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a wedding alphabet. j is for jewellery

January 30th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

Precious Heiress Necklace

Precious Heiress Necklace

Girls, it’s time to dazzle ‘em.

While us ladies love jewellery it’s surprising just how many brides-to-be are guilty of leaving their accessories to the last minute. These are the items that will complete the dream look and help to enhance elements of the dress so it’s certainly worth investing some time in. For those that don’t have a sentimental ‘something borrowed’ to wear, costume jewellery can work equally well.

Pearls of Treasure Bracelet

Pearls Of Treasure Bracelet

Glitzy Secrets is one supplier that offers incredibly pretty and reasonably priced pieces that are sure to turn heads.

I own a pair of GS earrings myself which I’m always receiving compliments on – a lovely pair of sparkling studs that were buried in the bottom of the bursting goody bags we received when we were recently Highly Commended in the Wedding Blog Awards 2014′s “Best City Wedding Blog” category.

Precious Heiress Earrings

Precious Heiress Earrings

The Vintage Heirloom and Hollywood Starlet collections include 1940s inspired necklaces, twinkling bracelets and antique-looking chandelier earrings that won’t break the bank. The majority of the opulent accessories remain well below the £50 mark, freeing up more money for brides to splurge on the all important dress and heels!

When deciding on the right pieces of jewellery to accompany their dream dress, brides should remember that less is more. So although it’s tempting to become somewhat of a magpie when faced with things that glisten and sparkle, decide which accessories you want to do the talking. Pick just one or two pieces, whether it be a statement necklace or decorative dropped earrings and matching bracelet and think about which accessories will work best with your chosen hairstyle and the neckline of your dress.

Divine Deco Earrings

Divine Deco Earrings

Pearls of Deco EarringsFor those not keen on necklaces, a piece of arm candy can be an effective way to add a little extra sparkle to your attire. Glitzy Secrets’ Bejewelled Vintage Cuff is one of my favourites and could easily be worn for another occasion beyond the big day.

If it’s lavish earrings you desire, the 1940s inspired Precious Heiress Earrings and the oh elegant Pearls of Deco Earrings are sure to tick boxes.

Meanwhile for those wanting studs, there are stunning designs, such as the Eternally Timeless Earrings and the Vintage Bow Earrings, which can be matched with accompanying necklaces if a bride’s chosen dress style allows for jewellery along the neckline and the dazzling duo won’t look too OTT.

For a standalone necklace, the Precious Heiress design with regal drop detailing will take some beating – pure glitzy perfection.

Delicate Pearl Necklace

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tinsel time. rachel’s christmas picks

December 16th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

Rachel's Christmas List

Don’t know about you, but here at Brides Up North HQ, we think we’ve been pretty damn good this year, so we’re emailing St Nick with our Christmas wish-lists.  First up, it’s our lovely Rachel, who’s sticking to form with a stocking full of girly, glittery loveliness.

If you haven’t missed the elf post, you might want to leave this browser window open where your other half can see it…

urban decay Naked eye shadow palette, £37

Shimmery, sultry and sexy, Urban Decay’s Naked palette is loaded with 12 bronze-hued shadows in a stunning range of textures, including matte, satin and sparkle. I’m putting this on my Christmas list as an essential to see me through the party season and beyond. Brides searching for beautiful shadows that won’t budge during their moment in the limelight need look no further!

viktor & rolf Flowerbomb eau de parfum 30ml, £49.50

Every lady wants a new sweet scent for Christmas. My signature that I find it difficult to stray from is Vera Wang Princess, but I do love a quick spritz of Flowerbomb whenever I find myself in the fragrance aisle. I’d highly recommend this to brides-to-be in search of a romantic scent for their big day.

glitzy secrets earrings, £46

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend – but I doubt anyone buying for me this year could cover the cost of such an item. These sparklers from Glitzy Secrets are a good budget backup though. Great for dressing up the Little Black Dress over the festive period, this pair would definitely make my wish list. Also – a great choice for brides-to-be looking to add some opulent accessories to their wedding day attire.

michael kors Selma Saffiano leather bag, £302

In the words of Mariah ‘All I want for Christmas is you’. My ultimate dream pressie would have to be a Michael Kors bag. I’m head over heels for the solid structure of Selma, especially in this gorgeous shade of grey.

office shoes, £65

As I pointed out in a previous post, the festive season is a perfect time to pick up a new pair of fierce heels. These bobby dazzlers would most definitely put a smile on my face on Christmas morning. A classic court but with a whole load of in-your-face attitude! Also a stunning choice of fancy footwear for brides wanting to release their inner Cinderella, just try not to lose one!

