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The Editorials: Surfer Chic. Brides Up North Talks Online Wedding Planning For Loved Up Magazine Spring 2014

April 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North For Loved Up Magazine Spring Summer 2014

Away from the pages of the wedding blog, I’m frequently commissioned to write freelance pieces for various glossy magazines (Carrie Bradshaw eat your heart out, eh?) and quite often like to share that content again here when I think it might be interesting or relevant to my readers.  Or genuinely because I’m just really, really proud to see my work in print.

Loved Up Magazine, to whose pages I’ve been contributing for – goodness! – actual years and years now got in touch to ask me to compile a feature sharing my “top clicks” for online wedding planning content, a subject close to my heart.

Yes, I’m a first and foremost a blogger, but I’m also a consumer.  Shock horror!  I read other blogs.  And I’m a prolific consumer of wedding media especially.  I like to keep up with the industry news, the creativity of my peers and to be honest, it’s still fun for me.  Yes, even after four years of blogging about weddings twice a day and 40+ branded bridal events and exhibitions under my Brides Up North belt… I still love it.  I’ve a full blog reader, test out any new bridal app going and don’t even get me started on social media.  39,394 tweets down at the time of writing, I’m well aware that that’s my unwritten novel, right there on Twitter (hey, come follow me, I’ve clearly a lot to say!)

So, here’s my current top picks of the online wedding World – emphasis on current there: trust me, I could have filled the whole magazine with links.  So, have fun exploring, but come right back again afterwards  y’hear?!

Brides Up North For Loved Up Magazine Spring Summer 2014

I said:  In my role as editor of one of the top wedding blogs in the UK I spend a whole lot of time at a computer screen. Mostly its bonafide blog business, but I also spend some time every day keeping on top of what’s new in the online bridal world. It’s as much about checking out the latest cyber products for my bride-to-be readers as staying ahead of the competition, and I’m here to share some of my favourite online resources with you.

Blogging Bride

Wedding blogs are a dynamic, easy to access and free source of wedding planning know how, with a personal touch. There’s a blog out there to suit almost every bride, so bookmark your favourites and return daily for a rapid turnover of ideas, inspiration and tips.

My Top Clicks

Brides Up North (well, obvs.)  – our site and branded bridal events are a must for local ladies who want to see just what the fantastic wedding industry suppliers on their doorstep can do. Every fabulous feature on Brides Up North is sourced from the regions, be it a supplier showcase, styled shoot or real wedding.

Rock N Roll Bride – a cute and colourful site packed full of diverse and different wedding inspiration. If you fancy trying your hand at blogging yourself, creator Kat also runs courses for aspiring writers at her worldwide Blogacademy.

Festival Brides – if you’d rather host your own “wed-stock” party under canvas than hire a stately home, this is the blog for you. Focusing on outdoor and festival weddings, the site is a little bit of summer sunshine delivered to your blog reader daily.

Brides Up North For Loved Up Magazine Spring Summer 2014

Appy Days

There are apps galore for wedding planning on the move. From finding your dream dress to keeping track of your gift list, a few clever downloads can make the whole process a little less daunting. Take a break from Candy Crush and try out some bridal apps that might just save you time and money.

My Top Clicks

WedPics – An alternative to disposable cameras, this nifty tool gathers all your guests’ pics and videos in one private place – and gives you a record of your big day through your nearest and dearest’s eyes.

AppyCouple – A fully personalised online space that your guests can access to obtain all the key details for your celebration including addresses, gift list info, directions, dress code and timings. They can even RSVP and make menu choices, leaving all the information to hand when table planning hysteria sets in.

Find Your Dream Wedding Dress  – A fashionista’s fantasy – browse different design features and come up with a selection of gowns that meet any given criteria, then find the shops that stock them. The dress hunt made easy.

Brides Up North For Loved Up Magazine Spring Summer 2014

Social Club

Use social media to network your way from engagement to altar. Here you can get real time responses to your queries and supplier searches on a no obligation basis.

