styled shoot. More on that later.

All this is jammed into a three “day” and a lot of midnight oil burning seven “nights” a week, as I try to juggle my business with motherhood!  Consequently, May might well involve a lot of lying down.

Anyway, those very exciting speaking engagements I mentioned? They both take place next week, and I can’t wait to get out into the spring sunshine and hang around with some wonderful, creative, inspiring souls.

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

I’ve already told you about the wonderful workshop that I’m thrilled to join Brides Up North Featured Supplier Cat Hepple Photography at next Tuesday: The Editorial Wedding (click here for more information).  I’ll be joining Cat and a collective of wedding photography professionals as she shows them the tricks and techniques that allow her to do what she does so well.  Cat’s craft is very special – her work has that magic touch that makes you look a million dollars, “magazine ready” in your wedding photographs.  Put it this way, I’ve never turned down a feature submission from Mrs Hepple yet.

I’ll be there on the day too, to talk to you about the process of getting your work “out there” and seen more effectively.  I’ve been in this game for nearly four years, and worked on glossy magazines long before that, so I know my stuff.  How to craft a successful submission to a wedding magazine or blog, how to increase your chances of being selected and what those with an editorial eye are looking for. 

And it just so happens that the very next day, I’m hopping in the Brides Up North mobile and heading over the Pennines to make a very special appearance on day two of Jonny Draper Photography’s Masterclass too!  I can’t wait!  Jonny and Cat are two of my very favourite industry friends and to see they do what they do best in their own environment will be fantastic.   

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

So, we’ve heard from Cat, but what’s the plan for Jonny’s class? Please note – Jonny’s Masterclass is now SOLD OUT but watch out for more dates later in the year. 

Jonny says: This two day wedding photography experience  has been specifically designed for wedding photographers who are ready to take their business to the next level.  This is a Masterclass for photographers who are confident with their own digital SLR and are ready to shoot stunning images inside and outside of one of the UK’s most beautiful bespoke wedding venues.

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

Throughout the shooting day, Jonny will be demonstrating a range of lighting techniques that he uses during a wedding.  Attendees are invited to bring along as little or as much equipment as they would like to use throughout the day and there may be opportunity for attendees to use some of Jonny’s own lighting equipment.

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

From the business point of view, this Masterclass offers an insight that no other wedding photography workshop has done before.  On day two of the course, not only will you hear from The 2013 Wedding Industry Awards "North West Wedding Photographer of The Year" (that’s Jonny!) about how he runs his hugely successful business, you will also be given invaluable business information from one of the UK’s busiest and most popular wedding venues about how you can develop relationships with venues just like them.

You will hear from the owner of Cheshire’s most exclusive bridal experience about how to establish and develop relationships with top wedding suppliers that will benefit your wedding photography business as well as an award winning blogger (that’s me!) who will show you just what it takes to get your work featured on the UK’s most popular wedding blogs.

Sounds good to me!  I’ll be reporting back on both sessions, and might just have picked up a few photography tips myself.  Watch this space.

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

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The Editorial Wedding. An Exclusive Workshop In Image Creation & Publishing Opportunities

April 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

I’m really excited to bring you news today of my involvement in a very special workshop created and hosted by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Cat of Cat Hepple Photography.

I always say that Brides Up North is your blog.  By that I mean you, my lovely readers, who visit in your thousands daily and you, my industry friends and supporters who supply and create the beautiful wedding inspiration that I deliver here in a double daily dose.  Brides Up North wouldn’t be the fantastic regional resource that it is without your loyalty and support.

If you want to get involved with the blog or see your real wedding on these pretty pages, you’ll find all the information, rules and guidelines that you need to submit a wedding for feature (whether you are the bride, groom, their photographer or Aunty Betty) here.  If you would like sponsorship information you can get it here

So, here at Brides Up North HQ we are pretty dependent on you.  And that’s why I like to give back when I can, to support those who support me, and to help to make your wedding, your images – the whole experience – as fabulous as it possibly can be.

