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This Sunday! It’s Our Big One! The Brides Up North Super Showcase GRAND WEDDING EXHIBITION At Ramside Hall Hotel!

March 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Ramside Hall Grand Wedding Exhibition Spring 2014

Well, you picked the right time to stop by, because look!  It’s the Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition!  It’s THIS WEEKEND!  And it’s only the biggest event in our whole Spring calendar.

Whoop whoop!

Over 80 of the region’s best and most beautiful wedding industry suppliers will gather at of the North East’s favourite wedding venue – Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club – on Sunday 9th March 2014, from 12pm till 4pm, FREE ENTRY.  

(And let me say whoop again!)

Once again, we don’t do things by halves here at Brides Up North!  We are filling the whole hotel – that’s five huge function areas – and it’s going to be spectacular!

If there’s one wedding fair to attend this year, this is it.  This isn’t your typical wedding fair though, it’s a knock-your-socks-off Super Showcase!  This is officially the largest free entry bridal event in the North East area and should most definitely be one for your diaries. 

Whether you are shopping for the final details or have no idea where to start, I can promise you the very best choice of the best bridal experts in the region.  Everything you can think of for planning your big day will be represented and there’ll be on the day discounts too. The best part? It’ll cost you nothing!

Yes, I’m nice like that. 

Come and see our two professional bridal catwalks (and this time we are adding a special Cinderella style twist – watch our for our fairy godmother, she’s a bit of a handful!), meet the Ramside wedding planners, pose in our photo booths, taste our scrumptious wedding cakes, kit out your man and bridesmaids,  play dress up with gorgeous gowns and accessories, get lost in our beautiful floral displays, get the hair and make up sorted, source your stationery, find a top photographer and tick off all those last essential details.  You name it, we can sort it. 

Just ’cos I’m generous, we’re also giving away up to 300 free Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our sponsors House Of Fraser and Love Hearts.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

To register for for speedy entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag fill in your details below, marking “RAMSIDE HALL 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. 

I adore this event – it’s big, it’s busy, it’s exciting, but most of all it’s really beautiful.  I can’t wait to see you all there for a day of wedding heaven… and lots of fun too.

Can’t make it?  Are you mad?!  Don’t despair – put one of our other fabulous events in your diary instead.

NEW EXHIBITORS – we are about to close sales for all of our events this season. To be a part of the magic and for exhibitor and pricing details please email me at julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk ASAP. 

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Since their inception in Spring 2012, all our Brides Up North exhibitions have been sell outs on exhibitor space with a record attendance for every venue. Consequently, we expect demand for these shows to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

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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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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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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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Natural Vintage. Maggie Sottero For A Real Tipi Wedding In Durham – Kathryn & Dean

February 6th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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A tortoise in a tutu, heaps of lace, pearls and roses and a Real Wedding in a tipi in my home town.  Thursday mornings don’t get much better than that!  Today we join North East couple Kathryn and Dean for their celebration under canvas in County Durham.

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Kathryn says:  We got engaged on Christmas Day 2012. Dean had planned different scenarios on how and where he was going to propose, depending on the weather. Because it didn’t snow outside, he made it snow inside. Dean covered the living room in fake snow and played our favourite Christmas song – there was a big box in the middle of the room filled with lots of smaller boxes (like Russian dolls). I had wanted a watch for Christmas so when I got to the last box, it was quite big so I thought it was the watch, but there was nothing inside it – I looked up and Dean had big sheets of card with the words of our favourite Christmas song “All I want for Christmas is You”, after each card he dropped the cards, one by one; “Love Actually” style. After the last one he got down on one knee and pulled out a ring box with a gorgeous diamond ring in! Needless to say by this point I was in tears and obviously said yes!

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We were married on 26th October 2013 at Elvet Methodist Church in Durham followed by a reception in giant tipis in a friend’s field close to Ushaw College.

We had 5 giant tipis supplied by Special Event Tipis, they were joined together to make one huge marquee style space, one of which was the bar and chill out area, and one was for the band and dance floor area, and the other 3 were the main seating area for the meal. We had over 170 guests during the day with an additional 70 in the evening.

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We chose to use tipis because we fancied something a little different!  My sister and I used to have a business supplying chair covers and sashes for weddings so I had been to most venues in the North East so I wanted something totally different and special!

