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I’m SOLD!

January 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I'm Sold!

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The best thing about the January blues?  Beating them with a bit of sale shopping.  Can I hear a “Hell Yeah!”?

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Pick up some cut price pieces to make your wedding day and all those little occasions before it sparkle that little bit brighter.

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Crystallized Cotton Dress WAS £135 NOW £55 at French Connection

Mimosa Shoe WAS £75 NOW £35 at Coast

Bridge Fitted V Neck Cream Dress WAS £189 NOW £169 at Reiss 

Antibes WAS £120 NOW £59 by Kurt Geiger 

Clarissa Faux Fur Collar WAS £55 NOW £35 at Coast

Nancy WAS £139 NOW £197.50 at Bourne Collection 

Star Gazer Ring WAS £12.50 NOW £6.25 at Topshop 

Roberta Sequin Dress WAS £160 NOW £99 at Coast

Stella Crepe Jacket WAS £165 NOW £41.50 at French Connection

10 DKNY White & Rose Gold Watch WAS £175 NOW £87.50 at Red Direct

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A Time To Sparkle!

December 18th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Time To Sparkle

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There’s still time for some online shopping before things close down… and with that sparkler on your finger glittering away, there’s never been a better time to twinkle!

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Ozlem Sequin Column Dress £230 at French Connection

Karmen Beaded Back Detail Dress £195 at Reiss 

Chrystle Sparkle Dress £220 at Coast 

Alexis Sequins Dress £160 at French Connection

Sequin Skater Dress £65 Topshop 

Embellished Fishtail Dress £95 at Miss Selfridge

Penrose Asymmetric Hem Dress £265 at Reiss 

Tina Maxi Dress £450 at Coast

Hestia priced by stockists by Project D

10 Catherine Tunic £199 at Monsoon 

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Keeping It Fresh! A Real Wedding In Northumberland – Stephanie & Martin

November 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Northumberland Wedding by Andrew Billington Photography

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Welcome to Tuesday Brides Up North!  No “it’s only the middle of the month and the overdraft is maxed on wedding paraphernalia” dreariness here!  No way Jose!

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Only the stunningly beautiful Real Wedding of North East couple Stephanie & Martin, with images by Andrew Billington Photography.  Crisp, cool and romantic, Stephanie and Martin’s big day is contemporary, fresh and oh so lovely

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Stephanie says:  We stayed at a romantic farm cottage in Hexham on New Years Eve 2010 – Martin proposed outside of the cottage before we went out for the evening. 

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We were married on 23rd August 2012 at Eshott Hall, Northumberland.  It was exactly what I had imagined for us. It’s a period building with lots of character but intimate and smaller than other Halls I had been to. It felt very special.

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We opted for a simple colour scheme of ivory, pink and white.  I chose a lace over tulle San Patrick wedding dress with spaghetti straps and a heart shaped bust, from Wendy Coles Bridal in Monkwearmouth.

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My bridesmaids wore coral rose coloured full length strapless dresses from Coast and the boys wore suits from French Connection

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My sister, Lisa McNamara, who is a hairdresser based in Boldon did my ‘do. 

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I carried a hand tied bouquet of roses in dusty pink and ivory by Jan Watters, East Boldon.   

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Aurora Strings played during the day on the lawn and we chose Jason Issacs – a fabulous swing singer – to sing in the evening. 

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We had a very special guest – an RAF Sea King helicopter!  It was a flyover from RAF Boulmer as Martin is a Search & Rescue helicopter pilot.

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The food at Eshott was fabulous, and I loved getting married on the stairs below the stained glass window – it felt really special and different to any wedding I had been to.

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Our cake was a combination of two tiers of fruit & one sponge decorated with pink icing roses, made by Martins grandparents who are (handily!) retired bakers.  We also chose a cake of cheese – bought from Fenwick’s food hall, Newcastle.