I’ll be joining Cat on her exclusive workshop for wedding photography professionals later this month as she shows them the tricks and techniques that allow her to do what she does so well.  Cat’s craft is very special – her work has that magic touch that makes you look a million dollars, “magazine ready” in your wedding photographs.  Put it this way, I’ve never turned down a feature submission from Mrs Hepple yet.

I’ll be there on the day too, to talk to you about the process of getting your work “out there” and seen more effectively.  I’ve been in this game for nearly four years, and worked on glossy magazines long before that, so I know my stuff.  How to craft a successful submission to a wedding magazine or blog, how to increase your chances of being selected and what those with an editorial eye are looking for.  Plus, I always love to meet new industry professionals in a creative environment and look forward to seeing you there. 

If you’re a wedding photographer who’d love to add a little bit more of that magic sparkle to your own work, we’d love to see you at Priory Cottages on Tuesday 22nd April 2014Details of how to book can be found here.

Brides to be?  Cat’s available to make the magic happen on your wedding day too.  Click here to visit her website. 

 The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

Cat says:  Wedding photography is changing, and more and more couples are looking for something far removed from the traditional style of years gone by. Many are influenced by fashion and glossy magazines and want their imagery to have that magazine worthy look and finish, whilst still being romantic and natural. 

I’ve honed my style over the past few years in business, to create exactly that – a style which is romantic, natural but also has a fashion edge to it. I’m asked all the time by other wedding photographers how I create this look and feel to wedding images, and how to do that under the time pressures a wedding brings. This is my first workshop in how to create editorial style images which your couples will adore, and which will get you published in magazines and on wedding blogs.

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding will cover my style, how to achieve a look unique to you and how to engage couples who want the magazine finish to their images. We will also cover topics such as how to work with and manipulate natural light, how to pose couples and direct but still get beautiful soft, natural images.

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

A team of wedding experts is helping me pull together a beautiful wedding shoot, to enable everyone taking part in the workshop to see first hand how I work with couples, and then also take their own images to help build their portfolios. We’ll also be joined by Julia Braime of Brides Up North wedding blog, to discuss what bloggers are looking for with wedding submissions and how to improve your chances of being published.

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding workshop is on Tuesday April 22nd 2014 just ahead of the busiest part of the wedding season, so it’s just in time to inspire and encourage other photographers as they begin the long season ahead. The workshop is to be held at the gorgeously beautiful Priory Cottages in Wetherby, near Leeds and runs from 9.30am to 6pm.

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

I have never really subscribed to the traditional way of creating images on a wedding day, I have honed my own style through experience and inspiration beyond the wedding industry. This course is perfect for anyone wanting to find their own style and unique approach to creating fashion inspired wedding images.

Places can be booked via my website.  Please click here for more information and to book.

Some spaces have already been filled and I’m excited to be sharing the day with some very talented people.

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

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The Editorials. Bride-o-meter Spring/Summer 2014

March 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

The start of every season always begins with a flurry of freelance commissions here at Brides Up North, and days spent with my head buried in my laptop feeling like “a proper writer”.  Of course, the end product is rarely very different from producing features for my own blog, but when it’s for someone else’s publication (and they’ve entrusted you with one, two or even four of their precious editorial pages) and it’s actually going to be “in print”, the stakes somehow seem higher. 

Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

Respected North East bridal title Belle Bridal Magazine celebrated their fifth birthday this season, and so, when they bestowed upon me the honour of selecting the hots and the nots of the wedding world for spring 2014, I was thrilled. But oh, the pressure!

So, with a lot of industry knowledge behind me, and a little bit of crystal ball gazing, these were my predictions for the trends that’ll be topping the charts (and sliding off the scale) at a wedding near you soon.  Tell me, are you incorporating any of these trends into your big day? 

I wrote…

Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

Going Up…

Overstatement

Blame Jay Gatsby, but flamboyance is back in a big way. A little party never killed nobody, but why do things by halves? After these mean recession years, we’re ready for some fun. Expect heavy embellishments, cascading blooms and excess all areas.

