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are we the online/digital business of the year?

September 29th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Today I’m really very excited to share that Brides Up North has been shortlisted in the Forward Ladies women in business awards 2015 for Online/Digital Business Of The Year.  As you read this, Rachel and I are perfecting our lippy and heading to Newcastle to join lots of bright business minds at the Yorkshire & North East Awards ceremony.

We’re never really ones for making a huge fuss (in our ever so Northern manner), but we’re ever so chuffed that our work in this field has been lauded by an organisation with so dynamic and varied a membership as Forward Ladies.  Today, at the sparkling do, we’ll be over the moon if we take home the award – but it’s just as nice to see our hard work, loyal readership, solid supporter base and resultant business success recognised.

forward ladies say: ‘This year’s awards continues its tradition of being the premier forum for recognising and rewarding the talented women across the UK. The awards, which were created to celebrate trail blazing and pioneering women from enterprise and business, are hugely important because they give women a unique opportunity to acknowledge their successes and become credible and inspirational role models for others.

We have categories to showcase the underrepresented women working in traditionally male dominated fields such as the Digital and Online category, and have received some outstanding entries in this category.  The judges have seriously had their work cut out for them this year… This is a testament to the high quality of our female business leaders across the regions who are helping the region’s economy grow.’

Here at Brides Up North, we’ll ALWAYS be all about the pretty… but there’s a serious side to what we do too.  We connect. We aim to connect our bride to be readers with each other as a community; we aim to bring our wedding industry friends together, forging solid business relationships and networks along the way and most of all, we aim to put our bride to be readers directly in touch with the very best professionals in their area to help them realise their wedding day dreams.  We achieve this through our daily blog posts, social networks, luxury wedding exhibitions, supplier gatherings and more recently through our work with Unveiled Magazine.

We’ve recently gone back to the proverbial drawing board to assess our entire service and how Brides Up North can better help our readers and supplier clients. Soon, (watch this space) we hope to bring you an exciting new online offering to make these connections even easier than ever before, but just for tomorrow, we’ll stick to networking in the old fashioned way… hopefully over a glass of celebratory bubbly!

Wish us luck!

julia, rachel & the team x

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Blog Skool. With The UK Alliance Of Wedding Planners. Oh la la!

January 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Has laptop.  Will travel.  And will share secrets in exchange for wine (an age old formula). 

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You might know that I’ve been on the road recently speaking at Forward Ladies Positive Ladies Days across the North about the art of blogging. Wellllll, there’ll be more dates with the Forward Ladies soon, but for now I’m extremely honoured, very excited and actually, a teensy bit nervous to have been invited by The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners to host a special, one off Northern blogging seminar. 

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Ooooh.  Get me!  (Please come!). 

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The UKAWP say: We are delighted to announce a collaboration with Julia Braime, the owner and editor of one of the UK’s top bridal blogs, Brides Up North ®. which receives upwards of 25,000 hits per month (95% of which are from the North of the UK).* In her "Blogging for Business" workshop, Julia will share her top tips for creating and maintaining a successful business blog in any business sector, with a particular focus on the wedding industry. This interactive session, devoid of "geek speak"  is specifically geared to generate results for your business. 

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Palace HotelVenue: The Palace Hotel
Oxford Street, Manchester M60 7HA, UK
Time: 6:30-9pm
Cost: £30 members and £35 non members
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TO BOOK GO HERE…

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It’s not just for wedding planners either, anyone with an interest in blogging (and weddings!) can attend, so contact The UKAWP to sign up.  No throwing bottles at the stage though please!

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Ps.  you may have noticed that our regular guest blogger Alison is AWOL this week.  Don’t worry – it isn’t a case of “Out With The Old, In With The New!” here, she’s on her jolly’s in Marrakesh this week, eating figs dipped in honey and learning how to cook in a tagine.  She sends her love!

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*at the time the article was added to the UKAWP site. 

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  – Image © 2012 Blue Lights Photography

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Super Sunday! The Brides Up North Super Showcase, Blog Skool, Glossies & Catch Up

December 4th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Rise and shine !  It’s Super Sunday, and it’s all change!