My Top Clicks

FacebookMost industry professionals keep their Facebook page more up to date than their brochure or websites, making it easier for you to get a sense for their current work.

Pinterest – If you love a mood board, you’ll adore this image sharing site, also available as a smartphone app. Build online boards by pinning your favourite wedding inspiration images to build up a visual idea of your wedding style. And if you don’t want to spoil the surprise – simple – you can now make secret boards too!

Twitter – You’ll find that the wedding industry is live and loud on the Twitter airwaves: keen to offer advice, sell their services and attract new customers.

Words:  Brides Up North for Loved Up Magazine Spring/Summer 2014

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The Editorials. Bride-o-meter Spring/Summer 2014

March 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

The start of every season always begins with a flurry of freelance commissions here at Brides Up North, and days spent with my head buried in my laptop feeling like “a proper writer”.  Of course, the end product is rarely very different from producing features for my own blog, but when it’s for someone else’s publication (and they’ve entrusted you with one, two or even four of their precious editorial pages) and it’s actually going to be “in print”, the stakes somehow seem higher. 

Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

Respected North East bridal title Belle Bridal Magazine celebrated their fifth birthday this season, and so, when they bestowed upon me the honour of selecting the hots and the nots of the wedding world for spring 2014, I was thrilled. But oh, the pressure!

So, with a lot of industry knowledge behind me, and a little bit of crystal ball gazing, these were my predictions for the trends that’ll be topping the charts (and sliding off the scale) at a wedding near you soon.  Tell me, are you incorporating any of these trends into your big day? 

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Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

Going Up…

Overstatement

Blame Jay Gatsby, but flamboyance is back in a big way. A little party never killed nobody, but why do things by halves? After these mean recession years, we’re ready for some fun. Expect heavy embellishments, cascading blooms and excess all areas.

Katy Melling Photography

Image: Katy Melling Photography 

Lucabella Wedding Photography

Image: Lucabella Wedding Photography

Alternative Settings

It started with the tipi, and now there’s an outdoor option for almost every theme. Whether it’s a Scandinavian hat, Mongolian yurt or Bedouin tent, it’s still chic to say I do under canvas. Just remember to budget for a generator too!

Gerrard Photography

Image: Gerrard Photography

Jo Bradbury

Image: Jo Bradbury 

Structured Silhouettes

Amongst all the usual layers of lace and tulle a new breed of wedding gown is emerging: clean lines, sharp edges and super cool. Closer to catwalk trends than a Royal Wedding, these frocks are for the slick chicks who don’t want to leave their personalities by the church door. Choose bold shapes and structured satin (not a sequin in sight) for strut-your-stuff wedding day style.

Astral Sundholm Circa Brides

Image: Astral Sundholm Circa Brides 

KMR Bridal

Image: KMR Bridal 

Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

Gold Rush

Platinum will always be precious, but all the best dressed ring fingers are going for gold this season. Romantics should try rose gold and pave diamonds for an on trend look that’s forever timeless.

Helen Russell Photography

Image:  Helen Russell Photography 

Colour Me Pretty

Adding a touch of complimentary colour to your wedding day wardrobe is nothing new, but this is a trend that refuses to fade. Pastels are huge on the catwalks and in the bridal boutiques for 2014 and designers are upping the ante with all over washes of warmth or layered ombre lace effects. Go on, live life in colour! If a dip dye wedding dress isn’t for you, you can still give a nod to this pretty trend with colourful stationery or blushing blooms.

Cuvee Rose by IAN STUART BRIDE

Image: Ian Stuart 

Going Down…

Traditional Tinsel

Forget the humble tiara, 2014 is the year that bridal headwear gets big and bold. From glittering bunny ears and feather head-dresses to vibrant flower garlands, the fashion forward bride will dare to decorate herself in colour and originality. Still not sure? Stick to simple for the ceremony and style things up for the after party!