Katy Melling Photography

Image: Katy Melling Photography 

Lucabella Wedding Photography

Image: Lucabella Wedding Photography

Alternative Settings

It started with the tipi, and now there’s an outdoor option for almost every theme. Whether it’s a Scandinavian hat, Mongolian yurt or Bedouin tent, it’s still chic to say I do under canvas. Just remember to budget for a generator too!

Gerrard Photography

Image: Gerrard Photography

Jo Bradbury

Image: Jo Bradbury 

Structured Silhouettes

Amongst all the usual layers of lace and tulle a new breed of wedding gown is emerging: clean lines, sharp edges and super cool. Closer to catwalk trends than a Royal Wedding, these frocks are for the slick chicks who don’t want to leave their personalities by the church door. Choose bold shapes and structured satin (not a sequin in sight) for strut-your-stuff wedding day style.

Astral Sundholm Circa Brides

Image: Astral Sundholm Circa Brides 

KMR Bridal

Image: KMR Bridal 

Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

Gold Rush

Platinum will always be precious, but all the best dressed ring fingers are going for gold this season. Romantics should try rose gold and pave diamonds for an on trend look that’s forever timeless.

Helen Russell Photography

Image:  Helen Russell Photography 

Colour Me Pretty

Adding a touch of complimentary colour to your wedding day wardrobe is nothing new, but this is a trend that refuses to fade. Pastels are huge on the catwalks and in the bridal boutiques for 2014 and designers are upping the ante with all over washes of warmth or layered ombre lace effects. Go on, live life in colour! If a dip dye wedding dress isn’t for you, you can still give a nod to this pretty trend with colourful stationery or blushing blooms.

Cuvee Rose by IAN STUART BRIDE

Image: Ian Stuart 

Going Down…

Traditional Tinsel

Forget the humble tiara, 2014 is the year that bridal headwear gets big and bold. From glittering bunny ears and feather head-dresses to vibrant flower garlands, the fashion forward bride will dare to decorate herself in colour and originality. Still not sure? Stick to simple for the ceremony and style things up for the after party!

Katy Melling Photography

Image: Katy Melling Photography

Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

James Melia Photography

Image: James Melia 

Cat Hepple Photography

Image: Cat Hepple Photography 

Words:  Julia Braime for Belle Bridal Magazine, S/S 2014

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Valentine Cinema. Day Three: Lynsey and Joe

February 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime

This week, there’s a little movie moment every day at lunchtime, as we count down to Valentine’s Day this Friday, courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Emma at Story Of Your Day.  Just because I love you. 

A wedding in The Lakes from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

Emma says:  Lynsey and Joe are a gorgeous couple. And what made this film great to do was because I was also working alongside Brides Up North Featured Supplier Cat Hepple Photography. Because don’t direct my couples during their day it’s great to work with Cat who is so inspiring and takes her couples off for amazing portraits.

Linthwaite House Hotel in the Lakes was the perfect setting to sneak off and do just that, with us finding little hideaways to get away from it all for some really emotional moments. This wedding film was meant to be shorter but as with many of my films I get carried away with how fantastic the day is and for me, getting that across in my films is the most important factor.

Emma would like to offer Brides Up North Readers access to her exclusive Valentine’s Day offer.  Visit her website for more details and to celebrate the most romantic week of the year!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Film © 2014 Story Of Your Day

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THIS SUNDAY! –The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition At National Railway Museum, York

November 15th, 2013 | Julia Braime

National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

It’s been one seriously fabulous year here at Brides Up North, both online (the prettiest real weddings, most fabulous regional suppliers, lots of great press in the National media and a Wedding Blog Award for “Best Big Day Inspiration” from Wedding Magazine, thank you very much) and offline (sixteen absolutely brilliant wedding exhibitions packed to the rafters with wedding industry talent, inspiration and brides to be, plus two super fun wedding industry parties). 

Whilst your double weekday daily dose of online inspiration ain’t going anywhere, it’s time to wrap up our offline season of bridal events with our grand finale – The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at National Railway Museum, York, on Sunday 17th November 2013, 10am till 5pm – and completely FREE entry!

That’s THIS SUNDAY!

Now didn’t that come around fast?!

