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vintage coral. a pretty easter wedding at taitlands – helen & joe

February 2nd, 2015 | Julia Braime

a rustic Easter wedding at Taitlands by Joe Stenson (30)

Unless you follow Brides Up North over on Instagram (ahem!) then you probably won’t have noticed that I’ve been off skiing in the Alps for the past seven days… a sneaky little holiday before the Brides Up North wedding exhibition madness begins, but things certainly weren’t any less pretty or less busy on these pages this last week!

I’ve left one set of mountains to come home to an email mountain of my own, so whilst I get cracking on that lot, I’ll leave you with our first beautiful wedding of the week, Helen and Joe’s stunning vintage inspired celebration in the Yorkshire Dales.

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With images by Joe Stenson.

a rustic Easter wedding at Taitlands by Joe Stenson (17)

helen says: For my 33rd birthday we went to Manchester to watch Eddie Izzard Live.  We had booked an apartment and Joe had secretly upgraded us to the penthouse suite.  On the morning of my birthday Joe surprised me on the roof terrace with a champagne breakfast and my birthday presents.  The last present I opened was an empty box… when I looked over to Joe he was beside me and down on one knee with a ring in his pocket.  I was shocked that he had finally proposed to me and I hadn’t even seen it coming!

a rustic Easter wedding at Taitlands by Joe Stenson (19)

We were married on 19th April 2014.  We made the most of the long Easter weekend with our friends and family.

I am from Staffordshire and Joe is from North Yorkshire so we looked at venues in both counties. We wanted to get married at a venue that had everything on one site and could offer us the whole weekend.  After doing lots of internet research on our summer holiday we had shortlisted it down to three places. After visits to all three we quickly decided on Taitlands in Stainforth, North Yorkshire.  This beautiful venue had everything on site: a coach house with marquee, a grade II listed house with guest bedrooms, a smaller cottage and beautiful walled garden with the amazing Yorkshire Dales as a backdrop.

a rustic Easter wedding at Taitlands by Joe Stenson (29)

As the venue was fairly vintage and rustic I knew to keep it in with that theme.  There were lots of homemade bunting and fabric hearts which I had spent months making and with the help of family and friends collected lots of vintage bottles from car boot sales, vintage fairs and antique shops for the flowers.  I also spray painted vintage lace doilies with coral fabric paint and used these for the table centres – a job I really loved. For the marquee we hired some huge letters of our initials from Add Vintage who I met at a vintage fair in Leeds.

My favourite colour is coral so I wanted the bridesmaids and the flowers to follow that.  I also wanted spring colours so ivory and sage green went perfectly with the coral.  The colour theme wasn’t too obvious but there were subtle hints.

a rustic Easter wedding at Taitlands by Joe Stenson (6)

After trying on about fifty different dresses (!) I had a good idea about what suited me (and what really didn’t). After trips to 13 different shops, I found a beautiful ivory gold vintage lace design by Justin Alexander at Ava Rose Hamilton in Silsden and knew it was the one. I chose my veil from Ava Rose and purchased some beautiful vintage hair pieces from Chez Bec after seeing them on a wedding blog. My pearl earrings and bracelet were also from Chez Bec and I had personalised bracelets made for the bridesmaids, each with their birthstone on.  I wore beautiful vintage closed toe shoes called Orla from Rachel Simpson.

My hair and make-up was all done by Helen Whincup from Harrogate, a self-employed hairdresser.  She travelled to the venue very early and was a huge help at calming me down and getting us all ready on time.

Joe wore a blue three piece suit which he bought from Reiss in the January sales.  He accessorised with tan brown shoes from Barker Shoes and a coral and blue tie from House of Fraser.  His outfit was finished off with his Granddad’s 1970s gold pocket watch which was a surprise from me on the wedding morning enclosed in an engraved pocket pouch. He really looked very handsome.

My bridesmaids, my sister Sarah and two closest friends Thea and Jenny, wore coral lace mid length dresses from an American supplier on Etsy complimented with patent nude shoes from BHS, again in the January sales.

a rustic Easter wedding at Taitlands by Joe Stenson (20)

I walked in to ‘I will wait for you’ by Mumford and Sons (I had been waiting nearly 14 years!) and as I got to the front and Joe finally turned round I stopped crying and started to sing the lyrics to him.  I hadn’t planned to do this and afterwards I learnt that the entrance song had been played in full when they thought I was ready to come in so really he had been waiting for me!