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You might have noticed a bit of a redecoration at the top of the wedding blog, as brides in the North East can now register for their VIP Bride To be Goody Bag for the first ever Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition, being held at one of the North East’s favourite wedding venues, Ramside Hall Hotel on Sunday 4th March 2012.  I am so excited for this event, which will bring together 80+ of the region’s top wedding suppliers under one roof.  We also have a few surprises up our sleeve too, plus some amazing giveaways, on the day discounts and two professional bridal fashion shows.  Don’t miss it!

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Click here to get your name down for one of my fabulous VIP Bride To Be Goody Bags!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Super Showcase

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Are you a North East wedding industry professional?  Contact julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for exhibitor details.  Suppliers will be strictly limited by category. 

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Our amazing giveaway with The Harrogate Wedding Lounge has also come to a close.  With over 800 entries, on the wedding blog and at wedding exhibitions, this has been a popular competition!  I’ll be announcing the winner here next week, with a little surprise for each and every one of you that entered too… look out for the announcement!

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This week has been a busy one for this little , fine tuning the plans for the Super Showcase and The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusives with Dine Venues in Yorkshire, hitting some freelance deadlines and hosting my very own Blog Skool seminar at the very busy Forward Ladies Positive Women’s Day in York.  I had some amazing feedback from those that attended, and am happy to announce that I will be venturing over the Pennines for a North West event in the New Year…

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Simply Perfection Wedding & Event Planning: Hi Julia, thanks for a great seminar session yesterday at ‘Forward Ladies’ in York. The content was fantastic and the way you delivered was so personal and engaging. So many people commented over lunch it was a great seminar and they felt confident at creating their own blog, well done!

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@Cat_Elizabeth: @bridesupnorth loved your blog workshop today. Has really inspired me to start creating my blog!

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It’s been an busy and exciting  time in the glossies for Brides Up North recently too, watch out for magazine features coming out soon in Wedding Ideas Magazine, Pure Weddings and North East Life. 

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Phew, I think I need a lie down!  Whilst I do that, catch up on what’s been going on at Brides Up North in the last week…

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Current Giveaways:

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WIN 30 Wedding Favour Pops With Popits Cake Pops

WIN A Grooms Or Engagement Cake Worth £150 With Little Town Bakery

Win 50 Cake Pop Favours Worth £125 With The Whimsical Cake Company

Win 24 Hen Party Themed Cupcakes With Baked Cupcakery

Win 50 Wedding Cookie Favours With Cakes By Beth

Win £300 OFF The Wedding Cake Of You Choice With Celebration Cakes

WIN Your Hen Party Popcakes With Popcake Kitchen

WIN 80 Wedding Cupcakes With Fancie

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Fancie

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Lucky Ladies:

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Wedding Blog WINNER! What Katy Did Next

Wedding Blog WINNER! Knicker Making Masterclass With Top Drawer Diva

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Real Weddings and Inspiration Shoots:

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Breaking Dawn, A Real Wedding – Bella & Edward – A Parody

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year! A Vintage Glam Bridal Fashion Shoot

Blooming Beautiful! A Real Wedding – Julia & Paul

Capture The Love- The Limited Collection, An Engagement Shoot – Amy & Chris

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Toast

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Up For Discussion and News:

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Up For Discussion- Don’t Tell The Groom! Man Management

Count Your Blessings- Laura C

Saturday Girl- A Wedding Blogger On Work Experience At The White Room Sheffield

The 2012 Wedding Industry Awards – Regional Winners Announced!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog

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Brides Up North – Images © 2011 as tagged, all images linked to original blog post

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Super Sunday! The Wedding Industry Awards 2012, Wedding Ideas Magazine, Blog Skool and more…

November 13th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Morning all!  I kinda love drizzly winter Sunday mornings! With nothing to do and no-one to see until later today, it’s the perfect opportunity for a cosy lie in, then a spot of hanging out in my pjs at the computer with a warm brew.  