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition

National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ

Sunday 17th November 2013

10am till 5pm

FREE ENTRY

Like it says on the banner above, this is one seriously beautiful event.  Set amongst the vintage carriages, our suppliers really do pull out all the stops to show you what they can do – and how they can make your wedding day dreams a reality.  With vintage styling and luxury products and services, we have literally every detail covered.  Join us in this unique and stunning setting for a bridal event that feels like a “proper day out” and leave with more inspiration than you can handle. 

Images from our last event and photo shoot by Peter Boyd Photography.  And that was just a warm up!

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Come along and meet Add Vintage, Booth Revolution, Boutique 14 – Wedding Stationery, Cake Pops Ville, Cat Hepple Photography, Club Class Entertainment, Mark Waddington Magician, Designer Travel, Dirk Van der Werff, Fenwick York, Heirloom Bouquets, It’s a Wind Up, JB Creatives, Joel Skingle Photography, KM Cakes & Cupcakes, Laura Calderwood Photography, LCH Jewellery Design, Lee Scullion, Lucy MacNicoll Flowers, Miss Deal Fun Casino, Peter Boyd Photography, Photo Booth Hire UK, Seat Me Pretty, Silk Floral Art, Silver Sixpence Films, Smooch, Stark Film Pictures, Sweetnique, Taylor & Co, The Greenhouse Florist, The Hawkhills, The New Vintage Band, The Vintage Vocalist, The Wedding Guide, Twisted Willow Floristry, Unforgettable Memories, Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist, White Petal Design, The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, Linda Abrahams, Swirly Sweet, Martin Waring, Gabriella Brook Florist, Marquee Bar, Adorna Wedding Rings, Wedding Belles & Beaus Of York and more…

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 200 FREE Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, on the day discounts, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our amazing sponsors Fenwick York.  Just because we love you.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.  While stocks last only. 

To register for for speedy entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag fill in your details below, marking “NRM YORK in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

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Your Message

You can also email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Welcome packs are limited and subject to availability.  We operate a first come, first served policy. 

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Peter Boyd Photography, photo shoot dresses by The Little Bridal Company 

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The Rise Of The Mini Moon

November 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Cat Hepple Photography

It’s been a busy Monday morning and Friday feels a long way off.  What better time than for our regular guest blogger Rachel (we’ve missed you Rach!) to talk time out and remind you that there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.  Today, she’s all about facilitating that “minimoon”.  Monday blues?  What Monday blues? Go on, get it booked…

Images by Cat Hepple Photography, as previously featured here and here

Cat Hepple Photography

Rachel says:  I don’t know about you but I love an excuse to extend a celebration. Take my birthday for example – of course the main celebration is the day itself but I like to push the partying over at least one weekend, if not two. After all there’s the family meal, weekend away with the boyfriend (I hope) and drinks, shopping and spa treatments with friends to squeeze in. And don’t even get me started on festive celebrations in our household – they stretch from the very beginning of December right into the new year (though thankfully don’t include a turkey curry buffet).

Looking at today’s wedding scene, it’s clear there are many wedding couples who share my mindset with a growing trend for weekend weddings. After all, why would you confine the celebrations to just one day when you can easily spread it across three with a pre-wedding dinner the ceremony itself and then, of course, a day of present opening, cake eating, champagne quaffing and catching up with family and friends.

But now brides and grooms are taking extending the wedding celebrations a step further by delaying their main honeymoon until later in the year, or even the following year, and taking a minimoon in the meantime instead.

Cat Hepple Photography

The minimoon was originally born out of the credit crunch when many wedding couples were forced to tighten the purse strings. Research revealed brides and grooms were swapping lavish two-week holidays to long-haul destinations such as the Maldives for shorter holidays closer to home. But as circumstances have continued to change so too have couples’ holidaying habits, with many brides and grooms now having the best of both worlds – booking themselves a minimoon for a that much-needed break straight after the wedding and a honeymoon a little later down the line, giving reason for the wedding excitement to live on.