As soon as I went the visit the tipis, I knew they were exactly what I wanted. Dean wasn’t able to see the tipis before the wedding so he was a little sceptical about the idea, he only saw them the day before the wedding when we were setting them up, but he highly approved, much to my relief.

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We went for a natural and vintage feel with lots of lace & pearls. We also had a recurrent theme of logs; from a picture of a tree stump in the corner of our invitations with our initials carved in it, hollowed out tree stumps and logs filled with flowers for the table centre pieces and giant slices of bark covered tree trunk were used as cake stands for our traditional wedding cake and cheese wedding cake.

Our colour scheme was quite neutral with pale gold and ivory.

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My dress was from the Wedding Wardrobe at Chester-le-Street and was a Maggie Sottero dress called Grace. It was a very pale gold satin covered in ivory lace. To make it my own, I bought a handmade vintage style necklace and bracelet and had the necklace sewed into the front of my dress under the bust and the bracelet was attached to the top of my veil. I had these removed after the wedding to keep and wear as jewellery.

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I had too many close friends and sisters to choose from so decided to only have four small bridesmaids, my nieces. I got their dresses from BHS and teamed them with a cream cardigan from John Lewis. The dresses were pale gold satin with a lace bodice, they matched my dress perfectly!

The men wore dark navy, 3 piece suits which we bought from Next (it proved quite difficult as the men live all over the country) with a white shirt and vintage gold patterned tie form M&S. I also had my nephew as a page boy who wore a navy suit form Monsoon and we had one of the mens’ ties made smaller to fit him.

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I had a beautiful bouquet which had white avalanche roses, Roralie roses which were a pale peach/cream colour, talea roses which were a vintage peach/champagne colour, spray snowflake roses, white hydrangea and wax flowers and we also added old brooches which I had collected from antiques fairs and strings of pearls to keep the vintage theme going.  All our flowers were by Country Style at Langley Park. 

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We travelled in a cream VW split screen Campervan from Lovedub Cars called Chaz – he was beautiful.

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A Classic Romance. Pink & Grey For A Traditional Real Wedding At Rockliffe Hall – Claire & Chris

September 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Welcome to a new week folks!  After a rare weekend off here at Brides Up North HQ – topped off by an X Factor and Downton Abbey marathon (hell yeah!) -  I’m back and bursting to get going. 

I’ve so much wedding pretty to share with you between now and our Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel this weekend that I’m going to jump right in.  We’re in the North East this morning, as we share in Claire and Chris’ utterly elegant celebration at the ever stunning Rockliffe Hall. Timeless, traditional and totally gorgeous.  

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Jamie Penfold Photography

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Claire says:  We got engaged on Christmas morning 2011 – Chris surprised me with a ring as we opened Christmas presents in front of the tree. We had already been together over ten years but I still wasn’t expecting it!

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We were married on 2nd August 2013 at St Aloysius Church, Hebburn followed by a reception at Rockliffe Hall Hotel

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It was the first place we visited as we had heard very good things about it, and we were blown away by the gorgeous venue! The staff were so helpful and friendly from our first meeting, and they couldn’t do enough for us from start to finish. We viewed a few other places after that, but we couldn’t get Rockliffe out of our heads, nowhere else compared for us! Becci and Colin made sure everything ran smoothly and we felt like we were in safe hands. The toastmaster, Robert Leeming was completely charming and really made the day extra special.

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We didn’t have a theme; we just wanted the wedding to be quite traditional and classic, with a colour scheme of pale pinks and greys. 

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

I chose a strapless fishtail dress embellished with crystals from I Do in Bill Quay. I also got my jewellery, hair band and veil from there.  My bridesmaids Ashleigh and Samantha wore short pink Dessy dresses, also from I Do.

Our hair was done by Elaine Rea from Tribeca Boldon and make up by Amy Askew from Aatiqah Boutique Spa. The girls worked wonders on us all!

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Our bouquets included pink roses, white freesias, white veronica and eucalyptus, made by Cinnamon Rose. They also supplied the centrepieces of candelabras and roses.

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We travelled in a Bentley S2 from Fearon’s, we loved the classic shape and colour of the car.

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Our videographer Steve Spowart from Gibside Video Service was brilliant.

Jamie Penfold was our photographer and he was fab. We couldn’t be happier with the photos from the day!

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

The invitations, orders of service and other stationery were designed by Noble Fine Art. Julia and Charlotte did a fantastic job and were so organised, which took a lot of stress out of it for me!