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After seeing two or three florists I visited Twisted Willow Floristry in Ripon.  Joanna was absolutely lovely and really got the idea of what look I wanted without me knowing much about flowers.  She came up with some amazing bouquets, buttonholes and corsages made up of peonies, roses, gypsophila, lily of the valley, ranunculus, anemones, larkspur and muscari. She also provided dried confetti for my DIY paper doily confetti holders and the same flowers as the bouquets for the table centres and venue which my mother-in-law then put together in a very natural way. Joe’s mum did such an amazing job the day before putting this all together.

a rustic Easter wedding at Taitlands by Joe Stenson (21)

After the ceremony we had an Easter egg hunt and also hired some outdoor games (croquet and giant jenga) from Add Vintage to keep guests entertained.

a rustic Easter wedding at Taitlands by Joe Stenson (23)

RSVP Candy helped us produce all of our fantastic wedding stationery from the amazing personalised wedding story invite and poster to the personalised name badges, wedding programmes, table plan, table names and signs for our photo booth, easter egg hunt and sweet table.

We used vintage postcards of the Yorkshire Dales and a stamp from Not On The High Street for our save the dates.  As we had lots spare my creative sister used the leftover postcards and created us a print of our names which we hung up on the day in the ceremony room.

We also had photo bunting hung around the coach house of all our guests from over the years.  This created a lot of laughter and some embarrassment for our guests.

a rustic Easter wedding at Taitlands by Joe Stenson (25)

The food was all supplied by Taitlands’ caterers and we had a selection of Yorkshire canapés out on the lawns followed by country terrine, slow cooked Taitlands lamb and lemon tarte for the wedding breakfast.  Locally produced and perfect for spring.

The fizz and wine was all supplied by Majestic.  We had gin and elderflower tonic for when guests arrived, prosecco and raspberry liqueur for after the ceremony and a sauvignon blanc and rioja for the wedding breakfast which complimented the lamb perfectly.

We had two cakes, a 6 tier wedding cheesecake made by The Courtyard in Settle which was the main part of the evening supper with pork pies. Our good friend Hannah made three different flavoured cupcakes with a top tier fruit cake.  These were amazing and I really can’t recommend Hann-made cakes enough.

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During the wedding breakfast we had a wedding quiz (all about our guests) and later on in the evening we had a DIY photobooth and polaroid camera so guests could leave their photos and messages in a guestbook.

Our favours also doubled up as pin badge place names in coral for the girls and sage green for the boys.  By the end of the day everyone was wearing them, which also helped with introductions.  We also had a sweet table and wedding quiz for our guests to enjoy.

a rustic Easter wedding at Taitlands by Joe Stenson (7)

Joe researched the entertainment for months and we were so pleased with the Leeds band that we finally chose.  Vibetown provided two great sets of live music, with two singers, brass, guitar and drums.  Our first dance was ‘Hey Ho’ by the Lumineers as we didn’t want a slow smoochy one and we both loved the lyrics.  By the second set everyone had bought the photo booth masks and props onto the dancefloor which the band found hilarious.  We also had a spontaneous breakdance competition between guests and there were one or two power cuts when the generator kept cutting out but the saxophonist kept playing solo until the power came back on. Superb.

a rustic Easter wedding at Taitlands by Joe Stenson (32)

We managed to find a top guy to take our wedding photos at a vintage fair in Leeds. Joe Stenson is unbelievably talented and such a kind, great guy to work with!  We did two engagement shoots before the wedding, including a trip to the pub which made us feel right at ease with Joe.  A month or so before the wedding Joe asked if Jemma, a friend of his, could come along as a second photographer as she wanted to shoot some more film so we got two fantastic photographers for the price of one. Jemma was so good at making the girls feel relaxed on the morning of the wedding and Joe was so great at capturing the real feel of the day. We would give them both the best possible recommendation to anybody looking for a wedding photographer.

a rustic Easter wedding at Taitlands by Joe Stenson (27)

The venue and the backdrop of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales was perfect.  Everything was on site, including accommodation for the bridal party and all our other guests stayed locally in Settle, only a 10 minute taxi ride away.

Emma the owner and her husband Martin were very good at accommodating our requests.  We wanted the wedding breakfast in the marquee which they didn’t usually do, we were able to set up the venue on the Thursday and our bridal party could arrive early on the Friday so we could relax the day before.  Emma let us use her home as if it was our own and was very relaxed about most things.  Her staff on the day were great too.