Katy Melling Photography

Image: Katy Melling Photography

Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

James Melia Photography

Image: James Melia 

Cat Hepple Photography

Image: Cat Hepple Photography 

Words:  Julia Braime for Belle Bridal Magazine, S/S 2014

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Online Offline. Recent Press For Brides Up North

November 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North in Fabulous Magazine

So.  Recent press for this little wedding blog, eh?  It appears that there’s quite a lot to cover.

2013 has been one busy year. (I wouldn’t have it any other way).

Brides Up North in Fabulous Magazine

“Here Comes The… Bridal Business!” Brides Up North is profiled in Fabulous Magazine’s Careers Issue

(to over 8 million readers no less!)

Brides Up North in Wedding Magazine

“It’s All In The Detail” – an inspirational three page spread on decor and details in Wedding Magazine

Brides Up North in Wedding Magazine

Brides Up North in Unveiled Magazine

“Snap Happy!” A three page guest feature in brand new Unveiled Magazine

Brides Up North in Unveiled Magazine

Brides Up North in Unveiled Magazine

“Catwalk Queen” – getting excited about the 2014 bridal collections in Loved Up Magazine

Brides Up North in Unveiled Magazine

Brides Up North in Mosaic Brides

“Picture Perfect” – more photography talk in Mosaic Brides

Brides Up North in Belle Bridal Magazine

“Wedding Venues – The Expert Opinions” in Belle Bridal Magazine 

Brides Up North in Etc Magazine

“Bridal Buzz” Catching up on a year’s worth of columns in Etc Magazine 

 

Join the Northern Revolution – or should that be #jointhenorthernrevolution? – over on the Brides Up North Twitter feed and Facebook page now. 

That’s where all the magic happens, first.  Get involved!

 

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The Editorials: Maids In Heaven In Wedding Magazine

May 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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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. 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog in Wedding Magazine

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Although the blog has been whirring away as usual these last eight weeks, with a small baby it’s harder to get to the shops – so my lovely friends at Wedding Magazine have just sent me a job lot of glossies to catch up on.  Today, we visit their April/ May issue, and my column about keeping your team on side.  After all, you want some friends at the end of it all, don’tcha?

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I wrote: These days, bridesmaid duty doesn’t have to equal sartorial disaster. There are plenty of options out there for dressing your best girls and still staying friends at the end of it all. Not a hoop skirt or Little Bo Peep impersonator in sight, unless you are being intentionally ironic!

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Whilst a strong vintage, alternative or high glamour focus might demand a certain look, there’s nothing worse than overstepping the mark between theming and fancy dress. Once you’ve chosen your own dress, the best bet is a set of bridesmaid frocks that will flatter and contrast with your own styling and suit your chosen venue. And when it comes to adhering to a chosen dress code, the bridal party always should lead by example.

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Consider your wedding day colour choices and inspirations carefully, but don’t feel that every collar and cuff has to match. Think about what will look best in your wedding photographs: bridesmaids’ should help to create a beautiful background to show off their leading lady. Try offsetting an all-white palette with deeper tones in the Winter, choose all over florals for a fresh and contrasting Spring time look or complimentary rosy hues for warmer weather.

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Katy Lunsford Photography

Image by Katy Lunsford Photography

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You First

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Pick your own gown first. You might be dead set on a certain style, but tastes are often known to change once shopping starts. That way, you can be sure that your style selections will enhance the overall look. A sash of lace around a bridesmaid’s waist can set off a matching wedding dress beautifully.

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Cat Hepple Photography

Image by Cat Hepple Photography

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Maids To Measure

Image by Maids To Measure

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Would It Work For You?

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Be fair. If you wouldn’t be seen dead in it, why should your best mate? Do show some consideration of their shape, size and usual style. Do they all have to wear exactly the same? Equally, remember that your guests do know you, and how tall you are. Forcing your girls into unflattering flats or sky high heels when they would rather be wearing the opposite is just cruel, and discourages dancing. That’s never a good thing.

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Sarah Gawler

Image by Sarah Gawler

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Shop Around

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Don’t feel pressured to buy for your bridesmaids in the same boutique as your wedding gown. Whilst this can be advantageous in terms of ease and pricing, there is no need to narrow your options if you want to look elsewhere. Gems can be found in independent fashion boutiques, online, via the big name bridal houses and never, ever rule out the Great British High Street.