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Gemma of Love Lily Cakes made our four tier cake, and it was delicious! We chose a bottom tier of carrot cake, followed by vanilla sponge, chocolate and fruit cake. She handcrafted flowers to imitate those in my bouquet and she did an amazing job.

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Chris’ cousin Caroline made a slideshow of photos of us both, as babies, through our teenage years up to the present day. It was shown just before our first dance and it was a lovely surprise for us, however there were some extremely questionable photos included!

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

We went to Dance City and had a few lessons with a dance teacher, Sue, who choreographed a first dance routine for us. Although it didn’t go quite as planned on the night, as we didn’t have time to practise in the lead-up to the wedding, we had such a lot of fun doing it and our guests seemed to enjoy us looking silly too!

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Jason Isaacs entertained us all and got everyone people dancing early on! He was superb. We then had a DJ from Prime Entertainment, who had us all dancing until the early hours.

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For our honeymoon we spent two weeks in El Dorado Casitas in Mexico and it was fabulous – we didn’t want to come home!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take it easy on the morning of the wedding.  I’m so glad I got Elaine and Amy to come to my house. There was a really chilled atmosphere as there was no rushing around and we could just relax and be pampered in our PJs!

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Congratulations Claire & Chris!

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English Vintage. Augusta Jones For A Real Wedding At Beamish Hall – Aylsa & Martin

July 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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If you like pretty – and I know that you do – you are going to love today’s Real Wedding.  Aylsa and Martin’s big day at dream venue Beamish Hall is a sugar spun confection, whilst staying on the right side of classy.  Sweet and lovely.

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Aylsa says:  We got engaged Christmas Day 2009. I was pregnant with our little girl Isla at the time and I was still living at home with my parents. Martin had been planning it behind my back with my parents. He had arranged to arrive early on Christmas morning. The doorbell rang and everyone ignored it so I had to get up. I answered it to Martin holding up place cards like the Keira Knightly scene in the film Love Actually. There was even a soundtrack of Silent Night.

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We got married on Saturday 29th December 2012 at St Catherine’s church and our reception was at Beamish Hall.  We had been to weddings at Beamish Hall before and knew how much of a beautiful venue it was. It was the first venue we looked at and knew it was the right place for our wedding. It has a cosy atmosphere and the grounds are very picturesque.

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We chose an English Vintage theme, with a colour scheme of ivory and pastel pink. 

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My dress was Augusta Jones ‘Ali’ dress which is a full lace fitted dress with round neck and long train. It was one of the first dresses I tried on in Lily White Bridal Boutique in Jesmond. I did not even go to any other shops as I knew this was the dress for me.

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My bridesmaids all had champagne and gold dresses from Monsoon. The groomsmen wore black dinner suits from Slaters in Newcastle.

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I designed my bridal bouquet and my daughter’s bouquet which were matching pink and cream fabric and brooch bouquets. I have since set up Love is Vintage where I design and handcraft fabric, brooch and button bouquets. My two older bridesmaids carried pink and ivory roses by Adam Prest.  Adam is a fantastic florist.  I have never seen work like this before and the flowers fit in so well with our theme.

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The vows were the most emotional part but something that stood out to both of us was the first time were alone together without any guests when getting photographs taken at Wharton Park, Durham City. The view of the cathedral was breath-taking and to be there as husband and wife was very special.

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Brooklands Wedding Cars provided us with a 1930s Beauford and a 1920s Regent car. 

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Our wedding photographer was Helen Russell Photography.  We cannot thank her enough for giving us such beautiful wedding photos. I have never seen photos of this quality before by any other photographer and we would highly recommend her to anybody getting married. She is truly talented!

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We bought most of our vintage decor from Country Baskets. Beamish Extras provided us with a lot of vintage decor including the old style camera centre piece and ink well centre piece.

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Our cake was made by Caramel Bobs and we chose a traditional fruit cake for the top tier and the remaining tiers were vanilla cupcakes with ivory and lace detail. The cake not only looked amazing but tasted sensational.

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We used old fashioned photos of family members from their wedding days on a family table. This included photographs of some members of family who had passed away, this added sentimental value.

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We had a string quartet, Aurora Strings at the church and Hip Operation provided our evening entertainment.

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For our honeymoon we spent three nights in New York and the remaining seven nights in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be not to get hung up on the small details, everything will come together on the day. Enjoy every second of your big day as it goes over so quickly.