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This morning’s post comes to you a little later than usual as I have been casting my votes as a regional judge in The 2012 Wedding Industry Awards.  I so enjoy taking the time to read up on each and every shortlisted business, and goodness there is some talent Up North.  I can’t wait for the glitzy awards ceremony in January, and have my fingers tightly crossed for each and every shortlisted entrant.  

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It’s probably time to draw back the curtains and let the World in, so let’s get today off to a gorgeous start, by recapping what’s been floating this wedding blog’s boat this week. 

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First of all, did you pick up your copy of this month’s Wedding Ideas Magazine was asked to contribute to a feature called “20 Amazing Ideas Blogged” alongside other top UK Wedding bloggers.  Pick up your copy today to see our tips (mine is on page 205)! 

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Now, let me take you back…

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Real Weddings

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Because You’re Gorgeous! A Real Wedding – Lisa & Russell

Eternal Flame- A Real Wedding – Kait & Mark

Shady Lady! A Real Wedding – Jade & James

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James Melia Photography

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Peacock Pix

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Northern Talent

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Save 10% on Alfred Angelo Bridal With Simplicity Weddings

Pretty Perfect – Supplier Showcase- Perfection Nail & Beauty

A Brides Up North Winner Wears It Well! Sophie Rocks Rosie Willett Designs

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Rosie Willett Designs

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Eye Candy Wedding Inspiration

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From Head To Toe! Eye Candy- Emmy

Eye Candy- Lyn Ashworth

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Lyn Ashworth Wedding Dresses Lyn Ashworth Wedding Dresses

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Up For Discussion

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Up For Discussion- Achieving The Perfect Level Of Wedding Morning Zen

Count Your Blessings- Kaley

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Image by Biohazard Devil @ Deviant Art

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Bridal Bootcamp

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Brides Up North BOOTCAMP- Week 11 – The Final Push!

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Upcoming Events

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Blog Skool

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I will be presenting a seminar on at Forward Ladies’ Positive Womens Day – Tuesday 29th November 2011 in York, which is a full day of inspirational talks from female industry insiders. 

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In my "Blogging for Business" seminar, I shares my top tips for creating and maintaining a successful business blog in any business sector and at any level. In this interactive session, devoid of "geek speak" and specifically geared to generate results for your business, we will focus on: 

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Blogging for Business: Do you need a blog?
– Geek Chic:  The technical side made easy.  
– Writers Block: Getting started.
– The C’s of Success: content, comments, contacts and consistency. 
– Getting to the Top: Your blog and your website’s Google search ranking. 
– Sell Yourself: Showing what you can do
Social Marketplace: Using Twitter, Facebook and other Social Media to your advantage

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Contact Forward Ladies to reserve your place. 

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Karen McGowran

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Current Giveaways

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What Katy Did Next-! Only Went & Offered A Gorgeous Giveaway & Exclusive Discount – win a beautiful bridal headpiece

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That’s Not Pants! Win Your Hen Party Knicker Making Masterclass With Top Drawer Diva

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WIN Your WEDDING DRESS & ACCESSORIES Worth Up To £1,500 with The Harrogate Wedding Lounge!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog

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Blog Skool.

November 10th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Karen McGowran.

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A month ago, this took part in the Forward Ladies’ Positive Women’s Day in Sheffield, delivering a seminar to a group of business ladies from all sorts of industries about blogging – or more specifically – blogging for business.  I have to admit I was pretty damn nervous, but once I got talking, I was away – and the interactive 1.5 hour session flew by.  The feedback was fab (thank goodness!) and Forward Ladies have invited me along to host the same session at their larger York event later this month.

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Might you like to come along? 