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Steve Gerrard Photography

Image by Steve Gerrard Photography

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Belle & Beau Photography

Image by Belle & Beau Photography

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Dare To Be Different

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Just because everyone is working rainbow brights, contrasting cuts or pastel pales doesn’t mean that you have to. My favourite bridesmaid styles this year have all been in elegant tones and classic shapes with a quirky twist. Don’t shy away from unexpected colours or a bit of embellishment. After all, everyone loves to sparkle.

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Jonny Draper Photography

Image by Jonny Draper Photography

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The Editorials: Va-Va-Groom!

February 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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In this new blog series, The Editorials, I share my pre-published offline content, online.  I write on a freelance basis for numerous regional and National glossies, and rather than be relegated to being rather posh chip paper, I thought that my words might be useful to my online readers who didn’t manage to pick up a print copy of my features.  Double the pretty!

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Wedding Magazine

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The second instalment in this series (click here to see the first, focussing on the trend for all white weddings) catches up on a column I wrote for Wedding Magazine before Christmas, all about giving your groom some va-va-voom!

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I wrote: The days of identikit grooms are long gone. You might be preoccupied with selecting the perfect wedding gown, but you can bet that your other half is also giving some careful thought to his own wedding day look. For him too, this is a day where he wants raise the style stakes and feel that little bit special.

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Peter Boyd Photography

Image credit: Peter Boyd Photography

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Luckily, there has never been more of a sartorial selection for a groom to choose from. Whether he is a traditionalist looking for a classically cut morning suit or an individual wanting to cut a dash with quirky accessories, it’s now acceptable for the groom to look beyond a hired waistcoat and cravat. Whilst it’s true that his choice of attire should complement the overall style of the bridal party, some of my favourite wedding day images are those where the personality of the groom shines through.

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India Hobson Weddings

Image credit: India Hobson Weddings 

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Damian Hall

Image credit: Damian Hall Photography

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Top man

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If he wants to keep his look classic, help him to stand out from the rest of the wedding party by choosing a different colour of tie or more elaborate buttonhole.

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Katy Melling Photography

Image credit: Katy Melling Photography 

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Katy Melling Photography

Image credit: Katy Melling Photography

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The cravat caveat

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Rather than sticking to the status quo, encourage your man to mix things up with by adding a special touch. How about a colourful bow tie, socks, braces, sharp shoes or a neckerchief?

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Phil Drinkwater Photography

Image credit:  Phil Drinkwater Photography 

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David Lawson Studios

Image credit: David Lawson Studios 

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Keep it comfortable

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For a relaxed celebration or destination wedding he needn’t be trussed up like a turkey. Work with the style of his surroundings and opt for light fabrics and a pale colour palette.

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Andy Hook

Image credit: Andy Hook Photography

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Image credit: Lissa Alexandra Photography 

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A man in uniform

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If he’s decorated, this is his chance to show it off. I also love to see a groom in national dress: kilts at the ready boys, it’s time to show some leg!

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Jonny Draper Photography

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Andrew Ward Photography

Image credit: Andrew Ward Photography 

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Toys for the boys

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Indulge him! If he has a need for speed, why not hire a cool car or vintage scooter to get him to the church on time and in style.

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Insight Photography

Image credit: Insight Photography

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The Editorials: All White Weddings

January 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Wedding Magazine August/ September 2012

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Recently, I talked about how away from the pages of this site, I write for a huge range of regional and National glossy bridal magazines, with regular columns in some of my favourite titles (you can see the full list on my about page).  Obviously, features for print have to be fresh, so I hold back in sharing my pieces on the pages of the blog until after publication.  A month or so on though, rather than be relegated to being rather posh chip paper, I thought that my words might be useful to my online readers who didn’t manage to pick up a print copy.

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In this new blog series, The Editorials, I will be sharing my pre-published offline content, online.  Double the pretty! 