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Congratulations Aylsa & Martin!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Helen Russell Photography

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Pure Beauty: A Real Wedding At Hardwick Hall Hotel – Zoe & Ian

July 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Happy Friday everyone! This morning the wedding blog is visiting the North East and Hardwick Hall Hotel as Zoe and Ian celebrate their big day in style. 

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With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Lee Scullion and at one of our very favourite venues (have you pre-registered for our Grand Wedding Exhibition in September yet?) let’s join the couple for their classically beautiful wedding day. 

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Zoe says: Ian asked me to marry him on Christmas Day in 2011 and we were married on 17th May 2013 at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield. 

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We chose Hardwick Hall Hotel as we have been going there for over 20 years and it is so beautiful. 

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We opted for a vintage theme with lots of flowers and bird cage centre pieces on the tables.   We used a colour palette of soft pink and French blue. 

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I chose a traditional white dress with a long train and veil to match, and carried a bouquet of white avalanche roses by Charlotte at House Of Flowers. 

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My bridesmaids wore dusky pink dresses from Laura Lee Boutique  and the groomsmen were in a French blue slim fit suit with a pale blue silk skinny tie by Leaf Clothing in Newcastle.  Brian and the staff at Leaf Clothing really went that extra mile to ensure that everything was perfect. 

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We made sure that there was lots of canapés and champagne for our guests while we were having our photographs taken with Lee Scullion.  The day was nice and relaxed with no strict time limits. 

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In the evening we used the resident DJ at the Hardwick Hall – Zodiac Disco – who did a cracking job of keeping the dance floor buzzing all night

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After the wedding we honeymooned at Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa in The Lake District. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to try to relax and allow yourselves to enjoy your day.  It is over so quickly!  Try to complete your arrangements in good time so you are not adding to the stress that weddings create. 

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Congratulations Zoe & Ian!

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Blushing Romance: Jenny Packham For A Real Wedding At South Causey Inn – Katie & Phil

June 30th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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So, yes, I know we’re not officially back to business here on the wedding blog until tomorrow morning, but I’ve returned from my (much needed) break (in the sun, thank you very much!) to an inbox absolutely bursting with beautiful Real Wedding submissions, exclusive interviews and some much anticipated dates for your diary that I couldn’t resist popping in this weekend to share some of the lovely a little early.

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As I’d hoped, I’ve returned revitalised, full of ideas and itching to get started on the second half of what is already shaping up to be a rather wonderful year here at Brides Up North HQ.  Our third whirlwind year is truly our best yet.  I’ll be sharing some exciting news, concepts and beautiful new features on these pages soon, but as I get set to clear that inbox (bear with me people, this could take a while) and immerse myself back into my beloved World of all things wedding, I’ll leave you with Katie, Phil and their gorgeous Summer celebration at South Causey Inn with images by Phil Smith Photography.

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Katie says:  We got engaged on 5th August 2011 at a gig in Leeds during one of our favourites songs “The Music” by The People. 

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We got married on 31st May 2013 at South Causey Inn in Stanley, County Durham.  The venue is nice and homely. We aren’t really flashy people and although we enjoy going to grand weddings we didn’t really see it as us. We wanted something cosy and liked that they also have a farm attached. We had been for food a few times and really loved it.  That also played a big part as we love good food!

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We used a lot of florals and pastel colours to keep in with our vintage theme. 

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My dress was Gaia by Jenny Packham. It was the first dress I really liked after trawling the internet. I ordered it from Poppy Bridal in Darlington who had it sent up from London to try. Although I tried on about six other dresses, I knew that was ‘the one’ and ordered it the same day! I had a Jenny Packham headband too.

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I had eight bridesmaids so it was quite hard to cater for them all: my chief bridesmaid was pregnant at the time of our wedding and one had just had a baby too. I looked all over for bridesmaid dresses and ended up with mine in the sale from H&M for £7 each! Their shoes were from Next and some had belts for the dresses which my chief bridesmaid, Helen made.

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I never thought I would say it but my favourite part of the day was actually walking down the aisle. I chose the song which Phil didn’t know about so that was a nice surprise for him. I really enjoyed seeing everyone as I walked down the aisle and made sure I took it all in. Seeing Phil was my favourite part, he is quite hard normally however when I got to the bottom, he had tears in his eyes (which he is still denying)!