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.Karen McGowran

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In my "Blogging for Business" seminar, I shares my top tips for creating and maintaining a successful business blog in any business sector and at any level. In this interactive session, devoid of "geek speak" and specifically geared to generate results for your business, we will focus on: 

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Blogging for Business: Do you need a blog?
– Geek Chic:  The technical side made easy.  
– Writers Block: Getting started.
– The C’s of Success: content, comments, contacts and consistency. 
– Getting to the Top: Your blog and your website’s Google search ranking. 
– Sell Yourself: Showing what you can do
Social Marketplace: Using Twitter, Facebook and other Social Media to your advantage

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Karen McGowran

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More about the whole event from Forward Ladies: 

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Positive Womens Day – Tuesday 29th November 2011

York – 8.45 am – 3.00pm

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The current economic climate is putting tremendous pressure on small businesses and we want to support professional women and help them to gain new skills to make them more competitive in the business market.  Feedback from previous events has reinforced the need for affordable training and development – from just £24 for the whole day.

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There will a choice of workshops covering topics such as:

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  • Social media and blogging for business
  • Marketing & Branding
  • Confidence building
  • Personal presentations

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A full list of workshops and a timetable for the day is available on the Forward Ladies website.

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See you there?

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  – Images © 2011 Karen McGowran, dress by House Of Mooshki, shoes Ted Baker 

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Super Sunday!

October 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Morning all!  It’s been a busy week.  I’ve been a guest of the UK Wedding Shows, a guest of Leafy Couture at the Harewood House wedding evening and a guest speaker at the Forward Ladies Positive Women’s Day in Sheffield, talking about “Blogging For Business”. 

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If you would like to come along to a similar seminar in the future please contact me to let me know.  If the demand is there I will get something arranged!

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Today I’m at The Wedding Affair at Newby Hall, Ripon from 12pm – 4pm.  Drop by and say hello!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: My Wedding/ David Lawson Studios

Photograph of our wedding day by David Lawson Studios

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So, guess what?  This time next week I will have been married for one whole year!  Time really flies (especially when you spent the best part of that year juggling two lives as a lawyer and – if you don’t know the story behind that, click here). 

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I’m so excited as my lovely hubby is planning on whisking me off for a few days away to a secret location.  How I love him!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: My Wedding/ David Lawson Studios

Photograph of our wedding day by David Lawson Studios

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I actually have an admission to make – we still haven’t chosen the final edit for our wedding album.  Who would have thought it?  I’m a bad wife (but a good wedding blogger!). 

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To rectify things, I have decided to devote some blog posts next week to my reflections on a year of marriage, what marriage means, looking back at the past year and my hopes and dreams for the future.  I would absolutely love it if you would chime in with your own comments and help to get some constructive discussion going here on the wedding blog

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In the meantime – if you so desire, you can see my wedding pictures here:

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Click here to see the girls getting ready

Click here to see the boys warming up

Click here to see our wedding service

Click here to see our wedding reception

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It’s not all going to be my personal memoirs though… you’ll also find the usual mix of bridal fashion, real weddings, news and supplier showcases gracing these silver swirly pages, and boy do I have some corking wedding inspiration to share with you, like this bridal shoot that I styled last week at Rockliffe Hall, that’s in today’s Sunday Sun! (North East). The full set to come soon on the wedding blog so just a sneak peek for now…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Photograph by Stan Seaton Photography, styled by Brides Up North

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Let’s catch up on what you might have missed on the wedding blog this week…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Andy Hook Photography

Photograph of Laura & Rufus by Andy Hook Photography

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Gorgeous real Brides Up North…

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Pony Club! Sophie Rocks Her Dress

Happy Feet! A Real Wedding, Anna and Paul

Sweet Like Chocolate, A Real Wedding – Laura & Ashley

On The Beach! A Real Wedding, Laura & Rufus

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Nathan Combes Photography

Photograph of Anna by Nathan Combes Photography

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Amazing Northern Talent…

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Are You Ready For Your Close Up- Supplier Showcase- Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist

All Wrapped Up Presents An Upcycled Wedding Challenge…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Lorna Roberts Photography

A Bowie inspired bride by , photograph by Lorna Roberts Photography 

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Eye Candy Interview- The White Room Bridal Boutique

At One- Pagan Handfasting – Supplier Showcase- Cat Treadwell

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: India Hobson

A White Room bride works the Stephanie Allin well, photograph by India Hobson

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And BOOTCAMP… 8 inches lost and counting…

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Brides Up North Bootcamp- Week 6 – Negative Energy!

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