Cat Hepple Photography

A minimoon usually consists of a relaxing three- to four-day break at a destination not too far away from the wedding location. Some couples might choose a sentimental location such as the first place they went on holiday together or the place they got engaged, while others might just want a destination that provides pure relaxation to unwind following the tense pre-wedding build up. In the UK top choices include rustic retreats, spa breaks and city locations while those flush enough to push the minimoon boundaries are jetting off to romantic European destinations such as Rome, Paris and Venice.

Cat Hepple Photography

While delaying a honeymoon in favour of a minimoon does effectively spread the celebrations, it has become a big hit among today’s wedding couples for many more reasons.

The minimoon is particularly popular with teachers and those with work commitments that can’t afford to take large amounts of time off work all in one go. It’s also ideal for those asking their guests for contributions towards the honeymoon instead of traditional gifts as they book a holiday suited to the fund following the wedding.

Cat Hepple Photography

For those who can only handle so much planning at a time, delaying the main honeymoon means there will be more time to organise the holiday after the wedding preparations have taken place. Taking a minimoon in the meantime means couples have that essential break before returning to the daily grind after their wedding day.

A postponed honeymoon also gives brides and grooms who will be stumping up the honeymoon costs themselves longer to save up and book their holiday at a time suited to the best prices and weather conditions.

Cat Hepple Photography

So while the credit crunch may curbed our Topshop sprees and cocktail drinking, we do have it to thank for the introduction of the minimoon/postponed honeymoon trend which helps keep the post-wedding day blues at bay that bit longer.

What do you think?  Will you/ did you take a minimoon?  Any hot spot recommendations for our other readers?

All images taken from Alice & Paul’s gorgeous Parisian engagement shoot with Cat Hepple PhotographyClick here and here to see the full set. 

 

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THIS SUNDAY! It’s The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition At Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire

September 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Dine Autumn 2013

It’s safe to say that Brides Up North’s luxury wedding exhibition season is in full swing!  With two fantastic North East events already under our belts and over 2,000 people past our registration desk (hello lovelies!), it’s time we visited Yorkshire. 

We do like to start as we mean to go on – with the very best exhibitors at the very best venues – and where better than the glorious state rooms of the absolutely knock em’ dead venue that is Allerton Castle?  It’s all going on THIS SUNDAY 15th September 2013 from 12pm till 4pm, and it’s completely free. 

Allerton Castle Autumn 2013

One of my very favourite events in our entire calendar, the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Allerton Castle really is that – pure luxury.  Even if you’ve already booked your wedding venue, come along to meet and seek inspiration from the region’s very finest wedding industry suppliers.  Trust me, you will not be disappointed!

Come and see this spectacular venue dressed to the nines: meet the Dine wedding planners and their award winning catering teams, have a good look around, be amazed by our towering floral displays, sample our artisan cake creations, be dazzled by sparkling diamond wedding bands, try a vintage motor for size, pose in our photo booths, pick out some sharp suits for your wedding party, hear some of the best live music in the County, play dress up with gorgeous gowns and accessories and tick off all those last essential details.

Come along and meet Andy Hook Photography, Angel Brides , Booth Revolution , Buttercream Cupcakes, Cakes By Mitch, Cat Hepple Photography, Chris Chambers Photography, Curvy Bridal, DJB Photography, Dorchester Ledbetter Photography, Eddie Brown Tours, Exclusive Entertainments, Function 54, Harrogate Suit Company, Helen James Flowers, Iain Henderson Designs, Jill Ryder, Joshua James, Leafy Couture, Love Hair & Beauty Boutique, Patisserie Viennoise, Silk Floral Art, Simply Bows & Chair Covers, Stan Seaton Photography, Stark Film Pictures, Swing Thing Duo, The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company, Twisted Willow Floristry, Ferrensby Fireworks, Unforgettable Memories and more!

As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 200 FREE Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, on the day discounts, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our amazing sponsors Fenwicks York.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.  While stocks last only. 

To register for for speedy entry and 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”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

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Your Message

You can also email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Welcome packs are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy. 