I can’t wait to go back there one day for a visit when we are walking in the Dales.

a rustic Easter wedding at Taitlands by Joe Stenson (26)

Our favourite moments from the day included our entrance to the wedding breakfast.  We came into the A-Team and high-fived everyone as we went round the room.  We loved the speeches and the surprise video messages from guests that couldn’t be there, including my nan and a few words from one of Joe’s favourite comedians Richard Herring!

a rustic Easter wedding at Taitlands by Joe Stenson (12)

A couple of days after the wedding we flew to Miami beach for a short stay and then went onto Belize and Mexico for jungle trekking, visits to lots of ruins, snorkelling and lazing on beautiful Caribbean beaches. It was great to spend some quality time with my new husband after 10 months of wedding planning and the scenery and weather was amazing.  It was tough going back to work after nearly 4 weeks off!

a rustic Easter wedding at Taitlands by Joe Stenson (33)

Joe and I planned the wedding we wanted in 10 months!  We did have ‘wedmin’ to do pretty much every day but we really enjoyed it.  I would say spend your budget on the food, drink and music – that’s what all your guests will appreciate the most. We wanted those special little touches too so made time to have or make things that were personal to us, that others may not have noticed.

My top planning tips for other Brides Up North would be to set budgets and make decisions early to give yourselves time at the end for all the fun things.  On the day itself, try and relax and take it all in as it can be quite overwhelming.  We had half an hour by ourselves just as the sun was setting, when we went off with the photographer, and it was lovely just to catch up and relive some of our favourite moments.

Finally, never put your drink down, you’ll never remember where you put it!

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A Beauty of a Boutique! Supplier Showcase – The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

July 10th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Yorkshire ladies.  Stop. Right. There.  Before you even think about ordering your wedding gown, pay my lovely friend Hayley at The Harrogate Wedding Lounge a visit.  This wedding blogger wants to move in to Hayley’s gorgeous boutique and sit on her flumpy sofas, flicking through planning guides and ogling the gorgeous wedding dresses forever more!  That ok with you Hayley?

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

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Anyway.  Let’s talk shop.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

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When did The Harrogate Wedding Lounge open and what is your background?

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I opened The Harrogate Wedding Lounge on 29th May 2009.

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After taking voluntary redundancy from my full time job in Leeds I decided it was time to do something I loved. I had my own wedding planning business which was growing and developing nicely on a part time basis and I decided this was the route I wanted to take. The wedding industry is such a lovely industry to work in and bridal fashion and trends were always my favourite part. When an opportunity presented itself to move into existing premises currently used as a bridal shop it just seemed like fate had dealt me a hand. We completely overhauled the then existing shop in just 6 weeks. We replaced all of the designers and stock and created a beautiful, welcoming and homely shop brides can be proud to visit.    

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What lines of wedding gowns do you stock?

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We are very proud to stock some of the industry’s leading names including Maggie Sottero, Ronald Joyce, Madeline Gardner and Justin Alexander Signature.  The designers and their gowns have all been handpicked by us for their quality, structure, fine fabrics, attention to detail and because they are just that little bit different.      

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

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What lines of accessories do you stock?

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We are well known for our accessories collection! Having gowns that are a bit different means we have to accessorise accordingly and we have great fun choosing our fabulous designs to complement our gowns. We stock everything from birdcage veils to Art Deco and vintage inspired head bands and tiaras. We have lace veils, short funky veils and cathedral veils from industry leaders like Richard Designs. We also have an amazing collection of bridal jewellery from the fabulous award winning Chez Bec (a wedding blog Featured Supplier), stunning vintage inspired headwear and jewellery by Madeline Isaac James and plenty of glam shoes from the likes of Rainbow Couture, Rainbow Club and Shades. We also have lots of quirky extras like “Weddington” Boots, bespoke garters exclusive to The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, parasols, wraps and jackets in lots of fabrics and styles. One of my favourites is the Milan wrap pictured below its so glamorous!           

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Where are you located?

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We are located on the main A59 Between Harrogate and Knaresborough only a 30 minute drive from either Leeds or York and a big bonus is we have free parking – either at the side of our shop or in the small residential cul-de-sac next to our shop.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Our gowns start from around £800 for some of our lightweight more destination style gowns and our top end is currently £2,200.  We do add to our collections all the time but this is the usual price range you would expect to pay for one of our gowns. Accessories start from £70 for veils, £90 for headbands/tiaras and shoes by Rainbow Couture start from £115. 

