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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

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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Happy 15th Birthday Dine Services!

June 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Those of you who read the wedding blog regularly will know that I work very closely with my wonderful colleagues at Dine Services to bring you the majority of our beautiful Yorkshire wedding exhibitions and some of our industry networking events.  In fact, there may just be a few coming up this Autumn… it’s never to early to get those diaries out!

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You will also know that back in mid March I welcomed my baby girl into the World.  Now of course, with any new arrival comes the required nine months of abstinence from any alcoholic tipple or real night out so it was with great excitement that I realised that an invitation to Dine Services’ fabulous 15th birthday celebrations at stunning The Mansion in Roundhay Park would mark my return to the social scene!

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Founded in 1998 by Daniel Gill, 1000′s of clients have experienced exceptional catering and beautiful theming all pulled together by Dine’s team of dedicated event managers with an eye for fine detail who plan and deliver beyond expectations.

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Dine Services are specialists in managing exclusive venues and creating incredible wedding & events

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With a delicious four courses of fine dining on the menu plus free flowing specially paired wines and sake with every course, it’s a wonder that this light-weight can remember anything of the evening at all, but that said, the team so pulled out all the stops to create such an amazing event that it would be difficult to forget. 

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After worrying for weeks about the glamorous dress code (bear in mind that a month after baby arrived very little fit), I finally cobbled some glad rags together to join the team and their esteemed guests for an evening full of surprises.

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Whilst “working the room” and consuming my body weight (see above, that was a lot!) of the most impressive canapés that I have ever tasted (think treacle cured Scottish salmon arrange on a pipette of oriental dressing and sweet chilli injected prawn tempuras) we were serenaded by group of amazing singers – they wouldn’t have been out of place in the West End – who had sneakily infiltrated the party dressed in Dine uniforms.  I had thought that the staff were looking unusually attractive that evening..!

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Now this is what I call a dessert!

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Later in the evening, after a very theatrical serving of a giant Eton Mess in the centre of each table (complete with dry ice and white chocolate bombs), X Factor singer Carolynne Poole took to the stage, followed by a slave auction compared by Harry Gration.

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At this point the sake had been finished and my poor husband was getting very twitchy as I bid and bid and bid to secure the services of some of my very favourite Yorkshire suppliers, including Brides Up North Featured Supplier Joel Skingle Photography and Horti-couture floristry.  Luckily others in the room had deeper pockets, and Alan’s wallet was safe (that night anyway)!

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Dine weren’t just celebrating for the sake of it though!  Whilst I was busy building a horrendous hangover for the next morning, their birthday event raised in excess of £16,000 for charity, split between the Leeds Community Foundation and the MS Society, which really is something else. 

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As a result, my colleagues have been shortlisted for a well deserved Yorkshire Business Masters 2013 Award, in the Yorkshire Pride category for their amazing fundraising efforts, and I would love for you to take a moment to vote for them on the Business Desk website.  VOTING CLOSES TODAY and all it takes is a click to recognise this wonderful team’s stellar efforts.   Click here to visit the site and cast your vote.

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You can also visit the Dine Services website to find out more about their venues, outside catering services and how they can make your wedding or event super special.  Tell them I say hello!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Video © 2013 Dine Services, Images © 2013 Joel Skingle Photography

Dine Services is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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The Editorials: Something Blue

June 10th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It was lovely to wake up this morning to kind emails from suppliers and brides to be congratulating us on another successful Brides Up North event at Rise Hall yesterday and the conclusion of a fabulous Spring season.  I could go on, and on (and on) about how much fun hosting these wedding exhibitions has been and how much I love each and every one of my readers and exhibitors, but all I’ll say is a massive thank you from me and my team for all of your amazing support – you rock! The Northern Revolution really is in full swing.