olivia burton watch, £75

This item has been on my wish list since the beginning of the year when I first spotted Olivia’s dreamy designs on Instagram. There is a stunning range to choose from with varying straps, faces and dials. I was initially drawn to the baby blue and mint designs, but now I’m hoping Father Christmas brings me Olivia’s big dial design in gold, with classic tan strap.

paperchase tea light holders, £6

Men don’t quite understand females’ fascination with Paperchase – to them its bits of card and paper but to us it’s a whole shop of prettiness! I adore these cute tea light holders which have a Christmassy appearance but can be kept out all year round. Also, a fab décor idea for winter weddings, a few of these dotted in the middle of the table with some festive foliage would certainly set the right ambience.

reiss Lolly metallic bandeau dress, £195

Every girl needs a killer dress for the festive season and this sparkling number from Reiss would be my number one choice to find under the Christmas tree. Figure-hugging, flattering and fabulous, oh so sweet Lolly has it all – a perfect New Year’s Eve party dress, if ever I did see one!

marks & spencer Rosie for Autograph luxurious satin pyjamas, £35

A Christmas classic for every girl –PJs. This set by the stunning Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Marks & Sparks offers both comfort and class. Now if only I could request her figure from Santa Claus too.

ted baker Bowlee leather gloves, £75

As temperatures continue to plunge, lovely leather gloves are required to keep ones manicured hands protected from the wintry weather. And they don’t come much prettier than Ted Baker’s Bowlee design in playful blush pink finished with a cute metallic bow.

I seriously hope I made Santa’s nice list this year!

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A Winter Walk: A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Emma & Jonathan

February 6th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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As a , I get the privilege of sharing a lot of couple’s most special of days – each different, each lovely.  Friends often ask me if I have favourites.  Of course there are styles I prefer, dresses I lust for and shoes that I sometimes even track down and buy (ahem!)…  but my very favourite celebrations are always the ones where the love shines through.

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Emma and Jonathan’s Real Wedding by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Richard Wynn Davies is one of those.  Sure, they had a cute theme and a stunning venue, but I didn’t really notice all of that -  I was blinded by their smiles. 

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Emma says:  Jonathan asked me to marry him on 25th August 2010.   It was a big surprise, champagne and sandwiches(!), at the summit of Sca Fell Pike (the highest mountain in England) as part of a trip with our closest friends to the Lake District. Very romantic indeed.

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We tied the knot on 23rd December 2012 at St. James Parish Church, Manston, Leeds with the reception was Oulton Hall, Rothwell. 

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The church was my childhood church, and her parents still have strong connections there.  We fell in love with Oulton Hall from the moment we walked into the entrance. It was the perfect setting for a winter wedding.  We chose a white and silver theme, with hints of brown pine cones.

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My dress was a white duchess satin gown, designed by Jonathan and I. I then made the dress with my mum, and I did the holly leaf embroidery on the top of my dress by hand which took a long (!) time. My mum handmade every one of the thirty or so buttons and button loops which made a statement down the back of my dress. The final stitches were put in the dress the night before the wedding… but it was finished – something which at times seemed an impossible goal.

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My veil was very vintage. It was my mum’s from my parents’ wedding 28 years ago, and it was still perfectly white. It was definitely my something old, and technically borrowed!

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My satin and lace vintage style shoes were from Wedding Belles Of Otley. And my wintery hair-clip was from Glitzy Secrets.

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Peta Franklin, a small independent hairdresser in Crossgates, did my beautiful hair.

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Having designed my dress, we then designed and made the bridesmaid dresses (making adaptations from a basic pattern). The bridesmaid dresses were in a silver dupion satin, with a mini-version being made for the flower-girl.

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We hand-made all nine of the gentleman’s waistcoats, ties and pocket squares from Vogue Patterns.

To make the suits was a slight step too far (though it was considered!) and these were hired from Moss Bros.

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We also hired a 1947 Albion Vintage Coach from Yesteryear Vintage Vehicles which was superb. The staff were incredibly helpful and even managed to get our less able guests onto the coach.

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Every single moment was perfect from the very first moment waking up to sunshine to finally collapsing in a super-king size bed in the honeymoon suite.  Our favourite moment has to be actually getting married, and finally becoming Mr & Mrs. It was so intimate-just beautiful.

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We baked 200 mince pies the day before the wedding to give to our guests after the marriage service.

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We sourced pine cones from Otley Chevin and Temple Newsam Park, to hand make my pine cone bouquet. We had to wash and dry hundreds of pine cones to find the best ones. Then they were all glitter sprayed and wired to form the bouquet. It looked rather amazing if I do say so myself.

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Our photographer was the amazing Richard Wynn-Davies and his lovely wife Caroline, who captured our day perfectly. 