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Martin made flight tickets for the guests and the destinations were places we had either been or were going to on our honeymoon, and they were the names of the tables.

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We also left postcards of the places on the tables so that people could write us a special message and the beers on the table matched the table names – e.g. Phuket table had Chang beer & the Barcelona table had San Miguel beer etc!

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There were a few favourite moments for me.  Martin did a rhyming speech which was hilarious and Martin’s brother sang during the ceremony which was really special.

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After the wedding we took a long honeymoon and travelled around Thailand for three weeks. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to stay true to what you originally want for your wedding – don’t be swayed by expensive stuff and extras that you don’t really need.

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Congratulations Stephanie & Martin!

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on these pretty pages.

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Vintage Blue: A Real Wedding In The North East – Helen & Chris

October 14th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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As You Like It Wedding by Andy Hudson Photography

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I have a soft spot for As You Like It, it being the location for one of my favourite Brides Up North Tweet Up parties to date, but today we are paying a visit to celebrate the Real Wedding of Helen and Chris. 

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From Helen’s beautiful Jenny Packham frock to her midnight blue bridesmaids, the couple worked with their quirky venue to keep their overall wedding style classy and cool.  Nicely done!

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Helen says:  We got engaged in February, 2012 in Bristol and married on 23rd August, 2012 at As You Like It, Jesmond, Newcastle.

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It couldn’t have been any further away from the corporate feeling of the many ‘package’ type weddings available. As You Like it was a perfect venue that required very little tweaking to get it just as we wanted it. The staff, venue and wedding planner were just wonderful! It was informal yet professional and a stunning place that we heartily recommend.

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We wanted a very personal ceremony and reception that represented our tastes. The decor was a mixture of shabby chic and vintage elegance and we chose a midnight blue colour scheme. 

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I wore a Jenny Packham “Eden” wedding dress and the bridesmaids were in midnight blue lace over silk dresses from French Connection.

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I carried a hand tied bouquet of blue and white flowers.  

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Our hair was styled by Aubergine hair salon in Forest Hall by a stylist that I went to school with with called Louise Johnson and make up was done by a salon in Whitley Bay called Taizen. 

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We chose to have individual cupcakes for our wedding cake from a cafe in Whitley Bay called Lottie McPhee’s Cupcakes.

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We placed wild flowers in vintage enamel jugs on the tables with individual scrolls for our guests to leave their well wishes. 

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We wanted to keep things as personal and informal as possible so we chose all of our own music as well as asking our guests for their musical requests. From the ceremony music to the evening disco everything was hand picked to keep toes tapping from the Nanas to the kids. 

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My favourite moment was being introduced to our friends and family for the first time as husband and wife as we entered the room for our reception.  The brilliant speeches will also live long in the memory!

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After the wedding we honeymooned on the Cote D’Azur, France. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to get organised!  We had more or less everything sorted before the big day, so the few days leading up to it were spent drinking and relaxing with friends and family, which was a perfect way to wind down before the excitement reached fever pitch!

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Congratulations Helen & Chris!

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Contact me to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North. 

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Sunset Strip! High Street Honey: French Connection

July 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Sunset Strip French Connection

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1   The Sparkle Hour Dress £40.50 – on sale!

2   Electric Circus Strappy Dress £195

3   Empress Orchid Dress £60 – on sale!

4   Luxury Lace Dress £165

5   Sunspark Strapless Dress £71.25 – on sale!

6   Luscious Sequins Dress £41.50 – on sale!

7   Metal Torre Dress £82.50 – on sale!

8   Hail Helen Dress £54 – on sale!

9 Spell On You Flared Dress £30 – on sale!

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It’s been a while since I’ve lauded a particular retailer as one of my high street honeys, but after a quick trolley dash when looking for something (or anything!) to wear for my recent Brides Up North Tweet Up events, French Connection really stood out amongst the other high street giants.  Their latest collections have been pretty and flippy, in sublime sunset shades, with just the right amount of sexy sparkle.  Plus with a real variety of lengths and cuts, there is a silhouette to suit every shape.