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. 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Brides Up North/ Chris Chambers Photography

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The Editorials: Maids In Heaven In Wedding Magazine

May 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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The Editorials is a series bringing the offline bridal freelance writing that I do on a monthly basis for numerous glossy magazines (both National and regional) online. 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog in Wedding Magazine

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Although the blog has been whirring away as usual these last eight weeks, with a small baby it’s harder to get to the shops – so my lovely friends at Wedding Magazine have just sent me a job lot of glossies to catch up on.  Today, we visit their April/ May issue, and my column about keeping your team on side.  After all, you want some friends at the end of it all, don’tcha?

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I wrote: These days, bridesmaid duty doesn’t have to equal sartorial disaster. There are plenty of options out there for dressing your best girls and still staying friends at the end of it all. Not a hoop skirt or Little Bo Peep impersonator in sight, unless you are being intentionally ironic!

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Whilst a strong vintage, alternative or high glamour focus might demand a certain look, there’s nothing worse than overstepping the mark between theming and fancy dress. Once you’ve chosen your own dress, the best bet is a set of bridesmaid frocks that will flatter and contrast with your own styling and suit your chosen venue. And when it comes to adhering to a chosen dress code, the bridal party always should lead by example.

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Consider your wedding day colour choices and inspirations carefully, but don’t feel that every collar and cuff has to match. Think about what will look best in your wedding photographs: bridesmaids’ should help to create a beautiful background to show off their leading lady. Try offsetting an all-white palette with deeper tones in the Winter, choose all over florals for a fresh and contrasting Spring time look or complimentary rosy hues for warmer weather.

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Katy Lunsford Photography

Image by Katy Lunsford Photography

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You First

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Pick your own gown first. You might be dead set on a certain style, but tastes are often known to change once shopping starts. That way, you can be sure that your style selections will enhance the overall look. A sash of lace around a bridesmaid’s waist can set off a matching wedding dress beautifully.

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Cat Hepple Photography

Image by Cat Hepple Photography

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Maids To Measure

Image by Maids To Measure

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Would It Work For You?

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Be fair. If you wouldn’t be seen dead in it, why should your best mate? Do show some consideration of their shape, size and usual style. Do they all have to wear exactly the same? Equally, remember that your guests do know you, and how tall you are. Forcing your girls into unflattering flats or sky high heels when they would rather be wearing the opposite is just cruel, and discourages dancing. That’s never a good thing.

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Sarah Gawler

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Shop Around

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Don’t feel pressured to buy for your bridesmaids in the same boutique as your wedding gown. Whilst this can be advantageous in terms of ease and pricing, there is no need to narrow your options if you want to look elsewhere. Gems can be found in independent fashion boutiques, online, via the big name bridal houses and never, ever rule out the Great British High Street.

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Steve Gerrard Photography

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Image by Belle & Beau Photography

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Dare To Be Different

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Just because everyone is working rainbow brights, contrasting cuts or pastel pales doesn’t mean that you have to. My favourite bridesmaid styles this year have all been in elegant tones and classic shapes with a quirky twist. Don’t shy away from unexpected colours or a bit of embellishment. After all, everyone loves to sparkle.

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THIS SUNDAY! The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition At Beautiful Thorp Perrow!

May 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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And it’s here (!!) – our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire on Sunday 12th May 2013 – FREE ENTRY – 12pm till 4pm.

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This is a brand new exclusive use wedding venue and private stately home that we are opening to the viewing public for just one day only – and this you have to see!  Even if you already have your venue booked, this is still for you.  Come and make a day of it, visit our marquee full of absolutely outstanding wedding vendors (the very best in the business, I promise you), enjoy the beautiful gardens, ornamental lakes and the stunning arboretum, and explore the never before open stately pile. 

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Think Atonement, think Gatsby… and you are halfway there…

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“At Thorp Perrow you’ll find trees covered in blossom, carpets of bluebells and bold drifts of wild flowers.”

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This wonderful house has only very recently been opened to the public for weddings (having previously only been used as a private home) can hold up to sixty people for smaller events such as lunches and dinner parties. For larger occasions a marquee can be attached to the house or erected at the front of the house close to the lake.

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Come and visit the team behind these images as well as a collective of the region’s very finest suppliers this Sunday. 