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Apart from all the sewing projects, we designed all our own table decorations, including sourcing fallen wood from a local forest, and cutting it into discs to form the table centre pieces. These then had a candle on, with a handmade, and hand collected, pine cone wreath surrounding them.

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Jonathan hand-drew from an OS map our table plan, which was the map of Sca Fell Pike where we got engaged. We then used the places on our walk for the table names.

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We designed all our own wedding invitations, menu cards, and order’s of service using my hand drawn design.

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We are anything but a traditional couple, as you may have already gathered. Instead of a DJ, we had a pub style quiz, with a side order of cheese and biscuits, a few beers and wedding cake, organised by Jonathan’s brother.

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Even more unusual was a game of Mr and Mrs, again devised by Jonathan’s brother. Very embarrassing, but great fun for all. Thankfully almost every one of our answers matched. The Groomsmen played live music for the first dance and Jonathan joined in once his dancing duties were fulfilled.

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Jonathan planned a surprise honeymoon, and it did remain a surprise until we arrived outside our destination. We went to a small family run restaurant, with rooms, hotel in Sowerby, Thirsk called ‘Oswalds’ for Christmas period.

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The service was absolutely fantastic, and we felt so special. Being greeted with champagne and strawberries, then sitting by the Christmas tree to open our wedding cards & presents was so special.  The food was out of this world, and we cannot wait to go back again soon.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to start planning early, and be prepared to change your mind. Prioritise the things that will make your wedding day special to you, and decide the things that you can compromise on.

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Congratulations Emma & Jonathan!

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City Chic! A Real Wedding In Manchester – Kate & Mark

August 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Due to behind the scenes technical issues here at Brides Up North yesterday afternoon (doh!), we only managed to bring you one instalment of lovely yesterday (double doh!).  Happily, things are all fixed now and it’s on with the show (yippee!).  And I’m definitely making up for the delay! 

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Keeping the pretty coming as we conquer Wednesday, with a beautiful black and white wedding in the North West, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Dominic Wright Photography and real bride Kate.  Much shoe envy at Brides Up North HQ right now.

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Kate says:  We got engaged in July 2008.  Mark arranged a secret trip to Budapest (a place I have always wanted to visit). He even packed my passport as I had no idea that morning we would be jetting off. By midnight we were standing on the fairy lit chain bridge overlooking the Danube where he proposed with a gorgeous sparkly ring.

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We were married on 1st July 2012 at The Great John Street Hotel, When I first met Mark he had a flat opposite the hotel, and when we first visited it we were blown away by the style and attention to detail.

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We walked onto the roof terrace and just looked at each other in agreement. I think I just knew that I could have the wedding of my dreams with no alteration to the venue and even no further decoration was needed: it was perfect.

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Mark and I have similar tastes (which is lucky) We love the class and simplicity of Jo Malone packaging and The White Company so our theme became black and white with a pop of red (because I love red shoes).

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My best friend and bridesmaid Gill has a brilliant eye for dressing figures and even though we set out with Grecian dresses in mind Gill knew my figure would suit an hourglass corseted dress and she was right. As soon as I tried the Maggie Sottero Anniston dress I loved my shape in it, I loved the sparkles, the lace and the tulle. Gill said the perfect dress is one you don’t have to alter and she was right. I bought the dress in Blush a bridal boutique in Uppermill where we lived at the time. My tiara was from Glitzy Secrets and my shoes from Kurt Geiger.

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I wanted my bridesmaids to look glam and sophisticated but most of all I wanted them to be able to wear the dresses again. With help from Gill again we found these stunning little black tulle dresses on ASOS.

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For the flower girls I set my heart on the Bridget dress from Monsoon which happened to be a best selling line that sold out online and in most stores. Fortunately we chanced upon the sizes we needed on day in King Street just when I was looking for a substitute dress.

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Mark wore a gorgeous grey suit from Hugo Boss which they had custom fit for him and the groomsmen wore black suits with gunmetal grey ties.

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I carried cream avalanche roses by Paula from Orchard Designs in Heaton Norris, she was very lovely and exceed my expectations.

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Our cake was made to order by the very talented Andrea Eckersley at Cake BombShe makes the most delicious, moist, tasty cakes ever. We had vanilla and jam, carrot cake and chocolate with soft centre cup cakes and a devilish chocolate top cake – it was too good!

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My favourite part of the day was the speeches.  The nerves were over for me, the champagne was flowing and so were the tears (of joy of course) and just to have everyone you love around you hearing lovely things about you as a couple was my happiest moment. I felt like all the planning was worth it at that point. My father, brother-in law and husband all made such sincere, lovely speeches and I was very proud of them.