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First up, my feature for my regular column in Wedding Magazine, with my comments on the fresh and fabulous trend for all white weddings.  In my opinion, pale is always interesting…

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There’s something going on in wedding blog land. Where you’d previously find matchy-matchy colour schemes or rainbow brights, it’s suddenly a total white out! Following the pale palette used so successfully at last year’s Royal Wedding, the trend for all white weddings is still going strong. In my opinion big days have never looked so beautiful.

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Bleached out blooms, snowy centre pieces and neutral details work together to create a wonderland that’s not just for Winter. This simple colour scheme, which can be classic or modern in equal measure, is effective across all four seasons. Keep things soft and pretty with vintage elements or sharpen the look up with chic styling. Choose any colour, so long as it’s white!

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Katy Melling Photography

Image by Katy Melling Photography

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Katy Melling Photography

Image by Katy Melling Photography

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Katy Melling Photography

Image by Katy Melling Photography

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Stand Out From The Crowd

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When working with an exclusively white or ivory colour base, don’t feel that whole wedding party has to match. Choosing complimentary hues or contrasting darker shades for your bridesmaids will create a striking backdrop for your wedding dress and make light posies pop.

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Sean Elliott Photography

Image by Sean Elliott Photography 

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Sean Elliott Photography

Image by Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

Image by Sean Elliott Photography

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Colour Charts

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Diamond white, vintage cream, ivory. There’s more than one shade of pale! Keep things interesting by layering tones, textures and fabrics for a luxe look.

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Katy Melling Photography

Image by Katy Melling Photography 

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Lesley Meredith Photography - Red Floral Architecture

Image by Lesley Meredith Photography

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Alison Groves Photography

Image by Alison Groves Photography 

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Twinkle Twinkle!

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Add interest to starched table settings with a sprinkling of sparkle, shining silverware and springs of greenery.

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Faye Hatton Photography

Image by Faye Hatton Photography 

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Stan Seaton Photography

Image by Stan Seaton Photography

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Tierney Photography    Tierney Photography

Images by Tierney Photography 

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Karen McGowran

Image by Karen McGowran 

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Work With What You’ve Got

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For the whitest, brightest bouquets keep your choice of flowers seasonal. Choose paper whites and lily of the valley in Spring months and try adding a touch of mistletoe to a hand tied bunch at Christmas time.

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Helen Russell Photography

Image by Helen Russell Photography 

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Stan Seaton Photography

Image by Stan Seaton Photography 

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Add Interest

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A neutral canvas is easy to style. For a classy wedding day look, choose a high fashion heel or chic clutch in a tonal colour to add drama that’s perfectly understated.

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Sean Elliott Photography

Image by Sean Elliott Photography

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Press Gang: Brides Up North in Etc Magazine

January 15th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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As well as curating and editing content for these swirly silver pages, I am also proud to contribute on a freelance basis to a raft of glossy magazines each month, both regional and National. 

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Crafting a magazine article is different to writing blog content – whilst I carefully research all my blog features, each print article needs to be planned in advance, structured for an audience that may be unfamiliar with my personal style of writing and it’s supporting images sourced, selected and credited. 

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Whilst writing the blog feels like a cosy chat with a friend (or tens of thousands of friends, hello you!), writing for print feels more formal.  Whilst the process is more laborious, it’s also cathartic, and as long as they let me, I’ll be offering up my bridal based advice for your favourite bridal titles. 

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Etc October

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Etc October

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I’m currently a regular columnist for Wedding Magazine, Etc Magazine and LovedUp Magazine, and contribute regularly to Wedding Ideas Magazine and Mosaic Brides, as well as having features published in Bridal Buyer, Pure Weddings Magazine, Belle Bridal Magazine, Hitched Magazine, Fabulous Magazine, The Yorkshire Post, Harrogate Living, The Journal, The Daily Mirror, The Evening Chronicle, The Sunday Sun, The Times and Times Online.  Phew. 