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Our flowers were from Oasis in Washington who did a brilliant job of creating vintage looking flowers. I didn’t want any sparkle or bling so they kept them simple with brown raffia tying them together. They were roses with some greenery.

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We decided to ask Phil Smith Photography to do our photos, we loved the work he had done and especially liked the fact that there is something unusual about his photography. The idea of having twenty minutes away after the ceremony for some shots in a nearby forest was a fantastic idea from him and we both love those ones in particular. We couldn’t be happier with the results and think he has captured how special our day was. He captured every last detail without being intrusive, we would recommend him to any couple looking for a photographer. 

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Our invitations, table plan and name cards were made by a friend, Mick Hall who did a fantastic job.

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We had birdcages as centrepieces with vintage flowers around them, we also had some bunting made by a friend, Gillie Marshall which had ‘Mr and Mrs Clarke’ stitched into it. This was on the top table and looked fab

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Our favours were port or Jagermeister for the men and a small candle for the ladies, both had different ribbon around them with a home-made tag saying, ‘With Love, Phil and Katie’, these were also made by Helen.  We had vintage style a sweetie cart for the kids although it seemed that the adults took to it most!

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We had a prop box with various fancy dress items, a frame and chalk board for people to write messages on and a load of disposable cameras to take photos with.

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We choose our own playlists, one for the day and one for the evening. We asked our guests to give us some song choices and incorporated them into the lists. We had a DJ on the evening supplied by the South Causey Inn and we emailed him our playlist and asked him to bear these songs in mind when playing. We had classics from The Libertines, Stevie Wonder, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, The Style Council…

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We went to Berlin for a few days after the wedding and are due to go to Cuba at the end of July, we are doing four nights in Havana and ten nights in Varadero which we can’t wait for!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to relax and take it all in, I know it is a cliché and everyone I spoke to before the wedding gave me the same advice but it is really true. I had been really stressed leading up to the wedding and I woke up on the wedding morning like a totally different person, I was calm and really relaxed. I really enjoyed the whole day from start to finish, from having breakfast with my bridesmaids, mum and mother in law to be until dancing all night with our friends and family.

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Congratulations Kate & Phil!

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Mellow Yellow! A Real Wedding In The North East – Steph & Dan

June 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for the second half of what’s set to be the biggest and best year year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty. 

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Usual service will recommence on 1st July 2013,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far in 2013, plenty of eye candy, new features that we won’t be able to wait to share, some special supplier showcases and a couple of surprises too!

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I reckon a dash of sunshine is just what the doctor ordered.  First shared here on the blog back on a cold January’s morning, step forward Steph, Dan and their beautiful flower filled Summer wedding in the North East.  Let’s get mellow with the yellow.

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Steph says: We got engaged on 14th May 2011 in Newcastle – I had a long wait as we are childhood sweethearts who had been together for 11 years prior to our engagement!

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We were married on 11th August 2012 at Crook Hall and Gardens which is a hidden gem in Durham. We had the venue until 6pm, we then went to the Gala Theatre in Durham for our evening reception.

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Right from the start we wanted an informal and rustic wedding so we went on the search for a barn conversion… despite having the Northumberland countryside on our doorstep there appeared to be a gap in the market for this up North as we couldn’t find one! A friend recommended Crook Hall and Gardens and as soon as we went there for afternoon tea we were sold! It’s a beautiful and unique venue with the most stunning collection of gardens and quirky decor. The medieval hall that we were married in was the perfect substitute to a barn ceremony. Crook Hall was so different to any wedding venue we had previously visited and we instantly fell in love with how beautiful it was.

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My mum and dad surprised me with a Beaumont vintage car to take me to the wedding. 

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It took me ages to choose a colour scheme – I didn’t want to choose a colour at first as I thought it would limit me in the hunt to find bridesmaid dresses! Eventually we found some navy bridesmaid dresses and then through my obsession of scrolling through Pinterest I found a picture of a girl in a navy dress and yellow shoes. From this point my colour theme was navy and yellow! The bridesmaids wore navy dresses and mustard shoes, we had yellow in our flowers and yellow balloons!

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As already stated, I have an obsession with lace therefore it was never an option to even consider not having a lace dress. The dress I chose was a Justin Alexander dress 8530. It is a beautiful lace mermaid gown with a bateau neckline. The dress comes with a veil but I purchased a separate lace edged cathedral veil from Joyce Jackson called Orlando that I fell in love with in the bridal shop – Mia Sposa Bridal & Menswear in Newcastle.