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We honeymooned at the Rixos Hotel in Dubovnik, Croatia. What can I say, beautiful architecture, stunning sea views, amazing food!  It was heaven.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be however much you plan your time add twenty minutes to it I had all day to get ready and I was still twenty minutes late. Also do everything you can as early as possible before the wedding, you need a day or two before just to unwind to feel ready.

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Congratulations Kate & Mark!

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Are you newlywed?  Contact Brides Up North to share your Real Wedding memories. 

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Sparkles & Sunshine: A Real Destination Wedding – Jo & Andrzej

June 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Being a professional wedding blogger really is my dream job – you can learn about how I became the full time editor of Brides Up North here and about the growth of the blog here – but it’s also super hard work.  It’s a 24 hour a day job – the last thing I do at night is check my emails and the first thing I do in the morning is check that the latest blog post is live… then check my emails.  As a result I am tired, grey and shrivelled.  Or at least I feel it.  

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I am a business woman, writer, editor, PR person, stylist, social media expert, events organiser for both brides and the industry, sales person, administrator (and wife, daughter and friend – although it’s sometimes all to easy to prioritise the other roles) all in one, and work far longer hours now than when I was a solicitor.  Really. 

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Running your own business can be fun and flexible but it is also stressful, difficult and all consuming.  So, sometimes its nice when life throws you a bone! And, readers, I am very excited to announce that my professional life has done just that.

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You may know that Thomson Weddings are one of my sponsors here on the wedding blog.  Well guess what, the lovely team working hard to make your destination wedding or honeymoon special have invited me along to cover the behind the scenes action on their latest video shoot. 

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In Cyprus. 

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Yep, you read that right!  Next week I’ll be jetting off to the sunshine island with the Thomson Weddings team for a week of styled video shoots, weddings, weddings and more weddings.  I’ll be assisting the styling team and reporting back on behalf of Brides Up North and also for Wedding Ideas Magazine too. 

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I better start thinking about what to pack, but in the meantime I’ll leave you with a sunny Cyprus Real Wedding from Brides Up North reader – and one of the Thomson Wedding’s team – Jo, who I’ll be joining next week.

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Jo says:  Andrzej proposed in June 2010 on our balcony on holiday in Lara, Antalya, Turkey as the sunset. Just me and him, a bottle of champagne and a gorgeous view.

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We got married on 28th May 2012, at Ayia Kyriaki Church also known as St. Paul’s Pillar in Central Paphos, Cyprus. We then had our reception at Vasilias Nikoklis Inn which is a stunningly beautiful private place outside of Paphos on the way to the Trodos Mountains.  Our holiday was all booked through Thomson Weddings.

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We wanted somewhere that felt ‘Cypriot’. We didn’t want our guests to travel all that way for a wedding we could have had at home. It was important for us to have a church wedding, and Ayia Kyriaki is a breathtakingly beautiful and very old church. Our reception venue had to be private, outdoors, rustic and pretty. Vasilias ticked all these boxes.

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Our photographer was Dimitri Katchis Studios, who did an excellent job of capturing our beautiful day. 

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One of my favourite parts of the day, was my hair and make up. I used a company called Renoir based in Paphos. The two English ladies were nothing short of superstars, Rachel Wells and Karen Hall made me look stunning, I have never looked so good. I was comfortable and glamorous and my expectations were completely blown away. They became like friends, and not only did my mother’s hair and bridesmaids as well, but did little things like help me with my dress. They were both rocks on the day!

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I wanted to look modern and hopefully glamorous, but for our venue I wanted to work with the aspects of Vasilias rather than take away from its beauty, so we used subtle butterfly elements, and I also tried to keep a slightly vintage feel to the day.  Our colours were a bright rose pink, ivory and silver. I wanted a pop of colour at the reception venue and we worked with the existing pink flowers already just in bloom. I wanted a lot of crisp white as well, to keep the feel fresh. 

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My dress was Tatiana by Victoria Jane. I am quite petite in my frame, with a very small bust and slim shoulders, so most dresses tended to swamp me. I didn’t want a traditional ‘destination’ dress as these did nothing for my figure. I also wanted it to be completely different to all other wedding dresses I had previously seen on friends. I chose a one shoulder dress for some originality, and I loved the pretty ruffles on the bottom half of the dress.

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My shoes were my big splurge and the thing I loved the most. They were Melissa by Vivienne Westwood, and they smelt of bubble gum.  Everyone wanted photos of my shoes… and to smell them! I always knew I didn’t want traditional wedding shoes, I wanted something funky hidden underneath my dress and something I could wear again!

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My headband was from Rock n Rose and my cuff style pearl and crystal bracelet was from Glitzy Secrets.

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