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To be honest, they had me at the sequins.  I do love a bit of Summer sparkle, don’t you? 

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Whether you are looking for a pretty hen party frock, last minute bargains that your bridesmaids will LOVE or something special for sundowners on your honeymoon, high street honey French Connection has got it covered.

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Twinkle and twirl!

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Something For The Weekend!

May 18th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Something For The Weekend - French Connection

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I personally think this is the best party piece (or rockin’ bridal cover up) since sliced bread. 

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In fact, forget the bread – I’d rather go hungry in sequins!

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Pearl Queen Jacket £300 by French Connection

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Bridesmaid Rainbow: Black

July 20th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Keep it chic and choose any colour for your best chicks, so long as it’s black.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Bridesmaid Rainbow Black

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Coast Jocasta Satin Dress £135

Notte By Marchesa Rosette Embellished Organza Dress £715

By Marlene Birger Black Comitma Maxi Dress £221

Warehouse Ottoman Bustier Dress £70

Karen Millen Limited Edition Soft Draped Sequin Dress £210

BCGB Max Azaria Cecile Short Cocktail Dress $398

Reiss Naomi Fit & Flare Dress Black £195

Whistles Pansy Bandeau Dress £295

French Connection Penny’s Party Silk Dress £57.50 – £150 (on sale)

10 Oasis Frill Sleeve Shift £70

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Fancy something more colourful?  Try some of these on for size…

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Red

Yellow

Green

Blue

Purple

Pink

White

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A Bridesmaid Rainbow: Green

May 26th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Continuing with my Bridesmaid Rainbow series this afternoon, get your girls looking fresh in green.  From mint to sage to moss to emerald this versatile colour for bridesmaids dresses will leave the rest of the guests green with envy!

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Bridesmaid Rainbow: Green

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Coast Allure short dress £145

Halston Heritage Emerald Sarong Knot Cocktail Dress via My Wardrobe £353

Joseph Green Stellina Silk Drape Dress via My Wardrobe £323

Reiss Saffron Gathered Panelled Waist Dress £189

French Connection Anna Lace Dress £110

Topshop Lime Midi Skirted Dress £46

Milly Stephanie Ruffled Silk Blend Maxi Dress via Net A Porter £380

Oasis Fluted Sleeve Belted Shift Dress £60

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Brides to be – I see so many lovely dresses every day as I put together the Brides Up North wedding blog.  If you are looking for a particular shade or style within a certain budget, get in touch. I’m happy to help and I can almost always assist!

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Looking for gowns in red or yellow?  Click on the colours to see a selection. 

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High Street Honey: French Connection

February 22nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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French Connection is always my go to for flirty, affordable quality party frocks.  Perfect for a summer soiree: kit your bridesmaids out in some pretty picks or even rock a little number yourself!

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High Street Honey indeed!

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Want one?  Click the image to go straight to the French Connection website.

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FC Shelby's Summer Maxi Dress

Shelby’s Summer Maxi Dress £155

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FC Penny's Party Silk Dress

Penny’s Party Silk Dress £155

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FC Pick & Mix Dress

Pick & Mix Dress £155

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FC Mine and Yours Dress

Mine and Yours Dress £135

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FC Garden Beads Strapless Dress

Garden Beads Strapless Dress £155

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FC Pandora Petals Ruffle Dress

Pandora Petals Ruffles Dress £125

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FC Caramel Cotton Dress

Caramel Cotton Dress £97

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FC Solar Swirl Dress

Solar Swirl Dress £125

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FC Bex Beads Tunic Dress

Bex Beads Tunic Dress £135

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FC Pick and Mix Beading Dress

Pick and Mix Beading Dress £145

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FC Sugar Candy Dress

Sugar Candy Dress £135

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FC Lark Rise Lace Dress

Lark Rise Lace Dress £165

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