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The shoes were a beautiful vintage style lace up pair from Rainbow Club called Clara.

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My brother in-law’s sister played the harp as guests were coming into the wedding. She also played Canon in D as we walked back down the aisle after our ceremony and during our drinks reception following the ceremony.

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I carried a vintage style hand tied bouquet including ivory rose, lisianthus, freesia, yellow dill, achilliea which was bound with lace.  My bridesmaids had simple hand tied gypsophila.  The groom and groomsmen wore buttonholes with an achilliea and beargrass loop.

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The bridesmaids wore beautiful but simple lace navy dresses from Monsoon and their yellow suede shoes were from ClarksThe groom and groomsmen wore navy suits hired from Waltons Menswear.

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My vision from the start was to provide a rustic / vintage theme. Anyone who knows me is aware I have an obsession with lace and so there was no doubt that lace would also play a huge part in my theme! We made lace chair ties, lace covered jam jars, put lace around the bouquets, the bridesmaid dresses were lace and obviously I had a lace dress!

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I loved the idea of homemade décor and personalised touches that we could keep hold of for years to come. We spent time searching craft markets for decorative inspiration and spent months collecting jam jars and milk bottles that we could decorate with lace, twine and buttons. My sister made old fashioned luggage tags and stamped them with messages and my friends and I made homemade raspberry jam as name places and favours. For our table names we painted the glass of old fashioned photo frames with black board paint and wrote the table names in chalk paint. We also hung slates in the gardens with extracts from our readings on and used an old fashioned vintage suitcase for our cards and gifts.

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As we had the venue booked from 11.30 and our ceremony wasn’t until 12.30 we had lawn games for the guests to enjoy in the gardens as we wanted them to make the most of the venue and spend as much time there as possible.

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We had decorations hanging from the trees and this made for some beautiful pictures when we were cutting the cake.  We used Ladybird Cakes from Tynemouth and had a three tier cake made of carrot cake, raspberry and white chocolate, and lemon sponge.

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I absolutely loved the whole day and it genuinely exceeded all my expectations! However there are two parts of the day that stand out as my favourite. The first being when my friends and I are having fun in the gardens while trying to find our way through the maze with the balloons.  We used two yellow balloons to add an element of fun, a flash of colour and we also wanted it to express our informal theme of the day. It provided some excellent photo opportunities!  There is a great photo of my friends who surprisingly all agreed to lie down in the grass to capture an amazing photo of their legs poking above the flowers!

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My other favourite part was when Dan and I managed to have time with just the two of us in the gardens as the sun was setting – Sean has managed to capture the most amazing pictures we could have ever asked for! You spend most of your wedding day speaking to everyone else but each other so it was nice to have some time to savour the moment and enjoy our own company as Mr and Mrs!

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As part of our photography package we purchased the Photo Peg to entertain the evening guests. This was an excellent alternative to a photo booth! Polaroid pictures were taken of the guests holding a large vintage frame and they held up a chalk board with a message for us. The polaroid’s were then pegged on a ‘washing line’ and at the end of the night the guests could take the pictures home as a keepsake. 

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We used Colin Cook – The North East Wedding DJ who provided our evening entertainment and mood up-lighting and The Vintage Tea Company for hire of bunting, cake stands and crockery for our floral decorations in the evening venue.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Thailand – we spent time in Bangkok, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is don’t feel pressure to conform to the norm! Our wedding may not have been the most traditional but we made it personal to us and we made sure that it was fun! Make sure you set time aside in the day to spend time with each other – you’ll be surprised how little you’ll see of each other!! Spend time searching for an amazing photographer… Sean has taken the most beautiful and unique pictures which has provided us with memories to last a lifetime!

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Congratulations Steph & Dan!

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on the blog!  Here’s how to do it!

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Chocolate Orange: A Real Wedding At Lumley Castle – Deborah & Ben

June 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today’s bride is part of the fabulous family of feisty females who make up North East wedding cake suppliers Celebration Cakes and who I know via our Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibitions in the North East and also because the family were in charge of creating my very own wedding cake back in October 2010 (and very nice it was too)!