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

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Do Brides Up North need an appointment?

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We work on an appointment basis to make sure each and every bride gets the undivided attention she deserves. You won’t have to share a changing area, nor sit with other people’s relatives at this special time. At The Harrogate Wedding Lounge we pride ourselves on our personal service and we only ever see one bride at a time. We also give you a generous appointment time of 90 minutes so you can take your time and really enjoy this wonderful experience.     

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

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What can Brides Up North expect when they come in for an appointment?

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At your first appointment we will sit down and have an initial discussion. We get to know the facts: when is the wedding, where, are you having any bridesmaids, what’s your dress budget etc, then we discuss what you have tried on to date, what you like and don’t like and we talk you through our collections. You are then left to browse the rails for a few minutes while we prepare refreshments for you and your party. We have pink fizz, bucks fizz, orange juice, tea & coffee with a selection of flavoured syrups and lovely little treats to eat. We then review your selection with you, possibly throw in a couple of wild cards of our choice and get on with creating a stunning wedding day look. If at the end of your appointment you require some thinking time there is no pressure, we simply make a note of your favourite gowns and accessories on one of our beautiful keep sake cards and send you away to sleep on it.    

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

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What is your current favourite gown that you stock and why?

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Oh no! I hate that question because we handpick all of our gowns at selected shows throughout the year and it is so difficult to select one as my favourite, I love them all in their own way. My very favourites include the Maggie Sottero Geneva because it has so much amazing detail you just can’t stop looking at it! Maggie Sottero Annabelle is a beautiful fitting dress that is very elegant but also a bit sexy. The Ronald Joyce Lidia has the ability to make any bride feel like a true princess.    

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Is there a particular style of dress that is popular with your brides at the moment?

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A key trend at the moment is backless gowns, they are really popular this season. Glamorous gowns like the Ronald Joyce Sable are a real hit and the Maggie Sottero Bernadette with its beautiful key hole back and lace shoulders is a gorgeous twist on a classic shape. For a more lightweight style or a beach wedding the Caprice is unbeatable! It’s cool, sassy, understated and elegant all in one.  

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

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How does The Harrogate Wedding Lounge provide a superior experience to other wedding dress boutiques?

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We are a down to earth friendly team of females who absolutely love what we do! This isn’t just a job for us – we genuinely are so excited about helping you plan your dream day whether that be just your gown, our help with finding other fabulous suppliers or helping with styling ideas too. We are much more than just a dress shop. We offer each bride our personal one to one service too with enhances this special experience.  

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

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Do you stock Bridesmaid Dresses?

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We hold around 20 great selling styles from Ronald Joyce in a fantastic selection of colours and fabrics. We don’t stipulate that you have to buy your bridal gown from us either so if you already have your dress you are still welcome to come and view our range of gowns for your best girls. We normally recommend a dedicated bridesmaid appointment and not doing it at the end of your bridal appointment. It adds a sense of occasion for your bridesmaids and means we get to concentrate on you all individually too.   
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We hear you offer planning consultations – can you tell Brides Up North a bit about that?

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We offer our popular Wedding Lounge “Sessions” – these are a perfect way to gather your nearest and dearest who you would like to help with the planning process. Mums and bridesmaids often chip in to give this as a gift to the bride to get her started on the planning. It really is an informal evening full of ideas and advice to set you on your way. The evening is a 3 hour workshop with drinks and treats and offers you great tools along the way. Including guest trackers, budget planners, helpful websites, wedding blogs, planning advice and a few other surprises too! Our planning sessions represent great value at £179 and they will get you off to a fantastic start with the planning aiming to make things clearer in your head.    

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What did you wear on your wedding day?  What would you choose to wear now?

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My dress was very different, it was actually green! Is was by a designer called Catherine Jane and was a two tone shot silk. It shone lots of colours from peacock blue to rich yellow tones, I loved it. I would probably wear something very different now I love the Maggie Sottero Nora dress, it has a low waist so helps to pull in your tummy and it has a real fairytale feel without being too cumbersome to move in. It is very sparkly too .

