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Let’s Get Ready To Rumble! The Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza At Hardwick Hall Hotel – THIS SUNDAY!

February 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Grand Wedding Exhibition Spring 2014

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If you follow the blog over on Twitter and Facebook – you’ll probably have guessed that I am just a little bit excited about kicking off our jam packed season of Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions with one of my very favourite events, North East SUPER show, the Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at the gorgeous 4* Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield, County Durham THIS SUNDAY (that’s come around quick!) on Sunday 23rd February 2014.  

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If the level of pre-registrations that Team Brides Up North has received from you lovely ladies is anything to go by, it’s going to be an amazing day!  We love hearing your little stories and getting excited with you and we can’t wait to meet so many of you in person.

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Other wedding fairs?  Pah!  What’s the point?! We are very proud to run OFFICIALLY the largest and most exciting FREE ENTRY bridal exhibitions in the North East (our last epic event at Hardwick’s sister hotel, Ramside Hall, attracted over 2,000 visitors in one afternoon – now that’s big!) with two specially choreographed professional fashion shows and almost (and sometimes over) 80 – 100 exhibitors at each, tempting on the day discounts and stuffed goody bags tailor made for each event. I might like things big and exciting, but I also like them personal.

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And yes, you read that right, the events are FREE ENTRY.  Cos I love ya, baby.

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Hardwick Hall Grand Wedding Exhibition Spring 2014

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So, get the first of our huge North East events firmly in the diary (in indelible pen please) and come along to support the most fabulous wedding suppliers in your area – I only work with the best, dahlings – for an inspiration packed afternoon of all that is pretty, new and super gorgeous in the wedding industry.  And the most important bit?  Local to YOU.

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And can I vouch for the beautiful 4* wedding venue that is Hardwick Hall Hotel?  Well, I chose it to host my own wedding day back in October 2012 – and what’s a better recommendation than that?!.

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Goody Bag packed with little treats from Brides Up North, the regions’ best bridal glossy magazines 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 the Brides Up North event venue of choice e.g. “HARDWICK HALL” 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. VIP Bride- To-Be Goody Bags are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served polic

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Light On Black: Ian Stuart, Jenny Packham & Enzoani For A Styled Bridal Shoot At Middleton Hall

April 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Stan Seaton Photography

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Is anyone still at their screens this morning, or have you all bunked off for the North West Jenny Packham end of line sale?!  In case there’s anyone still out there…I’ve started so I’ll finish…

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There’s a lot of negative chat in the blogosphere about styled bridal shoots.  Now, I hate negative chat in general, but particularly when it’s based on unfounded generalisation.  Its unfair to generalise when there are creative, talented people out there working hard to do things well: whether that be styled shoots, wedding fairs (cough, cough!) or supplying excellent wedding services.  Some of us do things differently

In my opinion, styled bridal shoots are fantastic – an opportunity for talented suppliers to get together, forge relationships, show what they can do and work towards a common goal.  All it takes is their time and their imagination.  And when it’s done right – like today’s shoot (featuring not one or two but three Brides Up North Featured Suppliers no less – hello to the fabulous Stan Seaton Photography, Middleton Lodge and Make Up By Jo teams!) – the results can be spectacular.

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Behind the scenes video by RL Films Co

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This shoot, originally for editorial in Darlington Weddings’ latest issue (did you pick up your copy and catch up on my regular column?), tells the story of a bride who is persuaded to go over to the dark side… and is really just a chance to show off some beautiful gowns, a stunning venue and some really very striking bridal looks.  Enjoy this little piece of perfection. 

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Stan Seaton Photography

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Jane at Stan Seaton Photography says:  Have you ever asked yourself what type of bride you want to be? Are you perfectly classic, and favour the more traditional simplicity in structure and style or are you more unconventional, pushing the boundaries and testing the limits?