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On site this Sunday you’ll be able to sample the talents of Buttercream Cupcakes, Make Up By Jo, Amy Sunley Photography, Glen Roughead Swing, Cat Hepple Photography, Cordelia & Co, Curvy Bridal, Peter Boyd Photography, It’s A Wind Up!, Limelight Photobooth Hire, Perfectly Practical Parties, Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist, White Petal Design, Gray Events Ltd, Kelly’s Event Boutique, DJB Photography, Firenza Floral Design, Twisted Willow Floristry, Joe Dodsworth Photography, Love on Location, Lissa Alexandra Photography, Elise Flowers, Kiss The Bride Magazine, The Wedding Guide, Simply Bows & Chair Covers, Travel In Style (Wedding Cars), Noble Fine Art, Swing Thing Duo, C & J Rentals, White Wedding Company, Ruby Shoes, Brides & Belles and more…

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Welcome Pack packed with little treats from Brides Up North, the regions’ best bridal glossy mags well as some fab 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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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking YOUR EVENT VENUE OF CHOICE e.g. “THORP PERROW” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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

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Photography – Joe Dodsworth Photography

Venue – Thorp Perrow & CWC Malings Catering

Wedding Gowns – Curvy Bridal

Hair & Makeup – Debonnesse & Love Hair & Beauty, Ripon

Hats & Ribbons – Quaintrelle: Millinery by Claire Spooner

Flowers including hair pieces – Twisted Willow Floristry

Models – Ruth Sturdy & Katie Dewar

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Exhibitor enquiries for all Brides Up North events in 2013 – please email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk – and brides to be, you can also pre-register for all of these events NOW! Click here

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Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire – Sunday 12th May 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition)

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The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham – Sunday 19th May 2013

(Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Rise Hall, East Yorkshire – Sunday 9th June 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham – Sunday 8th September 2013

(Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition – 100 exhibitors)

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Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire – Sunday 15th September 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, Co Durham – Sunday 29th September 2013

(Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition – 80 exhibitors)

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The Mansion, Leeds – Sunday 6th October 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Nostell Priory, Wakefield – Sunday 13th October 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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  – Images © 2013 Joe Dodsworth Photography

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Screen Starlet! Supplier Showcase: Story Of Your Day PLUS 10% DISCOUNT For Wedding Blog Readers

April 10th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon we are chatting to Brides Up North Featured Supplier and Exhibitor Emma of Story of Your Day.  In the World of wedding videography the fabulous Emma has a CV to die for, so you can be assured that your big day will be captured beautifully and thoughtfully.  Let’s meet this small screen siren…

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How did you get into wedding videography? What is your background and qualifications?

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I have worked in television for twenty years as a TV Journalist, producing, editing and presenting my own films. For the last ten years I have been a fully trained BBC Video Journalist learning the skills required to make original, eye-catching and unique films. Just over a year ago I was asked to film a colleague’s wedding and the very next day the photographer Cat Hepple, who I’d worked with at the BBC, suggested I should consider wedding videography. It seemed too much of a coincidence and when the referrals and bookings started coming in I quickly realised that this was a job I was not only good at but enjoyed as well. I started the business up slowly and the let it evolve organically. My first few films were with suppliers and photographers on wedding shoots, rather than weddings themselves. This is a film I made with Chloe from White Room Bridal and Cat Hepple.

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White Room Bridal Shoot from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

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Why should a couple have a wedding video?

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Not having a film is just not an option. In fact not having a videographer to capture the day is the main regret felt by today’s bride. I guess people sometimes picture 80’s style long wedding films. These are in the past and should stay there. Wedding films should be short and sweet and be something that’s watched time and time again by couples, family and friends. Find the right videographer and they’ll capture beautiful memories on film to last for a lifetime.

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Why weddings specifically? What is your favourite thing about being a wedding videographer?

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There is nothing quite so rewarding than watching the reaction on your couples‘ faces when they watch their films for the first time. And then over and over again.