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

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We can be contacted by phone on 01423 888 242 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday or you can email us on  info@theharrogateweddinglounge.com  There is also an appointment request service on our website www.theharrogateweddinglounge.com Fill in the form with your desired date and time and we will call you back with the options.

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Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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We do 2 late night openings per week, usually a Monday and Wednesday nights with the last appointment being 7pm. If you do require a late night or a Saturday appointment give us plenty of notice as we currently book around 4 weeks in advance for these times. We look forward to seeing lots of Brides up North readers very soon.

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As a special treat if you mention Brides up North when you book your appointment you will receive a goody bag with luxury skincare and perfume samples for you to try! 

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What are you waiting for Yorkshire brides?!

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To see me rocking some of Hayley’s amazing samples to celebrate the Royal Wedding earlier this year, click here.

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The North’s Got Talent! Brides Up North featured Suppliers Nominated in the Perfect Wedding Magazine Awards 2011

June 18th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Perfect Wedding Awards 2011

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Brides Up North is thrilled to announce that not one, not two, but six of this wedding blog’s Featured Suppliers have been nominated for a Perfect Wedding Award 2011!  Hats off to these fabulous wedding industry talents.  You have my vote!

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And All Things Nice    Vicky Trainor   Glitzy Secrets

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Flo and Percy   Tiararama   Chez Bec

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Congratulations to the following Brides Up North Featured Supplier nominees:

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Best Wedding Jewellery

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Glitzy Secrets 

Chez Bec 

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Best Hair Accessories

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Tiararama 

Flo & Percy 

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Best Wedding Stationery

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Vicky Trainor 

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Best Wedding Details

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And All Things Nice

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Brides Up North readers – visit the Perfect Wedding website to cast your votes now – you could end up winning a luxury spa break worth £350 at Titanic Spa in Huddersfield

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Glitzy Secrets, Chez Bec, Tiararama. Flo & Percy, Vicky Trainor and And All Things Nice are Brides Up North Featured Suppliers

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Brides Up North Featured Suppliers make it to the final round of nominations in the Wedding Ideas Magazine Awards 2011

December 29th, 2010 | Julia Braime

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What excitement!  The latest edition of Wedding Ideas Magazine is out today and in it they reveal the top five nominees in each category of the Wedding Ideas Awards 2011!

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Congratulations

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Special congratulations to these Brides Up North Featured Suppliers who have all been nominated in the top five for their category!  As you know, Brides Up North only features the creme de la creme!

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Cards By Sophie

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Brides and Beauty

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Chez Bec

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 Blue Lights Photography

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Flo & Percy

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Well done ladies!  I feel so proud!

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Sorry if I have missed anyone, I can’t wait to check out the full list later today…

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Pick up your copy to see who else was nominated!

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The Wedding Ideas Awards 2011 will take place on 14 January 2011 at The Brewery in London. Good luck to my Featured Suppliers!

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This is not a sponsored post

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Chez Bec Giveaway (9th December 2010): We Have Our Winners!

December 13th, 2010 | Julia Braime

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Thank you to all of you who subscribed and commented for a chance to win one of two Crystal Elegance bracelets kindly donated by the fabulous Chez Bec.

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Selected by random draw, our winners are:

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  • Katherine

    December 9, 2010 | Permalink | Edit | Reply

    My wrist was made for this gorgeous bracelet
    I wear a simple silver bracelet everyday from my best friend. I haven’t taken it off in over 2 years … for my wedding, I would like to wear a select piece or two that compliment this bracelet and not clash. This bracelet is so neutral, I can see it as adding a great final touch to my dress while not taking away from anything important! cheers

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  • Grace K.

    December 11, 2010 | Permalink | Edit | Reply

    The perfect accessory. I would love to wear this bracelet on my wedding day. It’s the perfect statement jewelry to complement the bridal look. LOVE IT!

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    Ladies, please contact Brides Up North with your address details and Chez Bec will send your luxury giftwrapped prizes out to you!

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    Be sure to send Brides Up North a photograph of you wearing it on your Real Wedding day!

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    Merry Christmas!

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    Didn’t win? No worries!  Enter the Flo & Percy giveaway on the blog today for a chance to win their Clarice headpiece worth £155!  All you have to do is leave a comment on the post

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    Supplier Showcase: Cards By Sophie

    December 11th, 2010 | Julia Braime

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    Featured Supplier Cards By Sophie tells Brides Up North all about her gorgeous stationery.

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    How and why did Cards By Sophie begin?