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Etc November

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Etc November Etc November

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So whilst blogs are most certainly where its at for up to the minute advice, 24 hour inspiration and can-read-at-work-ability (what, you too?), I still get a thrill from seeing my work in print.  And call me old school, but I’m still not comfortable with reading my iPad in the bath…

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Today I met with the fabulous team at popular regional title Etc Magazine, a title for whom I have been writing for the last quarter, to catch up and put the wheels in motion for continuing our great working relationship in 2013.  Make sure to pick up your copy next month.  In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at what I’ve been up to for them, away from the pages of this site… 

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Etc December

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To enlarge and read the columns in full visit the Etc Magazine archive

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Destination: Wedding! A Day In The Life With Thomson Weddings

September 6th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This Summer I was thrilled to be invited along by Brides Up North Featured Supplier and destination weddings specialist Thomson Weddings to work on a video shoot in sunny Cyprus on behalf of both Brides Up North and Wedding Ideas Magazine.  I know, I know, it’s a tough job right?

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Thomson Weddings Destinaton Wedding (c) UK Wedding Blog Brides Up North

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Actually, it was a tougher job than I had imagined.  It wasn’t all shoot for two hours then spend the rest of the day sipping all inclusive Cosmopolitans by the pool as I had perhaps imagined (and told my mates!) – oh no – this was two and a half day’s long slog in the ceaseless 38 degree heat of the midday sun, as we performed take after take at various (breath taking) locations in order to capture the true essence of a destination wedding with the Thomson team.

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I can guarantee one thing – if this much hard work goes into perfecting an already perfect location, then you just know that these guys are going to pull out all the stops when it comes to creating your dream wedding day.

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The ten plus strong team (makeup, hair, cameras, lighting, models, extras, set design, the Thomson team and this ) shot on location at the lovely St George Hotel in Cyprus, with a little help on site from Paphos florist Suntropical and events dresser Be Inspired.  The gorgeous gowns were Augusta Jones provided by The Ivory Wardrobe and Kitty & Dulcie, with headpieces by Flo & Percy and the most beautiful Rachel Simpson Shoes.  The boys looked smart in Hugh Harris suits. 

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Upon arrival it was straight into our wedding outfits (I had chosen a blousy French Connection dress to allow some air flow – or so I hoped!) and fascinators, topped up with plenty of factor 20 as we joined the team on set by the rippling turquoise waters of the hotel’s beautiful bay.  Here we had set up a mock open air wedding ceremony, which attracted the attention of our fellow guests and locals alike – until they realised that a. it wasn’t a real wedding (the bride walked the aisle about ten times!) and b. in the alternative, we weren’t filming for primetime TV.

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I wouldn’t call myself much of an actress but myself (and the hubby – who is gutted that most of his acting skills ended up on the cutting room floor) found ourselves getting into character as the Director asked us to clap, congratulate and shower the happy couple – of gorgeous models, don’t they make you sick?! – with confetti a few thousand times.

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After the ceremony scene was wrapped and, unbelievably, we hadn’t lost anyone to heat exhaustion – a normal ceremony takes a maximum of thirty minutes, ours took four hours – it was straight up to the (thankfully fan-filled) terrace for the wedding breakfast.  Sparkling glasses of champagne and plates of delicious looking Greek salad and seafood were lavished upon us – but we weren’t allowed to eat any of it* – as it was on with the show.

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*Ok, we may have sneaked some champagne.

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The Thomson Weddings team had dressed the scene in beautiful zesty lemon and crisp white, which sparkled against the perfect blue sky.  Bright cut flowers and ripe fruit in jars added to the fresh feel of the setting.  Warmer destinations can definitely carry off brighter colour schemes beautifully.

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After our full plates were cleared (don’t worry, they made up for it later with a beautiful team lunch by the sea the next day) we headed down to the seaside taverna to shoot the party scenes, where that sneaked champagne came in handy as we hit the dance floor hard, before calling it a wrap for the day.

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The next day we spent most of our time indoors and shooting filler scenes – longing for some time on a sun lounger or treatment bed ourselves – before enjoying that gorgeous lunch and enjoying some celebratory drinks in the evening.