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When I started the blog back in the dark ages of 2010 my aim was to show other soon-to-be-weds that you  don’t need to head to the smoke to source suppliers for your big day, and to demonstrate the levels of quality available from the wedding industry right on your door step.  These events are doing just that – stepping out from behind the computer screen and showing you exactly what these talented people can do for you.  If you missed our events this Spring, be sure to pop along to an event near you from September 1st.  We’ll be announcing the full line up shortly, but we have another nine events across three regions in the diary already.  Watch this space.  Exhibitors can also contact us for details by emailing contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk

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Another way in which I aim to spread our message is via the plethora of freelance columns that I pen on a monthly basis.  The deadlines here at Brides Up North HQ are always looming, let me tell you!  As well as contributing to many local bridal titles I am also proud to have been recognised as an influential UK wedding blogger and asked to write my own regular column for National glossy Wedding Magazine. This morning I am sharing a column that was published in one of their recent issues in case you missed it offline.

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Girls, get ready to slip on those blue suede shoes… today we are on the hunt for your something blue!

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I wrote: You know the words: Something Old, Something New… but when it comes to wedding day luck, style savvy brides are taking no chances by adding cooler colour details to their big day.

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Almost everything looks bright against white, so take care when adding bold blues to your wedding day scheme. Pick an angle and go with it – choose crisp navy to define and formalise your colour palette or the palest pastel powders to soften and prettify the overall look.

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Whichever shade you choose, all you’ll need to add is a silver sixpence for your shoe!

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Never mind green fingers, the natural world is awash with pretty blue petals in varying shades. Add the freshest bluebells to your Spring bouquet or try hand-tied cornflowers for a relaxed Summer look. Towering indigo delphiniums or bleached out hydrangeas look stunning in centrepieces.

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Forget diamonds – think royal. Copy the Duchess of Cambridge and sparkle in sapphires instead. Vintage magpies on the hunt for these pretty stones might find that they can cover their Something Old and Something Blue all at once…

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Most men that I’ve met are afraid of the fuchsia cravat. Win style and brownie points by suggesting that your boy plays it cool in blue. From pale tones, through oxford blue to nearly black navy, 2013’s sharpest wedding suits all seem to have a hint of the hue.

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To add a dash of colour without feeling over committed, pay attention to detail. Try a pale petticoat under shorter frocks, a flash of a blue suede shoe, a pretty periwinkle vintage motor or piles of Parma violets for your guests to take away with them.

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Fashionistas! Are You Ready? It’s The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive At The Mansion – THIS SUNDAY!

March 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It’s time for another gorgeous Brides Up North event at The Mansion, Roundhay Park – definitely Leeds’ chicest boutique wedding venue, and totally one for the fashionistas!

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Our luxury wedding exhibition is THIS WEEKEND – Sunday 3rd March 2013! And it just so happens that our VIP Bride To Be registration is now open…

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Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition

The Mansion, Roundhay Park

Sunday 3rd March 2013

12pm till 4pm – Free Entry

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This is your invitation to a day of bridal brilliance at Leeds’ most desirable wedding venue: The Mansion.  Check out our special video clip above to see just how special and hear from some previous brides and grooms.

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This Sunday, a choice selection of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will also be on hand to inspire and advise.  Only the best will do for Brides Up North and Dine Events!  But don’t just take my word for it, come and see for yourselves!

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Leeds’ most fabulous brides have been quick off the mark, but if you haven’t already,  pre-register online NOW for speedy entry and your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag packed with treats, glossy mags, little pressies from Brides Up North and exclusive on the day discounts!

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

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

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Some of Yorkshire’s finest in attendance on Sunday… Allan Scott Photography, Amelia Elliott Bridal, l Amoretto Wedding Stationery, Booth Revolution, Bridezilla Design Company, Curvy Bridal, Damselle Tiaras, Deans Fine Jewellery, DG Sound & Light, Dine Services, DJB Photography, Donna Makes Cakes, Dorchester Ledbetter Photography, Eyecapture, Floral Opulence, Function 54, Iain Henderson Designs, JB Creatives, Joel Skingle Photography, Leafy Couture, Perfectly Practical Parties, Smooch, The Enchanted Wood Weddings, The Greenhouse Florist, The Little Bridal Company, The Wedding Guide, The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company, Truly Scrumptious Cakes By Lynne, Confetti & Lace, The Event Music Company, Swing Thing Duo and me!