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    Not many people know that I used to work in the construction industry, which now feels like a completely different life! I was under the threat of redundancy in early 2009 so decided to leave the hard hat and steel toe cap boots behind before I was pushed. I have always wanted to be more creative and resented the fact that my job wouldn’t allow it. I’ve made cards since I was very young, and thought back to my own wedding in 2007 where I found it so difficult to find something that was just as I wanted.  I decided to create a collection that is simple, stylish, contemporary and affordable for everyone.

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    Allure

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    Did you make the invitations for your own wedding?

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    I didn’t actually! I got married abroad in New Zealand so it was completely different, then we had a big party when we got back home again. This is where the gem of Cards by Sophie came from as I couldn’t find any stationers that would let you write something other than ‘wedding invitation’ on the outside of the card. I ended up spending a small fortune on some lovely invites but if I’d had the time I would have done them myself!

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    Sophie’s Real Wedding 

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    What designs are available to order?

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    We have 18 designs, in two ranges. In our first we have unique, handmade and completely personal designs. Each design can be customised to your requirements, for example the colours of ribbons, handmade paper or Swarovski crystals can be changed to match your wedding theme and colours. There are no set rules, the stationery is available in a range of sizes, and you can create your own wording on the inside and outside of each card.

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    Our second range features four fabulous printed designs. You can add your own wording on the inside and outside of the card and add an additional personal touch of Swarovski crystals to match your wedding theme.

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    Cards By Sophie

    Dandelion

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    Do you have any new designs for 2011?

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    The printed designs mentioned above (Rosa, Botanica, Dandelion and Inspire) are all new for 2011. In addition we have Carnival and Amour that are new as well! We’ve been busy recently!

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    Yes this is also possible. I should say that all of our existing stationery can be altered to a particular wedding theme or colours, once you change the colour or font it can really change the design completely. If you’re looking for bespoke that is also possible, we charge a one off fee of £50 to design something completely new for you.

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    What is currently your favourite design and why?

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    My favourite changes almost weekly I think! At the moment I’m loving Botanica, one of the new printed designs. It’s so intricate and looks stunning even from a distance.

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    Botanica

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    What is your most popular design and why?

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    The most popular design is Pearl, I think it’s due to its simplicity; it’s not over complicated and very wedding-y! The ribbon colour can change on this so again it can look quite modern or more traditional depending on this and your font as well.

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    Pearl

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    Where do you get your inspiration from?

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    It might sound silly but my clients inspire me, I want people out there getting married to find their ideal stationery without the big trawl through the internet and lack of choice that I found when planning my wedding! I love it when I can help a client out, it keeps me going and I have to remember that when I’m having a bad day. I had a conversation with a bride earlier in the week who was so thankful that I could do her invitations for her in time, something like that is just so worthwhile. I’ve also had a couple of people come round to view my work recently saying ‘I wish I’d found you sooner’. What could be better than that?!

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    Allure

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    What products are available in each design? – i.e. save the date, evening invitation etc

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    Stationery available for each and every design is as follows:

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    · Save the Dates

    · Invitations – Day / Evening

    · Pocketfolds (includes a ribbon wrapped RSVP and information card)

    · Cheque Books (includes a perforated RSVP sheet and information sheet)

    · Menus

    · Order of Service / Day

    · Table Cards (names and numbers)

    · Place Cards

    · Table Plans

    · Guest Books

    · Favour Boxes

    · Thank you cards

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    Pearl

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    Who would be your dream client, and what sort of design would you envisage for them?

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    This is a difficult one! I would love to do a celeb wedding, just because it would be so over the top! Although this may not be such a dream as they would need a huge amount of stationery. I would love to get into Indian weddings more because the colours are so beautiful and bright, I did some order of service with our Petal design in hot pink and orange which looked fab.

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    Petal

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    What design would you suggest for the Royal Wedding?

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    I would probably go for Pearl which is very classic with a pale pink ribbon, or if they want to go a bit more British – Carnival with a bit of bunting!

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    Carnival

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    Pearl

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    What would be your top tips for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding stationery?

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    Your stationery can set the scene for your wedding. It is an exciting way of giving your guests an idea of what your day will be like and it’s often the first glimpse they will get into the wedding!

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    Invitations are the first key step to setting the tone and choosing them may help you decide on your flowers and other accessories, or vice-versa! Think about the sort of clothes you love, your ideal décor, and the place where you are getting married. This will help you decide whether you’re going for something traditional, vintage or modern.