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So when Deborah asked me if I would like to feature her Real Wedding, with images by Alan Gibson Photography, I knew that she wouldn’t have done anything by halves.  Enlisting the help of her industry colleagues (some of the best in the business) Deborah and Ben’s real wedding was bright, colourful and bursting with personality.  And lots of cake, clearly.

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Deborah says:  We got engaged seven years ago when Ben proposed after a night out for my birthday, and we were married on 21st May 2012 at Lumley Castle in County Durham.  We have just celebrated our first wedding anniversary. 

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I have always wanted get married in a castle and after doing many wedding fairs over the last fourteen years with our cake company, Lumley Castle is my favourite. 

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I had a huge dress by Ronald Joyce from Exclusively Yours by Tara and my bridesmaids wore long taffeta black dresses from Gowns and Garters. 

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We chose tropical flowers in bright colours.  Birds of Paradise are our favourite flower after seeing them on our first holiday together in Australia many years ago.  Against the bright flowers we opted for a colour scheme of ivory, black and bright orange with a hint of purple. 

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My bouquet weighed three and a half pounds and was huge! It including lilies, birds of paradise and roses and was by Wild & Wonderful. 

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I stayed at Lumley Castle the night before and Ben travelled in a Lovedub Cars camper van called Chaz!  We then we had a wedding car come after our wedding breakfast to take us into Durham for some photos with the Cathedral behind us. 

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We enlisted the help of so many amazing North East industry suppliers in addition to those already mentioned including; One Digital image, Dandy Events, Snaparazzi Photobooths, All Things Fun, Impact Technical, Mobeus Jewellers, Stephanie Short Stationery, Menswear by Just Perfect, Lickety Split, Whatado Weddings, Exclusive Wedding Cars and The Beauty Studio.

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Given what we do, the wedding cake had to be pretty special!  We had a individual chocolate cakes during the day with a figure of me, Ben and our son Alex on the top and then we had a surprise six tier chocolate creation in the evening as well as pork pies and cheese cakes.  We even had a cake made from balloons!

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All our females guests received a orchard to take home and a wedding survival pack including plasters, perfume, a hairbrush and painkillers (for the morning after)!

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In the evening we partied the night away to a live band called The Emerald Thieves, served ice creams form our favourite parlour and hired a vintage photo booth from Snaparazzi.  Ben’s mum also surprised us with a firework display. 

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Cyprus without our son! Ben’s mum booked it for us as a wedding present. 

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My favourite  part of the day was the firework display to my favourite prodigy song “Voodoo People” , but I loved it all and would love to do it all again, but as a guest!  So my top tip for other Brides Up North would be to just relax and enjoy it!

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Modern Romance: An Engagement Shoot At Durham’s Gala Theatre – Joy & David

June 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I grew up in the beautiful city of Durham and spent many a teenage year hanging around it’s cobbled streets.  One fairly recent addition to the City is the Gala Theatre area, which is as sleek and modern as the rest of the place is quaint.  Although these new shops and restaurants popped up after I had left home, my Mum, bridesmaids and I spent many a happy afternoon in the Ebony Champagne Bar after multiple bridesmaid and wedding dress fittings at local boutique Heart Of Durham (now Wild Brides At Heart).

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Today we join soon-to-be-weds Joy and David for an engagement shoot at the little complex.  It’s not the most obvious of locations, but I love how Richard Leng has worked with the modern surroundings to create a thoroughly beautiful backdrop for Joy and David’s love story. 

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Joy says:  We got engaged on our three-year anniversary… in the kitchen.  David had cooked a meal and proposed with the ring my dad bought my mam for their opal anniversary. It was a total surprise!

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We met on the August bank holiday in South Shields, we recognised each other from the gym David worked in at the time.   It’s not the most romantic of stories! We went to a couple of bars on the seafront for our first date and the cinema on the second.  I don’t think it was true love from the start but we both had booked holidays with our friends before we got together and I think it was when we were away from each other that we realised how we felt.  I missed him loads and kept thinking how much he would have loved it in Florida.

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I love how David makes me laugh by doing stupid things and can distract me from being ‘huffy’.  He loves my smile. 

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We just wish to stay happy and hope we can do this by remembering to make time for each other and not take each other for granted.

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We really enjoyed the engagement shoot, its helped David feel more relaxed and I feel more excited now.  The wedding is getting closer and looking at the photographs makes me wonder what our wedding ones will be like.

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We’ll be back to share our Real Wedding photos with Brides Up North soon!

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Congratulations Joy & David!

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