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I was there with my trusty camera (and plenty of bottled water!) the whole way, capturing some of the behind the scenes shots from this blog post and looking forward to seeing what the professionals came up with.  And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the fruit of our labours – two days condensed into just over three minutes – a film which perfectly captures what the wonderful Thomson Weddings team can do for you: make magic. 

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I can vouch for that, I’ve seen it first hand.

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Try not to cringe at my acting debut (can you spot me?) and blink and you’ll miss the hubby…so whilst I love the results, I don’t think Hollywood will come calling – for us anyway – anytime soon!

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Roll the film…

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For more information on your perfect destination wedding, contact the lovely Thomson Weddings team on 0871 984 3195 or via their website, who will be happy to help.

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Watch out for my feature in the October issue of Wedding Ideas Magazine – coming soon!

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Little Black Book

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Thomson Weddings – www.thomson.co.uk/weddings (0871 984 3195)

Photographs – Brides Up North

Day bridal dress and bridesmaid dress – The Ivory Wardrobe (www.theivorywardrobe.co.uk)

Hotel – St. George Hotel Golf & Spa Resort, Cyprus (www.stgeorge-hotel.com)

Evening bridal dress – Pearly Queen, Kitty & Dulcie (www.kittyanddulcie.com)

Groomswear outfits – Hugh Harris Menswear (www.hughharris.co.uk)

Bridal and bridesmaid shoes – Rachel Simpson (www.rachelsimpsonshoes.co.uk)

Bridal/bridesmaid headwear and jewellery – Flo & Percy (www.floandpercy.com)

Paphos florist – Suntropical

Paphos ceremony and reception decorations – Be Inspired

Paphos dress steaming – Occasionally Suited

Hairdresser and Spa – St. George Hotel

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Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot!

July 5th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Just a quick stop by the wedding blog this afternoon to wish you a brief hello from sunny (and that’s putting it mildly!) Cyprus.  I’m here in Paphos in my dual capacity as editor of Brides Up North and freelance features writer for Wedding Ideas Magazine, with Brides Up North Featured Supplier Thomson Weddings.

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We have literally been up since the crack of dawn – gotta beat that heat – dressing and styling and filming on location for Thompson Weddings’ new feature film: a day in the life of a destination wedding.  I’m here to report back on the behind the scenes action and pick up some insider info for you lovely lot, plus make a cameo as a wedding guest (the things you do, eh?). 

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It’s a short two day shoot so its all systems go and the team are on set from sunrise to sunset.  So far its hot, hard work but a whole lot of fun too.  There’ll be more news from me soon, but in the meantime sit tight and enjoy all the Real Wedding pretty that I have been bringing you this week.  I’ll be back tomorrow with more treats. 

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Now does that male model need more factor 15 on his biceps?!

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In The News: Recent UK Press For Brides Up North Wedding Blog

January 7th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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As well as organising the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusives with Dine Venues in Yorkshire, the Brides Up North Super Showcase in the North East, three more Brides Up North Tweet Ups, blogging here twice a day and that thing called Christmas… this has also been busy doing a bit of freelancing too.  Here’s what I’ve been up to away from these swirly silver pages…

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A double page spread fashion feature for Pure Weddings Spring 2012 (the same feature appeared in North East Life).

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Two double page spreads for the wonderful Wedding Ideas Magazine (sponsor of the Brides Up North Tweet Ups for 2011 and 2012 and all round set of good eggs), in their “Best Ideas Blogged” series, December 2011 and January 2012. 

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December 2011:  Focus On Centrepieces

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January 2012: Focus on Accessory Ideas

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By the way, if you are wondering, that gorgeous headpiece in the main image above is by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, HT Headwear, and was taken by super snapper Elizabeth Lois.  “Belinda” is available to buy priced £85 from the HT Headwear website.  Watch out for the full range of gorgeous headpieces by HT Headwear and shot by Elizabeth Lois coming soon on Brides Up North. 

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