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    Which colours are you going for? Many of my clients choose ribbon colours on the stationery to match the bridesmaids’ dresses and send me a swatch of fabric so I can create the design in the right colours. We encourage our couples to choose their preferred wording or create their own for that special touch.

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    Dandelion favour box

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    How far in advance should save the dates and then wedding invitations be sent out?

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    The first items to consider are save the date cards. These are usually sent as soon as you know your wedding date, at least 9 – 12+ months in advance of your wedding. It’s a good idea to send these out particularly if the wedding is at a busy holiday time or mid-week. Some couples skip save the dates altogether and move straight onto the next step… invitations.

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    We recommend sending out invitations at least 2 months prior to the wedding. You’ll also need to allow enough time for your stationer to make the items (we ask for around 2-3 weeks after approval of a proof), so you need to be thinking about these around 3-4 months before the wedding date.

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    Monogram – pocketfold

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    Consider having pocketfolds or cheque books; they contain not only the invitation but an RSVP and information card for details of hotels, directions etc. inside – we love making life simple! If you provide your guests with RSVP’s it often means they will reply a lot quicker and not forget to reply altogether. It’s always difficult chasing up those last few replies. Information cards are a flat piece of printed card, they can include anything you like, directions, hotel details or a map, or possibly a little poem for your guests.

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    Rosa – cheque book

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    Does all the stationery have to match?

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    Not at all! Most couples do prefer to match it all up, but others want something different each time. This particularly applies if you’re ordering save the dates up front, I’d recommend to just pick something you like the look of and worry about your colour scheme later on with the invitations.

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    I completed an order recently for the Allure design where the clients changed the colours of the ribbons, feathers and crystals for all of the on the day items, so this meant it was still the same design but had alternative colours for the menus, order of service and table plan!

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    Where are you based and where can you supply?

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    I’m based in Cheshire, however I supply throughout the UK (and worldwide!). I’m very proud that my stationery has gone to the USA, Canada, France, Switzerland and Germany so far…!

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    Inspire

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    What are your prices, are you doing any special offers?

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    Special offer at the moment is a 10% discount on orders over £300.

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    Our prices for invitations start at £1.95, menus from £1.95, order of service from £2.25, place cards are 95p, table plans £70 including postage, table cards £1.55, thank you cards from £1.75 – a full price list is available on our website.

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    Amour

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    How long do you take to turn around an order?

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    This varies of course on the amount of items ordered. When we receive an order we make a proof with all of the font, wording and colour options and send it to our client for approval. Once we’ve got this signed off we start on the stationery, this usually takes around 2-3 weeks for a standard order. We do get very busy over the summer so it may be slightly longer but we’ll always keep our clients updated on where we’re up to!

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    If we receive an order that has say invitations and also what we term ‘on the day’ (anything to be used on the day itself e.g. menus, place cards etc) we will make and send out the order in two batches. Invitations up front, and then nearer the wedding day we’ll get in touch for all of the information for the on the day items.

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    How can I get in touch to discuss my requirements or place an order?

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    The website is www.cardsbysophie.com, where you can order a sample for just £1, or you can find us on Twitter www.twitter.com/cardsbysophie or our Facebook page www.facebook.com/cardsbysophie

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    Either that or just email me sophie@cardsbysophie.com with your thoughts – I’d love to hear from you!

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    Love favour box

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    We hear you have a new website? Tell us about it.

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    Yes we’re very excited about our new website! It was launched a few weeks ago. It features an e-commerce facility so clients can order directly through the website, making it much more convenient to order. The website www.cardsbysophie.com and our new designs are all aimed at making wedding stationery quicker, easier and cheaper to order.

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    Inspire place card

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    Finally, a bit of PR for me, why do you read the Brides Up North blog and why do you like it?

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    I love the variety of posts on Brides Up North from guilty celeb wedding reading to selections of dresses and a wonderful interview recently with Sarah Beeny! It’s a great idea to target those northern brides out there, so many things (and suppliers) are southern based, so it’s often difficult to find something local, or to see something in the flesh without an expensive trip to London! An excellent resource for couples Up North!

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    Remember to comment on the Brides Up North Chez Bec Giveaway for a chance to win a Crystal Elegance bracelet.  Competition closes at midnight tomorrow!

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