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On the day of the wedding it is always such a privilege to be part of such an important occasion in a couples lives. From the moment I take on a couple’s wedding to watching back my films, I just love being involved.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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A wedding is one of the most important days of a person’s life and it’s essential everyone enjoys themselves and has a memorable occasion for all the right reasons, therefore making sure the couple feel relaxed is imperative. I always try to meet with my couples before the wedding day itself. If not before it would be at a rehearsal or meeting with the venue. On the actual day I begin filming in the background in order that the bride and the bridal party feel as ease and relaxed. I let the photographer take the lead and direct the day – this way there aren’t too many people making decisions and the couple don’t feel like they’re being pulled in too many directions. Many people worry about being interviewed. This is where my experience as a Video Journalist comes in. I am an expert at making people feel at ease with the camera and bringing out the best in them. In the end it’s more like having a chat than an interview and that way people come over on the films at their best. Finally, it’s about being there to help the day run smoothly. I regard myself as part of the team helping the day to be enjoyable and a fantastic day to remember.

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

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Every wedding is beautiful and moving in my eyes and being part of that very special moment in peoples‘ lives is an honour. In November I filmed a fusion wedding at the amazing Goldsborough Hall in North Yorkshire. The mist took nearly all day to lift but actually it made the setting even more romantic. The bride was absolutely gorgeous. In the morning we filmed the preparations for the church ceremony. Depika looked stunning in both her outfits. It was a long day but it was fantastic fun and wonderful.

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James and Depika – A Winter Wedding from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

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The perfect venue for a Fusion Wedding from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

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What sets you apart from other wedding videographers?

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I am refreshingly new to the industry and I offer something unique to many other videographers. Rather than one long film of the whole day it’s my belief that your films should be short and sweet – I offer small individual films, chosen by you, which are much more likely to be enjoyed by you and your loved one, as well as family and friends, time and time again. My films incorporate the best bits of your day, the highlights from your vows and speeches and messages from your guests.

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Every wedding is different.  Every couple is unique.  I’ll capture the essence of your day and each bespoke film will tell your individual story. Such is my reputation, I am now the recommended Wedding Videographer for many fantastic venues. These include Castle Howard, Rise Hall, Goldsborough Hall, Danby Castle and for wedding celebrations on board the Orient Express.

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Highlights from Phil and Heather’s day by Story of Your Day from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

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Tell us about some of your most recent collaborations and styled shoots with other industry professionals?

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From the outset I have worked on styled shoots. I do a lot of work with Cat Hepple because I admire her work. My favourite shoot with her was ‘Behind Closed Doors‘ with White Room Bridal but there have been many more. I have recently started working with suppliers and venues too making marketing films for their websites. These, most recently, include Wedding Celebrations on board the magnificent Orient Express and for Castle Howard in North Yorkshire. I have lots more stylised shoots and wedding venue films planned for the summer months too. They all appear on my website and blog.

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What projects do you have coming up that you are looking forward to in 2013?

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I am extremely exciting to be filming the wedding of Lois Earl and her fiancé, the Olympic hammer thrower Alex Smith. It’s at Rise Hall in East Yorkshire. As well as a film for the couple I’ll also be incorporating their wedding in a promotional film for Rise Hall’s website. I’ve got a few weddings at Castle Howard too this year and they should be amazing. The venue for a wedding is to die for.

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Your Wedding Celebrations at Castle Howard from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

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Are you prepared to travel? Is there an additional cost for this?

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Of course. I am prepared to travel anywhere. The only additional charge would be my expenses.

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What is included in your "package"? Can you give us an idea on price?

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I have two packages Confetti and Rose Petals but I also offer a bespoke service to clients based on requirements and budget. My prices start at £995.00 for a ‘Film of the Day’. More films are included in the Rose Petals Package or you can add them individually. It’s best to look at what I offer by clicking here or even better give me a call to chat your day through. There’s no obligation to book. I’m here to help.

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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Brides Up North readers can benefit from a 10% discount on my Rose Petals Package.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work?

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Examples of my work can be found on my website http://www.storyofyourday.co.uk/gallery/ and they can email me through that or directly on emma@storyofyourday.co.uk. Or just pick up the phone and fire me a call on 07973 459058.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Videos © 2013 Story Of Your Day, images © Cat Hepple Photography

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