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Stan Seaton Photography

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There is a focus on colours this season where soft blush tones and compelling ivories contrast fiercely with the daring black, adding drama and elegance to every silhouette.  Ian Stuart, Jenny Packham and Enzoani have allured us with their latest bridal collections, where beautiful feminine lines and softly contoured layers create a second skin in a world where nothing is as it seems…

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Stan Seaton Photography

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Stan Seaton Photography

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Stan Seaton Photography

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Stan Seaton Photography

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Stan Seaton Photography

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Stan Seaton Photography

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Stan Seaton Photography

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Little Black Book

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Images: Stan Seaton Photography 
Dresses and accessories: Poppy Bridal
Make Up: Make up by Jo

Hair: Contemporary Hair Darlington
Location: Middleton Lodge

Flowers: Eliza Blooms

Stylist: Peta Clarke for Darlington Weddings Magazine
Models : Anna Miller & Katherine Lees
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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Stan Seaton Photography

Stan Seaton Photography, Middleton Lodge & Make Up By Jo are all Brides Up North Featured Suppliers, but this is not a sponsored post

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The Editorials: Spring/ Summer Celebrations

March 6th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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If you are a regular reader of Brides Up North (well HELLO there!), you will know that 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.  This is done both for your benefit (in case you missed the original print articles) and mine, in the vain hope that I’m saving my – often painstakingly crafted in the early hours of the morning – words from their ultimate end of being posh chip paper and recording them for time eternal right here on these swirly silver pages.

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Brides Up North for Darlington Weddings

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You can catch up on the first two posts in The Editorials series – two features for National glossy Wedding Magazine for whom I am a monthly columnist here: All White Weddings and here: Va-Va Groom! – and ALL of our press features over the years by clicking here.  Enjoy – there’s quite a lot of reading material there!

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Brides Up North for Darlington Weddings

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In the meantime, today, we are recycling a piece that I wrote for the recent issue of Darlington Weddings, a very pretty, handbag sized regional glossy in the North East about my love of a seasonal soiree, and why despite our well documented British weather difficulties a Spring or Summer celebration is still on my style forecast for 2013.

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Brides Up North for Darlington Weddings

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I wrote:  It used to be the case that every weekend during the months of May, June and July played host to a Saturday wedding, but in recent years the Summer wedding has become less of a must have on bridal wish lists. It could be the fact that a proper English Summer is about as guaranteed as a lottery win, or that savvy spenders are responding to lower prices in what was traditionally the off-season, but more and more couples are choosing to say I do in the Autumn and Winter months instead. It could be that they are on to something – after all, didn’t we see a scorching March and a clear skied November last year?

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However, I would urge you not to write off a Spring or Summer celebration just yet. A Summer wedding offers so many pretty styling options, and even if the weather is a little unreliable, your wedding really needn’t be a wash out!

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Sarah Gawler Photography

Sarah Gawler Photography for Maids To Measure

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Summer Styling

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Lighter skies and longer days can carry off a real variety of colour palettes and prints, from the bright and vibrant shades of India to the palest pastel pinks and blues of an English country garden. Choose your favourite colour combinations and use these as the basis of your overall look. I love the elegant emerald greens that look set to be a trend for 2013: think a tented lawn in the shadow of a stately home on a balmy day, very “Keira Knightly in Atonement”, and you’re on the right lines.

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Katy Lunsford Photography

Katy Lunsford Photography

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Karen McGowran Photography

Karen McGowran

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Damian Hall Photography

Damian Hall Photography

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Get Fresh

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You’ll be happy to find most of your favourite blooms in season during the Summer months so if flowers are your thing, there’s no better time to make a statement. There is nothing more vibrant and significant of new beginnings than a freshly cut bunch of yellow daffodils or if you fancy something more exotic, try exotic cherry blossoms in long vases. Later in the year use beautiful blousy peonies to add romance.

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Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

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Plan B

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No matter how many times you check the forecast, no one knows exactly how British Summertime is going to go, so I’d advise against a totally weather dependent celebration. Contingency is key. If you plan to be outdoors, have some easily erectable gazebos on standby. Colour co-ordinated umbrellas also make for some great photographs – look on the sunny side!

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Greyeye Photography

Greyeye Photography

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Pixies In The Cellar

Pixies In The Cellar

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Stephanie Oakes Photography

Stephanie Oakes Photography

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Bring The Outside In

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When choosing a venue for your Spring or Summer wedding, consider lighting carefully. No one wants to leave a sunny drinks reception on the lawn to dine in a dark and heavy panelled ballroom. Look for venues with floor to ceiling windows, large conservatory spaces or pale and cooling decorating schemes. You might even consider sitting down under canvas instead – today’s marquees and tepee options are designed to cope with all weathers.

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Katy Lunsford Photography

Katy Lunsford Photography

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