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Can’t make it to The Mansion?  Click here to view our amazing range of luxury bridal exhibitions this Spring, and save the date!

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Real Wedding images from Amy and Sam’s beautiful wedding at The Mansion, courtesy of Chris Chambers PhotographyClick here to see the whole celebration.

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: New York, North Yorks! A Real Wedding At Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire – Antony & Kristy

December 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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If you are in any doubt about why you should visit one of our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fairs at Allerton Castle in 2013, then Kristy and Antony’s beautiful Real Wedding by one of our exhibitors, Chris Chambers Photography should make your mind up for you.  Like the venue itself, their big day was simply stunning. 

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Kristy says:  Antony proposed on New Years Day 2011 at the top of the Rockefeller Centre in New York with a jelly sweet ring and we were married on 30th June 2012 at Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire. 

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We were blown away with the grand presence of the building both inside and out. The moment we saw the grand hall and stunning staircase we knew this was our perfect venue. It actually brought tears to our eyes and we were overwhelmed.  It was an important factor to consider the weather may not be perfect and we knew Allerton Castle could accommodate all weathers.

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We based our theme around New York and the colour was based on a Tiffanys box where my engagement ring came from. We made a conscious effort to bring New York into our day without being NYC over the top.

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Antony was surprised by the NYC Yellow Cab from Hi-Life. He and his groomsmen travelled in style whilst the girls and I got ready at Allerton Castle, with hair and make-up by Debonnesse. 

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My dress was bespoke; I had very clear ideas of how I wanted the dress to look. Suzanne Neville designed and created my dream dress.

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The bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses in Spa, with matching shoes. The flower girl and page boy wore ivory to compliment my wedding dress.

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The groomsmen wore light grey suits from Next with spa ties and handkerchiefs.

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Antony choose to have a bespoke suit made in total contrast to the groomsmen’s suits. This was made my Michelsberg Tailors.

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Seeing my father’s reaction when he saw me in my dress for the first time was a memory I will cherish forever. Chris captured this moment perfectly and it brings a tear not only to my eyes but to everyone that sees it.

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Antony in particular loves the moment he turned to see me coming down the stairs.

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I carried a bouquet of Picasso calla lilies with a matching button hole for Antony.  The bridesmaids wore wrist corsages of roses and the other buttonholes were roses too.  We choose the Picasso calla for our candelabras and service flowers and the deep purple complimented the Tiffany blue perfectly.  All our flowers were by Firenza Floral Design

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I chose to wear my grandmother’s wedding ring as my wedding ring. Sadly my grandmother passed away some years ago. The ring was dipped in platinum to match my engagement ring.

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We chose Jelly Rings as favours – to symbolise the Jelly Ring Proposal!  Cande Cakes made our wedding cake. 

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The wedding breakfast room looked beautiful, with chair covers by Ambience Venue Styling.  Our caterers, hosts and wedding coordinators for the day were Dine Services

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My father’s speech was both genius and filled with a rollercoaster of emotions it was absolutely brilliant and made us both extremely proud and overwhelmed.

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The Event Music Company played during our service and reception.

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Our Strictly Come Dancing first dance including personalised voiceover from Alan Dedicoat (The voice of Strictly Come Dancing)!  Then we organised a DJ from Exclusive Entertainments and fireworks as a surprise to our guests.

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We had a mini moon to Sorrento, Italy to relax and reflect our magical day.  Our honeymoon is to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax on the day, enjoy every second of it together and take in as much as possible.  Do not get stressed, if things go wrong laugh about it. Remember the reason you are there it’s about two people who love each other and want to get married sharing their day with friends and family. Nobody is bothered if things go wrong after all we are all human!

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Nothing can spoil your day not even the bad British weather. The crazy weather we experienced was actually a plus and delivered the most amazing photos we could never have dreamt of by our brilliant photographer Chris Chambers Photography.

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Congratulations Kristy & Antony!

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  – Images © 2012 Chris Chambers Photography

Chris Chambers Photography is exhibiting at the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Allerton Castle, but this is not a sponsored post

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